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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Sells $291.8M In Shares On Opening Day

cryptogazette.com 18 April 2021 13:10, UTC
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It’s been revealed that Coinbase insiders and investors sold $5 billion in shares in total during the exchange’s first day of trading on NASDAQ earlier this week, says a series of filings that have been made the other day with the US SEC.

Coindesk reveals that “CEO Brian Armstrong sold 749,999 shares in three batches at prices ranging from $381 to $410.40 per for total proceeds of $291.8 million, according to one filing.”

Armstrong sold about 1.5% of his stake

The same online publication notes that “While a Coinbase representative declined to comment due to the company being in a so-called “quiet period,” based on filings made before the listing, it would indicate Armstrong sold about 1.5% of his stake.”

Another filing discloses that Coinbase’s director and venture capitalist Frederick Wilson sold 4.70 million shares for proceeds of $1.82 billion.

It’s been also revealed that it’s not very clear how much of Coinbase Wilson is still holding he is listed on the SEC filing as holding at least 10% of shares in Coinbase – the exchange’s total market cap is $63.6 billion.

Someone on Twitter brought this up and said:

Exactly.. Dumps always have reasons for it while pumps is naturally coming …
I wonder why Coinbase CEO and CFO sold most of their shares at the top, and why Coinbase listing and CME listing in 2017 were exactly the top of the bull cycle

— Corn-Holio (@Bitcoin_Holio) April 18, 2021

To this, Scott Melker responded with the following words: “they didn’t sell most near the top, that was fake news. They sold the shares they had to for a direct listing, a fraction of their holdings. They had to sell for buyers to have shares to buy.”

Another commenter said: “That is what a direct listing is. They sell their shares directly to the public. I don’t think any new shares were created, so there wouldn’t be a market if they didn’t sell.”

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