Coinbase increases junk bond offering to $2B after investors swarm
Leading U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has seen enormous demand for its junk bond offering, with the firm increasing the size of the sale by one-third from $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
According to Economic Times, at least $7 billion worth of orders were placed in competition for equal quantities of seven and 10-year bonds, offering interest rates of 3.375% and 3.625% respectively.
The publication cites an anonymous source as claiming the interest rates were cheaper than the initial quotes offered by Coinbase, with the influx of demand suggesting buyers hold a higher opinion of the company’s credit-worthiness than initially suspected by the exchange.
“The strong demand is clearly a big endorsement by debt investors,” commented Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Julie Chariell.
However, the exchange’s bonds were rated one rank below investment-grade, with Bloomberg bond indexes indicating that similar debt offerings fetch a 2.86% yield on average.
Junk bonds refer to corporate debt issued by a company that does not have an investment-grade credit rating. Due to the reduced credit rating, junk bonds command higher interest rates than investment-grade corporate bonds.
Coinbase announced its debt offering on Sept. 13, stating the funds may be used for “continued investments in product developments” and “potential investments in or acquisitions of other companies, products, or technologies” the firm may identify in the future.
Coinbase is only the second major crypto firm to complete a junk bond offering, with MicroStrategy Inc. issuing $500 million worth of notes to fund further Bitcoin accumulation as the markets crashed in June.
Since trading as high as $342 on its opening day, Coinbase’s COIN stock last traded for $243. However, COIN is up roughly 20% since late June.
The recently bullish investor sentiment surrounding Coinbase comes in spite of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) threatening to take legal action against the exchange should it launch a USDC lending product.
Prior to the SEC’s warning, the exchange had intended to launch its crypto lending product ‘Lend’ in only “a few weeks.”