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Robinhood Jumps as Crypto Surge Powers Record-Breaking Q1 Performance

Robinhood Jumps as Crypto Surge Powers Q1 Performance
The Silicon Review
09 May, 2024

Crypto was a primary driver of the difference between reported numbers and our estimates, with an exceptionally strong March.”

Robinhood Markets experienced a significant surge in premarket trading following its announcement of record-breaking revenue and profit for the first quarter. This growth was primarily attributed to the return of small investors to its commission-free platform for cryptocurrency trading.

Retail trading has been steadily recovering, buoyed by the soaring values of bitcoin and U.S. stocks earlier in the year, as well as expectations of a soft economic landing and potential interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve. The approval of spot bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. in January further boosted market sentiment.

In a surprising turn of events, Robinhood exceeded Wall Street's expectations, reporting a remarkable 40% increase in revenue and earnings of 18 cents per share, a significant improvement from a loss of 57 cents per share the previous year. The company's cryptocurrency revenue witnessed an impressive over triple increase, reaching $126 million, while its monthly active users reached a nearly two-year high.

Analysts at J.P. Morgan highlighted that cryptocurrency trading played a pivotal role in Robinhood's exceptional performance, particularly in March, although they noted that April didn't replicate the same level of activity, indicating that the surge might have been more short-term than indicative of sustained market share gains.

“Crypto was a primary driver of the difference between reported numbers and our estimates, with an exceptionally strong March,” analysts at J.P. Morgan said.

“It looks like the unusual March is not repeating in April, suggesting it was more one-time than indicative of market share gains.”

Robinhood, famously associated with the retail trading frenzy of 2021, faced challenges as household finances were strained by inflation and rising borrowing costs. Additionally, the company's disclosure of a Wells notice from the U.S. SEC regarding its crypto trading arm raised concerns about potential enforcement actions, dampening some of the optimism surrounding its earnings report.

Despite these challenges, Robinhood shares saw a 5.5% increase before the opening bell, signaling continued investor interest in the company's performance and future prospects.