How to buy Coinbase (COIN) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Coinbase shares.
Coinbase (COIN) is the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States with over 40 million users worldwide. It also provides an online marketplace for money managers as well as a prototype platform for app developers.
In April 2021, Coinbase listed on the NASDAQ in one of the hottest IPOs of the year. Shares of Coinbase closed at a price of $328.28 per share on it's first day of trading, leaving the company with a valuation of $85.78 billion.
How to buy shares in Coinbase
Coinbase is now trading on the NASDAQ, which means you'll need a share trading platform that offers US stocks.
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-trading platform table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and tax file number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: COIN in this case.
- Research Coinbase shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Coinbase shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.
- Wednesday, April 14: Shares of COIN debuted Wednesday at US$381 after the Nasdaq issued a US$250 reference price Tuesday. The stock quickly skyrocketed to US$429.54, but settled to just under $400 after the stock began trading. We'll update this page as new information becomes available.
- Tuesday, April 13: The Nasdaq issued a reference price for the expected April 14 Coinbase offering at US$250 per share, which would value the company at about US$65 billion, CNBC reported. That price is based on private market activity and doesn't necessarily show where COIN shares will open in the market tomorrow. Recent direct listings have opened well above that price. It's not yet clear when shares will begin trading.
- Monday, April 12: Bitcoin jumped back over US$60,000 days before Coinbase's direct listing, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. Market insiders believe Coinbase's listing will be a catalyst for a bitcoin and broader cryptocurrency surge.
- Friday, April 9: Coinbase this week announced a huge gain in first-quarter revenue, possibly giving a boost to its initial public offering expected April 14. Revenue for the quarter came in at US$1.8 billion, more than it earned in all of 2020, according to BusinessWire.
- Friday, April 2: Coinbase has announced via Twitter that it expects to launch its offering in a direct listing April 14 on the Nasdaq under the symbol "COIN."
- Friday, March 19: Coinbase plans to delay the public launch of its direct listing until April, reports Bloomberg.
- Wednesday, March 17: Coinbase is expected to offer 114.9 million shares in its direct listing, the company said in an amended registration statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The direct listing could value Coinbase at more than US$100 billion.
- Thursday, March 11: Coinbase announced that private trading of its shares last week suggests a US$90 billion valuation, up about US$13 billion from February when shares were trading around US$303 apiece.
What is a direct listing?
A direct listing is different to a traditional IPO in a number of important ways.
In a traditional IPO, an underwriter (typically an investment bank) purchases pre-IPO stock before selling it on to investors. Their job is to mitigate any risks, set the IPO stock price and determine how many shares should be issued to the market.
With a direct listing, there is no underwriter involved and no newly issued stock. Instead, existing private shareholders and employees of Coinbase sell their stock directly to the market.
The benefit is that it costs less for the company and Coinbase does not need to convince institutional investors to buy in ahead of going public. However it could also lead to higher volatility on the day of the IPO.
How do similar companies perform?
It's impossible to predict how any stock will perform — and IPOs can be particularly volatile. But evaluating the performance of companies like Coinbase can be useful in determining how the market is performing and whether now is a good time to invest in this industry. Select a company to learn more about what they do and how their stock performs, including market capitalisation, the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, price/earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratio and dividend yield. While this list includes a selection of the most well-known and popular stocks, it doesn't include every stock available.
Coinbase's balance sheet
Coinbase is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the US, with over 43 million verified users and US$90 billion in platform assets. Its global network is over 115,000 partners strong and spans 100 countries. Private trading of its shares in March 2021 suggests a US$90 billion valuation, up US$13 billion from its February valuation.
With the release of Coinbase’s S-1 filing, we were able to take a closer look at the company’s financials.
|As of December 31, 2019||As of December 31, 2020|
|Coinbase revenue||US$533.7 million||US$1.27 billion|
|Coinbase net income (loss)||(US$30.3 million)||US$127.4 million|
In 2019, Coinbase reported US$533.7 million in revenue and a net loss of US$30.3 million. In 2020, its revenue rose to US$1.27 billion and it reported a profit of US$127.4 million.
Rising revenue and falling losses is a promising trend — so long as Coinbase can continue its profit-making trajectory. But no investment is free from risk and the inherent volatility of the crypto sector may prove a determining factor in Coinbase’s profitability.
Compare trading platforms to buy Coinbase shares
Should you buy Coinbase shares?
More guides on Finder
How to buy OpenAI stock in Australia
Looking to jump on the AI bandwagon? Here's how you can invest in ChatGPT and its parent company OpenAI from Australia.
Best performing stocks on the ASX in 2023 (Updated weekly)
Looking for the best performing stocks in Australia? We update this list weekly.
Cryptocurrency ETFs explained: A simple guide for investors (2023)
If you’re looking for ways to gain exposure to Bitcoin and other digital currencies, cryptocurrency ETFs could be worth exploring. Find out what crypto ETFs are and how they work in this introductory guide.
How to buy Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA ADR (GOL) shares in Australia
Steps to owning and managing Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA shares from Australia.
How to buy Microsoft (MSFT) shares in Australia
Steps to owning and managing Microsoft shares from in Australia.
A beginner’s guide to Lego investing
Looking for alternative investments? With a ROI of up to 3,593% lego may be worth considering. Read on to find out which lego sets are worth the investment.
The cheapest stock brokers in Australia (Dec 2023)
Find cheap stock brokerage in Australia when buying and selling shares on the ASX and other international exchanges.
What is the money market?
Learn about the money market and everyday consumer money market products.
Is investing in crowdfunding a safe investment?
Equity crowdfunding offers a unique opportunity for investors and for Australian startups, but Australia’s regulatory framework surrounding crowdfunding still lags behind the rest of the world.
The best trading platforms in Australia for 2023
Follow these tips to find the best share trading platform for you.
Ask an Expert