Ripple is now valued at $10B thanks to a new $200M investment round. However, the price of its actual token keeps declining and remains among the worst performers of 2019.
The Shock of Ripple’s Growth Versus XRP’s Price Decline
Ripple has had a string of good news recently, but the same can’t be said for the XRP token itself. More recently, Ripple managed to secure a funding round of $200M. It has been met with shock in much of the great financial world. It is now among the most valuable private startups in all of Silicon Valley. The new valuation caused CNBC anchor Brian Sullivan to do a double-take:
Other analysts have been stumped as to how the $10B valuation can even be justified. One user writes that the Ripple team is able to rationalize its valuation by simply having a massive war chest through mass-selling XRP on the market.
Every month, the team unlocks an additional 1 billion XRP. That’s hundreds of millions of dollars in XRP released every month. It’s unclear where this XRP goes, other than explanations of ‘on-demand liquidity.’
Why The Drop?
Ripple’s actual token, XRP, on the other hand, has been steadily dropping and is now -95% from its all-time high. Currently trading at around $0.191, the asset has been among the worst performers of 2019 among the leading cryptocurrencies. On January 1st 2019, it was trading at $0.359. Currently, it trading on the market for $0.191 and will be ending the year with astronomical losses on top of the losses it experienced in 2018.
The big question is, what justifies Ripple’s $10B valuation, and is this merely another bubble waiting to burst? Ripple claims it has some 300 financial service customers globally.
It has working relationships with some major firms, but this has yet to materialize into an actual profit stream for the Ripple company. Ripple’s three products—xRapid, xVia, and xCurrent—were all removed from the company’s website in October due to lackluster interest.
XRP does not represent a share of the company nor can it swapped for a Ripple stock. Instead, it’s merely a token you can send. At the very least, it seems certain that XRP is not a security—so it is already at a net advantage compared to other cryptocurrencies. Whether or not it’s worth its $10B valuation, however, is another question entirely. As of now, most analysts simply don’t believe it.
What Is Ripple?
Ripple is a real-time gross settlement system, currency exchange and remittance network created by Ripple Labs Inc., a US-based technology company. Released in 2012, Ripple is built upon a distributed open source protocol, and supports tokens representing fiat currency, cryptocurrency, commodities, or other units of value such as frequent flier miles or mobile minutes. Ripple purports to enable “secure, instantly and nearly free global financial transactions of any size with no chargebacks.”
The ledger employs the decentralized native cryptocurrency known as XRP, which as of September 2018 was the second largest coin by market capitalization. In 2013, the company reported interest from banks for using its payment system. By 2018, over 100 banks had signed up, but most of them were only using Ripple’s XCurrent messaging technology, while avoiding the XRP cryptocurrency due to its volatility problems