Officially announced Monday is Coinbase’s plan to raise $1.5 billion through a debt offering.
With the capital raised, the Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange intends to grow its balance sheet and to potentially invest in or acquire other companies, products or technology. Changing market conditions and other factors could delay the offering’s closing, the firm noted.
In the new offering, Coinbase Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary acting as Coinbase’s holding company, will fully guarantee $1.5 billion aggregate principal number of senior notes due 2028 and 2031. Negotiations between the firm and initial purchasers determine the interest rate, redemption provisions, and other terms of the raise.
A confidential offering memorandum was provided by Coinbase noting that the notes and the related guarantee would only be sold to persons “reasonably believed to qualify as institutional buyers” under local securities law and outside the United States.
“Neither the notes nor the related guarantee have been registered under the Securities Act or any other securities law, and, therefore, they cannot be offered or sold in the United States, except in accordance with any applicable exemptions,” Coinbase said.
U.S. securities regulators have increased their attention on Coinbase, which has since gone public. The Securities and Exchange Commission threatened to sue the exchange last week over its cryptocurrency lending program.
The CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, pointed out that many other crypto firms are currently offering similar loan services to their customers.