Plus500, the renowned investments firm, triples its sales and clients database with the cryptocurrencies boom at the beginning of the year. The effects of the crypto craze continue to be felt on the stock market at the stocks of Plus500 are continuously registering gains. The broker specialising in derivatives contracts has recently become one of the leading securities on the London Stock Exchange.
The shares of Plus500 rose 5.75% today, bringing the accumulated appreciation in the last 12 months to 207%. Its capitalization exceeds the level of 1,6 billion GBP, which equals roughly to $2,17 billion USD.
Despite this rally, investors became more optimistic just after today’s release of Plus500 results for the first quarter of the year.
Cryptocurrency trading was the most beneficial for Plus500
As it has happened with the Plus500 share price, both sales and the registration of new customers tripled compared to the previous year, thanks mainly to the investments craze triggered by cryptocurrencies, especially by Bitcoin (BTC). The crypto craze started at the end of 2017 and continued during the first 4 months of 2018, despite the cryptocurrencies market’s ups and downs.
The company’s revenues increased from $77.5 million to $297.3 million, and new customer acquisition soared from 22,210 a year ago to 72,960 in the first quarter of 2018.
Also, at the end of March, the company had 218,187 active customers, which means three times more than in March 2017.
Plus500’s earnings soared up thanks to the crypto craze
The recorded growth levels have also boosted the group’s earnings to $237.3 million, which are now five times more than the $45.8 million achieved in the first quarter of last year.
The company itself acknowledges that it will be almost impossible to repeat these growth rates in the forthcoming quarters due to the slowdown in the cryptocurrencies investment boom.
The recent investments craze over cryptocurrencies has totally shadowed the threat of a stricter regulatory market regarding the financial products such as CFDs (Contracts for Difference), being a beneficial situation for Plus500 which soared by 200% in the last 12 months. However, the cryptocurrencies market tend to follow the same direction towards regulations, thus, it might be possible that the crypto craze to slow down faster than expected.
Jackson Bey was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta but moved east when he was 22. Apart from running his own consulting firm. Jackson spends his time canoeing the many lakes of Ontario. As a financial journalist Jackson has published stories for CBC Business Online, as well as Buzz Feed and Motherboard. As a contributor to Billionaire 365, Jackson mostly covers markets and trade.