Silvergate stock maintains growth despite a weak crypto market
Silvergate Capital (NYSE:SI) — the bank for crypto — jumped 22% after reporting strong earnings.
What’s the big deal? Despite bankruptcies and weak crypto prices, Silvergate stayed strong in 2022.
- Unlike exchange Coinbase — whose earnings rapidly deteriorated during the crypto crash — Silvergate doesn’t directly rely on retail trading activity.
- Silvergate provides banking services to large institutional clients — like Coinbase, Kraken and other crypto platforms.
However, it provides loans to industry players and could be impacted if those players go under. So far, it’s managed to dodge a few bankruptcies.
Looking at their second-quarter numbers:
- $38.6M in net income — up from $20.9M in the same quarter of 2021.
- $1.13 in earnings per share — compared to 84 cents estimated by Wall Street.
Their Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN) — which lets clients move money between accounts and crypto platforms — processed $191B in USD transfers, up 34% from the previous quarter. Clients also grew from 1,503 in the previous quarter to 1,585.
Bankruptcy risks and the broad downturn sent $SI stock down 46% in 2022 — now trading at a 12x forward P/E ratio which seems cheap if growth holds up.
Keep building: Crypto may be in a bear market, but startups continue to build and funding holds strong.
- In the first half of 2022, $9.3B was invested in crypto startups — down slightly from $12.5B in the first half of 2021.
- Silvergate will continue to benefit from industry growth, not just prices.
In June, a Dealmaker report named Silvergate as a potential acquisition target. In a bear market, you find who the strong ones are that’ll thrive when the market rebounds.
Dive deeper: Silvergate took a big bet on crypto, and it paid off.