Robinhood signals trading slowdown despite strong second quarter boosted by crypto

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Robinhood is bracing for a slowdown despite reporting strong second quarter earnings on Wednesday. 

The commission-free trading app, which rose to popularity earlier this year as a result of the trading frenzy related to meme stocks like GameStop and AMC, posted a net loss of $502 million, or $2.16 per diluted share compared with a net income of $58 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, a year ago. Total net revenues surged 131% to $565 million, compared to $244 million during the same period a year ago. 

Transaction-based revenues jumped 141% to $451 million, compared to $187 million a year ago. Options revenue increased 48% to $165 million, up from $111 million a year ago, while cryptocurrency revenue rose to $233 million, compared to $5 million a year ago. Meanwhile, equities transaction-based revenue decreased 26% to $52 million, compared with $71 million a year ago. 

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According to the company, over 60% of its funded accounts placed their first trade in cryptocurrencies rather than equities. Approximately 59% of funded accounts traded equities, down from 66% a year ago. 

The company's net cumulative funded accounts grew 130% in the second quarter to a total of 22.5 million, up from 9.8 million a year ago. Monthly active users increased 109% to 21.3 million, up from 10.2 million a year ago. Average revenue per user was $112 in the second quarter, compared to $115 a year ago, and Robinhood now boasts $102 billion in total assets under custody, up 205% from $33 billion a year ago.  

While Robinhood supports a portfolio of seven cryptocurrencies, approximately 62% of its cryptocurrency transaction-based revenue was attributable to transactions in Dogecoin, compared to 34% in the previous quarter.

"If demand for transactions in Dogecoin declines and is not replaced by new demand for other cryptocurrencies available for trading on our platform, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected," the company warned in a 10Q filing. 

Vladimir Tenev said he wants the introduction of digital crypto wallets to be “done correctly and properly.” (Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

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Although Robinhood did not offer full-year guidance, the company anticipates "seasonal headwinds and lower trading activity" will result in lower revenue and considerably fewer new funded accounts in the third quarter. 

Going forward, Robinhood expects to become less reliant on payment for order flow. In the second quarter, payment for order flow for equities and options as a percentage of revenue declined to 38% from 64% in the previous quarter.

"As customer interest in crypto increased, we expect the makeup of revenue to continue to fluctuate and payment for order flow in the near term may again increase," Robinhood Chief Financial Officer Jason Warnick told analysts and retail investors on the company's earnings call. "But over the long run, the trend should be continued."

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When it comes to introducing digital wallets to deposit and withdraw cryptocurrencies, executives acknowledged that it is a "key priority" but "tricky to do with scale."

"We want to make sure it's done correctly and properly, and we want to make sure that everything from a security and operations standpoint is as bulletproof as possible because our top value is safety first and we hold ourselves to a very high standard for that," Robinhood co-founder and CEO Vlad Tenev said. "So I think, as with all these things, we want to make sure it's right." 

The company is also exploring giving customers access to tax-advantaged accounts, such as IRAs and Roth IRAs, as well as joint accounts and beneficiaries. However, executives emphasized that any related announcements will not be made for the foreseeable future.

In addition, executives said that a dividend payment to shareholders is unlikely for the foreseeable future as the company remains in a "growth stage."

Shares of Robinhood have fallen more than 8% in after-hours trading following the earnings results. 

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