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Tesla $1.5B Bitcoin Purchase Was Facilitated By Soon-To-Go-Public Coinbase: Report

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase facilitated the $1.5 billion purchase of Bitcoin (BTC) by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), the Block reported Wednesday.

What Happened: The purchase for the Elon Musk-led company was executed in the first week of February over the course of several days, as per the Block.

The order was reportedly routed to several over-the-counter trading desk in the same way Coinbase conducted the purchase for MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR).

Coinbase’s prime brokerage arm has more than five Fortune 500 companies as clients, a source told the Block.

Why It Matters: Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is being valued at nearly $77 billion as it prepares to go public, which is greater than Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE: ICE), the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, CoinDesk reported.

The exchange’s heady valuation comes at a time when BTC hit an all-time high of above ,000 on Wednesday.

The valuation is based on the trading in Coinbase’s privately held shares on the Nasdaq Private Market at $303 a piece, people familiar with the matter told CoinDesk.

See also: How to Buy Bitcoin (BTC)

“The first week it was 200 bucks a share, the second week it was $301 a share, and the third week it was $303 a share. So you can kind of see price discovery happening,” as per the publication’s source.

At the time Coinbase announced its IPO plans in December, the company was valued at billion based on a 2018 funding round.

The cryptocurrency exchange is running an anonymous order book ahead of its direct listing, the date for which is not yet known, noted CoinDesk.

Nearly 254 million shares in the cryptocurrency exchange will be outstanding and available to trade as and when the company goes public, people familiar with the IPO told CoinDesk.

Price Action: Tesla shares closed nearly 0.2% higher at $798.15 on Wednesday and fell 0.56% in the after-hours session. BTC traded 6.12% higher at $52,225.99.

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