Crypto asset manager KR1 sees £4.5 million profit in first half 2019

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KR1, a crypto/blockchain asset investment company, today announced that it posted a profit of £4.5 million in the first six months of 2019.

As part of being a publicly listed company on London’s NEX Exchange, KR1 provides investors with regular updates and this forms part of the company’s interim report for the half-year ended 30 June 2019.

George McDonaugh, CEO of KR1

George McDonaugh, Co-Founder and CEO of KR1:

“During a period of significant price fluctuations in digital asset markets, we are pleased that the first half of 2019 has seen our portfolio appreciate in value. Seeing a significant change in market character since December 2018, with Bitcoin bouncing off a low of $3,200 USD/BTC and peaking at over $13,000 USD/BTC some six months later, our investments have performed well during this volatile period. As ever, there is a strong correlation with Bitcoin across the crypto markets and we’ve seen encouraging results from our portfolio in recent months, posting a profit of GBP4,567,975 for the half-year. This result was largely driven by the successful launch of the Cosmos network, one of our most successful investments to date. As announced previously this year, a part of our strategy is to ‘stake’ our Cosmos ATOM to produce a generous monthly staking yield, recognized in the revenue of GBP116,788 over the three and a half months period since Cosmos’ launch on 14 March 2019. We believe Cosmos, Polkadot, Dfinity and other Proof-of-Stake blockchains are going to yield healthy cash flows to the business going forward to support operations and keep our cash balance strong. Similar to yields in traditional financial markets, the yields from digital assets are, of course, subject to the underlying assets’ market prices.”

“There are also encouraging numbers of new projects launching in the Polkadot and Cosmos ecosystem and we are fully focused on seeking out new investment opportunities in these areas. As such, we are getting involved with Commonwealth and Edgeware, which are building on Polkadot and have previously made investments in Althea Mesh and the Foam Protocol, which will be placed in the wider Cosmos ecosystem.”

“The most significant area of blockchain attention and growth in the last few months has been and continues to be the area of ‘Decentralised Finance’ (DeFi). DeFi is an umbrella term for a group of projects on Ethereum that allow for lending, credit, exchange, storage, and insurance. The excitement in DeFi stems from the ‘composability’ of these projects, where each separate project can be deeply integrated with each other, allowing processes that would have taken many months in the legacy finance world to be reduced to just a few transactions on the blockchain. Given the risk and immaturity of these markets and products, the DeFi space provides yields and rates not available anywhere outside of the sector. We are proud to have backed a few major projects in the DeFi space, namely Nexus Mutual, which provides smart contract cover, Argent’s brilliant award-winning smart contract wallet and the Melon Protocol, which ultimately sits in the very heart of the whole DeFi space. All those projects are live and thriving with strong growth and interest.”

“The wider blockchain space continues to innovate and evolve at a striking pace and we are seeing a resurgence in interest in the concept of DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations), and a clear push towards more privacy-focused technologies. Our interest in privacy is reflected in our recent investment into the Nym Project, which is considered a forerunner in terms of research and implementation in decentralizing and securing privacy.”

“Moving forward, we expect to see renewed growth in terms of new blockchain projects launching and widespread adoption as more and more people and institutions recognize the profound importance of blockchain-based financial, social and trustless ecosystems. At KR1 we believe that our unique portfolio and reputation in the market positions us strongly to drive investor returns in this new cycle of the market.”

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