南韩加密货币成功故事 K Bank 瞄准 IPO

韩国新型银行K Bank,因其加密货币业务经历了迅速增长,将启动IPO竞标

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S. Korea’s Crypto-Friendly K Bank Plans IPO During Bitcoin Boom

📅 Last updated: March 10, 2024 19:30 EDT | ⏱️ Reading time: 2 min

Tim Alper Tim Alper

📌 K Bank, a South Korean neobank, known for its rapid growth, is planning to make an initial public offering (IPO) bid. The bank’s board of directors has approved this move, aiming to list on the South Korean KOSPI stock market within the year. But why is this neobank so confident in its IPO bid?

K Bank – A South Korean Crypto Success Story?

According to Viva100, K Bank is relying on the “expected benefits” from the recent increase in Bitcoin interest among crypto-enthusiast South Korean retail investors. The bank provides “real-name” banking services (fiat on/off ramps) to Upbit, the nation’s largest crypto exchange. This partnership has proven successful during the pandemic, as K Bank was the only platform allowing new users to register online. As a result, crypto accounts have enjoyed popularity, contributing heavily to the bank’s revenues. With Bitcoin continuously breaking all-time price records, K Bank expects the trend in customer registrations to continue.

Trading volumes on the Upbit crypto exchange Trading volumes on the Upbit crypto exchange. (Source: CoinGecko)

The newly appointed CEO, digital finance expert Choi Woo-hyung, is fostering a positive internal and external environment for IPO preparation, setting the stage for K Bank’s IPO bid.

More South Korean Crypto Firms to Launch IPOs?

Earlier this year, K Bank reached out to major securities companies, such as NH Investment & Securities, KB Securities, and the Bank of America (BofA), as preferred negotiation partners. The bank has also initiated an internal recruitment process to form a dedicated IPO team.

However, K Bank’s previous attempt to go public in South Korea ended in disappointment due to a stock market slump in 2022. But with over 10 million customers and the recent surge in Bitcoin prices, the bank seems determined to succeed in its IPO bid this time.

“The average number of new customers this year increased more than three times as fast as last year. The recent upward trend in Bitcoin is also acting as a positive factor for the K Bank IPO bid.” – Media Outlet

A K Bank ATM A K Bank ATM. (SBS Biz News/YouTube)

As we observe K Bank’s pursuit of an IPO, it is worth mentioning that another prominent South Korean crypto platform, Bithumb, has unveiled plans for its IPO bid. With the return of retail investors to the market and the continuous rise in Bitcoin prices, both K Bank and Bithumb are likely to benefit from the bullish market sentiment.

Previous market analysts even predicted that Dunamu, the operator of Upbit, would follow Coinbase’s footsteps and make its way onto the New York Stock Exchange during the 2021 BTC bull market boom.

🤔 Reader Q&A

Q: How has K Bank’s partnership with Upbit contributed to its success? A: K Bank’s partnership with Upbit, the nation’s largest crypto exchange, has provided a strong customer base for the bank. Being the only platform to allow online registration during the pandemic, K Bank’s crypto accounts have attracted a significant number of users and generated substantial revenues.

Q: Why did K Bank’s previous IPO attempt fail? A: K Bank’s previous IPO bid was hindered by a stock market slump in 2022, forcing the bank to put its plans on hold. However, with improved market conditions and the recent surge in Bitcoin prices, K Bank is optimistic about its chances of success this time.

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问:是否有其他韩国加密公司计划上市? 答:是的,Bithumb,Upbit的主要竞争对手之一,也宣布了上市计划。 K Bank和Bithumb都预计将受益于零售投资者的回归和比特币价格持续上涨。

📈 未来展望及投资建议

随着比特币价格不断刷新新高,加密货币市场正经历着投资和兴趣的激增。这种增长的兴趣为K Bank等韩国加密公司创造了机遇。通过与Upbit的成功合作,K Bank在满足加密相关服务需求不断增长的趋势下具有很好的定位。投资者应密切关注K Bank和其他韩国加密公司的业绩,因为它们在上市过程中航行,并可能提供投资机会。

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