BitcoinBusiness

Supply Crisis: Square Sells $1.63 Billion Worth of Bitcoin in Q3

 | 

In the third quarter of 2020, U.S. payments firm Square sold substantially more bitcoin than was mined.

According to Square’s Q3 2020 shareholder letter filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the firm recorded $1.63 billion of Bitcoin revenue over the last three months.

Square describes the firm’s Bitcoin revenue as the “total sale amount of bitcoin to customers.”

Over the course of the past quarter, approximately 82,000 bitcoin were mined, amounting to a combined market value of $1.26 billion at press time. 

Institutional and Retail Adoption Squeeze the Bitcoin Supply

Bitcoin has a fixed supply of 21 million, which is substantially lower when lost and dormant coins are considered. Hence, as institutional and retail bitcoin accumulation continues, buyer demand threatens to overwhelm the circulating supply.

This phenomenon is multiplied by the effect of the halving earlier this year, during which the Bitcoin block reward for miners was cut in half, directly affecting Bitcoin's inflation rate.

PlanB, creator of the S2F model which predicts Bitcoin to hit between $100,000 to $288,000 by 2024, reaffirmed his confidence in the prediction on Sunday.


Increased institutional interest in Bitcoin has come hand in hand with strengthened infrastructure around the pioneering cryptocurrency as large players such as payments firm PayPal tap into the industry.

In turn, this results in easier access to Bitcoin, facilitating the entrance of new buyers - all while new supply remains uncompromisingly low.

Square Records 11-Fold Year-Over-Year Bitcoin Revenue

On January 31st, 2018, Square officially integrated Bitcoin purchases into its payments app Cash App after testing the integration for two months

Within three years, Square’s support for Bitcoin evolved into a $1.63 billion business for Cash App following strong annual revenue growth, according to Square’s SEC filing:

Cash App generated $1.63 billion of bitcoin revenue and $32 million of bitcoin gross profit during the third quarter of 2020, up approximately 11x and 15x year over year, respectively. Bitcoin revenue and gross profit benefited from an increase in bitcoin actives and volume per customer.

author avatar image

written by

Joseph Young is a financial analyst based in South Korea. He has covered Bitcoin and the crypto market since 2013. He regularly contributes to the BTC Times, Forbes, and Cointelegraph.