Ripple's XRP sales almost doubled in the first quarter of 2021 thanks to a surge in uptake of on-demand liquidity services

Saturday 08 May 2021, 12:04 AM AEST - 1 month ago

  • XRP sales by Ripple almost doubled in the first three months of 2021 compared to the last quarter of 2020.
  • Ripple said the increase could be linked to its on-demand liquidity services surging in popularity.
  • Ripple is facing a lawsuit by the SEC regarding its XRP sales to investors.

Ripple said on Thursday its XRP sales almost doubled in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the last three months of last year. XRP sales rose 97% to $150.34 million from $76.27 million.

The sales growth was the result of a surge in uptake of RippleNets on-demand liquidity services, the company said. Earlier this year, the soaring popularity for the service led Ripple to acquire 40% stakes in Tranglo, a cross-border payment specialist firm that will enable it to expand its on-demand liquidity offering.

For well over a year, Ripple has not sold programmatically. Ripple continued to engage in sales to support ODL and key infrastructure partners as part of providing increased XRP liquidity to improve the ODL experience of certain customers, eliminating the need for pre-funding and enabling instant global payments., the report said.

Ripples XRP sales in the first quarter represented 0.07% of global XRP volume, up 0.02% from the previous quarter.

Overall XRP volume grew by $55.63 billion to $203.78 billion in the first three month of this year, Ripples report said, citing data from CryptoCompare TopTier. At the end of the previous quarter, total XRP volume was $148.15 billion, making this a 37.5% increase.

Ripples report said the first three months of the year marked a quarter of XRP accumulation. The report said the amount of large-scale wallets that hold XRP worth more than $10 million increased by 11 and 71 further wallets increased holdings above $1 million.

Ripple, which holds the majority of XRP in circulation, said it released tokens out of escrow in line with previous quarters and expectations. The release of XRP could not be categorized as Ripple distributing the cryptocurrency, the report said.

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