Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange Binance has burned 2,061,888 BNB tokens, the exchange’s native cryptocurrency, worth approximately $36.7 million.
Binance burns BNB tokens equivalent to 20 percent of its profits each quarter, a practice that the exchange plans to continue until one of two things happen: there are just 100 million BNB left, or just 50 percent of the original total supply of BNB remain.
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So far, more than 14.5 BNB has been burned, meaning that there are still just under 85.5 million left to be destroyed. Token burning is a practice that increases a coin’s scarcity and, therefore, can promote higher valuations.
This quarter’s token burn was roughly 54 percent more valuable than last quarter’s burn, which was worth $23,838,000. This correlates with an increase in Binance’s quarterly profits from $119.19 million in Q2 of this year; in a letter to investors, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said that the total value of the tokens burned “represents significant growth over the last quarter.”
Q3 2019 ranks as Binance’s second-most profitable quarter yet
Larry Cermak, Director of Research for The Block, tweeted that “since Binance burns 20% of profits, we can deduce that it made approximately $186 million in profit in Q3,” adding that “this is the second-highest quarterly profit” that the exchange has ever reported.
Cumulatively, Binance also just crossed $1 billion in profit. pic.twitter.com/mNHdnOdQgS
— Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) October 17, 2019
Nevertheless, Zhao chalked the growth up to “new services like Margin trading, an increased number of fiat on-ramps to make purchasing cryptocurrencies more accessible, and a multitude of other services we introduced that are beginning to bear fruit.” Binance also recently introduced staking for 12 cryptocurrencies.
Value of BNB token is down
Despite the positive performance of Binance as a company, the value of BNB tokens themselves has taken a dive over the past several months. At press time, CoinMarketCap listed BNB around $18.02, down more than 50 percent since its all-time high of $39.57 in June.
Zhao wrote that “there are many possible reasons for” the coin’s loss of value, “although none of them make much sense to me. Yes, there was a drop in the price of bitcoin, our industry’s index. There was some FUD on various things (per usual).”
“Markets often confuse people, even me sometimes,” he said.