Apparently, the funds, while not needed to fund operations, will give the company “Balance sheet flexibility” as it looks to hire upwards of 150 new employees in 2020 and introduce new overseas offices to facilitate said employee additions.
Earlier this year after Ripple made a large investment in remittance leader MoneyGram, Garlinghouse told Yahoo Finance that his firm intends to make strategic acquisitions and investments to boost the adoption of XRP and related services.
Ripple Now More Valuable Than WeWork
While the raise is notable in and of itself, an important of this tidbit of news is that Ripple raised this capital at a rather high valuation. A valuation of $10 billion, to be exact.
The reason: Garlinghouse was quoted as telling Fortune that Ripple’s latest funding round — a Series C for those wondering — saw a high level of investor interest in the crypto-centric company, allowing for high valuations to be set.
But how much is $10 billion in the grand scheme of things?
Well, quite a bit.
Analysts Still Worried About XRP
Although this news is undoubtedly positive for the entire Ripple ecosystem — XRP included — some fear that the cryptocurrency is still subject to bearish pressures.
There’s also a sentiment from Joe DiPasquale, CEO of cryptocurrency hedge fund manager BitBull Capital, that the popular altcoin is likely to suffer more, despite XRP already trading at its lowest price in over two years. DiPasquale remarked:
“XRP has been historically very sensitive to adoption-related news pertaining to banking and money services partners, since they represent the biggest clientele for Ripple’s services… Now, with Bitcoin’s price also experiencing downward pressure, we expect the cryptocurrency to slide further due to this news.”
This comment was made in reference to news that MoneyGram, one of Ripple’s most prominent financial institution partners, that it doesn’t actually hold or “HODL” the asset that it uses.