Animoca Brands’ Financial Success: Can They Sustain Growth in Uncertain NFT Market?

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Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands recently revealed its strong financial position, demonstrating the company’s resilience and potential for further growth. As of April 30, 2023, the firm held a stablecoin reserve of $194 million, alongside $566 million in liquid digital assets. These assets include the utility token for the Sandbox NFT metaverse platform, SAND. In addition, token reserves held by its majority-owned Web 3 subsidiaries were valued at $2.7 billion.

Between the last quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, Animoca Brands witnessed a significant increase in its bookings and income. For instance, the firm reported $148 million in total income by the end of 2021, with most of its earnings coming from NFT sales, token sales, and non-blockchain activities. By the end of April 2022, the company registered $573 million under bookings and income, a remarkable growth of $425 million. The value of its 340 portfolio investments also reached $1.5 billion in Q1 2022.

The company’s cash balance during this period consisted of $98 million and $211 million in digital assets, including BTC, USDC, BUSD, ETH, and USDT. Animoca Brands also held third-party tokens worth $659 million, as well as off-balance sheet digital asset reserves, such as SAND, TOWER, QUIDD, REVV, and GMEE. These tokens were valued at approximately $4.2 billion as of April 30, 2022.

More importantly, Animoca Brands has been actively seeking opportunities to expand its operations in gaming and the metaverse. Recently, the company unveiled a partnership with its subsidiary, Notre Game, and a prominent martial arts organization, ONE Championship, to launch an NFT-based mobile game called ONE Fight Arena. The game is set to undergo player testing in Q4 of 2023, followed by an official global launch in Q1 of 2024.

In addition, on May 9, 2023, the firm signed a commercial agreement with STC Play to release video games across various distribution channels in the MENA region, including STC’s network. Furthermore, Animoca Brands announced a collaboration with ALTAVA Group on May 11, 2023.

Despite its early struggles when entering the digital asset space – including delisting from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in March 2020 – Animoca Brands has since bounced back. In 2021, the company featured in the Financial Times’ list of high-growth companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, some might argue that the NFT market’s uncertainty could affect Animoca Brands’ performance in the future. It remains to be seen whether the upward trajectory shown by the firm so far will be sustainable in the ever-changing crypto and blockchain landscape.

Source: Cryptonews

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