Why is XRP seeing a monster rally when Ripple is worth just $3B on the secondary market?

The equity of Ripple, the company that builds the infrastructure around XRP — the digital asset used by networks like RippleNet to process cross-border payments — is reportedly trading at $2 to $3 billion in the secondary market.

Yet, the XRP holdings of Ripple, are reportedly worth $70 billion, which is many times higher than the valuation of the firm’s equity.

Michael Novogratz, the billionaire cryptocurrency investor and the CEO of Galaxy Digital, said:

“Ripple equity is ‘trading’ in secondary market at $2-3bn valuation. The $XRP on their balance sheet is worth approx $70bn. One price seems wrong. If $XRP price is saying settlement coming, the equity is crazy cheap. If not, the token seems expensive. Thoughts?:

So is XRP undervalued? Not exactly

According to Leonidas Hadjiloizou, a long-time cryptocurrency researcher, XRP that is locked in Ripple’s balance sheet are in escrow are likely not priced into Ripple’s equity.

As such, these holdings are not accessible until they start unlocking, which might not be priced in the value of the firm’s equity.

He said:

“Well, $62 bn of the XRP in Ripple’s balance sheet is locked in escrow. At the same time, Ripple’s XRP sales are the ones under attack from the SEC so the market probably hasn’t priced in Ripple’s XRP holdings since they are in limbo right now.”

In December 2017, the Ripple team explained that the XRP holdings in Ripple’s escrow unlock by one billion XRP per month for 55 subsequent months.

The team said at the time:

“The…

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