European digital asset investment firm KR1 posted a $5.6 million profit for the half year ending on June 30, 2019, mainly due to the launch of Cosmos network.
High returns from bull market in H1 2019
In an interim report published on Bloomberg on Sept. 30, KR1 CEO George McDonaugh emphasized that the firm’s portfolio surged in value in H1 2019 as Bitcoin (BTC) bounced off a low of $3,200 in late 2018 to over $13,000 in mid-2019.
According to the report, the company’s profit was primarily driven by the successful launch of the Cosmos network, considered to be one of KR1’s most successful investments so far.
Revenues from staking ATOM
The company’s strategy to stake their Cosmos token (ATOM) has produced a significant monthly staking yield, reportedly recognized in revenue of £116,788 ($143,621) over the three-and-a-half-month period following Cosmos’ launch on March 14.
As previously reported, Cosmos network claims to function as “the Internet of Blockchains,” working as a mediator between different blockchain networks. Cosmos reportedly became the first in a series of proof-of-stake (PoS) chains developed by California-based startup Tendermint.
In the announcement, KR1’s CEO expressed confidence about PoS blockchains including blockchain interoperability protocol Polkadot and Dfinity, noting that such projects will generate healthy cashflows. As such, KR1 is reportedly getting involved with Commonwealth Labs, a startup building a system for anyone to participate in the governance of decentralized networks, and Edgeware, which are reportedly building on Polkadot.
On Sept. 26, major crypto exchange Binance launched a dedicated staking platform, allowing users to earn staking rewards by depositing their token holdings.