CoinGecko has published its crypto market report for Q2 2019. The report notes that Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) are on the rise, with 72 projects raising a total of $262 million in the first half of 2019.
Binance’s Initial Exchange Offering platform, Launchpad, started the “IEO frenzy” in January 2019, raising $7.2 million in 14 minutes for BitTorrent.
‘IEOs Seem to Have a Ceiling of $20 million’
While the average amount that Initial Exchange Offerings raised in H1 2019 was $3.7 million, the report found that the sums varied significantly from project to project.
The smart contract platform WaykiChain collected the largest sum, $18.5 million, followed by Lambda ($16.4 million), Poata Token ($15.4 million), Blockcloud ($15 million), and Top Network ($15 million).
Only these projects managed to get funding of more than $10 million through IEOs, representing 31% of the amount raised in the first half of 2019.
“IEO projects seem to have a ceiling of $20 million in amount raised,” the report states.
Upcoming and Recent IEOs
Binance, Gate.io Lead the Way
The report reveals that the amounts raised in IEOs depend not only on the projects but on the exchanges on which the token sales are hosted.
According to the study, approximately 50% of IEO funds have flowed into the top five crypto exchanges. Gate.io, Binance, Okex, Huobi, and Bittrex led the way, raising $47.6 million, $27.2 million, $24.3 million, $22.7 million, and $16.9 million respectively.
The researchers studied how different crypto exchanges have performed with respect to the ROI of their IEOs.
Surprisingly, the cryptocurrency exchanges ZBG and ZB are in the lead with ROIs of 820% and 553%, with Binance (513%), Gate.io (505%), and Hotbit (320%) following.
Despite their high-performance IEOs, both ZBG and ZB only launched one IEO project, the researchers note. Therefore, CoinGecko considers Binance and Gate.io to be the top crypto exchanges when it comes to IEOs.
An interesting fact about IEOs relates to the Bitforex crypto exchange which has launched eight IEOs on its platform – the same number as Gate.io. Despite having the most Initial Exchange Offerings among all exchanges, Bitforex’s average return on investment is in the negative, with the average ROI being -37%.
Top Winner Gained 1,800%, Loser Lost Over 90%
Despite the fact that only half of the IEO projects were profitable, if one managed to invest in all of them, he or she would still have enjoyed a 44% ROI.
The top gainers include Lambda (1,874%), Mixmarvel (1,249%), Lichang (1,138%), Bittorent (1,068%), and Global Trading System (820%), while the tokens associated with IEO projects like Facepower and Aivia have shed over 90% of their value since their token sales.