What A Week It Was For Block 🤯

What A Week It Was For Block 🤯
Cash App Stats Q1 2024

Hey FinTech Fanatic!

What a week it was for Block. Let's dive into a short list of the biggest updates of the week:

Block (SQ) has begun a dollar cost averaging (DCA) program to add to its already sizable bitcoin stack.

Led by CEO Jack Dorsey, the company in April began using 10% of its monthly bitcoin-related gross profit to buy additional bitcoin, with plans to do this each month for the remainder of 2024.

For perspective, Block had $80 million in bitcoin gross profit in the first quarter, according to its earnings results. Were that level of profit to continue through the rest of the year, the company under this program would add another $24 million worth of bitcoin to its balance sheet.

► Block integrates Afterpay with Cash App card:

The test offering provides buy now, pay later financing to a limited number of users of Block’s Cash App debit card for “a small fee.”

► Square unveils Kiosk for restaurants:

Square unveiled Square Kiosk, a fully integrated software, hardware, and payments solution that enables self-serve ordering for quick-service restaurants.

► Block to raise $2.0 Billion Offering of Senior Notes:

Fitch Ratings notes that Block has used convertible debt for external funding since its IPO and is well-positioned to exploit the growth in payments and consumer financial services. 

The company said in a statement that the terms of the notes, including interest rates and maturity dates, are subject to negotiation with the initial purchasers. Investors permitted to join the round include pension funds, banks, mutual funds and high-net-worth individuals.

Federal prosecutors are examining financial transactions at Block, owner of Cash App and Square:

Internal documents indicate Block processed crypto transactions for terrorist groups and Square processed transactions involving nations subject to economic sanctions.

Cash App shows growth: 

Cash App Pay was used by 4 million people in March 2024. Cash App Pay also continued to grow, with volume up more than 40% on a quarter-over-quarter basis. That is $3.5 billion in Annualized GPV.

From Block Shareholder Letter: 

"In March, Cash App had 57 million monthly transacting actives, up 6% year over year. In the first quarter of 2024, overall inflows were $71 billion, up 17% year over year. Inflows per transacting active were $1,255, up 11% year over year from strength in financial services products."

"We continued to see strong usage of Cash App Card as the number of Cash App Card monthly actives increased to 24 million in March and spend per monthly active also grew on a year-overyear basis. During the quarter, Cash App Card transaction fees surpassed Instant Deposit as Cash App’s largest contributor to gross profit."

Finally, I highly recommend reading the latest Q1 2024 Shareholder Letter for the latest Block stats.

Have a great start to the week, and I'll be back in your inbox tomorrow!




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