Money transmission network MoneyGram now has a minority investment in crypto ATM operator Coinme following a Series A funding round.
In a Wednesday announcement, MoneyGram said it had purchased a roughly 4% ownership stake in Coinme — likely more than $764,000, given its valuation of $19.1 million in June — as part of a strategic investment in the crypto company. The investment follows a May 2021 partnership between the two firms aimed at expanding access to crypto-fiat exchanges.
“We continue to be bullish on the vast opportunities that exist in the ever-growing world of cryptocurrency and our ability to operate as a compliant bridge to connect digital assets to local fiat currency,” said MoneyGram CEO Alex Holmes. “Our investment in Coinme further strengthens our partnership and compliments our shared vision to expand access to digital assets and cryptocurrencies.”
Currently, U.S.-based MoneyGram users are able to exchange their Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto holdings for cash at point-of-sale outlets. Coinme’s website reports more than 23,000 ATM locations in the United States, including MoneyGram and Coinstar.
While MoneyGram seemingly winds up its partnership with Coinme — currently only operating in the United States — it scaled back its collaboration with blockchain-based payments firm Ripple Labs in 2021. The two firms inked a strategic partnership agreement in 2019, processing billions of dollars through Ripple’s RippleNet and On-Demand Liquidity services. However, MoneyGram suspended the partnership in February 2021 following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing a complaint against Ripple, alleging securities violations.
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At the time of publication, shares of MoneyGram stock (MGI) are trading for $7.55, having fallen roughly 2.5% in the last 24 hours.
By: Cointelegraph By Turner Wright