SEC Scuppers Exodus’ Stock Debut in Sudden U-Turn

Crypto wallet developer Exodus Movement’s stock exchange debut is postponed due to ongoing SEC review.

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  • The SEC has delayed listing the cryptocurrency wallet company Exodus’s stock exchange.
  • The SEC’s last-minute request for further review mirrors similar challenges other crypto companies face.
  • Exodus has remained hopeful for a swift resolution and may explore alternative listing options.

Exodus Movement Inc., a leading developer of self-custodial cryptocurrency wallets, hit a hurdle in its journey to a major stock exchange listing. The company announced that the NYSE American, originally slated for a May 9 Class A Common Stock debut, has postponed the listing.

Exodus Follows Ripple’s Path

This development highlights the ongoing tension between innovation in the cryptocurrency space and regulatory oversight from government bodies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


The SEC requested further review of Exodus’ registration statement at the last minute, causing the delay. Exodus remains hopeful for a swift resolution and indicated they might seek a listing on a national exchange after the SEC completes its review. In the meantime, trading will continue on the OTC Markets’ OTCQX exchange.

“While we are surprised and confused by this last-minute decision, we remain hopeful that the SEC will follow through on its commitment to treat us as the law intends. Exodus has been fully transparent and responsive throughout this process and we expect a swift resolution in this matter,” Exodus CEO JP Richardson exclaimed.

This incident isn’t isolated. Ripple, another prominent player in the cryptocurrency industry, faced similar challenges during their IPO plans. In January, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse shelved the company’s public offering plans due to what he called a “hostile” regulatory environment in the US. 

Crypto Firms Struggle Against SEC

This move followed a legal battle with the SEC, dating back to 2020, over allegations of unregistered securities sales. Referring to the difficulties faced by Coinbase, another major crypto company that encountered legal issues following its IPO despite initial SEC approval, Garlinghouse had this to say:

“In the United States, trying to go public with a very hostile regulator that’s approved your S-1, that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to me,” Garlinghouse stated. 

The SEC plays a critical role in safeguarding public offerings through regulations. The agency has historically taken a cautious approach towards the cryptocurrency sector. Their rigorous review processes have impacted other companies like Robinhood, which initially delayed its IPO due to SEC scrutiny of its crypto offerings. Robinhood eventually went public in July 2021.


The delay in Exodus’ listing underscores the challenges faced by cryptocurrency companies seeking mainstream recognition through traditional stock exchange listings. As the industry continues to evolve, navigating the complexities of regulations will remain a crucial hurdle for crypto businesses aiming for broader public participation.

On the Flipside

  • A delay in stock exchange listing does not necessarily hinder a company’s growth. Exodus can continue trading on the OTCQX exchange and focus on other avenues for expansion.
  • Exodus can use this time to strengthen its product and user base, making it more attractive to future investors.

Why This Matters

This incident exemplifies the roadblocks cryptocurrency firms encounter when seeking legitimacy through traditional stock markets. The SEC’s scrutiny of Exodus and Ripple’s shelved IPO plans highlights the potential for regulatory hurdles to stifle innovation and hinder wider public adoption of cryptocurrency businesses.

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.