The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has prolonged the evaluation period for NYSE Arca’s proposed rule change, aiming to list Grayscale Ethereum Trust shares as an exchange-traded product.
Initially set for a December 11 conclusion, the deadline has now been extended to January 25. The proposed ETF listing by NYSE Arca holds significance for integrating crypto into traditional financial systems. It could open doors for institutional investors seeking exposure to Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency.
The SEC justifies the extension, citing the need for comprehensive scrutiny of the proposed rule change and associated concerns. The regulatory body states,
“The Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and the issues raised therein.”
Bloomberg Intelligence analyst James Seyffart notes,
“As expected, @Grayscale’s Ethereum trust filing just got delayed.”
He emphasizes the normalcy of such delays, echoing the sentiment that the extension aligns with routine processes.
The SEC has also deferred decisions on other crypto-related ETFs, including the Hashdex Nasdaq Ethereum ETF. Companies like BlackRock are awaiting regulatory approval to launch spot ether ETFs, contributing to the evolving landscape of crypto-based financial instruments.
Grayscale Investments, with its Ethereum Trust, has filed for a conversion into a spot ETF, initiating the process in October. The trust, launched in March 2019, currently manages nearly $5 billion in assets, representing 2.5% of the total ETH in circulation.
Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein highlighted the importance of this move, stating,
“As we file to convert ETHE to an ETF, the natural next step in the product’s evolution, we recognize this as an important moment to bring Ethereum even further into the U.S. regulatory perimeter.”
The conversion carries potential benefits for investors, especially considering the current dynamics. ETHE shares presently trade at a substantial 30% discount to the underlying ETH held by the fund.
While the total value of the fund’s ETH holdings stands at $5.14 billion, the shares’ collective worth amounts to just $3.6 billion, creating an opportunity for a more aligned valuation upon successful conversion.
In a parallel development, the SEC acknowledged BlackRock’s spot ether ETF application, indicating the growing interest and efforts within the industry to introduce diverse crypto-focused financial products.