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Cryptocurrency CEO Warns 1,000% Stock Rise Is ‘Not a Reality’ As Bitcoin Mania Takes Hold

December 19, 2017, 4:34 PM UTC

After financial tech company Longfin bought a cryptocurrency company, its market shares went up by over 1,000%. But the CEO doesn’t think it should.

“We are a profitable company… We have nothing to do with this euphoric mania,” Longfin CEO Venkat Meenavalli said on CNBC’s Fast Money. He later added that market value the company reached “is not a reality.”

Meenavalli valued his company’s IPO at $5 when it launched Tuesday, Dec. 12. After the company announced Friday it bought, a microlending company that claims to use the same blockchain technology that Bitcoin does but reportedly has no revenue, shares shot up to a high of $126.66. They’ve since gone down to about $60 as of Tuesday, Dec. 19.

“This market cap is not justified,” Meenavalli told CNBC.

Meenavalli claims that while Ziddu has yet to produce any revenue, it is still in a testing phase. He expects it to make $3 million next year, according to CNBC. Meenavalli also said that he is “not at all” trying to take advantage of the hype around Bitcoin and blockchain technology.