Ripple has released one billion XRP worth about $309 million from its escrow account at the start of May 2019, according to Twitter user Whale Alert.
In a recently released Q1 2019 performance, the company revealed total XRP sales of $169 million between January and March 2019. The token is the third-ranked cryptocurrency according to CoinMarketCap.
First Q2 Escrow Withdrawal
In a tweet posted in the early hours of May 1, 2019, Whale Alert reported the first one billion XRP released from the Ripple Escrow wallet in Q2 2019. Presently, one billion XRP is worth about $109 million.
Each month, Ripple unlocks one billion XRP from its escrow which is put to a variety of uses. Some of these uses include the development of the XRP ecosystem and the servicing of exchange platforms.
According to the company’s December 2017 blog post explaining how its escrow works, the one billion XRP does not affect the circulating supply of XRP. An excerpt from the post reads:
“If an escrow is successfully finished, it delivers the XRP held to its destination account. If the escrow is canceled, it delivers the XRP back to the source account.”
Of the three billion XRP released from escrow in Q1 2019, the company returned 2.3 billion to its escrow account.
Ripple Q1 2019 Financials
Compared to Q1 2018, Ripple’s XRP sales increased by about one percent. In Q1 2018, Ripple reported total XRP sales of $167.7 million.
Of the $169 million recorded in Q1,