by Kevin Helms
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Nvidia Corp. for failing to disclose that crypto mining significantly boosted its revenue. The company agreed to a cease-and-desist order and to pay a $5.5 million penalty.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against technology company Nvidia Corporation Friday “for inadequate disclosures concerning the impact of cryptomining on the company’s gaming business.”
The securities watchdog explained that during consecutive quarters in Nvidia’s fiscal year 2018:
The company failed to disclose that cryptomining was a significant element of its material revenue growth from the sale of its graphics processing units (GPUs) designed and marketed for gaming.
As demand for and interest in cryptocurrency rose in 2017, Nvidia customers increasingly used gaming GPUs for crypto mining, the SEC noted.
The securities regulator explained that Nvidia was aware that the revenue increase stemmed from crypto mining but did not disclose it on Forms 10-Q as required to do.
Kristina Littman, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit, commented:
Nvidia’s disclosure failures deprived investors of critical information to evaluate the company’s business in a key market.
Without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings, Nvidia agreed to a cease-and-desist order and to pay a $5.5 million penalty.
Earlier this week, the securities regulator said that it has nearly doubled the size of its enforcement division focusing on crypto. Several lawmakers and an SEC commissioner have heavily criticized SEC Chairman Gary Gensler for focusing on crypto enforcement instead of providing clearer regulation.
What do you think about the SEC charging Nvidia for failing to disclose the impact of crypto mining on its revenue? Let us know in the comments section below.
A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.
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