Lido Finance [LDO] prepares for major V2 upgrade; how are ETH stakers affected
- Lido Finance is set to enable stETH:ETH withdrawals once its V2 upgrade goes live.
- LDO’s value has declined since Ethereum’s Shanghai Upgrade.
Following the implementation of Ethereum’s Shanghai Upgrade (Shapella) in April, leading Ethereum [ETH] staking platform Lido Finance [LDO] has scheduled the final on-chain vote for its V2 upgrade on 12 May.
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According to the staking protocol, if the voting is successful, the V2 upgrade would go live on 15 May, and enable direct in-protocol stETH:ETH withdrawals and staking router architecture.
A Lido V2 update:
The final on-chain vote for the V2 upgrade is scheduled for this Friday, May 12th.
If no last-minute findings are surfaced and the vote is successful, Lido V2 will be live after the vote enactment on May 15th 🏝️
— Lido (@LidoFinance) May 8, 2023
In an earlier announcement made in February, Lido stated that its V2 upgrade would be composed of two main components; the Staking Router, which is a modular infrastructure that allows the development of on-ramps for new Node Operators, and Withdrawals, which will enable stETH holders to withdraw from Lido at a 1:1 ratio.
Lido intends for its Staking Router to allow for a more diverse validator ecosystem. Also, by enabling withdrawals, protocol users will have the “freedom to stake and unstake at will.”
Lido since Shanghai
In a new report, on-chain analytics platform Glassnode noted:
“Liquid staking provider Lido still holds the largest market share, with 33.5% dominance, followed by the staking services of the centralized exchanges Coinbase with 11% and Kraken with 7.1%.”
Since the Shanghai Upgrade went live on Ethereum, the total amount of ETH tokens transferred to the ETH 2.0 deposit contract via Lido has rallied by 7.2%. Per data from Glassnode, at press time, Lido housed 6.1 million ETH out of the total amount of ETH coins that have been staked.
Further, Lido has experienced a spike in its ETH staking APR since the implementation of Shapella. Data from Dune Analytics showed a 62% jump in ETH staking APR since 12 April. For context, this stood at 4.37% the day Shapella went live on Ethereum. As of this writing, it was pegged at 7.09%.
At $11.96 billion at press time, the protocol’s total value locked (TVL) has also seen a 5% increase since the Shanghai Upgrade.
On 2 January, Lido’s TVL rallied above that of MakerDAO [MKR] to displace the latter as the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol with the most TVL. As MakerDAO recovers from the aftermath of the de-pegging of its DAI stablecoin, its TVL was $7.25 billion at press time, with an 8% decline in the last month.
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LDO treads in the opposite direction
While Lido Finance logs overall ecosystem growth since the Shanghai Upgrade, the value of its governance token LDO has since declined. Exchanging hands at $1.81 at press time, the token’s value has dropped by 23% in the past 27 days.
An assessment of the alt’s price movement on a daily chart revealed a significant decline in buying pressure in the last month. Key momentum indicators have trended downwards in the past few weeks, suggesting that LDO has seen less accumulation.