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Lido holds 76% of ETH staking: Does LDO stand to gain?

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Fresh deposits of $69 million into Lido’s staking pool boosted its staked ETH numbers.

Lido holds 76% of ETH staking: Does LDO stand to gain?

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  • Lido held a 76.47% share of the ETH staking market.
  • The value of Lido’s deposits has more than tripled since the start of 2023.

An investor staked $69 million in the staking pool operated by Lido Finance [LDO], the largest liquid staking protocol. The claim was made in an X post by Alex Svanevik, CEO of popular on-chain analyst firm Nansen.

In a statement shared with AMBCrypto, Nansen stated that the deposits, made in Ethereum [ETH], boosted Lido’s staked ETH numbers, further solidifying its market domination.

Lido remains the boss

As per AMBCrypto’s examination of DeFiLlama’s data, ETH worth nearly $20.2 billion was locked with Lido as of this writing. The staking giant held an astounding 76.47% share of ETH’s staking market.

Source: DeFiLlama

The Total Value Locked (TVL) on the platform, including deposits of other tokens like MATIC, was about $20.37 billion, making it the largest decentralized finance (DeFi) project by a mile.

To get a sense of proportion, Lido’s TVL as of press time was more than the combined TVL of the second and third-ranked protocols on the list.

The value of Lido’s deposits has more than tripled since the start of 2023. Crucial developments over the year played a significant role in boosting Lido’s demand in the market.

The most prominent was the launch of its version 2, allowing users to withdraw their Staked ETH [stETH] to Ethereum. This of course after the tech was enabled from Ethereum’s side following the Shapella Upgrade in May.

In addition, the sharp increase in ETH’s market value in the last quarter gave impetus to the USD value of the deposited funds.

Project’s success reflects on LDO

With the rise in staked ETH supply, the protocol’s revenue also increased substantially in 2023.

In fact, during the week starting the 3rd of December, the protocol recorded a top line of $3.27 million, compared to weekly averages of $1 million during 2022.

Source: DeFiLlama

Realistic or not, here’s LDO’s market cap in BTC’s terms

The uptick in revenues created a demand for the platform’s utility token, LDO, in the market. According to CoinMarketCap, the asset was trading at $2.11 at press time, more than twice its value at the beginning of 2023.

Note that holders are eligible for a 50% cut in Lido’s revenue. Hence, LDO accrues value from the project’s success.


Aniket Verma works as a journalist at AMBCrypto. Contrary to most who are primarily interested in merely tracking price movements of cryptos, his focus is on examining the niche intersection between cryptocurrencies and traditional finance. A so-so Bitcoin maximalist, Aniket has a strong disdain for memecoins and the unfounded frenzy they seem to generate every market season. Coming from a strong engineering background, Aniket previously worked as a Content Manager for TV9 Network. Before his stint over there, he was an Associate Multimedia News Producer at Reuters.
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