In a move that has sent ripples across the cryptocurrency investment landscape, Digital Currency Group (DCG) has initiated the sale of a substantial number of shares in several of its cryptocurrency funds. The most notable among these is the Grayscale BitcoinCash Trust, where DCG has recently sold 50,000 shares on the OTCQX exchange. This sale, held by DCG International Investments Ltd., was valued at approximately $930,050.00 and took place on October 26th.
This isn’t the first time DCG has made such a move. Over the past three months, DCG International Investments Ltd. has been consistently offloading its holdings in the Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust, bringing the total shares sold to an impressive 230,000.
The broader context reveals a challenging financial landscape for DCG. Backed by giants like SoftBank Group Corp, DCG has faced a series of financial setbacks. Its lending unit, Genesis, recently filed for bankruptcy protection, with outstanding debts to creditors amounting to at least $3.4 billion. This financial turmoil was further exacerbated by market disruptions that also affected other major players like the FTX exchange and lender BlockFi.
To navigate these financial challenges, DCG has been actively seeking to raise funds. The sale of Grayscale shares is seen as a strategic move to support its beleaguered lending units under Genesis. When questioned about these sales, a DCG spokesperson commented that it was “simply part of our ongoing portfolio rebalancing.”
Further details reveal that DCG has not limited its sales to the Bitcoin Cash Trust. Since January 24th, the group has sold a quarter of its stock in its Ethereumfund, raising as much as $22 million. These shares were sold at about $8 each, even though each share’s value in Ethereum stood at $16.
Grayscale, a major digital asset manager based in New York, operates the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), boasting over $10 billion in assets under management. Last year, GBTC traded at a record discount to its net asset value, although this discount has seen fluctuations in recent times.
The cryptocurrency landscape of 2022 was marked by significant upheavals, with events like the implosion of hedge fund Three Arrows Capital and crypto exchange FTX affecting many industry players. Genesis Global Capital’s parent company, Genesis Global Holdco LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York, a move precipitated by the crypto market’s volatility.
In a recent development, DCG and Genesis have reportedly reached an agreement with a group of key creditors. This agreement pertains to the sale of Genesis’ crypto trading business and its lending arm, both of which are currently undergoing restructuring due to bankruptcy.
The consistent sale of Grayscale shares by DCG underscores the volatile nature of the cryptocurrency market and the challenges even major players face in ensuring financial stability. As the market continues to evolve, all eyes will be on DCG and its strategies to navigate these tumultuous waters.