MicroStrategy, a software company known for its bullish stance on Bitcoin, has revealed that it purchased 7,500 BTC worth $209 million during the first quarter of 2023, further increasing its already massive Bitcoin holdings. The company now holds a total of 140,000 BTC, which is worth $3.9 billion at current market rates. However, due to cumulative impairment losses, the carrying value of this amount is $2.0 billion.
The company’s CEO, Phong Le, said that the company’s “conviction in our Bitcoin strategy remains strong as the digital asset environment continues to mature.” He added that the company’s Bitcoin strategy had outperformed stocks, indices, and even Bitcoin itself. MicroStrategy executive chairman Michael Saylor echoed Le’s sentiments on Twitter, stating that his company’s Bitcoin strategy had outperformed “all other assets.”
In addition, MicroStrategy announced that it had fully and voluntarily repaid a $205 million Bitcoin-backed loan it had taken from Silvergate Bank, paying $161 million in the process. The repayment resulted in the release of 34,619 BTC worth of collateral to MicroStrategy. This move comes after Silvergate Bank’s collapse in March, with MicroStrategy affirming that it had no other exposure to the bank aside from the loan.
Apart from Bitcoin, the company’s financial results showed that its total revenue for Q1 2023 was $121.9 million, representing a 2.2% increase from Q1 2022. Its net income for the same period was $461.2 million, or $31.79 per share, up from a loss of $130.8 million, or $11.58 per share, in Q1 2022.
MicroStrategy’s bullish stance on Bitcoin has made it one of the most significant institutional investors in the cryptocurrency space. The company has been buying Bitcoin since August 2020, and its holdings have grown considerably since then.
It’s continued investment in Bitcoin has been met with some criticism, with some analysts arguing that the company’s Bitcoin holdings could pose a significant risk to its balance sheet if the cryptocurrency’s value were to fall sharply. However, MicroStrategy remains undeterred, with the executive chairman Michael Saylor stating that the company plans to continue investing in Bitcoin aggressively.
The company’s financial results have been closely watched by investors and analysts, with many seeing them as a barometer of the health of the cryptocurrency market. MicroStrategy’s Q1 2023 results indicate that the company’s Bitcoin holdings have performed well, even as the broader cryptocurrency market has experienced volatility. Whether MicroStrategy’s bet on Bitcoin pays off in the long run remains to be seen, but for now, the company’s leadership seems convinced that it’s a risk worth taking.