MicroStrategy Acquires More Bitcoin Amid Market Recovery
Business intelligence firm and major Bitcoin investor, MicroStrategy, has announced that it is acquiring more Bitcoin amid the recent cryptocurrency market recovery. According to a recent form 8-K filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, MicroStrategy repaid its $205 million loan to Silvergate at a 22% discount and acquired 6,455 Bitcoin for $150 million. The latest purchase brings the total amount of BTC held by the company to 138,955, which was bought for $4.1 billion at an average price of $29,817 per coin.
The company acquired its latest batch of Bitcoin between Feb. 16, 2023 and March 23, 2023. The purchase marks MicroStrategy's first Bitcoin acquisition of 2023, with the previous purchase taking place in late December 2022, when the company bought 2,395 BTC for $42.8 million at an average price of $17,181 per coin during the period from Nov. 1 to Dec. 21.
In addition to the BTC purchase, MicroStrategy sold class A common stock worth $500 million. According to the latest updates, the company issued and sold an aggregate of 1,348,855 shares under the sales agreement for aggregate net proceeds of approximately $339 million.
As previously announced, MicroStrategy's subsidiary, MacroStrategy, received a $205 million term loan from Silvergate Bank in March 2022 under its Silvergate Exchange Network Leverage program. The loan was collateralized by certain Bitcoin owned by MacroStrategy and had a scheduled maturity date of March 23, 2025. Under the terms of the credit agreement, MacroStrategy was required to maintain a loan to collateral value ratio of less than 50%.
On March 24, 2023, MacroStrategy and Silvergate entered into a prepayment, waiver, and payoff to credit and security agreement, with MacroStrategy voluntarily prepaying Silvergate around $161 million in full repayment. According to the filing, "Upon Silvergate's receipt of the payoff amount, the credit agreement was terminated, and Silvergate released its security interest in all of MacroStrategy's assets collateralizing the loan, including the Bitcoin that was serving as collateral."
MicroStrategy's co-founder and former CEO, Michael Saylor, took to Twitter to announce the loan repayment and Bitcoin acquisition. The company's ongoing acquisition of Bitcoin has made it one of the largest institutional holders of the cryptocurrency.