MicroStrategy CEO won’t sell $5B BTC stash despite crypto winter

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MicroStrategy CEO won’t sell $5B BTC stash despite crypto winter

Despite a 40% drop in the value of Bitcoin (BTC), MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor has no intention of selling his firm’s $5 billion stash.

Even if BTC suffers a lengthy bear market, Saylor told Bloomberg that he is a “Bitcoin bull,” and he does not intend to alter MicroStrategy’s multibillion-dollar BTC acquisition plan. He took a firm stance against cashing out BTC:

“Never. No. We’re not sellers. We’re only acquiring and holding Bitcoin, right? That’s our strategy.”

MicroStrategy became the first publicly listed corporation in the United States to acquire and hold Bitcoin as part of its balance sheet in Aug. 2020. Since then, the business software manufacturer has amassed about 124,391 BTC worth about $5.2 billion at current market prices.

Due to the large portion of their balance sheet being taken up by cryptocurrency, the company’s shares have turned into a means to get exposure to the ‘digital gold.’ After announcing its venture into BTC, Microstrategy’s stock skyrocketed 900% at one time, however, recently its collateral went into a tailspin after being exposed to excessive buying events financed in part with borrowed funds.

Since August 2020, MicroStrategy has continuously boosted its Bitcoin position, keeping its promise to purchase even more of the major digital currency. Late last year, Microstrategy bought 1,914 BTC between Dec. 9 and Dec. 29 for $94.2 million, bringing its total to 124,391 BTC.

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Despite the recent market sell-off, MicroStrategy’s CEO still considers BTC one of the best inflation hedges and alternatives for stock buyback events. Saylor dismissed any concerns about the cryptocurrency’s decline from its all-time high of $69,000 in November to less than $40,000 this month, stating that because inflation is so high, the company’s assets are actually a source of “great comfort.”

Saylor, who previously branded cash a “melting ice cube,” anticipates more Wall Street names will buy BTC at current prices, describing it as “a great entry point for institutional investors.”