The CEO of the Nasdaq-listed software company Microstrategy has debunked the rumor that his company is facing a margin call for a bitcoin-backed loan and will be forced to sell some coins. If the price of the cryptocurrency “falls below $3,562 the company could post some other collateral,” the executive explained.
Microstrategy Hasn’t Received a Margin Call
Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor debunked the rumor that his company is close to having to liquidate its bitcoin to meet a margin call for a bitcoin-backed loan. The rumor intensified as the price of BTC continued to plummet after the weekend sell-off.
However, Saylor tweeted Tuesday:
When Microstrategy adopted a bitcoin strategy, it anticipated volatility and structured its balance sheet so that it could continue to hodl through adversity.
Microstrategy’s Q1 2022 presentation details that the company took out a three-year term loan of $205 million from Silvergate Bank against 19,466 bitcoins.
Saylor revealed in a May 10 tweet that Microstrategy “needs to maintain $410 million as collateral” for this loan.
Microstrategy’s Q1 2022 bitcoin holdings. Source: Microstrategy
Microstrategy is currently holding 115,109 BTC. In addition, its subsidiary, Macrostrategy, is holding 14,109 BTC, bringing its group total to 129,218 bitcoins.
The rumor started circulating when Microstrategy’s president, Phong Le, said in May that if the price of bitcoin dropped below about $21K, it would trigger a “margin call.” Typically, a margin call could be met by the company providing more capital or liquidating the loan’s collateral.
The price of bitcoin dipped below the $21K level this week. However, Microstrategy told Reuters Tuesday that it has not received a margin call, emphasizing:
We can always contribute additional bitcoins to maintain the required loan-to-value ratio.
Furthermore, Saylor explained that Microstrategy’s 115,109 bitcoins can cover the $410 million collateral down to the BTC price of $3,562. However, if the price of the crypto were to fall even lower, Microstrategy has other assets it could post as collateral, the executive detailed, elaborating:
Microstrategy has 115,109 BTC that it can pledge. If the price of BTC falls below $3,562 the company could post some other collateral.
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