How Microstrategy Got a 22% Discount on Bitcoin and Now Own ~$4b Worth of It

in LeoFinance11 months ago

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Microstrategy is the largest public holder of Bitcoin. As someone who has stacked sats for ~7 years now, I am fascinated by the strategy that Michael Saylor has deployed to make his company relevant to the crypto industry and essentially change the entire direction of his software business.

Microstrategy was a simple enterprise software company just a few years ago before they started buying Bitcoin.

Today, they hold nearly $4 billion in Bitcoin and are the #1 public holder of it. We also constantly see headlines of them buying more Bitcoin and simply making one of the most public bets in history on innovation.

Their strategy has proven to be something of a "proxy ETF". That's the value that MSTR provides in the public markets. Since MSTR is a publicly traded stock and they now own almost $4b in Bitcoin with a MSTR market cap of $2.71 Billion, things are quite interesting.

For example, if you're in an IRA or maybe you are a company or hedge fund who wants BTC exposure but can't actual BTC due to complexity to custody or some regulatory impediment, MSTR becomes a viable way to expose yourself to the asset.

This is one of the many genius moves that Saylor made in turning around MSTR and making it worth billions of dollars once again.

Microstrategy Repays $205M Loan at a 22% Discount to Silvergate

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Microstrategy had a massive Bitcoin-Collateralized loan at Silvergate Bank. If you've been following along with the banking crisis that has so far tanked 5 major banks, then you'll know that Silvergate is among them.

Microstrategy repayed the loan in full at a 22% discount. The loan was $205M and they paid $160M to close it out due to the issues at Silvergate.

$45M ain't a bad payday to walk away with.

I read the filing and was curious how they paid the loan back:

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They have various standing agreements and disclosures that allow them to issue stock and raise capital. It looks like this in addition to $5M in a cash account at Silvergate is where the $160M came from.

Microstrategy Buys 6,455 More Bitcoin

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Also in the 8k is a disclosure that Microstrategy has bought 6,455 more Bitcoin for $150M in cash. Their average price was $23,238 - which is 16% below the current market value of Bitcoin. Not bad!

Microstrategy now owns 138,955 BTC which is worth $3.75B.

Microstrategy's Break Even Price

If you remember when Bitcoin crashed down to about $16k, a lot of people started raising the flags about Microstrategy potentially defaulting on their Bitcoin collateralized loans.

As the largest public holder of BTC, people were concerned that if MSTR went under, it would be yet another catastrophic blow to crypto after what we saw with FTX, hedge funds and other major players going belly up.

I wrote an article back around that time talking about it. I was unconvinced that this was the case. Some people said that MSTR's liquidation price on their loans was as high as $14k... I simply didn't buy into that news.

It later came out that MSTR's liquidation price was around $3-5k. I'm not sure where this stands today, but we do know that MSTR is close to their break even purchase price on $4b worth of Bitcoin.

"Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy held 132,500 bitcoins, as of Dec. 31. The original cost basis for the BTC pile was nearly $4 billion, reflecting an average cost per bitcoin of about $30,137." blockworks

With Microstrategy continuing to scoop up BTC and now hitting its breakeven price, I'm curious to see how sentiment can flip.

When everything was going down, people had major concerns about MSTR and if they would go under. Now that they are flipping their breakeven price, I think we could see MSTR hit major headlines about "$1B in unrealized profit, $2B, 2x their $4B... 10x their $4B"

Imagine the headlines when people are talking about this company that went from an irrelevant corner of the internet to suddenly posting multi-billion dollar profits from their Bitcoin bet. That could quickly get other companies and individuals to consider their greedy nature and jump into BTC.

As I said earlier in this post, I love following Microstrategy and Michael Saylor. At times, it does get a bit BTC-maxi, but it also is a great lens into making an asymmetric bet with unlimited upside and doing it in a public, audacious way.

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BTC just can't be stopped. It is the Gold standard of crypto. I personally do not buy it because I feel there are better growth opportunities.

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I definitely think there are some higher leverage opportunities out there

That being said, I also still believe in having a material % in BTC for a variety of reasons

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What they have done is quite impressive. And I'd love to know what other means they have of making money from it, apart for just the asset value - You'd think they must be doing something with it to bring in extra revenue, and I bet that earns an eye-watering sum !

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This write up brought the saying that says, do not let your back touch the ground because of the background you came from. The history of microStrategy is one that is inspiring and proving to us yet again that anything is possible, we are the once that define our possibilities.

This is the first time hearing about microStrategy though but I could easily flow with the details because of how detailed you wrote this article.

It was an informative read and really worthwhile, thank you for sharing.

I agree

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Thank you

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MicroStrategy was an important company in the past, it still is today and I really believe it will be in the future. I think its founder had a very good vision regarding Bitcoin.

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Its like the tide of the ocean. If something goes the other way around people panic whereas, if it goes as planned and tanks people cherish and jump in on board. The sentiment of people is really difficult to understand.

The same BTC which was at around 15k people just were staying away from but once it reaches ATH people would just be after it grabbing. Weird sentiment isn't it!

I never thought of hold their stock as a proxy for holding bitcoin, but what you write makes since.

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