FTX, a once-prominent crypto firm, has been grappling with bankruptcy since its collapse in 2022. In response, the company has implemented a series of strategic measures aimed at raising cash and addressing the concerns of its creditors whose accounts remain frozen.
A sizable portfolio of Bahamas-based properties is being actively liquidated by the FTX bankruptcy estate as one of the strategic efforts.
FTX in Cash Accumulation Mode
To address its liquidity challenges, FTX has been actively selling off some of its digital assets, generating $1.8 billion in revenue by December 8, 2023.
Moreover, the company has ventured into Bitcoin derivative trades to hedge its exposure and optimize yield on its remaining digital holdings. These efforts have contributed to a significant increase in FTX’s cash reserves, which reached $4.4 billion by the end of 2023, nearly doubling from previous levels.
Legal Pursuits and Negotiations for Customer Benefit
FTX’s bankruptcy advisers have been diligently pursuing assets and negotiating deals with the aim of benefiting customers, particularly those with smaller accounts on the platform.
The company has initiated major lawsuits against former associates of its CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, and other crypto firms that withdrew funds from FTX prior to its Chapter 11 filing.
According to a document filed in Delaware bankruptcy court the revenues of the sales are to be used to reimburse customers who were impacted by the abrupt collapse of the digital asset service provider.
These legal actions are intended to recover assets that could be used to repay affected customers.
Challenges and Controversies Surrounding Customer Repayment
Despite its concerted efforts, FTX has acknowledged the challenging reality that customers may not be fully repaid.
This uncertainty has led to contentious debates among customers, particularly those on FTX.com, regarding the valuation of their digital assets at the time of the bankruptcy filing.
Some customers are contesting a company proposal that would value their assets based on pre-bankruptcy prices, potentially depriving them of gains from subsequent market rallies.
As a result, customer claims, valued at over $1 million, have been trading at around 73 cents on the dollar, indicating a partial recovery but still reflecting significant losses for many stakeholders.