According to reports, the TSX-listed Voyager Digital is another company that has been negatively affected by financial issues tied to the crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC). In a letter to investors, Voyager’s management explained that 3AC potentially defaulted on a $655 million loan and it hopes to obtain some of the funds by the end of this month.
The Three Arrows Contagion: 3AC Owes $655 Million to Voyager Digital — Management Has Set a Repayment Date
3AC’s financial hardships have seemingly started a contagion throughout the crypto industry and while a number of firms said they were safe, others explained they were suffering from the fallout. For instance, a company backed by 3AC called Finblox detailed on June 16 that it had to pause rewards (up to 90% APY) for all of its users, and the platform upped withdrawal limits as well. This week, the publicly listed crypto company Voyager Digital revealed it was dealing with issues tied to 3AC.
In a letter sent to Voyager’s investors on Wednesday, the company disclosed it was owed $655 million and 3AC was supposed to pay the funds back in bitcoin (BTC) and the stablecoin usd coin (USDC). Voyager is owed 15,250 BTC and 350 million USDC, according to the company. Management said it originally asked for $25 million worth of USDC to be paid by June 24, but now it wants the entire balance of USDC and BTC by June 27.
TSX-Listed Stock VOYG-T Loses Half of Its Value in a Day — Voyager Is ‘Unable to Assess at This Point the Amount It Will Be Able to Recover’
The news seemingly did not sit so well with Voyager investors as the company’s shares dropped 53% in value during a 24-hour period. Presently, the TSX-listed stock VOYG-T is down 52% and trading for $0.76 per unit. On June 21, VOYG-T exchanged hands for $1.60 per share and in March 2021, VOYG-T saw an all-time high (ATH) at $32.68 per share. VOYG-T is currently more than 97% lower than the ATH and the stock has been sliding lower ever since crypto markets have dropped in value. The 3AC loan default announcement added another blow to the value of the company’s shares.
The letter that discusses the initial USDC payment request, and then the request for the entire balance, says that Voyager does not know if it will be repaid. “Neither of these amounts has been repaid, and failure by [Three Arrows] to repay either requested amount by these specified dates will constitute an event of default,” Voyager said. “[The company is] unable to assess at this point the amount it will be able to recover.” Bitcoin.com News recently reported on Three Arrows Capital and explained how the company’s founders have been silent about the situation.
3AC co-founder Kyle Davies did disclose to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the Terra LUNA and UST fallout hurt the company and plans were being made to find an “equitable solution” for all of 3AC’s constituents. Furthermore, 3AC allegedly tried to pitch a GBTC arbitrage trade to a lot of big name investors a few days before the company’s rumored collapse. Besides Finblox, Voyager, and 3AC, Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital has seen its shares plummet significantly since the Terra LUNA and UST fallout. Galaxy’s shares are down close to 90% from the share’s price highs in mid-November.
Novogratz was also silent for a bit following the Terra fiasco but then published a public apology about the matter but said Galaxy did not suffer much from the Terra collapse. This is because Novogratz said that Galaxy stuck to a core tenet of investing which includes only investing in what you are comfortable losing. Since the letter, Novogratz has been a bit more active on social media while many others who promoted or invested in Terra have remained silent or dissociated themselves from the blockchain project.
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Author: Jamie Redman