MicroStrategy has started the year with another significant purchase of Bitcoin (BTC), as disclosed by the company.
In January, under the guidance of CEO Michael Saylor, the firm acquired 850 BTC for a total of $37.5 million, a transaction Saylor shared details of on X. This latest acquisition was also highlighted in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings presentation for 2023, reaffirming MicroStrategy’s ongoing commitment to Bitcoin.
During the fourth quarter of 2023 earnings call on February 6, MicroStrategy’s Chief Financial Officer, Andrew Kang, revealed that the company had made significant Bitcoin investments throughout the year, acquiring 56,650 BTC at an average price of $33,580 each.
This strategic move contributed to a notable financial turnaround for the business software firm, which reported a net income of $89.1 million for the year, a stark contrast to the loss of $249.7 million in 2022. However, the company experienced a slight decline in revenue, which fell by 6.1% to $124.5 million, as detailed in its statement.
MicroStrategy Executive Chairman Michael Saylor attributed the company’s successful performance in 2023 to investors acknowledging the overarching trend of assets undergoing a “digital transformation.”
“2024 is the year of the birth of Bitcoin as an institutional-grade asset class; in fact, it’s the first new asset class of the modern era.”
Saylor further commented that the next 15 years are set to be a period of regulation, institutional involvement, and high growth for Bitcoin, marking a significant departure from its trajectory over the previous 15 years.
In December 2020 , MicroStrategy made history as the first publicly traded company to invest in Bitcoin as part of its capital allocation strategy, resulting in its share price soaring by over 300% . This growth starkly contrasts with the approximately 95% increase seen in tech giants like Microsoft and Google during the same period.
Michael Saylor highlighted that the introduction of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) marked a pivotal moment, transforming Bitcoin from merely a medium of exchange to a recognized store of value. According to Saylor, this shift addresses and mitigates previous critiques of Bitcoin’s effectiveness as a currency.
Saylor commented :
“We don’t need to address any of the currency criticisms anymore. Simply as a store of value, there’s no reason Bitcoin can’t continue to outperform and 100X from where it is right now.”
Despite concerns from cryptocurrency market experts that Bitcoin exchange-traded product (ETP) providers like BlackRock and Fidelity could potentially erode MicroStrategy’s market share, Michael Saylor appeared unfazed by the prospect of competition from traditional finance entities.
Saylor affirmed that MicroStrategy’s focus would remain on its core mission to “create software.” Additionally, the company plans to collaborate with Bitcoin developers and contribute to developing Bitcoin-based layer-2 networks and other initiatives within the ecosystem, aiming to enhance its revenue streams in the future.
Concluding the earnings call, Saylor reiterated MicroStrategy’s commitment to expanding its Bitcoin holdings, signaling ongoing confidence in the cryptocurrency as a key asset for the company’s strategy.