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Mt. Gox Extends Repayment Deadline by a Year: A Glimmer of Hope for Creditors’ Funds?

Last Updated September 21, 2023 12:37 PM
James Morales
Last Updated September 21, 2023 12:37 PM
Key Takeaways
  • Mt. Gox creditors will have to wait another year before receiving their payout.
  • The latest extension means creditors will have waited over a decade by the time they finally receive their funds.
  • Creditors will receive Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Japanese Yen.

When the Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange went bust in 2014, users found themselves hundreds of millions of dollars out of pocket. Nearly a decade later, the firm’s creditors were due to get their payday on October 31 finally.

But just as the long-awaited date was within reach, on Thursday, September 21, Mt. Gox trustees announced that they would push back the repayment deadline by a year.

Bureaucratic Holdups Delay Mt. Gox Repayments

In a document  announcing the forestallment, blamed delays in collecting, approving and communicating the necessary information from creditors. 

The announcement stated that Mt. Gox would have been unable to meet the original deadline, “given the time required for [creditors] to provide the necessary information, [and to] share information with banks, fund transfer service providers, and Designated Cryptocurrency Exchanges.”

The one-year deadline extension marks just the latest delay to the Mt. Gox repayment schedule.

Over the years, drawn-out legal battles and repeated overhauls of the exchange’s bankruptcy plan have stalled repayments on numerous occasions.

In 2023, it appeared as if the rehabilitation trustees were finally ready to release funds on September 30. However, in March, they postponed  repayments by a month in order to give creditors more time to complete their applications.

Holding Crypto Has Paid Off

Despite the eleven-year wait to recover their funds, Mt. Gox creditors have at least one reason to celebrate.

Rather than fully liquidating the defunct exchange’s crypto assets, Mt. Gox’s trustees have only sold a portion of its cryptocurrency stockpile.

As a result, creditors will receive a mixture of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Japanese Yen.

Despite selling off  crypto worth nearly ¥26M JPY in 2018, Mt. Gox trustees reportedly  hold a stash of around 142,000 BTC and 143,000 BCH. 

Some analysts have speculated that the sudden liquidation of approximately $4B worth of cryptocurrency could create sufficient sell pressure to destabilize markets.

For now, the question of whether it will has been kicked down the road for another year.

However, the recent liquidation of $3.4B in FTX assets seems not to have caused any significant price movements, and concerns of an impending market crash appear to have been unwarranted

Given the explosion in the value of cryptocurrency since 2014, Mt. Gox’s strategy of holding, rather than immediately liquidating its crypto assets means creditors will ultimately receive a larger sum.

In contrast, when users of the collapsed exchange Quadriga eventually cash in their claims, the value of their crypto will be decided  according to its price when the firm went under in April 2019.

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