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Is MicroStrategy Taking on Too Much Risk With Its Latest Move?

Following up on MicroStrategy's recent Bitcoin buying spree, the company has announced plans to raise $500 million through a convertible senior notes offering.

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MicroStrategy's recent moves have reignited discussions about the company's risk tolerance. While announcing its intention to redeem $650 million of convertible senior notes due in 2025, the business intelligence firm also announced plans to raise $500 million through a new convertible senior notes offering.

The Nasdaq-listed company, synonymous with its aggressive Bitcoin investment strategy, plans to use the proceeds from the new notes offering to acquire even more Bitcoin, alongside general corporate purposes. The notes mature in 2032 and can be converted into cash or shares of MicroStrategy's common stock.

Led by the vocal Bitcoin advocate Michael Saylor, The firm now holds 214,400 Bitcoin, worth $13.5 billion, with an average purchase price of $35,180. The firm's stock price has more than double this year, climbing in tandem with Bitcoin's price. It closed Thursday's trading session 7.47% down,

For the first quarter of 2024, the firm reported a net loss of $53.1 million as a result of its $191.6 million digital asset impairment loss, which increased 10x from the previous year. Revenue fell 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year, reaching $115.2 million.

MicroStrategy's decision to raise additional capital for further Bitcoin purchases underscores the company's unwavering belief in the cryptocurrency's future. Despite suffering an accounting loss due to current fair value accounting rules – Microstrategy's carrying value of Bitcoin was marked at $5.07 million at $23,680 per Bitcoin compared to $15.2 billion if the fair value approach was adopted – the firm maintains that Bitcoin is a valuable asset with a strong potential for price appreciation over time.

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This is the second time this year MicroStrategy has raised capital specifically to buy more Bitcoin. In February, the company sold $650 million in convertible senior notes for the same purpose. Interestingly, the company is now choosing to redeem those same notes just months later. This move could be seen as a way to free up cash for the new offering, potentially signaling a desire to increase its Bitcoin holdings even faster.

However, MicroStrategy's Bitcoin strategy remains controversial. While the company expresses confidence, analysts are divided. Some argue that MicroStrategy is taking on an excessive amount of risk by heavily leveraging its finances for a volatile asset like Bitcoin. They point to the recent price swings in the cryptocurrency market as evidence of the potential for significant losses.

MicroStrategy's supporters, on the other hand, believe the company is making a forward-thinking investment. They view Bitcoin as the future of digital currency and anticipate significant long-term gains.

“I’m going to be buying the top forever, Bitcoin is the exit strategy," Saylor said earlier this year.