MicroStrategy Q1 net loss hits $53.1M but Bitcoin buying spree continues

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MicroStrategy, the largest corporate holder of Bitcoin (BTC), reported a net loss of $53.1 million in the first quarter of 2024, while the firm continued to stack more Bitcoin in April.

The net loss came as the firm recorded a $191.6 million digital asset impairment loss in the quarter, up 10 times from the prior year period. Revenue also fell 5.5% compared to the first quarter of 2023, reaching $115.2 million, according to MicroStrategy’s Q1 results filing.

The firm is, however, yet to adopt the new digital asset fair value accounting standard — which would have taken into account the 65% increase in fair value (or market value) of Bitcoin during the quarter.

As a result, MicroStrategy’s carrying value of Bitcoin was marked at $5.07 million at $23,680 per Bitcoin per the traditional accounting method, instead of $15.2 billion if it had taken the fair value approach.

This is despite the firm writing a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in May 2023 in support of the new standard, and about seven months later, FASB amended its rules to mandate fair value reporting of digital assets for fiscal years after Dec. 15, 2024.

Meanwhile, the software firm turned “Bitcoin development company” has already bought another 122 Bitcoin for $7.8 million in April, the financial statement shows.

Source: Michael Saylor

It now holds 214,400 Bitcoin, worth $13.5 billion, bought at an average purchase price of $35,180.

The firm raised $1.5 billion from two convertible note debt offerings to acquire another 25,250 Bitcoin in the first quarter, making it the firm’s 14th consecutive quarter of adding more Bitcoin to its balance sheet, noted Phong Le, MicroStrategy’s president and CEO.

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MicroStrategy (MSTR) stock fell 3.3% in after-hours trading after the announcement, according to Google Finance.

Bitcoin’s 65% increase sparked a near-unprecedented MicroStrategy rally in the first quarter, surging over 170% to $1704 by the end of March.

However, MicroStrategy’s stock has since fallen to $1,292, according to Google Finance.

MicroStrategy’s change in share price over the last six months. Source: Google Finance

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