Digital Currency Group Announces $250M Share Buyback from Crypto Trusts

Digital Currency Group (DCG), the parent company of Grayscale Investments, has announced a new share buyback program projected to be worth $250 million. 


As revealed by the company, the buyback program will feature a wide range of the company’s trust products with the first buyback covering up to $50 million in total for shares of Grayscale Litecoin Trust ($30 million), Grayscale Horizen Trust, and Grayscale Zcash Trust. 

According to Grayscale, as much as $200 million will also be invested in buyback programs for its other six publicly quoted Grayscale products. These include the Grayscale Bitcoin Cash Trust, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, Grayscale Large Cap Fund, Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust, Grayscale Ethereum Trust, and Grayscale Stellar Lumen Trust.

While the timeline for the share buyback is yet unknown, the company said the move will complement the earlier approvals it has received to purchase shares of GBTC and ETCG, of which DCG respectively has $301.3 million and $4.5 million in authorized share repurchases remaining. The company said the share buyback will be carried out using cash on hand as the company’s management will decide based on its discretion.

The decision to buy back the six core products is perhaps influenced by the valuation plunge of the premium of these products as showcased from the data from otcnode. While the negative premium is all-encompassing, the Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust is recording the worst plunge at -59.46% at the time of writing.

Amidst the business modifications, Grayscale has considered thus far the plan to convert the Bitcoin Trust into a full-fledged spot Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) product. While the application has been filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), no feedback has been received yet. 

That the SEC continues to reject other competitors’ applications for a spot Bitcoin ETF has casted doubts on the chances of Grayscale succeeding, however, time is the main determining factor to get the needed closure in relation to the company’s ambition in attracting institutional investors.

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Bakkt shares skyrocket after partnering with Mastercard and Fiserv

The share price of the Intercontinental Exchange-backed crypto services company Bakkt (BKKT) has surged as it unveiled two partnerships with major global payments firms.

On Monday, Oct. 25, Mastercard announced it would be working with digital asset platform Bakkt to allow its United States-based customers to buy, sell and hold digital assets through custodial wallets. On the same day, global payment provider Fiserv also announced a strategic collaboration with Bakkt to offer merchant-facing digital asset services.

The news drove a bullish day of trading for BKKT, with the stock rallying by more than 50% outside of regular trading hours from Friday, Oct. 22’s closing price of $9.15, before surging a further 120% to close out Monday, Oct. 25 at $30.60.

While Bakkt’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange saw its share price pull back by 6% to close out its first day of trading, BKKT has since rallied more than 236% from $9.09 to $30.60 over the past five days.

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Bakkt went public on Oct. 18 through a Special Purpose Acquisition Company deal that valued the company at $2.1 billion. Bakkt’s market capitalization currently sits at more than $4 billion.

Related: Mastercard plans to allow US partners to offer crypto loyalty rewards

In August 2018, Coinbase investor and New York Stock Exchange owner Intercontinental Exchange announced it would launch a digital asset platform dubbed Bakkt.

The following year, Bakkt launched its highly anticipated physically “deliverable” Bitcoin futures contracts for institutional investors.

After initially claiming to pioneer physically delivered Bitcoin futures contracts, the firm received criticism over their cash-settled product design. In response, Bakkt fully collateralized its daily futures contracts.

The firm launched a retail crypto asset payments app in April of this year, while its futures contracts posted record volume earlier this month.