What is Going On at Bitvavo? - Is Bitvavo Bankrupt?

Bitvavo, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the Netherlands, is facing significant problems due to its involvement with Digital Currency Group (DCG).
by Yoaquim Boom
January 25, 2023

What is going on at Bitvavo?

Bitvavo, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the Netherlands, is experiencing considerable difficulties as a result of its association with Digital Currency Group (DCG).

Bitvavo loaned DCG 280 million in client cash, however the company has now run into liquidity problems and is unable to repay its loans. Bitvavo is also due 280 million in client funds as a creditor of DCG. 

Bitvavo first claimed that it has the required liquidity to reimburse its consumers if DCG defaulted.

However, the exchange has now retracted this assertion, admitting that it lacks the necessary resources. Customers are concerned because they are unclear whether they will ever see their money again.

In an attempt to mitigate the damage, Bitvavo's management has developed a backup plan to repay its customers' debts.

However, this plan is not seen as viable by many, including Cameron, one of DCG's creditors. It remains to be seen whether Bitvavo will be able to follow through with its plan and successfully repay its customers.

The situation at Bitvavo highlights the risks associated with cryptocurrency investing, particularly when it comes to lending funds to third parties.

While the promise of high returns can be tempting, it is important for investors to thoroughly research and understand the potential risks before committing their money.

The fallof FTX, a prominent competitor in the cryptocurrency industry, has had severe ramifications for both Bitvavo and DCG. Bitvavo is in a tough situation due to DCG's uncertain future, and the exchange's inability to refund its clients has only contributed to the uncertainty and fear.

Overall, Bitvavo's issues serve as a warning story for people thinking about investing in bitcoin.

While the potential returns may be appealing, it is critical to thoroughly examine the dangers and invest only what one can afford to lose.

According to Bitvavo’s recent blog post Bitvavo, along with other creditors and advisors, is in talks with DCG to recover debt as soon as possible.

Talks are ongoing and a solution seems to be in sight, but diligence is important and it will take some time to reach a conclusion.

The situation with DCG will have 'no' effect on Bitvavo's consumers because Bitvavo has guaranteed the outstanding amount and absorbed the risk on their behalf.

Bitvavo will continue to keep clients updated on future developments and may be reached if you have any queries.

It remains to be seen if this will be the case, but keeping your cash on platforms that are about to collapse has traditionally been a bad idea in the crypto realm.

Crypto firm Arcane Research has also warned investors about the potential impact of the financial difficulties faced by Digital Currency Group (DCG), Genesis, and Grayscale. If DCG goes bankrupt, it may be forced to sell its assets, including its significant positions in GBTC and ETHE, which could impact the crypto markets.

Arcane Research suggests that a potential solution could be allowing holders of GBTC, ETHE, and other trusts to redeem shares at net asset value through other solutions.

Bitvavo's management has recently presented a backup plan to repay its customers' debts, which totals 280 million.

However, this plan has raised concerns and does not seem to be a viable solution to the problem.

The first aspect of the plan involves using 34 million in equity, which is money currently within the company.

However, it is unclear how much of this is in the form of cash and how much is tied up in non-liquid assets.

Additionally, in the 2021 financial statements, the company's shareholders pledged to return 100 million, which they had received as dividends.

It is questionable why such a large amount of dividends was paid out, especially if the company was experiencing financial difficulties.

The plan also includes the use of a credit line with the company's bank, although it is unclear whether this line is still legitimate given the company's worsening financial status and rising interest rates. ‍

Furthermore, the plan calls for claiming a tax return from the government in the amounts of 34 million in 2021 and 65 million in 2022.

However, obtaining a tax refund is not a straightforward process, and it is unlikely that the authorities will simply provide a refund without proper justification.

Overall, it seems that it will be very difficult for Bitvavo to secure the necessary liquidity to repay its customers if DCG defaults on its debts.

This raises concerns for those with money invested in the exchange, as they may be left without recourse if the company is unable to follow through on its plan.

The Bitvavo incident highlights the need of competent management and financial planning in the bitcoin business.

The fall of FTX has had a cascading impact on many organizations, and poor management may lead to the demise of even the most powerful players.

Before giving their money to any firm, investors must thoroughly assess its financial health and management.

Is my Crypto safe at Bitvavo?

This is by no means financial advice, yet historically it can be observed that leaving your funds on unsafe platforms is a poor choice in the crypto space.

And we advice safety over everything in the space, especially in times of turmoil such as we are witnessing recently.

Safety should be your number one concern, yet Bitvavo, just like many other crypto exchanges don't look very safe as of now. We wish not to spread FUD, merely to report the situation at hand for the sake of all investors involved.

We wish Bitvavo, Gemini, Genesis, DCG and all further involved investors and companies the best, and hope they can resolve the issues without a scathe on either their funds or reputation.