DCG’s CEO Letter to Shareholders Explains Genesis Situation
Barry Silbert, CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), wrote a letter to the firm’s shareholders, shedding some light on the situation in the above-mentioned firms.
In a shareholder letter on Tuesday, January 10th, Barry Silbert digs deep into problems at his firm’s Genesis Capital lending division.
Digital Currency Group (DCG) is a crypto conglomerate that owns crypto lending firm Genesis Trading, asset manager Grayscale, and others. The Group is recently under fire for its alleged wrongdoings involving Genesis, Gemini, Luna collapse, FTX, and Alameda Research.
I’ve been reflecting quite a bit about the past year, the state of the industry and where things go from here.
Here is an update to address those reflections, other developments and some speculation about @DCGco (1/10)https://t.co/xEohthubvD
— Barry Silbert (@BarrySilbert) January 10, 2023
The DCG-Gemini Fight is Heating Up
As reported, Gemini co-founder Cameroon Winklevoss recently wrote an open letter to Barry asking him to resolve the $900 million worth of customer assets held by Genesis. These funds belong to Gemini’s Earn customers and creditors.
Genesis halted customer withdrawals in the aftermath of FTX’s November collapse. Since then, Gemini has been trying to get money back to its customers. He further alleged that DCG owed $1.675 billion to Genesis, the money of Earn customers and other creditors. DCG used this money to make risky investments.
Su Zhu, the founder of collapsed Three Arrows Capital, also blamed DCG and FTX for conspiring to attack LUNA. Cameroon and Su Zhu have raised questions about money’s movement between Genesis and DCG.
In another open letter on Tuesday, Cameroon went further, demanding the ouster of Barry Silbert as CEO, alleging that DCG and Genesis defrauded “Gemini, Earn users, other lenders, and the public at large about the solvency and financial health of Genesis.”
Earn Update: An Open Letter to the Board of @DCGco pic.twitter.com/eakuFjDZR2
— Cameron Winklevoss (@cameron) January 10, 2023
In the letter to shareholders, Barry Silbert addressed all the burning questions. Regarding the money DCG owes to Genesis, he wrote:
“DCG currently owes Genesis Capital (i) $447.5M* in USD and (ii) 4,550 BTC (~$78M), which matures in May 2023. DCG borrowed $500M in USD between January and May 2022 at interest rates of 10%-12%.”
According to the letter, USD loans were used to “repurchase of DCG stock” and “investments in liquid tokens and public equities.” BTC loans were used to “hedge GBTC long positions to remain market neutral on such positions.” He noted that DCG had not borrowed from Genesis Capital since May 2022.
Regarding the DCG relationship with FTX, he said that his entity made a small equity investment of $250,000 in FTX’s Series B in July 2021 and held a trading account with FTX. Besides that, Barry and DCG had no relationship with FTX or SBF.
Furthermore, there was no relationship with Alameda other than trading and lending. Collapsed 3AC also never had a relationship with DCG other than trading and lending. He clarified that,
“DCG did not buy, sell, short, or otherwise trade the Terra stablecoin” and Celsius token.
$1.1B Promissory Note is Not Callable
Talking about the much-mentioned $1.1 billion promissory note, Barry said:
“The $1.1B promissory note, which matures in 2032, represents DCG’s assumption of liabilities owing to Genesis from Three Arrows Capital in connection with their default in June 2022. DCG agreed to assign and exchange Genesis’s $1.1B unsecured loan receivable from Three Arrows Capital, the recovery on which was highly uncertain, with the promissory note from DCG.”
According to him, the $1.1B promissory note is not callable. It is like an agreement stating that,
“any recovery received by DCG in respect of the Three Arrows Capital liquidation will go directly to paying down the $1.1B promissory note.”