The electric vehicle producer Tesla has recorded $64 million profit from Bitcoin trading in 2022 alongside $140 million Bitcoin (BTC) net loss according to a Jan 31 filing with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Tesla reported that it recorded a total of $204 million gross impairment loss in 2022 as a result of its Bitcoin holdings. In the same vein, it made a $64 million profit by converting BTC into fiat currency during the period.
As a result, its net loss was reduced to $140 million due to cryptocurrency trading activities. The company, however, explained the influence of volatile crypto prices on Tesla’s bottom line as follows:
“Digital assets are considered indefinite-lived intangible assets under applicable accounting rules. Accordingly, any decrease in their fair values below our carrying values for such assets at any time after their acquisition will require us to recognize impairment charges, whereas we may make no upward revisions for any market price increases until a sale. For any digital assets held now or in the future, these charges may negatively impact our profitability in the periods in which such impairments occur even if the overall market values of these assets increase.”
Drawing from the foregoing, Tesla supposedly stopped accepting Bitcoin as a means of payment in 2021 due to its high volatility. Although the decision was justified by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the basis that Bitcoin uses highly fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions.
Tesla’s Investment in Bitcoin
Following the initial acceptance of Bitcoin as a means of payment by Tesla, the company later liquidated 75% of its Bitcoin holdings worth $936m in the second quarter of 2022 having stopped receiving Bitcoin.
Meanwhile, the digital asset transaction was justified by Telsa’s CEO Elon Musk that the step was taken due to problems with car production in China.
Recall that Tesla’s investment in BTC reportedly yielded more than $1 billion in profits in 2021 according to analysts from American investment firm, Wedbush Securities, Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe.
While the company has been relatively silent on its crypto investment stance, its support and eventual adoption of Dogecoin (DOGE) as a means of payment for Tesla’s products had positively impacted the memecoin.