Bakkt, a prominent platform in the crypto space, has raised concerns about its financial stability in a recent disclosure to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Without securing funds through debt financing or equity dilution, Bakkt fears it may not have the necessary resources to sustain its operations moving forward.
Established in 2018, Bakkt offers custodial services to both institutional and retail investors looking to delve into the world of cryptocurrencies. Operating under Bakkt Trust Company LLC and regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), the company faces uncertainties regarding its financial outlook for the coming years.
The root of this uncertainty lies in Bakkt’s ambitious expansion plans into new markets. While aiming for substantial revenue growth, the company acknowledges that historical performance alone may not suffice to ensure sustainable profitability. This realization underscores the critical need for additional capital infusion in the near future.
Despite reporting impressive revenue figures for the second quarter of 2023, totaling $348 million compared to a mere $14 million in the preceding year, Bakkt anticipates ongoing operating losses and acknowledges the burden of existing debt obligations. Should it fail to secure additional funding, Bakkt may struggle to maintain adequate liquidity and effectively manage its operations.
Bakkt, founded by InterContinental Exchange (ICE) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), went public in 2021. However, the recent disclosure has sparked concerns among investors, leading to a 7.5% drop in Bakkt’s shares to $1.34.
While Bakkt has made strides in exploring cryptocurrency payments, such as its partnership with Starbucks in testing payments through the coffee chain’s app, its financial challenges underscore the volatile nature of the crypto industry and the importance of securing stable funding for sustainable growth and resilience.
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