Cryptocurrency market maker and lending firm Genesis Trading is facing potential losses into the “hundreds of millions,” according to three people familiar with the matter.
The losses come as the collapse of Three Arrows Capital sends shockwaves across the crypto lending industry, with numerous firms facing substantial losses from their exposure to the fund.
The precise tally of Genesis’s losses may not be known for some time because the company is seeking at least partial repayment from its counterparties and some of the losses may have been offset by hedging, the people said. Amid such uncertainty, Genesis has been pulling credit lines from counterparties left and right, according to a fourth market source.
Genesis, which is owned by Digital Currency Group (DCG), also the owner of CoinDesk, issued the following statement from CEO Michael Moro:
Neither Babel Finance nor Three Arrows Capital responded to requests for comment.
The impact from Three Arrows Capital in particular has been felt widely. Crypto brokerage Voyager saw its stock plunge and was forced to limit withdrawals as it declared the hedge fund in default on loans worth around $670 million. Others, including BlockFi, are believed to be facing similar challenges.
Genesis has previously acknowledged taking a hit in the bear market without giving any numbers. The firm “carefully and thoughtfully mitigated our losses with a large counterparty who failed to meet a margin call to us,” CEO Moro tweeted in mid-June.
Genesis originated over $44.3 billion in loans in the first quarter of 2022. Its parent company, DCG, a large crypto conglomerate rumored to have a war chest of about $1 billion, is likely to help Genesis “buffer that kind of shock,” one person said.
Other crypto lenders have enlisted deep-pocketed saviors in recent days, with FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried making opportunistic investments in BlockFi and Voyager.
Forced deleveraging across markets has further tanked bitcoin’s (BTC) price in recent days with the leading cryptocurrency currently trading hands around $20,000.
UPDATE (June 30, 02:14 UTC): Adds that crypto lender BlockFi is believed to be in similar straits.
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