In a press release on Tuesday, the software technology company said it plans to raise an additional $600 million from convertible senior notes, of which all the proceeds will be used to buy more bitcoin.
MicroStrategy is the first corporation to directly purchase bitcoin, as its CEO, Michael Saylor, sought to hedge against a potential devaluation in the US dollar. Since the company’s first purchase of bitcoin in August, MicroStrategy now owns 70,784 bitcoin, worth more than $3.5 billion on Tuesday.
The electric vehicle manufacturer acquired $1.5 billion in bitcoin in January and said it plans to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment for its products.
This isn’t the first time MicroStrategy has raised money for the sole purpose of buying more bitcoin. In December, the firm raised $400 million to add to its bitcoin holdings.
MicroStrategy has paid an average of $16,035 per bitcoin, and the move has paid off. Shares of MicroStrategy have soared 736% since the stock became a de-facto bitcoin ETF with its first purchase in August. The company’s market valuation has exploded from less than $2 billion in August to more than $10 billion today.
The bet has also made CEO Michael Saylor a billionaire based on his 2.4 million share stake in the company.
Shares of MicroStrategy traded up as much as 5% in Tuesday morning trades.
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