• Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy now owns 70,784 Bitcoin in total.
  • The firm’s average purchase price per coin was $16,035.

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has further expanded its position in Bitcoin, buying another $10 million as the markets tumbled. 

An SEC filing from Friday morning shows the company bought an additional 314 Bitcoin at an average price of $31,808, during a turbulent 24 hours for the market that saw the price slide all the way to $28,950. 

This latest purchase brings the firm’s holdings to 70,784 Bitcoin at a value of $1.13 billion. CEO Michael Saylor announced the purchase in a tweet.

In December, the company closed a debt round of $650 million in convertible bonds at 0.75% interest in order to bolster its reserves of Bitcoin. The company first began buying Bitcoin in August 2020 making an initial purchase worth $250 million. At the time Saylor said the investment was intended to be a viable hedge against monetary debasement. 

Since its first purchase in August the company’s stock has risen by over 300% moving from an average of $130 in August to over $540 as of late January as investors increasingly view it as a macro proxy for Bitcoin. 

However, not everyone has been a fan of the pivot. In December, Citi analyst Tyler Radke lowered his recommendation on MicroStrategy to “sell” from “neutral” warning that the company was overexposed on a “disproportionate” Bitcoin focus.

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    Sam Reynolds is a Taipei-based reporter, covering digital assets and regulation throughout Asia. Before joining Blockworks he was an editor at Forkast News and an analyst with IDC.