Galaxy Digital Reports $1 Billion Loss for 2022, But Remains Optimistic
Galaxy Digital, a digital asset manager, has reported a net loss of $1 billion for 2022. The company faced significant headwinds due to unprecedented macroeconomic events last year.
However, according to Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz, the firm was able to weather the worst of the crypto bear market and remains healthy.
Despite the losses, Novogratz expressed confidence in the firm’s go-forward strategy, businesses, and team. He said that 2022 was a formative year for Galaxy Digital and that they were able to capitalize on strategic opportunities to build their operating businesses for the future.
Galaxy Digital is committed to serving its clients and counterparties, remaining open for business despite the challenges faced in 2022. The firm reported a net loss of $287.8 million in Q4 2022, a significant decrease compared to the net income of $521.3 million in the same period of the prior year.
The loss was mainly due to unrealized marks to market on investments in their Principal Investments portfolio. This was largely driven by the market conditions that affected the crypto industry in 2022. Despite the losses, the firm remains optimistic about its future prospects and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Novogratz also commented on the state of the economy, saying that he felt it was headed for a recession. He suggested that crypto assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum could benefit from excessive government money printing.
Novogratz’s comments reflect a growing sentiment among investors that cryptocurrencies could serve as a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty.
Despite the losses, Galaxy Digital has generated approximately $150 million of income before tax year-to-date, and as of March 24, 2023, the company retains a strong liquidity position. Overall, Novogratz remains optimistic about the future of Galaxy Digital and the crypto market as a whole.