Data Company MicroStrategy Buys Another $1 Billion of Bitcoin

MicroStrategy used to be a business intelligence company that bought bitcoin, but with its latest purchase of the cryptocurrency, it’s become a bitcoin company that happens to have a business intelligence unit.

The company said on Wednesday it bought another 19,452 bitcoin, worth around $1.03 billion, swelling its holdings of the cryptocurrency to approximately 90,000 bitcoin and sending the company’s shares 8% higher.

The company, whose Chief Executive Officer Michael Saylor is one of the most vocal proponents of bitcoin, bought the cryptocurrency in cash at an average price of about $52,765 each.

MicroStrategy, the world’s largest publicly traded business intelligence company, spent last year steadily amassing bitcoin after making its first investment in August.

The company earlier this month engaged in an almost $1 billion convertible note offering with the proceeds used for buying bitcoin.

Bitcoin’s price has recently scaled record highs as major firms, such as BNY Mellon, asset manager BlackRock Inc and credit card giant Mastercard Inc, backed certain cryptocurrencies, with Tesla Inc investing $1.5 billion in bitcoin.

Square Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey promised on Tuesday to “double down” on the payment firm’s commitment to bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency.

MicroStrategy owns close to 90,531 bitcoin, which were acquired at an aggregate purchase price of about $2.17 billion and an average purchase price of around $23,985 per bitcoin, it said on Wednesday.

The company’s bitcoin holdings are valued at about $4.48 billion, according to a Reuters calculation.

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