Bakkt receives regulatory approval for $150 million shelf offering


  • After facing financial worries, Bakkt, a crypto platform, got approval to raise $150 million in securities.
  • The company aims to use the capital to sustain operations and support its long-term goals.
  • Despite recent challenges, Bakkt remains focused on growth and navigating the crypto market.

Bakkt, a leading crypto custody and trading platform, has received regulatory approval for a substantial shelf offering worth $150 million. This development comes after the firm’s recent disclosure regarding concerns over its financial stability.

Regulatory approval secured

On February 14, Bakkt announced that it had obtained approval for a shelf registration, also known as a shelf offering, from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This regulatory green light enables the company to raise $150 million in capital through the issuance of securities over three years. 

The shelf registration process allows for the gradual sale of securities without needing separate approval for each offering.

Bakkt views this approval as a significant step that will provide the company with enhanced flexibility in raising capital for future endeavors. The Form S-3 shelf registration is expected to streamline the capital-raising process, offering Bakkt strategic advantages as it navigates its financial landscape.

Financial concerns and long-term vision

Just a week before securing regulatory approval, Bakkt had expressed concerns about its financial position, acknowledging the possibility of being unable to sustain its operations. The company highlighted its intention to explore avenues for additional capital, including issuing registered securities in public markets, to support its long-term vision.

Bakkt’s financial performance has been closely scrutinized, particularly in light of its status as a publicly listed entity since October 2021. Despite the crypto market’s rebound from a challenging 2022, Bakkt reported net losses totaling $44.9 million, $50.5 million, and $51.7 million in the first three quarters of 2023. 

Notably, the company’s net losses narrowed in 2023 compared to the significant losses incurred in the third and fourth quarters of 2022.

Strategic partnerships and company background

Bakkt operates a digital asset trading platform catering to institutional clients and has forged strategic partnerships with industry giants such as Starbucks and Amazon Web Services. Founded in 2018 by Intercontinental Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange parent company, Bakkt, has been instrumental in facilitating digital asset transactions and services.

Market performance and share price

The news of regulatory approval spurred a positive response in the market, with Bakkt’s share price increasing by 7.8% to $1.03 following the announcement. However, despite this uptick, the company’s share price remains down by over 51% year-to-date. Notably, Bakkt’s share price experienced a significant decline from its peak of $42 in October 2021, marking a turbulent trajectory in the market.

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