Elon Musk's Tesla reports it still holds $1.3 billion in Bitcoin in its much awaited Q2 earnings call, as investors look to see Tesla's Bitcoin position. The company also made no additional Bitcoin sales, but reported a $23 million Bitcoin impairment in Q2.
According to the Q2 2021 earnings call, Tesla still has $1.3 billion in Bitcoin and has made no additional sales. The company reported a $23 million Bitcoin impairment (reduction in the value of a company asset). However, Tesla doesn’t count its Bitcoin as a mark-to-market asset. In other words, the 40% drop in value wouldn’t affect earnings unless they sold their holdings.
What’s The Big Deal?
Crypto investors have been waiting for this second-quarter earnings call for what it may tell them about Tesla’s Bitcoin holdings – specifically how much is on the books now. We won’t know if Tesla sold more Bitcoin than we thought, bought Bitcoin at its low, or left their BTC as is. Musk described Tesla’s sale of 10% of its Bitcoin holdings earlier this year as a way to test the market’s liquidity so they may prove to other companies that BTC makes an excellent alternative to holding cash on a balance sheet.
In short, the awaited earnings call will give investors a look at what Tesla has done with its Bitcoin holdings (if anything). That will let them know the general attitude towards crypto and may signal that Tesla and Musk are indeed Bitcoin advocates.
Tesla Still Holds Its $1.3 Billion In Bitcoin
Tesla has not sold any more Bitcoin and they currently hold $1.3 billion of Bitcoin. The company also surpassed a milestone of over a billion in net income in the second quarter – something Tesla (TSLA) company investors will be very happy about. The total revenue received from auto sales was $10.21 billion, which was much better than the last four quarters.
The company appears to be doing well with no apparent plans to make changes to its Bitcoin holdings. Only time will tell if Tesla will purchase more along with Musk’s other company, SpaceX.
More Bullish Indicators
Aside from Tesla’s stake in the crypto game, other bullish factors may soon come into play:
- Institutional investors may soon follow Tesla’s lead into keeping some BTC on the books or may drastically grow their initial investment like the Rothschild Investment Corp.
- More countries like Paraguay may soon get serious about allowing Bitcoin as legal tender.
- More use-cases in DeFi and more layer-2 scaling solutions add to the technical attractiveness of the digital currency.
- Companies like Amazon appear to be evolving to be ahead of the crypto curve as they strive to fill positions and research the role of blockchain in their organization.