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Galaxy Digital Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Updates

NEW YORK , April 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (GLXY.V) ("Galaxy Digital", "GDH Ltd.", or the "Company") today released both Galaxy Digital Holdings LP's ("GDH LP" or the "Partnership") and GDH Ltd.'s financial results for the fourth quarter ("Q4 2019" or the "fourth quarter") and full year ("FY 2019" or "2019 year-end") ended December 31, 2019 , as well as the Partnership's corporate updates through the date of this press release.

Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (CNW Group/Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd)

"Galaxy Digital entered 2020 with significant operational momentum in our three operating businesses of Trading, Asset Management and Advisory Services, and I am proud of how our dedicated team is now navigating the unprecedented global economic dislocation driven by Covid-19," said Mike Novogratz , CEO of Galaxy Digital. "The digital asset and cryptocurrency market has seen significant volatility and de-risking in the past several weeks, similar to other growth and safe-haven asset classes, as investors prioritized liquidity above all. In this market environment, we continue to focus on the safety of our people, trading nimbly, and sharing differentiated insights with our institutional clients and counterparties."

First Quarter 2020 Update

  • To date, Galaxy Digital has not been uniquely impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). For the safety and wellbeing of our employees, the Company has implemented our business continuity plans, including remote work arrangements. Nonetheless, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused global economic uncertainty and is likely to impact the Company's investments and business activities in the coming months, with offsetting potential benefits to the Company from increased volatility and expansive global monetary and fiscal policy.

  • Digital asset markets receded during the latter part of first quarter 2020. The Partnership believes that many of the widely-cited reasons for weakness in the markets may have driven price action, including a broad risk-off attitude in traditional and digital assets tied to the spread and negative economic impact of Covid-19, highly-leveraged digital asset positioning after strong initial 2020 performance that was subsequently unwound, and digital assets becoming a source of liquidity as traditional assets declined. During market crises, the Partnership believes that all liquid assets (including digital assets) become sources of liquidity to meet liabilities and margin requirements, and the double-digit declines in risk assets during February and March of 2020 had ripple effects throughout all markets.


Corporate Updates

  • As part of its share repurchase program, through December 31, 2019 , GDH Ltd. purchased a total of 1,315,434 shares for total cost of C$1.6 million . Share repurchases through April 6, 2020 were 4,392,530 for a total cost of C$5.0 million .


Business Highlights

  • During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Principal Investments team closed one new investment and four follow-on investments, representing $7.5 million of invested capital.


  • As previously disclosed, as of December 31, 2019 , Galaxy Digital's Asset Management business, Galaxy Digital Capital Management LP ("GDCM"), had assets under management of $357.2 million .

  • The Partnership's trading business, Galaxy Digital Trading ("GDT"), experienced an increase in actively trading counterparties in the fourth quarter relative to the third quarter. While GDT's spot over the counter ("OTC") trading volumes decreased slightly over that same period, GDT increased market share in the OTC market as its volumes decelerated at a slower pace than the broader market, as indicated by volumes on trusted exchanges. The reduction in broad market activity can be attributed to several factors, including geopolitical and regulatory uncertainty, regulatory concerns related to international exchanges, and general de-levering into the second half of 2019. Despite this market headwind, GDT expanded its counterparty outreach efforts and consistently onboarded new strategic partners throughout the quarter.

  • The Advisory Services business, Galaxy Digital Advisors LLC ("GDA"), continued to make meaningful progress during the second half of 2019 towards its strategic goal of becoming the leading corporate finance and strategic advisory firm in the blockchain technology and digital assets sectors. GDA has a number of mandates for potential financing and strategic transactions in various stages of execution, and its investment banking backlog further grew compared to the first half of the year.


Select GDH LP's Financial Highlights (Q4 2019)

  • As of December 31, 2019 , digital assets, including digital assets posted as collateral, stood at $94.2 million , an increase of $24.4 million from December 31, 2018 . This increase was primarily due to the increase in the fair value of the digital assets during the period.

  • Investments stood at $158.2 million as of December 31, 2019 , a decrease of $21.2 million from December 31, 2018 . The decrease was primarily a result of the partial sale of Block.one shares in 2019, partially offset by unrealized gains on certain other investments during the period as well as $29.7 million of new capital deployed by the Principal Investments team over the year.

  • Total equity increased by $49.4 million during the year to $355.1 million as of December 31, 2019 primarily due to $25.8 million of net comprehensive income and further increased by $28.1 million of equity based compensation which does not have a net effect on equity due to the accounting treatment for equity-based compensation.

  • As of December 31, 2019 , the Partnership's net book value1 per unit was approximately C$1.62 (US$1.24) representing an increase of approximately 11% compared to C$1.46 (US$1.07) as of December 31, 2018 .

  • For the three months ended December 31, 2019 , net comprehensive loss was $32.7 million , as compared to net comprehensive loss of $97.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 . The current quarter loss was largely a result of realized loss on digital assets, i.e. cryptocurrencies which trade continuously in the market, and operating expenses. The net comprehensive loss for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was primarily a result of unrealized loss on digital assets and investments, and operating expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2019 , net comprehensive income was $25.8 million , as compared to net comprehensive loss of $272.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 . The current year income was largely a result of realized gains on digital assets, partially offset by operating expenses. The net comprehensive loss for the year ended December 31, 2018 was primarily a result of unrealized and realized loss on digital assets.


GDH Ltd.'s Financial Highlights (Q4 2019)

  • As the only significant asset of GDH Ltd. is its minority interest in GDH LP, its results are driven by the results of GDH LP. GDH Ltd. accounts for its investment in its associate (GDH LP) using the equity method. GDH Ltd. had been carrying its investment at cost initially and subsequently increased or decreased it to recognize GDH Ltd.'s share of the earnings and losses of GDH LP. As of December 31, 2019 , an impairment assessment was performed and as a result, an impairment expense of $138.4 million was recognized. The net comprehensive loss of GDH Ltd. for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $132.5 million , primarily due to the impairment expense recognized on its investment in GDH LP.


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1 Net book value includes non-controlling interests.

GDH LP's Financial Results


December 31,


December 31,


2019


2018

Assets




Current assets




Cash

$

106,262,780


$

66,488,012

Digital assets

85,980,731


69,765,339

Investments

158,163,420


179,365,696

Receivable for digital asset trades

330,609


8,579,058

Digital asset loans receivable

16,061,945


Assets posted as collateral

10,585,819


Receivables

1,853,169


1,238,694

Prepaid expenses and other assets

2,580,255


2,002,880

Loans receivable

11,719,738


2,369,024


393,538,466


329,808,703





Loans receivable


15,892,320

Right of use asset

5,182,993


Property and equipment

4,057,662


4,223,252


9,240,655


20,115,572

Total assets

$

402,779,121


$

349,924,275





Liabilities




Current liabilities




Digital assets sold short

$

18,616,860


$

18,666,957

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

11,719,494


14,558,914

Payable for digital asset trades

250,158


9,832,737

Digital asset loans payable

11,134,329


Collateral payable

434,498


Lease liability

772,003


Due to related party


1,177,498


42,927,342


44,236,106





Lease liability

4,747,214


Total liabilities

47,674,556


44,236,106





Equity




Partners' capital

347,785,081


301,520,591

Non-controlling interest

7,319,484


4,167,578

Total equity

355,104,565


305,688,169





Total liabilities and equity

$

402,779,121


$

349,924,275

 



Year  ended
December 31,
 2019

Year ended
December 31,
2018

Income (loss)




Advisory and management fees


$

5,329,819


$

4,192,808

Net realized gain (loss) on digital assets


71,971,480


(101,394,823)

Net realized gain on investments


37,922,360


Interest income


4,229,684


1,361,203

Net derivative gain


12,425,065


Other income


464,554


1,085,092



132,342,962


(94,755,720)





Operating expenses




Equity based compensation


28,131,160


31,281,892

Compensation and compensation related


28,579,918


26,875,317

General and administrative


13,834,596


11,777,456

Professional fees


7,003,271


11,391,527

Interest


3,133,143


4,798,337

Insurance     


1,322,089


2,188,081

Director fees


200,000


50,000



(82,204,177)


(88,362,610)






Net unrealized loss on digital assets


(11,973,090)


(75,494,453)

Net unrealized loss on investments


(12,521,148)


(8,459,854)

Unrealized foreign currency gain


147,986


35,196

Realized foreign currency gain (loss)


(197,065)


612,407

Goodwill impairment



(6,216,914)



(24,543,317)


(89,523,618)





Income (loss) for the year


$

25,595,468


$

(272,641,948)





Income (loss) attributed to:




Unit holders of the Partnership


25,770,304


(267,930,435)

Non-controlling interests


(174,836)


(4,711,513)



$

25,595,468


$

(272,641,948)

Other comprehensive income (loss)




Foreign currency translation adjustment


254,448


(35,766)





Comprehensive income (loss) for the year


$

25,849,916


$

(272,677,714)





Comprehensive income (loss) attributed to:




Unit holders of the Partnership


$

26,024,752


$

(267,966,201)

Non-controlling interests


(174,836)


(4,711,513)



$

25,849,916


$

(272,677,714)

 

Income and expenses by each reportable segment of GDH LP for the three months ended December 31, 2019 are as follows:



Principal

Asset

Advisory

Corporate



Trading

Investing

Management

Services

and Other

Totals

Income







Advisory and management fees

$


$


$

1,218,883


$


$


$

1,218,883


Net realized loss on digital assets

(34,190,245)


(876,412)





(35,066,657)


Net realized loss on investments


(160,116)





(160,116)


Interest Income

337,871


977,179



16,276


205


1,331,531


Net derivative gain

1,674,510






1,674,510


Other Income

5,816


210,000


(11,266)


123,975



328,525



(32,172,048)


150,651


1,207,617


140,251


205


(30,673,324)









Operating expenses

6,413,231


1,805,820


3,164,866


731,256


5,200,279


17,315,452









Net unrealized gain (loss) on digital assets

21,898,982


(4,862,932)





17,036,050


Net unrealized loss on investments


(1,937,647)





(1,937,647)


Unrealized foreign currency gain

4,299






4,299


Realized foreign currency loss

(14,031)






(14,031)



21,889,250


(6,800,579)





15,088,671









Net loss

$

(16,696,029)


$

(8,455,748)


$

(1,957,249)


$

(591,005)


$

(5,200,074)


$

(32,900,105)


 

Income and expenses by each reportable segment of GDH LP for the three months ended December 31, 2018 are as follows:



Principal

Asset

Advisory

Corporate



Trading

Investing

Management

Services

and Other

Totals

Income







Advisory and management fees

$


$


$

1,344,705


$

41,593


$


$

1,386,298


Net realized loss on digital assets

(47,621,679)


(1,039,797)





(48,661,476)


Interest income

75,700


610,642



27,554


838


714,734


Other income

892,217


(41)


(12,743)




879,433



(46,653,762)


(429,196)


1,331,962


69,147


838


(45,681,011)









Operating expenses

7,589,071


7,097,085


6,526,794


3,610,533


8,982,511


33,805,994









Net unrealized gain (loss) on digital assets

12,553,857


(4,691,010)





7,862,847


Net unrealized gain (loss) on investments

1,372,208


(26,377,081)





(25,004,873)


Unrealized foreign currency gain (loss)

(75,715)




18,846



(56,869)


Realized foreign currency loss

(280,428)





(552)


(280,980)



13,569,922


(31,068,091)



18,846


(552)


(17,479,875)









Net loss

$

(40,672,911)


$

(38,594,372)


$

(5,194,832)


$

(3,522,540)


$

(8,982,225)


$

(96,966,879)


 

Assets and liabilities by reportable segment of GDH LP as of December 31, 2019 are as follows:



Principal

Asset

Advisory

Corporate



Trading

Investments

Management

Services

and Other

Totals

Total assets

$

177,226,904


$

199,678,202


$

1,415,135


$

1,102,055


$

23,356,825


$

402,779,121









Total liabilities

$

30,329,154


$

403,187


$

1,377,492


$

96,273


$

15,468,450


$

47,674,556


 

Assets and liabilities by reportable segment of GDH LP as of December 31, 2018 are as follows:



Principal

Asset

Advisory

Corporate



Trading

Investments

Management

Services

and Other

Totals

Total assets

$

121,987,903


$

209,065,821


$

2,427,877


$

1,081,640


$

15,361,034


$

349,924,275









Total liabilities

$

28,720,908


$

162,086


$

105,946


$

157,811


$

15,089,355


$

44,236,106


 

Select statement of financial position information

The fair value of each asset class by reporting segment of GDH LP as of December 31, 2019 is as follows:



Principal

Asset

Advisory

Corporate



Trading

Investments

Management

Services

and Other

Totals

Digital assets:







Cryptocurrency

$

53,882,704


$

32,098,027


$


$


$


$

85,980,731


Digital assets posted as collateral

8,208,653






8,208,653


Investments:







Pre-ICO


6,005,114





6,005,114


Convertible Notes


5,255,579





5,255,579


Preferred Stock


75,703,153





75,703,153


Common Stock


32,476,631





32,476,631


LP/LLC Interests


38,120,805





38,120,805


Warrants/Trust Units


602,138





602,138



$

62,091,357


$

190,261,447


$


$


$


$

252,352,804


 

The fair value of each asset class by reporting segment of GDH LP as of December 31, 2018 is as follows:



Principal

Asset

Advisory

Corporate



Trading

Investments

Management

Services

and Other

Totals

Digital assets:







Cryptocurrency

$

62,662,014


$

7,103,325


$


$


$


$

69,765,339


Investments:







Pre-ICO


3,444,204





3,444,204


Convertible Notes


1,250,000





1,250,000


Preferred Stock


59,586,719





59,586,719


Common Stock


80,483,775





80,483,775


LP/LLC Interests


33,248,472





33,248,472


Warrants/Trust Units


1,352,526





1,352,526



$

62,662,014


$

186,469,021


$


$


$


$

249,131,035


 

This press release should be read in conjunction with (i) GDH LP's Management Discussion and Analysis and Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 and (ii) GDH Ltd.'s Management Discussion and Analysis and Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 (together, the "Consolidated Financial Statements" and "MD&As"), which have been filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Grant of Stock Options

On April 9, 2020 , the Company intends to grant an aggregate of 6,810,000 stock options to acquire ordinary shares of the Company (the "Options") to employees, 4,085,000 of which will be granted to officers, pursuant to the Company's amended and restated stock option plan. The Options will be priced in three tranches: C$1.35 per share vesting on 3/1/2022, C$1.60 per share vesting on 3/1/2023 and C$1.85 per share vesting on 3/1/2024 (or, in each case, the closing price of the stock on the TSXV on April 9, 2020 if higher). The Options are exercisable for a period of five years from the date of grant. After the Options are granted, the Company has 24,197,139 options remaining in its pool.

About GDH Ltd. and GDH LP (Galaxy Digital)

Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd.'s only significant asset is a minority investment in GDH LP. GDH LP is a diversified financial services and investment management company in the digital asset, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology sector. GDH LP's multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience spanning investing, portfolio management, capital markets, operations, and blockchain technology. GDH LP currently operates four distinct business lines, which include: Trading, Asset Management, Principal Investments and Advisory Services. The CEO of GDH Ltd. and the general partner of GDH LP is Michael Novogratz . GDH LP is headquartered in New York City , with offices in Tokyo, Japan , London, England , Hong Kong , Jersey City , U.S., San Francisco , U.S., and the Cayman Islands (registered office). Additional information about GDH LP's businesses and products is available on www.galaxydigital.io.

Disclaimers and Additional Information

The TSXV has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The Ontario Securities Commission has not passed upon the merits of the disclosure record of Galaxy Digital.

Securities transactions are effected through Galaxy Digital Advisors LLC, a member of FINRA and SIPC.

BLOOMBERG is a trademark or service mark of Bloomberg Finance L.P. GALAXY is a trademark of GDCM. Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates (collectively, Bloomberg) are not affiliated with GDCM, the GBCIF, the Bitcoin Funds and their respective affiliates (collectively, Galaxy). Bloomberg's association with Galaxy is to act as the administrator and calculation agent of the CFIX and the BGCI (collectively, the "Index"), which is the property of Bloomberg. Neither Bloomberg nor Galaxy guarantee the timeliness, accurateness, or completeness of any data or information relating to the Index or results to be obtained. Neither Bloomberg nor Galaxy make any warranty, express or implied, as to the Index, any data or values relating thereto or any financial product or instrument linked to, using as a component thereof or based on the Index (Products) or results to be obtained therefrom, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect thereto. To the maximum extent allowed by law, Bloomberg, its licensees, Galaxy, and their respective employees, contractors, agents, suppliers, and vendors shall have no liability or responsibility whatsoever for any injury or damages—whether direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, punitive, or otherwise—arising in connection with the Index, any data or values relating thereto or any Products—whether arising from their negligence or otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information in this press release, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the impact of COVID-19, global economic conditions, the future of the industry and the Company or Partnership's anticipated results, business or opportunities, and options grants, may constitute forward looking information (collectively, forward-looking statements), which can be identified by the use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "intend," "continue" or "believe" (or the negatives) or other similar variations. Because of various risks and uncertainties, including those referenced below, actual events or results may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are subject to the risk that the global economy, industry or the Company's businesses and investments do not perform as anticipated, that revenue or expenses estimates may not be met or may be materially less or more than those anticipated, that expected fundraising for asset management products is delayed, advisory transactions may be modified or not completed at all and those other risks contained in the Annual Information Form (AIF) for the year ended December 31 , 2019.  Factors that could cause actual results of the Company and its businesses to differ materially from those described in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, a decline in the digital asset market or general economic conditions; the failure or delay in the adoption of digital assets and the blockchain ecosystem by institutions; a delay or failure in developing infrastructure for the trading business or achieving mandates; failure to grow assets under management and for advisory transactions, a decline in the securities markets, an adverse development with respect to an issuer or party to the transaction or failure to obtain a required regulatory approval. In connection with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, the Company has made assumptions that no significant events occur outside of the Company's and Partnership's normal course of business. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, accordingly, you should not put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Information identifying assumptions, risks and uncertainties relating to the Company and the Partnership are contained in Galaxy Digital's filings with the Canadian securities regulators available at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements in this press release are applicable only as of the date of this release or as of the date specified in the relevant forward-looking statement and Galaxy Digital undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after that date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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