Leading cryptocurrency lender Nexo has offered to buy distressed competitor Vauld, which halted operations in the face of financial difficulties. The proposal comes after the Singapore-based company said it was exploring restructuring options.
Nexo Secures Exclusive Agreement to Explore Vauld’s Acquisition
Singapore-based crypto lending and trading platform Vauld, which announced suspension of withdrawals and other transactions for customers, has been offered a way out of its troubles. On Tuesday, major crypto lender Nexo unveiled it had signed an indicative term sheet with Vauld that grants it a 60-day exploratory period for exclusive talks over the intended acquisition of the rival company.
On Monday, Vauld’s management said it’s halting operations because of “financial challenges” due to “the volatile market conditions.” It also cited financial difficulties at its partners and blamed the current market climate for the withdrawal of almost $198 million by its customers in about three weeks.
On the backdrop of this latest sign of stress in the industry, Nexo noted in a statement that it’s now up to “capable and well-capitalized entities to aid the sector.” In case of a satisfactory outcome of the initiated due diligence process, the lender plans to acquire up to 100% of Vauld, reorganize operations, and seek “deeper presence in Asia.”
“We sympathize with all affected by the drastic market downturn. However, difficult times always teach us the importance of business model viability and prudent risk management. It is inevitable that the industry leaders will navigate out of the current crisis,” commented Tatiana Metodieva, Nexo’s head of Corporate Finance and Investments.
Nexo assured it “aims to provide immediate assistance and alleviate withdrawal limitations put in place on Vauld’s platform,” which affected more than 800,000 customers. At the same time, the lender is planning for the future, including by exploring options to provide Vauld’s customers with a wider range of retail and institutional products and improved services.
Vauld’s CEO Darshan Bathija was quoted as stating that “Operating under the Nexo umbrella puts us instantly in a position of strength to continue the execution of our fiduciary obligations to our customers and at the same time to execute upon both companies’ ambitious roadmaps, regardless of the market conditions.”
The crypto lending sector saw significant growth over the past couple of years but was affected by the recent market slump and negative events such as the collapse of the terrausd (UST) stablecoin in May. In June, U.S. lender Celsius suspended withdrawals, again citing market conditions, followed by Voyager, which did the same a few days ago. Nexo had also offered to buy the assets of Celsius.
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Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.
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