US automaker Tesla (opens in new tab) purchased $1.5bn worth of Bitcoin (opens in new tab) at the beginning of this year and the company's investment already looks to be paying off as it now holds $2.48bn of the cryptocurrency.
In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) back in January of this year, the automaker revealed that it had updated its investment policy to provide the company “with more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns” on its cash.
Tesla also announced that it will soon begin accepting payments in Bitcoin (opens in new tab) for its vehicles which helped boost the price of the cryptocurrency even higher.
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While the company has not yet begun accepting Bitcoin for payments, in a support page (opens in new tab) on its site, Tesla is quite clear about the fact that for now, other cryptocurrencies (opens in new tab) won't be supported, saying:
“For now, Tesla only accepts Bitcoin — not Bitcoin fork products (like Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV) or any other types of digital assets. (Our wallet will not receive or even detect any other digital assets.) Please make sure you only send us Bitcoin because any other digital asset sent might end up lost or destroyed (and we’re not responsible if that happens).”
In a new filing (opens in new tab) with the SEC regarding its first quarter performance, Tesla revealed that the fair market value of the Bitcoin in its wallet (opens in new tab) as of March 31 was $2.48bn.
If the company were to sell the Bitcoin gained since its initial investment in January, it could be poised to make around $1bn dollars. While Tesla doesn't plan on selling the majority of its gains anytime soon, it did sell off 10 percent of its Bitcoin holdings during Q1.
According to Tesla, proceeds from sales of its Bitcoin holdings amounted to $272m with a $101m “positive impact”. However, the company also said that it recorded $27m of impairment losses on its bitcoin investment during the first quarter of this year.
Tesla purchasing such a large amount of Bitcoin has been a big deal for the cryptocurrency as it has helped drive up its price (opens in new tab) while also instilling confidence in it. In fact other companies have since followed suit such as Square (opens in new tab) which bought a much smaller $170m worth of Bitcoin at the end of February.
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