After Sam Bankman-cryptocurrency Fried's exchange FTX went down, the whole crypto market suffered numerous losses and asset devaluations. Additionally, FTX-exposed crypto businesses received a fair portion of the unpleasant pill.
The $8 billion gap
The $8 billion gap in FTX's balance sheet (1) that resulted in the liquidity crisis has been the subject of continuing investigations. The balance sheet deficit for FTX keeps expanding. The company started at merely $2 billion before starting at $5 billion. The gap has now widened to more than $8 billion. The funds' whereabouts were disclosed by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO of FTX, in a recent Bloomberg interview. SBF claimed he presented investors with a different balance sheet. At a last-minute rescue. The study states that SBF identified $15.4 billion in less liquid assets, $9 billion in liquid assets, and $8.9 billion in debt. Illiquid assets of $3.2 billion were also highlighted in the study.
Sam Bankman-Fried reveals conflicting balance sheets.
Another balance sheet was discussed, which displayed the factual circumstances at the bailout meeting. Similar figures are on the balance sheet, but there are $8 billion fewer liquid assets. SBF claimed that he misquoted the figures. He continued that customers were sending money to Alameda Research rather than paying it straight to FTX. He claimed that the sum had been double tallied by FTX's internal audit system and attributed to both businesses.
FTX and Alameda Research had the biggest cash flow following SBF's declaration, while competitor Binance became the most costly. He spent a total of $2.5 billion to acquire Binance's holdings. SBF also disclosed that he spent around $1.5 billion on other costs and $250 million on real estate. They calculated $1 billion incorrectly while investing $4 and $1.5 billion in venture financing to buy other companies. SBF and the surviving staff spent the previous weekend trying to gather money. The money will pay back consumers and close an $8 billion shortfall in FTX's balance sheet.
What was the reason for FTX's Demise?
However, most crypto community members state that the FTX situation is not an accident; it is a scam. In his first public outing since the demise of FTX, Bankman-Fried asserted that he did not commit fraud on Wednesday. He asserted that he was ignorant about the severity of the damage and the state of FTX. In an interview with The New York Times, SBF blamed bad accounting and management problems for the demise of the $32 billion FTX exchange. This statement sparked both civil and criminal investigations. The inquiry aims to ascertain if FTX violated any laws by lending money from its clients to Alameda Research.
John Ray III, the new CEO of FTX, who is in charge of the company's bankruptcy proceedings, expressed dismay at the state of affairs. Ray claimed that he had never witnessed such a total breakdown of corporate governance, resulting in SBF's use of deplorable management techniques.