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CEO of now-bankrupt Voyager made millions offloading firm’s stock months before insolvency

Justinas
Baltrusaitis
2 weeks ago
2 mins read

New details have emerged regarding insider trading activity at cryptocurrency lending platform Voyager Digital months before the recent bankruptcy filings that resulted in users losing their investment. 

In particular, the troubled company’s CEO Stephen Ehrlich, reportedly made over $30 million offloading the Voyager stock in different transactions when the price almost peaked early last year, CNBC reported on August 3. 

Filings indicate that Ehrlich and his Delaware LLCs sold almost 1.9 million shares between February 9, 2021, and March 31, 2021. The sale was segmented into 11 separate transactions totaling $31 million.

Notably, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) documents indicate that the three largest translations entailed 1.4 million shares worth almost $19 million. 

Voyager stock plunged after insider sales 

After the sale, Voyager shares went on to peak at $29.86 just one week after Ehrlich’s final sale on April 5, 2021. Interestingly, three weeks later, the Voyager stock had lost its value by 41% from the record high. 

Furthermore, on December 31, 2021, Voyager announced adopting automatic securities disposition plans (ADSPs) for Ehrlich and another executive. However, the plan was later canceled on January 20, 2022, before any trades were completed.

The new revelation emerged just weeks after the company filed for bankruptcy, citing the effects of the cryptocurrency market meltdown. 

More crypto firms file for bankruptcy 

Before going insolvent, Voyager had revealed that hedge fund Three Arrows Capital had defaulted on a $650 million loan the company had extended using customer assets. Notably, Three Arrows also went ahead to file for bankruptcy protection. 

It is worth noting that Voyager had assured customers that their funds would be accessible. However, ​​the company resorted to freezing customer withdrawals. 

“This was a tremendously difficult decision, but we believe it is the right one given current market conditions,” Ehrlich said. 

Besides Voyager and Three Arrows Capital, crypto lending platform Celsius also filed for bankruptcy after announcing challenges with liquidity. Consequently, Celsius also froze customer withdrawals despite giving assurances of resuming normal operations. 

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Justinas Baltrusaitis
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Justin crafts insightful data-driven stories on finance, banking, and digital assets. His reports were cited by many influential outlets globally like Forbes, Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Nasdaq.com, Investing.com, Reuters, among others.