Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX has revealed a “massive shortfall” in its digital asset and fiat currency holdings, with billions worth of customer funds missing from both the exchange and its United States-based arm, FTX US.
On March 2, the exchange released a presentation showing FTX had $2.2 billion in exchange wallets and fiat accounts, of which $694 million consisted of the most liquid “Category A Assets” that include cash, stablecoins, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) priced at the latest spot prices.
Only $191 million of total assets were located in the wallets of the accounts associated with FTX US, in addition to $28 million of customer receivables and $155 million of related party receivables.
FTX wallets showed a $9.3 billion net borrowing by the exchange’s sister trading firm, Alameda Research, and a $107 million net payable to Alameda from FTX US.
FTX recorded surpluses across its less liquid “Category B Assets,” which includes its own FTX Token (FTT) but the holdings are insignificant compared to the deficits on its other held assets.
In total FTX recorded an $8.6 billion deficit across all wallets and accounts while FTX US recorded a deficit of $116 million.
John J. Ray III, the chief restructuring officer and CEO of FTX, said in a March 2 that statement the presentation is the second in a “series” as FTX continues to "uncover the facts of this situation,” adding:
“It has taken a huge effort to get this far. The exchanges’ assets were highly commingled, and their books and records are incomplete and, in many cases, totally absent.”
On Feb 28, former FTX engineering director Nishad Singh pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud along with wire and commodities fraud conspiracy.
Singh’s plea follows a number of Bankman-Fried’s close associates reportedly agreeing to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in recent months.