Binance.US Faces Crossroads: Hibernation Strategy or Share Sell-off?
The crippling space of Binance US faced a critical decision regarding its future. Here’s the inside scoop on what transpired: The company explored the possibility of selling shares held by Binance co-founder Changpeng Zhao (CZ) to stay on track with its growth plans. However, it ultimately opted to reduce its workforce by one-third instead. Is the company going on hibernation mode what is going on with Binance at present? Let’s find out.
According to the Block, Binance US was reportedly considering selling shares controlled by CZ, the co-founder of Binance, as a strategic move to align with its growth objectives. This decision came in the aftermath of regulatory scrutiny, particularly the lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Binance, which alleged that Zhao had the ability to “divert customer assets” at will. Binance, in response to the lawsuit, had expressed its strong intent to defend its platform vigorously.
In response to the layoffs, Binance.US layoffs are part of the growth strategy and this will help the company to gain seven years of financial stability, according to a spokesperson. This comes after Binance, the parent company, let go of over 1,000 employees in a bid to enhance organizational agility for the upcoming market cycle.
Binance’s Multi-Pronged Approach to Deal with US Regulators
During a company-wide meeting, Binance US employees were presented with a range of options for the company’s path forward.
- The first option involved proceeding with their existing plans but necessitated CZ resolving his issues with US regulators, placing his shares in Binance US under a blind trust, or selling them outright.
- The second option described a scenario where the company would need to curtail its expenditure while continuing to invest in the platform despite market challenges.
- The third option was to enter a hibernation phase. This approach aimed to enable the company to sustain its business operations and licenses while navigating the regulatory challenges.
According to the Block reports, Binance US ultimately chose the third option, which coincided with recent layoffs at the cryptocurrency exchange.
Will the Hibernation Strategy work for Binance?
At this point, Binance can only opt for “hibernation mode” until there’s a notable improvement in the company’s financial position. This will surely cut down the expenses while keeping regular business operations and licenses intact.
Since the SEC’s lawsuit, Binance.US has faced considerable challenges. Business activity has declined, with customers no longer able to use U.S. dollars for cryptocurrency purchases on the platform. Their monthly trading has also sharply dropped, going from $10.6 billion in January to just $70 million this month according to the company’s report.