Celsius: Can this latest action provide much-needed relief to CEL investors?

Celsius’ Network’s newest motion was granted by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. This motion aimed at establishing a timeframe for troubled creditors to provide proofs of claim.

The date has been set

According to court filings, creditors of Celsius have until 5 pm EST,  3 January 2023 to file any claims. This covers all persons and entities, including individuals, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures and trusts.

According to Celsius’ official Twitter page, creditors who don’t have an issue with the Celsius’ scheduling of their claims, do not have to submit proof of claim. Furthermore, the next hearing is scheduled for 5 December. During this session, the judge will hear matters related to custody and withhold accounts.

As a reminder, customers who agree with Celsius’ scheduling of their claims as filed in the Schedules of Assets and Liabilities do not need to submit a proof of claim and no further action is required of them at this time with respect to such claim. https://t.co/zymkBeyZm5

— Celsius (@CelsiusNetwork) November 20, 2022

Allegations made by independent examiner

The court’s order for the filing came after allegations made by the court appointed examiner regarding Celsius’ poor financial management. Furthermore, examiner Shobha Pillay, a partner at Jenner & Block, released an interim report on 19 November.

Additionally, the 300 page document outlined how the bankrupt crypto lender blurred the line between assets related to withhold accounts and the main accounts.

“No effort was made to segregate or separately identify any assets associated with the Withhold accounts, which were commingled in the Main wallets.” Pillay said in her report.

According to the examiner, the failure to segregate the above mentioned assets resulted in confusion regarding the ownership of assets amid the bankruptcy proceedings. Furthermore, Pillay shed light on the lender’s business in the run up to the suspension of withdrawals on 12 June. The suspension was reportedly a result of the underfunding of Celsius’ custody wallets.

Interestingly, the crypto lender did not start tracking its assets and liabilities until May 2021. This balance sheet was more of an ad hoc account of the firm’s assets and liabilities. These were tracked on a Google Sheets workbook dubbed “Freeze Report”.

Celsius’ new CEO gives insights into current operations

The latest bankruptcy hearing held on 15 November saw Celsius’ new CEO and chief restructuring officer Chris Ferraro briefing the judge about the firm’s business operations.

Ferraro revealed that the firm had 37,000 mining rigs at the Core Scientific facility, along with 3000 rigs at the Midland site, Texas. The new CEO stated that Celsius was cash flow positive with margins of about 20%.

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