Crypto Shake-Up: Is Hong Kong’s OSL Exchange On The Market For $128 Million?

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Within the vast terrain of Asia’s crypto exchanges, OSL, operating under the aegis of Hong Kong’s BC Technology Group Ltd., has proved to be a standout, primarily because of its regulatory adherence. However, as recent revelations suggest, this acclaimed crypto platform may soon change hands, causing a stir in the crypto community.

Particularly, Bloomberg has revealed that BC Technology Group Ltd. is mulling over the potential sale of its celebrated crypto platform, OSL. It’s worth noting that OSL is one of the duo of exchanges privileged with a license according to the digital-asset guidelines introduced by the city in June.

Exploring Options, Valuations, And Potential Divestitures

According to Bloomberg, citing sources intimate with the ongoing discussions, the valuation estimates being considered for OSL hover around HK$1 billion, equivalent to approximately $128 million.

This valuation has emerged after BC Technology purportedly reached out to potential buyers, which includes established entities in the crypto space and investment funds.

Notably, OSL’s collection of services extends to offering prime brokerage, crypto custody, and a business infrastructure tailored for financial institutions aiming to venture into virtual asset trading.

Given the multifaceted nature of the exchange, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter that BC Technology may also be weighing the possibility of divesting parts of OSL rather than offloading the entire business. 

In response to the rumors about the potential sale, a BC Technology spokesperson maintained the firm’s stance on refraining from commenting on market speculations.

Financial Performance And Regulatory Navigations 

Furthermore, a delve into BC Technology’s interim report offers some context in the company’s performance over the years. Notably, BC Technology’s net loss decreased to HK$95 million for the half-year concluding in June, a marked improvement from the loss of over HK$300 million from the corresponding period in the prior year.

The report further reveals that OSL’s blockchain and digital assets platform remains the primary revenue generator for BC Technology. In addition, OSL’s trading volume declined, shrinking to HK$112.6 billion in the first half of 2023 from its previous year.

While BC Technology’s market value witnessed a significant surge, nearly doubling to approach HK$1.9 billion since its August low, it still lags by 80% from its peak achieved in June 2021.

A chart illustrating BC Technology shares performance over the years.
A chart illustrating BC Technology shares performance over the years. | Source: Bloomberg

On the regulatory front, OSL has retracted its application for a digital asset license in Singapore. Nevertheless, according to Bloomberg, the exchange has plans to present a “revised submission.” This change in strategy also means some Singapore clients are anticipated to transition to the Hong Kong exchange.

The global crypto market cap value on TradingView
The global crypto market cap value on the 1-day chart. Source: Crypto TOTAL Market Cap on

Featured image from Unsplash, Chart from TradingView

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