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Galaxy Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results and October Update

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Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (TSX: GLXY) (the “Company” or “GDH Ltd.”) today released financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, for both itself and Galaxy Digital Holdings LP (the “Partnership” or “GDH LP”). In this press release, a reference to “Galaxy”, “we”, “our” and similar words refer to GDH Ltd., its subsidiaries and affiliates including GDH LP, or any one of them, as the context requires.

Preliminary Financial Highlights, through October 31, 20231

Since the end of the third quarter, digital asset prices materially changed and our business has benefited from heightened market volatility and increased trading volumes. Galaxy’s income before tax was approximately $124 million in the month of October, driven primarily by our market positioning and the appreciation of digital asset prices. Equity capital increased to approximately $1.6 billion over the same period.

Corporate Updates

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US Listing and Reorganization: Galaxy continues to work on completing its proposed reorganization and domestication to become a Delaware-incorporated company and subsequently list on the Nasdaq, upon completion of ongoing SEC review and subject to stock exchange, shareholder and applicable regulatory approvals of such transactions.

Share Buyback Program: As announced on May 26, 2023, the Company commenced a new normal course issuer bid on May 31, 2023, and is eligible to purchase up to 10 million ordinary shares. For the period between July 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023, Galaxy repurchased approximately 1.2 million shares at an average price of CAD $4.69.

Select Financial Metrics

Q3 2023

Q2 2023

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% Change

Equity Capital

$1,466M

$1,542M

(5 %)

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Liquidity

$749M

$696M

8 %

Cash & Net Stablecoins3

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$395M

$468M

(16 %)

Net Digital Assets4

$354M

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$228M

56 %

Net Income (loss)

($94M)

($46M)

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(104 %)

Note: Throughout this document, totals may not sum due to rounding. Quarter-over-quarter percentage change calculations are based on actual results.
(1) This preliminary, unaudited quarter-to-date financial information is as of October 31, 2023. Financial results include impacts of non-cash equity based compensation but exclude completion of the full quarterly valuation process of our investment portfolio. This data is subject to change as management completes its quarterly close procedures.
(2) As compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2023.
(3) Includes Cash Equivalents. 
(4) Refer to page 15 of this release for a breakout of our net digital assets position.

Galaxy Global Markets

Galaxy Global Markets (“GGM”) offers institutional-grade expertise and access to a broad range of digital asset products, including digital asset spot and derivatives trading, structured products, financing, as well as capital markets and M&A advisory services for corporate clients. GGM operates in two discrete business units – Trading and Investment Banking.

Trading

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Trading reported counterparty trading revenue of $14 million, down $6 million quarter-over-quarter (“QoQ”). The decrease was primarily due to record low volatility and market positioning. Subsequent to quarter-end, our counterparty trading desk’s market positioning benefited from the favorable asset price movements and significant uptick in volatility and has generated $24 million of revenue in October. Despite the decline in revenue QoQ, counterparty trading volumes increased 70% versus the second quarter and our average loan book size expanded to $553 million.

Key Performance Indicators

Q3 2023

Q2 2023

% Change

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Loan Book Size (Average)

$553M

$507M

9 %

Counterparty Loan Originations

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$117M

$115M

2 %

Counterparty Trading Volumes QoQ Change

70 %

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(29 %)

N.M.

Total Trading Counterparties

1,028

999

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3 %

Active Trading Counterparties

284

291

(2 %)

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Investment Banking

Investment Banking successfully closed two deals in the quarter, serving as advisor to Gamercraft on its latest investment round and serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Securitize in its acquisition of Onramp Invest, both of which we expect to realize as revenue at a later date. Notably, the team was also selected to represent Prime Trust in Nevada Receivership as part of an ongoing restructuring mandate. Galaxy continues to execute against a pipeline of mandates representing $2.2 billion in potential deal value.

Key Performance Indicators

Q3 2023

Q2 2023

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% Change

Deals Closed

2

1

100 %

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Pipeline

24

23

4 %

Deal Value of Pipeline

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$2.2B

$1.0B

120 %

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KEY TERMS

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Counterparty Trading Revenue: revenue from counterparty-facing activities from our Derivatives, Credit, Over-the-Counter Trading, and Quantitative Trading businesses, net of associated funding charges.

Loan Book Size (Average): average market value of all open loans, un-funded arrangements to finance delayed trading/settlement (for example over weekends), and uncommitted credit facilities in the quarter.

Counterparty Loan Originations: market values of all loans, credit facility draws, and credit facilities originated to external counterparties in the quarter. Does not include rolled loans as a new origination; rolled loans can be generally defined as loans where the maturity was extended but no other material terms were changed.

Active Trading Counterparties: counterparties with whom we have traded within the past 12 months and who are still onboarded with Galaxy’s trading business.

Pipeline: the number of open engagements and transactions the Investment Banking team is in market with.

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Deal Value of Pipeline: the theoretical aggregate deal value associated with the Investment Banking pipeline.

Galaxy Asset Management 

Galaxy Asset Management (“GAM”) provides investors access to the digital asset ecosystem via a diverse suite of institutional-grade investment vehicles that span passive, active, and venture strategies.

GAM management and performance fees were $4.7 million in the quarter, representing an 11% increase QoQ. GAM reported preliminary assets under management of approximately $3.9 billion as of September 30, 2023, a 58% increase QoQ. The increase in AUM was primarily driven by net inflows from new actively managed client mandates that came in at the end of the quarter. AUM consisted of $768 million in passive strategies, $1,704 million in active strategies and $1,456 million in venture strategies.

Key Performance Indicators

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Q3 2023

Q2 2023

% Change

Management and Performance Fees

$4.7M

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$4.2M

11 %

Total AUM

$3,927M

$2,489M

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58 %

     Passive AUM

$768M

$958M

(20 %)

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     Active AUM

$1,704M

$103M

1,548 %

     Venture AUM

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$1,456M

$1,428M

2 %

Number of Portfolio Company Investments1

223

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217

3 %

(1) Includes investments held directly on the Partnerships’ balance sheet and indirectly through the Galaxy sponsored funds.

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KEY TERMS

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Assets Under Management: all figures are unaudited.  AUM is inclusive of sub-advised funds, committed capital closed-end vehicles, seed investments by affiliates, affiliated and unaffiliated separately managed accounts, and fund of fund products. Changes in AUM are generally the result of performance, contributions, withdrawals, and acquisitions.

  • Preliminary AUM associated with GVH Multi-Strategy FOF LP is based on management’s most recent estimate.
  • AUM for committed capital closed-end vehicles that have completed their investment period is reported as NAV (Net Asset Value) plus unfunded commitment.
  • AUM for quarterly close vehicles is reported as of the most recent quarter available for the applicable period.
  • AUM for affiliated separately managed accounts is reported as NAV as of the most recently available estimate for the applicable period.

Passive Strategies: single- and multi-asset private funds, as well as a suite of regulated spot digital asset exchange-traded funds offered through partnerships with asset managers globally.

Active Strategies: Galaxy’s Liquid Alpha strategy and the management of certain bespoke mandates

Venture Strategies: organized around two investment themes: Interactive Ventures and Crypto Ventures. Galaxy Interactive is GAM’s sector-focused venture arm, managing client capital across three funds. GAM’s Crypto Ventures sleeve invests client capital across two global, multi-manager venture funds and manages a subset of Galaxy’s balance sheet venture investments.

Galaxy Digital Infrastructure Solutions

Galaxy Digital Infrastructure Solutions (“GDIS“) consists of proprietary and hosted bitcoin mining services, GK8 self-custody technology solutions, and validator services.

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Mining

Mining revenue was $14.3 million in the quarter relative to power purchase agreement and external hosting expenses, net of curtailment credits, of ($2.2 million). We reached 3.9 exahash per second of hashrate under management across our proprietary and hosted footprint, as we continued to scale our Helios facility in West Texas. Our effective power management strategy led to a negative average marginal cost to mine in the quarter. We expect our average marginal cost to mine to increase in the fourth quarter relative to the third and second quarters in anticipation of fewer opportunities to economically curtail our mining operations and a higher network hashrate.

Key Performance Indicators

Q3 2023

Q2 2023

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% Change

Mining Revenue

$14.3M

$15.4M

(7 %)

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Proprietary Mining Revenue

$8.8M

$8.6M

3 %

Hosted and Other Mining Revenue1

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$5.5M

$6.8M

(19 %)

Total Hashrate Under Management

3.9 EH/s

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3.7 EH/s

7 %

Proprietary Mining Hashrate

1.8 EH/s

1.7 EH/s

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10 %

Hosted Mining Hashrate

2.1 EH/s

2.0 EH/s

4 %

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Number of Proprietary BTC Mined

309

307

1 %

Average Marginal Cost to Mine

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< $0

$9K -$10K

N.M.

(1) Includes revenue from hosting clients, leasing agreements and other mining related activities.

Self-Custody and Validator Solutions

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Self-Custody and Validator Solutions are focus areas in our continued commitment to the future of decentralized networks. This includes supporting the integrity of protocols and ecosystem projects by operating validator nodes to secure blockchains, and by offering self-custody technology solutions to institutions through GK8.

Key Performance Indicators

Q3 2023

Q2 2023

% Change

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GK8 Total Client Count

16

15

7 %

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KEY TERMS

Hashrate Under Management: the total combined hashrate of active proprietary and hosted mining capacity managed by Galaxy.

Proprietary Mining Hashrate: the hashrate attributed to Galaxy owned and operated mining rigs.

Hosted Mining Hashrate: the hashrate attributed to third-party machines operated by Galaxy for a client.

Number of Proprietary BTC Mined: the total amount of bitcoin mined from proprietary mining operations.

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Average Marginal Cost to Mine: the marginal cost of production for each bitcoin generated during the period. The calculation excludes depreciation, mark-to-market on power contracts, and corporate overhead.

GK8 Total Client Count: the total number of clients contracted to use GK8’s technology solutions.

GDH Ltd.’s Financial Highlights

As the only significant asset of GDH Ltd. is its minority interest in GDH LP, its results are driven by the results of GDH LP. GDH Ltd. accounts for its investment in this associate (GDH LP) using the equity method. The investment, initially recorded at cost, is increased or decreased to recognize GDH Ltd.’s share of the earnings and losses of GDH LP. During the three months ended September 30, 2023, an impairment assessment was required under International Financial Reporting Standards and GDH Ltd.’s minority interest in GDH LP was marked down based on the TSX quarter-end closing share price. An impairment expense of $44.9 million was recognized during the three months ended September 30, 2023. During the first and second quarters of 2023, the Company had recognized reversal of impairment of $128.1 million resulting in net impairment reversal of $83.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023.

The net comprehensive income (loss) of GDH Ltd. was ($68.8 million) and $83.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, respectively.

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Earnings Conference Call

An investor conference call will be held today, November 9, 2023, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. A live webcast with the ability to ask questions will be available at: https://investor.galaxy.com/. The conference call can also be accessed by investors in the United States or Canada by dialing 1-844-746-0741, or 1-412-317-5107 (outside the U.S. and Canada). A replay of the webcast will be available and can be accessed in the same manner as the live webcast on the Company’s Investor Relations website. Through December 9, 2023, the recording will also be available by dialing 1-844-512-2921, or 1-412-317-6671 (outside the U.S. and Canada) and using the passcode: 10183468.

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Squad Labs announced that its Series A funding round, led by Electric Capital with participation from RockawayX, Coinbase Ventures, L1D, Placeholder, and Mert Mumtaz, will propel the launch of its Fuse smart wallet. The company aims to establish Fuse as a premier solution for securing and compounding personal digital wealth amid the growing onchain economy.

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The report underscores the significance of educating businesses and end-users about the benefits of blockchain-based cross-border payments. It advocates for partnerships with FinTechs and proactive engagement with financial institutions to drive adoption and improve industry-wide support for blockchain technologies in payments.

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