Hostaged FTX Funds Firesaled for Pennies on the Dollar in OTC Trades

Crypto traders with remaining funds on FTX are attempting to sell their account balances for fractions of their face value.

Telegram chats facilitating small over-the-counter (OTC) markets viewed by CoinDesk reveal buyers are bidding about $0.10 to $0.15 on the dollar for the locked-up funds, while sellers are generally looking to offload their balances at around $0.20 to $0.33.

“Size for sale @ … $0.20,” read a Wednesday morning Tweet thread. “$0.15 in mid-size snap filled.”

Another private Telegram messaged showed a seller asking to offload funds at “$100k block” minimums.

The steep discounts at which the FTX deposits are trading highlight the lack of customer confidence over a rapid full recovery. The messages also provide an approximate estimate for the fair value of a dollar currently held in limbo at FTX.

The international portion of the exchange, FTX.com, halted all crypto withdrawals on Tuesday after a run on led to slow withdrawal processing times.

Upon announcing the Binance bailout, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tweeted that “all assets will be covered 1:1” under the preliminary purchase agreement.

However, CoinDesk reported earlier today that Binance was “strongly leaning toward scrapping” the FTX rescue after preliminary due diligence.