Renowned investment firm ARK is selling Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares in the midst of market volatility fueled by expectations of a spot BTC exchange-traded fund (ETF). ARK, managed by Bitcoin advocate Cathie Wood, sold 100,739 GBTC shares from the ARK Next Generation Internet ETF in transactions conducted on October 23. The value of the shares was over $2.5 million at the time of writing.
This notable decision occurred as GBTC reached its highest levels in months, rising to $24.7 for the first time since May 2022. According to TradingView data, GBTC has seen an increase of over 200% since the beginning of the year, with a 30% increase in the last 30 days.
The GBTC sale is the first transaction reported by ARK since November 2022, when the company added 450,272 GBTC shares worth $4.5 million to ARKW. The recent GBTC sale represents approximately 2% of the total value of GBTC in ARKW’s portfolio. The transaction’s value stood at $122.6 million as of October 23. GBTC remains the largest asset held by ARKW, accounting for 10.4% of the product’s supply, while Coinbase holds 9% and Roku holds 7.4%.
According to Bitcoin advocate Samson Mow, ARK’s recent GBTC sale may be related to a decision by the SEC regarding the company’s application to list a Bitcoin-based ETF. Following ARK’s revised spot Bitcoin ETF application on October 11, Grayscale submitted a new BTC ETF registration statement to the SEC on October 19. Mow expressed the following in a statement:
“Selling GBTC now makes sense for ARK because the spread between the investment vehicle and Bitcoin is narrowing, and their ETF applications are pending.”
Some investors speculate that if ARK receives approval for a spot Bitcoin ETF, the company will hold its ETF as the first holding in ARKW, which would lead to the sale of GBTC.
In addition to the GBTC sale, ARK sold 32,158 Coinbase (COIN) shares from ARKW and 10,455 COIN shares from the ARK Fintech Innovation fund for a total of $3.4 million. The company continues to accumulate shares of investment firm Robinhood (HOOD), purchasing 32,158 HOOD shares worth $300,000 on October 23.