Stablecoin Issuer Tether’s Q1 Profits Surge to $1.5 Billion


Tether, the dominant player in the stablecoin market, recently released its Q1 2023 financial report, revealing an impressive net profit of $1.5 billion. BDO Italia, an auditing firm, attested to the accuracy of the report, adding credibility to the figures.

The reserves report provided a comprehensive breakdown of Tether’s assets as of March 31, showcasing a significant increase in reserves to $2.44 billion. Notably, the report introduced new asset categories, such as physical gold, diversifying Tether’s holdings. Additionally, the first quarter witnessed remarkable growth in both profit and token circulation, with a 20% increase.

Tether’s total consolidated assets amounted to a staggering $81.8 billion, with a substantial portion invested in US Treasury bills. In a strategic move to enhance security and liquidity for its users, Tether revealed its plan to reduce reliance on traditional bank deposits and instead engage with the repo market.

Paolo Ardoino, the CTO of Tether, expressed satisfaction with the net profits, highlighting how they underscored the platform’s stability. Ardoino emphasized Tether’s continuous monitoring of the global economic landscape to safeguard customer funds. However, concerns have been raised by former SEC official John Reed Stark regarding Tether’s operations.

Stark cautioned that an attestation report should not be equated with a conventional financial audit, casting doubt on the financial stability of a firm like Tether that operates without a certified financial audit. He also raised concerns about Tether’s regulatory status, pointing out its lack of SEC registration and investor protection. Stark’s remarks highlight the importance of ongoing scrutiny of Tether’s operations and regulatory compliance.

While Tether’s Q1 performance paints a lucrative picture, the company must address the concerns raised by industry experts and regulatory bodies to ensure transparency and build trust within the crypto community.

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