As we look back on the past year and anticipate the opportunities of 2024, I am pleased to share this annual letter with all of you, our valued shareholders who have steadfastly supported BTCS Inc.
Ending the Year on a High Note
Our strategic decisions paid off as we ended the year with considerable momentum. As of December 31, 2023, the Fair Market Value (“FMV”) of our cryptocurrency and cash rose 82% year over year to an impressive $26.7 million ($25.2 million crypto and $1.5 million cash). This significant increase is not just a number – it symbolizes the trust you place in us to navigate volatile markets and protect our assets. Additionally, the recent rise in the FMV of our crypto assets, positions us to enhance revenue in 2024, reinforcing our financial health and growth trajectory.
Embracing New Accounting Rules for Enhanced Financial Transparency
A significant development this year was the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) new accounting rules allowing cryptocurrencies to be carried at their fair market value. We plan to early adopt these rules, a decision we believe will significantly enhance the transparency and accuracy of our financial statements. This change aligns our financial reporting more closely with the economic realities of our business model. Consequently, we anticipate that if we elect to early adopt for the recent fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, our net income may exceed $6 million, with earnings per share estimated to be above $0.40 per share, with our current assets increasing by $23 million to approximately $27 million. This shift is expected to provide a clearer, more accurate reflection of our financial health and performance.
Optimistic Outlook for 2024
Looking ahead to 2024, the landscape of cryptocurrency continues to evolve rapidly. The introduction of Bitcoin ETFs marked a significant milestone and we anticipate the launch of an Ethereum ETF, although the timing is uncertain, which we believe will further catalyze market acceptance and growth. This development aligns perfectly with our strategic focus on Ethereum-based solutions and infrastructure.
Innovations and Future Plans
In our product development, which has been a core focus of our efforts over the last year, we are excited about the future launch of the following products:
Builder+, a significant enhancement to our Ethereum blockchain infrastructure, is our newly developed Ethereum block builder, which utilizes advanced algorithms to meticulously construct optimized blocks for on-chain validation designed to maximize validator earnings. We believe Builder+ should provide a path to scalable revenue on Ethereum’s blockchain with limited additional costs.
ChainQ, is an under-development AI-powered blockchain data and analytics platform, designed to allow users to query real-time and historical on-chain blockchain data. Through comprehensive indexing of public blockchain data from our Blockchain Infrastructure operations, ChainQ is intended to provide an intuitive and straightforward platform for users to access on-chain data.
StakeSeeker, we are exploring the feasibility of adding Ethereum non-custodial staking to our StakeSeeker platform in 2024, with the goal of further diversifying our revenue streams and focusing on expanded and scalable offerings in the cryptocurrency space.
Enhancing Online Presence and Communication
In line with our commitment to transparency and shareholder engagement, we plan to update our corporate website. This revamp aims to better reflect our initiatives, strategies, and the evolving nature of our business. Additionally, we plan to release a new corporate presentation designed to provide deeper insights into our operations and the exciting opportunities we foresee. These enhancements to our digital presence are part of our broader strategy to ensure open, clear, and continuous communication with you, our shareholders.
Strategic Cost-Cutting Initiatives Amidst Market Challenges
In most of 2023, we faced significant challenges as the industry emerged from crypto winter. In stark contrast to many of our public peers who resorted to toxic funding methods, thereby destabilizing their capital structures, we adopted a more sustainable approach. Our strategic cost-cutting initiatives, focused on operational efficiency, allowed us to weather this period without compromising our product development or our market position. This prudent approach was pivotal in maintaining our financial stability and protecting shareholder value in a volatile market.
As your CEO, I am proud of what we have accomplished in the face of adversity, and enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead. Your trust and support are the backbone of our success, and we remain dedicated to delivering on our promise of innovation, growth, and sustainability in the dynamic world of cryptocurrency.
Thank you for your continued support and trust.
Charles Allen CEO, BTCS Inc.