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Is CEL’s [Celsius] 29% rally enough compensation to repay debts

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The heat on Celsius [CEL], the embattled crypto-lending platform, seems to have reduced lately. Interestingly, the wave looks to have spread to its coin CEL. The altcoin was one of the best-performing cryptocurrencies over the last 24 hours of 15 July. 

At press time, CEL stood at $0.73, which was an unexpected 29% increase from its close on 14 July. Amid uncertainties and withdrawal halts, CEL went on an unprecedented rally from $0.64 to $1.53 between 19 and 20 June.

Despite the recent price increase, debts repayment, and bankruptcy filing, Celsius’ troubles look far from closed. According to reports from the bankruptcy filing, the company owes its users $4.7 billion from its $4.2 billion in assets and $5.5 billion in liabilities.

So, the question is- How CEL has been able to gather profits for traders?

Solid backing it seems

Just as the CEL price increased, the market cap followed. According to data from Santiment, the market cap was about $105.89 billion on 14 July. On the same day, it increased to $182.23 million, indicating that the price increase had some support from investors.

Celsius market cap |Source: Santiment

Similarly, the volume of Celsius has been on the rise lately. In the early hours of 14 July, the CEL volume was 18.08 million. However, the same volume stood at 66.47 million at press time. The fluctuation in volume signals wavering investors’ sentiments. 

En route where?

While this uptrend could have Celsius HODLers in profit, the big problem remains how the organization would pay its users. The company currently has $167 million in cash, and its assets to liability ratio don’t seem enough to deliver. CEO Alex Mashinsky recently stated that the current cash assets are sufficient to keep operations running. 

Mashinsky also admitted to poor decision-making as a reason for the company’s challenges. He said, 

“The amount of digital assets on the platform grew faster than the company was prepared to deploy. As a result, the company made what, in hindsight, proved to be certain poor asset deployment decisions.”

Taking the positives from CEL quick run, users may be hopeful that a 100% resolution is in sight. Besides, the next few hours or days could tell if the CEL rally was in disguise or not.


Aashna is a News Editor at AMBCrypto and is particularly interested in the how and what of blockchain technology, along with its vast applications. A flair for the language and her inquisitive nature are factors that spike her interest in the cryptocurrency space.
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