Bakkt, a Cryptocurrency Firm, Appoints New CEO Amid Financial Challenges Disclosure

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Bakkt, a crypto trading platform, announced on Monday that Andy Main will take over as president and CEO. He will be replacing Gavin Michael, who is departing for new possibilities. Michael will remain an advisor until March 2025 to assist with the transition and provide assistance to the board. Main, who has been on Bakkt’s board since its public debut in 2021, will take over as CEO on March 26.

Bakkt Faces NYSE Scrutiny Over Stock Price Compliance

“He is well-versed in the company’s opportunities and understands how to deliver the unique benefits of crypto to Bakkt’s diverse set of clients and partners,” according to a statement from the company. Before Bakkt, Main was the worldwide CEO of Ogilvy and the global leader of Deloitte Digital.

Bakkt’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 financial results will be moved to Monday, March 25, due to Main’s appointment.

The New York Stock Exchange sent a notice to Bakkt less than a week ago regarding compliance with stock pricing laws. As of March 12, the company’s shares have traded for 30 straight days below $1.00 per share. The NYSE expressed worries regarding non-compliance.

Bakkt told the NYSE that it would address the stock price disparity and comply with the required listing standards. The corporation has a six-month window to raise its stock price to meet the minimum criteria.

Bakkt Attempts to Ease Financial Worries

Bakkt issued a financial warning last month. The corporation expressed worry about its operational sustainability the following year due to insufficient financial reserves.

However, Main sought to allay these fears on Monday. He stated that he would reveal initiatives geared at increasing shareholder value on the forthcoming earnings call. He also mentioned a recent capital raising, implying that the funds will go toward addressing financial issues.

He also emphasized intentions to cut cash expenditures, notably through a legal entity merger, which has obtained NYDFS clearance. These actions, along with associated cost savings, were mentioned as attempts to alleviate the conditions that cast doubt on Bakkt’s capacity to continue functioning profitably.

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