May 25, 2024
Block by Jack Dorsey Raises $1.5B in Senior Notes Offering
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Block by Jack Dorsey Raises $1.5B in Senior Notes Offering

Fintech firm Block Founded by Jack Dorsey, formerly Square, plans $1.5 billion senior notes to institutional investors. The terms of the notes, including interest rates and maturity dates, will be negotiated with the initial purchasers. Eligible investors for this round include pension funds, banks, mutual funds, and high-net-worth individuals.

Market Response and Private Placement Dynamics

Following the announcement, Block’s shares (NYSE: SQ) surged more than 4%, trading at $72.40 at the time of the report. A private placement, a method of raising capital by selling securities to a limited number of investors, aims to provide Block with funds for various purposes, including debt repayment, potential acquisitions, capital expenditures, and working capital.

Block Inc (SQ) on May 6, 2024. Source: Google Finance

Fitch Ratings and Block’s Financial Position

Fitch Ratings affirmed Block’s position, stating that the company is well-positioned to benefit from growth opportunities in payments and consumer financial services. Block’s debt structure, primarily reliant on convertible debt since its IPO, includes outstanding convertible notes amounting to approximately $2.15 billion as of March 2024, along with other credit facilities of $775 and senior unsecured notes due in 2026 and 2031. Fitch stated:

“The announced debt raise would bring additional debt onto its balance sheet, that is expected to ultimately help refinance 2025-2026 maturities, while also providing further cash support to its already strong balance sheet.”

Bitcoin Integration and Financial Performance

Block’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey, highlighted the company’s pioneering move to incorporate Bitcoin into its balance sheet. Dorsey outlined plans to allocate 10% of the gross profit from Bitcoin products for BTC purchases.

“Going forward, each month we will be investing 10% of our gross profit from Bitcoin products into Bitcoin purchases.”

In the first quarter of 2024, Block’s earnings surpassed market expectations, with Bitcoin’s gross profit reaching $80 million, representing 3% of its total Bitcoin revenue. Cash App, Block’s mobile payments and crypto platform, generated $1.26 billion in gross profits for Q1, marking a 25% increase from the previous year.

Total gross profit for Q1 reached $2.09 billion, up 22% year-over-year, with total revenue amounting to $5.96 billion and per-share earnings of $0.85, surpassing analysts’ predictions. This strong financial performance underscores Block’s robust position in the fintech landscape and its strategic focus on innovation and growth.

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