Custodial investment platform Midas will close down operations because of a $63.3 million deficit in its decentralized finance (DeFi) portfolio.
In an announcement, Midas founder and CEO Iakov Levin, also known as “Trevor,” wrote that the move is partly because the fund’s DeFi portfolio lost $50 million, which is 20% of its $250 million assets under management (AUM).
In addition, Levin also highlighted that the collapses of Terra, FTX and Celsius all contributed to Midas' struggles, with users withdrawing 60% of the funds after those debacles. Levin wrote:
“We experienced an outflow of assets of more than 60% over the course of six months due to events involving LUNA, Celsius, and FTX. This made it impossible for us to sustain our fixed yield model.”
According to the announcement, the company’s total liabilities in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and stablecoins are at $115 million while their current assets are worth around $51.7 million. This creates a total of $63.3 million in deficit.
The founder also noted that Midas is still planning to eventually offer CeDeFi strategies for centralized finance and DeFi users, with a new project it hopes will create a new "win-win situation." Levin said that it will connect competing protocols through liquidity.
Meanwhile, after recently revealing how it plans to refund users, DeFi platform Defrost Finance finally broke its silence over accusations of performing a “rug pull” after the recent $12 million exploit within its platform. The Defrost team told Cointelegraph that a compromised key does not equate to a rug pull.
In other DeFi news, Mango Markets exploiter Avraham Eisenberg was recently arrested and charged. In a complaint made public on Dec. 27, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Eisenberg of commodities fraud and commodities manipulation.