Binance Drops FTX Acquisition, Cryptos Trade Deep In The Red: 'The Issues Are Beyond Our Control'

Zinger Key Points
  • Binance is walking away from an acquisition of
  • The FTX Token is down 46.49% in the last 24 hours.

Binance walked away from a deal to acquire Wednesday after examining the company’s financials.

The decision comes as a result of due diligence, as well as reports of mishandled customer funds and U.S. regulatory investigations, the crypto exchange said in a statement posted in a series of tweets. 

“Our hope was to be able to support FTX’s customers to provide liquidity, but the issues are beyond our control or ability to help,” Binance said.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum saw another steep price drop Wednesday afternoon with confirmation of the buyout deal coming apart. 

The FTX Token FTT/USD is down 46.49% in the last 24 hours to $2.94. 

"Every time a major player in an industry fails, retail consumers will suffer. We have seen over the last several years that the crypto ecosystem is becoming more resilient and we believe in time that outliers that misuse user funds will be weeded out by the free market," Binance said. 

"As regulatory frameworks are developed and as the industry continues to evolve toward greater decentralization, the ecosystem will grow stronger."

The Deal Timeline: Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced plans to acquire from FTX on Tuesday.

“This afternoon, FTX asked for our help. There is a significant liquidity crunch. To protect users, we signed a non-binding LOI, intending to fully acquire and help cover the liquidity crunch. We will be conducting a full DD in the coming days,” Zhao tweeted.

Related Link: Analysis: A Tweet Just Cost Investors $153 Billion, How CZ May Have Tanked FTX, Crypto Before Acquisition 

FTX co-founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said Tuesday that his company asked Binance to come in and help with liquidity issues and said the important thing is that customers are protected.

“A huge thank you to CZ, Binance, and all of our supporters. This is a user-centric development that benefits the entire industry. CZ has done, and will continue to do, an incredible job of building out the global, crypto ecosystem, and creating a freer economic world,” Bankman-Fried said.

Crypto Price Action: News of Binance walking away is sending major cryptocurrencies down along with the FTX Token. 

Bitcoin BTC/USD is down 11% to $16,377.73, hitting new one-year lows on the latest news.

Ethereum ETH/USD is down 11% to $1,73.78 on Wednesday.

Read Next:Crypto's White Knight Needs A White Knight: Could The FTX/CZ Drama Be Sam Bankman-Fried's Fall From Grace?

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