Australian cryptocurrency exchange Digital Surge appears to have narrowly avoided collapse, despite having millions of dollars in digital assets tied up in the now-bankrupt FTX crypto exchange.
On Jan. 24 local time, Digital Surge creditors approved a five-year bailout plan, which aims to eventually refund its 22,545 customers who had their digital assets frozen on the platform since Nov. 16, while allowing the exchange to continue operating.
The rescue plan was first floated to customers by the exchanges’ directors via email on Dec. 8, the same day the company fell into administration.
As per the “Deed of Company Arrangement,” the Australian crypto exchange will receive an $884,543 (1.25 million Australian dollars) loan from an associated business, Digico — allowing the exchange to continue trading and operating.
In a statement, administrators at KordaMentha stated that creditors would be paid over the next five years out of the exchange’s quarterly net profits.
“Customers will be repaid in cryptocurrency and fiat currency, depending on the asset composition of their…