Bitfarms Partners with Foundry to Expand Bitcoin Mining Fleet and Join Foundry USA Pool, Instantly Boosts Operating Hashrate By 15%
Bitfarms leverages Foundry’s suite of offerings to purchase and finance the latest generation of Bitcoin mining machines that commenced operations on April 23, 2021.
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bitfarms Ltd. (“Bitfarms”) (TSXV:BITF / OTC:BFARF), and Foundry Digital LLC (“Foundry"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG) focused on digital asset mining and staking, jointly announce Bitfarms’ purchase of 2,465 Whatsminer M30S Bitcoin mining machines through Foundry’s services, among other updates.
Of the 2,465 machines, the first 1,465 were previously installed in Bitfarms’ Sherbrooke facility in Q3 2020 for hosting. With the purchase of these machines, Bitfarms has ended its last hosting agreement and returned 100% of installed power capacity for its own Bitcoin production. Collectively, these machines have increased Bitfarms’ operating hashrate by 133 PH/s.
The global chip shortage and Bitcoin’s rising price continue to squeeze the supply of Bitcoin mining machines. Standard lead times for orders of latest generation machines currently range from 8 - 12 months and require down payments of 50-100% of the purchase price.
In light of this, Foundry, the market leader for mining equipment financing in North America, has formed strategic partnerships with the world’s leading Bitcoin mining manufacturing companies to secure earlier access to machines for its clients. Foundry has already helped to procure nearly half of the Bitcoin mining machines installed in North America in 2020.
The purchase and financing of the first 1,465 machines through Foundry’s financing services enabled Bitfarms to immediately increase its operating hashrate by 11% with only a 10% down payment of approximately US$1 million. With current hardware prices being at record highs, financing has become a crucial component for Bitfarms to grow its operating hashrate with minimal cash outflows. With prevailing economics, Bitfarms expects to recover its initial deposit in under a month, and this equipment is expected to generate positive cash flows for another 3 to 5 years.
Under similar terms, Bitfarms will obtain financing to purchase an additional 1,000 Whatsminer M30S machines. These machines will produce 90 PH/s and are scheduled to be delivered in three shipments of 300-400 units in September, October and November. In addition, Foundry commits to providing Bitfarms with a US$10 million equipment financing credit facility in early 2022 to help finance the acquisition of new machines.
Bitfarms is also pleased to join the Foundry USA Pool. This marks the first time Bitfarms has used a North America based pool. In addition to providing the same amount of revenue for Bitfarms via a full-pay-per-share (FPPS) model, the pool also has a number of powerful management, auditing and reporting capabilities which will give Bitfarms greater insight and control over its most precious asset, its hashrate.
“We are excited to partner with an industry-leading provider of equipment financing to secure timely and reliable access to the latest generation of Bitcoin mining machines, and to continue to grow our business,” said Emiliano Grodzki, CEO of Bitfarms.
“We are pleased to provide Bitfarms, which is a leading Bitcoin mining company in North America, with equipment financing and a mining pool that has been designed to help publicly traded companies such as Bitfarms scale their operations locally and in a fully compliant manner,” said Mike Colyer, CEO of Foundry.
Miner Rehabilitation Update
On April 16th, Bitfarms announced the start of a ‘miner rehabilitation program’ for 80 PH/s of older and mid-generation Bitcoin mining machines. Bitfarms is pleased to announce that over half of those machines have now been repaired, restoring over 40 PH/s and increasing Bitfarms’ installed operating hashrate to 1.38 EH/s — the largest currently reported in North America by a public company.
A subsidiary of DCG, Foundry is a financing and advisory company focused on digital asset mining and staking. With the mission of empowering decentralized infrastructure for a digital world, Foundry provides North American digital asset mining businesses with capital and intelligence. Foundry is based in Rochester, NY. For more information, please visit foundrydigital.com.
Bitfarms was founded in 2017 and is a Bitcoin mining company. It runs vertically integrated mining operations with onsite technical repair, data analytics and engineers to deliver high performance and uptime of operations.
Having demonstrated rapid growth and stellar operations, Bitfarms became the first Bitcoin mining company to complete its long form prospectus with the Ontario Securities Commission and started trading on the TSX-V in July 2019. Bitfarms is currently listed as a Rising Star by the TSX-V and is in the process of seeking a second listing which would be on the Nasdaq.
Bitfarms has a diversified production platform with five industrial scale facilities located in Québec. Each facility is 100% powered with environmentally friendly hydro power and secured with long-term power contracts. Bitfarms is currently the only publicly traded pure-play mining company audited by a Big Four audit firm.
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EH/s: Exahash per second.
PH/s: Petahash per second.
w/TH: Watt per Terahash.
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Released April 23, 2021