Bitfarms Adjusts HODL Strategy
- Pays down BTC-back credit facility to US$38 million -
- Currently holds total of 3,349 BTC -
- Daily BTC production of approximately 14 BTC adds further liquidity -
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TORONTO, Ontario and BROSSARD, Québec, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ: BITF // TSX: BITF), a global Bitcoin self-mining company, adjusted its HODL strategy to improve liquidity and strengthen its balance sheet.
Over the past week, Bitfarms has sold a total of 3,000 Bitcoin (BTC) for approximately US$62 million and closed on its previously announced US$37 million in new equipment financing with NYDIG ABL LLC (NYDIG) improving corporate liquidity by approximately US$100 million. This brings total BTC holdings to 3,349, inclusive of month-to-date production, which is currently averaging about 14 BTC per day. Bitfarms has applied a portion of the proceeds to rebalance its indebtedness by reducing its BTC-backed credit facility with Galaxy Digital LLC (Galaxy) a further US$28 million from US$66 million to US$38 million.
“In consideration of extreme volatility in the markets, we have continued to take action to enhance liquidity and to de-leverage and strengthen our balance sheet. Specifically, we sold 1,500 more Bitcoin and are no longer HODLing all our daily BTC production,” said Jeff Lucas, CFO of Bitfarms. “While we remain bullish on long-term BTC price appreciation, this strategic change enables us to focus on our top priorities of maintaining our world-class mining operations and continuing to grow our business in anticipation of improved mining economics.”
“Since January 2021, we have been funding operations and growth through various financing measures. We believe that selling a portion of our BTC holdings and daily production as a source of liquidity is the best and least expensive method in the current market environment,” added Lucas.
As of June 20, 2022, Bitfarms held cash of US$42 million and 3,349 BTC valued at approximately US$67 million at a BTC price of US$20,000. Bitfarms is in compliance with all its credit obligations.
About Bitfarms Ltd.
Founded in 2017, Bitfarms is a global Bitcoin self-mining company, running vertically integrated mining operations with onsite technical repair, proprietary data analytics and company-owned electrical engineering and installation services to deliver high operational performance and uptime.
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. On February 24, 2021, Bitfarms was honoured to be announced as a Rising Star by the TSX-V. On June 21, 2021, Bitfarms started trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. On February 24, 2022, the Company was further honoured by the TSX-V as Venture 50 Winner, placing first in the Technology sector. On April 8, 2022, Bitfarms up-listed from the TSX-V to the TSX.
Operationally, Bitfarms has a diversified production platform with seven industrial scale facilities located in Québec, one in Washington state, and one in Paraguay. Each facility is over 99% 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 accounting firm.
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Released June 21, 2022