Bitfarms Announces - Lease Financing for 2,000 WhatsMiner M31S Miners Adding 144 Petahash of Computing Power - Letter of Intent with BlockFills for Lease Financing of 7,000 Additional New Generation Miners – Completion of Note Restructuring
TORONTO & BROSSARD, Québec--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bitfarms Ltd. (“Bitfarms”, or the “Company”) (TSXV:BITF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an equipment lease with BlockFills for 2,000 WhatsMiner M31S miners to be delivered and installed by the end of October 2020. The Company is also pleased to announce that is has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with BlockFills, the first electronic, off exchange, digital liquidity provider, to provide additional lease financing for approximately 7,000 more new generation miners by the end of 2020.
New Equipment Lease
The Company has entered into an equipment lease with BlockFills for 2,000 WhatsMiner M31S miners for a term of 24 months that carries an implicit annual interest rate of 9.5%. The lease also includes a bargain purchase option which, when exercised, will transfer ownership of the equipment to Bitfarms at end of the lease term for a nominal amount. Bitfarms will make weekly lease payments that will fully retire the capitalized cost of the miners over the term of the lease. The new mining hardware is expected to be fully operational by the end of October and will add approximately 144 petahash per second to the Company's installed computing power as well as consuming approximately 6.6 megawatts ("MW") of electricity.
Lease Financing Partnership with BlockFills
The Company has signed a non-binding LOI with BlockFills to secure additional future lease financing that, with the previously announced leases for 3,000 miners, would total in the range of USD$12 to $15 million and add approximately 800 to 840 PH to the Company’s operations by the end of 2020, subject to mining equipment inventory availability. All future leasing would be for 24 month terms at a 9.5% annual interest rate. In addition, subject to regulatory approval, BlockFills would be provided with up to 1,000,000 warrants (the “Warrants”) in Bitfarms Ltd. at a strike price of USD$0.40 per warrant for at term of two years. Each Warrant would provide the right to acquire one common share of the Company. The number of Warrants will be issued on a pro-rata basis based on a minimum USD$12,000,000 purchase price of equipment leased to Bitfarms. For example, if only $9,000,000 in lease financing is provided, BlockFills would receive 75% of total Warrants, or 750,000 Warrants.
“With the 1,850 miners purchased in June, the 1,000 miners leased in August and the latest lease of 2,000 miners, Bitfarms will have added approximately 360 PH by the end of October and we expect more capacity to be added before the end of 2020. We are thrilled to have partnered with BlockFills to seek further leased equipment in the coming months. With our existing competitively priced electricity infrastructure, we believe we are at a competitive advantage to operations that rely on hosting, and given this strategic partnership with BlockFills, we are firmly positioned to be one of the leading public crypto mining operations in North America, both in terms of computing power and profitability” said Emi Grodzki, Interim CEO of Bitfarms.
Neil van Huis, Director of Sales and OTC Trading at BlockFills added: “BlockFills is pleased to partner with Bitfarms as it continues to execute its growth plans. We were impressed with the quality of operations and the professionalism of their team and we look forward to growing our partnership with the Bitfarms team in the future”.
Completion of Note Restructuring
The restructuring agreement with Dominion Capital LLC (“Dominion”) to amend certain terms and conditions of two of the Company’s USD$5,000,000 loan tranches has been completed as announced on August 20, 2020 and September 14, 2020.
The Company and Dominion agreed to amend the second loan tranche of USD$5,000,000, to extend the maturity date from the original due date of April 17, 2021 to November 1, 2021 (the “Tranche #2 Restructuring”). As consideration for the Tranche #2 Restructuring, the Company issued 1 million shares to Dominion, and reduced the term of the 1,666,667 warrants, exercisable at USD$0.40 from the original expiry date of April 16, 2024 to November 1, 2021.
The Company and Dominion also agreed to restructure the third loan tranche of USD$5,000,000 due June 20, 2021 (the “Tranche #3 Restructuring”). Pursuant to the Tranche #3 Restructuring, the third loan tranche of USD$5,000,000 was made convertible, at the option of Dominion, into common shares of Bitfarms at a fixed conversion of USD$USD$0.59 per share, a premium of approximately 100% to the current market price of the Company’s shares. Further pursuant to the Tranche #3 Restructuring, the previously issued 1,666,667 warrants exercisable at USD$0.40 per share, expiring on June 20, 2024 were cancelled. The Company issued to Dominion 1,666,667 warrants at an exercise price of USD$0.304 (CAD$0.40) per share, expiring on June 20, 2021.
The securities issued pursuant to the restructurings are subject to the statutory resale restrictions including the Canadian hold period of four months and one day expiring on January 18, 2021.
About Bitfarms Ltd.
The Company owns and operates computing centres that power the global decentralized financial economy. Bitfarms provides computing power to cryptocurrency networks such as Bitcoin, earning fees from each network for securing and processing transactions. Powered by clean and competitively priced hydroelectricity, Bitfarms operates five computing centres in Québec, Canada. Bitfarms’ experienced management team includes industrial-scale data centre operators and capital markets professionals, focused on building infrastructure by developing and hosting one of the industry’s most efficient ecosystem growing around blockchain-based technologies.
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Released September 21, 2020