Operating capacity reaches 196 MW and hashrate 5.0 EH/s
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TORONTO, Ontario and BROSSARD, Québec, May 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ: BITF//TSX: BITF), a global vertically integrated Bitcoin mining company, provided a Bitcoin (BTC) production and mining operations update for April 2023. In addition, earlier today Bitfarms announced it had regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement of $1.00 per share under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2).
“As we announced last week, boosted by production increases from new installations in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, our operational hashrate reached 5.0 EH/s on April 27, 2023,” said Geoff Morphy, CEO of Bitfarms. “Importantly, our private power producer in Argentina is now fully permitted to provide up to 100 MW, and we are able to begin purchasing power under this agreement at prices expected to be below $0.03 per KWh. With the permitting milestone achieved, we are positioned to expand in Rio Cuarto with sourced power costs that should reduce our average cost of power and realize our growth target of 6.0 EH/s in 2023. Additionally, in April we entered into agreements to acquire 22 MW of hydro power capacity in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, subject to closing, that is expected to drive further growth and our renewable energy portfolio.”
Ben Gagnon, Chief Mining Officer of Bitfarms, said, “In April, BTC production declined 6% year-over-year, as a 52% increase in our hashrate was offset by a 61% increase in network difficulty and a 9-day shutdown in Rio Cuarto as we transitioned to a new substation. However, we continued to drive hashrate growth on a sequential month-over-month basis, as 4% growth in April increased our corporate hashrate to 5.0 EH/s at the end of the month. We also purchased an additional 650 PH/s of new Bitmain and MicroBT miners to fill out another 22 MW in the first warehouse, which is expected to increase our total hashrate a further 13% upon deployment in the coming months. With competitive pricing and high efficiency, we expect these new miners will improve corporate energy efficiencies measured by w/TH and reduce our overall operating costs/TH. Furthering our cost control initiatives, we also rolled out miner specific real-time energy tracking across all sites and a hardware diagnostics tool that should dramatically reduce repair times on new miner models.”
“For April 2023, we were cash flow positive from operations after scheduled interest and principal payments. Reflecting improved mining economics, as in March, we sold less BTC than we produced, which resulted in a net addition of 30 BTC to treasury in April, bringing the total at month end to 465 Bitcoin,” concluded Morphy.
Network difficulty increased another 4% in April and is up 38% year-to-date in 2023, while Bitcoin price is up roughly 77% in the same period, resulting in a 9% improvement in mining economics as measured by USD/TH.
Energy curtailment in Quebec continued to moderate in April, as warmer weather reduced the energy demand by local power grids. With the coming of the Spring bloom in Quebec, energy curtailment is expected to subside. The table below presents an overview of April 2023 performance metrics as compared to both March 2023 and April 2022.
|Key Performance Indicators||Apr. 2023||Mar. 2023||Apr. 2022|
|Total BTC Mined||379||424||405|
|Month End Operating EH/s||5.0||4.8||3.3|
|BTC/ Avg. EH/s||81||91||134|
|Operating Capacity (MW)||196||188||137|
|Watts/Terahash Efficiency (w/TH)||39||39||42|
April 2023 Select Operating Highlights
- 5.0 EH/s online as of April 27, 2023, up 52% from April 30, 2022, and up 4% compared to March 31, 2023.
- 4.7 EH/s average online, compared to 4.6 EH/s in March 2023.
- 80.6 BTC/average EH/s, down from 91.4 in March 2023.
- 379 new BTC mined, down 6.4% from April 2022 and down 10.6% from March 2023.
- 12.6 BTC mined daily on average, equivalent to about $369,180 per day and approximately $11.1 million for the month, based on a BTC price of $29,300 on April 30, 2023.
- In Rio Cuarto, Argentina:
- Private power producer became fully permitted to provide up to 100 MW, enabling Bitfarms to commence purchasing low-cost power under Bitfarms’ purchase agreement,
- Finished testing of the substation that is now online and capable of delivering 120 MW,
- Increased active capacity over 100% to 18 MW by energizing 2,100 additional miners,
- Ended underclocking of existing miners in line with improved economics, and
- Purchased over 6,200 new Bitmain and MicroBT miners to fill out an additional 22 MW in the first warehouse.
- Added new hardware diagnostics tool that automates hardware diagnostics and improves hardware repair times.
- Deployed real-time energy tracking across all sites, allowing for individual machine optimization.
- Entered into agreements to acquire 22 MW of hydro power capacity and to lease a site in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, subject to customary closing conditions.
Bitfarms’ BTC Monthly Production
The table below presents an overview of BTC mined per month in each of the first four months of 2023 and 2022, respectively.
|Month||BTC Mined 2023||BTC Mined 2022|
April 2023 Financial Update
- Sold 349 BTC of the 379 BTC mined, generating total proceeds of $10.1 million.
- Reduced total outstanding indebtedness by $2 million, leaving a balance of
$19 million at April 30, 2023.
- Added 30 BTC to treasury, as a result of solid cash flow from operations, increasing BTC in custody to 465, representing a total value of approximately $13.6 million based on a BTC price of $29,300, on April 30, 2023.
Conferences and Events
Bitfarms plans to attend the following upcoming events:
- May 18-20: Bitcoin 2023, Miami FL
- May 18: 18th Annual Needham Technology & Media Conference, Virtual
About Bitfarms Ltd.
Founded in 2017, Bitfarms is a global, publicly traded (NASDAQ/TSX: BITF) Bitcoin mining company. Bitfarms develops, owns, and operates vertically integrated mining farms with in-house management and company-owned electrical engineering, installation service, and multiple onsite technical repair centers. The Company’s proprietary data analytics system delivers best-in-class operational performance and uptime.
Bitfarms currently has 10 farms, which are located in four countries: Canada, the United States, Paraguay, and Argentina. Powered by predominantly environmentally friendly hydro-electric and long-term power contracts, Bitfarms is committed to using sustainable, locally based, and often underutilized energy infrastructure.
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Glossary of Terms
- BTC BTC/day = Bitcoin or Bitcoin per day
- EH or EH/s = Exahash or exahash per second
- MW or MWh = Megawatts or megawatt hour
- PH or PH/s = Petahash or petahash per second
- TH or TH/s = Terahash or terahash per second
- w/TH = Watts per Terahash
- KWh = Kilowatt per hour
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