Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bitfarms sold 3K Bitcoin as part of strategy to improve liquidity and pay debts


Canadian crypto mining agency Bitfarms sold roughly $62 million value of Bitcoin (BTC) in June, utilizing the proceeds from the sale to scale back its debt.

In a Tuesday announcement, Bitfarms said it had sold 3,000 Bitcoin within the final seven days, roughly 47% of the crypto mining agency’s roughly 6,349 BTC holdings. According to the corporate, it would use the funds from the BTC gross sales — $62 million — to “rebalance its indebtedness by reducing its BTC-backed credit facility with Galaxy Digital.” The sold crypto seemingly included 1,500 BTC Bitfarms used to scale back its credit score facility from $100 million to $66 million in June, bringing its debt down to $38 million on the time of publication.

According to Bitfarms chief monetary officer Jeff Lucas, the mining agency is “no longer HODLing” all of the Bitcoin it produces every day — roughly 14 BTC — as a substitute selecting to “take action to enhance liquidity and to de-leverage and strengthen” the corporate’s steadiness sheet. Bitfarms stated it additionally closed a $37-million take care of NYDIG to finance tools, bringing the agency’s liquidity to roughly $100 million.

“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,” stated Lucas. “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.”

Bitfarms held a reported 4,300 BTC as of January, value roughly $177 million when the crypto asset was at a value of greater than $41,000. Founder and CEO Emiliano Grodzki stated on the time the corporate’s strategy was “to accumulate the most Bitcoin for the lowest cost and in the fastest amount of time.”

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The transfer from Bitfarms got here amid excessive value volatility amongst major cryptocurrencies together with BTC and Ether (ETH). On Saturday, the value of Bitcoin dropped underneath $18,000 for the primary time since December 2020 however has since returned to more than $21,000 on the time of publication. The ETH value skilled an analogous drop to underneath $1,000 on Saturday — an 18-month low — earlier than rising to greater than $1,200 on Tuesday.