4 May 2023
Argo Blockchain plc, a global leader in cryptocurrency mining (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), is pleased to provide the following operational update for April 2023.
During the month of April, Argo mined 144 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalents (together, “BTC”), or 4.8 BTC per day. This is a decrease of 8% compared to the 5.2 BTC per day produced in March 2023. The decrease in BTC production is primarily driven by an 8% sequential increase in the average network difficulty during the month of April.
As of 30 April 2023, the Company held 83 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalents.
The Company's total hashrate capacity continues to be 2.5 EH/s. In Q3 2023, the Company expects to begin installation of 2,870 BlockMiner machines from ePIC Blockchain Technologies at its Quebec facilities. This represents an incremental 0.3 EH/s of hashrate capacity and will increase the Company’s total hashrate capacity to 2.8 EH/s.
Based on daily foreign exchange rates and cryptocurrency prices during the month, mining revenue in April amounted to $4.17 million [£3.35 million], an increase of 3% over the prior month (March 2023: $4.05 million [£3.28 million]).
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Argo Blockchain plc is a dual-listed (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK) blockchain technology company focused on large-scale cryptocurrency mining. With mining facilities in Quebec, mining operations in Texas, and offices in the US, Canada, and the UK, Argo's global, sustainable operations are predominantly powered by renewable energy. In 2021, Argo became the first climate positive cryptocurrency mining company, and a signatory to the Crypto Climate Accord. For more information, visit https://argoblockchain.com.