06 June 2023
Argo Blockchain plc (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), a global leader in cryptocurrency mining, is pleased to announce its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended 31 March 2023. All $ amounts are in United States Dollars ("USD") unless otherwise stated.
Seif El-Bakly, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Argo, said: “The Argo team is moving ahead with a focus on financial discipline, operational excellence, and growth and strategic partnerships. To support these initiatives, we recently strengthened our finance team and appointed Jim MacCallum, CPA, CFA as Chief Financial Officer.”
“In terms of financial discipline, we are taking a much more critical view of all operating expenses, and we’ve implemented a robust internal process aimed at reducing non-mining operating expenses. Compared to 2022, we’ve reduced our expenses by 70%. We are also evaluating options to strengthen our balance sheet.”
During the first quarter, Argo successfully transitioned the Helios facility to Galaxy Digital. In addition, the average all-in price of power and hosting was lower than the previous guidance of $0.05 – $0.055 per kilowatt-hour for the quarter.
Moving forward, Argo expects to receive and install “BlockMiner” machines later this year at its Quebec facilities. This is expected to increase the Company’s total hashrate to approximately 2.8 EH/s.
Argo will host a conference call to discuss its results at 10:00 ET / 15:00 BST today, Tuesday 6 June 2023. The live webcast of the call can be accessed via the Investor Meet Company platform.
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Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures not defined by IFRS. We believe Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools. In particular, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin excludes the depreciation of mining equipment and so does not reflect the full cost of our mining operations, and it also excludes the effects of fluctuations in the value of digital currencies and realized losses on the sale of digital assets, which affect our IFRS gross profit. Further, Adjusted EBITDA removes such effects of our capital structure, asset base and tax consequences, but additionally excludes any unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses, stock-based compensation charges and other one-time impairments and costs that are not expected to be repeated in order to provide greater insight into the cash flow being produced from our operating business, without the influence of extraneous events. These measures should not be considered as an alternative to gross margin or net income/(loss), as applicable, determined in accordance with IFRS, or other IFRS measures. These measures are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, you should not consider these measures in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, our gross margin or net income/(loss), as applicable, as determined in accordance with IFRS.
The income statement has been prepared on the basis that all operations are continuing operations.
For the three months ended 31 March
The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net income/(loss), the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the three months ended 31 March 2023 and three months ended 31 March 2022.
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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.