January Operational Update

2024 January | January Operational Update

Press Release
5 Februrary 2024

Argo Blockchain plc

("Argo" or "the Company")

January Operational Update

Argo Blockchain plc, a global leader in crypto currency mining (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), is pleased to provide the following operational update for January 2024.

During the month of January, the Company mined 124 Bitcoin, or 4.0 Bitcoin per day. This 20% decrease in daily Bitcoin production compared to the prior month was driven by a 16% decrease in Bitcoin-denominated hash price, and to a lesser extent, weather-related curtailments. Hash price, which refers to the expected value of hashing power, is a function of the block subsidy, network difficulty, and transaction fees. The decrease in hash price in January 2024 was driven by lower transaction fees on the Bitcoin network and higher network difficulty compared to December 2023.

Bitcoin production in January 2024 was negatively impacted by weather-related curtailments at the Company’s facilities in Quebec and at the Helios facility in Texas. At Helios, the Company’s operations were curtailed in response tow inter weather conditions which led to elevated power prices across Texas, particularly during Winter Storm Heather. The facility generates power credits during periods of economic curtailment, and the Company’s share of power credits from January 2024 will offset a portion of the foregone revenue from curtailment.

Mining revenue in January 2024 amounted to $5.3 million, a decrease of 19% compared to the prior month (December 2023: $6.6 million).

As of 31 January 2024, the Company held digital assets worth the equivalent of 18 Bitcoin.

Management Commentary

Argo’sChief Executive, Thomas Chippas, said, “Our Bitcoin production decreased inJanuary as transaction fees retreated from the temporary spike we saw inDecember. We also experienced some instances of curtailment as a result of winter weather in Quebec and Texas, which is a great reminder of how Bitcoin mining contributes to grid stability during extreme weather events. Bitcoin miners provide a unique source of base load demand which can be quickly curtailed to free up electricity for other users on the grid.”

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About Argo:

ArgoBlockchain 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 www.argoblockchain.com.