Additional Equipment Financing by NYDIG

2022 - May | Additional Equipment Financing by NYDIG

Press Release
04 May 2022

Argo Blockchain plc

("Argo" or "the Company")

Additional Equipment Financing

Argo Blockchain plc, a global leader in cryptocurrency mining (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), announces that Argo Helios LLC ("Argo Helios"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Argo Blockchain plc, has entered into additional loans under Argo's equipment financing agreement (the "Financing Agreement") with NYDIG ABL LLC ("NYDIG"), a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Digital Investment Group LLC.

As part of the additional financing, NYDIG will loan Argo Helios an aggregate principal amount of up to $70.60 million (£56.3 million)*, subject to customary drawdown conditions, to recapitalize the purchase of digital asset mining equipment (the "Financed Equipment") for the Company's flagship cryptocurrency mining facility, Helios, in Dickens County, Texas. Outstanding borrowings under the Financing Agreement are secured by the Financed Equipment and the contracts to acquire the Financed Equipment.

The key terms of each loan are as follows:

Peter Wall, Chief Executive of Argo, said: "We are delighted to secure this additional non-dilutive funding which will enable us to continue fitting out Phase 1 of our Helios site. NYDIG understands the financial requirements of large-scale bitcoin miners and we are excited to continue working with them to execute and deliver on the next phase of Argo's growth."

Josh Burandt, Head of Mining Services at NYDIG, said: "NYDIG is pleased to offer additional financing to Argo to complete the next phase of growth for their Helios site. This partnership will help further NYDIG's goal of securing the bitcoin network and supporting the growth of the world's leading Bitcoin miners. We are happy to support the growth of Argo's state-of-the-art Texas facility, and we look forward to growing the partnership across verticals."

* Exchange rate correct as of 3 May 2022

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About Argo:

Argo Blockchain plc is a global leader in cryptocurrency mining with one of the largest and most efficient operations powered by clean energy.  The  Company  is  headquartered  in London, UK and its shares are listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: ARB and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in the United States under the ticker: ARBK.

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