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Monday 08 November, 2021

Argo Blockchain PLC

October 2021 Operational Update

RNS Number : 5813R
Argo Blockchain PLC
08 November 2021
 

Press Release

8 November 2021

 

Argo Blockchain PLC

("Argo" or "the Company")

 

October 2021 Operational Update, Mining Expansion and Board Change

 

Operational Update

Argo Blockchain plc, a global leader in cryptocurrency mining (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), is pleased to provide the following operational update for October 2021.

 

During the month of October, Argo mined 167 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalent (together, BTC) compared to 165 BTC in September. This brings the total amount of BTC mined year-to-date to 1,646 BTC.

Based on daily foreign exchange rates and cryptocurrency prices during the month, mining revenue in October amounted to £7.24 million [$9.75 million*] (September 2021: £ 5.50 million [$7.59 million*]).

 

Argo generated this income at a Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin of approximately 86% for the month of October (September 2021: 84%).

 

At the end of October, the Company owned 2,128 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalent.

 

Mining Expansion

 

As of the end of October, the Company added an additional 220 PH/s to its total capacity, bringing the Company's total mining capacity to 1.295 EH/s as of 31 October 2021.

 

Board Change

 

Effective today, Colleen Sullivan has resigned as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors so that she may focus her efforts on other professional duties. She has taken on a new career role that does not allow her to serve as a director for the Company and her resignation is not the result of any disagreement with the management or Board of the Company. The Company would like to thank Colleen for her contribution over her tenure on the board and wish her a successful future as she progresses in her career.

 

Non-IFRS Measures

 

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin is a financial measure not defined by IFRS and has limitations as an analytical tool. 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. This measure should not be considered as an alternative to gross margin determined in accordance with IFRS, or other IFRS measures. This measure is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, you should not consider this measure in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, our gross margin as determined in accordance with IFRS.

 

The following table shows a reconciliation of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin to gross margin, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the months of September and October 2021.

 

 

 

Month Ended 30 September 2021

Month Ended 31 October 2021

 

£

$

£

$

Gross Profit

108,284

149,497

33,060,353

44,532,296

Gross Margin(1)

2%

2%

422%

422%

Depreciation of mining equipment

770,006

1,063,070

975,103

1,313,464

Charge in fair value of digital currencies

4,130,925

5,703,155

(27,446,831)

(36,970,882)

Realised profit on sale of digital currencies

(74,582)

(102,968)

-

-

Cryptocurrency management fees

(298,136)

(411,607)

(361,578)

(487,045)

 

 

 

 

 

Mining Profit

4,636,497

6,401,147

6,227,047

8,387,833

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin

84%

84%

86%

86%

           

(1)   Due to favourable changes in fair value of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalents in October 2021 gross profit exceeded revenue.

*Dollar values translated from pound sterling into U.S. dollars at the rate of £1.00 to $1.35, which was the noon buying rate of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on September 30, 2021.

 

This announcement contains inside information. 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Argo Blockchain

 

Peter Wall

Chief Executive

via Tancredi +44 203 434 2334

 

finnCap Ltd

 

Corporate Finance

Jonny Franklin-Adams

Tim Harper 

Joint Corporate Broker

Sunila de Silva  

+44 207 220 0500

 

 

 

 

Tennyson Securities

 

Joint Corporate Broker

Peter Krens

+44 207 186 9030

OTC Markets

 

Jonathan Dickson

[email protected]

+44 204 526 4581

+44 7731 815 896

Tancredi Intelligent Communication

UK & Europe Media Relations

 

Emma Valgimigli

Emma Hodges

Salamander Davoudi

[email protected]

 

+44 7727 180 873

+44 7861 995 628

+44 7957 549 906

 

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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