Bitfarms Executes Strategic Actions Increasing Financial Flexibility
– Enters New Equipment Financing Agreement with NYDIG for US$37 Million –
– Reduces US$100 Million BTC-backed Credit Facility to US$66 Million –
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TORONTO and BROSSARD, Québec, June 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bitfarms Ltd. (NASDAQ: BITF // TSX: BITF), a global Bitcoin self-mining company, entered into an equipment financing agreement, with initial funding of US$37 million, with NYDIG ABL LLC (NYDIG). In addition, the Company reduced its US$100 million Bitcoin (BTC)-backed credit facility with Galaxy Digital LLC (Galaxy) by US$34 million to US$66 million via the sale of 1,500 of its BTC holdings.
“We have proactively taken non-dilutive strategic actions to increase our financial liquidity and flexibility during this period of macroeconomic crypto challenges,” said Jeff Lucas, CFO of Bitfarms. “Now we are better positioned to opportunistically consider potential farm expansion or acquisitions that arise as a result of recent market conditions. Our strategy supports our focus on driving operational excellence and maintaining our position as one of the lowest cost producers in the industry.”
NYDIG US$37 Million Equipment Financing Facility
The NYDIG equipment financing agreement provides non-dilutive funding of Bitfarms’ miners to support growth in Quebec. The agreement provides equipment financing at an interest rate of 12% per annum collateralized by the miners at the Company’s Leger and Bunker facilities, funded as the assets are installed and become operational.
Initial funding of US$37 million, or US$36 million net of closing fees of $740,000, has been completed with additional fundings contemplated (not committed) in July and October 2022 as construction continues at the Bunker and more equipment is installed.
This latest equipment financing is distinct from Bitfarms’ previously announced US$32 million equipment financing agreement with BlockFi Lending LLC.
Bitfarms Reduces US$100 Million BTC-Backed Credit Facility to US$66 Million
Bitfarms elected to reduce its US$100 million BTC-backed credit facility to US$66 million, funded through the sale of 1,500 BTC. Borrowings under this credit facility stand at US$66 million as of June 15, 2022.
This facility, which the Company entered into with Galaxy on December 30, 2021, expires on June 30, 2022. Bitfarms and Galaxy are in discussions to renew the facility upon expiration.
“In addition to lowering our interest expense, this US$34 million reduction in borrowing gives us the ability to utilize more of our BTC holdings strategy as it frees up BTC that would otherwise be used to collateralize this credit facility,” concluded Lucas.
Bitfarms is managing its growth and capital expenditures in light of recent volatility in the cryptocurrency markets. Bitfarms is in compliance with all its credit obligations. Expansion plans for mining operations and equipment, as well as the use of existing loan facilities, the preservation of existing BTC inventory and sales under the Company’s at-the-market offering are under review in a customary and prudent manner.
Analyst and Institutional Investor Day on June 22, 2022
As previously announced, Bitfarms will be hosting an Analyst and Institutional Investor Day on June 22, 2022, both online and in-person in Montreal. The webcast portion of the event will begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude around 9:15 AM ET. The webcast of the event, along with supporting materials, will be available on the company’s Investor Relations website at Bitfarms IR Events. Interested parties may register for the webcast in advance here:
Webcast Registration – Bitfarms Analyst & Institutional Investor Day
A replay of the webcast and related presentation materials will be made available following the conclusion of the event.
About Bitfarms Ltd.
Founded in 2017, Bitfarms is a global Bitcoin self-mining company, running vertically integrated mining operations with onsite technical repair, proprietary data analytics and company-owned electrical engineering and installation services to deliver high operational performance and uptime.
Having demonstrated rapid growth and stellar operations, Bitfarms became the first Bitcoin mining company to complete its long form prospectus with the Ontario Securities Commission and started trading on the TSX-V in July 2019. On February 24, 2021, Bitfarms was honoured to be announced as a Rising Star by the TSX-V. On June 21, 2021, Bitfarms started trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. On February 24, 2022, the Company was further honoured by the TSX-V as Venture 50 Winner, placing first in the Technology sector. On April 8, 2022, Bitfarms up-listed from the TSX-V to the TSX.
Operationally, Bitfarms has a diversified production platform with seven industrial scale facilities located in Québec, one in Washington state, and one in Paraguay. Each facility is over 99% powered with environmentally friendly hydro power and secured with long-term power contracts. Bitfarms is currently the only publicly traded pure-play mining company audited by a Big Four accounting firm.
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