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Argo Blockchain Reports Record-Level Third Quarter 2021 Operating Results

·9 min read
  • Generated record revenue of $26.0 million (£19.3 million)

  • Record $17.3 million of net income and $28.2 million of EBITDA (£12.9 million of net income and £21.0 million of EBITDA)1

  • Mined 597 Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalents in Q3 2021

  • Completed ADR listing on Nasdaq

  • Construction of Helios mining facility in Dickens County, Texas underway

LONDON, November 01, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Argo Blockchain plc (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), ("Argo" or the "Company"), a global leader in sustainable cryptocurrency mining and blockchain, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. All $ amounts are in United States Dollars ("USD") and all £ amounts are in British Pounds ("GBP"), unless otherwise stated.

Argo generated record-setting revenue, net income and EBITDA of $26.0 million, $17.3 million and $28.2 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2021 (£19.3 million, £12.9 million, and £21.0 million, respectively). For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company’s revenue, net income and EBITDA were $67.9 million, $27.1 million and $49.8 million, respectively (£50.4 million, £20.1 million, and £36.9 million, respectively).

"From breaking ground on our sustainable cryptocurrency mining facility in Dickens County, Texas to our public listing on Nasdaq in the United States, this quarter has been pivotal as Argo continues to scale," stated Peter Wall, Chief Executive Officer of Argo Blockchain. "I am proud of the growth we experienced during the quarter and believe Argo is strategically positioned to continue this momentum as we build out our Helios facility in Texas."

Texas Mining Facility Update

In July 2021, Argo broke ground on its renewable energy-focused 200-megawatt (MW) cryptocurrency mining facility in Dickens County, Texas. The new Helios facility will bolster Argo’s mining capacity and is expected to add at least 20 new, full-time jobs in Dickens County. The site gives Argo access to up to 800 MW of electrical power and has garnered excitement and support from local community members and government officials.

Bitcoin Mining

During the third quarter, Argo mined 597 Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent (together, BTC), bringing Argo’s BTC holding to 1,836 as of September 30, 2021. Argo has been able to achieve these results while maintaining a gross margin of 120% and an industry-leading mining margin of 85% with an average direct cost per BTC mined of $6,293 (£4,673). On September 30, 2021, Argo executed a purchase agreement for 20,000 Bitmain Antminer S19J Pro machines for the mining facility it is building in Texas. The machines are expected to be delivered starting Q2 2022 and will increase our total hashrate capacity to approximately 3.7 Exahash, up from 1.075 at the end of Q3 2021.

(1) Due to favorable changes in fair value of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalents in Q3 2021, gross profit and EBITDA exceeded revenue in the period.

United States Public Listing on Nasdaq

Among the many milestones experienced throughout the quarter, Argo completed its ADR listing on Nasdaq on September 23, 2021. The Company has been publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange since August 2018 and is now listed in both jurisdictions.

Earnings Conference Call

Argo will host a conference call to discuss its results at 08:00 ET/12:00 GMT tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The live webcast of the call can be accessed via the Investor Meet Company platform.

Investors can sign up to Investor Meet Company for free and add Argo Blockchain via the following link: https://www.investormeetcompany.com/argo-blockchain-plc/register-investor

Investors already following Argo Blockchain on the Investor Meet Company platform will be invited automatically.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws with respect to our cryptocurrency mining facility in Texas. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include the expectations of plans, strategies, objectives, and anticipated financial and operating results of the Company, including hash rates, the Company's mining program, delivery schedules, future hashrates and other guidance included in this press release. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ from those described herein for a variety of reasons, including unanticipated delays in machine delivery due to component supply shortages or other reasons, or disruptions to the Company’s current mining fleet that could reduce future hashrate. For a more complete discussion of factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those described in this announcement, please refer to the filings that Company makes from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, including the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form F-1.

Non-IFRS Measures

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin and EBITDA are financial measures not defined by IFRS. We believe Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin and 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, EBITDA excludes interest income (expense), taxes, depreciation and amortization, which are important components of our IFRS net income/(loss). 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.

Operating and Financial Overview

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021

Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2021

Figures in 000s except per share and BTC mined

$

£

$

£

Operating results

Bitcoin mined

597

597

1,480

1,480

Income statement

Revenues

$25,979

£19,287

$67,852

£50,372

Direct costs

(3,757)

(2,790)

(11,322)

(8,404)

Depreciation of mining equipment

(3,249)

(2,412)

(9,646)

(7,161)

Change in fair value of digital currencies

11,725

8,705

3,094

2,297

Realized gain on sale of digital currencies

512

380

807

599

Gross Profit

$31,210

£23,170

$50,785

£37,703

Operating costs and expenses

Consulting fees

(812)

(602)

(1,222)

(907)

Professional fees

(307)

(228)

(866)

(643)

General and administrative

(555)

(412)

(2,675)

(1,986)

Share based payment

(1,734)

(1,287)

(3,845)

(2,855)

Foreign exchange

(1,963)

(1,458)

(1,374)

(1,020)

Operating profit

$25,839

£19,183

$40,803

£30,292

Loss on sale of investment

(1,010)

(750)

(1,010)

(750)

Interest expense

(273)

(203)

(826)

(613)

Interest income

-

-

-

-

Profit before taxation

$24,556

£18,230

$38,967

£28,929

Income tax expense

(7,212)

(5,354)

(11,905)

(8,838)

Profit after taxation

$17,344

£12,876

$27,062

£20,091

Other comprehensive income

(138)

(102)

(624)

(463)

Total comprehensive income attributable to the equity holders of the company

$17,206

£12,774

$26,438

£19,628

Earnings per share attributable to equity holders

Basic earnings per share

$0.04

£0.03

$0.06

£0.04

Diluted earnings per share

$0.04

£0.03

$0.05

£0.04

The following table shows a reconciliation of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin to gross margin, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021

Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2021

Figures in 000s except per share

$

£

$

£

Gross Profit

$31,210

£23,170

$50,785

£37,703

Gross Margin

120%

120%

75%

75%

Depreciation of mining equipment

3,249

2,412

9,646

7,161

Change in fair value of digital currencies

(11,725)

(8,705)

(3,094)

(2,297)

Realized gain on sale of digital currencies

(512)

(380)

(807)

(599)

Crypto-currency management fees

(710)

(527)

(2,257)

(1,675)

Mining Profit

$21,512

£15,970

$54,273

£40,293

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin

85%

85%

83%

83%

The following table shows a reconciliation of EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021

Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2021

Figures in 000s except per share

$

£

$

£

Profit before taxation

$17,344

£12,876

$27,062

£20,091

Interest expense

273

203

826

613

Income tax expense

7,212

5,354

11,905

8,838

Depreciation/Amortization

3,418

2,537

9,964

7,398

EBITDA

$28,247

£20,970

$49,757

£36,940

(1) Due to favorable changes in fair value of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalents in Q3 2021, gross profit and EBITDA exceeded revenue in the period.

*Dollar values translated from pound sterling into U.S. dollars at the rate of £1.00 to $1.347, which was the noon buying rate of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on September 30, 2021.

This release contains inside information.

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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