VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Technologies Inc. (“Fortress” or the “Company”) (FORT.V), reports its results of operations for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. On March 6, 2019, the Company announced an exit from the crypto-currency business and, accordingly, the financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018, represent the last full period in which the Company has been engaged in crypto-currency mining operations. For the full consolidated financial statements and management discussion & analysis for the year ended December 31, 2018, please visit the Company’s profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR”) at www.sedar.com.
FY 2018 Highlights
(All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified)
Revenue from the mining of digital currencies for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $439,028 from 64.8 Bitcoin and 16.4 Bitcoin Cash (Q3: $617,034 from 64.5 Bitcoin and 52.0 Bitcoin Cash) (Q2: $986,253 from 93.8 Bitcoin and 31.1 Bitcoin Cash);
Gross mining margin of $180,376 during the quarter ($384,274 in the quarter ended September 20, 2018);
As at December 31, 2018, the Company had $10,564,795 in cash and $10,408 in digital currencies (September 30, 2018: $10,610,967 in cash and $25,487 in digital currencies);
The share value of the Company's cash and digital currency holdings, after deducting liabilities, as at December 31, 2018 is $0.15 per share based on 71,177,984 outstanding Fortress common shares (the “Net Liquid Asset Value”). This Net Liquid Asset Value does not include the asset value of the Grant County flagship facility or S9 ASIC Miners owned by the Company;
Net loss of $9,430,571 during the quarter. The largest expenses were non-cash costs for depreciation $1,743,741 and the impairment of property, plant & equipment $7,286,940. The Company was well capitalized at the end of the quarter with cash balances of $10,564,795.; and
As at December 31, 2018, total assets were $11,729,115, primarily comprised of assets deployed at the Grant County flagship facility and cash balances.
The Company maintains a strong cash position as of April 29, 2019 with over $10,300,000 in cash and GICs. Additionally, the Company has sub-leased the Grant County flagship facility for a monthly payment of US$25,000. The sub-lease commenced March 27th, 2019 and will continue in to Q3 2019, when it will be subject to renewal. This sub-lease allows the Company to receive recurring income to support corporate overhead while the Company owns the Grant County flagship facility.
This cash position does not include additional value from the potential sale of the mining operation at the Grant County flagship facility. A sale of the Grant County flagship facility is being reviewed pursuant to the Company’s previous announcement to exit the crypto-currency mining business. While the financial statements use an impairment value for the Grant County flagship facility, the Company believes the value of the Grant County flagship facility as a going concern operation has a significantly greater value. The Grant County flagship facility generates approximately 20 PH/s of Bitcoin mining capacity, with a power cost of $0.034/kWh, and thus generates gross mining margin.
Fortress believes that this crypto-currency mining operation, having successfully completed an audit, would have unique value to other publicly traded crypto-currency mining companies.
After a careful strategic review and consultation between management and the Board in early March 2019, the Company determined that the profitability of the business measured against the depreciation of assets and risk of further downside, along with increased regulatory costs and oversight, would not justify expanding the crypto-currency mining business. While the Fortress Flagship Facility operation still generated a profit for the Company at the time, the time horizon for return on initial capital invested in the crypto-currency mining business is indeterminate due to economic factors of the industry. These factors include the volatility in the price of Bitcoin, increased mining difficulty representative of a massive global deployment of Bitcoin mining hardware, in tandem with a large depreciation of mining hardware value as manufacturers have reduced their selling prices to levels almost 80-90% below January 2018 prices.
Accordingly, on March 6th, 2019, the Company announced it’s exit from the crypto-currency mining, and the Grant County flagship facility was deactivated. On March 27th, 2019, the facility was reactivated and has been leased for operation by a third party.
Due to changes to policies in Canadian public company audit practice governed by the Canadian Public Accountability Board, the Company believes that crypto-currency mining may be best suited as an operation for companies that are not publicly traded on Canadian stock exchanges. Fortress is proud to have completed the audit of its 2018 financial statements, and notes that the Company’s internal controls and engineering processes contributed to this process.
The Company's Board of Directors and management have an accomplished track record in business development and building shareholder value, and thus the Company is well positioned to find an accretive path forward for the business.
About Fortress Technologies
Fortress Technologies Inc. (FORT.V) is a well-capitalized company currently evaluating emerging opportunities in technology sectors. Fortress is focused on developing projects where access to growth capital is highly valued.
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