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Stronghold Digital Mining Reports First Quarter 2022 Results and Provides Operational Update

·22 min read
Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc.
Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc.

NEW YORK, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDIG) (“Stronghold,” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and provided an operational update.

First Quarter 2022 and Recent Operational and Financial Highlights

  • Removed approximately 279,000 tons of coal refuse and returned approximately 179,000 tons of beneficial use ash to waste coal sites during the first quarter of 2022, facilitating the remediation of these sites.

  • On May 15, 2022, the Company issued approximately $33.8 million aggregate principal notes (the “Notes”) bearing a coupon of 10.0% and a maturity date of May 15, 2024, plus approximately 6.3 million warrants, with a strike price of $2.50, to certain investors. The Notes convert to preferred equity bearing an 8.0% coupon if the market capitalization exceeds $400 million based on the 20-day VWAP price and there are 60 million shares outstanding or greater as of September 30, 2022. If those tests are not met as of September 30, 2022, the security remains a note bearing 10% coupon plus quarterly note amortization of the greater of 8% of revenue or $5.4 million. The Notes can be repaid by the Company at any time without prepayment penalty.

  • As of May 12, 2022, and pro forma for the issuance of the Notes and miner sales, which were executed after May 12, 2022, Stronghold had approximately $47 million of cash & equivalents plus unrestricted BTC holdings and more than $60 million of liquidity. These figures include $27 million of cash proceeds from the issuance of the Notes and approximately $10 million of cash proceeds from miner sales.

  • Mined 438 Bitcoin during the first quarter of 2022, including 198 in March 2022; mined over 100 Bitcoin in first 13 days of May.

  • Averaged hash rate of 0.9 exahash per second (“EH/s”) in the first quarter of 2022.

  • As of March 31, 2022, Stronghold had received a total of approximately 25,900 miners with total hash rate capacity of approximately 2.4 EH/s. As of May 12, 2022, the Company had received approximately 32,800 miners with total hash rate capacity of approximately 3.0 EH/s.

  • Reiterating guidance to exit 2022 with 4.1 EH/s of installed hash rate capacity, which excludes all potential future deliveries of MinerVa miners. Note that this guidance is unaffected by recent miner sales related to our miner fleet optimization initiative.

Management Commentary

“Since we reported FY 2021 earnings on March 29, 2022, we believe that we have made significant progress on enhancing our operations, and we are executing on our goal of exceeding 4 EH/s by the end of the year,” said Greg Beard, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Stronghold. “Earlier in the year, Stronghold chose to de-emphasize growth to focus on capital discipline and financial flexibility, and recent operational and financial initiatives, including our recent issuance of the Notes, have helped de-risk our funding needs, despite recent volatility in cryptocurrency markets.”

“Furthermore, we believe that our vertically integrated business model provides us with differentiated downside protection that is misunderstood by the market. We built Stronghold with the expectation that volatility in the cryptocurrency markets could, at times, stress full-cycle returns throughout the industry. Owning our power assets, which sell power into the PJM grid, allows us to pivot to sell power opportunistically during periods when power prices are more favorable than Bitcoin mining economics. This powerful option has never been more valuable, and we are in the process of ensuring that our plants and datacenters have the ability to optimize for profitability during periods of weak Bitcoin prices and strong power prices.”

Cryptocurrency Mining Update

During the first quarter of 2022, Stronghold mined approximately 438 Bitcoin. As of March 31, 2022, we had received approximately 25,900 miners with total hash rate capacity of approximately 2.4 EH/s. For the first quarter of 2022, Stronghold averaged a hash rate of approximately 0.9 EH/s, in line with previously announced guidance.

On April 20, 2022, switchgear failed at the datacenter at the Panther Creek power plant (the “Panther Creek Plant”), resulting in 10 days of downtime in cryptocurrency mining, during which time the Company instead sold power to the grid. Prior to the switchgear failure, the datacenter at the Panther Creek Plant was operating at approximately 1.2 EH/s. Normal mining operations resumed on April 30, 2022, and Stronghold estimates the lost mining associated with the outage to be approximately 55 Bitcoin, or approximately $2.2 million, which was partially mitigated by energy revenue of $0.8 million, resulting in a net impact of negative $1.4 million. Stronghold has assessed critical and long-lead-time equipment and is actively procuring additional parts, which will be held in inventory to mitigate the length and impact of any future outages.

As of May 12, 2022, the Company had received approximately 32,800 miners with total hash rate capacity of approximately 3.0 EH/s, of which approximately 24,000 miners, with hash rate capacity of approximately 2.3 EH/s, were installed and operational. As of May 12, 2022, Stronghold has entered into purchase agreements for approximately 12,000 additional miners with total hash rate capacity of approximately 1.2 EH/s, excluding potential future deliveries of MinerVa miners. The Company continues to have active and frequent conversations with MinerVa regarding future deliveries or other methods of extracting the value contractually owed to Stronghold. The Company does not have sufficient information from MinerVa to provide an update or a timeline on future deliveries, or if the Company can expect any future deliveries. MinerVa miners represent approximately 11% of Stronghold’s current hash rate capacity and are expected to represent less than 6% of installed hash rate capacity by year end 2022.

Operations associated with the Company’s profit-sharing arrangement at the Scrubgrass power plant (the “Scrubgrass Plant”) are also progressing. On March 29, 2022, only four of 24 datacenter containers had been commissioned under the arrangement, but, as of May 12, 2022, 10 additional datacenter containers had been commissioned, with an additional 10 datacenter containers expected to be commissioned within the next two months.

As of March 31, 2022 and May 12, 2022, Stronghold held on its balance sheet approximately 369 Bitcoin and approximately 285 Bitcoin, respectively.

Power Assets Update

Stronghold owns and operates approximately 165 MW of power generation capacity through its Scrubgrass Plant and its Panther Creek Plant, both coal refuse reclamation-to-energy facilities located in Pennsylvania. These plants generate power from coal refuse, which is a waste byproduct of legacy coal mining operations. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has designated coal refuse as a Tier II Alternative Energy Source, making the facilities eligible to earn renewable energy credits.

Stronghold’s vertically integrated business model, which includes ownership of power assets, provides differentiated opportunities to create value, including during periods of higher power prices or lower Bitcoin prices. Since March 30, 2022, average forward power prices for June 2022 to May 2023, in the markets into which the Company sells power, have increased by nearly 70%, while Bitcoin prices have decreased more than 35% over the same time frame. This divergence has created opportunities for Stronghold to potentially generate more value selling power to the grid rather than powering its Bitcoin operations during certain timeframes. The Company is consistently evaluating the optimal strategy, which may include selling power to the grid during hours when on-peak power prices are in effect but remains committed to its Bitcoin mining operations.

As discussed in the Company’s fourth quarter earnings release, the Scrubgrass Plant encountered greater-than-anticipated downtime and operated at a lower utilization than expected during the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Stronghold has been implementing upgrades to improve utilization, and average output increased by more than 20% in April 2022 compared to the first quarter of 2022. The upgrades remain on track to be completed by early in the second half of 2022, at which point uptime and utilization are expected to return to normalized levels.

The Company continues to evaluate opportunities to acquire additional power generation assets, including a coal refuse reclamation facility with 112 MW of power generation capacity that has been under a non-binding letter of intent to purchase since 2021.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenues in the first quarter of 2022 increased 656% to $28.7 million compared to $3.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. The increase is primarily attributable to higher energy generation and cryptocurrency mining revenues.

Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2022 increased 1,074% to $58.3 million compared to $5.0 million in the same quarter a year ago. The increase is attributable to a $12.2 million non-cash impairment on equipment deposits for MinerVa miners, an $11.8 million increase in depreciation and amortization from deploying additional miners and transformers, a $10.5 million increase in general and administrative expenses as the Company continues to scale operations, a $9.1 million increase in operations and maintenance expense primarily driven by the additional Panther Creek plant and one-time plant upgrades at Scrubgrass, a $7.2 million increase in fuel expenses driven by higher power generation and $2.5 million of non-cash impairment costs attributable to the declines in the price of Bitcoin.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was ($32.3) million compared to a net loss of ($0.2) million for the same quarter a year ago.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2022 was $3.8 million, compared to a loss of ($0.3) million for the same quarter a year ago (see reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures).

Net cash used by operating activities in the first quarter of 2022 was ($2.5) million compared to $3.0 million of net cash provided by operating activities in the same quarter a year ago.

Stronghold ended the quarter with approximately $25.5 million in cash, $5.1 million in unrestricted digital currencies and approximately $110.8 million in debt.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Stronghold ended the first quarter of 2022 with total liquidity of approximately $48.6 million, comprising approximately $25.5 million in cash, approximately $5.1 million in unrestricted digital currencies and approximately $18.0 million in availability under its existing equipment financing agreements.

Subsequent to the end of the first quarter of 2022, the Company raised $27.0 million from certain investors through the issuance of the Notes and sold Bitcoin miners with hash rate capacity of approximately 332 PH/s for approximately $16.9 million. Approximately $9.9 million of cash and approximately $7.0mm reduction of future 2022 capital expenditures.

As of May 12, 2022, and pro forma for the issuance of the Notes and the sales of Bitcoin miners, total liquidity was approximately $61 million, including cash, unrestricted digital currencies and availability under existing financing agreements.

Stronghold believes its liquidity position, combined with expected operating cash flow, will be sufficient to meet all existing commitments and fund operations. The Company also believes that incremental liquidity can be created through proceeds related to Bitcoin miner fleet management and optimization, including potential miner sales and through additional equipment financing agreements, if necessary.

Conference Call

Stronghold will host a conference call today, May 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) with an accompanying presentation to discuss these results. A question-and-answer session will follow management's presentation.

To participate, please dial the appropriate number at least ten minutes prior to the start time and ask for the Stronghold Digital Mining conference call.

U.S. dial-in number: 1-844-705-8583
International number: 1-270-215-9880
Conference ID: 3498036

The conference call will broadcast live and be available for replay here.

A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through May 30, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Toll-free replay number: 1-855-859-2056
International replay number: 1-404-537-3406
Conference ID: 3498036

About Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc.
Stronghold is a vertically integrated Bitcoin mining company with an emphasis on environmentally beneficial operations. Stronghold houses its miners at its wholly owned and operated Scrubgrass Plant and Panther Creek Plant, both of which are low-cost, environmentally beneficial coal refuse power generation facilities in Pennsylvania.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements.” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates” or “anticipates” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking statements and the business prospects of Stronghold are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause Stronghold’s actual results in future periods to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the hybrid nature of our business model, which is highly dependent on the price of Bitcoin; our dependence on the level of demand and financial performance of the crypto asset industry; our ability to manage growth, business, financial results and results of operations; uncertainty regarding our evolving business model; our ability to retain management and key personnel and the integration of new management; our ability to raise capital to fund business growth; our ability to maintain sufficient liquidity to fund operations, growth and acquisitions; our substantial indebtedness and its effect on our results of operations and our financial condition; uncertainty regarding the outcomes of any investigations or proceedings; our ability to enter into purchase agreements, acquisitions and financing transactions; public health crises, epidemics, and pandemics such as the coronavirus pandemic; our ability to procure crypto asset mining equipment from foreign-based suppliers; our ability to maintain our relationships with our third party brokers and our dependence on their performance; our ability to procure crypto asset mining equipment; developments and changes in laws and regulations, including increased regulation of the crypto asset industry through legislative action and revised rules and standards applied by The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network under the authority of the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act and the Investment Company Act; the future acceptance and/or widespread use of, and demand for, Bitcoin and other crypto assets; our ability to respond to price fluctuations and rapidly changing technology; our ability to operate our coal refuse power generation facilities as planned; our ability to avail ourselves of tax credits for the clean-up of coal refuse piles; and legislative or regulatory changes, and liability under, or any future inability to comply with, existing or future energy regulations or requirements. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect our financial results is included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 29, 2022. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date as of which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events, or otherwise.

STRONGHOLD DIGITAL MINING, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

(unaudited)

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash

$

25,480,693

$

31,790,115

Digital currencies

5,104,861

7,718,221

Digital currencies restricted

8,763,725

2,699,644

Accounts receivable

1,701,331

2,111,855

Due from related party

864,625

-

Prepaid insurance

4,449,106

6,301,701

Inventory

3,552,028

3,372,254

Other current assets

698,882

661,640

Total Current Assets

50,615,251

54,655,430

EQUIPMENT DEPOSITS

98,577,594

130,999,398

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

220,200,769

166,657,155

LAND

1,748,439

1,748,440

ROAD BOND

211,958

211,958

SECURITY DEPOSITS

348,888

348,888

TOTAL ASSETS

$

371,702,899

$

354,621,269

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Current portion of long-term debt-net of discounts/issuance fees

$

76,226,400

$

45,799,651

Financed insurance premiums

2,467,573

4,299,721

Forward sale contract

8,570,236

7,116,488

Accounts payable

28,239,743

28,650,659

Due to related parties

1,499,307

1,430,660

Accrued liabilities

7,357,537

5,053,957

Total Current Liabilities

124,360,796

92,351,136

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

Asset retirement obligation

980,032

973,948

Contract liabilities

132,093

187,835

Paycheck Protection Program Loan

841,670

841,670

Long-term debt-net of discounts/issuance fees

32,063,889

18,378,841

Total Long-Term Liabilities

34,017,684

20,382,294

Total Liabilities

158,378,480

112,733,430

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

REDEEMABLE COMMON STOCK

Common Stock - Class V, $0.0001 par value; 34,560,000 shares authorized, and 27,057,600 and 27,057,600 shares issued and outstanding,respectively

172,704,220

301,052,617

Total redeemable common stock

172,704,220

301,052,617

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY / (DEFICIT)

General partners

-

-

Limited partners

-

-

Non-controlling Series A redeemable and convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, aggregate liquidation value $5,000,000. 1,152,000 and 1,152,000 issued and outstanding, respectively

36,898,361

37,670,161

Common Stock - Class A, $0.0001 par value; 685,440,000 shares authorized, and 20,020,877 and 20,016,067 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

2,002

2,002

Accumulated deficits

(241,895,906

)

(338,709,688

)

Additional paid-in capital

245,615,742

241,872,747

Stockholders' equity / (deficit)

40,620,199

-59,164,778

Total

213,324,419

241,887,839

TOTAL LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND EQUITY / (DEFICIT)

$

371,702,899

$

354,621,269


STRONGHOLD DIGITAL MINING, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three months ended,

Consolidated

Combined

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

OPERATING REVENUES

Energy

$

8,362,801

$

1,915,856

Capacity

2,044,427

687,690

Cryptocurrency hosting

67,876

555,747

Cryptocurrency mining

18,204,193

516,259

Other

20,762

122,782

Total operating revenues

28,700,059

3,798,334

OPERATING EXPENSES

Fuel

9,338,394

2,172,109

Operations and maintenance

10,520,305

1,370,688

General and administrative

11,424,231

910,876

Impairments on digital currencies

2,506,172

-

Impairments on equipment deposits

12,228,742

-

Depreciation and amortization

12,319,581

517,443

Total operating expenses

58,337,425

4,971,116

NET OPERATING LOSS

(29,637,366

)

(1,172,782

)

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

Interest expense

(2,911,452

)

(78,640

)

Gain on extinguishment of PPP loan

-

638,800

Realized gain (loss) on sale of digital currencies

751,110

143,881

Changes in fair value of warrant liabilities

-

-

Realized gain (loss) on disposal of fixed asset

(44,958

)

-

Changes in fair value of forward sale derivative

(483,749

)

-

Waste coal credits

-

211,890

Other

20,000

17,895

Total other income / (expense)

(2,669,049

)

933,826

NET LOSS

$

(32,306,416

)

$

(238,956

)

NET LOSS - attributable to non-controlling interest

$

(18,897,638

)

NET LOSS - Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc

$

(13,408,778

)

NET LOSS attributable to Class A Common Shares(1)

Basic

$

(0.66

)

Diluted

$

(0.66

)

Class A Common Shares Outstanding(1)

Basic

20,206,103

Diluted

20,206,103


STRONGHOLD DIGITAL MINING, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Three months ended,

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net Loss

$

(32,306,416

)

$

(238,956

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and Amortization - PP&E

12,319,581

517,443

Forgiveness of PPP loan

-

(638,800

)

Realized (gain) loss on sale of derivatives

-

-

Realized (gain) loss on sale of digital currency

(751,110

)

(143,881

)

Realized (gain) loss on disposal of fixed assets

44,958

-

Amortization of debt issuance costs

881,463

-

Stock Compensation

2,592,995

-

Impairments on digital currencies

2,506,172

-

Impairments on equipment deposits

12,228,742

-

Changes in fair value of forward sale derivative

483,749

-

(Increase) decrease in assets:

Digital currencies

(3,450,721

)

(516,259

)

Accounts receivable

410,525

(298,765

)

Prepaid Insurance

1,852,595

-

Due from related party

(864,624

)

302,973

Inventory

(179,774

)

114,750

Other current assets

(37,242

)

(35,782

)

Increase (decrease) in liabilities:

Accounts payable

(410,916

)

3,348,824

Due to related parties

68,647

319,071

Accrued liabilities

2,164,896

227,167

Contract liabilities

(55,742

)

-

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED) OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(2,502,222

)

2,957,785

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from sale of digital currencies

12,998,410

484,387

Proceeds from sale of derivatives

-

-

Forward sale contract prepayment

970,000

-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(37,236,332

)

(2,854,904

)

Equipment purchase deposits- net of future commitments

(6,482,000

)

-

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(29,749,922

)

(2,370,517

)

CASH FLOWS FROM (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Payments on long-term debt

(9,282,227

)

(109,364

)

Payments on financed insurance premiums

(1,832,149

)

-

Proceeds from promissory note

24,144,586

-

Proceeds from equipment financing agreement

12,912,512

-

Proceeds from PPP loan

-

841,670

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

25,942,722

732,306

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH

(6,309,422

)

1,319,574

CASH - BEGINNING OF PERIOD

31,790,115

303,187

CASH - END OF PERIOD

$

25,480,693

$

1,622,761

Use and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and our related earnings call contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, as a measure of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, further adjusted by the removal of one-time transaction costs, impairment of digital currencies, realized gains and losses on the sale of long-term assets, expenses related to stock-based compensation, gains or losses on derivative contracts, gain on extinguishment of debt, realized gain or loss on sale of digital currencies, waste coal credits, commission on sale of ash, or changes in fair value of warrant liabilities in the period presented. See reconciliation below.

Our board of directors and management team use Adjusted EBITDA to assess our financial performance because they believe it allows them to compare our operating performance on a consistent basis across periods by removing the effects of our capital structure (such as varying levels of interest expense and income), asset base (such as depreciation, amortization, impairment, and realized gains and losses on sale of long-term assets) and other items (such as one-time transaction costs, expenses related to stock-based compensation, and unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts) that impact the comparability of financial results from period to period. We present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it provides useful information regarding the factors and trends affecting our business in addition to measures calculated under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure will provide useful information to investors and analysts in assessing our financial performance and results of operations across reporting periods by excluding items we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. Net income (loss) is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA. Our non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. You are encouraged to evaluate each of these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in such presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. There can be no assurance that we will not modify the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA in the future, and any such modification may be material. Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider Adjusted EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements furnished in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. Because Adjusted EBITDA may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definition of this non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing its utility.

STRONGHOLD DIGITAL MINING, INC.

RECONCILATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA

Three months ended,

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Net Income (loss)

$

(32,306

)

$

(239

)

Interest

2,912

73

Depreciation and amortization

12,320

517

Impairment costs of digital currencies

2,506

-

Impairment costs of equipment deposits

12,229

-

Realized gains and losses on the sale of long-term assets

-

-

One time non-recurring expenses 1

3,765

-

Expenses related to stock-based compensation

2,593

-

(Gains)/Losses on disposal of fixed assets

45

(Gains)/Losses on derivative contracts

484

-

Gain on extinguishment of PPP loan

-

(639

)

Realized (gain)/loss on sale of digital currencies

(751

)

-

Adjusted EBITDA

$

3,795

$

(287

)

Investor Contact:

Matt Glover or Jeff Grampp, CFA
Gateway Group, Inc.
SDIG@GatewayIR.com
1-949-574-3860

Media Contact:

contact@strongholddigitalmining.com