This news release constitutes a “designated news release” for the purposes of the Company’s prospectus supplement dated February 2, 2021 to its amended and restated short form base shelf prospectus dated January 4, 2022.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (TSX.V:HIVE) (Nasdaq:HIVE) (FSE:HBFA.F) (the “Company” or “HIVE”) is pleased to announce the production figures from the Company’s global Bitcoin and Ethereum mining operations for the month of July 2022, with a BTC HODL balance of 3,091 Bitcoin and 6,820 Ethereum as of August 4, 2022.
July 2022 Production Figures
HIVE is pleased to announce its July 2022 production figures and mining capacity:
279.9 BTC Produced
2.2 Exahash of Bitcoin mining capacity at beginning of July
Increased to 2.26 Exahash of Bitcoin mining capacity during the month of July, with an average hashrate of 2.03 Exahash of Bitcoin mining capacity during the month of July
2,957 ETH Produced*
5.77 Terahash of Ethereum mining capacity at beginning of July, some miners were taken offline temporarily for layout optimization due to higher summer temperatures
6.49 Terahash of Ethereum mining capacity at end of July, with an average hashrate of 6.19 Terahash of Ethereum mining capacity during the month of July
*The Company’s production of ETH from GPU mining (including selective optimizations of GPU hashrate) has yielded a total ETH production of 2,957 ETH.
Frank Holmes, Executive Chairman of HIVE stated, “In July we produced an average of 15.0 Bitcoin Equivalent per day, comprised of approximately 9.0 BTC per day and our Ethereum production of approximately 95 Ethereum per day. We are pleased to note that as of today, we are producing approximately 10 BTC a day in addition to approximately 95 Ethereum per day.”
Aydin Kilic, President & COO of HIVE noted, “We continue to strive for operational excellence, ensuring that as we scale our hashrate, we also optimize our uptime, to ensure ideal Bitcoin and Ethereum output figures.” Mr. Kilic continued, “We also would like to provide an update on the BTC and ETH equivalency, where one can equate value of the coins produced daily. As such the ETH that HIVE produced during the month of July, equated on a daily basis, is approximately equal a monthly total of 185.2 BTC, which we refer to as Bitcoin Equivalent or BTC Equivalent. This is in addition to the 279.9 BTC produced from our Bitcoin mining operations during July, for a total of 465.1 Bitcoin equivalent”
The Company’s total Bitcoin Equivalent production in July 2022 was:
465.1 BTC Equivalent Produced
15.0 BTC Equivalent produced per day on average
3.77 Exahash of BTC Equivalent Hashrate (BTC hashrate plus equivalent ETH hashrate) as of July 31), with average hashrate of 3.36 Exahash of BTC Equivalent hashrate throughout July
Ethereum Outlook and Strategy
The Company acknowledges there has been recent discussions surrounding the potential Ethereum “Merge” to Proof of Stake (“PoS”).
With respect to a timeline to PoS, the Company notes that a specific block for the Ethereum Merge has not been specified. Until a specific block has been identified and universally accepted by the Ethereum Foundation, the Company believes it is indeterminate if or when the Merge will happen. For comparison, every Bitcoin halving event is at a specifically prescribed block height (notably, every 210,000 blocks).
HIVE acknowledges there could be execution risk in implementing a business strategy if Ethereum goes to PoS, and we believe there will be continued demand for GPU based Proof of Work (“PoW”) mining. As such, the Company has a strategy in the event the Merge occurs.
HIVE believes there is intrinsic value in a broadly decentralized PoW blockchain with Layer 2 smart contracts, as the majority of such projects exist on the Ethereum blockchain. If NFT and DeFi developers realize that a secure PoW Layer 1 blockchain is the best playing field for their code-based projects, there could be an increase in Layer 2 applications on the Ethereum Classic blockchain, after the Merge.
The Company has already commenced case studies, analyzing hashrate economics of Ethereum Classic and other GPU mineable coins at an industrial scale. HIVE has also been performing GPU optimizations throughout calendar 2022, which are proprietary and provide the Company with a competitive edge.
If the Merge occurs, the Company expects that there will be a competitive edge required in technical proficiency as GPU mining is more involved than ASIC mining. It reasons that companies or hobby miners who are the best at GPU optimizations, will prosper. We expect that there will be more algorithmic driven application of GPU mining, where users may mine several coins. This will be in addition to the competitive edge miners typically seek of having the best energy economics, so they have the lowest operating cost per hash generated. GPU miners will need to have a low cost of hashing, while also being innovative to drive the highest yield (revenue) per hash, through optimizations.
GPUs which currently mine Ethereum are only one facet of HIVE’s operations which complements its fleet of Bitcoin mining ASICs. HIVE’s GPU fleet is comprised of two types of cards, our legacy fleet comprised mostly of RX580s, and can be repurposed for other GPU mineable coins. The second type being our data center grade cards, namely our Nvidia fleet which we announced last year when we joined the Nvidia Partner Network; these cards have other applications in high-performance computing (HPC) applications. HIVE has been developing a new platform for our data center grade cards to create new streams of revenue. The Company foresees the creation of new streams of revenues from GPUs, such as providing HPC services for rendering, AI, ML, molecular modelling, etc.
New Brunswick Power Costs
HIVE has navigated several months of high energy prices in New Brunswick (“NB”) at its data center campus, which have affected all businesses that are customers with interruptible energy contracts. Mr. Kilic noted “The interruptible energy rates in New Brunswick have historically been between 3.5 to 4.5 cents USD per KWHR, based on annual averages over the last decade.” HIVE also has a portion of the total electrical load in NB as fixed power at approximately 6 cents per KWHR USD. In the Company’s fiscal Q4 2022 (January to March 2022), the power rates in NB based on the Company’s usage (blended fixed and interruptible power) were approximately 12 cents per KWHR for 46MW of capacity. Mr. Kilic continued “A benefit of being globally diversified, with 6 data centers in three countries, HIVE’s other facilities enjoyed power costs of approximately 3.5 cents per KWHR for approximately 54MW of operating capacity.” Taking into consideration the average of HIVE’s global operating costs for electricity, data center staff and maintenance for all facilities in Q4 2022, the total cost was approximately 7.5 cents per KWHR USD, based on a global average operating footprint of 114MW, compared to revenue of $49.8M USD (as noted in the Company’s audited fiscal 2022 financial statements), which equates to approximately $0.20 per KWHR. The Company notes that it was able to profitably mine crypto currencies during these periods, thus maximizing coin production.
Since then, the Company’s average global operating costs for electricity, data center staff and maintenance, in New Brunswick have improved significantly, as the Company has enacted strategies to avoid high interruptible power prices in NB, which may include from time to time, reducing consumption during periods of peak interruptible power. In fiscal Q1 2023 (April to June 2022), the Company’s average power costs in NB have been 7.4 cents per KWHR USD, utilizing approximately 52MW on average, and globally operating costs for electricity, data center staff and maintenance for all facilities is approximately 5.5 cents per KWHR based on a global average operating footprint of approximately 126MW.
Network Mining Difficulty
The Bitcoin network difficulty decreased 6.5% during the month of July. The Ethereum network difficulty had a sudden difficulty decrease of almost 20% at the end of June, which was followed by a slight and gradual increase of 1.6% during the month of July. These factors impact our gross profit margins.
About HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. went public in 2017 as the first cryptocurrency mining company with a green energy and ESG strategy.
HIVE is a growth-oriented technology stock in the emergent blockchain industry. As a company whose shares trade on a major stock exchange, we are building a bridge between the digital currency and blockchain sector and traditional capital markets. HIVE owns state-of-the-art, green energy-powered data centre facilities in Canada, Sweden, and Iceland, where we source only green energy to mine on the cloud both Ethereum and Bitcoin. Since the beginning of 2021, HIVE has held in secure storage the majority of its ETH and BTC coin mining rewards. Our…