Bitcoin Halving Threatens Profitability of Major Miners

  • Sergey Maga
  • 26 January, 2024 14:27
Bitcoin Halving Threatens Profitability of Major Miners

The upcoming Bitcoin halving, a significant event in the cryptocurrency world, has raised concerns about the profitability of major Bitcoin mining operations. A recent analysis by Cantor Fitzgerald, highlighted in a report from January 25, 2024, indicates that eleven of the largest publicly traded Bitcoin miners, including industry giants like Marathon Digital, Riot Platforms, and Core Scientific, might struggle to remain profitable post-halving, according to Cointelegraph.

The halving event, scheduled for April, will see mining rewards for Bitcoin cut in half. This reduction in supply is typically viewed as bullish for Bitcoin’s price in the long term. However, for miners, especially those with high operational costs, the immediate effect could be detrimental. Miners like Argo Blockchain and Hut 8 Mining, with an “all in” cost-per-coin rate significantly above the current Bitcoin price, are particularly at risk.

Despite these challenges, some firms are poised to maintain profitability, assuming Bitcoin’s price averages around $40,000 and hash rates remain stable. Singapore-based Bitdeer and U.S. mining firm CleanSpark are among those expected to weather the halving’s impact.

Interestingly, many miners employ hedging strategies to mitigate potential losses due to Bitcoin’s price volatility. These strategies often involve derivatives products like hash rate futures contracts and BTC-related options. This proactive approach underscores the adaptability and resilience of the sector in the face of fluctuating market conditions.

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