Public Bitcoin Miners Secure $2B Ahead of Halving to Strengthen Balance Sheets

  • Sergey Maga
  • 22 May, 2024 09:27
Public Bitcoin Miners Secure $2B Ahead of Halving to Strengthen Balance Sheets

In anticipation of Bitcoin’s latest halving event, public Bitcoin mining companies have bolstered their financial positions, securing $2 billion through equity financing. According to BlocksBridge Consulting, this pre-halving preparation aims to mitigate expected profitability declines, according to Cointelegraph.

Leading the funding race were Marathon Digital, CleanSpark, and Riot Platforms, which together raised 73% of the total funds. By the end of March, these companies held $1.33 billion in cash and over 32,200 Bitcoin, valued at over $2.2 billion.

The first quarter of 2024 saw robust funding activities, with $1.25 billion raised in the last quarter of 2023 alone. However, a slowdown is expected in the second quarter, with less than $500 million invested as of mid-May. Despite this, the Q2 funding still surpasses the figures from Q3 of the previous year.

Bitcoin mining companies often rely on equity financing to support infrastructure upgrades, technological advancements, and operational costs, especially in preparation for the halving event, which reduces mining rewards by half every four years.

Mixed financial results characterized the first quarter of 2024. Riot Platforms reported a record net income of $211.8 million, a 1,000% increase from the previous year, despite higher mining costs and reduced Bitcoin production. Core Scientific, emerging from bankruptcy, recorded $179.3 million in revenue, achieving a gross margin of 46%.

Marathon Digital also reported significant revenue growth, with a 223% year-on-year increase to $165.2 million. However, the company missed Wall Street estimates due to bad weather and equipment failures.

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