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Bitcoin Winter Hits Argo: A Look into Its Sluggish Start in 2024

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The drop in the price of Bitcoin at the beginning of the year led to a publicly listed miner, Argo Blockchain (NASDAQ: ARBK), reporting a reduction in cryptocurrency mining. Specifically, the company mined 124 Bitcoin in January, a decrease of 20% from December 2023.

Argo Reports Lowe Bitcoin Mining Production and Revenue in January 2024

The company generated mining revenue of $5.3 million in January 2024, 19% less than the $6.6 million in December 2023. The decline in revenue correlated with the decrease in Bitcoin production.

Argo's CEO, Thomas Chippas, noted that the lower Bitcoin output reflects a retreat of transaction fees. “Our Bitcoin production decreased in January as transaction fees retreated from the temporary spike we saw in December.”

He also explained that curtailments of facilities in Quebec and Texas due to winter weather served as a reminder that Bitcoin mining can quickly adjust power usage to assist grid stability during extreme conditions.

Looking at the historical results from 2023, it is evident that the mining level at the beginning of 2024 is one of the weakest in recent times. Mining below the level of 125 Bitcoins only occurred once over the past year, in August 2023, when the BTC price hit its holiday lows and mining revenues were reduced to $2.9 million.

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In addition, Argo Blockchain has undergone significant leadership changes. The Chief Operating Officer, Seif El-Bakly, stepped down from his role after serving as the Interim Chief Executive Officer from February to November 2023. The company thanked El-Bakly for his contributions and leadership over the past year.

With El-Bakly's departure, the operations team will continue under the guidance of the Chief Strategy Officer, Sebastien Chalus, who has been leading operations since February 2023. Argo Blockchain issued 1,973,892 new ordinary shares to El-Bakly as part of a separation agreement.

In a separate capital raising move, Argo Blockchain secured £7.8 million ($9.9 million) through share placement to institutional investors. The company issued 38,064,000 new ordinary shares priced at £0.205 per share, representing a small discount to the 30-day average price. The funds will provide working capital, facilitate debt repayment, and support general corporate purposes. This capital injection positions Argo Blockchain for continued operational stability and future growth.

This article was written by Damian Chmiel at www.financemagnates.com.
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