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Crypto Mining Company Argo Reduced Losses by 85% in 2023

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Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), a cryptocurrency mining company, has released its 2023 financial results, revealing a year marked by strategic adjustments amidst industry challenges. However, despite achieving a modest gross profit, net income was negative for another consecutive year.

Argo Blockchain Tried to Weather Crypto Storm, Cuts Debt by 63% in 2023

The company mined 1,760 Bitcoin throughout the year, averaging 4.8 Bitcoin per day, despite facing increased global hashrate and network difficulty.

Annual revenues reached $50.6 million, a decline of 14% from the previous year, as the mining margin decreased to 43% from 54% in 2022. However, Argo made significant strides in optimizing its operations, increasing its hash rate by 0.3 EH/s through the introduction of ePIC BlockMiners at its Quebec facilities and generating $7.2 million in power credits through strategic energy curtailment at the Helios location.

The company reported a net loss of $35 million for 2023, a substantial improvement from the $229 million loss in 2022. This was largely due to a reduction of 49% in interest expenses, achieved through debt management efforts. By year-end, Argo had reduced its debt owed to Galaxy Digital to $23.5 million, with a total debt standing at $66.2 million.

"Despite a turbulent market, we have worked hard to strengthen our balance sheet and reduce Argo's debt burden by $22 million, or 63%, and improve our cash positions,” commented Thomas Chippas, the CEO of Argo.

In early 2024, Argo successfully raised $9.9 million through a share placement with institutional investors and sold its Mirabel, Quebec data center for $6.1 million, using the proceeds to reduce debt further. Preliminary Q1 2024 results show continued growth, with 319 Bitcoin mined and revenues nearing $17 million.

Mining Operations Post-Halving

As the cryptocurrency industry continues to evolve after the recent halving, Argo Blockchain remains focused on navigating challenges, optimizing operations, and positioning itself for long-term success in the competitive mining landscape.

“We exited the Bitcoin halving with a stronger balance sheet and leaner operations, and we are optimistic about the ongoing growth and development of Argo with a clear objective of delivering shareholder value,” Chippas added.

However, the new operating environment is not easy. After the fourth halving, Bitcoin recently underwent its initial difficulty adjustment, experiencing a rise of 1.99% and elevating the mining difficulty to a new record. The network’s difficulty level increased from 86.39 trillion to 88.10 trillion.

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