Marathon Patent Group, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire 6,000 S-9 Bitmain Miners
HashRate and Revenue Expected to Increase 600% Over Current Mining Operations
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MARA) (“Marathon” or the “Company”), announced today the signing of an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire 6,000 S-9 Bitmain 13.5 TH/s Bitcoin Antminers (“Antminer S9 miners”). The transaction will be an all-stock private placement transaction whereby the Company will issue 2,335,000 unregistered Common Stock shares at a price above the current market. Upon consummation of the transaction, the Company will have 8,720,405 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.
The Miners will be placed into service in a Co-Location hosting facility with electricity costs of $0.035 per KwH and $0.02 per KwH for the all-in hosting management. The combined cost of $0.055 per KwH equates to a breakeven of approximately $5,050 per Bitcoin resulting in Gross Profit Margins above 100% for each Bitcoin earned from mining at a price of $10,000/BTC.
The Company anticipates the Miners will be placed into service early in the 4th quarter of 2019. Once the S-9s are placed into service, the Company’s total HashRate is expected to increase from the current production level of 14 PH/s to approximately 98 PH/s, which at today’s Bitcoin prices, would produce an annual revenue run rate over $10 million. The improving market for Bitcoin has been increasing the number of miners on the Blockchain network which increases the overall HashRate and mining difficulty. This increase in difficulty levels can reduce the Bitcoin’s rewarded to miners, therefore the Company’s revenue run rate may be lower than could be earned today.
Marathon Chairman and CEO, Merrick Okamoto stated, “This transaction is a significant development for the Company. We were very cautious about expanding our Bitcoin mining operations during the Crypto-Winter but feel now is the time to expand our operations. The mining landscape is littered with companies that used debt to build their operations and have had difficulty surviving. We believe this has created opportunities for our company to acquire undervalued assets and expand our operations. While there is no way to know what the future prices of Bitcoin will be, our goal is to position the company to prosper if prices remain stable or appreciate. The results would afford our shareholders a NASDAQ listed company to invest in that may offer them the ability to participate in any further appreciation of Bitcoin prices, should that happen.”
The Company will continue to evaluate potential acquisitions in the rapidly growing Blockchain space and believes this transaction will strengthen the Company’s balance sheet, making us a better candidate for future M&A transactions that would be less dilutive to our shareholders.
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