⚡️ SPAC and Roll: U.S. Miners Are Entering a New Era of Financing

A new dawn is rising for Bitcoin miner financing, with a SPAC for the U.S.'s largest miner and a Bitcoin Mining ETF being unveiled last week. They couldn't be coming at a better time.

Colin Harper
Colin Harper

Happy Tuesday Luxor Mining Crew!

The mining industry is recovering from last week’s electric Mining Disrupt conference in Miami (at least, we know we are…)

A lot of exciting news came out of the conference, and we appreciated getting to meet many of you in person--and we particularly appreciated hearing how useful Hashrate Index is for so many of you!

Looking at last week’s news, the mining industry landed its first ever SPAC and ETF within 48 hours of each other. North American mining companies are intersecting more-and-more with the legacy financial system at a uniquely opportune moment: with hashrate leaving China en masse, there’s never been a better time for these miners to roll up their sleeves, dig in their heels, and build for the long-run.

Hashrate Index

Hashprice: Bitcoin’s price had a nice pop over the weekend, and Hashprice has risen in step. Current miner profitability is $0.35 TH/s/day.

Hashrate: Hashrate dipped a negligible bit over the week, with the 7-day SMA currently reading 100.4 EH.

Mining News

Core Scientific Goes Public with $4.3B SPAC

Core Scientific is going public using the finance world’s favorite new investment vehicle.

The largest miner in North America plans to list on the NASDAQ through a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition. Per the agreement, Core Scientific will receive a valuation of $4.3 billion.

Not to be left out of the party, the lead investor in Power & Digital is none other than BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. The deal is in line with BlackRock’s ever-increasing exposure to the Bitcoin realm, which began this year via futures trading and MicroStrategy stock.

Core Scientific’s Kentucky facility (from Core Scientific via CoinDesk).

RIGZ Listed on the New York Stock Exchange

The Viridi Cleaner Energy Crypto-Mining & Semiconductor ETF (Ticker: RIGZ) is now listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

RIGZ is an actively-managed exchange-traded fund which is focused on investments within the cryptocurrency mining and mining infrastructure industries.

“Based on recent developments within the Chinese mining sector, North American miners that have access to sustainable and cheap power, large fleets of new-generation rigs, and access to capital are well positioned to generate higher returns during the months and years ahead. We are excited to be launching RIGZ at such a pivotal point within the evolution of this market sector, and to be prioritizing investment into sustainable crypto mining practices through Viridi’s clean energy focus,” Wes Fulford, Chief Executive Officer of Viridi Funds, said.

RIGZ holdings consist of crypto mining companies (Bitfarms, Hut 8 Mining, Riot Blockchain, CleanSpark, HIVE Blockchain Technologies, and Marathon Digital Holdings), as well as semiconductor companies (Samsung Electronics Co, Nvidia Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co).

You Can Test Your ASIC’s Hashrate Now With This One Simple Trick

Navier and Compass released a hashrate tester last week.

HashTest, as it’s called, will give miners the ability to accurately gauge their machine’s hashrate, something that has been very difficult for buyers to easily verify in the past.

Compass will use the new tool to verify the hashrate of the machines it hosts for their customers, but the tool will be available for public use as well.

HashTest’s interface.

Argo Wants to Sell Shares in the U.S.

Argo Blockchain has filed with the SEC to sell American depositary shares, a type of negotiable security that allows foreign entities to list in the U.S..

The company is already public in the U.K. (and has been mulling over a NASDAQ listing, as well), and it anticipates that it will hit the U.S. financial circuit with this listing in Q3 of this year.

Happy Hashing and have a great week!

-Luxor Team


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Cryptocurrencies currently face an uncertain regulatory landscape and are rapidly evolving in not only the United States but also in many foreign jurisdictions. The adoption of laws and regulations that affect the industry could ultimately have a negative impact or impede the growth of the companies the fund invests in.

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The Fund’s crypto mining investments will be screened with clean energy criteria. Given the high energy usage of the crypto mining industry, the Sub-Adviser will evaluate crypto mining companies by focusing on their actions that will reduce the negative environmental impacts of mining. The Sub-Adviser will also consider purchased carbon offsets and other actions promoting environmental sustainability. There can be no assurance that this strategy will be successful for the Fund.

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