UK’s Argo Blockchain shares soar on deals to avoid bankruptcy

  • Shares up 120%
  • Signs $35 mln mortgage settlement with Galaxy
  • Says deals to enable firm to proceed its operations

Dec 28 (Reuters) – Crypto miner Argo Blockchain (ARB.L) mentioned on Wednesday it’ll promote its mining facility Helios for $65 million and refinance a brand new asset-backed mortgage because it seeks to avoid bankruptcy, sending its London-listed shares hovering.

Argo, which earlier this month warned that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy safety due to inadequate money, mentioned the deals will enable the corporate to proceed its operations.

London-listed shares of Argo, which have tumbled 92% thus far this 12 months, have been up 120% to 8.5 pence in early commerce, after the sale and refinancing settlement with Canada-listed crypto-investor Galaxy Digital Holdings (GLXY.TO).

The transactions embrace refinancing loans with a brand new $35 million credit score with Galaxy, which can assist scale back its complete indebtedness by $41 million, the corporate mentioned in a press release.

The crypto miner, which was based in 2017 by CEO Peter Wall, had been fighting a rise in prices and pressured margins amid decrease bitcoin costs and better energy prices at Helios.

Digital foreign money miners corresponding to Argo Blockchain use computer systems to remedy cryptographic issues and obtain a reward within the type of cryptocurrency.

Crypto mining was deemed an “rising problem to energy reliability in upcoming years” by North American Electric Reliability Corporation this month.

London-based Argo mentioned it plans to focus its operations at its two knowledge centres in Quebec, Canada, that are powered absolutely by low-cost hydroelectricity.

“(The) transaction with Galaxy… offers us with a stronger stability sheet and enhanced liquidity to assist guarantee continued operations via the continued bear market,” Wall mentioned.

This 12 months has been troublesome for crypto miners with shares of Marathon Digital (MARA.O), Riot Blockchain (RIOT.O) and Valkyrie Bitcoin Miners ETF (WGMI.O) plunging between 80%-90% as they battle with money burn and debt.

Crypto-mining knowledge centre operator Compute additionally filed for bankruptcy in September.

Argo, whose Nasdaq-listed shares have been suspended on Dec. 27, mentioned it expects to resume buying and selling there on Wednesday.

Reporting by Amna Karimi, Sinchita Mitra and Anchal Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Janane Venkatraman and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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