Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – November 12, 2020) –  Hut 8 Mining Corp. (TSX: HUT) (OTCQX: HUTMF) (“Hut 8” or “the Company“), a publicly listed bitcoin mining company, today announces its financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2020 (“Q3-2020”). Hut 8 reports all amounts in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise stated.

Q3-2020 Highlights

  • Quarterly revenue of $5.8 million with mining profit margin of -37%.
  • Revaluation gain related to Hut 8’s bitcoin holdings of $5.6 million for the quarter with a bitcoin price at quarter end of US$10,788.
  • Net loss of $0.9 million and negative adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 million.
  • Renegotiated key terms with lender to provide more downward flexibility with bitcoin collateral and save Hut 8 nearly $500,000 per year in interest expense.
  • Hosting revenue of $0.5 million from Hut 8’s first hosting client with 6MW of latest generation bitcoin mining equipment.
  • Transferred the management of site operations from Bitfury to Hut 8, providing savings of over $1.5 million per year.
  • Made a bitcoin equipment order for 275 PH/s of which 154 PH/s using 6.7MW was installed this quarter with the remainder expected to be installed by the end of 2020.
  • Hut 8 became the first company to enter and exit the TSX Sandbox successfully, which solidifies its place as a TSX issuer.

Selected Financial Information

    Three months ended September 30,     Nine months ended September 30,
    2020     2019     2020     2019
Revenue $ 5,754,732   $ 26,749,874   $ 27,724,292   $ 67,132,276
Site operating costs   (7,871,231 )   (11,353,029 )   (29,120,406 )   (34,372,623
Mining profit   (2,116,499 )   15,396,845     (1,396,114 )   32,759,653
Mining profit margin   -37%     58%     -5%     49%
                       
Depreciation   (3,545,173 )   (8,178,269 )   (17,512,599 )   (24,534,807
Gross profit $ (5,661,672 ) $ 7,218,576   $ (18,908,713 ) $ 8,224,846
Gross profit margin   -98%     27%     -68%     12%
                       
Expenses   (787,965 )   (707,270 )   (2,694,002 )   (2,090,574
Share-based compensation   (167,743 )   (670,136 )   479,892     (2,427,144
Gain on use of digital assets   198,369     514,135     1,800,984     5,433,530
Revaluation of digital assets   5,577,854     (10,050,642 )   13,713,962     8,243,089
Net operating income (loss)   (841,157 )   (3,695,337 )   (5,607,877 )   17,383,747
                       
Net finance expense   (567,787 )   (1,122,930 )   (1,909,354 )   (3,512,166
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   508,606     (370,374 )   (772,714 )   703,347
Gain on share issuance               951,059
Net income (loss) $ (900,338 ) $ (5,188,641 ) $ (8,289,945 ) $ 15,525,987
                       
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,904,464 ) $ 14,689,575   $ (3,548,032 ) $ 30,669,079
Adjusted EBITDA margin   -50%     55%     -13%     46%
Net income (loss) per share –
basic and diluted
$ (0.01 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (0.09 ) $ 0.20

 

Q3-2020 Overview

Q3-2020 was the first full quarter after the bitcoin halving where bitcoin production was cut in half while the network hash rate continued to rise, making it one of the most difficult periods for bitcoin miners to operate. To put this into context, it became 140% more difficult to mine for a bitcoin from just before the halving in May 2020 to September 30, 2020, while the bitcoin price increased by 9% in that same period. The economics of mining bitcoin have significantly improved subsequent to Q3-2020.

Hut 8 also recognized $0.5 million of hosting revenue after signing up its first client with 6MW of latest generation bitcoin mining equipment. This is a new revenue stream for Hut 8 and provides consistent recurring revenue with its available electrical capacity and existing infrastructure.

Hut 8 has continued to find ways to reduce costs in Q3-2020 through many successful initiatives in the quarter. In July 2020, the Company re-negotiated its credit facility terms with Genesis Global Capital, LLC (“Genesis) and successfully reduced the interest rate from 9.85% to 8.00% per annum saving approximately $500,000 per year.

Another initiative during Q3-2020 was that Hut 8 transferred the Clarke chips from its Drumheller facility to Medicine Hat which brought together Hut 8’s higher efficiency chips with its best electricity pricing at Medicine Hat. Also, Hut 8 completed the transfer of the management of operations of both the Medicine Hat and Drumheller facilities from Bitfury to Hut 8, providing for savings of over $1.5 million per year. With full control over the sites, Hut 8 will continue to streamline operations while maintaining the highest industry standards.

Hut 8’s strategy of mining and holding bitcoin continued to pay off as there was a $5.6 million gain on the re-measurement of bitcoin holdings in Q3-2020. Additionally, by only strategically selling bitcoin at higher prices, Hut 8 recorded a $0.2 million gain on the use of digital assets. Overall, for Q3-2020, Hut 8 recorded a net loss of approximately $0.9 million and a negative Adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 million.

More than halfway through the quarter, Hut 8 completed the installation of 1,000 M31S and 1,000 M31S+ mining equipment at its Medicine Hat facility. The equipment collectively increased Hut 8’s mining power by approximately 154 PH/s using 6.7 MW of power. The remainder of the equipment purchase, which consists of 1,590 M30S units is expected to be shipped late November 2020 and will provide an additional 140 PH/s using approximately 5.3MW.

Hut 8 also achieved a milestone when they became the first company to successfully exit the TSX Sandbox which solidifies Hut 8 as a TSX listed issuer. Hut 8 was also the first issuer to be listed to the TSX via the TSX Sandbox and has been trading on the senior TSX exchange since early October 2019.

This release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and corresponding MD&A for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 filed on SEDAR and posted on the Company’s website.

ABOUT HUT 8 MINING CORP.

Hut 8 is a bitcoin mining company with industrial scale operations in Canada. Hut 8 creates value for investors through low production costs and appreciation of its bitcoin inventory. The company provides investors with direct exposure to bitcoin, without the technical complexity or constraints of purchasing the underlying cryptocurrency. Investors avoid the need to create online wallets, wire money offshore, and safely store their bitcoin.

The Company’s common shares are listed under the symbol “HUT” on the TSX and as “HUTMF” on the OTCQX Exchange.

Key investment highlights and FAQ’s: https://www.hut8mining.com/investors.

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Hut 8 Corporate Contact:

Jimmy Vaiopoulos
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (647) 256-1992
Email: info@hut8mining.com

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release presents certain non-GAAP (“GAAP” refers to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures to assist readers in understanding the Company’s performance. These non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to supplement the analysis and evaluation of operating performance.

The following terms are used, which are not found in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Handbook and do not have a standardized meaning under GAAP.

EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization)

  • “EBITDA” represents net income or loss excluding net finance income or expense, income tax or recovery, depreciation, and amortization.
  • “Adjusted EBITDA” represents EBITDA adjusted to exclude share-based compensation, fair value loss or gain on revaluation of digital assets, write-offs, and costs associated with one-time transactions (such as listing fees).
  • “Adjusted EBITDA Margin” represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

EBITDA is used to show ongoing profitability without the impact of non-cash accounting policies, capital structure, and taxation. This provides a consistent comparable metric for profitability.

“Mining Profit” represents gross profit (revenue less cost of revenue), excluding depreciation. “Mining Profit Margin” represents Mining Profit as a percentage of revenue. Mining Profit and Mining Profit Margin show the cash expenses against the revenue without the impact of non-cash accounting policies such as depreciation.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information in this press release constitutes forward-looking information. In some cases, but not necessarily in all cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “plans”, “targets”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “assumes”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate” or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances contain forward-looking information. Statements containing forward-looking information are not historical facts, but instead represent management’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events.

Forward-looking information is necessarily based on a number of opinions, assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by Hut 8 as of the date of this press release, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to the factors described in greater detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Filing Statement dated March 1, 2018 relating to the Qualifying Transaction of Oriana Resources Corporation and Hut 8, which is available at www.sedar.com. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect Hut 8; however, these factors should be considered carefully. There can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Hut 8 expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements containing any forward-looking information, or the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Neither the TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.