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Argo Blockchain PLC
23 May 2024
 

Press Release

23 May 2024

Argo Blockchain plc

("Argo" or "the Company")

 

Q1 2024 Results (Unaudited)

Argo Blockchain plc (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), a global leader in cryptocurrency mining, is pleased to announce its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended 31 March 2024. All $ amounts are in United States Dollars ("USD") unless otherwise stated.

 

Q1 2024 Financial Results

 

●     The Company ended the quarter with cash of $12.4 million and held 11 Bitcoin ("BTC") or Bitcoin Equivalent

●     Reduced debt by $12.4 million during the quarter, a 19% reduction of the December 31, 2023 balance

●     Revenue of $16.8 million, an increase of 4% compared to Q4 2023

●     Total BTC mined in the quarter was 319, or 3.5 BTC per day

●     Mining margin percentage for the quarter was 38% an increase on the 34% mining margin percentage achieved in Q4 2023

●     Gain on sale of Mirabel facility of $3.0 million, net of tax

●     Net loss of $3.2 million

●     Adjusted EBITDA of $3.8 million

Management Commentary

Thomas Chippas, Chief Executive Officer of Argo, said: "The Argo team's continued focus on financial discipline and operational excellence can be seen in this quarter's results. Q1 was strong in terms of revenue and earnings, both of which increased compared to Q4 2023. We exited the Bitcoin halving with cash of over $12 million, Q1 debt reduction of over $12 million and streamlined Quebec operations resulting from the sale of Mirabel. We are enthusiastic about Argo's future growth and development, and are dedicated to delivering value to our shareholders."

 

 

Earnings Conference Call

 

Argo will host a conference call to discuss its results at 10:00 ET / 15:00 BST today, Thursday 23 May 2024. The live webcast of the call can be accessed via the Investor Meet Company platform.

 

Investors can sign up to Investor Meet Company and add Argo Blockchain via the following link: https://www.investormeetcompany.com/argo-blockchain-plc/register-investor

 

Investors already following Argo Blockchain on the Investor Meet Company platform will be invited automatically.

 

Inside Information and Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains inside information and includes forward-looking statements which reflect the Company's current views, interpretations, beliefs or expectations with respect to the Company's financial performance, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations. These statements include forward-looking statements both with respect to the Company and the sector and industry in which the Company operates. Statements which include the words "remains confident", "expects", "intends", "plans", "believes", "projects", "anticipates", "will", "targets", "aims", "may", "would", "could", "continue", "estimate", "future", "opportunity", "potential" or, in each case, their negatives, and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events that may or may not occur in the future, including the risk that the Company may receive the benefits contemplated by its transactions with Galaxy, the Company may be unable to secure sufficient additional financing to meet its operating needs, and the Company may not generate sufficient working capital to fund its operations for the next twelve months as contemplated. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause the Company's actual results, prospects and performance to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. In addition, even if the Company's actual results, prospects and performance are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this document, those results may not be indicative of results in subsequent periods. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement. Subject to any obligations under the Prospectus Regulation Rules, the Market Abuse Regulation, the Listing Rules and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and except as required by the FCA, the London Stock Exchange, the City Code or applicable law and regulations, the Company undertakes no obligation publicly to update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. For a more complete discussion of factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those described in this announcement, please refer to the filings that Company makes from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, including the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F.

Non-IFRS Measures

 

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures not defined by IFRS. We believe Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools. In particular, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin excludes the depreciation of mining equipment and so does not reflect the full cost of our mining operations, and it also excludes the effects of fluctuations in the value of digital currencies and realized losses on the sale of digital assets, which affect our IFRS gross profit. Further, Adjusted EBITDA removes such effects of our capital structure, asset base and tax consequences, but additionally excludes any unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses, stock-based compensation charges and other one-time impairments and costs that are not expected to be repeated in order to provide greater insight into the cash flow being produced from our operating business, without the influence of extraneous events. These measures should not be considered as an alternative to gross margin or net income/(loss), as applicable, determined in accordance with IFRS, or other IFRS measures. These measures are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, you should not consider these measures in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, our gross margin or net income/(loss), as applicable, as determined in accordance with IFRS.

 

GROUP STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 Figures in '000 except per share

Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024

Three Months Ended March 31, 2023

 

$

$




Revenues

16,840

11,264

Direct costs

(10,439)

(6,058)

Mining margin

6,401

5,206

Depreciation of mining equipment

(4,833)

(6,015)

Change in fair value of digital currencies

293

(77)

Gross profit (loss)

1,861

(886)




Operating costs and expenses

(3,152)

(3,558)

Restructuring and transaction related fees

(561)

(797)

Foreign exchange

192

634

Loss on hedging

(397)

-

Depreciation/amortisation

(232)

(319)

Share based compensation

(1,911)

(984)

Operating profit (loss)

(4,200)

(5,910)




Gain on sale of subsidiary (Mirabel)

3,397

-

Gain on disposal of fixed assets

75

-

Finance costs

(2,317)

(3,283)

Other income

230

1

Profit/(loss) before taxation

(2,815)

(9,192)




Tax credit / (expense)

(340)

-




Profit/(loss) after taxation

(3,155)

(9,192)

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

Items which may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:



      Currency translation reserve

728

(401)

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

728

(401)

Total comprehensive loss attributable to the equity holders of the Company

(2,426)

(9,593)

Earnings per share attributable to equity owners

 

 

Basic loss per share

$(0.01)

$(0.02)

Diluted loss per share

$(0.01)

$(0.02)



The income statement has been prepared on the basis that all operations are continuing operations.

GROUP STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

 

 

As at March 31,

2024

 

As at December 31,

 2023

Figures in '000

$

 

$





ASSETS




Non-current assets




Investments at fair value through profit or loss

400


400

Investments accounted for using the equity method

-


-

Intangible fixed assets

1,044


888

Property, plant and equipment

53,771


59,728

Right of use assets

-


-

Total non-current assets

55,215

 

61,016





Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

12,444


7,443

Trade and other receivables

2,214


3,835

Assets held for sale

-


3,261

Digital assets

810


385

Total current assets

15,468

 

14,924





Total assets

70,683

 

75,940





EQUITY AND LIABILITIES




Equity




Share Capital

763


712

Share Premium

219,522


209,779

Share based payment reserve

12,680


11,844

Currency translation reserve

(30,858)


(30,129)

RSU/PSU Reserve

1,156


322

Accumulated surplus / (deficit)

(195,525)


(192,370)

Total equity

7,738

 

158





Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

10,670


11,175

Loans and borrowings

12,680


14,320

Corporation Tax

449


-

Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

-


2,090

Total current liabilities

23,799

 

27,585

 

Non-current liabilities




Issued debt - bond

38,346


38,170

Loans

800


10,027

Total liabilities

62,945

 

75,782





Total equity and liabilities

70,683

 

75,940

 

 

 

GROUP STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 


Three Months Ended March 31,

2024

Three Months Ended March 31,      

2023

Figures in '000

$

$

Cash flows from operating activities



Loss before tax

(2,815)

(9,192)

Adjustments for:



Depreciation/Amortisation

5,065

6,334

Foreign exchange

(192)

(634)

Fair value change in digital assets through profit or loss

(293)

78

Revenue from digital assets

(16,840)

(11,438)

Loss on hedging

397

-

Finance cost

2,317

3,283

Gain on disposal of fixed assets

(75)

-

Proceeds from sale of digital assets

16,423

11,783

Share based compensation

1,911

984

Gain on sale of subsidiary

(3,397)

-

Cash flow from operating activities before working capital changes

2,500

1,197

 



Working capital changes:



Increase in trade and other receivables

1,086

(514)

Decrease in trade and other payables

(307)

(3,359)

Income taxes paid

-

(213)

Net cash used in operating activities

3,279

(2,889)




Investing activities



Interest received

126

-

Proceeds from sale of tangible fixed assets

894

-

Proceeds from sale of subsidiary and investment

6,119

-

Net cash used in investing activities

7,139

-




Financing activities



Lease payments

-

-

Loan repayments

(12,617)

(245)

Interest paid

(1.966)

(2,424)

Proceeds from shares issued - net of issue costs

9,349

-

Net cash generated used in financing activities

(5,234)

(2,669)

 



Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

5,185

(5,558)

Effect of foreign exchange on cash

(184)

16

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

7,443

20,092

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

12,444

14,550




 

 

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net income/(loss), the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the three months ended 31 March 2024 and three months ended 31 March 2023.

 

 


Three Months Ended March 31,

 2024

Three Months Ended March 31,

2023

Figures in '000

$

$




Net income/(loss)

(3,155)

(9,192)




Interest expense

2,317

3,283

Depreciation / amortisation

5,065

6,334

Income tax (credit) / expense

340

-

EBITDA

4,567

425

Restructuring and transaction related fees

561

797

Foreign exchange gain

(192)

(634)

Share based payment charge

1,911

984

Gain on sale of investment

(3,397)

-

Loss on hedging

397

-

Adjusted EBITDA

3,847

1,572

 

For further information please contact:

Argo Blockchain


Investor Relations

ir@argoblockchain.com

Tennyson Securities

 

Corporate Broker

Peter Krens

 +44 207 186 9030

Fortified Securities


Joint Broker

Guy Wheatley, CFA

+44 74930989014

guy.wheatley@fortifiedsecurities.com

Tancredi Intelligent Communication

UK & Europe Media Relations

  argoblock@tancredigroup.com

 

About Argo:

Argo Blockchain plc is a dual-listed (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK) blockchain technology company focused on large-scale cryptocurrency mining. With mining facilities in Quebec, mining operations in Texas, and offices in the US, Canada, and the UK, Argo's global, sustainable operations are predominantly powered by renewable energy. In 2021, Argo became the first climate positive cryptocurrency mining company, and a signatory to the Crypto Climate Accord. For more information, visit www.argoblockchain.com.

 

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