Toronto, Ontario – March 16, 2023 (Newsfile Corp.) (Investorideas.com Newswire) Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) (“Sphere 3D” or the “Company”), dedicated to becoming the leading carbon-neutral Bitcoin mining company operating at an industrial scale, provides results of its Bitcoin mining operation for the month ended February 28, 2023.
“February was a game changing month for Sphere 3D. We successfully found homes for, and began deploying, the majority of the 11,000+ miners we received in January. We forged new partnerships with hosting providers in record time to fill the gap left by the December 2022 Core Scientific (‘Core’) bankruptcy. With the miners currently being deployed in March and April, our fleet is expected to be fully homed, and upon energization, we expect to be at approximately 1.5 EH/s.”
Compute North Update
We continue to work with Compute North and their bankruptcy lawyers for the return of our deposit through the Chapter 11 process. On February 24, 2023, we filed our financial claim with the US Bankruptcy Court which included our deposit plus additional claims from January 13, 2023, the contract rejection date, while we continue to work within the Chapter 11 process to recover our funds.
Miner Delivery Update
We have begun deployment to several hosting partners for March and April energization. We deployed 2,400 miners to Lancium Mining at their Texas Facility. Lancium has the latest state of the art technology in immersion mining. We are in discussions with an another hosting provider to place 5000+ miners which we expect to be hashing in the next 30-45 days, as well as in definitive agreements to place another 2000+ miners. With the deployments above, we will have successfully placed the majority of our current fleet.
Core Scientific Update
As previously disclosed by the Company, Sphere 3D filed an arbitration request against Core Scientific (“Core”) on its claim for the non-refunded portion of the Company’s advanced deposits. Core subsequently filed for restructuring under Chapter 11 on December 21, 2022, citing burdensome debt obligations as a result of rising energy prices and the decline in the price of bitcoin. Sphere 3D has engaged counsel and is vigorously pursuing every available option to recover its funds. Sphere 3D is participating on the Creditors Committee for the US Bankruptcy counsel.
Bitcoin Production and Holdings Update
In February 2023, Sphere 3D produced 35.06 Bitcoin, or 1.25 per day. Sphere 3D’s mining fleet operated at 90.6 BTC/EH efficiency. Daily production volume remained flat compared to January 2023. The reduction in uptime was due to some operational issues including a leak in a transformer, a router crash, and maintenance needed on some machines.
During February 2023, the Company employed a Hybrid strategy of liquidating during bitcoin price upswings and HODL for the remainder of its holdings. The Company liquidated 41.45 Bitcoin during the month to fund working capital and hosting deposits for our S19J Pros.
Bitcoin held by the Company represents a fair market value of approximately $0.3 million based on the Bitcoin price of $23,716 on February 28, 2023. As of February 28, 2023, the Company was operating approximately 4,330 S19j Pros miners delivering a production capacity of approximately 433 PH/s.
Bitcoin Production and Holdings
CEO Closing Remarks
“February was an exciting month as we found homes for the rest of our fleet. When fully energized we expect to increase our production to almost 1.5 EH/s. This month was pivotal for Sphere 3D, and our focus is on the execution and energization of a large portion of our miners during the next 30-45 days.”
About Sphere 3D
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is a net carbon-neutral cryptocurrency miner with decades of proven enterprise data-services expertise. The Company is growing its industrial-scale mining operation through the capital-efficient procurement of next-generation mining equipment and partnering with best-in-class data center operators. Sphere 3D is dedicated to growing shareholder value while honoring its commitment to strict environmental, social, and governance standards. For more information about the Company, please visit Sphere3D.com.
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Sphere 3D Contacts
Kurt Kalbfleisch CFO, Sphere 3D
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