Vancouver, Canada – HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (TSX.V:HIVE) (OTCQX:HVBTF) (FSE:-HBF) (the “Company” or “HIVE”) is excited to announce that it has made a further step towards its updated 2021 ASIC capacity goal of 2,000 Petahash per second (PH/s) with the purchase of 3,000 next generation miners with an aggregate operating hash power of 90 PH/s, taking our total future capacity to 1,763 PH/s.
With the addition of these 3,000 next generation miners, HIVE’s aggregate operating hash rate from Bitcoin mining will increase to an estimated 1.763 Exahash per second (EH/s) or 1,763 PH/s by the end of 2021.
This new equipment is expected to be received and in operation in the next 60 days, delivered in 2 tranches, with 500 miners in March, and 2,500 miners in April 2021.
We remind our shareholders that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact logistics and the supply of miners from Asia. Today’s announcement is part of our continuing strategy to increase our bitcoin mining capacity. HIVE intends to continue utilizing cash flow to make opportunistic investments in ASIC and GPU next generation mining equipment that can provide positive gross mining margins.
Option and RSU Grant
The Company announced that the Board of Directors has approved the grant of 1,000,000 incentive stock options to a director of the Company which vest over 24 months. The options are exercisable into the equivalent amount of common shares of the Company at a price of C$5.00 per share until February 23, 2031. The Company’s Board has also approved the grant of 200,000 restricted share units (“RSUs”) to a director of the Company which vest over 24 months. Each vested RSU entitles the holder to receive one common share of the Company. The grant of options and RSUs are subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Cash and coin assets are approximately US $65 million.
About HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. is a growth oriented, TSX.V-listed company building a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. HIVE owns state-of-the-art green energy-powered data centre facilities in Canada, Sweden, and Iceland which produce newly minted digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum continuously on the cloud. Our deployments provide shareholders with exposure to the operating margins of digital currency mining as well as a portfolio of crypto-coins.
On Behalf of HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
Interim Executive Chairman
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Except for the statements of historical fact, this news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. “Forward-looking information” in this news release includes information about the purchase of 3,000 next generation miners, including the expected delivery, operation and increase in operating hash rate from Bitcoin mining; the achievement of an aggregate operating hash power of 2,000 PH/s by the end of calendar 2021; the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on logistics and the supply of miners from Asia; the continued utilization of cash flow to make opportunistic investments in next generation mining equipment that can provide positive gross mining margins; potential further improvements to profitability and efficiency across mining operations, potential for the Company’s long-term growth, and the business goals and objectives of the Company.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, the newly purchased 3,000 next generation miners may not be delivered or operation in the timeframe currently anticipated, or may not have a positive impact on the Company’s profitability; the Company may not achieve an aggregate operating hash power of 2,000 PH/s in the timeframe currently anticipated, or at all; continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s performance as supply chains are disrupted and prevent the Company from operating its assets; a decrease in cryptocurrency pricing, volume of transaction activity or generally, the profitability of cryptocurrency mining; further improvements to profitability and efficiency may not be realized; the digital currency market; the Company’s ability to successfully mine digital currency; the Company may not be able to profitably liquidate its current digital currency inventory, or at all; a decline in digital currency prices may have a significant negative impact on the Company’s operations; the volatility of digital currency prices; and other related risks as more fully set out in the Filing Statement of the Company and other documents disclosed under the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking information in this news release reflects the current expectations, assumptions and/or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. In connection with the forward-looking information contained in this news release, the Company has made assumptions about the current profitability in mining cryptocurrency (including pricing and volume of current transaction activity); profitable use of the Company’s assets going forward; the Company’s ability to profitably liquidate its digital currency inventory as required; historical prices of digital currencies and the ability of the Company to mine digital currencies will be consistent with historical prices; and there will be no regulation or law that will prevent the Company from operating its business. The Company has also assumed that no significant events occur outside of the Company's normal course of business. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking information are reasonable, forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such information due to the inherent uncertainty therein