Sphere 3D Corp. Provides Bitcoin Production and Mining Updates for October 2022
Restructured Purchase Agreement with BitFuFu
Production for the month totaled 10.93 Bitcoin
Total Bitcoin holdings were 84.92 at month end
Operations achieved 114.42 BTC/EH efficiency
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 10, 2022) - 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 ending October 31, 2022.
"During October, Sphere 3D made enormous strides in positioning the Company to fully capitalize on the recovery and growth of the Bitcoin market. Most notably, the restructuring of the BitFuFu contract was a significant step forward for Sphere 3D. We now have the ability to explore the latest miner technology and the financial flexibility to capitalize on opportunities to generate value for our shareholders.
"We continue to work with our partners to install the thousands of miners Sphere 3D has landed in recent months and are working with energy providers and contractors to energize them. In the coming months, as more than 17,000 miners come online, Sphere 3D's production will increase dramatically."
Miner Deliveries and Petahash Capacity
Our discussions with BitFuFu to renegotiate our September 21, 2021, contract were successful. Under a new agreement reached in October, BitFuFu will apply the remaining portion of Sphere 3D's deposit toward the delivery of approximately 1.2 EH/s of S19j Pros during 2022. The new agreement relieves Sphere 3D from the obligation to purchase 3.9 EH/s of capacity at above-market rates. It also eliminates substantial penalties due to BitFuFu from Sphere 3D because of the contract changes.
Sphere 3D continues to work with hosting partners to activate 4,026 miners landed in previous months. Their deployment will increase the Company's production capacity by more than 400 percent compared to October 2022 production capacity levels. Post-activation production capacity is expected to total approximately 500 PH/s. The miners were delivered to Compute North's Grandbury, Texas facility. As a result of Compute North's bankruptcy, Sphere 3D is now working directly with the new owner and operator of the facility to get the Company's miners energized and producing as soon as possible.
Bitcoin Production and Holdings Update
In October 2022, Sphere 3D produced 10.93 Bitcoin, or 0.35 per day. Sphere 3D's mining fleet operated at 114.42 BTC/EH efficiency and averaged approximately 96 percent uptime during the month. The equivalent approximate value of the Company's October 2022 production, based on a Bitcoin price of $20,486 on October 31, 2022, totaled $223,912.
Daily production volume dropped about one percent compared to September 2022, driven by two upward difficulty adjustments; the first on October 10, 2022, jumping 13.55%, the largest retarget of 2022, followed by a second upward retarget on October 23, 2022, of 3.44%, bringing mining difficulty to a new all-time high.
Since the Company began its mining operations during the first quarter of 2022, it has produced 102.8 Bitcoin and held 84.92 Bitcoin on October 31, 2022. Bitcoin held by the Company represents a fair market value of about $1.74 million based on the Bitcoin price of $20,486 on October 31, 2022. As of October 31, 2022, the Company was operating approximately 1,000 S19j Pros miners delivering a production capacity of approximately 100 PH/s.
The Company continues to employ a HODL strategy for the majority of its holdings. The Company used approximately 4.1 Bitcoin during the month to fund working capital.
CEO Closing Remarks
"In October, we took meaningful steps toward positioning the Company for long-term success. This includes restructuring certain agreements with providers and advisors, such as the BitFuFu agreement, and eliminating financial obligations that are not core to our mining operations. We will continue to maximize the value the Company can generate for investors going forward by reducing expenses not core to the Company's strategies.
"We continue to maximize the efficiency of our operation, clean up our balance sheet, and stabilize earnings in preparation for the full deployment of our mining fleet. We are nearing the completion of several strategic initiatives that have been underway, and the tireless work of our team is starting to show meaningful results.
"As a fellow shareholder, I look forward to advancing these initiatives in the fourth quarter. Thank you for your continued support," said Patricia Trompeter, CEO of Sphere 3D.
Bitcoin Production and Holdings
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Annual General Meeting
Sphere 3D's Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held virtually on December 20, 2022. Meeting materials will be available for review on November 18, 2022, at docs.tsxtrust.com/2040 and under the Company's SEDAR and EDGAR profile at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively, and sent to Shareholders of record as of November 8, 2022, on or about November 18, 2022.
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 rapidly 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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