Citadel Digital to reduce principal debt by $18 million

Stronghold Digital Mining disclosed its intention to retire $17.9 million in principal debt by converting the notes into equity.

According to an SEC filing, Stronghold will terminate $17.9 million of modified notes in exchange for Class C preferred shares with a combined face value of $23.1 million. The face value of a stock is the minimum amount that a shareholder must pay, as specified in the company’s charter. New holders of the Class C shares will have the option to convert them to Class A common stock. The company expects to issue a maximum of 57.8 million Class A shares.

Stronghold positions itself through debt reduction and power sales

according to this Admission, the debt-to-equity conversion will reduce Stronghold’s original debt from $82 million to roughly $55 million. The mining firm has set a deadline of February 20, 2023, to complete the transaction, pending shareholder and Nasdaq approvals.

“Following the closing of the exchange agreement, which is currently expected to occur in February 2023, the company expects to have less than $55 million in total principal amount of debt outstanding,” said Greg Beard, Stronghold CEO.

According to its Q3 2022 earnings call, the miner returned 26,000 Bitcoin Mining computers for New York Digital Currency Group (NYDIG) and BankProv. The move eliminated $68 million of the original loan. In October 2022, it enhanced its balance sheet by securing equipment financing with lower monthly repayments.

As part of a hosting agreement with The Foundry, the world’s largest bitcoin mining pool, Stronghold shares 50% of the bitcoin mines, lowering energy costs. Citadel also sells electricity to the grid when doing so makes more economic sense than mining bitcoin.

Mining difficulty reduced as more machines stall

Stronghold’s debt reduction strengthens its balance sheet as other debt-laden miners struggle to keep the lights on.

mining difficulty fell 3.6% Some miners took their equipment offline over the past two weeks.

The bitcoin algorithm adjusts the difficulty based on the average time it takes to guess the correct hash of a transaction block header from the past 2016. This reduces the difficulty when fewer machines compete to guess the correct hash. Conversely, the difficulty increases as more machines jockey for the correct answer.

a minor feeds a no variable into a hashing Work to make the output less than a specific target value. When fewer miners are online, the algorithm increases the target value, making it easier to generate less output.

A bitcoin miner proves that he has done a certain amount of work to guess the correct nonce and is then rewarded with bitcoins. The number of guesses it makes per second is measured by a metric called hashrate.

Some bitcoin mining companies have offloaded the hash rate to cut down on debt repayments.

New York-based hosting company Greenidge recently offloaded 2.8 accesses per second (EH/s) of hashrate to NYDIG, while Stronghold returned with consent 2.5 EH/s capacity for NYDIG in Q2 2022. Sydney-based Iris Energy Said It will spin off 3.6 EH/s from the two business operations after failing to generate sufficient cash flow.

Additionally, other notable companies have had to sell mined bitcoin to help with their monthly cash flow.

Bitfarms sold 3,000 BTC in June 2022 to repay a $100 million loan from Galaxy Digital. Its CEO Emiliano Grodzki resigned from his post in December 2022. Core Scientific, a public mining company highest debt burden, sold Over 7,000 BTC in Q2 2022. Austin, Texas, recent firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy,

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