Core Scientific, one of the largest cryptocurrency miners in the U.S., has reportedly announced plans to get listed on the Nasdaq exchange in a deal that values the 4-year-old company at $4.3 billion. The latest indicates that the country’s growing importance as a bitcoin mining hub will only grow as China, the long-time market leader, continues to crack down on the crypto space.
As per the deal, which is still pending approval by the shareholder, Core Scientific will merge with SPAC (special power acquisition company) Power & Digital Infrastructure and get around $345 million to invest in more equipment and infrastructure.
The Washington-based firm, which also provides blockchain hosting and hardware, said it expected total revenue of around $493 million and adjusted income of $203 million this year, with $1.1 billion in revenue and over $600 million in earnings in 2022.
In the first half of the year, Core Scientific mined 1,683 bitcoins, worth approximately $53 million, from facilities in Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Additionally, a fourth warehouse is under development in North Dakota. Current shareholders are expected to keep all of their existing equity in the combined business, which amounts to around 89%.
As per the sources, another cryptocurrency miner, Argo Blockchain, which already trades in the London Stock Exchange, announced that it intends to start selling in the U.S., stating that it has filed a confidential prospect with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The United States has recently emerged to become the world’s 2nd largest bitcoin mining center. As per the Cambridge University data, the United States accounts for roughly 17% of all bitcoin mining worldwide, approximately three times its share compared to last year. Meanwhile, China’s market share has dropped to 45 percent from an all-time high of 80 percent.
That number is only expected to decrease as more regions announce broad intentions to restrict crypto mining for reducing environmental dangers. Last week, China’s Anhui region became the latest to ban the practice to alleviate anticipated power shortages.
Source Credit – https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanponciano/2021/07/21/bitcoin-miner-core-scientific-to-go-public-at-4-billion-valuation-as-us-crypto-mining-gains-steam-on-china-crackdown/?sh=e614c90599f2