Hive Digital says BTC miners bought last Dec. have already paid themselves off


Bitcoin (BTC) miner Hive Digital Technologies says the move to acquire a fleet of Bitmain mining rigs in 2022 has already paid for itself, largely due to a significant increase in the price of BTC. 

In a Dec. 8 statement, Hive Digital wrote that it had been acquiring mining rigs since the collapse of FTX, a decision it believes will put it in a favorable position for the upcoming Bitcoin halving, currently slated for April 2024.

Hive purchased 3,750 Bitmain S19J rigs on Dec. 22, 2022, with president and chief operating officer Aydin Kilic saying the team had also updated its software stack to accommodate the new rigs.

S19J mining rigs were the top-of-the-line ASIC rigs in 2022 but have since been succeeded by the S19Ks, which boast a lower energy consumption rating than their predecessors.

“Since the collapse of FTX in November 2022, which marked Bitcoin heading into a year-long bear market, HIVE has used the opportunity to acquire new generation ASICs at attractive $/TH prices.”

Overall, since the collapse of FTX,  Hive Digital has purchased 29,000 ASICs, with two separate acquisitions of 9,800 Bitmain S19k Pro mining rigs announced on Nov. 14 and Dec. 4.

“The approximately 29,000 ASICs were purchased at an average price of approximately $13.70/TH,” wrote Hive Digital, describing the acquisition price as attractive, considering the rigs have an average output of 26 joules per terahash (J/TH).

Hive Digital said the recent acquisitions of mining rigs have seen its global fleet efficiency rise to 28.9 J/TH with an expected operating hash rate of 4.8 exahashes per second by the end of December 2023.

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Additionally, Hive reported that it had produced 276.3 Bitcoin in November 2023 from ASICs and GPUs, representing an average of 66.7 Bitcoin per exahash.

Since Jan. 1, Bitcoin has grown more than 160%, resulting in a boon for miners, many of which struggled through a particularly difficult crypto winter spanning from the end of 2021 and running through all of 2022.

Bitcoin is currently changing hands for $43,400, up 9.8% in the last seven days, according to Cointelegraph price data.

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