Greenidge Q4 Revenue Rises Even as the Number of Coins Mined Falls

Bitcoin miner Greenidge Generation said fourth-quarter preliminary revenue rose 23% from the third-quarter even as the number of bitcoins produced fell 16%.

  • Greenidge said in a statement that fourth-quarter revenue rose to about $44 million compared with the third-quarter’s $35.8 million.
  • The Dresden, NY-based miner also said its hashrate climbed 17% to 1.4 exahash per second (EH/s) as of Dec. 31.
  • While Greenidge mined about 609 bitcoins in the quarter, a drop of 16%, the price of bitcoin touched a record high near $69,000 during the period.
  • Fourth-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization is expected to be $18 million to $20 million, the company said. That’s lower than the third quarter’s $21.2 million.
  • The miner said it had $85 million in cash and short-term investments, of which only $2 million was in cryptocurrency holdings, implying it potentially monetized most of the coins it mined, a practice that was mentioned in its recent prospectus filing.
  • Greenidge has been recently in the middle of energy debate, as Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned its energy consumption and the environmental effect of its operations.
  • The stock has fallen about 27% this year, sliding along with other crypto miners as bitcoin prices experienced a sharp sell-off from November’s highs. Greenidge shares are down about 6% on early trading on Wednesday.

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