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Friday 15 February, 2019

Argo Blockchain PLC

Strategy Update

RNS Number : 0835Q
Argo Blockchain PLC
15 February 2019
 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

15th February 2019

 

Argo Blockchain PLC

('Argo' or 'the Company')

 

Strategy update

 

Argo, a UK-based provider of cryptocurrency mining services (LSE:ARB), announces a refocus of its business strategy in light of the continuing difficult trading conditions in the cryptocurrency market as digital currencies face severe price pressure and volatility.

As a result of the challenging conditions, the Company has ceased accepting new mining subscriptions and will terminate all existing mining-as-a-service (MaaS) contracts by 1st April 2019.

This shift in strategy follows more than six months of better-than-expected growth achieved by Argo's consumer business since its launch in the summer of last year. Despite continuing demand for the services, the Company is temporarily moving away from MaaS to mining directly for its own account.  Existing customers will be informed shortly of their service termination.

As part of the restructuring, the company is implementing significant cost-cutting which is expected to lower its mining cost base, including ongoing expenses, by 35%.

The redeployment of the mining infrastructure and capital is expected to be profitable following a material reduction in input costs achieved from suppliers.

The restructuring measures and strategy refocus are expected to reduce the overall cash burn and deliver EBITDA break-even in the second half of 2019. As of February 14th, the Company's net cash balance amounted to approximately £15m. 

Mike Edwards, co-founder and director of Argo, said: "We are being proactive and strategic in light of the tough industry market conditions by taking swift action to cut costs and refocus our strategy."

"While it is disappointing to make this shift after delivering better-than-expected growth during our first six months as a consumer business, we need to be prudent and act decisively in order to ride out the downturn and be in a strong position when industry fundamentals improve."

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Argo Blockchain

 

Mike Edwards

President & Executive Director

Neil Thapar

Financial Communications Advisor

via Tancredi +44 203 434 2334

 

 

 

+44 (0) 7876 455323

Mirabaud

Corporate Broker

 

 

Peter Krens

 


+44 203 167 7221

Tancredi Intelligent Communication

Media Relations

 

 

Salamander Davoudi

[email protected]

 

Georgia Hanias

[email protected]

                                                                                          +44 7957 549 906

 

 

+44 7812 211 403

 

 

 

 

About Argo:

Argo Blockchain plc is a global data centre management business that provides a flexible platform for the mining of leading cryptocurrencies. Argo is headquartered in London, UK and operates state-of-the art data centres in Quebec, Canada. The Company's shares are listed on the main market of London Stock Exchange under the ticker: ARB.


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