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Crypto Miner Argo Blockchain Raises $7.5M in Share Sale

source-logo  coindesk.com  + 1 more 19 July 2023 09:49, UTC

Cryptocurrency miner Argo Blockchain (ARB) has raised 5.7 million British pounds ($7.5 million) through the sale of new shares.

The sale comprised a private placing that raised 5.134 million pounds and a public sale that raised 616,000 pounds, the London Stock Exchange-traded company said Wednesday. The funds will be used to reduce the company's outstanding debt.

The number of shares sold represent about 12% of the company's pre-sale market cap, and were priced a discount of around 14% to the 30-day volume weighted average price (VWAP) of Argo stock.

In April, the London-based company reported a full-year net loss of 194.2 million pounds compared with net income of 30.8 million pounds the year before, reflecting the sharp drop in the value of bitcoin (BTC) during the previous 12 months, as mining firms across the industry struggled to stay afloat.

Argo avoided the fate of bankruptcy that befell some of its peers by agreeing to sell its Helios mining facility in Dickens Country, Texas, to Galaxy Digital for $65 million. It also agreed a $35 million loan from Michael Novogratz’s crypto-focused financial-services firm to secure by its mining equipment.

ARB shares are down nearly 20% at 10.96 pence at the time of writing.

Read More: Next Bitcoin Halving Event Could Be a Stress Test for Miners: JPMorgan


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