Castle Rock, CO, Feb. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Riot Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (“Riot” or “the Company”), an industry leader in Bitcoin (“BTC”) mining and data center hosting, announces unaudited production and operations updates for January 2023.
Bitcoin Production and Operations Updates for January 2023
- Riot produced 740 BTC, an increase of approximately 62% as compared to January 2022 production of 458 BTC.
- Riot held approximately 6,978 BTC as of January 31, 2023, all produced by the Company’s self-mining operations.
- Riot sold 700 BTC, generating net proceeds of approximately $13.7 million.
- Riot had a deployed fleet of 82,656 miners, with a hash rate capacity of 9.3 exahash per second (“EH/s”), as of January 31, 2023.
- Riot’s deployed fleet excludes 17,040 miners that are offline as a result of damage to Building G from the severe winter weather in late December in Texas.
“I am proud to announce that Riot’s track record with month-over-month increases in total Bitcoin production continued, with a new all-time high of 740 Bitcoin produced in January. Despite a reduction in our deployed fleet and hash rate capacity driven by recent damage to our Rockdale Facility, Riot has continued to deliver new record highs, mining more Bitcoin in January than in any month prior,” said Jason Les, CEO of Riot.
“As previously disclosed, some sections of piping in Buildings F and G were damaged during the severe winter storms in Texas in late December, impacting approximately 2.5 EH/s of our hash rate capacity. Repairs have been ongoing in both buildings, and we have successfully brought Building F back online, representing 0.6 EH/s of impacted hash rate capacity. We are thankful for our team’s progress, despite difficult weather conditions, and are evaluating several options to bring online the approximately 1.9 EH/s of hash rate capacity still affected in Building G.
“Unfortunately, as a result of this damage, our previously announced target of reaching 12.5 EH/s in total hash rate capacity in Q1 2023 is expected to be delayed. We will provide additional updates as we obtain greater clarity on the impact to our planned deployment schedule. In the meantime, the remaining infrastructure build-out at our Rockdale Facility continues to progress, with Building E now at 50% completion and on track to be fully completed this quarter, and we are continuing to execute on the expansion at our Corsicana Facility.”
Mining Deployment and Shipment Update
During the month of January, Riot received 5,130 new S19-series miners, deployed 6,912 S19-series miners, and ended the month with approximately 1,152 miners staged for deployment. Upon deployment of the staged miners, the Company expects to have a total of 83,808 miners deployed (which excludes 17,040 miners currently offline in Building G) with a hash rate capacity of approximately 9.4 EH/s.
The receipt of January’s miner shipment concludes all of Riot’s miner purchase agreements with Bitmain Technologies Ltd. The Company is currently evaluating options for utilizing planned capacity at its Corsicana facility for further hash rate growth.
Last month, Riot announced that Building D, one of the Company’s air-cooled buildings, had reached completion with miners deployed. Along with the completion of Building D, external water systems continue development to enhance the building’s evaporative cooling system. Riot’s construction and engineering teams continue to work on Building E, with the installation of external wall louvers, interior water frames, and electrical testing.
Estimated Hash Rate Growth
Due to the ongoing impact of damage incurred to Buildings F and G during the severe winter storms in Texas in late December, Riot currently anticipates a delay to our previously stated goal of achieving a total self-mining hash rate capacity of 12.5 EH/s in Q1 2023, which assumed full deployment of approximately 113,520 Antminer ASICs. The Company is evaluating its repair options and will provide additional information on deployment timelines as it becomes available.
Riot is currently recruiting for positions across the Company. Join our team in building, expanding, and securing the Bitcoin network. Open positions are available at: https://riotplatforms.com/careers.
About Riot Platforms, Inc.
Riot’s (NASDAQ: RIOT) vision is to be the world’s leading Bitcoin-driven infrastructure platform.
Our mission is to positively impact the sectors, networks and communities that we touch. We believe that the combination of an innovative spirit and strong community partnership allows the Company to achieve best-in-class execution and create successful outcomes.
Riot is a Bitcoin mining and digital infrastructure company focused on a vertically integrated strategy. The Company has Bitcoin mining data center operations in central Texas, Bitcoin mining operations in central Texas, and electrical switchgear engineering and fabrication operations in Denver, Colorado.
For more information, visit www.riotplatforms.com.
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