Crypto CurrenciesBIT Mining Limited Announces Unaudited Financial Results

PRNewswire PRNewswireAugust 18, 202139 min

BIT Mining Limited (NYSE: BTCM) (“BIT Mining,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our company”), a leading cryptocurrency mining enterprise, today reported its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Cryptocurrency Business Progress

BIT Mining has completed the transition of its business to an enterprise that covers cryptocurrency mining, data center operation and mining pool.

The Company has commenced ethereum mining operations outside of mainland China, with a theoretical maximum total hash rate capacity of 600 GH/s deployed as of today. Based on the entire ethereum hash rate and ethereum price[1] of US$3,309 as of today, we currently produce approximately 13 ethereum per day, which are worth approximately US$43,017 in aggregate. The direct monthly costs of our ethereum mining operations are lower than 10% of the  monthly revenue we recognized from ethereum mining operations, based on today’s ethereum price. Ethereum mining machines with a total hash rate capacity of 4,800 GH/s are expected to be deployed by the end of October 2021.

As of today, the theoretical maximum total hash rate capacity of bitcoin mining machines of the Company is approximately 1,425.3 PH/s. The Company has adopted a development strategy to focus on expanding its cryptocurrency mining operations globally. As of today, we have delivered 7,849 bitcoin mining machines with a total hash rate capacity of 292.7 PH/s to Kazakhstan, of which 3,293 bitcoin mining machines, with a total hash rate capacity of 121.0 PH/s, have been deployed at data centers in Kazakhstan and 4,556 bitcoin mining machines are waiting to be deployed. For the second quarter of 2021, we produced 186 bitcoins from cryptocurrency mining business, and recognized revenue of approximately US$9.5 million, representing approximately 2.1% of the Company’s total net revenues.

In terms of data center business, the Company has announced that it has entered into several term sheets to invest in cryptocurrency mining data centers globally, in May and June 2021. On June 21, 2021, we announced that two big data centers have suspended their operations according to the written notice from State Grid Sichuan Ganzi Electric Power Co., Ltd.. Data centers in Sichuan recognized revenue of approximately US$11.4 million, representing approximately 2.6% of the Company’s total net revenues for the second quarter of 2021. We are now in the process of constructing one of our new data centers outside of mainland China, which is expected to begin operation late in the third quarter of 2021. In the meantime, the Company is proactively seeking additional high-quality mining resources to better execute its global development strategy.

On April 15, 2021, we completed our acquisition of the entire mining pool business of Bitdeer Technologies Holding Company operated under BTC.com, including the domain name BTC.com and the cryptocurrency wallet of BTC.com. As a leading multi-currency comprehensive service mining pool, the total hash rate capacity of BTC.com accounts for about 10% of the entire bitcoin hash rate and the actual hash rate has remained fairly stable so far. From April 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021, the mining pool business recognized (i) revenue of approximately US$422.8 million, representing approximately 95.0% of the Company’s total net revenues for the second quarter of 2021, and (ii) cost of revenue of approximately US$414.4 million, exclusive of depreciation and amortization.

Removal of VIE Structure and Disposal of Chinese Lottery Business

We have previously conducted our lottery business in China through a series of contractual arrangements with the lottery business related VIEs. In July 2021, the Company announced its decision to dispose of its Chinese lottery related business and the Company terminated all of its lottery business related VIE contracts. The lottery business-related VIE subsidiaries will be deconsolidated and their financial results will no longer be included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements in the third quarter of this year as a result of eliminating the VIE structure.

[1] The Ethereum price is based on the price on August 17, 2021, at UTC 0:00, published on https://coinmarket.com.

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net revenues were RMB2,873.9 million (US$445.1 million) in the second quarter of 2021, representing a sharp increase of RMB2,854.3 million from RMB19.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, and a sharp increase of RMB2,870.3 million from RMB3.6 million for the second quarter of 2020. Net revenues during the second quarter of 2021 primarily consisted of RMB2,729.9 million (US$422.8 million) in revenue contribution from our mining pool business that we consolidated from April 15, 2021, which accounted for 95.0% of total net revenues.
  • Operating loss was RMB101.3 million (US$15.7 million) in the second quarter of 2021, representing an increase of RMB84.8 million from RMB16.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, and an increase of RMB49.0 million from RMB52.3 million for the second quarter of 2020. The increase of operating loss is mainly due to the impairment of cryptocurrencies and net loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies.
  • Non-GAAP operating income[2] was RMB6.4 million (US$1.0 million) in the second quarter of 2021, as compared with non-GAAP operating loss of RMB16.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, and non-GAAP operating loss of RMB33.7 million for the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss attributable to BIT Mining was RMB97.9 million (US$15.2 million) in the second quarter of 2021, as compared with net income attributable to BIT Mining of RMB13.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, and net loss attributable to BIT Mining of RMB86.3 million for the second quarter of 2020.
  • Non-GAAP net income[2] attributable to BIT Mining was RMB9.8 million (US$1.5 million) in the second quarter of 2021, as compared with non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of RMB22.8 million for the first quarter of 2021, and non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of RMB34.0 million for the second quarter of 2020.
  • Basic and diluted loss per ADS attributable to BIT Mining Limited for the second quarter of 2021 were RMB1.64 (US$0.25).
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS attributable to BIT Mining Limited for the second quarter of 2021 were RMB0.16 (US$0.03).

[2] Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of share-based compensation expenses, impairment of long-term investments, impairment of cryptocurrencies, net loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies, changes in fair value of derivative instrument, gain on previously-held equity interest and deferred tax benefit relating to valuation allowance. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to U.S. GAAP financial measures are set forth in the table at the end of this release.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net Revenues

Net revenues were RMB2,873.9 million (US$445.1 million) for the second quarter of 2021, representing a sharp increase of RMB2,870.3 million from RMB3.6 million for the second quarter of 2020 and a sharp increase of RMB2,854.3 million from RMB19.6 million for the first quarter of 2021. Net revenues were mainly comprised of the revenues from the mining pool business of RMB2,729.9 million (US$422.8 million), the data center business of RMB73.8 million (US$11.4 million) and cryptocurrency mining business of RMB61.6 million (US$9.5 million). The year-over-year and sequential increase were mainly attributable to our mining pool business that we consolidated from April 15, 2021.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Operating costs and expenses were RMB2,866.1 million (US$443.9 million) for the second quarter of 2021, representing an increase of RMB2,811.0 million from RMB55.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of RMB2,829.8 million from RMB36.3 million for the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to a significant increase of RMB2,675.9 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of RMB55.3 million in service expense associated with data center business, which were partially offset by a decrease of RMB18.3 million in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options granted to the Company’s directors and employees. The sequential increase was mainly due to a significant increase of RMB2,675.9 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of RMB55.3 million in service expense associated with data center business.

Cost of revenue was RMB2,810.5 million (US$435.3 million) for the second quarter of 2021, representing an increase of RMB2,805.9 million from RMB4.6 million for the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of RMB2,802.0 million from RMB8.5 million for the first quarter of 2021. Cost of revenue was comprised of the direct cost of revenue of RMB2,767.2 million (US$428.6 million) and depreciation and amortization of RMB43.3 million (US$6.7 million). The direct cost of revenue mainly included direct costs relating to (i) the mining pool business of RMB2,675.9 million (US$414.4 million), (ii) the data center business of RMB59.2 million (US$9.2 million) and (iii) the cryptocurrency mining of RMB28.5 million (US$4.4 million).The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to a significant increase of RMB2,675.9 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of RMB55.3 million in service expense associated with data center business. The sequential increase was mainly due to a significant increase of RMB2,675.9 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of RMB55.3 million in service expense associated with data center business.

Sales and marketing expenses were RMB3.4 million (US$0.5 million) for the second quarter of 2021, representing a decrease of RMB1.6 million or 32.0% from RMB5.0 million for the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of RMB0.9 million or 36.0% from RMB2.5 million for the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a decrease of RMB2.0 million in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options granted to the Company’s directors and employees and a decrease of RMB0.4 million in expenses for employees, which were partially offset by an increase of RMB1.4 million in marketing and promotion expense.

General and administrative expenses were RMB45.9 million (US$7.1 million) for the second quarter of 2021, representing an increase of RMB10.5 million or 29.7% from RMB35.4 million for the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of RMB23.3 million or 103.1% from RMB22.6 million for the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to an increase of RMB17.3 million in consulting expenses, an increase of RMB5.7 million in expenses for employees mainly due to consolidations of Loto Interactive and the mining pool business and an increase of RMB1.4 million in transaction expense associated with mining pool business, which were partially offset by a decrease of RMB12.1 million in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options granted to the Company’s directors and employees and a decrease of RMB4.5 million depreciation mainly associated with leasehold improvements for the partial termination of our office lease in Shenzhen. The sequential increase was mainly due to an increase of RMB10.0 million in consulting expenses, an increase of RMB7.1 million in expenses for employees mainly due to consolidations of Loto Interactive and the mining pool business, an increase of RMB1.5 million in rental expense associated with Loto Interactive office rent and an increase of RMB1.3 million in transaction expense associated with mining pool business.

Service development expenses were RMB6.4 million (US$1.0 million) for the second quarter of 2021, representing a decrease of RMB3.7 million or 36.6% from RMB10.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of RMB3.7 million or 137% from RMB2.7 million for the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a decrease of RMB4.2 million in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options granted to the Company’s directors and employees which were partially offset by an increase of RMB1.0 million in expenses for employees mainly due to consolidations of Loto Interactive and the mining pool business. The sequential increase was mainly due to an increase of RMB2.8 million in expenses for employees mainly due to consolidations of Loto Interactive and the mining pool business.

Net Loss on Disposal of Cryptocurrencies

Net loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies was RMB 55.6 million (US$8.6 million) for the second quarter of 2021, related to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies by using FIFO to calculate the cost of disposition during the second quarter of 2021. There was no such net loss for the second quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

Impairment of Cryptocurrencies

Impairment of cryptocurrencies was RMB57.3 million (US$8.9 million) for the second quarter of 2021, mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrency assets including the cryptocurrencies payable to pool participants related to mining pool business during the second quarter of 2021. There was no such impairment for the second quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

Operating Loss

Operating loss was RMB101.3 million (US$15.7 million) for the second quarter of 2021, compared with operating loss of RMB52.3 million for the second quarter of 2020, and operating loss of RMB16.5 million for the first quarter of 2021. Both the year-over-year increase and the sequential increase of operating loss were mainly due to (i) an increase in revenue and an increase in operating costs and expenses which were mainly attributable to the cryptocurrency mining business initiated at the end of February 2021, data center business consolidated from March 31, 2021 and the mining pool business consolidated from April 15, 2021 as described above; (ii) a provision of RMB57.3 million for impairment of cryptocurrencies mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies during the second quarter of 2021; (iii) the net loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies of RMB55.6 million mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies during the second quarter of 2021, by using FIFO to calculate the cost of disposition.

Non-GAAP operating income was RMB6.4 million (US$1.0 million) for the second quarter of 2021, compared with non-GAAP operating loss of RMB33.7 million for the second quarter of 2020, and non-GAAP operating loss of RMB16.2 million for the first quarter of 2020. The turning of non-GAAP operating loss to non-GAAP operating income on both year-over-year and sequential bases were mainly attributable to the cryptocurrency mining business initiated at the end of February 2021, data center business consolidated from March 31, 2021 and the mining pool business consolidated from April 15, 2021 as described above.

Net (Loss) Income Attributable to BIT Mining

Net loss attributable to BIT Mining was RMB97.9 million (US$15.2 million) for the second quarter of 2021, compared with net loss attributable to BIT Mining of RMB86.3 million for the second quarter of 2020, and net income attributable to BIT Mining of RMB13.2 million for the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase in net loss attributable to BIT Mining was mainly due to (i) an increase of RMB2,870.3 million in revenue and an increase of RMB2,811.0 million in operating costs and expense which was mainly attributable to the cryptocurrency mining business initiated at the end of February 2021, data center business consolidated from March 31, 2021 and the mining pool business consolidated from April 15, 2021 as described above; (ii) a provision of RMB57.3 million for impairment of cryptocurrencies mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies during the second quarter of 2021; (iii) the net loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies of RMB55.6 million mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies during the second quarter of 2021, by using FIFO to calculate the cost of disposition; and (iv) a provision of RMB33.7 million for impairment of Loto Interactive as an equity method long-term investment for the second quarter of 2020; there was no such impairment for the second quarter of 2021. The sequential increase in net loss attributable to BIT Mining was mainly due to (i) an increase of RMB2,854.3 million in revenue and an increase of RMB2,829.8 million in operating costs and  expense which was mainly attributable to the cryptocurrency mining business initiated at the end of February 2021, data center business consolidated from March 31, 2021 and the mining pool business consolidated from April 15, 2021 as described above; (ii) a provision of RMB57.3 million for impairment of cryptocurrencies mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies during the second quarter of 2021; (iii) the net loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies of RMB55.6 million mainly due to the decreasing market prices for cryptocurrencies during the second quarter of 2021, by using FIFO to calculate the cost of disposition; (iv) a gain of RMB36.1 million on previously-held equity interest in Loto Interactive as a result of re-measurement of the previously-held equity interest in Loto Interactive as of the acquisition date fair value on March 31, 2021; there was no such gain for the second quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to BIT Mining was RMB9.8 million (US$1.5 million) for the second quarter of 2021, compared with non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of RMB34.0 million for the second quarter of 2020, and non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of RMB22.8 million for the first quarter of 2021. The turning of non-GAAP operating loss to non-GAAP operating income on both year-over-year and sequential bases were mainly attributable to the cryptocurrency mining business initiated at the end of February 2021, data center business consolidated from March 31, 2021 and the mining pool business consolidated from April 15, 2021 as described above.

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of RMB65.4 million (US$10.1 million) and restricted cash[3] of RMB284.7 million (US$44.1 million), compared with cash and cash equivalents of RMB173.4 million and restricted cash of RMB309.8 million as of March 31, 2021.

Cryptocurrency Assets

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had cryptocurrency assets of RMB410.8 million (US$63.6 million), the equivalent of 1,147 bitcoins, 1,083 ethereum, 61.4 million dogecoins and various other cryptocurrency assets, including those of the mining pool business that was consolidated from April 15, 2021 and those generated from the cryptocurrency mining business initiated at the end of February 2021.

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