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Marathon Digital Holdings Announces Bitcoin Production and Mining Operation Updates for February 2024

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Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (MARA) reported a 9% increase in energized hash rate to 28.7 EH/s and a rise in BTC holdings to 16,930 BTC, with total cash and BTC of $1.5B as of February 29, 2024. Despite operational challenges affecting bitcoin production, the company remains focused on strengthening its balance sheet and launching new tools and services for the Bitcoin ecosystem.
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The recent operational update from Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. provides significant insights into the company's financial health and operational efficiency. The increase in total cash and BTC holdings to $1.5 billion is a robust indicator of the company's liquidity and asset accumulation strategy. This financial buffer could potentially provide resilience against market volatility and facilitate strategic investments or acquisitions, particularly as the industry prepares for the next Bitcoin network halving. The sale of 290 BTC suggests a proactive treasury management approach, aiming to balance asset appreciation with operational cash flow needs.

Marathon's adoption of the FASB's new accounting standard for crypto assets, ASU 2023-08, reflects a forward-looking compliance posture and may enhance the transparency of its financial reporting, potentially affecting investor perception and stock valuation. The increase in unrestricted cash by 33% year-over-year is a positive signal for investors, indicating a solid financial position and the ability to weather operational challenges.

Marathon's operational challenges, including unplanned outages at key sites, have resulted in a reduction of the operational hash rate and a 23% decrease in Bitcoin production from the previous month. This dip, however, is contrasted by a significant year-over-year increase in bitcoin production, showcasing the company's growth trajectory. The operational hash rate issues highlight the inherent risks associated with cryptocurrency mining operations, such as reliance on physical infrastructure and the impact of maintenance or technical difficulties.

Despite these challenges, Marathon's strategic focus on launching new tools and services like Slipstream and Anduro illustrates an effort to diversify and innovate within the Bitcoin ecosystem. This could enhance the company's competitive edge and create additional revenue streams. The company's role in converting energy into economic value is central to its value proposition, especially in the context of the broader discussion on the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining.

The update on Marathon's energized hash rate increasing by 9% to 28.7 EH/s is a crucial metric for understanding the company's mining capacity and potential revenue generation from Bitcoin mining. The hash rate is a measure of the computational power per second used when mining and an increase in this rate generally correlates with a higher probability of earning Bitcoin rewards.

The operational highlights reveal a strategic emphasis on scaling operations, as evidenced by the year-over-year growth in energized hash rate and installed hash rate. However, the average operational hash rate's decline indicates that not all installed capacity is being utilized effectively, which could point to inefficiencies or ongoing maintenance issues. The share of available miner rewards and the number of blocks won are critical for assessing Marathon's performance within the competitive mining landscape and its ability to capitalize on its increased hash rate.

- Increased Energized Hash Rate 9% M/M to 28.7 EH/s

- Increased BTC Holdings to 16,930 BTC; Total Cash and BTC of $1.5B as of February 29, 2024

Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) ("Marathon" or "Company"), a leader in supporting and securing the Bitcoin ecosystem, today published unaudited bitcoin (“BTC”) production and miner installation updates for February 2024.

Management Commentary
“The operational challenges that commenced in January, continued into February and reduced our operational hash rate and our bitcoin production for the month,” said Fred Thiel, Marathon’s chairman and CEO. “The Garden City and Ellendale sites, which are operated by Applied Digital and collectively represent approximately 43% of our energized hash rate, experienced unplanned outages due to transformer and transmission line maintenance. Last week, Garden City was re-energized and Ellendale was nearly back to full strength. However, while Garden City is now fully operational, infrastructure issues at Ellendale are still being resolved as capacity at that site is being ramped up.

"Largely due to these maintenance issues, we operated at an average of 61% of our total energized capacity in February. As a result, we produced 833 bitcoin last month. Our team is actively working with our hosting providers to bring sites back to full strength and to make the necessary repairs to mitigate these issues in the future. We will continue to provide updates on our progress as they materialize. While we work through these issues, we increased our hash rate another 9% to 28.7 exahash.

"We have also continued to strengthen our balance sheet by increasing our bitcoin holdings to 16,930 BTC and bringing our combined cash and bitcoin to approximately $1.5 billion. As we look to capitalize on strategic opportunities, we have also begun launching new tools and services for those who are building the future of Bitcoin, including Slipstream and Anduro. While both are in early stages, we are confident that these innovations and others, which we expect to announce later this year, will help differentiate Marathon and add to our our position as a leader in converting energy into economic value."

Operational Highlights and Updates
Figure 1: Operational Highlights

  Year-Over-Year Comparison  Prior Month Comparison 
Metric 2/29/2024  2/28/2023  % Δ  2/29/2024  1/31/2024  % Δ 
Bitcoin Produced  833   683   22%  833   1,084   (23)%
Average Bitcoin Produced per Day  28.7   24.4   18%  28.7   35.0   (18)%
Share of available miner rewards 1  3.0%  2.5%  %  3.0%  3.5%  %
Transaction Fees as % of Total 5  5.1%  2.4%  %  5.1%  11.4%  %
Number of Blocks Won 5  110   72   53%  110   140   (21)%
Energized Hash Rate (EH/s) 2  28.7   9.5   202%  28.7   26.4   9%
 Average Operational Hash Rate (EH/s) 3  17.6   6.6   167%  17.6   19.3   (9)%
Installed Hash Rate (EH/s) 4  28.7   14.0   105%  28.7   26.9   7%

  1. Defined as the total amount of block rewards including transaction fees that Marathon earned during the period divided by the total amount of block rewards and transaction fees awarded by the Bitcoin network during the period.
  2. Defined as the amount of hash rate that could theoretically be generated if all miners that have been energized are currently in operation including miners that may be temporarily offline. Hash rates are estimates based on the manufacturers' specifications. All figures are rounded.
  3. Defined as the average hash rate that was actually generated during the month from all operational miners. All figures are estimates and are rounded.
  4. Defined as the sum of energized hash rate (see above) and hash rate that has been installed but not yet energized. Hash rates are estimates based on the manufacturers' specifications. All figures are rounded.
  5. These metrics are MaraPool only, do not include the joint ventures.

In February, Marathon increased its operating fleet by 8% to approximately 231,000 Bitcoin miners, theoretically capable of producing approximately 28.7 EH/s, after approximately 16,000 of Marathon’s Bitcoin miners (c. 2.0 EH/s) were energized. Hash rate figures are calculated according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Figure 2: Operational Details by Site

Hash Rates in EH/s Installed Hash Rate Energized Hash Rate Avg Operating Hash Rate Avg % of Energized
SiteStateHostFeb 2024 Jan 2024 Feb 2024 Jan 2024 Feb 2024 Jan 2024 Feb 2024 Jan 2024
McCameyTXUS Bitcoin7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 6.0 6.4 78% 82%
EllendaleNDApplied7.8 7.8 7.8 7.8 1.8 4.0 23% 51%
Garden CityTXApplied4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 2.6 3.8 57% 83%
GranburyTXUS Bitcoin4.2 2.8 4.2 2.8 3.4 2.2 82% 78%
JamestownNDApplied1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 97% 90%
All Other Various3.1 2.7 3.1 2.2 2.4 1.8 77% 82%
Total  28.7 26.9 28.7 26.4 17.6 19.3 61% 73%


As of February 29, the Company holds a total of 16,930 unrestricted BTC. Marathon opted to sell 290 bitcoin in February. The Company still intends to sell a portion of its bitcoin holdings in future periods to support monthly operations, manage its treasury, and for general corporate purposes.

Financial Highlights and Updates
Figure 3: Financial Highlights

  Year-Over-Year Comparison  Prior Month Comparison 
Metric 2/29/2024  2/28/2023  % Δ  2/29/2024  1/31/2024  % Δ 
Total Cash, Cash Equivalents & Restricted Cash ($, in millions) $425.6  $228.5   86% $425.6  $318.9   33%
Unrestricted Cash  425.6   219.7   94%  425.6   318.9   33%
Restricted Cash     8.8   (100)%        %
Total BTC Holdings (in whole numbers)  16,930   11,392   49%  16,930   15,741   8%
Unrestricted BTC Holdings  16,930   8,260   105%  16,930   15,741   8%
Restricted BTC Holdings     3,132   (100)%        %
Pledged BTC Holdings        %     700   (100)%


Marathon held $425.6 million in cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet at month end, all of which was unrestricted. During February, the combined balance of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and bitcoin increased from $988.7 million to $1,461.3 million at February 29, 2024. In anticipation of the next Bitcoin network halving, the Company continues to build liquidity on the balance sheet to capitalize on strategic opportunities, including industry consolidation.

The company early adopted FASB's new accounting standard for crypto assets, ASU 2023-08 as of December 31, 2023.

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Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. Before making an investment decision, you should carefully consider the risks, uncertainties and forward-looking statements described under "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, filed with the SEC on February 28, 2024. If any of these risks were to occur, our business, financial condition or results of operations would likely suffer. In that event, the value of our securities could decline, and you could lose part or all of your investment. The risks and uncertainties we describe are not the only ones facing us. Additional risks not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations. In addition, our past financial performance may not be a reliable indicator of future performance, and historical trends should not be used to anticipate results in the future. See "Forward-Looking Statements" below.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements in this press release relate to the expected timing and achievement of our growth targets, specifically relating to our anticipated hash rate and exahash growth. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “continue,” or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements include the assumptions underlying or relating to such statements. The Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect its business, results of operations and financial condition. The outcomes of the events described in these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cannot assure you that the events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, and actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made in this press release relate only to events as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made.

About Marathon Digital Holdings
Marathon is a digital asset technology company that focuses on supporting and securing the Bitcoin ecosystem. The Company is currently in the process of becoming one of the largest and most sustainably powered Bitcoin mining operations in North America.

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FAQ

What was the increase in energized hash rate reported by Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (MARA)?

Marathon Digital Holdings reported a 9% increase in energized hash rate to 28.7 EH/s.

How many BTC holdings did Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) have as of February 29, 2024?

Marathon Digital Holdings had 16,930 BTC as of February 29, 2024.

What was the total cash and BTC amount held by Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) as of February 29, 2024?

Marathon Digital Holdings had a total of $1.5 billion in cash and BTC as of February 29, 2024.

What operational challenges did Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) face in February 2024?

Marathon faced operational challenges due to unplanned outages at Garden City and Ellendale sites, resulting in reduced operational hash rate and bitcoin production for the month.

What new tools and services has Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) launched for the Bitcoin ecosystem?

Marathon Digital Holdings has launched new tools and services like Slipstream and Anduro for those building the future of Bitcoin, with more innovations expected to be announced later this year.

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Marathon Digital Holdings is focused on securing and supporting the development of the Bitcoin ecosystem by building one of the largest, most agile, and most sustainable bitcoin mining operations in the world. We’re here to help make Bitcoin more secure and more widely adopted by bringing a professional and innovative approach to securing the blockchain.