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Iris Energy mining rigs set to go offline following $108M loan default

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Iris Energy mining rigs set to go offline following $108M loan default

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Slumping Bitcoin prices, paired with record-high hash rates and increasing energy prices, have caught up with Bitcoin miner Iris Energy. 

The Australia-based mining firm is set to take a significant chunk of its mining rigs offline following a loan default of $107.8 million. The Bitcoin mined from the rigs in question was used to service the said debt. 

Inefficient mining rigs taken down

According to the firm’s filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, these rigs could not provide sufficient cash flow to cover the debt obligation. A gross profit of $2 million was being generated against the $7 million that was needed to cover the debt. 

Iris Energy told the SEC that as of 20 November, its mining capacity was 2.4 EH/s (exahashes per second), down almost 3.6 EH/s since 4 November. The current mining capacity comprises approximately 1.1 EH/s miners in operation and approximately 1.3 EH/s miners in transit and/or pending deployment.

The mining firm has indicated that it will not be able to repay its debt with its current financial position. To that end, the inefficient rigs will be taken down. 

Iris Energy makes second loan default in a month

This is not the first time that Iris Energy has defaulted on its loans this November. The mining firm was first served with a default notice for a $103 million loan from Bitmain Technologies. According to a previous filing with the SEC , the creditor alleged that Iris Energy failed to cooperate with restructuring efforts. This loan was taken out in order to purchase mining equipment.

Iris Energy’s share price has gone down almost 18% in the last 24 hours. This worrisome figure is only dwarfed by the stock’s performance over the past five days – Down by 43.22%.

Trouble all around for crypto-miners

Crypto-miners around the world have been caught in the crosshairs of the bear market and a string of bankruptcies in the crypto-market that have severely affected prices. 

Colorado-based Bitcoin mining company Riot Blockchain Inc. revealed disappointing numbers during its Q3 earnings call. The firm’s revenue tanked by over 17%. London-based Argo Blockchain is also caught in a liquidity crunch, despite a recent capital injection of $28 million. 

Popular names like Compute North and Core Scientific also have been unable to avoid the aftershocks of the bear market. Compute North filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy towards the end of September with almost $500 million in liabilities. Additionally, Core Scientific’s filing with the SEC last month revealed that the Texas-based mining company may run out of cash before the end of 2022.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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