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Organization and Description of Business

Organization and Description of Business
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Organization and Description of Business





Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (the “Company”) was incorporated in the State of Nevada on February 23, 2010 under the name Verve Ventures, Inc. On December 7, 2011, the Company changed its name to American Strategic Minerals Corporation and was engaged in the business of exploration and potential development of uranium and vanadium minerals. In June 2012, the Company discontinued the minerals business and began to invest in real estate properties in Southern California. In October 2012, the Company discontinued its real estate business when the former CEO joined the firm and the Company commenced IP licensing operations, at which time the Company’s name was changed to Marathon Patent Group, Inc. The Company purchased cryptocurrency mining machines and established a data center in Canada to mine digital assets. The Company expanded its activities in the mining of new digital assets, while at the same time harvesting the value of its remaining IP assets. In order to streamline and create efficiencies, we outsource most of our operations to service providers, and our Granby facility and its bitcoin mining operations are provided by Block Maintain, Inc. Additionally, 24-hour security at our facility is provided by Securitas Canada.


On September 30, 2019, the Company consummated the purchase of 6000 S-9 Bitmain 13.5 TH/s Bitcoin Antminers (“Miners”) from SelectGreen Blockchain Ltd. (the “Seller”), a British Columbia corporation, for which the purchase price was $4,086,250 or 2,335,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $1.75 per share. As a result of an exchange cap requirement imposed in conjunction with the Company’s Listing of Additional Shares application filed with Nasdaq to the transaction, the Company issued 1,276,442 shares of its common stock which represented $2,233,773 of the $4,086,250 (constituting 19.9% of the issued and outstanding shares on the date of the Asset Purchase Agreement) and upon the receipt of shareholder approval, at the Annual Shareholders Meeting to be held on November 15, 2019, the Company was authorized issue the balance of the 1,058,558 unregistered common stock shares. The Company issued an additional 474,808 at $0.90 per share on December 27, 2019. On March 30, 2020, the Seller agreed to amend the total of number of shares to be issued was reduced to 2,101,500 shares and the rest of 350,250 shares were issued at $0.49 per share. There was no mining payable outstanding as of June 30, 2020.


On May 11, 2020, the Company purchased 700 new generation M305+ASIC Miners from MicroBT for approximately $1.3 million. The 700 miners produce 80/Th and will generate 56 PH/s (petahash) of hashing power, compared to the Company’s current S-9 production of 46 PH/s. These next generation MicroBT ASIC miners are markedly more energy efficient than our existing Bitmain models. These miners were delivered to the Company’s Hosting Facility in June and are producing Bitcoins.


The Company purchased 660 latest generation Bitmain S19 Pro Miners on May 12, 2020, 500 units on May 18, 2020 and an additional 500 units on June 11, 2020. These miners produce 110 TH/s and will generate 73 PH/s (petahash) of hashing power, compared to the Company’s S-9 production of 46 PH/s. The Company made the payments of approximately $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2020 and expects 660 of the 1,660 units to take delivery at its Hosting Facility in mid-August, and its hosting partner, Compute North, expects to install them within 48 hours of their arrival. The 1,000 remaining S-19 Pro Miners due to arrive in the 4th quarter will produce an additional 110 PH/s, which when installed will give the Company an aggregate Hashpower of 294 PH/s.


As of April 6, 2020, the Company received notice from the Nasdaq Capital Market (the “Capital Market”) that the Company has failed to maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 per share of its Common Stock over the last consecutive 30 business days based upon the closing bid price for its common stock as required by Rule 5550(a)(2). However, the Rules also provide the Company a compliance period of 180 calendar days in which to regain compliance during which time it must maintain a minimum closing bid price of at least $1.00 per share for a minimum period of 10 consecutive business days, which must be completed by October 5, 2020. On April 20, 2020, the Company received a further notice from the Nasdaq Capital Market that the Company’s time to maintain a minimum closing bid price of at least $1.00 per share for a minimum period of 10 consecutive business days has been extended from October 5, 2020 to December 17, 2020. As of August 6, 2020, the Company believes it has regained compliance with Rule 5550(a)(2) as the closing bid price has been in excess of $1.00 per share for the past ten trading days.


Liquidity and Financial Condition


The Company’s consolidated condensed financial statements have been prepared assuming that it will continue as a going concern, which contemplates continuity of operations, realization of assets, and liquidation of liabilities in the normal course of business.


As disclosed in Note 4, on July 19, 2019, we entered into an At The Market Offering Agreement (the “Agreement”) with H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC (“H.C. Wainwright”) which establishes an at-the-market equity program pursuant to which we may offer and sell shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Common Stock”), from time to time as set forth in the Agreement. The Agreement provided for the sale of shares of our Common Stock (“Shares”) having an aggregate offering price of up to $7.5 million (the Company’s ability to offer shares under the Agreement is limited to the amount of shares it may sell pursuant to General Instruction I.B.6. of Form S-3). During the six months ended June 30, 2020, 10,947,893 shares of common stock were issued under the Agreement for the total proceeds of approximately $7.1 million, net of offering cost of $0.3 million, and has sold all shares it is able to sell thereunder.


As reflected in the consolidated condensed financial statements, the Company had an accumulated deficit of approximately $108.8 million at June 30, 2020, a net loss of approximately $3.2 million and approximately $2.1 million net cash used in operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2020. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.


On July 23, 2020, the Company entered into an underwriting agreement with H.C. Wainwright. The Company agree to sell H.C. Wainwright (the “Underwriter”) 7,666,666 shares of its common stock, including the exercise in full by the Underwriter of the option to purchase an additional 999,999 shares of common stock, at a public offering price of $0.90 per share. The gross proceeds of this offering, which closed on July 28, 2020, were approximately $6.9 million, and proceeds, net of underwriting discount and expenses of $0.6 million, were $6.3 million. Additionally, representative’s warrant to purchase 536,667 shares of our common stock with a five year term and an exercise price of $1.125 per share were issued.


Based on the Company’s current revenue and profit projections, management is uncertain that the Company’s existing cash will be sufficient to fund its operations through at least the next twelve months from the issuance date of the financial statements, raising substantial doubt regarding the Company’s ability to continue operating as a going concern. If we do not meet our revenue and profit projections or the business climate turns negative, then we will need to:


  raise additional funds to support the Company’s operations; provided, however, there is no assurance that the Company will be able to raise such additional funds on acceptable terms, if at all. If the Company raises additional funds by issuing securities, existing stockholders may be diluted; and
  review strategic alternatives.


If adequate funds are not available, we may be required to curtail our operations or other business activities or obtain funds, if available, through arrangements with strategic partners or others that may require us to relinquish rights to certain technologies or potential markets.


The impact of the worldwide spread of a novel strain of coronavirus (“COVID 19”) has been unprecedented and unpredictable, but based on the Company’s current assessment, the Company does not expect any material impact on its long-term strategic plans, operations and its liquidity due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. However, the Company is continuing to assess the effect on its operations by monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and the actions implemented to combat the virus throughout the world and its assessment of the impact of COVID-19 may change.