Deposit, Property and Equipment and Intangible Assets
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Sep. 30, 2020
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NOTE 3 – DEPOSIT, PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS
On May 11, 2020, the Company signed a Contract Addendum with Compute North, to pause and suspend services under its Colocation Agreement. This will suspend all production of Bitcoin using our S-9 miners.
Halving – The bitcoin blockchain and the cryptocurrency reward for solving a block is subject to periodic incremental halving. Halving is a process designed to control the overall supply and reduce the risk of inflation in cryptocurrencies using a Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm. At a predetermined block, the mining reward is cut in half, hence the term “Halving”. The next halving for bitcoin occurred on May 12, 2020. Many factors influence the price of bitcoin and potential increases or decreases in prices in advance of or following a future halving is unknown.
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 2020 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 received 660 of the 1,660 units at its Hosting Facility in August, and its hosting partner, Compute North, had installed them upon their arrival. Of the 1,000 remaining S-19 Pro Miners due to arrive in the 4th quarter, 500 were received in November and installed in the Company’s Hosting Facility in Montana, while 500 are anticipated to be received and installed during the remainder of the 4th quarter. These miners will produce an additional 110 PH/s increasing the Company to an aggregate Hashpower of 294 PH/s.
On July 29, 2020, the Company announced the purchase of 700 next generation M31S+ASIC Miners from MicroBT. The miners arrived mid-August.
On August 13, 2020, the Company entered into a Long Term Purchase Contract with Bitmaintech PTE., LTD (“Bitmain”) for the purchase of 10,500 next generation Antminer S-19 Pro ASIC Miners.
The purchase price per unit is $2,362 ($2,206 with a 6.62% discount) for a total purchase price of $24,801,000 (with a 6.62% discount for a discounted price of $23,159,174). The parties confirm that the total hashrate of the Antminers under this agreement shall not be less than 1,155,000 TH/s.
The Company shall pay for the Antminers as follows:
Subject to the timely payment of the purchase price, Bitmain shall deliver products according to the following schedule: 1,500 Units on or before January 31, 2021; and 1,800 units on or before each of February 28, 2021; March 31, 2021; April 30, 2021, May 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021.
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. In August 2020, the Company regained compliance with Rule 5550(a)(2) as the closing bid price has been in excess of $1.00 per share for the requisite time period.
As of September 30, 2020, approximately $13.27 million cash paid for Miners was recorded as a deposit on the balance sheet.
The components of property, equipment and intangible assets as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 are :
The Company’s depreciation expense for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were $787,689 and $137,361, and amortization expense were $17,794 and $17,794 for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The Company’s depreciation expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were $1.8 million and $412,083, and amortization expense were $53,382 and $53,382 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.