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BIT Mining Limited Reports Q1 Revenue of $296.7M, Net Income of $1.2M

May 27, 2022 08:33AM ET
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BIT Mining Limited (BTCM) today reported its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Cryptocurrency Business Progress

BIT Mining is a leading technology-driven cryptocurrency mining company with three primary business segments covering self-mining, mining pool and data center operation. The Company is pursuing its development strategy to focus on cryptocurrency mining operations globally.

As of today, the online total hash rate capacity of our Ethereum mining machines is approximately 4,452.7GH/s. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, we produced 5,420 Ethereum from our Ethereum cryptocurrency mining operations, and recognized revenue of approximately US$16.0 million.

As of today, the online total hash rate capacity of our Bitcoin mining machines is approximately 246.1PH/s. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, we produced 166 Bitcoins from our Bitcoin cryptocurrency mining operations, and recognized revenue of approximately US$6.9 million.

In terms of our data center business, we have hosted a cryptocurrency mining data center in Ohio (the "Ohio Mining Site"). As of today, we have completed the substation with power capacity of 50 megawatts which are operational at the Ohio Mining Site.

The mining pool subsidiary of the Company, BTC.com, has completely exited the China market, ceased registering new users from China and started to retire accounts of existing users from China since October 2021. Combined with the effect of declines in prices of cryptocurrencies in the first quarter of 2022, mining pool business revenue decreased from US$474.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 to US$272.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

"We are glad to announce our financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, as we continue to execute on our strategy to create value within the cryptocurrency ecosystem," said Mr. Xianfeng Yang, CEO of BIT Mining. "Over the past quarter, we focused on our expansion in North America and have made significant progress in the construction of our data centers in Ohio. In the meantime, we continued our Bitcoin and Ethereum mining businesses and the integration of other businesses such as mining pool operation and mining machine manufacturing to create synergies. Given our early-mover advantage in Ethereum mining, we are also making inroads into Proof-of-Stake (POS) operations by providing a series of services including governance and monitoring, account system and nodes management. Looking forward, we plan to continue to enhance our value proposition and further strengthen our mining technology."

First Quarter 2022 Highlights for Continuing Operations

  • Revenues were US$296.7 million in the first quarter of 2022, representing a significant decrease of US$201.1 million from US$497.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and a sharp increase of US$294.1 million from US$2.6 million for the first quarter of 2021. Revenues during the first quarter of 2022 primarily consisted of US$272.3 million in revenue contribution from the mining pool business that we began consolidating in our financial statements from April 2021.
  • Operating loss was US$4.3 million in the first quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of US$12.8 million from US$17.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and an increase of US$3.0 million from US$1.3 million for the first quarter of 2021.
  • Non-GAAP operating loss[1] was US$0.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, as compared with non-GAAP operating loss of US$9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and non-GAAP operating loss of US$1.3 million for the first quarter of 2021.
  • Net loss attributable to BIT Mining was US$3.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, as compared with net loss attributable to BIT Mining of US$11.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and net income attributable to BIT Mining of US$3.3 million for the first quarter of 2021.
  • Non-GAAP net income[1] attributable to BIT Mining was US$1.2 million in the first quarter of 2022, as compared with non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of US$4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of US$2.2 million for the first quarter of 2021.
  • Basic and diluted losses per American Depositary Share ("ADS") attributable to BIT Mining Limited for the first quarter of 2022 was US$0.04.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS[1] attributable to BIT Mining Limited for the first quarter of 2022 was US$0.02.

[1]Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of share-based compensation expenses, impairment of intangible assets, deferred tax benefit relating to valuation allowance, gain on previously held equity interest, impairment of property and equipment, impairment of cryptocurrencies, net gain or loss on disposal of cryptocurrencies, and changes in fair value of contingent considerations. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to U.S. GAAP financial measures are set forth in the table at the end of this release.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results for Continuing Operations

Revenues

Revenues were US$296.7 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing a sharp increase of US$294.1 million from US$2.6 million for the first quarter of 2021 and a significant decrease of US$201.1 million or 40.4% from US$497.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to the mining pool business that we have consolidated since April 2021. The sequential decrease was mainly attributable to a decrease of US$202.6 million in the mining pool business due to discontinuation of service to users in mainland China since October 2021, partially offset by an increase of US$1.3 million in revenues from the data center business in Ohio. Revenues were mainly comprised of revenues from the mining pool business of US$272.3 million and the cryptocurrency mining business of US$22.9 million.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Operating costs and expenses were US$298.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing a sharp increase of US$294.9 million from US$3.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, and a significant decrease of US$202.8 million or 40.4% from US$501.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to a significant increase of US$269.9 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of US$10.4 million in depreciation and amortization expense. The sequential decrease was mainly due to a decrease of US$209.3 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of US$5.8 million in depreciation and amortization expense.

Cost of revenue was US$290.7 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing a sharp increase of US$289.5 million from US$1.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, and a significant decrease of US$200.6 million or 40.8% from US$491.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to a significant increase of US$269.9 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of US$10.4 million in depreciation and amortization expense. The sequential decrease was mainly due to a decrease of US$209.3 million in cost for the allocation to pool participants associated with the mining pool business and an increase of US$5.8 million in depreciation and amortization expense. Cost of revenue was comprised of the direct cost of revenue of US$280.0 million and depreciation and amortization of US$10.7 million. The direct cost of revenue mainly included direct costs relating to (i) the mining pool business of US$269.9 million, (ii) the cryptocurrency mining business of US$6.6 million and (iii) the data center business of US$3.5 million.

Sales and marketing expenses were US$0.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of US$0.1 million from US$0.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, and a decrease of US$0.1 million or 33.3% from US$0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The sequential decrease was mainly due to a decrease of US$0.1 million in compensation expenses for employees.

General and administrative expenses were US$6.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of US$4.3 million from US$2.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, and a decrease of US$2.0 million or 22.7% from US$8.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to (i) an increase of US$1.8 million in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options granted to the Company's directors and employees, (ii) an increase of US$0.6 million in compensation expenses for employees as a result of an increase in headcount, and (iii) an increase of US$0.4 million in overseas travel expense for purposes of business development. The sequential decrease was mainly due to (i) a decrease of US$0.9 million in consulting expense, and (ii) a decrease of US$0.6 million in share-based compensation expenses associated with share options granted to the Company's directors and employees.

Service development expenses were US$1.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing an increase of US$1.0 million from US$0.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, and a decrease of US$0.1 million or 8.3% from US$1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to an increase of US$0.7 million in expenses for employees, relating to our consolidations of Loto Interactive Limited and the mining pool business.

Net Gain on Disposal of Cryptocurrencies

Net gain on disposal of cryptocurrencies was US$4.9 million for the first quarter of 2022, by using first-in-first-out ("FIFO") to calculate the cost of disposition during the first quarter of 2022. Net gain on disposal of cryptocurrencies was US$4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. There was no such net gain or loss for the first quarter of 2021.

Impairment of Cryptocurrencies

Impairment of cryptocurrencies was US$7.7 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of US$1.6 million from US$9.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, mainly due to impairment provided for cryptocurrency assets held as a result of the price fluctuation of cryptocurrencies. There was no such impairment for the first quarter of 2021.

Changes in Fair Value of Contingent Considerations

Changes in fair value of contingent considerations was US$1.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of US$12.7 million from US$13.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, mainly due to the re-measurement on the fair value of the contingent considerations related to the combination of BTC.com. There was no such amount for the first quarter of 2021.

Impairment of Property and Equipment

Impairment of property and equipment was nil for the first quarter of 2022 and 2021. Impairment of property and equipment was US$12.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, mainly due to the closure and demolition of data centers in Sichuan, China.

Operating Loss

Operating loss was US$4.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with operating loss of US$1.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, and operating loss of US$17.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP operating loss was US$0.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with non-GAAP operating loss of US$1.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, and non-GAAP operating loss of US$9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year decrease in non-GAAP operating loss was mainly due to increases of the cryptocurrency mining business for the first quarter of 2022 as there was no cryptocurrency mining business in the first quarter of 2021. The sequential decrease in non-GAAP operating loss was mainly due to (i) a decrease of US$5.8 million in losses on disposal of mining machines, (ii) a decrease of US$2.3 million in other operating expenses related to the Company's F-3 filing, and (iii) a decrease of US$1.0 million in provision of prepayment related to discontinued data center operation in Sichuan, China.

Net Loss Attributable to BIT Mining

Net loss attributable to BIT Mining was US$3.1 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with net income attributable to BIT Mining of US$3.3 million for the first quarter of 2021, and net loss attributable to BIT Mining of US$11.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The sequential decrease in net loss attributable to BIT Mining was mainly due to impairment of property and equipment of US$12.6 million related to the closure and demolition of data centers in Sichuan, China for the fourth quarter of 2021, while there was no such impairment during the first quarter of 2022.

Non-GAAP net income attributable to BIT Mining was US$1.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of US$2.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, and non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining of US$4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase in non-GAAP net income attributable to BIT Mining was mainly due to the revenue of the increased cryptocurrencies mining pool revenue as mentioned above. The sequential decrease in non-GAAP net loss attributable to BIT Mining was mainly due to (i) a decrease in general and administrative expenses, (ii) a decrease in losses on disposal of mining machines, and (iii) a decrease in other operating expenses related to the Company's F-3 filing mentioned above for the first quarter of 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results for Discontinued Operations

Net Loss from Discontinued Operations, Net of Taxes

Net loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes was nil for the first quarter of 2022 and for the fourth quarter of 2021, net loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes was US$1.3 million for the first quarter of 2021. The year over year decrease of US$1.3 million was mainly due to the disposal of the Company's Chinese lottery-related business and termination of its lottery business-related VIE contracts in July 2021. The comparative financial information for the three months ended March 31, 2021 have been reclassified to reflect Chinese lottery-related business as a discontinued operation.

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$20.9 million and restricted cash[2] of US$0.1 million, compared with cash and cash equivalents of US$17.7 million and restricted cash of US$0.1 million as of December 31, 2021.

Cryptocurrency Assets

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had cryptocurrency assets of US$34.8 million and cryptocurrency assets pledged for a loan of US$9.6 million, which in aggregate are the equivalent of 359 Bitcoins, 6,735 Ethereum (including 4,000 Ethereum for pledge loan), 52.9 million Dogecoins and various other cryptocurrency assets, including those generated from its mining pool business and cryptocurrency mining business.

[2]Restricted cash represents deposits in merchant banks yet to be withdrawn.

BIT Mining Limited Reports Q1 Revenue of $296.7M, Net Income of $1.2M
 

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