US Bitcoin Corp selected to manage restructured mining division of Celsius Network LLC
US Data Mining Group Inc. dba US Bitcoin Corp ("USBTC"), which announced an all-stock merger of equals with Hut 8 Mining Corp. (NASDAQ: HUT) on February 7, 2023, today announced that it has been selected after multiple rounds of bidding in a competitive auction process to manage the restructured mining division of Celsius Network LLC ("Celsius"), which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2022. USBTC submitted the winning bid as part of the Fahrenheit, LLC ("Fahrenheit") coalition.
The Fahrenheit coalition includes crypto industry pioneers USBTC, Arrington Capital, Proof Group Capital Management, Steven Kokinos, and Ravi Kaza. Upon restructuring, Fahrenheit will serve as the management company of the broader Celsius entity. Fahrenheit will receive a management fee of $20 million per year as part of a five-year agreement with Celsius.
"Our specialized expertise and track record of execution ultimately secured Fahrenheit's successful bid to restructure Celsius," said Michael Ho, CEO of USBTC. "Each member of the coalition brings extensive experience operating, optimizing, and scaling high-potential assets across web3 markets."
Under the proposed restructuring, USBTC will enter into one or more operating and services agreements with the restructured company to become the exclusive operator of all mining assets formerly owned by Celsius. In addition to a portion of the management fee, USBTC will also receive from Fahrenheit a fee of $15 million per year net of operating expenses to manage the mining division of the restructured company. USBTC expects to increase its total installed hashrate under management by approximately 12.2 EH/s upon full energization of the Celsius fleet of 121,800 machines.
"We are deeply committed to building value for the creditors of Celsius," said Asher Genoot, President of USBTC. "Just as we did with Generate Capital and NextEra Energy in the Comute North bankruptcy, we will help another deserving partner emerge from bankruptcy stronger than ever. We're incredibly excited to get to work and show the world what we can achieve together." The consummation of Celsius' restructuring transaction is subject to approval of the Bankruptcy Court.
About US Bitcoin Corp (USBTC)
USBTC is a leading industrial-scale operator of bitcoin mining sites, specializing in the design, construction, and management of sites with access to low-cost and sustainable sources of energy. The company operates four sites across the United States with total capacity of more than 730 MW of electricity and generates revenue through self-mining, hosting, managed infrastructure operations, and equipment sales.
USBTC announced an all-stock merger of equals with Hut 8 Mining Corp. on February 7, 2023, which is subject to customary closing conditions. The combined company will be named Hut 8 Corp. and will be a U.S.-domiciled entity.
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