Marathon Digital reports a 229% revenue increase in 2023


Marathon Digital reports a stellar 229% revenue increase in 2023, marking a significant turnaround with record BTC production.

Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA), a prominent player in the Bitcoin mining sector, has reported a striking turnaround in its business fortunes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023. The Fort Lauderdale-based firm, known for its large-scale Bitcoin mining operations, has disclosed a record revenue of $388 million for 2023, representing a 229% surge from the previous year.

The year 2023 proved to be a watershed moment for Marathon, with a net income of $261.2 million or $1.06 per diluted share, reversing the previous year’s net loss of $694 million or $(6.12) per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA also reflected this positive trend, improving to $419.9 million in contrast to a loss of $543.4 million in 2022. These improvements were attributed largely to a significant increase in Bitcoin production, which saw a 210% rise to a record 12,852 BTC, alongside an increase in the average Bitcoin price.

Fred Thiel, Marathon’s Chairman and CEO, expressed satisfaction with the year’s performance, highlighting the company’s success in energizing its fleet and refining its operational efficiency. This operational success was mirrored in the company’s energized hash rate, which grew by 253% to 24.7 exahashes per second (EH/s), and in fleet efficiency improvements to 24.5 joules per terahash.

The company’s financial health was further bolstered by a 56% reduction in debt to $331 million from $748 million, achieved at a 21% discount to par, which translated into $101 million, or $0.55 per share, in cash savings. The combined unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, along with Bitcoin holdings, amounted to $997.0 million as of the end of December 2023.

Marathon’s mining portfolio expansion was another highlight of the year, with the acquisition of two data centers increasing its total mining capacity to over 900 megawatts. This expansion strategically positions the company directly owning 45% of the sites within its portfolio. The company’s mining operations now span 11 sites across three continents, showcasing the scale and global reach of Marathon’s business.

Looking ahead to 2024 and beyond, Marathon has set ambitious targets to grow its hash rate to approximately 35 to 37 exahashes. By the end of 2025, the company plans to double its current capacity to 50 exahashes, with orders already placed for 22 exahashes of miners and options to add an additional 23 exahashes.

The fourth quarter of 2023 mirrored the yearly success, with net income improving to $151.8 million or $0.66 per diluted share, a sizable leap from the net loss of $391.6 million or $(3.13) per diluted share in the prior-year period. Revenue for the quarter showed a robust increase of 452% to $156.8 million, driven by a 172% increase in Bitcoin production and higher average Bitcoin prices.

The company’s earnings webcast and conference call, held on February 28, 2024, offered investors further insights into its financial results and operational strategies.

The remarkable turnaround and record-setting performance of Marathon Digital Holdings in 2023 is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the crypto mining industry, which has faced numerous challenges in recent years. Marathon’s results may serve as a bellwether for the sector’s potential and the growing mainstream acceptance of cryptocurrency-related businesses.

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