ZUG, Switzerland and VANCOUVER, June 28, 2019 /CNW/ - HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (TSX.V:HIVE) (OTCQX:HVBTF) ("HIVE") and Genesis Mining ("Genesis") are pleased to announce that they have reached a settlement agreement which positively resolves prior misunderstandings and disagreements. The agreement was reached with a focus on initiatives which improve communication, transparency and mutually beneficial cooperation between Genesis and HIVE. Operationally, HIVE and Genesis will reboot HIVE's 20.4 Megawatt ("MW") facility in Sweden with 14,000 GPUs mining Ethereum. HIVE will continue to receive 300 Petahash ("PH") of cloud-based ASIC Bitcoin mining capacity from Genesis.
Timing of the settlement agreement coincides with improved economic conditions in the cryptocurrency ecosystem amid a substantial decline in energy prices in Sweden and the significant appreciation of digital assets including Ethereum and Bitcoin. Since HIVE's April 22, 2019 announcement that its equipment and operations in Sweden had become dormant, Ethereum prices have nearly doubled, Bitcoin has more than doubled and electricity prices in Sweden are approximately half of the cost experienced in April. These conditions are expected to have a very positive impact on HIVE's gross mining margin.
"I am pleased that we have been able to reach a settlement agreement that focuses on peace and prosperity for both companies and enables management to return to creating value for HIVE shareholders," said Frank Holmes, Interim Executive Chairman and Interim CEO of HIVE. "HIVE has a tremendous portfolio of infrastructure assets and we are benefitting from the dramatic resurgence of cryptocurrencies seen in 2019. We look forward to transitioning our GPU mining assets in Sweden and Iceland to our direct management or to a new service provider and to our continued partnership with Genesis for the delivery of our cloud-based ASIC mining capacity as Bitcoin and Ethereum continue to increase in value in what has been a volatile asset class. The blockchain ecosystem continues to evolve and it is our belief that HIVE is well positioned to play a significant role in this ever-changing technology. Further, this agreement better positions HIVE for its next phase as HIVE 2.0 with improved visibility and control over our global mining operations."
"As a significant shareholder in HIVE, Genesis is pleased to have reached a resolution to this issue," said Marco Streng, CEO of Genesis. "We share HIVE's vision of accelerating the development of the blockchain sector and look forward to working collaboratively with HIVE to enhance value for all shareholders."
The agreement settles outstanding issues associated with the Sweden Data Center and both parties agreed to mutually release each other from all claims arising from the master service and related agreements, and discontinue any legal proceedings and withdraw any demands made. Furthermore, HIVE will assume responsibility for the operation of the Sweden and Iceland data centers from Genesis to itself or a third party, and Genesis will provide transitional services to HIVE to ensure an orderly transition. Additionally, the board of directors will undergo a restructuring which will see Marco Streng and Björn Arzt resign as directors of HIVE and its subsidiaries. As part of the agreement, for a period of three years, Genesis will be entitled to nominate one director to the HIVE board of directors provided it continues to hold no less than 10% of the Company's shares.
Since inception, HIVE has pursued and innovated as a public company in regulatory compliance and innovation. The transition to HIVE 2.0 sees HIVE pursuing a strategic agreement with Argo Mining on virgin coin off-take and its Mining-as-a-Service ("MaaS") platform geared towards institutions, which sees continued demand as a result of new FAFT regulation passed this week. HIVE has also partnered with Amber AI, a crypto trader providing state-of-the-art machine learning to optimize mining margins for HIVE's operations.
About HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. is a growth oriented, TSX.V-listed company building a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. HIVE is strategically partnered with Genesis Mining Ltd. to build the next generation of blockchain infrastructure. HIVE owns state-of-the-art GPU-based digital currency mining resources in Iceland and Sweden, which produce newly minted digital currencies like Ethereum continuously as well as cloud-based ASIC-based capacity which produces newly minted digital currencies like Bitcoin. Its deployments provide shareholders with exposure to the operating margins of digital currency mining as well as a growing portfolio of crypto-coins.
On Behalf of HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
Interim Executive Chairman
About Genesis Mining Ltd.
Genesis Mining is an industry leader of cryptocurrency mining hosting services and mining related solutions. With over 2 million users Genesis Mining is the world's leading multi-algorithm cloud mining service. Genesis Mining operates various large scale, high efficiency datacenters, and offers more than 15 minable cryptocurrencies through 6 major mining algorithms. https://www.genesis-mining.com.
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Except for the statements of historical fact, this news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. "Forward-looking information" in this news release includes, but is not limited to, the Company's expectations to orderly transition operations in Sweden and Iceland from, and to continue operations (including rebooting operations in Sweden or otherwise profitably utilizing its equipment) without, Genesis; the Company's engagement of a new service provider; the Company's pursuit of potential strategic partnerships with Argo Mining and Amber AI; the long term growth, business goals and objectives of the Company, and other forward-looking information concerning the intentions, plans and future actions of the parties to the transactions described herein and the terms thereon.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, the rebooting of the operations in Sweden may not proceed as smoothly or as profitably than anticipated; the transition of the operations in Sweden and Iceland from Genesis to the Company may not proceed as orderly or as timely as anticipated; counterparties to agreements underlying the master services and related agreements may not consent to the transfer and assignment of such underlying agreements from Genesis to the Company, and the Company may not be able to source alternative service providers on as favourable terms; the integration of the new service provider(s) may not proceed as smoothly as anticipated; changes in economic conditions in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, fluctuations in energy prices in Sweden, or depreciation of digital assets including Ethereum and Bitcoin may adversely affect the Company's continued operations and/or profitability; the digital currency market generally; the Company's ability to successfully mine digital currency; the Company may not be able to profitably liquidate its current digital currency inventory, or at all; a decline in digital currency prices may have a significant negative impact on the Company's operations; the volatility of digital currency prices; and other related risks as more fully set out in the Filing Statement of the Company dated September 13, 2017 and other documents disclosed under the Company's filings at www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking information in this news release reflects the current expectations, assumptions and/or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. In connection with the forward-looking information contained in this news release, the Company has made assumptions about the Company's ability to profitably liquidate its digital currency inventory as required; historical prices of digital currencies and the ability of the Company to mine digital currencies will be consistent with historical prices; and there will be no regulation or law that will prevent the Company from operating its business. The Company has also assumed that no significant events occur outside of the Company's normal course of business. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking information are reasonable, forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such information due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
SOURCE HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
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