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Bitcoin miners at risk of Profitability Challenges Post-Halving

TL;DR

  • Post-halving, Bitcoin miners risk profit woes without a price surge.
  • Hedging eases Bitcoin miners’ volatility-related risks effectively.
  • Halving-induced supply reduction could boost Bitcoin prices upward.

Bitcoin miners could encounter significant profitability challenges following the upcoming halving event if the price of Bitcoin fails to rise substantially, according to a recent report from Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services firm. 

The study highlights potential difficulties for eleven major publicly traded Bitcoin mining companies, including Marathon Digital, Riot Platforms, and Core Scientific. However, experts suggest that hedging strategies could help mitigate these risks.

Halving event looms over Bitcoin miners

The impending Bitcoin halving event, scheduled for April, is causing concerns among Bitcoin miners. The halving event, which occurs approximately every four years, involves a reduction in the rewards granted to miners for validating transactions and adding them to the blockchain

While many industry experts view this reduction in supply as a bullish signal for Bitcoin’s long-term price prospects, it also poses challenges for miners with high operational costs.

Cantor Fitzgerald’s findings

Cantor Fitzgerald’s research indicates that Bitcoin miners may struggle to mine profitably if the price of Bitcoin remains stagnant after the halving. The study focuses on eleven major publicly traded Bitcoin mining companies and their potential profitability post-halving.

Among the companies analyzed, the United Kingdom-based miner Argo Blockchain and Florida-based Hut 8 Mining were identified as the most vulnerable to profitability challenges at the current Bitcoin price. The “all in” cost-per-coin rate for Argo Blockchain stands at $62,276, while Hut 8 Mining’s cost is $60,360 per coin.

In contrast, Singapore-based miner Bitdeer and United States mining firm CleanSpark were the only companies expected to maintain profitability following the halving, assuming an average Bitcoin price of $40,000 and no significant changes in the network’s hash rate.

The Role of Hedging Strategies

It’s important to note that Bitcoin miners’ revenues are closely tied to the price of Bitcoin. To mitigate potential losses arising from Bitcoin price volatility, miners often employ hedging strategies. 

These strategies typically involve purchasing derivatives products, such as hash rate futures contracts and BTC-related options, to manage and reduce risks associated with price fluctuations.

Bitcoin mining costs examined

Cantor Fitzgerald’s “all in per coin” metric considers the total costs incurred by a Bitcoin miner to produce a single Bitcoin. This metric encompasses various expenses, including electricity costs, hosting fees, and other cash outlays. It provides a comprehensive view of a miner’s cost structure and the challenges they may face in maintaining profitability.

While Cantor Fitzgerald’s report highlights potential challenges for Bitcoin miners, industry experts and market commentators remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s future. Many anticipate a significant increase in the price of Bitcoin in the months following the halving event. 

This bullish sentiment is partly driven by the reduced supply of newly minted Bitcoins, which could create upward pressure on prices.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

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Lacton Muriuki

Lacton is an experienced journalist specializing in blockchain-based technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency. He dabbles in daily crypto news rich with well-researched stats. He adds aesthetic appeal, adding a human face to technology.

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