Riot Blockchain Enhances Profitability and Achieves Additional Milestone with RiotX
Riot reduces mining costs by 24%; RiotX adds Georgia license
CASTLE ROCK, CO / ACCESSWIRE / December 6 2018 / Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (the ''Company'') is pleased to provide an operational update as of December 6, 2018.
Enhanced Mining Operation Profitability
The Company has successfully amended its mining lease agreement that will reduce steady state costs by approximately 24%.Under the revised agreement that is effective December 1, Riot's wholly-owned mining subsidiary will pay a declining monthly base rent that will bottom out at a steady state of $190,000 in February 2019. The amendment also amends the calculation of the electricity usage charge to a variable rate that is as low as $0.037/kWh and averages $0.043/kWh over a 15-month period.At a steady-state and assuming the use of 10MW, the Company expects to realize a monthly cost savings of approximately 24% under the amended lease agreement.
The Company also notes the significant decrease in bitcoin mining difficulty as it has declined by 24% in the 60-day period ending December 3, 2018*. Current forecasts are for another decrease of nearly 5%. If these conditions persist, the Company expects its fully deployed mining operations to experience enhanced yields.
RiotX Achieves Additional Milestone
RiotX, the Company's planned cryptocurrency exchange, achieved another development milestone this week as it received a Seller of Payment Instruments and Money Transmitter License from the State of Georgia. As a result, RiotX is licensed and/or approved in five states and has pending licenses in another 17 states with review in another two states. The Company plans to be operational in 24 states in the short term as management continues to work towards the goal of having RiotX serving all 50 U.S. states.
As previously disclosed, RiotX entered into a Master Services Agreement with Shift Markets, Ltd. to provide RiotX with its crypto exchange platform. These services will enable RiotX to further execute its plans to launch a U.S. focused cryptocurrency exchange. RiotX has been investigating and pursuing the regulatory pathway for the launch of a cryptocurrency exchange in the United States since the start of the year. The Agreement with Shift enables RiotX to offer a robust trading interface for real time trading of crypto assets.
RiotX, through its subsidiary Logical Brokerage Corp., is a futures introducing broker that is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a member of the National Futures Association**.RiotX is licensed with FinCEN as a Money Service Business, has obtained a Florida Money Transmitter License, and is actively pursuing additional state Money Transmitter Licenses.
Mining Pool and Other Opportunities
Riot's mining pool is ramping up testing and additional resources have been added to focus on the scalability and performance of the platform. The Company looks forward to providing the cryptocurrency mining community with a U.S.-domiciled mining pool with the transparency of a NASDAQ-listed company.
The Company also continues to evaluate several opportunities to expand and grow the business as well as to secure additional capital.
**LOGICAL BROKERAGE CORP. IS A MEMBER OF NFA AND IS SUBJECT TO NFA'S REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AND EXAMINATIONS.HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT NFA DOES NOT HAVE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY OVER UNDERLYING OR SPOT VIRTUAL CURRENCY PRODUCTS OR TRANSACTIONS OR VIRTUAL CURRENCY EXCHANGES, CUSTODIANS OR MARKETS.
About Riot Blockchain
Riot Blockchain is focused on building, operating, and supporting blockchain technologies.Its primary operations consist of cryptocurrency mining, targeted development of exchange and mining pool platforms, along with other investments within the sector. For more information, visit:
RiotX is working to launch a cryptocurrency exchange initially serving select customers within the United States.RiotX aims to simplify cryptocurrency for the masses and will be focused on providing retail customers a transparent and secure offering to transact in cryptocurrencies.
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SOURCE: Riot Blockchain, Inc.
Released December 6, 2018