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Bitcoin mining company PrimeBlock to go public via $1.25B SPAC merger

On Friday, Bitcoin (BTC) mining company PrimeBlock announced that it is merging with special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) company 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp II. The deal places PrimeBlock at an enterprise value of $1.323 billion and is expected to close in the second half of the year.

The company has installed 1.8 exahash per second of BTC self-mining equipment, accounting for approximately 0.89% of the Bitcoin network's overall hash rate. According to PrimeBlock, its break-even price for mining is $9,000 per coin. Back in 2020, up to 59% of its energy sources were carbon-free. The firm seeks to become carbon-neutral on a net-zero basis by the year 2050.

Last year, PrimeBlock brought in $21.8 million in revenue through mining 356.8 BTC. But in 2022, the firm expects to generate $220.1 million in revenue, or a forecasted 3,629 BTC, partly via rapidly expanding its mining capacities to over 10 exahash per second. It also has a small Ethereum (ETH) mining operation, extracting 699 of such digital assets in 2021.

Regarding the business agreement, Hans Thomas, chairman and CEO of 10X Capital, commented:

"Gaurav and the leadership team […] have successfully deployed over 110 megawatts of data center capacity and generated more than $24 million of revenue in the fourth quarter. They have built strong relationships with key partners […] with a commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050."

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