16.01.2021

Honeyminer Acquired by Blockchain Firm Core Scientific

Today, Stax Digital–creator of popular cryptocurrency mining product Honeyminer–announced its acquisition by Core Scientific, an AI and blockchain firm. Through the deal, Core Scientific is bringing in Stax Digital’s key assets including Honeyminer’s entire staff and intellectual property.

Diggy the bear’s honey pot just got a bit sweeter.

Debuting in July 2018, Honeyminer is the leading software for GPU cryptocurrency mining on personal computers. The platform is available on Windows, and as of May, MacOS.

Currently available on some 1,400 different GPU models, Core Scientific plans on using Stax Digital’s IP and blockchain expertise for its management and monitoring solutions Minder and operating system, MinderOS.

MinderOS will also embed mining solutions natively, a statement from the firm said.

Core Scientific CEO Kevin Turner said Honeyminer’s IP and team has huge potential for his firm’s current products.

“Their IP and proven experience in blockchain will enable us to continue enhancing the capabilities of our best-in-class blockchain hosting and application solutions.”

Speaking with CoinDesk, Honeyminer CEO Noah Jessop said the mining service has been downloaded in 167 countries, essentially everywhere they can legally offer it.

Since the MacOS launch this past spring, the team has been developing numerous projects that will be announced in the coming weeks through Core Scientific. Jessop said Core Scientific’s MinderOS platform was a natural fit for Honeyminer, emphasizing its management platform Minder.

HIVE Blockchain to Double Bitcoin Mining Capacity Through $2.8M Share Deal

A publicly listed bitcoin mining operator is set to double the size of its operations in a multi-million-dollar deal, largely funded through a sale of its shares.

HIVE Blockchain announced via email this week it’s all set to acquire an existing 30-megawatt (MW) mining operation in Quebec from rival Canadian mining company Cryptologic for CA$4 million (around US$2.8 million).

“The acquisition provides us with an advanced, operating Bitcoin mining facility ready to transition to next generation mining hardware with access to some of the lowest-cost electricity on the planet,” said HIVE’s interim Executive Chairman Frank Holmes.

The lion’s share of the purchase price will be met via a sale of 15 million of HIVE’s common shares, at CA$0.20 each (US$0.14), to Cryptologic, for a total CA$3 million (US$2.1 million). The remainder will be made up through a CA$1 million ($700,000) placement.

The newly acquired mining facility, which has more than 14,000 Bitmain S9 bitcoin miners already in place, will more than double HIVE’s mining capacity to roughly 50 MW. The facility is leased, but HIVE said it has plans to exercise an option that will extend the lease by an additional five years.

The news comes as HIVE, which is based in Vancouver, refocuses resources on its conventional mining operations. It’s also increasing capacity at its Swedish GPU plant, which mines on ethereum, by more than 20 percent over the next two quarters.

The operator completely shut down its cloud mining facility – which pools processing power from remote data centers – in Q2 2019, after a year of operation. Holmes said at the time that rising mining difficulty made cloud-mining unprofitable.

This week’s purchase agreement will mean Cryptologic will go on to own roughly 4 percent of HIVE’s common stock. The price of HIVE shares, which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, has increased 10 percent since the deal became public earlier this week.

“In addition, [the deal] is in line with the Company’s green energy strategy as the Facility is powered entirely by renewable hydroelectricity, thereby maintaining our 100% green energy powered operations globally,” Holmes said.

The deal is expected to close on Friday.

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