TeraWulf Inc. (Nasdaq: WULF) (“TeraWulf” or the “Company”), which owns and operates vertically integrated, domestic bitcoin mining facilities powered by more than 91% zero-carbon energy, today announced it has increased its total operating capacity to more than 1.6 EH/s at its Lake Mariner facility in New York. The Company also announced $17 million of new capital, comprised of an approximate $9.5 million non-brokered private placement of equity (the “Private Placement”) and $7.5 million of incremental proceeds under the Company’s Term Loan.
Increased Operating Capacity
TeraWulf today announced it has expanded its operating capacity to exceed 1.6 EH/s. This follows the recent full energization of Building 1 (50 MW) at the Company’s Lake Mariner facility in New York. Building 2 (also 50 MW) at Lake Mariner remains on track to be energized by the end of Q4 2022, expanding the Company’s expected near-term self-mining operating capacity to 3.8 EH/s.
TeraWulf’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Prager, commented, “We are pleased to achieve such a significant ramp of mining operations at Lake Mariner, and look forward to further expanding our operating capacity in the months ahead. I would like to thank the tireless construction team at Lake Mariner for their extraordinary work on getting this facility online and increasing our hashing capacity as efficiently and safely as possible.”
As previously announced, the Nautilus Cryptomine facility is in the final stages of construction and is projected to begin mining this quarter. The Nautilus Cryptomine, a partnership between TeraWulf and Talen Energy Corp., has access to up to 300 MW of bitcoin mining capacity from the 2.3 GW Susquehanna Nuclear Station in Pennsylvania and is expected to be the first domestic bitcoin mining facility site that is powered by 100% “behind the meter” nuclear energy.
TeraWulf continues to target reaching a total of 5.8 EH/s of operational mining capacity across its two mining facilities in Q1 2023.
In connection with the Private Placement, the Company has entered into a securities purchase agreement with existing investors for approximately $9.5 million of common stock shares and warrants to acquire 7,481,746 additional shares of its common stock (the "Warrants"). The Warrants will be exercisable immediately upon issuance, in whole or in part, at an exercise price of $1.93 per share and will have a five-year term. Aggregate gross proceeds from the offering were approximately $9.5 million, before deducting estimated offering expenses payable by the Company, based on an offering price equal to the trailing 10-day volume weighted price of $1.26 for each share of the Company's common stock plus one Warrant.
Simultaneous with the Private Placement, the Company drew an incremental $7.5 million of available proceeds under its $50 million Term Loan add-on facility entered into in July 2022 with existing lenders. TeraWulf intends to use net proceeds of the Private Placement, in conjunction with the incremental debt, to fund expenditures related to Bitcoin mining infrastructure and equipment, as well as for general corporate purposes.
“With this funding, we are well positioned to continue the value creating deployment of our mining facilities and move the Company a step closer to self-sustaining operations,” said Patrick Fleury, TeraWulf’s Chief Financial Officer.
“We are grateful to our investors, including some who have been with the Company since its inception, and our lenders for their continued support and confidence in our management team,” added Paul Prager.
The securities were offered in a private placement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act") and have not been registered under the Act, or applicable state securities laws. Pursuant to a registration rights agreement with the investors, the Company has agreed to file one or more registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale of the shares of common stock and the shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants.
TeraWulf (Nasdaq: WULF) owns and operates vertically integrated environmentally clean bitcoin mining facilities in the United States. Led by an experienced group of energy entrepreneurs, the Company is currently developing two mining facilities, Lake Mariner in New York and the Nautilus Cryptomine Facility in Pennsylvania, with the objective of over 800 MW of mining capacity deployed by 2025, enabling over 23 EH/s of expected hashrate. TeraWulf generates domestically produced bitcoin powered by nuclear, hydro, and solar energy with a goal of utilizing 100% zero-carbon energy. With a core focus of ESG that ties directly to its business success, TeraWulf expects to offer attractive mining economics at an industrial scale.
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