Bitcoin had an excellent start to the year 2023 gaining more than 40% in the first month of the year. This also proved to be the second-largest gain in the month of January in a decade after 2023.
As the BTC price soared all the way to $23,000 and beyond, Bitcoin mining giant Marathon digital continued to sell its BTC holdings in order to fund its operational costs. As per reports, Marathon sold a total of 1500 BTC last month.
Along with the BTC price rise, Marathon Digital also registered a 45% increase in the total Bitcoins minted. Last month, the Bitcoin miner minted/produced a total of 687 BTC, up from the 475 BTC produced in December 2022.
Marathon Digital was only one of the few crypto miners who had refrained from selling during the crypto market crash of 2022. With Bitcoin crashing more than 60% last year and energy costs soaring, crypto miners found it increasingly difficult to continue operations. The result was several big Bitcoin miners had to shut their shops ultimately filing for bankruptcy.
Over the last month, the stock price of Marathon Digital Holdings (NASDAQ: MARA) is up by a staggering 135% and is currently trading at $8.00.
Marathon Digital To Sell More Bitcoin Ahead
As Bitcoin production increases and becomes more consistent, the company is planning to liquidate some more Bitcoins ahead in order to cover operational expenses. In its official announcement, Marathon Digital noted:
“We intend to continue to sell a portion of our bitcoin holdings in 2023 to fund monthly operating costs. Even with these sales, our unrestricted bitcoin holdings increased from 7,815 bitcoin as of December 31, 2022, to 8,090 bitcoin as of January 31, 2023, as our production improved and the appreciation in bitcoin’s price in January reduced the amount of bitcoin we had posted as collateral”.
Going ahead this year, Marathon Digital said that its focus will be on energizing more miners and optimizing their performance. These improvements in operational efficiency will further help Maraton strengthen its balance sheet.
Marathon said that the improvement in the company’s BTC production last month was the result of working together with the new hosting provider in McCamey, Texas. It will be interesting to see how 2023 pans out for Bitcoin miners worldwide.
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