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Cipher Mining Provides Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Business Update

Mar 4, 2022

Began Bitcoin Mining in February 2022

Continued Expansion of Partnerships with Energy Industry

NEW YORK, March 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cipher Mining Inc. (NASDAQ: CIFR) ("Cipher" or the "Company"), a U.S.-based Bitcoin mining company, today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, with an update on its operations and deployment strategy.

"I am pleased to announce that we began Bitcoin mining in February 2022, and we are making excellent progress in our long-term plans to build Cipher into a leading Bitcoin mining enterprise in the United States," said Tyler Page, CEO of Cipher. "We are relentlessly focused on establishing long-term relationships with power providers to secure the most attractive power prices, and Cipher is positioning itself to become the platform of choice for the U.S. power industry to get exposure to Bitcoin mining."

Operations Updates

  • Began Bitcoin mining at its first data center in February and is on track for continued expansion throughout 2022 and beyond.
  • Executed a non-binding term sheet with Luminant (Vistra) for an approximately 200 MW future site expected to be connected to a renewable energy source.
  • Executed a non-binding letter of intent for a new joint venture with a private investor group for an approximately 80 MW future site.
  • For current deployment plans, Cipher's anticipated weighted average power price is 2.73c/kWh and anticipated weighted average cost for mining rigs is expected to be $42.81 per terahash.

Business Update Call and Webcast

Cipher will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the fourth quarter and full year results for 2021 and management's outlook for future financial and operational performance. The live webcast and a webcast replay of the conference call can be accessed from the investor relations page of Cipher's website at https://investors.ciphermining.com. To access this conference call, dial (844) 689-1757 or (929) 517-0940 and use the conference ID 2281989.

About Cipher

Cipher is an industrial-scale Bitcoin mining company dedicated to expanding and strengthening the Bitcoin network's critical infrastructure. Cipher's goal is to be a leading Bitcoin mining company in the United States. Cipher aims to leverage its best-in-class technology, market-leading power purchase arrangements, and a seasoned, dedicated senior management team to become a market leader in Bitcoin mining. To learn more about Cipher, please visit https://www.ciphermining.com/.

Forward Looking Statements     

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws of the U.S. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and includes this statement for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. Any statements made in this press release or during the business update conference call that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about our beliefs and expectations regarding our performance, strategy, expansion plans, future operations, future operating results, projected costs, prospects, plans, and objectives of our management, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business plan and strategies. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words "believe," "project," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "strategy," "future," "forecast," "opportunity," "plan," "may," "should," "will," "would," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," and similar expressions (including the negative versions of such words or expressions).

These forward-looking statements are based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Cipher and its management, are inherently uncertain. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. New risks and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including but not limited to: volatility in the price of Cipher's securities due to a variety of factors, including changes in the competitive and regulated industry in which Cipher operates, variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Cipher's business, and the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations and to identify and realize additional opportunities. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 4, 2022 and in Cipher's subsequent filings with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Cipher assumes no obligation and, except as required by law, does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Investor Contact:
Lori Barker
Blueshirt Group Investor Relations

Media Contact:
Ryan Dicovitsky / Kendal Till
Dukas Linden Public Relations



  December 31, 2021     January 31, 2021  
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 209,841,257     $ -  
Prepaid expenses   13,818,825       -  
Total current assets   223,660,082       -  
Property and equipment, net   5,124,266       1,637  
Deposits on equipment   114,856,314       -  
Deferred offering costs   -       171,450  
Deferred investment costs   174,250       -  
Security deposits   10,352,306       -  
Total assets $ 354,167,218     $ 173,087  
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable $ 241,764     $ 1,919  
Accrued expenses   257,487       174,648  
Total current liabilities   499,251       176,567  
Warrant liability   136,800       -  
Total liabilities   636,051       176,567  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)          
Stockholders' equity (deficit)          
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized and none issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021, no shares authorized as of January 31, 2021   -       -  
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 252,131,679 shares issued and 249,279,420 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2021, 200,000,000 shares authorized and subscribed as of January 31, 2021   252,132       200,000  
Subscription receivable   -       (5 )
Additional paid-in capital   425,437,931       (199,995 )
Treasury stock, at par, 2,852,259 shares as of December 31, 2021, no shares as of January 31, 2021   (2,852 )     -  
Accumulated deficit   (72,156,044 )     (3,480 )
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)   353,531,167       (3,480 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit) $ 354,167,218     $ 173,087  



  Eleven Months Ended
December 31, 2021
    For the period January 7, 2021 (inception) through January 31, 2021  
Costs and expenses          
General and administrative $ 72,146,944     $ 3,475  
Depreciation   4,867       5  
Total costs and expenses   72,151,811       3,480  
Operating loss   (72,151,811 )     (3,480 )
Other expense          
Interest income   4,331       -  
Interest expense   (26,912 )     -  
Change in fair value of warrant liability   21,828       -  
Total other expense   (753 )     -  
Net loss $ (72,152,564 )   $ (3,480 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.33 )   $ -  
Basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding   218,026,424       -  



  Eleven Months Ended
December 31, 2021
    For the period January 7, 2021 (inception) through January 31, 2021  
Cash flows from operating activities          
Net loss $ (72,152,564 )   $ (3,480 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
Depreciation   4,867       5  
Change in fair value of warrant liability   (21,828 )     -  
Share-based compensation   63,765,473       -  
Changes in assets and liabilities:          
Prepaid expenses   (13,385,639 )     -  
Security deposits   (10,352,306 )     -  
Accounts payable   221,775       277  
Accrued expenses   254,289       3,198  
Net cash used in operating activities   (31,665,933 )     -  
Cash flows from investing activities          
Deposits on equipment   (114,856,314 )     -  
Purchases of property and equipment   (5,109,426 )     -  
Payments for deferred investment costs   (174,250 )     -  
Net cash used in investing activities   (120,139,990 )     -  
Cash flows from financing activities          
Proceeds from borrowings on related party loan   7,038,038       -  
Repayments under related party loan   (7,038,038 )     -  
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock   5       -  
Business Combination, net of issuance costs paid   384,893,088       -  
Repurchase of common shares to pay employee withholding taxes   (23,245,913 )     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities   361,647,180       -  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   209,841,257       -  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period   -       -  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $ 209,841,257     $ -  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information          
Cash paid for interest $ 26,912     $ -  
Cash paid for income taxes, net $ -     $ -  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing and financing activities          
Property and equipment purchases in accounts payable $ 18,070     $ 1,642  
Net assets assumed from GWAC in the Business Combination $ 433,186     $ -  
Non-cash fair value of private warrants $ 261,060     $ -  
Deferred offering costs included in accrued expenses $ -     $ 171,450  


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following is a reconciliation of our non-GAAP loss from operations, which excludes the impact of (i) depreciation of fixed assets and (ii) stock compensation expense, to its most directly comparable GAAP measure for the periods indicated:

    Eleven Months Ended
December 31, 2021
    For the period January 7, 2021 (inception) through January 31, 2021  
Reconciliation of non-GAAP loss from operations:            
Operating loss   $ (72,151,811 )   $ (3,480 )
Depreciation     4,867       5  
Stock compensation expense     63,765,473       -  
Non-GAAP loss from operations   $ (8,381,471 )   $ (3,475 )

The following are reconciliations of our non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share, in each case excluding the impact of (i) depreciation of fixed assets (ii) change in fair value of warrant liability and (iii) stock compensation expense, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures for the periods indicated:

    Eleven Months Ended
December 31, 2021
    For the period January 7, 2021 (inception) through January 31, 2021  
Reconciliation of non-GAAP net loss:            
Net loss   $ (72,152,564 )   $ (3,480 )
Non-cash adjustments to net loss            
Depreciation     4,867       5  
Change in fair value of warrant liability     21,828       -  
Stock compensation expense     63,765,473       -  
Total non-cash adjustments to net loss   $ 63,792,168     $ 5  
Non-GAAP net loss   $ (8,360,396 )   $ (3,475 )
Reconciliation of non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share:            
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.33 )   $ -  
Depreciation of fixed assets (per share)     -       -  
Change in fair value of warrant liability (per share)     -       -  
Stock compensation expense (per share)     0.29       -  
Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.04 )   $ -