Crypto Miners Hoarding Bitcoins as Price Surges Above $55K

Riot Blockchain, Marathon Digital and Hut 8 have all been “hodling” the bitcoin they’ve mined in September.

Oct 6, 2021 at 9:44 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 7, 2021 at 1:15 p.m. UTC

With bitcoin rallying above $55,000 for the first time since May, cryptocurrency miners are holding onto their newly minted currencies to bolster their balance sheets.

Recent monthly production updates from crypto miners such as Riot Blockchain and Marathon Digital Holdings show they have kept their mined bitcoins during September, when prices hovered around $40,000.

Riot Blockchain, the Castle Rock, Colo.-based miner, said in a statement Wednesday that as of Sept. 30 it holds 3,534 bitcoins, an increase of 406 bitcoins from August. Riot’s share price rose as much as 6.5% on Wednesday, before paring gains to close the trading session up about 1%.

Meanwhile, Riot’s competitor, Marathon Digital Holdings, said on Oct. 4 it now holds 7,035 bitcoins on its balance sheet, after producing 340.6 new bitcoins in September. It previously said the company held 6,695 bitcoins in August. Marathon’s stock was up 4.8% on Wednesday.

Adding to the trend, on Oct. 4, Canadian Hut 8 Mining Corp. also reported that all of its self-mined bitcoins were deposited into custody, which is consistent with the company’s strategy to “hodl” its mined digital currency. “We are thrilled with our current amount of bitcoin held in reserve as well as being ahead of schedule on our commitment to the market to have over 5,000 self-mined bitcoin by end of Q4,” said Jaime Leverton, CEO of Hut 8, in a statement.

The strategy of holding onto the digital currency is that in a bull run, doing so is likely to help miners’ balance sheets and bolster investors’ bullish sentiment on the overall sector. The miners are already enjoying continued profitability because the price of bitcoin has recovered from its recent decline and climbed about 88% this year.

Riot’s share price has climbed about 57% this year, while those of Marathon jumped 254% and Hut 8 risen 232%.

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