Core Scientific Inc., a giant in Bitcoin mining, has submitted a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The liabilities of the mining platform are likely between $1B and $10B. The bankruptcy submission disclosed that there are up to 1,000-5,000 creditors of the mining company. The biggest amount of up to $42.36 million is owed to the investment bank named B. Riley Financial.
Core Scientific Enters Bankruptcy protection amid Crypto Bear Market
The rest of the creditors take into account the Kentucky Department of Revenue, US Customs and Border Patrol, Shell Energy, Dalton Utilities, and so on. Core Scientific is considered among the biggest players in the mining world. Though Compute North and many famous names like it have pursued Chapter 11 protection, the bankruptcy filing of Core Scientific labels is the earliest mining company to do so.
The platform’s decision is witnessed following a bearish trend experienced during the whole year in which considerable price decline took place amid the mounting energy prices. In 2022, the mining difficulty of Bitcoin has also touched its record highs. The activities of Core Scientific essentially take into account Bitcoin mining and the hosting of data centers throughout the country.
As reported by CNBC on the 20th of December, the platform was still making an optimistic cash flow. Nonetheless, it is now witnessed that the funds of the firm are not sufficient to meet the debts over the mining equipment of the company. In the meantime, the firm would keep on operating while conversing on a strategy with those who are the holders of the debt in the majority.
Core Scientific went public during the SPAC boom in the previous year. While reaching its peak, the platform valuation was nearly $4.3B. After that point, it witnessed a steady decline reaching $78M with a dip of up to 98% in the firm’s year-to-date stock value. The mining company had signified the likelihood of a bankruptcy submission back in October 2022.
That was the time when it cautioned those holding its common stock that they might go through a complete loss over their investment in case the market sees no recovery. It added that the liquidity and the operating performance had been hit with a significant impact by the severe dip in the primary asset’s price along with the electricity prices’ huge upsurge.
Another problem faced by the platform is related to Celsius as it was its client. The bankruptcy filing of Celsius impacted the balance sheet of the mining firm and likely added to the liquidity-related issues. Notwithstanding the bankruptcy filing, the data from Yahoo Finance pointed out that a 3 percent increase occurred in Core Scientific’s stocks on the 20th of December at the trading hours’ closure.
Crypto Mining Platforms Face Bankruptcy
The reports additionally brought to the front that the stock of Core Scientific elevated by a minimum of 200% formerly in this month following a creditor entity giving them a financing proposal. Core Scientific is now becoming a part of the expanding list of succumbed crypto miners amid the present bear market.
The bankruptcy filing of Compute North was submitted in September. On the 20th of December this year, another mining forum called Greenidge Generation got into an agreement related to non-abiding debt restructuring with NYDIG. A filing submitted under the SEC additionally specified that the board of directors at Greenidge was anticipating a voluntary bankruptcy submission.