Capital Supports Progress Towards Achieving Goal of 210 MW of Infrastructure by YE 2022
Company to Host Previously Scheduled Business Update Call at 5:00 PM E.T. Today
EASTON, Md., June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- TeraWulf Inc. (Nasdaq: WULF) ("TeraWulf" or the "Company"), which owns and operates fully integrated, domestic bitcoin mining facilities powered by more than 91% zero-carbon energy, today announced recent financing actions that are expected to support the Company's significant ramp of mining operations in the second half of 2022.
The Company commenced initial mining operations at its Lake Mariner facility in New York in March by leveraging existing space at the now decommissioned coal fired plant. TeraWulf is now in the final stages of completing its first dedicated mining building on site, which will house approximately 50 MW of capacity and is expected to begin hashing in early Q3. The Company is targeting completion of its second building at the site, adding another 50 MW of mining capacity in the fourth quarter, and expects to exit 2022 with approximately 110 MW of total mining capacity at Lake Mariner.
The Nautilus Cryptomine facility, a partnership between TeraWulf and Talen Energy Corporation, has also made significant construction progress and remains on target to begin mining in the third quarter. The Company expects to exit 2022 with 100 MW of net mining capacity at Nautilus, which represents TeraWulf's 50% share of the joint venture. Together with its Lake Mariner Facility, TeraWulf expects to successfully complete 210 MW of digital asset infrastructure by year-end 2022.
Recent Capital Raising Activity and Outlook
The Company recently announced that it has secured a Standby Equity Purchase Agreement ("SEPA") with Yorkville Advisors Global, LP to sell up to $50 million of the Company's common stock in the Company's sole discretion at any time during the 36-month term of the agreement. In connection with the SEPA, the Company received a pre-advance loan of $15 million from Yorkville in the form of a convertible promissory note.
In addition, the Company announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle with its existing lenders for an incremental add-on facility of up to $50 million with an initial draw of $15 million at closing, which is subject to final documentation and various closing conditions. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from these two financings for miner purchases and towards completing the infrastructure for 210 MW of mining capacity.
While the recent capital raising activity will contribute to the near-term ramp of mining operations, the Company also announced today that it has engaged Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Ducera Partners LLC to assist the Company in raising transformative growth capital in 2022.
"Our recent financing activities provide valuable access to capital, and we expect any additional growth capital we are able to raise will help ensure a timely path to completing our operational objectives in 2022," said Paul Prager, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and chair of the Board of TeraWulf. "Our vertically integrated strategy, along with the most competitive energy costs in the industry, differentiates TeraWulf from our peers, and should enable us to deliver strong mining economics while ensuring the flexibility to rapidly scale our operations toward our ultimate goal of deploying 800 MW of zero-carbon mining capacity by 2025."
Additional information regarding the SEPA is available in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on June 8, 2022. The Advance has not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.
Conference Call and Supplemental Materials
TeraWulf will host a conference call on Monday, June 13, 2022, including time for Q&A, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, to provide additional details on recent financing activity and progress at its Lake Mariner and Nautilus Cryptomine facilities. All interested parties may access a live webcast of this conference call at www.terawulf.com, under "Investors" and "Webcasts and Presentations" tabs.
TeraWulf (Nasdaq: WULF) owns and operates fully integrated environmentally clean bitcoin mining facilities in the United States. Led by an experienced group of energy entrepreneurs, the Company is developing two mining facilities, Lake Mariner Data in New York and Nautilus Cryptomine in Pennsylvania, with the objective of 800 MW of mining capacity deployed by 2025, enabling over 23 exahash per second of expected hashrate. TeraWulf will generate 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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