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Core Scientific Announces Fiscal First Quarter 2024 Results

$CORZ #aicloud--Core Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORZ), a leader in bitcoin mining, specializing in application-specific digital infrastructure for emerging high-value compute, today announced financial...

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Fiscal First Quarter 2024 Highlights

  • Generated net income of $210.7 million, including a gain on extinguishment of prior obligations of $143.8 million
  • Produced adjusted EBITDA of $88.0 million
  • Strengthened the balance sheet, ending the quarter with $98.1 million in cash and cash equivalents
  • Earned 2,825 self-mined bitcoin, more than any other publicly listed miner in North America
  • Operated total hash rate of 25.5 EH/s, consisting of 19.3 EH/s self-mining and 6.2 EH/s hosting
  • Owned and managed approximately 745 megawatts of infrastructure, the largest owned infrastructure footprint among publicly listed miners in North America
  • Improved average actual self-mining fleet energy efficiency to 26.85 joules per terahash

AUSTIN, Texas: $CORZ #aicloud--Core Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORZ), a leader in bitcoin mining, specializing in application-specific digital infrastructure for emerging high-value compute, today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter of 2024. Net income was $210.7 million, as compared to a net loss of $0.4 million for the same period in 2023. Total revenue was $179.3 million, as compared to $120.7 million for the same period last year. Operating income was $55.2 million, as compared to $7.6 million for the same period in 2023. Adjusted EBITDA was $88.0 million, as compared to $40.3 million for the same period in the prior year.

“We delivered outstanding results in the first quarter, earning more bitcoin than any other publicly traded bitcoin miner, strengthening our balance sheet by paying down debt and improving our cash position, and improving our fleet efficiency with the deployment of new generation miners,” said Adam Sullivan, Core Scientific Chief Executive Officer. “By taking full advantage of favorable market fundamentals and by focusing on productivity and efficiency, we generated strong financial performance that demonstrates our ability to create value for our shareholders.”

“Our 745 megawatts of operational, high-power data center infrastructure forms the basis of our competitive advantage. We believe this advantage places us in a unique position where bitcoin mining serves as the platform on which to build an alternative compute hosting business at a time when the demand for high-power data center capacity is strong and growing.”

“We are in regular discussion with customers to evaluate the potential of transforming more than 500 megawatts of our operational infrastructure and contracted power to host high-performance computing. With our existing access to a total of 1.2 gigawatts of power and with new, more energy efficient bitcoin miners on the horizon, we plan to expand our bitcoin mining hash rate as we build a high-performance computing offering. We are well positioned to take advantage of two very attractive markets,” added Mr. Sullivan.

Fiscal First Quarter Financial and Operational Achievements

  • Total revenue of $179.3 million, an increase of $58.6 million over first quarter 2023
  • Net income of $210.7 million, an improvement of $211.1 million over first quarter 2023
  • Operating income of $55.2 million, an increase of $47.6 million over first quarter 2023
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $88.0 million, an improvement of $47.7 million over first quarter 2023
  • Cash and cash equivalents of $98.1 million as of March 31, 2024
  • Retired $19 million in obligations shortly after quarter end
  • Expanded hosting offering by delivering 16 MW of infrastructure to high-performance compute customer more than 30 days ahead of schedule
  • Completed deployment of 28,400 new S19j XP miners
  • Deployed first shipment of approximately 2,500 S21 miners
  • Completed all 2024 payments due on miners ordered for deployment this year
  • Expanded operational infrastructure by 21 MW at Pecos, Texas site

Fiscal First Quarter 2024 Financial Results (Compared to Fiscal First Quarter 2023)

Total revenue for the fiscal first quarter of 2024, was $179.3 million, and consisted of $150.0 million in digital asset mining revenue and $29.3 million in hosting revenue.

Digital asset mining revenue in excess of mining cost of revenue for the fiscal first quarter of 2024 was $68.4 million (46% gross margin), as compared to $25.4 million (26% gross margin) for the same period in the prior year, an increase of $43.0 million. Digital asset mining revenue increased $51.9 million driven by a 134% increase in the price of bitcoin and a 20% increase in our self-mining hash rate, partially offset by the increase in the global hash rate of approximately 73%, leading to a 34% decrease in bitcoin received from self-mining. Digital asset mining cost of revenue consists primarily of direct production costs of mining operations, including electricity costs, and data center operating costs, including salaries, stock-based compensation, and depreciation of property, plant and equipment. The increase in digital asset mining cost of revenue for the fiscal first quarter of 2024 is primarily driven by an increase in depreciation expense resulting from the deployment of approximately 18,000 new generation self-miners.

Hosting revenue in excess of hosting cost of revenue for the fiscal first quarter of 2024, was $9.3 million (32% gross margin), as compared to $6.4 million (28% gross margin) for the same period in the prior year, an increase of $2.8 million. Hosting costs consisted primarily of direct electricity costs and data center operating costs. The increase in Hosting revenue in excess of hosting cost of revenue was primarily due to an increase in revenue of $6.7 million driven by the onboarding of new digital asset mining clients, partially offset by increased proceeds sharing costs of $2.6 million associated with the Company entering proceed sharing contracts with digital asset mining customers beginning in the second fiscal quarter of 2023 and increased depreciation expense of $1.1 million.

Operating expenses for the fiscal first quarter of 2024 totaled $16.9 million, as compared to $24.2 million for the same period in the prior year. The decrease of $7.3 million was primarily attributable lower stock-based compensation of $13.3 million due to forfeitures during the current quarter and no new equity awards granted during fiscal year 2023, partially offset by a $3.4 million increase in personnel and related expenses and a $1.7 million increase in advisor fees related to the reorganization and incurred during the fiscal first quarter.

Net income for the fiscal first quarter of 2024 was $210.7 million, as compared to a net loss of $0.4 million for the same period in the prior year. Net income for the fiscal first quarter of 2024 increased by $211.1 million driven primarily by a decrease of $143.0 million in reorganization items, net, which included gains on extinguishment of pre-emergence obligations of $143.8 million and lower Chapter 11 financing costs of $11.1 million, partially offset by a $12.8 million increase in reimbursed claimant professional fees, and a $60.1 million mark-to-market adjustment on our warrants and other contingent value rights.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal first quarter of 2024 was $88.0 million, as compared to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $40.3 million for the same period in the prior year. This $47.7 million increase was driven by a $58.6 million increase in total revenue and a $1.1 million decrease in impairment of digital assets, partially offset by a $4.4 million increase in cash operating expenses, a $4.1 million increase in cash cost of revenue, a $3.0 million increase in realized losses on energy derivatives, and a $0.5 million decrease in gain from sales of digital assets.

CONFERENCE CALL AND LIVE WEBCAST

In conjunction with this release, Core Scientific, Inc. will host a conference call today, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 4:30 pm Eastern Time that will be webcast live. Adam Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Denise Sterling, Chief Financial Officer and Steven A. Gitlin, Senior Vice President Investor Relations, will host the call.

Investors may dial into the call by using the following telephone numbers: +1 (833) 470-1428 (U.S. toll free) and +1 (404) 975-4839 (U.S. local) and providing the Access Code 159022 five to ten minutes prior to the start time to allow for registration.

Investors with Internet access may listen to the live audio webcast via the Investor Relations page of the Core Scientific, Inc. website, http://investors.corescientific.com or at https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/954677374. Please allow 10 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the audio webcast will be available for one year.

A supplementary investor presentation for the fiscal first quarter 2024 may be accessed at https://investors.corescientific.com/investors/events-and-presentations/default.aspx.

AUDIO REPLAY

An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.corescientific.com and via telephone by dialing +1 (866) 813-9403 (U.S. toll free) or +1 (929) 458-6194 (U.S. local) and entering Access Code 713825.

ABOUT CORE SCIENTIFIC

Core Scientific is one of the largest bitcoin miners and hosting solutions providers for bitcoin mining in North America. Transforming energy into high-value compute with superior efficiency at scale, we employ our own large fleet of computers (“miners”) to earn bitcoin for our own account and provide hosting services for large bitcoin mining customers at our seven operational data centers in Georgia (2), Kentucky (1), North Carolina (1), North Dakota (1) and Texas (2). We derive the majority of our revenue from earning bitcoin for our own account (“self-mining”). To learn more, visit www.corescientific.com.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding projections, estimates and forecasts of revenue and other financial and performance metrics, projections of market opportunity and expectations, the Company’s ability to scale and grow its business, source clean and renewable energy, the advantages and expected growth of the Company and the Company’s ability to source and retain talent. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “aim,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “goal,” “intend,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target” or other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including: our ability to earn digital assets profitably and to attract customers for our hosting capabilities; our ability to maintain our competitive position as digital asset networks experience increases in total network hash rate; our ability to raise additional capital to continue our expansion efforts or other operations; our need for significant electric power and the limited availability of power resources; the potential failure in our critical systems, facilities or services we provide; the physical risks and regulatory changes relating to climate change; potential significant changes to the method of validating blockchain transactions; our vulnerability to physical security breaches, which could disrupt our operations; a potential slowdown in market and economic conditions, particularly those impacting the blockchain industry and the blockchain hosting market; the identification of material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting; price volatility of digital assets and bitcoin in particular; the “halving” of rewards available on the Bitcoin network, or the reduction of rewards on other networks, affecting our ability to generate revenue as our customers may not have an adequate incentive to continue mining and customers may cease mining operations altogether; the potential that insufficient awards from digital asset mining could disincentivize transaction processors from expending processing power on a particular network, which could negatively impact the utility of the network and further reduce the value of its digital assets; the requirements of our existing debt agreements for us to sell our digital assets earned from mining as they are received, preventing us from recognizing any gain from appreciation in the value of the digital assets we hold; potential changes in the interpretive positions of the SEC or its staff with respect to digital asset mining firms; the increasing likelihood that U.S. federal and state legislatures and regulatory agencies will enact laws and regulations to regulate digital assets and digital asset intermediaries; increasing scrutiny and changing expectations with respect to our ESG policies; the effectiveness of our compliance and risk management methods; the adequacy of our sources of recovery if the digital assets held by us are lost, stolen or destroyed due to third-party digital asset services; the effects of our emergence from bankruptcy on our financial results, business and business relationships; and our substantial level of indebtedness and our current liquidity constraints affecting our financial condition and ability to service our indebtedness. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates and beliefs as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change.

Although the Company believes that in making such forward-looking statements its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. The Company cannot assure you that the assumptions upon which these statements are based will prove to have been correct. Additional important factors that may affect the Company’s business, results of operations and financial position are described from time to time in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.

Core Scientific, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value)

(Unaudited)

 

 

March 31,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

Assets

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

98,125

 

 

$

50,409

 

Restricted cash

 

16,151

 

 

 

19,300

 

Accounts receivable

 

1,107

 

 

 

1,001

 

Digital assets

 

 

 

 

2,284

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

27,937

 

 

 

24,022

 

Total Current Assets

 

143,320

 

 

 

97,016

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

575,969

 

 

 

585,431

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

77,766

 

 

 

7,844

 

Intangible assets, net

 

2,136

 

 

 

2,247

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

14,777

 

 

 

19,618

 

Total Assets

$

813,968

 

 

$

712,156

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

16,165

 

 

$

154,751

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

68,221

 

 

 

179,636

 

Deferred revenue

 

9,250

 

 

 

9,830

 

Operating lease liabilities, current portion

 

2,619

 

 

 

77

 

Finance lease liabilities, current portion

 

3,018

 

 

 

19,771

 

Notes payable, current portion

 

23,333

 

 

 

124,358

 

Contingent value rights, current portion

 

15,539

 

 

 

 

Total Current Liabilities

 

138,145

 

 

 

488,423

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

69,022

 

 

 

1,512

 

Finance lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

1,170

 

 

 

35,745

 

Convertible and other notes payable, net of current portion

 

556,573

 

 

 

684,082

 

Contingent value rights, net of current portion

 

29,062

 

 

 

 

Warrant liabilities

 

327,465

 

 

 

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

11,040

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities not subject to compromise

 

1,132,477

 

 

 

1,209,762

 

Liabilities subject to compromise

 

 

 

 

99,335

 

Total Liabilities

 

1,132,477

 

 

 

1,309,097

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Stockholders’ Deficit:

 

 

 

Preferred stock; $0.00001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock; $0.00001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023; 182,237 and 386,883 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively

 

2

 

 

 

36

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,891,011

 

 

 

1,823,260

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(2,209,522

)

 

 

(2,420,237

)

Total Stockholders’ Deficit

 

(318,509

)

 

 

(596,941

)

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit

$

813,968

 

 

$

712,156

 

Core Scientific, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2024

 

 

 

2023

 

Revenue:

 

 

 

Digital asset mining revenue

$

149,959

 

 

$

98,026

 

Hosting revenue from customers

 

29,332

 

 

 

18,909

 

Hosting revenue from related parties

 

 

 

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