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Bitcoin Miner Core Scientific Achieves a Significant Bankruptcy Process Milestone - Decrypt


Core Scientific, once a titan in the Bitcoin mining industry, has reached a significant milestone following its December Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

The company yesterday announced an agreement in principle to move ahead with its reorganization plan, indicating potential progress toward resolving its financial woes.

Importantly, Core Scientific expects to emerge from Chapter 11 and start fresh by the end of the year. Key to this development is the filing of its term sheet with the bankruptcy court and the SEC, which represents the endorsement of stakeholders and the court's nod for its third amended bankruptcy reorganization plan.

The bankruptcy filing in December came as a result of numerous challenges faced by Core Scientific, including a bear market that saw Bitcoin prices plummet over 60% throughout the year, escalating energy costs, and increased mining difficulty.

While the mining firm has pledged to maintain its operations during this restructuring period, its stock value has suffered immensely.

From a peak market capitalization of $26 billion in 2022, Core Scientific's value has dwindled to $264 million at press time.

Core Scientific's undoing

The firm's downturn was especially surprising considering Core Scientific's notable public listing via a SPAC in January 2022.

In addition to the broader market challenges, Core Scientific grappled with significant equipment financing obligations that surpassed its revenues. The firm also found itself in a bind with crypto lender Celsius over unpaid electricity tariffs amounting to daily losses of approximately $53,000.

Still, B. Riley, one of its top lenders, suggested bankruptcy wasn't necessary and instead proposed a new financing plan. Despite this, the company became the first publicly listed entity in its sector to file for bankruptcy.

Despite last year's rocky bout of market turbulence for many Bitcoin miners, this year has proven to be far more bullish.

All but two mining stocks have so far outpaced the largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Argo Blockchain and TeraWulf have been the laggards, posting just 43% and 64% gains this year. Cipher Mining and Northern Data have so far been the biggest winners after its stock prices rose 356% and 291% so far this year.

As for Bitcoin, it's risen by 84.61% this year.

Editor’s note: This article was written with the assistance of AI. Edited and fact-checked by Liam Kelly.

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