Bitmain Records $1.1 Billion In Q1 2018 Profits, Plans To Launch IPO

  •  Chinese mining company Bitmain’s profits reportedly totaled $1.1 billion for Q1 2018.
  • Bitmain may be valued at $14 billion, up 16.6% from the previous report.
  • The firm plans to launch an IPO “very soon” in Hong Kong.

Bitmain Technologies, a company that manages the world’s largest cryptocurrency mining operation, recently disclosed its plans to hold an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong. The Chinese mining giant may also reportedly consider conducting its IPO in another market that supports issuing USD-denominated shares.

At present, Bitmain has not provided an official launch date for its IPO, but inside sources state that the company “plans to file for an IPO very soon.”

Notably, the mining firm’s IPO could potentially give early-stage investors such as IDG Capital and Sequoia Capital an option to cash out their investments. This development is quite significant since inside sources have revealed that the crypto mining conglomerate is raising additional funds, after its $400 million investment round in June.Based on Bitmain’s current financial data, the latest funding round may increase the mining giant’s valuation to about $14 billion, which would equate to 10 to 11x greater earnings, according to an email shared by sources working closely with the company.

Bitmain May Earn $2-3 Billion In 2018 Profits

As Crypto Globe reported, Bitmain had recently been valued at $12 billion, however, these updated financial figures indicate a 16.6% increase in the firm’s valuation. Moreover, the email mentions that Bitmain’s operations were audited by KPMG, a leading multinational professional services company.

According to  the audit results, the crypto mining company has earned a profit of $1.1 billion during Q1 2018. The email also states that Bitmain’s total profits for the year 2018 could be at least around $2-3 billion.

Interestingly, Bitmain’s IPO plans have come at a time when the Bitminer Factory, a large crypto mining operation powered by renewable energy, revealed that its initial coin offering (ICO) has already raised $2 million, after being launched on July 21st.

Bitminer Factory’s official medium post further notes that its looking to expand its operations to Herzegovina, Bosnia. The company also stated it’s currently testing IBM’s Power9 processor, in addition to its artificial intelligence and machine learning technology.

These tests are a part of Bitmain Factory’s larger effort to develop a way to develop “a product that can optimize a server farm dedicated to cryptocurrency mining.”

BSV Surges 80% As Craig Wright Files Copyright Registration for Bitcoin Whitepaper

Craig Steven Wright (“CSW”), the Australian computer scientist and self-proclaimed inventor of the Bitcoin protocol, has claimed that the US Copyright Office recently awarded him a copyright registration for being the original author of the Bitcoin whitepaper.

According to CSW, he has also been granted a copyright registration for writing “most of the original code” used to implement the Bitcoin blockchain network.

Commenting on the matter, DecryptMedia revealed that a spokesperson had sent a press release to the news media outlet, stating:

 

This is the first government agency recognition of Craig Wright as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.

 

Meanwhile, CoinGeek reported that the registrations (allegedly) “issued by the US Copyright Office recognize Wright as the author” of both the initial Bitcoin codebase and the cryptocurrency’s whitepaper, which was published after the code was released.

Wright Has Only Submitted A Claim, Has Not Received Any “Recognition”

As pointed out by DecryptMedia, Wright’s claim that he has been granted “government agency recognition” would appear questionable. It seems that Wright has only registered a claim with the Copyright Office, which any individual or organization can submit.

At this point, the only thing that can be confirmed is that Wright paid a $35 fee in order to file an application which requests that he should be granted US copyright registrations for the authorship of the Bitcoin whitepaper.

Registering A Copyright Only Requires “Filling Out A Form”

As explained by Jerry Brito, Director at Coin Center, registering a copyright only requires filling out a simple form. Moreover, the US Copyright Office does not conduct an investigation, in order to determine the validity of the claim, Brito noted. The Office is only responsible for “registering” all claims submitted.

The Coin Center Director also clarified that copyright registration does not, in any way, mean or imply “recognition of authorship.” In statements shared with DecryptMedia, Brito further explained:

 

[CSW’s copyrights claim and application are] simply recognition by the Copyright Office that someone is claiming authorship. Registering a copyright is a simple as filling out a form with your claim... It would be up to a court to decide if a copyright registration is based on fraud or not.

 

Bitcoin SV Surges Nearly 80%

Soon after CoinGeek reported that CSW had received copyright registrations for being the author of the Bitcoin whitepaper, the price of Bitcoin “Satoshi Vision” (BSV) surged by nearly 80% according to CryptoCompare data.

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