LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:MARA) (“Marathon” or the “Company”), today announced that Global Bit Ventures Inc. (“GBV”), a digital asset technology company that mines cryptocurrencies has purchased 1,300 of Bitmain’s Antminer S9 miners (“Antminer S9s”). Marathon and GBV have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Marathon is acquiring 100% ownership of GBV.
The Antminer S9s are manufactured by Bitmain, one of the world’s most recognized Application Specific Integrated Circuit (“ASIC”) server manufacturers. The 1,300 Antminer S9s are expected to utilize an estimated 1.8 MW of power once fully deployed and add 14 Ph/s of ASIC mining capacity. GBV currently owns 1,000 GPU mining servers capable of 250 GH/s. The Antminer S9s are able to mine any cryptocurrency using the SHA256 algorithm, including Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.
Merrick Okamoto, Marathon’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “We are pleased that GBV has now acquired the anticipated 1,300 new S9s. The addition of 14 Ph/s of ASIC mining capacity, in combination with our anticipated merger, sets the stage for rapid revenue acceleration in the years ahead.”
On November 2, 2017, Marathon announced that it had entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 100% ownership of GBV. GBV has a robust infrastructure in place with significant capability for expansion. The closing of the transaction is subject to obtaining requisite approvals and customary closing conditions.
About Marathon Patent Group, Inc.
Marathon is an IP licensing company. Following the acquisition of GBV, the combined company will focus on the development of GBV’s new business involving the blockchain ecosystem and generation of digital assets. GBV is focused on mining digital assets and intends to add specialized computer equipment and plans to expand its activities to mine new digital assets. To learn more about Marathon Patent Group, visit www.marathonpg.com. To learn more about Global Bit Ventures Inc., visit www.globalbitventures.com.
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