Hut 8, a Bitcoin mining company, has been conditionally approved to be listed on Canada’s principal stock exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).
The move marks the first blockchain or cryptocurrency company to be listed on the Canadian bourse through its “TSX Sandbox,” an initiative that provides an alternative path to the exchange listing for certain qualifying companies.
The TSX has listed various eligibility criteria it will consider when evaluating Sandbox applications. Once approved by the TSX staff, they waive or grant exemptive relief from the listing rules, but the qualified applicant’s stocks still trade in the same manner as other TSX listed companies
“Our move to the TSX, the senior public market of the TMX Group, is another significant step in our evolution to provide improved liquidity and enhanced public disclosure to investors,” said Andrew Kiguel, Chief Executive Officer of Hut 8.
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Hut 8 expands mining infrastructure
Hut 8 has recently revealed plans to set up a project that they described as probably the largest cryptocurrency mining farm in North America. The first phase will see Hut 8 acquiring over 22 Bitcoin mining datacenters from BitFury Group.
Subsequently, the second phase will involve a public listing on a Canadian stock exchange together with extending Hut 8’s control to an additional 35 data centers operating at 38.5 MW / 262.5 PH/s.
Considering the sheer size of Hut 8’s data center, the company noted that it plans to raise CAD 33.0 million through offering nearly 13 million shares on a private placement basis, the proceeds of which will be used to fund the mining facility.
Bitcoin mining is a very competitive industry as miners worldwide are verifying transactions while securing the network for economic incentives. The global demand is also growing in lockstep with Bitcoin price, which doesn’t show signs of slowing.
After QuadrigaCX crisis, however, the crypto exchange that was shut down following the sudden death of its founder, the Canadian crypto community has been skeptical about crypto platforms. The five-year-old business reportedly misplaced another $500,000 in cold wallets. Court documents say the $190 million in missing cryptocurrency is locked in offline digital wallets while the late CEO was the only person who had the password to the company’s wallets.