Mining Firm Marathon Joins MicroStrategy as De Facto Bitcoin Investment

Key Takeaways

  • Marathon Patent Group, Inc. has disclosed a $150 million Bitcoin purchase during the recent dip.
  • The Bitcoin mining firm’s Bitcoin investment makes it a proxy for Bitcoin exposure alongside MicroStrategy.
  • The American public-listed firm has planned to expand its mining hash capacity more than tenfold this year.

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American Bitcoin mining giant and publicly-listed company Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (MARA) has revealed a $150 million BTC purchase at an average price of $31,167.8. 

Marathon Goes All-In on Bitcoin

Marathon Patent Group, Inc. used the financial services of NYDIG, a subsidiary of Stone Ridge Capital LLC, to execute the trade and corporate treasury solutions. 

While MicroStrategy added only $10 million BTC on the recent Bitcoin dip, Marathon Patent Group bought $150M BTC. 

Marathon recently completed its $200 million capital raise via shelf offering. As a result, the company ended the 2020 fiscal year with $217.6 million in cash and 74,656,549 shares outstanding. 

The American mining giant also purchased 103,060 miners, for which the company owes Bitmain around $163 million spread throughout this year subject to delivery. The firm has effectively planned to invest in the asset throughout the year.

Thus, its $150 million Bitcoin bet is no less significant than MicroStrategy’s levered BTC holdings of over $2 billion.

Merrick Okamoto, Marathon’s chairman and CEO, said:

“We also believe that holding part of our Treasury reserves in Bitcoin will be a better long-term strategy than holding US Dollars, similar to other forward-thinking companies like MicroStrategy.” 

The company is America’s largest mining firm to begin converting its cash balances to BTC, suggesting that buying shares in Marathon is a proxy for buying BTC. 

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MARA 1-year price chart. Source: Market Watch

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