Canadian top crypto mining firm Hut 8 Mining Corp has obtained a million-dollar credit facility from the American crypto exchange Coinbase lending subsidiary.
According to a press release today, June 26, Hut 8 announced that with its subsidiary Hut 8 Holdings – which is the borrower – it had secured a $50 million credit facility from Coinbase Credit Inc.
Credit Facility For General Purposes Only – Hut 8
According to today’s statement, Hut 8 intends to direct loan proceeds from the $50 million credit facility toward general corporate uses only.
That said, the credit line is structured in three parts. It begins by offering a $15 million term loan which will be provided at the closing of the credit facility agreement or shortly afterward.
Furthermore, the credit facility also offers the option of obtaining an additional $20 million from Coinbase Credit in the form of a delayed-draw term loan tranche, meaning that Hut 8 can exercise more flexibility on when to receive this specific loan.
To clarify, Hut 8 is allowed to request the $20 million at any time they deem appropriate; however, only within the first two months after the closing of the credit facility.
Finally, the credit line agreement includes the option of Hut 8 borrowing an additional $15 million delayed-draw term tranche loan in a third borrowing. However, this transaction can only be done after 15 working days following the finalization of the merger between Hut 8 and U.S. Bitcoin Corp.
Hut 8 Prepares Ahead Of Bitcoin Halving Event
Commenting on this recently agreed credit arrangement, Hut 8 CEO Jaime Leverton shared the importance of the credit line for the mining company, especially with the upcoming Bitcoin halving event in 2024.
This credit facility gives us additional financial flexibility. At the same time, it ensures we can maintain our dynamic Bitcoin treasury management strategy going into the halving
The Bitcoin halving is a preprogrammed event set on the blockchain in which the mining rewards are reduced by half. It occurs every four years and is set to continue until the total supply of Bitcoin exhausts its maximum supply of 21 million tokens in 2140.
The Bitcoin halving was designed to counter any inflationary effect on Bitcoin by reducing the number of tokens that can be earned by a single miner, thus maintaining Bitcoin’s scarcity.
There is usually much hype surrounding Bitcoin halvings due to the ability of these events to boost BTC’s price, as seen in previous occasions.
However, while halving events may have improved Bitcoin’s price in the past, each halving present has unique circumstances – and Bitcoin demand is known to fluctuate. Thus, there is no guarantee of future halvings’ effect on Bitcoin’s price. That said, the 2024 halving event is set to reduce Bitcoin rewards from 6.25 to 3.125 BTC.