Bitfury, one of the largest non-Chinese cryptocurrency mining companies, is reportedly eyeing an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to become the very first major public listing within the cryptocurrency industry on the old continent.
$3 to $5 Billion Valuation
Citing sources familiar to the matter, Bloomberg reports that European cryptocurrency mining company Bitfury is examining a broad range of options for its public offering. These include raising debt financing or even selling a minority stake of its ownership.
Reportedly, should the company move forward with a potential IPO in the next two years, it could reach a valuation ranging between $3 and $5 billion. Of course, these numbers can vary based on the current market condition as well as the overall health of the industry, according to Bloomberg’s sources.
Additionally, Bitfury has supposedly contacted global investment banks in Amsterdam, London, and Hong Kong, ahead of the purported IPO.
The company announced the release of their new ASIC chip last month, as well as a new generation of Bitcoin mining hardware.
In Bitmain’s Footsteps
While it’s unlikely that Bitfury will go through with its purported IPO throughout 2018 as we’ve already halved the fourth quarter, 2018 saw other cryptocurrency mining companies go public as well.
Earlier in May, Canaan Creative, a Chinese company better known for their Avalon ASIC lineup, officially filed $1 billion in IPO funding with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
In July Bitcoinist reported that Bitcoin mining giant Bitmain is also purportedly eyeing an IPO with a staggering $14 billion valuation.
However, a set of leaked documents suggested that just about $105 million of the company’s assets were cash, while $1.17 billion were held in cryptocurrencies, raising concerns because of the overall state of the market in 2018.
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