Eliza Gkritsi is CoinDesk's crypto mining reporter based in Asia.
Bitcoin miner Riot Blockchain (RIOT) delayed its quarterly earnings report because it needs more time to calculate how much the cryptocurrency rout, the war in Ukraine and other macroeconomic issues have cut the value of its assets.
The delay was disclosed in a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, less than a week after the company said it planned to release the figures on Aug. 9. Riot’s rivals Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA), Cipher Mining (CIFR) and CleanSpark (CLSK) all reported their earnings this week as anticipated.
Riot became one of the industry’s biggest miners when it bought a gigantic facility in Rockdale, Texas, in May 2021. Bitcoin (BTC) miners have seen their margins slashed as the price of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency by market value has dropped while energy prices, a major part of miners’ costs, have soared globally due to the war in Ukraine.
Last week, Riot said it mined 28% fewer bitcoin in July than usual. Riot curtailed its energy consumption, earning $9.5 million in power credits, as heatwaves swept through Texas, increasing the state’s demand for power. During the same month, 12,146 of Riot’s mining rigs were offline as they were transferred from New York to Texas.
Riot’s stock fell about 2% following the disclosure of the delay.