Bitcoin mining agency BIT Mining, previously generally known as 500.com, is promoting its majority share of Loto Interactive, which started as a web-based lottery enterprise and shifted to bitcoin mining in 2019.
The corporate introduced Tuesday that it entered right into a sale and buy settlement with an unnamed third celebration for 51% of Loto Interactive’s shares. After the deal, it should keep an 8.79% stake.
BIT Mining defined that the transfer aligned with the corporate’s plans to maintain increasing within the US. After being compelled to close down operations in China final yr, the corporate raised $50 million in a personal inventory providing to maneuver abroad.
The corporate is at the moment within the strategy of constructing out a 150-megawatt web site in Ohio. The primary 50 megawatts of capability have already been developed, per the corporate’s first-quarter 2022 earnings report. It additionally owns one of many largest mining swimming pools, BTC.com.
BIT Mining’s operations, by way of Loto Interactive, had been primarily situated in China till the federal government’s crackdown on bitcoin mining final yr. Loto Interactive at one level owned three websites known as “huge information centres.”
Based on Loto’s first-quarter earnings outcomes, a kind of websites in Sichuan Province was closed in January 2022, and the opposite two had been additionally set to shut down.
Moreover, Loto began working a “huge information centre” in Hong Kong in November 2021, which generated HK$6.9 million (roughly $878,991) within the first three months of the yr, per the doc — primarily all the corporate’s earnings throughout that point interval, with the remaining 9.82% stemming from its “cash lending enterprise.”
Within the first quarter of 2021, Loto had introduced in HK$74,259,000 in income (round $9,460,150).
The “important lower” in income was principally “because of the termination of operation of the three huge information centres in Sichuan Province,” the corporate stated.
BTC.com was based by Bitmain and offered to 500.com in 2021. Now known as BIT Mining, the corporate is listed on Nasdaq and has not directly been backed by some state-owned capital, as The Block defined final yr.
Much like Loto, BIT Mining was once within the enterprise of on-line sports activities lotteries and struggled amid China’s 2015 crackdown of on-line lotteries.