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Miner Weekly: Quitters and Winners in Post-Halving Bitcoin Mining Race

Big fish are crowding out the competition

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Bitcoin’s average monthly hashrate continued its decline in June, dropping to 580 EH/s from 599 EH/s in May and 625 EH/s in April—a telling sign of the extent of capitulation among unprofitable operators in the two months following bitcoin’s halving.

The continuous decline of hashrate in June led to the increase of bitcoin’s daily production benchmark from 0.8 BTC/EH/s in May to 0.83 BTC/EH/s. This means if a company’s operating hashrate remained unchanged at 1 EH/s, it would be able to mine 24.84 BTC in June, which was 0.7% higher than the 24.66 BTC it could mine in May—despite June being one day shorter.

What’s interesting is comparing that benchmark with the bitcoin production of major public mining companies, who appear to be taking advantage of the overall decline in network competition. 

So far, Bitdeer, Bitfarms, CleanSpark, Cipher, Marathon, and Riot have released June production updates. Four reported notable growth of proprietary bitcoin production on a month-over-month basis, as the chart above shows. While Marathon and Bitdeer had a decline in bitcoin production, they ramped up energized proprietary hashrate, especially Marathon reaching the 30 EH/s level.

If we ignore the fluctuation of monthly mining rewards and average network hashrate, Bitfarms, CleanSpark, Cipher and Riot alone have increased their realized hashrate by 4.18 EH/s in June. They racked up more mining machines at a time when smaller and unprofitable operators had to unplug machines due to bitcoin’s low hashprice levels. 

As a result, the amount of hashrate unplugged from the network could be much bigger than the average hashrate decline—big enough to offset the hashrate growth of large mining operations.

In other words, a hashrate consolidation is happening behind the scenes as large-scale operators secure larger portions of mining rewards, utilizing the billions of dollars in cash raised through stock offerings to finance the expansion of their fleets and infrastructure. 

With that being said, bitcoin’s mining difficulty is expected to ease about 5% sometime on Friday due to the overall hashrate decline. 

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