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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 3, 2022 (December 27, 2021)

 

Riot Blockchain, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   001-33675   84-1553387
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

 

3855 Ambrosia Street, Suite 301

 Castle Rock, CO 80109

 
  (Address of principal executive offices)   

 

  (303) 794-2000  
  (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)  

 

 

(Former name, former address, and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

  Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

  Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

  Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock   RIOT  

Nasdaq Capital Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 

 

 
 
 

Item 1.01 – Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On December 27, 2021, Riot Blockchain, Inc. (“Riot,” “us,” “we,” “our,” or the “Corporation”) entered into a Non-Fixed Price Sales and Purchase Agreement, dated effective as of December 24, 2021, (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Bitmain Technologies Limited (“Bitmain”) to acquire 18,000 Antminer model S19 XP Bitcoin mining computers (the “Miners”) for a total purchase price of approximately $202.86 million (subject to adjustments, offsets and costs as set forth in the Purchase Agreement) (the “Purchase Price”). Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, approximately 3,000 Miners will be delivered each month between July and December 2022. Riot paid to Bitmain a refundable down payment of 35% of the total Purchase Price in connection with the execution of the Purchase Agreement, and, subject to the terms and conditions of the Purchase Agreement, will pay to Bitmain the remainder of the Purchase Price in tranches in advance of the monthly shipment dates, as set forth in the Purchase Agreement.

 

The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Report”) and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this Report, including those made in the documents incorporated by reference herein, that are not statements of historical fact may be forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “potential,” “hope” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The assumptions and expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and, therefore, may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of our acquisitions, including our financial and operating results following these acquisitions, and Riot’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions for the future. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in forward-looking statements, include, without limitation, risks related to: our estimates of bitcoin mining production are not audited; our future hash rate growth (expressed in terms of hashes per second); our anticipated benefits of immersion-cooling, our expected schedule of new miner deliveries; our ability to successfully deploy the new bitcoin mining computers we acquire; the timely completion of our expanded megawatt capacity under development; the integration of acquired businesses may not be successful, or such integration may take longer or be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than anticipated; failure to otherwise realize anticipated efficiencies and strategic and financial benefits from our acquisitions; and the impact of COVID-19 on us, our customers, or on our suppliers in connection with our estimated timelines. Detailed information regarding other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by statements in this Report, including the documents incorporated by reference herein, may be found in Riot’s filings with the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including under sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” of Riot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, and the additional risk factors set forth in Riot’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 26, 2021, as well as our other filings with the SEC, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements included in this Report, including those made in the documents incorporated by reference herein, are made only as of the date of this Report and, as applicable the date of the documents incorporated by reference herein. Riot disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur, or of which Riot hereafter becomes aware, except as required by law. Persons reading this Report and the documents incorporated by reference herein are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

 

Item 9.01– Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)   Exhibits.

 

10.1*

Non-Fixed Price Sales and Purchase Agreement by and between Riot Blockchain, Inc. and Bitmain Technologies Limited, dated effective as of December 24, 2021.

   
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

* Portions of this Exhibit have been omitted as confidential information.

  

 
 
 

 S I G N A T U R E

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  RIOT BLOCKCHAIN, INC.
     
     
  By: /s/ Jeffrey McGonegal
    Name:  Jeffrey McGonegal
    Title:  Chief Financial Officer

 

Date: January 3, 2022

 

 

 

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