UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 6-K
 
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REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
For the month of August, 2022
 
Commission File Number: 001-40816
 
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Argo Blockchain plc
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
_____________________
 
9th Floor
16 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5DG
England
(Address of principal executive office)
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
 
Form 20-F          Form 40-F     
 
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):
 
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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit No.
1
 
Description
Interim Half Year Results 2022 dated 24 August 2022
 
 
 
Press Release
 
 
24 August 2022
 
 
Argo Blockchain plc
 
("Argo" or "the Group")
 
 
 
Interim Half Year Results 2022
 
 
Argo Blockchain plc, a global leader in cryptocurrency mining (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), is pleased to announce its results for the six months to 30 June 2022.
 
Financial Highlights
 
Total number of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent ("BTC") mined during H1 2022 was 939, a 6% increase over the BTC mined in H1 2021
Revenues of £26.7 million ($32.5 million), a decrease of 14% from H1 2021, driven primarily by a decrease in Bitcoin price and an increase in the global hashrate and associated network difficulty level
Adjusted EBITDA of £17.1 million ($20.9 million), a decrease of 28% from H1 2021
Mining margin of 71%, down from 81% in H1 2021. Similar to revenue, this decrease is largely attributable to the decrease in Bitcoin price and an increase in network difficulty
Pre-tax loss of £36.9 million ($44.9 million), driven primarily by a non-cash reduction in the fair value of digital currencies held on the balance sheet
Total number of BTC held at 30 June 2022 was 1,953, a 54% increase from 1,268 BTC held at 30 June 2021
 
Operational Highlights
 
Energized Phase 1 of the Helios facility in Dickens County, Texas and commenced mining operations on 5 May 2022
Increased hashrate capacity by 38% from 1.6 EH/s at the end of 2021 to 2.2 EH/s at the end of July 2022
Obtained $26.7 million (£20.2 million) of financing from NYDIG secured by certain electrical infrastructure equipment at Helios
Obtained up to $70.6 million (£56.3 million) of additional financing from NYDIG secured by certain Bitmain S19J Pro machines at Helios
Executed an agreement with ePIC Blockchain Technologies to purchase custom mining machines for use with Intel's Blockscale ASIC chip
 
Post Period End
 
Strengthened balance sheet by reducing exposure on BTC-backed loan with Galaxy Digital to £5.5 million ($6.7 million)
 Completed swap agreement with Core Scientific for approximately 10,000 S19J Pro machines, which completes the strategic pivot to a self-hosted business model in which Argo owns and operates its own machines and infrastructure
Released the Group's 2021 Sustainability Report and maintained climate positive status by producing no Scope 1 emissions and offsetting all Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions through renewable energy credits and verifiable emissions reductions
 
Update to Mining Capacity Guidance
 
In response to current market conditions and to reduce near-term capital intensity, the Group is updating its year end guidance for hashrate capacity. The Group expects to achieve 3.2 EH/s of total hashrate capacity by the end of 2022 and to increase capacity in Q1 2023 to 4.1 EH/s.
 
Peter Wall, CEO of Argo, said: "The delivery and installation of the approximately 20,000 S19J Pro machines from Bitmain continues to progress on schedule, and we still expect to have all of these machines installed by October 2022. The revision to our hashrate guidance reflects our current expectations for delivery and deployment of the custom machines we are developing with ePIC Blockchain Technologies ("ePIC") that utilize the Intel® Blockscale™ ASIC chips. We have worked closely with ePIC and Intel to modify the machine design to increase total mining efficiency, which has delayed our expected deployment schedule. Further, we are preserving our optionality by reducing our overall capital spending on these machines as market conditions remain volatile. We remain confident in the performance of the custom machines and are excited to deploy them starting in Q1 2023."
 
Non-IFRS Measures
 
The following table shows a reconciliation of gross margin to Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the periods ended 30 June 2022 and 30 June 2021.
 
 
 
Period ended
Period ended
 
30 June 2022
30 June 2021
 
(unaudited)
(unaudited)
 
£'000
£'000
 
 
 
Gross (loss)/profit
(34,413)
14,533
Gross margin
(129%)
47%
Depreciation of mining equipment
10,852
4,758
Change in fair value of digital currencies
36,025
6,407
Realised loss/(gain) on sale of digital currencies
6,372
(219)
Non mining revenue
-
(1,148)
 
 
 
Mining Profit
18,836
24,331
Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin
71%
81%
 
 
The following table shows a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the periods ended 30 June 2022 and 30 June 2021.
 
 
 
Period ended
Period ended
 
30 June 2022
30 June 2021
 
(unaudited)
(unaudited)
 
£'000
£'000
 
 
 
(Loss) / Profit after taxation
(30,504)
7,214
Interest expense
3,477
411
Income tax (credit)/expense
(6,386)
3,484
Depreciation/Amortisation
11,718
4,870
Share based payment
2,816
1,568
Change in fair value of digital currencies
36,025
6,407
 
 
 
Adjusted EBITDA
17,146
23,954
 
 
Inside Information and Forward-Looking Statements
 
This announcement contains inside information and includes forward-looking statements which reflect the Company's or, as appropriate, the Directors' current views, interpretations, beliefs or expectations with respect to the Company's financial performance, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations. These statements include forward-looking statements both with respect to the Company and the sector and industry in which the Company operates. Statements which include the words "expects", "intends", "plans", "believes", "projects", "anticipates", "will", "targets", "aims", "may", "would", "could", "continue", "estimate", "future", "opportunity", "potential" or, in each case, their negatives, and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events that may or may not occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause the Company's actual results, prospects and performance to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. In addition, even if the Company's actual results, prospects and performance are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this document, those results may not be indicative of results in subsequent periods. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this announcement. Subject to any obligations under the Prospectus Regulation Rules, the Market Abuse Regulation, the Listing Rules and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and except as required by the FCA, the London Stock Exchange, the City Code or applicable law and regulations, the Company undertakes no obligation publicly to update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. For a more complete discussion of factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those described in this announcement, please refer to the filings that Company makes from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, including the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Registration Statement on Form F-1.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
 
Argo Blockchain
 
 
Peter Wall
Chief Executive
 
via Tancredi +44 203 434 2334
 
 
finnCap Ltd
 
 
Corporate Finance
Jonny Franklin-Adams
Tim Harper
Joint Corporate Broker
Sunila de Silva
 
+44 207 220 0500
 
 
 
Tennyson Securities
 
 
Joint Corporate Broker
Peter Krens
 
+44 207 186 9030
 
OTC Markets
 
 
Jonathan Dickson
jonathan@otcmarkets.com
 
+44 204 526 4581
+44 7731 815 896
 
Tancredi Intelligent Communication
UK & Europe Media Relations
 
 
Emma Valgimigli
Fabio Galloni-Roversi Monaco
Nasser Al-Sayed
argoblock@tancredigroup.com
 
+44 7727 180 873
+44 7888 672 701
+44 7915 033 739
 
 
 
 
About Argo:
 
Argo Blockchain plc is a dual-listed (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK) blockchain technology company focused on large-scale cryptocurrency mining. With its flagship mining facility in Texas, and offices in the US, Canada, and the UK, Argo's global, sustainable operations are predominantly powered by renewable energy. In 2021, Argo became the first climate positive cryptocurrency mining company, and a signatory to the Crypto Climate Accord. Argo also participates in several Web 3.0, DeFi and GameFi projects through its Argo Labs division, further contributing to its business operations, as well as the development of the cryptocurrency markets. For more information, visit www.argoblockchain.com.
 
 
Interim Management Report
 
Argo entered 2022 with two clear goals: to complete Phase 1 of the Group's Helios facility in Dickens County, Texas while continuing to optimise the performance of its existing mining fleet.
 
Argo is making significant progress towards the completion of Phase 1 of Helios; on 5 May 2022, the Group energized the facility and commenced mining operations. Argo commemorated this important milestone with an inauguration ceremony attended by local, state, and federal elected officials, as well as members of the local community. Since then, the Group has continued to install new machines and is on track to complete the installation of its order of 20,000 S19 J Pro machines from Bitmain by October 2022. Additionally, in July 2022, Argo completed its machine swap agreement with Core Scientific, which included the installation of an additional approximately 10,000 machines at Helios.
 
Upon completion of the machine swap agreement, the Group now operates 100% of its owned machines and has no third-party hosting arrangements. This is the culmination of the strategic pivot away from hosting to a fully vertically-integrated business model that began with the acquisition of two data centres in Quebec in early 2021. Being vertically-integrated will allow Argo's management to have more operational control over its mining machines and drive increased performance. Additionally, controlling operational expenses will be critical as the next Bitcoin halving cycle takes place in May 2024 and the Bitcoin block reward is reduced by 50%.
 
On the second goal, Argo is operating with a mining margin of 70% over the period, which is among the highest of the Group's peers.
 
As the Group's fleet is upgraded to the newer and more efficient S19J Pro machines, it continues to review the profitability and performance of the older machines in its fleet. Post period end, the Group completed a comprehensive review of its mining fleet and removed 460 PH/s of non-operational mining capacity from its total hashrate. This primarily comprises S17 and T17 machines, which despite a higher rate of failure, have been profitable for the Group with a total aggregate ROI in excess of 260%.
 
Argo is also making progress on the custom mining machine it is developing in collaboration with ePIC Blockchain that is specifically designed to utilize the Intel Blockscale ASIC chip. Delivery and deployment of these machines is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022.
 
In January, the Group formally launched Argo Labs, its in-house innovation arm established to identify opportunities within the broader Web3 and blockchain ecosystem while supporting the decentralization of various blockchain protocols. Argo allocated approximately 10% of the Group's crypto assets in its "HODL" to Argo Labs. Argo Labs is primarily focused on two key areas: network participation and strategic diversification through the efficient deployment of the Group's crypto treasury assets. Network participation consists of providing infrastructure support, running nodes and validators, and staking innovative projects. Efficient deployment of the Group's crypto treasury assets includes, among other things, supporting early-stage projects and participating in decentralized finance (DeFi), as well as the NFT & metaverse ecosystem, in each case in furtherance of the Group's general business operations. By gaining exposure to the broader digital asset ecosystem, Argo Labs will allow the Group to participate in disruptive technologies and provide long-term value to its shareholders.
 
Despite the overall market drawdown and the decrease in Bitcoin price, the Group has been able to raise significant capital via secured debt financing. In March 2022, Argo obtained £20.2 million ($26.7 million) of debt financing from NYDIG, the proceeds of which were used to continue the build out of Helios. These borrowings are secured by certain electrical infrastructure equipment at the Helios facility. Additionally, in May 2022, Argo announced another debt financing agreement with NYDIG for up to £56.3 million ($70.6 million); these borrowings are secured by certain S19J Pro mining machines located at Helios.
 
The Group is mindful of its carbon footprint and maintains a strong focus on environmental sustainability. The Group's mining facilities in Quebec are powered by hydroelectricity, and operations in Texas are located in the Texas Panhandle where 85% of the generation capacity comes from wind power. In 2021, the Group signed the Crypto Climate Accord, committing to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. In 2021, Argo reached this goal, releasing a full climate strategy and becoming the first Bitcoin mining company to announce climate positive status through its use of renewable energy to power mining operations, and by offsetting more scope 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions than it emitted in both 2020 and 2021. Additionally, Argo was a founding member of the Bitcoin Mining Council, which educates the public on the increasing amount of renewable energy used for Bitcoin mining. It also seeks to improve reporting and increase the amount of data available on the use of renewable energy within the sector.
 
Argo's operations in Quebec and Texas also promote sustainability by helping to stabilize the electrical grid. In Quebec, Argo participates in curtailment programs to lower electricity usage during periods of extreme weather. In Texas, the Helios facility will participate in demand response programs, whereby it can reduce its electricity usage and increase availability of power to the grid in times of peak demand. This flexibility in electricity load has profound benefits for grid stability and helps to ensure equilibrium between supply and demand. This was demonstrated in July 2022 when Argo, along with most large-scale Bitcoin miners in Texas, voluntarily shut down operations in response to a conservation alert from ERCOT. Bitcoin miners collectively curtailed over 1,000 MW of electricity demand, which was then available during a time of intense heat and peak electricity demand. This action enabled ERCOT to avoid implementing rolling blackouts, which would have negatively impacted residential and commercial electricity users across the state.
 
Having successfully energized the Helios facility and commenced mining operations, the Group's strategic focus for the remainder of 2022 is to complete the build out of Phase 1 and lay the groundwork for the development of future phases at Helios.
 
Outlook
 
While the first half of 2022 presented many challenges, I am delighted with the progress that we have made in developing Helios and positioning ourselves as a leader in the Bitcoin mining industry. We designed and built a world-class Bitcoin mining facility from the ground up, balancing prudent growth with a volatile market. Furthermore, we continue to lead the industry with our commitment to sustainability, and we were proud to publish the Group's 2021 sustainability report which explains our climate positive status.
 
As operations at Helios continue to ramp up, there are certain milestones which will enable us to optimise our operations and achieve greater efficiency. We are evaluating several opportunities to execute a long-term, fixed price power purchase agreement (PPA), which will lock in our electricity prices and reduce our exposure to short term price fluctuations. Once the fixed price PPA is in place, Helios will have more optionality to participate in the demand response programs offered by ERCOT, which will further reduce its overall electricity cost.
 
During the period, there has been a global macroeconomic pullback as investors and central bankers grapple with inflation, the war in Ukraine, and rising interest rates. These headwinds have impacted all financial assets, including Bitcoin and the equity of publicly traded Bitcoin miners.
 
Argo is well positioned to weather the current downturn with its large and highly efficient mining infrastructure, runway for growth, and experienced management team, which has successfully navigated the Group through previous crypto winters. In response to the challenging market environment, we have adjusted our treasury management strategy. Throughout the period, we have been steadily selling Bitcoin, utilizing derivatives to obtain a higher realized price than simply selling into the market. In Q2 2022, we sold Bitcoin at an average realized price of approximately $28,500, realizing hedge gains in excess of $1,500 per Bitcoin. Proceeds from these sales have been used for operating expenses, capital expenditures, and to reduce exposure on our Bitcoin-backed loan.
 
Despite the challenging economic environment in 2022, we continue to focus on our strategic priority of completing Phase 1 of Helios and laying the groundwork to further scale operations.
 
On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all shareholders and staff who share in Argo's mission of powering the world's most innovative and sustainable blockchain infrastructure.
 
Onwards and upwards!
 
 
Peter Wall
CEO & Interim Executive Chairman
 
 
Responsibility Statement
 
We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:
 
the Interim Report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards 34, Interim Financial Reporting; and
 
gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit/loss of the Group; and
 
the Interim Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the set of interim financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year.
 
the Interim Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being the information required on related party transactions.
 
 The Interim Report was approved by the Board of Directors and the above responsibility statement was signed on its behalf by:
 
 
 
Peter Wall
CEO & Interim Executive Chairman
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
 
 
Period ended
Period ended
 
 
30 June 2022
30 June 2021
 
 
(unaudited)
(unaudited)
 
Note
£'000
£'000
 
 
 
 
Revenues
5
26,700
31,086
Direct costs
 
(18,716)
(10,365)
Change in fair value of digital currencies
12
(42,397)
(6,188)
 
 
 
 
Gross (loss) / profit
 
(34,413)
14,533
 
 
 
 
Operating costs and expenses
 
(9,846)
(2,293)
Share based payment
 
(2,816)
(1,568)
Foreign exchange
 
10,265
437
Operating (loss) / profit
 
(36,810)
11,109
 
 
 
 
Gain on settlement of contingent consideration
 
4,038
-
Gain on sale of investment
 
133
-
Fair value (loss) of investments
 
(284)
-
Finance cost
 
(3,477)
(411)
Equity accounted loss from associate
 
(490)
-
 
 
 
 
(Loss) / profit before taxation
 
(36,890)
10,698
 
 
 
 
Income tax credit / (expense)
7
6,386
(3,484)
 
 
 
 
(Loss) / Profit after taxation
 
(30,504)
7,214
 
Other comprehensive income
 
 
 
Items which may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:
 
 
 
-     Currency translation reserve
-     Equity accounted OCI from associate
 
 
(4,413)
 
(8,318)
(361)
 
-
-     Fair value loss on intangible digital assets
 
(414)
-
 
 
 
 
Total other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
(13,145)
(361)
 
 
 
 
Total comprehensive income attributable to the equity holders of the Company
 
(43,649)
6,853
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share attributable to equity owners (pence)
 
 
 
Basic earnings per share
6
(6.5p)
1.9p
Diluted earnings per share - restricted
6
(6.5p)
1.8p
 
 
The income statement has been prepared on the basis that all operations are continuing operations.
 
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
 
 
 
As at
As at
 
 
30 June 2022
31 December 2021
 
 
(unaudited)
(audited)
 
Note
£'000
£'000
 
 
 
 
ASSETS
 
 
 
Non-current assets
 
 
 
Investments at fair value through income and loss
 
135
403
Investments accounted for using the equity method
8
5,009
13,817
Intangible fixed assets
9
3,602
5,604
Property, plant and equipment
10
157,795
111,604
Right of use assets
10
374
350
Total non-current assets
 
166,915
131,778
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Trade and other receivables
11
99,448
63,359
Digital assets
12
28,092
80,759
Cash and cash equivalents
 
9,210
11,803
Total current assets
 
136,750
155,921
 
 
 
 
Total assets
 
303,665
287,699
 
 
 
 
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
 
 
 
Equity
 
 
 
Share capital
13
478
468
Share premium
13
143,752
139,581
Share based payment reserve
14
4,689
1,905
Currency translation reserve
14
(4,380)
33
Fair value reserve
 
-
414
Other comprehensive (loss)/income of equity accounted associate
 
(1,747)
6,571
Accumulated surplus
14
22,366
52,838
Total equity
 
165,158
201,810
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
Trade and other payables
15
17,633
15,245
Contingent consideration
 
-
8,071
Loans and borrowings
16
44,716
23,391
Income tax
 
2,439
7,679
Deferred tax
 
-
286
Lease liability
 
11
7
Total current liabilities
 
64,799
54,679
 
Non-current liabilities
 
 
 
Deferred tax
 
442
541
Issued debt - bond
16
32,892
26,908
Loans and borrowings
16
39,989
3,391
Lease liability
 
385
370
Total liabilities
 
138,507
85,889
 
 
 
 
Total equity and liabilities
 
303,665
287,699
 
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
 
 
 
 
Share capital
Share premium
Currency translation reserve
Share based payment reserve
Fair value reserve
Other comprehensive income of associates
Accumulated surplus/
(deficit)
Total
 
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
Balance at 1 January 2022
468
139,581
33
1,905
414
6,571
52,838
201,810
Total comprehensive profit for the period:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss for the period
-
-
-
-
-
-
(30,504)
(30,504)
Other comprehensive income
-
-
(4,413)
-
(414)
(8,318)
-
(13,145)
Total comprehensive income for the period
-
-
(4,413)
-
(414)
(8,318)
(30,504)
(43,649)
Transactions with equity owners:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stock based compensation charge
-
-
-
2,816
-
-
-
2,816
Common stock options/warrants exercised
10
4,171
-
(32)
-
-
32
4,181
Balance at 30 June 2022
478
143,752
(4,380)
4,689
-
(1,747)
22,366
165,158
 
 
 
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
 
 
 
 
Share capital
Share premium
Currency translation reserve
Share based payment reserve
Accumulated surplus/
(deficit)
Total
 
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
Balance at 1 January 2021
304
1,540
443
75
21,965
24,327
Total comprehensive income for the period:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Profit for the period
-
-
-
-
7,214
7,214
Other comprehensive income
-
-
(361)
-
-
(361)
Total comprehensive income for the period
-
-
(361)
-
7,214
6,853
Transactions with equity owners:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock to be issued*
-
11
-
-
-
11
Issue of common stock net of issue costs
78
53,766
-
-
-
53,844
Stock based compensation charge
-
-
-
1,568
-
1,568
Common stock options/warrants exercised
-
-
-
(568)
568
-
Common stock options/warrants lapsed/expired
-
-
-
(83)
83
-
Total transactions with equity owners
78
53,777
-
917
651
55,423
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at 30 June 2021
382
55,317
82
992
29,830
86,603
 
 
*Shares to be issued relate to share options exercised and paid up pre period end, however the shares were formally issued post period end.
 
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
 
 
 
Period ended
Period ended
 
 
30 June 2022
30 June 2021
 
 
(unaudited)
(unaudited)
 
Note
£'000
£'000
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
(Loss) / profit before taxation
 
(36,890)
10,698
Adjustments for:
 
 
 
Depreciation/Amortisation
 
11,718
4,870
Foreign exchange movements
 
(10,266)
25
Finance cost
 
3,477
411
Fair value change in digital assets through profit or loss
 
36,025
-
Investment fair value movement
 
284
-
Gain on investment
 
(133)
-
Impairment of intangible digital assets
 
3,009
-
Share of loss from associate
 
490
-
Gain on settlement of contingent consideration
 
(4,038)
-
Share based payment expense
 
2,816
1,568
Working capital changes:
 
 
 
(Increase) in trade and other receivables
11
(928)
(2,095)
Increase in trade and other payables
15
2,388
15,246
Decrease/(increase) in digital assets
12
16,642
(28,351)
Net cash flow from operating activities
 
24,594
2,372
 
 
 
 
Investing activities
 
 
 
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired
 
-
(272)
Proceeds from sale of investment
 
133
-
Investment in associate
8
-
(7,353)
Other investments
 
-
(219)
Purchase of tangible fixed assets*
9
(49,243)
(6,883)
Mining equipment prepayments
 
(35,431)
(35,471)
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(84,541)
(50,198)
 
 
 
 
Financing activities
 
 
 
Proceeds from borrowings
16
66,331
14,375
Lease payments
 
(13)
(1,734)
Loan repayments
 
(8,393)
-
Interest paid
 
(3,477)
(411)
Proceeds from shares issued
 
116
49,593
Net cash generated from financing activities
 
54,564
61,823
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
(5,383)
13,997
Effect of foreign exchange changes in cash
 
2,790
-
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
 
11,803
2,051
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
9,210
16,048
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Material non-cash movements:
 
*£7,277k of the machine additions were funded by the sale of machines, as part of the Core Scientific swap deal arrangement
 
£1,648k purchase of intangible assets were acquired using Bitcoin
 
£4,362k payment to Bitmain in respect of machine prepayments paid in Bitcoin
 
 
 
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
 
1.         COMPANY INFORMATION
 
Argo Blockchain PLC ("the company") is a public company, limited by shares, and incorporated in England and Wales. The registered office is 9th Floor, 16th Great Queen Street, London, England, WC2B 5DG. The company was incorporated on 5 December 2017 as GoSun Blockchain Limited and changed its name to Argo Blockchain Limited on 21 December 2017. Also on 21 December 2017, the company re-registered as a public company, Argo Blockchain plc. Argo Blockchain plc acquired a 100% subsidiary, Argo Innovation Labs Inc. (together "the Group"), incorporated in Canada, on 12 January 2018.
 
On 4 March 2021 the Group acquired 100% of the share capital of DPN LLC and was merged into new US entity Argo Innovation Facilities (US) Inc (also 100% owned by Argo Blockchain plc).
 
On 11 May 2021 the Group acquired 100% of the share capital of 9377-2556 Quebec Inc and 9366-5230 Quebec Inc. These are held by Argo Innovation Labs Inc. (Canada).
 
The principal activities of the group are that of crypto asset mining and investing in crypto assets and non-fungible tokens.
 
The ordinary shares of the Group are listed under the trading symbol ARB on the London Stock Exchange. The American Depositary Receipt of the Group are listed under the trading symbol ARBK on Nasdaq. The Group bond is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the trading symbol ARBKL.
 
 
2.         BASIS OF PREPARATION
 
The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2022 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and presented in sterling. They do not include all of the information required in annual financial statements in accordance with IFRS, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021, which have been prepared in accordance with UK-adopted international accounting standards and International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the IASB. The report of the auditors on those financial statements was unqualified.
 
The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for the measurement to fair value certain financial and digital assets and financial instruments.
 
Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021.
 
 
3.         ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those of the previous financial year except as set out below.
 
Segmental reporting
The directors consider that the Group has only one significant reporting segment being crypto mining which is fully earned by a Canadian subsidiary.
 
Derivative financial instruments
The Group uses derivative financial instruments to hedge its exposure to commodity risks (namely the price of Bitcoin) arising from operating, financing and investing activities. The Group does not hold or issue derivative financial instruments for trading purposes.
 
Derivative financial instruments are recognised and stated at fair value.
 
 
4.         ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED STANDARDS AND INTERPRETATIONS
 
The Group has adopted all recognition, measurement and disclosure requirements of IFRS, including any new and revised standards and Interpretations of IFRS, in effect for annual periods commencing on or after 1 January 2022. The adoption of these standards and amendments did not have any material impact on the financial result of position of the Group.
 
Standards which are in issue but not yet effective:
 
At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, the following Standards and Interpretation, which have not yet been applied in these financial statements, were in issue but not yet effective.
 
Standard or Interpretation
 
Description
 
Effective date for annual accounting period beginning on or after
 
IAS 1
 
Amendments - Presentation and Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current
 
1 January 2023
 
IAS 8
 
Amendments - Definition of Accounting Estimates
 
1 January 2023
 
 
The Group has not early adopted any of the above standards and intends to adopt them when they become effective.
 
 
5.         REVENUES
 
 
 
Period ended
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
Period ended
30 June 2021 (unaudited)
 
£'000
£'000
Crypto currency mining - worldwide
26,700
29,937
Crypto currency management fees - United States
-
1,148
Total revenue
26,700
31,085
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Due to the nature of Crypto currency mining, it is not possible to provide a geographical split of the revenue stream.
 
Crypto currency mining revenues are recognised at a point in time.
 
Crypto currency management fees are services recognised over time.
 
 
6.         EARNINGS PER SHARE
 
 
The basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to equity shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue.
 
 
 
 
Period ended
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
Period ended
30 June 2021 (unaudited)
Net (loss)/profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders from continuing operations (£000)
(30,504)
7,214
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue
469,182,463
381,832,335
Basic earnings per share for continuing operations (pence)
(6.5)
1.9
 
 
 
Net (loss)/profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders for continuing operations (£000)
(30,504)
7,214
Diluted number of ordinary shares in issue
475,067,159
393,091,232
Diluted earnings per share for continuing operations (pence) - restricted
(6.5)
1.8
 The Group has in issue 18,396,397 warrants and options at 30 June 2022 (2021: 11,258,897).
 
 
7.         TAXATION
 
 
 
Period ended
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
Period ended
30 June 2021 (unaudited)
 
 
£'000
£'000
Income tax (credit)/expense - foreign tax
 
(6,000)
3,484
Deferred tax (credit)/expense
 
(386)
2,568
Taxation charge in the financial statements
 
(6,386)
3,484
 
No deferred tax asset has been recognised in respect of UK tax losses carried forward on the basis that there is insufficient certainty over the level of future profits to utilise against this amount.
 
Income tax expense
 
The tax on the Group's profit before tax differs from the theoretical amount that would arise using the weighted average tax rate applicable to profits of the consolidated entities as follows:
 
 
 
 
Period ended
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
Period ended
30 June 2021 (unaudited)
 
 
£'000
£'000
(Loss)/Profit before taxation
 
(36,890)
10,698
 
Expected tax (credit)/charge based on a weighted average of 25% (2020 - 24%) (UK, US and Canada)
 
(16,404)
2,568
 
 
 
 
Effect of expenses not deductible in determining taxable profit
 
40
32
Capital allowances in excess of depreciation
 
(5,589)
323
Other tax adjustments
 
11,588
1,838
Losses utilised re prior years*
 
(7,005)
(1,790)
Origination and reversal of temporary differences
 
3,936
256
Unutilised tax losses carried forward
 
7,048
257
Taxation (credit)/charge in the financial statements
 
(6,386)
3,484
 
 
*During the period the tax charge in respect of the year ended 31 December 2021 in respect of the taxable charge for Argo Innovation Labs Inc was finalised and it was agreed losses previously not accepted as deductible were deductible and as a result the liability for that year was reduced.
 
 
 
8.         INVESTMENTS ACCOUNTED FOR USING THE EQUITY METHOD
 
 
Period ended
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
Year ended 31 December 2021 (audited)
 
£'000
£'000
Opening balance
13,817
-
Acquired during the period
-
     8,444
Share of loss
(490)
(1,198)
Share of fair value (loss)/gain on intangible assets through other comprehensive income
    
(8,318)
6,571
Total Associates
5,009
     13,817
 
 
Set out below are the associates of the Group as at 30 June 2022, which, in the opinion of the Directors, significant influence is held. The associate as listed below has share capital consisting solely of ordinary shares, which are held directly by the Group. The country of incorporation or registration is also their principal place of business.
 
Nature of investment in associates 2022 and 2021:
 
Name of entity
Address of the registered office
 
% of ownership interest
Nature of relationship
Measurement method
Pluto Digital PLC
Hill Dickinson LLP, 8th Floor The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2A 2EW
24.65%
Refer below
 
 
Equity
 
On 3 February 2021 Argo invested in Pluto Digital PLC ("Pluto"), a crypto venture capital and technology company. The investment was satisfied with 75,000 Polkadot with a fair value at that date of £1,091,850. Further to this in a second round of funding the Group invested an additional £7,352,970 on 8 March 2021.
Argo owns 24.65% of the total share capital and voting rights of the business and is entitled to nominate one director to the Pluto Board of Directors.
 
Pluto is a crypto technology company that connects Web 3.0 decentralised technologies to the global economy. Pluto identifies key emerging areas and projects in the crypto sphere, then deploys its business, networks and technical expertise to create value for crypto partners, projects and Pluto shareholders.
 
Pluto incubates and advises digital asset projects based on decentralised technologies, decentralised finance and networks such as Ethereum and Polkadot. Additionally, Pluto supports the operation of proof-of-stake networks by staking and operating validator nodes. Pluto represents a strategic partnership for the Group as it diversifies its activities in the crypto space.
 
Pluto Digital PLC is an unlisted company and there is no quoted market price available for its shares.
There are no contingent liabilities relating to the Group's interest in the associates.
 
Summarised financial information for associates
 
Set out below is the summarised financial information for Pluto Digital plc which is accounted for using the equity method.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pluto Digital plc
 
 
 
As at 30 June
 
 
 
2022 £000's  
Net assets
 
 
18,033  
 
 
Summarised Statement of Comprehensive Income, Pluto Digital plc
 
 
 
 
Period ended June 2022
£000's
Loss from continuing operations
 
 
(3,046)
Interest expense, net of income
 
 
(179)
Income tax expense
 
 
1,240
Post-tax loss from continuing operations 
 
 
(1,985)
Other comprehensive loss
 
 
(33,736)
Total comprehensive Income
 
 
(35,721)
 
 
The information above reflects the amounts presented in the management accounts of the associate (and not Argo Blockchain Plc's share of those amounts) adjusted for differences in accounting policies between the Group and the associate.
 
 
9.         INTANGIBLE FIXED ASSETS NOTE
 
 
 
Group
 
Goodwill
Digital assets
Website
2022 Total
 
 
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
Cost
 
 
 
 
 
At 1 January 2022
 
80
5,424
671
6,175
 
 
 
 
 
 
Additions
 
-
5,841
-
5,841
Disposals
 
-
(4,087)
-
(4,087)
At 30 June 2022
 
80
7,178
671
7,929
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortisation and impairment
 
 
 
 
 
At 1 January
 
-
121
450
571
Foreign exchange movement
35
204
23
262
Impairment
 
-
3,009
-
3,009
Fair value loss/(gain)
 
-
413
-
413
Amortisation charged during the period
-
-
72
72
At 30 June 2022
 
35
3,747
545
4,327
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance At 30 June 2022
45
3,431
126
3,602
 
Digital assets are cryptocurrencies not mined by the Group. The Group held crypto assets during the year, which are recorded at cost on the day of acquisition. Movements in fair value between acquisition (date mined) and disposal (date sold), and the movement in fair value in crypto assets held at the year end, impairment of the intangible assets and any increase in fair value are recorded in the fair value reserve.
 
The digital assets held below are held in Argo Labs (a division of the Group) as discussed above. The assets are all held in secure custodian wallets controlled by the Group team and not by individuals within the Argo Labs team.
 
The assets detailed below are all accessible and liquid in nature. Those assets (immaterial in total) held longer term are inaccessible for a period of time have been valued either at cost or £nil depending upon the information available as at the year end.
 
 
 
As at 30 June 2022
 
Coins/tokens
Fair value
 
Crypto asset name
 
 
£'000
 
Polkadot - DOT
 
120,886
693
 
Ethereum - ETH
 
605
526
 
Solana - SOL
 
9,365
256
 
Cosmos Hub - ATOM
 
27,938
183
 
ASTRA
 
-
112
 
Alternative coins
 
-
1,661
 
At 30 June 2022
 
 
3,431
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.       TANGIBLE FIXED ASSETS
 
Group
Right of use Assets
Office Equipment
Mining and Computer Equipment
     Assets Under Construction
Leasehold Improvements
Data centres
Motor vehicles
Total
 
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
Cost
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At 1 January 2022
358
 
49
58,499
61,306
85
10,466
-
130,763
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange movement
32
-
2,476
6,805
8
975
 -
10,296
Additions
 -
27
41,353
6,344
1
8,742
53
56,520
Disposals
-
-
(12,340)
-
-
-
-
(12,340)
Transfer to another class
 -
 -
 -
(74,455)
 -
74,455
 -
 -
At 30 June 2022
390
76
89,988
-
94
94,638
53
185,239
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and impairment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At 1 January 2022
8
-
18,507
-
65
229
 
18,809
Foreign exchange movement
 -
 -
1,612
 -
6
59
 -
1,677
On disposals
-
-
(5,063)
-
-
-
-
(5,063)
Depreciation charged during the period
8
5
10,839
 -
10
782
2
11,646
At 30 June 2022
16
5
25,895
-
81
1,070
2
27,069
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carrying amount
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At 1 January 2022
350
49
39,992
61,306
20
10,237
 
111,954
At 30 June 2022
374
71
64,093
-
13
93,568
51
158,170
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note: on the face of the balance sheet the Right of Use assets are disclosed as a separate line but have been aggregated with other fixed assets above.
 
 
 
 
 
11.       TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES
 
 
As at
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
As at                   31 December 2021 (audited)
 
£'000
£'000
Mining equipment prepayments
82,587
47,426
Hedging instrument
1,608
-
Prepayments and other receivables
12,233
13,194
Other taxation and social security
3,020
2,739
Total trade and other receivables
99,448
63,359
 
Mining equipment prepayments consist of payments made and due on mining equipment due to arrive by the end of 2022. Payments to ePIC ASIC Asia Limited ("ePIC") comprise £4.1m, Intel of £15.1m and the balance of £63.4m was paid to Bitmain in advance of machine purchases to be received after the period end.
 
Other taxation and social security consist of purchase tax recoverable in the UK and Canada. GST and QST debtors are greater than 90 days as at 30 June 2022.
 
The directors consider that the carrying amount of trade and other receivables is equal to their fair value.
 
 
 
12.       DIGITAL ASSETS
 
Group
Period ended
30 June 2022
(unaudited)
£'000
   Year ended           31 December 2021
(audited)
£'000
At 1 January 2022 and 2021
80,759
4.637
 
 
 
Additions
 
 
Crypto assets mined
26,700
70,325
Crypto asset purchased and received
-
16,569
Total additions
26,700
86.894
 
 
 
Disposals
 
 
Crypto assets sold
(34,069)
(12,400)
Total disposals
(34,069)
(12,400)
 
 
 
Fair value movements
 
 
Foreign exchange
(2,901)
-
     Gain/(loss) on crypto asset sales
(6,372)
437
Movements on crypto assets held at the period end
(36,025)
1,191
Total fair value movements
(45,298)
1,628
 
 
 
At 30 June 2022 & 31 December 2021
28,092
80,759
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Group mined crypto assets during the period, which are recorded at fair value on the day of acquisition. Movements in fair value between acquisition (date mined) and disposal (date sold), and the movement in fair value in crypto assets held at the year end, are recorded in profit or loss. The Group has used 1,178 as at 30 June 2022 and 1,504 Bitcoin as at 31 December 2021 as collateral for a loan.
 
As at 30 June 2022 and 31 December 2021 the above digital assets solely comprised 1,742 and 2,441 Bitcoin respectively.
 
 
13.       ORDINARY SHARES
 
 
 
As at
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
£'000
As at
31 December 2021 (audited)
£'000
Ordinary share capital
 
 
 
Issued and fully paid
 
 
 
468,082,335 Ordinary Shares of £0.001 each
 
468
303
Issued in the period
 
 
 
9,742,831 Ordinary Shares of £0.001 each
 
10
165
477,825,166 Ordinary Shares of £0.001 each
 
478
468
 
 
 
 
Share premium
 
 
 
At beginning of the period
 
139,581
1,540
Issued in the period
 
4,171
150,977
Issue Costs
 
-
(12,936)
At the end of period
 
143,752
139,581
 
Acquisition of DPN LLC
The acquisition of DPN LLC, effectively comprising the land acquisition in west Texas, has been treated as an asset acquisition in these condensed consolidated financial statements. In June 2022, the Company settled the contingent consideration by issuing 8,147,831 new Ordinary Shares credited as fully paid at a price per share of £0.495.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14.       RESERVES
 
The following describes the nature and purpose of each reserve:
 
Reserve
Description
Ordinary shares
Represents the nominal value of equity shares
 
Share premium
Amount subscribed for share capital in excess of nominal value
 
Share based payment
Represents the fair value of options and warrants granted less amounts transferred on exercise, lapse or expiry
 
Foreign currency translation reserve
Cumulative effects of translation of opening balances on non-monetary assets between subsidiary functional currency (Canadian dollars) and Group functional and presentational currency (Sterling).
 
Fair value reserve
Cumulative net gains on the fair value of intangible assets
 
 
Other comprehensive income of equity accounted associates
 
The other comprehensive income of any associates is recognised in this reserve
Accumulated surplus
Cumulative net gains and losses and other transactions with equity holders not recognised elsewhere.
 
 
 
 
 

15.       TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES
 
 
As at
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
As at
31 December 2021 (audited)
 
£'000
£'000
Trade payables
12,531
10,259
Accruals and other payables
5,102
4,986
Total trade and other creditors
17,633
15,245
 
Within trade payables is £2.2m (2021: £10.8m) for amounts due for mining machines not yet received.
 
The directors consider that the carrying value of trade and other payables is equal to their fair value.
 
 
16.       LOANS AND BORROWINGS
 
 
 
Non-current liabilities
As at
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
£'000
As at
31 December 2021 (audited)
£'000
Issued debt - bond
32,892
26,908
Long term loans
37,081
-
Assumed mortgage on acquisition
2,908
3,391
Total
72,881
30,299
 
Current liabilities
 
 
Short term loans
43,876
     22,239
Assumed mortgage on acquisition
840
     1,152
Total
44,716
     23,391
 
 
 
 
 
 
The mortgages are secured against the two buildings at Mirabel and Baie Comeau and are repayable over periods from 52 months to 58 months at an interest rate of lender prime + 0.6%.      
 
The Company entered into several loans to acquire mining equipment for the Helios facility in Texas. The loans are secured by the financed mining equipment. The loans have terms from 2 years to 4 years and interest rates from 8.25% to 12%.
 
 
17.       FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
 
 
As at
30 June 2022 (unaudited)
£'000
As at
31 December 2021 (audited)
£'000
Carrying amount of financial assets
 
 
Measured at amortised cost    
    
 
-      Mining equipment prepayments
-     Trade and other receivables
82,587
5,496
47,426
13,194
-     Cash and cash equivalents
9,210
11,803
Measured at fair value through profit or loss
1,608
403
Total carrying amount of financial assets
98,901
72,826
 
 
 
Carrying amount of financial liabilities
 
 
Measured at amortised cost
 
 
-     Trade and other payables
17,633
10,259
-     Short term loans
44,716
23,391
-     Long term loans
-     Issued Debt - bonds
39,989
32,892
3,391
26,908
-     Lease liabilities
398
377
Measured at fair value through profit or loss
-
8,071
Total carrying amount of financial liabilities
135,628
72,397
 
 
Fair Value Estimation
Fair value measurements are disclosed according to the following fair value measurement hierarchy:
-     Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1)
-     Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices), or indirectly (that is, derived from prices) (Level 2)
-     Inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs) (Level 3). This is the case for unlisted equity securities.
 
The following table presents the Group's assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value at 30 June 2022 and 31 December 2021.
 
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Total
Assets
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss
-
-
-
-
Equity holdings
60
-
74
134
Hedging instruments
1,608
-
-
1,608
Intangible assets - crypto assets
-
3,431
-
3,431
Digital assets
-
28,092

26,092
Total at 30 June 2022
1,668
31,523
74
33,265
 
 
 
 
 
 
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Total
Assets
£'000
£'000
£'000
£'000
Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss
-
-
-
-
Equity holdings
329
-
73
402
Hedging instruments
-
-
-
-
Intangible assets - crypto assets
-
5,424
-
5,424
Digital assets
-
80,759

80,759
Total at 31 December 2021
329
86,183
73
86,585
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss
 
 
 
 
-Deferred contingent consideration
 
 
8,071
8,071
Total at 31 December 2021
 
 
8,071
8,071
All financial assets are in listed/unlisted securities and digital assets.
 
There were no transfers between levels during the period.
 
The Group recognises the fair value of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss relating to unlisted investments at the cost of investment unless:
-     There has been a specific change in the circumstances which, in the Group's opinion, has permanently impaired the value of the financial asset. The asset will be written down to the impaired value;
-     There has been a significant change in the performance of the investee compared with budgets, plans or milestones;
-     There has been a change in expectation that the investee's technical product milestones will be achieved or a change in the economic environment in which the investee operates;
-     There has been an equity transaction, subsequent to the Group's investment, which crystallises a valuation for the financial asset which is different to the valuation at which the Group invested. The asset's value will be adjusted to reflect this revised valuation; or
-     An independently prepared valuation report exists for the investee within close proximity to the reporting date.
 
 
18.       COMMITMENTS
 
The Group's material contractual commitments relate to the master services agreement with Core Scientific, which provides hosting, power and support services. This terminates shortly after the period end once the machine swap deal is complete.
 
 
19.       RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
 
Key management compensation - all amounts in £000's
 
Key management includes Directors (executive and non-executive) and senior management. The compensation paid to related parties in respect of key management for employee services during the period was made only from Argo Innovation Labs Inc, amounting to: £20k (2021 - £18k) paid to POMA Enterprises Limited in respect of fees of Matthew Shaw (Non-executive director); £142k (2021 - £106k) paid to Vernon Blockchain Inc in respect of fees of Peter Wall (CEO); £nil (2021 - £68k) paid to Tenuous Holdings Ltd in respect of fees of Ian MacLeod (ex Executive chairman). During the period, James Savage (ex NED) was remunerated a gross salary of £nil (2021 - £15k), Marco D'Attanasio was remunerated gross fees of £nil (2021 - £15k) and Alex Appleton (CFO) through Appleton Business Advisors Limited was paid £97k (2021 - £60k) during the period.
 
Total director fees and remuneration, paid directly and indirectly, totalled £313k (2021: £221k). 
 
 
20.       CONTROLLING PARTY
 
There is no controlling party of the Group.
 
 
 
 
SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
Date: 24 August, 2022
ARGO BLOCKCHAIN PLC
By:
 
Name: Peter Wall
Title: Chief Executive Officer
 
Name: David Zapffe
Title: General Counsel
 
 
 
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