$30K BTC price has ‘severe impact’ on Bitcoin miner profits — analysis

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$30K BTC price has ‘severe impact’ on Bitcoin miner profits — analysis

Miners are facing an increasingly problematic climate for participating in the Bitcoin blockchain, and only higher BTC prices can help.

$30K BTC price has ‘severe impact’ on Bitcoin miner profits — analysis

Bitcoin (BTC) is squeezing its miners this month as suppressed prices threaten to impact profitability.

The latest data shows both narrowing profit margins and miners waiting longer to recoup their initial investment.

Miner production cost faces off with BTC price

While Bitcoin miners have largely held off on major distribution as BTC/USD descends from all-time highs, the picture now appears precarious.

Calculations from on-chain analytics platform CryptoQuant reveal that miners’ production price — how much it costs to mine a single Bitcoin — could be right where the current spot price resides.

While “raw” costs may be around $22,000 per BTC for miners in North America, which is home to the lion’s share of hashing power, additional costs could put the total at more like $30,000.

“We estimate cost basis for bitcoin miners in North America around $22K per bitcoin mined. This estimate includes the direct cost of mining and S&A expenses. It does not include depreciation and amortization charges,” CryptoQuant senior analyst Julio Moreno confirmed to Cointelegraph in private comments:

“Time to ROI has been increasing steadily since the ‘China Ban’ ASIC firesale last year. While USD pricing on ASICs has come down, the selloff in BTC and the increase in difficulty have combined to severely impact mining profitability,” the account explained in a series of tweets.

XBTJames added that higher BTC prices would be needed to reduce the pain for miners, including new market players and those looking to expand their hashing capabilities.

Bitcoin ASIC Price Index vs. BTC/USD chart (screenshot). Source: Hashrateindex.com

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