UPDATE: BTIG Starts Marathon Digital Holdings (MARA) at Buy

January 18, 2022 5:25 AM EST
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(Updated - January 18, 2022 5:25 AM EST)

BTIG analyst Greg Lewis initiates coverage on Marathon Digital Holdings (NASDAQ: MARA) with a Buy rating and a price target of $50.00.

The analyst comments "MARA was an early mover in the Bitcoin (BTC) mining sector having started mining in 2017. The company currently has hash capacity of ~3.5 EH/s (~33k rigs), which points to ~1.9% of current global hash capacity, making it one of the largest publicly traded BTC miners by capacity. More importantly, in what we
expect to be a multi-year arms race amongst the global miners for capacity, MARA currently has ~19.8 EH/s of hash capacity on order with scheduled deliveries through YE22, which should continue to position MARA as a dominant global BTC miner. BTC mining has evolved rapidly over the last two years (undoubtedly the spike in the BTC price from ~$8k at the start of 2020 to ~$45k today) as the industry has become more institutionalized and more capital has flowed into the space as the profit margins for mining rigs have spiked to over 80%. This change in the market has driven a divergence acrossthe industry between vertically integrated BTC mining companies(think owning the infrastructure and mining rigs) versus an infrastructure-light strategy like MARA's that just owns mining rigs and relies on third-party providersto host their rigs(just like the first miners a decade ago). We believe there are pros and consto both, and actually tend to favor a vertically integrated strategy, but with MARA as an early mover (which has already contracted a lot of itsinfrastructure needs) and economies ofscale (MARA can be an anchor customer at a data center, not just a renter) we believe MARA is well positioned for the ongoing BTC mining up-cycle. We initiate coverage on MARA with a Buy rating and $50 PT."

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Shares of Marathon Digital Holdings closed at $28.59 yesterday.

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