Bitcoin miner Canaan scales operations despite low earnings, CEO says

Chinese cryptocurrency mining firm Canaan will continue to expand operations despite the ongoing bear market and an associated drop in earnings, according to the company’s CEO.

Canaan posted a 90% over-the-quarter decrease in net income in Q3 2022, the firm officially announced on Nov. 14. The firm’s Q3 net income amounted to 61.1 million renminbi (RMB), or $8.6 million, which is a 88% decrease from the same period in 2021, Canaan noted.

The company’s revenues dropped about 41% from 1.7 million RMB ($230,000) in Q2 2022, while gross profit plummeted 75% from 940 million RMB ($130 million) posted in the previous quarter.

Amid Bitcoin (BTC) mining becoming less profitable due to the crypto winter, Canaan’s mining devices have also experienced a significant decline in demand. According to the latest financials, Canaan sold a total 3.5 million terahashes per second (Th/s) of computing power in Q3, or 37% less than in the previous quarter.

Despite a downward trend in its latest financial report, Canaan does not plan to slow down the company’s growth. On the contrary, Canaan continues to scale its operations across the world, including research and development projects as well as mining operations, CEO Nangeng Zhang said.

“As part of our ongoing effort to strengthen our research and development capabilities, we are expanding our Singapore headquarters with promising local research and development talents to help support our business on a global scale,” Zhang noted.

He also mentioned that Canaan has been expanding its mining business in the United States this year, adding:

“We face a very tough industry period as the Bitcoin price is sinking to lows the market has not seen in two years. Our priority is to conserve our cash, minimize our expenses, and endure this market downturn.”

Apart from scaling worldwide, Canaan has been working on new mining solutions this year. In October, Canaan officially released its new mining device series, AvalonMade 13. The new series is based on the advanced application-specific integrated circuit technology, including two models featuring 110 Thash/s and 130 Thash/s hash rates.

Canaan did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.

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“The launch of the new generation product reaffirms our confidence in the fundamental value of the Bitcoin ecosystem and reflects our constant efforts in the research and development of supercomputing technology,” Zhang stated.

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Canaan posted a 117% increase in gross profit in Q2 2022 over the same period in 2021. The company still expected a deterioration in financials due to the ongoing bear market.