Core Scientific $CORZ Up 12% In After-hours, Begins Trading On Nasdaq

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CORZ stock rose 12% in after-hours trading on January 20, 2022, as the company reported that the company has begun trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

Core Scientific to Begin Trading on Nasdaq

On January 20, 2022, Core Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORZ), a leader in high-performance, net carbon neutral blockchain infrastructure and software solutions, announced it has completed its previously announced business combination (the “Transaction”) with Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. (“XPDI”) (NASDAQ: XPDI). The resulting company is named Core Scientific, Inc.

The Transaction was unanimously approved by XPDI’s Board of Directors and was approved at a special meeting of XPDI stockholders held yesterday. Redemptions totaled 36% of the XPDI Class A common shares eligible to redeem, representing 29% of total shares outstanding. The ticker symbols for Core Scientific’s common stock and warrants will be “CORZ” and “CORZW”, respectively, and will begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market today, January 20, 2022.

As of year-end 2021, Core Scientific operated a self-mining fleet of approximately 67,000 state-of-the-art ASICs (6.6 EH/s) and over 80,000 ASICs (6.9 EH/s) for third-party hosting clients. Core Scientific mined for its own account 1,044 bitcoins in December and 2,498 bitcoins in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the end of 2021, Core Scientific held nearly 5,300 bitcoins on its balance sheet.

“Entering the public markets represents a significant milestone in Core Scientific’s evolution, yet we are even more excited about the future opportunities for value creation,” said Mike Levitt, Core Scientific’s Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As one of the largest publicly-traded blockchain infrastructure providers and digital asset miners in North America, we are focused on growing our capacity, defending and securing the blockchain ecosystem and building long-term shareholder value.”

The Transaction provides gross proceeds of approximately $222 million from the XPDI trust account, resulting in approximately $190 million in net cash proceeds to Core Scientific, after the payment of transaction expenses. As a result of the Transaction, former Core Scientific stockholders own 90.7%, former XPDI public stockholders own 6.7% and XPDI’s sponsor owns 2.6% of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock, respectively, of the Company, excluding the impact of unvested restricted stock units and options. The proceeds from the Transaction will be used to fund mining equipment purchases and infrastructure build-out as the Company expands its leadership position. A more detailed description of the Transaction can be found in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and available at www.sec.gov, as well as XPDI’s previous filings with the SEC.

Core Scientific is one of the largest publicly-traded, net carbon-neutral blockchain infrastructure providers and miners of digital assets in North America. Core Scientific has operated blockchain infrastructure in North America since 2017, using its facilities and intellectual property portfolio of more than 70 patents or applications for digital asset hosted mining and self-mining. Core Scientific operates data centers in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Dakota. Core Scientific’s proprietary Minder® fleet management software combines the Company’s hosting expertise with data analytics to deliver maximum uptime, alerting, monitoring and management of all ASICs and GPUs in the Company’s network. To learn more, visit http://www.corescientific.com.

As of September 30, 2021, over 50% of the power used in Core Scientific’s operation was generated from non-carbon emitting sources by local power providers pursuant to long-term power contracts. The Company determines whether power is generated from non-emitting energy sources from dispatch reports or grid generation mix reports provided by the Company’s power providers. Based on these reports Core Scientific purchased Green-e certified renewable energy credits (“RECs”) to offset 100% of the carbon produced as a result of its contracted power. The Company expects to maintain its 100% net carbon neutrality by increasing its overall use of renewable power and by purchasing RECs when necessary.

Ladenburg starts Power & Digital Infrastructure with Buy ahead of merger

On November 30, 2021, Ladenburg Thalmann analyst Jon Hickman initiated coverage of Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition with a Buy rating and $18.75 price target ahead of the company’s merger with Core Scientific (CORZ). Core Scientific is a large-scale operator of dedicated, purpose-built facilities for digital asset mining and a premier provider of blockchain infrastructure, software solutions, and services, Hickman tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes the current market valuation of Power & Digital Infrastructure is not reflective of the value of the potential merged company and Core Scientific’s growing presence in the bitcoin mining space.

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