Valery Vavilov, the co-founder and CEO of Bitfury, one of the world’s largest companies in the blockchain industry, has said that he considers initial public offering (IPO) as part of the company’s global growth plans.
“As Bitfury and its portfolio of companies continue their global expansion in the digital assets space, Bitfury will be considering an IPO as part of its broader expansion and growth plans.”
It has been reported that Bitfury has not yet determined when and on what exchange the company is willing to proceed with an IPO. The company’s last funding round took place in 2018, with Bitfury raising $80 million at a $1 billion valuation.
However, Bitfury’s investors include European venture capital fund Korelya Capital, South Korean internet giant Naver Group, Asian institutions Macquarie Capital and Dentsu Japan as well as Michael Novogratz’s crypto investment company Galaxy Digital.
The report said that British news agency The Telegraph originally reported on Bitfury’s potential IPO plans on October 10, citing anonymous sources claiming that Bitfury tapped Big Four accounting firm Deloitte to review its readiness for going public. The publication noted that Bitfury operates its main headquarters in the Netherlands even though it is legally based in the United Kingdom.
Likewise, Bitfury operates a wide number of services like crypto mining hardware design, software, and semiconductor chips manufacturing as well as running mobile data centers.
The company’s United States-based Bitcoin mining subsidiary, Cipher Mining, was valued at over $2 billion as of March 2021. Apart from focusing on cryptocurrency mining, Bitfury has been actively working on cryptocurrency security, blockchain research, and compliance, running platforms like Crystal Blockchain, LiquidStack, and the most recent spin-off Axelera AI.
Thus, the firm is also a software provider for some global applications through its Exonum private blockchain framework, which was trialed for Russia’s blockchain-based voting system in 2020.