Marathon Digital (MARA) is on pace to become the largest publicly listed bitcoin miner this year, Jefferies said in a note on Friday.
- The bank’s analyst also started coverage with a 12-month price target of $51, implying a 158% increase from recent close.
- “MARA is on track to be the largest publicly-traded miner by the end of 2022, with deposits paid on more BTC ASIC miners than any of its peers,” analyst Jonathan Petersen wrote.
- Marathon is “highly profitable” despite the recent selloff as the company’s mining margin is around 80%, compared to about 90% in November, according to the note.
- “We estimate that BTC will rise at a +32% CAGR through ’24 and that MARA’s revenue and EBITDA will rise at a +120% and +95% CAGR, respectively,” Petersen said.
- The stock has been initiated with a buy rating by Jefferies.
- On Dec. 29, Marathon Digital said it expects to have 199,000 operational miners generating 23.3 exahashes per second by early 2023.
- Marathon’s stock fell about 74% since reaching its November peak, according to TradingView veri, as the crypto miners tumbled with sharp selloff in bitcoin and broader crypto market.
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