On July 9, crypto mining firm TeraWulf announced it paid off its outstanding debt earlier than expected, in a final payment of $77.5 million.

Executives for TeraWulf said the debt reduction would allow the company to maximize its resources and focus on the deployment of mining infrastructure, rather than meeting burdensome debt obligations.

TeraWulf’s early debt repayment aligns with the company’s plans to maximize shareholder value through organic growth strategies. TeraWulf chief strategy officer Kerri Langlais recently told Cointelegraph that the company was not seeking aggressive expansion through mergers and acquisitions, citing increases in profit margins and operational efficiency as ways to provide sustainable shareholder returns.

Source: TeraWulf

Miners get political

In June, mining executives from CleanSpark, Marathon Digital, Riot Platforms, and TeraWulf met with former United States President Trump to discuss issues facing the industry. A mere 24 hours later, the Bitcoin Voter Project was born.

The Bitcoin Voter Project is a nonprofit organization that educates voters on Bitcoin. It differs from a political action committee (PAC) in that it cannot endorse specific candidates or run partisan campaign advertisements.

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Miner capitulation

Post-halving economics remain a focal point for the mining industry. The high energy cost to mine Bitcoin (BTC) coupled with a decreased block subsidy threatens to shut down mining firms that cannot compete in the post-halving environment.

Miner capitulation is the process by which some miners sell their holdings, reduce operations, or even liquidate entirely, during market downturns, and may be playing out now. A recent decline in the Bitcoin hashrate, the total computing power securing the Bitcoin network, suggests this is ongoing as miners scale back operations or turn off old obsolete mining equipment.

Bitcoin Network True Hashrate Drawdown November 2022 to the current date. Source: CryptoQuant

However, the hashrate drawdown was accompanied by a corresponding decrease in mining difficulty, mitigating energy costs for mining companies. On July 5, the Bitcoin network’s mining difficulty dropped to 79.5 terahashes per second, the lowest level since March 2024.

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