BTCS Reports Q4 2021 Results

78% gross margins for the year ended December 31, 2021

Silver Spring, MD, March 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BTCS Inc. (Nasdaq: BTCS) (“BTCS” or the “Company”), a blockchain technology-focused company, today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.

Q4 and Full Year 2021 Highlights 

  • Expanding blockchain infrastructure operations drove Q4 revenue up 35% over Q3 2021 to $0.4 million and full year revenue to $1.2 million
  • Generated 78% gross margins for the full year 2021
  • $16 million full-year GAAP net loss primarily because of non-cash charges
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.5 million, a non-GAAP financial measure for the year ended December 31, 2021 (reconciliation table available below)
  • Stockholders’ equity up 1,160% year-over-year to $12.1 million as of December 31, 2021
  • Fair market value of digital assets increased to approximately $36.5 million as of December 31, 2021, up 21% compared to September 30, 2021, and up 830% versus December 31, 2020
  • Eliminated all outstanding debt with repayment of $2.0 million in convertible notes, eliminating potential equity dilution
  • Launched public Beta of proprietary digital asset analytics platform

Exceeded 2021 Revenue Guidance

BTCS exceeded its March 2021 revenue guidance for the year, generating revenue of $1.2 million with 78% gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2021. The Company’s blockchain infrastructure operations are a high profit margin component of its business model, and margins are expected to improve as operations scale.

Management Commentary

“Increasing revenue in the fourth quarter from our growing blockchain infrastructure segment enabled us to exceed our revenue guidance for the year,” stated Charles Allen, Chief Executive Officer of BTCS. “Our blockchain infrastructure operations provides a solid foundation that supports multiple exciting initiatives that could accelerate growth and value creation moving forward. One such initiative, our digital asset analytics platform, which is currently in Beta release, should be moving to commercial launch in 2022.”

“With so many fantastic initiatives underway and the unprecedented scale of the blockchain opportunity, we launched an enhanced website last year to better communicate our business plan and growth trajectory with stakeholders,” added Michal Handerhan, COO of BTCS. “As large shareholders of BTCS, Charles and I are extremely vested in the success of our shareholders, and we remain committed to continuing our history of pioneering firsts as we capitalize on the tremendous opportunities ahead.”

About BTCS:

BTCS is an early mover in the blockchain and digital currency ecosystem, and the first “Pure Play” U.S. publicly traded company focused on blockchain infrastructure and technology. Through its blockchain infrastructure operations, the Company secures Proof-of-Stake blockchains by actively processing and validating blockchain transactions and is rewarded with native digital tokens. The Company is developing a proprietary Staking-as-a-Service platform to allow users to stake and delegate supported cryptocurrencies through a non-custodial platform, which it plans to integrate with its Data Analytics Dashboard, now in beta release. BTCS’ proprietary digital asset data analytics platform currently supports six exchanges and over 800 digital assets, and the Company plans to further broaden its suite of performance-tracking tools, add additional centralized and decentralized exchanges, as well as wallets, and stake pool monitoring. For more information visit:

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GAAP Financials

The tables below (preceding the section titled “Non-GAAP – Financial Measure”) are derived from the Company’s financial statements included in its Form 10-K filed on March 11, 2022 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please refer to the Form 10-K for complete financial statements and further information regarding the Company’s results of operations and financial condition relating to the fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020. The Company’s Form 10-K also includes a discussion of risk factors applicable to the Company and its business.

Balance Sheets

  December 31,  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
Current assets:        
Cash $1,400,867  $524,135 
Digital Assets/currencies  3,117,360   995,652 
Staked Digital Assets/currencies  623,754   - 
Prepaid expense  324,551   31,875 
Total current assets  5,466,532   1,551,662 
Other assets:        
Property and equipment, net  9,783   230 
Staked Digital Assets/currencies - long term  8,625,678   - 
Total other assets  8,635,461   230 
Total Assets $14,101,993  $1,551,892 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:        
Accounts payable and accrued expense $138,716  $26,288 
Accrued compensation  7,334   350,376 
Convertible notes payable, net  -   131,941 
Warrant liabilities  1,852,500   - 
Total current liabilities  1,998,550   508,605 
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock; 20,000,000 shares authorized at $0.001 par value:        
Series C-1 Convertible Preferred stock: 0 and 29,414 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively; Liquidation preference $0.001 per share  -   29 
Series C-2 Convertible Preferred stock: 0 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020; Liquidation preference $0.001 per share  -   - 
Common Stock, 97,500,000 shares authorized at $0.001 par value, 10,528,212 and 4,201,035 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively  10,529   4,201 
Additional paid in capital  147,682,384   120,578,944 
Accumulated deficit  (135,589,470)  (119,539,887)
Total stockholders’ equity  12,103,443   1,043,287 
Total Liabilities and stockholders’ equity $14,101,993  $1,551,892 

Statements of Operations

  For the years ended 
  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
Validator revenue $1,213,284  $- 
Total revenues  1,213,284   - 
Cost of revenues        
Validator expense  268,346   - 
Gross profit  944,938   - 
Operating expenses:        
General and administrative $1,590,707  $421,434 
Research and development  712,736   45,450 
Compensation and related expenses  15,583,258   1,513,015 
Marketing  180,290   6,350 
Total operating expenses  18,066,991   1,986,249 
Other (expenses) income:        
Interest expense  (186,740)  (48,231)
Amortization on debt discount  (1,868,059)  (354,432)
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities  3,918,750   - 
Impairment loss on Digital Assets/currencies  (3,845,899)  (165,331)
Realized gains (loss) on Digital Asset/currency transactions  3,054,418   (1,851)
Total other income (expenses)  1,072,470   (569,845)
Net loss $(16,049,583) $(2,556,094)
Deemed dividends related to amortization of beneficial conversion feature of Series C-2 convertible preferred stock  (45,541)  - 
Deemed dividends related to recognition of downround adjustment to conversion amount for Series C-2 convertible preferred stock  (5,020,883)  - 
Net loss attributable to Common Stockholders $(21,116,007) $(2,556,094)
Net loss per share attributable to Common Stockholders, basic and diluted $(3.09) $(0.86)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted  6,840,665   2,983,425 

Statements of Cash Flows

  For the years ended 
  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
Net Cash flows used from operating activities:        
Net loss $(16,049,583) $(2,556,094)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Depreciation expense  939   1,114 
Amortization on debt discount  1,868,059   354,432 
Stock-based compensation  15,490,555   - 
Stock-based compensation in connection with issuance of Series C-2 convertible preferred stock  179,277   - 
Validator revenue  (1,213,284)  - 
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities  (3,918,750)    
Purchase of non-productive Digital Assets/currencies  (5,761,550)  (908,079)
Sale of non-productive Digital Assets/currencies  4,274,491   - 
Realized gain on Digital Assets/currencies transactions  (3,054,418)  - 
Impairment loss on Digital Assets/currencies  3,845,899   165,331 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (292,676)  (7,867)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  112,428   44,719 
Accrued compensation  (343,042)  (66,559)
Net cash used in operating activities  (4,861,655)  (2,973,003)
Net cash used in investing activities:        
Purchase of productive Digital Assets/currencies for validating  (9,462,279)  - 
Purchase of property and equipment  (10,491)  - 
Net cash used in investing activities  (9,472,770)  - 
Net cash provided by financing activities:        
Proceeds from short term loan  -   1,500,000 
Proceeds from exercise of warrants  400,000   - 
Proceeds from issuance of Series C-2 convertible preferred stock  1,100,000   - 
Net proceeds from issuance of convertible notes  1,000,000   - 
Net proceeds from issuance of Common Stock and warrants for cash  8,865,000   - 
Net proceeds from issuance of Common Stock  3,014,005   1,854,040 
Net proceeds from issuance Common Stock/ At-the-market offering  2,832,152   - 
Payment to convertible notes principle  (2,000,000)  - 
Net cash provided by financing activities  15,211,157   3,354,040 
Net increase in cash  876,732   381,037 
Cash, beginning of period  524,135   143,098 
Cash, end of period $1,400,867  $524,135 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing and investing activities:        
Deemed dividends related to amortization of beneficial conversion feature of Series C-2 convertible preferred stock $45,541  $- 
Deemed dividends related to recognition of downround adjustment to conversion amount for Series C-2 convertible preferred stock $5,020,883  $- 
Conversion of Series C-1 Preferred Stock $20  $- 
Conversion of Series C-1 Preferred Stock $6,216,289     
Beneficial conversion feature of Series C-2 convertible preferred stock $129,412  $- 
Beneficial conversion features associated with convertible notes payable $1,000,000  $1,182,345 
Conversion of convertible note to Common Stock $-  $746,756 

Non-GAAP – Financial Measure 

In addition to our results determined in accordance with GAAP, we believe Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is useful in evaluating our operating performance. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance and the economic realities of our business. However, Adjusted EBITDA is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. Among other non-cash and non-recurring items, Adjusted EBITDA excludes stock-based compensation expense (including stock-based compensation issued to service providers), which has recently been, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a significant recurring expense for our business and an important part of our compensation strategy. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. A reconciliation is provided below for each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable financial measure stated in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, change in fair value of warrant liabilities, stock-based compensation expense (including stock-based compensation issued to service providers). Adjusted EBITDA presented does not include adjustments for impairment of intangible digital assets. Note: In previous disclosures of Adjusted EBTIDA impairment of intangible assets had been included as an adjustment added back.

The table below presents our Adjusted EBITDA reconciled to our net loss, the closest GAAP measure, for the period indicated:

  For the years ended 
  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
Net income (loss) $(16,049,583) $(2,556,094)
Adjusted to exclude the following:        
Depreciation and amortization  1,868,997   355,546 
Interest expense  186,740   48,231 
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities  (3,918,750)  - 
Stock-based compensation  15,457,473   - 
Adjusted EBITDA $(2,455,123) $(2,152,317)