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Argo Blockchain PLC

07 December 2021

Press Release

07 December 2021

Argo Blockchain PLC

("Argo" or "the Company")

November 2021 Operational Update

Operational Update

Argo Blockchain plc, a global leader in cryptocurrency mining (LSE: ARB; NASDAQ: ARBK), is pleased to provide the following operational update for November 2021.

During the month of November, Argo mined 185 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalent (together, BTC) compared to 167 BTC in October. This brings the total amount of BTC mined year-to-date to 1,831 BTC.

Based on daily foreign exchange rates and cryptocurrency prices during the month, mining revenue in November amounted to GBP8.29 million [$11.20 million*] (October 2021: GBP7.24 million [$9.75 million*]).

Argo generated this revenue at a Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin of approximately 86% for the month of November (October 2021: 86%).

At the end of November, the Company owned 2,317 Bitcoin or Bitcoin Equivalent.

Mining Expansion

As of the end of November, Argo added an additional 310 PH/s to its total capacity, bringing the Company's total mining capacity to 1.605 EH/s as of 30 November, 2021.

Peter Wall, Chief Executive of Argo and interim Chairman said: "Execute. Build. Smart Growth. Onwards and Upwards".

Non-IFRS Measures

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin is a financial measure not defined by IFRS and has limitations as an analytical tool. In particular, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin excludes the depreciation of mining equipment and so does not reflect the full cost of our mining operations, and it also excludes the effects of fluctuations in the value of digital currencies and realised losses on the sale of digital assets, which affect our IFRS gross profit. This measure should not be considered as an alternative to gross margin determined in accordance with IFRS, or other IFRS measures. This measure is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, you should not consider this measure in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, our gross margin as determined in accordance with IFRS.

The following table shows a reconciliation of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent Mining Margin to gross margin, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for the months of October and November 2021.

                                         Month Ended 31 October          Month Ended 30 November 
                                                  2021                             2021 
                                  -----------------------------------  -------------------------- 
                                           GBP                $             GBP            $ 
 Gross Profit/(Loss)                        33,060,353     44,532,296   (1,108,192)   (1,496,606) 
 Gross Margin (1)                                 422%           422%         (13%)         (13%) 
 Depreciation of mining 
  equipment                                    975,103      1,313,464     1,203,238     1,624,965 
 Charge in fair value of 
  digital currencies                      (27,446,831)   (36,970,882)     7,371,093     9,954,614 
 Realised loss on sale 
  of digital currencies                              -              -         8,364        11,296 
 Cryptocurrency management 
  fees                                       (361,578)      (487,045)     (340,561)     (459,925) 
 Mining Profit                               6,227,047      8,387,833     7,133,942     9,634,344 
 Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalent 
  Mining Margin                                    86%            86%           86%           86% 
--------------------------------  --------------------  -------------  ------------  ------------ 

(1) Due to favourable changes in fair value of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Equivalents in October 2021, gross profit exceeded revenue.

*Dollar values translated from pound sterling into U.S. dollars at the rate of GBP1.00 to $1.35 for November 2021 and GBP1.00 to $1.33 for October 2021. Exchange rates have been calculated using the noon buying rates of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

This announcement contains inside information.

For further information please contact:

  Argo Blockchain 
  Peter Wall                             via Tancredi +44 203 
   Chief Executive                        434 2334 
  finnCap Ltd 
  Corporate Finance 
   Jonny Franklin-Adams 
   Tim Harper 
   Joint Corporate Broker 
   Sunila de Silva                       +44 207 220 0500 
  Tennyson Securities 
  Joint Corporate Broker 
   Peter Krens                           +44 207 186 9030 
  OTC Markets 
  Jonathan Dickson                       +44 204 526 4581 
   jonathan@otcmarkets.com                +44 7731 815 896 
  Tancredi Intelligent Communication 
   UK & Europe Media Relations 
  Emma Valgimigli 
   Emma Hodges 
   Salamander Davoudi                    +44 7727 180 873 
   Fabio Galloni-Roversi                  +44 7861 995 628 
   Monaco                                 +44 7957 549 906 
   argoblock@tancredigroup.com            +44 7888 672 701 

About Argo:

Argo Blockchain plc is a global leader in cryptocurrency mining with one of the largest and most efficient operations powered by clean energy. The Company is headquartered in London, UK and its shares are listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: ARB and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in the United States under the ticker: ARBK.

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