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Northern Data Group’s Peak Mining announces new partnership for 28MW of mining, powered by 100% renewable energy



  • 28MW of miners delivering 1.3 EH/s, strategically located in Paraguay
  • 2,860 units of MicroBT’s M63-series liquid-cooled WhatsMiners to be installed
  • Power rate of sub $0.04/kWh, generated by 100% renewable hydropower

FRANKFURT, Germany , May 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Northern Data Group’s Peak Mining today announces a new partnership with Penguin Infrastructure Holding (“Penguin”) for 28MW of mining capacity. This project represents a significant next step in Northern Data Group’s geographical expansion and enables Peak Mining to increase its hashrate, powered by 100% renewable energy.

The hardware will be energized in H2 2024 and marks Peak Mining’s first step into South America. 2,860 units of MicroBT’s M63-series liquid-cooled WhatsMiners will be installed at the site. The hardware will generate 1.3 EH/s, contributing to Peak Mining’s planned growth to 7.9 EH/s this year.

The site in Paraguay is 100% powered by renewable hydropower harnessed from the 14 GW Itaipu Dam, it is the world’s third-largest hydroelectric dam. The site will therefore benefit from the availability of clean energy.

This expansion into South America follows Peak Mining’s recent purchase of a 300MW mining data center site in Corpus Christi, Texas, which will power around 4.2 EH/s of MicroBT’s miners as well as the construction of a 30MW facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota, which will support approximately 1.1 EH/s of the miners.

This selection of sites underscores Northern Data Group’s commitment to meet the demands of the industry as efficiently as possible. Throughout 2024, Northern Data Group will be rapidly expanding its HPC footprint. 

Aroosh Thillainathan, Northern Data Group’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“This partnership is significant to Northern Data Group as we continue to execute on our investment strategy and solidify our position within the global High Performance Computing market, and I’m especially pleased to be working with Penguin, given the team’s impressive sustainability standards at this site. It is Peak Mining’s first expansion into South America and is another milestone for the company as it continues to scale its international Bitcoin mining capabilities.”

Niek Beudeker, Managing Director, Peak Mining, commented:

“I’m pleased to partner with Penguin to expand our mining capacity to Paraguay. The Penguin team has done a tremendous job in constructing the site and building a strong local team. This agreement, structured as a partnership, will allow for better alignment of both parties than with a standard hosting arrangement. The partnership demonstrates our commitment to leveraging 100% clean energy to meet growing industry demand, efficiently”.

Björn Schmidtke, CEO at Penguin Group, commented:

“This strategic alliance with Northern Data Group strengthens our position as a leader in hosting next-generation High Performance Computing and also allows us to strengthen our capabilities and expand our offerings in cutting-edge areas such as AI compute. We are committed to advancing in this constantly accelerating world, which demands more high-quality services to keep evolving.

About Peak Mining

Peak Mining, part of the Northern Data Group, is powering the future of the Bitcoin network. We deliver industry-leading operating and energy efficiency in Bitcoin mining through the latest hardware alongside innovative technology and HPC infrastructure. With our heritage dating back to 2013, we’ve been innovating for over a decade and have been at the forefront of the industry ever since. Our high-quality infrastructure is purpose-built to secure the Bitcoin network, and we’re driven to continuously find new efficiencies driving value for our investors. We’re delivering long term value in more responsible ways.

About Penguin

Penguin Group is at the forefront of HPC and cloud services powered by fully renewable hydro power in South America. Its core value is the mission to Transform Energy into Human Potential. This mission is achieved through Penguin Academy, a revolutionary education concept where students ‘learn by doing’ and has already trained thousands of young people to become the next generation of tech talent. Penguin aims to transform Paraguay into the Technological Hub of South America and expand their concept and mission globally.

About Northern Data Group

Northern Data Group (ETR: NB2) is a leading provider of High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, utilizing GPU- and ASIC-technology. Our flexible compute power fuels innovation in our three core business platforms: Taiga Cloud, Ardent Data Centers, and Peak Mining. Through our HPC solutions, we pioneer ambitious computing innovation that drives progress in the AI, ML and Generative AI industries. Our close collaboration with industry-leading manufacturers including Gigabyte, AMD, and NVIDIA is fundamental to the acceleration of innovation across sectors including life sciences, financial services, and energy.  

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PB Fintech slips 2% after over 8 million shares change hands via block deal




PB Fintech witnessed a 2% decline in its stock price, reaching Rs 1,313.65 per share, as approximately 8.4 million shares, equivalent to 1.86% of outstanding shares, were exchanged via block deals on the exchanges. By 9:44 AM, the volume surged to 9 million shares collectively on both exchanges, while PB Fintech’s stock price dipped by 0.56% to Rs 1,333 apiece, contrasting with a 0.22% decline in the S&P BSE Sensex.

Executive Share Sales

On May 16, PB Fintech announced that its Chairman and CEO, Yashish Dahiya, alongside Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director, Alok Bansal, intended to sell partial stakes in the company. Dahiya plans to sell up to 5.4 million equity shares, while Bansal aims to divest up to 2.97 million equity shares. Proceeds from the sale will be allocated primarily towards taxes on current and future ESOP exercises.

Following the sale, Dahiya will retain a 4.83% stake, while Bansal will hold a 1.63% stake in PB Fintech on a fully diluted basis. The company clarified that no further share sales are planned by the duo for at least one year.

Company Profile and Financial Performance

PB Fintech is actively involved in providing integrated online marketing and IT consulting services, primarily for the financial services industry, including insurance. The company operates Policybazaar, India’s largest digital insurance marketplace, and Paisabazaar, which offers lending-related services.

In Q4FY24, PB Fintech reported a net profit of Rs 60.19 crore, marking a significant improvement from the Rs 9.34 crore loss in the corresponding period of the previous year. The company’s revenue from operations surged by 25.4% year-on-year to Rs 1,090 crore in Q4 FY24, compared to Rs 869 crore in Q4 FY23.

For the entire fiscal year, PB Fintech’s net profit stood at Rs 64 crore, contrasting with the Rs 488 crore loss in FY23. The company’s consolidated operating revenue rose by 34% year-on-year to Rs 3,437 crore.

Analyst Perspectives

Analysts at Nuvama Institutional Equities raised their FY25/26 Ebitda estimates significantly to accommodate higher growth and improved profitability. However, they maintained a ‘Reduce’ rating on the stock due to its rich valuation, revising their target price to Rs 1,160.

Keynote Capital downgraded PB Fintech’s stock to ‘Reduce’ from ‘Buy’, citing that most of the positives appear to be priced in. Despite acknowledging the company’s positive momentum and profitability, the brokerage believes that current market expectations may be overly optimistic.

PB Fintech continues to navigate its growth trajectory amidst strategic initiatives and evolving market dynamics, as reflected by varying analyst viewpoints.


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US fintech Yendo secures $165m in mix of debt financing and equity




Yendo, a prominent fintech company based in the United States, has successfully secured $165 million in funding through a combination of debt financing and equity investment.

Funding Structure

The funding round comprised a mix of debt financing and equity infusion, highlighting investors’ confidence in Yendo’s growth prospects and business model. This significant financial injection underscores Yendo’s position as a key player in the fintech sector.

Investment Highlights

Yendo’s ability to attract such substantial investment underscores its appeal to investors. The company’s innovative approach and strategic positioning within the fintech landscape have positioned it for accelerated growth and market expansion.

Utilization of Funds

The newly raised capital will likely be deployed to fuel Yendo’s expansion initiatives, including product development, market expansion, and strategic acquisitions. The infusion of funds will provide Yendo with the financial resources needed to capitalize on emerging opportunities and consolidate its market position.

Market Impact

Yendo’s successful funding round is expected to have a positive impact on the broader fintech market, signaling investor confidence in the sector’s growth potential. The influx of capital into Yendo reflects the ongoing trend of significant investment activity within the fintech industry, driven by increasing demand for innovative financial solutions.


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Commerce Bank goes live with instant payment service FedNow through Temenos Payments Hub




Commerce Bank, headquartered in Kansas City, USA, has recently activated the FedNow instant payments service as part of its ongoing modernization efforts.

Collaboration with Temenos

Commerce Bank has partnered with Temenos, a leading Swiss vendor, to enhance its real-time payment capabilities. This collaboration builds upon Commerce Bank’s previous deployment of Temenos’ core banking platform in 2022 and its adoption of the Infinity loan origination solution earlier this year.

Utilization of Temenos Payments Hub

Commerce Bank has opted for the Temenos Payments Hub to integrate the FedNow service seamlessly. According to Temenos, this choice aims to amalgamate advanced banking products with cutting-edge delivery methods.

Insight from David Roller

David Roller, CIO of Commerce Bank, views this selection as a strategic step in their modernization journey. He emphasizes the bank’s commitment to meeting the evolving expectations of its customers by leveraging the capabilities offered by the Temenos platform.

Features of the Platform

The Temenos Payments Hub, delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), offers a comprehensive suite of payment tools and frameworks. These include features like straight-through processing, automated exception handling, cloud security measures, intelligent routing, and customizable workflows.

Leveraging the US Model Bank

In addition to the Temenos Payments Hub, Commerce Bank has also leveraged Temenos’ US Model Bank. This collection of pre-configured banking processes is tailored to address the specific requirements of the US market, further enhancing Commerce Bank’s operational efficiency and customer service.


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