Bitfarms CEO Ousted Amidst Lawsuit

Leadership Shakeup

Bitfarms, a Toronto-based Bitcoin mining company, has fired its CEO, Geoffrey Morphy, after he filed a $27 million lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and wrongful termination. Bitfarms denies the claims and plans to defend itself.

Nicolas Bonta, the company’s chairman and co-founder, has been named interim CEO while a permanent replacement is sought. The search is expected to be completed within weeks.

Industry Challenges

The Bitcoin mining industry has faced challenges in 2024, including:

  • High energy prices
  • Increased competition
  • The Halving event (a software update that reduced the reward for mining new coins)

These factors have led to a decline in Bitfarms’ share price by around 40% this year.

Morphy’s Legacy

Morphy oversaw Bitfarms’ expansion into the United States, Paraguay, and Argentina, as well as its Bitcoin mining operations in Quebec. He also helped modernize the company’s management infrastructure and expand its mining portfolio.

Morphy expressed pride in the team’s accomplishments, including operational expansion, strengthening the balance sheet, and setting the stage for growth. He believes the management team can achieve Bitfarms’ growth targets for 2024.

Bitcoin Price

As of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $62,700, having rebounded from the $60,000 support level.