Hatten Land Limited has announced a partnership to operate their energy-efficient ‘green’ cryptocurrency mining in Melaka, Malaysia, that will soon be enabled by solar panels installed on rooftops of retail malls it owns or manages, as it pivots towards a digital economy that’s more environmental-friendly.
SGX-Catalist Hatten Land’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hatten Tech has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SGX Mainboard-listed Singapore Myanmar Investco Ltd. (SMI) to jointly explore business opportunities in cryptocurrency mining activities. In addition to this, SMI also recently partnered NASDAQ-listed The9 Ltd. to procure up to 4,000 sets of crypto mining rigs.
Both parties will leverage Hatten Land’s space, infrastructure, and lower energy costs to carry out ‘green’ cryptomining activities, as Hatten Land steps up efforts to introduce solar energy. The renewable energy initiative will allow both parties to conduct ‘green’ crypto mining across Hatten Land assets, with increases in capacities helping to power more rigs to be added later.
Hatten Land and its parent the Hatten Group conglomerate are prominent developers in the historical Malaysian tourist city, operating six malls and four hotels with built-up area of more than six million square feet.
Hatten Tech will share technological know-how on ‘green’ crypto mining facility management, and will also share the net proceeds of the cryptocurrencies to be mined.
Under the MOU, SMI has the intention to install up to 2,000 rigs in Hatten Land’s properties in Melaka. Hatten Land and SMI are working to conclude a definitive agreement within 90 days from 30 September 2021. Hatten Land expects to install and operate the rigs from December 2021.
New Solar Energy Initiatives with Strategic Partnership
Hatten Land also announced that its subsidiary Hatten Commercial Management Sdn. Bhd. (HCM), which focuses on green and sustainable energy innovations and developments, has signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Nestcon Sustainable Solutions Sdn. Bhd. (NSS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bursa-listed Nestcon Berhad, to install solar panels on the roofs of a number of its properties in Melaka.
HCM and NSS will set up a joint-venture or form a consortium with other partners to install solar panels and facilities at Hatten Land-owned malls. An estimated 6,373 solar panels will first be installed at Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall – the largest mall in Melaka and managed by Hatten Group conglomerate – can generate up to 3.19 MWp of solar energy.
The initiative will allow Hatten Land to lower energy costs, accelerate its sustainability efforts and contribute to ‘green’ crypto mining.
In addition, NSS and HCM will jointly collaborate with other potential partners to discuss opportunities to utilise and/or secure Hatten Land’s current and future land reserve in Malaysia to build large-scale solar photovoltaic (LSSPV) facilities, by phases, capable of generating up to 100 MWp.
Aligned with Hatten Land’s environmentally-friendly digital initiatives, this strategic partnership will allow the Group to lower energy costs, enhance synergies in its ‘green’ crypto mining activities and harness new business opportunities in the renewable energy market.
Proposed Share Placement to Accelerate the Group’s Technology Ventures and Renewable Energy Initiatives
Hatten Land has also announced that it would raise S$1.8 million from the placement of 80,000,000 new shares at S$0.023 (Placement Shares), representing a discount of approximately 5.74% over the volume weighted average price of S$0.0244 per share on 10 September 2021. The shares will be issued to Asdew Acquisitions (40 million), Evolve Capital Management (20 million), and Ong Toon Wah (20 million) – who will be collectively known as “Subscribers”.
Each Placement Share comes with a detachable warrant which can be converted to Hatten Land shares at S$0.048 within two years. Proceeds will be used as working capital, as well as to pursue technology and solar initiatives.
The Placement Shares represent approximately 4.78% of the enlarged share capital of Hatten Land of 1,675,169,228 shares. Assuming full conversion of the warrants, Hatten Land’s issued share capital base will be enlarged further to 1,755,169,228 shares, of which the Subscribers will hold approximately 9.12%.
“As Covid-19 becomes endemic, we see strong opportunities taking shape and both partnerships accelerate our pivot towards the digital economy,” comments Dato’ Colin Tan, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Hatten Land. “Green crypto mining activities will allow Hatten Land to leverage on existing fixed assets in Melaka, harness our own renewable energy initiative, and create a new revenue stream with the cryptocurrency proceeds.
“We are also equally excited to embark on the solar energy collaboration with Nestcon, at a time when sustainability is becoming increasingly important. Combining our efforts and resources, we are confident that the partnership will allow us to harness new business opportunities and further our sustainability efforts.
“These are significant milestones for Hatten Land and it aligns with our digital transformation roadmap to increase shareholder value in a sustainable manner.”
Dato’ Colin Tan, added, “We are extremely pleased with the interest and support in our Share Placement and the proceeds will enhance our financial flexibility in our strategic technology and renewable energy initiatives ahead.”