Riot Blockchain Participates in Coinsquare Private Placement; Coinsquare Receives CAD $430 Million Post-Money Valuation
Coinsquare closes on CAD $30 million financing from leading investors
CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Riot Blockchain, Inc. (Nasdaq: RIOT) (the "Company") today announced that it has invested an additional CAD $3.4 million in one of its portfolio holdings, goNumerical Ltd (dba "Coinsquare"). The investment is part of a CAD $30 million financing at a CAD $430 million post-money valuation. This valuation for Coinsquare is over fifteen times the valuation from Riot Blockchain's initial investment in September 2017. Riot Blockchain additionally exercised its previously acquired warrants at a CAD $94 million valuation, and now owns approximately 12.5% of Coinsquare after the latest investment.
"Coinsquare continues its rapid growth and execution while positioning itself as the leading digital currency exchange in Canada," commented John O'Rourke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Riot Blockchain. "We believe that Coinsquare offers the most compelling platform to transact in digital currencies in Canada. They will play a key role in advising Riot Blockchain on its efforts to establish a transparent and compliant United States-based digital currency exchange."
The blockchain is a decentralized and encrypted ledger that offers a secure, efficient, verifiable and permanent way of storing records and other information without the need for intermediaries. These protocols are the backbone of numerous cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin. Blockchain protocols have a wide range of use, including processing transactions, accounting, verification and proof of ownership across a far-reaching spectrum of applications.
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Riot Blockchain, Inc. is leveraging its expertise and a network of professional advisors to build and support blockchain technologies. It is establishing an Advisory Board with technical experience intending to become a leading authority and supporter of blockchain, while providing investment exposure to the rapidly growing Bitcoin and blockchain ecosystems. For more information, visit http://www.RiotBlockchain.com/.
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Released February 8, 2018