Farmingdale, NY, March 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Long Blockchain Corp. (Nasdaq: LBCC) (“Long Blockchain” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hashcove Limited (“Hashcove”), an early stage UK-based technology company focused on developing and deploying globally scalable distributed ledger technology solutions. Among its planned product offerings, Hashcove is developing tokenized platforms, crypto-exchanges and wallets, smart contracts for initial coin offerings (ICO), know-your-customer (KYC) and financial clearing technology on blockchain, and other related blockchain applications. Upon closing, Hashcove will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Long Blockchain.
“We are excited to announce this milestone transaction for the Company and believe the suite of products that Hashcove is developing is of great strategic value for our development plans,” said Shamyl Malik, Chief Executive Officer of Long Blockchain. “To become both a platform company and thought leader across the blockchain ecosystem, we must be relevant to the widest possible cross section of a potential client’s needs as they look to migrate processes to blockchain. Hashcove’s resource base, including a team of developers in India, will give Long Blockchain an international footprint and allow us to leverage a center of excellence in one of the fastest growing and most tech-savvy markets in the world.”
Hashcove was cofounded by Chief Executive Officer and technology entrepreneur Kunal Nandwani, who has been driving blockchain technology products since 2015. Mr. Nandwani began his career in capital markets at BNP Paribas in Paris. He then worked at Lehman Brothers where he was closely involved with Lehman’s award-winning electronic trading products in London before setting up uTrade Solutions, a successful enterprise software company for financial markets.
“This transaction will be truly transformational for our business,” said Mr. Nandwani. “We believe that operating a blockchain technology company within a US-listed market framework will elevate the profile of our highly compliant blockchain platforms, especially in an evolving regulatory landscape. The Hashcove team is excited to contribute to the strategy and execution of LBCC’s blockchain initiatives.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Long Blockchain will acquire 100% of Hashcove in exchange for LBCC common stock. Current shareholders of Hashcove will own 4.9% of the combined entity, at closing. In addition, current shareholders of Hashcove can increase their ownership to 17.1% of the combined entity based on certain milestones. Following the close of the transaction, Mr. Nandwani will become an executive officer and director of Long Blockchain. Closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2018, is subject to customary closing conditions, including among others that neither Long Blockchain nor Hashcove suffers a material adverse effect as outlined in the agreement.
Additional details regarding the acquisition by Long Blockchain will be set forth in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Long Blockchain with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Long Blockchain Corp.
Long Blockchain Corp. is focused on developing and investing in globally scalable blockchain technology solutions. It is dedicated to becoming a significant participant in the evolution of blockchain technology to create long-term value for its shareholders and the global community by investing in and developing businesses that are “on-chain”. Blockchain technology is fundamentally changing the way people and businesses transact, and the Company strives to be at the forefront of this dynamic industry by actively pursuing opportunities. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Long Island Brand Beverages, LLC operates in the non-alcohol, ready-to-drink segment of the beverage industry under its flagship brand ‘The Original Long Island Brand Iced Tea®’.
About Hashcove Limited
Hashcove Limited is a blockchain technology company. It aims to enable decentralized technology evolution and adoption through its Blockchain solutions. Hashcove has strong and experienced technology team from proven financial technology background, and IP in blockchain enterprise solutions including crypto exchange, crypto wallets and ICO smarts contracts. Hashcove has an existing client base with operational revenues and a strong pipeline.
Forward Looking Statements
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