VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Blockchain Corp. (the "Corporation" or “Fortress Blockchain”) is pleased to announce that the Corporation has closed a brokered private placement financing of 30,000,000 common shares in the capital of the Corporation at a price of $0.50 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of $15,000,000 (the "Offering"). Desjardins Capital Markets acted as lead agent and sole book runner on behalf of a syndicate of agents, including Haywood Securities Inc.
Aydin Kilic, President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Corporation, stated “We are very pleased to close this brokered financing and add many of Canada’s leading institutional investors to our shareholder registry. Upon completion of our strategic acquisition of a green-energy mining facility with a proven track record of profitable Bitcoin mining, access to one of the lowest power costs in North America, and a seasoned Board of Directors and Special Advisors, Fortress Blockchain will be poised to capitalize on the increasing adoption of Bitcoin as the next financial asset class. We are all excited about entering our next growth phase.”
The Corporation intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to fund: (i) the Corporation’s acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of a 5MW class "A" industrial facility purpose-built and wholly dedicated to crypto-currency mining, currently operating at 2MW capacity (the “Mining Facility”) located in the Pacific Northwest; (ii) capital expenditures related to the acquisition of ASIC mining equipment and the build out of the Mining Facility from 2MW to 5MW following the completion of the Acquisition; (iii) the payment of a deposit for the acquisition of a new 9MW facility to be specifically designed and constructed as a wholly dedicated crypto-currency mining facility; and (iv) general corporate purposes.
The Corporation anticipates the acquisition of the Mining Facility to close on or before February 16, 2018.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or to a U.S. person (a "U.S. Person") (as such term is defined in Regulation S promulgated under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act")). The securities have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to a U.S. Person unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.
About Fortress Blockchain
Fortress Blockchain Corp. is a technology-oriented blockchain mining company committed to operating in low cost North American green-energy regions. Fortress Blockchain’s resources are currently dedicated to achieving peak operational efficiency in industrial scale Bitcoin mining, to ultimately deliver an industry leading competitive advantage in performance. Fortress Blockchain is strategically acquiring state-of-the-art mining facilities, including a seminal Washington state facility which has been in continuous operation since 2014, which will also serve as an R&D facility going forward to optimize and build out the next generation of highly scalable blockchain mining infrastructure.
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