Movit Media Corp. Announces Binding Agreement With Ethereum Capital Inc. to Complete Reverse Takeover

Richmond, British Columbia, CANADA


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  • Ethereum Capital’s objective is to become the central business and investment hub for the Ethereum ecosystem, a backbone of the blockchain economy
  • Advisors from Purpose Investments, OMERS, Citizen Hex, and other prominent organizations
  • Experienced Board and Management team including Chairman and Co-CIO Som Seif and CEO Michael H. Conn

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Movit Media Corp. (“Movit”) (TSX.V:MV.H) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a transition agreement (the “Transition Agreement”) dated January 29, 2018  with Ethereum Capital Inc. (“Ethereum Capital”) providing for the acquisition by Movit of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Ethereum Capital pursuant to a three-cornered amalgamation. Completion of the transactions contemplated under the Transition Agreement will result in a reverse takeover of Movit (the “Transaction”).

In conjunction with the Transaction, Ethereum Capital plans to complete a private placement offering of 20,000,000 subscription receipts (“Subscription Receipts”) at a price of $2.50 per Subscription Receipt (the “Offering”). The Offering will be co-led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and CIBC Capital Markets, on behalf of a syndicate of agents (collectively, the “Agents”). Ethereum Capital expects to realize gross proceeds of $50.0 million pursuant to the Offering.

Trading in the common shares of Movit (“Movit Shares”) was halted following the entering into of the Transition Agreement in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”).

The closing of the Transaction remains subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions customary for this type of transaction, including the receipt of requisite approvals from Movit shareholders and approval of the TSXV.

The board of directors of Movit (“Movit Board”) has unanimously: (i) determined that the Transaction is in the best interests of Movit; and (b) determined to recommend that Movit shareholders vote in favour of the Transaction Resolutions. In addition, shareholders of Movit who hold approximately 70.2% of the issued and outstanding Movit Shares have entered into voting and support agreements with Movit pursuant to which they have agreed to vote all of their Movit Shares in favour of the Transaction subject to the right to terminate the voting support agreement in certain circumstances.

A date for the special meeting of Movit shareholders with respect to the Transaction (“Movit Shareholder Meeting”) will be announced shortly. A management information circular with additional information with respect to the Transaction will be mailed to Movit shareholders prior to the Movit Shareholder Meeting in accordance with applicable securities laws.

About Ethereum Capital Inc.

Ethereum Capital is a newly-formed technology company incorporated in Ontario focused on becoming the central business and investment hub for the Ethereum ecosystem, a technology that management believes will become the backbone for enterprise applications developed using blockchain protocols. This strategy will be achieved through a combination of acquiring Ether, the crypto-asset native to the Ethereum platform, and through strategic acquisitions of controlling stakes in Ethereum-based businesses.

Ethereum Capital is led by an experienced group of individuals from both the technology and investment sectors, including Co-Chief Investment Officers Som Seif and Benjamin Roberts, and CEO Michael H. Conn. Strategic relationships and a Board of Directors that includes a number of prominent investors will provide Ethereum Capital with a unique flow of opportunities. The Board will include:

  • Ben Roberts, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Hex;
  • John Ruffolo, Executive Managing Director of OMERS Platform Investments;
  • Joey Krug, Co-Founder of Augur and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Pantera Capital;
  • Boris Wertz, Founding Partner of Version One;
  • Liam Horne, Co-Founder of Counterfactual and L4 Ventures;
  • Colleen McMorrow, Director at Exco Technologies and former Audit Partner at Ernst & Young;
  • Cam di Prata, Founder and Managing Partner of Gibraltar & Co.;
  • Michael H. Conn, Founder and Managing Partner of Quail Creek Partners; and
  • Som Seif, Founder and CEO of Purpose Investments.

Ethereum uses blockchain technology to create “smart contracts,” allowing users to bind two parties to an agreement without an intermediary. The Ethereum network validates smart contracts and executes according to the rules in each contract, facilitating automation of complex and customizable transactions. Ether is the currency used to pay for the computing resources needed to run applications or programs on the Ethereum platform. The number of transactions on the Ethereum platform has increased dramatically over the last twelve months, surpassing all other crypto networks, and is poised for significant future growth as additional applications and programs are created.

“I am extremely excited to announce the launch of Ethereum Capital with support from our partners including Purpose Investments, Citizen Hex, L4 and OMERS,” said Som Seif, Executive Chairman and Co-CIO of Ethereum Capital. “We are pleased to offer investors a Company that will provide exposure to the growing blockchain sector backed by the expertise of an industry-leading team of advisors,” said Mr. Seif.

“OMERS has been active in the blockchain and crypto sector for several years now,” said John Ruffolo, Executive Managing Director of OMERS Platform Investments and Board Director for Ethereum Capital. “OMERS believes in the potential of blockchain technologies and I am thrilled to join a strong network of advisors as Ethereum Capital creates value in the sector,” said Mr. Ruffolo.

“The Ethereum network is just beginning to demonstrate its potential, with a greater number of transactions and applications being created almost daily,” said Joey Krug, a Director of Ethereum Capital and Co-Founder of Augur. “I believe it has the potential to disrupt many existing industries and am excited to advise Ethereum Capital due to its position to capitalize on the most promising of these resulting companies through strategic acquisitions,” said Mr. Krug.

The Offering

Ethereum Capital’s Offering will be undertaken on a “best efforts” agency basis to raise gross proceeds of $50.0 million. The proceeds of the Offering will be placed in escrow and released immediately prior to the closing of the Transaction upon satisfaction of certain specified escrow release conditions (the “Escrow Release”). On the Escrow Release: (i) each holder of Subscription Receipts will receive one common share in Ethereum Capital (an “Ethereum Share”) for each Subscription Receipt held; (ii) in consideration for services rendered in connection with the Offering, the Agents will be paid a fee of 6% of the aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering (subject to certain exclusions); and (iii) the net proceeds of the Offering will be released to Ethereum Capital and used to implement Ethereum Capital’s strategy through a combination of acquiring Ether itself and through strategic acquisitions of Ethereum-based businesses.

The Offering is being made by way of private placement exemptions to accredited investors in all provinces of Canada, and in the United States on a private placement basis pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

The closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about February 16, 2018.

Particulars of the Transaction

Pursuant to the terms of the Transition Agreement, Ethereum Capital will amalgamate with a wholly owned subsidiary of Movit (the “Amalgamation”) and continue as one corporation (“Amalco”). On the Amalgamation, each Ethereum Share will be cancelled and holders of Ethereum Shares will receive one Movit Share for each Ethereum Share. Assuming that the Offering raises gross proceeds of $50.0 million, Movit will issue in the aggregate approximately 22.2 million post-consolidation Movit Shares in connection with the Transaction resulting in approximately 23 million post-consolidation Movit Shares issued and outstanding immediately after the closing of the Transaction. On the completion of the Amalgamation, the holders of Ethereum Shares will become shareholders of Movit and Amalco will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Movit.

The terms of the Transition Agreement provide that, prior to the Amalgamation, Movit will have received shareholder approval at the Movit Shareholder Meeting to various resolutions (together, the “Transaction Resolutions”) including: (i) continuance of Movit's corporate existence from British Columbia to Ontario (the “Continuance”); (ii) consolidation of the issued and outstanding Movit Shares, valued for the purposes of the Transaction at $0.20 per common share, on the basis of one post-consolidation common share for every 12.5 issued and outstanding common shares (the “Consolidation”); (iii) a change of name to “Ethereum Capital Corporation” or such other name as is acceptable to Movit's corporate regulator (the “Name Change”); (iv) reconstitution of the board of directors (the “Movit Board”) with nominees of Ethereum Capital (the “Election of Directors”); (v) adoption of a new by-law relating generally to its business and affairs (the “By-law”); and (vi) adoption of a share compensation plan (“Share Compensation Plan”).  The Continuance, Consolidation and Name Change will require the approval of 66 2/3% of the votes cast at the Movit Shareholder Meeting while the Election of Directors, adoption of the new By-law and the adoption of the Share Compensation Plan will require approval of the holders of a simple majority of the votes cast.

The Transaction constitutes an Arm’s Length Transaction for the purposes of the policies of the TSXV.

A copy of the Transition Agreement will be available under Movit’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

About Ethereum Capital
Ethereum Capital is a technology company focused on becoming the central business and investment hub for the Ethereum ecosystem. The Company aims to both acquire Ether, Ethereum’s native crypto-asset, as a strategic asset, and make selective acquisitions in Ethereum-based businesses. Through its highly experienced Board of Directors and management team, Ethereum Capital will see a robust opportunity pipeline and invest in industry-shifting disruptive technologies. For more information, visit https://www.ethereumcapital.co/.

Further Information

For further information concerning this press release, please contact:

Jeffrey Sharpe
Director
Movit Media Corp.
604-285-7977
jeff@digitalshelfspace.com

This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States, and the securities described in this press release may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to, TSXV acceptance and if applicable, disinterested shareholder approval. Where applicable, the transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular or filing statement to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon.

Trading in the securities of Movit should be considered highly speculative. The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “scheduled”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements in regard to the prospects for blockchain technology and the Ethereum platform, Ethereum Capital’s business and strategy, Ethereum Capital’s opportunity pipeline, the expected terms and conditions of the Transaction (including the Amalgamation), the closing of the Transaction (including the Amalgamation), the terms, size and completion of the Offering, the use of proceeds from the Offering, Ethereum Capital’s ability to satisfy the conditions precedent for the Escrow Release, the timing of the  Escrow Release, the securities that purchasers of Subscription Receipts will receive on the Escrow Release, the timing of the closing of the Offering, the timing of the meeting of Movit shareholders and mailing of a management information circular in respect of the Transaction, the receipt of requisite Movit shareholder approval in respect of the Transaction and the parties’ ability to satisfy the closing conditions for the Transaction.

Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Movit or Ethereum Capital to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic, competitive, geopolitical, technological and social uncertainties; uncertainties in regard to the development and acceptance of blockchain technology and the Ethereum platform; uncertain capital markets; delay or failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals; a party’s inability to satisfy a condition precedent to the closing of the Transaction (including the obtaining of regulatory approval), and other risks related to the completion of the Transaction and the inability of a party to perform its obligations under the Transition Agreement. Although the forward-looking information is based on Ethereum Capital and Movit’s reasonable assumptions at the date such statements are made, there can be no assurance that the Transaction and the Offering will occur, or that, if the Transaction and Offering do occur, that they will be completed on the respective terms described above, or that the forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Ethereum Capital and Movit do not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.