ARLINGTON, VA–(Marketwired – Jan 21, 2015) – Bitcoin Shop, Inc. (OTCQB: BTCS) (“BTCS” or the “Company”), the operator of the digital currency ecommerce marketplace www.btcs.com, which is undertaking the build-out of a universal digital currency ecosystem, announced today that the Company closed on financings for aggregate proceeds of $498,000. The Company sold $433,000 of units consisting of common stock and warrants at a per unit price of $0.10. The units, inclusive of the warrants, convert into 15.155 million shares of common stock. The Company also sold non-convertible promissory notes (the “Notes”) to BTCS’ co-founders, Michal Handerhan and Tim Sidie, for aggregate proceeds of $65,000, which mature on December 31, 2015 and bear interest at an annual rate of 2%. Management and family of management accounted for 66% of the total funding. Additionally, the Company made a follow-on investment of $100,000 in its strategic partner Coin Outlet.
Charles Allen, CEO of BTCS, commented, “As we previously announced, on October 22, 2014 certain members of management voluntary agreed to have 12.75 million shares redeemed from them for an aggregate payment of $2,491. For investors that owned our stock prior to the redemption, the unit financing should result in minimal additional dilution, when net against the redemption. Management remains committed to building our business and taking the necessary actions to limit dilution to our public shareholders.”
Through the strategic investment and partnership with Coin Outlet, BTCS plans to leverage Coin Outlet’s ATM network as an on-ramp to its planned universal digital currency ecosystem, which includes ATM/financial services. Overstock recently placed a Coin Outlet ATM in its headquarters to encourage digital currency use.
“As the lead investor in Coin Outlet, we are pleased to see the installation of Coin Outlet’s ATM at Overstock’s headquarters. This is a great step to encourage the use of digital currencies among consumers who have yet to experience the easy exchange of US dollars to bitcoins,” said Charles Allen.
Charles Allen additionally commented, “We believe the recent decline in the price of Bitcoin has created tremendous opportunities for us to further expand our business and seize opportunities created from the market downturn.”
BTCS plans to build a universal digital currency platform with the goal of enabling users to engage in the digital currency ecosystem through one point of access. We currently operate our legacy ecommerce website (www.bitcoinshop.us) and are operating our public beta site (www.btcs.com) where consumers can purchase products using digital currency such as bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin, by searching through a selection of over 250,000 items. We provide our customers competitive pricing options from 256 retailers through our “Intelligent Shopping Engine”. All ecommerce customer orders are fulfilled by third party vendors. We plan to use our ecommerce platform as a customer on-ramp for a broader digital currency platform. We have been actively partnering with strategic digital currency companies who have technologies, services or products that are complementary to our business strategy by making investments in them and integrating with them.
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