BitGold Inc. Announces CAD 51.9 Million Acquisition of GoldMoney.Com, Integrating Over CAD 1.5 Billion In Assets and Over 135,000 User Signups Onto the BitGold AURUM NetworkMay 22, 2015
BITGOLD INC. ANNOUNCES CAD 51.9 MILLION ACQUISITION OF GOLDMONEY.COM, INTEGRATING OVER CAD 1.5 BILLION IN ASSETS AND OVER 135,000 USER SIGNUPS ONTO THE BITGOLD AURUM NETWORK
Toronto, Ontario (May 22, 2015) – BitGold Inc. (TSX-V: XAU) (“BitGold”), a platform for savings and payments in gold, announces that it has entered into an Acquisition Agreement to purchase the operating and intellectual property assets of GoldMoney Network Limited (“GoldMoney”), subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. With over CAD 1.5 billion in assets under vault management GoldMoney is among the world’s largest private managers of precious metal assets, renowned for its innovation and integrity in the gold market.
Upon closing of the Acquisition Agreement, BitGold will acquire the intellectual property and operating assets of GoldMoney in exchange for the issuance of 11,169,794 common shares in BitGold, valuing the transaction at CAD 51.9 million based on BitGold’s CAD 4.65 closing price on May 21st. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days. Potential benefits to shareholders include:
• The integration of an innovative and high integrity precious metal manager onto the BitGold platform; preserving the relationships GoldMoney has established with its customers while enhancing GoldMoney services with payment technologies
• The addition of relationships and knowledge acquired over nearly a decade and a half operating an e-platform for global metal purchases and sales
• The addition of over CAD 1.5 billion in customer assets onto the Aurum ledger, BitGold’s proprietary consolidated order book and trade engine
• The potential to develop new payment market relationships from over 135,000 signups on GoldMoney.com
• Applying new technology, analytics, and location intelligent language/currency engine to expand beyond the markets which have produced over GBP 3.1 billion in cumulative gross sales revenue for GoldMoney over the past decade
• Expected operating synergies from lower fixed overhead and lower working capital intensive technologies applied to GoldMoney operations, without compromising premium customer service
• The addition of a strong shareholder base and three GoldMoney directors to the combined Board of Directors
GoldMoney Network Limited is owned by well-established investors including James Turk, IAMGOLD Corporation, Fleming family and Eric Sprott, founder of Sprott Inc. GoldMoney headquarters are located in Jersey, British Channel Islands. GoldMoney is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) as a Money Services Business. The JFSC is the main supervisory body that oversees and regulates Jersey’s large financial services industry.
“We are thrilled by the potential of this BitGold and GoldMoney combination, two companies with shared values and a common vision and purpose,” said Roy Sebag, BitGold CEO. “You will not find a precious metals asset manager with more integrity than the one built by Geoff and James Turk and the GoldMoney team. With the technology of the BitGold platform we can expand the GoldMoney legacy of trust, security, and a client centric purpose to new markets, growing from a much stronger base and benefiting all stakeholders. Combining the first global e-marketplace for gold with the latest and most innovative, we instantly become the world’s largest and most active bullion money service.”
GoldMoney is the registered business name of Net Transactions Limited, which provides metal storage services for its customers. GoldMoney’s affiliate company, Net-Gold Services Limited, handles the purchase and sale of precious metals. Upon closing of the transaction, BitGold will acquire from GoldMoney Network Limited all of the issued and outstanding shares of its three operating subsidiaries Net Transactions Limited, Net-Gold Services Limited and Net Transactions (Jersey) Limited and all of the proprietary intellectual property of GoldMoney Network Limited in exchange for the issuance of 11,169,794 common shares of BitGold, for which GoldMoney shareholders will be subject to a 12-month lock-up. The parties have entered into an Acquisition Agreement and further announcements will be made on the status of the acquisition as it proceeds toward closing.
“The combination of BitGold and GoldMoney has the potential to create significant value for the clients and shareholder of both companies,” said James Turk, founder of GoldMoney. “We created GoldMoney with the vision of making gold accessible for savings and payments, a vision that BitGold is rapidly expanding in a new era of cloud computing and mobile technology. Together we will continue to operate GoldMoney with the same level of security, integrity and premium customer service, but GoldMoney clients will now have access to expanded payment options, a gold debit card, and the many applications and features being developed by this innovative team. Josh and Roy understand money and gold as well as anyone I’ve met. Their energy, vision, and dedication to expand this platform are truly remarkable. I am honored to be joining the combined board along with two of my fellow GoldMoney directors, Mahendra Naik and Hector Fleming.”
BitGold and GoldMoney will host a joint conference call on Tuesday, May 26th, further information to be released.
BitGold’s mission is to make gold accessible and useful in digital payments and secure savings. The BitGold platform provides innovative solutions to the challenge of transacting with fully allocated and securely vaulted gold. BitGold accounts are free and convenient to open by anyone, anywhere* in just minutes. BitGold provides users with a secure vault account to purchase gold using a variety of electronic payment methods. The platform will also provide transaction capability including: instant cross-border gold payments, merchant invoicing and processing for gold, debit card spending of gold at traditional points of sale, conversions to a customer’s external digital-wallet or bank, and physical gold redemptions. All physical gold acquired through the platform is owned by the customer, stored in vaults administered by The Brink’s Company, acting through Brink’s Global Vault Services International, Inc. (“Brink’s”), which insures gold through third party insurance providers.
BitGold is a Canadian corporation with offices in Toronto, Canada, and Milan, Italy. BitGold has partnered with established professionals in bullion dealing, vault security and web security, payment processing, and is committed to best-practice systems for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations regarding anti-money Laundering (“AML”) and Know Your Customer (“KYC”).
*The BitGold Platform will not initially be available to U.S. Residents and will be unavailable to residents of sanctioned countries
GoldMoney is a gold and precious metals vaulting business founded in 2001 by James Turk and Geoff Turk. GoldMoney offers an easy way to buy gold, silver, platinum and palladium online and safely store for customers these precious metals in five countries. It is GoldMoney’s vision that the benefits and dependability of gold and silver should be easily available to everyone, while providing its customers with assurances of integrity so they know their money is safe.
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