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ZUG, Switzerland and VANCOUVER, Dec. 18, 2017 /CNW/ - HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (TSX.V:HIVE) (the "Company" or "HIVE"), the leading publicly listed blockchain infrastructure company, is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche ("First Tranche") of its previously announced private placement of up to C$115 million (the "Offering") co-led by GMP Securities L.P. and Eventus Capital Corp. and including Haywood Securities Inc. and PI Financial Corp. (collectively, the "Agents"). The First Tranche consisted of a total of 15,873,100 units (the "Units") sold at a price of C$3.15 per Unit for gross proceeds raised of C$50,000,265. Each Unit consists of one common share (a "Share") and one Share purchase warrant (a "Warrant"), with each Warrant entitling the holder to purchase one Share at a price of $3.90 until November 14, 2019. The Shares and the Warrants issued under the First Tranche are subject to a hold period expiring April 19, 2018. The Company anticipates that the Warrants will be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") shortly after the hold period expires, subject to meeting the conditions in Exchange approval. In connection with the First Tranche, the Agents received a cash commission equal to 6% of the gross proceeds raised in the First Tranche.
The final closing of the Offering of up to an additional of $65 million (the "Final Tranche") is expected to be December 29, 2017. Closing of the Final Tranche is subject to certain conditions typical for a transaction of this nature and the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Exchange.
The net proceeds of the Offering are expected to be used to fund the completion of the Sweden Bitcoin Data Centre and the Phase 3 Expansion at the Sweden GPU Data Centre (as described in the Company's December 13, 2017 news release), and for general working capital purposes.
About HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. is a growth oriented, TSX.V-listed company building a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. HIVE is strategically partnered with Genesis Mining Ltd. to build the next generation of blockchain infrastructure. HIVE owns state-of-the-art GPU-based digital currency mining facilities in Iceland, which produce newly minted virgin digital currency like Ethereum around the clock, and is in the midst of a major expansion of operations into Sweden.
Neither the 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 news release.
Except for the statements of historical fact, this news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. "Forward-looking information" in this news release includes information about the expansion of the Company's digital currency mining operations in Sweden (including into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash mining); the quantum and closing of the second tranche of the Offering; the business goals and objectives of the Company, and other forward-looking information includes but is not limited to information concerning the intentions, plans and future actions of the parties to the transactions described herein and the terms thereon.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, the expansion of digital currency mining operations in Sweden (including construction of planned facilities) may not occur as currently planned, or at all; the second tranche of the Offering may not close on the terms and timing anticipated, or at all; the Exchange may not approve the transactions the Company has applied for; the quantum of computational power and electrical consumption expected by the Company in Sweden may not materialize as currently anticipated, or at all; the digital currency market; the Company's ability to successfully mine digital currency; a decline in digital currency prices may have a significant negative impact on the Company's operations; the volatility of digital currency prices; and other related risks as more fully set out in the Filing Statement of the Company dated September 13, 2017.
The forward-looking information in this news release reflects the current expectations, assumptions and/or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. In connection with the forward-looking information contained in this news release, the Company has made assumptions about the Company's ability to complete of its expansion of digital currency operations in Sweden; the Company's ability to close the second tranche of the Offering, including obtaining Exchange approval; Genesis' participation in the Offering; the Company's ongoing partnership with Genesis; historical prices of digital currencies and the ability of the Company to mine digital currencies will be consistent with historical prices; and there will be no regulation or law that will prevent the Company from operating its business. The Company has also assumed that no significant events occur outside of the Company's normal course of business. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking information are reasonable, forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such information due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
Any forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.
SOURCE HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
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