New York, Nov. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grayscale Investments®, the largest digital currency asset manager and sponsor of Grayscale® Bitcoin Trust (OTCQX: GBTC), today announced that it has publicly filed a Registration Statement on Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on behalf of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.*
This is a voluntary filing that is subject to SEC review. If deemed effective, it would designate the Trust as an SEC reporting company and register its shares pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).** It would also designate the Trust as the first digital currency investment vehicle to attain the status of a reporting company by the SEC.
Additionally, if deemed effective, accredited investors who purchased shares in the Trust’s private placement would have an earlier liquidity opportunity, as the statutory holding period of private placement shares would be reduced from 12 months to 6 months, under Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).***
The Trust currently publishes quarterly and annual reports as well as audited financial statements pursuant to the OTC Markets Alternative Reporting Standard (ARS). Should the Form 10 go into effect, the Trust would file these reports and financial statements as 10-Qs and 10-Ks with the SEC, along with current reports on Form 8-K, in addition to complying with all other obligations under the Exchange Act.
The Trust is a traditional investment product that offers investors exposure to Bitcoin in the form of security, avoiding the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping Bitcoin directly.
*The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Private Placement is offered on a periodic basis throughout the year to accredited investors and is currently closed. Because the Trust’s private placement does not currently operate a redemption program, there are no assurances that the value of the Shares will approximate the value of the underlying assets held by the Trust when traded on a secondary market, like OTCQX. As such, the shares of the public quotation may trade at a substantial premium over, or substantial discount to, the value of the Bitcoin held by the Trust.
**This voluntary filing should not be confused as an effort to classify Grayscale Bitcoin Trust as an exchange traded fund (ETF). The structure of the Trust will not change and it will continue to not operate a redemption program nor trade on a national securities exchange.
***The holding period reduction would become effective after Grayscale Bitcoin Trust has been a reporting company for at least 90 days and has satisfied the other requirements under Rule 144 of the Securities Act.
This press release is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or buy any security in any jurisdiction where such an offer or solicitation would be illegal, nor shall there be any sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.
About Grayscale Investments® Grayscale Investments, LLC is the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, with more than $2.7B in assets under management, as of October 31, 2019. With a proven track record and unrivaled experience, we give investors the tools to make informed investing decisions in a burgeoning asset class. As part of Digital Currency Group, Grayscale accesses the world’s biggest network of digital currency intelligence to build better investment products. We have removed the barrier to entry so that institutions and investors can benefit from exposure to digital currencies. Now, forward-thinking investors can embrace a digital future within an institutional grade investment. Grayscale is headquartered in New York City. For more information on Grayscale, please visit www.grayscale.co or follow us on Twitter, @GrayscaleInvest.
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