SALT Files Form 10, Focuses on Scalability and Growth
The filing will provide transparency into SALT’s financials, increase the company’s access to funding opportunities, and enable SALT’s expansion into the wealth management space
Today SALT Blockchain Inc., a company that provides crypto-backed loans and is expanding its product offerings to include wealth management services, announced it has filed a Form 10 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in connection to its registration of the SALT Token. With this filing of the Form 10 with the SEC, SALT will officially become a publicly reporting company effective 60 days from today.
The filing brings a new level of transparency to the crypto industry as SALT’s new reporting standards will soon match those of publicly traded companies like Apple and Tesla. “This is completely new territory for us and as we’ve gone through this process, we’ve developed a renewed focus on financial stability and profitability as we seek to grow and scale,” said CEO of SALT Justin English. “It’s a significant and positive step for the business, as our ability to meet regulatory demands and share audited financials with traditional institutions will open up new funding opportunities and will enable us to better pursue our mission and vision.”
SALT’s updated mission– to build products that increase access to financial opportunities and give people more control over their ability to generate long-term wealth– has been a driving force behind the company’s move into the wealth management space. As part of this new business focus, SALT recently acquired trade execution technology from P3K LLC that will enable the company to offer algorithmic trading strategies to institutional and accredited investors through managed accounts.
In addition to developing its new asset management line of products, SALT has continued to enhance its lending offering. In Q4 2020, the company launched SALT Stabilization — a product that serves SALT’s lending customers and preserves the value of their crypto portfolios in a market downturn. When it comes to lending, SALT is hyper-focused on streamlining its offerings to create a frictionless lending product that still meets compliance standards. “We recognize there’s a spectrum between DeFi and CeFi and that there are tradeoffs to each. At SALT we will soon offer products that will impart the frictionless aspect of DeFi with the added components of compliance and customer service that come with CeFi,” said English.
SALT had a profitable fourth quarter in 2020 and is well-positioned to grow and scale as it pursues its mission to expand into the wealth management industry. With the added element of financial regulation, traditional funding institutions can feel confident in knowing that SALT is held to the highest level of reporting standards while SALT Token holders can feel confident in knowing that SALT will continue to innovate. “This has been a long process and I’m really excited about where we’ve ended up,” said English. “I’m confident we have the right team in place, the right technology, and the right goals in mind to execute on our vision. We’re in the midst of an upward trajectory and it’s clear to me that SALT has a bright future ahead.”
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SALT Granted Extension on Form 10 Filing Date
As previously announced, part of our settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires us to file a Form 10 to register our SALT Tokens under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
We have been working on the registration process and have been granted a further 30-day extension on our Form 10 filing deadline by the SEC. The Claim Form for purchasers of the SALT Token (applicable to those who purchased SALT Tokens directly from the SALT before and including December 31, 2019) will be available 60 days after the date of the filing of the 1934 Act Registration (or on the date seven (7) days after the 1934 Act Registration becomes effective, whichever date is sooner). For additional information about the claims procedure see the original SEC order.
A Message from SALT on our Form 10 registration statement filing
In September 2020, SALT reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to the offer and sale of SALT Tokens in our “membership token sale” or “initial coin offering” (“ICO”), in which we offered and sold digital tokens (“SALT Tokens”) starting in 2017 through 2019. As part of the settlement, we are preparing to file a Form 10 to register our SALT Tokens under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
We have been working on the registration process and the SEC has granted us a 75-day extension on our filing deadline — an option that was included in the original SEC order. As a result of this extension, the Claim Form for purchasers of the SALT Token (applicable to those who purchased SALT Tokens directly from the SALT before and including December 31, 2019) will be available 60 days after the date of the filing of the 1934 Act Registration (or on the date seven (7) days after the 1934 Act Registration becomes effective, whichever date is sooner). For additional information about the claims procedure see the original SEC order.
As we work to complete the registration process, we continue to remain focused on providing new avenues for our customers to grow and preserve wealth. Not only have we made significant improvements to our lending product, but we have formed partnerships that will enable us to expand the business beyond lending. We’re excited about SALT’s future and will continue to share updates and milestones via our website.
SALT Lending Reaches Settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
September 30, 2020 (DENVER) — Salt Blockchain Inc. f/k/a Salt Lending Holdings, Inc. (“Salt” or the “Company”), a company that provides crypto-backed loans and is expanding its product offerings to include wealth management services, today announced it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) related to Salt’s offer and sale of SALT Tokens in its “membership token sale” or “initial coin offering” (“ICO”), in which the Company offered and sold digital tokens (“SALT Tokens”) starting in 2017 through 2019. The SEC has simultaneously granted Salt an important waiver that will among other things allow the Company to participate in future capital raising activities under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”).
Salt has cooperated with the SEC and has been working toward a settlement for many months. Throughout that time, Salt has continued to grow and has proven the viability of the lending business and technology described to investors in connection with the ICO. Now that the Company and the SEC have reached a settlement, Salt plans to expand its product offerings to include products focused on asset management and the preservation of wealth. “As part of Salt’s current leadership team, I can speak to the fact that this experience has certainly been a humbling one. While it has forced us to hit pause on a number of initiatives and product releases, it has also given us time to think about how we want to evolve the business,” said CEO of Salt Justin English. “I’m excited about Salt’s future and am grateful for the opportunity to pursue our vision of building products and services that will help our customers build and preserve their wealth.”
Without admitting or denying the findings in the order, the Company consented to the entry of an administrative order that requires it, among other things, to cease and desist from future violations of the offering and registration provisions of the federal securities laws (the “SEC Settlement”). Under the terms of the SEC Settlement, the Company will register SALT Tokens under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as a class of securities, maintain that registration and make timely filings as required by law and the SEC Settlement, and pay a civil monetary penalty of $250,000.
In addition, under the terms of the SEC Settlement, the Company will administer a claims procedure available to those who purchased SALT Tokens directly from the Company before and including December 31, 2019. Pursuant to that claims procedure, purchasers of SALT Tokens from the Company before and including December 31, 2019 who elect to participate and timely submit a complete Claim Form and required supporting documentation will be permitted to provide their SALT Tokens to the Company in exchange for payment of the amount due under Section 12(a) of the Securities Act (consideration paid with interest thereon, less the amount of any income received or damages if the person no longer owns the security). The Company will distribute a Claim Form to purchasers in accordance with the terms of the SEC Settlement. As required by the SEC Settlement, the Company will submit a monthly report to the SEC of the claims received and the claims paid under its voluntary claims procedure as described in paragraph 17 of the Undertakings in the SEC Order. The SEC Order is available at https://www.sec.gov/enforce/33-10865-s.