Claim Form Now Available to Eligible Purchasers of the SALT Token
As of today, the claim form associated with the requirements of our SEC settlement is now available for you to view on the SEC website. The E-Claim Form Portal will be available tomorrow before 11:59pm EST for eligible purchasers of the SALT Token (those who purchased SALT Tokens directly from us) who wish to submit a claim. Please note the form must be filed electronically via the E-Claim Form Portal, as claims submitted by facsimile, email or other means of electronic transmission (without the express permission of the Claims Agent) will be rejected.
To access the form, visit this link: http://www.saltoffer.com/. Please note that as an eligible purchaser, you will need the email address you used to purchase SALT Tokens.
Check out our FAQ. If you do not find the answer you need or have questions about how to complete the form, please contact [email protected]
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.
New Changes Add Value for SALT Supporters
After identifying and evaluating new ways to add value for SALT Membership Unit (“SALT”) supporters, we’re excited to announce that we’re 1. now accepting SALT as collateral for a cash or stablecoin loan and 2. switching from a staking model to a redemption model.
How will this work when the price of SALT varies across exchanges?
Since Binance and Bittrex delisted SALT in February and May respectively, we’ve been searching for a valid third-party pricing source by which to value SALT. We define valid exchange pricing as the trading price on an unmanipulated market where the trading volume is high enough that a sufficient number of buyers and sellers can establish a price at which to transact. We determined that Binance and Bittrex were the only two exchanges to offer a sufficient market for SALT to provide validity in the previous year. To mitigate this change in pricing validity, we have taken the 60-day moving average from Coinmarketcap.com, using the 60 days prior to the delisting announcement by Bittrex. Using this pricing mechanism, we are recognizing a price of $0.15 per SALT on our platform. If, in the future, SALT is listed on an exchange with adequate trading volume, accessibility, and market depth to provide us with price validity, we will immediately recognize such third-party pricing.
What does this mean if I’ve already staked SALT to secure a loan?
If you currently have a loan with us and you staked SALT to get a reduced interest rate, your SALT will automatically be recognized as collateral in your collateral wallet and your interest rate will remain the same.
What else can I do with my SALT?
We are moving from a staking model to a redemption model. This means that while you can still use your SALT to secure a lower APR on your crypto-backed loan, the new redemption program will allow you to redeem your SALT rather than stake it. The reason we’ve switched to this new model is to offer you value for your SALT upfront. From now on, you can redeem your SALT to reduce your interest rate for lower monthly payments (go to saltlending.com for loan terms and options). The amount of SALT required to do so depends upon the size of your loan.
What if I don’t own SALT?
If you don’t own SALT, these changes will not impact you. Our goal with switching to a redemption model and adding SALT as a collateral type is to reward early supporters of SALT by offering them additional ways to use their SALT tokens the way they were intended to be used — to engage with our lending platform.
SALT CEO Bill Sinclair responds to Binance delisting
Binance announced yesterday that it delisted SALT Memberships from its asset exchange. Binance’s announcement and action came as a surprise to SALT as we did not receive any information requests or opportunity to refute the inferences in Binance’s announcement. SALT adamantly objects to Binance’s announcement which provides the basis for which it delists a token but does not make any specific allegation against the list of companies, thus creating false negative implications.
Binance has not requested any information from SALT to enable Binance to make a decision relating to its now publicly listed criteria and acted irresponsibly in insinuating that any of the criteria is true of SALT.
SALT would like to take the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to you, our products, and the blockchain industry. We sell SALT Membership units and offer refunds when they are purchased directly from us and not removed from our platform. This has been the preferred method of buying our Membership units since inception. A number of exchanges, including Binance, have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees by reselling our Membership units. SALT has never profited directly from any third party exchange activities. SALT Membership units have always been the primary vehicle for utility on our platform and we are committed to the expansion of this utility as our business grows. Today there are millions of SALT Membership units held on our platform by thousands of members.
SALT is a team of over 70 passionate, dedicated employees and professionals around the globe. We are proud to have the best customer support team in the business responding to phone, email and social media requests around the clock. Among our many employees is our talented and dedicated team of developers who have committed over 18,277,688 lines of code across dozens of software services in the year 2018 alone.
Additionally, SALT is continually enhancing its communication and today operates through a number of public channels including the following:
SALT has not and does not engage in fraudulent or unethical activity nor have we suggested publicly, without evidence or context, that any other company has done so. Binance never responsibly contacted SALT regarding any due diligence inquiries.
SALT is committed to responsible business practices. We pride ourselves on engaging with our customers, partners, regulators, and the media when it comes to requests for information.
We are dedicated to advancing blockchain technology and to building a healthy and sustainable crypto ecosystem. Two of our co-founders serve as members and advisors to groups that share a similar goal. These include the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Colorado Council for the Advancement of Blockchain Technology, created by Governor Hickenlooper. Additionally, we are an active member of The Digital Chamber of Commerce and frequently sponsor events that drive awareness and adoption of blockchain technology globally such as the Asia Blockchain Week, North American Bitcoin Conference and ETHDenver.
At SALT, we define success not by the number of exchanges on which we are listed, but by our efforts to help shape this new economy. We remain focused on product development and driving awareness and adoption of blockchain technology. Our goal is to provide our customers with the products and services they need to participate in the blockchain space. One of our core values, integrity, is matched only by another of our core values, grit. We will continue to work tirelessly to deliver outstanding products and services, and will not be moved off that mark by anyone, for any reason.
Thank you for your continued support, as together we remain focused on building a successful software services and lending enterprise.
Interim President & CEO and Chief Technology Officer