This morning just prior to the market open the SEC issued a trading suspension for First Bitcoin Capital Corp (BITCF), which has a market cap of $545 milliion as of the most recent close of $1.79.
The reason given for the trading suspension:
because of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of publicly available information about the company including, among other things, the value of BITCF’s assets and its capital structure.
My bet is that the news from August 2nd of BITCF preparing to pay a dividend in an illiquid cryptocurrency (TeslaCoilCoin) was one of the primary reasons for the trading suspension. The record date for that dividend was to be September 12th which is why I think the SEC acted now. After first posting this article Jacob Ma-Weaver mentioned that BITCF had issued a cryptocurrency version of its own stock and he thought that was the reason for the suspension. I had missed this initially and now agree with Jacob. From the company’s recent PR about the dividend, “We may also from time to time pay dividends in our own common shares in their crypto form which trades under the crypto symbol $BITCF on various foreign cryptocurrency exchanges.”
BITCF will resume trading on the grey market (no market makers) at the open on September 8, 2017.
While I did not follow $BITCF closely, there were plenty of red flags. Besides the usual lack of assets ($673,000 including their cryptocurrency holdings), there was having Anthony M. Santos as legal counsel. I didn’t recognize his name at first but he was attorney for NevWest, a key broker that processed the illegal sales of billions of shares of stock in CMKM Diamonds.