SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 18, 2017
SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of Incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
No. 4 Drive-in Movie
Theater Park, No. 21 Liangmaqiao Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100125
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 212-206-1216
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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|Item 1.01.||Entry Into A Material Definitive Agreement|
On December 18, 2017, Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (the “Company” or “SSC”) entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “DBOT Purchase Agreement”) with Delaware Board of Trade Holdings, Inc. (“DBOT”) and each of the parties listed on the signature page of the DBOT Purchase Agreement (each a “Seller” and collectively referred to herein as the “Sellers”) pursuant to which each Seller agreed to sell such number of shares of common stock of DBOT set forth opposite each Seller’s name on Schedule A of the DBOT Purchase Agreement to the Company and the Company issued an aggregate of 1,627,869 shares of Common Stock of the Company to the Sellers. Pursuant to the terms of the DBOT Purchase Agreement, the Company’s President and Chief Revenue Officer, Robert G. Benya, will become a member of DBOT’s Board of Directors. Each Seller agreed to a 1 year lock up period for the Company shares of common stock received by each Seller pursuant to the DBOT Purchase Agreement. The foregoing description of the DBOT Purchase Agreement is not purported to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of such agreement which we will file as an exhibit to our next Annual Report on Form 10-K.
|Item 3.02||Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.|
The information pertaining to the sale of shares of the Company’s common stock discussed in Item 1.01 of this Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. The Company issued the shares of its Common Stock in reliance on exemptions from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act, Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder and/or Regulation S under the Securities Act.
|Item 5.07||Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.|
The Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of the Company was held on December 20, 2017. At the Annual Meeting, the shareholders voted on the following proposals and cast their votes as described below.
Proposal 1. Holders of the Company’s Common Stock and Series A Preferred Stock, voting together as a single class, elected seven directors to the Company’s Board of Directors to hold office for a one-year term until the annual meeting of shareholders in 2018 and until their successors are re-elected and qualified. The votes for each of the nominees were as follows:
Proposal 2. Shareholders ratified the selection of Grant Thornton, LLP as independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017. The votes regarding this proposal were as follows:
|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
On December 20, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing the entry into the DBOT Purchase Agreement. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||Press Release, dated December 20, 2017.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.|
|Date: December 22, 2017||By:||/s/ Bruno Wu|
|Chief Executive Officer|
Seven Stars Cloud Announces 27% Purchase of
Delaware Board of Trade Holdings, Inc. (DBOT)
· DBOT is the first and only blockchain based Aleternative Trading System fully licensed by the SEC
· SSC’s NextGen X + DBOT’s established and regulatory approved platform will be the cornerstone for a “plug & play” and blockchain based, Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) Network
New York, NY, December 20, 2017 – Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) (“SSC” or the “Company”), announced today a 27% purchase of The Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Inc. (“DBOT”), the first and only blockchain based Alternative Trading System fully licensed by the SEC, for 1,627,869 shares of SSC common stock. The transaction will make SSC the largest shareholder of DBOT and as part of the purchase deal, SSC President and Chief Revenue Officer, Robert G. Benya, will become a DBOT Board Director.
DBOT (http://dbottrading.com/) operates three business lines: (i) DBOT ATS LLC, a FINRA Member Firm, a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) and an SEC recognized fully automated, auto-execution Alternative Trading System (“ATS”); (ii) DBOT Issuer Services LLC, focused on setting and maintaining issuer standards, as well as the provision of issuer services to DBOT designated issuers; and (iii) DBOT Technology Services LLC, focused on the provision of market data and marketplace connectivity.
With this key transaction, Seven Stars Cloud will leverage DBOT’s established and regulatory approved ATS for powering SSC’s blockchain based NextGen X, which focuses on the trading of financial products including ETFs backed by digital assets, that can be tokenized and settled (including digital currency options) via Initial Exchange Offerings (‘IEO”). Through SSC’s Global Partners Trading Network (“GPTN”) which will be established in the US, UK, Germany, China, Korea, Africa, Singapore, UAE and Japan, NextGen X, with a “plug and play” solution, will enable GPTN partners to expand their issuance and trading volume via 30 targeted local and regional exchanges and ATS.
NextGen X, combined with DBOT’s infrastructure, will position itself as and differentiate itself from, other digital currency based ICO platforms in four ways:
|1.||Regulated: a FINRA Member Firm, a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) and an SEC recognized fully automated, auto-execution ATS;|
|2.||Real Asset Backed: Based on physical and digital assets from SSC’s various product engine verticals;|
|3.||Ability to Rate Risk & Price Assets: Dynamic Ontology modeling has emerged as a powerful way to share common understanding, based on its ability to chain limitless amounts of data and knowledge, compartmentalize the variables needed for any set of computations and establish the relationships between them. SSC’s Dynamic Ontology model, powering NextGen X, will convert data via financial super intelligence and offer the ability to rate financial risk and price assets before monetizing into issuance and trading through the IEO process.|
|4.||Security: Supported by quantum technology which offers highly secure communications and transactions that are secure against being compromised or hacked.|
Mr. John F. Wallace, the former Chairman of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the former Chairman of the Philadelphia Depository Trust, the former Chairman of the Philadelphia Clearing Corp and the Former Vice Chairman of Nasdaq OMX PHLX, is the current CEO and Chairman of DBOT and serves as Executive Chairman of NextGen. Commenting on this transaction, Mr. Wallace stated, “We are thrilled to further partner and form a deeper business relationship with SSC as DBOT and its various business lines become key engines that power SSC’s Global Trading Platform Network for Initial Exchange Offerings.”
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (http://www.sevenstarscloud.com/)
Safe Harbor Statement
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VP, Investor Relations
Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc.