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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549 

 

FORM 10

 

GENERAL FORM FOR REGISTRATION OF SECURITIES

Pursuant to Section 12(b) or (g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

Blockchain of Things, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   47-5080120

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

747 3rd Avenue

New York, New York 10017

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

  

(646) 926-2268

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

with copies to:

 

Scott Doney, Esq.

The Doney Law Firm

4955 S. Durango Rd. Ste. 165

Las Vegas, NV 89113

(702) 982-5686

  

Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: 

None

Securities to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

BCOT Tokens

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of a “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

             
Large accelerated filer     Accelerated filer  
         
Non-accelerated filer  

  (Do not check if a smaller reporting

company)

  Smaller reporting company  

 

Emerging growth company          
               

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial account standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

  

  

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Page
Item 1. Business. 4
Item 1A. Risk Factors. 11
Item 2. Financial Information. 28
Item 3. Properties. 32
Item 4. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management. 32
Item 5. Directors and Executive Officers. 33
Item 6. Executive Compensation. 36
Item 7. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions. 37
Item 8. Legal Proceedings. 38
Item 9. Market Price of and Dividends on the Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters. 40
Item 10. Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities. 42
Item 11. Description of Registrant’s Securities to be Registered. 42
Item 12. Indemnification of Directors and Officers. 46
Item 13. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. 46
Item 14. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure. 46
Item 15. Financial Statements and Exhibits. 47

 

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

We have filed this registration statement (this “Registration Statement”) on Form 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), on a voluntary basis in connection with our settlement with the SEC (“SEC Settlement Agreement”) related to our issuance of Blockchain of Things (“BCOT”) Tokens in our December 2017 through July 2018 Token pre-sale and public crowd sale, and to provide current information to holders of BCOT Tokens who are potential claimants pursuant to Section 12(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

As a result of filing the initial registration statement, we are now subject to the requirements of Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act, including the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, which requires us, among other things, to file annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K, and we are required to comply with all other obligations of the Exchange Act applicable to issuers filing registration statements pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act.

 

We are an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act. We are also a “smaller reporting company” as defined in Exchange Act Rule 12b-2. As a result, we are eligible to take advantage of certain reduced disclosure and other requirements that are otherwise applicable to public companies including, but not limited to, not being subject to the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. For implications of our status as smaller reporting company and as an emerging growth company, please see the section titled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A. of this Registration Statement.

 

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Registration Statement and other publicly available documents, including the documents incorporated herein by reference, contain, and our officers and representatives may from time to time make, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "goal," "seek," "believe," "project," "estimate," "expect," "strategy," "future," "likely," "may," "should," "will" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding:

 

§Expected operating results, such as revenue growth and earnings.
§Expectations of the effect on our financial condition of claims, litigation, contingent liabilities and governmental and regulatory investigations and proceedings.
§Strategy for customer retention, growth, product development, market position, financial results and reserves.
§Strategy for risk management.

 

Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

 

§Volatility in the crypto currency markets, in the United States and globally.
§The impact on our financial condition of our settlement with the SEC related to our issuance of BCOT Tokens in our ICO, and in particular, the effect of the payout to claimants entitled to rescission pursuant to the rescission offer required under the SEC settlement.
§Changes in consumer demand for, and acceptance of, or products and services.

§Changes in consumer trust for blockchain technology and specifically the BCOT Token, which is the utility token that powers functionality in Catenis Enterprise, a Blockchain of Things, Inc. product.
§The commercial feasibility and success of the Catenis Enterprise technology.
§The extent to which we are successful in gaining new long-term relationships with customers or retaining existing ones and the level of service failures that could lead customers to use competitors' services.
§Developments and changes in laws and regulations, including increased regulation of cryptocurrencies through legislative or regulatory action and revised rules and standards applied by the SEC and other regulators, whether in the U.S. or globally.
§The potential impact of any changes in control of our company or future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures or investments we may make.
§Disruptions to our technology network including computer systems and software, as well as natural events such as severe weather, fires, floods and earthquakes or man-made or other disruptions of our operating systems, structures or equipment.
§The occurrence of hostilities, political instability or catastrophic events.
§Such other factors as discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Item 1.A of this Registration Statement.

 

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this Registration Statement is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 

Industry Data

 

Market data and certain industry forecasts used throughout this Registration Statement were obtained from our internal analyses, market research, publicly available information, and industry publications. Industry publications generally provide that the information contained in such publications has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but that the accuracy and completeness of such information is not guaranteed. The information in internal analyses, market research, and industry publications has not been independently verified by us, and we make no representation as to the accuracy of this information. All references in this Registration Statement to internal analyses, market research, industry publications, and other documents are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of those documents.

 

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BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC.

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 1.   Business.

 

General

 

The following is a summary of some of the information contained in this document. Unless the context requires otherwise, references in this document to “our Company,” “us,” “we,” “our,” “Blockchain of Things,” “BCOT,” or the “Company” are to Blockchain of Things, Inc and its wholly owned subsidiary, BCOT Global Holdings, a limited liability company organized on March 29, 2018 under the laws of the Cayman Islands.

 

Organization and Purpose

 

We were originally incorporated as Blockchain of Things, Inc. in Delaware on July 15, 2015. We are a technology company established to develop and implement blockchain technology, specifically by providing a platform, or web services layer, designed to improve upon existing blockchain technology, including its security and ease of use.

 

Initial Coin Offering and SEC Order

 

The BCOT token is the utility token that powers functionality in Catenis Enterprise, a Blockchain of Things product. From December 2017 through July 2018, we offered (the “Offering”) and sold digital tokens (“BCOT Tokens” or “tokens”). BCOT conducted the Offering of BCOT Tokens to raise capital to develop and implement its business plan, which included further developing and maintaining its second layer bitcoin blockchain integration technology platform, called “Catenis Enterprise” and “Catenis Services” (collectively, “Catenis”). Blockchain of Things ultimately raised more than $12 million worth of digital assets through the Offering. It did not register the Offering pursuant to the federal securities law, nor did it qualify for an exemption to the registration requirements.

 

As a result of our failure to register the Offering or qualify for a valid exemption, the Division of Enforcement at the SEC initiated cease-and-desist proceedings against us under Section 8A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). We submitted an offer of settlement (the “Offer”) that the SEC accepted into an order (the “Order”) on or about December 18, 2019. The Order recognized that we violated Section 5(a) of the Securities Act and requires that we undertake, among other things, the following:

 

1)File a press release within 14 days of the Order.
2)File this Registration Statement within 120 days of the Order.
3)Distribute a claim form and post the same to our website no later than 60 calendar days after the date of the filing of this Registration Statement, or on the date 7 days after the Registration Statement becomes effective, whichever date is sooner, informing all persons and entities that purchased BCOT Tokens from us of their potential claims under Section 12(a) of the Securities Act, including the right to sue to recover the consideration paid for the BCOT Tokens with interest thereon and further informing purchasers that they may submit the written claim form to us within 3 months (the “Claim Form Deadline”).
4)Maintain the Registration and make timely reports under the Securitas Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) at least until the later of (1) the Claims Form Deadline; (2) such time as we have filed all reports required for the fiscal year within which the Registration Statement became effective; and (3) such time as we are eligible to terminate our registration pursuant to Rule 12g-4 under the Exchange Act.
5)Pay the amounts due under Section 12(a) of the Securities Act to each purchaser using the claim form within 3 months of the Claim Form Deadline.
6)Submit to the SEC a monthly report of the claims received and the claims paid.
7)Submit a final report of the handling of all claims within 7 months.
8)Pay a civil monetary penalty in the amount of $250,000.00 to the SEC.

 

On April 14, 2020, we requested that the Division of Enforcement at the SEC grant us an extension of time to file our Form 10 registration statement. On April 15, 2020, the SEC granted our request for an extension of 46 additional days. Accordingly, we are required to file the Form 10 registration statement by no later than June 1, 2020.

 

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Description of Business and Principal Products or Services

 

Catenis is a platform on which third-party developers will be able to build applications using Catenis’ core functionality (e.g., secure messaging, smart-assets, etc.) as a building block.

 

When used in Catenis, BCOT Tokens convert into internal Catenis credits, which activate key system functionality including secure message transmission, blockchain data logging, smart-asset creation, and smart-asset transfers, enabling an incredibly powerful feature set for enterprises. Consumed tokens convert into real Bitcoin blockchain value (actual bitcoins) that are used for miner fees and dust value (small amounts of bitcoin). Token consumption powers the building of decentralized applications, intelligent edge contracts, smart agents, smart assets, and secure permissioned communication across the open global peer-to-peer Bitcoin blockchain.

 

Catenis Enterprise is a product that exposes Application Programming interfaces (APIs) that provide for rapid Bitcoin blockchain integration, to simplify and accelerate secure global peer-to-peer edge device messaging, digital asset control, and recording of immutable data. Along with Catenis, its core foundational platform, Blockchain of Things has developed and released extensions and connectors that allow for consumption of the platform’s APIs via third party platforms and different development languages.

 

·The Catenis Flow Nodes for Node-RED provides for connectivity from the Node-RED open source platform originally developed by IBM to the Catenis APIs. (Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services.)

 

·The Catenis Client for WordPress is a WordPress extension and plugin which allows JavaScript connectivity from within WordPress to the Catenis platform for JavaScript Developers. (JavaScript is a lightweight, interpreted, or just-in-time compiled programming language with first-class functions. While it is most well-known as the scripting language for Web pages, many non-browser environments also use it, such as Node.js, Apache CouchDB and Adobe Acrobat.)

 

·The Catenis Blocks are a set of WordPress Gutenberg blocks which are drag-and-drop components that facilitate connectivity into the Catenis platform for non-developers. (Blocks are WordPress content elements that you add to the edit screen to create content layouts. Each item you add to your post or page is a block.)

 

·The Catenis JavaScript Client allows easy connectivity to the Catenis platform’s APIs via the JavaScript coding language for developers.

 

·The Catenis PHP Client allows easy connectivity to the Catenis platform’s APIs via PHP coding language for developers. (PHP is a server side scripting language that is used to develop Static websites or Dynamic websites or Web applications. PHP stands for Hypertext Pre-processor, that earlier stood for Personal Home Pages.)

 

·The Catenis Node.js Client allows easy connectivity to the Catenis platform’s APIs via the Node.js coding language for developers. (As an asynchronous event-driven JavaScript runtime, Node.js is designed to build scalable network applications.)

 

The foundation of this incredible overall achievement starts with the use of unique addresses to record indelible ledger entries of all data exchanges between devices, applications, and systems on a cryptographically driven blockchain. Blockchains are global, resilient, and fundamentally redundant providing complete fault tolerance. This creates a robust and scalable form of application and device coordination when coupled with Catenis technology. The nature of such cryptographic addresses allows for the creation of up to 2^160 unique addresses. As a comparison, it is estimated that there are 2^63 grains of sand on planet Earth. Therefore, Catenis enabled applications and device endpoints are intelligently mapped to an address pool that is functionally infinite.

 

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Catenis is the flagship product of the Company that can be used to connect the world’s devices, systems, and applications to the global Bitcoin blockchain. Catenis line of products makes it easy to utilize the power of the blockchain to facilitate peer-to-peer communication, governance solutions, chain of custody, and highly secure reliable messaging. This allows organizations to innovate faster, improve business agility, and increase efficiency resulting in a clear competitive advantage and significant cost reductions. The robust nature of the blockchain facilitates the secure flow and storage of information and assets via the peer-connected devices, systems, applications, and autonomous intelligent contracts across the world. The Catenis product line allows clients to fully engage the power of global cryptographically secured networks with ease providing a complete blockchain integration platform for the IIoT via SaaS, SOA, and APIs.

 

Through Catenis, the Company has developed the world’s first globally accessible blockchain enabled application network. This network will allow applications and devices to connect to a globally distributed and trusted cryptographic ledger that exist and run on the edge networks. Client-owned devices can communicate peer-to-peer with other geographically distributed systems at any location on the planet without deploying costly network infrastructure.

 

In common usage, public/private key pair cryptography is highly complex and difficult to maintain. The proper management of cryptographic keys and the process of cryptographically signing messages are crucial to establishing effective security practices. The Catenis product line vastly simplifies this process, allowing clients to securely leverage the benefits and power of the blockchain. Employing cryptographic signatures and applying perfect forward secrecy techniques to communications on end node devices makes highly secured peer to peer communications available for industrial applications. Devices, systems, and applications may now securely access their respective data thwarting “man-in-the-middle” or other harmful hacker attack vectors.

 

A key and crucial component for clients is the ability for assets to be registered and recorded on an irreversible blockchain-based ledger during manufacturing of industrial and consumer goods. These records are non-reversible, non-forgeable, and can serve as a form of “proof-of-existence.” The Company leverages these aspects and empowers industries allowing such functionality to be easily implemented.

 

The Company’s management team has invested time, energy and talent carefully developing these solutions to become the industry leader in leveraging blockchain technology cost effective for highly secure, peer device communications, and support for governance solutions across the globe. This innovation in the blockchain technology lies at the core of the Company’s mission, enabling the successful actualization and utilization of the promise of the power of the blockchain.

 

At the time of the Offering, the Catenis platform functioned in a “beta” or pilot stage. The platform included 21 different application programming interface API methods that facilitate connectivity to the global Bitcoin blockchain. Each method is exposed as consumable microservices as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. In addition, it contains an administrative interface that allows customers to manage their account and create virtual devices. Virtual devices are digital twins that form the connectivity and authentication points to the API methods. Imbedded in the platform and exposed via the APIs is a messaging layer, permission layer, encryption layer, digital asset (token) creation and distribution layer and notification layer. Each layer works in concert with each other to provide a robust platform to securely and efficiently communicate with the bitcoin blockchain via the Catenis platform. This facilitates the ability for companies and individual developers to build applications that can use features of the global bitcoin blockchain and the enhancements provided via Catenis across its second layer that sits above the blockchain’s foundation layer. The Catenis platform creates an abstraction layer for ease of use which exposes enhancements that do not exist on the bitcoin blockchains foundation layer.

 

Revenue Model

 

Blockchain of Things, Inc.’s planned revenue model consists of the following:

 

Monthly subscription fees are planned for 5 different tiers of offerings. First is the Starter tier that runs on a sandbox environment and uses Bitcoins TestNet blockchain and is primarily geared towards building prototypes and testing integration with existing applications. Then there are 3 production tiers that differ only by the number of virtual devices that are offered in each tier. The production tiers run on the production servers that use the actual production bitcoin blockchains. Each tier can be purchased and licensed based on a monthly fee or annual fee. Finally, Blockchain of Things plans to offer an Enterprise tier that is based on the size of the company and how much usage they will be required from the platform.

 

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Virtual Devices are also expected to be sold as individual units that can be added to any of the 5 different tiers of offering. This would be an addition to the virtual devices that come with each tier.

 

Catenis Credits are expected to be sold to customers and used to pay for 8 of the 21 different API methods. All of the other 13 methods do not incur a service fee. These 8 methods trigger a bitcoin blockchain network transaction fee. The blockchain network fee is not fixed and is based on a fluctuating fee market. Blockchain of Things plans to add an additional markup on top of these 8 methods that require a bitcoin transaction fee payment. This cost is reduced from a customer’s Catenis Credit account. Catenis credits are purchased using Checks, Bank transfers, Credit Cards or by sending Blockchain of Things, Inc. BCOT tokens.

 

Professional Services

 

Blockchain of Things, Inc. offers professional services to help companies integrate with existing applications or provides services for building an application from scratch. Services are based on a consultative hourly rate.

 

Support Services

 

Blockchain of Things, Inc. offers Support services for both configuration and troubleshooting questions. Also, per incident developer support customers can purchase individual incident packages.

 

Education Services

 

Blockchain of Things, Inc offers Educational Services for companies that want to train their staff on its platform These services are billed based on the number of students and whether the training is remote or on site.

 

Plan of Operation

 

We were incorporated in the State of Delaware on July 15, 2015. We have never declared bankruptcy and have never been in receivership. Since incorporation, we have not made any significant purchase; however in June 27, 2018, we conducted a token pre-sale then subsequently a public crowd sale of cryptographic tokens. The pre-sale raised above $12 million and the public crowd sale raise $1,875.00. On December 18, 2019, we entered into a settlement with the SEC. Part of the settlement is to return the proceeds from the pre-sale and crowd sale plus interest to qualified recipients. We are a start-up company that has generated very little revenue apart from these two offerings. Soon we plan to relaunch our product called Catenis Enterprise. Catenis is a web services layer platform, designed to improve upon existing blockchain technology, including its security and ease of use. If we are unable to successfully find clients who desire to use our products and services, we may quickly use up the proceeds the company presently has.

 

Our company’s products offer a broad range of functionality that enhances the underlying blockchain adding security services, encryption services, notification services, ability to log or send any type of content that gets anchored and recorded on the global bitcoin blockchain. We also provide consultative, education, and professional services around our product offering as value-added services. Our products and services are being offered to companies as an enterprise offering. In the new relaunch of our product, we intend to provide self-service functionality allowing any developer, hobbyist, small company along with enterprise corporations to also take advantage of using the Catenis platform.

 

We do not expect to purchase or sell plant or significant equipment. We do, however, expect to increase the number of employees as we increase sales of our Software as a Service (SaaS) platform or acquire additional funding.

 

Our plan of operations is as follows:

 

Relaunch Our Product and Website

 

We expect to complete our new website containing a self-service shopping cart as a simple way to purchase our product within 60 days after the filing of our registration statement to the Securities and Exchange Commissions. We also intend to focus our efforts on raising capital during this period and for the rest of 2020. Our operations will be limited due to the limited amount of funds on hand. Upon completion of our public filing, our specific goal is to profitably sell our product and raise funds to continue our operations. Our plan of operations following the completion is as follows.

 

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Office Establishing, Furnishing and Accounting and Legal Fees (Duration 4th – 12th Month, Approximate Cost $950,000)

 

As we are at the initial stage of product relaunch, we plan to rent office space that can accommodate our CEO, staff, and some room to receive our customers and partners. We will also need to bring on marketing and sales help: one employee for each role will be sufficient while continuing with our present staff of two. We will also need sufficient money for SEC compliance, which includes legal and accounting fees. We estimate these expenses will add an additional cost of $220,000 in the next 12 months. We will also need to have funding for a marketing campaign that we estimate to be $40,000 and additionally travel, meal, events, and administrative expenses which would also add an additional $40,000 of expense. To meet this basic requirement, we will need raise approximately $950,000 in equity or debt offerings. In case we succeed to raise $1,050,000, we may rent or obtain an office with better facilities, attend conventions and trade shows, expand our marketing reach to obtain diverse clients and partnerships. We would also increase our engineering team by an additional head count having a total of 5 employees and be able to add new features to our product offerings.

 

At the initial stage the company is at now, we do not require any special equipment above the servers required to run both our sandbox and production environments. Both of these environments are externally hosted. Our basic needs are as follows: 3 servers for the sandbox environment and 5 servers for the production environment. Additionally, each staff member will need a computer and mobile phone. As we expect to relaunch our website to attract customers worldwide, we will have to rent or lease additional server to store website and platform and in-application data. As we expect business to grow, we might need additional data storage for the server and increased server footprint. To complete this stage, we need to sell at least $1,050,000 in funds. For far better operation we need to raise $1,250,000 to lease a more robust server environment and add additional engineering staff, which we expect to need as our customer base grows. Increasing our engineering team will also be a key component to staying competitive and addressing software functionality and bugs that will appear. With the money gained we can modestly increase our engineering team to two additional people.

 

Staff Recruiting (Duration 6th -12th Month, Approximate Cost $480,000-770,000)

 

Our primary services are software sales and consulting of individuals, so our company requires additional personnel only as it grows. At the initial stage, we expect that most of the jobs are due to be executed by our CEO, CFO and external consulting partners. To increase sales, we will need a marketing and a sales professional. If we hit our projection of raising $950,000, we might afford to hire, the marketing and sales professional to run and maintain the sales and marketing operation. For operation of higher standard, we need to raise $1,050,000. We will use the additional funds to hire an additional engineer to build product enhancements and support maintenance of the product. To stay relevant and competitive we will need additional engineering staff. If we succeed in raising 1,250,000, we plan to hire 2 engineers to help on a regular basis as technicians to maintain the website, the server, and enhance the product.

 

Our president and CEO, Andre De Castro will be in charge of our web domain and front-end shopping cart system. An outside consulting firm Hiades Tecnologia LTDA, which we have been using for several years will take the lead on product enhancements initially. Once we increase our sales, we plan to hire a web developer and a web designer to help us with the design and development of our website. We do not have any written agreements with any web developers or web designers at current time. Updating and improving our platform product and website will continue throughout the lifetime of our operations. We intend to employ the functions which we find useful, such as an automated system for our regular customers or subscribers, and product enhancements to stay competitive.

 

Advertising and Marketing Strategy and Administration (Duration 4th-12th Month, Approximate Cost $80,000)

 

To get into focus of our potential customers we intend to use the marketing strategies, such as web advertisements, social web communities marketing and event speaking. The plan of our active marketing campaign to promote our platform services includes attending and speaking at various events, including blockchain and cryptocurrency events. Additionally, we will do online marketing via advertising online via search engines and social media

 

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Estimated Expenses for the Next 12 Months

 

The following provides an overview of our estimated expenses to fund our plan of operation over the next twelve months.

 

   If $950,000 Convertible Notes or Shares sold  If 1,050,000 Convertible Notes or Shares sold  If 1,250,000 Convertible Notes or Shares sold
Description  Fees  Fees  Fees
Gross proceeds   950,000    1,050,000    1,250,000
SEC reporting and compliance   220,000    220,000    220,000
Office conference room   18,000    28,000    28,000
Consulting services   140,000    140,000    140,000
Website Servers and Maintenance   12,000    12,000    12,000
Advertising Marketing Strategy, Events, Travel, Admin   80,000    80,000    80,000
Staff and additional Recruiting   480,000    570,000    770,000

 

The above figures represent only estimated costs. The estimated cost of this registration statement is $180,000 which will be paid from the pre-sale and crowd sale proceeds.

 

Governmental Regulation

 

Government Regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency is largely non-existent at present and is being actively considered by the United States federal government via a number of agencies (SEC, CFTC, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury) and in other countries. State government regulations also may apply to certain activities in which we may participate in the future. Other regulatory bodies are governmental or semi-governmental and have shown an interest in regulating or investigating companies engaged in the cryptocurrency business (NASDAQ, NYSE, FINRA, state securities commissions).

 

Blockchain and cryptocurrency regulations are in a nascent state with agencies investigating businesses and their practices, gathering information, and generally trying to understand the risks and uncertainties in order to protect investors in these businesses and in cryptocurrencies generally. Regulations will certainly increase, in many cases, although it is presently not possible to know how they will increase, how regulations will apply to our businesses, or when they will be effective. For example, it appears that the SEC is contemplating whether the inclusion of cryptocurrencies as “securities” is supported under applicable law or if new laws will be required. Various bills have also been proposed in Congress for adoption related to our business which may be adopted and have an impact on us. The offer and sale of digital assets in initial coin offerings, which is not an activity we expect to pursue, has been a central focus of recent regulatory inquiries. However, as the regulatory and legal environment evolves, we may become subject to new laws, and regulation by the SEC and other agencies.

 

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Blockchain of Things does not sell any products or services to any OFAC sanctioned countries or regions.

 

Reports to Security Holders

 

Upon effectiveness of this registration statement, we will be subject to the reporting requirements of Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act, and as such, we intend to file all required disclosures.

 

You may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC in the SEC’s Public Reference Section, Room 1580, 100 F Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Section by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. Additionally, the SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC, which can be found at http://www.sec.gov.

 

Competition

 

The competitive landscape is divided into two different segments. First, there are build your own business application development companies. These integrate with proprietary blockchains and public blockchains. Second, there are also blockchains that serve as their own integration platforms.

 

Blockchain of Things does not have its own blockchain and uses the public proven Bitcoin blockchain. Its Catenis platform provides an easy to use integration layer that decreases integration efforts, increasing speed to market and reduces development and maintenance costs.

 

It is well known that building your own solution can be costly and time consuming. It also has a significant disadvantage when working with less mature technologies such as blockchains. The blockchain space is nascent and rapidly evolving. When building your own solution, one would have to employ a team to constantly update and maintain the proprietary solution to keep up with the myriad of changes and updates. This adds unknown costs and complications.

 

When using blockchains that serves as their own integration platform, you are completely reliant on an external team to add enhancements to the underlying blockchain. Additionally, most blockchain platforms are built and managed by a motley group of scattered engineers. These open source development teams may go off on a direction that could impact the functionality of the application that integrates with or consumes the blockchain services. With direct integration there is no flexible layer to add enhancements or modify functionality as maybe required by the application connecting to the blockchain platform.

 

Today, the bitcoin blockchain is the most mature and well respected blockchain protocol. By taking the approach of building a second layer technology on top of the bitcoin blockchain the Catenis platform is very flexible and easily adaptable. Since we do not own or run our own blockchain all underlying blockchain functionality is public knowledge and easily assessed. Our components are easily adapted to future enhancements to the underlying technology. In addition, all changes to the bitcoin blockchain goes through community consensus. This mean all changes are well known ahead of time and are put through a rigorous peer review process. We also do not need to employ engineers to build or maintain a blockchain. This makes our platform nimble and less expensive to maintain and enhance.

 

Employees

 

As of the date of this Registration Statement, we have 2 full time employees. In addition to our employees, we utilize various consultants and contractors for other services on an as-needed basis.

 

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Emerging Growth Company

 

We are and we will remain an “emerging growth company” as defined under The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or the JOBS Act, until the earliest to occur of (i) the last day of the fiscal year during which our total annual revenues equal or exceed $1.07 billion, (ii) the last day of the fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of our initial public offering, (iii) the date on which we have, during the previous three-year period, issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt securities, or (iv) the date on which we are deemed a “large accelerated filer” (with at least $700 million in public float) under the Exchange Act.

 

As an “emerging growth company”, we may take advantage of specified reduced disclosure and other requirements that are otherwise applicable generally to public companies. These provisions include:

 

§only two years of audited financial statements in addition to any required unaudited interim financial statements with correspondingly reduced “Management’s Discussion and Analysis” disclosure;
§reduced disclosure about our executive compensation arrangements;
§no requirement that we hold non-binding advisory votes on executive compensation or golden parachute arrangements; and
§exemption from the auditor attestation requirement in the assessment of our internal control over financial reporting.

 

We have taken advantage of some of these reduced burdens, and thus the information we provide you may be different from what you might receive from other public companies in which you hold securities.

 

In addition, Section 107 of the JOBS Act also provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act for complying with new or revised accounting standards. In other words, an emerging growth company can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies.

 

Notwithstanding the above, we are also currently a “smaller reporting company,” meaning that we are not an investment company, an asset-backed issuer, or a majority-owned subsidiary of a parent company that is not a smaller reporting company and that had a public float of less than $250 million or annual revenues of less than $100 million during the most recently completed fiscal year. In the event that we are still considered a smaller reporting company, at such time as we cease being an emerging growth company, the disclosure we will be required to provide in our SEC filings will increase, but it will still be less than it would be if we were not considered either an emerging growth company or a smaller reporting company. Specifically, similar to emerging growth companies, smaller reporting companies are able to provide simplified executive compensation disclosures in their filings; are exempt from the provisions of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requiring that independent registered public accounting firms provide an attestation report on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting; and have certain other decreased disclosure obligations in their SEC filings, including, among other things, only being required to provide two years of audited financial statements in annual reports.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

RISKS RELATED TO OUR COMPANY AND OUR BUSINESS

 

We have a history of operating losses and expect to incur significant additional operating losses in the future if we fail to execute our strategy.

 

We were incorporated on July 15, 2015, and we have a limited operating history. We continue to incur operating losses and we have contingent liabilities of an undeterminable amount related to our settlement with the SEC regarding our ICO. At December 31, 2019 and 2018, we had $30,134 and $146,889 in cash, respectively. We had negative working capital as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 of $11,287,730 and $9,856,354, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, we had a net loss of $1,318,095 and $9,773,861, respectively.

 

The amount of future losses and when, if ever, we will achieve profitability are uncertain.

 

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Our registered public accounting firm has expressed substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern in their audit report.

 

We were incorporated on July 15, 2015 and we do not have a history of profitable operations. As a result, our registered public accounting firm in their audit report has expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Continued operations are dependent on our ability to generate profitable operations. Furthermore, we have incurred an accumulated deficit of $11,285,030 as of December 31, 2019 and we have not fully implemented our business plan. Additionally, we have material contingent liabilities related to our SEC Settlement Agreement regarding our ICO and our rescission offer to ICO purchasers in an amount that cannot be reasonably estimated. We anticipate incurring additional losses before realizing any substantive revenues and, depending on the ultimate rescission payout amount, we may require additional financing in order to meet our continuing obligations and ultimately, to attain profitability. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the uncertainty about our ability to continue our business. If our rescission payout is significant and we are unable to obtain additional financing from outside sources and eventually produce sufficient revenue, we may be forced to sell our assets, or curtail or discontinue our operations.

 

We have contingent liabilities of an uncertain amount related to our ICO.

 

In conjunction with our SEC Settlement Agreement related to our issuance of BCOT Tokens in our ICO, we have contingent liabilities to purchasers who acquired BCOT Tokens from us and who properly make a claim to our Company. These claimants may be entitled to a refund in the amount of the consideration paid to us in exchange for the BCOT Tokens, plus interest, less the amount of any income received thereon. On a date no later than sixty (60) calendar days after the date of the filing of this Form 10 registration statement, or on the date seven (7) days after the filing becomes effective, whichever date is sooner, we are to distribute by electronic means reasonably designed to notify each potential claimant, a notice and a claim form. Once submitted, the purchasers must submit claims forms within three months of the earlier of (i) date the Form 10 has been concluded, (ii) or 6 months and 60 days after we file the Form 10, and we must settle all valid claims within three months thereafter. The aggregate consideration received by our Company from these parties for BCOT Tokens in the ICO was approximately $12 million. The amount we could be obligated to pay to claimants is dependent on the amount of valid refund claims submitted by these purchasers. As a result, we are unable to reasonably estimate the number of valid claims that will be made or the amount that may be paid to claimants pursuant to the claims.

 

We could be subject to additional civil or criminal penalties and sanctions if we violate the terms of settlements with the SEC.

 

In connection with our ICO, we entered into a settlement Order with the SEC.  While we have already paid $187,500.00 of the $250,000.00 of the penalties imposed by the Order, they each contain ongoing and continuing requirements that we refrain from violating the Securities Act.  Any future violation of applicable securities laws by us could result in harsher sanctions and fines, which would have a material adverse effect on our ability to implement our business plans.  The SEC Order requires, among other things, that we conduct the rescission offer in accordance with those requirements generally described elsewhere in this Registration Statement.  In addition to requiring us to provide regular written updates regarding the rescission offer and a final certification, SEC staff can make reasonable requests from us for further evidence of compliance, and we are required to retain all records and communications relating to the ICO and the rescission offer for at least one year subsequent to the delivery of the certification to the SEC.  Such requests for further information, record-keeping requirements and managing the rescission offer generally could divert management’s attention from implementing its business plans (including those aimed at increasing the utility, acceptance or value of the BCOT Tokens) and could require additional material expenditures by us to legal counsel or other advisors and service providers. A copy of the SEC Order can be found at https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2019/33-10736.pdf.

 

We will need to secure financing in the future and our ability to secure future financing is uncertain.

 

We anticipate that we will continue to incur operating losses for the foreseeable future. Additionally, pursuant to our SEC Settlement Agreement related to our ICO, we are subject to rescission liability in an amount we cannot reasonably estimate. We may also be required to pay additional fines or penalties or rescission offers in other jurisdictions, all of which could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. As a result, we will require additional financing to fund for our current and anticipated operations and if we are not successful in securing additional financing, we may need to curtail our business operations.

 

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We will require substantial additional capital during the next 12 months to continue to fund our current and anticipated operations, or to pay fines or penalties or make rescission offers, and we may seek such additional funding through public or private financings, collaborative arrangements, or other arrangements with third parties.  Additionally, we received a waiver from the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC of the disqualification provisions of Regulation D. As a result, we are permitted to use Regulation D as an exemption from registration in future offerings. We may need to seek additional waivers if we choose another offering exemption to raise money, such as Regulation A. The process involves a request for the waiver and the SEC providing that relief. We can provide no assurance that the SEC will provide us a waiver for other offering types.

 

Even after receiving the requisite waivers, we cannot assure you that additional funds will be available on acceptable terms, if at all. If additional funds are raised by us pursuant to another coin offering, the value of existing BCOT Tokens may decline materially.  If adequate funds are not available, we may be required to delay, scale back or eliminate one or more segments of our business operations or curtail our business operations in their entirety. If we obtain funds by entering into arrangements with collaborative partners or others, we may be required to relinquish rights to certain of our products, services or technologies that we would not otherwise relinquish.

 

We expect our business model to continue to evolve.

 

As digital asset and blockchain technologies become more widely available, we expect the services and products associated with them to evolve. Thus, in order to stay current with the industry, our business model may need to evolve as well. From time to time, we may materially modify aspects of our business model relating to our product and service offerings. We cannot offer any assurance that these or any other modifications will be successful or will not result in harm to our business. Such circumstances would have a material adverse effect on our ability to continue as a going concern, which would harm our business, prospects or operations and potentially the value of BCOT Tokens.

 

We are in an early stage of development and we may not be able to develop our business as anticipated.

 

We were incorporated on July 15, 2015, and since inception we have generated a limited amount of revenue from licensing sales as well as professional services assisting corporate clients with our technology. Our business prospects are difficult to predict because of our limited operating history, early stage of development, and unproven business strategy. Although our management believes that our current business plan has significant potential, we may never attain profitable operations and our management may not succeed in realizing our business objectives. If we are not able to execute our business plan as anticipated, we may not be able to achieve profitability, and the BCOT Tokens may experience a material reduction in value.

 

We may not successfully implement our business lines, which would adversely affect our operating results and the value of our BCOT Tokens.

 

All of our past revenue was derived from licensing sales, as well as professional services assisting corporate clients with our technology. The BCOT token is the utility token that powers functionality in Catenis Enterprise, a Blockchain of Things, Inc. product, which is both a new and unproven business line, and it is uncertain whether this business line will ever be successfully implemented and result in significant revenue for us. If we cannot successfully implement our new business lines as anticipated, our operating results will be adversely affected and the BCOT Tokens may experience a material reduction in value.

 

We are subject to the risks frequently experienced by early stage companies.

 

The likelihood of our success must be considered in light of the risks frequently encountered by early stage companies, especially those formed to develop and market new technologies. These risks include our potential inability to:

 

§Establish product sales and marketing capabilities;

 

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§Establish and maintain markets for our services products
§Identify, attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel;
§Continue to develop and upgrade our technologies to keep pace with changes in technology and the growth of markets using digital asset and blockchain technologies;
§Develop outside contractor relationships;
§Maintain our reputation and build trust with customers;
§Scale up from small initial operations to larger scale operations on a consistent basis;
§Contract for or develop the internal skills needed to master larger operational scales; and
§Sufficiently fund the capital expenditures required to scale up from small initial operations to larger operations.

 

If we fail to effectively manage our growth our business could suffer.

 

We anticipate that a period of significant expansion will be required to achieve the objectives set forth in our current business plan. This expansion will place a significant strain on our management, operational and financial resources. To manage the expected growth of our operations and personnel, we must establish appropriate and scalable operational and financial systems, procedures and controls, and we must continue to establish qualified finance, administrative and operations staff. As a reporting company, our company and our management will have to implement internal controls to comply with government-mandated regulations. Our management may be unable to hire, train, retain, motivate and manage the necessary personnel or to identify, manage and exploit potential strategic relationships and market opportunities. Our failure to manage growth effectively could have a material and adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition, including the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Our plan to develop relationships with strategic partners may not be successful.

 

Part of our business strategy is to maintain and develop strategic relationships with various third parties, such as companies in the retail, telecom, transportation, power and utilities, entertainment, and online/digital sectors. For these efforts to be successful, we must successfully enter into agreements with these third parties on terms that are attractive to us and integrate and coordinate their resources and capabilities with our own. We may be unsuccessful in entering into agreements with acceptable partners or negotiating favorable terms in these agreements. Also, we may be unsuccessful in integrating the resources or capabilities of these partners. If we are unsuccessful in our collaborative efforts, our ability to develop and market our products and services could be severely limited.

 

Our quarter-to-quarter performance may vary substantially, and this variance, as well as general market conditions, may cause the value of the BCOT Tokens to vary greatly and even potentially expose us to litigation.

 

We cannot accurately estimate future quarterly revenue and operating expenses based on historical performance. Our quarterly operating results may vary significantly based on many factors, including:

 

§Fluctuating demand for our potential products;
§Announcements or implementation by our competitors of new products;
§Amount and timing of our costs related to our marketing efforts or other initiatives;
§Timing and amounts relating to the expansion of our operations;
§Our ability to enter into, renegotiate or renew key agreements;
§Timing and amounts relating to the expansion of our operations;
§Developing regulations relating to digital assets and blockchain technology; or
§Economic conditions specific to our industry, as well as general economic conditions

 

Our current and future expense estimates are based, in large part, on estimates of future revenue, which is difficult to predict. We expect to make significant operating and capital expenditures in connection with the development of our plan of business. We may be unable to, or may elect not to, adjust spending quickly enough to offset any unexpected revenue shortfall. If our increased expenses were not accompanied by increased revenue in the same quarter, our quarterly operating results would be harmed.  Additionally, unexpected costs associated with the rescission offer may have a material negative impact on our financial performance and negatively affect the utility, acceptance and value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

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Since there has been limited precedents set for financial accounting of Bitcoin, Ether, and other cryptocurrencies, it is unclear how we will be required to account for our BCOT Token transactions in the future.

 

Since there has been limited precedence set for the financial accounting of cryptocurrencies, the way that we will be required to account for BCOT Token transactions may change drastically in the future. Furthermore, a change in regulatory or financial accounting standards could result in the necessity to restate our financial statements. Such a restatement could negatively impact our financial condition and results of operation. Such circumstances could have a material adverse effect on our plan of business and the value of BCOT Tokens.

 

If we cannot keep pace with rapid technological developments to provide new and innovative products and services and address the rapidly evolving market for transactions on mobile devices, the use of our products and services and, consequently, our revenues could decline.

 

Rapid, significant, and disruptive technological changes continue to impact the industries in which we operate, including with respect to e-commerce through social networks, authentication, virtual currencies, distributed ledger or blockchain technologies, near field communication, and other proximity or contactless payment methods, virtual reality, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. For instance, we expect our customers will be using mobile devices for their transactions and payments. We may lose customers if we are not able to continue to meet our customers’ blockchain integration experience expectations.

 

We cannot predict the effects of technological changes on our business. We expect that new services and technologies applicable to our industry will continue to emerge and may be superior to, or render obsolete, the technologies we currently use or are developing in our products and services. Developing and incorporating new technologies into our products and services may require substantial expenditures, take considerable time, and ultimately may not be successful. In addition, our ability to adopt new products and services and develop new technologies may be inhibited by industry-wide standards, payment networks, changes to laws and regulations, resistance to change from consumers or merchants, third-party intellectual property rights, or other factors beyond management’s control. Our success will depend on our ability to develop and incorporate new technologies, address the challenges posed by the rapidly evolving market for blockchain integration through our platforms and adapt to technological changes and evolving industry standards. If we are unable to do so in a timely or cost-effective manner, our business and any future value of BCOT Tokens could be harmed.

 

Our ability to further develop our business depends on our ability to build a strong and trusted brand.

 

We cannot assure you that we will be able to successfully build our reputation or brand. Building, maintaining, protecting and enhancing our reputation brand are critical to expanding our customer base, as well as increasing strategic partnerships and developing new products. Harm to our brand can arise from many sources, including failure by us or our partners to satisfy expectations of service and quality; inadequate protection of sensitive information; compliance failures and claims; litigation and other claims; employee misconduct; and misconduct by our partners, service providers or other counterparties. Our brand may already have experienced damage as a result of our settlement with the SEC relating to the ICO and could experience additional harm depending on the results of the rescission offer.  If we do not successfully maintain a strong and trusted brand, our business could be harmed, which could adversely affect the utility, acceptance or value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Customer complaints or negative publicity about our customer service could reduce usage of our products and, as a result, our business could suffer.

 

Our ability to successfully address customer complaints or negative publicity about us could severely diminish consumer confidence in and use of our products and services. Breaches of our customers’ privacy and our security measures could have the same effect. We expect to take certain measures to combat risks of fraud and breaches of privacy and security, such as freezing customer funds, can damage relations with our customers. These measures heighten the need for prompt and accurate customer service to resolve irregularities. Effective customer service requires significant expenses, which, if not managed properly, could impact our profitability significantly. Any inability by us to manage or train our customer service representatives properly could compromise our ability to handle customer complaints effectively. If we do not handle customer complaints effectively, our reputation may suffer, and we may lose our customers’ confidence.  

 

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Failure to attract customers, customer attrition or a decline in our customers’ growth rate could adversely affect our revenues.

 

As we expand our services, we will need customers to join our platform. We may not be able to get customers to join, or if we do, we may experience customer attrition resulting from several factors, including transfers of customer accounts to our competitors, and account closures that we may initiate due to heightened credit risks relating to contract breaches by customers. We cannot predict the level of acceptance or attrition in the future and our revenues could decline as a result of higher than expected attrition, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, or the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Any acquisitions, partnerships or joint ventures that we make or enter into could disrupt our business and harm our financial condition.

 

Acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures are part of our growth strategy. We evaluate, and expect in the future to evaluate, potential acquisitions of, and partnerships or joint ventures with, complementary businesses, services or technologies. We may not be successful in identifying acquisition, partnership, and joint venture targets. In addition, we may not be able to successfully finance or integrate any businesses, services, or technologies that we acquire or with which we form a partnership or joint venture, and we may lose merchants and customers as a result of any acquisition, partnership, or joint venture. Furthermore, the integration of any acquisition, partnership, or joint venture may divert management’s time and resources from our core business and disrupt our operations. We may spend time and money on projects that do not increase our revenue or impinge on our current business plans aimed at promoting the utility and acceptance of the BCOT Tokens.

 

We rely on third parties in many aspects of our business, which creates additional risk.

 

We rely on third parties in many aspects of our business, including:

 

§Networks, banks, payment processors, and payment gateways that link us to the payment card and bank clearing networks to process transactions;

 

§Third parties that provide certain outsourced customer support and product development functions, which are critical to our operations; and

 

§Third parties that provide facilities, infrastructure, components and services, including data center facilities and cloud computing.

 

The third parties that we rely on to process transactions may fail or refuse to process transactions adequately. Any of the third parties we use may breach their agreements with us, refuse to renew these agreements on commercially reasonable terms, take actions that degrade the functionality of our services, impose additional costs or requirements on us, or give preferential treatment to competing services. Financial or regulatory issues, labor issues, or other problems that prevent these third parties from providing services to us or our customers could harm our business. If our service providers do not perform satisfactorily, our operations could be disrupted, which could result in customer dissatisfaction, damage our reputation, harm our business or reduce the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

We are dependent upon our key executives for future success and our failure to retain and attract qualified personnel could harm our business.

 

Our Company depends greatly on our Chief Executive Officer, Andre De Castro, and our CFO and VP of Operations, Deborah de Castro. Our success will depend, in part, upon our ability to attract and retain additional skilled personnel, which will require substantial additional funds. We cannot assure you that we will be able to find, attract and retain additional qualified employees, directors, and advisors having the skills necessary to operate, develop and grow our business. Our inability to hire qualified personnel, the loss of services of Mr. De Castro or Mrs. de Castro, or the loss of services of other executive officers, key employees, or advisors that may be hired in the future, may have a material and adverse effect on our business. We currently do not maintain “key man” insurance policies on the lives of these individuals or the lives of any of our other officers or employees.

 

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In the future, we could experience difficulties attracting and retaining qualified employees. Competition for qualified personnel in our industry is intense. We may need to hire additional personnel as we expand our development and commercial activities. We may not be able to attract and retain quality personnel on acceptable terms or at all.

 

Furthermore, we have limited resources and as such we may not able to provide an employee with the same amount of compensation that he or she would likely receive at a larger company and as a result we may face difficulty in finding qualified employees. Additionally, we can only afford a limited amount of director and officers’ insurance coverage, making it more likely that we would be unable to attract or retain experienced business executives. The inability to attract, retain and motivate any additional highly skilled employees required for the expansion of our planned activities, could have a materially adverse effect on our ability to conduct our business and as such can impair our operations.

 

Our Company may receive, store, process and use personal information and other data, which subjects us to governmental regulation and other legal obligations related to privacy. Our Company’s actual or perceived failure to comply with such obligations could harm its business.

 

We may receive, store, process and use personal information and other user data, including credit card information for certain users. There are numerous federal, state and local laws in regarding privacy and the storing, sharing, use, processing, disclosure and protection of personal information and other user data, the scope of which are changing, subject to differing interpretations, and may be inconsistent between countries or conflict with other rules. We generally comply with industry standards and we are subject to the terms of our privacy policies and privacy-related obligations to third parties. It is possible that these obligations may be interpreted and applied in a manner that is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another and may conflict with other rules or practices. Any failure or perceived failure by us to comply with our privacy policies, its privacy-related obligations to users or other third parties, or our privacy-related legal obligations, or any compromise of security that results in the unauthorized release or transfer of personally identifiable information or other user data, may result in governmental enforcement actions, litigation or negative publicity and could cause users and advertisers to lose trust in our company, which could have an adverse effect on our business or any acceptance of BCOT Tokens. Additionally, if third parties with whom we work, such as advertisers, vendors or developers, violate applicable laws or our policies, such violations may also put our users’ information at risk and could have an adverse effect on our ability to implement our business plans to promote the utility and acceptance of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Current and future litigation could adversely affect our Company.

 

We are currently involved in a lawsuit in New York titled Rahul Manchanda v. Blockchain of Things, Inc. The Plaintiff, Rahul Manchanda, has alleged claims for breach of contract, the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and requested an accounting from BCoT. We may become involved in other legal proceedings in our ordinary course of business. Additionally, the Securities Act does not expressly provide that a rescission offer will terminate a purchaser's right to rescind a sale of stock that was not registered or exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. As a result, even if we abide by all terms of the SEC Settlement Agreement Order related to the offer and sale of our BCOT Tokens, which we have not done to date, we may nevertheless continue to have potential liability even after this rescission offer is complete due to our previous issuance of BCOT Tokens in violation of the federal and state securities laws. Lawsuits and other legal proceedings can involve substantial costs, including the costs associated with investigation, litigation and possible settlement, judgment, penalty or fine. As a smaller company, the collective costs of litigation proceedings can represent a drain on our cash resources, as well as an inordinate amount of management’s time and attention. Moreover, an adverse ruling in respect of certain litigation could have a material adverse effect on our results of operation and financial condition, which could have a material adverse effect on the utility, acceptance or value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Changes in tax laws and unanticipated tax liabilities could adversely affect our effective income tax rate and profitability.

 

We are subject to income taxes in the United States and other foreign jurisdictions. Our effective income tax rate could be adversely affected in the future by a number of factors, including: changes in the mix of earnings in countries with differing

 

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statutory tax rates, changes in the valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities, and changes in tax laws (including changes to the tax treatment of digital assets). We intend to regularly assess all of these matters to determine the adequacy of our tax provision, but changes in applicable tax regulations or unanticipated tax-related liabilities and costs could have a material adverse effect on our ability to implement our business plans with a corresponding negative impact on the utility, acceptance or value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

We may be subject to additional obligations to collect and remit sales tax and other taxes, and we may be subject to tax liability for past sales, which could harm our business.

 

State, local and foreign jurisdictions have differing rules and regulations governing sales, use, value added and other taxes, and these rules and regulations are subject to varying interpretations that may change over time. In particular, the applicability of such taxes to SaaS products or digital assets in various jurisdictions is unclear. Further, these jurisdictions’ rules regarding tax nexus vary significantly and are complex. As such, we could face possible tax assessments and audits or increased costs associated with compliance. A successful assertion, by any of these taxing authorities, that we should be collecting additional sales, use, value added or other taxes in jurisdictions where we have not historically done so and do not accrue for such taxes could result in tax liabilities and related penalties for past sales, discourage customers from purchasing our products or otherwise harm our business and operating results or the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Currency exchange rate fluctuations may disrupt our business and make our products less competitive, having a material adverse impact on our business.

 

We expect a substantial amount of our future revenue to arise from foreign net sales. Products and services sold by our Company and the cost of these products may be affected by relative changes in the value of the local currencies of our subsidiaries. Price increases caused by currency exchange rate fluctuations may make our products and services less competitive or have an adverse effect on our net revenues, margins and operating results. As a result, currency fluctuations may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

 

Our management team has limited experience managing a reporting company, and regulatory compliance may divert its attention from the day-to-day management of our business.

 

The individuals who now constitute our management team have limited experience managing a publicly-traded company and limited experience complying with the increasingly complex laws pertaining to reporting companies. Our management team may not successfully or efficiently manage a reporting company that is subject to significant regulatory oversight and reporting obligations under the federal securities laws. In particular, these new obligations will require substantial attention from our senior management and could divert their attention away from the day-to-day management of our business.

 

Because we do not have nomination and corporate governance, audit or compensation committees, you will have to rely on the board of directors to perform these functions.

 

Our Company does not have a nomination and corporate governance, audit or compensation committee and these functions are performed by the board of directors as a whole. Thus, there is a potential conflict in that the board member who is also part of management will participate in discussions concerning management compensation and audit issues that may affect management decisions. These decisions may not be in your best interests.

 

Our Company has limited the liability of its board of directors and management.

 

Our Articles of Incorporation limit the liability of our directors generally provides that directors shall have no personal liability to us or its stockholders (which likely would include BCOT Token holders) for monetary damages for breaches of their fiduciary duties as directors, except pursuant to applicable Delaware law. Our bylaws provide for indemnification by us of our officers and directors to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware corporate law. Such provisions substantially limit BCOT Token holders’ ability to hold directors liable for breaches of fiduciary duty. Additionally, it is unclear if an issuer of digital tokens would owe any fiduciary obligations to its token holders.

 

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We will incur increased costs as a result of operating as a reporting company, and our management will be required to devote substantial time to new compliance initiatives.

 

We will incur certain costs of compliance with applicable SEC reporting rules and regulations including, but not limited to attorneys’ fees, accounting and auditing fees, other professional fees and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) compliance costs. However, for as long as we remain an “emerging growth company” as defined in the JOBS Act, our Company intends to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other reporting companies that are not “emerging growth companies” including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of SOX, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our Company’s periodic reports and other SEC filings, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We intend to take advantage of these reporting exemptions until we are no longer an “emerging growth company.”

 

We will remain an “emerging growth company” for up to five years, although if the market value of our common stock that is held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million as of any June 30 before that time, we would cease to be an “emerging growth company” as of the following December 31. After, and if ever, the Company is no longer an “emerging growth company,” it expects to incur significant additional expenses and devote substantial management effort toward ensuring compliance with those requirements applicable to companies that are not “emerging growth companies,” including Section 404 of SOX.

 

Our internal controls over financial reporting may not be effective and its independent registered public accounting firm may not be able to certify as to their effectiveness, which could have a significant and adverse effect on the Company’s business and reputation.

 

Pursuant to Section 404 of SOX, the Company will be required to furnish a report by its management on our internal control over financial reporting. However, while we remain an emerging growth company, we will not be required to include an attestation report on internal control over financial reporting issued by its independent registered public accounting firm. To achieve compliance with Section 404 of SOX within the prescribed period, we will be engaged in a process to document and evaluate its internal control over financial reporting, which is both costly and challenging. In this regard, we will need to continue to dedicate internal resources, potentially engage outside consultants and counsel and adopt a detailed work plan to assess and document the adequacy of internal control over financial reporting, continue steps to improve control processes as appropriate, validate through testing that controls are functioning as documented and implement a continuous reporting and improvement process for internal control over financial reporting. Despite our efforts, there is a risk that it will be able to conclude within the prescribed timeframe that its internal control over financial reporting is effective as required by Section 404 of SOX. As a result, BCOT Tokens could decline in value due to a loss of confidence in the reliability of our financial statements. In addition, we may be required to incur costs in improving its internal control system and the hiring of additional personnel. Any such action could negatively affect the Company’s results of operations and cash flows.

 

Our status as an “emerging growth company” under the JOBS Act may make it more difficult to raise capital as and when we need it.

 

Because of the exemptions from various reporting requirements provided to us as an “emerging growth company” and because we will have an extended transition period for complying with new or revised financial accounting standards, we may be less attractive to investors and it may be difficult for us to raise additional capital as and when we need it. Investors may be unable to compare our business with other companies in our industry if they believe that our financial accounting is not as transparent as other companies in our industry. If we are unable to raise additional capital as and when we need it, our financial condition and results of operations may be materially and adversely affected, including our ability to promote the utility and acceptance of the BCOT Tokens.

 

RISKS RELATED TO OUR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

Interruption or failure of our information technology and communications systems could impair our operations, which could damage our reputation and harm our results of operations.

 

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Our success and ability to process transactions and provide high quality customer service depend on the efficient and uninterrupted operation of our computer server and information technology systems. The failure of our computer systems and information technology to operate effectively or to integrate with other systems, performance inadequacy, or breach in security may cause interruptions in the availability of our platform, functionality of the BCOT Token wallet, delays in product fulfillment, and reduced efficiency of our operations as well as reputational harm. Any failures, problems, or security breaches may mean that fewer customers are willing to use and purchase the services and products we offer. Factors that could occur and significantly disrupt our operations include: system failures and outages caused by fire, floods, earthquakes, power loss, telecommunications failure sabotage, terrorist attacks and similar events, software errors, computer viruses, physical or electronic break-ins, and breaches of our customers’ personal information such as credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal information. Also, if too many customers attempt to use the Catenis platform within a short period of time due to any reason, we may experience system interruptions that make our services unavailable or prevent us from efficiently completing webservices transactions, which will harm our reputation and adversely affect our operations.

 

Any disruptions or service interruptions that affect our existing and planned platform could damage our reputation, require us to spend significant capital and other resources and expose us to a risk of loss or litigation and possible liability. Any of the above disruptions could harm our results of operations or the utility, acceptance or value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Unauthorized disclosure, destruction or modification of data, through cybersecurity breaches, computer viruses or otherwise or disruption of our services could expose us to liability, protracted and costly litigation and damage our reputation.

 

Our business involves the collection, storage, processing, and transmission of customers’ personal data, including names, addresses, identification numbers, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and bank account numbers. An increasing number of organizations, including large merchants and businesses, other large technology companies, financial institutions and government institutions, have disclosed breaches of their information technology systems, some of which have involved sophisticated and highly targeted attacks, including on portions of their websites or infrastructure. We could also be subject to breaches of security by hackers. Threats may occur by human error, fraud, or malice on the part of employees or third parties, or may result from accidental technological failure. Concerns about security are increased when we transmit information. Electronic transmissions can be subject to attack, interception or loss. Also, computer viruses and malware can be distributed and spread rapidly over the internet and could infiltrate our systems or those of our associated participants, which can impact the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, and the integrity and availability of our products, services and systems, among other effects. Denial of service or other attacks could be launched against us for a variety of purposes, including interfering with our services or creating a diversion for other malicious activities. These types of actions and attacks could disrupt our delivery of products and services or make them unavailable, which could damage our reputation, force us to incur significant expenses in remediating the resulting impacts, expose us to uninsured liability, subject us to lawsuits, fines or sanctions, distract our management, or increase our costs of doing business and thereby reduce the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

As part of our business operations, we share information with third parties, including commercial partners, third-party service providers and other agents, who collect, process, store, and transmit sensitive data. Given the rules established by the payment scheme settlors, and applicable regulations, we may be held responsible for any failure or cybersecurity breaches attributed to these third parties insofar as they relate to the information we share with them. The loss, destruction, or unauthorized modification of data of the end users of payment services (e.g., payers, receivers, cardholders, merchants, and those who may hold funds and balance in their accounts) by us or our third-party service providers and other agents or through systems we provide could result in significant fines, sanctions, and proceedings or actions against us by the payment systems, governmental bodies or third parties, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Any such proceeding or action, and any related indemnification obligation, could damage our reputation, force us to incur significant expenses in defense of these proceedings, distract our management, increase our costs of doing business, or result in the imposition of financial liability.

 

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Our encryption of data and other protective measures may not prevent unauthorized access or use of sensitive data. A breach of our system or that of one of our associated participants may subject us to material losses or liability, including payment scheme fines, assessments and claims for unauthorized purchases with misappropriated credit, debit or card information, impersonation, or other similar fraud claims. A misuse of such data or a cybersecurity breach could harm our reputation and deter merchants from using electronic payments generally and our products and services specifically, thus reducing our revenue. In addition, any such misuse or breach could cause us to incur costs to correct the breaches or failures, expose us to uninsured liability, increase our risk of regulatory scrutiny, subject us to lawsuits, result in the imposition of material penalties and fines under state and federal laws or regulations or by the payment systems.

 

We cannot assure that there are written agreements in place with every associated participant or that such written agreements will prevent the unauthorized use, modification, destruction or disclosure of data or enable us to obtain reimbursement from associated participants in the event we should suffer incidents resulting in unauthorized use, modification, destruction or disclosure of data. In addition, many of our associated participants are small- and medium-sized agents that have limited competency regarding data security and handling requirements and may thus experience data losses. Any unauthorized use, modification, destruction or disclosure of data could result in protracted and costly litigation, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Cybersecurity incidents are increasing in frequency and evolving in nature and include, but are not limited to, installation of malicious software, unauthorized access to data and other electronic security breaches that could lead to disruptions in systems, unauthorized release of confidential or otherwise protected information and the corruption of data. Given the unpredictability of the timing, nature and scope of information technology disruptions, there can be no assurance that the procedures and controls we employ will be sufficient to prevent security breaches from occurring and we could be subject to manipulation or improper use of our systems and networks or financial losses from remedial actions, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or confidential customer information or our failure or the perception by our customers that we failed to comply with privacy laws or properly address privacy concerns could harm our business and standing with our customers.

 

We collect, store, process, and use certain personal information and other user data in our business operations. A significant risk associated with payment processing, e-commerce and communications is the secure transmission of confidential information over public networks. The perception of privacy concerns, whether or not valid, may harm our business and results of operations. We must ensure that all processing, collection, use, storage, dissemination, transfer and disposal of data for which we are responsible comply with relevant data protection and privacy laws. The protection of our customer, employee and our data is critical to us. We rely on commercially available systems, software, tools and monitoring to provide secure processing, transmission and storage of confidential customer information, such as credit card and other personal information. Despite the security measures we have in place, our facilities and systems, and those of our third-party service providers, may be vulnerable to security breaches, acts of vandalism, computer viruses, misplaced or lost data, programming or human errors, or other similar events. Any security breach, or any perceived failure involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, as well as any failure or perceived failure to comply with laws, policies, legal obligations or industry standards regarding data privacy and protection, whether by us or our vendors, could damage our reputation, expose us to litigation risk and liability, subject us to negative publicity, disrupt our operations and harm our business. Our security measures may fail to prevent security breaches, which could harm our business.

 

We have business systems that do not have full redundancy.

 

While much of our processing infrastructure is located in multiple, redundant data centers, we have some core business systems that are located in only one facility and do not have redundancy. An adverse event, such as damage or interruption from natural disasters, power or telecommunications failures, cybersecurity breaches, criminal acts and similar events, with respect to such systems or the facilities in which they are located could impact our ability to conduct business and perform critical functions, which could negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.

 

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We have only a limited ability to protect our intellectual property rights, which are important to our success.

 

The Blockchain of Things and BCOT Token brands are critically important to our business. The protection of our intellectual property, including our trademarks, any future patents, copyrights, domain names, trade dress, and trade secrets, is critical to our success. We seek to protect our intellectual property rights by relying on applicable laws and regulations, as well as a variety of administrative procedures. We also rely on contractual restrictions to protect our proprietary rights when offering or procuring products and services, including confidentiality agreements with parties with whom we conduct business. 

 

The contractual provisions that we enter into with employees, consultants, vendors, and customers may not prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of our proprietary technology or intellectual property rights and may not provide an adequate remedy in the event of unauthorized use or disclosure of our proprietary technology or intellectual property rights. Moreover, policing unauthorized use of our technologies, services and intellectual property is difficult, expensive and time consuming, particularly in foreign countries where the laws may not be as protective of intellectual property rights as those in the United States, and where mechanisms for enforcement of intellectual property rights may be weak. We may be unable to determine the extent of any unauthorized use or infringement of the Blockchain of Things or BCOT Token brands, our technologies or our intellectual property rights. Any failure to protect or enforce our intellectual property rights adequately, or significant costs incurred in doing so, could materially harm our business.

 

As the number of products in the software industry increases and the functionalities of these products further overlap, and as we acquire technology through acquisitions or licenses, we may become increasingly subject to infringement claims, including patent, copyright, and trademark infringement claims. We may be required to enter into litigation to determine the validity and scope of the patents or other intellectual property rights of others. The ultimate outcome of any allegation is uncertain and, regardless of the outcome, any such claim, with or without merit, may be time-consuming, result in costly litigation, divert management’s time and attention from our business, require us to stop selling, or redesign our products, or require us to pay substantial amounts to satisfy judgments or settle claims or lawsuits or to pay substantial royalty or licensing fees, or to satisfy indemnification obligations that we have with some of our customers. Our failure to obtain necessary license or other rights, or litigation or claims arising out of intellectual property matters, may materially harm our business or affect the utility, acceptance or value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

A loss of confidence in our security system, or a breach of our security system, may adversely affect us and the value of our BCOT Tokens.

 

We plan to take measures to protect us and BCOT Tokens and other cryptocurrency assets owned or held by us from unauthorized access, damage or theft. However, regulations and commercial best practices for the storage and safeguarding of digital assets are ill-defined. Therefore, it is possible that our security measures or digital asset custody procedures may not prevent the improper access to, or damage or theft of BCOT Tokens and other cryptocurrency assets held by us. A security breach could harm our reputation or result in the loss of some or all of the BCOT Tokens and other cryptocurrency assets owned by us. A resulting perception that our measures do not adequately protect our cryptocurrency assets could adversely affect us and the value of BCOT Tokens generally.

 

GENERAL RISKS RELATED TO OWNING BCOT TOKENS

 

The prices of cryptocurrencies, such as BCOT Tokens, are extremely volatile.

 

Fluctuations in the price of cryptocurrencies could subject BCOT Tokens to significant price volatility. The price of cryptocurrencies, including BCOT Tokens, is affected by many factors beyond our control including global supply and demand, the expected future price, inflation expectations, interest rates, currency exchange rates, fiat currency withdrawal and deposit policies at virtual token exchanges, interruptions in service or failures of such exchanges, investment and trading activities of large holders of cryptocurrencies, government monetary policies, regulatory measures that restrict the use of cryptocurrencies and global political, economic or financial events. In addition, a decrease in the price of one cryptocurrency may cause volatility in the entire cryptocurrency industry, including the BCOT Tokens. For example, a security breach that affects investor or user confidence in Bitcoin may affect the industry as a whole and may also cause the price of BCOT Tokens and cryptocurrencies to fluctuate dramatically.

 

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The regulatory regime governing cryptocurrencies is still developing, and regulatory changes or actions may alter the nature of an investment in BCOT Tokens or restrict the use of BCOT Tokens in a manner that adversely affects holders and our business plans.

 

The regulation of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges are currently under-developed and likely to rapidly evolve and vary significantly among U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions, and are subject to significant uncertainty. As cryptocurrencies have grown in both popularity and market size, governments around the world have reacted differently to cryptocurrencies, with certain governments deeming them illegal while others have allowed their use and trade. Various legislative and executive bodies in the United States, and other countries, are, or are considering, enacting laws, regulations, guidance, or other actions, which could adversely impact us and the value of BCOT Tokens. Our failure to comply with any laws, rules and regulations, some of which may not exist yet or are subject to interpretation and may be subject to change, could result in a variety of adverse consequences, including criminal and civil penalties and fines against us. The variation among applicable laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions may result in materially different consequences to holders of BCOT Tokens based upon their respective country of residence. New or changing laws and regulations or interpretations of existing laws and regulations (whether in the U.S. or elsewhere) could have material adverse consequences to you and us, including, but not limited to: our ability to issue BCOT Tokens and utilize BCOT Tokens as part of our business plan, the transferability of BCOT Tokens, the value of BCOT Tokens, the liquidity and market price of BCOT Tokens, and your ability to access marketplaces that trade BCOT Tokens.

 

The development and acceptance of transactions in cryptocurrencies are subject to a variety of factors that are difficult to evaluate.

 

The use of cryptocurrencies to buy and sell goods and services and complete transactions is part of a new and rapidly evolving industry, and the continued growth of this industry and the use of cryptocurrencies is subject to a high degree of uncertainty. The slowing or stopping of the development or acceptance of cryptocurrencies could have a material adverse effect on our plan of business, and we cannot assure you this will not occur. Factors that could affect the expansion or contraction of the use of cryptocurrencies and our related business plans, but are not limited to:

 

§Continued worldwide growth in the adoption and use of cryptocurrencies;
§Governmental and quasi-governmental regulation of cryptocurrencies and their use, or restrictions on or regulation of access to and operation of cryptocurrency systems;
§The maintenance and development of the open-source software protocol on which many cryptocurrencies are dependent;
§The availability and popularity of other forms or methods of buying and selling goods and services, including new means of using fiat currencies;
§General economic conditions and the regulatory environment relating to cryptocurrencies (whether in the U.S. or elsewhere); and
§Negative consumer sentiment and perception of cryptocurrencies in general.

 

We cannot predict with certainty any outcome regarding use of cryptocurrencies, and any of the above factors may have a material adverse effect on our business and the price of BCOT Tokens.

 

BCOT Tokens might be used for illegal or improper purposes, which could expose us to additional liability and harm our business.

 

BCOT Tokens may be susceptible to potentially illegal or improper uses as criminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods to engage in illegal activities involving internet services, such as money laundering, terrorist financing, drug trafficking, other online misconduct. BCOT Token holders may also encourage, promote, facilitate, or instruct others to engage in illegal activities or improper conduct. Despite measures we intend to take to detect and lessen the risk of this kind of conduct, we cannot assure you that these measures will stop all illegal or improper uses of BCOT Tokens. Our or the value of BCOT Tokens business could be harmed if customers use our platform for illegal or improper purposes.

 

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Incorrect or fraudulent BCOT Token transactions may be irreversible.

 

BCOT Token transactions are not, from an administrative perspective, reversible without the consent and active participation of the recipient of the transaction. In theory, BCOT Token and other cryptocurrency transactions may be reversible with the control or consent of a majority of processing power on the network. Once a transaction has been verified and recorded in a block that is added to the blockchain, an incorrect transfer of a BCOT Token or other cryptocurrency or the theft of a BCOT Token or other cryptocurrency generally will not be reversible, and we may not be capable of seeking compensation for any such transfer or theft. It is possible that, through computer or human error, or through theft or criminal action, BCOT Tokens could be transferred in incorrect amounts or to unauthorized third parties, or to uncontrolled accounts. Such events on a large enough scale would have a material adverse effect on our operations and the value of BCOT Tokens.

 

BCOT Tokens may be subject to loss, damage, theft or restriction on access, which could decrease the value of BCOT Tokens.

 

A private key, or a combination of private keys, will be necessary to control the BCOT Tokens stored in a digital wallet. Accordingly, any loss of the requisite private keys will result in loss of the BCOT Tokens, and they likely would not be recoverable. Moreover, any third party that gains access to such private keys, including by gaining access to login credentials of a hosted wallet service, could steal the BCOT Tokens. Any errors or malfunctions caused by or otherwise related to your digital wallet to receive and store BCOT Tokens, including failure to properly maintain or secure such digital wallet, may also result in your complete loss of BCOT Tokens. If you lose access to your BCOT Tokens, you could suffer a complete loss and would have no rights to seek any recovery from us.

 

If part or all of the BCOT Tokens are lost, stolen or destroyed under circumstances rendering a party liable to us, the responsible party may not have the financial resources sufficient to satisfy our claim. For example, as to a particular event of loss, the only source of recovery for us might be the responsible third parties (e.g., a thief or terrorist), any of which may not have the financial resources (including liability insurance coverage) to satisfy a valid claim of our company. Furthermore, we are not aware of any U.S. or foreign governmental, regulatory, investigative, or prosecutorial authority or mechanism through which to bring an action or complaint regarding missing or stolen cryptocurrencies. Consequently, we may be unable to replace missing BCOT Tokens or seek reimbursement for any erroneous transfer or theft of BCOT Tokens. To the extent that we are unable to seek redress for such action, error or theft, such loss could decrease the value of BCOT Tokens.

 

The BCOT Tokens are subject to risks of uninsured losses.

 

Unlike bank accounts or accounts at some other financial institutions, BCOT Tokens are uninsured unless you specifically obtain private insurance to insure them. Thus, in the event of loss or loss of utility value, there is no public insurer, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or private insurance arranged by us, to offer recourse to you.

 

Trading or holding BCOT Tokens could expose you to various cyber security risks.

 

Trading platforms and third-party service providers may be vulnerable to hacking or other malicious activity. As with any computer code generally, flaws in cryptocurrency codes, such as BCOT Tokens, may be exposed to such negative activities. Several errors and defects have been found previously, including those that disabled some functionality for users of cryptocurrency trading platforms and exposed such users’ personal information. Flaws in and exploitations of the source code allowing malicious actors to take or create money have previously occurred. While we have taken steps to protect BCOT Tokens from hacks and have actively engaged in the development of the backup systems for BCOT Tokens, we are not immune to changes that effect the entire blockchain ecosystem or industry. Such changes as being subject to a hacking event could adversely affect us in unpredictable ways, including adversely affecting the utility, acceptance and value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

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Neither you, as a holder of BCOT Tokens, nor our Company, will have control over the Bitcoin blockchain framework.

 

BCOT Tokens are comprised of technologies that depend on the Bitcoin blockchain protocol to run certain software programs to process transactions. Because of this decentralized model, we and holders of BCOT Tokens have limited or no control over the Bitcoin network, which has its independent and separate governance protocols and rules.  Changes to the protocol governing the Bitcoin network or its declining use or acceptance may have a material adverse effect on the utility, acceptance and value of BCOT Tokens.

 

The open-source structure of portions of the Bitcoin blockchain protocol means that our network may be susceptible to developments by users or contributors who could damage our network and our reputation and could affect the utilization of the network and the BCOT Tokens.

 

Our network operates based on the Bitcoin blockchain protocol, portions of which are open-source. Our network will not be represented, maintained or monitored by an official organization or authority.  The open-source nature of portions of the Bitcoin protocol means that it may be difficult for our company or contributors to maintain or develop our network, and we may not have adequate resources to address emerging issues or malicious programs that develop within the network adequately or in a timely manner.  Third parties not affiliated with our company may introduce weaknesses or bugs into the core infrastructure elements of the network and open-source code which may negatively impact the network.  Such events may result in a loss of trust in the security and operation of our network and a decline in user activity and could negatively impact the market price of the BCOT Tokens.  Additionally, because the protocol and other portions of our network’s technology is open-source, anyone can copy and disseminate the source code either in the same form or with modifications as a “fork.”

 

The tax treatment of BCOT Tokens is uncertain, and developments in tax laws could impact the tax treatment of BCOT Tokens.

 

The tax characterization of BCOT Tokens is uncertain, and you must seek your own tax advice in connection with your purchase, holding, use, sale or exchange of BCOT Tokens or the consequences of participating in the rescission offer. You should consult with and must rely upon the advice of your own professional tax advisors with respect to the United States and non-U.S. tax treatment of your purchase, holding, use, sale or exchange of BCOT Tokens. Transactions involving digital currencies or tokens, are relatively new. It is possible that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) may challenge Company’s intended treatment of the BCOT Tokens, and that the tax consequences of purchasing or holding BCOT Tokens could differ materially from those anticipated by our Company. We are providing no assurances or representations of any kind regarding any potential tax consequences related to purchasing, holding, using, selling or exchanging BCOT Tokens. Federal or state legislation may be enacted, or guidance may be issued, by the IRS (or other governmental authorities), possibly with retroactive effect, impacting your tax obligations with respect to the BCOT Tokens. Future changes in the tax laws (or future administrative or judicial interpretations) could materially and negatively impact your tax treatment with respect to the BCOT Tokens.  We make no representation or warranty as to the applicability of any particular tax regime to the BCOT Tokens, to the timing of any taxable event with respect to the BCOT Tokens or to the method of calculation of any such taxes.

 

SPECIFIC RISKS RELATED TO OWNING BCOT TOKENS

 

Holders of BCOT Tokens do not have rights as stockholders of our Company

 

BCOT Tokens are not capital stock, and do not currently provide holders with any type of (i) dividend rights; (ii) equity or debt conversion; (iii) sinking fund provisions; (iv) redemption provisions; (v) voting rights (vi) liquidation rights; or (vii) preemption rights, that are typically conferred upon the holders of capital stock. See “Description of Registrant’s Securities to be Registered.”

 

BCOT Tokens are subject to transfer restrictions.

 

BCOT Tokens are subject to restrictions on their transfer, including restrictions imposed by the Securities Act or similar state securities laws, therefore, they cannot be sold unless they are subsequently registered under the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws or an exemption from registration is available. If we determine to register your BCOT Tokens under the Securities Act, significant delays in the transferability of BCOT Tokens could occur, and we likely would incur additional material expenses. Also, if we issue additional BCOT Tokens under our reward program, we would be required to comply with an exemption from registration under the Securities Act, which contains a number of transfer and other restrictions that will be

 

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imposed on the BCOT Tokens. Any restrictions on BCOT Tokens, regardless of form, could have an adverse effect on our ability to issue BCOT Tokens and utilize BCOT Tokens as part of our business plan, the transferability of BCOT Tokens, the value of BCOT Tokens, the liquidity and market price of BCOT Tokens, and your ability to access marketplaces that trade BCOT Tokens.

 

Further, the market price of BCOT Tokens may decline when the transfer restrictions or other restrictions on of BCOT Tokens lapse. Also, if you are not a participant in our rewards program, the additional BCOT Tokens issued could dilute your BCOT Token ownership interest.

 

There is currently no public trading market for BCOT Tokens and an active and liquid trading market for BCOT Tokens may take long to develop.

 

BCOT Tokens are not listed on any securities or, to our knowledge, any cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market. Currently, BCOT Tokens have not been accepted for listing on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market. Due to the rapidly evolving regulatory climate regarding cryptocurrencies that are securities, we cannot estimate when BCOT Tokens will be listed on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market within the U.S., or if listed, an active and liquid trading market for BCOT Tokens will ever develop or be sustained. Some such exchanges require an issuer to pay material fees to list their tokens.  If we elect in the future to be listed on such exchanges, the applicable listing fees could have a material adverse impact on our revenues or our ability to implement our business plans. The lack of an active and liquid trading market may impair your ability to sell your BCOT Tokens at the time you wish to sell them or at a price that you consider reasonable.

 

Our BCOT Token network may not be widely adopted and may have limited number of active users.

 

It is possible that our network may not become popular or be used by a large number of individuals, companies and other entities or that there will be limited public interest in the creation and development of its ecosystems. Such lack of use or interest could negatively impact the growth and development of the network and the potential value of BCOT Tokens.  Additionally, existing and future regulations, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere, may materially hinder the launch of such application or constrain its adoption.

 

Alternative networks may be established that compete with or are more widely used than our network.

 

It is possible that alternative networks could be established that utilize the same or similar proprietary code and protocol underlying our network and attempt to facilitate services that are materially similar to our platform. Our network may compete with, or be surpassed or superseded by, these alternative networks, which could negatively impact our network, our platform and the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

BCOT Tokens may be subject to rules related to low-priced equity securities, which may make it harder for you to sell your BCOT Tokens.

 

The regulation of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges are currently under-developed and likely to rapidly evolve and are subject to significant uncertainty. The SEC has adopted rules that regulate broker-dealer practices in connection with transactions in “penny stocks,” and it is possible that BCOT Tokens may become subject to penny stock rules in the future. Penny stocks are defined by law generally as equity securities with a price of less than $5.00 per share (other than securities registered on certain national securities exchanges or quoted on the NASDAQ system, provided that current price and volume information with respect to transactions in such securities is provided by the exchange or system). The penny stock rules place additional responsibilities on broker-dealers effecting transaction in such securities. If BCOT Tokens become subject to the penny stock rules in the future, these requirements may have the effect of reducing the level of trading activity in BCOT Tokens on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange that list the BCOT Tokens, which could reduce the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

Use of BCOT Tokens is governed by our BCOT Token Terms & Conditions, which may be amended by our Company at any time in our sole discretion.

 

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The use of BCOT Tokens is governed by our BCOT Token Terms & Conditions, and we may amend or revise the BCOT Token Terms & Conditions at any time without your consent. Amendments may include imposing restrictions on the transfer or use of the BCOT Tokens, which could have a material adverse effect on the value of the BCOT Tokens or may result in the BCOT Tokens not having the functional utility described in our current business plan. 

 

RISKS RELATED TO OUR RESCISSION OFFER

 

We may continue to have potential liability even after this rescission offer is made due to our issuances of securities in possible violation of the federal and state securities laws.

 

The Securities Act does not expressly provide that a rescission offer will terminate a purchaser's right to rescind a sale of stock that was not registered or exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, if you affirmatively reject or fail to accept the rescission offer, you may have a right of rescission under the Securities Act after the expiration of the rescission offer. SEC staff takes the position that a person's federal right of rescission may survive the rescission offer. Should any offerees reject the rescission offer, expressly or by failing to timely and properly return a claim form, we may continue to be potentially liable under the Securities Act for the purchase price or for certain losses if the BCOT Tokens have been sold.

 

We cannot determine whether the amounts you would receive in the rescission offer would be greater or less than the actual value of the BCOT Tokens, and you may experience financial loss whether you accept or reject the rescission offer.

       

BCOT Tokens are currently not listed on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market, but we will use our reasonable best efforts to create a public trading market for our BCOT Tokens in the future in compliance with all applicable current and future regulations; although no assurances can be made that we can do so at this time. Due to the rapidly evolving regulatory climate regarding cryptocurrencies that are securities, we cannot estimate when, if ever, BCOT Tokens will be listed on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market within the U.S., or if listed, an active and liquid trading market for BCOT Tokens will ever develop or be sustained. Any public trading market for our BCOT Tokens that we create in the future will be done pursuant to applicable rules and regulations. The amount you will receive in the rescission offer is fixed at the price(s) you paid for your BCOT Token in the ICO, plus interest, less the amount of any income received thereon, and is not tied to any future value of BCOT Tokens if and when a public trading market for the BCOT Tokens ever resumes. As a result, if you reject the rescission offer, you risk not receiving any financial benefit from your investment in the BCOT Tokens. Alternatively, if you accept the rescission offer and following your acceptance of the rescission offer a public trading market resumes for BCOT Tokens and the market value for BCOT Tokens increases due to the implementation of our business plan or for other reasons, you risk not receiving the benefits of any such price appreciation. As a result, you may experience financial loss regardless of whether you accept or reject the rescission offer.

 

The rescission offer could have a material impact on our financial condition and liquidity.

 

The rescission offer will be funded from our existing cryptocurrency balance. If all or a significant portion of the persons eligible to participate in the rescission offer submit valid claims, the rescission rights would reduce our liquidity and financial resources and may adversely affect our future growth as well as our financial condition and results of operations, and we may be forced to cease our operations in the event we cannot find additional capital. We cannot estimate with any certainty the probable amount that we may be required to pay pursuant to the rescission offer.

 

We are unable to quantify the extent of any monetary damages that we might incur if monetary fines were imposed, rescission were required, or one or more other claims were successful. As of the date of the Registration Statement, we are not aware of any new pending or threatened claims that we violated any federal or state securities laws. However, we cannot assure you that any such claim will not be asserted in the future or that the claimant in any such action will not prevail. If the payment of rescission claims or fines is significant, it could have a material adverse effect on our cash flow, financial condition or prospects.

 

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The rescission offer does not extend to certain of our vendors who were issued BCOT Tokens for services, and we may have additional potential liabilities due to our issuances of BCOT Tokens to our vendors in violation of the federal and state securities laws.  

 

Certain of our vendors may have rescission rights against us in connection with the sale of unregistered BCOT Tokens to them in exchange for their services. During 2017 we issued BCOT Tokens to certain vendors for services rendered in connection with our ICO, which we accounted for at that time at approximately $12 million. We relied on no section of the Securities Act or SEC rule for an exemption from registration for this transaction since, at that time, we did not consider the BCOT Tokens to be securities. The principal remedy under the Securities Act for sales of securities that were not registered or exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is to permit purchasers in an offering to sue for a refund of what was paid for the securities (in this case, the value of the services), plus interest. If, and to the extent that, claims or suits for rescission are brought and successfully concluded by these vendors for failure to register the BCOT Tokens issued to the vendors under the Securities Act or applicable state securities laws, we may be potentially liable under the Securities Act for the price paid for the securities or for certain losses if the BCOT Tokens have been sold. We may also face contingent liability for noncompliance with applicable state securities laws, all of which could adversely affect us and our ability to continue to operate our business.

 

Item 2. Financial information.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Certain statements contained in this registration statement, including statements regarding the anticipated development and expansion of our business, our intent, belief or current expectations, primarily with respect to the future operating performance of our company and the products and services we expect to offer and other statements contained herein regarding matters that are not historical facts, are “forward-looking” statements. Our Management’s Discussion and Analysis contains not only statements that are historical facts, but also forward-looking statements which involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The following discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of our operations is based upon, and should be read in conjunction with, the audited financial statements and related notes elsewhere in this registration statement.

 

Results of Operations for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

 

Revenues

 

We are a start-up company and have not generated any significant revenues for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018. We can provide no assurance that we will generate sufficient revenues from our Catenis platform to sustain a viable business operation. In order to generate revenues, we must first continue to sell our platform and market our services.

 

Operating Expenses

 

We incurred operating expenses in the amount of $660,063 for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with $9,855,995 for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Our operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 consisted of selling, general and administrative expenses of $628,004 and impairment of our digital assets of $32,059. Our operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2018 consisted of selling, general and administrative expenses of $990,197 and impairment of our digital assets of $8,865,798.

 

The decrease in our selling, general and administrative expenses in 2019 over 2018 is largely the result of professional fees, marketing expenses, rent and travel and meals. In 2018, we spent approximately $655,270 on professional fees whereas in 2019 we only spent $259,855. In 2018 and in 2019, our professional fees were largely related to legal fees in connection with the SEC investigation and subsequent order that was issued by the Division of Enforcement at the SEC. For 2020, we expect that our

 

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professional fees will decrease from that in 2018 and 2019, as a result of our settlement with the SEC. However, for 2020 and beyond, we will have to spend money on legal and accounting fees associated with becoming a reporting issuer with the SEC, and the full extent of those expenses are largely unknown at present as we embark on filing our Form 10 and responding to SEC inquires of that filing.

 

In 2018, we spent approximately $52,721 in travel, meals and events whereas in 2019 we only spent $7,280. This was largely the result of our operational slowdown associated with the SEC investigation and settlement. We expect our travel, meals and event expense to increase for 2020 as a result of the relaunch of our product and the need to market the product to increase sales.

 

In 2018, we spent approximately $22,325 on marketing expenses whereas in 2019, we only spent $55. Our marketing expenses in 2018 decreased in 2019 as a result of the SEC investigation and settlement. We expect that our marketing expenses for 2020 will increase as a result of relaunching the product.

 

In 2018, we spent $17,414 in rent, whereas in 2019 we only spent $3,083. The decrease in rent is the result of scaling back operations due to the SEC investigation and settlement. We expect our rent expense to increase in 2020 as a result of adding staff for sales, marketing, and engineering.

 

Our payroll expense was $104,877 in 2018 and $326,336 in 2019. Our payroll expense increased in 2019 as a result of an increase in executive compensation to the officers of the company. We expect that our payroll expenses will increase in 2020 as a result of hiring staff for sales, marketing, and engineering.

 

Other Income/Expenses

 

We had other expense of $658,382 for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with other income of $77,959 for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Our other expense for the year ended December 31, 2019 is the result of $503,927 in interest expense, $250,000 in Legal Settlement and $68,773 in Loss on Extinguishment of Debt, offset by $164,318 of Gain on sales of Digital Assets. Our other income for the year ended December 31, 2018 is largely the result of a $86,080 of Gain on sales of Digital Assets.

 

Net Loss

 

We incurred a net loss in the amount of $1,318,095 for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with a net loss of $9,773,861 for the same period ended 2018. Our losses for each period are attributable to operating expenses and other expenses, together with a lack of any substantial revenues. 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As of December 31, 2019, we had current assets of $1,896,055, mainly consisting of digital assets. Our total current liabilities as of December 31, 2019 were $13,183,785 mainly consisting of our BCOT token refund liability. We therefore had a working capital deficit of $11,287,730 of December 31, 2019. This compares with a working capital deficit of $9,856,354 as of December 31, 2018.

 

Operating activities used $772,273 in cash for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with $996,361 for the year ended December 31, 2018. Our negative operating cash flow for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was mainly the result of our net losses.

 

Investing activities provided $980,140 in cash for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with $938,530 for the year ended December 31, 2018. Our positive investing cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2019 is the result of proceeds from sales and usage of digital assets. Our positive investing cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2018 is mainly the result of proceeds from sales and usage of digital assets.

 

Financing activities used $324,622 for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared with $83,000 used the year ended December 31, 2018. Our negative financing cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2019 was mainly the result of repayment on sponsorship loans and promissory notes. Our negative financing cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2018 was the result of repayments of promissory notes.

 

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We have insufficient cash to operate our business at the current level for the next twelve months and insufficient cash to achieve our business goals. The success of our business plan beyond the next 12 months is contingent upon us obtaining additional financing. We intend to fund operations through debt and/or equity financing arrangements, which may be insufficient to fund our capital expenditures, working capital, or other cash requirements. We do not have any formal commitments or arrangements for the sales of stock or the advancement or loan of funds at this time. There can be no assurance that such additional financing will be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all.

 

Rescission Offer

 

On December 18, 2019, the Company entered into the SEC Settlement Agreement with the SEC related to the determination by the SEC that BCOT Tokens were securities. In conjunction with the SEC Settlement Agreement, parties who obtained BCOT Tokens from the Company on or before June 31, 2018 (the “Potential BCOT Token Claimants”) are entitled to a refund in the amount of consideration paid, plus interest, less the amount of any income received thereon (the “Rescission Offer”). We expect to calculate interest by using the average yield of the 1-year US Treasury note which for December 2019 is 1.55%. The SEC Settlement Agreement required the Company to distribute by electronic means claim forms to the Potential BCOT Token Claimants within 60 days of the filing of the Company’s registration statement on Form 10 or on the date 7 days after the Form 10 becomes effective(the effective date), whichever is sooner; The Potential BCOT Token Claimants must submit claims forms by the claim form deadline; said Claim Form Deadline shall be the earlier of three (3) months from the date that the Division of Corporation Finance notifies Respondent that the Division’s review of the Form 10 has been concluded or six (6) months from the Effective Date.

 

The total amount received in the ICO from the Potential BCOT Token Claimants was approximately $12 million which, upon receipt, was initially recorded as a liability (BCOT obligation) in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The total payments related to Rescission Offer could exceed the BCOT Token obligation reported in our consolidated balance sheets, however, a reasonable estimate of the possible losses or range of possible losses cannot be made at this time. The Company believes that the maximum amount payable is the amount received in the ICO (approximately $12.4 million) plus interest.

 

No claims will be paid prior to the Claim Form Deadline. Subsequent to the Claim Form Deadline, the Company will begin to pay all valid refund claims. If the Company has a sufficient amount of cryptocurrency on hand, all valid refund claims will be paid in full. If the Company does not have a sufficient amount of cryptocurrency on hand to pay all valid refund claims, depending on the shortfall, the Company intends to seek funding from outside investors (either through the sale of additional equity or otherwise) or seek debt financing from third-party lenders. In this case, all valid refund claims will be partially paid, on a pro rata basis, until we can obtain additional financing, and all unpaid amounts will continue to accrue interest until paid in full. We expect to calculate interest by using the average yield of the 1-year US Treasury note which for December 2019 is 1.55 %. Such additional financing (whether debt or equity) may not be available on favorable terms, or at all, and could increase the Company’s debt balance and result in significant expense to the Company.

 

In the event the Company is unable to raise additional debt or equity financing, we may:

 

1.have to cease operations, in which case we may file a petition for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court under Chapter 7, whereby a trustee will be appointed to sell off our assets, and the money will be used to pay off our debts in order of their priority. Your priority, as a BCOT Token holder seeking a refund claim, should be equal to all of the Company’s other unsecured creditors; or
2.file a petition for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court under Chapter 11 to restructure our debt, including our debt to you, as a BCOT Token holder seeking a refund claim. Your priority, as a BCOT Token holder seeking a refund claim, should be equal to all of the Company’s other unsecured creditors. The Chapter 11 reorganization plan will describe your rights as a BCOT Token holder and what you can expect to receive, if anything, from the Company.

 

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While we are uncertain whether any U.S. Bankruptcy Court has rendered any decision with respect to the treatment of tokens or digital assets in a bankruptcy context, we believe BCOT Tokens should not be viewed as analogous to more traditional securities (i.e. capital stock, debt securities, warrants, etc.) as the BCOT Tokens currently lack the traditional features of such securities. For example, the BCOT Tokens do not currently convey any dividend, distribution, voting, liquidation or preemption rights to their holders. Similarly, BCOT Token holders have no property, license or other right whatsoever with respect to any software that now exists or may ever be developed by the Company.

 

In addition, if certain holders of BCOT Tokens affirmatively reject or fail to accept the rescission offer, they may have a right of rescission under the Securities Act after the expiration of the rescission offer. Consequently, should any offerees reject the rescission offer, expressly or by failing to timely return a claim, we may continue to be potentially liable under the Securities Act for the purchase price or for certain losses if the BCOT Tokens have been sold. It may also be possible that by not disclosing that the BCOT Tokens were unregistered, and that they may face resale or other limitations, we may face contingent liability for noncompliance with applicable federal and state securities laws. Additionally, the Company may be required to pay additional fines, penalties or other amounts in other jurisdictions.

 

Financial Condition and Management’s Plans

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that we will continue as a going concern, which contemplates, among other things, the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes that its ability to continue operations depends on its ability to generate revenues and obtain funding that will be sufficient to sustain its operations until it rolls out its core product offerings and achieve profitability and positive cash flows from operating activities.

 

The successful outcome of future activities cannot be determined at this time and there is no assurance that, if achieved, we will have sufficient funds to execute our intended business plan or generate positive operating results. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments related to this uncertainty and as to the recoverability and classification of asset carrying amounts or the amount and classification of liabilities that might result should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The Company’s management has taken several actions in an effort to secure funding and generate revenue streams including:

 

Attended various meeting with interested investors that are vetting out the company to buy tradition stocks in it. Approached a licensed Broker and are in discussions with the brokerage agency on different ways to raise additional capital. It has added 4 additional offerings to the product line making the platform robust and giving more options to the market place. It is relaunching with a new website and freemium model marketing to various different segments of the industry verticals.

 

The Company estimates cash needs for the next 12 months will approximate $950,000.00 without considering the expenditures related to the Rescission Offer. The source of funds to cover these estimated expenditures will be from our current cash availability, revenue from business operations and financing efforts.

 

The Company has been evaluating raising additional capital and considering other actions that may yield additional funding to cover any remaining cash needs, including amounts potentially due for the Recession Offer. Further, the Company’s management can implement expense reductions, as necessary. The company is re-launching its platform product in addition to 4 third party integration offerings. It has also re-engineered part of the product allowing regular consumers to use the platform without the need to purchase or hold BCOT Tokens. However, there is no assurance that the Company will be successful in obtaining funding or generating revenues sufficient to fund operations.

 

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

As of December 31, 2019, there were no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

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Going Concern

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principle, which contemplate our continuation as a going concern. However, we have limited revenues as of December 31, 2019. We currently have negative working capital, and have not completed our efforts to establish a stabilized source of revenues sufficient to cover operating costs over an extended period of time.

 

Management anticipates that we will be dependent, for the near future, on additional investment capital to fund operating expenses. We intend to position the company so that we may be able to raise additional funds through the capital markets. In light of management’s efforts, there are no assurances that we will be successful in this or any of our endeavors or become financially viable and continue as a going concern.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

In December 2001, the SEC requested that all registrants list their most “critical accounting polices” in the Management Discussion and Analysis. The SEC indicated that a “critical accounting policy” is one which is both important to the portrayal of a company’s financial condition and results, and requires management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain.

 

Our critical accounting policies are set forth in Note 3 to the financial statements.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

 

We do not expect the adoption of recently issued accounting pronouncements to have a significant impact on our results of operations, financial position or cash flow.

 

Item 3. Properties.

 

We own no real property. We lease space for our principal offices at 747 3rd Avenue, New York, New York 10017. We pay $105.00 per month for this space and it suits our needs at the present time.

 

Item 4. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management.

 

The following table sets forth, as of May 31, 2020, certain information as to shares of our voting stock owned by (i) each person known by us to beneficially own more than 5% of our outstanding voting stock, (ii) each of our directors, and (iii) all of our executive officers and directors as a group.

Unless otherwise indicated below, to our knowledge, all persons listed below have sole voting and investment power with respect to their shares of voting stock, except to the extent authority is shared by spouses under applicable law. Unless otherwise indicated below, each entity or person listed below maintains an address at 747 3rd Avenue, New York, New York 10017.

The number of shares beneficially owned by each stockholder is determined under rules promulgated by the SEC. The information is not necessarily indicative of beneficial ownership for any other purpose. Under these rules, beneficial ownership includes any shares as to which the individual or entity has sole or shared voting or investment power and any shares as to which the individual or entity has the right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days through the exercise of any stock option, warrant or other right. The inclusion in the following table of those shares, however, does not constitute an admission that the named stockholder is a direct or indirect beneficial owner.

 

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    Common Stock
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner   Number of Shares
Owned (1)
    Percent of Class (2)
Andre De Castro   3,807,666    87%
Deborah de Castro   169,499    4%
David Wurman   43,458    *
Kate Luckett   11,000    *
Mehta Hemang   4,000    *
All Directors and Executive Officers as a Group (5 person)   4,035,623    92%
5% Holders         
NONE         

 

* Less than 1%

 

(1)Unless otherwise indicated, each person or entity named in the table has sole voting power and investment power (or shares that power with that person’s spouse) with respect to all shares of voting stock listed as owned by that person or entity.

 

(2)Pursuant to Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 of the Exchange Act, beneficial ownership includes any shares as to which a shareholder has sole or shared voting power or investment power, and also any shares which the shareholder has the right to acquire within 60 days, including upon exercise of common shares purchase options or warrants. The percent of class is based on 4,395,162 shares of common stock outstanding as of May 31, 2020.

 

Item 5. Directors and Executive Officers.

 

The following table sets forth the names and ages of our current officers and directors and includes the principal offices and positions held by him.

 

Name  Age  Position  Date
          
Andre De Castro   50   President, Chief Executive Officer, Principal     Executive Officer, and Director   August, 2015
Deborah de Castro   54   Chief Financial Officer, VP of Operations, Principal Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Director   May, 2016
David Wurman   59   Director   January,2017
Kate Luckett   57   Director   April, 2017
Hemang Mehta   43   Director   January, 2019
             

 

Set forth below is a brief description of the background and business experience of our sole officer and director for the past five years.

 

Andre De Castro

 

Andre De Castro, a tech executive, software technologist, Software Engineer, crypto-currency specialist, and finance enthusiast, has been actively engaged in the crypto-currency bitcoin industry since its near inception in 2011. From 2015 to 2020, Andre works for Blockchain of Things, Inc. as CEO/President.

 

Passionate for finance and technology, he has devoted his extensive career with Fortune 500 clients in product analysis, enterprise design, integration of complex systems, and now for the emerging crypto-currency ecosystem. An early adopter and evangelist of Bitcoin, he is an industry thought leader and heads many initiatives within this space.

 

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As a seasoned investor and trader in crypto currencies Andre is well versed in a myriad of alt currencies and what to look for when considering investments. He is familiar with conducting arbitrage strategies between all major exchanges worldwide. Some of these include Bittrex (Hong Kong); BitStamp (UK); BTC-e (Bulgaria); Mercado Bitcoin and Foxbit (Brazil); CoinBase, and Poloniex (USA). He has also deep knowledge of automated trading using online and client-side robotic trading software and algorithms.

 

As an advocate for the crypto technology industry he has worked with the federal government's’ FinCEN division in creating more clarity on crypto currency policies. Today he is solely credited for the Jan 30th, 2014 administrative ruling on software development and investment activities, opening up greater avenues for well-established corporations and startups to conduct crypto currency business in the US.

 

Andre is an avid public speaker/panelist at financial and technology events and conferences, including: NASDAQ TV, GE Global Research, Perkins Coie, Bitcoin Global conference, and NY Bitcoin Center. He has been written up in articles in the Financial Times, MIT Technology Review, Payment Source, CoinDesk, Bloomberg and numerous other publications. A creative inventor, De Castro is the holder of two U.S. Patents that streamline the installation of electronic products in automotive circuits. He graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Stonybrook, earning a B.S. in Computer Science, with concentration in artificial intelligence, data mining, and operational systems.

 

Deborah de Castro

 

Deborah de Castro is a Co-Founder & CFO/VP of Operations of Blockchain of Things, Inc. Deborah is responsible for the development of corporate strategies and establishing the leadership path of the business operational processes.

From 2012 to 2016 Deborah worked as Director at Medical Systems International and transitioned into her position as CFO/VP Operations at Blockchain of Things, Inc from 2016 to present day of 2020.

 

She is actively involved with the overall efforts of establishing company policy and structure to position it as a market leader in the Industrial Internet of Things space, as well as actively contributing to the bottom-line growth of this fast-growing organization. She is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of international and domestic experience in Fortune 500 companies such as IBM-USA/Brazil, Bechtel, and The Clorox Company International. Her expertise in early stage growth, competitive analysis, strategic planning, and collaboration is vital to the company as it develops and begins to explore investment opportunities.

 

Deborah has undergraduate degrees in both Business Administration and Oral Communication from Long Island University, NY. She holds a MBA from Nova Southeastern University, FL, and is a Chaplain in the State of Florida. Born with a philanthropist heart, Ms. De Castro also Founded “Feed The Future Foundation” a non-profit charity that has helped feed over 185 children from poverty stricken communities in South America.

 

David Wurman

 

David Wurman is a Strategic Advisor for Blockchain of Things, Inc., and a distinguished board member. He has over 30 years of experience in information technology sales and professional consulting and implementation services. From 2015 to 2020 Mr. Wurman worked for Modern Systems Corporation as a VP Sales.

 

Mr. Wurman has held sales and management positions with GE, Network General, Plumtree Software, Empirix, Oracle, and Modern Systems where he was responsible for building and leading high performance, solution-oriented, customer-focused sales teams which met and exceeded corporate revenue growth targets.

 

Mr. Wurman has delivered start-up to multi-billion dollar companies with consistent annual revenue growth and was instrumental in driving breakout revenue growth at Plumtree Software from $1M to $80M, and Network General from $90M to $250M. Mr. Wurman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Computer Science from Lafayette College, and studied internationally at the London School of Economics.

 

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Kate Luckett

 

Kate Luckett is an investor in Blockchain of Things, Inc. and a distinguished board member. She has over 20 years of experience in Enterprise Software Sales, specializing in Compliance, Risk, and Legal for highly regulated industries. As a dynamic sales executive working with a wide variety of software and technology firms, she has been instrumental in driving revenue growth and expansion.

 

Her career spans both startups and rapid growth divisions of fortune 500 companies. Creating and thriving in fast-pace environments with aggressive goals and impressive results, Ms. Luckett has held strategic positions at Plumtree Software, Orchestria / CA Technologies, PSS Systems / IBM, Actiance, Inc., and Jobvite, Inc. From 2015 to 2020, Mrs. Luckett worked as Strategic Account Executive for Jobvite - April 2015 to April 2017, Hearsay April 2017 to July 2019, WalkMe - July 8 2019 to present.

 

She is highly skilled in developing and managing enterprise sales solutions based on solving business needs. Kate’s main attribute is her ability to create revenue-producing pipeline by establishing business strategies that bring technology together to solve business problems.

 

Ms. Luckett is a graduate of the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry NY and received her BA in Communications from New England College, Henniker, NH

 

Hemang Mehta

 

Hemang Mehta joins us with almost 18 years of experience in enterprise software focused on marketing and commerce technologies. Over the years he has sold services to clients ranging in size from small startups to Fortune 100 corporations.

 

Mr. Mehta’s career in services includes employment with Plumtree Software, BEA Systems, and FatWire Software (acquired by Oracle). His tenure at Function1 for the past 7 years lead him to build a multi-million-dollar business in Web Experience Management practice.

 

Directors

 

Our bylaws authorize no less than one (1) director. The number of directors within the foregoing fixed minimum and maximum may be established and changed from time to time by resolution adopted by the Board of Directors. Each director shall hold office until his successor shall be elected or appointed and qualified or until his earlier death, retirement, disqualification, resignation or removal.

 

Term of Office

 

Each director shall hold office until his successor shall be elected or appointed and qualified or until his earlier death, retirement, disqualification, resignation or removal.

 

Family Relationships

 

Aside from Andre De Castro and Deborah de Castro, who are siblings, there are no family relationships between or among the directors, executive officers or persons nominated or chosen by us to become directors or executive officers.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

 

To the best of our knowledge, during the past ten years, none of the following occurred with respect to a present or former director, executive officer, or employee: (1) any bankruptcy petition filed by or against any business of which such person was a general partner or executive officer either at the time of the bankruptcy or within two years prior to that time; (2) any conviction in a criminal proceeding or being subject to a pending criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations and other minor offenses); (3) being subject to any order, judgment or decree, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any court of competent jurisdiction, permanently or temporarily enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting his or her involvement in any type of business, securities or banking activities; and (4) being found by a court of competent jurisdiction (in a civil action), the SEC or the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to have violated a federal or state securities or commodities law, and the judgment has not been reversed, suspended or vacated.

 

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Audit Committee

 

We do not have a separately-designated standing audit committee. The entire board of directors performs the functions of an audit committee, but no written charter governs the actions of the board of directors when performing the functions of that would generally be performed by an audit committee. The board of directors approves the selection of our independent accountants and meets and interacts with the independent accountants to discuss issues related to financial reporting. In addition, the board of directors reviews the scope and results of the audit with the independent accountants, reviews with management and the independent accountants our annual operating results, considers the adequacy of our internal accounting procedures and considers other auditing and accounting matters including fees to be paid to the independent auditor and the performance of the independent auditor.

 

We do not have an audit committee financial expert because of the size of our company and our board of directors at this time. We believe that we do not require an audit committee financial expert at this time because we retain outside consultants who possess these attributes as needed.

 

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, the board of directors:

 

  1. Reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements with management, and
  2. Reviewed and discussed the written disclosures and the letter from our independent auditors on the matters relating to the auditor’s independence.

Based upon the board of directors’ review and discussion of the matters above, the board of directors authorized inclusion of the audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 to be included in this Form 10 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission

 

Item 6. Executive Compensation.

 

The following table sets forth the compensation paid to our officers from the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018.

   

Name and principal

position

Year Salary ($)

Bonus

($)

 

Stock

Awards

($)

Option

Awards

($)

All Other

Compensation

($) (1)(2)

Total

($)

Andre De Castro

 

President, Chief Executive Officer, Principal Executive Officer and Director

2019

 

2018

184,440

 

50,750

-

0

0

2

 

-

 

184,442

 

50,750

Deborah De Castro

 

Chief Financial Officer, Principal Financial Officer. Principal Accounting Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Director

2019

 

2018

120,840

 

33,250

 

0

0

-

 

-

 

120,840

 

33,250

 

Narrative to Compensation Table 

 

In 2018 Mr. Andre De Castro receive $50,750 and Miss Deborah de Castro received $33,250 in compensation alone with incentive stock options. In 2019 Mr. Andre De Castro receive $184,440 and Miss Deborah de Castro received $120,840 in compensation along with incentive stock options. Therefore, the compensation comprises of an annual market value salary and stock option which vest within a 48-month period.

 

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  1. The Stock Awards amounts are equal to the fair value of the Board Compensation shares issued to Andre De Castro and Deborah de Castro in 2018 and 2019. A value of “0” rather than a “-“ for these because there is a fair value but it’s less than $1 so it’s technically not absolute 0 (i.e. “-“).
  2. Andre De Castro in 2018 & 2019 received an additional 8,000 shares in compensation for his work as Chair and Director on the company’s Board. Deborah de Castro in 2018 & 2019 received an additional 16,000 shares in compensation for her work as Treasurer/Secretary/ Director on the company’s Board.

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

On August 25, 2015, our board of directors and shareholders approved the 2015 Equity Inventive Plan (the “Plan”). The purpose of the Plan is to attract and retain the best available personnel for positions of substantial responsibility with us, to provide additional incentive to employees, directors and consultants, and to promote our success. Under the initial Plan, we were able to issue up to an aggregate total of 500,000 incentive or non-qualified options to purchase our common stock, stock awards and other offerings under the Plan.

 

Equity Compensation Plans as of December 31, 2019

  A B C
Plan Category


Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights

 

 

 

Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and right

Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in column (A))

Equity compensation plans

approved by security

holders

 

90,000

 

$0.0001 per share

 

410,000

Equity compensation plans

not approved by security

holders

     
Total 90,000   410,000

 

Director Compensation

 

We compensate our director for services they render to our company. The payment is in the form of shares of common stock. To be eligible, each director must attend 4 out of 6 meetings annually. Attendance at all four meetings entitles each director to 4,000 shares of common stock. Each meeting vests 25% of the 4,000 shares.

 

In 2018 and 2019, we compensated each of our five directors with 4,000 shares of our common stock.

 

Item 7. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

Aside from that described in “Executive Compensation,” none of our directors or executive officers, nor any proposed nominee for election as a director, nor any person who beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, shares carrying more than 5% of the voting rights attached to all of our outstanding shares, nor any members of the immediate family (including spouse, parents, children, siblings, and in-laws) of any of the foregoing persons has any material interest, direct or indirect, in any transaction for the last two fiscal years or in any presently proposed transaction which, in either case, has or will materially affect us.

 

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Director Independence

 

We are not subject to the listing requirements of any national securities exchange or national securities association and, as a result, we are not at this time required to have our Board comprised of a majority of “independent directors.” Mr. and Mrs. De Castro are not independent as defined under the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules.

 

Item 8. Legal Proceedings.

 

SEC Settlement

 

We filed this Registration Statement with the SEC on a voluntary basis in connection with our SEC Settlement Agreement related to our issuance of BCOT Tokens in our ICO, and to provide current information to holders of BCOT Tokens who are eligible claimants against our Company pursuant to Section 12(a) of the Securities Act.

 

In conjunction with the SEC Settlement Agreement, Potential BCOT Token Claimants are entitled to a refund in the amount of consideration paid, plus interest, less the amount of any income received thereon. We expect to calculate interest by using the average yield of the 1-year US Treasury note which for December, 2019 is 1.55 %. The SEC Settlement Agreement required the Company to distribute by electronic means claim forms to the Potential BCOT Token Claimants within 60 days of the filing of the Company’s registration statement on Form 10 or on the date 7 days after the Form 10 becomes effective(the effective date), whichever is sooner; The Potential BCOT Token Claimants must submit claims forms by the claim form deadline; said Claim Form Deadline shall be the earlier of three (3) months from the date that the Division of Corporation Finance notifies Respondent that the Division’s review of the Form 10 has been concluded or six (6) months from the Effective Date.

 

Specifically, pursuant to the Order of the SEC, our Company agreed to the following:

 

1)File a press release within 14 days of the Order.
2)File this Registration Statement within 120 days of the Order.
3)Distribute a claim form and post the same to our website no later than 60 calendar days after the date of the filing of this Registration Statement, or on the date 7 days after the Registration Statement becomes effective, whichever date is sooner, informing all persons and entities that purchased BCOT Tokens from us of their potential claims under Section 12(a) of the Securities Act, including the right to sue to recover the consideration paid for the BCOT Tokens with interest thereon and further informing purchasers that they may submit the written claim form to us within 3 months (the “Claim Form Deadline”).
4)Maintain the Registration and make timely reports under the Securitas Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) at least until the later of (1) the Claims Form Deadline; (2) such time as we have filed all reports required for the fiscal year within which the Registration Statement became effective; and (3) such time as we are eligible to terminate our registration pursuant to Rule 12g-4 under the Exchange Act.
5)Pay the amounts due under Section 12(a) of the Securities Act to each purchaser using the claim form within 3 months of the Claim Form Deadline.
6)Submit to the SEC a monthly report of the claims received and the claims paid.
7)Submit a final report of the handling of all claims within 7 months.
8)Pay a civil monetary penalty in the amount of $250,000.00 to the SEC.

 

On April 14, 2020, we requested that the Division of Enforcement at the SEC grant us an extension of time to file our Form 10 registration statement. On April 15, 2020, the SEC granted our request for an extension of 46 additional days. Accordingly, we are required to file the Form 10 registration statement by no later than June 1, 2020.

 

The total amount of Digital Assets received from the Potential BCOT Token Claimants was approximately $12M which, upon receipt, was recorded as a liability (BCOT obligation) in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The total payments related to the Rescission Offer could exceed the BCOT obligation reported in our consolidated balance sheets, however a reasonable estimate of the possible losses or range of possible losses cannot be made at this time. Our Company believes that the maximum amount payable is the amount received in the ICO (approximately $12.4 million) plus interest. We expect to calculate interest by using the average yield of the 1-year US Treasury note which for December, 2019 is 1.55 %.

 

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No claims will be paid prior to the Claim Form Deadline. Subsequent to the Claim Form Deadline, our Company will begin to pay all valid refund claims. If our Company has a sufficient amount of cash on hand, all valid refund claims will be paid in full. If the Company does not have a sufficient funds on hand to pay all valid refund claims, depending on the funds shortfall, the Company intends to seek funding from outside investors (either through the sale of additional equity or otherwise) or seek debt financing from third-party lenders. In this case, all valid refund claims will be partially paid, on a pro rata basis, until we can obtain additional financing, and all unpaid amounts will continue to accrue interest until paid in full. Such additional financing (whether debt or equity) may not be available on favorable terms, or at all, and could increase our Company’s debt balance and result in significant expense to our Company.  

 

In the event our Company is unable to raise additional debt or equity financing, we may:

 

1.have to cease operations, in which case we may file a petition for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court under Chapter 7, whereby a trustee will be appointed to sell off our assets, and the money will be used to pay off our debts in order of their priority. Your priority, as a BCOT Token holder seeking a refund claim, should be equal to all of the Company’s other unsecured creditors; or
2.file a petition for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court under Chapter 11 to restructure our debt, including our debt to you, as a BCOT Token holder seeking a refund claim. Your priority, as a BCOT Token holder seeking a refund claim, should be equal to all of the Company’s other unsecured creditors. The Chapter 11 reorganization plan will describe your rights as a BCOT Token holder and what you can expect to receive, if anything, from the Company.

 

While we are uncertain whether any U.S. Bankruptcy Court has rendered any decision with respect to the treatment of tokens or digital assets in a bankruptcy context, we believe BCOT Tokens should not be viewed as analogous to more traditional securities (i.e. capital stock, debt securities, warrants, etc.) as the BCOT Tokens currently lack the traditional features of such securities. For example, the BCOT Tokens do not currently convey any dividend, distribution, voting, liquidation or preemption rights to their holders. Similarly, BCOT Token holders have no property, license or other right whatsoever with respect to any software that now exists or may ever be developed by the Company.

 

In addition, if certain holders of BCOT Tokens affirmatively reject or fail to accept the rescission offer, they may have a right of rescission under the Securities Act after the expiration of the rescission offer. Consequently, should any offerees reject the rescission offer, expressly or by failing to timely return a claim, we may continue to be potentially liable under the Securities Act for the purchase price or for certain losses if the BCOT Tokens have been sold. It may also be possible that by not disclosing that the BCOT Tokens were unregistered, and that they may face resale or other limitations, we may face contingent liability for noncompliance with applicable federal and state securities laws. Additionally, the Company may be required to pay additional fines, penalties or other amounts in other jurisdictions.

 

As a result of filing our initial registration statement on Form 10, we are now subject to the requirements of Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act, including the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, which requires us, among other things, to file annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K, and we are required to comply with all other obligations of the Exchange Act applicable to issuers filing registration statements pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. Further, as described above, pursuant to the Settlement Agreement and Order, our Company agreed to, among other things, file a Form 10 to register the BCOT Tokens as a class of securities and maintain timely filings of all reports required by Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act for at least one year from the Effective Date and continue these filings until the Company is eligible to terminate its registration.

 

Other than with respect to our settlement with the SEC, we are not aware of any pending or threatened claims that we violated any federal or state securities laws. However, we cannot assure you that any such claim will not be asserted in the future or that the claimant in any such action will not prevail. The possibility that such claims may be asserted in the future will continue until the expiration of the applicable federal and state statutes of limitations. If the payment of rescission claims or fines is significant, it could have a material adverse effect on our cash flow, financial condition or prospects and the value of the BCOT Tokens.

 

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New York Litigation

 

Rahul Manchanda v. Blockchain of Things, Inc., Index No. 656523/2019, New York County, NY Supreme Court (filed November 5, 2019)

 

The Plaintiff, Rahul Manchanda, has alleged claims for breach of contract, the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and requested an accounting from BCoT. The amount of monetary damages sought is unclear from the complaint, although it asserts that the Plaintiff invested $20,000 with BCoT to launch a crowdfunding campaign and that “defendant is required to pay to plaintiff his pro rata portion of the gains on his investment as set forth in the Contract.” BCoT contacted the insurance company about this litigation and coverage was rejected.

 

On December 3, 2019, BCoT filed a motion to dismiss the claims on the grounds of res judicata (the Plaintiff filed and voluntarily dismissed with prejudice the very same claims in a federal court action); lack of ripeness (the crowdfunding campaign has not been completed because of the SEC investigation); the amount in controversy (the $20,000 investment) does not meet the $25,000 jurisdictional threshold for the court in which the Plaintiff filed the case. On January 2, 2020, the Plaintiff filed an opposition to the motion to dismiss and on January 6, 2020 BCoT filed a reply brief. This motion is thus fully briefed and awaiting a decision form the Court. No discovery has been requested by either party.

 

BCoT believes that the Plaintiff’s claims are without merit and there is a high likelihood that the claims will be dismissed, or at the very least, stayed by the Court until the outcome of the SEC settlement and claims distribution process has been completed. BCoT intends to vigorously contest this matter and has no plans to settle out of court at this time.

 

Item 9. Market Price of and Dividends on the Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters.

 

Market Information

 

There is no established public trading market in our common stock. Our common stock is not listed for trading on any national securities exchange nor are bid or asked quotations reported in any over-the-counter quotation service.

 

Shares of our common stock that are restricted securities will be eligible for resale in compliance with Rule 144 of the Securities Act, subject to the requirements described below. These shares may be sold in the public market only if registered or if they qualify for an exemption from registration, such as Rule 144. Below is a summary of the requirements for sales of our common stock pursuant to Rule 144, after the effectiveness of this Registration Statement.

 

For a person who has not been deemed to have been one of our affiliates at any time during the 90 days preceding a sale, sales of our shares of common stock held longer than six months, but less than one year, will be subject only to the current public information requirement and can be sold under Rule 144 beginning 90 days after the effectiveness of this Registration Statement without restriction. A person who is not deemed to have been one of our affiliates at any time during the 90 days preceding a sale, and who has beneficially owned the shares proposed to be sold for at least one year, is entitled to sell his or her shares without complying with the manner of sale, public information, volume limitation or notice provisions of Rule 144.

 

Beginning 90 days after the effectiveness of this Registration Statement, a person who is our affiliate or who was our affiliate at any time during the preceding three months and who has beneficially owned restricted securities for at least six months, will generally be entitled to sell within any three-month period a number of shares that does not exceed one percent of the number of shares of our common stock then outstanding. Sales under Rule 144 by our affiliates are also subject to manner of sale provisions and notice requirements and to the availability of current public information about us.

 

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The Manner of Sale Limitations on Affiliate Sales of Equity Securities. Rule 144 provides that affiliates must resell their equity securities through one of the following methods: (i) Section 4(a)(4) broker transactions, which are done on a customer's order on an exchange or in the over-the-counter (OTC) market, including transactions that meet the requirements of Rule 144(g); (ii) Transactions with a market maker (a dealer who regularly or continually holds himself out as willing to buy and sell a particular security of an issuer for his own account); (iii) "Riskless principal transactions" (principal trades in which, after receiving a customer's order to buy or sell securities, a broker or dealer buys or sells securities as a principal to satisfy the customer's order) where (a) offsetting trades are executed at the same price (other than an explicitly disclosed markup, markdown, commission, or fee); (b) the broker-dealer cannot solicit or arrange for the solicitation of customers' orders to buy securities in connection with the Rule 144 sale; (c) the broker-dealer cannot receive more than the normal brokers' commission; and (d) the broker-dealer must conduct a reasonable inquiry as to whether the affiliate making the Rule 144resale is a statutory underwriter. In addition, affiliates relying on Rule 144 cannot, solicit, or arrange for the solicitation of, orders to buy the securities in connection with the transaction; or Pay anyone for the offer or sale of such securities, other than the broker-dealer who executes the order to sell the securities.

 

Form 144 Notice for Affiliate Sales. If a proposed Rule 144 resale by an affiliate involves more than 5,000 shares of securities, or has an aggregate sale price of more than $50,000, in any three-month period, the seller must file a notice of the proposed sale on Form 144. The seller must file this form with the SEC and with the securities exchange on which the securities are listed. Form 144 must be filed at the same time the affiliate places the broker or market maker order to sell the securities. The affiliate must have a bona fide intention to sell the securities within a reasonable time after filing the Form 144 notice and must sign the Form 144 notice; however, if the seller does not complete the sale disclosed in the form, the seller does not need to amend the form to indicate that the sale did not take place.

 

Availability of current public information. For issuers, such as our Company, that are subject to Exchange Act reporting requirements under Section 13 or Section 15(d), and have been reporting under the Exchange Act for at least 90 days before the Rule 144 resale, this requirement is satisfied if an issuer has filed all reports required under the Exchange Act (other than Form 8-K) and has filed all interactive data (XBRL) exhibits required to have been filed during the 12 months (or any shorter period for XBRL reporting requirements, if applicable) before the Rule 144 resale.

 

Persons who may be deemed to be our affiliates generally include individuals or entities that control, or are controlled by, or are under common control with, us and may include our directors and officers, as well as our significant stockholders.

 

Approximately 4,265,328 shares of our common stock are eligible for sale under Rule 144 as of the date of this Registration Statement. We cannot estimate the number of shares of our common stock that our existing stockholders will elect to sell under Rule 144.

 

We have no agreement with any security holder to register under the Securities Act for sale any shares of our common stock. 

 

Rules Governing Low-price Stocks That May Affect Our Stockholders' Ability to Resell Shares of Our Common Stock

 

We are a “penny stock” company, as our stock price is less than $5.00 per share. If we are able to obtain an exchange listing for our stock, we cannot make an assurance that we will be able to maintain a stock price greater than $5.00 per share and if the share price were to fall below such threshold, that we would not be subject to the penny stock rules.

 

The penny stock rules require broker-dealers, prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from the rules, to make a special suitability determination for the purchaser to receive the purchaser’s written consent to the transaction prior to sale, to deliver standardized risk disclosure documents prepared by the SEC that provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks in the penny stock market. The broker-dealer must also provide the customer with current bid and offer quotations for the penny stock. In addition, the penny stock regulations require the broker-dealer to deliver, prior to

 

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any transaction involving a penny stock, a disclosure schedule prepared by the SEC relating to the penny stock market, unless the broker-dealer or the transaction is otherwise exempt. A broker-dealer is also required to disclose commissions payable to the broker-dealer and the registered representative and current quotations for the securities. Finally, a broker-dealer is required to send monthly statements disclosing recent price information with respect to the penny stock held in a customer's account and information with respect to the limited market in penny stocks.

 

Holders

 

We have approximately 12 record holders of our common stock as of the date of this registration statement.

 

Dividends

 

We have not declared a dividend on our common stock, and we do not anticipate the payment of dividends in the near future as we intend to reinvest our profits to grow our business.

 

Item 10. Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities.

 

In September 2015, we issued 3,700,000 to our President and Chief Executive Officer, in exchange for $740.

 

Between May 2016 and August 2017, we issued options to purchase 831,870 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.0001 per share. Certain option holders exercised their options and we issued 564,994 shares of our common stock as a result.

 

Under our director compensation program, each director is entitled to 4,000 shares annually to participate in no less than 4 meetings during the year. From 2016 to 2019, we issued 90,000 shares of common stock in connection with our director compensation program.

 

These securities were issued pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and/or Rule 506 promulgated thereunder. The holders represented their intention to acquire the securities for investment only and not with a view towards distribution. The investors were given adequate information about us to make an informed investment decision. We did not engage in any general solicitation or advertising. We directed our transfer agent to issue the stock certificates with the appropriate restrictive legend affixed to the restricted stock.

 

Item 11. Description of Registrant’s Securities to be Registered.

 

BCOT Tokens

 

We have developed and released our own crypto tokens, the BCOT Token, a token issued on the Omni Layer protocol that uses the Bitcoin blockchain. Currently, the BCOT Tokens have negligible utility, and holders of BCOT Tokens are cautioned that any anticipated functionality described in this Registration Statement may never be available. BCOT Tokens should not be viewed as analogous to more traditional securities (i.e. capital stock, debt securities, warrants, etc.), as the BCOT Tokens currently lack the traditional features of such securities. For example, the BCOT Tokens do not currently convey any dividend, distribution, voting, liquidation or preemption rights to their holders. Similarly, BCOT Token holders have no property, license or other right whatsoever with respect to any software that now exists or may ever be developed by the Company.  

 

We envision that BCOT Tokens will eventually serve as a bridge between currencies, reducing transaction costs and settlement times while enhancing security, transparency, decentralization, and bypassing intermediaries. Eventually, we anticipate that BCOT Tokens will be used with our Catenis line of products to make it easy to utilize the power of the blockchain to facilitate peer-to-peer communication, governance solutions, chain of custody, and highly secure reliable messaging. See “Description of Business.”

 

As of May 31, 2020, 69,144,481.34 BCOT Tokens are outstanding. We sold these tokens in our ICO. In total, 553,262,385.56 BCOT Tokens were created. We currently hold 484,339761.26 BCOT Tokens. Other than those BCOT Tokens sold in the ICO, we have not issued any BCOT Tokens.

 

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Omni Layer Protocol

 

BCOT Tokens were created according to the Omni Layer protocol and are issued on the Bitcoin blockchain. The BCOT Tokens currently have no functionality besides that which is standard to all Omni Layer Protocol Tokens.  Currently, a user can: (i) determine the total supply of BCOT Tokens and (ii) confirm the balance of BCOT Tokens held in a specific Omni Wallet compatible wallet.   

 

The BCOT Token allows fractions of a token, down to 8 decimal places. The smallest unit of BCOT Tokens is 0.00000001.

 

Trading Market

 

BCOT Tokens are not listed on any securities or, to our knowledge, any cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market. BCOT Tokens have not been accepted for listing on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market. We believe that no cryptocurrency exchange that previously listed BCOT Tokens for trading continues to list BCOT Tokens at this time. Due to the rapidly evolving regulatory climate regarding cryptocurrencies that are securities, we cannot estimate when (or if) BCOT Tokens may be listed on any securities or cryptocurrency exchange or other established public trading market within the U.S. or elsewhere.

 

Since we never registered for sale or resale any BCOT Tokens as a security pursuant to the Securities Act, BCOT Tokens are restricted securities, and we have no agreement with any BCOT Token holder to register under the Securities Act for sale any of our BCOT Tokens. Therefore, BCOT Tokens may only be transferred pursuant to an exemption under the Securities Act, and holders of BCOT Tokens may not be able to transfer the BCOT Tokens or otherwise exchange them for fiat or cryptocurrency for the foreseeable future.

 

BCOT Token Rewards

 

The Company has integrated the ability for users of its platform to receive rewards paid in BCOT Tokens. No such tokens have been issued as of the date of this report.

 

Under the Customer Rewards Program, 12.5% of the tokens will be allocated to the Customer Rewards Program, which is applicable to anyone who owns tokens. If you hold your tokens for at least 30 days or use it in Catenis Enterprise, you are eligible for the Customer Rewards Program in proportion to your “Average Token Per Day” (defined below).

 

Tokens from the Customer Rewards Program were supposed to be evenly distributed on 6 Reward Dates that occur every 6 months after the initial token distribution. As such, it will take 3 years to fully distribute all the tokens from the Customer Rewards Program. The distribution of tokens from the Customer Rewards Program will be in proportion to your “Average Tokens Per Day” during the six-month period before a given reward date.

 

As a result of the SEC Division of Enforcement claiming that we violated Section 5 of the Securities Act, we have put any issuance of reward tokens on hold to ensure that we issue the same in a registered offering or under an available exemption from registration. As such, the timing of issuances have been delayed. We cannot say when we will be in a position to issue these reward tokens, but we plan to do so as soon as possible.

 

Average Tokens Per Day equals the time-weighted average of tokens held by a customer since the last Reward Date. For example, if you own 100 tokens for 10 days, 200 tokens for 150 days, and 0 tokens for 22 days during the 182-day period preceding a Reward Date, the Average Tokens Per Day would be 170.3 tokens per day based on (100 tokens x 10 days + 200 tokens x 150 days + 0 tokens x 22 days) / 182 days. If you use the tokens in Catenis Enterprise, we will count it as if you still hold the tokens for the purpose of calculating your Average Tokens Per Day. In order to be eligible for the Customer Rewards Program, an individual needs to own BCOT tokens for at least 30 days during the 6-month period preceding the Reward Date.

 

Whenever you purchase tokens, you have to register all BCOT omniwallet.org receiving addresses you control at our company’s portal in order to be eligible for the Customer Rewards Program. On each Reward Date, those who are eligible will receive their token allocation from the Customer Rewards Program. Your allocation from the Customer Rewards Program will be determined on a pro rata basis that is based on your Average Tokens per Day.

 

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We provide a rudimentary and simplified example to demonstrate how the Customer Rewards Program will work. For the sake of this example, we assume that of the 15% token supply that is reserved for bounties and community grants, 2.5% is immediately allocated with the remainder being granted at a later time. Continuing with this example, since bounties / community grants (2.5% of supply), founders / core team (5% of supply), and token sale buyers (7.5% of supply) are all eligible for the Customer Rewards Program, this implies that 15% of token supply (2.5% + 5% + 7.5%) would be eligible for the Customer Rewards Program.

 

Given the above assumption, 12.5% of the tokens will be allocated to the Customer Rewards Program against 15% of tokens eligible for rewards. That implies a minimum of an 83% reward potential for customers that retain or use their tokens (12.5%/15%). However, if 50% of token holders retain or use their tokens and the rest don’t bother to register for the Customer Rewards Program, the reward potential for 3-year loyal customers who retain or use their tokens would rise to 167% (i.e. 12.5%/7.5%) since the Customer Rewards Program tokens that short-term buyers forfeited would be allocated to the loyal customers who retain or use their tokens. In short, there are strong incentives to be a long-term loyal customer who uses Catenis Enterprise or stores tokens for future use in the system.

 

In order to comply with applicable securities laws, we suspended the rewards program pending the development of an appropriate regulatory framework under which the program can be resumed.

 

No Rights Commonly Associated with Capital Stock

 

BCOT Tokens are not capital stock, and do not currently provide holders with any type of (i) dividend rights; (ii) equity or debt conversion; (iii) sinking fund provisions; (iv) redemption provisions; (v) voting rights; (vi) liquidation rights; or (vii) preemption rights, that are typically conferred upon the holders of capital stock or more traditional securities. Additionally, BCOT Tokens holders have no right to any specific software now existing or that the Company may develop in the future, including the BCOT Wallet or any applications we may develop.

 

Other Securities Not Registered Herein

 

Our Articles of Incorporation (the “Articles of Incorporation”) authorize us to issue 50,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of which 4,395,162 shares are issued and outstanding as of the date of this registration statement, and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of which no shares are issued and outstanding. Only our BCOT Tokens are being registered in this registration statement. Information on our common stock is also provided below; however, these securities are not being registered.

 

Common Stock

 

Our common stock is entitled to one vote per share on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders, including the election of directors. Except as otherwise required by law or provided in any resolution adopted by our board of directors with respect to any series of preferred stock, the holders of our common stock will possess all voting power. Generally, all matters to be voted on by stockholders must be approved by a majority (or, in the case of election of directors, by a plurality) of the votes entitled to be cast by all shares of our common stock that are present in person or represented by proxy, subject to any voting rights granted to holders of any preferred stock. A vote by the holders of a majority of our outstanding shares is required to effectuate certain fundamental corporate changes such as liquidation, merger or an amendment to our Articles of Incorporation. Our Articles of Incorporation do not provide for cumulative voting in the election of directors.

 

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Subject to any preferential rights of any outstanding series of preferred stock created by our board of directors from time to time, the holders of shares of our common stock will be entitled to such cash dividends as may be declared from time to time by our board of directors from funds available therefore.

 

Subject to any preferential rights of any outstanding series of preferred stock created from time to time by our board of directors, upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up, the holders of shares of our common stock will be entitled to receive pro rata all assets available for distribution to such holders.

 

In the event of any merger or consolidation with or into another company in connection with which shares of our common stock are converted into or exchangeable for shares of stock, other securities or property (including cash), all holders of our common stock will be entitled to receive the same kind and amount of shares of stock and other securities and property (including cash). Holders of our common stock have no pre-emptive rights, no conversion rights and there are no redemption provisions applicable to our common stock.

 

Preferred Stock

 

Our board of directors may become authorized to authorize preferred shares of stock and to divide the authorized shares of our preferred stock into one or more series, each of which must be so designated as to distinguish the shares of each series of preferred stock from the shares of all other series and classes. Our board of directors is authorized, within any limitations prescribed by law and our articles of incorporation, to fix and determine the designations, rights, qualifications, preferences, limitations and terms of the shares of any series of preferred stock including, but not limited to, the following:

 

(1)The number of shares constituting that series and the distinctive designation of that series, which may be by distinguishing number, letter or title;
(2)The dividend rate on the shares of that series, whether dividends will be cumulative, and if so, from which date(s), and the relative rights of priority, if any, of payment of dividends on shares of that series;
(3)Whether that series will have voting rights, in addition to the voting rights provided by law, and, if so, the terms of such voting rights;
(4)Whether that series will have conversion privileges, and, if so, the terms and conditions of such conversion, including provision for adjustment of the conversion rate in such events as the Board of Directors determines;
(5)Whether or not the shares of that series will be redeemable, and, if so, the terms and conditions of such redemption, including the date or date upon or after which they are redeemable, and the amount per share payable in case of redemption, which amount may vary under different conditions and at different redemption dates;
(6)

Whether that series will have a sinking fund for the redemption or purchase of shares of that series, and, if so, the terms and amount of such sinking fund;

 (7)The rights of the shares of that series in the event of voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the corporation, and the relative rights of priority, if any, of payment of shares of that series;
 (8)and Any other relative rights, preferences and limitations of that series.

 

Dividends

 

We have not declared dividends since our inception. Holders of Common Stock are entitled to receive ratably such dividends, if any, as may be declared by the Board of Directors out of funds legally available. We presently anticipate that all earnings, if any, will be retained for development of our business. Any future disposition of dividends will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend upon, among other things, our future earnings, operating and financial condition, capital requirements, and other factors.

 

Employees Stock Compensation Plan

 

On August 25, 2015, our board of directors and shareholders approved the 2015 Equity Inventive Plan (the “Plan”). The purpose of the Plan is to attract and retain the best available personnel for positions of substantial responsibility with us, to provide additional incentive to employees, directors and consultants, and to promote our success. Under the initial Plan, we were able to issue up to an aggregate total of 500,000 incentive or non-qualified options to purchase our common stock, stock awards and other offerings under the Plan.

 

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Item 12. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

Our directors and officers are indemnified as provided by the Delaware corporate law and our Bylaws. We have agreed to indemnify each of our directors and certain officers against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933. Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to our directors, officers and controlling persons pursuant to the provisions described above, or otherwise, we have been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than our payment of expenses incurred or paid by our director, officer or controlling person in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, we will, unless in the opinion of our counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

Under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, or DGCL Section, a corporation is required to indemnify both the current and former directors or officers of the corporation against expenses actually and reasonably incurred if the particular current or former director or officer seeking indemnification is successful on the merits or otherwise in defense of any action, suit or proceeding brought by reason of the fact that such person was a director or officer of the corporation. In addition, a corporation may indemnify its current or former directors or officers against (i) judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, and reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees, in the case of a third-party action, and (ii) expenses, including attorneys’ fees (but not amounts paid in settlement or judgments), in the case of an action by the corporation or a derivative action brought by a stockholder, in each case incurred in any actual or threatened litigation brought by reason of the fact that such person was serving in one of the previously mentioned capacities. In order for an individual to qualify for what is generally referred to as “permissive indemnification,” an appropriate body, such as the board’s disinterested directors, must determine that such individual has met the requisite standard of conduct.

 

However, the weakness of indemnification, whether required or permitted by statute, is that the current or former director or officer must either prevail in the action or have met the requisite standard of conduct. This means that the director or officer must fund a defense to reach the required result. In recognition of this, the DGCL permits a corporation to advance the expenses incurred by a current or former director or officer in defending third-party or derivative actions without regard to a standard of conduct. As a condition precedent to the advancement of expenses, a corporation is required to obtain from a director or officer to whom expenses are advanced an undertaking to repay any amounts advanced in the event that it is later determined that such person is not entitled to indemnification.

 

Item 13. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

Our financial statements begin on pages F-1 through F-17 immediately following the signature page of this registration statement.

 

Item 14. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

 

There have been no changes in or disagreements with accountants on accounting or financial disclosure matters.

 

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Item 15. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(a) Financial Statements. Our financial statements begin on page F-1 immediately following the signature page of this registration statement.

 

(b) Exhibits.

 

The following documents are filed as exhibits hereto:

 

Exhibit   Exhibit
Number   Description
3.1     Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, dated September 17, 2015
3.2     Articles of Amendment, dated May 13, 2020
3.3     Amended and Restated Bylaws
10.1     Convertible Promissory Note, dated June 23, 2017
21.1     List of Subsidiaries

    

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  SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: June 1, 2020 Blockchain of Things, Inc. 
   
  By:  /s/ Andre De Castro
    Andre De Castro
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Audited Financial Statements: 

 

F-1 Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm;
F-2 Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2019 and 2018;
F-3 Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2018;
F-4 Statement of Stockholders’ Equity as of December 31, 2019 and 2018;
F-5 Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2018; and
F-6 Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Adeptus Partners, LLC

 

Accountants I Advisors

 

244 West 54th Street

 

New York, NY 10019

 

phone 212.758.8050

 

fax 212.826.5037

 

www.AdeptusCPAs.com 

 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and

Stockholders of Blockchain of Things, Inc. and Subsidiary

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Blockchain of Things, Inc. and Subsidiary (the Company) as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders' deficit and cash flows for each of the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the financial statements). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Substantial Doubt about the Company's Ability to Continue as a Going Concern

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 2 to the financial statements, the Company has a net loss from operations, an accumulated deficit and has a net capital deficiency that raises substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Management's plans in regard to these matters are also described in Note 2. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Critical Audit Matters 

The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. We determined that there were no critical audit matter.

 

/s/ Adeptus Partners LLC

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2020.

 

New York, New York

June 1, 2020

 

  

 F-1 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   12/31/2019  12/31/2018
ASSETS      
Current Assets:         
Cash  $30,134   $146,889
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets   2,933    4,026
Digital Assets   1,862,988    2,710,869
Total Current Assets   1,896,055    2,861,784
          
Non-current Assets:         
Property and Equipment, net   2,700    4,405
Total Assets  $1,898,755   $2,866,189
          
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT         
Current Liabilities:         
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses  $714,468   $27,893
Deferred Revenue   —      300
Current Portion of Convertible Notes   15,000    —  
Sponsorship Loans Payable   20,000    244,627
BCOT Token Delivery Obligation   —      12,445,318
BCOT Token Refund Liability   12,434,317    —  
Total Current Liabilities   13,183,785    12,718,138
          
Long-term Liabilities:         
Convertible Notes   —      115,000
Total Liabilities   13,183,785    12,833,138
          
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 9)         
          
Stockholders' Equity (Deficit):         
Common stock; par value $0.0001; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 4,358,079 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019; 4,215,412 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018   436    422
Additional Paid-in Capital   437    437
Accumulated Deficit   (11,285,903)   (9,967,808)
Total Stockholders' Deficit   (11,285,030)   (9,966,949)
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit  $1,898,755   $2,866,189

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 F-2 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   Years Ended December 31,
   2019  2018
          
Revenue, net  $350   $4,175
          
Operating Expenses:         
Selling, General and Administrative   628,004    990,197
Impairment of Digital Assets   32,059    8,865,798
Total Operating Expenses   660,063    9,855,995
          
Loss From Operations   (659,713)   (9,851,820)
          
Other Expense (Income):         
Legal Settlement   250,000    —  
Gain on Sale of Digital Assets   (164,318)   (86,080)
Loss on Extinguishment of Debt   68,773    —  
Interest Expense   503,927    8,121
Other Expense (Income), net   658,382    (77,959)
          
Net Loss  $(1,318,095)  $(9,773,861)

  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 F-3 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

 

    Common Stock               
    Shares    Amount    Additional Paid-In Capital    Accumulated Deficit    Total Stockholders' Deficit
Balance as of December 31, 2017   4,132,912   $413   $437   $(193,947)  $(193,097)
Stock Based Compensation   82,500    8    —      —      8
Net Loss   —      —      —      (9,773,861)   (9,773,861)
Balance as of December 31, 2018   4,215,412   $422   $437   $(9,967,808)  $(9,966,949)
Stock Based Compensation   92,667    9    —      —      9
Net Proceeds From Issuance of Common Stock   50,000    5    —      —      5
Net Loss   —      —      —      (1,318,095)   (1,318,095)
Balance as of December 31, 2019   4,358,079   $436   $437   $(11,285,903)  $(11,285,030)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 F-4 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

   Year Ended December 31,
   2019  2018
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:         
Net Loss  $(1,318,095)  $(9,773,861)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:         
Depreciation   1,705    711
Stock Based Compensation   9    8
Impairment of Digital Assets   32,059    8,865,798
Realized Gain on Sale of Digital Assets   (164,318)   (86,080)
Changes in Assets and Liabilities:         
Prepaids and Other Current Assets   1,093    4,943
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses   185,559    (5,527)
Deferred Revenue   (300)   (2,353)
BCOT Token Refund Liability   (11,001)   —  
BCOT Token Refund Liability (Interest Portion)   501,016    —  
 Net cash used in operating activities   (772,273)   (996,361)
          
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:         
Acquisition of Equipment   —      (5,116)
Proceeds from sales of BCOT Tokens   —      518,570
Proceeds from disposal of Digital Assets   980,140    425,076
Net cash provided by investing activities   980,140    938,530
          
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:         
Repayments of Sponsorship Loans   (224,627)   —  
Repayments of Promissory Notes   (100,000)   (83,000)
Proceeds from Common Stock Issuances   5    —  
Net cash used in financing activities   (324,622)   (83,000)
          
Net Change in Cash   (116,755)   (140,831)
          
Cash, Beginning of Year   146,889    287,720
          
Cash, End of Year  $30,134   $146,889
          
Supplemental disclosure of cash flows information:         
          
Cash paid during the year for interest  $11,974   $9,128
          
Noncash activity:         
Receipt of Digital Assets  $—     $11,863,530
Establishment of BCOT Token delivery obligation  $—     $(12,473,200)
Refund of BCOT sale proceeds with Digital Assets  $—     $27,882
Delivery of BCOT Tokens  $(12,434,317)  $—  
Establishment of BCOT Token refund liability  $12,434,317   $—  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 F-5 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  

Note 1 - Organization and Nature of Operations

 

Blockchain of Things, Inc (“BCoT” or the “Company”), was incorporated in Delaware on July 15, 2015 with a principle place of business in New York, New York.

 

BCoT has a 100% ownership interest in BCOT Global Holdings (“BCOT GH”), a limited liability company organized on March 29, 2018 under the laws of the Cayman Islands.

 

BCoT is a technology company established to develop and implement blockchain technology, specifically by providing a platform, or web services layer, designed to improve upon existing blockchain technology, including its security and ease of use. From December 2017 through July 2018, BCOT offered and sold $12,382,100 of digital tokens (“BCOT Tokens” or “tokens”; the “Offering”). BCoT conducted the Offering of BCOT Tokens to raise capital to develop and implement its business plan, which includes further developing and maintaining its blockchain platform and technology, called “Catenis Enterprise” and “Catenis Flow” (collectively, “Catenis”). Catenis is an integration layer to the global bitcoin blockchain. It allows companies to rapidly build blockchain based applications or simply integrate with existing systems.

Note 2 - Financial Condition and Management’s Plans

 

The Company has experienced recurring losses and negative cash flows from operations. At December 31, 2019 the Company had cash of $30,134, a working capital deficit of $11,287,730, total stockholders' deficit of $11,285,030 and an accumulated deficit of $11,285,903. Further, the Company is required to offer to refund amounts raised in the Offering as a result of an agreed upon settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (see Note 9). These factors create substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern, which contemplates, among other things, the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes that its ability to continue operations depends on its ability to generate revenues and obtain funding that will be sufficient to sustain its operations until it rolls out its core product offerings and achieve profitability and positive cash flows from operating activities.

 

The successful outcome of future activities cannot be determined at this time and there is no assurance that, if achieved, the Company will have sufficient funds to execute its intended business plan or generate positive operating results. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments related to this uncertainty and as to the recoverability and classification of asset carrying amounts or the amount and classification of liabilities that might result should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The Company’s management has taken several actions in an effort to secure funding and generate revenue streams including:

 

Attended various meeting with interested investors that are vetting out the company to buy traditional stocks in it. Approached a licensed Broker and are in discussions with the brokerage agency on different ways to raise additional capital. It has added four additional offerings to the product line making the platform robust and giving more options to the market place. It is relaunching with a new website and freemium model marketing to various different segments of the industry verticals.

 

The Company estimates cash needs for the next twelve months will approximate $950,000 without considering the expenditures related to the Rescission Offer. The source of funds to cover these estimated expenditures will be from our current cash availability, revenue from business operations and financing efforts.

 

 F-6 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  

 

The Company has been evaluating raising additional capital and considering other actions that may yield additional funding to cover any remaining cash needs, including amounts potentially due for the Recession Offer. Further, the Company’s management can implement expense reductions, as necessary. The company is re-launching its platform product in addition to four third party integration offerings. It has also re-engineered part of the product allowing regular consumers to use the platform without the need to purchase or hold BCOT Tokens. However, there is no assurance that the Company will be successful in obtaining funding or generating revenues sufficient to fund operations.

Note 3 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) as determined by Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) within its Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) and under the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements includes the accounts of BCoT and its 100% owned subsidiary. All intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the balance sheet and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting periods. Actual results could differ significantly from those estimates. The most significant accounting estimates inherent in the preparation of the Company's financial statements includes the fair values of the BCOT Token Refund Liability and Digital assets, including the impairment assessments.

 

Consulting Fees and Licensing Revenue

 

The Company’s revenue is derived from consulting fees related to customer specific software implementation and licensing revenue earned by the Company and totaled $350 and $4,175 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. The Company recognizes the revenue earned once the service has been performed.

 

BCOT Token Project

 

The Company determined that its token issuances represent obligations to perform software development services and accounts for the proceeds received in the token issuances in accordance with ASC 730-20, Research and Development – Research and Development Arrangements (“ASC 730-20”). At the time of, and in conjunction with the token issuances, the Company’s obligation was to develop a platform, or web services layer, designed to improve upon existing blockchain technology, including its security and ease of use (collectively, the “BCOT Token Project”). The technology could primarily assist with four blockchain-based services: 1) message transmission, 2) message logging, 3) digital asset generation, and 4) digital asset transfer. Due to the significant hurdles in developing the BCOT Token Project, technological feasibility had not been established at the time of the token issuances and, therefore, all of the Company’s development costs were expensed.

 

The Company, beginning in December 2017 through early July 2018, obtained Ether, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Tether from customers totaling approximately $11,863,530 and cash of $609,670, of which $91,100 was received in December 2017, towards the development of the BCOT Token Project.

 

 F-7 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  

 

Pursuant to the terms of the BCOT Tokens, there is no form of partnership, joint venture, agency or any similar relationship between a holder of a BCOT Token and the Company and/or other individuals or entities involved with the BCOT Token Project. Except as noted below, BCOT Tokens are non-refundable and do not pay interest and have no maturity date. BCOT Tokens confer only the right to be used to power the Catenis platform, BCoT’s product and confer no other rights of any form with respect to the Company, including, but not limited to, any voting, distribution, redemption, liquidation, proprietary (including all forms of intellectual property), or other financial or legal rights. Subsequent to the distribution of BCOT Tokens to those parties who contributed towards the funding of the BCOT Token Project, the associated liability to deliver the BCOT tokens was satisfied. No BCOT Tokens were sold by the Company since this distribution.

 

Subsequent to the distribution noted above, and pursuant to the Settlement Agreement (as defined and described further in Note 9), the Company is obligated to refund amounts raised for the purpose of developing the BCOT Token Project if valid claims are submitted and may incur other fines and penalties. As of December 31, 2019, the Company estimated the amount of refunds to be paid to claimants at $12,935,333, which includes $501,016 of accrued interest that is included in Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets (see Note 9).

 

Cash

 

The Company maintains its cash in bank deposit accounts, which at times, may exceed federally insured limits. The Company has not experienced any losses as a result of the use of uninsured deposit accounts. The Company believes it is not exposed to significant credit risk due to the financial strength of the depository institutions in which the funds are held.

 

Concentrations of Credit Risk and Off-Balance Sheet Risk

 

The Company is subject to concentration of risk with respect to the Digital Assets which are held in digital wallets. Private keys, which provide access to the Digital Assets, are held in secured vaults at banking institutions and a limited number of digital wallets. The Digital Assets are exchanged for United States Dollars (USD) in the normal course of business so that the Company may meet its operational needs. The Digital Assets are not insured and the exchange rate of the digital assets to USD experiences significant volatility.

 

Software Development Costs

 

The Company capitalizes costs related to software developed or obtained for internal use in accordance with the ASC 350-40, Internal-Use Software (“ASC 350-40”). The following illustrates the various stages and related processes of computer software development in accordance with ASC 350-40:

 

Preliminary project stage: (a) conceptual formulation of alternatives; (b) evaluation of alternatives; (c) determination of existence of needed technology; and (d) final selection of alternatives. Internal and external costs incurred during the preliminary project stage are expensed as incurred. Application development stage: (a) design of chosen path, including software configuration and software interfaces; (b) coding; installation to hardware; and (d) testing, including parallel processing phase. Internal and external costs incurred to develop internal-use computer software during the application development stage are capitalized. Post-implementation-operation stage: (a) training; and (b) application maintenance. Internal and external costs incurred during the post-implementation-operation stage are expensed as incurred.

 

Certain costs incurred are considered enhancements, modifications to existing internal-use software that result in additional functionality. Enhancements normally require new software specifications and may also require a change to all or part of the existing software specifications. When this additional functionality is determinable, the related costs are capitalized. Otherwise, costs are expensed as incurred. Capitalization of internal-use software costs ceases when a computer software project is substantially complete and ready for its intended use. The Company begins amortization when the product is available for general release or use.

 

 F-8 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

As of December 31, 2019, the Company is in the testing phase as it prepares Catenis for broad market rollout. Due to the uncertainty of the market viability of Catenis, the Company expensed $239,339 and $349,041 of software development costs in the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

 

Income Taxes

 

Income taxes are recorded in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes (“ASC 740”), which provides for deferred taxes using an asset and liability approach. The Company recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements or tax returns. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the difference between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. Valuation allowances are provided, if based upon the weight of available evidence, it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

The Company accounts for uncertain tax positions in accordance with the provisions of ASC 740. When uncertain tax positions exist, the Company recognizes the tax benefit of tax positions to the extent that the benefit would more likely than not be realized assuming examination by the taxing authority. The determination as to whether the tax benefit will more likely than not be realized is based upon the technical merits of the tax position as well as consideration of the available facts and circumstances. The Company recognizes any interest and penalties accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense.

 

The Company files a consolidated tax return, which incorporates the limited liability company subsidiary.

 

Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity

 

The Company relies on the guidance provided by ASC 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”), to classify the sponsorship agreements. The Company first determines whether a financial instrument should be classified as a liability. The Company will apply the liability classification if the financial instrument is mandatorily redeemable, or if the financial instrument, other than outstanding shares, embodies a conditional obligation that the Company must or may settle by issuing a variable number of its equity shares.

 

If the Company determines that a financial instrument should not be classified as a liability, the Company determines whether the financial instrument should be presented between the liability section and the equity section of the balance sheet. The Company will determine temporary equity classification if the redemption of the financial instrument is outside the control of the Company (i.e., at the option of the holder). Otherwise, the Company accounts for the financial instrument as permanent equity.

 

At issuance, the Company records its financial instruments classified as liability, temporary equity or permanent equity at fair value, or consideration received, whichever is more determinable.

 

The Company records its financial instruments classified as liabilities under ASC 480 at their fair value at the end of each reporting period. The changes in fair value of these financial instruments are recorded as other expense/income. For the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, there were no changes to the fair value of financial instruments classified as liabilities under ASC 480 until such time as they were extinguished (see Note 7).

 

Stock-based Compensation

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation to employees and non-employees in conformity with the provisions of ASC 718, Stock Based Compensation. The Company expenses stock-based compensation to employees and non-employees over the requisite service period based on the estimated grant-date fair value of the awards. The Company accounts for forfeitures as they occur. Stock-based awards are recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period.

 

Common shares issued to third parties for services provided are valued based on the estimated fair value of the Company’s common shares. All stock-based compensation costs are recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations.

 

To date, stock-based compensation is immaterial to the consolidated financial statements.

 

 F-9 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Fair Value Measurement

 

The Company’s financial instruments include cash, accounts payable, convertible debt, sponsorship agreements and the BCOT Token Obligation. The fair values of cash, accounts payable, convertible debt, sponsorship agreements and the BCOT Token Obligation (as defined and described further in Note 11) approximate their stated amounts because of the short maturity of these financial instruments from the balance sheet date. Our sponsorship agreements are carried at fair value and based on Level 2 inputs.

 

The valuation hierarchy is composed of three levels. The classification within the valuation hierarchy is based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The levels within the valuation hierarchy under ASC 820 are described below:

 

Level 1 — Assets and liabilities with unadjusted, quoted prices listed on active market exchanges. Inputs to the fair value measurement are observable inputs, such as quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2 — Inputs to the fair value measurement are determined using prices for recently traded assets and liabilities with similar underlying terms, as well as direct or indirect observable inputs, such as interest rates and yield curves that are observable at commonly quoted intervals.

 

Level 3 — Inputs to the fair value measurement are unobservable inputs, such as estimates, assumptions, and valuation techniques when little or no market data exists for the assets or liabilities.

 

Intangible Assets

 

Digital Assets held by the Company consist of Ethers, Bitcoins, Bitcoin Cash and Tethers and are included in current assets in the consolidated balance sheets. Digital assets such as Bitcoins, Ethers, Tethers and Bitcoin Cash are digital currencies considered cryptocurrencies that are not fiat currencies (i.e. a currency that is backed by a central bank or a national, supra- national or quasi-national organization) and are not backed by hard assets or other credits. Digital currencies are not financial assets because they are not an ownership interest in a company, or a contract establishing a right or obligation to deliver or receive cash or another financial instrument. Since they lack physical substance and have no limit on the useful life, digital currencies are considered to be indefinite-lived intangible assets under ASC 350, Intangibles–Goodwill and Other.

 

Indefinite-lived intangible assets are not subject to amortization. Instead they are tested for impairment on an annual basis and more frequently if events or circumstances change that indicate that it’s more likely than not that the asset is impaired. As a result of the aforementioned, the Company will only recognize decreases in the value of its Digital Assets, and any increase in value will be recognized upon disposition. Ether, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Tether are traded on exchanges in which there are observable prices in an active market, the Company views a decline in the quoted price below the cost to be an impairment indicator. The quoted price and observable prices, for Ether, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Tether, are determined by the Company using a principal market analysis in accordance with ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement.

 

When the Company evaluates Ethers, Bitcoins, Bitcoin Cash and Tethers for impairment under ASC 350, Intangible – Goodwill and Other, each acquisition of Ether, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Tether is considered a separate unit of account. The Company tracks the cost of each unit of Ether, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Tether when received or purchased, when performing impairment testing and upon disposition either through sale or exchanged for goods or services. Realized gain (loss) on sale of Digital Assets is included in other income (expense) in the consolidated statements of operations, while impairment of Digital Assets is included in operating expenses because of the nature of the assets.

 

From November 2017 through early August 2018, the Company received four types of digital currencies, Bitcoins, Ethers, Tether, and Bitcoin Cash related to its token offering (See Note 5). The Company obtains the equivalency rate of the digital currencies to USD based on a global exchange rate from public exchange Gemini.

 

As of December 31, 2019, and December 31, 2018, the Company’s adjusted cost basis was $1,862,988 and $2,710,869, respectively. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company recognized an impairment loss of $32,059 and $8,865,798, respectively. Please refer to Note 5 for additional information about Digital Assets.

 

 F-10 

 

BLOCKCHAIN OF THINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Adoption of Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), as modified by ASU 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, ASU 2016-08, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Principal versus Agent Considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross versus Net), ASU 2016-10, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing, and ASU 2016-12, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Narrow-Scope Improvements and Practical Expedients. The revenue recognition principle in ASU 2014-09 is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. In addition, new and enhanced disclosures are required. The Company adopted the new standard on January 1, 2017, using the full retrospective approach. The adoption of ASU 2014-09 did not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

 

In June 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-07, Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which simplifies the accounting for share-based payments granted to nonemployees for goods and services. Under the ASU, most of the guidance on such payments to nonemployees would be aligned with the requirements for share-based payments granted to employees. The Company adopted the new standard on January 1, 2018 and the adoption did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

The Company has reviewed other recent accounting pronouncements and concluded they are either not applicable to the business or no material effect is expected on the consolidated financial statements as a result of future adoption.

Note 4 - Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets

 

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 are as follows:

 

   December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018
Short-term security deposits  $—     $1,375
Other prepaid expenses   2,933    2,651
Total prepaid expenses and other current assets  $2,933   $4,026

Note 5 - Digital Assets

 

Changes in Digital Assets during 2019 and 2018 were as follows:

 

   Ether  Bitcoin  Bitcoin Cash  Tether  Total
Balance at January 1, 2018  $—     $65,015   $15,000   $—     $80,015
Receipt of digital assets   8,591,096    3,149,434    —      123,000    11,863,530
Sale of digital assets   (175,317)   (191,511)   —      (50)   (366,878)
Impairment   (7,129,384)   (1,722,673)   (13,741)   —      (8,865,798)0
Balance at December 31, 2018  $1,286,395   $1,300,265   $1,259   $122,950   $2,710,869
Sale of digital assets   (555,626)   (137,246)   —      (122,950)   (815,822)
Impairment   (32,059)   —      —      —      (32,059)
Balance at December 31, 2019  $698,710   $1,163,019   $1,259   $—     $1,862,988

 

The company recognized $164,318 as a net Gain on Sale and $86,080 as a net Gain on Sale of Digital assets in the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

 

On June 25, 2018 the Company created 553,262,386 BCOT Tokens which are not recognized on the balance sheet and have zero carrying value. As of December 31, 2019, the Company has distributed 68,922,624 BCOT Tokens to third party wallets or smart contracts and is holding 484,339,762 BCOT Tokens.

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Note 6 – Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses 

Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses consisted of the following as of:

   December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018
Accrued interest on token refund liability  $501,016   $—  
Accrued legal settlement (Note 9)   187,500    —  
Software development   11,511    —  
Accounts Payable   5,982    6,795
Credit card payable   4,325    12,007
Other accrued liabilities   2,134    9,091
Legal and professional   2,000    —  
Total Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses  $714,468   $27,893

 

Note 7 – Convertible Notes and Sponsorship Agreements

Convertible Notes

From October 2015 through September 2017 the Company issued nine convertible promissory notes (“Convertible Notes”). The maturity dates of the Convertible Notes ranged from October 16, 2017 to September 20, 2020. The Convertible Notes are convertible into common stock or preferred stock, depending on the contingent event that results in their conversion. The Convertible Notes bear interest at 5% per annum and were each issued at par value with an immaterial amount of debt issuance costs.

 

The Convertible Notes are automatically convertible into preferred stock upon the occurrence of a Qualified Financing, defined within the Convertible Notes as an equity financing of the Company occurring after the date of issuance of the Convertible Note pursuant to which the Company sells and issues to an investor or multiple investors shares of preferred stock of the Company and in which gross aggregate proceeds to the Company from such equity financing exceeds $5 million (excluding any and all Convertible Notes which are converted). For seven of the Convertible Notes, the conversion price of this feature is a 15% discount to the price per share of the preferred shares sold that constitute the Qualified Financing. For two of the Convertible Notes, the conversion price of this feature is a 20% discount to the price per share of the preferred shares sold that constitute the Qualified Financing.

 

Additionally, the Convertible Notes may be converted into common stock at the option of the holder of the Convertible Note on or after the maturity date of the Convertible Note if the Company does not consummate a Qualified Financing on or prior to the maturity date of the Convertible Note. For seven of the Convertible Notes, the conversion price of this feature is a 15% discount to the fair market value of a single share of common stock as of the maturity date of the Convertible Note. For two of the Convertible Notes, the conversion price of this feature is a 20% discount to the fair market value of a single share of common stock as of the maturity date of the Convertible Note.

 

Lastly, the Convertible Notes may be converted into common stock at the option of the holder of the Convertible Note immediately prior to the closing of the Sale of the Company if a Sale of the Company occurs on our prior to the Maturity Date. A “Sale of the Company” is defined within the Convertible Notes as (i) the reorganization, consolidation or merger of the Company in which the holders of the Company’s outstanding voting securities pre-closing of that event do not retain voting securities representing a majority of the voting power of the surviving entity, (ii) the sale, transfer or exclusive license of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or (iii) the sale of equity by the existing holders of capital stock of the Company the result of which is that more than fifty percent (50%) of the Company's outstanding voting securities immediately following such transaction are owned by persons or entities who were not equity holders of the Company immediately prior to any such transaction. For seven of the Convertible Notes, the conversion price of this feature is a 15% discount to the price per share of the common stock paid to the existing equity holders of the Company in connection with such Sale of the Company. For two of the Convertible Notes, the conversion price of this feature is a 20% discount to the price per share of the common stock paid to the existing equity holders of the Company in connection with such Sale of the Company.

 

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As of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the Convertible Notes were not convertible based on the triggers listed above. As a result of these conversion features, our Convertible Notes contain embedded derivatives whose fair values as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 were negligible. The Convertible Notes are not considered securities with participation rights in earnings available to the Company’s common stockholders as there are no features attached to these securities that allow holders to participate in our undistributed earnings.

 

A summary of the carrying amounts of our Convertible Notes is listed below. Note that the fair value of the Convertible Notes, both individually and in the aggregate, materially approximate their carrying amount as of December 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

      December 31,
   Effective Interest Rate  2019  2018
Convertible Note due March 13, 2020   5.00%  $5,000   $5,000
Convertible Note due March 28, 2020   5.00%   —      50,000
Convertible Note due June 23, 2020   5.00%   10,000    10,000
Convertible Note due July 20, 2020   5.00%   —      15,000
Convertible Note due August 20, 2020   5.00%   —      15,000
Convertible Note due September 20, 2020   5.00%   —      20,000
Total long-term convertible notes        15,000    115,000
Less: current portion        15,000    —  
Long-term convertible notes, excluding current portion       $—     $115,000

 

In July 2019, the Company retired the Convertible Note due March 28, 2020. The $50,000 aggregate principal amount was repurchased for cash at par plus accrued interest of $5,833.

 

In April 2019, the Company retired the Convertible Notes due July 20, 2020, August 20, 2020, and September 20, 2020. The $50,000 aggregate principal amount was repurchased for cash at par plus accrued interest of $4,013.

 

In July 2018, the Company retired the Convertible Notes due October 16, 2017, August 21, 2018, and August 21, 2020. The $83,000 aggregate principal amount was repurchased at par plus accrued interest of $7,110 through the issuance of Ether to the holders of the Convertible Notes.

 

Sponsorship Agreements

 

In 2017 the Company executed seventeen financial sponsorship agreements (“Sponsorship Agreements”) with various counterparties (“Sponsors”). With each Sponsorship Agreement, the Company received contributions in the form of cash or Bitcoin. In return, the Sponsors were eligible to receive repayment in the form of cash and cryptographic tokens that provide usability in our Catenis Enterprise product. The cash payment associated with each Sponsorship Agreement was variable and based on the amount of proceeds raised by the Company through the crowd sale campaign, in which the Company sold the cryptographic tokens in exchange for cash or cryptocurrency. The number of cryptographic tokens to be issued to each Sponsor is calculated as half of the Sponsor’s contribution amount divided by a price per cryptographic token equal to 65% of the crowd sale issuance price of a cryptographic token on the day of the crowd sale launch. Such obligation was contingent on the completion of the crowd sale. The crowd sale campaign began on June 27, 2018 and was completed on August 1, 2018 and raised $1,875. The Company was obligated to pay down the Sponsorship loans upon the completion of the crowd sale campaign.

 

We account for the Sponsorship Agreements as liabilities at fair value with changes in the fair value recognized through earnings each reporting period. The cumulative fair value of our liability associated with the Sponsorship Agreements as of December 31, 2018 was $244,627 and was determined based on the amount of each sponsor’s contribution and the price at which our cryptographic tokens were sold during our crowd sale campaign.

 

In March 2019, we executed mutual rescission and release agreements (“Release Agreements”) with all the Sponsors but one. In accordance with the Release Agreements, the Company and the Sponsors agreed to unwind and rescind each party’s obligations associated with the Sponsorship Agreements. As such, the Company repaid each Sponsor the amount of their original contribution. This resulted in a loss on extinguishment of the liabilities of $68,773 which is recorded in Other Expense (Income) within the consolidated statement of operations. No cryptographic tokens, including the BCOT Tokens, were ever issued to the Sponsors. Upon execution of the Release Agreements, the associated Sponsorship Agreements were terminated.

 

The liability associated with the one outstanding Sponsorship Agreement as of December 31, 2019 was determined to be $20,000 and was determined based on the ongoing legal matter (see Note 9 for further details.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Note 8 – Income Taxes

 

The Company has incurred losses from inception. As of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the company had net operating loss (before federal taxes) of $1,318,095 and $9,773,861, respectively.

 

Significant components of the Company’s net deferred income tax assets as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 consist of income tax loss carryforwards. The net operating losses generated for the year ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 will carryforward indefinitely. Realization of the future tax benefits is dependent on the Company’s ability to generate sufficient taxable income.

 

Due to the Company’s history of operating losses, these deferred tax assets arising from the future tax benefits are currently not considered more likely than not to be realized and are thus reduced to zero by an offsetting valuation allowance. As a result, there is no provision for income taxes other than state minimum taxes.

 

 

A reconciliation of the statutory U.S. federal rate to the Company’s effective tax rate consist of the following:

 

   December 31,
   2019  2018
Statutory federal income tax rate   21%   21%
Tax computed at statutory federal income tax rate  $(276,800)  $(2,052,511)
State Taxes   369    111
Digital Assets Impairment   6,732    1,861,817
Meals and Entertainment   247    1,422
SEC Civil Penalty   52,500    —  
Net Operating Loss   26,718    37,509
Additional Capital Losses   (775,729)   (90,636)
Valuation Allowance   965,962    242,287
               Income tax (benefit) expense  $—     $—  

 

The tax effects of the temporary differences and carry forwards that give rise to deferred tax assets consist of the following:

 

   December 31,
Deferred Tax Assets:  2019  2018
Net Operating Loss Carry Over  $272,126   $165,253
Capital Losses Carry Over   813,412    72,559
Others   151,596    33,360
                                           Total Deferred Tax Assets   1,237,134    271,172
Less: Valuation Allowance   (1,237,134)   (271,172)
          Deferred Tax Assets, Net of Valuation Allowance  $—     $—  

 

On December 22, 2018, “H.R.1”, formerly known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, was signed into law. Among other items, H.R.1 fixes the federal corporate tax rate to 21% from the earlier marginal tax system, effective January 1, 2019. As a result, the Company has concluded that this will cause the Company’s net deferred tax asset to be revalued at the new fixed tax rate.

 

The Company has determined, based upon available evidence, that it is more likely than not that, the net deferred tax asset will not be realized and, accordingly, has provided a full valuation allowance against all components of the deferred tax asset. Based on this analysis, the Company determined that a valuation allowance of $965,962 was required as of December 31, 2019. The Company recorded a valuation allowance of $242,287 against its net deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2018.

 

The Company has no uncertain tax positions related to federal and state income taxes. The 2016 and subsequent federal and state tax returns for the Company remain open for examination.

 

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Note 9 – Commitments and Contingencies

 

Legal Proceedings

 

The Company may be involved in various lawsuits, claims and proceedings incidental to the ordinary course of business. The Company accounts for such contingencies when a loss is considered probable and can be reasonably estimated.

 

SEC Settlement

 

On December 18, 2019, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with the SEC (the “Settlement Agreement”) related to the determination by the SEC that BCOT Tokens were “securities”.

 

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, the Company agreed to the following:

 

File a Form 10 to register the BCOT Tokens as a class of securities and maintain timely filings of all reports required by Section 13(a) of the Securities Act of 1934 for at least one year from the date the Form 10 becomes effective (the “Effective Date”) and continue these filings until the Company is eligible to terminate its registration.
Distribute a refund claim form to any person or entity that purchased BCOT Tokens in the Token pre-sale and crowd sale before and including July 31, 2018 to recover the consideration paid for the BCOT Tokens, including interest, as described below.
Provide monthly reports to the SEC which include the amount of the claims paid, and any claims not paid as well as the reasons for non-payment.
Pay a penalty of $250,000 to the SEC.
Submit to the SEC a final report of its handling of all claims received within seven months from the Effective Date of the Form 10 filing

 

In conjunction with the Settlement Agreement with the SEC, parties who obtained BCOT Tokens from the Company on or before July 31, 2018 (the “Potential BCOT Token Claimants”) are entitled to a refund in the amount of consideration paid, plus interest, less the amount of any income received thereon. The Company must distribute by electronic means claim forms to the Potential BCOT Token Claimants within 60 days of the filing (the “Rescission Offer”) of the Company’s registration statement on Form 10 or the date that the Form 10 becomes effective, whichever is sooner. The Potential BCOT Token Claimants must submit claims forms within three months of this date (the “Claim Form Deadline”). The Company must settle all valid claims within three months of the Claim Form Deadline.

 

The total amount of Digital Assets and cash received from the Potential BCOT Token Claimants was approximately $12,382,100 which, upon receipt, was recorded as a liability (BCOT Token Delivery Obligation) in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company believes the amount payable as of December 31, 2019 is $12,935,333, consisting of the amount received from customers of $12,473,200, plus interest of $501,016, less amounts refunded of $38,883 and has recorded the liability in BCOT Token Refund Liability and the interest component in Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

The amount of interest the Company will be obligated to pay is dependent upon the amount of valid refund claims submitted by the Potential BCOT Token Claimants. As a result of all payments received for BCOT Tokens being considered a refund liability at December 31, 2019, the Company has accrued interest of $501,016 related to those potential refund claims using the One Year Treasury yield for the applicable periods cash and Digital Assets were held.

 

In addition, if certain holders of BCOT Tokens affirmatively reject or fail to accept the Rescission Offer, they may have a right of rescission under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) after the expiration of the Rescission Offer. Consequently, should any offerees reject the Rescission Offer, expressly or by failing to timely return a claim, the Company may continue to be potentially liable under the Securities Act for the purchase price or for certain losses if the BCOT Tokens have been sold. It may also be possible that by not disclosing that the BCOT Tokens were unregistered, and that they may face resale or other limitations, the Company may face contingent liability for noncompliance with applicable federal and state securities laws. Additionally, the Company may pay additional fines or penalties or other amounts in other jurisdictions.

 

Sponsor Litigation

 

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One of the Sponsors who executed a Sponsorship Agreement with the Company in the amount of $20,000 has filed suit against the company asserting claims of breach of contract. The amount of monetary damages sought is unclear from the complaint. The Company believes the claims are without merit and seeks to dismiss the case and to contest the matter as may be required. The company believes that the potential loss in this case is the $20,000 per the Sponsorship Agreement and continues to accrue the Sponsorship Liability.

 

Other than with respect to the matters described above, we are not aware of any pending or threatened claims that we violated any federal or state securities laws. However, we cannot assure you that any such claim will not be asserted in the future or that the claimant in any such action will not prevail. The possibility that such claims may be asserted in the future will continue until the expiration of the applicable federal and state statutes of limitations. If the payment of additional rescission claims or fines is significant, it could have a material adverse effect on our cash flow, financial condition or prospects and the value of the BCOT Tokens.

Note 10 – Related Party Transactions

 

In the ordinary course of business, the Company has contracted entities that are owned or operated by the Company’s officers for software development. In the opinion of management, these transactions were made on substantially the same terms as comparable transactions. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the Company paid $126,656 and $303,623, respectively, to related parties for software development and consulting services. As of December 31, 2019, $11,511 was due to a related party, Hiades Technologia LTDA, for software development services performed and is included in Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses in the consolidated balance sheets.

Note 11 – BCOT Tokens

 

The BCOT Token is issued on the Bitcoin blockchain which was expected to be utilized in connection with Catenis. As part of its private pre-sale and subsequent crowd sale, the Company obtained Cash, Bitcoin, Ether, Tether, and Bitcoin Cash from November 2017 through early August 2018 totaling $12,445,318 million for BCOT Tokens which was recorded as liability within the accompanying financial statements (the “BCOT Token Delivery Obligation”).

 

The Company evaluated the terms of the BCOT Tokens and determined that, when sold, a BCOT Token represents an obligation of the Company with counterparties that were determined to be customers. Therefore, the Company determined that BCOT Token(s), when sold by the Company, are akin to prepayments of future services and are treated as deferred revenue in accordance with ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASC 606”). ASC 606 applies to contracts with customers and defines a customer as any user or reseller. Furthermore, a BCOT Token, when sold, is considered a prepayment for services to be performed in Catenis and once delivered represents deferred revenues derived from those services.

 

The following summarizes the activity related to the BCOT Token Delivery Obligation during the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018:

 

Balance at December 31, 2017  $91,100
Receipt of digital assets   11,835,648
Receipt of cash   518,570
Balance at December 31, 2018   12,445,318
Receipt of digital assets   —  
Receipt of cash   —  
Delivery of BCOT Tokens   (12,445,318)
Balance at December 31, 2019  $—  

 

The delivery of the Token prompted the SEC investigation, which resulted in the SEC settlement discussed in Note 9 and the BCOT Token Refund Liability.

 

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Note 12 – Subsequent Events

Share Authorizations

In May 2020, the Company amended the Certificate of Incorporation of BCoT to increase the authorized shares to sixty million, consisting of fifty million shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and ten million shares of preferred stock, par value of $0.0001 per share. Previously, only five million common stock shares were authorized and no preferred shares. Except as otherwise provided by law, the shares of stock of BCoT, regardless of class, may be issued by the Company from time to time in such amounts, for such consideration and for such corporate purposes as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

COVID-19

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, has spread across the globe and is impacting worldwide economic activity. A public health epidemic, including COVID-19, poses the risk that we or our employees, contractors, and other partners may be prevented from conducting business for an indefinite period of time, including due to shutdowns and quarantines that may be requested or mandated by governmental authorities. While it is not possible at this time to estimate the impact that COVID-19 could have on our business, the continued spread of COVID-19 and the measures taken by the governments of countries affected, particularly the United States, could disrupt the planned commercial activities of the company and have a material impact on our business, financial condition or results of operations. The extent to which the COVID-19 outbreak impacts our results will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including new information that may emerge concerning the severity of the virus and the actions to contain its impact.

The Company has evaluated subsequent events through June 1, 2020, which is the date the consolidated financial statements were available to be issued. Any material subsequent events that occurred during this time have been properly recognized or disclosed in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes.

 

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