SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 26, 2020 (February 20, 2020)
Riot Blockchain, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
|202 6th Street, Suite 401,|
|Castle Rock, CO 80104|
|(Address of principal executive offices)|
|(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)|
(Former name, former address, and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)
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|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock||RIOT||NASDAQ Capital Market|
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7.01 – Regulation FD Disclosure.
On February 20, 2020, the Company issued a press release outlining its 2020 strategic priorities, including reinforcing the Company’s confidence in bitcoin by focusing on bitcoin mining and pursuing opportunities more directly related to bitcoin mining. Further, in order to assist the Company in evaluating its strategic opportunities, the Company announced it engaged XMS Capital Partners to help Riot navigate the dynamic bitcoin landscape and advise the Company on potential strategic transactions in bitcoin mining related operations. Furthermore, in order to concentrate its focus on cryptocurrency mining, the Company announced it opted to sunset further development of its U.S.-based digital currency exchange, known as the RiotX Exchange, originally initiated in early 2018.
A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
About Riot Blockchain
Information reported in this Current Report on Form 8-K is limited to the scope of the information reportable under a Current Report on Form 8-K under the rules and regulations of the Commission. Please refer to the additional information concerning the Corporation referenced in the following notices and safe harbor provision for material risks and other uncertainties.
An investment in the Corporation’s common stock involves a high degree of risk, and an investor should only purchase the Corporation’s securities if he or she can afford to suffer the loss of his or her entire investment. In determining whether to purchase the Corporation’s common stock, an investor should carefully consider all of the material risks described in this Current Report on Form 8-K below, together with the factors described under Item 1A under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 2, 2019, as amended on Form 10-K/A, filed with the SEC on April 23, 2019, as supplemented and updated by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, together with the financial or other information contained or incorporated by reference in such reports. In addition to the risks discussed below, other risks not presently known to us or that we currently believe to be immaterial may also adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations, perhaps materially. The risks discussed below also include forward-looking statements, and actual results and events may differ substantially from those discussed or highlighted in those forward-looking statements. See also the Section entitled “Forward-Looking Statements” herein.
The information provided in this report may include forward-looking statements relating to future events or the future financial performance of the Corporation. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “potential,” “hope” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations of the Corporation and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by statements in report relating to the Corporation may be found in the Corporation’s periodic filings with the Commission, including the factors described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors”, copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The Corporation does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this report.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release, issued by Riot Blockchain, Inc. on February 20, 2020 (furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K).*|
*The information contained in this Press Release is furnished but not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
S I G N A T U R E
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|RIOT BLOCKCHAIN, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jeffrey McGonegal|
|Chief Executive Officer|
Date: February 26, 2020