BIG is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is an information technology company. As a developer of blockchain technology solutions, search and data analytics, BIG’s proprietary platforms will globally target governments, law enforcement and the fintech sector. BIG presently has two products: Qlue and BitRank. Qlue is an API (application program interface) platform for law enforcement to aid in the fight against financial crimes involving bitcoin. It incorporates various techniques and advanced search algorithms to detect suspicious activity within bitcoin transactions’ use of Dark Web tools, such as Tor and other methods commonly used by criminals to cover illegal activities. BitRank is a wallet scoring system that uses seach and analytics systems to determine a safety level of a bitcoin transaction by ranking the wallets involved in the transaction on the blockchain. Additional information is available on the BIG website.
Details of the acquisition
The LOI sets out certain terms and conditions pursuant to which the proposed acquisition will be completed. The acquisition is subject to the parties successfully entering into a definitive business combination agreement in respect of the acquisition on or before Sept. 8, 2017, or such other date as Acana and BIG may mutually agree.
The LOI also contemplates other material conditions precedent to the closing of the acquisition, including the completion of an equity financing to raise minimum gross proceeds of $2.5-million, customary due diligence, receipt of all necessary regulatory, corporate and third party approvals, compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, and all requisite board and shareholder approvals being obtained. Certain of the Acana shares issuable pursuant to the acquisition may be subject to escrow requirements pursuant to the CSE policy and hold periods as required by applicable securities laws.
Current share structure
BIG currently has 20,156,814 BIG shares issued and outstanding, common share purchase warrants entitling holders to acquire 3,579,089 BIG shares, options to purchase up to 1,612,500 BIG shares and, immediately prior to closing, performance warrants entitling the holders to acquire 13 million BIG shares. In exchange for the outstanding BIG shares, Acana will issue 27 million shares of Acana and will issue new dilutive securities in exchange for the outstanding options, warrants and performance warrants on a 1:1 ratio.
The concurrent financing will raise gross proceeds of $2.5-million at a price of 25 cents per share on a non-brokered basis. Acana will pay finders’ fees to eligible finders in connection with the concurrent financing. Additional terms of the concurrent financing will be announced when further details are available.
The company is also pleased to announce that Spiros Kletas and Kevin Ma have joined its team to assist with the proposed acquisition. Mr. Kletas will sit on the company’s board of directors, and Mr. Ma will hold the position of chief financial officer in place of Cathy Hu, who has stepped away in order to better focus her energies on personal projects.
Mr. Kletas has been working with public companies for the last 11 years, primarily in the junior mining sector. His strength and focus have been in company corporate development, raising of capital and market awareness. He has been involved with capital raises in excess of $200-million to date, and has developed an extensive network of institutional, brokerage, retail and industry contacts both in Europe and North America. He was a founding director and chief executive officer of Cobaltech Mining, currently being acquired by First Cobalt.
Mr. Ma is a chartered accountant certified by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, and holds a diploma in accounting and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of British Columbia. He is a senior financial professional specializing in corporate finance, public company reporting and regulatory compliance in Canada and United States, strategic planning, financial management, and capital markets for the past 10 years. Mr. Ma has worked with a broad spectrum of industries in natural resources, software, security, and a variety of industrial projects for both small- and medium-sized enterprises, and multinational companies in the private and public arenas. He was a core member of the senior management team at Alexco Resource Corp. that put the Bellekeno mine into commercial operations in 2011 in the historic Keno Hill silver district, Yukon Territory, Canada. Further, he assisted the Alexco team in completing over $100-million financing, including a $50-million silver stream sales to Silver Wheaton Corp. He is currently the principal of Skanderbeg Financial Advisory Inc., a professional corporation, which provides corporate finance and strategic advisory services to public and private enterprises, and is also currently acting as director for Carl Data Solutions Inc. and Molori Engery Inc., chief financial officer for First Cobalt Corp. and Kenadyr Mining (Holdings) Corp., and a senior officer and director for several privately held companies.
Disclosure and caution
Further details about the proposed acquisition and the concurrent financing will be provided in a comprehensive press release when the parties enter into the definitive agreement, and in the disclosure document to be prepared and filed in respect of the acquisition. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the disclosure document, any information released or received with respect to the acquisition may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon.
All information provided in this press release relating to BIG has been provided by management of BIG and has not been independently verified by management of the company. As the date of this press release, the company has not completed the definitive agreement, and readers are cautioned that there can be no assurances that the definitive agreement will be executed, or that the acquisition will be completed as proposed or at all.