Bitmain, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin [BTC] mining firms and Application-Specific Integrated Circuit [ASIC] chip producers, was in the news in 2018 following news surrounding an Initial Public Offering [IPO]. The mining firm is back in the spotlight yet again after Dovey Wan, Founding Partner at Primitive, pointed out that Bitmain’s Hong Kong Stock Exchange initial public offering filing would expire this week on 26 March, 2019. She stated,
“Wow, just randomly checked the calendar and found: Bitmain’s HKex IPO filing will officially expire on coming Monday (was initially submitted on Sep 26th 2018), which will officially mark the failure of its IPO attempt RIP Bitmain HKex IPO”
She further added,
“There is a 6 months window for an IPO filing to be moved into IPO hearing stage, if the hearing does not happen in 6 months it will automatically expire Bitmain’s next attempt can be NASDAQ but it needs to find another underwriter, and fix its financials”
Bitmain however, did not address the issue on its official platform. The official filing for the IPO was made on 16 September, 2018 and so far, there have been no reports pertaining to the Committee hearing. In December 2018, a report by South China Morning Post had stated that the mining firm was seeking to raise over $3 billion through this Initial Public Offering.
It also stated that according to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s listing rules, a six-month window [closed-door hearing] for all listing applications was given. In this timeframe, the Listing Committee decides whether to approve or disapprove the listing after their queries are cleared. If this did not happen, the listing would formally lapse. Further, regulators have expressed their concerns over approving fundraising plans for a cryptocurrency-based business “before proper rules are in place.”‘