Updated April 6: This article has been updated with new information regarding Factom.
After failing to source additional funding, the liquidation of blockchain software company Factom may soon be determined by a vote from company shareholders.
In an April 2 notice to investors, Factom’s largest investor FastForward announced the “dissolution event”:
"The Company has been notified by the directors of Factom that in a board meeting on 31 March 2020 they concluded that, in the absence of further funding, they now needed to begin the process of assignment of assets for the benefit of creditors.”
Citing their failure to secure additional funding, FastForward declared Factom would now enter receivership. As Factom’s largest creditor, the company holds over 90% of the blockchain firm’s shares and has a great deal of influence in such matters.
However, it appears the fight for funding is not yet over. In a response to Cointelegraph’s coverage, Factom chairman of the board David Johnston stated that FastFoward does not yet have the power to exercise the terms for dissolution. The dissolution event must first be approved by company shareholders.
Reclaiming funding for creditors
Starting the first steps of the receivership process to “understand more of the events that led to the position”, FastForward Director Ed McDermott expressed his views on the setback:
“We are extremely disappointed with this news from Factom. In light of this Dissolution Event under the [Simple Agreement for Future Equity] we are taking swift action to protect our position as best we can in the circumstances albeit the ability to generate any meaningful return is uncertain.”
The “meaningful return” refers to the series seed funding — approximately $700,000 — which may no longer have any value. The Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) was valued at roughly $6 million as of September 30, 2019.
Impact of dissolution on crypto exchanges
As one of the companies responsible for early protocols built into the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain, the Factom Foundation intended to address problems of speed, cost and bloat. Many platforms now run on top of the Factom Protocol, an unalterable record-keeping system that lives as a data layer on the blockchain.
The notice from FastForward had at least one crypto exchange addressing the news. Japan-based Coincheck had just started to use Factom for trading on April 1, which made it a particularly awkward time for funding problems.
In a statement on their blog, Coincheck was quick to comment on the issues at the company:
"This won’t have an impact on the operation of Factom protocol and it doesn't mean the cryptocurrency will disappear but we are investigating how it could possibly have an impact.”