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): August 31, 2018
SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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55 Broadway, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10006
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|Item 1.01||Entry Into A Material Definitive Agreement.|
On September 4, 2018, Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (the “Company”) closed the acquisition of 65.65% of Grapevine Logic, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“GLI”), pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Agreement”) by and among the Company, GLI, GLI Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger Sub”) and Mr. Grant Deken, as the representative of the holders of capital stock of GLI. Pursuant to the Agreement the Company acquired 65.65% of GLI for an aggregate cash payment of $2,400,000.
Fomalhaut Limited, a British Virgin Islands company and an affiliate of Bruno Wu, the CEO of the Company (“Fomalhaut”), was an equity holder of 34.35% in GLI (the “Fomalhaut Interest”) prior to the merger and remains so following the merger. Fomalhaut will not receive any part of the Purchase Price. Fomalhaut entered into a Stock Option Agreement, effective as of August 31, 2018 (the “Option Agreement”), with the Company pursuant to which the Company provided Fomalhaut with the option to sell the Fomalhaut Interest to the Company. The aggregate sale price for the Fomalhaut Interest is the fair market value of the Fomalhaut Interest as of the close of business on the date preceding the date upon which the right to sell the Fomalhaut Interest to the Company is exercised by Fomalhaut. If the option is exercised, the sale price for the Fomalhaut Interest is payable in a combination of 1/3 cash and 2/3 Company shares of common stock at the then market value. The exercise period for the Option Agreement terminates on August 31, 2021.
The foregoing description of the Agreement and the Option Agreement is not purported to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of such agreement which will be filed as an exhibit to a Form 10-Q of the Company, as required.
|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
On September 4, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the entry into the Agreement. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||Press Release, dated September 4, 2018.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC.|
|Date: September 7, 2018||By:||/s/ Bruno Wu|
|Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board|
Seven Stars Cloud Acquires Grapevine, a Leading Influencer Marketing Company
|-||Together the companies will transform B2C relationships using blockchain and AI technology to enhance consumer marketing and digital asset sales|
|-||Grapevine will empower Seven Stars Cloud to execute on its Consumer Tech Digital Asset Strategy as part of the Company’s 4+2+1 Strategy|
|-||Grapevine Ecosystem provides strategic marketing reach as its social media influencer network reaches more than 3.2 billion followers in aggregate worldwide|
|-||The companies will pursue the monetization of celebrity influencers, penetrate the loyalty management market and deliver consumer financing asset securitization and digitization|
NEW YORK, Sep. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (to be renamed Ideanomics) (NASDAQ: SSC) ("SSC" or the "Company"), a leading global fintech and asset digitization services company focused on digital asset production and distribution, has today announced its acquisition of Grapevine Logic Inc., a world leading end-to-end influencer marketing platform. Grapevine will play a pivotal role in SSC’s consumer asset digitization strategy.
This acquisition is integrally linked with SSC’s 4+2+1 Strategy to drive growth across its core product areas which are — 1) Fixed Income-based Financial Digital Assets, 2) Consumer Tech Digital Assets, 3) Commodity and Energy Digital Assets, and 4) TradeTech Digital Assets.
Targeting the Social Media Influencer market, estimated to have reached a market size of $2 billion in 2017, Grapevine has become a world leader in facilitating the collaboration between advertisers/brands and video-based social influencers/content creators. Through the Grapevine platform, more than 4,700 brands -- including many of today’s leading Fortune 500 consumer brands in Beauty, Fashion, Women’s Lifestyle, Gaming, Consumer Electronics, Cooking, Nutrition, Men’s Lifestyle, Sports, Exercise and several other secondary verticals -- have been able to engage with over 177,000 social influencers, reaching more than 3.2 billion followers, ultimately helping these companies promote their products and strengthen their brands.
Grapevine’s core business model thrives on brands spending their marketing dollars on Grapevine’s web-based platform. These brands essentially hire social media influencers to deliver specific marketing requirements. Through bookings, Grapevine captures fees from brands as well as a service fee from hired influencers. Additionally, Grapevine provides a white glove Agency model where the Company works closely with big brands to deliver high quality marketing results with leading influencers.
Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence technology, core assets for SSC, enable seamless and decentralized collaboration between counterparties, eliminating the need for a central authority. Blockchain can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as tracking the ownership of digital assets, keeping decentralized transactional records and establishing verified consensus.
By applying blockchain-enabled technologies such as smart contracts and the tokenization of assets to Grapevine’s existing ecosystem and existing social media influencer business model, SSC looks to revolutionize the way influencers and celebrities alike, engage with fans, brands and communities on a global scale.
By empowering influencers via a token-based model, they will be able to more effectively build their brands, monetize their work, and engage with their audiences. The ability to provide influencers with new monetization paths, as well as fans and brands with exclusive access to these influencers and their services, is a massive opportunity.
Additionally, the acquisition of Grapevine allows for unique access to high impact influencers from top celebrities through micro-influencers. SSC will be pursuing celebrity tokenization opportunities that may include and facilitate access to merchandise, exclusive interactions, and other value added services as influencers grow in popularity. With Grapevine, tokenized celebrity influencer monetization opportunities can be taken to new heights.
Further, Grapevine will accelerate SSC’s penetration into customer loyalty programs, consumer financing, and the asset securitization market. The combination of loyalty management programs and blockchain technology can bring immense efficiencies to cash rewards, pre-paid cards and coupons bringing numerous market efficiencies, cost reductions, and enhanced brand loyalty. In the U.S. alone, customer loyalty memberships have reached 3.8 billion.
Also, of note, the integration of AI for risk management and blockchain technology into Grapevine’s core business model will act as a force enabler for Grapevine and also provide strategic capability for SSC. The Company will leverage the global reach of Grapevine’s growing social media follower network that is accessed by Grapevine’s Social Media Influencers. This reach provides for enhanced consumer marketing as well as digital asset creation and sales. Furthermore, as blockchain-based transactions become more prolific and asset digitization of securities and non-securities grow, the ability to access large audiences will continue to be of incredible value.
“We are very excited to welcome Grapevine and its robust and vibrant network of influencers and brands to the SSC family,” said Bruno Wu, Executive Chairman & CEO of SSC. “We believe Grapevine’s existing global ecosystem will be the foundation for a broad application of blockchain technologies throughout the media and entertainment industry and be the cornerstone of our consumer digital asset business line. We look forward to working closely with Grapevine’s team to expand the platform, enhance the interactions between the participants and help identify and compensate major up-and-coming stars.”
"Our goal from day one was to help social influencers unlock value through brand collaborations while staying true to their audiences,” said Grant Deken, Grapevine Co-Founder and CEO. “Joining Bruno and the rest of the talented team at SSC accelerates our ability to innovate and provide new ways to create value and empower influencers, celebrities, and advertisers to more deeply connect and engage with audiences. We are excited about the opportunity that blockchain and AI offer, and we look forward to integrating these technologies together to expand our market impact and reach."
About Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (to be renamed Ideanomics), NASDAQ: SSC) (http://www.sevenstarscloud.com/)
SSC is determined to become one of the most prominent global digital asset companies. Relying on its core base of fintech and digital asset production and services-based ecosystem enablement, SSC is committed to delivering the best digital assets via the best underlying technology. This approach will drive capital formation and sales across our digital asset ecosystems.
SSC customizes its technology platform for various business use cases, operates the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and partners with businesses that deliver core digital asset product creation. We are focused on delivering a global multi-layer technology infrastructure ecosystem that issues, trades, and settles digital asset transactions. We will leverage direct sales channels and automated sales systems via digital asset exchange platforms which is inclusive of decentralized exchanges to realize digital asset distribution, social media, traditional regulated broker dealer network as well as institutions as direct clients.
Grapevine is the world’s leading end-to-end influencer marketing platform that enables collaboration between advertisers and social media content creators to produce promotional content at scale. The Grapevine network includes more than 177,000 creators who generate more than 6 billion monthly views. Advertisers leverage Grapevine’s workflow management software and proprietary tracking and analytics to measure direct response and conversion rates from promotional content on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Learn more at https://www.grapevinelogic.com/
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