On January 4, 2018 HashChain (KASH.V) announced that it has secured a space for mining operations of up to 20 megawatts in Montana, USA, while signing a purchase order 5,000 cryptocurrency mining rigs.
Upon delivery and installation of these Rigs and the 770 Rigs previously disclosed, the Company’s total number of Rigs will increase to 5,870 and its total Mining capacity will increase to approximately 8.7 megawatts.
Two hours into its first day of trading, KASH’s screen shot from TMX money looked like this:
We told you then, that “HashChain is focused on mining Dash and Bitcoin cryptocurrencies. The Company is currently operating 100 Dash mining rigs and it has purchased an additional 770 Bitcoin rigs which should be up and running by January 2018.”
Since our original story 21 days ago, HashChain has risen 52%.
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We can read spreadsheets and assay results, but some our most important insights are simply gut reactions.
Occasionally, that reaction is negative and the symbiotic relationship gets blown up.
After meeting the HashChain CEO Patrick Gray we felt he was the real deal:
“Gray is a Certified Blockchain Expert recognized by the Blockchain Council, who has published articles on blockchain technology”.
Gray, sold his first tech start-up to Xerox for $220 million, and later became the youngest executive in Xerox’s history, leading a team of 35 developers in the Xerox Litigation Services division.”
Last Friday, January 5, 2017 – on a day with no news, KASH stock bumped another 15%.
The 5,000 Rigs should arrive between February 28 and May 15, 2018, “subject to HashChain closing the previously announced $26 million bought deal financing.”
In broad US dollar strokes, Hashchain will make staged payments of $20.4 million of which $15.9 million will be payable in cash and $4.5 million will be payable in shares of HashChain. A payment of 210,000 common shares of HashChain is applicable, as a milestone payment for each megawatt that becomes operational. There are also taxes to pay and other potential variances to the payment schedule.
According to the January 4 press release, “a ‘Rig’ is a high-performance computer system used for cryptocurrency Mining; each Rig is used to solve complex computation puzzles to confirm transactions on the Blockchain. Miners who successfully complete the mining process earn a reward in the form of cryptocurrency or other Blockchain coin or token.”
On January 2, 2018 HashChain announced that “it currently holds a masternode in the Dash network allowing the Company to vote for proposals and verify transactions.”
Masternodes primary function is to relay transactions across the DASH network. Additionally, they carry out the anonymization of funds and enable double-spend-proof transactions through instant lockdowns.
Dash operates a proof of work (POW) and proof of stake (POS) consensus algorithm. Many other digital currencies only use proof of work to verify transactions, however Dash is unique in its hybrid POW and POS approach.
About 12 months ago Dash was only worth $10 a coin and has now broken the $1,000 barrier. To become a masternode, collateral of 1,000 Dash has to be placed and in October 2017 HashChain purchased 1,000 Dash for a total of $280,000 USD.”
The Dash network currently pays masternodes at a rate of 6.67 Dash per month. With Dash valued about $1,000 that works out to $6,670 USD per month per masternode. So HashChain is getting a return on its masternode investment of about 28.5% per annum.
Investors purchasing shares in HashChain are exposed to the risks and rewards of the volatile cryptocurrency markets. We try to stay out of the prediction game. A screenshot from HashChain’s website with live cryptocurrency prices confirms an aggressively positive market sentiment.
KASH has announced that it does not currently plan to convert the Dash from the masternodes investment into cash, warning investors that “there can be no assurances that the price of Dash will not significantly decrease due to its price volatility or that the Dash could be converted into USD (or any other fiat currency) at that time.”
A recent article in Oracle Times outlines Dash’s curbside investor appeal:
“Firstly, its framework is very easy to understand. Even investors who had previously not heard of Dash would read its whitepaper and quickly buy some coins. The cryptocurrency’s architecture is divided into three main platforms. 45% belongs to the network nodes, 45% to the miners and 10% in a joint pool. Just the simplicity of division was an incentive to invest.”
“While Bitcoin needs miners to take care of creating new blocks and validating transactions,” stated Gray, “Dash needs miners just to create new blocks…A major feature of a masternode is Decentralized Governance by Blockchain, enabling Dash to fund budget proposals and finance its own development.”
HashChain is only three weeks old.
Talking about the company’s “track record” is like talking about the personality of a fetus.
There’s not enough data to make a meaningful judgment.
What we can tell you is, from Day 1, KASH has been crystal clear about its objectives. In the last 21 days, it has hit all its milestones, plus some.
Canaccord Genuity predicts that the total stored value of all cryptocurrencies will grow from $16.6 billion in 2017 to $1,132 billion, by 2025.
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