Bitcoin Mining Hardware Manufacturer Bitmain to Invest $50 Million in Opera Browser’s IPO

Francisco Memoria
  • Opera Ltd, the company behind popular web browser Opera, is reportedly going to launch an IPO.
  • Bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain willl reportedly invest $50 million in the company.

Last week, Opera Ltd., the parent company of Opera Software, a company that makes and operates the mobile and desktop browser Opera, has recently filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain is said to be investing $50 million.

Opera’s move, according to Reuters, will see the company raise up to $115 million. It will list its American Depositary Shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker “OPRA.” Its products, per reports, have over 320 million active users per month, giving it a 1.5 percent share of the web browser market.

The company is said to be planning on selling $50 million to Tosping Technology Ltd., and another $10 million to two other buyers. Tospring is also known Bitmain, a company that reportedly had a profit of $3 to $4 billion last year.

Opera itself isn’t notably closely related to the cryptocurrency ecosystem, but has offered its users attractive tools in its browsers. These include cryptojacking protection that stops malware from using their CPU resources to mine cryptos, and a currency converter that works with cryptocurrencies.

The software company will reportedly use the IPO’s proceeds on research and development (R&D), marketing, strategic partnerships, and working capital. Its products automatically block ads, so Opera makes money through agreements with various partners.

In 2016, Opera made $107 million in revenue, but lost $12.7 million that year. Last year, it made $129 million in revenue, out of which $6.1 million were profit. Bitmain, as CryptoGlobe covered, has been developing operations outside of China, in the US.

As reported the company, led by 32-year-old Jihan Wu, was considering its own IPO last month, as it was looking to expand even further Currently, its mining operations concern some in the BTC community, as its mining pools come close to having 51 percent of the network’s hashrate.

SEC Files Restraining Order Against Telegram Halting Its Token Sale

  • The US SEC filed an emergency restraining order halting the sale of Telegram's token GRAM. 
  • Regulatory body considers Telegram's token to be a security and says the company did not properly register for the 2018 ICO.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put a halt to Telegram’s cryptocurrency operation for American investors. 

Following on its widely reported denial of the latest bitcoin ETF proposals, the SEC filed an emergency action and temporary restraining order against messaging giant Telegram’s distribution of its token to US customers.

The SEC’s complaint centers around Telegram using its token GRAM to raise capital in January 2018 as a way to finance its business, which includes the messenger application and TON blockchain. Telegram sold 2.9 billion tokens in its ICO, raising more than $1.7 billion in funding. In addition, 39 US buyers were involved in the original ICO, accumulating more than 1 billion GRAM. 

According to the complaint made on Oct. 11, the US regulatory body considers Telegram’s token to be a security and says the company failed to properly register for the sale of GRAM. 

Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, explained in a statement, 

Our emergency action today is intended to prevent Telegram from flooding the U.S. markets with digital tokens that we allege were unlawfully sold. We allege that the defendants have failed to provide investors with information regarding Grams and Telegram’s business operations, financial condition, risk factors, and management that the securities laws require.

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