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Overstock Faces Investor Hurdles Ahead of Blockchain Stock Sale

Overstock is lending a hand to broker-dealers as it inches closer to its blockchain-powered stock issuance.

Dec 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 12:44 p.m. UTC

Overstock is lending a hand to broker-dealers as it inches closer to its blockchain-powered stock issuance.

The e-tail giant said yesterday that it is working with stakeholders to boost education of how investors can successfully subscribe to the blockchain stock sale. The company first announced its intention to pursue a sale through this method earlier this year.

According to Overstock, prospective buyers of those shares – which would be tied to digitized assets listed on a distributed ledger – have run into headwinds. More specifically, there have reportedly been instances in which broker-dealers simply aren’t sure how to go through the process.

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne said of the effort:

"We're engineering an entirely new approach to finance, and as such, a steep learning curve among broker-dealers is not surprising. We’re working with all the involved players and are confident that with just a little patience, individuals on both ends of this transaction can navigate it successfully."

Overstock is expected to issue as many as 2 million shares, and could raise as much as $30m from the effort. The e-tailer launched its crypto-backed exchange, dubbed tø, in August 2015.

Image via Shutterstock

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