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Converge Announces Renewal of Normal Course Issuer Bid

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TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Converge Technology Solutions Corp. (“Converge” or the “Company“) (TSX: CTS) (FSE: 0ZB) (OTCQX: CTSDF) announces that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX“) has approved the Company’s Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the “NCIB“). Pursuant to the NCIB, Converge may purchase for cancellation up to an aggregate of 19,427,276 common shares (the “Common Shares“) representing approximately 10% of Converge’s public float of Common Shares as at July 28, 2023. The NCIB will commence on August 11, 2023 and terminate one year after its commencement, or earlier if the maximum number of Common Shares under the NCIB have been purchased or the NCIB is terminated at the option of the Company.

The Company and its Board of Directors believes that, from time to time, the market prices of the Common Shares may not fully reflect the underlying value of the Company’s business and its future business prospects and accordingly, the NCIB is in the best interests of the Company and constitutes a desirable use of its funds. 

Purchases of Common Shares under the NCIB will be made on the open market through the facilities of the TSX and/or permitted alternative Canadian trading systems. The price paid for the Common Shares will be at prevailing market prices in accordance with the applicable rules and policies of the TSX and applicable securities laws. All Common Shares acquired by the Company under the NCIB will be cancelled.

Additionally, the Company intends to enter into an automatic share purchase plan agreement (the “ASPP“) with Canaccord Genuity Corp. (“Canaccord” or “the Broker“) to facilitate the repurchase of Common Shares. Pursuant to the ASPP, Canaccord may purchase Common Shares under the NCIB at times when the Company would ordinarily not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. Trading limits and other parameters for automatic purchases of the Common Shares under the ASPP will be determined between the Company and the Broker in accordance with the rules and policies of the TSX, applicable securities laws and the terms of the ASPP. Outside of these blackout periods, the Company may purchase Common Shares at its discretion under the NCIB.  

Under the NCIB, other than purchases made under a block purchase exemption pursuant to the rules and policies of the TSX, Converge may not purchase more than 257,059 of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on the TSX during any trading day, which represents approximately 25% of the average daily trading volume of 1,028,239 Common Shares of the Company for the most recently completed six calendar months preceding July 31, 2023.

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Under its previous normal course issuer bid approved by the TSX on August 8, 2022, the number of Common Shares that could be repurchased for cancellation was 10,744,818 Common Shares. Converge completed the purchase for cancellation through the facilities of the TSX, and through alternative trading systems, of 10,744,818 Common Shares at a weighted average price of $5.05 per Common Share.

About Converge

Converge Technology Solutions Corp. is a services-led, software-enabled, IT & Cloud Solutions provider focused on delivering industry-leading solutions. Converge’s global approach delivers advanced analytics, application modernization, cloud platforms, cybersecurity, digital infrastructure, and digital workplace offerings to clients across various industries. The Company supports these solutions with advisory, implementation, and managed services expertise across all major IT vendors in the marketplace. This multi-faceted approach enables Converge to address the unique business and technology requirements for all clients in the public and private sectors. For more information, visit convergetp.com.

Forward-Looking Information

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking information under applicable securities laws, including statements related to the timing and amount of potential purchases and the cancellation of Common Shares under the NCIB and the ASPP. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon various assumptions that, while the Company considers reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Converge assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change.  The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For a detailed description of the risks and uncertainties facing the Company and its business and affairs, readers should refer to the Company’s filings available on SEDAR under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com including its most recent Annual Information Form, its Management Discussion and Analysis and its Annual and Quarterly Financial Statements.

The TSX has not reviewed the information provided under this press release and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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CONTACTS : Converge Technology Solutions Corp., Email:  [email protected], Phone:  416-360-1495

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Blockchain Firm Squad Labs Raises $10 Million for Smart Wallet

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Squad Labs announced that its Series A funding round, led by Electric Capital with participation from RockawayX, Coinbase Ventures, L1D, Placeholder, and Mert Mumtaz, will propel the launch of its Fuse smart wallet. The company aims to establish Fuse as a premier solution for securing and compounding personal digital wealth amid the growing onchain economy.

According to the company’s news release on June 12, smart accounts and smart wallets are gaining traction across blockchains as they offer a more intuitive, secure, and programmable user experience. Fuse abstracts seed phrases and provides features like wallet recovery, 2FA capabilities, and enterprise-level security for personal custody, simplifying the choice of storing digital wealth on-chain.

In addition to securing funding, Squad Labs also announced the public testing launch of Fuse on iOS. This move is part of their strategy to expand accessibility and refine functionality ahead of a full market release.

Meanwhile, a recent report from PYMNTS Intelligence explores blockchain’s role in enhancing cross-border payments. It suggests that integrating blockchain can streamline payment processing, enable digital-to-fiat currency conversion, and introduce stablecoins for faster and cost-effective cross-border transactions. Business-friendly decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions further automate and secure transactions via smart contracts, reducing dependence on traditional payment systems and enhancing security and transparency.

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The report underscores the significance of educating businesses and end-users about the benefits of blockchain-based cross-border payments. It advocates for partnerships with FinTechs and proactive engagement with financial institutions to drive adoption and improve industry-wide support for blockchain technologies in payments.

Overall, Squad Labs’ funding round and Fuse’s development represent strategic advancements in blockchain technology aimed at enhancing digital wealth management and transforming cross-border payment landscapes.

Source: pymnts.com

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TON Blockchain Surpasses Ethereum in Daily Active Users

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Ethereum’s comparative underperformance relative to TON can be attributed to several factors, notably the migration of a significant portion of its user activity to layer 2 scaling solutions. These solutions were not factored into the comparison with TON.

During a week marked by global crypto market fluctuations and cautious investor sentiment, The Open Network (TON), backed by Telegram, has seen substantial growth in user activity, surpassing Ethereum in daily active users.

Since the beginning of the month, TON and Ethereum have been closely vying for user engagement. However, leveraging Telegram’s extensive user base of 900 million, TON has consistently outpaced Ethereum for ten consecutive days starting June 1.

On June 3, TON achieved a significant milestone with 568,300 daily active addresses (DAAs), according to Artemis data. In contrast, Ethereum has not reached this level of activity since September 13, 2023.

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Delving Deeper
Ethereum’s apparent lower activity compared to TON can be attributed to various factors, including the adoption of layer 2 scaling solutions designed to enhance transaction throughput and reduce fees by processing transactions off the main Ethereum blockchain.

Consequently, the majority of Ethereum’s transactional activities have shifted to these layer 2 networks.

For instance, on June 11, the top three Ethereum layer 2 networks—Arbitrum, Base, and Optimism—collectively registered 1.3 million daily active addresses. This highlights that while Ethereum’s primary network may appear less active, substantial transactional volume is occurring on these secondary layers.

New Milestones and Market Performance
Despite the challenges of comparing directly with Ethereum, TON has demonstrated significant growth. Amidst the recent global market volatility, the network’s native token, Toncoin (TON), reached a milestone of $7.76 earlier this month, marking its highest valuation since launch.

Although Toncoin has since experienced a decline of over 12%, industry analysts remain optimistic about its future trajectory.

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A pseudonymous analyst, “Crypto King,” has forecasted a potential rise to $10 for TON in the near term, citing its robust user base, rapid infrastructure development, and Telegram’s support.

Another expert, Alex Clay, shares this positive outlook, suggesting short-term price targets of $10.5 to $11.6 for TON despite broader market downturns.

Furthermore, data from Token Terminal indicates promising long-term indicators for TON, showing a 3.6% rise in fully diluted market capitalization, a 76.3% increase in token holders, and a 26.0% growth in revenue and fees over the past 30 days.

Despite a slight decrease in trading volume by 11.6%, these metrics underline a strong underlying growth trend for TON.

Source: coinspeaker.com

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Brickken is selected to participate in the European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox

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Brickken, a startup based in Barcelona at the forefront of real-world asset tokenization, has been chosen to participate in the European Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Regulatory Sandbox. This initiative aims to establish legal clarity for decentralized technologies like blockchain by identifying legal and regulatory hurdles to deployment. It will provide confidential guidance, legal counsel, and regulatory expertise.

Facilitated by the European Commission, this program will enable regulators to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge blockchain technologies and foster dialogue between public institutions and private entities such as Brickken.

By joining the European Regulatory Sandbox, Brickken gains the opportunity to refine and enhance its solutions within a secure environment. This will bolster its credibility with institutional clients, market operators, and bond issuers, facilitating its expansion into new markets. Brickken seeks to become a strategic partner for various participants in capital markets, enhancing operational efficiency and promoting technological synergy in digital asset management.

Edwin Mata, CEO and co-founder of Brickken, expressed excitement about this selection, emphasizing:

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“This opportunity validates our innovative approach to asset tokenization and allows us to collaborate closely with regulators and industry leaders to strengthen the blockchain ecosystem. The knowledge and experience gained in this regulatory sandbox will be invaluable for our future growth and success.”

Brickken’s inclusion in this sandbox marks a significant milestone in its mission to revolutionize the tokenization industry. Recently selected for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Scale program for tokenization and digital assets, Brickken continues to advance blockchain adoption among institutional clients, banks, and capital markets. Additionally, the company has forged partnerships with industry leaders like Psalion and Chainlink, known for their real-world asset tokenization technology.

In collaboration with Coinbase, Brickken aims to set new standards in infrastructure and market structure for real-world asset tokenization. Leveraging Coinbase’s technology such as Wallet and Base, Brickken brings its expertise in tokenization and technology to build robust solutions.

Established in Barcelona in 2020 by Edwin Mata, Yassir Haouati, Bram Duindam, and Dario Lo Buglio, Brickken has experienced rapid growth, operating in over 14 countries and tokenizing assets exceeding 200 million euros. With a client base of over 50, the company has achieved over 100% growth compared to the previous year and is expanding into new verticals.

Brickken’s digital asset platform specializes in tokenizing financial instruments such as equity and debt, catering to entities of all sizes, asset types, and jurisdictions. Offering robust technological support, Brickken enables market entry without the need for proprietary technology development. This positions Brickken to serve diverse sectors including real estate, startups, institutions, venture capital funds, and family offices, facilitating efficient digitization and management of assets.

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Source: cointelegraph.com

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