Bitkub becomes unicorn after SCBx’s acquisition of its majority stake for US$536M

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Bangkok-headquartered digital asset and cryptocurrency exchange Bitkub has sold 51 per cent of its total shares to SCB Securities (SCBC) for 17.85 billion baht (~US$536 million).

SCBS is a subsidiary of one of Thailand’s largest and oldest banks, Siam Commercial Bank or SCB.

Upon the deal closing (expected to complete in Q1 2022), SCBS will become the major shareholder of Bitkub. This brings Bitkub’s valuation to more than US$1 billion, making it Thailand’s third unicorn, alongside Flash Group and Ascend Money.

SCB intends to work closely with Bitkub as a business partner, develop digital asset businesses through new business models to create long-term added value and lay the foundation for the bank’s further entry into the financial world of the future.

“We strongly believe that together we can drive the Thai economy into the future to be a regional financial and technological centre. And it is an important opportunity to create a new national champion for Thailand,” said Bitkub CEO and founder Jirayut Srupsrisopa.

Also read: Inside the changing landscape of Asian cryptocurrency exchanges

Founded in 2018, Bitkub offers services, including cryptocurrency and digital assets exchange, blockchain solution and ICO advisory service, education, and investment firms. The startup aims to push forward the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem toward mass adoption in Thailand.

The acquisition is in line with SCBx Group’s (the holding company of SCB) strategy to upgrade to a financial technology group, meet new consumer needs, and enter the new competitive and emerging arena of digital assets in the next three to five years.

SCB also owns a fintech venture subsidiary SCB 10X, which has invested in enterprise blockchain solution provider Ripple, custody tech firm Fireblocks, investment bank Sygnum, and centralised crypto lender BlockFi. The firm also participated in the US$93-million funding round of The Sandbox.

Thai crypto market has witnessed the involvement of notable banks this year. In August, Bank of Ayudhya, through its VC arm Krungsri Finnovate, participated in the US$41 million Series B of Zipmex, a Singapore-based crypto exchange that has been licensed in Thailand.

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Bangkok-headquartered digital asset and cryptocurrency exchange Bitkub has sold 51 per cent of its total shares to SCB Securities (SCBC) for 17.85 billion baht (~US$536 million).

SCBS is a subsidiary of one of Thailand’s largest and oldest banks, Siam Commercial Bank or SCB.

Upon the deal closing (expected to complete in Q1 2022), SCBS will become the major shareholder of Bitkub. This brings Bitkub’s valuation to more than US$1 billion, making it Thailand’s third unicorn, alongside Flash Group and Ascend Money.

SCB intends to work closely with Bitkub as a business partner, develop digital asset businesses through new business models to create long-term added value and lay the foundation for the bank’s further entry into the financial world of the future.

“We strongly believe that together we can drive the Thai economy into the future to be a regional financial and technological centre. And it is an important opportunity to create a new national champion for Thailand,” said Bitkub CEO and founder Jirayut Srupsrisopa.

Also read: Inside the changing landscape of Asian cryptocurrency exchanges

Founded in 2018, Bitkub offers services, including cryptocurrency and digital assets exchange, blockchain solution and ICO advisory service, education, and investment firms. The startup aims to push forward the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem toward mass adoption in Thailand.

The acquisition is in line with SCBx Group’s (the holding company of SCB) strategy to upgrade to a financial technology group, meet new consumer needs, and enter the new competitive and emerging arena of digital assets in the next three to five years.

SCB also owns a fintech venture subsidiary SCB 10X, which has invested in enterprise blockchain solution provider Ripple, custody tech firm Fireblocks, investment bank Sygnum, and centralised crypto lender BlockFi. The firm also participated in the US$93-million funding round of The Sandbox.

Thai crypto market has witnessed the involvement of notable banks this year. In August, Bank of Ayudhya, through its VC arm Krungsri Finnovate, participated in the US$41 million Series B of Zipmex, a Singapore-based crypto exchange that has been licensed in Thailand.

Ready to meet new startups to invest in? We have more than hundreds of startups ready to connect with potential investors on our platform. Create or claim your Investor profile today and turn on e27 Connect to receive requests and fundraising information from them.

Image Credit: SCB

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