Analysis

Telegram has notified investors that the TON blockchain project will be launched later than planned, pushing the deadline from Oct. 30 to April 30, 2020.

In an email to investors obtained by CoinDesk, Telegram cited its recent run-in with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which obtained a restraining order prohibiting Telegram from launching TON and issuing gram tokens, which the agency deemed unregistered securities.

The email says:

“We had intended to launch the TON network in late October. However, the recent SEC lawsuit has made that timing unachievable. We disagree with the SEC’s legal position and intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit. We are proposing to extend the deadline date in order to provide additional time to resolve the SEC’s lawsuit and work with other governmental authorities in advance of the launch of the TON network.”

It added that the additional time will be an advantage for companies working on applications for the TON network.

The email says that the deadline can be extended with the consent of investors holding a majority of the tokens bought in each of the two fundraising rounds. This means that the two groups on investors, those who bought tokens in February 2018, and March 2018, will need to approve the extension separately, and it’s possible that one group agrees to postpone while the other one doesn’t:

“In these circumstances, we propose to make certain limited amendments to the terms of the purchase agreements that remain in place to reflect the fact that fewer Grams will be issued and in circulation on the Network Launch Date.”

Investors need to sign a form approving the extension before Oct. 23. If the majority chooses not to sign the investors can get back “approximately 77 percent” of their money put into the project, which amounts to $850 million in each round.

If the deadline date is extended, Telegram is planning to spend another $80 million before April 30.

“We look forward to receiving your support to ensure we can proceed with our vision for TON,” the letter ends.

On Oct. 11, the SEC obtained an emergency restraining order to halt the launch of TON. Soon after the company notified investors it might postpone the planned end-of-October launch to resolve the situation.

A court hearing is scheduled on Oct. 24 in New York.

Image of the Telegram app via Shutterstock

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