Tess Inc. (“Tess”) today announced it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent (“LOI”) to merge with Cresval Capital Corp. (“Cresval”) (TSX-V: CRV). TessPay is a blockchain company developing a supply chain payment platform for businesses to attempt to guarantee payment on time and in full. After the closing of the anticipated merger, TessPay will be publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) and change its name to “TessPay Inc.”.

The LOI provides that TessPay will be issued 80,000,000 shares of Cresval, and the present shareholders of Cresval will retain 8,400,000 shares of the combined company TessPay post-merger. Riot Blockchain will receive 41,600,000 shares resulting from its 52% ownership of TessPay.

Assuming that TessPay and Cresval enter into a definitive agreement, the parties expect that the merger can be completed by the 2nd quarter of 2018. No assurance can be given that a definitive agreement will be entered into, that the proposed merger will be consummated, or that the combined company will be able to obtain adequate funds needed to fund its business plan. The merger would be the first of Riot Blockchain’s investments to become a stand-alone public company. Haywood Securities Inc. acted as a financial advisor on the transaction.

Jeff Mason, Chief Executive Officer of TessPay, stated, “The decision to take the company public provides us access to traditional capital markets as we continue developing our blockchain technology solution. This environment will also foster transparency and accountability moving forward, providing confidence to investors and prospective customers alike.”

The blockchain is a decentralized and encrypted ledger that offers a secure, efficient, verifiable and permanent way of storing records and other information without the need for intermediaries. These protocols are the backbone of numerous digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Blockchain protocols have a wide range of use, including processing transactions, accounting, verification and proof of ownership across a far-reaching spectrum of applications.

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