Provenance Blockchain Spins Out of Figure Technologies, Releases White Paper on Ratings on Blockchain
SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, 2019 — Provenance Blockchain, Inc. (“PBI”), the administrator for the Provenance.io blockchain, announced it has completed a $20 million security token offering to support the continued development and expansion of the Provenance.io ecosystem. The Reg D private placement included broad participation from both blockchain and traditional technology investors.
Provenance Blockchain was built by Figure Technologies, a leading fintech company founded by former SoFi CEO Mike Cagney. Figure has been an early adopter of Provenance.io, originating, financing and selling its HELOC loans entirely on the blockchain. Jefferies is providing a warehouse facility for Figure loans, using Provenance.io.
The token sale coincides with Figure spinning out Provenance Blockchain and its administrator, PBI, as independent entities. Proceeds will go to staff the administrator and finance operations including compliance, technology and business development, as adoption of Provenance Blockchain grows. Figure continues to be a HashTM holder and is assisting in the establishment of the PBI board and providing certain services to PBI.
The security token on Provenance Blockchain, Hash, is the underlying equity of the blockchain. Hash serves two purposes: it provides a means to distribute fees paid into Provenance, and it provides a governance voting structure for PBI. There are 100 billion Hash tokens, and Hash can neither be created or destroyed. The price of Hash floats, and its value should be driven by the use of – and fees paid – on Provenance.
“This is a seminal moment for the blockchain industry in financial services,” said Sheila Bair, former Chairwoman of the FDIC. “Provenance.io has the potential to bring massive improvements to the industry, across asset originators, the buy and sell side, as well as regulatory benefits and better consumer protections. In particular, it will provide loan-level transparency around the quality of securitized assets and a clear, unalterable record of ownership—two things that were sorely missing during the financial crisis.”
Figure built and deployed Provenance Blockchain, a distributed stakeholder blockchain, in 2018. The company leverages the security, efficiencies and cost advantage of blockchain for loan origination, financing and sales. A diverse set of funds, banks and dealers are active on Provenance Blockchain today.
"Blockchain technology will disrupt financial services in ways that unlock tremendous value through improving current processes but also introducing new ways to do business," predicts Jenny Johnson, President and COO of Franklin Templeton, a founding node manager for Provenance. "We are excited to facilitate and support blockchain adoption because change will happen when the technology is embraced by the market. The technology platform combined with the ecosystem makes Provenance Blockchain stand out.”
Concurrently to the token sale, PBI released a white paper (available at provenance.io for download) on how blockchain can impact credit ratings. The paper, with comments from leading rating agencies, argues that blockchain should ultimately reduce the cost of ratings and drive ratings improvement.
Provenance Blockchain was awarded Blockchain Innovator of the Year in 2019 by LendIt.
Provenance Blockchain is the leading blockchain for the financial services industry. Provenance is in production today and used by a variety of financial institutions. Hash is the underlying token on Provenance Blockchain and provides a means for distribution of economics and governance. Provenance Blockchain is administered by Provenance Blockchain, Inc., an entity that serves at the pleasure of the Hash holders. Learn more at www.provenance.io.
Figure Technologies, Inc. creates innovative consumer financial solutions for home improvement, debt consolidation and retirement while providing its members with financial education and empowerment. Its mission is to build and promote innovative products on blockchain that benefit consumers and eliminate rent-seeking, illiquidity and other inefficiencies in financial markets. The company’s flagship product, the Figure Home Equity Line, uses Provenance Blockchain, the blockchain protocol Figure created. Based in San Francisco, Figure was co-founded by Mike Cagney, former co-founder and CEO of SoFi, along with Alana Ackerson, Cynthia Chen, June Ou and Sara Priola. Figure has more than 100 employees in offices in California, Nevada and Montana. Figure has raised over $120 million since its founding in January 2018.