Investors in Telegram’s blockchain project have opted to stick with the firm despite the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent injunction against the messaging platform’s token offering. Both groups of investors in Telegram’s twin $850 million funding rounds have now agreed to accept extensions for the Telegram Open Network launch following the Oct. 23 deadline, according to Forbes Russia. The offer to accept the extension was first sent to TON investors a week after the SEC’s Oct. 11 injunction claiming the gram token is a security.
Under the terms of the agreement, a majority of ICO investors would either agree to extend the token issuance date or receive 77 percent of their initial investment back. Each investor cohort had to agree as well, meaning one group could have been refunded while the other held onto the promise of gram tokens. The issuance of the token is now slated for April 30, 2020. “We voted to wait, although we’re sure Telegram will not be able to clear things with the SEC,” one of the TON investors told CoinDesk on the condition of anonymity.
He predicted that TON will launch, but lose the battle with the regulators and, as a result, lose huge markets such as the U.S., Russia, China and possibly some European countries. However, as a first-round investor who bought grams at 37 cents apiece, he still hopes to make money on the investment: “There is a chance that we will get more than we would receive if Telegram just returned out investment, and, at the end, we didn’t invest that much.” The terms of the agreement also include that Telegram can spend another $80 million of the ICO funding. The seventh month period will be used to further develop the TON ecosystem, according to the company.