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Gowid to prepare for IPO; is the main culprit of deficit Coinone on sale?

The rumor that Coinone was on sale has resurfaced as its top shareholder company announced that it is going public. Coinone’s main shareholder Gowid (previously DAYLI Financial Group) is preparing to sell its subsidiary company and start new businesses for KOSDAQ IPO. Absolute surplus in profit is not necessary for the IPO, but it wouldn’t hurt to improve the deficit financial situations prior to the IPO. Last year, Gowid’s net loss was 28.5 billion korean won, and net loss of 2018 was 30 billion won. Gowid plans to improve its financial situations through selling some of its subsidiary companies. It will help tremendously; the actual net loss from the subsidiary companies last year is whopping 29.9 billion won. Without the subsidiary companies, the overall performance could have been in the black. Gowid currently owns five subsidiaries: ▲QB Investments (Robo-advisor), ▲Coinone (Cryptocurrency exchange), ▲TheDesigner Group (Business consulting; hotel management), ▲DAYLI Intelligence (AI, Blockchain), and ▲UDID (Fin-Tech). Among these, the most profitable sale is the exchange company Coinone. Total of 47% loss of Gowid came from Coinone, making it the largest loss among the five subsidiaries. Coinone marked 5.7 billion won in loss during the period of July to December 2018, and a total of 12 billion won in loss last year. Overall, it left a notable mark on Gowid’s deficit situation. The rumor that Coinone was on sale started last year. Back then, Sejong Telecom and YES24 were reportedly interested in buying. The CEO of Coinone, Mr. Cha, admitted the rumor was true; if there’s an investor who is willing to grow Coinone as a major financial platform, it can be bought at any time. Mr. Cha have said that “the discussion is already started” and that “we will share the details when we have made a decision.” However, it seems like the discussion Mr. Cha as referring to was halted. The representative of Coinone explained that “that one didn’t turn out,” and that “although I don’t know what’s happening up there with Gowid, Coinone doesn’t have any ongoing negotiation at the moment.” https://www.blockmedia.co.kr/archives/138957 ※This article is published with the permission of Blockmedia.

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