Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA)
Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) traded higher after the company reported Q3 financial results that beat Wall Street expectations. Shares of the company gained 5.04% in Monday’s trading session to end the day at $1.46 a share.
MARA Stock Performance
The company generated revenues of $163 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, up from revenues of $43,000 reported in Q3 2016. Operating loss for the period dropped to $3.9 million, compared to $10.7 million reported last year.
Despite the 5% rally, Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) is still trading in a downtrend. The IP licensing company has shed more than 70% in market value and is currently trading near its 52-week low of $0.50 a share.
Last month, the company was forced to initiate a reverse stock-split of its common stock in a bid to shore up its share price. The split was primarily intended to bring the company in compliance with the minimum average closing share price for continued listing in the NASDAQ Capital Market. A 4:1 reverse stock-split consequently reduced the company’s common stock from approximately 32.4 million shares to approximately 8.6 million shares.
Investor’s sentiments on the stock appear to have hit all-time lows despite the company making huge strides on revenue growth. It awaits to be seen if the stellar Q3 financial results is the catalyst that will help push the stock from current lows.
In a bid to strengthen investor confidence in the stock, Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) announced the acquisition of Global Bit Ventures. The acquisition is part of the company’s plan to diversify its areas of operations. The company is currently eyeing growth opportunities in the digital currency space with the acquisition.
Global Bit Ventures joins Marathon Patent Group Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) with a robust infrastructure around cryptocurrencies, with significant capability for expansion. The company boasts of a technology that powers and secures blockchains by operating custom hardware and software. It also owns 250GH/s of GPU mining servers.
“We previously expressed our intent to review alternative business directions with the goal of enhancing shareholder value. We believe the acquisition of Global Bit Ventures will take advantage of an ongoing revolution in digital transactions conducted on blockchains as we see increasing adoption and proliferation of blockchain protocols in our everyday lives,” said CEO, Doug Croxall.
According to GBV CEO, the merger marks an important milestone and sets the company on course for accelerated revenue growth
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