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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 01, 2022

 

 

Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETC)

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   000-56309   82-6239281
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

c/o Grayscale Investments, LLC  
290 Harbor Drive, 4th Floor  
Stamford, Connecticut   06902
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: 212 668-1427

N/A

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

 

Title of each class

 

Trading
Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange
on which registered

N/A   ETCG   N/A

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company ☒

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

 

 


Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On February 1, 2022, Grayscale Investments, LLC, the sponsor (the “Sponsor”) of Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETC) (the “Trust”), and CoinDesk Indices, Inc., formerly known as TradeBlock Inc. (the “Index Provider”), entered into an Index License Agreement (the “Index License Agreement“) governing the Sponsor’s use of the CoinDesk Ether Classic Price Index (ECX) (the “Index”) to calculate the Index Price (as defined below), among other things.

The foregoing description is a summary, does not purport to be a complete description of the Index License Agreement, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Index License Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

On January 31, 2022, in connection with the entry into the Index License Agreement, the Sponsor and the Index Provider agreed to terminate that certain Index License Agreement, dated February 28, 2019, between the Sponsor and the Index Provider, that governed the Sponsor’s use of the Index to calculate the Old Index Price (as defined below).

Item 8.01. Other Events.

Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETC) (the “Trust”) has historically valued its Ethereum Classic (“ETC”) for operational purposes by reference to a volume-weighted average index price (the “Old Index Price”) of an ETC in U.S. dollars calculated by applying a weighting algorithm to the price and trading volume data for the immediately preceding 24-hour period as of 4:00 p.m., New York time derived from the selected digital asset exchanges that are reflected in the Index on such trade date. The methodology used exclusively by Grayscale and calculated by the Index Provider to calculate the Old Index Price overlaid an additional averaging mechanism to the price produced, resulting in the Old Index Price reflecting an average price for the 24-hour period. The Old Index Price was provided to the Sponsor once per day at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

Effective February 1, 2022, the Trust will value its ETC for operational purposes by reference to the index price (the “Index Price”) of a ETC in U.S. dollars calculated by applying the same methodology to the price and trading volume data for the immediately preceding 24-hour period as of 4:00 p.m., New York time derived from the selected digital asset exchanges that are reflected in the Index on such trade date without the additional averaging mechanism being applied to the Index Price. The methodology used to calculate the Index Price is consistent with the publicly available ETC price that is published by the Index Provider continuously throughout the day, and as a result the Sponsor believes that using the Index Price will provide more transparency to investors. There will be no change to the Index used to determine the Index Price or the criteria used to select the digital asset exchanges included in the Index. The Index Price is calculated using non-GAAP methodology and is not used in the Trust’s financial statements.

Historical Digital Asset Holdings and ETC Prices

For the period from January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021, the average difference in price between the Old Index Price and the Index Price and the average difference in Digital Asset Holdings of the Trust as calculated using the Old Index Price and the Index Price of was 0.08%.

The following chart illustrates the movement in the Index Price, the Old Index Price, the Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings per Share based on the Old Index Price and the Index Price and the Trust’s net asset value per share as calculated in accordance with GAAP from April 24, 2017 to December 31, 2021. For more information on the determination of the Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings, see “Overview of Ethereum Classic—ETC Value—The Index and the Index Price” in Exhibit 99.1 to Amendment No. 4 to the Trust’s Registration Statement on the Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 4, 2022 (the “Information Statement”).


LOGO

The following table illustrates the movements in the Old Index Price from the beginning of the Trust’s operations on April 24, 2017 to December 31, 2021. Since the beginning of the Trust’s operations, the Old Index Price has ranged from $3.47 to $133.36, with the straight average being $17.38. The Sponsor has not observed a material difference between the Old Index Price and average prices from the constituent Digital Asset Exchanges individually or as a group.

 

            High    Low              

Period

   Average      Old Index
Price
     Date    Old Index
Price
     Date    End of
period
     Last
business
day
 

April 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017

   $ 15.95      $ 40.09      12/19/2017    $ 3.81      4/24/2017    $ 25.14      $ 27.52  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2018

   $ 16.24      $ 40.57      2/20/2018    $ 3.47      12/7/2018    $ 5.16      $ 5.16  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2019

   $ 5.52      $ 9.50      6/3/2019    $ 3.58      12/18/2019    $ 4.59      $ 4.59  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2020

   $ 6.59      $ 12.21      2/13/2020    $ 4.36      1/2/2020    $ 5.66      $ 5.66  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2021

   $ 42.21      $ 133.36      5/6/2021    $ 5.74      1/1/2021    $ 34.57      $ 34.57  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

  

 

 

    

 

  

 

 

    

 

 

 

April 24, 2017 (the inception of the Trust’s operations) to December 31, 2021

   $ 17.38      $ 133.36      5/6/2021    $ 3.47      12/7/2018    $ 34.57      $ 34.57  

The following table illustrates the movements in the Index Price from the beginning of the Trust’s operations on April 24, 2017 to December 31, 2021. Since the beginning of the Trust’s operations, the Index Price has ranged from $3.43 to $148.63, with the straight average being $17.39. The Sponsor has not observed a material difference between the Index Price and average prices from the constituent Digital Asset Exchanges individually or as a group.

 

            High    Low              

Period

   Average      Index
Price
     Date    Index
Price
     Date    End of
period
     Last
business
day
 

April 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017

   $ 16.02      $ 40.38      12/20/2017    $ 3.87      4/24/2017    $ 26.55      $ 27.60  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2018

   $ 16.33      $ 42.03      1/14/2018    $ 3.62      12/14/2018    $ 4.90      $ 4.90  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2019

   $ 5.53      $ 9.45      6/26/2019    $ 3.43      12/17/2019    $ 4.43      $ 4.43  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2020

   $ 6.56      $ 12.31      1/29/2020    $ 4.20      1/2/2020    $ 5.67      $ 5.67  

Twelve months ended December 31, 2021

   $ 42.11      $ 148.63      5/6/2021    $ 5.69      1/1/2021    $ 33.52      $ 33.52  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

  

 

 

    

 

  

 

 

    

 

 

 

April 24, 2017 (the inception of the Trust’s operations) to December 31, 2021

   $ 17.39      $ 148.63      5/6/2021    $ 3.43      12/17/2019    $ 33.52      $ 33.52  

Secondary Market Trading

The following table sets out the range of high and low closing prices for the Shares as reported by OTCQX, the Trust’s net asset value per share calculated in accordance with GAAP and the Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings per Share using both the Old Index Price and the Index Price for each of the quarters since January 1, 2019.


     High      Low  
     OTCQX      NAV per
Share (1)
     Digital
Asset
Holdings
per
Share(2)
     Digital
Asset
Holdings
per Share
using Old
Index
Price(2)
     OTCQX      NAV per
Share(1)
     Digital
Asset
Holdings
per Share(2)
     Digital
Asset
Holdings
per Share
using Old
Index
Price(2)
 

2019

                       

First quarter

   $ 9.15      $ 5.16      $ 5.25      $ 5.01      $ 6.56      $ 3.53      $ 3.53      $ 3.51  

Second quarter

   $ 45.88      $ 8.86      $ 8.85      $ 8.92      $ 7.39      $ 4.52      $ 4.51      $ 4.53  

Third quarter

   $ 22.01      $ 7.52      $ 7.52      $ 7.45      $ 8.90      $ 4.17      $ 4.17      $ 4.32  

Fourth quarter

   $ 11.25      $ 4.79      $ 4.79      $ 4.75      $ 7.10      $ 3.16      $ 3.17      $ 3.31  

2020

                       

First quarter

   $ 21.86      $ 11.34      $ 11.33      $ 11.22      $ 7.01      $ 3.87      $ 3.87      $ 4.02  

Second quarter

   $ 16.98      $ 6.71      $ 6.72      $ 6.65      $ 8.05      $ 4.46      $ 4.46      $ 4.51  

Third quarter

   $ 13.40      $ 7.12      $ 7.12      $ 6.80      $ 5.26      $ 4.96      $ 4.56      $ 4.76  

Fourth quarter

   $ 9.87      $ 6.63      $ 6.63      $ 6.76      $ 4.75      $ 4.37      $ 4.37      $ 4.33  

2021

                       

First quarter

   $ 20.49      $ 15.10      $ 15.10      $ 14.75      $ 8.01      $ 5.10      $ 5.09      $ 5.14  

Second quarter

   $ 89.68      $ 131.56      $ 131.67      $ 118.14      $ 12.69      $ 12.64      $ 12.61      $ 12.47  

Third quarter

   $ 41.94      $ 65.70      $ 65.64      $ 64.67      $ 24.74      $ 34.60      $ 34.56      $ 34.67  

Fourth quarter

   $ 28.45      $ 54.16      $ 54.11      $ 54.05      $ 15.65      $ 29.12      $ 29.12      $ 29.88  

 

(1)

The NAV is calculated using the fair value of ETC based on the price provided by the Digital Asset Market that the Trust considers its principal market, which is Coinbase Pro.

(2)

The Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings per Share is derived from the Index Price as represented by the Index as of 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the valuation date. See “Determination of NAV” in the Trust’s Information Statement. Prior to February 1, 2022, the Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings per Share was derived from the Old Index Price. The Index Price is calculated using non-GAAP methodology and is not used in the Trust’s financial statements.

The following chart sets out the historical closing prices for the Shares as reported by OTCQX and the Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings per Share based on the Index Price and the Old Index Price.

ETCG Premium/(Discount): ETCG Share Price vs. Digital Asset Holdings per Share ($)

 

LOGO

The following chart sets out the historical premium and discount for the Shares as reported by OTCQX and the Trust’s Digital Asset Holdings per Share based on the Index Price and the Old Index Price.


ETCG Premium/(Discount): ETCG Share Price vs. Digital Asset Holdings per Share (%)

 

LOGO

Determination of the Index Price When Index Price is Unavailable

The Sponsor will continue to use the same cascading set of rules to determine the appropriate ETC reference rate in the event that the Index Price is unavailable, which are set forth below for reference:

1. Index Price = The price set by the Index as of 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the valuation date. If the Index becomes unavailable, or if the Sponsor determines in good faith that the Index does not reflect an accurate price, then the Sponsor will, on a best efforts basis, contact the Index Provider to obtain the Index Price directly from the Index Provider. If after such contact the Index remains unavailable or the Sponsor continues to believe in good faith that the Index does not reflect an accurate price, then the Sponsor will employ the next rule to determine the Index Price. There are no predefined criteria to make a good faith assessment and it will be made by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.

2. Index Price = The price set by Coin Metrics Real-Time Rate (the “Secondary Index”) as of 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the valuation date (the “Secondary Index Price”). The Secondary Index Price is a real-time reference rate price, calculated using trade data from constituent markets selected by Coin Metrics (the “Secondary Index Provider”). The Secondary Index Price is calculated by applying weighted-median techniques to such trade data where half the weight is derived from the trading volume on each constituent market and half is derived from inverse price variance, where a constituent market with high price variance as a result of outliers or market anomalies compared to other constituent markets is assigned a smaller weight. If the Secondary Index becomes unavailable, or if the Sponsor determines in good faith that the Secondary Index does not reflect an accurate price, then the Sponsor will, on a best efforts basis, contact the Secondary Index Provider to obtain the Secondary Index Price directly from the Secondary Index Provider. If after such contact the Secondary Index remains unavailable or the Sponsor continues to believe in good faith that the Secondary Index does not reflect an accurate price, then the Sponsor will employ the next rule to determine the Index Price. There are no predefined criteria to make a good faith assessment and it will be made by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.

3. Index Price = The price set by the Trust’s principal market (the “Tertiary Pricing Option”) as of 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the valuation date. The Tertiary Pricing Option is a spot price derived from the principal market’s public data feed that is believed to be consistently publishing pricing information as of 4:00 p.m., New York time, and is provided to the Sponsor via an application programming interface. If the Tertiary Pricing Option becomes unavailable, or if the Sponsor determines in good faith that the Tertiary Pricing Option does not reflect an accurate price, then the Sponsor will, on a best efforts basis, contact the Tertiary Pricing Provider to obtain the Tertiary Pricing Option directly from the Tertiary Pricing Provider. If after such contact the Tertiary Pricing Option remains unavailable after such contact or the Sponsor continues to believe in good faith that the Tertiary Pricing Option does not reflect an accurate price, then the Sponsor will employ the next rule to determine the Index Price. There are no predefined criteria to make a good faith assessment and it will be made by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.

4. Index Price = The Sponsor will use its best judgment to determine a good faith estimate of the Index Price. There are no predefined criteria to make a good faith assessment and it will be made by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Updates to Risk Factors disclosure:

The Index has a limited history and a failure of the Index Price could adversely affect the value of the Shares.

The Index has a limited history and the Index Price is an average composite reference rate calculated using volume-weighted trading price data from various Digital Asset Exchanges chosen by the Index Provider. The Digital Asset Exchanges chosen by the Index Provider have also changed over time. For example, on January 19, 2020, the Index Provider removed Bittrex (ETC/USD) and Poloniex (ETC/XBT) and added Bittrex (ETC/XBT) as part of its scheduled quarterly review. On October 18, 2020, the Index Provider added Binance.US (ETC/ USD) to the Index as part of its scheduled quarterly review. On July 17, 2021, as part of its


quarterly review, the Index Provider removed Bittrex (ETC/BTC) from the Index due to reduced liquidity in the trading pair. The Index Provider may remove or add Digital Asset Exchanges to the Index in the future at its discretion. For more information on the inclusion criteria for Digital Asset Exchanges in the Index, see “Overview of Ethereum Classic—ETC Value—The Index and the Index Price” in the Trust’s Information Statement.

Although the Index is designed to accurately capture the market price of ETC, third parties may be able to purchase and sell ETC on public or private markets not included among the constituent Digital Asset Exchanges of the Index, and such transactions may take place at prices materially higher or lower than the Index Price. Moreover, there may be variances in the prices of ETC on the various Digital Asset Exchanges, including as a result of differences in fee structures or administrative procedures on different Digital Asset Exchanges. For example, based on data provided by the Index Provider, on any given day during year ended December 31, 2021, the maximum differential between the 4:00 p.m., New York time spot price of any single Digital Asset Exchange included in the Index and the Index Price was 44.76% and the average of the maximum differentials of the 4:00 p.m., New York time spot price of each Digital Asset Exchange included in the Index and the Index Price was 15.70%. During this same period, the average differential between the 4:00 p.m., New York time spot prices of all the Digital Asset Exchanges included in the Index and the Index Price was 0.14%. All Digital Asset Exchanges that were included in the Index throughout the period were considered in this analysis. To the extent such prices differ materially from the Index Price, investors may lose confidence in the Shares’ ability to track the market price of ETC, which could adversely affect the value of the Shares.

* * *

This report supplements and where applicable amends the Memorandum, as defined in the Trust’s Second Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust and Trust Agreement, for general purposes.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)

Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

10.1†    Index License Agreement, dated February 1, 2022, between Grayscale Investments, LLC, as sponsor of Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust (ETC), and CoinDesk Indices, Inc., formerly known as TradeBlock, Inc., as Index Provider.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the inline XBRL document)

 

Portions of this exhibit (indicated by asterisks) have been omitted as the Registrant has determined that (i) the omitted information is not material and (ii) the omitted information would likely cause competitive harm to the Registrant if publicly disclosed.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

     

Grayscale Investments, LLC as Sponsor of the Grayscale

Ethereum Classic Trust (ETC)

Date: February 4, 2022     By:  

/s/ Michael Sonnenshein

     

Michael Sonnenshein

Chief Executive Officer

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