TECH/BIZ: CyberCash files for bankruptcy; sells assets to Network 1 

From: Chris Rasch (
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 11:49:38 MST

Via Robert Hettinga of Philodox:

02 March 2001

CyberCash has failed in its bid to raise the financing for its proposed
takeover of Network 1 Financial. The companies have instead entered into
asset purchase agreement under which Network 1 Financial will acquire
of CyberCash's operating assets and assume all of the company's
liabilities. The transaction will be consummated under a Chapter 11
bankruptcy proceeding in a case commenced today in Delaware.

It marks the end of a sorry saga for CyberCash, which saw its stock
value plummet just before Christmas and lost its co-founder and CEO Bill
Melton following a blazing row with creditors.

CyberCash will continue to support its existing customer base of more
27,500 Internet merchants and more than 100,000 software users and
all normal business functions including marketing and sales activities,
partner marketing programs and completing scheduled enhancements to its
Internet payment processing service.

Dan Lynch, CyberCash's chief executive officer, says: "We are making
move now to ensure that CyberCash's obligations can be satisfied and to
maximise any residual value for the company's stockholders."

Bill Wade, Network 1's chief executive officer, says his company will
continue to support and provide service to the CyberCash merchant base,
continue without interruption the key processor relationships that
contributed to the transaction growth of the CyberCash gateway.

Completion of the transaction is subject to numerous conditions as well
approval by the bankruptcy court. The parties hope to consummate the
transaction in early April.

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