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Bitcoin Group SE: Per Hlawatschek strengthens Management Board in the function of Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Herford, May 10, 2021 - Bitcoin Group SE (ISIN DE000A1TNV91), is consistently implementing its growth strategy and professionalizing its structures. To this end, the Board of Directors has appointed Per Hlawatschek to the Management Board with effect from May 1, 2021. From this time on, he will assume the function of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Per Hlawatschek is a proven digitalization expert who has already held responsible positions at Bitcoin Group SE for several years. He was significantly involved in the development of the cryptocurrency trading platform Bitcoin.de operated by futurum bank AG. After studying economics at the University of Bielefeld, Mr. Hlawatschek first worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Applied Computer Science and Business Informatics. He then contributed his expertise to the development of numerous well-known online platforms. Mr. Hlawatschek will continue to drive the development of Bitcoin.de in the future and additionally undertake and accompany the technological and strategic evaluation of potential investments and partnerships for Bitcoin Group SE and its subsidiaries, currently in particular futurum bank AG. "Per Hlawatschek has literally shaped the development of Bitcoin.de with his expertise right from the start. As a proven cryptocurrency expert with extensive experience, he is the ideal person to expand our exposed position in the market and unfold the full potential of Bitcoin.de," says Marco Bodewein, Managing Director of Bitcoin Group SE. "Bitcoin Group SE has high momentum and offers great opportunities to significantly shape the process towards a higher penetration of cryptocurrencies. My goal is to position the group even more strongly in the cryptocurrency market and to contribute sustainably to increasing the value of the company," says Per Hlawatschek, Managing Director and CIO of Bitcoin Group SE.

Bitcoin Group SE: Subsidiary futurum bank AG appoints Dr. Markus Pertlwieser to Supervisory Board

● Fintech expert with high level of digitalization expertise ● Extensive industry network as "door-opener" ● Key connector in the field of cryptobanking for further strategic development Herford, March 22, 2021 - futurum bank, a 100% subsidiary of Bitcoin Group SE (ISIN DE000A1TNV91), has succeeded in recruiting Dr. Markus Pertlwieser for its supervisory board. The 46-year-old will join as the fourth member of the supervisory board. Dr. Pertlwieser, as former Chief Digital Officer of Deutsche Bank, is a proven digital expert who will support futurum bank AG as Germany's first cryptobank on its next expansion steps, especially in the area of digitalization and in the volume business. With his many years of expertise and excellent network within the industry, he will act as an introducer in the field of cryptobanking for both institutional and private customers, helping to set the future strategic course of futurum bank AG. "We are very happy that we could win Dr. Markus Pertlwieser, a proven industry expert. There is definitely no one in Germany who combines experience and network in the areas of digital banking and fintech to the same extent," says Marco Bodewein, Managing Director of Bitcoin Group SE.

Bitcoin Group SE records 518% growth in own stock of cryptocurrencies to EUR 170 million

● Continued high momentum in the crypto market ● Own portfolio of cryptocurrencies exceeds the EUR 170 million mark ● Continuous customer flow on Bitcoin.de Herford, 23 February 2021 – The Bitcoin Group SE (ISIN DE000A1TNV91) is benefiting strongly from the continuing rise of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin as the largest, as well as other popular cryptocurrencies, have become a fixed component of a balanced and broadly diversified portfolio strategy as a value investment among institutional and private investors. In this context, media-effective avowals of large corporations putting part of their liquidity into cryptocurrencies are fueling the popularity of crypto investments as well as the strongly increasing acceptance in the financial market. The announcement of activities in the crypto market by large US institutions such as Mastercard and BNY Mellon speaks for the sustainability of the trend towards crypto assets. Bitcoin Group SE is noticing this on the one hand in the transaction activity on the cryptocurrency trading platform Bitcoin.de, which is operated by futurum bank AG, and on the other hand, especially in balance sheet terms, in the development of its own cryptocurrency holdings. Parallel to the recent record levels of the Bitcoin, which recently marked a new all-time high at 58,350 US dollars, the cryptocurrency holdings held by Bitcoin Group SE itself also reached a new record level. These currently stand at EUR 170 million, up from an interim level of EUR 100 million in January this year. Compared to the year-end level as of December 31, 2019, this even corresponds to an increase of 518%. With the strong revenue development in February, Bitcoin Group SE seamlessly continues the positive start of the year 2021. Bitcoin.de customers appreciate the many advantages of the trading venue. With more than 900,000 customers, it is one of the largest in Europe and voluntarily undergoes regular audits of cryptocurrency holdings. For this purpose, a publicly appointed German auditing company audits the crypto holdings held in custody once a year. The last audit took place in November 2020. "Cryptocurrencies have arrived in the mainstream and are now almost a must-have in portfolio allocation. With Bitcoin.de as the largest European cryptocurrency trading platform, we are proud to be one of the pioneers in this fast-growing market, which is now also being massively driven forward by large US addresses. On our platform, we are gaining new customers every day and want to exceed the one million customer mark this year. The shift from fiat money to digital assets has only just begun. Therefore, we remain confident about the positive development and growth of our platform and, of course, about the development of our own portfolio of crypto assets," says Marco Bodewein, Managing Director of Bitcoin Group SE.

Bitcoin Group SE with strong start into 2021- Integration of Bitcoin Deutschland AG into futurum bank AG successfully completed

● High momentum continues unabated in January ● Integration of Bitcoin Deutschland AG into futurum bank AG creates significant synergies ● Additional growth impetus through new trading platform Herford, February 5, 2021 – Bitcoin Group SE (ISIN DE000A1TNV91) is starting the financial year 2021 with high momentum. With new record highs at the turn of the year - including for bitcoin as the most important cryptocurrency - the momentum on Europe's largest crypto trading platform Bitcoin.de remained undiminished. In the month of January 2021 alone, Bitcoin Group´s Crypto Trading platform Bitcoin.de achieved the third-best monthly result to date in terms of commission revenue. Only in the months of January 2018 and December 2017, Bitcoin.de did perform even better in a historical comparison on a monthly basis. At the same time, the Bitcoin Group successfully completed the integration of Bitcoin Deutschland AG into futurum bank AG within a very short period of time. This has created the conditions to leverage the synergy potential from the organisational repositioning on the basis of the growing trading activities. "The dynamic start into 2021 makes us extremely confident for the rest of the year. After the excellent and fast integration work at futurum bank AG, we have the ideal starting point to further accelerate our growth. An important aspect is the launch of our new trading system planned for the second quarter, from which we expect a significant boost in customer acquisition for Bitcoin.de. In addition, we are optimistic about the performance of our own cryptocurrency holdings due to the price development of the Bitcoin," says the managing director of Bitcoin Group SE, Marco Bodewein.

Bitcoin Group SE: Own stock of cryptocurrencies breaks the EUR 100 million barrier

Herford, January 06, 2021 – Bitcoin Group SE (ISIN DE000A1TNV91) is starting the new year with tailwind. Through the cryptocurrency trading place Bitcoin.de, operated by futurum bank AG, the company benefits significantly from the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies. This is not only noticeable in the increasing trading activities of the more than 900,000 customers on Bitcoin.de. Parallel to the recent record highs of the Bitcoin, which exceeded the EUR 28,000 mark at the beginning of 2021, Bitcoin Group SE also reports a new high in its own cryptocurrency holdings. The company's own cryptocurrency holdings recently broke the EUR 100 million mark. Bitcoin accounts for the largest share of the company's own holdings, while the rest is distributed among other popular cryptocurrencies. By way of comparison, Bitcoin Group SE reported holdings of EUR 27.5 million in its balance sheet as of 31 December 2019. Already at the beginning of December 2020, the company reported exceeding the value of EUR 60 million. "As the operator of one of the largest cryptocurrency trading venues in Europe, we are very pleased about the dynamic development of Bitcoin and the continuous growth of the community - both on the part of private and business customers. In the tenth year of existence of Bitcoin.de, we want to continue to be a reliable partner for them and further shape the spread of cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies have come to stay, we have always emphasised that, and even a major bank like JP Morgan now forecasts a Bitcoin price of more than USD 140,000. This and the constantly rising Bitcoin prices thus impressively underpin our assessment. It is literally a win-win situation that the development has a positive effect on the balance sheet for our company and therefore in two respects for our shareholders," says Marco Bodewein, Managing Director of Bitcoin Group SE.

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