Listing Standards: Nasdaq Provides Temporary Relief from Price-Based Standards
On Friday, the SEC approved an immediately effective Nasdaq rule change that would allow listed companies more time to return to compliance with price-based continued listing standards, which relate to the minimum bid price and market value of publicly held shares. Here’s an excerpt from a Steve Quinlivan blog with a summary of the rule:
Under the approved rule Nasdaq will permit companies that are out of compliance with the Price-based Requirements additional time to regain compliance by tolling the compliance periods through and including June 30, 2020. However, throughout the tolling period, Nasdaq will continue to monitor these requirements and companies will continue to be notified about new instances of non-compliance with the Price-based Requirements in accordance with existing Nasdaq rules. Companies that are notified about non-compliance are required by Nasdaq rules to make a public announcement disclosing receipt of the notification by filing a Form 8-K, where required by SEC rules, or by issuing a press release.
Starting on July 1, 2020, companies will receive the balance of any pending compliance period in effect at the start of the tolling period to come back into compliance with the applicable requirement. Similarly, companies that were in the delisting hearings process would return to that process at the same stage they were in when the tolling period began. Companies that are newly identified as non-compliant during the tolling period will have 180 days to regain compliance, beginning on July 1, 2020.
According to a recent Reuters article, the NYSE has proposed to provide similar relief from its own price-based continued listing standards, but its initial proposal was rejected. The Exchange was reportedly “in talks” with the SEC about the rule proposal, but that was two weeks ago — and I haven’t seen anything more on this since then.
-John Jenkins, TheCorporateCounsel.net April 20, 2020
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