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  Listing Council Decision 2010-2
Identification Number 605
Rule 5550(a)(2):  For continued listing, the minimum bid price per share for common stock shall be at least $1 per share.
 
Issue:  The company was delisted by a Hearings Panel for failing to regain compliance with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) after it was provided with the full extent of time available to do so by Staff and a Hearings Panel. The company appealed the Hearings Panel decision to the Listing Council.
 
Determination:   Affirmed.  The Hearings Panel was willing to grant the company an extension of time so that it could regain compliance with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) because the company had committed to gaining shareholder approval of a stock split in a ratio sufficient to regain compliance with the rule. The company was unable to gain such approval in the time afforded. The Hearings Panel issued a second decision, which granted the company the full extent of time available under the rules contingent on the company gaining the required shareholder approval by a date sufficient for it to regain compliance with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) prior to the expiration of the extension. The company failed to gain shareholder approval by the deadline, and the Hearings Panel issued a decision to delist the company’s shares.  
 
In affirming the Hearings Panel decisions, the Listing Council finds that granting the company extensions to regain compliance with the $1 bid price requirement was reasonable and appropriate given the facts and circumstances presented by the record at the time the decisions were issued. In particular, it was reasonable for the Hearings Panel to rely on the company’s statements and commitments. It is incumbent on a company to provide NASDAQ accurate statements and to make commitments based on well-considered and reasonable assumptions. In the present case, it is not clear that the company’s failure to achieve the various commitments made to the Hearings Panel was due to a failure to consider all contingencies or was a result of unreasonable assumptions. In any event, the company failed to meet the most critical of those commitments, and the Listing Council finds no reason not to affirm the decision to delist the company’s securities.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Mailto Link Identification Number: 605
material_search_footer*The Publication Date reflects the date of first inclusion in the Reference Library, which was launched on July 31, 2012, or a subsequent update to the material. Material may have been previously available on a different Nasdaq web site.
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