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Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
On February 25, 2022, Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (the “Company”) received written notice (the “Notification Letter”) from The Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) stating that the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) (the “Minimum Bid Price Rule”) because the Company’s common stock failed to maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 for 30 consecutive business days. The Notice has no immediate effect on the Nasdaq listing or trading of the Company’s common stock
The Notification Letter provides an initial 180 calendar day period, or until August 24, 2022, in which to regain compliance, pursuant to Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A). If, at any time before that date the bid price of the Company’s common stock closes at $1.00 per share or more for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days, Nasdaq will notify the Company that it has achieved compliance with the Minimum Bid Price Rule.
The Company intends to actively monitor the closing bid price of its common stock and will evaluate available options to regain compliance with the Minimum Bid Price Rule.
This Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are characterized by future or conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “continue” and similar words. Such statements are only predictions and actual events or results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements as circumstances change, except as required by securities laws.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|PHIO PHARMACEUTICALS CORP.|
|Date: March 3, 2022||By:||/s/ Gerrit Dispersyn|
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sent via Electronic Delivery to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
February 25, 2022
Mr. Gerrit Dispersyn
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp.
257 Simarano Drive, Suite 101
Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752
|Re:||Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (the “Company”)|
|Nasdaq Security: Common Stock|
|Nasdaq Symbol: PHIO|
Dear Mr. Dispersyn:
As you are aware, our Listing Rules (the “Rules”) require listed securities to maintain a minimum bid price of $1 per share. Based upon the closing bid price for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company no longer meets this requirement.1 However, the Rules also provide the Company a compliance period of 180 calendar days in which to regain compliance.
If at any time during this 180 day period the closing bid price of the Company’s security is at least $1 for a minimum of ten consecutive business days, we will provide you written confirmation of compliance and this matter will be closed. Please note that if the Company chooses to implement a reverse stock split, it must complete the split no later than ten business days prior to the expiration date in the table below in order to regain compliance.2
In the event the Company does not regain compliance, the Company may be eligible for additional time. To qualify, the Company will be required to meet the continued listing requirement for market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards for The Nasdaq Capital Market, with the exception of the bid price requirement, and will need to provide written notice of its intention to cure the deficiency during the second compliance period, by effecting a reverse stock split, if necessary. If the Company meets these requirements, we will inform the Company that it has been granted an additional 180 calendar days. However, if it appears to Staff that the Company will not be able to cure the deficiency, or if the Company is otherwise not eligible, we will provide notice that its securities will be subject to delisting.3
|1||For online access to all Nasdaq Rules, please see “Nasdaq Online Resources,” included with this letter.|
|2||For additional information with respect to compliance periods please see the “Nasdaq Online Resources” on the attached page and access the link “Frequently Asked Questions” related to “continued listing.”|
|3||At that time, the Company may appeal the delisting determination to a Hearings Panel.|
Mr. Gerrit Dispersyn
February 25, 2022
Our Rules require that the Company promptly disclose receipt of this letter by either filing a Form 8-K, where required by SEC rules, or by issuing a press release. The announcement needs to be made no later than four business days from the date of this letter and must include the continued listing criteria that the Company does not meet, and a description of each specific basis and concern identified by Nasdaq in reaching the determination. 4 The Company must also provide a copy of the announcement to Nasdaq’s MarketWatch Department at least 10 minutes prior to its public release.5 Please note that if you do not make the required announcement trading in your securities will be halted.6
The following table summarizes the critical dates and information as related to this matter.
|Period below $1.00
|Expiration of 180
|Relevant Listing Rules|
January 12, 2022
February 24, 2022
|August 24, 2022||March 3, 2022||5550(a)(2) – bid price |
5810(c)(3)(A)7 – compliance
5810(b) – public disclosure
5505 – Capital Market criteria
Finally, an indicator will be displayed with quotation information related to the Company’s securities on NASDAQ.com and NASDAQTrader.com and may be displayed by other third party providers of market data information. Also, a list of all non-compliant Nasdaq companies and the basis for such non-compliance is posted on our website at listingcenter.nasdaq.com. The Company will be included in this list commencing five business days from the date of this letter.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at +1 301 978 8052.
Nasdaq Listing Qualifications
|4||Listing Rule 5810(b). See FAQ #428 available on the Nasdaq Listing Center.|
|5||The notice must be submitted to Nasdaq’s MarketWatch Department through the Electronic Disclosure service available at nasdaq.net/ED/IssuerEntry.|
|6||Listing Rule IM-5810-1.|
|7||Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A)(iii) states in part: “if during any compliance period specified in this Rule 5810(c)(3)(A) a Company’s security has a closing bid price of $0.10 or less for ten consecutive trading days, the Listing Qualifications Department shall issue a Staff Delisting Determination under Rule 5810 with respect to that security.”|
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