Midatech Pharma PLC (AIM: MTPH.L; Nasdaq: MTP), a drug delivery technology company focused on improving the bio-delivery and biodistribution of medicines, announces that it received written notification (the “Notification Letter”) from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), dated 31 January 2023, stating that the Company is not in compliance with the minimum bid price requirement set forth in NASDAQ’s rules for continued listing on The NASDAQ Capital Market.
NASDAQ Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) requires listed securities to maintain a minimum bid price of $1.00 per share, and Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A) provides that a failure to meet the minimum bid price requirement exists if the deficiency continues for a period of 30 consecutive business days. Based on the closing bid price of the Company’s American Depositary Shares (the “Depositary Shares”), each representing 25 ordinary shares of the Company, for the 30 consecutive business days beginning 14 December 2022, the Company no longer meets the minimum bid price requirement.
The Notification Letter has no immediate effect on the listing of the Depositary Shares, and they will continue to trade on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “MTP.”
In accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company has a grace period of 180 calendar days, or until 31 July 2023 (the “Compliance Period”), to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement. To regain compliance, the closing bid price of the Depositary Shares must meet or exceed $1.00 per share for at least 10 consecutive business days during the Compliance Period. If the Depositary Shares do not regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement during the Compliance Period, the Company may be eligible for an additional grace period of 180 calendar days provided that the Company satisfies NASDAQ’s initial listing standards for listing on The NASDAQ Capital Market, other than the minimum bid price requirement, and provides written notice to NASDAQ of its intention to cure the delinquency during the second grace period. If the Company does not regain compliance during the initial grace period and is not eligible for an additional grace period, NASDAQ will provide written notice that the Depositary Shares are subject to delisting from The NASDAQ Capital Market. In that event, the Company may appeal such determination to a hearing panel.
The Company intends to monitor the bid price of its Depositary Shares during the Compliance Period and will consider taking such actions as may be necessary and appropriate to achieve compliance with continued listing requirements prior to the expiration of all available grace periods.
The Company’s business operations are not affected by the receipt of the Notification Letter.
The Company’s ordinary shares are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange, and the Notification Letter does not affect the Company’s compliance status with the AIM Rules for Companies.
For more information, please contact:
Midatech Pharma PLC
Stephen Stamp, CEO, CFO
Tel: +44 (0)29 20480 180
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