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Item 3.01 Transfer of Listing.
On January 31, 2024, HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. (the “Company”) was notified by the Listing Qualifications Staff (the “Staff”) of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) that the Staff had granted the Company’s request to transfer the listing of its common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), from The Nasdaq Global Select Market tier to The Nasdaq Capital Market tier, as well as the Company’s request for a second 180-calendar day period, or until July 29, 2024 (the “Second Compliance Period”), to regain compliance with the $1.00 bid price requirement, as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). To regain compliance with such minimum price requirement, the Company must evidence a closing bid price of at least $1.00 per share for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days. The transfer of the listing of the Company’s Common Stock from The Nasdaq Global Select Market to The Nasdaq Capital Market will take effect with the open of business on February 1, 2024. The transfer is not expected to impact trading in the Company’s Common Stock, which will continue to trade on Nasdaq under the symbol “HOOK.”
As previously announced, on August 3, 2023, the Staff notified the Company that the bid price for the Company’s Common Stock had closed below $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive business days and, as a result, the Company no longer satisfied Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(a)(1), the minimum bid price requirement applicable to The Nasdaq Global Select Market issuers. Pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company was afforded an initial 180-calendar day grace period, through January 30, 2024, to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement.
Issuers listed on The Nasdaq Global Select Market are not eligible for a second 180-day grace period under the Nasdaq Listing Rules. However, based upon the Company’s compliance with the various criteria required under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A)(ii) to obtain a second 180-day grace period applicable to issuers listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market, the Company applied to transfer the listing of its Common Stock to The Nasdaq Capital Market. As noted above, the Staff approved the Company’s transfer application on January 31, 2024.
The Company intends to closely monitor the closing bid price for its Common Stock and consider all available options to timely remedy the bid price deficiency. If at any time during the Second Compliance Period, the closing bid price of the Company’s Common Stock is at least $1.00 per share for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days, the Staff will provide the Company with written confirmation of compliance and the matter will be closed, unless the Staff exercises its discretion to extend this ten-day period pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(H).
The Company can give no assurance that it will regain or demonstrate compliance during the Second Compliance Period. If the Company is not able to demonstrate compliance with the minimum bid price requirement by July 29, 2024, the Staff will provide written notification to the Company that the Company’s Common Stock will be delisted. At that time, the Company may appeal the Staff’s determination to the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”). The Company’s appeal request would stay any delisting action by the Staff at least pending a hearing before the Panel and the expiration of any extension that may be granted by the Panel to the Company following the hearing.
The Company has provided written notice to Nasdaq of its intention to cure the deficiency during the Second Compliance Period by effecting a reverse stock split, if necessary.
This Current Report on Form 8-K and other related materials may contain a number of “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding the Company’s expectation about any or all of the following: (i) the timing and consequences of the Company’s transfer of the listing of its Common Stock to The Nasdaq Capital Market, (ii) the intent and plan of the Company to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement, and (iii) the anticipated actions by the Staff and the Company’s responses and their anticipated outcomes. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as “will,” “intent,” “expect,” “plan,” “potential,” “would” or similar expressions and the negative of those terms the Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. Although the Company believes that such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees and they are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified and some of which are beyond the Company’s control, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: outcomes of the Company’s planned clinical trials and studies may not be favorable; that one or more of the Company’s product candidate programs will not proceed as planned for technical, scientific or commercial reasons; availability and timing of results from preclinical studies and clinical trials; uncertainty about regulatory approval to conduct clinical trials or to market a products; uncertainties regarding intellection property protection; and those risk and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in any other filings made by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, other than to the extent required by law.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
|HOOKIPA Pharma Inc.
|Date: January 31, 2024
|/s/ Joern Aldag
|Chief Executive Officer
|(Principal Executive Officer)