BEIJING, Dec. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Missfresh Limited (Nasdaq: MF) (“Missfresh” or the “Company”), an innovator in China’s neighborhood retail industry, today announced that by letter dated December 5, 2022, the Listing Qualifications Department (the “Staff”) of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) notified Missfresh that it no longer satisfied the $10 million stockholders’ equity requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market, as set forth in the Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(1)(A) (the “Stockholders’ Equity Rule”) and that the Staff has granted the Company a 45-day period, through January 19, 2023, to submit a plan to regain compliance with that requirement or one of the alternative listing standards. The notice has no immediate impact on the Company’s listing or trading on Nasdaq.
The Company believes it can satisfy an alternative requirement to the Stockholders’ Equity Rule; namely, the $50 million in total assets and $50 million in total revenue requirement. However, the Company does not at present satisfy the minimum $15 million market value of publicly held shares requirement as required under the total assets and total revenue requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market (the “Total Assets and Total Revenue Rule”). Accordingly, the Company intends to submit to the Staff, in a timely manner, a plan to regain compliance with the Total Assets and Total Revenue Rule or the Stockholders’ Equity Rule. If the Company’s plan is accepted, the Staff may grant an extension of up to 180 days from the date of the Staff’s determination letter, or June 5, 2023, to evidence compliance with all applicable criteria for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Market.
In the event the plan is not accepted by the Staff or, if the plan is accepted, but the Company fails to regain compliance within any extension period that may be granted by the Staff, the Company’s securities would be subject to delisting from Nasdaq. Notwithstanding, upon receipt of a delisting notice, the Company would have the right to request a hearing before the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”), which request would stay any suspension or delisting action by the Staff at least pending the conclusion of the hearing process and the expiration of any extension period that the Panel may grant following the hearing.
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