Tel Aviv, Israel, May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (Nasdaq: APOP), a developer of a novel stem cell production technology, announced today it has received notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC that it is not in compliance with the minimum bid price requirements set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) 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 Nasdaq 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 (ADSs) for the 30 consecutive business days prior to the date of the notification letter from Nasdaq, the Company no longer meets the minimum bid price requirement. The notification letter has no immediate effect on the listing or trading of the Company’s ADSs on The Nasdaq Capital Market and, at this time, the ADSs will continue to trade on The Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “APOP.”
The notification letter provides that the Company has 180 calendar days, or until November 11, 2019, to regain compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). To regain compliance, the bid price of the Company's ADSs must have a closing bid price of at least $1.00 per share for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days (Nasdaq may monitor the price for as long as 20 consecutive business days prior to making a final compliance determination). If the Company does not regain compliance by November 11, 2019, an additional 180 days may be granted to regain compliance, so long as the Company meets The Nasdaq Capital Market listing requirements (except for the bid price requirement) and notifies Nasdaq in writing of its intention to cure the deficiency during the second compliance period by effecting a reverse share split or adjusting the ADS ratio, if necessary. If the Company does not qualify for the second compliance period or fails to regain compliance during the second 180-day period, then Nasdaq will notify the Company of its determination to delist the Company's ADSs, at which point the Company will have an opportunity to appeal the delisting determination to a Hearings Panel.
The Company intends to monitor the closing bid price of its ADSs and may, if appropriate, consider implementing available options, including, but not limited to, implementing a reverse share split or adjusting the ADS ratio, to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement under the Nasdaq Listing Rules.
About Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Cellect Biotechnology (Nasdaq: APOP) has developed a breakthrough technology, for the selection of stem cells from any given tissue, that aims to improve a variety of stem cell-based therapies.
The Company's technology is expected to provide researchers, clinical community and pharma companies with the tools to rapidly isolate stem cells in quantity and quality allowing stem cell-based treatments and procedures in a wide variety of applications in regenerative medicine. The Company's current clinical trial is aimed at bone marrow transplantations in cancer treatment.
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Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Dr. Shai Yarkoni, Chief Executive Officer
EVC Group LLC
Michael Polyviou / Sarah Scouten, PhD
(732) 933-2754 / (716) 352-7379
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