$CERES Form 8-K

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Form 8-K for CERES, INC.


19-Jan-2016

Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Trans

Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.On January 12, 2016, Ceres, Inc. (the “Company”) received a letter (the “Notice”) from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”) indicating that, based on the Company’s closing bid price for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company is not in compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing of $1.00 per share, as set forth in NASDAQ Listing Rule 5550(a)(2).

In accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company has a grace period of 180 calendar days, until July 11, 2016, to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing. In order to regain compliance, the minimum bid price per share of the Company’s common stock must be at least $1.00 for at least ten consecutive business days during the 180-day grace period. The Company has provided written notice of its intention to cure the minimum bid price deficiency during the grace period by effecting a reverse stock split if necessary.

The Notice has no immediate impact on the listing of the Company’s common stock, which will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “CERE”. The Company intends to actively monitor the bid price for its common stock and will consider available options to resolve the deficiency and regain compliance with the NASDAQ minimum bid price requirement.

 

Item 5.02.(b) Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors;
Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.(b) On January 12, 2016, Thomas Kiley advised the Company that he will not stand for reelection at the Company’s 2016 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on April 5, 2016 (the “Annual Meeting”). Mr. Kiley has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2003 and will continue to serve as a director until the Annual Meeting. There was no disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

On January 12, 2016, Aflalo Guimaraes also advised the Company that he will not stand for reelection at the Annual Meeting. Mr. Guimaraes has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since December 2014 and will continue to serve as a director until the Annual Meeting. There was no disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

The Company has agreed to extend the exercise period through April 5, 2017 of all vested stock options held by Messrs. Kiley and Guimaraes at the time of the Annual Meeting. In exchange, both Messrs. Kiley and Guimaraes have agreed to be available to provide advice to the Board of Directors and management of the Company as may be requested on an ad hoc basis.

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