SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 25, 2023
EVELO BIOSCIENCES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
of incorporation or organization)
620 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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|Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:|
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
$0.001 par value per share
|EVLO||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
On April 25, 2023, Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (the “Company”) received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) notifying the Company that, for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Minimum Value of Listed Securities, as defined by Nasdaq (“MVLS”), of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), has been below the minimum $50 million requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(2)(A) (the “Minimum Market Value of Listed Securities Requirement”).
On April 28, 2023, the Company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of Nasdaq notifying the Company that, for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company’s minimum Market Value of Publicly Held Shares, as defined by Nasdaq (“MVPHS”), of the Company’s Common Stock has been below the minimum $15 million requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(2)(C) (the “Minimum Market Value of Publicly Held Shares Requirement”).
These letters have no immediate effect on the listing of the Common Stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, and the Common Stock will continue to trade on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “EVLO,” subject to the Company’s compliance with the other continued listing requirements of The Nasdaq Global Select Market. In accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A) and 5810(c)(3)(D), the Company has been provided compliance periods of 180 calendar days from receipt of the respective letter, or until October 23, 2023 to regain compliance with the Minimum Market Value of Listed Securities Requirement and October 25, 2023 to regain compliance with the Minimum Market Value of Publicly Held Shares Requirement. To regain compliance with the Minimum Market Value of Listed Securities Requirement, the Company’s MVLS must close at $50 million or more for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days during the compliance period ending on October 23, 2023. To regain compliance with the Minimum Market Value of Publicly Held Shares Requirement, the Company’s MVPHS must be $15 million or more for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days during the compliance period ending on October 25, 2023. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to regain compliance with either listing requirement.
If the Company does not regain compliance within the applicable compliance period, Nasdaq will provide written notification to the Company that the Common Stock will be subject to delisting. At that time, the Company may appeal the delisting determination to a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel. There can be no assurance that, if the Company decides to appeal the delisting determination, such appeal would be successful. Alternatively, if the Company does not regain compliance within the applicable compliance periods, the Company may submit an application to transfer the listing of the Common Stock to The Nasdaq Capital Market, which requires the Company to meet the continued listing requirement for The Nasdaq Capital Market and pay an application fee to Nasdaq.
The Company intends to actively monitor the Company’s MVLS and MVPHS and evaluate available options to regain compliance with each such requirement. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to regain compliance with either of these requirements or will otherwise be in compliance with other applicable Nasdaq listing rules.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements, including within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s intent to monitor its MLVS and MVPHS and evaluate available options, including transferring to The Nasdaq Capital Market. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “approach,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look,” “may,” “mission,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “pursue,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” or the negative thereof and similar words and expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, and our other reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Any such forward-looking statements
represent management's estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
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 hereunto duly authorized.
|EVELO BIOSCIENCES, INC.|
|Date: May 1, 2023||By:||/s/ Marella Thorell|
|Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer|