The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
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May 29, 2019
Mr. Don Elsey
Chief Financial Officer
20271 Goldenrod Lane
Germantown, Maryland 20876
|Re:||Neuralstem, Inc. (the “Company”) – Staff Determination|
|Nasdaq Symbol: CUR|
Dear Mr. Elsey:
As you are aware, on November 29, 2018, Staff notified the Company that the bid price of its listed security had closed at less than $1 per share over the previous 30 consecutive business days, and, as a result, did not comply with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) (the “Rule”). In accordance with Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company was provided 180 calendar days, or until May 28, 2019, to regain compliance with the Rule.
The Company has not regained compliance with the Rule and is not eligible for a second 180 day period. Specifically, the Company does not comply with the stockholders’ equity initial listing requirement for The Nasdaq Capital Market. In that regard, the Company’s stockholders’ equity was $3,271,781 as of March 31, 2019.
Accordingly, unless the Company requests an appeal of this determination as described in further detail below, we have determined that the Company’s securities will be scheduled for delisting from The Nasdaq Capital Market and will be suspended at the opening of business on June 7, 2019 and a Form 25-NSE will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which will remove the Company’s securities from listing and registration on The Nasdaq Stock Market.
The Company may appeal Staff’s determination to a Hearings Panel (the “Panel”), pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Nasdaq Listing Rule 5800 Series. Please use the link, “Hearing Requests & Process” on the attached chart for detailed information regarding the hearings process. If you would like additional information regarding the hearings process, please call the Hearings Department at +1 301 978 8203.
Mr. Don Elsey
May 29, 2019
A hearing request will stay the suspension of the Company’s securities and the filing of the Form 25-NSE pending the Panel’s decision. Hearing requests should not contain arguments in support of the Company’s position. The Company may request either an oral hearing or a hearing based solely on written submissions. The fee for a hearing is $10,000. Please submit your nonrefundable Hearing Request fee in accordance with the instructions provided on the attached “Check Payment Form”.1 The request for a hearing and confirmation of payment should be submitted electronically through our Listing Center2 and must be received by the Hearings Department no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 5, 2019.
The Company will be asked to provide a plan to regain compliance to the Panel. Accordingly, the Company may wish to consider presenting a plan that includes a discussion of the events that it believes will enable it to regain compliance in this time frame and a commitment to effect a reverse stock split, if necessary.3
Listing Rule 5835 prohibits communications relevant to the merits of a proceeding under the Listing Rule 5800 Series between the Company and the Hearings Department unless Staff is provided notice and an opportunity to participate. In that regard, Staff waived its right to participate in any oral communications between the Company and the Hearings Department. Should Staff determine to revoke such waiver, the Company will be immediately notified, and the requirements of Listing Rule 5835 will be strictly enforced.
Our Rules require that the Company promptly disclose receipt of this letter by either filing a Form 8-K, where required by SEC rules, or by issuing a press release. The announcement needs to be made no later than four business days from the date of this letter and must include the continued listing criteria that the Company does not meet, and a description of each specific basis and concern identified by Nasdaq in reaching the determination.4 The Company must also submit the announcement to Nasdaq’s MarketWatch Department.5 If the public announcement is made between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Time, the Company must submit the announcement to Nasdaq’s MarketWatch Department at least ten minutes prior its public release. If the public announcement is made outside of these hours, the Company must submit the announcement prior to 6:50 A.M. Eastern Time. Please note that if you do not make the required announcement trading in your securities will be halted.6
1 The Form also includes a “link” for payment by wire.
2 To utilize our electronic form process, please create a user account, if you have not already done so. Once you create a user account, you can begin completing the Hearing Request Form. At any time, you may save your work and complete it at a later time. Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note that prior to starting you will need the following company information: current trading symbol, Central Index Key (CIK) code or CUSIP.
3 Panels do not typically consider a plan that relies on the market reaction to news as a definitive plan.
4 Listing Rule 5810(b). See FAQ #428 available on the Nasdaq Listing Center.
5 The notice must be submitted to Nasdaq’s MarketWatch Department through the Electronic Disclosure submission system available at nasdaq.net/ED/IssuerEntry.
6 Listing IM-5810-1.