GUANGZHOU, China, March 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LIZHI INC. (“LIZHI” or the “Company” or “We”) (NASDAQ: LIZI), an audio-based social and entertainment platform, today announced that on March 29, 2023, the Listing Qualifications department of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) approved the Company’s request to transfer the listing of the Company’s American Depositary Shares (the “ADSs”) from The Nasdaq Global Market to The Nasdaq Capital Market.
The transfer is expected to take effect at the opening of business on March 30, 2023. The transfer of the Company’s listing to The Nasdaq Capital Market is not expected to have any impact on trading in the Company’s ADSs. The Company’s ADSs will continue to trade uninterruptedly under the symbol “LIZI.” The Nasdaq Capital Market operates in substantially the same manner as The Nasdaq Global Market, and companies on The Nasdaq Capital Market must meet certain financial and corporate governance requirements to qualify for continued listing.
As previously disclosed, on October 11, 2022, the Company received a letter from Nasdaq indicating that the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(a)(1), as the closing bid price of the ADSs had been below US$1.00 per ADS for the previous 30 consecutive business days. The Company was given a compliance period of 180 calendar days, or until April 10, 2023, to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement. In response, the Company submitted an application to transfer the listing of its ADSs from The Nasdaq Global Market to The Nasdaq Capital Market, and upon transfer, the Company will be afforded the remainder of this compliance period.
As a result of the transfer to The Nasdaq Capital Market, and if compliance with the $1.00 bid price requirement cannot be demonstrated by April 10, 2023, the Company may be eligible for an additional compliance period if it meets the continued listing requirement for the market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards for The Nasdaq Capital Market, with the exception of the bid price requirement.
The Company intends to continue actively monitoring the minimum bid price requirement and, as appropriate, will consider available options to resolve any deficiencies and regain compliance.
About LIZHI INC.
LIZHI INC. has created a comprehensive audio-based social ecosystem with a global presence. The Company aims to cater to users’ interests in audio entertainment and social networking through its product portfolios. LIZHI INC. envisions an audio ecosystem where everyone can be connected and interact through voices. LIZHI INC. has been listed on Nasdaq since January 2020.
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