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): March 31, 2023
22nd Century Group, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|(State or Other Jurisdiction of
|(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer|
500 Seneca Street, Suite 507, Buffalo, New York
(Address of Principal Executive Office)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (716) 270-1523
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Securities Registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class||Trading
|Name of Exchange on Which Registered|
|Common Stock, $0.00001 par value per share||XXII||Nasdaq Capital Market|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter). Emerging growth company ¨
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
|Item 3.01||Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.|
On March 31, 2023, 22nd Century Group, Inc. (the “Company”) received a deficiency letter from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Department indicating that for the last 30 consecutive business days the Company's common stock did not maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 (“Minimum Bid Price Requirement”) per share for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2).
The notification of noncompliance has no immediate effect on the listing or trading of the Company's common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), if during the 180 calendar days following the date of the notification, or prior to September 27, 2023, the closing bid price of the Company's stock is at or above $1.00 for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days, the Company will regain compliance with the Minimum Bid Price Requirement.
If the Company does not regain compliance with Rule 5550(a)(2) by September 27, 2023, the Company may be afforded a second 180 calendar day period to regain compliance. To qualify, the Company would be required to meet the continued listing requirement for market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards for the Nasdaq Capital Market, except for the minimum bid price requirement. In addition, the Company would be required to provide written notice to Nasdaq of its intent to cure the deficiency during the second compliance period.
The Company intends to monitor the closing bid price of its common stock and may, if appropriate, consider implementing available options to regain compliance with the Minimum Bid Price Requirement under the Nasdaq Listing Rules.
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.
|22nd Century Group, Inc.|
|/s/ Peter Ferola|
|Date: March 31, 2023||Peter Ferola|
|Chief Legal Officer|