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Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing
On August 15, 2022, Aprea Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) received a deficiency letter, from the Listing Qualifications Department (the “Staff”) of The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) notifying the Company that the Company’s stockholders’ equity as reported in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2022, did not satisfy the continued listing requirement under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(1)(A) for the Nasdaq Global Select Market, which requires that a listed company’s stockholders’ equity be at least $10.0 million.
As reported in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2022, the Company had a net stockholders’ deficit of approximately $35.8 million as of June 30, 2022. The stockholders’ deficit includes acquired in-process research and development expense of approximately $76.0 million associated with the Atrin acquisition for the period ended June 30, 2022.In addition, the value of the Company’s Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (approximately $68.8 million, as of June 30, 2022) has been excluded from stockholder’s equity as of June 30, 2022 because it has not yet converted to common stock. The conversion of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock into shares of common stock was approved by the Company’s stockholders at the Company’s annual meeting held on July 28th 2022. The Company believes the deficiency may be resolved with the conversion of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock into shares of common stock.
In accordance with Nasdaq rules, the Company has 45 calendar days from the date of the notification to submit a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(1)(A), or the Company may apply to transfer to the Nasdaq Capital Market, subject to the Company’s satisfaction of the Nasdaq Capital Market’s listing requirements. The Company intends to submit a compliance plan within 45 days of the date of the notification and will evaluate available options to resolve the deficiency and regain compliance. If the Company’s compliance plan is accepted, the Company may be granted up to 180 calendar days from August 15, 2022 to evidence compliance.
There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to regain compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(b)(1)(A) or maintain compliance with any other listing requirements. The notification has no immediate effect on the listing or trading of the Company’s common stock, which will continue to be listed and traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “APRE”, subject to the Company’s compliance with the other Nasdaq listing requirements.
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.
|Aprea Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Dated: August 19, 2022||By:||/s/ Oren Gilad|
|Name: Oren Gilad|
|Title: President and Chief Executive Officer|