SHANGHAI, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) ("Acorn" or the "Company"), a marketing and branding company in China engaged in developing, promoting and selling products through extensive direct and distribution networks, today announced that it will change the ratio of its American depositary shares ("ADSs") to ordinary shares, par value $0.01 per share ("Shares") from 1:3 to 1:20 (the "Ratio Change"). The effective date of the Ratio Change is expected to be on November 30, 2015.
Pursuant to the Ratio Change, the record holders of the Company's ADS as of the effective date will be entitled to receive three (3) new ADS, each representing twenty (20) Shares, in exchange for every twenty (20) ADSs surrendered by them (or, stated another way, 0.15 new ADSs for each ADSs surrendered by them).
For Acorn's ADS holders, this ratio change will have the same effect as a three-for-twenty reverse ADS split. No new Shares will be issued in connection with the Ratio Change and Acorn's ADSs will continue to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") under the symbol "ATV".
Citibank, N.A. will contact ADS holders and arrange for the exchange of their current ADSs for new ADSs. As a result of this Ratio Change, the ADS price is expected to automatically increase proportionally, although the Company can give no assurance that the post-change ADS price will be equal to or greater than the pre-change ADS price multiplied by the ratio. The effect on the ADS price will take place on November 30, 2015.
The Company believes that the Ratio Change is in the best interests of its shareholders as it will assist the Company in regaining compliance with the minimum average closing price continued listing standard of the NYSE. However, the Company can give no assurance that this goal will be achieved upon the effectiveness of the Ratio Change.
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About Acorn International, Inc.
Acorn is a marketing and branding company in China, operating multiple direct sales platforms and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn's direct sales platforms include outbound telemarketing centers, e-commerce websites, and catalogs. Acorn has built a proven track record of developing, promoting and selling proprietary-branded products, as well as products from established third parties.
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