TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Portage Biotech Inc. (CSE: PBT.U, OTC Markets: PTGEF) ("Portage" or the "Company") is providing the following update on the status of efforts being made to revoke a failure to file cease trade order issued by the Ontario Securities Commission (the "OSC") on August 2, 2019 (the "FFCTO") against the securities of the Company. The Company is currently in default for failure to file its audited annual financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2019, interim financial statements for the 3 month period ending June 30, 2019 and accompanying management discussion and analysis for each period together with the related certifications (collectively, the "Required Filings").
At the time of issuance, the terms of the FFCTO provided that it could be revoked if the Required Filings were completed and filed by October 31, 2019. Unfortunately, due to the SalvaRx Limited acquisition completed earlier this year, the audit process for the Required Filings became unexpectedly complex (see the Company's news release of July 26, 2019). The auditors of the Company, Marcum LLP, have advised that certain accounting issues remain outstanding which are required to be resolved before they are able to release their audit report. The Company is seeking clarification on these issues. As a consequence, the Company will not be able to file the Required Filings until after October 31, 2019 and, as such, will need to make a formal application to the OSC to revoke the FFCTO.
As a further consequence of this delay, Portage risks disqualification from further trading on the CSE even after the FFCTO is revoked. The Company is using all of its efforts to avoid this outcome but there is no assurance that it will be successful.
Portage common shares continue to trade on the OTC grey market. Once the Required Filings have been made and the FFCTO revoked, it is the Company's intention to complete the filing of Form 15c211 with FINRA to activate trading on the regular OTC market.
The Company reports that since its last news release of August 26, 2019, there is no material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed. In parallel, we continue to advance our medicines and will be providing additional updates in due course.
This news release contains statements about the Company's information that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, except as required by law.
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. We seek Safe Harbor.
SOURCE Portage Biotech Inc.