COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- root9B Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RTNB) ("RTNB" or the "Company") today announced that on September 21, 2017, the Company issued secured convertible demand notes (the "Notes") to certain of its existing secured debt holders, with an aggregate principal amount of $400,000, along with warrants to purchase shares (the "Warrant Shares") of the Company's common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the "Common Stock"), representing fifty percent (50%) warrant coverage (the "Warrants").
The Company intends to use the proceeds to meet its payroll obligations and for other working capital purposes. For further information regarding the Company's liquidity, reference is made to "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Liquidity and Capital Resources" and "Note 1: Basis of Presentation and General Information – Going Concern and Liquidity" to the Company's financial statements contained in the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017.
The Company acknowledged that it was in default of the Notes immediately upon issuance. As of September 22, 2017, the aggregate value of the unpaid principal amount of the Company's senior secured convertible debt (which includes the Notes), together with the accrued but unpaid interest, was $12,873,851. As noted on August 16, 2017, the Company received a foreclosure notice from the Secured Creditors that in order to satisfy the outstanding secured indebtedness, they intended to sell substantially all of the assets of the Company at an auction to conclude September 28, 2017. There can be no assurances the Company will be successful in obtaining a waiver of default from any of its creditors or find a solution to its liquidity concerns. In the event the Company cannot obtain a waiver from its creditors, the value of the Company's securities would decline dramatically or become worthless.
On September 20, 2017, the Company received notification from Nasdaq that the Company has failed to maintain a minimum Market Value of Listed Securities ("MVLS") of $35.0 million for the last 30 consecutive business days. As previously disclosed, on September 6, 2017, the Company received a letter from Nasdaq informing the Company that, pursuant to Listing Rule 5101, Nasdaq was accelerating the due date for the Company to submit a plan to regain compliance with the Listing Rules to September 15, 2017. On September 21, 2017, the Company received a Staff Determination Letter from Nasdaq noting that the Company had not yet submitted a plan to regain compliance and accordingly, Nasdaq determined to deny the Company's request for continued listing on The Nasdaq Stock Market. Unless the Company requests an appeal of this determination, trading of the Company's common stock will be suspended at the opening of business on October 2, 2017. The determination from Nasdaq was based upon:
- Noncompliance with Listing Rules 5605(b)(1), 5605(c)(2) and 5605(d)(2) regarding vacancies in our Board of Directors which resulted in an insufficient number of independent directors on the audit committee and the compensation committee.
- Failure to maintain a minimum MVLS of $35.0 million for the last 30 consecutive business days.
- Failure to file Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2017 in compliance with Listing Rules.
The Company intends to appeal the Staff's determination, pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Nasdaq Listing Rules; nevertheless, there can be no assurance the Company will be able to submit such an appeal or regain compliance with Nasdaq's rules.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views with respect to certain future events and the Company's prospects, operations, performance and financial condition. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Report and the Company will not be required to amend or update such statements at any time in the future. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the continued foreclosure proceedings on the Company's assets, the results of any sale of the Company's assets by the Company's secured creditors at an auction, the Company's ability to obtain waivers of events of default from its lenders; the availability of strategic investors or buyers for the remaining assets of the Company's discontinued operations; and the results of any potential restructuring activities. For all forward-looking statements, the Company claims the protection of the Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy or are otherwise beyond the Company's control and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that contribute to such risks include, but are not limited to, successful execution of the Company's business plan, adequacy of capital resources, and the Company's ability to comply with, or obtain waivers with respect to non-compliance with, the terms of its indebtedness. The risks included are not exhaustive; for a more detailed description of these uncertainties and other factors, see "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on April 17, 2017.
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