Unless appealed, delisting scheduled for March 12, 2009
NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX) today announced that it received a letter from the Staff of The Nasdaq Stock Market indicating that the Company had failed to regain compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(3), which requires the Company to have a minimum of $2,500,000 in stockholders' equity, or $35,000,000 market value of listed securities, or $500,000 of net income from continuing operations for the most recently completed fiscal year or two of the three most recently completed fiscal years, for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market. The Staff has therefore determined to delist the Company's common stock from The Nasdaq Capital Market effective at the opening of business on March 12, 2009.
The Company is currently evaluating whether to appeal the Staff's determination to a hearing before a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel, which request would stay the delisting of the Company's securities pending the Panel's decision. The Company must make an appeal request by 4:00 pm (EST) on March 10, 2009. If the Company decides to appeal, the Company would expect the hearing to be scheduled for April 2009. The Staff previously granted the Company a 105-day extension to regain compliance with Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(3). If the Company decides to move forward with an appeal, it would be asking that the Panel provide additional time to regain compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(3). There can be no assurance that such a request will be granted or that the Panel will permit the Company to continue to list its common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market.
If the Company is delisted from The Nasdaq Capital Market, its common stock may be traded over-the-counter on the OTC Bulletin Board or in the "pink sheets." These alternative markets, however, are generally considered to be less efficient than the Nasdaq Capital Market. Many over-the-counter stocks trade less frequently and in smaller volumes than securities traded on the Nasdaq markets, which would likely have a material adverse effect on the liquidity and value of the Company's common stock.
The Company expects to announce its year-end 2008 earnings later this month, following completion of its audit. The Company anticipates it will report approximately $1.4 million of stockholders' deficiency, approximately $15.5 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investment securities, and approximately $5.2 million of accounts payable, accrued expenses, accrued compensation and related liabilities. In addition, the Company expects to report approximately $7.2 million of long-term investments in auction rate securities reported at fair value. The Company anticipates that its net loss for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008, will be approximately $4 million and $53 million, respectively. The Company expects its cash burn to be approximately $3 million per quarter during 2009.
About Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals is focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of medically important, novel pharmaceutical products for the treatment of life-threatening diseases, including renal disease and cancer. Keryx is developing Zerenex(TM) (ferric citrate), an oral, iron-based compound that has the capacity to bind to phosphate and form non-absorbable complexes. Zerenex is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia (elevated phosphate levels) in patients with end-stage renal disease. The Company is also developing KRX-0401 (perifosine), a novel, potentially first-in-class, oral anti-cancer agent that modulates Akt, a protein in the body associated with tumor survival and growth. KRX-0401 also modulates a number of other key signal transduction pathways, including the JNK and MAPK pathways, which are pathways associated with programmed cell death, cell growth, cell differentiation and cell survival. KRX-0401 is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for multiple tumor types. The Company also has an in-licensing and acquisition program designed to identify and acquire additional drug candidates. Keryx is headquartered in New York City.
Some of the statements included in this press release may be forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Among the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially are the following: There can be no assurance that the Company will satisfy Nasdaq's conditions for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market, that any potential appeal or hearing for a stay of delisting from The Nasdaq Capital Market will be successful, or that the Company's common stock will remain listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market; that the Company will complete cost-effective clinical trials or meet as anticipated the development timelines for the drug candidates in its pipeline, including Zerenex and KRX-0401, to help generate greater interest in the market for its common stock; that our statements regarding our balance sheet, operating results and 2009 cash burn rate will reflect our actual results; or that the Company's stock will not be affected by other risk factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements set forth in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof. This press release and prior releases are available at http://www.keryx.com. The information in our website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is included as an inactive textual reference only.
KERYX CONTACT: Lauren Fischer Director - Investor Relations Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Tel: 212.531.5965 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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