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NCTY The9 Limited

Filed: 27 Aug 21, 5:16pm

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of August 2021

 

 

Commission File Number: 001-34238

 

 

THE9 LIMITED

 

17 Floor, No. 130 Wu Song Road

Hong Kou District, Shanghai 200080

People’s Republic of China

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

 Form 20-F x Form 40-F ¨ 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1): ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7): ¨

 

 

  

 

 

 

Entry into Material Definitive Agreements

 

As previously disclosed, The9 Limited (the “Company”) entered into a standby equity distribution agreement (the “SEDA”) with YA II PN, Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempt limited partnership managed by Yorkville Advisor Global LP (the “Purchaser”), dated February 5, 2021, pursuant to which the Company would be able to sell up to US$100.0 million of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) solely at the Company’s request based on the Company’s funding requirement at any time during the 36 months following the date of the SEDA.

 

On August 27, 2021, the Company and the Purchaser agreed to terminate the SEDA and entered into a new standby equity distribution agreement (the “August SEDA”). The Company did not issue any securities pursuant to the SEDA. Pursuant to the August SEDA, the Company will be able to sell up to US$100.0 million of its ADSs solely at the Company’s request at any time during the 36 months following the date of the August SEDA. The ADSs would be purchased at a price per ADS that is the greater of (i) 85% of the average of the five daily VWAPs (as defined below) during the pricing period, or (ii) 90% of the average of the 3 lowest daily VWAPs during the pricing period, rounded to the nearest 100th. “VWAP” means, for any trading day, the daily volume weighted average price of the Company’s ADSs for such date on the principal market as reported by Bloomberg L.P. during regular trading hours.

 

Pursuant to the August SEDA, the Company is required to register the ADSs acquired by the Purchaser as set forth in each settlement document (“Settlement Document”) provided by the Purchaser in response to each advance notice issued by the Company. The Company shall file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) prospectus supplements to the Company’s prospectus, dated March 30, 2021, filed as part of the Company’s effective shelf registration statement on Form F-3ASR (File No. 333-254878) registering all of the ADSs indicated in each Settlement Document that are offered and sold to the Purchaser prior to each closing pursuant to the August SEDA.

 

Pursuant to the August SEDA, the Company shall use the net proceeds from any sale of the ADSs for working capital and other general corporate purposes, or, if different, in a manner consistent with the application thereof described in the prospectus supplements to be filed with the SEC in connection with the August SEDA.

 

The Purchaser has agreed that neither it nor any of its affiliates shall engage in any short-selling or hedging of the Company’s ADSs, but may sell the ADSs indicated in each Settlement Document prior to receiving such ADSs to be issued to the Purchaser.

 

The foregoing is a summary description of certain terms of the August SEDA. For a full description of all terms, please refer to the copy of the August SEDA that is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 6-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No. Description
   
99.1 Standby Equity Distribution Agreement, dated as of August 27, 2021, by and between The9 Limited and YA II PN, Ltd.

  

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

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, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 THE9 LIMITED
    
 By:/s/ George Lai
 Name:George Lai
 Title:Director and Chief Financial Officer

 

Date: August 27, 2021