ACST Acasti Pharma

Filed: 17 May 21, 7:11am

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): May 11, 2021  

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

QUEBEC, CANADA001-3577698-1359336
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)


3009, boul. de la Concorde East
Suite 102
Laval, Québec
Canada H7E 2B5 
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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

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Common Shares, no par value per share ACST NASDAQ Stock Market

Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.

Acasti Pharma Inc. (“Acasti” or the “Company”) today announced that, on May 11, 2021, the Company received notice from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Department (the “Staff”) indicating that, based upon the Company’s non-compliance with the $1.00 bid price requirement set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a) (the “Rule”) as of May 10, 2021, the Company’s securities were subject to delisting unless the Company timely requests a hearing before the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”). The Company has previously disclosed and expected such notification from Nasdaq and believes it has options to regain compliance, preferably in connection with its proposed acquisition of Grace Therapeutics, Inc. (“Grace”) as is often done in connection with similar transactions.

The Company plans to timely request a hearing, which will stay any further action by Nasdaq pending the conclusion of the hearing process. Importantly, Acasti is prepared to take definitive action to regain compliance with the Rule and otherwise ensure the Company’s continued listing on Nasdaq. The Company understands that Panel hearings are typically scheduled within 30-45 calendar days of an issuer’s request, and in accordance with the Nasdaq Listing Rules, the Panel has the discretion to grant the Company an extension through November 8, 2021 to regain compliance with the Rule.

At the hearing, the Company will present a detailed plan of compliance for the Panel’s consideration, which will include the Company’s commitment to implement a share consolidation if needed to evidence compliance with the Rule. Should the Company determine that a share consolidation is necessary or otherwise advisable, the Company would likely take such action concurrent with the completion of its proposed acquisition of Grace.

The Company plans to issue an update with respect to the Nasdaq hearings process as soon as substantive updates are available.

Item 8.01. Other Events.

Attached as Exhibit 99.1 is a copy of the press release issued by Acasti on May 17, 2021.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.Description
99.1Press release issued by Acasti Pharma Inc. on May 17, 2021


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 hereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 17, 2021By: /s/ Jan D'Alvise        
  Jan D'Alvise
  Chief Executive Officer