SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 24, 2023
Instil Bio, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
3963 Maple Avenue, Suite 350
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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 Stock, $0.000001 par value||TIL||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
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Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
On January 24, 2023, Instil Bio, Inc. (the “Company”) received a notice from The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) that the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq’s Listing Rule 5450(a)(1), as the minimum bid price of the Company’s common stock has been below $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive business days. The notification of noncompliance has no immediate effect on the listing or trading of the Company’s common stock on The Nasdaq Global Select Market.
The Company has 180 calendar days, or until July 24, 2023, to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement. To regain compliance, the minimum bid price of the Company’s common stock must meet or exceed $1.00 per share for a minimum of ten consecutive business days during this 180-calendar day grace period. In the event the Company does not regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement by July 24, 2023, the Company may be eligible for an additional 180-calendar day compliance period if it elects to transfer to The Nasdaq Capital Market to take advantage of the additional compliance period offered on that market. To qualify, the Company would be required to meet the continued listing requirement for market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards for The Nasdaq Capital Market, with the exception of the bid price requirement, and would need to provide written notice of its intention to cure the bid price deficiency during the second compliance period. In the event the Company fails to regain compliance or transfer to The Nasdaq Capital Market before the compliance period expires, the Company will receive a written notification from Nasdaq that its common stock is subject to delisting. If the Company were to receive such a notification, the Company could appeal Nasdaq’s determination to delist its common stock, but there can be no assurance Nasdaq would grant the Company’s request for continued listing.
The Company intends to actively monitor the bid price of its common stock and will consider available options to regain compliance with the listing requirements. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s Listing Rule 5450(a)(1) or will otherwise be in compliance with other Nasdaq listing criteria.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
| || ||Instil Bio, Inc.|
|Dated:||January 27, 2023|| || ||By:|| ||/s/ Sandeep Laumas, M.D.|
| || || ||Sandeep Laumas, M.D.|
| || || ||Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer|
(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)