Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
As previously disclosed, PURE Bioscience, Inc. (the “Company” or “PURE”) received a series of deficiency letters from NASDAQ notifying us that our common stock no longer met NASDAQ’s requirements for continued listing on The NASDAQ Capital Market. On September 11, 2012 we received from NASDAQ another decision letter (which we refer to as the “September 11 Decision Letter”), regarding our appeal of the delisting determination, which notified us that the NASDAQ Hearings Panel (the “Panel”) has granted our request to remain listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market subject to our satisfaction of certain conditions specified in the September 11 Decision Letter. Primary among those conditions is that on or before September 19, 2012, we announce the closing of a public offering transaction and the resulting stockholders’ equity, which shall be over $2.5 million. We shall also provide the Panel on or before that date with updated projections, with all assumptions clearly stated, showing stockholders’ equity above $2.5 million over the coming year.
As noted in greater detail in Item 8.01 of the Current Report, we have closed a public offering transaction. As a result of that public offering transaction our stockholders’ equity now exceeds $2.5 million. We believe we have satisfied the stockholders’ equity requirement of NASDAQ. We shall continue to keep NASDAQ updated regarding our progress toward satisfying the conditions set forth above. We expect to continue our efforts to satisfy all requirements set forth by NASDAQ in order to maintain our NASDAQ listing, but those efforts may not be successful and our common stock could be delisted from the NASDAQ Capital Market if we are not able to meet the conditions that NASDAQ has, or may in the future, require.
Item 8.01. Other Events
On September 17, 2012, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of its previously announced public offering of 3,784,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $1.10 per share. The public offering was made pursuant to PURE’s effective registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-182475), which was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and became effective on July 31, 2012, and a preliminary and final prospectus supplement filed with the SEC on September 4, 2012 and September 13, 2012, respectively. The shares were sold pursuant to an Underwriting Agreement between the Company and Aegis Capital Corp. (the “Underwriter”). The Underwriting Agreement was previously filed with the SEC on Form 8-K on September 13, 2012.
The Underwriter also exercised its overallotment option to purchase an additional 557,615 shares of common stock to cover overallotments, if any. The gross proceeds to PURE from the offering, including the exercise of the over-allotment option, were approximately $4,775,777, before deducting a seven percent (7%) underwriting discount and other offering expenses payable by PURE. The net proceeds from the sale of the shares by PURE, after underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses (though before payment of certain other expenses such as legal and accounting), was approximately $4,313,489. PURE intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes, including though not limited to paying off the indebtedness we incurred in the Bridge Loan transaction identified in the Form 8-K we filed with the SEC on June 29, 2012.
A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.