HAMILTON, Bermuda, February 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Golden Ocean Group Limited (“Golden Ocean” or the “Company”) announced today it has received written notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) dated February 18, 2016 indicating that because the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock for 30 consecutive business days, from January 5, 2016 to February 17, 2016, was below the minimum $1.00 per share bid price requirement for continued listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market, the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). Pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the applicable grace period to regain compliance is 180 days, or until August 16, 2016.
The Company intends to monitor the closing bid price of its common stock between now and August 16, 2016 and is considering its options, including a reverse stock split, in order to regain compliance with the Nasdaq Capital Market minimum bid price requirement. The Company can cure this deficiency if the closing bid price of its common stock is $1.00 per share or higher for at least ten consecutive business days during the grace period. In the event the Company does not regain compliance within the 180-day grace period and it meets all other listing standards and requirements, the Company may be eligible for additional 180-day grace period.
The Company intends to cure the deficiency within the prescribed grace period. During this time, the Company’s common stock will continue to be listed and trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
The Company’s business operations are not affected by the receipt of the notification.
February 23, 2016
The Board of Directors
Golden Ocean Group Limited
Herman Billung: CEO, Golden Ocean Management AS
+47 22 01 73 41
Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal: CFO, Golden Ocean Management AS
+47 22 01 73 53
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In addition to these important factors and matters discussed elsewhere herein and in the documents incorporated by reference herein, important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the dry bulk market, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for the Company’s vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events or acts by terrorists, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the Commission.