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): June 22, 2023
Spark Networks SE
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|Germany|| ||001-38252|| ||N/A|
(State or other jurisdiction
Kohlfurter Straße 41/43
Berlin Germany 10999
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (+49) 30 868000
(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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|American Depository Shares each representing one-tenth of an ordinary share||LOV|
The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC
Ordinary shares, €1.00 nominal value per share*
* Not for trading purposes, but only in connection with the registration of American Depository Shares pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
As previously disclosed, on April 12, 2023, Spark Networks SE (the “Company”) received a letter (the “Nasdaq Staff Deficiency Letter”) from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) indicating that the Company’s stockholders’ equity as reported in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022 (the “Form 10-K”), did not satisfy the continued listing requirement under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(1) for the Nasdaq Capital Market, which requires that a listed company’s stockholders’ equity be at least $2.5 million. As reported on its Form 10-K, the Company reported stockholders’ deficit of approximately $(6,786,000). In addition, as of April 18, 2023, the Company did not meet the alternative compliance standards relating to the market value of listed securities or net income from continuing operations. The Company is also not currently in compliance with the Nasdaq continued listing requirement that the Company maintain a bid price for the Company’s American Depositary Shares (“ADS”) of above $1.00 per share. Subsequent to the receipt of the Nasdaq Staff Deficiency Letter, and prior to the deadline set forth in such letter, the Company submitted a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq listing Rule 5550(b)(1) to Nasdaq.
On June 21, 2023, the Company received a notice (the “Notice”) from the Listing Qualifications Department of Nasdaq. The Notice advised the Company that based on Staff’s review and the materials submitted by the Company on June 5, 2023, the Staff has determined to deny the Company’s request for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market.
Accordingly, the Company’s ADSs will be delisted from The Nasdaq Stock Market. In that regard, unless the Company requests an appeal of this determination by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 28, 2023 to the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Hearings Panel”), pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Nasdaq Listing Rule 5800 Series, trading of the Company’s ADSs will be suspended at the opening of business on June 30, 2023, and a Form 25-NSE will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will remove the Company’s ADSs from listing and registration on The Nasdaq Stock Market.
On June 22, 2023, after evaluating its options with respect to the Staff’s determination, the Company decided to submit an appeal to the Hearings Panel on or before June 28, 2023. The hearing request will automatically stay the suspension of trading on June 30, 2023 and subsequent delisting of the Company’s ADSs pending the Hearings Panel’s decision. There can be no assurance that the Company's appeal will be successful.
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.
Spark Networks SE
|Dated: June 23, 2023||By:||/s/ Frederic Beckley|
| ||Frederic Beckley|
| ||General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer|