Scorpio's Reverse Stock Split
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. informed yesterday that its board of directors has determined to effect a one-for-twelve reverse stock split of the Company's common shares, par value $0.01 per share, and a reduction in the total number of authorized common shares to 56,250,000 shares. The Company's shareholders approved the reverse stock split and change in authorized common shares at the Company's special meeting of shareholders held on December 23, 2015.
The reverse stock split will take effect, and the Company's common shares will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") as of the opening of trading on December 31, 2015. A new CUSIP number will be assigned to the Company's common shares when the reverse stock split becomes effective.
When the reverse stock split becomes effective, every twelve of the Company's issued and outstanding common shares will be combined into one issued and outstanding common share, without any change to the par value per share. This will reduce the number of outstanding common shares from approximately 344.2 million shares to approximately 28.7 million shares.
No fractional shares will be issued in connection with the reverse stock split. Shareholders who would otherwise hold a fraction of a common share of the Company will receive a cash payment in lieu thereof at a price equal to that fraction of a shares to which the shareholder would otherwise be entitled, multiplied by the closing price of the Company's common shares on the NYSE on December 30, 2015.
Shareholders with shares held in book-entry form or through a bank, broker, or other nominee are not required to take any action and will see the impact of the reverse stock split reflected in their accounts on or after December 31, 2015. Such beneficial holders may contact their bank, broker, or nominee for more information.
On December 17, 2015, the Company received notice from the NYSE that the Company was no longer in compliance with the NYSE's continued listing standards because the average closing share price of its common shares over a consecutive 30 trading-day period ending December 15, 2015 has fallen below the requirement to be at least $1.00 per share. The purpose for seeking shareholder approval to effect the reverse stock split was to increase the market price of the Company's common shares. The Company believes that the increased market price for its common shares that is expected as a result of implementing the reverse stock split will cure this deficiency.