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AgFeed Industries, Inc. Announces Receipt Of Notice From NASDAQ

 

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- AgFeed Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEED, NYSE Alternext: ALHOG), announced today that it has received notice from The NASDAQ Stock Market ("Nasdaq") that, because the Company has not yet filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2011 (the "10-Q") with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission"), the Company no longer complies with the continued listing requirements under Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5250(c)(1).

As previously reported by the Company in its Notification of Late Filing on Form 12b-25, filed with the Commission on November 10, 2011, the Company was unable to file the 10-Q within the prescribed period due to the ongoing investigation of the special committee of the board of directors (the "Special Committee").  As previously disclosed, on September 29, 2011, the Company announced that its board of directors appointed the Special Committee to investigate the accounting relating to certain of the Chinese farm assets (acquired during 2007 and 2008) used in the Company's Chinese hog production business, the validity and collectability of certain of the Company's accounts receivable relating to its Chinese animal nutrition business, and any other issues that may arise during the course of its investigation (the "Investigation").  The Special Committee engaged the law firm of Latham & Watkins ("L&W") to serve as its independent counsel in connection with the Investigation, and L&W retained the forensic accounting firm of FTI Consulting to serve as its forensic accounting advisor.  The Special Committee has not completed the Investigation or arrived at any final conclusions.  The Special Committee is continuing its investigation, and no assurance can be provided as to when the Investigation will be completed.

The Company is required to submit a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq's requirements for continued listing, and, under the discretionary authority under Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5101, in order to expedite the review process, Nasdaq is requiring that the plan must be submitted no later than December 19, 2011.  If Nasdaq accepts the plan submitted by the Company, Nasdaq can grant an exception of up to 180 calendar days from the due date of the 10-Q to regain compliance.  The Company intends to submit to Nasdaq, on or before December 19, 2011, a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq's requirements for continued listing.  There can be no assurance that the Company will successfully regain compliance with such requirements.

If Nasdaq does not accept the Company's plan, Nasdaq will provide notice that the Company's common stock will be subject to delisting.  The Company would have the right to appeal a determination to delist its common stock, and the common stock would remain listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market until the completion of the appeal process.

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