First Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSGI) (the “Company”), the bank holding company for its wholly-owned subsidiary FSGBank, N.A. (“FSGBank”), announced that it received a ruling from the Hearing Panel of the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”) indicating the approval of the Company’s requested extension of the period to regain compliance with the listing standards for the Global Select market. The Company requested a six month extension, or through March 25, 2013, to regain compliance with the listing standards.
“We appreciate the opportunity that the Hearing Panel provided for us to present our overall recapitalization plan for FSG and its direct impact on regaining compliance with the listing standards of the Global Select exchange. We continue to make progress and believe that we will be back in compliance by March 25 th,” said Michael Kramer, President and CEO of First Security. “The Global Select market has the highest listing standards of the three NASDAQ exchanges and the results of our recapitalization plan would far excess the Global Select’s minimum listing standards.”
On November 27, 2012, the Company received a notice extending the compliance period to March 25, 2013. The extension includes certain conditions, including that the Company receive approval from the U.S. Treasury, holder of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock issued under the Capital Purchase Program of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, to restructure the Preferred Stock as part of a larger recapitalization plan.
“At this time, we believe that a restructuring plan mutually agreeable to First Security and the U.S. Treasury should be achieved by year-end,” said John Haddock, Executive Vice President and CFO of First Security.As discussed on a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 28, 2012, NASDAQ previously informed the Company that it would be subject to delisting based on the Company’s non-compliance with the minimum $5 million market value of publicly held share requirement set forth in the NASDAQ listing standards for the Global Select market. At the time, the Company stated that it planned to appeal to the Hearing Panel with a request to extend the compliance period.
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