TAIYUAN CITY, China, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Ltd. (NYSE MKT: LPH) ("Longwei" or the "Company"), an energy company engaged in the storage and distribution of finished petroleum products in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), announced that it has received notice from the NYSE MKT that the Company is not in compliance with Section 801(h) of the NYSE MKT Company Guide (the "Company Guide") in that at least 50% of the directors on the Company's Board of Directors are not independent and Section 803(B)(2)(c) of the Company Guide in that the Company has only one out of the requisite two members on its audit committee. The Company's non-compliance with these Sections is a result of the resignations of its former independent directors, Douglas Cole and Xue Xiaoping, as previously disclosed in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 1, 2013.
As previously stated, Longwei believes the Geo Investing report dated January 3, 2013 contains numerous errors of facts, misleading speculations and malicious interpretations of events. Nevertheless, in order to provide the highest level of transparency to its shareholders, the Company and its legal counsel in the U.S. and the PRC, as well as its auditor are reviewing the allegations and management is cooperating with the review process. The Company intends to take further action to defend itself.
Pursuant to Section 802(b) of the Company Guide, the Company has until the earlier of its next annual shareholders' meeting or one year from the event that caused the failure to comply to regain compliance with NYSE MKT's board independence requirements (provided, however, that if the annual shareholders' meeting occurs no later than 180 days following the event that caused the failure to comply, the Company shall have 180 days from the date of such event to regain compliance).