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): April 14 , 2020


Hancock Jaffe Laboratories, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-38325   33-0936180
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)


70 Doppler

Irvine, California 92618

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


(949) 261-2900

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share   HJLI   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
Warrant to Purchase Common Stock   HJLIW   The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ☒


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☒






Item 3.01

Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.


Reference is made to those certain Current Reports on Form 8-K filed by Hancock Jaffe Laboratories, Inc. (the “Company”) on October 18, 2019 and March 25, 2020 (the “Prior 8-Ks”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) disclosing that the Company had received letters from the staff (the “Staff”) of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) indicating that the Company was not in compliance with certain of the continued listing rules of Nasdaq. Specifically, on October 14, 2019, the Staff notified the Company that the bid price of the Company’s common stock had closed at less than $1 per share over the previous 30 consecutive business days, and, as a result, the Company did not comply with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) (the “Bid Price Rule”). Further, on March 20, 2020, the Staff notified the Company it no longer met the $2,500,000 minimum stockholders’ equity requirement under Listing Rule 5550(b)(1) (the “Equity Rule”).


On April 14, 2020, having not regained compliance with the Bid Price Rule, the Company received a letter from the Staff notifying the Company that, unless the Company timely requests a hearing, the Company’s common stock and listed warrants would be subject to delisting. Accordingly, the Company intends to timely request a hearing before a Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”). The hearing request will result in a stay of any suspension or delisting action pending the hearing and the expiration of any extension period granted by the Panel following the hearing. In that regard, the Panel has the right to grant the Company an extension to regain compliance with the Bid Price Rule, which has been suspended by Nasdaq through June 30, 2020, until December 28, 2020 and the Equity Rule until October 13, 2020. However, there can be no assurance that the Hearings Panel will grant the Company an extension to comply with the Bid Price Rule and Equity Rule or, even if an extension is granted, that the Company will be able to regain compliance with all applicable requirements for continued listing. If the trading of the Company’s securities is suspended, the Company’s securities will cease to be quoted on Nasdaq. It is expected that the Company’s securities would be immediately eligible for trading and quotation on the over the counter market.


Forward-Looking Statements


The information above includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may be identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “may,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “intend,” “achievable,” “anticipate,” “will,” “continue,” “potential,” “should,” “could,” and similar terms and phrases. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified in this release or as disclosed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the Company’s expectations include the risk that the Company’s appeal will not be successful; uncertainties relating to the ability of the Company to cure any delinquencies in compliance with Nasdaq listing rules; risks relating to the substantial costs and diversion of personnel’s attention and resources due to these matters; and other factors described in the Company’s filings with the SEC. As a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by forward-looking statements.


Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors.






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.


Dated April 20, 2020 /s/ Robert A. Berman
  Robert A. Berman
  Chief Executive Officer