Blockchain Miner HIVE Receives Letter of Deficiency from Nasdaq

Despite its missed deadline last month, the publicly-listed company’s share price is up more than 13% on the day, though HIVE is down 76% YTD


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key takeaways

  • Blockchain miner HIVE has 60 calendar days to submit a plan to Nasdaq on how it intends to get back on track with its annual filing requirements
  • The miner missed its deadline last month, citing difficulties around a shorter filing time for non-venture issuers

Publicly-traded crypto miner HIVE Blockchain Technologies said Monday it has received a letter from Nasdaq requesting the firm submit a plan to regain compliance under the exchange’s listing rules.

HIVE said it has received a Notification of Deficiency Listing issued by the exchange’s Qualifications Department following the miner’s missed annual filings deadline late last month.

Its letter comes as many of the industry’s top mining firms struggle to make ends meet as a result of changing macroeconomic conditions, rising electricity costs and a lower bitcoin price. HIVE has not blamed any of those factors and said the missed deadline stems from a shorter filing deadline for non-venture issuers.

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The Vancouver firm has 60 calendar days to submit its plan detailing how it intends to comply with Rule 5250(c)(1). Once the plan has been accepted in full, the miner has up to 180 calendar days from the due date of its annual Form-40F filing to regain compliance, HIVE said in a statement.

Under the rule, “a company shall timely file all required periodic financial reports with the commission through the EDGAR System or with the other regulatory authority,” according to the exchange’s website.

Last month, HIVE said it would miss its June 29 deadline for the fiscal year ended March 31 by more than two weeks and is expected to file come July 15. Its filing includes audited financial statements, chief executive and chief financial officer certifications and management discussion, as well as analyses.

HIVE clocked more than $68 million in revenue with a net profit exceeding $64 million for the third quarter of last year, according to the company’s recent financial statements.

As a result of the delay, HIVE has asked regulators across all provinces and territories of Canada to issue a temporary order inhibiting directors, officers and insiders from trading in HIVE equities.

At the time, the firm blamed a “combination of factors,” including a shorter filing deadline for non-venture issuers, a rapid increase in the company’s growth and an increase in the number of transactions resulting from that growth.

HIVE’s share price tumbled more than 10% following the announcement of its failure to meet its annual filing deadline, from $3.43 (4.42 Canadian dollars) to $3.08. The miner’s share price has since recovered, up nearly 14% on the day, from $2.94 to $3.38. Year to date, HIVE’s share price is down more than 76%.

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