AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SCON) ("STI"), a world leader in the development and production of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated technologies, received notification from the NASDAQ Stock Market Listing Qualifications Department stating STI's common stock bid price has fallen below $1.00 for a period of 30 consecutive business days and therefore the company is not in compliance with Rule 5550(a)(2), which is NASDAQ's minimum bid price rule. The notification has no effect on the listing of STI's common stock at this time, which will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "SCON."
The NASDAQ letter states STI has been provided a 180-day grace period, through October 2, 2012, to regain compliance, which requires the bid price for STI's common stock to close at $1.00 or higher for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days within the stated 180-day grace period. At the close of the grace period, if STI has not regained compliance, it may be eligible for an additional grace period of 180 days, if it meets the continued listing requirement for market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards, with the exception of bid price, for the NASDAQ Capital Market and it provides NASDAQ with notice of its intent to timely cure the bid price deficiency. If it is not eligible for an additional grace period, STI will receive notification that its securities are subject to delisting, and it may then appeal the delisting determination to a Hearings Panel.
STI intends to monitor the closing bid price of its common stock and may, if appropriate, consider implementing available options to regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement.
About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)
Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, TX, has been a world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering, HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D. Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit http://www.suptech.com.
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Forward-looking statements can be affected by many other factors, including, those described in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of STI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and in STI's other public filings. These documents are available online at STI's website, www.suptech.com, or through the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements are based on information presently available to senior management, and STI has not assumed any duty to update any forward-looking statements.
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