OPTIMUMBANK HOLDINGS, INC. (NASDAQ:OPHC) Files An 8-K Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of ListingItem 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.
On June 22, 2018, the staff of The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) notified OptimumBank Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) that the Company did not comply with Nasdaq’s audit committee composition requirements as set forth in Listing Rule 5605 due to the resignation of John Clifford effective March 12, 2018.
Nasdaq Listing Rule 5605(c)(2) requires that a company maintain an audit committee of at least three members, of which each committee member must be an independent director and must not have participated in the preparation of the financial statements of the Company at any time during the last three years. In addition, for purposes of determining whether a lawyer is eligible to serve on an audit committee, Rule 10A-3 under the Act generally provides that any partner in a law firm that receives payments from the issuer is ineligible to serve on that issuer’s audit committee.
Currently, the Company’s Audit Committee is comprised of Directors Moishe Gubin and Martin Z. Schmidt. These two Directors meet the independence rules of Nasdaq Listing Rule 5605. The remaining Directors currently do not meet the independence requirements due to their involvement with the preparation of the Company’s financial statements within the last three years or their firm receiving fees for providing the Company legal services.
Since the Company held its annual meeting of shareholders on May 29, 2018, consistent with Listing Rule 5605(c)(4), Nasdaq has provided the Company with a cure period until September 10, 2018 in order to regain compliance.
The Company has received approval from the regulatory agencies for the appoint Heng Fai Ambrose Chan to the Board and is in process of submitting a second application. These proposed directors currently meet the independence rules and can be immediately appointed to serve on the audit committee.
Item 5.02 – Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers
On June 26, 2018, OptimumBank Holdings, Inc. (the “Company’) appointed Heng Fai Ambrose Chan as a director. He was also appointed as a director of OptimumBank (the “Bank”).
Mr. Heng Fai Ambrose Chan (“Mr. Chan”), a Singaporean who, over the past 40 years, has invested in, restructured, and built many businesses in England, Hong Kong, China, Canada and the United States. Mr. Chan is the controlling shareholder of Heng Fai Enterprises Limited (Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listed, stock code: 185) formerly known as Xpress Group Limited.
Mr. Chan has a special interest in financial services sector. In 1987, Mr. Chan acquired American Pacific Bank, a full-service U.S. commercial bank. He recapitalized and grew the bank’s operations. Under his guidance, American Pacific Bank became a US NASDAQ high asset quality bank, with zero loan losses for over 5 consecutive years before it was ultimately bought and merged into Riverview Bancorp Inc. in 2004.
In recent years, his attention has been focused on the areas of financial restructuring, syndication, funds management, and risk management.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the federal securities laws. The events described in forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K may not occur. Generally these statements relate to business plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits or other consequences of the Company’s plans or strategies, financing plans, projected or anticipated benefits from acquisitions that the Company may make, or projections involving anticipated revenues, earnings or other aspects of the Company’s operating results or financial position, and the outcome of any contingencies. Any such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of management. The Company intends for these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements. Words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” and “continue,” and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company cautions you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and other influences, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may influence the accuracy of the statements and the projections upon which the statements are based. All cautionary statements made in this Current Report on Form 8-K should be read as being applicable to all related forward-looking statements wherever they appear.
About OPTIMUMBANK HOLDINGS, INC. (NASDAQ:OPHC)
OptimumBank Holdings, Inc. serves as a bank holding company for OptimumBank (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of community banking services to individuals and corporate customers through over three banking offices located in Broward County, Florida. The Bank provides a range of consumer and commercial banking services to individuals and businesses. Its services include demand interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) account, money market deposit accounts, Visa debit and automated teller machine (ATM) cards, cash management, direct deposits, notary services, money orders, night depository, cashier’s checks, domestic collections, drive-in tellers and banking by mail. The Bank offers Internet banking services through its Website, www.optimumbank.com. The Bank has over eight wholly owned subsidiaries primarily engaged in holding and disposing foreclosed real estate, and a subsidiary primarily engaged in managing foreclosed real estate.