SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (NASDAQ:SGYP) Files An 8-K Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing

SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (NASDAQ:SGYP) Files An 8-K Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing
Item 3.01. Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.

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As previously announced, on December 12, 2018, Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Synergy Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation filed voluntary petitions for relief (the “Chapter 11 Filings”) under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

On December 12, 2018, the Company received a Staff Delisting Determination letter from the Listing Qualifications Staff of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) indicating that, in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rules 5101, 5110(b) and IM-5101-1, the Staff determined that the Company’s securities would be delisted from Nasdaq unless the Company requested an appeal of such determination.

The Company timely requested a hearing before the Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”) on December 19, 2018. On January 24, 2019, the Company attended a hearing before the Panel and the Panel issued a decision continuing the Company’s listing for a period of time. On March 1, 2019, the Company informed the Panel in writing that it would sell certain of its assets to Bausch Health Companies, Inc., the stalking horse bidder, as it had received no other qualified bids.

On March 6, 2019, the Company received a written notice from Nasdaq that the Company’s common stock would be delisted from Nasdaq at the open of business on March 8, 2019.

Cautionary Information Regarding Trading in the Company’s Securities.

The Company’s securityholders are cautioned that trading in the Company’s securities during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Filings is highly speculative and poses substantial risks. Trading prices for the Company’s securities may bear little or no relationship to the actual recovery, if any, by holders thereof in the Company’s Chapter 11 Filings. Accordingly, the Company urges extreme caution with respect to existing and future investments in its securities.

A plan of reorganization or liquidation may result in holders of the Company’s capital stock receiving no distribution on account of their interests and cancellation of their existing stock. If certain requirements of the Bankruptcy Code are met, a Chapter 11 plan can be confirmed notwithstanding its rejection by the Company’s equity securityholders and notwithstanding the fact that such equity securityholders do not receive or retain any property on account of their equity interests under the plan.

About SYNERGY PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (NASDAQ:SGYP)

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Synergy) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of gastrointestinal (GI) therapies. The Company’s GI platform includes two lead product candidates: plecanatide and dolcanatide. It is engaged in the discovery, research and development involving uroguanylin analogs for the treatment of functional GI disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Plecanatide is the Company’s uroguanylin analog being evaluated for use as a once-daily tablet for two functional GI disorders, chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). Plecanatide is a 16-amino acid peptide that is structurally identical to uroguanylin with the exception of a single amino acid change. Dolcanatide is also its uroguanylin analog being explored for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dolcanatide is designed to be an analog of uroguanylin with resistance to standard digestive breakdown by proteases in the intestine.

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