Gevo Announces 1-for-15 Reverse Stock SplitENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEVO) announced today that it will effect a 1-for-15 reverse stock split previously approved by the Company's stockholders at a special meeting held on April 13, 2015. The 1-for-15 reverse stock split will be effective as of the close of business on April 20, 2015 and the Company's common stock will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
The reverse stock split will reduce the number of shares of the Company's common stock currently outstanding from approximately 146.3 million shares to approximately 9.8 million shares. Proportional adjustments will be made to the conversion and exercise prices of the Company's outstanding warrants, convertible notes and stock options, and to the number of shares issued and issuable under the Company's equity compensation plans. The number of authorized shares of the Company's common stock will remain 250 million shares.
The reverse stock split is intended to increase the market price per share of the Company's common stock to allow the Company to maintain the listing of its common stock on The NASDAQ Capital Market. The Company's common stock will continue to trade on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "GEVO." The new CUSIP number for the common stock following the reverse stock split will be 374396208.
Information for Stockholders
Upon the effectiveness of the reverse stock split, each fifteen shares of the Company's issued and outstanding common stock will be automatically combined and converted into one issued and outstanding share of common stock, par value $0.01 per share. The Company will not issue any fractional shares in connection with the reverse stock split. Instead, fractional share interests will be rounded up to the next largest whole number. The reverse stock split will not modify the rights or preferences of the common stock.
The Company's transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, will act as its exchange agent for the reverse stock split. American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC will provide stockholders of record holding certificates representing pre-split shares of the Company's common stock as of the effective date a letter of transmittal providing instructions for the exchange of shares. Registered stockholders holding pre-split shares of the Company's common stock electronically in book-entry form are not required to take any action to receive post-split shares. Stockholders owning shares via a broker or other nominee will have their positions automatically adjusted to reflect the reverse stock split, subject to brokers' particular processes, and will not be required to take any action in connect with the reverse stock split. American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC can be reached at (877) 248-6417 or (718) 921-8317.
Additional information about the reverse stock split can be found in the Company's definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 6, 2015, a copy of which is available at www.sec.gov or at www.gevo.com under the SEC Filings tab located on the Investors page.
Gevo is a leading renewable technology, chemical products, and next generation biofuels company. Gevo has developed proprietary technology that uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. Gevo's strategy is to commercialize biobased alternatives to petroleum-based products to allow for the optimization of fermentation facilities' assets, with the ultimate goal of maximizing cash flows from the operation of those assets. Gevo produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed at its fermentation plant in Luverne, MN. Gevo has also developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. Gevo currently operates a biorefinery in Silsbee, TX, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics like polyester. Gevo has a marquee list of partners including The Coca-Cola Company, Toray Industries Inc. and Total SA, among others. Gevo is committed to a sustainable bio-based economy that meets society's needs for plentiful food and clean air and water.
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to a variety of matters, including, without limitation, statements regarding Gevo's ability to maintain the listing of its common stock on The NASDAQ Capital Market and other statements that are not purely statements of historical fact. These forward-looking statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Gevo and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Gevo undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although Gevo believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve many risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from what may be expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. For a further discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of Gevo in general, see the risk disclosures in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Gevo for the year ended December 31, 2014, and in subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K and other filings made with the SEC by Gevo.