- A 1-for-14 reverse split has gone into effect for LAIX Inc (NYSE: LAIX). These are the details.
In late February, LAIX – an artificial intelligence (AI) company in China that creates and delivers products and services to popularize English learning – had announced that it plans to change the ratio of its American Depositary Shares (ADSs) to its Class A ordinary shares, par value US$0.001 per share, from the current ADS Ratio of one (1) ADS to one (1) Class A ordinary share to a new ADS Ratio of one (1) ADS to fourteen (14) Class A ordinary shares.
For LAIX’s ADS holders, the change in the ADS Ratio will have the same effect as a one-for-fourteen reverse ADS split. And each ADS holder of record at the close of business on the date when the change in ADS Ratio is effective will be required to surrender and exchange every fourteen (14) existing ADSs then held for one (1) new ADS. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as the depositary bank for LAIX’s ADS program, will arrange for the exchange of the current ADSs for the new ones. And LAIX’s ADSs will continue to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LAIX”.
No fractional new ADSs will be issued in connection with the change in the ADS Ratio. Instead, fractional entitlements to new ADSs are going to be aggregated and sold by the depositary bank and the net cash proceeds from the sale of the fractional ADS entitlements (after deduction of fees, taxes and expenses) will be distributed to the applicable ADS holders by the depositary bank.
The change in the ADS Ratio will have no impact on LAIX’s underlying Class A ordinary shares. And no Class A ordinary shares will be issued or cancelled in connection with the change in the ADS Ratio.
As a result of the change in the ADS Ratio, the ADS trading price is expected to increase proportionally, but the company can give no assurance that the ADS trading price after the change in the ADS Ratio will be equal to or greater than fourteen times the ADS trading price before the change.
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