Ideanomics (NASDAQ:IDEX) is down a brutal 25% today on news that the struggling electric vehicle ( ) company will initiate a 1-for-125 reverse stock split as part of an effort to avoid delisting. Indeed, IDEX stock currently trades for a little less than 4 cents per share, well below Nasdaq’s $1 minimum bid price.
What do you need to know about Ideanomics’ latest hair-raising compliance effort?
Well, in a press briefing this morning, the New York-based company announced that its Board of Directors had approved the sizable stock split. A 1-for-125 reverse stock split essentially means that every 125 IDEX shares will be consolidated into individual shares. This will accomplish a few important things for the company. Chiefly, the consolidation of shares will artificially raise the company’s share price. The post-split IDEX stock will be worth the equivalent of 125 current shares.
It’s worth pointing out, however, that while IDEX’s price will technically go up, it won’t represent a net gain for investors in terms of the par value of the stock.
Following the split — which is set for Aug. 25 — the number of IDEX shares in the market will be reduced from 1.5 billion to 12 million.
IDEX Stock Sinks on Reverse Stock Split Announcement
Clearly, today’s reverse-split announcement is ringing sour to investors, potentially for good reason. The move represents a last-ditch effort to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid rule and reflects a certain amount of desperation from the company. Indeed, it’s a sort of admission that the stock is unlikely to regain the $1 minimum absent of such an extreme maneuver.
IDEX stock is down 75% so far this year as one of few major losers of this year’s bull market. For context, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are respectively up 15% and 32% year-to-date (YTD).
Today’s announcement comes as a direct follow-up to a non-compliance notice the company received from Nasdaq just last week.
It’s unclear what’s next for this commercial EV company. That said, at least it’s continued presence as a publicly traded security lends IDEX the potential for a meme rally akin to the likes of Bed Bath & Beyond (OTCMKTS:BBBYQ) and GameStop (NYSE:GME).
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