When a publicly traded company “goes dark” and becomes delinquent in its filing requirements, it generally becomes a public shell and is no longer quoted on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board Exchange (OTCBB). However, with the assistance of an experienced securities attorney, the shell company can be restored so that a merger candidate can be introduced.
Some of the specific details that constitute the clean-up process include:
- Reinstating the Company’s corporate charter and paying franchise taxes to the Company’s state of domicile, if necessary
- Working with a PCOAB (Public Company Oversight Accounting Board) auditor to update all necessary financial statements and audits
- Holding a shareholder meeting for purposes of electing directors and amending articles of incorporation and bylaws as necessary
- Updating the Company’s articles of incorporation and bylaws to ensure they suit the needs of the successor Company
- Conducting reverse splits of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock in order to decrease the size of the outstanding common