ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASTM), the leading developer of patient-specific expanded multicellular therapies for the treatment of severe chronic cardiovascular diseases, announced today that its board of directors has approved a one-for-twenty reverse stock split of the company's common stock effective on October 16, 2013. The company has filed an amendment to its articles of incorporation to effect the reverse stock split, which was authorized by shareholders at Aastrom's special meeting on October 7, 2013. Following the reverse stock split, the company expects to have approximately 4.4 million shares of common stock outstanding.
The reverse stock split is intended to increase the per share trading price of Aastrom's common stock to satisfy the $1.00 minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on NASDAQ and to attract greater institutional ownership of the company's shares. As a result of the reverse stock split, every twenty shares of the company's common stock that were issued and outstanding immediately prior to the opening of trading on October 16, 2013, will automatically be combined into one issued and outstanding share without any change in the par value of such shares. The number of authorized but unissued shares of the company's common stock will be proportionally reduced.
Nick Colangelo, Aastrom's president and chief executive officer, stated, "After careful consideration, we believe that this reverse stock split will make our stock more attractive to a broader group of investors by improving our capital structure and increasing our share price to a level that reflects the underlying value of our technology platform and therapeutic programs. This action, together with our recent stock offering, amendment of our preferred stock agreement with Eastern Capital, and related initiatives, strengthens our balance sheet as we continue to advance our research programs and the clinical development of our lead product, ixmyelocel-T."
No fractional shares of common stock will be issued as a result of the reverse stock split and shareholders of record will receive cash in lieu of fractional shares to which they would otherwise be entitled, based upon the closing price of Aastrom's common stock on October 15, 2013.
About Aastrom Biosciences
Aastrom Biosciences is the leader in developing patient-specific, expanded multicellular therapies for use in the treatment of patients with severe, chronic cardiovascular diseases. The company's proprietary cell-processing technology enables the manufacture of ixmyelocel-T, a patient-specific multicellular therapy expanded from a patient's own bone marrow and delivered directly to damaged tissues. Aastrom has advanced ixmyelocel-T into late-stage clinical development, including a Phase 2b clinical trial in patients with advanced heart failure due to ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. For more information, please visit Aastrom's website at www.aastrom.com.
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