UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K  

 


 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section  13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 18, 2018

 


 

ASTA FUNDING, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 


 

Delaware

 

001-35637

 

22-3388607

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

210 Sylvan Avenue

Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

(201) 567-5648

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of

the registrant ’s principal executive offices)

 

 


 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

 

Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.

 

On January 18, 2018, Asta Funding, Inc. (the “Company”) received a Delinquency Compliance Plan Alert Letter (the “Letter”) from Nasdaq (“Nasdaq”) stating that the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1), because it has not timely filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Form 10-K”) for the annual period ended September 30, 2017.

 

In the Letter, Nasdaq indicated that the Company has 60 calendar days to submit a plan to regain compliance. If such a plan is timely submitted by the Company, the Nasdaq staff may grant the Company up to 180 calendar days from the due date of the Form 10- K, or until July 16, 2018, to regain compliance. The Company does not currently expect that the submission of a compliance plan will be necessary because the Company anticipates that it will file the Form 10-K prior to the expiration of the 60-day period. The Company expects that it will fully regain compliance with the Nasdaq continued listing requirements upon the filing of the Form 10-K. As previously stated, the Company will file the Form 10-K as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

On January 19, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing its receipt of the Letter. A copy of the Company’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

Item  9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

99.1

    

Press Release dated January 19, 2018

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

             
 

 

 

 

Asta Funding, Inc.

       

Date: January 19, 2018

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Bruce R. Foster

 

 

 

 

Name:

 

Bruce R. Foster

 

 

 

 

Title:

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Asta Funding, Inc. Announces Receipt of Nasdaq Non-Compliance Letter

 

Englewood Cliffs, NJ (January 19, 2018) — Asta Funding, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASFI) (“Asta” or the “Company”) announced today that on January 18, 2018, it received a Delinquency Compliance Plan Alert Letter (the “Letter”) from Nasdaq (“Nasdaq”) stating that the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1), because it has not timely filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Form 10-K”) for the period ended September 30, 2017.

 

In the Letter, Nasdaq indicated that the Company has 60 calendar days to submit a plan to regain compliance. If such a plan is timely submitted by the Company, the Nasdaq staff may grant the Company up to 180 calendar days from the due date of the Form 10-K, or until July 16, 2018, to regain compliance. The Company does not currently expect that the submission of a compliance plan will be necessary because the Company anticipates that it will file the Form 10-K prior to the expiration of the 60-day period. The Company expects that it will fully regain compliance with the Nasdaq continued listing requirements upon the filing of the Form 10-K. As previously stated, the Company will file the Form 10-K as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

  About Asta Funding, Inc.

 

Asta Funding, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASFI), headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, is a diversified financial services company that assists consumers and serves investors through the strategic management of three complementary business segments: Personal Injury Claims, Consumer Debt and Disability Advocacy. Founded in 1994 as a sub-prime auto lender, Asta now manages business units that include funding of personal injury claims through its wholly owned subsidiary, Simia Capital, LLC; acquiring and managing international distressed consumer receivables through its wholly owned subsidiary, Palisades Acquisitions LLC; and benefits advocacy through its wholly owned subsidiary, GAR Disability Advocates, LLC. For additional information, please visit our website at http://www.astafunding.com.

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

All statements in this news release other than statements of historical facts, including without limitation, statements regarding our future financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected revenues, projected costs, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "estimates," "anticipates," or "believes" or the negative thereof, or any variation thereon, or similar terminology or expressions. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors which could materially affect our results and our future performance include, without limitation, our ability to purchase defaulted consumer receivables at appropriate prices, changes in government regulations that affect our ability to collect sufficient amounts on our defaulted consumer receivables, our ability to employ and retain qualified employees, changes in the credit or capital markets, changes in interest rates, deterioration in economic conditions, negative press regarding the debt collection industry which may have a negative impact on a debtor's willingness to pay the debt we acquire, and statements of assumption underlying any of the foregoing, as well as other factors set forth under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2016, and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing. Except as required by law, we assume no duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements.