UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): March 27, 2020

 

TD Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-36055   45-4077653
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

Room 104, No. 33 Section D,

No. 6 Middle Xierqi Road,

Haidian District, Beijing, China

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

+86 (010) 59441080

(Issuer’s telephone number)

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

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

 

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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 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001   GLG   Nasdaq Capital Market

 

 

 

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

TD Holdings, Inc. (formerly known as Bat Group, Inc., the “Company”) is providing the following update on the filing of its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. As a result of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the Company’s luxury car rental business (the “Luxury Car Business”) and commodities trading business (the “Commodities Trading Business”) offices located in Beijing and Shenzhen, respectively, were ordered by their respective local governments to stay closed until February 10, 2020. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, all of the Company’s employees were recommended to work from home until at least February 20, 2020. On February 22, 2020, our Commodities Trading Business resumed its on-site operations. However, as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K, our Luxury Car Business employees are still working from home due to stricter governmental regulations in Beijing.

 

Friedman LLP (“Friedman”), the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm was scheduled to perform an on-site audit in February 2020, which was supposed to be approximately three weeks. However, during most of February 2020, Friedman was unable to conduct the on-site audit due to the travel restriction and quarantine requirement. Although the Company has been cooperating with Friedman in an attempt to conduct the audit remotely, this has resulted in significant delays to the audit process.

 

The Company had initially planned to avail itself of the fifteen day filing extension provided by Rule 12b-25 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”) to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 (the “Annual Report”). In light of the impact of the additional factors described above, Friedman and the Company now believe that the Company will not be able to complete the audit in order to permit the Company to file the Annual Report by the prescribed date, taking into account the extension normally available under Rule 12b-25 under the Exchange Act, without unreasonable effort or expense.

On March 4, 2020 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order (Release No. 34-88318) under Section 36 of the Exchange Act granting exemptions from specified provisions of the Exchange Act and certain rules thereunder (the “Order”). The Order provides that a registrant subject to the reporting requirements of Exchange Act Section 13(a) or 15(d), and any person required to make any filings with respect to such a registrant, is exempt from any requirement to file or furnish materials with the Commission under Exchange Act Sections 13(a), 13(f), 13(g), 14(a), 14(c), 14(f), 15(d) and Regulations 13A, Regulation 13D-G (except for those provisions mandating the filing of Schedule 13D or amendments to Schedule 13D), 14A, 14C and 15D, and Exchange Act Rules 13f-1, and 14f-1, as applicable, where certain conditions are satisfied.

Based on the foregoing, the Company is hereby relying on the Order and expects to file the Annual Report on or around May 1, 2020 but no later than May 14, 2020.

 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

 

The Company is supplementing the risk factors previously disclosed in its most recent periodic reports filed under the Exchange Act with the following risk factor:

 

Our business, results of operations and financial condition may be adversely affected by global public health epidemics, including the strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19.

 

In light of the uncertain and rapidly evolving situation relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken temporary precautionary measures intended to help minimize the risk of the virus to our employees, our customers, and the communities in which we participate, which could negatively impact our business. To this end, we are evaluating alternative working arrangements, including requiring all employees to work remotely, and we have suspended all non-essential travel for our employees and limiting in-person work-related meetings.

 

 

 

In addition, with the extended Chinese business shutdowns that resulted from the outbreak of COVID-19, we may experience delays or the inability to service our customers on a timely basis in both our Luxury Car Business and our Commodities Trading Business. The disruptions to our supply chain and business operations, or to our suppliers’ or customers’ supply chains and business operations, could include disruptions from the closure of our luxury car rental facilities, interruptions in the supply of commodities, personnel absences, and restrictions on the luxury car rental services or delivery and storage of commodities, any of which could have adverse ripple effects on our Luxury Car Business and our Commodities Trading Business. If we need to close any of our facilities or a critical number of our employees become too ill to work, our ability to provide our products and services to our customers could be materially adversely affected in a rapid manner. Similarly, if our customers experience adverse business consequences due to COVID-19, or any other pandemic, demand for our products and services could also be materially adversely affected in a rapid manner. Global health concerns, such as COVID-19, could also result in social, economic, and labor instability in the localities in which we or our suppliers and customers operate within China.

 

While the potential economic impact brought by and the duration of COVID-19 may be difficult to assess or predict, a widespread pandemic could result in significant disruption of global financial markets, reducing our ability to access capital, which could in the future negatively affect our liquidity. In addition, a recession or market correction resulting from the spread of COVID-19 could materially affect our business and the value of our common stock. While it is too early to tell whether COVID-19 will have a material effect on our business over time, we continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds. The extent to which COVID-19 affects our results will depend on many factors and future developments, including new information about COVID-19 and any new government regulations which may emerge to contain the virus, among others.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K are “forward-looking statements” as the term is defined under applicable securities laws. These statements include the anticipated timing of the filing of Company’s quarterly and annual statements under the Exchange Act; the expected impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on the Company’s financial reporting capabilities and its operations generally and the potential impact of such virus on the Company’s customers, distribution partners, advertisers and production facilities and other third parties. These and other forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. Such risks and uncertainties are, in many instances, beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements, which are presented as of the date of this filing, will not be updated to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement except as required by law. 

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statement and Exhibits  

 

(d) Exhibits

 

99.1   Letter from Friedman regarding Reasons of the Inability to Timely File the Audit Report  

 

 

 

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.

 

  TD HOLDINGS, INC.
     
Date: March 27, 2020 By: /s/ Renmei Ouyang
  Name:  Renmei Ouyang
  Title: Chief Executive Officer

 

 

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