UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of September 2023

 

 

 

Commission File Number: 001-34238

 

 

 

THE9 LIMITED

 

17 Floor, No. 130 Wu Song Road

Hong Kou District, Shanghai 201203

People’s Republic of China

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F x            Form 40-F ¨

 

 

 

 

 

The9 Announces Plan to Implement ADS Ratio Change

 

SHANGHAI, China, September 28, 2023 — The9 Limited (Nasdaq: NCTY) (“The9” or the “Company”), an established Internet company, today announced that it plans to change the ratio of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) to its Class A ordinary shares (the “ADS Ratio”), par value US$0.01 per share, from the current ADS Ratio of one (1) ADS to thirty (30) Class A ordinary shares to a new ADS Ratio of one (1) ADS to three hundred (300) Class A ordinary shares. The Company anticipates that the change in the ADS Ratio will be effective on or about October 2, 2023 (the “Effective Date”).

 

For The9’s ADS holders, the change in the ADS Ratio will have the same effect as a one-for-ten reverse ADS split. On the Effective Date, ADS holders of the Company will be required to surrender and exchange every ten (10) existing ADSs then held for one (1) new ADS. The Bank of New York Mellon, as the depositary bank for the Company’s ADS program (the “Depositary”), will arrange for the exchange of the current ADSs for the new ones. The9’s ADSs will continue to be traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “NCTY.”

 

No fractional new ADSs will be issued in connection with the change in the ADS Ratio. Instead, fractional entitlements to new ADSs will be aggregated and sold by the Depositary and the net cash proceeds from the sale of the fractional ADS entitlements (after deduction of fees, taxes and expenses) will be distributed to the applicable ADS holders by the Depositary. The change in the ADS Ratio will have no impact on The9’s underlying Class A ordinary shares, and no Class A ordinary shares will be issued or cancelled in connection with the change in the ADS Ratio.

 

As a result of the change in the ADS Ratio, the ADS trading price is expected to increase proportionally, although the Company can give no assurance that the ADS trading price after the change in the ADS Ratio will be equal to or greater than ten times the ADS trading price before the change.

 

About The9 Limited

 

The9 Limited (The9) is an Internet company based in China listed on Nasdaq in 2004. The9 aims to become a diversified Internet company, and is engaged in blockchain business including the operation of cryptocurrency mining.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management’s current expectations and current market and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond The9’s control. The9 may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the SEC, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about The9’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: The9’s goal and strategies; The9’s expansion plans; The9’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; The9’s expectations regarding demand for, and market acceptance of, its products and services; The9’s expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with business partners it collaborates with; general economic and business conditions; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in The9’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and The9 does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

 

 

 

 

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, thereunto duly authorized.

  

  THE9 LIMITED
       
  By :

/s/ George Lai

  Name: : George Lai
  Title: : Director and Chief Financial Officer

 

Date: September 28, 2023

 

 

 


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