NYSE Suspends Trading of PGS Shares
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA has been informed by the New York Stock Exchange that the American Depositary Shares of Petroleum Geo-Services ASA and the Petroleum Geo-Svcs AsaTrust I -- tickers symbol PGO and PGOPRA - are suspended.
PGS has been in continuous dialogue with the NYSE regarding the market price of its ADRs since they fell below $1.00. In the Company's Q3, 2002 Earnings Release PGS informed the market that it had fallen below the NYSE's continued listing criteria relating to the minimum share price, and indicated that under NYSE rules within six months from NYSE notice it would be required to bring the ADR price and average ADR price above $1.00 over a 30 day trading period.
The NYSE decision was reached because PGO remains below the NYSE's minimum security price criterion as PGO's average ADR price has been less than $1.00 over a consecutive 30- trading - day period and has recently been trading at abnormally low levels, closing at $0.31 on February 25, 2003. Additionally, in view of today's earnings announcement, the Company has now also fallen below NYSE continued listing standards as the Company's average global market capitalization over a consecutive 30 trading-day period is less than $50,000,000 and its total stockholders' equity is less than $50,000,000.