SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 1, 2020
RITTER PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other
jurisdiction of incorporation)
|1880 Century Park East, Suite 1000|
|Los Angeles, California||90067|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (310) 203-1000
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 (see General Instruction A.2. below):
|[X]||Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)|
|[ ]||Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)|
|[ ]||Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))|
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|Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:|
|Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol||Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.001||RTTR||Nasdaq Capital Market|
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).
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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. [ ]
Item 2.02. Results of Operation and Financial Condition.
On May 1, 2020, Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”), issued a press release announcing the financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020, entitled “Ritter Pharmaceuticals Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2020 - Form S-4 Declared Effective by the SEC and Ritter/Qualigen Merger Voting is Underway” (the “Press Release”). A copy of the Press Release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed filed for the purposes of Section 18 of the United State Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of Section 18. Furthermore, the information shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any registration statement or any other filing under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific references in such filings.
Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
On February 4, 2020, Ritter filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that included a joint proxy and consent solicitation statement/prospectus. The registration statement on Form S-4 was declared effective on April 9, 2020. The final joint proxy and consent solicitation statement/prospectus was filed with the SEC on April 9, 2020 and was first sent to the stockholders of Ritter and Qualigen on or about April 9, 2020. Each party may file other documents with the SEC in connection with the merger. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF RITTER AND QUALIGEN ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN, OR WILL CONTAIN, IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RITTER, QUALIGEN, THE MERGER AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and stockholders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Investors and stockholders may also obtain free copies of the documents filed by Ritter with the SEC by contacting Ritter by mail at Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1880 Century Park East, Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90067, Attention: John Beck. Investors and stockholders are urged to read the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/information statement and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the Merger.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Participants in the Solicitation
Ritter and its directors and executive officers and Qualigen and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Ritter in connection with the Merger. Information regarding the special interests of these directors and executive officers in the merger is included in the joint proxy and consent solicitation statement/prospectus referred to above. Additional information about Ritter’s directors and executive officers is included in Ritter’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2020, as amended on April 24, 2020. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC website (www.sec.gov) and from the Corporate Secretary of Ritter at the address above.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release, dated May 1, 2020, entitled “Ritter Pharmaceuticals Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2020 - Form S-4 Declared Effective by the SEC and Ritter/Qualigen Merger Voting is Underway”|
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.
|RITTER PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Andrew J. Ritter|
|Name:||Andrew J. Ritter|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
Date: May 1, 2020