Globe Newswire 27-Mar-2020 6:00 AM
ZHEJIANG, China, March 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SORL Auto Parts, Inc. (NASDAQ:SORL) ("SORL" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive brake systems as well as other key safety-related auto parts in China, today announced that the Company will not be able to file its 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K by the original deadline of March 30, 2020 due to circumstances related to COVID-19. The Company's headquarters is located in Ruian, Zhejiang Province, PRC, which has been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Company's operations in Zhejiang Province and other locations in China, have been largely suspended since the beginning of the Chinese New Year in late January 2020 through early March of 2020. However, the Company's operations have returned to full capacity and all corporate activities are now gradually returning to normal operations.
The occurrence of this uncontrollable COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Company's operations in the first quarter of 2020. Social distancing, travel bans and quarantines have limited access to SORL facilities and professional staff. These actions have substantially hampered the Company's efforts to provide investors with timely information and comply with filing obligations with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As a result, the Company and its professional staff and advisors will not be able to complete the preparation of the Company's consolidated financial statements and the Form 10-K until after March 30, 2020. The Company is relying on the SEC order dated March 4, 2020 (Release No. 34-88318, to extend the due date for the filing of its Form 10-K until May 14, 2020, 45 days after the original due date). The Company will work diligently to comply with such requirement and, at this time, management believes that it will need the entire available extension period.
Forward Looking Statements
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