|THE NASDAQ STOCK MARKET|
|9600 BLACKWELL ROAD, SUITE 300|
|ROCKVILLE, MO 20850|
Douglas D. McKenney, CFA
The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc
By Facsimile and First Class Mail
February 8, 2005
Mr. L. Craig Simmons
Chief Financial Officer
P.O. Box 338
La Belle, FL 33975
|Re:||Alico, Inc. (the Company)|
Dear Mr. Simmons:
The Companys Form 8-K filed on February 3, 2005 indicates that effective February 1, 2005, Richard C. Ackert, William L. Barton, Larry A. Carter, Stephen M. Mulready and Thomas E. Oakley (the Independent Directors) resigned as directors of the Company. The Independent Directors constituted all of independent directors on the Companys Board and its committees. Accordingly, the Company does not meet the independent director, compensation committee, nomination committee or audit committee requirements for continued listing on The Nasdaq Stock Market under Marketplace Rules 4350(c)(1)1, 4350(c)(3)2, 4350(c)(4)(A)3 and 4350(d)(2)4 (the Rules), respectively.
As a result, Staff is reviewing the Companys eligibility for continued listing on The Nasdaq Stock Market. To facilitate this review, on or before February 23, 2005, please provide the Companys specific plan and timetable to achieve compliance with the Rules. Please also provide relevant
|1||Marketplace Rule 4350(c)(1) requires each issuer to maintain a majority of the board of directors comprised of independent directors.|
|2||Marketplace Rules 4350(c)(3) requires that compensation of the chief executive officer and all other officers of the company must be determined, or recommended to the Board for determination, either by a majority of independent directors or a compensation committee comprised solely of independent directors.|
|3||Marketplace Rules 4350(c)(4)(A) requires that director nominees must either be selected, or recommended for the Boards selection, either by a majority of independent directors or a nominations committee comprised solely of independent directors.|
|4||Marketplace Rule 4350(d)(2) provides, in part, that an issuer have an audit committee composed of at least three independent directors.|
Mr. L. Craig Simmons
February 8, 2005
documentation to support your plan, including but not limited to biographical information related to individuals, if any, being considered for appointment to the Board of Directors and the audit committee.
In addition, Staff is troubled by the apparent circumstances under which Independent Directors resigned. Specifically, the Independent Directors resignation letter notes that recent events reflected a disregard . for the principals of good corporate governance and independent professional management of the Company In that regard, please address each of the three concerns raised by the Independent Directors in the resignation letter. Further, please provide a detailed narrative as to the reasons the Company and ABT declined to implement the five proposals advanced by the Independent Directors.
Staff will contact the Company after reviewing the plan and notify you if we have any questions or concerns regarding the plan. If, after the conclusion of our review process, Staff determines that the plan does not adequately address the issues noted, the Company will receive notification that its securities will be delisted. At that time, the Company may appeal Staffs determination to a Listing Qualifications Panel.
Please note that Item 3.01 of Form 8-K requires disclosure of the receipt of this notification letter within four business days. 5 Accordingly, the Company should consult with counsel regarding disclosure obligations surrounding this letter under the federal securities laws. In addition, Nasdaq posts a list of all non-compliant Nasdaq companies and the reason(s) for such non-compliance on our website at www.nasdaq.com. The Company will be included in this list commencing five business days from the date of this letter.
If you have any questions relating to the compliance issues discussed above, please contact Tom Choe, Senior Analyst at (301) 978-8027.
|/s/ Douglas D. McKenney|
|5||See SEC Release No. 34-49424.|