Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. announced yesterday that it had received notice from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that the company is not in compliance with the NYSE continued listing standard.

The standard, set forth in Rule 802.01C of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, requires the average closing price of the company's common stock to be at least $1 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days.

In accordance with applicable NYSE procedures, the Covington, La-based offshore service vessel operator plans to timely notify the NYSE that it intends to cure the $1 per share deficiency. Hornbeck Offshore has six months following the receipt of the noncompliance notice to cure the deficiency and regain compliance with the NYSE minimum share price continued listing requirement.

During this period, the company's common stock is permitted to continue trading on the NYSE under the symbol "HOS," but will have an appended ticker (suffix) of ".BC" to indicate the status of the common stock as "below compliance."  The notice does not affect the company's business operations or its Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements, and does not conflict with or cause an event of default under any of the company's material debt agreements.

Hornbeck Offshore intends to actively monitor the closing share price of its common stock and will explore all available options, including a reverse stock split of the company's common shares, subject to stockholder approval, to regain compliance.

Hornbeck Offshore is a leading provider of technologically advanced, new generation OSVs, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Latin America.

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.