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SCO Group faces possible Nasdaq delisting

Company fails to file its year-end earnings report with the SEC in a timely fashion, plans to appeal the decision.

The SCO Group announced Thursday it faces possible delisting from the Nasdaq SmallCap market, because it failed to file its annual report in a timely fashion.

SCO plans to request a hearing with the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel to appeal the decision, according to the company. In the interim, the company's stock will trade under the ticker "SCOXE," starting Friday, rather than the current "SCOX." (Nasdaq adds an "E" to the ticker of any company delinquent with a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.)

SCO's fiscal year ended Oct. 31, but it said it has yet to file its annual report because it is reviewing its handling of stock options as a form of compensation.

"The company is working to resolve these matters as soon as possible and expects to file its (annual report) upon completion," SCO said in a statement.

The company has been under pressure to reinvigorate its business as its revenue has tumbled and its losses have increased.

With its request for an appeals hearing, SCO can stay the pending delisting, which is scheduled for the market's open on Feb. 25. The company noted, however, that there is no guarantee the appeals panel will grant its request to remain listed.

SCO, a former Linux seller that focuses now on just Unix products, is embroiled in other legal matters, as well.

The company has several copyright infringement lawsuits pending, alleging that parts of SCO's Unix source code were copied into Linux. One of the company's most notable cases is a $5 billion lawsuit against IBM, which shocked the industry when it was filed in 2003.

SCO also has threatened to file lawsuits against other companies using Linux, though it missed a self-imposed deadline for doing so.