Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is conducting an investigation into Applied Digital Corporation (“Applied Digital” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: APLD). Investors who suffered losses of over $100,000 between April 13, 2022, and July 26, 2023, and are interested in seeking the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action have until October 11, 2023, to take action.
The complaint alleges that Applied Digital made false and misleading statements regarding the profitability of its datacenter hosting business and its ability to transition into a low-cost AI Cloud services provider. It is also claimed that the Company’s Board of Directors did not meet the independence requirements set forth by NASDAQ listing rules. These alleged actions could have significant financial and reputational consequences for Applied Digital once revealed to the public.
Applied Digital conducted its initial public offering (IPO) in April 2022, raising approximately $40 million. B. Riley Securities, Inc., an investment bank, acted as the primary underwriter for the IPO. The IPO’s offering documents indicated several close connections between Applied Digital and B. Riley, raising concerns about the independence of Applied Digital’s Board of Directors.
As a publicly traded company on NASDAQ, Applied Digital is required to have a majority of independent directors on its Board. However, despite the ties to B. Riley, the IPO prospectus assured investors that Applied Digital had met the requirements of NASDAQ.
In May 2023, Applied Digital announced the launch of its cloud service for AI applications. Shortly after, the company entered into a loan and security agreement with B. Riley Commercial Capital, LLC and B. Riley Securities to fund the buildout of its AI cloud platform and data centers. Applied Digital repaid the loan well in advance, which corresponded with B. Riley’s own financing needs for an acquisition.
Market analysts began questioning Applied Digital’s business model and the connections to B. Riley in July 2023. Reports from Wolfpack Research and The Bear Cave raised concerns about the viability of the Company’s pivot to becoming an AI Cloud service provider.
Investors with significant losses during the specified period are encouraged to contact Faruqi & Faruqi to discuss their legal rights. Faruqi & Faruqi is a leading minority and woman-owned national securities law firm with offices in multiple states.
– Securities class action: A type of lawsuit where a group of investors who have suffered financial losses as a result of the same fraudulent or unlawful conduct join together to seek compensation.
– Compliance policies: The policies and procedures put in place by a company to ensure adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
– IPO (Initial Public Offering): The first sale of stock by a company to the public, enabling companies to raise capital by issuing shares to investors in exchange for ownership.
– Underwriter: A financial institution that helps a company issue securities (stocks or bonds) to the public.
– Prospectus: A document that provides essential information about a company and the securities being offered to potential investors.
– Independence: The state of being free from control or influence by others.
– AI (Artificial Intelligence): The development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as speech recognition, decision-making, and problem-solving.
– NASDAQ: A global electronic marketplace for buying and selling securities, primarily known for listing technology companies.
Sources: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP; NASDAQ; B. Riley Securities, Inc.
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