View, Inc. Securities Lawsuit Investigation
View stock plummets 24% after delaying its earnings report, pending audit investigation
On August 16, 2021, building technology company View, Inc.announced it was delaying its Q2 2021 financial results because its Audit Committee was investigating the “adequacy of the company’s previously disclosed warranty accrual.” View, Inc. had just recently completed its SPAC merger on March 8, 2021.
On the news of its Q2 reporting delay, View stock plummeted 24%, causing significant harm to investors.
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View Inc. delays quarterly earnings report
View develops building technology products, including electrochromic glass panels that can reduce glare or detect security threats.
On August 16, 2021, View announced the Audit Committee of its Board of Directors had recently begun an independent investigation, with independent advisors, into the company’s “previously disclosed warranty accrual.” View said it could not finalize its financial statements and file its Form 10-Q until the investigation was finished, and it could not predict how long the investigation would take. Further, it could not predict the investigation’s impact on “the company’s financial results” or “the company’s assessment of its internal control over financial reporting for prior periods.”
SPACs Like View Raised Billions in 2021 but Face Lawsuits and SEC Scrutiny
View recently IPO’d on March 8, 2021 by merging with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.
SPACs, or special purpose acquisition companies, are commonly known as “blank check” shell companies. SPACs provide an alternative to the traditional IPO process, and serve the primary purpose of raising investor proceeds to eventually acquire a private company. Investors typically buy into a SPAC before it announces, or even decides, which private company it will attempt to acquire.
While SPAC investors have the potential to realize significant gains, they are also much more vulnerable to market volatility and other types of fraud. Investors may be vulnerable to a variety of SPAC fraud by sponsors, including:
- Misrepresenting material facts related to the SPAC or the company to be acquired;
- Failing to properly investigate or conduct due diligence on the company to be acquired; or
- Engaging in self-dealing or failing to disclose conflicts of interest with the acquisition company.
SPACs have recently come under SEC scrutiny and investor lawsuits against SPACs are on the rise. According to MarketWatch, many of these lawsuits allege SPAC directors failed to disclose sufficient information about the companies they intended to merge with.
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