NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C., a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, is investigating potential claims against Clariant AG (OTCMKTS: CLZNY), Verano Holdings Corp. (OTCMKTS: VRNOF), Singularity Future Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: SGLY), and Polished.com, Inc. (NYSEAmerican: POL). Our investigations concern whether these companies have violated the federal securities laws and/or engaged in other unlawful business practices. Additional information about each case can be found at the link provided.
Clariant AG (OTCMKTS: CLZNY)
On February 14, 2022, Swiss chemical maker, Clariant AG, disclosed that it will delay issuing Q4 2021 and full year 2021 financial results due an ongoing internal investigation into potential accounting fraud.
Clariant AG is investigating internal whistleblower complaints that the company has known about since September 2021, pertaining to booking issues aimed at boosting results to meet targets.
On this news, shares of Clariant AG ADR shares fell more than 14% in intraday trading on February 14, 2022.
For more information on the Clariant investigation go to: https://bespc.com/cases/CLZNY
Verano Holdings Corp. (OTCMKTS: VRNOF)
On July 27, 2022, Verano filed a Notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, disclosing that “[o]n July 26, 2022, as a result of internal compensation and tax reviews, certain accounting errors were uncovered and in consultation with Verano Holding Corp.’s (the ‘Company’) management, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors (the ‘Audit Committee’) of the Company determined that the Company will be required to restate” its Unaudited Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements for the quarters ended March 31, 2021, June 30, 2021, September 30, 2021, March 31, 2022, and for the year ended December 31, 2021. Verano specified that “the Audit Committee determined that the Company’s stock-based compensation expense in connection with the Company’s restricted stock units was understated in each of the Prior Period Financials (i) primarily as a result of calculating such expense as if each restricted stock unit vested into one share of the Company’s Class A subordinate voting shares (‘SV Shares’) instead of 100 SV Shares and (ii) to a lesser extent, as a result of, among other things, using the Black-Scholes option pricing model to value such restricted stock units instead of the date of grant trading price of the SV Shares underlying such restricted stock units, as listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange. As a result of such understated stock-based compensation expense, the Company’s tax expense in each of the Prior Periods Financials was overstated, and accordingly, the Company’s tax obligation will be reduced.”
On this news, Verano’s stock price fell $0.24 per share, or 3.72%, to close at $6.22 per share on July 28, 2022.
For more information on the Verano investigation go to: https://bespc.com/cases/VRNOF
Singularity Future Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: SGLY)
On May 5, 2022, Hindenburg Research (“Hindenburg”) published a report entitled “Singularity Future Technology: This Nasdaq-Listed Company’s CEO Is a fugitive, on the Run for Allegedly Operating a Massive Ponzi Scheme.’ The Hindenburg report alleged, among other things, that ‘singularity’s CEO, Yang Jie, is a fugitive on the run from Chinese authorities for running an alleged $300 million Ponzi scheme that lured in over 20,000 victims” and “fled to the U.S. while at least 28 other individuals involved in the case were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 6 months to 15 years.” The Hindenburg report further alleged that “Singularity’s massive [cryptocurrency] mining rig deal appears to be a brazen undisclosed related party deal” and that “[w]e see little evidence that Singularity’s ‘proprietary’ crypto mining rigs ever existed in the first place. The photos and descriptions of Singularity’s miners match precisely with another brand called KOI Miner.”
On this news, Singularity’s stock price fell $1.95 per share, or 28.89%, to close at $4.80 per share on May 5, 2022.
For more information on the Singularity Future investigation go to: https://bespc.com/cases/SGLY
Polished.com, Inc. (NYSEAmerican: POL)
In July 2020, Polished (then known as 1847 Goedeker Inc.) conducted its initial public offering (“IPO”), selling shares priced at $9.00 per share.
Then, on August 15, 2022, after market hours, Polished announced on Form 12b-25 filed with the SEC its inability to timely file its Form 10-Q for its second quarter of its fiscal year 2022 ended June 30, 2022 due to its Board’s Audit Committee recently beginning “an independent investigation regarding certain allegations made by certain former employees related to the Company’s business operations.” Further, the Company announced that “[t]he investigation is ongoing, and the Audit Committee continues to work diligently with independent counsel and consultants to complete the investigation” and that “[t]he Company cannot predict the duration of the investigation, eventual scope, its outcome, or its impact on the Company’s financial results.”
On this news, Polished’s share price fell sharply during after-hours trading on August 15, 2022 and pre-market trading on August 16, 2022.
For more information on the Polished investigation go to: https://bespc.com/cases/POL
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