Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Aterian, Inc. fka Mohawk Group Holdings, Inc. and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and docketed under 21-cv-05163, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants that purchased or otherwise acquired Aterian securities between December 1, 2020 and May 3, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Plaintiff pursues claims against the Defendants under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).
If you are a shareholder who purchased Aterian securities during the Class Period, you have until July 12, 2021 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at email@example.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 7980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased.
Aterian purports to be a “technology-enabled consumer products platform that builds, acquires and partners with e-commerce brands. The Company’s proprietary software and highly agile supply chain helps creating for a growing base of data empowered e-commerce customers. Aterian predominantly operates through online retail channels such as Amazon and Walmart, Inc.”
The complaint alleges throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) the Company’s organic growth is plummeting; (ii) the Company’s recent, self-lauded acquisitions were overpayments for flawed assets from questionable sources; (iii) Aterian’s purported artificial intelligence software is a flawed product that lacks customer interest; (iv) Aterian uses rebate programs and paid or artificial reviews to pump up their product offerings; and (v) as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On December 1, 2020, the Company announced that it had acquired the assets of “leading e-commerce business brands Mueller, Pursteam, Pohl and Schmitt, and Spiralizer” from 9830 Macarthur LLC, ZN Direct LLC, and Reliance Equities Group, LLC. On this news, shares jumped from their December 1, 2020 close of $6.89 per share to a December 2, 2020 close of $8.12, representing a one-day surge of nearly 18%. Shares continued to soar, closing at $17.21 per share on December 31, 2020, and eventually approaching nearly $49.00 per share in mid-February 2021.
On May 4, 2021, analyst Culper Research published a scathing report entitled: “Aterian (ATER): Bought from Felons & Fraudsters, Sold to You.” In this report, Culper wrote that “the Company has ties to convicted criminals and is promoting what we believe is an overhyped ‘AI’ narrative and a string of garbage acquisitions to mask the failure of its already ill-conceived core business.” Culper continued that “Aterian has been largely unsuccessful in convincing other Amazon sellers to pay for its ‘AIMEE’ AI platform, and at least 5 former employees and a former customer have expressed doubts regarding AIMEE’s legitimacy. We think that Aterian’s underlying business has failed, forcing the Company to obscure its poor performance with a series of questionable acquisitions.”
Culper further wrote: “[w]e believe that there are serious problems with Aterian’s claims to maintain strong organic growth and to drive M&A synergies: to us, neither of these appears to be the case. . . . In our view, this suggests not only that Aterian is unable to growth EBITDA at acquired businesses, but that its core business is also failing to produce.”
On this news, the price of Aterian stock fell from its May 3, 2021 close of $20.66 to a May 5, 2021 close of $15.72 per share, a two-day drop of $4.94 per share or approximately 24%.
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Robert S. Willoughby
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