This lawsuit is for anyone who acquired securities in Apache Corporation (NASDAQ: APA) from September 7, 2016 through March 13, 2020.
The lawsuit alleges that the Company and certain of its executives violated federal law. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that, throughout the time period mentioned above, the Company misled investors regarding its financial condition. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the Company misled investors by telling investors that more oil and gas reserves existed in the Company's Alpine High project in the Permian Basin than the Company knew, or had reason to believe, was he case.
On April 23, 2019, pre-market, the Company announced that it had begun a "[t]emporary" deferral of natural gas production at its Alpine High oil-and-gas resource play in the Permian Basin. On this news, the price of the Company's stock dropped precipitously on unusually heavy trading volume. Then, on October 25, 2019, Apache's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Exploration, Steven Keenan, abruptly resigned from the Company. On this news, the price of the Company's stock again dropped precipitously on unusually heavy trading volume. Then, on February 26, 2020, post-market, the Company announced that it was completely de-valuing Alpine High after taking a $3 billion write-down on the project. Two weeks later, on March 12, 2020, Apache announced that it had slashed its quarterly dividend by 90% (from $0.25 per share to just $0.025 per share) and was significantly reducing planned capital expenditures for the rest of 2020. On this news, the price of the Company's stock again dropped precipitously on unusually heavy trading volume. Finally, on March 16, 2020, Seeking Alpha published an article pre-market noting that Apache was particularly challenged among its peers, as the Company carried "the highest debt-to-equity ratio among large-cap independent [exploration and production companies]," that "[t]he company doesn't have a strong balance sheet" and that its "financial health isn't great." On this news, the price of the Company's stock again dropped precipitously on unusually heavy trading volume.
The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith seeks to recover damages on behalf of class members. If you acquired securities in Apache Corporation (NASDAQ: APA) from September 7, 2016 through March 13, 2020 you may join the lawsuit by submitting your information online, or you may call the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith and speak to Mr. Smith directly to learn how he can protect your rights.
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