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PureCycle Technologies, Inc.

Company NamePureCycle Technologies, Inc.
Stock SymbolPCT
Class PeriodNovember 16, 2020 to May 05, 2021
Lead Plaintiff Motion DeadlineJuly 12, 2021

On May 6, 2021, before the market opened, Hindenburg Research issued a report alleging that PureCycle is “another quintessential example of how executives and SPAC sponsors enrich themselves while hoisting unproven technology and ridiculous financial projections onto the public markets, leaving retail investors to face the ultimate consequences.” Hindenburg explained that it spoke with “multiple former employees” of earlier companies that PureCycle’s CEO and other associated executives took public before PureCycle, “who said that PureCycle’s executives based their financial projections on ‘wild… guessing,’ brought companies public far too early, and had deceived investors.” The report also noted Hindenburg was “unable to find a single peer reviewed study in any scholarly journal citing or reviewing PureCycle’s licensed process,”  and that Hindenburg spoke to a “30-year expert on polymers” who “referred to the company’s flammable pressurized process as a ‘bomb’ and warned about the company forging ahead to commercial scale despite having issues at a lab scale.”

On this news, PureCycle’s stock price fell $9.76, or 40%, to close at $14.83, on May 6, 2021, thereby injuring investors. 

The complaint filed alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (1) the management team bringing PureCycle public had previously brought six other failed business public only to have each implode thereafter; (2) the management team bringing PureCycle public had characterized rank speculation as financial projections to investors in the past; (3) the primary motivation of the management team bringing PureCycle public was to complete any transaction, good or bad, to obtain tens of millions of dollars in cash and tradable shares; (4) PureCycle faces higher competition for high quality feedstock than it has led investors to believe, materially undermining the management team’s financial projections; (5) PureCycle’s patent is nowhere as cogent or valuable as it has led investors to believe, and the technology underlying its business operations is unproven and presents serious issues even at lab scale; (6) in reality, PureCycle’s flammable pressurized process is not yet functional, especially at scale, and is dangerous; (7) PureCycle purports to be advancing to commercial production scale despite still having operational issues at a lab scale; and (8) as a result, Defendants' statements about its business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.

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