Array Technologies, Inc. (ARRY) Failed to Disclose Rising Costs Would Have an Adverse Effect on its Business Operations
Array’s Offering Materials stated that one of the Company’s strengths related to its management of costs. Specifically, the Offering Materials noted the Company’s “[d]emonstrated ability to reduce the cost of our products while increasing profit margins” and that its “[r]igorous supply chain management [was] supported by a sophisticated enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system.” With regard to strategy, the IPO Materials explained how the Company leveraged its global supply chain and economies of scale to reduce product cost. However, the Company failed to disclose the then-existing rise of costs related to certain supplies such as steel, as well as the Company’s freight costs.
On May 11, 2021, Array reported lower revenues year-over-year and lower margins. These dismal financial results included a 44% decrease in revenue for the prior year period, a 63% decrease in gross profit, a 69% decrease in adjusted EBITDA, and 71% decrease in adjusted income. The Company blamed increased steel and shipping costs, and noted, “continuing increases in prices of steel and freight costs will impact our margins in the second quarter and potentially subsequent quarters if prices do not normalize.” On this news, Array’s stock price dropped $11.49 per share on May 12, 2021, to close at $13.46 per share.
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