Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Maxar Technologies Inc. ("Maxar" or the "Company"). The investigation concerns whether Maxar and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices.
On August 7, 2018, Spruce Point Capital Management ("Spruce Point") published a research report on Maxar. The Spruce Point report alleged, in part, that Maxar "has pulled one of the most aggressive accounting schemes Spruce Point has ever seen to inflate Non-IFRS earnings by 79%." Specifically, the report asserted that Maxar had used its acquisition of DigitalGlobe "to inflate [its] intangible assets" and had "amended its post-retirement benefit plan to book one-time gains" in a manner that "was not fully disclosed across its investor communications." Following publication of the Spruce Point report, Maxar's stock price fell sharply during intraday trading on August 7, 2018.
On January 7, 2019, the Company disclosed that its WorldView-4 satellite experienced a failure in its control moment gyros ("CMGs"), preventing the satellite from collecting imagery due to the loss of an axis of stability. It was further disclosed that the WorldView-4 satellite will likely not be recoverable and will no longer produce usable imagery. WorldView-4 was acquired by GeoEye prior to its merger with DigitalGlobe in 2013. It was launched in November 2016and generated revenues of approximately $85 million in fiscal year 2018. The satellite had a net book value of approximately $155 million, including related assets, as of December 31, 2018. Following this announcement, the Company's stock price fell $5.69, or 48.5%, over the subsequent two trading days, to close at $6.03 per share on January 8, 2019.