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Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C., a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on behalf of investors that purchased Apache Corporation (NASDAQ: APA) common stock between September 7, 2016 and March 13, 2020, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Investors have until April 26, 2021 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
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The Class Period begins on September 7, 2016, when Apache, while under immense pressure to show results from its new strategy and reverse its lagging share price, announced the discovery of a new resource play called Alpine High.
Throughout the Class Period, the defendants claimed that Alpine High had valuable oil and gas reserves and promoted Alpine High as the centerpiece of its development business.
The truth about Alpine High and its lack of viability emerged in a series of disclosures between April 2019 and March 2020 that caused Apache’s stock price to decline over 83% from its Class Period high.
Most recently, on March 16, 2020, a Seeking Alpha article published pre-market explained that Apache was particularly challenged amongst its peers, carrying "the highest debt-to-equity ratio among large-cap independent [exploration and production companies]," and noted that "[t]he company doesn’t have a strong balance sheet" and its "financial health isn’t great." The article emphasized Apache’s "weak balance sheet marked by high levels of debt" of over $8 billion in 2019, "which translates into a lofty debt-to-equity ratio of almost 250% - the highest among all large-cap independent oil producers." Regarding Alpine High, the article observed that low gas prices "forced Apache to shift capital away from the wet-gas rich Alpine High play which has been driving the company’s production growth." The article also noted that "Apache also reduced Alpine High’s value by $1.4 billion."
Following this news, Apache’s stock price fell $3.61 per share, or approximately 45%, over two trading days, from a close of $8.07 per share on March 13, 2020, to close at $4.46 per share on March 17, 2020.
If you purchased Apache common stock during the Class Period and suffered a loss, are a long-term stockholder, have information, would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Brandon Walker, Melissa Fortunato, or Marion Passmore by email at email@example.com, telephone at (212) 355-4648, or by filling out this contact form. There is no cost or obligation to you.
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