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GTT Communications, Inc.

Case Details

Class Period: February 26, 2018 - July 1, 2019
Date Filed: Jul 30, 2019
Case Number: 1:19-cv-00982
Jurisdiction: Virginia Eastern District

Case Summary

The Complaint brings forth claims for violations of the Securities Act of 1934 against GTT Communications Inc. (“GTT” or the “Company”), and certain of its senior executives.  The Complaint alleges that Defendants made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased or otherwise acquired GTT common stock during the Class Period.

GTT provides cloud networking services to multinational companies.  Since 2015, the Company pursued growth through “tuck-in” acquisitions.  However, in February 2019, in sharp contrast to its historical strategy of acquiring smaller corporations, GTT announced that it was purchasing Interoute Communications Holdings S.A. (“Interoute”), a telecommunications company that operated Europe’s largest cloud services platform in a transformational $2.3 billion acquisition that essentially doubled GTT’s size.

Specifically, the Complaint alleges that Defendants failed to disclose that: (1) there were delays in migrating Interoute’s legacy systems and process into GTT’s client management database; (2) Interoute had made a strategic shift to focus on providing cloud services that deviated from GTT’s core cloud networking business; and (3) Interoute’s sales force was underperforming and ineffective at selling GTT’s core cloud networking services.  Then, on May 8, 2019, GTT disclosed a larger than expected loss for the first quarter of 2019, blaming its poor performance on a host of issues with the Interoute integration, among other things, causing GTT’s stock price to plummet, for a two-day decline of over 25%.  GTT’s stock price continued to decline over the next two months, as analysts questioned the Company’s business model, appropriateness and timeliness of its disclosures, and whether the Company utilized aggressive accounting to mask slowing revenue growth.   Since the Company’s May 8 disclosures and in reaction to new information disclosed in analyst reports, GTT’s stock price has declined by more than 65% – from over $40 on May 7, 2019 to a recent low of under $13 per share – wiping out over $1.5 billion in shareholder value.

On January 7, 2020, the Court appointed the City of Atlanta Police Pension Fund and the City of Atlanta Firefighters’ Pension Fund (collectively, the “Atlanta Pension Funds”) as Lead Plaintiff.  The Court also appointed Saxena White P.A. as Lead Counsel.

On January 22, 2020, the Court granted a joint motion for a continuance of all deadlines pending the Court’s decision on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.