RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that a shareholder class action lawsuit has been filed against United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) (“U.S. Steel” or the “Company”) on behalf of purchasers of the Company’s securities between November 1, 2016 and April 25, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
U.S. Steel shareholders who purchased securities during the Class Period may, no later than July 3, 2017, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class.
Shareholders who wish to discuss this action or request additional information about the lawsuit are encouraged to contact Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check attorneys D. Seamus Kaskela or Adrienne O. Bell at (888) 299-7706 or online at: https://www.ktmc.com/new-cases/united-states-steel-corporation#join.
U.S. Steel is an integrated steel producer of flat-rolled and tubular products, with major production operations in North America and Europe. The shareholder class action complaint alleges that U.S. Steel and certain of its senior executive officers made materially false and misleading statements to investors about the Company’s outlook and expected financial performance during the Class Period.
As detailed in the complaint, during Fiscal 2016 U.S. Steel represented to investors that it was transforming the Company through “two phases of a focused execution on our stockholder value creation strategy.” Additionally, during the Class Period U.S. Steel and certain senior executive officers made a series of positive statements to investors about the Company’s ability to benefit from improving market conditions. For example, on January 31, 2017, U.S. Steel’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) stated that the Company was “starting 2017 with much better market conditions” than it faced at the beginning of 2016, and that U.S. Steel “will benefit from improved market conditions.”
Then, on April 25, 2017, U.S. Steel announced disappointing First Quarter Fiscal 2017 financial and operational results – despite improved market conditions. Specifically, the Company reported a quarterly net loss of $180 million (or ($1.03) per share), adjusted EBITDA of $74 million, and negative operating cash flow of $135 million. Also on April 25, 2017, the Company significantly reduced its net earning guidance from $535 million to $260 million for Fiscal 2017.
Following this news, shares of the Company’s stock fell $8.33 per share, or over 26.7%, to close on April 26, 2017 at $22.78 per share, on heavy trading volume.
U.S. Steel shareholders may, no later than July 3, 2017, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class through Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, or other counsel, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of all class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed as a lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class in the action. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision of whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. For additional information, or to learn how to participate in this action, please visit https://www.ktmc.com/new-cases/united-states-steel-corporation#join.
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual investors from the United States and around the world. The firm represents investors, consumers and whistleblowers (private citizens who report fraudulent practices against the government and share in the recovery of government dollars). The complaint in this action was not filed by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check. For more information about Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, please visit www.ktmc.com.