By Ciara Linnane, MarketWatch
Sundial Growers Inc. shares fell another 4.7% on Monday, after the Canadian cannabis company became the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. for allegedly failing to disclose that a customer returned half a ton of cannabis because it contained mold and bits of rubber gloves.
The allegations were first reported by MarketWatch’s Max A. Cherney on Aug. 20, and MarketWatch’s reporting is cited in the suit.
The suit was filed in the Southern District of New York, according to The Rosen Law firm.
Sundial /zigman2/quotes/213489825/composite SNDL +3.70% went public on the Nasdaq on Aug. 1, selling 11 million shares priced at $13 each to raise $143 million. In its IPO documents, the company said it produces “high-quality, consistent cannabis.”
The Calgary, Alberta–based company reported earnings on Aug. 20, the same day that another Canadian cannabis company, Zenabis Global /zigman2/quotes/203772078/delayed CA:ZENA 0.00% , disclosed that it had returned a half-ton of pot and terminated its agreement to buy cannabis from a “third party” that it did not name.
People familiar with the matter said that party was Sundial, as MarketWatch reported, and Zenabis returned the cannabis because it was of poor quality and contained bits of rubber, among other issues. The batch was worth about C$2.5 million ($1.9 million) at the time.
Sundial declined to comment in August. A call to a spokeswoman was not returned on Monday.
The class-action suit alleges that the company “made false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Sundial failed to supply saleable cannabis in line with contractual obligations to Zenabis Global Inc.; (2) due to material quality issues, Zenabis had to return or reject a total of 554 kg of cannabis to Sundial, valued at approximately U.S. $1.9 million (C$2.5 million); and (3) as a result, defendants statements about Sundials business, operations, and prospects were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.”
Sundial shares have fallen 66% from their IPO price. The stock is down 42% in the past month, while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF /zigman2/quotes/204332491/composite MJ +0.17% has fallen 19% and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.0073% has dipped 0.8%.