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Insurtech’s Stock Drop Triggers Class Action

 Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 Business Insurance

A putative class action securities lawsuit was filed Friday against auto insurtech company Root Inc. and its directors and officers after its stock price dropped dramatically following an analyst’s negative report.

Columbus, Ohio-based Root raised $724.4 million by selling 26.8 million shares at $27 per share in its October 2020 initial public offering, according to the lawsuit Ilia Kolominsky v. Root Inc., et al. filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Columbus.

The company operates a direct-to-consumer model that serves customers primarily through mobile applications as well as through its website, according to the lawsuit.

Earlier this month, Bank of America securities analyst Joshua Shanker issued a report on Root that said the company is unlikely to be ‘cash flow positive’ until 2027 and will need significant cash infusions.