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GrafTech International Ltd.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP announces that a securities class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or acquired GrafTech International Ltd. (“GrafTech” or the “Company”) (NYSE: EAF) common stock between February 8, 2019 and August 3, 2023, inclusive. The lawsuit seeks to recover GrafTech shareholders’ investment losses.

If you purchased common stock in GrafTech between February 8, 2019 and August 3, 2023, inclusive, and would like to discuss your legal rights and/or options, please click “Join Class Action” above.

According to the Complaint, GrafTech is a global manufacturer of graphite electrode products that are used in the production of electric arc furnace (“EAF”) steel – a purportedly greener alternative to traditional steelmaking methods. In contrast to conventional blast furnaces, which rely directly on coal, natural gas, and oil, EAF utilizes graphite electrodes to conduct electricity and to generate sufficient heat to melt scrap metal, iron ore, or other raw materials used to produce steel or other metals.  GrafTech’s customers are comprised of steel manufacturers that use EAF to produce steel.

Throughout the Class Period, Among other things, Defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (i) GrafTech’s manufacturing operations in Monterrey, Mexico had for decades chronically contaminated neighboring communities with harmful carcinogenic gasses and particulate matter; (ii) GrafTech had signed agreements with local authorities committing itself to improving the environmental performance of its Monterrey facility, but repeatedly failed to honor these commitments; and (iii) as a result of the above, GrafTech was acutely exposed to undisclosed material risks that GrafTech’s manufacturing operations in Monterrey, Mexico would be severely disrupted by government action or enforcement.

On September 16, 2022, GrafTech unexpectedly revealed that GrafTech’s critical manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico had been shut down by regulators following inspections by the State Attorney’s office for the Secretary of Environment and the Ministry of the Environment.  This information was of critical importance to investors as the Monterrey facility was responsible for manufacturing 30% of GrafTech’s overall graphite electrode output and 100% of its pin stock.

Then, on August 4, 2023, GrafTech issued a press release disclosing the Company’s financial and operational results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 (“2Q23 Release”).  The 2Q23 Release reported that sales declined 49% compared to the second quarter of 2022 as the Company continued to “recover” from the effects of the Monterrey facility shutdown in 2022.  As a result of the substantial decline in net sales, the 2Q23 Release reported a net loss of $8 million compared to $115 million in net income the Company reported in the second quarter of 2022.  On the corresponding conference call, defendant Marcel Kessler, CO for part of the Class Period, described the Monterrey suspension as the “key driver” of the underperformance and revealed that GrafTech’s ability to secure customer contracts would continue to be indirectly impacted in the second half of fiscal 2023.

On this news, GrafTech’s stock price fell $1.18 per share, or 22.56%, to close at $4.05 per share on August 4, 2023.

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than March 25, 2024. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as lead plaintiff. If you choose to take no action, you may remain an absent class member.

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