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Meta Materials (NASDAQ: MMAT): More Due Diligence and Exploring Latest Developments

Meta Materials (NASDAQ: MMAT) witnessed a significant uptick in trading activity on January 16th, 2024, resulting in a notable 20% increase in its stock value by market close. Intrigued by this surge, we explored various sources, including press releases, SEC filings, and social media, to identify the catalyst behind this sudden gain.

Unexpectedly our research revealed no recent material releases. Instead, the surge seems tied to an announcement from a few days ago that didn’t grab much attention at first. As time passed, it started generating more buzz but there’s still a lot more to dig into and a number of ideas to consider for today’s rally.

If you haven’t caught up on our previous analyses of MMAT, you can find the overview here. In this report, we aim to explore the cause-and-effect dynamics of recent events, offering insights that might illuminate expectations for Meta Materials in the near future.

Background:

If you’re new to MMAT or haven’t been a long-time follower, let’s kick things off with a quick intro to the company.

Meta Materials stands at the forefront of advanced materials and nanotechnology. Their focus is on pioneering novel products and technologies utilizing sustainable and innovative scientific approaches. The interesting part is their advanced materials have the transformative power to enhance a variety of common products, infusing them with heightened intelligence and sustainability.

Leveraging its technology platforms, they’re capable of empowering global brands in creating cutting-edge products that elevate overall performance.

Their technology has application across multiple industries including aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, 5G communications, batteries, authentication, automotive, and clean energy. Their agreement with Panasonic is certainly a great start to empowering their growth in one of many verticals. Overall the TAM is ~$32B and with current growth rates, it’ll increase to a whopping ~$61B by 2026.

MMAT’s goal is to shape a smarter and more sustainable world. If you look through their presentation, you can continue to evaluate the many ways their technology transforms everyday lives. We highly suggest you take a look.

Additional Resources:

  1. @LauraLoomer’s video on MMAT
  2. @metaheadj’s post on X, displaying Rob Stone‘s response update for an investor

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What Happened:

So, MMAT issued a press release on January  11th, 2024, announcing a proposed settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning an investigation related to the Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and Metamaterial Inc. merger.

According to the release, The company has extended a settlement offer (Proposed SEC Settlement) to the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. This proposed settlement aims to address concerns regarding antifraud, reporting, books and records, and internal accounting control provisions of securities laws. It is important to note that the Proposed SEC Settlement is contingent on approval by the SEC Commissioners, and the company cannot predict the approval timeline.

If accepted, the Proposed SEC Settlement would involve the SEC entering a cease-and-desist order and the company paying a civil money penalty of $1 million over a one-year period in four installments. Notably, the company would neither admit nor deny the findings outlined in the Order.

The company’s board of directors and management team view the Proposed SEC Settlement as beneficial for shareholders. If approved, it is expected to remove uncertainty surrounding the investigation, enabling the company to focus on advancing its business objectives.

So What:

If you’ve just read through the announcement and are confused, you’re not alone. It appears that many investors may have mis-read the press release, thinking that the SEC was being punished and MMAT was reaching a settlement agreement, but in fact it’s the other way around.

According to @MetaGuyMarduk, The SEC will be the recipient of funds in this circumstance. MMAT is also telling the SEC to conclude the investigation, otherwise they will likely sue for Tortious Interference, given the investigation is preventing MMAT from doing business.

If the commissioners approve the Proposed SEC Settlement, they will issue a cease-and-desist order. If you’re not familiar, a cease and desist order is like a legal stop sign from a court or government body. It tells someone to knock off certain activities because they’re breaking the law or going against regulations. Ignore it, and you could end up in some serious legal trouble.

According to another user on X, @AShortSqueeze, MMAT’s initial analysis potentially revealed the motherload of counterfeit shares.

But if you scroll through the comments, you’ll see other users pointing out that this information is actually old news. This is yet another widely circulated post that might have been misunderstood.

Significant Coverage:

Another theory suggests that a notable influencer in the financial space, @MoonMarket_, has set their sights on the company and is conducting additional due diligence. With a substantial following of almost 75K users, the influencer’s involvement could have contributed to a significant fluctuation in today’s trading session. It’s important to recognize that X is packed with plenty of financial influencers, and blindly following their moves can be risky. Many are involved in day trades, momentum trading, or at least contemplating such strategies.

Conclusion:

The buzz around MMAT today seems fuelled by a mix of misrepresented themes and recycled news, creating the illusion of fresh, imminent developments.

As per usual, the magnitude of MMAT’s technology and potential integrations across various verticals continues to create a roar of excitement. On another front, we’re also continuing to see speculation about a short squeeze due to substantial amounts of counterfeit shares.

For now, patience is key and we suggest closely monitoring developments. MMAT especially tends to be quite volatile.

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