BIONTECH SHAREHOLDER NOTICE: Faruqi & Faruqi Securities Litigation Partner James (Josh) Wilson Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $100,000 In BioNTech To Contact Him Directly To Discuss Their Options

If you suffered losses exceeding $100,000 investing in BioNTech stock or options between March 30, 2022 and October 13, 2023 and would like to discuss your legal rights, call Faruqi & Faruqi partner Josh Wilson directly at 877-247-4292 or 212-983-9330 (Ext. 1310). You may also click here for additional information:

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NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential claims against BioNTech SE (“BioNTech” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BNTX) and reminds investors of the March 12, 2024 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that has been filed against the Company.

Faruqi & Faruqi is a leading minority and Woman-owned national securities law firm with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, California and Georgia.

As detailed below, the complaint alleges that the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by making false and/or misleading statements and/or failing to disclose that: (1) BioNTech overstated demand for Comirnaty and/or its commercial prospects; (2) the Company and/or Pfizer had accumulated excess inventory of raw materials for Comirnaty, as well as COVID-19 vaccine doses adapted to other, non-XBB.1.5 variants that were produced at risk; (3) accordingly, BioNTech was at an increased risk of recording significant inventory write-offs and other charges related to Comirnaty; and (4) as a result, Defendants' public statements were materially false and/or misleading at all relevant times.

During the Class Period, as the number of COVID-19 cases began to decline, one variant of the virus, namely, the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant, increasingly began to account for the majority of reported cases. Despite not yet having a version of Comirnaty approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat this subvariant, BioNTech represented to the market and investors during the Class Period that Comirnaty remained relevant and in-demand.

On August 8, 2022, during pre-market hours, BioNTech issued a press release announcing the Company's second quarter 2022 financial results, including, inter alia, earnings-per-share under generally accepted accounting principles of €6.45, missing consensus estimates by €0.63, and revenue of €3.2 billion, missing consensus estimates by €910 million, and representing a 39.7% year-over-year decrease. The Company attributed the result, in part, to the "dynamic" development of the pandemic, which "caus[ed] a re-phasing of orders and . . . le[d] to fluctuations in quarterly revenues." According to BioNTech, "[t]his revenue fluctuation caused by the re-phasing of orders is expected to remain over the rest of the financial year with an uptake in demand in key markets in the fourth quarter of 2022 related to the Omicron-adapted bivalent vaccine, subject to regulatory approval."

On this news, BioNTech's American Depositary Share ("ADS") price fell $13.81 per ADS, or 7.54%, to close at $169.30 per ADS on August 8, 2022.

On March 27, 2023, during pre-market hours, BioNTech issued a press release announcing the Company's fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results, which, among other things, forecasted approximately €5 billion in COVID-19 vaccine revenues for the 2023 financial year, significantly below market estimates of over €8 billion. As investment research firm Third Bridge noted, "the [C]ompany's guidance for full year 2023 COVID-19 vaccine revenue of approximately EUR 5.0B is significantly below current consensus of over EUR $8.0B, reflecting the plummeting demand for population-wide levels of booster vaccinations[.]"

On this news, BioNTech's ADS price fell $4.60 per ADS, or 3.59%, to close at $123.60 per ADS on March 27, 2023.

On Friday, October 13, 2023, during after-market hours, Pfizer issued a press release announcing, among other things, that "[d]ue to lower-than-expected utilization for our COVID products, Pfizer recorded a non-cash charge of $5.5 billion to Cost of Goods Sold in the third quarter of 2023 . . . related to [inter alia] . . . inventory write-offs and other charges for Comirnaty of $0.9 billion." Pfizer further disclosed that it "is . . . reducing its full-year 2023 revenue expectations for Comirnaty by approximately $2.0 billion due to lower-than-expected vaccination rates."

On Monday, October 16, 2023, during pre-market hours, BioNTech issued a press release announcing that, as a result of Pfizer's inventory write-offs and other charges related to Comirnaty, BioNTech, too, would likely recognize up to €0.9 billion in inventory write-offs and other charges related to Comirnaty in the third quarter of 2023, which represents BioNTech's half under the gross profit-sharing agreement with Pfizer, and that "[a]ny such write-offs will reduce the revenues the Company would report for 2023." According to BioNTech, Pfizer informed that Company "that the majority of the write-offs relate to raw materials, mainly formulation-related lipids, purchased during the pandemic, as well as COVID-19 vaccine doses adapted to other, non-XBB.1.5 variants produced at risk."

On this news, BioNTech's ADS price fell $6.61 per ADS, or 6.38%, to close at $96.97 per ADS on October 16, 2023.

The court-appointed lead plaintiff is the investor with the largest financial interest in the relief sought by the class who is adequate and typical of class members who directs and oversees the litigation on behalf of the putative class. Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision to serve as a lead plaintiff or not.  

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP also encourages anyone with information regarding BioNTech’s conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former employees, shareholders and others.

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