SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (“Robbins Geller”) (http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/conns/) today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on behalf of purchasers of Conn’s, Inc. (“Conn’s”) (NASDAQ:CONN) common stock during the period between April 3, 2013 and February 19, 2014 (the “Class Period”).
If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from today. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff’s counsel, Darren Robbins of Robbins Geller at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058, or via e-mail at email@example.com. If you are a member of this class, you can view a copy of the complaint as filed or join this class action online at http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/conns/. 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.
The complaint charges Conn’s and three of its senior executive officers with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Conn’s, based in The Woodlands, Texas, is a specialty retailer of home appliances, furniture, mattresses and consumer electronics and a provider of consumer credit. For the twelve months ended January 31, 2013, the Company financed approximately 70.9% of its retail sales, including down payments, under Conn’s in-house financing plan.
The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants issued false and misleading statements or failed to disclose adverse facts regarding Conn’s business and prospects, including the extent to which Conn’s growth was attributable to utilizing underwriting and collections practices that weakened its portfolio quality and left it susceptible to substantial increases in bad debt, and that Conn’s faced increased delinquency and charge off rates in its credit segment. As a result of the defendants’ false statements, Conn’s stock traded at artificially inflated levels throughout the Class Period, reaching a high of $79.24 per share on December 26, 2013.
On February 20, 2014, the Company issued a press release announcing preliminary fourth quarter fiscal 2014 results and updating its fiscal 2015 earnings guidance. The press release revealed that the Company’s “[c]redit segment provision for bad debts as a percentage of the average outstanding portfolio balance is expected to exceed previously issued full-year fiscal 2014 guidance,” and that the “percentage of the customer portfolio balance 60-plus days delinquent was 8.8% at January 31, 2014, an increase of 30 basis points from October 31, 2013.” In the press release, the Company also revealed that it was lowering its recently issued fiscal 2015 earnings guidance. On this news, the price of Conn’s common stock fell $23.91 per share, or almost 43%, on extremely heavy trading volume.
Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Conn’s common stock during the Class Period (the “Class”). The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has expertise in prosecuting investor class actions and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud.
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