SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (“Robbins Geller”) (http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/mattelinc/) today announced that a class action has been commenced by an institutional investor on behalf of purchasers of Mattel, Inc. (“Mattel”) (NASDAQ:MAT) publicly traded securities during the period between October 20, 2016 and April 20, 2017 (the “Class Period”). This action was filed in the Central District of California and is captioned Waterford Township Police & Fire Retirement System v. Mattel, Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-04732.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a member of this class, you can view a copy of the complaint as filed at http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/mattelinc/. 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 Mattel and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Mattel is a multi-national toy manufacturing company.
The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants made false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose adverse information regarding Mattel’s business and prospects, including that prior to and during the Class Period, Mattel’s retail customers were loaded with extremely high levels of unsold Mattel product and, as a consequence, Mattel was exposed to the heightened risk that it would have to issue its retailers financial concessions (in the form of sales adjustments, discounts and promotions) to remove such excess inventory, as well as the heightened risk that Mattel would experience slower sales growth in future periods. As a result of defendants’ false statements and/or omissions, Mattel shares traded at artificially inflated prices of more than $33 per share during the Class Period.
Then, on April 20, 2017, after the close of the market, Mattel announced its first quarter 2017 financial results, reporting that, on a year-over-year basis, worldwide net sales and gross margins each declined by more than 15%, and its operating loss increased by more than 158% to $127.0 million from $49.1 million. Mattel’s first quarter 2017 results were significantly below Wall Street consensus estimates. In fact, Mattel’s 15% net sales decline during the quarter was twice the 7.8% decline expected by Wall Street analysts and its reported first quarter 2017 gross margins were 520 basis points less than expected Wall Street consensus estimates. In response to these revelations, the price of Mattel stock fell nearly 14%, or $3.42 per share, on heavy trading volume to close at $21.79 per share on April 21, 2017.
Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Mattel publicly traded securities during the Class Period (the “Class”). The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has extensive experience in prosecuting investor class actions including actions involving financial fraud.
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