NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, reminds investors in Capitala Finance Corporation (“Capitala Finance” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CPTA) of the February 26, 2018 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that has been filed against the Company.
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The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of all those who purchased Capitala Finance securities between January 4, 2016 and August 7, 2017 (the “Class Period”). The case, Laurence Paskowitz v. Capitala Finance Corp. et al, No. 2.17-cv-09251 was filed on December 28, 2017, and assigned to Judge Michael Walter Fitzgerald.
The lawsuit focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by making false and/or misleading statements and/or failing to disclose that: (1) Capitala Investment Advisors, LLC had been losing professional talent in both underwriting and portfolio management due to the waiving of its incentive fee; (2) such loss of talent negatively impacted the quality of the Company’s investment portfolio; and (3) as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
Specifically, during aftermarket hours on August 7, 2017, the Company revealed that six of its investments were on non-accrual status—twice as many as it had the previous quarter. Then, on August 8, 2017, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Joseph B. Alala III, revealed that Capitala Investment Advisors had been losing professional talent in underwriting and portfolio management since waiving its incentive fee, which gave rise to a rising number of nonaccrual investments.
On this news and over the next three trading days, Capitala Finance’s share price fell from $12.81 per share on August 7, 2017 to a closing price of $8.99 on August 10, 2017—a $3.83 or a 29.90% drop.
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 Capitala Finance’s conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former employees, shareholders and others.
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