NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C., a nationally recognized shareholder law firm, announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of investors that purchased Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) securities between February 6, 2019 and October 1, 2019 (the “Class Period”). Investors have until December 23, 2019 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
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On July 30, 2019, Zendesk announced disappointing financial results for the second quarter of 2019. Additionally, Zendesk disclosed that its sales growth in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Asia-Pacific regions “didn’t quite live up to [defendants’] own expectations, and lagg[ed] other regions.” Zendesk blamed a mix of macro and operational issues that had been driving the weakness. With respect to fiscal 2019 guidance, the Company notified that it was “maintaining a prudent view on the year as [defendants] gain[ed] a better understanding of the dynamics, internal and external, in EMEA and APAC,” and that it thus expected ongoing revenue growth of just 30%.
On this news, the price of Zendesk stock declined significantly, falling nearly $10 per share to close at $83.56 per share on July 31, 2019.
Prior to September 24, 2019, a third party alerted Zendesk to the fact that the personally identifiable data of its chat and support accounts had been breached. By September 24, 2019, the Company’s internal investigation had revealed that some 10,000 accounts opened before November 2016 had been breached. On October 2, 2019, Zendesk for the first time publicly disclosed the data breach, stating that the data breach only affected customers who had signed up prior to November 1, 2016.
On this news, the price of Zendesk stock fell another $2.90 per share to close at $69.81 per share on October 2, 2019.
The complaint, filed on October 24, 2019, alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements to investors and failed to disclose adverse facts pertaining to the Company’s business, operations, and financial results. Specifically, the Company concealed material information and/or failed to disclose that: (a) Zendesk’s clients had been subject to data breaches dating back to 2016; (b) Zendesk was experiencing slowing demand for its SaaS offerings, particularly in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia, due in large part to political uncertainty and China trade issues there; and (c) as a result of the foregoing, Zendesk’s business metrics and financial prospects were not as strong as defendants had led the market to believe during the Class Period. As a result of this information being withheld from the market, the price of Zendesk stock was artificially inflated to more than $93 per share during the Class Period. While Zendesk common stock was trading at these artificially inflated prices, certain of the Company’s officers and/or directors cashed in, selling approximately 409,000 of their personally held Zendesk shares, reaping more than $32.7 million in proceeds.
If you purchased Zendesk securities during the Class Period, continue to hold shares purchased before the Class Period, have information, would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Brandon Walker or Melissa Fortunato by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone at (212) 355-4648, or by filling out this contact form. There is no cost or obligation to you.
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