NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Calavo Growers, Inc. ("Calavo" or the "Company")(CVGW). The class action, filed in United States District Court, Central District of California, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased Calavo securities between March 5, 2012 and January 14, 2015, inclusive (the "Class Period"). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").
If you are a shareholder who purchased Calavo securities during the Class Period, you have until March 23, 2015 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at email@example.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, x237. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.
Calavo Growers, Inc. markets and distributes avocados, prepared avocados, and other perishable foods to food distributors, produce wholesalers, supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants worldwide.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements, and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the earn-out payments provided under the RFG Acquisition Agreement. Specifically, during the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Calavo failed to maintain an accurately valued contingent consideration pursuant to its acquisition of RFG; (ii) Calavo overstated its non-cash operating expenses; (iii) the Company lacked adequate internal controls over financial reporting; and (iii) as a result of the above, the Company's financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On January 15, 2015 Calavo announced it will record a non-cash charge which the Company will now treat as amortization expense totaling, over all periods, $88.9 million before tax ($54.0 million net of tax) related to the misstatement in its treatment of contingent consideration.
On the news, shares of Calavo fell $4.72 per share, or over 9%, to close at $43.07 per share on January 15, 2015.
The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and San Diego, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 70 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com.
Robert S. Willoughby
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