Akeena Solar Inc.
Class Period: Dec 26, 2007 to Mar 13, 2008
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Jul 17, 2009 + Deadline passed
Summary of Case:
On May 18, 2009, Scott+Scott LLP filed a securities class action complaint against Akeena Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKNS) ("Akeena" or the Company") and certain of the Company's officers, If you purchased Akeena common stock from December 26, 2007 through March 13, 2008 (Class Period) you would be .
The complaint alleges that, during the Class Period, Akeena, a designer and marketer of solar power systems, made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's sales, financial performance and condition. After repeated glowing announcements by Akeena to its investors touting the strength of demand for the Company's products, its large sales "backlog" and transparency into its financial projections and reporting, the Company surprised the market in a series of negative disclosures beginning on January 16, 2008. First, Akeena revealed that the credit-line increase announced on December 26, 2007, touted as a vote of confidence in the Company, actually contained a cash collateral requirement equaling the amount of the extension. The Company then reported that its 4Q 2007 sales had significantly missed the sales "backlog" Akeena confirmed existed at the end of its 3Q 2007. At the end of the Class Period, on March 13, 2008, Akeena finally revealed that actual losses incurred in its 4Q 2007, which had already ended on December 31, 2007, were significantly higher than investors had been led to expect. Its newly-appointed Chief Financial Officer also revealed that his predecessor had been booking as "backlog" every new installation contract, regardless of whether the customer intended to take delivery within six months (as Akeena's "backlog" had previously been defined) or the status of the customer's financing.
As the market reacted to these disclosures, Akeena's common stock, which had traded as high as $16.80 on January 7, 2008, fell precipitously, closing at $6.15 per share on March 13, 2008.
The complaint alleges the several statements made by Akeena to investors were materially false or misleading. The statements were false or misleading because, when they were made the Company knew that: (a) the previously reported backlog number was unreliable; (b) its gross profit margins were declining; (c) its net losses were dramatically increasing and (d) the $17.5 million "increase" in Akeena's credit line announced on December 26, 2007 was merely a cash collateralization agreement which simply increased the Company's restricted cash.
On October 21, 2009, Scott + Scott, LLP was appointed Lead Counsel to represent all Class Members.
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