Youku Tudou, Inc. investors may receive additional information about the case by clicking the link "Join this Class Action" above.
According to the complaint, Youku operates as an Internet television company in the People's Republic of China. Its Internet television platform enables consumers to search, view, and share video content across various devices.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the Company improperly recognized revenue for multi-element arrangements; (2) the Company improperly recorded certain nonmonetary transactions to exchange online broadcasting rights of video content with other online video broadcasting companies at the carrying values of the broadcasting rights transacted, instead of the properly-accounted fair value; (3) the Company improperly accounted for its licensed content as long-lived assets; (4) the Company lacked adequate internal controls over financial reporting; and (5) as a result of the foregoing, the Company's financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Company announced that it would release its fourth quarter results on Thursday, March 19, 2015, raising red flags by giving investors only two days-notice to prepare for YOKU's earnings announcement. On March 19, 2015, the red flags materialized as the Company reported a net loss of $51.3 million, compared to $4 million in the same quarter of 2013.
Moreover, YOKU disclosed that the SEC is investigating certain aspects of the Company's past accounting practices relating to revenue recognition for multi-part deals, accounting of "non-monetary exchanges of licensed content" and the classification of licensed content as long-lived assets. The Company also announced that it is now "evaluating the impact to its 2014 and historical financial statements."
In reaction to this news, YOKU's stock price dropped nearly 11%, from a March 19, 2015 closing price of $15.15 per share, to close at $13.50 on March 20, 2015.
If you are a member of the class described above, you may no later than May 25, 2015, move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the class, if you so choose.
A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Any member of the purported class may move the court to serve as a lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an inactive class member.
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