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Oklahoma City, OK (March 29, 2019) – On March 28, 2019, a securities class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ARA). The complaint alleges violations of federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including allegations of issuing a series of material or false misrepresentations to the market which had the effect of artificially inflating the market price during the Class Period, which is August 10, 2016 through March 27, 2019. According to the lawsuit, defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) issues with American Renal’s accounting process for revenue recognition, collections, and related matters would give rise to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) investigation into the same, and increased regulatory scrutiny by the SEC; (2) American Renal’s financial statements for the fiscal years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 contained in its Annual Reports for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2017, and its condensed consolidated financial statements in quarterly reports from 2016 through 2018 were false and could not be relied upon; (3) American Renal had material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting; and (4) as a result, defendants’ public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On March 8, 2019, American Renal disclosed that it was delaying the filing of its fiscal 2019 Annual Report, and that the Company’s Audit Committee was “examining reserve computations and other accounting practices that could have an impact on accounts receivable and revenue for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, as well as the previously reported fiscal years….” Following this news, shares of the Company’s stock declined $2.05 per share, or over 16% in value, to close on March 8, 2019 at $10.46 per share, on heavy trading volume.
Subsequently, on March 27, 2019, American Renal disclosed that the Company’s previously issued financial statements for fiscal years 2014 – 2017 “should be restated and should no longer be relied upon,” and that the Company’s Chief Financial Officer had “resigned” effective March 26, 2019. Following this additional news, shares of the Company’s stock declined an additional $3.69 per share, or 38% in value, to close on March 28, 2019 at $6.01 per share, again on heavy trading volume.
Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all American Renal Associates Holdings, Inc. shareholders who purchased common stock during the Class Period and are therefore a member of the Class as described above. You may move the Court no later than Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to serve as a lead plaintiff for the entire Class. However, in order to do so, you must meet certain legal requirements pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
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