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According to the complaint, Mattel is an international toy manufacturing company, which claims to be the owner of one of the strongest portfolios of toy brands with vast intellectual property potential. In addition, it is a company which supposedly focuses on “unwavering integrity” with “solid standards of corporate governance.”
The Class Period commences on October 26, 2017, when Mattel filed its financial report for the third quarter of 2017 with the SEC. In its filing, Mattel reported a net loss of $603.3 million. Mattel also announced that it would suspend quarterly dividends beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017 in order to “increase financial flexibility, strengthen its balance sheet and facilitate strategic investments.”
According to the complaint, on August 1, 2019, Mattel announced that it would offer $250 million of Senior Notes due 2027 (the “Note Offering”). Mattel said that it would use the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes, plus cash on hand, to redeem and retire all of its 4.350% Senior Notes which would be due in 2020 and pay related prepayment premiums and transaction fees and expenses. The closing of the offering was expected to occur on August 8, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.
Then, on August 8, 2019 - the very day the Note Offering was expected to close - Mattel announced that a whistleblower letter had been sent to its outside auditors alleging accounting errors in past quarters and questioned whether Mattel’s outside auditor was sufficiently independent. As a result, Mattel announced that it was terminating the Note Offering subject to the results of an internal investigation. Following this news, Mattel’s common stock dropped $2.12 per share, or almost 12%.
On October 29, 2019, Mattel announced the conclusion of its investigation into the whistleblower’s claims, and that Joseph J. Euteneuer (“Euteneuer”), Mattel’s Chief Financial Officer, would depart the company. According to Mattel, the investigation found, among other things, “errors” in Mattel’s publicly filed financial statements for the last two quarters of 2017, and that these “errors” were not properly disclosed to then Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Georgiadis, and Mattel’s Audit Committee once they became known.
The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Mattel’s third quarter 2017 net loss of $603.3 million was understated by $109 million due to an inappropriate calculation of its tax valuation allowance; (2) Mattel lacked adequate systems of internal disclosure and financial controls; and (3) the accounting change for intangible assets in Mattel’s fourth quarter and full year 2017 report was a surreptitious attempt to correct the third quarter 2017 misstatement of its net loss, a change that artificially increased the fourth quarter 2017 net loss by $109 million.
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