Johnson Fistel files class action suit against Camping World

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Johnson Fistel, LLP announced that a class action has been commenced on behalf of purchasers of Camping World Holdings, Inc. Class A common stock during the period between March 8, 2017 and August 7, 2018 (the “Class Period”).

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the court no later December 18, 2018. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact Jim Baker at (jimb@johnsonfistel.com) at (619)814-4471. If emailing, please include a phone number.

The complaint charges Camping World, certain of its officers and directors and controlling shareholders with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Historically, the company specialized in selling recreational vehicles and related services. In October 2016, Camping World went public in a $261 million initial public offering. In the months that followed, Camping World engaged in a number of strategic acquisitions. Most significantly, in May 2017, Camping World announced that it would be expanding its operations to include retail stores for outdoor sporting supplies and accessories by acquiring certain assets of Gander Mountain Co. from bankruptcy.

The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants made false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose adverse information regarding Camping World’s business, operations and financial condition.

Specifically, the complaint alleges defendants failed to disclose, among other things, that the company’s disclosure controls and controls over financial reporting suffered from a host of material weaknesses; that the company’s historical financial results had been materially misstated; that the Gander stores had encountered integration setbacks, adversely impacting the company’s earnings growth and profit margins; and that the company’s core RV business was experiencing decelerating growth as the company lagged industry trends and was losing market share to competitors.

As a result of this information being withheld from the market, the price of Camping World Class A common stock was artificially inflated to a high of $47.19 per share during the Class Period.

On February 27, 2018, the company issued a release revealing that the company had “recently identified material weaknesses in [its] internal control over financial reporting.” The release also revealed that Camping World would need to revise prior reporting periods due to various “errors.”

The cumulative impact of these misstatements required the company to restate and reduce its 2016 basic earnings per share from $0.11 per share to $0.08 per share, as the prior reported basic earnings per share had been overstated by more than 37 percent. Thereafter, on March 1, 2018, Camping World announced that it would be unable to timely file its 2017 Form 10-K due to expected material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting. On this news, between February 26, 2018 and March 2, 2018, the price of Camping World Class A common stock dropped $4.63 per share, or more than 10 percent.

On May 8, 2018, Camping World reported disappointing financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, including a decrease in adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin. In addition, the company revealed adverse trends in its core RV business indicating that it had lost significant market share to its competitors. On this news, the price of Camping World Class A stock fell 17 percent. On May 22, 2018, Camping World announced it had replaced its auditor of 13 years, causing the price of the stock to decline another 10 percent.

Then, on August 7, 2018, Camping World reported disappointing financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, including adjusted EBITDA of only $140.2 million for the quarter, 9 percent below its previous guidance. In addition, Camping World revealed that its adjusted EBITDA margin had continued to deteriorate and had fallen 250 basis points year-over-year, while its same-store revenues had experienced a “modest decline,” again under-performing the broader market. In addition, the company revealed that problems in its Gander operations were more extensive than previously disclosed. On this news, the price of Camping World Class A stock fell $3.17 per share, or 14 percent, to close at $19.04 per share on August 8, 2018.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Camping World Class A common stock during the Class Period.

SOURCE: Johnson Fistel, LLP:

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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