Securities Class Action Filed Against Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Violations of federal securities laws as a result of a series of materially false statements. The Complaint alleges that Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose to investors that: (1) the Company had applied an improper revenue recognition methodology to assess collectability of funds owed by students; (2) as a result, the Company’s revenues and financial results were overstated; (3) the Company’s financial statements were not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; (4) the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; and (5), as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. On May 12, 2014, Bridgepoint revealed that it was unable to timely file its Quarterly Report for the 2014 fiscal first quarter because the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) had informed the Company that a reassessment of its revenue recognition policy was necessary. According to the Company, the SEC was requiring Bridgepoint to reassess whether collectability was reasonably assured on a student-by-student basis when recognizing revenue after a student’s initial enrollment upon certain changes in circumstances, such as when a student loses financial aid eligibility. Following this news, shares of Bridgepoint declined by nearly 9%, to close on May 12, 2014 at $14.51 per share, on unusually heavy volume. Furthermore, on May 30, 2014, Bridgepoint announced that its financial statements filed with the SEC for the years ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2012, as well as the financial statements issued for the quarters ended March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, should no longer be relied upon. According to the Company, these financial statements contained errors related to revenue recognition that resulted in material misstatements of revenue, bad debt expense and accounts receivable. Filed in S.D. Cal.
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