Sept. 30, 2013
Ryan & Maniskas, LLP
announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
on behalf of purchasers of Francesca's Holdings Corporation ("Francesca's" or the "Company" ) (NASDAQ: FRAN) common stock during the period between
March 20, 2013
September 3, 2013
(the "Class Period").
For more information regarding this class action suit, please contact Ryan & Maniskas, LLP (
Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire
) toll-free at (877) 316-3218 or by email at
The complaint charges Francesca's and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Francesca's operates a chain of 429 retail boutiques and a retail website offering fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts.
The complaint alleges that, during the Class Period, defendants issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's financial performance and future prospects. Specifically, the complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants failed to disclose the following adverse facts: (i) that unseasonably rainy and cold spring and summer weather had diminished the mall traffic Francesca's relied upon to drive same-store sales growth; (ii) that a competitive back-to-school retail environment weighed on same-store sales growth; (iii) that same-store sales were declining, forcing Francesca's to rely upon new store openings to increase sales; (iv) that Francesca's had been forced to engage in promotional selling at significant discounts during its first quarter 2013 in order to meet its financial targets; (v) that Francesca's had been forced to increase promotional activity during the second quarter of 2013; (vi) that Francesca's concealed the impact sales terms and margins with its suppliers would have on its ability to maintain above-average profit margins; and (vii) that, as a result, the Company was not on track to achieve the financial results defendants had led the market to expect during the Class Period. As a result of defendants' false and misleading statements during the Class Period, certain company insiders were able to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of Francesca's stock at artificially inflated prices.