DGSE Companies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: DGSE), a leading wholesaler and retailer of jewelry, diamonds, fine watches, and precious metal bullion and rare coin products (the “Company”), announced today that the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has granted preliminary approval of the previously announced proposed settlement of class action and derivative litigation relating to the Company’s previously disclosed accounting irregularities and subsequent restatement of financial results.
The proposed settlements will resolve all issues which are pending before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in the two filed cases entitled Grant Barfuss, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated vs. DGSE Companies, Inc.; L. S. Smith, John Benson and William Oyster (Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-3664), and Jason Farmer, Derivatively on Behalf of Nominal Defendant DGSE Companies, Inc., Plaintiff, v. William H. Oyster, James D. Clem, William Cordeiro, Craig Alan-Lee, David Rector, L. S. Smith, and John Benson, Defendants, and DGSE Companies, Inc., Nominal Defendant (Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-3850).
The proposed settlements are subject to final approvals of the District Court and require the Company to provide a notice to shareholders of terms of the proposed settlement by causing the notice to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Form 8-K and posting a link to the notice on the Company’s investor relations website. The notice may be found at www.dgsecompanies.com/stockholdernotice.
As previously disclosed, the defendants have agreed to pay $2 million to resolve all claims in both suits (including obligations to pay attorneys’ fees). The Company has also incurred some additional fees and expenses associated with finalizing the settlement. It is expected that approximately 90% of the total settlement amount and related expenses will be paid from insurance proceeds.“I’m very excited to be one step closer to resolving both of these suits, and we are hopeful that the federal court will give its final approval to both settlements,” stated James Vierling, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “A final resolution will allow DGSE to concentrate its resources on issues that will provide shareholders additional value.”