In July 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (“FDIC”) and the state of Washington’s Department of Financial Institutions (“DFI”) conducted an investigation into Frontier’s banking practices and cited Frontier with engaging in certain “unsafe and unsound” practices. In March 2009, Frontier entered into a cease-and-desist order with banking regulators and agreed to take certain corrective actions related to the findings of the July 2008 report by the FDIC and DFI.Then on March 16, 2010, after the market closed, Frontier announced that it had received a Supervisory Prompt Corrective Action Directive from the FDIC. The FDIC warned that the Company was “critically undercapitalized” which could lead to Frontier being placed into conservatorship or receivership, raising doubt about the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern. Frontier further restated its previously announced fourth quarter and year end 2009 results as the FDIC determined that Frontier’s loan loss provision and its valuation adjustment of other real estate owned were understated by $30 million and $3.5 million, respectively. On this news, Frontier’s stock dropped $1.35 per share to close at $2.89 per share on March 17, 2010, a one-day decline of nearly 32%, on volume of 710,400 shares, and a decline of 98% from the stock’s Class Period high. Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Frontier common stock during the Class Period (the “Class”). The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has expertise in prosecuting investor class actions and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud. Robbins Geller, a 180-lawyer firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Boca Raton, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Atlanta, is active in major litigations pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States and has taken a leading role in many important actions on behalf of defrauded investors, consumers, and companies, as well as victims of human rights violations. The Robbins Geller Web site ( http://www.rgrdlaw.com) has more information about the firm.
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (“Robbins Geller”) ( http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/frontierfinancial/) today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on behalf of purchasers of Frontier Financial Corporation (“Frontier”) (NASDAQ:FTBK) common stock during the period between July 22, 2008 and March 16, 2010, inclusive (the “Class Period”). If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from today. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff’s counsel, Darren Robbins of Robbins Geller at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a member of this class, you can view a copy of the complaint as filed or join this class action online at http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/frontierfinancial/. Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. The complaint charges Frontier and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Frontier is a financial holding company providing financial services through its commercial bank subsidiary, Frontier Bank, which provides various commercial banking services. The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business and financial results and engaged in improper behavior which harmed Frontier’s investors by failing to disclose the extent of seriously delinquent commercial real estate loans and construction and land loans. The Company also failed to adequately and timely record losses for its impaired loans, causing its financial results and its Tier 1 capital ratio to be materially false. As a result of defendants’ false and misleading statements, Frontier stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period, reaching a high of $186.00 per share on September 19, 2008.