NEW YORK, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential securities fraud at THQ Inc. ("THQ" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: THQI). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120119/MM38856LOGO ) The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) uDraw for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 was not being purchased by owners of those gaming systems as expected; (2) because demand for the Company's uDraw GameTablet ("uDraw") was below internal expectations, the Company would have to take back, or provide price protection, on hundreds of thousands of uDraw units that it had sold; and (3) as a result of the foregoing, defendants lacked a reasonable basis for their positive statements about the Company and its prospects. On December 7, 2011, THQ issued a press release updating its financial outlook for the third quarter of 2012. The press release disclosed that the Company expected to report net sales approximately 25% below its previously announced guidance of $510 million to $550 million, due to "weaker-than-expected initial sales of its uDraw GameTablet for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3." Furthermore, on February 2, 2012, THQ issued a press release announcing financial results for the third quarter of 2012 that showed the Company was performing well below expectations. For the quarter, the Company reported net sales of $404.4 million, and a net loss of $55.9 million, or $0.82 per diluted share. On this news, shares of THQ stock fell $0.23 per share, or 30%, to close on February 3, 2012 at just $0.53 per share.
Shares of THQ (Nasdaq:THQI) were gapping down Wednesday morning with an open price 10.3% lower than Tuesday's closing price. The stock closed at 68 cents yesterday and opened today's trading at 61 cents.
Shares of THQ (Nasdaq:THQI) were gapping down Friday morning with an open price 22.4% lower than Thursday's closing price. The stock closed at 76 cents yesterday and opened today's trading at 59 cents.