Baozun Inc. Class Action Lawsuit
- Company Name
- Baozun Inc.
- Stock Symbol
- Class Period
- March 6, 2019 to November 20 2019
- Southern District of New York
On December 10, 2019, Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd LLP filed the Baozun Inc. class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by Baozun and certain of its officers. The Baozun class action lawsuit was commenced in the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of Baozun American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) between March 6, 2019 and November 20, 2019 (the “Class Period”) and is captioned Snyder v. Baozun Inc., et al., No. 19-cv-11290.
Baozun provides e-commerce services to brand partners in the People’s Republic of China. Baozun offers end-to-end e-commerce services, including IT infrastructure setup and integration, sale of apparel, home and electronic products, online store design and setup, visual merchandising and marketing, online store operations, customer services, warehousing, and order fulfillment, that helps companies sell their branded goods online.
The Baozun class action lawsuit alleges that during the Class Period, defendants made false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose adverse information regarding Baozun’s business and financial results. Specifically, defendants failed to disclose that Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), a Chinese-based multi-national technology company, was one of Baozun’s largest brand partners, on a historical basis, and paid more add-on fees for the work Baozun did for it, increasing the revenues Baozun received for Huawei work compared to Baozun’s other brand partners. This caused Baozun to report outsized revenue growth during the first half of 2019, which would be abruptly cut off during the second half 2019, after Baozun restructured its relationship with Huawei, as Huawei took much of its online merchandizing in-house. As a result of this information being withheld from the market, the price of Baozun ADRs was artificially inflated throughout the Class Period, allowing Baozun to sell at least 2.25 million ADRs in a registered public stock offering at $40 per ADR on or about April 10, 2019, raising $90 million, and close a concurrent offering of $225 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2024 the same day, receiving net proceeds of approximately $269 million.
Then on November 21, 2019, Baozun announced third quarter 2019 financial results that were lower than the market had been led to expect and provided dismal fourth quarter 2019 financial guidance, blaming, in large part, the adverse “impact from terminating our service agreement with one electronics brand.” Though Baozun did not disclose who that large “electronics brand” was, many in the financial media have suggested that it was Huawei. On this news, the price of Baozun ADRs fell $7.60 per ADR, or more than 17%, to close at $35.90 per ADR on November 21, 2019.
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