Wanda Sports Group Company Limited Class Action Lawsuit

Case Summary

Company Name
Wanda Sports Group Company Limited
Stock Symbol
District of Oregon

On November 18, 2019, the Wanda Sports Group Company Limited class action lawsuit was filed charging Wanda Sports, certain of its officers and directors, and the underwriters of the July 26, 2019 IPO with violations of the Securities Act of 1933. The Wanda Sports class action lawsuit was commenced in the District of Oregon on behalf of purchasers of Wanda Sports securities pursuant to the July 26, 2019 initial public offering (“IPO”) and is captioned Fu v. Wanda Sports Group Company Limited, et al., No. 3:19-cv-01852.

Wanda Sports operates a global sports events, media, and marketing platform. Wanda Sports owns contractual rights of global, regional, and national sports properties from which it seeks to generate revenue across the value chain, including events operation, media production and distribution, sponsorship and marketing, and digital solutions.  Wanda Sports has three reporting segments:  (1) Mass Participation; (2) Spectator Sports; and (3) Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (“DPSS”).

The Wanda Sports class action lawsuit alleges that the Registration Statement for the IPO was materially false and misleading and failed to disclose to investors that: (1) revenue for the second quarter of 2019 (“2Q19”) would be negatively impacted by the lack of major sporting events for the Spectator Sports and DPSS segments; (2) Wanda Sports had suffered a year­over-year decrease in revenue in 2Q19 and would suffer a year­over-year decrease in revenue for its fiscal year 2019, primarily related to lower reimbursement revenues in the DPSS segment and the lack of Spectator Sport segment offsets; and (3) as a result, defendants’ statements about Wanda Sports’ business, operations, and prospects were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.

On September 9, 2019, Wanda Sports issued a press release reporting its 2Q19 financial results.   Wanda Sports reported total revenue of €283.8 million (US$322.8 million), a decrease of 30% year over year primarily due to decreased revenue from the DPSS segment (€54.8 million ($62.3 million), down 70% year over year).  Revenue in the Spectator Sports segment was €138.1 million ($157.1 million), down 6% year over year primarily due to the decline in revenue from Wanda Sports’ football  portfolios.  The press release included full year 2019 guidance, stating in part that, “[f]or 2019, we currently expect . . . [t]otal revenue to be in the range of €1,008 million to €1,070 million, or down 11% to 5% from 2018.”  By the commencement of the Wanda Sports securities class action lawsuit, Wanda Sports’ stock was trading as low as $2.78 per share, a 65% decline from the $8.00 per share IPO price.

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