SOURCE: FuWei Films

September 20, 2010 08:30 ET

Fuwei Films Announces Settlement of U.S. Securities Class Action Litigation

BEIJING--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) -   Fuwei Films (Holdings) Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: FFHL) ("Fuwei Films" or the "Company"), a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality BOPET plastic film located in China, today announced that it has entered into a final settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in a putative securities class action that has been pending in federal district court in New York (the "Action"). 

As previously disclosed, the parties reached a settlement in principle of the Action on June 24, 2010. In the Action, plaintiffs assert claims against Fuwei Films, certain of its present and former officers, directors, and shareholders, and the underwriters for Fuwei Films' December 19, 2006 initial public offering, alleging that the Registration Statement and Prospectus contained materially false and misleading information in violation of federal securities laws. 

Pursuant to the settlement agreement and subject to the Court's approval, Plaintiffs have agreed to accept US$2.15 million in full and final settlement of all claims they have or may have against the Company, certain of its present and former officers, directors, and shareholders, and the underwriters. Fuwei Films has agreed to contribute US$1 million towards the settlement. The signed settlement agreement has been submitted to the Court for approval.

The Company's management continues to believe that plaintiffs' allegations are without merit. However, in recognition of the attendant risks and costs of continued litigation, and the benefits of resolving the same, the Board of Directors has unanimously consented to settle this case. As of June 30, 2010, the Company accrued US$1 million liability in connection with this litigation excluding defense costs.

About Fuwei Films

Fuwei Films conducts its business through its wholly owned subsidiary Shandong Fuwei Films Co., Ltd. ("Shandong Fuwei"). Shandong Fuwei develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality plastic films using the biaxial oriented stretch technique, otherwise known as BOPET film (biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate). Fuwei's BOPET film is widely used to package food, medicine, cosmetics, tobacco and alcohol, as well as in the imaging, electronics, and magnetic products industries.

For more information about the Company, please visit the Company's website at http://www.fuweiholdings.com.

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This press release contains information that constitutes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results described by the forward-looking statements. Risk factors that could contribute to such differences include those matters more fully disclosed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking information provided herein represents the Company's estimates as of the date of the press release, and subsequent events and developments may cause the Company's estimates to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking information in the future. Therefore, this forward-looking information should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates of its future financial performance as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about our businesses and business environments. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Actual results of our operations may differ materially from information contained in the forward-looking statements as a result of risk factors some of which are include, among other things, competition in the BOPET film industry; growth of, and risks inherent in, the BOPET film industry in China; uncertainty as to future profitability and our ability to obtain adequate financing for our planned capital expenditure requirements; uncertainty as to our ability to continuously develop new BOPET film products and keep up with changes in BOPET film technology; risks associated with possible defects and errors in our products; uncertainty as to our ability to protect and enforce our intellectual property rights; uncertainty as to our ability to attract and retain qualified executives and personnel; and uncertainty in acquiring raw materials on time and on acceptable terms, particularly in view of the volatility in the prices of petroleum products in recent years.

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