SOURCE: Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP

April 01, 2011 15:03 ET

Kaplan Fox Files Securities Class Action on Behalf of Purchasers of Urban Outfitters, Inc. Common Stock During the Period November 15, 2010 Through March 7, 2011

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP (www.kaplanfox.com) has filed a class action suit against Urban Outfitters, Inc. ("Urban Outfitters" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: URBN) that alleges violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on behalf of purchasers of Urban Outfitters common stock during the period November 15, 2010 through March 7, 2011, inclusive (the "Class").

The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A copy of the complaint may be obtained from Kaplan Fox or the Court.

The Complaint alleges that, during the Class Period, Defendants discussed an emerging shift in fashion trends that Defendants represented was an opportunity for the Company and represented to investors that the Company would be able to manage the trend, that the Company had effective inventory management controls and systems, and that Urban Outfitters inventory would "grow more in-line with sales growth."

It is alleged, however, that by the beginning of the Class Period, Defendants knew, or had reason to know, that the Company was not managing the shift in fashion trends because: (1) the Company's inventories were increasing materially more than sales, (2) sales at the Company's namesake Urban Outfitters store and Anthropologie division were materially declining due to lack of customer demand, especially for women's apparel, and (3) as a result, the Company was forced to mark down the price of inventory which materially adversely affected the Company's margins and financial results for the quarter ended January 31, 2011.

The Complaint further alleges that on March 7, 2011, investors in Urban Outfitters' stock learned the truth about the Company when, after the close of trading, Defendants disclosed the Company's financial results for the quarter ended January 31, 2011. Among other things, the Company disclosed i) earnings of $75 million or $0.45 per share for the fourth quarter, which was approximately 13% less than the $0.52 per share expected by analysts; ii) that gross profit margin materially declined, primarily due to increased merchandise markdowns to clear seasonal inventory associated with changing women's apparel fashion trends; and iii) retail inventories increased by 10% at cost while total comparable store inventory increased by 4% at cost and total inventories grew by $43 million or 23%, on a year-over-year basis. 

On March 8, 2011, Urban Outfitters shares declined from a close on March 7, 2011 of $37.99 per share, to close at $31.66 per share, a decline of $6.33 per share or approximately 17% on heavier than usual volume. 

If you are a member of the proposed Class, you may move the court no later than 60 days from today to serve as a lead plaintiff for the Class. You need not seek to become a lead plaintiff in order to share in any possible recovery.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of the Class and is represented by Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP. Our firm, with offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Jersey, has many years of experience in prosecuting investor class actions and actions involving financial fraud. For more information about Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, or to review a copy of the complaint filed in this action, you may visit our website at www.kaplanfox.com

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions about this Notice, the action, your rights, or your interests, please contact:

    Jeffrey P. Campisi
    KAPLAN FOX & KILSHEIMER LLP
    850 Third Avenue, 14th Floor
    New York, New York 10022
    (800) 290-1952
    (212) 687-1980
    Fax: (212) 687-7714
    E-mail address: jcampisi@kaplanfox.com

    Laurence D. King
    KAPLAN FOX & KILSHEIMER LLP
    350 Sansome Street, Suite 400
    San Francisco, California 94104
    (415) 772-4700
    Fax: (415) 772-4707
    E-mail address: lking@kaplanfox.com