NEW YORK, April 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. ("Harvest Natural" or the "Company") (NYSE:HNR) and certain of its officers. The class action filed in United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, and docketed under 4:13-CV-00801, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Harvest Natural between May 7, 2010 and March 18, 2013, both dates inclusive of (the "Class Period"). This class action seeks to recover damages against the Company and certain of its officers and directors as a result of alleged violations of the federal securities laws pursuant to Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.
If you are a shareholder who purchased Harvest Natural securities during the Class Period, you have until May 21, 2013 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, x237. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.
Harvest Natural is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, development, production and disposition of oil and natural gas properties. The Company is focused on the exploration of oil and gas fields in known hydrocarbon basins worldwide.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants issued as series of materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's revenues and operations. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the Company incorrectly capitalized certain lease maintenance costs and certain internal selling, general and administrative costs; (2) the Company improperly presented certain cash flow items and caused certain long-lived assets to be impaired; (3) the Company was unable to sell its interests in Petrodelta S.A. to PT Pertamina (Persero); (4) the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; and (5) as a result of the foregoing, the Company's statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. As a result of Defendants' wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous decline in the market value of the Company's securities, Plaintiff and other Class members have suffered significant losses and damages.
On February 20, 2013, the Company disclosed the termination of the Share Purchase Agreement between PT Pertamina (Persero) and HNR Energia B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvest Natural. On this news, Harvest Natural securities declined $3.71 per share or 40.5%, to close at $5.45 per share on February 20, 2013.
On March 19, 2013, the Company disclosed that there were certain errors in its financial statements related to, among others, the capitalization of certain lease maintenance costs and certain internal selling, general and administrative costs. In addition, the Company disclosed that it had determined that a material weakness existed in its controls over the accuracy and presentation of its accounting for certain long-lived assets. As a result, the Company would be required to "revise and possibly restate its financial statements for certain periods in 2010, 2011 and 2012." On this news, Harvest Natural securities plummeted $1.79 per share or more than 32%, to close at $3.70 per share on March 19, 2013.
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