NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against BancorpSouth, Inc. ("BancorpSouth" or the "Company") (NYSE:BXS) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division, and docketed under 14-cv-01564, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased BancorpSouth securities between January 8, 2014 and July 21, 2014, inclusive (the "Class Period"). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").
If you are a shareholder who purchased BancorpSouth securities during the Class Period, you have until September 29, 2014 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 email@example.com 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.
BancorpSouth operates as a financial holding company for BancorpSouth Bank that provides commercial banking and financial services to individuals and small-to-medium size businesses.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's procedures, systems and processes related to certain of its lending and compliance programs. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) BancorpSouth's operations and credit practices violated the Bank Secrecy Act ("BSA") and federal anti-money-laundering programs; (2) the Company's lending practices were not in compliance with the regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and as a result of the above, (3) BancorpSouth's financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times; and (4) regulatory scrutiny into the Company's lending practices could severely jeopardize the Company's ability to close recently announced mergers with Central Community Corporation and Ouachita Bancshares Corp.
On July 21, 2014, after the market closed, BancorpSouth issued a press release announcing financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. The press release also disclosed "The Company has learned that federal bank regulators have identified concerns during the course of routine supervisory activities regarding the Company's procedures, systems and processes related to certain of its compliance programs, including its Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money-laundering programs."
On this news, shares of BancorpSouth fell $1.90, or over 8%, on extremely heavy volume, to close at $21.51 on July 22, 2014.
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Source: Pomerantz LLP