NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Tower Semiconductor Ltd. ("Tower Semiconductor" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: TSEM). Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at email@example.com or 888-476-6529, ext. 9980.
The investigation concerns whether Tower Semiconductor and certain of its officers and/or directors have violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
On January 14, 2016, Spruce Point Capital Management published a report on Tower Semiconductor entitled "Leaning Tower of Losses." Among other issues with the company, Spruce Point described "Evidence Suggesting [a] Brazen Accounting Scheme to Forestall [a] Bankruptcy Threat." Per Spruce Point's report: "Tower may have heavily promoted [a joint venture deal with] Panasonic . . . to inflate its stock, and convert its Series F debt to equity to relieve its debt burden. We have evidence to suggest Tower inflated the value of the [joint venture's] assets from approx.. $100m to $300m in order to inflate a bargain purchase gain to bolster its equity. Furthermore, Tower has engaged in other questionable accounting maneuvers to give the appearance of strong Non-GAAP gross margins, profitability, and free cash flow such as: 1) Shifting COGS expenses to R&D and SG&A; 2) Changing the presentation of capex from "gross" to "net"; 3) Extending the useful life of its assets to reducing depreciation expense; 4) Excluding depreciation and amortization to present Non-GAAP results (not industry standard); 5) Haircutting its convertible and bank debt by inappropriately interpreting the accounting guidance."
On this news, Tower Semiconductor stock has fallen as much as $1.81, or 14.5%, to $10.66 during intra-day trading on January 14, 2016.
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