It’s the most recent in numerous such investigations that have been announced by various law firms that specialize in national securities litigation. This time, it is from a firm that says they were ranked #4 by ISS for recoveries in 2017. For the Cavco Industries (CVCO) home office, it was just another day since they first announced on November 8, 2018 that they had received the company and then chairman, president, and CEO Joe Stegmayer had received subpoenas. The latest investigation by Block & Leviton is our focus this evening. The same day as the new investigation was launched, a new board member was appointed too.
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How Time Changes Perspectives
If you watch the video interview below with Joe Stegmayer, it speaks volumes. It’s a blast from the past, which is precisely what it is useful. Note, among other points, that Stegmayer talks about the return of the industry to 250,000 new home shipments? If that was a worthy goal then, why is the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and Cavco not pumping that same point now?
It is one of several points that the law firms investigating Cavco may be overlooking.
That said, last December, MHProNews asked, had Cavco hit bottom? The answer was, yes, no, and sort of – because while CVCO’s share value went lower, it is now at about the same value as when we asked that question then.
In the months since the SEC related announcements, Cavco has positioned itself in several ways to respond to the legal ‘incoming.’
There is more below, but with that tee-up, let’s pivot to the press release from Block & Leviton LLP.
BOSTON, May 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Block & Leviton LLP a national securities litigation firm, is investigating whether Cavco Industries, Inc. (CVCO) and certain of its officers and directors violated federal securities laws.
On August 20, 2018, Cavco received a subpoena from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading in the stock of another public company. Then, on October 1, 2018, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to Joseph Stegmayer, the Company’s former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, regarding similar issues.
After the market closed on November 8, 2018, Cavco and senior management filed the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 29, 2018 and disclosed the receipt of the SEC subpoenas. This news drove the price of Cavco shares down $49.48, or about 23%, to close at $165.20 on November 9, 2018.
Block & Leviton is investigating these allegations in order to file a class action complaint.
Block & Leviton LLP was recently ranked 4th among securities litigation firms by ISS for recoveries in 2017. The firm represents many of the nation’s largest institutional investors and numerous individual investors in securities litigation throughout the country. Indeed, its lawyers have recovered billions of dollars for its clients.
This notice may constitute attorney advertising.
BLOCK & LEVITON LLP
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Boston, MA 02110
Interestingly, BLOCK & LEVITON’s release coincided that same day with the news of a new independent appointment to the Cavco board. It is part of the corporation’s apparent effort to shore up trust with investors.
Cavco’s release is below.
PHOENIX, May 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cavco Industries, Inc. (CVCO) today announced that its Board of Directors (“Board”) appointed Julia W. Sze as an independent director of the Company’s Board, effective May 29, 2019. Ms. Sze is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the investment management field. From 1991 until 2003, she was a fundamental analyst and portfolio manager, leading award winning funds in the Asia Pacific equity markets. From 2004 until 2011, Ms. Sze served as Chief Investment Officer for families and foundations at two U.S. banks, managing over $1 billion globally across numerous asset classes. Since 2009, she has been a leader in the impact investing field, developing environmental and social resilience in companies across multiple sectors and geographies. Since 2018, Ms. Sze has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, teaching entrepreneurship and investment management.
Ms. Sze brings Cavco’s Board current membership to seven directors, six of whom are independent. She will also be a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and will replace Steve Bunger, Chairman of Cavco’s Board of Directors, who stepped down from his seat on the Audit Committee.
Currently, Ms. Sze serves as a director of Tern Bicycles, a privately-held, Taiwan-based urban transport business with sales across the globe. Ms. Sze previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Assets and Liabilities Committee of New Resource Bank from 2016 until it merged with Amalgamated Bank in 2017. She now serves as Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of Amalgamated Bank (AMAL).
“Julia is a great addition to our Board,” commented Steve Bunger, non-executive Chairman of the Board of Cavco. “She is an experienced board member with valuable investment management expertise. In that role, she has analyzed hundreds of companies, with a keen eye towards operational efficiency, financial strength, and social impact. Cavco is fortunate to have added a director such as Julia, and we look forward to her many contributions to Cavco and the Board.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Cavco’s Board, and I look forward to working with the Board and Cavco’s management team to produce improved results and grow Cavco’s business,” said Ms. Sze. She continued, “The affordable housing business is a sector of our economy that aligns extremely well with my experience and priority issue areas.”
“I’m really looking forward to working with Julia,” added William Boor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cavco and a member of the Cavco Board. “She brings an investor’s perspective to the Board, but also understands the social impact that Cavco offers as a company focused on affordable housing. She truly complements a Board that covers a broad range of skills and experiences.”
Ms. Sze received two degrees from Stanford University: a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1989 and a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies in 1990. She received her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1998.
About Cavco Industries, Inc.
Cavco Industries, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, designs and produces factory-built housing products primarily distributed through a network of independent and Company-owned retailers. The Company is one of the largest producers of manufactured homes in the United States, based on reported wholesale shipments, marketed under a variety of brand names including Cavco Homes, Fleetwood Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, Fairmont Homes, Friendship Homes, Chariot Eagle and Lexington Homes.
The Company is also a leading producer of park model RVs, vacation cabins, and systems-built commercial structures, as well as modular homes built primarily under the Nationwide Homes brand. Cavco’s mortgage subsidiary, CountryPlace Mortgage, is an approved Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seller/servicer, a Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities issuer that offers conforming mortgages, non-conforming mortgages and home-only loans to purchasers of factory-built homes.
Investor Robert Robotti has been a long time believer in manufactured housing. What he had to say previously, found in the report linked below, indicates in part the reasons why not only Cavco, but the industry at large is underperforming. Joe Stegmayer may be ‘out’ at his old leadership role there, but he is still the Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).
Go figure. Someone’s not doing their homework?
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