Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA) shares swooned overnight Monday after a Wall Street Journal report revealed a Justice Department probe into whether the company shifted sales from quarter to quarter to obscure its results.
The probe hasnt been made public, the report said, although investigators have begun questioning people in Baltimore, where the sportswear producer is based.
Investors reacted decisively, and shares traded more than 17% lower Monday at $15.60.
According to anonymous sources, the Justice Department is undergoing a criminal inquiry alongside civil investigators at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The investigation is centered on revenue-recognition practices, a process by which companies either report revenue before it has been earned or push back the dates on expenses to shift them into the next quarter.
Adding insult to injury, the companys third-quarter results — published early Monday morning — revealed a cut in full-year guidance.
The company revised down its 2019 revenue growth to 2% from prior expectations of 3% to 4% growth, blaming the slowdown on lower than expected excess inventory, direct-to-consumer challenges and changes in foreign currency.
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