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INVESTOR ALERT: Class Action Lawsuit Against Bankrate, Inc. Announced By Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP

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Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of a class (the “Class”) comprising purchasers of the securities of Bankrate, Inc. (“Bankrate” or the “Company”) (NYSE:RATE) between March 1, 2013 and September 15, 2014, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

Please contact Lesley Portnoy at (888) 773-9224 or (310) 201-9150, or at shareholders@glancylaw.com to discuss this matter. If you inquire by email please include your mailing address, telephone number and number of shares purchased.

Bankrate publishes, aggregates and distributes personal finance content on the Internet. The Complaint alleges that the Company misrepresented and/or failed to disclose that Bankrate’s financial statements contained errors related to improper recognition of revenue and expenses, and the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting were inadequate.

On September 15, 2014, Bankrate disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation related to the Company’s financial reporting during 2012, with the principal focus on the quarters ending March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012. According to the Company, the SEC investigation will examine “three accruals of revenue totaling approximately $781,000 in the aggregate and two adjustments to reduce accrued expenses totaling approximately $850,000 in the aggregate,” which were made during the close process for the second quarter of 2012. The investigation will also examine, among other things:

  • the timing and classification of additional entries relating to certain expenses, expense accruals and credits in the second quarter and other periods in 2012.
  • an entry originally made in the third quarter of 2011 establishing an allowance of $460,000 for anticipated customer credits in the Insurance business that was ultimately reversed in the first quarter of 2012.
  • revenue and expense adjustments totaling $225,000 in May 2012 that were reversed in June 2012; and
  • whether accounting entries in these periods may have improperly impacted the Company’s reported results, including relative to market expectations at such time.

The Company further disclosed that, in connection the ongoing SEC investigation, on September 14, 2014, Bankrate’s Audit Committee concluded that the Company’s previously issued financial statements for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 should no longer be relied upon, pending a full internal review of these matters. Following these disclosures, Bankrate shares fell nearly 14%, or $1.90 per share, to close at $11.92 per share on September 15, 2014.

If you are a member of the Class described above, you may move the Court no later than November 17, 2014, to serve as lead plaintiff, if you meet certain legal requirements. To be a member of the Class you need not take any action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or take no action and remain an absent member of the Class. If you wish to learn more about this action, or if you have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Lesley Portnoy, Esquire, of Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP, 1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100, Los Angeles, California 90067, at (310) 201-9150, by e-mail to shareholders@glancylaw.com, or visit our website at http://www.glancylaw.com. If you inquire by email, please include your mailing address, telephone number and number of shares purchased.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.

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