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Agria Corporation NYSE: GRO



Company: Agria Corporation
Ticker Symbol: NYSE: GRO
Class Period: November 6, 2007 to April 11, 2008,
Date Filed: April-11-08
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: June-10-08
Court: Southern District, NY
Allegations:
A class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all purchasers of securities of Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) ("Agria" or the "Company") pursuant or traceable to the Company's November 6, 2007 Initial Public Offering ("IPO").

The Complaint charges Agria Corporation and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Act of 1933. Agria engages in the research and development, production, and sale of upstream agricultural products in the People's Republic of China.

On November 6, 2007, the Company conducted its IPO. In connection with its IPO, the Company filed a Registration Statement with the SEC. The IPO was a financial success for the Company and its selling shareholder, Brothers Capital Limited, as they raised over $282 million by selling 17,150,000 of the Company's securities to investors at a price of $16.50 per share.

Then on April 7, 2008, after the close of the market, Agria shocked investors when it announced that its auditors were unable to begin their audit of the Company's financial statements for 2007 due to various accounting and payment issues. The Company warned that "given the substantial delay in the commencement of the audit process, there is a risk that the Company may not be able to file its Annual Report" on time, and retracted its previously provided guidance for the fourth quarter of 2007, and first quarter and full year of 2008. The Company also announced that its COO had resigned. Further, the Company disclosed for the first time that its Chief Executive Officer was actively involved in protracted compensation negotiations with the COO and other key executives. These executives stood to receive $18 million in cash and transfer of Company shares (which represented 22% of the Company) so as to "provide incentive for their continuing service and align their interests with those of the shareholders." As the Company noted, payment of cash and/or shares to the COO and other executives "as compensation and incentive for their past and continuing services in connection with the proposed transaction will likely result in material compensation charges to the Company in the period in which the payment is made."

Upon the release of this news, shares of the Company's securities declined $3.34 per share, or almost 38 percent, to close on April 8, 2008 at $5.46 per share, on unusually heavy trading volume. This closing price on April 8, 2008 represented a cumulative loss of $11.04, or 66.9 percent, of the value of the Company's shares at the time of its IPO just months prior.

If you are a member of the class described above, you may, not later than June 10, 2008, move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the class, if you so choose. A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Any member of the purported class may move the court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.

If you acquired the securities of the defendants during the Class Period you may, no later than the Lead Plaintiff Deadline shown above, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff through counsel of your choice. You may also choose to remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff must meet certain requirements.

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