Centerline Holding Company NYSE: CHC

Company: Centerline Holding Company
Ticker Symbol: NYSE: CHC
Class Period: March 12, 2007 to December 28, 2007
Date Filed: Jan-18-08
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Mar-18-08
Court: Southern District, NY
A class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all purchasers of the common stock of Centerline Holding Company ("Centerline" or the "Company") between March 12, 2007 and December 28, 2007, inclusive (the "Class Period"). The suit alleges that Centerline, its Chief Executive Officer Marc D. Schnitzer, Chief Financial Officer Robert L. Levy, Chairman Stephen M. Ross, and Managing Trustee Jeff T. Blau ("Defendants"), violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The Complaint alleges that Defendants issued a series of materially false and misleading statements about Centerline's business model and financial condition, including statements concerning its portfolio of tax-exempt first mortgage bonds, which generated the majority of the Company's revenues and supported the Company's $1.68 per share annual dividend. Defendants' statements concealed from the investing public that Defendants were in the midst of structuring a sale of the Company's mortgage revenue bond portfolio to a third party. On December 28, 2007, Centerline shocked the financial markets with a press release announcing that the Company had sold its "$2.8 billion tax-exempt affordable housing bond portfolio" to a third party and, in the process, transformed the Company's business model to a pure asset management firm. As a result of this transaction, the Company disclosed that it would be slashing its annual dividend from $1.68 per share to only $0.60 per share. Even more shocking was the revelation that Defendants had entered into a related party transaction with a company owned by certain of the Defendants called The Related Companies, L.P. ("TRCLP"), whereby TRCLP agreed to provide Centerline $131 million in financing, in exchange for 12.2 million shares of newly-issued convertible preferred stock that will pay Company insiders an 11% dividend. In reaction to this news, the price of Centerline stock plummeted from $10.27 per share on December 27, 2007, to close at $7.70 per share on December 28, 2007, representing a 25% single-day decline, on unusually heavy trading volume of 4,152,688 shares.

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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