April 01, 2013 at 16:05 PM EDT
Ryan & Maniskas, LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Harvest Natural Resources Inc.

WAYNE, Pa., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ryan & Maniskas, LLP (www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hnr) announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on behalf of a class (the "Class") comprising all purchasers of the securities of Harvest Natural Resources Inc. ("Harvest Natural" or the "Company") (NYSE: HNR) between May 7, 2010 and March 18, 2013.

For more information regarding this class action suit, please contact Ryan & Maniskas, LLP (Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire) toll-free at (877) 316-3218 or by email at rmaniskas@rmclasslaw.com or visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hnr

Harvest Natural, an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production and disposition of oil and natural gas properties. The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period defendants made false and/or misleading statements or failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's financial performance and prospects. Specifically, defendants misrepresented or failed to disclose that: (1) the Company incorrectly capitalized certain lease maintenance costs and certain internal selling, general and administrative costs; (2) the Company improperly presented certain cash flow items and caused certain long-lived assets to be impaired; (3) the Company was unable to sell its interests in Petrodelta S.A. to PT Pertamina (Persero); (4) the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; and (5) as a result of the foregoing, the Company's statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On February 20, 2013, the Company disclosed the termination of the Share Purchase Agreement between PT Pertamina (Persero) and HNR Energia B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvest Natural. On this news, shares in Harvest Natural dropped over 40%, closing at $5.45 per share on February 20, 2013, from a close of $9.16 per share on February 19, 2013, on volume of over 7 million shares.

Then, on March 19, 2013, the Company disclosed that there were certain errors in its financial statements related to, among others, the capitalization of certain lease maintenance costs and certain internal selling, general and administrative costs. In addition, the Company disclosed that it had determined that a material weakness existed in its controls over the accuracy and presentation of its accounting for certain long-lived assets. As a result, the Company would be required to "revise and possibly restate its financial statements for certain periods in 2010, 2011 and 2012." On this news, shares in Harvest Natural dropped over 32%, closing at $3.70 per share on March 19, 2013, from a close of $5.49 per share on March 18, 2013, on volume of over 9 million shares.

If you are a member of the class, you may, no later than May 21, 2013, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff of the class.  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.  Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as "lead plaintiff."  Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff.  You may retain Ryan & Maniskas, LLP or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.

For more information about the case or to participate online, please visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hnr or contact Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire toll-free at (877) 316-3218, or by e-mail at rmaniskas@rmclasslaw.com.  For more information about class action cases in general or to learn more about Ryan & Maniskas, LLP, please visit our website: www.rmclasslaw.com.

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP is a national shareholder litigation firm.  Ryan & Maniskas, LLP is devoted to protecting the interests of individual and institutional investors in shareholder actions in state and federal courts nationwide.

CONTACT:  

Ryan & Maniskas, LLP


Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire


995 Old Eagle School Rd., Suite 311


Wayne, PA 19087


484-588-5516


877-316-3218


www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/hnr


rmaniskas@rmclasslaw.com

SOURCE Ryan & Maniskas, LLP

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