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Heelys Shareholders To Sell 8 Million Shares; Stock Falls Sharply

Heelys, which makes a popular brand of shoes that double as roller-skates, said Monday it filed for the sale of nearly a third of its common shares held by stockholders, including a stake by its largest shareholder.

Shares of the Carrollton, Texas-based company fell sharply.

Earlier in the day, the company posted first-quarter earnings of 30 cents a share, ahead of analysts' expectations of 20 cents.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said shareholder Capital Southwest Venture Corp., a unit of Capital Southwest Corp., plans to sell over half its 34% holding.

The sale of 5.2 million shares will reduce Capital's stake to about 15% or 4.1 million shares. Other executives and board members also plan to sell a combined 2.8 million shares of their holding, Heelys said in the filing.

Underwriters are given an option to purchase another 1.2 million shares to cover over-allotments, the company added.