Bubbles and troubles in Hong Kong
24th September 2015
As readers may recall, last year, Lerado Group (Holding) Co Ltd (Lerado, 1225) announced the proposed sale of its core business of baby strollers and infant car seats to Canadian listed firm Dorel Industries Inc (Dorel) for HK$930m. Lerado was planning to squat on most of the cash proceeds and only pay out $0.30 per share, or $228m. For this reason, we opposed the sale, because of concern that Lerado would become a cash shell trading at a discount to its net asset value. Your editor, David Webb, is a disclosed substantial shareholder currently holding over 8%. However, the sale was approved by shareholders on 16-Sep-2014 and completed on 31-Oct-2014.
Our concerns have now proven justified, culminating in current egregious proposals not just by Lerado but by other listed companies. We hope to stop them, if the regulators will require certain parties to play fairer. This article is long and complicated, and we thought about breaking it into pieces, but the picture becomes clearer if you assemble the whole jigsaw, so here it is. Apart from Lerado, this article covers transactions by numerous other listed companies in which you may have an interest, and several billion US dollars of bubbles. Continue reading
Hao Wen, Capital VC and Unity
24th September 2015
Browsing through documents for a much longer forthcoming story, we came across two highly questionable acquisitions that link together 3 listed companies: Hao Wen Holdings Ltd (Hao Wen, 8019) and two Chapter 21 investment companies, Capital VC Ltd (Capital VC, 2324) and Unity Investments Holdings Ltd (Unity, 0913) that we have warned investors about in the past. Continue reading
September 23, 2015 11:24 pm
Aim’s Chinese disasters offer cautionary tale for chancellor
If the UK Chancellor wants a cautionary tale for his initiative to link London and Chinese stock markets, he should look to the Alternative Investment Market.
This week two of the 45 China-based companies quoted on London’s junior market have either had their operations suspended or their shares. They are just the latest of a long string of Chinese disasters on Aim. Continue reading
Hong Kong fraud accused feared abducted in Taipei
Police in Taiwan are investigating the whereabouts of the chairman of a listed company on bail awaiting trial in Hong Kong for fraud, after reports he was abducted in New Taipei City on Sunday.
Wong Yuk-kwan, 68, who is also known as Wong Kun, is accused of defrauding the Securities and Futures Commission in a US oil field transaction. Continue reading
CFOs see earnings shenanigans in 20% of U.S. public firms
James Saft, Reuters | September 25, 2015 2:06 PM ET
If you think the fact that a U.S. company’s earnings conform to accepted standards means they are to be trusted, then allow me to introduce you to the 20 per cent of chief financial officers who disagree. Continue reading
SEC alleges fraud in failed takeover bid of Barnes & Noble
Fanya Exchange’s 36 billion yuan default ‘tip of iceberg’ in China
PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 September, 2015, 12:00am
Xie Yu email@example.com
Exchanges featuring products from garlic to rhodium are under scrutiny after Fanya metals case
Rhodium and steel to garlic and onion, you name it, they trade it. Hundreds of these so-called commodity exchanges, which have mushroomed across the mainland in a regulatory void and attracted 1 trillion yuan in investments, are now under the microscope. Continue reading