Bubbles and troubles in Hong Kong: Ongoing abusive “open offers” and placings making out in multi-billion-dollar bubbles. David Webb calls on regulators and rule-makers to take action. Hong Kong deserves better if it wishes to make a claim to be a world-class financial centre

http://webb-site.com/articles/trouble2015.asp

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

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Hao Wen, Capital VC and Unity; questionable cash investments at extremely high valuations which link together 3 listed companies. David Webb urge the SFC’s corporate misconduct team to investigate

http://webb-site.com/articles/trouble2015.asp

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

Here’s why one hedge fund manager thinks Alibaba could be a big fraud

http://fortune.com/2015/09/18/alibaba-faking-numbers-hedge-fund/

Here’s why one hedge fund manager thinks Alibaba could be a big fraud

Jen Wieczner

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015, 5:42 PM EDT

Compared to Amazon and UPS’s figures, Alibaba’s numbers don’t add up, he says.

Alibaba has already had a terrible first year since its IPO: Its shares are down 28%. But one well-known hedge fund manager has a suspicion that, if true, could potentially destroy Alibaba’s stock completely.

In a post on his blog this week, Bronte Capital hedge fund manager John Hempton laid out reasons why the Chinese e-commerce company’s delivery figures seemed fishy. The possibility that Alibaba  BABA -1.36%  might be a fraud, he wrote, “is a thesis worth testing”—and plans to gather evidence, and potentially short the stock, depending on what he finds. Continue reading

Can we trust Alibaba’s numbers? Auditor has never faced U.S. regulatory scrutiny; PwC Hong Kong signed only Alibaba audit, but China forbids U.S. from inspecting that firm

Can we trust Alibaba’s numbers? Auditor has never faced U.S. regulatory scrutiny; PwC Hong Kong signed only Alibaba audit, but China forbids U.S. from inspecting that firm
Francine McKenna, MarketWatch
15 September 2015
PwC Hong Kong signed only Alibaba audit, but China forbids U.S. from inspecting that firm

Barron’s spent a lot of time analyzing the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. numbers and strongly questioning the stock’s future, even though those numbers have never been verified by an independent third party fully vetted by U.S. regulators. Continue reading

Barron’s: Alibaba Objects, but We Stand By Our Cover Story; Alibaba: Why It Could Fall 50% Further; The Chinese Internet giant’s stock has been plunging amid an array of problems. Expect more trouble ahead.

http://www.barrons.com/articles/alibaba-objects-but-we-stand-by-our-cover-story-1442636537

Alibaba Objects, but We Stand By Our Cover Story

The Internet giant says our article “contains factual inaccuracies and selective use of information.”

Sept. 19, 2015 12:22 a.m. ET

Alibaba Group Holding sent a letter to Barron’s objecting to our cover story of Sept. 14, “Alibaba: Why It Could Fall 50% Further.” The letter, printed in full below, maintains that the story “contains factual inaccuracies and selective use of information.” After thoroughly reviewing the letter, Barron’s stands by the story, with the exception of one error. Our discussion of that error appears at the end of the letter. Continue reading

Deloitte Resigns As Auditor For Tianhe Chemicals

Auditor of Morgan Stanley-backed Chinese company resigns
Associated Press
18 September 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The auditor of a major Chinese chemical company that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation and is backed by Morgan Stanley has resigned amid accounting concerns, further damaging the prospects of Morgan Stanley‘s largest investment by its Asian private equity arm. Continue reading