Article: Caught in a bear trap: How ‘short and distort’ attacks are costing Australian investors billions

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Caught in a bear trap: How ‘short and distort’ attacks are costing Australian investors billions

Adele Ferguson

Sydney Morning Herald,

Australia has become a paradise for a new, aggressive form of short selling. And regulators’ failure to act is costing investors billions.

Dubbed the “short and distort” gang, a group of largely foreign-based research houses issue highly damaging reports, designed to cause maximum damage to the companies they target.

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Article: ACM Research accused of fraud by short-seller J Capital

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ACM Research accused of fraud by short-seller J Capital

ACMR, 08 October 2020

In a short report published on its website, J Capital Research’s Anne Stevenson-Yang said “We believe ACM Research (ACMR) is a fraud, over-reporting both revenue and profit. What real profit the company has is apparently being siphoned off to related parties… We have evidence that undisclosed related parties are diverting revenue and profit from the company Key means by which ACMR tunnels over-reported profit out of the company may be through about $20 mln in overstated inventory costs and through cash that is inflated or just compromised. We think least $11 mln in warranty and service costs are understated.
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Article: Novagold slams law firm for ‘malicious and false’ claims on Donlin gold project

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Novagold slams law firm for ‘malicious and false’ claims on Donlin gold project

Nahum Asher, 09 July 2020

According to the complaint, throughout the Class Period, Defendants misrepresented and concealed that (1) ACM Research’s revenues and profits were diverted to undisclosed related parties, and (2) consequently, the company materially overstated its revenues and profits.
Investors allegedly began to learn the truth on Oct. 8, 2020, when J Capital Research published a report entitled “Dirty business,” bringing ACM Research’s reported financials into serious question.
More specifically, J Capital concludes ACM Research is a fraud, over-reporting both revenue and profit. According to the report, “ACMR reports industry-beating gross margins of 47%” but “[w]e believe the real gross margins are half at the best.” J Capital also concludes revenues are overstated by 15-20%, undisclosed related parties are diverting revenue and profit from the company, the key means by which ACMR tunnels over-reported profit out of the company may be through about $20 million in overstated inventory and through cash that is inflated or compromised, and warranty and service costs are understated by at least $11 million.
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Article: NovaGold Investors: Company Investigated by the Portnoy Law Firm

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NovaGold Investors: Company Investigated by the Portnoy Law Firm

GLOBE NEWSWIRE, 09 July 2020

According to the complaint, throughout the Class Period, Defendants misrepresented and concealed that (1) ACM Research’s revenues and profits were diverted to undisclosed related parties, and (2) consequently, the company materially overstated its revenues and profits.

Investors allegedly began to learn the truth on Oct. 8, 2020, when J Capital Research published a report entitled “Dirty business,” bringing ACM Research’s reported financials into serious question.
More specifically, J Capital concludes ACM Research is a fraud, over-reporting both revenue and profit. According to the report, “ACMR reports industry-beating gross margins of 47%” but “[w]e believe the real gross margins are half at the best.” J Capital also concludes revenues are overstated by 15-20%, undisclosed related parties are diverting revenue and profit from the company, the key means by which ACMR tunnels over-reported profit out of the company may be through about $20 million in overstated inventory and through cash that is inflated or compromised, and warranty and service costs are understated by at least $11 million.
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