Analysis of companies facing shareholder activism.
Founded in 2015, by Melvin Glapion, Mithra Forensic Research is an independent investment research firm based in Los Angeles California. Mithra Forensic Research primarily focuses on identifying companies with flawed and deteriorating business fundamentals as well as those companies engaging in aggressive accounting and financial statement fraud.
Mithra Forensic Research relies upon a proprietary quantitative model which is used to identify companies showing signs of financial statement deterioration or evidence of aggressive accounting. We then conduct a more detailed analysis of only those companies highlighted as offering the greatest potential for significant price movement in the next 18 to 24 months.
At first glance many situations appear obvious. Rigorous examination may reveal that the obvious is in fact impossible. My focus is on companies that unethically sell the impossible and thrive only with financial slight of hand. I am a retired businessman living near Austin Texas and I both delight and profit from shining some light on these deceptions.
I have spent over thirty years in the financial services industry and I am the author of Dead Companies Walking: How a Hedge Fund Manager Finds Opportunity in Unexpected Places, an Amazon Best Book of the Month.
Mr. Judkowski is a managing member of Waterloo International Advisors, LLC. He co-managed a short-biased hedge fund from 2000-2013. Over a 20 year period, Mr. Judkowski published short sell reports (The Accounting Workout (1993-1994) and The Short Seller’s Report (1996-2006)) and co-published red flag newsletters (Balance Sheet Watch (1998-2006) and Earnings Workout (2011-2012)).
His firm currently serves as sub-advisor to Logan Capital Management, which offers a long/short strategy through separately managed accounts and a mutual fund.
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Investment professional and CFA charterholder. I write on Seeking Alpha as a personal hobby and to elicit feedback on specific ideas and topics, help organize my thinking, and connect with intelligent people.
The Investor Protection Association (IPA) is devoted to performing research, investigation and publication of information which concerns financial fraud and dishonest stock market practices taking place in companies that trade on stock exchanges in the United States, with a focus on small cap equities and penny stocks.
The most important purpose of our service is to educate and help hard working, decent investors by informing them of fraud and manipulation in specific stocks. By performing scrupulous and professional research, uncovering crucial information and publishing it, we may help these investors make a more informed decision and avoid losing substantial amounts of money.
On the other hand, our service also caters to sophisticated short-biased traders by providing excellent, in terms of risk-to-reward ratio, trading setups which occur primarily as a result of inflated prices in stocks which are subject to promotional campaigns (so called Pump & Dump).
RH Analytics specializes in deep-dive fundamental research on companies and sectors. We focus on topics where we believe there is a disconnect between current perceptions of the investment opportunity and the underlying reality. Our work dispels the myth and illuminates the reality.
Trinity Research Group ("Trinity") was established in 2014 by a group of international individual investors each with decades of investment experience in China and the USA. Trinity focuses exclusively on opportunities, long or short, created by false information and/or inaccurate market beliefs. Trinity leverages the principals' substantial local networks to conduct extensive fundamental, bottoms up due diligence of misunderstood companies.
Trinity invests the principals' money exclusively and does not manage assets for others or advise clients.
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Trinity Research Group strongly recommends that every investor conduct his/her own due diligence before buying or selling any security. Trinity does not guarantee in any way that it is providing all of the information that may be available. You should be aware that the principals of Trinity might hold a position, long or short, in any of the securities discussed in our research.
Our research and report expresses our opinions, which we have based upon publicly available information, third-party buy- or sell-side research (whenever referenced), our own due diligence, and inferences and deductions through our analysis. Trinity believes all information contained in its research is accurate and reliable, and has been obtained from sources it believes to be accurate and reliable. However, such information is presented “as is,” without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. Trinity makes no representation, express or implied, as to the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any such information or with regard to the results to be obtained from its use. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice, and Trinity is not obligated to update any of its opinions or research after making it available.
A*L was established in 2010 by Jon Carnes, a growth and value-oriented investor who lived for six years (from 2005 to 2011) in China where he researched and invested in dozens of Chinese companies, first long (2005-2009) and then primarily short (2010-2012). Mr. Carnes outperformed other investors by performing extensive “on the ground” due diligence, conducted by a team of experienced analysts and local researchers. His investment opinions were greatly respected by other China focused fund managers attracted to the booming economy but wary of getting duped.
Over several years of scrutinizing over a hundred companies in every corner of China, Mr. Carnes realized that many of those that had gone public were seriously exaggerating their financial performance in their SEC filings. Investors raced to invest billions into Chinese companies that were dishonest and legally accountable to no one, a recipe for disaster for investors, both large and small.
Deciding to take action, Mr. Carnes decided to publicly expose the most egregious frauds he had discovered over the years, focusing on the worst offenders: companies that had exaggerated their profitability by at least 100%. In February 2010, he published a series of reports titled “Management Leaving Investors Stuck at the Pumps” showing that China Natural Gas (formerly NASDAQ: CHNG) management defrauded investors by failing to disclose and likely misappropriating $20 million from an acquisition of an undisclosed related party.
Unfortunately, when CHNG discovered that Mr. Carnes wrote the reports, its chairman Qinan Ji responded by sending an agent to threaten him where he lived in China. Frightened by Ji’s threat, Mr. Carnes removed the reports from the Internet. From this point onward Mr. Carnes knew that publishing the truth while living in China might get him killed.
Mr. Carnes nevertheless chose to remain in China to continue exposing fraud. Knowing that the safety of his researchers depended upon absolute secrecy and anonymity, he published my reports anonymously online using the obvious pseudonym “Alfred Little.” Beginning with CHNG, over the next two years Mr. Carnes exposed a diverse array of investment fraud committed by a U.S. listed Chinese companies.
After two years, CHNG Chairman Qinan Ji’s effort to conceal his fraud finally failed. On 9/21/11 NASDAQ halted trading of CHNG and on 3/8/12 CHNG was delisted. Most importantly, on 5/14/12 the SEC filed fraud charges against CHNG and its Chairman Qinan Ji.
Two more of the companies that Mr. Carnes first exposed faced the same fate. On 2/22/12 the SEC charged Puda Coal (formerly AMEX: PUDA) Chairman Ming Zhao with fraud, confirming each of the allegations in his 4/8/11 report, “Puda Coal Chairman Secretly Sold Half the Company and Pledged the Other Half to Chinese PE Investors.”
Then on 4/23/12 the SEC charged SinoTech Energy (formerly NASDAQ: CTE) and two of its officers with fraud. On 8/16/11, Mr. Carnes was the first to blow the whistle exposing CTE’s massive fraud in a report titled “SinoTech Energy: Enhanced Oil Recovery or Capital Extraction.” Unlike other numerous smaller “reverse merger” frauds, Sinotech was a $168 million IPO listed on NASDAQ underwritten by UBS and Lazard Capital Markets and audited by Ernst & Young.
Three companies, Deer Consumer Products (“DEER”), Sino Clean Energy (“SCEI”) and Silvercorp Metals (“SVM”) criticized in reports published by A*L sued Mr. Carnes for defamation. The three companies coordinated their legal and retaliatory efforts, both in the U.S., Canada and China to silence Mr. Carnes.
The epic battle that followed ended swiftly in a complete rout. NASDAQ delisted DEER and SCEI. SVM and DEER both lost their defamation claims against Mr. Carnes. SCEI abandoned its defamation claim against Mr. Carnes.
After winning the battle against DEER, SCEI and SVM, A*L emerged with the best track record of any China focused investment blog.
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