Puda Coal (NYSE AMEX:PUDA) grabbed our attention at the beginning of March 2011 during our continuing effort to potentially allocate funds to a very select number of ChinaHybrid companies attempting to survive in a challenging environment that has not been kind to Reverse Take Over firms (RTO) . We felt that solid analyst estimates combined with the strong pricing of its most recent public offering on December 8, 2010 substantiated a complete review of the company, which we had hoped would validate investor optimism. To our surprise, during our investigation of PUDA’s SAIC filings, we discovered:
- A corporate ownership structure that is materially different from the structure reported to the SEC in the Company’s 2010 Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2011.
- Numerous material and undisclosed share ownership transfers since the Company listed its shares on the Nasdaq exchange in September 2009, that bring into question the claims of public shareholders on at least 50% of PUDA and its assets, earnings and cash flows.