Fila. Su Weiqing (苏伟卿).
By the time Chairman Ding has gotten this far in this report, he will undoubtedly be quite agitated. By the end of this report, investors maintaining faith in ANTA should be too.
In Part 1 of our reports on ANTA (July 8, 2019), we discussed Su Weiqing at length. We showed that he is a proxy for ANTA insiders at major distributor Beijing Jiyuan Shengbao International Trading Company (北京吉元盛宝国际贸易有限公司) and two other distributors.
ANTA responded that Mr. Su and all of the other proxies we identified are indeed independent parties. So if Mr. Su is an independent party, then there’s nothing to worry about, right? Wrong.
Companies belonging to “independent party” Mr. Su own 46 Fila stores in Beijing. But ANTA has always maintained it owns all of its Fila stores!
There are two major implications for investors. First, ANTA has been caught in a major lie. Had ANTA admitted that Mr. Su is a proxy for ANTA, then the claim it owns all of its Fila stores would not be a total lie. Clearly, one of these statements cannot be true – either ANTA lied when it said that Mr. Su is not its proxy, or ANTA has been lying about owning all of its Fila stores.
The second major implication is that investors cannot trust the Fila numbers. ANTA has been reporting Fila numbers to its auditors and the public, all the while claiming to own all Fila stores. Does ANTA consolidate financials from stores that it does not own? Just as we believe with ANTA brand financials, ANTA likely just makes the numbers up – i.e., it likely reports fraudulent financials for Fila as well.
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