News

A deeper dive into CMBC, CSPT and FWF
Webb-site.com, 21-Oct-2018
After raw-nerve responses from CMBC Capital (1141) and China Soft Power Technology (0139) to our Huarong-CMB network diagram, we zoom in on their network and also look at CMBC's exposure to the controller of 3 more listed companies.
The Huarong-CMB network: 26 stocks not to own
Webb-site.com, 19-Oct-2018
In our first circuit diagram since the infamous Enigma Network, we examine the overlapping networks, bubbles and funding surrounding 26 HK-listed companies that your portfolio would probably do better without.
Freeman (0279) renegotiates US$99m convertible held by 51% subsidiary of China Huarong (2799)
Company announcement, 18-Oct-2018
This comes 20 days after they renegotiated the other HK$429m CB held by Huarong Inv (2277) which is also a subsidairy of China Huarong. The conversion price of both is reduced from $0.425 to $0.065.
SFC launches report-a-crook form
SFC, 18-Oct-2018
Don't hold back! Good to see that new logo, too. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peregrine's collapse.
Huarong and China Singyes Solar Technologies (0750)
Webb-site.com, 18-Oct-2018
CSST, now suspended pending disclosure of its financial position, has failed to disclose in its reports the interest of Huarong Int Fin (0993), which claims to have a 15.09% interest, including 8.04% purchased from an unknown vendor in Dec-2017 and security over a further 7.05% pledged to it, presumably to secure a put option that it claims to have been granted. By whom?
Small house, big issueFixing the Small House Policy
South China Morning Post, 14-Oct-2018
David Dodwell mentions the proposals we published in Sep-2014 in "Fixing the Small House Policy". We propose a reverse tender to extinguish a quota of claims of village men descended on the male line from 1898 (and their unborn male descendants or sons under 18 years old). We now call this the Buyout of Indigenous Rights To Houses (BIRTH) scheme. At the same time, the policy should be amended so that all new land leases for village houses can only be transferred to other indigenous men, and cannot be upgraded and flipped into the open market.
HK Settlers Housing Corp financial statements, 31-Mar-2017
Company filing, 10-Oct-2018
The company is limited by guarantee with 7 members. All the 7 directors are associated either with Henderson Land (0012) or Bank of East Asia (0023), which is also its banker and manager of HK$484m of securities. The audit report is qualified because the firm fails to revalue its investment properties, which are held at $1. It owns the Tai Hang Sai Estate in Shek Kip Mei, and in today's policy address, that is up for redevelopment. The land was granted in 1961 at a concessionary premium and the 1600+ flats are leased at below-market rates.
Peak Tramways Co Ltd gets Peak Tram operating rights until 31-Dec-2035
HK Government, 10-Oct-2018
The firm is owned by HK & Shanghai Hotels (0045). There does not appear to have been any tender for the contract. This extension is granted less than 3 years after the last 10-year extension was granted on 2-Dec-2015, just 29 days before expiry. The company will now build a "temperature-controlled queuing and waiting area" for 1300 passengers at the lower terminus, and increase the capacity from 120 to 210 passengers per trip.
The Princeton economist and a plot in Sheung Wan
Webb-site.com, 8-Oct-2018
A tiny plot of prime HK land left behind in a company dissolved in 1972 is now a potential windfall in a redevelopment of its surroundings. For 54 years, Professor Gregory Chow never knew he had a stake in it.
China First Capital (1269) and a questionable joint venture
Webb-site.com, 7-Oct-2018
Webb-site finds serious problems with CFC's statements about a GBP60m UK start-up joint venture with a BVI company, the owner of which is not disclosed, which has only partly paid for its share of the JV.
Breaking: SFC freezes up to HK$10.17bn of assets in 3 brokers
Webb-site.com, 1-Oct-2018
Webb-site has deduced that these are assets of Mr Yang Zhihui, missing Chairman and majority shareholder of Landing (0582), and that he is reasonably suspected of fraud causing losses of HK$10.17bn to China Huarong (2799), the ex-Chairman of which is under a corruption investigation in China. We also turn the spotlight on China Goldjoy (1282) which was an enthusiastic buyer of Landing at prices far higher than its Chairman paid beforehand.
HKEX: shoot patients to prevent illness
Webb-site.com, 30-Sep-2018
HKEX's proposal to suspend and then delist companies with disclaimed audits works against investor interests in several ways while doing nothing to address the root causes of corporate illness. In a partial revival of the 2002 Penny Stocks proposals, the self-interest of HKEX in ditching unprofitable business cannot be ignored. We again call for the regulatory function to be transferred to the SFC and HKEX's monopoly to be abolished. Only when there is competition can they pick and choose their customers. HKEX fails to name the 43 firms that would have been suspended on their 2017 audits. Answers by Tuesday morning, please!
Freeman (0279) renegotiates convertible bond held by Huarong Inv (2277)Huarong Inv announcement
Company announcement, 28-Sep-2018
The share price having boomed and then bust since the CB was issued, they have agreed to slash the conversion price from $0.425 to $0.065 and boost the coupon from 4% to 7%. As a result, Huarong Inv could end up with 29.63% of Freeman, which also has outstanding US$99m of convertible bonds held by Huarong Macau, a fellow subsidiary of China Huarong Asset Management (2799), also convertible at $0.425.
Cross-Harbour (0032) coughs up details of investments
Company announcement, 27-Sep-2018
This follows a complaint to SEHK by Webb-site. It emerges that the company at 30-Jun-2018 held HK$584.2m of shares in China Evergrande (0333) and HK$396.1m of shares in Evergrande Health (0708). Other investments of HK$1903m remain unidentified.
Stacey Alan Nowodzelski v Director of Immigration
HK Court of Appeal, 21-Sep-2018
A US citizen facing a bench warrant in Wisconsin has overstayed his HK visitor welcome by 8 years after the US Consulate confiscated his passport and told him to return.

Our stories

The Huarong-CMB network: 26 stocks not to own
In our first circuit diagram since the infamous Enigma Network, we examine the overlapping networks, bubbles and funding surrounding 26 HK-listed companies that your portfolio would probably do better without. (19-Oct-2018)
Huarong and China Singyes Solar Technologies (0750)
CSST, now suspended pending disclosure of its financial position, has failed to disclose in its reports the interest of Huarong Int Fin (0993), which claims to have a 15.09% interest, including 8.04% purchased from an unknown vendor in Dec-2017 and security over a further 7.05% pledged to it, presumably to secure a put option that it claims to have been granted. By whom? (18-Oct-2018)
The Princeton economist and a plot in Sheung Wan
A tiny plot of prime HK land left behind in a company dissolved in 1972 is now a potential windfall in a redevelopment of its surroundings. For 54 years, Professor Gregory Chow never knew he had a stake in it. (8-Oct-2018)
China First Capital (1269) and a questionable joint venture
Webb-site finds serious problems with CFC's statements about a GBP60m UK start-up joint venture with a BVI company, the owner of which is not disclosed, which has only partly paid for its share of the JV. (7-Oct-2018)
Breaking: SFC freezes up to HK$10.17bn of assets in 3 brokers
Webb-site has deduced that these are assets of Mr Yang Zhihui, missing Chairman and majority shareholder of Landing (0582), and that he is reasonably suspected of fraud causing losses of HK$10.17bn to China Huarong (2799), the ex-Chairman of which is under a corruption investigation in China. We also turn the spotlight on China Goldjoy (1282) which was an enthusiastic buyer of Landing at prices far higher than its Chairman paid beforehand. (1-Oct-2018)
HKEX: shoot patients to prevent illness
HKEX's proposal to suspend and then delist companies with disclaimed audits works against investor interests in several ways while doing nothing to address the root causes of corporate illness. In a partial revival of the 2002 Penny Stocks proposals, the self-interest of HKEX in ditching unprofitable business cannot be ignored. We again call for the regulatory function to be transferred to the SFC and HKEX's monopoly to be abolished. Only when there is competition can they pick and choose their customers. HKEX fails to name the 43 firms that would have been suspended on their 2017 audits. Answers by Tuesday morning, please! (30-Sep-2018)
Who showed up? A simple change to the Listing Rules
Announcements of AGM/EGM outcomes should include directors' attendance. We shouldn't have to wait for the next annual report to find out who showed up. (9-Sep-2018)
Revealed: the USA has the longest land lease in China
Breaking through false search results at the HK Land Registry, Webb-site finds that the USA in 1960 was granted a unique option to purchase the freehold of its HK Consulate site. In 1999, Tung Chee Hwa's government agreed to convert this to a 999-year lease and remove the restriction on sale for only HK$44m, granting the USA a potential windfall and the longest leasehold land in China. (6-Aug-2018)
HK Government invasion of the housing market
HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam has ended her first year with a new set of interventions, building on the crumbling foundations of her predecessors. It's time for a major policy rethink. A government's role is to ensure that people have a home, not that they own one. And the government doesn't need to own homes either. (2-Jul-2018)
Short positions in Samsonite (1910)
The latest aggregate short positions show a sharp increase of 16.62m shares in the week to 18-May followed by a decrease of 11.91m shares in the week to 25-May. The critical report by Soren Aandahl's Blue Orca Capital was published on 24-May. (1-Jun-2018)
Why HK has no retail bond market
The HK Government's Pilot Bond Grant Scheme is needless corporate welfare and deflects from the real problem: by protecting bank profits from competition for funding and effectively excluding retail investors, the Government and HKMA are preventing a liquid, exchange-traded bond market from emerging. We explain what they need to do instead. (13-May-2018)

Other news

Freeman (0279) renegotiates US$99m convertible held by 51% subsidiary of China Huarong (2799)
Company announcement, 18-Oct-2018
This comes 20 days after they renegotiated the other HK$429m CB held by Huarong Inv (2277) which is also a subsidairy of China Huarong. The conversion price of both is reduced from $0.425 to $0.065.
SFC launches report-a-crook form
SFC, 18-Oct-2018
Don't hold back! Good to see that new logo, too. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peregrine's collapse.
Small house, big issueFixing the Small House Policy
South China Morning Post, 14-Oct-2018
David Dodwell mentions the proposals we published in Sep-2014 in "Fixing the Small House Policy". We propose a reverse tender to extinguish a quota of claims of village men descended on the male line from 1898 (and their unborn male descendants or sons under 18 years old). We now call this the Buyout of Indigenous Rights To Houses (BIRTH) scheme. At the same time, the policy should be amended so that all new land leases for village houses can only be transferred to other indigenous men, and cannot be upgraded and flipped into the open market.
HK Settlers Housing Corp financial statements, 31-Mar-2017
Company filing, 10-Oct-2018
The company is limited by guarantee with 7 members. All the 7 directors are associated either with Henderson Land (0012) or Bank of East Asia (0023), which is also its banker and manager of HK$484m of securities. The audit report is qualified because the firm fails to revalue its investment properties, which are held at $1. It owns the Tai Hang Sai Estate in Shek Kip Mei, and in today's policy address, that is up for redevelopment. The land was granted in 1961 at a concessionary premium and the 1600+ flats are leased at below-market rates.
Peak Tramways Co Ltd gets Peak Tram operating rights until 31-Dec-2035
HK Government, 10-Oct-2018
The firm is owned by HK & Shanghai Hotels (0045). There does not appear to have been any tender for the contract. This extension is granted less than 3 years after the last 10-year extension was granted on 2-Dec-2015, just 29 days before expiry. The company will now build a "temperature-controlled queuing and waiting area" for 1300 passengers at the lower terminus, and increase the capacity from 120 to 210 passengers per trip.
Freeman (0279) renegotiates convertible bond held by Huarong Inv (2277)Huarong Inv announcement
Company announcement, 28-Sep-2018
The share price having boomed and then bust since the CB was issued, they have agreed to slash the conversion price from $0.425 to $0.065 and boost the coupon from 4% to 7%. As a result, Huarong Inv could end up with 29.63% of Freeman, which also has outstanding US$99m of convertible bonds held by Huarong Macau, a fellow subsidiary of China Huarong Asset Management (2799), also convertible at $0.425.
Cross-Harbour (0032) coughs up details of investments
Company announcement, 27-Sep-2018
This follows a complaint to SEHK by Webb-site. It emerges that the company at 30-Jun-2018 held HK$584.2m of shares in China Evergrande (0333) and HK$396.1m of shares in Evergrande Health (0708). Other investments of HK$1903m remain unidentified.
Stacey Alan Nowodzelski v Director of Immigration
HK Court of Appeal, 21-Sep-2018
A US citizen facing a bench warrant in Wisconsin has overstayed his HK visitor welcome by 8 years after the US Consulate confiscated his passport and told him to return.
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