Adani Group, India’s largest company and an aspiring media empire builder, has been accused by a U.S. funding agency of “pulling the most important con in company historical past.”
Hindenburg Analysis, a agency that engages in short-selling of firm shares in anticipation of a share worth decline, Tuesday printed a analysis doc which mentioned that the $218 billion Adani group was engaged in “brazen inventory manipulation,” “accounting fraud” and cash laundering.”
Adani Group denied the accusations. “The group has all the time been in compliance with all legal guidelines,” mentioned chief monetary officer, Jugeshinder Singh, in a press release on Wednesday.
The group’s founder, Gautam Adani, who’s a detailed ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is calculated to be the richest individual in Asia and the third or fourth richest individual on the planet, with a private fortune of some $120 billion.
Adani Group is principally curious about sectors together with port administration, electrical energy era and transmission, renewable power, mining, airport operations, pure gasoline, meals processing and infrastructure sectors.
Adani Group’s media pursuits are new and small compared with the remainder of the conglomerate. In Might final 12 months, it purchased a small digital publishing firm. In August, Adani’s AMG Media Networks Restricted (AMNL) mounted a hostile bid for New Delhi Tv (NDTV), one in every of India’s most trusted information sources, and accomplished the 65% takeover in late December. The media companies should not accused by Hindenburg of any misdeeds.
To qualify as the most important company con in historical past, the fraud must be larger than the $60 billion Ponzi scheme on the non-public funding advisory enterprise of revered Wall Avenue titan Bernie Madoff.
Hindenburg says it has researched Adani Group for 2 years and, equally, finds Indian regulators failing to do their jobs or members of the media intimidated into silence. “Criticism of India’s elite businessmen and politicians has more and more resulted in journalists being imprisoned or outright murdered. Inventory market analysts have been arrested for writing negatively about corporations. Amidst this local weather of stifled expression, company fraud has largely gone unchecked,” it says. “Adani has pulled off this gargantuan feat with the assistance of enablers in authorities and a cottage business of worldwide corporations that facilitate these actions.”
Among the many specifics, Hindenburg accuses the group of: inflating income and revenue figures; shut family-control regardless of the scale of the group; use of offshore corporations in (Mauritius, Cyprus, the U.A.E., Singapore and The Caribbean) to disguise true possession; and utilizing Adani-controlled abroad funds to make the inventory market listed entities seem extra creditworthy than they are surely. Hindenburg additionally catalogs a number of previous investigations by Indian regulators into members of the family and associates for theft of taxpayer funds, corruption and a diamond buying and selling rip-off.
Adani Group’s Singh, mentioned that the corporate was shocked by the report, calling it a “malicious mixture of selective misinformation and off, baseless and discredited allegations.”
“The timing of the report’s publication clearly betrays a brazen, mala fide intention to undermine the Adani Group’s repute with the principal goal of damaging the upcoming follow-on public providing from Adani Enterprises,” Singh mentioned in a press release.