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Hindenburg papers- Another attempt to disrupt the only growing major market in the world

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Dr Sudhir Bisht
Dr Sudhir Bishthttps://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-first-lady-of-roli-petroleum
Former CEO, Adjunct Professor, author, independent columnist & life-long learner| Religious Beliefs- Vedant darshan, Bhagavad Gita| Economic beliefs: Capitalism with strong regulatory framework

We have known all these facts about Adani group for many years now:

1- The fact that all companies are over-leveraged is NOT an Unknown fact. It is in public domain

2- That fact that various banks have given loans to the group companies is also in public domain.
The fact also remains in public knowledge that Adani debt has higher portion of private sector Indian banks and foreign financial institutions than PSU banks.

It is expected that private sector banks and Foreign institutions would use a microscope for finding weaknesses ( by way of extensive research) before giving out large loans. Does Adani own these banks in the private sector?

3- The fact that majority of top leadership positions in Adani companies are held by Adani family members and very close associates (mostly relatives- immediate and extended family members) is also a known fact. What’s new in that?

4- The fact that PE ratio of all companies is mind boggling and dizzying is also in public domain. The moot question is if these prices are being manipulated by Adanis themselves?
It looks very difficult. What it means that you buy your own stocks to pump up market cap. This can happen in two cases:
a) if you want to soar the prices and exit before the scrip falls. This doesn’t look plausible
OR
b) you want to take loans by pledging your own shares as collateral. If this is the reason, then we expect all the lenders to carry out reasonable research before investing. As I said earlier that majority of debt of Adani companies is owned by pvt sector Indian banks and overseas financial institutions who are strong on researching before lending.

5- If most of Adani stock is owned by Shell companies of Adani in tax-havens, and if most Adani cos are just good on paper, why would the Shell companies invest in bad companies? If you know that the alcohol you manufacture is substandard, why would you drink your own alcohol, especially if you are loaded with money? The alcohol thing is just an analogy BTW

So the question is why this Hindenburg report?

1- To ensure that the biggest Follow on Public Offer (FPO) of India is knocked out.

2- To build anti-Government sentiments by doing a fabricated #bbcdocumentary on Modi, and causing bloodbath in Indian markets. The fall of stocks all across will lead to flight of capital from India & will weaken the Rupee ₹ that is now stabilising

Final question- Who benefits?

1- The party that is out of power obviously

2- The economies that have been recently overtaken by India in GDP terms

3- The markets that wants flight from Indian capital into their own markets

4- Most importantly the Hindenburg research company is an active player in stocks market and can make a tidy fortune for itself and its friends by taking a short sell position on Adani stocks

So shouldn’t Hindenburg research paper be a fit case of ‘conflict of interest’?

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Dr Sudhir Bisht
Dr Sudhir Bishthttps://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-first-lady-of-roli-petroleum
Former CEO, Adjunct Professor, author, independent columnist & life-long learner| Religious Beliefs- Vedant darshan, Bhagavad Gita| Economic beliefs: Capitalism with strong regulatory framework
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