Half of Listed Chinese Companies Might Manipulate Their Stock Prices: Fund Manager

A renowned Chinese equity fund manager revealed details of a listed company manipulating its stock price, and said half of the Chinese listed companies are involved in similar violations. On May 16, the Chinese regime announced it was investigating the issue.

“In recent years, lawbreakers have used shareholding, capital, information, and technological advantages to conspire and manipulate the stock market,” the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in its May 16 announcement and pledge to maintain the capital market’s order.

China has over 4,000 companies listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange—the only two exchanges in mainland China—according to CSRC, Chinese regulator of the securities industry.

ZOY Stock Investigation

ZOY Home Furnishing, a Zhejiang-based listed company, is being investigated by CSRC. The economic disputes between ZOY and Ye Fei, China’s famous equity fund manager, revealed the covert manipulation of stock prices.

Ye entered the securities business in 1994, won the state-run CCTV organized China Stock Market Civil Master Competition in 2007, and managed over 50 private equity funds in 2016, state-run media China Economy reported.

It was the audio records, documents, and text conversation records that Ye revealed to state-run media Hongxing Capital News and Securities Daily, the investigation these media did in China, and the public record of ZOY’s stakeholders list, that revealed the secret deal between ZOY and Ye, which was set up in March.

ZOY wanted public equity funds to buy its  stocks (valued at$4.67 million) in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, which would increase its stock price, and hired brokers to make it happen.

Pu Feidi, a broker from Beijing, hired Liu Peng from Qingdao, to make the deal with Ye by paying him 6.5 percent of the stock value as remuneration. Six percent of the stock value was to be paid to the personal accounts of public equity fund managers who arranged the purchase, and Ye would get the remaining 0.5 percent.

Ye then sub-contracted the deal to Guan Xuan, a manager at Hengtai Securities. Guan didn’t arrange Hengtai to buy the stock, but subcontracted the deal to managers from the Minsheng Securities and Tianfeng Securities public equity funds.

On March 31, Minsheng Securities bought $2.33 million valued ZOY stock. However, Tianfeng Securities didn’t buy any because the ZOY stock price decreased to 10 percent and the exchange stopped all trade in ZOY stock that day.

Hence, Pu refused to pay Ye on April 1. Ye then grabbed Pu’s ID and bank cards in Shenzhen city where they met. In the evening of April 1, Ye and Pu went to a police station where Ye returned the ID and bank cards, and Pu signed a paper promising to pay Ye.

Ye pestered Pu to pay him, but didn’t receive anything. On May 14, Ye asked ZOY to pay him by posting a note on Chinese social media platform Weibo where Ye has over one million followers.

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Ye Fei posts on Weibo to criticize ZOY on May 14, 2021. (screenshot/Weibo)

Broker Chen Qingbo quickly contacted Ye asking him to delete the related posts and promising Ye that he would ask ZOY to pay him.

However, Chen didn’t solve Ye’s problem, and ZOY filed a lawsuit suing Ye for defamation. Out of anger, Ye talked to the media and published part of the evidence that he had collected.

After CSRC announced it would investigate ZOY, all related organizations broke their silence and denied that they were involved in the case.

Broker Liu Peng said he didn’t earn anything in the deal and that he only built up the connection between Pu and Ye. Pu refused to comment. Guan resigned from his job and kept silent. Chen claimed that he wasn’t part of the deal, and actually, he helped to solve the issue.

More Crimes

CSRC said in a May 16 announcement that the commission had investigated 65 similar cases since 2020.

Ye posted on Weibo on May 14: “You [police] can detain five tenth (sic) of the chairs and their secretaries of the listed companies. I can guarantee that they are not innocent.”

Ye posted in the past few days that he had several hundred gigabytes of data, listing the crimes of various companies. He said that he might expose some of them in the future.

Chinese media The Paper reported on May 18 that the so-called Market Value Management in the Chinese securities industry includes many illegal manipulations, which control the stock prices and grab the investments of minority shareholders.

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