Hindenburg Research LLC, commonly known as Hindenburg Research, is an investment research firm with a focus on activist short-selling founded by Nathan Anderson. The firm generates public reports via its website that allege fraud and malfeasance. Companies that have been the subjects of their reports include Nikola, Clover Health, Kandi, and Lordstown Motors. These reports also feature defenses of the practice of short-selling and how they "play a critical role in exposing fraud and protecting investors".
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In September 2020, Hindenburg Research published a report on the Nikola Corporation that included allegations of the company being "an intricate fraud built on dozens of lies" and argued that its founder, Trevor Milton, was responsible for much of the fraudulent activities. Following the release of the report, Nikola’s stock dropped by 40% and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inquiry was opened. While Milton initially disputed the allegations, he later resigned from his position as Executive Chairman. In November 2020, Nikola stated that they had "incurred significant expenses as a result of the regulatory and legal matters relating to the Hindenburg Report.”
Clover Health report and Chamath PalihapitiyaEdit
Hindenburg released a report about Medicare advantage plan Clover Heath in February 2021, claiming that the company neglected to inform investors about it being under investigation by the Department of Justice. The report also argued that billionaire stock-promoter and entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya neglected in his due diligence and misled investors as he took the company public via special purpose acquisition company. Hindenburg disclosed that it has no short or long positions in Clover. Immediately following its publishing, Clover Health dismissed the accusations in the report and also stated it received a notice from the SEC.
Hindenburg has also issued reports concerning the online betting operator DraftKings, the geothermal power plants company Ormat Technologies, and a Chinese blockchain and cryptomining firm named SOS.
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We view the Hindenburg as the epitome of a totally man-made, totally avoidable disaster. Almost 100 people were loaded onto a balloon filled with the most flammable element in the universe. This was despite dozens of earlier hydrogen-based aircraft meeting with similar fates.
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