This investigation is for anyone who acquired securities in Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT) prior to September 25, 2020.
The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith believes that the Company and certain of its executives violated federal law. Specifically, the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith believes that the Company misled investors regarding its financial condition. More specifically, the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith believes that the Company misled investors by lying about the amount of hotels that the Company owned to make the Company seem more profitable than was actually the case. The Company was also involved in other undisclosed related party transactions that made the Company appear more profitable than was actually the case
On September 21, 2020, Bonitas Research issued a report, alleging, among other things, that Huazhu Group “lied about the ownership of its hotel portfolio to produce fake financials.” The report also stated that Bonitas’ “fieldwork” “confirmed that Huazhu secretly supported operating costs of franchisee hotels owned by undisclosed current Huazhu employees & other undisclosed related parties (‘off-book hotels’).” Bonitas further alleged that undisclosed related party transactions were used “to artificially inflate Huazhu’s reported profits[,]” and that it “calculate[s] that Huazhu’s fake profits manifested as RMB 2 billion (US$ 300 million) of fake PP&E on its CYE’19 balance sheet.” On this news, the price of the Company's stock dropped precipitously on unusually heavy trading volume. Then, on September 25, 2020, Huazhu announced that a special committee of its Board of Directors will investigate the allegations in the Bonitas report. On this news, the price of the Company's stock again dropped precipitously on unusually heavy trading volume.
The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith seeks to recover damages on behalf of class members. If you acquired securities in Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT) prior to September 25, 2020 you may join the lawsuit by submitting your information online, or you may call the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith and speak to Mr. Smith directly to learn how he can protect your rights.
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