Steve Clapham and Kyle Bass: Accounting Schemes at Chinese Tech Giants
Hayman Capital’s founder and CIO Kyle Bass welcomes forensic accountant and Behind the Balance Sheet’s founder Stephen Clapham to break down the accounting irregularities peppered throughout the regulatory filings of China’s biggest tech companies. Sharing insights from his proprietary research report on Alibaba, Baidu, JD.com, Meituan Dianping, and Tencent, Clapham shines a light on the ways these companies are using loopholes in order to inflate profits, hide liabilities, and mask the capitalization of questionable assets. Bass frames Clapham’s findings through the lens of notable balance sheet disasters and downright frauds, and they explore the jurisdictional risk of investing in Chinese companies in general. Lastly, Bass asks Clapham about his latest book, “The Smart Money Method: How to Pick Stocks Like A Hedge Fund Pro”. Filmed on November 18, 2020. Key Learnings: Hidden risks lurk within corporate balance sheets, even those of the world’s largest tech companies. Stephen Clapham and Kyle Bass show viewers how to spot those risks before they can inflict major damage to your portfolio.