As we’ve discussed, companies listed on North American stock exchanges that happen to have ties to China haven’t faired too well. The problem? Some dodgy accounting and disclosures. It’s caused a lot of angst amongst investors and there was enough concern that someone actually decided to wake up the PCAOB and SEC to let them know that something might not quite right over there.
Today’s news that Silvercorp Metals, a Canadian mining company who happens to do some work in China, is the subject of a letter that is making the rounds alleging accounting fraud probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone but it sure has irked the hell out of the company.
The allegations against Silvercorp are “entirely bogus,” Lorne Waldman, a Silvercorp spokesman, said today in a telephone interview. “If we didn’t have assets in China this wouldn’t be happening.”
And while they’re at it, the company will have you know that they were not created in a one those so-called reverse mergers that have everyone sketched out.
Waldman denied the mining company was created in a so- called reverse takeover, as was Sino-Forest. He said that Silvercorp’s auditor is Ernst & Young LLP, the same firm that audited Sino-Forest’s financial statements.
Oh, right. Ernst & Young. There’s no cause for concern since they’ve seen this before so they’ll probably just sit tight to see what happens. The silver lining for Silvercorp is that Roddy Boyd has written anything about them. Yet.