Investigation of HF Foods Group, Inc.
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HF Foods Group, Inc. (HFFG) Fails to Disclose Related Party Transaction
On June 25, 2019, HF Foods filed a Form 8-K describing its merger with B&R. Then, on March 23, 2020, Hindenburg Research published a report revealing that HF Foods had failed to disclose: (i) transactions with related-parties; (ii) its flagrant misuse of shareholder funds; and (iii) its gaming of the FTSE/Russell Index criteria. According to the report, “HF’s massive $509 million merger with food distributor B&R appears to be a blatant undisclosed related-party transaction” and they believed “insiders are using these dozens of related-party transactions to suck cash out of the business, eventually leaving shareholders with a hollow, debt-laden company.” On this news, HF Foods’ stock price fell over 20% to close at $9.80 per share.