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X Financial (XYF) Accused of Misleading Investors in IPO
According to the complaint for alleged violations of the Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to its September 2018 initial public offering (“IPO”), X Financial (XYF) completed its IPO on September 19, 2018, offering 11.7 million American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) at $9.50 per ADS and raising more than $111 million in gross proceeds. In its Registration Statement, X Financial touted that the increase in borrowers for its Xiaoying Preferred Loan “will drive continued growth in [its] borrower base” and that the Company had “experienced significant growth in the amount of loans facilitated.” Despite its positive forward-looking statements, in November 2018, the Company’s financial results for third quarter 2018 revealed a 40% sequential increase and 270% year-over-year increase in the delinquency rate for X Financial loans and a 35% year over year and 21% quarter over quarter reduction in loans facilitated. Then on April 25, 2019, X Financial disclosed in its annual report for 2018 on Form 20-F that there had been a dramatic increase in delinquency rates leading up to and during the IPO and that these negative trends were accelerating. By November 22, 2019, X Financial’s ADSs closed at $1.74 per ADS, representing an 80% plummet from its IPO price.