Gowex shares plunge on allegations of inflated revenue

Just a day after I posted an article questioning the spectacular rise in the share price of Gowex, its shares plunged as much as 58 percent today after Gotham City Research LLC released a detailed report on the company, stating that over 90 percent of Gowex’s reported revenues are a fantasy. In fact, Gotham City Research set a price target of € 0.00/share (100% downside)!

Here is a chart of Gowex’s share price showing the plunge from June 30 to July 1, 2014.

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Gowex shares plunge on 1 July 2014

Below is an excerpt about Gowex from Gotham City Research’s website and a link to the full research report on Scribd.

SUMMARY OF OPINIONS

  • Gowex shares are worth €0.00 per share.
  • Over 90% of Gowex’s reported revenues do not exist. We estimate GOW’s actual revenues to be <€10 million.
  • The shares will be suspended, just as Pescanova’s shares were suspended.

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

  • Gowex’s actual Wireless revenues are at most 10% of what GOW reports in its financial statements.
  • GOW’s Hotspot network it owns or manages is ~5K in size. CEO told us 100K+ & JBCapitalMarkets estimates 35K.
  • GOW’s audit fee is €40,000, which makes sense if Gowex’s actual revenues are only 5%-10% of reported revenue.
  • 90% of Telecom revenue originated from undisclosed related parties, tied to GOW CFO & an early investor. We have evidence Gowex’s largest customer was really itself.
  • Gowex Telecom (i.e. Iber-x) website has not been updated in years. It appears to be no longer in business.
  • Gowex told some investors that New York City was paying them €7.5 million. GOW told us €2 million. The real number is <€200,000, according to New York City.
  • Gowex does not publicly disclose basic metrics, such as hotspot count or wireless revenue segment details.
  • The head of investor relations is the CEO’s wife. She signed off on GOW’s annual reports.
  • The June 5th MallPlaza press release (in English) makes demonstrably false claims. The same press release in the native Spanish omits the false claims.
  • GOW lied to the European Union’s Transparency Register, claiming it spent over €50 mm in political contributions.
  • CEO Jenaro Garcia was a Director of Advanced Refractive Technologies, a penny stock fraud whose shares were revoked by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • GOW’s private market valuation is only €0.14 per share, based on Arqiva’s acquisition valuation.

LINK: Gotham City Research report on Gowex (Scribd)

Comments

  1. petercf says

    ………. they have now filed for bankruptcy and look to close, unless someone wants to pick up the small assets they do have.