Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Jim Chanos Saw Autonomy's Problems...
While alleged fraud at Autonomy may have been a surprise to Hewlett-Packard, its auditors, its bankers and its executives, it wasn’t to short-seller Jim Chanos.
Chanos told me this morning that in early 2011, months before the HP-Autonomy deal, Autonomy was his biggest European short. Chanos' firm even wrote a report on it in July of that year.
Too bad HP didn’t read it.
Among the red flags the report pointed out – the following lifted directly from the report:
Meg Whitman was also on CNBC discussing the HP-Autonomy deal. Video:
HP's Whitman on Autonomy Allegations
Chanos was also on CNBC in July discussing how he thought HPQ was a value trap,