HFA Holdings Limited (HFA.AX) is a revaluation fraud with a long sordid history, including involvement with Bernie Madoff through its US subsidiary. HFA was listed by fraudulent investment scheme MFS Limited (later rebranded as Octaviar), that collapsed in 2008 owing more than $2.7bn, having destroyed the lives of thousands of granny investors. Later the carcass of the fraudulent "cornerstone investor" provided a feeding frenzy for maggot liquidators. The HFA criminals then blamed their woes on "bad publicity".
In 2011, the trustees of Bernie Madoff's defunct business launched lawsuits to claw back funds from investors in feeder funds to the Madoff ponzi. HFA subsidiary Lighthouse Investment Partners LLC was sued for $11,162,251, as shown in this complaint. Having learned their lesson about the dangers of "bad publicity", the HFA criminals suppressed this information from being reported in mainstream Australian media. Australian media just pretended this did not happen, despite it being highly pertinent information for any reasonable person attempting to form a view of the HFA business. In Australia, the criminals decide what information you are allowed to access.
The top 20 shareholders control 90% of HFA and manipulate its share price. Being a listed securities fraud, HFA exhibits the standard pattern of long-term catastrophic shareholder value destruction, interspersed with sharp engineered ramps to benefit insiders. In January 2014, Apollo Global Management announced it was looking to exit its convertible note investment in HFA. HFA was then ramped 30% by the investment cartel, as part of a prearranged deal.
According to ASIC, none of this is market manipulation because market manipulation simply does not exist. ASIC need do nothing about share ramps, because share ramps do not exist.
Section 17.6 on page 35 of the 2013 HFA annual report describes the "relationship between remuneration policy and company performance" with inadvertent humor. The company performance justifying payment of USD$4.6m to its criminal management, taken directly from the remuneration report, is shown below.
But operational performance is entirely irrelevant to HFA's utility as a vehicle for securities fraud. HFA is yet again being used in revaluation fraud targeting granny investors. After the prearranged January 2014 ramp, investment cartel associate IOOF Holdings Limited (IFL.AX) immediately started buying millions of HFA shares at around $0.95. To pay back Apollo, HFA raised $16m at $0.90 by issuing shares to the investment cartel. Since the "market" price of HFA now has been brought to $1.12, millions of dollars in fraudulent unrealized profits have been manufactured, creating vast fees for the fund manager investment cartel controlling HFA's share price. The deliberately pumped HFA shares have been dumped on granny investors, packaged in products issued by IOOF Holdings and other cartel associates.
IOOF Holdings and the rest of the HFA investment cartel are engaged in premeditated securities fraud. What is the real difference between Bernie Madoff and the HFA investment cartel? There is but one: Bernie Madoff is in prison.