Blink Charging (NASDAQ: BLNK) Shares Tank Amid Looming Litigation Regarding the Company’s “Vastly Exaggerated” EV Charging Infrastructure Claims
Blink Charging (NASDAQ:BLNK), a provider of EV charging services and equipment, saw its stock price rocket higher amid a recent avalanche of new deals and sales channel expansion. However, the initiation of a new securities fraud lawsuit against the company is now inducing a bloodbath in the stock.
The matter came to a head yesterday as Culper Research published a damning report against Blink Charging, alleging that:
“We believe that the Company has vastly exaggerated the size of its EV charging network in order to siphon money from the pockets of investors to insiders. Blink claims that “EV drivers can easily charge at any of its 15,000 charging stations,” but we estimate the Company’s functional public charging station network consists of just 2,192 stations, a mere 15% of this claim.”
The report goes on to note:
"Our on-the-ground visits to 242 stations at 88 locations across the U.S. revealed a plethora of neglected, abused, non-functional, or otherwise missing chargers. Our analysis of the Company’s own data suggests that the average charger is utilized for just 6 to 38 minutes per day (0.39% to 2.65% utilization), while annual charging revenue of a mere $6.37 per member suggests that the average Blink member doesn’t even obtain one single full charge from the Blink network over the course of an entire year. We think that even at 20x current utilization, Blink’s network would continue to incinerate cash. In sum, Blink vastly overstates the size, functionality, usage, and economic potential of its chargers.”
While commenting on the implications of these “vastly exaggerated” claims, Culper believes that Blink Charging has committed securities fraud by building a Ponzi scheme, whereby, minority investors are exploited to benefit the insiders. As evidence, Culper asserts that Blink’s compensation expenses total $44 million since 2014. On the other hand, the company’s cumulative revenue amounts to only $18 million during this period. Moreover, Culper believes that the Chairman and CEO of Blink Charging, Michael D. Farkas, played a pivotal role in perpetrating this alleged fraud.
These allegations have now become the focal point of a securities fraud investigation by Block & Leviton LLP, a national securities litigation firm. In a press statement, the firm has asked existing Blink Charging shareholders to contact its attorneys:
“If you purchased or acquired shares of Blink Charging and have questions about your legal rights or possess information relevant to this matter, please contact Block & Leviton attorneys at (617) 398-5600, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or at https://www.blockleviton.com/cases/blink.”
Blink Charging shares are currently down over 15 percent, trading at $7.97 price level:
Ever since peaking at $12.60 on the 5th of August, Blink Charging shares are down over 36 percent, based on the current stock price.
Update: Another Negative Report Against Blink Charging Has Appeared
It appears another Blink Charging skeptic has appeared. Mariner Research Group has published a report, indicating a 90 percent downside for the embattled company's shares:
- BLNK’s core assets come from the 2013 asset acquisition of bankrupt EV charging company ECOtality – it has no technological IP; as such, BLNK’s revenue growth has significantly seriously lagged the EV industry – yet CEO Farkas made >$7m in compensation during this period
- We believe that this is due to persistent issues around product quality, customer churn, and user experience, and believe that these issues will continue to hamper BLNK’s growth
- We believe BLNK’s management team and underlying products do not justify its 46x FY20 revenue, and assign a ~$1 base case price target to the stock, down 91% from here
Blink Charging shares are now down over 20 percent, currently trading at $7.40, as of 11:56 a.m. EDT.