Under Armour (UAA) shares fell as much as 17% this morning, the most since July, on the back of a WSJ story on Sunday claiming the Justice Dept. and SEC are examining the company‚Äôs accounting practices of shifting sales between quarters.¬† This new disclosure to the public of a probe, that first started back in 2017, is overshadowing a better than expected third quarter profit and revenue beat reported on Monday.
On the short side of the trade, S3 Partners real-time Short Interest algorithm projects shares sold short on the A class listing to be 38.78 million shares, or 20.72% of float (actively traded).¬† Notional, or dollars at risk, prior to today‚Äôs plunge measured in at $819.8 million pre-open.¬† This puts UAA as the #2 most shorted US-listed equity in the Apparel, Accessories & Luxury sub-industry, when measured in notional exposure.
Bearish speculators are currently enjoying a single day mark-to-market paper profit of over $130 million today on the A class shares.¬†¬† This wipes out the year-to-date loss of -$79.7 million, putting short sellers back in the black for 2019.
For investors interested in the C class shares (ticker: UA), S3 Partners forecasts real-time short interest to be 10.59 million shares short; 5.53% of float; $200.3 million notional.¬†¬† Note that the A shares tend to trade at a slight premium to the C shares since they hold the voting rights.
Bearish speculators are seeing a single day paper gain of over $30 million today, erasing a previous loss of -$28.07 million year-to-date.
If one were to consolidate both A & C class listings, Under Armour would take the top spot in the S3 league table for most shorted US-listed Apparel, Accessories & Luxury company.¬†¬† One would only expect this lead to widen if more negative headlines come about after the Federal investigation.
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