Sahm Adrangi has an eye for finding companies that aren’t being upfront about their practices. He also has a talent for making a profit when they fail through short-selling shares of the company. While most people see a shady business and just make comments on social media and boycott buying their products, Sahm Adrangi takes a bit further by actively taking a stand against these companies and publishing funded research to support their claims. He does this work through the private investment company that he founded in 2009, Kerrisdale Capital. The company that started with just a million in capital now handles $100’s of millions at times. Before starting Kerrisdale, Sahm Adrangi had several years of experience in the financial industry that helped him gain the knowledge and experience he uses at Kerrisdale Capital.
Sahm Adrangi’s latest short sale target is QuinStreet. The online marketing company has been facing financial problems for years and many suspected that they were eventually headed for bankruptcy. Recently, their stock prices rose considerably after a considerable increase in revenue and gained the attention of Sahm Adrangi. It turns out, according to the research published by Kerrisdale Capital, the revenue increase may not be what it appears to be. While the company has experienced a considerably higher amount of traffic to their affiliates, it’s really only an increase to one of their clients.
There are many reasons to suspect that the vast majority of the traffic is being generated by a computer program that is designed to create fake clicks on links and form submissions. This means that QuinStreet’s clients are possibly paying the company for views that had no chance of producing business for them and were never actually from a human user. If Sahm Adrangi’s suspicions are indeed correct as they have been in the past, there is an exceptionally good chance that the stock price will fall to nearly nothing almost immediately due to clients no longer wanting to be in business with QuinStreet out of fear they are paying for services they are not actually receiving.