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Billionaire Founder of Lululemon Making Millions Off China Bet

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Billionaire Founder of Lululemon Making Millions Off China Bet

(Bloomberg) -- The billionaire founder of Lululemon Athletica Inc. has made $32.3 million in three months off his investment in Anta Sports Products Ltd. as the Chinese company’s shares soar despite multiple short-seller attacks.

Dennis Wilson has seen his stake in China’s biggest sportswear maker gain 32% after strong earnings boosted Anta’s shares last week, extending a rally that’s now at 72% for the year. Anta reported 28% growth in net income for the first half of 2019, beating analysts’ estimates.

Anta’s continued rally comes in defiance of attacks by short sellers Blue Orca Capital LLC and Muddy Waters Capital LLC, which issued critical reports less than six weeks apart earlier this year questioning the company’s accounting and corporate governance. Investors shrugged off the allegations -- which the company said were untrue and showed a lack of knowledge about business operations -- and sent its stock to an historic high.

Anta Jumps After Fighting Back on ‘Misleading’ Short Sell Attack

The Jinjiang, Fujian-based company has ambitions to become a global sportswear giant to rival Nike Inc. and Adidas AG. Last December, it agreed to pay $5.2 billion for Finland’s Amer Sports Oyj, which makes Atomic ski equipment and Saloman ski boots. Wilson’s subsequent investment in Anta was due to the fact that he had also been pursuing Amer, Anta said.

Wilson’s 0.59% stake in Anta is now valued at HK$1.03 billion, up a third from the HK$778 million he paid at the end of May.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Dong Lyu in Beijing at dlyu3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Jeff Sutherland

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