Kandi Technologies Issues Chairman’s Letter to Shareholders
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2020-12-07
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        Jinhua, China, Dec. 07, 2020 -- Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: KNDI) (the “Company” or “Kandi”) today issued a letter to its shareholders from the Chairman as below:


Dear Kandi Shareholder,

        On November 30, 2020, a firm with an acknowledged short position in Kandi stock issued a “research report” that leveled a series of inaccurate allegations regarding Kandi and its management team.  The firm that issued the report is shorting our stock and will profit if the stock price declines.  In contrast, the Company’s motive is to create value for all shareholders by building a durable and profitable leader in a dynamic growth industry.   It is clear from this review that the report contains a variety of misleading accusations that are either thinly veiled assertions of opinion, or based on previously reported historical events. As one example, they question the odds of success of our ride-sharing initiative.  Anyone, you included, is free to assess the likelihood of success of our business strategy.  Merely asserting an opinion on our strategy proves nothing about our trustworthiness.  Assertions like this, we will ignore.  While the entire report lacks merit, the Company and its management believe that it would be helpful to our shareholders to address the inaccuracies that have received significant press attention.

         1. By mischaracterizing certain documents from 2014, the report insinuates that I participated in a scheme to inflate the price of our stock during the reverse merger process.  This is inaccurate because, as the report acknowledges, neither I nor the Company were ever charged with any such violations.  This is not new information and was previously disclosed in our regulatory filings.

         2. The Company’s participation in Chinese government subsidy programs through a joint venture (the “JV Company”) is well documented in public filings.  Contrary to the report’s allegations, the JV Company properly received subsidy payments for all electric vehicles sold prior to 2016 and the JV Company’s dual production licenses were approved in August 2019. According to government policy, any company that improperly participated in the subsidy program would not receive any subsidy payments nor dual production licenses.

         3. As with other aspects of the report, the Company’s decision to change auditors was previously disclosed and resulted from Kandi’s growth rather than any sort of alleged “fraud”.  For example, in 2019 we changed to an auditor that is subject to inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCOAB”).  Our current auditor is a leader in providing accounting services to Chinese companies listed in the United States.

         4. The report’s assertions of “related party” transactions and “fabricated sales” suffer from a number of defects: 

         a. Chaoneng’s legal representative (Hu Yiheng) is not currently an executive of Kandi as the report contends.  In fact, Mr. Hu Yiheng resigned from Kandi in April 2011 to start Chaoneng.  The report uses misleading quotes from an October 2010 article as support for its contention that Mr. Hu Yiheng is still with Kandi.

         b. When it was first established in 2011, Chaoneng rented office space from Kandi and listed its landlord’s phone number (0579-82239276) for business registration purposes.  This is not Chaoneng’s current telephone number.

         c. Chaoneng is located in the same industrialpark complex as Kandi, but not at the same address (as the report contends). Chaoneng is the fourth building on the lot while Zhejiang Kandi Smart Battery Swap Technology Co., Ltd (formerly Jinhua An Kao Power Technology Co., Ltd) is located at the north side of the first factory building. Chaoneng provides maintenance services to vehicles manufactured by Kandi at that location.The reference to “Kandi” in the signage refers to their services for Kandi vehicles, not Kandi as a company.  Kandi and Chaoneng are not related parties.  

        d. The report mistakenly contends that Massimo Motor Sports and its owner David Shan are undisclosed related parties of Kandi.  Mr. Shan left SC Autosports (formally named Sportsman Country) when Kandi acquired it in 2018 and no longer has any affiliation with Kandi.

        e. Kuke was a subsidiary of Kandi until January 2008. In February 2008, Kuke was spun-off from Kandi and has been an independent entity since that time. While Kukehas been the exclusive agent of Kandi’s products in the United States since August 2015, Kandi plans to end this exclusivity in 2021 based on the expected growth in the United States of Kandi’s subsidiary SC Autosports.

        f. The report mistakenly contends that KANDI USA and JASS MOTORSPORTS have the same address. KANDI USA closed in November 2015. There is no affiliation between Kandi USA and JASS MOTORSPORTS.

        g. Finally, Kandi’s financial reports are audited, and care is taken to properly record sales.

        Accordingly, and contrary to the report’s allegations, we are enthusiastic about the progress we made in 2020. Our ATV sales achieved substantial growth, while unit sales of the Scrou-produced balancing scooters should exceed 500,000 in 2020 and we expect sales to exceed 3 million units in 2021.  Prospects for EV parts sales are strong. Our K23 and K27 EV models received the required clearance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via Certificates of Conformity.  OurK27 model recently met the safety regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation FMVSS 500 and is scheduled to be launched on the market soon.  Safety certification for the K23 is being finalized and we anticipate customer deliveries in the first quarter of 2021. The “300,000 government-accredited pure EV within 5 years rideshare” program has officially started in the city of Shaoxing inZhejiang province, and in the city of Haikou inHainan province.  We strongly believe that the program will drive sales growth of our EV and battery swap equipment in 2021.In addition, our new 1 million plus square feet (100,000 square meters) facility will be completed in January 2021 and is expected to start production in the first quarter of 2021.

        To conclude, we strongly believe that this report is laced with innuendo and supposition, which are countered by our proven prospects for future growth.  Rest assured that we will continue to operate with the highest standards in order to maximize shareholder value.

        Most sincerely,

                                                                                                             Hu Xiaoming

                                                                                              Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

                                                                                                     Kandi Technologies Group