Chanos said he was short EADS partially because their expenses are in euros and revenues are in dollars. He is bearish on the euro, meaning he thinks that this will be an earnings drag for EADS relative to Boeing (BA). He was also clear to point out that he does not believe that EADS has Enron style accounting. He merely mentioned that the company has “some accounting issues, cash flow versus earnings.” EADS is not misstating their earnings, in his opinion.
The other highlights of the interview with Jim Chanos are:
- Chanos continues to be short solar and wind stocks and he added to short positions in the last month. Previously Chanos revealed that he was shorting solar stocks like First Solar (FSLR) because the company will struggle with austerity plans in Germany, Italy and Spain. Chanos was also concerned about the insider selling at FSLR where insiders sold 3.5 million shares of FSLR in the last year.
- Chanos also mentioned that “we're not short the U.S. banks.” However, he appears to be short some non-U.S. financial companies.