SHANGHAI, April 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: ZTO and SEHK: 2057), a leading and fast-growing express delivery company in China ("ZTO" or the "Company"), today provided an update on the status of the previously announced independent investigation. As previously disclosed, shortly after the publication of a report issued by the short-seller firm Grizzly Research LLC ("Grizzly Research") on March 2, 2023 (the "Initial Short Seller Report"), the audit committee of the Company's board of directors (the "Audit Committee") decided to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations made in the Initial Short Seller Report (the "Independent Investigation"). The Independent Investigation was conducted by the Audit Committee with the assistance of independent professional advisors, including an international law firm and forensic accounting experts from a major accounting firm that is not the Company's auditor. The Independent Investigation also covered the allegations made in the additional short seller report published by Grizzly Research on March 17, 2023 (the "Additional Short Seller Report"). The Independent Investigation is now substantially complete. Based on findings of the Independent Investigation, the Audit Committee has concluded that the allegations in the Initial Short Seller Report and Additional Short Seller Report are not substantiated.
ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: ZTO and SEHK: 2057) ("ZTO" or the "Company") is a leading and fast-growing express delivery company in China. ZTO provides express delivery service as well as other value-added logistics services through its extensive and reliable nationwide network coverage in China.
ZTO operates a highly scalable network partner model, which the Company believes is best suited to support the significant growth of e-commerce in China. The Company leverages its network partners to provide pickup and last-mile delivery services, while controlling the mission-critical line-haul transportation and sorting network within the express delivery service value chain.
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