Removed from Watch List. Netflix, Inc. – NFLX $ 521.87 Mkt Cap: $229.67 B SEC enforcement action announced. We’ve been tracking an undisclosed SEC investigation at Netflix since Sep-2019. This was most recently confirmed as ongoing as of 21-Apr-2021.
In the past we observed Netflix investors appeared highly focused on recently emerged competitors as well as changes to subscriber numbers and margins. We wondered aloud whether the SEC noticed? Apparently, the SEC did notice, but not quite how we imagined it.
Click here to access our last fully updated SEC Investigation Update report on Netflix, publised on 27-May-2021.
The following is an excerpt from a press release the SEC issued yesterday –
SEC Charges Netflix Insider Trading Ring
Washington D.C., Aug. 18, 2021 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced insider trading charges against three former Netflix Inc. software engineers and two close associates who generated over $3 million in total profits by trading on confidential information about Netflix's subscriber growth.
According to the SEC's complaint, Sung Mo "Jay" Jun was at the center of a long-running scheme to illegally trade on non-public information concerning the growth in Netflix's subscriber base, a key metric Netflix reported in its quarterly earnings announcements. The complaint alleges that Sung Mo Jun, while employed at Netflix in 2016 and 2017, repeatedly tipped this information to his brother, Joon Mo Jun, and his close friend, Junwoo Chon, who both used it to trade in advance of multiple Netflix earnings announcements.