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Ajisen says its 499 restaurants in Greater China enjoy 69.2% operating margins.  Photos: Ajisen
AJISEN (CHINA) Holdings (HK: 538) has admitted that it unintentionally “exaggerated” the nutritional value and vitamin content of its soup mix, the recipe for which is a jealously guarded secret.

However, an official from the Hong Kong listed firm denies that its most recently announced sky-high operating margins of nearly 70% are a fabrication, despite repeated questions from the media.

In a Chinese language piece in Sinafinance, Hao Xiong -- an executive with the firm’s investor relations department -- reportedly confessed to a dogged Japanese media that Ajisen may have accidentally “souped up” the healthy benefits of consuming its products.

“We recently claimed on our official website that a bowl of our noodle soup contains four times the calcium content of an equal volume of milk, and ten times the equivalent of ordinary meat, and that our soup mix contains essential proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and 43 additional important nutrients. We can now say that these claims were perhaps over-generalizations and in some cases even exaggerations, but were unintentional and due to a computational error,” Hao said.

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Following the embarrassment of having to admit to exaggerating the nutritional qualities of its famed and jealously guarded soup mix formula, Ajisen resolutely stuck to its guns on the veracity of its most recent financial claims.  Photo: Ajisen
However, he went on to say that the noodle soup chain’s most recently announced operating margins of a whopping 69.2% were verifiably true.

“We fully stand by our financial claims,” he said.

“Souped-up” soup?

Up until recently, visitors to Ajisen’s official URL would find the following claims:

“One bowl of our standard 360 milliliter ramen noodle soup contains 1,600 milligrams of calcium, and one kilogram of our concentrated soup mix can produce 100 bowls of soup.”

However, using this mathematical formulation, one bowl’s calcium content should actually only total 48.5 mg of calcium, and not 1,600 mg as the firm’s website originally claimed (before being ignominiously retracted).

‘Soup-gate’ yes; ‘earnings-gate’ no

Following the embarrassment of having to admit to exaggerating (albeit unintentionally) the nutritional qualities of its famed and jealously guarded soup mix formula, Ajisen resolutely stuck to its guns on the veracity of its most recent financial claims.

Just after the truth about the calcium content was revealed, Ajisen (China) Holdings immediately revised the wording on its official company website while adding the following mea culpa to remedy any bad taste left in the mouths of investors and consumers following the admission:

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Ajisen now: 15.34 hkd
“While we do admit to overstating some of the health benefits afforded to consumers of our soup mix, we resolutely deny that it was intentional and was ultimately due to a careless mathematical error in computation. We will do everything we can to restore full confidence in our products and brand name image to our loyal customers across the region,” Hao said.

He added that the parent company had 102 restaurants in Japan, and an additional 499 shops overseas – mainly in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

“Ajisen (China) Holdings realized operating profit of 2.68 bln hkd last year, and our operating margins stood at 69.2%. We stand by these numbers,” Hao said.

See also:

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AJISEN: Gross Margins Were 69% Last Year! 

 

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