Oct 19, 2018

CEO to analysts and short-sellers: "You are messing with the wrong guy"

Screenshot: CNBC graphic of Lourenco Goncalves

The CEO of mining company Cleveland-Cliffs Lourenco Goncalves lost it on a call with analysts on Friday — at one point calling out Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Korn by saying he "can run but can't hide," and announcing he planned to "screw" short-sellers by buying back so much stock "they will have to commit suicide."

Why it matters: This is another example of the sometimes tense relationship between executives and analysts and short-sellers. Remember Elon Musk's wild earnings call earlier this year.

Goncalves' tense relationship with analysts goes back to 2014 when he refused to answer a question from an analyst whose Cleveland-Cliffs price target was "too low," he said. Judging by today's call, his behavior has not changed since then.

The company has not responded to a request for comment, but in an interview with CNBC on Friday, Goncalves doubled down on his approach:

"CEOs are cookie-cutter people...I am different. You like it, great. You don't like it, great.
— Lourenco Goncalves on CNBC's "Closing Bell"

Here's audio of the exchange on the earnings call, via CNBC:

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