“I’ve been in deep pain and remorse,” Lu said in a statement on Wednesday, which was widely reported by multiple Chinese media outlets, including The Paper and China Business Network, both owned by state-controlled corporations.
“I can’t sleep at night. If the company is delisted, it will surely face more difficulties and increased pressure,” he added.
Luckin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Xiamen-based company said on Monday that it has requested a hearing on the delisting notice, and the stock will remain on Nasdaq until the hearing, which should take place within the next 30 to 45 days.
Lu, who is also chairman of the company’s board, insisted he “didn’t play tricks” in order to cheat investors. He asked for people from all walks of life to go easy on Luckin Coffee and support the company, noting that “tens of thousands of employees are still working hard.”
Whatever happens, Lu said he will “spare no effort” in minimizing shareholders’ losses.
Shares in the company resumed trading on Wednesday, and fell nearly 36%. Its stock is currently worth $2.82 — less than the price of a Luckin latte in China.