For the November issue of the UK Investor magazine (latest issue HERE) I was asked to name seven stocks which could get suspended and where shareholders could lose everything. I thought I’d take a look back over the seven: Jiasen (JSI), JQW (JQW), Auhua (ACE), MoneySwap (SWAP), Rurelec (RUR), Golden Saint (GSR) - all on AIM - and main market listed Kenmare (KMR).
It shows the lack of sentimentality of the ShareProphets team that we let the third anniversary of the founding of this site pass without notice. 6 April 2013 financial journalism covering the City was reinvented.
Im not feeling terribly well so this may be the only bearcast of the weekend. We shall see. However I look at the Phorm debacle on AIM which saw £201 million sent to money heaven. I name the guilty men and look at the lessons learned (or ignored if you are AIM Regulation). Then I show why George Osborne is lying about mortgage rates under Brexit as he wages war for Project Fear.
I am not 100% up to speed on the comings and goings at paid researcher Edison so am unaware if its star analyst The Right Hon Charlie Gibson is still on a police curfew and wearing an electronic ankle bracelet after his spot of bother trying to give a member of the working classes, who happened to be a rozzer, a damn good thrashing. On the subject of convicts (well at least those descended from them) and damn good thrashings I note that shares in Aussie law firm Slater & Gordon (SGH) are now 28 Aussie cents having been A$2.67 on 23rd September 2015 when Edison published a note proclaiming "valuation - considerable upside" and flagging triggers for a re-rating. Hmmm... so that is a fall of c90% in the seven months since that buy note - is that the worst research note of the past 12 months?
Branded showers, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives group Norcros (NXR) has updated that “underlying operating profit for the year is expected to be marginally ahead of market expectations” and that it looks “well positioned to continue to make further progress”.
Will the rally in gold shares and the gold price continue? Yes. Well that is the view of technical analyst Jordan Roy Byrne of Amanda's pals at Palisade Capital. His most recent video explains why and is below. Natch all TA is bollocks but on this occasion I think he is right.
We were meant to record a video. In fact we did record but something went wrong and the Conservative Club with its cheap beer beckoned. And thus the video short letter appears as a contemporaneous note.
Sprott is the world's best known mining investment firm and its had a good first quarter but it reckons that the really good times lie ahead. With c10% of our portfolio now in gold shares I rather agree. But over to Sprott which writes:
Friday (15th April) at 2:24pm: “The board of 21st Century (C21) today provides the following trading update”. Hmmm. My guess is it ain’t gonna be good…
I woke up last night panicking that after staggering home from a boozy lunch with Lucian I had written a drunken piece laughing at all sorts of folks after Phorm admitted it was bust but that I had just written it becuase I felt like it not because it was true. Imagine my relief to discover that it was in fact true and with hindsight I think I write jolly well when drunk. Perhaps we should have a writing contest myself & Paul Scott both drunk vs two boring sober bastards. I digress. I look at BP and executive pay and unable to resist poking some fun at the ghastly Nicola Horlick and dreadful Channel 4 News. I look at 21st Century Technology ( C21), Gulf Keystone (GKP), Strat Aero (AERO), Grand Group (GIPO)) and 88 Energy (88E) where Lucian is short. In a sort of flashback I recall our discussion yesterday on 88 and recount it.
Previously commenting in February on drone company Strat Aero (AERO) with its shares at 3.75p, I noted a somewhat rampy tone and that the latest developments were possibly a precursor to fundraising ahoy - see HERE. Much has happened since - and a further development today sees the shares currently more than 13% lower...
Oh dear. You cannot say that you were not warned by this website but those morons who were hoping that they would get at least 3p for their Petroceltic (PCI) shares must now brace themselves for 0p. It is a day of shame for certain City analysts, the board and the morons who, in many cases, were the architect of their own doom.Vindicated I laugh at my abusers...
Point of sale, payment and loyalty systems group Universe (UNG) has announced results for the 2015 calendar year and that “a combination of customer expansion and a broadening product portfolio means that we are confident that the pleasing progress that the group has been made so far can be continued”. The following updates post a chat with management.
Having stated its offer for Petroceltic (PCI) was conditional on 90%+ acceptances, Worldview has announced at closing valid acceptances of 54.6% have been received and that resultantly “the acceptance condition has not been satisfied and the offer has lapsed”. Uh oh…
It rather seems to have passed folks by but having failed to raise £6 million in a placing he masterminded a month ago (as leaked emails show HERE), Jabba The Hutt is still determined to see dilution on an unprecedented scale - even by his standards - at LGO Energy (LGO). There is an EGM on Monday 18 April.
Ariana Resources (AAU) has updated on an “increasingly active” rate of mine construction and its target for production in the second half of 2016.
I am beginning to think that my 1p target price for Gulf Keystone (GKP) is in fact far too generous. Having called this as a sell at 180p and all the way down to abuse from every moron in the land I think it is time to revise the target price. The shares are off another 9% today to just 4.675p. Okay I shall stop being a nice guy, I am cutting my target price from 1p to 0p.
What on earth made Keras Resources (KRS) boss Dave Reeves travel thousands of miles from Oz to London, only then to head up to Walsall and what happened in the black country shit-hole? I only ask because Reeves arrived in Walsall on Saturday 9th April to do a presentation after which the shares collapsed ahead of a placing announced today. You may not know much about Walsall other than that it is a post industrial shit hole but let me enlighten you.
Hmmm, a Chinese company domiciled in the Cayman Islands lists on the Casino and less than sixteen months on there appears to be a bit of a procession going on, with two directors walking the plank with immediate effect in consecutive days. Sound familiar?
The March edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring 7 share tips, company profiles, interview with Richard Poulden of PCGE, why we fight fraud & fake news on Channel 4, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, a look at the banksters and much more.
Well this is a company that will sponsor any old crap and let's face it, 95% of Bulletin Board Morons post on the LSE Asylum. As the countdown to the fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) being booted off AIM next week accelerates you kind of sense which stock will be the focus of most entries. The competition rules are simple. Just nominate the daftest post on a BB or on twitter in the comments section below. Once again, our in-house semi-trained loon Wildes is allowed to nominate his own posts. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 26th March. Post away!
Clearly this is the story of the day. I reflect on this from various angles. I then move onto Franchise Brands (FRAN) shares in which surged 16% forcing a suspension. No insider dealing here guv, walk on, walk on. Then it is onto Bowleven (BLVN), Yolo (YOLO), Starcom (STAR) which I may have called Starvest but I meant Starcom, Van Elle (VANL), Nyota (NYO) and finally the uber dog Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) which is in freefall. Hah! Death spiral shylocks Bracknor your spoof is not working is it! On the subject of terror I mention that evil bastard Martin McGuinness.You should not speak ill of the dead but for this unapologetic murderer and for those in the media who praise him as a good man I make an exception HERE. Mr McGuinness was a wicked man who sought no salvation in apology and repentance and, if there is a hell, his soul is right now burning at the heart of it.
I explained some time ago why I thought that the management of Bushveld Minerals (BMN) had treated retail investors with clear contempt and why that made the stock uninvestable. In the short term this can go anywhere, in the long run shares in companies run by scumbags usually head south. I wake up and find that the shares are now 7p and so - with a lot of "assistance" from a great broker we can note.
Well fraud fans, the first day of reckoning for the shabby fraud that is Cloudtag (CTAG) looms. If it has no Nomad in place by Monday night next week then its shares will be booted off AIM. Unable then to raise even death spiral funding and with no sales it will go bust pretty quickly. If it was not already close to going tits up it would not have attempted that last gasp discount placing with broker Novum. So, as no Nomad will sign up to act for an obvious fraud the Fat Lady is waiting in the wings. When this does go bust the video below, recorded with morally bankrupt rampers for hire Proactive, should be examined very closely by the Serious Fraud Office as it is damning..
Optibiotix (OPTI) has announced - not before time we might note- that the demerger of its 52% unit Skinbiotherapeutics and its own AIM listing is underway. I should cocoa. Book building is cracking ahead on the Skinbiotix IPO. Optibiotix currently has an adjusted 52% of Skinbiotherapeutics.
Hello Share Sappers. Occasionally armchair tycoons like us come across a little jewel. When it happens, and I’ve commended this share to you previously, it is very tempting to blow my own trumpet. Which is what I now do with Creightons (CRL).
Hello Share Smackers. After a long - and for me nervous - wait, the full results for IQE (IQE) are in. And as I predicted on this terrific website, the shares fell on the announcement.
I comment on the hopeless response of smug MPs and the established media to yesterday's terror attack on my own website in a podcast HERE. On the markets I look at expectations management at Next (NXT), at how we know or knew about the balance sheet at Toople (TOOP) covered HERE by Cynical Bear or Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) heading for 0p and covered in detail by me earlier HERE. I look at Public Services Properties (PSPI ) and what its AIM casino departure says about RTOs and contingent liabilities - which reminds me again of New World Oil & Gas (NEW). Finally I have a detailed look at the strange world of Paternoster Resources (PRS), not a stock you have to own in any way. PS Cynical Bear is not me. Can you see any typos in his articles?
There was exciting news out yesterday from Solo Oil (SOLO) with its venture into the specialty gas market, it is taking up to a 20% stake in Tanzania focused Helium One Limited .
It is just eight days to the GM of Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) where shareholders are being asked to approve the issue of gazillions of new shares for the Bracknor death spiral. Since the alternative is going bust within weeks if not days then the result is a gimme although I intend attending - as the owner of 1 share - to ask some searching questions. But the collapse in the share price - the stock is now 31.5p mid, 30p bid tells you there are even bigger issues and that Advanced is, quite possibly toast whatever.
Many AIM oil companies promise the earth, yet in most cases are still no nearer to actually producing anything despite a number of years having passed since their initial discoveries, so it is refreshing to see that there are exceptions to this trend.
Well that didn’t take long; 26th October 2016: “Van Elle (VANL), the geotechnical contractor offering a wide range of ground engineering techniques and services to customers in a variety of UK construction end markets, is pleased to announce the admission to trading on the AIM market”. 22nd March 2017: trading update including “delay and deferral of contracts”…
With planning despair following trading despair recently, there is now a boardroom change General Meeting requisition at DX Group (DX.)…
On Monday I started a series in which I gave clear reasons why JackpotJoy (JPJ) was an obvious short. Now let us mover on and have a look at the management and their history in commerce. I am sure that there is nothing to read into it but Andrew McIver sat on the Board of Daniel Stewart and seems to be pals with our dear friend the king of the fraudsters, Mr Rob Terry
Drowning in debt Avanti Communications (AVN) is 'avin' a giraffe once again with a new announcement of deal with no financials attached which is almost certainly utterly meaningless. Today we head to Kenya.
AIM-listed e-commerce play Cloudbuy (CBUY) released its full year numbers for calendar 2016 this morning. Having had a rescue refinancing last year and a change of strategy the question was always whether all the good news announced over the last few years would ever be converted into revenue. The bad news is that it hasn’t yet. By the way, as a general point to the company, if you are going to reference notes to the accounts in the RNS and don’t include those notes people will think you have something to hide. It looks poor.
Together Robert Sutherland Smith and Tom Winnifrith have now been working in finance for 71 years - the last ten or so together. Tom wishes to stress that RSS accounts for most of that, the great value investor starting his City career at the Unilever Pension Fund the year before Tom was born. In this book they outline 71 tricks of the trade for making money from shares.
Get the first ShareProphets Pocket Guide ebook, EIS - Buying shares with numerous tax breaks. Want to cut your income tax bill, get loss relief if your AIM listed shares go down, pay no CGT, avoid IHT - EIS could be the way and this book explains how.
Most investment books seem to be large enough to keep the front door open and while some contain gems it is hard to find them amid the verbiage. The aim here is to produce a short guide which simply cuts to the chase. I hope that it will provide food for thought for everyone from beginner to expert but whoever you are it should be quick and easy to read and digest.
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