Wednesday 22 February 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares

19 February 2017, 11:14 | By Cynical Bear |

Spot the Difference No 2: Aidan Earley v Doug Ware

A tougher second puzzle for the day. I’m not one to buy into the conspiracy theory that Aidan and Doug are one and the same but recent antics by Aidan on his blog show that they are very much hewn from the same cloth.

19 February 2017, 11:12 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Video: Darren Winters' evil Mrs Tatjana reckons cancer is down to bad thoughts - but she can help cure it

The evil Mrs of charlatan and snake oil salesman Darren Winters lied to a judge the other day saying that I was not a reliable witness and that she was planning legal action against me. Methinks not darling. The scale of just how wicked Tatjana Winters is can now be revealed as she, like her husband, prays on the vulnerable and desperate once again.


19 February 2017, 11:12 | By Tom Winnifrith |

The inflation genie is out of the bottle and that is great news for gold - Peter Schiff

Libertarian gold bug Peter Schiff is one of my heros and his latest podcast reminds us all why we need material gold exposure in the months that lie ahead. Inflation is back!


19 February 2017, 11:11 | By Nigel Somerville |

Tern – FY16 results: how hard are the numbers?

AIM-listed investment company Tern plc (TERN) released its results for calendar 2016 on Friday. On the face of it the numbers, delivered with commendable speed, were excellent and with the shares up by 14.5% on the day the market seemed to like what it saw. But I wonder just how hard the numbers really are.

19 February 2017, 11:10 | By Cynical Bear |

Spot the Difference No 1: Mark Gustafson v Arsene Wenger

I used to love scouring my mum’s monthly ‘Puzzler’ magazine for the Spot the Difference puzzles trying to find the extra seagull in the beach scene or the additional letter poking out of the postman’s bag on the high street. So I thought I’d offer up a bit of Sunday fun with a couple of my own, although admittedly, this one is a tad easier than the second one.

19 February 2017, 11:09 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: Born to be baaad

In a week where ShareProphets tore into Peter Landau, rolled it's eyes at another Darren Winters own goal, and can still find even more to report on about Cloudtag, I did not think the headlines could be exceeded. But Tom delivered. I give you the headline of the week:


18 February 2017, 11:24 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: In (partial) defence of Colin Bird at Xtract Resources

This will not make me popular. If you want to see me going for someone who really deserves it I stick the boot into the war criminal and Brexit denier Tony Blair in a podcast on Tom HERE. As to Colin Bird of Xtract Resources (XTR) which we own thanks to the blinding stupidity of Gary Newman & Steve Moore, the lynch mob is out after last week's hugely discounted placing. I am not defending my friend Colin entirely, nor am I tipping the shares, but I think some folks are not giving him credit for some of what he has done to rescue a company that was bust and are not putting his actions in context as I explain in full.


18 February 2017, 10:15 | By Lucian Miers |

Cobham Profit Warning Number Five: The Jaguar and the Tree - sell at 115p

The legendary bear Robert W Wilson once mused about his modus operandi: “I’m not interested in climbing into a tree and wrestling the jaguar out of the tree. I am interested in someone shooting the jaguar out of the tree and then I will go and cut the thing apart

18 February 2017, 10:13 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Charlatan Darren Winters Coughs up costs but even at the last tries to cheat us out of 40p - think again pal

I am delighted to say that the snake oil salesman Darren Winters, slammed by the ASA for telling blatant lies as we revealed HERE last week, has decided not to appeal against his latest court room thrashing by one of his victims, a case we funded. Given the Judge's damning verdict in Snake Oil vs Mr O, that was a wise call by the Charlatan. But even now he is trying to swindle us out of 40p. Think again Darren and your frightful wife Tatjana, the Foxy Legals are on the case.


18 February 2017, 09:45 | By Cynical Bear |

Brave Bison – How long has it been sitting on price-sensitive information? Shocking!

Steve Moore touched on Brave Bison’s (BBSN) disappointing profit warning yesterday (HERE) but I feel he could have said more as the timing of yesterday’s announcement is shoddy and needs further investigation as does some of the other recent announcements.

18 February 2017, 09:41 | By Steve Moore |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 17/02/2017

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

18 February 2017, 09:39 | By Cynical Bear |

Sub-Standard Shockers XI update – Much needed fresh blood brought in…..but will they do any better?

With the majority of the squad in suspension, or just acting as if they are, the Sub-Standard Shockers XI is in need of some fresh talent and, fortunately, there have been three recent hopefuls making a claim for a place in the team, namely, Emmerson (EML), Mila Resources (MILA) and Stranger Holdings (STHG). I’ll take a quick look at each.

18 February 2017, 09:36 | By Malcolm Stacey |

'Slowly And Surely They Make Plans Against Us' - and We Could Make Dosh Out of It.

Hello Share Takers. You’ve probably noticed that there has been a shortage of good take-over stories recently. This might put you off your guard. You might decide it is not worth holding onto a share which has long been in the rumour mill, just  because this sort of deal is becoming as rare as budgie teeth.

17 February 2017, 17:03 | By Steve Moore |

Driver Group – full-year loss & bailout fundraising. “Renewed confidence”?

Driver Group (DRV) has announced self-admitted “disappointing” results for its year ended 30th September 2016 and a bailout fundraising, though argues that stakeholders should soon be able to “look forward to the future with renewed confidence”. Hmmm...

17 February 2017, 16:16 | By HotStockRockets |

Premaitha share issue - not a grovel sort of placement: BUY

After two pieces of good news in as many days you do not need to be cynic of the year to expect a placing. But this is not a placing as in the company's broker goes and grovels to fund managers. Premaitha (NIPT) was approached and asked it wanted cash and so has taken £1.487 million at 8.75p per share from Harwood Capital

17 February 2017, 15:56 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: My legs feel like logs, I am just too old for this manual labour malarky

I will produce a detailed photo article on my manual labours today on the fields at the Greek Hovel later today but I am rapidly concluding that I am getting a bit old for this manual labour malarky. No doubt six months on a building site over the summer will knock me into shape. In terms of the markets Steve Moore is a nice guy. He needs to learn to be a total bastard like me. I comment on Brave Bison (BBSN) where  young Steve was just far too nice - someone at Brave should be doing a per walk. In a similar vein I comment on Milestone Group (MSG). Then it is onto the much ramped Frontera Resources (FRR), ditto China Africa (CAF) and then onto Inmarsat (ISAT) and Avanti Communications (AVN). Oh and I have chatted to Colin Bird of Xtract Resources (XTR).


17 February 2017, 13:46 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Political and Market Uncertainty Is Driving The Rush For Gold

In this week's Palisadce Capital potcast Peter Spina explains the recent market action and how gold stocks have historically lead the spot price. There is considerable support near $1100, and long term resistance at $1275. This level may well translate into resistance to the upside, once through it though, expect $1475 to $1500. He is seeing growing Wall Street and Chinese speculation in the market, there seems to be a general rush for gold.


17 February 2017, 13:45 | By Steve Moore |

17 February 2017, 13:37 | By HotStockRockets |

Falanx: New business unit - so what? Grrrrr - still a buy (or hold at worst)

In a very strong contender for non news of the week Falanx (FLX) has announced the creation of a new business unit, Falanx Cyber Technologies. Right. 

17 February 2017, 11:20 | By Steve Moore |

Holders Technology – FY increased loss, though argues “heartened” by recent signs. Hmmm…

Having previously concluded that shares in Holders Technology (HDT) were on the bargepole list, I note the announcement of results for its year ended 30th November 2016…

6 days ago | By ShareProphets |

The January edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live 7 share tips and much more

The January edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live featuring 7 share tips, company profiles, and what to do with the Dow at 20,000 plus much more.


3 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bulletin Board Moron of the week contest sponsored by (soon to be) jailbird Pirate Pete Landau

Over the weekend I published documents and articles such as this one which make it clear that Pirate Pete Landau may well soon be about to "go to jail, do not pass Go, do not steal another £200 from shareholders, Go direct to jail." But say what you want about the Pirate he knew how to play Bulletin Board Morons. His chat up line by email to any moron who contacted him went like this:

7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Did Pirate Pete Landau use Range Resources cash to pay off other debts of his?

A major shareholder in Range Resources (RRL) who was , in the good old days, a major ramper of the stock on Aussie chatrooms has made some quite extraordinary claims about how Pirate Pete Landau appeared to use Range cash to pay off other debts he had racked up. This was posted on an Aussie chatroom on behalf of David Scanlen the victim here. My source verifies that these claims are genuine. If true. they are extraordinary and beg questions aboout how Range's current management appear not to be making claims against the Pirate - who is clearly in deep trouble already. The post follows:

7 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Avon Rubber – CEO ‘steps down’ with immediate effect, a cause for concern?

Shares in Avon Rubber (AVON) are currently down approaching 4% back below 1000p on the back of an announcement including that, having only joined in December 2015, CEO Rob Rennie “has stepped down… with immediate effect”. A cause for concern?...

7 days ago | By Nigel Somerville |

CloudTag – another L1 conversion. Has it almost finished trashing the share price? Er….

Shares in AIM-listed purveyor of fictional guaranteed orders for fictional not guaranteed products CloudTag (CTAG) has announced the latest confetti-issue to L1 under the death-spiral loan deal. £300,000 worth of loans converted at 4.5p leaves just £100,000 left over. The shares have shot 15% higher on the news: the BB loons obviously think it’s (nearly) all over. I’ve got bad news there….

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

The Sula Principal or How I Bought a Mining Share Without Checking All the Facts

Hello Share Trimmers. Though I usually research stocks very carefully, I am one of those idiots that, once in a blue moon, invests in a company I know little about. You get a gut feeling sometimes and somehow don’t want to spoil it by too detailed an examination. One such share for me is Sula (SULA), the gold and iron miner. I saw a glowing piece on this magnificent website not so long back on this stock.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Veltyco cracking update - increase targets

Our 35p offer price share tip of Veltyco (VLTY) last month is looking good after another cracking trading update. There is more to come.…

6 days ago | By HotStockRockets |

Collagen Placing and Open Offer - go for it!

On recommending shares in Collagen Solutions (COS) at the end of 2016 we noted that the company is understood to be investigating the possible use of debt financing, though this is a risk here.  It has now announced a financing potentially to provide “sufficient working capital to fund the group until it achieves cash flow positive operations”

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast - It's a 7.14 AM ouzo O'Clock as Slater & Gordon crashes again

Oh dear. Oh Dear. Another trading statement from Aussie law poltroons Slater & Gordon (SGH) and it is grim all round. The shares - A$8 when the fraudulent businesses of Quindell (QPP) were bought - are now 20 cents. And they will go far lower IF a debt for equity swap is agreed and that is the best case scenario. The Rob Terry Quenron businesses are now shown as worthless, another day of V for Vendetta, Vengeance and Vindication for the Sheriff of AIM. Crack out the ouzo and make mine a large one!


6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Waseem Shakoor - Grab your one and only chance to kick out Bowleven's useless board

The great Northern bear Waseem Shakoor owns just over 1% of Bowleven (BLVN) and has been a long term critic of its useless board led by the grossly overpaid Kevin Hart. He has written an open letter to his fellow shareholders urging them to back Crown Ocean Capital and oust the board. I agree - as I usually do - with Waseem. Over to the great bear and professional Northerner:

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Watchstone - the Curse of Rob Terry; legal bother in Canada

I have flagged up many times before that the Hubio (formerly known as the fraud Himex) and Ingenie operations in Canada faced serious issues because they had simply failed to deliver product as promised to major customers such as Aviva. Now it is out in the open with writs flying both ways. Oh dear...this is not going to end well for Watchstone (WTG), the legacy of fraudster Rob Terry strikes again.

6 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

CloudTag – L1 finishes loan conversion. Now for death-spiral-on-steroids warrants. Sell!

AIM-listed CloudTag (CTAG) has announced the conversion of the final little bit of loan notes held by death spiral provider L1, at 4.5p. The shares have raced ahead, even though this only marks the half-way point in the share price carnage caused by the package. Indeed, it may not even be half, for the warrant exercise terms are far more favourable than the loan conversion terms (from L1’s perspective).

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Cobham – there was worse to come, much worse…

Reviewing last month from Cobham (COB) ANOTHER profit warning I concluded, with the shares at 140p, that there could be worse to come and that it was a bargepole stock. Now, on the back of a further update, the shares are currently heading towards 100p…

6 days ago | By Nigel Somerville |

Ariana – company chat clearing up a few misunderstandings

I said at the weekend that having several times met Kerim Sener, MD at AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU), I felt that he was the exception to prove Mark Twain’s rule. In recommending Ariana (1.85p on the offer at the time, so I’m happy to see the shares now on a spread of 2p -  2.15p) my view was that plant completion, production and therefore cashflow were imminent. We’ve had the completion RNS and we now await the paperwork to allow everything to roll. But who gets first dibs at the bunce?

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

SimiGon – profit warning, but reckons all good going forward. Hmmm…

“Trading Statement” announcement from simulation technology company SimiGon (SIM) includes that “the company remains optimistic in its outlook and confident in its existing forecasts for the current financial year” and “great revenue and profit visibility for 2017 and beyond”. So why are the shares currently sliding back below 20p?...

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: I stand corrected, the CEO was not in the bath & killers gorge, political correctness gone mad

After the Slater & Gordon (SGH) bearcast earlier you may have thought that I was sleeping off half a bottle of ouzo. Au contraire, I have been touring the Mani with George the Architect, the man who helped me to expose InternetQ last year. We went past Killers Gorge. Why can't you kill unsuitable boyfriends of your daughter or sister any more? As my daughter prepares to turn 16 this year I sadly conclude that this is yet another example of political correctness gone mad.  In terms of stocks I offer a couple of corrections on Tracsis (TRCS) after yesterday's bearcast then look at Xtract Resources (XTR), Ascent Resources (AST), FastForward (FFWD), the over ramped hype company with which my good friend Jim Mellon is involved, Cobham (COB), Infrastructure India (IIP) and also the fraud Cloudtag (CTAG). And I refer to a drooling Evil Knievil ref THIS ARTICLE.


5 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Picture Giant's Share Price Frames Itself Again. Now for some More Northerly Action

Hello Share Squirmers. There was a rather unnerving fall for shares in Photo-Me (PHTM) in the middle of last month. It was based on a scare story that the quality needed for official id photos could be provided by mobile phones and so could be something of a challenge in the future for automatic photo machines.

10 minutes ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

The February edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - with stocks to fall in love with

The February edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring 7 share tips, company profiles, and stocks to fall in love with plus much more.


2 days ago | By David Scott |

Greece is likely to leave the Euro before the year is out, helped on its way by Trump

In the past, the Americans have vigorously supported a compromise over Greece because, along with the rest of the political establishment, it views preserving the euro and the European Union as a strategic imperative of over-riding importance. But Trump doesn’t like the EU. Trump has made it very clear that he is very hostile to the EU. He backed Brexit, appointed an ambassador who believes the euro is destined to fall apart, and started a rhetorical trade war with Germany. In response, EU leaders, from Germany’s Angela Merkel to France’s François Hollande, have been fiercely critical of Trump. Relations between Washington and Brussels have probably never been worse. 


2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Premaitha at 10.6p worth 18p says FinnCap - new research note

The fragrant Alice Lane, a foxy young brokerette who apparently I once reduced to tears by being so beastly, is this morning disseminating the latest FinnCap note on Premaitha (NIPT) to clients. Since it is bullish I am happy to make it up to Alice by exposing this high quality research to a wider audience, especially since we own more than a few shares. By way of balance i should say that FinnCap is house broker and therefore utterly partial and you can feel free to ignore every word of this report.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

An Open letter to Ben Turney - why have you not called in the police at Teathers Financial

Yesterday I revealed a series of 74 "interesting" transactions on the Teathers Financial (TEA) company credit card and some curious payments on the Teathers pre-payment card belonging to Nilesh Jagatia the company's former FD. There is now a very real suspicion that Teather's poor shareholders were paying for Jagatia's domestic shopping at his local Sainsbury's in South Woodford and that he was making withdrawals from the company's account for personal use. I have thus written to the new CEO flip flop Ben Turney who, of course arrived in the coup that saw Jagatia fired. The letter is below.

10 minutes ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Bulletin Board Moron of the week in honour of Tavistock PR

I noted earlier that while most financial PR firms are so morally bankrupt they would spin for uber nonce Rolf Harris if the retainer was high enough, Tavistock PR appears to have some honour quitting as adviser to the FRAUD Cloudtag (CTAG). There are only so many lies you can put your name to I guess. But some folks want to hear lies and to reprint them, the BBMs. Please nominate the most moronic bulletin board post or tweet in the comments section below. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday February 26.

20 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

NCC Group - Oops - that accursed word "strategic review," + adjusted bullshit earnings - this all stink

Shares in NCC Group (NCC) have slumped by 9.5% to 162.5p in late trade after a shocker of an announcement posted at 4.16 PM today. Not quite no-one is watching O'Clock but still late in the day. If you were on your way to the capital markets investor rampfest day it was holding tomorrow, don't bother. It has been cancelled. Cheers,my cyber security expert friends, did you not know you were going to have to issue a shocking profits alert until just now? How long have you been sitting on this bad news? Thanks. can I get a refund on my train ticket?

22 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Sorry to Hannah, Will and Lucy but not to the Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater

16 hours travel after getting up at 4 AM GMT on Monday and falling into bed at 3 AM Tuesday leaves me a tired man. And Joshua and Oakley both chirped up to make it worse still. So apologies to all bar one of those who I have snapped at today.  Before I go to bed I look in detail at Grafenia (GRA) and compare it to TrakM8 (TRAK) and also comment on North River Resources (NRRP) and Jiasen (JSI).


1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

TrakM8 - Another disastrous profits warning: how close is it to breaching bank covenants?

All the shit I got when I warned y'all repeatedly what a crap company TrakM8 (TRAK) is almost seems worth it now after yet another awful profits warning. No doubt share blogger Paul Scott, crony capitalist PR Man Reg Hoare and uber-bullish analyst Lorne Daniel of Finncap have already ordered that crates of ouzo be sent to me at once as my top analysis is vindicated again. It is what this warning does not say that should terrify you. Things will get worse.

20 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Management Resource Solutions - New Meeting called to sack chairman Murray D'Almeida - a wanker of the highest order

The battle between good and evil continues as suspended AIM dog Management Resource Solutions. You may remember that there is a meeting on Friday to oust certain directors but the board, acting like democracy despising a'holes, found a pretext to stop shareholders voting in new guys.

1 day ago | By Steve Moore |

Goldplat – half-year results, still a gold recovery buy?

Previously writing on Goldplat (GDP), I concluded that I continued to expect more to come as the shares rose back above 6p. The following updates with they currently up to 6.625p on the back of results for the six months ended 31st December 2016…

20 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Flip Flop Ben Turney at Teathers - do your civic duty: tax dodging is wrong

I wrote earlier today that Flip Flop Ben Turney who now finds himself running failed ex AIM investment vehicle Teathers really MUST go to the Old Bill demanding a full investigation into the ATM withdrawals by ex FD Nilesh Jagatia. A reader points out that Flip Flop has another civic duty to perform on this matter, he must go to the taxman. Ever keen to help...

4 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy announces death spiral Part 1: Will it apologise for misleading investors on that one? And is Metric loan now off?

Serial misleader and worthless bag of AIM listed shite Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) today announced that it has secured death spiral financing for £13-26 million from the lowest of the low DS funders, Bracknor. That is bad enough and will see the shares forward sold to buggery, as I will outline in a separate piece. What is worse is that it exposes Advanced for again misleading investors.

1 day ago | By Nigel Somerville |

United Cacao….and now for the calamitous shareholder shafting

Former AIM Casino disaster story United Cacao (CHOC) has updated the market this morning with regard to proposed changes to the terms of its bonds. If you are a shareholder and didn’t take Tom Winnifrith’s advice to get out, I suggest you look away now for as he predicted HERE it is indeed to be a near wipe-out even if the company survives.

22 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Lighthouse Group – ahead of expectations 2016 results, still good value?

Having previously concluded on shares in Lighthouse Group (LGT) at 11.75p that they could prove good value, I note that they are currently higher today on the back of a results announcement for the 2016 calendar year…

1 day ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Would a Company which Helps Other Firms to Cut the Gas Bill Inspire You?

Hello Share Spikers. I do like a firm with a novel idea which seems to have potential. It makes share-shifting a lot more exciting when we can find a company which offers a different kind of service which seems to work. I refer you today to Inspired Energy (INSE).

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Hardide – AGM update, “starting to see an upturn” from oil and gas customers

Having thus far been sceptical of shares in engineering coatings company Hardide (HDD), I note they currently higher today with the company having updated in conjunction with its AGM…