Amara Mining (AMA) has announced further encouraging drilling results from its Yaoure project in Côte d'Ivoire. Most AIM casino listed gold miners are a total waste of space, Amara is a rare quality play.
The reckless mismanagement of Tangiers Petroleum (TPET) has led to yet another shareholder wipeout. To be frank the writing has been on the wall for this dreadful stock for a while, but today’s shocking RNS announcement will do little to soothe badly burned shareholders. The company claims that the “final cost of the TAO-1 well was in excess of the Company's internal budget”. This is apparently why Tangiers is now in such a dire financial state and is being forced to relinquish its 25% stake in the Tarfaya Offshore Block, Morocco, as well as conduct a $1.2million placement at the equivalent of 0.324p (a 97.5% discount to the prevailing pre-duster price). The problem with this line of argument is that the costs of the TAO-1 exploration well came within the “plus or minus 25% variance” announced in the amended budget on April 28th. To add insult to injury, rather than explain why he bet the farm on a single wildcat exploration well, Managing Director David Wall instead believes the market owes him a second chance. It doesn’t.
I have said many times that the bull market of 2009-2014 is not the first leg of an even greater bull market that could last many, many years as many believe. The reason the stock market appears to be a one way bet is that stock prices have been inflated by the central banks. The question is: can we trust central banks?
Accumuli plc (ACM), which works with organisations to manage the ever increasing IT risk landscape and leverage their IT assets for business value, has updated that it “has continued to make good progress through the first part of the current financial year”, seeing that “trading results are in line with management's expectations”. With the shares having nudged ahead to 27.5p, to capitalise the company at more than £43.5 million, in response, what is the current value proposition here?
I have noted before how Bango (BGO) merits an AIM Casino jam tomorrow promises. Floated in 1999 it has sent £27.5 million to money heaven and has never made a profit. Interims today are thus par for the course but the cash position looks tight. At 102p the market cap is £46 million and the shares are a screaming sell.
Following on from the first couple of days of the summit (which you can find links to here) what were my key thoughts from the third - and final – day of the Casey Research Summit in the USA As I only attended the first two-thirds of a shortened day here are my five key thoughts:
Both companies have engaged in aggressive accounting with regard to accruals. One has already been shown to have overstated profits, managers have been fired, the forensic accountants are in and the Serious Fraud Office is now said to be looking into the matter. The other is Quindell (QPP).
Just when I thought it was safe to get back into the Tesco (TSCO) water, another big whammy hits the supermarket chain. The latest is, of course, a massive set-back.
Ian Visagie, chief executive officer of gold recovery specialist Goldplat (GDP), says the company is moving fast to enhance profitability and expand and diversify its business after turning a £207,000 pre-tax profit into a £248,000 loss in the year to June on turnover down 27 per cent to £21 million. Focused chiefly on South Africa and Ghana, Goldplat, which extracts gold from mining waste, such as wood chips, mill liners, fine carbon, sludge and waste grease, suffered from a falling gold price in 2013-14, with operating profit before finance costs plunging from £2.6 million to £153,000 and its shares at 3.5p are down from a year’s high of 8.5p and a 2006 float price of 7.5p.
Today I just update the Inspirit (INSP) post I pushed out under 2 months ago - HERE. The share price was 1.13p and I suggested that Inspirit was a buy with a target of 1.75p.
My father originally advised me that Sainsbury’s (SBRY) was a good buy at 315p. “In the long term they’re good value at this price.” I did my own research, saw that the PE was low and the yield attractive. I didn’t have any shares in the supermarket sector and never had, so it was good from a ‘diversity’ view I guess. I bought the share.
Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) looks a great buy at the current level, both long and shorter term. The current share price of around 87p is a far cry from when it rocketed to over £5 following the discovery and successful flow test of oil from its Sea Lion license in the Falkland Islands back in 2010.
Sports content commercialisation group Perform (PER) has published a response document to a 260p per share announced “final cash offer” from its previous majority owner and current 42.5% shareholder, explaining why it considers that the offer undervalues it and that shareholders should reject the offer. The following updates with the shares having nudged lower to 259.3p in response.
As I noted at the weekend HERE Quindell (QPP) sent a letter from its new lawyers almost two weeks ago. I have asked it to justify statements in that letter it has failed to do so. But it gets worse. Quindell has now leaked that letter to the pathetic QPPSAG and it is being quoted verbatim albeit selectively on Bulletin Boards. That is a massive OWN GOAL by Mr 2+2 can = 5. My legal team is over the moon.
As any bull market gets out of hand the aggressive accounting practices start to emerge. Managers on bonuses do whatever they feel able to get away with to deliver the sales and profits needed to justify crazy ratings. Tesco has done the right thing in suspending managers, coming clean and calling in auditors for a full forensic. The question I poser to you is who is next?
News that Tesco (TSCO) had overstated its profits, prompting a near 12% collapse in the share price was good reason to caste the valuation measure over the shares at 203p. – last seen. I learnt from my A level English literature that the essence of tragedy – the real Greek kind – is to fall from a great height. That makes Tesco and its shares a real Greek tragedy!
Hello share twisters: As you know, most of the articles on this mind-blowing website, are presently in the negative vein. This is a marvellous thing, as most other financial websites carry glowing reports on all kinds of shares. Who knows what vested interests might be at work in some of these sparkling write-ups.
This has it all. I told you the shocking tale of the Mopowered (MPOW) AIM casino disaster story HERE yesterday. Today came news of a placing at 5p to raise £3.5 million (Gross). This just adds insult to the injury.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN) story involves the nature of price sensitive information. When Mosman announced its first oil “discovery”, at 11:42am on June 13th, the share price went ballistic. Having opened at 11.85p, Mosman’s stock had just hit an intraday low of 10.5p before the company delivered its joyous news. By the end of the next trading day, Mosman’s share price had peaked at 56p, giving the company a market cap of £36.3million. Four days later and Mosman placed at 23p to raise £3million. There is no doubt that Mosman’s news release was a price sensitive event, but is it time to revisit the definition of what constitutes price sensitive information?
AIM casino posterboy Mopowered (MPOW) has today announced a rescue placing at 5p. It was listed at 100p on December 18 last year. It was trading whilst insolvent until today and has been for weeks. The shares are now 8.125p so investors have lost 92% of their cash in just over nine months. But it is not all bad news: the lawyers, brokers, nomad, accountants and PRs assisting this POS will – after commission today – have now made more than £1 million from the firm. It is coke and hookers all round for the Crony Capitalists of the AIM Casino, and hard cheese for the shareholders.
The April edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring Metal Tiger, BMR, Harley Investments, Action Hotels and much more.
Making money from shares is simple. Well it should be. Buy cheap. Hold. Hold. Hold. Hold, and finally sell when the shares have delivered you big gains. Where so many folks go wrong is getting impatient and not being prepared to hold, hold, hold. Let us tell you about Symphony Environmental (SYM) which we tipped at a 6.75p offer just over three years ago. It did nothing for ages....
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As I flagged up over the weekend, in a desperate attempt to keep the fraud from becoming insolvent, African Potash (AFPO) has proposed a RTO of a company called Onshore Energy Limited, OEL. Lyin' Chris Cleverley Potash's boss is also a director and shareholder on OEL. But it gets worse. Much worse.
Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has announced it “has sold one of the rarest pieces of Indian Philately to a private collector-investor in Australia for £500,000, the highest price ever paid for a single Indian philatelic item”.
Yesterday we wandered through the first page of search results on the OpenCorporates.com website to look at the record of AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) Executive Chairman Dr Michael Jeffrey Sinclair. There are rather a lot – here comes page 2.
On 12 April 2017, the fraud that is African Potash (AFPO) announced a change of auditors from RSM UK Audit LLP to PKF Littlejohn LLP. One can understand why RSM UK Audit LLP might be keen to cease its relationship with a company with the frankly appalling track record of African Potash but how desperate does PKF Littlejohn LLP look in taking on African Potash as an audit client?
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced last Friday that the EGM called to approve the company’s proposed delisting from the AIM Casino had passed the proposals with the requisite majority. The shares are expected to depart the world’s most successful (but perhaps not for Taihua) growth market first thing on 8 May. In the wake of the announcement – at 4.15pm last Friday, bordering on no-one-is-watching o’clock - the shares again nose-dived, registering a new low of 0.1p on the bid yesterday, but all of a sudden the stock is on the rampage this morning. What is going on?
The COT report reveals the large paper short and long positions in silver. Currently it appears to be indicating a small downtrend in the silver market. In this week's Palisade podcast David Morgan discusses how silver markets move and how they can be pushed to the downside once investors run low on cash, as banks will short the market at opportune moments.
AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) – teetering on the brink of having to call an EGM to reduce its nominal share capital under the terms of its death-spiral funding package with Bracknor – has announced yet another director share purchase, the fourth just this month (if we ignore the botched 7am RNS of 4 April). As ever, this is just a spoof in order to encourage more buying in the market so as to allow Bracknor to offload more of its death-spiral conversion shares as Advanced hopes and prays for the next £1.235 million tranche of funding before the coffers run dry.
The A-Grade A'holes at Walbrook PR who charge Optibiotix (OPTI) thousands of quid a month for "news management" probably thought putting out two announcements on one day was part of a clever strategy. Whatever. If Optibiotix wants to save a few quid we have a suggestion....
An announcement from Blancco Technology Group (BLTG) entitled “Q3 Trading Update, Cash Flow Review and Funding”. Hmmm, I’d guess it ain’t gonna be positive…
What could possibly have gone wrong with Standard Listed CIC Gold (CICG). A worthless greenfield asset, no cash and the involvement of the boy scout mugger Stuart Bromley? With folks across the City chasing CIC for unpaid bills it appears that the comedy show is about to draw to a close. Well it has been fun while it lasted.
Given that the company is now producing gold, I’ve been somewhat surprised by the lacklustre response that the market has given Ariana Resources (AAU) since that news came.
Phew! 153 company directorships to plough through from the career of AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy’s Executive Chairman. He sure has been a busy chap. Actually the number is dropping slightly as a few more double entries come up on the OpenCorporates.com website – just as well. Having looked through the first 30 entries on Sunday (29 after sifting out double entries) and the same again yesterday, we come to the next 30 from our search of the career of Dr Michael Jeffrey Sinclair.
Hello Share Gallumpers. One of my longtime shares is Glencore (GLEN). Hitherto, it’s been a disaster for me. Though a boost in mining share in recent times is turning the corner for me.
Hello Share Monkeys. Quite a few of my more moribund penny shares are in revival mode at the mo. Which is unusual. Because when the Footsie rises, investors are more likely to get income from more reliable outlets. Why risk the huge volatility of the cheaps when you can make money investing in companies with big cash piles and ever growing profits, i.e: most of the Footsie members?
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.
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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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