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Saturday 27 May 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


17 May 2017, 10:01 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

InterQuest – possible management buyout offer, a piss take

With shares in InterQuest (ITQ) yesterday having increased on the day from comfortably below 40p to well above, at 3:51pm (noting the “recent share price movement” - nothing suspicious to concern AIM regulation then!) a newly created company (Chisbridge Ltd) formed by Gary Ashworth, Chris Eldridge and David Bygrave (respectively InterQuest Chairman, CEO and CFO and 33.3%, 0% and 0.1% shareholders) ‘confirmed’ “that it is evaluating making an offer for InterQuest at 42 pence per share in cash with a full loan note alternative”. They're taking the piss, surely...

17 May 2017, 09:48 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - launch of Slimbiome and LPLDL products. Read closely & buy

OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has announced what it terms the "successful" launch of its SlimBiome® and LPLDL® products at the Vitafoods Europe tradeshow in Geneva from the 9-11 of May 2017. The event provided the opportunity to connect with 16,500 industry decision makers from the supplements, nutraceutical, functional food and beverage industries. This is viewed as one of the world's leading trade fairs for the food and drinks industry. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Companies always say launches are successful. More jam tomorrow. So what. Etc. But no read on... We have underlined a few key words for you.

17 May 2017, 09:37 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Petropavlovsk – board structure update amidst attempted coup

Petropavlovsk (POG) has updated on the attempted boardroom coup – including on its process to appoint an independent Non-Executive Chairman, a further independent Non-Executive director and opposition to the requisitioning shareholder nominees.

17 May 2017, 08:44 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Labour's Maths does not add up - Darren Atwater, Paul Mason and all the other London elitists are innumerate

Our in-house remoaning, money tree-worshipping, metropolitan elitist, Darren Atwater has posted an article suggesting that Labour's manifesto maths adds up. Maybe Diane Abbott and Darren think so, but no-one else will be fooled.

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17 May 2017, 08:33 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – yet another director ponies up, EGM seemingly avoided and Bracknor converts. Most bizarre

Well this is most bizarre! Lobster-potted Bracknor has converted another lump of its death-spiral loan notes. That, of course, is not a great surprise until you study the detail of yesterday morning’s announcement from AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), where we discover that the conversion shares have been issued not at the lowest daily volume-weighted average price of the past 15 days (21.35p) as per previously announced conversion terms, but at 25p (par price of the shares). Why has Bracknor elected to pay a 17% premium?

17 May 2017, 08:33 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

17 May 2017, 08:32 | By Darren Atwater |

Labour's manifesto doesn't just make sense, it adds up

The Tory-controlled media has been working overtime to convince voters that Labour wants a return to the bad old days of the 70s, with its fox hunts, its universities for the elites, and, wait... that's not right. Oh yes, the Tory-controlled media says that the Labour manifesto is a pinko-commie cloud-cookoo land fiscal LSD dream. It turns out that it is not.

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17 May 2017, 08:18 | By Malcolm Stacey |

In Touch Company Deserves Your Attention as Profits Rise

Hello Share Shufflers. There is a Geordie company which wages war on switches and buttons. It makes touch sensors. You’ll see this kind of technology everywhere these days, beginning with your mobile phone.

16 May 2017, 14:58 | By Steve Moore |

Plexus Holdings – another warning as conditions remain “challenging”

“Trading Update” announcement from Plexus Holdings (POS) includes early that “although Plexus continues to pursue a number of specific opportunities in the North Sea and overseas, where discussions are progressing well, some of these are taking longer than anticipated to conclude” and that “a number of encouraging new contracts are currently being negotiated and are now likely to be concluded early in the next financial year, to June 2018”. Uh oh…

16 May 2017, 10:56 | By Chris Bailey of Financial Orbit |

Unless you are an unbending yield muncher… sell Vodafone here

Near the top of the FTSE-100 leaderboard today is the telecoms behemoth Vodafone (VOD), which proudly said earlier today that it had enjoyed a ‘good year, gaining share’. Of course the headline profit numbers were full of the negative impact of a non-cash impairment of €5 billion relating to its Indian business. But don’t worry about this! ‘Organic adjusted EBITDA growth of 4%-8%’ is expected and, with €5 billion of free cash flow and a 2% hike in the dividend, the yield munchers will be bought off. Right here, right now though, I would sell Vodafone shares.

16 May 2017, 10:31 | By Steve Moore |

RhythmOne – argues “returns to full-year underlying profitability”, but it’s again net cash burn…

RhythmOne (RTHM) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2017, emphasising “Returns to Full-Year Underlying Profitability led by 28% Growth of ‘Core’ Revenues”. The Income Statement though shows a significant loss and the shares have responded more than 6% lower to 45.5p. Hmmm…

16 May 2017, 10:30 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

Caption this photo of Quindell fraudster Rob Terry's Quob Park Estate meeting in Monaco

The original caption on this photo tweeted by Quob Park Estate says "Great team dinner in Monaco, prior to TM Forum LIVE, looking forward to meeting with key clients while here". Surely this can be improved. The deadline is midnight tonight. Mr Terry is second from the left next to his charming other half.

16 May 2017, 08:27 | By Tom Winnifrith |

The Sheer scale of value destruction of that (failing) UK Oil & Gas Placing - who should be fired?

As we forced it to admit on May 9th, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), the Horse Hill explorer run by pompous little prig Steve Sanderson is trying to raise c £6 million. The shares before that scoop were 1.2p mid. But having raisred to get the issue away at 1p, hapless broker to frauds like Quindell, Lagos Securities is now struggling to get it away at 0.8p as we revealed last night. Just to put the value destruction in perspective...

16 May 2017, 08:27 | By Tom Winnifrith |

You have to be barking mad to own 16% of MySquar - its official

AIM listed MySquar (MYSQ) is a total rum and coke of a company. It is hard to believe a word it says. The bear community is convinced it will be a zero. But the shares have been ramped to high heaven and helped by a chap called Josh Adams buying a 16% stake through his Imperium vehicle. Josh Adams ...the name rings a bell. Oh that nutter!

16 May 2017, 08:27 | By Gary Newman |

Disappointing updates from Lonmin suggest further weakness to come

Lonmin (LMI) is a company that I have followed closely for several years, but after the latest updates this week, and with platinum still looking weak, I wouldn’t be in any rush to buy.

16 May 2017, 08:27 | By ShareProphets |

Will Next Market Crash Be Like 2008 Or 1973? History Predicts An Amazing Run In Gold & Gold Stocks

Gold bugs will need no convincing. Gold bears will say yadda, yadda, yadda. But for those on the fence this research note from Palisade is worth a read. Beware of the risks of having no gold exposure in your portfolio.

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16 May 2017, 08:25 | By Darren Atwater |

Winner of the General Election Caption Contest - Jeremy Corbyn unveils his new battle bus edition

There can be no winners with this edition of the Caption Contest, as the entries show. Only the least horrible.

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16 May 2017, 08:22 | By ShareProphets |

Retail-aggedon: where the US leads the UK will follow - superb Peter Schiff podcast

Libertarian gold bug Peter Schiff is a big hero of Tom Winnifrith. He called the 2008 crash and he has also made some duff calls. But what he says about US retail in his latest podcast is fascinating. What happens in the US will wash over to the UK in due course. This is terrifying stuff to listen to.

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16 May 2017, 08:19 | By Malcolm Stacey |

This House Ain't Made of Straw, Like so Many Companies, but Bricks

Hello Share Trudgers. There’s been talk of a collapse in property prices on this august website. As I’ve often posited, I consider this too dire a view of the bricks and mortar game.

15 May 2017, 14:25 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Breaking: UK Oil & Gas slashes £6 million placing price to 0.8p - Source

Even in the Snakefields of Greece I keep on breaking news! On 9th May I revealed that UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) was endeavouring to raise £6 million at 1p - with the shares then trading at 1.2p bid. That forced an angry admission from the company that it was all true. Another scalp and fine piece of investigative journalism saw the shares then tumble to 1p. For long suffering holders and believers in Horse Hill, I have more bad news.

1 hour ago | By ShareProphets |

The May edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - Tips, UK Investor Show photo feature, and the the end of the EU

The May edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three share tips from Gary Newman, the Greek meltown is worse than everyone thinks, and the EU is not fit for purpose plus a photofeature from the 2017 UK Investor Show.

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6 days ago | By ShareProphets |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week Contest - sponsored by Quindell founder & fraudster Rob Terry

This week's sponsor, serial company founder Rob Terry, has been in the news this past week over a lawsuit brought by Aussie legal poltroons Slater & Gorden claiming to be deceived over the legal division that they bought from Quindell. Slater & Gordon will probably do just fine unless Quindell (QPP) or Watchstone (WTG) as it is called these days, points out ShareProphets sent S&G a docket of articles before the purchase went through. Anything to help the boys and girls at Quindell!

6 days ago | By Lucian Miers |

MySQUAR, a total basket case. Sell at 5.1p

I wrote recently about AIM listed BNN Technology (BNN), a flaky and wildly over promoted China tech play, but having had a look at Burmese tech play MySQUAR (MYSQ), BNN looks a solid blue chip.

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

InterQuest – an angry shareholder writes…

Having announced it is to make a 42p per share offer for InterQuest (ITQ) (Tom made his thoughts clear on the offer HERE) the following features the management buyout team’s (Gary Ashworth, Christopher Eldridge and David Bygrave, (‘Chisbridge’)’s) reasonings for the offer (in bold italics) and my responses following…

6 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground: Greece is the word

So, considering that Tom Winnifrith is away with his wife and his in-laws, away from the Greek hovel, and spending time at some Greek luxury resort, the first non-Tom story is CloudTag – Some great news, Amit Ben-Haim is all yours now by Cynical Bear at number 9.

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6 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Worthington: Newco website launched – initial thoughts

At last I hear you cry. It is finally here after months of foreplay - the new Newco website. Delights awaited no doubt but I wasn’t quite sure what form they were going to take. Anyway, it was with baited breath that I clicked on the address indicated in Aidan’s latest blog to ascertain what was behind those gilded gates. Noble Resolve has arrived – let’s take a look.

6 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Time to buy Vedanta before the release of results in the UK

Vedanta Resources (VED) was one of my best performing shares during 2016, and after a significant pullback in the share price in recent months it is well worth considering buying back in at current levels.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Open letter to Tony O’Reilly Jnr ahead of Providence Resources AGM

I do not always agree with Richard Jennings of Align Research. As you know he has some crazy views. But on the subject orf Tony O Reilly Jnr and Providence Resources (PVR), Jennings is bang on the money. Ahead of the AGM he has written to O'Relly. The letter follows: 

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Where the US leads we will follow - let's start with a property crash and retail-aggedon

I keep saying this till I am blue in the face but most asset classes are global. The idea, therefore that property prices can crash in New York and San Francisco but just keeo melting upwards in other global cities like London is just nonsense.

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5 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

After Falling to Earth, This Sci-fi Share May Rocket, Once Mr Spock Locks On

Hello Share Scoopers. There have been quite a few occasions now that I’ve commended a Footsie satellite company to your attention. On each mention, as I recall, the share grew in value. However, last year the shares took a big knock.

5 days ago | By Nigel Somerville |

Is Tom Winnifrith right to out companies doing placings?

The busting of a placing by AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) at 1p by Tom Winnifrith has caused a bit of controversy. It is not the first time he has been accused of being irresponsible by blowing the lid on a placing only for it to be pulled or the price dropped. Anyone left holding the baby gets their fingers burned – in the recent example quite badly if they had been buying into the ramp at north of 1.4p only to see the company raise cash at just 0.8p. Is it right?

1 hour ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the week sponsored by Granny Snuffs & Wildes

The nauseating Mail on Sunday fawned upon Pippa Middleton and her ghastly family as they celebrated the "wedding of the Year"Bring on the revolution! But perhaps the real wedding of the year should be between our two very own in-house Bulletin Board Morons GrannySnuffs & Wildes who seem made for each other. can you find examples on the LSE Asylum, iii, ADVFN or twitter of comments more idiotic than those of our own dream team? If so post in the comments section below, the deadline is midnight Sunday 28th May.

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5 days ago | By David Scott |

Elect a clown, get a Circus

"A credit crunch is brewing and when it happens, the UK is going to get hurt."  These are not my words but the start of the Editorial in this weekend’s Guardian. The article then went on to say "That is the message emerging from senior executives in the financial services industry, who do not think Britain has changed that much since the 2008 credit disaster and the devastating crash that followed. Three developments lie at the heart of this disturbing analysis: spectacular growth in the sale of second mortgages, car loans and credit cards." I would heartily agree with these comments as this is my experience too. But what the article fails to say is that the UK is not alone in this debt bubble - once more it is a Global issue.

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

Advanced Oncotherapy – just what are the terms of the Bracknor funding?

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has this morning announced another conversion of death-spiral loan notes by Bracknor. That is not news – there have been plenty already and there are many more to come. But for the third time in succession we seem to have different terms being applied. Surely it is time for the company to tell the market what is going on?

5 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Malcolm Stacey misquotes me but is wrong about Inmarsat anyway - don't fight the tide

Malcolm Stacey is old enough to know about King Canute. In fact he is so old that he was there as a boy when the King sat in his chair on the beach and attempted to turn back the tide. Malcolm surely you remember the day as if it was yesterday? In which case why do you forget this valuable lesson when it comes to Inmarsat (ISAT) and your article today in which you misquote me and get it wrong in so many other ways.

1 hour ago | By ShareProphets |

The May edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - Tips, UK Investor Show photo feature, and the the end of the EU

The May edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three share tips from Gary Newman, the Greek meltown is worse than everyone thinks, and the EU is not fit for purpose plus a photofeature from the 2017 UK Investor Show.

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1 hour ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the week sponsored by Granny Snuffs & Wildes

The nauseating Mail on Sunday fawned upon Pippa Middleton and her ghastly family as they celebrated the "wedding of the Year"Bring on the revolution! But perhaps the real wedding of the year should be between our two very own in-house Bulletin Board Morons GrannySnuffs & Wildes who seem made for each other. can you find examples on the LSE Asylum, iii, ADVFN or twitter of comments more idiotic than those of our own dream team? If so post in the comments section below, the deadline is midnight Sunday 28th May.

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2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Petrofac – shares crash further on update on SFO investigation

An “Update on Serious Fraud Office Investigation and Board Change” announcement from Petrofac (PFC) sees the shares currently crashing further in response...

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

BREAKING: Shamed Ramper Roger Lawson "departs" ShareSoc after bust up with chairman

So why did disgraced Roger "Ramper" lawson finally leave ShareSoc? Oddly the campaigning group has yet to make a statement on the sudden departure of shamed Lawson. Was he caught using the ShareSoc twitter account to send vile messages to settle personal scores again? Was he caught ramping frauds and other shares in which he had undisclosed holdings again? Was he caught smearing fraud busters whose activities hurt his portfolio again? er ...no.

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21 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

Not all our share tips give readers 12 day profits of 77% some take longer - catch next hot tip TODAY for just £5 + the Falanx excitement and will we make another 100% on Obtala

Four times in the past three or four months we have advised our readers to bank big gains on shares we tipped - the one before the one before last was a 77% profit (offer to bid ) in just 12 days. But though we target quick gains, most tips take rather longer to make money for our readers. take Falanx (FLX) we tipped it last year at a 4.75p offer - it is a solid cashed up fast growing cyber security play. We like it so much we own a few shares too but won't be selling any of them till after our readers bank big gains. The shares are now 9.5p -10p! That is a potential 100% offer to bid profit!

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

PCGE - valuation crackers

I am innundated with lunatics and spivs tweeting me that shares in PCG Entertainment (PCGE) are cheap. It is the ramp de jour among the Bulletin Board lunatics. But at 0.15p the valuation is bonkers. Let me explain.

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Arian Silver: Pump & Dump, Mislead Investors, Executive Greed - why do I bother?

A chap for whom I have some time some of the time asked me why bother sticking it to Arian Silver (AGQ), a worthless piece of crap on AIM. Will it make any difference to the charade, to the game which sees userless tossers like Arian's CEO Jim Williams get ever richer, crony capitalists earn fat fees and investors get buggered again and again and again. No. My writings won't change that. And the chap is right in that it will just make a few more pathetic wretches who would rather lose money than accept the truth hate me. Yup. He is right. 

1 day ago | By HotStockRockets |

Kefi Minerals - revised DFS published - look at NPV! BUY

Kefi Minerals (KEFI) has published a new DFS ( Definitive Feasibility Study) for the Tulu Kapi project - its first since 2015 and its last before it completes its financing needs and heads towards the construction of an open pit gold mine in Ethiopia.

24 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Billing Services - another Jim Mellon backed AIM disaster: don't go bottom fishing

Oh dear, this has all the makings of another AIM disaster for my good friend the offshore based asset stripper Jim Mellon. But look on the bright side Jim, you have probably lost far more of your wealth with HK dog Regent Pacific, whose shares continue to tank in an alarming fashion. Anyhow, back to the home grown disaster stories. Shares in Billing Services (BILL) are down again today to 2.875p valuing this company at £8.1 million. that looks awfully generous.

1 day ago | By HotStockRockets |

Amryt - Very Upbeat AGM - upgrade ahead??

Amryt Pharma (AMYT) held its AGM yesterday and the statement seems to hint that forecasts are going to have to be raised. It is a very bullish statement indeed. The company states:

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Proxama – not just “New Contracts”, but new “revenue generating contracts”. Ooooh…

Having recently concluded on Proxama (PROX), the explicit inclusion of “should it require further working capital” suggests to me it very much will, I note an announcement today that the company “is pleased to announce four revenue generating contracts for its Proximity Marketing and Data Division”“Revenue generating” rather than any useful financial information hey? And an ‘RNS Reach’ (i.e. not regulatorily significant) announcement hey? Ramptastic!...

1 day ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Biffa Is not For Bears and Shareholders Could Have a Beano

Hello Share Swillers. Apparently we all like the idea of our waste not being wasted. Most of us religiously sort our recyclable rubbish from the non-recyclable into the correct bags and containers. And it’s this liking for not wasting our waste which a company called Biffa (BIFF) thrives upon.

1 day ago | By Nigel Somerville |

Servision – great news for Cynical Bear’s Sub-Standard Shockers XI

You really do have to feel sorry for Cynical Bear. One minute he has a fully fit squad to choose from and then one by one they drop like flies, either with fitness issues or just simply keel over. I’d been getting a bit concerned that he’d struggle to put out a full team, but out of the blue there is good news for him. No need to turn to the back pages of the tabloid press for the big stories of sporting drama, we have it all here at ShareProphets: AIM-listed Servision (SEV) is to put in a transfer request. 

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Sanderson Group – interim results and management chat

November 72p offer price share tip, Sanderson Group (SND) has announced results for its half year ended 31st March 2017 and that it has “a good level of confidence that the group will continue to make further progress and deliver trading results in line with market expectations for the current year”.

21 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Plastics Capital – placing to help “satisfy increasing demand”, but also dividends ‘suspended’. Hmmm…

“Placing to raise £3.74 million” announcement from Plastics Capital (PLA), including to enable it “to satisfy increasing demand for the group's products and thereby accelerate organic growth”. With also a relatively limited 4.5% discount to the prior 122.5p closing share price, sounds reasonable enough. But what’s that? It is to “be augmented by the decision of the board to suspend dividend payments for at least the next two scheduled payments”. Hmmm...

1 day ago | By Steve Moore |

Portmeirion Group – AGM update sounds encouraging, but how so is it really?

An “AGM Statement” announcement from Portmeirion Group (PMP) commences that total group sales are up 26% for the four months ended 30 April 2017 relative to the same period last year” and includes “pleasing performance of the company to April 2017”. Sounds encouraging…

24 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

21st Century Technology – from “good” recent progress in December, to now-stated “poor” second half 2016 financial performance!

Fleet and passenger systems company 21st Century Technology (C21) has, tardily, announced results for the 2016 calendar year, though with CEO Russ Singleton emphasising “we made real strides last year with major framework renewals, organisational restructuring and innovative new sales”. Sounds promising. However...