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Send Tom Winnifrith a fascist lawyers letter as the fraud African Potash (AFPO) did on September 1 and your fate is sealed. Today African Potash was formally booted off AIM. Now it will fail to raise cash on NEX (formerly ISDX) and will go bust soon. Lyin' Chris Cleverley meet Karma. Ain't she sweet? Amazingly there are still some people out there on the Bulletin boards who think its all my fault and Lyin' Chris runs a great British Company. Whatever. In that vein please nominate the most moronic Bulletin Board or twitter comment you can find in the comments section by midnight on Sunday 15th January. Have fun!
The fraud African Potash (AFPO) has been formally booted off AIM today as no Nomad is prepared to act for it. It is a day of shame for lyin Chris Cleverley the CEO and his senior NED Lord Peter Hain of sleaze. The shares are now only listed in the joke lobster pot that is NEX Markets, it is almost impossible to sell in any size and even harder to raise cash as a company. So Potash will soon go bust. At the weekend I explained the very odd timeline of seven days in September that lead up to the last Nomad, Cantor Fitzgerald, quitting. Now look at lyin' Chris's words since.
For what it is worth there was an announcement yesterday from FTSE stating that African Potash (AFPO) shares will be delisted from the start of trading on 11 January (next Wednesday). Potash has not confirmed this but it looks like it is game over. It cannot refinance while listed on NEX (ISDX) so it will go bust soon. Legal redress can follow but we can now start to piece together a few fascinating dates from three months ago.
It has already been demonstrated here by the publication of leaked documents that African Potash (AFPO) lied to investors via RNS in November 2015 and January (6) 2016 in order to get a placing away. Now another document has fallen into my possession which shows how Potash misled mug punters into piling into the shares on August 4 2015 as it announced "Landmark Trading Agreement with COMESA". Sadly for CEO Lyin' Chris Cleverley I have the original MOU which we can now compare and contrast with the RNS. Oh dear. Kerboom!
You may well remember that one of the frauds committed by African Potash (AFPO) in November 2015 was the announcement of a ramptastic deal with Beryl Holdings. The company announced all the good bits ( which as it happens failed completely to materialise in any way shape or form) but neglected to mention a £600,000 bung it had agreed to pay to Beryl. Unfortuanately for lyin' Chris Cleverley I got hold of the contract and pubished it and also alerted auditors RSM Tenon to its existence.
African Potash stated in its annual report that on the ISDX (now called NEX) lobster pot it might be more difficult to raise money than on the AIM casino. I should cocoa. The last trade was on December 29. Liquidity is just nil and the 0.05p offer prize only applies if you want to sell peanuts amounts. If you invested in this fraud just accept that your shares are now worthless as it cannot get awaqy the £600,000 placing it dsays that it needs to survive. So Potash is going to go bust soon. But your cash might not be lost. There is a small chance.
I am sorry if I sound a bit one track minded today but you will remember that African Potash (AFPO) sent me a fascist lawyers letter ( c/o now three time losers against me Memery Crystal) demanding I pay it £2,000, unpublish my articles on it, never write on it again and pay it damages on top back in September 2016. Natch I declined the offer and the fraud that is Potash has been in freefall to insolvency ever since. Moral of the story: don't mess with The Sheriff of AIM. Now, I have a question for Lord Peter Hain of sleaze who chairs the company's remuneration committee.
That African Potash (AFPO) is clearly trading whilst insolvent is beyond doubt. It admits that it needs to raise $600,000 to pay its bills as they fall due but trading volumes on ISDX are often just a few hundred quid a day. It's game over. So where has all the money gone? There is a reason that the board did not want anyone seeing the annual report which finally surfaced today.
No wonder that fraud African Potash (AFPO) did not want anyone reading its accounts which have finally arrived six days after they were signed off. It is a gold mine for anoraks like me. Let us now turn to page 45 and note 21, related party transactions of which there are many. But I refer to the third such transaction which involves CEO lyin' Chris Cleverley.
I am yet to get an explanation from Peterhouse Corporate Finance, the advisor to ISDX and (pro tem) AIM listed fraud African Potash (AFPO) as to why accounts for the year to June 30 were signed off on 28 December but not released until 3 hours and 48 minutes after the stockmarket closed for a three day New Year break on 30 December. This is surely a breach of ISDX rules and it shows, again, that the fraudsters are prize rotters. Why is Peterhouse not resigning NOW? But it gets worse, the actual, annual report was promised by 31 December but has only this morning appeared on the company's ramptastic website. Why the delay? How about not wishing to admit to damning comments from auditors RSM Tenon which show that this company is toast? The auditor does not mince its words.
The prize for the first promise to be broken in 2017 has already been won. That really does take devotion to duty and so one simply has to step back and admire the pure dedication involved. Step forward AIM-listed (pro tem) and ISDX lobster-potted African Potash (AFPO), which promised to have its 2016 Annual Report available on its company website by 31 Dec 2016.
We have been contacted by a number of shareholders in African Potash (AFPO), which is now on ISDX and will soon be booted off AIM Formally and will go bust within weeks, who have lost money and want to sue someone over this fraud. We will back any such action with a generous donation but the question is who to sue and on what grounds? But, sorry to break the bad news to certain folks on Christmas day, but wheels are in motion...certain folks may wish to call a lawyer PDQ
The fraud African Potash (AFPO) now sees its shares trade on the ISDX lobster pot as it is still yet to find a replacement Nomad to act for it on the AIM Casino following the resignation of Cantor Fitzgerald. Not even Cairn Financial - which pro tem acts for the serial liars at Cloudtag (CTAG) - will act for lyin' Chris Cleverley. So on January 7 the relegation to ISDX will become permanent. The pledges of CEO Cleverley that he was optimistic of finding a new Nomad will be shown to be...er... lies. Quelle surprise. But it gets worse and will get even more worse on Christmas Eve.
I shall be saying another prayer at the little church on the way to my Greek Hovel tomorrow morning. It will be a prayer asking God not only to show strength to my source on the kerboom emails for one AIM stock but also to make Lord Peter Hain see the light about his involvement with the fraud African Potash (AFPO) as it prepares to see its shares suspended this Wednesday. Lord Hain is no doubt familiar with the book of Mark, chapter 10 verses 20-24. King James version natch:
Surprise, surprise. After three months of looking for a Nomad to replace Cantor Fitzgerald who did not want to sign off on any more lies, the FRAUD African Potash (AFPO) has found no-one to take on the gig. It says that it is still in talks but who is so desperate for cash that they would want to act for such a slam dunk fraud? If no-one signs up for reputational hari kiri by January 7 Potash will be slung off the AIM Casino for good. Right now its shares are merely suspended. But what about the ISDX listing?
Shares in the fraud African Potash (AFPO) made their debut on the ISDX lobster pot today and for some reason have surged on AIM. This is a dead cat bounce. Tomorrow they will be suspended on AIM and a month later booted off the Casino because no Nomad will act for this company - Cantors having given notice on September 7. The reason that no Nomad will act - despite promises from lyin' Chris Cleverley in a recent RNS that he was confident one would - is that Potash issues lies via RNS to get placings away. Thus it is a fraud.
Yesterday I pointed out that the FRAUD African Potash (AFPO) had applied to join the ISDX lobster pot as of December 8, the day its shares will be suspended on the AIM Casino if no Nomad is prepared to act for it, Cantor Fitzgerald having tired of signing off on its lies. I also pointed out that lyin' Chris Cleverley had failed to tell his shareholders. Today Potash fessed up..but it gets worse.
African Potash (AFPO) saw its Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald quit on September 7 and it is still yet to find a replacement who will sign off on its bogus and untruthful press releases. If no-one steps up to the plate by December 7 its shares are suspended and a month later they will be booted off AIM. African says it is confident it will find a replacement Nomad but just in case... the shysters have been busy.
The FRAUD African Potash (AFPO) has today snuck out notice of a General Meeting in an RNS which does not actually tell you what the meeting is for. It merely states that "a General Meeting ('GM') will be held at 12.00 p.m. on 20 December 2016 at Richmond House, St Julian's Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1GZ.". I am sorely tempted to buy one or two shares in this company to attend and try to block the motion in hand. But I need to ask folks a question first.
On Monday Cantor Fitzgerald announced that as of December 7 it would no longer act as Nomad for the AIM fraud African Potash. So Potash needs a new Nomad to sign off on its lies to enable it to commit securities fraud. But who will act for it? We polled you yesterday and while many of you thought that cometh the day there was only on go to Nomad for a fraud, more of you thought that no-one, not even Roland "Fatty" Cornish, was that desperate. But that potential tax issue may prompt an urgent need for cash and that may yet sway Fatty! The results of who you thought would act for the fraud Potash are:
This really was an easy odd one out contest and Drunken Sailor gets the winning entry as you can see HERE. We asked which of the four pictures below was the odd one out. Easy.
African Potash (AFPO) needs to find a new Nomad by December 7th or its shares will be suspended. Cantor Fitzgerald is tired of putting its name to outright lies published to facilitate Securities Fraud and has quit. Potash says its talking to a replacement but which Nomad would act for this proven fraud? You decide in the poll below. Voting deadline midnight tonight ( 22nd November).
For sleazy Lord Peter Hain and lyin' Chris Cleverley and their colleagues on the board at FRAUD African Potash (AFPO) the main priorities are finding a new Nomad who will do anything for money including acting for FRAUDS and finding investors to pony up for a bailout placing PDQ to avoid tits up time. But if the gents at Potash have a spare couple of minutes how about an update on Uganda?
Today's odd one out contest is sponsored by fascist lawyers Memery Crystal and that is your hint. Simply say which of the four images below is the odd one out and why. Post your entries in the comments section below by midnight Monday 21st November.
Oh dear, oh dear, the problem with frauds is that eventually they run out of other people's money. And when they can't pay the bills, even morally bankrupt crony capitalist AIM advisers, decide that enough is enough and quit. And thus Cantor Fitzgerald has today said it is resigning as Nomad to the fraud African Potash (AFPO) - which is still not suing me for libel despite promising to do so on September 1st if I did not cease calling it a fraud and pay it £2,000. GOTCHA Potash: you are still a fucking FRAUD now where's that libel letter you bastards? I want to see you fraudster bitchez in Court so badly. So what's going on here. One broker summed it up brilliantly today:
I guess it is now more than 60 days since the fraud that is African Potash (AFPO) and its fascist scum lawyers at Memery Crystal promised to sue me for libel if, inter alia, I did not hand over cash in response to its menacing letter. Still, as I write, no law suit has arrived. Does senior NED Lord Peter Hain think this is the way ethical businesses should behave or is he just a money grabbing greedy bastard? We asked you for suitable captions to a the picture below of Lord Hain swilling at the trough and we had a number of suitable entries as you can see HERE. But the winner is:
It is now 56 days since AIM listed FRAUD African Potash (AFPO) demanded that I write it a blank cheque, pull all my articles on it and never write about it again...or else. The Or else was a promise to sue me for libel but Potash knows that it is a FRAUD and that it would be destroyed by the disclosure process. The senior NED at Potash is sleazey Labour peer Lord Peter Hain. We have another photo of the loathsome toad in action. Please post your captions for our latest Lord Hain sleaze contest photo in the comments section below. The deadline for entries is midnight Friday. Do your worst...
On 1st September the fascist and grubby law firm of Memery Crystal threatened me with a libel suit if I did not agree to hand over to it a blank cheque within 24 hours as well as withdrawing all of my articles about its client African Potash (AFPO) and promising to never write again about Potash. Natch I told Memery to feck off just as I did when it tried to extract cash from me with menaces on behalf of both Pirate Pete Landau and the Globo fraudsters. I really want to see the African Potash bitchez in Court as disclosure will be a hoot. But...
Lord Peter Hain appears to be content to keep on taking the money from fraud African Potash (AFPO) overlooking the fact that it is a FRAUD. We would expect nothing else from the loathsome sleazebag. And your entries to our two most recent Peter Hain caption contests make it clear that you also view this dirtbag with undisguised contempt. And so to the winning entries. We start with Lord Peter Hain, the wolf and the sheep.
It is now one month and eleven days since FRAUD African Potash (AFPO) promised it would sue me for libel if I did not pay its fascist lawyers Memery Crystal two grand, write it a blank cheque and withdraw all my articles which clearly exposed it as a FRAUD. I am 2 nil up with Memery Crystal when it comes to it trying to bully me on behalf of fraudsters (Globo & Pirate Pete Landau)so I am gutted that Potash has not yet served me. What could the FRAUDSTERS have to hide from a disclosure process? Meanwhile the PR firm has, very honourably, quit, the Nomad Stewart Dickson has been fired but still senior NED Lord Peter Hain hangs on (for the cash). So by midnight Friday can you suggest a suitable caption for this picture below of the sleazy peer?
On 1st September AIM listed fraud African Potash (AFPO)demanded that I pay it money, withdraw all my articles about it and promise never to write again. It stated that if I did not comply by 4 PM on 2nd September it would be forced to take legal action against me. I told the bitchez at fascist lawyers Memery Crystal that I was 2 nil up against its fraudulent clients so far (Globo and Pirate Pete Landau), that I could not wait for disclosure that would bring me a hat-trick and that I'd see the bitchez in Court. So where are we now, a month later? Er....
On Monday we asked you to supply suitable captions for the picture below featuring Lyin' Chris Cleverley the CEO, and expenses guzzling socialist hypocrite NED Lord Peter Hain of FRAUD African Potash (AFPO). After four weeks, Potash has still not sued me for libel as its fascist lawyers Memery Crystal promised so I guess it accepts that it is a fraud then. Of course it is. Everyone knows that aprt from hapless Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald and the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. Your suggested captions reflected that matter as you can see HERE. But the winner is:
Here we have African Potash (AFPO) CEO lyin' Chris Cleverley in action with his senior NED Lord Peter Hain. I am not sure what they are doing but perhaps you know. Can you supply a suitable caption by midnight Thursday which will be four weeks since Potash promised to sue me for libel for calling them out as a fraud. I'm still waiting. Post your entries in the comments section below. My entry is:
Oh dear, the man who signed off on those ramptastic, but untrue, statements of December 1 2015 and January 6 2016 ahead of the bailout placing on January 12 by African Potash (AFPO) appears to have had a career "incident". Stewart Dickson was head of the team looking after the Potash fraudsters round at Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald, the man ensuring that all RNS's it issued were true. Which, of course, they were not.
Management is critical to any company. So how good is lyin' Chris Cleverley of the fraud African Potash (AFPO) and, until last week, Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR). Supporters say that he is a whizz kid. So let's look at all those companies where he also sites on the board. As at December 2015 he numbered five other current posts and 18 others within the prior five years. a busy chap. But what value did Chris create? This will utterly horrify you.
I sensed that those close to the fraud African Potash (AFPO) were getting skittish and now I can reveal that the first adviser has indeed handed in its notice. And I am not surporised as to who it is that has shown that it puts morality ahead of money.
As you know the fascist bully boy lawyers at Memery Crystal have demanded money with menaces from me for exposing the fraud committed by its client African Potash (AFPO). Its letter is here and when I kick these bastards into touch it will be a Tom Winnifrith hat-trick against Memery. It also demanded I hand over money when I had a go at its client the fraudsters Globo, 20 months before anyone else had a pop. That fascist letter is HERE. And now I publish the first letter I received from Memery, demanding money for its client Pirate Pete Landau and Range Resources (RRL), now disgraced and facing a spot of bother with the rozzers in Australia. It said that I really must not publish that letter....
So far all the rats remain on board the stinking ship of fools and fraudsters that is African Potash (AFPO). But one rat is going to jump at some stage as either the authorities prepare to swoop or the company finally runs out of other people's money. We asked who would be first to go and you said:
You will remember that the fraudsters at African Potash (AFPO) sent me a fascist letter on Thursday 1st September stating that if by 4 PM on Friday 2nd September I had not agreed to pull all my articles on Potash, promise not to write again and to pay over a large cheque, Potash would "have no choice" but to take legal action. Natch I told the bitchez I'd see them in Court. So what has happened now?
My good friend, the king of the fraudsters Sam Antar, was on cracking form this week reminding us all of how he used to hoodwink auditors KPMG over many years when masterminding the Crazy Eddie's fraud. You can see the genius Sam explaining all HERE. I am keen that the fine firm of RSM UK Audit LLP, does not find itself made to look like KPMG style fools, and have thus penned it an open letter today on the subject of both impending bankruptcy and also fraud at its client African Potash (AFPO). I am such a nice guy trying to help out these simple City folk don't you think? The open letter follows:
Things are moving fast at the fraud African Potash (AFPO). So far it has not - as threatened - instigated legal proceedings against me but in light of specific information now in my possession which is enough to see folks bunking up as Rob Terry's roomie we say bring it on. See you in Court Bitchez! We sense that some of the rats in camp Afpo are getting skittish so the question is which one abandons this sinking ship of fools and fraudsters first? You decide, please vote in our African Potash rat poll below - deadline midnight Sunday.
So having pointed out that AIM-listed and under-the-Sheriff’s-spotlight African Potash (AFPO) was in slam dunk breach of AIM Rule 26 by naming the wrong brokerage as its joint broker (actually the one named closed down at the start of this year), and incorrectly naming its Auditor, the company has got around to getting things up to date. And so we can now see that it has one joint broker in the form of its Nomad, Cantor Fitzgerald. So what happened to the other joint broker, Cornhill? Has it resigned? I think (and AIM Rules dictate) that we should be told.
As yet African Potash (AFPO) has not started the process of suing me for libel for pointing out that it committed securities fraud, something it effectively conceded it had done in its fascist lawyers letter/suicide note of last week. One of the joys of the UK libel system is disclosure. That is a process where I can ask the other side to produce certain documents which are relevant to the case. And African Potash knows that disclosure will sink it for good. So let's bring it on and I shall be starting with seeking details of payments made by Potash to Beryl Holdings.
I read with alarm the deluge of shocking revelations regarding AIM-listed African Potash (AFPO) from the Sheriff of AIM, Tom Winnifrith. The most recent – and possibly most surreal – development was the lawyers’ letter from the twice-bitten-but-still-not-shy Memery Crystal on behalf of its client, Potash. Tom Winnifrith has already suggested that the letter makes a number of stunning admissions, but in my view the implications of the African Potash affair for Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald Europe need to be addressed urgently.
Oh dear. It seems that we have a slam-dunk breach of AIM Rules in the form of extremely honest Chris Cleverly’s AIM-listed African Potash AIM and its dealings with its Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald. It is Cantor and its lead QE Stewart Dickson who are in the spotlight today as we have at least 1 clear rule breach under its watch to report. We will start with a minor transgression and work upwards. Perhaps while Marcus Stuttard’s oxymorons at AIM Regulation consider the serious content of Tom Winnifrith’s recent missive (HERE) they might turn their attention to the quality of Nomad oversight demonstrated in what follows.
I have today published the lawyers letter sent by Memery Crystal - lawyers to Globo - but which also acts for the fraudsters African Potash (AFPO) demanding money from me, trying to gag me but also admitting that its client has committed securities fraud. The letter also implies that Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald approved releases (and lack of releases) which meant investors in a placing on 12 January 2016 were utterly deceived as to the trading position at Potash. And that is a clear cut case of fraud. But will Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM Regulation do anything about it or is fraud now acceptable on AIM? I have written to the man who basks in the title "The Sheriff of AIM" as you can see below.
Bully boy lawyers Memery Crystal want me to pay its costs, damages to the fraudsters at African Potash (AFPO), to unpublish 18 articles about the fraudsters and not to write again pointing out that African Potash has committed fraud. But the lawyers letter itself offers fresh admissions that massive fraud has taken place. The lawyers also warned me not to publish what is effectively a suicide note for Potash, i.e the Memery Crystal letter (sent incidentally to the wrong address, a made up email). So...
Aha, let's tell the morons that we are going to take legal action against Tom Winnifrith for pointing out that we are lying bastards who commit fraud. That will allow us to get a rescue placing away but we don't want to go for libel because disclosure would destroy us. Telling spivs you are going to sue the Sheriff of AIM allowed the fraudsters at Sefton to issue more confetti several times and African Potash (AFPO) is using the same playbook. But death for this worthless POS is merely postponed by a few months.
As you are aware African Potash (AFPO) has told the morons that it is consulting its lawyers about taking action against me for daring to point out that the the company were liars who had committed Securities fraud. Potash's lawyers are Memery Crystal whose senior partner was aware of at least one Potash fraud as he was cc'd in on the emails ahead of the RNS. That, as I explained HERE, is why Nick Davis should quit the AIM Advisory board now. So far Memery Crystal, has not sent me a letter on behalf of the Potash fraudsters but it did sent me one one behalf of the fraudsters at Globo. It really is fascistic, pompous and shows that Memery Crystal will act for the scum of the earth as long as it gets paid.
I still await a letter from lawyers to lyin' Chris Cleverley and the fraud that is AIM Casino listed African Potash (AFPO) but since the disclosure process will destroy both lyin' Chris and his company I cannot wait. Meanwhile AIM Regulation has sent a standard response acknowledging anot noting my demand that it investigates Potash and its Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald over the misleading and untruthful RNS statements of December 1 2015 and January 6 2016. I have replied to AIM Regulation putting it on notice...
African Potash (AFPO) has not put out an RNS but it has reassured Bulletin Board Morons that it is is preparing legal action against me. Great news. I cannot wait to see the bitchez in court. The disclosure process will be a hoot. I really look forward to seeing that Letter of Credit from the January 6 RNS because it DOES NOT EXIST. Disclosure here will destroy Potash so bring it on Bitchez;. The statement which PR operatives St Brides has sent to morons by email reads:
In two days time African Potash (AFPO) must repay its finance director's wife $1.1 million as it is obliged to clear the most expensive loan in AIM history. It has no cash so prepare for mega dilution as the loan will be repaid in shares at 0.29p per share, or lower. Against that background I have, this weekend, shown that on both January 6 2016 and December 1 2015 it lied to investors ahead of its last bailout placing, it engaged in fraud. The man charged with holding CEO lyin' Chris Cleverley to account on this is perma-tango tanned Labour Lord, Peter Hain. I have written to his Lordship today.
I have already requested that the FCA and AIM Regulation investigate the deliberate way that investors were misled by African Potash PLC (AFPO) ahead of the January 12 2016 bailout placing with an RNS on December 1 2015 as you can see here. Now evidence is emerging of an even bigger deception in an RNS on January 6 2016 just six days before a bailout placing. I have thus written to both the FCA and AIM Regulation asking both to widen their investigation into both Potash and also Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald and its lead QE, Mr Stewart Dickson. This is a clear case of Securities fraud.
I have already shown quite conclusively that African Potash (AFPO) misled investors in a material way with an RNS of December 1 2015 as you can see HERE. That should be enough to see the authorities slam both Potash and Stewart Dickson et al at Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald. But it gets worse. I now accuse Potash of lying in an RNS on January 6 2016 just 6 days before the bailout placing. It is lie after lie after lie from this company.
Nick Davis is the CEO of City law firm Memery Crystal but also sits on the board of the prestigious AIM Advisory Group. That has to end now as his role in the African Potash (AFPO) fraud comes to light. I warn African Potash that my man in London is set to supply more documents relating to yet another deal where it grossly misled investors ahead of a placing. There is worse to come and more for the SFO, FCA, FRC and AIM Regulation to get their teeth into. Now back to Davis.
I have already alerted the FCA, AIM Regulation and the FRC to the growing scandal at African Potash (AFPO) with regard to the non disclosure of a £600,000 bung on December 1 2015 as part of a pre placing ramp. Now it is onto the Serious Fraud Office, SFO, to whom I have written today.
Stewart Dickson of Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald is today exposed for his role in the scandal at African Potash (AFPO) as the company misled investors ahead of a bailout placing, as it committed fraud. You can read about Dickson's role HERE as we launch the "Fire Stewart Dickson to clean up AIM campaign."
My man in London has provided me with a new email sent by African Potash (AFPO) CEO lyin' Chris Cleverley. This now allows me to publish the contract signed with Beryl Holdings, so demonstrating to you all how misleading the announcement by Potash was and also the bung involved in this deal. More critically I can now demonstrate the individuals at City firms who were aware how misleading the RNS was and - given that Potash was on the pathway to a placing - how fraudulent that is. Those City figures I name and shame should now all be placed on immediate workplace suspension ahead of a formal enquiry.
Yesterday's expose here of AIM listed African Potash (AFPO) demonstrated quite explicitly and without doubt that the company was guilty of fraud - that is to say raising money, with the assistance of Nomad and broker Cantor Fitzgerald - having materially misled investors. I have today passed on the supporting documentation to three different regulators asking all three to open investigations into African Potash. My open letter explaining why follows.
On December 1 2015 AIM listed African Potash (AFPO) announced what appeared an incredible marketing deal for its fertiliser with a company called Beryl - of course nothing has come of the deal and what African neglected to mention was a £600,000 bung. A source in London has sent me the signed contract. One month and 12 days ahead of a bailout placing investors were grossly mislead as to the nature of the Beryl deal. Potash shares need to be suspended at once and AIM Regulation and the FCA have to get involved.
Private investors who put their money into small AIM companies are often either incredibly gullible or the part of their brain which urges caution is blinded by greed – and this is largely why the market is able to function in the corrupt way that it does!
On 6th January 2016 African Potash (AFPO) announced a major sales deal. Six days later it got away a bailout placing. Gradually over the months that followed that sales deal was shown to be bogus, a sham, not worth the loo paper it was written on. But at least the ramp allowed this AIM Casino posterboy to get its placing away. Now the bastards are at it again. 30 seconds on Google is enough to make you doubt a word this company says as it tries to get another bailout placing away. African is teetering on the verge of insolvency.
Death spiral providers Bergen are vultures. They are not nice folks. They are not long term investors. But they are not dumb either. They know that shares in African Potash (AFPO) are set to crash and so today Bergen has exercised 63.7 million warrants at 0.3p under some old deal it had. Oh dear. The shares will be admitted to trading on Wednesday but Bergen won't be waiting for then. Oh no.
African Potash (AFPO) was one of seven companies listed on the AIM casino by former England cricketer Phil Edmonds and his business partner Andrew Groves. My attention has been drawn to a recently published dossier on the two men which can only be described as utterly explosive. On the basis of what is in this dossier any company associated with the two looks to be, pro tem, 100% uninvestable.
If anyone sees Chris Cleverley about town make sure he reads this. The "spin" from supporters of African Potash (AFPO) is that the events of yesterday are just a matter of bad PR, nothing unusual on the AIM casino and we should just move on. Ben "flip flop" Turney tweets such nonsense. Boy has flip flop lost the plot. African has been seen to have made statements via RNS, as it worked a placing away that were just, by its own admission, untrue. It raised cash on a false prospectus. That is fraud. Its shares must be suspended and its CEO Chris Cleverley deserves to go to prison. And he might just do that. Flip Flop sent out two tweets on this matter yesterday:
Shareholders in African Potash (AFPO) should be on the warpath. Not with myself and Lucian who they have, to date, berated for pointing out what a piece of Turkish this company is. But with its management for issuing statements which are just not true - as explained HERE. Following my earlier article I have now asked AIM Regulation to launch a formal enquiry into both Potash and also its Nomad, Cantor Fitzgerald, which signed off on its RNS statements having somehow verified them as true. The letter reads:
I do not use the world liar lightly but today's statement from African Potash (AFPO) shows that the company are lying bastards and anyone holding the shares is quite simply delusional. How has the Nomad signed off on blatant lies? Why has it not quit? Is it acceptable to tell outright lies on AIM these days?
Given the delays to payments involving the African Potash (AFPO) fertiliser deals so far, things aren’t looking good for the company, nor it’s business model!
African Potash (AFPO) CEO Chris Cleverley says that he is an expert in running Not For Profit Organisations. African certainly fits into that category but today's interims suggest that Cleverley has not got a scoobie.
It amazes me how long some companies can maintain a buoyant share price when they are largely running on hot air. Currently African Potash (AFPO) would definitely fall into that category when you look at what was promised, and which induced the massive rise from around 0.3p, to what has actually been delivered so far to have justified that.
African Potash (AFPO) was on a crazy valuation prior to today but has just run a red flag up the mastpole which must make any sane investor on this planet (and perhaps even some of its deranged groupies on the LSE Asylum) run for the hills.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on African Potash (AFPO), BHP Billiton (BLT), FinnAust Mining (FAM), Firestone Diamonds (FDI), Hummingbird Resources (HUM), Premier African Minerals (PREM), Rambler Metals (RMM), Solgold (SOLG) and ZincOx (ZOX) as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on African Potash (AFPO), Condor Gold (CNR), Thor Mining (THR) and Anglo American (AAL) as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond.
It was all so predictable. On 6 January African Potash (AFPO) issued an RNS which was both utterly pointless but also just about credible enough to have the Bulletin Board Morons/Zak Mir frothing. The morons ploughed into the aftermarket - not noticing that the RNS was in fact just confirming that part of a deal already announced several months prior had been completed but that no financials were revealed - paying up to 2.1p per share. The crony capitalists said "thank you very much cannon fodder" on the back of the pump and today came the dump... a placing raising gross proceeds of £825,000 at just 1.7p. However...
Featuring shares in African Potash (AFPO), Bahamas Petroleum (BPC), Greatland Gold (GGP), Strategic Minerals (SML), Stratex International (STI) and Tern (TERN) with share price targets for all five stocks.
AIM-quoted African Potash (AFPO) has paid some £70,000 for a 4.74% stake in fellow AIM counter and specialist investment group Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR) as part of its declared policy of participating as fully as it can in what chairman Chris Cleverly argues remains one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. African Potash, which combines a role in sourcing and supplying potash, a key source for fertiliser, with the 1.7 billion-tonne Lac Dinga potash mining project in the West African Republic of Congo, is contributing to a £640,000 placing at a lowly 0.8p by Blenheim, whose backers include veteran resources investor Bruce Rowan and seasoned plantations player and director Konrad Legg.
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Our scepticism about overhyped African Potash (AFPO) just moved up a notch as it has borrowed £750,000 from the Mrs of the FD in what must be one of the expensive loans in history.
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Things have gone a bit quiet at cash strapped African Potash (AFPO) since a raft of bullish announcements lifted the shares tenfold a couple of months ago.
Featuring shares in African Potash (AFPO), New World Oil & Gas (NEW), Premaitha (NIPT), Vast Resources (VAST), Westminster Group (WSG), together with some share price targets.
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Featuring shares in African Potash (AFPO), Berkeley Energy (BKY), Mobile Streams (MOS), Sovereign Mines of Africa (SMA), Red Rock Resources (RRR) with share price targets for all five stocks.
I am abroad at the moment and the London Stock market doesn’t kick off until 3PM my time. This has its drawbacks as I have recently found myself reading twitter and bulletin boards while I await the open. Although I am not a particularly sensitive soul I do feel rather cross when I read the perfectly beastly things being said about me.
Fertiliser play African Potash (AFPO) has fixed funding arrangements to carry out its latest $100 million (£65 million) of supply deals and recruited two former government ministers to its board. African-born Lord Hain, former Labour cabinet minister and as Peter Hain a past leader of campaigns against South African apartheid, is becoming a non-executive director of the AIM-quoted company, which is also bringing Mark Simmonds, recently Conservative Foreign Office Minister for Africa, onto the board.
Last week, when writing about joke silver prospect Arian (AGQ), I promised to highlight another miner with almost ten times the market cap and even lowlier prospects.
Featuring shares in African Potash (AFPO), Independent Oil & Gas (IOG), Kuala Innovations (KUL), Mobile Streams (MOS), Octagonal (OCT) with share price targets for all five stocks.
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AIM-quoted African Potash (AFPO) has agreed a price of $500 (£329) a tonne for 50,000 tonnes of potash-based fertiliser material it has agreed to supply to the Zambian market under a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a deal which Dr Chris Cleverly, the company’s executive chairman, suggests will deliver an expected pre-tax profit margin of 6%. The price compares with recent market prices of around $300 a tonne and is higher than many were expecting for this deal.
This morning, African Potash (AFPO) announced the $500 sales price per metric tonne of the fertiliser it is contracted to deliver to a distributor in Zambia. Under the terms of this contract, African Potash must deliver 50,000 metric tonnes (MT) of fertiliser by 24 August next year. The company expects a pre-tax profit margin of 6%, equalling $1.5million, assuming all goes to plan. African Potash’s share price is up 9.47% to 3.12p, last seen. If the company can agree similar terms across in its other deals, it could carve out for itself a very profitable niche in Africa’s burgeoning agricultural sector.
Featuring shares of African Potash (AFPO), Bacanora Minerals (BCN), CEB Resources (CEB), Cap-XX (CPX), Metal Tiger (MTR), Tern (TERN), together with some share price targets.
Vertical integration is the watchword at AIM-quoted fertiliser play African Potash (AFPO), which has reached long-term agreements to supply Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia with a combined 250,000 tonnes of the stuff at prices ranging from $400 to $450 a tonne. Highlighted here in April at 0.47p, shares in the company, which says it will need upwards of $5 million (£3.3 million) for the next phase of drilling at its West African Lac Dinga phosphate project in the Republic of Congo -- not the strife-torn DRC -- ave now reached 2.3p, as African Potash strives to capitalise on its new treading agreement with the 20-nation Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Having soared from 0.315p at the start of the month to a 1.725p close on Monday before falling to 1.31p yesterday, shares in African Potash Ltd (AFPO) are currently on the rise again on the back of the company dismissing a report in the Daily Mail as “speculative and unfounded”…
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The share price of African Potash (AFPO) rocketed this week on news that it was moving into the fertiliser trading market. Previously the company has focused on its Lac Dinga project in the Congo, where initial drilling last year revealed the presence of significant potash deposits. But now, in the shorter term, it looks as though the tiny AIM-listed company will be shifting its focus to sourcing fertiliser from producers to then sell on, earning a cut of the proceeds for acting as the middle man.
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Encouraging news this morning from African Potash (AFPO) has been greeted with a collective shrug of the shoulders from a sceptical market. As part of its planned strategy for expansion, African Potash has entered into commercial discussions with an agency of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). COMESA is a free trade union for twenty African Member states and, if fruitful, African Potash’s discussions could lead to the development of a clearly defined sales channel for its potash-based fertiliser products across that continent.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on African Potash (AFPO) and Mariana Resources (MARL) as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond.
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Hot on the heels of the New World Oil & Gas (NEW) fiasco, evidence is emerging of a separate incident of possible forward selling of a placement involving another client of Cornhill Capital. Was this all above board? African Potash (AFPO) announced its plan to raise £1.2million on April 17th. In an echo of the New World controversy, African Potash’s placement was partially dependent on a successful shareholder vote at an EGM on May 21st. Careful analysis of African Potash’s daily volume data, before and after April 17th, reveals a number of troubling questions.
With its shares down 88% from a 12-month high and a month after the departure of its previous chief executive officer Ed Marlow, AIM-quoted African Potash (AFPO) has raised £1.2 million at a discounted 0.3p to redeem convertible securities held by US backer Bergen Global Opportunity Fund of New York and fund work on the ground in West Africa. The company, whose shares have plunged from 4p to 0.47p in less than a year, holds 70% of the Lac Dinga potash project in the Kouilou region of the West African Republic of Congo -- not the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo -- and is seeking one or more strategic partners to develop it.
‘The vultures are circling,’ declares Ed Marlow, chief executive officer of African Potash (AFPO), as he weighs alternative strategies for exploiting the AIM-quoted company’s promising Lac Dinga potash project in the Republic of Congo without giving too much away. He says he expects ‘something will happen in the next month.’
‘We have taken the risk off the table,’ asserts an enthusiastic Ed Marlow, chief executive officer of AIM-listed African Potash (AFPO), in the wake of encouraging early results from the first drill hole sunk by the company at its Lac Dinga potash project in the Republic of Congo’s Kouilou region. Exploration drill hole LDDH 001 has intercepted a 120 metre-thick salt sequence some 415 metres below surface, which includes a ‘critical’ 40 metres of multiple potash seams.
Ed Marlow, the former African investment chief at the HSBC banking group who now heads AIM-listed African Potash (AFPO), is waiting for first drilling results from the Guernsey-registered company’s Lac Dinga project in Republic of Congo, as he savours its success in obtaining $3.75 million (£2.2 million) funding for the project from US investment group Bergen Asset Management. Results from the first hole at Lac Dinga could come through in two weeks, he suggests, with data from the second hole hoped-for in September, ‘and then we’ll know how the nature of the deposit and how commercial it will be.’ Is this now a stock to consider?
Potash isn’t exactly up there with more glamorous natural resources, like diamonds and gold, but is still valuable. Which is partly why African Potash (AFPO) has caught my eye recently with its operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is targeting this key component of potassium fertiliser.
Potash, the potassium-bearing material used to make fertiliser, may be arousing controversy in Yorkshire. Its price may also have slipped from $500 a tonne before the 2007 financial crash to nearer $325 today, thanks to the actions of Russian and other key cartel producers. However, AIM-quoted African Potash (AFPO), which the other day raised $1.7 million (£1.06 million) at a lowly 1.9p, will sign contracts imminently to start drilling at its Lac Dinga potash project in West Africa’s Republic of Congo; not the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo!
ShareProphets' old pal Doc Holiday has today recorded an interview with Ed Marlow of African Potash (AFPO) - a stock he owns.
Direct from the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre a video featuring a UK Investor Show 2014 presentation by Ed Marlow of African Potash (AFPO)
Season’s greetings to one and all with my final pick of the year.
After my last tip to Buy and Sell African Potash (AFPO) with an 84% gain in just a few days it is time to revisit. The shares are a buy at 2.625p.
Six days ago I suggested buying shares in African Potash (AFPO) at 2.375p – the shares atre now 4.375p. Not bad eh? But what now?
African Potash (AFPO) at last seems to be getting the attention of the retail investor. And the good news is that the shares should go up.
After the Sirius Minerals (LSE:SXX) experience since the summer there may be some traders who would be happy never to hear the word “potash” ever again. But if nothing else, it could be that potash from Africa, rather than God’s Own County could be a more realistic prospect at the end of the day.