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British Airways- why I was not flying Saturday: an ex customer writes about it and the journalists it bribes
Published 11 days ago
AIM-listed Frontera (FRR) has rather slipped since I last wrote about it last month HERE and HERE, concluding that it had a gaping black hole in its balance sheet. The shares were then trading at around 0.4p. This afternoon the shares are 0.31p in the middle (last seen) and it has announced its AGM. Just one thing: where are the full year results? The company is trying to raise c. £40 million in cash and loan settlements, and won’t show us the balance sheet? How big a RED FLAG do you want?
Published 67 days ago
I comment on the hopeless response of smug MPs and the established media to yesterday's terror attack on my own website in a podcast HERE. On the markets I look at expectations management at Next (NXT), at how we know or knew about the balance sheet at Toople (TOOP) covered HERE by Cynical Bear or Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) heading for 0p and covered in detail by me earlier HERE. I look at Public Services Properties (PSPI ) and what its AIM casino departure says about RTOs and contingent liabilities - which reminds me again of New World Oil & Gas (NEW). Finally I have a detailed look at the strange world of Paternoster Resources (PRS), not a stock you have to own in any way. PS Cynical Bear is not me. Can you see any typos in his articles?
Published 98 days ago
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…
Published 102 days ago
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…
Published 125 days ago
Intellectual Property advisory group Murgitroyd (MUR) has issued a “Trading Statement” including that “the outcome for the full year will fall short of market forecasts, and likely see reduced full-year 2017 earnings”. Uh-oh...
Published 126 days ago
Previously writing on Braemar Shipping Services (BMS), I suggested that holding, at the then 370p, was only for the very brave or very patient and that I’d avoid. Hopefully that was heeded as another “Trading Update” announcement today is another profit warning – and sees the shares currently down towards 250p…
Published 131 days ago
On the back of an RNS Reach (i.e. not even deemed to merit a main RNS) announcement, shares in “digital wellness technology provider” Fitbug Holdings (FITB) roofed it to be 370% higher, at 0.775p, before a suspension of trading was announced. Hmmm…
Published 142 days ago
Oh joy upon joy, the accounts of ex-AIM Cesspit posterboy Daniel Stewart Securities plc and its subsidiary Daniel Stewart & Co plc have been published. As plcs they should have filed accounts to Companies House for the year to 31 March 2015 by the end of September that year, so the date stamp of Companies House of 22 December 2016 means that they were filed almost a year and three months late. But what joys there are to be had!
Published 160 days ago
eServGlobal (ESG) has announced results for its year ended 31st October 2016 emphasising “steady progress in the re-alignment of the business” and “we are confident we will provide further evidence of our success in the year ahead”. Hmmm…
Published 217 days ago
Another ramptastic RNS this morning from AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) saw the shares race up to 0.135p at the peak but the shares have been sliding ever since, and are now just 0.095p last seen. Surely there isn’t a placing on the way, is there? Broker S P Angel in the form of the City's No 1 oil analyst Zac “the knife” Phillips was not so impressed. It could be good news, or it could just be a pre-placing ramp. But first there is the small matter of funding…..
Published 224 days ago
Previously writing on X-ray imaging for the security and industrial inspection markets-focused Image Scan Holdings (IGE), I concluded that the order momentum continues to interest, but I wait for further cash flow and balance sheet clarity before possibly taking a more positive position than on the watchlist. The company has now announced a “Pre Close Trading Update” for its year ended 30th September 2016...
Published 254 days ago
A week on Monday sees ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) put a series of proposals to its shareholders which it hopes will finally draw to an end the ongoing dispute with Brooks Macdonald in relation to the non-redemption of a tranche of its zeros dividend convertible preference shares. The last effort at this ended up with shareholders defeating proposals aimed at a resolution, but perhaps this time – with the threat of an orderly wind-up under the watchful eye of the Isle of Man Court in mind – perhaps it will be different this time. But the shares remain a bargepole in my view.
Published 272 days ago
“Braemar Shipping Services plc (BMS) provides the following trading update, further to our AGM Trading Update on 30 June 2016”. Not ‘pleased to provide’, just “provides”, Uh-oh...
Published 276 days ago
Ahead of a 9th September General Meeting after a requisition from largest shareholder Toscafund, Speedy Hire (SDY) has followed a circular hitting back with an announcement of a sale of its large mechanical plant fleet…
Published 276 days ago
Previously, with shares in James Latham (LTHM) at just above 700p, I was deterred by a results statement noting “like for like revenues are 4% higher for April and May than the corresponding period last year… there are some signs that this growth is slowing”. With the shares currently at 670p, I now review following an AGM trading update…
Published 285 days ago
Automotive and commercial vehicle-focused iron casting and machining company, Castings (CGS) has updated that “our plan to fill the profit gap created by the ending of a major machining contract remains on course with improvements still expected from 2017/18”, though now also that “we have seen a softening in demand from our main customers since the statement in the Chairman's report in June”. Hmmm...
Published 326 days ago
Vislink (VLK) shares are down a further 21% today to 11.65p, for a market cap of just £14.25 million, as the fallout continues from yesterday’s hideous trading update. This is an opportune moment to make a few points on the issue of falling knives and when to catch them.
Published 326 days ago
Results for the company’s year to 31st March 2016 see rare books, arts and collectibles group Scholium (SCHO) comment “we were pleased with the performance for the year. A significant loss has been reversed and many of our core markets stabilised”. However, the shares are currently approaching 11% lower on the day, at 32.5p, in response. Hmmm…
Published 334 days ago
Sutton Harbour Holdings (SUH) is one of those eccentric stocks which gets stuck trading below its NAV and frustrate shareholders for an extended period of time. In all the excitement yesterday over a particular airline’s precarious financial position, I neglected to read the annual results from this verifiable Easter egg of an investment.
Published 399 days ago
A “Trading Update” from marketing group St Ives (SIV) commences that “trading overall in the eight months ended 1 April 2016 has continued to be broadly in line with management expectations, with group revenue running approximately 5% ahead of the equivalent period last year”. Hmmm, ok. “However, the outlook for the final quarter, and for the following financial year, has deteriorated”. Uh oh…
Published 411 days ago
Hello Share Shakers. I don’t need tell you that at last gold is in happy vogue again. This comes despite all the negative comments on this beautiful website over the last 12 months when lots of critics attacked the premise that gold prices would go up. Well, blow me down, as confidence in currencies and world economies diminishes, the price of the yellow stuff has risen nicely.
Published 465 days ago
Shares in AIM-listed under-sea train-wreck SeaEnergy were up 10% yesterday on news from Lansdowne Oil and Gas (LOGP) – see here – which itself was up a whopping 33% at 2p mid.
Published 474 days ago
Following on from kicking the tyres at AIM-listed investment vehicle Tern plc (TERN) which took a quizzical look at the accounts of Flexiant Corporation (and its subsidiary), we have had a note through from a reader. I wondered what a consolidated balance sheet might look like for a company which has about £12 million of current assets in the form of a loan to its subsidiary – but which the subsidiary reports as a non-current liability (for the same accounting period). Over to our reader…
Published 584 days ago
Hmmm. Seven – yes, SEVEN RNS Reach releases since the start of H2 (July 1). That’s the running score with AIM-listed ServicePower Technology (SVR). It is almost one per fortnight. Surely there is no attempt to pump up the share price ahead of a placing, is there? Oh hang on, what do we find in the interims which were published on deadline day?
Published 597 days ago
Blinkx plc (BLNX) has updated that “performance for H12016 is anticipated to be in line with expectations” – unfortunately for shareholders this follows a profit warning as recently as 24th August and means an anticipated “adjusted* EBITDA loss of approximately ($7 million)”…
Published 602 days ago
Investing does not have to be hard. If you see a company with a weak balance sheet and burning cash you should expect a placing. And so I warned numerous times in recent weeks (notably HERE) that a placing was imminent at LGO Energy (LGO). The head in sand denial was predictable, I await the apologies. Big David Lenigas should be first in line.
Published 726 days ago
Teathers Financial (TEA) has gone from being one of the most talked about and hyped AIM shares to virtually forgotten in just a few weeks!
Published 859 days ago
The last dregs of 2014 vanished down the drain of time weeks ago but the uncertainty and discord it represented, are still with us; or rather, to be precise, with me. My last computer went into some kind of electronic fit in the beginning of this year, leaving me bereft as I try to cope with the subtle differences between them.
Published 956 days ago
Steve Moore and I are pretty proud of NOT having published a new tip for several months on our pemium Nifty Fifty website There are commercial pressures to write tips – folks do not renew if you see no tips! – but we could not have acted differently and felt good about ourselves. Instead we have advised the selling of a number of older tips some at a profit others not so and we hope our readers are now fairly heavily cash weighted as a result.
Published 972 days ago
In an earlier piece on Greece-originated mobile and telecom software and services business Globo plc (GBO) I concluded that, even if comfortable with the numbers, there looks to remain significant further improvement in net cash generation needed to justify the valuation. What does the balance sheet show?
Published 997 days ago
Hello Share Totters. So BP (BP) runs against a US judge who says it has been negligent in that nasty oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The shares dropped nearly 6% on the news. Great – as I have a big holding in this British set-up! I don't know, the whole Footsie is rising like a lolly pop stick in a cloudburst – and I am still down today because of one American judge.
Published 1000 days ago
Shares in provider of a range of services to help organisations and individuals manage security and business risks, Red24 plc (REDT) have recently declined to a current 11.375p from 15.5p on the back of a decision of a major customer “to make changes to the products that they offer”. I review the situation in the following.
Published 1022 days ago
The Bank of Ireland (BKIR) is a bank that has undergone a significant reduction in the size, scale and nature of its operations since it was taken to into the emergency department during the great banking crises that hit home around 2009. It has survived, but in doing so has ‘burned’ a lot of cash, assets and investor equity value. That process of downsizing is meant to be complete, as the bank continues to balance its assets - in terms for risk – against its capital base to meet regulatory requirements in the most efficient and sustainable way.
Published 1026 days ago
IndigoVision Group (IND), the Edinburgh-headquartered designer and manufacturer of video security systems for large scale and complex security installations, has given an update on trading, including noting that “all major regions have reported year on year revenue growth”. The shares have fallen a couple of percent on this news, so now is the time to examine whether or not there is value to be had here.
Published 1028 days ago
Infamous bear raider Evil Knievil believes that equity markets will have a poor next few months but his short portfolio is based on company specifics. In a conversation just now we discussed his biggest three short positions. And they are:
Published 1028 days ago
From the start of this year until early last month, shares in scientific instruments designer and manufacturer Judges Scientific (JDG) traded at above 2000p and were approaching 2400p in February, March and April. Not tha the stock has fallen to towards 1300p, following a July warning that over the first half of 2014 “the trading performance of the group's businesses during the period proved challenging”, I revisit this stock and examine if there is now value in it.
Published 1029 days ago
Though he put it more politely, Uncle Tom Winnifrith has written again to say that my view that shares will keep on rising is a lot of bull. Well, a bear should be able to recognise a bull in the big wide City.
Published 1036 days ago
Shares in Globo plc (GBO) currently trade higher, at more than 50p, today on the back of an update reporting “a strong financial performance in the first half of 2014, ahead of market expectations” and that “we remain confident about our future prospects”. However, what about decisive cash generation?
Published 1047 days ago
If you are bullish on gold prices in the near future and like risk then Petropavlovsk (POG) is well worth a look. This is by no means a safe bet, and if you’re not prepared for the remote possibility of losing the lot then this certainly isn’t for you – but then the same can be said of many companies!
Published 1074 days ago
There is a bit of current interest in Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) that is worth some comment. The shares now priced 2430p (last seen) have not only broken out from a recent sideways moving trading range (approximately 2340p -2370p) but have also reached new territory; not only that, they also reached at 2433p, their highest point in five years.. The share price has climbed by 15% this year; handsomely beating the All Share Index, which only managed a rise of 7%. Over the last month, when the FTSE 100 hardly budged, Royal Dutch Shares clocked a 3% increase which has taken them to this peak.
Published 1114 days ago
Well done Quindell (QPP). It has finally offered a comment on the suggestion from a source of mine that it was considering a bond issue in 2014. To those poltroons who suggested that Quindell would not bother speaking to me, only “proper” journalists