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Published 7 days ago
Yesterday lunchtime (1pm – the new no-one-is-watching o’clock) ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatics Foods Group (AFG) served up a Q1 trading statement showing broadly flat sales, but rising costs. The really good news is that the cash-pile is even higher than before, at RMB 485 million – c. £54 million, or about five times the market capitalisation. The bad news….
Published 19 days ago
Since our previous (March) update, another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company has followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone...
Published 20 days ago
Fair play to (pro tem, albeit currently suspended) DiamondCorp (DCP). The news is bad but at least the company is being plain about it. Of course, we have to throw in the obligatory “you can’t say you were not warned” ShareProphets catchphrase, as the writing has been on the wall for months, but yesterday’s after-hours RNS looks to be the cue for a long and arduous aria.
Published 24 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) deslists at the close of play today. If you want to claim your bag of Walkers, now's your last chance - unless you want to take your chances on suggestions of a possible offer from a major shareholder and management coming to fruition at a better price following this weekend's scheduled lethal injection in the basement of Stuttard Towers.
Published 34 days ago
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?
Published 43 days ago
Obviously the world’s most successful growth market is tightly regulated and supervised by Marcus Stuttard’s oxymorons of AIM Regulation, who seem incapable of applying their own rules. That is why we selected a beautifully diversified portfolio of stocks which we have Red Flagged here on ShareProphets but since Mr Stuttard’s well-oiled regulatory machinery is just so good there must be nothing wrong. Nothing at all…..which is why after 200 days the portfolio is down by 55%. Oops.
Published 46 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is set to have yet another casualty – this time MoneySwap (SWAP) which is proposing to follow Taihua (TAIH) and Jiasen (JSI) out of the back door via a cancellation EGM to become the twenty-seventh Casino delisting. But this will be after almost eight months suspended from trading. Oh Oxymorons at AIM Regulation, whatever happened to AIM Rule 41 which says that execution comes at the end of six months’ suspension? Why don’t you just apply your own rules? Does the AIM Rulebook count for nothing these days?
Published 50 days ago
I think I should rename Deputy Sheriff Towers as Smug Towers. Having offered two sells in the ShareProphets Tipfest for this year, Igas Energy (IGAS) duly crashed to bottom out at 4.5p (I’d been saying sell from 18.5p - last year’s Christmas tipfest, and then 11.625p this year). Last week came the turn of Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) to do the decent thing and collapse in the wake of an entirely squeaky clean suggestion that it delist from the Casino. There’s nothing wrong here at all – move along please, nothing to see……
Published 55 days ago
Yet another of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is set to depart the Casino – this time it is the turn of Taihua (TAIH), citing “best interests”, which will become the twenty-sixth casualty of our original forty. Yes, folks - the Filthy Forty is officially set to become the Filthy Fourteen.
Published 56 days ago
Much has happened since I last looked at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Growth Properties (AGP). For a start, shareholders have seen some storming dividends announced – and paid – and this morning the company has announced proposals which will see a huge cash payment dished out.
Published 61 days ago
With the demise of the twenty-fifth Filthy Forty listing, Asian Citrus (ACHL), as of this morning there are just 15 of our motley crew remaining listed on the Casino – and one of those, MoneySwap (SWAP), has now been suspended for more than six months, but it seems the Oxymorons have decided not to apply AIM Rule 41.
Published 63 days ago
As at the end of February the number of companies listed on AIM had fallen to 973 – down from 982 at the end of 2016. Having seen 7 new admissions in the first two months of this year, that means that 16 companies disappeared off into the ether during the same period and the world’s most successful growth market has shrunk back to levels not seen since 2004 in terms of the number of companies listed. This morning saw the demise of Rapidcloud (RCI) and North RiverResources (NRRP).
Published 64 days ago
AIM Death Row long-termer and ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) was suspended pending accounts way back on 28 September last year after its auditor demanded further testing, including visits to the company’s banks to see the bank statements first hand in the wake of allegations that the books had a few, ahem, “anomalies”.
Published 69 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play and yet another Lin brothers AIM disaster story MoneySwap (SWAP) has finally released its outstanding FY numbers to March of last year and interims to last September. The shares have been suspended pending results since 21 September last year and under AIM Rule 41 the company had until today to get the suspension lifted or get booted off the Casino. But today we learn that the shares are to remain suspended, yet there is no mention of an impending execution. This is a regulatory shambles – especially when we consider the apparent reasoning.
Published 70 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatic Foods (AFG), has updated on 2016 Q4 trading this morning. In a statement plastered with Red Flags it would appear that the company is nearing the final chapter of the China Norfolk playbook as we are warned that there has been a spot of bother getting cash out of China. Is it bye-bye to the dividend?
Published 75 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) has offered yet another update on its delayed (due to allegations which looks like accusations of fraud) FY16 results. Having tried ever so hard to obtain relevant information and to facilitate additional audit procedures (ie visits to the banks in person) the company has announced that it has initiated legal proceedings to remove relevant senior management members of the relevant subsidiaries. With the shares having been suspended since 28 September execution after six months as long-termers on AIM’s Death Row is scheduled for 29 March. The company cheerfully tells us that the implementation of such changes may take time – ShareProphets RNS Translation Service: it’s delisting ahoy.
Published 78 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) announced last week that it was in discussions with a new potential white knight saviour in the form of Wraith Holding BV, a Netherlands-based vehicle of a Mr Gilbert Armenta which has been incorporated for the purpose of investing into the company. But time is running out: having been suspended pending accounts since 21 September last year the company only has until a week on Tuesday to get both Finals to March 2016 and interims to September released or its AIM-listing is toast.
Published 86 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) has been taking up a cell in the Casino’s Death Row since its shares were suspended pending accounts on 21 September 2016. Under AIM Rule 41 it has just days to release numbers or become the 25th departure from the Filthy Forty. Whatever happened to the links to Unionpay? The e-wallet? The software? And is Interim CEO Craig Niven again about to preside over the collapse and disappearance into the ether of a Lin brothers fiasco?
Published 86 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Asian Citrus (ACHL) updated the market yesterday that in the light of ongoing allegations of fraud which have thus far prevented release of audited accounts for the year to June 2016, it has now concluded that it won’t get its interims to December out on time either. The shares have been suspended since September 28 last year and now with two sets of numbers outstanding and a deadline under AIM Rules of the 28th of this month to meet or face expulsion from the Casino the fat lady is already humming a merry tune as she gets the lethal injection ready.
Published 89 days ago
Since our 24th September previous update, another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company has followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone - and another has been suspended...
Published 90 days ago
And so ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen’s (JSI) AIM listing is no more. It has become the 24th delisting from our original forty, after its shareholders voted (having been told it would make a fat-track application to NEX) to leave the Casino on the recommendation of the board. The NEX application didn’t happen, with the company claiming that it was now considering listing in Hong Kong. I’ll believe that when I see it.
Published 91 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty carcass number 24 was taken away from Paternoster (death) Row last night in the form of Jiasen International (JSI). But yesterday the race to become number 25 hotted up as Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) gave an update on the lack of progress made in resolving allegations of fraud which its auditor wants to look in to before signing off overdue accounts. With four weeks to go before a one-way trip to the lethal injection room is triggered by reaching the maximum six month suspension period, progress in resolving matters seems to have been non-existent.
Published 91 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-Chnia Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have now slipped to just 0.25p on the bid. Our advice is still to get out while you still can, but time is running out.
Published 94 days ago
5.34pm on a Friday – truly no-one-is-watching o’clock – and up pops an RNS from NEX- (the lobster-pot formerly known as ISDX) listed MiLoc Group Limited (ML.P) detailing the dealings of a NED in the company’s shares: he pledged a bunch of shares in return for a loan back in September and has now released the stock to the lender. Sound familiar? Are we thinking Equities First? So where is the RNS from September? And then there are the other companies on that NED’s CV – which include AIM-China Filthy Forty plays Jiasen (JSI), delisting on Tuesday, and already delisted (no accounts) LED Holdings (LED) as well as PAQ International (PAQ) which quietly disappeared from the Casino back in 2010.
Published 94 days ago
It is a busy day at the Sheriff’s office with CloudTag (CTAG) and Servision (SEV) dominating, but it would be remiss of us to allow the burial of bad news for shareholders in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) to go unnoticed. With delisting scheduled on Tuesday (and thus Monday is the last chance to get out) the bid price has now dropped to just 1p last seen. One penny!
Published 96 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) are unchanged this morning on news of the result of its Tender Offer at 3.28p - paid for from the Open Offer last summer and conducted through the good offices of former Casino poster-boy and former Nomad Daniel Stewart (DAN). But we also see that company chairman Nicholas Lyth has dumped his entire holding. That’s already a bit of a concern, but then so is the statement that his disposal was not at the 3.28p everybody else got, but at 200p per share. What????
Published 96 days ago
The 24th delisting from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is almost upon us, for shareholders in Fujian Province-based Jiasen (JSI) voted through proposals to depart the Casino at a General Meeting on the 15th of this month, with the company’s exit scheduled for next Tuesday. Anyone still holding has less than four trading sessions left to get out.
Published 103 days ago
That’s it then, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) is to leave the Casino, with the last day of dealings on the 27th of this month. If you still hold, you know the deadline for claiming your bag of Tesco value crisps. But the statement is a hoot. A listing on the Hong Kong exchange? You’re ‘avin’ a bubble.
Published 105 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have collapsed by another 38% today (last seen) after admitting this morning that having called an EGM proposing to cancel its shares from trading on AIM and move to NEX (the lobster-pot formerly known as ISDX) the application has still not been made. This morning’s RNS makes clear that there is a deadline of tomorrow. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Surely it could not be that NEX, which even found African Potash (AFPO) acceptable, has indicated that it doesn’t want the last remaining listed member of the Fujian Four gracing its exchange, could it? Or is it that the company never had any intention of getting onto NEX?
Published 111 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has finally announced the long-awaited buy-back first announced way back last August when launching an Open Offer to pay for it. Hurrah! So it wasn’t a massive spoof to get a fundraising away after all, although the net result of the exercise appears to be a lot more shares in issue and a net inflow of well over half the funds raised.
Published 118 days ago
Yesterday we noted the announcement from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play - and one of the Fujian Four – Jiasen (JSI) that it was proposing to delist from the Casino. Having listed at 82p per share in 2014, the current 3.125p (mid, last seen) seems a trifle disappointing. Today the company has given its reasons for the proposal. Try not to laugh….
Published 120 days ago
Did it jump or was it pushed? ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty posterboy Jiasen (JSI), one of the Fujian four, has announced this morning that it is proposing to delist from AIM and move instead to NEX (the lobster-pot formerly known as ISDX) - just when we thought that the race to AIM departure #24 from the Filthy Forty was down to a two-horse race between Asian Citrus (ACHL)and MoneySwap (SWAP). Jiasen also announced the departure of a NED with effect from the end of February.
Published 121 days ago
That the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is already down to just 17 members is, of course, a shocking indictment. 23 AIM departures later, we have been waiting for number 24 for quite some while but it looks as though the two front runners are battling it out to the finish line. Not to be outdone by MoneySwap (SWAP) and its Tuesday suspension update, Asian Citrus (ACHL) followed suit yesterday. Both are overdue with accounts, one perhaps to do with solvency and the other over allegations made which read to me like allegations of fraud.
Published 125 days ago
Yesterday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) updated on its parlous financial position and the long-promised recapitalisation rescue. It has borrowed a bit more urgent financing, but warned investors that it’s suspension from trading on AIM (since 21 September last year) now has less than two months to run before the company is led to the AIM execution chamber.
Published 136 days ago
And so after its website disappeared at least as early as late November last year and two failed efforts at getting a replacement available so as to comply with AIM Rule 26, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has finally issued some Jackanory of a statement saying it now won’t be complying until Monday next week. The explanation may seem reasonable, but in context they’re ‘avin’ a bubble.
Published 137 days ago
This is descending into farce: almost seven weeks ago we noted that the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) had disappeared. Following two missives to AIM Regulation, finally a new website was notified by RNS on Wednesday but it lasted less than 24 hours before being blocked – one assumes by the Chinese authorities, since the notification was in Chinese. Not to worry, yesterday the company notified another web address for its website but this morning that too has been blocked.
Published 138 days ago
Oh dear, oh dear. Having been banging on about the disappearance of the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) and being pleased to note the announcement yesterday of a nice shiny new site, this morning it seems as though it too is not working. But lo and behold, at 11am up pops the company with another RNS, announcing that it is all change again, and that the new site is to be found at www.thuaplc.com. Nothing for six weeks, and then two come together!
Published 138 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play PCG Entertainment (PCGE) has announced a rescue deal. It is great news for shareholders and a stunning coup for head honcho Richard Poulden, the Chairman, who stepped up to the plate following the shocking emergence of difficulties involving previous top dog Mr Kung Min Lin and a deal to buy Centre Point Development Corp (CPDC). The deal announced today looks to be a full lancing of the boil.
Published 139 days ago
Well there you go: two letters to AIM Regulation and half an hour after the second one is published ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) releases an RNS saying it has a new website: www.taihplc.cn. Amen to that - and a rare well done to the oxymorons. A dot.com becomes a dot.cn - was that really so hard to explain to the market in an RNS, that it has taken over six weeks to update investors since the demise of the company's previous pages?
Published 139 days ago
ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is having a giraffe. The buy-back announced last August, to be paid for from an Open Offer long since completed hasn’t happened. There has been no update on the matter since the end of September. The accounting matters over related party receivables which the company, in its FY15 Annual Report promised an update on has seen no further comment. The website has disappeared, meaning that the company is in breach of AIM Rule 26 – a matter I raised with AIM Regulation on 29 December last year.
Published 143 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) has updated on the long saga of its audit investigation into allegations which suggest fraud. It seems there is little progress, if any, to report as the company hurtles towards the six month mark in suspension from trading, and execution under AIM Rules 41.
Published 149 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is, in my view, a screaming sell in view of the Red Flags highlighted on this site for months. I doubt very much whether a short position is possible with this stock, but if I were a holder I’d be running for the hills.
Published 152 days ago
The broken record is still going with regard to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) and its missing website, the share buy-back promised back in August (and funded from an Open Offer) and, of course, the update over related party receivables which the auditor wouldn’t sign off in last year’s accounts. Now, in the season of goodwill, it is time for one last missive for 2016 to the oxymorons at AIM Regulation with regard to compliance with AIM Rule 26. We just such nice guys here at ShareProphets, we just want to help.
Published 156 days ago
There are a few contenders for this title, but an update this morning from ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues and (apparently, now) not-quite-failed-yet property deals suggests to me that Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) might be booking its place in the Filthy Forty AIM departure lounge.
Published 165 days ago
Well I guess it is not dead yet, but ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy MoneySwap (SWAP) sure is pushing the line. Having bundled through shareholder authorities to get enough headroom available for a rescue bail-out at its last AGM even without a firm proposal on the table last June, apparently due to the urgency of the situation, here we are six months on and still there is no deal – and the company is running on the fumes of a series of emergency loans. What’s the point?!
Published 168 days ago
Tom Winnifrith asked some serious questions of Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and has been met with no response. He’ll keep at ‘em, but the lack of a statement looks very bad. In similar vein, I have been asking questions of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua with the same result. I’ll keep asking too. Where is the website, where is the buy-back and where is the update on receivables?
Published 172 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues, rotten oranges and failed property deals Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd (ACHL) has updated the market on how the investigations into the allegations of fraud are going. After two and a bit months (at least) of reinforced audit procedures, it seems that little progress has been made and the company has no idea when it will ever get its FY16 accounts out. This one is looking a nailed-on certainty for being given the heave-ho from the Casino in due course, with just the mechanics to be sorted.
Published 173 days ago
At the new no-one-is-watching o’clock of lunch-time yesterday, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play All Asia Asset Capital (AAA) announced that it had received £100,000 in the form of a convertible keep-the-lights-on loan from an entity controlled by an un-named shareholder. One assumes that it must be a very small shareholder as there was no Related Party Transaction statement, but the terms suggest that the company is in a spot of bother. Er, actually a serious spot of bother.
Published 176 days ago
You may have thought that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company Origo (OPP) had put its troubles behind in and was heading for calmer waters. Having finally resolved its ongoing troubles over payouts on its preference shares, reaching a deal with Brooks Macdonald, and just a couple of weeks ago given a positive update on the progress of its portfolio and realisations, this morning the company announced that it had borrowed $2.5 million with repayment terms the higher of 50% or 12% a year (non-compounded) to discharging Origo liabilities to professional advisors (excluding those of Origo Advisors Limited) existing as at 19 August 2016.
Published 176 days ago
I keep on asking, and still there is silence: where is that buy-back that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Taihua (TAIH) has been promising since announcing an Open Offer to pay for it back in August? And where is the company website? And what about those Related Party receivables which were subject to an audit qualification of opinion?
Published 183 days ago
It is four weeks since the last update on the fortunes of our specially selected and diversified portfolio of AIM stocks which we think that the sham sheriff of AIM, Mr Marcus Stuttard, should invest his own cash into as a way of demonstrating his faith in the market he runs and the competence of his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We have Red Flagged them all, but naturally we must be wrong because this is the world’s most successful growth market. And so in month two our index has gone from a 4.5% gain to……
Published 184 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has been promising a share buy-back since the launch of an Open Offer back in August which was apparently being conducted to pay for it. The last update from the company - on 30 September (interims, released on deadline day) - told shareholders that the company expected to announce the mechanics of this Godot-esque buy-back “shortly”. That was more than eight weeks ago. We are now heading towards the very end of November. While we are at it, what has happened to the company website?
Published 185 days ago
The Red Flags plastered all over the currently suspended pending accounts ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) can all be found HERE and the latest development is that it has now called its AGM – still with no accounts published – on 28 December, right in the middle of the Christmas and New Year break. I guess the board is saving precious shareholder cash in that it will be able to book a very small room.
Published 194 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China Africa (CAF) suddenly had a rocket under them late on Monday. Having been bumping along the bottom at around 4p for months on end, all of a sudden they shot up on Monday to 7.5p and a “know-of-no-reason” RNS duly followed at midday yesterday. This morning they have shot higher again clocking up a peak of 16p. But now, less than 24 hours after knowing of no specific reason for the share price move, the company has ‘fessed up that a restructuring and placing are on the way.
Published 197 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) put on 35% on Friday, following release of a third quarter trading update. Drilling through some of the numbers they seem to be impressive, begging the question of why an apparently profitable and cash-generative company which is drowning in cash worth about three times its market capitalisation would be considering its dividend policy, having chopped the half-year payment by 71%.
Published 202 days ago
Back on 29 September ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of Biblical plagues and rotten oranges Asian Citrus (ACHL) announced that its shares were being suspended pending an audit investigation of allegations which appeared to amount to potential fraud. This morning we had an update: it does not look good.
Published 204 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has been promising a share buy-back since the launch of an Open Offer to shareholders which was being conducted, apparently, in order to pay for it. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but the buy-back was first promised on 25 August and we are now well into November. The last update from the company was on 30 September (interims, released on deadline day) when shareholders were told that the company expected to announce the mechanics of this Godot-esque buy-back “shortly”. That was more than five weeks ago.
Published 212 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please. With the original list having been complied on 29 Sept 2016, here is our first update, one month on – and it is off to a flier!
Published 215 days ago
At risk of sounding like a broken clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced a comical open offer which, apart from a bit of working capital, was to fund a share buy-back. That was back on 25 August – more than two months ago. So where is it?
Published 225 days ago
Back on 25 August this year ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) issued a comedy RNS announcing an Open Offer which was to be used in part for working capital and in part to fund a share buy-back. The working capital we can all understand, given the audit qualifications in its FY15 results and the content of its recent interims. But what about the share buy-back?
Published 227 days ago
Already suspended ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) announced this morning that there has been a bit of a delay in getting its circular together in relation to a property acquisition first announced back in August which seemed riddled with related party issues. Since then the company’s shares have been suspended from trading on the Casino amid allegations of accounting irregularities which have led to a delay in releasing its FY16 accounts.
Published 238 days ago
Another filthy forty company has officially gone bust. Eastbridge Investments (EBIV), a company that was promising an RTO until just a couple of months ago has gone tits up. Its official. But will anybody ask any questions of those responsible. Let's name the guilty men. First the news of corporate death.
Published 240 days ago
Well, all of the remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty got their numbers out yesterday - with the exception, of course, of the now suspended MoneySwap (SWAP) and Asian Citrus (ACHL) whose auditor is taking a rather close look at the bank accounts. The ouzo will have to wait, but the pop-corn went down well anyway. Included in the last-minute Charlies was Taihua (TAIH) and a rather large looking Red Flag is to be found here. Let me explain….
Published 242 days ago
Ten days ago we identified ten of the (only) seventeen still-listed members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which had a results reporting deadline of tomorrow (Fri 30 Sept) to meet. Actually, it was eleven as although Asian Citrus (ACHL) has a year-end of March it is dual listed in Hong Kong and only gets three months to report its finals there. But it won’t make it and has been suspended – as has MoneySwap (SWAP) which can’t get its accounts out on time. Which of the Filthy Forty are still to report, with just one day to go?
Published 242 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please.
Published 242 days ago
Strike two. The September reporting season has just taken its second victim of the 17 remaining members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. Asian Citrus (ACHL) has announced that it can’t get its numbers out by tomorrow’s deadline for the HK Stock Exchange in the wake of allegations over conflicting bank statements and books which have triggered further audit work so as to get to the bottom of it. Thus the shares are to remain suspended over here (having had the plug pulled yesterday lunch time, “pending an announcement”). Oh dear Mr Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, surely this could not be yet another China FRAUD on the Filthy Forty coming to light, could it? But I thought there was no problem of fraud on AIM….
Published 243 days ago
In the wake of the Radio Four broadcast regarding AIM fraud on Tuesday, and as we approach the climax of the September reporting season, two companies on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which have now reported prove beyond doubt that the regulation of Sham Sheriff Marcus Stuttard’s beloved world’s most successful growth market is completely unfit for purpose. Those two companies are Jiasen (JSI) and Aquatic Foods (AFG). Mr Stuttard and his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation may protest that they are doing a good job and that there is no problem. The facts clearly demonstrate otherwise.
Published 244 days ago
Well done to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) for being first to stick its head above the parapet this week with the release of its interims to June. One down, nine to go. The PR reads well enough: profitable for the half, lots of cash in the bank. That’s the spin – but what about the Red Flags – such as negative net current assets?
Published 247 days ago
Last year’s Sept reporting season saw a raft of casualties as members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty either failed to release numbers on time and/or saw the Nomad quit. With less than one week to go until deadline day for interims to June 2016 (or finals to March 2016) there are ten of the remaining 17 members of our iffy index still to report (or announce that they won’t). Which will be the next to get suspended?
Published 247 days ago
Just over two months on since our previous update and two more ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies have followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone - and another has been suspended...
Published 249 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) issued a notice of results RNS on Wednesday, telling us that its interims to June 2016 will be released on reporting deadline day of Sept 30th. But the statement also had a massaging down of expectations slipped into it. Oh, alright, let’s call it a profit warning – but how bad?
Published 250 days ago
Well that didn’t take long: at 9.53 up goes our piece (HERE) pointing to the possibility that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) could find itself suspended out of the blue with no warning (apart from HERE) and lo and behold the shares are suspended 37 minutes later (see HERE) because the company can’t get its accounts to March out on time. In view of this and in honour of the disappearance of QE Mr Stewart Dickson (formerly Dick) from Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald in the wake of the African Potash (AFPO) scandal (see HERE) I have changed my name to Mystic Meg.
Published 251 days ago
I wondered HERE whether the proposed rescue refinancing of stricken ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) could get into a spot of bother as the shares were sliding. Now they have slipped below the mooted bail-out price of 0.2c per share.
Published 252 days ago
Of the original 40 AIM-China companies we identified as our ShareProphets Filthy Forty, the steady attrition has seen that number whittled down to just 17 companies. The period either side of the reporting deadline for calendar 2015 numbers (30 June) saw further departures, but last year’s interims deadline saw a queue for AIM’s Death Row develop. How are we looking this time?
Published 253 days ago
In the curious world of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) we have now had the result of the Open Offer which was announced in order to raise funds to pay for a share buy-back. I’ve got a great idea to get Jeremy Corbyn elected into Downing Street: let’s raise the basic rate of income tax in order to fund a cut in the basic rate of tax. I digress….This is, of course, all from a company which saw its Auditor issue a going concern emphasis of matter and a qualified opinion on its FY15 accounts in relation to trade receivables.
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 265 days ago
It was announced on Monday afternoon that stricken ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) has drawn down another additional £147,000 under a keep-the-lights-on bridging facility whilst it tries to get a refinancing together. It has now borrowed $395,000 of a $200,000 facility, plus three extensions. Oh, and its CEO walked last week, with (apparently) non-Exec Chairman Craig Niven stepping in as interim CEO. Except on Monday he was still being noted as non-Exec in the RNS.
Published 265 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) took the biscuit this morning with an update that its last trading statement was just sheer hogwash. If it was uninvestable before, finding out that an “administrative oversight” led to a 50% overstatement of revenue which has taken almost seven weeks to come to light ought to have investors shying away from their bargepoles even if wearing asbestos gloves.
Published 269 days ago
It rather looks as though the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is set for its twenty-fourth execution, in the form of Origo Partners (OPP) which has now been suspended pending financial clarification for just under the six month period which triggers automatic delisting under AIM Rule 41 (if, that is, the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation bother to enforce it). The ouzo is on ice.
Published 271 days ago
Last night at no-one-is-watching o’clock (5.30pm) ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Moneyswap (SWAP) announced that its CEO, Ms Sunny Yu had walked the plank with immediate effect. Has the cash run out yet, and will Nomad Allenby follow suit?
Published 271 days ago
My thanks go to Cynical Bear for spotting the latest missive from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues, Asian Citrus (ACHL). Having seen a pretty complete disaster unfold over the last few years, the company has decided to make a move into the property game in order to broaden the sources of income and to boost the business performance of the group. Call me a cynic: given the history of natural disasters, plague, locusts and invasions by Martians, how long will it be before the buildings in question are found to be suffering from concrete cancer?
Published 275 days ago
The last time we covered ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Univision Engineering (UVEL) is was in the wake of a profit warning regarding the trading performance of a unit it owned 52.25% of and was trying to sell. But there was also the threat of m’learned friends taking a slice as the jilted bride involved in the sale of a tranche of the company rattled the sabre. On Wednesday came this:
Published 278 days ago
Well this is a most bizarre situation. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has announced an underwritten one-for-three Open Offer at a 134% premium so that it can fund a share buy-back (and keep back a few quid for working capital). Has the company been taking too many doses of its own medicine?
Published 281 days ago
They are still dropping like flies. This morning the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty saw its 23rd victim as LED International Holdings (LED) had its one-way trip from AIM’s Death Row to the lethal injection room. There are now just 17 of the original forty remaining, of which one is currently suspended. This is an incredible indictment of AIM, and the recent history of LED is the sour cherry on the rancid icing on the mouldy cake.
Published 281 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) has had its shares suspended from trading pending clarification of its financial position since 11 March this year, and with a six-month timetable to AIM execution due to expire next month things were looking dire until a no-one-is-watching o’clock RNS at 4.50pm yesterday. It seems as though there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Has the Filthy Forty turned up some good news? I rather suspect the answer to that may just be yes.
Published 300 days ago
As expected it was announced this morning that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play GTS Chemical (GTS) has had its listing on AIM cancelled after its shareholders passed a resolution to depart the Casino. This was always a foregone conclusion as there was a (vast) majority shareholder calling the shots, but it marks the twenty-second Filthy Forty departure from the world’s most successful growth market out of our original cohort. Shocking.
Published 302 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) has made no secret lately of its dire financial predicament. The investment case appears to be that it either gets a refinancing (with a new board) and survives – but with the new money coming in at a significant discount, or it does not in which case it is bust.
Published 305 days ago
Leading the losers board today currently is ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China Africa Resources (CAF) with (last seen) a stonking drop of 36%. There is no news today, but yesterday’s interims, released at lunchtime, might provide the clue: it’s not pretty – the company needs to raise cash.
Published 307 days ago
If you ever wanted a case-study in Red Flags then look no further than the FY15 results of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy China New Energy (CNEL). This is a company festooned in them. Just for starters, let’s take a look at yesterday morning’s RNS and the involvement of its “independent” NED. It just stinks. Never mind about AIM Rules, let’s get the share price up so that we can get more confetti issued.
Published 308 days ago
As previously noted HERE, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty constituent GTS Chemical (GTS) was proposing to delist from the Casino (which was why it cancelled its previously promised dividend despite a growing cash-pile, er…) and today’s AGM statement confirmed that this will take place at the close of play on 1 August.
Published 313 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, head of AIM! Xavier Rolet, head of the LSE. Oxymorons of AIM Regulation! Your boys took one hell of a beating, one hell of a beating!! Yes folks, it is game, set and match to the Deputy Sheriff as the immediate resignation of both the Nomad and the Chairman of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED) was announced today at eighteen minutes past midday.
Published 314 days ago
Oh dear. One of the traits of the China Frauds is that so often the precursor to the wheels coming off the subterfuge is the resignation of the finance director. And so this morning’s announcement from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) that its Chief Financial Officer stepped down on Monday with immediate effect “for personal reasons” is a stand-out Red Flag. So is the tardy announcement.
Published 317 days ago
Approaching two months on since our last update and another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company has followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone - and another has announced its proposed departure...
Published 319 days ago
The clock is ticking for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED). Actually, the clock ran down to zero last month but still AIM Rule 41 has not been invoked. AIM Regulation is well aware of the situation and has elected to do nothing: the chocolate teapots appear to be happy to flout their own rulebook in blatant fashion.
Published 321 days ago
There are so many Red Flags surrounding ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Aquatic Foods (AFG) that it is hard to know quite where to start. One could consider the discount to cash, to profits, to assets and wonder why there have been no buy-backs announced just for starters, but there are plenty more to be found HERE. So why have the shares been roofing it?
Published 322 days ago
As predicted HERE ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Eastbridge Investments (EBIV) had its one-way trip to the AIM execution chamber last night. It becomes the twenty-first AIM Casino departure on the Filthy Forty. There are more to come, it is just a matter of time.
Published 325 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member LED International Holdings (LED) has been suspended from trading since 22 Dec 2015 – we are well into month seven of suspension, then. AIM Rule 41 says: “The Exchange will cancel the admission of AIM securities where these have been suspended from trading for six months”. Yet LED has still not been given the order of the boot by AIM Regulation. I dropped our friendly Oxymorons a line….
Published 330 days ago
It seems that Yougov, Mori and whatever else the pollster are called these days have a thing or two to learn from ShareProphets polling. They keep on getting it wrong, but our readers responded to the question of how many delistings and suspensions were coming on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty over four weeks from 17 June and half of respondents said two or three. So far, it is bang on. Mind you, there are still a few days to go.
Published 330 days ago
Friday after-hours saw a no-one-is-watching o’clock proposal released by ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Moneyswap (SWAP). IF all goes according to plan then existing shareholders will be diluted very heavily as the bailout money gets most of the equity (at quite a discount to Friday’s closing price). If not then the company goes bust. But you can’t say you were not warned.
Published 332 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) released its FY15 numbers on Thursday – deadline day to avoid suspension under AIM Rules. But they were released after-hours at 4.52pm: talk about last-minute. The numbers are a horror, but then so is the Auditor’s Qualified opinion, and the material uncertainty warning in the Going Concern Statement.
Published 332 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) has seen us hoist the Red Flag on several occasions before (see HERE) but its FT15 results, released on deadline day (Thursday) take the biscuit. The company is, quite simply, a disgrace and its advisers (Nomad Cairn and disgraced Broker Daniel Stewart) should be ashamed.
Published 332 days ago
Having traded as high as 6.25p just six weeks ago, shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Jiasen International (JSI) have collapsed down to just 3p after it scraped over the line to release its calendar FY15 numbers on deadline day yesterday. The numbers are, of course, wonderful…which is why the company which is drowning in Red Flags (oops) cash has cancelled the full year dividend.
Published 332 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED) finally got around to releasing its FY numbers to June 2015 just a few days ago - almost six months late. As discussed HERE the Red Flags are horrific: the auditor (BDO) issued a Disclaimer of Opinion, as well as raising a material uncertiainty in the going concern statement. Quite why the Nomad, Allenby, did not quit on the spot is a mystery to me. But the shares are still suspended as the interims to Dec 2015 are now three months overdue. And that brings me to AIM Rule 41:
Published 332 days ago
Three strikes and you’re out: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Eastbridge Investments (EBIV) – the former China Wonder and then Quihang – announced the resignation this morning of its Nomad, Northland Capital Partners, with immediate effect. The shares are consequently suspended, and if no replacement is found within a month then it is lethal injection time. Mind you, there is a rather more pressing deadline in ten days, in that Eastbridge will be given the boot anyway if it can’t fulfil its investing policy as an AIM investment company by then. Since that was reliant on some hare-brained plan to raise more cash, that surely will now not happen. In short, Eastbridge is toast.
Published 333 days ago
The race to see which of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM China Filthy Forty companies clocks up a suspension/delisting is hotting up as we enter the final furlong. Yesterday saw the loose horse of Grand Group (GIPO) – a non filthy forty runner but an otherwise well qualified AIM-China play nonetheless – cross the line first with a suspension as it can’t get its accounts out on time. But with a surprise late run GTS Chemical (GTS) now looks clear of the field as they head for the line after announcing plans to delist in August, subject to the forgone conclusion of a vote at its AGM.
Published 334 days ago
I kid you not: this company has been on the Casino since joining in June 2010 as an investment company with assets of about £3 million and has never invested a cent. Yesterday, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty company Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) released results for calendar FY15: it still hasn’t invested a cent. But the money is disappearing.
Published 334 days ago
And so the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is to be reduced by yet another company to just nineteen as GTS Chemical (GTS) has decided to up sticks in the best interests of its shareholders. For some reason this, apparently, serves as a perfectly valid reason for the company to bin the full year dividend which had previously been earmarked for an increase.
Published 334 days ago
This morning ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) released its calendar FY15 results. This is a complete farce and AIM Regulation should be ashamed, for that is where the real scandal lies.
Published 335 days ago
I previously highlighted that a good few of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty faced a reporting deadline of Thursday this week, 30 June. In honour of Royal Ascot we ran a poll which showed that readers of ShareProphets reckoned on two or three suspensions/delistings to come over the next (now) just under three weeks. The race has now entered the final three furlongs…how are the runners and riders looking?
Published 341 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED Holdings (LED) has finally got around to releasing its full year results to June of last year. They are audited numbers, but the Red Flags in the audit report are so shocking that surely the Nomad to this company, Allenby, has to resign on the spot. Is it really good enough for an AIM-listed company to produce numbers against which the auditor issues a disclaimer of opinion?
Published 341 days ago
On 9 June 2016 ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New energy (CNEL) announced that it had raised £750,000 from a subscription by funds managed by an institutional fund manager at a price of 2p (a 25% discount to the prevailing price). Ah, so the big boys had invested? Er….
Published 343 days ago
There are just twenty of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty still listed – and three of those are currently suspended from trading. In honour of Royal Ascot we asked readers how many suspensions/Nomad resignations/AIM expulsions we would see from those remaining twenty over the next four weeks.
Published 347 days ago
ShareProphets is delighted to bring you the Filthy Forty Casino Elimination Stakes in celebration of Royal Ascot - it is time to place your bets! Which of the twenty remaining members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty will be suspended, head over to AIM’s Death Row following a Nomad resignation or be executed over the coming four weeks?
Published 351 days ago
Kung Min Lin is the former chairman of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty MoneySwap (SWAP) and PCG Entertainment (PCGE) – having stepped down from both in the last six months or so. We have been taking a look at the history of Sportswinbet (SWB) which joined the Casino in 2005 – with Kung Min Lin as Exec Director – which went on to become Power Capital Global (PCGB), with Kung Min Lin moving up to the role of Chairman. The history of both is riddled with related party transactions involving his brother, Heng Jui Lin, and his Kolarmy vehicle, and things came to a sorry end last December. Continuing with Cynical Bear’s football theme (it is, after all, the Euros!), it is time for the post-match analysis.
Published 353 days ago
Mr Kung Min Lin served as Chairman of Filthy 40 MoneySwap (SWAP) and PCG Entertainment (PCGE). But before that he served as Exec Director of AIM investing company Sportswinbet (SWB) from the 2005 IPO, which went on to become Power Capital Global (PCGB) with Mr Lin as Chairman. You can follow the progress of the first incarnation HERE. But we’re back from the break and with what's left of the £3 million raised in 2005 it’s now time for the second half: Mr Kung Min Lin’s brother comes to the fore.
Published 354 days ago
Picking up on Cynical Bear’s footballing analogy and having previously wondered whether there might be a skeleton in the cupboard of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty MoneySwap (SWAP) in the light of last week’s ‘fessing up by fellow Filthy Forty PCG Entertainment (PCGE), further digging reveals a festival of Red Flags. Look no further than the previous stamping ground of MoneySwap and PCG Entertainment (PCGE) former chairman, Mr Kung Min Lin, at Power Capital Global Limited (PCGB), which started life as Sportswinbet (SWB) in 2005. Here are the first half highlights.
Published 355 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) has seen its shares heading higher in the last few sessions on the back of expectations of contract developments in Zambia. It is all still yet to be confirmed, of course, and in any case the mooted deal seems a tad incestuous to me. Oh, and it involves an Investment and Protection Agreement (IPPA) – whatever that may be (but I fancy that an IPPA is a different thing to a contract!) Well blow me down with a feather: this morning we had a placing announced – at a very healthy 25% discount to yesterday’s close.
Published 363 days ago
Oh dear, oh dear. I have the utmost respect for Richard Poulden who had the grim task of overseeing today’s awful trading update from AIM-China play PCG Entertainment (PCGE) and like Tom Winnifrith I had hoped that his outfit might prove to be a rare winner on the Filthy Forty. My experience of him has been one of immense integrity a very sharp mind so it is with considerable sadness that I am writing this. But a bit more digging later, it looks just awful – although, I must stress, not on Mr Poulden - and there is a worrying implication on fellow Filthy Forty play MoneySwap which is already is considerable trouble. Sadly, I fear that AIM Regulation needs to do a full steward’s here.
Published 363 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Univision Engineering (UVEL) are currently trading 17% lower after the company announced a profit warning in relation to the poor trading performance of its 52%-owned Taiwanese subsidiary T-Com Technology Co. Ltd. This is not the only issue facing the company, however.
Published 370 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is already down to just 20 AIM-listed companies, with a further three currently suspended. The calendar FY2015 reporting deadline is now looming (30 June), which last year saw a splurge of suspensions and Nomad resignations as companies either failed to report or their advisers decided enough was enough. But we’ve had a good few RNSs in the last few days, so it is time for a rancid round-up!
Published 373 days ago
A couple of months on since our last update and more ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies have followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone...
Published 384 days ago
Following on from my recent piece on Toople (TOOP) being its newest member and the almost predictable, disappointing news relating to Opera Investments (OPRA) earlier in the week, the time has come for a call to arms. There must be change to the rules governing the clearly Sub-Standard Listing segment of the Official List as it is not fit for purpose. I need your assistance.
Published 384 days ago
Yesterday we had a funding update from cash-strapped ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP). It seems that there are negotiations going on, with hopes that a funding deal worth $4.5 million (call that £3.125 million) can be closed. Meanwhile we are told that some keep-the-lights-on short term funding has been arranged.
Published 386 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff and head of AIM told The Times a week ago that he thought he had got the regulatory framework of AIM absolutely right and that people wouldn’t invest if they felt there was any kind of problem with the regulation... So I thought it was time to take another look at Jiasen (JSI) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. After all, the derisory rating suggests the market is less than happy with this stock and its results for FY14 were released in mid-April last year: we are now well into May 2016 and thus far there is no sign of FY15 numbers. I wonder why….
Published 389 days ago
Despite being part of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, Walcom (WALG) has rather slipped under the radar. Our apologies for this oversight are due. Yesterday the company released FY15 results. I have no idea what the company does, but the numbers presented seem to raise rather a lot of Red Flags. But are they fluttering for the company or for the Sham Sheriff and head of the oxymorons at AIM Regulation, Mr Marcus Stuttard?
Published 391 days ago
Last week’s AGM held by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) saw some biting criticism of AIM from our very own Tom Winnifrith and also from Mark Bentley of ShareSoc. What better way to counter the barrage than for the Sham Sheriff, Mr Marcus Stuttard, to get a soft interview in The Times (see HERE)? But in the article Mr Stuttard reveals that he simply has no idea at all. Unless, of course, there is a completely different AIM market on Planet Zarg…..
Published 399 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member MoneySwap (SWAP) issued an after-hours RNS last night which looks to suggest that the cash is fast running out. As one of my seven stocks to get suspended where shareholders could lose 100% from last November, might it be that kill number three (and F40 kill number 21) is not far off?
Published 407 days ago
For the November issue of the UK Investor magazine (latest issue HERE) I was asked to name seven stocks which could get suspended and where shareholders could lose everything. I thought I’d take a look back over the seven: Jiasen (JSI), JQW (JQW), Auhua (ACE), MoneySwap (SWAP), Rurelec (RUR), Golden Saint (GSR) - all on AIM - and main market listed Kenmare (KMR).
Published 410 days ago
Hmmm, a Chinese company domiciled in the Cayman Islands lists on the Casino and less than sixteen months on there appears to be a bit of a procession going on, with two directors walking the plank with immediate effect in consecutive days. Sound familiar?
Published 414 days ago
On Friday at 5.36pm, no-one-is-watching o’clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners (OPP) updated on court proceedings in the Isle of Man with regard to the winding-up petition presented last month. The trial date is set for Friday 22 and Monday 25 July, which means that shares in Origo will remain suspended pending financial clarification until then. Unless, of course, Nomad Smith & Williamson decides enough is enough and resigns.
Published 425 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of Biblical plagues, Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) has updated the market on its latest calamity. Apparently it grows oranges too, but its main product these days does seem to be natural disasters that prompt ( lack of) profits warnings.
Published 426 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is today officially reduced to just 20 companies remaining listed on the Casino (Auhua, ACE, being the latest dispatch following a Nomad resignation and no replacement being found). But is it a problem specific to the Casino? It seems not, according to an interesting post by Steve Dickinson in China Law Blog (see HERE), but there are some simple tests which can be applied – take note AIM Nomads – which gives a very good indication of whether you are looking at a fraud or not.
Published 426 days ago
Another day, another one-way trip to the chamber of no return. Asia Ceramics Holdings plc was formally given the heave-ho this morning to make it the nineteenth member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty to leave the Casino. Tomorrow we hit twenty – the half way mark – as it is the turn of Auhua (ACE) to join leave the world’s most successful growth market.
Published 430 days ago
Another month, more ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies set to follow Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone...
Published 435 days ago
According to a report in China Daily Europe a new wave of Chinese company listings are [sic] expected in London as the London Stock Exchange ramps up its efforts to attract Chinese firms. With the stench of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty in full nauseating flow, seemingly unaddressed, my heart sinks.
Published 437 days ago
This morning saw a most interesting “Holding(s) in Company” RNS from Red Flag strewn ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play GTS Chemical. Now perhaps all is completely above board and we are looking at an unfortunate coincidence. Or perhaps the company has just announced that its CEO has been offloading shares. A clarification is surely needed.
Published 440 days ago
Our sincere apologies for missing the fact that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) slipped out a board change RNS at lunchtime on Friday last week. I guess we were all in the Punter's Return at the time. It seems that Mr Curt Riley has resigned as a NED as from the end of May.
Published 441 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) remains suspended pending financial clarification as shareholders face a grim high noon in the Isle of Man courts when the majority holder of (now defaulting) zeros looks set to get the company forced into wind-up.
Published 444 days ago
Well you can’t say you weren’t warned: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) was finally suspended pending clarification of its financial position this morning. It was blindingly obvious that this - or a Nomad resignation - was inevitable. I hope anyone unlucky enough to hold this POS managed to get out even if only with a bag of Tesco Value crisps. Perhaps I should head to Bristol and claim a glass (or two) of Ouzo to toast the Filthy Forty’s 23rd suspension/delisting.
Published 445 days ago
It comes as no surprise at all. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) had already made no secret that it would be in no position to meet a required $12 million redemption on its Zeros by Tuesday's deadline, which would constitute a default. Why the shares are still trading is beyond me. Surely if Nomad Smith Williamson cannot secure a suspension pending financial clarification it could just resign in order to force the issue. But it gets worse.
Published 449 days ago
Tomorrow is an important deadline for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP). It has a $12 million bill to pay and the company has already warned that it hasn't got the cash. The payment was due to be made to satisfy a planned partial redemption of Zeros. Suspension pending financial clarification, anyone?
Published 452 days ago
Some good news from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty in the form of a proposed disposal by Asian Growth Properties (AGP) was detailed on Tuesday. At its last set of numbers interims to June 2015 the company stated NAV per share at 125p and until recently the shares had been trading at a fraction of that (sub-20p). The news saw the shares race away to close at 46.5p mid, although they gave some back on Thursday.
Published 453 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) released a trading statement yesterday for its full year to Dec 2015. I commented that the last trading statement had more holes than a fish-net and yesterday’s serving of fishiness lowers none of the Red Flags previously raised.
Published 454 days ago
The following updates our China AIM 'Filthy Forty' table as at the end of February. Despite the utterings of the London Stock Exchange and George Osborne, more of the companies Geong, Geong, Gone? You bet…
Published 456 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty was launched on 15 August 2015, just 197 days ago, as a way of tracking what a concentrated stinking cesspit this mini-sector of the Casino was. At the time, already ten of the forty had left world’s most successful growth market for a variety of reasons: two had been booted off the Casino for failing to publish accounts, a further five had been booted off after a Nomad resignation and no replacement appointment, and three had delisted in, cough, the best interests of shareholders. One further company was, at the time, suspended as its Nomad had quit but the one month grace period to find a new one had not yet expired. (That duly became the next AIM-China execution).
Published 457 days ago
It is hard to keep up. We called Auhua “Clean is my middle name” Energy (ACE) as the 21st AIM delisting/suspension on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty as its Nomad steps down effective first thing on Monday, but at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night up popped Asia Ceramics (ACHP) to say that its Nomad had resigned. So Auhua will have to settle for 22nd place.
Published 457 days ago
At 12.41pm today ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty commodity investment company Origo Partners (OPP) issued a trading statement which reads like a suicide note. One wonders how long this one has left on the Casino: will it be suspended pending clarification, or might we see the Nomad, Smith & Williamson, walk the plank first?
Published 458 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty stock Auhua "Clean is my middle name" Energy (ACE) are down another 28% this morning after the company confirmed that it has not yet been able to sign up a new Nomad to replace Grant Thornton which steps down with effect from Monday morning. As such Auhua will become the twenty-first company of our Filthy Forty to have left the Casino or be suspended.
Published 461 days ago
ShareProphets has been following the fortunes of forty companies on AIM which had China connections of one form or another – so far eighteen have departed (most of those because the Nomad resigned, others for failing to publish accounts and a small number just decided to delist). It is a shocking record, as is the aggregate share price performance of those 40. I am drawn to a reader comment from Andy (referring to one F40 member) which, I think, sums up the problem now facing the regulators.
Published 462 days ago
Aside from the imminent suspension of AIM-listed DQ Entertainment (DQE) as its Nomad resigns today, shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Auhua "Clean is my middle name" Energy (ACE) shares are also on the slide once again.
Published 462 days ago
Already booted off the Casino after is all became too much for poor old Cairn Financial to continue as Nomad and Broker to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play JQW (JQW), it seems that the company called a General Meeting to dump three NEDs. An announcement on the JQW investor relations website details the passing of the resolutions, but what about the Notice of General Meeting? When did investors find out about it?
Published 467 days ago
Time is running out for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) to find a new Nomad. It was announced on 29 Jan 2016 that the current incumbent, Grant Thornton, had given notice that it was to quit the post with effect from 29 Feb 2016 (a week on Monday). Barring a miracle (and we know that AIM Regulation has been keen to discourage Nomads from taking on China plays where the previous Nomad has resigned) then shareholders have until Friday of next week to get out or face being lobster-potted.
Published 468 days ago
I previously commented (HERE) in the wake of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) seeing shareholders reject proposals aimed at settling a dispute with the majority holder of its Zeros, Brooks Macdonald, that the company seemed to have a bit of a problem. In particular, one might note that the company had already ‘fessed up that it would not be able to meet scheduled redemptions next month. Now Brooks has made a move as the noose tightens.
Published 468 days ago
Following on from yesterday's piece on ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) we see that the shares are still sliding. Drip, drip, drip - the Chinese water torture continues.
Published 469 days ago
Tom Winnifrith has already done an open-top bus ride around all the Red Flags flapping away at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG). But if the Red Flags are enough to drive you towards the sell button there is another problem: the spread is now so wide that it is equal to the bid price. Talk about being lobster-potted.
Published 474 days ago
Already suspended for failing to produce its accounts to June 2015, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED) gave out a Chinese new year update on Monday which covered a number of matters – not least of which is the overdue accounts. And the binning of a JV which started life as a proposed RTO. And the non-completion of an acquisition first announced back in March 2013. And a warning that its working capital position is constrained because its customers are not paying their bills. And the company needs to raise cash or restructure debts. Apart from that everything’s fine!
Published 480 days ago
This surely is terrible news for shareholders in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP): an RNS shortly before close of play yesterday saw the announcement of the results of a series of meetings which had been called to consider the restructuring of a series of debts (or, rather, convertible zero dividend preference shares). The holders of the zeros voted it through but, oh dear, those pesky ordinary shareholders did not. The result: Origo could be toast.
Published 485 days ago
Eighteen Filthy Forty members have already gone and they are still queuing up. Jiasen (JSI) took the heat earlier in the week (and there is more to come on that one) and we already have LED Holdings suspended for failing to release its accounts. Then there is Asian Citrus (ACHL) which looks set to run out of cash – or orange trees – before long. But at the back end of the week came a late surge from Auhua (ACE) to claim pole position for the next expulsion of a China fraud from the AIM Casino.
Published 488 days ago
Ok this is an easy question. In the RNSs released by ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member, Jiasen (JSI) the 'Notes to Editors' has helpfully told us the number of workers employed at its factory in Nan'an City, Fujian Provice (AIM-China Fraud central), China. For what it is worth I do not believe a word it says on this matter for reasons explained HERE but maybe Jiasen can guide us all?
Published 488 days ago
I note that in the wake of our recent coverage (HERE), shares in AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have cratered another 23% today (last seen) to 2.875p. There has been no news (so far) today, but one senses a bit of a rush for the exit going on.
Published 489 days ago
We shall, for a moment, suspend our disbelief over the stated cash position of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Jiasen (JSI). Let us, for a moment, simply take the company at its word. Deeper analysis of yesterdays trading statement numbers shows a horror story unfolding, and casts a strange light on previous statements from the company. I suggest that what follows shows that Jiasen is toast, and uninvestable.
Published 490 days ago
An RNS is meant to inform. Of course, if you are delivering bad news you might not be so keen to inform the market quite as fully as you could and that brings us to a profit warning from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Jiasen (JSI). Tom Winnifrith commented after its Interims to June 2015 that it was either a fraud or he was a banana. And so today Jiasen produced a very uninformative trading statement which looks for all the world to be designed to mislead.
Published 493 days ago
Tom Winnifrith has already raised a few awkward questions about ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) HERE when he discussed how a profitable company (from China) with net cash of £2.5 million (as at June 2015, so we are told in the Interims) is only valued by the market at about £1 million. Yesterday saw a statement which brought to mind the now executed F40 company JQW. It all rather suggests that there is no earnings visibility and as such I would suggest that the stock could well be worthless.
Published 495 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) announced the departure of a NED, Mr Ka Ming Wong, yesterday afternoon. The thanks were effusive, but some shareholders might take a different view, given the lamentable record of this investment company which doesn't invest. It simply pisses the cash away on plc costs and administration.
Published 497 days ago
I was overly rude about AIM-China play Univision Engineering (UVEL) the last time I wrote about it. With the Filthy Forty it has tended to prove a prudent policy of being uber-sceptical. I pointed to a big slide in earnings which was in fact due to the previous year seeing a large debt being forgiven. The shares are up on the 0.65p at the time, closing last week at 0.8p (mid) on the back of an 18.5% gain on Friday, triggered by news on Thursday (after-hours, natch) that the Chairman is selling 41.5% of the company for a total of about £3.69 million from his interests which previously totalled 72.9%.
Published 497 days ago
Just three weeks ago, during the no-one-is-watching fortnight of Christmas and New Year, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) completed a keep-the-lights-on placing in what I wondered was the fastest pump and dump in history. It was, in my view, a disgraceful affair: announce what appears to be a significant contract to send the shares rocketing higher (it did) and then 39 minutes later announce a massively discounted placing into the rise. The grateful company brought in some meter money (just £200,000 before expenses) but the new shares issued represented 3.28% of the enlarged capital. Surely that is a notifiable holding?
Published 508 days ago
Just to be helpful to AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP), here is how ShareProphets Filthy Forty member Asian Citrus (ACH) announced a change of Auditor earlier today:
Published 509 days ago
With our previous China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update, to mark the cancellation of Geong International, we asked 'Who's next to be Geong, Geong, Gone?' The answer has been...
Published 514 days ago
Our apologies are due for overlooking one of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty companies. The RNS released by LED International (LED) three days before Christmas (HERE) almost passed us by: the company announced early in the no-one-is-watching o’clock holiday period that its shares were being suspended because it had become apparent that the Company [would] not be in a position to publish its audited report and accounts for the year ended 30 June 2015 by the deadline of 31 December.
Published 515 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play JQW (JQW) has served up a new year message for its now lobster-potted shareholders. It's goodbye, so long, farewell as its AIM execution beckons first thing on Monday morning.
Published 525 days ago
This morning saw a total bullshit announcement from AIM-listed (and F40 member) Eastbridge Investments (EBIV). The ShareProphets RNS Translation Service explains all (original text in bold).....
Published 527 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) has had a history of suffering biblical-style plague and misfortune. Maybe insurance is difficult to get, but yesterday saw the latest in the line of disaster updates from this bargepole stock. The RNS was masterful, so we have wheeled out the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service to assist our understanding of this latest catastrophic release. Original is in bold italics.
Published 538 days ago
Following THIS PIECE at the weekend we have had a communication from Mr Richard Bennett, the independent NED at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member China New Energy (CNEL). To remind readers, we were wondering who or what was Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited - the outfit with which China New announced a MOU had been signed last week regarding projects in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Published 540 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty outfit China New Energy (CNEL) announced a memorandum of understanding with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited on Friday, in relation to projects in Zimbabwe and Zambia. It also announced that the signing of any binding agreement would be treated as a Related Party Transaction since Mr Richard Bennett, China New’s sole independent NED (see HERE) is a director of Sunbird. I’ve already discussed the potential corporate governance Red Flag that I see from that (HERE) but what or who is “Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited”?
Published 541 days ago
Shares in the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty outfit China New Energy (CNEL) have been on the up lately, rising from around 0.65p in mid-October to peak yesterday at over 5p a share, before closing at 3.7p. Quite a ride! This appears to have been on the back of indications that a deal was in the offing and yesterday some flesh was put on the bone.
Published 545 days ago
Well, well, well. Blow me down with a feather - the shares saw a 25% drop yesterday on the biggest volume for six months and lo and behold, today the Nomad has resigned. Obviously nobody bailed it yesterday knew that this was coming. Obviously. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty company JQW (JQW) is now on Death Row, pending a one-way journey to becoming the eighteenth of the forty to depart AIM. It is also the twelfth Nomad resignation this calenday year on the Filthy Forty.
Published 545 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member JQW (JQW) saw a big 25% nose-dive in its share price today, on high volume. In the process it recorded a new end-of-day low, yet there is no news from the company. Are we witnessing the final death throes?
Published 559 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) released a trading statement this morning. All going well despite the slow-down in China – turnover up, big cash-pile, shares at a big discount to cash etc etc. So the shares are down 15%. What?
Published 561 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member MoneySwap (SWAP) has announced some boardroom musical chairs. In comes Ms. Yu Shu Fen as an executive director looking after business development. The (now ex-) CEO, Mr Richard Proksa has been replaced by the Chairman, Mr Kung Min Lin who appears to be doubling up as both Chairman and CEO - a busy chap, as he is also non-exec chairman at AIM-listed PCG Entertainment (PCGE). Mr Proksa will, however, continue as a director. But what about the (lack of) cash position?
Published 567 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy JQW (JQW) has this morning issued a profit warning as the suspension of operations imposed by the Chinese authorities over advertising and pyramid-selling rule-breaches continues. Surely it is only a matter of time before the shares are suspended.
Published 574 days ago
Who's next to be Geong, Geong, Gone? - China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update. So far 15 down and 2 on the way out. Only 23 left standing. The average loss since IPO is a mere 46.4%. Strip out the two best performerers and two worst and the average loss is 82.5%. Shocking. So who is next for the high jump?
Published 576 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners (OPP) announced last week that it had rolled over a loan to $2.5 million loan to TSX-listed Kincora Copper Ltd, but it got the currency wrong (it was CAD$, not US$ as stated). We pointed this out a week ago and yesterday the company (and its Nomad, Smith & Williamson, which no doubt checked and verified last week's foul-up of an RNS very carefully) has finally 'fessed up to the error. Seven days later.
Published 578 days ago
AIM has this morning announced the quiet execution of the fourteenth member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, Camkids (CAMK). Still on Death Row we have Geong (GNG) which tomorrow will have been without a Nomad for a month so we expect another execution at 7am on Monday. Also scheduled for lethal injection shortly is China Rereun (CHRR) which lost its Nomad 24 days ago, and Vmoto (VMT) is going for a "best interests" delisting. This reads terribly badly for the LSE - and not a single one of the Nomad resignations has been explained.
Published 578 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play GTS Chemical (GTS) has released a Q3 trading update which is full of unmitigated good news. Revenues up 34% on the same period last year, margins steady, new plant on-stream and more on the way, capacity up, distributors up: the good news is unrelenting. What's not to like?
Published 578 days ago
Having examined Team Stevens and Team Lau, Graham Chester moves on to take a look at Team Wilson/Sacker at UHY Hacker Young in his continuing horror story. Once again, watch as the losses pile up.
Published 579 days ago
In Part 3 of this series about Reporting Accountants and Auditors of companies coming to AIM and ISDX from China Graham Chester looks at the record of Team Lau and its current firm of Moore Stephens. As with Team Stevens in Part 2, watch the scores-on-the-doors here as the losses pile up.
Published 580 days ago
In Part 1 Graham Chester examined the role of the Reporting Accountant when bringing a China play to the Casino. In Part 2 it is time to look at some of the players involved. What better place to start than at Team Stevens, now at the fine firm of Crowe Clark Whitehill – auditor to quite a portfolio of Filthy Forty companies, and a few more besides. Watch the scores-on-the-doors here in terms of share price performance: it is shocking stuff.
Published 580 days ago
In what is clearly a sign that AIM-China Filthy Forty play Geong (GNG) is headed from its cell on Death Row to the execution chamber, it has been announced that it has been deleted from the FTSE AIM All-Share Index effective Friday 30 October.
Published 580 days ago
In this first part of his look at the audit and accounting of China companies on AIM (and ISDX), Graham Chester discusses the process of bringing them to the UK markets. This involves the use of Reporting Accountants…..
Published 582 days ago
I’ve been looking again at the interims from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty constituent Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) and its growth in receivables since FY14 of 60% since FY14 and of 92% since the first half last year – as against pretty flat turnover and margins. As at June this year we see that trade and other receivables of RMB 200.4 million as noted under current assets sit at 177% of (slightly falling) turnover of RMB 112.8 million. That looks just a tad on the high side.
Published 584 days ago
I’ve already covered the Filthy Forty AIM-China Origo Partners (OPP) RNS yesterday regarding the rolling over of a loan to Kincora Copper Ltd and whether it is US$ or CAD$. But there is more to this. For a start, Kincora announced to the market that it intended to settle the loan (and interest thereon) in shares! Except that it then retracted that statement. The question is why Origo did not convert the loan into shares, and why it went for the roll-over option instead. Is it anything to do with the likelihood of it ever getting repayment?
Published 584 days ago
There seems to be a spot of confusion at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners plc (OPP). Today it updated the market on an outstanding loan of US$2.5 million to investee company Kincora Copper Ltd which due for repayment on 19 July. It has been replaced by a new loan of US$ 2.5 million. The confusion is that in its interims statement, the loan was described as being CAD$2.5 million. There’s a bit of a difference (about 30% at today’s exchange rates, source: Google).
Published 585 days ago
AIM-China Filthy Forty member Auhua (ACE) issued a statement re share price movement yesterday afternoon. Come off it chaps, this just isn’t good enough. The statement reads:
Published 585 days ago
Update: AIM-listed Galasys is not one of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty although it should be. Registered in Jersey but operating in Jiangsu Province (as per JQW) Galasys (GLS) looks to be an AIM-China stock to have slipped our net. Thank you to Prophet Yomo for pointing out the small slip-up. This morning it announced the departure of its Chief Financial Officer, who is stepping down from the board and leaving the company. A non-board interim CFO is being appointed. We are also told that a NED has already left the board. No explanation is offered for either departure and, indeed, we are not even told the effective date on which the CFO goes. Oh dear – is this the first step on the China-Norfolk path to oblivion being taken by Galasys?
Published 589 days ago
On Friday captions were invited for the following picture, in honour of Xavier L'Autruche Rolet in the wake of yet another departure from the Casino by one of the Shareprophets AIM-China Filthy Forty.
Published 591 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member China New Energy (CNEL) has announced a Statement re Press Comment which appears to raise a number of corporate governance issues. I wonder how the Nomad, Cairn, will react. The shares are flying – up by a whopping 186% last seen. Mind you, at 1.35p there is an awfully long way to go before the shares get back to the IPO price of 7p. But what is really going on here?
Published 592 days ago
Entries in Wednesday's caption competition were entertaining as readers poked fun at AIM Regulation's ineptitude over the Quindell (QPP) and the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty scandals. We have a winner - and a new contest in honour of Xavier "L'Atruche" Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group as we celebrate AIM-China execution number 13, ARC Capital (ARCH).
Published 592 days ago
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Vmoto is to delist from AIM, ARC Capital (ARCH) has announced that it has failed to find a replacement Nomad and will be booted off the Casino as of 7am this morning. Execution number 13 (and Vmoto is number 14). There are still another three on death row following Nomad resignations to make a total of 17. Are you watching this Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff?
Published 594 days ago
With the Financial Reporting Council now having written to Tom Winnifrith to thank him formally for his work in exposing the multiple frauds at Quindell (QPP), the question arises as to how the oxymorons at AIM Regulation managed to ignore all the evidence they too were sent. Add to that the ongoing fiasco that is the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty (number 13 due to be booted off the Casino on Thursday) and there is surely a king-sized omlette on their collective faces.
Published 594 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) reported this morning that its Non-Eec Chairman, Mr David Sumner, has walked. His replacement, Mr Raphael Tham seems to have already stepped into the role. Oh dear.
Published 595 days ago
China Chaintek (CTEK) was formally expelled from the AIM Casino this morning, making it the twelfth company on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty to leave the Casino. This followed the resignation last month of the now saintly Ray Zimmerman at ZAI Corporate Finance as Nomad. Forty companies, twelve down and four more on death row. Is it not clear as day that there has been the most inexcusable failure by Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff, and his oxymorons at AIM Regulation? If he has a shred of decency he will now resign.
Published 597 days ago
We have already pointed out how AIM-China Filthy Forty member, Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) – the investment company which doesn’t invest – has frittered away stacks of cash on plc costs and achieved precisely nothing by way of meeting its investment goals so far see HERE and HERE . But one eagle-eyed reader has spotted a few more things which merit a wider audience. Yes, ‘David’ is back with another down and dirty look at the details given in accounts. Oh dear. He writes….
Published 598 days ago
I was taking a look at what happened to ex-AIM listed and Filthy Forty constituent Sorbic International (SORB) after it was booted off the AIM Casino earlier this year. Can we draw some lessons? Are there some clues as to why so many of the Filthy Forty have shown that they should never have been allowed near the world’s most successful growth market? We need look no further than its interims, released on 30 June 2015 where all is laid bare, plain for all to see. It is utterly shocking. It shows that there can be no corporate governance which can be relied upon.
Published 599 days ago
As the crony capitalists enjoyed their Black Tie dinner tonight to celebrate the world’s most successful growth market, might they have paused for a moment to reflect on the horrific losses which have been seen this year on AIM? Fat chance. One number ought to have had the champagne going down the wrong way, and that is how much capital has been wiped out on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty so far this year from delistings and suspensions caused by Nomad resignations. I promise you that number is a horror.
Published 601 days ago
The spread betters could be having a field day. Four more of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty now on Death Row following Nomad resignations in just four weeks. Three in the past week: if this continues the whole lot will have gone by Christmas. But back to the question – which will be next? For some clues, we just have to look at what happened yesterday. Anyone still holding Jiasen (JSI) or JQW (JQW) is, in my view, certifiable.
Published 601 days ago
Oh dear. This reads badly for the LSE which reckons that Chinese stocks on the AIM Casino are as good as any other. Nomad Cairn has quit the China ReRun (CHRR) account and after less than two years on the Casino, its shares have been suspended. They will be booted off in a month when no other Nomad volunteers to take this on. No Nomad will touch this with a bargepole following this statement:
Published 604 days ago
Phew, what a scorcher! The heat really was turned up on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty over the past two weeks. Last week we had one AIM-execution, a suspension (and subsequent restoration) as Vmoto (VMT) announced a transaction which we find less than credible (HERE) and results from Jiasen (JSI) which prompted Tom Winnifrith to present us with a choice that he was a banana or Jiasen is a fraud. And JQW (JQW) had its operations suspended by the Chinese authorities for contraventions of advertising and pyramid-selling regulations before releasing less than convincing interims. This week saw fourteen of the Filthy Forty racing to the line to get results filed by close of play Wednesday so as to avoid automatic suspension, two of which added to the overcrowding problem on AIM’s Death Row as their Nomad quit. Here is the ShareProphets round-up of AIM-China Red Flags served up this past week.
Published 605 days ago
Asian Growth Properties (AGP), a member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty (updated today), has seen trading in its shares on AIM resumed after a deal was announced to sell a large portion of its property assets for a gross consideration of £119 million, and achieve a gain on disposal for the company of £39 million before expenses. The recent interims showed net assets of HK$13 billion (call that about a billion pounds) which we were told represented about 125p per share, so just the profit on disposal should come in at something in the region of 4p per share. The total disposal should realise around 13p a share. It is a great piece of news for shareholders and with the shares trading at 17p (down from 36.75p at IPO) might now look forward at long last to a dividend. Or not:
Published 606 days ago
Of the 40 China stocks listed on AIM on June 1 2014 or listed since only 25 are still trading. 11 have been booted off and 4 are on death row awaiting expulsion following the loss of their Nomad. The returns from this portfolio of doom now average MINUS 50.125%. But actually it is worse.
Published 607 days ago
Not content with seeing Geong (GNG) suspended because its Nomad resigned on Tuesday, or that Camkids (CAMK) suffered the same fate on Monday, we find that a third ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty suspension slipped by: Asian Growth Properties (AGP) - which was suspended in an RNS released by AIM itself, “pending an announcement”. That was at 10.55am, and there has been not a dickie bird since from the company. I note carefully that the AIM RNS did not say “at the request of the Company”. Oo-er missus.
Published 607 days ago
Oh dear. It could not get its accounts out on tme - given that they were total fiction that would have been hard - and at 4.05 PM today, shares in Geong (GNG) were suspended as Nomad and broker Finncap quit with immediate effect. I've wanted to use the phrase Geong, geong gone! in a headline for years and now I can. If no Nomad signs up for reputational hara-kiri within a month Geong will be booted off AIM. Pro tem it goes onto the casino death row. Boy the cells there are getting crowded.
Published 607 days ago
We started the week awaiting interims and FY results from 14 of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. Following this morning’s round of 7am RNSs, who is still to report? And there is one other we await with considerable interest – the FY results from Daniel Stewart (DAN). Any of the companies which fails to report by the end of the day will be suspended from trading on the Casino.
Published 608 days ago
Another set of numbers from the 14 ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which were due to report by Wednesday of this week has been chalked up. MoneySwap plc (SWAP) reports a full year (to end Mar 2015) loss of $3.2 million. Against a market capitalisation of £11.1 million (source: ADVFN) that doesn’t look too clever. But it gets worse, because there is an audit Emphasis of matter with regard to sign-off of the company as a going concern: the company will be required to raise funds. Neon signs: placing ahoy!
Published 608 days ago
As flagged up at the weekend HERE there were fourteen AIM-China stocks still to report by the deadline of tomorrow (Weds). It is now Tuesday and we have had just three so far- China New Energy (CNEL), GTS Chemical (GTS) and Asia Ceramics (ACHP). More on those to follow. But already we have had another one join Sino-Casino Death Row in the form of Camkids (CAMK) (see HERE).
Published 609 days ago
Fourteen sets of Filthy Forty numbers to come in by Wednesday to avoid suspension, but AIM-China play Geong (GNG) still, from this morning’s RNS, seems to be wrangling with its auditors over its FY numbers to the end of March this year. There is just so much to go wrong here: will a convertible debt of £1 million get rolled over for another year as hoped? Will Geong get passed as a going concern? Will it get audit sign-off? Will Geong get the numbers out? And then there are the write-offs. It looks grim. Bag of Walkers, anyone?
Published 610 days ago
It was a storming week last week on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. But there is more to come, for Wednesday sees the end of the month and the reporting deadline for any company with a half year to the end of June, or a full year to the end of March. So what is there to look forward to?
Published 611 days ago
Just when we thought the whiffy week on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty had served up the final course of the abominable banquet, up popped Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd (ACHL) with the petits fours. Its final results for the year to June 2015 – due to have been released yesterday – have been delayed. Uh oh….
Published 612 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is having an amazing week. We’ve had all manner of nonsense, from AIM failing to boot off Global Market Group (GMC) after being without a Nomad for a month until three days late, Geong (GNG) shares collapsing after a (derisory) take-over fell apart, a fantasy world presented by Vmoto (VMT) as it sold off a division on a PE of about 1 to the same people it bought it from and joke interims from JQW (cash pile mounting but dividend binned) and this morning Jiasen (cash pile mounting, dividend chopped by two thirds). And we have also had interims from Haike Chemical (HAIK).
Published 613 days ago
This week George Osborne was merrily tweeting away that he was Delighted we have agreed with China to look into benefits of connecting UK and China stock markets. He’s clearly had a whale of a time in China, but I fancy he’s got no idea of the dangers of what he’s doing. With the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty turning up scandal after scandal, what on earth does he think he is doing?
Published 614 days ago
Finally at 5.34pm tonight came the announcement that a wooden stake had been driven through the heart of the undead corpse that was AIM-China play Global Market Group (GMC). Having been without a Nomad for a month and two days, AIM Rules demanded that the shares be cancelled from trading after a month. So I guess the formal announcement that Global Market is off the Casino is only two days late. That’ll be the tenth delisting from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty.
Published 615 days ago
Further to Tom Winnifrith's piece HERE which highlights that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Global Market Group (GMC) has now been without a Nomad for a month and a day, yet there has been no announcement that it has been formally booted off the Casino I have dropped a line to AIM Regulation. Is it the case that ShareProphets is now the regulator? The letter reads:
Published 616 days ago
It is London Buses time once again here on ShareProphets.com. A quiet few days on the AIM-China Filthy Forty and then all of a sudden three dreadful RNSs all come at once. Nine Filthy Forty members have already departed stage left. Three more are on death row following Nomad resignations – China Chaintek (CTEK), ARC Capital (ARC) and Global Market Group (GMC) which receives its last rites today. And now today two further China plays announced dire news, JQW (JQW) and Vmoto (VMT) as well as a potential bidder walking out on Geong (GNG) in the wake of a few issues with revenue recognition. No doubt the auditors there (UHY Hacker Young) will be shown to have acted with all due care.
Published 616 days ago
Of the Filthy 40 China stocks listed on AIM on June 1 2014 or listed since, ten have already been booted off the Casino while shares in four are suspended. Of those three are suspended as the Nomad has quit. They sit on Death Row and the first execution, expulsion from AIM, is scheduled for tonight.
Published 625 days ago
Last month we launched the ShareProphets Filthy Forty – companies with their main operations in China, registered overseas (apart from a handful in Hong Kong) and listed on AIM on June 1 2014. We noted that the overall performance was astounding: average loss from IPO was 43%, and nine had already been booted off the exchange. An attrition rate of 22.5%. The reasons varied between Nomad resignations (5), being booted off for failing to publish accounts (2) and voluntary delistings (2).
Published 626 days ago
The Daily Telegraph has a cunning wheeze for its readers to avoid Inheritance Tax – buy AIM stocks. In fact this is a double wheeze. Not only are these IHT free assets but the Torygraph has selected a top 10 which seems guaranteed to smash the value of your estate. It is ‘avin’ a bubble with its top 10 dogs, oops I meant AIM Casino shares to buy.
Published 626 days ago
UPDATED: Oh dear, it looks as if another China AIM stock is set to lose its AIM casino listing. AIM regulation has just now suspended trading in shares in China Chaintek (CTEK). Market sources say that Big Ray Zimmerman of ZAI Corporate Finance had enough and quit as Nomad to the Norfolk China Chaintek (CTEK) with immediate effect. The company has made no statement.
Published 627 days ago
One of the problems that AIM-listed China stocks have at the moment is that nobody believes them. Nobody believes the claimed cash-piles or profits. This is amply demonstrated by the stock-market histoire of Aquatic Foods (AFG), a member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. To remind you, it listed in just February of this year at 70p per share, to give it a market capitalisation of £79.3 million. Yet the shares fell steadily to the current 29p. Today saw Interims to the end of June 2015. Scratch the surface, and the Red Flags are all too apparent.
Published 641 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member and Jersey-registered Asia Ceramics Holdings (ACHP) recently featured HERE in the wake of its after-hours (and Red Flag riddled) full year 2014 results. What emerged was a large market capitalisation relative to (almost) non-existent earnings. But there was also a long string of related party transactions, and a CEO who appeared to be running businesses in China doing the same thing as Asia Ceramics does…in China. But what catches the eye now is an RNS on Tuesday of this week which describes a very peculiar set of loan agreements between CEO Dr Pu and the company.
Published 641 days ago
AIM listed China fraud Camkids (CAMK) effectively admitted that its stated cash was not really there with its ludicrous explanation of how it was set to disappear (HERE) but now let me show you why its reported profits are also 100% made up.
Published 642 days ago
Forty AIM-China companies: ten down, three more in the queue to leave by the back door. This time we bring you Cayman Islands registered investment company, ARC Capital Holdings Limited (ARCH), which announced on 14 August that its Nomad, Grant Thornton, had given notice of its intention to step down on 15 September 2015. If no replacement is found by 15 October then shares in ARC will be booted off the Casino.
Published 650 days ago
Lucian Miers did a superb piece HERE which looked at some of the people involved in the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster boy, Gate Ventures (GATE). Gate, you may remember, had an extraordinarily short-lived existence on AIM in that it was given the order of the boot after even Beaumont Cornish found it all too much to represent this outfit as Nomad, and no-one else would either.
Published 652 days ago
The ShareProphets China-AIM Filthy Forty reveals the most shocking statistics of losses for investors, demonstrable frauds and companies being booted off the Casino – see HERE. But which country of incorporation lost investors the most money? Which national regulator has the most egg on its face? Our table has thrown up some surprising statistics.