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SCANDAL? Filthy Forty Taihua – Tender Offer at 3.28p sees Chairman dump the lot - at 200p?

Published 23 hours 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????

Spot the Difference No 1: Mark Gustafson v Arsene Wenger

Published 4 days ago

I used to love scouring my mum’s monthly ‘Puzzler’ magazine for the Spot the Difference puzzles trying to find the extra seagull in the beach scene or the additional letter poking out of the postman’s bag on the high street. So I thought I’d offer up a bit of Sunday fun with a couple of my own, although admittedly, this one is a tad easier than the second one.

Brave Bison – more ‘wrongster’ from the previous Rightster Group, disastrous profit warning…

Published 6 days ago

A 10am “Trading Update” announcement from Brave Bison Group (BBSN), a company which has previously proven a wrongster. Uh oh…

CloudTag – L1 finishes loan conversion. Now for death-spiral-on-steroids warrants. Sell!

Published 7 days ago

AIM-listed CloudTag (CTAG) has announced the conversion of the final little bit of loan notes held by death spiral provider L1, at 4.5p. The shares have raced ahead, even though this only marks the half-way point in the share price carnage caused by the package. Indeed, it may not even be half, for the warrant exercise terms are far more favourable than the loan conversion terms (from L1’s perspective).

Filthy Forty Jiasen – EGM passes delisting motion, no NEX application filed, might go for HK instead (or not….)

Published 8 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.

Frontera – another “speeding ticket” RNS on the way? Sell.

Published 8 days ago

I think Tom Winnifrith missed a cracking entry for his Dirty Dozen AIM-listed resource stocks whose share prices might head north for no good reason. Certainly, the history of Frontera (FRR) suggests so from its share price performance over the years. Plenty of Red Flags to look at here! This morning the shares are indeed on the rampage (up 168% last seen) in the wake of a board appointment RNS. As we shall see, there seems to be little reason to celebrate that, and with one “know of no reason” RNS already issued this week, I fancy another is on the way.

OneView Group – following December bailout loan… another bailout loan!

Published 8 days ago

Having in December announced “an additional loan facility of $1 million on similar terms to that of the existing $3m facility, which is fully drawn… to cover short term working capital needs around the company's new business contracts”, OneView Group (ONEV) has now announced an additional $300,000 loan “to cover short term working capital needs”. Hmmm…

Toople – Surprise, surprise, the Breith comeback has been a flop…..and it’s still a sell

Published 11 days ago

In May 2016, I commented on the forthcoming IPO of a David Breith-connected business, Toople, which joined the Sub-Standard List raising £2 million at 8p (see HERE). It currently trades at 3.25p, a disappointing 60% drop in a mere eight months, but I thought I’d take a closer look at its recent maiden full year results to assess where it goes from here.

Boxhill Technologies: A profits warning and yet another odd-looking deal – no great surprise!

Published 13 days ago

The thing about dodgy companies is that eventually the chickens come home to roost and this morning’s RNS from Boxhill Technologies (BOX) is testament to that fact. Nevertheless, I almost admire the chutzpah of the guys as it’s not holding them back from issuing more confetti in unknown directions in a further attempt to squeeze a few quid out of the mug punter!

Corero – new contract & partnership + utter bullshit, cash crunch AHOY!

Published 14 days ago

Corero Network Security (CNS) has announced it “ended the year strongly… a material order for its ‘SmartWall’ Threat Defense System from a leading Cloud computing company and Juniper Networks technology alliance partnership”. Why are the shares thus currently unchanged at the 6.375p they have slumped to?...

blur Group – says “progresses on its path to profitability”, but it looks cash crunch ahoy first!

Published 15 days ago

blur Group (BLUR) has announced “key metrics for Q4 2016”, in the same opening paragraph noting “FY 2016 EBITDA is expected to be ahead of expectations”. EBITDA is of course not a ‘key metric’, but bullshit earnings. What about the real key metrics – cash generation and the balance sheet position?...

Igas – shares in freefall: statement required, still a sell

Published 15 days ago

Shares in over-indebted AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) have not been strong of late but this morning they are down by 13% to just 8.7p (last seen) on no news. The silence from the company is deafening, especially as it faces having to redeem some of its bonds after a FY16 underspend on its conventional assets as well as having to deal with a bit of an issue with its net leverage covenants. Then there is an interest payment due on its secured bonds which the company has already indicated will cause a liquidity covenant problem. A statement is needed.

DX Group – another profit warning, from 100p IPO to sub 10p in less than 3 years…

Published 16 days ago

I previously cautioned on parcels, mail and logistics group DX (DX.) with the shares at 30p HERE and 16p HERE. Hopefully the warnings were heeded as a “Trading update” announcement currently sees the shares 60% lower, heading towards 7p…

Eagle Eye Solutions – having questioned whether it was cash crunch ahoy... “Extension of credit facility”

Published 17 days ago

While an update last week from digital promotions technology company, Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) claimed “confidence in the group's prospects”I questioned whether it was cash crunch ahoy. There is now an “Extension of credit facility” announcement...

Challenger Acquisitions: Two bits of “good news” but I’m starting to despair

Published 17 days ago

This morning’s RNS from Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) is actually good news for the business, but some of the goings-on in the last week have made me more cynical than ever and I despair at the state of the lower end of the market.

Eagle Eye Solutions – claims ‘confidence in prospects’, but cash crunch ahoy?

Published 22 days ago

Digital promotions technology company, Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has updated that during its half year ended 31st December 2016 it “has continued to trade well delivering revenue… ahead of market expectations”. But what’s that? A swing into a net debt position. Uh oh…

Igas – mandatory bond buy-back after investment falls short

Published 24 days ago

AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) this morning announced that it is to conduct a mandatory redemption of $2.3 million of its secured bonds after investment in its conventional hydrocarbon assets fell short of the required $15 million last year by the aforesaid $2.3 million. It may seem that this is good news in that the company is being prudent, but I suspect that this is bad news on two fronts.

PhotonStar LED – loss warning, product modifications needed & cash crunch ahoy as CEO claims “good progress”!?!

Published 24 days ago

“James McKenzie, Chief Executive of PhotonStar (PSL), said: ‘In 2016, we made good progress in transitioning the group into becoming a retrofit connected lighting and building management business’”. Good, good. You what? The shares currently more than 15% lower, at sub 1p, in response to the announcement…

Challenger Acquisitions: Surprise, surprise, Chiel Smits has had enough and takes his ball home

Published 24 days ago

Another slow step towards the grisly end for Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) this morning as, unable to pay its debts due to the Starneth guys, it “sold” the business back to them, leaving Challenger holding nothing but a few promises and hopes, although clearly it hasn’t been spun that way.

EVR Holdings – That’s enough of the larks, I’m calling the top - SELL

Published 28 days ago

This morning’s RNS from EVR Holdings (EVRH) made me look again at this AIM darling and I have reassessed. I ended my last piece on 6 January on the topic with the sentence: “For the avoidance of doubt, I’m not calling the top…….yet. Just keep on moving that stop loss up and enjoy the ride!” Well, I’m calling it now, it’s time to get off the ride!

Time Out Group – 2016 trading update, revenue is vanity…

Published 28 days ago

Time Out Group (TMO) “is pleased to announce” that “revenue for the full year is anticipated to be ahead of the board's expectations” and “closing net cash expected to be better than previously anticipated”. So why are the shares barely ahead, at 137p?...

Audioboom – related-party bailout & acquisition with marked uplift from “nominal consideration” in sub 6 months

Published 29 days ago

Having last month noted on spoken-word audio platform company Audioboom (BOOM) that nearly all the money’s gone AGAIN, I note an announcement today of an agreement to acquire SONR News Ltd for an all-share £1.42 million and the issue of a £1 million, 10% interest, convertible loan note...

CloudTag – when does the L1 funding package fall apart?

Published 30 days ago

Tom Winnifrith and Waseem Shakoor were commenting yesterday on where shares in AIM-listed CloudTag were heading. Obviously the end target for a company with still no working product available to sell, revenues of zero and stonking cash-burn is nil. But the focus of attention is the L1 funding package and when it could fall apart.

GAME Digital – claims “pleased” with performance over peak weeks, BUT…

Published 36 days ago

Previously writing on GAME Digital (GMD) with the shares at 67p, I concluded bearishly HERE. The following updates with the shares currently down further, at sub 60p, on the back of an “AGM Statement and Trading Update” announcement…

Challenger Acquisitions: Well? Have you paid your debts or are you insolvent?

Published 36 days ago

I understand that Mark Gustafson, CEO, of Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) is more than happy to treat its shareholders with disrespect and utter contempt but, come on, surely you can’t just sit on price-sensitive information about whether you are bust or not?

Hotel Chocolat – argues ‘performed well’, but what about on a like-for-like basis?

Published 37 days ago

Chocolatier and retailer Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has updated that it ‘performed well’ in a trading statement for the 13 weeks ended 25th December 2016, with adjusted revenue 14.6% ahead. What about like-for-like performance though?...

Countrywide – full-year trading statement, a “pleasing” performance?

Published 41 days ago

Following Foxtons earlier this week, Countrywide (CWD) has now updated for the 2016 calendar year with CEO Alison Platt claiming “it is pleasing to report modest full year revenue growth”. Hmmm…

Filthy Forty Taihua – rum’n’coke RNS re AIM Rule 26: Bargepole

Published 41 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.

Parallel Media – Harwood says thanks very much for the spoof

Published 42 days ago

On Wednesday I called shares in AIM-listed Parallel Media (PAA) as a sell at 30.75p in the face of what appeared to be a BB pump and dump spoof on Tuesday which puffed the shares from 16p up to a peak of 46.5p in the middle, with a “speeding ticket” RNS released later that day. The shares have since come back to 24p mid (last seen), having put in a floor earlier today of 20.5p. Now we have had a NED walking with immediate effect after Harwood Capital had dumped the last of its holding.

AO World – argues “Continued Growth and Strategic Progress”, BUT…

Published 42 days ago

UK and Europe online electrical retailer, AO World (AO.) headlines a trading update for the quarter to 31st December “Continued Growth and Strategic Progress”, though the shares are currently approaching 8% lower, at 170p, in response. Hmmm…

FARCE!! Filthy Forty Taihua – second new website blocked, another missive to AIM Regulation

Published 42 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.

UPDATE: Filthy Forty Taihua - Company Website news at long last

Published 43 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?

HaloSource – trading update, still desperate times?

Published 44 days ago

Having from November 2015 onwards been warning on the shares of water technology company HaloSource (HALO), I note an update on trading and its strategic review...

Sell Picks of 2017 Review Part 2: Nektan – is that a light at the end of the tunnel?

Published 45 days ago

Anyone who read my sell article HERE and took the brave option of selling pre-final results would have made an instant profit but, to be fair, you wouldn’t have had long as the year-end results came out on 29 December, about an hour after my piece was published. An additional trading update came out this morning though - is that a light at the end of the tunnel I see?

Boxhill Technologies: Um, M’Lord, just wondered, if you don’t mind….WHERE’S THE CEO?

Published 48 days ago

I surprised myself to note that I haven’t commented on the quality outfit, Boxhill Technologies (BOX), in over two months so thought I should start the New Year by asking the question that must be on every investor’s lips: when is the new CEO going to start and who the hell is it? Surely the company's not struggling to find a suitable mug / candidate?

MySQUAR: A cash-burning, “jam tomorrow stock” – AVOID!

Published 49 days ago

A tad surprisingly, I got into cryptography at Christmas so, taking inspiration from a mighty opus in that domain, I thought I would look at a shockingly, disappointing stock, MySQUAR (MYSQ), using a particularly odd approach. No trophy for working out my antics as you may actually find it a risky topic to Disqus, but can I actually do 400 words on this stock in a fitting way with my customary virtuosity?

Corero - “pleased to announce” minor contract wins, what about the cash burn?

Published 50 days ago

“Corero Network Security plc (CNS), the AIM listed network security company, is pleased to announce that it has won five ‘as-a-service’ subscription-based contracts for its DDoS protection products and technology in the final quarter of 2016”. Sounds promising. Oh, but wait… “with an aggregate annualised contract value of $0.3 million”. Hmmm…

CloudTag – drawdown of final tranche L1 funding, and yet another clarification needed by Nomad Cairn?

Published 51 days ago

Two RNS announcements this morning from AIM-listed CloudTag (CTAG) this morning tell us that the company has drawn down the final amount of cash under its death spiral funding deal with L1. The problem is that the dates don’t quite work. Perhaps Nomad Cairn would care to clarify (yet again)?

CloudTag – A review of the year: let’s evaluate progress….or rather the lack of it!

Published 53 days ago

With CES in Las Vegas starting next week, there must be a strong feeling of déjà vu for CloudTag (CTAG) shareholders; however, with the company valuation shooting through the roof during the year, it felt appropriate to assess progress from the 2016 CES show through to the 2017 event to ascertain whether such a valuation was warranted.

ShareProphets share tips of the year Number 19: Sell Taihua says Nigel Somerville

Published 54 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.

ShareProphets share tips of the year Number 16: Sell IGAS says Nigel Somerville

Published 56 days ago

A year ago I made AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) my one suggestion – as a sell - as part of the ShareProphets tipfest for 2016. Without wishing to sound like a broken record, it is still a sell – and the clock is really ticking now especially in the light of this morning’s RNS.

ShareProphets share tip of the year Number 14: Cynical Bear says sell Nektan

Published 56 days ago

I wasn’t writing for Shareprophets a year ago but I called Nektan (NKTN) as my bear pick of the year on 14 January and it has played out as I envisaged with the share price dropping from its 31 December 2015 price of 130p to 32p today – a drop of 75%; but I think there’s still some way to go as I sense matters are coming to a head.

Shareprophets Share tips of the year Number 11 - Cynical Bear says sell Challenger Acquisitions

Published 57 days ago

Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) has a been a common target for me this year and it doesn’t surprise me that its share price has collapsed from 37.5p when I first wrote on the subject back in January to 11.875p today – a drop of 68%. However, I think there’s plenty more to go and would actually be surprised if it still existed by this time next year.

CloudTag – “Fiske”ing yesterday’s “clarification” RNS: was it more an “obfuscation” RNS? Answers required from Cairn.

Published 62 days ago

The ‘fessing-up RNS of yesterday leaves a few unanswered questions – so many that I just can’t help but wonder whether what we think we are being told is not actually the same as what we are being told. Let me explain as we “Fiske” the text and wonder whether there had, in fact, been a retrospective alteration to the terms of the loan conversion and associated warrant terms.

CloudTag – L1 converts, company takes the piss. Will Nomad Cairn now finally walk?

Published 63 days ago

Well surprise, surprise. AIM-listed CloudTag (CTAG) gets its shares unsuspended and a few days later L1 converts another batch of loan notes, as announced in last night's no-one-is-watching o’clock RNS. OK, no great surprises so far – especially in view of the price action since the suspension was lifted. But look at the terms: has there been a a material and previously unannounced change, and if so, when?

Arria NLG - little more than 3 years after listing on AIM… proposed de-listing…

Published 66 days ago

5th December 2013: “Arria (NLG) is joining AIM (at 100p per share) in order to raise the company's profile and support the development of the Arria NLG brand internationally, give access to equity capital as needed, facilitate the recruitment of high calibre employees and provide liquidity in the company's shares”19th December 2016: “Proposed cancellation of trading on AIM” (with the shares at 13.25p)…

Audioboom – claims “reached a crucial tipping point”. Er, yep… nearly all the money’s gone AGAIN!

Published 71 days ago

Previously writing on spoken-word audio platform company, Audioboom (BOOM) I noted “agreement for investment from China ‘not yet been reached’, surely not to be cash crunch ahoy AGAIN!”. The company is now “pleased to provide an update on its Q4 KPIs and trading for the year ended 30 November 2016” and, well, er…

Microsaic Systems – reckons “clear opportunities exist”, but it's a profit warning…

Published 72 days ago

“Trading Statement” announcement from Microsaic Systems (MSYS) starts with that “it is expected that EBITDA and pre-tax profit for 2016 will be broadly in line with market expectations… The company has reshaped its business strategy to focus on the Pharma market where clear opportunities exist for the company's products”. Hmmm, “broadly in line” is of course ‘slightly behind’, though at least there’s “clear opportunities” ahead. Though, wait. What’s that? The shares currently down approaching 20%, towards 3p?!? …

Milestone – Christmas Panto RNS: finally gets October Placing away.…Oh no it doesn’t!

Published 72 days ago

It seems the pantomime season has started early: AIM-listed lifestyler Milestone Group (MSG) has announced that it has raised a keep-the-lights-on placing at just 0.3p, and that of the original October placing which was announced to have brought in £1.385 million, only £60,000 has made it to the coffers. If Nomad Cairn Financial thought that its (currently suspended) client CloudTag (CTAG) was just a rogue case, Milestone begins to make it look more like carelessness.

Filthy 40 All Asia Asset Capital – keeps the lights on with a new contender for most expensive loan in AIM history

Published 77 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.

Milestone – shambles upon shambles, is it insolvent yet?

Published 78 days ago

AIM-listed lifestyle company Milestone Group (MSG) has updated on the placing that didn’t raise the £1.385 million announced on 20 October. Having previously announced that £1.25 million of the proceeds hadn’t arrived, it now turns out that the little bit of meter-money which did arrive has now been paid back and the company is trying to do a replacement placing. Shambles upon shambles.

OneView Group – half-year results show reason for additional loan facility

Published 79 days ago

Having most recently warned on OneView Group (ONEV) last month HERE, the company has now announced an additional loan facility and results for its half year ended 30th September 2016 showing why…

James Halstead – AGM statement notes FX benefits & ‘confidence in prospects’, so why are the shares down?…

Published 83 days ago

Writing on commercial flooring company James Halstead (JHD) in August I concluded that the circa 426p per share valuation deterred me. The shares have recently risen towards 500p but despite now updating that “the fall in the value of Sterling following the referendum vote of June has contributed to increased margins on our overseas sales, increased competitiveness and positive growth” and noting confidence “in the prospects of the company going forward”, the shares are currently approaching 6% lower today, back towards 450p...

Digital Barriers – contract wins, able to focus on converting pipeline & generating follow-on sales... or not?

Published 83 days ago

Reviewing results for the six months ended 30th September 2016 from Digital Barriers (DGB), I noted a £7.4 million reduction in net cash to £3.4 million and that the company has established a £10 million revolving credit facility. It has now made a “Contract wins across APAC and EMEA” announcement. Hmmm…

DP Poland – sale and sub-franchising of Krakow stores, shares further higher…

Published 84 days ago

The company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has announced the sale and sub-franchising of 4 stores in Krakow – and the shares have reacted further higher…

Sabien Technology – yet more delays. Cash crunch ahoy (again)?

Published 85 days ago

Previously writing on boiler technology company Sabien (SNT) last month, I noted a considerable improvement in sales performance needed otherwise its funds will continue being used just to keep the lights on. The following updates with the shares currently more than 6% lower, at 3.75p, on the back of an “AGM Statement”.

Digital Barriers – H1 results, claims a clear, strong organic growth engine. But is there?

Published 86 days ago

Provider of surveillance technologies, Digital Barriers (DGB) has announced results for the six months ended 30th September 2016 including “it is clear that we have now established a strong organic growth engine”, though later also stating “organic revenues… were broadly flat at £6.9m”. Hmmm…

CloudTag – L1 Death Spiral financing update: Shareprophets Translation Service

Published 87 days ago

This morning, CloudTag (CTAG) has announced an update to its funding arrangements with death spiral funder, L1 Capital. Here at Shareprophets, we are conscious that these funding agreements can be rather convoluted and obtuse so are happy to provide a free of charge translation service.

China fraud Taihua: where, oh where, oh where, oh where is the share buy-back (and what has happened to the company website)?

Published 89 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? 

CloudTag – EGM circular published, my plan for great riches hits a snag but there is a get-out

Published 90 days ago

Oh dear. They say that no news is good news and so conversely it was beginning to seem that every time AIM-listed CloudTag (CTAG) opened its mouth via the RNS system these days it was bad news. What a come-down from the good old days when it could announce anything it liked and the market loved it. Perhaps the company’s fortunes will change with this morning’s ramptastic RNS, although the reaction seems a tad muted already. Watching this unfold I wonder if my plan for instant wealth as a death spiral financier might hit a snag.

AO World – half-year results argue “a great start to the year”, market response sceptical…

Published 92 days ago

UK and Europe online electrical retailer, AO World (AO.) has announced results for the six months ended 30th September 2016 emphasising “a great start to the year, with group revenue and profits growing well as we continue to deliver on our long-term strategy”. The shares are though little changed at 168.5p…

Eagle Eye Solutions – seeks to emphasise ‘accelerated growth’, but looks to be cash crunch ahoy!

Published 97 days ago

An AGM update from Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) commences “the year ended 30 June 2016 saw continued progress against the group's strategic and operational objectives. The significant contracts won and the developments to our software platform mean that we entered FY17 with strong momentum”. Sounds promising, but…

Igas unsecured bonds plunge again: now just 20.94c in the $

Published 98 days ago

AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) equity may still be valued by the equity markets at £36 million but the read-across from the bond market tells a very different story. I'm sure readers don't need reminding that when the equity and bond markets disagree, it is generally the latter which wins out. With the unsecured bonds in Igas now trading all the way down at just 20.94c in the $, the implication on the equity is clear: it is toast.

Igas – planning permission changes nothing: sell

Published 99 days ago

Yesterday AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) was pleased to announced that Notts County Council had approved a planning application for the development of a hydrocarbon wellsite and the drilling of two wells. This, of course, is with a view to developing a fracking project.

LightwaveRF – recent puff news helping share price rise = take a guess…

Published 99 days ago

I warned on shares in LightwaveRF (LWRF) last month following it being “pleased to announce” an uber-expensive loan (& trading warning). There have since been recent announcements of “Additional order from Megaman” and “Launch of Amazon Echo Alexa voice control” and the shares rising from little more than 13p to 21p. Thus, on cue, it’s discounted fundraising time…

M. P. Evans - Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad returns with a “final cash offer”...

Published 100 days ago

With the M. P. Evans (MPE) board and shareholders of a majority of its share capital having rejected a 640p per share takeover offer, Malaysian company Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad has now returned with a 740p per share “final cash offer”

Igas – bond market signals another warning to equity holders as unsecured debt plunges

Published 103 days ago

That AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) is in trouble is in little doubt as the company battles with the over-indebtedness legacy of the Andrew “piggy” Austin days. KKR-backed Trans European Oil & Gas is in possession of a blocking holding of the secured bonds and the cash is draining away. But the latest warning sign comes not via the secured bonds, but via the unsecured bonds. The price has crashed from around 54c in the $ to just 28.6c in the $. The implication for the equity is clear.

Challenger Acquisitions – Is this wheel still moving?

Published 103 days ago

Having listened to Tom’s Bearcast on the topic yesterday, I thought I’d add my tuppence-worth on Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL), which like one of the Giant Observation Wheels that it designs, appears to be moving so slowly that one wonders whether it is actually moving at all.

SIG – profit warning & ‘mutually agreed’ that CEO walks the plank…

Published 104 days ago

On the back of “Trading Update” and “Directorate Change” announcements, shares in building products distributor, SIG plc (SHI) are currently more than 20% lower, heading towards 90p. Uh-oh…

OneView – following swift about-turn profit warning, now attempted bailout fundraising ahoy!

Published 104 days ago

I warned shares in OneView (ONEV) were for the bargepole list as they slumped last month after the company went from “remains confident” to “likely to be below market expectations” in 6 weeks. They had subsequently recovered somewhat, but that before a Thursday 10:32am “Trading Update and Notice of Results” announcement…

Devro – Trading Update includes 2016 expectations “unchanged”, so why 20%+ share price decline?

Published 105 days ago

Devro (DVO) has made a “Trading Update” announcement, including “the board's full year expectations for underlying operating profit remain unchanged”. However, the shares are currently more than 20% lower, at sub 180p…

Igas kicks the can, but not very far

Published 111 days ago

Yesterday afternoon AIM-listed and over indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) announced that it had sold some of the secured bonds hitherto held in treasury and that this has now shored up its finances such that it now no longer expects a breach of its daily liquidity covenant in 2016. Good news? Er, no – this simply kicks the can down the road (and not very far at that).

Dialight – despite update that trading “remains in line”, shares down…

Published 111 days ago

Previously writing on LED lighting technology company Dialight (DIA), I was bearish on the back of its half-year results in August. The shares have since risen, but are currently 5% lower, at 675p, on the back of a “Trading Statement” announcement…

HaloSource – “Trading Update” = Loss & Cash Warning, desperate strategic review ahoy…

Published 112 days ago

Having consistently over the last year warned on shares in HaloSource (HALO) – most recently HERE – I note they currently more than halved today, heading towards 1p, on the back of “an update on trading ahead of the year ending 31 December 2016”

Igas – Barbarians at the gate, shareholders will lose their shirts

Published 115 days ago

Yesterday saw Sky News unmask the mystery buyer of AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) Oslo-traded secured bonds via the recent Dutch Auction conducted at 75c in the dollar – see HERE. We already knew that the previously un-named buyer had acquired a 34% stake in the bonds – enough to block any proposed debt restructuring that it didn’t like.

Entu – further disappointment as “important step forward” March 2015 acquisition to be sold for net £1

Published 118 days ago

Shares in home improvement group entu (ENTU) are currently further lower, at sub 20p, on the back of an agreement for the disposal of Astley Facades Ltd – for a net £1…

Blenheim Natural Resources – trouble at t’mill

Published 118 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. There’s trouble brewing at AIM-listed Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR) in the wake of a total disaster at the company’s AGM. In an RNS released yesterday at 3.19pm (HERE) the company announced that every single one of the resolutions put to the AGM were rejected. Thus, following the departure of Chris Cleverly of African Potash (AFPO) infamy, two further directors have been ousted as their retirement by rotation became permanent as shareholders voted down their re-election.

M. P. Evans – details why it considers offer “highly opportunistic and wholly inadequate” & shareholder support…

Published 119 days ago

Following its announcement earlier this week that the board had unanimously rejected a 640p per share takeover offer from Malaysian company Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, M. P. Evans (MPE) has detailed that shareholders of a majority of its share capital have also stated their intention to reject the offer and why it considers the offer “highly opportunistic and wholly inadequate”...

Igas – bondholder meeting update: secured debt says no

Published 120 days ago

AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) has just announced the result of its bondholder meeting. The unsecured debt voted the proposals through, but the secured debt voted it down. The company says it has not yet breached its bond covenants, but that this is now expected next week. 

Igas – high noon in Oslo

Published 120 days ago

At time of writing bondholders in AIM-listed over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) are meeting in Oslo, having been summoned by the company to consider proposals to waive certain bond covenants while a restructuring of the company’s capital is negotiated. Igas previously indicated that a bond covenant breach was anticipated to occur this very week. Will the bondholders play ball?

Earthport – “is pleased to announce”… dire full-year results…

Published 120 days ago

“Earthport (EPO), the leading payment network for cross-border payments, is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 30 June 2016”. The shares are currently down 4%, to sub 16p, in response. Hmmm…

M. P. Evans – rejects takeover offer, faces hostile move. What to do?

Published 120 days ago

Shares in palm oil producer M. P. Evans (MPE) have soared more than 43% to 610p on the back of a takeover offer from Malaysian company Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad – though the offer has been unanimously rejected by the M. P. Evans board...

Digital Globe Services – another AIM success story; seller returns for 62% discounted takeover just 44 months after IPO! ...

Published 124 days ago

14 February 2013: “Digital Globe Services, Ltd (DGS), a leading provider of outsourced online customer acquisition solutions for large, consumer-facing corporations, is pleased to announce at 0800 today the admission to trading on AIM… at the placing price of 159 pence per common share… The Resource Group International (TRGI), the selling shareholder”21 October 2016: “The independent directors and TRGI are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer for DGS… shareholders will be offered for each DGS Share: 60 pence”. You what?!?…

Digital Barriers – credit facility ahead of interim results?

Published 128 days ago

Having warned on shares in Digital Barriers (DGB) last year, I note an announcement of a £10 million credit facility – with this following a trading update announcement last week…

Starcom – legal woes follow half-year results concern…

Published 129 days ago

Having previously questioned whether it has sufficient working capital, I note a “Litigation update” announcement from Starcom (STAR) and the shares currently 12.5% lower, at 2.625p, in response. Uh-oh...

LightwaveRF – “pleased to announce”… an uber-expensive loan (& trading warning)…

Published 131 days ago

LightwaveRF (LWRF), “enabling domestic and commercial users to remotely monitor and control light, heat, power and security by smartphone, tablet or PC… is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with its principal shareholder, Committed Capital Financial Services Limited for a loan of £150,000”. Uh oh – sounds like ‘keep the lights on’ stuff…

GAME Digital – full-year results, is this a sustainable proposition?

Published 133 days ago

Following an August pre-close trading update which saw its shares lower to sub 70p, I now update on GAME Digital (GMD) with the shares falling to 67p on the back of its full-year results announcement…

Time Out – claims “incredible milestone” in it to bring “highly successful” market format to London. Hmmm…

Published 134 days ago

Having recently been “very excited” to announce a second ‘Time Out Market’, Time Out Group (TMO) is now “absolutely delighted to announce that we will be bringing our unique Time Out Market format to London”. The following reviews with the stock market not particularly delighted – the shares currently 1.4% higher at 141p, still comfortably below the 150p June IPO price…

Igas – proposes bond covenant waivers as breach expected w/c 24 Oct. SELL!

Published 134 days ago

The denouement has started – you can’t say you were not warned over and over again here in ShareProphets. AIM-listed and over indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) has gone cap-in-hand to its bondholders to seek a series of waivers and a standstill agreement on its bond covenants while a capital restructuring is negotiated. Shareholders face a bloodbath this side of Christmas, but already the stock is down 11% on the day.

Igas – tick tock, tick tock, as bonds slip it’s almost covenant breach o’clock

Published 135 days ago

For all the positive news of late regarding permits for the fracking industry (even if its own application for planning permission from Notts County Council saw the decision deferred to next month), AIM-listed drowning-in-debt Igas (IGAS) still has the pressing problem of staying within its bond covenants. The company stated in its interims to June 2016, released on deadline day of 30 Sept,  that it was expecting to breach its daily liquidity covenant in the second half of October – that could be as early as next Monday.

Nanoco – full-year results; claims “excellent position”, but actually en-route to cash crunch ahoy (again)?

Published 135 days ago

Nanoco Group (NANO) Chairman Dr Christopher Richards considers it “a pleasure to be introducing Nanoco's results for the year to 31 July 2016”. The shares are currently more than 6% further lower, at 55p, in response…

Nanoco – “update on the timing of revenue recognition” just days before scheduled results announcement. Uh-oh…

Published 139 days ago

Having in August announced, for its year ended 31st July 2016, “unaudited revenues in the year were £1.9 million (FY 2015: £2.0 million)”, Nanoco Group (NANO) has now made an “Update re Unaudited Revenues” announcement just days before its scheduled results announcement. Hmmm…

Eagle Eye Solutions – a management either trying to fool you or fooling themselves, whilst at the trough. Oink, oink…

Published 139 days ago

Shares in “SaaS technology company that validates and redeems digital promotions in real-time for the grocery, retail and hospitality industries”, Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) have recently been on the rise – with recent announcements including a share purchase by CEO Tim Mason and results for the company’s year ended 30th June 2016 including “overall the board is pleased with the significant progress made”. Sounds interesting…

Time Out Group – “pleased to announce” a new 'Time Out Market' in Portugal, still a gold-plated sell?

Published 141 days ago

“Time Out Group (TMO), the global multi-platform media and e-commerce business with food & cultural markets, is pleased to announce that it has signed a lease for a new Time Out Market in the iconic São Bento train station in Porto, Portugal. This will be the second Time Out Market, following the success of the group's flagship market in Lisbon which opened in May 2014”. Hmmm…

DP Poland – reckons business model “proven”, to accelerate roll-out. It’s placing time

Published 141 days ago

Arguing “the strong financial and KPI performance from the stores reported in the company's 2016 interim results gives the board comfort that the business model is proven and the confidence to accelerate the roll-out of new stores”, the company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has announced it’s placing ahoy! Hmmm…

Igas – dire interims, bondholders take box seat as covenant breach looms

Published 146 days ago

Rarely does one find good news in results which are released at the last minute, and in the case of Igas the recent record of fairly prompt reporting suggested that leaving the interims to deadline day would be a bad omen. This morning’s numbers and, more to the point, update on the bond situation reads badly – for all the positive spin applied. The numbers aren’t good, a bond covenant breach is expected in the second half of next month and then there is the question of how long it may be before the cash simply runs out.

Vislink – half-year results, TIMBERRR!

Published 146 days ago

July profit warning meant results for the first half of 2016 from Vislink (VLK) were not going to be good but, on revenue 15% lower than in the corresponding 2015 period, at £22.6 million, a loss of £32.8 million!?! And there’s worse…

SpaceandPeople – half-year results suggest it’ll be profit warning ahoy!

Published 150 days ago

Shares in shopping centre and other high footfall venue promotional and retail company SpaceandPeople (SAL) currently trade approaching 30% lower, at well below 30p, on the back of its results for the first half of 2016. Let’s take a look…

Igas – New Year tip update: crunch time this week?

Published 151 days ago

When I penned my one and only suggestion in the 2015 ShareProphets Christmas tipfest, AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) shares sat at 18.5p on a market capitalisation of £55.3 million. They have been all over the place since then – up as high as 21p twice and down as low as 10p. They are currently 12p as the last bubble nonsense deflates gently but has anything really changed? Er, no. The company is still drowning in debt which it can’t repay and the lit fuse is now almost ten months shorter. Igas remains a stonking sell.

Filthy 40 Origo Partners: "Notice of Results" = profit warning

Published 153 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?

Majestic Wine – review of a far from majestic “Trading Update”

Published 155 days ago

Specialist wine seller Majestic (WINE) has announced, despite its retail operations “trading on track”, Naked Wines UK and Australia performing “on plan” and “a return to growth for Lay & Wheeler”, that “EBIT for the current financial year ending 3 April 2017 is expected to fall below current market expectations”. Uh-oh…

Filthy Forty MoneySwap – share price falls below proposed bailout

Published 155 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.

DP Poland – half-year results; seeks to emphasise “EBITDA loss reduced”, but…

Published 156 days ago

The company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has announced results for the first half of 2016 and the shares have responded back above 50p. Let’s take a look…

Sabien Technology – “£750,000 placing to continue growth strategy”, AKA to keep the lights on…

Published 160 days ago

Previously writing on Sabien Technology (SNT) in July, I noted its seeking to reduce the nominal value of its shares “in order to allow the company to issue new ordinary shares should it decide to do so”, concluding that somehow, I’d guess it would decide to do so! - see HERE. Today we have an announcement of “£750,000 Placing To Continue Growth Strategy”...

Intercede – from “well positioned for future growth” to trading “below expectations” in just over 3 months…

Published 160 days ago

Intercede (IGP), a software and service company specialising in jargon to describe what it does (sorry, specialising in “identity, credential management and secure mobility”) has announced it “has had a slow start to the current financial year and is continuing to experience delays in the receipt of anticipated MyID license orders from both new and existing customers”. Uh-oh…

Starcom – half-year results, “sufficient working capital”?

Published 169 days ago

“Starcom (STAR), which specialises in the development of wireless solutions for the remote tracking, monitoring and protection of a variety of assets and people… (is) pleased to report the unaudited results for the six months period ended 30 June 2016”. The shares are currently more than 15% lower, at 3.375p, in response. Hmmm…

Mobile Streams - “a significant initial milestone in India”, Really? …

Published 170 days ago

Shares in mobile media company, Mobile Streams (MOS) are currently more than 170% higher, at above 11p, on the back of an announcement that the company has reached 50,000 ‘active subscribers’ in India. Hmmm…

CloudTag – Just one more question, Amit, who is Massimo Ventimiglia; not worried about insolvency are you??

Published 171 days ago

Amit, as you were so kind to answer my last question relating to CloudTag (CTAG) as to when the revenue warning was finally going to come......by issuing a revenue warning on Friday, I thought I’d follow-up with a simple one. Why has Massimo Ventimiglia, who appears to be a hired-help, grim reaper of the corporate world been appointed the sole director of your main operating subsidiary, Cloudtag Active Limited. Surely can’t be because you’re worried about going bust, can it?

HSS Hire – half-year results, appalling balance sheet, also of interest to Speedy Hire shareholders…

Published 175 days ago

UK and Ireland tool, equipment and related services group, HSS Hire (HSS) has announced results for the 27 weeks to 2nd July 2016 – and the shares are currently circa 8% lower, to below 80p, in response. With the results also coming as 19% shareholder in the group, Toscafund, prepares for a General Meeting dust-up with the board of fellow hire group Speedy (SDY) - which it has urged to consider merging with HSS - the following reviews…

Filthy 40 Asian Citrus moves into property. How much cash is left?

Published 175 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?

Challenger Acquisitions – Interims out…..suggest shareholders follow suit!

Published 177 days ago

In last week’s piece on Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) HERE, I said I would comment further once the interims came out. Well, they were released this morning and, unfortunately for shareholders, there were no surprises.

ACEEEEEED!! Filthy 40 Taihua – on drugs as it announces Open Offer to pay for share buy-back.

Published 182 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?

Challenger Acquisitions – Great news, more debt deferred - only a month late!

Published 184 days ago

Having asked the question five weeks ago (HERE), I was pleased to see Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) finally announce this morning what had happened with the €1.25 million debt that it owed the three ex-Starneth shareholders. Guess what – it didn’t pay it. Big surprise!

21st Century Technology – you were warned & it’s now profit warning ahoy

Published 188 days ago

Unlike its previous “Trading Update” announcement, it’s not ‘no one watching o’clock’ this time - but it is the same end result for shares in 21st Century Technology (C21); they're crashing...

Kellan Group – Half-Year results. “A market leading recruitment business”, Really? …

Published 188 days ago

Self-described “market leading recruitment business” Kellan (KLN) has announced results for the first six months of 2016. The shares are currently down 24%, to 0.95p, in response...

Earthport – “is pleased to provide” a trading statement for a year of “challenges” & a “material… fraud incident”. Hmmm…

Published 190 days ago

A leading burner of cash (Oops, sorry, “leading payment network for cross-border payments”), Earthport (EPO) “is pleased to provide an unaudited trading update for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2016”. Hmmm…

Filthy 40 China fraud Aquatic Foods: “Technical administrative delay” sees dividend postponed.

Published 191 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear. This does not look good. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty China fraud Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has announced that it hasn’t paid its full-year dividend of 0.7p per share due to a “technical administrative delay”. Is that because there isn’t any cash?

blur Group – “is pleased to present” its half year results, it shouldn’t be…

Published 194 days ago

Prodigious cash-burning machine (sorry, services platform and marketplace group), blur (BLUR) “is pleased to present its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016”. Hmmm – this with the shares down from a start of the year 17p (and much, much higher when we first started warning) to a current little more than 7p…

Forte Energy – For the love of God, can we drop this Fintech nonsense!

Published 195 days ago

As the share price of Forte Energy (FTE) keeps dropping as the BOS Global RTO approaches, as even long-suffering shareholders think some cash today is worth more than nothing tomorrow, I’ll have one last dig (for now) at something really riling me with this stock and that is the total misuse of the term “Fintech”.

Forte Energy – mea culpa, my valuation was wrong..…it was far too high!

Published 198 days ago

Two weeks ago, following the release of its admission document I wrote about the valuation of Forte Energy (FTE) HERE. It was at 0.006p at the time and I thought 0.002p was a better reflection of the value. Well the share price has dropped to 0.0035p in the meantime but the bad news for those that have stuck it out so far is that my valuation should have been lower.

IGAS - irrational exhuberance, just fracking nonsense

Published 199 days ago

Shares in overindebted AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) have shot out of the traps this morning on news that Theresa May is in favour of fracking and wants to bribe the locals into letting it happen. There is also a technical matter announced last week that Igas underwent a capital reduction which apparently strengthens the balance sheet......if only. The share price reaction has seen the shares race ahead by as much at 47% (30% last seen) but has anything changed? Er....

Golden Saint – Er, about those licence renewals?

Published 201 days ago

On 19 July AIM-listed POS Golden Saint Resources (GSR) released an RNS entitled Licence Renewal and Operational Update. What we learned was that in fact it had not renewed its licences at all (in Sierra Leone) but that it would be making arrangements to pay for the…licences in the course of the next two weeks. That was two and a half weeks ago: has it paid? Has it been granted the permits?

Dialight – half-year results, board “confident” but will FY expectations really be met?

Published 204 days ago

LED lighting for industrial and hazardous applications-focused, Dialight plc (DIA) has announced half year results emphasising “underlying operating profit” up from £1.7 million to £4.2 million, though showing a statutory loss before tax of £7.1 million, from breakeven. Hmmm, let’s take a look…

APC Technology - “is pleased to announce”… another private investor screwing

Published 205 days ago

APC Technology (APC) “is pleased to announce that it has conditionally raised £1.1 million (before expenses) by way of a placing of 13,750,000 ordinary shares… together with two warrants for every five placing shares issued”. The market is not as pleased – the following updates with the shares currently more than 16% lower, at 8.375p, on the day…

Rurelec – another short-term loan, this time for just 90 days, death merely postponed

Published 206 days ago

The noose does appear to be tightening around AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR). It had appeared for a while that the board had managed to buy itself a little time with an extension to a previous short-term loan out to the summer of next year. But all the while the company has been clear that funding is tight. It comes as little surprise, then, that a bit of extra cash was needed but the terms (90-day maturity, 18% annualised interest) suggests that the company is more than a little distressed.

Filthy 40 MoneySwap – heads you lose, tails er….

Published 207 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.

Filthy 40 China Africa down 36% today: how long until it is bust?

Published 210 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.

Blur Trading Statement - Show Me The Lack of Money: Letts Must Go

Published 210 days ago

The hapless Phil Letts, founder and CEO of disaster story Blur (BLUR) must surely know that his time - and that of his grossly overpaid Mrs - is almost up. After another dire trading statement today, There's No Other Way, as Blur used to say:

Frontera Resources – Red Flags for breakfast, anyone? SELL!

Published 211 days ago

DIRECTOR PURCHASES SHARES screams the headline – in capitals - of an RNS from AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) - not to be confused with Frontier Resources - this morning. Ooooh quick, let’s all pile in – follow the money, as they say, because the insiders know what’s really going on. Er, hang on a moment….

Kenmare – rescue refinancing sees just 7.45% support of Open Offer

Published 214 days ago

Ireland- and London-listed Kenmare Resources (KMR) announced (after-hours, natch) on Friday that the open Offer element of its rescue refinancing package had met with just 7.45% support: hardly a ringing endorsement. Of course, since the Open Offer cash was headed straight into the hands of creditors rather than providing the business with much-needed working capital it was hardly an attractive proposition, not to mention the abject record of the board.

LSL – initial acceleration of activity attributed to changes to Stamp Duty, but Profit Warning now to Brexit. Hmmm…

Published 216 days ago

“Trading Update” announcement from residential property services company, incorporating both estate agency and surveying businesses, LSL Property Services (LSL) commences that the company “expects to report strong interim results on 2nd August… delivering growth across all major revenue lines” and that “the group performed strongly in quarter one”. Good, goo… what’s that? “full year group operating profit will be significantly lower than previously anticipated”

AO World – shares ahead on Q1 trading statement. Hmmm…

Published 217 days ago

Having long been bearish, I note shares in online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) are currently more than 10% higher today, at 148p, on the back of an AGM (and first quarter) trading statement. Let’s take a look…

China fraud: Haike Chemical loses CFO. Uh Oh…..are we on a familiar path to oblivion?

Published 218 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.

CloudTag – A disappointing “jam tomorrow” stock since 2013

Published 219 days ago

Being one of the few writers on ShareProphets yet to comment on the stock du jour of rampers everywhere (see HERE for the full coverage), I thought I’d take a visit down memory lane and see what lessons one can learn from CloudTag’s (CTAG) history. Guess what, it’s been promising jam tomorrow from the beginning.

Sabien Technology – GM to reduce nominal value of shares + “three month's cash to cover working capital”. Hmmm…

Published 225 days ago

Sabien Technology (SNT) has released the update provided at a General Meeting held today. Why the General Meeting? … “to effect a reorganisation of the company's share capital… the nominal value of the company's ordinary share capital needs to be reduced in order to allow the company to issue new ordinary shares should it decide to do so”. Hmmm...

Shock, Horror! Beaufort issues a "sell" note (re Hotel Chocolat)

Published 225 days ago

Well this doesn't happen very often. In fact, I can't remember the last time I had a morning note drop into my inbox only to find that something was being rated as an outright sell. The usual guff is a series of "speculative buy" ratings (often on things I wouldn't go near). But this morning Beaufort Securities has broken the city's unwritten code of conduct, plunging the knife into recent AIM IPO candidate Hotel Chocolat (HOTC).

Igas – Sunday press PR puffery tells you all you need to know: sell

Published 227 days ago

Tom Winnifrith has already quite correctly berated the Sunday Telegraph for its piece yesterday on the ongoing travails of AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) and its little debt problem. The sense of desperation which saw this piece of abject puffery in a national newspaper is apparent to anyone who looks at the balance sheet, or read the comments from the company about its expected bond covenant default in the second half of this year (ie any time now). But the article reads like a dodgy RNS aimed at getting the bulletin board morons to pile in while the crony capitalists get out.

Igas - shares sliding, is the penny starting to drop?

Published 231 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed and debt-ridden Igas Energy (IGAS) hit a new low point today of just 11.5p per share. They have since recovered to 12.25p (last seen) which is still below anything registered during the slide from the heady days when previous head honcho Andrew "piggy" Austin did his sale-and-repurchase deal with Equities First Holdings LLC. Is the penny starting to drop about how big the debt problems are?

Vislink – strangely timed “Trading Update” = ‘material’ profit warning & worse still…

Published 232 days ago

A strangely timed (8:01am) “Trading Update” from technology group “specialising in solutions for the capture, management and delivery of high quality video for the broadcast and surveillance and public safety markets”, Vislink (VLK). Hmmm…

Igas - result of bond "Dutch Auction", shares still a sell

Published 233 days ago

We previously flagged that the "Dutch Auction" tender offer by an un-named client of Pareto Securities for the senior secured bonds of AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) might present a bit of a threat to shareholders. We've now had the result of the tender offer...

Filthy 40 – China New Energy FY15 results: a stinking POS festooned in Red Flags

Published 236 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.

China fraud 40 Jiasen – drowning is cash, generating cash, profitable, PE<1, cancels dividend. Why might that be?

Published 237 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.

Igas – bondholder Dutch Auction lights up neon warning signs for equity holders

Published 245 days ago

I’ve been a bear of Igas Energy (IGAS) ever since previous CEO Andrew “piggy” Austin’s shady dealings with Equities First Holdings LLC (EFH) when he walked away with millions in cash whilst still being able to claim that his interests in the shares were unchanged by the transaction. It ran rings around the disclosure rules. Ever since he walked (or, more likely, was pushed) it has been clear that he left the company drowning in debt and sitting on a ticking time-bomb. Yesterday came a surprise move, but one which could, perhaps, spell the end of the road for equity holders. Quite why the shares spiked (albeit temporarily) on the news is a mystery.

CAP-XX – “secured new orders for automotive applications”. Hmmm…

Published 246 days ago

Having previously written in March in a sceptical vein, I note shares in the company which modestly describes itself as “a world leader in the design and manufacture of thin, flat supercapacitors and energy management systems”, CAP-XX (CPX) currently trade higher, at around 5p, on the back of an announcement which begins with that the company “is pleased to announce that it has secured new orders for its supercapacitor solutions for both passenger vehicle and heavy vehicle automotive applications”.

CloudTag – the equity issues go on and on…. And on and on…

Published 252 days ago

“CloudTag (CTAG), the company that brings personal monitoring to the health, wellbeing and fitness markets, is pleased to announce an operational update and to announce it has raised £470,000 by way of a subscription for new ordinary shares”. At 6.05p, this now means a market cap here of more than £19.5 million. Hmmm…

Christie Group – AGM statement, relying on second half year recovery. Hmmm…

Published 253 days ago

Shares in provider of professional business services and stock & inventory systems and services, Christie Group (CTG) are currently trading lower on the back of an “AGM Statement” announcement. Let’s take a look…

Time Out Group – IPO, an absolute rum n’ coke

Published 254 days ago

Time Out (TMO), founded in 1968 as a London culture and entertainment magazine, has listed on AIM at 150p per share, to capitalise the group at £195 million. Founder Tony Elliott sold a controlling share to private equity firm Oakley Capital in November 2010 with the “strategy to transform what was a traditional print brand into a leading digital platform”. Apparently Oakley “invests in and supports the continued growth and development of some of Europe’s leading companies”. Financially, this ain’t one of them…

eg solutions – “Board Changes” announcement adds to an extraordinary track record

Published 254 days ago

“eg solutions plc (EGS), the back office optimisation software company, announces that Jonathan Kay, Chief Financial Officer, Duncan McIntyre, Non-Executive Chairman, Mark Brady, Non-Executive Director and John Brougham, Non-Executive Director, have tendered their resignations”. Uh-oh…

Eagle Eye Solutions – CEO reckons “encouraging progress”, the market reckons not…

Published 258 days ago

In February, with its shares at over 200p, I noted scepticism on Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) after a heavily spun trading update - see HERE. We now have another trading update and CEO Phill Blundell emphasising “encouraging progress”, though the shares currently down a further more than 10%, to 164p, in response. Hmmm…

AO World – full-year results, do the numbers reflect “deliver(ing) huge benefits to the business”?

Published 259 days ago

Online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) has announced results including that “the consistent focus we place on delivering amazing customer service along with the investment we have been making in our brand continues to deliver huge benefits to the business” and that “trading in the current financial year has started well”. The shares though are now down 6%, to 157p, on the back of the announcement. Hmmm, let’s take a look...

Hardide – half-year results dire, cash crunch & thus (explicitly) fundraising ahoy!

Published 262 days ago

Half-year results (to 31st March 2016) from Hardide plc (HDD), a company which “develops, manufactures and applies advanced technology tungsten-carbide coatings to a wide range of engineering components… Customers include leading companies operating in oil…” Uh oh...

DCD Media – follows no-one watching o'clock "business update", with no-one watching o'clock results

Published 265 days ago

Following a true 'no-one watching o'clock’ “Business Update” from DCD Media (DCD), it has followed suit with the results announcement – with a 4:10pm release. I wonder why...

Sabien Technology – more problems (& some pure comedy) in the boiler room

Published 266 days ago

“The board of Sabien Technology Group plc (AIM: SNT), the manufacturer and supplier of M2G, an energy efficiency technology, announces that the company now expects to report revenues of c. £0.9m and a loss of up to c. £1.7 m in the financial period to 30 June 2016”. Hmmm, let’s read on... ‘UK pilot programme’, ‘Sales pipeline’, ‘Overseas pilot programme’ and finally ‘UK trading’… “results for the current financial year stem from the withdrawal of a number of large prospects from the opening pipeline at 1 July 2015 and a reduction in contract value of a number of sales”. Uh oh…

Igas – new Nomad and Broker appointed: bail-out imminent?

Published 268 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS)  had a good week last week, rising by about a third in value before slipping back again. But its balance sheet problems (well documented on ShareProphets, see HERE) continue to mount and this morning it was announced that Investec has been appointed Nomad and joint Broker, replacing the previous incumbent Jefferies International. Whilst one might wonder if Jefferies jumped or was pushed, the bigger question is when the bail-out re-financing will come and how big the shafting for existing shareholders will be.

DCD Media – Friday 4:07pm “Business Update”, true 'no-one watching o'clock’ stuff?

Published 271 days ago

No announcements since 13th November last year from DCD Media (DCD), that is until now… a Friday before a bank holiday weekend 4:07pm “Business Update & Notification of Results”. I’m guessing this ain’t going to be good…

CDialogues – “Update on new Business Opportunities” = from bad to worse…

Published 272 days ago

A 10:58 am “Update on new Business Opportunities” announcement from mobile marketing services company CDialogues (CDOG). Hmmm, with last month-announced results including that “given that net contributions from some mature projects are expected to decrease during 2016, the company is now focused on building the new business pipeline”, this really needs to be positive…

Lombard Risk – full-year results it is “pleased to report”, it shouldn’t be…

Published 272 days ago

Chairman Philip Crawford is “pleased to report on a year of considerable development and growth for Lombard Risk” (LRM). The results suggest he shouldn’t be…

eServGlobal – trading & research update, “on track”... or not?

Published 273 days ago

Shares in mobile financial services company eServGlobal (ESG) have recently moved higher on the back of a trading update particularly emphasising that “the company confirms it remains on track to achieve a small EBITDA* surplus for the core business”. However, researcher Edison has now updated including “we have revised our forecasts to reflect H116 performance, reducing our revenue and EBITDA forecasts”. Hmmm…

Shanta Gold - Director buy SPOOF!!

Published 273 days ago

As much as it pains me to highlight this, as I hold a (very) small handful of shares here, I note with interest an announcement at 4.17pm yesterday afternoon (almost no-one-is-watching o'clock) from AIM-listed Shanta Gold (SHG) which simply strikes me as a spoof. It is a director buy, but I fear that it is a sell signal. Here is why.

Tungsten – Full-year trading update, the board reckons ‘unwavering belief’. Hmmm…

Published 275 days ago

Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has updated on a cash balance “£1.1 million in excess of the board's expectations” and revenues for its year ended 30th April “representing an increase of at least 12.5% on the prior year”. The shares are though currently lower, at around 58p, in response. Hmmm, better continue reading…

IGAS – a fracking good shorting opportunity?

Published 275 days ago

This morning came an announcement (see HERE) that North Yorkshire County Council has voted to allow the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas from a site in northern England. It is the first fracking permit in the UK since 2011 and all of a sudden over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) shares have leapt 25% on the news. Of course it does nothing to relieve the balance sheet issues facing Igas and as such this seems to be a cracking (or fracking) good shorting opportunity.

Mobile Streams – a 2:21pm “Trading Update”, Uh oh…

Published 279 days ago

A Thursday 2:21pm “Trading Update”. Hmmm. “Mobile Streams plc (MOS) updates the market on its expectations for the current financial year ending 30 June 2016”. Uh oh…

Goldenport – last chance for the bag of Walkers, it is shipwreck ahoy!

Published 279 days ago

On 22 April 2016 fully listed Goldenport Holdings (GPRT) announced its intention to delist from the London Stock Exchange, stating that the last day of dealings was expected to be 23 May 2016 – Monday of next week. But, as discussed previously, following the disposal of its shipping fleet (in a series of related party deals, all approved by shareholders) it seems clear that there will be nothing left for shareholders at all. 

Imaginatik – shares on the rise despite admitted discounted fundraising discussions. Hmmm…

Published 280 days ago

Having fallen back towards 3p following a couple of RNS announcements earlier this week, shares in Imaginatik (IMTK) are currently on the rise again. With this coming after the shares had slumped to sub 2p by the start of April before soaring beyond 5p by the commencement of May, the following reviews the goings-on here…

Ubisense – it’s so long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye... to CEO Richard Green & his “performance payments”

Published 280 days ago

Previously on Ubisense Group (UBI), I reviewed a November profit warning and noted an idea where the “further cost actions” can start – see HERE. That was with the shares then at 66p. With them now at 29p, an announcement from the company begins with “that it is to expand the remit of its chairman, Peter Harverson, to become executive chairman with immediate effect”. Hmmm, why’s that then?

Earthport – follows recent bad news with… £650k+ of nil-cost share awards to management!

Published 287 days ago

Having in February seen its shares slump further on potential foreign exchange business fraud and in March announced an increased net cash outflow, pioneering cash-burning machine (sorry, “pioneering technology success story… revolutionising global payments”) Earthport (EPO) has announced… “nil-cost share awards under 2016 Long Term Incentive and Retention Plan to the members of the executive management team”!?! …

MediaZest - ‘keep the lights on’ placing, is ‘transformation’ really ahoy?

Published 288 days ago

“MediaZest (MDZ), the creative audio-visual company, is pleased to announce that it has raised £250,000 (before expenses)… The net funds raised will be used to help deliver current and future projects for existing clients including Hyundai, Adidas, HMV, Diesel and Kuoni. The funds will also provide MediaZest with additional working capital and will help the company to develop new business opportunities and expand the client base”. Hmmm – the amount sounds much more like a ‘keep the lights on’ placing to me. Let’s take a look...

HaloSource, Inc. – agreement for sale of Recreational Water business, is all as it initially seems?

Published 290 days ago

HaloSource, Inc. (HAL) has announced “a conditional asset sale agreement to sell its Recreational Water business… for an initial cash consideration of up to $7.5 million and further deferred cash consideration of up to $0.5 million”. The announcement though later states “an initial cash payment of $4.0 million”. Hmmm, what’s going on?

eServGlobal – Contract announcement, Rampity, ramp. How long till private investor screwing ahoy?

Published 294 days ago

Mobile money company eServGlobal (ESG) has followed a claimed “significant contract” which saw guidance only maintained, with a contract win in West Africa which purportedly “is further confirmation that a recovery in the sales engine of our company is now underway”. Hmmm…

blur Group – ‘Contract win’ seemingly sparks further delusion

Published 296 days ago

Perennial cash-burning machine, sorry “Enterprise Services Platform & Marketplace”, blur (BLUR) “is pleased to announce the signing of a two year contract with a FTSE 250 multi-channel retail group”. Apparently, this contract win “demonstrates that business leaders and large corporates are increasingly acknowledging the need to prioritize their unmanaged, indirect business services spend and recognize that blur's platform offers an efficient and agile solution to drive new efficiencies within indirect spend”. Hmmm…

Sepura – you were warned & highly suspicious share price movement ahead of mega dilution ahoy!

Published 302 days ago

Following a 4th April profit warning and with the shares at around 140p, I warned that the lack of order visibility together with the possibility of debt covenant breaches must make shares in Sepura plc (SEPU) a sell/bargepole, concluding that the warning signs are loud & clear – see HERE. With the shares currently down a further more than 30% today, at 65p, on the back of a “Trading Update and Financial Position” announcement, you were warned…

Goldenport – Institutional dash for the exit

Published 303 days ago

Soon-to-be delisted from the main market and surely worthless (see HERE) Goldenport Holdings (GPRT) released a TR-1 yesterday which showed that Artemis Investment Management LLP dumped most of its holding last Friday, 22 April – the day that the company announced that it was to delist.

Goldenport – delisting leaves shareholders dead in the water

Published 307 days ago

It will come as no surprise to readers of ShareProphets that main market listed Goldenport Holdings (GPRT) is to leave the LSE, as announced this morning. Shareholders are set to lose everything just as predicted (see HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) but amazingly the shares are still trading pro tem. You can still get your bad of crisps….or perhaps just a couple of penny chews, for the shares have collapsed (so far) by 70% today, to 1.5p mid. So there is another 1.5p to go….

Torotrak – “Trading Statement” announcement is actually ‘commercialisation delay’

Published 308 days ago

Emissions reduction and fuel efficiency technology company Torotrak (TRK) has released a “Trading Statement” commencing that “the group has made good progress in executing the three year strategy to commercialise its technologies… During the last 12 months there has been a significant increase in interest from potential licensees and OEM customers in gaining access to the group's KERS technology in off-highway and V-Charge in passenger cars”. The shares are though currently more than 6.5% lower, at 5p, in response. Hmmm…

21st Century Technology plc – another attempted ‘no one watching o’clock’ failure

Published 313 days ago

Friday (15th April) at 2:24pm: “The board of 21st Century (C21) today provides the following trading update”. Hmmm. My guess is it ain’t gonna be good…

Red Flags at Night: Rurelec trading/funding update - ShareProphets RNS Translation Serice

Published 315 days ago

We have known that the Peter Earl AIM-listed train-wreck Rurelec (RUR) has been in some financial difficulty for some time. Mr Earl departed the scene last June, but the fire-fighting for the new board has been on-going ever since. Last night at no-one-is-watching o’clock (4.55pm) the company gave an update on its funding arrangements and trading in what must be a classic case-study for all MBA students on how to deliver bad news. Over to the ShareProphets RNS Translation service for the low-down on last night’s announcement…..

SeaEnergy – grim read across from appeal judgement vs Lansdowne/Providence

Published 316 days ago

Oh dear, things have just got a whole lot worse for AIM-listed SeaEnergy (SEA) as fellow AIM company Lansdowne Oil and Gas (LOGP) – in which SeaEnergy has an 18.67% interest - has just announced that its shares are suspended pending financial clarification.

Intelligent Energy – shares soar, but is funding & restructuring announcement all it seems?

Published 325 days ago

Having reviewed “energy technology” (AKA ‘green shite’) company, Intelligent Energy (IEH) last month on the back of funding calamity - see HERE, I now update with the shares currently more than 70% higher, at around 17p, today on the back of an announcement entitled “Funding Update and Proposed Business Restructuring”. Hmmm...

China Norfolk Asian Citrus profits warning – how long until the corporate undertakers are called?

Published 330 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.

CDialogues – CDOG a complete dog? Another unhappy Greece-originating AIM story

Published 331 days ago

Provider of mobile marketing to mobile network operators, CDialogues (CDOG) has announced that “following the announcement made by the company on the 25th January 2016, the company now expects that EBITDA for the year ended 31 December 2015 will be less than €1.6 million” and that its “existing contracts have generated revenues in the first quarter of 2016 less than the board anticipated”. And it possibly gets still worse…

Intelligent Energy – shares short-circuit on funding calamity

Published 336 days ago

Shares in energy technology company, Intelligent Energy (IEH) currently trade approaching 80% lower today, at below 10p, on the back of an “Update on funding position” announcement which includes that “in light of recent and unexpected developments in the discussions with various parties, the company will not be able to complete a funding process, in sufficient quanta, by the end of Q1 2016”. And it gets worse…

No Gold to be found in this Port – just a stench

Published 340 days ago

I covered proposals by the board of fully-listed Goldenport Holdings (GPRT) to dispose of its remaining fleet of container ships last weekend with an unequivocal “sell” stance, having previously given the company a wide berth (by more than the length of your average bargepole). The shares duly collapsed by more than 50% last week but I  think that they are worthless and so still a sell at any price. But I have grave misgivings about how this whole thing has been handled by the company.

IGAS – results to Dec 2015: company foresees non-compliance with bond covenants. Sell.

Published 344 days ago

AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) is my share tip of the year – as a sell. This morning saw its results for the 9-month period to Dec 2015 which did nothing to make me change my stance. Indeed there was a clear warning that the company is on course to breach its bond covenants during H2. The shares remain a stonking sell.

Red Flags at Night – Goldenport Holdings sets sail into the sunset: SELL!!

Published 348 days ago

Talk about burying bad news. Quite apart from now scoring a hat-trick of appearances in the Red Flags at Night column (see its previous gracings of this fine website HERE), fully-listed Goldenport Holdings (GPRT) didn’t even bother to include the bad news in last night’s no-one-is-watching o’clock RNS, released at 5.20pm when everyone had gone home for the weekend. It did say there is a Notice of EGM but you then have to find it on the Company’s website. And even that does not spell out the true horror. If the shares are still trading on Monday, it should be treated as a last chance to get out with one of Tom Winnifrith’s bags of crisps.

Petroceltic – ShareProphets RNS translation service on “Response to Worldview Offer”

Published 357 days ago

Petroceltic International (PCI) has released a convoluted response to 29.6% shareholder Worldview Capital Management’s 3p per share offer for the company. A clear job for the ShareProphets RNS translation service...

AO World – A O, now it’s the Chairman to go...

Published 357 days ago

Domestic appliances online retailer, AO World (AO.) has announced that Chairman Richard "Quindell" Rose “has announced his intention to step down from the board once a successor has been appointed”, with Rose noting “the long-term strategy we set out at the time of our IPO is firmly on track and I feel now is the right time for me to move on”. Hmmm.

Avanti Communications - please explain your 100% rum & coke subsidiary accounts?

Published 361 days ago

If a company organanises itself with complex subsidiaries with opaque accounts that simply contradict themselves you know to run a mile. Think Quindell. Now welcome to the world of Avanti Communications (AVN) - target price 0p - and its wholly owned subsidiary Avanti Communications Infrastructure Limited. The numbers just do not make sense.

Volex: update on trading & meaningless director share purchase reaffirm bear view

Published 363 days ago

November-announced interim results from power and data cabling provider, Volex plc (VLX) noted “tough” trading conditions, but also that “several significant new projects expected in H1 FY2016 have been deferred into H2 FY2016 including the roll out of a new product from our largest customer. We are already beginning to see the benefits of these projects in the second half”. Today we have that “expected demand for both existing and new products from our largest customer was less than expected in the second half of the year”. Uh oh…

Earthport – shares slump on potential foreign exchange business fraud

Published 364 days ago

Joining shares in Solid State plc (see HERE) in being trashed today are those in provider of cross-border payments services to banks and other financial companies, Earthport (EPO). This follows an announcement that the company is exposed to a potential loss of £5 million as a result of a customer of its foreign exchange business, Baydonhill, failing to honour pre-confirmed bank payment instructions, on the basis of which payments were made on the client's behalf. Hmmm…

Grafenia – hopefully my previous calls on this heeded; it’s another profit warning

Published 365 days ago

“Trading Update” announcement from Grafenia plc (GRA) commences “Post the last market update, trading has been more challenging in the company's domestic channels. Our markets have never been more competitive, with established players, aggressive pricing from new European entrants and domestic commercial printers diversifying into the trade print sector”. Uh oh…

Rurelec – breathing space following new secured loan

Published 371 days ago

This morning AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) which is rather fighting for its life announced that it has bought itself a little more time in the form of a new short-term secured (over all the assets of the company) loan of £850,000, which has already been fully drawn down. This will be repayable at the end of June and will repay the last short term secured loan from Radix (of £600,000), associated accrued interest as well as provide working capital.

600 Group – industrial products company “Trading Update” suggests increasing macro woe

Published 372 days ago

Distributor, designer and manufacturer of industrial products, 600 Group (SIXH) has updated that continued weakness within Europe and the UK is now also being encountered in the USA market. Uh oh…

China AIM fraud Auhua Clean Energy – a last chance to escape as the fat lady warms up in the wings?

Published 372 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.

F40 Origo Partners: The Noose Tightens

Published 373 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.

WANdisco– new forecasts (lower, natch), even deeper in the merde

Published 377 days ago

Following a “2015 year-end update” from WANdisco plc (WAND) earlier this week, forecast changes are now following. They ain’t exactly promising!...

DQ Entertainment – the Red Flags pile up. Writing, wall.....this stinks!

Published 383 days ago

Following the appearance of AIM-listed DQ Entertainment (DQE) in our Red Flags at Night series regarding the resignation of its Nomad and other matters, slipped out at no-one-is-watching o’clock on 3 Feb, we had a Director Shareholding RNS yesterday afternoon. It is a complex announcement, but it stinks. Certainly it did not give any reason to question the wisdom of the Nomad, Allenby, to step down on 22 Feb. The shares remain a big sell even after the collapse of last week.

RockRose Energy – more on the Employee Benefit Trust, implications for NAV – and another error

Published 388 days ago

We still don’t have an answer to the question posed regarding a share issue of 700,000 shares at 50p a pop in November 2015 (ignored in the Admission Document). Nor do we have an answer to the question over how share with a nominal value of 0.5p were consolidated 4:1 into share of 20p. I would argue that the Companies House filings of LSE Main Market (Standard) Listed RockRose Energy (RRE) has serious questions to answer. Who benefits from the Employee Benefit Trust is (at least for now) in no longer a question – but there another error.

Reader Post of the Day: Bearfacts - who runs Blenheim & what is it worth?

Published 390 days ago

Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR) is another much hyped shitty little AIM investment company. It also smothered itself in merde with its recent shoddy dealings with African Potash (AFPO). One of our readers (Bearfacts) posts on this matter, a comment which merits a wider audience. Over to Mr Bearfacts before I add another kicking below: 

Igas – an interesting TR-1: is there an error here?

Published 391 days ago

Andrew “piggy” Austin, the former CEO of AIM-listed Igas (IGAS) and head honcho of newly listed RockRose Energy (RRE) has submitted an interesting TR-1 which was released by Igas yesterday afternoon. It raises a number of questions, not least of which is whether it was erroneous. Surely the Equities First Holdings LLP (EFH) saga is not taking yet another twist, is it? 

SolGold continues to burn through cash - sell

Published 394 days ago

There seem to be so many mining companies on AIM that burn through cash without looking any closer to actually producing anything! Some of them catch my eye as they’ve been around for a few years and often were previous ‘darlings of AIM’ amongst private investors, and SolGold (SOLG) definitely falls into that category.

RockRose Energy – more filings from the pig-sty on Companies House. How can we possibly believe the Admission Document?

Published 399 days ago

We have already flagged up a bit of a mis-match of data between the Admission Document and the Companies House filings of the newly floated RockRose Energy (RRE) on a Standard Listing of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange – see HERE. But on the day of that first article, Companies House later showed that a correction had been filed (on 7 Jan 2016, as it turns out). A further filing appeared the next day (filed on Christmas Eve). What it seems to show is that the Admission Document was just plain wrong. Or the filings are wrong – even after the correction. This is turning into a farce from Andrew “Piggy” Austin, formerly of IGAS.

Inspirit – more Companies House issues, more on that change of Auditor, more Red Flags.

Published 414 days ago

AIM-listed Inspirit Energy Holdings plc (INSP) has confirmed that its change of auditor was due to the resignation of PKF Littlejohn. There is a statement in FY15 accounts that the auditor was appointed during the year following the resignation of PKF Littlejohn LLP. But that means that PKF resigned during the year to way back in June 2015. When an auditor resigns there is supposed to be a filing to Companies House to that effect, with an accompanying letter from the retiring auditor giving the circumstances relating to the resignation, or a statement that there is nothing to be brought to the attention of the members or creditors of the company. Those are supposed to be filed to Companies House within fourteen days. Here we are more than six months later: where are they? 

Inspirit - about that change of auditor: why no Companies House filing? And More

Published 415 days ago

I have already flagged up enough Red Flags with regard to the ex-Lenigas play, AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) - see HERE and HERE - to consider it a share to keep well clear of even Desperate Dan's bargepole. But a change of Auditor is also a Red Flag, and there appears to be no statutory filing showing on the Companies House website to explain why PKF Littlejohn LLP is no longer in post.

Inspirit Energy - a festival of Red Flags on New Year's Eve: Sell

Published 416 days ago

The ex-Lenigas stock that is AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) issued its full year results to 20 June 2015 on the day of its reporting deadline of New Year's Eve. Just the timing of the RNS during no-one-is-watching o'clock week is a Red Flag in itself. But quite how it has taken six months to collate its numbers when there are no sales is a mystery to me - that is another Red Flag, but there are plenty more. For a start, there is a change of auditor but a glaring error and a few other matters leave me reaching for the bargepole even before looking at the balance sheet.

China New Energy - the fastest pump and dump in history?

Published 422 days ago

This morning at 8.47am F40 AIM-listed China New Energy (CNEL) announced a contract worth CAD$3 million. The shares rocketed on the news, from an open at about 2p to peak at over 2.5p. Thirty-nine minutes later came the dump, in the form of a placing at just 1.5p in a keep-the-lights-on issue which raised just £200,000. Nice work, fellas - I'll bet anyone who piled in on the contract news at up to 2.5p is delighted with their purchase, with the shares now languishing at just 1.725p last seen. This is a disgrace.

ZincOx – failed fundraising, delisting mooted. Cheese’n’Onion or Salt’n’Vinegar, anyone?

Published 422 days ago

This morning AIM-listed ZincOx Resources (ZOX) produced a calamitous RNS. A failed funding round (for $5 million) means that 90% of its erstwhile wholly-owned subsidiary ZincOx Korea Ltd is to be handed over to Korea Zinc or – at Korea Zinc’s request – a loan by Korea Zinc will be converted in an eye-watering debt-for-equity shareholder dilution to leave ZincOx shareholders with just 10% of the equity. And there could be more dilution as ZincOx Korea is loss-making: any further funding to keep the lights on at the plant will come from Korea Zinc which will increase its ownership in proportion. Even after this ZincOx looks to be in dire straits and is now considering delisting. In short, this is a trainwreck. Time for one of Tom Winnifrith’s bags of Walkers – or will it be just Tesco Value?

WANdisco – after-hours contract wins RNS: Why?

Published 427 days ago

It is pretty unusual for a company to slip out good news at no-one-is-watching o’clock, but that is what AIM-listed and rather short of cash WANdisco (WAND) pulled out of the hat yesterday at 5.26pm. Is the news really that good? And talking of hats…..…is this all just a precursor to passing the hat around to raise some much needed cash?

Igas - do you believe the shareholders or the bondholders? The bondholders say sell!

Published 428 days ago

We have noted already - in the wake of dire interims -  that AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) has seen its bonds selling off to well below par value, and that Igas has warned on its bond covenants. The sell-off on its bonds has continued. With the shares having headed south before a bounce in the wake of favourable permitting news, shareholders might want to note the latest move in the bond price: it says sell.

SeaEnergy: profit warning, loans, new Nomad. Was that plain or cheese'n'onion?

Published 456 days ago

I suppose that a profit warning should actually involve profits but unfortunately for SeaEnergy's (SEA) beleaguered shareholders that seems to be a long way off. With the low oil price it goes without saying that companies with exposure to black gold in some form or other are going to be suffering in the current climate. But SeaEnergy – as discussed HERE - could and should have been almost bullet-proof. Having had cash and readily realisable assets worth millions, the company has spent the cash and stood by while the value of the holding in Lansdowne Oil and Gas (LOGP) has dwindled away. It now finds itself reliant on the bank and having to go round with a begging bowl in order to keep the lights on.

Xcite Energy – could it be toast by June?

Published 458 days ago

Third quarter numbers from Xcite Energy (XEL) make for grim reading indeed. At 18.5p the company is valued at £57.4 million but it could well be toast within nine months.

Gulf Keystone – Ben Turney needs to be locked away for his insanity – the shares are a sell

Published 464 days ago

Ben has produced yet another truly awful piece on Gulf Keystone GKP) today, Flip Flop is a stale long and wrong bull, I have called it spot on as a sell from 180p down to today’s 25.75p. But his offering today “facts about Gulf Keystone’s debt” is not based on fact and makes assertions that are ludicrous.

Rurelec – open offer a doomed last throw of the dice?

Published 468 days ago

AIM-listed and cash-strapped Rurelec (RUR) has proposed an Open Offer as the new management team fights to keep the lights on. But I fear that this potential fund-raising is already doomed to failure. The company admits that it faces a cash-crisis and the writing is on the wall. Here is why.

Rurelec – woe upon woe as 54% shareholder goes into administration

Published 492 days ago

I have been bearish on AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) all the way down from 3.75p in May. With the shares now down 79% since then, at 0.775p, I sense a notch on the bed-post at Deputy Sheriff of AIM Towers. Rurelec’s 54% controlling shareholder, Sterling Trust, has gone into administration and so we now have (to add to the balance sheet issues) a monster of a stock overhang. Also in the fray is the already suspended AIM-listed IPSA (IPSA), which sees a 30% stock overhang created.

Rurelec – boardroom departures. Rats, sinking ship, writing on the wall?

Published 499 days ago

This morning two boardroom departures have been announced at AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR). The chairman was announced to have gone first thing this morning, and now he has been followed by a NED who is departing as of the end of the month. Is this a sign of further woes to come?

Seaenergy – results: how much shareholder value has been pissed away? Sell.

Published 525 days ago

AIM-Listed Seaenergy (SEA) announced its interim results to 30 June yesterday morning. Having previously highlighted a few missed opportunities HERE (and that is being uber-polite) I see some pretty horrible numbers. I note that Tom Winnifrith called it a Bargepole stock in yesterday's Bearcast, but stopped short of calling it an outright sell. I hesitate to disagree. Er…..no I don’t. I say it is a sell, a bag of crisps job.  

Naibu – Comedy RNS, Tragedy awaits – sell at 51.5p – target price 1p

Published 933 days ago

A Trading statement from China based AIM Cesspit POS Naibu (NBU) today is sheer comedy genius. The shares are off again at 51.5p and I am now minded to revisit my 1p target price as I am being generous.

Monitise plc – forecasts down, share price to fall again?

Published 954 days ago

Shares in mobile banking, payment and commerce company Monitise plc (MONI) were hit earlier this month by a trading statement – as analysed HERE. Heck, let's not beat about the bush: trading statement equalled revenue warning. Forget about profits, they are years away (at best). With lower forecasts now in place and the shares having recovered a bit to a current 46p, should you buy?... No!

Sell Leni Gas & Oil, by Doc Holliday

Published 988 days ago

I see my old sparring partner ''David'' Leni Gas & Oil (LGO) has released yet another RNS, which means not only are we at a baker’s dozen plus in little over a month now (!!!), but also that each one creates less and less impact. A lot of the news is surely already priced in and is even, arguably, overpriced into today’s share price. 

A Brokers BUY stance means sweet FA – a shocking table for you to consider

Published 1011 days ago

Some folks get terribly excited about broker research reports. Henry at JP Morgan upgrades his stance from overweight to buy, Goldman’s removes a stock from its Conviction List but still rates it as buy. You know it all means sweet FA. Sorry to market reporters who fill column inches with this stuff but it is meaningless.

VSA: Sell Kenmare Resources at 26.75p – target price 22.4p

Published 1403 days ago

Specialist resources broker VSA has initiated its coverage of fully listed Kenmare Resources (KMR) with a detailed note and a recommendation of sell.

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