Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Naivete is not a sin and I really do take it all back about PR genius Steffi - what a nice woman
Published 11 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, as head of AIM, completely trusts and supports the regulatory framework of the world’s most successful growth market. As such, and ever keen to help, ShareProphets put together a beautifully diversified portfolio of AIM-listed stocks for him, so that he could demonstrate his faith in the system he oversees by investing in stocks which we have Red Flagged. How better than to put his money where his mouth is to show us that there is nothing wrong. Last time I revisited the portfolio it was down by some 23%. If that had Mr Stuttard feeling a bit queasy, he had better look away now….
Published 36 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) are unchanged this morning on news of the result of its Tender Offer at 3.28p - paid for from the Open Offer last summer and conducted through the good offices of former Casino poster-boy and former Nomad Daniel Stewart (DAN). But we also see that company chairman Nicholas Lyth has dumped his entire holding. That’s already a bit of a concern, but then so is the statement that his disposal was not at the 3.28p everybody else got, but at 200p per share. What????
Published 52 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has finally announced the long-awaited buy-back first announced way back last August when launching an Open Offer to pay for it. Hurrah! So it wasn’t a massive spoof to get a fundraising away after all, although the net result of the exercise appears to be a lot more shares in issue and a net inflow of well over half the funds raised.
Published 59 days ago
A profit warning out yesterday afternoon had Tom Winnifrith in yesterday’s Bearcast saying that his cat, Oakley, was seeing through the recent histoire of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua play (TAIH) and coming to awkward conclusions. Is Oakley a genius, I wonder?
Published 59 days ago
I take a detailed look at fad investing covering the big California drone fraud but also Fitbit which had a shocking profits warning today, Fitbug (FITB) and Cloudtag (CTAG). I look at two China frauds on AIM in big doo doo, Jiasen (JSI), which is definitely a kill for the Sheriff of AIM, and Taihua (TAIH) which will be. Then I look at Torotrak (TRK), Guscio (GUSC), Greatland Gold (GGP), Andalas (ADL), Golden Saint (GSR), Amur Minerals (AMC) and finally LGO Energy (LGO)
Published 68 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, the head honcho of the AIM Casino would have us believe that the market is tightly regulated by his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation. In order to demonstrate his faith in his own system we thought it a good idea to pick him a portfolio of seven stocks which we have Red Flagged so that he could put his own money into them and show us all that there is no problem of fraud on the world’s most successful growth market. Here is the January update for Stuttard’s Septic Seven.
Published 77 days ago
And so after its website disappeared at least as early as late November last year and two failed efforts at getting a replacement available so as to comply with AIM Rule 26, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has finally issued some Jackanory of a statement saying it now won’t be complying until Monday next week. The explanation may seem reasonable, but in context they’re ‘avin’ a bubble.
Published 78 days ago
This is descending into farce: almost seven weeks ago we noted that the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) had disappeared. Following two missives to AIM Regulation, finally a new website was notified by RNS on Wednesday but it lasted less than 24 hours before being blocked – one assumes by the Chinese authorities, since the notification was in Chinese. Not to worry, yesterday the company notified another web address for its website but this morning that too has been blocked.
Published 78 days ago
Oh dear, oh dear. Having been banging on about the disappearance of the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) and being pleased to note the announcement yesterday of a nice shiny new site, this morning it seems as though it too is not working. But lo and behold, at 11am up pops the company with another RNS, announcing that it is all change again, and that the new site is to be found at www.thuaplc.com. Nothing for six weeks, and then two come together!
Published 79 days ago
Well there you go: two letters to AIM Regulation and half an hour after the second one is published ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) releases an RNS saying it has a new website: www.taihplc.cn. Amen to that - and a rare well done to the oxymorons. A dot.com becomes a dot.cn - was that really so hard to explain to the market in an RNS, that it has taken over six weeks to update investors since the demise of the company's previous pages?
Published 79 days ago
ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is having a giraffe. The buy-back announced last August, to be paid for from an Open Offer long since completed hasn’t happened. There has been no update on the matter since the end of September. The accounting matters over related party receivables which the company, in its FY15 Annual Report promised an update on has seen no further comment. The website has disappeared, meaning that the company is in breach of AIM Rule 26 – a matter I raised with AIM Regulation on 29 December last year.
Published 89 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is, in my view, a screaming sell in view of the Red Flags highlighted on this site for months. I doubt very much whether a short position is possible with this stock, but if I were a holder I’d be running for the hills.
Published 89 days ago
In order to show us all what faith Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM, has in his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation ShareProphets has selected a beautifully diversified portfolio of stocks for him to invest his own money into. Of course, all seven have been Red Flagged on this website but since was all know that all is well with the regulation of the world’s most successful growth market we are sure that Mr Stuttard will want to demonstrate his trust. At the last update his portfolio was down by 11.6%. Has it fared any better as we close out 2016?
Published 92 days ago
The broken record is still going with regard to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) and its missing website, the share buy-back promised back in August (and funded from an Open Offer) and, of course, the update over related party receivables which the auditor wouldn’t sign off in last year’s accounts. Now, in the season of goodwill, it is time for one last missive for 2016 to the oxymorons at AIM Regulation with regard to compliance with AIM Rule 26. We just such nice guys here at ShareProphets, we just want to help.
Published 109 days ago
Tom Winnifrith asked some serious questions of Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and has been met with no response. He’ll keep at ‘em, but the lack of a statement looks very bad. In similar vein, I have been asking questions of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua with the same result. I’ll keep asking too. Where is the website, where is the buy-back and where is the update on receivables?
Published 116 days ago
I keep on asking, and still there is silence: where is that buy-back that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Taihua (TAIH) has been promising since announcing an Open Offer to pay for it back in August? And where is the company website? And what about those Related Party receivables which were subject to an audit qualification of opinion?
Published 123 days ago
It is four weeks since the last update on the fortunes of our specially selected and diversified portfolio of AIM stocks which we think that the sham sheriff of AIM, Mr Marcus Stuttard, should invest his own cash into as a way of demonstrating his faith in the market he runs and the competence of his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We have Red Flagged them all, but naturally we must be wrong because this is the world’s most successful growth market. And so in month two our index has gone from a 4.5% gain to……
Published 124 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has been promising a share buy-back since the launch of an Open Offer back in August which was apparently being conducted to pay for it. The last update from the company - on 30 September (interims, released on deadline day) - told shareholders that the company expected to announce the mechanics of this Godot-esque buy-back “shortly”. That was more than eight weeks ago. We are now heading towards the very end of November. While we are at it, what has happened to the company website?
Published 144 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has been promising a share buy-back since the launch of an Open Offer to shareholders which was being conducted, apparently, in order to pay for it. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but the buy-back was first promised on 25 August and we are now well into November. The last update from the company was on 30 September (interims, released on deadline day) when shareholders were told that the company expected to announce the mechanics of this Godot-esque buy-back “shortly”. That was more than five weeks ago.
Published 152 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please. With the original list having been complied on 29 Sept 2016, here is our first update, one month on – and it is off to a flier!
Published 155 days ago
At risk of sounding like a broken clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced a comical open offer which, apart from a bit of working capital, was to fund a share buy-back. That was back on 25 August – more than two months ago. So where is it?
Published 165 days ago
Back on 25 August this year ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) issued a comedy RNS announcing an Open Offer which was to be used in part for working capital and in part to fund a share buy-back. The working capital we can all understand, given the audit qualifications in its FY15 results and the content of its recent interims. But what about the share buy-back?
Published 180 days ago
Well, all of the remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty got their numbers out yesterday - with the exception, of course, of the now suspended MoneySwap (SWAP) and Asian Citrus (ACHL) whose auditor is taking a rather close look at the bank accounts. The ouzo will have to wait, but the pop-corn went down well anyway. Included in the last-minute Charlies was Taihua (TAIH) and a rather large looking Red Flag is to be found here. Let me explain….
Published 182 days ago
Ten days ago we identified ten of the (only) seventeen still-listed members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which had a results reporting deadline of tomorrow (Fri 30 Sept) to meet. Actually, it was eleven as although Asian Citrus (ACHL) has a year-end of March it is dual listed in Hong Kong and only gets three months to report its finals there. But it won’t make it and has been suspended – as has MoneySwap (SWAP) which can’t get its accounts out on time. Which of the Filthy Forty are still to report, with just one day to go?
Published 182 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please.
Published 187 days ago
Last year’s Sept reporting season saw a raft of casualties as members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty either failed to release numbers on time and/or saw the Nomad quit. With less than one week to go until deadline day for interims to June 2016 (or finals to March 2016) there are ten of the remaining 17 members of our iffy index still to report (or announce that they won’t). Which will be the next to get suspended?
Published 193 days ago
Of the original 40 AIM-China companies we identified as our ShareProphets Filthy Forty, the steady attrition has seen that number whittled down to just 17 companies. The period either side of the reporting deadline for calendar 2015 numbers (30 June) saw further departures, but last year’s interims deadline saw a queue for AIM’s Death Row develop. How are we looking this time?
Published 193 days ago
In the curious world of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) we have now had the result of the Open Offer which was announced in order to raise funds to pay for a share buy-back. I’ve got a great idea to get Jeremy Corbyn elected into Downing Street: let’s raise the basic rate of income tax in order to fund a cut in the basic rate of tax. I digress….This is, of course, all from a company which saw its Auditor issue a going concern emphasis of matter and a qualified opinion on its FY15 accounts in relation to trade receivables.
Published 218 days ago
My father wants it known that my podcast joke about 14th century pews shows how ignorant his son is as pews only arrived in churches in the nineteenth century. Moving on...I look at how events at Taihua (TAIH) and African Potash (AFPO) show what a joke regulation on AIM has become. I comment on Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR), Strat Aero (AERO), Avanti Capital (AVA) and its chairman Phil "InterX" Crawford and his other charge Lombard Risk (LRM). I look at Coral Products (CRU) where you need to dig beneath headline numbers and then I comment on Optibiotix (OPTI)
Published 218 days ago
Well this is a most bizarre situation. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has announced an underwritten one-for-three Open Offer at a 134% premium so that it can fund a share buy-back (and keep back a few quid for working capital). Has the company been taking too many doses of its own medicine?
Published 274 days ago
The race to see which of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM China Filthy Forty companies clocks up a suspension/delisting is hotting up as we enter the final furlong. Yesterday saw the loose horse of Grand Group (GIPO) – a non filthy forty runner but an otherwise well qualified AIM-China play nonetheless – cross the line first with a suspension as it can’t get its accounts out on time. But with a surprise late run GTS Chemical (GTS) now looks clear of the field as they head for the line after announcing plans to delist in August, subject to the forgone conclusion of a vote at its AGM.
Published 275 days ago
I previously highlighted that a good few of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty faced a reporting deadline of Thursday this week, 30 June. In honour of Royal Ascot we ran a poll which showed that readers of ShareProphets reckoned on two or three suspensions/delistings to come over the next (now) just under three weeks. The race has now entered the final three furlongs…how are the runners and riders looking?
Published 310 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is already down to just 20 AIM-listed companies, with a further three currently suspended. The calendar FY2015 reporting deadline is now looming (30 June), which last year saw a splurge of suspensions and Nomad resignations as companies either failed to report or their advisers decided enough was enough. But we’ve had a good few RNSs in the last few days, so it is time for a rancid round-up!
Published 316 days ago
I start with more news on frigana cutting. I am a sweaty wreck after a day of mega slashing as I "take it out" on various folks in the City. Then I cover Asian Citrus (ACHL), Jiasen (JSI) and Taihua (TAIH) before I move onto Johnny Hon and R4E (R4E) then the scams and scum at Golden Saint Resources (GSR) - why won't PR fecking genius Steffi tell us about her shares? Then it is onto doomed Outsourcery (OUT) and then, as we expect more news tonight on Uramin, I ask a few questions about Port Erin (PEBI) another vehicle of my friend Jim Mellon. Oh and there is bad news for a company trying hard to bring jobs and wealth to the grim Northern welfare safaris, DX Group (DX). Moral of the story, let them rot, stick to doing business in the hard working South.
Published 359 days ago
In today's podcast I start with the clown Lenigas as he stoops to new lows in every respect - see HERE. I then move onto a shit company not linkd to Jabba The Hutt - Taihua (TAIH). I also cover Solo Oil ( SOLO), Strat Aero (AERO), 88 Energy (88E), Cluff Natural (CLNR) and the time Algy met a man in shorts and a T shirt (me) and turned up his patrician nose, and Nighthawk Energy (HAWK)
Published 437 days ago
I warn you that this podcast contains bad language from the start as I discuss how - as a customer - I hate BT (BT.A) with a passion. I then move onto China Norfolk Taihua (TAIH), a brief Jabba the Hutt section on Solo Oil (SOLO) and LGO Energy (LGO) and a look at SeaEnergy (SEA). Oil disasters dominate the fallers and in that vein I cover Petroceltic (PCI), MX Oil (MXO), Iofina (IOF), Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP), Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) and Range Resources (RRL). I also have a butchers at the fun and games at Altona (ANR).
Published 545 days ago
Phew, what a scorcher! The heat really was turned up on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty over the past two weeks. Last week we had one AIM-execution, a suspension (and subsequent restoration) as Vmoto (VMT) announced a transaction which we find less than credible (HERE) and results from Jiasen (JSI) which prompted Tom Winnifrith to present us with a choice that he was a banana or Jiasen is a fraud. And JQW (JQW) had its operations suspended by the Chinese authorities for contraventions of advertising and pyramid-selling regulations before releasing less than convincing interims. This week saw fourteen of the Filthy Forty racing to the line to get results filed by close of play Wednesday so as to avoid automatic suspension, two of which added to the overcrowding problem on AIM’s Death Row as their Nomad quit. Here is the ShareProphets round-up of AIM-China Red Flags served up this past week.
Published 548 days ago
We started the week awaiting interims and FY results from 14 of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. Following this morning’s round of 7am RNSs, who is still to report? And there is one other we await with considerable interest – the FY results from Daniel Stewart (DAN). Any of the companies which fails to report by the end of the day will be suspended from trading on the Casino.
Published 550 days ago
It was a storming week last week on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. But there is more to come, for Wednesday sees the end of the month and the reporting deadline for any company with a half year to the end of June, or a full year to the end of March. So what is there to look forward to?