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Wednesday 23 August 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


26 August 2016, 14:39 | By Steve Moore |

26 August 2016, 12:10 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Riling fraudsters and their advisors, yes you Stewart Dickson of African Potash infamy

A rushed day, back to hospital in five minutes. Ahead I discuss why mug punters and Justin the Clown love blue sky rubbish like Cloudtag (CTAG) but not value plays. I discuss three value plays I know well two of which we own: San Leon (SLE), Obtala (OBT) and Guscio (GUSC). Boring is sexy. Then I look at a non value stock mugs like, North River Resources (NRRP). Then I discuss how one plays the game: fraud hunter vs fraudsters and yes that might involve producing mugs!

26 August 2016, 12:07 | By Steve Moore |

Rex Bionics – results statement notes “a number of important milestones”, but what about the financials?

Robot technology to enhance the mobility of wheelchair users-focused Rex Bionics (RXB) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2016 and that this “has been a period of broad progress across all areas, and we are pleased to be able to report to shareholders on the achievement of a number of important milestones during the period”. Hmmm…

26 August 2016, 12:05 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix Interims: Very pleasing but not orgasmic

Results from the half calendar year from Optibiotix (OPTI) were very pleasing indeed but not orgasmic and that is why the shares are a tad weaker at 69p-72p. They are cheap but punters need to see more. They will not have to wait too long.

26 August 2016, 09:15 | By Tom Winnifrith |

San Leon 2017 yield 19% and PE 2.6 - we are in

Well that is the forecast anyway for those who took part in the San Leon (SLE) placing at 45p details of which were announced today. For once we are on the same side as Tosca Fund which did most of the placing as we also had a modest nibble. Delivery is the key but on those sort of forecasts it would be rude not to invest. 

26 August 2016, 09:04 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bonus Bearcast: Justin the Clown & Cloudtag: Manna for Morons

Sheep shagging buffoon Justin the Clown is unrepentant after the Andalas debacle and yesterday transmitted a podcast with the CEO of Cloudtag (CTAG) which is the Bulletin Board Moron ramp de jour. In this podcast I tear into the Clown but also into Cloudtag explaining all the reasons why it is a sell and flagging up the issues the Clown would not tackle as he sucked up to another CEO on the ramp and his moronic audience.

26 August 2016, 08:11 | By Steve Moore |

Entertainment One – shares slide as ITV walks, but should investors follow suit?

Earlier this month I looked at Entertainment One (ETO) unanimously rejecting a 236p per share takeover proposal from ITV and whether ITV would be back - see HERE. Now we have an “ITV withdraws proposal to acquire eOne” announcement...

26 August 2016, 08:06 | By Steve Moore |

26 August 2016, 08:05 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Record Car Sales Should Boost Engineering Firm TT Electronics

Hello Share Funsters. I don’t like investing in the motor industry because I think we should all do more walking, I hate air pollution and don’t really like driving. But this should not stop my bringing to your attention companies in this line which I think might make you some money. Though you must always do your own research as I could be - and often am - wrong.

25 August 2016, 13:28 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Strat Aero - after the pump the dump, bailout placing & misleading but dire trading update

Shares in AIM dog Strat Aero (AERO) zoomed ahead by 140% on Monday on the back of a total piece of non news. There was more non news on Tuesday but the shares started slipping back from 1.1p and they fell again today becuase after the pump there was the dump a placing to raise £370,000 pre expenses at just 0.5p. Oooh you bought into the pump at 1.1p - sore bottom time.  The shares are now 0.6p to sell. It gets worse.

25 August 2016, 13:27 | By Graham Neary |

Mid-Year Results Are In: Allied Minds remains a Sell

Having queried earlier this week why Allied Minds (ALM) sought to open a credit facility with a US bank, I was looking forward to the release of the company’s half-year report this morning. It’s been a busy period for the company, with new rounds of capital raising and new investments across a range of subsidiaries.

25 August 2016, 11:55 | By Steve Moore |

Zamano – initial “Highlights” of half year results positive, so why are the shares further down?

zamano (ZMNO) has announced results for the first half of 2016, with a first two “Highlights” of “sales increased by 80.2% to €18.748M” and “zamano continued to improve its balance sheet position, with cash of €7.430M at 30 June 2016”, so why are the shares currently further lower below 10p? …

25 August 2016, 10:42 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Buy your P45 for Stewart Dickson of African Potash infamy mug now!

Stewart Dickson of Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald is today exposed for his role in the scandal at African Potash (AFPO) as the company misled investors ahead of a bailout placing, as it committed fraud. You can read about Dickson's role HERE as we launch the "Fire Stewart Dickson to clean up AIM campaign."

25 August 2016, 10:34 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: My father shouts out from Pedants corner

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)

25 August 2016, 09:20 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

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

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?

25 August 2016, 08:23 | By Tom Winnifrith |

African Potash - naming & shaming City advisors who knew investors were being mislead by FRAUD! ( new email arrives)

My man in London has provided me with a new email sent by African Potash (AFPO) CEO lyin' Chris Cleverley. This now allows me to publish the contract signed with Beryl Holdings, so demonstrating to you all how misleading the announcement by Potash was and also the bung involved in this deal. More critically I can now demonstrate the individuals at City firms who were aware how misleading the RNS was and - given that Potash was on the pathway to a placing - how fraudulent that is. Those City figures I name and shame should now all be placed on immediate workplace suspension ahead of a formal enquiry.

25 August 2016, 08:18 | By HotStockRockets |

Jubilee Platinum update - mostly very good news: on track: buy

The latest trading update from Jubilee Platinum (JLP) is nearly all good news. The update covers the Dilokong Chrome mine tailings project (DCM) and the Hernic PGM-bearing chrome tailings project.

25 August 2016, 08:17 | By Gary Newman |

What's all the fuss with Arian Silver - it still looks terrible and is going nowhere fast!

For some reason Arian Silver (AGQ) seems to be a favourite with PIs, but it seems to be just another AIM resource company that has achieved very little during its life and looks to be on its last legs!

25 August 2016, 08:17 | By Steve Moore |

LoopUp Group – shares to loop up or down following AIM IPO?

“LoopUp Group plc (LOOP), a global software-as-a-service provider of remote meetings, is pleased to announce… admission of its ordinary shares to trading on the AIM market… The reception from investors… reinforces our belief that our differentiated product, business model and plans for the future provide the foundation needed to deliver on our potential as a public company”. With the shares currently at 112.5p, up from a 100p admission price, let’s take a look…

25 August 2016, 08:17 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Too Much Money, Not Enough Gold - gold should be at $3,770 oz!

This short research note from Palisade Capital is interesting. It is just another way of explaining why gold is mis-priced and should be far higher, one reason we retain such a strong weighting in gold stocks in our portfolio. Palisade writes: 

2 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith: Sign up now for new free share tip service FiveFreeShareTips.com

Following complaints from shamed share ramper Roger Lawson, ADVFN has insisted on a raft of new editorial controls on OneFreeShareTip.com. I did not re-start my life five years ago to be told what I could or could not write. I said no and ADVFN boss Clem Chambers has just said that the website will be shut down. So...our hand is forced ... Welcome to fivefreesharetips.com - we hope you join NOW HERE.

3 days ago | By Pizza Hardman & Hackney Marxist Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by some scooter courier shop in Vietnam, #1 distributer for Telit

As seen here, Telit's (TCM) distributers are a, um, diverse lot, including a distributer in Vietnam that appears to be a scooter courier firm. Which is nice, and thank you for sponsoring this week's Bulletin Board Moron search.

7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

The FRC has got it right as it slams PWC with £6 million fine but also names, shames & fines individual - Nicholas Boden

Back before the world went crazy in the nineties when folks committed or abetted financial wrongdoing they were named, shamed and punished as individuals. That was a real deterrent to crime. Then the world changed and we started fining corporations, banks, accountants and other advisers. The regulators announce seemingly large fines which meant they got newspaper headlines and seemed smart. But the banks and other advisers just treated the fines as a cost of business and so were not deterred from breaking the rules going forward. At least my very good friends at the Financial Reporting Council seems to appreciate that. The FRC is, as such, the UK's best regulator.

7 days ago | By Steve Moore |

7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

It has form, shoddy ramping with grossly misleading RNS from Bushveld - placing ahoy + Cheerleader photo: SELL

This is not the first time that Buishveld Minerals (BMN) has engaged in truly sordid and shoddy ramping to get a placing away. Perhaps you remember this expose HERE which allowed me to crack a massively tasteless joke about blow jobs. The point is that pre-placing ramping back last fall left those suckered in with a really bad taste in the mouth. Wind forward to yesterday.

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

A Super Sewer, A Swish Station and a Big Bridge. Balfour Beatty is on a Roll

Hello Share Scraggers. Infrastructure is a buzz word at the mo. Companies which supply it (if that’s the right word) are seeing their share prices rise. You’ll recall that Big Donald climbed into power by saying he would spend a lot more on roads and other public projects in the USA. Not to mention that laughable Mexican wall. And Blighty’s government has also said it will be spending more on infrastructure.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

I will make this simple enough that even Bushveld shareholders can understand it

I'd like to start a competition to find the AIM shareholder list with the lowest average IQ. I am beginning to think that it may well be that of Bushveld Minerals (BMN). Sure its shares are up by 400% since the pump and dump of last fall (exposed HERE) and they may rise again on the latest pump and dump of yesterday (HERE) but folks need to be aware that a placing is a slam dunk cert. Oh no, say some very stupid people.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Andalas Energy: Open letter to FCA & AIM Regulation - Market Abuse & Breach of AIM Rules

I am deeply troubled by events at AIM uber dog Andalas Energy (ADL) on Monday afternoon. This is a company that has form when it comes to breaking AIM Casino Rules but on this occasion it is the advisers at Cantor Fitzgerald, whose actions have alreday cost some folks 50% of their money, who should be hung, drawn and quartered. Sadly we have gone soft on crime but at least they should be clobbered by the FCA for market abuse and AIM Regulation for breaching AIM rules. I have sent a letter.

6 days ago | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - we buy more shares for first time in two years, price is just wrong

Thanks for all the emails on Optibiotix (OPTI). We understand seeing the shares slide back to 53p odd is alarming. To one or two of you, there is no need for such language! To the rest of you here goes.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

AIM Dog Servision: another warning and it is death spiral and dilution frenzy ahead

When serving up god-awful FY numbers on deadline day ( June 30th) it was shown that uber dog Servision (SEV) had serially misled investors and indeed told outright lies over the prior half year. Rover also served up its second profits warning in two weeks with the god-awful numbers and 'fessed up "Our working capital position is tighter than we anticipated" - I should cocoa. Today it got worse.

5 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Looking for a Possibly Safer Airline Venture? - Well, this Fleet's In

Hello Share Grafters. The congestion in most of our airports will give you the heads-up that air travel is booming. It will continue to do so, especially as more people from developing countries become middle class. But you may still be wary of big airlines.

5 days ago | By Steve Moore |

EU Supply – does “Contract win” merit a 12% share price rise?

Having reached 18p last month, shares in e-procurement software provider EU Supply (EUSP) had slipped back slightly – but are currently further higher on the back of a “Contract win” announcement. This following a trading update earlier in the month…

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Idox – acquisition aids a rating which is “highly attractive”… Or is it?

Having reached more than 75p in May, shares in information management technology and services company Idox (IDOX) declined below 60p early last month before recovering above 65p - then declining towards 60p again. The company is now “pleased to announce that it has acquired… Halarose, a supplier of electoral back office software and services to UK local authorities, for £5.0 million, comprising £3.5 million in cash and £1.5 million in shares” (at 61.5p)…

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Obtala - shares to more than double: broker VSA: we publish the note

VSA is house broker to Obtala (OBT) so is not impartial. Neither am I as we own a small number of shares following a Dragon's Den pitch as the 2017 UK Investor Show. But the price target suggests real upside and VSA's research team is well regarded and since we happily published an uber-negative piece from Evil Banksta the other day, this offers some balance. VSA has tweaked its forecasts

6 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Capital Drilling – half-year results include “broadened” uplift in activity, so why are the shares lower still?

Drilling services company Capital Drilling (CAPD) has announced results for the first half of 2017, including that an initial uplift in activity has broadened with an improving outlook in industrial metals and capital markets activities support. Why then are the shares further lower, below 40p, having been above 60p earlier this year?...

3 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith: Sign up now for new free share tip service FiveFreeShareTips.com

Following complaints from shamed share ramper Roger Lawson, ADVFN has insisted on a raft of new editorial controls on OneFreeShareTip.com. I did not re-start my life five years ago to be told what I could or could not write. I said no and ADVFN boss Clem Chambers has just said that the website will be shut down. So...our hand is forced ... Welcome to fivefreesharetips.com - we hope you join NOW HERE.

3 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

6 tips, the one gold share that all must own, and six reasons why the stock market may crash in 2017 - The August edition of the UK Investor Show magazine is now live

The August edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring six share tips, the one gold share that all must own, and six reasons why the stock market may crash in 2017 and much more.

1 day ago | By Steve Moore |

Provident Financial – calamitous “Trading Statement”, shares plunge, another nightmare for Neil Woodford

Earlier this month in Neil Woodford - how long before The Deadwood Press admits that he does not walk on water?, Tom noted a bad record – recently including Provident Financial (PFG). The Mail on Sunday had written “the FTSE 250 doorstep lender whose profits halved after it struggled to move to a new operating model” - the struggles have got considerably worse…

1 day ago | By Cynical Bear |

Sphere Medical – Yet another Woodford debacle: it’s all becoming a bit too common

When Neil Woodford launched his Patient Capital Trust (WCPT) to much fanfare in 2015, everyone waited expectantly to see how he would start spending the £800 million war chest and so one had high hopes in April 2015 with the announcement of the first investment for the fund, namely a £4 million investment in an exciting quoted biotech play, Sphere Medial Holdings (SPHR). As an announcement last night showed, it has been as successful (or not) as one of his other uber-dogs RM2 International (RM2).

24 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

A Broker warns you on Bushveld... they do it with mirrors

Once again I return to the subject of the company on AIM with the stupidest bunch of shareholders. The auditors of Bushveld Minerals (BMN) have stated explicitly that the company needs to raise fresh equity to avoid going tits up but shareholders respond by saying "how often have auditors got it wrong?" and a range of other excuses. They just do not get it at all, it is placing ahoy. Now the company has news today which the morons who own this stock seem to think is good. Ina private email this morning a top City broker put it thus:

2 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Ooh er MRS: CEO walks the plank, or was he pushed?

A surprise announcement from AIM-listed Management Resource Solutions (MRS) at 9.49am detailing board and management changes. At that time of day it hardly looks routine and it wasn’t.

1 day ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Why I'm Still Riding the Black Horse

Hello, Share Mixers. As you may have gathered, I favour investment in all four big British banks at the mo. My main reason is that each time one of them announces new figures, its balance sheet seems to have improved nicely and the share price usually shoots up.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Winner of the Telit Leather Man Macho Insider Dealer Yosi Fait caption contest announced

We asked you for suitable captions for the picture below of the leather man who took over from the cowboy as CEO of the Telit (TCM) village people. I refer, of course, to insider dealer Yosi Fait. You offered numerous suggestions as you can see HERE but there can be only one winner and it is

3 hours ago | By Pizza Hardman & Hackney Marxist Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week contest - sponsored by the AIM casino, the world's most successful growth market

This week's Bulletin Board Moron contest is sponsored by the AIM Markets, the world's most successful growth market, now only slightly smaller than it was last year.

1 day ago | By Cynical Bear |

Red Leopard Holdings: Shock TR-1’s – Spreadex has been selling out

wrote at the weekend about the surprising lack of TR-1’s at Red Leopard Holdings (RLH), particularly from the largest shareholder Spreadex, with the company having gone into suspension pending an RTO. Well, as if by magic, they arrived yesterday, after hours of course.

1 day ago | By Chris Bailey |

Billiton gets religion...with a little help from its activist hedge fund 'friend'

It was around a year ago that I wrote an article about one of my then tips of the year BHP Billiton (BLT) observing that the world's largest mining company had just made billions of dollars of losses...but correctly the share price was going up. Billiton was a nice solid pick for 2016 but so far this year the share has been more volatile than remunerative.

1 day ago | By ShareProphets |

First Sentinel offers exposure to rare, but valuable stock opportunities

NEX Exchange listed UK Investor Show sponsor First Sentinel (FSEN) announced its move into the public markets via IPO in May 2017 and is already pushing forward with investment opportunities often reserved for institutional groups and inaccessible to retail investors. Due to management’s extensive experience and involvement in the UK, and global financial markets, First Sentinel provides value to shareholders through its unique access to a wide variety of pre-IPO, IPO, mezzanine and senior financing opportunities. The company employs a proprietary risk-control investment strategy that seeks strong upside potential while ensuring maximum downside protection.

1 day ago | By ShareProphets |

ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' update – Pembridge Resources no deal complete, so move to standard listing edition

Since our previous update, Pembridge Resources (PERE) has followed the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone from the ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'...

24 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Norman Broadbent – “Corporate Update & Change of Adviser”. Hmmm, how’s the balance sheet?

Self-described ‘talent acquisition & advisory services’ company Norman Broadbent (NBB) “announces the appointment of Gary Browning as Strategic Adviser to the Board and CEO, the appointment of WH Ireland as Nominated Adviser and Broker, the issue of a £300,000 loan note and the commencement of CFO succession planning”. Hmmm…

4 hours ago | By Chris Bailey |

Does WPP stand for 'What Profit Progression'?

Too many years ago to remember as a fledgling analyst and junior portfolio manager, I was told by an old hand that 'WPP is the company with the greatest correlation to the FTSE-100'. I have no idea - nor the boring Excel skills - to say whether this is true but the notion that the world's largest advertising company should broadly share the same ups and downs as the very international main UK market index makes quite a bit of sense.

6 hours ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Lost Faith in some of Your Old Favourites? Then Take a Look at this 200-year-old Niche Company

Hello, Share Smugglers. The main staples of your portfolio, I should imagine, are in these popular sectors; oil, banks, pharmaceuticals, utilities and insurance. I could be wrong, but history shows that people who invested in these areas years ago still hold the stock.