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I had been saying for a while that I was happy to pay up to 20p for shares in AIM-listed online fashion play Sosandar, and whilst I was highly encouraged by the full year results and especially the statement on current trading I had not changed my view. More to the point I said that at 25p I would be looking to take some money off the table. It seems that I am either Warren Buffett or a fool….but I’ve stuck to my guns.
Though the outlook for most firms in the UK retail industry has been particularly gloomy so far this year, June provided some welcome respite, with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG reporting that total retail sales rose by 2.3% across the UK – buoyed by factors such as the warmer weather and the relative success of the England national team at the World Cup in Russia. Likewise, tipsters and brokers also saw events in June and July so far to be good news for retailers, with the number of ‘Buy’ ratings towards firms within the sector increasing.
Audioboom Group (BOOM) has announced that it is to announce results for its half year ended 31st May 2018 “on or around 20th July” - and also taken the opportunity to hit out at the share price decline since restoration of trading in its shares on 14th June. Hmmm…
We ended the first Uk Investor Show City event with a conversation between myself and Nigel Wray covering a long time fave he has sold, a new AIM company he is backing, Brexit and much else. We also took questions from the audience.
From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2017 and thus far in 2018 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...
Columbus Energy Resources (CERP) has announced an all-share agreement to acquire Steeldrum Oil Company Inc, with Executive Chairman Leo Koot emphasising it “provides the company with an excellent opportunity to exploit our existing and new assets through operational excellence and also grow organically through exploration and the Cory Moruga development project”…
Hello Share Scoopers. There’s been scary talk about the effect of US trade sanctions on British shares. The Chinese are adding fuel to this fire by claiming the tariffs on them will affect the whole world. Well, they will. But in a good way. If the Chinese and other nations which are being targeted by Big Donald cannot buy American goods without their costing a lot more, than they will buy stuff from other places.
For reasons explained in the podcast my walk up into the mountains is postponed until Saturday. So the suffering is delayed. Don't delay with a donation to Woodlarks HERE. In the bearcast itself I look at Evil Knievil's World Cup gambles and who he is backing in the final, at a potentially horrid spat at Bacanora (BCN) which looks set to get very nasty indeed, into murky share deals at Cabot Energy (CAB) - a massive scandal in the making and in real detail at the Telit (TCM) disposal announced today. The numbers just do not stack up.
You have been warned (see HERE) that AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) is a nailed-on certainty for a discounted placing. We also know that the last placing was at a mammoth 32% discount (at 120p!) and the CEO has recently stepped aside following a (lack of) sales warning. Since then, the shares have been a one-way bet southwards, and we reckon a placing at 50p was on the cards.
At 4pm yesterday, AIM-listed Mysquar (MYSQ) slipped out and RNS announcing that it was calling a General Meeting. It seems that the board is running short of shareholder authority to wheel out the printing presses to issue more worthless confetti. The ShareProphets RNS translation Service explains all (original in bold)
How many companies list on AIM and then provide timely trading statements, upgrade their advisers, get full year numbers out early and beat forecasts? Can you name any? Well here is one: Sosandar (SOS)...
I Thought I would follow up on both Steve’s piece and Tom’s Bearcast on yesterday’s debacle at GYG (GYG) as I was disappointed that both my colleagues failed to make the obvious Woodford connection but, more importantly, I wonder if the banks will be taking a close look at this as the 30 June banking covenants must be a tad challenging.
Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced quarter ended 30th June preliminary production results from its Kiziltepe joint venture, including the company’s Managing Director Kerim Sener emphasising “the results of the past quarter are our best to date, outperforming overall quarterly feasibility-study expectations by 92%”…
The theme of Monday's UK Investor City Show evening was disruptive technologies. That is certainly something Cambridge Cognition (COG) is working on. Nigel Wray is a big shareholders and has increased his stake of late. Watch the video to see why.
Just following up on Steve’s piece on Itaconix yesterday (HERE) with a couple of further observations relating to some interesting interactions between Woodford and its partner-in-crime in many of these early stage biotech / tech plays, IP Group, (IPO), but more importantly to ponder why on earth either of them are bothering.
Previously writing in May on homewares group Portmeirion (PMP), I noted the company looked well set, but retained some caution. Now a half-year trading update…
Hello Share Minders. When I first commended Zoo Digital (ZOO) to you in October the share was 63p when it had recently jumped over three months by 300%. Now it’s 149p. So another increase of much more than 100%. But in my view there is scope for even more improvement. I do not have more hard news to back this view, but I have been reviewing why this company is so popular with so many show business brands.
As you may know I showed extreme bravery in meeting Brokerman Dan on his home patch, in the Manchester Slums, last weekend. For that alone you should sponsor me ahead of my 32 mile walk for Woodlarks with Dan on July 28. We are now over 65% of the way to our £20,000 target. If you have not yet donated please do so HERE. The Manchester summit was captured on film as you can see below and I asked you for captions for the photo - many were supplied.
I start with a bit on my walking schedule. I really will suffer tomorrow so about donating a tenner to Woodlarks as you think of the pain that lies ahead. Support a great cause HERE. In the podcast I look at non food retailers where I take a simple view as I am not as clever as Chris. I look at CyanConnode (CYAN), GYG (GYG) and follow up on Gary's piece on Bellzone (BZM) with a discussion on what constitutes market abuse.
AIM-listed Greek resort hopeful Minoan (MIN) has announced yet another extension to its loan from Hillside. The terms are largely the same, but a further 1.7 million warrants at 6p are being issued, and the loan is now on demand, with a long-stop date of 31st August. This is in relation to the announcement last week that the sale of its travel and leisure business is on the way. With a long-stop date of 31st August, one might assume that at long last something is going to happen!
I have no idea how the Brexit farce will pan out and who indeed will be PM this time next year. But it could well be Comrade Corbyn running a coalition of chaos. How will that play out on the markets this autumn and where will that leave those with no cash needing to raise money? In that vein I look at Amur Minerals (AMC) and Pantheon Resources (PANR). This bearcast has been delayed by a sweaty and lazy Bulgar as I explain here
These days it often seems to be the case that if you are interested in a new IPO, it is better to wait until that company has listed and the dust has settled, as often you will get a chance to buy in cheaper than those taking part in the initial fundraise. Block Energy (BLOE) looks to be one such outfit and the timing of its listing looks good, with the oil sector showing strength, plus there is plenty of potential from gas as well.
You would never know it listening to the market cheerleaders but asset prices, both real and financial, are, once again, at extreme valuation levels relative to the trend economy. The valuation reality coupled with the prevailing, but false, “don’t worry” market narrative sets us up for another major financial crisis. A third major crisis in 20 years, but these are only supposed to happen once in every 100 or 1,000 or 10,000 years, so say the Central Bank models.
Updating on Minoan Group (MIN) previously, we noted a loan from Hillside doesn’t seem a problem, with the company in constructive discussions to further extend to reflect the expectation of a successful sale of its Travel business in the near future. Now a “Loan Facility Extension” announcement…
The great success that was the 2018 UK Investor Show saw six 'Dragon's Den' sessions where a number of CEOs each gave a 1 minute (well, supposed to be!) pitch and three 'Dragons' at each session each picked a stock for a £1,000 investment. With the show having been in April, here’s a third performance update...
Hello Share Shifters. We all know the legend of ASOS (ASC), or as it used to be known in the early days of internet shopping, As Seen On Screen. The share rose from about 7p to £12 quid and then went even better. Almost everyone I know in share trading, including me, admits to selling the share too early. But now I think that the ship has sailed and that to buy more shares now might not be such a good idea.
A trading statement from Plant Health Care (PHC) firstly emphasises “on track to achieve full year revenue expectations, which would represent 30% growth over 2017”. So why currently a 33% share price slump, to around 15p?...
Shares in Integumen (SKIN) are currently 17.5% lower, at 0.70p, on restoration to trading on AIM despite it considering an “investment and licence agreement have a compelling strategic and financial rationale”. Hmmm…
CyanConnode (CYAN) has updated that it, “the world leader in narrowband radio mesh networks, announces receipt of a purchase order from HM Power for a smart metering implementation for a Swedish utility”. This follows also since I previously wrote last month the company having “officially launched its cost-optimised standards-based Omnimesh smart metering application at Asia Utility Week in Bangkok”. Building momentum then? Er…
Hello Share Chewers. Small pioneering medical companies are a favourite of mine. As finding a cure for a condition which is so often overlooked by the giant pharmas has to be a good thing. Both from the point of view of patients and that of shareholders.
Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE thought Winnileaks was on holiday. Winnileaks never rests. Our latest document shows Julie playing fast and loose with the truth as she ballted to avoid facing justice against the Start Up Loans Company.
Not much has got me fired up so far this week looking at the various regulatory disclosures but I did notice an article in the newspaper that purports to be America's leading financial journal yesterday with the worrisome headline of 'Barclays Mulls U.S. Push as Activist Looms...Executives debate whether greater exposure to the U.S. retail market could both generate revenues and fund its U.S. operations more efficiently'…
In this week's video update from Palisade Capital and the only technical analyst we give any time to at all, Jordan Roy Burne discusses where the market is and why it failed to break-out. Traders were anticipating a breakout, and many are likely disappointed. The dollar is consolidating and now above the long-term moving average. Concerning GDX and GDX.J, things are still pretty dull. Jordan warns that “Silver is also on the verge of breaking down out of a triangle.”
Shares in Image Scan Holdings (IGE) reached approaching 13p last year and were 6p+ following half-year results in April before sliding in the last month, last closing at 5.5p. Now an “Acquisition and Proposed Placing” announcement…
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