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…
In my humble view, now could be a good time to return to oil shares. I certainly hope so, as I have lost a packet since the big oil crash which began a few years ago. I’ve gradually dumped my holdings in the hopeful explorers, but I still have major holdings in the big producers, like Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), BP (BP.) and Tullow (TLW). All of them are well shy of their previous bests.
The major international distributor based in a shed in Blackpool Second Chance has finally filed its accounts for the year ended 31 January 2016 with Companies House and they show quite evidently that the deal with it announced by AIM listed fraud Cloudtag (CTAG) is sheer fantasy.
Writing on Bond International Software (BDI) last month post an announcement that, having previously been “pleased to announce the sale of its Recruitment Software subsidiaries” to US private equity group Symphony Technology, it was now instead recommending a 115.5p per share takeover offer from largest shareholder Constellation Software, I concluded that it looked worth those in here continuing to hold. This was as the downside looked limited, but there remained the potential for some further upside – and there have since been further developments…
It is not that she wishes me to lose a few llbs, it is that she wants me out of the house so that she and young Joshua can watch rubbish on the TV without me sneering. In that vein I bring you this podcast but also another on why the Tory conference nauseated me (HERE). At a company level I look at President Petroleum (PPC), Wandisco (WAND), Agrittera (RUN A MILE), Cloudtag (CTAG), Fastjet (FJET), EasyJet (EZJ) and the bankrupt fraud Servision (SEV),
I almost spat out my cornflakes with laughter at the ridiculous announcement from Life Science Developments (LIFE) this morning as it entered suspension pending an RTO with The Diabetic Boot Company (“DBC”). Please allow me to explain.
The world still hates small oil stocks. We are not sure when that will change but given how many of the mid caps are collapsing either entirely (Afren) or surviving only via schemes that see shareholders almost wiped out ( XCite, Gulfsands, Gulf Keystone, IGAS, LGO, etc, etc) we feel we could be at a Burmah Castrol moment. Do a google search if you are too young to understand the reference!
While the self proclaimed "Superwoman", the City's most sanctimonious person Nicola Horlick tries to explain away the dodgy £50,000 loan of other folks cash made to her personal dormant company Bruton (HERE), let's now look at how much cash heads to Nicola via route B, Bramdean.
Having soared towards 60p in August, shares in SRT Marine Systems (SRT, formerly Software Radio Technology) are currently around 8% lower today, at circa 40p, on the back of a “Half Year Trading Update” announcement. Hmmm, let’s take a look…
Nicola Horlick, the most self important person in the City, who dubbed herself "Superwoman" is these days running a Crowdfunding operation called Money&Co. I shall turn to its woes later today but suffice to say that between its inception on 10 June 2013 and March 31 2015 (the last published accounts) it had racked up losses of £4,056,267 - money that had been stumped up largely by outside investors beguiled by La Horlick. But before we turn to that car crash in waiting, there is the little matter of £50,000 that Nicola needs to explain away.
On Thursday 29 September 2016 at 10.41 AM Wandisco (WAND) boss Dave Richards resigned. Or so we were told. The RNS prepared by Non Exec chairman Paul Walker (who agreed to take a massive pay hike and go Exec) stated that Richards was "stepping down.". No reason was given. In fact Richards had been fired by Walker, head of the "Sage crew" within the firm who had been battling Richards for a good while, the main issue being costs: Richards ( the founder) wanted restraint, the men from the "big company" had other ideas. Today Richards was reinstated. It gets better still and more farcical.
On 1st September AIM listed fraud African Potash (AFPO)demanded that I pay it money, withdraw all my articles about it and promise never to write again. It stated that if I did not comply by 4 PM on 2nd September it would be forced to take legal action against me. I told the bitchez at fascist lawyers Memery Crystal that I was 2 nil up against its fraudulent clients so far (Globo and Pirate Pete Landau), that I could not wait for disclosure that would bring me a hat-trick and that I'd see the bitchez in Court. So where are we now, a month later? Er....
On the face of it, great news was announced by my favourite oddity of the investment world, Craven House Capital (CRV), this week with the appointment of Richard Burrows as its new Chairman. Richard has a very impressive CV and I couldn’t help but wonder why he would take on such a role but with a bit of digging and a wild imagination, I reckon I’ve worked it out.
Recently, we have seen gold make a downward turn. Jordan Roy-Byrne of Palisade Capital predicted this turn, and put a hedge on his gold positions. He thinks we should be looking for a bounce soon. If October doesn’t turn to be a bad month it will be a good sign that we will start to move up again. If the market takes more time to digest these losses, it could be anywhere from a month to a few months before we start to move back up again.
Hello Share Twiddlers. Tesco (TSCO) published its first-half figures this week and the shares rocketed by 12%. That pleased me as I still hold a load of its stock - though I wish I could get round to dumping it. You see, I’m not sure that the leap in share price was justified. Yes, revenues were up, but pre-tax profit was down (including a £200m foreign exchange loss).
“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…
This morning's article on Cloudtag (CTAG) should be yet another red flag and Lucian and I should served up one more soonish. Just how many red flags to the morons need to see? I ask this after a fellow asks me what he should do about his collapsing investment in TrakM8 (TRAK). Answer you should have listened to me when the shares were double today's price! I also look at Impact Holdings (IHUK) and then offer warnings about Blur (DOG), Rosslyn Data (RDT), Strat Aero (AERO) where, in all three cases, I'm sure it is placing ahoy and I explain why. And I look at why the Footsie is heading through 7,000 and where next.
Okay this presentation is rather long but Art tells a good joke or two. And the message is important. If you need a higher oil price for your portfolio to flourish...don't hold your breath! Enjoy!
Falanx Group (FLX) has raised £750,000 at 4p in a placing organised by new broker Turner Pope. It was Turner Pope that approached Falanx and we know most of those who put up the cash and they are firm-ish holders not flippers. Turner Pope will get its commission and also 468,750 shares with a six month lock-in.
So Tesco (TSCO) shares are flying today. Well that's great news as a shareholder. The move is justified as Dave Lewis ('Tesco Dave') is doing a solid job with his difficult aircraft carrier sized hand. Improving positive momentum in UK like-for-like sales, more engaged customers and an internal satisfaction survey that Tesco staff are feeling the love again. That's a couple of boxes ticked on the 'to do' list. Other parts of the business like the global operations and the Tesco Personal Finance crunch along in a workable manner.
This is not the news we Premaitha (NIPT) shareholders wanted and it is clearly bad news. The question is how bad? The UK High Court has upheld three patent claims made by Illumina against Premaitha.
Yesterday I exposed how fantastist Chris Oil was buying bogus bot twitter followers on an industrial scale to make it look as if folks really cared about what he tweeted. He or someone close to him has responded in predictable fashion.
There were those, such as our own Drunken Sailor, who argued that UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) could manage to absorb the rolling short of a £10 million death spiral announced last week quite easily and it would not hit the share price. The evidence with just 5% of the spiral drawn suggests otherwise and this makes the stock a slam dunk short.
I am rather disappointed in the management of the UK's leading independent review site AllAgents.co.uk - they have let us all down. They sought to raise £50,000 to allow them legal support against fascist lawyers letters from Purplebricks (PURP) which demanded bad reviews be taken down.
I note that yesterday AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) released a TR-1 RNS from Crown Ocean – the rebel shareholder which threw out the old board earlier this year. It has increased its holding (again).
The Taxpayers Alliance has produced a fascinating 51 page report explaining why so many of us are "just about managing" to quote our useless Prime Minister. In short it's hard evidence that Ronald Reagan was right when he said that the scariest words in the English language are "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help." We feel poor not because of wicked Tory austerity (fauxsterity), but because of how a bloated state has distorted the economy.
Given that I have closely followed the Serica Energy (SQZ) story here closely over the last few years, and in light of the news this week, I felt that I should give my current thoughts on it.
Apologies for the lack of a bearcast yesterday, I was just feeling tired and hacked off with the world of work. So you can have two today. I start with a look at the markets covering Greka Drilling (GDL) and related party dog Green Dragon (GDG). Then it is onto Mothercare (MTC), BCA Marketplace (BCA), On Line (ONL) and finally in some detail Westminster Group (WSG) where I wonder if the curse of Tony Baldry is about to strike.
Shares in main market-listed Interserve (IRV) have been falling today, last seen down a thumping 8.2% - quite a drop for a £106 million company when there has been no news. One wonders why.
Yosi Fait sold all his shares in Telit (TCM) AFTER it breached its banking covenants which as FD he must have known about as he must also have been aware that first half trading was way below forecast. But the company's new chairman has taken external legal guidance and said Yosi did nothing wrong and so has appointed him full time CEO. Well that's alright then. But there is yet another catastrophic profits warning ( as predicted) which begs the question of how great is debt now and will bank covenants be breached again?
Each time you have a new chancellor you soon find yourself thinking that the one before who, hitherto you had viewed as the biggest poltroon ever to hold up a red box, was in fact a towering genius. Thus I am beginning to think that Osborne - who was utterly hopeless was a giant compared to Hammond. On how to try to buy the votes of young people with taxpayers cash yesterday he was awful. His thinking about the housing market is wrong from start to finish.
Hello Share Trundlers. Today’s commendation is one of those companies that you can take pride in supporting because it’s such a jolly humanity-serving idea. And in this case, the prognosis, in my humble opinion, looks rather good.
In the gold old days the fraud MySquar (MYSQ) used to report breathlessly on average daily sales volumes - that is to say cash coming in. But - as we subsequently discovered - that was largely related party non core income and it fell off a cliff on July 1. Not that MySquar bothered to let us know about that until it had got a bailout placing away. On any other market than the AIM Casino that would be securities fraud. Heck, even on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange you'd get your collar felt for that. But on AIM fraud is okay as long as you pay your fees. Anyhow these days MySquar serves up different bollocks.
Writing last week on Van Elle Holdings (VANL), I noted a boardroom shake-up General Meeting requisition from its founder seeking to return. Today brings a response from the company…
And there we have it. Today’s announcement of the placing at Altona Energy (ANR) to raise £735,000 at 0.5p completes a very successful, oft–repeated, operation at the lower end of AIM, namely the placing, followed by the industrial-sized ramp, followed by the placing – the “PRP”. It is worth looking at in closer detail.
Since we own some shares in Berkeley Energia (BKY) I hope that Daniel Major is right in his thesis. In this podcast hel discusses the long-term potential of uranium and why the industry needs higher prices to fill the supply gap. The short-term issues are that 75% of the industry remains near or below the cost of production. Companies currently can’t afford to replace their resource. Cameco has taken the lead in closing down one of the best mines saying that it’s cheaper to purchase uranium from the market. Cameco’s announcement was a major event for the uranium industry.
Hello, Share Chasers. It seems a while since I’ve looked at Johnson Matthey (JMAT), but considering the latest numbers - and more importantly its future prospects - I believe that the stock is worth buying.
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