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.
A “Christmas Trading Statement” from Majestic Wine (WINE) notes an underlying sales increase of 12.4% for the 10 weeks ending 2nd January. Sounds promising…
In a ruling handed out on December 21 but published today the Takeover Panel has handed out the most severe sentence in its history to City grandee and veteran financier Bob Morton and also branded him a liar for the way he tried to cover up his actions.
AIM (very) bad boy Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) did its best to ramp its shares following the shock loss of its entire order book back in November. Or was it October? Glitzy promo videos and spoofing share purchases by NEDs phased out to have maximum effect on fooling the gullible managed to get the shares back to c90p. But now folks are looking behind the smokescreen of bullshit and the shares are tumbling again, to 73.5p. Since this company has committed securities fraud my target remains 0p. The questions are mounting fast.
When buying or selling shares ( or houses) folks all too often ignore the issue of liquidity. This matters greatly both for investors and also for companies. I look at this in detail using two examples, both companies that are, IMHO, weeks away from going bust.
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...
Yesterday morning shares in AIM-listed Parallel Media (PAA) shot out of the gates from the start of trading, peaking at a gain of almost 200%. Meanwhile, over on the LSE Asylum the PAA bulletin board was full of speculation about a corporate deal which would see the shares roof it. 50p, 100p here we come. Having opened the morning at 16p, the stock peaked at 46.5p (mid) with peak prices paid of 48p. But then the company spoke….
Having previously concluded that shares in ‘smart’ buildings and workspaces-focused RedstoneConnect (REDS) remained on the watchlist at 1.60p, I now note a “Business Update” announcement from the company…
Hello Share Raisers. One share which I bracket among my stronger tips for 2017 is a company which provides diagnostic tools for vets. But its real potential, I believe, is in something called affimers. These are rather a mystery to me, but seem to be a substitute for antibodies. These, as we all know, fight disease.
New Year's resolution number nineteen. If a Cloudtag (CTAG) moron who does not follow you on twitter tweets at you ten times or more in a couple of hours do not bother replying. A person like @PhilipHomer is obviously deranged so just block the loon. Meanwhile for those wanting to set their clocks by the annual CES ramp, Nigel Somerville has a Cloudtag calendar just for you, below.
A wide ranging bearcast today covers: Aurum Mining (AUR), Range Resources (RRL), SpaceandPeople (SAL), Harvest Minerals (HMI), Rosslyn Data (RDT), Cloudtag (CTAG) in the post fact era - Adrican Potash (AFPO) and Avanti Communications (AVN).
Updating on the previous announcement from SpaceandPeople (SAL), I warned that half-year results suggest it’ll be profit warning ahoy! And now…
I am not an expert on the intracies of technology and so I often seek outside advice when my speciality (sniffing out AIM frauds) comes into contact with tech. And thus I asked an expert to review the dynamite CES video on Cloudtag (CTAG) we published yesterday. The expert watched it and wrote:
There are some announcements that an AIM listed company has to make as they are material but in terms of excitement we are talking paint dry. So you just clear the decks and announce them and when all the news is out you - hopefully - have something to announce which will get folks interested. And so it is with Optibiotix (OPTI).
The US government has worked tirelessly to manipulate statistics to falsely reflect an overall recovery. The stock market is much easier to manipulate than the fundamentals, so, the fundamentals must be misrepresented. While some numbers slipping through issues of true supply and demand continue, the vast majority of the populace has little clue that the collapse of 2008 never actually stopped, it was just shifted into a state of slow motion which is peaking again.
There is news today from Management Resource Systems (MRS) regarding its ousted CEO and from Brave Bison (BBSN) regarding the ousting of its CEO. Both are strange tales but will have very different outcomes. I look at both in detail plus also the similar events at Wandisco (WAND) in this bonus podcast. For some reason I refer to Craig McKenzie in the podcast. I actually mean Ashley McKenzie. And it was a dog kennel not a pig farm. Apologies...Alzheimers kicking in.
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?
The fraud African Potash (AFPO) has been formally booted off AIM today as no Nomad is prepared to act for it. It is a day of shame for lyin Chris Cleverley the CEO and his senior NED Lord Peter Hain of sleaze. The shares are now only listed in the joke lobster pot that is NEX Markets, it is almost impossible to sell in any size and even harder to raise cash as a company. So Potash will soon go bust. At the weekend I explained the very odd timeline of seven days in September that lead up to the last Nomad, Cantor Fitzgerald, quitting. Now look at lyin' Chris's words since.
A lot has happened since the late sixties when Neil Armstrong took his one small step on the moon. The word lunatic is derived from the Latin word "luna" meaning moon since it was believed, in the middle ages, that a full moon could induce insanity. And that brings us nicely to last week's Bulletin Board Moron of the week who, natch, owns shares in Cloudtag (CTAG). There were many fine entries as you can see HERE.
He is at it again, flip flop Ben Turney has another company in his sights and this time it is rather larger than before. It is Bowleven (BLVN). And in his attenpts to push for management change, we can reveal that Turney has the support of bear raider Waseem Shakoor who is not part of Turney's group but has a material stake.
Nine share tips, giving in a tax-efficient way, don't count Trump out. And much more...
Beaufort clients will get their cash and shares back but it looks as if it may take a while. Special Administrators to the City broker, PWC, has just written to all customers and it looks as if this is an almighty mess. I suspect there are a few connected with Beaufort who will be sweating. PWC writes:
One of my two tips of the year, Berkeley Energia (BKY), has announced half-year results – these for its period ended 31st December 2017…
The short list is Conviviality (SVR), Clear Leisure (CLP) and Graphene Nanochem (GRPH). I discuss all three but also UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) where the deafening silence is a very bad sign. I consider Sir Patrick's Day tomorrow and how Joshua and I will celebrate and I look at Mothercare (MTC), retail gloom, Mitie (MTO) and the double standards of the great and the good. Make sure you get your free ticket to UK Investor on April 21 using the promotional code WINNIFRITH when booking an investor class seat HERE - if only to hear a live 40 minute bearcast with myself & Paul Scott being recorded!
Value investing is how you make money from shares. Any other approach is not investing but speculating and is, by definition, hit and miss. So do you want to know what Britain's leading value investors are thinking and what shares they are buying and selling? Today's special opportunity is.... Three great value investors will be on stage together discussing how they select stocks and what they are buying and selling at the Global Group UK Investor Show in London on April 21. They are: Paul Scott, Britain's top share blogger, Nigel Wray, the man known as Britain's Buffett, and Dr Paul Jourdan the boss at the hugely successful Amati fund management operation.
After recent events if Conviviality (CVR) boss Diana Hunter told me that 2 + 2 =4 I would ask her to provide credible third party verification before accepting her at her word. So today, with the shares suspended pending clarification following the "discovery" that £30 million of tax was due by month end, MS Hunter has updated poor investors and it seems everyone loves the company. What bollocks. Here are Ms Hunter's words with a ShareProphets translation service in bold.
Once again Tim Martin, the boss of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is my hero of the day using the occasion of half year results to lay into big business and the lying liberal deadwood press for misleading us all about Brexit. The great man opines:
Under promise and over deliver is what every adviser tells every company listing on AIM. One might say that Ariana (AAU) has not kept to that script with perfection since it listed all those years ago back in the black and white era. But as we move though 2018 with the 50% owned Red Rabbit mine now operational Ariana is doing what it should as we saw in a cracking operational update this week.
My second tip of the year, AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN), announced on Tuesday that major shareholder Crown Ocean has once again been upping its stake – it now holds 29.03% of the equity. I took the cue and did the same (though not 29%!). Crown Ocean is, of course, the shareholder which rocked the boat last year and forced out the old board by calling two EGMs and supported the new fellas as they proposed to turn the company into a holding company with rather lower costs.
Hello, Share Teasers. We are now only a few days away from the latest set of figures from IQE (IQE). And once again I face an irritating quandary on what to do with my remaining holding. This cache of shares isn’t as large as it used to be. That’s because only a fool disregards negative comments on this magnificent website. It probably has the best investigative writers in the City. But even the best shorters get things wrong, so I retain some IQE shares.
I’ve previously cautioned on shares in Zinc Media (ZIN) - most recently HERE, and note they currently approaching 17% lower today, towards 0.60p, on the back of a half-year results announcement…
A 1:30pm “Re: Contract” announcement from transport technology company 21st Century (C21). A cause for concern?...
Previously writing on specialist staffing company SThree (STHR) I concluded it may be relatively well placed, but macro concerns saw me cautious on the shares. Today a Q1 Trading Update…
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...
Anyone foolish enough to be a shareholder in AIM-China play Haike Chemical (HAIK) has until 1pm today to accept an offer for their shares at 30p. An EGM on 12 March passed resolutions to delist from the Casino, the execution scheduled for close of play on 19 March.
I’ve been warning on OneView Group (ONEV) since it went from “remains confident” in September 2016 to “likely to be below market expectations” the following month! The shares had then been hit to below 4p… But they’re now circa 12p aren’t they? A September 2017 10-to-1 share consolidation though needs to be factored in - and today there’s a 10:21am Short Term Loan Facility announcement…
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