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In June 2016 tissue products manufacturer Accrol (ACRL) listed on AIM, raising £63.5 million at 100p per share. Just seventeen months later it was bailout fundraising at half of the IPO price but still recently “revised banking arrangements” have been necessary and now at 3:08pm on 15th May 2018…
Some days ago the Winnileaks service demonstrated how the cash crisis at Julie Meyer's Entrepreneur Country had forced it to attempt to sell on an R&D tax credit claim - effectively borrowing at an 163% annualised rate - just to pay its bills, HERE. It gets more interesting with a new bombshell disclosure which, I gather, was passed to the HMRC, FCA, ActionFraud and the Metropolitan Police two weeks ago with a request to investigate.
Let's declare an interest first. FIML, a company owned via a Trust by dependents of Tom Winnifrith, took part in the placing at 4.5p but was scaled back so topped up with market purchases at 6.9p.
In January LPA Group (LPA) announced record results and in March updated that this year also “should present us with an excellent result”. However, despite already being on a modest rating, the shares are down from 178.5p in February to a current 155p offer price and so…
Previously writing on Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) last week, we noted there looks news flow aplenty to potentially spark the shares – and now there’s an announcement of Kochang Underground Grab Sample Results…
Hello Share Scrollers. I think I recall saying way back in 2017 that the oil price could soar to reach $80 a barrel in the Spring. And we’re only a dollar away from that forecast now. Of course, I did not know that troubles in the Middle East would get so horribly worse.
I said the other day that following the £1.75 million placing at 18.5p (a 30% discount) last week it looked as though Tern plc (TERN) had enough cash to see it through for the time being. But I’ve been looking through the FY17 Annual Report and now I’m not so sure. In fact I am sure it does not have enough cash. Its portfolio of investee companies looks a shambles and it seems that Tern has been paying some of its investees’ bills. Quite how auditor Grant Thornton thought the company fit to pass as a Going Concern is a mystery to me.
Touch sensors manufacturer Zytronic (ZYT) “is pleased to report a doubling of the interim dividend to 7.6p (H1 2017: 3.8p) in line with our progressive dividend policy, and the continued development of our business into new markets”. Sounds promising – and the shares have currently responded… more than 8% lower, towards 400p. Ah…
It is the house broker so not impartial. I think the target for Premaitha (NIPT) is too low and bought more shares this morning in the secondary market. But here is the Finncap take in a 20 page note:
First of all thanks to so many of you for your kind responses to yesterday's bearcast - I am now in a serious dialogue with the Police and I hope they will catch and prosecute the culprit. In today's podcast I look at the Sunday Times Rich List which is largely fiction, at Audioboom (BOOM), MySquar (MYSQ), Premaitha (NIPT - where we own shares and indeed have bought more - The People's Operator (TPOP) and Telit (TCM)
“Highlights” of calendar year 2017 results from Sprue Aegis (SPRP) - proposed to be re-named FireAngel Safety Technology Group - include adjusted profit before tax up to £4.7 million, from a prior year £2.3 million, yet the shares have responded to the results announcement currently more than 25% lower, to below 100p…
I cannot hide my pleasure at today's catastrophic news from Audioboom (BOOM). Media companies should believe in free speech - Rob Proctor's outfit buckled at once forcing me to move bearcast elsewhere. And now Proctor's company faces possible bankruptcy in four weeks time. Ha fucking ha. This is a shambles.
How do you make a Maltese Cross? Well how about doing that which the regulators at the MFSA have strictly forbidden you to do? Thanks to the Winnileaks service we have another emailed letter from Julie Meyer
A little over three months ago, I noted about telecoms behemoth Vodafone (VOD):
Just over a year ago I thought it might be worth taking a punt on Webis Holdings (WEB) as a special situation play. Well, sometimes, it is better to be lucky to be right as although my reasoning wasn’t exactly spot on, one could have cashed in this morning for about a 200% gain.
This is from HotStockRockets at the end of last month; tipped at a 145p offer price, and now circa 170p - to catch such articles first click HERE... To see Britain’s Buffett, Nigel Wray, at the top of the shareholders list is always an encouraging sign and with Cambridge Cognition (COG) this is added to by recent developments…
Hello, Share Swipers. I may have commended Greggs (GRG) to you in the past. I think I might have changed my mind. This high street baker seems to be everywhere these days. It’s not only in busy areas but has also moved into transport terminals, housing estates and the like.
Early this year we showed Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...
For reasons explained in this podcast I am shaking and have just spent a long time on the phone to the Police. I do question sometimes why I continue to work. I do also comment on Mothercare (MTC), Uvenco (UVEN) and Servoca (SVCA). But if you don't mind I am having the rest of the day off.
Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...
We may like to have a bit of a Turkish when posting videos featuring Clem Chambers of ADVFN (AFN) explaining blockchain but we still run a couple of newsletters together so, on that basis, if you want to go to Clem's great blockchain conference in London on June 13th there is a 30% discount on tickets for ShareProphets readers.
On 29 April Julie Meyer contacted those folks who have invested in her fund in an email she had tagged so she can trace any leakers. Sadly Ms lingerie on her devoutly Christian expenses cannot cope with Winnileaks so I publish the email in full. And it is a shocker. Quite simply Julie Meyer MBE is lying to fundholders in a brazen fashion.
Hello Share Braves. I’m so disgusted with the sort of person who’s now common and becoming more frequent in Shareland, that I’m actively pursuing other ways to glean an honest income from my pile. You only have to look at what Tom is having to put up with these days to have sympathy with my current jaundiced view of the Big City.
Though a diehard republican I have weakened and am going to watch the Royal Wedding. Don't be too harsh on me. In this podcast I discuss issues raised by Roger Lawson with regard to free speech, social media, threats to journalists, market abuse and the FCA in tackling crime.
Another day, and another set of expenses claimed by Julie Meyer MBE as being "on company business" from Ariadne Capital Limited, now in administration. Staff who were paid late or not at all, investors who have lost everything and the HMRC who will surely see these as more benefits in kind on which Julie should have paid tax, will be horrified. Natch this document has gone to the HMRC. This is October 2014 and is a retail special. Although the Co-op entry, 11 October, is a total hoot.
Oh dear Julie Meyer. This document below which has dropped into the hands of the Winnileaks service is already with one of the FOUR investors in your companies who is suing you and he is adding it to his case. It will be with the FCA and MFSA later today for it indicates a wholesale fraud on your part. It is dated 13 November 2017.
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...
Ocado (OCDO) has seen a significant rise in its share price in recent weeks and seems to have gained upwards momentum, but I would question how long that will last and still see it as very expensive at this point in time.
When Sosandar (SOS) listed on AIM at 15p late last year, the forecast was that sales in the year to March 31 would be £1 million. Now we learn that they were £1.34 million. How many companies beat forecasts by that much in their IPO year? This is a special company as anyone who watched the two birds who run it HERE will know. This is not just about sales. It gets better for we loyal shareholders...
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 on April 21st, here’s a first performance update...
I start with confirmation that Brokerman Dan and I really are doing a Horse Hill to Woodlarks charity walk on 28 July. Are you free and would you like to walk too? If not just give us your cash ( as Dan used to say in different circumstances in the old days). More details here I then comment on the latest year on year newspaper circulation stats (below) - what is happening, why and what it means.
It is just over a month since I updated on my trawl to find big dividends which might be safe in a market environment where I don’t see much upside and plenty downside. Having originally settled on BT (BT.A) at about 225p on a yield of just shy of 7%, I added ITV (ITV) at the last count, paying 143.7p. That puts its dividend at 5.4%, although it went ex-dividend before I bought. Meanwhile I finally succumbed to the attractions (as I saw them) of Centrica (CNA), paying 142.95p ahead if its final dividend. How are things looking?
I have wondered why a former president/CEO/chairman of Pheonix Technologies would take a board seat at AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN) for quite some time. In fact, since his appointment at Tern I have wondered what Al Sisto was doing there with such a high-flying career. What on earth would someone with a CV like that be doing as a director of a small AIM-listed tiddler? Of course, since his appointment he has moved up the ladder and is now CEO and filled in as an interim Chairman too. But an ex-boss of mighty Phoenix?
The People’s Operator (TPOP) is one of a number of AIM companies where you have to wonder whether there is really any point in it continuing to stay in business, other than generating fees for its brokers.
Andalas Energy (ADL) is a company that even after its recent placing has NEGATIVE net current assets of $1-2 million and no assets of any value. I think it is worthless but its management wishes to meet me to explain why I am wrong. Hmmm. Well for starters I am a hermit who never goes to London other than for UK Investor and secondly I simply will not meet until the company answers four questions and it is still refusing.
As the winner of the 2017 Dragon's Den – grand prize, a free trip to anywhere the #73 bus goes, bus fare not included - I have a a reputation to protect. So there would be absolutely no reason to do a check in on how the 2018 leaderboard is doing.
As I head off to Greece later this week it will be to start training at altitude in the Taygetos Mountains. Only kidding. But i have been taking to the gym and starting some modest walks. I really do not want to be shown up too badly on 28 July when Brokerman Dan Levi and I walk from Horse Hill to Woodlarks.
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