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There were many twists and turns in the six week investigation that culminated this morning in The Times’ exposéof Sefton Resources’ (SER) former Executive Chairman, Daniel Levi, as a convicted armed robber. Revealed by Sefton to have kept his former name David John Hopkins a secret, this was the catalyst for the hunt to discover what Levi had been so desperate to hide for so long. Below I share what I can of the evidence that primary research uncovered.
The China fraud Gate Ventures (GATE) was booted off the AIM casino after just four months last week. It makes great play of its association with the media mogul Lord Michael Grade. I have today written to the good Lord...
Last December I speculated that the biggest insurance partner of the fraud Quindell (QPP), Swinton, was set to cancel its arrangements. On 10th December newly appointed CEO Rob Fielding gave my critics much joy as he announced a new multiyear deal. Oh what a prat Winni is. The shares surged higher. Oh dear, the deal does not look to be multi-year at all unless 1+ 0 = 2 in the same way that 2+2 can = 5.
This morning Afren (AFR) released an odd RNS to say that the General Meeting scheduled for last Friday which it called off had not happened. Over to the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service to explain….(original in bold)
Featuring Gulf Keystone (GKP), LGO Energy (LGO), Metminco (MNC), Northcote Energy (NCT), Sirius Petroleum (SRSP), Vast Resources (VAST)
We should be grateful to convicted armed robber Daniel Levi. Really we should, for he has proven, in the most graphic manner possible, so much of what is wrong with AIM. Formerly known as David John Hopkins, Levi has spent sixteen years in jail for two separate convictions involving firearms. There is no indication that either conviction is spent. It will now be a source of major embarrassment both to the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Conduct Authority that a man with Levi’s background was able to become Executive Chairman of Sefton Resources (SER), without anyone picking up on his criminal past.
Hello Share Swogglers. When the markets are racked by uncertainty, the big shares fall. This is nothing to do with their performance. It is everything to do with a nervousness, which pervades all. We all know that the markets hate uncertainty.
In 2015, Gold & Gold related equities equate to just 1/3rd of 1 percent of investable assets in the United States. Contrast that against a top of 8% in 1980 and a mean of 1.5% over the last 30 years and Rick Rule can say without a doubt that gold is undervalued! As a gold bug I agree. Rick, perhaps the world's best known gold fund manager, puts the case better than I can. In this week's podcast with my colleagues at Palisade Radio Rick answer the following questions:
Ariana Resources (AAU) has updated investors that further exploration work at the Red Rabbit project in western Turkey is continuing to identify new zones of resource potential.
While it may be wrong to suggest that the daily chart configuration of Clipper Logistics makes for a stock which is easy to make a call on, it can be said that the setup here looks to be relatively straightforward.
AIM-listed Daniel Stewart Holdings plc (DAN) released an unaudited FY14 results statement in Dec 2014. Apart from being late – and containing a number of restatements of previous years’ numbers – we then saw those results themselves restated in Mar 2015 after the new Auditors (Rob Terry’s good friends at PWC) had done their work. What had changed?
Redhall has been at least an occasional Bulletin Board Hero in the recent past, on the basis at there were brief glimmers of hope that the stock was going to emerge from an extended bear run.
AIM-listed China Companies with characteristic Red Flags seem to be coming thick and fast as featured articles here on ShareProphets. Tom Winnifrith was on record some time ago saying that any Chinese company listed on AIM was an automatic bargepole, and with good reason. We’ve had Naibu (NBU) and Sorbic International (SORB) already given their marching orders by AIM, after spending over month looking for a new Nomad. Indeed, with Naibu’s CEO jailed and evidence that the cash it claimed to have was all fiction, and Sorbic’s rather more straightforward situation that the CEO ran off with the cash and the assets (and the Chinese authorities seem reluctant to intervene) it is hard to avoid the conclusion that these were just plain, abject frauds from top to bottom.
If you want me to analyse a stock for you just drop me a line at [email protected] - Today I look at Corero Network Security, Rare Earth Minerals, United Carpets.
I knew about this last week, but yesterday afternoon ex Sefton (SER) boss Brokerman Dan (Dan Levi) outed himself and revealed that he had in a former life spent 16 years in high security prisons for a variety of offences some involving firearms. Essentially as a young man he was a member of drugs gangs in the slums of Manchester. He is now coming clean, I believe, because he got a call from a National Paper asking for comment about a story it was planning to run.
Featuring Concha (CHA), Mwana Africa (MWA), Paragon Diamonds (PRG), Tern (TERN)
In the past seven days, 42,864 unique readers read 77,162 pages on ShareProphets. The circulation of the Investors Chronicle is c30,000. Shares is less than half of that. To our critics who think we do not count, we say think again.
Today Tom Winnifrith is finally leaving on sabbatical, leaving me in charge of the editorial role at ShareProphets. As he explained in yesterday's bearcast, the handover period is now over and for reasons we all understand he is now taking a break from writing.
I am a long term and unapologetic bear of Globo (GBO) because the valuation just does not stack up. At 46p the market cap is £157 million. I cannot see free operating cashflow this year topping £10 million. I am not saying that this is a Norfolk just that the shares discount an awful lot of good news. They are overvalued. And…
Entu (ENTU) has announced results for the six months ended 30th April 2015 and that “we have seen and continue to see increased activity levels in the second half, and we remain on track to meet market expectations for the full year”.
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I am still recovering from yesterday's 14 mile training walk for the Woodlarks 32 mile charity walk. Yesterday's trip did not go quite to plan and ended up being a tad longer than expected. I explain all HERE. If you enjoy my suffering I shall do a 20 mile walk next weekend so how about you spare a tenner and sponsor me HERE. In the podcast I ask very hard questions about the sacking of the CEO and FD at Cabot Energy (CAB), formerly Northern Petroleum. I think I know why the P45s and black bags were handed out but Cabot must come clean NOW. Same Nomad, different dog, more questions - MySquar (FRAUD). Then I look at Audioboom (BOOM) and Wishbone Gold (WSBN) where I am a long suffering shareholder. And I smile to myself as I remember watching Germany vs Argentina four years ago in Kambos HERE
I explain why the FD and CEO of FootAsylum (FOOT) must be fired at once after today's profits warning. I forgot to say that any company holding and announcing an "analyst teach in" - as Rob Terry used to do - is almost an automatic sell in my book and FootAsylum is an offender in this respect. I also look at FastForward (FFWD) and explain why I think Jim Mellon has sinned, albeit legally. I cover UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Andalas (ADL) and McCarthy & Stone (MCS). In terms of the walk we are now well over £9,000 with gift aid and ahead of a training walk in the rain tonight I ask again. Most bearcast listeners are enjoying my suffering but are yet to help Woodlarks with a donation. Please, I am sure you can spare a tenner HERE
Another day, another drop to Winnileaks, this time from someone who Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer groomed but who refused to hand over cash. However in this lie packed attempted fraud from January 2018 some were fleeced.
I know sweet FA about Thor Mining (THR) other than its CEO knows a lot about snakes from his time in the field. And that is it, so I make no comment about what follows other than to say that in this private email sent to the chosen few the broker has not held back and has used very un-broker-esque language. He opines:
If anyone thought anything else other that FastForward Innovations was merely the personal investment vehicle for Jim Mellon and Lorne Abony to dip into at will, today’s massive related party deal with Mellon’s Juvenescence Limited puts it beyond any doubt.
Footasylum (FOOT) is “pleased to report a strong performance for the financial year, our first as a quoted company following our successful IPO last November… The board was delighted with the support we received for the IPO”. I doubt shareholders are pleased or delighted though – shares in this 164p per share IPO, currently trading well below 100p following a dramatic slump on the “pleased to report” results!...
I was just reminding myself via the interweb of the chat around McCarthy & Stone (MCS)’s return to the stock market back in November 2015. This was from a press article at the time of the IPO: 'Britain’s biggest builder of homes for retired people, said its London debut had been priced at 180 pence per share, valuing the business at 967 million pounds. Shares in the company rose 13.5 percent to 204.21 pence in conditional trading on Friday as investors bet on further gains in the UK’s strong residential property market'. Well...how could it have gone so wrong, with the shares down 15% as I write at around 110p?
Before you consider the latest news from Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) just consider that, at 2.8p-3p, the market cap is a paltry £5.36 million. Bluebird has more than one asset but focus on just one for now: Kochang, where it has now formalised a 50/50 JV with Aussie based Southern Gold.
Hello, Share Seekers. Merlin the magician was born in my neighbouring town of Carmarthen. Merlin, the theme park operator, could also magic some growth in its share price. As the world has more leisure time on its hands, thanks to the gallop of technology, many companies which offer ways of filling the time are going to prosper, in my humble view.
Bathroom and kitchen products company Norcros (NXR) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2018, emphasising “excellent progress towards our strategic objectives” and that “the board remains confident that the group should continue to make further progress for the year ending 31 March 2019”…
Directa Plus (DCTA) has made an AGM Statement commencing “during 2017 we made significant commercial progress across our four key target markets and I am pleased to report that this momentum has continued into 2018”. Sounds promising…
AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) has offered the market an RNS this morning describing “Strong Commercial Progress”. Bearing in mind the profit warning of last week, and the inevitability of another bailout placing one wonders if this marks the appearance of pastures new in the distance, or whether it is just a pre-placing ramp.
With its shares down from above 300p less than a year ago to below 56p, Safestyle UK (SFE) “announces the granting of awards under the Safestyle UK plc 2017 Performance Share Plan, to certain executive directors of the company”!...
Maybe folks are getting immune about Optibiotix (OPTI) announcing yet another manufacturing and supply agreement. But even if, like this one, it is relatively small it all adds to the bottom line improvement. The latest one is with John Morley Foods, a 75 year old company operating in Cheshire with annual sales (2016) of £31 million, making six figure profits and with a growing cash pile.
Life sciences, beauty and personal care products company InnovaDerma (IDP) has updated on trading for its year ending 30th June – commencing “revenue for the period increased strongly by 23.5% on a constant currency basis to approximately £11m (FY2017: £8.9m). However,”, Uh oh…
Flip Flop Ben Turney, formerly of this Parish, insists that this email to shareholders in Teathers Financial is private and confidential. I can see why, as it is bollocks he would not want subjected to outside scrutiny. Naturally it has found its way to Winnileaks so I publish it in full.
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