I read with utter horror Wednesday’s RNS regarding Mr Austin’s Equities First Holdings LLC (EFH) ‘loan’ deal which, ahem, clarified that the previous clarification that the original RNS was all correct was in fact (cough, splutter) unclear. It was wrong. It was misleading. What a total shambles! How any CEO could survive this - and what follows - is beyond me. Gallows at the ready, then.
RMPC is a private company and so feels no need to report bogus profits to ramp its shares like er…Quindell (QPP). It will make no difference to the fate of Quindell (insolvency) whether RMPC survives or fails. But since some utter moron (Goldust88 from the LSE Asylum) has posted highlights of our August 31st 2013 accounts raising six red flags about me, which other cretins have plastered on other asylums, I might as well respond.
First thing today we heard that hapless (soon to be ex) Quindell (QPP) finance director and insider dealer Laurence Moorse had received a margin call under his Equities First Holdings LLC shoddy share sale/loan deal. Larry did not met the margin so officially said goodbye to 20,000 shares. After hours it was revealed that fraudster in chief Rob Terry had made the same call so waving goodbye to 8.85 million shares.
Hello Share Shakers: There are writers on this spiffing website who poke fun at me for being a bull. They say that I'm wrong to believe the pre-Christmas Footsie has any more upward life in it
How stupid does the board of IGas Energy (IGAS) think its shareholders are? This is an interesting question to reflect on this afternoon, after the company released this morning’s disgraceful RNS in pitiful defence of CEO Andrew Austin’s “Sale & Repurchase” agreement with Equities First Holdings LLC. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, IGAS is still desperately trying to portray this arrangement as a bona fide loan. This is madness. It is lying to its shareholders and the statement - coming after fairly dismal interims earlier - is a disgrace. Austin should be sacked at once.
Mike Hodgson, chief executive officer of Serabi Gold (SRB), says he expects the AIM-quoted company to hoist gold production in northern Brazil’s Tapajos region from a disappointing maiden annual rate of 20,000 oz. to more than 35,000 oz. in the coming year, as its high-grade Sao Chico project starts to swell the quantity of gold now being extracted from its existing operation at Palito. Quoted on AIM and in Toronto and backed by Chile’s billionaire Solari business dynasty, Serabi has obtained a temporary trial mining licence for Sao Chico and must conduct what Hodgson describes as the equivalent of a pre-feasibility study to secure a permanent licence, which he anticipates ‘will be done and dusted by mid-2015.’
It seems perfectly possible that by the time Quindell (QPP) gets to having its books audited in February/March it will have run out of cash (see mounting evidence of that from D&B and elsewhere in today’s Bearcast HERE) but let’s assume, generously, that it is solvent then – what happens next?
From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following details changes to net short positions in the last week (red if short increased, green if reduced)...
Buying shares is one clear way to take care of your financial future. I guess there will be two broad ‘types’ of people reading this article- one who already own shares and another who don’t. It’s a low percentage of the overall population who actually own shares themselves directly, I would assume less than 10% of all people, maybe around 5% or less even.
I touch on a few other companies in this podcast, notably 3Legs Resources, Wandisco and Security Resources which is leaving the AIM casino. But I focus on Quindell analysing how and why its remaining shareholders are simply in denial. I also discuss at length today's bombshell research note from Canaccord (HERE) and what it means. It means death and 0p.
Shares in French Connection (FCCN) are up this morning on a positive trading statement. I was not expecting a statement but the positive news needed to come out. For the period from August to November retail L4L sales were off 5.7% but that was against a very strong comparator, wholesale sales were up 9% and margins also improved – that is good going when one looks at other retailers.
Vin Murria has delivered for our readers again – with Advanced Computer Software (ASW) announcing a recommended 140p per share cash takeover by US-based Vista Equity Partners.
Well here you go. You will note the lack of any earnings forecasts. This is a total climbdown from Canaccord on the company that just six months ago it was trying get a Full Listing for. It was also trying to help Rob Terry flog £30 million of his own shares as recently as April. A link to the full note is below.
Canaccord has not only quit as broker to Quenron (QPP) but it has now withdrawn its forecsats, buy stance and target price. In a note packed with red flag alerts it says its stance is “under review”. As I explained here the other day that means SELL! The note reads:
Having sold its mobile business some years ago, BT (BT.A) is in talks with Telefonica about the possibility of buying the O2 mobile business for strategic reasons; to enable it to enter the growing mobile, smart phone data transmission market. That makes sense given that BT has a gap in its service offering in mobile communications and given that it is also a strong internet service provider which needs to expand demand for its services.
I spent a happy night reading an an article supporting stock promoters and crooks and an attack on bears from Zak "Judas" Mir. Cripes it was drivel. I then read a quite superb academic paper "Go Down Fighting Short Sellers vs Firms" from the US which is the most comprehensive study of bear raids on US firms. It analyses how they respond but demonstrates quite clearly why the bears are the good guys, why we bears are the most effective regulators against stock promotion and fraud in town. The bald and clear fact is the sheer scale of long term underoerformance of stocks in the years AFTER a bear raid. The clear message is that bears are exposing wrong doing in a way that regulators do not and that listening to bears & selling shares in companies they target rather than siding with the con artists saves you money.
Hello Share Shufflers. Let's take another peek at one of my all-time great shares. The company hires out building and industrial tools and gear and, though it's a British firm, it does a lot of business in the currently buoyant USA.
I have slated Motive TV (MTV) time and time again as an example of what is wrong with the AIM casino ( see today’s bearcast): time and time again this POS issues shares like confetti so its investors are diluted to oblivion and a few crony capitalists make a killing. Let’s force its hand. The paperwork is almost done on the latest deeply discounted placing and it has raised £800,000 at just 0.013p. Time for a rushed statement in the morning chaps.
Provider of software and services to the multi-channel retail and manufacturing markets in the UK and Ireland, Sanderson Group (SND) has announced results for its year ended 30th September 2014 and that its “order book does provide the board with a reasonable level of confidence, at this early stage, that the group will make further progress in the current financial year”. The following updates post a chat with management today.
Who remembers back to the IPO frenzy of earlier this year? A time when almost anything seemed possible and, if it was in a reasonable state of readiness, was floated by those oh-so-helpful investment banks. I was reminded of two names earlier today due to the publication of their results. Zoopla (ZPLA) is the group behind a number of property websites whilst AO World (AO.) apparently is ‘on a mission to become a leading European online retailer of electrical products’ (as per its corporate website). Both were floated earlier this year and both are nicely below their initial list price.
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I am a shareholder in Amryt (AMYT) which has had a placing today. I am furious and feel shafted. The shares are almost certainly cheap but I feel livid so am off, with Joshua, for coffees with the fit young mums. I also comment on i3 Energy (TOAST), 88 Energy (88E), Frontera (FRR) and ADVFN (AFN).
How the Bulletin Board Morons laughed at me as I warned in the strongest possible terms that 88 Energy (88E) shares were a slam dunk sell and that drilling of the Icewine well was not going well. Please form an orderly queue morons I guess you did know better than a trained oil analyst after all. The shares have slumped by 0.75p to 1.25p but a market cap of £56.9 million is still way too high. There is worse to come.
I start off with a cheque received for 29p. Then as we see the Purplebricks (PURP) share price start to melt I look at hard maths and explain why the shares will collapse from here. I look at the Rose Petroleum (ROSE) placing, misleading comments from worthless crap Strat Aero (AERO), dismal interims from shamed lifestyle company Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP) and then at Intelligent Energy (IEH) which looks like a zero in waiting.
The debt timebomb has not gone away. In fact it is bigger than ever and that has massie implications for all of us, the central theme of this month's newsletter from the world's biggest investor in resource stocks, Sprott Asset Management. It writes:
This week's Bulletin Board Moron contest is sponsored by Nyota Minerals, a company that has more lives than all of our reader's cats.
Falanx (FLX) has announced a partnership with Stone Group, a major supplier of IT services to the Education sector and Government. Stone provides the hardware to all these money tree-funded bodies and will, in future, promote Falanx Cyber Defence as its sole cyber security partner.
Last night at 5.25pm Nyota Minerals (NYO) announced that its shares were being booted off the AIM casino. The roll call of shame on this one is appalling. We have AIM Regulation, broker Peterhouse and the directors of the company seemingly all at fault here, not to mention former Nomad Beaumont Cornish and two further Nomads, ZAI Corporate Finance and Allenby being dragged in. It is a true horror show. But rather than look in the mirror, the directors pointed the finger at ShareProphets – blame the media, the investigative journalists, blame evil Tom Winnifrith and myself, Nigel Somerville. This is shocking.
Uber has lost its London license thanks to Transport For London (TFL), a move applauded by useless Mayor Sadiq Khan, The Guardian, the BBC and black cab drivers. But it is very bad news indeed for London and I explain why. It is symptomatic of a new era of economic madness as is Theresa May claiming giving £20 billion (it will be more) to the EU is a good deal and our useless PM also trying to satisfy the greed of lazy and overpaid public sector workers. Perhaps the biggest sign of this madness and wish for economic hari-kiri is Labour's plan to renationalise the utilities. It is utter madness but no one dares say so. We are heading faster and faster towards the precipice my friends.
Hello, Share Poppers. It’s always a pleasure to listen to comment from readers of this terrific website. So a few months back, I bought some shares in Aeorema Communications (AEO), as one of my readers said they couldn’t understand why the stock of such an award-winning company was not doing much better.
Hello Share Samplers. When a share approaches company results day, whether for six months or the full year, we can expect the share price to rise. Once that special day arrives, the value often falls - even when profits are in line with expectations or even better. Naturally, the most trading often goes on in the run-up to the announcement concerned and in the week afterwards. But there’s an advantage in buying your shares when nothing imminent is on the company’s diary and when no other news is expected.
Symphony Environmental Technologies (SYM) was a 6.75p offer price share tip – and the shares rose to 11.5p on the back of a first half of 2017 results announcement, though have currently slipped back to 10.5p…
Well it did arrive in a brown envelope! The eagle eyed among you will see that I appear not to have cashed the last cheque from this source, for 51p. I think I lost it. But I'm now entitled to 80p as a result of being a loyal shareholder in the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Of course my real "dividend" is being able to attend the AGM to berate the hapless head of AIM Regulation, Mr Marcus Stuttard. Truthfully, notwithstanding today's cheque I can say that I am not in this one for the money.
An unusual time (1:01pm) “Statement re contract” announcement from marketing services group St. Ives (SIV). Uh oh...
This is a share tip that has not worked out. We are well down on the 37p offer price of January - our timing was imperfect. To be fair, we advised averaging down a week or so ago at a 24p offer. Shares in the geoscience and geospatial group Getech (GTC) are now 26p offer after a very good trading update and at this level they are a strong buy.
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