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Time for a food retail update. I was slightly surprised by the purchasing hookup between Tesco (TSCO) and the French-listed behemoth Carrefour which was announced on Monday. You all know how loved-up i have been with Tesco over the last little while and - reciprocating my passion - the shares have popped above 240p big technical resistance level in recent weeks as I had hoped (and mused upon here ). Anyhow, Monday's announcement is no sector ball-breaker but rather part of a search for marginal gains.
There is a rather tasteless joke that asks where you will find a dog without any legs ? ... Precisely where you left it. I am just back from holidays and that my friends has been how the gold market looks, precisely as it was... except.
Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...
Hello Share Middlers. I’ve commended Greene King (GNK) to you in the past but its yearly numbers are not that marvellous. The pub and food chain’s adjusted profit before tax toppled back to £243 million. That’s still a tidy sum, but it’s 11% less than last time. Still, the divi remains unchanged at 33p per share. The prospective yield I have is 5.3%, which ain’t at all bad.
Say what you like about Richard Jennings of Align Research but, though he has his faults, he has made a very generous donation to the Woodlarks walk campaign and we are now 53% of the way to target. See just how generous and perhaps spare a tenner, as you consider my training walk in today's stifling heat, HERE. In the podcast I look at Great Western Mining (GWMO), Andalas (DOG), MySquar (FRAUD), IQE (IQE), Westminster Group (WSG) - run by loathsome slug and ex Tory MP Tony Baldry - and TrakM8 (TRAK).
Earlier today I revealed here how Angus Energy (ANGS) boss Jonathan Tidswell appears to have given away 39 million shares as part of an (undeclared) loan deal with America 2030 and how 10.8 million of those shares had already been dumped without Tidswell signing papers or getting his cash. But who is America 2030?.
With shares in UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) flying and another £5 million raised at 2p yesterday, the loons who own this stock are out there on social media buzzing excitedly like flies who have located cow dung, once again making the most ludicrous of assertions.
Only London’s worst Nomad, Roland “fatty” Cornish could have overseen the shambles at Angus Energy (ANGS) exposed earlier today HERE whereby its boss Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorious handed over all his 39 million shares as security on an (undisclosed) before signing paperwork only to find – with no money advanced – that 10.8 million had been flogged. But it gets better. Far better.
It is hard to know whether to laugh or to cry but it seems that the CEO of Angus Energy (ANGS), Jonathan Tidswell-Pretorious seems to have lost a stack of his shareholding in his company and, inadvertently, his range of advisers (led by London’s worst Nomad Beaumont Cornish) have misled investors. What a clusterfuck.
Early this year we showed Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...
AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) announced yesterday morning that the sale of its travel and leisure division looks set (at last) to progress to an exchange of contracts, and a General Meeting will be called to approve the transaction. We are also told that the Hillside loan facility is expected to be settled and that the sale will provide the funds so to do. This is all very good news, although it has taken heading for seven months to get this far with the sale. Those with a glass half full might complain of evaporation….
On a thin regulatory news day, two board member announcements catch the eye. I have never written about internet clothing retailer ASOS (ASC) on this website before but i did once own the shares following a tip from a mate who liked the look of a small cap called 'As Seen on Screen'. I remember feeling rather clever after making a very decent return after selling out at 10 pence... Ah, the shortcomings of youth!
Plastic components and LED-based lighting systems manufacturing company Carclo (CAR) has hit back following a “Non-Binding Proposal for Carclo plc” announcement from Consort Medical (CSRT)…
Hello, Share Saddlers. I’m ashamed to admit that one of the main reasons I bought Whitbread (WTB) shares is that it came with a deal for two hotel nights at Premier Inns for the price of one. We are testing the waters on this one with a romantic weekend break later this month.
I am now fully recovered from yesterday's 27 mile training trek in the 30 degree heat - something I describe in full HERE. If you don't like me or the Israeli army or Versarien (VRS) and enjoy my suffering please donate to the Woodlarks charity walk on July 28 - we are now just £31 from 50% of our target fund raise. Be generous HERE. On the podcast today I look at Versarien, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) where Lucian Miers is taking one hell of a beating from big Dave Lenigas, MySquar (FRAUD) - 7 days to courtroom drama - 88 Energy (88E) - you were warned - Mosman (MSMN) and Frontera (FRR). I also look at new leverage limits on spread betting coming in on 29 July and what that means in nanny state Europe and the UK.
Results for its year ended 31st March 2018 from Trakm8 Holdings (TRAK) emphasise earnings and revenue growth and see Executive Chairman John Watkins stating “it is pleasing to report very strong progress during the past year”. The shares have responded, er, currently 8.5% lower, back sub 100p…
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As it happens I am in the process of buying a number of new mattresses for the house I have rebuilt in Greece. And it seems a remarkably simple process buying what is a commodity product. When my friend Nigel Wray says his mattress company Simba is revolutionising the market I cough and change the subject. But he is not the only one who thinks that mattresses need “disrupting”. Natch, Neil Woodford, the UK's most conceited fund manager, also thinks that, like washing machines mattresses, are ripe for a revolution. He owns just under 30% of Eve Sleep (EVE) shares of which are now in free fall.
It looks like we are entering the end of Merkel-ism in Europe, as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is approaching her final days as head of Germany and Europe. Be it next week or the end of this year, we are looking at unprecedented change in European politics thanks to Merkel’s insistence on taking in millions of Syrian and North African refugees. Merkel’s current plight politically stems from her intractability in accepting the chain of events that led to this point. All of the problems of Europe now stem from the collision of these foreign policy disasters and the economic degradation of the euro-zone from the flawed structure of the euro itself.
It is not as if Optibiotix (OPTI) management do not put their money where their mouth is. Just a few days ago chairman Neil Davidson splashed out £150,000 buying shares at 71p. Now we have news of an option package for three senior staffers including Davidson. No options….one way bet… nooooooooooooo you scream. No. Read the RNS.
Amit Ben Haim does not like to be at the helm when one of his enterprises goes belly up. He always quits and leaves a gent called Massimo Ventimiglia to pick up the pieces. And hence we come to Cloudtag (CTAG) subsidiary CT Technology Services.
Thank God for small mercies. Now we can start a rota on who has to listen to Brokerman Dan blathering on about blockchain and what a frigging genius Clem Chambers is. For now there is a third rogue blogger joining us as we walk the 32 miles from Horse Hill to Woodlarks on July 28. He is a man who knows Horse Hill well…
The extract from the Land Registry below is in the public domain and looks like a huge misunderstanding to me. Worthington (WRN) may be in administration but it seems the FCA have a few questions for its former boss Doug Ware. I am sure there is a perfectly innocent explanation for all of this.
Oh dear, I sense that in my adopted home of Greece there are a few folks heading for the slammer in connection with the Folli Follie Fraud which we helped Gabriel Grego to expose on this website. It seems like just the other day that burly security guards were chasing me away from its HQ North of Athens, as you can see HERE.
Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE has other problems to consider? Take it from me that she does. There is more to follow, the wheels are a turning. But perhaps she or her uber expensive bully boy lawyer Julian Pike might answer a simple question for me. It relates to ASX listed Norwood.
I’ve touched on Immunocore a few times in passing as it one of the largest holdings in Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) as well as being the largest investment made by Dublin-listed Malin Corporation, of which Woodford is the largest shareholder, obvs! Well, it looks like it’s not a particularly happy ship and I wonder whether a (further) devaluation is required?
Amino Technologies (AMO) has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2018, emphasising “strong revenue visibility and pipeline coverage - full year expectations confirmed” - the numbers though showing adjusted earnings approaching 60% lower than in the corresponding half in the prior year on revenue 17% lower at $41.2 million. Hmmm…
Previously writing on SRT Marine Systems (SRT) in April, I concluded with previous delays and a current market cap of more than £30 million, I await to see evidence it is actually on-track as well as the cash flow and the balance sheet. Today a “SE Asia Contract Change” announcement…
I’ve been following darling of the bulletin boards, Versarien (VRS) for some time finding the ever-increasing share price more and more incredulous. I thought I would use today’s results to take a closer look and come up with a considered valuation. In short, this appears to be the in the top 5 most overvalued shares on AIM – get out while the going’s good!
HaloSource (HALO) “is pleased to announce that it has received initial orders for its new astrea ONE lead filtering bottle from its first retail customer in the US”. Hmmm, promising or ramptastic?...
For those of you who are contrarians you will have heard the quip by Baron Rothschild that the time to buy is when there is "blood in the streets" and by extension, the time to sell is at the point of maximum euphoria - "this time it is different" are the kind of words that should make you bridle.
Previously writing on Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) it was interims emphasise “another period of strong progress”… but progress enough for the valuation?. Now a trading update for the company’s year ended 1st July 2018…
I commented on the lunatic management at Premier Foods (PFD) a couple of weeks ago HERE, who, after turning down a perfectly good bid, are circling the wagons against activist investors who want to help to start to create value by booting out the CEO. I could not agree more with their assertion that the CEO's tenure is 'five year of failure'...
I recorded this on my last night in Greece. As you listen I shall be starting the trek back to Bristol. I appeal to those yet to donate to the Woodlarks charity walk by myself, Lucian Miers and Brokerman Dan to donate HERE - we are at 69% of our £20,000 target and every cent pledged will make a difference. Thanks to a reader for spotting a court case involving Safestyle (SFE) which is utterly shocking - I reckon this makes the stock uninvestable. I then take issue with the analysis of a City pal of Chris "three brains" Bailey on the matter of fraud.
Hello Share Shapers. Royal Mail (RMG) is not a share I would buy more of. I will however hang onto those I do have for a while longer. Though I really ought to be looking for a good exit point I think.
I assume that dividend munchers are feeling a bit glum today as the FTSE 100's most boring company (as I previously dubbed it HERE), Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) is seeing its shares fall by 3% odd percent. So what is going on?
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