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Saturday 22 July 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


17 July 2017, 10:02 | By Tom Winnifrith |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the week PRIZE contest sponsored by Disgraced share Ramper Roger Lawson

Today's the day that African Potash gets slung from the NEX markets or has the rules bent for them, so in normal circumstances it would sponsor this week's contest. But there is an even better sponsor, step forward disgraced share ramper Roger Lawson of ShareSoc infamy who will donate some of the Globo shares he owns as a prize.  Natch, Ramper Lawson sold most of his Globo shares before telling readers to sell, but he still has some left and even offered to help the management take the company forward.

12 July 2017, 10:36 | By ShareProphets |

8 tips, CEO interviews with Wishbone & Optibiotix & much more - The July edition of the UK Investor Show magazine is now live

The July edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring eight share tips, a question of life after the Tories, a special book offer, CEO interviews with Optibiotix (OPTI) and Wishbone (WSBN) and much more.

 

8 July 2017, 11:13 | By Cynical Bear |

Boxhill Technologies: Disappointing results - what was the point of all the acquisitions?

The poor results from Boxhill Technologies (BOX) yesterday were not a huge surprise as the drop in the payment processing revenues had been flagged in the recent trading update that I covered HERE. However, while there is still a chance that an unsuspecting PI thinks there’s opportunity here, I will continue to emphasise a couple of odd points about this business that continues to make it uninvestable for me.

8 July 2017, 09:38 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Molins at 149p offer - worth at least 173.5p

We tipped these shares a couple of weeks ago at a 130p offer. Readers of the Nifty Fifty are thus happy bunnies as the shares are now 147p-149p. We do serve up good share tips and Steve and I are now working on our next one! But the shares should head higher still. I explain why in detail - here is our original tip from two weeks ago.

8 July 2017, 09:12 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Oi! Jim Mellon - so how have Plethora shareholders done after that 12.5p all share offer you made?

Back in November 2015, Plethora Solutions (PLE) the AIM listed developer of a treatment for premature ejaculation run by offshore based asset stripper Jim Mellon was almost on its uppers, its cash position was critical and its share price had collapsed. Refinancing would have been impossible so it was announced that Regent Pacific, Mellon's Hong Kong based vehicle which already owned 28% of Plethora having chucked good money after bad, was to launch an all share offer worth 12.5p per share. I warned that was too good to be true HERE. And so let's wind forward 20 months...

8 July 2017, 09:12 | By Steve Moore |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 07/07/2017

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

8 July 2017, 08:00 | By Malcolm Stacey |

How to Judge a Company by What Its Big Cheese Says to Interviewers.

Hello Share Pippers.  There are all kinds of tricks you can use to maximise your profits. Some of them may seem to make little difference, but over the long haul they’ll put thousands of pounds in your pocket.

7 July 2017, 16:40 | By Steve Moore |

LightwaveRF – Apple certification. Ooooh. Will it though need to be discounted fundraising ahoy?

LightwaveRF (LWRF) “is delighted to announce that its next generation Lightwave Link Plus has been certified under Apple's licensing scheme as a ‘Works with Apple HomeKit’ product”. Ooooh, Apple hey. Cue a further share price rise, but what’s actually happening here?...

7 July 2017, 16:11 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Pure Horse Shit from Jim Mellon's FastForward - the shares will continue to tank

FastForward (FFWD) the investment company chaired by my old friend, the offshore based asset stripper Mr Jim Mellon, served up results for the year to 31 March today. Cynical Bear will give them the full workover they merit over the weekend  but I could not give my old pal Jim a completely free pass. The numbers are shite

7 July 2017, 14:17 | By Steve Moore |

Portmeirion – “in line” with expectations, but they previously reduced & sales trend doesn’t encourage

Manufacturer and distributor of homewares under the Portmeirion, Spode, Wax Lyrical, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel brands, Portmeirion Group (PMP) “updates on trading for the first half of the current year” and “is pleased to announce”... Sounds encouraging…

7 July 2017, 14:02 | By HotStockRockets |

Premaitha - Court action begins this week - BUY

And so after more than a year of huff and puff and fascist corporate bullying by US giant Illumina, the High Court action with Premaitha (NIPT) starts tomorrow. Premaitha says:

7 July 2017, 11:29 | By Steve Moore |

Quarto – profit warning, so tries to emphasise “transitional year”

Quarto (QRT) has announced a sale of its Books & Gifts Direct New Zealand business – this following a profit warning earlier in the week…

7 July 2017, 10:29 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

China New Energy – AGM confirms placing fears

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy announced its AGM today. As I suspected HERE the company’s full year results revealed a bit of a need for cash and the AGM notice (HERE) confirms that the company is leaving the door wide open on that score.

7 July 2017, 09:08 | By Cynical Bear |

Highlands Natural Resources: Some funding (not death spiral, honest) but a hugely risky punt even at 14p, sorry I mean 12p

Two weeks ago, following the results of Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) I advised getting out at 23.75p as the bubble appeared to be bursting (see HERE). Well done if you did as you could have got back in at 12p last night as part of the announced funding via PrimaryBid but the question is: should you have done? Hmm, I’m not quite as tempted as Tom sounded HERE but let’s take a look at the details.

7 July 2017, 09:07 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Photo Article: Blur Minus 98% - where are our Devon mansions Phil Letts and your ghastly Mrs Kara?

Blur (BLUR) was floated at 82p. Today after five years of accounting fraud, operational failure and cash guzzling it is doing another bailout placing at just 1.75p so leaving its long suffering shareholders 98% down. As part of today's bailout a number of directors have "been resigned" including Kara Cardinale, hithero paid an arm and a leg as Chief Delivery Officer. Chief what the fuck???

7 July 2017, 08:08 | By Steve Moore |

Imaginatik – “pleased to announce” open offer result. Really?

Previously writing on Imaginatik (IMTK) in April, I questioned the progress being made and attempted discounted fundraising ahoy? Last month there was a “Placing and Open Offer to raise up to £1.9 million” announcement and this week a “Result of Open Offer” announcement...

7 July 2017, 08:05 | By Malcolm Stacey |

How About Ocado - if You Think On-line Shopping is Set to Get Even Stronger?

Hello Share Smoothers. Ocado (OCDO) is one of those annoying companies which does not give you a clue as to what it does by its name. It is in fact an online supermarket. And it should have been called something like ‘The On-Line Supermarket.’ Never mind. Silly names is just one of my personal irritants in the share picking game.

6 July 2017, 17:05 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Today's Primary Bid Opportunity is Highland Natural Resources - deadline 9 PM TONIGHT, I'm tempted

No need to wait for the weekend. This PrimaryBid offering kicked off at 4.30 PM today and will close at 9.00 PM tonight or when £2 million is raised - the placing is in Highland Natural Resources (HNR). On the one hand we have been uber critical of Highland on the other this financing package with a massive private equity injection looks transformational. Worse still boss Robert Price has just called me and now I find it hard to be hostile to the man as he was quite charming. I am almost tempted to go for a small flutter as I shall explain below, but make no formal recommendation - here are the bare bones:

6 July 2017, 16:50 | By Steve Moore |

Blancco Technology – 2 months after placing, cash performance below expectations due to non-payment of receivables. Hmmm…

Having in May been “pleased to announce the completion of a placing of 5,800,000 new ordinary shares… at a price of 169 pence per placing share” (I bet it was pleased - as otherwise it was cash crunch within weeks!), Blancco Technology Group (BLTG) has today released a “Trading Statement” which currently sees the shares down by more than 20% at sub 120p. Those who took part in the placing won’t be “pleased” then!...

6 July 2017, 14:10 | By Steve Moore |

Entu – further from bad (en)tu worse; Strategic Review, new financing needed

Last month saw a delayed profit warning from energy efficient-home improvement group Entu (ENTU) – and me particularly noting the net debt and that, although purportedly “strengthened”, the executive team still not seemingly having the answers themselves – ‘from bad (en)tu worse, issues “more complex and extend further” than expected’. There is now a “Strategic Review” announcement. Hmmm…

6 July 2017, 13:04 | By Cynical Bear |

Tern – Was this week’s RNS actually a massive SELL note?

Having read Tern’s update on Device Authority and Nigel’s take on it HERE, I wonder whether there is a bit more to say as on a further re-read, I actually think that Al Sisto, Tern’s CEO, is admitting to all that the current share price is massively overvalued and shareholders should be heading for the door. Sounds like sage advice to me.

6 July 2017, 13:03 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: We 3 crooks of the AIM are, stealing money we travel so far..

The Mrs goes back to work tomorrow after her maternity leave. So as of Friday i am dealing with nappy shit not AIM shit as my primary job. But Bearcast will return every day in September. Today the Mrs is out with Joshua so I am bored and have a lot to say. I start with MichaelMouse an ADVFN Bulletin Board moron committing market abuse as he shows he understands nothing - he really is a Mickey Mouse figure.. I have harsh words about Telit (TCM) and TrakM8 (TRAK) in that section. Then it is onto what "Strategic Review" means in plain English, ref Entu (ENTU). Finally to the meat of the podcast covering Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL), its fellow FRAUD Redcentric (RCN) and the worthless crap Magnolia (MAGP) and what it says about AIM and the failed Nomad system that Messrs Gandhi, Fisher and not so lovely Rita have not been fired. Warning: this bearcast contains some strong language and phrases of a sexual nature. 

7 days ago | By Comrade Darren Atwater |

Notes from Underground - Hey! You! Get off of my (Sound)cloud

Considering that Tom is on leave and won't be returning to Bearcasts in September, it's interesting to note that two items on the top-10 leaderboard are Tom's Bearcasts. We look forward to their increased popularity when he officially returns to them.

7 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Who has been daft enough to send Tom Winnifrith a lawyer's letter? 92% of you guessed wrongly

Five days ago someone who you would say had  a career death wish, if he had actually got a career, sent me a fascist lawyers letter demanding that I pull all articles on him (going back 40 months) pay him damages, never write about him again and publish a grovelling apology dictated by him. I asked you to guess who has been so daft and 92% of you got it wrong.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Why a research note from a house broker is just so much shite - possibly the worst note of 2017, Arden on the Mercantile Norfolk

The house broker on AIM earns its money not from investors but from corporates. It banks £2-4,000 a month as a retainer and then makes 5% commission on any funds it raises. Lovely jubbly, coke and hookers all round. Of course that makes its research less than impartial. Prostitutes do not tell their clients that they have a small dick and so you would not expect Arden Partners to conclude that shares in Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) are worthless crap, which they are. Welcome to a strong contender for the worst research note of the year to date.

6 days ago | By HotStockRockets |

Premaitha - new Thermo Fisher loan: sends strong message to Illumina: BUY

Premaitha Health (NIPT) has announced that it has entered into a further extension of the investment agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific  announced on 14 December 2015 and extended as announced on 23 September 2016. This is good news.

6 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

AIM-China Grand Group – anything to see?

I’ve covered AIM-China Grand Group (GIPO) a couple of times already but there is something fishy about the share price movement over the last few days. Surely even Marcus Stuttard’s oxyorons at AIM Regulation will view what follows with some interest. Remember, the company claims to have about £25 million of cash as a cash shell and the market closed on Friday with the company worth just £2 million.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

See you in Court Bitchez Odd one out Contest

Okay this is easy as pie. I bring you a dodgy bubble, a disgraced share ramper, the King of the fraudsters, lyin' Chris, the head of a formerly AIM listed POS where 1/6 of the staff were family members and Jimmyliar himself. Which is the odd one out and why? Post your answers in the comments section below with a deadline of 7 AM Monday Morning.

6 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Here's the fascist lawyers letter from disgraced share ramper Roger Lawson of Sharesoc - and a response

A formal response to disgraced ShareSoc share ramper Roger Lawson's fascist lawyers letter will follow in due course. But in this detailed podcast I explain why the letter he sent is so pitiful and wrong and why I shall fight to ensure that his antics are exposed. It would set a very bad precedent were there to be any other result. For ShareSoc the implications of this case are laid out and it will not enjoy what is set to unfold one little bit.

6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Why I'm Happy to Make More Mistakes than Beginners Do

Hello Share Scramblers. The distinguished Darren Atwater’s Notes from Underground inform us that 62,000 individual readers graced this wonderful website last week. Which suggests that huge numbers are ignoring that hoary old advice about ‘Going away in May’ and are still currently active.

6 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Fishing retailer Angling Direct lists on AIM - but does it offer value?

Following the successful floatation of Fishing Republic (FISH) a couple of years back, it was only a matter of time before one of the other large fishing tackle retailers followed the same route, and we’ve just seen Angling Direct (ANG) list on the AIM market.

6 days ago | By Lucian Miers |

Déjà Vu at UK Oil & Gas: A Sell

In April 2015, at Waterloo station I looked up and saw, on a giant television screen streaming live Sky News, the portly figure of colourful Australian share promotor David Lenigas making wild and, as it turned out, unsubstantiated claims about the ‘Gatwick Gusher’, the voguish oil play situated on the Sussex Weald. Instinctively, I reached for my phone and shorted UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) which had trebled to 3p on the excitement.

5 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

MySQUAR - the out of the money warrant exercise that tells you its placing ahoy and this is a slam dunk Norfolk

For the second time in a week we have seen share options exercised at AIM listed Norfolk MySQUAR (MYSQ) - this time it is 1.875 million warrants exercised at 5.5p which will add £103,125 to the coffers. that is kind of handy for this cash guzzler which is close to running on fumes. But this is a spoof.

6 days ago | By Hackney Champagne Socialist Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Bulletin Board & Twitter Moron of the week sponsored by the returning Quenron gang of Shysters

It's a duopoly of duds this week. What to do? There were few entries last week, which seems to show that the bulletin board posters on LSE and ADVFN and III have all been sensible and humble for the past seven days.

5 days ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

AIM-China Grand Group – oh dear, now the Chairman walks. Get out!

AIM-China investment company Grand Group (GIPO) has announced the departure of its Chairman. It may not formally be one of our Filthy Forty, but it sure is doing its best to make the grade.

5 days ago | By Cynical Bear |

Fandango Holdings: Give me strength – an absolute shoe-in to the Sub-Standard Shockers XI squad

My heart sunk last week as I noted that the Plutus Powergen (PPG) boys were at it again with their third Sub-Standard List effort coming to the market in just over a year, despite the first two efforts being absolute flops. Oh well, welcome Fandango Holdings (FHP), you’re in the squad– let’s take a look.

5 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Wanna buy shares at 11 cents when a £3.50 bid has been tabled? Welcome to the crazy world of Africa New Energy

Back in February 2017 I was contacted by a private company Africa New Energy asking if I wanted to buy shares in a placing at 11 cents. Since the company is run by Stephen Larkin, a man who takes advice from loathsome Richard "Gollum" Gill I was nor rushing to sign up. But then I was told, but we are going to be taken over soon at 350p per share a bid has been tabled! Er... so is this placing not sort of insider dealing I asked?

5 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Proxama – new agreement announcements now being seen through?

Proxama (PROX) has announced an “important” partnership agreement with Rail Delivery Group, a group which brings together train operators and Network Rail. The shares have currently though responded to see them amongst the biggest fallers on the day…

5 days ago | By David Scott |

On Borrowed Time

There are a number of things you don’t want to hear a central banker say. One of these was recently spoken by Janet Yellen when she said “I don’t believe we will see another financial crisis in our lifetime.” That has to be up there with Irving Fisher’s seminal observation of 17 October 1929 when he said "Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau" or John Maynard Keynes’ equally adept forecast from 1927 that "We will not have any more crashes in our time." We are in the Mother of all bubbles and in relation to equity and bond markets we can define these bubbles by longevity (how long has the Bull Run lasted), or valuation (how expensive is the market now).

12 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - The PLC Death List Update - 9 new entrants

I started the PLC death list in June 2015 with 21 members. The aim is to pick stocks that will either go bust or get slung off the AIM Casino. Each departure requires a nreplacement. With nine new entrants today 40 names have joined this select group. So far there have been two outright failures on my part, Mariana Resources (MARL) and Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG). There was one volte face but I was ahead at volte face point and it was a great call both short and long - Wandisco (WAND), two near kills, InternetQ (INTQ) and Monitise (MONI) and thirteen slam dunk kills: Cloudtag (CTAG), Worthington (WRN), African Potash (AFPO), Jiasen (JSI), Camkids (CAMK), China Chaintek (CTAK), JQW (JQW), Afren (AFR), Daniel Stewart (DAN), Sefton (SER), Outsourcey (OUT - boy I enjoyed that one - Afriag (AFRI) and Auhua. So 13 out of 31 = 40%+ - not bad eh?  Arguably that is 15 out of 31 - almost 50%! That leaves:

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

SHOCKING: Nyota - the killer emails: Peterhouse has defrauded investors and misled them

Our exclusive Winnileaks service has obtained a series of emails from May 3rd 2017 which show that Peterhouse Corporate Finance has misled investors in Nyota Minerals (NYO) - these emails compound the damning evidence of the secret document I published on Wednesday. This is so damning that maybe even the useless clowns at AIM Regulation will take an interest.

12 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: The ponzi of the UK state pension, 15 million job losses and the failure of the British State

I wrote an article yesterday on my own website about the ponzi that is the UK state pension and how it is bound to collapse unless very hard choices are made which they will not be. I note a lot of smart comments were posted by readers on that article so delve deeper into this issue but go on to address other massive changes that will hit the UK workforce and how the State is in total denial about how it will cope. It comes up with bad solutions or no solutions but the net result is that in 20 years time you and I will not be able to rely on the State for anything at all - so what should we all do now?

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bitcoin or gold - which is the real safe haven or store of value?

Naturally Sprott Asset Management, as the world's best known resource investor, favours gold but, and this may surprise you, it does see a case for bitcoin exposure. Its latest monthly report discusses the battle: Bitcoin vs Gold. Over to analyst Trey Reik who writes:

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

R4E - Very good news on the banking front: At up to 1.6p BUY

For months, shares in R4E (R4E) have been held back because it was in technical breach of the covenants on its bank debt. We never expected the bank to pull with Nigel Wray and Johnny Hon owning c50% of the equity and standing behind the firm. But some BB savants knew better...they always do.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Conroy Gold - boardroom coup now surely a slam dunk as Gonella ups his stake

I've known Andrea Gonella for ages. We have never, to my knowledge, met but have oft corresponded by email. He resides, I think, in Belize and seems to spend a lot of his time fishing. Lucky chap. He is also minted and someone who has for ages believed that Conroy Gold & Natural Resources (CGNR) sits on a very interesting gold deposit in some of those counties of Ireland that are part of God's own Kingdom of Ulster but are these days in the Republic of Ireland. However...

12 hours ago | By Lucian Miers |

I stay short of UK Oil & Gas - I'm a Russian and the BBMs are the Germans in the snow

I see that UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) has cemented its position as the nation’s favourite oil tiddler with a stonking rally to 5.1p since my recent short call at 3p. I haven’t received such joyous vitriol on twitter since I called Cloudtag a sell at 7p and saw the shares rise to 20p. Tom Winnifrith gleefully points out that he is glad to see someone take over as the Bulletin Board Moron's No 1 hate figure, at least for now.

1 day ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

The Mercantile Ports & Logistics fraud - Arden partners now on the record

Over the past few weeks we have published a string of letters sent by a significant shareholder in AIM listed Norfolk Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) to its Nomad Cenkos so that when Mercantile runs out of other people's money as it surely will, the shamed former adviser on the Quindell (QPP) fraud cannot say that "it did not know." Its role is on the record as you can see in our full coverage HERE. Now that same shareholder has written to Daniel Slater, the analyst at co broker Arden Partners responsible for - arguably - the worst research note of 2017.

12 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Nyota - I fear that its AIM days are very numbered

Last week the Nomad and broker to Nyota Minerals (NYO) announced that they were quitting as of August 17. As I have exposed HERE and HERE the advisers have behaved disgracefully and if there was any justice they would be facing sanction. But I fear that it is Nyota that will suffer.

2 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Central Asia Metals looks a great longer term investment in copper

On the AIM market these days it seems as though many would far rather buy into the latest pump and dump on a piece of junk, than invest in a company that is actually running its business properly and making money. The problem with putting your money into junk is that at some point true value normally shines through and the resultant share price crashes can be spectacular.

12 hours ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

As Oil Shares Could Face a Blacker Future, You Might Look at this Unfashionable Sector Instead.

Hello, Share Muckers. Because I still own far too many oil stocks, I really must take my pruning shears to most of them. We seem to be moving very slowly towards renewables and nuclear, not to mention the march of hybrid cars.

12 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 21/07/2017

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

12 hours ago | By HotStockRockets |

Metal Tiger – “exciting possibilities” from Botswanan electromagnetic survey

Metal Tiger (MTR) has updated on a preliminary interpretation of airborne electromagnetic geophysics data collected along 50km of the T3 Dome – a largely unexplored structure, where the company’s Botswana joint venture discovered the copper-silver deposit ‘T3’ last year.

1 day ago | By Steve Moore |

Empresaria – H1 trading update merit resumed share price advance?

Having commenced the year at just over 100p, shares in staffing group Empresaria (EMR) reached 168p at the start of last month before slipping back – closing yesterday at 146.5p. However, they are currently 5.5% higher today on the back of a “Trading Update” announcement…

1 day ago | By Steve Moore |

AO World – following continued recent shares slide, does an “AGM and Trading Statement” help?

Shares in AO World (AO.) haven’t even nearly recovered to levels prior to a profit warning in 2015 – and indeed have recently been sliding further. Does an “AGM and Trading Statement” announcement today help?...

2 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

EasyJet's Income Has Taken Off, but I'm Not Sure the Share Prospects Are Flying High

Hello, Share Pingers. Budget airline EasyJet (EZJ) has issued a trading statement to say that passengers in its third quarter were up by more than nearly 11% to 22 million. Revenues improved by 16% to £1.4 billion.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

MediaZest – “Project Completion” update, what about some insight on results for a year finished approaching four months ago?

“Project Completion” announcement from MediaZest (MDZ) – a company with an end-March year-end but whose two previous announcements thus far in 2017, a 3rd March “New Business Update” and 8th May “Significant Project Completion” included no update on overall financial performance. Surely something now then, approaching four months after the year-end…