Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Should Dad's funeral be in the White Bear and is Network International a stonking short?
Hello, Share Takers. This old punter is rather miffed with an investment company called IP Group (IPO). It raised £52.4 million by selling a shedload of shares in Ceres Power (CWR), which is one of the biggest plays in my bag. This sale caused a minor crash in the Ceres share price. Instead of owning 5.4% of Ceres, IP Group now has only 0.2% of the green power company. So who is this big investor, IP?...
Neil Woodford may have dumped his shares in IP Group (IPO) at 53p a few weeks ago but he collaborated closely with the company and its fortunes are in many ways tied into the scandal involving the man the Mail on Sunday, until recently, called Britain’s Buffett about once a fortnight. IP shares now trade at 62p but what are they worth? I commissioned resting fund manager “The Badger” who previously explained why, irrespective of who manages it, WPCT is worth only 3p a share, to produce a report. His work is below.
In a bearcast last Thursday I discussed the complex relationships between IP Group (IPO) and disgraced Neil Woodford. They stink and IP, at 74p capitalised at £784 million, will be dragged into this scandal and that alone makes it a toxic investment. But there is a bigger reason why this company is a compelling short...
Fully-listed IP Group (IPO) is an investment company which throws money at early-stage companies. At the last count (28 Feb 2019) Woodford’s Equity Income Fund (EIF) was 3% invested. The remit sounds fairly close to that of WPCT – and many companies are indeed the same, as pointed out in previous ShareProphets articles.
The Communications Director for IP Group (IPO) is a former workmate and all round superstar Ms Liz Vaughan Adams, aka Lizard. So Lizard, I'm sorry to be writing this but I picked this up on the broker wires this morning and I cannot disagree with this sell/go short thesis.
I am really warming to analyst Anne Stevenson-Yang of JCap whose latest note on Neil Woodfords pals at IP Group (IPO) "Some Companies deserve to die" is a stormer. And she cites the great work done by Shareprophet (sic) in her report.
US based JCap has published a devastating report on IP Group (IPO) a company heavily backed by Britain's most conceited fund manager Neil "Nomates" Woodford. It reckons that the shares could halve or it could be far worse.
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