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UK Oil & Gas and its partners in Kimmeridge Oil & Gas have sought an amendment to their permit from West Sussex County Council to allow a continuation of drilling at Broadford Bridge. Top geologist, David K. Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, University of Glasgow has submitted a detailed application which slams UK Oil & gas for, inter alia, lying about what it was doing and claims that it will have to frack to have any hope of making this operational commercial. On that basis he asks , in a detailed and damning submission, that drilling be halted at once. We have the full report below and it appears damning. The highly regarded professor states:
Little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) is a slimy little git. Do you remember the BBC expose where he was caught on camera making claims about Horse Hill which he then denied making? If you have forgotten about that shameful eipisode here is a reminder. Now the Weald Basin circus moves on to Broadford Bridge and this time it is more about what oily little Steve is NOT saying. Natch it is bad news he hides. Here is the timeline:
Having asked for readers tips for 2017 for the amazing prize of a meal with Tom Winnifrith (or the chance to fob it off on someone you don't like) HERE, the following is a monthly update on performance (to be eligible needed to have selected, on a per username basis, a buy & sell pick from the LSE or AIM Casino and the stocks not to have been suspended at the commencement of 2017)...
There were many good nominations this week making selecting the selection of a winner a difficult one. But we persevere.
Oh how the Lucian Miers baiters were having fun a couple of days ago as UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) shares hit 11p. The Bulletin Boards were full of folks gloating about impending poverty for Lucian and for bears such as Waseem Shakoor. The biggest morons were adding to their holdings as they talked of ever more fanciful targets. Oh dear, as wre speak it is those who averaged up who are now hurting and hurting badly. The shares are just 6p-6.15p.
Lucian Miers' 3.1p short call on UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) seems to be, at present, right up there with most of the share tips of the market abuser Chris Oil in the pantheons of duff calls. The shares surged yesterday to 7.25p-7.3p. Ouch.
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.
Lucian Miers advised shorting UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) and went short himself at c3.1p, boasting that twice before he had made a packet on the short tack with this perennial darling of the educationally sub-normal wing of the provisional private investor army. The shares are now 4.65p and the Bulletin Boards and the comments section on this website are full of posts by folks laughing at my old friend, the Bard of the Boleyn. So has East London's most feared short seller lost his marbles as well as a vast amount of dosh?
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.
Every AIM company must have a Nominated Adviser, a NOMAD, to retain its listing. A Nomad is an FCA regulated financial adviser which charges an arm and a leg as a retainer to ensure that every RNS issued is 1005 accurate and that the company also complies with all the other AIM Rules. Not, as the LSE has made clear, that there is any downside in breaking all the rules or telling outright lies. That brings us to UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).
I haven’t looked at UK Oil and Gas (UKOG), and more specifically the Horse Hill oil field, for quite a while and a lot has changed in the meantime, so I thought it about time that I revisited it.
There were some good entries for this edition of the caption contest, and it was a photo finish for the winner of captioning this photo of little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), playing host to anyone who was interested at the company's site at Broadford Bridge on the Weald Basin.
It seems that little Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) was hosting anyone who was interested at the company's site at Broadford Bridge on the Weald Basin. Just last week the Old Bill were arresting local protestors near the drill pad, so what is little Steve saying now? Suitable captions in the comments section below with a deadline of midnight tonight please.
The busting of a placing by AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) at 1p by Tom Winnifrith has caused a bit of controversy. It is not the first time he has been accused of being irresponsible by blowing the lid on a placing only for it to be pulled or the price dropped. Anyone left holding the baby gets their fingers burned – in the recent example quite badly if they had been buying into the ramp at north of 1.4p only to see the company raise cash at just 0.8p. Is it right?
Our in-house Bulletin Board Moron Wildes has his knickers in a twist claiming that our multiple scoops on the placing at UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) are in some way insider dealing and that the share price crash is down to us. Bollocks. I shall try to make this simple, so that even a simpleton can understand.
As we predicted here, the UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) placing to raise £6.5 million has finally limped over the line at 0.8p. Lagos Securities had tried to raise the cash at 1p but we outed them and the price had to be slashed. The shares were 1.4p before the roadshow started. So how would you describe a placing that has seen the market cap slashed from £36 million to £22 million pre-new money as the shares tumbled. Over to odious prig "little" Steve Sanderson.
As we forced it to admit on May 9th, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), the Horse Hill explorer run by pompous little prig Steve Sanderson is trying to raise c £6 million. The shares before that scoop were 1.2p mid. But having raisred to get the issue away at 1p, hapless broker to frauds like Quindell, Lagos Securities is now struggling to get it away at 0.8p as we revealed last night. Just to put the value destruction in perspective...
Even in the Snakefields of Greece I keep on breaking news! On 9th May I revealed that UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) was endeavouring to raise £6 million at 1p - with the shares then trading at 1.2p bid. That forced an angry admission from the company that it was all true. Another scalp and fine piece of investigative journalism saw the shares then tumble to 1p. For long suffering holders and believers in Horse Hill, I have more bad news.
Even here, half way up a Greek mountain in the snakefields, word reaches me of a major fundraising being undertaken at 1p by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).
I previously published a previous article about the various transactions between Angus Energy and other parties in connection with Horse Hill Developments Limited (“HHDL”). Including two very private companies namely Danadav and Flowermay which sold HHDL shares to UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) and Evocutis.
On 17 October UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) announced that it had submitted a planning application for the next phase of drilling at Horse Hill in Surrey. It stated that: "The normal local planning authority cycle for an application not requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment such as at Horse Hill, takes approximately 13 weeks." So that means January 16. er...no
Horse Hill was incorporated on 10 December 2013. Angus Energy was the founding shareholder of Horse Hill and after formation and being issued 300 shares exchange for the issue of licenses in the underlying oil fields ended up with 400 shares out of total of 1,000 shares. David Lenigas was appointed a director on 8 December 2014 and resigned as a director on 13 July 2015 and was a key promoter for some of the listed entities that now a large proportion of Horse Hill entity.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) has today announced that it has bought another 6% of Horse Hill Developments, 3.9% of the Horse Hill Field for £1 million. The deal makes no sense at all and stinks at every level. Here is why.
Gracie May Turner sent out her first tweet today Her best pal who she chats to Miriam Sharples also sent her first tweet today. Both have tweeted just five times. Both tweet on David Lenigas themes only and love shares in his companies. And both commit market abuse. I put it to you that both are bogus accounts. In response to the damning Horse Hill bombshell earlier, Gracie May tweets:
Jabba The Hutt has taken to twitter last night complaining that I have not published his latest abusive email sent to me at 7.07 PM after yesterday's expose. Apparently I have to drop everything to respond and publicise this journalist bullying and smearing fat Aussie share ramper. Needless to say, the email from David Lenigas is pathetic but just to bring a smile to his face as he gazes down to the marina in the Monaco tax haven, where lives, to look at his 36 foot yacht....
There are two statements from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) today. One is a hard financial transaction which demonstrates clearly that UK Oil & Gas shares are horrendously overvalued and the other is the most ludicrous attaempt at share ramping in the history of AIM. Defenders of Steve Sanderson, UKOG's CEO, say that he is trying to distance himself from the Aussie share ramper David Lenigas. Frankly even Dave would have struggled to sign off on today's ramping. It is cringe-making and it is noticeable that although it relates to a Horse Hill study, no other Horse Shite company has dared publish these ridiculous claims.
We were meant to record a video. In fact we did record but something went wrong and the Conservative Club with its cheap beer beckoned. And thus the video short letter appears as a contemporaneous note.
Okay the photo is from tree huggers but WTF is going on at Horse Hill. Men in whote protective suits arriving on the site and wandering around. Doing what exactly? Perhaps you'd like to suggest what the men in white coats are looking for at the Gatwick Gusher? Over to you. David Lenigas, Chris Oil, PR genius Steffi ( who works for both), anyone involved in Sefton, menacing PR hardman David Bick, Andrew Bell, shareholders in US Oil & Gas are all fair game. Do your worst in the comments section below. Deadline midnight Sunday
With Petroceltic (PCI) put to bed I am looking for borrow in UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) which seems crazily valued at £51 million and represents cracking value to short at 2.43p Any suggestions are welcome. I am not short but would like to be.
I am not a classic tree hugging envoronmentalist but on the other hand if rules are in place, those capitalists who opt to flout them will - in the long run - not benefit either themselves or the cause of the private sector. And that brings me to David Lenigas, Steve Sanderson and the Horse Hill rampfest and the latest breaches of Environmental rules.
Just how much cash does UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) have left? At September 30 2015 net of trade payables it was c£4 million. PLC costs are £100,000 cash per month. And the cost of all the work at Horse Hill not to mention the Isle of Wight must have been closer to £2 million than £1 million. I reckon the number is now c£1.5 million which means a placing is needed fast. Fellow Horse Shite play Solo (SOLO) neess a placing within two weeks to pay its commitments in Bongo Bongo land hence today's ramptastic (misleading) RNS.
The companies drilling Horse Hill, the so called Gatwick Gusher, have claimed that the oil that has flowed has flowed with minimal stimulation. But perhaps Steve Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) - a proven liar - might clarify what minimal means given evidence emerging from local residents.
I ask you to examine two RNS statements issued by Lenigas ramp (how's the placing going) UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) concerning Horse Hill flow rates from 29 February. Then let's do some Leni-maths.
I have noted before that the little watched internet TV channel tipTV charges companies to appear then serves up a soft ramptastic interview and fails to declare that it is being paid to pull its punches and assist the rampathon. This is wholly unacceptable but tip TV persists. I guess it needs the cash.
Given the form of David Lenigas and others in lying about Horse Hill perhaps he might come clean on exactly how much stimulation was needed at the site in light of evidence from the protesters who are plaguing his operations.
Yesterday I pointed out how David Lenigas and others were ramping Horse Hill like mad to get rescue placings away for companies such as Solo which are at death's door. The ramp continues today with new flow data. But in a private email to clients a leading broker explains just why the Leni-maths does not stack up at all.
At least two of the companies involved in Horse Hill will go bust within weeks if they do not issue shares for a bailout placing and thus the ramping of today's (probably good but not great) news from Surrey was shameless with ther fat Aussie Share Pusher David "I won't say who made money from Danadav" Lenigas at the fore.
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) is on the ramp again but when Stephen "I did not say there were 100 billion barrels except when I did say that" Sanderson ramps these days, folks remember Horse Hill and only the true lunatics still believe.
On 3 Feb 2014 the then AIM-listed Lenigas ramp UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) announced that it had purchased a 6% stake in Angus Energy Limited (now called Angus Energy Holdings UK Limited) – see HERE. The price disclosed for this transaction was £368,000, to be settled in UKOG shares to be issued at 0.8p (implying the issue of 46 million shares).
Yesterday I asked what had happened to a deal under which AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) was to buy some eploration assets from Angus Energy, as announced by UKOG on 15 Jan 2014. Having hunted for the answer myself (and failed), two readers spotted what I had not and so with hat-tips to Vines and Pousis we now know that UKOG announced the termination of the deal on 16 May 2014. But this now brings up even more serious questions over this.
On 15 Jan 2014, AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) announced that it had agreed to buy some assets from Angus Energy. This was further reported as a post-balance sheet event in the FY13 Accounts (see note 12). But there was never any confirmation that the deal had completed. What happened?
Holders of AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) have had a fair old ride since the company emerged from the wreckage of its former existence as Sarantel Group plc. The restructuring at the end of 2013 saw the immediate injection of £150,000 of new money brought in to the company in return for 82% of the equity. So who paid what? Step forward David Lenigas and Donald Strang.
And now we turn to Danadav Investments, yet another short lived and mysterious company which actively traded shares with two David Lenigas concerns and then just expired. Who owned Danadav? Perhaps Jabba might explain what on earth went on here.
While Big Dave Lenigas was still running the show at AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) two RNSs were released on 10 June 2015 which announced a placing of 266,666,667 new shares at a price of 2.25p per share. AIM confirmed the admission of those shares to trading on the morning of 17 June 2015. So where is the Companies house filing for this?
If you want me to analyse a stock for you just drop me a line at [email protected] - Today I look at shares in Hardide (HDD), Ncondezi Energy (NCCL) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) setting share price targets for all three stocks.
Featuring shares in 88 Energy (88E), Churchill Mining (CHL), Coms (COMS), Mobile Streams (MOS), W Resources (WRES) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) with share price targets set for all six stocks.
And so today all the Horse shite stocks have served up news that appeared to have leaked onto every Bulletin Board and twitter ramping session days ago. Flow testing at the "Gatwick gusher" will start early next year. Since every BB Moron already knew this and since half the Horse Hill runners and riders have to do a placing to survive fairly soon, shares in this stable of dogs have not soared as promoters such as David "Jabba The Hutt" Lenigas wuld have hoped.
And so what is the news? The companies involved have been:
Featuring shares in Alba Mineral Resources (ALBA), Aurasian Mining (AUM), Beowulf Mining (BEM), MX Oil (MXO), Union Jack Oil (UJO) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) with share price targets for all six stocks.
Featuring shares in Alba Mineral Resources (ALBA), China New Energy (CNEL), Cap-XX (CPX), Kennedy Ventures (KENV), LGO Energy (LGO) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) with share price targets for all these minnows.
Featuring shares in Asiamet Resources (ARS), Audioboom (BOOM), Orosur Mining (OMI), Optibiotix (OPTI), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), together with some share price targets.
A short podcast on UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). Are the shares a buy or a sell at 0.95p. At a fundamental, technical and trading level they are a sell as I explain.
John Meyer of SP Angel today admits that he has been analysising resource companies wrongly for years. Having looked at UK Oil & Gas's (UKOG) Horse Hill data, John has stumbled across the new science of Leni-Maths. John writes:
Steve “I never said there were 100 billion barrels, although I was caught on camera saying just that” Sanderson of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) pitched up last week for a paid for interview with the UK’s softest host, Sith Lord Zak Mir at tipTV (audience 3, on a good day). But give the Sith Lord his dues, for a moment he turned into Jeremy Paxman and made Sanderson look like the shifty little twit he is.
Almost a year since the first drilling “discovery” at Horse Hill and the companies involved, led by David Lenigas ramp UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) still decline to drill again, instead pumping out more and more meaningless reports on the prospect. Today there is another but almost no-one believes the Lenigas blather any more.
There is one thing that the “businesses” David Lenigas sets up rely on; his instinctive ability to promote overvalued paper. Despite this the Lenigas alchemy only works for so so long. As soon as Britain’s best paper salesman moves on from one of his “businesses” (once it’s reached a certain stage of “maturity”, of course) the company’s share price typically follows him quickly out of the door. This pattern has been repeated time and time again. Tom recently pointed out the miserable long-term performance of LGO Energy (LGO), but today it is UK Oil & Gas’ (UKOG) near terminal-looking decline that caught my eye. Worry not though UKOG’ers you have Stephen “I never said 100 billion barrels, although I was captured on camera saying just that” Sanderson at the helm.
Last night, the BBC’s Inside Out London documentary revealed that UK Oil & Gas’ (UKOG) Stephen Sanderson was the original source that claimed there are “between 50 and 100billion barrels of oil in place in the ground” in the Weald. This wildly optimistic figure was at the heart of April’s Horse Hill propaganda campaign, which caused the shares prices of all the listed companies involved to rocket. UK Oil & Gas half-heartedly tried to distance itself from these wilds estimates, but it is now unequivocally clear that it was behind them. Stephen Sanderson surely now has to go. Let’s see what the company’s Nomad (scandal plagued WH Ireland) has to say about this.
After last night’s documentary on the BBC David Lenigas responded by sending me emails at 3.43 AM and 3.47 AM and by tweeting personal abuse. He did not answer questions about how he & Steve Sanderson ramped shares in UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) with unjustifiable claims about Horse Hill. Big Dave you want war? Ok tell me about Mick Shemasian.
Last night, the BBC published a previously unseen, yet explosive interview with UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) Executive Chairman Stephen Sanderson. It looks like Mr Sanderson has been less than forthcoming in his explanation of who was behind this spring’s outrageous Gatwick Gusher ramp. Having categorically denied that UK Oil & Gas had anything to do with the “100billion barrels of oil beneath the Weald” claims, video evidence now strongly suggests that Sanderson himself was the direct source. You can watch the damning clip here.
Okay the show is out and it demonstrates quite clearly who was ramping UK Oil & Gas with ludicrous claims: Steve Sanderson and David Lenigas. You can watch the show on IPlayer on the link below.
I somehow suspect that Big Dave Lenigas will not be unblocking me on twitter after tonight. Nor will little Steve Sanderson be inviting me to the UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) Christmas party. For tonight the Horse Shite rampers are in the spotlight on BBC1.
Featuring shares in 88Energy, Oxus Gold, Rare Earth Minerals Serica Energy, Tethys Petroleum and UK Oil & Gas with share price targets for all these minnows.
The Horse Hill farce continues apace with the latest RNS from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). If I needed cheering up this nonsense did the trick.
Featuring shares of Hague & London Oil (HNL), Arcontech (ARC), African Potash (AFPO), Coms (COMS), SolGold (SOLG), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), together with some share price targets.
This morning, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) issued a far more realistic vision of what this company can realistically hope to achieve. Forget the Horse Hill pipedream of billions of (unextractable) barrels for a moment and pay close attention to the numbers in today’s announcement. No one has ever doubted that UK Oil & Gas could be a viable business. However, the reality is that it is most unlikely ever to live up to the blue (pie in the) sky fantasy many appear to have bought into.
Featuring shares in Amur Minerals (AMC), Ceps (CEPS), Graphene Nanochem (GRPH), Powerflute (POWR), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) with share price targets set for all five stocks.
Featuring shares of African Potash (AFPO), Audioboom (BOOM), Sefton Resources (SER), Trinity Exploration (TRIN), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), XTR Resources (XTR), together with some share price targets.
I suppose a downgrade of fantasy oil estimates is about as worthwhile as an upgrade of fantasy oil estimates, but nevertheless this morning’s announcement from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) represents a significant reduction in the embarrassing hype surrounding Horse Hill. Schlumberger’s last “independent report” about this absurd project estimated that total oil in place, across the three so-called target areas, was 255million barrels of oil per square mile (bopsm). This morning, Schlumberger slashed this figure to 199.9million bopsm. And yet there are still some out there hailing this as brilliant news…
Featuring shares in BMR Mining (BMR), Cap-XX (CPX), Edenville Energy (EDL), Golden Saint Resources (GSR), Independent Resources (IRG), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), with some share price targets
Featuring the shares Boxhill Technologies (BOX), CEB Resources (CEB), Manx Financial (MFX), Reach4Entertainment (R4E), Stratmin Global (STGR), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), with associated share price targets.
Featuring Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), Premier African Minerals (PREM), Quindell (QPP), Sound Oil (SOU), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG)
If you want me to analyse a stock for you just drop me a line at [email protected] - Today I look at Daniel Stewart (DAN), FTSE 100 (UKX), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).
News just crossed the wires that stock-promoter extraordinaire David Lenigas is going to stand down as Executive Chairman of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). The company’s shares fell sharply in an immediate reaction to this, only to recover quickly. Last seen, UK Oil & Gas was trading at 2.18p and the question on all shareholders’ minds must be who is going ramp the stock now?
Featuring Empyrean Energy (EME), Formation (FRM), Premier African Minerals (PREM), Stellar Resources (STG), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Xtract Resources (XTR)
Cap-XX (CPX), Conroy Gold (CNR), Arria NLG (NLG), Sirius Minerals (SXX) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG)
Featuring Central Rand Gold (CRND), Northcote Energy (NCT), Rose Petroleum (ROSE), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG)
Another day, another stupidity test from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). Unfortunately for David Lenigas and the Horse Hill stock promoters it looks like the message is finally settling in on the British investing public, as it suffers an acute attack of souped-up report fatigue. UK Oil & Gas’ share price surged to 2.75p at the open, only to retreat instantly. As of writing UK Oil & Gas is trading at 2.3, down slightly on the day. This clearly isn’t part of the plan and we will no doubt hear more about the wonders of Horse Hill from Schlumberger any day now…
After the Schlumberger shares pump of last week in a brazen and shameless manner AIM Casino listed UK Oil & Gas is now passing the hat around in a quite brazen and shameless fashion.
This morning, we’ve read one of the funniest disclaimers we’ve ever come across. We are, of course, talking about the latest ramptastic missive from the Horse Hill stock promoters. The Schlumberger report, paid for exclusively by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), has been presented as even more bullish than the absurd Nutech report of a couple of months ago. What is most amusing about this, apart from the crazy reaction of a herd of private investors, are the health warnings that come attached to it. Even UK Oil & Gas was forced to admit in its RNS “No person or company other than UKOG may directly or indirectly rely upon the contents of its report”. Whatever else happens at Horse Hill, no one can say they weren’t warned.
All the Horse Hill shares were suspended yesterday morning pending an announcement in relation to Horse Hill. It caused lots of speculation and some think there is a big reserve update coming, I don't agree (I was completely wrong - see update below) but it set me wondering what could be going on. It can't be a placing, as so many companies are suspended, and a co-ordinated placing would be tricky; maybe the plan is to list Horse Hill developments, it could be that. Or maybe their partner has done something that they need to tell the markets about.
The news out this morning by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) is breathtaking. There is no other word to describe Horse Hill. This is Schlumberger we are talking about.
Featuring AFC Energy, Kenmare Resources (KMR), LGO Energy (LGO), Proxama (PROX), Stellar Resources (STG), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG)
I am afraid that the entries for the three men in a bath caption contest were almost universally obscene. Whatever I have written about Big Dave Lenigas I have never suggested that he is anything other than a red blooded heterosexual. As for the other two… well the Sith Lord did go to a posh boarding school but that was all a long time ago.
Until the General Election is finally over, we are allowing both idiot comments by MPs or political figures as well as by Bulletin Board Morons to be entered in this contest. And as such we have a tie for the most moronic posting of the week.
In my spare time, i.e. when I am not writing articles, I like to think of myself as a passable petroleum engineer. So I thought I would mock up the memo I would have written to Messrs Lenigas of UK Oil & Gas (#UKOG), Sanderson & Ritson if they had had the gumption to ask for my advice. I can't blame Messrs Lenigas and Sanderson for not calling me as they don't know me from Adam, but Neil, well all I can say is I'm hurt, deeply hurt.
I ask you to compare and contrast two statements and then go email David Lenigas and ask why he is afraid of putting out an RNS for UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) which is er…true.
This morning The Telegraph delivered another broadside to Horse Hill. It claimed that Horse Hill Developments Ltd has not applied to the regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), “for permission to begin flow testing the Horse Hill-1 well in the Weald Basin.” This flies directly in the face of claims made in RNS announcements by the six listed companies participating in Horse Hill, not to mention David Lenigas on Twitter. We’ve spent much of the day seeking official confirmation of the accuracy of The Telegraph’s story. In the last hour we’ve received it.
Another day, another smokescreen from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). As with all of this month’s announcements from the company, what it hasn’t said is more important than what it has. Quite how long UK Oil & Gas’ Nomad, WH Ireland, will allow the excessive over-promotion of Horse Hill to go unfettered is anyone’s guess, but in the meantime here’s what the spinners hope you are too stupid to figure out for yourself.
This was a last minute special for UK Investor but it contained some pretty explosive stuff. On the panel were Andrew Bell, Derek Musgrove, Andrew Monk of VSA and Ben Turney. All four men have a special unique angle and insight on this project and it is explosive stuff at times. Watchthe video and enjoy.
If you go onto most of the popular share chat forums they will be full of people constantly moaning about the share price. The majority of PIs obviously believe that the shares they hold should be worth a lot more – otherwise you wouldn’t buy them in the first place – but most lack the patience needed to just hold and wait for the fundamentals to be reflected in the market cap of the company, assuming of course that you’ve picked a good company in the first place.
Following the fiasco of today’s admission of how Horse Hill stocks were ramped last week shares in most of the Horse Hill AIM casino listed runners and riders are still well ahead so who do you think will be next to place?
This morning’s “Clarification of Press Comment” from UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), and the other companies participating in Horse Hill, heaps shame on all involved in last Thursday’s monumental ramp. At ShareProphets, we were the first to criticise the BBC, ITV, Sky News and all the other broadcasters, who leapt so obediently onto this propaganda bandwagon, for their deeply misleading coverage. Hundreds, if not thousands, of private investors bought stocks in the Horse Hill nags, thanks to the appalling laziness of too many journalists. Within 24 hours, most of these ordinary people were facing losses of upwards of 35% on their “investments”. This disgraceful episode illustrates once again why AIM is in such desperate need of comprehensive reform.
I’ve refrained from commenting on last week’s Horse Hill news until some of the fuss surrounding it had died down a bit. This onshore oil field, located near Gatwick, was drilled back in 2014 and the share prices of the companies involved plummeted on the initial results from the Upper Portland sands.
It seems that my comments in yesterday's bearcast on Gulf Keystone have sent cheerleader for the Gulf loons Paul Curtis into a bit of a frenzy. And so while he takes a bit of medication to calm down I have another go. Then, via Igas, it is on to Horse Hill where today's press coverage is shockingly bad and I have another detailed review of what on earth is going on.
Eventually a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money on UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). This morning’s announcement from the company, laughably titled “Significant upgrade of the Horse Hill discovery”, has been wrapped in one of the most skillfully crafted and epic stock promotions of recent years. I correctly predicted this “Horse Hill super-ramp” was coming, last month. Today it is just sad to watch gullible and lazy “credible” journalists from the BBC, ITN and Sky News fall over themselves to interview David Lenigas. God knows what hysteria tomorrow’s papers will carry.
At the ShareProphets seminar on Monday 2nd February in Clerkenwell at The Free Speech & Liberty Pizza House, David Lenigas & the new CEO of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) Mr Steve Sanderson explianed why they thought Horse Hill was not a busted flush but very exciting. The video is below.
At about 3.30pm yesterday, Brokerman Dan revealed his exclusive scoop that Horse Hill was about to yield a commercial oil discovery. This triggered a mini-buying frenzy, which drove the share prices of the listed companies involved in Horse Hill much higher. As the most exposed Horse Hill play, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) flew from 1.16p, to hit an intraday high of 1.7p, all within the last hour of trading! This morning, as a flurry of RNSs hit the market and the dust settled, it turned out that Dan’s figures were well off the mark. A commercial discovery hasn’t been announced (read the RNSs thoroughly for confirmation of this). Also, the current size of the discovery is “only” a preliminary estimate of 3.1million barrels of oil in place, not 15million to 20million barrels. In the ensuing sharp sell off, UK Oil & Gas is back down to 1.15p. Dan is likely to come in for criticism for his reporting of this event, but this is misguided. Here’s why.
The tweets of David Lenigas have been controversial in the past - see here - but now another episode comes to light which appears to beggar belief. Quite simply Mr Lenigas appears to have made tweet claims about Horse Hill which his own team says are untrue. For the avoidance of doubt I am a shareholder in a HH company (UK Oil & Gas) and I reckon oil will be found but that does not excuse what has gone on.
Earlier today we ran an article by Doc Holiday slating yesterday’s placing by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) – you can read it HERE. I commented on the matter in my BearCast HERE. David Lenigas has now been in touch and wishes to put the record straight. The contention regards a tweet David sent on Monday evening blaming shorters for the price being weaker, only for the company to announce a placing on Wednesday night – that is covered in full in Doc’s article. Here is what Mr Lenigas has to say:
Ladies and Gentlemen let's open your minds to the mechanics of the markets and the 5.55 PM yesterday RNS slipped in whilst the market was closed and the industry had all gone home or out for a sociable pint. At no-one is watching O’Clock, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) announced a £2 million placing at 1.2p as the company looks to grow its portfolio of assets.
Yesterday morning the six Horse Hill participants, put out an RNS which the market read wrongly and marked the shares down. We sense some people were expecting an announcement that oil had been found. We also sense that they won’t be waiting long.
Bears of the Horse Hill Oil stocks keep insisting that the well has a 20% COS. Where, a reader asks, does this number come from? Er… the bears. We put this to Mr David Lenigas this morning who appears to disagree with this assessment. His (diplomatic) response was:
And so the formal announcement is out: The Horse Hill starting pistol has really been fired. How long do you have to wait for news? Not long!
The starting gun has been fired on drilling at Horse Hill. A. Houseman provided a bookies guide to the runners and riders earlier HERE. But what do ShareProphets Readers expect to happen. Opinion is sharply divided according to our poll.
Now that the listed companies participating in the much anticipated Horse Hill exploration campaign have announced that drilling has started, we'd like to know what you think is going to happen. Choose one of the selections below and cast your vote. The runners and riders are: Regency Mines, Alba Minerals, Doriemus, UK Oil & Gas, Solo Oil & Stellar Resources. Deadline Midnight Today (Wednesday)
This seems pretty dramatic. UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) is ponying up £750,000 – which it has after the recent placing to take its stake in Horse Hill Development to 20% from 7.5%. Given that it also owns 6% of Angus Energy its see through stake in the field is now 15.4%.
Ever the showman, this morning’s RNS from David Lenigas’ UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) is a perfect pump primer for the soon to spud Horse Hill exploration well. UK Oil & Gas has just upped its direct stake in Horse Hill Development Ltd, which has a 65% participating interest in the Horse Hill Field, to 20%, for a £750,000 commitment. Apparently this purchase is “being funded from UKOG's existing cash balances”, which is probably the Australian for “expect a placement tomorrow”. But I’m not very good at foreign languages, so what do I know?
UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) has announced that it has raised a gross £2 million via a placing at 1p per share “to make further investments in accordance with the company's investing policy and provide further working capital”.
Whatever else is said about David Lenigas he certainly appears to have a firm grip of the current mood of the market. This morning UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) announced a £2million placement at 1p. Some will complain about this, but this looks like another smart bit of business. Whether this leads to a material uplift in the stock price is another matter...
The deal of the day for today was undoubtedly the purchase by UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) of the UK assets of cash desparate Northern Petroleum (NOP). The man behind that deal was David Lenigas.
On Monday, UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) announced its results for the six months ended 31st March 2014 showing a £0.29 million loss on nil turnover and period end cash (net) of £0.16 million. However, £0.70 million has subsequently been raised to enable the company to further its strategy of investment in the UK conventional oil and gas space and it is noted that the Horse Hill-1 well remains “scheduled to spud in July”.
We tipped UK Oil & Gas (LSE:UKOG) on Hotstockrockets at a 0.9p offer on 16 June 2014. Two weeks later the stock is trading at 1.1p-1.2p. But the big gains are yet to come and will come soon. We expect to sell at 1.8p within five weeks.
It's a big week this one for UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). All eyes are now turning to Lidsey and the mouth-watering Horse Hill drill. News is on the way re' both plays. The bar was dropped over the weekend. If you want to know what that means think firing pin! The perf' has been shot. Yes I hold stock here. You'd be mad not too!
This is a short term trading play as the newsflow here will start within ten days and will continue at a rate of knots until early August. The shares are a buy at a 0.8p offer with an early August target of up to 2p.
Direct from the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre a video featuring a UK Investor Show 2014 presentation by David Lenigas of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG)
Broker XCap has initiated its coverage of the new David Lenigas play UK Oil & Gas (UKOG).
As you might expect the Closet Chartist is very often on the receiving end of some rather strange requests, and not all in the area of technical analysis.