Wednesday 20 January 2021 | ShareProphets: The one stop source for breaking news, expert analysis, and podcasts on fast-moving AIM and LSE listed shares
Surface Transforms – discounted fundraising, how delighted are Chairman David Bundred and CEO Kevin Johnson?...
Air Partner – after previous ‘COVID-19 related work exceptional trading’, now argues its performance is “despite global travel restrictions”!...
High Street Group – at last some clarity emerges over its financial position and it's ugly & still the FCA does SFA
Published 108 days ago
Last month I wrote about the insurance and travel name Saga (SAGA) and its announced money raising, with money being tapped from the new non-executive chair (at a premium!) as well as existing shareholders and the market. At the link, I called it ‘ten out of ten for commitment’ and on Friday we had the results of the money raising…
Published 113 days ago
Earlier this month I wrote a pre-IPO article about The Hut Group (THG), concluding you should ‘brace yourself for the newspapers falling all over this one the day after it lists post a day one share price romp’ and that essentially I was not going to chase it. This was due to a variety of concerns…
Published 132 days ago
Have you ever used e-retailer The Hut Group? On its website it describes itself as being ‘passionate about leading the growth of prestigious global brands in beauty, nutrition, luxury, and lifestyle’. Clearly I am not its target customer but there are plenty of consumers out there for some of its brands including ESPA, Illamasqua, Myprotein and the online retailer lookfantastic, especially in a pandemic-tinged world which has moved more online. As Debenhams, House of Fraser et al fade, The Hut Group takes their place. And soon it will take their place on the stock market with a listing due next week.
Published 207 days ago
The most read non-Tom article this week is Copper is showing strength and Asiamet finally look to have a project partner onboard - speculative buy by Gary Newman is at a stunning number one or number three including Bearcasts and Tom's new shareshow.
Published 208 days ago
Wherever I go on the internet I am plagued by banner adverts inviting me to sign up for a seminar with “award winning journalist and broadcaster” Naga Munchetty of the BBC. Naga earns a six figure salary from the state broadcaster funded by a poll tax on rich and poor alike extracted by threat of jail. But Naga is greedy and so lends the good name of the BBC to her commercial enterprises, this one sponsored by salesforce, as you can see in the banner below.
Published 209 days ago
Well the day has almost arrived. Two-and-a-half years ago I wrote here that 'Bizarre news of the day among the larger cap stocks on Wednesday was undoubtedly the announcement that property behemoth Hammerson (HMSO) was buying shopping centre peer Intu (INTU) with a £3 billion+ all share (naturally) offer'. I called this deal 'madness' at the time and fortunately (for Hammerson) it walked away due to the clearly fast-deteriorating structural fundamentals around shopping centres. And now, around thirty months later, Intu notes 'insufficient' talks with creditors so far, so 'the Board is therefore considering the position...this is likely to involve the appointment of administrators'...
Published 253 days ago
I’m pleased to read that Sage (SGE) - one of my tips at this sites recent online investor show - enjoyed a solid first half (to the end of March), with organic recurring revenue of 10.3%. Naturally, life is tougher for its fiscal second half but it has already guided for this in early April as I discussed previously. For me, the continuing subscription / cloud shift is a positive that helps counter the classic slowdown from a suppressed SME environment. Anyhow, good to see the share pushing forward today on a mildly rough day on the markets. But onto the main event...
Published 276 days ago
There is raising money to survive (see the regulatory update today from Aston Martin Lagonda (AML)), there is raising money to underpin growth opportunities (see my write-up on Abcam (ABC) a couple of weeks ago) and there is raising money because you are a cyclical business and need to build a buffer. The latter category is going to be the majority of names which raise money over the next six or twelve months…and this includes sofa company DFS Furniture (DFS), which states today that 'the Company is preparing for a possible non pre-emptive equity issue of up to 19.9% of its existing ordinary share capital'...
Published 328 days ago
Sadly Lyin' Neill Ricketts of Versarien (VRS) has not been in touch about my offer to record a podcast but I have a former senior executive turned whistleblower to interview instead and I shall do that tonight and it will go live, togerher with a chat with Lucian Miers in the next edition of ShareProphets Radio out soon, Elsewhere I discuss NMC Heath (NMC) and lessons learned, Zenith Energy (ZEN) and Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG), whether Tullow (TLW) could be a sero, Aston Martin (AML), Cobra Resources (COBR) and finally ask when Telit (TCM) will serve up a profits warning. Surely it is due.
Published 328 days ago
You cannot say you were not repeatedly warned here on ShareProphets – we have been bears from the start of Aston Martin’s latest incarnation as a listed vehicle (geddit?) and this morning we learn that having listed at a stonking £18 per share in October 2018, there is a rights issue on offer at just 207p. Oh, and the full year results are out….
Published 356 days ago
I guess if you are an embattled Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) shareholder then you have a mild spring in your step this morning, with the shares over 25% up. Only another 300+ percent to go until they are back at the IPO price...
Published 379 days ago
In today's podcast I look at mini-bond scandal house Wellesley Finance and why it once again shames new Bank of England Governor Andrew "asleep at the wheel" bailey and the shitheads round at the FCA. I comment on another of its failings in light of today's Neil Woodford News. I comment on Big Dish (DISH), have a theory about Angloa African Oil & Gas (AAOG), comment on Optibiotix (OPTI), Versarien (VRS) and ask how long its Nomad will tolerate Neill Ricketts and finally on Aston Martin Lagonda (AML).
Published 380 days ago
The comedy that is life as a publicly listed stock of Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) continues apace. I see Nigel was moved a few weeks ago to highlight the lunacy around rumours about a big potential new investor into the business. Meanwhile, I observed in my latest bearish update in November that 'my favourite line for insight remains the x5.5 net debt to adjusted ebitda multiple'. Well I must apologise for the conservatism of my comments back then...because today's update places it squarely in the x6s...
Published 402 days ago
Perma-dog Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) has been a predictable disaster for investors since its latest iteration joined the stockmarket last year and ShareProphets readers were well warned off by Gary Newman ahead of the IPO and Chris Bailey was no less scathing HERE. Indeed, Tom Winnifrith wondered HERE whether it would go bust for the seventh time. On Friday evening after hours, at 5.05pm – no-one-is-watching o’clock on General Election results day - the company issued a statement. Uh-oh…….
Published 440 days ago
It was a mixed-up morning for me with some family and business obligations, so I was a bit less focused on today's regulatory news statements early this morning. Habits die hard however and after ticking off my other engagements, I am back at the desk piling through the rather lengthy list of company updates and musings today...I have got to start with luxury car perma-dog Aston Martin Lagonda (AML), which I last commented on at the time of its very expensive bond issue. Today's Q3 results are even described by the company as reflecting 'challenging trading conditions' and you can take your pick of exciting metrics…
Published 473 days ago
Published 476 days ago
In today's podcast I update on the farce at Bahamas Petroleum (BPC), look at Metro Bank (MTRO), Purplebricks (PURP), Aston Martin Lagonda (AML), Yolo Leisure (YOLO) and congratulate my pal Gabriel Grego on another triumph at Bio-On and I also look at the latest pompous whitterings from the poltroons at ShareSoc about Burford (BUR)
Published 480 days ago
I have long been a bull for autonomous vehicles and news earlier this month that the UK was creating new highway standards for self-driving cars.
Published 483 days ago
Yes my daughter and I will be at Oxford United tonight to see the mighty Hammers. COYI. As I try to contain my excitement I discuss Neil Woodford and what the dumping of IP Group (IPO) shares tells us, Aston Martin Lagonda (AML), the FCA and mini bonds and Alexander Mining (AXM).
Published 484 days ago
The best line from today's crop of regulatory news statements is undoubtedly the observation from Hornby (HRN) that 'We regret not producing a Brexit themed model. Our new grasp of social media has shown us that people are passionate about sharing their views on the topic. If the situation persists, we have plans for a locomotive that reliably gets stuck between stations'. Very good! Also before we get to the main event…
Published 500 days ago
Published 535 days ago
This week is another chart, from Visual Capitalist, on commodity trends, for what it is worth. Are we in a new Supercycle?
Published 539 days ago
In today's bearcast I look at Brave Bison (BBSN), Kier (KIE), Intu (INTU), Dignity (DTY) and Aston Martin Lagonda (AML). If you are interested in Versarien (VRS), as a bull or a bear, you MUST listen to today's ShareProphets radio HERE
Published 539 days ago
Like buses, shocks often come in groups of three. Today though, in a fit of shocker enthusiasm, I count four that I have recently written about and warned you on. As Tom reminded me during my recent appearance on ShareProphets Radio, perhaps I should get serious about dusting down my ancient shorting skills given my historic schooling at a long-short equity fund. Anyhow, let us stack them up…
Published 547 days ago
My liver survived the visit of Jono relatively unscathed, today I have new guests and will be biting my lip hard. Ahead of their arrival I discuss Aston Martin (AML), Kier (KIE), Westminster Group (WSG) and Dev Clever (DEV). If you have a spare couple of hours later I urge you to listen to my free weekly podcast which is most excellent and can be found HERE
Published 547 days ago
In a manner reminiscent of a blundering, multi-take shoot of a James Bond film scene where his pristine ride is written off as part of a plot twist, I see Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) shares are once again having a shocker. Today's 20% odd fall follows the publication of a trading update which included the words 'revised outlook' in the headline. And you can guess already that this is not going to be an upward revision…
Published 617 days ago
Lots and lots of numbers out today but something that really stuck out to me was the quarter one update from Aston Martin Lagonda (AML), which floated less than a year ago above 1800p a share...and today is on sale only for a few percent above 800p a share. Now that is ugly from anyone's perspective…
Published 775 days ago
AJ Bell (AJB) made its introduction to the London Stock Exchange this week and it promises to be a great few days for those that got in on the IPO, with shares soaring almost +35% within the first two hours of trading. The tips have already started rolling in; Miles Costello (The Times) recommends buying as “the shares weren’t aggressively prices, and offer considerable growth and yield potential”. In this week’s article, we take a look back at tipster and broker sentiment towards three other key IPOs over the last six months: Amigo Holdings (AMGO), Aston Martin (AML) and Quilter (QLT).
Published 857 days ago
“Surface Transforms (AIM: SCE) is pleased to announce its preliminary results for the year ended 31 May 2018”. The shares have responded, er, currently more than 4% lower, below 18p…
Published 861 days ago
I’m a big fan of Aston Martin cars and it is one of the most famous brands from the UK, but I can’t see myself rushing to buy shares when the IPO takes place in early October. More details on exactly how the floatation will be structured should become available when the car maker publishes a prospectus around September 20, but it is expected that it will be seeking a valuation of around £5 billion.
Published 929 days ago
Newly-listed firm Cake Box (CBOX) has been making headlines, as its share price rocketed over 40% in the space of a few days since the company’s IPO last week. Meanwhile, speculation continues to mount over the specifics regarding Aston Martin’s expected IPO later in the year. With new listings making the news, we take a look this week at broker and tipster stances towards firms following their admission to the London Stock Exchange. Using IPO data going back to the beginning of 2015, we retrieved broker and tipster recommendations in the calendar year following each new listing. A “Buy” or “Risky Buy” rating is scored as a 5, a “Hold” rating as a 3 and a “Sell” or “Avoid” rating as a 1. The data throws up some interesting results, which are summarised in the two charts below.
Published 953 days ago
A “Pre Close Trading, Customer and Operations Update” from Surface Transforms (SCE) includes CEO Kevin Johnson stating “these results are encouraging with good progress being made in virtually all areas”. The shares have responded... er, lower to 18p…
Published 1309 days ago
Hello Share Smudgers. Companies which manufacture plastic bits and pieces have done rather well in my bag in recent years. But one I have not so far touched, yet ought to do so soon, is Carclo (CAR).
Published 1478 days ago
Despite being “pleased to announce” an AGM trading update, shares in UK automobiles company Cambria (CAMB) are currently a couple of percent lower, below 60p, on the back of it…
Published 1779 days ago
Hello Share Fanciers. Car designs do not change very much. Apart from the electric hybrids, the petrol driven technology hasn't really altered since they first hit our roads at the end of the nineteenth century. And now motors nearly all look alike.
Published 2561 days ago
A senior manager at Silverdell (SID) has been in touch and has given me a statement which makes dreadful reading for disgraced CEO Sean Nutley. If the regulators want to nail Sean this is not going to be hard. This statement also makes very awkward reading indeed for Nomad FinnCap.
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