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Friday 17 January 2020 | ShareProphets: The one stop source for breaking news, expert analysis, and podcasts on fast-moving AIM and LSE listed shares


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Itaconix – Woodford “leading innovator” considers “a healthy sign of an effective collaboration is”… termination!

Published 3 hours ago

Updating on Woodford “leading innovator” Itaconix (ITX) last week as the shares fell further to 1.55p, I concluded with the cash crunch ahoy funding situation also now from a market cap heading towards £4 million, natch still currently avoid / sell. Now “Termination of Chelates Agreement”

Plutus Powergen – shares now almost at par: as that the Fat Lady I see gargling?

Published 6 hours ago

The PR person for Plutus Powergen (PPG) is the Cheryl Cole of her world, but even more classy. But not even her charms can save her client from more comment from myself, notwithstanding appeals from head honcho James Longley that I remove prior, harsh but accurate comment HERE.

Character Group – is “extremely challenging” Christmas trading period really going to transform into a very strong second half?

Published 6 hours ago

Character Group (CCT) has updated including “we enter the 2020 calendar year with a very strong product portfolio and, although the first half results will be below last year, we anticipate that the group will deliver one of our strongest second half performances to date”. The shares have currently responded to around 330p – circa 13% lower on the day. Fair?...

Xaar – “broadly in line with the first half”… what was that like though, again?!...

Published 1 day ago

“Trading Statement” from Xaar (XAR) commencing; “Xaar plc, a world leader in industrial inkjet technology, provides its scheduled trading update: Trading in the second half of 2019 was broadly in line with the first half”. The shares have responded to a current 47p – more than 6.5% lower…

Quarto – open offer makes a mockery of Ince’s ‘unfortunate feature of market conditions’ private investor screwing

Published 1 day ago

“The Quarto Group Inc. (QRT), the illustrated book publisher and distribution group, today announces that it proposes to raise £13.9 million (approximately $18.2 million) in gross proceeds… at 68 pence per new common share by way of an open offer to the company's existing shareholders”. The price compares to a 75.5p prior close… Ince Group (and Arden Partners) take note!...

Retail-aggedon: TheWorks just about avoids ANOTHER profits warning but CEO walks anyway

Published 1 day ago

How different it was eighteen months ago when Investec raised £62.5 million  at 160p to IPO Theworks.co.uk (WRKS). Just think about how much coke and how many hookers you could snaffle from crony capitalist Investec’s fees on that deal! Hmmmmmm. You bring the hookers, I’ll bring the Charlie, the lads at Investec are ‘avin’ a party. Today, after just avoiding yet another profits warning, the CEO has been resigned with immediate effect and the shares are just 33.9p. Ouch.

Quiz plc – having been look forward to building upon ‘pleasing’ Black Friday week sales...

Published 2 days ago

Previously writing on “occasion wear and dressy casual wear”-specialising Quiz plc (QUIZ), last month I concluded the overall update doesn’t provide great confidence… little to change my prior bearish view here. Now a “Christmas Trading Update”

Ashmore – emerging markets love discounted

Published 2 days ago

I read somewhere in the last few days that the 2020s is going to be the 'decade of Asia' and you do not need an advanced degree in financial forecasting to work out why. Emerging markets investment is a common preference in the start of year strategic calls but, as I talked about here back in September, 'you buy (fund manager) Ashmore (ASHM) when emerging markets are out of favour...or you just buy emerging market assets for the very long haul'. Today's trading update from the company looks rather good…

Rosslyn Data Technologies – argues “a clear path” forward… but not shown in H1 trading & what if there’s not?

Published 2 days ago

Although still down from above 7p as recently as November, shares in Rosslyn Data Technologies (RDT) are currently up approaching 25%, towards 6p, on the back of a “Half-year Report” and “Contract Win”

Centamin – Endeavour deal off, ups dividend, shares down. BUY

Published 2 days ago

Fully-listed Egyptian gold miner Centamin (CEY) - my tip of the year at 117p or so - has announced that the proposed possible offer from Canadian-listed Endeavour is off, after the two sides failed to reach agreement over valuation. Shares in Centamin are off by 8% on the news, to 117p, though we also now know that Centamin’s final dividend will be a tasty 6 US cents, above the previous stated target of at least 4 cents as I had suggested was on the cards. Added to the interim of 4 cents, that makes 10 cents – around 7.7p. At the current share price, that comes out at a yield of 6.58%...

The 10 most followed stocks on ADVFN – proof of where the morons roam

Published 3 days ago

The only shock here is that Versarien (VRS) and Bidstack (BIDS) don’t make the list. But I kind of bet they are in the top 20. However the top 10 are in order:

Former Woodford favourite Mereo Biopharma: they marched it up to the top of the hill……

Published 3 days ago

……And they marched it down again. Woodford dog-pick extraordinaire, Aim- and Nasdaq- listed  Mereo Biopharma (AIM: MPH, Nasdaq: MREO) announced what appeared to be good news yesterday, sending the AIM-listed shares up from 33p as high as 45.5p before they fell back down to 38p at the close yesterday. Meanwhile the Nasdaq stock put on around 48% at the peak, before giving up almost the entire gain to close up just 7%. The news was not so good after all!...

Gambling on more professionalism in the betting industry

Published 4 days ago

Two interesting gambling sector stories over the last day or so. Yesterday there was a report that credit card payments were set to be banned by the Gambling Commission in order to protect troubled gamblers who max out their credit lines in search of funds to keep playing, leading in almost all cases to bad debts and other personal and social ills. The Commission wants electronic payments to be limited to just debit cards and this is undoubtedly eminently sensible. All of this is just another step along the road of professionalism for the gambling industry…

Catenae Innovation – the fat lady is about to go on stage: Keep selling - was it trading while insolvent?

Published 6 days ago

Following its rather smelly announcement after hours at no-one-is-watching o’clock on December 20 which offered up nice Christmas presents to shareholders in the form of a profit warning and a statement that its financial position was weak, AIM-listed Catenae Innovation (CTEA) followed up yesterday at 12.23pm (lunchtime on a Friday, no-one-is-watching o’clock) with a further announcement that it still not agreed the hoped-for £100,000 bailout and that absent new funding it will be a trip to the corporate undertakers. Nigel did warn you but there is a bigger question....

Red Flags At Night: Cloudbuy – Follow The leader and SELL.

Published 6 days ago

Having announced plans to depart the AIM Casino on Thursday, Cloudbuy (CBUY) slipped out a Director Dealing RNS at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night at 5.47pm showing that departing Chairman Ronald Duncan and his departing CEO wife Lyn Duncan have been dumping shares as fast as they can. If ever there was a signal to follow…….

Drat! I Darted Out of This Golden Airline Much Too Soon.

Published 6 days ago

Hello, Share Tumblers. A long time ago, now I dropped my Dart Group (DTG) shares. My memory ain’t what it was, but I think it was one of those occasions when I had made a big paper profit and thought all good things come to an end. Often a mistaken conception, as we all know in Shareland.

Dillistone – GatedTalent “major milestone” ‘delight’… but what about financials & the balance sheet?

Published 7 days ago

Dillistone (DSG) is “delighted to achieve this major milestone… platform's membership pool - which features executives from more than 100 countries - has enjoyed significant growth in 2019, with 75% more "new signups" than in 2018… also saw a significant increase in connection activity on the platform in 2019, with executive members accepting more than 400,000 connection requests from executive recruiters”… and the shares have responded to currently above 30p, more than 10% higher on the day…

Joules – “premium British lifestyle brand” delivers a far from premium trading update

Published 7 days ago

Self-styled “premium British lifestyle brand”, Joules (JOUL) has updated on trading for the seven weeks to 5th January including “stores and third-party concessions… performed in line with expectations... We remain focussed on continuing to expand the Joules brand”. The shares have currently responded to around 180p – er, circa 20% lower!...

Tom Winnifrith Beacast: The cancer of private chatrooms for shameless ramping by AIM Casino bosses - will AIM Regulation act?

Published 7 days ago

As I reveal that it is not only Versarien (VRS) up to no good in this respect but also Eurasia Mining (EUA), I wonder which other shameless PLC rampers are up to no good and will AIM Regulation do anything to stop an increasingly disorderly market becoming an open sewer? I look at retail shares and real estate plays on that as more evidence emerges that my very long term "avoid the lot like the plague" stance was correct. I look at changing brokers at Cenkos (CNKS) and Condor Gold (CNR) and Premier Miton (PMI) and what the AIM Casino demise of SalvaRx (SALV), where managers are talented, says about the dangers of backing a cash shell.

Surface Transforms – argues sales growth “very encouraging”… what about the bottom-line & cash position?

Published 7 days ago

Surface Transforms (SCE) has updated including emphasising “this significant acceleration in sales growth in the period is very encouraging… discussions with potential OEM customers are progressing well and the company still expects to be able to make significant contract announcements during the new 2020 financial year” and that it “has now received full regulatory approval from the UK Environmental Agency for all the new furnaces in OEM Cell One”. Sounds encouraging…

Breaking: Versarien not the only AIM Company ramping via private chatrooms - shocking material from Eurasia Mining

Published 7 days ago

All the signs are that AIM Regulation and hapless Nomad Canaccord is clamping down on the private Versarien (VRS)  chatroom inhabited by Neill Ricketts and his Versarien cronies after shocking revelations like this HERE. However Winnileaks now has material from a similar chatroom on the private Telegram platform where Eurasia Mining (EUA) boss Dmitry Suschov and his proxies are "at play".

Card Factory – profit warning… but CEO share purchase reassurance, right? Er…

Published 8 days ago

Card Factory (CARD) has updated commencing “group revenue year-to-date of +3.6% (2019: +3.4%) with like-for-like sales -0.6% (2019: -0.1%)” and including “the board remains committed to its previously stated dividend policy”. The shares have currently responded to 100p – er, more than 28% lower!...

Pembridge Resources looks incredibly high risk and with no margin for error - avoid

Published 8 days ago

Pembridge Resources (PERE) today issued a production update for the latest quarter up to the end of 2019, and based on the figures contained within that, many are struggling to understand why the company isn’t valued more highly.

Itaconix – “Trading Update”… but why doesn’t it detail the loss & cash burn from this Woodford “leading innovator”?

Published 8 days ago

Itaconix (ITX) states it is “pleased to announce” a trading update for the 2019 calendar year and CEO John R. Shaw that “the acceleration in our revenue growth reflects growing commercial validation and consistent progress with customer projects across all of our products and application areas… our pipeline continues to strengthen as we maintain our focus on accelerating key revenue opportunities in the first half of 2020”. The shares have currently responded to 1.55p – er, 6% lower…

1Spatial – “update on continued customer momentum, operational execution and new strategic partnerships”… and financials?!

Published 9 days ago

“1Spatial (SPA), a global leader in location and geospatial software solutions and Location Master Data Management, is pleased to provide an update on continued customer momentum, operational execution and new strategic partnerships”. More encouraging than when I last wrote on the company – concluding there looks still much more turnaround progress needing to be made here?...

Rosslyn Data Technologies – “a leading global big data technology company” which has won two “large” contracts. Really?...

Published 9 days ago

“Rosslyn Data Technologies plc (AIM: RDT), a leading global big data technology company, announces that it has won two large contracts”. Sounds interesting if these contracts are “large” for a “leading global” big data company…

Topps Tiles – a year on, still caution?

Published 9 days ago

A year ago I concluded on “the UK's largest tile specialist” Topps Tiles (TPT), the current results reality suggests a challenging time ahead. With now another trading update, how are things looking?...

Itaconix – argues significant milestones… but beware of what’s another of Neil Woodford’s ‘leading innovators’…

Published 9 days ago

Former Woodford pick, Itaconix (ITX) has followed a “First order to Croda for new odour control polymer” announcement yesterday with a now “New patent issued for detergent compositions” and these have helped the shares up from a prior 1.525p to currently around 1.7p – although down (natch, for a recent years Woodford pick), for example, from more than 4p at the commencement of 2019 and approaching 16p at the commencement of 2018…

Carr's Group – full-year to be in-line with expectations… or not?

Published 10 days ago

Agriculture feeds and engineering group Carr's (CARR) has updated commencing that it “continues to expect the performance of the group to be in line with its existing expectations for the full year”. The shares have currently responded to below 150p – more than 5% lower. Hmmm…

Aston Martin needs much more help than even James Bond can offer

Published 10 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...

Stock Spirits – 10% shareholder hits out at company’s response to its AGM resolution

Published 10 days ago

“Response to the Stock Spirits (STCK) notice of General Meeting and hostility towards special dividend AGM resolution” from 10% shareholder Western Gate Private Investments. Ooh – sounds interesting…

Five slam-dunk sells for 2020

Published 12 days ago

Peter Brailey has already offered his list of sells for 2020 in the form of his Vomit List of useless oilers, so here is my 2020 list of Slam-Dunk sells. I doubt there will be much borrow available on any of them so shorting may not be possible (although two might offer up some) but the main message is stay away!

Aminex has potential - but I would only invest once the PSA is resolved and farm out is completed

Published 13 days ago

A ShareProphets reader has requested that I take a look at Aminex (AEX), which is a bit of a blast from the past, as I can remember a time, quite a few years back, when this Tanzanian focussed company was popular with private investors and was going to be the next big thing in oil and gas.

Gulf Marine Services – argues “important contract awards”; why do the shares remain subdued?

Published 13 days ago

Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has announced “important contract awards… secured day-rates for these contracts are firm and are consistent with existing contracts in the region” (Middle East). The shares have nudged higher towards 7.5p, but are down from more than 9p as recently as November and more than 20p early last year…

Mobile Tornado – results blown off course by deployment delays

Published 14 days ago

September-announced half-year results from “provider of instant communication mobile applications to the enterprise market” Mobile Tornado (MBT) included Chairman Jeremy Fenn emphasising “we have competed against major players in the PTT space in highly complex tenders, and won… I have no doubt that the significantly enhanced credibility we have gained has put us in a strong position as we engage with similar organisations… In Israel, we have a strong pipeline of new deals which we are confident will be developed further as the IDEN shutdown approaches at the end of the current calendar year”. Now “Full Year Trading Update”

Gold – joining in on the market “melt-up”

Published 14 days ago

Suddenly everybody sees the markets heading ever higher. China and the USA are apparently on the cusp of signing something which would at least mark a truce is the trade spat, central banks are again joining the feeding frenzy and life is good. UK markets are up, Asian markets are up and the USA is posting yet more records. And with all this uber-happiness, gold and gold stocks are also pushing higher. It is all good, but I thought that gold was supposed to be an asset of last refuge: why is it heading higher if stockmarkets in general are riding high? Surely it should be heading in the opposite direction.

Tasty plc – “Property Disposal and Trading Update”… and a 40%+ share price rise…

Published 14 days ago

Previously writing on Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty plc (TAST), I concluded in September, with the shares currently further down to around 3.5p, the market cap is circa £5 million. As such, I’ll continue to monitor how the asset value holds up but the noted trading numbers and environment still currently see me avoid. The shares have gone on to slide below 3p, but are currently up to 3.85p on the back of “Property Disposal and Trading Update”

Cc’d in on the most bonkers email thread in history – Anglo African Oil & Gas is grotesquely mismanaged

Published 14 days ago

For some reason I found myself cc’d in on an email thread last night between Sarah Cope the utterly useless chairperson of Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG), Richard Jennings, the company’s advisors and some investors. It was bonkers but it is clear that Ms Cope is doing all she can to steamroller through the crap deal with Zenith Energy (ZEN) without giving shareholders the chance to consider what looks a far better deal from team Jennings. For that and for many other reasons Cope should be fired and cast into the corporate wilderness. The thread starts with Jennings responding to an RNS issued late in the day by Anglo:

ShareProphets readers tips for 2020 competition Entrants & Prices...

Published 15 days ago

Having asked for readers tips for 2020 for the prize of 1/2 litre of Tom Winnifrith's Greek Hovel olive oil (2020 harvest), the following are the entrants (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 2020). The results of last year’s competition are HERE and I'll once again report back monthly on how this year’s competition is progressing. Good luck all...

Vomit List – I would rather hold a Bucket of Puke than these oily shares.

Published 15 days ago

I have commented over the last 6 months about my crap quartet of oilers – the “special ones” - a group of losers not winners in my view. To follow the tradition of other oily commentators I am going to expand and re-name my Crap Quartet, as the Vomit List. I would rather hold a bucket of puke than shares in these companies. 

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2020 - No 13 a buy from Nigel Somerville

Published 17 days ago

During the first seven days of Christmas each of the team will serve up two share tips (buys or sells). I will serve up 4. That makes 20 in total. Enjoy our share tips of the year 2020. Thirteenth up is a BUY from Nigel Somerville who owns shares in the company below.

Red Flags at Night – URU Metals delivers (Ooh Er MRS) Red Flag strewn Interims at 4.23pm on New Year’s Eve Eve

Published 17 days ago

Last week AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) released results at no-one-is-watching o'clock, on Christmas Eve Eve. It seems the trick of avoiding ShareProphets scrutiny by releasing bad results the day before good days to bury bad news is spreading, for yesterday – New Year’s Eve Eve - at 4.23pm came interims from AIM-listed URU Metals (URU). Except ShareProphets was watching, always keen to highlight news that companies don’t want you to see. And oh dear, oh dear…..

New Year Resolutions For A Successful Armchair Tycoon in 2020

Published 18 days ago

As usual, at this noman’s land time of year, trading volumes in shares  will be low causing some volatility. This is made more telling this time because of the imminence of Brext. Therefore, it’s probably safest to stay on the sidelines. So, instead of a single recommendation,  let me offer some suggestions for New Year resolutions.

Avoid macro calls in 2020, who might go the way of Thomas Cook?

Published 22 days ago

This month has been the opposite of December 2018 which saw a steep decline on Christmas Eve which marked a year low on Wall St. Now we are seeing new all-time highs posted practically every day. Even the derided stock markets of Europe and the UK - as represented by the FTSE 250 - are at or near all-time highs

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2020 - No 5 a buy from Gary Newman

Published 22 days ago

During the first seven days of Christmas each of the team will serve up two share tips (buys or sells). I will serve up 4. That makes 20 in total. Enjoy our share tips of the year 2020. Fifth up is a BUY from Gary Newman who, I think, owns shares in the company below..

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2020 - No 4 a Buy from Darren Atwater

Published 22 days ago

During the first seven days of Christmas each of the team will serve up two share tips (buys or sells). I will serve up 4. That makes 20 in total. Enjoy our share tips of the year 2020. Fourth up is a BUY from Darren Atwater who owns no shares in the company below..

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2020 - No 2 a buy from Malcolm Stacey

Published 24 days ago

Over the next week or so each of the team will serve up two share tips (buys or sells). I will serve up 4. That makes 20 in total. Enjoy our share tips of the year 2020. Second up is a BUY from Malcolm Stacey who owns shares in the company below..

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2020 - No 1 a buy from Gary Newman

Published 24 days ago

Over the next week or so each of the team will serve up two share tips (buys or sells). I will serve up 4. That makes 20 in total. Enjoy our share tips of the year 2020. First up is a BUY from Gary Newman who owns shares in the company below..

Centamin – deadlock broken (for now) with Endeavour. Now will the potential offer be upped?

Published 24 days ago

Better news emerged yesterday from Egyptian gold play, fully listed Centamin (CEY) with regard to its previously stalemated position with potential all-paper Canadian suitor Endeavour Mining. It seems that Endeavour has now furnished Centamin with the due diligence paperwork requested and in return Centamin has requested and got an extension to the PUSU (put up or shut up) deadline at the end of this month to give Endeavour until January 14 to decide whether to make an offer.

Mobile Streams – late-year, intra-day, “Audit Update”. Uh-oh…

Published 24 days ago

AIM listed and with a 30th June year-end (so the results required by 31st December), a 23rd December - and intra-day (1:03pm) - “Audit Update” from Mobile Streams (MOS). I’m guessing this ain’t going to be good news!…

Gervais Williams & the Miton Smaller Company Fund – what was he thinking?

Published 24 days ago

The fact that the Miton Smaller Companies Fund has collapsed in value by around two thirds since the start of 2018 is pretty remarkable. It must be a real embarrassment to City grandee Gervais Williams who runs the fund.  But his real shame should be in how the money was lost.

MediaZest – interims; actions “based on market conditions”… or based on dire balance sheet conditions?

Published 25 days ago

Previously writing on audio-visual systems for organisations-focused MediaZest (MDZ), in September with the shares at 0.08p I concluded I suggest the half-year numbers will re-spark concerns here and my stance remains avoid / sell. Today, and intra-day (12:27pm), “Half-year Report”. Hmmm!...

BREAKING: Anglo African Oil & Gas from Bad to Worse but a sack the board GM call on the way

Published 25 days ago

Having parted company with toxic David Sefton and Lyin’ James Berwick could things get any worse for Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG). With cash very tight and the Fat Lady already gargling in the wings surely not? Well actually yes.

Things could start to get interesting again for Falkland Islands oil - buy Rockhopper for the longer-term

Published 25 days ago

Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) was one of the most popular shares on the AIM market at one time, but in recent years it has fallen totally out of favour and its share price has plummeted. It is nearly a decade since this oil explorer first announced a big discovery at its Sea Lion prospect in the North Falkland basin and its share price rocketed, hitting highs of in excess of 550p per share and a market cap in the hundreds of millions...

This weekend’s Primary Bid Offer is Futura Medical and it is worth a small punt

Published 26 days ago

You know that if you register with Primary Bid via us and take up one of its offers we earn a few bob. Okay. Most of its offers are utter dogs and so I kick myself in the gonads and suggest avoiding like the plague. This weekend’s offer is, on the other hand, worth a small punt so sign up HERE and take part.

Dividend Munchers – December update

Published 26 days ago

So Boris romped home in the General Election and the markets had a Boris Bounce. But how has my little portfolio of Dividend Munchers done?

Andrew Bell on the lessons of the Brexit election - it is more than just Brexit, the left doesn't get it

Published 27 days ago

Andrew Bell of Red Rock Resources (RRR) stood for the Brexit Party at the last election, losing his deposit. He has today written to supporters and makes some interesting points on how the land lies... He writes:

Jaywing – interims, funding challenge really ‘successfully tackled’?

Published 28 days ago

Previously writing on Jaywing (JWNG), in October with the shares at 6p I concluded there still looks a real chance of significant dilution here. I’ll continue to monitor, but re. the shares currently certainly continue to avoid. Today results for its half year ended 30th September 2019 – and the shares currently approaching 25% lower on the day… to 3.5p…

Warpaint London – “pleased to announce” sales “in line” with prior guidance… so why a 14%+ share price slide?

Published 28 days ago

Warpaint London (W7L), “the specialist supplier of colour cosmetics and owner of the W7 and Technic brands”, commences a “Trading Update” with that it “is pleased to announce that it currently anticipates that group sales for the financial year to 31 December 2019 will be approximately £50 million, in line with the guidance provided in the company's trading update on 6 August 2019”. The shares have responded to around 70p – more than 14% lower!...

Veltyco – a struggling to keep the lights on company making a loss-making acquisition?!

Published 28 days ago

On it previously updating last month, I noted on the directors of Veltyco (VLTY) “continue to actively explore further appropriate sources of capital”forget “to reduce it liabilities and to provide general working capital” first, it looks needed just to further keep the lights on! Now “Potential Bet90 Acquisition”

Goodwin – interims... but I thought “the group has never before been in such a favourable position”?!

Published 29 days ago

Previously writing on mechanical and refractory engineering company Goodwin (GDWN), in July 2018 with the shares at 2300p I concluded if looking for a solid business with exposure to potential oil and gas industry recovery this still looks a good bet. The shares were recently above 3600p, but are currently back below 3000p on the back of half-year results…

NuOil and Gas – asset so good it cannot give it away?!

Published 29 days ago

NuOil & Gas (NUOG) has never failed to make me laugh and despair in equal measure.  Years of hot air and puff followed by placings. A new bright future (cough cough) was meant to be on the horizon as a cash shell backed by James Parsons and Marco Furmagalli. Unfortunately it would appear the one asset they had is so good it cannot even be given away!

Plant Health Care – warns & I thought it was to be “cash positive… within our existing cash reserves”?!...

Published 29 days ago

Previously writing on agriculture biological products company Plant Health Care (PHC), in September it was “delighted”… but it’s an RNS Reach again & market seeing through it this time?. Now “Trading Update” – and the shares currently back at 7.5p, capitalising the company at circa £15.5 million, more than 12% lower on the day…

Bidstack Spoooooooof!

Published 29 days ago

After yesterday’s shock lack of profits warning from Bidstack (BIDS) the next question is when will a bailout placing be needed. To that end the company has announced today what appears to be an almighty spoof designed to ramp the stock ahead of the placing. Even the company’s PR Buchannan has just admitted to me that the release is not clear. This is your £10 million spoof of the day.

This Futuristic Company's Robots Career Around Warehouses Fulfilling Orders. Santa Take Note.

Published 29 days ago

Hello, Share Crushers. And thank you to all those kind souls who wished me well on my visit to the hospital to discover why I’m seeing headless ghosts. I’m a bit nervous about the results but will let you know. Meanwhile, today’s choice for your further investigation is an unusual kind of business...

600 Group – from “positive outlook” to “significantly below… expectations”… in just over two weeks!

Published 30 days ago

Just over two weeks ago, half-year results highlights from “diversified industrial engineering company” The 600 Group (SIXH) included “Positive outlook… Interim dividend of 0.25p per share reflecting the board's confidence”. Now, so soon after, there a “Trading Update”?…

Centamin updates on possible offer from Endeavour

Published 30 days ago

Canadian-listed Endeavour Mining updated on progress with its proposed bride on Monday and now today fully-listed Centamin (CEY) has responded with a downbeat statement. But despite Centamin wriggling, it still looks as though things could progress.

Van Elle – “Trading Update”. Not ‘pleased to issue’?

Published 31 days ago

“Van Elle (VANL), the UK's largest ground engineering contractor, is issuing the following trading update ahead of the announcement of its results for the six months to 31 October 2019”. Hmmm – not ‘pleased to issue’?...

Centamin – is it game on as talks with Endeavour get underway?

Published 32 days ago

Having noted that fully-listed Egyptian gold miner Centamin (CEY) had rejected approaches from Canadian-listed Endeavour with regard to a proposed all-share tie-up on grounds of valuation, but that Centamin had not turned its nose up completely, this morning we learn that talks have finally got underway. Is it game on, then?

Oops!...Cineworld has done it again

Published 32 days ago

Before we get onto the main event - continuing corporate madness at Cineworld (CINE) - a quick update on FirstGroup (FGP), which I last talked positively on a couple of weeks ago. Very good to see that 'the Board has appointed advisors to formally explore all options in respect of our North American contract businesses, First Student and First Transit, including a potential disposal'. That sounds to me very positive regarding asset value realisation strategy. I would still buy/hold the shares. Now back to Cineworld…

Top tip for UK investing 2020: don't buy everything!

Published 33 days ago

It has been a kind of interesting last sixty hours or so.  Despite all the social media commentary from left leaning types reporting how their local polling station was chock-a-block with snowflake voters supporting Comrade Corbyn...we all know what really happened.  Obviously...thank goodness for that.  

SolGold has the potential to become a very large copper producer - buy for the long term from these levels

Published 34 days ago

The share price of SolGold (SOLG) has taken a hit in recent months as a result of weak copper prices and political unrest in Ecuador, where its largest project is located, but if you are looking for an early stage mining company that has huge potential, then this could have presented a buying opportunity.

Sound Energy – Now 179 shareholders demand the head of James Parsons

Published 35 days ago

On Wednesday I revealed here how 174 shareholders in Sound Energy (SOU) had written to actong chairman Marco Famagalli with perfectly reasonable questions which he declined to answer because he views the peasants with contempt as you can see HERE. The group of livid owners of the company is now bigger, at 179 out of the money folks who Marco thinks are irksome oiks, and they have written again demanding the immediate sacking of ex boss the shameless ramper James Parsons. Thanks to Winnileaks I bring you that letter 

Bad News Buried on Election Results Day: Anglesey Mining

Published 35 days ago

Not content with leaving burying bad news on polling day to the likes of Purplebricks (PURP) or Versarien (VRS), this morning – election results day – AIM-listed Anglesey Mining (AYM) joined the fray with its Interims to September. They are truly horrid.

Ferro-Alloy Resources – you were warned; from arguing “strong pricing backdrop” on March listing to now…

Published 35 days ago

Ferro-Alloy Resources (FAR), a “vanadium mining and mineral processing company with operations based in Southern Kazakhstan”, in March was “pleased to announce that its entire issued ordinary share capital will commence trading on the standard listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange… As part of the Admission process, the company has successfully raised £5.2 million (before expenses) from institutional shareholders… at a placing price of 70p each”. Today “Operational, Trading and Financing Update”. Hmmm…

The Legal Has Landed Huge Assets Under its Management, Making the Shares Look More Promising than Most

Published 35 days ago

Hello, Share Shufflers. By the time you read this, we’ll all be either pleased or fed up on the election result. But trading shares immediately on the result could be a mistake. The market could assess the result and go off entirely on the wrong tack. Then it could change its mind and go the opposite way. It’s probably not worth getting caught in the mayhem. So I’m sitting on the sidelines until the middle of next week. However, there are some shares that could keep on rising even if the financial seas are stormy. One such stock in my opinion is Legal & General (LGEN)...

Bury bad news on Election day – shocking interims and the cash is running out. No2 – Tungsten Corp

Published 36 days ago

Electronic invoicing and purchase order transactions network company Tungsten (TUNG) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st October 2019 – on election day. Hmmm…

Woodford favourite Allied Minds: some change, but enough?

Published 36 days ago

Neil Woodford thought his investments into Allied Minds (ALM) would do wonders for his reputation…..it is just that the wonders weren’t quite in line with his expectations – they were more in line with ours! Yesterday morning Allied served up the departure of co-CEO Mike Turner as of March next year and the Chairman, Jeff Rohr, the following June. Rats, sinking ship anyone?...

Minoan – more shares, more warrants, more delay but is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Published 36 days ago

Yesterday morning AIM-listed Cretian holiday resort hopeful Minoan (MIN) served up an update with a familiar ring to it: more shares, more warrants and the long hoped-for asset sale was pushed out. All very depressing, but I wonder if there is light at the end of the tunnel for shareholders...

Kicking myself hard in the gonads: DO NOT take part in today’s Primary Bid offer for Premier African Minerals

Published 37 days ago

Any time someone registered via this website takes part in a Primary Bid offering we earn a few quid and so for that reason I urge you ALL to sign up HERE as, now and again, Primary Bid has some good offers. Today’s offering to raise cash at 0.1p comes from Premier African Minerals (PREM) is not such an offer. In fact...

One True View/Appbox – is Eden Pharma the next scam? Avoid it like the plague!

Published 37 days ago

By now those who have ploughed almost £30 million into Polat Hassan’s City boiler room scams One True View and Appbox Media which we have exposed on this website of late will have realised that they are set to lose everything. Meanwhile, as the FCA sits around doing nothing I fear this could get much wider, Meet Eden Pharma Ltd.

174 livid shareholders write to Marco Fumagalli at Sound Energy and his “feck you peasants” reply

Published 37 days ago

Those who ignored me and bought Sound Energy (SOU) at up to 92p are, with the shares at sub 3p to sell, livid with the company and also with James Parsons the former boss whose ramping of this stock was shameless and reckless. 174 out of the money investors have now written to acting chairman Marco Fumagalli with a series of questions which really should be answered. Mario responds with a limp dick "can’t say anything because of AIM Rules" e-mail which is, with reference to many of the questions posed simply not true and shows he does not give a flying feck about the owners of his company, regarding that as peasants without rights. Both letters have found their way to Winnileaks and are published in full below:

Sopheon – trading update… but I thought still “a significantly expanded sales pipeline”?...

Published 37 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “provider of software and services for Enterprise Innovation Management and Strategy Execution Management”, Sopheon (SPE), I questioned in July no change in “expected commercial momentum”, concluding, with the shares at 800p, with what is currently being delivered and clear commercial momentum risk, avoid / sell. Now “Trading Update”

Saatchi quits his own firm whilst Saga appoints a Superdry failure...

Published 37 days ago

week ago I mused upon the latest corporate shocker from M&C Saatchi (SAA) but news over the last 24 hours is that one of the founders - the legendary Maurice Saatchi - along with three independent directors, have quit the firm. And quite correct too. With accounting issues and eyes off the ball, heads should roll. Apparently the CEO believes that his exit would be too damaging to the company. Whatever...

Trakm8 – argues “pleased to report” interims, Er…

Published 39 days ago

Executive Chairman of telematics and data insight company Trakm8 (TRAK), John Watkins is “pleased to report Trakm8's results for the six months ended 30 September 2019”, including emphasising “the board is encouraged that the decline in revenue has been arrested and the first two months of H2 are significantly ahead of last year” and “the long awaited deployment, in volume, with our insurance and automotive customers has now commenced. The Fleet teams are delivering new contract wins significantly ahead of the previous year and the pipeline for new opportunities is strong”. The shares are though little changed at around 22.5p…

SHOCKING: Thames Water bills 90 year old £212,198.85 and still will not apologise

Published 39 days ago

As the photos below show, Thames Water has just sent out a bill for a whopping £212,198.85 to a ninety year old lady who is right now in a convalescent home.  These privatised utilities don't do themselves any favours do they?

Ariana – due diligence underway, shares up: still targeting 4p

Published 39 days ago

Turkish gold miner Ariana (AAU) has announced that due diligence on its proposed deal to sell off chunks of its Salinbas and Kizitepe/Red Rabbit gold projects for $30 million is underway. With a target of the end of February to complete the deal, time is tight and this morning’s news is very welcome.

Centamin – a buy from here? Yes!

Published 39 days ago

Fully-listed Egyptian gold-miner Centamin (CEY) saw its shares riding high on Tuesday in the wake of news of a potential bid from Canadian peer Endeavour Mining in the form of a proposed all-share deal which valued Centamin at around £1.5 billion. The shares, having been knocking around 110p moved up to 130p at the top – beating the intimated deal price of 126.27p – but have since dropped back and closed last week at 118.55p as the market appeared to lose interest. So is it now a buy?

My Favourite Builder Takes a Profit Knock, but Not for Long, I Fancy

Published 39 days ago

Hello Share Slakers. At first blush, the results for its half year ended 31 October from my favourite builder Berkeley Group (BKG) seemed discouraging. Profit before tax come in at £276.7 million, down by 31% compared to last time...

Funding Circle gets so desperate that it asks me if I would like a loan?

Published 40 days ago

Whilst the country is a matter of days from an important political decision, back in the world of markets and companies, I see my old pals at Funding Circle (FCH) are continuing to struggle with a sub one quid share price and a variety of excitable press disclosures including the introduction of a 1.25% exit charge for investors wishing to re-sell their loans in order to turn their savings back into cash.  And naturally it is not as if the ball has been smashed out of the park in terms of returns and related.  

It’s time to buy Gold Stocks, says ShareProphets fave Jordan Roy-Byrne

Published 40 days ago

Technical analysis may not be flavour of the month at ShareProphets but we make a bit of an exception for Jordan Roy-Byrne of TheDailyGold.com. Maybe it is because he has made a series of excellent calls, or perhaps it is because he is more than just a technical analyst. Whatever, this week he put his neck on the block: it is time to be buying gold stocks now.

Be wary of those peddling false stories about BP having invested in I3 Energy in the latest placing - it remains one to avoid

Published 41 days ago

These days on the markets there seems to be a willingness by some private investors to just believe any story that is being spun, rather than making any attempt to actually check the facts themselves.

Vox Markets Publishes Rum 'n' Coke FY accounts ahead of IPO, the accountants should be shot!

Published 41 days ago

I am coming under some pressure not to knock Vox Markets ahead of its IPO on the NEX lobster pot, but its accounts for the year ended August 31 have been delivered to Companies house and are a total joke. If this POS lists and fails, as it will, the accountants Plan-A financials of Brentwood Essex should be sued to high heaven as these numbers are a joke.

Chamberlin – do contract awards justify the current approaching 90% share price rise?

Published 42 days ago

Shares in specialist castings and engineering group, Chamberlin (CMH) are currently approaching 90% higher on the day, at more than 40p, on the back of two “Contract award” announcements…

Hurricane Energy looks to offer a long-term investing opportunity, and without the risks that existing holders have had to take!

Published 42 days ago

Hurricane Energy (HUR) is a company that I have been bullish on ever since first covering it as a buy back in June 2014, but things haven’t worked out particularly well for anyone who has been invested since that time. This is rather unfortunate, as from an operational point of view it has performed amazingly well, better than anyone could really have hoped for, and is an example of how an AIM oil explorer can sometimes succeed and take a large discovery all the way through to production. Unfortunately for longer term holders though, that has proved costly in terms of dilution to enable to company to retain 100% of its Lancaster field...

OptiBiotix Health – further medical device status & CE mark, further distribution agreements ahoy…

Published 42 days ago

OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) is “very pleased to have been granted a medical device status and a CE mark for the second time over a 12-month period”...

Electricity Giant Could Still be a Reliable Divi Play in Shockingly Difficult Times

Published 42 days ago

Hello Share Takers. With the market so unpredictable in these pre-election days, perhaps I should take a look at an old favourite even if I have reviewed it fairly recently. My view: that I should not dump this share any time soon, despite a slight threat of nationalisation, has not weakened...

Time Out Group – former Woodford pick argues trading ‘encouragement’… but it’s an EBITDA warning…

Published 43 days ago

Time Out Group (TMO) commences a trading update with that it “is encouraged by the early trading of the five sites opened in 2019” and concludes that it “remains on track to reach the key milestone of profitability in 2020”. The shares are though currently below 125p – a few percent lower on the back of today’s update…

Vox Markets apes Big Dave Lenigas as IPO on Nex Lobster pot cracks on – one for the regulators?

Published 43 days ago

Even half way up a mountain in rural Greece, news reaches me that the spoof that is the Vox Markets NEX Lobster Pot IPO following the collapse of the merger with Align, looks to be devolving from the sublime into the ridiculous. NEX is a great place to list if you want to lie to investors but not if you are expecting any liquidity at all in your shares.

Give me corrugated board this Christmas and not more Metro Bank / Amigo desperation!

Published 43 days ago

Regular readers will know that I am a complete investment geek and therefore will not be surprised that I regard the two hours I spent during the summer discussing corporate whatevers with a representative of corrugated board producer DS Smith (SMDS) as one of my highlights of the year. I last wrote (briefly) about the name HERE and told you to continue buying/accumulating the stock, a view which has been sensibly remunerative even taking into account today's surprise 4% fall in the shares post the interim results publication…

November performance update: start of 2019 shorted AIM shares

Published 44 days ago

Early this year we showed the Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the end of November? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

M&C Saatchi advertises yet another shocker

Published 44 days ago

I wonder what the M&C Saatchi (SAA) Christmas party will be like this year? Judging by today's regulatory news update, I would be tempted to cancel it – if it was going ahead in the first place. You may recall that I have written twice about the advertising company - most recently here back in September - talking about its slow car crash involving both an accounting scandal and depressed profits. Today's update provides clarity on the former, but provides another slice of trading gloom. And the shares? Down 40% from already depressed levels as I write. It is going to have to work hard to advertise this positively...

Centamin – blow me down, a potential bid!

Published 45 days ago

It’s not often that this happens to me, but my little holding in fully-listed Centamin (CEY), the Egyptian gold miner, shot upwards today as it has received a possible bid from Canadian-listed Endeavour Mining Corporation. The proposed all-share deal has thus far been rejected by Centamin but the stock has closed 14.8% higher at 128.8p which perhaps suggests the market can see something happening, if not with Endeavour then with some other possible suitor.

Video: Bear raider Carson Block and President Trump's favourite porn star Stormy Daniels to honour financial scumbags, did anyone say Burford?

Published 46 days ago

Hey Carson – why aren't you flying me out, all expenses paid, to LA for the Fidouchies event below? I'd love to meet you and be even keener to meet Stormy. What would a celebration of financial misdemeanours be like without a Brit there to represent the AIM casino?

Woodford Dog Eddie Stobart Logistics – DBAY updates proposals as Woodford funds sell

Published 46 days ago

It was reported at the weekend that Neil Woodford’s funds' previous holding in AIM-listed Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) was sold at just 6p per share – as against the 70p suspension price. That should give a measure of the trouble Stobart is in, and also a measure of Woodford’s failure here. This morning DBAY updated on its proposals, presumably in response to noises from the competing Tinkler camp, as it tries to take control and rescue the outfit, and Tinkler has responded...

Dividend Munchers – November update

Published 46 days ago

It is forty-nine days since my last “monthly” update. Hmm – it seems that the calendar has run away without me. Nevertheless, here is my update as at the end of November so I guess I’m squeaking in a sort-of monthly update. My portfolio of dividend munchers – BT (BT.A), Vodafone (VOD), Centrica (CNA), Centamin (CEY) and ITV (ITV) has held up pretty well overall but please don’t treat the stocks as tips: the object was to beat bank interest because markets seem to me to be overvalued and bank interest and bonds offer so little income...

I don't pretend to understand the technical side of Argo Blockchain, but I can see plenty of upside potential - speculative buy

Published 47 days ago

At first glance Argo Blockchain (ARB) seems to be very different to the type of companies that I normally cover within the natural resources sector, but the actual economics of the business isn’t all that dissimilar.

Notes from Underground: The most-read stories of the week, and an animation putting $110 billion in perspective

Published 47 days ago

Last week, Bill Gates once again became the world's richest person at $110 billion. Here's a short animation that shows what your £5.99 per month could do.

Live Company – intra-day loan agreement update. Uh oh...

Published 49 days ago

I concluded back in July, with the shares at circa 50p, to avoid Live Company Group (LVCG) and most recently concluded, with the shares at 38p, with there still clear financial challenges remaining, still currently avoid / sell. Now an intra-day (11:51 am) “Update re the Riverfort Facility” – and the shares currently more than 10% lower on the back of it, to 32p…

Podcast: I’m Still Bullish on Precious Metals & My Gold Target is $1800

Published 49 days ago

Analyst David Hunter says that he is one of the more bullish analysts on the street for gold. Gold reached $1560 this year and is nearly finished a consolidation phase. A further rally could happen soon, and he has raised his targets for gold to $1800 and $26 for silver.

Hornby – “shifting gears in our journey back to profitability and beyond”, Really?...

Published 50 days ago

Writing on results from “hobby products” company Hornby (HRN) in June I concluded, with the shares at just over 33p, this is an attempted turnaround I’ll continue to monitor, but at this juncture continue to avoid. Now “Half-year Report” and the shares currently rising… back to just over 33p!...

Vitec Group – having reassured “outlook for 2019 is unchanged” on FD resignation in September, now…

Published 50 days ago

“Trading Update” from ‘image capture and content creation’ products and systems group Vitec (VTC). This follows a September-announced resignation of Finance Director Kath Kearney-Croft, though it reassured then “the outlook for 2019 is unchanged”. So this latest trading update ok then?...

Malvern International – from 2 months ago “traditional second half weighting a good start” to now…

Published 50 days ago

“Trading Statement” from learning and skills company with courses delivered on sites in London, Manchester, Singapore, Malaysia and online, Malvern International (MLVN) includes “full year revenues are now expected to be modestly ahead year on year… the board expects to report a positive underlying EBITDA for the year… The board with its new members believes that it is pursuing the right strategy in diversifying its product offering and locations”. The shares have currently responded to comfortably below 1p – er, circa 50% lower!...

All sorts of games are being played on Eurasia Mining - it remains a sell/avoid for me

Published 50 days ago

Often pump and dumps only last a matter of a few days or even hours, but occasionally when it is more than just small private investors involved they can go on for a long period of time, and that certainly appears to have been the case with Eurasia Mining (EUA)...

ShareProphets Election coverage: Vote Labour says Woodlarks walker & Fleet Street Legend Brian Basham

Published 50 days ago

Over the next week or so we will run articles by supporters of the three main parties in Britain urging you to vote for their party. If you are some SNP supporting sheep molester or cottage burning Taffy and want to bleat about not having your say, tough. This is about parties that are serious across the UK ....and also the Lib Dems. Our first contributor is my old pal Brian Basham, a lifelong Labour supporter who writes:

STM Group – having in September stated looking to “round-off a solid performance for the year”, a “Trading Update”...

Published 51 days ago

I previously wrote on STM Group (STM) in late 2017, concluding, with the shares having been recovering back above 40p, that with uncertainty together with the tardiness of its announcements, if I owned I’d currently sell and await further developments. Latest results in September included it looking to “round-off a solid performance for the year” – and “the cross border financial services provider, today provides the following update on trading” (not ‘pleased to provide’ then?)...

The return of two 'favourites' – The Restaurant Group and Cineworld

Published 52 days ago

It is nearly three months since I last wrote about The Restaurant Group (RTN)observing back then 'The cash flow statement is full of red ink and I would be amazed if comments such as "Pro-forma net debt / EBITDA is 2.3x" don’t ultimately end up being too optimistic...because we have not seen anything yet'. I see the stock has been super volatile in the last couple of days, down more than 8% yesterday and up more than 7% today. Why the shifting share price?...

Motif Bio – argues Nasdaq “Voluntary Delisting”… but it having been set to be involuntary anyway?...

Published 52 days ago

Currently AIM and Nasdaq listed Motif Bio (MTFB) argues “Voluntary Delisting from the Nasdaq Capital Market”. Hmmm – what about those Nasdaq ‘deficiency notices’?...

I3 Energy strikes oil at Liberator but I don't view it as being a positive outcome!

Published 52 days ago

I3 Energy (I3E) is a company which I had high hopes for and have continued to keep the faith with despite being far from happy with the way that the board of directors has handled things during the current drilling campaign. Having screwed up the first Liberator pilot well, which was supposed to have determined the location for a first production well next year on its North Sea licence, and then operationally redeemed itself to some extent by striking oil during an appraisal of its nearby Serenity licence area, and proving that to be an extension of the adjacent Tain field, all eyes have been on the second Liberator pilot drill...

Modern Water – “pleased to announce” new business… but what’s to follow?

Published 53 days ago

Modern Water (MWG) “is pleased to announce that it secured the sale of its largest by volume All-Membrane Brine Concentrator technology, to be used in South Korea's first deep seawater salt production project” – and the shares have currently responded more than 7% higher, to 1.5p. However, Nigel Somerville previously warned on this company; bullshit packed RNS, placing at 1.25p to raise just £141,696 - prepare for a GM and more confetti!

Live Company – “pleased to announce” agreement to settle deferred consideration in shares… but it’s not as originally agreed…

Published 53 days ago

Commenting on an agreement last week which Live Company Group (LVCG) argued “transformational for the group and the BRICKLIVE brand” but I questioning this as it was also stated only “gives the board further confidence in the current market expectations for 2020, which remain unchanged”, I also noted in October it having stated it “continues to be in advanced discussions with the vendors of Bright Bricks Holdings Limited regarding the settlement of the deferred consideration of, in aggregate, £0.833 million, due today, through the issue of new ordinary shares. Further announcements will be made as appropriate”. Now an announcement; “Deferred Consideration and Issue of Fee Shares”

Corero – forget further SmartWall development and sales & marketing, it’s a bailout fundraising…

Published 53 days ago

“Corero Network Security plc (AIM: CNS), the network security company, is pleased to announce a conditional placing and subscription to raise up to £3.25 million”. Hmmm…

Questions and observations catch-up: Rolls Royce, Dignity & Sage

Published 53 days ago

It has been very busy over the last few weeks but I really appreciate it when readers comment on my articles, even if they have a different perspective or conclusion. After all, this is what makes a market – so keep them coming. So playing a little bit of catch-up with some of the comments that have been posted on my articles...

Inspirit – loan conversion from the boiler room but when’s the (yet another pump-and-dump) placing?

Published 53 days ago

This morning AIM-listed Inspirit (INSP) offered up a cheerful RNS stating that £804,000 worth of convertible loan notes were being converted at 0.07p (the minimum price possible) and that thus the Company has substantially reduced its debt close to zero and we hope that this reduction in debt will provide the right base from which the business can now grow. The implication is that all is well…..until you look at its last stated results, the interims to way back last December. "Growth" my foot!...

Sunday Long Reads: Missing Crypto, Commie Humour, Avocado Cartel War, Cult Records, Area 51

Published 55 days ago

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.  

Mporium Group goes into administration and the Twitter pump and dump brigade complain to the FCA!

Published 55 days ago

News last week that digital marketing company, Mporium Group (MPM), had gone into administration shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise as it has been on a steep downwards trajectory for a number of years, but things did come to an end far more suddenly than anyone could have predicted.

Don't Let Pre-Election Jitters Rattle you into Unwise Buy, Sell or Hold Decisions

Published 55 days ago

Hello, Share Speakers. With the election only 20 days away, it’s wise to review our trading options. The election run-up can be just as important as the final result in Shareland. We are called to take scary buy, sell or hold chances because the outcome - particularly so this time - is so unpredictable. Yet there are some previous facts to help us.

Live Company – agreement “transformational for the group and the BRICKLIVE brand”… or not?...

Published 56 days ago

Live Company (LVCG) has updated including “we are thrilled to be expanding our IP Programme globally… expand on a global platform, is transformational for the group and the BRICKLIVE brand” and “is pleased to announce… has entered into a new two year contract with Marwell Wildlife, UK”. The shares have currently responded towards 39p, er more than 7% lower…

Science in Sport – trading update, valuation as well as its nutrition products “premium”?

Published 56 days ago

Self-styled “the premium performance nutrition company serving elite athletes, sports enthusiasts and the gym lifestyle community”, Science in Sport (SIS) has updated commencing “2019 has seen rapid progress at the company… total sales growth for the year to 31 December 2019 is expected to be slightly ahead of market expectations, with sales momentum into 2020 underpinned by operational progress including a new PhD.com e-commerce platform and a new protein powder line, which is now in full production”. Sounds encouraging…

Time Out Group – former Woodford pick argues new Markets opening follow early “success”. Hmmm…

Published 56 days ago

Time Out Group (TMO) “is pleased to announce that Time Out Market Chicago opens”, a week after being “pleased to announce that Time Out Market Montréal opens”. These, and Miami and New York (May) and Boston (June) before them, are noted to be “following… success… Time Out Market opened in 2014 in Lisbon” – and the shares have recovered to a now 126.5p. Was Woodford - albeit eventually, for the wrong reason and at a lower price - still correct to sell?...

FW Thorpe – main division trading “significantly improved on the same period last year”, BUT…

Published 57 days ago

FW Thorpe (TFW) is “pleased to report that this summer's trading, at our main division Thorlux Lighting, was significantly improved on the same period last year, and its order book has remained healthy throughout the autumn”. Sounds promising…

Jet lagged and thoughtful: me, Royal Mail, Centrica and Johnson Matthey

Published 57 days ago

Top tip: if you ever wish to take the 3am flight from Dubai to London Heathrow (which arrives at 7am UK time) is not to have arranged a bunch of conference calls and even a presentation (fortunately online) for the few hours afterwards. So I am struggling a bit today, but needs must as it is a few days since I have published. I expect I will go back and consider reporters earlier this week such as easyJet (EZJ) another time, but let us review three names that strike me as worthy of note today. First up...bad boy Royal Mail (RMG)

Netcall – argues “board confidence in the ongoing success”… but how confident can it really be?...

Published 57 days ago

Previously writing on Netcall (NET), in May with the shares at 51.5p I noted “Trading Update” & “looks forward to giving a further update”. I wouldn’t be…. Today an AGM update – and the shares are currently around 13% higher – though that only taking them to now circa 25p…

mporium Group – sorry saga reaching denouement? FinnC(r)ap resigns… eventually!

Published 58 days ago

Having previously warned on mporium Group (MPM), I note an intra-day (3:03pm) RNS (hmmm!)… “Resignation of NOMAD”. Uh oh…

Xeros Technology – this Neil Woodford dog completes fundraising… for less than it wanted & with pitiful director participation…

Published 58 days ago

Xeros Technology (XSG) has updated commencing; “Following completion today of the placing and open offer announced on 31 October 2019 in which certain members of the board participated at a price of 1p per ordinary share, the company provides the following update regarding the holdings of the directors:” – and the shares have currently responded higher, back above 1p…

Kicking myself hard in the gonads: DO NOT take part in today’s Primary Bid offer for Infrastrata

Published 58 days ago

Any time someone registered via this website takes part in a Primary Bid offering we earn a few quid and so for that reason I urge you ALL to sign up HERE as, now and again, Primary Bid has some good offers. Today’s offering to raise up to £1 million at 0.3p from Infrastrata (INFA) is not such an offer.

Xeros Technology – open offer a near bust; another Neil Woodford pick heading for ‘washout’?

Published 59 days ago

Having listed on AIM in March 2014 at 123p per share, Xeros Technology (XSG) recently announced it “proposes to raise approximately £5.0 million before fees and expenses by a placing... an open offer to raise up to £2 million before expenses… at an issue price of 1 pence per share”! As Nigel Somerville noted, it another rescue bailout fundraising for what had been styled as a ‘revolutionary’ (this time in the world of washing machines) – and thus, natch, Neil Woodford was a major investor. Now “Results of Open Offer”

LightwaveRF – “Strategic Review including formal sale process”… but doesn’t it have “sufficient working capital”?!

Published 60 days ago

“Placing and Subscription” announcement from LightwaveRF (LWRF) in August included “the board believes the additional funds will accelerate the company into becoming a significant, profitable Smart Home device and technology player… following completion of the fundraising, the company confirms that it will have sufficient working capital for its present operational requirements”. Today “Strategic Review including formal sale process”!...

Inspirit Energy – last week the pump… and now (natch, & as previously warned by Nigel Somerville)…

Published 60 days ago

In August Nigel Somerville wrote on Inspirit Energy (INSP) including noting a required, desperate (and so deeply discounted) placing. Last week it soared following an “Update on product application and the mCHP Boiler”. Today, natch, “Placing”

Sage sells and Kingspan worries but its share price stays pretty hot...

Published 60 days ago

First for the new week, a quick update on one of my stocks of the year Sage (SGE) which confirmed today that it had completed the sale of its Sage Pay unit to Elavon for £232 million or around about fifteen times operating profit. The company noted that 'our vision of becoming a great SaaS company for customers and colleagues alike means we will continue to focus on serving small and medium sized customers with subscription software solutions for Accounting & Financials and People & Payroll', hence why it prefers to sell the payments unit and strike a continuing joint venture with Elavon too...

I would expect to see an attempt to pump worthless Great Western Minerals following the latest placing

Published 61 days ago

A tiny AIM mining company called Great Western Mining (GWMO) suddenly seems to be getting a bit of attention on social media, and as is so often the case with this type of company this just so happens to coincide with a placing.

Veltyco – creditors “materially in excess of the group's current cash resources”… and that’s not all…

Published 63 days ago

Previously writing on Veltyco (VLTY), in September I noted the shares rising above 4.5p though it’s ‘keep the lights on’ funding – and possibly still not for very long and it still, even from an increased to £3.75 million market cap, remains good luck! – I certainly continue to avoid. Today a “Trading Update” commencing; “Trading within the group's Bet90 sportsbook and casino business, in which Veltyco has a 51% interest, continues to be in line with management expectations, with Bet90 achieving its highest revenues since launch”. The shares have currently responded, er… to around 1.875p, approaching a further 50% lower on the day!...

Neil Woodford Disaster of the day 3: Kier – trading in-line (i.e. grim) and the rats are leaving the sinking ship

Published 63 days ago

Today’s AGM at Kier (KIE) will not be a jolly affair. There is no update on planned disposals. The ghost in the room is the absence of Mr Neil Woodford the expert catcher of falling knives and the shares now trade at less than 90p, down from 800p a year ago and 1400p three years ago.

Neil Woodford disaster of the day 2: Non-Standard Finance “moderating” targets & warning on profits. Ouch!

Published 63 days ago

In August Nigel Somerville noted that Neil Woodford will be reading the half-year results of Non-Standard Finance (NSF) – which he put his weight behind in its takeover battle with the rather larger Provident Financial (PFG), which he also owns. But NSF lost that battle and this morning Neil learns that the whole exercise cost it £12.7 million. Those results at least though also emphasised “whilst macroeconomic uncertainties remain, the group remains resilient and well-placed to meet its objectives”. Today a “Trading Update”

Human Catastrophe in my Home Town should Do Little Damage to Insurance Giants in the End

Published 63 days ago

Hello, Share Smashers. Insurance companies are in the news after the nasty flooding around my home town of Doncaster. As can happen with such disasters, the shares of insurance outfits might do the unexpected in the circumstances. They can rise. This could be because more people feel insecure and start buying policies...

Tissue Regenix – “very pleased” lender has “shown their support for the company”. Really?!...

Published 64 days ago

Earlier this week I noted on Tissue Regenix (TRX) a further nightmare for shareholders including (natch) Neil Woodford investors – that with the company set to fail a financial covenant test and thus having to discuss with a weak hand - with also its latest results having shown it heavily loss-making with net cash down to £4.3 million - with loan facility provider MidCap Financial Trust. Now though Executive Chairman John Samuel reckons he’s “very pleased that Midcap have shown their support for the company by entering this revised agreement” – and the shares have responded further higher above 1p…

Portmeirion – ANOTHER profit warning… & “strong balance sheet”, it says?!

Published 64 days ago

Previously writing on homewares group Portmeirion (PMP), in May I noted after less than 2 months ago “we look forward into 2019 with confidence” … a significantly below market expectations profit warning, concluding, with the shares lower towards 900p, and with I also having previously noted from “expect profit before tax to be in line with market expectations for the full year” to “pre-tax profits are expected to be materially below” in less than two months, to avoid. The first ‘Headline’ of its 1st August-announced interims was “First half results are in line with our expectations set out in the 14 May 2019 trading update and we anticipate achieving full year expectations” – and now a “Trading Update”

Oops...FirstGroup did it again

Published 64 days ago

Mr Market giving you a kicking now and again keeps you suitably humble. Back in August I self-congratulated HERE about how 'one of my better portfolio performers year-to-date has been FirstGroup (FGP) which I have loved up a number of times in the last eighteen odd months on these pages, ever since the bus and rail company was silly enough (admittedly under a different management team) to turn down a bid from private equity'. Well that was all fine and dandy with both an activist shareholder AND the company coming up with its own plans to create value by splitting the company up. However today's update has pushed the shares down 20% odd percent as I write. So what has gone wrong given the value creation plans continue apace and full year numbers were reconfirmed?...

Bonhill – I having explicitly warned in July on risks to second half weighting…

Published 65 days ago

Writing on B2B media group Bonhill (BONH) in July I concluded, with the shares then around 65p, with a still more than £30 million market cap, the noted risks to expectations (a £4 million+ full-year profit has been anticipated) see me avoid. The shares closed yesterday at 53.5p and now a “Trading Update”

Gear4music – argues “delivered on our stated priority”… so why a further 10%+ share price fall?

Published 66 days ago

Musical instruments and equipment online retailer Gear4music (G4M) has announced results for its half year ended 30th September 2019, emphasising “we have delivered on our stated priority of materially improving gross margins” yet “revenue increased by £6.9m (16%) during the period to £49.4m” and “we are confident ahead of our peak trading period that the group is well-placed to deliver EBITDA for the full year in line with the board's expectations”. The shares have though currently responded to around 215p – more than 10% lower!...

Immedia – “establishes itself in the USA”. Hmmm… & about that “healthy balance sheet and working capital”, Bruno…

Published 66 days ago

An “AVC Immedia establishes itself in the USA” announcement from Immedia Group (IME) – the AVC division of the group becoming an established player in the massive US market? Er…

Tissue Regenix – a further nightmare for shareholders including (natch) Neil Woodford investors…

Published 67 days ago

Last month I noted on Tissue Regenix (TRX), the nightmare continues for Neil Woodford investors! – that with the company updating “revenue for 2019 will be below current market consensus by approximately 15% to 20%, with a corresponding reduction in margin impacting EBITDA” and I noting the recent results showed it heavily loss-making with net cash down to £4.3 million and near the top of the shareholders list was Woodford Investment Management (before stock transfer as it goes to toast – the latest notification showing Link Fund Solutions with 19.98%)! Now “Update in relation to loan facility”

Dignity's problems still go way beyond a third quarter in-line statement

Published 67 days ago

Unless a company is going bust, there is a point in most sells or shorts where even the sceptic has to admit that everything is priced in. Typically this happens when a company comes out with an update which is far from tremendous but the shares go up. Which brings us to Dignity (DTY), the funeral provider which I last wrote on in July – observing 'I seem to recall being hassled at the ten quid level by people convinced of value here. Dignity is not going bust but it is a changing world in the space. I am still avoiding it'. Today's update had its good and less good aspects…

Persevere with Persimmon And You Could Pick Up the Perk of a Pretty Divi

Published 67 days ago

Hello Share Trouncers. Housebuilders continue to stay high on my list. That’s despite government plans to end the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme by 2023. Persimmon (PSN) is worth your further consideration in my view, not least because of a prospective dividend yield of 10.3%...

Bizarre Funding Circle and still backing the man on Superdry

Published 68 days ago

I see there is another bizarre story around Funding Circle (FCH) in the Sunday press with the observation that the company is 'diverting some borrowers away from its peer-to-peer lending site to rivals and traditional banks...as a way to help borrowers seeking larger unsecured loans above £500,000'. 

Why I'm happy to continue holding I3 Energy based on the current risks and potential reward

Published 68 days ago

I3 Energy (I3E) has certainly had its share of ups and downs during its current drilling campaign, but I can still see the potential for shares in this to come good.

CAP-XX – “a successful year for the company”… or that more CrAP? (XX)…

Published 70 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “world leader in the design and manufacture of supercapacitors and energy management systems” CAP-XX (CPX), in June with the shares at around 4p I noted argues “increasing confidence”, but what about that cash burn?. The shares are currently below 4p today on the back of results for the company’s year ended 30th June 2019 – and despite CEO Anthony Kongats emphasising “it has been a very busy year, and ultimately a successful year for the company”. Hmmm…

Aston Martin Lagonda car crash earnings...and other corporate disclosure excitements

Published 71 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…

KRM22 – “placing… to provide the company with additional working capital”... Or not?...

Published 71 days ago

“KRM22 plc (AIM: KRM.L), the technology and software investment company, is pleased to announce that it has conditionally raised gross proceeds of approximately £1.0 million through a placing of 1,895,765 new ordinary shares… at a price of 52 pence per ordinary share”. Hmmm – having only joined AIM at 100p per share little more than 18 months ago and the shares last closing at 54.5p, it really “pleased to announce” this?!...

Global Resources Investment Trust - Jennings kicks the shit out of GRIT

Published 71 days ago

Global Resources Investment Trust (GRIT) has finally acknowledged the Richard Jennings sack the board request for an EGM. But it is playing for time, banking unjustified salaries, and fails to grasp why the Align boss has such a strong case. Jennings has now issued a statement which we endorse completely, He writes:

October performance update: start of 2019 shorted AIM shares

Published 71 days ago

Early this year we showed the Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the end of October? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Terrible deal for Sound Energy - it remains a bargepole stock

Published 72 days ago

It has been fascinating watching Sound Energy (SOU) play out over the past few years, but probably less so if you’ve actually been invested in it!

Sabien Technology – “significant contribution” thanks to Alan O'Brien… so re. the “business review”!...

Published 73 days ago

Previously writing on Sabien Technology (SNT), last month I concluded that with a market cap of circa £3 million, the current fundamentals saw me continue to avoid. Today a “Directorate Change” announcement – and the shares currently circa 4% lower on the back of it, to 0.23p – a £2.7 million market cap…

Ryanair Could Face Headwinds which Might Keep the Share Price Grounded

Published 73 days ago

Hello Share Flingers. It’s easy to spot possible headwinds in the flying game. The green lobby against air travel is getting stronger. Brexit will make travel to 27 countries more difficult. Oil prices are rising again after a brief rest. The fallen pound makes trips abroad more expensive and so on...

Kier debt on offer at 70%? What does that tell you about the shares?

Published 75 days ago

According to the Sunday Telegraph, debt in, drowning in debt and liabilities Neil Woodfird favourite, Kier (KIE) is now being touted around for sale at 70 pence in the pound. So what does that tell shareholders? In short: panic!

Now then, What's the Best Strategy for Making Money from Shares in the Election Run-up?

Published 76 days ago

Hello, share Bakers. You have to congratulate television’s political reporters. They always find new and ingenious ways of saying they haven't a clue what’ll happen next on the Brexit front. In my days as a telly reporter, I would have made strenuous efforts to find out the most likely course of events. But that was a long time ago and I didn't have such a forbidding workload - tweeting and contributing to the BBC website, etc.

Filtronic – CEO ‘resignation’ with the company “into clearer waters”. Er, is it?!...

Published 77 days ago

CEO resignation news from communications markets products designer and manufacturer Filtronic (FTC), with the outgoing Rob Smith commenting including “having seen the company through a difficult past year and into clearer waters, I believe now is the time for me to seek fresh opportunities”. Hmmm…

Xeros - revolutionary washing machine rinses Woodford away: placing at just 1p but shares down to 0.93p. Grim Reaper time.

Published 77 days ago

Neil Woodford Uber-dog Xeros Technology (XSG), the great man’s revolutionary washing machine outfit, announced a rescue bailout placing at just 1p at almost lights-out yesterday – 3.46pm, just two minutes after announcing the appointment of FinnCrap as its Nomad and Sole Broker. Times must be really tough for FinnCrap, I guess any retainer will do when you have bills to pay. But forget's Finncap's abandonment of claims that it only acts for quality companies, the real story here is that the losses for Neil Woodford’s former investors at WEIF and WPCT are staggering – and now look set to hit 100% as the stock is trading below the placing price.

Biome Technologies – Q3 trading update, still right to avoid currently?

Published 78 days ago

Previously writing on Biome Technologies (BIOM), in July I concluded with the market cap still above £9 million, this remains on the watchlist but currently still an avoid. The market cap is now sub £8 million – and that with, subsequent to my previous update, there also having been a 433,337 shares placing (at 300p per share, so £1.3 million). The shares are currently at 285p on the back of a third quarter trading update…

Large-cap earnings frenzy – Shell, Lloyds, BT, Crest Nicholson & DS Smith

Published 78 days ago

If you are a global larger cap investor like me, this time of year is a bit of a gird your loins moment with too many different companies reporting results at the same time. A busy but exciting time...so let us dive straight in and look at some UK-listed names worthy of observation this morning. First up is the oil behemoth Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB)

Corero – “pleased to announce new customer orders”… but what about still a required, material fund raise?!

Published 79 days ago

An “Over $1.0 million of customer orders secured” announcement from Corero Network Security (CNS) – and the shares have responded currently approaching 10% higher. So what’s the detail?...

Next and ConvaTec both continue to prove up...but only one is still cheap today

Published 79 days ago

Next (NXT) continues to perform with an observation this morning that quarter three full price sales were up 2% year-on-year, which was slightly ahead of guidance. It is holding both its full year full price sales and profit generation hopes. Solidity personified...

Tern….…..and there’s the placing. Told y’all!

Published 79 days ago

Well done to Al Sisto and his team at AIM-listed jam-tomorrow IoT Investment company Tern plc (TERN) – a great job raising c. £1.75 million at 11.15p per share, a discount of 19%. No matter that there are unanswered questions over an apparent $10 million fundraise at its principal investee Device Authority which seems not to be a fundraise at all. No matter about the webinar with Microsoft or the tweets about a visit to Microsoft HQ – the main development appears to be a fundraise at new-ish investee FundamentalVR, which has closed a £4.3 million fundraise which includes the conversion of a loan note by Tern at a 20% discount. So what about Device Authority?......

Koovs – recent performance “a clear indication of the strength of the Koovs' underlying business model”? Er!...

Published 80 days ago

I first wrote here on self-styled “Western fashion experts for online Indian consumers”, Koovs (KOOV) in 2016 – concluding there is much still to be delivered to justify the valuation here – even at 25p per share… Not for me at such a stage and most recently last year; it’s cash rather than social media reach which is currently critically important!. The shares have since sunk further – and are currently further lower, at sub 3p, on the back of a “Second Quarter Trading Update”

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: On Mike Ashley opinion is truly divided

Published 80 days ago

In today's bearcast I look at fat yob Mike Ashley's latest outburst on Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL), at Galantas (GAL), Bidstack (BIDS), Versarien (VRS) and at the tale of woe that is Cabot Energy (CAB) where the behaviour of the board in relation to potential wrong doing compares very unfavourably with that at Goals.

Eckoh – emphasises “a very strong first half”… but what does the valuation already demand?

Published 80 days ago

Previously writing on secure payment and customer contact technology company Eckoh (ECK) I cautioned just over a year ago. The shares are though currently higher on the back of a half-year trading update including “it has been a very strong first half to the year with excellent levels of contracted business and double-digit revenue growth in both the UK and US”

21st Century Technology – “immediate effect” appointment of new nomad & broker significant?

Published 80 days ago

Previously writing on 21st Century Technology (C21), in May I concluded precious little margin of safety… I remain wary of any share price strength currently here and continue to avoid. This month an announcement of “Notification of Contract Award Recommendation” has now been followed by “Change of Adviser”

Recklessness, stupidity and crime fuel booms

Published 81 days ago

Amid the chaos, the politics have shifted profoundly...

Autins – argues “the positive momentum is encouraging”… but haven’t we heard similar from it before?

Published 81 days ago

Automotive acoustic and thermal insulation group Autins (AUTG) has updated including “the board expects to report FY19 results in line with market expectations… the group is well placed with sufficient capacity to take advantage of the many opportunities in its pipeline to grow and diversify the business”. The shares are though currently still around 20p – having reached 37p earlier this year and been much, much higher in previous years…

A reader corrects me on St James Place...but it is still a sell!

Published 81 days ago

I stand corrected by a reader who clearly knows more about this industry than do I. The reader agrees with my conclusion that profits at St James Place (STJ) will come under pressure which makes the shares ones to avoid but picks me up on factual errors made yesterday in bearcast HERE. The reader writes: 

Solid State – positive half-year trading update, remains a buy

Published 82 days ago

Recent share tip electronics group Solid State (SOLI) “is pleased to announce a trading update for the six months ended 30 September 2019”

Clearly Mothercare and Cobham are stuck in some kind of bizarre time loops

Published 82 days ago

It has been five months since I last wrote on troubled retailer Mothercare (MTC) where I observed that it was '...in all sorts of terminal problems...and good luck to anyone who wants to pick up its UK franchises'.  That advice still appears to be on the money as apparently the company 'drafted in restructuring experts to assess options for its troubled UK business'.  Oh dear...  Start the chalking up for another win for the troubled and evolving retailer backdrop.  

EXCLUSIVE: Damning New report IP Group at 62p, true NAV 40p, target price 28p ahead of bailout placing

Published 84 days ago

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.

Itaconix – Woodford dog ‘showing the potential and value of using smart partnering’? Er…

Published 84 days ago

Having only on Wednesday announced “Introduction of New Odour Control Product Line”, ‘sustainable specialty polymers “leading innovator”’ (so - despite that description self-styled - natch Neil Woodford was a key investor) Itaconix (ITX) has now also announced “Expansion of Croda Supply and Joint Marketing Agreement”

Ariana Resources – “one of the best revenues in the history of the operation”, net cash flow following…

Published 84 days ago

Ariana Resources (AAU) “is pleased to announce its preliminary production results for the quarter ended 30 September 2019” – and the shares have currently responded slightly higher, back above 2p to buy…

Distil – hopefully my warning was heeded as results reflect “trading challenges”…

Published 85 days ago

Distil (DIS), “owner of premium drinks brands RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Vodka, Blavod Black Vodka, Jago's Cream Liqueur and Diva Vodka”, has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2019 including “we remain confident in our strategy of investment in marketing support to our brands, coupled with new product innovation, to deliver growth over the medium term”. Hmmm – why the medium term?...

A story of two bank losses: Metro Bank and RBS

Published 85 days ago

If I ever got so desperate as to be forced to take a job as a PR spinner for Metro Bank (MTRO), one piece of advice I would give is to stop pushing out quarterly updates and other thoughts after the market close. In America they might have an active 'post close' market with plentiful corporate disclosures, but here it is just plain weird and smacks of a company trying to hide something...which is maybe apt for Metro Bank…

Gulf Marine Services – “Contract Award”… so why a share price decline?

Published 86 days ago

“Contract Award” announcement from Gulf Marine Services (GMS) including Executive Chairman Tim Summers commenting “we are encouraged by the steady emergence of new tenders in our core Gulf market, which will allow GMS to focus on building towards full utilisation of all classes of vessel in our fleet”. The shares are however slightly lower to 8.85p…

Itaconix – a new product line… but beware it’s another of Neil Woodford’s ‘leading innovators’!

Published 86 days ago

Itaconix (ITX), ‘a sustainable specialty polymers “leading innovator”’ (so, despite that description self-styled, natch Neil Woodford was a key investor), has announced a new product line – emphasising “our rapid response and development show both our customer focus and the strength of our proprietary technology platform”. Hmmm…

Nexus Infrastructure – ‘profits in line’ (are they?), ‘order book provides good visibility of earnings’ (does it?)…

Published 86 days ago

Provider of infrastructure services to the UK housebuilding and commercial sectors, Nexus Infrastructure (NEXS) has updated with a headline “Profits for the full year expected to be in line with market expectations” and a statement including “the continued growth in our order book provides us with strong visibility of future earnings and gives us confidence in the future… The board believes that the group is in a strong position to deliver consistent organic growth, aided by the structural undersupply in the UK housebuilding market and Government stimulus for the sector”. The shares have responded up to 140p – though that down from 216p reached in April. Hmmm…

Forterra – “Trading update” from this former Neil Woodford pick – so take a guess…

Published 87 days ago

“Trading update” from bricks and other masonry products manufacturer Forterra (FORT). This was a recent years Neil Woodford pick – and so take a guess of how trading’s going…

K3 Business Technology – I having stated in June “Trading Update” = Profit Warning Deferral?...

Published 87 days ago

In June, with the shares at 220p, I stated on business software, cloud and managed services group K3 Business Technology (KBT) “Trading Update” = Profit Warning Deferral?, questioning the ‘prolonged customer decision-making processes’ really all due to Brexit-related disruption?, “the benefits of transformation initiatives” really coming through across all key areas of activity? Now another “Trading update”

Tailwinds Outnumber Headwinds for Bouncy Barratt Builders

Published 87 days ago

Hello, Share Twisters. With three offspring who may buy their own homes in the next few years, I keenly appreciate the current shortage of houses. This gap between supply and demand will benefit all builders. But probably more so those companies whose homes are at the more reasonable end of the market. Earlier this month Barratt Developments (BDEV) reported encouraging figures...

Oxford Metrics – ‘in-line with expectations’… or not?

Published 88 days ago

‘Motion measurement’ and ‘infrastructure asset management’ analytics software company Oxford Metrics (OMG) has updated commencing, “The company enjoyed a successful close to the financial year and expects to report revenues in-line with market expectations”. Having been approaching 100p earlier this year, the shares are though currently further lower, below 90p…

Shock horror: Funding Circle doesn't profit warn...and Smith & Nephew's CEO wants to be paid more

Published 88 days ago

I see Funding Circle (FCH) is out with a short update today reiterating its - naturally previously reduced - full year guidance. However, it is not that exciting with loan originations down 0.5% year-on-year in the third quarter, although loans under management were up 31% for the first nine months of 2019 compared to last year. A few weeks ago I talked about the fundamental flaws of this business and today's little update highlighting that there has been no extra overt hit to numbers has been naturally taken as good news (spot the short squeeze). However let us think about what lower loan originations mean…

Ariana remains my conviction buy in the junior gold space, but watch Turkey in Syria

Published 88 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed Ariana (AAU) have been a wild ride this year, ranging from around 1.45p at the start of the year to a peak of almost 2.6p at the peak in June. The stock has been helped along by the rising price of gold and the impending settlement of the bank by its Joint Venture at Kiziltepe come April, which will transform Ariana’s income profile. But more recently a correction set in amongst gold stocks, and then came President Erdogan’s foray into Syria after Donald Trump cleared the way by withdrawing US troops.

Central banks everywhere are running out of ammo...

Published 88 days ago

The world’s financial system is more stretched, unstable, and dangerous than it was on the eve of the Lehman crisis, says the IMF...

As the World Struggles, Perhaps We Should Get the Strength of the Insurance Companies Around Us

Published 88 days ago

Hello Share Rattlers. In view of uncertainty surrounding the share market this week, perhaps I may recommend a sector which tends to do well when the country feels insecure. I refer to insurance companies. Not because the investments they make with our money are any more enticing...

JKX has the potential to generate substantial amounts of cash flow if gas prices improve: BUY

Published 90 days ago

I always find it surprising that private investors are prepared to take big risks on the drilling of oil and gas wells, yet they won’t touch certain shares due to geo political risks.

Perk Up if You Want to Make the Most of your Share Portfolio.

Published 90 days ago

Hello Share Thrashers. As I write, nobody has any idea if the Brexit debacle will move forward or back, so let’s take the opportunity of reviewing a share owner’s benefit which is often disregarded and shouldn't be. I refer to the perks. Here’s the latest list of some of the best companies for rewarding share-owners.

Sabien Technology – but I thought “addressable market remains attractive, supported by our pipeline”?...

Published 91 days ago

Early last month I noted on ‘M1G’ and ‘M2G’ boiler energy efficiency technologies company Sabien (SNT) the subscription is for £326,427 of shares at 0.11p each, with it added “on 11 June 2019, the board announced that it expected to report revenues for the year-ended 30 June 2019 of approximately £1.2 million (2018: £0.51 million) and a small profit before taxation (2018: loss of £1.65 million). The board confirms that it has traded in-line with expectations… net cash (excluding the proceeds of the subscription) amounted to approximately £0.67m as at 2 September 2019”. There has since followed the results and now, after the shares have recently shot higher, a “Corporate Update”

A year on...and InterContinental Hotels Group still does not impress

Published 91 days ago

I enjoy using the search function on this website because you can always learn something from articles written months or even years ago. Almost a year ago I wrote on international hotel chain InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) that 'the company changed its CEO last July. The new incumbent is clearly trying to forge a distinct direction rather than live just off the legacy of his highly successful predecessor. That can be a dangerous thing to do too at the wrong point of the economic cycle'. That all seems very true, but the reality is in the last year the share has gone up. However reality is not so different…

Tissue Regenix – the nightmare continues for Neil Woodford investors!

Published 92 days ago

The 10th September-announced half-year results from “regenerative medical devices” group Tissue Regenix (TRX) included “we anticipated that the year would be significantly weighted towards the second half, as announced on the 4 June… We continue to expect that this will be the case… demand for our products is strong”. Now a “Trading Update”

Grafton Group – “brings forward a planned update”. Uh oh…

Published 92 days ago

Building materials group with “leading regional or national positions in the merchanting markets in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands”, Grafton (GFTU) has issued a trading update for the third quarter of 2019 – this “brings forward a planned update scheduled for 12 November 2019”. Uh oh – that doesn’t tend to be a good sign…

Neil Woodford Redemptions-less Watch: reading between the lines

Published 92 days ago

Well, there were no redemptions yesterday as both Woodford Income Focus and Woodford Equity Income are now gated. But the letter from Link (the ACD) telling Income Focus’ investors of the suspension of dealings seems to me to be a little misleading as it looks to me to be an attempt to re-write history.

dotDigital – with its valuation, right to be “very excited about its financial performance”?

Published 94 days ago

Marketing technology platform group dotDigital (DOTD) has announced results for its year ended 30th June 2019 emphasising, “The group is very excited about its financial performance… strong growth in revenue and profit driven by the group's organic growth strategy and the addition of omni-channel functionality”. Sounds promising…

Accesso Technology – formal sale process “ongoing”… but no queue to pay-up!

Published 94 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “the premier technology solutions provider to leisure, entertainment, hospitality, attractions and cultural markets” Accesso Technology (ACSO), last month I noted my prior scepticism remains as the shares fell towards 800p on the back of half-year results. Now an “Update on the formal sale process” – and the shares currently falling towards 650p…

WPP shares are advertising a change in the market and a challenge for itself

Published 94 days ago

In one of his shareholder letters, Warren Buffett talks about how instead of spending countless hours at his desk musing about investment opportunities, the results he had generated would have suggested much of his time would have been better spent sneaking off to the cinema. In a strange way, I kind of felt the same way recently as the Brexit talks rumbled on, the Pound went up and market rotation occurred...whilst I was sitting in a meeting room doing some broader civic duty whilst the net value of my pension fund powered forward…

EXCLUSIVE: Shocking Analyst Report Woodford Patient Capital Trust Essentially Worthless

Published 94 days ago

Neil Woodford has been fired from his flagship Equity Income Fund today, vindicating our more than 1000 articles and podcasts exposing him since 2015,  but his problems do not end there. I recently commissioned a resting fund manager to produce a detailed bottom up analysis of Neil Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust (WPCT). That report  from a man known as “The Badger” landed with me last night and is shocking in its conclusion: the Trust is essentially worthless. The Badger writes:

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why Bidstack now needs a formal (lack of) profits warning and could it run out of cash in Q1 2020

Published 97 days ago

Of course I only record this because I am in the pay of the Israeli and Russian Governments. Whatever. I start with the pathetic deadwood press and how Richard Jennings blows them off to his shame and my disgust. But this podcast is really all about Bidstack (BIDS). Its CEO lied to investors on August 8 as explain with more detail this time. Ther case is open and shut. Now the company needs to issue a formal lack of profits warning. Again that is not a matter poof debate as I explain, in case wretched Nomad Mark Brady of Spark is listening and wants to avoid getting into even more trouble after his August 8 failure. Finally I ask how soon it will need to place again?

Are You an Ethical or Impact Investor or Don't You Care?

Published 97 days ago

Hello, Share Turners. My conscience has nagged me lately. It’s over the ethical nature of my shares. I described myself as a socially responsible investor. But am I really? As previously pointed out on this delicious website, my holding in Diageo (DGE) the drinks firm would raise questions with some.

If you want to stop babies dying you need to back Versarien... Ricketts on twitter drivel

Published 98 days ago

At the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) AGM this year that scallywag Neil Woodford suggested that if I had any interest in beating the disease that would incdeed kill my dear Uncle Chris within weeks, that is to say cancer, I should be getting behind the joke company Rutherford Internationbal (RUTH) into which he had spunked vast amounts of other folks cash. This is a common meme among shameless promoters.

Castleton Technology – more stench from the stable of Redcentric & 365 Agile…

Published 99 days ago

In June Castleton Technology (CTP) argued “another year of significant progress” and “the combination of a healthy pipeline of new business, together with our new development capabilities and our improved organisational structure, give… confidence for the year ahead and… expect that we will show continued progress in both our financial and operational metrics when we next report”. Now is a next report…

PCI-PAL – results statement suggests the company’s future is not greatly foreseeable…

Published 100 days ago

“PCI-PAL PLC (AIM: PCIP), the customer engagement specialist that secures and protects payment card data for companies handling payments by phone, is pleased to announce full year results for the year ended 30 June 2019” – and the announcement includes “the new financial year has started well… PCI Pal is well positioned to build on this year's success”. The shares have currently nudged ahead to 27.5p – but remain down from 36p reached in the summer and more than 78p in early 2018…

Zotefoams – excitable RNS Reach follows a new broker appointment & profit warning. Hmmm…

Published 100 days ago

Zotefoams (ZTF) has announced a launch of “a wonderful complement to our traditional use of MuCell® technology, which is designed to reduce plastic use in packaging” in an announcement including an “estimate, the global demand for liquid packaging cartons alone is forecast to reach $26.42 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 7.7%”. This also follows a profit warning and more earlier this month. Hmmm…

Tricorn Group – does ‘trading update’ justify a 33%+ share price fall?

Published 100 days ago

“Trading Update” from pipe and tubing assemblies company Tricorn (TCN) – and the shares currently at 12p, down more than 33% on the day…

Motorpoint – argues “well placed”… but macro uncertainty & what about a lock-up being waived & independent non-exec resignation?

Published 101 days ago

Motorpoint (MOTR), “the UK's largest independent vehicle retailer”, has updated including of “a material increase in market share”“strong current stock profile” and “a new share buyback programme, of up to £10 million”. The shares have nudged higher, but still below 220p compares to approaching 250p early last month…

If you are going to “ride this bull,” make sure you do it with a strategy in place...

Published 102 days ago

If you are going to “ride this bull,” make sure you do it with a strategy in place... for when, not if, you get thrown...

EXCLUSIVE: Blackmore will be the next mini-bond to collapse - the question is in how many weeks?

Published 103 days ago

MPs and the FCA seem happy that London & Capital Finance, which we have done so much to expose, is a one off fraud. Of course it is not, it is part of a much larger mini-bond scandal. Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable savers will face ruin and our leaders and regulators are asleep at the wheel. In fact LCF is one of a number of such schemes to go pop. The next big one to topple will, be….

Could Ted Baker be a zero?

Published 104 days ago

I ask a question which a year ago would have been something you would not have thought of asking: could Ted Baker (TED) go bust. Its shares, £17 a year ago, now trade at 470p valuing the business at just £212 million.

Good luck BP shareholders with the 'man to win over the millennials'

Published 104 days ago

I guess I should offer my congratulations to BP (BP,) chief executive Bob Dudley who next February will retire from the position (and the company) after the thick end of a decade in charge.  Some of the plaudits I read about him being the man 'who saved' BP after the Gulf of Mexico debacle are a touch wide of the mark, but certainly he was a force for stability and continuation.  BP shareholders loving up their edged up dividend over the last five years will no doubt agree.  

Treatt – full-year trading update, just how ‘confident’ for the year ahead?

Published 105 days ago

“Manufacturer and supplier of innovative ingredient solutions for the flavour, fragrance, beverage and consumer product industries”, Treatt (TET) has updated on trading including “a very encouraging 16% growth in non-citrus revenues… As new capacity at our US facility comes on stream the business will begin to see the benefits from this investment and, as we look forward to moving into our new UK facility later next year, the board enters the year ahead with confidence. The shares though are currently around 414p, down from 480p reached in the summer…

SRT Marine Systems – “pleased… remain comfortable with market expectations”. Er, what are the expectations though?!...

Published 105 days ago

SRT Marine Systems (SRT) “is pleased to provide a trading update for the six months trading period ended 30th September 2019” – it includes “forecast half year loss before tax of £1.5m compared to £1.3m for the same period last year”, though “we remain comfortable with market expectations”. What are these expectations then?...

EXCLUSIVE: Reabold – Winnileaks strikes again, up to £30 million placing set to be announced 8 October

Published 105 days ago

Thanks to the Winnileaks service I have in my possession the presentation Reabold Resources (RBD) is serving up as it endeavours to raise up to £30 million. I gather it is tough going. The deal will come as a shock to joint brokers Turner Pope and Whitman Howard as it is Stifel Europe that is acting as broker. The presentation says the deal will be announced October 8. Ho Ho.

The dangers of Non - GAAP Measures, Thomas Cook the tip of the iceberg

Published 106 days ago

In the demise of Thomas Cook (TCG) there was a degree of focus in the Press on the use on Non-GAAP metrics (“GAAP” being generally accepted accounting policies) and Ernst & Young’s role as auditor in auditing those measures.  However, the Deadwood Press as usual missed the wider story.

Zotefoams – does profit warning justify a 35%+ share price slide?

Published 106 days ago

Early August interims from Zotefoams (ZTF) included “we expect Zotefoams to deliver further growth in 2019 and meet market expectations”. Now a “Trading Update” – and the shares currently at around 350p, circa 35% lower on the day!...

Bahamas Placing pulled as it fails to raise $25m & the excuses are outright lies

Published 106 days ago

In scoop after scoop this week starting HERE and ending HERE I detailed how Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) was trying to raise $25 million, first at 1.4p, then at 1.2p and finally at 1p. Those who signed up at 1p were told it would be announced Wednesday then today. In fact it has been pulled as the company could not, even at 1p, get close to $25 million. But today Bahamas has quite simply LIED.

September performance update: start of 2019 shorted AIM shares

Published 106 days ago

Early this year we showed the Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the end of September? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Water and Rubbish Firm is Set to Reap Benefits of the Save the Planet Brigade

Published 106 days ago

Hello Share Treaters. Ok, the utilities are usually a boring investment. And they face the added disadvantage of government caps, which is a cap on profits. But there is one utility which may succeed more than most. Pennon Group (PNN) operates under the name South West Water. But it also has a big interest in waste management through its company Viridor...

Jaywing – shares soar on positive financing news… but still significant dilution ahoy?

Published 107 days ago

‘UK agency specialising in data science’, Jaywing (JWNG) “is pleased to announce that it has been notified that entities associated with two of its major shareholders have acquired the company's existing secured loan facility of £5.2m owed to Barclays Bank plc… and provide it with additional working capital” – and the shares have soared to a current 6p…

As Tesco and Metro Bank prove today: management matters

Published 107 days ago

Senior management...love them or hate them, they do matter for even large corporations. I know Buffett talks about 'invest in a company that even an idiot can run...because one day one will' but away from market witticisms, their influence in terms of use of capital, strategic direction and cultural orientation of the companies they run is unsurprisingly huge. You have a nice range of examples today…

Revolution Bars – full-year results, no longer short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?

Published 108 days ago

Revolution and Revolución de Cuba bars group Revolution Bars (RBG) has announced results for its year ended 29th June 2019 and “over the last three months our like-for-like sales have consistently outperformed the 'Bars & High Street Bars' cohort in the CGA industry sales tracker for the first time in over eighteen months as we start to recover market share”. No longer short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?...

Iomart – a “pleased to provide” trading update… so why are the shares in retreat?

Published 108 days ago

“iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM), the cloud computing company, is pleased to provide its pre-close trading statement for the six months ended 30 September 2019” – but the shares are currently in retreat…

Pet Boom Bodes Well for Chirpy Company which Keeps on Growing Profits

Published 108 days ago

Hello Share Dwellers. At the risk of repeating myself, I’ve long thought our love of pets is a money tree for those in the tame animal industry. One of my favourite pennies Avacta (AVCT) is a case in point, though its share price doggedly fails to take off and it’s also involved in human medicine. So let me suggest another company which does treatments for ailing animals...

BREAKING - Brady & Cenkos: the FCA reverts on matter of non disclosure: this could be interesting

Published 109 days ago

Last week I reported Brady PLC (BRY) and its Nomad to AIM Regulation and the FCA over material non disclosures. As a result, the former forced Brady to issue an RNS in which it came clean as to the horror of its financial position. Now it seems as if the latter is looking at my material and might just launch a formal investigation. The FCA has been in touch with its favourite investigative journalist and writes:

SCOOP: Bahamas Petroleum - $25 million placing ahoy, at 1.2p!

Published 109 days ago

I now have it double sourced that Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) is struggling to get away a placing to raise $25 million. At 1.875p the market cap is £29 million.

Yet another crisis at Funding Circle - this could go all the way to zero!

Published 111 days ago

You all know what I think about the peer-to-peer lending Funding Circle (FCH) which i have written about negatively a couple of times in the last few months, most recently here   Back then I concluded 'you do not need to get involved... unless you are a desperate business which really, really needs finance and the mainstream banks have prudently turned you down already. For the rest of us, grab some popcorn and watch the ongoing post-IPO car crash'.  Broadly speaking this still feels a very, very prudent position to take.  

MediaZest – argues set for ‘much improvement’… but is it really?

Published 112 days ago

Audio-visual systems for organisations-focused MediaZest (MDZ) has updated including that “two large projects set for completion in November/December… should generate significant profitability in the quarter ended 31 December 2019” and “new business enquiries in recent weeks have markedly increased and several potentially significant opportunities are being pitched in coming months”. The shares have responded currently more than 14% higher to 0.08p…

Immotion – “pleased to announce agreements for three further installs” & interims argue “a winning formula”, but…

Published 113 days ago

“Immotion Group PLC (AIM: IMMO.L), the provider of 'Out of Home' virtual reality experiences, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2019” and also “agreements for three further installs in its fast growing Aquarium sector”. However, a current 6.75p share price compares to a 10p IPO little more than a year ago…

Corero Network Security – interims argue “well-placed for growth”. Er… what about the required, material fund raise?!

Published 114 days ago

Corero Network Security (CNS) has announced results for the first half of 2019, including emphasising “the board continues to believe the business is well-placed for growth”. Having commenced the year heading towards 13p, the shares are currently a further more than 5% lower today heading towards 2.5p. Hmmm…

Aston Martin foolishly thinks raising money at 12% is good business

Published 114 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…

Muddy Waters hits back at Burford

Published 114 days ago

And so the battle continues. On Monday Burford (BUR) published a new 45 page report defending its uber agggressive accounting policies from attacks led by Carson Block of Muddy Waters. Natch it was on its own website rather than via RNS so there was no need for Nomad sign off. Now Muddy Waters has hit back. It responds.

Tasty plc – after discounted fundraising bore out my prior caution, what do interims now show?

Published 115 days ago

Previously writing on Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty plc (TAST), I reviewed discounted fundraising bears out my prior caution, though where from here?. Now results for its half-year ended 30th June 2019…

Formal Request to AIM Regulation and FCA to investigate Brady PLC and Nomad Cenkos

Published 115 days ago

Yesterday I revealed, HERE, the shocking way that Brady PLC (BRY) had withheld damaging price sensitive information from the AIM Market and investors, in part with the collusion of Nomad Cenkos. With the company now having to raise £3 million in just six weeks simply to meet November payroll but needing far more to be viable, it and Cenkos are still dissembling about the nature and scale of its problems. I have today written to AIM Regulation and the FCA asking for a formal investigation and to force Brady to come clean. The letter is below

DP Poland – interims, ‘growing well’? Er…

Published 115 days ago

The company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has announced results for the first half of 2019 emphasising “system sales up 10%, like-for-likes returning positive from March and more sub-franchisees in place… Appointment of General Manager in Poland”. The shares have responded towards 5.5p – er, another few percent lower…

Bombshell Expose: Brady – material non disclosure as it seeks urgent funding

Published 116 days ago

Following a dire sales and lack of profits warning on 21 August, AIM Casino listed software outfot Brady (BRY) has today served up interim results which are both piss poor and fundamentally misleading. Quite simply, as things stand, a reliable source tells me, the company will not be able to meet payroll in November. Worse still there has been  massive material non disclosure of the mess this company is in.

Osirium Technologies – why a lacklustre response to a “Substantial contract win” it’s “delighted” with?...

Published 116 days ago

Osirium Technologies (OSI) is “delighted” with “a significant contract win with a major UK provider of software and IT services to the public sector. The contract represents a substantial expansion by this customer”. The shares are though currently back at 45.5p. Hmmm…

The Penny Finally Drops at PureCircle

Published 116 days ago

Back in March, I suggested that PWC might like to brush up on the definition of a “Current Asset” with regard to the huge levels of inventory carried by PureCircle (PURE) relative to its annual sales...

Notes from Underground - More fun with my favourite company, WeWork

Published 117 days ago

In yesterday's Bearcast, Tom talked about some of the outlandish claims in this article covering my favourite company, We Work. WeWork (actually known as the We Company) is attempting to IPO in the US. Let me highllight some of choice bits of the article that Tom didn't get into.

Some Suggested Money-Making Policies on Cash and Dividends in these Crazy Times.

Published 118 days ago

Hello, Share Scrimpers. Opening a letter from one of my brokers I discovered that a company I’d long given up on was paying me a special dividend of 6p a share. As I only hold 13 shares apparently, I benefit by 78p. I wish there was a way of getting rid altogether, but to sell this piddling number of shares would probably cost me much more than I’d get back.

ULS Technology – argues “trading performance… continues to be robust”… but loss of customer…

Published 119 days ago

Previously writing on provider of online B2B platforms for the UK conveyancing and financial intermediary markets ULS Technology (ULS), in May with the shares at 70p I concluded doubting the investment here can insulate it sufficiently, avoid / sell. Today a “Customer update” announcement – and the shares further lower, below 50p. Uh oh…

Why One of Britain's Oldest Techno Giants is Not My Favourite Choice Just Now

Published 119 days ago

Hello, Share Savers. Some of my colleagues use Sage (SGE) for their accounts and to keep their businesses in top shape. But I’ve sometimes had doubts about the share price. Like many British technology giants, it’s faced stiff opposition from competitors.

Tungsten Corp – argues swing to profit & “sales pipeline continues to grow”… so why are the shares lower?

Published 120 days ago

Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has updated on its quarter ended 31st July 2019 including “revenue grew 5% in comparison to Q1-FY19”“reflecting revenue growth, ongoing cost containment and collection of receivables written off in prior periods of £0.2 million… adjusted EBITDA increased to £1.0 million from a £(0.1) million adjusted EBITDA loss in Q1-FY19” and “our sales pipeline continues to grow, both by number and value of opportunities”. The shares have though currently responded to 43.5p, slightly lower…

Petards – argues interims “slightly ahead of the board's expectations”… so why the share price slide?

Published 120 days ago

“Petards Group plc (AIM: PEG), the AIM quoted developer of advanced security and surveillance systems, is pleased to report its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019” and “remains confident in the group's future prospects”. The shares have currently responded to 16p, capitalising the company at £9.2 million – er, approaching 18% down…

BCA Marketplace – a tale of all that is wrong with capitalism & yes Neil Woodford is involved

Published 120 days ago

This story is about grubby nepotism, egregious compensation schemes, and aggressive business strategies, with an old-fashioned, car auction house at its heart.  It threads together the microeconomics of executive incentives with the macroeconomics of the credit cycle.

Neil Woodford dog Xeros Interims – a "disruptive" wash-out

Published 120 days ago

Neil Woodford dog, AIM-listed revolutionary washing machine purveyor Xeros Technology (XSG) has released its interim results this morning and the news is grim: revenues of £1.6 million led to a pre-tax loss of £9 million. Ouch.

Most Companies Need Help with Computers and this Feisty Firm has Clicked onto that

Published 120 days ago

Hello, Share munchers. There are firms which do IT. There are companies that offer their services to them as IT consultants. And then there’s at least one promising outfit which trains graduates and others to be consultants who then support the IT function of other companies. FDM Group (FDM) is such an outfit. And, as we all know that IT is a minefield of complexities, that has to be a useful service. The corporate world seems to think so as FDM has a few thousand experts placed with companies around the world...

Zoo Digital – adjusted EBITDA “ahead of our expectations”… but what are the expectations? And why “adjusted EBITDA”?

Published 121 days ago

Zoo Digital (ZOO) has updated including arguing “good progress” towards being “a leading next-generation media localisation business that offers a unique combination of software and customer service to the film and TV industry's leading players”. With a current market cap of sub £60 million, sounds good…

accesso Technology – interims, argues “a solid performance”. Really?...

Published 121 days ago

Self-styled “premier technology solutions provider to leisure, entertainment and cultural markets” accesso Technology (ACSO) has announced results for the first half of 2019 emphasising “a solid performance” and “important progress on its long-term strategy to integrate its offerings to uniquely position itself to take advantage of a $3.4bn addressable market, driven by a market shift toward the integrated guest experience and leveraging data to improve business outcomes for customers”. The shares have currently responded towards 800p – er, that’s approaching 12% lower!…

Quixant – having in July argued “a growing order book… positions us well to deliver a strong second half”…

Published 122 days ago

On 23rd July it was “Quixant (AIM: QXT), a leading provider of innovative, highly engineered technology products principally for the global gaming industry, is pleased to provide an update on trading for the six months ended 30 June 2019... H1 2019 was completed as we expected and reported in March, with the lower than anticipated consumption of some major customers improving as we enter the second half… a growing order book during H1 positions us well to deliver a strong second half to the year… The company's interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019 are expected to be announced on 24 September 2019”. Now, 17th September, “Interim Results”. Hmmm…

EnQuest is showing long term recovery potential - speculative buy

Published 122 days ago

There seem to be a number of mid-sized oil producers which have fallen out of favour with investors for quite some time now, and I’d definitely have to include North Sea-focussed EnQuest (ENQ) high up on that list...

Location Sciences – new contract… but how are the financials looking?

Published 123 days ago

Shares in Location Sciences Group (LSAI) have recently slid back below 3p, but are currently recovering above this on the back of a “Contract with Vicinity Media” announcement…

Veltyco – a new loan “convertible… at a price of 8p per new ordinary share”. BUT...

Published 123 days ago

“Convertible Loan” news online marketing and operating company for the gaming industry, Veltyco (VLTY) “is pleased to announce” – with the announcement including “the convertible loan is convertible at any time by the noteholder at a price of 8p per new ordinary share… the convertible loan will automatically convert into ordinary shares if the closing mid-market price of an ordinary share is 15p or more for 25 consecutive business days”. Ooooh – 8p and 15p hey!, with the shares then 3.2p – they currently rising above 4.5p. However…

New Sunday shocker on two old 'friends': Metro Bank and Cineworld

Published 124 days ago

Fresh back from the Sunday morning bike ride I dip into the (online) Sunday press and see a couple of relevant stories for two old 'friends' I have written about on these pages just a few times. 

Iconic Labs leaves too many unanswered questions to make it investable

Published 124 days ago

All small companies need cash and ideally that will be spent on adding value to the business rather than just to cover its running costs.

#BoycottWetherspoon fails again: great FY numbers and heroic Tim Martin lashes out at Brexit blocking elitists

Published 126 days ago

So much for the #BoycottWetherspoon campaign. Its value pricing and support for British products and democracy are serving it well. Full Year numbers out today impressed (despite the Boycott campaign sales went up by 7.4%). And chairman Tim Martin again stepped up to the plate and is our hero of the day for sticking it to the elitists who wish to block Brexit because they know better than we dirty 17.4 million plebs. The great man, Tim, opines:  

Catenae Innovation looks even more screwed after a profit warning and with funding needed 'in the near future'!

Published 126 days ago

I’ve never been able to see any value in Catenae Innovation (CTEA) and haven’t been surprised to see the share price collapse, but an attempt to give it a pump now seems to be underway – which I’d expect given that a placing can’t be that far away!

Aggregated Micro Power – emphasises “re-affirms its previous guidance”… but it can’t re-affirm what it’s previously reported!

Published 127 days ago

“Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc (AIM: AMPH), trading as AMP Clean Energy, the specialist provider of distributed heat, power and renewable fuels… re-affirms its previous guidance made on 11 April 2019 in respect of the annual results to 31 March 2019; it is expected to show revenues and income of £50m and an EBITDA loss in the region of £1.3m”. Hmmm, at a prior 73.5p closing share price, the market cap is above £46.5 million – and why an update just re-affirming already post-close guidance?...

Xaar – why “pleased to announce” a deal including granting an option on “an attractive business with the potential for significant value realisation in the future”?

Published 127 days ago

“Proposed investment by Stratasys in Xaar 3D” announcement from Xaar (XAR) – with CEO Doug Edwards “pleased that this transaction will create good value for Xaar shareholders and unlocks the ability for more significant value in due course”

KRM22 – “slower sales cycle” & funding “active discussion” but argues “strategically we are well placed”!…

Published 128 days ago

KRM22 (KRM) was incorporated and listed on AIM in 2018, the latter seeing emphasised “successful fundraising undertaken saw strong demand from a number of institutional and private investors, raising in total £10.32 million through the issue of 10,320,239 new ordinary shares at a price of 100p” and “identified a clear opportunity to deliver significant improvements for our target customers, through our underlying investments, by providing a suite of cost effective risk management tools”. Today a “Trading Update”

Gulf Marine Services – interims “will be delayed”. Uh oh…

Published 128 days ago

Previously writing on Gulf Marine Services (GMS), last month I concluded including I wish that candidate luck! There should be more detail on what they face here with 11th September-scheduled half-year results. And now… “Re-scheduling Interim Results Release Date”. Uh oh – and re-scheduled to when?...

Plant Health Care – “delighted”… but it’s an RNS Reach again & market seeing through it this time?

Published 130 days ago

Last month a “Progress with PREtec field trials in Brazil” announcement from Plant Health Care (PHC) saw the shares soar towards 9p. They had since slid back to 7.5p – and today a “Pilot production of PREtec peptides” announcement…

Surface Transforms – “a high degree of confidence in accelerating sales growth”… so also in the balance sheet position?

Published 130 days ago

Developer and manufacturer of carbon ceramic brakes products Surface Transforms (SCE) has announced results for its year ended 31st May 2019, emphasising “the past 15 months, and more particularly the three-month period of contract awards since 31 May 2019, have been transformational in the development of Surface Transforms. The company now has multi-year, multi million revenue contracts”. Sounds good – but the shares are currently little changed at still sub 20p…

Gold loves the idea of negative interest rates... that means it is bad news for almost everything else

Published 130 days ago

Britain’s constitutional crisis has hit before the next great spasm of Europe’s intractable monetary crisis. But they are in close competition. The eurozone faces a category five economic storm. It is structurally defenceless as the world slides into recession. This will not be an ordinary downturn because central banks no longer have the instruments to fight it. If there is an October election in the UK - and if it delivers a bigger Tory majority as polls suggest - EU leaders will have to decide whether to risk adding the shock of a no-deal Brexit to all the other shocks hitting their industries...

High Street Woes Could Make Halfords Shares Wobble Along the Road

Published 130 days ago

Hello, Share Bunnies. A famous high street store with a fine tradition is the bicycle king Halfords (HFD). It also does healthy items like camping gear, electric bikes and kids’ scooters. So it’s with some sadness that I am still avoiding the shares. And that’s mainly because the situation facing our big retail chains is just not getting any better. Sir Philip Green’s empire has just reported big losses, for example...

Intu Properties: when even a takeover cannot help

Published 131 days ago

When I look back on the various articles that i write for hopefully your entertainment and illumination each week, one of my favourites of recent months was 'Four shockers you were warned about – Aston Martin Lagonda, Dignity, Intu and St James's Place...' which (if you wish) you can access here 
 

Xpediator executive director “stepping down… with immediate effect” – his “other business interests” seem to have arisen very quickly!

Published 132 days ago

“Xpediator, (AIM: XPD), a leading provider of freight management services across the UK and Central and Eastern Europe announces that Stuart Howard will be stepping down from the board… in order to pursue other business interests… thank Stuart for the good work he has done particularly in terms of strengthening key functions across the business”. So an orderly departure and transition for this role then?...

Neil Woodford Dog Xeros – washing machine malfunction as the spin cycle starts ahead of the rinse

Published 132 days ago

Neil Woodford’s favourite revolutionary (geddit?) washing machine outfit, AIM-listed Xeros announced some apparently good news this morning. I say apparently – it is a licensing deal for its washing machine technology but came with absolutely no financials whatsoever. What is the point of that? I thought RNSs were supposed to inform. But in this case I suggest it is not so much to inform as to ramp the shares up as the company tries to get a bailout funding away. I suspect the more important announcement was the one that came later in the morning, at 11.06 am, announcing that interims to June will be released on 19 September – a week next Thursday. I’ll mark that one in the diary…….

Ariana Resources – a buy again?

Published 133 days ago

In February we banked big profits on Ariana Resources (AAU) with the shares at around 2p, noting longer-term risk/reward still looked favourable including the macro backdrop seeing us bullish on the gold price but that it had met our short-term purposes. The gold price was then just over $1,300 per ounce and is currently comfortably above $1,500 per ounce yet the shares are available to buy at still 2.3p – and so…

Motorpoint – it was “pleased to announce a new share buyback programme”, I bet founder-director David Shelton was particularly pleased!...

Published 133 days ago

Post market close yesterday an accelerated bookbuild by Numis Securities was announced as “a partnership between David Shelton (a non-executive director of the company) and his connected persons, announces that, in connection with divorce proceedings, it intends to sell at least 8 million ordinary shares in Motorpoint” (MOTR). The shares closed yesterday at 240p – and today a “Result of Accelerated Bookbuild in Motorpoint”

Ashmore – a stock just like the emerging markets it trades

Published 133 days ago

There are only two ways to play the emerging markets: you are either in them for the longer haul or you trade them. I think a bit of both is appropriate, a sort of core and satellite approach. Ultimately there are lots of supportive big theme mega-trends (urbanisation, population, rise of a higher consumption middle class) but also lots of potential issues around dodgy governments, corruption and the natural volatility from anything that is 'emerging'…

Get on your bike...but don't buy Halfords

Published 135 days ago

Away from being an investment geek and spending time with the family, one of my favourite hobbies is cycling. Like a complete sad-o, for the last ten days or so, I have been putting my static bike in front of the TV and pedalling away whilst watching highlights of the Vuelta (the three week grand tour of Spain for pro-cyclists) but it is getting out and about in the fresh air on the bike that does it for me. So I know a little bit about cycling and my personal consumer view of the space is: I don't need to go to Halfords (HFD)...

Sabien Technology – new Chairman argues “bright future for the benefit of existing and new AIM investors”. Hmmm…

Published 135 days ago

prior sell tip of the year“manufacturer and supplier of M2G, an energy efficiency technology” Sabien Technology (SNT) has announced “Board changes, subscription and trading update” – with new Chairman Richard Parris arguing “with the UK committing to a carbon neutral economy by 2050, I believe that there is an opportunity to create a next-generation technology platform, pivoted around Sabien's core technology, that can exploit global energy efficiency markets, especially in the US. I look forward to supporting founder and CEO Alan O'Brien and his team to transition the business into this bright future for the benefit of existing and new AIM investors”. Hmmm…

August performance update: start of 2019 shorted AIM shares

Published 135 days ago

Early this year we showed the Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the end of August? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Drugs and Drink Vessels Which May Ride the Storm on the Crest of a Wave

Published 135 days ago

Hello Share Tasters. Having scoured my sources, I cannot discern any obvious new recommendations for your further researches. So perhaps it would be more useful to point your way to a couple of my Footsie favourites which are bucking the downward trend at the moment. While reminding you of that very useful adage 'the trend is your friend'...

Xaar – “Trading update & revised date for interim results”. Uh oh…

Published 136 days ago

Previously writing on digital inkjet technology company Xaar (XAR), in March with the shares sliding below 115p I concluded the cash burn and current clear trading challenges see me note that “strong portfolio” still very much has to be proven – and to currently retain a stance of avoid. That was with the company having updated including “we are confident that the transformation we are undergoing will lead us to become a more diversified and customer-centric organisation, with an appropriate balance between established and developing technologies. We remain focused on delivering the benefits of our strong portfolio and technology advantages to shareholders”. Today a “Trading update & revised date for interim results”. Doesn’t sound encouraging!...

The good (DS Smith), the inevitable (Ferguson) and the ugly (Restaurant Group)

Published 136 days ago

Before the pleasure of confirming that I am still not eating at one of the dining establishments of Restaurant Group (RTN) whilst continuing to recommend avoiding its shares like the plague, a bit of duty calls…

Boom! Very awkward indeed: Burford Client Epicenter sues it for $200m – more questions on revenue recognition and ethics leap out

Published 136 days ago

Yesterday Burford (BUR) served up a risible response to questions about the Napo case as I detailed HERE and Drunken Sailor took apart HERE. Today the case in question is that of Epicenter which begs all sorts of questions, notably about a $200 million claim against Burford by its own client!

Bahamas Petroleum is still a long way from securing the funding that it needs to drill - sell!

Published 136 days ago

The share price of Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) almost doubled following an announcement of progress on its ambitions to drill an exploration well next year, but is such a big rise really justified? Today there is a further ramptastic "technical update", world class prospect, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Are you a shareholder in Begbies Traynor and can you do me a favour?

Published 137 days ago

For reasons that will become apparent I wish to attend the AGM of Begbies Traynor (BEG) in Manchester on September 19 as I have a few questions for its esteemed chairman. If there is a shareholder out there would would be willing to make me a proxy might they drop me an email at tomat49@gmail.com - thanks in advance. 

Neil Woodford’s Equity Income Fund releases Interim Report: Don’t blame it on the sunshine……

Published 138 days ago

When no-one was looking, Neil Woodfords’ Equity Income Fund’s (WEIF) Interim Report to June of this year was slipped out. If Neil was hoping nobody would notice he’ll be disappointed as it was picked up by The Sunday Times and Citywire……..and ShareProphets. Readers of the Sunday Times will think that WEIF only lost 11.2% since being suspended as the kids there clearly can't do basic maths. ShareProphets readers know it is far more……

Low Interest Rate, Falling Pound, Cheap British Shares. You Could Be Better Off with Shares than Cash.

Published 139 days ago

Hello, Share Trotters. I believe those who say Britain is facing the biggest constitutional crisis since World War 2. But I don't think shares will suffer much. That’s because the problem has already been factored into the Footsie. Probably by far too much. You can’t get away from the fact that, compared to most of the world, many British shares are cheap.

London House Prices May Falter, but Berkeley Group Should Continue to Build Share Value

Published 140 days ago

Hello Share Topplers. Since I last commended my favourite builder to you, its share price has marched ahead. But there could be further to go for Berkeley Group (BKG). The company has done what we all seek to do, but rarely succeed. That is: it has worked out the best timing...

Micro Focus International – sales warning & “strategic review”. Bottom-line?...

Published 141 days ago

Micro Focus International (MCRO) has announced a “Trading update and Strategic review”. Uh oh – strategic review of course usually meaning ‘we’re in trouble and don’t currently know what to do about it’…

Ariana – Q2 numbers and other matters: if you can pick some up at around 2p then buy.

Published 141 days ago

Gold may once again be shooting the lights out but poor old AIM-listed Turkish gold play Ariana (AAU) seems to be struggling to keep up. Yesterday’s news as detailed in the Alliance News headline of Ariana Reports Dip In Kiziltepe Mine Income and Production didn’t help – and certainly didn’t tell the whole story. But perhaps of bigger interest to me was last week’s news regarding the Salinbas project.

Don't sell Horizonte Minerals after positive news on funding: potential is huge!

Published 141 days ago

Regular readers of ShareProphets will know that I’ve been a fan of Horizonte Minerals (HZM) since 2016 - as well as tipping it on the ShareProphets Podcast last week - and it is also a company where I hold some shares myself, so it is good to see that it is continuing to progress in the right direction and has had some good news today.

Late August presents from PZ Cussons & the correctly friendless Amigo

Published 141 days ago

Two pieces of good news today...and it is not that the end of the week is getting closer (because you know I love all this business intrigue almost 24/7). First, I was glad to read that my mucker PZ Cussons (PZC) - which I last loved up here - has done a sensible deal by entering into an agreement to sell its Greek food subsidiary Minerva and its Polish personal care brand Luksja…

MediaZest – emphasises “maiden profit”, BUT…

Published 141 days ago

“MediaZest (MDZ), the creative audio-visual company, is pleased to provide shareholders with final results for the year ended 31 March 2019… pleased to announce that the group has reached profitability at both EBITDA and Profit after tax for the first time, with considerable year on year improvement in financial performance, beating market expectations comfortably”. Sounds encouraging…

As Gold Rises It Makes Sense to Look at Promising Mines - Like this One

Published 141 days ago

Hello Share Ticklers. Gold is on a long-awaited climb in value. We’ve not yet had three quarters of 2019 and the gold price has rocketed by a fifth. Before that, news was glum so the rise started from a relatively low base. It’s my belief, shared by a few others, that the race to buy gold has only just begun...

Surface Transforms – “pleased to announce” contract agreement, though how’s the cash headroom?

Published 142 days ago

Previously writing on Surface Transforms (SCE), in May I concluded including on recently raised funds forget “to grow and develop”, more like ‘to continue to trade’. The shares are though currently on the rise on a “Contract Agreement with German OEM 5”

The Black Horse Gets Too Much Whip as the Numbers Show It's Running Well

Published 142 days ago

Hello, Share Walkers. Horrified I was when I checked on the price of my Lloyds (LLOY) shares and found a hefty slice of my money gone - on paper. There’s little doubt in my mind that these shares are being cruelly treated by the City. The numbers support this view and the best reason I can think why Lloyds is not more buoyant is the uncertainty of Brexit...

Renold – accounting over-statements “broadly consistent with the guidance”. Or are they?

Published 143 days ago

Renold (RNO) describes itself as “a global leader in the manufacture of industrial chains and also manufactures a range of torque transmission products which are sold throughout the world to a broad range of original equipment manufacturers and distributors. The company has a well-deserved reputation for quality that is recognised worldwide”. Certainly, that has not proven the case with its financials at least – it last month postponing its AGM after “the identification of historical accounting issues over the three years ending 31 March 2017, 2018 and 2019… immediately initiated an independent investigation”. Now “Completion of investigation”

Live Company – intra-day (2pm) Friday-before-bank-holiday RNS. Attempted no one watching o’clock?

Published 147 days ago

An intra-day (2pm) Friday-before-bank-holiday “Directorate/Management Changes & Contract Updates” announcement from Live Company (LVCG). Attempted no one watching o’clock?...

Holders Technology – interims note “cost savings” & lighting and control solutions ‘encouragement’… so why share price decline?

Published 147 days ago

Holders Technology (HDT) has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2019, including “PCB operations remain profitable, and management has recently implemented targeted cost savings to further improve profitability. The LCS divisions have achieved good growth and a modest profit in the first half, and the pipeline of sales opportunities is encouraging, with the acceptance in the market of wireless lighting controls”. The shares have currently responded to 40p – er, more than 11% lower…

Redemptions Watch: bad news for Neil Woodford as redemptions spike higher at Income Focus

Published 148 days ago

The news blackout at Woodford cash-guzzling dog Verseon (VERS) continues, but at least the shares did not slip any further yesterday. That is more than can be said for fellow kennel cohabiter Xeros (XSG) as the fine disruptor of washing machines tries to get £10 million of new money to avoid the free taxi ride to the corporate undertakers.

Albert Technologies – EGM listing cancellation approval, another tale of AIM woe

Published 150 days ago

Albert Technologies (ALB) has updated “at the Extraordinary General Meeting held earlier today the special resolution to approve the proposed cancellation of the admission of the company's ordinary shares to trading on AIM was duly passed… In order to enable continued trading of shares the company has appointed Asset Match”. This following a “Proposed Cancellation” announcement last month which included “the directors believe the current market valuation does not reflect the Albert's market opportunity, the value of its technology, its current and potential client list, and the overall progress we have made in the enterprise market in the last two years”

ConvaTec appoints an old hand Chair...and I don't care

Published 151 days ago

Shares in ConvaTec (CTEC) - whose products are used for advanced chronic and acute wound care, ostomy care, continence and critical care and infusion devices used in the treatment of diabetes and other conditions - have come a little more my way recently as I discussed here a couple of weeks ago. Today's regulatory news announcement by the company caused me - however - to raise my eyebrows slightly…

Podcast: We Are at the Beginning of a Three Year Up Cycle for Gold

Published 152 days ago

Technical Analyst ( I know, groan) Tim Ord says he studies long-term market cycles, and there are 8 and 16-year cycles within precious metals. These cycles picked up the 2000 low and the 1987 low. Currently, both cycles are headed up and show a possible top around 2022-2023. That will likely be the next major point where gold consolidates. The trend is definitely upwards, and we will most likely test and possibly break all-time highs. He expects a powerful rally over a one to two-year time frame.

An Open Letter to Jonny Allison, Nomad to Burford re Material non disclosure on Napo

Published 154 days ago

Burford (BUR) does not have to prove it is innocent of the Muddy Waters allegations but the longer it opts NOT to give full disclosure the more suspicions will grow. And perhaps the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation or my friends at the FRC, who I have asked to look at the accounts, may force its hand. In that vein I have written to the Nomad, Jonny Allison at Macquarie asking him to force Burford to come clean. I have cc’d in the Oxymorons and the FRC. The letter is below

Here's What You Could Do to Make the Most of the Mini-Crash

Published 154 days ago

Hello, Share Crunchers. In the present weakened market, our instincts are to stop trading. We’re reluctant to sell shares because we strongly suspect that the market will soar a few seconds afterwards. While we avoid buying in case things get worse. But if we don’t trade we lose opportunities of making more money. So what's the answer?...

LightwaveRF – discounted fundraising (as warned)… & still how long will it be “sufficient working capital for its present operational requirements”?

Published 154 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “leading smart homes solutions provider” LightwaveRF (LWRF), in June I noted still there looks clear cash risk and I continue to avoid. Now “Placing and Subscription”

Plant Health Care – shares soar on ‘extremely encouraging’ field trial results… but beware, it’s an RNS Reach…

Published 154 days ago

Plant Health Care (PHC) “is pleased to provide” an update on field trials of its PREtec peptide PHC279 for the control of Asian Soybean Rust in Brazil – and the shares have responded currently more than 50% higher, towards 9p…

Westminster Group – interims emphasise “a significant move forward”… not on the balance sheet though!

Published 155 days ago

Westminster Group (WSG) has announced results for the first half of 2019 emphasising “a significant move forward” and “we look forward to a strong full year performance significantly ahead of 2018”. The shares have not really responded though – currently remaining sub 10p…

Reader Post of the week: Burford and that other Napo case - this reads badly for the AIM company

Published 155 days ago

A cornerstone of the Muddy Waters attack on Burford (BUR) is that it booked 2013 profits on a case its client Napo lost and, as we showed here lost before the accounts were finalised. Burford’s defence is that this refers to a different Napo case but it failed to say which one. Well, reader Drunken Sailor has – I think found it. Sadly this second case fails to substantiate the Burford rebuttal at all, it makes it look even weaker. Over to Drunken who posts…

Osirium Technologies – “pleased to announce” first customer for Opus… but cash position very much less pleasing?

Published 155 days ago

Osirium Technologies (OSI) “is pleased to announce the first customer for its new innovative privileged robotic process automation solution, Opus, which was launched in May of this year” and that Opus “is generating interest across DevOps, NetOps and outside IT in business teams”. The shares though are unchanged at 59.5p. Hmmm…

Starcom – interims, “confident” H2 “will show an improvement over the second half of 2018”… but what will even that mean?

Published 157 days ago

Remote wireless technology company Starcom (STAR) has announced results for the first half of 2019 including “initial orders for the new Lokies smart padlock are encouraging and we have high expectations for this new product” and that it “is confident that the full year results will be in line with current market expectations in terms of revenue growth and that the company will achieve a positive EBITDA result for the year”. The shares have responded… further lower, to 1.1p…

Transense Technologies – Bridgestone collaboration agreement ‘delight’. Hmmm…

Published 157 days ago

Shares in sensor systems company Transense Technologies (TRT) are currently more than 15% higher, above 70p, on the back of a “Joint Collaboration Agreement with Bridgestone” announcement…

Cenkos Securities – an intra-day “Directorate Change & Trading Update”. Uh oh…

Published 157 days ago

Shares in stockbroker Cenkos Securities (CNKS) are currently up to around 40p, though down from more than 46p at the end of last week. This following a Monday intra-day (3:02pm) “Directorate Change & Trading Update”

Gold – rushing ever higher but Jordan Roy-Byrne seems to be getting nervous in the very short term, and what I will do

Published 157 days ago

ShareProphets favourite technical analyst Jordan Roy-Byrne has been a bit of a hero over the last few months, correctly calling the gold price higher and higher. But he seems to be getting a little nervous as the yellow metal continues its surge towards $1550 per ounce...

Mi-Pay – “Trading and client update” = Trading and likely loss of significant client warnings

Published 158 days ago

Self-styled “leading provider of outsourced digital transformation and mobile payment solutions” Mi-Pay Group (MPAY) has updated including “trading for the first half of 2019 was broadly in line with management's expectations… two major contracts were renewed with clients representing 43% of the 2018 revenue during the period and strong operational metrics were delivered”… The shares are currently approaching 20% lower, below 8p. Hmmm…

I will definitely be banking at least some profit on Eco Atlantic after a great first drill

Published 158 days ago

Taking risks on exploration drills is generally a mugs game and a good way to lose money quickly, but just very so often if you choose carefully, it can really pay off. That was definitely the case with Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas (ECO) this morning when it announced a “major oil discovery” at the Orinduik block in offshore Guyana, when the Jethro-1 drill found 55 meters of net high quality oil pay in the lower tertiary sandstones...

Versarien: Letter to Nomad Canaccord and AIM Regulation re share dealing by boss Neill Ricketts

Published 160 days ago

Yesterday AIM uber-ramp Versarien (VRS) was forced to issue a statement about a tweet posted by its boss Neill Ricketts the day before as a result of Thursday's bearcast and an email I'd sent to regulators that day. But the response itself is nonsensical and raises the very real question of whether Ricketts sold shares in April while sitting on inside price sensitive information. I have thus sent another email to regulators at AIM Regulation (the Oxymorons) and to Bobbie Hilliam of Quindell infamy who acts as Nomad to Versarien at Canaccord.

Carclo – now net assets-based ignominy follows previously reported “continuing discussions” and “poor performance” & related disappointment

Published 160 days ago

Carclo (CAR), the “fine tolerance injection moulded plastic parts” manufacturer, has announced that “a Notice of General Meeting and the associated Form of Proxy have been sent to shareholders” – but last year’s financial results are still to be published?!...

Advanced Oncotherapy – fundraise via equity and debt ( bit more needed by Christmas, headline misleads)

Published 160 days ago

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) announced a fundraise on Wednesday – great news! Or is it? I wonder how much cash it will actually have when all the money comes in – and why, AFTER the fundraise, did researcher-for-hire Hardman produce a report telling us all what a bargain the company is? Then there are loan and outstanding salary conversions and the total – £18.4 million – is still short of a year’s spending, and won’t all arrive until the end of September. It looks a bit desperate – especially when the loan to top up the equity raise will cost up to 15% a year in interest.

Today's Primary Bid Offering is ADM Energy - avoid like the plague

Published 161 days ago

ShareProphets earns a small commission any time a reader who registered with Primary Bid via ourselves subscribes for one of its offers. For that reason we urge you all to sign up HERE. But today's offer, ADM Energy (ADME) is a total dog so. though it hurts us in the pocket book to say so, we urge you to pass. The emails sent out by ADVFN and others urging folks to pony up fail to mention one significant fact...

On the Beach Group – after we noted less than 2 months ago, ‘Top broker predicts THREE profits warnings, lashes poor quality of City analysis’…

Published 161 days ago

“Trading Update” from On the Beach Group (OTB), “the UK's leading online retailer for beach holidays”. This following the company reckoning in May “the resilient and flexible nature of our business model allows us to focus on profitable growth and gives us confidence in the group's outlook” but we reporting the following month, with the shares then at 460p, that a Top broker predicts THREE profits warnings, lashes poor quality of City analysis. And now…

TLA Worldwide – “Proposed Sale of Australian Businesses”, shares soar BUT…

Published 161 days ago

Shares in TLA Worldwide (TLA) have soared on an announcement that a “subsidiary… has entered into an agreement to sell… the remainder of the group's sports marketing businesses (the ‘Australian Businesses’) to QMS… the group would become an ‘AIM Rule 15 cash shell’… Net cash proceeds will be used to reduce the amount outstanding under the group's facilities with its bank. The bank has also agreed to waive any outstanding balance of its facilities on receipt of the net cash”

The Legal has Landed Bigger Profits so its Share Fall becomes a Possible Buying Opportunity.

Published 161 days ago

Hello, Share Speakers. Possibly my favourite Footsie giant is Legal and General (LGEN). After buying the shares just after the biggest financial crash in living memory I have seen a multi-bagger rise, which is unusual for a jumbo. The latest figures from the insurer seem to support my loyalty. 

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - a Neill Ricketts tweet which is pure Rob Terry and must surely be actioned by Nomad Canaccord

Published 162 days ago

The tweet below from Versarien (VRS) boss Neill Ricketts is surely against AIM Rules. I am referring it to nomad Canaccord and AIM Regulation and discuss in a podcast which also covers swimming pool ways, folks who insult me to ask a favour, Burford (BUR) its rebuttal (very strong) but its red flag antics elsewhere and the limp dick behaviour of the deadwood press, notably The Times. I also look at Cabot Energy (CAB) which is surely AIM Casino toast.

Epwin Group – “in line with market expectations” & “significant strategic progress”… so why are the shares further lower?

Published 162 days ago

Having been heading towards 85p at the start of June, shares in “manufacturer of low maintenance building products, supplying businesses in the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, new build and social housing sectors” Epwin Group (EPWN) closed yesterday at 72.7p. Today a half-year trading update including “the board anticipates adjusted profit before tax for both H1 and the full year to be in line with market expectations” and “we have made significant strategic progress with new product launches, the continued reshaping of the group's footprint and the acquisition of PVS” – though the shares further lower towards 70p. Hmmm…

DeepMatter Group – emphasises DigitalGlassware deal “a key milestone”… so how much is it worth?

Published 162 days ago

DeepMatter Group (DMTR) is “delighted that o2h has progressed from our Pioneer Programme to deploying DigitalGlassware™ across one of its laboratories”. The shares have currently responded to 2.8p – er, approaching 10% lower…

Hargreaves Lansdown talks utter shite in insincere Neil Woodford Mea Culpa

Published 162 days ago

As it announced pretty decent full year numbers, shamed Hargreaves Lansdown (HL.) did its best to pull the sting from the Woodford scandal by announced that CEO Chris Hill would skip his 2019 annual bonus altogether. But with respect the firm talked utter shite…

Same old, same old for good or bad at Aviva, Cineworld and Funding Circle

Published 162 days ago

More earnings season numbers dropped into the hopper this morning, so a quick move through three I have given views and opinions on over recent months…

Redemptions Watch: disaster strikes Neil Woodford (yet again) as Neil fails to do his homework - he should have listened to me!

Published 162 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. So the Muddy Waters report was indeed about AIM-listed Burford Capital which duly crashed by 46% yesterday, to add to the 19% drop on Tuesday, and Neil Woodford’s second biggest stock pick is…er….no longer his second biggest investment. I rather doubt it is in his top ten now. The press, as predicted, has been baying for blood and the queues of gated Woodford Equity Income Fund investors looking to get their money back before any more of it just disappears into thin air will be lengthening. So let’s take a look at the effect of the Burford collapse on the Woodford empire.

Feedback plc – “working on completing a placing… in order to develop Bleepa”. It mean ‘in order to keep the lights on’?

Published 162 days ago

“Statement re Online Commentary” from Feedback plc (FDBK) which “confirms that, in order to develop BleepaTM, the company's clinical messaging product, it is currently working on completing a placing of new shares”

Science Group hits out following update announcement from Frontier Smart Technologies earlier...

Published 163 days ago

Writing earlier, I concluded given the noted situation it is not surprising that Science Group (SAG) has requisitioned an EGM of Frontier Smart Technologies (FST) – and following the latter’s update announcement, Science Group (SAG) has now hit out in response…

Frontier Smart Technologies – trading “in line” following “agreed transition of the board”, so why the share price decline?

Published 163 days ago

Frontier Smart Technologies (FST) has updated including “trading in the first half of 2019 was in line with the revised expectations… Trading to date in the second half is also in line with expectations” and on “ongoing discussions with Science Group plc” following “as per the joint announcement of 30 July 2019 entitled 'Board Changes', Frontier was pleased to announce an agreed transition of the board, in conjunction with Science Group”. But the shares currently more than 10% lower, below 30p?!...

Burford Capital is an "accounting fiasco" - Muddy Waters publishes damning report

Published 163 days ago

We warned our readers yesterday that Muddy Waters was on the case. In fact we've been warning about Burford (BUR) for months on this website. The company responded with a pathetic RNS this morning which caused the shares to spike. Now they are tumbling as the Carson Block report is out and its damning. Carson opines:

Who is crazy enough to be buying MySale after such a big spike - sell

Published 163 days ago

When the share price of a small company suddenly rises by more than 240% on no apparent news I am always left wondering who on earth is actually buying after such a huge rise. Often those who are end up getting severely stung, especially when the company itself issues a statement saying that it notes the share price rise and clarifies the current situation and that there is no current reason for it, and that is exactly what seems to be playing out with MySale Group (MYSL)...

Be Heard Group – “confident” & adviser change “timely and appropriate”, Really?...

Published 163 days ago

Digital marketing group Be Heard (BHRD) is “pleased to announce that our unaudited first half results are in line with management's expectations and that we remain confident for the remainder to the year… and… the appointment of Cairn Financial Advisers as Nominated Adviser. Additionally, the group confirms Dowgate as sole broker to the company”

Redemptions Watch – Nervous Neil awaits Burford news while Income Focus suffers again as redemptions strengthen

Published 163 days ago

This morning’s data from Morningstar is bad news for Neil Woodford, but perhaps not as bad as THIS if it turns out to refer to Burford Capital which is his second biggest holding in the gated Equity Income Fund (WEIF) – we shall find out at 8am. Yesterday saw his Income Focus Fund (WIFF) lose 0.4% in NAV per unit and WEIF dropped 0.54%.

Walker Greenbank – emphasises H1 “licensing income performed strongly”, BUT…

Published 164 days ago

Interior furnishings company Walker Greenbank (WGB) has updated including even “excluding accelerated income under IFRS 15 and income from apparel contracts, core licensing income was up approximately 12.2 per cent”. The shares are though currently slightly lower, at around 86p…

If politicians are still in denial about Boris’s ability to deliver Brexit... the currency markets are not

Published 164 days ago

The longer the signals in capital markets go haywire under the influence of 'monetary stimulus', the bigger is the cumulative economic cost. That is one big reason why this fourth Fed stimulus - in the present already-longest (but lowest-growth)of super-long business cycles - is so dangerous...

Dialight – interims, how’s the recovery plans “progress” & “increasingly well positioned”?...

Published 165 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “global leader in sustainable LED lighting for industrial applications” Dialight (DIA), early last month I noted argues recovery plans “progress” & “increasingly well positioned”… Er, what about the profit warning? with the shares then down to circa 350p. They have recently been headed back towards 400p, but now results for the first half of 2019…

Peel Hotels – after accounts delayed, worse…

Published 165 days ago

Shares in Peel Hotels (PHO) were suspended towards the end of last month as the company was still in the process of finalising its audit and would miss the AIM Rules deadline. It has now published – and the shares are currently around 40p, down approaching 40%...

Minoan – interims and developments which offer confidence on realisation of shareholder value

Published 166 days ago

Minoan Group (MIN) has announced results for its half year ended 30th April 2019 and that it’s “further progressing its project in Crete as well as entering into new discussions which are intended to lead to the realisation of shareholder value. The election of an avowedly business friendly government is extremely encouraging”

Getting Naked (Wines) as the tide goes out

Published 166 days ago

Perhaps it is a sign that i have been kicking around this investment game for a good few years now, that nothing in today's deadwood press seemed particularly new.  It was last Sunday r that I felt compelled to call out those pleading for the government to block the mooted takeover of Cobham (COB) by a US defence name.  I see the lobbying has now spread to the founding family...who now own 1.5% of the shares.  Well if they owned 30%, 50%, 75% or - let's be radical here - 100% of the business then their view might be more influential.  When you play the capital markets game of selling shares in exchange for capital to invest and grow your business, then you open yourself up to other possibilities...like a takeover.  See last week's piece for a take down on why putting up capital flow barriers - especially to long-established friendly nations - is simply bonkers.   

Gold – Jordan Roy-Byrne still very bullish after Fed rate cut and Ariana is a buy once again.

Published 166 days ago

I commented three weeks ago that the one technical analyst rated by ShareProphets, Jordan Roy-Byrne, was very bullish as we headed for this week’s well-advertised rated cut by the Fed. Well, the Fed duly delivered but Roy-Byrne is still bullish.

7digital – AGM confidence… so why a share price decline?

Published 169 days ago

Having last month stated “largely completed the rescue”, an AGM Statement from 7digital (7DIG) including “we are confident that all resolutions put forward today will be passed. We can confirm that our second stage financing plans are well underway, and we should be in a position to confirm the fundraising in the near term”. The shares have currently responded, er, more than 7% lower, to 0.24p…

Brave Bison – interims, gouged by Facebook's new policies & no warning at the time (why not?!)

Published 169 days ago

‘Social video company’ Brave Bison (BBSN) announced results for the first half of 2019 including “9% increase in revenue to £10.1 million… adjusted EBITDA of £247,000… (H1 2018: £79,000)”. The shares have responded, er, towards 1.5p – approaching 20% lower!…

Four shockers you were warned about – Aston Martin Lagonda, Dignity, Intu and St James's Place...

Published 170 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…

If you're bullish on silver, the big drop in the Fresnillo share price offers a buying opportunity

Published 170 days ago

Silver and gold mining giant Fresnillo (FRES) has always been a good leveraged play on commodity prices, and is a favourite amongst both investors and traders looking for exposure to precious metals.

Minoan – Interims again suggest progress on monetising Crete in imminent

Published 170 days ago

OK, we’ve heard it all before! But this morning’s interim results from AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) do seem to suggest that things are at last moving in terms of monetising the holiday resort in Crete. Much has changed over the last year or so, but much remains the same too.

Independent Oil and Gas – A good farm-out for CalEnergy!

Published 170 days ago

I commented recently on Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) and how I considered the Harvey drill was crucial to the company’s future and a farm-out prior to the result was very unlikely. Well I was wrong on the latter point, as last Friday the company announced a farm-out to CalEnergy Resources Ltd, part of the Berkshire Hathaway Empire. The detail however only reinforces my view the Harvey drill is critical to the company, and if anything, is now even more important.

Carclo – following previous “hopes” to be able to announce results by Listing Rules deadline…

Published 171 days ago

Previously writing on Carclo (CAR), last week I noted results delayed again; now it’s “hopes” to avoid shares suspension!. Now an “Update on banking position and timing of results”

Xpediator – from “benefiting from increased activity… well positioned” to “materially below market expectations” in less than two months!...

Published 171 days ago

Early last month freight management services company Xpediator (XPD) announced board changes including seeing “the Operating Board now consists of eight extremely experienced, energetic professionals and we are well positioned to take the business forward to the next stage”, with “trading in line with market expectations. Demand for freight management services remains strong across all three divisions and the group is benefiting from increased activity”. No fears re. a “Trading Statement” today then, surely?…

i-nexus Global – from AIM IPO “strong competitive position” to “revenue and closing cash balances will be below expectations” in just over a year!

Published 172 days ago

In June last year “i-nexus Global plc (INX), a provider of cloud-based Strategy Execution software to Global 5000 companies”, was pleased to announce admission to AIM, raising £10 million at 79p per share with CEO Simon Crowther emphasising “the power of our software, our outstanding customer base, strong competitive position, high levels of recurring revenue and large addressable market”… The shares last closed at 34.5p and today a “Trading Update”

Sunday Long Reads: Poor East Ends, Cannabis Biotech, Betting on Bitcoin, Dine and Dash dates, Match fixing

Published 173 days ago

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.   

A true Standard List shocker – Red Flags surround new IPO BSF Enterprise

Published 173 days ago

Yesterday a new name joined the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange: that of BSF Enterprise (BSFA). It is yet another cash-shell to join the sub-standard list – as if we really needed any more – but a name sprang out at me and that name rang a bell.

Safestyle UK – argues “has delivered good progress during H1”… but how good really?

Published 174 days ago

A half-year trading update from self-styled “the leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market”, Safestyle UK (SFE) includes “revenues for the period will be c.£64.4m, 6.4% higher than H1 2018 with May and June being c.15% higher than the same months in 2018. FENSA installation statistics for the first half indicate that the market has declined in volume by 8.2% versus H1 2018… The group continues to improve its margins and operational KPIs versus the prior year and has delivered good progress during H1”. Having reached more than 90p again in May, the shares though currently remain around 66p…

Redemptions Watch: Neil Woodford’s Income Focus fund – still redemptions every day

Published 174 days ago

Neil Woodford’s Income Focus Fund (WIFF) put on 0.3% in NAV per unit yesterday, according to Morningstar. In theory that should have increased the size of the fund from the previous close of £287.15 million to £288.01 million before redemptions.

How Boris's New Job Will Affect Our Shares And How to Exploit it.

Published 174 days ago

Hello Share Takers. The victory of our new prime minister caused the stock market to take its biggest leap for some months. And though it did retrace the next day, the Footsie is bounding up again, as I write. It may be the noisy optimism of the bloke, but there are other reasons why the Boris effect is energising the market.

Block Energy looks even more overvalued now following todays update

Published 175 days ago

Questions have to be asked when a company produces a headline rate from a well test; the CEO goes on an interview road trips talking about how much free cash flow will be generated; £12 million is raised via an equity issue – and then subsequently initial production rates are just a third of what investors were expecting!

Westminster Group – following ramptastic announcements earlier this month… surprise, surprise (you were warned)…

Published 176 days ago

Previously writing on Westminster Group (WSG), I concluded last week where’s the cash for that coming from? The shares are currently down to below 13p, but, natch, still avoid / sell. Now the company “is pleased to announce a placing… to raise £1million before expenses together with the issue of warrants”. Surprise, surprise…

Mortgage Advice Bureau – things “very positive”. Really?...

Published 176 days ago

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB1) has updated including “revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2019 increased by 5% (8% on an underlying basis) to £61m… in the second quarter of the year we have seen some improvement in banked conversion and continue to see these trends in July… encouragingly the majority of our Appointed Representatives continue to hold strong growth plans for 2019 and 2020”. Down from 700p+ reached last year, the shares though currently remain at circa 600p…

My RockRose tip is up nearly 450% but I wouldn't be rushing to cash in just yet

Published 177 days ago

RockRose Energy (RRE) has been one of the real success stories amongst smaller oil and gas producing companies in recent times and has grown its business at an incredible rate via a number of acquisitions. It has come an awful long way since I first covered it as a buy here back in April 2018 at around the 350p level, and today it relisted following a deal which constituted a reverse takeover of the Marathon UK and Marathon West of Shetland assets for $140 million. Currently it is trading at around the 1,900p level with a market cap of circa £240 million, representing a profit of nearly 450% for anyone who followed my original buy recommendation...

Bonhill – trading update & “results for the six months ended 30 September 2019 which are expected to released in mid- September 2019”. Er…

Published 177 days ago

Bonhill (BONH), the “B2B media business specialising in three key areas: Business Information, Live Events and Data & Insight”, has updated including “it has been another period of improvement in the overall quality of our people, business activities and geographic reach… anticipates that results for the year ending 31 December 2019 will be in line with market expectations”. The shares have responded, er, at around 65p, currently approaching 10% lower!...

Sopheon – no change in “expected commercial momentum”? Er…

Published 177 days ago

A trading update from self-styled “international provider of software and services for complete Enterprise Innovation Management solutions” Sopheon (SPE) includes “since January, we have increased our sales pipeline value by 48 percent… includes a large number of opportunities where we are strongly positioned and that we remain confident have a high probability of closing in the balance of the year”. So why are the shares - at 800p - currently approaching 15% lower?...

Woodford Dog RM2 – catastrophe as Neil is snookered

Published 178 days ago

After bailing out the ridiculous AIM-listed RM2 (RM2) over and over again with other people’s money before his own supply ran dry, Neil Woodford finds himself completely snookered this morning as RM2 has announced a bailout fundraising without Woodford and he faces the choice now of being diluted to oblivion or watching it go bust. Of course, readers of this fine website have been warned and warned and warned. But Neil always knew best.

PZ Cussons – losses in Africa... but still a buy?

Published 178 days ago

I criticised PZ Cussons (PZC) last month for not saying enough to investors and explaining why its long-standing CFO has left, but today it is making a bit more of an effort with full-year numbers. I have been a buyer of the CarexImperial Leather and St Tropez brand owner for a while but I must admit I so far have failed to pop down to Nigeria to check out its current large corporate malaise on the ground…

Motorpoint – “remains confident in its full year outlook”. Hmmm…

Published 178 days ago

An “AGM Trading Update” from the UK's largest independent vehicle retailer Motorpoint (MOTR) concludes “the board believes Motorpoint is well placed to continue to take market share and remains confident in its full year outlook”. The shares have though responded lower, towards 200p…

Optibiotix new distribution deal fails to impress...BUT...

Published 178 days ago

Optibiotix (OPTI) shares now trade at 72p to buy after the announcement of a new deal with a company called BioEnergiser Ltd for the online distribution of SlimBiome Medical in the UK. SlimBiome Medical is a CE-marked medical device which independent clinical studies show reduces hunger, cravings for sweet and savoury foods, and fat intake. Steve O’Hara tells me this is not because Optibiotix's own online sales are slowing. Far from it. But this is just another channel to market...

Carclo – results delayed again; now it’s “hopes” to avoid shares suspension!

Published 179 days ago

Shares in Carclo (CAR) are currently more than 5% higher on the day on the back of “Update and timing of results announcement” news. However, the current 13.5p share price compares to 20.5p when I cautioned earlier this month (and around 140p when I first warned here)…

Im not a fan of shares in cash shells, but Hardy Oil could offer future speculative value

Published 180 days ago

Hardy Oil and Gas (HDY) has been getting a bit of attention recently with news of a deal to sell all of its assets, which was then followed by a higher priced bid from another party.

Weekend non-shocker: Metro Bank and St James's Place keep shooting themselves in the foot

Published 180 days ago

I can tell you two sets of PR advisers who are having a nightmare Sunday morning: anyone involved in running the Metro Bank (MTRO) and the St James's Place (STJ) accounts.  Still - via reading this website over the last few months - neither of the PR nightmares will have come as a shock to all you readers.

Sell Netflix short as US Subscribers Back Off

Published 181 days ago

Back in May, ten days before the end of that month’s savage sell off on Wall St, I suggested selling a Cannabis Index on the basis that it was likely to lead the market down and lag any gains in the other direction. I am pleased to say that despite the rip-roaring June to-date rally in the US markets, the IG Cannabis Index is now lower than it was at the end of May. It is still an outstanding sell here (the level on the IG Cannabis Index now is 904 but I am sure there are others). Following the same reasoning, I think Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is an excellent short after yesterday’s 11% fall…

Red Flags at Night from the Woodfjord Kennel

Published 181 days ago

I suppose releasing bad news t 6pm on a Friday is a bit of an improvement from releasing calamitous FY numbers at eleven minutes past one in the morning (yes, really!) but it is still very poor form from Woodford Dog Thin Film on the Norwegian OslosBors (THIN). And the news was indeed grim.

Block Energy needs to prove the longevity of its operations by increasing reserves - currently it looks expensive

Published 181 days ago

There is often an argument for letting your winners continue to run, but in the case of many natural resource stocks listed on AIM you are often better off taking a healthy profit whilst it is on offer.

DP Poland – argues trading “momentum return”… but again what does it mean financially?

Published 182 days ago

Previously writing on the company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP), in May I noted argues “been effective at driving sales”… but what does it mean financially?. Surely some useful insight now from a “H1 2019 Trading Update”

7digital – argues “we have largely completed the rescue”, but…

Published 183 days ago

Shares in 7digital Group (7DIG) are currently on the rise on the back of a “Management and Board Changes and Cost Savings” announcement, including “we have largely completed the rescue by securing a new, strategic majority investor, which has stated that it is prepared to invest further funds”

Westminster Group – new Tema Port full scanning operation established… so formal agreement finalised then?

Published 184 days ago

Shares in Westminster Group (WSG) spiked to around 17p earlier this month and closed at 14p yesterday. Now the “supplier of managed services and technology-based security solutions worldwide, is pleased to provide an update on its operations at the new Tema Container Port, Ghana”

Union Jack Oil – argues “significantly upgraded” Biscathorpe-2 well result, BUT…

Published 184 days ago

Having previously banked gains on Union Jack Oil (UJO), we re-recommended at the end of last month at 0.19p to buy noting with the initial West Newton result excitement having calmed down and new funds raised, it looked a good opportunity to get back on-board before the potential excitement in the second half of this year and that the ‘commentators’ who ramped last time in a fairly aggressive way had not gone away & indeed participated in the placing. The shares are now 0.27p to sell on the back of a Biscathorpe-2 Well Update

CloudCall – “a high degree of confidence that… on-track to meet its future goals”… so why the share price decline?

Published 185 days ago

“CloudCall (AIM: CALL), a leading cloud-based software business that integrates communications technology with Customer Relationship Management platforms, announces the following trading update for the six months ended 30th June 2019”. Hmmm – despite late March-announced results including “it is encouraging to see early indications of the impact those investments will make in the future coming through towards the end of the year… pleased to report a strong start to 2019”, not ‘pleased to announce’?...

PWC Leeds office in the soup for a third time – PTSG and the £540k payments to CEO

Published 186 days ago

The other day the Leeds office of PWC was fined heavily and slammed by the FRC for professional negligence in the case of not spotting accounting fraud at Redcentric (RCN). It was the second such notice in two years for PWC Leeds and the office is on a warning. Thus I am sorry to say but it is in the soup again over the massive undeclared payments going, over many years, to the CEO of Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG), Mr Paul Teasdale, which I exposed in full on Saturday HERE. Now here is why PWC is in the soup…

Sunday, Sunday here again...so roll out the DIY sector geek stats

Published 187 days ago

Today happens to be one of my favourite Sunday's of the whole year with the twin pleasures of flicking between watching the British Grand Prix and the Tour de France on TV awaiting this afternoon.  However it is always correct to put duty before pleasure, first a few investment related thoughts on another Sunday occupation for many people out there: the visit to a DIY store. 

Reckitt Benckiser announces a US$1bn plus new hit...and it is good news

Published 190 days ago

A month or so ago, I noted that Reckitt Benckiser (RB.) was a 'lower £60s buy in anticipation of a share price beginning with a '7' plus some solid dividend wrap-around...and a call option on that full split potential'. The rationale for this was not just the company's range of top products (VanishNurofenDettolDurex, etc.) nor even just potential upcoming split or a recently announced management evolution which I think is overdue. It was also centred on the likely resolution of the company's legacy problems with its ex pharmaceutical unit Indivior (INDV)...

Jaywing – from “solid progress” in early May to a further “Trading Statement” – and intra-day…

Published 191 days ago

Previously updating in early May, “data science led agency and consulting business” Jaywing (JWNG) noted “a year of solid progress… We have seen encouraging growth in Epiphany, our online performance marketing division, and also in our fast-growing operations in Australia… Jaywing will announce its preliminary results for the year ended 31st March 2019 in July” but also “ongoing challenging market conditions within the UK and continued uncertainty surrounding its anticipated withdrawal from the European Union”. Now a further “Trading Statement” – and at an intra-day 11:37am. Uh oh…

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - my apologies for teasing Malcolm Stacey on ethical investment, I am a partial convert

Published 191 days ago

I start with a few notes on  tomorrow, logistics and the funeral of Uncle Chris Booker. Then it is onto Yourgene (YGEN), Thomas Cook (TCG), Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), Amur Minerals (AMC), and the dog St James House (SJH) formerly known as the Boxhill hound.

Renold – an indicated “intentional mis-statement of the financial reports” missed for years. Uh oh…

Published 192 days ago

Previously writing on industrial chains and related power transmission products supplier Renold (RNO), I questioned last year another profit warning, house broker right to ‘remain positive’?. Now a “Postponement of Annual General Meeting” announcement. Sounds ominous…

MediaZest – “an update on current trading”… Er, what about revenue, profit, cash flow etc. then?

Published 192 days ago

Previously writing on MediaZest (MDZ), I noted there looks little to argue with that with its latest rubbish, financial position and track record, still a prime bargepole stock. Now though “the AIM quoted creative audio-visual company, is pleased to provide shareholders with an update on current trading”

Frontier Smart Technologies – Science Group “welcomes” its latest announcement… but not for the reason it hoped!

Published 193 days ago

Writing late last week on Frontier Smart Technologies (FST), I concluded including I suggest good luck with seeking to open those collaborative discussions with Science Group and its advisers. Today an update from Science Group (SAG)…

I remain to be convinced that any asset sale will justify the valuation of Sound Energy

Published 193 days ago

A couple of weeks ago I covered Sound Energy (SOU) and its recent disappointing drill results which appeared to cement its fall from grace as a favourite amongst private investors. At the time the share price was around 8.7p and I mentioned the fact that some of the placees from the recent equity fundraising of $2.7 million net at 10p would likely be looking to try and create a spike to sell into. Since then I have seen all sorts of rumours on social media, including one that a single shareholder took £3 million of placing shares – which is more than were actually issued!

Tesla and me

Published 195 days ago

A week ago I emerged blurry eyed at Heathrow off an overnight from San Francisco. Actually, I say overnight but in reality with the time difference it was more like I lost a full day. I guess I gained it all on the way there... Anyhow I had been lurking in Silicon Valley for a few days, meeting a few people and customers in order to try to get a handle on things.  Yes, i was almost back to my old professional fund manager mindset.  

Frontier Smart Technologies – “the prospect of material incremental potential value”… Or not…

Published 196 days ago

Frontier Smart Technologies (FST) has updated including on a transaction which “if negotiations were to be successfully concluded, presents the prospect of material incremental potential value for Frontier, its shareholders (including Science Group) and other stakeholders”. This with Science Group (SAG) now having tabled a 35p per share offer for Frontier – and the shares 35.5p…

Live Company – “pleased to provide a Trading Update… regarding current trading, financial performance and outlook”… Really?

Published 196 days ago

Toy bricks-based shows group Live Company (LVCG) “is pleased to provide a trading update for the six-month period up to 30 June 2019, ahead of the Annual General Meeting… The following comments will be made regarding current trading, financial performance and outlook for the financial year at the opening of the meeting”“Pleased to provide” such information hey – sounds promising…

Purplebricks just a few more bearish observations

Published 197 days ago

For a company that will have net current assets of somewhere between SFA and £30 million by Christmas and which will again burn cash this year the valuation of Purplebricks (PURP), £314 million at 103p, is bonkers. In light of that I revisit full year numbers from Wednesday and ask you to consider a stack more red flags.

Distil – “pleased to provide an update on”… significant volumes & revenue decline?

Published 197 days ago

“Distil plc (AIM: DIS), owner of premium drinks brands RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Vodka, Blavod Black Vodka, Jago's Cream Liqueur and Diva Vodka, is pleased to provide an update on trading for the first quarter of its current financial year”. However… it intra-day (10:13am) and the shares are currently at 1.20p – approaching 15% lower!...

Utah shales have been the death of many companies and I don't see TomCo being an exception

Published 197 days ago

TomCo Energy (TOM) seems to have become very popular all of a sudden with the share price almost doubling in the last few days.

Pass the sick bucket! Persimmon goes on a charm offensive

Published 197 days ago

You know I have had a bit of a downer on housebuilders for a good little while now. More recently - back in April – I noted on Persimmon (PSN) that:

Big Yield, Low PE Glencore Could Benefit from a Global Commodities Boom

Published 198 days ago

Hello Share Graders. It’s my birthday. But reaching the age of 34 is a worry. It’s made me die my hair grey. The day is also unusual in that I can’t find any penny shares which I dare to commend to your further examination. So let me turn to one of the biggest commodity companies in the Footsie. A firm with a market cap of £38 billion...

Dialight – argues recovery plans “progress” & “increasingly well positioned”… Er, what about the profit warning?

Published 199 days ago

An announcement from industrial applications LED lighting company Dialight (DIA); “Trading update and Directorate changes”. Those two together don’t tend to bode well – and we also cautioned here on an April update which emphasised “continued to make progress in our recovery”, but also included “results to be heavily weighted to H2, reflecting both the ongoing resolution of our operational issues and normal industry seasonality”

AA Group – actions of a well-run company?

Published 199 days ago

AA Group (AA.) has caused Neil Woodford a spot of embarrassment before. After all, he cornerstoned its IPO at 250p but profit warnings and the slashing of the dividend have seen the stock down to 46.66p even though Neil knew best all the way down as he hoovered up more stock at 166p after the profit warning September 2017. Last Friday saw a TR-1 from AA Group…..

Video: As Woodford's Equity Income Fund gated for another 28 days (at least) Neil explains (unconvincingly) the future

Published 200 days ago

So the EIF is gated for another 28 days. And then, you can bet, it will stay gated. To celebrate this fine achievement, Britain's worst fund manager has recorded a video explaining, inter alia, why he will be selling his favourite stocks and that will lead to EIF outperforming going forward. Whatever.... Neil Woodford talks bollocks (again) is below.

June performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 200 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the end of June? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Nobody has a crystal ball but this is not normal

Published 200 days ago

A 1.2% interest rate on a 100 year bond is just not normal. There are so many strange absurdities out there you have to be a bear.

Patrick Abbott (ex Versarien) in unhinged twitter meltdown against Tom Winnifrith - what sort of company would employ this nutter?

Published 200 days ago

Patrick Abbott clearly does not like the fact that I reveealed and published the fraud charges against him that could see him to a 20 year stretch and which AIM uber-ramp Versarien (VRS)  finally responded to by, eventually bowing to my pressure, and parting company with him last week. Last night he went into a twitter meltdown as you can see below. I ask you what sort of company employs a nutter like this in the first place?

Explorers don't get any more exciting than Eco Atlantic - which is why I have been buying

Published 201 days ago

Private investors seem to love the boom or bust scenario that applies to many of the exploration drills for oil and gas, but is it really worth taking the risk on these types of plays?

Neil Woodford Dog Verseon releases FY18 numbers. Material uncertainty? You bet…..

Published 201 days ago

Tom Winnifrith and I have already stuck the boot into Woodford Dog Verseon (VERS, but formerly VSN) as it raised yet more cash to keep the lights on in March. Of course, that fundraise fell to Neil Woodford who ponied up 105p per share for 7.5 million shares of the 7.7 million share issue. That was bad enough, but being near-enough the only investor in town (armed with other people’s money) he coughed up 105p per share when they were trading at 74p – madness!

BOMBSHELL: Versarien is its US oil graphene order a total spoof? A hard look at the maths – what it won’t tell you

Published 202 days ago

Yesterday, shares in Versarien (VRS) raced ahead by 10% as it announced an order with an (un-named, natch) US oil and has explorer for 12 kg of its high purity graphene nano platelets (GNP-HP) integrated into a polymer masterbatch by Neill Rickett’s great British Company. But the RNS did not spell out the value. And doing his, almost, weekly ramp on Justin the Clown’s promotional limp dick podcast he again refused to say. So here is some hard maths: I suggest this order may be a spoof.

AIM fraud Origo Partners – hero John Chapman puts the boot in to ex board, crooked advisors, ex Nomad in excruciating detail

Published 202 days ago

Fraud Origo Partners (OPP) is one of the few remaining stocks of our AIM-China Filthy Forty. One might wonder if there is hope given that it is still here but Chairman John Chapman has offered up its FY18 accounts which are truly dreadful (again) and his chairman’s letter is pretty explicit as to why. In short, Origo shows everything that is wrong with AIM: the transfer of wealth from the many (shareholders) to the few. Read it and weep Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM and Sham Sheriff – this is your system.

Craneware – “short-term” sales performance issue & “continue to look to the future with high levels of confidence”. Really?

Published 203 days ago

Craneware (CRW) has updated commencing that “the group has continued to make progress on its long-term strategic aim to become ubiquitous in US Hospitals, as the intelligence layer sitting across all other systems, delivering the information required to improve financial and operational performance” and including CEO Keith Neilson stating that “as we close our financial year, we continue to look to the future with high levels of confidence”. The shares are currently around 2000p (currently equating to circa $25.35) – Er… down more than 30%!...

Tandem Group – “continued to be an encouraging year”… or not?

Published 204 days ago

Sports, leisure and mobility products group Tandem (TND) has updated commencing “we are pleased to announce that it has continued to be an encouraging year for the group with revenue for the 25 week period to 23 June approximately 26% ahead of the same period in the previous year” and concluding including “we can look forward to the rest of the year with some confidence”. So why are the shares lower?…

Airea – “Trading update”, no longer “maintaining… confidence in the future prospects”?

Published 204 days ago

An 07:41am “Trading update” from floor coverings company Airea (AIEA). Hmmm – a difficult sector currently and a rushed ‘update’?...

Staffline – 2018 results (eventually), proposed bailout fundraising & directors 'avin a laugh?

Published 204 days ago

Recruitment and training group, Staffline (STAF) has eventually announced 2018 calendar year results (though not included the accounts in the RNS – instead making us go to https://www.stafflinegroupplc.co.uk !) and a “Proposed Placing and Open Offer”

Hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel for Nu-oil with a placing needed soon

Published 205 days ago

Unfortunately for any holders, Nu Oil and Gas (NUOG) has played out pretty much as I expected it to over the past couple of years, and anyone holding through this period will have seen their investment decimated.

RPS Group – from Australia “indications of improved performance” to “softness in Australia… materially below… expectations” in less than 2 months!

Published 205 days ago

A 1st May AGM trading update saw project management group RPS (RPS) state “the Australian property market, as anticipated, remained subdued. However, the transport sector was strong, and the acquisition of Corview in February 2019 further strengthens the group's position in this market. There are indications of improved performance in both segments in the second quarter”. Now a further trading update; “in Australia”

UK Oil & Gas Expose part 2 - the Planning situation at Horse Hill: what that says about its viability

Published 205 days ago

When’s an oil field potentially not an oil field? Simple in my view – ask UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) to become the operator and see what else you can do with the “asset”! I reviewed in Part 1 my views on the current extended well testing and what I concluded that meant to the investment case, but now I turn to some of the issues I found on review of the planning application seeking consent for continuous production.

Today's Primary Bid offer is Sareum - No thanks it's a dog

Published 206 days ago

ShareProphets earns a small commission any time a reader who registered with Primary Bid via ourselves subscribes for one of its offers. For that reason we urge you all to sign up HERE. But today's offer, Sareum, (SAR) is a total dog, as I have noted often enough on this website, so since we have integrity, we advise you to make us no money and avoid this hound like the plague.

A Welcome Slice Of Luck and Thoughts On Purplebricks

Published 206 days ago

It is not easy being predominantly short in a market that is yet again flirting with all time highs and so a bit of luck is always welcome...

If Water Profits Dribble Away this Sassy Supplier has the Blue Planet Effect to Rely On

Published 206 days ago

Hello, Share Finders. The most heated rows in our house aren’t about politics, but how we recycle our stuff. I put anything plastic or metal in our orange recycling bag. My wife takes it out and puts it in the landfill bag. She argues, rather loudly, that the council is picky about what they take and will refuse whole bags with the wrong sort of tin or plastic. I ought to ring up Pennon (PNN) for advice...

RA International – “year-to-date has been encouraging”… but “financial performance to be weighted in the second half”?

Published 207 days ago

“RA International Group PLC (AIM: RAI), a leading provider of services to remote locations in Africa and the Middle East, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Government contract with a value up to USD 9 million” and “the year-to-date has been encouraging”. Sounds good…

Who is correct, the insanely optimistic and unflappable stock market or the terminally glum debt markets?

Published 207 days ago

The job of the US Federal Reserve is not to placate the short-term greed of markets or ensure the incumbent President's electoral prospects. The Stock Market is just a market, it is not the economy and is not what the Fed should be watching...

If it Sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Sound Energy Post Mortem

Published 208 days ago

Sound Energy (SOU) has proved to be a great example of why private investors shouldn’t get too far ahead of themselves and start ordering a new Ferrari, based purely on early results in any company drilling for oil and gas.

Ouzo O’clock in North Wales, misery in the valleys as IQE warns (as predicted)

Published 210 days ago

The Sheriff of AIM is surely entitled to a celebratory breakfast ouzo at his hovel in North Wales? On Wednesday I flagged up a profits warning from the Krauts at Siltronic and suggested that IQE (IQE) was likely to follow. Less than 48 hours later the Cardiff dog duly barks. As a long term bear I have repeatedly warned silly sell side analysts, Thirsty Paul Scott and others that this company is a crock…once again I stand vindicated. And so to detail….it is grim.

Saga Works Harder to Garner Customers but the Headwinds Could be Too Strong

Published 210 days ago

Hello Shares Slayers. As a pensioner myself, I like to keep abreast of how a company which is known for focusing on the oldies is getting on. But the latest figures from Saga (SAGA) and the shaky outlook for the travel industry make me want to avoid these shares...

LightwaveRF – argues an “incredibly encouraging” order… but what about the bottom-line & balance sheet?

Published 211 days ago

Previously writing on “leading smart home solutions provider” LightwaveRF (LWRF), in April I concluded with the shares back above 8p that I continued to avoid. Today a “European distributor order” announcement including CEO Jason Elliott emphasising “it is incredibly encouraging to see one of our newer partnerships, which is directed to developing our European markets, making such strong early progress with this sizeable first order”

Premier Technical Services Group – a mea culpa from me?

Published 211 days ago

Ay, ay, ay! – a recommended 210.1p offer for Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) from Macquarie, which “the Independent Directors are recommending that PTSG shareholders vote in favour of”. I bet they are!...

Brave Bison – not so brave Neil Woodford!

Published 211 days ago

Amongst this morning’s crop of RNS announcements was a TR-1 from AIM-listed Brave Bison (BBSN). I can’t say that I’m an expert on this one, but I do know that Tom Winnifrith and Steve Moore have had some fun with it in the past and that it seems to have been a bit of a cash-guzzler. Steve Moore’s last comment being avoid would perhaps sum it up.

Chesterfield Resources – Worthless POS talks bollocks, quick translation service

Published 211 days ago

I have warned several times that Standard Listed Chesterfield Resources (CHF) is a worthless POS. Put simply the Troodos mountains in Cyprus contains copper but not of sufficient grades and size to effect a commercial mining operation. And so today it has issued a ramptastic RNS which is utter bollocks and in that vein  my translation of this nonsense is in bold.

Lekoil – how was my crystal ball?

Published 211 days ago

After pontificating on the position of Lekoil (LEK) prior to the results, it merits a review now that the results have been issued. So how did I do with my crystal ball, and where does it leave the company? 

ECSC Group – does AGM update support “build a solid base for ongoing growth”?

Published 211 days ago

Previously writing on cyber security services group ECSC (ECSC), in January I cautioned as the shares rose to 77.5p. They would go on to rise further but were back at 77.5p before now an “AGM Statement”

How to Beat Plastic Palace Alice - and Perhaps Enjoy a Tasty Share Rise

Published 211 days ago

Hello, Share Crumblers. Anyone watching the TV Tory leadership debate will know how seriously the environment is being taken these days. Not only did the shower of contenders have to field questions about Brexit, but they all seemed even more uncomfortable when a fifteen-year-old critic sneered that the government wasn't do enough to clean the world.

Bagir – after investment agreement extended to end May “to provide ample time for all parties”…

Published 212 days ago

Shares in self-styled “designer, creator and provider of innovative tailoring”, Bagir Group (BAGR) slumped towards 1p at the end of 2018 as the company updated including “it is taking more time than first envisaged for Shandong Ruyi to receive Chinese Government approval for its proposed $16.5 million investment into the company… 30 May 2019… new completion date has been set to provide ample time for all parties” and “Udi Cohen, Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the company from March 10, 2019, to pursue his other business interests”. They recovered particularly during last month but are currently slumping again on an “Update on Strategic Partnership and Trading”

TechFinancials – argues “considerable progress away from the historical business model to new products and technologies”, BUT…

Published 213 days ago

Self-styled “fintech software provider of financial solutions including blockchain-based digital assets and traditional financial trading solutions for retail clients”, TechFinancials (TECH) has (eventually) announced 2018 calendar year results, noting “trading in second half adversely impacted by tightening regulation… but with considerable progress away from the historical business model to new products and technologies…We are confident about the long-term prospects of the group and will continue to invest for the future”

Westminster Group – “significant developments that demonstrate the benefits of this strategy”. Really?

Published 213 days ago

Managed services and technology-based security solutions group Westminster (WSG) has updated including “trading for 2019 has started on a strong note with both order intake and revenues ahead of budget… over the next few months and years we have an opportunity to achieve unprecedented growth from the prospects we are pursuing” – and the shares have currently responded to 8.5p, more than 40% higher…

K3 Business Technology – “Trading Update” = Profit Warning Deferral?

Published 213 days ago

Business software, cloud and managed services group K3 Business Technology (KBT) “is pleased to provide a trading update for the six months ended 31 May 2019” and it commences; “The group continues to progress well, with the benefits of transformation initiatives coming through across all key areas of activity, and the board believes that K3 remains on track to meet current market expectations for this year”… “although”. Uh oh…

Choice Beckons for Tobacco Investors as Giant Pension Fund Plans to Jump Ship

Published 213 days ago

Hello, Share Meshers. With respect to my brainy colleague Chris Bailey who seems to think that investing in tobacco companies is ok, I do not invest in anything which says on the packet that it might adversely affect health. But there is now a more pragmatic reason to consider for avoiding shares in tobacco companies...

MBL Group – AIM cancellation was only delayed… & what of potential return of capital?

Published 214 days ago

Having failed to get shareholder support to cancel its AIM admission last year, now a “Settlement of claim and Cancellation update” from MBL Group (MUBL)...

Premier Technical Services – emphasises “continued sales growth” & “confidence”, BUT…

Published 214 days ago

Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG) has updated including “pleased to report that the group has seen continued sales growth and strong levels of orders in the year to date” and “the recent acquisitions of Guardian and Trinity are performing ahead of management expectations. This underscores our confidence in achieving a successful full year result in 2019”. The shares though, although well up from recent lows, are still down from more than 150p as recently as early this year to still sub 100p…

Neil Woodford disaster Kier turns into omnishambles, shares slide (AGAIN) by 10%

Published 214 days ago

You heard it here first, folks: I said Kier would drop its dividend and today it has for the next two years. But worse still, it has now ‘fessed up that (even after the disaster that was the rights issue which fell to the underwriters) it is over-indebted. This morning’s statement is a horror show from start to finish.

Staffline – I having previously asked “worse to come? (what about the debt?!)”…

Published 214 days ago

I wrote on recruitment and training group Staffline (STAF) last month with the shares at around 400p; “Trading Update” dire… but worse to come? (what about the debt?!). They commenced today at 239p and are now further lower on the back of a “Notice of Results & Group Update”

Taylor Wimpey bites the hand that feeds it

Published 214 days ago

Spot the potential corporate problem. If there is a piece of government policy that pretty directly accounts for half of your profits, the smart thing to do as a CEO would be to try to sustain such a position for as long as possible. However as per Pete Redfern - chief executive of Taylor Wimpey (TW.) - Help to Buy is now a bad thing as it 'bought forward price growth significantly'…

Distil – full-year results, a more uncertain outlook?

Published 215 days ago

Marketer and seller of RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Vodka, Diva Vodka and Blavod Black Vodka, Distil (DIS) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2019 and that “investment in our brands and commercial infrastructure will increase to capture new markets and new consumers”

Serco - bravely batting against an anonymous short seller

Published 215 days ago

The support services and related sector has had a shocker over recent years and now it appears that two of the remaining (and i use the phrase in an ironic fashion) leading lights - Babcock (BAB) and Serco (SRP) are potentially set to merge, at least as per deadwood press suggestions.  

Neil Woodford disaster zone Kier plunges another 36%

Published 216 days ago

Not so long ago Neil Woodford was telling his investors that fully-listed Kier Group (KIE) was just the perfect investment. Then came the rights issue which flopped and fell to the underwriters. And then came the admission that it had mis-stated its debt position. And then a new CEO who immediately launched a strategic review. And then a profit warning. And yesterday The Times reported that Kier was looking at off-loading its house building arm as its suppliers were being refused insurance on Kier’s bills. But of course Neil knew best: as the shares collapsed from well over £8 a pop ahead of the rights issue fiasco to close yesterday at a new low point of 130.8p, until his Equity Income Fund was gated, Neil was keenly buying up ever more of Kier’s shares,, taking his stake to 20% at the peak.

Taptica International – Blinkx did stink, and now…

Published 217 days ago

Shares in Taptica International (TAP) are up smartly today, but still well down on the week. An AGM statement concluded “the strategic rationale for the merger remains strong and in the best interest of shareholders, as such the board remains optimistic in the medium term”. This was after a recent completion of a merger with RhythmOne – the former Blinkx…

Prospex announces a maiden profit, but how much cash was actually generated? Red Flag Alert!

Published 217 days ago

When is a net profit not really a profit? When it is being announced by Prospex Oil and Gas (PXOG) would appear to be one answer to that question!

Ascent Resources – “official response… has now been received” & surprise, surprise…

Published 217 days ago

Ascent Resources (AST) has updated commencing “the official response from the Ministry of the Environment has now been received by lawyers representing the joint venture”. And, unsurprisingly after yesterday, it ain’t good news…

Hornby – full-year results, “pleased to report”?

Published 218 days ago

Models and collectibles group Hornby (HRN) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2019, “pleased to report to our shareholders in an exciting but challenging period for our company”

Ascent Resources – having argued on permits “good grounds to hope that an objective review... should result in a favourable decision”…

Published 218 days ago

“Permitting update” from Ascent Resources (AST) that “a report has appeared on a Slovenian government website that the partners appeal against the issuance of the permit to re-stimulate Pg-10 and Pg-11A has been denied by the Environment Ministry”. Uh oh…

TechFinancials – ‘speeding ticket’ RNS required, any basis for ‘optimism’?

Published 219 days ago

Having fallen from more than 30p in early 2018 to a recent circa 4p-5p, shares in TechFinancials (TECH) were heading towards 13p earlier today. Cue a ‘speeding ticket’ RNS being required…

Paragon Entertainment – revenue recognition delay… but hasn’t there already been this?

Published 219 days ago

Attractions design, production and fit-out company Paragon Entertainment (PEL) has updated including, “during the audit of the FY 2018 financial statements it has become apparent that following the adoption of IFRS 15, some revenue (and therefore the profits associated with that revenue) that was previously expected to be recognisable in FY 2018 will now be recognised in FY 2019. This mainly relates to a shift in the programme and therefore revenue/profit recognition regarding the company's Kidzania Abu Dhabi project. Therefore the company provides the following update to the guidance previously notified in the Trading Update dated 6 March 2019”. But hasn’t there been similar from it before?...

Pendragon – “Outcome of Financial & Operational Review”… as suggested, it ain’t positive!

Published 219 days ago

In April I wrote on automotive retailer Pendragon (PDG) update suggests ‘operational and financial prospects’ review ain’t going to be positive. The shares were then around 23p and are now falling well below 20p on the back of “Outcome of Financial & Operational Review”

I was wrong about Avesoro - it is now uninvestable after the latest update

Published 219 days ago

A lot of the time there is very little that you can do to avoid bad news coming out of the blue, and even less so where the directors of the company have previously tried to make out that the situation is far more positive than the reality. That would definitely seem to be the case with African gold miner Avesoro Resources (ASO), and if anything proves that I should stick with my gut feeling when something doesn’t quite feel right about a company...

EXCLUSIVE: Julie Meyer shocker – does she want the good news or the very bad news

Published 220 days ago

As you may recall, the 30th firm of lawyers to act for Julie “Lingerie on Expenses” Meyer, the ;previous 29 having gone unpaid, is trying to stop me writing about her by sending me a fascist lawyers letter. But I am afraid that before I respond to that, I have breaking news which is very much in the public interest to reveal. For Julie the news is in part good and in part terrible.

Picking a Firm Which Blows Hot and Cold Isn't Usually Wise, but Supporting this UK Engineer Might Be

Published 221 days ago

Hello, Share Crunchers. In line with my oft-quoted policy of favouring companies which do boring things - and so are often below the radar - I offer for your consideration IMI (IMI). This Birmingham engineer is described as a ‘flow control specialist’...

PHSC – security technology proving diversification or ‘diworsification’?

Published 223 days ago

Writing on the most recent full-year results from PHSC plc (PHSC), I questioned security technology to prove diversification or ‘diworsification’?. Now a year ended 31st March 2019 “Trading Update”

Can Neil Woodford avoid being sacked again today? Er….what of WPCT?

Published 224 days ago

Sorry Neil. It was an attack of commentator’s curse so it is all my fault that you were sacked after-hours yesterday by Openwork from your job managing the Omnis fund. Obviously it was nothing to do with you. The question now is can you avoid getting the tickety-tack today. With no more external funds to be sacked from, having lost your jobs with St James’ Place and Openwork….oh, and Quilter a few weeks back, you might be feeling a little more confident on that score today.

Gooch & Housego – “Directors' Share Purchases”… don’t convince me much

Published 224 days ago

Writing earlier this week on Gooch & Housego (GHH), I questioned “dividend increased… reflective of the directors' confidence in the business going forward”. There was subsequently that day a ‘directorate share purchase’ announcement – and there’s subsequently been another one…

Maybe it's Because I'm Not a Londoner that I Like this London investment group

Published 224 days ago

Hello, Share Twisters. It’s a good wheeze, methinks, to keep up reminders of a successful company if it continues to show potential. Even more so when general economic circumstances are in such a shaky state. So allow me to return to an old favourite: City of London Investment Group (CLIG)...

Seeing Machines – “Senior Leadership Transition”. So orderly then?

Published 225 days ago

“Senior Leadership Transition” announcement from computer vision technology company Seeing Machines (SEE). So orderly then? Announced intra-day at 1:03pm. Hmmm…

Eqtec is drowning in debt - will it ever issue an update with any real substance?

Published 226 days ago

Regular readers of Share Prophets will know that I’m not exactly a fan of Eqtec (EQT) and have been far from convinced by all the very vague news releases coming from the company, and that opinion certainly hasn’t changed as it seems to provide even less these days by way of actual exact details.

Flash Bang Wallop Photo-Me is Still Strong and its Weakened Share Price Might Just Recover

Published 226 days ago

Hello, Share Strummers. Time for another look at Photo-Me (PHTM) methinks. Uncle Tom once described this as my favourite share. But that was in the old days when the share made a steady climb towards the 170p mark. I took back my loyalty when the stock started to decay. And it eventually dropped to 80p-ish. Today it's about 92p...

Neil Woodford – let the carnage commence: Card Factory

Published 227 days ago

Neil “I am not a forced seller” Woodford has been selling Card Factory (CARD). Why is this worthy of comment? Well just three weeks ago we published an article entitled Gambling Neil Woodford doubles down on sliding Card Factory after he doubled his stake to 10%.

Acacia Mining shows that all that glitters is not gold

Published 229 days ago

I have rhapsodised enough times on this website about one of my favourite global corporate chief executives, Mark Bristow who has evolved from being in charge of the previously London listed Randgold Resources to (via a corporate transaction) heading up Barrick Gold which is primarily listed in Canada and the United States. 

Video: Gold is heading for $5000 an ounce

Published 230 days ago

Mining entrepreneur Rob McCewen gave the keynote talk at the recent Hard Asset conference and discussed where we are in this new bull market for gold. He discusses the historic Dow to Gold ratio and why we headed back to the day when one ounce of gold will once again purchase one share of the DOW. He thinks gold is headed much higher and likely towards $5000.

Paragon Entertainment – intra-day winding up petition developments

Published 230 days ago

An intra-day (11:09am) “Response re: Winding up petition” announcement from Paragon Entertainment (PEL). Uh oh…

Why I would avoid Harvest Minerals until it has a full mining licence in place

Published 231 days ago

Fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals (HMI) seems to have been getting mentioned quite a bit recently and its shares are sitting at around a 12 month low, which probably means that it is going to get pushed hard in the near future, but is it a company that you should be considering taking a position in?

Berkeley Energia – responds to ‘price and volume query’ (not from the London market authorities, natch)

Published 231 days ago

Berkeley Energia (BKY) has responded to a ‘price and volume query’ received from the Australian Securities Exchange. This with the shares sparking having been heading down towards 15p last Friday (natch, it’s not the London market authorities being proactive)…

Chamberlin – intra-day (12:35pm) “Trading Update”. Uh oh…

Published 232 days ago

From castings and engineering group Chamberlin (CMH), an intra-day (12:35pm) “Trading Update”. Uh oh…

St James House – trading update as Razzall tries to dazzall (but fails)

Published 232 days ago

AIM-listed St James House (SJH) is not the investment house which gave Neil Woodford the dreaded vote of confidence – this is the old Boxhill run by Lord Razzall. It may have a swanky upmarket new name but it still looks like the disaster of old...

Bidstack – I can't see value at this price

Published 232 days ago

I don’t generally invest in earlier stage tech companies due to the risk of failure, but I have been following the Bidstack Group (BIDS) story with interest. I’m fully aware that early stage companies in this sector often trade at a large premium to their valuation on paper, as the value is all about future potential and growth and there are examples out there of outfits that started out as small companies before seeing their technology really take off and are now worth a fortune. But this is rare and far more fail and ultimately end up worthless.

Late May performance update: start of 2019 shorted AIM shares

Published 233 days ago

Early this year we showed the Shorted AIM shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the late May bank holiday? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

XLMedia – after February-announced trading warning & “strategic shift”…

Published 233 days ago

Self-styled “a leading provider of digital performance marketing services”, XLMedia (XLM) has updated including that it “continues to trade in line with management expectations with our focus firmly on increasing the group's exposure to higher margin publishing activities as set out in February 2019”…

Rosslyn Data Technologies – “generated cash from operations”… but what about other assets v. liabilities?

Published 233 days ago

“Rosslyn Data Technologies plc (AIM: RDT), a leading global big data technology company, is pleased to issue the following trading statement in advance of its results announcement for the year ended 30 April 2019, which is scheduled to be released in September”

Netcall – “Trading Update” & “looks forward to giving a further update”. I wouldn’t be…

Published 233 days ago

“Trading Update” from Netcall (NET) – and the shares currently down more than 9%, at 51.5p, on it. This despite “cloud bookings have continued their strong performance with year over year growth of 160% to £6.5m”, including “public sector customers ordering the group's newly launched Low-code cloud offerings”

Canadian Overseas Petroleum will soon run out of cash again

Published 233 days ago

At the lower end of the market if you want to get an idea of who was inside on placings then social media is often a good indicator, and in particular some of the accounts on Twitter which have significant numbers of followers and have been pushing the company hard just prior to an equity raise...

Late May performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 234 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance at the late May bank holiday? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

Toople – from less than 2 weeks ago “cash… sufficient to allow business to continue with the growth plan” to…

Published 234 days ago

Writing on provider of telecom services to UK SMEs Toople (TOOP) less than two weeks ago, I questioned “cash… sufficient to allow business to continue with the growth plan”. Really?. Now an announcement; “Repayment of Debt and Private Placing”

Albert Technologies – ‘expanded activity’ from a ‘highly encouraging’ client base… so why are the shares slumping again?

Published 234 days ago

Artificial intelligence marketing platform company, “Albert Technologies (AIM: ALB.L) today provides an update on trading for the first four months of the current financial year and on the expectations of the company's management for the year as a whole”

Shoe Zone – half-year results and looking to the future with confidence

Published 234 days ago

Value footwear retailer, Shoe Zone (SHOE) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th March 2019 and that “we believe we are favourably insulated against many of the structural sector issues and the board continues to look to the future with confidence”

There is no law that says you have to be "all in" the market "all the time"

Published 235 days ago

Could China trade wars pop the bubble?

Centrica – what about a Labour government? No chance!

Published 235 days ago

Maybe I’m just a blinkered old fool, but I just cannot believe that Jeremy Corbyn will get his feet into Number 10. As such, the biggest part (for me) of the case to sell Centrica (CNA) falls apart in my view. Here is why.

Centrica - a takeover? Sure 'don't rule it out' but more important don't bank on it

Published 236 days ago

Centrica (CNA) has been a head in hands investment for the last couple of years...but I do hope that Gary is correct with his assertion the other week about the medium-term recovery potential given i am a (modest) holder.  

Wishbone Trading statement – a bad tip, apologies but a buy at 0.05p

Published 236 days ago

Last week, Wishbone Gold (LSE:WSBN) served up a trading statement that saw its shares tumble to 0.04p-0.05p. As a shareholder I share your pain and apologise for what has been a bad tip. I have drunk my own medicine averaging down so do feel that pain big time. I can understand how some folks are angry. Over at ShareProphets someone posted this comment:

In defence of vocal cynicism

Published 236 days ago

Last week, Roger Lawson posted a blog about the AGM of Accesso Technology (ACSO).  Within this, he levelled a very thinly veiled criticism of Tom Winnifrith, blaming him for the share’s collapse, implying that his actions were wrong and he should be subject to new regulation.  As you might expect if you have any knowledge of these two smart and principled men, this resulted in a mutual online flaming session between Tom and Roger.

Mothercare – “refinancing, restructuring and reorganising… to ensure a sustainable future”. Is there?

Published 238 days ago

Mothercare (MTC) has announced results for its year ended 30th March 2019, emphasising they reflecting “a huge amount this year, refinancing, restructuring and reorganising Mothercare to ensure a sustainable future for the business”. Is there?...

Fevertree – “encouraging operational progress” (what about trading?) & tough UK comparatives. Hmmm…

Published 238 days ago

Fevertree Drinks (FEVR) has updated noting some “further encouraging operational progress” and that “we remain confident in achieving board expectations for the full year ending 31 December 2019”. The shares have responded, er, currently towards 2700p – a few percent lower…

LPA Group – profit warning & contract wins; all becoming known to the company at the same time?!

Published 238 days ago

Previously writing on LED lighting and electro-mechanical systems group LPA (LPA), in March I concluded, with the shares at 114.5p, ahead of detail of just how much the first half has been ‘affected’, I’d suggest at best on the watchlist. I currently continue to avoid. Now an intra-day (3:43pm) update (uh oh), but it a “Trading Update & Contract Wins”. Hmmm…

Immedia – “secured a major AV contract”… so why the share price fall?

Published 239 days ago

“Multi-media content and digital solutions provider”, Immedia (IME) “is pleased to announce it has secured a major AV contract with a blue-chip integrated energy company with headquarters based in Aberdeen”. Its shares have currently responded to 22.5p – er, down more than 6%! Hmmm…

Tungsten – “achieved its first annual EBITDA profit”… but what about cash & the rest of the balance sheet?

Published 239 days ago

Business transaction platform company Tungsten (TUNG) is “pleased to announce that Tungsten achieved its first annual EBITDA profit… we are confident that through executing the actions identified in our operating review, including working with an e-procurement partner and expanding our AR e-invoicing services, we will be able to achieve higher revenue growth” – and the shares have responded higher above 38p. However, EBITDA is, of course, bullshit earnings and there’s a track record of disappointment to overcome…

Stilo International – I having warned again in March, “Trading Statement”…

Published 239 days ago

Writing on content software tools and cloud services business Stilo International (STL) following results in March, I questioned “significant financial overheads associated with being a public listed company” worth it? – and concluded, though the shares then down to 2.35p, to avoid / sell. Now, on the back of a “Trading Statement”, the shares are down at below 1.5p…

Coral Products – director share purchases... but inspiring confidence?

Published 240 days ago

“Coral Products plc (CRU), a specialist in the design, manufacture and supply of plastic products, announces that it was informed on 21 May 2019 that on that date Mick Wood, a director of the company, and Joe Grimmond, Non-Executive Chairman of the company, respectively purchased 37,037 ordinary shares and 50,000 ordinary shares in the company… In addition, Noelle Low, spouse of David Low, a non-executive director of the company, purchased 50,000 ordinary shares”. The shares have responded further higher, above 8p…

21st Century Technology – contract renewal ‘delight’… but reason to be wary of share price strength?

Published 240 days ago

Shares in passenger transport technology company 21st Century (C21) are currently more than 18% higher today, around 3p, on the back of a contract announcement. However, it’s a renewal of an existing framework agreement. Hmmm…

Accesso – AGM update reiterates full-year expectations... why are the shares at current levels?

Published 241 days ago

“Technology solutions provider to leisure, entertainment and cultural markets”, Accesso (ACSO) has updated including that it “is encouraged by the trading seen at this stage of the year and remains confident in the group's outlook” – and the shares have currently responded more than 3% higher above 800p, though that comparing to circa 3000p as recently as September. Hmmm…

Mortgage Advice Bureau – AGM update argues ‘believes is ideally positioned’. Really?...

Published 241 days ago

Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB1) has updated including “adviser numbers have continued to grow… the majority of our Appointed Representatives continue to hold strong growth plans for 2019 and 2020… we believe MAB is ideally positioned to continue increasing its market share, and to focus on wider group success and profitability through new opportunities and broadening our addressable market”. The shares have currently responded, er, towards 580p – more than 5% lower…

Frontier Smart Technologies – “Termination of Discussions”… so why the share price rise?

Published 242 days ago

“Termination of Discussions and Holding in Company” announcement from Frontier Smart Technologies (FST) – and the shares are currently soaring, at above 25p, having previously closed at 14.75p. Hmmm…

Low & Bonar – “Trading Update” & “Change of Leadership”. Uh oh…

Published 242 days ago

“Trading Update” and “Change of Leadership” announcements from Low & Bonar (LWB). I’m guessing the former ain’t going to be good then!...

I find it hard to see any value in Wey Education at the current price - sell

Published 244 days ago

Wey Education (WEY) suddenly seems to have become very popular and the share price has pretty much doubled in recent weeks, but I’m struggling to see what the attraction is with this company and why people would invest at this level.

As a New Tory Leader Will Bring Us Nearer to No Deal, Here's What We Might Do About it.

Published 244 days ago

Hello, Share Puddlers.  It’s very possible that the next leader of the Tory party will be a tougher negotiator than Mrs May. This would be more likely to end in a no-deal Brexit. So how will this affect the companies we share shifters invest in? Here are some precautions you might take.

FirstGroup's Share Price has Travelled Up, but There May Be Further to Go

Published 245 days ago

Hello Share Takers. As a self-styled green investor, though hypocritically not all the time, I tend to favour public transport providers. FirstGroup (FGP) buses are a familiar sight on our roads and it also operates in the USA and Canada. Those famous Greyhound buses are in its stable...

Safestyle UK – less than 2 months after “an encouraging start to the year”, AGM Statement…

Published 246 days ago

“UK focused retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors for the homeowner market”, Safestyle UK (SFE) has updated commencing; “Following the progress made during H2 2018 in stabilising the business, phase two of our turnaround plan is now well underway. Our focus for phase two continues to be on recovering volumes and market share, restoring our operational effectiveness, reducing our costs and enhancing our margins. We remain on track to conclude this phase at the end of 2019 and then plan to move into phase three in 2020 which has a primary focus on accelerating our growth”. Sounds decent enough – and the shares have currently responded… er, to below 80p; circa 15% down!…

Be Heard Group – argues “a good start to the year”… but what about cash flow & the balance sheet?

Published 246 days ago

Previously writing on digital marketing services group Be Heard (BHRD), last year with the shares at 1.3p, I concluded that the shares are firmly on the bargepole list. Now an AGM update including “the group has had a good start to the year. For the first quarter, the group has experienced good revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth, with the overall trading performance being ahead of both budget and last year. Moreover, we are becoming more confident regarding performance for the remainder of the year”. The update has helped the shares bounce to a current 1.05p…

Toople – interims, “cash… sufficient to allow business to continue with the growth plan”. Really?...

Published 247 days ago

Previously writing on provider of telecom services to UK SMEs Toople (TOOP), it was argues “tremendous progress”… but what about to that ‘positive cash flow generation’?. Today results for the company’s half-year ended 31st March 2019 argue “this has been an excellent six months for the company… Current trading is strong with another record month in April and a healthy new business pipeline… initiatives and our excellent product offering and customer service will, we believe, ultimately set us on the road to achieve our stated goal of long term future profitability”. The shares have currently responded, er, towards 0.50p – more than 7% lower…

Anyone fancy buying an Aston Martin Lagonda SUV to help the company make its numbers?

Published 247 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…

Eagle Eye Solutions – News America Marketing partnership “exciting”… or an RNS Reach ramp?

Published 248 days ago

Shares in SaaS marketing technology group Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) are currently approaching 7% higher on the day, above 160p, on the back of a partnership announcement with News America Marketing…

CML Microsystems – growing product portfolio & sales coverage driving ‘sales opportunity pipeline’ “significantly higher”, BUT…

Published 248 days ago

Semiconductors company CML Microsystems (CML) has updated commencing; “The company expects to report revenue for the full year of circa £28 million. This represents a decrease of 11% against the prior full year period which is marginally better than reported in the trading update announced on 1 February 2019. Unaudited full year figures show a profit before tax of close to £3m. The group retains a robust balance sheet with a net cash position of £12.8 million at 31 March 2019”. The shares currently remain below 300p, comparing to 440p as recently as January…

Portmeirion – after less than 2 months ago “we look forward into 2019 with confidence”, a “Trading Update”…

Published 248 days ago

PortmeirionSpodeWax LyricalRoyal Worcester and Pimpernel ceramics and home fragrances group Portmeirion (PMP) has updated on trading. With 21st March-announced results having included “we look forward into 2019 with confidence”, should be ok…

Land Securities like a lunatic loves London...

Published 248 days ago

There is much I could write about today including Greggs' (GRG) continued success with vegan sausage rolls (good), Vodafone (VOD) admitting it had to cut the dividend (bad) and yet another property sector shocker, this time from behemoth Land Securities (LAND)…

Dignity continues to struggle as the death rate slows

Published 249 days ago

The last time I wrote about the UK's largest funeral provider Dignity (DTY) back in March, I observed 'we cannot buck death...but you can continue to avoid Dignity's stock' due to all the challenges facing both the company and the sector. Today's first quarter update makes for continued grisly reading and - as I write - the share is down a further 6%...

Sunday is not a day of rest for management at Vodafone, BT Group and FirstGroup

Published 250 days ago

I quite like working on a Sunday as it gives me a chance to feel fully prepped when markets start moving about come Monday morning.  However I am sure there was some spluttering over the cornflakes and coffee for anyone associated with Vodafone (VOD), BT Group (BT/A) and FirstGroup (FGP) given the various mentions all three corporate names garnered in the deadwood press.  Looking at it dispassionately though from the perspective of shareholders, I think we can characterise the news out there as the equivalent of the good, the bad and the ugly. 

I'm not surprised to see the EVR Holdings share price drop and would continue to avoid it

Published 250 days ago

Last week I wrote a piece here about how I expected the market to react badly when EVR Holdings (EVRH) released its final results for 2018, so I wasn’t surprised to see a drop of around 25% in the share price when that news subsequently came.

Reply to Juicin Drumroll - And Let's Get Ethical.

Published 251 days ago

Hello, Share Takers. Juicin Drumroll, whose posts on this venerable website are always valuable, lashes into my piece on Diageo (DGE) the drinks giant. He alleges that booze can cause more trouble than illegal substances in this country. He said he would feel dirty owning this share.

Metro Bank: more madness and two big upcoming investor decisions

Published 252 days ago

Finally is bad boy Metro Bank (MTRO) finally seeing sense?  You will recall that I have been bearish on this one for a while, noting earlier in the month that 'you should still be avoiding this one like the plague' as i explained the madness of the company continuing to prevaricate on their money raising. 

Drink to Diageo as its Froths Higher into yet Another All-Time Record

Published 252 days ago

Hello, Share Callers. As most shares are falling now on Brexit fears, though I believe them to be groundless it might be the best idea to avoid buying most stocks in the expectation of getting them cheaper a little later on. And yet one company tends to do well when its fellow Footsie members step back...

TheWorks – like-for-like sales +3% & returns on new stores “particularly strong”... so why the share price slump?

Published 253 days ago

“TheWorks.co.uk plc (WRKS), the multi-channel value retailer of gifts, arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery, announces today a trading update covering the 52-week period to 28 April 2019… like-for-like sales growth of 3.0%... Returns on new stores in the period have been particularly strong”… And a current approaching 20% share price decline, below 100p?...

Frontier Smart Technologies – “reviewing its plans” for cash mitigation. I bet it is!

Published 253 days ago

Previously writing on Frontier Smart Technologies (FST), in July I concluded I suggest some consistent delivery is now needed here to re-inspire confidence and, at least before that, I avoid. Today the self-styled “pioneer in technologies for Digital Radio and Smart IoT devices… announces a trading update and revised outlook for the current financial year ending 31 December 2019”. Uh oh…

Van Elle – after another profit warning last month, “Directorate Change”…

Published 254 days ago

Last month geotechnical engineering company Van Elle (VANL) updated including then current-year performance below expectations but that it “continues to make good progress on its transition plan” and that “momentum entering the new year underpins the board's confidence in the prospects for the group”. Today a “Directorate Change” announcement…

Centrica is out of favour but has recovery potential longer term

Published 254 days ago

The past couple of years haven’t been great for FTSE100 stock Centrica (CNA), including the share price having halved during that time, but it could have recovery prospects from the current share price...

John Lewis Of Hungerford – H2 sales “expected to be approximately 10% ahead”… so why are the shares more than 10% down?

Published 255 days ago

“Trading Update” from John Lewis Of Hungerford (JLH) commences that “we remain confident that the business continues to trade positively with deposits taken tracking ahead of those taken in the same period in the prior year” and also includes “sales for the second half are expected to be approximately 10% ahead of the prior year”. The shares have responded… er, currently to below 0.6p – more than 11% lower!...

Purplebrickssucks.com - a website dedicated to how a company screws its employees and customers

Published 255 days ago

Purplebricks (PURP) is notorious for sending fascist lawyers letters to folks who criticise it. But in the US libel laws favour free speech not heavy handed corporates keen to gag whsitleblowers.  Ultimately a business model that is predicated on screwing both staff and customers is doomed to fail and I shall turn to the latest lack of profits warning from Purplebricks later today. However, for now, I inveite you do enjoy the world of Purplebrickssucks.com  - read at your leisure and having done so I am sure you'd agree that only a true moron or Neil Woodford, would want to own shares in this company.

I'm expecting a negative reaction to the EVR Holdings final results

Published 256 days ago

EVR Holdings (EVRH) was once a favourite of PIs as its share price soared and it raised around £20 million of capital from institutional investors, but since it was trading at its peak interest seems to have waned and the share price has dropped back a long way.

ShareProphets Translation Service: Hargreaves Lansdown – still backing Neil Woodford

Published 257 days ago

As discussed by Citywire, Hargreaves Lansdown’s clients have been voting with their feet on Neil Woodford, despite HL maintaining Woodford’s favoured status as part of its Wealth 50 and buying more for its own house funds. In fact, Citywire goes on to report that HL now holds so much Woodford Equity Income between its house funds and client accounts it is classed as a related party. On Thursday HL produced another Woodford-supportive note and the ShareProphets Translation Service gives its view (original in bold).

7digital – shares soar on Denmark assets sale… but that transaction sufficient?

Published 259 days ago

Having first cautioned on 7digital (7DIG) a couple of years ago with the shares at 6.75p, they’re currently 0.60p. However, that compares to sub 0.20p previously sunk to – before a “7digital agrees sale of Denmark assets to TDC” announcement…

MySale – ‘a key step in accelerating strategy’. Really?

Published 259 days ago

Online retailer MySale (MYSL) has announced what CEO Carl Jackson argues is “a key step in accelerating our 'ANZ First' strategy, which looks to optimise our scale, resources and market position in the region. With this more streamlined and focused approach, we can provide an improved offering for both our customers and brand partners”. The market is though unconvinced – the shares currently still at 13.575p, down from approaching 40p as recently as December…

DP Poland – argues “been effective at driving sales”… but what does it mean financially?

Published 259 days ago

The company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has updated including “our marketing campaign featuring Damian Kordas launched in the second half of January and has been effective at driving sales, as has our trial partnership with food delivery aggregator Pyszne”. The shares have responded higher to 9p – but that still comparing to even a start of 2019 more than 12p…

Intu Properties – continue to avoid after another shocker

Published 259 days ago

I have been a long-term bear on Intu Properties (INTU) and have not been surprised to see over the last few months a variety of corporate challenges which have justified the continued fall of the share price. Let's face it: being the owner of shopping centres is kind of obviously not an easy business to be involved with currently…

Are Metro Bank's PR or Restaurant Group's hiring department the bigger fools?

Published 260 days ago

Lots of numbers are out today but two pieces of buffoonery really stand out. The first is at my old pal Metro Bank (MTRO), a stock which I have written on a number of times – most recently in February when I observed that short selling was not dead at all. The share has dumped a further 15% this morning after a simply bonkers update that was published at 4.45pm yesterday evening…

April performance update: start of 2019 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 260 days ago

Early this year we showed the top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2019. How's the performance following April? (those in bold remain from 2018)...

ULS Technology – “market headwinds”, argues “investment in the business will help to insulate”. Will it?...

Published 261 days ago

Provider of online B2B platforms for the UK conveyancing and financial intermediary markets, ULS Technology (ULS) has updated including of “a strong gross margin performance… continues to generate strong cash flow… maintain the group's policy of paying a progressive dividend”. So why are the shares currently, on the back of the update, at 70p – 9% lower?...

Tex Holdings – from two weeks ago bank covenants breach partially caused by accounting change… to now, no it isn’t!

Published 262 days ago

Writing on plastic injection moulding and tooling, engineering products and boards and panels manufacturing group Tex Holdings (TXH) a couple of weeks ago, I questioned just an accounting factor though?. At 5:22pm yesterday, “Statement re. Suspension”. Uh oh…

Tekmar Group – having IPO’d less than 11 months ago ‘in line with expectations’… or not?

Published 263 days ago

With the shares down from a 130p per share June 2018 AIM IPO, now a “Notice of Results and Trading Update” from subsea protection equipment group Tekmar (TGP)...

Trakm8 – “positive adjusted profit for the second half”… so at least close to net cash generation then? Er…

Published 263 days ago

Telematics and data supplier Trakm8 (TRAK) commences a trading update for its year ended 31st March 2019 with that it “met current market expectations… achieved a positive adjusted profit for the second half” and the announcement includes “at the period end contracts were secured with Ingenie… and another one of the UK's innovative insurance providers. Post year end Trakm8 signed a contract with another new insurance provider… The number of roadside assistance customers deploying Trakm8 solutions across Europe has increased to 7 and the product has been launched in Australia. In the Fleet space new contracts were secured with a number of medium sized fleets”. Good news then?...

Nexus Infrastructure – from less than 5 months ago “strong order book provides forward earnings visibility” to…

Published 263 days ago

Less than two years ago provider of infrastructure services to the UK housebuilding and commercial sectors, Nexus Infrastructure (NEXS) was, at 185p per share, “delighted to announce the successful completion of our IPO on the AIM Market… as a quoted company we look forward to the future with confidence”. The company’s December 2018-announced results were headlined “Delivery of profits in line with management expectations and strong order book provides forward earnings visibility” – and now a “Trading Update and Notice of Results”

My body was in spasms, my teeth chattered – the least you can do is give a tenner to Woodlarks

Published 264 days ago

Readers kindly email to ask if, despite Storm Hannah, I completed my twenty four up hill down dale training walk yesterday. I did. But at a price. There is, however, good news.

Richard Jennings is 100% right (on this) - sack the board at Argo Blockchain at the EGM

Published 264 days ago

Richard Jennings is wrong about a good few things. Very wrong. But on certain matters (cats, Greece, donating money to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks) he cannot be faulted. And his logic in arguing to sack the board at Argo Blockchain (ARB) is 100% correct. We will be casting FIML votes in favour of the resolution to do so and we urge all others to do the same. Over to the Align Research boss to explain why:

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Greensmith dont be such a knobhead when I scoop a placing by your POS client

Published 266 days ago

This website is placing scoop central. For the avoidance of doubt we do not engage in market speculation we report fact. Peter Greensmith you know that to be the case and are being a knobhead for pretending otherwise. Yes this is a bad language special covering Audioboom (BOOM), Bidstack (BIDS) and Westminster Group (WSG). I also cover Inspirit (INSP) and FairFx (FFX) and explain what has been occupying me today: we have two new cats. Finally as I prepare for a 24 mile training walk on Saturday do the decent thing and donate to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE

Van Elle – “the business continues to make good progress on its transition plan”… does it?

Published 266 days ago

Geotechnical engineering company Van Elle (VANL) has updated commencing, “The business continues to make good progress on its transition plan, announced in January”. The shares have responded higher – but a still sub 50p share price compares to 80p at the start of 2019…

Neil Woodford Dog NetScientific – CEO walks “to assist….in reducing central costs”

Published 267 days ago

AIM-listed Woodford dog Netscientific (NSCI) has announced the departure of its CEO, Francois Martelet as from 30 April 2019 – just a few day’s time – in order to assist the Company in reducing its central costs and pursue other career opportunities. Well I daresay not having to pay his salary, bonuses and medical insurance will help a little with the company’s forthcoming cashflow difficulties, but if he is departing to help the company why is this all in accordance with the terms of his service agreement?

Synnovia – follows “broadly in line” February update with profit & accounts disappointment

Published 267 days ago

Writing on industrial components and consumables manufacturer Synnovia (SYN) - Plastics Capital as was - in February, I questioned is a 10%+ forecast reduction really “broadly in line”?!. Now a “Trading Update and Restatement of Accounts”. Uh oh…

Shrug the shoulders at Barclays, Sainsbury and Taylor Wimpey

Published 267 days ago

Hello the global earnings season. This is a quarterly reality which makes my life periodically very busy...but what could be more interesting than zoning into the latest thoughts of a bunch of corporations around the world? Three in the UK market capture my attention today…

Minoan – subscription, open offer, directors’ debts for equity all at a big premium

Published 267 days ago

In many ways the announcement of more confetti from AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) is a big disappointment. After all, it has an asset worth many times its market capitalisation, several multiples of the enterprise value and is also carried on the books in the recent (audited) full-year results at heavy multiples of market cap and EV. And we are told that there are interested parties who want a piece of the action – so why not just sell it? Well, it is more complicated than that...

I believe that I3 Energy has potential, so I've bought some myself

Published 268 days ago

Smaller North Sea oil and gas companies seem to be out of favour, as investors go chasing big profits in riskier, less proven parts of the world, but more often than not the outcome tends to be heavy losses on these types of outfits.

Ascent Resources – and there’s the placing as it exploits permit ‘delight’

Published 268 days ago

Ascent Resources (AST) “is pleased to announce that it has completed an oversubscribed placing of 214,285,714 ordinary shares… with a small number of institutional investors. The placing was conducted at a price of 0.35 pence per share”Particular credit to Evil Banksta – and the company “pleased to announce”, with the price a 30% discount to the prior close?! (“oversubscribed” not exactly an achievement then!)...

Yourgene: Acquisition, placing, FinnCap fired, my trust lost for good but the shares are bloody cheap

Published 269 days ago

I have known for a while that Yourgene (YGEN) was to upgrade its broker from FinnCrap to Stifel. It is a big upgrade. But I was told that FinnCap would be kept on as joint broker for three months during part of which Stifel is in a research blackout period. Something happened last Wednesday and FinnCap was fired with immediate effect. I shall endeavour to establish what it was but maybe it was just that FinnCrap’s last research note was so bad that it was felt that no research for 40 days was better than another note from the same shite analyst. Perhaps FinnCap did something worse. I am digging. What you, my fellow shareholders want to know about is the placing and acquisition.

Zinc Media – again an RNS it’s “pleased” with… but what about positivity showing in the financials?

Published 269 days ago

TV and multimedia content producer, Zinc Media (ZIN) “is pleased to confirm that Mark Browning has joined the business as Chief Executive Officer… brings many years of leadership, experience and a clear track record of successfully managing significant growth in the TV production and media sectors and joins the company from ITN Productions, where he most recently acted as Group Managing Director”, with Browning seeing “plenty of growth potential in the TV businesses, both domestically and internationally, and through Zinc Media's digital arm”. Potential then, with the shares having sunk to 0.3p from towards 0.70p when I last wrote?...

Angling Direct – argues “strategic focus on customer experience and service, as well as positioning our stores”… but what about investors?

Published 269 days ago

“New Store Opening and Trading Update” from fishing tackle and equipment retailer Angling Direct (ANG), which the company “is pleased to announce” and sees CEO Darren Bailey “very excited to have opened our Nottingham store” and also stating “whilst other areas of the retail sector may be experiencing difficulties, we are delighted that our strategic focus on customer experience and service, as well as positioning our stores in the correct locations, is driving our growth and brand value”. Great news then?...

Gem Diamonds looks too cheap down here - buy for the longer term

Published 270 days ago

Diamond miners seem to be out of favour at the moment, but many experts are predicting better things to come for the market, with demand increasing and supply falling, especially when it comes to large or rare coloured stones.

Head in hands for Taylor Wimpey and Barclays' activist

Published 270 days ago

It is all a bit half speed today with the UK (and European markets) closed but there were a couple of stories that caught my attention.  A couple of weeks ago  I told Edward Bramson - who has taken an activist position towards Barclays (BARC) via his Sherborne Investors vehicle, to take a chill pill. 

Notes from Underground: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

Published 271 days ago

Do we have any readers in Margate? My wife and I spent yesterday in your fair town for the first time and enjoyed it immensely. However, to get there from London, we needed to use the SouthEastern Trains service and that is a train operating company that should be fired into the sun.

Fusion Antibodies – emphasises second half improvement… why a muted share price response?

Published 274 days ago

“Fusion Antibodies plc (AIM: FAB), a pharmaceutical contract research organisation specialising in antibody engineering services, provides a business and unaudited trading update for year ended 31 March 2019, confirming the improvement in second half performance announced on 25 February 2019”. Sounds positive – though despite being down from more than 100p in August and even a start of 2019 more than 50p, the shares nudging up to only 30p?...

Pendragon – update suggests ‘operational and financial prospects’ review ain’t going to be positive

Published 274 days ago

“Directorate Change” announcement follows an “Interim Management Statement” from automotive retailer Pendragon (PDG) – and the shares, at around 23p, are currently more than 10% below levels of earlier this week…

Starcom – placing “to pursue a more aggressive marketing strategy”… or not?

Published 274 days ago

Provider of wireless solutions for remote tracking, monitoring and protection, Starcom (STAR) “is pleased to announce that the company has conditionally raised £637,500… at a price of 1.25 pence per subscription share”. The market is not pleased – the shares currently more than 20% lower in response…

Carclo – from “convinced” COO “will successfully lead the group's operations in making sustained improvements” to role “eliminated” within 2 months – and worse…

Published 275 days ago

Previously writing on “manufacturer of fine tolerance injection moulded plastic parts mainly for the medical, automotive lighting and optics markets” Carclo (CAR), I concluded in January, with the shares then down to 55p, that the current result is a mess – and hopefully my prior caution was heeded. Still an avoid / sell. Now a “Year-End Trading Update” – and the shares currently down to around 20p!...

Atalaya remains a buy after recent updates

Published 275 days ago

If you want exposure to copper and are looking to invest in an earlier stage outfit that is already in production, then your choice of UK listed companies is actually fairly limited. The majority are either still at the exploration/development phase, or are large FTSE listed miners, and in many cases copper is just one of many metals that are being produced, with the odd exception...

The Legal Sharpens its Talons Towards Firms which Don't Meet its Standards

Published 275 days ago

Hello, Share Spookers. My old favourite Legal & General (LGEN) is making the news. It has a policy which could energise the share price. The company is taking action it hopes will curb global warming...

Tex Holdings – “Update on Trading” three and a half months after year-end… and at 4:55pm!

Published 276 days ago

A yesterday after-market-close, 4:55pm, “Update on Trading” from plastic injection moulding and tooling, engineering products and boards and panels manufacturing group Tex Holdings (TXH). I’m guessing it ain’t going to be a positive one…

Ashmore – it is always about big AND small picture

Published 276 days ago

As many readers will know, I spend a good chunk of my time looking at the bigger, wider macro world to help me come to conclusions about individual stocks. I know the 'bottom-up' purists will hate this but nothing exists in a vacuum and whilst the macro world is notoriously hard to predict, this does not mean you should not look for some insights. I do not believe - as some academics would have it - that eighty or ninety percent of your returns are determined by your asset allocation choices, but it certainly plays a significant contributory factor. There is a reason for the ramble – and it is Ashmore (ASHM), which produced a trading update today covering the first calendar year quarter...

Neil Woodford favourite Circassia – IP Group is selling

Published 277 days ago

Oh dear! It appears from a TR-1 released by Circassia Pharmaceuticals (CIR) today as though IP Group (IPO) - a Woodford investee - has been selling shares in Circassia, a favourite of Neil Woodford...

Ascent Resources – permit ‘delight’… but still more needed

Published 277 days ago

Ascent Resources (AST) has updated that the “crucially important” IPPC permit has been confirmed by the Slovenian Environment Agency to the company’s partners “as fully valid, no further appeals against the permit are possible” – and shares in the company have currently responded to 0.625p, 25% higher…

System1 Group – full-year trading update, share price recovery imminent?

Published 277 days ago

Previously writing on marketing services group System1 (SYS1) in November with the shares just under 200p, I concluded amidst a clearly continuing challenging trading environment… I’ll monitor with interest, but re. the shares currently continue to avoid. Now a year ended 31st March 2019 trading update…

Robert Walters – a geared play on everything

Published 277 days ago

I read today that a Deloitte survey shows that 8 out of 10 chief financial officer's at large UK companies think the long-term business environment will be worse due to Brexit, whilst a Bibby Financial Services survey notes 57% of small and medium sized business owners think the UK economy will fall into a recession this year. I guess that is pessimism central...and the seeming inability of politicians to concentrate on the opportunities and challenges of the post-Brexit period does not bode well. Step forward the recruitment sector for review then…

As Luxury Goods Often Ride Recessions, Take a Peek at this Growing Giant

Published 277 days ago

Hello, Share People. If you’re anything like me you avoid buying top class luxury goods, which can be terribly expensive. But there’s a growing army of rich people in this inequitable world who are prepared to pay up for the best products...

Polymetal: all that glistens can be gold

Published 278 days ago

I see Malcolm wrote about the gold space yesterday  and it got me thinking again about London's largest cap gold miner Polymetal (POLY), an honour bestowed upon it when my old mucker Randgold decamped via a big merger deal to concentrating its northern hemisphere listings in the North American markets.  

Anglo Asian Mining – positive Q1 production & cash update, more to come…

Published 279 days ago

Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ) has updated on first quarter of 2019 production and operations and that “the company continues to generate cash with our net cash balance increasing by $4.7 million despite a $3 million payment of corporate taxation in the quarter”

Tasty – discounted fundraising bears out my prior caution, though where from here?

Published 280 days ago

Writing last month on Wildwood and dim t restaurants group Tasty (TAST) with the shares at 6.5p, I concluded that the noted trading and financial situation saw me retain prior caution. Today a placing & open offer announcement…

As Emerging Markets Continue to Emerge, Take a Peek at this Feisty Funds Group

Published 280 days ago

Hello, Share Tumblers. Allow me to return to an old favourite which seems to me to offer some degree of reassurance in a changing world. It’s a group which specialises in the fortunes of emerging markets and developing countries. We hear a lot about how such regions are on the up and investment in this outfit seems an easy way of getting in on it...

Instem – “as a result of strong institutional investor demand”, ‘long term shareholders’ including directors sell… at a good price then?

Published 281 days ago

Provider of IT services to the life sciences market, Instem (INS) has announced shareholders including the DG 2008 Discretionary Settlement (of which Chairman David Gare and his wife are trustees) and non-executive director David Sherwin have sold shares… “as a result of strong institutional investor demand following our recent results”. With such demand seemingly unable to be met by the market, a good price in relation to a last close 330p share price then?...

7digital Group – loan notes redemption notice further accelerates the cash crunch ahoy!

Published 281 days ago

Having earlier this week updated including “the board's current view is that the business will require material further equity and/or debt funding in the next quarter without which the company would be unable to continue as a going concern”, now an “Early Redemption of Loan Notes” announcement from 7digital Group (7DIG). Uh oh…

Gooch & Housego – announces “in line with management's expectations”… but not with expectations less than 6 weeks before the period-end!

Published 282 days ago

“Gooch & Housego PLC (AIM: GHH), the specialist manufacturer of photonic components & systems, announces that trading in the six months to 31 March 2019 was in line with management's expectations”. But I note an 1150p share price is down from approaching 1900p in October and more than 1500p as recently as February. Hmmm…

Stride Gaming – in 2 months from “broadly in line” to “does not expect to recover the first half revenue shortfall”...

Published 284 days ago

Previously writing on online gaming operator Stride Gaming (STR), I noted in November having been set to record a provision of £4m… £7.1m Gambling Commission fine. In February this year, the company updated including “trading performance since the start of the financial year has been broadly in line with the board's expectations”. Now a further “Trading update”

7digital Group – I having previously suggested results won’t be pretty & financial distress... “Business Update”…

Published 284 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions” 7digital (7DIG) in January it was “pleased to confirm” restructuring completion… but much it shouldn’t be pleased to confirm! – as the shares slumped below 1p… and still I concluded, I suggest “a detailed statement of the expected out-turn for 2018 once accounting issues related to the restructuring and revenue recognition under IFRS 15 have been resolved” won’t be pretty. That there’s the restructuring with “several operations and offices have been closed or discontinued and staff numbers reduced in all locations” and the HMRC situation of circa £0.417 million seemingly relying on expected receipts, also suggest financial distress – and hopefully my prior warnings were heeded. Natch, still a sell / avoid. Now a“Business Update”

LightwaveRF – trading update ‘delight’… but revenue is vanity…

Published 285 days ago

CEO of self-styled “leading smart home solutions provider” LightwaveRF (LWRF), Jason Elliott, is “delighted that Lightwave has maintained the momentum of significantly improved revenue in the quarter” – and the shares have currently responded back above 8p, 10% higher…

Minoan – signs of progress as FY18 results are released

Published 285 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) has released its annual results to October 2018 and there does at last appear to be some sign of tangible progress in monetising its holiday resort project in Crete. My buy tip for 2018 has so far been embarrassingly bad, for which I can only apologise. But this morning’s results have some snippets which show that things are moving in the right direction and I still sense that we might see the original buy price (6.25p) taken out.

The Most Common Jewel of Advice Glittering at the Global Group UK Investor Show

Published 285 days ago

Hello, Share Chuckers. My head's still buzzing with the bombardment of sound advice I heard at the Global Group UK Investor Show. But this will be my last reference to this year’s stunning event. I just wanted to pass on the most common nugget of guidance imparted by some of the most successful British investors of the generation...

SHOCKING: ADVFN promotes an insolvent mini bond ponzi - welcome to Burrito Bonds

Published 286 days ago

It sounds great, the latest 8% yielding mini bond plugged aggressively by ADVFN, the second Burrito Bond. Unfortunately if you do a bit of digging this is yet another mini bond scandal set to join the growing list.

Extra checks all round! Ongoing blushes in housing market

Published 286 days ago

When it all goes wrong, well it just all goes wrong.  I had to smile earlier today when I read that the oft-quoted Halifax House Price Index had bogged up and the old building society (now of course owned by Lloyds Bank (LLOY)) had to withdraw the latest data.  You would have thought somebody, somewhere in the analytical process, would have noticed that if it was rather unusual that prices had risen more than 3% in the three months to March.  
 

Why Coro Energy was my Dragon's Den pick

Published 288 days ago

Coro Energy (CORO) was my pick this year during the Dragon’s Den session I was involved in at the UK Investor Show, and I also hold a small position here myself from around the current share price. Like many smaller companies in the oil and gas sector, it is an investment that I class as being speculative, hence not risking huge amounts of money in it at this stage – but there is also a lot of potential upside...

HSS Hire – 2018 results, “significant progress”?

Published 289 days ago

Previously writing on UK and Ireland tool and equipment hire and related services provider HSS Hire (HSS) in November with its shares at 33p, I concluded at least until there’s more concrete evidence of why to have confidence in the sustainability of the balance sheet, I’ll retain this on the bargepole list. Today results for the company’s year ended 29th December 2018 emphasising “we made significant progress against our strategic priorities and delivered the highest adjusted total EBITDA in the group's history” – and the shares are currently just above 35p…

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: taking apart the Audioboom trading statement

Published 290 days ago

I start with a question for wretched PM Theresa May - which of your assessment's of Jeremy Corbyn was correct? I then look at the strange events at Brave Bison (BBSN), take aprt Audioboom's (BOOM)  joke trading statement, look at Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG), Management Resource Solutions (MRS) and, finally, thirsty Paul Scott favourite TrakM8 (TRAK). Now how about you all follow the good Craig and donate a "one-er" HERE

Photo-Me – having had a reliance on a swift about-turn from “large order lags”, surprise, surprise…

Published 290 days ago

In December I again cautioned on instant-service vending equipment provider Photo-Me International (PHTM), noting a reliance on a swift about-turn from “large order lags” in the current macro climate as the shares headed below 100p. Now, with the company’s year ending this month, a trading update…

Kier shares in freefall again as the man who knows best is STILL buying

Published 290 days ago

Neil Woodford is nothing if not brave – but I suppose given his crashing equity income fund, bravery is about the last option open. This morning it was announced that he has again been topping up his holding in Kier Group (KIE). Meanwhile the shares have now fallen below the low-water mark out in during the rights issue fiasco. So is it brave, or is it a Hail Mary shot?

Bonmarche – cash offer, so was I wrong?...

Published 291 days ago

Last month I concluded on women's clothing and accessories retailer Bonmarche (BON) that its bank facility “expected to be sufficient to meet liquidity requirements” in conjunction with the noted severe trading deterioration in just a matter of months continues to make this uninvestable to me. Avoid / sell. Today a cash offer for the company from Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner Philip Day (via Spectre Holdings Limited). So was I wrong?...

Workspace's CEO exits...just as you should be doing with the stock

Published 291 days ago

I hope many of you enjoyed the UK Investor Show last Saturday. Some of you may even have seen my interview with commercial property investor Nick Leslau where we batted around some of the key issues impacting the sector as well as the retail space and related matters such as Brexit. Nick's steer to private investors listening was very clear: be very careful in the space. I was thinking about some of his comments when I saw today's announcement from Workspace (WKP), which I have written about a couple of times before (most recently HERE)…

Low & Bonar – warns on current trading, ‘expects improving trend during remainder of year’ BUT…

Published 292 days ago

Announcing a £54 million equity raise at 15p per share towards the end of January, Low & Bonar (LWB) emphasised “a number of key strategic initiatives to drive sustainable improvement in the group's performance and financial position were implemented during Financial Year 2018. Progress has been made in all of these areas… Further initiatives will be implemented during Financial Year 2019 and the board is confident that these actions will build a stronger business and one capable of delivering sustainable growth and attractive, sustainable returns”. Today a “Trading Update”

Insolvency or massive dilution looks the most likely outcome for Block Commodities ( formerly the African Potash fraud)

Published 293 days ago

I thought that April Fool’s Day had come early when I spotted the RNS last week that Block Commodities (BLCC) had raised money to invest in the medicinal cannabis market and had entered into an agreement to buy land in Sierra Leone for this purpose!

Sunday Long Reads: Sovereign Citizens, Beijing Delivery, Missing Actress, Sober is the new Drunk, North Korean Underground Railroad

Published 293 days ago

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.   

With a big hat-tip to Citywire, is this the biggest Woodford scandal yet?

Published 293 days ago

Citywire yesterday published an article which stated that Neil Woodford has listed four previously unlisted investments held by  Woodford Equity Income Fund on the International Stock Exchange in….er….Guernsey. Surely even Guernsey’s own residents would agree that this is not exactly the London Stock Exchange! But the odd thing is that Woodford himself seems to have been a tad reticent on the matter – I don’t see any headline proclaiming great success in gaining a listing in Guernsey from Neil Woodford! Why might that be? And that appears to be the nub of the issue.

How Not to Catch a Cold When Trading Your Shares.

Published 294 days ago

Hello, Share Cobblers. As I’m hosting the UK Investor Show this weekend, I can’t topically research any individual shares for your attention. And I’ve said all I can say about Brexit and my portfolio.  Briefly, I expect shares to come back strongly once the process becomes clear, just as falling shares did at the outset of World War 11. So may I write about catching a cold, instead?

Idox – “pleased” at ‘trading in line’… but also identifies “a number of irregularities in historic customer contracts”!

Published 294 days ago

“Idox plc (AIM: IDOX), a leading supplier of specialist information management solutions and services… remains confident in the prospects for the business and is pleased to confirm that the group continues to trade in line with market expectations”. The shares are though currently lower, below 37p…

Podcast: a much higher gold price is coming

Published 295 days ago

Copper has always been a favourite metal for geologist turned broker Barry Dawes, being the third largest metal in terms of consumption and continues its historical pattern of long term growth. China and Asia use an enormous amount of copper and shortages are developing. This should result in a boom in copper prices and then new exploration.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Some cracking news for Neil Woodford, I'm a shareholder now!

Published 295 days ago

The threat of a photo of Dan Levi's Y Fronts post sore bottom training walk remains, so please donate to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks HERE. In today's podcast I look at Condor Gold (CNR), the struggling explorer backed so heavily by my good friend Jim Mellon. It looks to be in real trouble. Then good news for Neil Woodford. As of today I am a loyal shareholder in his Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) and looking forward to the AGM greatly. I have a favour to ask of bearcast listeners living close to Oxford who fancy a day out in the City of Lost Causes in late May or early June.

Dignity puts a brave face on more reasons why it has to eat its own profit margins

Published 295 days ago

Fresh from a brief trip north of the Watford Gap - from which I somehow returned without any obvious injuries or ailments - I see that my old pal Dignity (DTY) has puckered up another news update...and it confirms that life for the UK's only listed provider of funeral related services remains very difficult...

CloudCall – results argue “a high degree of confidence in the future”… so why the share price fall?

Published 296 days ago

“CloudCall (AIM: CALL), a leading cloud-based software business that integrates communications technology into customer relationship management platforms, is pleased to announce its audited full year results for the year ended 31 December 2018” and its CEO Simon Cleaver considers “having effectively removed some of the cash constraints from the business with successful placings in late 2017 and early 2019, we are well placed to deliver on our growth plans with a high degree of confidence in the future”. So why have the shares responded to 86.5p, approaching 17% lower?...

Anti-Fizzy Drinks Brigade Might Raise a Headwind against Tizer and IRN Bru

Published 296 days ago

Hello, Share Travellers. Though it pains me to say it, I might seem disloyal to my favourite childhood tipple of Tizer. A.G. Barr (BAG) makes it, along with that other iconic brand IRN-Bru. This is the legendary Glasgow beverage which has kept even the mighty Coke at bay on its home turf (apparently, only three people, including two family members, know the recipe). Also in the stable, though less well known to oldies like me, are Rubicon SpringFunkin CocktailsRockstar and Snapple. But there is a growing awareness that sugary drinks are not that healthy...

Brexit may have been postponed but UK Investor goes ahead on Saturday 30 March (TOMORROW) – get your seat - last booking noon today

Published 296 days ago

Well it looks as if we will not Brexit on March 29th after all. But The Global Group UK Investor Show on March 30th in Westminster goes ahead and will be more informative and controversial than ever. The last chance to book seats is noon today

DP Poland – 2018 “24% increase in System Sales, 18% growth in revenue”… so why continued share price decline?

Published 297 days ago

The company with the exclusive right to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has announced 2018 results emphasising “24% increase in System Sales, 18% growth in revenue, 66 stores open to-date”“the share placing completed at the end of February gives the business the requisite funds for further corporate store openings and investment in sales and marketing… we have launched an innovative marketing campaign for 2019” and “we are trialling a partnership with the largest delivery aggregator, Pyszne (Takeaway.com) and early signs of significant incremental sales look promising”. However, already down from more than 20p as recently as December, the shares are currently further lower at around 8p…

MySale Group – from “confident” to “reorganisation programme has negatively impacted trading” in less than 7 weeks!

Published 297 days ago

Online retailer MySale (MYSL) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st December 2018, including CEO Carl Jackson stating “performance during the first half was disappointing, however we took immediate action to address the issues the group faced”. Already down from 35p before December-announced own goals, the shares are though currently materially further lower today – at around 12p…

Woodford knows best……as he buys more Kier whilst everyone else sells

Published 298 days ago

Last week fully-listed Keir Group (KIE) followed its disastrous rights issue of December and its awful trading update of earlier this month with pretty awful results – and a 79% cut in the dividend. The shares collapsed (again) and the short sellers piled in. But there was one lone voice buying – yes, you guessed it: Neil Woodford.

Beaufort Collapse Brings Me More Company Reports - Including Good News from Glencore

Published 298 days ago

Hello, Share Bringers. I am still smarting at the time taken to resolve the Beaufort Securities affair. Now my shares have all been split among many different brokers to avoid the trauma of this happening to me again. Though I eventually got all my shares back at no cost, the time taken to sort things out meant I couldn't sell vulnerable stock in the interim. But one advantage of swapping to The Share Centre is that I do get more company reports than I did from Beaufort...

MediaZest – a “pleased to provide” trading update. Good news then? Er…

Published 298 days ago

Previously writing on MediaZest (MDZ) last month, I commented contradictions everywhere – including that it “continues to make progress”. Now a “Trading Update”

Now even Roger Lawson sticks the knife into Neil Woodford

Published 298 days ago

The trouble with Roger Lawson of ShareSoc is that he is too much of a nice guy. As a keen reader of this web site he has more than enough ammo to really stick it to hapless Neil Woodford, the posterboy of the we must reward failure movement. But in his own way, Lawson has today joined we Woodford Bears with his own attack. He opines and the underline is mine.

SpaceandPeople – “look forward to 2019 with confidence”… but then for 2018…

Published 298 days ago

Promotional and retail licensing space company SpaceandPeople (SAL) has announced 2018 results and that “since the end of 2018 we have been awarded a new, multi-year contract with Hammerson in the UK, and our investment in venue development personnel is delivering a good new venues pipeline in the UK” and “as a result of the improved margins and reduced overheads across the two German divisions we are confident they will deliver a positive contribution to group cash flow in 2019”. The shares have currently responded… er, to 12p – more than 17% lower!...

Majestic Wine – “release capital from Majestic without erosion of shareholder value”. Really?

Published 299 days ago

Notifiable short interest has re-emerged in Majestic Wine (WINE) since the start of 2019 – and now a “Group Transformation Plan”

If Royal Dutch Shell is going to be a utility giant...it has got to buy big

Published 299 days ago

So news today that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) is going all vertically integrated and looking to expand its nascent utility arm by renaming its 2017 purchase of First Utility as Shell Energy and offering new customers a discount on their fuel bills. As part of an ongoing slow shift away from classic fossil fuels, this approach has some merit to it...but it leads to one very obvious question: how is Shell going to make this business even mildly relevant to its business?

Centralisation works until it becomes the problem. The start of EU disintegration...

Published 299 days ago

Centralisation works until it becomes the problem. The start of EU disintegration - Expansion, maturation, stagnation and collapse...

Sainsbury's better hope the CMA gets less historic about the Guppi measure

Published 300 days ago

I noted last month that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) really did not help out Sainsbury's (SBRY) with its aim to merge with Asda and push back positively against some of the negative trends it is facing in today's UK food retail market, by asking for lots of store divestments (300 versus the 150 originally offered).  This is why Sainsbury's shares are skulking around a one year low. 

Gold shares are set to fly

Published 300 days ago

The latest report from the world's best known resource investment group, Sprott, explains why now is the time to buy gold shares. Okay author Trey Reik is talking his, or rather Sprott's, book but the case looks a strong one anyway as you can see below.

I can see the Cadence Minerals share price going lower in the short term despite recent news

Published 300 days ago

Trading in the shares of Cadence Minerals (KDNC) was incredibly volatile last week following two announcements by a company in which it holds an equity position. 

Starcom – customer planning for larger orders? Hmmm…

Published 301 days ago

Provider of wireless solutions for remote tracking, monitoring and protection, Starcom (STAR) is “pleased to see WIMC indicating satisfaction with Tetis and planning for larger potential orders” – and its shares have currently responded slightly higher, to 1.275p…

Smiths Group thumbs up but Amigo remains no friend of mine

Published 302 days ago

I think most regular readers will know that I like spin-offs as a liberated management team has a greater chance of showing some entrepreneurial zeal. So today's confirmation by the slightly boring FTSE stalwart Smiths Group (SMIN) that it will be pushing ahead with the separation of its medical division is a victory for both common-sense...and the activist on the company's shareholder register…

Integumen – as the shares slide… an RNS Reach. Hmmm…

Published 302 days ago

Previously writing on Integumen (SKIN) last week it was issues a speeding ticket… the shares go still faster! – they then heading towards 2.40p. They went on to more than 2.50p, before this week falling back – and today a further ‘Labskin’ update…

Xaar – 2018 results, “strong portfolio” to deliver benefits to shareholders?

Published 302 days ago

Inkjet printing technology company Xaar (XAR) has announced 2018 results including “we are confident that the transformation we are undergoing will lead us to become a more diversified and customer-centric organisation, with an appropriate balance between established and developing technologies. We remain focused on delivering the benefits of our strong portfolio and technology advantages to shareholders”. The shares have responded, er… further lower, below 115p…

LPA Group – “work load for the second half and the medium term potentially very pleasing”, but…

Published 303 days ago

LED lighting and electro-mechanical systems group LPA (LPA) is a former tip, though one which was sold on the N50 website at 107p last summer as it noted “successive changes in Government procurement policy have impacted domestic supply chains for both new and refurbished trains and there is increased competition in our Asian markets”. The shares would later fall below 100p and closed yesterday at 103.5p before today an “AGM Trading Update”

Tasty – results the Chairman is “pleased to be reporting”… why the further 20%+ share price fall then?

Published 303 days ago

Tasty (TAST) Chairman Keith Lassman states “I am pleased to be reporting on the group's annual results for the 52 week period ended 30 December 2018”. The shares have responded currently to 6.5p – 23.5% lower!...

Get your free seat to meet Mark Slater, the UK’s top fund manager of the past decade and hear what he is buying in EXACTLY ONE WEEK

Published 303 days ago

As a long time Brexiteer I am sure Mark Slater will have a few things to say about the UK leaving the EU the day before The Global Group UK Investor Show on Saturday 30th March. More importantly, in just 7 days’ time, the most successful fund manager of the past decade will be using that famous “Slater nose” to give his view on the market but will also be explaining exactly which shares he is buying and selling and why.

Highlands Natural Resources moves into the CBD market

Published 304 days ago

I’m sure some investors must have wondered what the directors of AIM listed oil and gas outfit Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) had been smoking when they announced yesterday that they were diversifying into cannabis!

Blue Jay Mining - Placing being sounded out - City source

Published 305 days ago

We have warned you time and time again that Blue jay Mining, the stock promoted shamelessly by disgraced share promoter Old Mother Michael Walters and SP Angel's John Meyer on the basis of bogus "imminent" offtake deals was one to avoid like the plague. The shares are off by 20% today at 9.1p and, a reliable City source, says that investors are being sounded out about a material placing. But at what price?

Tomco: the ramp continues but with placing ahoy, the City's No 1 oil analyst far from convinced

Published 306 days ago

Well before the end of June, Tomco (TOM) needs to get away another placing to avoid crash landing in its up alley. To that end, the £3.9 million market cap at 4.3p is a complete rum 'n; coke. Bt the ramp is underway ahead of the next bailout and thus we have a statement today which has failed to impress the City's No 1 oil analyst. Zac "the knife" Phillips of SP Angel writes:

Julie Meyer accuses Tom Winnifreth (sic) of blackmail, misogyny & denies any regulator is investigating her

Published 306 days ago

Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer has sent a long em ail to her spam emtrepreneur country database to clarify some of the allegations against her. Apparently, in what will be news to the Maltese Courts, she has never faced criminal charges and in what will be news to the FCA and Insolvency Service she is not under any sort of investifgation. Meanwhile I and other pursue her becuase we are misognyists and becuase we want money from her. For the avoidance of doubt I have not asked Ms Meyer for a cent. Oh well, the ramble below ending wither comparing herself to Michelle Obama is below:

PureCircle - Fad Failure and Funny Accounting = SELL

Published 307 days ago

Bears often pigeonhole duff companies as frauds, fads or failures as if they belong in one or other of these distinct categories. The truth is that quite often a fad resorts to fraud when it realises that it is a failure. The most obvious example of this right now is Tesla. But there are others.

Buying shares in Canadian Overseas is likely to cost you - a placing is imminent

Published 307 days ago

If there were any prizes for being the worst performing company at the lower end of the market, then Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) would definitely be up there as one of the contenders.

Has Neil Woodford finally lost the plot completely? Blow up FT Interview suggests he has

Published 309 days ago

I see that Neil Woodford has had an interview published in the FT in which he lambasts critics determined to destroy his reputation, misinformation, lazy commentary, fake news, fake analysis which “pisses me off” and vents his frustration at the poor investment decisions of investors selling up.

Berkeley Energia – interims, frustrating but the potential remains: BUY

Published 309 days ago

Berkeley Energia (BKY) has announced results for its half year ended 31st December 2018 including that “outstanding items” re. a permit “have been previously disclosed and are currently being addressed by the company”

Heroic Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon tells it as it is on Brexit

Published 309 days ago

Anyone who points out how the Financial Times is always on the wrong side of history when it comes to the EU must be a good guy and that brings us to Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) announcing interim numbers today who opines:

Stilo International – 2018 results, “significant financial overheads associated with being a public listed company” worth it?

Published 309 days ago

Previously writing on content software tools and cloud services business Stilo International (STL), it was I having previously questioned capable of delivering sufficient growth?, half-year results…. Today 2018 full-year results including “as we look forward to growing future sales, supported by healthy cash reserves and a strong balance sheet, I am pleased to announce the payment of an increased final dividend of 0.06 pence per share, providing a total dividend for the year of 0.12 pence” (2017: 0.10p) – the shares have though currently responded to 2.35p – down 17.5%!...

Paragon Entertainment – “pleased to announce” share subscription… but is it sufficient?

Published 310 days ago

Writing on Paragon Entertainment (PEL) last month I noted it “looking closely at ways of bringing longer term capital into the business” – though concluded at what price?… Now sub 1p, still an avoid / sell. Today a “Subscription” announcement…

Cineworld – go to a film but avoid the stock

Published 310 days ago

Judging by today's five percentage plus share price move, my cautious call on the big M&A splurge in the United States about fifteen months ago by Cineworld (CINE) is not looking so hot. Of course punch up a two or three year share price chart and you also immediately see the distorting (and dilutive) impact of the big money raising that accompanied the Regal deal...

Now 80% booked out – grab your complimentary seat for UK Investor on March 30 TODAY

Published 310 days ago

As of today, The Global Group UK Investor show is already just over 80% booked out so do not miss
your chance to join 3,000 other investors who want to make more money from shares, on march 30
in Westminster.

Nudge, Nudge, Winx, Winx - all sorts of games were played around this drill!

Published 310 days ago

The drilling and testing of the Winx-1 well on the North Slope, in Alaska, has been so farcical that it would almost be comical if it wasn’t for the fact that vast sums of money have been lost as a result of it. As is the norm with this type of exploration drill, social media has been awash with all sorts of rumours, and self-proclaimed drilling/reservoir engineers seem to have sprung out of nowhere armed with diagrams to show why it would be a huge find and was even better than some of the existing discoveries in the region – in reality though, many of the ‘experts’ are online avatars and could just as easily be someone who works down the local chippie and their actual experience of oil involves a deep fat fryer!...

Driver Group – a great opportunity for the directors to materially buy shares in what they state is “a leading global player”? Er…

Published 310 days ago

Writing on professional services consultancy to the construction and engineering industries, Driver Group (DRV) on Monday it was from “transformative turnaround” to profit warning… in 3 months! – and the shares closed at 52p, having been above 70p last week (though with a noticeable fall on the Friday – hmmm!) and above 80p in December. There’s now since followed three “Director dealing” announcements…

Integumen – issues a speeding ticket… the shares go still faster!

Published 311 days ago

“Share Price Movement” announcement from ‘Labskin’ technology company Integumen (SKIN) – this including “the transformation of the company has been swift since new management took over in August 2018… part of Integumen's growth strategy involves actively pursuing a broader portfolio of services, that contribute to increased revenues per client, through existing revenue shared collaboration and acquisition options that include, data analytics, software and biophysics integration services. The company is currently involved in a number of such discussions”… and the shares are currently higher today, towards 2.40p…

Redde – after Woodford buys more what about the “halted” dividend growth, “lack of dividend cover” & “broader pressure on margins”?!

Published 312 days ago

Following on Friday from Redde (REDD) an intra-day “Contract Update”, surely not ANOTHER disaster for Neil Woodford?!, Tom noted yesterday Woodford having bought more shares on the Friday. Cue the shares slumping to 90p yesterday – down another more than 14%!… and there are some other features which make Woodford’s move look particularly questionable…

Xaar – “Trading Update”, problems behind it… or are they?

Published 312 days ago

“Xaar plc (XAR), a world leader in industrial inkjet technology, provides an update in advance of its forthcoming preliminary results”. This including “the integration issues experienced leading to the delays are now behind us and sell-through is expected to increase. Furthermore, the minimum volume commitments from our supplier have now been met. The company will announce its preliminary results on 21 March 2019 at which time it will also provide an update on its review of strategic options for more extensive partnering in the Printhead business unit”. Having also provided a trading update on 28th December, why a current 6% share price fall today though, to below 130?...

Driver Group – from “transformative turnaround” to profit warning… in 3 months!

Published 313 days ago

December-announced results from professional services consultancy to the construction and engineering industries, Driver Group (DRV) emphasised “significant improvement on all fronts… Awarded Large Company Turnaround of the Year at the national 2018 Institute for Turnaround Awards… The transformative turnaround in Driver Group's fortunes reflects a job carefully judged and executed” and a “positive start to the new financial year”. But pride comes before a fall…

10 Years After The "Devil's Low"

Published 313 days ago

The S&P 500 bottomed at 666 (intra day) ten years ago last Wednesday...

A ban on shorting AIM companies would lead to a lot of the bad ones quickly going bust! (TW - Gary Newman talking bollocks)

Published 313 days ago

There has been a lot of talk on social media recently about a petition to ban the short selling of AIM listed stocks - although it currently only has a little over 3,200 signatures, including a few CEOs, and is well short of the 10,000 needed to even get the government to respond – 100,000 are needed for a Parliamentary debate...

How the UK Investor Show (in 19 days) is Even Better than the Great Doncaster Formica Event of 1959

Published 313 days ago

Hello, Share Mates. As a schoolboy, I attended probably one of Britain’s first ever trade events. It featured that great material, Formica, as well as other home products, and it was then I became fascinated by the concept of a trade show. Perhaps, it was all the free samples. In my case, lots of little tablets of bright shininess, which we swapped and gambled in the playground. Grand commercial events have come a long way since the late ‘fifties. Especially the Global Group UK Investor Show at Westminster on Saturday March 30th...

Widecells – a total bargepole with a death spiral on steroids: SELL, SELL, SELL!!

Published 314 days ago

Normally when I see a damaging (to shareholders) death spiral in play it is with reference to company trading on the AIM Casino. We’ve had a few: Tern (TERN), Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) VAST (VAST) to name just three. But Widecells (WDC) is listed on the main market – well, sort of: it was unleashed onto the Standard List in July 2016. But this death spiral really does take some beating!

Woodford Dog RM2: is silence golden or a sign of doom?

Published 314 days ago

Last year, as AIM-listed pallet revolutionising Woodford Dog RM2 (RM2) ran out of cash yet again (before good old Uncle Neil, armed with other people’s money rode to the temporary rescue, yet again) the company issued regular updates on its financial position. No doubt Neil was pleased, as the company eked out a few more weeks from the remaining cash. The last we heard from RM2 on its cash position was back on 23 November 2018 when we were told that following yet another placing (backed by Neil, with other people’s money) it had enough cash to last until April. We’ve heard nothing since….

Is it worth taking a gamble on Eco Atlantic's Guyana drill?

Published 314 days ago

Lots of private investors talk about ‘investing’ in oil and gas exploration plays, but in most cases I would argue that ‘gambling’ is a far more suitable description and has a similar outcome, with the majority ending up losing money.

Brave Bison – update as shares a further 6.5% higher on RNS Reach announcement!

Published 315 days ago

Brave Bison (BBSN) is “delighted” with a deal with The PGA Tour to “include YouTube channel management, digital rights management, and content strategy development”… and the shares have currently responded a further 6.5% higher, to 3.3p…

Like the Bubbles in its Glasses, Shares in this Drinks Jumbo Keep on Rising

Published 316 days ago

Hello, Share Trimmers. With Brexit arrangements no further forward, it’s harder to justify any big buys of companies which focus on sales or imports from Europe. So we need to look at the really global sellers if we want to feel a bit safer in our beds. So I turn again to my old favourite Diageo (DGE)...

United Carpets – “confident that the fundamentals of the business remain sound”. Hmmm…

Published 316 days ago

Writing on “the third largest chain of specialist retail carpet and floor covering stores in the UK”, United Carpets (UCG) in September I noted that it attempts to mitigate that it “believes the business is well positioned for future trading” but asked half-year results including a formal profit warning ahoy?. Those December-announced results though included “recent trading performance has shown some more encouraging signs which, if sustained, should result in a better second half result and a reasonable outcome for the year”. Today a “Trading Statement”

A Turbulent Week at Tesla - sell before it’s too late

Published 318 days ago

I speculated previously about what might be the catalyst for the great Tesla (NASDAQ - TSLA) unravel and since then I believe we may have seen it...

Dividend Munchers – (almost) February update.

Published 320 days ago

Once again I am late with my monthly update. I could say that I was holding on for good news (or hiding the bad), but I can’t lay claim to anything as clever as that: my little portfolio of high-yielders  has slipped again and there wasn’t any good news to wait for. However, there was a hint of a silver lining this week from ITV (ITV) as it released its results.

Revolution Bars – interims, still short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?

Published 322 days ago

Revolution Bars (RBG) has announced results for its half-year ended 29th December 2018, including revenue up over 6% to £78.5 million and that one of its brands, “Revolution has been reviewed, the issues identified, and workstreams are being implemented to restore it to growth. Our confidence in achieving this is underpinned by the good performance of the new Revolution venues, while the recently refurbished sites are also seeing uplifts”. The shares have responded currently to 66p... approaching 17% down on the day…

Yes, I Keep Discussing it, but the Legal has Landed Again on the Right Side of Share Progress

Published 323 days ago

Hello Share Masters. Today I return to an old favourite because its value continues to rise in the sea of our biggest companies, which is pretty choppy at the mo. But Legal & General (LGEN) continues to put on weight on an almost daily basis. The share has now put on a fifth of its December value - which is substantial progress for a jumbo stock...

Dillistone – “current year has begun well” & an update it states it’s “pleased to provide”… so why the share price dive?

Published 323 days ago

Shares in Dillistone Group (DSG) are currently down noticeably today – towards 40p. Earlier in the week they were rising towards 60p – but then yesterday an intra-day (3:30pm) “Trading Statement, Update & Notice of Results”

Proactis – adjusted EBITDA down despite acquisition… & worse...

Published 324 days ago

“Proactis Holdings PLC (PHD), the global spend management and B2B eCommerce solution provider, announces that the group expects to report order intake of £5.8m (2018: £5.5m) of total contract value for the 6-month period ended 31 January 2019 and revenue of approximately £27.7m (2018: £26.4m)”. The shares have responded... currently to around 60p – down more than 45%!...

Beeks Financial Cloud – “confident in delivering a successful outcome for the year ahead”… so why the 20%+ share price slide?

Published 324 days ago

“Beeks Financial Cloud Group plc (AIM: BKS), a niche cloud computing and connectivity provider for financial markets, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the six months ended 31 December 2018” and CEO Gordon McArthur concludes “with an established and growing customer base, high levels of recurring revenue and strong market drivers, we are confident in delivering a successful outcome for the year ahead”. The shares have responded, er… to around 100p – more than 20% lower!...

Image Scan Holdings – argues expects FY to meet expectations after H1 is “behind”. Hmmm...

Published 325 days ago

A trading update from X-ray screening systems company, Image Scan Holdings (IGE) concludes that “the company expects to achieve market expectations for the full year” and includes “significant new channel partners have been appointed in South America and Europe… A tour of South America produced a strong pipeline of opportunities”. The shares have responded… er, currently approaching 20% lower, to comfortably sub 2p!...

Catenae Innovation announces placing warrants on fantastic terms - for the warrant holders anyway!

Published 325 days ago

I’ve never been a fan of Catenae Innovation (CTEA), but I know that some of the other ShareProphets writers are more bullish on it and that it has been making some progress with its business.

This Fantastic Plastic Firm Could Soar As the Green Lobby Gathers Momentum

Published 325 days ago

Hello, Share Chewers. Let’s take a gander at Biome (BIOM) again. The share price has been dribbling backwards recently, but now looks to be beginning a comeback - and I think a rally is well deserved...

Hotel Chocolat – “pleased to report continued progress”… but sufficient for the valuation?

Published 325 days ago

Angus Thirlwell, co-founder and CEO of “premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) is “pleased to report continued progress for the Hotel Chocolat brand during the 26 weeks to 30 December 2018” – and the shares have responded currently approaching 3% higher to 315p. How do the results and outlook compare to a present more than £355 million market cap?...

XLMedia – from “growth potential in media activities” to “strategic shift away from Media”… in just 5 months!

Published 326 days ago

Digital marketing company XLMedia (XLM) has updated including that it “has identified a number of Publishing growth opportunities in North America… in order to best capitalise on the opportunities available, the board has taken the decision to proactively reduce all the group's non-core, lower margin Media activities”. The shares have responded… er, currently more than 30% lower to below 55p. Hmmm…

Good Spot Roger Lawson – Tungsten and the "fanciful presentation" of cash

Published 326 days ago

My old pal Roger Lawson of ShareSoc deserves credit for this good spot on Tungsten (TUNG) in terms of its claim to have, for once, generated cash on a quarterly basis. Well up to a point, as Lawson explains:

DeepMatter Group – with the dilution, why a larger placing?

Published 326 days ago

An announcement from DeepMatter Group (DMTR) commencing; “Further to its announcement dated 20 December 2018, DeepMatter, the AIM-listed company focusing on digitizing chemistry, is pleased to announce that it has raised approximately £4.0 million by way of a placing of 159,185,680 new ordinary shares at 2.5 pence per share”. Hmmm – the shares have currently responded 17.5% lower…

Minoan – Director share purchases: should we take comfort? Well, yes.

Published 326 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) this morning announced that three directors have put their hands in their pockets and bought shares costing a total of £100,000. That is a significant enough sum and normally would encourage me to buy more, but the trade dates reported are 3 December 2018! Why has it taken so long to report - surely this is a breach of AIM rules! Er, not so fast…..….

Fusion Antibodies – “materially below current market expectations” adds to “significantly behind” expectations from earlier in the year!

Published 327 days ago

“Fusion Antibodies plc (AIM: FAB), a pharmaceutical contract research organisation specialising in antibody engineering services, provides an update on the company's trading and progress to date in the current financial year ending 31 March 2019”. This is a company which listed in December 2017, with house broker Allenby Capital looking for revenue of £3.2 million for the company’s year ended 31st March 2018 and breaking into profit on revenue of £5.6 million for the now current year…

My first training walk for Woodlarks of 2019 - off to Swineford, donate today! Part 1

Published 328 days ago

You know what fun I have with training walks. Getting wet. Getting lost. Scrambling up nettle infested steep hills as a result of getting lost. It is all part of the build up to May 25 and the 33 mile Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks Charity walk. Today is the first serious training walk: 12 miles from my front door to a pub in Swineford. I shall carry a camera, my laptop and a phone so will post photos along the way…

The Hairy Pros and Cons of Going Down Penny Lane.

Published 329 days ago

Hello Share Treaters. The maths of penny shares can throw up some interesting stats. And it’s one reason why I invest some of my assets in them. Of course, there are some downsides to the calculations. So let me try and list both the advantages and the snags.

Paragon Entertainment – “Property Disposal” announcement... which is far from just a “Property Disposal” announcement!

Published 329 days ago

Previously writing on Paragon Entertainment (PEL) it was December intra-day (2:15pm) “Trading Update”. Uh oh…. Now an intra-day (1:29pm) “Property Disposal” announcement. Surely this one just a routine announcement though?...

MediaZest – placing announcement, contradictions everywhere!

Published 330 days ago

Previously writing on audio-visual marketing company MediaZest (MDZ) in September I questioned it arguing “strong performance”. Today a placing announcement…

Optibiotix – Probiota update puts Thirsty Paul Scott bang to rights - STRONG BUY

Published 330 days ago

These days Optibiotix (OPTI) is on the cusp of being or already profitable and as such what excites us are rapidly growing revenues and new sales and marketing agreements. We will not have to wait long at all for more news on both those fronts. But behind this great company is the IP, the science.

Strategic Minerals copper mine is due to come online soon - speculative buy

Published 330 days ago

I’m always very wary of investing in small mining companies, as even when the management team and the assets look decent, it is still a bit of a lottery as to whether the company will actually make it to a stage where it is making a profit and returning money to shareholders via dividends.

Gold RSI Hits The Highest Since 2011

Published 331 days ago

Gold’s relative strength indicator is at the 73, highest since September 2011 - the month that gold hit an all-time high. 

Cyril d'Silva of Golden Saint Resources infamy plans UK stockmarket comeback with MKI

Published 331 days ago

Having helped investors in the UK lose 99.9% of their cash with Golden Saint Resources (GSR) as he trousered vast sums in fees and commissions, Aussie promoter Cyril d'Silva is back for a second go. And why not? It worked well for Cyril last time and it appears that (by definition, morally bankrupt) advisors are already lined up to allow him to float a BVI registered cash shell, Millenium Kapital Investments Pty Ltd on the Standard List.

Greggs – earnings upgrade & further upgrade potential… but this valuation?

Published 331 days ago

Following a trading update yesterday which helped the shares up from circa 1600p towards 1800p, shares in “the leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer in the UK, with over 1,950 retail outlets throughout the country”, Greggs (GRG) currently remain above 1750p following research updates…

Gooch & Housego – warns... due to risks “as previously stated”. Really?

Published 331 days ago

An AGM trading update from Gooch & Housego (GHH) sees CEO Mark Webster emphasise “our fibre optic business is performing particularly strongly” and “we remain confident in the potential of the industrial laser sector and our other markets to provide attractive long term growth”. So why have the shares responded currently more than 10% lower, towards 1300p?...

McBride – last year warned ‘now only broadly in line with the prior year’, this year…

Published 332 days ago

Previously writing on cleaning and hygiene products private label and contract manufacturer McBride (MCB), I concluded certainly at least until there is hard evidence of reignited bottom-line progress, I avoid. The shares were then above 200p, comparing to a close yesterday of 130p – and, on the back of a “Trading Update” today, they’re currently circa 90p!...

Transense Technologies – “Significant iTrack Order” & “very substantial” sales… Or ramptastic?

Published 332 days ago

Not just an iTrack order, but a “Significant iTrack Order” emphasised by Transense Technologies (TRT) earlier this week – and the shares now up from a last week close of 52.55p to almost 70p. However, I previously wrote “GE Aviation Contract Win” announcement sparks shares… but reasons for caution?

Synnovia (Plastics Capital as was) – trading statement; is a 10%+ forecast reduction really “broadly in line”?!

Published 332 days ago

A trading statement from industrial components and consumables manufacturer Synnovia (SYN) - until recently Plastics Capital plc - commences that it “expects trading for the financial year ending 31 March 2019 to be broadly in line with market expectations” and includes “significant organic growth continues to be achieved across both our divisions” and “the change of the company's name to Synnovia plc has seen a smooth transition and is acting as a strong signal to our organisation to do everything reasonably possible to reduce, recycle and re-use plastic waste”. The shares have responded currently, er,… more than 8% lower, back towards 100p…

Footasylum – shares sprint ahead on JD Sports move… but what about trading tripping-up badly?

Published 333 days ago

An “Acquisition of stake by JD Sports Fashion Plc” (JD.) – and a 90% increase in the share price of Footasylum (FOOT) yesterday, to 55.2p. That though still compares to a 164p AIM IPO in just November 2017 – so there value here?...

Too many unknowns to make Anglo African Oil and Gas an investment currently

Published 334 days ago

Anglo African Oil and Gas (AAOG) has been hugely popular with private investors over the past few months and has seen big fluctuations in its share price as various pieces of news landed during its recent drill – including a placing to raise more money which Tom Winnifrith exclusively revealed here before it took place.

Thoughts on Telit as D Day looms (Wednesday)

Published 334 days ago

As I write, the Telit Communications (TCM) share price at 120p is trading close to its lows as next Wednesday looms. This is the date that the acquisition of its auto division by TUS International, postponed twice already, is “expected” to complete…

Weekly Insight: Tipster Scrutiny on TUI, GSK and Barratt

Published 336 days ago

Travel operators TUI AG (TUI) and Thomas Cook Group (TCG) both featured in the top five most frequently tipped companies over the last seven days in a busy week for trading updates. Homebuilders Barratt Developments (BDEV) and RedRow (RDW) also received an influx of tips after both released interim results, while there was increased tip activity for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Smith & Nephew (SN.).

Interserve – slips again on FT comment and still a slam-dunk sell, now a very plausible zero

Published 336 days ago

Shares in my Christmas (sell) tip, fully-listed Interserve (IRV), slipped again yesterday after an article in the FT (see HERE) pointed to the stand-off between the company and its largest shareholder, which wants to derail the debt-for-equity swap proposed by the company’s management. The problem is that the company owes £66 million of overdue payments to the banks, which could force the company into liquidation.

The strange case of NEX-listed Sport Capital Group and Palermo FC (of Italian Serie B)

Published 336 days ago

NEX-listed Sport Capital Group plc (SCG) used to be known as failed miner Pelican House Mining, also of the NEX province. Following a general meeting in January 2019, the name change was effected, alongside a placing to bring in Eight Capital, and Peterhouse Capital turned up with 4.72%. But since there was hardly a bean in the bank, it might be a little surprising to see that on 17 January it had bought Italian football club Palermo, of Serie B, for a nominal sum.

This Dotty Company Should Appear on Your Screen as a Techno Possibility

Published 337 days ago

Hello Share Mashers. This one is speculative, but fortune favours the brave - though only sometimes. Techno companies are still shunned by a lot of share-shifters even though the famous 'New Economy' crash was nearly 20 years ago. But let’s look at Nanoco Group (NANO)...

DP Poland – “Broker Option Update” = incredible further contempt for diluted smaller investors who’ve seen the share price destroyed

Published 337 days ago

DP Poland (DPP) “is pleased to announce that it has conditionally raised additional gross proceeds of approximately £0.5 million via the broker option”“Pleased to announce”, really?!?...

Whitbread has a plan...and Restaurant Group patently does not

Published 338 days ago

Like the investment sad-o that I am, I spent a good while yesterday afternoon pacing through the one hundred plus slides that formed the Whitbread (WTB) capital markets day presentation. Recall - as I have written up at length before - that the company is now all about the Premier Inn asset after Coca-Cola's largesse in buying Costa Coffee for a pretty sum. Right at the back of the presentation document Whitbread noted that it would return over £2.5 billion of the £3.9 billion proceeds back to investors – which is not a bad slice of the cake. Meanwhile industrial and pension debts/deficits get lowered further...and the company can also easily finance its expansion plan…

Thoughts on The US Market Juggernaut

Published 338 days ago

The year to date has not provided a very promising backdrop for bears. I - like many others - am intensely irritated by Donald Trump’s obsession with the level of the US market and his clearly seeing it as a barometer for his own genius. When he claimed late last year that the fourth quarter sell off was a blip and a buying opportunity I waited with grim satisfaction for the rude awakening that was sure to follow...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: 2 stocks I own, mega bullish on one, mega bearish on the other - guess which?

Published 339 days ago

In today;s bearcast I discuss Alpha Growth (ALGW), Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and Optibiotix (OPTI) as well as Spain, the latest crisis in the special place in hell that is the EU.

Norman Broadbent – argues “significant progress towards a return to profitability”… but quick enough?

Published 339 days ago

A trading update from executive recruitment and services company Norman Broadbent (NBB) commences emphasising “Significant progress towards a return to profitability” – and the shares have currently responded more than 6% higher, towards 13p…

Dunelm & Countrywide are telling you that renovation and refurbishment rules in today's property market

Published 339 days ago

I have loved up Dunelm (DNLM) many times before and - as discussed here back in November - I made a good turn on the stock. Another retail sector trading winner! Of course life is not easy but Dunelm has a dominant position in the home furnishings market and - frankly - it is more doable to spend a couple of hundred quid on tarting up a room rather than buying a new sofa or even moving house. You can see this in the numbers…

We are getting ready to enter an era unlike anything in our own experience

Published 341 days ago

For some time now I have been talking about what I think may unfold over the next decade. The term I often use is The Great Reset, but in my mind it’s more than just resetting global debt

BREAKING: From Death to a Standard Listing, Daniel Stewart the comeback...

Published 341 days ago

More than a week after we exposed the coming death of Daniel Stewart & Company the weekend press has finally woken up and is reporting how it went into administration on Thursday. But something bigger happened on Thursday. Daniel Stewart, c/o former boss Adam Wilson is coming back to the market via a standard listing. Let me explain with the documents below..

Sunday Long Reads: Stonehenge, Softbank, Bitcoin, Goodfellas, Trump

Published 342 days ago

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.

This Week: BP Beats Estimates & an Unfortunate Week for Ocado

Published 343 days ago

BP (BP.) and Ocado (OCDO) released annual results on Tuesday this week and the market initially responded well to both: BP finished the day up +5.2%, with Ocado +4.2%. Things have taken a turn for the worse for Ocado following news of a fire at one of its fulfilment centres in Andover. Shares in the online supermarket are -14.4% since Tuesday’s close. In this week’s article we take a look at whether these events have altered broker and tipster opinion about the future of both firms.

DP Poland – trading underperformance, massively discounted bailout placing… CEO “step down… by mutual agreement”!?

Published 345 days ago

I’ve consistently warned on DP Poland (DPP) – most recently last year with the shares at around 30p HERE. Today a “Proposed Placing, Board Change & Trading Update” announcement…

Gold Getting Set For Bull Run

Published 345 days ago

If, as they say, it is darkest just before the dawn, then surely for gold at least, the sun must be cresting the horizon now ?

Oracle Power is suddenly very popular - so when is the next placing?

Published 346 days ago

Oracle Power (ORCP) seems to have become popular all of a sudden and has seen its share price rise by around 80% in the past week, but as usual some on the bulletin boards seem to be claiming that it should actually be worth many multiples of its current valuation.

Ocado – fire incident “now under control”, but having expanded last night

Published 346 days ago

Having announced yesterday lunchtime that “a fire started in a section of the ambient grid of our Andover CFC… The incident and the measures being taken to contain it appears to have affected a proportion of the mechanical handling equipment and some of the grid… Andover suspended operation this morning preventing further fulfilment of orders”, a further update today from Ocado (OCDO) commences; “Unfortunately the fire which started yesterday morning in a corner of the ambient grid was not contained as we believed, and last night expanded”...

IQE – ignore today’s dire warning from Austria’s AMS Ag at your peril

Published 347 days ago

Okay so follow the money….

Parity Group – “Trading Statement”; following profit-warning impacted 2018…

Published 347 days ago

“Trading Statement” from “technology focussed consultancy and staffing business”, Parity Group (PTY) – and the shares currently slightly ahead, closer to 7p. Good news then? Well, they were close to 10p at the start of November and more than 15p in the summer…

Maestrano – another disaster IPO on the AIM casino warns again

Published 347 days ago

Floated on the AIM Cesspit in May 2018 at 15p a share and raising £6 million Maestrano (MNO) describes itself as a “cloud business integration platform with cross-app data synchronization” I’d describe it as an univestable piece of shit.

Why Ryanair Shares May Not Fly So Well in the Future

Published 347 days ago

Hello, Share Wobblers. Investing in airlines is something I stopped doing a long time ago. And since I sold my British Airways shares years ago, I’ve probably saved a lot of money. It’s such a volatile sector. It’s at the mercy of world economics, rising fuel prices, fierce competition, strikes and compensation claims...

Looking forward to Ariana’s Q4 numbers at Kiziltepe

Published 348 days ago

AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) told us on 14 January, as it reported Q4 and full year production from its joint venture gold plant at Kiziltepe in Turkey, that it would release full results for the period by early February and I’m really looking forward to that...

Sunday Long Reads: Middle Kingdom - Middle of Nowhere, It Girl scam, End of Smartphones, Coder Crime Boss, Soviet Truman Show

Published 349 days ago

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.

Notes from Underground: When the Guardian is on our side, what is to be done

Published 349 days ago

ShareProphet's least favourite newspaper points out that digital-only news disrupters, which have raised billions of dollars in venture capital, have made around 2,000 staffers redundant this week. Those publication are names liek Buzzfeed, VICE, and Huffington Post.

Comptoir Group – “pleased… in line with market expectation”… but how pleasing really?

Published 350 days ago

Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean restaurants group Comptoir (COM) is “pleased to report that trading for the 52 weeks to 31st December 2018 was in line with market expectation with the expected strong finish to the second half of the year” and that “the directors continue to be excited by the prospects of the group”. The shares have responded 5% higher to 10.5p – though that compares to a 50p price of just a June 2016 AIM IPO. So what’s the story here?...

Trading Update Review: Restaurant Group and Royal Mail

Published 350 days ago

Trading updates have been coming through thick and fast over the last few days, accompanied by an influx of tipster tips and broker ratings. In this week’s article, we review two companies that have attracted the highest number of tips over the last seven days, and assess whether consensus sentiment is positive or negative in each case.

How to Take Advantage of the Brexit Blues.

Published 350 days ago

Hello, Share Bunnies. As the Brexit mess becomes even messier, we need to continue careful consideration of what will happen to our shares. These are the choices. If we *crash out of Europe, the pound will take a hard knock. If we have a soft Brexit, it will shoot up. * TW Note, incorrect word used by those who want to stay in Europe but do not dare admit it like Malcolm.

An all-star line-up at the UK Investor Show on March 30 DO NOT MISS OUT ON COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS

Published 351 days ago

As a ShareProphets reader you know the speakers, you’ve seen the videos, indeed, you may well have attended a UK Investor Show in person so you know something of what to expect. But in our 18th year the team is going to serve up their biggest and most exciting all-star event yet on March 30th 2019. Do not miss out, reserve your place today.

CML Microsystems – having stated only in November “full year advance in profitability remains likely”, now…

Published 351 days ago

A 20th November-announced half-year report from semiconductors company CML Microsystems (CML) included “it currently looks challenging for second half revenues to show material improvement over the first six months although at the profit before tax level, the impact is expected to be less pronounced due to the anticipated product mix. Therefore, a full year advance in profitability remains likely, in-line with market expectations”. Today a “Trading Update” – and the shares currently more than 20% lower on the back of it, towards 340p…

Revenue Up, Profits Up as Diageo Drinks to Yet More Success

Published 351 days ago

Hello, Share Shifters. Most of the time I push penny shares forward for your further examination, but I do have my favourites among Footsie giants. Sensibly, you ought to hold at least half of your pot in the jumbos, even though even these babies can go sour. Today, I bring you a share I’ve long supported, if only because when times are shaky, more people it seems turn to the solace of drink...

ALPHA GROWTH. Three Card Trick! Death Spiral, Prospectus & Placing?

Published 352 days ago

Alpha Growth (ALGW) is running on ‘vapours.’  It hasn’t got a pot to piss in. Cash on hand is probably close to £170,000. Its auditor has issued a ‘Material Uncertainty’ as to viability going forward as a going concern. The Company has ‘fessed up that it has no revenue and will need funds. What is not to like? 

Avocet Mining has net current liabilities of $30 million - it's bust, and you must be crazy if you're buying now!

Published 352 days ago

Often when I look at companies at the lower end of AIM I am left struggling to see why on earth anyone is buying it at the current share price.

Have all PCG Entertainment shareholders adhered to the holdings notification rules?

Published 353 days ago

PCG Entertainment (PCGE) has seen its share price slump over the past few months but, despite there having been a number of large transactions, there have been no notifications of any changes to the significant shareholdings in the company. Now I find this very strange, given that there have been several sells that have amounted to around 1% of the shares in issue, along with numerous others around the 0.5% level, and during December and January there were more than 233 million shares traded in total – of the 1.244 billion in issue...

Off colour at the veterinary clinic – CVS Group & Premier Veterinary Group

Published 354 days ago

In November, previously writing on veterinary group CVS (CVSG) I concluded still a sell as the shares slid further lower to 650p. Today a “Trading Update” – and the shares currently approaching 30% lower on the back of it, heading towards 450p…

Advanced Oncotherapy – who’s been selling? Tut, tut!

Published 354 days ago

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) announced director and significant shareholdings this morning, following its latest fundraising in December and resulting share issues yesterday. But it seems that one of the directors has been – undisclosed – selling!

IQE – sell the rally

Published 354 days ago

It is not, in my view, a great time to be shorting UK names which are sensitive to the underlying market direction as I believe that the UK market, currently suffering from peak uncertainty from Brexit, could see a major re-rating in the event of any solution bar a general election, particularly if there is some sort of fudge of May’s deal which is, I think, the most likely outcome (I am long FTSE 250 not 100 futures to avoid currency considerations). This is not to say that I have downed tools completely on the short side in the UK...

Utilitywise – “Strategic Review and Formal Sale Process” = shares suspension ahoy as ‘not sufficient’ funding interest; why’s that Neil?

Published 354 days ago

Previously writing on Utilitywise (UTW), in July it was a “Strategy Update” only David Brent & major shareholder Neil Woodford are clever enough to understand? – with that including CEO Brendan Flattery attempting to reassure that “the strategy update outlined today will enable Utilitywise to meet its two new financial targets, as well as maximising the medium term potential from the business”, though I concluding of course though, there is no guarantee that it will – and I’ll continue to avoid at least until there is some clear net cash generation demonstration. Today a “Strategic Review and Formal Sale Process” announcement…

Frontera Shareholders Action Group established - to support the board! Bonkers

Published 355 days ago

So what if Frontera (FRR) got slung off AIM because its board told lie after lie, some folks just want another punishment beating it seems. And thus loyal shareholders "long and strong" have set up a Shareholder Action Group to assist the board. hat-tip to reader Juicin for spotting this. The group lays out its aims and objects thus: 

EXPOSE: Nu-Oil appears to have screwed up the vote on Resolution 7!

Published 356 days ago

As any regular readers of my ramblings will know, I’ve never exactly been a fan of Nu-Oil and Gas (NUOG), nor of the people running the company.

Gama Aviation – after warning to expect profit “$3m below” in October… it’s at it again!

Published 359 days ago

Towards the end of October, previously updating on Gama Aviation (GMAA) it was from “expectations for the full year remain unchanged” to expects “$3m below” in just 5 weeks! – and the shares approaching 18% lower, at 125p. I warned still to avoid – and today a “2018 Full Year Update and 2019 Outlook”

The investment madness on the corporate menus of Restaurant Group and St James's Place

Published 359 days ago

A pretty lacklustre earnings Thursday today but - on the range of stocks I look at - two stand out. First up, Restaurant Group (RTN)

Hotel Chocolat – argues “another strong Christmas”, but how’s the outlook v. the valuation?

Published 359 days ago

“Premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has updated on the 13 weeks ended 30th December including “this was another strong Christmas for Hotel Chocolat” and adding “trading since December continues to be in line with management's expectations”. What are expectations though?, and how do they compare to the valuation? – the shares currently circa 5% higher on the day, above 280p – capitalising the company at approaching £320 million…

#BoycottWetherspoons flopping, and the People’s hero Tim Martin lets rip on Brexit again

Published 360 days ago

The #BoycottWetherspoons  (JDW) campaign by mad remoaners is flopping badly. Hooray. The company has released a  cracking trading statement and its chairman, the People’s Hero, Tim Martin has again let rip on Brexit.

Eagle Eye Solutions – “delighted” on H1 & growth expected to continue into H2… but what about that cash burn?

Published 360 days ago

Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has updated on trading including “we are delighted to confirm a strong first half of the year, delivering significant revenue growth and expansion of the customer base, including the addition of Waitrose and Burger King” and “the growth in revenues and volumes is expected to continue into H2”. The shares have not responded excitedly though – currently unchanged at 172.5p…

Dillistone – “Major Contract Award & GatedTalent Update”; Ramptastic?

Published 360 days ago

I cautioned on shares in recruitment software and services group Dillistone (DSG) as they fell towards 70p in 2017 and have done so numerous times since. They’d fallen to 42.5p recently, but are currently more than 20% higher, back above 50p, on the back of a “Major Contract Award & GatedTalent Update” announcement…

William Hill May Recover Higher Profits - But I Probably Wouldn't Bet on it

Published 360 days ago

Hello Share Trundlers. Though I’m a client of William Hill (WMH), I don’t buy shares in bookmakers. That’s cos I think they can bring unhappiness to those who go beyond betting as a bit of fun. But even if I was the world’s greatest fan of betting companies, I would currently avoid William Hill shares...

Zoo Digital – from November “confident in the prospects” to now “significantly below expectations”. Uh oh…

Published 361 days ago

I wrote on Zoo Digital (ZOO) in September (“confident in the prospects”, so why the share price slump? HERE), concluding, despite the shares then falling to circa 140p, that; ‘I thus suggest the valuation leaves no room for any disappointment – and remind that great valuations tend to lead to great disappointment if expectations are not met. Indeed, even if strong growth is delivered, since the valuation is so far from what is being financially produced, there is still significant scope for sentiment to see the shares lower. As such, currently a sell / avoid.’ The shares closed yesterday at 115p and today a “Trading Update”

Dixons Carphone, easyJet and adventures in the UK and European consumer land

Published 361 days ago

Those corporate updates keep on a-coming and today's crop includes updates from both Dixons Carphone (DC.) and easyJet (EZJ)…

The Eurozone is now perilously on the edge of a financial and systemic abyss

Published 362 days ago

After two decades, the euro’s decision making elite look set to drive the Eurozone into deep trouble. December was the last month of the ECB’s monthly purchases of government debt. A softening global economy will increase government deficits unexpectedly. The consequence will be a new cycle of sharply rising bond yields for the weakest Eurozone members, and systemically destabilising losses in the bond portfolios owned by Eurozone banks...

Its Fast-Growing Army of Couch Potatoes Could Make this Viewing Platform A Smash Punt

Published 362 days ago

Hello, Share Planners. So poor is mainstream television these days, that I do nearly all my viewing on YouTube or Netflix (NFLX). It's one way of avoiding the so-called real-life tv programmes that try and fail to make entertainment out of watching people move home or doing their boring jobs.

Sunday Long Reads: When US won against England, Premier League Riches, Surviving the Apocalypse, Making Decisions, Darknet

Published 363 days ago

Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.

VAST – having promised no more death spirals and then done one with no conversion notice within 30 days…….. WTF, Nomad Fatty?

Published 364 days ago

I highlighted the latest in a series of death spirals entered into by AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) on 22 December (see HERE). That was after the company had said it wouldn’t do any more, but then announced its issue at no-one-is-watching o’clock on 21 December 2018. The thing is, it told us that tranches of the death spiral loan would not be convertible into shares of the Company (the “Shares”) for the initial 30 days from the date of their respective advance. And so today, 18 January - and thus four weeks and not thirty days later…..

Cloudcall – 2018 ‘a standout year in terms of innovation, platform investment and sales & marketing capabilities’… so cash burn?

Published 364 days ago

Shares in ‘cloud integrator of communications technology into customer relationship management platforms’, Cloudcall (CALL) are currently lower today, but still comfortably ahead of the sub 93p they were at prior to a recent “Trading Statement”

ECSC Group – “Managed Services Contract Win” RNS Reach, time for an attempted ramparoonie?

Published 365 days ago

“Managed Services Contract Win” from ECSC Group (ECSC) – and the shares have responded more than 10% higher to 77.5p. But it’s an RNS Reach - i.e. “non-regulatory news releases such as marketing messages, corporate and product information” - announcement. Hmmm…

What is the real value of the Eqtec deal?

Published 365 days ago

There was much glee amongst certain individuals on Tuesday morning when an RNS dropped from Eqtec (EQT) announcing a contract, and some were very quick to point out that my opinion on the company had been incorrect. That followed my articles here saying that I wouldn’t touch the company, and although the news caused the share price to spike, my opinion on the company is completely unchanged – in fact the news actually reinforced my view!...

Arena Events – “Trading Update”… & having only listed on AIM in July 2017…

Published 366 days ago

“Trading Update” from “provider of temporary physical structures, seating, ice rinks, furniture and interiors”, Arena Events (ARE) includes in its first paragraph; “The group experienced strong revenue growth across the UK, US and Middle East divisions with the acquisitions contributing as expected”. The shares have though responded to the update… currently more than 30% lower on the day, at around 40p! Hmmm…

Finsbury Food – half-year like-for-like sales up… so why are the shares more than 10% down?

Published 366 days ago

“Pre-Close Trading Update” from ‘bakery goods’ manufacturer Finsbury Food (FIF) notes like-for-like sales revenue slightly higher, its “strategic diversification” and that it “is well placed to continue to drive efficiency, deliver innovation and maintain its leading position in the market”. So why a current more than 10% share price fall on the back of the update, towards 80p?...

Van Elle – first-half “in line with revised expectations”… so why a 25% share price slump?

Published 366 days ago

Last month geotechnical engineering company Van Elle (VANL) emphasised “positive momentum”but I noted I was particularly cautious of the “greater second half weighting” it envisaged. The shares were then just below 80p. Today there’s half-year results including “trading in H1 was in line with revised expectations”… but the shares are currently approximately 25% lower, at around 60p, on the back of the announcement…

Seeing Machines – “Half year trading update”, surely useful insight into whether really well placed financially then…

Published 367 days ago

Writing on Seeing Machines (SEE) in November, I questioned is it really “very well placed” financially to leverage developments?. Now a “Half year trading update” – surely some useful further insight into that key question then…

boohoo – argues “strong growth”… so why a strong share price response…down?

Published 368 days ago

“Trading Update” for the four months ended 31st December from boohoo (BOO) emphasises “Strong revenue growth of 44% (43% in constant exchange rates) across all geographic regions” (to £328.2 million), “Gross margin for the four months 54.2%, up 170bps” and “Strong balance sheet with net cash of £189 million (31 December 2017: £127 million)”. The shares have currently responded, er... more than 7% lower towards 180p…

Revolution Bars – after weather last time, increased operating costs & economic and political uncertainties this

Published 368 days ago

In June, previously writing on Revolution Bars Group (RBG) I questioned short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?. Now a Christmas and half-year to 29th December 2018 trading update…

Goals Soccer Centres – own goal as goes from “optimistic” to profit warning in 4 months

Published 368 days ago

In September, previously writing on Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) I noted it stating “trading in H2 has started well” but also US and financial risk – and concluded to continue to avoid. Now a “Post close trading update” – and the shares currently more than 15% lower on the day, towards 60p…

EXPOSE: The tangled web behind the Eqtec debt facility - avoid like the plague!

Published 369 days ago

Over the weekend I covered a waste-to-energy company called Eqtec (EQT) and surmised that it was going to need funding very soon, and this would most likely come in the form of a discounted equity issue.

Brexit is not of global significance

Published 369 days ago

To be charitable, you could say the euro has proved itself merely by surviving until its 20th birthday this January. That is a low bar. Monetary union has otherwise failed as an economic and political endeavour...

Why I Might Sell My Holding in My Favourite Store

Published 369 days ago

Hello, Share Followers. Though I’ve held my Morrison (MRW) shares since Adam took up gardening, I’m not sure I should continue my loyalty. For a long time, the shares have been going nowhere. I was up 10% at one stage, but I’m back in negative territory now. However, I do like the stores more than those of rivals Tesco (TSCO) and Sainsbury (SBRY)...

Podcast; Explosive upside for gold and silver

Published 369 days ago

Entrepreneur Lior Gantz claims that the outlook for Gold and Silver is improving dramatically. His thesis is that recent market action has resulted in a rebound. In September mining stocks hit 52-week lows, and the regular markets are now entering bear market territory. Inflation is on the rise and many states are hiking their minimum wage. Recent US Dollar strength is actually a bearish sign.

Housebuilders: don't get suckered in here

Published 369 days ago

Goodness it has been a busy last few business days and my write ups on last week's trading update fest including an observation on Taylor Wimpey (TW.) that 'the outlook statement was chockablock full of government assistance programme nods and thumbs up. Avoid as a sector. Sorry all you value investors'.

Ariana – will production report see a lift to the share price? I hope so!

Published 369 days ago

Judging by the form of my buy tip for 2019 AIM-listed Ariana Resources over the past nine months, we should see the latest production numbers from its Kiziltetepe joint venture gold plant in Turkey this week. Numbers for the first three quarters have already blown the company’s annual production forecast of 20,000 oz of gold out of the water, having reached almost that figure in nine months. Meanwhile shares in Ariana have had a good run of late, moving up from a low point of almost 1.1p in October to the current 1.575p, putting the company on a market capitalisation of £16.7 million.

EQTEC will run out of cash soon and a discounted placing looks a cert

Published 370 days ago

EQTEC (EQT) has long been a favourite of the pump and dump crews operating at the lower end of AIM, so when the share price suddenly doubles in the space of just a few weeks, and there is seemingly no good reason for the rise, then it is hard not to be suspicious.

UK Retail Trading Updates: Bargains to be had in the New Year Sales?

Published 370 days ago

A string of profit warnings – and Sports Direct International (SPD) chief executive Mike Ashley’s warning that the UK high street risked being ‘smashed’ over the Christmas period after the ‘worst November on record’ – set the tone for investor expectations over the festive period. Was all the pessimism justified? In this week’s article, we take a look at a selection of recent trading updates by high-street retailers and supermarkets, and review broker and tipster outlook in each case.

Brexit Fears? The Market Bites Back and the Market is Usually Right.

Published 371 days ago

Hello, Share Scroungers. There’s increasing evidence that the moggy we picked up at the local cat rescue service is of the rare and valuable Norwegian Forest breed. Should I sell him to burnish the fallen value of my shares? Of course not. And to worry about share prices is probably a useless concern, anyway. Because I continue in my view that share values will soon bounce back.

Carclo – “significantly below” expectations profit warning sees CEO ‘resign’… to then become CEO of the “critical” division!

Published 372 days ago

Previously writing on Carclo (CAR), I noted last summer as the shares headed down towards 90p that I’d want to see at least some consistent financial delivery before having confidence here. Today a “Trading Statement” – and shares in this fine-tolerance, injection-moulded plastic parts manufacturer currently down more than 30% on the back of it, at 55p!...

Halfords Share Drop Not Justified as the Company Has a Cunning Plan

Published 372 days ago

Hello, Share Followers. Halfords (HFD) is a famous high street name. But a respected brand can still lose favour among customers. It’s a bit odd here though as Halfords can steal a march on its more online rivals - as it sells a lot of stuff that needs to be seen in the flesh and is not so easily bought over the net. Bicycles for example...

Topps Tiles – trading update, consumer confidence & spending caution?

Published 374 days ago

A trading statement from Topps Tiles (TPT) includes “our strategy of ‘out specialising the specialists’ continues to serve us well” and “we continue to make good progress with our plans for commercial and our strategy of ‘disrupt and construct’ is proving successful”. However, a sub 65p share price compares to more than 90p in early 2018…

I will be surprised if Mobile Streams is still trading at the end of 2019

Published 374 days ago

Back in early December I wrote a piece warning people not to get taken in by RNS-Reach announcements, and criticising the way that some companies seemed to use the system to try to attract investors and pump their share price, by releasing information that isn’t considered to be price sensitive, but making out that it is some sort of big deal.

Hargreaves Lansdown gives Neil Woodford another Blow Job as its clients lose even more money

Published 374 days ago

As this morning’s shock revelations about Neil Woodford’s greed and reward for abject failure start to sink in, I imagine that many investors in his funds will be feeling a deep sense of disgust and regret. Perhaps they will blame those who advised them to invest and who, as the performance has gone from bad to worse, to even worse, have told them to hang on or average down.  Perhaps the biggest cheerleader has been Hargreaves Lansdown which has just published another blow job type piece on Woodford.

Greggs loves vegans but otherwise spot the downright patchy trading updates from Sainsbury's, Taylor Wimpey and Mothercare

Published 374 days ago

Another day, another bunch of trading updates to review…

Eagle Eye Solutions – why the director share buys? (& attempted no-one watching o’clock share options disgrace)

Published 374 days ago

Last week I noted “Appointment of Joint Broker” by Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE). Now a “Director/PDMR Shareholding” announcement…

Footasylum – trading statement, continuing to trip-up badly

Published 374 days ago

In September, previously writing on Footasylum (FOOT) it was our warnings prove sage as now tripping up badly. Today a “Trading Statement”

Up Goes the Share Price as Public Demand for More Responsible Plastic Stretches

Published 375 days ago

Hello Share Mates. One of my favourite ‘this could happen big time’ shares rose by 8% yesterday on no news. This could mean that something is going on in the wings. Or it might be in anticipation of some better results in an update towards the end of the month. Or then again, it could be that more investors see a rosy future for its 'bioplastics'.

Who do you think you are KIDding, Mr Woodford?

Published 375 days ago

The new KID, or Key Information Document, for Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) arrived in my inbox this morning. This is an FCA regulated document, and supposedly gives you an idea of the potential returns under various scenarios. It also tells us that it is categorised as number 4 on the risk indicator (up from 3 last time). So let’s see what we might make if we hold the fund for the minimum recommended term.

Apple Inc takes a large byte out of markets. Peak smartphones?

Published 376 days ago

Apple stock has dropped 38% in 3 months. Reinforcing the old axiom that a fancy new corporate HQ precedes a corporate decline...

Reviewing Tipsters’ Top Picks for 2019

Published 378 days ago

The UK economy suffered a tumultuous 2018, and it proved to be a particularly rough year for holders long in UK-listed shares: the FTSE100 suffered its worst year in a decade, while the FTSE All Share slumped 13% over the course of the year. The turbulence we’re experiencing looks set to continue into 2019 as markets struggle with mounting uncertainty. As a result “tipping shares has never felt more hazardous”, but there are potential rewards; Joanne Hart (Daily Mail) notes that “UK shares are widely acknowledged to be undervalued, presenting clear opportunities across the market”. I should point out that Tom Winnifrith and others think Ms Hart is useless and clueless.

7digital – “pleased to confirm” restructuring completion… but much it shouldn’t be pleased to confirm!

Published 378 days ago

In September, previously writing on 7digital Group (7DIG) I questioned a “global leader” with Universal Music contract wins? – with it seeing me question AIM-listed companies which claim ‘global’/‘world’ leader an automatic bargepole / sell?. An intra-day (Uh oh) “Update” today commences that the group “is pleased to confirm”… but the shares are currently more than 50% lower, below 1p!…

Touchstone has production and exploration upside, although funding could prove to be an issue - speculative buy

Published 379 days ago

These days I tend to avoid oil companies at the bottom end of the AIM market as usually the risks aren’t worth the rewards, and the majority of them do nothing but fleece investors over a number of years without ever achieving anything of note.

Gear4music – having adopted a market share strategy… “capacity limitation” profit warning!

Published 379 days ago

Previously writing on online musical instruments and equipment retailer Gear4music (G4M) in September as the shares slid below 600p, I concluded such a rating demands at least growth as anticipated; not “slower than anticipated” roll-out, “gross margin compromise” and potentially worse – and, even without all that, is still likely highly dependent on a continued bullish stock market. As such, at this juncture, I avoid. The shares are currently sliding below 300p on the back of a “Trading Update”

Corero Network Security – 2018 disappointment follows 2017 disappointment, and 2019…

Published 380 days ago

“Trading Update” from Corero Network Security (CNS) emphasising “order intake for 2018 is expected to be approximately 20% higher than 2017, driven by record order intake in H2 and the final quarter”“SmartWall revenue growth of approximately 20% over the prior year” and “significantly reduced EBITDA loss to approximately $2.5 million”. The shares have currently responded, er, approaching 6% lower to 12p…

A twitter gem - Polixenes13 on the Tesla car crash waiting to happen

Published 380 days ago

Most material on twitter is unadulterated junk. But there is the odd gem. In the case of Tesla (TSLA) where the sell side analysts are all paid bulls, some of the best insight is on twitter. Like Lucian Miers, I regard this company as an accident, no an outright car crash, just waiting to happen. In that vein I bring you a most instructive series of tweets yesterday from @Polixines13 who knows his or her onions.

Eagle Eye Solutions – “Appointment of Joint Broker”. Uh oh…

Published 380 days ago

Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) “is pleased to announce the appointment of Shore Capital as joint corporate broker to the company with immediate effect”. Hmmm, why might that be?...

Reader Post of the Year ( 2019) – another warning about Pacific Tycoon/Davenport Laroche

Published 380 days ago

I have had my threats for exposing the fraud that is Pacific Tycoon, a fraud that companies such as ADVFN (AFN) and others in UK financial services have been prepared to promote despite my exposes. It seems that Pacific now operates under two names, a reader (Daryl) has the whole scam banged to rights and relayed his experience on our comments section. This post merits a wider audience. Over to Daryl…

5 Slam-dunk shares to sell for 2018 – the result

Published 382 days ago

Well the year is up, the results are in and my pick of five AIM stocks to sell has offered up a pretty good result. I doubt these shares could easily have been shorted, but I hope readers managed to avoid them at least.

Going, going - GOLD

Published 382 days ago

Do you have exposure to gold and if not why not? Are you mad?

Minoan – some good news

Published 383 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) has offered up some good news to its investors in that 11.325 million options due to expire today and which are not expected to be exercised will not be extended. Of course, the news I would like to see is the monetisation of the Cavo Sidero asset but given that the future dilution has come down (for a change!) this is a small piece of good news.

Red Flags at Night: The People’s Operator updates on its death (or, rather, doesn't)

Published 383 days ago

AIM-listed The People’s Operator (TPOP) (until Thursday, but suspended) issued a statement at 6.24pm on Friday to update shareholders on its listing status (no Nomad and due to be booted to the great stockmarket in the Sky on 3 January) and its financial position. A prime example of a no-one-is-watching o’clock RNS – and read it carefully and it is clear that the Grim Reaper is hovering, and will strike imminently...

Next and Staffline under the spotlight next week

Published 385 days ago

Ahead of a more comprehensive review of annual broker and tipster activity next week, this week’s article focuses on two expected early-January trading announcements from Next (NXT) and Staffline (STAF). Strong returns on Next shares were wiped out during a disappointing second half to the year, while shareholders of Staffline will be happy with a return of over 20% in 2018. Both updates will be seen as important early indicators for their respective sectors, but are brokers and tipsters bullish about both companies’ future prospects?

With Shares All Over the Shop Here's How You Might Play It Now.

Published 385 days ago

Hello, Share Guzzlers. Why have shares fallen so much? And which shares are best to avoid until the turmoil dies down? You notice I did not say which shares we should sell because I really do think that whichever choices are taken over Brexit, the vast majority of shares will rise anyway.

Xaar – attempted no-one watching “Trading Update”. Uh oh…

Published 385 days ago

Previously writing on industrial inkjet technology company Xaar (XAR) on half-year results in September, I concluded the scale of deterioration, lack of visibility and continued difficult trading see - despite the shares currently sub 200p - me presently continue to avoid. Now a 28th December - i.e. attempted no-one watching o’clock - “Trading Update”. Uh oh…

Highland Gold will shine if gold shows continued strength

Published 386 days ago

Gold has been showing signs of strength of late and moving forwards into 2019 I would definitely be looking to have some in your portfolio, with an equity position in a gold producer being the best option.

Merry Christmas from Nigel & Lucy Wray and the team at UK Investor

Published 386 days ago

You may already be starting the wind-down ahead of the Christmas break. With all the red on the screens we can hardly blame you for taking a break from the stock market that little bit earlier this year. Anyhow if you are still reading you must , like us, be a bit of a shares groupie. So we wanted to say a couple of things...

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2019 – No 4 is from Nigel Somerville

Published 388 days ago

Between Christmas Day and January 2nd we shall be publishing more than 20 share tips of the year – buys and sells. Fourth up is one from Nigel Somerville, the deputy Sheriff of AIM.

Neil Woodford's Christmas Carol - the final chapter of three

Published 389 days ago

‘Twas the night before Christmas.  The man who liked to be known not only for his humility but also for being Britain’s greatest ever fund manager lay back on his disruptive Eve mattress next to his rather flatulent but ever faithful old poodle Dampers. Whilst his companion snored loudly, Neil Woodford was deeply troubled by not just one but a second ghostly apparition that night.

The ShareProphets share tips of the year 2019 – No 1 is from Gary Newman

Published 389 days ago

Between now and January 2nd we shall be publishing more than 20 share tips of the year – buys and sells. We kick off with one from Gary Newman 

The problem with the European Union has never been a lack of stimuli

Published 390 days ago

The shift to tighter monetary policies in the West is weakening credit markets and over-indebted emerging markets face headwinds from rising borrowing costs and dollar shortages, therefore investors need to focus on their response to financial stresses in an era in which policymakers will be constrained. This means that the “everything bubble” is deflating and the fact that it is happening relatively slowly should not blind investors to the threat. The world is dangerously underestimating how hard it’ll be to deal with the fallout once reality, which has been suspended for ten years, reasserts itself...

Petropavlovsk – financial and operational progress, Buy

Published 391 days ago

Petropavlovsk (POG) has updated that the first stage of its plan to reduce its guarantee for 31.1% owned IRC Limited is completed and that “with the twin events of concluding the restructuring of the IRC Facility, and with the successful ongoing ramp up of Petropavlovsk's Pressure Oxidation Hub, the company is poised to generate returns for its stakeholders in 2019 and beyond”

Neil Woodford’s Three Part Christmas Carol: Chapter One

Published 391 days ago

‘Twas the night before Christmas and the man who liked to be known as Britain’s Buffett paced up and down his bedroom, deep in thought. Attending the local carol service at the Church nearest his Country Estate, Neil Woodford felt that he had so much in common with the wise men but like the Shepherds he was this evening of a troubled mind.

“A Tough Week for ASOS: Broker and Tipster Opinion”

Published 392 days ago

The biggest casualty of the week was online fashion retailer ASOS (ASC), which was toppled from its position as the most valuable company on AIM after shares sunk by 50%. Investors were spooked by the company’s trading update for the first three months of the financial year – released on Monday – warned of a “significant deterioration in the important trading month of November and conditions remain challenging”. After three years of impressive returns, 2018 had already proven a fairly rough year for holders in ASOS prior to this week’s events. Still, brokers and tipsters (on the whole) have been bullish about the future prospects of the company.

Red Flags at Night: Vast Resources - having said it would avoid death spiral finance……

Published 392 days ago

Oh dear! Previous boss of AIM-listed Vast Resource (VAST) Roy Pitchford had an unhappy time with death spiral finance facilities with Crede and Bracknor and now, despite the company having said it would avoid death spiral finance facilities in future, has announced – under Brian Moritz – a “bridge facility” which is….a death spiral, this time with Bergen. It is interest free, naturally – if you ignore the fees – but critically, this time the facility is not convertible for 30 days. After that…..well, we know what death spirals do to share prices.

Professor Malcolm Stacey's World Famous Christmas Lecture.

Published 392 days ago

Hello, Share Sleighers. Sceptics sometimes ask me how someone like me can dissect the cold facts of share trading and yet still believe in what they see as the fairy story of the first Christmas. But the questioners have too naive and narrow a vision of how the Christian faith works.

Winnileaks: Breaking - Frontera Resources under FCA investigation for misleading investors

Published 393 days ago

The Winnileaks service has been provided with an email sent by an investor which confirms that investigations are underway into whether Frontera Resources (FRR) has mislead investors. Facing two big court cases, out of cash, drowning in debt and burning cash could this be the final straw?  It goes without saying that the shares are a sell. the email is below:

Haydale – well ho ho ho, time for an ouzo!

Published 393 days ago

And so, at long last, AIM-listed graphene play Haydale (HAYD) has raised some money. With the shares closing at 25.5p last night, it raised just £250,000 in a placing at 20p (a 21.5% discount) and £750,000 by way of a loan from the Development Bank of Wales at 11%. Oh, and we have a new finance director (did he jump or was he pushed), the former CEO (who stepped down on the profit warning back in June) is off (did he jump or was he pushed too?) and so is a NED. 

Interserve – don’t panic, keep calm and carry on (to disaster?)

Published 393 days ago

Yesterday we learnt what a complete disaster the rights issue for Keir Group (KIE) was: a whopping discount failed to attract more than 40% of shareholders to pony up at 409p and the underwriters took the hit, offloading at just 360p. But never mind, massively over-indebted Interserve (IRV) announced this morning that good progress is being made on its deleveraging plan, involving a debt-for-equity swap of, I reckon, about £500 million – against its current market capitalisation of just £16 million.

Shareholders Should Benefit As this Giant Pharma Climbs Into Bed with an American Rival

Published 393 days ago

Hello, Share Whackers. My more inspirational Shareprophets colleague Chris Bailey has already posted on an exciting development for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). As this is a share I’ve also pushed for some years, allow me to add my own humble thoughts...

Neil Woodford’s disaster of the day No 2 – Midatech Pharma

Published 394 days ago

In this case the turd has been sugared, the pill polished but make no mistake, Midatech Pharma (MTPH) is well in the merde and that is bad news for Britain’s most conceited fund manager Neil Woodford whose funds own 20% of the equity.

Welcome to your FTSE 100 broker Christmas lunch

Published 394 days ago

Back in the day, I used to be an institutional fund manager and did go on a number of brokerage lunches at around this time of year. The essential underlying aim of these lunches did not change for years: a thank you for business given during the year...and a pitch or ten about stocks that could be bought (or sold) early the next year in order to keep that commission flow going (and from the broker's perspective hopefully building). It seemed to me that the ideas took a very simple form: buy the underperformers and sell the outperformers. Well who does not like a bargain or - indeed - to take profits? So from an akin premise - but with an added slice of cynicism (and no need to elicit your brokerage commission flows!) - what does a 'brokerage lunch list' throw up as interesting in December 2018 looking ahead into 2019?...

Still Believe in the Oil & Gas Game? Take a Look at this Big Provider to the Industry

Published 394 days ago

Petrofac (PFC) is a British giant I don't think I’ve touched on before. But maybe now is the time to bring this engineer and constructor which serves the oil and gas world, to your notice. For one thing, it has had new orders worth $5 billion this year. The order pipeline is bulging with $10 billion in total...

Do I need to make an apology to dividend muncher favourite GlaxoSmithKline?

Published 395 days ago

Much has been said or written about GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) during 2018 and my most recent contribution back in July suggested that a divisional split-up was a spoof. Well today's announcement that Glaxo has formed a joint venture vehicle with US pharma behemoth Pfizer for their respective consumer health arms (with ownership split 68%/32% in favour of Glaxo) appears at face value like a step in the right direction for under pressure CEO Emma Walmsley and team…

Continue to avoid PCG Entertainment - it will struggle to raise further funding

Published 395 days ago

The AIM market in general has been performing badly in recent months and it has been noticeable that the worst performing companies at the lower end of it have been struggling to raise capital.

VINDICATION: Telit – FCA enquiry widened, implication is of wholesale securities fraud re 2017 placing

Published 396 days ago

The fraud that is Telit (TCM) continues to unravel. We already knew that ex FD and CEO Yosi fait was being investigated for selling all his shares in early July 2017 while he was aware of damaging price sensitive information ( a profits warning) – that would be insider dealing. We know that founder, former CEO and the man who is still running Telit via puppet directors, Uzi Katz, is being investigated for not admitting that he was a fraudster and fugitive from justice.  Now it gets bigger.

Filthy Forty Red Flags at Night – China New Energy quacks away and to waddle from AIM?

Published 396 days ago

Last Night at 4.39pm – after hours at no-one-is-watching o’clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of just seven remaining) China New Energy (CNEL) issued a Trading Update. Except the meat of the dish was not about the company’s trading, it was about trading in its shares. We are told the Company is currently considering and assessing all the options available for fund raising in other stock exchanges. Aha - it is voluntary execution ahoy!

Did the Three Wise Men's Gold Come from Egypt? Centamin Certainly Knows How to Find It

Published 396 days ago

Hello, Share Punchers. With fears of Brexit continuing to cancel out the Santa Rally, our thoughts should turn more to that useful hedge against disaster - gold. Now short of buying a few gold bars, which I haven't entirely discounted, by the way, the best way to take advantage of gold is to pick up mining stock. There are a lot of small gold explorers and even producers that I will continue to avoid. But the larger ones might be worth looking into...

RA International – project delays… less than six months after AIM admission!

Published 396 days ago

Support services provider to remote locations in Africa and the Middle East, RA International (RAI) has updated including CEO Soraya Narfeldt “pleased with the progress made by RA International since Admission to AIM… we have a strong pipeline of projects across a range of sectors and a project management team capable of executing and delivering larger projects”. So why are the shares currently approaching 20% lower on the day, at around 50p?...

The Next Financial Crisis

Published 397 days ago

I have a lot of sympathy for the position that many investors find themselves in and that is the fear of missing out. It is a big driver and keeps people at the party far too long...

Boxhill Technologies – Time for update about Emex given the CV of doom of chairman Lord Razzall

Published 398 days ago

On 1 November 2018, suspended on the AIM Casino Boxhill Technologies (BOX) provided its last trading update which provided the following comment on the disposed business of Emex:

Can Interserve be Saved? Tipster and Broker Opinion

Published 399 days ago

Another dismal year for public services provider Interserve (IRV) was capped off by a further 50% slump in the firm’s share price earlier this week. The price reaction formed a direct response to the revelation that Interserve is seeking a rescue deal which – according to Christopher Williams (The Telegraph) – represents “a disaster for shareholders”. In this week’s article, we take a look at current tip sentiment; do the consensus believe the firm now can be salvaged, or is it is doomed to fail? The answer: it depends on who you ask – tipsters, or brokers?

Nanoco – “remain confident in delivering the board's expectations”… so what?

Published 400 days ago

Self-styled “a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other specific nanomaterials emanating from our technology platform”, Nanoco (NANO) has updated including “we remain confident in delivering the board's expectations for our full year results” and “we continue to work with a range of customers and partners on a number of near term potentially transformative technological and commercial activities” – and the shares have responded currently 6.5% higher towards 40p…

Bilby – reckons “pleased to announce” interims… I don’t reckon the recent institutional shareholders will be as pleased!

Published 402 days ago

Gas heating, electrical and building services provider Bilby (BILB) reckons it “is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018”. So why then are the shares currently circa 20% lower on the back of them, to below 75p?...

Europa Metals issues a farcical RNS - it doesn't know exactly where its project is geographically & can't give any figures about the economics!

Published 403 days ago

I can’t see Europa Metals (EUZ) shareholders being particularly pleased with the latest news from the company, and even less so with the 22% odd drop that it caused in the share price yesterday. This small AIM company is one that I haven’t exactly been a fan of in the past in its previous incarnation as Ferrum Crescent, and as is often the way with these companies that change name, and even management, not a lot tends to change with regards to performance...

Photo-Me – interims, really set for a second half recovery?

Published 403 days ago

Photobooths and ID and laundry and other vending equipment company, Photo-Me (PHTM) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st October 2018 – with the shares currently approaching 10% lower, at sub 100p, in response…

Markets are being roiled by politics

Published 404 days ago

Markets are being roiled by politics, soiling themselves on trade war panics, scared witless by mounting populism and it's pay-off time for massive policy mistakes and the waking up to the horrendous unintended consequences of the last 10-years of monetary experimentation and over-regulation and the working out that every single financial asset (by which I mean listed stocks and bonds) is price-distorted, will be painful for the unprepared. In fact; every aspect of modern finance is distorted. Sentiment is bruised which means the global economy is vulnerable to being pushed over the edge as the current fears of recession in 2019 become a self-fulfilling prophesy...

Gold – a great insurance policy for times like these

Published 404 days ago

I have been over-bullish about gold ever since it popped its top at around $1800 per oz in the aftermath of the financial crisis and quantitative easing (ie printing money) became all the rage. But rather than sell out, I have held firm. At the time I seemed to be wrong, but with what should be a momentous week for the UK about to hit us, I see the gold price is up a tad at just shy of $1250 per oz...

I am not rushing to order up either a Domino's Pizza...or its shares!

Published 405 days ago

My favourite deadwood press article this week is all about the comment from a reader below it, rather than the article itself.  I talked about Domino's Pizza (DOM) back in August and basically said that I would only get warmed up at 250p odd a share.  Well we are nearly there and - superficially - not too much has changed.  The UK franchise keeps on growing aided by that near omnipresent 'official food of everything' advertising, various Scandi markets remain workable...and angst continues at the managerial and franchisee levels.  

Woodford – selling BTG but all is surely not clear (apart from the cash-crisis!)

Published 405 days ago

We have commented here on ShareProphets on the recent sales of shares in BTG (BTG) by Neil Woodford’s Woodford Investment Management. Given that BTG is the subject of a cash offer of 840p per share is seems a little odd that he is offloading stock before the offer completes, especially with the shares trading at around  825p – but then, he does have some pressing cash issues of his own. But what is even more odd is his irrevocable undertaking to accept the offer, for it appears to have been given over a rather small portion of the shares he was actually holding.

Key IPOs in 2018: Amigo, Aston Martin and Quilter

Published 406 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).

Union Jack Oil: New NED, Chris Oil buys 3% (no make that 5.9%), farm in completed - BUY

Published 406 days ago

Well it is all happening down at Union Jack Oil (UJO). Let’s start with fundamentals.

Neil Woodford: three disasters in three days caption contest - result

Published 407 days ago

A few days ago, I asked you all to come up with suitable captions for a picture of Britain's most conceited fund manager in action, destroying value. as you can see here. There were many half decent entries and also a couple from Wildes who has obviously been drooling over pictures of crazy cat woman Carole Cadwalladr again and thus returned to his favourite subject. However the winner of the semi naked photo of Britain's top share blogger (mornings only), Thirsty Paul Scott is...

Three Shares Which are Not Favourites in My Christmas-time Portfolio

Published 407 days ago

Hello, Share Smoochers. A day or two ago, I mentioned three ships in my personal share bag which could come sailing in on Christmas day. Or before. Now let me pick three of my babies which are not my favourites in the hectic Yule run-up…

Numis statement shows why FinnCap’s IPO today is such a stinker

Published 409 days ago

FinnCrap (FCAP) has today listed on AIM having raised £3.75 million of new monies while insiders dumped £1.25 million of shares on mug punters. Unfortuanately for smug Sam Smith and the FinnCrap team a statement on current trading from Numis (NUM) shows just why FinnCrap rushed to get its own IPO away and why it should be avoided like the plague.

Just when you thought it was dead, The People's Operator returns

Published 409 days ago

I was somewhat surprised to see an RNS pop up from The People’s Operator (TPOP) at 6pm yesterday evening announcing fundraising, as I thought that we had seen the last of this outfit and the next news we’d see would be administration...

SRT Marine Systems – “£31 million VMS System Contract Award”, but a buy?

Published 409 days ago

Previously writing on SRT Marine Systems (SRT), I concluded that, with its track record, I await to see evidence of tangible progress before reconsidering from avoid. Today a “Contract award” announcement – and the shares currently up circa 11% at around 34p…

Kingfisher - DIY, DFY or just BUY?

Published 409 days ago

Confession time: I did read something interesting in the business pages of a broadsheet (ha!) newspaper the other day. The offending article introduced to me the concept of 'DFY', which is not some deviant practice but rather stands for 'done for you'. Apparently the under 40s cannot do DIY, preferring to focus their non-office skills in avocado toast construction and optimising their right (or is it left?) swiping capabilities…

Imaginatik – another placing and a contract, but one to watch?

Published 410 days ago

AIM-listed former Rob Terry favouorite busted flush Imaginatik (IMTK) yesterday announced another placing, following hard on the heels of the last bailout and oversubscribed open offer of last month. I was very critical of the previous fundraise because is still, as far as I could see, left the company on the edge of insolvency. But with anther £250,000 in the kitty – and a contract also announced yesterday, is it time to change my stance of keep well away?

…and Monday’s Woodford disaster story…..Halosource

Published 410 days ago

According to Cynical Bear, Neil Woodford’s Woodford Investment Management once held 24.9% of Halosource (HAL), when the shares were around 3.63p - and Invesco Perpetual (Woodford’s former stamping ground) held a further c.19%. Of course, failure after failure and emergency bailout placing after emergency bailout placing will have taken their toll. But even back in August Woodford held 27.3% (having bailed it out yet again). Now the company has warned that it is having a spot of bother raising cash – and that no cash by the end of December will mean a trip to the corporate undertakers. So Neil isn’t up for bailing it out this time?

Aphria - a cannabis giant set to go to zero: the new Gabriel Grego dossier

Published 410 days ago

Gabriel Grego is the man who exposed Globo (GBO) as a fraud, Folli Follie as a fraud and his new target is Canadian cannabis giant Aphria - his clear view is that this multi billion dollar company is a zero. Gabriel is presenting in New York right now but we have his presentation and his dossier which is utterly devestating. This looks like free money as a short. 

Minoan - £525k placing, and £250k of liabilities settled at 2.5p. Call me mad, but....

Published 411 days ago

Well, we all knew that AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) was going to place as it told us so when the sale of the travel and leisure division was announced. The issue price of 2.5p is disappointing in the wake of the share price when the T&L sale was announced, but does not look so bad in the context of a share price on its knees at around 2.25p early last week. Be thankful for small mercies, then.

The housing boom is not over, its ending

Published 411 days ago

You think the housing boom is petering out or taking a breather? Nope it is a bubble its popped the boom is over.

Notes from Underground - Giving the gift of ShareProphets

Published 412 days ago

Something that we have been thinking about here in the underground Shareprophets bunker is gift subscriptions. We can't process these yet but we could. The question to you is: should we?

Contrasting Fortunes for Greggs and Thomas Cook

Published 413 days ago

A number of trading updates caught the eye this week, but perhaps none more so than Greggs (GRG) and Thomas Cook (TCG). In terms of market reception, the two couldn’t be more different; while shares in Greggs soared, the price of Thomas Cook shares plummeted. In this week’s issue we cover current tipster and broker sentiment towards both UK firms.

Daily Mail Results Give Little Comfort as the Newspaper World Continues to Struggle

Published 414 days ago

Hello, Share Rangers. As a former journalist who served Fleet Street, I’m unhappy with the demise of newspapers. But share bunnies need to be sensible rather than nostalgic. So on the full-year results of the Daily Mail (DMGT), I will continue to avoid its stock.

Eight Peaks Group – end game plays out

Published 414 days ago

The spoof on the markets that Zafar Karim has played out over the last few years, largely built around a self inflated (ie existing shareholders setting the price in a raise) valuation of VirtualStock is, we suspect, coming to the end game as evidenced by the incessant decline in the stock price on relatively modest volumes this last few months post the name change and consolidation.

PowerHouse Energy - Toyota excited & impressed as proves up its technical abilities

Published 415 days ago

If the headline grabbed you and you are here to learn of a few home truths about the madcap plans of PowerHouse Energy (PHE) to commercialise its crazy DMG technology, then you have come to the right place. If you are one of those BBMs shouting down the company's efforts, and screaming warnings of death spiral funding is the only way PowerHouse will get its groundbreaking technology rolled out, then I'm going to disappoint you. You see, the crazy thing about this game, is if you have the foresight and will to engage with management of companies, you often (not always) get a helpful response, and sometimes the response may dispel some of the fears spread around the BB's for the tripe they often are...

Grafenia – argues “increasingly confident in the merits of our transformation strategy”, so why the share price decline?

Published 415 days ago

Grafenia (GRA) has announced results for its half year ended 30th September 2018 – including noting “we're increasingly confident in the merits of our transformation strategy”, so why a current approaching 10% share price decline, to sub 10p?...

Cellcast – an intra-day “Trading Statement”. Uh oh…

Published 416 days ago

Previously writing on interactive broadcast and gaming services company Cellcast (CLTV) just over a year ago, it was argues more optimistic about trading… but fund redemption problem – with the shares sliding from just below 5p and I concluding to certainly presently avoid. Now an intra-day (2:45pm) “Trading Statement”. Uh oh…

Xeros Technology – Cynical Bear was right about this Neil Woodford Dog!

Published 417 days ago

Another day, another Woodford disaster story hits the headlines – this time in the form of AIM-listed Xeros Technology (XSG), which Cynical Bear had postulated would be this year’s RM2 disaster. Well, it’s run out of money again and guess who’s footing the bill (with other people’s money)?

FinnCrap - the numbers, why the IPO valuation is a total rum ‘n’ coke – AVOID

Published 417 days ago

If you wish to ignore my advice go ahead and pony up 28p a share (a £48 million market cap) in the IPO of smug Sam Smith’s FinnCap via Primary Bid HERE. But I would not. Here are the hard numbers which show what a joke this IPO is...

RM2 – All hail Cynical Bear as Woodford bails it out yet again (until April)

Published 418 days ago

On Friday afternoon, as the city returned from lunch ready to wrap up for the weekend, AIM-listed RM2 (RM2) announced a share capital restructuring, placing and notice of EGM. Roll back the clock to 14 September when, in the wake of yet another set of dire results, Cynical Bear told us  it’s time to place your bets as to whether Mr Woodford is going to throw another $17 million in to the pot. Suffice to say he is now Cynical Mystic Meg…..

When oil bounces, Premier could easily see a quick 50% rise

Published 419 days ago

Premier Oil (PMO) has always been highly geared towards movements in the oil price, so it is hardly surprising that its share price has been dropping recently.

This Week’s Tip Activity: Barratt Developments, AO World and Mitie Group

Published 420 days ago

Just under 200 UK companies have been tipped by 16 brokers and 26 professional tipsters tracked by Stockomendation during the last seven days. Overall tip sentiment was positive for a majority of tipped companies (70%), and negative for a small minority (10%). In this week’s issue, we highlight the most frequently tipped company, as well as those firms with the highest consensus positive and negative ratings.

Share Portfolio Tumbling? Perhaps Not, if You Do Penny Stocks.

Published 420 days ago

Hello, Share Swipers. If your shares are toppling backwards at the moment, you may have the balance wrong between big cap companies and penny stocks. My portfolio is probably split 50-50, with very few firms in the boring middle range. Off course, its the Footsie giants which are most affected by the general slide. Then penny shares, as usual, are going their own way, be it up or down.

Directa Plus – new agreements & argues “good progress” and “increasing confidence”, but what does it all mean financially?

Published 420 days ago

Writing on Directa Plus (DCTA) in September, with the shares up to circa 70p, I questioned do road test & CEO share purchase merit the shares soaring?. Now, an “Environmental Sale and Participation in Trial” announcement today has followed a trading update yesterday…

Seeing Machines – CFO “to step down” as company regales a litany of success. Really?

Published 420 days ago

I noted in September not ‘pleased’ to announce results from Seeing Machines (SEE) – and now the company announces that “James Palmer, Chief Financial Officer, is to step down from his position for personal reasons”. Hmmm…

FW Thorpe – warns, but with main business orders “have started to recover” is a 13%+ share price fall justified?

Published 421 days ago

A 12:45pm “AGM Statement” from FW Thorpe (TFW) included “orders for our main business, Thorlux Lighting, were slow in the first quarter but have started to recover in October and November… other parts of the group continue to perform well”. Does such really justify an approaching 14% share price decline? – the shares sliding below 250p…

FireAngel – argues “increasing pipeline of opportunities continues to build”… but for now it’s another “materially below” warning!

Published 421 days ago

Previously writing on shares in home safety products company FireAngel Safety Technology (FA.), I noted as they soared to 77.5p on a partnering agreement that the upcoming reality of disappointing results together with even the near-term trading outlook uncertain saw me continue to avoid. Today a “Trading Update” – and the shares currently circa 20% lower on the day of the back of it, towards 35.5p!...

Urals Energy – the fraud gets bigger as does the size of the looming cash crunch – another great day for the AIM Casino

Published 422 days ago

Another great day for the world’s most successful fraud market, oops I meant growth market.  Over on the AIM Casino the problems mount for Urals Energy (UEN). We had been told that $3 million had been loaned out in an unauthorised manner by its 98.56% owned subsidiary JSC Petrosakh.  Think again, it is $5.1 million and it looks as if none of that is coming back so there is a looming $4.5 million cash crunch. Uh Oh! Timber!

Updated thoughts on Tesla - stay short

Published 422 days ago

The recent market turmoil has seen some decent gains for those who have been predominantly bearish for a while in the face of an unprecedented bull market. Buying the dips, a wildly successful strategy for the last ten years, suddenly doesn’t feel so clever. My own view as to whether this time might be different was to look at the world’s favourite stock Apple (NASDAQ - AAPL) and see if it would lose its trillion-dollar market cap and then some. That to me would be a signal that the selloff has legs. That has now happened, and I believe that the long overdue reality check has started and is by no means over.

Among all the scandals, political intrigue & nobbled confidence levels, three larger cap buy ideas

Published 423 days ago

One of those earnings days with lots going on...and among all the scandals, political intrigue and nobbled confidence levels, three larger cap buy ideas…

Maintel – argues “business transformation has been encouraging”… so why a current circa 25% share price fall?!

Published 423 days ago

Maintel Holdings (MAI) has updated commencing that; “Maintel's transformation into a cloud and managed services provider has continued in the second half. This month alone the group has seen two large wins on its hosted unified communications platform… representing growth of over 40% versus the prior year. In addition, Maintel is on track to grow its managed services base year on year by around 10%”. Sounds good... You what?... the shares are currently down approaching 25%, below 460p?!...

easyJet's correlation with the Brexit fear factor

Published 423 days ago

easyJet (EZJ) shares lost a bit of altitude yesterday and it was not really clear why, with profits growth of 41% aided by a revenue expansion of 17% and helped by the company pushing up ancillary seat revenue and continuing to push out an ongoing cost saving programme. Meanwhile income investors were well served with the ordinary dividend being pushed up 43%. The share is now yielding basically 5%. However, and despite dubbing itself the ‘best performing airline in Europe in 2018’, shares in the company fell back around 5% due seemingly to the ‘B’ word...

Plus500 – argues “a good position for 2019”. How good?

Published 423 days ago

Contracts for Differences online trading platform company Plus500 (PLUS) “is pleased to announce… the board believes that the group's results for the financial year ended 31 December 2018 will be ahead of previous market expectations” - and the shares have responded currently more than 11% higher, above 1400p. That though also still compares with more than 2000p reached in August…

Telecom Plus Interims – one for dividend munchers or bargepole?

Published 423 days ago

Fully-listed Telecom Plus (TEP) is a member of the FTSE250 and it announced its interims this morning. The shares are currently up 56p to 1258p, valuing the company at £982 million. With an expected full year dividend of 52p that puts the shares on a dividend yield of 4.13% which appears quite tasty when compared to a bank account. So are they for dividend munchers, or is there something lurking beneath the surface to make me run a mile? Covering the company in the past I was less than convinced, but with fresh eyes let’s take a look.

KCom – profit warning, but is it largely new management trying to create an easier platform?

Published 424 days ago

“Trading Update and Revised Dividend Commitment” announcement from telecommunications and related services group KCom (KCOM). The prospective dividend yield was already 6.5% - so I’m guessing it ain’t being revised upwards…

Bovis Builds Its Prospects Boosted by a Very Tasty Prospective Dividend

Published 424 days ago

Hello, Share diggers. There are niggles that house builders will be hobbled by Brexit. I can't see it myself. We need housing and homes are still in short supply. The Government has not said it will ease back on its generous incentives for builders when we leave the EU, so if the usual rules of supply and demand apply - and they’re always pretty powerful - then firms which build should, well, build their share prices while unemployment is low and interest rates are still modest...

Imaginatik – H1 results show what a dog’s breakfast it was, but fundraising to complete still leaves it technically insolvent. Shocking.

Published 424 days ago

AIM-listed former Rob Terry favourite Imaginatek (IMTK) published its half year results to the end of September this morning – what a dog’s breakfast! Of course, the majority of the period was under the old management so as much as I would like to point the finger at new CEO Angus Forrest, that would be grossly unfair. Indeed, judging by the balance sheet he’s done very well to have kept the grim reaper at bay – and he nearly pulled off a dream proposal to bring the very saintly Vin Murria in….but that fell apart. The shares as I write are up just 10% at 1.375p in the middle, having peaked earlier in the day at 2.25p in an initial burst of enthusiasm. It looks to me like the market has taken fright at the balance sheet.

Italy is a bigger and more immediate problem for Europe than Brexit

Published 425 days ago

The EU has had a lot of trouble on its hands, as its members, such as Poland and Hungary, are openly challenging the established order. This time it’s a very serious situation, because Brussels is facing defiance from Italy, the 3rd largest national economy in the eurozone and the 8th largest global economy in terms of nominal GDP. It has a population of over 60 million. It is also a Europhile country and the bloc’s founding member...

Tomco – the shysters are back on the AIM Casino as Turner Pope agrees to act as broker

Published 425 days ago

I know. I know.  The price of coke and also of hookers is going up. I blame Brexit.  What we need are frictionless borders so we can import more of both from Albania to keep the City boys happy. Pro tem that means brokers need to hold their noses (so to speak) and act for anyone.  Even proven shysters like Tomco (TOM).

The Most Frequently Tipped Companies by Professional Tipsters in November

Published 427 days ago

What blue chips do the "professional" share tipsters like and should we care?

How I'm Playing the Brexit Crisis In the Hope of a Rally of Relief

Published 427 days ago

Hello Share Screeners. You can always tell something is seriously wrong with British shares when the Footsie falls and the Dow rises. Normally they work in tandem. But the fear of Brexit is causing extreme nervousness among the big traders. Home-grown investors don’t like uncertainty. And foreign investors in our shares become fewer, as these difficult weeks roll on. So how should we play it?

Eagle Eye Solutions – argues looks ahead “with confidence”… though why not provide the key numbers then?

Published 427 days ago

I first cautioned on shares in Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) in February 2016 at over 200p and mostly recently this summer at around 150p. Currently the shares are 127.5p – though that a few percent higher on the day on the back of an AGM update…

Plant Health Care – “Positive Developments with Harpin”, but positive enough to achieve revenue & cash expectations?

Published 429 days ago

Previously writing on Plant Health Care (PHC) it was on a share price slump earlier this year to circa 15p. The latest is a “Positive Developments with Harpin” announcement – though the shares are currently at 10.1p…

Seeing Machines – “very well placed” to leverage developments. Really?

Published 429 days ago

An AGM statement from Seeing Machines (SEE) sees it emphasised “the past 12 months have been the most exciting and pivotal periods for Seeing Machines since the business was founded” and that “Seeing Machines is very well placed to leverage these developments”. The shares have currently nudged higher, towards 6p in response – but this also compares to more than 13p reached in June. Hmmm…

Stride Gaming – having been set to record a provision of £4m… £7.1m Gambling Commission fine

Published 430 days ago

Having previously stated, on the basis of legal advice received, that it was to record a provision of £4 million for a Gambling Commission of Great Britain penalty, Stride Gaming (STR) has announced “Daub Alderney Limited, a subsidiary of the company, has been fined £7.1m by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain for failings in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility procedures”

Haydale – paid-for researcher Hardman issues another (suicide) note

Published 431 days ago

As covered here on ShareProphets many times, AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) is in deep trouble as finally admitted last Friday. I’ve been saying sell all the way down from 78p in June of this year and the shares plunged to just 13.5p on Friday – after the company warned it was short of cash and offered, effectively, yet another profit warning (the third in three months). Last night the shares were 12.25p and Hardman, which ramped the shares after hours in September only to see the shares fall in response the next day, has had another go. It is laughable.

Lionsgold – AIM cancellation, still though set to return?

Published 431 days ago

Lionsgold (LION), which describes itself as “focused on the exploration, production and retail application of physical gold, including the development of physical gold as a currency”, announced a suspension from AIM trading on 11th May, stating that it had been “determined that the company has undertaken a fundamental change of business through the acquisition of TRAC Technology Limited (now renamed Goldbloc Limited)” – and as such a new AIM admission document was required. It was added “this process is expected to take three to four months to complete”. Today, with this not having been delivered in sufficient time, the shares “have been cancelled from trading on AIM”

Trump borrows the US into oblivion

Published 431 days ago

For financial markets, one takeaway mattered above all others in the midterm election - no curveballs and that’s basically what was delivered as pundits who got it so wrong in 2016, correctly forecast the end of one-party rule this time. With Democrats calling the shots in the House, we could see no end to investigations, subpoenas and possibly impeachment talk and a hard push for POTUS (The President of the United States) to reveal up his tax returns. All this will slow down President Donald Trump’s plans. It didn’t have to be this way, the full aftermath of the 2008 crisis is still incomplete...

CSF Group – Allenby nomad resignation notice… why are we being told more than a month after?

Published 432 days ago

Previously featured on this website in August, it was CSF Group (CSFG) – proposed AIM cancellation, a warning, with the warning to sell / avoid – and be very wary of small companies with operations principally based far away but listed in London – see also, for example, our China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. A September EGM saw the company get insufficient support for the proposed cancellation, but today it’s “Resignation of nominated adviser”… and worse…

Ariana – Q3 results from Kiziltepe: still a buy as big cashflow edges closer

Published 432 days ago

Last month we had the Q3 preliminary report from Kiziltepe and this morning AIM-listed Turkish gold producer and explorer Ariana (AAU) offered up fuller numbers on operations at Kiziltepe where Ariana has a half-share in the gold production for the Red Rabbit project in Turkey. We already knew they’d had a blow-out of a quarter (see HERE) but the numbers show just how well it is going.

Early November Trading Updates: Broker and Tipster Sentiment

Published 434 days ago

In this week’s article, we review five key trading updates made in November so far, and analyse how brokers and tipsters have interpreted the most recent figures.

Flowgroup – as warned, appointment of administrators

Published 434 days ago

In June of last year I noted on Flowgroup (FLOW) from “actively pursuing” sale to that business being the “primary focus” of the company in just a few months. That business was Flow Energy (residential gas and electricity supply)… and at the start of May this year it was “Completion of the sale of Flow Energy”!...

MySquar – a complicit Nomad finally walks, ex CEO accused of theft, cash crisis critical – where’s the Fat Lady?

Published 435 days ago

It gets worse and worse for MySquar (MYSQ) a company that I have been openly accusing of fraud for more than a year. On Monday it partially ‘fessed up. Today it got worse.

Galantas shares to treble - this could be a conservative target

Published 435 days ago

I don't normally take broker research seriously but a) Galantas (GAL) operates in Ulster so I am biased in its favour and b) analyst Roger Bade at Whitman Howard is no fool. He reckons Galantas at 6p is worth 17.3p per share. The market cap today is £12 million but Bade explains why by 2020 the company could be generating £8 million of cashflow and by 2023 that could be £13 million and that is on uber-cautious gold price assumptions. The note (below) is very much worth a read.

Ascent Resources – having previously warned, what’s the latest?

Published 435 days ago

Having been slumping at the time of my previous update at the end of last month, shares in Ascent Resources (AST) have recently nudged higher, with the company having made “Posting of Circular and Notice of General Meeting” and “Corporate Update” announcements…

Accesso - a detailed short thesis: shares should halve from here

Published 435 days ago

I hinted at the short case for Accesso Technology (ACSO) a few weeks ago HERE. What follows is a far, far more detailed proposition as to why this stock is grotesquely overvalued. At 1,880p, the market cap is £512 million...

Will the fat lady soon be singing for Mowana - Cradle Arc looks screwed!

Published 436 days ago

On the face of it I can see why some investors have been drawn to Cradle Arc (CRA), as it is actually producing copper and has a market cap of just £2.5 million, but there could well be good reason for its shares appearing to be cheap.

Starcom – 2018 revenue to comfortably exceed market expectations?, why the discounted placing?

Published 436 days ago

Starcom (STAR), “which specialises in the development of wireless solutions for the remote tracking, monitoring and protection of a variety of assets, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed with a local distributor in North Africa” and “to ensure that this and other orders can be delivered as planned both for this year and early 2019, the company has conditionally raised £400,000 before expenses through a placing… at a price of 2p”. Hmmm…

This Ambitious Warehouse Firm Is Set to Accommodate Fast-Growing Selling Trends

Published 437 days ago

Hello, Share Provers. You may have noticed that I favour the warehouse game. It seems to me that online shopping is the in-thing and the stuff has to be stored somewhere. However, Warehouse REIT (WHR) provides a wider warehouse function. It also serves the old-fashioned retail world.

Victoria plc – “outrageous untruths… damaged the value of the shares”?, what about the margin warning & bond issue shambles?

Published 437 days ago

Late last month, Steve noted on Victoria plc (VCP) warns on margins, Lucian’s ‘roll up unravel’ underway?. Since then there’s been “Credit Rating and Response to Speculation”“Credit Rating” and now “Update on Bond” announcements…

After the MySquar triumph: Still not signed up to quality investigative fraud busting journalism at 2p a pop. Why not?

Published 439 days ago

Just over a year ago ShareProphets went from an advertising model (i.e. letting evil Google bleed us dry) to a subscription based one. That means we can write what we want and thanks to well over a thousand of you, our revenues have gone up and we did, actually, make a tiny, debut, profit last month. Hooray! But perhaps you are reading this article sitting outside all walls and have not signed up for full access at just £5.99 a month HERE. Just think what you are missing…

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - in praise and defence of my friend Luke Johnson

Published 440 days ago

I will not take the populist path of kicking Luke just becuase he is down. Firstly he is my friend and I don't abandon pals just because they are not flavour of the month right now and secondly, and more importantly, much of the criticism is pure bollocks by folks who could not run a whelk stall and do not know what they are talking about. I also look at what makes a dead cat bounce ref Photonstar Led (PSL), Urals Energy (UEN) and Inspirit Energy (INSP).

System1 Group – interims emphasise growth & Ad Ratings ‘excitement’, but is material recovery really imminent?

Published 441 days ago

Marketing services group System1 (SYS1) has announced results for its half year ended 30th September 2018 including emphasising “26% growth in diluted earnings per share to 5.3p” and “we are excited about our new Ad Ratings service”. The shares have currently responded circa 8% higher, but a still sub 200p share price compares to almost 400p early in 2018…

Parity Group – from “encouraging sales pipeline… gives us confidence” to profit warning in less than 4 months

Published 441 days ago

In July consultancy services and staffing group Parity (PTY) was emphasising “an encouraging sales pipeline from both existing and new customers, gives us confidence”, in September it was “we are experiencing a short-term client-side delay on one large contract… Without any further delays, we expect a stronger second half, in line with the group's traditional seasonality, and to deliver on current expectations for the year as a whole”. Today a further “Trading Update”

I remain confident in Horizonte Minerals following the feasibility study

Published 442 days ago

The market seemed to have been disappointed with the recently released results of a feasibility study from Horizonte Minerals (HZM), but for me nothing has really changed in terms of the long term potential of the project.

GYG – the Woodford reverse Midas touch strikes again: banks must be shitting themselves

Published 443 days ago

Oh dear. When Neil Woodford spunked £8 million of other folks cash into the July 2017 100p a pop AIM casino IPO of yacht refitting company GYG (GYG) he thought this would be plain sailing. Oh no. Au contraire. The reverse Midas touch has struck Britain’s most arrogant fund mis-manager withy the second (lack of) profits warning in two months. Now I suggest the banks must be shitting themselves, the shares are 42.5p, sinking like the Titanic, as friendless as the Marie Celeste, and things are only going to get worse.

Brave Bison – agreement with Snapchat, why have the shares not reacted as previously?

Published 443 days ago

I’ve warned earlier this year on RNS Reach ramparoonies which took shares in Brave Bison Group (BBSN) to 3.55p and towards 3p – they previously closing at 1.45p. Now a further RNS Reach; “Brave Bison is now on Snapchat”

SDL – updates “pleased”, so why are the shares 30%+ lower than reached last year?

Published 444 days ago

Content management and language translation software and services company SDL plc (SDL) “is pleased to confirm” that “trading for the full year to 31 December 2018 remains in line with the board's expectations” and “the acquired Donnelley Language Solutions business is performing well as part of the group and the integration is on track”. At 457p though, why do the shares remain well down on 650p+ reached last year?...

Ascent Resources – I warned ‘what’s happened with previous verbal assurances of support?’, and now…

Published 444 days ago

In early August, as its shares soared on the back of a “Permitting update” including “the company has been assured the required permits will be processed without undue, further delay, which the company takes to mean they should be issued in final form in the next two months”, I warned on Ascent Resources (AST) - positive permit assurances… but what’s happened with previous verbal assurances of support?. The shares are currently slumping on the back of a further permitting update…

Gama Aviation – from “expectations for the full year remain unchanged” to expects “$3m below” in just 5 weeks!

Published 445 days ago

In June, previously writing on Gama Aviation (GMAA) I questioned is “flat” trading really “broadly satisfactory”? and noted, despite a share price fall to below 200p, I avoided. Today a “Trading Update” - and the shares currently approaching 18% lower, at 125p…

Frontera shareholders you have been raped – "discussions with majors" exposed as meaningless MOU

Published 445 days ago

Oh dear. Oh dear.  With the disgraced and widely reviled dirty tricks specialist Tim Thompson running its PR Frontera (FRR) was always going to play fast and loose with the rules of the AIM casino as it tried to ramp its shares ahead of yet another bailout placing. Today it announces a MOU which is really nothing of the sort and exposes this promote for the crock of shit that it is. Even the dullards on the LSE Asylum must now start to realise that they have been had.

Not So Sure About this Marketing and Communications Giant as the Times They Are A-Changing

Published 445 days ago

Hello, Share Flashers. One of the biggest business turnarounds in recent years is how advertising is changing. Though many of us are irritated by the seemingly unstoppable surge of adverts on the telly, the truth is that more adverts are being swapped over to big techies, like Google and Facebook. So it’s not entirely surprising that WPP (WPP), the giant marketing, P.R. and advertising agency, has reported lower revenue for the third quarter of 2018.

Bombshell: Is Julie "Lingerie on Expenses" Meyer now guilty of handling stolen goods?

Published 446 days ago

Can Julie "Lingerie on Expenses" Meyer MBE sink any lower? Pursued by the Maltese Police on criminal charges, under FCA and SFO investigation, owing vast sums to the IRS, HMRC and numerous other creditors can she sink lower ? er yes as we show below.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Malcolm kids himself, FinnCrap & Sam Smith must be desperate to IPO right now, why?

Published 446 days ago

I start by referring you to a video just up of my labour of love, the Greek Hovel, which you can see HERE. Then I take apart the bullish nonsense about the stockmarket Malcolm Stacey served up yesterday HERE.  Finally I look at IPOs planned for the next few weeks such as that of Sam Smith's FinnCap and broker AJ Bell. Why oh why go now? Surely they are both either mad or desperate? I discuss in detail why both should be avoided like the plague, referring also to the Funding Circle IPO debacle.

Why Angling Direct is very different to Fishing Republic - but I'd still avoid it

Published 446 days ago

During the last couple of years we have seen two retailers from the angling market float on the market, and their fortunes have taken very different directions.

Trading updates spur tipster focus on the banking sector

Published 447 days ago

Despite a series of strong earnings announcements, it’s been a disappointing few months for holders of London-listed bank shares. Tip activity spiked in the banking sector this week, spurred on by third quarter results announced by Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY) and Barclays (BARC) in recent days. This week, we take a look at recent tip activity in the sector, and see how tipster sentiment towards banking firms currently differs from brokers.

Distil – interims reinforce confidence, target 3p+

Published 448 days ago

Distil (DIS), owner of RedLeg Spiced RumBlackwoods Gin and VodkaBlavod Black VodkaJago's Cream Liqueur and Diva Vodka, has announced results for its half year ended 30th September 2018 emphasising “our strong brand performance, operational improvements and continued tight control of overheads enabled us to deliver a maiden first half profit during the period”

GB Group – “remain confident”, so why the share price fall?

Published 448 days ago

A half-year trading statement from identity technology group GB (GBG) emphasises “trading performance is in line with expectations, with underlying organic revenue growth of 11%” and “our pipeline is looking strong… we remain confident in meeting full-year consensus revenue and profit expectations”. The shares have though responded currently more than 5% lower towards 480p. Hmmm…

RPS Group – Q3 trading update sees shares slump. Justified?

Published 449 days ago

Half-year results on 2nd August from RPS Group (RPS) saw CEO John Douglas emphasising “we have made good progress in respect of our strategic priorities including the re-organisation of the business that will provide a solid platform for growth”. Today the company reports third quarter adjusted profit below expectations and a warning that profit will be further impacted by “necessary investment in the business”. Uh oh…

As Share Prices Fall the Divi Yields Rise - Here Are the Biggest Payers in the Footsie

Published 449 days ago

Hello Share Pasters. At the risk of trampling a little bit on my brilliant colleague Nigel Somerville’s territory, it might be useful to highlight the best Footsie shares for dividends. This information becomes even more pertinent in times of a falling stock market. As we can still make good money from our divis, even after the direst of shocks.

Is the Finncrap IPO a sign that AIM is doomed

Published 450 days ago

Today brings news that FinnCap, Finncrap to its friends, the biggest AIM Nomad and broker is to buy Cavendish Corporate Finance, the corporate advisory firm run by pompous Tory Lord Leigh, who claims to speak for ordinary shareholders but is actually a City fat cat like the rest of them, and that the combined business will itself list on the casino in December. Is this a sign that AIM is headed into irreversible decline?

Financials mash-up: who do you fancy in a cage fight - Barclays or Metro Bank?

Published 450 days ago

year ago, I wrote a piece comparing and contrasting Lloyds Bank (LLOY) and the challenger financial Metro Bank (MTRO). Well that worked out well from a long-short perspective: Lloyds - with dividends - lost a touch whilst Metro Bank has absolutely bombed, down over £10 to under £25. I was thinking about Metro Bank again today as it came out with another set of numbers which showed more deposits, more lending, more profit...but still the shares are down 10% odd today. Why such further pain?

Corero Network Security – “Customer wins”: argues “particularly pleasing”, what’s the detail?

Published 451 days ago

“Customer wins” announcement from Corero Network Security (CNS), including President and EVP Sales & Marketing, Andrew Lloyd, emphasising “to have secured another new customer for our 100Gbps SmartWall technology following a rigorous selection process is particularly pleasing and highlights the key competitive advantages and uniqueness of our solution”. Ok, so what’s the order detail?...

Conroy Gold – “New Gold Outcrop Discovery”: more about getting the next placing away than shareholder value?

Published 452 days ago

AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) has announced a new gold outcrop discovery in Ireland, between its Clontibret gold deposit and the Corcaskea gold target. So will this discovery transform the company’s prospects, or – bearing in mind that it has to report year-end results to May of this year by the end of next month – does this news mark the beginning of a pre-placing ramp?

You'd have to be crazy to invest in Bellzone now - avoid like the plague!

Published 452 days ago

A few weeks ago I covered the fact that Bellzone Mining (BZM) looked to be in serious trouble, and following recent developments it looks in an even worse state now. This share has been a recent favourite of the pump and dump crews, as the uncertainty over its future has caused the share price to be incredibly volatile and no doubt some will have made money from these daily fluctuations. But what really amazes me is that so many PIs seem willing to buy into a share which already had a very high chance of failure, and even more so now.

Versarien - panic as market cap falls to 'only' £200 million

Published 452 days ago

When a share price suffers a setback, often it is the evil cabal of short sellers who are blamed by retail investors. In the case of Versarien (VRS), even CEO Neill Ricketts is at it.

Lionsgold slung off AIM - what does it mean for shareholders?

Published 454 days ago

I would imagine that most Lionsgold (LION) holders were somewhat less than impressed when news came at the end of last week that its shares were being cancelled.

Corero Network Security – “a transformational deal”? Hmmm…

Published 454 days ago

Shares in Corero Network Security (CNS) have risen back above 10p, with the company announcing “Completion of Subscription” of $2 million from Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR)…

Cricket, Magic Spells, Weird Schools and Dictionaries Make This Share Worth a Look-Over

Published 455 days ago

Hello, Share Strikers. Generally, I don’t nurture a rosy view of the prospects of publishing companies. This isn't just because many of them rejected my latest novel Black Snow, but because I reckon many authors, including successful ones, will move over to self-publishing as a jolly good way of cutting out the middleman. But Bloomsbury (BMY) is my exception.

Zytronic – revenue “in-line with market expectations”, so why a 9% share price fall?

Published 456 days ago

A trading update from touch sensor products developer and manufacturer Zytronic (ZYT) commences; “Trading in the second half of the year showed a 10% improvement in revenues over the first half, totalling £11.7m, resulting in total revenues for the year of £22.3m which is in-line with market expectations”. So why currently a 9% share price fall, to 387.5p?...

Falanx – is this a denial of placing rumours?

Published 456 days ago

Tom Winnifrith writes: Falanx (FLX) has offered up a statement which looks like good news. I shall write more having grilled the company at the Nigel Wray shindig, but the release comes in two parts...

This Cutting Edge Insurance Outfit Could Ensure Bigger Profits

Published 456 days ago

Hello Share Trudgers. Wish my daughter luck with her driving test today. Though if she passes she’ll need motor insurance which, at her young age, will be eye-watering. Which brings me to today’s choice for your further study: Sabre Insurance (SBRE).

Ariana Resources – Q3 preliminary production results suggest set to smash guidance, Buy

Published 457 days ago

Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced preliminary Q3 production results showing another quarterly record and including “our production guidance for the year is now likely to be exceeded by some margin”

Nanoco – “pleased to announce” results, so why are the shares still further lower?

Published 458 days ago

“Nanoco Group plc (LSE: NANO), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other specific nanomaterials emanating from our technology platform, is pleased to announce its preliminary results for the year ended 31 July 2018”. The shares have currently responded… er, circa 8% lower heading towards 30p…

Columbus Energy – placing which “follows strong market interest from two of our major shareholders”, what’s with the price then?!

Published 458 days ago

Columbus Energy Resources (CERP) “is pleased to announce a conditional placing… at a price of 3.5 pence per placing share to raise approximately £2.5 million”. The shares though commenced last week at above 4p, were still 3.75p at the end of it and the week included “pleased to announce the completion of the purchase of Steeldrum Oil Company Inc”“pleased to provide an update on business, operational and financial activities during Q3 2018” and an evening investor presentation…

Ariana Resources – gold production hits a new high: BUY

Published 458 days ago

AIM-listed Turkish gold miner Ariana Resources (AAU) has again announced record gold production from its joint-venture Kiziltepe plant, part of the Red Rabbit project, during its third quarter this year. Production is up to 7,588 ounces of gold (plus 70,346 oz of silver) for Q3 to bring the total for the year so far to 19,625 oz – as against the guidance of 20,000 oz for the full year. Way to go! If they keep that up, the total for the year will be in excess of 27,000 oz – a classic case of underpromising and overdelivering.

System1 Group – ‘underlying H1 pre-tax profit expected to be some 73% above prior year’, so why the lack of share price response?

Published 459 days ago

Marketing services group System1 (SYS1) has updated including “underlying H1 pre-tax profits, pre-Ad Ratings and share based payments, are expected to be around £1.9m, some 73% above the £1.1m achieved in H1 2017/18”. Having decreased steadily to around 200p, why are the shares not now though responding positively?...

Many of those about to be financially vaporised in the reset do not grasp the fragility

Published 459 days ago

In ways conscious and subconscious, we are all becoming aware of the signs of growing instability around us. Like a flock of sheep catching the scent of an unseen predator, right now we’re collectively becoming increasingly nervous and stressed. People’s tempers are short with each other, criticisms fly easily, and stances are becoming hardened to ludicrous levels. Many don’t know why they're unhappy because they're unable to identify the source. Monetary printing experiments like those currently being run by the world’s central banks are the ultimate form of self-delusion.

Charlie Wood survives Mayan GM but only on a technicality and bent vote claims Align's Jennings

Published 459 days ago

Charlie Wood the interim CEO at Mayan Energy (MYN) managed to cling onto his role at last Thursday's GM despite the very serious evidence of a massive COI over the Deloro deal which saw his wife get almost free shares in Deloro while Mayan provided most of its funding. So how on earth did Wood win the vote. Richard Jennings of Align, Wood's bete noire, makes some observations:

This Beauty is Transporting Profits to a Higher Road

Published 459 days ago

Hello, Share People. It’s always pleasant to find a company which is enjoying higher profits. It’s even better when we find that the rising profits far outclass any improvement in revenue. One such company I bring to your notice now is Xpediator (XPD).

Patisserie Holdings still has a chance to recover

Published 461 days ago

With any company where there has been fraudulent activity you have to consider whether there are more skeletons in the cupboard which could cause a further freefall in the share price when they emerge.

In a Scary Market, Protecting Yourself and Grabbing the Opportunities Hold Equal Sway. Here's How I'm Playing It.

Published 462 days ago

Hello, Share Scrapers. Who among us isn't a bit spooked by issues affecting the global economy? But what should we do to protect ourselves - and make the most of any opportunities? Well, after doing the research and basing predictions on it, this is what I think.

Sosandar – a pissed-off bull speaks!

Published 462 days ago

I continue to hold a small parcel of shares in AIM-listed Sosandar. I had been hoping to offload a few more at 50p but in the wake of a placing at 32p and the market sell-off that seems somewhat optimistic for some time to come. Tom Winnifrith sold all his shares some time ago and has commented on the update from the company and the placing at 32p HERE and HERE. So I thought I would throw my 2p worth in as well.

Hopeful Samples Might Lead to a Glittering Share Rise for this Aussie Prospector

Published 462 days ago

Hello Share Treaders. Down under there is a precious metals company called ECR Minerals (ECR). With gold values possibly set to rise in a difficult environment for most other shares, it might pay to have a gander at this one. ECR’s wholly-owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia has Avoca, Bailieston, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in Central Victoria.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Would I buy back into Sosandar, shares slide to 28.5p

Published 463 days ago

For macro musings and thoughts on stocks that really will crater in a bear market see my bonus bearcast HERE. In this podcast I discuss Versarien (VRS), First Derivatives (FDP), Sosandar (SOS), 13 Energy (I3E), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Chariot Oil (CHAR), Avocet Mining (AVM) and BlueJay Mining (JAY)

As Stocks and Bonds Crash (A Rare Sign), Gold Rallies - What's Going On?

Published 463 days ago

Looking for a safe haven in the stockmarket storm? How about gold? On the day the Nasdaq tanked 5% the yellow metal started to rally and Adam Turkeman of Palisade Capital put the bull case for a much bigger rally below.

Advanced Oncotherapy – when’s the placing?

Published 464 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy are up by 30% today on the back of yet another technological update and a Flash Note from its paid-for research ramper-in-chief GPSL, the second in less than a week. Of course, yesterday the shares were down by around the same amount which all leaves me wondering when’s the placing?

Dillistone – emphasises GatedTalent ‘momentum’, but how are the financials?

Published 464 days ago

Dillistone Group (DSG) has announced “GatedTalent registers 20,000th executive member” - including “having launched the innovative executive database at the end of 2017, the pace of registrations has increased considerably with the momentum achieved seeing two considerable milestones being passed in quick succession. The 10,000th registration was registered in August 2018, with the 20,000th being achieved approximately two months later”. Sounds good, but what about financials?...

Minoan – Updates on GM (to dispose of travel) day

Published 466 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) has updated the market on its Greek resort in Crete, Cavo Sidero, on the day of its general meeting at which it hopes to gain approval for the disposal of its travel and leisure division. There are some indications of some good news to come, but this morning’s statement reads pretty defensively as those shareholders turning up to the GM prepare to cast their votes.

A blast from the past: Chris Foster & Alpha Prospects, the story’s repeating itself and hoodwinked investors will meet their Waterloo once again

Published 466 days ago

Much of the background to this can be found in my articles here.  As a quick recap: Chris Foster was Tim Baldwin’s sidekick at TXO.  One of the things they wasted shareholders money on (apart from obscene directors’ fees) was backing Mad Malc Bendall’s (vision from God showing him lakes of oil under Tasmania) utter farce as he tried to keep hold of his licence, which he claimed was worth $3 billion.  When TXO’s Nomad (Northland) finally resigned, there was another Nomad prepared to take the company on and save the AIM listing, but that was conditional on Tim and Chris resigning.   They refused to resign and the rest is history, along with any hope their trapped shareholders had of seeing any of their money ever again.

The Low-Key Advantage of Dividends Often Come Second to the Share Price. But Is that Wise, Captain Mainwaring?

Published 466 days ago

Hello Share Manglers. Lots of my shares and cash are still held in the Beaufort Securities administration process. When checking my family’s cash which is in there, I discovered that it had grown quite a bit since the firm’s enforced close down. This is down to dividends which have been paid in the interim.

Revenue plunges, losses soar at Jim Mellon’s Master Investor – is he preparing to shut it down?

Published 467 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear. After my old offshore based, tax averse, pal Jim Mellon saw guests speaking to a near deserted hall in 2018 you wondered what the next disaster from his Master Investor show would be. Well the old asset stripper has just published calendar 2017 accounts and they are the grimmest yet and come with a stark warning that the game may be almost up.

Is Tesla this decade's Lehman Brothers? Is it already in accounting hell? I vote Yes!

Published 468 days ago

US fund manager David Einhorn is having a fairly dismal 2018 but his long term record is good and his biggest short, Tesla (TSLA) is paying off. In his latest missive to investors he compared pothead liar Elon Musk's fraud to Lehman Brothers. Can you really argue with a word he says?

Chris Bailey, Farm Animals, Airlines, Nuclear Energy and the Big Dilemma.

Published 468 days ago

Hello, Share Scrimpers. Some of us consider ourselves ethical investors. We do not buy shares in companies with products and services which we think may harm people or the environment. But some of us have different views on what is ‘ethical. Now my colleague on this beautiful site Chris Bailey is an enlightened man. 

Share Centre “Backs” Woodford despite Brexit - gosh, I must be stupid

Published 469 days ago

Well, maybe I am. Or maybe just misinformed, or I just don’t understand. I see that there has been a bit of bulletin board excitement over reports that the Share Centre is backing Woodford – in particular his Patient Capital Trust – “despite Brexit” but the logic seems to my simple mind a bit wayward.

Champion value destroyers Audioboom issue another dire warning dressed up in bullshit- bankruptcy looms

Published 470 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear. At what point will those who have backed this crock of shit decide that it is not worth chucking any more cash down this black hole. I know that free speech denying boss Rob Proctor and his relatives on the payroll need jobs but but this company is just a disaster zone. As he wakes up for a meeting with Karma today, Proctor tries to polish the turd but today’s lack of profits/almost out of cash warning is his worst yet. And that takes some doing given his track record of abject operational failure and of consistent value destruction 

Things look very bleak for Bellzone Mining

Published 470 days ago

It never ceases to amaze me how much of a gamble some PIs will take with their money, even when the company itself has warned that it is in real trouble and it is almost impossible to see a way out of a bad situation which would result in a higher share price.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - David Lenigas rages and asks why Angus Energy shares slide - I explain why

Published 471 days ago

In today's bearcast I help my pal Mr Lenigas out and answer his question as to why shares in Angus (ANGS) are not rising after the Balcombe flow results yesterday. I look at Blue jay (JAY) where it is placing ahoy, Pantheon Resources (PANR), Optibiotix (OPTI) and in detail at Malcolm's favourite penny dreadful, Feedback (FDBK) and its risible trading statement today.

Why Card Factory Doesn't Get My First Class Stamp of Approval

Published 471 days ago

Hello, Share Turners. Though sending cards is a necessary ritual of life, I have my doubts about investing in firms which make or sell them - or do both. Technology and high postal charges are a growing problem. And younger people look more to Facebook and the like to confer their birthday and other greetings.

Share price shockers at easyJet and the Royal Mail

Published 472 days ago

A rough old start for certain large cap UK equities this week. Tom has already commented on Ryanair (RYA) and today's September traffic from the same company does nothing to encourage me to bottom fish here. By contrast, the knock-on impact on easyJet (EZJ) shares - which I loved up on these pages on Saturday - has been pretty savage, pushing the shares down 10% odd since the Friday close…

Tom Winnifrith's Bearcast: Big Sofa's boss Liddington is a corporate wanker who should be fired

Published 473 days ago

I have told this to Simon Liddington to his face but my comments merit a wider audience. I apologise for a dire share tip. I have lost £40,000 myself on Big Sofa (BST) and I must take blame for my own decisions. But I also have words for Arden Partners but the buck stops with the pathetic failure Liddington who MUST GO NOW! I also comment on Avanti Communications (AVN), Ryanair (RYA) and on Rosslyn  Data Technologies (RDT) and Avocet (AVM)  

We are at that stage of the cycle where bombs are going off

Published 473 days ago

Ten years after the Great Recession’s onset, another long, deep downturn may soon roil the U.S. economy. The high level of asset prices today mirrors the earlier trend in house prices that preceded the 2008 crash; both mispricings reflect long periods of very low real interest rates caused by Federal Reserve policy. Now that interest rates are rising, equity prices will fall, dragging down household wealth, consumer spending and economic activity.

Eckoh – “significant US contract win worth $7.4m”, but enough to suggest the shares are a buy?

Published 473 days ago

Secure payment and customer contact technology company Eckoh (ECK) is “delighted to have won our largest ever secure payments contract and with such a prestigious client” - and the shares have currently responded 8% higher to 41p…

FairFX Seems a Fair Bet Due to Revenue Growth Without Cutting Its Margins

Published 473 days ago

Hello Share Swiggers. At the 2018 Global Group UK Investor Show, we had a brilliant presentation from a big cheese at FairFX Group (FFX) ie: James Hickman, the firm’s chief commercial officer. Tom was over the moon about it and I think he’s a customer. Tom even picked it out as a goer on the show’s Dragon's Den section. So it’s pleasant to report that the company continues to shine.

KERBOOM!!! KERPOW!!! MAJOR AIM SCANDAL: hero Chairman John Chapman blows the lid on previous board and advisers at Origo – part 1

Published 474 days ago

I commented back in June, when ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company Origo Partners (OPP) announced its FY17 results that I underestimated the new board of Origo after new Chairman John Chapman tore into the investments made under the old board and advisers. Yesterday, as Origo got its interims out on deadline day, John Chapman tore into the old crew even more. The attack (totally justified, in my humble opinion) is astonishing – no “old school tie” behaviour here, it is utterly devastating. Mind you, given that the (now former) investment adviser had coined it to the tune of $31 million in performance payments by the end of 2014, and now Origo’s shareholders have just $13.6 million to share between them (as opposed to $81 million as at June 2017) with no dividends one has to think Mr Chapman has a point. Will AIM Regulation act? (Don’t laugh too loud….)

Ariana – interims show continued improvement: BUY

Published 476 days ago

AIM-listed gold miner Ariana (AAU) left it until deadline day to produce its interims results (boo, hiss) but the numbers and statement offer plenty to cheer shareholders. For starters, the joint venture gold plant at Kizitepe clocked up £1.1 million of profits for Ariana in the six months to June, which compares well to the £1.8 million for the whole of 2017, and gold production for the half-year (annual target 20,000 oz) came in at over 12,000 oz and a statement that second half production is expected to exceed initial expectations. So far, so good. Of course, profit is a matter of opinion….let’s look at the balance sheet and cashflow.

Month in Review: September 2018 - brokers are bullish ( quelle surprise) & Steve Moore is the UK's top tipster!

Published 476 days ago

Broker optimism towards London-listed firms bounced back to new highs in the last month, while tipster sentiment declined over the same period. TW Note: Brokers are paid by PLCs to say buy, tipsters (other than the disgraced whore blogger Malcolm Graham Wood) are not. 

To Guard Against the Prospect of a Falling Footsie, Try this Gold and Silver Outfit

Published 476 days ago

Hello Share Swiggers. If the market hits the rocks, as so many writers on this website and other top analysts predict, then one way of avoiding some pain is to have invested in gold. The most practical way of doing that is to buy shares in gold mining firms.

Zoo Digital – “confident in the prospects”, so why the share price slump?

Published 477 days ago

An AGM update from tv and movie subtitling and dubbing group Zoo Digital (ZOO) includes “we anticipate overall full year performance will be in line with expectations”. The shares have though responded to the update currently approaching 20% lower, at circa 140p. Hmmm…

Richard Jennings of Align, sticks knife into his own client, Widecells, wants EGM to oust the board

Published 477 days ago

Let's be clear here. Widecells (WDC) was a client of Align Research run by Richard Jennings. That is to say it paid Align to publish research. It is thus all the more remarkable that Jennings is prepared to stock the knife in, attack recent actions by the company and is now buying shares in the market to call an EGM to fire the board. Get your beer and popcorn ready, for what it is worth I agree with Jennings on this matter and urge all shareholders to contact him to offer their support. He writes:

Saga - cruising to a higher share price?

Published 477 days ago

Since I first talked about the stock, Saga (SAGA) shares have been in a very tight range. I have picked up some decent income (the stock yields just over 7%) but - as I am not yet a fully paid-up member of Dividend Munchers United - that does not overly excite me…

Directa Plus – do road test & CEO share purchase merit the shares soaring?

Published 478 days ago

Writing on graphene-based products company Directa Plus (DCTA) in June I questioned significant commercial progress? The shares have though soared today on “World's First Road Surface Containing Graphene” and “Director/PDMR Shareholding” announcements from the company…

Andrew Perloff of Panther Securities rambles on corporate bullying

Published 478 days ago

I know SFA about Panther Securities (PNS) but its interims today contain an interesting statement by chairman Andrew Perloff who makes a valid point or two. Over to the great man..

Imaginatik – Saintly Vin Murria walks, Nomad resigns, grab your crisps now

Published 478 days ago

AIM-listed former rob Terry darling Imaginatik (IMTK) has announced that the deal to bring in Vin Murria is all off.  The Nomad, finnCap, is – as it promised it would – resigning as from the end of today and the shares have collapsed by (so far) 76%. What’s not to like?

Back From Russia to Check the Cat - and Find All Is Tickety Boo in Shareland

Published 478 days ago

Hello, Share Comrades. Having only just arrived home from my Northern offensive of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Russia, I haven't time to research an individual share for you to consider. So allow me to explain instead that once again the quantum physics of Schrodinger's Cat has worked in my favour.

7digital – a “global leader” with Universal Music contract wins? Hmmm…

Published 479 days ago

Previously writing on self-styled “global leader in B2B digital music solutions” 7digital Group (7DIG) last month, I questioned Triller contract win, ramptastic? Now “Universal Music Group Contract Wins”

Rurelec – another warning from Argentina, working capital “severely constrained” (again…)

Published 479 days ago

AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) has again warned that cash is extremely tight and income isn’t flowing in from Argentina. Well, we’ve heard it all before so many times and yet the company continues to survive (so far) but eventually there may come a day when it cannot.

Edenville Energy looks a long way from becoming profitable - avoid

Published 480 days ago

If AIM gave out awards for achieving little and issuing billions of shares, then Tanzanian coal miner Edenville Energy (EDL) would be high up the list to receive one!

Versarien – I told y’all

Published 480 days ago

Versarien (VRS) is the reason why everyone should sign up with Primary Bid right now. Most Primary Bid offers are ones that I have no hesitation in telling you to avoid like the plague, being trapped in a lift with Emmanuel Macron or both. But just occasionally one comes along that is really worth punting on. I told you on Friday that Versarien was almost certainly in that category HERE. Today I am vindicated.

Is Sky the first FTSE-100 name headlining a deal Sunday?

Published 481 days ago

So we wake to Sky (SKY) having a new owner, as media behemoth Comcast beat another media behemoth Fox (in effective combination with Disney) in a blind auction for Europe's biggest satellite TV operator.  Boy did it pay up though.  Comcast won with a final bid of £17.28 a share, versus a Fox bid of £15.67 a share for the 61% of Sky it did not already own.  So if you own Sky shares...well done.  As I own Disney shares, I feel more relief that it did not massively overpay (Disney is already buying a bunch of assets from 21st Century Fox and is in the throes of launching its own streaming channel to compete with Amazon and Netflix, so it has enough on its plate). 

Two shares that tipsters are avoiding in 2018

Published 481 days ago

Last month Stockomendation reviewed the companies with perfect broker and tipster ‘buy’ ratings so far in 2018. This week, we take a look at the opposite side of the spectrum, and identify the two companies with the highest proportion of ‘Sell’ or ‘Avoid’ tips so far this year.

Filthy Forty – results deadline looms, will there be yet more casualties?

Published 482 days ago

Since there are now just seven companies remaining of the original forty, and with the end of September coming up I thought it high time to have a gander across the remains of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty.

Tasty – half-year results, “well placed to resume growth”?

Published 483 days ago

Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty (TAST) has announced results for its half year ended 1st July 2018, including “in February 2018 we implemented major operational structural changes and are beginning to see early signs of improvements which we expect to continue in the second half of the year”. The shares have currently responded, er, approaching 15% lower, at 14.5p!…

Rockrose continues to impress with its rapid expansion - buy

Published 483 days ago

With oil prices remaining buoyant and this trend looking likely to continue going forwards, there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in companies in this sector.

WPCT Interims: Some good news but a few questions

Published 484 days ago

Following my piece this morning on Woodford (HERE), I note that Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) published its interims at the rather odd time of 9.45am today which ruins my competition to some extent. Anyway, there is some good news in there that I am happy to report but it still begs a few questions that I am also happy to ask in my general nit-picking way.

Minoan – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Published 484 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) has this morning finally announced the sale of its travel and leisure business. Hooray – that only took nine months! In many ways the deal is perhaps  a bit better than I had feared, in terms of dilution (the good), but the end result will be that Minoan is still left with £0.9 million of debt (the bad) and with the warrants associated with the loan now dropped to just 3.5p exercise the shares are off by a whopping 30% to just 3.9p and the company tells us it will have to raise more cash (the ugly). 

United Carpets – a not usual “AGM Trading Update” & intra-day. Uh oh…

Published 485 days ago

An 11:25am “AGM Trading Update” from “the third largest chain of specialist retail carpet and floor covering stores in the UK”, United Carpets (UCG). This an ‘update’ not provided in previous years and now done so intra-day and with there clearly a tough UK retail climate. Hmmm…

Seeing Machines – not ‘pleased’ to announce results then?

Published 485 days ago

Seeing Machines (SEE), the “computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, has published its audited results for the year to 30 June 2018”. Not ‘pleased’ to do so then? – though I note “highlights” emphasising “five program awards now under contract with global OEMs to be delivered through multiple Tier 1 automotive suppliers” and “revenue up 117% to A$30.7 million”

Have I bogged up buying Kingfisher?

Published 485 days ago

We all know UK retail is in a tough spot but problems for Kingfisher (KGF) are ironically not in the UK, where today's half-year numbers were correctly discussed as a 'solid performance' benefiting from continued growth at Screwfix and the self-inflicting wounds at peers that aided B&Q. The trouble is a 15% fall in underlying pre-tax profit mainly due to a 30% fall in profitability in the group's second-largest market France…

Haydale FY18 results: survives going concern (just) but a placing is only a matter of time: Avoid.

Published 486 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed graphene play Haydale (HAYD) are off again to 44p (mid, last seen) following full year results to June this morning. Following a profit warning in June, when I said this was a bargepole stock at 78p and suggested that we were in for a £6 million loss before tax, cash would be down to around £5 million at year-end and another big cash-call was on the way, let’s see how my Mystic Meg powers are holding up……

Minoan – could it be news this week? We can hope so!

Published 488 days ago

A flurry of activity last week saw shares in AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) propelled from 5p to almost 6p, with bulk of the rise on Friday. We know that news on the sale of the travel and leisure business is expected “imminently” and that news on the Cavo Sidero project in Crete could come soon. So does the market know something?

Tipsters positive on Denelm Group, downbeat on Debenhams

Published 489 days ago

Debenhams (DEB) and Dunelm Group (DNLM) both featured heavily in the financial press this week and while both had some disappointing news to share, both broker and tipster outlook about the future of both companies was vastly different. This week, we take a look at the respective performances of each, and how tipster sentiment has shifted over time.

Image Scan – ‘strong sales of industrial X-ray inspection systems have continued’, BUT…

Published 490 days ago

I’ve been cautious on X-ray screening systems company Image Scan Holdings (IGE) this year – and note the shares currently leading the fallers today on the back of a “Trading Update”

Brexit hero Tim Martin debunks a stack of myths as JD Wetherspoon reports strong results

Published 490 days ago

Note to prat Jamie Oliver. Insult 52% of us over Brexit and you lose custom and shutter your disgustingly overpriced outlets, tell the truth as Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has and you might report cracking numbers as Tim has done (again) today. The great man has also debunked a stack of Brexit myths, noting:

Jaywing – “recovery is building momentum”, but what does that mean financially?

Published 490 days ago

Shares in Jaywing (JWNG) are recovering to comfortably above 20p following an update including “recovery is building momentum and anticipates that full year results will be in line with expectations”. What’s the recovery from and what are the expectations it anticipates being in line with?...

Pot stock Tilray On The Watchlist to short ahead of collapse

Published 491 days ago

It is true that it is not normally a great idea to short a company’s shares simply on the basis that its value is crazy because, as we all know, crazy can get a lot crazier. As a general rule it pays to wait for weakness in a crazy share price of, say 25%, rather than attempt to call the top.

Goals Soccer Centres – “trading in H2 has started well”, enough to suggest the shares a buy?

Published 491 days ago

Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) has announced results for the first half of 2018, noting a “challenging H1” but “trading in H2 has started well” and “delighted by the underlying performance of the sites where we have invested”

Elecosoft – in light of H1 performance looks forward with confidence, so why a share price decline?

Published 492 days ago

Technology provider to the architectural, engineering, construction and digital marketing industries, Elecosoft (ELCO) has announced results for the first half of 2018 and that “in light of the company's first half performance, we look forward to the remainder of 2018 with confidence”. The shares have currently responded, er, more than 5% lower, towards 80p?…

FireAngel – shares soar on partnering agreement, but how’s overall trading?

Published 492 days ago

Shares in FireAngel Safety Technology (FA.), the former Sprue Aegis, are currently more than 30% higher today, at 77.5p, on the back of a “Partner Agreement” announcement…

Ten Lifestyle Group – revenue “in line” with, & cash “ahead of”, expectations. BUT…

Published 492 days ago

“Ten Lifestyle Group plc (AIM: TENG), a leading technology-enabled lifestyle and travel platform for the world's wealthy and mass affluent, provides an update on trading activities ahead of the company's full year results for the twelve months ended 31 August 2018. The board expects net revenues for the financial year to be in line with market expectations”. Er, ok – what about bottom-line performance?...

Toople – shows contempt for ordinary investors with “delighted to announce” placing

Published 493 days ago

“Major Contract Win” announcement from Toople (TOOP) on 29th August followed the prior week “contract win demonstrates that Toople is excellently placed” and saw the shares soar to more than 0.92p. I warned with an attempted bailout financing looking on the horizon, sell / avoid, and the shares had settled somewhat around 0.75p before a now “Proposed placing to raise £2.2 million”

I would continue to avoid Koovs until it proves that it can turn the business around

Published 493 days ago

I came in for a fair bit of criticism when I covered Indian fashion retailer Koovs (KOOV) negatively and suggested it was a sell or avoid back at the start of July. Since then the share price has pretty much halved from the 20p level that it was trading at, so I feel that my criticism of the company was justified, and my view has been vindicated – hopefully some of you who have read my articles and were holding at the time also saved yourselves from seeing the value of your investment halve. A number of people have been asking me what my view is of the company now that the share price has dropped back to around 10.6p to buy, so I felt that it was time to take another look.

UP Global Sourcing – order book ahead, so why no meaningful share price recovery?

Published 494 days ago

BeldrayIntempoSalterConstellation and Progress consumer goods brands company UP Global Sourcing (UPGS) has updated on its year ended 31st July 2018 and on current trading and outlook, including “the FY19 order book is ahead of this time last year”. Why only a slight share price recovery, to currently still sub 33p, then?...

Don't panic about the FTSE 100 being at a five-month low (part two)

Published 494 days ago

In part one yesterday, I talked about some of the complexities around the FTSE 100 today...but finished the piece by promising some stock picks. Before I get into these I have to highlight Nigel's piece yesterday, which absolutely nails the opportunities around names such as BT Group (BT.A), Centrica (CNA) and ITV (ITV).

System1 Group – ‘a return to profit growth’… or not?

Published 494 days ago

Marketing services group System1 (SYS1) has updated including that “a return to growth in operating profits vs H1 prior year… is anticipated”. Already down from more than 1000p reached last year, the shares have though currently responded slightly further lower to 230p. Hmmm…

My Dividend Muncher’s List – time for an update

Published 495 days ago

It is a while since I updated on my small portfolio of high-yielders from the FTSE100. The idea of the portfolio – perhaps somewhat contrary to expectations – is that I am bearish, but am struggling to find somewhere to park my cash. Bond yields are low and prices high, but interest rates are rising so my simple mind sees capital losses there. You still can’t get any meaningful interest at the bank and property prices look set to (at best) stall. And to cap it all, I am nervous that the market might sell off. So I am investing here as a bear.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast; The fraudsters face lapdog journalist Harrington is at it again & the definition of stupidity

Published 495 days ago

Ben Harrington has another tale about Telit (TCM). Truly the fraudsters favourite journalist is a stain on an entire profession. So what to read into this latest Jackanory? Meanwhile some of those attacking me on twitter, after a Steve Holdsworth tweet in support, display almost the classic definition of stupidity. They will, I fear, remain in social housing with this approach. I also discuss Boris, shagging and nasty smears by wretched Theresa May.

Shares Have Taken a Tumble, but Here's Why There Could Be a Big Bounce Back.

Published 497 days ago

Hello Share Carpeters. The Footsie led a disappointing dance downwards last week. But will the slide continue? I don’t think so. There is still a lot of unjustified fear over Brexit. There is still overdone anxiety over trade wars. And while the City is worried stiff over these issues, the bulls among us are cheerfully listing the market’s plus points.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - We Bears are usually right - ref IQE

Published 497 days ago

Recorded at the bottom of the valley underneath the abandoned convent, to avoid the noise of hard at work labourers at the Greek Hovel, this is my last full day in Greece. In today's bearcast I look at IQE with reference to the growing short; at Tekcapital (TEK) and getting a new broker; RM2 (RM2 and at Gear4Music (G4M) which is surely massively overvalued?

Gear4music – overall sales growth “ahead of our expectations”… so why a share price decline?

Published 497 days ago

A trading update from online musical instruments and equipment retailer Gear4music (G4M) includes “sales growth during the period of 36% being ahead of our expectations”… so why a current approaching 5% share price fall, below 600p?…

The great Waseem on the joke pre-placing ramp in worthless Frontera

Published 498 days ago

I covered this matter in bearcast the other day. Frontera (FRR) is working hard to mislead punters as it endeavours to get away another bailout placing. I'm not short but the great Waseem Shakoor is and he opines: 

Quiz plc – “particularly pleased” with summer “positive customer response”… so ahead of expectations then? Er…

Published 498 days ago

‘Fast fashion’ company Quiz plc (QUIZ) has updated including it is “particularly pleased with the positive customer response to QUIZ's product range over the summer” and “continued growth across each of our channels”. The shares have though responded lower, towards 160p. Hmmm…

Xaar – H1 results, reception of new products “positive” & “firmly believe in the potential”. Really?

Published 499 days ago

Xaar (XAR) has announced results for the first half of 2018, including “the long term opportunity for Xaar remains very significant, but trading continues to be impacted by the aggressive decline in our Ceramics business, and the unpredictability of the adoption of our new products”. Hmmm…

Footasylum – our warnings prove sage as now tripping up badly

Published 501 days ago

Footasylum (FOOT) IPO’d on AIM in November at 164p, with CEO Clare Nesbitt stating we “look forward to delivering the significant potential that we see for Footasylum as a quoted business” and “are delighted that our product-led, multi-channel expansion strategy has resonated so strongly with investors”. I though questioned on competition and disposable income challenges, and concluded that the valuation looked too rich. There then followed deviation from the IPO expectations and now a “Trading Statement” update…

OK, Let's Talk About Impeachment

Published 501 days ago

Impeachment is freighted with anxious connotations for many Americans, who remember the tumultuous end of the Nixon administration in August 1974 and the national mood at the time. From a capital markets perspective, it was also a grim period. The S&P 500 fell 26% in 1974, tagging on to a 14% drop the prior year. 2018 is not 1974 as the US entered a deep recession in 1973 on the back of much higher oil prices (caused by a shooting war in the Middle East and Saudi embargo) and a weaker dollar (which ended a global system of fixed exchange rates). Now, we have 20% earnings growth in 2018, a good economy, low/stable interest rates and a rising dollar. From a macroeconomic standpoint, things are very different indeed. But I have little doubt that a political event on the scale of a presidential impeachment would roil markets until the issue was resolved.

I fail to see why anyone would invest in PCG Entertainment

Published 503 days ago

The AIM market is full of companies that promise the earth from various deals and contracts, yet very rarely do any of them actually deliver what is expected.

Month in review: August 2018

Published 503 days ago

After an influx of broker and tipster research in July, both broker and tipster activity decreased over the holiday period. That being said,Stockomendation still tracked over 1,200 tips in August, contributed by 19 brokers and 36 professional tipsters. Tip activity in August represented an increase of 57% on the number of tips tracked during the same period last year.

Uber Dog Frontera: no placing yet (next week perhaps) but you reckon it is at between 0.16p and 0.2p

Published 504 days ago

Two days ago we asked you HERE to guess the price of the bailout placing which Frontera Resources (FRR) needs ASAP to avoid going tits up.  And, with the stock still 0.22p to sell, you said…

Minoan – Travel division sale news, reduced boardroom costs: it looks like it is all finally happening

Published 504 days ago

An update this morning from AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) regarding the sale of its travel and leisure division and reduced boardroom fees offers investors good hope that the sale is now, at long last, progressing. This is good news which I suspect will unlock the development of Minoan’s main asset – the Cavo Sidero project in Crete – and I am looking forward to the coming weeks with anticipation.

One Media iP – following July results positivity, a ‘Horlick(s)’ of a fundraising

Published 504 days ago

One Media iP (OMIP) “is pleased to announce a proposed placing and subscription to raise a minimum of £1.9 million of new equity capital at an issue price of 6 pence per new ordinary share, and the proposed issue of up to £6 million of (7% per annum interest from date of issue) loan notes”, including emphasising the placing price “represents a premium of 240 per cent. to the price of 2.5 pence per ordinary share at which Lord Michael Grade and Ivan Dunleavy first invested in the company in December 2017”. Sounds positive then…

Getting Bigger and Better, this Pensions Giant Promises a Juicy Dividend

Published 504 days ago

Hello, Share Sifters. One of my all-time Footsie favourites, Legal & General (LGEN) is growing even bigger. And so I rather fancy will the share price. Ok, in the first six months of this year, underlying operating profit did not improve by much - 5% to £909 million - but that was partly due to pumping more dosh into digital technology which will serve the company well in the future.

Crawshaw – “continued challenging trading”. Uh oh…

Published 505 days ago

In June, previously writing on self-described “the UK's leading value butcher”, Crawshaw Group (CRAW) it was ‘AGM Trading and Strategic Update’, you were warned… - and I again concluding sell / avoid. Today a trading update including “continued challenging trading”. Uh oh…

The Seven Mythical Wonders (August update) – wondering on Manica, Zebediela and Batai Plai

Published 505 days ago

It’s that time of the month again and with two of the seven mythical creatures proving their existence so far, I was hoping for some more progress this month from the remaining five. Alas no, just more prevarication, distraction and fund raising – how disappointing.

I have to wonder how Andalas intends to fund any actual work at its new licences

Published 505 days ago

Andalas Energy (ADL) has undergone a change of management and has also switched its asset focus in an attempt to turn things around from the disaster it has been ever since it changed its name from CEB Resources back in late 2015.

Jaywing – “a number of key client wins and service expansions”. How key?

Published 506 days ago

Jaywing (JWNG), the self-described “data driven, insight and creative agency”, is “delighted to see the fruits of our labour across so many diverse clients and industries” with “a number of key client wins and service expansions”. How key though?...

Richoux – “reduction in the level of losses”, but bailout funding still needed?

Published 506 days ago

Previously writing on RichouxVillagioFriendly Phil'sZintino and The Broadwick restaurants company Richoux Group (RIC) it was results statement emphasises “ungeared”… but concerns as the shares crashed below 7p. Today a trading update…

Toople – “Major Contract Win”. Just in-time for a major bailout financing?

Published 506 days ago

“Major Contract Win” announcement from Toople (TOOP) sees shares in the company currently soaring higher. What’s the detail?...

CSF Group – proposed AIM cancellation, a warning

Published 507 days ago

CSF Group (CSFG) has announced it is to call an EGM as it’s “proposed cancellation of trading on AIM”. The shares have currently responded more than 25% lower, to comfortably below 2p…

The Yield Curve Is The Economy's Canary In A Coal Mine

Published 507 days ago

Prior to the financial crisis in 2008, the yield curve was inverted for short periods of time during 2007. The most simple explanation for why inversion occurs is that performance-driven capital flows from riskier investments into the longer end of the Treasury curve, driving the yield on the long end below the short end. The expectation is that the Fed will be forced to cut short term rates drastically – thereby driving the short-end lower, which in turn pulls the entire yield curve lower (the yield curve “shifts” down). This gives investors in the long-end a better rate-of-return performance on their capital than holding short term Treasuries for safety...

Bunzl - getting down with the kids (and the dividend munchers)

Published 507 days ago

I am thankful to the Urban Dictionary (frequently a source of...insight), which tells me that to 'bunzl' someone is 'to prank someone gently, randomly, and inexplicably'. You learn something new everyday. 'Bunzl' (BNZL) is also one of the lowest profile members of the FTSE 100 and a description of its core activities - a focused and successful international distribution group providing customised solutions to B2B customers in 30 countries and six market sectors - is suitably opaque too…

Fresnillo offers a great way to have some silver exposure in your portfolio

Published 508 days ago

Silver has performed very badly in recent months and has hit the lowest levels that we have seen since the start of 2016, but there are plenty of reasons why you should have some exposure to the metal in your portfolio. 

Bank Holiday special: property sector madness

Published 509 days ago

Two weekend press articles are making me think about the property sector.  The first is centred on one of the worst deals in recent years: the bonkers purchase by the Aussie company Wesfarmers of the Homebase DIY chain, on which it burned a cool one billion Aussie dollars before it sold out for a nominal sum to private equity.  You can guess the rest: a proposed company voluntary arrangement (CVA), some closure of stores (well 70% amazingly are currently loss-making) and for those that will continue to stay open up to a 90% asked for rent reduction from the landlords.  

Keep buying Central Asia Metals for long term rewards

Published 509 days ago

When you find a resources company that has plenty of growth potential and you like both the fundamentals and the management team behind it, then it often makes sense to build up a long term position in it over a period of time.

Bahamas Petroleum is screwed unless it can conclude a farm-out

Published 510 days ago

When Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) announced a confidentiality exclusivity agreement back in May I expressed scepticism as to whether that would actually result in any sort of farm-out deal ultimately being concluded.

'No Deal' or 'Not No Deal' and How to Try to Protect Your Portfolio.

Published 511 days ago

Hello, Share Twiners. The Brexit wrangle so bores people that even the so- called more enlightened listeners of Radio Four's Today programme are turning off in droves in favour of mindless music channels. But is the likely effect on share prices going to ease or get worse?


Pebble Beach Systems – “steady trading results” & steps to profit and cash generation “have proved to be effective”. Really?!

Published 511 days ago

Pebble Beach Systems (PEB) has announced results including “the first half of 2018 has seen steady trading results… the significant steps taken to move to ongoing profitability and cash generation have proved to be effective”. Sounds promising, what are the financial details then?...

Kingspan - insulation is a great theme...to be sure

Published 511 days ago

Top of the regulatory news pile for me today is Kingspan (KGP), the insulation products company with Irish heritage, that claims, in its new presentation document today, that 'in 2017 total energy saved by our insulation systems is equivalent to over one hundred million barrels of oil or the annual output of sixty-one power stations'. Well how worthy…

Sosandar - looking good

Published 511 days ago

At the risk of upsetting retail-guru Thirsty Paul Scott who thinks it is bad for the share price if any expert other than he pontificates, I thought it was time to mention once again my hot tip of AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS) from the UK Investor Show earlier this year. Having offered favourable mention at 12.5p I tipped it at 13p, cashed in a slice at 27p and the shares closed last night at about 35p. It is all good news!

EVR Holdings - a long way from justifying its current valuation?

Published 512 days ago

It isn’t unusual for tech stocks to trade at a very large premium to the actual fundamentals in the early days as value is largely based upon the growth potential, but at some point they have to start showing that they are going to be able to justify the valuation being placed upon them.

Proactis – deal intake & ‘pipeline of opportunity’ “strong”, so why do the shares remain depressed?

Published 513 days ago

Proactis Holdings (PHD) has updated including “deal intake for the year was strong” and “the pipeline of opportunity remains strong for the longer term”, so why are the shares little above 100p compared to around 190p at the commencement of the company’s year ended 31st July 2018?...

How Persimmon Continues to Build Cash Despite Falling House Prices

Published 513 days ago

Hello Share Sighters. There are quite a few house builders to choose from and while some can't seem to go wrong, others do. One of the current factors in a builder's favour, or not, is where you operate. Persimmon (PSN) is based in York and most of its building goes on in areas which are not currently hit by a Southern fall in prices.

Angling Direct – “Half-Year Trading Update”. How’s profit then?, Cash?

Published 514 days ago

“Angling Direct plc (AIM: ANG.L), the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK, is pleased to announce its trading update for the six months ended 31 July 2018. Revenue for the period was ahead of management's expectations”. Sounds promising - but what about profit?, cash?...

Tracsis – “expected to be ahead of market expectations”, but enough to suggest the shares a buy?

Published 514 days ago

Provider of software and services for the traffic data and transportation industry, Tracsis (TRCS) has updated including, for its year ended 31st July 2018, adjusted profit “expected to be ahead of market expectations”. What does that mean in financial terms?...

Podcast: Precious Metals Capitulation, Sentiment Has Changed Drastically in the Last Month

Published 515 days ago

Brett Heath sees severe capitulation across the board from the metals to the majors and down to the juniors. Most of the majors are at or near 52-week lows. This looks like scary times, and both gold and silver are incredibly volatile right now.

LiDCO – from “pleased with progress” in May to now “slow first half”!

Published 515 days ago

An update from LiDCO Group (LID) commences that the company “announces that it has had further success in the USA, contracting three additional customers to its recently launched differentiated High Usage Programme business model. HUP continues to build momentum after its launch in July 2017”. Sounds promising… so why, and particularly with the shares down from approaching 8p in May to below 6p, has the stock not responded positively?...

Canadian Overseas Petroleum still looks a long way from producing any oil

Published 515 days ago

I’ve been bearish on Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) for some time now, and recent developments have done nothing to make me change my stance on the company, particularly with regard to its operations in Nigeria.

Tuesday is a very historic day in the US, as the Train wrecking season comes around the corner

Published 515 days ago

The current US bull market started its life on March 9, 2009, one of the darkest moments of the financial crisis, when the S&P 500 touched 666. Since then it climbed to a high of 2,872, in January of this year, and still holds above 2,850, for a gain of more than 320 percent. On August 22, the current US bull market turns 3,453 days old— putting it one day more than the longest bull market, which ran from October 1990 and ended with the bursting of the tech bubble in March 2000.

Sensyne Health: A great IPO for Woodford but is it a Purplebricks or RM2 International from here?

Published 516 days ago

Turning to my third, and the most recent, quoted constituent of Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) this weekend, I thought I should give a warm welcome to Sensyne Health (SENS) that joined AIM on Friday at a very nice valuation indeed. It’s good to see that the words ‘healthtech’ and ‘AI’ are able to suck in as much dumb money from the markets these days as the word ‘blockchain’!

Welcome to the first ShareProphets Sunday Long Reads

Published 516 days ago

Is there a better thing to do on a Sunday than to sit back and read a real, meaty article that is meant to be savoured and enjoyed? Not a blog post, not a news item. Like when we used to do with newspapers before the smart phone ruined everything.

7digital – “Triller contract win”. Ramptastic?

Published 518 days ago

Shares in 7digital Group (7DIG) are currently on the rise after it has followed much-delayed 2017 results yesterday, with a “Triller contract win” announcement today…

7digital – FY 2017 results. Yes, 2017 – you have read it correctly!

Published 519 days ago

Self-described “global leader in B2B digital music solutions”, 7digital Group (7DIG) has today announced results for its year ended 31st December 2017. Yes, 2017 – you have read it correctly!; the shares have been suspended since 2nd July. That as “in the course of the audit, certain deficiencies in our preparation were brought to the attention of the board”. Hmmm…

Fusion Antibodies – “delighted” to present annual report following “successful” admission. Really?

Published 519 days ago

Fusion Antibodies (FAB) Chairman Dr Simon Douglas is “delighted to present the first annual report for the company following our successful admission to AIM in December 2017”. Hmmm - the shares are down on the announcement at 75p, comparing to a 82p listing price. “Delighted” and “successful”, you say?...

Nanoco – year-end trading update argues “considerable confidence”. Hmmm…

Published 520 days ago

I first commented on Nanoco Group (NANO) here with the shares at 64p in 2016. The stock has subsequently approached 22p, but jumped on a ‘Material Development and Supply Agreement’ in February – and closed yesterday at 47p. It is currently though more than 10% lower today on the back of a year-end trading update…

Which two AIM Companies have been fined and given (pointless) private censures for breaking the rules?

Published 520 days ago

As well as the public censure and fine announced yesterday for MBL Group (MUBL) two AIM Cesspit companies were fined and given private censures by the clowns at AIM regulation. But who are the naughty boys who misled investors and market and what does waste of space AIM Regulation boss Nilam Statham hope to achieve by this?

Falanx - full year numbers not entirely impressive, but...

Published 520 days ago

Cynics will say that Falanx (FLX) delayed its results until August so that it could sugar the pill of not exactly sparkling numbers for the year to March 31 2018 with news that it achieved EBITDA profitability in July. Perhaps there is another reason. Certainly, no-one could describe what has been served up as sparkling and we shareholders will only be hitting the ouzo to dull the pain not to celebrate. The shares are down by 14% to 4.15p-4.4p, valuing the company at £11.1 million at mid. Is that an over-reaction?

Tern – so was former Nomad WH Ireland pushed, or did it jump?

Published 520 days ago

I noted last Thursday that in the wake of updated Directors’ information (Messers Leith and Ritchie having missed out ten insolvencies) and the clarification over forecasts for Device Authority that one wonders what will come out next from AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN). Well, on Monday it announced it had appointed Allenby as Nomad. What I wonder is whether WH Ireland jumped or was pushed?

MBL Group – part one: notice to seek cancellation of AIM admission… though potential shareholder return hit

Published 520 days ago

Shares in MBL Group (MUBL) closed approaching 18% lower yesterday on the back of a 3:54pm “Cancellation of Admission & Notice of GM” announcement, which followed a 6:04pm “AIM Notice and Update on Proposed Cancellation” announcement on Monday…

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - I doff my cap to Jim Mellon but caveat emptor

Published 521 days ago

In today's bearcast my mind is a bit elsewhere as I explain HERE. But I cover SalvaRX (SALV), Optibiotix (OPTI), the fraud MySquar (MYSQ) and Falanx (FLX).

PHSC – full-year results, security technology to prove diversification or ‘diworsification’?

Published 521 days ago

Historically a provider of health, safety, hygiene and environmental consultancy services, PHSC plc (PHSC) decided to diversify into security technology and associated systems. How do results for its year ended 31st March 2018 show things going?...

Royal Mail gets fined...so time to buy?

Published 521 days ago

Who would have thought a stodgy stock like Royal Mail (RMG) would be such a trading counter? Over the last year alone it has moved between a sub four quid share price and pushing 630p a share...and when I look back over the last year it has been one of my top active selection larger cap names. I have not owned the name for a few months now but it has come back on my radar today as its regulator Ofcom has just slapped it with a £50 million fine.

China's Winnie The Pooh Crackdown Intensifies as Pooh Becomes Resistance Icon

Published 522 days ago

China has the world’s most overleveraged, fragile financial system. In 2008, China’s total debt-to-GDP was 140%. It is now roughly 300%, while GDP is slowing. The economy is held together by capital controls. If those fail, the whole system fails. The capital flight in 2015/16 cost the government $1trln in reserves, and that was with ultra-dove Yellen in charge. Imagine what would have happened with Volcker at the helm.

Fusion Antibodies – from “positive outlook” to “significantly behind” expectations in little more than 5 months (& within 8 months of listing)!

Published 522 days ago

A trading update from Fusion Antibodies (FAB) commences that it “announces that the company's results for the year ended 31 March 2018 will be announced on 16 August 2018. The results for FY18 are in line with current market expectations”. Hmmm – but it updated in March including “at least 40% revenue growth expected; adj EBITDA broadly in-line with expectations”, so why is the latest update needed so soon before the results announcement?...

Why I would add more Randgold Resources whilst it is relatively cheap

Published 523 days ago

When a sector is showing weakness it can be tempting to sell up and move into something else, but often if you are in for the longer term then this is actually the time to be adding to your investment.

Experience can pay off for professional share tipsters

Published 524 days ago

“There is nothing like losing all you have in the world for teaching you what not to do. And when you know what not to do in order not to lose money, you begin to learn what to do in order to win. Did you get that? You begin to learn!”

Filta Group – argues “strong trading”, but how strong? Enough to suggest a buy?

Published 525 days ago

November 2016-listed Filta Group (FLTA) has updated including that it “has enjoyed strong trading in the first half of the year” and “confidence for further progress in the second half of the year and beyond”. What do those mean in financial terms - and against a currently little-changed-on-the-announcement circa 230p share price?...

Volution – “in line with the board's expectations”… or not?

Published 525 days ago

Ventilation products group Volution (FAN) has updated on its year ended 31st July 2018, emphasising “revenue in the 12 month period was £206 million, an 11.3% increase (11.2% on a constant currency basis) compared with the prior year” and “our increasing market and geographical diversity, together with significant investment in new product innovation, gives us confidence for the year ahead”. Do the shares thus merit a higher price than the circa 200p they were also at as long ago as early 2016?...

Ascent Resources – positive permit assurances… but what’s happened with previous verbal assurances of support?

Published 526 days ago

After an “Operational Update” from Ascent Resources (AST), despite stating “pleased with the progress of the strategic review”, had seen the shares crashing at the start of this week, they are currently soaring on the back of a “Permitting update”

Should my bromance with Randgold Resources continue?

Published 526 days ago

You always have to watch your biases in the world of investment. There are some shares or sectors that for personal, historical or other exogenous/endogenous reasons you just love or hate. Regular readers will know that Randgold Resources (RRS) has been one of my structural favourites for many a long year, with the stock one of my largest (and most successful) holdings during the final part of my institutional fund management career, contributing to outperformance and the like.

Sprott Gold Report: Gold Slumps on Trade War Fears

Published 526 days ago

Sprott is the world's largest resource investor so a) it knows what it is talking about b) it normally talks its own book. I am not greatly surprised to see gold having a rough patch given the irrational exuberance affecting most other asset classes. I am sure that will all change. Anyhow, over to an expert, Shree Kargutkar of Sprott Asset Management who writes:

Hill & Smith – from ‘reconfirms its expectations’ to profit warning in less than 3 months (& should have been earlier!)

Published 527 days ago

Hill & Smith (HILS) has announced results for the first half of 2018 – and having updated on 17th May, “...project delays and the weather-impacted start to the year in the UK... Since mid-March, the group has experienced improved order intake across its UK road and utilities businesses while continuing to record strong performances in both the US and French operations. The board reconfirms that its expectations for the full year remain unchanged”, the shares are currently circa 20% lower on the day at around 1200p…

Carclo – as previously cautioned; takeover proposal pulled = shares slump

Published 528 days ago

Writing on plastic components and LED-based lighting systems manufacturing company Carclo (CAR) last month, I cautioned as the shares responded to a takeover proposal by rising back above 100p. Presently, the shares are more than 20% lower on the day, heading towards 90p…

No surprise to see the deadline for Nu-Oil's farm-in expire!

Published 528 days ago

The only real surprise with the RNS that was issued by Nu-Oil (NUOG) this morning was that investors were actually surprised that there had been further delays to the farm-out process and completion of the work at its well in Newfoundland!

Our Love Affair with Cats and Dogs Should Make Hay for Pets at Home

Published 528 days ago

Hello Share Crushers. This family has just taken another inmate from the local cat rescue depot. It was meant to be a companion for our recently bereaved Caddy. But they'd been spitting at each other. The replacement moggie is also huge, so we'll be calling at our Pets at Home (PETS) store for more nosh - and feline first aid products.

FireAngel – from “more heavily weighted towards H2 than has been the case in recent years” to…

Published 529 days ago

Previously writing on FireAngel Safety Technology (FA.) – then Sprue Aegis – it was on a 25% share price slump to below 100p and I concluded we’ll see on improvement the company expected and, meanwhile, on underlying financial metrics, the share price reaction looked entirely understandable and I continued to avoid. Today a “Trading Statement” commencing, “The company expects to report H1 2018 sales of approximately £17.7m (H1 2017: £26.0m) and an operating loss of approximately £1.8m (H1 2017: £1.5m profit), in line with management's expectations. However,”. Uh oh…

Are You Prepared For The End Of Fake Money?

Published 529 days ago

Flooding an economy with cheap, limitless credit inevitably leads to systemic excesses of leverage, risk and debt, and a systemic reliance on marginal borrowers and lenders for "growth" - a credit-based "growth" which is destabilizing and unsustainable. The boom turns to bust and asset bubbles pop, laying waste to fortunes and the confidence that bubble-based prosperity is our endless birth right.

William Hill wants its American boy way too much

Published 530 days ago

I enjoyed Malcolm's piece on William Hill (WMH) yesterday.  I too had checked out Friday's results statement which included (inevitably) a Gareth Southgate picture on the cover of its analyst presentation document.  Goodness only knows what they would have done if we had actually won...

Tesla Q2 Results; Stormy Weather in Shortsville & doing UK Oil & Gas due diligence

Published 531 days ago

On Thursday, shares in Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) rose to levels not seen since June, as the market reacted favourably to its Q2 numbers and the subsequent earnings call.

William Hill Has a High Hill to Climb to Overcome the Recent Curb on Gambling Machines.

Published 531 days ago

Hello Share Pushers. First of all, an admission of bias. I avoid investing in gambling firms. This is because I like to think my money goes into making stuff or providing services which actually add to world values. And I think most gambling is often a waste of money with little concrete being produced. I realise this is kill-joy puritanism, but I can't help it.

 

End July performance update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 532 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...

Seeing Machines – revenue “within the range of the previous guidance”. Er…

Published 532 days ago

A full-year trading update from Seeing Machines (SEE), the self-described “advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety”, commences “total sales revenue was A$30.7 million, an increase of 127% year-on-year (2017: A$13.5 million) and within the range of the previous guidance published”. Sounds promising – so why a current more than 5% share price decline?…

Tern – “clarifies”. Has it committed securities fraud, or does it just stink?

Published 532 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN) are down sharply this morning by 20% (last seen) on a clarification from the company regarding its principle investee Device Authority. In short, forecasts were, shall we say, a tad optimistic. That, in the wake of a placing at 26p. Perhaps some kind person can explain why that might not amount to securities fraud, for as a humble non-lawyer all I can say is it stinks.

Countrywide – significant equity fundraising reflects far from propitious circumstances. As warned!

Published 533 days ago

I wrote last week on estate agency and property services company Countrywide (CWD) updating including “the adjusted EBITDA for the group for the six months ended 30 June 2018 was slightly better than the guidance previously provided” - and the shares have responded currently higher, back above 50p, but concluded the market cap is still now circa £120 million and with also it to be attempted significant equity fundraising ahoy in far from propitious circumstances, the stance remains avoid / sell. Today half-year results and a “Firm Placing, Placing and Open Offer 2018” announcement – and the shares down towards 17p!...

Advanced Oncotherapy – £6.41m placing at 49p - time for me to flip flop again? Hell no!

Published 533 days ago

This is undoubtedly good news for AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and the meagre 4% discount in quite a bonus. But I find it hard to get too excited.

BigDish IPOs today. Is there a meal to be had?

Published 533 days ago

BigDish plc (DISH) is a restaurant services company newly entered onto the Standard List this morning. At an IPO price of 4.5p it is calitalised at £12.9 million.  I spoke to Aidan Bishop, founder and chairman of BigDish plc. about how BigDish works and where it fits in between existing restaurant plays Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), Deliveroo, and Just Eat (JE).

Why Fevertree Fever Probably Can't Last Forever

Published 533 days ago

Hello, Share Swishers. At a previous Global Group UK Investor Show, Uncle Tom invited some of you onto the stage to see if you preferred Fevertree tonic water to another kind. All but one of you opted for Fevertree (FEVR). Which helps to explain its amazing rise and rise in the supermarkets, shops and pubs.

Filtronic – “Contract win” announcement meriting a c. 30% share price rise?

Published 534 days ago

Having previously been sceptical on Filtronic (FTC) – including from March 2015 at circa 14p – I note the shares currently approaching 30% higher today - at circa 13p, capitalising the company at around £27 million - on the back of a “Contract win” announcement…

Next - damn that hot weather!

Published 534 days ago

Even a fashion luddite like me knows that clothing retail works best when you have a clear and distinct winter and summer period. The fashionistas and general public alike buy to look on-trend and functional as the temperatures respectively plummet or rise. In that vein then, the recent bout of extended hot weather was a retail bullseye - assuming, of course, that you have sufficient online capability to be active where increasingly the action is.

RedT Energy at 7.4p offer - some think it could treble!

Published 535 days ago

We let you into a secret. We were looking at two stocks as the share tip of the month. It was a coin toss as at last night...

Minoan – not big news after all…..yet

Published 535 days ago

Well that was a damp squib: AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) announced its interims as expected this morning, but disappointingly there was no confirmation of the travel & leisure sale, nor of what will happen with Cavo Sidero. We are again left waiting – although not for long, I hope. There were, however, one or two little tit-bits in there to offer at least some encouragement.

Liquidity is the mother's milk of stock rallies and the Fed is no longer its wet nurse

Published 536 days ago

For a decade, investors around the world have ridden a rising tide of more than $12 trillion - the extra cash pumped into the global system by key central banks to counter the deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression and its aftermath. Now that flow of so-called quantitative easing is turning to the ebb of quantitative tightening, and markets are - perhaps not coincidentally - showing increasing volatility.

Ibstock - not bricking it?!

Published 536 days ago

This may surprise a few people given my pessimism on the housing market and the housebuilding sector but I am not bricking it about the world of bricks. Now maybe it is because I am a sentimental old fool who lives near an area whose heritage is wrapped up in the world of bricks, but my simple observation is...

It's hard to see Range Resources making any sort of meaningful profit any time soon

Published 536 days ago

Over the years the one area of growth where Range Resources (RRL) has really excelled has been the number of shares in issue, with 8.5 billion of them now trading following the latest placing. The oil and gas company, which has interests in Trinidad and Indonesia, announced last week that it has completed yet another placing, and this time it raised £1 million at a share price of 0.11p.

Broker and tipster coverage and sentiment differs by company size

Published 537 days ago

This week, we use the 38,000+ stock tips currently performance-tracked on the Stockomendation platform to analyse the relationship between a company’s size and the level of scrutiny it typically receives from brokers and tipsters.

Minoan – big news this week?

Published 537 days ago

I am ever more convinced that there is some big news coming from AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) and that it could well be this coming week. We have been told the sale of the travel and leisure business is on the way, and that the company expects to settle the Hillside loan which has been extended (yet again) to a long-stop date of the end of August. But we have also been told a general meeting will be required.

Hard to see a road to recovery for Mobile Streams

Published 538 days ago

The share price of Mobile Streams (MOS) has pretty much halved since I recently covered it as one to avoid at all costs, but despite that drop I still see no value in any investment here.

Grafenia – trading “in-line with our internal budgets”… but what does that mean?!

Published 539 days ago

Grafenia (GRA) has updated including “we've continued to expand our Nettl network both in the UK and overseas” and “in the first quarter, trading has been in-line with our internal budgets”. The shares, at 13p, though remain down from 16p+ reached before results for the company’s year ended 31st March 2018 were announced last month…

Tern – Waseem Shakoor kicks the hornets’ nest

Published 539 days ago

Great bear Waseem Shakoor has responded to AIM-listed Tern (TERN) and its £2.9 million placing at 26p by suggesting that the company took advantage of a stock shortage to get the share issue away. If he is right, the implications are shocking.

I Impel 'Em to Look at Impellam, If They Want to Invest in a Company that May Be Just the Job

Published 539 days ago

Hello, Share Bunnies. A long time ago, I dumped my shares in Impellam (IPEL) though I think my wife may still be a holder. I recall that I followed some advice on this beautiful website to part company with this across-the-board recruitment agency. They'd had a good run and so I made a handsome profit. But the company seemed to be running out of steam. Yet if I were commended to buy the share today, I might do so on the latest results.

Frontier Smart Technologies – “radio sales orders have started to recover”… so why a further share price fall?

Published 540 days ago

Frontier Smart Technologies (FST) has updated including “in recent weeks, Frontier's radio sales orders have started to recover” and “Smart Audio revenues in H1-2018 are expected to be up 19 per cent year-on-year”. The shares have responded… er, currently more than 7% further lower below 50p…

Veltyco – EBITDA “likely to be marginally below budget”… & receivables?

Published 540 days ago

A previously successful tip on the Nifty Fifty, the HotStockRockets team thought shares in Veltyco (VLTY) again looked to represent an opportunity earlier this year - but apologised and moved to sell at 73p in June. The stock last closed at 64.5p – but is currently heading towards 50p on the back of a “Trading Update”

Eagle Eye Solutions – full-year trading update emphasises a “Breakout year”, so why a 12%+ share price decline?

Published 541 days ago

A trading update for its year ended 30th June 2018 from Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) is headlined “Breakout year sees delivery of world leading digital loyalty programme for Loblaw”. The shares have responded… er, currently circa 12% lower to around 150p…

Countrywide – updates “slightly better than the guidance previously provided”. BUT…

Published 542 days ago

Countrywide (CWD), “the UK's largest integrated property services group, including the largest estate agency and lettings network”, has updated including “the adjusted EBITDA for the group for the six months ended 30 June 2018 was slightly better than the guidance previously provided” - and the shares have responded currently higher, back above 50p. However…

Ebiquity – argues some visibility into faster revenue growth, so why are the shares slumping?

Published 542 days ago

A half-year trading update from marketing and media consultancy, Ebiquity (EBQ) commences; “Whilst first half revenues from the Media (formerly Media Value Measurement) segment and Analytics & Tech (formerly Marketing Performance Optimization) segment grew 7% over the prior year on a like-for-like basis,”... Uh oh…

PZ Cussons - ignore fund manager fear and buy

Published 542 days ago

It is no huge surprise that today's set of numbers from PZ Cussons (PZC) are not the finest ever seen because it told us so forty days ago as I wrote up at the time HERE. Of course the actual publication of a set of full year numbers always provides further insights and information...but it is hard to sugar coat a 15% odd fall in profits, a nudging down of overall revenues, debt pushing out a bit and the c. 4% dividend yield only held.

SRT Marine Systems – full-year results admit “disappointed”, but argue ‘expects to measure up to expectations in the near future’. Hmmm…

Published 543 days ago

SRT Marine Systems (SRT) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2018, with CEO Simon Tucker emphasising, “I am very disappointed with the shortfall in our revenues for the year, which was caused by an unexpected contract change. This does not reflect the excellent operational progress the business has made with regards to product development and sales opportunities. I recognise that we are measured on the profits that SRT delivers and to that end expect SRT to measure up to expectations in the near future”. Hmmm…

Escape Hunt – argues “good financial performance”… but why also included “relative to the number of games rooms opened”?

Published 543 days ago

A trading update from ‘escape the room’ experiences company Escape Hunt (ESC) includes “exceptional customer reviews for the three sites opened earlier this year are translating into good financial performance thus far with revenue and EBITDA contribution, relative to the number of games rooms opened, having met our expectations”. A current 114.5p share price though compares to a 135p placing price when joining AIM in May 2017…

The “everything bubble” has put the previous two bubbles to shame

Published 543 days ago

With government, corporate and consumer debt levels at all-time highs, a financial collapse is inevitable. Hundreds of billions of student loan, auto loan, mortgage loans, and credit card debt are unpayable, especially in a rising rate environment. The “everything bubble” has put the previous two bubbles to shame. The thing about bubbles is they always pop. An unsustainable dynamic will not be sustained. The reversion to the mean will leave millions around the globe enraged, and looking for someone to blame other than themselves.

I have to wonder why any sane person would invest in The People's Operator

Published 543 days ago

A couple of months back I wrote an article HERE suggesting that investors steer well clear of failing AIM company The People’s Operator (TPOP), and there have been a number of developments since then.

Notes from Underground: Investor Favourites

Published 545 days ago

Two investor favourites, Optibiotix (OPTI) and Versarien (VRS) comprised four of the top ten stories.

Winnileaks strikes again - Julie Meyer files documents with MSFA after her team agree to submit a false resignation date

Published 545 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear, the cutlure of legging over regulators with false submissions at the Ariadne ponzi scheme headed up by Julie "lingerie on expenses" Meyer seems endemic.  In this email thread below followed by the filing submitted by Meyer herself we see Malta employee Chris Cachia and ex in house lawyer Peter Bradley discussing how to avoid financial penalties for Ariadne in Malta by not telling the truth about the date a key officer, Peter Hale, actually resigned. Natch I have passed this on to the MFSA for it to consider as part of its ongoing and wide ranging investigatiuons into Ariadne and Ms Meyer.

Tungsten Corp – “pleased to invite” two new non-execs. Hmmm, really?

Published 545 days ago

Previously writing on Tungsten Corp (TUNG) it was sack the board says Brexit loving hedgie Crispin Odey & bonkers company founder Edi Truell. Now a 3:22pm “Requisition Update & Proposed Board Appointments” announcement from the company…

Lighthouse Group – half-year trading update, is ‘in line with expectations’ sufficient for the valuation?

Published 546 days ago

Last year I concluded that shares in financial advisory group, Lighthouse (LGT) could prove good value at 11.75p and that the valuation continued to look undemanding at circa 14p. I updated earlier this year at 24p, suggesting that the valuation fair enough at this juncture – though now write again with the shares currently further higher, above 37p, on the back of a trading update…

Bango – argues ‘positioned well’… but it’s a current year forecast reduction

Published 546 days ago

Payment platform company, Bango (BGO) has updated “on trading for the six months ended 30 June 2018”. This commences “End User Spend (EUS) continues its four-year growth trend of at least doubling every twelve months. The total EUS for 1h2018 was £220m compared with £92m in 1h2017, and £271m for all of 2017. As in previous years, EUS in the second half of the year is expected to be significantly higher than in the first”. Er, ok – but that is not about how the company is trading. What about financials?...

Easyjet and the nasty food currency scam it inflicts on its customers

Published 546 days ago

I travel Easyjet (EZY) often. In the winter it is Bristol to Athens and back, in the summer it is Gatwick to Kalamata and back.  Usually it is no worse and no better than any other budget airline. Not that I really care but I just want to point out a quite obvious scam it inflicts on its passengers.

Falanx – another itty bitty acquisition don’t impress me or Shania much ...but

Published 546 days ago

The management of Falanx (FLX) are nice guys but do themselves no favours. Issuing, albeit small amounts, of shares at rock bottom process for small itty bitty acquisitions is rarely a strategy that is value accretive. Delaying your results does not impress anyone although the company has a plausible excuse. Doing a major placing at 4.5p when not long before your shares were 9p really f**ks off we loyal shareholders. Suffice to say, the statement accompanying those results in a couple of week’s time is going to have to be pretty hot.

British Land is Going Strong, but a Few Possible Headwinds In the Future Make Me Cautious

Published 547 days ago

Hello Share Trudgers. British Land (BLND) is not a company I might invest in at the moment. It rents space to retailers for one thing. And as stores struggle with higher business rates and the fact that many more of us choose to do our shopping online, the high street store is under fire.

Cloudcall – H1 “played out largely as we expected”. Hmmm, did it?

Published 549 days ago

Previously writing on Cloudcall (CALL) it was 2017 results, emphasises significant reduction in cash burn… but is there?, with the shares more than 6% lower, towards 165p. Today a half-year trading update – and the shares currently down around 10%, at circa 140p…

Winnileaks: Julie Meyer lies to a judge & blames others in the Start Up Loans Case (which she lost)

Published 549 days ago

Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE thought Winnileaks was on holiday. Winnileaks never rests. Our latest document shows Julie playing fast and loose with the truth as she ballted to avoid facing justice against the Start Up Loans Company.

Two Treatments for Rare Conditions Could Cure Amryt's Unfairly Low Share Price

Published 549 days ago

Hello Share Chewers. Small pioneering medical companies are a favourite of mine. As finding a cure for a condition which is so often overlooked by the giant pharmas has to be a good thing. Both from the point of view of patients and that of shareholders.

Don’t confuse easy money with your own financial brilliance - Easy Is Over

Published 550 days ago

You would never know it listening to the market cheerleaders but asset prices, both real and financial, are, once again, at extreme valuation levels relative to the trend economy. The valuation reality coupled with the prevailing, but false, “don’t worry” market narrative sets us up for another major financial crisis. A third major crisis in 20 years, but these are only supposed to happen once in every 100 or 1,000 or 10,000 years, so say the Central Bank models.

Plant Health Care – “on track to achieve full year revenue expectations”… so why a share price slump?

Published 550 days ago

A trading statement from Plant Health Care (PHC) firstly emphasises “on track to achieve full year revenue expectations, which would represent 30% growth over 2017”. So why currently a 33% share price slump, to around 15p?...

Minoan – loan facility extension as expected, real action imminent? YES!

Published 550 days ago

Updating on Minoan Group (MIN) previously, we noted a loan from Hillside doesn’t seem a problem, with the company in constructive discussions to further extend to reflect the expectation of a successful sale of its Travel business in the near future. Now a “Loan Facility Extension” announcement…

GYG – The Woodford kiss of death must have the banks worried here

Published 553 days ago

I Thought I would follow up on both Steve’s piece and Tom’s Bearcast on yesterday’s debacle at GYG (GYG) as I was disappointed that both my colleagues failed to make the obvious Woodford connection but, more importantly, I wonder if the banks will be taking a close look at this as the 30 June banking covenants must be a tad challenging.

Ariana Resources – Q2 production smashes expectations, more share price upside

Published 553 days ago

Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced quarter ended 30th June preliminary production results from its Kiziltepe joint venture, including the company’s Managing Director Kerim Sener emphasising “the results of the past quarter are our best to date, outperforming overall quarterly feasibility-study expectations by 92%”

It's Still Zoo Time as I Show Why the Big Dubber is So Favoured by some of the World's Biggest Show Biz Brands

Published 553 days ago

Hello Share Minders. When I first commended Zoo Digital (ZOO) to you in October the share was 63p when it had recently jumped over three months by 300%. Now it’s 149p. So another increase of much more than 100%. But in my view there is scope for even more improvement. I do not have more hard news to back this view, but I have been reviewing why this company is so popular with so many show business brands.

Minoan – Hillside loan extension (again….)

Published 554 days ago

AIM-listed Greek resort hopeful Minoan (MIN) has announced yet another extension to its loan from Hillside. The terms are largely the same, but a further 1.7 million warrants at 6p are being issued, and the loan is now on demand, with a long-stop date of 31st August. This is in relation to the announcement last week that the sale of its travel and leisure business is on the way. With a long-stop date of 31st August, one might assume that at long last something is going to happen!

It's not easy out there retail special: Dunelm, DFS & ASOS

Published 554 days ago

Lots of updates out there in the troubled retail space. Troubled for all the reasons we see, know and read about...but, of course, not completely uninteresting. So time - in the words of the greatest value investor out there - to ‘get greedy whilst others are fearful’?

Safestyle UK – having been “pleased” with a legal outcome in May, how’s trading?

Published 555 days ago

In May Safestyle UK (SFE) was “pleased” with an interim legal outcome and the shares bounced above 60p. However, I concluded there remains a raft of uncertainty meaning I wouldn’t want to own the shares - and continue to avoid. Today a trading update

Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon puts wretched traitor Theresa May straight on Brexit and business

Published 555 days ago

Mrs Theresa May, the worst Prime Minister since the 1800s, understands nothing of business which might explain why she is happy to betray the 17.4 million and her party members by signing up to the worst Brexit deal imaginable. This will see her party obliterated at the next election – bring it on!  Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) does have real world experience and today opines:

Photo-Me International – “another year of good operational progress”. Really?

Published 556 days ago

Photobooth, identification technology, laundry and digital printing kiosk company Photo-Me International (PHTM) has announced results for its year ended 30th April 2018, including emphasising “2018 has been another year of good operational progress, reflected in revenue growth of 7.1%, 4.4% growth in PBT, including a one-off gain on the group's shareholding in Max Sight Holdings Limited, and double-digit EPS growth”. Hmmm, let’s take a look at the detail…

New scrap importation regulations in China could finish off Zibao Metals

Published 556 days ago

Zibao Metals (ZBO) is a company which most of you will never have heard of before, but could well be on the pump and dump crews lists again very soon after the latest news.

The trade war is just another symptom of the ongoing reshaping of the global world order

Published 557 days ago

Stock market selloffs, volatility blow-ups, collapsing crypto currencies. They’re all the symptoms of an unfolding global credit squeeze, according to famed HSBC Holdings Plc bond guru Steven Major. It just happens to be developing at a snail’s pace. Major and his team see what they call a “long list” of selloffs in risk market across the world as evidence of the disruption wrought by tighter dollar liquidity.

Hardide – positive North America oil & gas and aerospace update… but what about financials & valuation?

Published 557 days ago

Having previously questioned on surface coating technology company Hardide (HDD) emphasises “positive” & “confident”, but when’s the jam to be delivered?, I today note the company “pleased to announce” the appointment of a Business Development Engineer based in Houston, Texas - emphasising “a strong rise in demand from oil and gas customers in North America”. More promising?...

Speculative buy for Chariot Oil and Gas before the crowds arrive

Published 558 days ago

Oil exploration is very different to the boom we had back in 2010 in terms of the share price movements that we see for companies that are engaged in drilling.

Stobart: Outcome never in doubt as Woodford and Tinkler are left licking their wounds

Published 558 days ago

Further to my “Exclusive” on Friday in which I predicted the outcome of the Stobart (STOB) Boardroom battle, the results finally came out yesterday more than 24 hours after the AGM began confirming that Tinkler and his gang had lost; however, it is worth considering what happens next as I doubt very much that this is the end of it.

Broker and tipster sentiment differs towards newly-listed companies

Published 560 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.

Yet More Signs that the Feisty Footsie Will Keep On Marching North.

Published 560 days ago

Hello Share Twiddlers. Despite the worries of an uncertain world, economically speaking, there have been some jolly signs recently that share prices could move ahead. I know there are warning signals out there to counter any undue optimism, but they don’t seem to be having an effect, do they?

In praise of Neil Woodford, master tactician – did Gareth Southgate pick up a tip?

Published 560 days ago

I had a quiet chortle to myself as I read Cynical Bear’s reading of his crystal ball with regard to the Stobart (STOB) vote, where he thinks Tinkler and Woodford have lost. Probably. But I wonder if the real winner will in fact be Neil Woodford the loser – and I wonder if he has been giving Gareth Southgate tips on managing his way through the World Cup. Gosh, this is devilishly clever…..

EXCLUSIVE: Woodford and Tinkler lose bitter Boardroom battle at Stobart……..probably

Published 560 days ago

With the hilarious Boardroom tussle at Stobart coming to its initial conclusion in Guernsey at 11am this morning, I’m calling it early. Just like Paddy Power has probably started out paying early on Brazil to win the World Cup, I reckon the incumbent Board have just edged this one and Tinkler will be weeping at his luxurious Cumbrian estate this evening.

Topps Tiles – ‘continue to make good progress with our core strategy’, so why continuing share price decline?

Published 561 days ago

Shares in Topps Tiles (TPT) are currently further lower following a recent Q3 trading update – despite it arguing it continues “to make good progress with our core strategy of ‘Out-Specialising the Specialists’ to extend our market leading position in the UK tile market”. Hmmm…

Utilitywise – a “Strategy Update” only David Brent & major shareholder Neil Woodford are clever enough to understand?

Published 561 days ago

“Evolving the proposition channel strategy”“differentiated segment and channel propositions”“technology-led efficiency proposition, adopting a more consultative sales approach”“invest in the development of a multi-channel ‘go to market’ strategy”. Welcome to a “Strategy Update” announcement from Utilitywise (UTW). Who’s swallowed the dictionary of management bullshit?...

Eqtec – dodgy Bercheva death spiral ended, now welcome to the world of structured finance!

Published 561 days ago

AIM-listed Eqtec (EQT) has announced a funding package this morning. The good news is that short-seller Bercheva - run by a convicted crook -  has been given the heave-ho from the death spiral facility, but the replacing loan deal seems to offer great terms to the lender and the accompanying placing is at a 35% discount. So what’s the upside for shareholders?

RNS potpourri - Bovis Homes, Premier Foods & ABF/Tate & Lyle

Published 561 days ago

It is not exactly a classic earnings Thursday but three quick observations from today's regulatory news selection...

From Russia with Love Comes an Odd Merger that Might Just Work

Published 561 days ago

Hello, Share Polishers. It was about 2 years ago that my brilliant friend Gary Newman suggested I might buy shares in Ovoca Gold (OVG). I was a bit worried that it was based in Russia, which doesn't always attract Western investors. But a Gary tip is a Gary tip and so I went ahead.

Winnileaks - How do you make a Maltese Cross? Crooked Julie Meyer gets an eviction notice

Published 562 days ago

Not paying her employees in Malta is the reason Julie “Lingerie on Expenses” Meyer MBE is avoiding the Police to dodge criminal charges. Not paying payroll taxes she had with-held will soon see her facing more criminal charges as we revealed here. Now Winnileaks has been sent documents showing the eviction of her ponzi companies from their offices for not paying the rent, and the termination of provision of corporate and secretarial services as you can see below. And in terms of unpaid suppliers this is just the tip of the iceberg…

Half-year performance update: start of 2018 top shorted London-listed shares

Published 562 days ago

Early this year we showed the ten top shorted London-listed shares at the start of 2018. After the latest month, how's performance?...

UK Oil & Gas owning loons out in force on twitter- they just don’t get it

Published 564 days ago

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.

Angus Energy – pure comedy as the ghost of Equities First Holdings comes back to haunt the AIM casino c/o Roland "Fatty" Cornish

Published 564 days ago

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.

Minoan – sale of Travel & Leisure expected “in the next few weeks,” funding Hillside settlement. Buy.

Published 564 days ago

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….

Premier Inn's Split With Costa Could Bring Frothier Rewards for Shareholders

Published 564 days ago

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.

Trakm8 Holdings – argues “pleasing to report very strong progress during the past year”… but show me the money!

Published 565 days ago

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…

Global Stocks Lost Over $10 Trillion in the first half, Just Wait for the Second Half

Published 565 days ago

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.

Julie Meyer spotted in London as Henry Gewanter steps up action with claim against Ariane Industries

Published 565 days ago

With the Maltese Police desperate to locate Julie Meyer MBE as she avoids criminal charges, with the SFO, MFSA and FCA running enquiries not to mention investigations by the tax authorities into evasion in the US, UK and Malta you could have forgiven Ms Lingerie on Expenses for going to ground. But she has been spotted in London. Quck – if you are one of the many to whom she owes money and want to serve her hurry down to the Royal Institution, Mayfair, W1S 4BS. Meyer has been spotted! Meanwhile...

Koovs burns cash at an alarming rate but fails to translate it into significant growth - sell

Published 566 days ago

Indian online fashion retailer Koovs (KOOV) is a company that I have kept an eye on as some were tipping it to be the next Asos, but I have always been far more bearish on the chances of that actually happening!

Filthy forty Origo – reveals a true horror story. Ouzo? No thanks, I want the sick bucket

Published 567 days ago

I warned on Thursday that if you are still holding, one might be tempted to compare the benefits of that versus a bag of crisps. Following a flow of dire news, on Friday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) issued the most damning statements in its FY17 accounts, and the shares crashed by a horrifying 64%. It is truly horrifying. Step forward the investment adviser Origo Advisers (which more-or-less doubled as the company’s previous management), take a very special bow, please, Auditor BDO in Hong Kong. Take a turn, please, former Nomad Smith & Williamson. Normally at times like this I would be reaching for some of Tom Winnifrith’s Ouzo, but I can’t seem to let the sick-bucket go.

Oi Lyin’ fraudster Julie Meyer MBE cannot you find a single friend in London to be your partner at Viva Capital?

Published 568 days ago

As you may remember the lyin’, tax evading fraudster Julie “lingerie on expenses” Meyer MBE, currently avoiding the Police in Malta where she faces criminal charges, has tried to rebrand by dropping references to Ariadne ( her main ponzi empire) and promoting the name of Viva Capital LLP.  Uh Oh – a new problemo has emerged. Oh dear Julie…it never rains…..

BREAKING: Julie Meyer faces a whole new set of criminal charges in Malta: this time it is tax evasion. Oops.

Published 568 days ago

Facing a raft of criminal charges for not paying her employees, Julie  “lingerie on expenses” Meyer  MBE has now refused to attend five court hearings and indeed has fled the island for good to avoid the Police who are now charged by the Courts with locating her. I can reveal that it is about to get a lot worse for Vince Cable’s favourite lying fraudster as new criminal charges are brought.

Tandem Group – AGM Statement, there’s trading “more challenging” and then there’s…

Published 569 days ago

Writing previously on sports, leisure and mobility equipment group Tandem (TND) in March, I noted I question whether it’s to be profit warning ahoy down the line and was thus cautious. Today an AGM update…

Woodford’s unheralded cash-guzzlers Part 1: More cash please, Neil

Published 569 days ago

It’s undoubtedly been a good week for Neil Woodford, with the Autolus IPO getting off to a flying start and I also sense the Stobart tussle is moving in his direction too. Nevertheless, as I’m still in a grump about his shoddy debt non-disclosure last week, I thought I’d have a look through the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) portfolio to see what else I could find as he’s always banging on about unicorns hiding in there somewhere.

Xaar – below expectations sales & little visibility… but still “expect full year profit to remain in line with our expectations”?!

Published 569 days ago

Previously writing on Xaar (XAR) in November it was “shortfall against previous expectations… largely from fewer than planned new printer installs of Xaar's 2001 Printhead, and slower than anticipated ramp up of the Xaar 1201 Printhead due to supply constraints”. Today a further trading statement…

Advanced Oncotherapy – FY17 numbers, cash comes in but still to need a fundraising

Published 569 days ago

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) released its FY17 numbers this morning. Looking through the numbers presented it is clear that the company was running on fumes last December. We are told that the company is in a stronger financial position since 31st December 2017 having secured £33.3m of financing post period end, but I wonder how much stronger?

Crawshaw – ‘AGM Trading and Strategic Update’, you were warned…

Published 570 days ago

I most recently warned on shares in self-styled “the UK's leading value butcher”, Crawshaw Group (CRAW) HERE. Today an “AGM Trading and Strategic Update”

Dillistone – from “increasingly confident… will be transformational” to “disappointing” in less than 7 months

Published 571 days ago

After June 2017 profit warning woe, a “GatedTalent demand surpasses expectations” announcement in December and “GatedTalent signs 100th client contract” announcement in February helped shares in Dillistone Group (DSG) go on to exceed 100p. There’s now an AGM trading update…

Pebble Beach Systems – FY 2017 results; “a sound financial performance”. Really?

Published 571 days ago

Pebble Beach Systems (PEB) has announced results for the 2017 calendar year, emphasising “adjusted operating profit for the continuing business of £0.5 million (loss in 2016 £(1.1 million))” and “the company will deliver improved profitability as a direct result of the restructure undertaken throughout 2017 and Q1 2018”. However, it is cash which is reality…

Yet another pump is underway at Greatland Gold

Published 572 days ago

The longer you follow the lower end of the AIM market, the more you realise that big share price movements are often more a result of a concerted pump than related to actual news that has been released.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: the fraudster's best friend in journalism, Ben Harrington, does his master's bidding again

Published 574 days ago

In today's podcast I cover in detail Telit (TCM) and also look at MySquar (MYSQ) partially in light of today's stunning news HERE. I look at Audioboom (BOOM), Frontera (FRR), Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT), Prime People (PRP) and 88 Energy (88E). Tomorrow I will be bored to death by Lucian Miers, he will drone on about West Ham for 6 hours as we complete a 19 mile training walk from Bristol along the Avon to a few miles past Bath. I am building up to my 32 mile walk for Woodlarks with Brokerman Dan on 28 July. Think of my suffering tomorrow and please donate a small sum HERE.

Transense Technologies – General Meeting approval for new equity… but just how long will the new funds last?

Published 575 days ago

Transense Technologies (TRT) “is pleased to announce… application has been made for both the existing 9,548,948 ordinary shares (post share reorganisation) and the 2,500,000 placing shares to be admitted to trading on AIM”. This follows, on previously writing on the company in February, I questioning is it cash crunch ahoy?...

EXCLUSIVE: Is Peter Young of Independent Oil & Gas Britain’s greatest share trader or an insider dealer? You decide with Winnileaks

Published 575 days ago

Peter Young was the co founder of Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) and until March of this year sat on its board. He is still its “head of Business Origination.” He, and his wife Fiona who works for charity Social Enterprise UK, are either the UK’s greatest living share traders or just plain insider dealers.  The stock in question is Rock Rose Energy (RRE) and I merely print a timeline of phone calls and emails and, as Peter Cook’s version of Judge Cantley in the Jeremy Thorpe trial would put it, “then invite you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, to go away and consider carefully why these two fine upstanding individuals are not guilty of anything at all but should do themselves a favour and become professional day traders.”

Trakm8 – “International Contract Award”… but does it materially change a cash-burning picture?

Published 575 days ago

Shares in Trakm8 (TRAK) ended yesterday c12% higher, back above 100p, on the back of a “International Contract Award” RNS. Ooooh, “international” hey – ramptastic or what’s the detail?

Best of the Best – forecasts up, but the shares to follow?

Published 576 days ago

Competitions company Best of the Best (BOTB) has announced results for its year ended 30th April 2018, emphasising they “showing both increased revenues and profits before tax, which are slightly ahead of management's expectations”. Sounds encouraging…

Safestyle UK – with the shares down from above 300p less than a year ago to below 56p… it’s nil-cost option time (natch!)

Published 577 days ago

With its shares down from above 300p less than a year ago to below 56p, Safestyle UK (SFE) “announces the granting of awards under the Safestyle UK plc 2017 Performance Share Plan, to certain executive directors of the company”!...

Book a half price UK Investor Show ticket & get exclusive access to interactive webinars with Wray, Winnifrith, Reynolds & Miers

Published 577 days ago

2018 was our most successful UK Investor Show yet and the 2019 event on March 30 will be even bigger and better. With almost 60 companies already confirmed, including OptiBiotix, Falanx, Asiamet and WANdisco, and star speakers such as Vin Murria, Mark Slater, Nigel Wray and Tom Winnifrith plus many new names booked in, it will be a show not to be missed.

I know that March 30th 2019 is a long way ahead but there are two reasons to buy a half priced ticket TODAY at www.UKInvestorShow.com/tickets .

InnovaDerma – follows March profit warning & Executive Chairman share sales last month with… another profit warning!

Published 577 days ago

Life sciences, beauty and personal care products company InnovaDerma (IDP) has updated on trading for its year ending 30th June – commencing “revenue for the period increased strongly by 23.5% on a constant currency basis to approximately £11m (FY2017: £8.9m). However,”, Uh oh…

Footasylum – argues “pleased to report a strong performance”… but in reality merits an IPO roll-call of shame

Published 578 days ago

Footasylum (FOOT) is “pleased to report a strong performance for the financial year, our first as a quoted company following our successful IPO last November… The board was delighted with the support we received for the IPO”. I doubt shareholders are pleased or delighted though – shares in this 164p per share IPO, currently trading well below 100p following a dramatic slump on the “pleased to report” results!...

Directa Plus – AGM update, significant commercial progress?

Published 579 days ago

Directa Plus (DCTA) has made an AGM Statement commencing “during 2017 we made significant commercial progress across our four key target markets and I am pleased to report that this momentum has continued into 2018”. Sounds promising…

The most successful investor in modern history is selling and he is already 40% in cash.

Published 579 days ago

The pain of the 2008 crash will seem like a mere flesh wound compared to the devastation the next deflationary wave will wreak...

The Curious Accounts of Viva Capital LLP – more smoke and mirrors from Julie Meyer MBE

Published 579 days ago

Naturally the latest accounts from Viva Capital LLP are way overdue. The report for the 12 months to 31 March 2016 was due by December 31 2016 but rules are for little people not for Julie “lingerie on expenses” Meyer. The accounts are now almost eighteen months late but historic filings show Julie up to her usual tricks.

Podcast: Doug Casey - uranium may be my favourite commodity right now

Published 581 days ago

Buy shares in Berkeley Energia (BKY)!  Okay that is what I think, you want to hear from veteran investor and libertarian thinker Doug Casey.

Julie Meyer files new accounts for calendar 2016 to avoid strike off but they are sheer fiction & show the lie at the heart of her ACE Fund

Published 581 days ago

Yesterday, in order to avoid a strike off at companies house Julie Meyer finally filed accounts for Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Investments Limited – that is to say accounts for calendar 2016! The accounts are fraudulent and there is a real question as to whether she should have been filing them at all – perhaps Andrew Duncan of administrators Leonard Curtis has a view. Let me explain.

Boxhill Technologies: Shadow director, Jackson, disqualified in connection with suspected fraud – shocking stuff

Published 581 days ago

I’m slightly surprised that I haven’t commented on Boxhill Technologies (BOX) this year as it was a favourite of mine in 2016 and 2017 but I have managed to access new information that is shocking even by Boxhill’s standards, namely Phil Jackson’s director disqualification due to what looks like a slam dunk VAT fraud.

Avoid Jangada Mines, at least until after the next fundraise

Published 582 days ago

Jangada Mines (JAN) suddenly seems to have become very popular and has seen a significant share price rise in the past few weeks, but I am left wondering if that is just a coincidence or just another pre-placing spike which we see on so many of these small resource outfits.

ECSC Group – emphasises ‘strengthened momentum’, but still cash crunch ahoy?

Published 582 days ago

Previously writing on cyber security group ECSC (ECSC) it was on board changes - and I was scpetical in conclusion. Now, the shares are currently higher on an AGM statement…

Gavin Burnell of Globo infamy – what does he do at Novum and does the FCA know?

Published 582 days ago

I noted yesterday that Gavin Burnell of Globo infamy was one of the team at Novum Securities which raised £4.5 million for Audioboom (BOOM) at 3p – a placing which is already well underwater. How do I know? Because his name is one of three at Novum on the RNS. But here is a funny thing: Burnell is not approved by the FCA to conduct investment business! As you can see below, it reckons he is “inactive.”. I took this up with Novum boss Hugh McAllister…

Revolution Bars – short of expectations in every conceivable weather environment?

Published 582 days ago

Previously writing just over a year ago on Revolution Bars (RBG) it was on it going from ‘platform to be confident about our prospects’ to profit warning in less than 3 months. Then heading towards 130p, the shares jumped a couple of months later on a 200p per share possible offer approach. However, an offer was voted down by shareholders and the shares have subsequently fallen back towards 150p before a Trading Update today…

Mobile Streams faces an uphill battle - just to avoid bankruptcy

Published 583 days ago

Mobile Streams (MOS) appears to be yet another AIM company where it is hard to see it ever actually returning any money to investors, and whilst it certainly isn’t unique in that regard, I do have to wonder how long it can keep going for before the ability to raise funds finally dries up.

Grafenia – FY results argue transition “has progressed well”. Has it?

Published 584 days ago

Results for its year ended 31st March 2018 from Grafenia (GRA) include the Chairman’s statement commencing “the transition of Grafenia plc has progressed well since I last wrote to you”. The shares have though responded lower, back towards 12p…

Pressure Technologies – “considerable momentum” & “significant potential”, so why are the shares further lower?

Published 584 days ago

Pressure Technologies (PRES) has announced results for its half year ended 31st March 2018 including “dynamics in the defence and oil and gas markets are showing considerable momentum” and “there is significant potential in Alternative Energy”. So why are the shares currently further lower, below 130p?...

XLMedia – argues “stable” underlying trading… so why a 30% share price decline?

Published 586 days ago

Trading update from self-styled “a leading provider of digital performance marketing”, XLMedia (XLM) includes “underlying trading in the year to date has been stable with the group actively deciding to focus on higher margin business and ceasing certain lower margin media buying activities”. Hmmm, so why a current approaching 30% share price decline, towards 120p?...

Filthy Forty China New Energy – a selective buyback?

Published 586 days ago

On 27 December 2017, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) announced an EGM to allow it to buy up to 20% of its shares back. The EGM duly passed the relevant resolutions on 17 January 2018. So how many shares has it bought back?

Distil – results positive as anticipated, shares start to respond: BUY

Published 587 days ago

Recent 2.25p offer price share tip HERE, alcohol drinks brands owner, marketer and seller Distil (DIS) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2018, emphasising “it was an important year because we were able to demonstrate that our business can successfully grow the top line, the bottom line, invest in brands and improve cash flow”

Notes from Underground: Newfangled devices

Published 587 days ago

I'd appreciate it  readers would tell me whether you read ShareProphets on a phone or on their computer.

Buy the dip on Central Asia Metals

Published 588 days ago

Central Asia Metals (CAML) has been a favourite of mine for some time now and with this company I think it is very much a case of letting your winners run, as I can still see plenty of upside in the coming months and years.

UK Investor Show tip update: Sosandar – stance downgrade

Published 588 days ago

I’m changing my stance on AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS). This is not because the company has done anything wrong, or that events have gone against it. Nor is it any fundamental reassessment of the company. No, it is just that the shares are well up since I tipped it and whilst it could be a buy still, I’d like to see updates on current trading before saying buy now.

PHSC – reports swing to positive EBITDA, so why do the shares remain depressed?

Published 589 days ago

Provider of health, safety, hygiene and environmental consultancy services and security solutions, PHSC (PHSC) has updated including “the group achieved a positive EBITDA of approximately £184,000 for the year ended 31 March 2018, before allowing for £47,000 of redundancy costs associated with the closure of ALS, (31 March 2017: loss of £99,767)”. So, why do the shares remain depressed at a current 10.5p?...

WPCT – Not more investment policy rule bending, Neil, surely?

Published 589 days ago

I’ve always thought it odd when investment vehicles merely ta