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Wellesley Finance - yet more mini bond red flags, it’s May Day at the Kremlin again!

Published 48 days ago

I last published an update about Wellesley Finance Plc on 7 January 2020 discussing the dire results for the year ended 31 December 2018.  The results of the Wellesley Group Investors Limited, the ultimate parent, for the year ended 31 December 2018 are now 4 and half months overdue so we cant evaluate how the whole group is performing. But there are yet more red flags now fluttering. the only thing we cannot say is when the car crash will happen.

Notes from Underground: The most-read articles and Bearcasts this week, and those Telegrams are a sign of trouble

Published 88 days ago

Oh dear, ShareProphets has exposed Versarien rampers getting all excited in private chatrooms. I suspect that this is going to be something we get to mine for quite awhile until the deadwood press catches on. 

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: smiley face, smiley face, smiley face - the new form of RNS from Versarien

Published 93 days ago

In today's podcast I look at mini-bond scandal house Wellesley Finance and why it once again shames new Bank of England Governor Andrew "asleep at the wheel" bailey and the shitheads round at the FCA. I comment on another of its failings in light of today's Neil Woodford News. I comment on Big Dish (DISH), have a theory about Angloa African Oil & Gas (AAOG), comment on Optibiotix (OPTI), Versarien (VRS) and ask how long its Nomad will tolerate Neill Ricketts and finally on Aston Martin Lagonda (AML).

BREAKING: Wakey wakey FCA: Wellesley Finance PLC – another £100m mini bond accident & scandal in the making

Published 93 days ago

Well you have been warned repeatedly by myself for almost a year as was the FCA which, natch, did nothing. Wellesley Finance has finally filed its 6 months overdue accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 at Companies House and they are truly dire.  The net loss before tax is £10,249,314 and a deficit on shareholders’ equity was £9,202,737. The auditors, unsurprisingly, cite a material uncertainty on going concern. Worrying times for the mini bond lenders who have lent £99,540,212 to Wellesley Finance Plc.  A further £64 million in Peer to Peer assets is held off the balance sheet. 

Blackmore Bond Plc – is the next domino in the mini bond scandal about to topple?

Published 232 days ago

In early 2019, I wrote a series of articles on what has become a widely known minibond scandal.  On 6 January 2019, I flagged up a swathe of red flags at London and Capital Finance Plc (“LCF”) (now in administration).  On 3 February 2019, I asked whether Blackmore Bond Plc was another minibond disaster in the making? Well it looks increasingly like that was yet another incredibly prescient call, the latest warnings signs are:

Wellesley Finance Plc – another mini bond lender heading for the rocks?

Published 417 days ago

Wellesley Finance is another minibond lender provider and also a peer to peer lender. It shares
some features in common with London and Capital Finance Plc (in administration) and Blackmore
Bonds Plc ( as we showed HERE technically insolvent). It offers attractive headline rates of return better than the banks albeit lower than London and Capital and Blackmore. The directors report for Wellesley Group for
2017 shows that it had borrowed at an average rate of 4.17% in the year. The latest interest rate
offer is up to 7% per annum 

Alecto doubles potential gold resource estimate - speculative buy

Published 1624 days ago

Africa-focused AIM dog Alecto Minerals (ALO) says new estimates of resources at its Kerboule gold project in Burkina Faso could add 230,758 oz. to the company’s existing inferred resource estimate of 247,000 oz. at Kossanto in East Mali for a combined low-grade resource of 477,748 oz. The new estimates, by independent consultant Wardell Armstrong, but not yet fully compliant with the formal Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC) industry code, suggest Kerboule’s gold occurs at 1.16 grammes of gold per tonne of ore, compared with Kossanto’s 1.14 grammes a tonne. However Alecto notes that Kerboule’s mineralisation starts at the surface, with 70% inside the relatively accessible oxide and transitional layers.    

Alecto doubles potential gold resource estimate - speculative appeal evident

Published 1807 days ago

Africa-focused AIM dog Alecto Minerals (ALO) says new estimates of resources at its Kerboule gold project in Burkina Faso could add 230,758 oz. to the company’s existing inferred resource estimate of 247,000 oz. at Kossanto in East Mali for a combined low-grade resource of 477,748 oz. The new estimates, by independent consultant Wardell Armstrong but not yet fully compliant with the formal Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC) industry code, suggest Kerboule’s gold occurs at 1.16 grammes of gold per tonne of ore, compared with Kossanto’s 1.14 grammes a tonne, though it notes that Kerboule’s mineralisation starts at the surface, with 70% inside the relatively accessible oxide and transitional layers.    

Alecto ‘on track’in Burkina Faso

Published 1918 days ago

Africa-focused Alecto Minerals (ALO) says it is ‘on track’ to establish a maiden resource estimate this year for the Kerboule gold prospect in West Africa’s Djibo gold belt in northern Burkina Faso, while the AIM-quoted company actively canvasses prospective partners for its Kossanto project in Mali, potentially hosting more than 500,000 oz. of gold. Alecto, which also has joint ventures with fully-listed Centamin (CEY) at two gold prospects in Ethiopia, acquired Kerboule in November in a £350,000 all-share deal and now says analysis of previous drilling data over the 3,995-sq.-km. project has identified three discrete deposits with ‘numerous vein sets’.

Alecto adds new project

Published 1966 days ago

Africa-focused explorer Alecto Minerals (ALO) has bought another gold project in Burkina Faso, to add to its interests in Mali, Mauritania and Ethiopia. The London-based company, which recently appointed as chairman City veteran Mark Wellesley-Wood, who once sought to revive Cornish tin mining, is acquiring the Kerboule gold project in the West African country’s Djibo gold belt, near fellow AIM counter Avocet Mining’s Inata gold mine, in a deal which chief executive officer Mark Jones suggests ‘is capable of delivering significant returns.’

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