I write after a day in which shares rallied sharply after Friday’s big sell-off. That shakedown was on fears that the Botswana covid variant or rather the extreme over-reaction to it given the level of hospitalizations and deaths it has caused (0 & 0) could see corporate earnings hammered. I noted on Friday that the sell off was driven by a false fear. Surely even the lunatics in charge of the asylum we call Britain will soon have to accept that the Omicron (an anagram of moronic) variant is no great threat and thus the new lockdown measures will have to be reversed and thus the impact on PLC earnings will be trivial. One would hope so. That growing realisation that our leaders have blundered is what, one suspects, drove the rally.
In today’s podcast I look at Vast Resources (VAST) and why you should read an RNS closely and at Supply@ME Capital (SYME) as I get my dates confused and so, it seems, does it. I consider Eurasia Mining (EUA) – surely a statement needed. I look at Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) and at Amigo (AMGO) where surely even Evil must concede defeat at the hands of the FCA on whose side I am on, in this matter at least.
I start discussing Laura Ingalls Wilder and why I read her books to Joshua and as an aside, have an amusing – one has to laugh – tale from Sweden. Elsewhere, I look at MyHealthChecked (MHC), Nanosynth (NNN), Amigo (AMGO), Chill Brands (CHLL) and Dev Clever (DEV). Enjoy the bank holiday weekend. I shall as my mother-in-law is coming to stay. You see, irony is not dead.
Normally companies will do anything they can to stop auditors or anyone else saying that there is any uncertainty at all as to its ability to continue as a going concern, that is to say not to go bust causing investors to lose all their money. But today, loan shark Amigo (AMGO) stresses most clearly that there is a material uncertainty and still its shares are bid higher. Crazy stuff.
Another day and another statement from the loan sharks at Amigo (AMGO), folks who – as a judge pointed out the other day – are A grade bullshitters in the league of Julie Meyer. Yet again, Amigo threatens folks, quite unnecessarily, with the spectre of insolvency. The company’s market update today is just plain disingenuous.
In today’s podcast, I cover Colin Bird’s latest pointless IPO, African Pioneer (ASP/AFP), Galileo Resources (GLR), Amigo (AMGO), Optibiotix (OPTI), Nightcap (NGHT), Catenae (CTEA), Powerhouse Energy (PHE), Sound Energy (SOU), the fraud Zoetic (ZOE), Harvest Minerals (HMI), and how proud I am of my garden.
Being a bear over the past year has, as I have noted many times before, been painful. You expose a company for being a fraud and its shares go up. You reveal that it has lied to investors and…its shares go up. You demonstrate that it is trading poorly and is running out of cash, its shares dip but then, post an oversubscribed placing, start to roof it again. It is unnatural. But it is the way of life in the last blow off stages of a bull market.
The good news is that Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks is, 3 days ahead of our walk, now less than £3,000 away from our £48,000 fund raise target. If you are yet to donate, please do so HERE. In today’s podcast, I discuss Amigo (AMGO), Wishbone Gold (WSBN), Zoetic (ZOE), Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) and Optibiotix (OPTI).
So much for the spike in Amigo (AMGO) shares yesterday in the belief that the Court would agree to its plans to pay customers it had ripped off only very partial compensation. The FCA opposed the scheme since it sees those ripped off getting only partial redress while equity holders keep the rest of the cash stolen by Amigo. And the Court, it emerged this morning, agrees with the FCA and myself and Justice Mills slates Amigo. As for foul mouthed bear raider Evil Knievil…
Good news. We are now at £44,456.89 so almost at the £48,000 target. Please, if you are yet to donate do so today HERE. In the podcast I cover Sosandar (SOS), Amigo (AMGO), Online Blockchain (OBC), Telit (TCM), Argo Blockchain (ARB) and “guru” Michael Saylor, Bidstack (BIDS) and Colin Bird’s Tiger Royalties (TIR) which is a right old dog.
Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks is now motoring towards £44,000. If you are still to donate please do so here. It might shut me up. Then I discuss: UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), where rebel shareholders can be contacted HERE, Amigo (AMGO), Plutus Powergen (PPG) and the stinky Greek deal of pot play Kanobo (KNB) which I view as a major red flag.
Oh dear. What have I been accused of now? All is revealed in the photos below. I end by thanking you all as we are now at nearly £40,000 for Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. Thanks to all who have donated. To those still to chip in, as we are just c£8,000 short, please do so HERE. Sunday’s training walk will be the most grim yet. In the podcast, I look at Amigo (AMGO), Evil Knievil’s “scum” comment, Hurricane Energy (HUR), Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) and Novacyt (NCYT).
This all looks a bit of a mess. Loan shark Amigo (AMGO) needs Court approval for a scheme whereby customers it screwed get only partial compensation. Those customers have been bullied into voting for it by directors making the threat that if the plan is not accepted the. Amigo will put itself into administration meaning shareholders and screwed customers get nothing. The FCA has objected as the directors are lying, there is a fairer way.
The good news is that Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks inches closer to target. The bad news is we inch there so if you are yet to donate please do so HERE. In today’s podcast, which will please Matthew and his dog, I discuss Easyjet (EZJ), Amigo (AMGO), Zoetic (ZOE) and the fifth stage of moronism – Trainline (TRN), Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) and Purplebricks (PURP).
Well not really and it was a long time ago. But it comes up when I discuss NightCap (NGHT) and why the numbers are all bonkers and it will end in tears. Then I look at Mirriad (MIRI) and ADVFN (AFN) parallels. Finally Amigo (AMGO) where the directors make threats that would be ruinous for them personally if they implement them. As ever, if you are bored, why not donate to a wonderful cause HERE.
I start by flagging up my latest Greek Hovel photo article. In just a few weeks I shall be back and cannot wait. I explain why I write about the place. Then I move to Amigo (AMGO), the fraud Zoetic (ZOE) and the fate of those placing shares, Agronomics (ANIC) and then asking if my mother-in-law is a canary in a coalmine where all sorts of bubbles are set to burst.
Everyone knows that loan shark Amigo (AMGO) screwed tens of thousands of customers. Even the company admits to it. Shareholders benefited from that screw. Amigo wants to pay out just a portion of that screw in compensation, leaving shareholders taking no pain as they get to keep some of the ill-gotten gains. Quite rightly those folks at the FCA have taken a few minutes from wanking off on ESG porn to put a stop to this.
First some more positive news for Aviva (AV) shareholders. A month ago, here, I discussed the positive decision that the UK listed insurance giant would sell its French business. Today it also announced the sale of its Polish business and yet again it is for a decent amount of money of over Euro 2.5 billion. This means that Aviva is now almost exclusively focused on their UK, Ireland and Canada businesses but also later this year can choose to pay a special dividend or seek to build further its core businesses. Frankly, I would do more of the latter, even if the yield is already c5%. As noted a month ago, I remain positive on this one and have a target share price well above the current 400p level.
Shares in loan shark Amigo (AMGO) are down by 12% today to 12p on what appears to be, well what most certainly is, a regulatory setback. But one loyal shareholder, the infamous short seller Simon Cawkwell, aka Evil Knievil, is not deterred and tells me that the shares will still hit 20p and could even go to 30p. The setback first:
Try as he wanted, Neill could not quite rid his mind of thoughts of that ghostly apparition, the ghost of Christmas past. He tried counting sheep. But more and more of his shareholders kept running away. So he tried to count RNS statements about bogus deals and collaborations that had never amounted to anything. He started with non-deals from 2013 and this game kept him going for a good three quarters of an hour but at some point in mid 2017 he lost count. And at that very moment, the windows once again burst open and the room was filled with freezing cold air.
I start with the wonder vaccine. Is it a cure all for companies such as Cineworld (CINE) or Carnival (CCL)? Then I consider Julie Meyer in light of the research I was doing yesterday for the Gewanter case and what it says about the UK’s rotten honours system. Then I look at Inspirit (INSP), Countrywide (CWD), Amigo (AMGO) and Escape Hunt (ESC) where I stand with Steve, not Justin the Clown.
I start with the US election and stand by my prediction, a win for Donald J Trump, but it will be close so I could well be wrong. Then it is onto Inspirit (INSP), Versarien (VRS), Amigo (AMGO) and Telit (TCM).
Let’s start with the good bad news from this provider of usurious loans to folks who cannot afford traditional credit and are too stupid to understand what getting a mate to guarantee such a loan really means. The good bad news is that, with the FCA breathing down its neck, all 25,571 complaints about mis-selling received by July 3 have now been dealt with by Amigo (AMGO).
It is a week exactly since my father’s death and I accept that my work is substandard and apologise. It is hard to lift myself from this slough of despond. In today’s podcast I cover Inspirit (INSP), Wishbone Gold (WSBN), Kefi (KEFI), Boohoo (BOO), Amigo (AMGO), Contango (CG0) and i-Nexus (INX).
I am in Shipston with my father and start by discussing how I deal with phone calls here. I look at another crazy Covid story and then at Versarien (VRS), Amigo (AMGO), Vela (VELA), Falanx (FLX), Cineworld (CINE) and at a clever arb for fools like Zak Mir who believe in Supply@ME Capital (SYME), that leading enterprise from the province of Norfolk.
Of course he cannot answer, or not truthfully anyway. And that is the giveaway. Elsewhere I look at what has really happened at Big Sofa (BST), the AA (AA) which is toast, Amigo (AMGO), Asimilar (ASLR) and Dev Clever (DEV). Now to go put frozen peas on my hand and arm.
Of course that is not what Benamor intends to do but it is what he achieves in a long diatribe posted on the internet in which he, naturally, paints himself as the hero of the tale.
Lucian Miers: I wrote recently that I thought that Amigo Holdings (AMGO) was a prime candidate for bankruptcy by the year end. While I still think this is the case, I have closed my short for now as I expect a lot of volatility as this wonderfully entertaining soap opera reaches a crucial stage later this month…
I address this point first. The poems to which I refer can be found HERE. Then I look at Amigo (AMGO) where my pal Lucian Miers has got it 100% wrong before considering Pensana Rare Earths (PRE) where folks were right to ignore the advice of HotStockRockets. This play on green shite will, I sense, head far higher.
Chutzpah: extreme self-confidence or audacity, usually used approvingly.
Instinctively, I back an entrepreneur against corporate suits, a founder against professional managers, a rebel against the board. But in the case of Amigo (AMGO), I cannot back founder entrepreneur James Benamor as he tries to oust the board due to the fact that Benamor is an A grade bullshitter.
I’ve been following the whole saga surrounding sub-prime lender Amigo (AMGO) for some time now, as well as the whole of this sector in general.
I start with a look at Boohoo (BOO) shares which are failing on the back of reports in a paper founded on profits from the slave trade that suppliers in Leicester are using slave labour. Then I ask whether Luke Johnson or I am more sociable and what this means about folks stopping work from home. Then onto gold stocks in general: Hummingbird (HUM), Kefi (KEFI), Red Rock Resources (RRR), and Ariana (AAU). I look at Amigo (AMGO), Attis Oil (AOGL), and finally why today’s shocking Versarien (VRS) expose really could indicate a major scandal. Footnote:
It is now only four days till my 7th wedding anniversary. Given my track record, I reckon that merits a round of applause. After you have finished the applause, I will apologise to Mr David Lenigas. If I have ever given the impression that he is a shameless ramper of worthless penny stocks, having considered his recent tweets on Wishbone Gold (WSBN) where my losses are now down to a mere £27,500, I would like to apologise. I now accept that Mr Lenigas provides quite brilliant and clear analysis of undervalued gold juniors and we should be profoundly grateful for his services. Elsewhere, I look at Avacta (AVCT), Novacyt (NCYT), Scancell (SCLP), Rurelec (RUR), and Amigo (AMGO).
I start with a brief discussion of Rule Britannia where it is clear that the BBC and others (including the Mrs) have not actually read the words or studied their history. I will do a much longer piece on this when back from seeing my father in Shipston. I look at Asimilar (ASLR), All Active Asset Capital (AAA), Mesh PLC, and Chris Akers – a scandal where the unravel is surely underway. I comment on DFS (DFS) and furlough economics, on Iconic Labs (ICON), and on Amigo (AMGO) as well as on Xtract Resources (XTR), where there is yet more good news making you who followed my tip and I who bought shares even richer. Also covered is NoGold who has no gold exposure and lambasts me for tipping gold shares and making you all richer… even more of a miserable old git.
London millionaire liberal elitist, our own in-house Euro Loon Jonathan Price, faces house, or should I say mansion, arrest within days. About bloody time. I joke with him on email but I am not sure he sees the funny side. After that digression I discuss Red Rock Resources (RRR) – do you believe Andrew Bell? – Amigo (AMGO), Sunrise Resources (SRES), Cobra Resources (COBR), and the very odd price movement at joke company Anglesey Mining (AYM). Cheryl Cole gets two mentions in this podcast
In days gone by, the City would have termed James Benamor “a wrong ‘un”. His antics over the last 96 hours in tweeting out plans for him to return to Amigo (AMGO) and at least one statement which is a slam dunk lie only confirm me in the impression that such an assessment would be valid.
The most read non-Tom article this week is Synairgen – Why I bought, continue to hold and an apology by Peter Brailey is at a fantastic number four or number 11 including Bearcasts and Tom's new shareshow.
I cover this company whose shares were up by 500% at one point today. Does Synairgen (SNG) really sit on a gold mine? I also look at three David Lenigas related situations: Empire Metals (EEE), Pires (PIRI) and UK Oil & Gas (UKOG). With regard to the last of the three, I mention Jubilee Metals (JLP), in which I bought some more shares today. I also discuss the "it's too good to be true" rule ref Amigo (AMGO)
When a boss with a good reputation joins a company with a bad one, it is always the latter that emerges intact. Jonathan Roe was unveiled today as the new chairman of Amigo (AMGO) and his CV looks good. It will not stay that way. Amigo also unveiled its results for the year to March 31 2020 and they are dire. But there is far worse to come and you would not bet much on this company even surviving.
i comment today once more on Boohoo (BOO) but also clarfify my position on the minimum wage as I seem to have confused some of you. I also look at Amigo (AMGO) the biggest market riser on Friday but I am not so sure it is justified. Finally, it is just 13 days to MineProphets, please make life easy for Darren and book your ticket early, ie today, HERE
And now from Wales, by just 30 yards, it is my new, I hope, weekly show. This costs 99p per episode to access and you can either listen or watch very sparky interviews with our in house gold guru Nigel Somerville on why you must be in gold and on the stocks or ETFs to own to maximise your bull market gains and with Union Jack Oil (UJO) boss David Bramhill, the most underpaid oil CEO on AIM. I also serve up a red flag-spotting session with reference to Diversified Gas & Oil (DGOC). You can access the show HERE
I discussed this with reference to Amigo (AMGO), at length, a couple of weeks ago in my new video show. Today another warning from the company shows that it is past the stage of making windfall profits from screwing its customers in any orifice going, and is now suffering the blowback on that which will, in due course, wipe out shareholders completely.
And now from Wales, by just 30 yards, it is my new, I hope, weekly show. This costs 99p per episode to access and you can either listen or watch very sparky interviews with our in house oil guru Peter Brailey not holding back with a new explicit warning on gas, Stuart Ashman of Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) who was so impressive I have just bought more shares and myself on how gravity cannot be defied forever with reference to zeros in waiting, Amigo (AMGO) and Intu (INTU). You can access the show HERE
We live in mad times. In the wider world I see that cartoon Police Dog Chase, from Paw Patrol, is about to go the way of Thomas Guy and Gladstone and become a non-person. On the stockmarket we see shares in companies that had said they are in a real mess, entering Chapter 11 in the USA, or talking to an administrator in the UK, roof it. This is all sheer madness and cannot last. I offer you two UK examples...
You may not like my joy at Donald Trump beating crooked Hillary Clinton in 2016 but I called the vote correctly and explained in detail how and why I thought The Donald would win. It matters big time for equity investors who wins the General Election in November but also who triumphs in House and Senate races. I offer up my first detailed thoughts. Then I look at Amigo (AMGO), Intu (INTU), Novacyt (NCYT), Avacta (AVCT) and Open Orphan (ORPH). Finally, we are now at an amazing 65% of our keep Woodlarks alive rogue bloggers appeal target. With my big walk now just 5 days away thank you to those listeners who have donated. To those who have not please do so HERE.
Where did it all go wrong for Amigo Holdings (AMGO)? Regular readers will know I have been following this car crash for a good few years now and today's update is just another step in its demise. The sooner this one is de-listed the better...
Four reasons to be happy: Joshua is back at nursery, my daughter has arrived for a week long holiday, I seem to be set for another £50,000 unexpected pension windfall ( bring on retirement!) and my latest premium podcast with Aidan Bishop, Matt Earl and me is a humdinger and is live HERE. Elsewhere I have frank words with Colin Bird and discuss Galileo (GLR), today's discussions with the FCA, Amigo (AMGO) and Powerhouse Energy (PHE) . Oh, PS, please dionate your £10 HERE
You all know my long-held views on the oh-so-flawed guarantor lending business Amigo (AMGO). Back in early March I observed about the latest headline grabbing shenanigans that 'Don't you just love it when a company and its founder/largest shareholder fall out?'. Well that story has taken a further little twist at the end of last week.
In short no, although this virus could well be far larger than some folks (Lucian) think. Elsewhere I discuss useless research from broker Goetz and Optibiotix (OPTI), Future (FUTR), Amigo (AMGO), Iconic (ICON), Oracle (ORCP) and Petra Diamonds (PDL)
The headlines this morning are full of stories about the royal family and money. That is all a bit grubby. Meanwhile in the corporate world I see the James Benamor, the founder of Amigo (AMGO) - the guarantor lender with a desperately flawed business model which I have described before as no friend of mine - has just paid paid himself a £2.9 million dividend via his holding company.
I know it is Black Friday tomorrow but if you want some black humour then I point you towards an article in this morning's broadsheet press about the horribly expensive lending facilitation company Amigo (AMGO) which observed that 'Investors who bought at 275p in the flotation in July last year have lost 78 per cent of their money'. I can imagine the wealth of many people who have utilised the company’s services has been equivalently impacted...
On my last bearcast before I flee to the Greek Hovel (cue calls from Bulletin Board Morons that I live in a hovel as I am a peasant and that I am evading justice for some crime or another), I discuss today's chapter of retail-aggedon (Clarkes), the Neil Woodford Rutherford International (RUTH) £32.5 million black hole and why Amigo (AMGO) is almost certainly not on a PE of 3 and almost certainly not cheap.
Yesterday was a good day in the markets: the FTSE100 put on 1%. Of course, the FTSE100 is not the benchmark for Neil Woodford’s two unit trusts – that is the FTSE All-Share index, which put on 0.87%. So it is perhaps a tad disappointing that Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF) dropped by 0.07% in NAV per unit, although not as disappointing as Woodford Income Focus which managed to drop 0.89%. Oh dear...
Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks is now just £124.82 shy of its £50,000 target. If you are yet to donate, today is your last chance so please do so HERE. I have another warning from the crooked leprechaun Brian McDonnell of US Oil & Gas (USOP) and i discuss why, at every level, Amigo (AMGO) is uninvestable at almost any price.
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…
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).
Back in late August I wrote an article about Amigo (AMGO) following the IPO of the 'pioneer of the guarantor loan concept for the non-standard market'. Having concluded last time that 'Amigo is no friend of mine, neither as a user, an underlying lender or a potential share investor', how did yesterday's first half numbers look?
I know somebody who regularly trots out the line 'all that matters is how much money you make'. I am a big supporter of capitalism and laissez-faire thought but this is such a naive statement to make. Economists would talk about the need to factor in externalities and additionally I would cite that life is a trade-off problem...and a single minded pursuit of money, to the detriment of absolutely everything else, tends to bite you where it hurts at some point. Now before I convince myself that Jezza is the red saviour of our proud country...time to talk about Amigo (AMGO).
Tomorrow is my longest training walk yet for the Woodlarks 32 mile charity walk with Brokerman Dan. I plan to set off at 5 AM on a 26 mile trek. Think of my utter pain in this awful heat and please give £10 to a great cause HERE. I then look at the recent Radio 4 programme on shorting which was sprinkled with pompous and half-witted comments from ShareSoc. They are naive and have it all wrong and I explain why. Then I look at whether share dealing should be ethical - ref Dave Lenigas and his ramping of UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) - should we all get on board? Finally I look at the IPO of Amigo which I find revolting at every level.