That will pay for a few month’s losses from his wife’s fashion chain. Cellular Goods (CBX), the cannabis skincare company, albeit without any products actually for sale yet, in which Becks invested on 28 January has got off to a flying stockmarket start. The whole thing is a farce.
I have today, finally, got around to asking the FCA to investigate the covert work being done by unregulated Gavin Burnell of Globo and Beaufort infamy for bucket shop broker Novum. But maybe there is a reason why Novum has to swim in the gutter...it needs the cash so badly.
The FCA has just issued a statement to confirm our story of last Friday that SVS is in special administration. It is full of details on the compensation scheme but the line which stands out is that it acted on a tip-off over where SVS was investing clients’ money. Ouzo time for Tom, then, but sackcloth and ashes for SVS clients...
Things are moving rapidly in the collapse of the London & Capital Finance ponzi scheme, which fleeced 14,000 punters – mainly pensioners – by offering high yield bonds - and which ShareProphets has done so much to expose, as you can see HERE.
For a potted background on the joke of a firm that is City of London Markets (COLM) see HERE. The fact that the company is still operating defies belief and illustrates precisely why the FCA is not fit for purpose.
Hello, Share Dabblers. As I’m a slave to security, I took fast action when one of my brokers Beaufort went belly up. I did not want to be in the situation where I held more cash and shares with any broker above that unfair £50,000 compensation limit set by the FCA. So I swapped many of my shares into different brokers. But I had a heart-stopping moment with news from Communisis (CMS), a share I’ve long commended on this delicious website.
Hello, Share Markers. I admit it. The reason I bought into Whitebread (WTB) a year and half ago was to bag the shareholder perk of one night for the price of two at its Premier Inns. With it came money off at its various restaurants and a voucher for coffee at Costa.
Noting last week’s double announcement of pitiful boardroom buys, I see that the finance director of AIM-listed Falanx (FLX) hasn’t put his hand in his pocket again whilst shuffling his enormous holding of 221,359 shares (about £8,300 worth) into his ISA. Bully for him. But the company seems to have had to employ a medium in order to get the RNS signed off. Why? Well, if you look down the RNS you will see this….
Prompted by a reader I wonder exactly what Gavin Burnell of Globo infamy is doing round at Novum Securities these days?
Hello Share Swampers. Ok, so you're wise enough to subscribe for less than £1.50 a week to this wonderful website for quick news that the share you bought is unreliable - as so often happens. But are you wise enough to hold the correct proportion of your assets in cash to suit the current share climate? If you're not certain, allow me to remind you of some classic tips.
I’ve been following the Kibo Mining (KIBO) story for a while now watching Louis Coetzee continuing to fail to deliver the PPA at its flagship Mbeya power project but Friday’s announcement raised my eyebrows slightly higher than normal. In my view, it is either securities fraud or merely epitomises all that is wrong about disclosures and announcements and the roles of the various advisers at the lower end of the market.
Hello Share Sweepers. You may know that I made an awful lot of gelt out of an early investment in IQE (IQE), the Welsh lot who make thingies for mobile phones and other stuff (Don’t you marvel at my technical expertise?). Reacting, as I near always do, to Tom’s advice to sell fast last year, I got rid of three-quarters of my IQE shares. But I’m a superstitious soul. So I did dare not part with all my shares, which have probably made me the most profit ever from a single punt. This has proved a bit of a disaster, as now I would like to sell my remaining holding.
Like Malcolm Stacey, I too had a Beaufort account. I was taking a casual peek through my Junk mail late this afternoon and to my horror found an email telling me the deadline to get a claim in for my small handful of shares, in the event that PWC's charges for the fishing expedition saw them sell my shares. Since there was no cash (I took it all out a long time ago), I expect the portfolio to take a hit.
Hello Share Plodders. So the £100 million estimate that the administrators first gave for winding up Beaufort Securities seems wildly out. They now acknowledge it will be more likely to be £55 million. Well, we all make wrong guesses, though not usually £45 million ones. They’ve also reduced their earlier estimate of as much as four years to finish the job to a more likely two years. Another big ‘refinement’.
Hello, Shares Scramblers. Tomorrow, I will add some more thoughts about the Beaufort Affair and how we can possibly look forward to improvements in what is, for we armchair tycoons, a dire situation. But for now, allow me to suggest that you take a holiday look at Harvest Minerals (HMI).
Hello Share Cavaliers. There’ll be more than a few readers whose hearts sink whenever they see something about the Beaufort affair on this glittering website. But my purpose today is to try to add a little cheer if I can. So I’ve been looking at a few of the more positive points in this scary affair. Well, perhaps ‘positive’ is a wrong word in this context. So let’s say ‘less scary’ instead.
Over the past six years I have handed over details of numerous frauds to the FCA and they have been so utterly fecking useless that I have now just given up. The FCA is the Inspector Clouseau of financial crime busters. Now I know what they spend their time, and your taxes, sending threatening letters to journalists whose main job is fraud busting! The - name redacted - letter is below.
Hello Share Scorchers. In a well-written reply to my earlier article on how to secure our shares in future after the Beaufort affair, that wise Shareprophets contributor, Drunken Sailor felt I was over-egging the pudding.
Oh well I had not had a take down lawyers letter for at least a few weeks so welcome back to England Mr Winnifrith. The deadline for voting is midnight Wednesday as I shall be responding on Thursday. So who do you think wants to gag the Sheriff of AIM? Vote now:
Hello, Share Buyers. Like me, you probably have a nasty taste in your mouth over the way the insolvency of the broker Beaufort Securities is being handled. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that ring-fenced share and cash accounts were not secure. And my inquiries of professionals in the Big City shows that most of them were unaware of such loopholes either.
Nearly all clients of Beaufort Securites, now in adminstration, will end up losing nothing but will not get their cash and shares back until September at the earliest. But for 700 of the largest customers the news is not so good. They have today been told that their FSCS compensation, which is capped at £50,000, will not be enough to offset the steep charges being levied against client accounts by greedy fat cat administrators.
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So broker Beaufort is brown bread. But the fallout from its demise may only just be starting. Take a butchers at its last set of accounts (below) - note11 and, if you are an employee of Nomad Northland, start sweating...
AIM-listed Karelian Diamonds suddenly seems to have a bit of a problem. Its broker, Beaufort Securities, is now in administration and deemed (by the FCA) to be insolvent. But Karelian has a big hole in it’s balance sheet, as explained HERE.
Prof. Richard Conroy's AIM-listed Karelian Diamond Resources (KDR) is apparently making house broker Beaufort Securities “very excited”. Obviously that is entirely because of the company’s ramptastic RNS (which saw the shares fall - why might that be?), and nothing to do with its train-wreck of a balance sheet and the bail-out refinancing it needs. No, it is not because Beaufort can see a nice commission cheque on the way.
I last commented on Colin Bird’s apparent addiction to issuing shares at Xtract Resources (XTR) back in August but wonder whether there is something more sinister at work here and that Colin is actually being controlled by an evil third party. Where’s Detective Frank Drebin when you need him?
This morning AIM-listed Solo Oil plc (SOLO) announced a $5 million death spiral facility with institutional investors and arranged by Riverfort. It is a convertible facility with 8% interest, and an option to repay in cash (with a small penalty). Beaufort Securities (house broker) issued a note this morning. It is utter horseshit – shame on you.
Strat Aero (AERO) is quite clearly insolvent. That its shares have not been suspended pending clarification is just another badge of shame for the world's most successful growth market, that is to say the AIM Casino. Today sees another pathetic attempt to sucker in mug punters to try to pump this worthless stock ahead of another bailout placing.
Beaufort Securities is house broker to AIM-listed Concepta (CPT) so you may prefer to take what follows with a pinch of salt. Also worthy of note is that it is owned by FIML (which is owned by a trust for Tom Winnifrith’s dependents) and just to keep Tom Winnifrith happy, here is what Beaufort has to say on yesterday’s disappointing Trading and Order update which he covered in yesterday’s Bearcast when he suggested waiting for the placing expected to follow before piling in.
Maybe the target is a but on the full side but this is the house broker Beaufort talking so it is clearly not impartial. Its mining analyst, Sheldon, is a sensible fellow and the nine page report on Ariana Resources (AAU) is comprehensive. Just to keep Nigel Somerville happy...
Andalas Energy (ADL) has today announced the departure of its, once greatly hyped, chairman Paul Warwick. How will we live without his blog? It has also served up a set of accounts which show that it is without doubt completely and utterly insolvent. If, like its house broker Beaufort whose comment to clients today is a disgrace, you can't read a balance sheet, the notes to the accounts make that 101% clear to all.
I bring you below a twitter exchange with a moron who owns shares in MySquar (MYSQ). There is no hope for some folks, they deserve an inevitable fate of poverty.
The first pressing issue with MySquar (MYSQ) is whether it has committed securities fraud or merely driven a coach and horses through AIM Rules or both. I hope that either SP Angel or Beaufort will force it to reveal July sales numbers to give us an answer. The next question is when does it run out of cash? Here is my best estimate.
I have written a letter to Nomad SP Angel, broker Beaufort Securities and the oxymorons at AIM Regulation re shamed MySquar (MYSQ). Has it committed a massive breach of AIM Rules or Securities fraud or both and will anyone do anything about it. The letter follows:
I forgot to ask one big question at the Conroy Gold & Natural Resources (CGNR) GM on Friday - when is the next placing? But before we come to that - and the answer must be soon - there is a little matter of possibly the biggest stock overhang on AIM. The TR1's are flying thick and fast.
Last night at 5.25pm Nyota Minerals (NYO) announced that its shares were being booted off the AIM casino. The roll call of shame on this one is appalling. We have AIM Regulation, broker Peterhouse and the directors of the company seemingly all at fault here, not to mention former Nomad Beaumont Cornish and two further Nomads, ZAI Corporate Finance and Allenby being dragged in. It is a true horror show. But rather than look in the mirror, the directors pointed the finger at ShareProphets – blame the media, the investigative journalists, blame evil Tom Winnifrith and myself, Nigel Somerville. This is shocking.
I am deeply troubled by events at AIM uber dog Andalas Energy (ADL) on Monday afternoon. This is a company that has form when it comes to breaking AIM Casino Rules but on this occasion it is the advisers at Cantor Fitzgerald, whose actions have alreday cost some folks 50% of their money, who should be hung, drawn and quartered. Sadly we have gone soft on crime but at least they should be clobbered by the FCA for market abuse and AIM Regulation for breaching AIM rules. I have sent a letter.
With any AIM listed natural resources company it is always interesting to look at where the company is at this point in time when compared to the accumulated losses of the business since it started.
Credit where credit is due. Andalas Energy (ADL) the AIM dog created to fund the lifestyle of Dave "Rule Breaker" Whitby has announced that it has signed a legally binding deal to develop the Jambi-1 30+MW independent gas-fired wellhead power facility in Jambi Province, Indonesia and to procure gas from Pertamina, the global fortune 500 national oil company. Andalas will have a 49% stake in the project and state owned construction outfit PT PP Energy will have 51%. So far so good but hang on Henry!
The trouble with Norfolk's is that in the end they run out of other people's money. And that brings us to MySQUAR (MYSQ) the sort of company which, even by the lowly standards of the AIM Casino, is a dog. A Source has been on the trombone and says...
AIM-listed CyanConnode – Cyan to its friends – (CYAN) again looks set for a fair ride the wrong way after Beaufort Securities drew the red pen to its speculative buy note. It is now flat – a plain hold – which to normal people means sell. Of course, Beaufort was until recently a broker to the company, but that obviously has nothing to do with it. Beaufort states:
Shares in Concepta (CPT) trade at 11.875p mid this morning but are according to house broker Beaufort worth 22p. The house broker is biased but the note it has published is interesting for its - conservative - updated forecasts. If the broker is right then in just over six months time these shares will be trading on a 1 year out PE of less than 6 which is insane for a growth play. Judge for yourself. we own shed loads of these shares are will not be selling at anywhere near this price.
The odour coming out of long term AIM cash guzzling hound Servision (SEV) grows stronger by the day. I sense that this is going to blow up badly and when it does you do not want to be owning the shares. There is something very odd going on. Today's intervention sees house broker Beaufort pushing the stock as a speculative buy. The shares have fallen by 8% and we will come to the, er.... not very good, note later.
And so ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen’s (JSI) AIM listing is no more. It has become the 24th delisting from our original forty, after its shareholders voted (having been told it would make a fat-track application to NEX) to leave the Casino on the recommendation of the board. The NEX application didn’t happen, with the company claiming that it was now considering listing in Hong Kong. I’ll believe that when I see it.
If you had raised £10 million for the AIM dog Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) less than 5 months ago at 100p then your stance on the stock - at 54p-58p- would be some sort of buy. Oh no. broker Beaufort who did indeed raise that cash has today downgraded its stance to, what may be termed a corporate "hold" (i.e. sell) and makes it clear that the shares will fall allowing lower entry points. I should cocoa. Beaufort today opines after the Bracknor death spiral announcement of Friday - the underlines are mine:
Beaufort is house broker to Armadale Capital (ACP) but its mining analyst Sheldon is a good stick and I am prepared to believe some of what he writes. That is me being generous. I don't want poor Sheldon bursting into tears like foxy brokerette Alice Lane who has, I gather, been again upset by what I wrote here. There really is no pleasing some folks. Anyhow Sheldon reckons the shares will go from 2.5p to 4.4p.
Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has finally fessed up to the truth of its bust up with Sinophi and is paying the Chinese $250,000 to settle - even last week house broker Beaufort was, with an Advanced steer, suggesting the Chinese would be paying Oncotherapy several million quid. Lets remind ourselves of a timetable of lies, deception and non disclosure.
This is becoming something of a ritual. Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) is tardy in releasing very bad news but eventually fesses up. But it misleads investors. Its (now very clearly former) partner Sinophi then, effectively, accuses it of lying. Oh dear, for the second time Sinophi has stated that (almost insolvent) Advanced is telling porkies.
Last night it was announced that Hulsey Smith, the American who exposed the fraud at the heart of Strat Aero (AERO) using Winnileaks last year, dumped the last of his shares that he received for dropping a legal claim. But look at his statement in the TR1 carefully. Before then , the rescue bailout.
AIM (very) bad boy Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) did its best to ramp its shares following the shock loss of its entire order book back in November. Or was it October? Glitzy promo videos and spoofing share purchases by NEDs phased out to have maximum effect on fooling the gullible managed to get the shares back to c90p. But now folks are looking behind the smokescreen of bullshit and the shares are tumbling again, to 73.5p. Since this company has committed securities fraud my target remains 0p. The questions are mounting fast.
I revealed yesterday how the ramptastic boss at uber-pump Harvest Minerals (HMI), Mr Brian McMaster, had branded Lucian Miers as an "internet troll" for having the temerity to (rightly) call the shares as a sell at 21.5p. The outrageous behaviour of this spivvy promoter makes me look at the shares, now 17.25p to sell, and I have to say that it is "red flags ahoy" - Lucian is 100% correct.
It is now 11 days since I published details of leaked emails which showed that AIM scumbag Advanced Oncotherapy had withheld awful trading news from investors as the company launched an open offer. That is clearly securities fraud. Almost as bad, the emails showed that the timelines the company had held out to both customers in China and investors in London for product delivery were just fantasy. And that is why customers walked. Heads should have rolled. Hapless Nomad Stockdale should have forced a statement. And having told its house broker (Beaufort) that a much needed refinancing would happen by the year end, we need an update on that too. Instead...
Time is running out for Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) as it scrabbles for additional finance but this time it really needs to start telling the truth to potential backers. In fact before I reveal more leaked emails I invite it to correct some previous lies told now.
Continuing our wanderings through the accounts of those who promote and look after companies listed on the Casino, we turn here to the FY (to Mar 16) accounts of Northland Capital Partners – Nomad to such fine enterprises such as AIM-listed Edenville Energy (EDL) and the now executed Eastbridge Investments (EBIV), Broker to AIM-listed Octagonal (OCT) and introducers of Vast Resources (VAST) to the fine fellows at Bracknor. A truly magnificent contribution to life on the Casino I’m sure we all agree.
I apologise to one and all over Wishbone Gold (WSBN) which has today completed a £600,000 placing at just 0.75p with broker Belfort Securities handing out shares to spiv bucket shop flippers. This was not on the script and I cannot recommend a purchase of the shares at 1.15p-1.2p. That the shares are up a tad today but fell in the run up to his placing tells you everything you need to know about forward selling on the AIM casino, especially when the broker is Belfort.
I reflect on how we gym users suffer and on how dealing with Barclays Bank as a customer has made me so angry today. I hate the banksters and make a few unkind comments about the Isle of Man. Then it is onto Feedback (FDBK) and a detailed look at Cyan (CYN) and an awful broker note you can read HERE from Beaufort which I tear apart. I really despair at how bent AIM has become. What is the point of being honest anymore?
Following the example set by Paul Warwick the chairman of worthless penny stock Andalas (ADL) in starting a blog, Sir Benjamin Dover of AIM listed Global Mining Endeavours has decided to follow suit and like Paul promises to be candid in his approach. Blog number fourteen....
Four weeks ago, I wrote a critical piece on the terms of the loan deal between Kibo Mining (KIBO) and Sanderson / Beaufort. Well, the renegotiated repayment terms were announced this morning and should be applauded. As Jamie Lawson said, “I wasn’t expecting that!”
We do like to provide balance here on ShareProphets and in that vein we bring you yesterday’s morning note from Beaufort Securities, house broker to Harvest Minerals. As exclusively revealed HERE by Tom Winnifrith with his Sheriff’s hat on, the company pulled a placing at 8p last week, in the hope of getting one away at a higher price. But that appears to have triggered a short squeeze as forward-sellers were forced to cover their positions. But it now seems that it is full rampety-ramp steam ahead for a second attempt.
An absurd non-news RNS from Kibo Mining (KIBO) this morning looks strange but all becomes clear when one considers the consequences of the gratuitous, greedy deal with Beaufort and Sanderson that I highlighted at the start of the month HERE.
There would appear to be an increasingly common correlation between CEOs who freely indulge in podcasts, interviews and courting private investors, and those same PIs getting screwed a short while later!
Well this doesn't happen very often. In fact, I can't remember the last time I had a morning note drop into my inbox only to find that something was being rated as an outright sell. The usual guff is a series of "speculative buy" ratings (often on things I wouldn't go near). But this morning Beaufort Securities has broken the city's unwritten code of conduct, plunging the knife into recent AIM IPO candidate Hotel Chocolat (HOTC).
This morning saw AIM-listed ValiRx (VAL) appoint Beaufort Securities as Joint Broker. This coincided with a quarterly update RNS full of good news and Beaufort included a generous write-up in today’s morning note, with a “speculative buy” rating. All jolly good, but I fear that yet more errors have been made by the company.
AIM-listed Bushveld Minerals (BMN) this afternoon announced the appointment of Beaufort as joint Broker to the company. As fine fellows as they are at Beaufort, and I’m sure they’ll do a jolly good job for the company it does rather look to be a slam-dunk certainty that there is a placing on the way. Back in September 2015 Mirabaud was appointed as joint broker. One wonders how many brokers the company needs!
Our sincere apologies for missing the fact that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) slipped out a board change RNS at lunchtime on Friday last week. I guess we were all in the Punter's Return at the time. It seems that Mr Curt Riley has resigned as a NED as from the end of May.
Ok this is an easy question. In the RNSs released by ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member, Jiasen (JSI) the 'Notes to Editors' has helpfully told us the number of workers employed at its factory in Nan'an City, Fujian Provice (AIM-China Fraud central), China. For what it is worth I do not believe a word it says on this matter for reasons explained HERE but maybe Jiasen can guide us all?
Tom Winnifrith has made no secret of his contempt for AIM (and TSX) listed POS Arian Silver (AGQ), having quite correctly called it a sell many times. But the latest RNS – a no-one-is-watching o’clock placing announcement really takes the biscuit. Yesterday the shares closed at 1.9p, having dropped 25% over the day and lo-and-behold we have an after-hours placing at just 1p.
I note that in the wake of our recent coverage (HERE), shares in AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have cratered another 23% today (last seen) to 2.875p. There has been no news (so far) today, but one senses a bit of a rush for the exit going on.
Yesterday I demonstrated that AIM casino posterboy Servision (SEV) was both almost insolvent and in need of a placing ASAP HERE and b) was happy to mislead investors to ramp its worthless shares ahead of a placing HERE. Right now it is ramping as it needs a placing pronto to avoid going tits up. Now I take you back to 2015 to show how it misled the market in a shocking manner to get a bailout placing away.
AIM casino listed Servision (SEV) went public on New Year's Eve 2004 ad has been a serial disappointer ever since. More than eleven years on its shares have collapsed, more than $14.672 million has been sent to money heaven and the only commendation one can make is its consistency. It is always losses, more losses, more jam tomorrow and when's the placing? And it is that matter that needs addressing for the answer must be soon. Beware the ramp.
Oh dear. This looks horribly like a breach of AIM Rules - perhaps the company (or some avid reader) can help me because I can't find an announcement that Beaufort Securities has stepped down as Broker to AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP).
The Bulletin Board Morons want Jiasen (JSI) to sue me for libel. Well let’s make this easy for the Fujian fraudsters. “Jiasen is a fraud and its criminal directors have produced bogus numbers today – its shares are worth 0p.” There is no ambiguity there. Sue me for libel. What is the Chinese for “See you in Court bitchez?”
Earlier today we demonstrated quite clearly (HERE) why Camkids (CAMK) has committed accounting fraud and why the statement of yesterday just does not add up. We have been saying that this company is a fraud for months and months and that is now clear to all. The local auditors of Camkids and the now delisted fraud Naibu acted for two other AIM stocks, one of which is Jiasen (JSI). It is also a fraud and we call for an immediate suspension of its shares as well.