It is a day off from training, after yesterday's ten mile walk. My 75 year old coach, Brian Basham, says I must rest my muscles. I restart again tomorrow but how about you donate a tenner to a great cause and sponsor me HERE? Meanwhile i discuss Cynical Bear's latest piece written in ignorance on Big Sofa (BST). He might be right and I may be wrong. So far he has called it right. But what we do know is that he is guessing and writing in ignorance, I'd rather not do that. Then I look at fund managers making pathetic excuses for their own failure over Persimmon (PSN). Finally after today's shocking Lombard (LRM) expose HERE I ask will the authorities finally hold individuals to account to show they really want to stamp out fraud.
Shareholders in Lombard Risk Management (LRM) do not care – they got a 13p cash offer from Vermeg and have banked the cash. But now the low countries acquirer is hopping mad. It has fired Lombard’s CEO and FD announced widespread redundancies and stated that the Lombard team lied about their prospects so results for the year to March 31 2018 will be way below forecast. The statement is damning and begs big questions of many. Surely the Lombard bosses stand accused of fraud? Should not the FCA and SFO have a butcher's?
I discuss the slew of retail trading statements. At a company level this podcast covers Card Factory (CARD), Lombard Risk Management (LRM) and Fishing Republic (FISH) where today's RNS is very er...fishy.
In Today's bearcast I look at ValiRx (VAL) whose CEO I actually like and at my portfolio, am I worried no? I comment on what Nigel Somerville is up to today which is bad news indeed for Larry Cummins of Black Cactus and Milestone (MSG) infamy. I look at Ambrian (AMBR), The People's Operator (TPOP), Magnolia Petroloeum (MAGP) and how it legged AIM over yet again, at Physiomics (PYC) and finally in depth at Lombard Risk Management (LRM) where the curse of Phil "InterX" Crawford looks set to strike again.
Lombard Risk Management (LRM) is “delighted that OneSavings Bank has chosen Lombard Risk as its partner”. The market though remains somewhat less delighted with Lombard…
Shares in On Line (ONL) are - as I record - up c350%. Is this peak blockchain insanity or is Clem Chambers simply the greatest spoofer in the history of mankind? What happens next is the big question. Then I look at murky share dealings in Mkango Resources (MKA) by market abuser and serial fantasist Chris Oil. Does he not care about TR1 rules at all? Then it is onto Lombard Risk Management (LRM) where I have 2 more questions about its overdraft but a very big question about how the silky words of Phil "InterX" Crawford on July 19 tally with the utterly shite H1 results. Does Nomad Finncap of Telit (TCM) infamy care? I suspect it does not. I look again at BCA Marketplace (BCA) - THE BIG SHORT - in light of recent macro data. It remains a stupendous short. I look at management greed and an impending placing to fund that at Arian Silver (AGQ) and then at the dire interims from System1 (SYS1) and profits alert from Attraqt (ATQT). It is the former which remains a stonking sell even after today's share price collapse. And I have a question or two for AIM dog Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO).
Following on from today's truly shocking results from Lombard Risk (LRM) covered HERE I have more questions for the company not least on how secure is its overdraft on which it is, I suspect, already reliant and on the quite disgraceful salary compatibility review. Talk about rewards for failure. Then I look at Defenx (DFX), another horror story, before issuing a wake up call to our own in house Bulletin Board Moron Wildes and looking at Angus Energy (ANGS) and finally Dialight (DIA). Meanwhile it is now less than a month to the olive harvest and Greece. I cannot wait.
I have repeatedly warned that Lombard Risk Management (LRM) was hexed the moment that Phil "interX" Crawford seized control. Today's interims validate that thesis - all the money's gone!
An AGM Statement from Lombard Risk Management (LRM) commences that “the company continues to see a positive market for its products with the landscape largely unchanged since we announced our 2017 full year results in May”. Yet the shares are leading fallers, currently down circa 15% at around 11p…
Lombard Risk Management (LRM) has updated that it anticipates exceeding analyst consensus expectations for its year ended 31st March 2017 and “remains confident” looking ahead. What’s that though expected to be “in the region of £2.4m to £2.8m”? “Adjusted EBITDA”. Hmmm…
The fraud African Potash (AFPO) has until 7 January ( saturday) to find a new Nomad or its shares get booted off the AIM casino first thing Monday. On the ISDX lobster pot (now known as the NEX lobster pot) it can't get a placing away - for reasons explained in this podcast - so it will be tits up within weeks. That has implications for Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR). Jamie Oliver is blaming Brexit as he shuts six of his over-priced branded eateries. But he is just another celeb tosser don't you think? I look at the real macro headwinds the UK faces. There is comment on Crawshaw (CRAW) and then a very detailed review of Lombard Risk Management (LRM) which is, I reckon a car crash in waiting.
Under its old management led by John Wisbey, Lombard Risk Management (LRM) used to make profits and pay dividends. How fucking old hat and boring is that? Think like a millennial and get the cashburning vibe, that is the way forward and who better to do that than a man fired by Oracle (yet who boasts about his Oracle career ) & who was at the helm of a spectacular dotcom disaster, Phil "Interx" Crawford. Interims today score straight 10s for bullshit headline blather. But look at the hidden cashburn, extrapolate and panic.
My father wants it known that my podcast joke about 14th century pews shows how ignorant his son is as pews only arrived in churches in the nineteenth century. Moving on...I look at how events at Taihua (TAIH) and African Potash (AFPO) show what a joke regulation on AIM has become. I comment on Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR), Strat Aero (AERO), Avanti Capital (AVA) and its chairman Phil "InterX" Crawford and his other charge Lombard Risk (LRM). I look at Coral Products (CRU) where you need to dig beneath headline numbers and then I comment on Optibiotix (OPTI)
In this podcast I refer to my non financial podcast today on the great Olympic Con - sport is not making Britain Great again (HERE) and also to part 4 of the new series: The Chairman's Blog by Sir Benjamin Dover HERE. Then I go onto how the corrupt financial press and PR flunkies use and abuse you as readers and investors with special reference to bank closures and Lombard Risk Management (LRM) in the Mail on Sunday and, especially, Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) in today's Sunday Times.
Having pissed on private investors (followed a results statement noting “a position of strength” and “great confidence” and the announcement of a “Significant Contract Win” with a discounted fundraising), Lombard Risk Management (LRM) has further updated...
Phil "InterX" Crawford is still to answer the question of the circumstances of his departure from Oracle. Meanwhile there are increasing questions about yesterday's £8 million rescue bailout, in addition to the ones posed HERE. Lets start with that profits warning on 19 April.
I start with the murder of Jo Cox MP and the disgusting way EU suporters are using it to lie and smear as you can read HERE. In Greece today it is 40 degrees plus and I am a sweating wreck after a session of olive pruning, braving the snakes which brings me to Phil "InterX" Crawford of Lombard Risk Management (LRM) and the question he has to answer NOW. Elsewhere I look at Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) following up on this piece, C-Dialogues (CDOG), XCite Energy (XEL) - all shout Timber!!!!!! - Scancell (SCLP) and the uber dog Mkango Resources (MKA).
The trainwrecking of Lombard Risk Management (LRM) by Phil "InterX" Crawford continues apace with another bailout placing. The funds managers, it seems, cannot get enough of Phil because the fund managers are too young to remember the InterX scandal, because someone has airbrushed that scandal from google history as revealed here and because of Phil's glittering career at Oracle of which he always boasts. Really Phil?
Recording in Kalamata, I have one last day in sunny Greece before I head back to the UK for five days of family time. Boo hiss. I start with another reminder of how thick some AIM folk are - London Capital (LCG). Then I look at the different way that private and public businesses account for profits running through how Sam Antar cooked the books at Crazy Eddie's. That makes me reflect on accruals causing me to examing the balance sheet of Lombard Risk (LRM) as Phil "InterX" Crawford drives it onto the rocks and also how Robert Simon Terry accounted for industrial deafness, something that will send him to gaol.
Chairman Philip Crawford is “pleased to report on a year of considerable development and growth for Lombard Risk” (LRM). The results suggest he shouldn’t be…
I warned you all that Philip Crawford would bring disaster on Lombard Risk Management (LRM) because I knew him all too well from his days at the InterX trainwreck. But perhaps you have not read about that. Well that's odd is it not?
Back in 2001 my Valentine's day was ruined by the first of a series of profits warnings from a company called InterX which eventually went bust. Its chairman Phil Crawford had told me so many great things when we met up with his PR bird. She swallowed anything Phil wanted. But the trouble was everything he said about InterX was just fantasy.Wind forward 14 years and Phil staged a coup to take the helm at dull but profitable Lombard Risk Management (LRM). It has not taken him long to weave his "magic" - today's (lack of) profits warning is dire.
I am in a rush, as I explain in this podcast. But I am also in a good mood. I may well have a celebratory ouzo for lunch as I think of the Council House morons who bought shares in Globo (GBO) last week just because I was a bear. Enjoy poverty peasants. So I cover Globo, Sareum (SAR), Trinity Exploration (TRIN), Lombard Risk Management (LRM), Eden Research (EDEN), CEB Resources (CEB) and Scancell (SCLP)
I tipped shares in Lombard Risk Management (LRM) but cut (very small) losses at 11p when founder John Wisbey was ousted and replaced at the helm by Phil “InterX” Crawford. That company train wrecked with Crawford at the helm back in 2001 and interims last week from Lombard suggest that Crawford is going for a repeat performance at Lombard.