Hello, Share Takers. There’s an interesting situation building at B T (BT.A) The share dipped 6% today because a billionaire said he doesn’t intend to bid for the company. However, Patrick Drahi, boss of Altice UK, announced today that it’s acquired a further 585,476,188 shares in BT, increasing its ownership to 1,785,476,188 shares.That’s 18.0% of BT’s issued share capital. That means Drahi has now put into BT a total of £3.2 billion pounds
Finally it seems that the Takeover Panel said that enough was enough and after a Formal Sale Process which had entered the record books as the longest ever, in an after hours RNS last week, Eurasia Mining (EUA) claimed that it had decided to end the FSP. But the corporate excitement may or may not be over…
Previously writing on Gulf Marine Services (GMS), in July it was announcements escalate dispute with Seafox International, now “Letter from Seafox re Board Composition”…
In yesterday’s bearcast, I explained why suggestions that Reach4Entertainment (R4E) CEO Marc Boyan was considering merging Reach with his private company Miroma should be investigated by the authorities. Upon reflection, the scandal is potentially even larger than I originally thought. Notwithstanding the fact that two guests at my wedding (Messrs Wray & Yeoman), of which I shall be celebrating the 7th anniversary this coming weekend, are intimately involved with Reach and will be very pissed off with what I am doing, I have now written to the Oxymorons and the Chocolate Teapots and asked them to consider involving the Takeover Panel. The letter follows.
FCA regulated institutions will still be able to deal with Rangers FC, should they want to associate themselves with the financially toxic soccer club, but as of today they can have no dealings at all with its chairman Dave King. The cold shoulder ruling was imposed by the Takeover Panel today.
Today at 2PM, Management Resource Solutions (MRS) hosts a teach in for analysts and investors at the offices of its PR firm FTI Consulting. Anyone attending might care to ask if the Takeover Panel has been in touch.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Just when Neil Woodford might have thought it couldn’t get any worse (at least for a day or two), up pops fully-listed Kier Group (KIE) – whose rights issue refinancing saw the humiliation of being bailed out by the underwriters last December - which seems to have found an extra £50 million of debt since its trading statement of just seven weeks ago……and capped that with the announcement of a £25 million provision with regard to a redevelopment project at Broadmoor Hospital. As I write, the shares are at session lows of 412p a drop of 85p, or 17%. Neil sure can pick’em.
The lack of research by many private investors never ceases to amaze me, especially as they are often putting their hard-earned money into these companies!
Thanks to our Winnileaks service we can bring you a letter sent to AIM Regulation this week regarding Andalas Energy (ADL) the AIM listed POS which is almost certainly insolvent. The letter is detailed and is below:
As a regular reader of the Russian publication Kommersant I bring you an article on Petropavlovsk (POG). Forgive the poor translation but the meaning is clear. If this article is correct, it is clear that those trying to oust the board are working in concert as part of a far wider plan or corporate activity. That is one reason we have voted FIML's shares in favour of the board and against the very dodgy rebels and urge you all to do the same. Surely this is something that the Takeover panel should be investigating as a matter of urgency?
A month ago, Tom reported the Takeover Panel’s decision that Dave King should make a 20p offer for Rangers International Football Club (RFC) (HERE) and also commented on King’s ridiculous response (HERE). Well, King has point blank refused the request to make a bid but the Panel is not backing down without a fight.
Earlier today the Takeover Panel slammed the dodgy antics of Dave King on numerous counts and ordered him to launch a 20p per share, £14 million, bid for the 85% of Rangers (RFC) shares he does not own. King has responded with a statement of complete and utter horseshit showing that he holds the law of the UK in contempt. King has issued a statement via Rangers which it is worth dissecting for the half truths and bollocks it contains. The statement follows with my comments in bold.
The Takeover Panel has today slammed Rangers (RFC) supremo David King for breaching the UK Takeover Code as well as being a prize arse in not co-operating, indeed appearing to obstruct, its enquiry. The upshot is that he has now been told that he must launch a 20p per share offer for the 85.43% of Rangers he does not own by April 12. That will cost him up to £14 million if everyone accepts.
In a ruling handed out on December 21 but published today the Takeover Panel has handed out the most severe sentence in its history to City grandee and veteran financier Bob Morton and also branded him a liar for the way he tried to cover up his actions.
Having previously announced that it was “engaged in discussions” following a 24p per share possible offer, Red24 (REDT) has now further updated as an initial Takeover Panel deadline came into play. the shares are now 24p mid which is not bad as we tipped it just about six weeks ago at a 19.75p offer.
Heck. Everyone does the April Fool's thing don't they? And so the fraud that is Worthington (WRN) put out an RNS which we are meant to think is serious but is in fact a joke. Or in this case The Takeover Panel and LSE appear to think that it is serious but everyone else knows that it is just a joke, like spaghetti trees in Italy or Chelsea fans pretending they have always "supported the blues" from before they were good.
I just can’t help myself: fully listed (sort of, as it has been suspended since 13 October 2014 so it is more a case of the undead as it still has not been booted off the main market) Worthington Group (WRN) issued an RNS after-hours last night. Was it the long overdue results for the year to September 2014, which were promised to be released in March 2015 in an RNS released in Jan 2015, but are still outstanding almost a full year late?
InternetQ (INTQ) the dodgy Greek outfit exposed repeatedly HERE for all sorts of nonsense has published a totally meaningless trading statement. It hides behind the fact that the Chief Bubble is considering an MBO if he can persuade fund manager Tosca to back him.
It was the night before Christmas and young Christopher Oil stood staring out of the window at the Bed & Breakfast he liked to refer to as the castle. Outside, the snow was beginning to fall heavily and this filled Christopher with great joy. He turned round to look at an elderly lady sitting by the fire reading a bunch of papers marked "pension statement" and, barely able to contain his excitement, blurted out "Mummy, if it carries on snowing, will you let me make a snowman in the morning with my bestest friend Daniel?"
You were not spoofed by Neil Ritson and his puppetmaster Jabba The Hutt, aka fat Aussie share ramper David Lenigas, into thinking that today's news means that LGO Energy (LGO) is going to attract a bid were you? Oh dear. It is not going to happen. Let me explain.
Another deadline arrives and it is yet again missed. How long can the long running farce of the takeover of Old Mother Worthington (WRN) continue?
Last night, Gulfsands Petroleum (GPX) announced details of its long awaited $22million open offer. For long-term shareholders there wasn’t much to cheer about. At 4p, the best they can now hope for is to average down by taking up their 3.01 open offer shares and pray for a turnaround. But what chance is there of this?
Just in case anyone is bonkers enough to believe that Daniel Levi Associates is genuinely able to fill in the paperwork properly to call an EGM at Sefton Resources (SER), we now present a helpful translation of this self-styled corporate raider’s highly entertaining last attempt at requisitioning a meeting. (Spoiler alert -- It didn’t go too well).
While Worthington (WRN), pro tem, remains a UK listed stock, the Takeover Panel is forcing all sorts of revelations today which raise a few awkward questions for Doug Ware, the boss of this POS.
I noticed yesterday morning that New World Oil & Gas (NEW) has updated its AIM Rule 26 disclosure concerning major shareholdings. Of all the changes, by far the most significant is the inclusion of Alliance Trust Savings Nominees Limited. Alliance Trust didn’t feature in New World’s previous disclosure and yet now apparently holds 6.93% of the company. Why does this matter? The answer is simple. Alliance Trust is Judith and Christopher Williams’ (a.k.a. Chris Oil) broker.
As deranged blogger Chris Oil sweats on whether the Takeover Panel will make him bid for New World Oil & Gas he is bleating in twitter about how no-one is talking about his penchant for inviting foppish middle aged Old Harrovians into his hotel bathroom anymore. Always keen to please we bring you our Monday Caption Contest. Simply post your entries in the comments section below, deadline midnight tonight (UK time)
The man of the moment Chris Oil was interviewed at the bloggers cafe at the UK Investor Show. Gosh he is prescient as he discusses how he worries about getting a call from the Takeover Panel. Mr Oil is on cracking form.
We are just such nice guys here at ShareProphets – we want to help out those least able to help themselves. And so we come to the case of Chris Oil (AKA Mrs Williams) and that holding of 48% of New World Oil and Gas (NEW) – as opposed to the 10% figure that Nomad and Broker Beaumont Cornish was happy to sign off just last week. Mrs Oil/Chris Williams (mix and match as appropriate) has a potential £7m problem – but YOU can help save him/her.
I read with considerable interest Tom Winnifrith’s article on how companies get away with telling abject lies by RNS . There is clearly a conflict of interests in the system whereby regulatory oversight is provided by Nomads, who are engaged by the very people they are supposed to oversee.
Just over a week ago, I wrote this open letter to the Takeover Panel about New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) never-ending deal with Niel Petroleum and whether the original shareholder approval granted on September 12th 2013 was still valid. It looks like it wasn’t. On Tuesday, New World issued this RNS, in which it was forced to announce “the Transaction [the Niel deal] will be subject to the waiver of the obligation on Niel Petroleum SA to make a general offer under Rule 9 of the Takeveor Code being approved by independent shareholders on a poll”. This is good news for shareholders as they now have the opportunity to scrutinise more thoroughly Kuwaiti firm Al Maraam Trading & Contracting Ltd’s (Al-Maraam) involvement in this. In particular serious, unanswered questions remain on what basis New World can claim that “Al-Maram will participate in all future bid rounds for the drilling and production of oil and gas in Kuwait”.
After nearly nine months of inadequately explained delays to the completion of the Niel deal by New World Oil & Gas (NEW) there are serious questions whether or not the original shareholder approval granted to New World remains valid or if the company needs to call another general meeting to ratify the proposed new deal. Apparent material changes resulting from the introduction of the mystery Kuwaiti partner, Al Maram Trading & Contracting Ltd, to the transaction have raised concerns and New World’s shareholders remain in the dark. I have now drafted a letter to the Takeover Panel to ask them to look into this matter.