Yet again, I write to AIM Regulation with regard to the devout Christian, Matt Lofgran. Praise be the Lord. This time, it is not about his consorting with convicted pump-and-dump fraudster, Ron Bauer, and his known associate, Adrian Beeston. It concerns his misleading investors in Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (NTOG), in collusion with London’s worst Nomad, Roland “Fatty” Cornish.
Last week, I exposed how Standard Listed company, Genflow (GENF), was created by a convicted pump-and-dump fraudster, currently facing an 85-year prison sentence. He and his “known associate”, Mr Adrian Beeston, supposedly own 20% of the equity, for which they paid peanuts. That alone should trigger an FCA enquiry, but it gets worse.
THIS article yesterday exposed the activities of Mr. Ron Bauer and his known associate Mr. Adrian Beeston. Now let us see the hook up with my old pal, the Sith Lord Zak Mir and what appars to be a horrific quid pro quo. Or maybe it is just a coincidence...
After yesterday’s bombshell, HERE, the FCA must suspend trading in Genflow (GENF) shares. My letter is below.
Yesterday, I revealed how, as CEO of Elephant Oil, Matt Lofgran had handed out 30% of its equity, gratis - most notably to a convicted pump-and-dump operator, currently facing 85 years in jail. Lofgran would happily sup with the devil, so as to get away an IPO, which would have netted him an immediate $500,000 and a 100% pay rise. I have thus written to the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation.
I suppose the criminal pump and dumper Ron Bauer might argue that it is he who has suffered reputational damage from dealing with Gavin Burnell of Globo (GBO) fraud infamy but a shocking new document has now come to light which begs massive questions for Burnell, Matt Lofgran of Nostra Terra (NTOG) and indeed of the FCA.
This is a major scandal - one that will create massive embarrassment for those operating in the depths of the AIM, Aquis and Standard List sewers. And for Matt Lofgran of Nostra Terra (NTOG), his buddy, Gavin Burnell of the Globo (GBO) fraud, and Novum infamy, it poses a major question of what they knew and when.
I start with a few words on Oxford Cannabinoid (OCTP). I have not said fill your boots nor should you. The issue here is management allegedly lining their own pockets ahead of corporate action which they know all about. One should not buy shares in such companies. Then I reflect on an excellent piece by Maynard Paton on Cake Box (CBOX) which you can read HERE. I comment on some of the excellent points he makes but add in half a dozen of my own, notably comparing boasted net cash and net interest costs but also the shameful CEO pump and dump and the macro headwind given the demographic of its end user base. This is probably not another Patisserie Valerie but at 320p it is a stonking short.
I should have mentioned this in bearcast yesterday, the maths is clear and unchallengeable. Abingdon Health (ABDX), a company I warned you about at IPO as it was insolvent and the valuation absurd, is pumping its stock via the yellow journalists on the Daily Mail and the Telegraph ahead of a bailout placing. You know the score: mug punters overpay in the secondary market ahead of a placing at a vast discount to fund managers.
I explain why there was no bearcast yesterday. Then I look at the part this household is playing in the fuel crisis. It is all about psychology. Then a look at Real Good Food (RGF) and companies delisting before a look at the pathetic punishments for the enablers of fraud at Patisserie Holdings (CAKE) I also look at what Australian regulators are doing to tackle pump and dump twitter gangs while the FCA jerks off on more ESG porn doing nothing about tackling real crime. I flag up Aura Energy (AURA) in this regard.
This will come as a bit of a shock to France’s Warren Buffett – Braveheart Investment Group (BRH) run by spiv pump and dumper Trevor Brown has raised £2.5 million via Peterhouse at just 18p. Wowzer. This stinks to high heaven. Shame on all concerned and here is why.
As I write, shares in Braveheart Investment Management (BRH) are 11% off at 27.25p valuing this crock where Trevor Brown is the CEO at £11 million. But now that folks appear to have wised up to the pump and dump activities of Brown, what is fair value? I suggest 5p and here is why.
Does anyone believe a word in an RNS from a company where Trevor Brown is in charge? If you do then I have a bridge in London I am prepared to sell you and an email with an offer you cannot refuse from a General in Nigeria.
A non executive director is meant to be there as a counterweight to executive directors to protect shareholders. They should be truly independent of the execs. Having seen its last but one non exec quit with immediate effect, Braveheart Investment Group (BRH) has found a new NED. But if Dr Qu Li is independent I am a banana.
Later today, Mark will be travelling from the stately home at Hooton Pagnell which has been in the family since 1704 to take part in the annual Upper Class Twit of the year contest. Will it be as exciting as last year’s competition below?
Yes that horrific news for shareholders in Supply@ME Capital (SYME) will be out in the morning. Meanwhile, I reflect on a video I have recorded with the great Dominic Frisby which goes live tomorrow, I hope, and on news that Kwasi Kwarteng might just take action to stop directors lying to investors. I then explain why Redditt groups exposed HERE and HERE in the UK are, in reality, just pump and dump schemes, why they will not deliver another GameStop and why most folks following them will do their conkers. It will end in tears and, I hope, jail time and won’t “burn the shorters” or Fuck The London Stock Exchange, as the organisers promise, at all.
With some folks having paid 8p+ for shares in Xtract Resources (XTR) late last week, today the company did a placing to the sewer-dwelling clients of Novum Securities at just 4.5p. The shares are now just 4.8p to sell. Boy those folks suckered in by the Colin Bird ramping must be hurting today. This is so familiar but I did warn you explicitly what the old scoundrel was up to.
The spivs, Trevor Brown, c/o Braveheart and Paul Ryan, who sold their entire holding in Remote Monitored Systems (RMS) at between 2.9p and 5p for £18 million just eight days before a major warning, must be sacked says Gareth Cave the founder of Pharm2farm and its key employee and a man who owns 18% of Remote. Cave also wants the bailout £5 million placing at 1.25p massively restructured or pulled. I back Cave and here is why.
Ascent Resources (AST) has only avoided a crash landing in tits up alley thanks to the provision of death spiral finance by Riverfort Global and Align Research. Essentially, it has sod all cash, its assets in Slovenia it failed to monetize for eons and some joke Cuban assets. At c6p it is capitalised at c£5 million. Given Parsons’ track record as a pump and dumper and value destroyer, only a total poltroon would buy any shares. So step forward… Mr James Parsons.
Just before the long Easter weekend, Eurasia Mining (EUA), shares in which have now been suspended for more than two months, issued a partial ‘fess up. As I flagged up almost two months ago, Nomad WH Ireland has indeed resigned but why?
Dev Clever (DEV) joined the Standard List at 1p on January 21 2019. Boy: it has been a rollercoaster year of pumping and dumping.
A kind reader sends me a video Justin Waite, aka the Clown, posted on December 8. I say kind but having had to watch it that is probably the wrong word as it is sheer torture. None the less it is below and I advise scrolling through to 21 minutes 30 seconds where the Clown discusses Bidstack (BIDS) and incriminates him and Vox in the process.
This morning AIM-listed Inspirit (INSP) offered up a cheerful RNS stating that £804,000 worth of convertible loan notes were being converted at 0.07p (the minimum price possible) and that thus the Company has substantially reduced its debt close to zero and we hope that this reduction in debt will provide the right base from which the business can now grow. The implication is that all is well…..until you look at its last stated results, the interims to way back last December. "Growth" my foot!...
A month ago shares in cash strapped Bahamas Petroleum (BPC) traded at 1.2p which was probably generous. for this company has struggled for years to secure the farm in partner it needs to drill its acreage in the Caribbean. But then things started to happen.
Over the past month the share price of AIM casino listed Blue Rock Diamonds (BRD) has soared from 0.29p to 0.38p. Some lucky souls paid up to 0.4p on Friday. Let’s review the timeline:
Over the weekend I flagged up all the red flags surrounding the curious RTO of Adam Wilson's Atlantic Carbon by Peter Shea's worthless Daniel Stewart Securities and the enlarged group's planned Standard Listing. Notably I explained the horror's in Atlantic Coal's accounts and the daft $86.8 million valuation put on Atlantic by See Through Equity in the note below which is on Atlantic's website. Uh Oh...
Following on from my article on Sunday on Bluejay Mining (JAY) covering the very large share sales that showed up on Friday last week, news came out yesterday afternoon confirming that the seller of a chunky 6.48% of the company's float (netting a cool £6 million+) was co-founder and long time Rod Mcillree acolyte Jeremy Whybrow. That should set more alarm bells ringing for the bulls...
Last week was "interesting" for Blue Jay (BAY) bulls and should give then pause for thought. If, of course, they are capable of rational thought.
Northland yesterday ‘fessed up that it would be surrendering its Nomad license on 1st February. If you think that this “surrender” is a voluntary act you are the sort of person Nigerian Generals dream of adding to their email list. So 28 clients need to find a new Nomad to take them on and complete due diligence PDQ as DD takes a while and the Christmas holidays beckon. No new Nomad and the companies below will be slung off AIM.
This morning BlueJay Mining (JAY) announced that three directors had bought shares. That is a spoof. The amounts are not material and the aim is to try and arrest the share price slide. If anything such spoofing is itself another reason to sell. It gets worse…
We forced a statement last Friday and, today, UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) says it has completed an “oversubscribed” placing at 0.9p. FFS these bastards have a nerve. How they abuse and insult the owners of this company, its shareholders.
At the end of June I commented on eServGlobal (ESG) that the interims argue “strong outlook” & Homesend “sales expansion”, but that the financials remained troubling. There’s recently been a pump – 2nd October; “HomeSend progress in the banking market”, 10th October; “eServGlobal outlook and business update” announcements – seeing the shares up from sub 8p at the end of last month to above 12p, closing yesterday at still above 10p… and so now “the company is pleased to announce”…
I'd like to start a competition to find the AIM shareholder list with the lowest average IQ. I am beginning to think that it may well be that of Bushveld Minerals (BMN). Sure its shares are up by 400% since the pump and dump of last fall (exposed HERE) and they may rise again on the latest pump and dump of yesterday (HERE) but folks need to be aware that a placing is a slam dunk cert. Oh no, say some very stupid people.
A “Major Supply and Support Agreement” announcement last week from Starcom (STAR) saw me question how ‘major’ is it?, as well as noting, as the shares soared above 2p, “sufficient loan facilities are available to cover its cash flow requirements” came before a warning last month of order delays. Now surprise, surprise…
In March I questioned whether the balance sheet of Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) was sufficient despite the company stating it was confident of sufficient headroom to support its current strategic ambitions. It is now “pleased to confirm… 2,666,667 ordinary shares have been conditionally placed… at a price of 225.0 pence per placing share to raise approximately £6.0 million (before expenses)”. Hmmm…
A chap for whom I have some time some of the time asked me why bother sticking it to Arian Silver (AGQ), a worthless piece of crap on AIM. Will it make any difference to the charade, to the game which sees userless tossers like Arian's CEO Jim Williams get ever richer, crony capitalists earn fat fees and investors get buggered again and again and again. No. My writings won't change that. And the chap is right in that it will just make a few more pathetic wretches who would rather lose money than accept the truth hate me. Yup. He is right.
On MySQUAR (MYSQ), Cynical Bear has previously warned of rampers and pumpers being out in force. Having commenced May at sub 1.3p, the shares are currently more than 60% higher on the day, at above 4.5p, on the back of a “Significant Revenue Milestone and Product Update” announcement. Hmmm…
Having previously noted the rise and rise of AIM-listed events manager Parallel Media (PAA), whose shares shot up from 16p to peak at 46.5p on no news (with four trades going through at 48p), I see that the rocket launchers are out again. My thinking remains as before: if you hold it is time to look skywards, be thankful and sell.
Yesterday morning shares in AIM-listed Parallel Media (PAA) shot out of the gates from the start of trading, peaking at a gain of almost 200%. Meanwhile, over on the LSE Asylum the PAA bulletin board was full of speculation about a corporate deal which would see the shares roof it. 50p, 100p here we come. Having opened the morning at 16p, the stock peaked at 46.5p (mid) with peak prices paid of 48p. But then the company spoke….
In yesterday's bearcast I commented on the latest pump and dump by Bushveld Minerals (BMN). My attention is now drawn to a promotional video recorded by CEO Fortune Mojapelo on 17 October. This is just so sordid.
Surprise, surprise, Clear Leisure (CLP) announced a placing this morning at 0.9p following a rampfest from the time it announced its Operational Update on Monday morning. All involved should hang their heads in shame. Let’s look at the textbook P&D in closer detail.
Shares in AIM dog Strat Aero (AERO) zoomed ahead by 140% on Monday on the back of a total piece of non news. There was more non news on Tuesday but the shares started slipping back from 1.1p and they fell again today becuase after the pump there was the dump a placing to raise £370,000 pre expenses at just 0.5p. Oooh you bought into the pump at 1.1p - sore bottom time. The shares are now 0.6p to sell. It gets worse.
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) has seen us hoist the Red Flag on several occasions before (see HERE) but its FT15 results, released on deadline day (Thursday) take the biscuit. The company is, quite simply, a disgrace and its advisers (Nomad Cairn and disgraced Broker Daniel Stewart) should be ashamed.
On the evening of 2nd March W Resources (WRES) presented to a group of investors in London with the shares having closed that evening at 0.6p. In the eight days that followed the company issued not one but two ramptastic pieces of good news yet the shares slipped back steadily. They closed last night at just 0.47p.
I refer you to my bonus podcast earlier for the depression note. I ask you what is the point? back to the markets and I look at another Horse Hill pump and dump, step forward Regency Mines (RGM ) and Andrew Bell. Next to dump Solo (SOLO) then UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) whatever David Lenigas tweets. Then I look at Origo (OPP) and also at Sprue Aegis (SPRP)
Shares in Solgold (SOLG) raced ahead by 43% on Friday. But has anyone looked at the balance sheet and cashflow statements? It is just totally out of cash. All the money's gone. The RNS trail, is ramptastic and SP Angel (BTW what has happened to Mkango you scumbags) is bound to roger PIs with a post pump dump of a placing within days. This, and the idea that West Ham are the new Brazil and that all rugby players are homosexuals, is discussed in today's podcast.
I comment on my smoking - after 12 days I am still clean and on the weekend's sport. Then onto ISDX and the silly claims by whichever pompous git runs it that it is the new AIM. I explain why it is not, what ISDX shares we own or wish we own (Mechan, Chapel Down & Coinsilium) and why we wont buy any more at all. I discuss the Alba pump and dump as the Horse Hill Gatwick flusher ( of mug punter cash down the pan) saga continuies. Finally my low point of the week: Independent Resources ( IRG) - it makes me feel sick...
PeerTV (PTV) has lost $32 million since it joined AIM just under 5 years ago. It continues to burn cash and lose money. Its sales are trivial and it is drowning in debt. Its shares therefore have no value at all. Even as a cash shell it would have no value since it has no cash and vast borrowings. It is worthless. Full stop. Yet recent weeks have seen the pumpers in full flow in another sordid and shocking tale from the AIM casino.
Just three weeks ago, during the no-one-is-watching fortnight of Christmas and New Year, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) completed a keep-the-lights-on placing in what I wondered was the fastest pump and dump in history. It was, in my view, a disgraceful affair: announce what appears to be a significant contract to send the shares rocketing higher (it did) and then 39 minutes later announce a massively discounted placing into the rise. The grateful company brought in some meter money (just £200,000 before expenses) but the new shares issued represented 3.28% of the enlarged capital. Surely that is a notifiable holding?
It was all so predictable. On 6 January African Potash (AFPO) issued an RNS which was both utterly pointless but also just about credible enough to have the Bulletin Board Morons/Zak Mir frothing. The morons ploughed into the aftermarket - not noticing that the RNS was in fact just confirming that part of a deal already announced several months prior had been completed but that no financials were revealed - paying up to 2.1p per share. The crony capitalists said "thank you very much cannon fodder" on the back of the pump and today came the dump... a placing raising gross proceeds of £825,000 at just 1.7p. However...
This morning at 8.47am F40 AIM-listed China New Energy (CNEL) announced a contract worth CAD$3 million. The shares rocketed on the news, from an open at about 2p to peak at over 2.5p. Thirty-nine minutes later came the dump, in the form of a placing at just 1.5p in a keep-the-lights-on issue which raised just £200,000. Nice work, fellas - I'll bet anyone who piled in on the contract news at up to 2.5p is delighted with their purchase, with the shares now languishing at just 1.725p last seen. This is a disgrace.
I will now demonstrate how LGO Energy (LGO) appears to have mislead investors in a cavalier and wilful fashion on a very material transaction and fund raise in 2014. It appears to have breached AIM Rule 11 flagrantly but does anyone care any more? Is the Sheriff of AIM the only person left who actually reads the AIM Rule book and takes it seriously?
POS AIM casino dog Mosman Oil & Gas (MOSMN), is – I can exclusively reveal – right now struggling to get away yet another keep the lights on placing at just 1.75p a share. This story gets worse. And worse.
Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. Jimmyliar Ellerton is back and Sefton (SER) shareholders now face a potential wipeout. Congratulations to Chris Oil for telling folks to buy at 0.37p as he dumped his entire holding. The shares are now 0.17p to sell and could well head back towards zero after news today. Well done to Chris Oil and all connected to him for their pump and dump.
The most satisfying link on this week's Top Ten is Sajid Javid replacing Vince Cable as business secretary. The morons spent a lot of energy a) attempting to get Javid to drop his UK Investor Show introduction (he resolutely did not) and b) cheering on Vince Cable's lame attempt to pander to Quindell's victims. The howling could be heard over here in rural Ontario.
That crony capitalist Brokerman Dan is today exposed as a pump and dump merchant in Sefton (SER) is horrifying enough – see HERE. But now mad blogger Chris Oil of New World infamy (HERE) is show to be quite frankly guilty of market abuse. This is shameless and revolting.
So much for all the talk of big deals. So much for those assurances that the shares were heading to 1p. So much for the requests to “get behind us” from crony capitalist Brokerman Dan. The man who learned all about stock pumping from the great David Lenigas, has today dumped 60 million of his 86 million shares in Sefton Resources (SER) sending the stock sliding by 25% to 0.27p. This stinks.
For the benefit of one reader in particular this podcast explains the difference between a share tip and a ramp, it explains pump and dump, it looks back to historic cases such as the City Slickers and explains why Bulletin Board Morons use the words differently to normal human beings.
At the ShareProphets Seminar on 2nd February I did a joint presentation with my pal Anand from PrimaryBid. Anand’s new venture goes live next week and aims to kill off the bucket shops by allowing private investors to supply capital to AIM tiddlers at a discounted price directly. It will also make it cheaper for such firms to raise capital. I hope you will ALL support this venture and register HERE
I was shocked yesterday to once again see spiv traders on the iii and London South Eastern Bulletin Boards clearly engaging in pump and dump activities in both Argos Resources (ARG) and Borders & Southern Petroleum (BOR). This is blatant ramping.
In today's podcast I look at the PR/Financial Press corrupt deal. I then move into Quindell, Robinson, Cambria Africa, Frontier Mining, what timber prices tell us about general earnings visibility, Gowin New, a new China POS that had been flagged up to me called JQW (target price 0p), the Wandisco pump and dump and Jiasen International.
Over the last few days, we’ve witnessed one of the most laughable bogus stock ramps of the year. Using DirectorsTalk.com and a little known website called www.smallcapnetwork.com, certain unidentified parties are distributing wildly misleading “research” about my old favourite, New World Oil & Gas (NEW), in a classic a pump and dump. Unfortunately, the New World pump and dump isn’t the first time we have come across this particular operation and there are now serious questions about what DirectorsTalk.com is up to.
Today I again talk about why AIM punters are their own worst enemy and I use Casino listed company Independent Resources (IRG) as a prime example.
Today I will unveil a fact about the market that has always existed. Investors, or who are really, Pump and Dumpers, keep the trash on AIM alive. I know my colleague Doc Holiday has penned a bull piece on Astar Minerals (ASTA) and I respect him deeply, but I just cannot agree with his call at the 2.3p share price now. He is up hugely on his tip so he was very right. Astar is being priced at £3.1 million, when in any bearish market, or any market where pump and dumpers are hopeless, the company would be long gone, in the ditches. Sayonara Astar.
I definitely don’t blame the directors of Bellzone Mining (BZM) for the blatant pump and dump of their stock over the last week or so. To their credit, this board has been entirely forthcoming with the market about their need for finance and timetable for securing it. Anyone who bought into the sudden and unexplained enthusiasm for Bellzone’s stock on May 27th and May 28th was probably asking for trouble, as it was clear a discounted placement was imminent. Even so, this is yet another example of why shares on AIM should be suspended as soon as the company concerned starts the process of raising money.
Independent Resources (IRG) won last week’s AIM Cesspit pump and dump (on mug punters) prize as it got its rescue £2.76 million placing away at 3p (the shares being 6.5p) after the pump but before the dump. But a City source makes it clear that the operation is not over yet.
Why, at ShareProphets, do we call London’s Alternative Investment Market a cesspit? Because it’s too easy to cheat. If you are of a certain corrupt mindset, then AIM is the perfect breeding ground for you to hatch all manner of devious plans to con people out of their money. You can plot your nefarious schemes, safe in the knowledge that absolutely nothing will be done to stop you. In any other walk of life theft is a criminal offense. However, thanks to the veneer of respectability that the London Stock Exchange affords to AIM, this inconvenient social convention is not only ignored it is trampled all over. Wearing a white collar, it seems, grants you immunity from prosecution.