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Published 71 days ago
I am a bit confused. As I understood it the new management team at Pathfinder Minerals (PFP) had great contacts out in Bongo Bongo land and were going to sort out the mess whereby the company's main asset had gone AWOL in Mozambique with locals claiming ownership. Today we are told that Pathfinder will pay some johnnies in South Africa £1 million (which it does not have) to sort this out. So what is the board doing for its money? Whatever... I am confused. Richard Jennings of Align says he is not and that the shares - which Align owns - are cheap. Here is his reasoning...
Published 310 days ago
I thought I would do an update on Stuttard’s Septic Seven – a portfolio carefully selected for Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM for him to invest his cash in to demonstrate his utmost confidence in the regulation of the system he oversees as the Sham Sheriff. The members were all companies we had Red Flagged here on ShareProphets – but not to worry, because no action had been taken and investors were still free to lose (oops, sorry) invest their cash in those shares. It is some nine-ish months since I looked at this portfolio. I wonder what has changed?
Published 329 days ago
On 28 December 2017, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group issued an RNS stating that it couldn’t publish accounts for 2016 and the shares would be booted off AIM the following morning. Of course, there’s a lot more to that and ShareProphets had been predicting the demise for months. Now the patsy NEDs have issued a statement and it is clear that ShareProphets was right all along.
Published 473 days ago
Another year, another set of de-listing developments amongst the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. Who's next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 480 days ago
With apologies to Douglas Adams, as long predicted here on ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) didn’t get its 2016 accounts out and the AIM Executioner has done its duty. After six months suspended, it has been given the boot.
Published 498 days ago
AIM-listed Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has at last posted an RNS. Given that its FY16 accounts are overdue by almost 6 months, and its interims by heading for three, you would have thought we might have an update on that. But no: instead the resignation of Mircle Ching Chai Yap was announced. This chap has a spot of form….
Published 510 days ago
We are now a day from the end of November and STILL ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) has not published its FY16 accounts, which are now a day short of five months late. Also outstanding are this year’s interims, which should have been out by the end of September.
Published 518 days ago
Another month, another set of de-listing developments amongst the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. Who's next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 519 days ago
I commented last week on the silence from four former clients of former Nomad ZAI Corporate Finance as weekend executions were lined up for failing to enlist a replacement Nomad. None of them had said anything since 18/19 October when ZAI was given its marching orders by the Oxymorons. This morning two fell to the advances of the grim reaper, but riding to the last-minute rescue of Ukrproduct (UKR) came Stand Hanson while Polo (POL) was saved by Allenby. You might picture Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman riding in as the trap-doors were released and a well-aimed shot at the hangman’s ropes frees the victims.
Published 536 days ago
Since our previous update, ZAI Corporate Finance has had its nominated adviser status removed - causing further issues amongst the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. Who will be next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 536 days ago
And so it came to pass that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) didn’t even bother to update the market at the end of October on the supposed progress towards getting its FY16 accounts released – accounts which should have been released by 30 June. The interims to June are also overdue, but there is no statement at all! Step forward those fine fellows at S P Angel, the company’s Nomad.
Published 541 days ago
Here we are again, with the last days of the month playing out and (as yet) no word from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Aquatic Foods Group. It missed the June 30th deadline to file its FY16 accounts and each month since then we’ve been promised news next month.
Published 571 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has at last appointed a new finance director to replace the previous incumbent who left all of a sudden as the company announced it was unable to release its FY16 numbers. Good news...er, well sort of.
Published 576 days ago
It’s that time of the month again: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) seemed to promise its delayed FY16 accounts by the end of the month. In June the excuse was it couldn’t get its cash out of China, but the directors were going to pony up so as to pay certain advisers (ie the Auditor) and the results would be out in July. Oh, and the next day the CFO (who had been in post less than a year since the previous incumbent walked) resigned with immediate effect - having signed off the RNS.
Published 590 days ago
Well here we are a few weeks short of the anniversary of the creation of out Septic Seven stocks which we had Red Flagged but were at the time still trading on AIM. Marcus Stuttard, the sham sheriff and head of AIM, obviously had complete faith in the regulatory setup of the Casino which is why this portfolio was set up. After all, if he is completely happy with the regulation of AIM (for which he is responsible), he should be happy to pony up his cash in out basket of diversified stocks. We might consider all members of the portfolio as littered with Red Flags, but obviously he doesn’t and therefore some of the joke PEs are highly attractive.
Published 600 days ago
Yesterday at 4.14pm ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) updated the market regarding its overdue FY16 accounts. Once again we are left waiting until next month – Godot is definitely coming tomorrow, honest guv, when the new FD is appointed. So nothing to do with the problems getting cash out of China to pay auditors, Nomad fees and director fees as we were previously told?
Published 602 days ago
We are two days from the end of August and we’ve had diddly squat from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) which is currently suspended pending accounts. In June it said they would be in July, and that directors were going to pony up to get enough bills paid to see the accounts signed. In July it hadn’t happened and there was no mention of it. Will the accounts appear this time?
Published 606 days ago
It’s that time of year again when companies with bad news to slip out at no-one-is-watching o'clock are offered a golden opportunity to get away with it. What better time of year to go for than the end of the summer holidays and the Friday evening before a bank holiday? And so we offer a no-prize sweepstakes: how many dodgy RNSs as adjudicated by the Global Shorting Conspiracy will be released after 4.30 today? Deadline for entries is 4.30 in the coments section below.
Published 609 days ago
Since our previous update, Pembridge Resources (PERE) has followed the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone from the ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'...
Published 611 days ago
It is August and Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM, sees his portfolio of AIM stocks selected for him get to within 40 days of a full year. Out of the seven three have been booted off the market, one is suspended (no accounts) and the other was booted off AIM but got listed on the NEX lobster pot until it was suspended on that market as well. But Mr Stuttard is completely happy with the regulatory environment of the world’s most successful growth market.
Published 639 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) shares were suspended last month because it couldn’t get its accounts out on time. We were told that this was because of difficulties getting its enormous cash-pile out of China to pay a number of parties whose assistance is required for the finalisation of the audited accounts. For that, we might presume that it includes the audit firm. We were told that the accounts were anticipated to be released in July – and here we are with 6 trading days left. Is it crunch time?
Published 647 days ago
Oh boy, it’s time to revisit Marcus Stuttard’s Septic Seven and we have yet another suspension. You will recall that this portfolio of seven diversified stocks from the AIM Casino was chosen for Mr Stuttard so that he might demonstrate his faith is his own regulatory setup at the world’s most successful growth market – but with the caveat that all the stocks selected had been Red Flagged but were still trading. In the week that the LSE washed its hands of any responsibility for fraud it is scores of the doors time, after not quite 10 months.
Published 653 days ago
Since our previous update, most of the remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies have been scrambling to get results out in time, two further have been suspended and another (MoneySwap) has been booted off the AIM Casino - to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone...
Published 658 days ago
Thanks to a last minute sponsorship from China, where the financial director of Aquatic Foods (AFG) has walked out, we're pleased to open another round of AIM's favourite game show: Who is the Bulletin Board Moron of the Week!? Maybe we could start by naming the brokers who usrged folk to buy this stock? Did the Investor Chronicle tip the shares or is this the 1 China fraud it did not promote?
Published 661 days ago
Late on Friday, at no-one is watching O'Clock we learned that Po Ling Low had quit as FD of AIM listed China fraud Aquatic Foods (AFG) with immediate effect. Really? It was 5.21 in London so it was 1.12 in the morning in China. Did Po really walk the plank so late in the evening. Clearly that was just another lie from this slam dunk fraud.
Published 663 days ago
Well there’s a thing: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty stock Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) is still having trouble remitting funds from China resulting in the delay of payments to a number of parties whose assistance is required for the finalisation of the audited accounts. In short, the company can’t pay its bills and the shares have been suspended.
Published 674 days ago
It is five weeks since our last update on the portfolio of seven AIM stocks selected for Marcus Stuttard, the sham sheriff of AIM, to put his money into to show his faith in the system of regulation last September. As you will recall, these were all companies which we had Red Flagged but about which AIM Regulation had done nothing. Last month the losses were 61.7% in about 8 months.
Published 700 days ago
Yesterday lunchtime (1pm – the new no-one-is-watching o’clock) ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatics Foods Group (AFG) served up a Q1 trading statement showing broadly flat sales, but rising costs. The really good news is that the cash-pile is even higher than before, at RMB 485 million – c. £54 million, or about five times the market capitalisation. The bad news….
Published 709 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, head of AIM and the oxymorons of AIM Regulation, had a specially selected and beautifully diversified portfolio of AIM stocks chosen by ShareProphets back at the end of last September so that he could demonstrate his faith in the regulatory set-up of the market he runs. Naturally, there was nothing at all wrong with any of the companies picked: they were all trading on the Casino as normal, so we were just plain wrong to be Red Flagging them all for one reason or another. We were just so, so wrong that……
Published 737 days ago
Obviously the world’s most successful growth market is tightly regulated and supervised by Marcus Stuttard’s oxymorons of AIM Regulation, who seem incapable of applying their own rules. That is why we selected a beautifully diversified portfolio of stocks which we have Red Flagged here on ShareProphets but since Mr Stuttard’s well-oiled regulatory machinery is just so good there must be nothing wrong. Nothing at all…..which is why after 200 days the portfolio is down by 55%. Oops.
Published 764 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatic Foods (AFG), has updated on 2016 Q4 trading this morning. In a statement plastered with Red Flags it would appear that the company is nearing the final chapter of the China Norfolk playbook as we are warned that there has been a spot of bother getting cash out of China. Is it bye-bye to the dividend?
Published 765 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, as head of AIM, completely trusts and supports the regulatory framework of the world’s most successful growth market. As such, and ever keen to help, ShareProphets put together a beautifully diversified portfolio of AIM-listed stocks for him, so that he could demonstrate his faith in the system he oversees by investing in stocks which we have Red Flagged. How better than to put his money where his mouth is to show us that there is nothing wrong. Last time I revisited the portfolio it was down by some 23%. If that had Mr Stuttard feeling a bit queasy, he had better look away now….
Published 818 days ago
Joshua is off at PC Nursery Ryhme class so I am free to record. In this webcast I look at Fitbug (FITB), Cloudtag (CTAG) - Waseem is just wrong! - Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL), Ascent Resources (AST), Aquatic Foods (AFG), China frauds in general and in detail - to help Andrew Monk - Haike Chemicals (HAIK).
Published 821 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, the head honcho of the AIM Casino would have us believe that the market is tightly regulated by his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation. In order to demonstrate his faith in his own system we thought it a good idea to pick him a portfolio of seven stocks which we have Red Flagged so that he could put his own money into them and show us all that there is no problem of fraud on the world’s most successful growth market. Here is the January update for Stuttard’s Septic Seven.
Published 843 days ago
In order to show us all what faith Marcus Stuttard, the head of AIM, has in his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation ShareProphets has selected a beautifully diversified portfolio of stocks for him to invest his own money into. Of course, all seven have been Red Flagged on this website but since was all know that all is well with the regulation of the world’s most successful growth market we are sure that Mr Stuttard will want to demonstrate his trust. At the last update his portfolio was down by 11.6%. Has it fared any better as we close out 2016?
Published 887 days ago
I am still in the Motorway service station at the Premier Inn but head to London shortly. For tonight it is myself and the old bank robber Brokerman Dan against Mkango Resources (MKA). Bring it on bitchez! In this podcast I also look at Aquatic Foods (AFG), NAHL (NAH), Slater & Gordon (SGH), Igas (IGAS), Redcentric (RCN) and MXC Capital (MXCP)
Published 891 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) put on 35% on Friday, following release of a third quarter trading update. Drilling through some of the numbers they seem to be impressive, begging the question of why an apparently profitable and cash-generative company which is drowning in cash worth about three times its market capitalisation would be considering its dividend policy, having chopped the half-year payment by 71%.
Published 906 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please. With the original list having been complied on 29 Sept 2016, here is our first update, one month on – and it is off to a flier!
Published 936 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please.
Published 937 days ago
I wish Andrew Monk a happy wedding anniversary today but surely his fragrant wife should have got time off for good behaviour. But Monk is wrong on Aquatic Foods (AFG) it is a Norfolk, its interims out today make that 100% clear and I explain why. I note the suspension of Asian Citrus (ACHL) and I pose a new challenge to LGO Energy (LGO) about output and sales numbers which really do not add up. I look at RapidCloud (RCI) whose interims suggest a terminal conclusion and Zincox (ZOX) where a pompous chairman seems in denial about the grim outcome that lies ahead.
Published 941 days ago
Last year’s Sept reporting season saw a raft of casualties as members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty either failed to release numbers on time and/or saw the Nomad quit. With less than one week to go until deadline day for interims to June 2016 (or finals to March 2016) there are ten of the remaining 17 members of our iffy index still to report (or announce that they won’t). Which will be the next to get suspended?
Published 946 days ago
Of the original 40 AIM-China companies we identified as our ShareProphets Filthy Forty, the steady attrition has seen that number whittled down to just 17 companies. The period either side of the reporting deadline for calendar 2015 numbers (30 June) saw further departures, but last year’s interims deadline saw a queue for AIM’s Death Row develop. How are we looking this time?
Published 980 days ago
These old folks they need mental exercise. Crosswords, jigsaws, Soduku, easy questions from their son. But my father fails on the how many days till Glenwick (GWIK) is suspended question. He says his mind is on higher things. Meanwhile I am still traumatised from being seen buying a copy of the Guardian for him. I look at Red Rock Resources (RRR), Glenwick, Leed Resources (LDP), Aquatic Foods (AFG) and China frauds, BoxHill (BOX) and naughty Lord Razzall - how is the bailout placing going your lordship? And I commend the recent work of Daniel Levi (Brokerman Dan) on Mkango Resources (MKA) where the old rogue is bang on the money. Mkango is truly worthless.
Published 980 days ago
Oh dear, oh dear. This does not look good. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty China fraud Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has announced that it hasn’t paid its full-year dividend of 0.7p per share due to a “technical administrative delay”. Is that because there isn’t any cash?
Published 1015 days ago
There are so many Red Flags surrounding ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Aquatic Foods (AFG) that it is hard to know quite where to start. One could consider the discount to cash, to profits, to assets and wonder why there have been no buy-backs announced just for starters, but there are plenty more to be found HERE. So why have the shares been roofing it?
Published 1027 days ago
The race to see which of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM China Filthy Forty companies clocks up a suspension/delisting is hotting up as we enter the final furlong. Yesterday saw the loose horse of Grand Group (GIPO) – a non filthy forty runner but an otherwise well qualified AIM-China play nonetheless – cross the line first with a suspension as it can’t get its accounts out on time. But with a surprise late run GTS Chemical (GTS) now looks clear of the field as they head for the line after announcing plans to delist in August, subject to the forgone conclusion of a vote at its AGM.
Published 1028 days ago
This morning ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) released its calendar FY15 results. This is a complete farce and AIM Regulation should be ashamed, for that is where the real scandal lies.
Published 1029 days ago
I previously highlighted that a good few of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty faced a reporting deadline of Thursday this week, 30 June. In honour of Royal Ascot we ran a poll which showed that readers of ShareProphets reckoned on two or three suspensions/delistings to come over the next (now) just under three weeks. The race has now entered the final three furlongs…how are the runners and riders looking?
Published 1064 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is already down to just 20 AIM-listed companies, with a further three currently suspended. The calendar FY2015 reporting deadline is now looming (30 June), which last year saw a splurge of suspensions and Nomad resignations as companies either failed to report or their advisers decided enough was enough. But we’ve had a good few RNSs in the last few days, so it is time for a rancid round-up!
Published 1065 days ago
I start by putting one scouser straight on how things work in the real world. Then it is onto DDD Group, China Norfolk Aquatic Foods (AFG), Glenwick (GWIK), Sovereign Mines of Africa (SMA), Wishbone (WSBN), R4E (R4E) - go Dr Hon! - and Gulf Keystone (GKP).
Published 1090 days ago
In today's bearcast I look at Andalas Energy (ADL), Herencia (HER), Outsourcery (OUT), kenmare Resources (KMR), Acquatic Food (AFG) & Asian Citrus (ACH).
Published 1129 days ago
According to a report in China Daily Europe a new wave of Chinese company listings are [sic] expected in London as the London Stock Exchange ramps up its efforts to attract Chinese firms. With the stench of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty in full nauseating flow, seemingly unaddressed, my heart sinks.
Published 1147 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) released a trading statement yesterday for its full year to Dec 2015. I commented that the last trading statement had more holes than a fish-net and yesterday’s serving of fishiness lowers none of the Red Flags previously raised.
Published 1162 days ago
Following on from yesterday's piece on ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) we see that the shares are still sliding. Drip, drip, drip - the Chinese water torture continues.
Published 1163 days ago
All sorts of crap shares are going up today and some that are not crap but are just insanely overvalued. In a podcast riddled with bad langauge I discuss 88 Energy (88E), Fast Forward (FFWD), Phorm (PHRM), Hornby (HRN) and Glenwick (GWIK) among the risers and among the fallers I look at Auhua Clean (ACE), All Leisure (ALLG), Iofina (IOF), ETherapeutix (ETX), the frauds Jiasen (JSI) and Aquatic Foods (AFG) and finally I ask all the advisors (nomad, broker PR flunkies) to Magnolia (MAGP) just show shabby and dirty they feel today. If I was them I would feel sordid and ashamed. They are all beneath contempt.
Published 1163 days ago
Tom Winnifrith has already done an open-top bus ride around all the Red Flags flapping away at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG). But if the Red Flags are enough to drive you towards the sell button there is another problem: the spread is now so wide that it is equal to the bid price. Talk about being lobster-potted.
Published 1175 days ago
Aquatic Foods (AFG) has been on the AIM Casino for exactly one year but its shares have slumped from 70p to 15p bid. The FD walked the plank today and surely Nomad SP Angel which raised £9.3 million for this POS 12 months ago must realise that the end is nigh. In this podcast I look at the numerous red flags. This one is going down.
Published 1197 days ago
Paul Scott may be Britain's top share blogger but today he served up the sort of grotesque factual innacuracy which would put David Lenigas to shame. I start on that matter and Birthday communications with the younger generation. Then it is onto Afriag (AFRI) - Incoming! Watch this space. Then to Boohoo.com (BOO), Aquatic Foods (AFG), MX Oil (MXO), Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP), CIC Gold (CICG) and London Capital (LCG). I also mention, en passant, Kefi Minerals (KEFI)
Published 1253 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) released a trading statement this morning. All going well despite the slow-down in China – turnover up, big cash-pile, shares at a big discount to cash etc etc. So the shares are down 15%. What?
Published 1269 days ago
In Part 7 Graham Chester looks at the city’s cut when it comes to listing a China play on AIM and wonders whether it is good value for money – or, indeed, whether the financial due diligence process is protecting investors or just part the City’s stock promotion machinery.
Published 1273 days ago
In Part 1 Graham Chester examined the role of the Reporting Accountant when bringing a China play to the Casino. In Part 2 it is time to look at some of the players involved. What better place to start than at Team Stevens, now at the fine firm of Crowe Clark Whitehill – auditor to quite a portfolio of Filthy Forty companies, and a few more besides. Watch the scores-on-the-doors here in terms of share price performance: it is shocking stuff.
Published 1306 days ago
This week George Osborne was merrily tweeting away that he was Delighted we have agreed with China to look into benefits of connecting UK and China stock markets. He’s clearly had a whale of a time in China, but I fancy he’s got no idea of the dangers of what he’s doing. With the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty turning up scandal after scandal, what on earth does he think he is doing?
Published 1321 days ago
One of the problems that AIM-listed China stocks have at the moment is that nobody believes them. Nobody believes the claimed cash-piles or profits. This is amply demonstrated by the stock-market histoire of Aquatic Foods (AFG), a member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. To remind you, it listed in just February of this year at 70p per share, to give it a market capitalisation of £79.3 million. Yet the shares fell steadily to the current 29p. Today saw Interims to the end of June 2015. Scratch the surface, and the Red Flags are all too apparent.
Published 1322 days ago
I start by clarifying certain rumous circulating that I am starting new businesses or getting involved with those who do. Au contraire. Very much au ffing contraire. Then it is onto today's ludicrous announcement from Quindell (QPP). I also cover Sefton Resources (SER), Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL), Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) - a dirty AIM dog if I ever I saw one - Asian Citrus (ACHL), Aquatic Foods (AFG), Daniel Stewart (DAN), Iofina (IOF) and of course Monitise (MONI).
Published 1371 days ago
On Monday AIM-listed Aquatic Foods Group plc (AFG), a Jersey-based holding company with its main assets in Shandong Province in China, held its AGM. Ahead of that gathering it was announced that Mr John McLean (hitherto the Deputy Chairman and Senior non-Exec) had withdrawn his candidacy for re-election to the board. Red Flag? Read on (especially if your name is Xavier Rolet, CEO of the LSE).