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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why I think Malcolm Stacey is wrong on Bigdish & good riddance you mendacious old hag
Published 5 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold producer Ariana has offered up the latest full production numbers for its Kiziltepe joint venture. As I had expected, costs were up a little due to the Turkish Lira strengthening, but the gold price had a good quarter (sadly not sustained…..) so income was up.
Published 11 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold-play Ariana Resources (AAU) has updated the market on its Salinbas exploration target and forestry permits this morning. Coinciding with a bit of a China-USA spat spike in the price of the yellow stuff, Ariana’s shares have reacted positively and I suspect there is still more short term upside as we await the full production numbers from Q1 which are due any day.
Published 40 days ago
AIM-listed gold-miner in Turkey, Ariana Resources (AAU), released its latest quarterly production figures from its Kiziltepe joint venture this morning. Last year the numbers were 4,866 oz against a target for the year of 20,000 oz and the company went on to deliver 27,110 ounces. Now a year later, and with all the start-up bits and pieces worked out some time ago, Ariana has delivered 7,296 oz of gold for the first quarter of this year. Great stuff!
Published 56 days ago
What a day out that was! The Wray family may be running the investor show now, but the sparkle was still there – even if I missed the acid wit of Tom Winnifrith. But it was great to catch up with the other writers at ShareProphets and in particular it was good to call in at two stands – those of Ariana Resources (AAU) and Sosandar (SOS).
Published 75 days ago
Last year AIM-listed Ariana (AAU) offered up production guidance of 20,000 ounces of gold – and delivered 27,110 ounces. Talk about under-promising and over-delivering. This morning Ariana offered guidance of 25,000 oz of gold. Under the same maths, that suggests we could see as much as (almost) 34,000 ounces. Of course, we shall have to wait and see what the real figures are, but with the end of Q1 less than three weeks away we shouldn’t have to wait long.
Published 93 days ago
I called time to sell some Ariana (AAU) last week but was convinced of further upside and thus while I wanted to sell some, I was definitely hanging on to the majority of my shares. This morning – perhaps a little later than I had expected - Ariana filled in the details of Q4 gold and silver production from its joint venture plant at Kiziltepe. There was no need for any anxiety over the news: it was very good and this is turning into a habit. Long may that continue!
Published 103 days ago
My buy tip for 2019 - AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) – has made the 2p to sell target price: time to take some profits, then - and where’s the ouzo? This is on the back of cracking news of a £3.8 million return of capital to the parent. The implications are that Kiziltepe is throwing off plenty of cash – way more than had been previously disclosed.
Published 120 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) announced a series of director share purchases which, as promised, mops up most of the share buy-back shambles earlier this week. This is good: the shares are in strong hands and shows that the directors have faith. It also shows that they are doing their best to make amends out of their own pockets.
Published 123 days ago
How I suffer for you dear listeners. All is explained. Then there is a long discussion on the administration of Patisserie Holdings (CAKE). I move on with a few more words on The Escape Group (ESC) which I covered HERE and then look at Eve Sleep (EVE) and the folly of Neil Woodford, Scancell (SCLP), Anglesey Mining (AYM), Ariana (AAU), Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV), Chesterfield (CHF) and Metro Bank (MTRO). Finally it is one day to ouzo time (again) on Frontera Resources (FRR).
Published 124 days ago
Oh dear. AIM-listed Ariana Resources has announced that the share buyback previously announced on 16 January 2019 – and which occurred on 4 January – when the company bought back 4.5 million shares into treasury was not allowed as the company didn’t have the distributable reserves available on the balance sheet. Red faces all round, but this is not a major issue.
Published 125 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU), one of my tips for 2019, has been on a bit of a roll so far this year. It has been helped by the weakness of the Turkish Lira and a bit of strength in the price of gold, but recent news of gold and silver production from its Joint Venture processing plant at Kiziltepe has helped too, as has a share buy-back. This morning Ariana offered an update on its wholly-owned Kizilcukur project.
Published 125 days ago
The regvular bearcast will appear later. In this podcast I cover Optibiotix (OPTI), Yourgene (YGEN), Wishbone (WSBN), Falanx (FLX), Concepta (CPT), Big Sofa (BST), Red Rock Resources (RRR), Reach4Entertainment (R4E), Obtala (OBT), Ariana (AAU), Wandisco (WAND), Fox Marble (FOX), Argo Blockchain (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh) and Kefi (KEFI)
Published 128 days ago
In today's podcast I have some bad news for Bath Spa as the Mrs prepares to head to the Grim North relating to what happened after I gave this talk. I also have bad news for First Derivatives (FDP) as it prepares for a "Capital markets Day" session of mutual masturbation with the dumb sell side analysts and even dimmer fund managers who have stuffed other folks cash into this stock. I cover Totally (TLY), Wishbone (WSBN), Ariana (AAU), Quadrise Fuels (QFI) and Richoux (RIC)
Published 132 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) released Q4 gold production numbers this morning – exactly as predicted HERE yesterday. Even better the numbers were pretty much in line and the shares have responded higher – not quite a bottle of ouzo yet, but it looks to be well on the way.
Published 133 days ago
Judging by the form of my buy tip for 2019 AIM-listed Ariana Resources over the past nine months, we should see the latest production numbers from its Kiziltetepe joint venture gold plant in Turkey this week. Numbers for the first three quarters have already blown the company’s annual production forecast of 20,000 oz of gold out of the water, having reached almost that figure in nine months. Meanwhile shares in Ariana have had a good run of late, moving up from a low point of almost 1.1p in October to the current 1.575p, putting the company on a market capitalisation of £16.7 million.
Published 164 days ago
It has been a long time coming, but yesterday shares in AIM-listed gold producer Ariana (AAU) finally hit 1.6p, a price I was happy to buy up to. This latest rise was on the back of news from the company’s Kizilcukur project - 22km from the Kiziltepe processing plant - that a drilling programme is about to start...
Published 177 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold producer Ariana (AAU) has seen its share price move a fair bit over the past few days. The shares have been bumping along the bottom at around 1.25p for a while and even dropped to almost 1.1p last month. Now, with a very positive update from its Kiziltepe plant at the Red Rabbit project in Eastern Turkey (and terrific looking financials), a positive (house) Broker note, exploration news and an investor evening in the last few days, the shares are up at a much healthier-looking (roughly) 1.425p, if a tad volatile (they’ve been up to 1.525p and down to 1.375p today). So should we be cynical and expect a placing?
Published 178 days ago
Turkish gold miner, AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) has offered up an update on its exploration at the Salinbas gold project in Eastern Turkey this morning. My view has been unchanged, that the Kiziltepe plant was the reason to hold the shares but that Salinbas - already with a resource inventory of c. 1 million ounces of gold-equivalent – was an interesting speculative bonus. This morning’s news adds to the interest. Eventually, I hope, it will be proved up as a commercial project and add good value.
Published 195 days ago
Last month we had the Q3 preliminary report from Kiziltepe and this morning AIM-listed Turkish gold producer and explorer Ariana (AAU) offered up fuller numbers on operations at Kiziltepe where Ariana has a half-share in the gold production for the Red Rabbit project in Turkey. We already knew they’d had a blow-out of a quarter (see HERE) but the numbers show just how well it is going.
Published 221 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold miner Ariana (AAU) has this morning updated the market on exploration from Salinbas – part of the Hot Gold Corridor in Eastern Turkey. Having reaffirmed my view that this stock is a buy based on production news the other side of the country, it is pleasing to see share shares respond even if it is this morning’s news which did the trick, rather than my devilish analysis! The shares, having been 1.25p to buy, are now 1.45p to buy...
Published 222 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold miner Ariana Resources (AAU) has again announced record gold production from its joint-venture Kiziltepe plant, part of the Red Rabbit project, during its third quarter this year. Production is up to 7,588 ounces of gold (plus 70,346 oz of silver) for Q3 to bring the total for the year so far to 19,625 oz – as against the guidance of 20,000 oz for the full year. Way to go! If they keep that up, the total for the year will be in excess of 27,000 oz – a classic case of underpromising and overdelivering.
Published 239 days ago
AIM-listed gold miner Ariana (AAU) left it until deadline day to produce its interims results (boo, hiss) but the numbers and statement offer plenty to cheer shareholders. For starters, the joint venture gold plant at Kizitepe clocked up £1.1 million of profits for Ariana in the six months to June, which compares well to the £1.8 million for the whole of 2017, and gold production for the half-year (annual target 20,000 oz) came in at over 12,000 oz and a statement that second half production is expected to exceed initial expectations. So far, so good. Of course, profit is a matter of opinion….let’s look at the balance sheet and cashflow.
Published 267 days ago
After an influx of broker and tipster research in July, both broker and tipster activity decreased over the holiday period. That being said,Stockomendation still tracked over 1,200 tips in August, contributed by 19 brokers and 36 professional tipsters. Tip activity in August represented an increase of 57% on the number of tips tracked during the same period last year.
Published 272 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold producer Ariana (AAU) released the quarterly update of its Red Rabbit joint-venture at Kiziltepe a week and a half ago. We had already been told that gold production had shot the lights out, but the update filled in the detail and it was all good. Meanwhile the gold price has been sliding and Turkey is in some considerable bother which is not good. But on balance I reckon the shares are still a buy.
Published 285 days ago
I have been an avid supporter of AIM-listed gold miner Ariana Resources (AAU) for a long time and have been advocating buying the shares since recommending them last February, as production approached. I like the company, I like head-hocho Kerim Sener who is, in my view, an exception on AIM in that he is straight and I think the news from the company’s joint venture mine at Kiziltepe has been exemplary. In particular, in the wake of the production update last month for Q2, I had been looking forward with some considerable excitement to the full results of that period. But we have a crisis in Turkey: is it a concern?
Published 346 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold play Ariana (AAU) has announced news of work at Kizilcukur, its wholly owned gold prospect 22km (but 50km by road) from its JV Kiziltepe mine. It is all very encouraging, if relatively minor.
Published 356 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold miner Ariana (AAU) has posted its FY17 results. As promised, there are some details of the Kiziltepe joint venture, the results got a clean audit (as opposed to last year which raised the need for more funding) and Ariana has offered the clearest indication yet of an end to dilutive placings. Overall, it makes a pretty happy read.
Published 359 days ago
AIM-listed Turkish gold miner Ariana (AAU) yesterday announced a resource upgrade at its Kepez prospect, which forms part of the Red Rabbit joint venture which is producing gold from its Kiziltepe mine.
Published 405 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) served up a gold production update for its first quarter of 2018 (to the end of March). This is not the quarterly report for the period, which we are told is due in early May, so it is a little light on details but the production news is excellent.
Published 412 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) has offered an update on its gold resource at Tavsan, part of the Red Rabbit joint venture in Turkey which also includes the already producing Kiziltepe mine. There is plenty of good news.
Published 439 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources has released production guidance at its JV operation at Kiziltepe in Turkey for 2018. The big headline is that the forecast gold production has been upped to 20,000 oz, but there are a few more interesting nuggets to be found.
Published 461 days ago
Following a company chat with Ariana Resources (AAU), I thought I would report back on a few things which came up...
Published 479 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) has delivered its Q4 update from its joint-venture Kiziltepe gold mine in Turkey. The news looks to me to be very good on several fronts.
Published 498 days ago
There has been a fair amount of noise coming out of AIM-listed Ariana (AAU) lately. The back end of last year saw news from its self-styled Hot Gold Corridor and now the focus seems to be raising the flag for its Kiziltepe site, which has been in production for 9 months or so – and we are due the next quarterly report from that in the next week or two. Meanwhile the gold price has been strong of late, and Ariana’s share price has benefitted – although there is a way to go to get to the target of 2p.
Published 535 days ago
Shares in AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU) have been a pain since I recommended them back in February. They duly motored north, only for the steam to be well and taken out by a placing. I still reckon there is excellent value here and continue to look for the 2p mark to be achieved (again).
Published 605 days ago
We know how much you all like a good competition - especially when there is no prize whatsoever! So with deadline day tomorrow for interims - and a good few still being worked on it seems - how many disappointments will we get by the close of the RNS system tomorrow night?
Published 625 days ago
AIM-listed Ariana (AAU) has announced completion of an initial exploration at its Hot Gold Corridor in north-eastern Turkey. Full marks for the name of the prospect! You can read the technical stuff of the RNS HERE, but essentially it sounds as though they think they’ve got some good readings for from copper, lead and zinc readings which leads them to expect to find gold and silver and targets which are already being generated from detailed mapping.
Published 651 days ago
After my mea culpa of June 20th we have had further news. It has taken a bit of time to digest, but overall it looks positive to me, if rather laced with jam-tomorrow. With the share price finally off its low point of just 1.25p, let’s look through the detail.
Published 700 days ago
The standout story of the week is Tom Winnifrith - the shares that are my 18 holdings: the non dirty dozen and a half which not only takes the top spot, it only went up yesterday and easily blew past every other story as it was Tweeted and passed around the bulletin boards. It can be crazy when a story catches fire like that.
Published 705 days ago
Well that solves that: a big placing and a very disappointing 1.3p price tag to boot. So what to do now?
Published 714 days ago
According to leading bullion dealer Sharps Pixley, the elections leading to a 'hung parliament' in the UK have seen a rush into physical gold by investors, as the country slips into a political vacuum. The uncertainty both in the UK and indeed geopolitical concerns across the globe have fed into firmer gold prices which have risen 11% so far in 2017 in international markets.
Published 770 days ago
I suggested that AIM-listed gold (then) explorer and now producer was a buy a couple of months back as we awaited the commencement of production. At the time the spread was 1.7-1.85p per share and they duly headed north as the final bits of paper arrived and the first pour was announced, only for the shares to fall away again. Meanwhile the gold price has been a one-way ticket north. I’m very puzzled - what is going on? With humble apologies for the performance thus far…I still reckon it is a buy and here is why.
Published 791 days ago
AIM-listed gold and silver in Turkey play Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced the first gold/silver pour at its new joint venture Kiziltepe plant in Turkey. It has been a long road but this marks the moment when Ariana completes the transition from explorer to producer – cracking news for head honcho Kerim Sener and his team. So what now?
Published 819 days ago
I marked out Turkey-base gold/silver soon-to-be producer AIM-listed Ariana (AAU) as a buy a couple of weeks back at 1.85p bid. Construction at the Kiziltepe facility was almost complete and the company had indicated that a weather window allowing the last bits to be finished had opened up. The RNS duly followed. Now we await word of technical sign-off of the tailing dam, Ministry sign-off and then a local government operations permit and it is all go. Meanwhile we have had exploration news from Tavsan suggesting significant resource growth potential.
Published 829 days ago
I said at the weekend that having several times met Kerim Sener, MD at AIM-listed Ariana Resources (AAU), I felt that he was the exception to prove Mark Twain’s rule. In recommending Ariana (1.85p on the offer at the time, so I’m happy to see the shares now on a spread of 2p - 2.15p) my view was that plant completion, production and therefore cashflow were imminent. We’ve had the completion RNS and we now await the paperwork to allow everything to roll. But who gets first dibs at the bunce?
Published 831 days ago
Great stuff this morning from AIM-listed Ariana (AAU). The last bits of work to get the mining plant at Kiziltepe were indeed completed during the 10-day window of improved weather as previously indicated by the company, and as I had speculated at the weekend. Red Rabbit is ready to roll - now it is down to the final paperwork trail and then it is all systems go. The transition from pie-in-the-sky explorer to gold/silver production and cash-flow is almost complete.
Published 833 days ago
Ariana Resources (AAU) is on the cusp of announcing the commencement of gold and silver production from its Kiziltepe mine, part of the Red Rabbit project in Turkey. But for recent extreme weather conditions it would be there already, but the signs are that the big news of final completion and the move to production are imminent and I expect the shares to react positively when the RNS is finally released containing the word “production”.
Published 865 days ago
Oakley is about to be petrified as the working classes are arriving. He fears them greatly. He fears hoovers even more. But ahead of that I record quickly. Today I cover Darren's bogus religion of global warming and Ariana (AAU) - the market has this wrong - Cobham (COB) - what ia kitchen sink - my dream St Valentine's Day massacre involving three listed companies which could all go bust on February 14. Please God! I also look at PCG Entertainment (PCGE) and its news today. Hats off to my friend comrade Richard Poulden. I also chide young Steve for not giving credit where credit is due to Majestic Wine (MJW) and have a few words about Aidan Earley. I thank him publicly on one matter although a lawyers letter has been received.
Published 1078 days ago
With plenty of turmoil in economies around the world, precious metals look set to show continued strength, particularly when it comes to gold.
Published 1117 days ago
At UK Investor Show we ran five Dragon's Den sessions where five CEOs each gave a five minute pitch and three Dragon's each picked one stock in which FIML invested £1,000 via our most excellent broker J Herbert Esq at European Wealth. And so £15,000 was invested on Tuesday Morning. Steve will track this portfolio over the year with each Dragon at liberty to place a sell order at any time. And so this is what we bought.
Published 1119 days ago
is this is a bullcast? We have 15% of our portfolio in gold becuase we are bearish about shares. Does that make sense? I discuss why you should own some physical gold and then why we own the shares we do, notably Petropavlovsk (POG), Ariana (AAU) and Wishbone (WSBN) but also much smaller amounts of Eurasia (EUA), Bluebird (BMV) and Armadale Capital (ACP)
Published 1138 days ago
I really hate backing IPOs. Many companies just struggle to adjust to life as a public company, it is like those cricketers who are great at proper cricket but just can't make the adjustment to the pyjama game. Whatever. We have had a small exposure (well not that small actually) today in Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) - Bluebird Mining as was - which is the first mining stock to make it to the London market in eight months.
Published 1144 days ago
If there was an award for issuing the most RNSs in the space of a few months, then Metal Tiger (MTR) would be well up there as one of the main contenders!