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I find it hard to see any value in Wey Education at the current price - sell

Published 7 days ago

Wey Education (WEY) suddenly seems to have become very popular and the share price has pretty much doubled in recent weeks, but I’m struggling to see what the attraction is with this company and why people would invest at this level.

Genel Energy has great growth potential

Published 9 days ago

As long as you are prepared to accept a degree of geo-political risk, then I find it very hard not to like Genel Energy (GENL) at the current share price.

Yu Group – FY18 results and a lack of cash (despite the headlines)?

Published 10 days ago

AIM-listed Yu Group (YU.) has posted its much awaited results for the year to December 2018 – much awaited because during the year it ‘fessed up that its previous numbers had been less than believable. The opening lines make good reading – and the market has reacted well, marking the stock up by a whopping 67%, last seen, to 155p but I wonder about that.

Atom Bank gives Neil Woodford another headache

Published 13 days ago

Disruptive tech banking play Atom Bank has dealt Neil Woodford another headache to add to his migraine-inducing in-tray. ShareProphets reported HERE that major Spanish investor BBVA, which had taken a large stake in Atom Bank, had missed the deadline to take up its option to buy the bank out and now, according to Sky News, Atom plans to raise more cash – cash Neil Woodford hasn’t got.

I'm not surprised to see the EVR Holdings share price drop and would continue to avoid it

Published 13 days ago

Last week I wrote a piece here about how I expected the market to react badly when EVR Holdings (EVRH) released its final results for 2018, so I wasn’t surprised to see a drop of around 25% in the share price when that news subsequently came.

More bad news for Neil Woodfjord (Geddit?) as Thin Film reports in the middle of the night

Published 18 days ago

Oh dear, oh dearie me. Woodford dog Thin Film of the Oslo Bors province (THIN) has reported its full year numbers to December 2018. We knew they would be bad – there was a strategic review post-period – but it looks as though a trip to the corporate undertakers could be on the cards unless the company can get a fundraising away, and with Neil Woodford out of cash that’s going to be a big ask. Even if it does, unless Woodford stands his corner he could be diluted away into oblivion.

I'm expecting a negative reaction to the EVR Holdings final results

Published 19 days ago

EVR Holdings (EVRH) was once a favourite of PIs as its share price soared and it raised around £20 million of capital from institutional investors, but since it was trading at its peak interest seems to have waned and the share price has dropped back a long way.

ShareProphets Translation Service: Hargreaves Lansdown – still backing Neil Woodford

Published 20 days ago

As discussed by Citywire, Hargreaves Lansdown’s clients have been voting with their feet on Neil Woodford, despite HL maintaining Woodford’s favoured status as part of its Wealth 50 and buying more for its own house funds. In fact, Citywire goes on to report that HL now holds so much Woodford Equity Income between its house funds and client accounts it is classed as a related party. On Thursday HL produced another Woodford-supportive note and the ShareProphets Translation Service gives its view (original in bold).

Trafalgar Property – FY trading statement shows this is a crock of….”exciting times”! SELL.

Published 26 days ago

Last time I commented on AIM-listed Trafalgar Property (TRAF) I responded to the claim it was well placed to deliver with the observation that since listing on AIM it had only delivered one set of profitable account out of five when the housing market was on fire, and that current borrowing of £3.1 million plus longer term loans of £4.9 million meant that the lenders would benefit long before shareholders. This morning we had a trading statement: how does the well placed to deliver company find itself?

Scancell is still a high risk play but offers value at the current price

Published 27 days ago

Pharmaceuticals isn’t a sector that I generally tend to invest in, other than possibly for the dividends paid by some of the huge multinational companies.

Neil Woodford dog Mereo Biopharma completes “value-enhancing” merger...er....

Published 29 days ago

Mereo Biopharma (MPH) is a typical Woodford dog: until a few days ago Neil had just shy of 42% of the equity in this cash-guzzling enterprise, which joined the AIM Casino back in June 2016 with a valuation of £142 million and a lofty share price of 325p, having raised £14.8 million, plus a convertible loan note worth another three million.

Neil Woodford: “the best time to buy UK shares in three decades”, says the man needing to sell a ton of stocks to stay alive!

Published 29 days ago

Neil Woodford is in the press again, this time thanks to Money Observer which quotes from his recent missive to investors where we are told that this is the best time to buy UK shares in three decades. This, from the man who needs to sell a boat-load of shares to keep going!

Gem Diamonds looks too cheap down here - buy for the longer term

Published 33 days ago

Diamond miners seem to be out of favour at the moment, but many experts are predicting better things to come for the market, with demand increasing and supply falling, especially when it comes to large or rare coloured stones.

Easter Red Flags at Night: Modern Water FY results a washout – SELL!

Published 33 days ago

Here haven’t been so many diabolical after-hours announcements as there used to be, but ahead of the Easter double bank holiday – at 6.19pm on Thursday evening – AIM-listed Modern Water (MWG) showed that the tradition is alive and kicking. Its investors might have gone home but ShareProphets was watching….

Plus500 has recovery potential from the current lows

Published 34 days ago

Sentiment towards Plus500 (PLUS) has been negative for some time now, and justifiably so in light of its most recent trading update.

Neil Woodford – Bank Holiday reading in the press this weekend

Published 37 days ago

As investors settle down for the Good Friday and Easter bank holiday weekend, Neil Woodford has had a fair degree of coverage to assimilate. Articles in The Times and the FT point to Woodford’s sale of £42 million worth of NewRiver REIT (NRR) to his former junior at Invesco – something which ShareProphets readers have been aware of ten days now (it is good to see the dead wood press keeping up!) Meanwhile Citywire reports that the suspensions of Woodford’s stocks in Guernsey may be resolved this coming week although we are not told which way. And Hargreaves Lansdown appears to be standing by its man, still, as it covers the recent results from WPCTsomething covered here some two weeks ago.

Bould short squeeze rumours are a load of rubbish designed to pump the share price!

Published 39 days ago

There’s nothing like talk of a short squeeze to get private investors predicting all sorts of crazy figures and scenarios – when the reality is that it is normally nothing more than just a rumour designed to pump the share price, and even if true it would be more likely to result in suspension of trading for a disorderly market, than a huge rise in the share price.

Atalaya remains a buy after recent updates

Published 39 days ago

If you want exposure to copper and are looking to invest in an earlier stage outfit that is already in production, then your choice of UK listed companies is actually fairly limited. The majority are either still at the exploration/development phase, or are large FTSE listed miners, and in many cases copper is just one of many metals that are being produced, with the odd exception...

Not such good news for Neil Woodford: Autolus announces $100m fundraise at $24

Published 44 days ago

No doubt Neil Woodford will be delighted that his good friends at Crystal Amber think they can realise the equivalent of 123p a share from Allied Minds (ALM). No matter it is a loss, it will be cash in the bank – much needed – IF Crystal gets control and IF the assets are worth what they think and IF they manage to sell them. Meanwhile, dear old Neil – having yet again spunked more other people’s money on Kier (KIE) which promptly fell to a new low - is now faced with a cash-call from Autolus (Nasdaq: AUTL).  What will he do?

Central Asia Metals produces another good set of results and remains a buy

Published 45 days ago

I’ve been a fan of Central Asia Metals (CAML) for some time now, and although the share price isn’t much higher currently, I still see it ultimately growing into a bigger company.

Minoan – signs of progress as FY18 results are released

Published 48 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) has released its annual results to October 2018 and there does at last appear to be some sign of tangible progress in monetising its holiday resort project in Crete. My buy tip for 2018 has so far been embarrassingly bad, for which I can only apologise. But this morning’s results have some snippets which show that things are moving in the right direction and I still sense that we might see the original buy price (6.25p) taken out.

This week’s top disaster for Neil Woodford

Published 49 days ago

Our good friends over at Citywire have again come up with bad news for Neil Woodford, in revealing that investors in his Equity Income Fund (EIF) reacted badly to last month’s sequence of dismal news by cashing out to the tune of £160 million. Having started March with £4.7 billion, EIF slumped to £4.4 billion last month which suggests that redemptions are not the only problem for Woodford.

Neil Woodford uber dog WPCT releases FY18 Results – what about the cash?

Published 51 days ago

This morning saw Woodford Patient Capital (WPCT) release its annual results for 2018. The key points seem impressive: an increase in NAV per share from 91.33p to 97.61p, more disruption tomorrow (along with the disruptive jam) and running costs are just 0.2% (only because the management bonus is triggered at 10% per year and so far NAV has declined). But they say follow the money ….. what about the cash?

Tern – so much for enough cash to year-end: placing at just 8.5p and an excuse that just doesn’t wash

Published 53 days ago

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern plc (TERN) has announced a placing to raise £1.5 million (gross) at just 8.5p. Of course, this was predicted HERE just a couple of weeks back – so much for being funded to FY19, and the excuses just don’t wash.

Bowleven – interims, while we wait……

Published 55 days ago

AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN), my buy tip for 2018, has announced its interim results to December 2018. The bad news of that it hasn’t been bought and nor has the Etinde asset off Cameroon - we have a more waiting to do. On the other hand, with a 15p per share special dividend already in the bag, the waiting hasn’t been too painful, even if the shares are down a bit.

Cloudbuy sells company formations business – still a sell

Published 59 days ago

AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) announced this morning that it is selling its company formations business for cash proceeds of £279,090. Apparently this means it won’t now be calling on Mr Sella for further cash, which is probably a relief to the Sella coffers but I’m not so sure the company is out of the woods...

Petra Diamonds could add some sparkle to your portfolio

Published 59 days ago

Diamond miners have performed very poorly of late, but that doesn’t mean that trend will continue indefinitely - and now could be a good time to buy with a longer term view. Petra Diamonds (PDL) is definitely one in this sector which has caught my eye lately, and is one of several diamond miners which I have kept an eye on over the years...

I can see the Cadence Minerals share price going lower in the short term despite recent news

Published 63 days ago

Trading in the shares of Cadence Minerals (KDNC) was incredibly volatile last week following two announcements by a company in which it holds an equity position. 

WYG – after profit warning, CFO walking, now 0.6p dividend cancelled as covenant breach waived (for now). Sell.

Published 68 days ago

Dear, oh dear – every time we get an announcement from AIM-listed project management and technical consultancy purveyor WYG (WYG) the news seems to go from bad to worse, and hats off to Steve Moore for his unremitting bearishness on this. The latest news is that the banks have agreed to waive the 31 March covenant test (which the company had previously warned it would fail) but the 0.6p dividend per share - which was declared on 4 December 2018, payable on 4 April - has been cancelled. How embarrassing is that?

Anglo Asian Mining looks to have the potential to grow into a mid-tier producer - long term buy and hold

Published 70 days ago

Gold, silver and copper are all metals that I am bullish on at the moment, so Azerbaijani miner Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ) fits the bill perfectly in covering all three of those.

Thalassa offer for Local Shopping REIT: is Duncan Soukup having a laugh?

Published 70 days ago

Cynical Bear covered Duncan Soukup’s Thalassa Holdings (THAL) previously on ShareProphets (see HERE) and concluded that it was not the bargain he first thought it was, highlighting a few oddities along the way. Not least of his concerns was that Thalassa – supposedly an operator in the oil and gas services sector – ended up with about a quarter of the shares in Local Shopping Reit (LSR)! LSR has been disposing of its holdings and proposed a Member Voluntary Liquidation to return the cash, which Thalassa blocked. Now Thalassa has launched a takeover offer.

Buying shares in Canadian Overseas is likely to cost you - a placing is imminent

Published 71 days ago

If there were any prizes for being the worst performing company at the lower end of the market, then Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL) would definitely be up there as one of the contenders.

Haydale – even at 2p open offer raises less than 50%, shares crash again. Sell.

Published 74 days ago

Oh dear – things are going from bad to worse at AIM-listed Haydale. The bailout refinancing had to be repriced down to just 2p and the open offer raised less than half the amount wanted. And now the shares have fallen below the bailout price – which was set at 2p, the nominal (or par) value of the shares which make raising any more cash a tad difficult.

And today’s Woodford disaster is………..(yet again) Eve Sleep as auditor raises going concerns

Published 75 days ago

Yesterday it was Kier (KIE) and today his attempt to disrupt the world of bedding takes yet another glorious bow, for AIM-listed Eve Sleep (EVE) has published its 2018 full year results. Oh, and Halosource (HAL), which was revolutionising the world of water, was formally booted off the AIM Casino this morning after not being bailed out. What chance a Woodford hat-trick today?

Woodford Dog RM2: is silence golden or a sign of doom?

Published 78 days ago

Last year, as AIM-listed pallet revolutionising Woodford Dog RM2 (RM2) ran out of cash yet again (before good old Uncle Neil, armed with other people’s money rode to the temporary rescue, yet again) the company issued regular updates on its financial position. No doubt Neil was pleased, as the company eked out a few more weeks from the remaining cash. The last we heard from RM2 on its cash position was back on 23 November 2018 when we were told that following yet another placing (backed by Neil, with other people’s money) it had enough cash to last until April. We’ve heard nothing since….

Is it worth taking a gamble on Eco Atlantic's Guyana drill?

Published 78 days ago

Lots of private investors talk about ‘investing’ in oil and gas exploration plays, but in most cases I would argue that ‘gambling’ is a far more suitable description and has a similar outcome, with the majority ending up losing money.

Woodford dumping Provident Financial – by choice or under FCA instruction?

Published 80 days ago

Amid all the hoo-haa over Neil Woodford’s transfer of unlisted dogs from his equity income fund (EIF) in return for Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) paper, it seems he has been again pressing the sell button. Of particular interest is the sale of 1.5 million shares in Provident Financial (PFG), shares over which only a few days earlier he had offered a letter of intent to accept the all-paper offer from Non-Standard Finance (NSF). What a spiv!!...

SDX Energy should perform well in 2019 and beyond - buy

Published 80 days ago

SDX Energy (SDX) seems to be one of those AIM natural resources companies that has largely been forgotten about by private investors, but it has an awful lot going on over the coming 12 months, and beyond, and if even some of what it has scheduled goes to plan, then I would expect the shares to trade a lot higher...

More Norwegian disasters for Neil Woodfjord (geddit?): Thin Film and Idex

Published 87 days ago

morning the second of two Norwegian Neil Woodford dogs reported numbers to December. Thin Film (OB:THIN) announced more losses and SFA turnover in the wake of the abrupt departure of Richard Bernstein’s (of Crystal Amber)  announced on Monday. Idex (OB: IDEX) managed more or less the same, although it raised $25 million recently so at least it has cash to burn.

The market has vastly over-reacted to Centamin's results - it remains a long term buy for me

Published 87 days ago

The market has been slaughtering even the larger companies over any sort of disappointing results recently, but for me that further strengthens the argument to buy shares in Centamin (CEY).

AIQ – FY results show shares still well overvalued at 14.5p - Bargepole

Published 90 days ago

Standard-listed AIQ (AIQ) – an investment company which rather caught our eye last year in the wake of its calamity of an IPO and repeat suspensions thereafter – has published its maiden full year results. Needless to say, they are nothing to write home about (unless you are a ShareProphets writer!)

Time to buy Jersey Oil and Gas ahead of the Verbier appraisal

Published 90 days ago

For junior resource companies which aren’t actually producing anything yet, larger movements in the share price are usually dictated by newsflow relating to the operational side of things, rather than by fluctuations in commodity prices. Jersey Oil and Gas (JOG) has gone through a period where not a lot has been happening drilling-wise, and as a result it has seen its share price bouncing around within a fairly tight range for this sort of stock...

Strategic Minerals copper mine is due to come online soon - speculative buy

Published 94 days ago

I’m always very wary of investing in small mining companies, as even when the management team and the assets look decent, it is still a bit of a lottery as to whether the company will actually make it to a stage where it is making a profit and returning money to shareholders via dividends.

Karelian Diamonds – “Great Pleasure” in presenting Interims justified? Er, no…….SELL!!

Published 97 days ago

This morning AIM-listed Karelian Diamonds (KDR) - the Prof Conroy sister to Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) - offered up its Interims to the end of November. Prof Conroy was pleased, but should shareholders be enthused?

What's your Overall Policy Now that Brexit's on the Doorstep? Cash or Shares?

Published 99 days ago

Hello Share Trudgers. Let’s try and bring common sense to private share trading in these difficult times. One way of proceeding is to buy Footsie giants, rather than tiddlers. This is because many jumbos do the majority of their business outside the European union. Also, the bigger firms are more likely to have enough resource to act as a buffer if a no-deal Brexit causes chaos for a time.

The Grim Reaper comes a-calling on Woodford (twice). Will RM2 be next?

Published 101 days ago

Another bad day at the office for Neil Woodford as this morning he is mourning the loss not only of Halosource (HAL) – whose revolutionary water was not good enough to put out the insolvency fire – and Utilitywise (UTW) which called in the administrators as announced at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night (6.20pm) and confirmed this morning. Clearly Utilitywise couldn’t provide the water either.

Ariana: cracking news, 2p mark hit - time to take a few profits (but leave some on the table - 2.5p next stop)

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.

Oracle Power is suddenly very popular - so when is the next placing?

Published 109 days ago

Oracle Power (ORCP) seems to have become popular all of a sudden and has seen its share price rise by around 80% in the past week, but as usual some on the bulletin boards seem to be claiming that it should actually be worth many multiples of its current valuation.

And today’s Neil Woodford disaster……Midatech (again): jam tomorrow, no cash today!

Published 120 days ago

AIM-listed Midatech (MTPH) is a cancer-busting company which uses its Q-Sphera technology which, according to Proative Investors, works in a different way to deliver the drug at the right time. Ah, so we have a disruptive cancer-buster…..step forward Neil Woodford, who backed the IPO back in 2014 (at 267p vs share price now just 3.4p!) and ponied up to support placings along the way. Oh dear. But it gets worse……although the PR comedy this morning makes up for it!

Tomorrow’s Neil Woodford disaster today – Verseon

Published 122 days ago

A note from the celebrated Cynical Bear last night got me looking into one of the very first investments made by Neil Woodford for the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) – that of AIM-listed Verseon (VSN). Dum dum-dy dum, dum dum-dy dum, you’ll see the Red Flags flying here……Surely this shows all that is wrong with Woodford!

Ariana – buyback whoopsie at 4.29pm, but a minor issue - blame Roland "fatty" Cornish. Strong hold.

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.

KAZ Minerals has the potential to become a copper mining giant in the future

Published 124 days ago

After a strong performance during the first half of 2018, copper has been weak and is currently trading at close to its lowest levels since mid-2017. Having hit peaks of more than $7,200/t last June it is now around the $6,000/t area, and although an improvement on the $5,800/t level it started the year at, I would hardly call this slight resurgence a proper bounce just yet. But I do think that is going to come as the metal is too important to stay at these levels for long, especially in light of the fact that many analysts are forecasting a supply deficit in the coming years due to the increasing use of the metal – as I’ve mentioned in the past, electric vehicles will be a factor and use far more wiring than the cars that are currently in common use...

Haydale – after yesterday’s selling news, yet another RNS Reach

Published 131 days ago

I see that AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) has released yet another RNS Reach to tell of an eighteen month supply agreement. The shares have jumped once again, by 12%, But, of course, it is an RNS Reach and thus should be viewed as a marketing, rather than anything significant such as mega-earnings.

I can't see any good reason for buying or holding Imaginatik

Published 136 days ago

Software business Imaginatik (IMTK) announced this morning that it had disposed of all of its assets and has sold its business, and pre-market open I saw a lot of people saying what great news it was.

Sosander – Q3 trading statement update

Published 136 days ago

I might be hopelessly optimistic with AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS), but the latest trading statement read rather well to me. As per HERE my best case scenario was for Q3 sales of £1.7 million and they came in at £1.6 million, which means that Sosandar has clocked up £3.44 million of sales in the first nine months of the year. Compared to the house broker forecast by Shore Capital of £3.9 million of revenues for the full year that, as I have previously suggested, means an easy target. It is always nice to see under-promising and over-delivering, even if I thought the targets were too easy in the first place...

I will be surprised if Mobile Streams is still trading at the end of 2019

Published 137 days ago

Back in early December I wrote a piece warning people not to get taken in by RNS-Reach announcements, and criticising the way that some companies seemed to use the system to try to attract investors and pump their share price, by releasing information that isn’t considered to be price sensitive, but making out that it is some sort of big deal.

Touchstone has production and exploration upside, although funding could prove to be an issue - speculative buy

Published 142 days ago

These days I tend to avoid oil companies at the bottom end of the AIM market as usually the risks aren’t worth the rewards, and the majority of them do nothing but fleece investors over a number of years without ever achieving anything of note.

Rockhopper Exploration is a long term buy at the current price

Published 146 days ago

Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) was one of the darlings of AIM back in 2010/11 and was a big hit with investors when it first discovered and appraised the Sealion field in the Falklands, but since then interest has waned.

Haydale: PMDRs selling out, take note!

Published 149 days ago

I have been calling AIM-listed Haydale lower from 78p last June, in the wake of a nasty profit warning. Since then we have had two more, and even the company’s paid-for ramper research company Hardman admits the company needs more cash but Haydale sat on its hands instead of biting the bullet until raising a pitiful £250,00 in a placing at 20p shortly before Christmas and kicked the can down the road with a further £750,000 loan (at 11% interest).

Tern – new 5 year contract for DA (well done) but….

Published 150 days ago

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern plc (TERN) has announced that its principal investee, Device Authority (DA) has landed a contract. Hooray! But it is only worth $80,000 in the first year and I expect Tern to announce further funding for DA in short order.

Woodford Dog RM2 – wins VAT reprieve but no cash impact (so why bother with an RNS?)

Published 153 days ago

AIM-listed and permanently on the edge of insolvency RM2 (RM2) has announced some good news. Well, sort of: the executioner is still booked, but at least the taxman is off its back.

Woodford – did the FCA or the bank prevent him from fully standing his corner with Kier?

Published 153 days ago

A spot of maths and it seems that we were all wrong! In the prospectus for the rights issue by Kier Group (KIE) we were told that Neil Woodford was sitting on 13,797,000 shares, or 14.13%. We were also told that if he took up his rights in full he would hold 22,903,020 shares, or 14.13%. We know that Woodford piled in for more shares after the rights offer was announced. So what did he end up with?

Haydale – well ho ho ho, time for an ouzo!

Published 156 days ago

And so, at long last, AIM-listed graphene play Haydale (HAYD) has raised some money. With the shares closing at 25.5p last night, it raised just £250,000 in a placing at 20p (a 21.5% discount) and £750,000 by way of a loan from the Development Bank of Wales at 11%. Oh, and we have a new finance director (did he jump or was he pushed), the former CEO (who stepped down on the profit warning back in June) is off (did he jump or was he pushed too?) and so is a NED. 

Woodford – a small detail shows what a disaster is going on: are we almost at end game for Neil?

Published 156 days ago

Woodford Patient Capital Trust  (WPCT)or his flagship Equity Income Fund? It is hard to know where to start for we have disastrous news from both today. How close are we to end game for Neil Woodford, a man happy to be described as Britain's Buffett.

ShareProphets RNS Translation Service: Yu Group ‘fesses up (again) as shares collapse another 22%

Published 157 days ago

And so at last we have the results of the forensic accounting review which followed the confession from AIM-listed Yu Group (YU.) on 24 October 2018 that its accounts were, in effect, a work of sheer fiction and has seen the company’s £12 million placing at £10 per share being investigated by the FCA. We already knew that the bill would be around £10 million – but now it is going to be around £13 million. As ever, the ShareProphets  RNS Translation Service is on hand to help us understand all this (original in bold).

Continue to avoid PCG Entertainment - it will struggle to raise further funding

Published 159 days ago

The AIM market in general has been performing badly in recent months and it has been noticeable that the worst performing companies at the lower end of it have been struggling to raise capital.

Haydale – Wheelsure nonsense!

Published 163 days ago

We all know that AIM-listed Haydale needs to raise money, and we have had all forms of pumping to support it in the form of RNS Reaches and paid-for broker notes. Now we see reannounced old news from NEX-listed Wheelsure (WHLP) regarding the joint venture with Haydale and the University of Manchester which Haydale announced on 27 November (and Wheelsure announced on the 26th)! Even Haydale didn’t even bother with an RNS Reach, although an announcement went out via Alliance News: never miss the opportunity to re-inform! But this does beg one or two questions.

Europa Metals issues a farcical RNS - it doesn't know exactly where its project is geographically & can't give any figures about the economics!

Published 166 days ago

I can’t see Europa Metals (EUZ) shareholders being particularly pleased with the latest news from the company, and even less so with the 22% odd drop that it caused in the share price yesterday. This small AIM company is one that I haven’t exactly been a fan of in the past in its previous incarnation as Ferrum Crescent, and as is often the way with these companies that change name, and even management, not a lot tends to change with regards to performance...

Revolution Bars Group has long term potential despite the current blip in performance

Published 167 days ago

Revolution Bars Group (RBG) is a company that caught my eye a while back, but at the time it was for the wrong reasons as I’d noticed that the share price seemed to be on a steady downwards trajectory. In terms of this, nothing has really changed and it has been making new lows around the 100p area, losing around a third of its value in the past year – which included a brief spike to around 175p in January. This is one where there could be an argument for waiting for the trend to turn positive, if indeed it does from here, but with the market cap back around the £50 million level I can see value in buying here...

Woodford – selling BTG but all is surely not clear (apart from the cash-crisis!)

Published 168 days ago

We have commented here on ShareProphets on the recent sales of shares in BTG (BTG) by Neil Woodford’s Woodford Investment Management. Given that BTG is the subject of a cash offer of 840p per share is seems a little odd that he is offloading stock before the offer completes, especially with the shares trading at around  825p – but then, he does have some pressing cash issues of his own. But what is even more odd is his irrevocable undertaking to accept the offer, for it appears to have been given over a rather small portion of the shares he was actually holding.

Just when you thought it was dead, The People's Operator returns

Published 172 days ago

I was somewhat surprised to see an RNS pop up from The People’s Operator (TPOP) at 6pm yesterday evening announcing fundraising, as I thought that we had seen the last of this outfit and the next news we’d see would be administration...

Boaty MacBoatface, Brexit and Misguided MP's Encourage Me to Dash into Cash.

Published 176 days ago

Hello, Share Monkeys. Though you’re probably sick of Brexit, there’s no doubt that many of you worry about the current mess’s effect on our shares. I’ve tried to reassure you on a few occasions. But as the situation is constantly changing, it’s worth bashing on about the permutations, at least until the big vote.

Webis gets pumped regularly - don't get sucked in on a spike

Published 177 days ago

Webis Holdings (WEB) seems to be one of a number of AIM companies which you hear very little about for months, then all of a sudden a pump and dump sends the share price soaring briefly, before the share returns to obscurity again.

GCM Resources is still a long way from developing its assets - don't get caught up in the hype

Published 178 days ago

It never ceases to amaze me just how excited some investors seem to get over memorandum of understanding announcements, especially when the agreement is with a Chinese company.

Tern – attempts to calm with Portfolio Update…..shares down 8% and here's why

Published 185 days ago

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern plc (TERN) has seen its share price slipping sharply since they peaked in mid-June at 58p. What better way to reassure the market than with a Portfolio Update? That’ll help….or not: the shares are 10% down today, at just 13.5p. I’m sure the placees at 26p in July will be delighted….

Take advantage of the oil price drop - buy Gulf Keystone

Published 186 days ago

Oil prices have taken an absolute battering this week, but I suspect that what we have seen is somewhat of an over-reaction.

Haydale – paid-for researcher Hardman issues another (suicide) note

Published 194 days ago

As covered here on ShareProphets many times, AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) is in deep trouble as finally admitted last Friday. I’ve been saying sell all the way down from 78p in June of this year and the shares plunged to just 13.5p on Friday – after the company warned it was short of cash and offered, effectively, yet another profit warning (the third in three months). Last night the shares were 12.25p and Hardman, which ramped the shares after hours in September only to see the shares fall in response the next day, has had another go. It is laughable.

Bowleven – tip update and FY18 numbers: BUY.

Published 196 days ago

AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) was one of two ideas from me in the ShareProphets share tip-fest last Christmas. The hope had been to see some corporate action before the end of the year as the Etinde project saw appraisal drilling and the JV partners wanted to move things on. Well we had the drilling, the shares went up and I top-sliced. So far so good.

Uh Oh….more bad news for Neil Woodford as Idex releases Q3 numbers

Published 199 days ago

We have news this morning of Q3 numbers from Norwegian biometrics play Idex (OSE:IDEX). No doubt Neil Woodford’s team will extoll the virtues of the progress being made here, but I can’t help myself: look at the cash position!

Banking some profit on Bushveld Minerals is prudent - but I think it still has further to go

Published 202 days ago

Bushveld Minerals (BMN) has turned out to be my best performing mining tip ever and shows that it is possible for a small AIM outfit to become a successful producer.

Keep buying any weakness in Centamin as the company is now back on track

Published 202 days ago

Centamin (CEY) has had a bad run of form of late, but I believe that this is just a temporary blip in its fortunes and it presents a fantastic buying opportunity for the future.

Purplebricks & Neil Woodford– good to see a man of conviction

Published 215 days ago

I noted the other day that Neil Woodford seems to have been on a bit of a selling spree, having dumped shares in our Big Short BCA Marketplace (BCA) and more recently in Hostelworld (HSW), Forterra (FORT), Horizon Discovery (HZD) and Homeserve (HSV). But I see that the great man has been topping up his holding in Purplebricks (PURP).

Lionsgold slung off AIM - what does it mean for shareholders?

Published 217 days ago

I would imagine that most Lionsgold (LION) holders were somewhat less than impressed when news came at the end of last week that its shares were being cancelled.

Bowleven – drilling news, Waseem Shakoor frustrated (me too!)

Published 219 days ago

AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) has announced a drilling update from Etinde this morning and oh dear, the second drill, IE-4, of the two-well programme seems not to have had a nice tasty big strike. But there is some good news in there and although one could have a slightly cynical read of the text (ala UK Oil & Gas, UKOG) I don’t perceive any need for Bowleven to ramp its shares: it has piles of cash, don’t forget.

I find it hard to understand why SOCO International is so cheap - buy

Published 220 days ago

Sometimes it is hard to fathom why a company with strong fundamentals continues to be unloved by the market, and for me that is very much the case with SOCO International (SIA) at the moment, and has been for some time now. Lately the share price has slipped and is now trading at around the 88p level, and whilst it has bounced around 10% from the recent low of 80p that we saw, it still seems incredibly cheap at a market cap of just over £300 million, especially when you consider the current strength in oil prices.

Dividend Munchers: Crash? What Crash?

Published 224 days ago

Well that was a depressing week. Markets were crashing all around the world and the FTSE100 dipped below 7,000 for the first time since March, having lost around 500 points this month. Suddenly interest rates are going up, the Euro seems a tad wobbly in the face of Italian budget challenges and we’re all going to hell in a handcart.

Haydale – gets a grant, shares race ahead 21%. A good opportunity to get out!

Published 225 days ago

AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) has announced that it has got a grant of £120,000 from a package worth £249,600 and the shares have raced ahead by 21% to 32p. Of course, the RNS announcing the funding was an RNS reach and therefore does not affect the dire financial position of the company, which I fear may be doomed. Shareholders would be well advised to look skywards in gratitude and view the rise as a welcome opportunity to exit.

Sosandar – a pissed-off bull speaks!

Published 226 days ago

I continue to hold a small parcel of shares in AIM-listed Sosandar. I had been hoping to offload a few more at 50p but in the wake of a placing at 32p and the market sell-off that seems somewhat optimistic for some time to come. Tom Winnifrith sold all his shares some time ago and has commented on the update from the company and the placing at 32p HERE and HERE. So I thought I would throw my 2p worth in as well.

Woodford – where are the Immunocore accounts for FY17? Is a perfect storm almost upon us?

Published 226 days ago

Accounts for private companies such as Immunocore Limited are supposed to be filed at Companies House within nine months and thus, at October 11 2018 I wonder where the accounts for FY17 are for billion dollar unicorn Immunocore. I note on the Woodford Investment website that as at 31 August 2018 this investment accounted for 5.33% of WPCT and 0.75% of the Woodford Equity Income Fund (although I can’t see any income here!) And Woodford’s exposure here isn’t limited to just that, because the Dublin-based Malin Corporation (of which Woodford is the largest shareholder) is also on the shareholder register.

Haydale: now a director is selling - follow the lead

Published 237 days ago

Yesterday afternoon while the city was tuning in to the Ryder Cup, AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) released an RNS announcing the sale of 38,233 shares (about 7.7% of his holding) by director Ray Gibbs – the CEO who announced his intention to step down in June on the back of a profit warning – on 26th September, the day before Hardman issued its after-hours ramptastic buy note.

Ariana – interims show continued improvement: BUY

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.

Why I would short Time Out Group

Published 242 days ago

Time Out Group (TMO) is a name that most people will be familiar with, as many of you will have used it when travelling around the world to make the most of wherever you are staying, and to discover local attractions and restaurants.

Rurelec – another warning from Argentina, working capital “severely constrained” (again…)

Published 243 days ago

AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) has again warned that cash is extremely tight and income isn’t flowing in from Argentina. Well, we’ve heard it all before so many times and yet the company continues to survive (so far) but eventually there may come a day when it cannot.

Edenville Energy looks a long way from becoming profitable - avoid

Published 243 days ago

If AIM gave out awards for achieving little and issuing billions of shares, then Tanzanian coal miner Edenville Energy (EDL) would be high up the list to receive one!

Tern – conference call answers questions? No, but it was a sell note

Published 244 days ago

So hats off to AIM-listed Tern (TERN) boss Al Sisto for answering my two questions. At least, that’s what we are to believe but having waved goodbye to almost an hour of my life listening to the Q&A call the message was clear: we will release news in accordance with AIM Rules. To be fair, one of my two questions made the cut and sort of got an answer, but not one that sheds any light on the situation. The other, well….maybe next time. And then there was, effectively, a sell note from Mr Sisto!

Haydale FY18 results: survives going concern (just) but a placing is only a matter of time: Avoid.

Published 249 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed graphene play Haydale (HAYD) are off again to 44p (mid, last seen) following full year results to June this morning. Following a profit warning in June, when I said this was a bargepole stock at 78p and suggested that we were in for a £6 million loss before tax, cash would be down to around £5 million at year-end and another big cash-call was on the way, let’s see how my Mystic Meg powers are holding up……

My Dividend Muncher’s List – time for an update

Published 258 days ago

It is a while since I updated on my small portfolio of high-yielders from the FTSE100. The idea of the portfolio – perhaps somewhat contrary to expectations – is that I am bearish, but am struggling to find somewhere to park my cash. Bond yields are low and prices high, but interest rates are rising so my simple mind sees capital losses there. You still can’t get any meaningful interest at the bank and property prices look set to (at best) stall. And to cap it all, I am nervous that the market might sell off. So I am investing here as a bear.

I fail to see why anyone would invest in PCG Entertainment

Published 266 days ago

The AIM market is full of companies that promise the earth from various deals and contracts, yet very rarely do any of them actually deliver what is expected.

Bowleven – Etinde IE-4 well spudded

Published 267 days ago

AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) had been making me look like a genius since I tipped in at Christmas at around 31p. The shares rattled all the way up to 40p as the first of two drills off Cameroon at the Etinde prospect commenced, only to collapse down as low as 27.5p when the drill failed. Yesterday the partners announced that the second drill had commenced. All of a sudden the shares are back up at 33.8p – not quite 40p, but a lot better that 27.5!

I have to wonder how Andalas intends to fund any actual work at its new licences

Published 269 days ago

Andalas Energy (ADL) has undergone a change of management and has also switched its asset focus in an attempt to turn things around from the disaster it has been ever since it changed its name from CEB Resources back in late 2015.

Fresnillo offers a great way to have some silver exposure in your portfolio

Published 271 days ago

Silver has performed very badly in recent months and has hit the lowest levels that we have seen since the start of 2016, but there are plenty of reasons why you should have some exposure to the metal in your portfolio. 

Keep buying Central Asia Metals for long term rewards

Published 272 days ago

When you find a resources company that has plenty of growth potential and you like both the fundamentals and the management team behind it, then it often makes sense to build up a long term position in it over a period of time.

EVR Holdings - a long way from justifying its current valuation?

Published 276 days ago

It isn’t unusual for tech stocks to trade at a very large premium to the actual fundamentals in the early days as value is largely based upon the growth potential, but at some point they have to start showing that they are going to be able to justify the valuation being placed upon them.

Cloudbuy interims: “reach cash break even without further funding” – really?

Published 276 days ago

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow (for years) online marketplace provider Cloudbuy has released its interims to June 2018. With a deadline of the end of next month to get the numbers out, it is encouraging to see results released over a month early – clearly the company thinks it has something to shout about after years and years of disappointment, but has it?

Bowleven – disappointing drill news

Published 281 days ago

One of my two share tips for 2018, AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN), has updated the market on the first of two appraisal wells: it is bad news. As Waseem Shakoor puts it:  disappointing, but that’s drilling. I had hoped for better, but as AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) and fellow pie-in-the-sky oiler, AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) want to ignore, no matter how loudly you shout about the potential, in the end it is only the drill-bit which matters.

With Share Prices So Perky, How About a Few Tips on How Many Stocks You Should Turn into Cash?

Published 288 days ago

Hello Share Swampers. Ok, so you're wise enough to subscribe for less than £1.50 a week to this wonderful website for quick news that the share you bought is unreliable - as so often happens. But are you wise enough to hold the correct proportion of your assets in cash to suit the current share climate? If you're not certain, allow me to remind you of some classic tips.

No surprise to see the deadline for Nu-Oil's farm-in expire!

Published 291 days ago

The only real surprise with the RNS that was issued by Nu-Oil (NUOG) this morning was that investors were actually surprised that there had been further delays to the farm-out process and completion of the work at its well in Newfoundland!

Even allowing for the tax dispute risks, JKX looks good value - speculative buy

Published 293 days ago

Often at the lower end of the oil and gas sector private investors get fixated with taking gambles on drills with large prospective resources and dream of untold riches if the company gets lucky with the drill bit, but the reality is that in the majority of cases this will result in a duster and substantial losses.

Advanced Oncotherapy – £6.41m placing at 49p - time for me to flip flop again? Hell no!

Published 296 days ago

This is undoubtedly good news for AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and the meagre 4% discount in quite a bonus. But I find it hard to get too excited.

Is now a good time to invest in Foxtons?

Published 299 days ago

Some might see Foxtons Group (FOXT) as a good recovery play given how far the share price has fallen in recent times... but is it?...

Hard to see a road to recovery for Mobile Streams

Published 301 days ago

The share price of Mobile Streams (MOS) has pretty much halved since I recently covered it as one to avoid at all costs, but despite that drop I still see no value in any investment here.

ShareProphets RNS Translation Service: Mysquar calls a GM

Published 316 days ago

At 4pm yesterday, AIM-listed Mysquar (MYSQ) slipped out and RNS announcing that it was calling a General Meeting. It seems that the board is running short of shareholder authority to wheel out the printing presses to issue more worthless confetti. The ShareProphets RNS translation Service explains all (original in bold)

Sosandar – full-year numbers out already, momentum continues. Great stuff! But no flip flop today!

Published 318 days ago

AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS), my tip from this year’s UK Investor Show, had already performed very well but this morning the full year results to March were released. It is always a good sign when companies publish results ahead of the deadline and Sosandar could have waited to the end of September. So it was with increased optimism that I read through the report, but will it be enough for me to raise my stance on the shares and flip flop again?

New scrap importation regulations in China could finish off Zibao Metals

Published 320 days ago

Zibao Metals (ZBO) is a company which most of you will never have heard of before, but could well be on the pump and dump crews lists again very soon after the latest news.

Speculative buy for Chariot Oil and Gas before the crowds arrive

Published 321 days ago

Oil exploration is very different to the boom we had back in 2010 in terms of the share price movements that we see for companies that are engaged in drilling.

In praise of Neil Woodford, master tactician – did Gareth Southgate pick up a tip?

Published 323 days ago

I had a quiet chortle to myself as I read Cynical Bear’s reading of his crystal ball with regard to the Stobart (STOB) vote, where he thinks Tinkler and Woodford have lost. Probably. But I wonder if the real winner will in fact be Neil Woodford the loser – and I wonder if he has been giving Gareth Southgate tips on managing his way through the World Cup. Gosh, this is devilishly clever…..

Regal Petroleum continues to perform strongly operationally - buy

Published 325 days ago

Regal Petroleum (RPT) has seen a huge increase in its share price during the past year, and I know that always makes some investors wary, but a lot has changed during that time, both for the company itself and the area in which it operates.

Koovs burns cash at an alarming rate but fails to translate it into significant growth - sell

Published 329 days ago

Indian online fashion retailer Koovs (KOOV) is a company that I have kept an eye on as some were tipping it to be the next Asos, but I have always been far more bearish on the chances of that actually happening!

The market will eventually wake up to the true value of SOCO International - buy

Published 329 days ago

At times in the lower end of the natural resources sector it seems as though the worse the company is, the more money private investors are prepared to put into it.

Avesoro Resources - strong performance is set to continue: the shares are a buy

Published 332 days ago

It often pays to be wary of companies that haven’t lived up to expectations in the past, but there are exceptions to that if the company fundamentally changes, especially if conditions in the market in which it operates also improves at the same time. 

Advanced Oncotherapy – FY17 numbers, cash comes in but still to need a fundraising

Published 333 days ago

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) released its FY17 numbers this morning. Looking through the numbers presented it is clear that the company was running on fumes last December. We are told that the company is in a stronger financial position since 31st December 2017 having secured £33.3m of financing post period end, but I wonder how much stronger?

Yet another pump is underway at Greatland Gold

Published 336 days ago

The longer you follow the lower end of the AIM market, the more you realise that big share price movements are often more a result of a concerted pump than related to actual news that has been released.

Air Partner will recover from its accounting problems - buy

Published 339 days ago

The market doesn’t respond well to any announcements of accounting problems, and the share price of any company releasing such news tends to get hammered. In some cases the resulting drop is justified, but there are also plenty of occasions where there appears to have been a massive over-reaction and that can present a buying opportunity, as long as the underlying fundamentals of the business haven’t changed and it is just a one-off error or omission that won’t negatively impact the company going forwards.

Should We Dash for Cash Or Keep Hunting Big Rewards Even as the Storm Clouds Gather.

Published 344 days ago

Hello, Share Spinners. Another weekend is upon us which gives a chance to throw in a few general and unrelated thoughts about the perils and the opportunities of a very unstable share market at the moment. The main preoccupation of most of us, I suspect, is whether we should turn our shares into cash. This is not the time to turn everything into mazuma, I would suggest. But it might be wise to convert a third of our portfolio into the hard stuff.

Avoid Jangada Mines, at least until after the next fundraise

Published 345 days ago

Jangada Mines (JAN) suddenly seems to have become very popular and has seen a significant share price rise in the past few weeks, but I am left wondering if that is just a coincidence or just another pre-placing spike which we see on so many of these small resource outfits.

Mobile Streams faces an uphill battle - just to avoid bankruptcy

Published 346 days ago

Mobile Streams (MOS) appears to be yet another AIM company where it is hard to see it ever actually returning any money to investors, and whilst it certainly isn’t unique in that regard, I do have to wonder how long it can keep going for before the ability to raise funds finally dries up.

Haydale – disappointing sales, CEO steps aside. Oh, and surely a placing on the way. Timber….

Published 347 days ago

I previously looked at AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) last October (HERE), concluding It may be a great business in the making, but the lack of visibility of earnings (just £6 million over the next 3.5 years) is too thin – profits seem an awfully long way away and the carefully crafted obfuscation in the trading statement makes me steer a wide berth…. Today we got a warning that sales have been disappointing, the CEO stepping aside and cash sitting at £5.6 million. Given that it raised £9.3 million last October (at a 32% discount) one has to wonder how long it will be before the tin is rattled again.

Tern issues a speeding ticket. SELL!!

Published 347 days ago

Call me mad, but if I were truly part of the Global Shorting Conspiracy I would now be shorting AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN). Having stated I wouldn’t short Tern because a price can go twice as bonkers as it is already, I fancy the time has come for reality to set it. Even Tern has issued a statement saying its own board knows of no reason for the continued rise in its share price. And just for good measure, Tern tells us its cash balance sits at £1.49 million – so I have been bang on the money (and it needs yet another placing).

Centamin offers exposure to gold at a great price currently - buy

Published 356 days ago

Centamin (CEY) has taken a big hit to its share price over the past week or so and has seen getting on for £400 million wiped off of the value of the company.

Tern: D-day (or is it C- or E-day?) approaches for Device Authority

Published 357 days ago

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow IoT investment company Tern plc (TERN) has an interesting date in its diary at the end of this month, for on 30 June its recent loans to investee company Device Authority must be converted into DA stock or repaid (at 300% of principal!) Given the scale of the cash-crisis across the portfolio at FY17 (see HERE) it seems unlikely to be repaid, so what happens if/when the loan is converted, and why is it a problem for Tern?

Filthy Forty and banished from AIM, Aquatic Foods NED’s make a few admissions: ShareProphets was right

Published 362 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.

RockRose Energy makes yet another acquisition and shows that it means business

Published 363 days ago

I’m surprised by the seeming lack of interest amongst private investors when it comes to RockRose Energy (RRE), as even amongst those who focus on oil and gas stocks, this isn’t a company which you see being mentioned on social media and the bulletin boards.

Brave Bison is likely to get slaughtered

Published 368 days ago

In recent times we have seen some crazy rises off of the back of RNS Reach announcements, and the latest in the list is digital media publisher Brave Bison Group (BBSN).

AIQ – Open Offer launched, shares in freefall: keep selling

Published 369 days ago

Having made it back to the market after its second suspension (and it only listed in January!), Standard-listed AIQ (AIQ) has now launched the promised open offer at 20p. Meanwhile, the shares have been collapsing from the suspension price of 135p to just 55.5p last seen. So the open offer is a giveaway, right?

The People's Operator remains one of the worst companies on AIM!

Published 371 days ago

The People’s Operator (TPOP) is one of a number of AIM companies where you have to wonder whether there is really any point in it continuing to stay in business, other than generating fees for its brokers.

Tern – detailed look at FY17 accounts reveals a monster cash crisis: it is no better now

Published 376 days ago

I said the other day that following the £1.75 million placing at 18.5p (a 30% discount) last week it looked as though Tern plc (TERN) had enough cash to see it through for the time being. But I’ve been looking through the FY17 Annual Report and now I’m not so sure. In fact I am sure it does not have enough cash. Its portfolio of investee companies looks a shambles and it seems that Tern has been paying some of its investees’ bills. Quite how auditor Grant Thornton thought the company fit to pass as a Going Concern is a mystery to me.

Time to think about banking a 1,100% profit on Serica Energy

Published 378 days ago

Serica Energy (SQZ) has been one of my best performing share tips ever, but following recent developments now would seem to be a good time to bank some profit, if you haven’t already done so.

Thinking of Going Away in May? Maybe You Should Think Again.

Published 379 days ago

Hello, Share Starters. Many of my friends still believe in the hoary Stock Market saying, ‘Go away in May’. It ends ‘Come back on St Leger Day’. Coming from the racehorse centre of Doncaster I know that means we should start trading again in the first week in September.

Advanced Oncotherapy – UK site agreement, but what of the Blackfinch loan?

Published 383 days ago

As we know from AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG), the best thing to do when faced with an awkward question is to move the goal posts. And so this morning we see AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), rather than ‘fess up over its overdue loan from Blackfinch which is secured on its Harley Street premises, telling us that it has signed a lease with the UK Government’s Science and Technology Facilities Council to establish a UK testing site for its LIGHT (proton therapy technology) system. I wonder what Advanced is going to pay with!

Hard to see value in InnovaDerma at the current share price

Published 388 days ago

Whenever a company doubles in share price in a short space of time it tends to get my attention, and I look for reasons that justify such a sudden increase.

The Beaufort Affair. We Cannot Let the Administrators Have Their Way. The Segregation of Assets Must Be Respected.

Published 393 days ago

Hello, Share Buyers. Like me, you probably have a nasty taste in your mouth over the way the insolvency of the broker Beaufort Securities is being handled. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that ring-fenced share and cash accounts were not secure. And my inquiries of professionals in the Big City shows that most of them were unaware of such loopholes either.

Rurelec – oh dear, more bad news from Argentina

Published 396 days ago

AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) released what appears to be a mixed bag of news this morning, although on closer reading it looks all bad. The board has its work cut out once again as liquidity appears to be heavily constrained and there is limited certainty over further debt repayments. In other words, it is yet again running very close to the wire: will this latest crisis be enough to finish off the company?

As Vets Rake it In, You Would Not Be Barking to View This Firm as a Buying Opportunity

Published 399 days ago

A trip to your local vet these days will show you a waiting room crammed with poorly dogs and cats. The national horde of mutts is growing fast, it seems, to me. And the beaches around here are now absolutely heaving with them. But increasing business for vets doesn’t seem to have lowered their fees much. My local vet is reasonable, but the stories you hear about some other animal medics are horrendous.

Ascent looks like it is about to begin another descent!

Published 403 days ago

Ascent Resources (AST) has hardly exactly lived up to its name in recent times, as it has been on a steady downwards trajectory for some time now. There's now been an RNS advising of a strategic review and a formal sale process for the company being initiated. Given its situation, I certainly wasn’t expecting the market to take the news particularly well - but the share price rocketed and even as I write this, it is currently 1.1p to buy - up more than 22% on the prior close.

Advanced Oncotherapy: …and for the sixth time

Published 404 days ago

Another day passes and still AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has not answered my questions, and so I ask again. What is happening with the Blackfinch loan which had a 12 month term starting on 24 March last year, a loan which was secured on the company’s Harley Street premises? And has the company actually received any cash at all from its white knight saviour Yantai Cipu in China?

Soaraway Tern explodes higher, but what of value?

Published 411 days ago

Well I’m glad I removed AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN) from my list of slam-dunk sells for 2018 when the company announced it had binned its death spiral, and instead raised cash from a placing. I still don’t think it has enough cash, but apparently the market disagrees and the share have shot massively higher – from a low point of just over 2p in February, 4p by the end of March and now they sit at 9.85p (having peaked at 11.25p). What of the value of the investment?

Advanced Oncotherapy – what of that Blackfinch loan (which was due on 24 March)?

Published 413 days ago

It is now a week into April, yet AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has not updated on its loan from Blackfinch which was due to be repaid – I thought – at the end of March. In fact, it appears that the loan matured on 24 March. Worse, the loan was secured on Advanced’s Harley Street site and, it seems, the equipment earmarked to be installed there. One wonders what would be left if Advanced lost that. Surely a statement is a fortnight overdue as to what is going on?

Minoan – FY17 results (a week late…)

Published 415 days ago

AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) is one of my two share suggestions for 2018, and I hold the shares myself. This morning it released its FY results to last October: we had been promised them in March, but clearly the concept of under-promising and over-delivering simply hasn’t landed in this particular boardroom. However, there seems to be progress and although still promising jam-tomorrow, it does look as though the fleet of delivery lorries may be on the way (although from an unknown distance away).

I can see why the market was less than impressed with Providence's Barryroe farm-out

Published 419 days ago

Providence Resources (PVR) was once a favourite of AIM natural resources investors and speculators back in the heyday at the start of this decade, when any company finding potentially decent amounts of oil saw its share price rocket.

Filthy Forty Adamas – oh dear, the AIM farce continues

Published 422 days ago

Back last August I covered the non-payment of monies due to AIM-listed Adamas (ADAM) following the redemption of a convertible bond Adamas held in a Chinese company, Global Pharm Holdings Group. It was owed millions - to have been settled by April 2015 - and numerous revised and re-revised deals were signed – not that the cash materialised. More to the point, Adamas seemed to be having a spot of bother tracking down the Chairman of that company. And so to yesterday’s update….

Bowleven Interims: cash is still there, drilling next quarter

Published 423 days ago

AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) has this morning released its interims to December 2017. Of note is the huge reduction in administrative expenses and the binning of the deal with AIM-listed Victoria Oil and Gas (VOG) with regard to the Bomono asset in Cameroon.

Tern – FY17 numbers: sorry to sound like a broken record, but when's the placing?

Published 425 days ago

AIM-listed investment company Tern plc (TERN) announced its full year numbers for last year. It is not quite the record-breaking speed of previous years, but getting them out before the end of March isn’t a bad effort. However….well, there are the excuses and then there is cash.

Anglesey Mining – shares down 18% on no news, why?

Published 426 days ago

Well here’s a blast from the past! I used to hold a few shares in AIM-listed Anglesey Mining (AYM) some years ago. What caught my eye was the 18% share price drop on no news – the last we heard being its interims to September 2017, released back on 30 November 2017 when we were told us that now is the opportune moment to move forward with the development of the Parys Mountain base metal project. Blimey - after all these years! But what with?

Amerisur Resources can turn its fortunes around and has an exciting year ahead

Published 433 days ago

Amerisur Resources (AMER) has certainly failed to live up to the expectations of its investors and the share price has been in a downward spiral for several years now.

Despite the name change to Maistro, blur looks set to continue to perform badly!

Published 446 days ago

Despite changing its name from blur Group (BLUR) to Maistro (MAIS) at the start of the year, it is hard to see much of a change when it comes to the fortunes of the company. Basically, it offers businesses a platform for the procurement of business services, including marketing and human resources, and on its website it boasts that it has been in the business for over a decade. With that in mind, it doesn’t exactly look great that the company is still racking up heavy losses each year, and looks like it is going to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

Yet another pump and dump playing out on Nu-Oil and Gas

Published 453 days ago

Nu-Oil and Gas (NUOG) seems to be one of those AIM shares which periodically finds favour with private investors, despite never actually having achieved anything of note other than burning through investors cash over the years.

Top Ways to Protect Yourself Again a Share Crash.

Published 456 days ago

Hello, Share Carriers. Even a raging bull like myself has to accept that sooner or later shares will crash to more realistic levels. There was a scare in that unhappy direction a couple of weeks back, but it seems to have been a false alarm. That doesn’t mean that the real thing - a proper crash - doesn’t continue to threaten us. So what should we do to preserve our assets now?

Buy the dips on Cairn Energy

Published 461 days ago

Cairn Energy (CNE) is one of a number of oil producers which look to be unloved by the market currently, but I would expect that to change in the future. In recent years the company has had impressive amounts of reserves on its book, but has now moved to the stage where it is producing from several of those fields, and with more to come in the near future.

Confirmation of a merger deal would be great news for SOCO International

Published 466 days ago

When SOCO International (SIA) announced a possible merger the market seemed to take the news well, but ever since then the share price has been on the slide and it looks like this could be a good buying opportunity.

Big Sofa Technologies: Trading update – the cash is all fine, honest!

Published 479 days ago

My Woodford piece earlier today highlighted the challenges of taking too much notice of what you hear from the company itself. I think the same can be said in connection with Big Sofa Technologies (BST) following its poor trading update yesterday.

Why have i been buying more shares in SDX Energy?

Published 490 days ago

It can be difficult just buying and holding a share at times, especially when nothing is really happening with the share price and many of its peers are seeing large rises.

Despite a big drop in share price Greatland Gold still looks expensive

Published 495 days ago

Investors who believed all the hype surrounding Greatland Gold (GGP) received a nasty shock this week when the share price collapsed, but for many of us who have been around the market for a while it didn’t really come as much of a surprise.

CyanConnode seems incapable of converting orders into revenue and profit

Published 504 days ago

Often when it comes to AIM companies investors get far too fixated on revenue and orderbooks, and forget that in reality it all comes down to the bottom line and the actual net profit that the company is either already making, or is likely to make.

Premier African continues to fail to deliver

Published 504 days ago

There was a time when Premier African Minerals (PREM) looked to have genuine potential, but in the few years since then it has consistently disappointed investors and is now trading at a fraction of the share price it once hit.

Keep Professor Stacey's Dashing Dozen of New Year Resolutions - and your Share Bag Could Prosper.

Published 512 days ago

Hello, Share Swipers. New Year resolutions are more important to share shifters like us than most people. They can safeguard our lolly and help us grab more. But financial resolutions are harder to keep because they’re attacked by the destructive impulses of fear and greed.

Filthy 40 China fraud Aquatic Foods – So long, and thanks for all the fish

Published 513 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.

Not from the Planet Tharg, But Durham, this Pioneering Outfit May Have Lift-Off.

Published 513 days ago

Hello, Share Servers.  It may sound like a friend of Mr Spock, and Kromek (KMK) is not so far away from the Starship Enterprise in what it does. The company designs and invents x-ray and gamma-ray imaging.

Draganfly – AIM POS “pleased to announce” interims. Hang on to the asbestos suit!

Published 524 days ago

I last covered AIM-listed Draganfly (DRG) HERE and concluded that it was one for the asbestos suit and a very, very long bargepole. Now, almost 15 months on, its (afterhours, natch) interims caught my eye. Apparently the Board are [sic] pleased to announce them, and so is the Chairman. So they are good, right?

Cloudbuy – more borrowing from Sella as alternative to insolvency: SELL

Published 534 days ago

As predicted HERE, AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) has again run out of cash and proposes to take further loans from white knight Roberto Sella to keep the lights on. Obviously the company wants all of its shareholders to approve the proposed deal – why is why it has called an EGM for 27 December. I’m sure all shareholders will want to break off from Christmas celebrations to attend. Not!

Rurelec – more bad news, examining further funding options

Published 535 days ago

AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) has updated the market with regard to its dealings wth Energia del Sur in Argentina. In short, the cash ain’t flowing into Rurelec’s coffers.

When gold bounces Centamin will shine

Published 535 days ago

Gold has been very difficult to read lately, with a lot of the swings making very little sense in the context of the events that have been driving them.

Bowleven – departure of last standing member of old board announced - Good!

Published 544 days ago

AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) has announced that the one remaining member of the old board is to depart the scene at the company’s forthcoming AGM on 13 December. The company thanks Mr David Clarkson for his three years of “considerable” service and the valuable role in providing continuity following the boardroom clear-out earlier this year.

Distil still has long term potential from this share price level

Published 546 days ago

The beverage/retail sector isn’t one which I normally watch that closely in general, but there is one small AIM listed outfit called Distil (DIS) shares in which I have been following for a while now.

SDX Energy offers good upside potential with plenty of news flow - buy

Published 555 days ago

Whilst many private investors go chasing rainbows and hoping for one of their oil and gas exploration plays to hit black gold, there are actually a number of AIM listed outfits which are already producing, yet don’t seem to be as popular as they are unlikely to generate large share price rises overnight.

SOCO International share price decline could be close to a reversal

Published 564 days ago

As an investor who has always been a big fan of oil and gas plays in general it is difficult not to focus on that particular sector at the moment, given the recovery that we have been seeing there. Some people may argue that the move has already happened and that oil prices might not go much above the $64 level that we have hit this week, and could well finish the year a fair bit lower – certainly somewhere in the high 50s wouldn’t surprise me, although a lot will revolve around the outcome of the OPEC meeting at the end of the month. Whilst that may be the case with the commodity itself, when it comes to equities many have lagged this commodity correction, and given the share price action of some of them, you could be forgiven for thinking that oil was still down in the doldrums and completely unloved.

Fortuna approval would mark a turning point for Ophir

Published 566 days ago

Several of the once really popular oil and gas companies seem to have almost have been forgotten by investors, as progress has been far slower than had originally been expected and people have gone off seeking riches elsewhere.

Fresnillo offers fantastic upside from further gold and silver strength

Published 573 days ago

Recent weakness in precious metal prices is creating some great opportunities in the equities which are affected by this, and has resulted in some mining shares dropping back to a share price level where they offer good risk versus reward.

Parkmead Group looks very cheap - buy

Published 576 days ago

Often the valuation of resource companies on the AIM market seems to revolve more around how popular they are amongst private investors, than having much to do with the progress that they have made, and how well they are likely to do in the future.

Northwest Investment Group – heading for the knackers’ yard?

Published 586 days ago

With ZAI Corporate Finance losing its Nomad status on Thursday, its client companies are running out of time to book in a replacement to avoid suspension. And that brings us to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) – the investment company which, after seven years, has invested not a cent.

Milestone Group – surely not another dodgy share issuance?

Published 590 days ago

On Wednesday at 2.13pm AIM-listed Milestone Group (MSG) knocked out a TR-1 RNS. Nothing unusual about that, but hang on – what about the dates?

A glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for Ferrum Crescent?

Published 597 days ago

Regular readers here will know that I’ve not exactly been a big fan of Ferrum Crescent (FCR), but there could now be a slight glimmer of hope for anyone trapped in this serial underperformer.

Frontera – that Primary Bid placing

Published 598 days ago

Well, well, what a surprise: AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) has raised cash in a placing. Well OK, it is not a surprise at all. As I pointed out HERE the works programme of the company was going to cost a few quid which it simply did not have. As we shall see, the workover rig out at the Ud-2 well in Georgia has prepared the site for testing of gas bearing intervals but until last night there was no money to pay for the testing.

Some very blatant pumping preceded the Canadian Overseas equity issue

Published 600 days ago

Spotting a placing coming on the smaller shares isn’t always that hard, and is usually a combination of the company getting to a point in time where typical cash burn suggests that funds will be low, and perhaps even more importantly, taking note of those who suddenly seem very keen on that particular company!

Big Sofa Technology: Well, I was pretty close but what next?

Published 602 days ago

I’m not particularly good at being smug but it would be remiss of me not to give an update following Big Sofa’s (BST) interims on Friday as I was pretty spot on. For completeness, Tom has already covered his thoughts in a Bearcast and a separate article HERE and HERE respectively, but here’s my take on it.

Yet another failure for Arian Silver is hardly a surprise!

Published 604 days ago

The only real surprise when it comes to persistent AIM failure Arian Silver (AGQ) is that some people thought that things were actually going to turn out differently this time around!

Advanced Oncotherapy Interims: cash-guzzler extraordinaire but the tank is empty

Published 604 days ago

AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has released its interims results on deadline day. The highlights (if that is the right word) come from the cashflow statement, where cashburn appears to be almost £2 million a month. And then there is the company’s statement of working capital which, although technically correct, is a grossly misleading figure.

Serica Energy is on the verge of restarting production - worth a nibble?

Published 608 days ago

When it comes to the AIM resources sector, any sort of delay or news which is perceived to be negative can have a negative effect on the share price which is far from justified. Of course there is a lot of junk on the market and when bad news comes and it inevitably crashes, it is of no real surprise, but there are other companies where a temporary hit to the share price can present a great buying opportunity.

Advanced Oncotherapy – interims preview

Published 609 days ago

Joining in with Cynical Bear’s run of interims previews, I thought I’d take a look at our old favourite, AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). The history here has been nothing short of a disaster in the last 12 months or so, and appears to be now culminating in a potential cash-crisis.

China fraud Aquatic Foods – what excuse will be offered this week re overdue FY16 accounts?

Published 609 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.

The future looks bleak for Ferrum Crescent - another placing isn't far from being needed!

Published 615 days ago

The lower end of the AIM market can be surprisingly predictable at times, especially when it comes to raising funds, so it often amazes me how many private investors get caught out when such news comes. That would certainly seem to have been the case with the recent fundraising activity at Ferrum Crescent (FCR) and the events leading up to that, even if many on the bulletin boards were in denial of what was coming.

Gulf Keystone is a very different company these days - buy

Published 621 days ago

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) was one of the most hyped up oil companies that I have ever seen during my time in the markets, and although that all ended in tears, I think it could be worth another look now as it has changed a lot since those days.

CSF Group looks screwed, yet the pump continues!

Published 625 days ago

Hardly a day goes by on AIM without some complete piece of junk being pumped up to some crazy share price level, and it often happens as a result of private investors failing to actually read RNSs properly and understand what they mean. Today has been the turn of failing IT company CSF Group (CSFG).

Why I'm happy to be holding shares in suspended Central Asia Metals

Published 627 days ago

Although you can’t currently trade shares in Central Asia Metals (CAML), given my bullishness on the company I felt that I should take a look at the current situation following news of a suspension in trading at the start of the week.

NEX Exchange: which Corporate Adviser’s been a naughty boy, then?

Published 631 days ago

A chance wander through the NEX Exchange website (formerly ISDX and Plus Markets) market notices page saw me turn up a NEX Exchange disciplinary notice dated 11 August 2017. I wondered what that was about and who had been done over, so naturally I took a look. The good news is that one Corporate Adviser has been hauled over the coals for failing to ensure its client company kept the market informed about important matters. The bad news is that it is released on an anonymous basis by the exchange.

Filthy Forty Aquatic Foods – still delayed FY16 results Jackanory

Published 633 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?

EnQuest could be even cheaper after its interims - following problems at Kraken

Published 633 days ago

Delays to the Kraken field reaching full production levels could prove costly for EnQuest (ENQ), as it will leave a large gap in expected revenues up until that point.

Liquid natural gas could still be very profitable for Ophir Energy in the future

Published 634 days ago

Ophir Energy (OPHR) has made far slower progress than many could have imagined a few years back, but the oil and gas fields which attracted many in the first place are still there, and the chances of them being developed still look very good.

Frontera: after-hours placing and directors’ subscription

Published 634 days ago

At 4.46pm yesterday AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) announced a placing raising £500,000 and director subscriptions for a further £250,000 all at 0.0975p per share. Compared to the 0.44p per share back in March, when commenting on the announcement of a possible farm-out or joint operation arrangement regarding the company’s Block 12 holding in Georgia (no sign of the deal yet, is there!) the company said it was suspending operations (operations which had already been delayed and tardily announced, according to Tom Winnifrith) I said if I were a holder I’d get on to my broker post haste and sell.

Genel Energy remains a long term hold for me

Published 637 days ago

Genel Energy (GENL) has been one of a number of mid-tier oil and gas companies which really took a hit during the slump in oil prices over the past few years, and had seen its share price decimated as a result.

UK Oil and Gas and Regency Mines – deal completes, which one is a BUY (if either)?

Published 639 days ago

UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) has completed the transaction with fellow AIM-listed Regency Mines (RGM) announced on 10th July under which a 1.9% shareholding in Horse Hill Developments Ltd heads to UKOG in a cash and shares deal.

Central Asia Metals is probably the most under-valued commodity play on the market!

Published 645 days ago

There are times when a large background seller can present a good buying opportunity, and an institutional investor offloading shares isn’t always a sign that the company is failing to perform.

Advanced Oncotherapy – how’s the cash position? Still a stonking SELL.

Published 646 days ago

After a stack of RNSs earlier this year, it has all gone quiet at AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) since the announcement of the termination of the Bracknor death-spiral. How’s the cash position?

Cloudbuy interims – losses being cut, but will it be enough?

Published 648 days ago

AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) announced interims to June this morning. With the last tranche of rescue funding from Roberto Sella now drawn, and a 20% discount to any placing price still on offer it looks as though the company will have to pay its way pretty soon. The good news is increased revenue and falling admin expenses. But will it be enough?

Ferrum Crescent - still burning through cash and achieving little of note!

Published 649 days ago

With any AIM listed natural resources company it is always interesting to look at where the company is at this point in time when compared to the accumulated losses of the business since it started.

Kaz Minerals offers a buying opportunity on this dip

Published 651 days ago

Kaz Minerals (KAZ) is a great example of the extent that commodity prices can effect larger miners, and the recovery in copper prices has seen the share price trading at multiples of where it was just 18 months ago.

RedX – Administration proposals raise awkward going concern questions

Published 654 days ago

The administrators to (suspended) AIM-listed RedX Pharma (RED) have published their proposals for the rescue of the group. The good news is that something will indeed be salvaged, but details of what went wrong look to raise serious questions of the company and its Nomad – none other than Cantor Fitzgerald. You might remember that name with reference to the African Potash (AFPO) fraud where it is to be sued for its negligence.

It's time to consider banking some profit on Dotdigital

Published 657 days ago

Even with shares which have exhibited steady share price growth over a period of years there comes a time when you have to consider selling up and moving on, especially in cases where the market valuation looks to be ahead of the financials.

Waseem Shakoor on Frontera – no money, no CPR due, no JV imminent, Varang walked?

Published 658 days ago

I’ve have a bear of AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it is the accumulated losses over the years of a whopping $479 million. Maybe it is the slide from c. 150p to the current 0.115p. Perhaps it is the boat load of confetti issued of late to settle debts. Maybe it is the delayed work on the South Kahheti gas assets. Whilst it seemed a slam dunk short at 0.42p per share (it was, now at 0.115p) there still seems to be more to go.

Entu equity holders face wipe out - yet some PIs continue to buy!

Published 659 days ago

Over the years I’ve watched the dying stages of a number of companies with interest, and in many cases you see a similar pattern in terms of share price movement.

Sylvania continues to deliver a strong performance - buy for the longer term

Published 664 days ago

Sylvania Platinum (SLP) is a company which I’ve followed for quite some time and hold shares in myself - and I view today’s unexpected acquisition news as being positive for the company moving forwards.

ASA Resources – oh dear: shares suspended pending financial clarification, more wholesale theft and fraud on AIM

Published 666 days ago

AIM-listed ASA Resources (ASA), formerly Mwana Africa, has been getting into a right mess of late, with significant funds having been remitted from operating subsidiaries in Zimbabwe and not properly accounted for. Funds remitted to group entities in Hong Kong have not been accounted for and it seems  that the bank accounts in Hong Kong appear to remain under the control of two recently sacked directors, Mr Yat Hoi Ning (CEO) and Mr Yim Kwan (FD). It is an all too familiar story for followers of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty: directors walk off with the cash, get sacked but can’t be reached. Now ASA tells us that it’s shares are suspended pending financial clarification – and a third director, Mr “Brian” Ching Fung Hung having gone AWOL has now also been removed from the board.

Is Nu-Oil being desperately pumped by the latest placees?

Published 669 days ago

Nu-Oil and Gas (NUOG) is a company that I covered a couple of weeks back as being totally over-valued, and although it has pulled back a bit I think it potentially has further to go.

F40 Origo – disposals: how’s the NAV doing?

Published 670 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo (OPP) has announced a couple of disposals. With the share price still languishing on a 2-2.25p spread, compared to the last quoted NAV in the FY16 accounts of 13c (US) – call that 10p per share. After a series of scandals over massive payments to the fund manager what now for the company with scheduled redeemable/convertible prefs after the dispute with Brooks MacDonald was finally resolved?

Central Asia Metals looks a great longer term investment in copper

Published 674 days ago

On the AIM market these days it seems as though many would far rather buy into the latest pump and dump on a piece of junk, than invest in a company that is actually running its business properly and making money. The problem with putting your money into junk is that at some point true value normally shines through and the resultant share price crashes can be spectacular.

AIM-China Grand Group – oh dear, now the Chairman walks. Get out!

Published 678 days ago

AIM-China investment company Grand Group (GIPO) has announced the departure of its Chairman. It may not formally be one of our Filthy Forty, but it sure is doing its best to make the grade.

CloudCall – H1 trading update emphasises board's confidence, but sufficient to make the shares a buy?

Published 683 days ago

Shares in cloud-based software business integrating communications into CRM platforms, CloudCall (CALL) are currently accelerating beyond 100p on the back of a first half of 2017 trading update…

If all else fails - buy a lithium licence! The "business plan" for AIM joke Arian Silver

Published 686 days ago

When a tiny AIM company suddenly becomes popular all over Twitter and the bulletin boards, and without any real news to justify that sudden attention, then you have to question why it is happening.

Imaginatik – “pleased to announce” open offer result. Really?

Published 688 days ago

Previously writing on Imaginatik (IMTK) in April, I questioned the progress being made and attempted discounted fundraising ahoy? Last month there was a “Placing and Open Offer to raise up to £1.9 million” announcement and this week a “Result of Open Offer” announcement...

F40 China New FY16 numbers: headlines good, details are another matter

Published 695 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy 40 play China New Energy (CNEL) posted its FY16 numbers this morning. On the face of it a profit of RMB 3.6 million (about £400,000) reads well, but a look at  balance sheet suggests that as ever we are on the cusp of a placing, and what about those receivables?

China fraud Aquatic Foods – still can’t get the cash out of China, no results = SUSPENDED

Published 696 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. 

Grand Group: FY16 numbers a fitting tribute for a F40 wannabe, or a straight buy?

Published 697 days ago

Grand Group never made the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. It was nothing to do with qualifying, it just arrived on the Casino too late. But listing in January 2015 at 80p to give it a market capitalisation of £27 million it is now worth just £4.8 million. Ouch!

Servision - how do you keep lots of idiots in suspense? We'll tell its shareholders on Friday

Published 698 days ago

Worthless AIM listed piece of excrement Servision (SEV) always seems to report its results at the last possible moment to avoid suspension on the casino. In 2016 calendar 2015 numbers (piss poor) arrived on the 30 June deadline day. For 2016 its a slam dunk bet that the numbers (piss poor) will arrive this Friday on deadline day. Why is that? 

Sylvania Platinum looks to offer great long term value

Published 708 days ago

As long as there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the company itself, then with any leveraged play on commodity prices, which is basically what many producers are, the time to be buying is when the price of the underlying commodity is near the bottom of a cycle. It is usually hard to judge exactly where the bottom is going to be but, when it comes to platinum, I think we are nearing that area.

Some might think Oilex looks cheap - it isn't!

Published 718 days ago

Oilex (OEX) took a big hit to its share price this week following news of an unsuccessful workover at two of its oil wells, and it is hard to see how the company is going to turn things around.

Torotrak – value destruction-enforced General Meeting held. Reckons “no further action” necessary. Hmmm…

Published 725 days ago

“S656 General Meeting Update” from Torotrak (TRK). But it doesn’t seem to have released the results for its year ended 31st March 2017 as yet?…

The People's Operator burns through cash at an astonishing rate

Published 726 days ago

The People’s Operator (TPOP) was once a favourite with private investors but its share price has taken a tumble since the latter part of 2016. However, I believe that it is still well over-priced at its current level.

Petrofac can still recover after recent bad news

Published 728 days ago

Petrofac (PFC) has seen its share price get absolutely hammered in recent weeks, and although some will probably think I am mad, I can see a buying opportunity here at these levels.

Filthy Forty Aquatic Foods – problems getting the cash out of PRC? Er…..

Published 733 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….

Disappointing updates from Lonmin suggest further weakness to come

Published 740 days ago

Lonmin (LMI) is a company that I have followed closely for several years, but after the latest updates this week, and with platinum still looking weak, I wouldn’t be in any rush to buy.

DiamondCorp – Fat Lady in full flow and an investment lesson

Published 746 days ago

Fair play to (pro tem, albeit currently suspended) DiamondCorp (DCP). The news is bad but at least the company is being plain about it. Of course, we have to throw in the obligatory “you can’t say you were not warned” ShareProphets catchphrase, as the writing has been on the wall for months, but yesterday’s after-hours RNS looks to be the cue for a long and arduous aria.

Another good update from Randgold Resources - still a buy

Published 748 days ago

I have been a fan of Randgold Resources (RRS) for a long time and the latest update from the company continues to support my bullish view here.

I don't view Blenheim Natural Resources as an investment, but can see a potential trade

Published 754 days ago

Regular readers here will know that I am not exactly a fan of Blenheim Natural Resources (BNR), nor have I ever been despite plenty of interest from private investors in this company.

Another decent update from Sylvania Platinum

Published 759 days ago

I’ve been a fan of Sylvania Platinum (SLP) since early last year and during that time the share price has doubled, and the latest operations update has certainly done nothing to alter my view of the company.

Imaginatik – what’s with the radio silence?

Published 763 days ago

I previously updated on Imaginatik (IMTK) following results for its half year ended 30th September 2016. Those showed further underlying cash burn seeing cash to a low level, though noted recent improvement. However, I noted the company also stating it was now further “investing in our sales and marketing resources and technology suite”. Having released trading updates on 9th March 2016, 11th February 2015 and 14th April 2014, what about this year?...

Lombard Risk Management – emphasises ahead of expectations, but what about sustainable cash generation?

Published 767 days ago

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…

Orosur looks under-valued as gold shows continued strength

Published 767 days ago

Orosur Mining (OMI) certainly isn’t amongst the more popular resource stocks on AIM and trading volumes are often verging on non-existent, but I believe that many are missing an opportunity here as they go chasing rainbows with companies that are years away from production, assuming they ever actually get to that stage!

Westminster Group – emphasises “pleased” & placing “oversubscribed”. Hmmm…

Published 767 days ago

Westminster Group (WSG) “is pleased to announce a placing” (to raise a gross £1 million at 10p per share) and “the conversion of the balance of the convertible loan notes issued to Darwin Capital Ltd eliminating the facility”. The shares have though responded more than 15% lower…

Cloudbuy – AGM statement: it’s jam tomorrow (honest, this time, guv’!)

Published 768 days ago

AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) this morning issued an AGM statement which offered yet more jam tomorrow, even more jam next year but the only jam today is the one the company seems to be in.

Falcon Media House – A welcome return? Part 2 – Where has all the cash gone?

Published 769 days ago

Apologies for the delay in this mini-series (Part 1 of which can be accessed HERE) but I thought I’d do the decent thing and ask Falcon Media House (FAL) some questions directly first. As it has ignored me, I thought I should just crack on instead and now turn to the worrying matter of the fast vanishing cash balance, both historically and forecast.

Sanderson Group is showing steady growth

Published 775 days ago

I always seem to come away from the UK Investor Show having found at least a couple of companies which I had never looked at previously piquing my interest, and this year’s event was no exception.

Central Asia Metals - the best value mining stock on the market?

Published 781 days ago

A few weeks back I wrote a piece here suggesting that Central Asia Metals (CAML) was one of the best value mining shares around, and following the release of its final results I believe that to be even more the case now.

Servision – Hurrah! A TR-1 from Cascade. But if it walks like a spoof and quacks like a spoof…..

Published 788 days ago

So after all the questions, AIM-listed Servision (SEV) has provided answers. The AIM Rule 26 pages have been updated (after a year, vs 6-months under AIM rules), the personal guarantee of head honcho Gidon Tahan to white knight investors Cascade has been clarified and yesterday lunchtime we even had a TR-1 showing that Cascade was indeed holding the shares issued to it at over 400% of the previously prevailing share price ahead of the announcement of the funding package. But I still think the whole deal is a massive spoof and here is why.

FastForward Innovations – All the cash has gone so when’s the placing?

Published 791 days ago

Having been put in a bad mood with the disappointing Schoold deal that I covered HERE, I thought I’d dig a bit deeper to see how much cash is left in Jim Mellon backed FastForward (FFWD) business and what I think that means for the future and why it looks overvalued to me.

Cloudbuy – still no sign of tomorrow's Hartleys but toast certainly on the menu.

Published 795 days ago

AIM-listed e-commerce play Cloudbuy (CBUY) released its full year numbers for calendar 2016 this morning. Having had a rescue refinancing last year and a change of strategy the question was always whether all the good news announced over the last few years would ever be converted into revenue. The bad news is that it hasn’t yet. By the way, as a general point to the company, if you are going to reference notes to the accounts in the RNS and don’t include those notes people will think you have something to hide. It looks poor.

CAP-XX – interims argue “excellent progress”, but financials look CrAP (XX)

Published 797 days ago

Self-described “world leader in the design and manufacture of supercapacitors, which considerably extend the performance of batteries”, CAP-XX (CPX) has announced results including that it “has again made excellent progress over the six months to 31 December 2016 and beyond in building on and refining its strategy”. Sounds positive. What? The shares currently 16% lower, at 8.5p?!?…

China FRAUD Aquatic Foods Q4 update: drowning in a sea of Red Flags

Published 797 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? 

Zinc Media looks expensive based on latest financials

Published 797 days ago

Small AIM outfit Zinc Media (ZIN) released its interim results last week and trumpeted that it is continuing to move in the right direction, but I would question whether the turnaround is happening fast enough to make the shares attractive.

Is it worth giving Chariot another chance?

Published 798 days ago

Chariot Oil and Gas (CHAR) has begun to get my attention again recently as it has plenty going on operationally during the next year or so, and could well become a popular share to be in once again.

Could the Wall Street Crash Happen Again? And If so, Will it Come Soon?

Published 799 days ago

Hello Share Tusslers. The majority of private shareholders at the UK Investor Show at Westminster in a couple of weeks’ time will be sitting on huge gains over the year. They will be in a jollier mood than we’ve seen them in a long time.

Filthy Forty China New Energy – fundraising, contracts, trading update.....BARGEPOLE!

Published 801 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) updated the market on trading for FY2016. The company reported a profit at the interim stage and continued to perform well in the second half of 2016 with revenue (subject to audit) expected to be up to about RMB 72 million. There are also contracts announced totalling about RMB 80 million expected to see project completion in Q3 of this year. So all is going swimmingly – except that the company has raised more money. Clearly the profits are not turning into cash. Why?

Kalibrate Technologies – interim results show how ‘bullshit earnings’ were the previously announced EBITDA

Published 802 days ago

After a profit warning in January, CEO of Kalibrate Technologies (KLBT), Bob Stein, is “pleased to report our results for the six months ended 31 December 2016. Hmmm. The shares have responded lower, back below 60p…

You'll struggle to find a better copper play than Central Asia Metals

Published 809 days ago

Copper has been showing some signs of weakness in the past week or so following an unstoppable rise from around $2/lb during the early part of 2016, and despite the pullback it is still trading much higher, at around $2.62/lb, as I write this piece.

RedstoneConnect – full-year trading update, where next?

Published 809 days ago

Most recently writing on RedstoneConnect (REDS), I concluded that there looked to be continuing encouraging trading momentum and, at 1.425p, the shares were for watchlists. They were little changed on the noted share price level – before a “Trading Statement” announcement this morning…

Filthy Forty Asian Citrus – now interims delayed as Casino eviction draws ever closer

Published 813 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Asian Citrus (ACHL) updated the market yesterday that in the light of ongoing allegations of fraud which have thus far prevented release of audited accounts for the year to June 2016, it has now concluded that it won’t get its interims to December out on time either. The shares have been suspended since September 28 last year and now with two sets of numbers outstanding and a deadline under AIM Rules of the 28th of this month to meet or face expulsion from the Casino the fat lady is already humming  a merry tune as she gets the lethal injection ready.

Petro Matad continues to defy gravity

Published 817 days ago

There are times when a share continues to defy gravity for far longer than most people would expect, and that certainly looks to be the case with Mongolian oil explorer Petro Matad (MATD).

Starcom looks no closer to actually making a profit

Published 818 days ago

Starcom Systems (STAR) has just released a trading update which shows that progress is still slower than expected in terms of growth and actually making the company profitable.

Holders Technology – FY increased loss, though argues “heartened” by recent signs. Hmmm…

Published 828 days ago

Having previously concluded that shares in Holders Technology (HDT) were on the bargepole list, I note the announcement of results for its year ended 30th November 2016…

SimiGon – profit warning, but reckons all good going forward. Hmmm…

Published 829 days ago

“Trading Statement” announcement from simulation technology company SimiGon (SIM) includes that “the company remains optimistic in its outlook and confident in its existing forecasts for the current financial year” and “great revenue and profit visibility for 2017 and beyond”. So why are the shares currently sliding back below 20p?...

Tracsis – “pleased to provide” half-year trading update, so why are the shares slumping?

Published 830 days ago

Provider of software and services for the traffic data and transportation industry, Tracsis (TRCS) “is pleased to provide” a trading update for its half year ended 31st January 2017. Why then have the shares currently responded more than 13% lower, towards 400p?...

eg solutions – shares soar on update emphasising “now real momentum within the business”, what now?

Published 832 days ago

Back-office workforce optimisation software company eg solutions (EGS) has issued a “Trading Update & Master Services Agreement Signed” announcement. The following updates with the shares presently soaring higher, to a current approaching 50p, in response...

Well done Fevertree I was wrong - but i struggle even more to see value at this price

Published 833 days ago

Fevertree Drinks (FEVR) is a company that I have admittedly been wrong about in the past – I like the product and way the business has grown, but thought the valuation was crazy!

Igas – the dog that didn’t bark (yet). Something for the weekend, sir?

Published 836 days ago



And so yesterday shares in AIM-listed and overindebted Igas Energy (IGAS) fell off a cliff, dropping 20% with no news released by the company. Normally one would have expected a statement, but thus far all we’ve had from Igas Towers is silence.

Zamano – from ‘focus on maximising cashflow from existing business’ to ‘winding down business lines’ in just over 2 months!

Published 842 days ago

Having stated in September that it “continues to focus on M&A activity and pursue higher value-added business” and then in November that it “has decided to cease all ongoing M&A discussions and focus on maximising cashflow from the existing business”, Zamano (ZMNO) has now updated that “the board believes that it is necessary for the company to take the decision to formally wind down the existing business lines in order to protect the cash position on the balance sheet”!?!

Filthy Forty Jiasen – And now the reason for proposing the AIM delisting

Published 845 days ago

Yesterday we noted the announcement from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play - and one of the Fujian Four – Jiasen (JSI) that it was proposing to delist from the Casino. Having listed at 82p per share in 2014, the current 3.125p (mid, last seen) seems a trifle disappointing. Today the company has given its reasons for the proposal. Try not to laugh….

Fitbug's latest update must be a joke surely?

Published 856 days ago

If it wasn’t for the fact that ordinary PIs will have lost a lot of money, the announcements and share price movements in Fitbug Holdings (FITB) over the last couple of days would almost be comical!

Kenmare – disingenuous trading update

Published 860 days ago

Dual-listed in Ireland and on the LSE Kenmare Resources (KMR) has released what reads like a very positive trading update. Two questions spring to mind here: is it generating cash, and what about the debt position? But the company seems to have chosen to ignore completely its refinancing last year in reporting its finances.

Serica remains a buy despite recent strong gains

Published 861 days ago

Usually when shares in a small AIM company has risen by nearly 300% from the level where I recommended it as a buy, I would be advising to take your profits before the almost inevitable retrace that so many suffer from.

Filthy Forty PCGE Entertainment: it is hats off to Saint Richard Poulden as rescue deal revealed

Published 864 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play PCG Entertainment (PCGE) has announced a rescue deal. It is great news for shareholders and a stunning coup for head honcho Richard Poulden, the Chairman, who stepped up to the plate following the shocking emergence of difficulties involving previous top dog Mr Kung Min Lin and a deal to buy Centre Point Development Corp (CPDC). The deal announced today looks to be a full lancing of the boil.

Why it is often difficult to value small resource companies accurately

Published 877 days ago

Valuing small resource companies can be difficult, and often they will appear to be far cheaper than they really are. The bulletin boards, Twitter, etc are full of people extolling the virtues of the companies that they are invested in and pointing out that they should be worth far more than what the share price currently reflects.

ShareProphets share tips of the year Number 16: Sell IGAS says Nigel Somerville

Published 878 days ago

A year ago I made AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) my one suggestion – as a sell - as part of the ShareProphets tipfest for 2016. Without wishing to sound like a broken record, it is still a sell – and the clock is really ticking now especially in the light of this morning’s RNS.

Cloudbuy Trading Statement: no rush to buy

Published 885 days ago

Having announced on 2 December that it had drawn another £1 million from its secured funding package, leaving me wondering how long it would be before the company had to get out the begging bowl, AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) has at least delivered on its promise of a trading statement before the end of the year, if not yet the lorry-loads of Hartleys long overdue.

Canadian Overseas is a good example of why you should manage risk

Published 887 days ago

It never ceases to amaze me just how much some are prepared to risk on very high risk AIM companies where the odds are against them, and this is a sure-fire way to quickly see all of your money go up in smoke!

CloudTag – trading restored as company gets back to what it does best

Published 891 days ago

Wow! I’d love to have been a fly on the wall over at Cairn Financial as the wording of last night’s no-one-is-watching-o’clock RNS from AIM-listed CloudTag (CTAG) was being, ahem, “discussed.” I wonder how long that lot took to put together….since last Friday? It was a real shocker.

Will Webis ever actually make a profit?

Published 893 days ago

There is a saying that ‘revenue is vanity, profit is sanity’, and I have to wonder if there is a better example of this than tiny AIM listed betting company Webis (WEB)!

New mine coming online should give Orosur a boost

Published 895 days ago

Orosur Mining (OMI) remains one of my favourites amongst the small gold miners listed on AIM, and I now hold shares in the company myself, hopefully awaiting a turnaround in the price of gold.

Picture This - A Stunning Company which Keeps on Developing Profits.

Published 897 days ago

Hello Share Twiddlers. There are some shares in our bag, gang, that we know, just know will keep on bumping up our investment. I have brought to your notice recently the Welsh computer engineer IQE (IQE). That is one of them. Another is Legal and General (LGEN).  And a third is the Honkers Bonkers bank (HSBA).

Milestone – shambles upon shambles, is it insolvent yet?

Published 900 days ago

AIM-listed lifestyle company Milestone Group (MSG) has updated on the placing that didn’t raise the £1.385 million announced on 20 October. Having previously announced that £1.25 million of the proceeds hadn’t arrived, it now turns out that the little bit of meter-money which did arrive has now been paid back and the company is trying to do a replacement placing. Shambles upon shambles.

Filthy 40 Origo borrows $2.5m at min 50% cost to keep the lights on

Published 902 days ago

You may have thought that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company Origo (OPP) had put its troubles behind in and was heading for calmer waters. Having finally resolved its ongoing troubles over payouts on its preference shares, reaching a deal with Brooks Macdonald, and just a couple of weeks ago given a positive update on the progress of its portfolio and realisations, this morning the company announced that it had borrowed $2.5 million with repayment terms the higher of 50% or 12% a year (non-compounded) to discharging Origo liabilities to professional advisors (excluding those of Origo Advisors Limited) existing as at 19 August 2016.

China fraud Taihua – where is the buy-back? Where is the website? Where is the update on RMB 10 million of Related Party receivables (which the FY15 audit could not confirm)?

Published 903 days ago

I keep on asking, and still there is silence: where is that buy-back that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Taihua (TAIH) has been promising since announcing an Open Offer to pay for it back in August? And where is the company website? And what about those Related Party receivables which were subject to an audit qualification of opinion?

James Halstead – AGM statement notes FX benefits & ‘confidence in prospects’, so why are the shares down?…

Published 905 days ago

Writing on commercial flooring company James Halstead (JHD) in August I concluded that the circa 426p per share valuation deterred me. The shares have recently risen towards 500p but despite now updating that “the fall in the value of Sterling following the referendum vote of June has contributed to increased margins on our overseas sales, increased competitiveness and positive growth” and noting confidence “in the prospects of the company going forward”, the shares are currently approaching 6% lower today, back towards 450p...

Filthy 40 Aquatic Foods – Q3 trading update

Published 924 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%.

ShareProphets Exclusive: Milestone and how City of London Markets failed to pay up

Published 927 days ago

Following on from my earlier piece about yesterday’s disgraceful episode at AIM-listed Milestone Group (MSG) in which the company ‘fessed up that £1.25 million of cash from a placing announced way back on 20 October, the shares for which were admitted to trading on 31 October, had not turned up, ShareProphets has learned the name of the firm at the centre of yesterday’s controversy.

SCANDAL - Milestone Group buries delayed bad news: placing cash not arrived, what about solvency?

Published 927 days ago

Talk about a good day to bury bad news: every media commentator is trying to come to terms with the election of Donald Trump (with the notable exception of our own Tom Winnifrith, who is off to get his new Poll Sheriff’s badge) and so at 3.41pm yesterday AIM-listed Milestone Group (MSG) slipped out a “miscellaneous” RNS. It may have won two big contracts recently but in terms of this RNS, there was nothing miscellaneous about it: this company is in serious trouble.

Fastjet – unusual warrant exercises = spoofery, signs of a cash crunch or just madness?

Published 932 days ago

As AIM-listed crock airline Fastjet (FJET) hurtles at full speed towards its next funding crisis two warrant exercises catch the eye – one yesterday and the other last week. With the shares trading at around 20p, why on earth would anyone exercise warrants at 31.5p a pop?

Never Mind that Election and Brexit. Luxury May Be Better than Defence.

Published 932 days ago

Hello Square Shufflers. We live in shaky times, all right. What will happen if Donald Trump becomes president? The big American traders are holding back on deals until they know more. So, as always when fewer shares change hands, nearly all stocks suffer. This translates into UK shares, which are already unstable because nobody, especially the government, seems to know how Brexit will play out.

Sylvania Platinum remains a buy after positive update

Published 942 days ago

I’ve been a fan of Sylvania Platinum (SLP) for some time now and it is a company in which I hold shares myself, and after the latest update I see no reason to change that stance.

SP Angel’s Zac “the knife” Phillips plunges the blade into Frontera Resources (again…)

Published 944 days ago

Another ramptastic RNS this morning from AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) saw the shares race up to 0.135p at the peak but the shares have been sliding ever since, and are now just 0.095p last seen. Surely there isn’t a placing on the way, is there? Broker S P Angel in the form of the City's No 1 oil analyst Zac “the knife” Phillips was not so impressed. It could be good news, or it could just be a pre-placing ramp. But first there is the small matter of funding…..

Northland Capital Partners – relying on Bank of Beaufort?

Published 948 days ago

Continuing our wanderings through the accounts of those who promote and look after companies listed on the Casino, we turn here to the FY (to Mar 16) accounts of Northland Capital Partners – Nomad to such fine enterprises such as AIM-listed Edenville Energy (EDL) and the now executed Eastbridge Investments (EBIV), Broker to AIM-listed Octagonal (OCT) and introducers of  Vast Resources (VAST) to the fine fellows at Bracknor. A truly magnificent contribution to life on the Casino I’m sure we all agree.

Image Scan Holdings – “Pre Close Trading Update”, jam now being delivered?

Published 951 days ago

Previously writing on X-ray imaging for the security and industrial inspection markets-focused Image Scan Holdings (IGE), I concluded that the order momentum continues to interest, but I wait for further cash flow and balance sheet clarity before possibly taking a more positive position than on the watchlist. The company has now announced a “Pre Close Trading Update” for its year ended 30th September 2016...

Igas – tick tock, tick tock, as bonds slip it’s almost covenant breach o’clock

Published 957 days ago

For all the positive news of late regarding permits for the fracking industry (even if its own application for planning permission from Notts County Council saw the decision deferred to next month), AIM-listed drowning-in-debt Igas (IGAS) still has the pressing problem of staying within its bond covenants. The company stated in its interims to June 2016, released on deadline day of 30 Sept,  that it was expecting to breach its daily liquidity covenant in the second half of October – that could be as early as next Monday.

Edenville is all about the pump to cash in warrants

Published 960 days ago

Edenville Energy (EDL) has long been a favourite of small private investors, but ultimately I have to wonder whether it will actually ever get to a stage where its projects come to fruition.

SRT Marine Systems – trading update; disappointing first half, better to come?

Published 962 days ago

Having soared towards 60p in August, shares in SRT Marine Systems (SRT, formerly Software Radio Technology) are currently around 8% lower today, at circa 40p, on the back of a “Half Year Trading Update” announcement. Hmmm, let’s take a look…

As the FTSE100 sails through 7,000 what to do?

Published 964 days ago

No doubt raging bull Malcolm Stacey will be crowing and snarling bear Tom Winnifrith will be growling as he changes the nappies: the FTSE100 has, again, popped up through the 7,000 mark. We can expect round 4,953 of the ding-dong between those two in the coming days. But what to make of it – are we on the cusp of a cracking selling opportunity or should we be filling our boots? And if we treat the latest gyrations as a chance to offload, what to do with the proceeds?

Igas – dire interims, bondholders take box seat as covenant breach looms

Published 968 days ago

Rarely does one find good news in results which are released at the last minute, and in the case of Igas the recent record of fairly prompt reporting suggested that leaving the interims to deadline day would be a bad omen. This morning’s numbers and, more to the point, update on the bond situation reads badly – for all the positive spin applied. The numbers aren’t good, a bond covenant breach is expected in the second half of next month and then there is the question of how long it may be before the cash simply runs out.

Marcus Stuttard, Sham Sheriff of AIM: here is your specially selected AIM Portfolio. Good luck, pal.

Published 969 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.

Filthy Forty Haike Chemical – first out of the traps this week with interims. Red Flags for breakfast?

Published 971 days ago

Well done to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) for being first to stick its head above the parapet this week with the release of its interims to June. One down, nine to go. The PR reads well enough: profitable for the half, lots of cash in the bank. That’s the spin – but what about the Red Flags – such as negative net current assets?

CSF Group – Delisting proposal for shareholders with a gun to the head

Published 972 days ago

AIM-listed CSF Group (CSFG) announced this morning that it is to call an EGM for shareholders to consider a resolution to delist from the world’s most successful growth market. The reasons cited are the lack of institutional demand, liquidity which is effectively meaningless and the failure to secure additional capital by way of equity financing. So much for AIM as a source of growth capital.

Igas – New Year tip update: crunch time this week?

Published 973 days ago

When I penned my one and only suggestion in the 2015 ShareProphets Christmas tipfest, AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) shares sat at 18.5p on a market capitalisation of £55.3 million. They have been all over the place since then – up as high as 21p twice and down as low as 10p. They are currently 12p as the last bubble nonsense deflates gently but has anything really changed? Er, no. The company is still drowning in debt which it can’t repay and the lit fuse is now almost ten months shorter. Igas remains a stonking sell.

Filthy 40 Origo Partners: "Notice of Results" = profit warning

Published 975 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) issued a notice of results RNS on Wednesday, telling us that its interims to June 2016 will be released on reporting deadline day of Sept 30th. But the statement also had a massaging down of expectations slipped into it. Oh, alright, let’s call it a profit warning – but how bad?

Etaireia – Hooray, it’s the Baron Bloom and Oli Fattal magic show and a crack(l)ing Porkie?

Published 997 days ago

Last night at no-one-is-watching o’clock ISDX-listed Etaireia Investments released its annual numbers to 31 March 2016. The balance sheet held a few horrors, such as net current liabilities of £130,586 which in interesting in the wake of the RNS released on 17 August 2016 which told us that the company had ponied up £50,000 (deferred for a year) in addition to 203,076,923 new shares at 0.065p (although it took two goes for the company to get that bit right) in order to acquire a commercial property.

China Fraud MoneySwap – CEO walks at no-one-is-watching o’clock. Is it bust yet?

Published 997 days ago

Last night at no-one-is-watching o’clock (5.30pm) ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Moneyswap (SWAP) announced that its CEO, Ms Sunny Yu had walked the plank with immediate effect. Has the cash run out yet, and will Nomad Allenby follow suit?

Filthy 40 Asian Citrus moves into property. How much cash is left?

Published 997 days ago

My thanks go to Cynical Bear for spotting the latest missive from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues, Asian Citrus (ACHL). Having seen a pretty complete disaster unfold over the last few years, the company has decided to make a move into the property game in order to broaden the sources of income and to boost the business performance of the group. Call me a cynic: given the history of natural disasters, plague, locusts and invasions by Martians, how long will it be before the buildings in question are found to be suffering from concrete cancer?

Galasys – an Open Letter to AIM Regulation

Published 1005 days ago

I have this morning sent a missive to the fine upstanding, inscrutable and completely effective folks at AIM Regulation regarding the ongoing farce that is AIM-listed Galasys (GLS), which is currently suspended as its Nomad (WH Ireland) resigned last week with immediate effect. This morning, as reported HERE, yet another NED walked the plank with immediate effect, for “personal reasons”, following the Company Secretary, the Nomad and Broker and another NED out of the door, leaving the company with no registered office and a fast dwindling boardroom which is at war with itself.

Image Scan Holdings – does latest “Trading Update” justify recent share price gains?

Published 1007 days ago

Having risen from 2.375p a month ago to 5.75p, shares in Image Scan Holdings (IGE) are currently further higher, at 6.25p, on the back of a “Year End Deliveries Trading Update” including that “the company anticipates to have recognized the sale of approximately half this £800k order by the end of the financial year and therefore now expects to materially exceed current market expectations”

Why Stocks are Overvalued but we have to Keep Buying Them

Published 1009 days ago

I note with interest the today’s macro-outlook comments by Malcolm and Tom, each taking different sides of the debate. While I agree with Tom’s analysis, I reckon that Malcolm’s conclusions might turn out be right!

Thanks to Greed, Our Shares Should Continue to Blossom.

Published 1009 days ago

Hello Share Masters. There is so much gloomy comment among the City ‘experts’ these days that I really think it’s reasonable to again put the other side. The Footsie continues to push towards all time highs, so it’s all too obvious that the market is not in step with the pundits. 

Golden Saint – update on Licence Renewals forced out

Published 1011 days ago

Perhaps my question as to what was going on regarding AIM-listed Golden Saint (GSR) and its ongoing licence renewal saga landed just in perfect time between Nomad Roland “fatty” Cornish’s breakfast and lunch, as the company issued a statement shortly after my earlier piece today. Jolly good – let’s see what the company has to say for itself….

Cloudbuy Interims: more future Hartleys but will the cash last long enough?

Published 1013 days ago

Following on from the release of its FY15 numbers two days ahead of the reporting deadline, AIM-listed e-commerce technology operator Cloudbuy has put out its interims to June in rather more expeditious fashion. Having previously noted the jam-tomorrow qualities to be had, is there any sign of the lorry-load of conserve on the horizon?

IGAS - irrational exhuberance, just fracking nonsense

Published 1021 days ago

Shares in overindebted AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) have shot out of the traps this morning on news that Theresa May is in favour of fracking and wants to bribe the locals into letting it happen. There is also a technical matter announced last week that Igas underwent a capital reduction which apparently strengthens the balance sheet......if only. The share price reaction has seen the shares race ahead by as much at 47% (30% last seen) but has anything changed? Er....

Fishing Republic – more confetti to come as 18-month just not an issue

Published 1022 days ago

AIM-listed Fishing Republic (FISH) only came to the Casino on 4 June 2015. Apparently newly listed companies are supposed to come to the world’s most successful growth market with 18 months’ working capital in the bag. But on Friday it was announced that Fishing Republic is calling a General Meeting in order to seek shareholder authorities to allow it to issue yet more confetti.

Communisis Shares Should Not Have Shuddered - as these Interims Show.

Published 1024 days ago

Hello Share Trundlers. There is a company which is loosely associated with junk mail. But it does a lot more than that, mostly in the paperwork line. The name of the company is Communisis (CMS) which is hard to say and had deserved a bit more thought when the monicker was first chosen.

Banks, Hospitals and Company Share Schemes All Need This Enterprising Outfit.

Published 1026 days ago

Hello Share Squashers. Here’s a share I’ve not looked at before. I’m not sure why as it is all about, well, shares. A real share share. Equiniti (EQN) is the name and it provides a share monitor service. It links 18 million shareholders to their babies. It also offers a service to companies which include shares in their remuneration packages to their workers. This is good for employers, as there is a growing mountain of legal work connected to schemes like these and Equiniti helps them to deal with it.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Business models that are fecked - European banks to cash guzzlers on AIM

Published 1030 days ago

The last podcast recorded with the audience of my father for a few days sees a few comments on how he yearns for the socialist paradise of Albania in the good old days. Whatever. I look at Nostra Terra (NTOG) and what it must do and another bear point for Avanti Communications (AVN) I had overlooked, at FastForward (FFWD) and why it is such a dog with fleas and at broken business models in both new media and the European Banks. The truth is that the Emperor's New Clothes, in both cases, really are not that impressive.

Filthy 40 China Africa down 36% today: how long until it is bust?

Published 1032 days ago

Leading the losers board today currently is ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China Africa Resources (CAF) with (last seen) a stonking drop of 36%. There is no news today, but yesterday’s interims, released at lunchtime, might provide the clue: it’s not pretty – the company needs to raise cash.

Blur Trading Statement - Show Me The Lack of Money: Letts Must Go

Published 1032 days ago

The hapless Phil Letts, founder and CEO of disaster story Blur (BLUR) must surely know that his time - and that of his grossly overpaid Mrs - is almost up. After another dire trading statement today, There's No Other Way, as Blur used to say:

Frontera Resources – Red Flags for breakfast, anyone? SELL!

Published 1033 days ago

DIRECTOR PURCHASES SHARES screams the headline – in capitals - of an RNS from AIM-listed Frontera Resources (FRR) - not to be confused with Frontier Resources - this morning. Ooooh quick, let’s all pile in – follow the money, as they say, because the insiders know what’s really going on. Er, hang on a moment….

Tern – Interims and ramptastic prospect of dividends (what with?)

Published 1034 days ago

AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern plc (TERN) released its interims to June 30 2016 this morning. Once again the company has to be commended on the speed with which it gets its numbers out. As expected there is a large paper profit, no cash and the promise of future dividends despite a lack of cash and hefty retained losses. As to the profit…..

Shareholder activism – is a new broom set to sweep out AIM’s overpaid duffers?

Published 1036 days ago

One swallow does not a summer make, according to Aristotle. I guess he would baulk at two as well but it does seem that a few swallows are getting the idea. I refer, of course, to the growing number of AIM companies facing shareholder activism. It is a good thing.

President Energy (oink, oink) – Placing ahoy?

Published 1038 days ago

I see that AIM-listed President Energy (PPC) has this morning announced the appointment of a new joint broker in the form of BMO Capital Markets Ltd. One’s suspicions are, of course, immediately raised: an energy company (hardly a happy sector at the moment) appointing a new broker? Is it placing ahoy?

Monitise – MONI, MONI, MONI, another “Trading Update” that’s not funny for shareholders

Published 1039 days ago

Long-time specialist in draining shareholder money (sorry, “specialist in financial services technology focused on accelerating the digital transformation of banks and financial institutions”), Monitise (MONI) commences the first two bullet points of a trading update with “in line with previous guidance”, though the last includes that it “expects FY 2017 revenue to be lower than FY 2016 as a result of the continuing transition for the business”. Uh oh…

Golden Saint – Licence Renewal….in two weeks

Published 1041 days ago

AIM-listed POS Golden Saint Resources (GSR) has announced that it I to renew its three exploration licences in Sierra Leone and that it will be making arrangements to pay the fees over the course of the next two weeks. But the detail of the RNS reveals just how desperate the company was for cash at the back end of 2015, and seems to suggest also that there wasn’t exactly a queue around the block outside the Sierra Leone National Minerals Agency to compete for these obviously highly prospective plots.

Trying to make sense of Transense

Published 1041 days ago

Shares in AIM-listed Transense Technologies (TRT) are up heavily on the back of a positive-looking trading statement and news of a licence agreement with NYSE giant General Electric (GE). But is the news all it is cracked up to be?

Rurelec – FY15 report published; finger of blame pointed

Published 1044 days ago

Blow me down! Having been suspended for failing to get its accounts out on time AIM-listed Rurelec has finally got its calendar FY15 numbers out. Fair play to the two-man board: with an ongoing cash-crisis as they try to rescue the company from its dire situation the workload must be extreme. With the numbers now out (after-hours, of course!) the shares are expected to resume trading on Monday. As to the report, it is dreadful – and the finger of blame is firmly pointing in the direction of the old guard under Peter Earl. It is a shocking read.

BrainJuicer – half-year trading update notes “generally encouraging” top-line growth, BUT…

Published 1045 days ago

Market research agency, BrainJuicer (BJU) has announced “generally encouraging” top-line growth and that half year “operating profit increased by some 41%” BUT…

TrakM8 claims its generating pots of cash. That is not the case - still a sell

Published 1056 days ago

No doubt Paul Scott is wetting himself as TrakM8 (TRAK) boasts of how pre-tax profits of £3 million leads to cash of £4.45 million being generated in calendar 2015. There is so much cash generated that his Dorset bunnies are paying a 2p per share dividend, even though the company has now moved into net debt. The squeals of Scotty delight in Brighton are almost audible here in Bristol. Except that it is all smoke and mirrors. TrakM8's business remains a piss poor non generator of cash.

China FRAUD Taihua - another stinker of a set of results from the Filthy 40

Published 1058 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) released its FY15 numbers on Thursday – deadline day to avoid suspension under AIM Rules. But they were released after-hours at 4.52pm: talk about last-minute. The numbers are a horror, but then so is the Auditor’s Qualified opinion, and the material uncertainty warning in the Going Concern Statement.

NorthWest Investment Group – FY15 numbers from the Filthy 40 Investment company which doesn’t invest

Published 1060 days ago

I kid you not: this company has been on the Casino since joining in June 2010 as an investment company with assets of about £3 million and has never invested a cent. Yesterday, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty company Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) released results for calendar FY15: it still hasn’t invested a cent. But the money is disappearing.

Igas – company update = shareholders set to take a bath. But just how bad is it?

Published 1076 days ago

This morning AIM-listed and overindebted Igas Energy (IGAS) released a company update RNS. There was some positive waffle about good progress on its five year shale developments plans, pointing investors to the recent planning permission given to Third Energy for fracking to be employed at a site in Yorkshire. But it is the parlous state of Igas’ finances that this RNS addresses. It looks grim.

Getech – another profit warning, how’s the “strong financial position” looking now?

Published 1080 days ago

Having emphasised caution on shares in provider of data, studies and services to the oil, gas and mining exploration sectors, Getech (GTC) at 37.5p HERE, the following updates with them currently a further couple of percent lower, at 26p, on the back of a “Trading Update” with regard to the company’s year to end July 2016…

F40 MoneySwap and PCG Entertainment – a look back in history at the former chairman and his brother. It’s a game of two halves….

Published 1081 days ago

Picking up on Cynical Bear’s footballing analogy and having previously wondered whether there might be a skeleton in the cupboard of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty MoneySwap (SWAP) in the light of last week’s ‘fessing up by fellow Filthy Forty PCG Entertainment (PCGE), further digging reveals a festival of Red Flags. Look no further than the previous stamping ground of MoneySwap and PCG Entertainment (PCGE) former chairman, Mr Kung Min Lin, at Power Capital Global Limited (PCGB), which started life as Sportswinbet (SWB) in 2005. Here are the first half highlights.

Sanderson Group – 2016 interim results & management chat

Published 1082 days ago

Provider of digital technology and enterprise software for businesses operating in the retail, manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics sectors, Sanderson (SND) has announced results for the six months ended 31st March 2016 and “a good level of confidence that the group will continue to make further progress and deliver trading results in line with market expectations”. The following updates post a chat with management…

EU Supply – AGM trading update, can a discounted fundraising be avoided?

Published 1083 days ago

Having cautioned on shares in e-procurement software provider, EU Supply (EUSP) at 4.5p in January, I now update on the back of an “AGM Statement” announcement which sees them currently at 4.125p…

Aukett Swanke – half-year results, blaming Brexit uncertainty. Hmmm…

Published 1083 days ago

International practice of architects, interior designers and engineers, Aukett Swanke (AUK) has announced results for the six months ended 31st March 2016 and is “pleased to report another period of profitability”. The shares are currently down 18%, at 5.125p, in response though. Hmmm…

Amino Technologies – after profit warning last year, now a brighter trading picture?

Published 1084 days ago

Amino Technologies (AMO) has announced “a strong first half performance with record order intake and a very encouraging backlog to take into the second half of the year following sales growth in key regions”. Sounds interesting…

Pssst! Ssshhhh!! Don’t mention the Fastjet EGM

Published 1086 days ago

ShareProphets likes to bring you the news that companies don’t want you to see. In that vein we bring you yesterday’s RNS from the AIM-listed mile-high croc of **** with no CEO and which is running out of cash otherwise known as Fastjet (FJET) which was entitled Notice of AGM. To make things look really kosher it came out at 3.36pm on a Friday: no-one-is-watching o’clock. Whilst some in the square mile may already have been off lining up the Friday night coke and hookers, we were still watching. Blow me down with a feather, it wasn’t just a notice of AGM.

DCD Media – follows no-one watching o'clock "business update", with no-one watching o'clock results

Published 1087 days ago

Following a true 'no-one watching o'clock’ “Business Update” from DCD Media (DCD), it has followed suit with the results announcement – with a 4:10pm release. I wonder why...

Igas – Trading update: the market cap is insane!

Published 1096 days ago

This morning AIM-listed and over-indebted Igas Energy (IGAS) released a trading update ahead of its AGM to be held this morning. The elephant in the room is, of course, its outstanding debt in the form of bonds - £103 million worth as at the last accounts – which mature in March 2018, less than two years away.

Proxama – on the buses, but is it placing ahoy?

Published 1116 days ago

AIM-listed Proxama (PROX) yesterday released an RNS Reach which described the launch of advertising campaigns on London buses. It all sounds terribly high-tech and exciting: it involves 500 buses using the company’s beacon technology and there is plenty of stuff about high click-through rates, a potential market of 2.3 billion passenger journeys a year to go for and how consumer targeting will mean adverts of quality and relevance. But…..

China Norfolk Asian Citrus profits warning – how long until the corporate undertakers are called?

Published 1152 days ago

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of Biblical plagues, Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) has updated the market on its latest calamity. Apparently it grows oranges too, but its main product these days does seem to be natural disasters that prompt ( lack of) profits warnings.

ADVFN - 3 questions

Published 1156 days ago

ADVFN (AFN) owns 20% of this website but that cannot mean that both as a public company but also a website many of us use daily, we can avoid asking a couple of questions after it snuck out interims at 5.45 PM the day before the bank holiday weekend - no'one is watching O'Clock. Moreover I am being berated by many folks for not flagging this up. I will now get bashed for flagging it up. I cant win so make no comment but just ask three questions.

A Chemical Company Which Could Fizz in the Test Tube of your Portfolio.

Published 1159 days ago

You may or may not have heard of a great UK company called Synthoma (SYNT). It’s one I’ve usually missed in the  limited number of news sources I keep up with, anyway.

 

SeaEnergy ‘fesses up to self-inflicted dire financial position. Blow me down with a feather….

Published 1177 days ago

I’ve been classing AIM-listed SeaEnergy (SEA) as an outright sell since last September (see HERE) at 5.5p bid, but was bearish as long ago as last June at over 12p (see HERE). This has been an accident waiting to happen for months and this morning came the grim news.

F40 Asian Growth Properties – proposed disposal triggers big re-rating but Red Flags are too big to ignore

Published 1178 days ago

Some good news from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty in the form of a proposed disposal by Asian Growth Properties (AGP) was detailed on Tuesday. At its last set of numbers interims to June 2015 the company stated NAV per share at 125p and until recently the shares had been trading at a fraction of that (sub-20p). The news saw the shares race away to close at 46.5p mid, although they gave some back on Thursday. 

China fraud Aquatic Foods Trading Update: drip, drip, drip - the water torture continues in a sea of Red Flags

Published 1180 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. 

China Fraud Aquatic Foods - drip, drip, drip the torture continues

Published 1195 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. 

RockRose Energy – more on the Employee Benefit Trust, implications for NAV – and another error

Published 1210 days ago

We still don’t have an answer to the question posed regarding a share issue of 700,000 shares at 50p a pop in November 2015 (ignored in the Admission Document). Nor do we have an answer to the question over how share with a nominal value of 0.5p were consolidated 4:1 into share of 20p. I would argue that the Companies House filings of LSE Main Market (Standard) Listed RockRose Energy (RRE) has serious questions to answer. Who benefits from the Employee Benefit Trust is (at least for now) in no longer a question – but there another error.

China FRAUD Jiasen – GOTCHA! The LIE in its Interims

Published 1216 days ago

We shall, for a moment, suspend our disbelief over the stated cash position of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Jiasen (JSI). Let us, for a moment, simply take the company at its word. Deeper analysis of yesterdays trading statement numbers shows a horror story unfolding, and casts a strange light on previous statements from the company. I suggest that what follows shows that Jiasen is toast, and uninvestable.

China fraud Jiasen – profit warning, where has all the cash gone?

Published 1217 days ago

An RNS is meant to inform. Of course, if you are delivering bad news you might not be so keen to inform the market quite as fully as you could and that brings us to a profit warning from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Jiasen (JSI). Tom Winnifrith commented after its Interims to June 2015 that it was either a fraud or he was a banana. And so today Jiasen produced a very uninformative trading statement which looks for all the world to be designed to mislead.

Red Flags at Night: Tethys Petroleum looks doomed

Published 1219 days ago

Oh dear, yet another oiler having trouble with its cash. Dual listed on the TSX and the Main Market of the LSE Tethys Petroleum (TPL) lobbed out a bit of a bombshell at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night (at 12 minutes past 6pm on a Friday). Nice one, chaps.

How screwed is Mosman Oil & Gas? Very.

Published 1228 days ago

Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN) has walked away from its duff STEP deal having raised A$6.47 million before ( no doubt grotesque) costs to do the deal. Without that cash it would have gone bust as cash as at 8 December 2015 was just $5.4 million. But where does it go now? Down the plughole is the best guess.

Inspirit - is director buying just spoofing the market?

Published 1234 days ago

And so, in the face of all the questions being asked about AIM-listed Inspirit Energy Holdings plc (INSP), rather than answer them we had news yesterday that the Chairman and CEO, Mr John Gunn, had dipped into the market and bought 5 million shares. But what of the elephant in the room?

Inspirit Energy - a festival of Red Flags on New Year's Eve: Sell

Published 1238 days ago

The ex-Lenigas stock that is AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) issued its full year results to 20 June 2015 on the day of its reporting deadline of New Year's Eve. Just the timing of the RNS during no-one-is-watching o'clock week is a Red Flag in itself. But quite how it has taken six months to collate its numbers when there are no sales is a mystery to me - that is another Red Flag, but there are plenty more. For a start, there is a change of auditor but a glaring error and a few other matters leave me reaching for the bargepole even before looking at the balance sheet.

SeaEnergy: profit warning, loans, new Nomad. Was that plain or cheese'n'onion?

Published 1277 days ago

I suppose that a profit warning should actually involve profits but unfortunately for SeaEnergy's (SEA) beleaguered shareholders that seems to be a long way off. With the low oil price it goes without saying that companies with exposure to black gold in some form or other are going to be suffering in the current climate. But SeaEnergy – as discussed HERE - could and should have been almost bullet-proof. Having had cash and readily realisable assets worth millions, the company has spent the cash and stood by while the value of the holding in Lansdowne Oil and Gas (LOGP) has dwindled away. It now finds itself reliant on the bank and having to go round with a begging bowl in order to keep the lights on.

SeaEnergy "wins prestigious award". How's the (lack of) cash position fellas?

Published 1297 days ago

AIM-listed and skint SeaEnergy (SEA) has released a toe-curling RNS this morning to announce the win of some industry award. The thing is that SeaEnergy is out of cash and reliant on a bank overdraft - it urgently needs to get a placing away. The announcement goes as follows (ShareProphets RNS Translation Service in plain script):

UPDATED: Pointless PR puffery RNS of the day – NetDimensions: when’s the Placing?

Published 1315 days ago

I had to laugh out loud when I read this morning’s RNS Reach from AIM-listed NetDimensions (NETD). It is normally a pretty bad sign when a company announces that it has won some sort of spurious award, but this really takes the biscuit. You see, it is not even NetDimensions that has won it: it is one of its clients!  The update is the figures from the balance sheet - far, far worse than my first reading.

JQW – Interims invite belief in the tooth fairy

Published 1341 days ago

As George Osborne tweets lyrical about being the first UK minister ever to visit the key staging post at the end of China’s Silk Road, Urumqi, JQW has truly tried to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. If you believe in the tooth fairy then you should buy the shares with all your might. Indeed, you should go down to the world’s local bank (HSBC) and get a mega-loan and buy the entire company for it is trading on a market capitalisation of £11.1 million (source: ADVFN) and yet has a cash pile of £46 million. Heck: shut down the business (except the Chinese authorities have already done that, for a month) and walk away with £35 million profit?

We Should Always Keep 20% in Cold Cash - Except Perhaps Now.

Published 1359 days ago

Hello Share Trundlers. The great Warren Buffet said that it doesn’t matter if shares fall. As long as we don’t need money straight away.

SELL!: WANdisco plc – what’s the exact nature of its HSBC credit facility?

Published 1384 days ago

Steve Moore previously commented on AIM-listed WANdisco plc (WAND) HERE (‘after the 2015 Q2 sales update, it’s forecast reduction time yet again!’), including noting forecasts of net cash reducing to $6.2 million at the year-end and an $8.5 million net debt position at the end of next year, with there currently a $10 million revolving credit facility in place with HSBC to March 2017. If this balance sheet position was not too close for comfort already, we now have reason to question the exact nature of the HSBC facility…

Gem could be a diamond in the making

Published 1410 days ago

Diamond miners haven’t generally been performing that well in recent times, and that includes Gem Diamonds (GEMD). But I think the recent drop in share price could actually be a great opportunity to invest in a ‘Gem’ at a great level.

Two Golden Rules for Hard Times - and a Bonus Tip for Luck.

Published 1413 days ago

Hello Share Sweepers. As we’re all still feeling pretty nervous about our shares, I would not advocate doing much trading at the moment. The Chinese stock market and the Greek tragedy are both taking their toll on our confidence. So it seems to me we now have a good opportunity to drive home two glittering lessons which are especially useful in difficult times like these.

Gulf Keystone: was that a profits warning?

Published 1417 days ago

This morning’s announcement from Gulf Keystone (GKP) had the decided whiff of a profits’ warning about it. It is extremely frustrating when companies dress bad news up. I appreciate the importance shoring up sentiment has, but if a company has to warn shareholders that it is going to miss its financial targets it surely must be an inviolable principle of transparent markets that it explicitly says so. Today’s example from Gulf could prove to be a perfect case in point and doesn’t bode well for new CEO Jón Ferrier’s attitude towards investor relations.

Globo tries to reassure, but concerns and red flags continue to abound

Published 1419 days ago

In response to a rapidly falling share price, sorry “to the Situation in Greece”, Globo plc (GBO) has released an update…

Globo plc – a further red flag ahoy?

Published 1437 days ago

Having earlier this month announced that in the first quarter of 2015 its “net cash position increased to €41.2 million (31 December 2014: €40.4 million)”, Globo plc (GBO) has now announced that “it will be conducting a series of investor meetings in the US and UK commencing on 19 June 2015 in relation to a potential issue of senior secured high yield notes”. Hmmm…

Red Flags at Night…..Regal Petroleum after-hours results RNS

Published 1460 days ago

I have some sympathy for the board of Regal Petroleum (RPT) given that its area of operation is in the Ukraine. I sense that they are doing their best to manage the company in the most difficult of situations, but for investors the RNSs released yesterday are very worrying. Cash is trapped in a rapidly depreciating currency and the risks here are massive.

Globo plc – 2014 results, cash flow & balance sheet concerns intensify

Published 1486 days ago

Shares in “international provider of enterprise mobility management, mobile solutions and software as a service”, Globo plc (GBO) gained 9% yesterday to 52.5p on the back of a results announcement emphasising that for 2014 “we have produced a strong financial performance”. The following suggests otherwise…

blur Group – reasons to remain bearish as Edison updates

Published 1587 days ago

Shares in provider of an online platform for the provision of services, blur Group (BLUR) have now declined to sub 50p - having been circa 730p a year ago. The following reviews post a trading update last week and now an update from Edison Investment Research.

A very happy New Year for TXO shareholders – not!

Published 1596 days ago

First they get the news that Smart Win has appealed against the rejection of its summary judgement motion; totally immaterial of course, regardless of what happens, because as explained here  “the chances are better of winning the jackpot in the national lottery just buying 1 line for 1 week than they are of TXO (TXO) actually seeing any money.. [because]… Smart Win is a shell set up by two major Chinese companies and has no assets”

Quindell Profits/Accounting/cash warning - dependent on bank support - bearcast rampage from Tom Winnifrith

Published 1630 days ago

All my work since I first used the word Red Flag in April 2013 has been vindicated. My scoops of this weekend on Quindell (QPP) have been shown as true - today's statement is a total disaster for Quenron. Bulletin board morons who abused and threatened me get your sorry arses round to Real Man Pizza today to buy a large pizza and expensive bottle of wine and give my fantastic staff a large tip to say SORRY. The following points stand out:

Tom Winnifrith Quindell Bearcast Special - The implications of today's revelations

Published 1632 days ago

Today's revelations on Quindell (QPP) are shocking. How do the Morons feel now knowing about the wage deferral, that they were mislead about the cash position on October 13 (market abuse) so they bought shares and Rob Terry, Laurence Moorse and Steve Scott were able to sell. How do they feel about that? You guys were suckered. Now you need to stop getting angry with me and start directing your anger towards a board that has stolen your cash. 

Tom Winnifrith BearCast Special - Quindell just how grim is the cash position?

Published 1654 days ago

Right now we are focussing on Rob Terry's lies about share trades and about how he and Fidelity are racing to offload their worthless stock in Quenron (QPP). But there is another pressing issue which is just how grim is the cash position. I put it to you that while Mr Terry's personal bank account might be bulging, back at Quenron the position is dire and that is why Mr 2+2 can = 5 is so keen to offload his stock at almost any price. I explain why the game is almost up.

blinkx plc - interims: the key numbers

Published 1657 days ago

I previously updated on internet media company blinkx plc (BLNX) a month ago concluding, at 31.75p, that the shares looked a speculation on the company’s ability to deliver a sustainable cash generative recovery, rather than a solid, value investment - see HERE. Currently at 29p, today released interim numbers support that view (as summarised below, red highlighting key negative factors, green key positive contributors), with further analysis to follow. There a lot of red ink here as befits a company that tried to bully the Sheriff of AIM with lawyers letters. That tells you everything.

Change of broker on the AIM Casino means Placing Ahoy – ref Tertiary Minerals and others

Published 1693 days ago

I do not wish to make this about Tertiary Minerals (TYM) on its own as that will prompt Malcolm Stacey and Comrade Wildrides to issue a fatwa against me. But it rather illustrates a point about just how the AIM Casino works. 

Globo plc - interims cash flow analysis, improvement still necessary?

Published 1699 days ago

In an update on the 2013 annual results from Greece-originated mobile and telecom software and services business Globo plc (GBO) I noted that “the majority of the reported profit was tied up in working capital and investment. The issue here is that the table highlights that this is a consistent occurrence”. Has this changed in the today-announced results for the first half of 2014? Err…

Cupid – Dismal Interims

Published 1699 days ago

Interim results from Cupid (CUP) were predictably disastrous and show why it had to see its dodgy Ukrainian dating businesses. In part that was because, despite the KPMG whitewash they were clearly engaged in unethical practises. But Cupid also needed the cash.

ShareProphets Share Tip of the week: Leyshon Energy

Published 1700 days ago

Yes we know this company operates in China but it is not a Chinese company but it is valued as if it is one. At 3.25p to buy Leyshon Energy (LEN) is the ShareProphets share tip of the week.

Toumaz – Crazy Valuation & the REAL Metrics are dire

Published 1704 days ago

Toumaz (TMZ) has all the markings of the sort of stock that should be in the Bulletin Board Moron nightmare portfolio as explained HERE earlier and, indeed, it seems to have a diehard band of BB Moron enthusiasts. Results today are dismal and the cash is running out. Yet at just under 6p the valuation is £95 million. Crackers.

Monitise – full-year results: losses up, shares again down

Published 1711 days ago

Mobile money technology platforms and services company Monitise (MONI) has announced results for its year ended 30th June 2014 and a “confident outlook”. Is this though still discounted in a share price which has fallen from 80p earlier this year to a current 43.5p?

Quindell & its dire REAL cash position at June 30th – back to the RAC Joint Venture

Published 1734 days ago

Yesterday I asked if Quindell had actually paid the £15 million in cash into Connected Car Solutions its jv company with the RAC of which it owns 51%. Despite announcing the deal on April 7th there is no evidence at all in the interims that such a payment has been made – as you can read HERE. But this now poses three scenarios for the REAL cash position of Quindell at June 3th.

I'm bearish, 50% in cash but I like TSB Banking Group

Published 1741 days ago

I’ve been chopping back my portfolio. I’m really bearish of the market right now. Even when I see a stock I want to buy, I’m holding off. I’m about 50% in cash. That is extremely rare for me to be that “out of the market.” So what am I holding?

I Agree with Warren Buffett – Falling Shares Mean Nothing.

Published 1749 days ago

Hello Share Fans: As so many excellent writers on here disagree with me that shares will soon rise, I feel duty bound to re-state the case for optimism. Don't believe half of what you read in the Press about shares. If you do you'll make enough wrong decisions to stop you making any real money at the golden game.

Globo and Go!Enterprise Sales – why the Bulletin Board Morons are wrong again – and new target price set: 10p

Published 1757 days ago

I flagged up HERE some days ago the fact that revenues from Globo’s (GBO) flagship Go!Enterprise product seemed not to be growing anymore. The Bulletin Board Morons responded with a claim that Matt simply did not understand that sales were second half weighted. No doubt this is company spin. It is also bollocks.

Globo plc – readers' questions answered my reservations not

Published 1758 days ago

My review of the trading update earlier this week from Globo plc (GBO) elicited a couple of reader comments – particularly asking “what cash situation do you want from a company in the growth stage”? and “would you please comment on globo 2013 final accounts ageing of trade receivables”. Showing it to be incorrect that “whenever a question is asked it is ignored by the shareprophet writers”, the following reviews.

Outsourcery Statement – Piers Linney this does not wash Mr Dragon’s Den

Published 1760 days ago

Having promised an update on refinancing the POS AIM listed company Outsourcery in July, Dragon’s Den Prima Donna Piers Linney served up a pretty wet statement at the last minute this morning. The RNS is both wet and disingenuous. And here’s why.The statement reads:

Quindell & Industrial Deafness – how the “industry” works and why that means Quindell’s numbers do not add up

Published 1767 days ago

In 2014 Quindell (QPP) will book revenue of £228 million (28% of group sales) from Industrial Deafness claims where it will generate not a cent of cash. Those revenues are based on the estimates provided by Mr 2+2 Can =5 Rob Terry and his fellow directors and will ensure Quindell hits EPS forecasts. But anyone looking at this industry must recognise that Terry is bullshitting. Here’s why. Meet The Hearing Clinic.

Sorry to be a pedant but Quindell & Cash Collection and Canaccord (again)

Published 1770 days ago

I am sorry to be a pedant but why is it that the joint broker to Quindell (QPP) Canaccord appears to think that ithe company's projections for cash collection in the critical QLS division are wildly optimistic?

Avanti – The Profits warning does not stack up

Published 1771 days ago

Naturally I am delighted to see bombastic uber-Welsh Avanti Communications (AVN) boss David Williams have to eat humble pie and serve up a profits warning on Friday. But what the statement says and what it does not say is just terribly confusing. I start on June 13th when Avanti stated:

Globo – Uh, Oh….

Published 1774 days ago

It is no secret that I am not a fan of Globo (GBO) – perhaps I shall have to treck up from the Mani to Athens for another visit. I sense things are getting exciting. For the bears.

Quindell the Trading Statement - SMTM

Published 1776 days ago

Suddenly bulletin board morons tweet me in a way that suggests they need to up the medication urgently. Quindell (QPP) shares have leapt by 33% or more to 244p on the back of a trading statement. Those folks who lambasted me for being bearish at 250p and above reckon I have lost all credibility, blah, blah, blah. Whatever… The statement reads well. Superficially – that is to say if you just look at Quindell defined EBITDA, sales (including huge accruals) and EPS numbers. But I have a number of issues and remain a seller with a 20p target and here is why…

Avanti Communications – The “Trading Update” and Expectations – Sell

Published 1780 days ago

Avanti Communications (AVN) is now officially my Victor Meldrew stock: “I just do not believe it!” Last week it served up a “contract win” announcement that was utterly incredible. Now for this, drowning in debt, needs to raise equity Company we turn to the mystery of the full year trading statement.

Globo Trading Statement – Meaningless Gibberish

Published 1799 days ago

Globo (GBO) this week issued a trading statement which is the usual gibberish from a company driven by issuing non news to support a share price which I fundamental terms is unjustifiable.

Quindell: Cash, the UKLA and Looking ahead to a Shoot-out at the Not so OK AGM

Published 1807 days ago

The AGM of Quindell PLC (QPP) will be at 10 AM on Thursday 19th June and as a loyal shareholder (as of Monday) I shall be attending and am planning my questions as of now. A few months ago this would have been a love-in with his fan club taking turns to praise CEO Rob Terry, I wonder if the mood may have changed. I still expect to get lynched by Bulletin Board morons as I ask my questions. On what you ask?

Rob Terry of Quindell and his £720,000 cash bonus – a shocker or not?

Published 1826 days ago

I see that the Sunday Times has had a go at Quindell (QPP) CEO Rob Terry for picking up a £720,000 cash bonus last year given that the share price has halved in recent weeks. The Newspaper is right but for the wrong reasons.

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