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Published 1 day ago
Last month one of the five had its denouement as AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) had an emergency bailout - as long predicted by me - at only 2p. That left just four. My suspicion was that AIM-listed member of the Filthy Forty, Walcom (WALG) would be next with its head under the guillotine and the news there was only marginally better as death has been postponed to June.
Published 9 days ago
AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) has sacked its investment adviser “for cause”. Origo has been a total disaster for its investors, but a great wheeze for the investment adviser as you can see HERE: while shareholders have lost almost everything the adviser, Origo Advisers Limited (OAL), coined it in fees, bonuses and so on. You might wonder what took the company so long, but until recently the board was dominated by its investment adviser…..and then along came hero of the hour Mr John Chapman.
Published 12 days ago
The final death throes of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) seem to be upon us. This is as a result of its biggest customer defaulting on payments, leaving Walcom with no cash, a much reduced client pool and a stack of bills to pay. On 28 February the company warned it may go belly up by the end of March. The good news is that the executioner has been held off until mid-April, and Walcom is now proposing to sell off a subsidiary to raise a bit of cash...
Published 25 days ago
Well, you can’t say you have not been warned! ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of the few remaining) Walcom (WALG) warned yesterday that Trading in the first two months of the financial year has been significantly below budget. But that was the minor issue, as its defaulting customer still hasn’t paid up. Walcom is pretty specific over its predicament;
Published 44 days ago
It seems that someone wants out of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy – the shares plunged 18% yesterday to just 1p on no news. And yet only on Monday we were told that some outfit in the BVI had offered up a £1.118 million loan “for general corporate expenses”, convertible at 4.7p upon a listing in Asia. This, from a company which claims to be profitable!
Published 49 days ago
AIM-listed member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, China New Energy (CNEL) has announced a £1.118 million (before expenses) convertible loan with an entity called Double River Limited of the BVI. With the shares previously at just 1.125p, the conversion price of 4.7p seems a little on the too-good-to-be-true side of things, and is conditional on China New gaining a listing on a stock market in Asia. What’s not to like?
Published 52 days ago
As Tom Winnifrith drowns himself in Ouzo for breakfast this morning, after AIM-listed Telit (TCM) put off its disposal and fellow AIM-listed Altona (ANR) and Alien Metals (UFO – formerly Arian Silver) were suspended on AIM, I wonder if I’m missing out. Back on 21 November 2018, AIM-listed Walcom (WALG) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty told us it had a debt repayment due in January…..
Published 63 days ago
I thought I’d update on my 5 sells for 2019 as after just a couple of weeks a few cracks are beginning to show already. The five, Telit (TCM), Haydale (HAYD), Yu Group (YU.), Walcom (WALG) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty and First Derivatives (FDP) are not necessarily shorts – some, such as Walcom, couldn’t be shorted anyway. But they are sells.
Published 97 days ago
Following it previously noted, Allenby a Nomad of choice with some of the few remaining 'Filthy Forty' constituents. Could similar action follow?, here's an update on the current ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' situation...
Published 97 days ago
Last Night at 4.39pm – after hours at no-one-is-watching o’clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of just seven remaining) China New Energy (CNEL) issued a Trading Update. Except the meat of the dish was not about the company’s trading, it was about trading in its shares. We are told the Company is currently considering and assessing all the options available for fund raising in other stock exchanges. Aha - it is voluntary execution ahoy!
Published 123 days ago
Yesterday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member (one of only 7 remaining) Walcom (WALG) updated the market on its efforts to get its largest customer to pay its bills. Bad news there, as was the accompanying profit warning, repayments of borrowings, discussions with lender and the final coup de grace: ….the Company may be in a position where it is unable to settle its liabilities as and when they fall due. What’s not to like!
Published 132 days ago
Following it recently noted, Allenby a Nomad of choice with some of the few remaining 'Filthy Forty' constituents. Could similar action follow?, here's an update on the current ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' situation...
Published 153 days ago
Following a corporate results season, here's a October ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...
Published 176 days ago
In part 1 of this expose we saw that the new board of AIM-listed Origo (OPP) had spent time getting to grips with the trainwreck of a company left behind by previous management. New chairman, John Chapman was not mincing his words as he told us that company records were missing, such as the due diligence and investment rationale for the company’s investments – as were some of the investments, “expenses” had been paid to someone who left the scene four years ago and that the old guard including its Nomad had been understandably reluctant to hand over the keys. Now let’s look at some of Origo’s portfolio.
Published 176 days ago
I commented back in June, when ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company Origo Partners (OPP) announced its FY17 results that I underestimated the new board of Origo after new Chairman John Chapman tore into the investments made under the old board and advisers. Yesterday, as Origo got its interims out on deadline day, John Chapman tore into the old crew even more. The attack (totally justified, in my humble opinion) is astonishing – no “old school tie” behaviour here, it is utterly devastating. Mind you, given that the (now former) investment adviser had coined it to the tune of $31 million in performance payments by the end of 2014, and now Origo’s shareholders have just $13.6 million to share between them (as opposed to $81 million as at June 2017) with no dividends one has to think Mr Chapman has a point. Will AIM Regulation act? (Don’t laugh too loud….)
Published 182 days ago
AIM-listed China New Energy (CNEL) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty has this morning delivered its interims ahead of Friday’s deadline. So no pending execution here, then! Chairman Yu Weijun tells us that he is very pleased to report that the Company's continued revenue growth and profitability……The company has a current order book and work in progress of RMB 294 million (c. £34m) to be fulfilled by December 2019, and I am confident that the business outlook is for continued profitability. Well, that’s great news. Of course, there are a few questions to be raised, though….
Published 184 days ago
Since there are now just seven companies remaining of the original forty, and with the end of September coming up I thought it high time to have a gander across the remains of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty.
Published 196 days ago
Following the latest Walcom – defaulting largest customer pays up….well £34k and now in a corporate results season, here's a September ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...
Published 196 days ago
I see that another three AIM companies ended their membership of the Casino this morning, namely Dalradian Resources (DALR), Zamano (ZMNO) and Weatherly International (WTI). On the one hand I keep hearing how AIM is outperforming the main market (something of a turnaround, at long last – and for the cynical perhaps a sign that the bull run is coming to an end!) but I keep seeing departures. AIM may have outperformed the main market, but I wonder for how long given the mad exuberance of shareholders in the likes of Frontera (FRR), UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) and Tern (TERN). And, as I discovered this morning, the number of companies listed on AIM still seems to be falling away markedly.
Published 202 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) – one of just seven remaining – announced yesterday that its largest customer had at last ponied up some cash. But it is only to the tune of about £34,000. Against a further approx. £632,000 owed and overdue, and another approx. £92,000 falling due by mid-month, that is a drop in the ocean.
Published 216 days ago
An update last week noted UniVision Engineering (UVEL) has updated that it now expects to announce results for its year ended 31st March 2018 in that week (from “towards the end of July” previously, hmmm!). They haven't gone down well...
Published 223 days ago
Following the latest Walcom – customer still not coughed up, now its off to the lawyers, here's an August ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...
Published 237 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom (WALG) – one of just seven remaining – has announced that its largest customer still hasn’t ponied up the wonga. There’s a surprise…..not! Also unsurprising is the share price reaction, where the bid price has dropped to just 0.25p. If you wanted a bag of crisps, you’ll have to settle for Tesco Value ones now.
Published 242 days ago
Following earlier this month Walcom – surprise, surprise: the customer hasn’t paid yet, here's July's ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...
Published 258 days ago
On 28th June ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play (one of only seven remaining) Walcom (WALG) announced it was having problems getting its biggest customer to pay – but it was ok because it expected to cough up by 10 July. Well, here we are and surprise, surprise……it still hasn’t ponied up the wonga. The company issued an RNS entitled “Customer Payment” (if that is not misleading, I don’t know what is!)
Published 259 days ago
Following the half-year point and China AIM fraud Naibu – NEDs who failed & took their geld now take Pinsent Masons & Daniel Stewart to Court earlier today, here's a ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...
Published 267 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) put out its full year numbers for 2017 at 7am on deadline day, last Friday. It boasted significantly increased revenues and profits, so all’s well? Er…
Published 268 days ago
I warned on Thursday that if you are still holding, one might be tempted to compare the benefits of that versus a bag of crisps. Following a flow of dire news, on Friday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) issued the most damning statements in its FY17 accounts, and the shares crashed by a horrifying 64%. It is truly horrifying. Step forward the investment adviser Origo Advisers (which more-or-less doubled as the company’s previous management), take a very special bow, please, Auditor BDO in Hong Kong. Take a turn, please, former Nomad Smith & Williamson. Normally at times like this I would be reaching for some of Tom Winnifrith’s Ouzo, but I can’t seem to let the sick-bucket go.
Published 270 days ago
On Tuesday 26 June, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) fessed up that it had lost another boat-load of cash, this time on Kincorra Copper (TSX.V: KCC). Actually, it didn’t – we were simply told it had been sold for CAD 2 million (around US$ 1.5 million). It is not until you realise that the company had sunk US$ 8.5 million into Kincora that you see what a shambles that investment was.
Published 270 days ago
This morning ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom Group (WALG) issued a trading statement. Given that its interims are due by tomorrow, that does not look good – indeed, I wonder if the numbers will not be forthcoming and a suspension will follow.
Published 288 days ago
On 27 December 2017, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) announced an EGM to allow it to buy up to 20% of its shares back. The EGM duly passed the relevant resolutions on 17 January 2018. So how many shares has it bought back?
Published 299 days ago
Following Filthy Forty and banished from AIM, Aquatic Foods NED’s make a few admissions: ShareProphets was right from Nigel yesterday, here's a ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update...
Published 300 days ago
On 28 December 2017, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group issued an RNS stating that it couldn’t publish accounts for 2016 and the shares would be booted off AIM the following morning. Of course, there’s a lot more to that and ShareProphets had been predicting the demise for months. Now the patsy NEDs have issued a statement and it is clear that ShareProphets was right all along.
Published 302 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) issued a stonking warning on Friday night, at 5.30pm going into a bank holiday. Talk about no-one-is-watching o’clock. I previously warned in the light of a previous warning (HERE) that the question was whether the asset realisations will generate anything at all for shareholders after holders of the Zeros (whose money appears not to be contributing to OAL’s new fees) have been paid off. Last night’s RNS suggests the answer may well be nothing.
Published 339 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company Origo Partners (OPP) has updated the market this morning in a series of announcements which look to amount to a complete dog’s breakfast as far as shareholders are concerned. There is a new Nomad which looks to me to have been appointed in suspicious circumstances, there are proposals to change the remuneration of the company’s grotesquely overpaid advisors….and expected realisation amounts will be significantly less than the Company's last reported net asset value. What’s not to like!
Published 360 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….
Published 368 days ago
Previously updating, we noted from HaiKe Chemical Group (HAIK) “intention to seek shareholder approval for the cancellation of admission to trading on AIM”. This has now been for EGM approval...
Published 374 days ago
Anyone foolish enough to be a shareholder in AIM-China play Haike Chemical (HAIK) has until 1pm today to accept an offer for their shares at 30p. An EGM on 12 March passed resolutions to delist from the Casino, the execution scheduled for close of play on 19 March.
Published 397 days ago
Previously updating, we noted HaiKe Chemical Group (HAIK) potentially in the 'geong, geong' stage. There has since been developments - and what does the 'Filthy Forty' look like now?...
Published 405 days ago
Who's followed the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone? Who's in the 'Geong, Geong' stage and what does the 'Filthy Forty' look like now?...
Published 430 days ago
I see that former ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) (note former, as it left AIM via tha HaraKiri route last May) has had an unfortunate missive from Companies House. This, of course, was yet another AIM-China play festooned in Red Flags, but an EGM waved through the AIM delisting as shareholders were told that major shareholders Messers Yin and Liu had signified their intent to purchase ordinary shares from other shareholders after the delisting.
Published 430 days ago
Another to be de-listed and another “exploring options for the future strategy of the company, including a cancellation from AIM and continuing as a private company”. Who's next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 432 days ago
This morning it was announced that Alpha Returns Group (ARGP) has been unable to replace Roland Fatty Cornish as Nomad and that it is off to the AIM Execution Chamber over the weekend. With Haike Chemical (HAIK) having announced yesterday that it is considering (ie certain to) delist, that will be the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty down to just seven companies. They are still dropping like flies, then.
Published 444 days ago
Another year, another set of de-listing developments amongst the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. Who's next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 451 days ago
With apologies to Douglas Adams, as long predicted here on ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) didn’t get its 2016 accounts out and the AIM Executioner has done its duty. After six months suspended, it has been given the boot.
Published 461 days ago
AIM-listed Alpha Returns Group (ARGP) is not only a member of our Filthy Forty, but also has an interesting past as the disaster that was Digital Learning Marketplace (DLM) under Angus Forrest (recently departed from Tern plc). Its Nomad, until 18 October, was ZAI Corporate Finance but ZAI lost its Nomad licence. So Alpha Returns turned (or, rather, returned) to Beaumont Cornish.
Published 465 days ago
I am a bit puzzled by this announcement. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Univision (UVEL) is obviously “pleased” with the results, and with profits reported 133% higher on the same period last year and a major long-term contract win in the bag, who would not be pleased. Until, that is, you turn to the cashflow statement…
Published 469 days ago
AIM-listed Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has at last posted an RNS. Given that its FY16 accounts are overdue by almost 6 months, and its interims by heading for three, you would have thought we might have an update on that. But no: instead the resignation of Mircle Ching Chai Yap was announced. This chap has a spot of form….
Published 489 days ago
Another month, another set of de-listing developments amongst the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. Who's next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 490 days ago
I commented last week on the silence from four former clients of former Nomad ZAI Corporate Finance as weekend executions were lined up for failing to enlist a replacement Nomad. None of them had said anything since 18/19 October when ZAI was given its marching orders by the Oxymorons. This morning two fell to the advances of the grim reaper, but riding to the last-minute rescue of Ukrproduct (UKR) came Stand Hanson while Polo (POL) was saved by Allenby. You might picture Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman riding in as the trap-doors were released and a well-aimed shot at the hangman’s ropes frees the victims.
Published 507 days ago
Since our previous update, ZAI Corporate Finance has had its nominated adviser status removed - causing further issues amongst the (few) remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'. Who will be next to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone?...
Published 507 days ago
And so it came to pass that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) didn’t even bother to update the market at the end of October on the supposed progress towards getting its FY16 accounts released – accounts which should have been released by 30 June. The interims to June are also overdue, but there is no statement at all! Step forward those fine fellows at S P Angel, the company’s Nomad.
Published 512 days ago
Here we are again, with the last days of the month playing out and (as yet) no word from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Aquatic Foods Group. It missed the June 30th deadline to file its FY16 accounts and each month since then we’ve been promised news next month.
Published 524 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.
Published 542 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has at last appointed a new finance director to replace the previous incumbent who left all of a sudden as the company announced it was unable to release its FY16 numbers. Good news...er, well sort of.
Published 547 days ago
It’s that time of the month again: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) seemed to promise its delayed FY16 accounts by the end of the month. In June the excuse was it couldn’t get its cash out of China, but the directors were going to pony up so as to pay certain advisers (ie the Auditor) and the results would be out in July. Oh, and the next day the CFO (who had been in post less than a year since the previous incumbent walked) resigned with immediate effect - having signed off the RNS.
Published 552 days ago
AIM-China play China New Energy (CNEL) is one of the few remaining members of our Filthy Forty still trading on the Casino. This morning saw its interims to 30 June 2017 released and it claims to have turned over hugely increased revenues of RMB 69 million (c. £7.7 million) and registered a net profit of RMB 17 million (c. £1.2 million) as against the market capitalisation of £6 million. So why are the shares trading 4% lower? Er…look at the cashflow statement! And the company wants to conduct a buy-back of its shares! Ho ho, what with?
Published 571 days ago
Yesterday at 4.14pm ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) updated the market regarding its overdue FY16 accounts. Once again we are left waiting until next month – Godot is definitely coming tomorrow, honest guv, when the new FD is appointed. So nothing to do with the problems getting cash out of China to pay auditors, Nomad fees and director fees as we were previously told?
Published 573 days ago
We are two days from the end of August and we’ve had diddly squat from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) which is currently suspended pending accounts. In June it said they would be in July, and that directors were going to pony up to get enough bills paid to see the accounts signed. In July it hadn’t happened and there was no mention of it. Will the accounts appear this time?
Published 580 days ago
Since our previous update, Pembridge Resources (PERE) has followed the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone from the ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty'...
Published 582 days ago
It seems that some regulators have more teeth than others. The PCAOB – a US regulator – has revoked the registration of Hong Kong audit firm Crowe Horwath HK and censured it for refusing to cooperate with an investigation of the firm’s audits of a China-based issuer. Crowe Horwath is part of the same network of audit firms that contains our very own Crowe Clark Whitehill, which audited a large number of AIM-China Filthy Forty companies before they disappeared into the ether (see HERE).
Published 597 days ago
Yesterday at 3.36pm ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Adamas (ADAM) announced as update on a debtor. Judging by the timing it seems to be a bit of an unscheduled missive – and judging by the content, it seems to be a problem.
Published 605 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) has released news of its delayed FY16 numbers in an (almost) no-one is watching o’clock RNS yesterday, released at 4.26 pm – 12.26am local time in China. Goodness me, they must have been putting the wording together for hours! Needless to say, there are still no accounts. In my view the whole thing is a joke and Nomad SP Angel is being made to look foolish: take a look at the directors’ page of the company website!
Published 608 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?
Published 610 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) shares were suspended last month because it couldn’t get its accounts out on time. We were told that this was because of difficulties getting its enormous cash-pile out of China to pay a number of parties whose assistance is required for the finalisation of the audited accounts. For that, we might presume that it includes the audit firm. We were told that the accounts were anticipated to be released in July – and here we are with 6 trading days left. Is it crunch time?
Published 624 days ago
Since our previous update, most of the remaining ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies have been scrambling to get results out in time, two further have been suspended and another (MoneySwap) has been booted off the AIM Casino - to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone...
Published 626 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy announced its AGM today. As I suspected HERE the company’s full year results revealed a bit of a need for cash and the AGM notice (HERE) confirms that the company is leaving the door wide open on that score.
Published 633 days ago
And so another year passes and ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty investment company which doesn’t invest, Northwest Investment Group (NWIG), racks another year’s loss and still not a single investment. That’ll be six and a half years to the balance sheet date, and 7 to the current date. Meanwhile the £3 million raised is down to….
Published 633 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?
Published 633 days ago
I haven’t covered ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty All Asia Asset Capital (AAA) much before its shocking contender for most expensive loan on AIM, but since our list is now only 13 members long, and with an 'interesting' disposal to record now seems as good a time as any to take a peek. And so, with the Chairman pleased to present the results… (and the shares down by 30%)...
Published 635 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!
Published 641 days ago
Out of the blue this morning, we have had an update from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Naibu. This was an obvious fraud and delisted in 2015 when the money stopped flowing and Houyan Lin disappeared. But the board decided to stand up to be counted. They may have been taken in and signed off on all sorts of lies, but they have been pursuing the case and today have also announced that viable legal causes of action look to exist to go after certain of the various professional advisers who were involved at the time of the flotation.
Published 661 days ago
Since our previous update, another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company in MoneySwap (SWAP) has seen EGM approval for AIM cancellation - to follow the likes of Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone...
Published 671 days ago
Yesterday lunchtime (1pm – the new no-one-is-watching o’clock) ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatics Foods Group (AFG) served up a Q1 trading statement showing broadly flat sales, but rising costs. The really good news is that the cash-pile is even higher than before, at RMB 485 million – c. £54 million, or about five times the market capitalisation. The bad news….
Published 684 days ago
Since our previous (March) update, another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company has followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone...
Published 684 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.
Published 689 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) deslists at the close of play today. If you want to claim your bag of Walkers, now's your last chance - unless you want to take your chances on suggestions of a possible offer from a major shareholder and management coming to fruition at a better price following this weekend's scheduled lethal injection in the basement of Stuttard Towers.
Published 699 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced last Friday that the EGM called to approve the company’s proposed delisting from the AIM Casino had passed the proposals with the requisite majority. The shares are expected to depart the world’s most successful (but perhaps not for Taihua) growth market first thing on 8 May. In the wake of the announcement – at 4.15pm last Friday, bordering on no-one-is-watching o’clock - the shares again nose-dived, registering a new low of 0.1p on the bid yesterday, but all of a sudden the stock is on the rampage this morning. What is going on?
Published 708 days ago
Obviously the world’s most successful growth market is tightly regulated and supervised by Marcus Stuttard’s oxymorons of AIM Regulation, who seem incapable of applying their own rules. That is why we selected a beautifully diversified portfolio of stocks which we have Red Flagged here on ShareProphets but since Mr Stuttard’s well-oiled regulatory machinery is just so good there must be nothing wrong. Nothing at all…..which is why after 200 days the portfolio is down by 55%. Oops.
Published 710 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is set to have yet another casualty – this time MoneySwap (SWAP) which is proposing to follow Taihua (TAIH) and Jiasen (JSI) out of the back door via a cancellation EGM to become the twenty-seventh Casino delisting. But this will be after almost eight months suspended from trading. Oh Oxymorons at AIM Regulation, whatever happened to AIM Rule 41 which says that execution comes at the end of six months’ suspension? Why don’t you just apply your own rules? Does the AIM Rulebook count for nothing these days?
Published 715 days ago
I think I should rename Deputy Sheriff Towers as Smug Towers. Having offered two sells in the ShareProphets Tipfest for this year, Igas Energy (IGAS) duly crashed to bottom out at 4.5p (I’d been saying sell from 18.5p - last year’s Christmas tipfest, and then 11.625p this year). Last week came the turn of Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) to do the decent thing and collapse in the wake of an entirely squeaky clean suggestion that it delist from the Casino. There’s nothing wrong here at all – move along please, nothing to see……
Published 719 days ago
Yet another of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is set to depart the Casino – this time it is the turn of Taihua (TAIH), citing “best interests”, which will become the twenty-sixth casualty of our original forty. Yes, folks - the Filthy Forty is officially set to become the Filthy Fourteen.
Published 721 days ago
Much has happened since I last looked at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Growth Properties (AGP). For a start, shareholders have seen some storming dividends announced – and paid – and this morning the company has announced proposals which will see a huge cash payment dished out.
Published 726 days ago
With the demise of the twenty-fifth Filthy Forty listing, Asian Citrus (ACHL), as of this morning there are just 15 of our motley crew remaining listed on the Casino – and one of those, MoneySwap (SWAP), has now been suspended for more than six months, but it seems the Oxymorons have decided not to apply AIM Rule 41.
Published 728 days ago
As at the end of February the number of companies listed on AIM had fallen to 973 – down from 982 at the end of 2016. Having seen 7 new admissions in the first two months of this year, that means that 16 companies disappeared off into the ether during the same period and the world’s most successful growth market has shrunk back to levels not seen since 2004 in terms of the number of companies listed. This morning saw the demise of Rapidcloud (RCI) and North RiverResources (NRRP).
Published 729 days ago
AIM Death Row long-termer and ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) was suspended pending accounts way back on 28 September last year after its auditor demanded further testing, including visits to the company’s banks to see the bank statements first hand in the wake of allegations that the books had a few, ahem, “anomalies”.
Published 734 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play and yet another Lin brothers AIM disaster story MoneySwap (SWAP) has finally released its outstanding FY numbers to March of last year and interims to last September. The shares have been suspended pending results since 21 September last year and under AIM Rule 41 the company had until today to get the suspension lifted or get booted off the Casino. But today we learn that the shares are to remain suspended, yet there is no mention of an impending execution. This is a regulatory shambles – especially when we consider the apparent reasoning.
Published 735 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of all things fishy, Aquatic Foods (AFG), has updated on 2016 Q4 trading this morning. In a statement plastered with Red Flags it would appear that the company is nearing the final chapter of the China Norfolk playbook as we are warned that there has been a spot of bother getting cash out of China. Is it bye-bye to the dividend?
Published 740 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) has offered yet another update on its delayed (due to allegations which looks like accusations of fraud) FY16 results. Having tried ever so hard to obtain relevant information and to facilitate additional audit procedures (ie visits to the banks in person) the company has announced that it has initiated legal proceedings to remove relevant senior management members of the relevant subsidiaries. With the shares having been suspended since 28 September execution after six months as long-termers on AIM’s Death Row is scheduled for 29 March. The company cheerfully tells us that the implementation of such changes may take time – ShareProphets RNS Translation Service: it’s delisting ahoy.
Published 743 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) announced last week that it was in discussions with a new potential white knight saviour in the form of Wraith Holding BV, a Netherlands-based vehicle of a Mr Gilbert Armenta which has been incorporated for the purpose of investing into the company. But time is running out: having been suspended pending accounts since 21 September last year the company only has until a week on Tuesday to get both Finals to March 2016 and interims to September released or its AIM-listing is toast.
Published 751 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) has been taking up a cell in the Casino’s Death Row since its shares were suspended pending accounts on 21 September 2016. Under AIM Rule 41 it has just days to release numbers or become the 25th departure from the Filthy Forty. Whatever happened to the links to Unionpay? The e-wallet? The software? And is Interim CEO Craig Niven again about to preside over the collapse and disappearance into the ether of a Lin brothers fiasco?
Published 751 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.
Published 754 days ago
Since our 24th September previous update, another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company has followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then Gone - and another has been suspended...
Published 755 days ago
And so ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen’s (JSI) AIM listing is no more. It has become the 24th delisting from our original forty, after its shareholders voted (having been told it would make a fat-track application to NEX) to leave the Casino on the recommendation of the board. The NEX application didn’t happen, with the company claiming that it was now considering listing in Hong Kong. I’ll believe that when I see it.
Published 755 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty carcass number 24 was taken away from Paternoster (death) Row last night in the form of Jiasen International (JSI). But yesterday the race to become number 25 hotted up as Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) gave an update on the lack of progress made in resolving allegations of fraud which its auditor wants to look in to before signing off overdue accounts. With four weeks to go before a one-way trip to the lethal injection room is triggered by reaching the maximum six month suspension period, progress in resolving matters seems to have been non-existent.
Published 756 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-Chnia Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have now slipped to just 0.25p on the bid. Our advice is still to get out while you still can, but time is running out.
Published 758 days ago
5.34pm on a Friday – truly no-one-is-watching o’clock – and up pops an RNS from NEX- (the lobster-pot formerly known as ISDX) listed MiLoc Group Limited (ML.P) detailing the dealings of a NED in the company’s shares: he pledged a bunch of shares in return for a loan back in September and has now released the stock to the lender. Sound familiar? Are we thinking Equities First? So where is the RNS from September? And then there are the other companies on that NED’s CV – which include AIM-China Filthy Forty plays Jiasen (JSI), delisting on Tuesday, and already delisted (no accounts) LED Holdings (LED) as well as PAQ International (PAQ) which quietly disappeared from the Casino back in 2010.
Published 759 days ago
It is a busy day at the Sheriff’s office with CloudTag (CTAG) and Servision (SEV) dominating, but it would be remiss of us to allow the burial of bad news for shareholders in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) to go unnoticed. With delisting scheduled on Tuesday (and thus Monday is the last chance to get out) the bid price has now dropped to just 1p last seen. One penny!
Published 761 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) are unchanged this morning on news of the result of its Tender Offer at 3.28p - paid for from the Open Offer last summer and conducted through the good offices of former Casino poster-boy and former Nomad Daniel Stewart (DAN). But we also see that company chairman Nicholas Lyth has dumped his entire holding. That’s already a bit of a concern, but then so is the statement that his disposal was not at the 3.28p everybody else got, but at 200p per share. What????
Published 761 days ago
The 24th delisting from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is almost upon us, for shareholders in Fujian Province-based Jiasen (JSI) voted through proposals to depart the Casino at a General Meeting on the 15th of this month, with the company’s exit scheduled for next Tuesday. Anyone still holding has less than four trading sessions left to get out.
Published 768 days ago
That’s it then, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) is to leave the Casino, with the last day of dealings on the 27th of this month. If you still hold, you know the deadline for claiming your bag of Tesco value crisps. But the statement is a hoot. A listing on the Hong Kong exchange? You’re ‘avin’ a bubble.
Published 770 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have collapsed by another 38% today (last seen) after admitting this morning that having called an EGM proposing to cancel its shares from trading on AIM and move to NEX (the lobster-pot formerly known as ISDX) the application has still not been made. This morning’s RNS makes clear that there is a deadline of tomorrow. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Surely it could not be that NEX, which even found African Potash (AFPO) acceptable, has indicated that it doesn’t want the last remaining listed member of the Fujian Four gracing its exchange, could it? Or is it that the company never had any intention of getting onto NEX?
Published 776 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has finally announced the long-awaited buy-back first announced way back last August when launching an Open Offer to pay for it. Hurrah! So it wasn’t a massive spoof to get a fundraising away after all, although the net result of the exercise appears to be a lot more shares in issue and a net inflow of well over half the funds raised.
Published 783 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….
Published 784 days ago
Did it jump or was it pushed? ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty posterboy Jiasen (JSI), one of the Fujian four, has announced this morning that it is proposing to delist from AIM and move instead to NEX (the lobster-pot formerly known as ISDX) - just when we thought that the race to AIM departure #24 from the Filthy Forty was down to a two-horse race between Asian Citrus (ACHL)and MoneySwap (SWAP). Jiasen also announced the departure of a NED with effect from the end of February.
Published 786 days ago
That the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is already down to just 17 members is, of course, a shocking indictment. 23 AIM departures later, we have been waiting for number 24 for quite some while but it looks as though the two front runners are battling it out to the finish line. Not to be outdone by MoneySwap (SWAP) and its Tuesday suspension update, Asian Citrus (ACHL) followed suit yesterday. Both are overdue with accounts, one perhaps to do with solvency and the other over allegations made which read to me like allegations of fraud.
Published 789 days ago
Yesterday ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) updated on its parlous financial position and the long-promised recapitalisation rescue. It has borrowed a bit more urgent financing, but warned investors that it’s suspension from trading on AIM (since 21 September last year) now has less than two months to run before the company is led to the AIM execution chamber.
Published 801 days ago
And so after its website disappeared at least as early as late November last year and two failed efforts at getting a replacement available so as to comply with AIM Rule 26, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has finally issued some Jackanory of a statement saying it now won’t be complying until Monday next week. The explanation may seem reasonable, but in context they’re ‘avin’ a bubble.
Published 802 days ago
This is descending into farce: almost seven weeks ago we noted that the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) had disappeared. Following two missives to AIM Regulation, finally a new website was notified by RNS on Wednesday but it lasted less than 24 hours before being blocked – one assumes by the Chinese authorities, since the notification was in Chinese. Not to worry, yesterday the company notified another web address for its website but this morning that too has been blocked.
Published 803 days ago
Oh dear, oh dear. Having been banging on about the disappearance of the company website of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) and being pleased to note the announcement yesterday of a nice shiny new site, this morning it seems as though it too is not working. But lo and behold, at 11am up pops the company with another RNS, announcing that it is all change again, and that the new site is to be found at www.thuaplc.com. Nothing for six weeks, and then two come together!
Published 803 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.
Published 803 days ago
Well there you go: two letters to AIM Regulation and half an hour after the second one is published ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Taihua (TAIH) releases an RNS saying it has a new website: www.taihplc.cn. Amen to that - and a rare well done to the oxymorons. A dot.com becomes a dot.cn - was that really so hard to explain to the market in an RNS, that it has taken over six weeks to update investors since the demise of the company's previous pages?
Published 804 days ago
ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is having a giraffe. The buy-back announced last August, to be paid for from an Open Offer long since completed hasn’t happened. There has been no update on the matter since the end of September. The accounting matters over related party receivables which the company, in its FY15 Annual Report promised an update on has seen no further comment. The website has disappeared, meaning that the company is in breach of AIM Rule 26 – a matter I raised with AIM Regulation on 29 December last year.
Published 808 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) has updated on the long saga of its audit investigation into allegations which suggest fraud. It seems there is little progress, if any, to report as the company hurtles towards the six month mark in suspension from trading, and execution under AIM Rules 41.
Published 814 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) is, in my view, a screaming sell in view of the Red Flags highlighted on this site for months. I doubt very much whether a short position is possible with this stock, but if I were a holder I’d be running for the hills.
Published 816 days ago
The broken record is still going with regard to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) and its missing website, the share buy-back promised back in August (and funded from an Open Offer) and, of course, the update over related party receivables which the auditor wouldn’t sign off in last year’s accounts. Now, in the season of goodwill, it is time for one last missive for 2016 to the oxymorons at AIM Regulation with regard to compliance with AIM Rule 26. We just such nice guys here at ShareProphets, we just want to help.
Published 821 days ago
There are a few contenders for this title, but an update this morning from ShareProphets Aim-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues and (apparently, now) not-quite-failed-yet property deals suggests to me that Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) might be booking its place in the Filthy Forty AIM departure lounge.
Published 829 days ago
Well I guess it is not dead yet, but ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy MoneySwap (SWAP) sure is pushing the line. Having bundled through shareholder authorities to get enough headroom available for a rescue bail-out at its last AGM even without a firm proposal on the table last June, apparently due to the urgency of the situation, here we are six months on and still there is no deal – and the company is running on the fumes of a series of emergency loans. What’s the point?!
Published 833 days ago
Tom Winnifrith asked some serious questions of Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) and has been met with no response. He’ll keep at ‘em, but the lack of a statement looks very bad. In similar vein, I have been asking questions of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua with the same result. I’ll keep asking too. Where is the website, where is the buy-back and where is the update on receivables?
Published 836 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of biblical plagues, rotten oranges and failed property deals Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd (ACHL) has updated the market on how the investigations into the allegations of fraud are going. After two and a bit months (at least) of reinforced audit procedures, it seems that little progress has been made and the company has no idea when it will ever get its FY16 accounts out. This one is looking a nailed-on certainty for being given the heave-ho from the Casino in due course, with just the mechanics to be sorted.
Published 837 days ago
At the new no-one-is-watching o’clock of lunch-time yesterday, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play All Asia Asset Capital (AAA) announced that it had received £100,000 in the form of a convertible keep-the-lights-on loan from an entity controlled by an un-named shareholder. One assumes that it must be a very small shareholder as there was no Related Party Transaction statement, but the terms suggest that the company is in a spot of bother. Er, actually a serious spot of bother.
Published 840 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.
Published 841 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?
Published 848 days ago
It is four weeks since the last update on the fortunes of our specially selected and diversified portfolio of AIM stocks which we think that the sham sheriff of AIM, Mr Marcus Stuttard, should invest his own cash into as a way of demonstrating his faith in the market he runs and the competence of his team of oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We have Red Flagged them all, but naturally we must be wrong because this is the world’s most successful growth market. And so in month two our index has gone from a 4.5% gain to……
Published 849 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has been promising a share buy-back since the launch of an Open Offer back in August which was apparently being conducted to pay for it. The last update from the company - on 30 September (interims, released on deadline day) - told shareholders that the company expected to announce the mechanics of this Godot-esque buy-back “shortly”. That was more than eight weeks ago. We are now heading towards the very end of November. While we are at it, what has happened to the company website?
Published 850 days ago
The Red Flags plastered all over the currently suspended pending accounts ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus Holdings (ACHL) can all be found HERE and the latest development is that it has now called its AGM – still with no accounts published – on 28 December, right in the middle of the Christmas and New Year break. I guess the board is saving precious shareholder cash in that it will be able to book a very small room.
Published 859 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China Africa (CAF) suddenly had a rocket under them late on Monday. Having been bumping along the bottom at around 4p for months on end, all of a sudden they shot up on Monday to 7.5p and a “know-of-no-reason” RNS duly followed at midday yesterday. This morning they have shot higher again clocking up a peak of 16p. But now, less than 24 hours after knowing of no specific reason for the share price move, the company has ‘fessed up that a restructuring and placing are on the way.
Published 862 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) put on 35% on Friday, following release of a third quarter trading update. Drilling through some of the numbers they seem to be impressive, begging the question of why an apparently profitable and cash-generative company which is drowning in cash worth about three times its market capitalisation would be considering its dividend policy, having chopped the half-year payment by 71%.
Published 867 days ago
Back on 29 September ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty purveyor of Biblical plagues and rotten oranges Asian Citrus (ACHL) announced that its shares were being suspended pending an audit investigation of allegations which appeared to amount to potential fraud. This morning we had an update: it does not look good.
Published 869 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has been promising a share buy-back since the launch of an Open Offer to shareholders which was being conducted, apparently, in order to pay for it. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but the buy-back was first promised on 25 August and we are now well into November. The last update from the company was on 30 September (interims, released on deadline day) when shareholders were told that the company expected to announce the mechanics of this Godot-esque buy-back “shortly”. That was more than five weeks ago.
Published 877 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please. With the original list having been complied on 29 Sept 2016, here is our first update, one month on – and it is off to a flier!
Published 880 days ago
At risk of sounding like a broken clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced a comical open offer which, apart from a bit of working capital, was to fund a share buy-back. That was back on 25 August – more than two months ago. So where is it?
Published 890 days ago
Back on 25 August this year ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) issued a comedy RNS announcing an Open Offer which was to be used in part for working capital and in part to fund a share buy-back. The working capital we can all understand, given the audit qualifications in its FY15 results and the content of its recent interims. But what about the share buy-back?
Published 892 days ago
Already suspended ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) announced this morning that there has been a bit of a delay in getting its circular together in relation to a property acquisition first announced back in August which seemed riddled with related party issues. Since then the company’s shares have been suspended from trading on the Casino amid allegations of accounting irregularities which have led to a delay in releasing its FY16 accounts.
Published 903 days ago
Another filthy forty company has officially gone bust. Eastbridge Investments (EBIV), a company that was promising an RTO until just a couple of months ago has gone tits up. Its official. But will anybody ask any questions of those responsible. Let's name the guilty men. First the news of corporate death.
Published 905 days ago
Well, all of the remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty got their numbers out yesterday - with the exception, of course, of the now suspended MoneySwap (SWAP) and Asian Citrus (ACHL) whose auditor is taking a rather close look at the bank accounts. The ouzo will have to wait, but the pop-corn went down well anyway. Included in the last-minute Charlies was Taihua (TAIH) and a rather large looking Red Flag is to be found here. Let me explain….
Published 907 days ago
Ten days ago we identified ten of the (only) seventeen still-listed members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which had a results reporting deadline of tomorrow (Fri 30 Sept) to meet. Actually, it was eleven as although Asian Citrus (ACHL) has a year-end of March it is dual listed in Hong Kong and only gets three months to report its finals there. But it won’t make it and has been suspended – as has MoneySwap (SWAP) which can’t get its accounts out on time. Which of the Filthy Forty are still to report, with just one day to go?
Published 907 days ago
If Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, really believes that the Casino is properly regulated, we think he should put some of his own money where his complacent mouth is by investing in a portfolio of companies which would demonstrate his confidence in his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation. We are such nice guys here at ShareProphets that we have helpfully compiled a beautifully diversified portfolio for him. We, ahem, AIM to please.
Published 907 days ago
Strike two. The September reporting season has just taken its second victim of the 17 remaining members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. Asian Citrus (ACHL) has announced that it can’t get its numbers out by tomorrow’s deadline for the HK Stock Exchange in the wake of allegations over conflicting bank statements and books which have triggered further audit work so as to get to the bottom of it. Thus the shares are to remain suspended over here (having had the plug pulled yesterday lunch time, “pending an announcement”). Oh dear Mr Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff of AIM, surely this could not be yet another China FRAUD on the Filthy Forty coming to light, could it? But I thought there was no problem of fraud on AIM….
Published 907 days ago
In the wake of the Radio Four broadcast regarding AIM fraud on Tuesday, and as we approach the climax of the September reporting season, two companies on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which have now reported prove beyond doubt that the regulation of Sham Sheriff Marcus Stuttard’s beloved world’s most successful growth market is completely unfit for purpose. Those two companies are Jiasen (JSI) and Aquatic Foods (AFG). Mr Stuttard and his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation may protest that they are doing a good job and that there is no problem. The facts clearly demonstrate otherwise.
Published 909 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?
Published 912 days ago
Last year’s Sept reporting season saw a raft of casualties as members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty either failed to release numbers on time and/or saw the Nomad quit. With less than one week to go until deadline day for interims to June 2016 (or finals to March 2016) there are ten of the remaining 17 members of our iffy index still to report (or announce that they won’t). Which will be the next to get suspended?
Published 912 days ago
Just over two months on since our previous update and two more ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies have followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone - and another has been suspended...
Published 913 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?
Published 915 days ago
Well that didn’t take long: at 9.53 up goes our piece (HERE) pointing to the possibility that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) could find itself suspended out of the blue with no warning (apart from HERE) and lo and behold the shares are suspended 37 minutes later (see HERE) because the company can’t get its accounts to March out on time. In view of this and in honour of the disappearance of QE Mr Stewart Dickson (formerly Dick) from Nomad Cantor Fitzgerald in the wake of the African Potash (AFPO) scandal (see HERE) I have changed my name to Mystic Meg.
Published 915 days ago
I wondered HERE whether the proposed rescue refinancing of stricken ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) could get into a spot of bother as the shares were sliding. Now they have slipped below the mooted bail-out price of 0.2c per share.
Published 917 days ago
Of the original 40 AIM-China companies we identified as our ShareProphets Filthy Forty, the steady attrition has seen that number whittled down to just 17 companies. The period either side of the reporting deadline for calendar 2015 numbers (30 June) saw further departures, but last year’s interims deadline saw a queue for AIM’s Death Row develop. How are we looking this time?
Published 918 days ago
In the curious world of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) we have now had the result of the Open Offer which was announced in order to raise funds to pay for a share buy-back. I’ve got a great idea to get Jeremy Corbyn elected into Downing Street: let’s raise the basic rate of income tax in order to fund a cut in the basic rate of tax. I digress….This is, of course, all from a company which saw its Auditor issue a going concern emphasis of matter and a qualified opinion on its FY15 accounts in relation to trade receivables.
Published 919 days ago
A week on Monday sees ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) put a series of proposals to its shareholders which it hopes will finally draw to an end the ongoing dispute with Brooks Macdonald in relation to the non-redemption of a tranche of its zeros dividend convertible preference shares. The last effort at this ended up with shareholders defeating proposals aimed at a resolution, but perhaps this time – with the threat of an orderly wind-up under the watchful eye of the Isle of Man Court in mind – perhaps it will be different this time. But the shares remain a bargepole in my view.
Published 929 days ago
It was announced on Monday afternoon that stricken ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) has drawn down another additional £147,000 under a keep-the-lights-on bridging facility whilst it tries to get a refinancing together. It has now borrowed $395,000 of a $200,000 facility, plus three extensions. Oh, and its CEO walked last week, with (apparently) non-Exec Chairman Craig Niven stepping in as interim CEO. Except on Monday he was still being noted as non-Exec in the RNS.
Published 930 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) took the biscuit this morning with an update that its last trading statement was just sheer hogwash. If it was uninvestable before, finding out that an “administrative oversight” led to a 50% overstatement of revenue which has taken almost seven weeks to come to light ought to have investors shying away from their bargepoles even if wearing asbestos gloves.
Published 934 days ago
It rather looks as though the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is set for its twenty-fourth execution, in the form of Origo Partners (OPP) which has now been suspended pending financial clarification for just under the six month period which triggers automatic delisting under AIM Rule 41 (if, that is, the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation bother to enforce it). The ouzo is on ice.
Published 935 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?
Published 935 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?
Published 940 days ago
The last time we covered ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Univision Engineering (UVEL) is was in the wake of a profit warning regarding the trading performance of a unit it owned 52.25% of and was trying to sell. But there was also the threat of m’learned friends taking a slice as the jilted bride involved in the sale of a tranche of the company rattled the sabre. On Wednesday came this:
Published 942 days ago
Well this is a most bizarre situation. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) has announced an underwritten one-for-three Open Offer at a 134% premium so that it can fund a share buy-back (and keep back a few quid for working capital). Has the company been taking too many doses of its own medicine?
Published 945 days ago
They are still dropping like flies. This morning the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty saw its 23rd victim as LED International Holdings (LED) had its one-way trip from AIM’s Death Row to the lethal injection room. There are now just 17 of the original forty remaining, of which one is currently suspended. This is an incredible indictment of AIM, and the recent history of LED is the sour cherry on the rancid icing on the mouldy cake.
Published 946 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) has had its shares suspended from trading pending clarification of its financial position since 11 March this year, and with a six-month timetable to AIM execution due to expire next month things were looking dire until a no-one-is-watching o’clock RNS at 4.50pm yesterday. It seems as though there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Has the Filthy Forty turned up some good news? I rather suspect the answer to that may just be yes.
Published 965 days ago
As expected it was announced this morning that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play GTS Chemical (GTS) has had its listing on AIM cancelled after its shareholders passed a resolution to depart the Casino. This was always a foregone conclusion as there was a (vast) majority shareholder calling the shots, but it marks the twenty-second Filthy Forty departure from the world’s most successful growth market out of our original cohort. Shocking.
Published 967 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP) has made no secret lately of its dire financial predicament. The investment case appears to be that it either gets a refinancing (with a new board) and survives – but with the new money coming in at a significant discount, or it does not in which case it is bust.
Published 970 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.
Published 971 days ago
If you ever wanted a case-study in Red Flags then look no further than the FY15 results of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy China New Energy (CNEL). This is a company festooned in them. Just for starters, let’s take a look at yesterday morning’s RNS and the involvement of its “independent” NED. It just stinks. Never mind about AIM Rules, let’s get the share price up so that we can get more confetti issued.
Published 973 days ago
As previously noted HERE, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty constituent GTS Chemical (GTS) was proposing to delist from the Casino (which was why it cancelled its previously promised dividend despite a growing cash-pile, er…) and today’s AGM statement confirmed that this will take place at the close of play on 1 August.
Published 978 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, head of AIM! Xavier Rolet, head of the LSE. Oxymorons of AIM Regulation! Your boys took one hell of a beating, one hell of a beating!! Yes folks, it is game, set and match to the Deputy Sheriff as the immediate resignation of both the Nomad and the Chairman of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED) was announced today at eighteen minutes past midday.
Published 978 days ago
Oh dear. One of the traits of the China Frauds is that so often the precursor to the wheels coming off the subterfuge is the resignation of the finance director. And so this morning’s announcement from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) that its Chief Financial Officer stepped down on Monday with immediate effect “for personal reasons” is a stand-out Red Flag. So is the tardy announcement.
Published 982 days ago
Approaching two months on since our last update and another ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' company has followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone - and another has announced its proposed departure...
Published 983 days ago
The clock is ticking for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED). Actually, the clock ran down to zero last month but still AIM Rule 41 has not been invoked. AIM Regulation is well aware of the situation and has elected to do nothing: the chocolate teapots appear to be happy to flout their own rulebook in blatant fashion.
Published 986 days ago
There are so many Red Flags surrounding ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Aquatic Foods (AFG) that it is hard to know quite where to start. One could consider the discount to cash, to profits, to assets and wonder why there have been no buy-backs announced just for starters, but there are plenty more to be found HERE. So why have the shares been roofing it?
Published 986 days ago
As predicted HERE ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Eastbridge Investments (EBIV) had its one-way trip to the AIM execution chamber last night. It becomes the twenty-first AIM Casino departure on the Filthy Forty. There are more to come, it is just a matter of time.
Published 989 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member LED International Holdings (LED) has been suspended from trading since 22 Dec 2015 – we are well into month seven of suspension, then. AIM Rule 41 says: “The Exchange will cancel the admission of AIM securities where these have been suspended from trading for six months”. Yet LED has still not been given the order of the boot by AIM Regulation. I dropped our friendly Oxymorons a line….
Published 995 days ago
It seems that Yougov, Mori and whatever else the pollster are called these days have a thing or two to learn from ShareProphets polling. They keep on getting it wrong, but our readers responded to the question of how many delistings and suspensions were coming on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty over four weeks from 17 June and half of respondents said two or three. So far, it is bang on. Mind you, there are still a few days to go.
Published 995 days ago
Friday after-hours saw a no-one-is-watching o’clock proposal released by ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Moneyswap (SWAP). IF all goes according to plan then existing shareholders will be diluted very heavily as the bailout money gets most of the equity (at quite a discount to Friday’s closing price). If not then the company goes bust. But you can’t say you were not warned.
Published 996 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.
Published 996 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) has seen us hoist the Red Flag on several occasions before (see HERE) but its FT15 results, released on deadline day (Thursday) take the biscuit. The company is, quite simply, a disgrace and its advisers (Nomad Cairn and disgraced Broker Daniel Stewart) should be ashamed.
Published 997 days ago
Having traded as high as 6.25p just six weeks ago, shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Jiasen International (JSI) have collapsed down to just 3p after it scraped over the line to release its calendar FY15 numbers on deadline day yesterday. The numbers are, of course, wonderful…which is why the company which is drowning in Red Flags (oops) cash has cancelled the full year dividend.
Published 997 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED) finally got around to releasing its FY numbers to June 2015 just a few days ago - almost six months late. As discussed HERE the Red Flags are horrific: the auditor (BDO) issued a Disclaimer of Opinion, as well as raising a material uncertiainty in the going concern statement. Quite why the Nomad, Allenby, did not quit on the spot is a mystery to me. But the shares are still suspended as the interims to Dec 2015 are now three months overdue. And that brings me to AIM Rule 41:
Published 997 days ago
Three strikes and you’re out: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty Eastbridge Investments (EBIV) – the former China Wonder and then Quihang – announced the resignation this morning of its Nomad, Northland Capital Partners, with immediate effect. The shares are consequently suspended, and if no replacement is found within a month then it is lethal injection time. Mind you, there is a rather more pressing deadline in ten days, in that Eastbridge will be given the boot anyway if it can’t fulfil its investing policy as an AIM investment company by then. Since that was reliant on some hare-brained plan to raise more cash, that surely will now not happen. In short, Eastbridge is toast.
Published 998 days ago
The race to see which of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM China Filthy Forty companies clocks up a suspension/delisting is hotting up as we enter the final furlong. Yesterday saw the loose horse of Grand Group (GIPO) – a non filthy forty runner but an otherwise well qualified AIM-China play nonetheless – cross the line first with a suspension as it can’t get its accounts out on time. But with a surprise late run GTS Chemical (GTS) now looks clear of the field as they head for the line after announcing plans to delist in August, subject to the forgone conclusion of a vote at its AGM.
Published 998 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.
Published 998 days ago
And so the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is to be reduced by yet another company to just nineteen as GTS Chemical (GTS) has decided to up sticks in the best interests of its shareholders. For some reason this, apparently, serves as a perfectly valid reason for the company to bin the full year dividend which had previously been earmarked for an increase.
Published 999 days ago
This morning ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) released its calendar FY15 results. This is a complete farce and AIM Regulation should be ashamed, for that is where the real scandal lies.
Published 1000 days ago
I previously highlighted that a good few of the twenty remaining ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty faced a reporting deadline of Thursday this week, 30 June. In honour of Royal Ascot we ran a poll which showed that readers of ShareProphets reckoned on two or three suspensions/delistings to come over the next (now) just under three weeks. The race has now entered the final three furlongs…how are the runners and riders looking?
Published 1005 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED Holdings (LED) has finally got around to releasing its full year results to June of last year. They are audited numbers, but the Red Flags in the audit report are so shocking that surely the Nomad to this company, Allenby, has to resign on the spot. Is it really good enough for an AIM-listed company to produce numbers against which the auditor issues a disclaimer of opinion?
Published 1006 days ago
On 9 June 2016 ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New energy (CNEL) announced that it had raised £750,000 from a subscription by funds managed by an institutional fund manager at a price of 2p (a 25% discount to the prevailing price). Ah, so the big boys had invested? Er….
Published 1008 days ago
There are just twenty of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty still listed – and three of those are currently suspended from trading. In honour of Royal Ascot we asked readers how many suspensions/Nomad resignations/AIM expulsions we would see from those remaining twenty over the next four weeks.
Published 1011 days ago
ShareProphets is delighted to bring you the Filthy Forty Casino Elimination Stakes in celebration of Royal Ascot - it is time to place your bets! Which of the twenty remaining members of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty will be suspended, head over to AIM’s Death Row following a Nomad resignation or be executed over the coming four weeks?
Published 1016 days ago
Kung Min Lin is the former chairman of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty MoneySwap (SWAP) and PCG Entertainment (PCGE) – having stepped down from both in the last six months or so. We have been taking a look at the history of Sportswinbet (SWB) which joined the Casino in 2005 – with Kung Min Lin as Exec Director – which went on to become Power Capital Global (PCGB), with Kung Min Lin moving up to the role of Chairman. The history of both is riddled with related party transactions involving his brother, Heng Jui Lin, and his Kolarmy vehicle, and things came to a sorry end last December. Continuing with Cynical Bear’s football theme (it is, after all, the Euros!), it is time for the post-match analysis.
Published 1018 days ago
Mr Kung Min Lin served as Chairman of Filthy 40 MoneySwap (SWAP) and PCG Entertainment (PCGE). But before that he served as Exec Director of AIM investing company Sportswinbet (SWB) from the 2005 IPO, which went on to become Power Capital Global (PCGB) with Mr Lin as Chairman. You can follow the progress of the first incarnation HERE. But we’re back from the break and with what's left of the £3 million raised in 2005 it’s now time for the second half: Mr Kung Min Lin’s brother comes to the fore.
Published 1019 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.
Published 1019 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) has seen its shares heading higher in the last few sessions on the back of expectations of contract developments in Zambia. It is all still yet to be confirmed, of course, and in any case the mooted deal seems a tad incestuous to me. Oh, and it involves an Investment and Protection Agreement (IPPA) – whatever that may be (but I fancy that an IPPA is a different thing to a contract!) Well blow me down with a feather: this morning we had a placing announced – at a very healthy 25% discount to yesterday’s close.
Published 1028 days ago
Oh dear, oh dear. I have the utmost respect for Richard Poulden who had the grim task of overseeing today’s awful trading update from AIM-China play PCG Entertainment (PCGE) and like Tom Winnifrith I had hoped that his outfit might prove to be a rare winner on the Filthy Forty. My experience of him has been one of immense integrity a very sharp mind so it is with considerable sadness that I am writing this. But a bit more digging later, it looks just awful – although, I must stress, not on Mr Poulden - and there is a worrying implication on fellow Filthy Forty play MoneySwap which is already is considerable trouble. Sadly, I fear that AIM Regulation needs to do a full steward’s here.
Published 1028 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Univision Engineering (UVEL) are currently trading 17% lower after the company announced a profit warning in relation to the poor trading performance of its 52%-owned Taiwanese subsidiary T-Com Technology Co. Ltd. This is not the only issue facing the company, however.
Published 1035 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is already down to just 20 AIM-listed companies, with a further three currently suspended. The calendar FY2015 reporting deadline is now looming (30 June), which last year saw a splurge of suspensions and Nomad resignations as companies either failed to report or their advisers decided enough was enough. But we’ve had a good few RNSs in the last few days, so it is time for a rancid round-up!
Published 1038 days ago
A couple of months on since our last update and more ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies have followed Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone...
Published 1048 days ago
Following on from my recent piece on Toople (TOOP) being its newest member and the almost predictable, disappointing news relating to Opera Investments (OPRA) earlier in the week, the time has come for a call to arms. There must be change to the rules governing the clearly Sub-Standard Listing segment of the Official List as it is not fit for purpose. I need your assistance.
Published 1049 days ago
Yesterday we had a funding update from cash-strapped ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play MoneySwap (SWAP). It seems that there are negotiations going on, with hopes that a funding deal worth $4.5 million (call that £3.125 million) can be closed. Meanwhile we are told that some keep-the-lights-on short term funding has been arranged.
Published 1051 days ago
Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff and head of AIM told The Times a week ago that he thought he had got the regulatory framework of AIM absolutely right and that people wouldn’t invest if they felt there was any kind of problem with the regulation... So I thought it was time to take another look at Jiasen (JSI) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. After all, the derisory rating suggests the market is less than happy with this stock and its results for FY14 were released in mid-April last year: we are now well into May 2016 and thus far there is no sign of FY15 numbers. I wonder why….
Published 1053 days ago
Despite being part of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, Walcom (WALG) has rather slipped under the radar. Our apologies for this oversight are due. Yesterday the company released FY15 results. I have no idea what the company does, but the numbers presented seem to raise rather a lot of Red Flags. But are they fluttering for the company or for the Sham Sheriff and head of the oxymorons at AIM Regulation, Mr Marcus Stuttard?
Published 1056 days ago
Last week’s AGM held by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) saw some biting criticism of AIM from our very own Tom Winnifrith and also from Mark Bentley of ShareSoc. What better way to counter the barrage than for the Sham Sheriff, Mr Marcus Stuttard, to get a soft interview in The Times (see HERE)? But in the article Mr Stuttard reveals that he simply has no idea at all. Unless, of course, there is a completely different AIM market on Planet Zarg…..
Published 1063 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member MoneySwap (SWAP) issued an after-hours RNS last night which looks to suggest that the cash is fast running out. As one of my seven stocks to get suspended where shareholders could lose 100% from last November, might it be that kill number three (and F40 kill number 21) is not far off?
Published 1072 days ago
For the November issue of the UK Investor magazine (latest issue HERE) I was asked to name seven stocks which could get suspended and where shareholders could lose everything. I thought I’d take a look back over the seven: Jiasen (JSI), JQW (JQW), Auhua (ACE), MoneySwap (SWAP), Rurelec (RUR), Golden Saint (GSR) - all on AIM - and main market listed Kenmare (KMR).
Published 1074 days ago
Hmmm, a Chinese company domiciled in the Cayman Islands lists on the Casino and less than sixteen months on there appears to be a bit of a procession going on, with two directors walking the plank with immediate effect in consecutive days. Sound familiar?
Published 1079 days ago
On Friday at 5.36pm, no-one-is-watching o’clock, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners (OPP) updated on court proceedings in the Isle of Man with regard to the winding-up petition presented last month. The trial date is set for Friday 22 and Monday 25 July, which means that shares in Origo will remain suspended pending financial clarification until then. Unless, of course, Nomad Smith & Williamson decides enough is enough and resigns.
Published 1090 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.
Published 1090 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is today officially reduced to just 20 companies remaining listed on the Casino (Auhua, ACE, being the latest dispatch following a Nomad resignation and no replacement being found). But is it a problem specific to the Casino? It seems not, according to an interesting post by Steve Dickinson in China Law Blog (see HERE), but there are some simple tests which can be applied – take note AIM Nomads – which gives a very good indication of whether you are looking at a fraud or not.
Published 1091 days ago
Another day, another one-way trip to the chamber of no return. Asia Ceramics Holdings plc was formally given the heave-ho this morning to make it the nineteenth member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty to leave the Casino. Tomorrow we hit twenty – the half way mark – as it is the turn of Auhua (ACE) to join leave the world’s most successful growth market.
Published 1095 days ago
Another month, more ShareProphets China AIM 'Filthy Forty' companies set to follow Geong International and co in 'Geong, Geong' and then gone...
Published 1100 days ago
According to a report in China Daily Europe a new wave of Chinese company listings are [sic] expected in London as the London Stock Exchange ramps up its efforts to attract Chinese firms. With the stench of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty in full nauseating flow, seemingly unaddressed, my heart sinks.
Published 1102 days ago
This morning saw a most interesting “Holding(s) in Company” RNS from Red Flag strewn ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play GTS Chemical. Now perhaps all is completely above board and we are looking at an unfortunate coincidence. Or perhaps the company has just announced that its CEO has been offloading shares. A clarification is surely needed.
Published 1104 days ago
Our sincere apologies for missing the fact that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) slipped out a board change RNS at lunchtime on Friday last week. I guess we were all in the Punter's Return at the time. It seems that Mr Curt Riley has resigned as a NED as from the end of May.
Published 1106 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) remains suspended pending financial clarification as shareholders face a grim high noon in the Isle of Man courts when the majority holder of (now defaulting) zeros looks set to get the company forced into wind-up.
Published 1109 days ago
Well you can’t say you weren’t warned: ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) was finally suspended pending clarification of its financial position this morning. It was blindingly obvious that this - or a Nomad resignation - was inevitable. I hope anyone unlucky enough to hold this POS managed to get out even if only with a bag of Tesco Value crisps. Perhaps I should head to Bristol and claim a glass (or two) of Ouzo to toast the Filthy Forty’s 23rd suspension/delisting.
Published 1110 days ago
It comes as no surprise at all. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) had already made no secret that it would be in no position to meet a required $12 million redemption on its Zeros by Tuesday's deadline, which would constitute a default. Why the shares are still trading is beyond me. Surely if Nomad Smith Williamson cannot secure a suspension pending financial clarification it could just resign in order to force the issue. But it gets worse.
Published 1113 days ago
Tomorrow is an important deadline for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP). It has a $12 million bill to pay and the company has already warned that it hasn't got the cash. The payment was due to be made to satisfy a planned partial redemption of Zeros. Suspension pending financial clarification, anyone?
Published 1116 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.
Published 1118 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) released a trading statement yesterday for its full year to Dec 2015. I commented that the last trading statement had more holes than a fish-net and yesterday’s serving of fishiness lowers none of the Red Flags previously raised.
Published 1119 days ago
The following updates our China AIM 'Filthy Forty' table as at the end of February. Despite the utterings of the London Stock Exchange and George Osborne, more of the companies Geong, Geong, Gone? You bet…
Published 1121 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty was launched on 15 August 2015, just 197 days ago, as a way of tracking what a concentrated stinking cesspit this mini-sector of the Casino was. At the time, already ten of the forty had left world’s most successful growth market for a variety of reasons: two had been booted off the Casino for failing to publish accounts, a further five had been booted off after a Nomad resignation and no replacement appointment, and three had delisted in, cough, the best interests of shareholders. One further company was, at the time, suspended as its Nomad had quit but the one month grace period to find a new one had not yet expired. (That duly became the next AIM-China execution).
Published 1122 days ago
It is hard to keep up. We called Auhua “Clean is my middle name” Energy (ACE) as the 21st AIM delisting/suspension on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty as its Nomad steps down effective first thing on Monday, but at no-one-is-watching o’clock last night up popped Asia Ceramics (ACHP) to say that its Nomad had resigned. So Auhua will have to settle for 22nd place.
Published 1122 days ago
At 12.41pm today ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty commodity investment company Origo Partners (OPP) issued a trading statement which reads like a suicide note. One wonders how long this one has left on the Casino: will it be suspended pending clarification, or might we see the Nomad, Smith & Williamson, walk the plank first?
Published 1123 days ago
Shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty stock Auhua "Clean is my middle name" Energy (ACE) are down another 28% this morning after the company confirmed that it has not yet been able to sign up a new Nomad to replace Grant Thornton which steps down with effect from Monday morning. As such Auhua will become the twenty-first company of our Filthy Forty to have left the Casino or be suspended.
Published 1126 days ago
ShareProphets has been following the fortunes of forty companies on AIM which had China connections of one form or another – so far eighteen have departed (most of those because the Nomad resigned, others for failing to publish accounts and a small number just decided to delist). It is a shocking record, as is the aggregate share price performance of those 40. I am drawn to a reader comment from Andy (referring to one F40 member) which, I think, sums up the problem now facing the regulators.
Published 1127 days ago
Aside from the imminent suspension of AIM-listed DQ Entertainment (DQE) as its Nomad resigns today, shares in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Auhua "Clean is my middle name" Energy (ACE) shares are also on the slide once again.
Published 1127 days ago
Already booted off the Casino after is all became too much for poor old Cairn Financial to continue as Nomad and Broker to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play JQW (JQW), it seems that the company called a General Meeting to dump three NEDs. An announcement on the JQW investor relations website details the passing of the resolutions, but what about the Notice of General Meeting? When did investors find out about it?
Published 1132 days ago
Time is running out for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) to find a new Nomad. It was announced on 29 Jan 2016 that the current incumbent, Grant Thornton, had given notice that it was to quit the post with effect from 29 Feb 2016 (a week on Monday). Barring a miracle (and we know that AIM Regulation has been keen to discourage Nomads from taking on China plays where the previous Nomad has resigned) then shareholders have until Friday of next week to get out or face being lobster-potted.
Published 1133 days ago
I previously commented (HERE) in the wake of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) seeing shareholders reject proposals aimed at settling a dispute with the majority holder of its Zeros, Brooks Macdonald, that the company seemed to have a bit of a problem. In particular, one might note that the company had already ‘fessed up that it would not be able to meet scheduled redemptions next month. Now Brooks has made a move as the noose tightens.
Published 1133 days ago
Following on from yesterday's piece on ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG) we see that the shares are still sliding. Drip, drip, drip - the Chinese water torture continues.
Published 1134 days ago
Tom Winnifrith has already done an open-top bus ride around all the Red Flags flapping away at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods Group (AFG). But if the Red Flags are enough to drive you towards the sell button there is another problem: the spread is now so wide that it is equal to the bid price. Talk about being lobster-potted.
Published 1138 days ago
Already suspended for failing to produce its accounts to June 2015, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED) gave out a Chinese new year update on Monday which covered a number of matters – not least of which is the overdue accounts. And the binning of a JV which started life as a proposed RTO. And the non-completion of an acquisition first announced back in March 2013. And a warning that its working capital position is constrained because its customers are not paying their bills. And the company needs to raise cash or restructure debts. Apart from that everything’s fine!
Published 1144 days ago
This surely is terrible news for shareholders in ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP): an RNS shortly before close of play yesterday saw the announcement of the results of a series of meetings which had been called to consider the restructuring of a series of debts (or, rather, convertible zero dividend preference shares). The holders of the zeros voted it through but, oh dear, those pesky ordinary shareholders did not. The result: Origo could be toast.
Published 1150 days ago
Eighteen Filthy Forty members have already gone and they are still queuing up. Jiasen (JSI) took the heat earlier in the week (and there is more to come on that one) and we already have LED Holdings suspended for failing to release its accounts. Then there is Asian Citrus (ACHL) which looks set to run out of cash – or orange trees – before long. But at the back end of the week came a late surge from Auhua (ACE) to claim pole position for the next expulsion of a China fraud from the AIM Casino.
Published 1152 days ago
Ok this is an easy question. In the RNSs released by ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member, Jiasen (JSI) the 'Notes to Editors' has helpfully told us the number of workers employed at its factory in Nan'an City, Fujian Provice (AIM-China Fraud central), China. For what it is worth I do not believe a word it says on this matter for reasons explained HERE but maybe Jiasen can guide us all?
Published 1153 days ago
I note that in the wake of our recent coverage (HERE), shares in AIM-China Filthy Forty play Jiasen (JSI) have cratered another 23% today (last seen) to 2.875p. There has been no news (so far) today, but one senses a bit of a rush for the exit going on.
Published 1154 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.
Published 1155 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.
Published 1158 days ago
Tom Winnifrith has already raised a few awkward questions about ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) HERE when he discussed how a profitable company (from China) with net cash of £2.5 million (as at June 2015, so we are told in the Interims) is only valued by the market at about £1 million. Yesterday saw a statement which brought to mind the now executed F40 company JQW. It all rather suggests that there is no earnings visibility and as such I would suggest that the stock could well be worthless.
Published 1160 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) announced the departure of a NED, Mr Ka Ming Wong, yesterday afternoon. The thanks were effusive, but some shareholders might take a different view, given the lamentable record of this investment company which doesn't invest. It simply pisses the cash away on plc costs and administration.
Published 1161 days ago
I was overly rude about AIM-China play Univision Engineering (UVEL) the last time I wrote about it. With the Filthy Forty it has tended to prove a prudent policy of being uber-sceptical. I pointed to a big slide in earnings which was in fact due to the previous year seeing a large debt being forgiven. The shares are up on the 0.65p at the time, closing last week at 0.8p (mid) on the back of an 18.5% gain on Friday, triggered by news on Thursday (after-hours, natch) that the Chairman is selling 41.5% of the company for a total of about £3.69 million from his interests which previously totalled 72.9%.
Published 1161 days ago
Just three weeks ago, during the no-one-is-watching fortnight of Christmas and New Year, ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play China New Energy (CNEL) completed a keep-the-lights-on placing in what I wondered was the fastest pump and dump in history. It was, in my view, a disgraceful affair: announce what appears to be a significant contract to send the shares rocketing higher (it did) and then 39 minutes later announce a massively discounted placing into the rise. The grateful company brought in some meter money (just £200,000 before expenses) but the new shares issued represented 3.28% of the enlarged capital. Surely that is a notifiable holding?
Published 1173 days ago
Just to be helpful to AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP), here is how ShareProphets Filthy Forty member Asian Citrus (ACH) announced a change of Auditor earlier today:
Published 1174 days ago
With our previous China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update, to mark the cancellation of Geong International, we asked 'Who's next to be Geong, Geong, Gone?' The answer has been...
Published 1179 days ago
Our apologies are due for overlooking one of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty companies. The RNS released by LED International (LED) three days before Christmas (HERE) almost passed us by: the company announced early in the no-one-is-watching o’clock holiday period that its shares were being suspended because it had become apparent that the Company [would] not be in a position to publish its audited report and accounts for the year ended 30 June 2015 by the deadline of 31 December.
Published 1180 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play JQW (JQW) has served up a new year message for its now lobster-potted shareholders. It's goodbye, so long, farewell as its AIM execution beckons first thing on Monday morning.
Published 1190 days ago
This morning saw a total bullshit announcement from AIM-listed (and F40 member) Eastbridge Investments (EBIV). The ShareProphets RNS Translation Service explains all (original text in bold).....
Published 1192 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Asian Citrus (ACHL) has had a history of suffering biblical-style plague and misfortune. Maybe insurance is difficult to get, but yesterday saw the latest in the line of disaster updates from this bargepole stock. The RNS was masterful, so we have wheeled out the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service to assist our understanding of this latest catastrophic release. Original is in bold italics.
Published 1203 days ago
Following THIS PIECE at the weekend we have had a communication from Mr Richard Bennett, the independent NED at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member China New Energy (CNEL). To remind readers, we were wondering who or what was Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited - the outfit with which China New announced a MOU had been signed last week regarding projects in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Published 1205 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty outfit China New Energy (CNEL) announced a memorandum of understanding with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited on Friday, in relation to projects in Zimbabwe and Zambia. It also announced that the signing of any binding agreement would be treated as a Related Party Transaction since Mr Richard Bennett, China New’s sole independent NED (see HERE) is a director of Sunbird. I’ve already discussed the potential corporate governance Red Flag that I see from that (HERE) but what or who is “Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited”?
Published 1206 days ago
Shares in the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty outfit China New Energy (CNEL) have been on the up lately, rising from around 0.65p in mid-October to peak yesterday at over 5p a share, before closing at 3.7p. Quite a ride! This appears to have been on the back of indications that a deal was in the offing and yesterday some flesh was put on the bone.
Published 1209 days ago
Well, well, well. Blow me down with a feather - the shares saw a 25% drop yesterday on the biggest volume for six months and lo and behold, today the Nomad has resigned. Obviously nobody bailed it yesterday knew that this was coming. Obviously. ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty company JQW (JQW) is now on Death Row, pending a one-way journey to becoming the eighteenth of the forty to depart AIM. It is also the twelfth Nomad resignation this calenday year on the Filthy Forty.
Published 1210 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member JQW (JQW) saw a big 25% nose-dive in its share price today, on high volume. In the process it recorded a new end-of-day low, yet there is no news from the company. Are we witnessing the final death throes?
Published 1224 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Aquatic Foods (AFG) released a trading statement this morning. All going well despite the slow-down in China – turnover up, big cash-pile, shares at a big discount to cash etc etc. So the shares are down 15%. What?
Published 1226 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member MoneySwap (SWAP) has announced some boardroom musical chairs. In comes Ms. Yu Shu Fen as an executive director looking after business development. The (now ex-) CEO, Mr Richard Proksa has been replaced by the Chairman, Mr Kung Min Lin who appears to be doubling up as both Chairman and CEO - a busy chap, as he is also non-exec chairman at AIM-listed PCG Entertainment (PCGE). Mr Proksa will, however, continue as a director. But what about the (lack of) cash position?
Published 1232 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster-boy JQW (JQW) has this morning issued a profit warning as the suspension of operations imposed by the Chinese authorities over advertising and pyramid-selling rule-breaches continues. Surely it is only a matter of time before the shares are suspended.
Published 1239 days ago
Who's next to be Geong, Geong, Gone? - China AIM 'Filthy Forty' performance update. So far 15 down and 2 on the way out. Only 23 left standing. The average loss since IPO is a mere 46.4%. Strip out the two best performerers and two worst and the average loss is 82.5%. Shocking. So who is next for the high jump?
Published 1241 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners (OPP) announced last week that it had rolled over a loan to $2.5 million loan to TSX-listed Kincora Copper Ltd, but it got the currency wrong (it was CAD$, not US$ as stated). We pointed this out a week ago and yesterday the company (and its Nomad, Smith & Williamson, which no doubt checked and verified last week's foul-up of an RNS very carefully) has finally 'fessed up to the error. Seven days later.
Published 1242 days ago
AIM has this morning announced the quiet execution of the fourteenth member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty, Camkids (CAMK). Still on Death Row we have Geong (GNG) which tomorrow will have been without a Nomad for a month so we expect another execution at 7am on Monday. Also scheduled for lethal injection shortly is China Rereun (CHRR) which lost its Nomad 24 days ago, and Vmoto (VMT) is going for a "best interests" delisting. This reads terribly badly for the LSE - and not a single one of the Nomad resignations has been explained.
Published 1242 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play GTS Chemical (GTS) has released a Q3 trading update which is full of unmitigated good news. Revenues up 34% on the same period last year, margins steady, new plant on-stream and more on the way, capacity up, distributors up: the good news is unrelenting. What's not to like?
Published 1243 days ago
Having examined Team Stevens and Team Lau, Graham Chester moves on to take a look at Team Wilson/Sacker at UHY Hacker Young in his continuing horror story. Once again, watch as the losses pile up.
Published 1244 days ago
In Part 3 of this series about Reporting Accountants and Auditors of companies coming to AIM and ISDX from China Graham Chester looks at the record of Team Lau and its current firm of Moore Stephens. As with Team Stevens in Part 2, watch the scores-on-the-doors here as the losses pile up.
Published 1244 days ago
In Part 1 Graham Chester examined the role of the Reporting Accountant when bringing a China play to the Casino. In Part 2 it is time to look at some of the players involved. What better place to start than at Team Stevens, now at the fine firm of Crowe Clark Whitehill – auditor to quite a portfolio of Filthy Forty companies, and a few more besides. Watch the scores-on-the-doors here in terms of share price performance: it is shocking stuff.
Published 1244 days ago
In what is clearly a sign that AIM-China Filthy Forty play Geong (GNG) is headed from its cell on Death Row to the execution chamber, it has been announced that it has been deleted from the FTSE AIM All-Share Index effective Friday 30 October.
Published 1245 days ago
In this first part of his look at the audit and accounting of China companies on AIM (and ISDX), Graham Chester discusses the process of bringing them to the UK markets. This involves the use of Reporting Accountants…..
Published 1246 days ago
I’ve been looking again at the interims from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty constituent Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) and its growth in receivables since FY14 of 60% since FY14 and of 92% since the first half last year – as against pretty flat turnover and margins. As at June this year we see that trade and other receivables of RMB 200.4 million as noted under current assets sit at 177% of (slightly falling) turnover of RMB 112.8 million. That looks just a tad on the high side.
Published 1248 days ago
I’ve already covered the Filthy Forty AIM-China Origo Partners (OPP) RNS yesterday regarding the rolling over of a loan to Kincora Copper Ltd and whether it is US$ or CAD$. But there is more to this. For a start, Kincora announced to the market that it intended to settle the loan (and interest thereon) in shares! Except that it then retracted that statement. The question is why Origo did not convert the loan into shares, and why it went for the roll-over option instead. Is it anything to do with the likelihood of it ever getting repayment?
Published 1249 days ago
There seems to be a spot of confusion at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners plc (OPP). Today it updated the market on an outstanding loan of US$2.5 million to investee company Kincora Copper Ltd which due for repayment on 19 July. It has been replaced by a new loan of US$ 2.5 million. The confusion is that in its interims statement, the loan was described as being CAD$2.5 million. There’s a bit of a difference (about 30% at today’s exchange rates, source: Google).
Published 1249 days ago
AIM-China Filthy Forty member Auhua (ACE) issued a statement re share price movement yesterday afternoon. Come off it chaps, this just isn’t good enough. The statement reads:
Published 1250 days ago
Update: AIM-listed Galasys is not one of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty although it should be. Registered in Jersey but operating in Jiangsu Province (as per JQW) Galasys (GLS) looks to be an AIM-China stock to have slipped our net. Thank you to Prophet Yomo for pointing out the small slip-up. This morning it announced the departure of its Chief Financial Officer, who is stepping down from the board and leaving the company. A non-board interim CFO is being appointed. We are also told that a NED has already left the board. No explanation is offered for either departure and, indeed, we are not even told the effective date on which the CFO goes. Oh dear – is this the first step on the China-Norfolk path to oblivion being taken by Galasys?
Published 1254 days ago
On Friday captions were invited for the following picture, in honour of Xavier L'Autruche Rolet in the wake of yet another departure from the Casino by one of the Shareprophets AIM-China Filthy Forty.
Published 1256 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member China New Energy (CNEL) has announced a Statement re Press Comment which appears to raise a number of corporate governance issues. I wonder how the Nomad, Cairn, will react. The shares are flying – up by a whopping 186% last seen. Mind you, at 1.35p there is an awfully long way to go before the shares get back to the IPO price of 7p. But what is really going on here?
Published 1256 days ago
Entries in Wednesday's caption competition were entertaining as readers poked fun at AIM Regulation's ineptitude over the Quindell (QPP) and the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty scandals. We have a winner - and a new contest in honour of Xavier "L'Atruche" Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group as we celebrate AIM-China execution number 13, ARC Capital (ARCH).
Published 1256 days ago
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Vmoto is to delist from AIM, ARC Capital (ARCH) has announced that it has failed to find a replacement Nomad and will be booted off the Casino as of 7am this morning. Execution number 13 (and Vmoto is number 14). There are still another three on death row following Nomad resignations to make a total of 17. Are you watching this Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff?
Published 1258 days ago
With the Financial Reporting Council now having written to Tom Winnifrith to thank him formally for his work in exposing the multiple frauds at Quindell (QPP), the question arises as to how the oxymorons at AIM Regulation managed to ignore all the evidence they too were sent. Add to that the ongoing fiasco that is the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty (number 13 due to be booted off the Casino on Thursday) and there is surely a king-sized omlette on their collective faces.
Published 1259 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) reported this morning that its Non-Eec Chairman, Mr David Sumner, has walked. His replacement, Mr Raphael Tham seems to have already stepped into the role. Oh dear.
Published 1260 days ago
China Chaintek (CTEK) was formally expelled from the AIM Casino this morning, making it the twelfth company on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty to leave the Casino. This followed the resignation last month of the now saintly Ray Zimmerman at ZAI Corporate Finance as Nomad. Forty companies, twelve down and four more on death row. Is it not clear as day that there has been the most inexcusable failure by Marcus Stuttard, the Sham Sheriff, and his oxymorons at AIM Regulation? If he has a shred of decency he will now resign.
Published 1262 days ago
We have already pointed out how AIM-China Filthy Forty member, Northwest Investment Group (NWIG) – the investment company which doesn’t invest – has frittered away stacks of cash on plc costs and achieved precisely nothing by way of meeting its investment goals so far see HERE and HERE . But one eagle-eyed reader has spotted a few more things which merit a wider audience. Yes, ‘David’ is back with another down and dirty look at the details given in accounts. Oh dear. He writes….
Published 1263 days ago
I was taking a look at what happened to ex-AIM listed and Filthy Forty constituent Sorbic International (SORB) after it was booted off the AIM Casino earlier this year. Can we draw some lessons? Are there some clues as to why so many of the Filthy Forty have shown that they should never have been allowed near the world’s most successful growth market? We need look no further than its interims, released on 30 June 2015 where all is laid bare, plain for all to see. It is utterly shocking. It shows that there can be no corporate governance which can be relied upon.
Published 1263 days ago
As the crony capitalists enjoyed their Black Tie dinner tonight to celebrate the world’s most successful growth market, might they have paused for a moment to reflect on the horrific losses which have been seen this year on AIM? Fat chance. One number ought to have had the champagne going down the wrong way, and that is how much capital has been wiped out on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty so far this year from delistings and suspensions caused by Nomad resignations. I promise you that number is a horror.
Published 1265 days ago
The spread betters could be having a field day. Four more of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty now on Death Row following Nomad resignations in just four weeks. Three in the past week: if this continues the whole lot will have gone by Christmas. But back to the question – which will be next? For some clues, we just have to look at what happened yesterday. Anyone still holding Jiasen (JSI) or JQW (JQW) is, in my view, certifiable.
Published 1266 days ago
Oh dear. This reads badly for the LSE which reckons that Chinese stocks on the AIM Casino are as good as any other. Nomad Cairn has quit the China ReRun (CHRR) account and after less than two years on the Casino, its shares have been suspended. They will be booted off in a month when no other Nomad volunteers to take this on. No Nomad will touch this with a bargepole following this statement:
Published 1269 days ago
Phew, what a scorcher! The heat really was turned up on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty over the past two weeks. Last week we had one AIM-execution, a suspension (and subsequent restoration) as Vmoto (VMT) announced a transaction which we find less than credible (HERE) and results from Jiasen (JSI) which prompted Tom Winnifrith to present us with a choice that he was a banana or Jiasen is a fraud. And JQW (JQW) had its operations suspended by the Chinese authorities for contraventions of advertising and pyramid-selling regulations before releasing less than convincing interims. This week saw fourteen of the Filthy Forty racing to the line to get results filed by close of play Wednesday so as to avoid automatic suspension, two of which added to the overcrowding problem on AIM’s Death Row as their Nomad quit. Here is the ShareProphets round-up of AIM-China Red Flags served up this past week.
Published 1270 days ago
Asian Growth Properties (AGP), a member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty (updated today), has seen trading in its shares on AIM resumed after a deal was announced to sell a large portion of its property assets for a gross consideration of £119 million, and achieve a gain on disposal for the company of £39 million before expenses. The recent interims showed net assets of HK$13 billion (call that about a billion pounds) which we were told represented about 125p per share, so just the profit on disposal should come in at something in the region of 4p per share. The total disposal should realise around 13p a share. It is a great piece of news for shareholders and with the shares trading at 17p (down from 36.75p at IPO) might now look forward at long last to a dividend. Or not:
Published 1270 days ago
Of the 40 China stocks listed on AIM on June 1 2014 or listed since only 25 are still trading. 11 have been booted off and 4 are on death row awaiting expulsion following the loss of their Nomad. The returns from this portfolio of doom now average MINUS 50.125%. But actually it is worse.
Published 1271 days ago
Not content with seeing Geong (GNG) suspended because its Nomad resigned on Tuesday, or that Camkids (CAMK) suffered the same fate on Monday, we find that a third ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty suspension slipped by: Asian Growth Properties (AGP) - which was suspended in an RNS released by AIM itself, “pending an announcement”. That was at 10.55am, and there has been not a dickie bird since from the company. I note carefully that the AIM RNS did not say “at the request of the Company”. Oo-er missus.
Published 1272 days ago
Oh dear. It could not get its accounts out on tme - given that they were total fiction that would have been hard - and at 4.05 PM today, shares in Geong (GNG) were suspended as Nomad and broker Finncap quit with immediate effect. I've wanted to use the phrase Geong, geong gone! in a headline for years and now I can. If no Nomad signs up for reputational hara-kiri within a month Geong will be booted off AIM. Pro tem it goes onto the casino death row. Boy the cells there are getting crowded.
Published 1272 days ago
We started the week awaiting interims and FY results from 14 of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. Following this morning’s round of 7am RNSs, who is still to report? And there is one other we await with considerable interest – the FY results from Daniel Stewart (DAN). Any of the companies which fails to report by the end of the day will be suspended from trading on the Casino.
Published 1273 days ago
Another set of numbers from the 14 ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty which were due to report by Wednesday of this week has been chalked up. MoneySwap plc (SWAP) reports a full year (to end Mar 2015) loss of $3.2 million. Against a market capitalisation of £11.1 million (source: ADVFN) that doesn’t look too clever. But it gets worse, because there is an audit Emphasis of matter with regard to sign-off of the company as a going concern: the company will be required to raise funds. Neon signs: placing ahoy!
Published 1273 days ago
As flagged up at the weekend HERE there were fourteen AIM-China stocks still to report by the deadline of tomorrow (Weds). It is now Tuesday and we have had just three so far- China New Energy (CNEL), GTS Chemical (GTS) and Asia Ceramics (ACHP). More on those to follow. But already we have had another one join Sino-Casino Death Row in the form of Camkids (CAMK) (see HERE).
Published 1274 days ago
Fourteen sets of Filthy Forty numbers to come in by Wednesday to avoid suspension, but AIM-China play Geong (GNG) still, from this morning’s RNS, seems to be wrangling with its auditors over its FY numbers to the end of March this year. There is just so much to go wrong here: will a convertible debt of £1 million get rolled over for another year as hoped? Will Geong get passed as a going concern? Will it get audit sign-off? Will Geong get the numbers out? And then there are the write-offs. It looks grim. Bag of Walkers, anyone?
Published 1275 days ago
It was a storming week last week on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. But there is more to come, for Wednesday sees the end of the month and the reporting deadline for any company with a half year to the end of June, or a full year to the end of March. So what is there to look forward to?
Published 1276 days ago
Just when we thought the whiffy week on the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty had served up the final course of the abominable banquet, up popped Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd (ACHL) with the petits fours. Its final results for the year to June 2015 – due to have been released yesterday – have been delayed. Uh oh….
Published 1277 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty is having an amazing week. We’ve had all manner of nonsense, from AIM failing to boot off Global Market Group (GMC) after being without a Nomad for a month until three days late, Geong (GNG) shares collapsing after a (derisory) take-over fell apart, a fantasy world presented by Vmoto (VMT) as it sold off a division on a PE of about 1 to the same people it bought it from and joke interims from JQW (cash pile mounting but dividend binned) and this morning Jiasen (cash pile mounting, dividend chopped by two thirds). And we have also had interims from Haike Chemical (HAIK).
Published 1277 days ago
This week George Osborne was merrily tweeting away that he was Delighted we have agreed with China to look into benefits of connecting UK and China stock markets. He’s clearly had a whale of a time in China, but I fancy he’s got no idea of the dangers of what he’s doing. With the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty turning up scandal after scandal, what on earth does he think he is doing?
Published 1278 days ago
Finally at 5.34pm tonight came the announcement that a wooden stake had been driven through the heart of the undead corpse that was AIM-China play Global Market Group (GMC). Having been without a Nomad for a month and two days, AIM Rules demanded that the shares be cancelled from trading after a month. So I guess the formal announcement that Global Market is off the Casino is only two days late. That’ll be the tenth delisting from the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty.
Published 1280 days ago
Further to Tom Winnifrith's piece HERE which highlights that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Global Market Group (GMC) has now been without a Nomad for a month and a day, yet there has been no announcement that it has been formally booted off the Casino I have dropped a line to AIM Regulation. Is it the case that ShareProphets is now the regulator? The letter reads:
Published 1281 days ago
It is London Buses time once again here on ShareProphets.com. A quiet few days on the AIM-China Filthy Forty and then all of a sudden three dreadful RNSs all come at once. Nine Filthy Forty members have already departed stage left. Three more are on death row following Nomad resignations – China Chaintek (CTEK), ARC Capital (ARC) and Global Market Group (GMC) which receives its last rites today. And now today two further China plays announced dire news, JQW (JQW) and Vmoto (VMT) as well as a potential bidder walking out on Geong (GNG) in the wake of a few issues with revenue recognition. No doubt the auditors there (UHY Hacker Young) will be shown to have acted with all due care.
Published 1281 days ago
Of the Filthy 40 China stocks listed on AIM on June 1 2014 or listed since, ten have already been booted off the Casino while shares in four are suspended. Of those three are suspended as the Nomad has quit. They sit on Death Row and the first execution, expulsion from AIM, is scheduled for tonight.
Published 1290 days ago
Last month we launched the ShareProphets Filthy Forty – companies with their main operations in China, registered overseas (apart from a handful in Hong Kong) and listed on AIM on June 1 2014. We noted that the overall performance was astounding: average loss from IPO was 43%, and nine had already been booted off the exchange. An attrition rate of 22.5%. The reasons varied between Nomad resignations (5), being booted off for failing to publish accounts (2) and voluntary delistings (2).
Published 1290 days ago
The Daily Telegraph has a cunning wheeze for its readers to avoid Inheritance Tax – buy AIM stocks. In fact this is a double wheeze. Not only are these IHT free assets but the Torygraph has selected a top 10 which seems guaranteed to smash the value of your estate. It is ‘avin’ a bubble with its top 10 dogs, oops I meant AIM Casino shares to buy.
Published 1291 days ago
UPDATED: Oh dear, it looks as if another China AIM stock is set to lose its AIM casino listing. AIM regulation has just now suspended trading in shares in China Chaintek (CTEK). Market sources say that Big Ray Zimmerman of ZAI Corporate Finance had enough and quit as Nomad to the Norfolk China Chaintek (CTEK) with immediate effect. The company has made no statement.
Published 1292 days ago
One of the problems that AIM-listed China stocks have at the moment is that nobody believes them. Nobody believes the claimed cash-piles or profits. This is amply demonstrated by the stock-market histoire of Aquatic Foods (AFG), a member of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty. To remind you, it listed in just February of this year at 70p per share, to give it a market capitalisation of £79.3 million. Yet the shares fell steadily to the current 29p. Today saw Interims to the end of June 2015. Scratch the surface, and the Red Flags are all too apparent.
Published 1305 days ago
ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member and Jersey-registered Asia Ceramics Holdings (ACHP) recently featured HERE in the wake of its after-hours (and Red Flag riddled) full year 2014 results. What emerged was a large market capitalisation relative to (almost) non-existent earnings. But there was also a long string of related party transactions, and a CEO who appeared to be running businesses in China doing the same thing as Asia Ceramics does…in China. But what catches the eye now is an RNS on Tuesday of this week which describes a very peculiar set of loan agreements between CEO Dr Pu and the company.
Published 1305 days ago
AIM listed China fraud Camkids (CAMK) effectively admitted that its stated cash was not really there with its ludicrous explanation of how it was set to disappear (HERE) but now let me show you why its reported profits are also 100% made up.
Published 1306 days ago
Forty AIM-China companies: ten down, three more in the queue to leave by the back door. This time we bring you Cayman Islands registered investment company, ARC Capital Holdings Limited (ARCH), which announced on 14 August that its Nomad, Grant Thornton, had given notice of its intention to step down on 15 September 2015. If no replacement is found by 15 October then shares in ARC will be booted off the Casino.
Published 1314 days ago
Lucian Miers did a superb piece HERE which looked at some of the people involved in the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty poster boy, Gate Ventures (GATE). Gate, you may remember, had an extraordinarily short-lived existence on AIM in that it was given the order of the boot after even Beaumont Cornish found it all too much to represent this outfit as Nomad, and no-one else would either.
Published 1317 days ago
The ShareProphets China-AIM Filthy Forty reveals the most shocking statistics of losses for investors, demonstrable frauds and companies being booted off the Casino – see HERE. But which country of incorporation lost investors the most money? Which national regulator has the most egg on its face? Our table has thrown up some surprising statistics.