China fraud news: American PCAOB revokes auditor Crowe Horwath HK registration

Published 156 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).

Stratmin to be booted off AIM as funny China money fails to arrive - will anyone pay for this other than shareholders?

Published 174 days ago

Oh dear. Oh dear. Another AIM debacle involving Chinese funny money. This time it is Stratmin (STGR). Its cunning plan was to do an RTO of Signature Gold and to fund that deal with a £5 million investment from Axel Management Group Pty Ltd. What could possibly go wrong?

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

Published 178 days ago

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

ASA Resource – updates on cash “unaccounted for”...

Published 279 days ago

Having yesterday reported that there is strong evidence of funds “amounting to several million US dollars” being transferred to entities in China without full value being received and that “analysis reveals that there is a pressing need for cash”, ASA Resource Group (ASA) states it now “provides further information on the group's cash position”

Filthy Forty Asian Citrus – still no progress on fraud allegations as AIM execution beckons

Published 382 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.

Newmark Security – from “look(ing) forward to updating the market further” to profit “significantly less” in less than 2 months

Published 566 days ago

Having on 18th May been “pleased to provide” a trading update, “delighted to announce several new client wins” and “look(ing) forward to updating the market further at the time of the group's full year results”, security systems provider Newmark (NWT) today just “provides” a trading update. Uh oh…

China Nonferrous Gold - NED dumping and another Red Flag

Published 795 days ago

Two RNSs in two days from AIM-listed China Nonferrous Gold (CNG) reveal that Non-Exec Director Abuali Ismatov has been selling down his holding in the company. With the company having announced the successful commissioning of its processing plant at the Pakrut gold project in Tajikistan, along with the commencement of trial production back on October 1 2015 this hardly represents a massive vote of confidence.

Being idiosyncratic (and why that includes having some HSBC in your portfolio)

Published 994 days ago

In my youth I used to come back from overseas investment research trips brimming with new ideas and insights.  Having spent much of the period since the superlative UK Investor Show in the US of A I would hope to be able to say that opportunities are a-plenty.  But they are not.  Here’s a few of my notes from speaking with global investors far cleverer / richer than me at a conference in California a few days ago:

Autumn’s market imponderables: death and destruction not forgetting US bonds.

Published 1207 days ago

There are some palpable reasons for the markets nervousness at the moment. They include the hush that has settled around the public demonstrations in Hong Kong - where the love of liberty seems to have taken root - and the alarming geometric growth in the number of Ebola infections in West Africa. 

ShareProphets Reader Poll – Chinese stocks on AIM

Published 1227 days ago

It is now quite clear, after my shock revelations today HERE, that Naibu (NBU) is a total Norfolk and is going to 0p. And this is only the latest of a number of Chinese based Norfolks to list on the AIM casino. Good Chinese stocks list in Hong Kong or Shanghai, bad ones on NASDAQ and total stinkers and outright Norfolks on AIM. Well that is my view - hence the advice to dump shares in Camkids (CAMK) and China Chaintek (CTEK) as well as Naibu. What do you think? Which of the following statements most closely reflects your views:


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