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Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 28/03/2019

Published 51 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 21/03/2019

Published 58 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 14/03/2019

Published 66 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 08/03/2019

Published 72 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 01/03/2019

Published 79 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Hotel Chocolat – “pleased to report continued progress”… but sufficient for the valuation?

Published 83 days ago

Angus Thirlwell, co-founder and CEO of “premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) is “pleased to report continued progress for the Hotel Chocolat brand during the 26 weeks to 30 December 2018” – and the shares have responded currently approaching 3% higher to 315p. How do the results and outlook compare to a present more than £355 million market cap?...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 07/02/2019

Published 100 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 01/02/2019

Published 107 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 25/01/2019

Published 114 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %, those in bold not on the list at the start of 2019) – and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Hotel Chocolat – argues “another strong Christmas”, but how’s the outlook v. the valuation?

Published 117 days ago

“Premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has updated on the 13 weeks ended 30th December including “this was another strong Christmas for Hotel Chocolat” and adding “trading since December continues to be in line with management's expectations”. What are expectations though?, and how do they compare to the valuation? – the shares currently circa 5% higher on the day, above 280p – capitalising the company at approaching £320 million…

Table of shorted AIM shares - week to 11/01/2019

Published 128 days ago

From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2018 and thus far in 2019 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...

Hotel Chocolat – opens in Japan, growth profile “very interesting indeed”?

Published 174 days ago

Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has announced the opening of the first Hotel Chocolat store in Japan, emphasising a “hugely encouraging” reaction – this following house broker Liberum having noted on September-announced results “management has developed Hotel Chocolat into the leading UK premium chocolate brand and is now expanding that strategy into new international markets. The combined market size of the USA, Japan and Scandinavia is some 4.6x that of the UK and with sensible plans in place, the next stage of Hotel Chocolat’s growth profile looks very interesting indeed”

Hotel Chocolat – Scandinavian development agreement, ‘recent share price weakness unwarranted’? Hmmm…

Published 297 days ago

Shares in Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) are currently more than 5% higher, heading towards 350p, on the back of the announcement of a “Scandinavian Development Agreement”. Further gains to come?...

Hotel Chocolat – profit expected to “be in line with market expectations”, but that enough for the valuation?

Published 306 days ago

Previously writing on Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) it was interims emphasise “another period of strong progress”… but progress enough for the valuation?. Now a trading update for the company’s year ended 1st July 2018…

Hotel Chocolat – interims emphasise “another period of strong progress”… but progress enough for the valuation?

Published 453 days ago

Chocolatier and retailer, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has announced results for its half year ended 31st December 2017, including emphasising “another period of strong progress… with growth in both sales and profits” and “a strong differentiated brand which offers great products and customer service and that is priced as an affordable luxury, gives the board confidence in the group's continued progress”. So why have the shares responded lower, towards 300p?...

ShareProphets readers tips for 2017 competition - end November update

Published 532 days ago

Having asked for readers tips for 2017 for the amazing prize of a meal with Tom Winnifrith (or the chance to fob it off on someone you don't like) HERE, the following is a monthly update on performance (to be eligible needed to have selected, on a per username basis, a buy & sell pick from the LSE or AIM Casino and the stocks not to have been suspended at the commencement of 2017)...

ShareProphets readers tips for 2017 competition - end October update

Published 564 days ago

Having asked for readers tips for 2017 for the amazing prize of a meal with Tom Winnifrith (or the chance to fob it off on someone you don't like) HERE, the following is a monthly update on performance (to be eligible needed to have selected, on a per username basis, a buy & sell pick from the LSE or AIM Casino and the stocks not to have been suspended at the commencement of 2017)...

ShareProphets readers tips for 2017 competition - (slightly late) end September update

Published 592 days ago

Having asked for readers tips for 2017 for the amazing prize of a meal with Tom Winnifrith (or the chance to fob it off on someone you don't like) HERE, the following is a monthly update on performance (to be eligible needed to have selected, on a per username basis, a buy & sell pick from the LSE or AIM Casino and the stocks not to have been suspended at the commencement of 2017)...

Hotel Chocolat – full-year results, is the share price recovery justified?

Published 597 days ago

In July, previously writing on Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) I noted trading update omissions and retained previous caution with the shares higher at circa 335p. They would fall towards 250p, but have recovered to a current 306.5p on the back of the results announcement for a 53 week period to 2nd July 2017…

Hotel Chocolat – full-year trading update, revenue “slightly ahead of market expectations” but what about profit & cash?

Published 670 days ago

“Trading Update” announcement from chocolatier and retailer, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC), which near the start includes revenue “slightly ahead of market expectations”. The shares are though currently slightly lower, at circa 335p. Hmmm...

This Tasty Firm is No Chocolate Teapot

Published 706 days ago

Hello Share Snatchers. What is it about the taste of chocolate? I never met anyone who didn’t love the stuff. And I reckon it’s pretty addictive. Otherwise, why should we eat nearly the whole box once we taste the first choccy?

Hotel Chocolat – strong half-year results & “confident of further progress”, but are the shares a buy?

Published 817 days ago

Having to-date been sceptical on shares in chocolatier and retailer Hotel Chocolat (HOTC), I note they currently higher on the back of results for the company’s half-year ended 25th December 2016...

Hotel Chocolat – argues ‘performed well’, but what about on a like-for-like basis?

Published 853 days ago

Chocolatier and retailer Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has updated that it ‘performed well’ in a trading statement for the 13 weeks ended 25th December 2016, with adjusted revenue 14.6% ahead. What about like-for-like performance though?...

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - The great ladies man David Williams not that bombastic prick from Avanti

Published 880 days ago

Getting my excuses in early: if I make any errors it is because I cannot see properly for reasons I explain. I then look at Aortech (AOR), Eden (FRAUD), Aurum Mining (AUR) as in David Williams, Karelian Diamonds (KDR), Falanx (FLX),  in real detail FastForward (FFWD), another hugely overvalued ramp in which my good friend Jim Mellon is involved and finally Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) where I have misgivings. For photos of chocolate as art taken by me on Monday go HERE

Hotel Chocolat – “pleased” with full-year results, but valuation tasty?

Published 943 days ago

Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) co-founder and CEO, Angus Thirlwell emphasises “I am very pleased with our performance since we were admitted to trading on AIM in May this year. Our results are strong, the Hotel Chocolat brand has continued to strengthen and we have made good progress with our three strategic priorities of investing further in our British chocolate manufacturing operations, growing our store estate and developing our digital offering”. Let’s take a look…

Notes from Underground: Four Strong Winds

Published 1100 days ago

In a more perfect world you would be looking at a picture of yours truly gladhanding the governor of the Bank Of England, Euro loon Mark Carney, in this space.

Hotel Chocolate: a house of cards?

Published 1104 days ago

AIM-listed Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) only listed yesterday morning and already I've had an email from a reader pointing to a few problems in the Admission Document. Issues such as conflicting dates, whether a liability is current or not (for the same period, and signed off by the same auditor) and so on. Oh, and there there is the small matter of an aquisition just a couple of weeks ahead of the IPO - with directors noted as being substantial shareholders. I'm sure there are perfectly rational explanations for what follows, but for the avoidance of doubt and in the light of what follows I wouldn't touch this stock with a bargepole. Bearing in mind the cost of the admission paperwork, the sloppiness (if that is what it is) is shocking. Over to our reader....

Hotel Chocolat – IPO analysis part 2/2: the prospects

Published 1108 days ago

Chocolatier and retailer Hotel Chocolat has announced it is to IPO on 10th May “by way of a conditional placing… based on the placing price (148p per share), the market capitalisation of the company on admission to trading on AIM will be £167 million”A first part of analysis reviewed the company’s recent financial performance, this second part looks at its prospects…

Hotel Chocolat – IPO analysis part 1/2: financial performance

Published 1108 days ago

Chocolatier and retailer Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has announced it is to IPO on 10th May “by way of a conditional placing… based on the placing price (148p per share), the market capitalisation of the company on admission to trading on AIM will be £167 million”A second part of analysis will look at the company’s prospects, this first part reviews its recent financial performance…

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