Mothercare – “refinancing, restructuring and reorganising… to ensure a sustainable future”. Is there?
Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Why I think Malcolm Stacey is wrong on Bigdish & good riddance you mendacious old hag
Published 11 days ago
AIM-listed Yu Group (YU.) has posted its much awaited results for the year to December 2018 – much awaited because during the year it ‘fessed up that its previous numbers had been less than believable. The opening lines make good reading – and the market has reacted well, marking the stock up by a whopping 67%, last seen, to 155p but I wonder about that.
Published 15 days ago
Induction Healthcare is coming to the AIM market in only the third IPO of the year on AIM. That kind of tells you now ain’t a great time, but leaving that aside, Neil Woodford has signed up for IPO shares (with no previous investment) in a company which seems to be a very long way from profitability. So is it his Equity Income Fund buying a company with no income? Maybe it is his Income Focus fund – although no matter how hard I focus, I still can’t see any dividends. Or perhaps it is Woodford Patient Capital (which has no cash)? I’ve no idea.
Published 25 days ago
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I commented at the weekend HERE that AIM- and now Nasdaq-listed Mereo Biopharma (AIM: MPH, Nasdaq: MREO) has FY18 results due this Monday, following Mereo’s merger with Oncomed on Nasdaq. Duly reported, how’s that extended cash runway doing?
Published 34 days ago
Here haven’t been so many diabolical after-hours announcements as there used to be, but ahead of the Easter double bank holiday – at 6.19pm on Thursday evening – AIM-listed Modern Water (MWG) showed that the tradition is alive and kicking. Its investors might have gone home but ShareProphets was watching….
Published 52 days ago
Previously writing on UK and Ireland tool and equipment hire and related services provider HSS Hire (HSS) in November with its shares at 33p, I concluded at least until there’s more concrete evidence of why to have confidence in the sustainability of the balance sheet, I’ll retain this on the bargepole list. Today results for the company’s year ended 29th December 2018 emphasising “we made significant progress against our strategic priorities and delivered the highest adjusted total EBITDA in the group's history” – and the shares are currently just above 35p…
Published 58 days ago
News from the boiler room this morning is that AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) is pleased to announce its interims. I’m not sure why – they are awful! But perhaps the pleasure relates to the fact that they are out at all, for the numbers show a deficit of net current assets. Is it bust yet?
Published 87 days ago
With its sister company, Karelian Diamonds (KDR) having published interims a couple of weeks back showing balance sheet in all sorts of trouble, this morning Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) took its turn – where we find the same problem, and some class comedy from the good it’s the way I tell ‘em Professor.
Published 90 days ago
Standard-listed AIQ (AIQ) – an investment company which rather caught our eye last year in the wake of its calamity of an IPO and repeat suspensions thereafter – has published its maiden full year results. Needless to say, they are nothing to write home about (unless you are a ShareProphets writer!)
Published 97 days ago
This morning AIM-listed Karelian Diamonds (KDR) - the Prof Conroy sister to Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) - offered up its Interims to the end of November. Prof Conroy was pleased, but should shareholders be enthused?
Published 113 days ago
As Tom Winnifrith said in his Bearcast on Wednesday, Yu Group (YU.) offered numbers in its latest trading statement which are completely meaningless – and thus its net cash position could be anything. I’ve been trying to piece some of it together.
Published 148 days ago
3.28pm on the Friday between Christmas and New Year is hardly the time to release your results unless they are really bad, and so it proved with AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP). This is a company which, let us not forget, has been developing a revolutionary boiler (where is Neil Woodford?) since it listed via an RTO on the Casino way back in 2013 – after it was rescued from administration. The original company dates from 2010. So how are we doing in 2018?
Published 157 days ago
And so at last we have the results of the forensic accounting review which followed the confession from AIM-listed Yu Group (YU.) on 24 October 2018 that its accounts were, in effect, a work of sheer fiction and has seen the company’s £12 million placing at £10 per share being investigated by the FCA. We already knew that the bill would be around £10 million – but now it is going to be around £13 million. As ever, the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service is on hand to help us understand all this (original in bold).
Published 185 days ago
AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern plc (TERN) has seen its share price slipping sharply since they peaked in mid-June at 58p. What better way to reassure the market than with a Portfolio Update? That’ll help….or not: the shares are 10% down today, at just 13.5p. I’m sure the placees at 26p in July will be delighted….
Published 185 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 188 days ago
AIM-listed former Rob Terry favourite Imaginatek (IMTK) published its half year results to the end of September this morning – what a dog’s breakfast! Of course, the majority of the period was under the old management so as much as I would like to point the finger at new CEO Angus Forrest, that would be grossly unfair. Indeed, judging by the balance sheet he’s done very well to have kept the grim reaper at bay – and he nearly pulled off a dream proposal to bring the very saintly Vin Murria in….but that fell apart. The shares as I write are up just 10% at 1.375p in the middle, having peaked earlier in the day at 2.25p in an initial burst of enthusiasm. It looks to me like the market has taken fright at the balance sheet.
Published 191 days ago
Yesterday it was the turn of AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) to show that it is one tiny little centipede step from insolvency. Today sister company, AIM-listed Karelian Diamonds (KDR) took advantage of a good day to bury bad news and followed suit – and my conclusion is the same. Indeed, for Conroy Gold there is another worry here which could bring its life to an early termination. My view is that both are stand-out sells and here is why...
Published 192 days ago
AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) offered up its FY results to May y31 esterday morning. There was plenty of blarney, of course, but the bottom line is that the balance sheet is in a mess – it needs yet another mega-placing PDQ to keep the lights on, and I don’t think it will get it away. Oh, and NED, Dr Karl Keegan, is stepping down after just 15 months in the job. In short, the end appears to be nigh.
Published 196 days ago
In August it was announced that Cenkos was buying the Nomad operations of Smith and Williamson, with completion expected in November after due diligence had been done on Smith & Williamson’s Nomad clients. On Friday, at no-one-is-watching o’clock (natch – 6.09pm!!) AIM-listed Arricano Real Estate (ARO) announced that Smith & Williamson had served notice that it would resign on 23 November 2018. Talk about Red Flags at Night!
Published 216 days ago
AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) has announced a new gold outcrop discovery in Ireland, between its Clontibret gold deposit and the Corcaskea gold target. So will this discovery transform the company’s prospects, or – bearing in mind that it has to report year-end results to May of this year by the end of next month – does this news mark the beginning of a pre-placing ramp?
Published 229 days ago
AIM-listed IoT investment company Tern (TERN) has seen its shares dropping again, despite the calls to Tom Winnifrith saying how shorts are being called in. That might put an upward pressure on the stock, but there is plenty down pressure too – and that includes today’s unaudited and abridged accounts for FY17 from principal investee Device Authority.
Published 251 days ago
AIM listed jam-tomorrow (or the day after) IoT investment company Tern (TERN) has released its interims to June 2018 and despite the polishing of things unmentionable they show what a car-crash had been – and still is - going on.
Published 271 days ago
AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) has announced a placing at 13.75p to raise £0.5 million, boasting a 20 per cent premium to the market price. Well that’s fine and dandy – so why has the market not piled in behind the placees? The shares are up just one penny, leaving the stock at 12p to sell.
Published 357 days ago
AIM-listed jam-tomorrow IoT investment company Tern plc (TERN) has an interesting date in its diary at the end of this month, for on 30 June its recent loans to investee company Device Authority must be converted into DA stock or repaid (at 300% of principal!) Given the scale of the cash-crisis across the portfolio at FY17 (see HERE) it seems unlikely to be repaid, so what happens if/when the loan is converted, and why is it a problem for Tern?
Published 423 days ago
AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) has released its interim accounts to December 2017. We are told the company is pleased to announce its interims. What there is to be pleased about rather escapes me – the company is drowning in payables and has hardly any cash left (if any at all).
Published 431 days ago
I note that things have been very quiet of late over in the boiler room of AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP). Normally that might be seen as a good thing – the company quietly getting on with making shareholders money, and not getting bogged down in ramptastic RNSs. But I wonder if there is a nasty brewing here...
Published 452 days ago
Yesterday the good professor Conroy’s elder child, AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) released its interims to last November and it needs cash. Today it is the turn of little brother, Karelian Diamonds (KDR) and the picture is no better. And as you shall see, there is an air of one insolvent partner funding the other. At least, that’s how it looks. And I wonder about the maths….
Published 453 days ago
AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) published its interim accounts to 30 November 2017 this morning. Ignoring the jam tomorrow (we’ve seen that all before) it is clear that the company was up to its eyes in debt, not that chairman Prof Richard Conroy was bothered by that as he introduced his chairman’s statement with “I have great pleasure in presenting your Company’s Half-Yearly results”. He’s pleased – but I doubt any shareholder with half a brain cell will be.
Published 460 days ago
Shares in traffic and rail software and services provider Tracsis (TRCS) have recently fallen back below 500p, but are currently rebounding on the back of a Trading Update…
Published 463 days ago
Way back in November 2016 I first commented on the fiasco at AIM-listed Milestone Group which eventually saw then CEO Deborah White handed a black bag. This was the placing, first announced in October 2016, where the £1.25 million of cash never arrived and which the company sat on news of non-payment until it ‘fessed up on the day Donald Trump won the Presidency. It was a good day to bury bad news – but as ever, ShareProphets was watching. Well, the cash STILL hasn’t arrived, even on the much reduced 10p in the £ compromise terms announced on 22 January this year and I think the company has again been tardy in passing on the news.
Published 466 days ago
Cybersecurity group Intercede (IGP) has announced a New Contract Award, which it emphasises “is a strategically important project that exploits many of the new technologies Intercede has developed over the last two years”...
Published 528 days ago
An “Update on VAT Claim and Share Buy-Back” announcement from competitions to win luxury cars company Best of the Best (BOTB). This includes that the company intends to conduct buy-backs of shares for cancellation “as and when they become available at volumes and prices that, from time to time, the Board of BOTB considers appropriate”. So a good tax update then? Er…
Published 599 days ago
I have to say I haven’t come across AIM-listed Midatech (MTPH) until now. However, with interims results just released perhaps I could get a handle on it. The problem is that the interim report has a few gaping holes in it, all of which leaves a strong sense of unease. The unease in increased when I note that the recent bailout placing (at a whopping 31% discount) showed up Woodford Investment Management as a major holder. Oh dear, not a good start….
Published 626 days ago
Previously writing on e-procurement software provider EU Supply (EUSP), I noted the market cap now approaching £13 million and looked forward to reviewing the cash flow detail in the September results announcement. This has now been made…
Published 629 days ago
On a July trading update from Biome Technologies (BIOM) I concluded it does now look to be becoming more interesting and, ahead of results, is now on the watchlist. The shares have subsequently approached 250p, but are currently more than 7% lower at 230p on the back of results for the first half of 2017…
Published 641 days ago
With I having questioned in March 2:15pm ‘Interim Management Statement’ a cause for alarm?, mechanical and refractory engineering company Goodwin (GDWN) has now announced results for its year ended 30th April 2017…
Published 645 days ago
Management Consulting Group (MMC) Chairman & Chief Executive Nick Stagg, with the company’s results for the first half of 2017, is “pleased to report that Proudfoot, Management Consulting Group’s continuing business, has made progress in the execution of its strategy”. The market is not however pleased – the shares down 8.5%, to 7p…
Published 661 days ago
Portmeirion, Spode, Wax Lyrical, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel homewares company Portmeirion Group (PMP) emphasises it “pleased to announce a positive trading performance for the first six months of 2017”. Let’s take a look…
Published 698 days ago
Worthless AIM listed piece of excrement Servision (SEV) always seems to report its results at the last possible moment to avoid suspension on the casino. In 2016 calendar 2015 numbers (piss poor) arrived on the 30 June deadline day. For 2016 its a slam dunk bet that the numbers (piss poor) will arrive this Friday on deadline day. Why is that?
Published 709 days ago
Shares in e-procurement software provider, EU Supply (EUSP) are currently a further more than 17% higher, at 17p, on the back of a “Framework agreement signed” announcement. Hmmm, a framework agreement – so no specific financials then?...
Published 713 days ago
“Eckoh plc (ECK), the global provider of secure payment products and customer contact solutions, is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 March 2017”. Hmmm, this though follows a profit warning in September…
Published 724 days ago
An 11:26am results announcement from tv distribution and production group DCD Media (DCD). Hmmm, why not a standard 7am release? Let’s take a look…
Published 739 days ago
London estate agency Foxtons (FOXT) has updated on the first quarter of 2017, seeing a significant decline in revenue on the corresponding 2016 period though arguing “performance has been in line with the board's expectations”…
Published 745 days ago
AIM Cesspit listed FRAUD Eden Research (EDEN) has two massive problems. One is that with pitiful sales it is rapidly running out of cash and so must get yet another bailout placing away. The second is that it has now been fully exposed as committing a massive panama pump securities fraud HERE. Its response....
Published 773 days ago
Lucian Miers previously warned on BNN Technology (BNN) HERE and will update here in due course. But the following just takes a quick look at the numbers and placing the company has announced today...
Published 774 days ago
Readers will know that I'm far from convinced at the buy case for AIM-listed Frontera (FRR), shares in which have again been on the rampage after what looks like a rampety-ramp RNS yesterday. The ShareProphets RNS Translation Service thought it should chip in...
Published 795 days ago
Chairman of tracking, monitoring and protection technology company Starcom (STAR), Michael Rosenberg, is “pleased to present the final audited accounts” for 2016. The shares have currently responded more than 17.5% lower, to 1.75p. Hmmm…
Published 894 days ago
It seems the pantomime season has started early: AIM-listed lifestyler Milestone Group (MSG) has announced that it has raised a keep-the-lights-on placing at just 0.3p, and that of the original October placing which was announced to have brought in £1.385 million, only £60,000 has made it to the coffers. If Nomad Cairn Financial thought that its (currently suspended) client CloudTag (CTAG) was just a rogue case, Milestone begins to make it look more like carelessness.
Published 901 days ago
X-ray imaging for the security and industrial inspection markets-focused Image Scan Holdings (IGE) has announced results for its year ended 30th September 2016 – and the shares are currently slightly higher to 6.5p…
Published 902 days ago
A 12:43pm “Trading Update” announcement from live events agency Aeorema Communications (AEO). Clearly not scheduled – and thus clearly unlikely to be positive…
Published 913 days ago
Hobby products company, Hornby (HRN) announced results for the six months ended 30th September 2016 at 7am claiming “good progress with turnaround plan”. This didn’t though extend to the announcement itself - as the financial tables weren’t included! A replacement announcement was then made at 09:41 – does the company's turnaround progress look smoother? …
Published 927 days ago
Talk about a good day to bury bad news: every media commentator is trying to come to terms with the election of Donald Trump (with the notable exception of our own Tom Winnifrith, who is off to get his new Poll Sheriff’s badge) and so at 3.41pm yesterday AIM-listed Milestone Group (MSG) slipped out a “miscellaneous” RNS. It may have won two big contracts recently but in terms of this RNS, there was nothing miscellaneous about it: this company is in serious trouble.
Published 971 days ago
Well done to ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Haike Chemical (HAIK) for being first to stick its head above the parapet this week with the release of its interims to June. One down, nine to go. The PR reads well enough: profitable for the half, lots of cash in the bank. That’s the spin – but what about the Red Flags – such as negative net current assets?
Published 997 days ago
Last night at no-one-is-watching o’clock ISDX-listed Etaireia Investments released its annual numbers to 31 March 2016. The balance sheet held a few horrors, such as net current liabilities of £130,586 which in interesting in the wake of the RNS released on 17 August 2016 which told us that the company had ponied up £50,000 (deferred for a year) in addition to 203,076,923 new shares at 0.065p (although it took two goes for the company to get that bit right) in order to acquire a commercial property.
Published 1066 days ago
Panel and timber distributor, James Latham plc (LTHM) is “pleased to report very good trading results for the financial year to 31 March 2016”, though notes “year on year growth slowed in the second half year”. Let’s take a look…
Published 1152 days ago
AIM-listed GCM Resources (GCM) has been trying to get permits for a coal mine in Bangladesh for as long as I can remember – and this morning’s interims to Dec 2015 continue the lashings of Hartley’s being promised for tomorrow, or the day after. Or perhaps never. But meanwhile the cash is running out and there is a Going Concern warning to be found. Not surprising, as the balance sheet shows Net Current Assets weighing with a deficit of £416,000 – quite a problem when the market capitalisation is just £2.8 million (source: ADVFN).
Published 1195 days ago
Yesterday I wondered why shares in fully listed Telecom Plus (TEP) had been dropping, and turned up a few nuggets in its interim statement and, of greater concern, a new £150 million loan facility on the Companies House website. Were these the cause of the drop since the turn of the year? Well perhaps not, for into my inbox has dropped an “underperform” note from top analysts RBS Capital Markets.
Published 1254 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 1315 days ago
I had to laugh out loud when I read this morning’s RNS Reach from AIM-listed NetDimensions (NETD). It is normally a pretty bad sign when a company announces that it has won some sort of spurious award, but this really takes the biscuit. You see, it is not even NetDimensions that has won it: it is one of its clients! The update is the figures from the balance sheet - far, far worse than my first reading.