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Norwegian E24 goes after Chris Rynning (formerly of F40 Origo) - part 3: due diligence?

Published 10 days ago

Chris Rynning, the former boss of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) can rest a little easier today as we continue to follow the fine work of Norewegian E24 as the scandal of Rynning and Origo continues. Today we learn that having left Origo, Rynning was helping Norwegian entrepreneurs get a foothold in China as Innovation Norway referred them via its own website to Nhack, another Rynning company, based in Shanhai. Of course, Innovation Norway had checked him out.....hadn't they?

Norwegian E24 goes after Chris Rynning (formerly of F40 Origo) - part 2: the company credit card

Published 11 days ago

This gets worse and worse for Chris Rynning, the former boss of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP). Having discussed how a billion Kroner disappeared to tax-havens under this self-styled China expert, today E24 looks at the company credit card. If you thought Nilesh Jagatia of Teathers (TEA), Insprit (INSP) and Octagonal (OCT) was, ahem, generous (to himself), this appears to take the biscuit.

Norwegian Investigative journalism alive and kicking as E24 goes after F40 Origo’s former boss Chris Rynning

Published 12 days ago

I have covered the scandal of ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) in some detail – see HERE. To cut a (very) long story short, it raised a pile of cash and seems to have lost almost the whole lot – apart from the generous remuneration and related party dealings – and the management paid itself a stack of bonuses just as the icing on the cake. New boss John Chapman has been forthright with what he found out on getting his feet under the table and now Norwegian outfit E24 has been looking into the original brains behind Origo, Mr Chris Rynning.

Filthy Forty Origo Partners – where’s the website gone?

Published 49 days ago

I noted last month that ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP) had sacked its investment adviser, Origo Advisers Limited “for cause”. Now it seems that the company’s website has disappeared, as you can see HERE – which is, of course, contrary to AIM Rules. But before I get on my high horse, I would note a few things.

Filthy Forty Origo sacks Investment Adviser, shares gain 85% - someione is 'avin' a Turkish.

Published 71 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.

KERBOOM!!! KERPOW!!! MAJOR AIM SCANDAL: hero Chairman John Chapman blows the lid on previous board and advisers at Origo – part 1

Published 237 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….)

Filthy forty Origo – reveals a true horror story. Ouzo? No thanks, I want the sick bucket

Published 330 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.

Filthy Forty Origo Partners: FY17 numbers due tomorrow, another investment disaster clocked up

Published 331 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.

Red Flags at Night Bank Holiday Special: AIM-China Filthy Forty Origo Partners

Published 364 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.

AIM-China Filthy Forty Origo warns on NAV – ouzo time as shareholders brace for another spanking

Published 401 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!

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

Published 669 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?

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

Published 902 days ago

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

Vote Now in the Filthy Forty Pongy Poll! Which will be the next F40 casualty of the Sept 2016 reporting season?

Published 974 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?

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

Published 975 days ago

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

Filthy 40 Origo Partners – still a bargepole ahead of EGM

Published 981 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.

Origo from the Filthy Forty – Execution No. 24 pencilled in for a week on Monday as photos arrive at ShareProphets Towers

Published 996 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.

Filthy 40 Origo Partners – settlement deal on the table (again)

Published 1007 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.

Filthy 40 AIM Casino Elimination Stakes – you were right! (so far…)

Published 1057 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.

F40 Origo Partners set to remain suspended until (at least) late July

Published 1140 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.

Filthy Forty Origo suspended pending clarification: Kill number 23 out of 40, 17 to go.

Published 1170 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.

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast 10 March - Depressed like a Horse Shite pump post dump

Published 1171 days ago

I refer you to my bonus podcast earlier for the depression note. I ask you what is the point? back to the markets and I look at another Horse Hill pump and dump, step forward Regency Mines (RGM ) and Andrew Bell. Next to dump Solo (SOLO) then UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) whatever David Lenigas tweets. Then I look at Origo (OPP) and also at Sprue Aegis (SPRP)

F40 Origo faces winding up order. Why are the shares still trading?

Published 1171 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.

DISGUSTING & SHOCKING: F40 Origo Partners – Where did all the money go?

Published 1174 days ago

A sickening email arrived at ShareProphets Towers regarding AIM-China Filthy Forty play Origo Partners (OPP). It begs all manner of questions and casts a dark shadow even by Filthy Forty standards. Who got all the money?

F40 Origo - last chance for the Walkers?

Published 1175 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?

F40 Origo - Trading Statement: how long until suspension pending clarification, or will Nomad walk first??

Published 1184 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?

More on that Filthy Forty Origo loan of US$2.5m. Or CAD$2.5m. Can it ever get repaid?

Published 1310 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?

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