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Published 36 days ago
I don’t take much glee in jumping on graves but having been consistently critical of the nonsense and spoofery at BOS Global (BOS) for the last eighteen months, I thought I should comment on this week’s RNS which seems to be throwing in the towel with no Nomad willing to take on the basket-case.
Published 55 days ago
And so the blockchain spoofing continues. Step forward Stapleton Capital (STC), a standard list shell listed on 21 September to invest in telecoms. Its main man, the Holmes groupie Rodger Sergant has seen the light and the company is now to be known as BlockChain Worldwide (BLOC) The statement issued begs questions for the sleuth at 221B Baker Street.
Published 67 days ago
The Nomad is Roland "Fatty" Corniush, the most incompetent financial adviser in the known universe so, on that basis, Clem Chambers blockspoof Online Blockchain (OBC) must feel under no obligation to tell the truth as it places £1 million at 100p. This is the stuff of peak bull market insanity.
Published 102 days ago
My old friend Jim Mellon claims to be worth £800 million although I rather doubt that (by a long chalk). But he is certainly worth a bob or two and that brings us to news today that he has bought 50,000 shares in Condor Gold (CNR) at 39.5p. I say Spoooooooooooooooooooooooooooof - placing ahoy!
Published 110 days ago
The one thing I hate more than being wrong about a share recommendation is being spoofed and falling for it, which is what I think has happened with FastForward Innovations (FFWD). Can’t believe I fell for it but I’m done now – SELL.
Published 122 days ago
Sadly illness is still rife in this house so for this Thursday it is no coffee for me with the fit young mums. At least I shall be in Greece in five days time and that must be restorative to my health. In this podcast I start by looking back on UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) and its death spiral. I explain exactly how it works. Then a few further thoughts on Falanx (FLX) and why I am not selling our shares at this price. Then I look at Alexander Mining (AXM), another mega spoof from Clem Chambers, this time at ADVFN (AFN), at "Nomates" disaster RM2 (RM2)Fishing Republic (FISH) - a good zero bet - and at Regal Petroleum (RPT) which seems to be in a spot of bother in Ukraine.
Published 142 days ago
Shares in On Line (ONL) are - as I record - up c350%. Is this peak blockchain insanity or is Clem Chambers simply the greatest spoofer in the history of mankind? What happens next is the big question. Then I look at murky share dealings in Mkango Resources (MKA) by market abuser and serial fantasist Chris Oil. Does he not care about TR1 rules at all? Then it is onto Lombard Risk Management (LRM) where I have 2 more questions about its overdraft but a very big question about how the silky words of Phil "InterX" Crawford on July 19 tally with the utterly shite H1 results. Does Nomad Finncap of Telit (TCM) infamy care? I suspect it does not. I look again at BCA Marketplace (BCA) - THE BIG SHORT - in light of recent macro data. It remains a stupendous short. I look at management greed and an impending placing to fund that at Arian Silver (AGQ) and then at the dire interims from System1 (SYS1) and profits alert from Attraqt (ATQT). It is the former which remains a stonking sell even after today's share price collapse. And I have a question or two for AIM dog Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO).
Published 143 days ago
Sadly it is half term so that weekly treat with Joshua is postponed for another seven days. Instead I look at Magnolia Petroleum (MAGP) as its shares hit new all time lows: boy that share consolidation worked well did it not? Then it is onto Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) which is utterly fecked but why is boss Mark Gustafson not filling his boots with shares at 1p when he bought so ostentaiously at 20p+? Then it is onto Cloudbuy (CBUY) which needs to fess up on its cash position, or rather lack of it. En passant I cover the spoof at On Line (ONL) and also revisit my earlier piece on AIM going underground.
Published 143 days ago
I would not want to play poker against ADVFN (AFN) and On Line (ONL) boss Clem Chambers. The man has pulled off a blinder of a spoof this morning with On Line which has sent its shares soaring by 50%. It is all bollocks but I take my hat off to Clem anyway for pulling off such a classic spoof.
Published 166 days ago
I start with a discussion prompted by a reader request on whether a brand has a hidden added value which you should account for when making an investment. Another reader asks if it is time to buy back into Eden Research (EDEN). I think he is being spoofed and explain why. Then I look at the latest (non) news from Telit (TCM) and ask if the mortgage fraudster and fugitive from US Justice, Uzi Katz, has dumped his shares. I look at what is happening at Conroy Gold & Natural Resources (CGNR) , at the latest Mosman (MSMN) spoof, comment again on Nighthawk (HAWK) and then at the next Neil Woodford car crash RM2 (RM2).
Published 184 days ago
I was smiling for much of yesterday having read the announcement from Monchhichi (MCC) about its proposed cancellation from AIM and a move to the Sub-Standard segment of the Main Market. Let me explain why.
Published 188 days ago
I despair somewhat when I read the likes of Friday’s announcement from Polemos (PLMO) as I can’t really believe that companies on AIM can get away with the most over-used spoof in the market, namely the “shares being issued at a premium as consideration in an RTO” spoof, but I guess I may well point it out in the vain hope that, one day, CEO’s and Nomads will pen a more honest RNS.
Published 229 days ago
AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy has announced a director buy of 100,000 shares (about £17,750 worth). Dr Enrico Vanni, a NED, has gone into the market and hoovered up a few more shares to add to the series of shares acquired earlier this year as the company tried (and failed) to defend the 25p (par) share mark in the face of the Bracknor death spiral sales. Now he’s back.
Published 230 days ago
A year ago I thought that loans taken out an annualised rate of 30% such as that African Potash (AFPO) obtained from the fragrant wife of its hapless FD were a rum and coke. But that is nothing to the stunning admission today from Andalas Energy (ADL) - a loan repayable in one month at an annualised rate of 150%. Even by the standards of AIM Casino junk - Wowee.
Published 244 days ago
For the second time in a week we have seen share options exercised at AIM listed Norfolk MySQUAR (MYSQ) - this time it is 1.875 million warrants exercised at 5.5p which will add £103,125 to the coffers. that is kind of handy for this cash guzzler which is close to running on fumes. But this is a spoof.
Published 277 days ago
I last wrote about Monchhichi (MCC) in February HERE when it completed its underwhelming placing of £2.1 million at the incredible price of 35p and I wondered what it was going to do next. Well, rather than actually invest its funds and generate shareholder value it is has just announced some more financial spoofery last seen at the disastrous Highlands Natural Resources (HNR), It is worth taking a closer look.
Published 280 days ago
I’ve written a few times on the travails of The Diabetic Boot Company over time, usually after yet another Jim Mellon-related company lends or invests money in this biotech pipedream. Well, its results have finally come out, two months late, and they make interesting reading.
Published 281 days ago
I wrote last week (HERE) about the disappointing opaque nature of some of the recent announcements emanating from BOS Global (BOS) and raised a number of questions that were bothering me. To give the company some credit, it has issued two RNS’s since then clarifying certain aspects and particularly pleased with the clarity on the Call Design deal.
Published 314 days ago
Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has announced that NED and highly respected senior clinical oncologist at Great Ormond St and Barts Dr Nick Plowman “will” invest £250,000 in the company – at 30p a share, a 36% premium to last week’s close. Why am I not convinced that this morning’s announcement is anything other than the most desperate of spoofs in a long line of spoofs here?
Published 325 days ago
Well that explains it then! Yesterday I noted my amazement that AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) had issued yet another ramparoonie director share purchase RNS on Tuesday and that the shares had raced back above not only the all-important 27.5p mark, but above 30p. Now we know why: Executive Chairman Dr Michael Sinclair was in the market filling his boots with 200,000 shares at an average price of 30.44p. Shame he didn’t pile in when the shares were hovering around the 26p mark so as to save himself a few quid.
Published 327 days ago
AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) – teetering on the brink of having to call an EGM to reduce its nominal share capital under the terms of its death-spiral funding package with Bracknor – has announced yet another director share purchase, the fourth just this month (if we ignore the botched 7am RNS of 4 April). As ever, this is just a spoof in order to encourage more buying in the market so as to allow Bracknor to offload more of its death-spiral conversion shares as Advanced hopes and prays for the next £1.235 million tranche of funding before the coffers run dry.
Published 339 days ago
Under its death spiral funding package with Bracknor, AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has to call an EGM to seek shareholder approval to reduce the nominal price of its shares (currently 25p) by at least half if the closing share price is below 110% of nominal (ie 27.5p) for ten consecutive trading days. And that brings us to the latest spoof director share purchase announced this morning (which hasn’t worked: the shares are down 4% last seen this morning).
Published 341 days ago
Following the profit warning and announcement of the forthcoming Timegrand deal back in February that I covered HERE, Boxhill Technologies (BOX) announced the completion of that deal late yesterday afternoon. Unsurprisingly, the deal raises more questions than it answers and I’m beginning to wonder when Allenby will say enough is enough. Let’s take a closer look at the RNS.
Published 347 days ago
It seems that AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) is so desperate to get out any good news it can that it rushed out an RNS yesterday morning to notify the market of director buying and got the numbers wrong. Oops. Great work in checking and verifying there by Nomad Stockdale Securities.
Published 352 days ago
It’s been an absolute roller-coaster of a week for Sepura (SEPU) which is embroiled in a drawn-out takeover saga with Hytera Communications subject to competition delays. There were a number of interesting RNS’s worth commenting on this week but one in particular has my spoof antennae whirring. Were shareholders being told the whole story?
Published 354 days ago
So after all the questions, AIM-listed Servision (SEV) has provided answers. The AIM Rule 26 pages have been updated (after a year, vs 6-months under AIM rules), the personal guarantee of head honcho Gidon Tahan to white knight investors Cascade has been clarified and yesterday lunchtime we even had a TR-1 showing that Cascade was indeed holding the shares issued to it at over 400% of the previously prevailing share price ahead of the announcement of the funding package. But I still think the whole deal is a massive spoof and here is why.
Published 360 days ago
One has to marvel at how oily serial disappointment AIM-listed Frontera (FRR) has doubled its share price since yesterday. Has it has a takeover? Nope. Has it announced a gusher? Nope. So what has sparked the rise? It seems that it is in talks over a possible transaction involving a farm-out or joint operation arrangement within the area of its Block 12 holding in Georgia. But is this just a monster spoof?
Published 362 days ago
I haven’t been following BOS Global (BOS) that closely since the comedy gold video I commented on HERE but note the share price has increased quite nicely in recent months, much to my surprise. I noted, however, an acquisition announced yesterday which included the one thing that annoys me more than any other on AIM, the spoof made-up share price for equity issued as consideration for acquisitions. Let me explain.
Published 363 days ago
Death spiral provider Bracknor does not buy shares in companies. It loans the desperate, cash at pound of flesh rates which it then converts into shares at discounted rates and flogs to mug punters. That is the classic death spiral model. But to get such a death spiral away it needs a perception of market liquidity and also to avoid a complete short term collapse of the share price. And that brings us to Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO).
Published 376 days ago
If you object to bad language do not listen. The madness and corruption of AIM, the willingness of the crony capitalists to deceive investors to get away another placing just got to me. In today's podcast I cover Blur (BLUR) - but would commend young Steve's coverage which is superb HERE, FastForward (FFWD) - the Jim Mellon spoof - Advanced Oncotherapy (DOG), Independent Resources (IRG), Amur Minerals (AMC), Sunrise Resources (SRES) and Zenith Energy (ZEN).
Published 376 days ago
On 24 August 2015, Eden Research (EDEN) announced its now infamous deal (aka massive panama pump fraud) with TerpeneTech. That fraud is now unravelling big time as explained here. But let us revert to the RNS of 2015 which stated :
Published 387 days ago
Tom Winnifrith has already driven a coach and horses through the deal announced on Wednesday whereby an obscure US-based outfit has apparently agreed to throw $2 million (and up to a further $4 million) into AIM-listed Servision (SEV) at a massive premium to the share price previous to the announcement. But a no-one-is-watching o’clock RNS last night leaves me wondering whether the whole thing is so appallingly dressed up as to render the original RNS a gross misrepresentation of the truth.
Published 468 days ago
After nine months of scratching my head, I had a lightbulb moment this morning and have finally reached a conclusion as to what is really going on at the “investment company”, Craven House Capital (CRV). The short answer, for those that struggle to get through a thousand words, is that it is totally uninvestable for the private investor, but the most interesting part of it is that the company knows that and it is pretty open about telling its shareholders that that is the case. Whether they listen or not is another matter!
Published 498 days ago
As AIM-listed crock airline Fastjet (FJET) hurtles at full speed towards its next funding crisis two warrant exercises catch the eye – one yesterday and the other last week. With the shares trading at around 20p, why on earth would anyone exercise warrants at 31.5p a pop?
Published 528 days ago
I almost spat out my cornflakes with laughter at the ridiculous announcement from Life Science Developments (LIFE) this morning as it entered suspension pending an RTO with The Diabetic Boot Company (“DBC”). Please allow me to explain.
Published 544 days ago
As Levrett (LVRT), that I commented on earlier, has got my blood boiling slightly, I need to get a few more matters off my chest relating to the oddest investment company on the London market, namely Craven House Capital (CRV) and its two most recent investments.
Published 598 days ago
Disappointing news emanating from Craven House Capital (CRV) at 11.20am today calling off the exciting move to the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market as it failed the eligibility criteria, so where does this leave the company now?
Published 604 days ago
I see that AIM-listed President Energy (PPC) has this morning announced the appointment of a new joint broker in the form of BMO Capital Markets Ltd. One’s suspicions are, of course, immediately raised: an energy company (hardly a happy sector at the moment) appointing a new broker? Is it placing ahoy?
Published 618 days ago
If one takes a disclosable stake in a listed company you must notify the company within five working days and it must by the close of the next working day, notify the market. So we should be seeing a TR1 from Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) today then. If we do not then investors have been spoofed.
Published 628 days ago
I have a simple rule when it comes to AIM investing. If I cannot fathom what is happening, then I stay clear and Craven House Capital (CRV), that I have covered a number of times HERE, is a great example as it has issued yet another RNS that leaves me equally astonished and baffled.
Published 630 days ago
No lightning strikes today, thank God. What was he punishing me for? I start by discussing Richard Poulden's excellent letter on why folks are so angry so backed Brexit, but it is a wider issue as you can read here. Then I discuss liquidity in an investment company's portfolio, ref Teathers Financial (TEA) and finally I challenge the banks to make good their Brexit threat to fire investment banksters. I will pay for a ticket to watch but I explain why it was always a spoof. It won't happen.
Published 642 days ago
AIM-listed Shanta Gold (SHG) has announced another director share purchase which looks to me to be more of a sell signal than a buy signal. I previously highlighted (HERE) that CEO Toby Bradbury had changed his mind about supporting the recent fundraising by ponying up for 500,000 shares at the offer price of 6.5p – instead completing half of promised purchase in the market at the reduced price of 5.65p. Today we learn that NED Robin Fryer has put his hand in his pocket to the tune of 45,000 shares at 6.2p.
Published 661 days ago
As much as it pains me to highlight this, as I hold a (very) small handful of shares here, I note with interest an announcement at 4.17pm yesterday afternoon (almost no-one-is-watching o'clock) from AIM-listed Shanta Gold (SHG) which simply strikes me as a spoof. It is a director buy, but I fear that it is a sell signal. Here is why.
Published 669 days ago
Having written a series of pieces earlier in the year on Craven House Capital (CRV) detailing various reasons as to why I perceived to be an almighty spoof (HERE), I am part astounded and part confused by yesterday’s placing announcement at a massive premium to the share price.
Published 671 days ago
I explained on the previous occasion that Mark Gustafson, the CEO of Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) announced that he had bought lots of shares that he was spoofing. Now he is at it again but it even the dumbest moron must now realise the spoof is not working.
Published 678 days ago
Another day and its another announcement from Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) that its boss is again buying shares. Don't be fooled this is a spoof. Its a sell signal not a sign to buy.
Published 682 days ago
In reflective mood on election day I cover just a few companies. Falanx (FLX) where we backed the placing and the shares have tanked! LGO Energy (LGO) where the morons were spoofed and death is postponed, Centrica where shareholders are paying for CEO crack, that is debt addiction and Feedback (FDBK) which seems like a rum and coke to me. I also cover, en passant, Conroy after getting a pleasant ambush, but an ambush none the less, post dentists, from Ireland.
Published 742 days ago
My final piece on Craven House Capital (CRV), for the moment, looks at the strange goings on in the last couple of months relating to a ridiculous recent increase in the authorised share capital. The full series on Craven House is here.
Published 742 days ago
Continuing my series on Craven House Capital (CRV) and Tom’s look at the Pressfit deal, I’ve taken a closer look at their its most valuable single investment - The Bicycle Company. The full series on Craven House is here.
Published 745 days ago
My series on Craven House Capital’s (CRV) appalling behaviour in RNS’s continues with one of the more recent spoofs, namely the potential investment by GEM Global Yield Fund of up to $30m.
Published 745 days ago
Having got enraged over something admittedly rather minor in Craven House Capital’s (CRV) interims, I started looking at detail at the various investments and the absurd accounting of each one.
Published 745 days ago
I accept that I woke up in a bad mood on Monday; however, one ridiculous comment in Craven House Capital’s (CRV) interims RNS got my back up even more and lead me to investigating further. I’ve been pulling on that investigative thread ever since so thought I’d write a series of articles on what appears to me to be one almighty spoof.
Published 751 days ago
We warned you two days ago that Independent Resources (IRG) was trying to spoof investors with a bogus announcement in order to get a discounted placing away...it has not taken long, the placing today is a shocker. the FCA and AIM Regulation must investigate.
Published 753 days ago
Independent Resoures (IRG) is almost bust and will do a placing to keep the lights on very soon. But its shares are up by 185% today at 0.3p thanks to an RNS which is a spoof aimed at fooling mug punters. It has worked, never underestimate the stupidity of AIM investors.
Published 882 days ago
It goes without saying that there live execution of insolvent AIM listed POS Golden Saint Resources (GSR) via a crowd funded debt death spiral is not going well. The past 24 hours has seen another £0 raised meaning that on day nine net proceeds are still MINUS £1938.50. But an eagle eyed reader has flagged up a weekend change, as CrowdforAngels tries to cover up how investors are being spoofed.