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Published 20 days ago
Is @HemoGenyx the corporate account of HemoGenyx (HEMO)? Sadly PR poltroon Paul "Queenie" McManus of Walbrook and pouting brokerette Lucy Williams of Peterhouse have yet to return my calls as I pose this question. But since the lamentable Walbrook has tweeted directed to @HemoGenyx in the past they are either complete idiots (well they are) or that is all the confirmation one needs. Which makes the last two tweets on this account all the more outrageous. You can see them below. Bear in mind there has been no supporting RNS.
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 58 days ago
Andrew Monk of VSA Capital has answered the questions raised in my previous two articles covering Standard-listed (but still suspended) AIQ (AIQ). He has to be credited for following up on the issues presented, and being open with his answers.
Published 62 days ago
Andrew Monk's VSA floated AIQ on the Standard List last week. Its shares soared 1000% and were suspended. As Andrew notes, through the passive investment vehicle RRR I own shares in AIQ (about £10 worth - CORRECTION I am told it is £1841 worth!). I will try to sell the lot as the valuation is insane. But Monk wants to defend his corner so before our writers really go to town - and I am on their side - here is Monkey in his private email to clients today...
Published 65 days ago
Our good friend and occasional correspondent in these parts, Graham Chester, has also been looking at Standard Listed (as of Tuesday) AIQ (AIQ), which rose from 8p to 125p to have a value of £62.5 million for its £3.6 million of cash and nothing else. Like me, he has become a bit of an anorak on China Frauds so when a familiar name crops up….
Published 65 days ago
Suspended today becuase the market is disorderly, AIQ (AIQ) listed on the Standard list just two days ago at 8p per share, raising £3.6 million. It is a special purpose acquisition company incorporated in the Cayman Islands and formed to undertake one or more acquisitions of target companies or businesses in the e-commerce sector. Er, so it’s got no business at the moment and just £3.6 million (minus costs) in the bank and is now worth an incredible £62.5 million! Bollocks.
Published 182 days ago
At the start of the month, I asked the question on the lips of all the Levrett (LVRT) shareholders, namely when the bloody RTO was finally going to arrive. Well, fair play, it was announced on Friday and shareholders should be pleased, particularly the founders who got in at a fraction of the price of the ordinary private investor.
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 196 days ago
I don’t normally comment on the ongoing delays of the potential RTO’s of Sub-Standard Shocker XI members as I would be writing on the topic every week but the Levrett (LVRT) story throws up another angle, namely the total disregard to the obligation to announce results; so without a Nomad to enforce compliance with listing obligations, I thought I’d see if I would have any luck.
Published 199 days ago
Sub-Standard Shocker XI member, Papillon Holdings (PPHP) has been a horror show from the beginning, as I have highlighted a few times, most recently HERE, but the massively delayed announcement of the results on Tuesday this week shows Tatnall and Longley to be low-rent lying fraudsters and investors should be clamouring for their money back.
Published 238 days ago
Having commented earlier today on the flourishing growth of the Standard List due in part to tougher rules on AIM, it felt appropriate to start covering a perfect example of such a company, namely Pembridge Resources (PERE) , which is currently moving from AIM to the Standard List. To be fair though, on an initial glance, there’s a lot worse in my Sub-Standard Shockers XI.
Published 238 days ago
I introduced the idea of the Sub-Standard Shockers X1 in May last year on the basis that I felt that the Standard List was becoming a home for companies unable to get on AIM for one reason or another so I believed that, almost by definition, they were destined to fail. I had firmed up the original squad of fifteen over the summer (see HERE). I have since added others but thought it worth looking at those original squad members in a “Where are they now?” type feature.
Published 244 days ago
My heart sunk last week as I noted that the Plutus Powergen (PPG) boys were at it again with their third Sub-Standard List effort coming to the market in just over a year, despite the first two efforts being absolute flops. Oh well, welcome Fandango Holdings (FHP), you’re in the squad– let’s take a look.
Published 272 days ago
The demise of so many Standard Listed companies means that poor Cynical Bear has some big holes in his Sub Standard List X1 squad. But fear not, from God's chosen lands of Northern Ireland here comes Rockpool Acqusitions which will list in early July having raised £1.5 million at 10p.
Published 296 days ago
You really do have to feel sorry for Cynical Bear. One minute he has a fully fit squad to choose from and then one by one they drop like flies, either with fitness issues or just simply keel over. I’d been getting a bit concerned that he’d struggle to put out a full team, but out of the blue there is good news for him. No need to turn to the back pages of the tabloid press for the big stories of sporting drama, we have it all here at ShareProphets: AIM-listed Servision (SEV) is to put in a transfer request.
Published 323 days ago
This week was always going to throw up a few horrors with it being results week for a whole load of the Sub-Standard Shockers XI. I will do a round-up of some of the other comedic moments from the various announcements over the long weekend but Papillon Holdings (PPHP), which failed to get its results out at all, deserves a special mention.
Published 335 days ago
Apologies for the delay in this mini-series (Part 1 of which can be accessed HERE) but I thought I’d do the decent thing and ask Falcon Media House (FAL) some questions directly first. As it has ignored me, I thought I should just crack on instead and now turn to the worrying matter of the fast vanishing cash balance, both historically and forecast.
Published 339 days ago
Mixed emotions for me this week as it looks like one of the more entertaining stars of the Sub-Standard Shockers XI, Opera Investments (OPRA), may finally have done a decent looking deal with the Kibo Mining (KIBO) gold assets; however, it looks like it will be heading off for the sunnier climes of AIM as a result, leaving my squad ever so slightly weakened.
Published 342 days ago
In a mini-series of tales of unlikely comebacks, I covered Dukemount Capital (DKE) earlier today and now look at Path Investments (PATH), although from first glance, it looks like the only ones who are on a Path to riches here are the management team.
Published 342 days ago
As a kid, I used to watch the first three Rocky films pretty much on loop as I love a feel-good comeback story and I note that the Standard Segment of the Official List is fast becoming the home for such stocks. Unfortunately, I doubt the ones I’ll cover today are going to have the beating of Apollo Creed or Clubber Lang. First up is Dukemount Capital (DKE).
Published 355 days ago
With the exciting news that Falcon Acquisitions (FAL), or Falcon Media House as it is now known, has finally come back to the market after an eight-month suspension, I thought I’d do a review of a few of the interesting bits coming out of the long-awaited prospectus as a counter-balance to the tsunami of bullish noise from all the usual places yesterday. Unsurprisingly, there is staggering lack of disclosure that is all too normal with Standard List companies.
Published 360 days ago
I last commented on Sub-Standard Shocker XI member, Toople (TOOP), at the start of February (HERE) following its final results on 31 January, in which I was sceptical of its going concern claims and thought funds would be needed shortly. Funnily enough, it has now announced that the business is struggling and it needs new funds. No great surprise.
Published 371 days ago
Just like the moment when Rooney scored THAT goal against Arsenal in 2002 as a 16-year old in off the crossbar from 25 yards, launching himself into the limelight, I gave a yelp of delight when reading the “Intention To Float” announcement issued by Ocelot Partners (OLOT) last Wednesday. Finally, the Sub-Standard Shockers XI may have found that playmaker with a bit of magical star quality that it can build a team around.
Published 381 days ago
Oooops I did it again, said the boy scout mugger Stuart Bromley. Anmther day and another fuck up at Standard List posterboy CIC Gold (CICG), shares in which have been suspended since Novemver 3 2015 as it pursued an all paper RTO of a worthless brown field gold explorer Gobi.
Published 393 days ago
With the majority of the squad in suspension, or just acting as if they are, the Sub-Standard Shockers XI is in need of some fresh talent and, fortunately, there have been three recent hopefuls making a claim for a place in the team, namely, Emmerson (EML), Mila Resources (MILA) and Stranger Holdings (STHG). I’ll take a quick look at each.
Published 399 days ago
Earlier today I served up a shocking document from the land of high culture which exposes a $2 million heist by Pirate Pete Landau. I think it is fair to say that the Pirate is in real trouble and will not be docking his ship at the AIM casino ever again. But he is not the only chap in the spotlight as a result of this scandal.
Published 399 days ago
In May 2016, I commented on the forthcoming IPO of a David Breith-connected business, Toople, which joined the Sub-Standard List raising £2 million at 8p (see HERE). It currently trades at 3.25p, a disappointing 60% drop in a mere eight months, but I thought I’d take a closer look at its recent maiden full year results to assess where it goes from here.
Published 427 days ago
A dispiriting new entry to the Sub-Standard Shockers XI this week – well someone has to fill the impending gap created by the liquidation of Worthington (WRN) - so please everyone give a warm welcome to Simian Global (SMG), a reincarnation of a previously failed effort. Please allow me to explain.
Published 478 days ago
I was going to wait until the prospectus came out for the Quiptel deal before commenting on the recent acquisition by Falcon Acquisitions (FAL); however, my spelling and grammar OCD got the better of me so I had to get a few things off my chest sooner rather than later.
Published 479 days ago
By anyone’s standards, and this team’s standards are pretty low, it’s been a shocking week with a winding-up petition being issued against the team leader and general inspiration, Worthington (WRN) and player manager, Senterra Energy (SEN) having to ‘fess up to a failed deal with its share price collapsing as a result. How did the rest of the team get on!?
Published 482 days ago
Having listed just over a year ago at 5p per share citing “market conditions present compelling opportunities to acquire a cash generative oil & gas company with strong upside potential”, Senterra Energy (SEN) was in May “pleased to inform shareholders” of a prospective deal with… “a sim-card technology business based in Singapore” (Oasis Smart Sim PTE Ltd)! Now we have a “Termination of Acquisition, Restoration of Listing” announcement…
Published 518 days ago
Yesterday saw a shocking litany of scandal regarding Iraeli tech play TrendIT (TRIT) of the LSE’s Standard List on the main market. We saw how it managed to gain admission claiming to be raising £4m which didn’t arrive, how its accounts suggest that it was not solvent either before or after the IPO, lost its Broker (Peterhouse) which is yet to be replaced, confusion over which firm was acting for it in its IPO and admission placing, a boardroom merry-go-round, a going concern warning from its auditor and suspension from trading “pending an announcement” we’ve all been awaiting for almost three months – and it only listed in January! Today we bring you, courtesy of the Global Shorting Conspiracy, a translation of an article published by Israeli newspaper Calcalist.
Published 519 days ago
If you thought that AIM was badly regulated then the Standard List seems to be making great strides to demonstrate how much worse it could all get. We already have Cynical Bear’s Sub-Standard Shockers XI but in the form of Trendit (TRIT) an extraordinary set of events suggests a real scandal is brewing. Will anyone step up to the plate and take action?
Published 532 days ago
It’s no great surprise to me that Sub-Standard Shocker XI member, Silver Falcon (SILF) called off its potential RTO with Fintech business, Lime Holdings, on Friday but it’s still worth highlighting a couple of aspects of this disappointing affair.
Published 551 days ago
With the football season now in full flow, it is appropriate to assess the full squad’s performance to-date. Unsurprisingly, but still disappointingly, none of the squad is fit to even tie the shoelaces of Robbie Savage let alone play in the Premier League, but will the FCA do anything about it?
Published 554 days ago
I first wrote about Papillon Holdings (PPHP) when it joined the Sub-Standard List back in June (HERE) assessing whether it was “fit” enough for the squad. Well, I had no reason to worry as a mere three months later, it has issued an appalling RNS which will have the inevitable disappointing long-term consequences for shareholders.
Published 615 days ago
A month ago Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) announced that it had sold some assets it had bought days previously for $91,000 for £4 million in shares in fellow standard list dog Opera (OPRA) as well as £240,000 in cash. Today that joke deal has collapsed leaving Opera desperately seeking another acquisition and with its credibility in tatters and Highlands needing to explain the lies it has told.
Published 655 days ago
The ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty has seen some tragedies worthy of Shakespeare – see PCG Entertainment yesterday, for example. So now it is time for the light relief, and in that vein we bring you, courtesy of a cracking spot by our very good friend Graham Chester, FY15 results from ISDX-listed Miloc Group Limited (ML.P). It is pure comedy….
Published 684 days ago
Trendit (TRIT) announced on 4th January 2016 that it had "completed a placing of existing and new ordinary shares at 5.53 pence per share, and is raising a total of £4 million before expenses." Its shares duly joined the Standard list and were soon trading at north of 6p. The statement was not a lie but it was so utterly misleading that someone must go to prison.
Published 688 days ago
Time and time again we have warned you that CIC Gold (CICG) would see investors lose everything. That is always the way with companies created by the Boy Scout Mugger, the loathsome Stuart Bromley. The shares are currently suspended on the Standard List following a joke RTO but the odds on them ever trading again are longer than that the Great Wall of China.
Published 727 days ago
Bluebird Merchant Ventures is set to list on the Standard List of the main market this week. We have a few shares in this company, let us be upfront about that. The CEO of Bluebird is Charles Barclay and I asked him a few questions ahead of the IPO
Published 906 days ago
In a wide ranging podcast I once again praise the great share blogger Paul Scott, if only to annoy those Bulletin Board Morons who wish to see us be nasty to each other. That will not happen. Elsewhere I comment on LGO Energy (LGO), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Armadale Capital (ACP), RM2 International (RM2), London Capital (LCG), JQW (JQW), IMC Exploration and that scumbag Liam McGrattan of US Oil & Gas (USOP) infamy and what that says about Standard Listings, and also on Tungsten (TUNG).
Published 959 days ago
Xplorer (XPL) came in for a grizzly Bearcast savaging from Tom Winnifrith back on 1 Dec 2014 (HERE) following its Friday after-hours at no-one-is-watching o’clock interims statement. Last week saw this LSE Standard Listing company repeat the trick with its full year results to the end of March 2015 statement, released at 6pm when everyone had gone home for the weekend, or possibly for a few days’ summer holiday on Marbs with Jon Stretton-Knowles. If the Interims were a shocker, this statement was so much worse - it is hard to know where to start.