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Financial Video Postcard from Tom Winnifrith #22 – M&A honesty on AIM edition

By Shareprophets | Sunday 1 December 2013

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

I start this video postcard back in 2005 when a fellow bought an asset for $10,000 and then sold it weeks later to an AIM listed company for $20 million.

Is that good business? Perhaps. Or is it is a con?  I have my views – the company was 3DM which tried to take me on in the libel courts and ended up getting censured by AIM. Twice.

To help clean up AIM I ask for a new rule. If a company buys an asset then investrors should be told the prices at which that asset has changed hands in the five years prior to that deal.

For instance, how much did Greg Smith pay for the assets in SOCA which he sold to Range Resources (RRL) for $55 million in 2011? When did he buy. Answers please Range….

This is the last week when you will see Tom Winnifrith wearing his Movember tash.

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Tom’s political postcard covers how the powerful political class think that FOI applies only to other people and can be viewed here.

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  1. Tom- Interesting proposition in the theoretical sense but not feasible in the real world. People sell assets for many reasons and rationale and often in haste when cornered. That would not speak to a relevant valuation looking back.

  2. Yeah ……….. shave it off before it gets a bit “Lord Lucan”

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