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Worthington – still avin a giraffe, but for how long can it continue?

By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM | Saturday 17 October 2015

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Another deadline arrives and it is yet again missed. How long can the long running farce of the takeover of Old Mother Worthington (WRN) continue?

You will remember that Worthington – a company built on smoke and mirrors and which does not generate cash and has sod all cash – is trying to reverse into Danish listed Nuna Minerals which is bankrupt. So a company worth zero (or less) wishes to reverse into a company worth less than zero. Thus for this marriage from hell to go ahead Nuna needs to be refinanced.

Worthington is only heading down this route because it can’t publish a prospectus to allow its LSE listed shares to be unsuspended. One assumes that in the land of Hans Christian Anderson one can get away with a fairy tale prospectus.

The two problems Worthington has is finding anyone daft enough to pony up the funds and getting any sort of prospectus together which will cut the mustard in Denmark. So we have another delay announced on Friday: 

Pursuant to Rule 2.6(c) of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the "Code"), the Company has requested a 28 day extension to the period of time whereby Nuna Minerals A/S ("Nuna") must, under Rule 2.6 (a) of the Code, either announce a firm intention to make an offer for the Company, or announce that it does not intend to make an offer. The Takeover Panel has consented to this extension. Therefore the extended deadline is now 5pm on 13th November 2015.  

The Company understands that progress is continuing to be made in relation to the proposed refinancing of Nuna by Greenland Mining Management Ltd. There can be no certainty that these discussions will lead to an offer being made for the Company, nor as to the terms on which any offer may be made.


I should cocoa. I recommend that Danish regulators read all the recent comments about various individuals and companies within the Worthington Group before deciding on any admission if indeed it gets that far. They can do so here.

Meanwhile I have not chatted to anyone at the Serious Fraud Office for a while, I had an interesting chat on this matter from someone close to Worthington on Friday. Smiley face!

If the shares are ever unsuspended the target price remains 0p


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  1. CONglomerate

    The following need answering though:

    Why would Nuna buy Worthington Group? What exactly does it bring to the table? This is a company when you strip out the bogus £10m claim, has negative equity of £5 million. It hasn’t produced a set of AUDITED accounts since September 2013. Along with the allegations of fraud from websites such as this and towards staff and major current and previous shareholders etc.

    Why wouldn’t Patrick Newman through GMM or his Nanoq Gold/Resources enterprise just fund/purchase Nuna on its own? Bearing in mind, Josh Hughes is an ex-Nuna employee. Thus avoiding the mess of Worthington and it’s baggage”

  2. Making it up as they go along, Aidan Earley and his sister Kirsten Forbes. Who the f**k is Darren Chapman and how can the Greenland Self Government ever trust the joke Worthington clown BOD and fraudsters to meet the filing, reporting and transparency expectations of a company partly owned by the people of Greenland?????????

    RNS Number : 6571F
    Worthington Group PLC
    13 November 2015
    FORM 8 (OPD)


    Rules 8.1 and 8.2 of the Takeover Code (the “Code”)

    Olympus Trading Group Ltd, Trident Chambers, Capital City Building, PO Box 1388, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles, owner of relevant securities, Controlled by Ms Kirsten Forbes, sister in law of Aidan Earley – Short positions:

    Stock-settled derivatives (including options) and agreements to purchase/sell:

    Mr Wulstan Earley, director of Renatus Capital Ltd, owner of relevant securities, the company is owned and controlled by Wulstan Earley, brother to Aidan Earley – Short positions:

    Stock-settled derivatives (including options) and agreements to purchase/sell:

    Full details should be given so that the nature of the interest or position can be fully understood:

    “The Olympus Trading Group Limited has agreed to take over responsibility for fulfilling contracts for difference agreements previously entered into by Liberty Capital Markets Limited (dissolved) and Oriental Capital Investment Limited (dissolved) with Darren Chapman in 2011 to 2013.

    Under the terms of the initial agreements made between Darren Chapman and Liberty Capital Markets Limited and Oriental Capital Investment Limited Darren Chapman had the option to call upon 2,909,926 ordinary WRN shares for a price between 5p and 10p. As at September 2014 Darren Chapman had called upon 1,002,139 of these shares and by February 2015 he had sold on this holding.

    As a result of the revised agreement Darren Chapman has the option to call on 1,907,797 ordinary WRN shares for a price between 5p and 10p. Theses share would be delivered from the WRN holding currently held by Renatus Capital Limited.

    Whilst the arrangement disclosed has not been legally formalised the parties involved consider the arrangement disclosed to be the accurate state of affairs as at the date of this announcement and that this arrangement came into being upon the dissolution of Liberty Capital Markets Limited and Oriental Capital Investment Limited in October 2014.”

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