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Wednesday 24 May 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


3 June 2016, 09:19 | By Graham Neary |

Begbies Traynor – Looking to Benefit from the Pent-up Demand of Mass Bankruptcies

Begbies Traynor (BEG) is a fine example of a counter-cyclical stock. As the UK’s leading independent insolvency practitioners, they see a great deal of business when other firms are failing. It has been an unexciting value stock for the past several years, but this morning’s acquisition news shows there is still plenty of potential here.

3 June 2016, 08:57 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

An Evening with a snake and a hooker c/o Inspirit

It is good to see that Inspirit Energy (INSP) is spending the £750,000 from the bailout financing of last month wisely. Canapes and stockmarket hookers all round.

3 June 2016, 07:59 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

FastForward – clarification over the $1 million. Now what about that £500,000?

Following my piece on Wednesday asking what had happened to a second tranche of investment into Leap Gaming, AIM-listed FastForward Innovations (FFWD) yesterday finally got around to an RNS confirming that it has now all completed. Hot on the heels of Cynical Bear’s Gotcha on Boxhill (BOX) perhaps we should start up a ShareProphets Nomad Services outfit - £30,000 a year retainer per company? That’ll do nicely.

3 June 2016, 07:55 | By Steve Moore |

DCD Media – follows no-one watching o'clock "business update", with no-one watching o'clock results

Following a true 'no-one watching o'clock’ “Business Update” from DCD Media (DCD), it has followed suit with the results announcement – with a 4:10pm release. I wonder why...

3 June 2016, 07:49 | By Malcolm Stacey |

C'mon Postie, Don't Be Slow, Your Shares in Royal Mail Could Go Man Go.

Hello Share Crunchers. Let me send you a letter recommending you research Royal Mail (RMG). I believe, though am not entierly sure as I don't look too closely into her finances, that my wife still holds some shares. So I am not entirely unbiased. Though I sold mr Royal Mail stock some time ago for a tasty profit - and have no plans at present to buy them back. This is not because I believe the share has a limited prospect of rising, but because this family already owns enough Royal Mail shares. Eggs and baskets and all that.

2 June 2016, 16:42 | By Tom Winnifrith, The Sheriff of AIM |

Nighthawk savaged by a dead sheep - these shares are toast

I have noted before that Zac Phillips, the oil analyst at SP Angel is normally only too kind to shite oil companies on the AIM Casino. He bends over to be nice to them and to excuse their lamentable performance. But just now and then, the inner Zac emerges. It is like when mild mannered Sir Geoffrey Howe plunged the knife into the blessed Lady Thatcher, an episode which was seen as "like being savaged by a dead sheep"

2 June 2016, 16:33 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - The Times Newspaper, financial journalists are part of the problem not the solution to crooked markets

I start by analysing a very odd paragraph concerning Aureus Mining (AUE) in the Times Market Report. Then it is onto Boxhill (BOX) which is a zero, Lord Tim Razzall you are "in sights" there is more to come. Then it is onto Armadale (ACP), Purecircle (PURE) and FastJet (FJET), oh Duck & Dive where are you? It's time to say "sorry TW was right, as usual - I am sorry for daring to suggest that his analysis was wrong."

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2 June 2016, 16:07 | By Thierry Laduguie |

FTSE 100 going down alone

The FTSE 100 closed down on two consecutive days, it would appear the bear trend has resumed. Oil is still trading near the highs, the S&P 500 is still trading near the highs, it seems the FTSE is going down alone. It could be something to do with the referendum or it could simply be that the UK index is leading the way as it has often done during the bear market. In this case I expect the S&P to follow the FTSE lower. 

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2 June 2016, 13:06 | By Cynical Bear |

The Lord Razzall Resignation BOX set (Part 2): Phil Jackson in court case debacle!

Good to see that Boxhill Technologies (BOX) finally RNS’d the winding-up petitions that it had received last Friday but I’m afraid I’ve got more. My bedtime reading last night included a 600 page court case transcript of a hearing in the High Court, Chancery Division, from last July in which former CEO of Boxhill, Phil Jackson, didn’t exactly cover himself in glory.

2 June 2016, 12:10 | By Steve Moore |

Sabien Technology – more problems (& some pure comedy) in the boiler room

“The board of Sabien Technology Group plc (AIM: SNT), the manufacturer and supplier of M2G, an energy efficiency technology, announces that the company now expects to report revenues of c. £0.9m and a loss of up to c. £1.7 m in the financial period to 30 June 2016”. Hmmm, let’s read on... ‘UK pilot programme’, ‘Sales pipeline’, ‘Overseas pilot programme’ and finally ‘UK trading’… “results for the current financial year stem from the withdrawal of a number of large prospects from the opening pipeline at 1 July 2015 and a reduction in contract value of a number of sales”. Uh oh…

2 June 2016, 11:03 | By Cynical Bear |

The Lord Razzall Resignation BOX set (Part 1): Care to mention the Winding-Up Petition??

The more I dig into the chaotic world of Boxhill Technologies, the smellier it becomes. Having spent the last 24 hours trawling through reams of information sent through to Shareprophets, I can only echo Tom’s clarion call to shareholders from his Bearcast yesterday – SELL!

2 June 2016, 10:58 | By Steve Moore |

ShareProphets readers tips for 2016 competition - end May update

Having asked for readers tips for 2016 for the amazing prize of lunch or dinner with Tom Winnifrith (or the chance to fob it off on someone you don't like) HERE, the following is a monthly update on performance (to be eligible needed to have selected a buy & sell pick and those to be listed on the LSE or on the AIM Casino)...

2 June 2016, 10:56 | By Gary Newman |

You'd have to be crazy to buy Flying Brands!

For no apparent reason a tiny AIM company called Flying Brands (FBDU) has seen its share price rise by nearly 250% in the past six weeks or so.

2 June 2016, 10:54 | By Graham Neary |

Fastjet - Unsustainable cash burn approaches tipping point

Following on from my recent coverage of Fastjet (FJET), the airline has today announced its final results for the year to December 2015. While clarity on last year’s calamitous financial performance are to be welcomed, the most important questions remains unanswered.

2 June 2016, 10:52 | By Malcolm Stacey |

Marks and Sparks' Flat Share Price Belies a Tasty Dividend

Hello Share Tasters. As far as I can see the share price at Marks and Sparks (MKS) has not moved very much in the last 10 years. There have been some alarming peaks and troughs along the way. But its the overall flatness of the share price that’s the main reason why I sold all my stock some time ago - and won’t be returning. However, I can see the advantage of being on board for all those share shifters who relish tasty dividends. And with the general performance of most shares at the moment, who can blame them?

1 June 2016, 16:06 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Avanti Communications now in Dana Territory & sinking

It was just a few weeks ago that Avanti Communications (AVN) shares were in the decade of Blur and Oasis (the nineties) and bombastic CEO David Williams tried to spoof us all with a trivial share purchase costing him about all of two days of his obscene salary. Pretty quickly the shares slipped through the Maggie years and into the era of Abba and the Winter of Discontent. As I speak we are at Dana.

1 June 2016, 15:38 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

The Bagot WH Ireland Scandal – who is behind the smear campaign?

I’ve no idea who Amanda Davies is, or even if the name is real. But this person has been posting in the reader comments section of my last piece on the Bagot/WH Ireland (WHI) scandal and seems to suggest great insight into the Bagots’ personal financial situation:

1 June 2016, 15:33 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Highlands Natural Resources partner Calfrac - how close is it to going bust?

Shares in Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) jumped sharply last week on news that its DT technology had been licensed to a large Canadian firm Calfrac. Great. Fabbo. What's the problem? Er.....

1 June 2016, 14:54 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

FastForward – Uber ramp as new Nomad/Broker signals Placing Ahoy

I have a few questions to add to Tom Winnifrith’s and Cynical Bear’s coverage of the fine outfit that is AIM-listed FastForward Innovations Ltd (FFWD). I’m sure there are perfectly reasonable explanations, but perhaps the company might like to share them – especially with a placing so obviously on the way as the (re-) renewal of what was once the AIM-China play called London Asia Chinese Private Equity Fund (CGOP) continues.

1 June 2016, 14:40 | By Steve Moore |

Starcom – review following recent share price gains

Though currently slipping back today, a still circa 3.5p share price of Starcom plc (STAR) compares to 1.25p hit post the company’s announcement of results for 2015 in March and a 1.5p per share placing later that month. Hmmm, what’s happening here?

23 May 2017, 15:23 | By ShareProphets |

The May edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - Tips, UK Investor Show photo feature, and the the end of the EU

The May edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three share tips from Gary Newman, the Greek meltown is worse than everyone thinks, and the EU is not fit for purpose plus a photofeature from the 2017 UK Investor Show.

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21 May 2017, 12:58 | By ShareProphets |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week Contest - sponsored by Quindell founder & fraudster Rob Terry

This week's sponsor, serial company founder Rob Terry, has been in the news this past week over a lawsuit brought by Aussie legal poltroons Slater & Gorden claiming to be deceived over the legal division that they bought from Quindell. Slater & Gordon will probably do just fine unless Quindell (QPP) or Watchstone (WTG) as it is called these days, points out ShareProphets sent S&G a docket of articles before the purchase went through. Anything to help the boys and girls at Quindell!

17 May 2017, 08:18 | By Malcolm Stacey |

In Touch Company Deserves Your Attention as Profits Rise

Hello Share Shufflers. There is a Geordie company which wages war on switches and buttons. It makes touch sensors. You’ll see this kind of technology everywhere these days, beginning with your mobile phone.

17 May 2017, 08:33 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – yet another director ponies up, EGM seemingly avoided and Bracknor converts. Most bizarre

Well this is most bizarre! Lobster-potted Bracknor has converted another lump of its death-spiral loan notes. That, of course, is not a great surprise until you study the detail of yesterday morning’s announcement from AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), where we discover that the conversion shares have been issued not at the lowest daily volume-weighted average price of the past 15 days (21.35p) as per previously announced conversion terms, but at 25p (par price of the shares). Why has Bracknor elected to pay a 17% premium?

17 May 2017, 08:32 | By Darren Atwater |

Labour's manifesto doesn't just make sense, it adds up

The Tory-controlled media has been working overtime to convince voters that Labour wants a return to the bad old days of the 70s, with its fox hunts, its universities for the elites, and, wait... that's not right. Oh yes, the Tory-controlled media says that the Labour manifesto is a pinko-commie cloud-cookoo land fiscal LSD dream. It turns out that it is not.

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17 May 2017, 08:44 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Labour's Maths does not add up - Darren Atwater, Paul Mason and all the other London elitists are innumerate

Our in-house remoaning, money tree-worshipping, metropolitan elitist, Darren Atwater has posted an article suggesting that Labour's manifesto maths adds up. Maybe Diane Abbott and Darren think so, but no-one else will be fooled.

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17 May 2017, 08:33 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

17 May 2017, 09:37 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Petropavlovsk – board structure update amidst attempted coup

Petropavlovsk (POG) has updated on the attempted boardroom coup – including on its process to appoint an independent Non-Executive Chairman, a further independent Non-Executive director and opposition to the requisitioning shareholder nominees.

17 May 2017, 09:48 | By HotStockRockets |

Optibiotix - launch of Slimbiome and LPLDL products. Read closely & buy

OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has announced what it terms the "successful" launch of its SlimBiome® and LPLDL® products at the Vitafoods Europe tradeshow in Geneva from the 9-11 of May 2017. The event provided the opportunity to connect with 16,500 industry decision makers from the supplements, nutraceutical, functional food and beverage industries. This is viewed as one of the world's leading trade fairs for the food and drinks industry. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Companies always say launches are successful. More jam tomorrow. So what. Etc. But no read on... We have underlined a few key words for you.

17 May 2017, 10:01 | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

InterQuest – possible management buyout offer, a piss take

With shares in InterQuest (ITQ) yesterday having increased on the day from comfortably below 40p to well above, at 3:51pm (noting the “recent share price movement” - nothing suspicious to concern AIM regulation then!) a newly created company (Chisbridge Ltd) formed by Gary Ashworth, Chris Eldridge and David Bygrave (respectively InterQuest Chairman, CEO and CFO and 33.3%, 0% and 0.1% shareholders) ‘confirmed’ “that it is evaluating making an offer for InterQuest at 42 pence per share in cash with a full loan note alternative”. They're taking the piss, surely...

17 May 2017, 12:50 | By Steve Moore |

Proxama – having spent “throughout 2016” trying to sell Digital Payments division, now asks us to believe it’s “the best owner” after all!

Proxama (PROX), 13th December 2016: “We have been reviewing various options throughout 2016 to sell the Digital Payments division with a priority being to maximise shareholder value… The company remains committed to the sale and we believe that it will be completed”Today: “the board has concluded that we remain the best owner for Digital Payments division… retaining this division as part of the group, with an updated strategy”. Haha – so having spent “throughout 2016” trying to sell the business and stating it “committed to the sale”, we’re now asked to believe that the company is actually “the best owner” for the business after all!?!...

17 May 2017, 15:10 | By Steve Moore |

Foxtons – Q1 2017 trading update, still a short?

London estate agency Foxtons (FOXT) has updated on the first quarter of 2017, seeing a significant decline in revenue on the corresponding 2016 period though arguing “performance has been in line with the board's expectations”

17 May 2017, 16:44 | By Steve Moore |

Corero – announces “secures second $1m+ SmartWall customer”. How much is the order for?

An announcement entitled “Corero (CNS) secures second $1m+ SmartWall customer”. Sounds good but, having previously written bearishly on this company, let’s take a look at the detail here…

18 May 2017, 08:03 | By Malcolm Stacey |

As Hackers and Computer Bandits Grow in Strength, so Does the Presence of this Techno Sheriff

Hello Share Graters. I’m always trying to find companies you may not be aware of. It’s a way of widening the scope of this largely critical website. Today I commend to your further investigation a company called Defenx (DFX).

18 May 2017, 08:12 | By Tom Winnifrith |

If Corbyn wins the election I'd be better off moving my business to Greece - the simple maths

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to raise Corporation Tax from 19% to 26%, while the tax on dividends in the UK is now 25%. As far as I know that is not going to be increased by Labour, but who knows? The bottom line is that, as a part-time Greek resident but UK taxpayer, it actually makes sense for me to become a Greek resident and Greek taxpayer if Labour wins. Yes, this economic basket case run by socialist lunatics is a better place for me to do my business than a Corbyn-run Britain. Here are the maths....

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18 May 2017, 10:11 | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – another Bracknor Conversion, but look at the terms: how’s the Going Concern statement coming along?

Well, well. How do you issue shares at a discount to par? Simple: pay a whopping fee to the subscriber. AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has announced another loan note conversion under its death-spiral funding package with Bracknor and a new fee seems to have appeared which might just derail discussions between the company and its auditor as they work on the going concern statement for the forthcoming FY16 results due out by the end of next month. Oh dear, oh dear.

18 May 2017, 09:56 | By Tom Winnifrith |

K3 Business Technology – another profit warning, faith lost. Sell.

K3 Business Technology (KBT) has updated that it “now believes that the results for the year to 30 June 2017 will be significantly below current market expectations” as “certain large Enterprise contracts have not been secured as expected”...

23 May 2017, 15:23 | By ShareProphets |

The May edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - Tips, UK Investor Show photo feature, and the the end of the EU

The May edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring three share tips from Gary Newman, the Greek meltown is worse than everyone thinks, and the EU is not fit for purpose plus a photofeature from the 2017 UK Investor Show.

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22 May 2017, 08:26 | By Nigel Somerville |

Is Tom Winnifrith right to out companies doing placings?

The busting of a placing by AIM-listed UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) at 1p by Tom Winnifrith has caused a bit of controversy. It is not the first time he has been accused of being irresponsible by blowing the lid on a placing only for it to be pulled or the price dropped. Anyone left holding the baby gets their fingers burned – in the recent example quite badly if they had been buying into the ramp at north of 1.4p only to see the company raise cash at just 0.8p. Is it right?

23 May 2017, 15:23 | By Tom Winnifrith |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the week sponsored by Granny Snuffs & Wildes

The nauseating Mail on Sunday fawned upon Pippa Middleton and her ghastly family as they celebrated the "wedding of the Year"Bring on the revolution! But perhaps the real wedding of the year should be between our two very own in-house Bulletin Board Morons GrannySnuffs & Wildes who seem made for each other. can you find examples on the LSE Asylum, iii, ADVFN or twitter of comments more idiotic than those of our own dream team? If so post in the comments section below, the deadline is midnight Sunday 28th May.

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22 May 2017, 15:31 | By Steve Moore |

Infrastrata – cash crunch & sack-the-board General Meeting ahoy… so it’s strategic review time!

Having bought itself some time by declaring an initial sack-the-board General Meeting requisition “invalid” (a revised, valid requisition announced by it at an attempted ‘no one watching o’clock’, 5:15 pm, on Friday), Infrastrata (INFA) has this afternoon made a “Review of stategic options & project update” announcement...

22 May 2017, 16:31 | By Nigel Somerville |

Minoan – acquisition, placing, debt update

AIM-listed travel agent and wannabe Greek holiday resort developer Minoan (MIN) announced a small bolt-on acquisition this morning….and a placing. Oh, and an update on its debt facility due to expire at the end of June. It is disappointing to see a placing (at 9p), but in the general scheme of things it is a relatively small amount so the pill is sugared to some extent.

22 May 2017, 08:24 | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

23 May 2017, 08:35 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Amryt at 22.5p worth 62p - new 44 page report

Take a look! European investors are clearly failing to grasp the very significant financial and commercial benefits available for Orphan or Rare Disease drug developers. So much so in fact, that sector-focussed Amryt Pharma (AMYT) finds no quoted peers in London, yet a good basket of NASDAQ-listed comparables are seen to command a significant premium despite mostly being pre-revenue and somewhat earlier in their development. Such anomalies can and, of course, do rapidly correct. 

23 May 2017, 08:35 | By Cynical Bear |

Challenger Acquisitions: Shameful rampathon – the FCA should investigate

Any reader of my pieces will know I hold Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) in pretty low regard but the outrageous ramping that has now gone on for the last four trading days is an absolute disgrace and the FCA should take a look. I’ll explain.

22 May 2017, 10:03 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Eden Research - Financials suggest its going tits up, FRC pans it after my request), Part 1

Eden Research (EDEN) has today published godawful results and admitted that my very good friends at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigated it - after I requested such an investigation - and have forced it to restate past numbers. It claims that the FRC has now settled all matters. Au contraire. that is another lie from the fraudsters and there are many more porkies in this statement. Truly, the pants of shamed PR Paul Queenie McManus of Walbrook will be cinders and ash after this effort. This all came out as Eden published Godawful numbers for calendar 2016.

23 May 2017, 08:34 | By ShareProphets |

UK Investor Show 2017 ‘Dragon’s Den’ picks update

The sold-out success that was the 1st April 2017 UK Investor Show again saw five 'Dragon's Den' sessions where a number of CEOs each gave a pitch and three Dragons each picked one stock for a £1,000 investment. How are they faring so far?...

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23 May 2017, 08:34 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Andalas raises £600,000 - which means net cash is less than ZERO - it's still bust & worthless

With some great investigative journalism of which this website would have been proud, Brokerman Dan flushed it out a few weeks ago. The former bank robber - correctly - stated that Andalas (ADL) was looking to raise £1 million at 0.06p and the AIM listed crock of shit suspended its shares. Today they are unsuspended after the company raised £600,000 at 0.1p. It says this is at a premium to the suspension price. But it is a spoof, Andalas is still bust. It is insolvent as of today!

22 May 2017, 10:02 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Malcolm Stacey misquotes me but is wrong about Inmarsat anyway - don't fight the tide

Malcolm Stacey is old enough to know about King Canute. In fact he is so old that he was there as a boy when the King sat in his chair on the beach and attempted to turn back the tide. Malcolm surely you remember the day as if it was yesterday? In which case why do you forget this valuable lesson when it comes to Inmarsat (ISAT) and your article today in which you misquote me and get it wrong in so many other ways.

22 May 2017, 10:01 | By David Scott |

Elect a clown, get a Circus

"A credit crunch is brewing and when it happens, the UK is going to get hurt."  These are not my words but the start of the Editorial in this weekend’s Guardian. The article then went on to say "That is the message emerging from senior executives in the financial services industry, who do not think Britain has changed that much since the 2008 credit disaster and the devastating crash that followed. Three developments lie at the heart of this disturbing analysis: spectacular growth in the sale of second mortgages, car loans and credit cards." I would heartily agree with these comments as this is my experience too. But what the article fails to say is that the UK is not alone in this debt bubble - once more it is a Global issue.

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22 May 2017, 08:09 | By Malcolm Stacey |

After Falling to Earth, This Sci-fi Share May Rocket, Once Mr Spock Locks On

Hello Share Scoopers. There have been quite a few occasions now that I’ve commended a Footsie satellite company to your attention. On each mention, as I recall, the share grew in value. However, last year the shares took a big knock.

23 May 2017, 08:16 | By Malcolm Stacey |

All Eyes On OPEC. Will It Come Up with Goods or Will our Oil Shares Slide Down a Greasy Pole?

One of the most fascinating scenes I’ve seen for some time is the sight of Big Donald jigging around with some sort of weird entertainment put on by the Saudi’s for the President's visit. It almost made me forget the big benefit of this amiable state visit on share shifters like us. And that of course is that the President’s friendly reception sent the oil price up.

22 May 2017, 11:35 | By Steve Moore |

Corero Network Security – service launch of a contract announced a month ago. Ramptastic!

An announcement from Corero Network Security (CNS) with a headline “Corero Tier 1 Internet service provider customer GTT Communications, Inc. launches DDoS Mitigation service”. Then “further to the announcement on 19 April 2017 regarding a Global Tier 1 Internet service provider customer win… announces that the customer, GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), has launched its DDoS Mitigation service”“Global Tier 1” now hey! And you what? The contract win has already been announced? Ramptastic…