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Wednesday 26 April 2017 The one stop source for free breaking news, expert analysis, and videos on AIM and LSE listed shares


12 March 2013, 20:18 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Chatting to Nigel Wray – Telecom Plus still a buy

Known as Britain’s Buffett, Nigel Wray is one of the UK’s most successful investors of the past three decades. I wrote last week about how he had sold £25 million shares in Domino’s Pizza (DOM) at 525p (share he paid 36p for). I am not sure that Wray was right to sell then but you cannot really argue with such a Master Investor. Wray’s only other holding in a FTSE 250 listed stock is Telecom Plus (TEP) – which, since my last article has published an in-line trading statement.

12 March 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

Imagination Technologies – have investors envisaged the uncertainties?

Imagination Technologies (IMG), the FTSE 250 technology chip designer, has updated on trading since its 31st October 2012 half year-end. At a current 550p, the shares are massively ahead of their 33.25p November 2008 lows but down on the in excess of 700p they reached in March and April of 2012. The following reviews the company’s trading update and whether the current share price represents value…

12 March 2013, 00:48 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

Pearson: Better than average yield but are the shares cheap?

Pearson’s (PSON) results for calendar 2012 have returned its accounting for the layman to an even greater inscrutability than that which it enjoyed years ago, when it was an extraordinary, almost eclectic collection of activities ranging from publishing to oil; a bit like going back from the renaissance to the dark ages.

11 March 2013, 20:19 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Barratt Interim Results Comment – Still a sell

In February I published a detailed comment on housebuilder and FTSE 250 constituent Barratt Developments (BDEV), stating that a recent upbeat trading statement meant that then upcoming results should contain no nasty surprises but that for a cyclical company seemingly approaching the top of the cycle, the valuation was simply too high. Now, post the results, the following updates my view…

11 March 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

Anite plc – darkening share price presenting a glimmer of opportunity?

Shares in Anite plc (AIE), a FTSE 250 constituent and provider of testing systems to the wireless market and reservation and e-commerce solutions to the leisure travel industry, at the time of writing trade more than 16% down on today, at 130p, following the company’s release of an update covering the period from 1st November to 8th March. The shares are still significantly ahead on late 2008 lows of sub 21p and sub 94p at the start of 2012, but does today’s move provide an opportunity? The following reviews this…

9 March 2013, 00:50 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

HSBC: profits better than they looked with more dividend growth in the pipeline. Back in buying range.

HSBC (HSBA) performed strongly throughout the great banking collapse of the first decade, of the twenty first century like a good deed in a naughty world by hanging on to much of its custom, practice and culture, when other banks were swapping their dull conservative garb for emperor’s new clothes. Chief amongst the traditions kept by HSBC was a miserly Scottish grip on capital. A lucky break for HSBC shareholders and a lucky break for UK tax payers. In the bankers’ gospel does it says: ‘blessed are they who employ sufficient capital for they shall inherit the earth’. And that is pretty much what we see in these results for the year to 31 December 2012.

8 March 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

Dialight plc – an enlightening growth story?

Dialight plc (DIA), a FTSE 250 constituent focused on solid state lighting technology for industrial application, traffic and obstruction signals and components for status indication and residual disconnect components for automotive and niche industrial application, last week announced results for the 2012 calendar year. These have helped the shares – up from only just over 100p late 2008 lows – further higher; from a 1,165p close prior to the results announcement to a current 1,300p. Capitalising the company at approaching £418 million, the following reviews the results and the value on offer here…

8 March 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

Invensys plc – attractive inventiveness and systems?

Invensys plc (ISYS) is a current FTSE 250 constituent and provider of market-leading software, systems and equipment that optimise operational performance for a broad range of industrial and commercial customers, rail operators and appliance manufacturers. It does so via three divisions – Operations Management, Rail and Controls. However, in November the company announced a proposed £1.742 billion disposal of its rail business to Siemens to create “a more focused industrial software, systems and control equipment group with a significant exposure to higher growth and higher margin segments and the resources to invest in them”. Following a further update from the company earlier this year, the following is my view…

8 March 2013, 01:07 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

British American Tobacco: buy a dividend dream machine at 3521p.

Belonging to a generation of children who smoked Turf cigarettes on London bombed sites to collect the cards of famous film stars and whose culturally formative involvement with cigarettes was through the allure of films like the Maltese Falcon I start this review to camera – as they say.

7 March 2013, 20:22 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Domino's Pizza - should you follow Nigel Wray and sell?

I wrote positively towards the end of last month on then just released 2012 results from Domino's Pizza Group (DOM) – commenting that “as a core mid cap growth and income holding the company continues not to put a foot wrong and at 525p the shares remain undervalued”. However, a couple of days later the company announced significant share sales by non-executive Chairman, Stephen Hemsley, and non-executive director Nigel Wray. Despite this the shares are now 573p. So should you follow Hemsley and my old friend Wray and sell a few?

28 February 2013, 01:10 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

Imperial Tobacco: An Outstanding Dividend Buy

As an arithmetically and financially attractive income share, Imperial  Toboacco (IMT) or “Imps” looks to be an outstanding buy at 2344p. Here is why. There are in fact two reasons – Imps is the object of two very distinct investing perspectives.

27 February 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

Halma plc – a safety-first investment?

Halma plc (HLMA), a FTSE 250 constituent and safety, health and environmental technology group – with products including fire detectors, access control sensors, medical devices and environmental analysis instruments – updated earlier this month that it “expects adjusted profit for the full year to be in line with market expectations” and that it has “maintained strong returns and achieved good cash generation, which provide us with the financial capacity for further acquisitions and investment”. However, this is another shares in which have risen strongly recently, as the FTSE 250 index has. With the shares up from March 2009 lows of 143.2p and 330.4p at the start of 2012, the following reviews whether value remains at the current 493p, which capitalises this company at £1.86 billion…

26 February 2013, 20:56 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Domino’s Pizza – Impressive 2012 Results and Growth on track

FTSE 250 listed Domino’s Pizza (DOM) has announced its results for the 53 weeks to 30th December 2012 and there were no great surprises – what news there was seemed to be positive. As a core mid cap growth and income holding the company continues not to put a foot wron and at 525p the shares remain undervalued.

26 February 2013, 20:54 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Redrow – another housebuilder reports good numbers but the shares are overvalued

Today it was the turn of FTSE 250 listed Redrow (RDW) to report its numbers for the 6 months to 31st December 2012 and while some of the numbers look good, some do not and there is a solid case to be made for selling this stock notwithstanding the sharp increase in earnings just reported.

26 February 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

AVEVA Group – are there further share price gains to be engineered?

AVEVA Group plc (AVV), a FTSE 250 engineering software provider, has, like its index, enjoyed a good recent re-rating – the shares up from 465p 2009 lows and 1,430p at the start of 2012 to a present 2,300p – this capitalising the company at a current £1.57 billion. After a trading update at the end of last month, the following asks whether there remains value on offer here…

26 February 2013, 01:11 | By Robert Sutherland Smith |

Vodafone: After 6 month underperformance a share worth buying

Vodafone (VOD) is at the cutting edge of the application of digital information technology which it supplies to a world of clamouring, fastidious consumer demand. The mobile phone is taking and increasing share of Internet communications business including data transmission, the latest commercial opportunity and phone company objective, from PC’s laptops and tablets. It is transformational; exciting stuff socially and economically.

25 February 2013, 20:57 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Buy Britvic at 425p with an eighteen month target of 519p

It has been an eventful month for FTSE 250 listed Britvic (BVIC) the producer of soft and fizzy drinks. On the upside the company served up a pretty decent trading statement on the 13th February. On the downside, a day later, its proposed takeover of AG Barr was derailed by a reference to the Competition Commission. Amid all the drama and excitement around St Valentine’s day there sits at the centre a solid growth story which is undervalued by the market. There is a decent capital gain to be enjoyed here for the patient investor with the added attraction of a 4.2% yield.

25 February 2013, 19:00 | By Steve Moore |

Oxford Instruments – making a noise in the nanotechnology space

Oxford Instruments (OXIG), a provider of high technology tools and systems for industry and research, was the first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University and is now a FTSE 250 constituent. It has become so as it has successfully innovated to become a leading provider of new generation tools and systems, with the shares having risen from little more than 100p in March 2009 to currently trade at 1,726p – capitalising the company at £982 million. Following a trading update earlier this month, the following reviews whether there remains value on offer here…

22 February 2013, 21:31 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Barratt Developments – a monumental bet on house prices defying historic norms – sell

FTSE 250 listed, Housebuilder Barratt Developments (BDEV) issued an upbeat trading statement on 16th January covering the six months to 31st December and there is little doubt that the results out next week will contain no nasty surprises. The company has a forward order book equivalent to around four months of sales and as such there is no reason to expect any great change in trading in the second half. Yet with house prices now on a multiple of average wages seem only once before in living memory ( 2007) and with the normal catalyst for a house price correction ( a rise in interest rates) surely only a matter of time the current rating looks untenable.

22 February 2013, 20:59 | By Tom Winnifrith |

Bovis – The Good News is More than Discounted – Sell

January was a good month for FTSE 250 listed housebuilder Bovis (BVS) – an upbeat trading statement on the 18th was followed by news on the 30th that it had extended its £150 million debt facility for three more years. Not that it needs to borrow as it has net cash. However the shares have enjoyed a terrific run, from 400p last June to 674.5p, which values the firm at £897 million and the good news is more than discounted.

20 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

The April edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - UK Investor Show edition

The April edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring Metal Tiger, BMR, Harley Investments, Action Hotels and much more.

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3 days ago | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

New Bulletin Board Moron of the Week Contest - sponsored by MoneySwap

This week's contest is graciously sponsored by MoneySwap, the Filthy Forty constituent that has this week requested to be dropped from the AIM market.

7 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

How the Snap Election Will Affect Your Share Prices

Hello Share Pillagers. We all should have known something big was going to happen by the way shares were marked down heavily after the Easter break. On Easter Monday, when our stock market was closed, the US version was open. During that session, American shares rose by about 1%. That usually means British shares rise in tandem, but not this time.

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7 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Westminster Group – emphasises “pleased” & placing “oversubscribed”. Hmmm…

Westminster Group (WSG) “is pleased to announce a placing” (to raise a gross £1 million at 10p per share) and “the conversion of the balance of the convertible loan notes issued to Darwin Capital Ltd eliminating the facility”. The shares have though responded more than 15% lower…

7 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Distil – update on recent UK Investor Show 'Dragon's Den' selection as the shares rise again

Shares in recent UK Investor Show 'Dragon's Den' selection (at 2.15p, having also been selected last year at sub 1p), Distil (DIS) have bounced a further just over 5% on the back of a “Listing in Major UK Supermarket Chain /Tdg Update” announcement...

7 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Peter Hambro of Petropavlovsk presents at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Peter Hambro, Chairman of Petropavlovsk (POG), is at the podium. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

7 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Joe Salomon of Oilex presents at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Joe Salomon, Managing Director of Oilex (OEX), is at the podium. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

7 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Michael McNeilly, CEO of Metal Tiger, presents at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Michael McNeilly, CEO of Metal Tiger (MTR), is at the podium. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

7 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Dr Doom, David Scott, presents imminent economic collapse at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Dr Doom, David Scott, presents imminent economic collapse. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

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6 days ago | By Malcolm Stacey |

Higher Hopes for the Man from the Pru

Hello Share Troopers. I’ve long been a fan of British insurance giants. They are a chance to invest in the fast-moving financial world without too much fear of heavy fines and compensation payments for mis-selling and so on. Though, of course, there is an element of that.

7 days ago | By Steve Moore |

ASA Resource – updates on cash “unaccounted for”...

Having yesterday reported that there is strong evidence of funds “amounting to several million US dollars” being transferred to entities in China without full value being received and that “analysis reveals that there is a pressing need for cash”, ASA Resource Group (ASA) states it now “provides further information on the group's cash position”

7 days ago | By Gary Newman |

Orosur looks under-valued as gold shows continued strength

Orosur Mining (OMI) certainly isn’t amongst the more popular resource stocks on AIM and trading volumes are often verging on non-existent, but I believe that many are missing an opportunity here as they go chasing rainbows with companies that are years away from production, assuming they ever actually get to that stage!

7 days ago | By Steve Moore & Tom Winnifrith |

Veltyco - fundraise and proposed acquisitions. Hmmm...but BUY

Veltyco (VLTY) has announced a €2.55 million subscription for new shares to fund two acquisitions which it argues represent “an exciting opportunity… to grow its business by building on existing online betting brands, using its expertise in online marketing combined with award winning sportsbook technology”

7 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Lombard Risk Management – emphasises ahead of expectations, but what about sustainable cash generation?

Lombard Risk Management (LRM) has updated that it anticipates exceeding analyst consensus expectations for its year ended 31st March 2017 and “remains confident” looking ahead. What’s that though expected to be “in the region of £2.4m to £2.8m”“Adjusted EBITDA”. Hmmm…

6 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Paul Atherley, MD of Berkeley Energia, presents at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Paul Atherley, Managing Director of Berkeley Energia (BKY), is at the podium. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

6 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Richard Poulden of Wishbone Gold presents at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Richard Poulden, CEO of Wishbone Gold (WSBN), is at the podium. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

6 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Colin Bird of Xtract Resources presents at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Colin Bird, Executive Chairman of Xtract Resources (XTR), is at the podium. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

20 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

The April edition of the UK Investor Magazine is live - UK Investor Show edition

The April edition of the UK Investor Show Magazine is live featuring Metal Tiger, BMR, Harley Investments, Action Hotels and much more.

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20 hours ago | By ShareProphets |

TODAY: Patience, patience, patience and yet more patience - that is the key to making money from shares

Making money from shares is simple. Well it should be. Buy cheap. Hold. Hold. Hold. Hold, and finally sell when the shares have delivered you big gains. Where so many folks go wrong is getting impatient and not being prepared to hold, hold, hold. Let us tell you about Symphony Environmental (SYM) which we tipped at a 6.75p offer just over three years ago. It did nothing for ages....

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20 hours ago | By Darren Atwater |

2 days ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

African Potash - the legal case for victims of the fraud almost underway

Before I call it a day I want to see the victims of the African Potash (AFPO) fraud get some of their money back, even if some of those victims were fairly beastly to me as I exposed the fraud. Friday's bombshell from Potash shows the game is up but the big frauds happened before this worthless enterprise was booted off AIM. To that end I have been working to help put together a legal action. That action is now almost underway and Peter Petyt, the man running things, wrote to more than 50 victims who have come forward at the weekend. If you lost money and want to try to get it back it is not too late to contact Peter. His letter & contact details follow.

2 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Video: Paul Scott finds Nigel Wray's and Paul Mumford's investment strategies at UK Investor Show 2017

In this video from the storming success that was the 2017 UK Investor Show, Paul Scott finds Nigel Wray's and Paul Mumford's investment strategies. And make sure that you keep April 21 2018 free for next year's UK Investor Show.

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2 days ago | By David Scott |

You are hereby on notice as retail bubbles start to pop

Artificial political constructs never last. The EU is great for the “elites” in Brussels; not so much for the average citizen and the tragedy of monetary union is that Europe's political class has gone to extreme lengths to hold the euro together regardless of underlying economic logic. But this has only perpetuated and exacerbated the coming political crisis. "Monetary union has created a conflict between a centralised elite on the one hand, and the forces of democracy at the national level on the other. This is extraordinarily dangerous,” Mervyn King wrote in his recent book 'The End of Alchemy'. 

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24 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

Hell's Teeth, does Peterhouse do any due diligence at all - meet the carbon spiv hooking up with African Potash?

As I flagged up over the weekend, in a desperate attempt to keep the fraud from becoming insolvent, African Potash (AFPO) has proposed a RTO of a company called Onshore Energy Limited, OEL. Lyin' Chris Cleverley Potash's boss is also a director and shareholder on OEL. But it gets worse. Much worse.

2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

WANdisco – record contract win & Q1 update offer some further encouragement, but…

I previously wrote on WANdisco (WAND) in January – ‘one quarter does not an investment make, but offers some encouragement for shareholders’. The following updates with the shares currently on the rise on the back of a “Significant customer win and Q1 update” announcement…

24 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith & Steve Moore |

Stanley Gibbons – sells rare Indian stamps for record £500,000

Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has announced it “has sold one of the rarest pieces of Indian Philately to a private collector-investor in Australia for £500,000, the highest price ever paid for a single Indian philatelic item”.

20 hours ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Filthy Forty Taihua – shares fall after GM approves delisting, but massive sudden surge today

ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Taihua (TAIH) announced last Friday that the EGM called to approve the company’s proposed delisting from the AIM Casino had passed the proposals with the requisite majority. The shares are expected to depart the world’s most successful (but perhaps not for Taihua) growth market first thing on 8 May. In the wake of the announcement – at 4.15pm last Friday, bordering on no-one-is-watching o’clock - the shares again nose-dived, registering a new low of 0.1p on the bid yesterday, but all of a sudden the stock is on the rampage this morning. What is going on?

21 hours ago | By Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM |

Advanced Oncotherapy – more spoofery as NED buys yet more shares

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.

20 hours ago | By Tom Winnifrith |

African Potash –PKF Littlejohn LLP hang your head in shame

On 12 April 2017, the fraud that is African Potash (AFPO) announced a change of auditors from RSM UK Audit LLP to PKF Littlejohn LLP. One can understand why RSM UK Audit LLP might be keen to cease its relationship with a company with the frankly appalling track record of African Potash but how desperate does PKF Littlejohn LLP look in taking on African Potash as an audit client?

24 hours ago | By Pizza Hardman Darren Atwater |

Silver Reaching a Major Inflection Point – Investors Beware!

The COT report reveals the large paper short and long positions in silver. Currently it appears to be indicating a small downtrend in the silver market. In this week's Palisade podcast David Morgan discusses how silver markets move and how they can be pushed to the downside once investors run low on cash, as banks will short the market at opportune moments.

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2 days ago | By Steve Moore |

Goals Soccer Centres – admits preliminary merger discussions, but a golden opportunity?

Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL) has admitted “preliminary discussions with key rival Powerleague on “combining the two businesses”, though emphasises that is “but one of the strategic opportunities currently being assessed by the Goals board”

21 hours ago | By Steve Moore |

Blancco Technology – “Q3 Trading Update, Cash Flow Review and Funding”. Uh oh…

An announcement from Blancco Technology Group (BLTG) entitled “Q3 Trading Update, Cash Flow Review and Funding”. Hmmm, I’d guess it ain’t gonna be positive…

2 days ago | By Darren Atwater |

Winner of the Bulletin Board moron of the Week, sponsored by MoneySwap

Truly, there are no winners from the pool of Bulletin Board morons, only those who succeed in making our eyes roll the furthest.