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Heck: maybe it is time to give up this game and become a goat-herd here in Greece after all. I despair at today's AIM Cesspit antics involving market abuser Justin the Clown and his employers at Vox markets who appear not to care, Andalas (ADL) and Frontera (FRR) as they all mislead investors who appear happy to be duped and to lose money as the bandits prosper.
Footasylum (FOOT) IPO’d on AIM in November at 164p, with CEO Clare Nesbitt stating we “look forward to delivering the significant potential that we see for Footasylum as a quoted business” and “are delighted that our product-led, multi-channel expansion strategy has resonated so strongly with investors”. I though questioned on competition and disposable income challenges, and concluded that the valuation looked too rich. There then followed deviation from the IPO expectations and now a “Trading Statement” update…
I’m not really one for almost daily updates on stocks I’m interested in but with Biome Technologies (BIOM) putting its interims out this morning, I thought I should update on my top-slice advice from two weeks ago (HERE). In short, promising news on the bioplastics side makes me tempted to hold for gold.
Impeachment is freighted with anxious connotations for many Americans, who remember the tumultuous end of the Nixon administration in August 1974 and the national mood at the time. From a capital markets perspective, it was also a grim period. The S&P 500 fell 26% in 1974, tagging on to a 14% drop the prior year. 2018 is not 1974 as the US entered a deep recession in 1973 on the back of much higher oil prices (caused by a shooting war in the Middle East and Saudi embargo) and a weaker dollar (which ended a global system of fixed exchange rates). Now, we have 20% earnings growth in 2018, a good economy, low/stable interest rates and a rising dollar. From a macroeconomic standpoint, things are very different indeed. But I have little doubt that a political event on the scale of a presidential impeachment would roil markets until the issue was resolved.
I think Dechra Pharmaceuticals (DPH) was the first initial public offering I looked at as a junior analyst on a hedge fund many years ago. It was a bit on the small side for us if I recall, but the essential business of specialist veterinary pharmaceutical products seemed quite sensible to me. After all we love animals almost more than anything else, right?
AIM-listed rampathon Frontera Resources (FRR) has announced yet another ramptastic update this morning. Apparently it has entered into Non-Disclosure and Data Exchange Agreements with two industry majors and is currently progressing with technical work and commercial discussions regarding possible transactions involving a farmout or joint operating arrangement within its Block 12 holdings in Georgia but discussions are at an early stage. Righty-ho. The market has gone bananas this morning, marking the shares up by as much at 34% - very handy, for Frontera needs to get a placing away pronto. But Waseem Shakoor has been wondering what happened to the $3 million funding?
Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) has announced a progress update from Kochang in South Korea. It is …getting there...
Hello Share Tickers. The old Footsie was hampered last week by uncertainty about Brexit. Will we ease nearer to a happy agreement between Blighty and the EU? Or will no deal become more and more likely? Shares were also hit by worries about Big Donald stepping up various trade wars and threatening to impose tougher sanctions on Iran and Russia. But were those concerns really worth so much as to spook the markets? Not in my humble view.
On appointment last October, we explained why we considered the new CEO of Reach4Entertainment (R4E), Marc Boyan, an impressive chap and on results in May significant potential in the expertise here being “employed to service a broader set of customers beyond our existing base”. There’s now an “r4e launches live entertainment PR agency” announcement…
Justin the Clown was one of the victims of Andalas Energy (ADL) during its first -99% stint although in an amazing podcast today, 25 minutes of bollocks in, he appears to say that last time around he was selling shares while telling folks that he'd be "homeless if they don't go up". But now the fool is buying again! In an email just now he says that if a company releases results on August 31 it only comments on events up to the period end (June 30) - he refers to statements made by Atlantic Petroleum. Does Vox markets realise that the Clown is so ignorant of how the stockmarket works? All is discussed in today's podcast. Let's hope AIM Regulation lance this horrible boil (Andalas not Justin) tomorrow.
Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.
Almost out of cash, Andalas Energy (ADL) is gearing up for a bucket shop placing c/o joint bucket shop brokers Novum Securities & Optiva in the usual way: a ramptastic podcast with PR genius Steffi, 2 ramptastic RNS announcements and a ramptastic paid for podcast with Vox. The trouble is that its claims have now been directly contradicted by its partner in the North Sea Badger field, Atlantic Petroleum (see HERE). If it turns out that Andalas was making unverifiable fantasy claims, as it appears, and raises money at an artificial price on the back of that, this would be a clear case of Securities fraud. In order to stop that the shares must be suspended at once pending a statement. I have written to the fake Sheriff of AIM, Marcus Stuttard at AIM Regulation as you can see below.
As Roland “Fatty” Cornish settles down to his Sunday Lunch, and considers what to do about the growing scandal at AIM-listed Andalas Energy (ADL) – a company to which he is Nomad – I have something else for him to chew on as he munches through his double helping of spotted dick with extra lashings of custard. It concerns another company to which he is Nomad, namely AIM-listed Octagonal (OCT). I gather he is well aware of what follows, but has he done anything?
When I arrived in the UK over a decade ago, I was asked what football club I supported, over and over.
The answer to that question was far more important than I understood at the time: it would determine, in the questioners' eyes, if I could be trusted, who my friends would be, how hard I was, and a zillion other things. I thought I was being asked what football club I supported.
Today I explained HERE the mounting Badger scandal at cash-strapped Andalas (ADL) as it gears up for a bailout placing. In this podcast I explain why all involved should be concerned that they are not party to Securities fraud, notably Nomad Beaumont Cornish and broker Novum Securities - home to scallywag Gavin Burnell of Globo (GBO) infamy. This is a real test case for the integrity of the AIM Casino and I explain why.
The AIM market is full of companies that promise the earth from various deals and contracts, yet very rarely do any of them actually deliver what is expected.
I have already flagged up comments by those close to Atlantic Petroleum, which showed that in a desperate attempt to ramp its shares ahead of yet another bailout placing, Andalas (ADL) was over-egging the Badger Pudding. Now Atlantic has gone on the record in a way that exposes Andalas big time and surely Nomad Beaumont Cornish must now force Andalas to issue a correction and stop its misleading pre-placing ramping?
After an influx of broker and tipster research in July, both broker and tipster activity decreased over the holiday period. That being said,Stockomendation still tracked over 1,200 tips in August, contributed by 19 brokers and 36 professional tipsters. Tip activity in August represented an increase of 57% on the number of tips tracked during the same period last year.
Having demanded we bring back this contest, once again Juicin Drumroll fails to win with his nomination. Come on Juicin, we are doing this for you, please try harder. This week's winner of a semi naked photo of Britain's top share blogger, before lunchtime, Thirsty Paul Scott, is Daniel Victor. You can see all the entries HERE but Daniel's winning entry, from twitter, is from a Tesla loon:
AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) had been making me look like a genius since I tipped in at Christmas at around 31p. The shares rattled all the way up to 40p as the first of two drills off Cameroon at the Etinde prospect commenced, only to collapse down as low as 27.5p when the drill failed. Yesterday the partners announced that the second drill had commenced. All of a sudden the shares are back up at 33.8p – not quite 40p, but a lot better that 27.5!
In today's bearcast I look at the danger of a stockmarket crash in light of a tweet from the great Donald Trump earlier today. I cover N4 Pharma (N4P), cue smutty schoolboy jokes as its shares flop, and then I take a detailed look at today's news from Minoan (MIN). If I was a shareholder I would be seething but should I be selling?
Having demanded we bring back this contest, once again, Juicin Drumroll failed to win last week but he came second and tried very hard as you can see HERE. So he is clearly desperate to win a semi naked photo of Britain's leading share blogger before lunchtime, Thirsty Paul Scott. So we will give him a fifth and final chance. Can anyone stop Juicin from winning this week? Okay here is the challenge for you all:
In today's bearcast I discuss my coverage of companies where the CEO is a friend. I ask what exactly Purplebricks (PURP) is hiding in Oz and explain why its shares are sliding amid new allegations, I look at Telit (TCM), Tungsten (TUNG), Xeros Group (XSG) and Westminster Group (WSG)
Just when you don’t think that the goings-on at Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) can get any more surprising, an RNS comes out of nowhere to make everything right in the world, relating to the unloved holding Industrial Heat. It seems that Neil Woodford can bend the laws of physics after all!
Given the lowly market cap of Mayan (MYN) any placing will have to be a heavily discounted bucket shop special. In light of that, investors should take heed of an explicit warning from the City’s No 1 oil analyst Zac “the Knife” Phillips of SP Angel. In an email he writes:
At 175p Versarien (VRS) is valued at £263 million. I cannot argue with two writers on this site (Lucian and Cynical) that the valuation looks absurd based on historic profits and cashburn or even on some of the more optimistic forecasts. But it has now announced it is raising £2.9 million (or more) at 145p via Primary Bid and I am almost tempted to have a flutter. Here's why...
With oil prices remaining buoyant and this trend looking likely to continue going forwards, there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in companies in this sector.
Yesterday Tern (TERN) held an online Q&A session and I had wondered whether boss Al Sisto would dodge tough queeries. To his credit he did not. The Nomad blocked a few including one of the three that Nigel Somerville sent it but he answered the rest. I make no comment on his replies. I am no Tern-ologist although its valuation looks demanding to me. But i respect Mr Sisto for facing up to his critics.
Having recently slid below 35p, shares in Getech (GTC) have now recovered to that level ahead of results “on or around the end of September”…
As you may have gathered on Tuesday, Malcolm’s long-suffering wife reckons that he has been spending too much time in The Punter’s Return and so has organised a holiday in Denmark, Sweden and Russia where Mr Stacey hopes to discover the magic money tree and an updated theme for his next novel. We left him on his way to “The Bridge”, but our senior reporter has now updated us on his progress since…
Minoan Group (MIN) “is pleased to announce” that it has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of its travel business – emphasising it will “allow the directors to concentrate their efforts on optimising the value of the group's project in Crete and its monetisation for the benefit of shareholders”. However, the shares are currently significantly lower, at around just 4p…
Big Sofa (BST) proudly announces a deal with Pepsico. The folks who run this company really do know how to piss off their long-suffering investors don’t they? You will remember how we shareholders were guided that the company would be announcing multiple deals worth seven figures per annum with big names. They simply have not arrived.
Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty (TAST) has announced results for its half year ended 1st July 2018, including “in February 2018 we implemented major operational structural changes and are beginning to see early signs of improvements which we expect to continue in the second half of the year”. The shares have currently responded, er, approaching 15% lower, at 14.5p!…
In this podcast I look at the EU's shameful treatment of the wretched Theresa May, it insults her but also the UK. Do we really want to be part of such a club. I look at warrants handed out by Kefi Minerals (KEFI) as it appointed shamed and disgraced SP Angel as its joint broker and I discuss how proven liar Elon Musk will cook the Tesla (TSLA) Q3 books and how that will play out.
A (Top) hat tip (sorry!) to Chris Bailey re. mens formalwear retailer Moss Bros (MOSB), with he in March having noted serious corporate shooting yourself in the foot and suggested to look for offers from the company rather than buying the shares. The shares are lower, despite a half-year results announcement which included “early responses to the Autumn/Winter 2018 range across Retail are positive and product availability is good”…
A simple enough-sounding “Snorkel Investment Update” from Tanfield Group (TAN), but then this company, previously described here as ‘perennial dog’s breakfast, lunch and dinner’, has found very little simple over the years – and the shares are down and well below 10p on this latest update…
From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2017 and thus far in 2018 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...
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