Half-year results from systems integrator and managed services provider, Maintel (MAI) included “gross margin is expected to recover in the second half of the year following recent contract wins at an improved gross margin percentage”. There’s now a Trading Update from the company commencing that its “ICON cloud services have continued to grow strongly in the second half of 2017”. Sounds encouraging, but what about that margin?
UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) has announced that another £500,000 of death spiral loan has been converted into shares, 14,159,092 of them. But hang on, this does not add up. UK Oil & Gas and its patsy Nomad WH Ireland (WHI) are not telling you something.
My old friend Jim Mellon claims to be worth £800 million although I rather doubt that (by a long chalk). But he is certainly worth a bob or two and that brings us to news today that he has bought 50,000 shares in Condor Gold (CNR) at 39.5p. I say Spoooooooooooooooooooooooooooof - placing ahoy!
Having noted on a potential Reach4Entertainment (R4E) placing last week that we understand that there has been strong demand at 1.5p per share and that we’re looking at £5 million at least being raised, the company has now announced a, conditional on General Meeting approval, £5.5 million placing at 1.5p…
Big news today from the shysters at Green Dragon Gas (GDG) but does it change anything? Over to the City's No 1 oil analyst Zak "the Knife" Phillips at SP Angel who does not hold back:
Oh well, apparently he is a very astute businessman. But as for his other half... As a diehard Brexiteer I have to question at least one aspect of Neil Davidson's judgement, his better ( well sort of) half in action below - the bit where Nigel Farage duffs her up on ship building is especially good. But I still think the shares are very cheap! None the less I must now acceptr that the chair of our biggest single investment is sleeping with the enemy.
The great Sam is clear. The job of a fraudster is to steal as much money as possible. So rule one is never do anything which distracts you from theft. Rule two is to ignore your critics completely. Firstly because attacking them breaks rule one, it leaves less time for stealing and secondly because it only goads the critics and gives them the oxygen of publicity. That brings us to James Longley of Plutus Powergen (PPG), Fandango Holdings (FHP), Papillion Holdings (PPHP) and Stranger Holdings (STHP) who is a liar, fraudster and thief.
Almost everyone - apart from some cheapskate standouts or those lucky enough to have a next-generation home cinema capability - likes going to the cinema. In the wider scheme of things it is fun, inclusive and compared to many other trips out it does not completely trash the bank account (although the cost of a small plastic bottle of my favourite soda tipple Dr Pepper Zero was ludicrously expensive when I was stupid enough to buy one there). I have never owned Cineworld (CINE) but I have admired its progressive upgrades and solid management of my recent cinema and helped out by some half-decent blockbusters it has built up a solid position here and across various eastern European geographies. Cash generative, paid a dividend, growing market share...no wonder the share tripled between early 2013 and the middle part of this year. The recent share price chart has not been so hot though.
Hello Share Crumblers. When Ashtead (AHT) rose to 1700p, I thought enough was enough. I sold because I could not see Big Donald’s infrastructure plans coming to much. Ashtead, you’ll recall, is big in the construction industry in the USA. But the share is now tickling the 2000p mark. So a mistake there. Except that it’s never wrong to take a profit. And in this case it was, for me, at least a 10 bagger. But Ashtead is not the only company which hires out tools and plant to builders. Which brings me to today’s commendation.
I hope you enjoyed the two share tips earlier and thanks for the kind words from many of you abour our place in Greece. I start with a look at Strat Aero (AERO). I covered the dire maths earlier here but it is the sheer dishonesty of the placing that really annoys me. Then I look at more bad news for Nomates Woodford from Provident Financial (PFG) which cvould well up a zero. Then I cover UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) as its shares slide again and Arian Silver (AGQ) which is worthless. Adam Reynolds was not - as gleeful in house BB loon Wildes suggests - fired by Optibiotix (OPTI) - I explain why I remain uber bullish there. Finally today's interims from Vianet (VNET) are misleading and even after a 10% fall today the stock is a slam dunk sell.
Previously writing on Van Elle Holdings (VANL) last month it was as it updates on trading & CEO to step down as responds to General Meeting requisition. The latter is from its founder seeking to return – and he has since detailed why, with the company now further responding…
Marcus does not seem to like Brexit so has a go at our great hero Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) today. My comments below each of the two sentences from nasty Marcus are in bold.
Want to lose all your money? Normally crowdfunding poltroons CrowdforAngels try to get you to invest in shite companies as we noted HERE. But why stick with the old ways of losing all your dosh. Get with it. This is 2017. CrowdforAngels has written to me..
Shares in AIM-listed Tern (TERN) seem to have stabilised after the bloodbath of last week, at 2.875p in the middle – having started last week at 4.5p and only in mid-August having completed a hugely discounted placing via Primary Bid at 6.6p. Ouch. This is all in response to the RNS last week announcing that it had signed up for death spiral funding. Yesterday, at 11am, Tern announced that was to issue 800,000 shares from the exercise of a warrant at 3p, and Alliance News picked up the story that Tern Issues New Shares Above Current Share Price To Settle Warrants. Don’t be fooled….
I was originally meant to present this at an evening organised by brokers Turner Pope. But the compliance officer kicked off in an episode which fills me with despair so Turner Pope said put the video up on ShareProphets and we will give your speaker fee to Woodlarks anyway as it is a good cause. Good chaps. Seriously, TP get to do some good placings, notably of late Sosandar (SOS) where it was almost impossible to get stock anywhere else, So you should have an account with them just in case - you can call them on 0203 621 4121 to get the forms. Now to the video...enjoy.
HaloSource (HALO) has announced that “its patented, best-in-class HaloPure disinfection technology is being utilised to power a line of purifying pitchers sold in retail outlets across South Africa by H20 International… Marks the first sale of HaloPure-powered devices on the African continent” - and the shares have currently responded more than 15% higher towards 2p. Ramptastic!...
As you know, the folks round at the Financial Reporting Council are the one watchdog that is prepared to bare its teeth when it comes to wrongdoing on the AIM Casino and are also good pals of mine, truly appreciative of my work. And thus I have written to them about the holocuast denying fraudsters at MySquar (MYSQ) requesting that it launch a formal investigation into how it cooks its books.
Cometh the day cometh the broker who will raise cash for any old shite even if it is bust both before and not long after the exercise, as long as it can hand stock at a huge discount to its mates so they can flip and earn lots of lovely jubbly commission as well. Peterhouse Corporate Finance meet Strat Aero (AERO).
Well, the trend is his friend. The shares are now just 3.6p to sell having been c5p when the company announced it was entering into a £10 million death spiral. But Shakoor reckons the bad news is only just starting. Last night he tweeted:
No matter how long you have been around the AIM market, there are often moves which seem to make little or no sense, especially amongst the smaller companies.
Nigel Wray's family buys the UK Investor Show, confronting the new takeover code, five buy share tips (and three sells), plus what are they drinking in Scotland?
Advanced materials engineering group Versarien (VRS) floated on AIM at 12.5p around four years ago. Its plan then was to commercialise a process called Lost Carbonate Sintering, the brainchild of a Dr. Zhao of the university of Liverpool. More recently it appears to have shifted its focus to graphene products.
Tomorrow we will run stories on 2 AIM listed companies showing evidence of wholesale lying and worse. I will show why even a small lie matters and why the real scandal is that in case 2 this is a leopard who is re-offending and the weedy spineless poltroons at AIM Regulation knew of his character before allowing him scope to re-offend. I also question why Gavin Burnell of Globo infamy is allowed to remain as a fox inside the regulatory chicken-coop while investigations into that fraud continue.
Fox Marble (FOX) has announced that it has received an unsecured loan of £500,000 from Roy Harrison OBE, a non-executive director of the Company - The interest rate is a very reasonable 5% and the loan can - and will - be repaid within two years.
Excuse the late Bearcast but my journey back from my father's in Shipston in the snow covered Cotswolds was long and eventful as I discuss in this podcast. In a valley on the Road between Stow and Cheltenham I took part in and saw the best of selfless Britishness, folks acting with a true Christmas spirit. And also the worst, in spades. The photos give some idea of the scene as I explain what went on. Normal service resumes tomorrow.
I smiled wryly at the announcement on Thursday from YOLO Leisure and Technology (YOLO) about its investment in Magic Media Works, the manufacturer of the Electric Jukebox / ROXI as, once again, it makes the Daily Mail look pretty silly and one wonders whether its “financial journalists” ever ask a probing question before just publishing whatever is served up to them by corporate PR.
Further to yesterday’s piece on Milestone Group (MSG), it gets a bit more serious today as any Milestone shareholders should think very hard about whether they want to get into bed with Black Cactus and Larry Cummins as he looks like an A1 prize bull-shitter to me.
From the FCA's spreadsheet of short positions required to be disclosed to it, the following shows the shorted AIM shares with positions from 2016 and thus far in 2017 (by net short position %) - and if this position has increased (red), reduced (green) or remained unchanged (black) since last week...
Hello, Share Smilers. At the end of the week, the Footsie gave us an early Christmas present of 73 points. 0r 1%. Yet, I don’t think the big index has finished yet with its traditional Yuletide gifts. The Santa Rally, rather late as usual, is now upon us.
BOS Global (BOS) is teetering on the brink of insolvency while the company's founder Michael Travia also tries top oust current directors led by serial fuck-up merchant Adam Webb. I have now seen letters sent by those very close to the situation which act as a second source for me of the most damning allegations about Webb who should stand down at once and never be allowed to run a public company again.
You may remember that the hand of God (i.e. hurricanes) derailed the artisanal gold mines in Honduras which were set to supply gold to the Black Sands gold trading operation of Wishbone Gold (WSBN). We now have an update.
A couple of pieces this weekend on one of the Blockchain Buffoons, Milestone Group (MSG). First a light-hearted look at what must have been a dispiriting clear-out this week of the ex-CEO, Deborah White’s mess and then tomorrow a more serious piece that I would urge all Milestone shareholders to read. First though, the (more amusing stuff.
Accrol (ACRL) has announced General Meeting refinancing approval – and the shares have responded 5.5% higher to 43p. However, I remind there are still significant reasons for caution here…
Another week where 7 out of 10 of the top articles are videos or Bearcasts. That's fine by me, it's a USP of ShareProphets membership and I'm glad that people are using one of the defining things of our site in such numbers.
Metal Tiger (MTR) has announced “encouraging early results of T3 underground project mining study” in Botswana and a Water & Environmental Monitoring Program in Thailand…
AIM-listed Tern plc (TERN) seems to have a spot of explaining to do – or, more particularly, its CEO Al Sisto. I refer to the presentation on the website of US Capital Partners in relation to the (so far failed) attempted fundraise by Tern’s principal investee Device Authority.
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