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Lots of updates out there in the troubled retail space. Troubled for all the reasons we see, know and read about...but, of course, not completely uninteresting. So time - in the words of the greatest value investor out there - to ‘get greedy whilst others are fearful’?
Falanx (FLX) has announced results for its year ended 31st March 2018 will be on 14th August this year. That compares to 10th July last year. So a cause for concern? We think not…
Just in case anyone thought I was getting less cynical with age following my earlier piece, I thought I would also update my thoughts on Big Sofa Technologies (BST) following all the recent news. In short, I remain as bearish as ever and think a cash crunch will be soon upon us.
Personal care and beauty products company Swallowfield (SWL) commences a trading update with that “the board is pleased to announce that overall the group has traded broadly in line with expectations for the full year”. ‘Broadly in line’ = slightly behind… but the shares are more than 15% lower, at 265p. Hmmm…
I started to soften my view on Sosandar (SOS) back in April having seen the founders at the UK Investor Show but thought I would formally update my position on this following yesterday’s results, as my name and “view” gets bandied around in connection with it. In summary, I am no longer a bear.
Hello Share Punters. I don't often commend techno/admin companies for your further examination, as they’ve cost me a lot of money over the years. But there is one such company which rather excites me at the mo. And that’s because it has released a very encouraging crop of numbers.
I shall soon be on my first training walk in the 34 degree Greek heat. This is just a short five miler but on Friday I plan a 12 mile plus stroll of which the first five miles is solidly uphill. For that surely you can donate a tenner to the Woodlarks charity walk appeal HERE. In today's bearcast I look at MySquar (FRAUD) where I have breaking news, Audioboom (BOOM), Johnston Press (JPR), Safestyle (SFE), Telit (TCM), Conroy Gold (CGNR) and Indivior (INDV).
AIM-listed Sosandar (SOS), my tip from this year’s UK Investor Show, had already performed very well but this morning the full year results to March were released. It is always a good sign when companies publish results ahead of the deadline and Sosandar could have waited to the end of September. So it was with increased optimism that I read through the report, but will it be enough for me to raise my stance on the shares and flip flop again?
In May Safestyle UK (SFE) was “pleased” with an interim legal outcome and the shares bounced above 60p. However, I concluded there remains a raft of uncertainty meaning I wouldn’t want to own the shares - and continue to avoid. Today a trading update…
I called investors who bought shares in recruitment company PageGroup (PAGE) 'bonkers' back in January ...but despite my excitable language, the shares are a little bit higher than that level currently despite shedding a percent or so today following a latest update.
AIM-listed Turkish gold producer and explorer Ariana Resources (AAU) announced its second quarter production numbers from its JV Kiziltepe mine this morning, and the numbers blew me away. With an annual target of 20,000 oz of gold production, it achieved 7,171 oz – a 47% increase quarter on quarter.
Petropavlovsk (POG) is a stock we banked small gains on last year after finding ourselves on the losing side of a boardroom battle, though noting we still believed the fundamentals remained attractive. The share price is not greatly changed – but the former management is now back and so…
Back in January, I talked positively about Burberry (BRBY) shares and since then they have pushed up very nicely. Today's stock market is one where you have to be prepared to take a few profits too and that is my call today with the sort-of luxury goods name after reading through its first quarter trading update.
That insolvent Andalas Energy (ADL) is undertaking a placing is no shock. It is insolvent with negative net current assets of at least £400,000 but thanks to some fairly sordid share ramping it has managed to raise a gross £1 million at 0.02p. The ramping of shares in this company with worthless assets is pretty unpleasant but what is laid bare in the news is the sheer greed of City advisers notably brokers Novum – of Jon Belliss and Gavin “I made £750k from Globo - Burnell infamy – and Optiva.
Mrs Theresa May, the worst Prime Minister since the 1800s, understands nothing of business which might explain why she is happy to betray the 17.4 million and her party members by signing up to the worst Brexit deal imaginable. This will see her party obliterated at the next election – bring it on! Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon (JDW) does have real world experience and today opines:
Hello Share Smackers. It’s not that long ago that I suggested you take a peek at Cambian Group (CMBN). It’s a company which provides specialist education services for children, including ways of resolving their behaviour problems. Well, I hope you took my suggestion seriously because some great news has just come in.
Tomograph readers will know that I ventured to the grim north over the weekend to the slums of Manchester and there I met up with Brokerman Dan. Surely my bravery in heading to the post industrial welfare safari deserves some reward. My next meeting with Dan will be on July 28 as we walk 32 miles for Woodlarks. Sponsorship, to date, now tops £13,000 (£15,500 with gift aid). Thanks to those who have donated already, to those who have not I am sure you can spare a tenner HERE. Meanwhile Dan is the shorter one on the left, dressed like he's just left the Pride march. How about a caption contest? Do you worst in the comments section below - deadline Tuesday midnight.
Both men attended last night's UK Investor presentation and then plied me with drinks after the event and then at a pub. I rarely drink anything these days and I reacted very badly. God knows how I made the plane but, in the end, I did and woke up in Kalamata. A bit on last night and on Greece and then I look at Telit (TCM), Online Blockchain (OBC) where Clem Chambers' spoofing seems to be having less and less effect and finally the fraud MySquar (MYSQ). It is day two of the trial it wont tell you about.
Ocado (OCDO) has announced results for its half year ended 3rd June 2018, with CEO Tim Steiner reckoning “the success of our technology platform continues to be demonstrated… we are beginning to fulfil our ambition to change the way the world shops”. Is this also beginning to be demonstrated financially then?...
Below are a few photos of last night's UK Investor City evening with myself, Nigel Wray, Steve O'Hara of Optibiotix (OPTI) and Cambridge Cognition (COG).This is what you missed if you were not one of the 100 attendees. The next event is in September - to make sure you can priority book, you might join the mailing list for the events HERE
Amit Ben Haim does not like to be at the helm when one of his enterprises goes belly up. He always quits and leaves a gent called Massimo Ventimiglia to pick up the pieces. And hence we come to Cloudtag (CTAG) subsidiary CT Technology Services.
Thank God for small mercies. Now we can start a rota on who has to listen to Brokerman Dan blathering on about blockchain and what a frigging genius Clem Chambers is. For now there is a third rogue blogger joining us as we walk the 32 miles from Horse Hill to Woodlarks on July 28. He is a man who knows Horse Hill well…
Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE thought Winnileaks was on holiday. Winnileaks never rests. Our latest document shows Julie playing fast and loose with the truth as she ballted to avoid facing justice against the Start Up Loans Company.
It is not as if Optibiotix (OPTI) management do not put their money where their mouth is. Just a few days ago chairman Neil Davidson splashed out £150,000 buying shares at 71p. Now we have news of an option package for three senior staffers including Davidson. No options….one way bet… nooooooooooooo you scream. No. Read the RNS.
Shares in Westminster Group (WSG), run by loathsome ex Tory MP slug, Tony “fatso” Baldry of 3DM infamy have slipped again to just 9.2p to sell. Those who ponied up £750,000 in the last bailout placing at 22p, less than six months ago, must by now realise that backing a Baldry run company is financial hara kiri. But things are going to get worse. You see the money's almost gone....
Hello Share Chewers. Small pioneering medical companies are a favourite of mine. As finding a cure for a condition which is so often overlooked by the giant pharmas has to be a good thing. Both from the point of view of patients and that of shareholders.
The extract from the Land Registry below is in the public domain and looks like a huge misunderstanding to me. Worthington (WRN) may be in administration but it seems the FCA have a few questions for its former boss Doug Ware. I am sure there is a perfectly innocent explanation for all of this.
Oh dear, I sense that in my adopted home of Greece there are a few folks heading for the slammer in connection with the Folli Follie Fraud which we helped Gabriel Grego to expose on this website. It seems like just the other day that burly security guards were chasing me away from its HQ North of Athens, as you can see HERE.
Maybe Julie "Lingerie on expenses" Meyer MBE has other problems to consider? Take it from me that she does. There is more to follow, the wheels are a turning. But perhaps she or her uber expensive bully boy lawyer Julian Pike might answer a simple question for me. It relates to ASX listed Norwood.
Amino Technologies (AMO) has announced results for its half year ended 31st May 2018, emphasising “strong revenue visibility and pipeline coverage - full year expectations confirmed” - the numbers though showing adjusted earnings approaching 60% lower than in the corresponding half in the prior year on revenue 17% lower at $41.2 million. Hmmm…
Not much has got me fired up so far this week looking at the various regulatory disclosures but I did notice an article in the newspaper that purports to be America's leading financial journal yesterday with the worrisome headline of 'Barclays Mulls U.S. Push as Activist Looms...Executives debate whether greater exposure to the U.S. retail market could both generate revenues and fund its U.S. operations more efficiently'…
I’ve touched on Immunocore a few times in passing as it one of the largest holdings in Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) as well as being the largest investment made by Dublin-listed Malin Corporation, of which Woodford is the largest shareholder, obvs! Well, it looks like it’s not a particularly happy ship and I wonder whether a (further) devaluation is required?
In this week's video update from Palisade Capital and the only technical analyst we give any time to at all, Jordan Roy Burne discusses where the market is and why it failed to break-out. Traders were anticipating a breakout, and many are likely disappointed. The dollar is consolidating and now above the long-term moving average. Concerning GDX and GDX.J, things are still pretty dull. Jordan warns that “Silver is also on the verge of breaking down out of a triangle.”
Previously writing on Cloudcall (CALL) it was 2017 results, emphasises significant reduction in cash burn… but is there?, with the shares more than 6% lower, towards 165p. Today a half-year trading update – and the shares currently down around 10%, at circa 140p…
Shares in Image Scan Holdings (IGE) reached approaching 13p last year and were 6p+ following half-year results in April before sliding in the last month, last closing at 5.5p. Now an “Acquisition and Proposed Placing” announcement…
Previously writing on SRT Marine Systems (SRT) in April, I concluded with previous delays and a current market cap of more than £30 million, I await to see evidence it is actually on-track as well as the cash flow and the balance sheet. Today a “SE Asia Contract Change” announcement…
I commented on the lunatic management at Premier Foods (PFD) a couple of weeks ago HERE, who, after turning down a perfectly good bid, are circling the wagons against activist investors who want to help to start to create value by booting out the CEO. I could not agree more with their assertion that the CEO's tenure is 'five year of failure'...
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