Hello, Share Crushers. This old punter is a great fan of traditional garb. Long black overcoats, trilbies, silk ties, that sort of thing. Sadly, larger chunks of the male population clearly don’t agree. We now mostly have scruffy jeans, trainers and baseball caps to sully our streets.
It is hard to know what to say about the latest news from African Potash (AFPO) so I present its latest release to you in full below. Fan-bloody-blockchain-tastic. Elsewhere I comment on BCA Marketplace (BCA), Torotrak (TRK0, Optibiotix (OPTI) and Fishing Republic (FISH)
I have something to confess. I perused the online Guardian newspaper over the weekend...and I did particularly enjoy one article. Fortunately, it was not anything political (I have not completely lost my marbles) but it did involve a fascinating business case study over time of the humble sandwich. Or as one contributor to the article observed 'we are light years ahead of the rest of the world'. Clearly the Earl of Sandwich has a lot to be thanked for. At the front of the queue in terms of British sandwich production is Greencore (GNC), whose heritage is in sugar beet but is now the top supplier of choice to all but one of the major supermarkets.
AIM-listed Frontera (FRR) has managed to get around to updating the market on its Ud-2 well in Georgia. To be fair, it did promise news by the end of the month. On the other hand, there are no flow rates. Had they been good, you can bet the numbers would have been there this morning.
Main market listed Torotrak (TRK) has issued an emergency update RNS this morning, issued at 8.09am. In short, it is in trouble.
A few words from me in this final mini-bearcast and then onto the final three share tips our writers reckon will gain 33% by Christmas. First up is Steve Moore
Following an increase in its share price by 70% to reflect a value of the group of almost £9 million, Milestone (MSG) had to put out the following RNS:
Writing on results for the first half of 2017 from IndigoVision (IND) I concluded that there continued to look value, but that I was wary of the second half reliance and that the profit forecast looked ambitious. There’s now been a “Trading update and Board changes” announcement including “it is now clear that management's expectations will not be achieved and that a full year operating loss will be reported” and that, after 14 years service, “Marcus Kneen has resigned from the board and has ceased to be Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect”. Hmmm…
Second up with their share tips to gain 33% by Christmas are Gary & Cynical and I offer a short bearcast with my commentary on their efforts. First up is Britain's most cynical share blogger.
The one thing I hate more than being wrong about a share recommendation is being spoofed and falling for it, which is what I think has happened with FastForward Innovations (FFWD). Can’t believe I fell for it but I’m done now – SELL.
We start our seven share tip Tuesday with Malcolm and Nigel. Like all the other writers they were asked to tip a share to gain 33% by Christmas. In both cases they have put their money where their mouth is. First Malcolm Stacey..
Hello, Share Swappers. National Grid (NG.) has been a disappointing share of late. Each time it seems to break out, it crawls backwards again. So though my shares have not lost money lately, they can’t seem to make any either.
Luke Johnson was bang on the money at the weekend in his description of the current market madness. In that vein I discuss Milestone (MSG), On Line (ONL), Vela (VELA) and Tizania (TLS). This will end in tears. I take my hat off to Luke Johnson after today's results from Patisserie Valerie (CAKE) but still have two major concerns, a three if you include valuation. I look at Andalas (ADL) and its new death spiral funding and also cover Kefi (KEFI) and Falanx (FLX)
AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) has announced that the one remaining member of the old board is to depart the scene at the company’s forthcoming AGM on 13 December. The company thanks Mr David Clarkson for his three years of “considerable” service and the valuable role in providing continuity following the boardroom clear-out earlier this year.
Having previously stated I remained cautious on Transense (TRT), I note the sensor systems technologies company “pleased to announce… a further contract through its Chilean partner Otraco, to supply 40 iTrack II mining tyre monitoring systems for large haul trucks at the BHP Billiton mine Cerro Colorado” - and its shares currently more than 4% higher, at 73.5p, on the day…
Point of sale, payment and on-line loyalty systems developer and supplier Universe Group (UNG) was until recently a constituent of the Nifty Fifty portfolio. However, we concluded a couple of months ago to sell now and bank a small gain at 8p due to fears of a profit warning. Today a “Trading Update”…
If I was Neil Woodford I would wake up each Monday morning thinking, for the love of god, please can this be the week with some good news to come out of the Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) portfolio. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be this week as it looks like crunch time is approaching for the “disruptive” pallet-maker, RM2 International (RM2).
In the later stages of Unbridled Exuberance, nothing infuriates an investor more than the sight of other people making more money than them. Now ten years on from the Great Financial Crash things are just as extraordinary now and nearly a decade on we remain evermore firmly in the crisis that over financialisation has created. The main sign of this is interest rates.
I am asked if any member of the Global Shorting Conspiracy has a view on Debenhams (DEB). The answer, as it happens, is no. However...
The providers of £10 million of death spiral finance for UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) are not daft. When this last resort funding was announced on 15 November they were initially on the hook for £7.5 million. That is a fair old whack and not surprisingly they are moving fast to reduce that exposure.
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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