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One day short of four months on from its first announcement, AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) has at long last confirmed receipt of the first tranche of the death spiral funding it said it would not do. So yesterday’s announcement that the cheque really was in the post this time appears to have been true. Quite why it has taken so long remains a mystery, but whatever: let the death spiral commence. But how much actual cash does Vast gain from this charade?
Only the laziest, stupidest and most credulous of Nomads would have signed off on the death spiral funding releases issued over the past few months by, almost certainly worthless, Vast Resources (VAST). Luckily Vast employs Roland "fatty" Cornish and so today we get another update. You may remember...
Oh dear, oh dear, London’s worst Nomad, Roland “Fatty” Cornish really does have a lot on his plate this morning. I refer not to his third portion of finest Manx Kippers dripping in butter, followed by a quartet of hot crumpets with lashings of strawberry jam. No, he is already in hot water over his advice to ADVFN (AFN) that it should break AIM Rules but now Fleet Street Legend Brian Basham has written to Fatty about another of his cash guzzling and worthless clients, Vast Resources (VAST) and, thanks to Winnileaks, I have that letter.
There is borrow so don’t hold back. The market cap was £28 million at a 0.305p share price when this piece first appeared. The shares are now 0.285p but this could go all the way.
Show me the money, AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST)! Eight days ago at 3pm the company slipped a small statement with regard to its long-awaited death spiral financing first announced way back on 1 October 2019 into its no-one-is-watching o’clock Interims to October 2019……and we’ve heard nothing since. Is the deal off? What is the problem? Was there ever a deal? Has the lender got the cash?
AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST), a company about which I have been a perennial bear and issued a sell call in the run-up to Christmas when the debt funding didn’t appear, has released interims to 31 October this afternoon. At 3pm on a Friday! What horrors do we find?
AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) has, to say the least, a chequered history when it comes to raising convertible funding, with a string of highly dilutive deals in the past which often were then binned and in the past it told shareholders it would not do any more. But it did. Or, rather, it announced a deal on 24 October but almost two months on, no cash has appeared. Except that the deal was first announced on 1st October.
But it does not. Its Nomad is Beaumont Cornish, run by Roland “Fatty” Cornish who only acts for companies that are the dregs of the AIM Cesspit. They can say what they want in an RNS, fatty will sign off on it before waddling off for a four course breakfast, luncheon or dinner. Bad companies use Fatty as he will sign off on anything. Good companies do not want investors assuming they are dodgy so use another Nomad. And that brings us to Vast.
Amazing. Yesterday, having promised news on a $13.5 million finance facility at regular intervals since 1 October, AIM-listed VAST Resources (VAST) essentially told us it didn’t know when it would come through. This morning and bingo, its arrived. Its nice to feel the board is fully in control of things. But having told us in December last year that it would not do any more death spirals, guess what! And worse still, the previous clientele of this fine upstanding finance firm appears to consist of the fraud MySquar (MYSQ), and Bushveld Minerals (BMN) back in the days when it was a penny stock dreadful gasping for cash.
One of the problems, when you catch a company with its trousers down, is that you begin to question everything. We now know that AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) announced a $13.5 million funding facility on 1st October has not been signed off as was promised within a week on 1st October, updated on 8th October and then promised again on 11 October – and that it seems to have been kicked into at least slightly overgrown grass on the back of laughable excuses offered yesterday. But what now of the subscription which was announced also on 1st October for £1.8 million?
AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) has responded to my jibes this morning over the non-appearance of Mr Godot three times (beating Samuel Beckett) in that its finance facility has still not been signed and the Chiadzwa diamond project has still not been signed off. We are told:
AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) announced a mega-funding on 1st October and said it would be signed later that week. Then on 8 October we were told it was in the process of being finalised and a further announcement would follow. On 11 October it said it would be signed later next week. It is now October 22 and there is still no sign of it. Surely a statement is overdue.
It is now 12 days since my piece on AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) telling readers to be careful out there. At the time, a promised $13.5 million finance facility due to be signed the previous week hadn’t yet appeared and there was no sign of its much-vaunted Chiadzwa joint-venture project which was supposed to have been signed off in the first week of October actually being signed either. Well, here we are – is there any news, or is Vast to be put in the same camp as those chumps as Providence Resources and Lansdown who were waiting….and waiting for cash for their Barryroe well which never came?
On 26 September AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) released an update on its Chiadzwa Community Diamond Concession in Zimbabwe. The market reacted very positively, marking the shares up from 0.118p the previous close to end the day at 0.2p and the rise has continued to the current 0.345p. In addition, a subscription at 0.2p was announced alongside news of a finance facility worth $13.5 million which was due to be signed last week….except it hasn’t as yet. Oh dear – on the principle that bad news is always delayed I am a little nervous of the recent share price strength already.
As if the poor shareholders in AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) had not suffered enough! Today the company announced that its Manaila mine in Romania which has been on care and maintenance since December 2018 will not now be reopened as planned this month (with just two working days left!!), in order to reduce costs. Oh, and there is a full corporate restructuring and refinancing underway.
I highlighted the latest in a series of death spirals entered into by AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) on 22 December (see HERE). That was after the company had said it wouldn’t do any more, but then announced its issue at no-one-is-watching o’clock on 21 December 2018. The thing is, it told us that tranches of the death spiral loan would not be convertible into shares of the Company (the “Shares”) for the initial 30 days from the date of their respective advance. And so today, 18 January - and thus four weeks and not thirty days later…..
Oh dear! Previous boss of AIM-listed Vast Resource (VAST) Roy Pitchford had an unhappy time with death spiral finance facilities with Crede and Bracknor and now, despite the company having said it would avoid death spiral finance facilities in future, has announced – under Brian Moritz – a “bridge facility” which is….a death spiral, this time with Bergen. It is interest free, naturally – if you ignore the fees – but critically, this time the facility is not convertible for 30 days. After that…..well, we know what death spirals do to share prices.
The hardest thing for many of the smaller miners is actually making it to the production stage, and there are many that never get that far.
Okay it is house broker so hardly partial but the disposal made by Vast Resources (VAST) and announced today can't be bad news can it? Over to broker Brandon Hill which writes:
At 6.15pm on Friday – truly no-one-is-watching o’clock – AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) released an RNS detailing the exercise of warrants and consequent issue of equity. It is comedy central. Perhaps readers can explain the 10% commission part…..
Déjà vu this morning with the announcement from Roy Pitchford at Vast Resources (VAST) earlier today as he announced that it was ditching the Bracknor facility, presumably as he realised that it wasn’t doing wonders for the share price. Well, at least you realised before causing any further damage.
I appreciate that Tom wrote last week about the expensive loan from Bracknor (HERE) ; however, I wanted to point out a few other aspects of the financing transaction, particularly after the laughably naïve RNS’s that came out this morning. The FCA need to take a closer look.
Shitty little AIM Companies such as Vast Resources (VAST) would be better off borrowing on the company credit card than dealing with loan sharks such as Bracknor and Northland Capital. To add insult to injury Vast describes as $2 million loan today as interest free. Bollocks. It is even more expensive as the infamous loan from fragrant Katrina Clayton the wife of the FD at FRAUD African Potash (AFPO).
It’s been a fantastic week for democracy on AIM first with the ousting of the Teathers Financial (TEA) Board early in the week and then, yesterday, even more impressively was the show of strength by the shareholders of Vast Resources (VAST) at the general meeting ousting the greedy financiers, Crede, in the process.
Despite Vast Resources’ (VAST) share price taking a bit of a beating last week, it is great to see its private investors getting together to try to make a difference, rather than just sitting back and accepting their fate. As a big fan of shareholder activism, I’m more than happy to do my bit to publicise the cause and try to get more people involved.
I first commented on the shocking funding deal between Vast Resources (VAST) and Crede HERE in March with the share price around 0.3p and although Vast managed to get out of the second tranche of funding (and got into bed with Darwin instead), yesterday’s RNS gave a disastrous update on all funding and operational matters – what a doozy!
A few weeks back I first wrote about the Crede funding deals in place with both Vast Resources (VAST) and Amur Minerals (AMC) (HERE) and (HERE) and thought it would be interesting to compare how the two companies have fared since then having taken slightly different routes and also discuss the trading opportunities arising as a result.
Great news for the shareholders of Vast Resources (VAST) this morning as Vast announced that it was withholding consent to the second tranche of the Crede financing. If no-one minds, I’d like to take some of the credit!
I am part disgusted and part amused by the shocking mess that the Vast Resources (VAST) management team has got itself into recently, all courtesy of a ridiculous funding arrangement that they agreed to in January this year with Crede Capital.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on Kefi Minerals (KEFI), Solgold (SOLG), Ortac Resources (OTC) and Vast Resources (VAST) as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond
Featuring shares in Ashley House (ASH), Churchill Mining (CHL), Clear Leisure (CLP), Vast Resources (VAST) with share price targets for all four stocks.
Vast Resources (VAST), the AIM-quoted mining hopeful with interests in Central Africa and Eastern Europe, has begun blasting at its 1.8 million-tonne Manaila polymetallic mine in Romania. The company, formerly African Consolidated Resources, will seek to take production there towards 10,000 tonnes of ore per month, having passed what chief executive Roy Pitchford hails as ‘a landmark day in the life of Vast’. Having trebled since early this year to a share price of 1.53p, Vast’s shares put a value of £18.3 million on the company, but how much upside is there from here?
As foreshadowed here last month, geographically diverse Vast Resources (VAST) is adding further to its Romanian interests with an agreement to buy control of the Manaila polymetallic mine in the north of the country. The company, whose Pickstone Peerless gold mine in Zimbabwe is set to restart production next month, is paying a nominal E1 (72p) for 50.1% of Manaila, which holds an estimated 1.8 million tonnes with 1.17% copper, 1.86% zinc and 0.95% zinc according to Russian measurement standards, as well as some low-grade gold and silver, and assuming the debts of its present owner, Simaron Mining.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on Avalon Resources (AVI), Coal of Africa (CZA), North River Resources (NRRP), West African Minerals (WAFM), IMIC (IMIC) and Vast Resources (VAST) as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond.
As can be seen on the daily chart of Vast Resources (VAST) since the name change from African Consolidated Minerals, the name change looks to have been a good move, at least from a share price perspective.
Lately popular Vast Resources (VAST) is poised to take a 50.1% stake in the polymetallic Manaila mine in northern Romania as it prepares to re-start its flagship Pickstone Peerless gold mine in Zimbabwe this summer. Highlighted here at 0.66p in February, shares in Vast, which floated on AIM as African Consolidated Resources at 12p nine years ago, have nearly trebled since its £1.6 million fund raising at 0.5p in December to 1.45p now, having hit 1.78p,
Roy Pitchford, seasoned chief executive officer of bombed-out Vast Resources (VAST), says the company should later this year be producing gold from the Pickstone Peerless mine in Zimbabwe and a range of metals from gold to copper and zinc from Baita Bihor in Rumania, an incongruous and opportunistic mixture explained by the company’s tortuous history. Vast, which changed its name from African Consolidated Resources in December when it raised nearly £1.6 million at 0.5p to gain potential control of Baita Bihor in Transylvania’s Apuseni mountains, tapped the market again for another £900,000 the other day at 0.6p and, though Pitchford argues it is ‘funded to take Baita Bihor into production’, he adds ‘but we would like to raise a bit more in two months.’
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