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Altcast Number 3: are we calling the bottom of the markets and an end to the small cap nuclear winter?

Thanks to the sponsorship of Sure Valley, Riverfort Global & Pires Investments (PIRI) we are expanding the number and quality of speakers and are able to offer up more fun and games at Sharestock on 7 September 2024 - as you can see HERE. In this third episode of Altcast looking at small caps and AIM, Liam Bulmer of Riverfort and I discuss whether the market has bottomed and the small cap nuclear winter is over. Enjoy.
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Croma Security Solutions Group – now a buy?...

Shares in Croma Security Solutions Group (CSSG) rose to above a 70p offer price following last month-announced results for its year ended 30th June 2023. The shares have now settled down to a 70p offer price and, with that equating to a £9.6 million market cap, there looks significant further upside potential ahead.
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OptiBiotix Health – part-time Finance Director appointment announcement encouraging, BUY

OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has announced it has appointed Graham Myers as part-time Finance Director “to support the focus on driving each business unit and the group to profitability”. With it also added that “the appointment reflects the progress we have made in 2023 after a difficult 2022”, we look for the prospective trading news to boost the shares from a current 26.25p, below £24 million market capitalisation. Having an FD is part of growing up as a company and we welcome this big time.
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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: swapping emails with 'arry and when is a trading statement not a trading statement?

In today's Bearcast I look at Chill Brands (CHLL), MusicMagpie (MMAG), Vast Resources (VAST), Eurasia Mining (EUA) and the bent and corrupt world of paid for research, Supply@ME Capital (FRAUD) and Regtech Open (RTOP) asking when will the taxman pull the plug, Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI) and Optibiotix (OPTI)
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Itaconix – “FY2023 earnings expected to be in line with current market expectations”… omitting that means continuing losses!

Describing itself as “a leading innovator in sustainable plant-based polymers used to decarbonise everyday consumer products”, Itaconix (ITX) states that it “is pleased to provide an update on current trading and outlook, and increased investor relations activities”. How ‘pleasing’ is the trading and outlook it has to conduct increased investor relations activities on then?
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Vertu Motors – warns with used car values recent months “record levels of monthly decline”… so why no update on trading until now since 4th October?

Automotive retailer with a network of 195 sales and aftersales outlets across the UK, Vertu Motors (VTU) has issued a “trading update” including its three months ended 30th November “like-for-like used vehicle volumes fell 2.0%… an improvement on the 5.7% reduction in the first half” and it having been “delivering higher overall core gross profit generation from the sale of new vehicles year-on-year”. However, it also notes some “negative external market factors”. Uh oh…
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Eurasia Mining: Evil Banksta sticks the boot in

Evil Banksta has, as have I, called the spoof Eurasia Mining (EUA) perfectly, naturally attracting stacks of criticism from the Bulletin Board savants. My target price, as I explained earlier HERE, is essentially 0p. But what does the great one say?
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DS Smith remains uncool, but that is why I regard it as one of the best FTSE 100 buy/holds out there

I see the packaging company DS Smith (SMDS) describes its half year numbers as a “robust performance in challenging environment” which means it is “on track” for its FY24 hopes. Are there concerns though from an 18% year-on-year fall in revenue, a 15% fall in operating profit, a flat half year dividend and a small negative free cash flow number?
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EXPOSE: Supply@ME Capital – a £4 million black hole in its balance sheet by year end and when will HMRC pull the trigger with a winding up notice?

The interim accounts for the six months to June 30th showed that the fraud Supply@ME Capital (SYME) had net liabilities of £2,108,000 meaning that it was technically insolvent because liabilities exceeded assets. The ongoing business lost £2,376,000 in the six months, roughly around £400,000 per month. By the year end of 31 December 2023, in under a months’ time, Supply will be looking at a £4 million excess of liabilities over assets.
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Eurasia Mining: will the last moron in the house turn off the lights? Dire statement

"Oh dear, oh dear," as my old pal “old Mother” Mike Walters used to say as another of his disastrous tips went wrong. I am not sure he ever tipped Eurasia Mining (EUA) but as Mr. Minmet it would be very much his sort of bag. Today’s statement is a disaster on all counts. It is hard to know where to start but let’s begin with the bid spoof.
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SDI Group – “pleased to announce” interims, so what of the 18% share price fall then?

Last month we stated to bank gains and sell shares in SDI Group (SDI) at 114p to sell. Today this digital imaging and sensing and control products group states that it “is pleased to announce its results for the six months to 31 October 2023”, but what of the shares currently responding 18% lower towards 90p?

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Will Bidstack gig with the Fat Lady within weeks?

I start with the olive harvest here at the Greek Hovel and across Greece and the theft of olive branches. Then I look at Bidstack (BIDS), Ben's Creek (BEN), Upland Resources (UPL), see the tweet below, and Tintra (TNT) and the monstrous failing of AIM regulation (again)

Haydale – RNS To Announce A Share Of Just £73,610!

AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) is really scraping the barrel – this morning it announced a grant of £73,610 to be shares between it and Liquitherm Technologies from the Welsh Government, and we don’t even know the proportions!
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Mirriad Advertising – “US and Latin America supply-side update” ramptastic, why might that be?…

Describing itself as a “leading in-content advertising company”, Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) has announced new agreements which CEO Stephan Beringer argues “demonstrate our progress towards establishing in-content as a standard format across the industry” and it is added that “the company retains a strong pipeline, with several further tier one US agreements in active negotiation”. So what of a current approaching 4.5% higher share price response to 2.4p?
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Regtech Open Project: the scale of the financial crisis in Alessandro Zamboni’s empire

This morning RegTech Open Project Plc (RTOP), as I suggested it should do in article yesterday, issued an RNS fessing up that just like Supply@ME Capital (SYME) it too hadn’t been paid monies requested from Alessandro Zamboni’s private group The Avantgarde Group (TAG). In Regtech’s case it was TAG subsidiary RegTech Italia srl that hasn’t paid up. It is now apparent that the TAG Group, which has still not filed its now way overdue 2022 accounts, is undergoing a major liquidity and financial crises of its own.
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SHOCKING: Allenby quits as Tintra Nomad and broker chaps you are fucking cowards & a disgrace to AIM, more ouzo for the Sheriff

I say this with the greatest respect to good friends at Nomad Allenby but in the scandal of the fraud Tintra (TNT), the AIM Company of the year 2022, they have behaved in the most shameful manner. I really do not know how they can sleep at night. At 11.02 AM today Allenby quit as Nomad and broker leaving the shares suspended. That came 2 hours after Tintra published a circular (for which Allenby will have earned a fat fee preparing).
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Various Eateries – fundraising for “ambitious roll out plans”. Or is it?…

“Restaurant, clubhouse and hotel sites in the United Kingdom” company Various Eateries (VARE) has issued a “Proposed Placing & Conversion of Debt into Equity”-titled announcement including “at a price of 25 pence per share… a discount of approximately 3.9 per cent to the closing price of 26 pence per ordinary share on 5 December 2023”. With it noting “ambitious roll out plans”, what’s the outlook from here?
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BATS shares are up in smoke today. Time to buy, sell or focus on the dividend yield?

A few weeks ago Imperial Brands (IMB) gave a corporate update which was positively received by the market. However, despite “reiteration of FY23 delivery in line with guidance”, today's update from larger peer British American Tobacco (BATS) has not been taken so well, with the company's shares down over 5% as I write and trading at around a five-year low. What is going on?
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RTW Biotech Opportunities to buy ex Woodford howler Arix: if this deal does not stink what does?

The chairman of ex Neil Woodford Howler Arix Bioscience is an old Etonian, Christ Church Oxford educated toff called Peregrine Moncrieff who is also based in the tax friendly Channel Islands And he has agreed a deal to sell Arix Bioscience to main market listed channel islands based RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd (RTW). The deal stinks.
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Ms. Lingerie on Expenses says “Families are back, Families build Morality” Julie Meyer spams again

Once again Julie Meyer MBE is spamming her non GDPR databases inviting folks to attend another one of her cracking events. It is quite amazing that Meyer has not been stripped of her MBE but I suppose that is a reflection of the lack of morality of the British political classes. Here latest spam is a lesson in humility and understatement. Enjoy…

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