I mix metaphors, after a hard session watering the lawn for ShareStock. Thereafter, I discuss: Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL); Wandisco (WAND) and a wasted decade; Argo Blockchain (ARB) and why Mark, who is right about most things, is wrong; Vast Resources (VAST); Tertiary Minerals (TYM); Guild ESports (GILD); and Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT).
First of all, I ask the 94% of you yet to donate to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks: please do so HERE, so we can surge past 25% of target (without gift aid) tonight. Go on. Then, I look at Jubilee Metals (JLP); Restaurant Group (RTN); Purplebricks (PURP); Vast Resources (VAST); BT (BT.A); the windfall oil tax; and why the Tories have utterly lost the plot. Then, at Genflow (GENF), Nostra Terra (NTOG) and the massive scandal I exposed today, HERE & HERE.
In today's podcast, I discuss Asimilar (ASLR); Dev Clever (DEV); Simec Atlantic (SAE); Powerhouse Energy (PHE); Amigo (AMGO); and Vast Resources (VAST). It goes without saying, but I say so anyway: if you are among the 95%, PLEASE COUGH UP NOW, HERE.
In a string of RNS statements, Vast Resources (VAST) insisted it wouldn't allow death spiral provider, Atlas, to convert a final $800,000 of loan notes into forward-sold shares. The Bulletin Board morons made the error of believing this, and insisted there was a bear squeeze. Guess what?at?
I start with the usual. 94.5% of you are yet to donate, despite the cows, nettles and thorn bush of the weekend. Go on, just a tenner for Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks; you know it makes sense. Please donate, HERE. In today's podcast, I discuss Vin Murria and M&C Saatchi (SAA); the scoundrels at Ince (INCE) and Deepverge (DVRG); Vast Resources (VAST); Audioboom (BOOM); and finally, Tortilla Mexican Grill (MEX), as it buys Chilango. This looks all wrong - another member of the 2021 IPO hall of shame?
First, there was Atlas' pledge not to dump any more shares - which it immediately did. Then came the idea that it had cleared its death spiral debt, with the buried-deep-in-the-release admission that it had taken out another. Spoof two! Today, Vast Resources (VAST) becomes a hat-trick hero in the AIM sewer hall of infamy.
Lucian Miers’ (the bear raider) top three UK short positions are:
In today's podcast, I look at: Vast Resources (VAST) and the bogus bear squeeze; Eurasia Mining (EUA); Powerhouse Energy (PHE); Kinovo (KINO) and the fallout from my scoop yesterday, which is now confirmed; Made.com (MADE); and why Petropavlovsk (POG) is a zero. Also, do grab a (free) ticket to UK Investor on Saturday; tomorrow, I shall give the question you must ask one of the presenters. The Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks have now raised 21% of their target. To the 95% of listeners yet to donate, please do so HERE.
In today's podcast, I cover Eurasia Mining (EUA), Made.com (MADE), Vast Resources (VAST) and Petropavlovsk (POG). I have more shocking news on Kinovo (KINO), whose shares should be suspended, and discuss FinnCrap (FCAP). I promise never to mention the company again if its CEO, smug Sam Smith, donates £100,000 to rogue bloggers for Woodlarks. Of course, she won't. So I must ask the 95% of Bearcast listeners yet to chip in: please make your donation, HERE We are now at 20% of target - go on, make it 21% by tomorrow!
Vast Resources (VAST) is blessed with having the dumbest investors going. They fell for the last spoof RNS which, in a just world, would see the issuers banned from the markets, and bid the (worthless) shares up to 2.4p. Today there is a new monster spoof and the shares are 56% up to 1.3p offering the bears another chance for a slam dunk free short. The company says it has refinanced its Atlas death spiral leading the "marks" to assume that there is no more death spiral overhang. But buried at the bottom of the release is ????
In today's podcast, I discuss Elon Musk and Twitter; Vast Resources (VAST) & associated scumbags; Optibiotix (OPTI); Condor Gold (CNR) and why comrade Jim Mellon must pay up soon; and the complete and utter Irish jackanory spouted by Hydrogen Utopia (HUI) and Powerhouse Resources (PHE): those holding shares in either company are certifiable. We are now just £68 away from £10,000 in the Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks (plus gift aid) fundraise. On Sunday, I really will do a 20-mile training walk. If you are amongst the 96% of listeners yet to donate, please do so today, HERE.
Today's shocking news is not evidence of illegal behaviour, I am told by a member of the death spiral community. I am not so sure. But investors were indeed deceived by Vast Resources (VAST), Atlas and Beaumont Cornish, which signed off on the May 3 release. The incident brings “the world’s most successful growth market” into disrepute, and I have written to Marcus Stuttard, the bogus Sheriff and head of the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation, urging him to investigate possible illegality and to censure all those involved.
Ha, gotcha. What a spoof. On May 3rd, Death Spiral provider, Atlas, and Vast Resources (VAST) made an RNS statement, announcing that Atlas would not convert any more loan notes. The stock was a ten-bagger in days, going from 0.02375p to a peak of 0.24p. Well, guess what? I do hope the morons buying were well-lubed up!
I discuss today's minor triumph regarding the rule-breaking Tory Toff, Earl of Shrewsbury, and if inflation is not hitting some of us. I look at Vast Resources (VAST); Avacta (AVCT); in much more detail, Amur Minerals (AMC); and finally, Argo Blockchain (ARB). There was no Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks training walk yesterday, as I was aching so much from 10 hours gardening on Saturday. Instead, I did another eight hours gardening, here at the Welsh Hovel. I will post some photos later. Please enjoy my suffering, but do not remain amongst the 97% of listeners yet to donate. Please donate - if only a fiver or a tenner - today, HERE.
The reference is to the fact that there is only 1 candidate in the local elections where I live and he is a king sized dickhead. From that I move onto interest rates and why they should have been increased by more than 0.25%. Of course we should not be in this inflationary mess anyway. Then it is onto Vast Resources (VAST), Trainline (TRN), Seraphime (BUMP),Parsley Box (MEAL) and musicMagpie (MMAG). I will try to complete my long promised share purchases tomorrow and to discuss them then.Thank you to all who have donated to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks. We are now at 15% of target but still 97% of Bearcast listeners have yet to chip in. Come on, just a fiver or a tenner: please do donate now HERE. PS The reference to Kirstie Allsop and a podcast is about this one HERE.
I start on BP (BP.) and the crap talked about record profits, its actuall losses and a windfall tax. Then I look at the Love Hemp (LIFE) scandal and who should go to jail.Then at madness at Vast Resources (VAST) and McColls (MCLS) and at why I cannot recommend a purchase in Minoan (MIN) and have not for a long time but will not stick the knife into a man who helped save my life. I look at why some Open Orphan (ORPH) shareholders should sue iii.co.uk. Finally I have a look at Boohoo (BOO). PS I will mention my new share purchases tomorrow if I can sort out a bit of paperwork. And PPS Thanks to the new donors to Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks.we are now at 11% of target ( £5,582) but still98% of listeners have yet to donate. I am sure you can afford a fiver or a tenner, please give now HERE.
These are the most-read articles and most listened-to Bearcasts of the week. The most read non-Tom article is The View From The Montana Log-Cabin As Gold (And Everything Else) Sells Off by Nigel Somerville at Number 3 or Number 10 if you include Bearcasts.
Cue a rant on teachers and other public sector workers! I then discuss ADVFN (AFN); Mkango Resources (MKA); Parsley Box (MEAL); McColls (MCLS); Sensyne (SENS); Petropavlovsk (POG); and Vast Resources (VAST). Then, I look in detail at Nightcap (NGHT) and AO World (AO.)
In today's bearcast I discuss the different regulatory failings of AIM and the Standard List referring to 2 companies worth 0p, Vast Resources (VAST) and the fraud Chill Brands (CHLL) and the lies they tell. I look at Amur Minerals (AMC) and Eurasia Mining (EUA) and in detail at Novacyt (NCYT). I mention Jubilee Metals (JLP) where I am a loyal shareholder.
Death spiral provider, Atlas, is selling shares as fast as it can, in the hope of reducing its $5.05 million exposure to AIM Listed Vast Resources (VAST). It knows Vast is teetering on the brink, but a source close to the company explains why it is already trading whilst insolvent. He says:
Last time, the complainant was anonymous; this time, it was Julie Meyer. I describe my chat. Suffice to say that Ms "sex toy on expenses" Meyer will again be frustrated. I contrast these Police visits with the way they failed me when I exposed the Chill Brands (CHLL) fraud, and was then harassed and smeared - I wonder how the guilty men, notably those at Buchanan Communications, feel this afternoon. Today, I deserve a shed load of ouzo after numerous triumphs and, in turn, I look at Chill, Supply@ME Capital (SYME), Bidstack (BIDS) and Vast Resources (VAST). Actually, I am joking about the ouzo: the kids and I are off to buy a hosepipe extension, some lavender plants, and an ice cream for Joshua. That is our reward.
Yesterday, I explained why the extension of the Atlas death spiral - to 31 July - was bad news for AIM sewer-listed company, Vast Resources (VAST). 24 hours later comes a reminder of why I was right. The sequence reads: 1.57, 1.24, 0.86, 0.77, 0.59, 0.48 and now, 0.4p.
I start on the news from Twitter & Elon Musk. Then, I look at Wildcat Petroleum (WCAT); Novacyt (NCYT); Vast Resources (VAST); the stinking RNS from Nightcap (NGHT); and Versarien (VRS), where the TWO death spirals are starting to bite, as the cash crisis intensifies.
The most flea-ridden dog on AIM, Vast Resources (VAST), has served up yet more bad news. Just a year after consolidating its shares on a 100-for-1 basis, they are just 0.38p to sell, more than 95% down on the year. With today’s disaster, another 100-for-1 consolidation beckons. Let me explain.
I start with good news concerning my mother-in-law, which suggests my current living - where folks pay £5.99 a month to hurl abuse at me - is maybe not such a desirable career. Then onto Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI), and what I have told 'arry Bloody Adams should happen next, in light of his latest e-mail to me. Then onto Vast Resources (VAST) and Eden Research (EDEN), not Pharma as I misspoke in the podcast. Finally, Gear4Music (G4M), which is enough to turn fanboys Paul Scott and Malcolm Stacey to drink. Vindicated yet again as a bear, I warn of worse to come, following today's bullshit-heavy trading statement.
These are the most-read articles and most listened-to Bearcasts of the week. The most read non-Tom non Darren story is Takeovers and the (boring) worlds of BT Group and Vodafone by Chris Bailey at Number 8 or Number 14 if you include Bearcasts.
I start with Deliveroo (ROO), whose IPO was at 390p - a year later, the shares are at 106p. What went wrong, I ask, and what now for the shares? Then to two placings: Vast Resources (VAST) announced its placing on Monday; I discussed the one Canadian (COPL) has been working on since last Thursday, last night. It seems to be struggling, but I expect it will be announced by the company tomorrow. Both placings stink, and decent regulators would be all over them. I explain why.
The sequence that started on January 12, at 1.57, can again be extended: 1.24, 0.86, 0.77,0.59, and now, 0.48. Ouch! That is the price at which death spiral provider, Atlas, has converted loan notes onto Vast Resources (VAST) shares, the latest being $300,000 worth. The bad news? Atlas has another $5.2 million to go. Luckily, there was a spoof RNS on Monday, which must have helped with the forward selling
I am just so tired and, needless to say, the carpenter has not done his work. But snake-repellent canisters have been put out. More on that later. Today, I chat about: EasyJet (EZJ); Fox Marble (FOX); Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV); and Vast Resources (VAST).
Fear not: no waffle; this is not bad. I start with Rishi Sunak, his Mrs, and tax non-payment. Then, I look at: Canadian Overseas Petroleum (COPL), caught telling another monster porky today; Vast Resources (VAST); Omega Diagnostics (ODX); Victoria Plumbing (VIP); Arden Partners (ARDN); Ince (INCE); and a new uber dog on the Standard List – Ajax Resources (AJAX), another overvalued example of crony capitalism.
By the end of April, worthless, deceitful and pointless AIM-sewer-listed Vast Resources (VAST) has promised to refinance its Atlas death spiral with a bunch of Swiss gents. But with $5.5 million outstanding on the loan, the market cap, at 0.625p, down to £2.3 million, and a high risk of bankruptcy, maybe the Swiss are getting cold feet. Hence…
Only kidding, Elric – the bit about Optibiotix (OPTI) is at the end. Before that, I discuss bear market-funding economics (it is more interesting than it sounds); c/o Luke Johnson; Russia & Ukraine; ADM Energy (ADME) and its pre-bailout-placing spoof; Vast Resources (VAST); Versarien (VRS); and then, matters to keep Mr Lemming happy.
Just four days after death spiral provider Atlas converted $150,000 of debt into Vast Resources (VAST) shares at 0.86p having forward sold, it has announced the conversion of another $150,000 this time at 0.77p. In February the conversion was at 1.24p. Do you see a trend? My guess is that those shares have already been forward sold and that Atlas will now be working on dumping even more stock ahead of the next conversion. Why the panic? Two reasons:
I start by explaining why my next musicMagpie (MMAG) article was delayed until tomorrow. It is all to do with a Greek, a lorry and a shortage of bubblewrap in Wrexham. I draw your attention to a real share trading oddity at Magpie before heading on to discuss whether Vast Resources (VAST) or Catenae (CTEA) will go bust first. Finally a detailed look at Dignity (DTY) where that combination of zero earnings visibility, past overcharging of punters and a wreck of a balance sheet spells even more gloom ahead.
Forgive the voice. Last week’s cold has left me sounding like I have been swallowing gravel. I start with a few words about distractions today which included ordering 72 blackthorn plants and 12 wild blackberry bushes and fetching antique Welsh furniture to go to Greece. Then I ponder whether Nigel is reinvesting his Ariana (AAU) dividends in Ariana (AAU).I explain why I am not and where I am putting the cash. Or rather I am sitting on the fence between Optibiotix (OPTI) and Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX). The 3x company I mentioned on Saturday, is a well known one and will be exposed via a multi-part series kicking off tomorrow at 8.30 AM and it is, I am sure, a zero. Ahead of then I discuss what makes a real bear market and how it affects rubbish stocks out of cash. Until you see a good few RNS statements each month saying that “shares are suspended pending clarification” you are not in a bear market. In that vein, I mention three POS companies which RIGHT NOW have no cash and are burning it: Vast Resources (VAST), Chill Brands (CHLL) and Supply@ME Capital (FRAUD) and I discuss the next steps for that trio and why the net is tightening on them.
On January 31 Vast Resources (VAST) announced that it had almost replaced its Atlas death spiral with alternative funding, a refinancing. Natch that was grossly misleading! This is Vast after all.
Happy St David’s Day and happy pancake day. I start with the spread betters and Russian stocks notably Petropavlovsk (POG), Eurasia (EUA) and Polymetal (POLY). Then I look in detail at MGC Pharmaceiticals (MXC), how it legged over investors in November and is a massive short even now before turning to Vast Resources (VAST), Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), Cellular Goods (CBX),Novacyt (NCYT) and Avacta (AVCT) my big sector short which has seen its shares collapse to 46p but could easily halve again within weeks.
The good doctor Teeling, boss of Botswana Diamonds (BOD) is, as you many know, the only AIM CEO to have seen me naked. But today it is Dr Teeling who is left exposed having been let down, as predicted here, by the scoundrels at worthless POS Vast Resources (VAST). A good Nomad would have warned him against engaging with such wastrels but Dr Teeling uses the services of London’s worst Nomad, Roland “fatty” Cornish. Enough said.
As I write, four of the top 12 fallers are stocks that I have exposed as total wronguns and one of the four even coughed up that I had gpt a scoop on Friday. In today’s podcast, which should please Matthew and his dog, I cover: Omega Diagnostics (ODX) and its porkies, MGC Pharmaceuticals (MXC), a Turner Pope dog still valued at £40 million even now but not worth a fraction of that, Guild ESports (GILD) & the greed of David Beckham, Vast Resources (VAST) and the fraud Chill Brands (CHLL ) which could be going down the plughole for good within a couple of weeks. I forgot to discuss the latest news from Zak Mir and Lift Ventures. That will have to wait for another day.
In today’s Bearcast I look at Bitcoin and at Argo Blockchain (ARB), at Sosandar (SOS), at the increasingly uber toxic Union Jack Oil (UJO), at Vast Resources (VAST) and at Eurasia Mining (EUA)
In today’s podcast, I reflect on yesterday’s family meal in Shipston, then look at Central Copper Resources and Red Rock Resources (RRR), folks may believe in Santa but do they still believe in Andrew Bell? Then I consider Tern (TERN), PCF Group (PCF) and the fraud Supply@ME Capital (SYME) and I urge you to enter Nigel’s sweepstake HERE before midnight. Finally I have along look at Vast Resources (VAST).
In today’s podcast I look at Vast Resources (VAST) and why you should read an RNS closely and at Supply@ME Capital (SYME) as I get my dates confused and so, it seems, does it. I consider Eurasia Mining (EUA) – surely a statement needed. I look at Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) and at Amigo (AMGO) where surely even Evil must concede defeat at the hands of the FCA on whose side I am on, in this matter at least.
I start with a big dilemma regarding neighbour E and bonfire night but then look at four companies: John Lewis, Vast Resources (VAST), Oxford Cannaboid (OCTP) and Argo Blockchain (ARB). I am quite angry today so Matthew & his dog are in for a treat.
Actually it is lashing down with rain and the Welsh Hovel is at the end of a badly lit lane so I shall be very surprised if any kids venture down here to say Trick or Treat. But I am ready to say “bugger off” if they do. In the podcast I discuss storms, COP26 and 1987, today’s article on Vast Resources (VAST), and the shock factor of interest rate rises for folks who cannot consider the idea they may happen.
As you may know, John Teeling of Botswana Diamonds (BOD) is the only AIM boss to have seen me with no clothes on. But it is not fond memories of Clontarf veterans rugby team that brings him to mind today. It is a $4 million black hole that his company and, more specifically, Vast Resources (VAST) need to address with an RNS first thing Monday.
The top non-Tom article this week is Ariana – Oh No: Not More Good News! by Nigel Somerville, the Deputy Sheriff of AIM at number 11 or number 18 if you include the Bearcasts.
I start with the two companies beginning with V and articles on this website today: Versarien (VRS) has responded, weakly to this expose. Vast Resources (VAST) cannot respond to this bombshell which exposes the cancer at the heart of AIM Regulation again and makes the shares uninvestable at any price. Then I look at Ben’s Creek (BEN), Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) on product launch day and at Central Copper where an IPO that should be pulled is delayed again.
In March this year WH Ireland was approached to become joint broker to Vast Resources (VAST). It conducted due diligence and that threw up so many red flags about the business but also about boss Andrew Prelea that WH Ireland said that it could not act. The email exchange detailing this has found its way via Winnileaks to myself and is published below. It is damning and all credit to WH Ireland for putting principle before profit. But Nomad Roland Fatty Cornish has been made aware of the same issues and appears to think that a) it is just after two so time for the third course of a six course luncheon and b) that he should just carry on taking the cash come what may. Lunches don’t pay for themselves after all. Enablers like Fatty are why AIM is a sewer. I am aware of a number of matters which WH Ireland discovered and anyone owning shares in Vast is truly certifiable.
I start with a few notes on horticulture here in Wales then move onto questioning my strongly held belief that Supply@ME Capital (SYME) is a worthless fraud. Then I explain why the recent Cenkos note on Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) is wrong and how, via its website, the company faces an acid test. Actually the website I refer to has now been amended as you can see HERE. But not before my contact placed an order. Finally I look at Vast Resources (VAST) and its shocking placing followed by even more shocking no-one is watching O’clock results.
First came the insider dealing. No, surely not this is AIM! That took the shares to 4.2p in five working days. Then came the catalaogue of disasters trading statement the next working day. That took the shares to 3.5p. And today, as I predicted, three days later, there is a bailout placing at 2.5p and the shares are now 2.95p. What a shitshow. Of course it also magnifies the lies told to investors back in late April.
Not only a shit but a man who should be in jail.
In today’s Bearcast, I look at Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX), Optibiotix (OPTI), Kefi (KEFI), Nightcap (NGHT), VAST Resources (VAST) and finally at my old pal Richard Poulden’s Valereum Blockchain (VLRM), the current love interest of Big Dave Lenigas.
Today, Vast Resources (VAST) served up its usual fare of bad news: project delays, financing set backs and death spirals ahoy. All the usual bad news but enough to send the shares crashing below 4p. And it was only two months ago when the company’s third rate joint broker Axis Capital raised it £1.76 million at 6.3p. Ouch. The shares were almost 5.5p last Monday but fell throughout the week to close Friday at 4.2p.
In today’s podcast, I consider the video interview I’m doing later on the FCA, Ben’s Creek (BEN) and how its inevitable failure will come to haunt the AIM sewer, Vast Resources (VAST), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Seed Ventures (SEED), Eden Research (EDEN) and the dual list on OTC con, and Predator Oil & Gas (PRD)
Clearly Vast Resources (VAST) has misled investors of many years allowing the AIM fat cats who run this company to live the lifestyle at the expense of others. I flagged up one such shocker HERE. Fleet Street legend Brian Basham has tried to get the woke dullards at the FCA and the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation to do something but neither seem to care. His latest exchange of emails has fallen into my hands.
I fly back to Wales tomorrow so have wasted too much of my life filling in moronic covid related forms today. I cannot say that i am happy to be heading back. I start with Luke Johnson’s warning on WFH and I rather think that on some points I disagree with my friend. Then onto UK regulation and its failings ref today’s two articles on Vast Resources (VAST) and the bombshell on the Zoetic (ZOE) fraud.
Brian Basham sent my most recent article on Vast Resources (VAST) to the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation demanding it take action. Its risible response is below followed by another damning missive from the Fleet Street legend.
The fraud Zoetic (ZOE) pays thousands of pounds a month to the employer of journalist smearing morally bankrupt PR man Henry Harrison Topham to get it positive press coverage. Natch he fails to deliver any at all so with the shares falling at a rate of knots what to do?
So says Fleet Street legend Brian Basham. Given that Brian has accused Vast’s (VAST) board of malfeasance and repeatedly called on the useless regulators to act against the company I doubt he has its best interest at heart. This is one case I would love to fight so bring it on Vast: see you Bitchez in Court! So what is Brian’s point?
I start with a few reminiscences about how myself and George the Architect exposed the InternetQ fraud. Then I cover: Kefi (KEFI), Supply@ME Capital (SYME) and More Bull from it, Vast Resources (VAST), Purplebricks (PURP), Argo Blockchain (ARB), Verditek (VDTK) and Andrew Bell’s Red Rock Resources (RRR).
Back in April Vast Resources (VAST) managed to persuade shareholdcers to approve a 100-1 share consolidation by telling them a stack of blatant lies, lies which have been shown up with news today of yet another discounted placing.
Is the sound okay? The arrival of the Mrs and Jayarani means a change of recording location. I start with Peter Brailey’s Predator Oil & Gas (PRD) expose. If the FCA does not come down on director Ron Pilbeam like a ton of bricks we might as well all give up. Then I look at Vast Resources (VAST) – a total bargepole stock where I sniff a deeply discounted placing – then challenge you on two counts regarding Online Blockchain (OBC) before considering Argo Blockchain (ARB) its strangely worded RNS today and whether it will still be solvent on St Ledger’s day.
The top non-Tom article this week is QUIZ plc – trading update, how creditable is “consistent with the board’s expectations”?… by Steve Moore at number four or number ten if you include the Bearcast and Tom’s new shareshow. The funniest article this week is ShareProphets “Good Day to Bury Bad News” Competition Result – how many companies put out dodgy RNSs the morning after the Euros in the expectation that they will be overlooked. Nine.
Fleet Street Legend Brian Basham was once a director of Vast Resources (VAST) but resigned in disgust at what he saw as blatant corporate malfeasance. He has been urging the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation and the woke dullards at the FCA to act, so far, without success. His latest missive to the FCA has fallen into the hands of Winnileaks and makes accusations that surely demand a response. It is shocking and it is below.
I start with swimming pool news then look at today’s shocking Vast Resources (VAST) expose HERE. Then onto Berkeley Energia (BKY) – another reason to be glad about Brexit – then onto Cineworld (CINE) and Nightcap (NGHT). I save my football take for my own website HERE.
Fleet Street legend Brian Basham is at war with Marcus Stuttard, his team of Oxymorons at AIM Regulation and the London Stock Exchange over its refusal to tackle what he sees as industrial scale abuse of market rules and shareholders’ funds at Vast Resources (VAST) where he was once a director. His correspondence with the hapless Stuttard, the self-styled Sheriff of AIM, began on April 20:
I discuss that surprise windfall, the Mrs getting her jab and look at Wildcat (WCAT), MyHealthChecked (MHC), Versarien (VRS) and Vast Resources (VAST).
In 2008, shares in Vast Resources (VAST) traded at 24.6p. Today they trade at 0.082p. In other words, those running this company have, while trousering multi-millions of pounds in fees, managed to destroy 99.67% of shareholder value. While many companies do badly for shareholders, the trick here is to keep the company going so more fees can be extracted as part of an ongoing shareholder screw. Now the board wants shareholder permission for more of the same. I urge shareholders to say NO!
Brian Basham has been a legend of journalism and PR for more than fifty years. He moves in the highest circles of the Labour Party, is a serial AIM NED and exposer of corruption, notably the HBOS Reading scandal, and is a man not to be ignored. He has written a letter to AIM Regulation boss, the fake Sheriff of AIM, Mr Marcus Stuttard which I publish in full below as it makes very strong allegations.
Yup, if he does an interview with me and my tough questions, shares in Optibiotix (OPTI) go down. So, going forward, it is only those paid-for interviews with folks like Proactive. “Steve, is your schlonger enormous or gigantic? Why are your shares so cheap? etc etc.” Whatever, I apologise to you all for asking the odd question. Without my malign influence, Optibiotix would clearly be in the FTSE 100. I discuss this company’s prospects and also those of Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX) where I am also a loyal shareholder. I look at Trainline (TRN), Online Blockchain (OBC) and Vast Resources (VAST).
With London’s worst Nomad, Roland “Fatty” Cornish, advising it, we have time and again warned you that VAST Resources (VAST) is the sort of dog that even paid for hustlers like Zak Mir wouldn’t tip. Okay he probably would but you get the picture. Today we have a major disaster and the shares have crashed.
I haven’t written about AIM-listed Vast Resources (VAST) since January, when I said sell at 0.335p. Well, the stock is now 0.1375p so I guess it is time for an Ouzo – but a director share purchase announcement makes me think it is still a sell.
Vast Resources (VAST) is typical of many AIM mining companies in that it has always promised a lot but failed to deliver, whilst continually raising more capital via regular equity issues.
My guest in this week's show which is sponsored by Open Orphan PLC (ORPH) is my old pal, the Godfather of my son, the Bard of the Boleyn, Mr Lucian Miers. We discuss how a bear can make money in this market, Tesla (TSLA), Versarien (VRS), NMC Health (NMC), Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks (please do sponsor us HERE), AFC Energy (AFC), Vast Resources (VAST), Finablr (FIN) and much more including a few of Lucian's top US shorts. I also have a question about those who invest in frauds and who harass me and my family. If you are such a troll maybe you can enlighten me? If you like this podcast and can't wait seven days for more of the same and are tired of being a cheapskate you should listen to my Bearcast every day.
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.
If you ask the bear community for its top 4 shorts on AIM certain companies seem to feature in almost every list….
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?
Yes Merry Christmas to you all and to your families however you celeberate it and even if you are a pagan like Darren Atwater or a sinner like some of those I discuss today: Vast Resources (VAST) and a spoof warrant exercise, my friend Andrew Bell and Red Rock Resources (RRR) who makes himself a hostage to fortune with his careless words, Drew Nelson at IQE (IQE) with an odd management greed RNS and Charles Tatnall whose Fandango Holdings (FHP) serves up the most bonkers and misleading set of results in 2019.
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.
A day of travel adventures. I recount my breakdown last night, an angelic lorry driver and how I ended up on Nigel Somerville's sofa. Meanwhile Darren Atwater is leaving the UK but not ShareProphets. Then I look at utter lunacy from a "woke" FRC and inept Business Secretary Andrea Loathsome. Then it is onto Neil's sacking from Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT), what it means for the Trust and how it will help him hide another £25 million personal windfall gain. I cover Tesla (TSLA) as the bears are squeezed by book cooking. Finally a look at the murky death spiral announced by Vast Resources (VAST).
I bring you a bonus bearcast, covering the FCA taking the piss (hat tip, in-house Euro loon J Price), Andrew Monk's VSA lying down with the lowest scumbags of the low, why I don't believe a word AIM dog Vast Resources (VAST) says and why St James's Place (STJ) shares are uninvestable at two levels. VSA's invitation of shame is below.
This series has gone on long enough so I’m bringing it to close this month with the biggest news relating to the ongoing moving of the goalposts at Kibo Energy (KIBO) which makes one wonder whether the flagship project in Tanzania is ever going to see the light of day.
It’s that time of the month again and with two of the seven mythical creatures proving their existence so far, I was hoping for some more progress this month from the remaining five. Alas no, just more prevarication, distraction and fund raising – how disappointing.
As Cornelius Nepos said: “After the darkness comes the light” and having been in despair last month writing June’s update, I am back to my bouncy best as Optibiotix (OPTI) has become the second Mythical Wonder to become real and in some style…..although I hope it now performs better than the first!
When I started this series in January, I didn’t realise how dispiriting it would be as, yet again, my seven wannabe Loch Ness Monsters have proven to be just another set of blurry photographs of tree branches. At this rate I’m going to struggle to make it to the end of the year but at least I’m not a shareholder in any of them I guess.
It’s time for my monthly look at this motley selection of AIM wannabes. Not much to say for most of them so want to focus on the contrasting progress reports from Xtract Resources (XTR) and EVR Holdings (EVRH).
At UK Investor Show there were six Dragon's Den sessions. As a result of each £3,000 of my real money was invested after each dragon picked one of the 5 companies doing an elevator pitch. In session three the Dragons were me (Tom Winnifrith), Nigel Wray and Steve Moore. The companies pitching were: Vast Resources, ECR Minerals, FairFX, Red Rock Resources and Ferrum Minerals.
It’s time for my monthly look at this motley selection of AIM wannabes. A few positive pointers but they all remain resolutely out of reach for the time being; although after a false start at Vast Resources, I sense the wonder VR app at EVR Holdings is taking the lead.
I started the year with a light-hearted look at a few value-generating AIM yarns that appear to have a lot in common with the Loch Ness Monster as there is some doubt as to whether they are ever going to be seen. It feels like monthly updates are appropriate and it’s been a busy start of the year for some of these AIM yetis.
I’ve been a bit preoccupied in recent weeks with a certain fund manager so thought I should catch up with a few old friends on AIM this weekend but it transpires that not a lot has actually happened. It made me realise more than ever that AIM is much more about the travelling I hope than the arriving. Accordingly, I thought it was more appropriate to write a piece heralding the 7 Mythical Wonders of the AIM Casino instead.
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.
I’ve been away for a few days so just catching up on matters and first things first, I need to pick up my normally excellent colleague, Steve Moore, on a couple of glaring ommissions in his piece on Kin Group (KIN) and its funding announcement earlier this week. It was rather rude after all to not give a warm welcome to an old friend.
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:
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).
I’ve been following the antics of Sanderson Capital Partners for a while now and yesterday’s latest shocking funding deal with Eurasia Mining (EUA) has tipped me over the edge and forced me to write.
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!
Well fingers crossed anyway - I cannot claim to be hiding my views! The Mrs flies back to the UK today so normal full work service resumes tonight. Pro tem I have comments on Vast Resources (VAST), Highlands Natural Resources (HNR), PHSC (PHSC), XCite Energy (XEL), Gulf Keystone (GKP), Totally (TLY) and Skil Ports & Logistics (SPL).
Further to my earlier piece on the Vast Resources deal with Crede, I now take a look at how things have transpired with Amur Minerals (AMC) and believe it throws up another potentially profitable trading opportunity.
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 name a few folks who fell for Nigel's April Fool today. How could you think so badly of me? Then it is onto: Ascent Resources (AST), Nighthawk (HAWK), Digital Barriers (DGB), Jiasen (JSI), Stratmin Global (STGR), Gulf Keystone (GKP), AFC Energy (AFC), Vast Resources (VAST) and Nakama Group (NAK). I am rude about folks with MBA's today so if you have one brace yourself.
This may be a first: two non-Tom stories have made the top 10. Lucian Miers continues his trek up the leaderboard with a fine spot at #3, I am Deadly Sirius - I have gone short. And squeaking in at number 10 is Vast Resources – an absolute shocker of a funding deal (unless you’re Crede!) by Cynical Bear.
Having written yesterday in amazement about the fact that Roy Pitchford, CEO, at Vast Resources (VAST) could have done such a shocking funding deal with Crede Capital (HERE), I immediately then realised that Amur Minerals (AMC) have done an almost identical deal with Crede but has somehow managed to be even more misleading about it.
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.
Old Ebenezer has gone off in a huff: he didn't win. And so it falls to me to reveal the results of the ShareProphets New Year's Eve "bury bad news" sweepstakes. The specially commissioned panel from the Global Shorting Conspiracy has reached its decision after due deliberations over which RNSs qualified from New Year's Eve. The offending releases were as follows:
Featuring shares of Independent Resources (IRG), Optibiotix (OPTI), Oxus Gold (OXS), Stratex (STI), Vast Resources (VAST), together with some share price targets.
Featuring shares in African Potash (AFPO), New World Oil & Gas (NEW), Premaitha (NIPT), Vast Resources (VAST), Westminster Group (WSG), together with some share price targets.
Featuring shares in Eland Oil & Gas (ELA), Imaginatik (IMTK), Plutus Powergen (PPG), Vast Resources (VAST) and Xtract Resources (XTR) with share price targets for all five stocks
Featuring shares in Boxhill Technologies (BOX), Empyrean Energy (EME), Gulf Keystone (GKP), Oracle Coalfields (ORCP) and Vast Resources (VAST) with share price targets for all five stocks.
Featuring shares in Alba Mineral Resources (ALBA), Boxhill Technologies (BOX), LGO Energy (LGO), Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN) and Vast Resources (VAST) with share price targets for all five stocks.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on Centamin (CEY), Minera IRL (MIRL) 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 Beowulf Mining (BEM), Nostra Terra (NTOG), Sirius Petroleum (SRSP), Serica Energy (SQZ), Vast Resources (VAST), W Resources (WRES), with share price targets for all these minnows.
Featuring shares in Ashley House (ASH), Churchill Mining (CHL), Clear Leisure (CLP), Vast Resources (VAST) with share price targets for all four stocks.
Featuring shares of Churchill Mining (CHL), Goldplat (GDP), Motif Bio (MTFB), Solo Oil (SOLO), Tern (TERN), Vast Resources (VAST), together with some share price targets.
Featuring shares of Fitbug (FITB), Genel Energy (GENL), Kellan Group (KLN), MTI Wireless Edge (MWE), Nostra Terra Oil & Gas (NTOG), Rose Petroleum (ROSE), Vast Resources (VAST), together with some share price targets.
Featuring the shares of Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO), Central Rand Gold (CRND), Great Western Mining (GWMO), Range Resources (RRL), Vast Resources (VAST), Xtract Resources (XTR), together with some share price targets.
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on Glencore (GLEN), Aureus Mining (AUE), FinnAust Mining (FAM), Orosur (OMI), Polyus Gold (PGIL) 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.
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?
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on Serbai Gold (SRB), Stellar Diamonds (STEL), Vast Resources (VAST) and ZincOx Resources (ZOX) as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond.
If you want me to analyse a stock for you just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org - Today I look at shares in Forbidden Technologies (FBT), Transense Technologies (TRT), Vast Resources (VAST) setting share price targets for all three.
Featuring African Potash (AFPO), Beowulf Mining (BEM), CPP Group (CPP), Vast Resources (VAST), West African Minerals (WAFM).
Featuring Gulf Keystone (GKP), Jubilee Platinum (JLP), Phorm Corporation (PHRM), Rare Earth Minerals (REM), Stratmin Global (STGR), Vast Resources (VAST)
Featuring Gulf Keystone (GKP), LGO Energy (LGO), Metminco (MNC), Northcote Energy (NCT), Sirius Petroleum (SRSP), Vast Resources (VAST)
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 Ariana Resources (AAU), Caledonia Mining (CMCL), Medusa Mining (MML), North River Resources (NRRP) 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.
Ascent Resources (AST), Connemara Mining (CON), Mobile Tornado (MBT), Seeing Machines (SEE), Sirius Minerals (SXX), Vast Resources (VAST)
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,
Featuring African Potash (AFPO), Amur Minerals (AMC), Amphion Innovations (AMP), Galileo Resources (GLR), Vast Resources (VAST)
Featuring Camco Clean Energy (CCE), MX Oil (MXO), Union Jack Oil (UJO), Vast Resources (VAST)
Featuring Camco Clean Energy, Metminco, Minco, Stratex International, Vast Resources, West African Minerals
John Meyer of SP Angel this morning comments on Anglo Asian Mining, Ortac Resources, Shanta Gold, Stellar Diamonds and Vast Resources as well as offering a detailed macro view on the news that is shaping global mining and the AIM mining pond.
Featuring Bacanora Minerals (BCN), Forbidden Technologies (FBT), Sula Iron & Gold (SULA), Totally (TLY), Union Jack Oil (UJO), Vast Resources (VAST)
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.’