(sub-) Standard-listed Panther Metals (PALM) released its interim results to June yesterday morning. There was plenty positive comment over its portfolio of mining prospects, but the hard issue here is that it is running on fumes as the Board hopes for a change of fortunes in the market. Despite the current nuclear winter in the sector, the company is surviving for now but needs a refinancing within 12 months.
As promised, AIM-listed jam-tomorrow IoT investment company Tern plc (TERN) investee, Wyld Networks of the joke Nasdaq-of-the-North exchange in Stockholm delivered its Interim results early this morning. Given the excitement that Wyld is apparently talking to Elon Musk, it is perhaps a little surprising not to see a corresponding announcement from Tern. I wonder why…..
AIM-listed jam-tomorrow IoT investment company Tern plc (TERN) released its interim results to June 30 this morning and they are truly shocking. The shares are already off by 12.5% but there is much more to come as investors realise the scale of the incoming cash-crisis and what that might entail.
AIM-listed Haydale (HAYD) – another graphene outfit on AIM besides the disaster that is Versarien (VRS) – announced interims to December 31 this morning. The company boasted adjusted operating losses of £1.89 million, to which my reaction is one of Warren Buffett: who do they think they are deluding – their investors, or themselves? The market was not fooled, marking the stock down marginally.
The comedy continues on the Aquis lobster-pot, where TruSpine (TSP) listed in August 2020 promising to have an FDA-application submitted by year-end for its spinal stabilisation system, which is still outstanding some two and a half years on. Worse still, it needs funding pdq: the fat lady is hovering in the wings right now.
As it prepares for its 28th year of miserable existence, the Eden Research (EDEN) fraud is still no closer to making a profit. Interims out on Friday were piss poor but behind the scenes is there even worse news?
Half calendar year numbers are predictably shite but thanks to the monthly trading updates, opaque as they are, we already had a fair old idea how much in the merde the company is, however much disgraced Peter Wall, and his PR gimps at Tancredi, who refuse to answer simple questions, might try to polish the turd.
One of the reasons the fraud, Chill Brands (CHLL), had to do a bailout placing this week, is the ridiculous purchase of a domain name. I can now reveal how the company has deceived investors about this fantastic money spunk.
Standard-listed Cloudbreak Discovery (CDL) has announced its Interims to 31 December 2021 this morning, the 4th of April. If you think that is a tad late, you would be right, for the deadline was last Thursday – three months after period end – and as far as I know the shares should therefore have been suspended. But the Standard List is regulated (no sniggering at the back….) by the FCA. As for the numbers, they are a horror show for anyone who can use a calculator.
As predicted on this fine website, AIM-listed Purplebricks Group (PURP)’s interims to October 2021 are suitably disastrous. But since the company isn’t bust (yet) the market has reacted with relief and the shares are marginally up on the day, at 20.3p – though a long way shy of the 50-60p they were at only last autumn, and a country mile off the £5 at peak Neil Woodford-ramp back in 2017. The opening preamble tries to polish the turd, but a peek at the formal accounts shows that it lost £20.2 million in just six months. During a housing boom where anything standing sold within hours and average prices roofed it as mortgages were almost free to a good home. Yikes – just how bad might it have been in a slump?!
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy has announced its interims to June: the numbers are predictably dreadful but the killer is surely the indication of a delay to the completion of the company’s first proton therapy LIGHT system.
AIM-listed jam-tomorrow internet of things investment company Tern plc (TERN) announced its interims to June this morning. Tern’s motley bunch of fanatics will of course be celebrating the claimed 75% period-on-period increase in turnover amongst its cash-guzzling portfolio, but for all that, NAV per share slipped from 7.3p to 7.1p and the company burned through another mountain of cash.
After the July lack of profits warning, you might have thought that interims today from Parsley Box (MEAL) could not make things any worse. You would be wrong. Anyone buying into the IPO on March 31 when the company raised £5 million and existing shareholders dumped £12 million of shares, would look at the unfolding horror and feel physically sick. This is what happens in bull markets, shit floats, smart folks cash out and fund managers show they are as dumb as anyone else and buy into it all, albeit with other folks’ cash.
I have said before that some people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well, actually, just one. This is with regard to sub-Standard-Listed BSF Enterprise (BSFA) and its new NED as announced this morning.
Sub-Standard listed AIQ (AIQ), pride and joy of Andrew Monk’s VSA Capital fold, has updated the market with publication of its interims. Given that the company only joined the LSE sewer that is the Standard List in January 2018 and spent its first six months suspended – in part due to disclosure failures in its Prospectus (nice work, VSA) – one might not be surprised to learn that AIQ’s existence hasn’t exactly been stellar. But this morning’s Interims – to April – are utterly disastrous. Shame on all concerned.
AIM-listed Haydale Graphene (HAYD) has offered up its interims to December 2020 today and whilst the company flags increased sales of functionalised inks graphene and points to falling admin costs and operating losses, these are on an adjusted basis. The unadjusted truth is that sales of £1.277 million were down from £1.347 million the previous year and the company lost £2 million in total comprehensive loss (although this is marked as being for the year – not that there was an cut’n’paste laziness!)
At 6.22pm on Friday – no-one-is-watching o’clock – AIM-listed Immunodiagnostic Systems (IDH) released its Interim results to the end of September. Getting the numbers out in November seems a decent enough effort, but why on Friday night when everybody has gone home for the weekend? My first thought was to wonder what they are hiding……
AIM-listed graphene outfit Haydale Graphene Industries (HAYD) was “pleased to announce” its interims to June this morning – I’m not sure why, for a £14 million market capitalisation company to offer up a pre-tax loss of £4.4 million in just six months is surely nothing to be pleased about.
Without being too rude, Malcolm Burne – Chairman of fully-listed Golden Prospect (GPM) – has seen it all before during a long career involved in gold. This morning Golden Prospect announced its interims to June which showed a 63.6% increase in net assets and a 54% increase in net assets per share – not bad for six months.
AIM-listed Block Energy (BLOE) seems to have made a pretty decent effort at addressing the problems I raised HERE. On Thursday, an RNS appeared which seems a pretty good overview of where things are and announced the departure from the board of NED and former technical director, Mr Roger McMechan…
Welcome Lord David Willetts to the world of turd polishing on the AIM casino and your first interim results at Verditek (VDTK). It’s time for some more share ramping and lying to investors as you guys really do need a bailout placing asap.
One of the joys of writing for this very fine website is the intelligence of the readership. And that brings me to Pierotlunaire (who I’m sure won’t mind having his tummy tickled!) who asks, in relation to Egyptian gold miner Centamin (CEY) which offered up storming interims on Tuesday: What’s the fundamental basis for your 250p target? Apart from Jefferies at 240p, most brokers come up with less than 200p (although they may update following these results). There’s no point following a tip based on figures plucked from the air, even if the tip is as successful as my tip on Centamin! So it is a very good question.
Fully-listed Egyptian gold-miner Centamin (CEY) has released its half-year results to the end of June this morning and they look great. And the interim dividend has been hiked by 50% to 6 US cents per share (as predicted in these parts), with the cheque arriving on 11 September a couple of weeks earlier than last year. Yum-yum…
AIM-listed alternative energy supplier Yu Group (YU.) yesterday offered up a half-year trading statement ahead of interims on Wednesday 30 September (deadline day to avoid suspension – a bit of a Red Flag). Having always advertised plenty of cash but turning out to be running short in the net current assets department, is it any different this time? I fear not…..
Tomorrow is a big day for investors in fully-listed Centamin (CEY) as it is due to produce its second quarter report, with Interims to follow three weeks later. Centamin is one of my gold tips, so naturally I anticipate the numbers with particular interest.
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?
Not content with leaving burying bad news on polling day to the likes of Purplebricks (PURP) or Versarien (VRS), this morning – election results day – AIM-listed Anglesey Mining (AYM) joined the fray with its Interims to September. They are truly horrid.
Hello, Share Crunchers. All right, it’s not been long at all since I last brought Creightons (CRL) the fifty-bagger to your attention. But as the price keeps pushing onwards and today we have interims. Thus it’s probably appropriate to ask if the top approaches. For what’s it’s worth, I don’t think we are near the loftier prices we might expect. For these reasons.
Neil Woodford, the largest shareholder in AIM-listed, but suspended pending interim accounts and one assumes by now financial clarification, Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) must be sweating as he wonders what his near-23% stake will be worth. Interims to 31st May 2019 are still pending, now a month and a half late and two interested bidders have emerged in the form of DBAY Advisers and Andrew Tinkler, the former CEO (before he was ousted) of Stobart Group (STOB).
Okay, another placing from Big Sofa (BST). Cynics and bears can laugh at we shareholders but they will not be having the last laugh. At 3.8-4.2p the stance, at up to 4.5p is STRONG BUY with a target to sell of 6p+ achievable within weeks.
I have been wondering where AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern’s interims results are. For the last two years they have appeared by around the halfway mark through September, but it starts to look as though the company is going for deadline day. Surely, with just a handful of investments to keep an eye on, it is possible to offer up interims by now – which leaves me wondering why the delay.
AIM-listed Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) was spun out of Stobart Group (STOB) is, of course, a Woodford Dog – Neil holds about 23% of the stock. When the shares were suspended last month in the wake of an accounting scandal because the interims would be delayed, we were told that the numbers would appear in early September. Well, they haven’t appeared and the next opportunity for release falls on Monday – the sixteenth of the month. According to my maths, that will therefore be the second half of September. Where are the numbers?
Neil Woodford’s favourite revolutionary (geddit?) washing machine outfit, AIM-listed Xeros announced some apparently good news this morning. I say apparently – it is a licensing deal for its washing machine technology but came with absolutely no financials whatsoever. What is the point of that? I thought RNSs were supposed to inform. But in this case I suggest it is not so much to inform as to ramp the shares up as the company tries to get a bailout funding away. I suspect the more important announcement was the one that came later in the morning, at 11.06 am, announcing that interims to June will be released on 19 September – a week next Thursday. I’ll mark that one in the diary…….
I commented that I had bought shares in fully-listed Egyptian gold miner Centamin (CEY) at around £1 with the proceeds of my part-sale of AIM-listed Turkish goldie Ariana (AAU), partly thanks to Gary Newman who thought that the shares had overreacted to bad news. This morning Centamin reported its Interims…..
OK, we’ve heard it all before! But this morning’s interim results from AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) do seem to suggest that things are at last moving in terms of monetising the holiday resort in Crete. Much has changed over the last year or so, but much remains the same too.
Dev Clever (DEV) listed on the Standard List in December at 1p with some true rogues subscribing for placing shares. One of them blogged a thesis that the shares were worth 50p (a £200 million market cap) and that sort of ramping saw the shares reach 13p. Today they are sharply down at 3p to sell after the release of dire interims.
AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN), my buy tip for 2018, has announced its interim results to December 2018. The bad news of that it hasn’t been bought and nor has the Etinde asset off Cameroon - we have a more waiting to do. On the other hand, with a 15p per share special dividend already in the bag, the waiting hasn’t been too painful, even if the shares are down a bit.
In today's podcast I explain domestic disturbances caused by the need to move to the Grim Northern welfare safari and to be closer to my mother-in-law. Oh happy days. In the podcast itself I look at FinnCap (FCAP), IQE (IQE), UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), Amur Minerals (AMC), Cabot (CAB) and Corero (CNS) a most almighty sell however you look at it.
In August it was announced that Cenkos was buying the Nomad operations of Smith and Williamson, with completion expected in November after due diligence had been done on Smith & Williamson’s Nomad clients. On Friday, at no-one-is-watching o’clock (natch – 6.09pm!!) AIM-listed Arricano Real Estate (ARO) announced that Smith & Williamson had served notice that it would resign on 23 November 2018. Talk about Red Flags at Night!
Fully listed BT (BT.A) is the largest holding in my small collection of dividend munchers by value, although for the purposes of the portfolio it is marked as one unit, along with Centrica (CNA) and ITV (ITV). Vodafone, the fourth member, is half a unit – thank goodness! Yesterday’s interims went down very well with the market, which marked the shares up to around 267p at the peak, and closed at around 260. The shares haven’t been this high since last January and you have to go back to last October before you see an extended period of higher prices than that.
AIM-listed Rurelec (RUR) has again warned that cash is extremely tight and income isn’t flowing in from Argentina. Well, we’ve heard it all before so many times and yet the company continues to survive (so far) but eventually there may come a day when it cannot.
AIM-listed China New Energy (CNEL) of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty has this morning delivered its interims ahead of Friday’s deadline. So no pending execution here, then! Chairman Yu Weijun tells us that he is very pleased to report that the Company's continued revenue growth and profitability……The company has a current order book and work in progress of RMB 294 million (c. £34m) to be fulfilled by December 2019, and I am confident that the business outlook is for continued profitability. Well, that’s great news. Of course, there are a few questions to be raised, though….
Since there are now just seven companies remaining of the original forty, and with the end of September coming up I thought it high time to have a gander across the remains of the ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty.
Following my piece this morning on Woodford (HERE), I note that Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) published its interims at the rather odd time of 9.45am today which ruins my competition to some extent. Anyway, there is some good news in there that I am happy to report but it still begs a few questions that I am also happy to ask in my general nit-picking way.
AIM-listed jam-tomorrow investment company Tern (TERN) has announced, as predicted HERE, yet another loan to its principal investee company, Device Authority (DA) – this time for $525,000 (around £400,000) which, we are told, is repayable on 31 December 2018 or convertible into shares if DA ever gets a fundraising away.
I smiled at yesterday’s announcement from Woodford Patient Capital Trust (WPCT) summarising the “summer of milestones” achieved across the portfolio as I imagine that is just buttering up the audience before the bevy of bad news hits. From my point of view, September is going to be a hellish month for Mr Woodford so welcome to ‘I-Spy Woodford’s September Hell’
AIM-listed jam-tomorrow (for years) online marketplace provider Cloudbuy has released its interims to June 2018. With a deadline of the end of next month to get the numbers out, it is encouraging to see results released over a month early – clearly the company thinks it has something to shout about after years and years of disappointment, but has it?
I am ever more convinced that there is some big news coming from AIM-listed Minoan (MIN) and that it could well be this coming week. We have been told the sale of the travel and leisure business is on the way, and that the company expects to settle the Hillside loan which has been extended (yet again) to a long-stop date of the end of August. But we have also been told a general meeting will be required.
This morning ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play Walcom Group (WALG) issued a trading statement. Given that its interims are due by tomorrow, that does not look good – indeed, I wonder if the numbers will not be forthcoming and a suspension will follow.
AIM-listed Inspirit Energy (INSP) has released its interim accounts to December 2017. We are told the company is pleased to announce its interims. What there is to be pleased about rather escapes me – the company is drowning in payables and has hardly any cash left (if any at all).
AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) has this morning released its interims to December 2017. Of note is the huge reduction in administrative expenses and the binning of the deal with AIM-listed Victoria Oil and Gas (VOG) with regard to the Bomono asset in Cameroon.
Well here’s a blast from the past! I used to hold a few shares in AIM-listed Anglesey Mining (AYM) some years ago. What caught my eye was the 18% share price drop on no news – the last we heard being its interims to September 2017, released back on 30 November 2017 when we were told us that now is the opportune moment to move forward with the development of the Parys Mountain base metal project. Blimey - after all these years! But what with?
We have been following closely the story of RedX Pharma plc (REDX) as it ran out of other people’s money and went into administration. Now, after just over five months on the suspended list, the company has been successfully restructured and it is all systems go. This is very good news for the company’s shareholders, but questions remain – not least of which is what happened to the Administrators’ Final Report. The company announced it had published the whole thing on its website but I can’t find it. And the relevant filings at Companies House are still missing. No doubt they will appear, but surely the return to trading on AIM should come AFTER the market has had a chance to digest it, not before. Black marks all round then.
Tom covered some of the “highlights” from the interim results of Boxhill Technologies (BOX) yesterday in his Bearcast (HERE) but a couple of points are worth reiterating and he missed the biggest red flag of all in my view, namely the £3 million owed by the former CEO, Phil Jackson. I trust Boxhill’s Nomad, Allenby, has asked all the necessary questions!
I’m not particularly good at being smug but it would be remiss of me not to give an update following Big Sofa’s (BST) interims on Friday as I was pretty spot on. For completeness, Tom has already covered his thoughts in a Bearcast and a separate article HERE and HERE respectively, but here’s my take on it.
AIM-China play Grand Group (GIPO) has released its interims to 30 June – one day ahead of the suspension of its shares on the world’s most successful growth market – about which there was no comment at all! This is therefore the last call to gain an exit ahead of suspension.
We know how much you all like a good competition - especially when there is no prize whatsoever! So with deadline day tomorrow for interims - and a good few still being worked on it seems - how many disappointments will we get by the close of the RNS system tomorrow night?
Joining in with Cynical Bear’s run of interims previews, I thought I’d take a look at our old favourite, AIM-listed Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). The history here has been nothing short of a disaster in the last 12 months or so, and appears to be now culminating in a potential cash-crisis.
I have been having some good natured debate with Tom on the pros and cons of Big Sofa Technology (BST) recently and, as ever, he has allowed me to present my bearish version of events in advance of next week’s interims in contrast to his bullish thoughts the most recent of which is HERE.
AIM-China play China New Energy (CNEL) is one of the few remaining members of our Filthy Forty still trading on the Casino. This morning saw its interims to 30 June 2017 released and it claims to have turned over hugely increased revenues of RMB 69 million (c. £7.7 million) and registered a net profit of RMB 17 million (c. £1.2 million) as against the market capitalisation of £6 million. So why are the shares trading 4% lower? Er…look at the cashflow statement! And the company wants to conduct a buy-back of its shares! Ho ho, what with?
AIM-listed jam tomorrow IoT investment company Tern plc (TERN) was pleased to announce its interim results to the end of June 2017. The company may have been pleased, but with the shares currently off by 17% clearly the market isn’t.
AIM-listed Cloudbuy (CBUY) announced interims to June this morning. With the last tranche of rescue funding from Roberto Sella now drawn, and a 20% discount to any placing price still on offer it looks as though the company will have to pay its way pretty soon. The good news is increased revenue and falling admin expenses. But will it be enough?
RedX Pharma’s administrators have updated the market on the state of play with this (currently) insolvent company. The good news is that a sale of assets is proposed which will bring in $40 million and that subject to review by the administration team of business plans by the management the company would be set to exit administration and shares restored to trading.
This week’s strategy update from Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) reminded me that I meant to go searching for its interims as it had done that really annoying thing that rubbish companies do in not actually putting the interims in the RNS, but merely putting a link to the website and then it isn’t actually on the website till later. Having finally tracked them down, I now realise why the company wanted to hide them away as they make horrific reading.
This is one of our worst share tips and also one of my (TW) worst investments of recent years. Collectibles group Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has announced further dire results - this time for the six months ended 30th September 2016 - though “is optimistic that the trading of the group is now beginning to reflect the giant strides made through the restructuring plan in a year of substantial transition” (including a completely new board of directors).
This week was always going to be a good week for a Sub-Standard Shocker XI or two to release some news and Levrett (LVRT) didn’t disappoint (well it did but you know what I mean) with the release of its interims this morning. Guess what - the cash has almost run out already!
Shares in Interquest (ITQ) slipped to 32p last week although they are now 33p-34p. I swapped emails with a rather glum chairman Gary Ashworth. Of course Gary is glum, as the largest shareholder his net wealth has been materially dented.
At 2.30 PM on deadline day, Friday, disgraced insurance outfit Gable (GAH) published its results for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and they were true to recent form - that is to say total Turkish. William Dewsall, Chief Executive commenting on the results stated the horseshit spin, our ShareProphets translation is in bold.
Following my recent I-Spy interims preview of Boxhill Technologies (BOX) HERE, interims were announced on Thursday, so it’s time to work out whether I managed to tot up 1,000 points and can apply to Big Chief I-Spy for my certificate.
Rarely does one find good news in results which are released at the last minute, and in the case of Igas the recent record of fairly prompt reporting suggested that leaving the interims to deadline day would be a bad omen. This morning’s numbers and, more to the point, update on the bond situation reads badly – for all the positive spin applied. The numbers aren’t good, a bond covenant breach is expected in the second half of next month and then there is the question of how long it may be before the cash simply runs out.
Half year numbers from LGO Energy (LGO) are absolutely appalling. There was a placing at just 0.1p last week, another one is imminent. The numbers just do not lie. It is hard to know where to start but lets go with output and sales....do you remember when LGO used to be producing 2,500 bopd and promising 4,000 bopd: how things change.
When I penned my one and only suggestion in the 2015 ShareProphets Christmas tipfest, AIM-listed Igas Energy (IGAS) shares sat at 18.5p on a market capitalisation of £55.3 million. They have been all over the place since then – up as high as 21p twice and down as low as 10p. They are currently 12p as the last bubble nonsense deflates gently but has anything really changed? Er, no. The company is still drowning in debt which it can’t repay and the lit fuse is now almost ten months shorter. Igas remains a stonking sell.
Hello Share Swiggers. Let’s have an update on IQE (IQE) my favourite ‘new technology’ share. Though it’s not hard to reach that favoured position as I do not invest in many technology shares having been burnt rather too often.
As a child of the ‘70s and ‘80s, I used to love the I-Spy books, so thought I’d liven up a potentially dull preview of Boxhill Technologies’ (BOX) forthcoming interims by writing it in the style of an I-Spy book.
Specialist recruitment group InterQuest (ITQ) has announced disappointing results for the first half of 2016, but we’ve had a reassuring catch-up with early this year commenced CEO here, Chris Eldridge…
In last week’s piece on Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) HERE, I said I would comment further once the interims came out. Well, they were released this morning and, unfortunately for shareholders, there were no surprises.
Having asked the question five weeks ago (HERE), I was pleased to see Challenger Acquisitions (CHAL) finally announce this morning what had happened with the €1.25 million debt that it owed the three ex-Starneth shareholders. Guess what – it didn’t pay it. Big surprise!
Concepta (CPT) the latest Adam Reynolds healthcare RTO on AIM has announced interim result which are pretty academic. The company is a developer of a platform and suite of products targeted at the personalised mobile health market with a primary focus on women's fertility and specifically unexplained infertility.
(Sub-) standard-listed Rockrose Energy (RRE) has posted half-year numbers to June 2016 which show a loss of £303,344. The company came to market on 13 Jan with a business strategy of targeting acquisitions to deliver shareholder value – in other words it is (pro tem) an investing company with much to commend its inclusion in Cynical Bear’s Sub-Standard XI. Since listing it has yet to announce a deal and having raised £4.4 million (before expenses) it finished the period with net assets of £3.9 million, and just £3.1 million of cash.
Following on from the release of its FY15 numbers two days ahead of the reporting deadline, AIM-listed e-commerce technology operator Cloudbuy has put out its interims to June in rather more expeditious fashion. Having previously noted the jam-tomorrow qualities to be had, is there any sign of the lorry-load of conserve on the horizon?
In its results to June 2015, which were finally published almost six months late and were heavily qualified by the auditor which not only raised a material uncertainty in the Going Concern statement but also issued a disclaimer of opinion on a number of matters in the accounts, we were told that the board of the Filthy Forty's LED International (LED) anticipated the (now more than three and a half months late) interims to Dec 2015 would be announced during the first half of July...
The clock is ticking for ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty play LED International Holdings (LED). Actually, the clock ran down to zero last month but still AIM Rule 41 has not been invoked. AIM Regulation is well aware of the situation and has elected to do nothing: the chocolate teapots appear to be happy to flout their own rulebook in blatant fashion.
Half-year results (to 31st March 2016) from Hardide plc (HDD), a company which “develops, manufactures and applies advanced technology tungsten-carbide coatings to a wide range of engineering components… Customers include leading companies operating in oil…” Uh oh...
We have been on the case of bargepole stock Fusionex (FXI) since the world's greatest tech analyst Kevin Ashton flagged it up as a sell at UK Investor 2015. The bear case grew with Zak Mir giving it the kiss of death with not one but two buy tips but it was the trading statement last Autumn that really woke folks up to the genius of Ashton as an analyst and of Mir as a counter-indicator. Today we have interims. Natch, the shares are down - at 158p - but the stance remains a stand out sell.
On Friday - ahead of the bank holiday weekend - at no-one-is-watching o’clock (natch) ISDX-listed Leni Gas Cuba (CUBA) updated twice on its proposed take-over by Canadian TSX-V listed Knowlton Capital Inc. There is much to mull over there, but we have also recently had interim numbers from Knowlton and the implications for those caught in the lobster-pot of CUBA are horrific – anyone who handed over more than the 0.01p that David Lenigas paid for the bulk of his shares, that is.
As I pointed out yesterday, LightwaveRF is in a financial mess and forced to rely on loans of last resort. Actually it is worse than that. Interims out today strongly suggest that it is going to go bust.
ADVFN (AFN) owns 20% of this website but that cannot mean that both as a public company but also a website many of us use daily, we can avoid asking a couple of questions after it snuck out interims at 5.45 PM the day before the bank holiday weekend - no'one is watching O'Clock. Moreover I am being berated by many folks for not flagging this up. I will now get bashed for flagging it up. I cant win so make no comment but just ask three questions.
With the interims of the leading e-sports business, Gfinity (GFIN), announced this morning, I give myself a pretty strong 7/10 for my preview HERE that I wrote less than a week ago. With the share price down from 14p at that time to 9.625p today, I hope you took heed.
With the interims of the leading e-sports business, Gfinity (GFIN), due by the end of the month, I thought I would put my investment analysis to the test and try my hand at an interims preview rather than the more traditional review which can often skewed by hindsight.
I accept that I woke up in a bad mood on Monday; however, one ridiculous comment in Craven House Capital’s (CRV) interims RNS got my back up even more and lead me to investigating further. I’ve been pulling on that investigative thread ever since so thought I’d write a series of articles on what appears to me to be one almighty spoof.
The interims for the 6 months to December 31 2015 from Slater & Gordon are a car crash. A$1.2 billion was spent on buying the Quindell (QPP) fraud, now the madness of that is laid bare. Slater's board should be strung up with piano wire. The shares are heading to zero or near as damn it. This podcast contains a full results analysis.
What a total joke. Daniel Stewart (DAN) the AIM-listed (for now) Broker (and ex-Nomad) has published its interims for the half year to Sept 30 2015. It has managed this even though its FY numbers to the previous March are still not published and so anyone unfortunate enough to be left lobster-potted in this disaster story has not had the benefit of an audited set of numbers for any period since March 2014.
I tipped shares in Lombard Risk Management (LRM) but cut (very small) losses at 11p when founder John Wisbey was ousted and replaced at the helm by Phil “InterX” Crawford. That company train wrecked with Crawford at the helm back in 2001 and interims last week from Lombard suggest that Crawford is going for a repeat performance at Lombard.
I’ve been looking again at the interims from ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty constituent Auhua Clean Energy (ACE) and its growth in receivables since FY14 of 60% since FY14 and of 92% since the first half last year – as against pretty flat turnover and margins. As at June this year we see that trade and other receivables of RMB 200.4 million as noted under current assets sit at 177% of (slightly falling) turnover of RMB 112.8 million. That looks just a tad on the high side.
There seems to be a spot of confusion at ShareProphets AIM-China Filthy Forty member Origo Partners plc (OPP). Today it updated the market on an outstanding loan of US$2.5 million to investee company Kincora Copper Ltd which due for repayment on 19 July. It has been replaced by a new loan of US$ 2.5 million. The confusion is that in its interims statement, the loan was described as being CAD$2.5 million. There’s a bit of a difference (about 30% at today’s exchange rates, source: Google).
Reading through the Interims statement issued by AIM-listed (and now unsuspended after the formal appointment of Arden as the new Nomad) Cloudbuy (CBUY) a statement about the Australian operations caught my eye. The interims were released in mid-September, but refer to difficulties (and likelihood of termination) with the Aussie operations. But we have found evidence which suggests that this may have been well known to the company all the way back in early June. Is this why the former Nomad, Westhouse, resigned?
Shares in Xtract Resources (XTR) have fallen 20% to 0.24p today on the company’s disappointing interim results. Xtract has been one of the most hyped stocks of 2015, rising from a low of 0.07p to a high of 0.45p on 1 June. Following the inevitable pullback in advance of 29 June’s placement, the share price settled in a range of 0f 0.215p to 0.3p, only to start rallying again last week. Cynics might wonder whether this was a pre-results pump ahead of today’s dump. Certainly anyone who bought in at yesterday’s high of 0.324p is now nursing a hefty loss, within half a trading session. The question now is can Xtract regain its momentum?
Issuing interims at no-one-is-watching o’clock this evening (at 5.11pm) is AIM-listed Ultima Networks (UTN). A few hum drum bits and pieces – turnover down about 10% and not a lot of cash in the bank didn’t make particularly happy reading. But surely not bad enough to slip out the statement after-hours, was it?
You cannot say we did not warn you repeatedly but interims today from Wandisco (WAND) – although well spun – are a dog’s dinner. It is car crash ahoy time. When’s the next bailout placing and who would be mad enough to subscribe?
Words fail to convey the contempt with which I read yesterday's after-hours interims statement issued by AIM Cesspit poster boy Golden Saint Resources (GSR) - a company that is almost certainly insolvent, numbers don't lie. It almost matches the contempt with which the management of this POS treats its own shareholders.
AIM-Listed Seaenergy (SEA) announced its interim results to 30 June yesterday morning. Having previously highlighted a few missed opportunities HERE(and that is being uber-polite) I see some pretty horrible numbers. I note that Tom Winnifrith called it a Bargepole stock in yesterday's Bearcast, but stopped short of calling it an outright sell. I hesitate to disagree. Er…..no I don’t. I say it is a sell, a bag of crisps job.
InterQuest Group (ITQ) has announced results for the first half of 2015 and that “we enter the second half of 2015 with positive momentum, positioned well to capitalise on the opportunities in the second half of the year and beyond”.
A bank holiday weekend: what better time is there than 6.29pm on Friday night to slip out bad news?! And so we come to fully listed Goldenport Holdings Inc (GPRT) which did exactly that, in the form of its interims. But it was not just that this came at no-one-is-watching o’clock, there were a few other matters which anyone holding this stock might want to pay attention to – if they are not blinded by subterfuge.
Well surprise, surprise! As expected (see HERE) AIM listed Tern plc (TERN) has announced a placing in the wake of the monumental rise in the lead-up to its Interims last week, and the explosion following chairman Angus Forrest’s mega ramp of an interview with paid-for Proactive Investors. With the shares having peaked at 27p on Thursday, the company announced a placing of shares this morning – at just 12p. One might only imagine how anyone who was sucked in to paying 27p last week might be feeling now.
Phew - what a ride! One moment share of Tern plc (TERN) are drifting at around 6.5p a share and then in the blink of an eye they have rocketed to 15.75p, having peaked at a whopping 27p. Ahead of Wednesday’s interims which showed a balance sheet of just £1.2 million, the Tern rocket had ascended to about 15p a share to value the company at around £7 million. They slipped a little on release of the RNS before a paid-for interview with company chairman Angus Forrest on Proactive Investors ignited the booster rockets and off we went again, up into the clear blue skies above, notching up a peak of 27p (market cap £12.3 million), and a four-fold re-rating. Post-excitement slippage then saw the shares close a wild week at 15.75p, a market cap of £7.2 million. What was all the excitement about?
Entu (ENTU) has announced results for the six months ended 30th April 2015 and that “we have seen and continue to see increased activity levels in the second half, and we remain on track to meet market expectations for the full year”.
This morning Goldplat (GDP) issued a profits warning, though not that you can immediately tell this from reading the RNS. I’ve got to put my hands up here and admit I initially fell for the PR spin, when I was doing the regular cycle through the RNS roll call. Goldplat’s update strikes a very positive tone and there are no figures included in it. The company also avoids direct acknowledgement of what this announcement truly is. However, on careful inspection, it is clear that this is a warning of trouble to come.
I sometimes wonder if investors really read through issued RNS statements. Today’s interims from Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) are excellent and demonstrate why its only one of two choices in the oil sector I can recommend at the present time.
Stanley Gibbons (SGI) has announced results for its half year ended 30th September 2014 and that “the board look forward to the second half of the financial year with confidence”. Good News fr our readers at the Nifty Fifty but there is more to come!
Christmas has come early at Marks & Spencer (MKS) – or almost: “Joy to the world” and “God rest ye merry gentlemen.” As a long term bull of the long awaited Marks & Spencer recovery these figures are an unsurprising pleasure and the shares have rallied to 439p. The market has for long taken progress on the food side as a given; a section of the business that can look after itself. And so it proved once again food sales up 3.6% in the first half and a quarter of one percentage improvement in gross margins on food sales.
Point of sale, payment and on-line loyalty systems developer Universe Group (UNG) has announced results for a first six months of 2014 “characterised by delays in getting customer go-ahead for planned projects” but added that “the product roll-outs expected in the first half of the year are now being delivered and that we have several significant software and services projects completing before the year end”. With the shares remaining stable at around 5.75p, the following updates.
Healthcare and consumer strategic marketing group, Cello (CLL) has announced results for the first half of the 2014 calendar year and that it “is confident that current full year expectations will be met”. Having identified value HERE at 54p, the following reviews with the shares currently at 93.5p.
Provider of trading and risk management software to the global commodity and energy markets, Brady plc (BRY) has announced results for the first half of the 2014 calendar year. It said that “the enthusiastic activity being demonstrated across all parts of the group, delivering both growth and healthy margins, gives me every confidence that we are on track to perform in line with full year expectations”. What does this suggest for the current valuation?
International specialist staffing group, Empresaria (EMR) has announced results for the first half of the 2014 calendar year and that “based on performance to date, we are confident that earnings for the full year will be in line with market expectations and look forward to delivering further growth”. This has been a great share tip from me but what now?
The market has not reacted well to interims from Vislink (VLK) marking the stock down to 45p but research Equity Development reckons that Mr Market has got it very wrong. It predicts a “blowout” second half boosted by a five year partnership with Nasdaq listed Harmonic (US:HLIT), reckons that its own 2015 numbers are cautious and has increased its target price from 70p to 75p.
Hat tip to poster Dalesider here on ShareProphets.com for alerting us to the fact that the Quindell (QPP) interims throw up another red flag and it concerns the much hyped deal with the RAC. Quindell says it is being restructured, I worry about the missing £15 million and wonder if the deal is in tatters as a result of Quindell’s cash crisis.