A missive has landed from an investor is Aquis-listed shambles TruSpine (TSP) in the wake of its requisitioned sack-the-board EGM, which the board (just) survived. The missive – a letter to TruSpine’s Registrar - asks some important questions.
Oh dearie me. Another day, anther revelation – this time of a link between Aquis-listed TruSpine (TSP) CEO Laurence Strauss and Hub 2021 Ltd – with which Strauss signed a debenture over its (claimed) IP more than two months after the announcement of a loan (which the company at the time claimed had already been made). Ooopsadaisie….
I have covered the technical insolvency of Aquis-listed TruSpine (TSP) many times on this website, and its failure to submit an FDA-application for its Cervi-Lok product by December 2020 as promised in the paperwork for its Aquis flotation in 2020, ahead of which it had apparently raised £1.4 million and a further “binding subscription” for £250,000 which never arrived. The company updated the market at Christmas that the application was delayed, but when did it know this would be the case? This is shocking.
Oh dear, oh dear – it is hard to imagine things getting any worse at Aquis lobster-potted TruSpine (TSP). Given that it faces a requisitioned sack-the-board EGM at the end of the month which seems to me certain to succeed, it is technically insolvent and running out of cash and, critically, has failed to deliver an FDA application for (it claims) its Cervi-Lok IP which was promised back in December 2020 and numerous fundings have mysteriously vanished you would have thought it really couldn’t get any worse. But today…..
Yesterday, at 3.35pm – as the City was winding down for the coronation – the board of TruSpine put itself up for a special crowning too as the date was set for a sack-the-board requisitioned EGM. The accompanying CEO statement will, I suggest, just harden the attitudes of rebel shareholders.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. If you thought things were bad at Aquis-lobster-potted TruSpine (TSP) they seem to have got a whole lot worse. Quite apart from the sack-the-board EGM Requisition, it now appears that the company has mortgaged itself up to the hilt – including its intellectual property…….but I might have bad news on that front. Oh, and it is Ouzo time once again as the company finally admitted that its would-be funder announced back in January with £200,000 available immediately isn’t funding it after all. Again. There's a surprise......not!
Another missive, this time from the Chairman of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH) has found its way to ShareProphets Towers. You would never know there is a sack-the-board EGM called for a week tomorrow! The ShareProphets Translation Service explains…..
An email from David Glick, the founder of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH) and the founder and CEO of the VCT’s investment manager, noting untrue and deliberate disinformation about Sir Peter Bazalgette, a so-far unelected by the VCT’s shareholders director of Edge Performance VCT and Chairman of FTSE100 stalwart ITV (ITV) has turned up at ShareProphets Towers in the run-up to Edge’s reconvened (from August!) AGM and the sack-the-board EGM to be run the same day, 17th January 2022. He is not pleased!
In response to the second sack-the-board EGM requisition as detailed HERE the Board of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI) has issued a letter to its H-share holders. The arrogance is breath-taking but the ShareProphets RNS Translation Service wonders if it is the longest corporate suicide note in history. The statement reads (in bold, with the ShareProphets RNS Translation in normal type):
ShareSoc has not always seen eye-to-eye with ShareProphets, but on this occasion we stand firmly behind ShareSoc as it again attacks the Board of Edge Performance VCT (EDGH and EDGI). Sharesoc has now taken the unusual step of releasing an RNS which states:
Early Equity plc (EEQP) is an investment company listed on the Aquis lobster-pot and has been kicking around since 2007. Its last results – for the year to August 2020 – showed that accumulated losses had topped £2 million, a fine achievement for a £7 million market cap company! Last week it announced the result of its reconvened AGM – which doubled as a sack-the-board EGM: time to reach for the beer and popcorn!
I’ve made no secret that I view AIM-listed Karelian Diamonds (KDR) as a lifestyle company, as per its big brother (and under largely the same management), AIM-listed Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR). Both have achieved very little, both have balance sheets in a total mess and shareholders in both have endured massive shareholder value destruction over the years. In July a group of shareholders forced a sack-the-board EGM but as per CGNR last year, the vote went against them. Now they are back for round two.
I noted yesterday that AIM-listed Karelian (KDR), of the Conroy stable, had issued £100,000 worth of equity following a subscription. Since then, two directors bought in the market but word has reached Deputy Sheriff Towers of settlement issues. With a sack-the-board EGM coming up next Friday this looks a mess: will the shares have to be suspended?
A brief line in an announcement by Crown Ocean has caught my eye in the latest twist in the battle to remove the useless board of AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN). The board’s supposedly flagship farm-out transaction, with which CEO Kevin Hart expressed pleasure, seems to me have placed a maximum valuation of around $25 million on the company’s $100 million spent on Bomono. But I wonder whether major institution Artemis has sold out of the 14 million shares the market was told it held on Monday. If so, where is the TR-1, and did Artemis vote the shares against the board ahead of selling them to Crown Ocean?
And so finally, this morning, AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN) has named the day for the requisitioned sack-the-board EGM. The company first announced receipt of the EGM requisition from Crown Ocean on 24 Jan and three weeks on it has finally got around to calling it – for 14 March. Hurried this is not. The ShareProphets RNS Translation Service explains all…..(original in bold)
This morning came a TR-1 announcement from AIM-listed Bowleven (BLVN): Crown Ocean, which has requisitioned a sack-the-board EGM upped its stake by about 5 million shares to 47.6 million shares, or 14.87% of the company, last Wednesday...
So the sack-the-board EGM (the sequel) was adjourned at AIM- and Dublin ESM-listed Petroneft (PTR) when it was announced that the company was pleased to announce that it was in advanced discussion with (almost) 30% shareholder and EGM requisitioner Natlata over and agreement on Board and management composition. I hope that not many shareholders bothered to make the trip to Dublin for that, given that it only announced at 2pm on Monday – the day of the 11am EGM.
I would not like to say who is right and who is wrong, but it will certainly be an interesting to follow events at AIM- and Dublin ESM-listed Petroneft (PTR) in the run-up to an EGM shin-dig on 18 April. The largest shareholder, BVI-registered Natlata Partners Ltd (with just under 30% of the shares) requisitioned a sack-the-board EGM. Now it seems that the incumbent board has issued a Restriction Notice to Natlata preventing it from attending, speaking or voting at the EGM. The handbags are out!