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Notes from Underground – Most read articles for the week ending 28 Jan 2023

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 29 January 2023


The most-read non-quiz non-Tom article this week is by Nigel Somerville with Ariana – 2022 Production Result: A Top Effort: Buy  at No 2 or No 6 including Bearcasts.

The most read ShareProphets stories this week were:

  1. Probiotix Health – end of shares lock-up period, we're certainly not selling here! Chat with Steve O'Hara
    Shares in Probiotix Health (AQSE - PBX), spun-off onto Aquis by OptiBiotix Health (OPTI), have slumped over the past few days to 10p, a £12.2 million market cap, following the ‘lock-up period’ on the shares ending. However, we’ve spoken to boss Stephen O'Hara and we are certainly not selling our shares here.

  2. Ariana – 2022 Production Result: A Top Effort: Buy
    AIM-listed Turkish Gold producer Ariana Resources (AAU) released its production results on Friday along with a general update. The news was excellent and the shares surged (as much as Ariana shares ever surge!) higher but there is more to go.

  3. KERBOOM: The after hours fess up from Caracal Gold – it is far worse than even I imagined, folks should be in jail
    A lot of ouzos for the Sheriff for this one! And I am told that there is now an FCA enquiry into Standard Listed Caracal Goal (GCAT) following extensive correspondence from myself. Damn Right, there should be. At 4.45 PM yesterday there was a fess up with the company tripping over itself as it tried to cover up its crimes. This company is insolvent and its directors should be in jail. It is hard to know where to start.

  4. Predator Oil & Gas: Drilling failure now prompts cash crisis: the shysters aren’t trolling me any more!
    Oh Dear. Oh Dear. Companies where there appears to be a culture of insider dealing and whose bosses think that trolling me on twitter is a way to create value are ones where it usually ends in tears for the morons and that brings us neatly to a company which, thanks to drilling failure today, is in crisis, Predator Oil & Gas (PRD).

  5. Revealed:Lucian Miers’s UK shorts, big and small – 1 a zero by end February
    Yesterday, as I am in the grim North, I met up for a quick pint with Lucian Miers at a boozer which had the most abominable customer service I have encountered in years. Hell’s teeth they made Darren Atwater’s approach to customer service and that of the entire French population, seem Nobel prize winning. I digress. After discussing historic abuse at public schools we moved on to Ukraine and then to Lucian’s portfolio of shorts.

  6. Ariana Resources – drilling news from potential game-changer
    AIM-listed gold producer Ariana Resources (AAU) has announced drilling news from its Salinbas project in north-eastern Turkey, where approximately 22,000 metres of drilling is planned and 8,000 metres have been drilled.

  7. EXPOSE: The colourful past of the Caracal adviser, the CEO's dad, that it hides from you all
    Gordon McCrae is a technical consultant to Caracal Gold (GCAT), the company run by his son Robbie who, as I explained earlier, should be in jail. Now as it happens, if we are discussing white collar crime...

  8. British Businesses in ever deeper merde – the latest shocking red flag alert from Begbies
    Entrepreneurs, folks who risk their own capital to start a business to create jobs, to generate taxes for the Government to spunk, are, unlike greedy public sector wastrels, the true heroes of our age as I noted here. You have to be a true optimist to start a business, knowing that most will fail within a few years. As it happens, I am about to start a new business with my friend C. You will be surprised when I can say more. But to start a business now is especially optimistic/damn foolish given shocking data out today in Begbies red flag alert.

  9. Prospects for investment (and travel) remain good…but the scope for a saga at Saga continues
    I read in the Sunday press that Saga (SAGA) - the holiday, insurance and more company focused on serving the needs of those aged 50 and over - is allegedly “sounding out buyers for its in-house insurance business in the hope of raising up to £90 million to pay down debt”. It definitely needs to be considering some options there as the last time I looked, its net debt to EBITDA ratio was a mere x8.5 times.

  10. UPDATED: Cenkos note on Bidstack, er that's it: not a good sign
    Is the note below the shortest research note in history? It sure isn't a good read for morons still owning this stock.

The most-listened to Bearcasts this week were:

  1. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - I'm ruined by Probiotix as its shares crash. Not. And an apology to Turner Pope In today's podcast I start on Zephyr Energy (ZPHR), then move onto Caracal Gold (GCAT). I cover: Iconic (ICON), African Pioneer (AFP) and wretched Colin Bird, Probiotix (PBX), Optibiotix (OPTI) and Skinbiotherapeutics (SBTX). Then it is Norman Broadbent (NBB), the fraud Supply@ME Capital (SYME) and Versarien (VRS).

  2. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: Now I can talk about Kefi I start with a meeting at the Ha Ha earlier. As each day passes more details are inked in for ShareStock 2023 on September 23rd. More details and ticket booking is HERE. Then onto Kefi Gold & Copper (KEFI), Caracal Gold (GCAT), Vast Resources (VAST), Argo Blockchain (ARB) and then poor Gary Newman and the effect of those poisonous spiders he kissed from Suriname and Audioboom (BOOM)

  3. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Not sure when the next one is I am on a road trip from tonight on Warwick School business so am not sure when the next podcast is. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday or even Saturday. Then there is the news that 45% of ShareStock seats now taken - book yours for September 23 HERE. Ahead of that I have some very bearish macro ponderings about the state of the UK, then cover Caracal Gold (GCAT), Predator Oil & Gas (PRD), the fraud Supply@ME Capital (SYME), Deepverge (DVRG) and - in depth - Inland Homes (INL)

  4. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: The rise and fall of Chesterfield Resources - surely it is now bust?I start with a few thoughts on Holocaust Memorial Day then a few on Warwick School business which I attended to yesterday. Then it is onto Chesterfield Resources (CHF) where THIS BEARCAST warning of the joke Pacton deal now looks to be very much on the money. I suggest it is bust. Then it is onto Cellular Goods (CBX) and Versarien (VRS).

  5. Tom Winnifrith Bearcast: More folks I'd jail over Neil Woodford, the SUPP gang & scumbag Paul Griffiths of Predator on the rampI start with NatWest closing down a bank branch (quite rightly) and what the fuss made by MPs etc says about the doomed UK. Then I look at Predator (PRD) and others ramping for survival, a chance for bears not bulls. Finally a long look at Schroder ULK Public Private Trust (SUPP), formerly WPCT, past present and future.
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