I see that Versarien (VRS) has finally got rid of Patrick Abbott so that he can devote more time to defending the charges of securities fraud for which he has been indicted. I wrote back in March that his employment demonstrated a huge lack of judgement by CEO Neill Ricketts – as did the failure to disclose the matter at the time. That he should be fired so soon (eight days) after publicly standing by him a second time after further charges were revealed compounds the sense of management incompetence...
An ability to judge character is an important tool in both management and investment and whether or not Mr Abbott is guilty as charged, a cursory read of his website or twitter feed demonstrates clearly that he is barking mad. It would be logical to think that the recent short lived rally in the shares was due to the departure of this nutter but, amazingly, the cult faithful seem to have been well disposed to him and sorry to see him go, and the real reason for the £25 million rise in the company’s market value was the announcement of a miniscule order for 12kg of graphene from an unnamed party, with vague predictions of bigger orders down the track.
As a bear, the easy bit is recognising a company that is flaky, over-promoted and overvalued. The difficult bit is assessing when its supporters, particularly when they are almost entirely made up of over excited retail fanatics, start to lose the faith. At least with Versarien we have some sort of timeline. Although the absence of graphene sales in this month’s prelims will doubtless be given a pass, I can foresee the troops getting restless at the time of September’s AGM. In April the company announced that it had signed a term sheet to sell up to 15% of its equity to a body named the Beijing Institute of Graphene Technology. This caused much excitement although, incredibly, these discussions appear not to have included the little matter of price, which one might be forgiven for thinking to be an important component in even the earliest stages of any such negotiation.
Ricketts intimated on his latest cringing interview with Justin Waite on Vox Markets (are these dreadful promotions really a good way of spending the company's dwindling funds?) that things were going well on that front and that he hoped to reveal all by the AGM. If, or rather, as I believe, when, nothing of any significance is announced then, I suspect that the rush for the exit will begin. A market cap of £150 million+ is way off whack given the company’s lack of tangible progress to date and its sly and incompetent management. The shares remain a compelling short on a three-month basis.
Filed under: Versarien, Bearcast, Guardian, Woodford Equity Income Fund, Lenigas, SDX, SIG
RISK WARNING & DISCLAIMER - FiveFreeShareTips.com tips are provided by independent authors via a common carrier platform and do not represent the opinions of FiveFreeShareTips.com. FiveFreeShareTips.com does not accept responsibility for or make any warranties in connection with or recommend that you or any third party rely on such information. The information available at FiveFreeShareTips.com and via emails you receive from [email protected] are for your general information and use and are not intended to address your particular requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by the tipsters or FiveFreeShareTips.com and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making (or refraining from making) any investment decisions. Trading shares involves the risk of loss. The tipsters and FiveFreeShareTips.com shall not be liable for any losses or other damages incurred. The value of investments can go up or down and the past is not necessarily a guide of future performance.
Well actually it will be six. One every week day and one on Sunday, each landing with you at 11 AM sharp.
Unlike other services (which may always have a vested interest) we pride ourselves on our impartiality and cover all small caps including AIM. the Standard List, The Wider Main Market and NEX.
We cover small caps, penny shares, FTSE 350 stocks and blue chips. We look for red hot penny shares, Warren Buffett style value investments with yield and growth stocks. There is no technical analysis in our work just solid fundamental analysis from a team of experts with decades of stockmarket experience.
You will not agree with all we publish but if you are interested in small caps you cannot afford to ignore it either. Yo'll never be charged for the free share tips from Five Free Share Tips and given the star writers involved you know that they will move share prices.
There's no telephone number or postal address required and there is no charge, ever, for your Five Free Share Tips membership. Just free shares tips every day apart from Saturday And each day's share tip will not just be a few thoughts cobbled together but will be detailed analysis from experts.
Our experts do not just earn their living from writing. All own shares. If they own shares in a stock they cover they will declare it and will not sell until after advising a sell to our readers. And why not our tips are so good that why shouldn't our readers put their money where their mouth is?
Don't just take our word for it! Judge us on the calibre of our free share tips and join today to start receiving them from September 1 2017. If you don't like what you get delivered to your inbox unsubscribe and you will never hear from us again. So why not give it a go? Sign Up Now
We've put together a panel of top tipsters, including:
Tom Winnifrith, in his 27th year writing about shares, noted fraudbuster & dubbed "The maverick Tipster"
Chris Bailey, City whizz kid turned financial guru, rated as one of the top 50 commentators on shares on twitter, founder of Financial Orbit
Steve Moore, has worked with Tom Winnifrith for all bar 3 weeks of his working life - a noted commentator on value stocks
Malcolm Stacey, The Grandfather of Share Blogging, the founder of ShareCrazy & a best selling autthor of stockmarket books
Lucian Miers, the Bard of the Boleyn, one of the UK's best known short sellers
Gary Newman, writes about value investing on AIM, speciality is in share tips on oil and mining companies
Nigel Somerville, The Deputy Sheriff of AIM, an expert in forensic analysis a skill used to bust frauds but also to tip true value investments
The team from HotStockRockets, specialising in AIM and small cap shares which will fly on a three month view
Remember to book your place at the UK Investor Show 2018. The UK’s top investment show taking place on Saturday 21 April 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London. The show will feature a unique line-up of top speakers including Nigel Wray, tech queen Vin Murria, Dave Lenigas, Mark Slater, Tom Winnifrith, Adam Reynolds, Ed, Croft, Nick Leslau Luke Johnson and Dr Johnny Hon as well as 135 exhibiting small cap companies.
The hot share tips given here are of necessity, general. They cannot relate to the individual circumstances of investors. Anyone considering following the share tips contained here should seek independent advice from a Financial Conduct Authority authorised Stockbroker or Financial Adviser. We cannot be held liable if individuals suffer losses through following share tips contained on this site or emailed out as free share tips. The value of investments can go down as well as up. The past is not necessarily a guide to future performance. Investing in shares can lose you part or all of your capital although the potential returns are theoretically unlimited. The difference between the buy share price and the sell share price for smaller company shares (penny shares) can be significant. Profits from dealing in shares may be liable to tax - the level of tax and bases of relief from tax are subject to change. Changes in the rates of exchange may have an adverse effect on the value or price of an investment in sterling terms if it is denominated in a foreign currency. Some of the shares recommended on this site will be smaller company shares. By their nature such investments can be relatively illiquid and thus hard to trade. And that makes such investments more of a high risk than larger company shares (or 'small caps'/'penny shares'). FiveFreeShareTips.com & its sister site ShareProphets.com defines a smaller company share as any stock traded on AIM or NEX or which has a market capitalisation of less than £300 million.