Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Plc LSE:AFM London Ordinary Share GB00BF16C058 ORD 0.075P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 196.00p 192.00p 200.00p 196.00p 196.00p 196.00p 13,404 07:30:26
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 76.0 12.5 9.1 21.7 203

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26/5/2008
14:29
I pulled together a list a while back of Catalyst and Arc Equities "failures" or fundraisings where an AIM IPO never quite happened (yet anyway). Not all directly connected, but the same bunch involved somewhere along the lines. It's quite long......here goes: Catalyst New Opportunities plc (then Traction Technolgy plc) Double Carbon Battery Company plc (trading, but no IPO) Eastern European Ventures plc Emerging UK Investments plc (removed from AIM last year) Ubet 2win plc (removed from AIM last year) Drug Treatment Holdings plc (trading, but no IPO) Dualglo Technology plc (trading, but no IPO) The Weather Lottery plc (lost 90% of value) Consolidated Vending plc (lost 90% of value) Turnaround Consultancy plc (trading, but no IPO) Europol International plc (trading, but no IPO) Smart Implant Holdings plc (trading, but no IPO) Global E-network Holdings plc (trading, but no IPO) Marlin Group Holdings plc (trading, but no IPO) Britfilms Group plc (trading, but no IPO) Primary Water plc (trading, but no IPO) Worldlink Group plc (trading, but no IPO) PropertyinBulgaria.net plc (in liquidation) Branded Leisure plc (Creditors Voluntary Arrangement) Pathway One plc (a PLUS stock) Viatrade plc (a PLUS stock) Famous Retail Limited (trading, but no IPO) Aerodeon Holdings plc (trading, but no IPO) Dateline Holdings plc (the latest offer from ARC) Valley Schools Group plc (trading, but no IPO) Ashton Penney Holdings plc (lost 90% of value) There are two partially successful companies, that are involved in raising the finance for the above companies: Capital Ideas plc Arc Fund Management Holdings plc Not a full list, but not one of the most successful investment track records around!
topvest
26/5/2008
13:10
Flateric, I have moved on, I can afford to. But that doesn't stop me warning everyone I can about this bunch of muppets, I feel it is my duty. If I can stop anyone else losing money (and anything they touch seems to lose money) then it is worthwhile. I challenge anyone to name one company ARC have floated that is still trading at a premium?... In fact, name one that they have floated and is still within a mere 50% of the float price.... For every one you can point out, I will find 5 that have gone belly up. I know the usual risks for EIS etc stocks, and I can accept a high degree of risk with such products. Their EIS 1 & 2 funds made 18 separate investments, of which 12 have gone belly-up. No investments showing a profit, all those still trading are markedly down. Cash lost is about 85% of the investment made.
failedqs
26/5/2008
11:58
I share the concerns over ARC Equities. What they are trying to do is fair enough, but the way they do it is wrong. You do get the feeling that someone knows that 1. Investments are over-priced and 2. They are often businesses without a business model that will fail in 12-18m. Don't get me wrong I'm very much for entrepeneurial companies, but ARC floats offers only ever raise funds for the selling shareholders and not much needed new funds for the start-up companies that they are pedaling. What is very curious is why Lord Ashcroft and City of London Group have invested; maybe it was a condition that Renwick went. However, they have still kept pedaling the same old rubbish. Worldlink was totally ourageous. Dateline was more reasonable. I wonder how many offers Christopher Rowe would genuinely advise friends to take up, in his letters at the front of every offer document?
topvest
26/5/2008
11:43
But it's not "poor", it's completely and utterly totally diabolical. It's so bad that either management are incompetent failures or else there's some sort of deliberate strategy behind their actions. In my opinion, personally, I think that there's something going on here that should be investigated by the authorities.
jaknife
26/5/2008
11:17
There is no way it can be a scam!! Arc is AIM-quoted and FSA regulated. They have poor record at picking companies, agreed, although a few do get on AIM at a premium. Learn to take profits. Or maybe only invest on fundamentals and stay away from start ups and pre-IPOs. Move on.
flateric
26/5/2008
07:48
JakNife, I must admit, I hadn't considered it as a scam until you mentioned it, but it is a possibility.... Anything that they put their name to, I will be trying to warn people about the likely outcome given their track record to date. And yes, I am bitter ! FQS
failedqs
25/5/2008
23:50
FailedQS, Personally I think that ARC are simply a scam, the frequency with which their companies fail, combined with the manner in which they inflate expectations, and promote companies to private investors at excessive prices strikes me as as too coincidental for the alternative, of complete and utter incompetence, to be possible. JakNife
jaknife
25/5/2008
11:23
It looks as if Traction Technology is in the final stages of its trading life, yet another disaster from ARC..... I stupidly invested a total of £14k in ARC EIS funds, that is now worth about £3k accoring to ARC's latest valuation (Adjusted for the decline in Traction Tech obviously !!), but in reality these investments are worth nil, as they cannot be sold at any cost as most are not quoted on any market. Most of the companies they "invested" my money in have gone bust within a couple of years, all others are showing a loss. None are showing any profit (And that is circa 20 separate investments over the EIS funds) Despite the warnings on their literature, it is clear that they have been negligent in my opinion, I'm seriously considering takling this up with the FSA.
failedqs
14/5/2008
07:23
I no longer hold these, but more Throgmorton acquired... _________ Regulatory Announcement Go to market news section Company ARC FUND MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS PLC ORD 0.5P TIDM AFM Headline Acquisition Released 07:00 14-May-08 Number 3660U07 RNS Number : 3660U Arc Fund Management Holdings PLC 14 May 2008  For Immediate Release 14 May 2008 ARC FUND MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS PLC ACQUIRES THROGMORTON FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED ("TFS") Arc Fund Management Holdings plc ("Arc" or "the Company"; AIM: AFM), the niche investment management boutique, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Throgmorton Financial Services Limited ("TFS"). The purchase of the entire issued share capital of TFS, an independent financial advisory company based in Northenden, Manchester has completed for consideration amounting to £1,600,000, being £800,000 in cash and £800,000 in shares (through the issue of 12,628,256 new Ordinary Shares of 0.5p). A proportion of the consideration is deferred and is payable subject to the achievement of certain performance targets by TFS and to the extent that these targets are exceeded additional consideration amounting to a maximum of £100,000 may become payable. TFS has estimated funds under advice of £85million and its profit before tax for the year to 31 December 2007 amounted to £130,390 on turnover of £1,334,000 and, at that date, showed net assets of £364,000. The transaction is earnings enhancing for Arc and represents a further step in the development of the Group's wealth management division. As a result of the transaction Arcwill have approximately £500million of funds under management/advice. A total of 12,628,256 new Ordinary Shares, ranking pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares of the Company, were issued today. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the 12,628,256 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM, and trading is expected to commence on 19 May 2008. Christopher Rowe, Arc's CEO, commented "This is the third acquisition since the wealth management division was established in the last quarter of 2007 and we will continue to increase our coverage of the UK during 2008 through the purchase of other suitable IFA businesses. Once again this latest acquisition is earnings enhancing and improves the quality of our earnings. Funds under advice now stand at nearly £500m, which compares with some £140m under advice in May last year." For further information please contact:- Arc Fund Management Holdings plc 020 7623 3345 Christopher Rowe, Chief Executive Officer John Gracey, Finance Director Throgmorton Financial Services Limited Frank McWilliams 0161 945 4411 Beaumont Cornish Limited 0207 628 3396 Roland Cornish Fiske plc 0207 448 4700 Clive Harrison Bankside Consultants Simon Astley 020 7367 8888 Mobile: 07798 558287 Notes to Editors Arc Fund Management Holdings plc Arc Fund Management Holdings plc is an established fund management group, combining fund management and corporate finance expertise, specialising in funds which invest in early stage private companies. Arc Fund Management is the principal operating company of the group and has a particular focus on the management of tax efficient funds including EISs, VCTs and its European property OEIC and an established structured product company. Arc is a Member of the London Stock Exchange. The Company currently has assets of £500m under management and was listed on AIM (Company symbol: AFM) in July 2006. Throgmorton Financial Services Throgmorton Financial Services Limited was established in 2003 to offer high quality independent financial planning advice to high net worth individuals. With an estimated £85m under advice currently TFS's aim is to build its recurring income and funds under advice by both offering a premier service and attracting further client mandates. This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END
flateric
02/5/2008
07:34
I no longer hold this one. But new director. ________ Regulatory Announcement Go to market news section Company Arc Fund Management Holdings PLC TIDM AFM Headline Directorate Change Released 07:00 02-May-08 Number 6284T RNS Number:6284T Arc Fund Management Holdings PLC 02 May 2008 For immediate release 28 April 2008 Arc Fund Management Holdings plc ("Arc" or the "Company") Directorate Change The Board of Arc (the "Board") is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Stephen Wilson as Non-Executive Director with immediate effect. The directorships held by Andrew Wilson, 48, in the previous five years are as follows: Current / Former Watford Association Football Club Limited / Professional Staff Ltd The Corporate Services Group PLC / Southern Cross Healthcare Holdings Ltd Watford Leisure PLC / Ohsea Holdings Limited Bankside Pubs Limited / P1 Hospitals Propco Limited Digital Marketing Group Services Limited / PSX Equityco Limited Strand Associates Limited / Wraith Limited Global Health Partner PLC / Global Health Partner UK Ltd London Town plc / Jolie Investments Limited Retail Merchant Group Limited / Thomas Rivers Limited Access Hire Nationwide Limited / Capio Healthcare Limited Seashell Group Limited / Bawley Associates Limited There is no further information to be disclosed under the AIM Rules for Companies. ENDS For further information please contact:- Arc Fund Management Holdings plc 020 7623 3345 Christopher Rowe, Chief Executive Officer John Gracey, Finance Director Beaumont Cornish Limited 0207 628 3396 Roland Cornish Fiske plc 0207 448 4700 Clive Harrison Bankside Consultants Simon Astley 020 7367 8888 Mobile: 07798 558287 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange END
flateric
29/4/2008
10:19
no activity whatsoever
jaknife
29/4/2008
09:48
Jak - cheers. I'll have a more careful read of the dateline prospectus at some stage, although I'd personally rather buy a bag of landfill garbage than actually invest in it. I'm just intrigued as to what has happened to Dateline between buying it from YOO for £250k and attempting to flog off a portion of it to PIs at a pro rata valuation of £3.5mln(14 times larger!!). Has there been any activity to justify the incredible mark up? Rgds dell All IMHO, DYOR etc.
dell314
29/4/2008
09:37
There's a number of threads covering Arc stocks over on TMF, here are a couple: Arc Equities Ltd / Weather Lottery http://boards.fool.co.uk/Message.asp?mid=9991282&sort=whole Arc Equities / Primary Water http://boards.fool.co.uk/Message.asp?mid=10799393&bid=&sort=whole Double Carbon Battery Offer http://boards.fool.co.uk/Message.asp?mid=10343209&sort=whole This more recent one covers Dateline: Arc Equites / Dateline http://boards.fool.co.uk/Message.asp?mid=11028931&sort=whole As of yet I've not managed to find a single Arc offering that it would be sensible for a private investor to participate in. JakNife
jaknife
29/4/2008
09:28
Does anyone here buy the stocks that AFM floats? I had a quick scan(very quick, so it's possible I may have missed something obvious!) of the Dateline prospectus and as far as I can see the total number of shares in issue is the same as when it was purchased from YOO for £250k, so was the proposed fundraising aborted? If that's the case, how do they justify flogging stock to PIs at a pro rata valuation of over £3.5mln when it appears to be in a similar state to when it was purchased from YOO? Can anyone answer this without using the words greedy and rip off? Rgds dell All IMHO, DYOR etc.
dell314
18/2/2008
15:20
Arc Fund Management Holdings PLC 18 February 2008 For immediate release 18 February 2008 Arc Fund Management Holdings plc ("Arc" or the "Company") Holdings in the Company/Directorate Change The Board of Arc (the "Board") announces that it was informed on 8 February 2008 that City of London Group plc holds the total voting rights attaching to 15,875,000 Ordinary Shares of 0.5p in the share capital of the Company representing 12.01% of the total voting rights in the Company. In addition, the Board was informed on 28 January 2008 that Mr Leigh Hornby holds the total voting rights attaching to 4,286,547 Ordinary Shares of 0.5p in the share capital of the Company representing 3.24% of the total voting rights in the Company. In addition, the Board was informed on 28 January 2008 that Mr Gary Richardson holds the total voting rights attaching to 4,286,547 Ordinary Shares of 0.5p in the share capital of the Company representing 3.24% of the total voting rights in the Company. In addition, the Board was informed on 10 January 2008 that Mr Stuart Kinner ceased to have total voting rights of more than 3% in the Company. The Board also announces the resignation of Stephen Hadley from the Board with effect from 15 February 2008. Mr Hadley will continue to play an important role in the management of the Arc group but will concentrate on the development of its wealth management division. ENDS
flateric
12/2/2008
17:59
15.000.000 shares traded Feb 6th at 6.0p
rj allen
09/2/2008
14:37
Looks like City of London Group bought their shares at 6p each.
topvest
08/2/2008
07:23
For anyone interested... For Immediate Release 8 February 2008 ARC FUND MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS PLC CITY OF LONDON GROUP PLC TAKES 12% STAKE Arc Fund Management Holdings plc ("Arc" or "the Company"; AIM: AFM), the expanding investment management boutique, is pleased to announce that City of London Group has bought 15,875,000 existing Ordinary Shares in the Company representing 12% of Arc's issued share capital. Arc, the AIM-listed investment management and financial advisory company, has £410m under management/advice. In December 2007 it announced a £3million placing including an investment of £2.1million by Mayfair Limited a company controlled by Lord Ashcroft and last month it acquired Independent Investment Associates Limited ("IIA"), an independent financial advisory company based in Cumbria, with some £150m funds under advice. Christopher Rowe, Arc's Chief Executive, commented "Arc is delighted to have the support of the City of London Group and, of course, Lord Ashcroft over such a short period of time. The Board believes this is a clear indication of the potential of the business and its business plan. As previously stated, we will grow the Group, both in the UK and overseas, through both the application of internal expertise and by making a series of strategic acquisitions."
flateric
28/1/2008
07:14
The £1m is shares was at 11.66p.
flateric
28/1/2008
07:12
Company Arc Fund Management Holdings PLC TIDM AFM Headline Acquisition of IIA Released 07:00 28-Jan-08 Number 6246M RNS Number:6246M Arc Fund Management Holdings PLC 28 January 2008 For Immediate Release 28 January 2008 ARC FUND MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS PLC ACQUIRES INDEPENDENT INVESTMENT ASSOCIATES LIMITED ("IIA") AND ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER CHANGES Arc Fund Management Holdings plc ("Arc" or "the Company"; AIM: AFM), the niche investment management boutique, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Independent Investment Associates Limited ("IIA"). The purchase of the entire issued share capital of IIA, an independent financial advisory company based in Grange over Sands, Cumbria has completed for consideration amounting to £2,100,000, being £1,100,000 in cash and £1,000,000 in shares (through the issue of 8,573,094 new Ordinary Shares of 0.5p), together with deferred consideration, payable subject to the achievement of certain performance targets by IIA, amounting to a maximum of £200,000. IIA has estimated funds under advice of £150m and its normalised earnings for the year to 31 December 2006 amounted to £397,000 on turnover of £735,000 and, at that date, showed net assets of £101,000. The transaction is earnings enhancing for Arc and represents a further step in the development of the Group's wealth management division. As a result of the transaction Arc will have £410m of funds under management/advice. A total of 8,573,094 new Ordinary Shares, ranking pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares of the Company, were issued today. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM, and trading is expected to commence on 31 January 2008. Renwick Haddow, a former director and a major shareholder of the Company has advised the Board that on 25 January 2008 he disposed of 21,021,135 shares in the Company to independent third parties representing 17% of the Company's issued share capital. After this disposal and the acquisition of IIA he will own 6.03% of the Company. John Gracey, Arc's Finance Director , commented "This acquisition is another step forward in the growth of Arc's wealth management division which was established through the acquisition of Throgmorton Asset Management in the last quarter of 2007. It is our intention to increase our coverage of the UK during 2008 through further acquisitions. For the Group, the purchase of IIA is earnings enhancing, improves the quality of our earnings and significantly increases funds under advice to £410m". For further information please contact:- Arc Fund Management Holdings plc 020 7623 3345 John Gracey, Finance Director Christopher Rowe, Chief Executive Officer Beaumont Cornish Limited 0207 628 3396 Roland Cornish Fiske plc 0207 448 4700 Clive Harrison Bankside Consultants Simon Astley 020 7367 8888 Mobile: 07798 558287
flateric
08/12/2007
00:01
If they do £1.8m they are on a 10. That's not too bad. I'm out of this one now, by the way.
flateric
07/12/2007
18:56
£1m=0.8p per share = prospective p/e 16 if my poor mathematics is right. Not much of a recipe for a significant price rise it seems. Think I'll put this on my watch list for the time being. Thanks for your comments flateric.
dave-w
07/12/2007
14:39
I'm not sure that Ashcroft will be an overhang, but the 11p buyers via brokers may wish to take 2p or 3p profit if the share price does rise. However, if the company makes just £1m you can work the figures out yourself. I suggest u call the company and ask if they'll be near their forecasts of £2m. they'll say they didn't forecast as much as that, but they're doing ok. That's what my mate was told. Crafty way of getting a rough idea.
flateric
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