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BIRD Blackbird Plc

0.30 (5.50%)
Last Updated: 12:16:54
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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Blackbird Plc LSE:BIRD London Ordinary Share GB0004740477 ORD 0.8P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.30 5.50% 5.75 5.50 6.00 5.75 5.45 5.45 389,838 12:16:54
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Computer Programming Service 1.94M -2.49M -0.0064 -8.98 22.26M
Blackbird Plc is listed in the Computer Programming Service sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker BIRD. The last closing price for Blackbird was 5.45p. Over the last year, Blackbird shares have traded in a share price range of 5.25p to 14.50p.

Blackbird currently has 387,077,188 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Blackbird is £22.26 million. Blackbird has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of -8.98.

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John Veals
Thank you very much for that, I appreciate your insight and openness.
In the recent past I too had a crash and burn investment.
I chose two companies at the same time to invest in. The largest investment went into an AIM firm of lawyers called Ince with a turnover of £100 million. It seemed dynamic in the way it was attempting to grow in the marketplace of legal companies and I thought being a firm of lawyers they would be a conservative safe bet. Blackbird was my much more speculative buy, and so I invested on a smaller scale.
Ince shot up from around 30p to 80p, but then company problems surfaced. The MD gave reassuring information at the Investor Meets Company presentations and even declared he was reintroducing a dividend due to improved financial performance.
Things went from bad to worse at at 15p I decided it would crash, so I offloaded everything and switched all the money into additional Blackbird shares also at 15p because I was feeling that Blackbird was going to do well with Enterprise. That may still happen but I feel very fortunate that has appeared on the scene! Ince did crash, the remnants were taken over, and the company that bought what was left has now also crashed!
I was naive in believing a solicitor would not lie to shareholders. I discussed this point with a retired solicitor and he said words to the effect of "It is the 92% of solicitors who aren't straight who give the rest of us a bad name!" A very expensive lesson!!

Salmon9 If you haven’t already read it I would add The Art of Execution, it and Investing Through the Looking Glass (written by Tim Price, himself a fund manager) are both essential reading for any investor imo. As one of the famous successful investors said “If you want to stand out from the crowd you have to do something different from the crowd”, or words to that effect. There are lots of investing games to play but the biggest obstacle in all of them is ourselves and our human biases. Blackbird is one of two moonshots I still have in play, the other is on life support, there are also several moonshots that have crashed and burned. So Blackbird is also the last roll of the dice for me and will be the last pre profit company I ever invest in.
Thank you for recommending "Investing through the looking glass". Based on your recommendation, I will read it, and I acknowledge the wisdom of the very calculated approach to investing. If you are an investment professional, it probably has to be that way, and if you are an amateur investor then you would be well advised to be as calculated and objective as possible.
My situation is that I have spent my life breaking the mould and thoughtfully defying convention, searching for a better innovative way, and at this stage in my life I was drawn to Blackbird by business logic, but also by the excitement I felt when I read about what they had created. That led to my investment being significantly intuitive.
So I am where I am, with fingers crossed. For me this is the last roll of the dice!!

A wee bit of a gambler in many of us here Salmon. Great fun the slot😊s
Salmon9, have you read Investing Through the Looking Glass? It’s very good.
Yes Cabi. That is the irony of it!!
The "rules" that some funds work under in order to satisfy more cautious professional investors means that they can't risk early stage investments which may be unstable, and they don't want to spend lots of time trying to understand a small company that may or may not make it. It might look like spending analysts time on a distraction rather than a likely sound investment proposition.

We are lucky, we can take our own risk and hopefully enjoy the excitement of a successful outcome!

As a boy, I loved the penny slot machines, pulling the handle and praying for a row of 3 cherries. It hardly ever happened, but listening to the shower of coins hitting the metal payout tray was amazing! Maybe that was before your time!!


I think we have another five - maximum - six - or fewer Cowboy Boot Fridays before launch

Not long to go, ladies!


He can buy in when Blackbird evolves into a Unicorn.

Interesting question Cabi!

I discussed Blackbird with him several years ago, and he felt that at that stage there was significant uncertainty about what they would manage to achieve in terms of a successful business.
I had already made my investment by then, and I hadn't asked his advice in advance of my decision because I didn't want to burden him with any sense of responsibility for
my investment decision. I knew it carried risk.

His fund is a tech fund but only big companies so Blackbird would be too small for them based on low market cap.

I will be sure to not hold back in sharing my success with him when it happens!! I am certainly fixated on trying to outperform, even though at this stage it feels like travelling in a submarine!
Hopefully there won't be any depth charges!

My son is a hedge fund CEO and I am certain that their intention is to outperform, and so appeal to more investors than would otherwise be the case.
I expect there are some ambitious funds and some funds that are less ambitious.

HB you make a very good point at 08:16 this morning. Funds make their money from fees for asset gathering, not whether they generate profit for their clients. Their goal is to not underperform which is why they are all mediocre and often struggle to beat the trackers. Take a look at Tim Price’s excellent book Investing Through the Looking Glass for more detail.
Thanks bonio.I'll remind you of that later :)
Just got back from a European trip. Did I miss much (other than another 10% drop)
How funny.....
My late post yesterday said "I am still surprised that a fund doesn't accumulate a position at the rate of 100,000 to 150,000 shares per day at prices from where we are now"

First trade today was a 169,000 buy!!!

Just a coincidence of course, but a nice one!


I would liken trying to invest in early stage companies that result in Unicorns as being akin to one of your charts being right.



I think it will be on time.

However I tend to agree with Bonio.

It will be a quiet launch, then marketing will start.

I would imagine there they have enough interest for launch, and they would rather it build slowly, than get completely swamped and things go wrong.

That happens you lose them, and they ain’t coming back.

Plus with all this OpenAi video launch, our marketing will just get lost, at moment.

I think they have reiterated 'this quarter' a lot of times so I'd anticipate launch is still on track. Perhaps the current 'quiet' is being mistaken for a delay.

That said, I am hoping they launch the complete 'wow factor' platform that includes the player with all its additional monetisation and steering of subscribers to the editor. So if it needs a slight extension for all the bells and whistles to be up and running for launch then that's all for the good.

A month here or there is no big deal. Better to get it right than have a disastrous launch.
One can but try.
My feeling is that things are somewhat delayed and the promised Q1 launch may become Q2. But this is 'normal'. Things never go as expected.


I bet you didn’t think we would be back down here again, with a 6 handle.


I don’t think they know anymore than us nutters.

Chelverton bought 16 million shares at 28p.

6.92 offered.
Spotting unicorns before they are unicorns is not something which many funds manage to do, otherwise there would be many more over-performing funds about.

Even if Allenby tipped a few funds that BIRD was a potential unicorn, a fund would find it hard to get a proper understanding of the risks and potential opportunities that BIRD represents. They would expect to meet the BIRD management, who would not be able to tell them much more than what they tell all shareholders.

BIRD's BOD cannot themselves 'know' how successful (or not) their product will be or their chance of being taken over.

Funds make decisions on a risk/reward basis taking timing into account. They are unable at this stage to properly understand the current risk/reward equation, so they will wait until things are clearer

Only mad private investors like us make the decision to invest early without knowing the real risk profile. We may think we do...but we don't!

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