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Travel & Leisure 56.1 -7.9 18.1 1.0 12.82

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bubble pricker: J777J, you are clueless. Why would Griffiths invest at a much higher price to see his investment collapse in value, so he can end up with a cash shell? If that was his goal, he could have simply set up a cash shell on his own or bought one. It is funny how people, instead of realising the error of their ways, keep going on about other irrelevant matters and blaming third parties for their losses. They also keep going on and on about their beloved stock, no doubt J777J is still holding his position, until the bitter end. Let me give you a new prediction: CUP, under its new guise of an "investment" company will whittle away all its cash on director's emoluments, consultancy fees and bad investments until nothing is left. You can still save what you have left now. J777J was trumpeting the business prospects of Cupid. He was trumpeting that the market cap, at around 70p, was less than cash plus expected deferred payments. I and others explained a hundred times that is not the way you value a business, and that in any case the deferred payments will not materialise. When the share price failed to rise, J777J blamed shorters, instead of realising that there might be something wrong with the future prospects of the business. The regrettable thing in this whole story is that my short was forced closed last year due to lack of available borrow. I took a small profit, but I missed out on the massive drop, so my only gratification is being vindicated.
the monkster: CITY FINANCIER Richard Griffiths yesterday emerged as a significant shareholder in Edinburgh dating site business Cupid. Griffiths, who founded investment bank Evolution in 2000 before setting up boutique investment firm ORA Capital Partners in 2005, owns a 4.53 per cent stake in Cupid according to a stock exchange announcement. The filing followed a purchase that took his holding above the 3 per cent level at which ownership needs to disclosed. The 3.2 million shares, held via Seren Capital Management and Cream Capital – which are controlled by Griffiths – are worth around £1.1 million at Cupid's current share price. Shares in the firm have almost halved over the past year. Griffiths was also a significant shareholder in Aberdeen-based oil and gas firm Eland when it floated in 2012. Earlier this year it was revealed that activist investment group Kestrel Opportunities has also increased its stake in Cupid. Shares in Cupid closed up 0.25p at 36.75p.
bubble pricker: J7777J, what exactly have you predicted about shorters? You have predicted absolutely nothing, and your predictions for the Cupod share price have been wrong wrong wrong.
checkers2: From CH Deep Value Fund managed by J. Bos, for April Monthly Commentary "Cupid announced in-line annual results, but the stock weakened during the month as it transpired that a large shareholder had sold their entire shareholding. We had a meeting with management and felt reassured about the future prospects of the Company, helped by a liquid balance sheet. During the month we increased our holdings in H&T Group, London Capital Group and Norcon. French Connection's share price improved markedly. " I am still holding here, and have added a small amount, also interested to see Kestrel increasing their position.
j777j: Current market cap £49 million Last reported £10 million cash £9 million of shares held in treasury £5 million cash down payment for sale of casual £29 million cash,being balance due over 40 months. Even ignoring the treasury held shares,the remaining businesses are valued at just £5 million,they should produce revenues this year of somewhere between £35 and £40 million.That is £725,000 cash coming in every month. Lol plmval 26 Jul'13 - 20:36 - 3325 of 3326 0 0 That is hardly new news ... see article below btw did Ennismore pay for the BBC journalist's travel or other expenses???? As some other poster mentioned,this programme was clearly made a while back and is not telling us anything new. Cupid news 22/7/13 Break-up leaves Cupid seeking fresh start Breaking up can be easier than you think, as investors in Cupid have found. Shareholders of the Edinburgh-based company have watched a part of the business run off with another man – taking two-thirds of its revenues and just over half its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation with it. The "other man" was not your textbook milkman or personal trainer. It was Cupid co-founder and former chief operating officer Max Polyakov, who bashed out a deal worth £45.1m for the "casual dating" side of the business – a genre that includes the online adverts promising instant gratification in your area. The initial announcement that Cupid was in discussions with "third parties" came out at the same time as a whopping profits warning, to the alarm of some market watchers. That one of the third parties then turned out to be someone who set up Cupid in 2005, and still owned a 15 per cent stake in it, stirred them up more. None of this is against the rules. If Cupid had entered into discussions about a sale, it had to tell the market, even if that coincided with a profit warning. The disposal is not the first time that Cupid has been in the limelight in recent months. Its shares dropped by two-thirds from 114p to 49p in March after the company denied that it was duping lonely customers by teasing them with messages from pretty young things and promising more if they signed up. An independent report from KPMG exonerated the group, but the share price continues to hover around 75p. Cupid says that the deal means it has left the sleazy "casual dating" end of the market. The slimmed down business has a chance to improve its reputation. It needs to, otherwise investors will decide to break their own relationship with the company too. ps My personal view is this company will now have an mbo.
j777j: Talks have been ongoing since may 29th.... 29 May 2013 Cupid plc Comment regarding share price movement and trading update Share price movement The Board of Cupid plc (AIM: CUP) notes recent movements in the share price of the Company and confirms that the Company is in discussions with third parties which may lead to an offer for Cupid's casual dating business. There can be no certainty as to whether any offer will be forthcoming. Logic would have it that with 6 weeks having passed something is clearly going on.
daofs: This very interesting exchange on the FT Alphaville live blog provides some clues on how Cupid is viewed by professional City watchers. Its not often you see the phrase "Sleaze ball stock" in the FT: "BE Actually, though, we did have a bid yesterday. BE Except we didn't. Cupid PLC (CUP:LSE): Last: 66.00, down 10 (-13.16%), High: 78.75, Low: 64.00, Volume: 2.13m BE We had a massive profit warning. PM Jeepers, missed that BE And a nebulous, undefined change in the way the business operates. BE Which is curious after all that "date bait" stuff a few months ago, which denied strenuously. BE But all that was underneath a note that it had had an approach for its "casual dating business" PM This is such a sleaze ball stock BE "Casual" doesn't seem to be broken out specifically anywhere on the corporate website, so we can only speculate how much of the business this actually represents. PM "Casual dating" is just a spam operation that tries to lure people into signing up PM I signed up for one of these on a fresh private email and it's just full of sleazy spam PM I will dig some out another day BE Solely for research purposes, I assume. BE I'm not familiar enough with its brands to know which ones are used for luring people on the promise of one-night bumpuglies. And I really don't want to put in that research, thanks. PM I signed up for one - but about four or five "brands" now spam me each day PM Just looking at this statement. PM http://www.investe...1305291439438221F/ PM Share price movement The Board of Cupid plc (AIM: CUP) notes recent movements in the share price of the Company and confirms that the Company is in discussions with third parties which may lead to an offer for Cupid's casual dating business. There can be no certainty as to whether any offer will be forthcoming. Trading update As stated in our March release we continue to focus on devising and implementing a number of initiatives aimed at improving the customer experience and the quality of traffic. Whilst the changes will have a short term impact on revenues and profitability, the Company believes that they will increase life time value of customers and reduce churn rates. At the half year therefore, while revenues are expected to be 13% ahead of last year driven by a strong performance from Uniform Dating and AGL, on a like for like basis revenue is expected to be 1% behind 2012. With marketing spend higher than 2012, at the half year EBITDA will be around £2.5m (2012 – £5.9m). It is too early to say what the full year effect of the various changes we are making will be. The results of the independent audit are still expected by 30 June. PM BE Can't see anything from its brokers this morning giving new forecasts, weirdly. BE By memory, Peel Hunt and WH Ireland follow. But nothing yet. BE And I guess we'll just have to wait to see if this "bid" arrives. PM hehehe BE I do hope they've not been contacted by someone pretending to be someone they're not, with nefarious motives. That'd be .... ironic."
j777j: All recycled news.Buying at the IPO price three years later when profits and revenue have grown exponentially sounds like a screaming buy opportunity . 3p dividend too, ex div date under three weeks.4.6% Cupid's shares fall close to 2010 level Tim Sharp City Editor. Thursday 16 May 2013 SHARES in internet dating company Cupid have retreated towards the 60p price they listed on the stock exchange three years ago after the Edinburgh-based group came under renewed attack from short sellers. Meanwhile, the company's annual report has revealed chief executive Bill Dobbie saw his pay rise 165.5% last year to £597,500. Shares in the operator of sites including fell as much as 6% yesterday but recovered ground to close at 65.6p, a 1.75p or 2.6% fall on the day. They are now down 16.3% since the start of May. Shares in the AIM-listed company have been under pressure since allegations concerning its tactics first emerged in January. The shares listed in June 2010 at 60p and by mid-2011 had hit 250p. According to filings published by the Financial Conduct Authority, London-based hedge fund manager Ennismore Fund Management has renewed its bet against the firm with a short position equivalent to 2.4% of Cupid's shares, having closed a previous position in March. Cupid, which has operations in Ukraine, reported Mr Dobbie's pay for last year included a £347,500 bonus. Cupid's pre-tax profit rose 31% to £9.2m in 2012. The Kyiv Post newspaper of Ukraine claimed Cupid employs "motivation managers" to entice visitors to its websites to spend more on subscriptions. The BBC previously alleged customers were lured into subscribing after receiving messages from users who later disappeared. Cupid has strenuously denied these allegations. Asked about the share price drop, a Cupid spokesman said: "It is not appropriate for a company to comment on its share price."
malc999: An article from the Herald today: Cupid seeks to salve fears with database audit Published on 6 March 2013 Tim Sharp INTERNET dating provider Cupid has ordered a confidence-building independent audit of its member database. The move comes a month after the airing of claims that customers were lured into paying subscriptions to Cupid sites after receiving messages from users who disappeared when they signed up. Cupid insists it behaves in a "legal and appropriate manner". Cupid chief executive Bill Dobbie said the audit plan is "not directly" related to the claims, aired in a radio broadcast last month. "The audit of the data is to try to establish more confidence in the City as what we have there is a very good asset," Mr Dobbie said. He added: "Shareholders on the whole are happy. It is you people [the media] who need more confidence in the story." Cupid will also seek an independent audit of its customers' experiences. Shares in the Edinburgh firm, which is listed on the junior Alternative Investment Market, plunged by almost one-third in early February as the claims became public. Mr Dobbie blamed the drop not on the broadcast but on short-sellers, who bet on a share price falling, from both sides of the Atlantic who he said had had a big impact on the price of Cupid's relatively tightly held shares. The stock came under further pressure yesterday, closing down 4.25p or 3.1% at 132p. This was despite news of a 31% rise in pre-tax profits to £9.2m as revenues rose 51% to £80.9m. Cupid's shares shot up after listing at 60p in the summer of 2010 but are well below the highs of September 2011 when they breached the 250p mark. Cupid is keen to develop more niche dating sites after having success with Mature Dating and the recently acquired Uniform Dating brands. "There will be more competition with the mainstream brands," Mr Dobbie added. "So the niche segment is a sensible place to compete."
safarinorman: i saw this from ANDY0000 on iii ------------------------------- Numis: Cupid (Buy, TP: 350p) Don't go all the way on the first investment But it is now time to get involved with Cupid. The 25% fall in the share price last week may create the impression that someone else knows more than we do. However, it brings the valuation to a FY13E P/E of sub 7x which we believe is too low, particularly in the light of last week's reassuring trading update. � We forecast 23% revenue growth for Cupid for FY13 and 34% EPS growth. This forecast is based on assumption of continued solid growth in established markets, a higher rate of growth in the many markets where Cupid is more recently established and a contribution from acquisitions. � We would still be buyers of the shares even if our forecasts were to be way off. To take an extreme case, if there were no revenue growth we would expect less spending on marketing and higher gross margins, say 38% instead of 28% implying FY13E EPS of 22p c.f. our forecast of 20p. � In addition, the business would still generate c.£13m of net cashflow and a free cashflow yield of over 11%. We do not see this as a plausible outcome for the year; it is intended to highlight the downside protection to the share price. � Conversations with management have confirmed that there are systems in place to reduce risks to users of the sites. The BBC did not broadcast its radio programme on online dating over the weekend and so we do not know what it might have alleged about the industry or Cupid. We believe that Cupid is able to mount a robust defence against suggestions of impropriety on its part. The results are three weeks away and will give management the opportunity to update investors on trading and strategy. They will also be able to address any questions over the operations of the business. We believe that a positive picture will emerge. Given the recent share price movement we expect investors will be nervous about commitment, but it is worth thinking about a first date.
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