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Sirius Minerals – Call with Anglo American

The ShareSoc Sirius Support Group (SSSG) held a call with Anglo America last Wednesday, 12th February. The purpose of the call was to facilitate contact between the representative shareholders and the company, allowing the shareholder view to be expressed. The discussion focussed on two areas of shareholder concern: firstly price and secondly the desire for continued economic involvement. As regards price, we underlined the difference between the offer price and the intrinsic value of the mine with financing in place. Anglo's involvement transforms the ...

Should I Buy Shares in Tesla?

Should I buy shares in Tesla, or perhaps short the stock?  This thought was prompted by the recent large jump in the share price which has made the company...

Social Media Etiquette

Ground rules and etiquette on social media ShareSoc is appalled that threats are being made towards Sirius’ senior management and their families on social media and otherwise. The SSSG...

Sirius Update #5, 9 Feb 2020

CLARIFICATION It has been brought to our attention by Sirius that our original MP Template Letter contained certain inaccuracies. At the time of drafting the template, we had received the impression that Sirius had been negotiating the takeover with Anglo American for a year and a half, including the period covering the 15p open offer and placing. The company confirms, and we accept, that this was not the case. We would also like to clarify that our reference to a protracted marketing campaign by ...

Rio Tinto and Climate Change: Not just an NGO issue

For the AGM of Rio Tinto Ltd in Australia in May, a shareholder resolution has been tabled to: request that the company, in subsequent annual reporting, disclose short, medium...

Sirius Update #4  5 Feb 2020

Over 700 Sirius shareholders have now joined the ShareSoc Sirius Shareholder Group (SSSG) and more are joining at a rapid rate. Please join ShareSoc and SSSG. The more members of SSSG we have, the more influential we will be. We have successfully lobbied Sirius and they agreed to meet. We have sent them a 5 page letter and they sent a detailed response. The Sirius meeting was with CEO Chris Fraser, Chairman Russell Schrimshaw and others, and happened on 4 Feb. A note ...

ShareSoc Campaign has Successful Outcome at Albion

ShareSoc is pleased with the outcome of this consultation with shareholders following the shareholders 30% vote against the fee proposal at the General Meeting in August 2019. This shows:...

Change the Rules/Laws to Make it Easier to Prosecute Fraudsters

I was absolutely delighted to read that the SFO is at long last making the right noises. “End ‘antiquated’ fraud rules to make convictions easier”, says the new SFO...

Brexit and Why Shareholder Votes Matter

Last night Brexit got done. We exited the EU after 47 years. But we will need to resume the conversation to secure a trade deal. That still leaves room...

Miton UK Smaller Companies Fund In Decline

There was an interesting article published a couple of days ago by Citywire on the problems at the LF Miton UK Smaller Companies Fund. The fund is managed by...
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