Galena. What’s it really worth? – GALE

It has been a fun few weeks here at BuyersStrike! HQ examining Galena Biopharma (GALE). We’ve looked at the lackluster performance of its fentanyl drug Abstral, and Galena’s relationship with fly-by-night stock tout shop DreamTeamGroup.*

Readers may be surprised to learn that, unlike most of the companies discussed on this site that are worth $0.00, Galena has a value. It is not a zero. GALE shares are worth something. Intrigued? Read on…


“Where Are They Now File” – SEFE Edition (SEFE, PTOO)

It was only a year ago when the Sefe, Inc. (SEFE) promotion was in full swing, and just weeks since Steve Kerr and Michael Quiel were convicted in case that illustrates how they used sham Swiss entities to mask share sales in their promotions.Shannon Kerr left the tattered remains of the company in March. But what has happened to the other players?


Peter Siris in the Mist (CCME, YUII, PUDA, etc)

China reverse merger apologist, fund manager, and NY Daily News columnist Peter Siris (remember him?) is finally no longer a stain upon the US markets. Early this morning the SEC issued an Initial Decision (read it here) banishing him from the securities industry.

IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78o(b), and Section 203(f) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. § 80b-3(f), PETER SIRIS IS BARRED from associating with any broker, dealer, investment adviser, municipal securities dealer, municipal advisor, transfer agent, or nationally recognized statistical rating organization and from participating in an offering of penny stock.

Any chance he’ll autograph our office copy of his book, Guerilla Investing: Winning Strategies for Beating the Wall Street Professionals, available for $0.01 at Amazon?

UPDATE: Just ordered an office copy of his OTHER book, The Peking Mandate. Also available for $0.01 at Amazon.

The shameless, moronic, Patrick Cox – (STSI)

Act quickly, before this amazing web page (see it here) presented by moron stock tout Patrick Cox (see an awesome pic of Patrick here) is changed, and before the “deal” he is offering expires.

The web page is a breathless, and shameless, tout piece on Star Scientific (STSI), and offers a deal that expires on November 31, 2012. Pity November only has 30 days. Of course, that speaks to the level of due diligence performed by the likes of Mr. Cox. Here is the misdated “offer”:


Quick Take – ChinaCast Reopens For Trading (CAST)

After being halted for months, shares of ChinaCast Education (CAST) a filthy Chinese reverse-merger company, finally reopened for trading. The shares promptly lost over 80% of their value.

After the bell, the firm put out an 8k filing, available here,  which contained this priceless paragraph:

On June 19, 2012, the Company and several of its subsidiaries filed an application with the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Court of First Instance (the “Hong Kong Court”), alleging that former chairman and chief executive officer Ron Chan Tze Ngon, former chief financial officer Antonio Sena, former chief accounting officer Jim Ma, and former president-China Jiang Xiangyuan had committed tortious wrongs against the Company and violated their fiduciary duties and service contracts by individually and in conspiracy using their positions at the Company to further their own businesses, dissipating Company assets through unauthorized borrowings and cash pledges, and converting the Company’s cash and assets (including two and possibly all three of the Company’s private colleges). As part of the application, the Company also sought an injunctive order to freeze the assets of these executives that are located in Hong Kong, and filed a lawsuit against them seeking damages and an accounting of the property which the defendants’ have taken away from the Company as well as interest and legal costs. On June 19, 2012, the Hong Kong Court granted the Company’s application with respect to the injunction, restricting the defendants from removing their assets from Hong Kong, up to a value of Rmb800 million. The defendants have not yet responded to the injunctive order and, to date, have not acknowledged service of the proceedings against them. The Hong Kong Court has scheduled a hearing for July 6, 2012, to consider continuing the injunction.

Notwithstanding the fact that today is the 25th of June, and the company could have disclosed this information on the 19th of June, thus letting some of its stupider stuckholders know exactly WHY the shares were about to plunge, it really should be no surprise.

Unless of course, you are a brilliant investors like Ned Sherwood, who waged a proxy fight all last year with the company. Ned was seemingly completely unaware that there was actually nothing to fight over. The assets were plundered, and company management just walked away.

Poor delusional Ned. He reminds your author of an older “Beijing Jesse”. He seems so puzzled by the actions of CAST management, and so willing to believe the short sellers were wrong.

In one of his 13D filings from last fall Ned states:

As a Board member and independent outside director, I have become uncomfortable with many of the recent actions of senior management, the Company’s legal counsel and several members of the Board. Having been on the Board now for two years, I am impressed with CAST’s business model and its future prospects and potential. But I believe that the current corporate and legal governance issues are undermining the Company’s shareholder value.

I have demonstrated my support of and faith in ChinaCast by investing a substantial amount of money in its common shares. In the past year alone, I, on behalf of entities that I control, have purchased more than 3,140,000 of the Company’s common shares at a time when CAST was the subject of unjustified attacks by short sellers. Almost all of these purchases were made at prices that exceed the now current market share price. During this same period of time, CAST senior management has not purchased a single share of ChinaCast common stock.

Ned, allow me to explain what happened. That “business model” you were so impressed with is called “stealing.” You were suffering from cognitive dissonance. Even though you clearly realized that something is not right with the company, with its top management, and with top notch outside counsel from Loeb & Loeb, you still continued to pour your investors’ money into CAST. You scoffed at the warnings of short-sellers. You had drunk the CAST Kool-Aid, and today dawn finally broke. Wake up and smell the coffee… have been conned.

If you don’t know who the mark is Ned, it is you.

But don’t worry, you are not alone. Even Dealbook‘s Steven Davidoff, in a piece that reveals some of the shenanigans the company pulled last fall, available here, failed to understand that the most likely, and simplest, explanation was that CAST management and the coterie of advisors around them were (and are) just thugs out to steal whatever they can.

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More on the Kerr family connections – SEFE

One of the SEFE directors stands out from the rest, thirty year old Shannon Kerr. There are were some wonderful pictures of Shannon and her friends in London, in Las Vegas, and elsewhere on her Facebook page (UPDATE: No longer available, but it was here). One can see that Shannon is an attractive, and now, thanks to her SEFE shares, a wealthy young woman. But she has seen some tragedy in her life as well, including her father’s arrest in January of this year and her husband’s unfortunate passing in 2011. Still, it does appear that SEFE stock should have made her a millionaire many times over.

Just for fun, lets take a closer look at her resume. Here is the one from the most recent SEFE 10K filing:


Humble Harold Sciotto (SEFE, ECTY, AUGT, SPDL)

In The Mass Psychology of Suckers, Parts 1 and 2, we began exploring the chronology of Sefe, Inc. (SEFE) and the players involved. We will continue with another installment in that series soon, but today let’s take a look at SEFE director “Humble” Harold Sciotto.

Harold joined the board of SEFE last summer, the June 20, 2011 8k filing announcing his arrival discussed his background:


Like Father, Like Daughter? The Kerr Family and Sefe, Inc. – SEFE

April 25th was a busy day for Sefe, Inc. (SEFE fka MDCL). Before the open they issued a very late Form D and after the close they issued a new 8k. This new filing described a financing they had just completed, The company states:

On April 25, 2012 (“Issuance Date”), the Registrant entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”), with Riverbend, LLC (the “Riverbend”), whereby Riverbend agrees to purchase, and the Registrant agrees to issue, Debentures up to a total principal amount of $2,000,000 with warrants attached to purchase up to 500,000 shares of common stock of the Registrant at $1.00 per share. Subsequent purchases shall be mutually agreed upon. Each Debenture will accrue interest on the unpaid principal of each individual Debenture at the rate of eight percent (8%) per year (computed on the basis of a 365-day year and the actual days elapsed) from the date each Debenture is created until paid. The Registrant shall have the option to repay the entire principal amount and all accrued interest at any time on or before the Due Date.

On the Issuance Date, the first closing occurred, whereby a Debenture was issued to Riverbend in the aggregate amount of $200,000. All principal and interest accrued thereupon shall be due and payable on or before April 24, 2013.

And just who is their benefactor?