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Melissa Davis, senior editor of The Street Sweeper, poses with celebrity stock picker Jim Cramer after a recent taping of his "Mad Money" television show. Davis worked as an investigative reporter for TheStreet.com, where Cramer serves as chairman, before assuming her current role at The Street Sweeper.

Synthesis Energy Systems: Running Out Of Gas

by Sonya Colberg, Senior Investigative Reporter, 8/7/2014 10:20:07 AM

Synthesis Energy Systems (SYMX) is trying to hit the gas but the coal gasification company’s problems keep slamming on the brakes. TheStreetSweeper believes its many issues will continue to build into a swerving, stop-and-go ride sure to leave investors screaming to get off.

Key aspects of the Houston company and the coal gasification business have convinced us that the worst is not yet behind SYMX or those brave souls still holding onto the stock.

It’s been just eight months since SYMX restarted its plant in China after a long, painful 2-year shutdown that left SYMX’s market cap practically sitting on empty. Finally able to sell the product, the company’s stock price revved back up to reasonable levels before taking a recent, brief U-turn on some big trades and rumors that the co-founder and chief commercial officer has grabbed his truck-load of shares and taken the nearest exit. The stock price, however, is now recovering.

But the stock value likely will once again hit the skids because we believe SYMX will soon have to shut down its ZZ plant again.

The company offered a rebuttal by email through spokeswoman Susan Roush.

“As for your query about current methanol prices, when commodity prices are lower such as they are now, the plants are able to operate in different modes and continue to generate revenues,” she said.

While TheStreetSweeper believes it could operate in different modes, we do not believe it could generate any significant revenues by doing so - especially considering its track record.  A company filing says this:

“The Supplementary Agreement also provides that, to the extent Hai Hua has an unscheduled shutdown, and the plant continues to operate on standby during such period, Hai Hua is still required to pay the energy fee to the ZZ Joint Venture.”

So the plant would be operating and, under that scenario, the revenue could be expected to be the undoubtedly insignificant fee.

The “clean coal” company sells its coal-based syngas technology and equipment to its partner in China. Zao Zhuang, or ZZ, uses the syngas with coke oven gas to produce methanol, which is used to produce more complex chemicals or blended with gasoline for motor fuel. Naturally, ZZ wants as high a price as possible from its methanol. And a high price is necessary because operating expenses are so high.

Now, methanol prices are hovering around a 2-year low, threatening to once again shutter the plant. SYMX stands to face not quite the revenue drop to zero that it suffered last shutdown, but a significant sales decline all the same.



Sphere 3D: A Ticking Time Bomb Set to Self-Destruct?

by Melissa Davis, 7/24/2014 11:48:17 AM

* Editor's Note: The following article is the latest of four investigative reports that TheStreetSweeper has published on Sphere 3D, as it continues to move forward with its ongoing investigation of the company. TheStreetSweeper plans to share any major, new discoveries that it uncovers during the course of the research process.

Sphere 3D (Nasdaq: ANY; TSXV: ANY.V) can thank a former regulatory target with a lousy trading record for much of the buying pressure that has allowed its highflying stock to resist the pesky forces of gravity.

With Sphere 3D ranking as a standout performer in the miserable portfolio that determines the size of his annual bonus, Pinetree Capital CEO Sheldon Inwentash has repeatedly stepped forward to bolster the value of that risky investment by purchasing much of the stock that others have understandably chosen to sell. Just go back a few weeks ago for a particularly striking example. When TheStreetSweeper published the latest in a string of disturbing reports on Sphere 3D earlier this month, Inwentash responded by purchasing so much stock that he literally wound up buying more than half of all the shares that changed hands on the open market that day. (The next section of this report presents a full account of those trades in graphic detail.)

A former penny stock that barely topped the 50-cent mark as recently as last summer, Sphere 3D rocketed all the way to a record-breaking high above $11 a share with the help of that powerful buying spree.

Sphere 3D better hope that it fares a whole lot better than most of the other stocks that Inwentash has purchased after Pinetree blew millions on their ill-fated shares, however. Just look at the dismal performance of the investments that cost Pinetree the most. Even with Inwentash splurging on all of those stocks himself – often at prices well above those fetched on the open market today – most of them still trade in the low end of their 52-week range.

 

JAMN Finally Spills the Beans -- And It's an Ugly Mess

by Janice Shell, 6/2/2011 10:32:51 AM

* Editor's Note: Readers can access links to additional backup documents for this story by clicking here for TheStreetSweeper's original investigative report on this company.

Late Tuesday afternoon, after missing earlier deadlines, Jammin Java (OTC: JAMN.OB) filed a long-awaited annual report packed with enough eye-opening news to keep investors up all night. That mandatory filing, unaccompanied with a cheerful press release heralding its arrival, served as a painful wake-up call to shareholders already burned by a rapid plunge in the company’s stock price.

To be sure, the 10-K offered investors little reason to sing. For starters, the filing reveals, this once-hot “coffee company” sells no coffee of its own at all. JAMN relies on a supplier based in frigid Canada – far away from the tropical Jamaican home of its co-founder Rohan Marley – to provide the company with an actual product to sell to its customers instead.

Back in April of 2010, JAMN inked a “supply and toll agreement” with Canterbury Coffee of British Columbia that gave it access to some brew. According to that agreement, JAMN relies on Canterbury to fulfill every role – save a minor one – normally satisfied by a firm that classifies itself as a coffee company. Canterbury purchases the coffee beans. It roasts them. And it then packages them in bags supplied by JAMN – the company’s only real product – for sale to the public.

JAMN signed this deal more than a year ago, right before Shane Whittle – a notorious Vancouver stock promoter – officially resigned as CEO of the company. But the company never mentioned that agreement, seemingly material enough to warrant at least a quiet 8-K report, in a single regulatory filing until now.   

Jammin Java (JAMN): Hot Stock ... Bitter Aftertaste?

by Janice Shell, 6/2/2011 10:30:25 AM

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee! That’s exactly what Jammin Java (OTC: JAMN.OB), a heavily promotedcoffee company, and – for very different reasons – TheStreetSweeper would like investors to do.

Since the beginning of the year, JAMN has miraculously risen from the ashes of the “Grey Market” graveyard to become one of the liveliest – and richest – stocks in the entire microcap arena. JAMN has seen its stock shoot straight toward heaven, soaring from 55 cents to peak above $6 a share on massive daily volume, with its market value nowtopping $355 million despite the company’s limited resources and operating history. (As covered in more detail below, two of the Internet tout sheets pushing JAMN the hardest effectively vanished -- disabled by their Internet servers -- on the day the stock’s trading volume exploded past 20 million shares.) 

JAMN stands out for its powerful connections, the first loudly celebrated by the company and the second – involving a notorious stock promoter – carefully hidden from view.


 

CCME: Few Signs of Life at 'Healthy' Chinese Firm

by Roddy Boyd, 3/23/2011 9:30:34 AM

* Editor's Note: This story has been republished with permission from The Financial Investigator. To access the original article, complete with links to back-up documents, click here.

In the maze of thronged and narrow streets that makes up Fujian province’s capital city of Fuzhou, a deft driver, if he’s willing–as all Chinese drivers apparently are–to nearly kill or injure vast numbers of his countrymen can take you to the foot of Dongjie street. There was little reason to be there save for its having the headquarters of a company called China MediaExpress Holdings (Nasdaq: CCME), an enterprise that seems to be able to weather allegations about its business that would have forced the share price collapse of a company five times its size. The attention of bulls and bears is not misplaced: In a mere four years as a public company, it has apparently come to dominate the ad placement market for leading multinational consumer products companies on a network of what it claims is more than 27,000 buses on Chinese airport and intercity routes.

Also, and this cannot be understated, hanging out on a sidewalk in Fujian–the sidewalks double as parking spots when the streets, which appeared to have been designed in the Han Dynasty, fill up–was not a viable option. There was also the matter of the world-class headache the Financial Investigator was developing from Fuzhou’s diabolical smell, an epic conflation of poor sewage treatment, air pollution and the smell of cabbage that made getting the hell off Dongjie street a matter of vital importance.

The Financial Investigator and his traveling companion for the trip, an American investor with extensive experience in China, decided to head upstairs despite our interview with the CFO having been cancelled at the last minute (with no explanation given.) We thought a quick tour of the offices and meeting a few other executives might open our eyes to a few things.

It did.

Though the language barrier was a little steep with the young receptionist–when we asked for writing paper, she provided Kleenex–we were in short order shown to their conference room and told to wait. It did not escape notice that pride of place in the conference room belonged to a framed certificate of participation from the Fall 2010 Rodman & Renshaw conference, the World Cup for reverse merger companies and the pumpers and touts who peddle them.

Eventually chief operating officer James Yu came down and after spending 30 minutes trying to understand who we were, concluded that giving us a tour wouldn’t hurt. Soon enough, his colleague, Vinne Ye–the chairman’s assistant–came out and took us around.

It was most eye-opening.

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