Ashtead Group plc AHT delivered a strong second quarter with a good performance across the Group. As a result, Group rental revenue increased 18% for the half year to the 31st October and underlying pre-tax profit by19%. Earnings per share rose by 38% in the second quarter and by 42% over the half year. Accordingly the company expects that full year results will now be ahead of prior expectations.The interim dividend reflects the success of the first half with an increase of 18% from 5.5p to 6.5p per share.
RWS Holdings plc RWS claims an outstanding performance for the year to the 30th September with revenue up by 87% and adjusted profit before tax up by 43%. The proposed final dividend is to be increased by 15% making a total increase for the year of 15%. A very good start has been made to full year 2019 with a strong performance in the first two months, leading to expectations of another record year
My Sale Group plc MYSL is very disappointed in its performance during this year’s peak trading period. Challenging conditions impacted the second quarter and as a result the board now believes that revenue and profits for the year to 30 June 2019 will be significantly below market expectations. Selective price increases have had to be reversed after adversely affecting both revenue and transaction volume. Higher levels of discounting and postage promotions had to be used in order to offset lower demand. In Q1 the business traded in line with expectation, but in Q2, the peak trading period, the ongoing disruption caused by legislative changes in Australia was more acute than anticipated and gross profit was negatively impacted.
Zytronic plc ZYT Reported profit before tax for the year to the 31st September fell to £4.2 from £5.4m..in 2017 , as a result of reduced revenues, lower gross margins and litigation costs. An unchanged final dividend of 15.2p is proposed bringing total dividends for the year to 22.8p a rise of 20% year on year. Present revenues and trading are at similar levels to last year.
LightwaveRF plc LWRF Enjoyed a strong last quarter with revenue run rate up 50% on the previous three quarters after a weak first half performance. Revenue for the year to the 30th September fell to £2.81 million compared to 2017’s £3.03 million, whilst the loss before and after taxation slumped to £2.54 million from last years £0.85 million.However things are now improving Revenue run rate for first two months of the 2019 financial year, up a further 25% on the strong last quarter of 2018
NMC Health plc updates that management remains comfortable with and reiterates guidance for 2018 and 2019 whilst at the same time contradicting itself with statements that it is delivering further positive operational progress, enjoying strong growth and improving second half cash flow. The update then repeats the updated figures for full years 2018 and 2019 given at the last update. There is one change however in that O&M vertical continues to expand and KPIs for management LTIP have been revised. At this late stage of the year NMC must now be well in the running for first prize in the jargon stakes.
Big Sofa Technologies Group BST revenues for the year ending 31 December 2018 are expected to show growth growth of approximately 31 per cent over 2017. The Board believes that the programme of material cost savings for 2018 and 2019 places the Company on an accelerated path to breakeven.
Access Intelligence ACC announces that strong growth for the year to the end of November has led to the company enjoying the busiest year in its history with a growing market position. The Group’s total annual contract value at 30 November 2018 was approximately £12.4 million, compared to £8.6 million as at the end of November 2017. Recent contract wins including Porsche, Fiat Chrysler ,Mercedes, Médecins Sans Frontières, Investec, Philips, Air France KLM, Emirates Group, and DFDS Seaways, to name but a few.
Van Elle Holdings plc VANL experienced a quiet start to the current year after a challenging period for UK construction markets in early 2018. Market conditions have improved in the second quarter. Expected underlying PBT of £2.8m (H1 2017: £5.4m) for the first half to the 31st October reflects the impact of those earlier subdued activity levels. At the end of October the Group’s order book was 16% ahead of last year. Momentum is now building into the third quarter.
Hardide plc HDD reports record revenues for the year to the 30th September with a rise of 42%. Sales to customers in North America rose by 84% year on year and now account for 61% of total group sales. Oil and gas revenue grew significantly, with strong sales to new and existing customer. Further progress towards profitability will be made in the coming year
The operator, Holywell, is currently negotiating an extension to the initial licence term which ends on 19 December 2018, with the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”), on behalf of itself and joint venture partner, Atlantic Petroleum (“Atlantic”), the owner of the remaining 33.3% non-operated interest in the licence. Andalas will update shareholders on the status of the negotiation as soon as further information is made available to it.
Following completion of the 2018 work programme, Holywell provided the results of its seismic interpretation to its partner, Atlantic, and also to its shareholders, including Andalas, which were announced by the Company on 20 August 2018.
Holywell reported to Andalas that Atlantic, having completed a technical evaluation of the seismic reinterpretation completed by Holywell, formed the view that there was the potential for there to be a further upside gas reserve on the licence that may influence the factors that led to the selection of the initial well location that had been recommended by Holywell.
The licence partners therefore agreed to request an extension to ensure that sufficient time is allowed under the licence to enable the joint venture to complete additional seismic interpretation work on the potential upside gas reserve. Any additional seismic interpretation will provide additional data to enable the joint venture partners to agree the technical and commercial appraisal and development plans for the licence that will inform the joint venture partners individual decision to drill or drop the licence.
The additional seismic reprocessing may result in the operator, Holywell, issuing an updated resource assessment. However, as at the date of this announcement, the previously announced operator assessment of the resource remains unchanged. Any update resulting from the proposed additional seismic reprocessing will be announced at that time.
In parallel with the request for an extension to the licence, the joint venture partners have continued to evaluate potential funding options with regard to progressing the licence to the drill phase.
The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (‘MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service (‘RIS’), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.
For further information, please contact:
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|Colin Rowbury||Novum Securities Limited
|Tel: +44 207 399 9427|
|Christian Dennis||Optiva Securities Limited
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|Stefania Barbaglio||Cassiopeia Services Limited (Public Relations)||Stefania@cassiopeia-ltd.com|
Salt Lake Potash (SO4) – Native Title Land Access and Exploration Agreement Executed for Lake Way. Construction Activities Set to Commence.
- Salt Lake Potash and Tarlka Matuwa Piarku (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC (TMPAC) have entered into a Native Title Land Access and Exploration Agreement for Lake Way
- TMPAC consent has been received for the on-lake construction of the pond system for the dewatering of the Williamson Pit at Lake Way (Williamson Ponds)
- Work programs at Lake Way continue to accelerate with construction of the Williamson Ponds expected to commence shortly
- A ‘whole of lake’ resource definition program is being undertaken to enable larger scale production scenarios to be considered
Salt Lake Potash Limited (Salt Lake Potash or the Company) is pleased to announce it has signed a Native Title Land Access and Brine Minerals Exploration Agreement (the Agreement) with Tarlka Matuwa Piarku (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC (TMPAC) covering the Lake Way Project area.
TMPAC have entered into the Agreement with Salt Lake Potash on behalf of the Wiluna People who are the recognised Native Title Holders of the land covering the Lake Way Project area. TMPAC have also provided consent for the total area required for the construction and operation of the Williamson Ponds.
The signing of the Agreement with TMPAC and receipt of TMPAC’s consent for the Williamson Ponds is a major milestone in the development of the Lake Way Project and positions Salt Lake Potash to accelerate the works program for the Williamson Ponds.
Salt Lake Potash’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tony Swiericzuk, said:
“It has been a pleasure working with TMPAC to develop an agreement which respects the significance of the area’s heritage and also enables us to progress the Lake Way Project. The signing of the Agreement is a key milestone for construction activities to commence and the Company’s goal of developing the first SOP project within Australia. We look forward to building on the strong working relationship with TMPAC as we progress our plans to develop the Lake Way Project.”
Having signed the Agreement, Salt Lake Potash is looking to accelerate works at Lake Way, including:
1. Construction of Williamson Ponds – Key contracts in respect of the construction of the Williamson Ponds are in the process of being finalised and construction equipment will be mobilising shortly in preparation for the imminent planned works to begin on the Williamson Ponds at Lake Way. The completion of this work program will result in the construction of Australia’s first commercial scale SOP evaporation ponds.
2. Resource Definition Program – A maiden Mineral Resource Estimate for Lake Way (Blackham tenements only) was reported in July 2018. Work is currently underway to enable the Company to report a Mineral Resource Estimate for the lake bed brine and the paleochannel aquifer for the ‘whole of lake’, which will enable the Company to examine larger production options.
For further information please visit www.saltlakepotash.com.au or contact:
Salt Lake Potash Limited
Tel: +61 8 9322 6322
Salt Lake Potash Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 754 036 6000
Colin Aaronson/Richard Tonthat/Ben Roberts
Grant Thornton UK LLP (Nominated Adviser)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100
Derrick Lee/Beth McKiernan
Cenkos Securities plc (Joint Broker)
Tel: +44 (0) 131 220 6939
Jerry Keen/Toby Gibbs
Shore Capital (Joint Broker)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7468 7967
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This announcement may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Salt Lake’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events. Forward looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Salt Lake, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Salt Lake makes no undertaking to subsequently update or revise the forward-looking statements made in this announcement, to reflect the circumstances or events after the date of that announcement.
The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.
TechFinancials Inc (TECH) is developing a blockchain-based sports ticketing business with Footies Tech Ltd. The new company will licence blockchain technology from TechFinancials, which will have a 75% stake in the company. TechFinancials will provide up to $500,000 to the company and this commitment is dependent on a client signing up within three months. The idea is to make the sports club take control of the initial sale and any secondary ticket transactions. Former Liverpool FC chairman Ian Ayre will be chairman of the new company.
Eight Capital Partners (ECP) has invested £60,000 in Pelican House (PHM) at 0.45p a share. Eight Capital will be issued 13.33 million warrants exercisable at 0.45p a share. Eight Capital is appointing John Treacy to the board of Pelican, which is changing its investment strategy from natural resources to sports and leisure.
Crossword Cybersecurity (CCS) has raised £2m at 290p a share and it will move to AIM on 14 December. The share price peaked at 430p in March. Crossword is valued at £13.6m at the placing price. Hargreave Hale AIM VCT has taken a 7.37% stake.
Early Equity (EEQP) is assessing additional investments that fit its strategy. There was £437,000 of cash in the balance sheet at the end of August 2018. The main investment is a 47.1% stake in healthcare products distributor Yicom Global.
Miton has increased its stake in Wheelsure Holdings (WHLP) from 15.5% to 17.8%. DXS International (DXSP) chief executive David Immelman has bought 20,002 shares at 9.9p each, taking his stake to 10.45%.
Welney (WENP) is considering a couple of proposals that can enable the company to move ahead. The loan note holders have agreed not to call in the loans for at least another 12 months. Net liabilities were £268,000 at the end of June 2018.
Block Commodities (BLCC) has launched the Farmer 3.0 (described as an integrated agri-business ecosystem) pilot project, which covers up to 1,000 Ugandan farmers. The plan is to expand the service to up 50,000 farmers.
Plastics Capital (PLA) has still to see the benefits of its investment in capacity and winning new business. In the six months to September 2018, revenues improved 11% to £40.6m and underlying pre-tax profit recovered from £1.2m to £2.1m. Net debt was £15.7m at the end of September 2018 to £14.5m by March 2019. Cenkos forecasts a 2018-19 profit of £5m, rising to £5.4m next year.
Broker finnCap (FCAP) joined AIM and completed the acquisition of Cavendish Corporate Finance last week. finnCap raised £3.75m at 28p a share.
The People’s Operator (TPOP) has the chance to receive an investment from the owner of LycaMobile. A share capital reorganisation is required before any shares can be issued. Every 2,000 shares will be consolidated into one share. An investment of £1.3m will be in shares (29.9%) and convertible loan notes – convertible at 10p a share.
Evgen Pharam (EVG) says that the final patient in the STEM:SFX-01 trial for metastatic breast cancer will take her last dose by the end of 2018. The final readout for the trial should be in March.
Ceres Power (CWR) has finalised its collaboration with Weichai Power. They will create a fuel cell manufacturing joint venture in China and technology will be licenced to the new venture, which could generate up to £30m in payments. There is also a £9m joint development agreement for range extenders for electric buses. Weichai will invest £28m at 164.5p a share.
Hagai Tal has resigned as chief executive of Taptica International Ltd (TAP) after he was criticised about his actions at a previous company. Rivi Bloch takes over as interim chief executive. The business appears to be changing with revenues not up to expectations but margins improving.
Panther Securities (PNS) is paying a special dividend of 15p a share after what it calls the best year it has experienced. Next year at least 12p a share will be paid.
Woodford has says that it will subscribe £8m in a fundraising for eve Sleep (EVE) and Channel 4 says that it will invest £900,000. Chairman Paul Pindar will invest £1m. Discussions continue with other investors in order to raise the £15m required.
Vianet (VNET) is growing its smart machines operations and it was responsible for the growth in revenues in the first half. The pubs market remains tough and smart zones revenues dipped, but there is the prospect of a large order in the US. Full year profit is expected to improve from £2.7m to £3m. The interim dividend is maintained and the total dividend for the year should be unchanged at 5.7p a share.
Versarien (VRS) has signed a supply agreement to supply a new graphene enhanced polymer range to AECOM. Interim revenues were 19% higher at £5.22m. There was cash of £6.07m at the end of September 2018. There was a £1.1m cash outflow in the six month period.
Omega Diagnostics (ODX) continues to lose money and net debt was £700,000 at the end of September 2018. The £2m overdraft facility should provide enough finance for the company’s needs. The commercialisation of Visitect CD4 is important to long-term progress for the company. CE marking for advance disease should be awarded soon. The timing of approvals and therefore revenues is difficult to predict.
Pebble Beach Systems (PEB) has resolved its dispute with xG Technology Inc over the disposal of its hardware business. No further liabilities are due by either party and the forecast cash balances for Pebble Beach will not be materially different.
Rose Petroleum (ROSE) has agreed an operational plan with the Utah authorities for its acreage in the Paradox Basin and this includes recently acquired acreage. A suitable drilling rig should be available in the first quarter of 2019. The plan is to secure funding for the drilling programme.
Zinc Media Group (ZIN) has appointed Mark Browning, who is currently boss of ITN Productions, as chief executive and he will start in the first half of 2019. He replaces former finance director David Galan, who became full-time chief executive in February.
Adam Formela has stepped down as chief executive of packaging manufacturer Robinson (RBN). Martin McGee has become interim chief executive.
Trading in the shares of MySQUAR (MYSQ) will end on 10 December. Additional cash is required and a sale of assets to a NEX-quoted company in return for shares could happen. The investigation of past financial transactions continues.
Fishing tackle retailer Fishing Republic (FISH) has appointed administrators.
Cryptocurrency mining services provider Argo Blockchain (ARB) estimates that its current annualised revenues are $6.2m (£4.8m). Trading is ahead of expectations. Net cash was £15m at the end of November 2018.
Sand U (SUS) says trading is in line with expectations. There has been a reduction in demand for finance for used cars. This means that the loan portfolio is growing more slowly than expected.
Standard list shell Spinnaker Opportunities (SOP) is evaluating opportunities in the cannabis market.
Dr David Paul from VectorVest discusses current market movements in what he refers to as a Late Cycle Bull Market with Zak Mir on Core Finance. Stocks covered include US listed Centene Group (CNC), Molina Healthcare (MOH) & United Health Group (UNH).
Games Workshop Group GAW updates that at the end of the six months to the 2nd December, it has a lot of cash which is truly surplus, presumably as opposed to cash which is not “truly” surplus. . The company can not find anything else to do with it so it is giving it to the shareholders, well at least a sum equal to 30p. per share.The results are in line with expectations for the year to 2nd June so the largesse must have been in the planning all along. Indeed it admits that this is in line with the Company’s policy of how to distribute truly surplus cash, as opposed to non “truly’ surplus cash.
Associated British Foods ABF The unheard of has happened and Primark has had to admit that in November trading was challenging and the retail market was tough. However improved margins helped to save the day, and expectations for Primarks profits to increase, remain unchanged. The problems at AB sugar continue and profits will be significantly lower, reflecting the full year effect of EU sugar prices.
CH Bailey plc BLEY saw group revenue fall by 4% in the 6 months to the 30th September but profit was up by 43% and EBITDA by 18%. The UK engineering business, is continuing to grow, with revenues up by 10% and the order book for the second half of the year looking solid.
James Halstead plc JHD is aware that there is much speculation on the future trading relationship of the UK with Europe but maintains that it is a global trading company and the Board is confident of growth albeit mindful of potential short term issues. Both turnover and profits for the first five months are ahead of last year..
Catenae (AIM:CTEA), the AIM quoted provider of digital media and technology announces it has signed its first contract for a solution utilising its blockchain technology. This agreement is with STM Security UK Ltd (“STM”) who have been customers of the Company since 2013. STM is a UK based security company and a supplier of manned security solutions and customer service staff, providing professional, trained and licensed personnel throughout the UK.
Under the terms of the contract Catenae will supply STM with OnGuard Plus, a business management solution which was specifically developed for the security industry. It utilises mobile and cloud technologies to support the administrative, operational and financial functions of the manned guarding sector. The integration of Catenae’s Sequestrum distributed ledger technology provides clients with the ability to store critical and regulatory reports in an immutable form within the Sequestrum repository providing auditable proof of both the existence of the report as well as its original content. Revenue is generated via an annual ‘in advance’ licence fee as well as a transaction fee on a ‘per report’ basis.
Sequestrum Update – Catenae has recently completed final testing of Sequestrum, Catenae’s Distributed Ledger technology digital repository running on the Hyper Ledger Blockchain platform. This recent technical development opens up the opportunity for Sequestrum to be run on the client’s choice of Blockchain platform, significantly broadening its potential application.
OnSite – The Company announces the launch of its management and inspection platform – OnSite. This product has been developed specifically for the construction industry. The product provides the ability for companies to manage and schedule their workforce and provides a universal inspection and reporting tool that can be adapted to meet the regulatory reporting standards for this industry. The integration of Sequestrum ensures that inspection reports are stored in an immutable form directly from the mobile input device, recording the geo-coordinates of the device and centralised timestamping as meta data for full auditability.
We hope to make further announcements on further commercial agreements in the near future.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014. The person who arranged for release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Tony Sanders (Chief Executive Officer).
For further information:
Catenae Innovation PLC
Tel: 020 7929 7826
|Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, Nominated Adviser
Liam Murray / Jo Turner
|Tel: 020 7213 0880|
Alexander David Securities Limited, Broker
Tel: 020 7448 9820