Fish waste-based alternative to plastic wins Dyson Award

A biodegradable bioplastic made from red algae and waste products from the fishing industry has won the UK section of the 2019 James Dyson Award.

Created by Sussex University Graduate Lucy Hughes, MarinaTex is an alternative to the single-use plastics such as those used in sandwich packets.

BBC Click’s Lara Lewington reports in Video here.

A bio-plastic made of organic fish waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, with the potential to replace plastic in everyday packaging, has landed its UK graduate designer a James Dyson award.

Lucy Hughes, 23, a recent graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, sought to tackle the dual problems of environmentally harmful single-use plastics and inefficient waste streams by harnessing fish offcuts to create an eco-friendly plastic alternative.

Her solution, a biodegradable and compostable material called MarinaTex, can break down in a soil environment in four to six weeks and be disposed of through home food waste collections.

Hughes, from Twickenham, in south-west London, used red algae to bind proteins extracted from fish skins and scales, creating strong overlapping bonds in a translucent and flexible sheet material. Although it looks and feels like plastic, initial testing suggests it is stronger, safer and much more sustainable than its oil-based counterpart.

It is estimated people in the UK use 5m tonnes of plastic every year, nearly half of which is packaging. Only 51% of local authorities in England have separate food waste collections and even where recycling schemes are in place, the majority of bio and compostable plastics are not generally suited to existing waste treatment infrastructures.

An estimated 492,020 tonnes of fish waste are produced by the fish processing industry every year in the UK and it is considered a huge and inefficient waste stream with low commercial value.

Unwanted offcuts include offal, blood, crustacean and shellfish exoskeletons and fish skin and scales, all of which ends up in landfill or incineration. Through research carried out on the Sussex coast, Hughes found fish skins and scales were the most promising sources for the plastic alternative, due to their flexibility and strength-enabling proteins. A single Atlantic cod could generate the organic waste needed for 1,400 bags of MarinaTex, she found.

“Plastic is an amazing material, and as a result we have become too reliant on it as designers and engineers,” Hughes said. “It makes no sense to me that we’re using plastic, an incredibly durable material, for products that have a life cycle of less than a day. For me, MarinaTex represents a commitment to material innovation and selection by incorporating sustainable, local and circular values into design. As creators, we should not limit ourselves to designing to just form and function, but rather form, function and footprint.”

 

VIDEO: Open Orphan (ORPH) CCO Maurice Treacy Presents at Shares Investors Evening in Manchester

Maurice Treacy of Open Orphan #ORPH, plus Alan Green talks Fair Oaks Income #FAIR, Open Orphan #ORPH, Helios Underwriting #HUW & Kibo Energy #KIBO

Maurice Treacy of Open Orphan #ORPH discusses their agreement to complete the build out Open Orphan Health Data platform, plus Alan Green talks about: Fair Oaks Income #FAIR, Open Orphan #ORPH, Helios Underwriting #HUW & Kibo Energy #KIBO.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Holdings in Company

TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

 

 

NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR HOLDINGS (to be sent to the relevant issuer and to the FCA in Microsoft Word format if possible)i

1a. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attachedii:

Cadence Minerals Plc

 

 

1b. Please indicate if the issuer is a non-UK issuer  (please mark with an “X” if appropriate)

Non-UK issuer

2. Reason for the notification (please mark the appropriate box or boxes with an “X”)

An acquisition or disposal of voting rights

An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments

An event changing the breakdown of voting rights

Other (please specify)iiichange of attribution of the nature of the holding (USD convertible instrument translated to GBP)

X

3. Details of person subject to the notification obligationiv

Name

Trafalgar Trading Fund Inc.

City and country of registered office (if applicable)

Cayman Islands

4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.)v

Name

City and country of registered office (if applicable)

5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or reachedvi:

14/10/19

6. Date on which issuer notified (DD/MM/YYYY):

15/10/19

7. Total positions of person(s) subject to the notification obligation

% of voting rights attached to shares (total of 8. A)

% of voting rights through financial instruments
(total of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2)

Total of both in % (8.A + 8.B)

Total number of voting rights of issuervii

Resulting situation on the date on which threshold was crossed or reached

n/a

9.04%

9.04%

105,461,968

Position of previous notification (if

applicable)

n/a

8.97%

8.97%

8. Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reachedviii

A: Voting rights attached to shares

Class/type of
shares

ISIN code (if possible)

Number of voting rightsix

% of voting rights

Direct

(Art 9 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.1)

Indirect

(Art 10 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.2.1)

Direct

(Art 9 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.1)

Indirect

(Art 10 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.2.1)

SUBTOTAL 8. A

 

 

B 1: Financial Instruments according to Art. 13(1)(a) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1.1 (a))

Type of financial instrument

Expiration
date
x

Exercise/
Conversion Period
xi

Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is

exercised/converted.

% of voting rights

Convertible loan note

01.09.20

08.07.19-01.09.20

9,529,978.79

9.04%

SUBTOTAL 8. B 1

9,529,978.79

9.04%

 

 

B 2: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect according to Art. 13(1)(b) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1.1 (b))

Type of financial instrument

Expiration
date
x

Exercise/
Conversion Period 
xi

Physical or cash

settlementxii

Number of voting rights

% of voting rights

SUBTOTAL 8.B.2

 

 

 

9. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation (please mark the

applicable box with an “X”)

Person subject to the notification obligation is not controlled by any natural person or legal entity and does not control any other undertaking(s) holding directly or indirectly an interest in the (underlying) issuerxiii

X

Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the
financial instruments are effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entity
xiv (please add additional rows as necessary)

Namexv

% of voting rights if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold

% of voting rights through financial instruments if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold

Total of both if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold

10. In case of proxy voting, please identify:

Name of the proxy holder

The number and % of voting rights held

The date until which the voting rights will be held

11. Additional informationxvi

Place of completion

Hong Kong

Date of completion

15/10/19

ECR Minerals #ECR – Positive Geophysics Update at Windidda Gold Project Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to provide an update with regard to the Company’s Windidda gold project located in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia.

The Windidda gold project includes nine licence applications covering approximately 1,600 square kilometres of the Yilgarn region. The application areas were identified as a potential greenstone hosted orogenic gold exploration opportunity with significant potential to contain Archaean greenstones buried beneath cover. The application process for the licences is ongoing at present.

The focus of this announcement, the processing and interpretation of airborne and ground geophysics, is an important element in the determination of high profile drill targets, enabling the rapid assessment of the potential for gold mineralisation.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Processing, analysis and interpretation of gravity and open file airborne geophysics survey data covering the Windidda gold project area in Western Australia has been completed by Western Geophysics Pty Ltd on behalf of ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).
  • The aim of the work was to process and interpret available airborne magnetic and ground gravity data to determine the depth of Archaean units below overlying Proterozoic Earaheedy Basin sediments.
  • The modelling results show the depths to magnetic sources are shallowest on the highly magnetic trend striking NNW-SSE in the western half of the Windidda project area.
  • Shallow, altered and mineralised gold intersections drilled by North Ltd in 1998-2000 coincide with the highly magnetic units in their Bermuda project area, which lies outside the Windidda project area to the south.
  • The magnetic and mineralised trend (Bermuda trend) projects into Windidda exploration licence application E38-3369 and the modelling results indicate shallow feasible drill targets there.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The results of the study by Western Geophysics are most encouraging and demonstrate real potential for the discovery of gold mineralisation hosted in under-cover Archaean greenstones in the world-class gold mining environment of Western Australia.

The under-cover greenstone exploration model has been successfully tested to date by Greatland Gold at its Ernest Giles project located approximately 125km east of ECR’s Windidda gold project.

We look forward to moving the Windidda gold project forward and reporting back to the market with further developments.”

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

MGA has nine exploration licence applications located approximately 150km north of Laverton in Western Australia, which comprise the Windidda project. An update on the status of the applications was provided in the Company’s announcement dated 27 September 2019, which may be viewed at the following link:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals_plc/news/rns/story/rm5zl8w

The locations of the exploration licence applications, the regional geology and the gold and base metal (nickel) occurrences in the Gerry Well greenstone belt to the south are shown on Figure 1, which may be viewed at the following link:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2019/10/14/windidda-project-geophreport-wgpx-figure-1.jpg

The Windidda project area is underlain by Proterozoic age sediments of the Earaheedy Basin. The basin rocks unconformably overlie Archaean rocks of the northern margin of the Yilgarn craton.

The geophysical modelling results show the depths to magnetic sources are shallowest on the highly magnetic trend striking NNW-SSE in the western half of the project area. Shallow, altered and mineralised gold intersections from drilling by North Ltd (“North”) in 1998-2000 coincide with the highly magnetic units in their Bermuda project area (labelled “Windidda South” on Figure 1), located outside the Windidda project area to the south. The magnetic and mineralised trend (Bermuda trend) projects into Windidda exploration licence application E38-3369 and the modelling results indicate feasible drill targets there.

The modelling shows increasing depth to the north for central and eastern zones of NNE-SSW striking, strongly magnetic units. Magnetic units at <200 metres BGL (below ground level) are indicated on Lines 2000 and 2001, shown on Figure 18, which may be viewed at the following:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2019/10/14/windidda-project-geophreport-wgpx-figure-18.jpg

In order to advance future exploration, additional geophysics surveys are recommended to lower risk prior to any drilling. These being detailed gravity and high-resolution airborne EM surveys.

Previous work completed by North, located approximately seven kilometres to the south of the southern boundary of Windidda exploration licence application E38-3369, determined the Proterozoic is approximately less than or equal to 100 metres thick with some more shallow areas of Archaean banded iron formation (BIF) and ultramafic formations in subcrop.

A significant amount of work was done there by North (Bermuda project) from 1998 to 2000 including, mapping, drilling, some gravity lines and induced polarisation surveys. Unfortunately, none of the ground geophysics data are lodged in digital format with the West Australian Department of Mines. North concluded: “Significant gold anomalism has been intersected within E38/589. Associated with anomalous gold values are strong alteration zones, major through-going structures and anomalous multi-element geochemistry. All these factors show that E38/589 exhibits significant potential for hosting gold mineralisation and, requires further drilling to test anomalous zones.” The mineralisation is labelled as Windidda South on Figure 1.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

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 Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc

Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010

David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman

Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com

WH Ireland Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174

Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford

SI Capital Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500

Broker

Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia and the Windidda gold project in the Yilgarn region, Western Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

Open Orphan #ORPH signs strategic collaboration agreement with Empiric Logic

Open Orphan, a European-focussed, rare and orphan drug consulting services platform, is pleased to announce it has signed a new strategic collaboration agreement (“the Collaboration”) with Empiric Logic to build on the earlier work performed by Open Orphan and complete the build out of Open Orphan’s Health Data platform, Europe’s first rare disease, advocacy-led genomic database.

Empiric Logic, a leading managed software service company which provides software to the Life Sciences, Pharma, Pharma Services and Biotech sectors, will incorporate its propriety, privacy preserving, and artificial intelligence enabled software into Open Orphan’s Health Data platform to aid the collection and management capabilities of the software.

The Collaboration is the final stage in the completion of Open Orphan’s Genomic Health Data platform and will speed up its launch. The platform builds on the genomic analysis, database architecture know-how and prior professional experience between the founders of Empiric Logic and Maurice Treacy, Chief Commercial Officer at Open Orphan.

Cathal Friel, Chief Executive of Open Orphan commented:

“This is an exciting step towards the completion of our genomic Health Data platform, and we are delighted to have Empiric on board to help us quickly and securely become one of the largest databases of rare disease patients in Europe.”

Gareth O’Sullivan, CEO at Empiric Logic commented:

“Empiric Logic is delighted to be supporting the Open Orphan team with the final steps of preparing the Genomic Health Data platform to accept first data.

As part of the rollout of the Open Orphan database, it will be making substantial use of our artificial intelligence capabilities, such as for identification of rare-disease genetic mutations, but also for the potential identification of patients for clinical trials going forward.”

Enquiries:

Open Orphan plc Tel: +353 1 644 0007
Cathal Friel, Chief Executive Officer

Arden Partners (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker) Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 5900
John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Ruari McGirr / Benjamin Cryer

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker) Tel: +353 (0)1 679 6363
Anthony Farrell (Corporate Finance)

Camarco (Financial PR) Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 4980
Tom Huddart / Billy Clegg / Dan Sherwen

 

Notes to Editors on Open Orphan:

Open Orphan plc is a European-focused, rare and orphan drug consulting services platform. The Company intends to roll up a number of orphan drug services business. Open Orphan has two data driven digital platforms, a Genomic Health Data Platform, which is establishing a rare disease database and a Virtual Rep platform enabling pharmaceutical companies to engage key opinion leaders and physicians. The Company is targeting rapid growth in one of the fastest growing sectors in the global pharmaceutical industry targeting under-supplied treatment for life threatening or very serious diseases and rare disorders.

Notes to Editors on Empiric Logic:

Empiric Logic is a platform provider for health and genomics data analysis.  This platform uses proprietary analysis software to automate key aspects of the collation, correlation and analysis of complex health and genomics data.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) – Bacanora Lithium (AIM:BCN) Completion of Strategic Investment by Ganfeng Lithium and Board Changes.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the update published today by Bacanora Lithium (AIM:BCN) (“Bacanora”) on the Strategic Investment by leading global lithium company Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. (“Ganfeng” or “GFL”). As announced on 28 June 2019, the signed Investment Agreement and Offtake Agreement, which together make up the Strategic Investment, were submitted to the relevant authorities in China for approval. Completion of the last of the relevant approvals has now been obtained and Bacanora has now received the £21,963,740 of funds from Ganfeng in exchange for a 29.99% equity interest in Bacanora Lithium PLC and a 22.5% JV investment directly in the Sonora Lithium Project (‘Sonora’). It is expected that the 57,600,364 shares in Bacanora will be admitted to trading on or around 18 October 2019.

Cadence Minerals – Holdings in BCN, Mexalit and Megalit:

Bacanora is a lithium exploration and development company. Cadence holds 30% of Mexalit and Megalit joint venture companies and approximately 0.5% of Bacanora’s equity. Mexalit is the owner of the El Sauz, El Sauz 1, El Sauz 2, Fleur and Fleur 1 mineral concessions, which forms part of the 20-year mine plan of the Sonora Lithium Project in Northern Mexico.

Update on Ganfeng and current activities at Sonora.

Ganfeng has recently announced its intention to proactively advance the development of Bacanora’s Sonora lithium clay project during the second half of 2019 with a number of initiatives. These will support Ganfeng’s target of 200,000 tonnes per annum lithium carbonate equivalent production capacity by 2025, although final capacity expansion will be based on changes in, and assessment of, future market demand for lithium products.

The Bacanora project team in Mexico continues to progress the final design work for the mine, concentrator and kiln sections of the processing plant. The Ganfeng technical team has initiated work on the hydrometallurgical circuit and is reviewing sourcing key sections of the lithium production equipment from current equipment suppliers in China.

Changes to Board of Directors.

Mr. Wang Xiaoshen, the Vice President of Ganfeng and the vice-chairman of its board of directors, is today appointed a director of Bacanora Lithium plc.

The full release can be found at: https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/BCN/14264020.html

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014. 

– Ends –

 

For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling  
Kiran Morzaria  
   
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce  
James Sinclair-Ford  
   
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss  

 

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

  

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

 

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) – Auroch Minerals (ASX: AOU) – Saints Nickel Project Drilling Update.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the update today from Auroch Minerals Limited (ASX: AOU) (“Auroch”) on its maiden drilling programme at its recently-acquired Saints Nickel Project (Saints), located approximately 65km northwest of Kalgoorlie and 7km east of the Goldfields Highway. The latest diamond drill-hole SNDD005 intersected 1.60m of semi-massive to massive sulphide mineralisation. The mineralisation is nickeliferous, with significant pentlandite (one of the major nickel sulphide ore minerals) observed intergrown with pyrrhotite, along with pyrite and chalcopyrite (a copper sulphide ore mineral). The interval has been processed and sampled by the Auroch team and assays are pending.

Cadence Minerals Holding in Auroch

Cadence currently owns approximately 1% of the equity in Auroch Minerals, which is an exploration company targeting principally zinc, cobalt and lithium.

Highlights:

  • 1.60m of nickeliferous semi-massive to massive sulphide mineralisation intersected in drill-hole. SNDD005 of maiden drilling programme (assays pending)
  • Disseminated to massive sulphide mineralisation intersected in all five drill-holes completed to-date (assays pending).
  • Drilling programme 50% completed and progressing on time and budget.
  • Down-hole electromagnetic (DHEM) surveys to be undertaken over the coming week on all completed drill-holes.
Massive pyrrhotite – pentlandite (nickel sulphide) – pyrite – chalcopyrite over 1.60m in drill-hole SNDD005 at Saint Patricks

Auroch Managing Director Aidan Platel commented: “We are very pleased with the progress of our maiden drilling programme at the Saints Nickel Project. We are halfway through the programme and progressing on-schedule and on-budget, and the drilling has been of a high standard. The nickeliferous massive sulphides intersected in drill-hole SNDD005 are very interesting and we look forward to receiving the assay results as soon as possible. With 5 holes remaining to drill, all of the assay results still to come and down-hole EM surveys commencing next week, we look forward to receiving a large amount of data over the next two months that will guide the next phase of drilling at the Saints Nickel Project in early 2020, and will continue to update the market as this information is received.”

The full release can be found at: https://www.investi.com.au/api/announcements/aou/4dc13449-07e.pdf

Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “We are pleased to note that the Saints Nickel drilling programme is now 50% complete, and has been delivered on schedule and on budget. This is an exciting period for Auroch shareholders as we await the first assay results.”

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling  
Kiran Morzaria  
   
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce  
James Sinclair-Ford  
   
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

 

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Andrew Hore Quoted Micro 14 October 2019

NEX EXCHANGE

National Milk Records (NMRP) increased its pre-tax profit by one-fifth to £2.4m in the year to June 2018. Revenues improved from £21.4m to £22.8m. The farm-based milk recording business grew, but the main growth came from the much smaller traceability and reproductive businesses. These figures are for the period before the recent virus attack. The dividend has been halved from 2.5p a share to 1.25p a share because management wants to invest in laboratories and IT. Net debt was £1.7m.

Good Energy (GOOD) has clarified its interim figures. The renewable energy supplier says that there was a misclassification of £4.9m relating to cash and current assets and current liabilities. The problem was the timing of payments. This does not change NAV and profit. There was a £20m in the bank at the end of September 2019. Good Energy has signed a technology platform agreement with Octopus Group, which could involve investment of £4m in order to improve efficiency. The existing technology will be written down over the 12 months to June 2019. Operating cost savings should cover the investment in 18 months of full implementation.

Vox has ended merger discussions with PCG Entertainment (PCGE) and Align Research saying that it is difficult to raise money for any business involving Align Research. Vox is concerned that this will hamper fundraisings for future deals, and it believes it could have a negative effect on its main business.

VI Mining (VIM) has acquired rights to near-surface oxide gold at the Aripuana project in Brazil. The company’s other assets are in Peru.

Reyker Securities has been suspended as a broker on NEX Exchange.

AIM  

PCI-compliant payment services provider PCI PAL (PCIP) is making progress in winning new contracts in North America. Recurring annual contract value is £1.9m, compared with forecast revenues of £4.8m in the year to June 2020, up from £2.8m. PCI Pal will continue to lose money as it builds up revenues. Net cash was £1.5m at the end of June 2019. A new £2.75m facility will provide the working capital required to cover losses until the company starts to generate cash. Net debt of £1.5m is forecast at the end of June 2021, so this is well within the funding available.

Uhuru Corporation is a Japanese Internet of Things technology company planning to join AIM this month. Tokyo-based Uhuru (www.uhuru.co.jp/en) is involved in consultancy and engineering, as well as providing creative content and data analysis. Customers include NEC, Dentsu, Honda, Komatsu, Yamaha and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Duke Royalty (DUKE) raised £461,500 at 44p a share via PrimaryBid.com, which takes the total raised to £16.55m. A two-for-51 open offer has been launched to raise a further £3.45m.

AIM shell Wilmcote Holdings (WCH) had discussions about the participation in the purchase of US-based speciality chemicals company Arclin Inc, but these have ended. The costs of the work done on this potential transaction have reduced the cash pile to £900,000. Wilmcote is holding talks with investors about how to fund expenses while it seeks another speciality chemicals acquisition. Trading in the shares has recommenced and the share price slumped from 97p to 65p.

Oil and gas producer Amerisur Resources (AMER) has issued revised bidding instructions to the potential acquirers that were provided data as part of the strategic review and formal sale process. The process will hopefully conclude before the end of the year.

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) is focusing on the customers that are utilising its dispersion know-how and provide the best near-term revenue potential. That will enable the graphene producer to cut its operating costs and make the cash in the bank last at least another two years. Net cash was £6.1m at the end of July 2019 and a tax credit of £600,000 has since been received. Manufacturing will be streamlined, and the annual cost base could fall from £4.3m to £3.2m. Revenues remain modest.

Pawnbroker Ramsdens Holdings (RFX) will make a one-off gross profit of £600,000 from scrapping slow moving jewellery in order to take advantage of the rise in the gold price. Trading is in line with expectations. The interims will be published on 3 December.

United Oil and Gas (UOG) is on course to acquire Rockhopper Egypt for $16m before the end of 2019. A share issue is required in order to fund the initial cash payment of at least $11m. The rest of the payment will be in shares issued at the placing price. The main asset being acquired is a 22% interest in the Abu Sennan concession.

Time Out Group (TMO) has raised £17.1m at 127p a share. The June 2016 flotation price was 150p. The cash will be used to cut debt and roll-out more Time Out Market sites, with Chicago and Montreal due to open later this year and more contracted sites for the future. Net debt was £34.4m at the end of June 2019.

Investors give no quarter when it comes to profit warnings these days. Public housing software provider Castleton Technology (CTP) says recurring revenues are still going well, but there is a shortage of one-off revenues. This has led to a 15% cut in forecast revenues for the year to March 2020. That leads to a cut in pre-tax profit forecast from £6.4m to £5.3m. A similar reduction has been made in the forecast for 2020-21, which is £5.8m. The share price fell by more than one-third to 57p, which is less than ten times prospective earnings.

Trading in the shares of Solo Energy (SOLO) has been suspended ahead of a proposed acquisition of assets from ONE-Dyas for an initial €30.1m. That will be funded by debt and a share issue raising £20m, which will involve an open offer. The 14 gas fields are in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Tom Reynolds is moving from non-executive to chief executive. The admission document should be published in November and the name will be changed to Scirocco Energy.

Dekeloil (DKL) is still being hampered by a low crude palm oil price but it is optimistic that the price will improve. There was a 11% decrease in third quarter crude palm oil production to 4,803 tonnes. However, there was a 30% increase in sales to 7,138 tonnes. The average price achieved was 16% lower at €456/tonne. The cashew processing project is on course for first production in 2020. The company is changing its name to Dekel Agri-Vision Ltd.

Managed services provider Redcentric (RCN) says that first half trading was on track. It is on course to improve pre-tax profit from £7.2m to £9.8m.

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Nottinghamshire-based nmcn (NMCN) is acquiring Lintott Control Systems (LCS), which designs and manufactures water and wastewater treatment systems and process software. The total cost of LCS could be as high as £3.76m. The initial payment is £1, plus up to £676,000 dependent on the receipt of payment for certain invoices. The rest is dependent on profit levels over the three years to the end of 2021.

Argo Blockchain (ARB) has increased third quarter revenues by 75%, compared with the second quarter. Revenues were £3.63m and the cryptocurrency mining margin is 73%, even though the bitcoin price has dropped. The number o machines in production should double to 12,000 by the end of the year.

Rainbow Rare Earths (RBW) used cash of £2.31m in operations in the year to June 2019. Rainbow generated revenues of £1.54m from trial rare earths mining at Gakara in Burundi, but production costs were double that level. Write downs mean that net assets were £3.37m at the end of June 2019. More exploration activity is required before production levels are increased.

Stranger Holdings (STHP) has agreed terms to acquire two mineral companies. One has assets in Cameroon and the other is in Idaho. Minerals include cobalt and nickel. Previous potential transactions have been terminated.

Standard list shell Auctus Growth (AUCT) is still seeking an acquisition. There is still £912,000 in the bank.

Andrew Hore

Podcast – Alan Green talks to Louis Coetzee, CEO of AIM listed Kibo Energy (KIBO)

Alan Green talks to Louis Coetzee, CEO of AIM listed Kibo Energy (KIBO). Louis discusses yesterday’s £1.5m fundraising, and explains how the funds will be used to further Kibo’s energy projects in Africa, and also the likely timelines for first revenues from the projects. Louis talks about the strong, cross board participation in the fundraising, and the stronng support shown from existing shareholders. Finally there are some key takeaway points for investors to consider.

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