Kibo Energy #KIBO – Seven Mining Rights Granted for Mbeya Coal to Power Project

Kibo Energy PLC, the multi-asset, Africa focused, energy company, is pleased to announce that it has been granted seven Mining Rights for its Mbeya Coal to Power Project (‘MCPP’) in Tanzania, further to the announcement dated 9 July 2019.

The Company continues to advance the MCPP in Tanzania, one of its four international power projects, which the board believes represents an exciting opportunity. Accordingly, the application process for seven Mining Licences covering the original Special Mining Licence (‘SML’) application area has been completed by the Mining Commission, and an Offer Letter for each application has been issued to Kibo’s 100% owned subsidiary, Mbeya Coal Ltd, each of which it has subsequently accepted.  This constitutes approval and grant of the Mining License applications, subject to Kibo remitting all required statutory payments related to the issuance of a Mining Right.

The MCPP has a 120.8 Mt NI 43 101 thermal Coal Resource covered by the seven Mining Licences now granted. A Definitive Feasibility Study confirmed the economic viability of the mining project with an indicated IRR of 69.2%.  Grant of the Mining Rights will enable commercial mining activity to commence.

Louis Coetzee, CEO of Kibo, commented, The successful delivery of the MCPP is gaining momentum.  Receiving these seven Mining Rights to enable commercial mining activity is another key milestone, which we anticipate will provide a better economic outcome for all concerned stakeholders and further clarity regarding the project’s ongoing development, especially when the continued progress that has been made recently in securing offtake for the Mbeya Power Plant is considered as well. As I mentioned in an earlier announcement, we are delighted with the excellent cooperation and support by the Mining Commission of Tanzania and look forward to providing further updates in due course.”

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Gold Prices To Hit $1,575 In 3 Months, $1,600 In 6 Months – Goldman Sachs

(Kitco News) – Goldman Sachs Group upgraded its gold forecast for the first time this year, upping its 3-month and 6-month projections to $1,575 and $1,600 an ounce in light of escalating trade war tensions.

Gold prices were solidly above $1,500 an ounce on Monday — a level that was hit last week for the first time since 2013.

After rising nearly 4% last week, gold’s rally is far from over, according to analysts at Goldman, who see more upside in the yellow metal.

“Gold prices have increased further as a weaker CNY sparked substantial U.S. and global growth fears. With growth worries likely to persist, gold could rise further, driven by an increased ETF allocation from portfolio managers, who continue to under-own gold. We raise our 3, 6, 12 month gold price forecasts from $1,450, $1,475, $1,475/toz to $1,575, $1,600 and $1,600/toz, respectively,” Goldman analysts said in a note.

The U.S.-China trade war has entered stage two this summer as U.S. President Donald Trump announced a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting September 1, the note said.

“With the U.S. and China taking a harder line on trade, our economists no longer expect a trade deal before the 2020 president election—a fundamental change in view,” the analysts including Sabine Schels wrote on Wednesday.

A currency war with depreciating CNY plays a key role in trade war tensions and Goldman’s outlook for the precious metals.

“Previously, China opted for stability and defended its currency in order to facilitate the ongoing trade negotiations in the background. Now, FX appears to be playing an increasingly central role in the trade tensions,” the analysts said. “We estimate that a 10% depreciation of CNY vs USD would spell as much as 13% downside to the S&P GSCI industrial metals sub-index.”

Weaker CNY, in this case, means higher gold prices due to increased global growth fears, added Goldman.

“The depreciation of the CNY led to an increase in ‘fear’, lower long term U.S. rates, and thus a higher gold price. Thus, a substantial depreciation of the CNY could lead to more ‘fear’ regarding U.S. and global growth akin to early 2016 and should be bullish gold,” the analysts stated.

Gold’s ETF demand is also on a strong uptrend, with Goldman upping its 2019 forecast from 300 tonnes to 600 tonnes.

“Now with the DM CAI persistently low, the trade war escalating, global equities selling off and volatility spiking, it looks like our risk scenario is playing out. Indeed, gold ETFs have recently built momentum almost as strong as in 2016 and we believe that can be maintained in the short term,” the analysts said.

Tertiary Minerals: A bargain catch in a monster mining region 

  • Nevada continues to shine  
  • A change in direction for Tertiary Minerals
  • Paymaster project shows promise
  • Pyramid Project: A golden catch
  • Gold and Silver on the rise

Nevada continues to shine 

Ranked as the world’s top jurisdiction for mining investment – when it comes to fishing for metals, Nevada looks to be the place to net a winner. 

At the beginning of July mining super-heavy-weights Barrick Gold and Newmont Goldcorp announced the official launch of their huge joint gold mining venture in Northern Nevada – marking another prestigious boost for the world-class mining jurisdiction.

Following a visit to the joint projects Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak commented: 

“There’s a reason why Nevada is ranked as one of the more attractive jurisdictions in the world for mining investment. It’s not only the geological attractiveness, but that we have a true partnership with the state and federal government in growing a responsible, safe, and beneficial industry for our local communities” 

Tertiary Minerals a fresh strategy kick starts with Nevada Prospects 

Another company that’s been hooked by Nevada’s outstanding mining opportunities is AIM- traded mineral exploration and development company Tertiary Minerals (AIM:TYM). 

Over the last year the company has made a strategic move to broaden its portfolio beyond the existing focus on fluorspar. As well as maintaining projects for the EU listed critical mineral, Tertiary are now aiming to build a multi-commodity project portfolio including precious metals, base metals and industrial minerals. 

The company are hopeful that by targeting a number of mining friendly jurisdictions they can provide shareholders with exciting projects capable of generating revenue across a shorter timescale, as well as earlier stage projects which can be developed organically. 

With its rich mining history, geology and supportive government the company have set their sights on Nevada to provide this, announcing the acquisition of two new projects in the state; the Paymaster polymetallic project and the Pyramid gold project. 

Paymaster project shows promise 

Back in February, Tertiary staked claim to the Paymaster zinc-copper-silver-Cobalt-Tellurium prospect, an area of more than 390 acres located approximately 30km south west of Tonopah, Nevada. 

The project showed immediate promise with Tertiary revealing that grab samples had produced significant assays up to 21% zinc, 6.5% lead, 3.3% copper and 253g/t silver as well as high levels of high-tech metals tellurium and cobalt. Shareholders were left waiting in anticipation until July for further sample results. But the wait appears to have been well worth it. 

Soil sampling revealed two large zones of zinc-silver mineralisation for follow-up exploration, with rock sampling from their Valley Prospect providing assays of 7.5% zinc, 4.3% lead and 180g/t silver. 

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director of the Company, commented: “We are pleased to be reporting these two new targets as a result of follow up of our soil sampling results at the Paymaster Project and to be closing in on drill targets at such an early stage in the life of the project.” 

Pyramid Project a golden opportunity

Quick to keep developing their portfolio, Tertiary soon set their sights on Gold, securing a 20-year lease (with the option to buy) over a group of nine patented claims in the Walker Lane area.

With Walker Lane rated such a highly prospective area for gold mining,, Tertiary did extremely well to snap up the site. Particularly considering that historic drilling results at hole PYR9 intersected visible gold and assayed 1.52m grading 17.8 g/t Au from 94.5m down hole. 

As commented by MD Mr Clemmey “Projects with high-grade gold results in drilling that have not already been followed up are hard to find in Nevada.” 

Gold and Silver shine demonstrating safe haven potential 

Now looks as good a time as ever for Tertiary to be digging for gold and silver. The precious metals have once again demonstrated their safe-haven qualities during the recent periods of economic uncertainty. 

Earlier in August gold prices surged through $1,500 a troy ounce for the first time in over six years, whilst silver broke above the $17 a troy ounce mark for the first time since the 14th June 2018. These results perhaps a demonstration of the unique security that gold and silver stocks can offer during economic slowdowns. 

Meanwhile, Tertiary will be pleased to hear that Commerzbank’s raw materials analyst Daniel Briesmann has predicted that prices for the metal are on the up. He’s forecast a three-month price of $2,800 per tonne at the end of 2019. Zinc is currently at around $2,260 per tonne. 

“I don’t see production coming back onto the market at current levels, so I think we will see a supply deficit, which has already been recorded for the first months of the year” said Briesmann. 

Tertiary a bargain 

All said, sat just above it’s lowest price of 0.18p, at just 25p, Tertiary looks to be a bargain catch for investors, and offering significant upside potential. 

As well as the two highly promising additions discussed, Tertiary’s portfolio includes three strategic fluorspar deposits located in Europe and the USA containing JORC compliant Mineral Resources of over 13 million tonnes of fluorspar mineral. 

Fluorspar is an EU listed critical mineral used primarily in metallurgical, ceramics, and chemical industries; as well as for, optical, lapidary, and other important uses. 

However, it’s Tertiary’s Paymaster and Pyramid projects which I’d recommend keeping your eyes on. As news starts to flow from these projects and investors catch on I’d expect to see the share price jump. 

Back to our analogy ‘fishing for metals’.. always remember, good things come to those who bait! Sorry, I mean wait. These projects are in their early stages. So set out your camping chair, cast your lines and wait to reel it in. 

By Harry Dacres-Dixon

Sources: 

Brand Communications – Treasure Hunting in Nevada with Tertiary Minerals (TYM): Walker Lane marks the spot for gold

Brand Communications – Tertiary Minerals plc (TYM) New Project Acquisition and MB Project Update

Brand Communications – Tertiary Minerals (TYM) – New Project Acquisition in the Pyramid Mining District of Nevada, USA

Fastmarkets AMM – Analysts divided on 2019 zinc price forecast

Financial Times – Gold prices top $1,500 as haven rally accelerates

Kitco – Gold and Silver Prices Explode to the Upside

 

Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Afzal Valli Major Shareholding

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:

Tertiary 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

X

An event changing the breakdown of voting rights

Other (please specify)iii:

3. Details of person subject to the notification obligationiv

Name

City and country of registered office (if applicable)

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

Name

Afzal Valli

City and country of registered office (if applicable)

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

13th August 2019

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

14th August 2019

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

3.03%

3.03%

13,430,165

Position of previous notification (if

applicable)

 

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)

GB0008854563

13,430,165

3.03%

SUBTOTAL 8. A

13,430,165

3.03%

 

 

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

SUBTOTAL 8. B 1

 

 

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

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

N/A

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

UK

Date of completion

13 August 2019

ECR Minerals #ECR – Exploration Commences at Henry’s Hill – Avoca Gold Project – Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the commencement of gold exploration at Henry’s Hill within the Company’s Avoca gold project.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer commented: “The ECR team are excited to feed Henry’s Hill at the Avoca gold project, into the pipeline of projects under exploration in Victoria.

The Avoca Gold Project is one of five projects held by ECR in the Victorian Goldfields region, with four projects at Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick and Timor now the subject of active exploration or project development operational activity.

We are delighted be highly active in the Victoria Goldfields region, at a time when the area is attracting considerable interest from larger companies and investors.”

Highlights:

  • Previously, ECR geologists have taken 7 rock chip samples from the roadside reserve at Henry’s Hill. The samples were taken approximately 5m from each other at various intervals across shallow pits on the roadside reserve. All seven samples were independently tested by Onsite Laboratory Services.
  • Three of these samples returned 5.1, 1.4 and 1.3 g/t gold;
  • ECR have secured land access permission from the landowner and will commence soil geochemistry and field mapping imminently;
  • The soil geochemistry will be undertaken in an attempt to locate the loci of the mineralised shoot/s;
  • In addition, the work will examine the potential for the mineralisation to extend under cover to the east and the potential continuation of mineralisation to the west;
  • Geological mapping conducted in conjunction with the soil geochemistry will attempt to better define the controls on the shoots.

Henry’s Hill Background

Henry’s Hill is located within EL5387 and is 10 km north of Avoca in central Victoria.

The area to be explored is historically known as Henry’s Hill but is also known to the locals as Wolfram Hill due to the presence of the tungsten-bearing ore that was mined along with gold.

Within Henry’s Hill there are shallow historic workings in a zone over 800 m long and up to 100 m wide and which can be seen through the link below:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/Projects/AHH_Henrys_Hill_Google_Earth.jpg

The zone has been worked to alluvial cover to the east and so may extend an additional 200 m to the tenement boundary. The workings die out to the west potentially as the influence of the faults diminishes.

The area was mapped in 1950 by government geologist D Thomas, who identified a series of north-dipping faults dissecting NW trending sediments. The most likely geological reconstruction has these faults intersecting a north-plunging anticline under cover to the east. This relationshipis hypothesised to explain the faults diminishing to the west and will be investigated during field mapping.

The presence of tungsten is a good indicator of the influence of magmatic fluids. Granites occur at the surface to the north. Further evidence for granite-related mineralisation will be sought during the exploration work.

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd. Linex Pty Ltd provides geological services to Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, including the services of Dr Boucher, who has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Dr Boucher consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the material based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

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 Limited 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.

Alan Green discusses Bidstack #BIDS, Team 17 #TM17, Feedback #FDBK and IMC Exploration #IMC on the Vox Markets podcast

Alan Green discusses Bidstack #BIDS, Team17 #TM17, Feedback #FDBK and IMC Exploration #IMC. The interview is 10 minutes 56 seconds in.

IMC Exploration Group #IMC – Award of Additional Wexford Exploration Licences

The Directors of IMC Exploration Group Plc are delighted to announce IMC has been awarded two additional prospecting licences, PL Area 1200 and PL Area 1199 (both in Co. Wexford) by the Exploration and Mining Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. IMC was encouraged to apply for these licences as they adjoin its existing PL 2551 licence, where IMC had previously encountered high gold grades yielding 354g/t gold (=11.38 oz/t gold) from Drillhole 12-2551-04.  IMC now holds three adjacent exploration licence areas in Co. Wexford. The Directors believe that the two new licences should significantly enhance the Company’s North Wexford gold project.

Eamon P. O’Brien, Chairman, commented, “In keeping with IMC’s strategy to establish a significant gold resource, these new additional licences, along with the high gold grades encountered on parts of the adjoining PL 2551, give IMC the capacity immediately to accelerate its exploration programme in this area.”

Eamon P. O’Brien,
Executive Chairman,
Dublin, 12th August 2019

The Directors of IMC, after due and careful enquiry, accept responsibility for the contents of this announcement.
REGULATORY ANNOUNCEMENT ENDS.

Contact Details:
Kathryn Byrne: +353 85 233 6033
IMC Exploration Group plc

Graham Atthill-Beck: +44 20 7464 4091/+971 50 856 9408 / Graham.Atthill-Beck@kbrl.co.uk
Brinsley Holman: +44 20 7464 4098 / Brinsley.Holman@kbrl.co.uk
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Andrew Hore Quoted Micro 12 August 2019

NEX EXCHANGE

Imperial X (IMPP) non-executive director Melissa Sturgess has sold 4.615 million shares at 2p each and she retains an equal number of shares. The total stake was acquired at 1p a share, so she has effectively made her money back. Imperial X is moving into the cannabis sector. Charles Morgan, a relation of Melissa Sturgess, converted £46,150 of loan notes into 4.615 million shares.

NQ Minerals (NQMI) has invested a further £150,000 Tasmania Energy Metals through a convertible loan, taking the total investment to £450,000. The exclusivity period relating to the acquisition of an option over the company’s assets has been extended to the end of October 2019. NQ would have nine months to exercise the option in return for shares worth £5.5m. The latest investment will be used to develop a facility that would produce nickel and cobalt salts for electric vehicle batteries.

Founder Stephen Minion has resigned from the board of Ashley House (ASH) so that there are no conflicts of interest between his role as a director and his other interests. He is chairman and major shareholder of Invescare, which has provided a loan to Ashley House.

iGaming software developer Ganapati (GANP) says that its Malta-based subsidiary has signed a resale agreement with BetConstruct, which will provide the company’s slot games to its integrated operators via its platform. Another deal is with PG Entertainment and this will make Ganapati’s games available in Latin America via a smartphone platform.

Asia Wealth Group Holdings Ltd (AWLP) improved pre-tax profit from $150,000 to $268,000 in the year to February 2019, partly due to a reduction in impairment losses. The company is looking at fintech acquisitions.

The conversion of loan notes in Equatorial Mining and Exploration (EM.P) has led to the issue of just over nine billion shares. There are 24.2bn shares in issue.

Valiant Investments has changed its name to Eurocann International (BUD).

AIM  

Oil and gas company Amerisur Resources (AMER) has effectively put itself up for sale and multiple companies are interested in bidding. They are being provided confidential information. The formal sale process continues.

Execution only broker Share (SHRE) made a first half profit even though stockmarket trading conditions and volumes have been poor and the dividend from Euroclear was moved to the second half. Revenues increased 9% to £11.1m as interest income grew. Account fees have been increased. Share is benefiting from its digital investment. The 20,000 accounts being taken on from JP Morgan will contribute from September. A full year profit of £400,000 is forecast.

Credit hire and legal services provider Anexo (ANX) is trading more strongly than expected, even after previous upgrades. Management has managed to reduce insurance costs. The full year pre-tax profit forecast has been increased by 15% to £23m and next years by 14% to £25m.

Artificial intelligence-based physician platform DocDoc, where Adamas Finance Asia (ADAM) is an investor, has raised $13m. Adamas led the convertible loan note financing for the Singapore-based company. DocDoc operates in eight countries. Hong Kong-based CASIL Clearing has reduced its stake in Adamas from 6.9% to 2.9%. Pello Capital has been appointed joint broker.

Presidential Energy (PPC) is not making the progress it hoped to, but profit is improving. The share price of the Argentina-focused oil and gas company has been declining. finnCap describes its estimates for average production and EBITDA as “challenging” due to delays and disruptions. It has been forecasting EBITDA of $27.9m due to an oil price estimate that is above current levels, whereas the company believes it could be around $20m. There are no plans to change the forecast until the interims are released in September.

StatPro (SOG) increased organic annualised recurring revenues by 3.2% to £56.5m in the first half. The asset management performance software provider increased interim revenues £27.2m to £28.3m, while pre-tax profit improved from £2.37m to £2.66m due to flat operating costs. Net debt is £24.2m.

Richard Bernstein has increased his stake in Ultimate Sports Group (USG) from 27% to 29.8%. Bernstein has an agreement with Ultimate where he would receive 1% of the value of the first acquisition he introduces to the company as long as it is completed by 30 September. Matthew Farnum-Schneider has been appointed chief executive of Ultimate. He has been granted a range of options. Some are exercisable at 20p a share, which is just below the current share price, some at 40p a share and others at 60p a share. Geoffrey Simmonds has left the board.

Urban Exposure (UEX) is not going ahead with a proposed issue of 6.5% secure sterling bonds 2026 because of market conditions.  

MAIN MARKET

S and U (SUS) says demand for motor finance has been strong in the first half, even though the quality of business has been increased. The Aspen property bridging finance business has net receivables of £24m and is growing gradually in a weak housing market. Borrowings are just over £125m and there are additional facilities of £35m. The interims will be published on 24 September.

Construction company nmcn (NMCN) increased interim revenues from £161.2m to £184m, while pre-tax profit improved from £2.5m to £3.5m. The former North Midland Construction had net cash of £15.6m at the end of June 2019. The order book is worth £456m with the main increase coming from the built environment division, which accounts for one-fourth of the order value. A full year profit of £7.4m is forecast.

Iconic Labs (ICON) is making its first acquisition since transforming itself from stem cell services provider WideCells into a social media marketing business. Iconic has agreed to acquire social media agency Social Alchemist. Iconic Labs is still in a poor financial state. There are £600,000 of legacy debts that have to be paid, plus £400,000 that is disputed. The European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund will provide up to £1.375m in six tranches in return for loan notes. This is dependent on a prospectus being issued within six months. This prospectus will enable warrants to be attached to the loan notes. There are also more shares to be issued under the previous financing agreement.

Argo Blockchain (ARB) generated 163 bitcoins in July and these are valued at £1.36m. They were mined at a margin of 80%. More mining machines have been ordered and will be up and running by the fourth quarter. This investment will quadruple capacity. Argo could be highly profitable in the second half with a full year pre-tax profit of £6m.

Andrew Hore

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