Weatherly International WTN saw a noticeable improvement in the copper price during the year to 30th June, since when they have improved even further and reached three year highs. Operating and environmental challenges during the year meant that production fell below target but the board is cautiously optimistic about prospects for the current year.
Hardide HDD. Sales for the year to 30th September soared by 51% and reached record levels as demand from the oil & gas market recovered. The recovery continued throughout the year with second half sales up by 14%. The annual loss fell to £0.74m. from the previous years £1.3m before exceptional items. There are further signs of growth potential in the civil aerospace market and the company has gained full Aerobus Approved Supplier status for its UK site.
BAE Systems plc BA has entered into a £5bn contract with the government of Quatar for the supply of 24 Typhoon aircraft, with delivery expected to start late in 2022. In service support and a training package are also included.
Marlowe MRL Adjusted continuing revenue rose by 104% in the half year to the 30th September and adjusted profit before tax was up by 90%. The company has a well developed pipeline of acquisition opportunities and is well positioned to continue to gain further market share.
Sosander plc SOS Trading from the 31st August to the end of November has exceeded management expectations. Following new funds raised in November the business now has significant momentum with the ability to acquire a wider and larger range of products and accelerate media and marketing activities.
Premaitha Health NIPT has further expanded its European customer base with the addition of four new laboratories which will be full installed early in 2018 with the expectations that they will perform over 9,000 NIPT tests per year across the whole of Europe, generating annual income for the company of over £1m.