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Investment company S-Ventures is set to join the market on 16 September. The strategy is to make investments in consumer health and organic food businesses in the UK and Europe. The S-Ventures management will use their expertise to help smaller brands grow faster and achieve greater scale. Up to three acquisitions are planned each year and they are likely to have values of between £150,000 and £2m.
Evrima (EVA) has secured an option to acquire a 17.2% stake in Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (KKME), which would increase its investment in the Botswana-focused nickel, copper and platinum explorer to 19.6%. The former Sport Capital Group has 60 days to acquire the stake for $183,000 in the form of 2.3 million shares at 6p each. The same number of warrants will be issued, and they are exercisable at 12p each. AIM-quoted Power Metals has a
Block Commodities (BLCC) has been fined £7,000 by the Aquis Stock Exchange. Block failed to make sure that it provided accurate and fully up to date information to investors about fundraisings. It also failed to consult with its corporate adviser. Trading in the shares remains suspended.
All Star Minerals (ASMO) is assessing potential gemstones opportunities in Africa.
Lombard Capital (LCAP) has sold a 29.5% stake in LCP Financial for £275,000 in order to provide funds to develop the waste and recycling operations.
Early Equity (EEQP) has appointed Novum Securities as its corporate adviser and trading has recommenced in the shares.
Gold explorer Tectonic Gold (TTAU) has raised £403,000 at 0.275p a share. Each new share has a warrant attached that is exercisable at 0.7p each after the results of the exploration drilling are released. The cash will finance drilling.
Michelmersh Brick (MBH) has restarted production following lockdown despatches have recovered more quickly than the sector. Interim revenues fell by 17% and underlying pre-tax profit was halved, but full year expectations have been upgraded. The bricks manufacturer is operating at normal levels and June 2020 revenues were better than those in June 2019. Canaccord Genuity has upgraded its full year profit forecast from £5.3m to £6.5m, down from £9.7m in 2019. Limited UK brick production capacity means that Michelmersh is in a strong position and it has demonstrated its resilience this year.
Internet domain name registry and services provider CentralNic (CNIC) is paying $36m for the Codewise businesses, which provide monetisation services and online marketing tools. This fits with Team Internet and will be significantly earnings enhancing from day one. A placing raised £30m at 75p a share.
Synairgen (SNG) has published interim data for its SNG001 treatment that suggests that it could be effective for COVID-19 patients, particularly those suffering with more severe symptoms.
Belvoir Group (BLV) weathered the COVID-19 lockdown well. Financial services increased their contribution in the first half and lettings income held up. Underlying pre-tax profit improved by 7% to £3.16m, helped by the Lovelle acquisition. Earnings per share were 16% higher at 7.3p. The interim dividend is 3.4p and a further 2p is payable in lieu of the final dividend that was not paid. The former boss sold shares at 150p each.
The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) reported an unchanged interim pre-tax profit of £2m and an interim dividend of 2.1p a share is being paid. Cash has risen to £6.1m. Lettings income held up and trading was strong in June. The core business and online operation EweMove both performed strongly in July.
Arden has initiated research on Dekel Agri-Vision (DKL) and it believes that the palm oil and cashew nut processer is worth 7.6p a share. The broker believes that Dekel could make an operating profit next year. Profit should build up over the next few years as cashew nuts processing activities grow.
Concrete levelling equipment supplier Somero Enterprises (SOM) is resuming dividends and paying a deferred final dividend of 20.7 cents a share as well as an interim of 4 cents a share. That will cost $14m. North American interim sales held up best with European sales falling by one-quarter. Pre-tax profit is still expected to fall from $28m to $17.6m, but net cash should be $20m at the end of 2020.
Digital invoicing services provider Tungsten Corporation (TUNG) is on course to move into profit in the current financial year. The loss per share was reduced from 3.5p to 1.4p in the year to April 2020 and there was cash generated from operations.
Irrigation products supplier Amiad Water Systems (AFS) reported a decline in revenues but profit increased as margins improved. Amiad was already reducing its cost base when COVID-19 started to hamper the business. This led Stifel to increase its full year pre-tax profit forecast to $4.5m. Further growth could come from new products and potential acquisitions.
Building and construction products supplier Alumasc (ALU) has realigned its cost base but pre-tax profit was still one-third down at £3.7m as full year revenues declined by 16% to £76m. A 2p a share dividend was declared. Trading has been recovering since the June year end. Further cost saving benefits will help profit to recover this year. finnCap forecasts £6.4m pre-tax profit for 2020-21.
New SIPP business has been slow for STM (STM) but the recurring revenue base means that interim revenues were maintained at £11.8m. Additional personnel costs reduced pre-tax profit by nearly one-third to £1.1m. There is £17.6m in the bank and that enables STM to pay an interim dividend of 0.55p a share, which should be one-third of the total for the year. A full year pre-tax profit of £2.5m is forecast, with a rebound to £4.5m in 2021.
Recruitment firm Hydrogen (HYDG) plans to cancel the AIM quotation. A tender offer of 40p a share provides investors with a way to sell their shares prior to the cancelation.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) has realigned costs so that they are more in line with revenues. In the first half of 2020, revenues fell by 13% to £71.6m, but operating profit was one-quarter higher at £9m. Gross margins continue to increase, and overheads have been kept down. Operating profit margin of 12.3% was higher than ever before.
Wizz Air Holdings plc WIZZ which was named The Best Low-Cost Airline of the Year in the CEE region in 2018 and also received the Best Cabin Crew award, continued growing in March.15 New routes were opened and a number of new aircraft were brought into service.Seat capacity rose by 6.9%, passengers by 9.9% and load factor rose by 2.6ppts to 94.1%. At least it is good to see the former budget favourites being given not only a run for their money but lessons in customer service as well as the real meaning of “budget” .
Wizz Air also provides a trading update for the year to the 31st March 2019. Demand across the Company’s markets remains robust. It experienced an excellent operational performance in March with only one cancelled flight compared to 68 in March 2018. On time-performance also improved by 10ppts to 85%. The new financial year has started well with Revenue per Available Seat per Kilometre forecast to grow 4% year-on-year in the first quarter. Net profit for the year is expected to be in the upper half of its guidance range of between €270m and €300m.
Gear4music plc G4M updates that for the 13 months from 1 March 2018 to 31 March 2019 sales increased by 36% with continuing strong growth in the UK and Europe. Active Customer numbers increased by 53% to 727,400. Decisive management action has been taken during the period to solve the problems of lower gross margins and with a strong emphasis on margin growth, the Group is expected to return to a more profitable growth trajectory during the new financial year. The momentum in sales growth has continued both in the UK and Europe. In only six years revenues have grown from £12m to £110m.
Hydrogen Group plc HYDG is delighted to report a strong performance in 2018, with underlying profit before tax up by 264,% and basic earnings per share moving from a loss of 4.4p per share to a positive 7p. Shareholders get their rewards with a final dividend of 1p per share taking the total for the year to 1.5p, a rise of 88%. Continued growth is confidently expected for this current year.
Intercede Group plc IGP announces that it received a large US Federal Government order totaling $4.3m on the 29 March 2019. Revenues for the year ended 31 March 2019 are expected to be in excess of £10.0m, which is ahead of market expectations and approximately 10% higher than the previous financial year. A return to profitability is now expected at both operating profit level after 2018″s: £4.5m operating loss) and after interest and tax.
Card Factory plc CARD seems undecided as to how to explain the impact of increased costs which it blames for a fairly large drop in profits whilst at the same promising another special dividend for shareholders of between 5-10p per share with the half year results. The problem is that apart from increased foreign exchange costs the other major impact on profits has been the cost of having to pay a living wage to staff. That really is very unfair. Think what other goodies the shareholders could have had but for that living wage problem. As it is the shareholders have had to make do with dividend increases measured in fractions of pence, the final dividend rising by 1.6%% and the total ordinary dividend up by a mere 2.2% per share unless you include the whacking special dividend of 15 pence per share paid on the 22nd December. Things are so good that there is likely to be another return of cash to shareholders at the next year end of between. 5 and 10p per share. Proof of how good things really are is shown by a fall of 12.3% in profit before tax and 11.3% in basic earnings per share, occasioned no doubt by the strong like for like sales growth both from the stores and online and the delivery of a strong program of cost mitigation.
Thus do some companies expose their management.
Eddie Stobart ESL saw a substantial fall in underlying profits for the year to 30th November. Profits were down by nearly a third from £37.8m to V24m despite a rise in revenue from £549m. to £623.9m and statutory earnings per share fell from 3.p per share to 1.2p A final dividend of 4.4p per share is proposed, making 5.8p per share for the full year. The new financial year has got off to good start.
Plant Health Care PHC Claims exciting progress in the year to the end of December with external sales growth in the Rest of the World rising by 100% and sales of commercial products returning to strong growth with a rise of 21%. After two difficult years both the operating loss and loss before tax were halved.
Hydrogen Group HYDG plans to resume dividend payments with a final dividend of 0.8p for the year to 31st December which it describes as a transformational year.Net fee income for the year rose by 29% and underlying profit before tax of £0.8m was the same as the previous year.