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Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 6 January 2020

NEX EXCHANGE

Cannabis-related investment company Greencare Capital (GRE) joined the NEX Growth Market last Monday. Greencare raised £514,000 at 25p a share. The rest of the shares were issued at 1p each, raising £100,000. The pro forma NAV is just over 4p a share. The largest shareholder is E Value One with 66.3%, which is owned by Dominic White, who is chairman of fellow NEX-quoted company Eight Capital Partners (ECP) which has a 21.2% stake. Eight Capital acquired 1.5 million of its shares at 1p each and 1.06 million at the subscription price – just over 50% of the subscription shares. Greencare has already identified its first investment, which is a consumer-focused distribution business that has a leading position in one of the larger European markets. The distribution activities cover 30,000 points of sale and that could increase to 45,000. The plan is to acquire an initial 10% stake. Due diligence is being carried out and the investment could be made early in 2020.

European Lithium (EUR) has agreed €7.5m of debt financing that lasts two years and has an annual interest charge of 5%. This is secured on the Wolfsberg lithium project in Austria. The cash will fund the completion of the definitive feasibility study and repay the existing convertible note facility. The Wolfsberg mining and exploration licences have been extended.

BWA Group (BWAP) says that its subsidiary has been awarded an exploration licence in central Cameroon. This will enable the assessment of commercial exploitation of rutile sands, kyanite, ilmenite, zircon and other minerals. The permit lasts for three years with a financial commitment of £650,000 over the period. This has taken four years to negotiate.

Walls and Futures REIT (WFR) has completed the redevelopment of its Didcot property and it has been let on a 25-year lease to a large care provider. NAV was £3.3m at the end of September 2019.

VI Mining (VIM) has secured a partnership with an established operator in Peru so that commercial operations can commence at the Cushuro mining concession in the second quarter and the Oro Pesa plant can be up and running in the third quarter. They will be owned by 50/50 joint ventures. The Minaspampa and Rosario de Belen concessions are being returned to the previous owners, although VI Mining will have a buy back option.

Healthcare professionals recruiter SG Recruitment Ltd (SGRL) grew interim revenues by 13% to £386,000, while operating costs were halved. There was still a £379,000 loss. SG has secured a contract with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust covering seven hospitals. Further mandates are expected from the NHS and in the Middle East.

Adnams (ADB) director Guy Heald has increased his B shares stake from 15.1% to 17.15%.

Alexander David Securities has resigned as corporate adviser to EcoVista (EVTP) and trading in the shares has been suspended until a replacement is appointed.

AIM

Bango (BGO) grew 2019 revenues by more than 40% even though two contracts were not closed by the end of the year. That means that 2019 revenues of the digital payments technology provider will be £2m lower than anticipated. The 2020 forecast revenues have been reduced by £2.6m to £14.2m, although a £600,000 pre-tax profit is expected.

Communications services provider Mobile Tornado (MBT) expects second half revenues to be £1.8m, taking the total for the year to £3.3m. There have been delays in deployments. The company remains loss-making.

Redx Pharma (REDX) could be subject of a bid by a syndicate headed by Samuel D Waksal. The £2.5m loan from Moulton Goodies will be swapped for shares instead of repaying it at the end of 2019. This requires shareholder agreement.

Adams (ADA) has bought 2.4 million shares in Circassia Pharmaceuticals (CIR) at an average price of 19p each. That takes the stake in Circassia to 0.82%. Adams still has £1m in cash.

Tri-Star Resources (TSTR) says that its 40%-owned antinomy and gold production facility operator SPMP is currently in technical default of its banking facility. Tri-Star had guaranteed 40% of the bank facility, but it says that this no longer holds because commercial production has commenced. This still has to be independently certified. Any additional short-term finance provided to SPMP could lead to a dilution of the Tri-Star stake. SPMP’s production facility requires up to $160m of additional investment in order to reach 100% capacity, but there have been no suitable offers of this finance as yet. There is no certainty that the financing can be achieved.

Residential property development funder Urban Exposure (UEX) says that 2019 operating costs will be lower than expected due to lower remuneration and fewer people being hired. The 2020 operating costs will be reduced to around £9.5m and that will enable the company to be profitable. There is no additional news about the proposals for the future of the company. Urban Exposure has also agreed to pay £400,000 to Jones Laing LaSalle in relation to an agreement by former companies, which are being wound down, to pay introduction fees. This settles the claim.

Trading in Attis Oil and Gas (AOGL) shares has been suspended ahead of details of a deal to acquire a North America-focused oil and gas company and the disposal of non-core assets. The acquisition will bring assets and experienced management.

Trans-Siberian Gold (TSG) has signed a new tariff for its electricity. The previous tariff was RUR4.69/kWh and the new agreement is for RUR4.75/kWh, which is still much lower than the standard tariff.

Livermore Investments Group (LIV) is paying an interim dividend of $0.0343 a share on 21 February.

MAIN MARKET

David Sefton has stepped down as chairman of social media company Iconic Labs (ICON) because of market speculation about his involvement with AIM-quoted Anglo African Oil and Gas (AAOG) where he was executive chairman until 13 September 2019. He has not been involved since then. Sefton will continue to be involved with Iconic Labs, where the share price has nearly halved in the past four months. The resolution to allow directors to allot shares without offering them to existing shareholders was not passed at the AGM. Anglo African Oil and Gas has not made the progress it wanted to with its oil and gas interests and it plans to sell its main asset in Congo to Zenith Energy (ZEN). Jub Capital is trying to put a stop to that and has present alternative proposals. This would involve stopping the sale and providing additional cash via a subscription of £100,000 and a $5m loan facility. Jub would also buy the shares owned by RiverFort and that would provide an additional £722,000 to the company.

Anglo African Agriculture (AAAP) has postponed the reverse takeover of Kenya-based port and marine logistics group Camarco. The long stop date for the deal is being extended. A version of the deal is likely to go ahead, but there could be private equity investment in one or more of the subsidiaries.

OTHER MARKETS

Former standard list company Cleantech Building Materials has entered into a three-year offtake agreement with a customer in Thailand. Nasdaq First North Copenhagen-quoted Cleantech Building Materials has the exclusive rights to manufacture Accoya wood (AIM-quoted Accsys Technologies (AXS) owns the technology) in China.

Andrew Hore

Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 4 November 2019

NEX EXCHANGE

Chapel Down Group (CDGP) has managed to generate 92% of 2018’s record harvest in volume terms for the company’s wines. This was achieved even though the weather was not as good this summer. Some vineyards produced their first crop and are still maturing.

Belvedere Leisure Resorts plans to gain a quotation on the NEX Growth Market for its bonds on 22 November. The company is a subsidiary of Belvedere Leisure Park, which owns a site in Dumfries & Galloway with planning permission for a lodge park resort of 444 holiday lodges. The park will be built by Landal GreenParks. The bonds will offer a coupon 6.25%. An initial £10m of bonds will be admitted with a maximum of £25m expected to be raised.

First Sentinel (FSEN) is seeking shareholder approval to issue Green Finance preference shares, which would be quoted on NEX. The cash raised will be invested in the renewable energy sector. A general meeting will be held on 18 November. Warrants have been exercised at 10p a share and this has raised £400,000 for First Sentinel.

Mechanical and electrical design and installation company Field Systems Design Holding (FSD) reported a decline in revenues from £25.9m to £21.8m in the year to May 2019. Higher gross margins meant that the decline in the pre-tax profit was limited and it fell from £625,000 to £553,000. Water generated four-fifths of revenues, up from 48% the previous year. There are no solid spending forecasts, as yet, for the latest water capital investment period for between 2020 and 2025. This causes some medium-term uncertainty. The order book is worth £8.2m, compared with £12m one year earlier. There is a pension surplus.

KR1 (KR1) has made three more investments in blockchain-related tokens. A $100,000 cash investment and payment for advisory expertise will earn 1.017% of Vega tokens issued. Vega is developing a decentralised and censorship-resistant blockchain trading platform. A further $266,220 has been invested in Edgeware smart-contract platform tokens and they will be locked up for 12 months. KR1 will receive 1,000 Ether and this will translate into 3.8 million Edgeware tokens. KR1 has spent $50,000 on a minimum stake of 0.625% in Commonwealth Labs, which is helping to market the Edgeware platform.

Allenby Capital has published a research note on cannabis products supplier Sativa Investments (SATI) and it forecasts revenues of £1.64m in 2019 and £5.15m next year. This will not be enough to make Sativa profitable. Allenby believes that it may have to raise £6m next year to cover its cash outflows and maintain net cash. Sativa has changed the brand name from George Botanicals to Goodbody Botanicals.

Imperial X (IMPP) has raised £347,000 at 2.5p a share. This represents 27.3% of the enlarged share capital.

NQ Minerals (NQMI) increased lead concentrate production at the Hellyer mine from 5,452 tonnes in the second quarter to 6,656 tonnes in the third quarter, but zinc and pyrite concentrate production declined. However, recovery levels have improved for both lead and zinc.

BWA Group (BWAP) intends to sell its investments in Prepaid Card Services and a mining project in Cameroon. They are in the balance sheet at a value of £608,000. The focus will be gold explorer Kings of the North. St-Georges Eco-Mining is converting £300,000 of the £2.45m of convertible loan notes at 0.5p a share. This is equivalent to 23.75% of the enlarged share capital. The loan notes were issued to acquired Kings of the North Corp. BWA is still waiting for £88,000 of the £100,000 of convertibles issued for cash.

Black Sea Property (BSP) has published its 2018 accounts, but it will have to publish its interims before trading in the shares recommences. Management says that it is addressing the accounting concerns of its auditor BDO. The NAV was 0.95 cents a share at the end of 2018.

Asia Wealth Group Holdings (AWLP) reported a drop in revenues from $1.24m to $797,000. This meant that the company fell into loss. There is $726,000 in the bank at the end of August 2019.

Ganapati (GANP) improved its interim revenues from £2.19m to £2.33m, but higher admin expenses meant that the reported loss more than trebled to £8.5m. The company continues to develop its online gaming platform.

TechFinancials (TECH) has completed the sale of a loss-making asset for €100,000.

Queros Capital Partners (QCP) is asking shareholders to approve the ending of the NEX quotation. The general meeting will be held on 14 November.

AIM

Duke Royalty (DUKE) has made a follow-on investment in Lynx Equity, to help the company to finance the purchase of Denmark-based steel staircases supplier Sundby Trapper. This means that Duke has exposure of £12m in Lynx and it will receive annual distributions of £1.6m.

Space management software supplier Smartspace Software (SMRT) is paying £3.2m in cash and shares for Australia-based Space Connect, a provider of cloud-based workplace management software for room booking, desk management, catering and workspace analytics. This will save up to £1.2m a year on product development over two years. The software can be rolled-out in the UK. Smartspace made an interim loss of £4m.

An investor group intends to increase its stake in Petrel Resources (PET) from 29.99% to 51% via a share issue at 1.25p each. They will offer potential oil and gas-related investments to Petrel.

Cabot Energy (CAB) has decided to ditch its AIM quotation on 3 December, but it intends to have its shares matched on Asset Match. This will have to be approved by shareholders. The Canada-focused oil and gas company wants to reduce its overheads.

RedT Energy (RED) plans to merge with Avalon Battery Corporation and combine the best features of each company’s technology. Bushveld Minerals (BMN) is providing an interim loan facility prior to the raising of £23m of new funds.

Avingtrans (AVG) is already reaping the benefits of the acquisition of Booth Industries, thanks to a £7.2m safety doors contract from the government. That means that £12m of orders have been won since the purchase in June.

Safestay (SSTY) is buying a hostel in Athens for €1.5m. The hostel has been operating since 2008 and has an 18-year lease. Safestay has also completed the purchase of the Best Western Glasgow City hotel for £3.15m and this will be transformed into a 200-bed hostel.

MAIN MARKET

Stevia producer PureCircle (PURE) has won a legal decision in its patent litigation with SweeGen, which challenged the patent. It will pursue Federal District court litigation against SweeGen. The patent is for the process of producing Reb M stevia sweetener via bioconversion. The shares remain suspended because it has not published the results for the year to June 2019.

Meditor is considering a 5p a share offer for carpets retailer Carpetright (CPR) and without this offer thee would need to be a refinancing of £80m of debt and additional working capital.

Motor dealer Lookers (LOOK) has warned that its 2019 figures will be even worse than previously thought and chief executive Andy Bruce and chief operating officer Nigel McMinn have left the board. The pre-tax forecast has been cut from £38.7m to £15.5m, compared with £53.9m in 2018. Third quarter new car unit sales fell by 3.2% (on a like-for-like basis), compared with the market decline of 0.6%.

InnovaDerma (IDP) is launching a new topical product in Superdrug before the end of June. The full details will be announced nearer the launch.

The chairman and chief executive of Rainbow Rare Earths (RBW) have acquired 5.46 million shares at 3p each and they have a combined shareholding of 27.5%. Further cost reductions have been identified for the Gakara project in Burundi. A further 100 tonnes of rare earth oxides concentrate were shipped in October. Production levels will fall in the short-term as the production focus moves to a mechanised operation.

Cryptominer Argo Blockchain (ARB) has doubled its mining equipment order and changed the machines it is buying. The cost has been reduced from $13.1m to $9.51m. The machines are more efficient. The current machine orders will increase capacity by 240%.

Resources cash shell Mila Resources (MILA) is still seeking a deal. There was £429,000 in cash at the end of June 2019. Another shell, Bermele (BERM), is also still seeking a deal. It had £682,000 in cash at the end of July 2019.

Blencowe Resources (BRES) is acquiring the Orom graphite project in Uganda for £2m in shares at 6p each. This is subject to a fundraising.

Iconic Labs (ICON) slipped out its results for the 18 months to June 2019 at 6.28pm on 31 October. They show a £6.12m loss, of which, £308,000 was from continuing operations. Net liabilities were £1.67m.

Andrew Hore

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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