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Quoted Micro 1 April 2024


Incanthera (INC) has published an update on its distribution deal with Marionnaud. The first order for Skin + CELL products will generate revenues of £2m with 50,000 bottles of skin cream to be supplied for sale in Austria and Switzerland. A second order will be even bigger. The management projects revenues of £10m for the year to March 2025 and this would make it profitable. The range is being increased to five products and they are all part of the initial launch.  Revenues could grow to £33m the following year. There is potential for licence deals in other countries.

Watchstone Group (WTG) says a subsidiary’s VAT appeal was dismissed even though it satisfied four out of five elements. A decision will be made on whether to appeal the judgement.

TruSpine Technologies (TSP) intends to issue a conversion notice to loan note holders. The conversion price is a 130% premium to the share price prior to the convertible loan note approval by the directors. A £200,000 debenture has been used to subscribe for convertible loan notes. Geoffrey Miller has increased his stake from 6.88% to 7.24%.

Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) has announced a further adjournment of its a general meeting to gain shareholder approval for leaving Aquis. Investors have approached the quantum technology investment company and offered to make a substantial investment. Stuart Woods has stepped down from the board.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company European Metals Holdings (EMH) says that the Cinovec project in the Czech Republic is in the process of completing a definitive feasibility study, but it will not be completed in the first quarter. There is potential to improve the lithium processing. Cadence Minerals has increased its stake in the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil to 34%. A study should reduce costs and improve productivity of the proposed mine.

S-Ventures (SVEN) increased interim revenues from £8.4m to £9.6m but reported a higher loss from continuing operations. The bakery business was profitable, but this did not offset losses and impairment costs for other businesses. There is no further news on the proposed sale of operations to AIM-quoted Riverfort Global Opportunities.

KR1 (KR1) had net assets of 134.6p/share at the end of February 2024. There was income generated of £1.63m.

Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) increased its pre-tax profit from £20m to £47.1m and the total dividend was raised from 42p/share to 46p/share. Bad debts were lower than forecast. NAV is 1547p/share. The profit is likely to fall this year.

Global Connectivity (GCON) is amending the terms of warrants issued when it floated and extending them by two years to 20 April 2026. The exercise price is being reduced to 1.5p. Management is exploring potential investments.

Marula Mining (MARU) has commenced exploration at the Larisoro manganese mine in Kenya.

Valereum (LON: VLRM) has raised £300,000 at 6p/share from its chairman and is planning a larger fundraising in the third quarter of 2024.

Jenny Hanlon has been appointed as chief executive of brewer Adnams (ADB). She is currently finance director.

Tap Global Group (TAP) generated trading payment volumes of £181.6m in 2023. That generated revenues of £2.02m, but the loss was still £1.07m.

EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had net assets of 324p/share at the end of January 2024. There was £15.3m in cash offset by £4m in loan notes repayable on 23 July.

Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Aberdeen Minerals is raising £3m at 8.5p/share from Central Asia Metals with a further £2m that could be raised from the exercise of warrants at 11p/share. This deal requires regulatory approval.

Lift Global Ventures (LFT) investee company Trans-Africa Energy has received funding of £12m from an African investor. The first energy infrastructure investment is in Ghana. Lift Global Ventures’ core investor relations business generated cash in the first half, although there was a cash outflow for the group as a whole.

Aiden Keegan has been appointed chief executive of Cooks Coffee Company (COOK).

Philip Blows reduced his stake in Supernova Digital Assets (SOL) from 10.6% to 7.98%. There was £68,000 in the bank and £1.95m in investments at the end of October 2023. NAV was £2.93m.

Daniel Thwaites (THW) director RAJ Bailey bought 15,000 shares at 71p each.


Marine technology developer Windward (WNWD) has cut its loss and is heading towards profitability. The 2023 revenues were $28.3m, up from $21.6m. Windward started 2023 with an annual contract value of $25.5m and that has risen to $34.5m, while the 2024 forecast revenues have been edged up from $34.5m to $35.1m. Requirements for tracking cargo and ensuring that sanctions are complied with are helping to increase demand, particularly from commercial clients. Commercial revenues increased to 30% of the total for 2023, but government revenues are also growing.

Grocery distributor Kitwave Group (KITW) has made its latest acquisition, and this will be earnings enhancing. Total Foodservice Solutions is a food wholesaler with two depots based in the north of England. The customer base includes pubs, restaurants, universities and care homes. The gross cost is £21m and that is reduced to £17m when cash in the business is taken into account.

Strong growth at the Billi filtration systems helped Strix (KETL) have a better second half, but the limited recovery in kettle controls and lower consumer goods sales meant that pre-tax profit was slightly lower at £21.9m. There is no dividend. There should be an improvement in profit this year, but it will still be well down on the 2021 figure. Net debt was £83.7m and could fall below £79m by the end of 2024.

Good Energy (GOOD) had a strong performance in 2023 due to high energy prices, but 2024 will not get that benefit and energy supply profit will fall sharply. In 2023, pre-tax profit doubled to £5.7m, but the 2024 forecast has been downgraded from £8.4m to £6.7m. The energy services business, including solar and heat pump installation, is being built up and it will become a more significant profit contributor over the next couple of years making the group performance less volatile.

Floorcoverings manufacturer Airea (AEIA) increased sales of its Burmatex-branded product by 14% to £21.1m. Pre-tax profit was flat at £1.4m, although it included a small valuation gain in the latest year. Higher finance costs relate to the pension scheme and operating profit increased. The net asset value is £14.9m, including net cash of £3.4m. Strong cash generation can cover the £5m investment in new capacity and a 10% increase in the dividend to 0.55p/share. The new capacity should be ready in early 2025 and will enable Airea to take advantage of own brand opportunities for clients.

Revolution Bars Group (RBG) is assessing its options that include restructuring the business or selling all or part of the operations. There are currently no bidders. Luke Johnson is involved in talks concerning a fundraising.

Semiconductor designer CML Microsystems (CML) is being hampered by lower than expected shipments as clients reduce stocks and this is continuing into the new financial year. In the year to March 2024, revenues will be slightly lower than expectations at £23m and underlying EBITDA will be £6.4m, compared with a forecast £6.8m, due to more sales of lower margin products. Full year pre-tax profit will be just under £3m. The balance sheet remains strong with net cash of nearly £18m. The full benefits of the Microwave Technology acquisition, which has performed well, will show through over the next couple of years.

Horizonte Minerals (HZM) published the latest financing estimate for the Araguaia nickel project. The cost to complete is $454m, but the full funding required is $567m-$592m, including pre-production and transaction costs. Existing liabilities are $418, and they require restructuring. More cash will be required by mid-April. Interest payments are being deferred. Existing shareholders are not in a strong position.

A more positive trading statement from film and video translation services provider ZOO Digital (ZOO) as management believes that demand should recover following the disruption of recent strikes in Hollywood. Revenues of $40m are now expected for the year to March 2024.  A new film and TV distribution client has been won and there is greater visibility of work. The company still might not move back into profit in 2024-25, though. There is potential disruption from a craft workers strike in Hollywood.

Boilers developer Inspirit Energy (INSP) is near to completing the four electronic updates for its waste heat recovery system. The team is relocating back to the UK. The cash outflow was stemmed in the six months to December 2023.

Infrastructure India (IIP) shares returned from suspension when the interims to September 2023 were published. The board is proposing a winding-up of the company as it disposes of its assets and the share quotation will be cancelled if the proposals are passed at the AGM. Net liabilities are £217.4m.

Drug discovery company C4X Discovery (C4XD) also plans to cancel its AIM quotation and re-register as a private limited company if it gains shareholder approval at a general meeting on 15 April. Shareholders owning 57% of the shares are in favour. Management believes that it will be easier to raise funds as a private company and it will save money. C4X Discovery has raised £63m on AIM. In August 2022, £5.7m was raised at 25p/share. There is still £20.8m in the bank. In the six months to January 2024, revenues were £24.6m, due to milestone payments, compared with £1.7m in the first half of the previous year. The company is generally loss-making without substantial milestone payments.

Oil and gas producer Molecular Energies (MEN) is cancelling its AIM quotation because it does not believe it is worth the cost. The company should save £500,000/year. Chairman Peter Levine, who owns 29.2%, suggests that he may offer to buy shares of some other investors in the future, but there are no immediate plans to offer an exit prior to the cancellation. Green House Capital will no longer be spun off on AIM.

Infection protection technology developer Byotrol (BYOT) has been quoted for nearly 19 years and it has decided to leave AIM. Revenues from continuing products could improve from £3.7m to £3.9m this year. No further IP revenues are expected this year. Some IP was sold to Tristel (TSTL) and along with an early termination of another licence generated cash of £800,000, but minimum guaranteed royalties will be written down by £550,000 in the balance sheet. Even before that, there will be a higher loss in 2023-24. The business needs to be restructured and reduce costs and believes there will be more flexibility as a private company.


Quantum dots developer Nanoco (NANO) generated interim revenues of £4m, including the recognition of £3m of Samsung licence income, up from £1.6m. Net cash was £54.5m at the end of January 2024. Second half non-Samsung revenues should be higher.

First Tin (1SN) had a cash outflow from operations of more than £2m in 2023. There was also £6.4m spent on exploration activities. There is £4.66m left in the bank.

Cizzle Biotechnology (CIZ) has raised £620,000 via a placing at 2p/share. This will fund the first proposed commercial test for its lung cancer test. The £500,000 loan facility with E3 Fund will be terminated.

Andrew Hore

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