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Quoted Micro 10 May 2024


Time to ACT is planning to join the Aquis Stock Exchange later this month and it has launched a fundraising ahead of the flotation. The flotation will take place even if there is no money raised. Time to ACT plans to develop a group of engineering-based energy transition businesses. Middlesborough-based Time to ACT has two subsidiaries. Diffusion Alloys is a long-established diffusion coating business. The technology provides an intermetallic layer that protects metal components at high temperatures. GreenSpur is a much newer business that is developing direct drive generator technology for use in wind power that does not require rare earths for magnets. The Winterflood Retail Access Platform is being used to raise up to £1m. The issue price and closing date have yet to be announced. Investors have to apply for shares via a broker. The minimum subscription is £100.

Cykel AI (CYK) has agreed a bid from standard listed Mustang Energy (MUST). The offer is 1.911 Mustang Energy shares for each Cykel AI share. Both companies’ shares have been suspended since 17 January. The Mustang Energy suspension price was 30.6p, but the bid is based on a much lower share price valuing the company, which has net liabilities, at £1m. That values the bid at 9.37p/share and Cykel AI is valued at £19.2m. Cykel AI is developing artificial intelligence products.

Newbury Racecourse (NYR) increased 2023 revenues by 9% to £19m and reported pre-tax profit improved from £130,000 to £720,000. However, there was a £700,000 exceptional gain relating to the release of a provision included. Cost increases reduced underlying profit. Raceday attendances fell from 141,000 to 130,000. The nursery has increased capacity by 18%. Shaun Hinds will become chief executive on 3 June.

Silverwood Brands (SLWD) executive director acquired 100,000 shares at 20p following the restoration of trading at the beginning of May. The share price recovered by 48.5% to 24.5p, but it is still not back to its suspension price.

Marula Mining (MARU) has appointed a new mine manager at the Larisoro manganese mine in Kenya. Bernard Kiprotich has five years of mining experience in Kenya. Marula Mining is investing in the established Larisoro manganese mining operation by securing a 60% commercial interest with an option to increase it to 70%. There are three shallow open pits. The purchase price is £300,000 satisfied by the issue of 2.4 million shares. Marula Mining will provide investment of $1.5m for equipment to enable production to be increased.

Essentially Group (ESSN) has completed the acquisition of Best Latin Foodstuff Trading for £1.945m in shares at 52.5p each. Catalina Onate, who founded the food importer, has been appointed as an executive director.

Shareholders passed resolutions at the AGM of Supernova Digital Assets (SOL), including a cancelation of the share premium account and authority to buy back shares.

TruSpine Technologies (LON: TSP) chief executive Laurence Strauss has resigned. He was appointed in April 2023.

RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) raised £35,000 at 274p/share.


Metallurgical coal company Bens Creek (BEN) says a further court hearing related to the three US operations that are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will be held on 6 June. The court has accepted the proposed Avanti debtor in possession financing and $2m has been drawn down. This provides enough cash until the end of May. The final terms of the facility are being negotiated.

Genedrive (GDR) has raised £2.1m in a placing at 1.5p. This follow’s yesterday evening’s announcement of a fundraising, where the point of care pharmacogenetic testing company wanted to raise £2.5m via a placing. There is also a REX retail offer for up to £3.5m, which closes on 17 May, and a one-for-one open offer that could raise up to £2.1m. If the total amount raised is not at least £6m the fundraising will not go ahead, so a further £3.9m is required. The company’s tests are being commercialised and a direct to consumer strategy pursued in the UK, while there will be distributors in other countries. There will also be investment to improve manufacturing efficiency and to fund regulatory approvals.

Plant Health Care (PHC) generated a 72% increase in revenues to $4.3m in the first four months of 2024. There is cash of $2.3m. The loss could be reduced from $3m to less than $1m this year. A profit is possible in 2025.

Third quarter driver management systems units produced by Seeing Machines (SEE) have gone into 313,662 vehicles, which is 51% higher than the previous quarter. This is more than treble the number in the same period two years and 80% higher than one year previously with more contracts set to contribute. Monitored connections of the Guardian fleet units were 5% higher on the quarter at 59,706.

Push-to-talk and workplace management technology developer Mobile Tornado (MBT) has won a contract through its regional partner to supply technology for a mobile network in the Middle East and Africa, which has more than 50 million customers. Management believes that there should be increasing sales momentum following the deal.

Healthcare services provider Totally (TLY) reassured the market with its latest trading statement. Full year EBITDA was £2.3m, down from £6.9m, and net debt was £800,000 at the end of March 2024. Revenues fell 22% to £106m because of the loss of a contract. Cost reductions and efficiency improvements have offset the tough market. Annualised cost savings of £3.5m are expected.

Bushveld Minerals (BMN) has agreed the conditional disposal of Vanchem to Southern Point Resources Fund 1 for up to $40.6m. The initial consideration is $20.6m. This requires shareholder approval. Southern Point Resources is increasing the interim working capital facility it is providing that is secured on production at Vanchem. This, and a $9m working capital facility, will be offset against the initial consideration and be used to pay creditors. This will leave a cash payment to Bushveld Minerals of $3.5m when the disposal happens. The deferred consideration is based on 25% of distributable free cash flow with a minimum of $1.25m paid for each quarter of the three-year period.

Mothercare (MTC) reported a 13% decline in global system sales last year due to poor trading in the Middle East. Destocking is a problem. There was better trading in the UK and Indonesia. The retailer will improve EBITDA, but Cavendish reduced its forecast EBIDA by 9% to £7m, compared to £6.7m in 2022-23. Refinancing talks continue and a conclusion should reduce the interest bill.

Battery technology developer Ilika (IKA) is raising up to £3.4m at 28p/share to spend on the Goliath solid-state battery. This cash should last at least 12 months. A placing and subscription raised £1.7m and a one-for-26 open offer could raise up to £1.7m more. The open offer closes on 28 May. There will be £750,000 earmarked for the development of the Goliath battery and this supplements the grant assistance obtained. A further £750,000 will be used to increase testing capacity to 0.75MWh/a and for upgrading dry room facilities. Additional cash raised will support further capital expenditure and working capital for Goliath and the Stereax miniature battery.


Packaging manufacturer and distributor Macfarlane Group (MACF) disappointed with its AGM trading statement and lost the majority of the share price gain this year. Prices are falling, but this reflects lower costs, so margins are being maintained. First quarter sales were 9.5% lower, which does reflect a reduction in volumes. There should be improvement in the second half.

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (LON: OCTP) plans to cancel the standard listing. Management believes that stockmarket uncertainty is making it difficult to raise cash at an acceptable share price. The development of the drug pipeline will continue. The cancelation date is 6 June.

Andrew Hore

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