Residential property developer St Mark Homes (SMAP) is bidding for related company St Marks Contracts Ltd. The recommended offer is a one-for-one share swap. That looks fair as the adjusted NAV of each of the companies is around 128.5p a share. That is after St Mark Homes pays its interim dividend of 5p a share. The directors that the two companies have in common were not involved in the negotiations. The idea behind the deal is that the enlarged group should be able to participate in larger projects.
Equatorial Mining & Exploration (EM.P) says that it has engaged a contract mining company to open up an access road into a planned mining lease in Nigeria in anticipation of its imminent grant, which is subject to a final fee of £15,000. Equatorial needs additional funding for exploration and working capital and it is talking to investors. The company’s activity has been limited in order for it to be able to keep going until finance can be obtained. A half year trading update will be published at the end of this month
Hellenic Capital (HECP) director Gavin Burnell has more than doubled his stake in the investment company, taking it to 29.9%. The recent purchase of 9.5 million shares was at 0.137p each. That is below the current bid price of 0.2p.
African Pioneer (APPP) is asking its shareholders to approve its withdrawal from ISDX. The vote will be held at the AGM on 30 June. If the resolution is passed then trading will end on 1 July.
Wireless control technology developer Cyan Holdings (CYAN) is acquiring Connode, which supplies wireless-based technology for smart meters and the internet of things, for £6.8m – £4.3m in cash and £2.5m in shares. This deal provides a European customer base and an opportunity to generate revenues from the smart meter roll out in the UK. Cyan is raising £10.1m at 0.18p a share and this includes a £2m subscription by JS Technical Services, a Thailand-based distributor of Cyan products. The share capital will be doubled following these share issues. Directors and some of the senior management will take their income and bonuses in shares at the same price – expected to be equivalent to £730,000.
Seeing Machines (SEE) has supplied an initial 1,000 Guardian on-road driver fatigue units to a distributor set up by VSI Berhad, the Malaysian business that recently took a 12% stake in the company at 5.2p a share – a significant premium to the current market price. The units will be sold in Malaysia and Singapore. According to finnCap, Seeing Machines should have net cash of A$5m by the end of June 2017 and there are $10m worth of further payments to come from the Caterpillar deal.
Risk management and compliance software developer Lombard Risk Management (LRM) is raising up to £8.76m through a placing and one-for-35 open offer at 8.75p a share. The cash will be invested in developing existing and future software products. A trebled loss of £6.6m is forecast for this year but Lombard is expected to move into profit next year – after capitalised development spending.
Hydro International (HYD) has recommended a £28m bid from Ely Acquisitions. The Hanover Active Equity Fund-backed acquisition vehicle is offering 194p a share in cash for the stormwater and wastewater equipment supplier.
Dekeloil (DKL) is buying out most of the minority interests in the Ayenouan palm oil mill in the Ivory Coast. This will take the Dekeloil stake to 86% and it will be financed by a £12.75m placing at 1.325p a share. The purchase price effectively values the mill at €42.9m and the deal should be earnings enhancing. The rest of the minority interest will eventually be acquired. Cantor Fitzgerald forecasts a 2016 profit of €4.9m, rising to €7.5m next year.
CML Microsystems (CML) is showing signs of benefiting from a recovery in demand thanks to new contracts. In the year to March 2016, revenues improved from £21.8m to £22.8m, while underlying pre-tax profit moved ahead from £3.17m to £3.44m. The dividend was increased from 6.9p a share to 7p a share. The recently announced Chinese acquisition will not be completed for around three months.
A pre-feasibility study for the Batangas gold project, where Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) has an option to increase its 25% stake to 50.1%, shows that it could generate $34m of free cash during its first seven years of production (assuming a gold price of $1,250/ounce). The upfront capital costs are $16m. Estimated operating costs are $735/ounce of recovered gold. Recovered gold production is forecast at 116,000 ounces and there are an additional 320,000 ounces of inferred gold resources. A definitive feasibility study should be completed by the end of the year.
Highlands Natural Resources (HNR) is reversing its recently acquired helium prospects in Montana into fellow standard list shell Opera Investments (OPRA), which previously had a reversal deal that fell through. The purchase price is £4m in Opera shares valued at 15p each. Opera plans to raise at least $750,000 to finance investment in the assets. Highlands will be the majority shareholder in the company.