Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has invested £770,000 in employee owned businesses in the six months to February 2016. Interim revenues grew from £257,000 to £364,000 but admin costs increased significantly so, excluding unrealised gains, the pre-tax profit dipped from £41,000 to £34,000. Unrealised gains slumped from £47,000 to £6,000. At 62.5p (60p/65p) a share, Capital for Colleagues is valued at £6m. The net asset value was £4.2m at the end of February 2016 and £1.15m has been raised since then. There are still plenty of opportunities for new investments as well as additional investment in existing investee companies.
Blockchain technology investor Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) reported a loss of £2.42m in the first 15 months of its existence to December 2015. That includes an investment impairment of £1.31m for an investment in Hive Labs. The investments are all early-stage so it will take time for them to bear fruit. More recently the company has branched out into providing training. The NAV was £2.33m at the end of 2015. At 4.1p (3.6p/4.6p) a share, Coinsilium is valued at £2.9m. There were seven trades in Coinsilium shares last week at prices between 3.2p and 4.25p. Five of these trades were the day before the results were announced. The most recent trade was 100,000 shares at 3.2p each. Coinsillium is one of the more frequently traded ISDX companies and there were seven trades in the previous week.
Contemporary art collector and trader V22 (V22O) says an independent valuation of its collection at the end of 2015 said that it was worth £1.67m, which is triple the amount invested in the collection. V22 also has a property portfolio and in May it paid £250,000 for a 125 year licence on a Grade II listed building in Forest Hill, which will provide exhibition and event space. In 2015, revenues grew from £568,000 to £822,000 and the loss declined from £78,000 to £34,000. Since then, V22 has raised £225,000 from selling half of its option interest in a company that owns the freehold to a building in South Bermondsey. V2 has already received £150,000 with £75,000 payable by the end of June. V22 retains an option over 15% of the holding company that owns the building. At 0.9p (0.85p/0.95p) a share, V22 is valued at £300,000. The NAV including the valuation of the art portfolio is 4.49p a share.
Cairn has resigned as the corporate adviser to Nordic Energy (NORP), whose shares are already suspended because it is unable to bring out its interim figures within the required time. At the end of 2015, Nordic relinquished its Danish oil and gas exploration licence because it was unable to fund the required work programme. Nordic had £42,551 in the bank at the end of May 2015. Former director Rudolf Kleiber has been awarded £14,210 for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
Carbon credits adviser China CDM Exchange Centre Ltd (CCEP) reported flat revenues of £1m in 2015 but profit dipped from £29,000 to £6,000. There was a cash inflow of £575,000, taking cash in the bank to £1.59m. The NAV is £46.1m, which is mainly based on carbon-related investments. At 0.25p (0.2p/0.3p) a share, China CDM is valued at £300,000, which is a large discount to the cash pile. There was a small trade of 936 shares at 0.2p each the day after the results were announced.
China-based LED products supplier Gowin New Energy Group Ltd (GWIN) reported a large loss for 2015 because of write-offs relating to the termination of contracts with its former manufacturing partner. The plan is to keep design and sales in-house but outsource production. There may also be opportunities for joint production development with other companies. This will reduce the company’s working capital requirements. There was cash of RMB1.3m in the bank at the end of 2015 but there are also shareholder loans of RMB12.6m.
Diversified Gas & Oil (DOIL) has raised a further £420,000, which is part of the additional £3.5m it wants to raise from the issue of 8.5% unsecured bonds. In 2015, revenues fell from $7.36m to $6.3m due to the lower oil price and there was a cash outflow from operations of $3.93m. The company continues to acquire oil and gas assets.
Constellation Software Inc has made a bid approach to Bond International Software (BDI) following the ending of a standstill agreement late last year. The potential offer price is 105p a share and Bond is still considering its options. Last month, Bond sold Strictly Education for £11.3m – £7m paid immediately and £4.3m to be paid within six months. The cash will be used to pay off borrowings, which were £5.9m. Bond had cash in the bank so this will have gone up following the transaction and there were plans to distribute some of the cash to shareholders. It was after this disposal was announced that Constellation converted non-voting shares and this gave it 29.9% of Bond. Constellation appears to have made the bid approach at this time so that it can retain the cash.
Air filtration and clean air equipment supplier MayAir (MAYA) has secured new contracts worth a total of $22.8m. The majority of this work will come from the installation of clean room equipment for two customers. There is also a contract to supply air filtration equipment for office buildings. The majority of these revenues will be generated this year. This is good news because a large contract was coming to an end. In 2015, MayAir’s revenues were $63.6m. Former broker Mirabaud forecast 2016 revenues of $75.5m. Cantor Fitzgerald has been appointed broker to the company.
Life sciences software provider Instem (INS) has acquired regulatory information management systems supplier Samarind for up to £2.5m and this has led to a profit upgrade. House broker N+1 Singer has increased its 2016 earnings per share forecast by 5% to 10.4p and the 2017 figure by 14% to 13p. Samarind adds post-marketing services to Instem’s existing regulatory reporting software. Two-thirds of Samarind’s revenues of £1.2m are recurring and most of the customer base is new to Instem.
Daily Internet (DAIP) moved into profit in the year to March 2016. Revenues grew by 22% to £4.76m and a loss of £140,000 was turned into a profit of £250,000. The managed hosting and internet services provider has been reducing its cost base and the benefits are yet to show through. There was £650,000 generated from operating activities and net cash was £206,000, although there is still potential contingent consideration of £435,000.
Building services provider Northern Bear (NTBR) says its net debt fell in the year to March 2016 and it intends to increase its dividend. Last year, net debt was £4.5m and the dividend was 1.5p a share, which was well covered by earnings of 8.5p a share. Earnings are set to be flat this year despite problematic weather conditions but the increased dividend should still be well covered. Reduced finance costs offset the effect of lower revenues.
Kefi Minerals (KEFI) says that it has reduced the funding requirements for the Tulu Kapi gold project from $145m to $130m following further refinements to the project and reductions in interest costs. At a gold price of $1,250/ounce, Kefi expects to generate $173m of cash in the first three years of production. All-in sustaining costs are $746/ounce. This is based on contract open pit mining and total production of 980,000 ounces of gold over ten years.
Specialist electronics supplier Acal (ACL) reported underlying revenue growth of 3% in the year to March 2016. Including acquisitions, revenues rose from £271.1m to £297.2m – it would have been higher at constant exchange rates – and improved margins meant that pre-tax profit jumped from £11.8m to £14.4m. Trading conditions are not easy and this is likely to continue to be true for the rest of the first half although an improvement is expected later in the year.