AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE
VSA Capital (VSA) has launched the AQSE Apex Index, which has a base of 1,000 at the beginning of 2021. There are 21 constituents of the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange, including its owner Aquis Exchange. The index is weighted by market capitalisation and the total market capitalisation is around £1bn. New admissions to the Apex segment and companies moving from the Access segment to Apex are eligible for inclusion in the index at the next quarterly review. The index was 835.16 on 26 May 2022.
Gledhow Investments (GDH) made an interim loss of £293,000, due to a net unrealised loss of £435,000 offsetting realised gains. Net assets ware £2.37m at the end of March 2022. One-third of the current portfolio is invested in Aquis companies.
Interim revenues of rail track fastening technology supplier Wheelsure Holdings (WHLP) recovered from £56,000 to £93,000, while the loss was reduced from £117,000 to £105,000. The first order was received from the Barcelona Metro. The product range has been broadened and this will provide additional growth opportunities.
Probiotix Health (PBX) says that its partner in Uruguay is launching a probiotic yoghurt called Yo-Life, which includes the company’s cholesterol-reducing ingredient. There were more then t3wo years of product development prior to the launch.
First quarter revenues generated by Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) increased from $604,000 to $3.2m, partly tanks to acquisitions. There was a small rise in pre-tax loss from $2.38m to $2.5m. Yooma is reviewing its strategy.
There was a $367,000 cash outflow from operating activities at medicinal psychedelics investment company Oscillate (MUSH) in the year to March 2022. Net assets were $3.12m. Investments include Psych Capital, which is about to join Aquis. There are still resources and technology companies in the portfolio.
Eight Capital Partners (ECP) is holding a bondholder’ meeting to gain approval to extend the life of the bonds until 3 September 2026 and to set an annual interest rate of 4.8%. If approved bondholders will be issued warrants equal to the par value of their bond holding at a strike price of 0.05p a share.
Quetzal Capital (QTZ) is extending the deadline exercise date for a subscription of £500,000 of convertible loan notes in TAP Global to 30 June.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has raised £700,000 at 5p a share and issued shares at the same price to pay creditors of £77,500. Directors’ fees of £97,200 were converted into shares at 15p each. Rhe cash will be used to finance the FDA approval process.
Coral Products (CRU) is using some of its cash to acquire Runcorn-based Alma Products for an initial £1.5m in cash with additional consideration depending on the EBITDA for the year to April 2023. The maximum earn-out payment is £1.5m, which would mean that EBITDA had reached at least £600,000. Alma produces sheet extrusion, volume vacuum forming and container printed products for the food packaging and personal care markets. Alma owns the freehold of its factory, and it has up to date capital equipment.
Cancer diagnostics developer ANGLE (AGL) has signed a deal with MidLantic Urology, which will evaluate the Parsortix system for use in prostate cancer studies. There is also a master clinical study agreement with Solaris Health Holdings. MidLantic Urology is an affiliate of Solaris, and it is one of the largest providers of specialist urology services in the US. Initial results are expected in 2023.
Digital media company Digitalbox (DBOX) is acquiring the web and mobile assets of TVGuide.co.uk for £550,000, which includes payment for £180,000 of transitional services. This is an immediately earnings enhancing deal and it fits with the company’s Entertainment Daily brand. In 2021, the assets generated an operating profit of £150,000 on revenues of £490,000.
Escape room company XP Factory (XPF) increased revenues by 163% to £7m in 2021, which includes an initial contribution from Boom Battle Bar, which is a more food and drink-focused activity venue operator. The loss was sharply reduced. This year the venues will be operating from the start of the year and more outlets are being added. There are some combined Escape Hunt and Boom sites that are operated by the company, while other boom sites are franchised. There was £6.9m in the bank at the end of April 2022 and that will help to finance site opening plans. Management is able to find suitable locations at attractive rents. Current trading is ahead of expectations.
Technology investment companies Tern (TERN) and Pires Investments (PIRI) are merging to create a larger, more attractive investment proposition. Tern is offering 0.51613 of one share for each Pires share.
Cloudbreak Discovery (CDL) is providing a $2m debenture to G2 to help finance the Masten Unit energy project in Texas in exchange for a 3.25% overriding royalty interest. There is a 12% interest rate which can be paid quarterly in cash or shares. G2 has issued 6.5 million warrants exercisable at 30 cents each.
Hawkwing (HNG) has £2.3m in cash and an investment in Internet Fusion Group valued at £14.4m. The potential reverse takeover of that company is not going ahead and Hawkwing wants to unwind the loan. After taking account of the convertible loan notes in issue, net assets were £2.51m at the end of 2021. Hawkwing is seeking acquisitions in digital marketing or medical or business services.
Mining, Minerals and Metals (MMM) has £200,000 in the bank at the end of January 2022. This will be used to help fund the due diligence on the proposed acquisition of Narnia Mauritius Gas, which owns a gas exploration licence in South Africa.
Toople (TOOP) founder Andrew Hollingworth and Greg Bryce is taking over as chief executive.
First Tin (1SN) has £2.5m in the bank prior to raising £20m in its standard list flotation. Arlington Partners Fund has acquired 808,228 shares at 19.055p each.