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Ormonde Mining (ORM) has switched from AIM to the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. Ormonde Mining owns 36.2% of gold and copper explorer. TRU Precious Metals Corp and 20% of battery metals explorer Peak Nickel.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) increased revenues from £34,000 to £203,000 in 2022-23, while the loss was slightly lower at £1.91m. The net cash outflow was £1.2m. Note 3 of the accounts points out the financial position, but management believes that sales will come through to generate cash to fund the business after a reduction in costs. If not, a share issue will be the alternative way of obtaining the cash required. Stephen Bamford and Constantine Logothetis have increased their stakes to 8% and 22.5% respectively.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) has appointed Investec as nominated adviser and joint broker alongside Canaccord Genuity. It replaces Liberum. The company, which is also quoted on AIM, will report interims on 21 September.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has issued £600,000 of convertibles at 100p each. Two existing shareholders have invested a total of £300,000 and Charles Morgan has converted £300,000 of debt. Unsecured debt will fall to £709,000 and Charles Morgan has agreed not to task for repayment until the end of January 2025. The interest rate is 15% and the conversion price is the lower of a 20% discount to the share price of the next capital raising of at least £1m of 0.4p/share, with a minimum of 0.2p/share. The loans will automatically be converted on 30 November 2025 or earlier.
Pharma C investments (PCIL) will hold the requisitioned general meeting on 27 September. The proposals are to remove Gavin Hilary Sathianathan and appoint Paul Ryan and Noel Lyons to the board.
Investment company Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has seven investments in its portfolio. The NAV dipped from £1.44m to £1.33m at the end of June 2023. There is £368,000.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has received the second tranche of the disposal proceeds of investee company The Homebuilding Centre, which provides homebuilding advice. Successful trading means that the second tranche is £108,000 rather than the expected £50,000.
Cannabis-based products supplier Voyager Life (VOY) improved revenues from £178,000 to £284,000. There was cash of £990,000.
Controlled environmental agriculture technology developer Light Science Technologies (LST) is acquiring Tomtech for £500,000 with an initial cash payment of £75,000. Tomtech, which supplies and installs monitoring and control systems for greenhouses, has £284,000 in cash and there could be additional cash payments if it is above £185,000 on completion. This deal is immediately earnings enhancing – Tomtech reported a pre-tax profit of £79,000 on revenues of £680,000. There is a complementary product range and cross selling opportunities to Tomtech’s 160 customers.
AMTE Power (AMTE) is raising £2.1m at 1.7p/share at 1.7p/share, plus an additional retail offer to raise £250,000. The share price slumped 78.4% to 2.05p. The battery technology developer is raising the cash to keep going until the proposed cash injection of £2.5m is completed. Due diligence by the potential investor could continue until the end of October and it believes that it can introduce potential offtake customers to AMTE.
Molecular Energies (MEN) plans to sell its Argentinian oil and gas business for up to $40m to its chairman Peter Levine. Argentina is economically and politically volatile and exchange controls mean that the business is hampered. There is a lack of investor interest and there are capital investment requirements that need to be funded. There will be an initial payment of $2m plus repayment of $13m of debt. The rest of the purchase price is based on up to 20% of net free cash flow over the next five years. The Paraguay oil and gas assets and other operations are not included in the sale.
Software supplier GetBusy (GETB) made a slightly lower underlying loss in the first half as it continues to invest in sales and product development. Annual recurring revenues grew 14% to £20.1m. and there is £1.7m in the bank. finnCap maintains its expectation of a small 2023 loss.
Satellite communications equipment supplier Global Invacom (GINV) is seeking shareholder approval to leave AIM and maintain the listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore stock market. There is a lack of liquidity on AIM, and this makes it difficult to raise cash. There is also the cost and management time taken up with being on AIM and another market. A subsidiary signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications. The July 2014 placing price was 19.75p. The shares have been trading below that price for more than eight years.
Video editing technology developer Blackbird (BIRD) reported a 36% dip in interim revenues to £985,000 after the loss of a contract with A+E and additional development fees in the previous period. The cash outflow was £1.92m, but there is still £8.18m in the bank. Even so, investors want to see progress with the new product for creators and other new business to replace what has been lost.
Capital equipment supplier 600 Group (SIXH) has reconvened its AGM for 29 September. However, the audit for the accounts for the year to March 2023 will not be completed by the end of September. Trading in the shares will be suspended on 2 October. Trading conditions continue to be difficult and there will be a further interim loss. That will lead to impairment adjustments in the 2022-23 accounts. Debt facilities expire at the end of November 2023. Peter Gyllenhammar increased his stake from 9.88% to 10.2%.
Capital equipment manufacturer Mpac (MPAC) increased interim revenues by 4% to £52.8m and pre-tax recovered from £1.1m to £1.9m. Order intake soared in the period. Services generated one-third of revenues in the first half, but the mix will change as recent order wins are satisfied in the second quarter. The order book has risen 15% to £77.5m since the end of 2022 and includes higher margin healthcare machinery. This helps to underpin forecasts of a better second half. The battery cell assembly plant business remains a significant longer-term opportunity. Net cash is £2.2m. Shore forecasts a near doubling of underlying pre-tax profit to £6.9m in 2023.
Builders’ merchant Lords Group Trading (LORD) is outperforming its rivals. But trading is getting tougher because of higher interest rates and lower construction activity. Interim revenues improved 4% to £222.6m, helped by acquisitions, but pre-tax profit fell from £8.4m to £7.7m. The interim dividend is maintained at 0.67p/share. Cenkos has reduced its 2023 pre-tax profit forecast from £17.8m to £13.2m.
Infrastructure India (IIP) announced the conditional sale of the 99.99% stake in transportation company Distribution Logistics Infrastructure to Pristine Malwa Logistics Park, which is part of logistics group Pristine. The consideration will be $10m in cash and 33% of Pristine Malwa the purchaser. There are conditions that are required to be satisfied before the deal can go ahead and it will be subject to adjustment. The transaction could close before the end of the year. Infrastructure India is expected to exit the investment within three years. At the end of September 2022, net liabilities were £85.7m. It is difficult to assess how much of the Infrastructure India borrowings will go with the disposal.
STM Group (LON: STM) has reached agreement with PSF Capital GP II over a 67p a share cash bid for the pensions and financial services provider. The bidder is securing a new credit facility to fund the bid. Originally, it was stated the offer could be as high as 70p/share, but the share price shows that investors were not counting on it being that high. This is conditional on STM boss Alan Kentish acquiring the UK SIPP business and those related to the Master Trust.
Property bridging loans provider Vector Capital (VCAP) reported a decline in interim revenues and profit. The loan book has fallen from £53.2m to £48.8m over six months as management is cautious about new lending. The bad provision has been raised by £167,000 to £367,000, but it is still relatively low. Pre-tax profit fell 18% to £1.3m, partly due to the higher provision.
Round Hill Music Royalty Fund (RHMP) is being acquired by Alchemy Copyrights for $1.15/share, which values the company at $468.8m. That was a premium of 67% to the previous market price. Shareholders will still receive the quarterly dividend of 1.125 cents/share and a special dividend of 0.5 cents/share.
Third quarter revenues of National Milk Records (NMR) were 15% higher at £6.5m. The core milk testing revenues were 14% ahead, helped by price rises. Genomic testing revenues more than doubled. Milk prices have fallen, but they are still relatively high. Canaccord Genuity still expects a dip in 2023 pre-tax profit from £2.4m to £1.9m.
Watchstone Group (WTG) has been unsuccessful in its £63m claim against PricewaterhouseCoopers concerning a breach of confidentiality. It is considering an appeal.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) admitted that it failed to inform shareholders that a loan announced in February included a fixed and floating charge over the company’s IP.
KR1 (KR1) has invested $500,000 into Web3 venture studio Code and State through a Simple Agreement for Future Equity.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company Evergreen Lithium, where it owns 15.8 million shares (8.74%), has identified significant and widespread lithium at the Kenny project. A further £1.86m worth of shares could be issued to Cadence Minerals.
Goodbody Health (GDBY) shareholders have agreed to the cancellation of the Aquis quotation on 16 May. The shares will then be traded on the JP Jenkins platform.
TAP Global Group (TAP) has appointed Kriya Patel as chief executive of its main subsidiary. He is an experienced executive of e-money and financial technology businesses. He will receive five million LTIP options, plus a further 10 million LTIP options which will vest when certain milestones are achieved.
Ananda Developments (ANA) says a study suggests that cannabidiol plus terpenes has a more positive effect on acne than cannabidiol on its own.
Mark Horrocks has taken a 5.8% stake in Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP), while Chris Akers increased its stake from 19.5% to 19.6%.
Trading in Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) shares has been suspended until account are filed and the cease trade order is revoked.
Power Metal Resources (POW) has spun-off its Nevada mining interests into Golden Metal Resources (GMET). Power Metal Resources has retained a 62.1% stake. There was £1.98m raised at 8.5p when the company joined AIM. Trading started at 8.75p and ended the first day at 8.125p. There were 1.12 million shares traded on the first day and a total of 488,000 shares in the following two days. The share price ended the week at 8.125p. There are four assets: three wholly owned plus an earn-in option over a fourth.
Purplebricks (PURP) says that the number of new instructions did not increase in the fourth quarter and that means revenues and EBITDA will be worse than expected in the year to April 2024. The company’s payment processor is withholding a portion of remittances and cash was £9.1m at the end of April 2023, compared with previous expectations of £15m. The formal sale process continues, and management says that it wants to conclude this as soon as possible so the future of the business is clarified. Strike Ltd has decided not to make an offer.
Online builders’ merchants CMO Group (CMO) increased like-for-like 2022 revenues by 2%, but the market remains tough. In 2022, revenues increased from £76.3m to £83.1m, helped by acquisitions. Gross margins held up at 19.9% as sales of higher margin products offset the decline at Total Tiles, where there were problems with pricing. Overheads were increased following flotation on AIM and that is why operating margin dived from 3.5% to 1.5%. There was a boost of around £200,000 to operating profit due to a reduction in deferred consideration for a past acquisition. Pre-exceptionals profit fell from £1.5m to £800,000. Overheads are being reduced. Employee numbers are 15% lower than the peak last year and delivery costs are being controlled.
A&E Television Network is cancelling its contract with video editing technology developer Blackbird (BIRD) at the end of June. Last year, this contract contributed less than 10% of 2022 revenues of £2.85m. Blackbird is growing its revenues, including from licensing, but this contract loss will hold back the overall rate of growth. Blackbird has £9m in cash, down from £10m at the end of 2022.
Fulcrum Metals (FMET) is ranking targets for its Big Bear property on the Schreiber-Hemlo project in Ontario. Additional mining claims have been acquired at Winston Lake, Ontario. Results from the magnetic surveying at Tocheri Lake, Ontario, should be available early in the third quarter.
Credit hire company Anexo (ANX) reported flat 2022 pre-tax profit of £23.9m even though housing disrepair work helping to improve revenues. There were additional costs for vehicle emissions litigation against VW, which has some way to go before it is settled. A decline in pre-tax profit to £18.1m is forecast for 2023 as new credit hire business is reduced. That should help to improve cash collection and reduce debt.
Marwyn Investment Management has decided not to invest in footwear retailer Unbound Group (UBG) because of concerns about current trading. Marwyn had planned to inject £10m into the business at a placing price of 10.5p. That was the same level as the withdrawn offer from WoolOvers Group. Unbound has admitted that trading has worsened in the first quarter of the current year. Cash flow has to be carefully managed and banking covenants may have to be waived. Additional funds will be required.
Mineral sands project developer Capital Metals (CMET) has signed a potential 100% offtake and investment agreement with LB Group, which is the largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide pigments and sponge. LB Group will fully fund the Eastern Minerals project in Sri Lanka up to the estimated cost of $81m in the preliminary economic assessment. After that the joint venture will fund additional costs on a 50/50 basis. The plan is to build up production to 1.65 million tonnes per annum. Most of the due diligence for the deal has already been done.
Coal miner Bens Creek (BEN) says shareholder MBU Capital has sold a 29.9% stake at 18p a share to Singapore-based Avani Resources, which trades raw materials for steel and power production.
Brazil-focused gold producer Serabi Gold (SRB) has signed a strategic exploration alliance with Vale, which will assess large scale copper projects on the Palito Complex. There are four phases during which Vale can earn up to 90% of the project. Serabi would have a put option to sell the other 19% for $10m and a 1.5% net smelter royalty. There will be an initial $5m investment in exploration.
Packaging manufacturer and distributor Macfarlane Group (MACF) published an AGM statement Manufacturing revenues are 14% ahead in the first quarter and distribution revenues 4% higher. There are bank facilities to finance further expansion.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) says first quarter revenues were 5% lower. There is still some destocking in the current period. Lower freight costs will help margins. Finance director Will Hoy and related parties have been acquiring shares at up to 110p each.
Four shareholders owning a 19.4% stake have requisitioned a general meeting at TruSpine Technologies (TSP) on 31 May. They want four directors to be removed: Norman Lott, Nikunj Patel, Annabel Schild and Laurence Strauss. The only director they are not seeking to remove is Timothy Evans. They also want three nominees to be voted onto the board, which includes two of the requisitioners Peter Houghton and Todd Michael Cramer, as well as Anthony Swoboda. The board recommends voting against the resolutions. There are also disputes with the inventor of the company’s main technologies and the requisitioners talk about negotiating a new licence.
Music artist management and services provider All Things Considered Group (ATC) reported better than expected 2022 figures and managed to make a £10,000 pre-tax profit. A £300,000 loss had been expected. Stripping the deconsolidated Driift out of the figures, continuing revenues more than doubled from £4.5m to £9.45m. The share of the Driift loss will continue to hold back profit, but Canaccord Genuity forecasts a 2023 pre-tax profit of £200,00. That is on reduced revenues of £7.7m because of the deconsolidation of Driift and the one-off commission for facilitating the Napster reversal deal in 2022.
One Health Group (OHGR), which provides funded medical procedures, says results will be ahead of expectations. There was a 16% increase in patient referrals from the NHS and additional capacity is being brought on stream for weekend operations. New surgical hubs are being planned. Net cash was £3.3m at the end of March 2023.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) has diversified into the demulsification market through developing a product with Cleaner Fuel Solutions in South Africa. The new product reduces the time taken to separate water and oil from toxic waste oil.
Ananda Developments (ANA) says that the highlight of last month was the quality of the cannabis plants grown from second-generation seed genetics. They are better than the plants developed from clones. MRX1 unlicensed medicinal cannabis oil is set to be listed in three medicinal cannabis clinics.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says investee company Hastings Technology Metals has hired GR Engineering Services as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Yangibana rare earth project. The overall cost is $210m, which is lower than previously estimated. First concentrate delivery should be in the first quarter of 2025.
KR1 (KR1) had net assets of 61.29p a share at the end of March 2023. The income from digital assets was £583,000 during March.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) generated first quarter revenues of £197,000 and the loss was £383,000. The original businesses have been sold and a battery project acquired during March.
Fenikso Ltd (FNK) has received the latest payment of $614,000, which leaves the remaining loan at $49.9m. The next payment is at the beginning of June.
Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) has changed its corporate adviser and broker to Novum Securities.
Japan Petroleum Exploration is acquiring a 49.9% stake in the Norway-based subsidiary of Longboat Energy (LBE) in return for a cash injection of $16m, plus a finance facility of $100m. There is a further contingent cash payment of $4m linked to an acquisition. If there is a discovery at Velocette then up to $30m more cash could be injected by the new partner.
Retailer Mothercare (MTC) beat the finnCap EBITDA forecast with an outcome of £6.5m-£7m in the year to March 2023. Excluding Russia, sales improved during the year. There is still destocking going on. The pension deficit has fallen to £39m and there is a full review in the autumn.
Cambridge Cognition (COG) made a small loss in 2022, but the recently acquired Winterlight Labs, which develops machine-learning based voice assessment using free-speech inputs, will significantly increase the loss this year. However, the deal enhances the company’s voice-based technology and provides cross-selling opportunities. Organic revenues are expected to grow by 10% in 2023.
Building and plumbing products distributor Lords Group Trading (LORD) reported better than forecast figures even though they were upgraded in January. The merchanting division grew like-for-like sales by 17%, more than offsetting a like-for-like dip in plumbing and heating revenues due to boiler component shortages. On top of this acquisitions helped revenues grow by 24% to £450m, while pre-tax profit improved from £12.3m to £17.4m. Profit growth is likely to be more modest this year.
Life sciences company Aptamer Group (APTA) says that potential deals are slow in converting into commercial projects and it will require more cash. In the ten months to April 2023, revenues were £1.4m and Liberum has slashed its full year forecast from £5m to £1.8m, down from £4m last year. The monthly cash outflow is £500,000 and costs are being cut. That could cut the cost base to £4.5m. Net debt is expected to be £1m at the end of June 2023 and £2.5m is estimated to be required to be raised to get the company to June 2024.
Supercapacitors designer CAP-XX (CPX) has raised £2.5m at 1.3p a share. Anthony Kongats is stepping down as chief executive, although he has subscribed for new shares. A retail offer that could have raised up to £500,000 generated £180,000. The cash will fund product development and marketing.
Graphite technology developer Versarien (VRS) is raising £532,000 at 1.25p. The cash will pay for commercialisation of products and fund working capital. More cash will be required and the fall in the share price will not help. A new strategic plan will be published in a few weeks and the mature cutting tools business may be sold.
Solgenics (SGN), formerly known as Ncondezi Energy, intends to leave AIM. Management does not feel that the quotation is effective for such a small company with a lack of liquidity, and it wants to focus on the Tete solar project. A working capital loan has been agreed in principle with directors. This represents a recovery on the initial share price decline after non-exec director Scott Fletcher acquired 31.4 million shares, taking his stake to 27.3%.
Argos Resources (ARG) also plans to leave AIM. JHI Associates will acquire the PL001 production licences in the North Falkland Basin in return for 8.47 million shares and £303,500 in cash. This would turn Argos Resources into a cash shell and requires shareholder approval. After settling with creditors, there should be eight million JHI shares to distribute to Argos Resources shareholders. Westmount Energy (WTE) owns 7.2% of JHI and it also owns one million shares in Argos Resources.
The NHS is funding the accelerated implementation of Lipid inCode, which has been developed by GENinCode (GENI). This follows a pilot programme. The funding is part of a strategy to identify one-quarter of patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia. Lipid in Code is faster than existing tests and provides additional data.
Engineer Goodwin (GWIN) is making a tender offer for up to 180,000 shares at £48 each, which is a 25% premium to the previous market price. Qualified shareholders have a guaranteed entitlement to tender 2.34% of their shareholding if they wish to accept the tender.
Lookers (LOOK) is acquiring Chelmsford-based motor dealer Waterhouse Cars. This adds a Volvo dealership in Chelmsford and £2m will be invested in this site. Lookers also plans to invest £2.3m in its existing Colchester Volvo dealership.
National World (NWOR) has bought business information provider Insider Media. It has also acquired the Rotherham Advertiser.
PanGenomic Health (NARA) joined the Access segment on 12 April. The shares were already listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange. No new money was raised. The share price has stayed at 4.5p during the week and no trades have been reported. The Canadian share price is C$0.07 and it has fallen from C$0.25 since trading commenced last July. PanGenomic Health has three digital health platforms. NaraApp is a mobile app provides information tailored to an individual and their treatment regimen. Mindleap.com provides holistic mental wellness information and access to professional services. Mujn Diagnostics is a digital therapeutics platform. This is used by professional to access individual information from the Nara App to monitor a patient’s treatment.
After the market closed on Friday Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) announced a £12m share issue at 925p a share. Chairman and chief executive Henry Angest will invest £6.75m of that money. The cash will be used to grow the loan book.
Goodbody Health (GDBY) is asking shareholders permission for cancelling the Aquis quotation. It has already delisted from the Canadian Stock Exchange. Management wants to reduce costs and complains that the market valuation is below NAV. The quotation on OTC QB will also not be retained.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) announced positive drilling results at the San Ignacio mine Some of the drilling has encountered high grades. There could be a new area of thick mineralisation. This will help to extend the mine life.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has been awarded an £11m grant from the UK government under phase 2 of the Longer Duration Storage Demonstration competition. This will deploy a 30MWh vanadium flow battery.
Cannabis supplier Ananda Developments (ANA) says preparations are underway for a medicinal cannabis flower processing facility. The MRX1 cannabidiol medical cannabis oil will be launched commercially in June and it may be used in two randomised controlled trials.
NFT Investment (NFT) has announced a general meeting on 26 May to gain shareholder approval for a proposed tender offer by April 2024. The tender will be for up to 857.1 million shares and the price will be the greater of 3.5p a share or NAV for each share.
Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Omega Oil and Gas (ASX: OMA) says initial results from the Canyon-2 well in Queensland have exceeded expectations. Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company Evergreen Lithium joined the ASX on 11 September. Cadence Minerals has a 8.74% stake in Evergreen Lithium and the share price nearly doubled to A$0.57 during the week.
Watchstone Group (WTG) had £11.5m in cash at the end of March 2023. NAV was 29p a share at the end of 2022.
S-Ventures (SVEN) has filed for insolvency of Lizza in Germany. Lizza was losing money when it was acquired last September. The losses are continuing, and sales have dropped. Alternative European distribution partners will need to be found. There will be a Euro1m write-off.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had an NAV of 309.57p a share at the end of March 2023.
Mark Horrocks has increased his stake in Lift Global Ventures (LFT) from 11% to 12.3%.
Spectral MD (SMD) is merging with Nasdaq-listed SPAC Rosecliff Acquisition Corp 1. The share price improved to 44p. The deal values Spectral MD at $170m, or 101p a share. In June 2021, the AIM flotation price was 59p. The AIM quotation will be cancelled. There is likely to be a $15m placing. This will provide additional cash to finance the commercialisation of the DeepView woundcare analysis technology. The transaction should complete in the third quarter.
Consumer electronic and electrical appliances retailer Marks Electrical (MRK) has beaten expectations in the fourth quarter and the full year forecast has been upgraded along with those for the following two years. Revenues in the fourth quarter to March 2023 were one-fifth higher at £24.8m and this means that full year revenues are 21% ahead at £97.8m. This has led to a 2022-23 pre-tax profit upgrade from £5.8m to £6.2m, which is still below the £6.4m reported for the previous year. Net cash is £10m.
Footwear retailer Unbound Group (UBG) has received a proposal from Marwyn Investment Management, which wants to inject £10m into the business at a placing price of 10.5p. That is the same level as the potential offer from WoolOvers Group (the offer also includes a contingent value right relating to the proceeds of an insurance claim). The shareholders would get an opportunity to invest at the same price and Unbound says it prefers the new proposal.
Womenswear retailer Sosandar (SOS) reported improving revenues and margins, although pre-tax was lower than expected in March. Full year pre-tax profit is still expected to be £1.6m and it could be more than £3m in 2023-24. More partnerships with other retailers are likely to be secured.
Currency and payment services provider Argentex (AGFX) says nine months revenues were 63% ahead at £41m, although the underlying operating profit fell from £11m to £9m. # Net cash is £26.2m. The final dividend will be 2.25p a share. The year end is being changed from March to December.
Legal services provider Ince (INCE) is appointing Quantuma as administrator after a major creditor will no longer support the business.
It does not appear that there will be anything left for shareholders when the sales of the remaining subsidiaries of MJ Hudson (MJH) are completed.
Property investor Town Centre Securities (TOWN) has sold part of the Whitehall Riverside development in Leeds and reinvested some of the cash to acquire the 50% it does not own in build to rent company Belgravia Living. The disposal raised £13m, compared with a book value of £10m. There was £3.5m spent to acquire the rest of Belgravia Living. Along with the initial investment, the book value of Belgravia Living is £10m and the net annual rental income is £920,000.
First Tin (LON: 1SN) still had £13.8m in the bank at the end of 2022 and this is enough to pursue the development activities at the two main tin projects until the end of 2023. Progress is being made with the definitive feasibility study at Taronga in Australia. A resource statement is expected in the next couple of months. There should be a resource update for Tellerhauser in Germany by July. This project is eligible to move straight to construction and the operational permitting process. This will reduce the development timeframe by up to 18 months.
A CVA has been approved for Mode Global Holdings (MODE) subsidiary Mode Global. The winding down of trading operations is progressing.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) reported an increase in revenues from £17.2m to £19.9m in 2022. The pre-tax profit improved from £3.6m to £4.5m. that reflects the operational gearing. All three parts of the business were profitable. In the cash of the Aquis Stock Exchange this was probably the first time it has made a profit in any of its incarnations. This was on the back of a 48% increase in issuer fees because of the 22 new companies joining the market.
Wine maker Chapel Down Group (CDGP) increased underlying pre-tax profit by 22% to £1.7m in 2022. Singer expects this profit level to be maintained in 2023 before more than doubling to £4m by 2026. Net cash is £3.3m. NAV is 38p a share.
Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) reported better than expected 2022 results. Pre-tax profit jumped from £4.6m to £20m and the dividend was raised by 11% to 42p a share. The loan book increased by 11% to £2.2bn. NAV is 1411p a share.
Good Energy (GOOD) 2022 revenues jumped from £146m to £248.7m as energy prices increased, while the energy supplier returned to profit. There was net cash of £19m at the end of 2022. The book value of Zap-Map is £13m. Management is seeking to expand its energy efficiency services operations.
Ananda Developments (ANA) published a medicinal cannabis research round-up. The sublingual spray shows promising results in diabetes type 2 patients. There has also been progress in explaining the mechanisms of action of CBD alleviating bladder pain syndrome. Shareholders voted for the acquisition of MRX Global.
A £289,000 interim cash outflow at Tectonic Gold (TTAU) was partly offset by the £101,000 of proceeds of the sale of shares in Kazera. There was net cash of £46,000 at the end of 2022.
Visum Technologies (VIS) made an interim loss of £457,000 on revenues of £120,000. The first US location for its theme park video technology was opened in November. Debt financing has been secured for rides and attractions. Existing sites in Europa Park and Linnanmaki will reopen in April. The financial position is expected to improve.
Valereum (VLRM) has sold shares in subsidiary Valereum Collections raising £70,500 at 625p a share. Valereum retains a 99.8% stake in the company, which will operate the group’s NFT programme. The Valereum share price dived 23.6% to 5.25p, which is a new low for the year.
KR1 (KR1) has invested $500,000 in Hydra Ventures, which supports and incubates decentralised autonomous organisations, in return for 5,000 HYDRA tokens. This is part of a $10m fundraising.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) had net assets of 77.78p a share at the end of February 2023. There are 13 companies in the investment portfolio. Castlefield Investment Partners has reduced its stake from 45.9% to 42.1%.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has made a sale of a 1.5MWh energy storage system to STS Group for a solar storage project in Hungary.
ChallengerX (CXS) had £92,000 in cash at the end of 2022, and a £250,000 subscription announced in February has yet to be received. The development of the company’s marketing platform requires more money.
RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) has entered into an agreement with Vorensys for the use of the RentGuarantor services. Vorensys provides tenant referencing services.
CRUSHMETRIC Group Ltd (CUSH) has issued an unsecured convertible bond with a principal of S$250,000 (£151,000), which has a coupon of 10% and matures in February 2026.
SuperSeed Capital (WWW) boss Mads Jensen bought 3,000 shares at an average price of 83p each.
Shares in Asimilar (ASLR) fell ahead of the trading suspension on 3 April due to the accounts not being published in time.
Scottish gold producer Scotgold Resources (SGZ) has been hit by falling ore grades at the Cononish gold mine. The average gold grade in January was 5.65g/t. compared with an estimated grade of 7.35g/t. A different part of the mine is being developed and the production process is being changed. Shore has its forecasts under review because of concerns about the financial position of the company.
Daisy Group is making an agreed bid for ECSC (ECSC), which values the cyber security services provider at £5.4m. The bid is 54.02p for each share in cash. ECSC joined AIM at the end of 2016, when it raised £5m at 167p a share.
Cameroon-focused oil and gas company Bowleven (BLVN) had $2.45m in cash and investments at the end of 2022 and it is considering its options for raising more money. Bowleven will need cash to invest in the Etinde project, although there will not be progress there until Perenco completes the purchase of New Age’s operating interest. Bowleven’s interest in Etinde is estimated to be worth more than $150m.
Footwear retailer Unbound Group (UBG) has received a 10.5p a share potential offer from WoolOvers Group. There would also be a contingent value right that would give shareholders the proceeds of any insurance claim related to business interruptions due to Covid lockdowns. Unbound management says it would be likely to accept this offer. The recent fundraising was at 15p.
Building and architecture software supplier Eleco (ELCO) reported 2022 results that were the first 12 months of an 18-month period where the switch to a focus on SaaS is holding back revenues, which dipped 3% to £26.6m. Pre-tax profit was better than expected at £3.6m and net cash was £12.5m. The final dividend is 0.5p a share with a special dividend of 0.58p a share on top. This year’s pre-tax profit is expected to be £3.8m.
Sustainable fuels developer Velocys (VLS) has risen on the back of the latest UK government consultation paper on sustainable aviation fuel, which identifies the Fischer Tropsch process as part of the main technology. This can be supplied by Velocys, which has active projects in the UK and US.
Video games developer tinyBuild (TBLD) is investing in new games, so there has been a reduction in net cash. However, the strong back catalogue means that the business is resilient and not dependent on one game becoming a hit.
Used car finance and property bridging loans provider S&U (SUS) reported full year results in line with expectations. In the year to January 2023, underlying pre-tax profit dipped from £47m to £41.4m, after higher bad debt provisions of £13.9m. Even so, the provision is still relatively low. Used car prices continue to rise, but at a lower rate than early last year. Net debt was £192.4m at the end of January 2023, compared with committed facilities of £210m. The dividend was raised to 133p a share.
Standard list shell Marwyn Acquisition Company II (MAC2) has appointed former Curtis Banks Group chief executive Will Self as the chief executive – pensions division. This year, AIM-quoted Curtis Banks was acquired for 350p a share in cash by Nucleus Financial Platforms, which valued the SIPP administrator at £242m. Will Self will lead the search for suitable financial services acquisitions. The strategy has been further refined to include themes including changing population demographics, intergenerational wealth transfer, social and family support and concentration of wealth.
MBH Corporation (LON: MBH) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on 13 March. The shares have previously been traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange. Trading started on Aquis at 7p (5p/9p) and it stayed at that price all week. There were no trades. MBH has subsidiaries in a wide variety of sectors. They include, education, construction, transport, health, engineering, property, leisure and food.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) is investing £1m in A ordinary shares in automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up Morris Commercial, as part of an £8m investment round. The investment is in three tranches with an initial outlay of £500,000. The full investment will be made by the end of 2023. The initial product is the Morris JE electric van, which is based on the design of the Morris J-Type van.
Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) welcomes the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plan for quantum technology. There will be investment of £2.5bn over ten years. This should help to increase investor interest in quantum.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) believes that changes to UK duties are positive, because of the support for English sparkling wine producers. Chapel Down, along with Shepherd Neame (SHEP) have signed a partnership deal with The Boat Race, which happens on 26 March.
Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has taken over the management of the unquoted portfolio of Chelverton Asset Management.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) is still waiting for £350,000 from the February 2023 fundraising. Management hopes that this cash will be received in the next few days.
Coinsilium Group (COIN) is acquiring the advisory business and certain intellectual property assets of Tokenomi for £116,500 in cash and shares. There are four retained Web3 blockchain project clients with a further ten prospective clients. Revenues could be £551,000 over the next 12 months.
IamFire (FIRE) has subscribed a further £200,000 for convertible loan notes in WeShop, taking the total invested to £2.7m. The total amount invested in WeShop is £6.7m and there is the right to subscribe for a further £1.05m of loan notes. The conversion price is 200p. John Lewis and Sports Direct have recently become affiliated to WeShop.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has ended trading on Aquis. Trading starts on the standard list on 20 March. Forbes Ventures left Aquis on Friday, although it intends to acquire a litigation financing business and return to the quoted arena.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) is still experiencing opposition to the transfer of shares in skincare products supplier Lush. Silverwood Brands holds the rights to the shares even if ownership is not registered.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has raised additional subscription funds at 0.3p a share, taking the total to £427,000.
Res Privata NV has sold its 3.83% stake in NFT Investments (NFT). Mark Horrocks has increased his shareholding in Lift Global Ventures (LIFT) from 7.1% to 11%.
EDX Medical (EDX) non-executive chairman Jason Holt bought 400,000 shares at 3025p each. Incanthera (INC) chief executive Dr Simon Ward has subscribed £115,000 for shares at 6.95p each.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has secured a $5m silver and gold pre-payment facility, which replaces the current facility.
Snacks manufacturer S-Ventures (SVEN) says the audit for its figures for the year to September 2022 will last until the end of April, so trading in the shares will be suspended on 3 April.
Essentially Group (ESSN) joined Aquis on 17 March. The brief announcement claims that the prospectus is on the company’s website, but it is impossible to find.
Hurricane Energy (HUR) has agreed a bid from Prax Exploration & Production, which values the oil and gas producer at up to £249m. There will initially be a 3.32p a share transaction dividend and cash consideration of 0.83p a share, totalling 4.15p a share. There is then a supplementary dividend of 1.87p a share. Shareholders will also receive a deferred consideration unit worth up to 6.48p a share. The deferred consideration is based on 17.5% of future net revenues earned by Hurricane between 1 March 2023 and 31 December 2026. The deferred consideration will be paid twice a year in arrears.
MTI Wireless Edge (MWE) grew revenues of each of its three divisions and two of them made a higher profit contribution. An initial contribution from communication and monitoring systems developer PSK WIND Technologies, offset the loss of Russian distribution business. In 2022, group revenues improved from $43.2m to $46.3m, while underlying pre-tax profit rose from $4.04m to $4.32m. The total dividend is 3 cents a share. Net cash was $8.14m at the end of the year. The profitability of the Antennas division is recovering.
Cloud-based secure payments technology provider PCI-PAL (PCIP) grew interim revenues by one-third to £7.3m. North American growth was particularly strong. Total annualised contract value is £14.7m. The full year loss is likely to be around £2.2m. Legal costs due to the patent dispute meant that net cash fell to £1.9m, but it has risen since December. There should be no problem with the accounts at Silicon Valley Bank.
Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) reported the expected interims and says that full year results will be better than expected. The pre-tax profit forecast has been edged up from £3.5m to £3.8m and the 2023-24 figure has been edged up to £5m. Net cash could reach £5.3m at the end of June 2023. There should not be any problems arising from the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, although there are still cash deposits in the bank.
Verditek (VDTK) has signed an exclusive supply agreement to supply solar panels to building and roofing products supplier Lindab Profil AB. They will be sold in the Nordic and eastern European markets. The exclusivity depends on the sale of panels of 850kw in 2023.
Cordel (CRDL) has won an important contract with Amtrak in the US. The six-and-a-half year contract is valued at $6.7m. There will be $1m recognised in 2022-23 and $2m in 2023-24, with rest coming in the remaining time of the contract. Cordel’s technology will be used to capture and manage data on clearances of surrounding rail infrastructure.
Redx Pharma (REDX) merger partner Jounce Therapeutics has received an unsolicited offer from Concentra Biosciences. Cancer treatments developer Redx Pharma recently announced the merger with Jounce Therapeutics and the AIM company’s shareholders would own 63% of the enlarged group.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received a possible offer from Strike Ltd, although it is not yet part of the formal sale process and has not entered into a non-disclosure agreement.
Reabold Resources (RBD) has been approached by Kamran Sattar on behalf of an affiliate of Portillion Capital which could lead to a bid at a 10% premium to the previous day’s closing price of 0.2035p. The board believes this offer undervalues the oil and gas investment company. It recently sold the Victory gas discovery to Shell and intends to return £4m to shareholders.
Circle Property (CRC) announced a return of capital through a B share issue with a second distribution to follow. The company has nearly completed the sale of its property portfolio. The first distribution of 158p a share (£46.2m) will be on 21 March. A second distribution of 58p a share should be made in April. There will be a much smaller distribution when the final disposal is completed. An incentive payment of £620,000 is being paid to each executive.
Digital mental health company Kooth (KOO) has won a significant contract in California covering 13-25 year olds. Services will be provided to the Behavioural Health Virtual Services Platform, and they will launch in January 2024. Specific terms are still to be finalised, but there should be a material impact on annualised recurring revenues from 2024.
Condor Gold (CNR) is entering the end of the first phase of the process to sell the La India gold project in Nicaragua. There are three formal expressions of interest, including two non-binding offers, with more likely to be received. The project requires $105.5m of investment and has an estimated NPV (5%) of $86.9m.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) is expanding in Europe through the acquisition of steel fabrication company Voortman Steel Construction Holding for €24m. The Netherlands-based company will provide greater access to the northern European market.
Data integrity and banking integration software provider Gresham Technologies (GHT) is accelerating the growth of its Clareti software. Group revenues grew from £37m to £48.7m in 2022. That was helped by currency movements and a full year contribution from post-trade processing software supplier Electra, but there was still strong organic growth. The fastest growth was in the US. Pre-tax profit improved from £4m to £6.9m. Singers forecasts a 2023 pre-tax profit of £7.4m. with flat earnings due the corporation tax rate rise, increasing to £9.6m next year.
Harwood Capital has increased its stake in RM (RM.) from 8.88% to 10.4%, including 9.18% held by Rockwood Strategic (RKW). Theodore W King’s stake has risen from 7.36% to 8.25%.
Ananda Developments (ANA) is acquiring MRX Global, which has invented a method to formulate cannabis medicines, for £2.02m in shares at 0.3p each. The first formulation is MRX1, which will be used in two phase II randomised controlled trials to investigate the effectiveness of cannabidiol in chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and in patients with endometriosis. These trials have £1.55m of grant funding. Directors of Ananda are shareholders in MRX, so the deal requires shareholder approval. These directors will a 3% royalty on net sales of any commercial products sold by MRX. Ananda has raised £326,000 through a subscription at 0.3p a share and there is a broker option that could lead to the issue of 33.3 million shares at the same price. Charles Morgan has converted convertible loan notes into 747.3 million shares at 0.3p each. Charles Morgan and Melissa Sturgess will own 53.8% of the company.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has raised £2m at 5p a share, which is more than the £1.25m it was initially seeking. This is part of the move to the standard list on 20 March. A maiden JORC compliant mineral resource estimate and a scoping study for the Monte Muambe rare earths project in Mozambique. Altona is increasing its stake in the project from 20% to 51%.
Vulcan Industries (LON: VULC) is acquiring Forepower Lincoln (250) Ltd, which has a 240MW lithium-ion battery storage project, for £2.6m in shares at 1p each. This means that Britt Foreman of Forepower Lincoln (250) Ltd has a 29.9% stake in Vulcan. The two companies have been working together for the past year and Vulcan can help to raise the finance for the project. There are plans to raise more cash to settle liabilities of £250,000 and continue to develop the project.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has sold a 220KWh VS3 flow battery to Dawsongroup, following a sale earlier in the year. STS Group and project partner Ideona have been appointed to deploy Invinity Energy batteries in Hungary, primarily for co-located solar and grid support projects.
Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) published 2021-22 figures and interim figures to September 2022 and trading in the shares was restored. Net assets are £526,000. On 3 March, cash was £70,000. Optiva has been appointed as corporate adviser.
CBD products supplier Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) continues to restructure its operations, but it is still trying to find a way of moving the business forward. Following the exit from many businesses, the remaining businesses are in Europe. Yooma Wellness may have to sell other businesses if additional funds are not secured.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had an NAV of 334p a share at the end of January, which was a 27% decline. The decline in the Luceco (LUCE) share price was a major factor even though this stake has been reduced in recent years. Rayware was another poor performer. Quoted shell company Epic Acquisition Corp is reviewing acquisitions. An investment in dog snacks company Denzel’s was completed in October. Investments in Atlantic Credit Opportunities Fund and Prelude Structured Alternatives Master Fund.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) says a US institutional investor has acquired 24 million shares from Great Panther Mining and its other shares were bought by other investors.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) says Shinju premium Japanese whisky won a gold medal at the 2023 LA Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge.
Pioneer Media (PNER) has left the Aquis Stock Exchange.
Marula Mining (MARU) has appointed Peterhouse as broker, replacing OvalX.
Music artists and events company All Things Considered (ATC) won the agent of the year award at the International Live Music Conference Gala Dinner.
Begbies Traynor has been appointed administrator to Love Hemp.
A positive trading statement by NWF (NWF) has led to a forecast upgrade for 2022-23. Peel Hunt increased its pre-tax profit forecast by 42% to £17.5m, compared with £20.9m last year thanks to a bumper year for fuel distribution. The expected downturn in fuels profitability has not been as sharp as previously thought and the food distribution and feeds divisions are also doing better than expected. Net cash of £5.5m is anticipated at the end of May 2023 and there are borrowing facilities of £65m. This leaves plenty of scope for further add-on acquisitions of fuel businesses.
Franchise Brands (FRAN) reported better than expected 2022 pre-tax profit up from £6.5m and £12.8m and it plans to sell its B2C franchise businesses. The Filta business made a 10-month contribution last year. Net cash was £8m at the end of 2022 and the B2C businesses, which could be sold separately or in one disposal, will generate more cash. The next acquisition will be in the B2B area, and it is likely to be significant.
Gelion (GELN) is acquiring Johnson Matthey’s lithium sulfur and silicon anode patent portfolio for £4.25m. This will help Gelion to increase gravimetric energy density for its batteries and enable faster commercialisation of lithium sulfur technology. Gelion plans to sell the silicon anode patents and could receive around £1.25m for them.
Data analysis technology provider WANdisco (WAND) was considering a US listing, but it has discovered accounting problems leading to a suspension of share trading.
Steel structures supplier Billington (BILN) sparked a forecast upgrade with its trading statement. Not only were 2022 profit and cash better than expected, 2023 momentum is ahead of estimates. The 2022 pre-tax profit has been upgraded from £5.3m to £5.8m, while the 2023 figure is increased by £1m to £8m. The 2022 dividend is expected to be 15p a share.
In The Style (ITS) has completed a strategic review and is proposing the sale of its operating business for £1.2m and the cancellation of the AIM quotation. The online retailer is losing money and running out of cash. The purchaser is Baaj Capital, which has other fashion-related investments, including Officers Club. Chief executive and founder Adam Frisby will continue to run the business and take a stake. The company will change its name to Itsum.
Aferian (AFRN) says customer destocking of streaming devices has hit sales and they will be significantly lower than expected for this part of the business. Streaming video services provider 24i continues to grow. There should still be a positive EBITDA this year. The annualised cost base is being reduced by $5m. Annual results to November 2022 will be delayed while discussions with banks continue over future covenant compliance. At the end of 2021, Aferian secured a $50m loan facility from three banks, including Silicon Valley Bank, which lasts until 23 December 2024. BLOE
Gold explorer Panthera Resources (PAT) has entered into a conditional arbitration funding agreement with a subsidiary of Litigation Capital Management (LIT) for the damages claim against the Republic of India for breaches of its obligations under the Australia-India bilateral investment treaty. Up to $10.5m will be provided to cover the costs of the claim.
Amur Minerals (AMC) has completed the sale of the AO Kun-Manie project in Russia to Bering Metals. The $35m consideration should be received soon. A 1.8p a share dividend is planned, and Amur Minerals will become a cash shell.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received approaches for the acquisition of the company, or its businesses and the ongoing strategic review has been widened to include a formal sale process.
Networking and biomedical company BATM (BVC) reported a dip in full year revenues from $132.8m to $116.1m, partly due to a slump in Covid-related diagnostics income. Operating profit slumped from $11.3m to $3.7m. This was slightly better than expected. The networking and cyber division made a lower loss in 2022. There should be a recovery in revenues and profit this year. Moti Nagar has become chief executive.
Lookers (LOOK) has acquired vehicle hire and brokerage business Fourways Vehicle Solutions, which had revenues of £3.8m last year. This business could provide Lookers own rental requirements at lower cost.
Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) has raised £1.22m at 2p a share to finance proof-of-concept funding at the Kochang gold and silver mine in South Korea. That is the same price as the previous placing. Production could eventually reach 5,000 ounces per annum. SI Capital has been appointed broker.
Shell company Greencare Capital (GRE) is changing its investment strategy and name to MaxRS Ventures. Instead of seeking a cannabis-related acquisition, the company will try to identify opportunities that are undervalued or would benefit from being consolidated with other companies in its market. These would be technology type businesses and initially life sciences, crypto technology, impact investing and retail companies will be prioritised. The share price fell 12.3% to 25p. That valuation is still much higher than the interim net assets.
Lift Global Ventures (LFT) is asking shareholders to expand its investing strategy to include the energy sector. If this is approved, Tim Daniel and Paul Gazzard will resign as directors and they will be replaced Sandy Barblett and Roy Kelly.
Lekoil Ltd (LEK) is ending legal proceedings with Lekoil Nigeria and Olalekan Akinyanmi and it will surrender its shares in Lekoil Nigeria, which will in turn surrender its Lekoil Ltd shares. Lekoil Ltd is also waiving repayment of existing loans and lending $51.9 to Lekoil Oil and Gas Investments, which will take on certain loans granted to Lekoil Nigeria. Lekoil Ltd will change its name to Fenikso Ltd and a revised strategy will be considered. There should be some cash left after paying creditors.
Dermatology and oncology treatments developer Incanthera (INC) is continuing discussions with potential partners for its skincare formulations. There was a £267,000 cash outflow from operating activities in the six months to September 2022. There is £28,000 left in the bank.
Investment company Gunsynd (GUN) net assets fell from £6.3m to £3.85m at the end of July 2022. There was a £1.95m reduction in the value of investments and the rest relates to the costs of running the company.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) raised £155,000 at 0.5p a share – every two shares come with a warrant exercisable at 1.5p. The share price fell 15.4% to 0.275p. Clean Invest Africa is running short of cash. Subsidiary Coaltech is finding that lead times to securing sales and deals have been longer than expected. Certain creditors owed £2.5m have agreed to subordinate that debt to other trade creditors.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) secured a $5m credit facility with Ocean Partners, which already provides a $5m facility. There will be a consolidated offtake agreement with Ocean Partners for 24 months to the end of December 2024.
BWA Group (BWAP) had £6,709 in the bank at then end of November 2022. Additional funding is still be sought. St Georges Eco-Mining Corp is seeking to convert a proportion of its loan into shares. The convertible relates to an acquisition that is subject to legal action.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has completed drilling within budget at the Mozambique Monte Muambe rare earths project. This will enable a maiden mineral resource estimate in the first quarter of 2023.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has published a general cannabis research round-up, including a pilot study that indicates that a cannabis-based spray can help alleviate cancer pain. Ananda points to research that suggests that an individual’s genetics could predict the effects of cannabis.
Motor dealer Vertu Motors (VTU) has announced the proposed acquisition of Helston Garages Group Ltd for £117m. This deal will be significantly earnings enhancing. Helston Garages is based in the south west of England and it has 28 outlets. This takes the group into Volvo and Ferrari for the first time. Zeus has increased its 2023-24 earnings per share forecast by 18.7% and by 24.7% for the following year when £3.2m of cost savings should be achieved.
Ashtead Technology (AT.) is buying subsea mechanical services provider Hiretech for £20m in cash. This has boosted 2023 earnings forecasts by 13%. Hiretech is already a supplier to Ashtead Technology.
Fund manager Mercia Asset Management (MERC) has acquired Frontier Development Capital for up to £9.5m. This enhances its business lending activities and brings £415m of funds under management. NAV was 46.8p a share at the end of September 2022.
Crestchic (LOAD) is recommending a 401p a share cash bid from Aggreko, which values the loadbank manufacturer and renter at £122m.
Audio equipment supplier Focusrite (LON: TUNE) edged up full year revenues thanks to positive currency movements, which was impressive given the Covid lockdown boost to demand in the previous year, but underlying pre-tax profit fell from £40.7m to £33.8m. Higher costs put pressure on margins. Asia Pacific was a particularly strong market last year. The total dividend was higher than expected at 6.1p a share. There was a positive start to the new financial year, although Focusrite will do well to maintain its profit this year.
International payments provider Equals (EQLS) says full year results will be better than expected. Canaccord Genuity has increased its 2022 pre-tax profit forecast from £10.3m to £10.8m. Last week, Equals acquired open banking platform Roqqett for up to £2.25m, subject to regulatory approval by the FCA.
Trident Royalties (TRR) is selling a portfolio of pre-production gold royalties, including Spring Hill, to Franco-Nevada for up to $15.8m – $1.25m is not payable until the Rebecca gold project goes into production. The royalties were bought for $6.5m. This leaves Trident Royalties with pro forma cash of $35m. A debt restructuring will reduce the interest charge by up to 2% and extend the facility by one year to the end of 2025.
Virtual reality and life sciences software provider Oxford Metrics (OMG) edged up revenues from £27.6m to £28.8m in the year to September 2022, but pre-tax profit decreased from £4m to £2.6m. The order book is worth £24m. The sale of Yotta left Oxford Metrics with £67.7m in cash. There is caution about acquisitions because price expectations are too high. Even so, pre-tax profit is set to rebound to £5.9m this year.
An initial contribution from Custom Power helped Solid State (SOLI) to increased interim pre-tax profit by three-fifths to £5.2m and the full year pre-tax profit could be £10.5m. There was strong growth from the components and systems divisions. There is high demand for the power products.
Automotive interiors supplier CT Automotive (CTA) has been hit by further supply chain disruption and production of new orders started later than anticipated, which has delayed profit recognition. A full year loss of $11m is forecast. A new facility has opened in Mexico, but it was later than expected. Net debt is $11.6m.
Mergers adviser K3 Capital (K3C) has received a 350p a share bid proposal from Sun European Partners.
Cote d’Ivoire-based Dekel Agri-Vision (DKL) continues to benefit from high crude palm oil prices, which is near to its highs in the local market. Crude palm oil extraction rates improved to 20.9% in November 2022, although production fell by more than two-fifths to 1,535 tonnes.
Medicinal cannabis cultivation company Hellenic Dynamics reversed into former AIM-quoted shell UK Spac in an all share deal. Hellenic Dynamics (HELD) also raised £750,000 at 0.3p each. Hellenic Dynamics intends to operate a 195,506 square metres facility in northern Greece for the cultivation, production and export of THC-dominant strains of dried medicinal cannabis flowers and extracted oils of strains of medicinal cannabis flowers. The company has an installation/ construction licence. The company still has to obtain an operations licence in Greece so that it can sell the cannabis flowers and extract that it will produce.
Major shareholder MS Galleon has put forward three votes for the forthcoming AGM of tiles retailer Topps Tiles (TPT) through a requisition notice. It wants to remove chairman Darren Shapland and have Lidia Wolfinger and Michael Bartusiak appointed as non-executive directors. The Topps Tiles board recommends voting against the resolutions. MS Galleon holds 29.9% of Topps Tiles and it owns Cersanit, which is a major European tiles producer that wants to become a more significant supplier to Topps Tiles.
Finance provider S&U (SUS) says lending volumes have continued to be strong since the end of July. Write-downs remain relatively low and higher interest charges are offset by increased revenues. Pre-tax profit is set to decline this year, but it should still be more than £40m and total dividends could be 134.9p a share.
BATM (BVC) says a delay to a diagnostics contract will reduce the expected 2022 revenues. Shore Capital has reduced its forecast from $147m to $120m. That reduces pre-tax profit to $1.8m with a recovery to $17.4m forecast for 2023.
Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) has raised £230,000 at 2p a share and this will fund the application for the temporary mountain use permits, which should be received in early 2023. There are negotiations with a streaming fund for the capital required to develop the high grade Kochang gold and silver mine in South Korea
A major 10-year contract announced by Carclo (CAR) for components for diagnostic units has been cancelled. This was expected to generate revenues of up to £15m each year. Carclo is in discussions concerning a commercial settlement, because tooling contracts have been delivered.
Full year revenues of Mears (MER) should reach £950m and pre-tax profit should be £33.5m. Net cash is likely to be more than £55m.
One Health Group (OHGR) joined the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on 24 November. The NHS-funded medical procedures provider raised £1.56m at 150p a share, giving One Health Group a market capitalisation of £15.1m. The share price ended the week at 156.5p. Demand for the company’s services should continue to be strong as the NHS tries to reduce the backlog of operations. In the six months to September 2022, revenues were £9.7m. The plan is to pay 50% of post-tax profit in dividends. Net cash was £3.68m at the end of March 2022. The additional cash will provide working capital.
Electric vehicle drivetrains developer Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) edged up revenues by 3% to £3.71m in the year to May 2022. A much greater proportion of the revenues came from commercial and production contracts. The loss was more than trebled to £5.2m. There was still £1.88m of cash in the balance sheet and since then it raised £10m gross at 4.25p a share in its Aquis flotation. A partnership with an electrical aerospace specialist will generate initial orders for prototypes worth £400,000.
VSA Capital (VSA) has reiterated that it will report a first half loss. The Aquis corporate adviser is holding a showcase event for Aquis companies on 29 November.
Inqo Investments (INQO) has sold its investment in Zambia-based honey producer Bee Sweet Honey There was a ZAR950,000 loss on the investment.
Guanajuato Silver (GSVR) has made a partial early repayment of its silver and gold loans using 97,000 ounces of silver and 846 ounces of gold. In the three months to September 2022 produced 329,297 ounces of silver and 3,226 ounces of gold, while lead and zinc sales have become significant. The trend of quarter-on-quarter production increases is expected to continue.
Clarify Pharma (PSYC) has acquired £250,000 stakes in Nasdaq-listed companies Atai Life Sciences Inc (ATAI) and Compass Pathways (CMPS). Both companies are involved in developing psychedelic treatments.
AQRU (AQRU) is reducing the number of employees by three-quarters to save money. Monthly overheads will fall by 65%. Yields on the company’s cryptocurrency app are being reduced.
Cooks Coffee Company (COOK) has issued up to NZ$2m of convertible notes to wholesale investors. The cash will fund the growth of the café existing chain and acquisitions, as well as paying off some existing debt.
Ananda Developments (ANA) is seeking shareholder approval to acquire the 50% of DJT Group that it does not own, which has a licence to grow >0.2% THC cannabis for research. The cost is £3.2m in shares. The process of gaining approval to grow and manufacture medicinal cannabis has been formalised.
IamFire (FIRE) says investee company WeShop user downloads and transactions are increasing.
Marula Mining (MARU) has increased its stake in the Blesberg lithium mine from 5% to 100%. The cost is $1.7m. This is subject to regulatory approval. Mobile mining equipment and the majority of processing equipment is on the site and the infrastructure is being upgraded. First deliveries of lithium ore are expected in December.
Diesel additives supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) has appointed Steele Environmental as a US distributor for shipping markets and land-based transportation and revealed a positive evaluation with Caspian Marine Services.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has cut the nominal value of its shares so that it can issue more shares. A 2.2 MWh energy storage sale has been made to the company’s Taiwan resale partner. That is ten Invinity VS3 batteries.
EDX Medical (EDX) announced a collaboration for the European cancer biomarker programme with Tianjin Bioscience. This should result in the development of cost-effective cancer tests.
MiLOC Group Ltd has changed its name to Crushmetric Group Ltd. A placing raised £22,000 at 20p a share.
A company owned by NFT Investments (NFT) chairman Jonathan Bixby and non-exec Mike Edwards have has acquired 20 million shares at 0.8p a share. Finance boss Rob Smith has purchased 724,503 Chapel Down Group (CDGP) shares at 25.5p each. A company associated with chief executive David Immelman bought 50,084 DXS International (DXSP) shares at 5.454p each.
Former Aquis-quoted company Jigsaw Insurance Services is recommending a 204p a share cash offer from insurance business consolidator PIB Group Ltd. There could also be additional consideration of 14p a share depending on completion accounts. That values the bid at up to £24.1m. Harrogate-based Jigsaw was formerly known as NCI Vehicle Rescue and it left what was then known as ISDX in February 2015, so it still comes under the Takeover Panel rules.
Michelmersh Brick (MBH) expects 2022 pre-tax profit to be ahead of expectations and it is acquiring pre-built brick products manufacturer and brick fabricator Fabspeed for an initial £6.25m. The Fabspeed acquisition will be earnings enhancing. There could be up to £2m more payable depending on performance over 24 months. A share buy back programme of up to £3m is being launched.
Tatton Asset Management (TAM) continues to generate impressive net inflows to its assets undermanagement. They were £907m in the six months to September 2022, helping to offset market declines. The 50%-owned 8AM Global added a further £1bn taking the group total to £12.3bn, which has already risen to £12.9bn in November. Pre-tax profit improved from £6.77m to £7.68m and the dividend was raised by 12.5% to 4.5p a share.
finnCap (FCAP) has ended bid talks with fellow broker Panmure Gordon. It was not possible to find a mutually acceptable structure or terms for the merger.
Osirium Technologies (OSI) is raising £1.53m at 2p a share and the cash will provide additional working capital and help the cyber security business reach cash breakeven earlier than previously expected. Annualised cost savings of £1m have been identified and £650,000 of these have already been implemented. Sales director Stuart McGregor is replacing chief executive David Guyatt and he will become executive chair instead. Allenby has increased its forecast 2022 revenues to £1.8m and slightly reduced the expected loss to £3.22m.
Tissue products manufacturer Accrol (ACRL) increased interim revenues by 64% to £121.1m through a combination of higher prices and volume growth. Net debt was £30.5m at the end of October 2022 and it could fall to £24.4m by April 2023. A full year pre-tax profit of £6.7m is forecast.
Omega Diagnostics (ODX) has received the £4m deferred consideration for the sale of the CD4 business. Net cash is expected to be £6.2m by the end of March 2022. This can be used to expand the health and food intolerance operations. The US is a market where more investment is planned. Omega Diagnostics remains loss making but could move into profit in 2023-24.
Electrolyser developer Clean Power Hydrogen (CPH2) is having problems with the design and operation of its cryostat unit in the MFE 220 test unit. Scaling up the unit has been a challenge. This delayed the expected October deliveries of two initial MFE 220 units. One customer has cancelled the order and is going with a rival electrolyser. A redesign of the unit should cure the issues. On the current forecasts, the cash could reduce to £3m by the end of 2024 and then rise the following year, but further delays could mean the cash reduces more quickly than expected.
Curtis Banks Group (CBP) is in advanced discussions concerning a bid from Nucleus Financial Platforms, which is conducting due diligence. Susan McInnes has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of Curtis Banks.
DeepMatter Group (DMTR) is the latest company with plans to cancel the AIM quotation because management believes that it will be easier to raise cash as a private company. The digital chemistry data analysis business says major shareholders support the plan. DeepMatter wants to raise £1m before leaving AIM and then a larger amount after the departure.
Trafalgar Property Group (TRAF) has moved into hydroponics. The residential property developer has acquired assets and leasehold premises from May Barn Horticultural Consultancy, which is controlled by Trafalgar Property director Dr Paul Challinor, for £30,000. Trafalgar Property will concentrate on assessing plant propagation requirements and studies on tissue culture of plant material. The current work is on lettuce varieties and hydroponic tomato seedlings, as well as seedlings of Nicotiana benthamiana for future development for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
Real Good Food (RGD) has secured additional financing of £2.5m from Hilco Private Capital, which lasts for 12 months and is in addition to the £6.3m from the Leumi ABL. This will help to fund restructuring and cost reduction.
Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) is acquiring a controlling shareholding in the Zanaga iron ore project from Glencore Projects in return for shares that will give Glencore a 48.26% stake. Glencore can appoint two directors and is required to retain the shares for six months. Glencore has exclusive marketing rights for the iron ore produced at the mine. A general meeting will be held on 13 December to gain shareholder approval for the deal.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) improved interim profit and it is continuing to improve in the second half. In the six months to September 2022, revenues improved from £195.9m to £234.9m through a combination of underlying growth and higher steel prices. Underlying pre-tax profit rose from £10.3m to £12.1m, including a doubled contribution of £600,000 from the India business. Net debt was £15.8m at the end of September and the interim dividend was raised from 1.2p a share to 1.3p a share. The UK and Europe order book is worth £464m and the India order book is £143m.
Devro (DVO) has agreed a 316p a share bid from Netherlands-based Saria, which has been interested in bidding for the sausage skins supplier since the beginning of 2022.
Cardiff Property (CDFF) increased NAV from 2549p a share to 2756p a share in the year to September 2022. The current share price is 2420p. The dividend was raised from 18.5p a share to 20.5p a share. There has been a downturn in confidence in the Thames Valley property market.
Alkemy Capital Investments (ALK) says its subsidiary Tees Valley Lithium has received full planning permission for Europe’s largest lithium hydroxide refinery in Teeside. This will supply the electric vehicle battery market. Production could commence in 2025.
National World (NWOR) has decided not to bid for Reach (RCH).
Motor dealer Caffyns (CFYN) improved interim revenues from £110.8m to £119m, although underlying pre-tax profit dipped by one-third to £1.6m. New car volumes were ahead of the market and there was a 12% decrease in like-for-like used car volumes. The interim dividend is unchanged at 7.5p a share.
Ross Group (RGP) has raised £136,000 at 1.5p a share. Ross has entered into a global exclusive supply chain management agreement with the Energy Group LLC in the US to manage green hydrogen production and projects. This could be the start of a significant business for Ross.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) had a bumper grape crop in terms of quality and yield. Chapel Down has 750 acres of vines and the harvest was more than 2,000 tonnes, up from 1,400 tonnes last year, with a particularly good crop for sparkling wines. The English sparkling wine market grew by 29% in 2021More than two million bottles of many types of wine can be made from the harvest. A further 38 acres of vines were planted this year with 118 acres planned. More land is being sought. Management wants to double the size of the business by 2026.
Property investor Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) launched an open offer to raise £4.56m at 25p a share, which is a big discount to the market price. The share price fell 25.8% to 47.5p. The open offer closes on 14 November and enables existing shareholders to finance the strategy to buy additional properties. Management believes that economic uncertainty will provide opportunities to acquire high yielding properties.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has changed the acquisition terms for the 50% not owned in DJT Plants. The purchase price has been cut from £7.3m to £3.2m, which is payable in shares at 0.925p a share giving the seller Anglia Salads 29.9% of the enlarged share capital. That is double the current share price. The chairman’s £2.3m loan to Ananda will be swapped for convertible loan notes and warrants. DJT is analysing its 2022 field trial crops to determine the amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the cannabis flowers. This will help the company to decide which cultivars to use. There are international growers interested in purchasing seeds from DJT.
Love Hemp (LIFE) says it will sell all LH Botanicals products and LH Botanicals Ltd, which is owned by Love Hemp chief executive Tony Calamita, does not sell these products and has never traded. An application has been filed to strike the company off the company register.
Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has secured a convertible loan facility with Conrad Griffiths, owner of 9.45% of the company. The €650,000 facility is interest free until the beginning of 2023 when the annual interest charge is 5%. The repayment date is 31 December 2025. The conversion price is 20p – based on the exchange rate of €1.14/£.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has secured the sales contract for a 10MWh VS3 flow battery system for a solar microgrid in southern California.
Goodbody Health Ltd (GDBY) has signed an agreement with Allied Pharmacies that will add 17 clinics to its network offering diagnostic testing and adds services such as ear wax micro suction.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) has signed up South Africa-based bus company Lowveld Bus Service, which will use SulNOxEco fuel conditioner in its fleet of more than 170 buses.
VVV Resources (LON: VVV) has appointed Jim Williams as an executive director. He was previously a chief executive of AIM-quoted Arian Silver Corporation, which is now known as Alien Metals (UFO). David Rigoll and Simon Clarke have left the board.
Chris Akers has upped his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 22% to 23.4%. Investee company Tap Global has added GBPT stablecoin to its cryptocurrency trading platform.
Harry Hyman has increased his stake in Oberon Investments Group (OBE) from 3.08% to 4.15%. Phoenix Asset Management Partners has taken a 16.5% stake in Silverwood Brands (SLWD).
Semiconductors designer EnSilica (ENSI) generated more than 50% of its revenues from its design and supply division for the first time last year. Revenues increased from £8.61m to £15.3m with design and supply’s contribution jumping from £2.82m to £8.02m. This is down to contracts starting to move from the design to supply stage. A loss was turned into a pre-exceptional profit of £165,000. That is before R&D tax credits of £683,000. EnSilica capitalised £2.2m of development spending last year.
Latest new AIM admission Sondrel (SND) raised £20m at 55p a share and the price rose to 58p in early dealings. The semiconductor designer will spend the money on employing more engineers and accelerate sales. There are more than £300m of revenue opportunities for designing semiconductors. If selected, Sondrel can expect to supply the semiconductor for five years plus. The medium-term target revenues are in excess of £100m.
Revolution Bars (RBG) is acquiring Peach Pubs for £16.5m. Peach Pubs has 21 food-led pubs in the south of England and the Midlands. There should be £1.5m of cost savings from combining the businesses at a minimal cost, but they will not be fully achieved until 2024-25. finnCap has adjusted its 2022-23 forecast for Revolution Bars due to higher energy costs, so the earnings estimate has been reduced by 69% to 0.5p.
Affimer technology developer Avacta (AVCT) is acquiring in vitro diagnostics distributor Launch Diagnostics for £24m, plus up to £13m in performance related earn outs. This acquisition is part of the strategy to build up a European distribution business. Kent-based Launch Diagnostics is a profitable business that supplies diagnostic reagents and instrumentation for pathology applications. A placing at 95p a share will raise £7m and a three-for-365 open offer could raise up to £2m more. A £55m convertible bond issued at 95% of par could raise £52.5m and it is convertible at a 25% premium to the 95p a share placing price.
Gear4Music (G4M) edged up interim revenues by 2% with the growth coming from Europe and the rest of the world. The musical instruments retailer is upgrading its websites and trading is improving, although gross margins are lower.
Tatton Asset Management (TAM) generated inflows of £907m in the six months to September 2022. Assets under management have reached £11.3bn, with a further £1bn of assets under influence. There was an 11% improvement in earnings to 9.8p a share and the interim dividend 10% ahead at 4.4p a share. Inflows are expected to slow and full year expectations have been trimmed, but earnings should improve from 18.6p a share to 19.8p a share.
Logistics Development Group (LDG) has raised its stake in cakes maker Finsbury Food (FIF) from 4.4% to 6.77%. A further £4.17 has been invested at an average of 81p a share. The previous investment was at 69.5p a share, which was just above the low for 2022. Richard Griffiths increased his stake in Logistics Development Group from 7.04% to 8.71%. Logistics Development Group should have received more than £31m for its stake in CareTech.
Learning and development products and services provider Mind Gym (MIND) generated interim revenues 11% ahead at £26.8m with the majority coming from the US. Net cash is £4.5m. The interims will be published on 2 December. A full year pre-tax profit of £2.87m is forecast.
Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has raised £6m at 25p a share from Odey Asset Management. The subscription was at a 12% premium to the market price.
Mattress supplier eve Sleep (EVE) has appointed an administrator.
Anthony Laiker has left the Vela Technologies (VELA) board and sold his 6% stake. He was reappointed to the board in July having been a director between 2013 and 2020.
Kitchenware retailer ProCook Group (PROC) says revenues continued to decline in the second quarter, but the rate slowed and there has been growth in early October. Freight costs are falling offsetting the change in exchange rates. Fackelmann Gmbh owns a 9% stake.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) says destocking has happened faster than expected, so the 2022 profit outcome will be lower than anticipated. Underlying operating profit is expected to be £20m-£22m in 2022. Net debt was £46.5m at the end of September 2022.
Carclo (CAR) says interim sales were ahead of the same period last year and slightly better than expectations. However, operating profit is slightly lower than previously. The life sciences division has grown even though two product launches were delayed. There was also increased demand from the aerospace sector.
Motor dealer Lookers (LOOK) outperformed the UK car market in the third quarter and pre-tax guidance has been increased to no less than £75m. Last year’s pre-tax profit was £90.7m, but that benefited from government assistance and a strong used vehicle market. However, a lack of available new cars to sell is holding back the performance of all motor dealers.
An administrator has been appointed to Toople (TOOP) after it failed to secure financing for a proposed acquisition.