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Psych Capital (PSY) floated on Aquis so that it can take advantage of the opportunities in the fast-growing psychedelic medicines sector. Management is seeking to invest in early-stage companies, where it can obtain a significant minority stake. Psych Capital raised £810,000 at 5p a share. Pro forma net assets are £2m. Psych Capital has cash of £872,000 following the flotation. There is an investment in Awakn Life Sciences Corp that was valued at £584,563 at the end of June 2021. The share price is declining, and it has reached C$0.96, valuing the stake at around £260,000 at the current exchange rate. The share price fell to 4p on 9 June before recovering to 4.75p (3.5p/6p). There is limited liquidity in the shares with a free float of around 11%. Fellow Aquis company Oscillate (MUSH) holds a 16.15% shareholding in Psych Capital. Chris Akers has increased his stake in Oscillate from 9.02% to 11.4%. He also has a 4.96% stake in Psych Capital.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) improved interim revenues from £198,000 to £216,000, while recognised fair value gains declined from £1.04m to £297,000. There were 14 investments at the end of the period and net assets were 68.38p a share at the end of February 2022.
Rural Broadband Solutions (RBBS) had 2,851 monthly fee-paying clients by mid-May. There was net cash of £1.2m at the end of 2021 and infrastructure funding is being negotiated.
Newbury Racecourse (NYR) reopened its hotel in January and more than 105,000 racegoers have visited the racecourse so far this year. There have benefits from the catering deal with Compass and new media rights arrangement start at the beginning of 2024, which will benefit that financial year. More will be spent on prize money. Newbury is debt free, and a special dividend has been paid out of proceeds from the sale of land for housebuilding. Annual dividends may recommence next year.
Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential (QBIT) has made three investments at a total cost of £1.16m since it floated. There are discussions with more potential investments. There has been further progress towards setting up a fund. Anthony Lyall has been appointed as investment manager and Anna Spandl as investment analyst.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) says that it is on track for a maiden JORC resource statement for the Monte Muambe rare earths project in Mozambique. Four new drilling targets have been identified.
Ananda Developments (ANA) had net liabilities of £288,000 at the end of January 2022. There should be further news concerning the purchase of the other 50% of DJT Plants.
Tectonic Gold (TTAU) expects to deploy drill rigs in Queensland in the next few weeks following the rainy season.
RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) has raised £1m from a 6% unsecured loan note issue, with chief executive Paul Foy subscribing for 50% of the issue. The cash will be spent on hiring staff and marketing.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) has commenced drilling at the Wishbone II gold copper project in Northern Queensland.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) non-exec Jamie Brooke has bought 327,000 shares at 30.48p each. Jonathan Neame has sold 2,000 shares in Shepherd Neame (SHEP) at 806p each.
Oberon Investments has increased its stake in TruSpine Technologies (TSP) from 7.93% to 10.9%.
EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) had a NAV of 307.13p a share at the end of May 2022.
Former Aquis-quoted proton beam therapy provider Rutherford Health is being placed in liquidation. There are Rutherford Cancer Centres in Newport, Reading, Liverpool and Northumberland, plus a community diagnostics centre in Somerset. It is unclear whether there will be any buyers interested in these assets. Schroder UK Public Private Trust (SUPP) bought the remaining Woodford stake at the end of 2019. It was valued in the books at £22.8m, which will be written off. That will reduce NAV by 2p a share.
Like-for-like sales growth at City Pub Group (CPC) was 5% in May and 20% ahead over the Jubilee Bank Holiday. Management took a decision to minimise price rises so that food and drink is still relatively affordable. Two new sites have been opened with two more opening over the next few weeks.
Learning and development products and services provider Mind Gym (MIND) fell into loss in the year to March 2022. Revenues were 24% ahead at £48.7m with US revenues growing even faster. Repeat revenues from customers that have bought products and services in the past three years were 86% of the total. Overheads are higher as management anticipates future growth in demand. There were also £500,000 of non-recuring costs. The investment in digital products and services will pay off in future years when profit is expected to grow sharply.
Greater demand for foreign exchange helped Ramsdens (RFX) to move back into profit in the first half. Jewellery retail and precious metals buying also grew revenues significantly. There was modest growth in pawnbroking revenues although the growth in the loan book means that there will be a higher rate of increase in the second half. Overall revenues were £29.3m, up from £19.3m, and there was a pre-tax profit of £2.2m.
Nexus Infrastructure (NEXS) improved interim revenues from £63.7m to £80.3m and the order book is 7% higher at £306.7m. Civil engineer Tamdown’s revenues were more than one-quarter higher while utilities connections business TriConnect reported a small increase in revenues. The biggest increase came from the eSmart Networks business, but that is still less than 11% of group revenues. Nexus is on course to improve full year pre-tax profit from £2.5m to £5.7m.
Open Orphan (ORPH) has an order book worth £64.25m at the end of May 2022. Open Orphan secured a £14.7m contract for an influenza characterisation study and a follow-on human challenge study. The second half is expected to be stronger than the first and the clinical trials services provider should move into profit this year.
Electrical goods retailer Marks Electrical (MRK) reported its first full year results since flotation last November. In the year to March 2022, revenues increased 44% to £80.5m. Underlying earnings were 5.01p a share and the maiden final dividend is 0.67p a share. The company is gaining market share in the domestic appliance and televisions markets and revenues have grown by one-fifth in the first couple of months of this financial year. Brand recognition is improving, but the overall market is likely to be tough. Expanding the product range is helping growth.
Interims from Hercules Site Services (HERC) reflect a period of consolidation for the staffing business. In the six months to March 2022, revenues improved from £14m to £20m, while pre-tax profit slumped from £954,000 to £31,000. Overheads were £2m higher in anticipation of growth in the coming years. The large staff supply contract for HS2 started later in the reporting period and demand will continue to grow. More suction excavators are being delivered and utilisation rates are high.
Greenland-focused AEX Gold Inc (AEXG) has signed non-binding terms for the creation of a joint venture with ACAM that will hold the group’s strategic mineral assets. ACAM will invest £18m for a 49% stake and AEX Gold will inject the non-gold assets and cover site support, logistics and overhead costs. There is an agreement to inject a further £10m on a pro rata basis as long as certain milestones are achieved. AEX Gold’s core asset is the 100% interest in the Nalunaq project, which includes a former producing gold mine.
Plant-based polymers developer Itaconix (LSE: ITX) had already warned that due to destocking 2021 revenues would fall from $3.29m to $2.6m, which is still double the 2019 figure. Itaconix remains lossmaking, but revenues should be much higher in 2022 due to the increased number of products using its ingredients. Revenues are expected to jump back to $4.7m and the loss could halve to $1m.
Rockwood Strategic (RKW) has acquired a 8.75% stake in window ventilators and parts manufacturer Titon Holdings (TON).
Northbridge Industrial Services (NBI), which is set to change its name to Crestchic, says that trading at the core power reliability business is better than the recently upgraded expectations. Previously full year earnings of 12.1p a share were forecast and this was raised to 13.4p a share.
STM (STM) pre-tax profit halved to £1.2m in 2021 and it is expected to recover to £2.9m this year. This will be helped by the completion of investment in IT that brings the personal pension businesses onto one platform. A flow of new SIPP business is anticipated.
Coral Products (CRU) has announced a final dividend of 0.2p a share, taking the total for the year to 1.1p a share. At 17.5p, the yield is 6.3%.
Eve Sleep (EVE) is outperforming a market that has fallen by 29% in the UK in the first four months of 2022 and by 37% in France. More funding is required even though Eve Sleep and a US-based investor was interested in bidding for the mattress supplier. Talks have ended but management is considering its options.
Citius Resources (CRES) has an initial agreement for the potential acquisition of AUC Mining, which has the Kamalenge gold project in Uganda. The proposed £2m cost would be paid in shares at 4.625p each. More cash would have to be raised at the same time. Trading in the shares was suspended at 3p.
Standard list shell GS Chain (GSC) shares have reached a new high of 6.55p, having risen steadily since flotation on 13 May via an introduction at 1p a share. Net assets were less than 0.18p a share, so the share price is at a substantial premium.
Premium listed Ross Group (RGP) shares jumped from 1.45p to 1.7p following a placing raising £163,000 at 1.79p a share, which is still a premium to the higher market price. The previous placing in October was at 2.8p a share. Ross Group is effectively a shell that has an investment in an aquaculture business and is trying to develop its supply chain management business.
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Silverwood Brands (SLWD) has secured a deal to buy Balmonds Skincare, which manufactures products for people with skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. The total cost of the acquisition will be up to £8m, all in shares, depending on achievement of performance criteria. A shareholder loan will also be acquired by Silverwood Brands for 1.4 million shares. Last year, Balmonds Skincare revenues were £1.41m and the loss was £297,000 after an R&D tax credit of £35,000. The current manufacturing facility could quadruple capacity, although it would require additional storage facilities.
Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) maintained assets under management at £1.35bn at the end of April 2022, while loan balances were 3% higher than the end of 2021 at £2.06bn. Interest rate rises will improve income.
CBD products supplier and diagnostics testing company Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY) increased first quarter revenues by 276% to £5.2m, although it was still loss making due to foreign exchange movements. Net cash was £5.5m at the end of March 2022. A small profit is still expected for the full year, although that is a sharp downgrade from previous expectations as Covid testing levels reduce.
St Marks Homes (SMAP) made another loss last year. In 2021, revenues increased from £216,000 to £259,000 and the loss reduced from £170,000 to £106,000 even though there was a loss from joint ventures. Cash in the bank fell from £709,000 to £131,000. Net assets are £5.23m and the shares are trading at a discount to this figure.
Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) subsidiary company HFI Energy Systems has advanced a wind-based hydrogen production system combined with electrolyser technology. The aim is to generate hydrogen at $2/kilo, which is a lower cost than existing technologies. The hydrogen can be generated from waste water or saline. The group intends to invest $1m on development and it will own 51% of an IP developed with the rest owned by inventor Timothy Blake.
British Honey Company (BHC) has terminated its joint venture with Tusmore Park Farms, which was going to set up a new whisky distillery. British Honey will get back £450,000 of its original £750,000 investment.
Watchstone Group (WTG) still had £13m in the bank at the end of 2021. That was after a £3.67m cash outflow from operations. Net asset are 29p a share. There is a £63m plus interest and costs claim against PwC and another claim against former auditor KPMG. Watchstone is appealing against a recent VAT decision by the courts in favour of HMRC.
Eight Capital Partners (ECP) is satisfying a loan of €5m via the issued of the same amount of 7% fixed rate bonds, which are traded in Vienna and mature on 26 July 2022. Major shareholder IWEP will be converting its €20m of loans into shares. There could be a fundraising after this happens.
Evrima (EVA) has decided to maintain its interest in Kalahari Key and not accept the Power Metal Resources (POW) offer, which means that the latter could own 87.7%. Kalahari Key owns the Molopo Farms complex project, which has nickel, copper and platinum group metals deposits.
Shareholders of Lekoil Ltd (LEK) have voted in favour of the appointment of Bright Grahame Murray as auditor and to authorise the directors to set the remuneration.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has adjourned a general meeting that was seeking shareholder approval to reprice warrants exercisable at 20p a share. The new plan is to offer to swap them for warrants exercisable exercisable at 12p a share.
EnSilica (LON: ENSI) raised £6m at 50p a share when it joined aim on 24 May. The share price ended the week at 50.5p. EnSilica designs application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which are in increasing demand in areas, such as Internet of Things, satellite communications, wearable health devices and 5G. EnSilica has successfully managed the current shortage in semiconductors because it has managed to pass on price rises. The cash raised will help to fund growth and could finance suitable acquisitions and the quotation will raise the profile of the company. The ASICs market is expected to be worth $27.6bn in 2026.
Scientifics instruments manufacturer Judges Scientific (JDG) is making its largest ever acquisition, which is expected to be sharply earnings enhancing. Judges Scientific is paying an initial £45m in cash for Geotek, a developer and manufacturer of instruments used to measure and log characteristics of geological cores and related services. There could be further payments of up to £35m (50% cash and 50% shares). A minimum operating profit of £6.4m needs to be achieved in 2022 to spark any payment. The maximum payment will be made if operating profit of £11.4m is achieved. WH Ireland believes that the deal will enhance earnings by 17% this year – with a 7-month contribution from Geotek – and by 30% next year. Pre-tax profit is set to improve from £18.1m to £22.4m in 2022, and then rise further to £25.5m in 2023.
The FDA has given approval for the Parsortix liquid biopsy test developed by ANGLE (AGL) for its use with metastatic breast cancer patients. Parsortix is the first system that harvests circulating cancer cells from a blood sample for analysis that has been approved. By obtaining the approval for breast cancer diagnostics, this provides a route map for gaining approvals for other cancers.
Credit hire and legal services company Anexo Group (ANX) could receive a significant income boost after the out of court settlement by VW because of its manipulation of air pollution tests. VW has agreed to pay £193m plus costs to more than 91,000 claimants in England and Wales. That is just over £2,000 each. This is a separate case to that being put forward by Anexo for its 13,000 claimants, although a similar settlement can be anticipated. House broker Arden Partners believes that the company will receive 50% of the compensation plus legal costs. Both Arden and WH Ireland are suggesting a pre-tax profit contribution of £20m-£25m after some additional costs. The timing of this is uncertain. Net debt is expected to be more than £70m by the end of this year, some of which is litigation funding related to the VW cases, and that would be much lower if the VW cash is received.
Demand for vehicles and equipment from television programmes and films means that Facilities by ADF (ADF) is benefitting from high utilisation rates. There were 39 productions serviced in 2021. TV series tend to book well ahead of the start of production, so visibility is good for the current year. The company is already investing in new trailers, although there could be delays in their arrival. Utilisation rates are expected to be around 85% this year.
Floorcoverings distributor Likewise (LIKE) reported full year figures in line with previous indications and it continues to gain market share. Acquisitions and organic growth in double digits are expected to enable Likewise to grow revenues from £60.5m to £114.9m in 2022, while underlying pre-tax profit is forecast to jump from £1.6m to £4.2m. New distribution capacity has been added and a distribution centre is on course to open in the first quarter of 2023.
Pennant International (PEN) continued to lose money in 2021, but the software and training company is already on course for a return to profit this year. Recurring revenues are running at £9m a year, helped by additional software contracts. The total order book is worth more than £32m with more potential orders in the pipeline. WH Ireland forecasts a 2022 pre-tax profit of £600,000 with most of the expected revenues of £17m covered by the order book.
Belvoir Group (BLV) has acquired TIME Group, another appointed representative of the Mortgage Advice Bureau predominantly based in northern England and the Midlands for an initial £3.7m. This is earnings enhancing. In the year to July 2021, TIME generated revenues of £4.2m and pre-tax profit of £600,000. Belvoir revenues are in the line with expectations in the four months to April 2022. Higher lettings income offset a decline in property sales income.
MTI Wireless Edge (MWE) First quarter revenues were 12% ahead at $11.2m, helped by a strong performance by the distribution business and a contribution from recent acquisition PSK Wind Technologies. There was a 3% decline in antenna revenues because customers could not get their hands on other components. The orders are there for antenna, particularly for 5G. The acquisition and dividends led to a fall in net cash to $6.5m, but it should improve by the end of 2022.
Tortilla Mexican Grill (MEX) is acquiring rival fast-casual Mexican restaurants operator Chilango. Investment firm RDCP currently owns Chilango. Tortilla Mexican Grill will pay up to £2.75m for the restaurant chain. In 2021, Chilango generated revenues of £7.3m and made a small loss. Chilango has eight sites in the London and Manchester.
Medical imaging technology provider IXICO (LON: IXI) reported interim revenues fell from £4.9m to £3.9m. That was not a surprise because it was flagged that there would be a decline this year, which was exacerbated by the early closing of a study. Pre-tax profit fell from £635,000 to £201,000. The order book was worth £12.6m at the end of March 2022, including £3.8m secured in the period. At least one more contract has been added since then.
Trinidad-focused Trinity Exploration and Production (TRIN) revenues improved from £44.1m to £66.3m in 2021 even though oil and gas production was lower. A new drilling programme will start in the second half of 2022, and this will help to increase production. A deeper appraisal well, with an estimated probability of success of 55%, could substantially increase reserves.
Purplebricks (PURP) has admitted that it made a higher than expected loss in the year to April 2022. There was still £43.2m in the bank.
Motor vehicle lender S and U (SUS) is trading ahead of expectations. Group net receivables have increased by more than 5% since the beginning of the financial year. The fastest growth was at property lender Aspen where net receivables were 12.5% higher. The much larger Advantage car lending business grew its receivables by 3.5%, while credit quality has been maintained. Defaults remain low. The forecast yield is 5.8%.
Associated British Engineering (ASBE) kept its overheads to a minimum in the six months to March 2022 and still had £470,000 in cash and available for sale financial assets of £154,000. Net assets are £610,000, which is double the current market capitalisation.
Publisher National World (NWOR) says revenues are 4% ahead so far this year, although the rate of growth has slowed. Digital revenues are 38% higher year on year, while print revenues have declined due to lower circulation.
Zotefoams (ZTF) has made a good start to the year with revenues 13% ahead. Prices have been increased to offset higher costs. Polyolefin foams sales were 20% ahead with 5% relating to volume increases. Full year pre-tax profit could recover from £7.2m to £8.7m this year with a much bigger improvement expected next year.
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In 2021, Newbury Racecourse (NYR) is paying a special dividend of 89.6p a share. The £3m payment comes after the receipt of the final £10.7m from the sale of housing development land. Newbury Racecourse increased turnover by 75% to £14.8m as racing returned to the course. There is still potential for further recovery this year. Attendances increased from 12,000 to 105,000. The hotel reopened in January 2022. There was a swing from £2.17m loss to an underlying pre-tax profit of £333,000.
Quantum Exponential (QBIT) is investing £406,000 in Aegiq Ltd, a photonics company using quantum technologies in the cybersecurity market. That gives it a 4.06% stake. Helium Special Situations has reduced its stake from 4.57% to 1.52%.
Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY) reported better than expected revenues for 2021. The CBD products and testing company made an underlying loss of £900,000 on revenues of £17.1m. Arden forecasts a £5.1m profit this year.
VSA Capital (VSA) has received a settlement of outstanding fees of £153,000 from client Anglo African Agriculture in the form of 3.82 million shares. This gives VSA a 15.3% stake plus warrants and convertible loan notes.
Gunsynd (GUN) has terminated the disposal of Oyster Oil and Gas to Sajawin.
Clarify Pharma (PSYC) had net cash of £1.3m at the end of April 2022. Investment opportunities in the psychedelics market are being assessed.
Apollon Formularies (APOL) has acquired intellectual property and patents from Aion Therapeutic for £96,000 and 4.35 million shares. It will also pay a royalty fee of 4% on net revenues from products based on these patents. The patents cover potential cancer treatments.
ChallengerX (CXS) has appointed Olivia Edwards as chief executive and Nicholas Lyth as finance director.
Phase 1 assay results from the Monte Muambe project held by Altona Rare Earths (ANR) show significant levels of rare earths.
Coinsilium (COIN) has been appointed as adviser to Silta Finance and entered into an agreement to purchase $75,000 of future SILTA tokens. Silta is building a technology to connect decentralised finance to infrastructure project developers.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has sold its remaining stake in builder’s merchant Merkko Group for £378,000.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) has received the first UK order for Shinju and Shinju 8-year old whisky.
S-Ventures (SVEN) chairman David Mitchell bought 57,959 shares at 32p each. Chris Akers has increased its stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 19.1% to 20.1%. John Mahtani reduced his stake from 5.71% to 3.83%.
Online retailer of building materials CMO Group (CMO) continues to grow on the back of a buoyant market as well as gaining market share. The online share of the sector remains relatively low. The second half growth was not as fast as in the first half. In 2021, revenues grew 46% to £76.3m. There is organic growth supplemented by acquisitions. CMO moved from loss to an underlying pre-tax profit of £1.4m. Net cash was £6m. Following the acquisition of JTM Plumbing Plumbingsuperstore.co.uk is being launched later this year. First quarter trading has continued to be strong with like-for-like growth of 3%.
Neonatal intensive care medical devices supplier Inspiration Healthcare (IHC) increased full year revenues from £37m to £41.1m. Acquisition contributions offset the one-off Covid ventilator revenues in the previous year. Pre-tax profit improved from £3.13m to £3.96m, although earnings fell 12% to 6.1p a share because of the additional shares issued for acquisitions. The company’s order book is strong.
In 2021, targeted digital advertising services provider Dianomi (DNM) revenues grew from £28.4m to £35.8m, even though Asia Pacific revenues fell from £1.72m to £1.18m due to the ASX website stopping having advertising content. Underlying pre-tax profit moved from £2m to £2.9m – share based payment charges and float costs led to a loss being reported – and it is expected to increase to £3.6m this year. The average spend of the top 100 advertisers increased 27% to £280,000 each. Net cash was £10.3m at the end of 2021.
In 2021, Intelligent Ultrasound (IUG) reported revenues 47% higher at £7.6m, mainly from ultrasound simulation products, while the cash outflow from operations was £2.3m. AI revenues remain modest, and it will take time for them to build up. Cenkos upgraded its 2022 revenues forecast from £9m to £10m, but the cash outflow will be similar.
Plastics and packaging supplier Coral Products (CRU) is using some of its cash pile to acquire Film & Foil Solutions, a supplier of flexible packaging film used for food, books, carpets and for cable tapes. The initial payment is £1.35m in cash, plus £750,000 in shares at 15.5p each. There is just over £900,000 that could be payable based on the settlement of a contract dispute and an insurance payment. The acquired business made an underlying profit of £541,000 in 2021.
Energy efficiency as a service provider eEnergy Group (EAAS) has been hit by contract delays. That means that 2021-22 EBITDA could be £3m and not £4.4m as previously expected. A new finance director is being appointed.
Green hydrogen production developer ATOME Energy (ATOM), which was spun out of President Energy (PPC) at the end of 2021, has secured a major 60MW power purchase agreement with ANDE, the national power supplier in Paraguay. Hydrogen production could commence in Paraguay in the first quarter of 2023.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) will report revenues around £15m lower than expected due to overstocking. This will knock £10m off operating profit. Price rises are offsetting the effect of inflation.
Castings (CGS) 2021-22 results will be slightly ahead of expectations. Demand for commercial vehicles remains strong, but there is still uncertainty about the ability produce heavy trucks.
Kendrick Resources (KEN) was formerly AIM-quoted BMR Group, which left AIM in August 2018 after problems with the progress of the Kabwe project in Zambia. Kendrick still has a 11% royalty interest in Kabwe. Kendrick Resources has acquired Northern X Finland and Northern X Scandinavian. In Finland, there is an exploration licence at the Koitelainen project and two licences at the Karhujupukka project. There are two projects in Sweden: the Airijoki project and the Central Sweden project. There is also an option over three projects in Norway.
Gresham Technologies (GHT) has secured a contract with an existing bank customer worth up to £6.3m over a period of five years. The company’s Clareti software will be used across the whole UK business of the bank.
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AIM-quoted OptiBiotix Health (LON: OPTI) plans to float its ProBiotix Health subsidiary on the Aquis Stock Exchange and distribute 35%-37% of the shares to its shareholders. ProBiotix, which develops probiotics for treating cardiovascular disease, is expected to have a pre-money valuation of £22.5m and will join the market on 31 March. There are plans to raise £2.5m. OptiBiotix will retain just under 50% of ProBiotix. Peterhouse is corporate adviser.
Oberon Investments (OBE) says revenues will be at least £6.4m in the year to March 2022. Funds under management have grown to more than £1bn and that has been wholly organic growth. Oberon is launching an EIS fund and an IHT service.
Natural food and snack products supplier S-Ventures (SVEN) has been making acquisitions since it floated. This means that the figures for the year to September 2021 are not a good indication of the group as it is currently made up. They show revenues of £1.53m and loss of £1m. Additional warehousing has been secured so that all the group’s requirements can be fulfilled by this site. Two centres have been closed.
National Milk Records (NMRP) has secured an exclusive licence for the exploitation of GenoCells technology in the US. The test can detect mastitis and is being piloted in the UK. The roll out of the test should start at the beginning of 2023.
SuperSeed Capital (WWW) says that SuperSeed Fund II raised £31m. There is a strong pipeline of investment opportunities.
Altona Rare Elements (ANR) is proceeding with phase 2 of the development of the Monte Muambe real earths project with resource drilling that will last for 12 months. This will produce a maiden mineral resource estimate and will cost £1.2m.
Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) has set up a blockchain-based paly-to-earn gaming division called SMPR Guild. The subsidiary will buy in-game items in the form of NFTs, and active game players can access these items on a revenue share basis. Game-based token rewards are won during playing and they are split between the player and the company.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has completed the acquisition of a further 7% of Pedra Branca Alliance, which gives it a 27% interest in the Amapa iron ore project.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) has raised £100,000 at 0.5p a share and for every two shares an investor receives a warrant exercisable at 1.5p. If these warrants are exercised, then another warrant will be issued that is exercisable at 3p a share.
Chris Akers has increased his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 18.3% to 19.1%.
CleanTech Lithium (CTL) raised £5.6m at 30p a share when it joined AIM. The share price ended the week at 35.5p. The company has potential lithium projects in existing mining areas of Chile. This means that there is nearby infrastructure. CleanTech Lithium has an extraction process that is more environmentally friendly than alternatives. Owning 100% of each of the projects (there is currently an option over part of the Laguna Verde area) provides additional flexibility for financing. There should be updated resource figures during the summer and that will enable a pre-feasibility study to be conducted.
Ceramics and fragrance products manufacturer Portmeirion (PMP) returned to profit in 2021. Group revenues increased from £87.9m to £106m, while underlying pre-tax profit jumped from £1.4m to £7.2m. There was a rebound in revenues in South Korea. Total dividends were 13p a share. Long-term energy contracts have been secured to offset higher gas prices this year. Further profit improvement is expected this year. Healthcare had a strong year helped by Covid, but management believes that spending will
Recruitment firm Empresaria (EMR) bounced back in 2021 even though the aviation recruitment business remained in the doldrums. This shows the benefits of the wide spread of activities both in terms of sector and internationally. Revenues recovered from £54m to £59.5m, while underlying pre-tax profit jumped from £5.2m to £8.6m. This reflects the benefits of investment in group management and resources and there is more to come. Further roll out of IT will also help. Revenues and profit are well below the peak in 2018. The offshore recruitment services division is moving into the Philippines market. There has been a strong start to 2022.
Restore (REST) improved its pre-tax profit by 64% to £38.1m with demand for all parts of the business returning last year. Acquisitions did help the technology business to grow sharply but there was also 5% underlying organic growth for the group as a whole. There are spare bank facilities to fund more acquisitions this year as Restore moves towards its goal of £450m-£500m, which is double the 2021 level.
Packaging and automation equipment supplier Mpac (MPAC) did better than expected in 2021. The 13% improvement in revenues to £94.3m was mainly down to the acquisition of Switchback. Pre-tax profit grew from £6.3m to £8.6m. net cash was maintained at £7.6m. The focus on the healthcare and food sectors has helped Mpac to prosper and the international spread of business is another positive. There is a 26% like-for-like increase in the order book, which was £78.4m at the end of the year.
Tracsis (TRCS) is paying £10.9m, plus up to £2.1m deferred, for rail technology software provider RailComm, which generates revenues of £4.6m. Tracsis had already won a remote condition monitoring equipment contract in the US and the focus will be gaining further contracts for this technology, as well as for software.
Energy efficiency as a service provider eEnergy Group (LSE: EAAS) increased interim revenues by 42% to £9.6m, partly due to energy management acquisitions. Energy efficiency revenues fell during the first half because the corresponding period included work that had moved into that period due to lockdowns. Solar is a sector where management is keen to expand exposure.
Gfinity (GFIN) is raising more cash to cover its losses, but they be near to coming to an end. The esports business is raising a further £2.7m at 1.25p a share, having regularly raised money since joining AIM in 2014. A loss is expected this year, but a reduction in admin costs should help Gfinity to make a profit in 2022-23.
Corporation Financiere Europeenne has increased its bid for CIP Merchant Capital (CIP) from 55p a share to 60p a share. This is still a significant discount to NAV and the bid has been rejected, but the bidder already owns 35.2% and has acceptances of 1.3% of the share capital. Castellain Capital has doubled its stake in CIP to 11.1%.
New Energy One Acquisition Corporation (NEOA) is a cash shell seeking to acquire a business involved in the energy transition sector. It raised £175m at £10 a share. The only real asset is the cash raised in the flotation. The current share price is 989.5p.
Cash shell CYBA CYBA) has acquired its first cyber security business Narf Industries for $25.6m in cash and shares. Narf provides vulnerability research and security protocol design, as well as developing its own cyber security software. A placing raised £6m to help finance the purchase. The placing price of 2p was above the market price, but by the end of the week the price was 2.3p. CYBA may also acquire Polyswarm, although the exclusivity period has ended. CYBA director Steve Bassi is the principal shareholder of the Polyswarm businesses. The estimated cash balance is currently £2.79m. The company is licensing SRI International’s IP that is used in the Narf developed threat intelligence for grid recovery product. SRI will take a stake in CYBA.
Housebuilder One Heritage Group (OHG) has issued £1.5m worth of unsecured corporate bonds and has obtained a standard listing for them. The bond has an annual coupon of 8% and matures in March 2024. The cash will be used to repay loans outstanding from One Heritage SPC, which have an annual interest rate of 12%. There will be a £1.2m loan left that expires in August 2023.
Property investor Town Centre Securities (TOWN) improved underlying net assets to 305p a share, from 284p a share – a 2.4% increase in portfolio value plus help from share buy backs. Three property sales generated £22.5m in the six months to December 2021. There have been subsequent deals. The current loan to value is 47.7%. A 2.5p a share interim dividend is being paid.
Raven Russia (RAV) intends to sell its Russian property assets but retain outstanding loans. Trading in the shares has been suspended and the listing will be cancelled so that the option to sell the assets can be triggered.
Path Investments (PATH) has published the prospectus for the reverse takeover of DG Innovate, which is developing drive and battery technology. The initial consideration is £32.4m in shares at 0.6p each. There is conditional deferred consideration of up to £5.4m depending on the signing of additional customers. Path has raised £2.55m at 0.5p each and warrants exercised at 0.25p each to raise a further £2.08m.
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Aquis Exchange (AQX) has announced that it will be joining the Aquis Apex segment with VSA as its corporate adviser. Aquis Exchange will retain its AIM quotation. This follows Invinity Energy Systems (IES), which joined the Aquis Apex segment on 9 March. This includes the ordinary shares that are quoted on AIM, as well as quotations for short-term warrants and long-term warrants that are not traded on any other markets. VSA also plans to create an index that includes all the companies on the Aquis Apex segment called the VSA Capital AQSE Apex Index.
Majestic Corporation (MCJ) is a recycler of electronic waste with a focus on extracting the precious metals from the equipment and it was introduced to the Aquis access segment on Thursday. The share price opened at 30p and then fell back to the introduction price of 25p (20p/30p). The reason for the flotation is to gain access to potential funding via share issues. Gold, silver, copper and other metals can be extracted from the electronic waste. Most of the materials that the company recycles are sent to Japan for processing and re-use in manufacturing. In the six months to June 2021, revenues increased from $14.4m to $15.5m, while pre-tax profit improved from $312,000 to $766,000. There was $1.89m in the bank at the end of June 2021 and an additional $233,000 owed by the chief executive. There are also import loans of $2.11m.
Good Energy (GOOD) investee company Zap-Map has linked up with the RAC so that it can be better placed to help electric vehicle drivers. Zap-Map will be used by 1,600 RAC patrols. The 2021 figures will be published on 29 March.
Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY) says 2021 revenues are expected to be around £17m, helped by PCR testing. That will drop off, but the revenues in the first two months of 2020 were £3.8m. There is likely to be a dip in interim revenues, but new products and services will help growth in the second half. Blood testing services have been launched in the clinic network.
Ananda Developments (ANA) says five seeds of each of 13 strains of cannabis have been planted by DJT Plants. Nine cuttings will be taken from each plant and then replanted. The shareholder circular for the acquisition of the 50% of DJT that is not owned by Ananda should soon be completed.
BWA Group (BWAP) has raised up to £500,000 at 0.6p a share. The cash will be used for exploration programmes at the Nkoteng and Dehane heavy mineral sands areas in Cameroon. This should produce initial mineral resources.
KR1 (KR1) is participating in the Interlay crowdloan and Polkadot (DOT) parachain auction. Interlay is building interBTC a Bitcoin-backed asset that enables interoperability between multiple blockchains while being resistant to censorship. KR1 contributed 250,000 DOT and this will be returned after 96 days. INTR tokens will then be issued. KR1 has also invested $509,224 in Interlay Seed-2 shares. It already owns 1,060 Seed-1 shares.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) is not going ahead with the Malawi-based Chambre rare earths project joint venture and the potential partner’s representative on the Altona board Hilton Banda has resigned.
Walls and Futures REIT (WAFR) has launched Pax Homes, which provides homes for people with autism and their families.
Destiny Pharma (DEST) has raised £6m, with a possible £1m more to come from an open offer, at 50p a share. The companies c.diff prevention treatment NTCD-M3 addresses a market worth more than $1bn. There is a good chance that a partner can be secured this year. There is more than one pharma company that is interested. The XF-73 treatment for the prevention of post-surgical infections requires further feedback from the FDA for its phase 3 trial in the US.
MTI Wireless Edge (MWE) is closing its Russian business and that will slow progress this year, but profit should still grow. In 2021, revenues increased 6% to $43.2m, while higher transport costs and exchange rate movements meant that pre-tax profit was flat at $4.04m. Russia accounted for 6% of revenues and 5% of profit. In 2022, pre-tax profit is expected to be $4.55m.
Delivered ready meals company Parsley Box (MEAL) is raising raised £5.9m at 20p a share – 90% of the original placing price less than one year ago. An open offer could raise up to £1.1m. Revenues are expected to be flat this year, but if the cash is invested successfully then growth could accelerate.
Restaurants and bars operator Various Eateries (VARE) says trading continues to follow an improving trend following lockdowns in the past two years. In the year to 3 October 2021, revenues were 36% ahead at £22.3m and the total loss was £3.7m. That was after £2.5m of insurance proceeds. One consequence of the Covid lockdowns is that there are more potential sites available at lower rents than in the past. Coppa Clubs are hybrids that offer a bar, restaurant, event space and, on some sites, hotel rooms and more sites are being opened. As yet, Italian restaurants brand Tavolino has not opened any more sites. A new pasta restaurant concept called Noci is being launched in Islington and the prospects will be assessed.
Harvest Minerals (HMI) says that it had fertiliser orders totalling 30,161 tonnes by the end of February 2022. That is one-fifth of the sales target for the whole of 2022. There are plans to increase capacity to 200,000 tonnes a year.
Managed IT services provider CloudCoCo (CLCO) reported flat revenues of £8.1m in the year to September 2021 and reduced the loss. Contributions from recent acquisitions and organic growth will help the figures to improve this year. Monthly profitability is targeted by the end of the current financial year. A contract worth £3m over three years has been secured. Further acquisitions should supplement growth.
ThinkSmart (TSL) reported a small underlying profit in 2021. Net cash is £7m, although the main asset is 618,750 shares in Block Inc following its takeover of Afterpay. The legacy lending business is being wound down and there is still income from operating a call centre for Afterpay. Net assets were equal to 75p a share, but in recent months the Block share price has been in decline, so the NAV is lower.
Concrete levelling equipment supplier Somero Enterprises Inc (SOM) reported profit in line with expectations. Revenues increased from $88.6m to $133.3m with strong growth in North America. The supplemental dividend is 22 cents a share and the total dividend for the year is 50.7 cents a share. Growth is likely to slow this year.
NWF (NWF) is benefiting from the volatility of the oil price and additional demand for the fuels division. There have been no supply problems. Feeds price rises are covering cost increases and raw materials have been forward purchased, while the food distribution business is performing as planned. Full year figures will be significantly ahead of expectations.
Gresham Technologies (GHT) increased full year revenues from £24.8m to £37m in 2021, including a £5.6m contribution from last year’s acquisition Electra. Underlying pre-tax profit improved from £1.8m to £4m. The final dividend was maintained at 0.75p a share. There is cash of £9.1m. The core Clareti financial control and data integrity software generated organic growth of 28%. New customers and existing clients spending more is combining to enable strong increases in Clareti revenues. Contracted revenues for 2022 have already reached £37m compared with a full year forecast of £42m. A 2022 pre-tax profit of £5.1m is forecast.
Codex Acquisitions (CODX) did not get off to a good start when it joined the standard list on Wednesday because its website was not working. Codex raised £850,000 at 10p a share. The share price did go to a premium, but the bid/offer spread was 10p/20p. It appears that there were 50 shares traded during the week. The cash shell has effectively been set up by Codex Capital and most of the shares are owned by eight shareholders, including one of the non-exec directors. The NAV is 8.2p a share. The focus of the cash shell is clean and renewable energy assets, particularly infrastructure assets.
Online furniture and housewares retailer Made.com (MADE) increased full year gross revenues by 38% but it still lost money. A 2022-23 pre-tax profit of £8.3m is forecast, even though revenues growth is likely to be slower than previously thought.
Cloudbreak Discovery (CDL) has secured an option on the Icefall project in British Columbia with 1311516 BC Ltd, which will spend C$700,000 over three years to secure a 75% interest in the project. It will also pay Cloudbreak a total of C$120,000 in cash and issue two million shares.
Fragrant Prosperity Holdings (FPP) is not going ahead with the proposed acquisition of cannabis company CiiTECH.
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SuperSeed Capital Ltd (WWW) raised £2m at 100p a share in order to invest in UK based seed technology companies alongside a related fund. The share price ended the week at 70p (65p/75p). The directors can issue up to 50 million additional shares up until 27 January 2027.
Samarkand Global (SMK) says that trading conditions in China will hamper progress for the rest of this financial year. Covid restrictions have hit trading during the Chinese New Year period. Revenues will be lower than expected and higher investment will increase the expected loss. Recent deals will help Samarkand grow in the longer-term, but there are also forecast reductions for the next two years. VSA no longer expects Samarkand to make a pre-tax profit in 2022-23.
Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Low6 has raised $5m and the sports betting platform company agreed to reverse into a Canadian shell, which will list on the TSX Venture Exchange. Gunsynd has raised A$493,000 (£260,000) from the sale of part of its stake in ASX-listed Charger Metals Ltd. This has raised the initial investment and left Gunsynd holding three million shares.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) is selling its A ordinary shares in The Homebuilding Centre back to the company in five tranches. There will be a minimum payment of £50,000 a year. This guarantees Capital for Colleagues will receive its initial investment of £250,000. It still owns 15% of the ordinary shares.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has raised £4.2m at 20.5p a share via a placing and subscription. A one-for-20 open offer could raise up to £1.52m. Cadence has to invest $6m in two stages to take a 27% stake in the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil.
CBD products supplier Love Hemp Group (LIFE) is attempting to raise £2m at 1p a share and still plans to move to the Main Market in the first quarter of 2022. There are also plans to swap shares for debt. The company is moving to a new facility consolidating all the activities. Chairman Andrew Male and chief executive Tony Calamita, along with others, will accept their remuneration in shares until June 2022. This reduces the cash outflow.
Property investor Ace Liberty and Stone (ALSP) increased its interim pre-tax profit from £674,000 to £755,000. That is after a loss on disposal of £315,000, although fair value losses reduced from £200,000 to £100,000. Rental income fell 3% to £2.89m. There are £3.05m of assets held for sale. Net assets were 333.1m at the end of October 2021, while net debt is £50.4m.
AQRU (AQRU) has acquired Bison Exchange UAB for €30,000. The acquisition has changed its name to Accru Finance. The company can provide virtual currency exchange and wallet custody operations in Lithuania.
KR1 (KR1) has invested $5m in Starry Night Capital, which is building a portfolio of high-profile non-fungible tokens.
Pioneer Media Holdings (PNER) has completed the acquisition of Bark Ventures, a NFT play-to-earn game developer, for 2.86 million shares.
Western Selection (WESP) has cut its stake in Northbridge Industrial Services (NBI) from 6.21% to 4.74% while Harwood Capital has increased its holding from 20.4% to 22.56%.
Helium Ventures (HEV) had £704,000 in cash at the end of October 2021. That is after a A$400,000 investment in Blue Star Helium, which has exploration projects in North America.
Quantum Exponential (QBIT) is still talking to potential investee companies. It owns 199,993 shares in Arqit Quantum, which has a contract with Virgin Orbit that covers two satellite launches.
Minerals explorer Altona Rare Earths (ANR) plans to continue to develop its rare earths projects Mozambique and Malawi to bankable feasibility study stage, as well as reviewing another acquisition that could be completed by the summer.
BWA Group (BWAP) reports that exploration of the 90%-owned mineral sands projects in Cameroon shows promising returns of rutile, ilmenite, kyanite and zircon over continuous zones.
Valereum (VLRM) has secured a $10m funding facility and this will help to finance the acquisition of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange. It has drawn down $3m which has to be repaid in six months of it can be converted into shares at 36.82p each, which is just below the current share price of 38p. There were also 663,302 warrants issued exercisable at 33.47p.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) has raised £100,000 at 0.5p a share, with each two shares granted one warrant exercisable at 1.5p each.
NWF (NWF) reported a jump in interim profit. The fuel and food distribution businesses traded strongly with the former benefiting from concerns about supply shortages last autumn. The feeds business fell into loss, partly due to the loss of a distributor, and there was a £8.4m asset write down. Stripping out that exceptional, underlying pre-tax profit jumped from £2.5m to £4.3m. NWF maintained its interim dividend at 1p a share. Net debt was £7.4m at the end of November 2021. Management is seeking fuel distribution acquisitions to add to the regional network.
Wynnstay Group (WYN) has continued its record of increasing its dividend with an 18th consecutive rise. The total dividend improved from 14.6p a share to 15.5p a share. In the year to October 2021, underlying pre-tax profit was 37% higher at £11.4m. NAV is 525p a share. Wynnstay has increased market share in the feeds market, particularly for dairy and egg production. Agricultural merchanting operations benefited from the improved spending power of farmers. There could be a dip in profit this year.
Piling contractor Van Elle (VANL) improved its interim results and this led to an upgrade in full year forecasts. First half revenues were 57% ahead at £60m and it moved back into profit. Equipment usage levels have risen sharply. Net cash is £3.5m and this is enabling an increase in investment in new equipment. Van Elle had an order book of £39m at the end of 2021. Peel Hunt has increased its full year pre-tax profit forecast from £3m to £3.3m.
Hercules Site Services (HERC) originally raised £4m at 50.5p a share. The existing shareholder also raised £4m. Cirencester-based Hercules Site Services provides construction workers with a wide range of skills including carpenters, bricklayers, ground workers, security and site engineers. It also hires out suction excavators and sometimes there are cross selling opportunities with the labour supply business. More suction excavators are being acquired this year and there should be 20 following this fundraising. Demand for staff for infrastructure projects is increasing.
Electra Private Equity has sold all but one of its core investments, changed its name to Unbound Group (UBG) and moved to AIM. The remaining core business is footwear business Hotter. This is a direct to consumer business, although there are still 23 retail stores, down from 78 three years ago. One of Unbound’s main assets is its customer database. It hopes that selling additional products to that customer base will significantly improve profitability. The first sales of third-party products through the company’s website will be in the second quarter of 2022. The plan is to generate 50% of profit from these products.
Franchised lettings and estate agency business Belvoir Group (BLV) enjoyed a strong end to the year even though the stamp duty holiday ended in the autumn. The 2021 pre-tax profit forecast has been raised from £9.6m to £10m, while the £8.9m forecast for 2022 is maintained at £8.9m.
The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) continued to make strong progress in the fourth quarter despite the ending of the stamp duty holiday. There was a like-for-like increase of 26% in revenues, while the acquisition of Hunters Property meant that they more than doubled to £24.1m.
Freight forwarder and logistics company Xpediator (XPD) achieved 2021 revenues of more than £300m, compared with forecasts of £250m. The pre-tax profit will be much more than £8.5m.
Shipbroker Braemar Shipping Services (BMS) says that 2021-22 revenues will be at least £101m because the strong first half trading has continued into the second six months to February 2022. Operating profit should be at least £9.8m, up from £7.7m. Talks continue about the disposal of Cory Brothers.
Constellation Automotive has taken a 19.9% stake in motor dealer Lookers (LOOK) at the same time as it is completing its takeover of Marshall Motor. This will put Constellation in a strong position if there is a takeover battle for Lookers.
Hiro Metaverse Acquisitions 1 (HMA1) is a SPAC seeking acquisitions in video games, esports and other related areas. It raised £115m at £10 a unit (one share and 0.5 of a warrant).
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Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) was set up to make investments in the hydrogen sector. It raised £2.23m at 10p a share. This will finance the investigation of investment opportunities.
Field Systems Design Holdings (FSD) reported a lump in revenues from £19.8m to £9.98m in the year to May 2021, due to Covid-related problems. This meant that the mechanical and electrical design company moved into loss. The AMP7 water sector investment programme did not start as expected. Other projects have also been delayed, but power generation and transport infrastructure business held up better than the water business, which continues to be delayed. Field Systems Design is also being more selective about energy from waste projects. There was £6m in cash at the end of May 2021.
EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) is investing €10m in the €150m offer by new SPAC EPIC Acquisition Corp, which will be listed on Euronext Amsterdam. The target company would be involved in the consumer sector. EPE has published a prospectus for the issue of up to 20 million zero dividend preference shares at 100p each.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has concluded a partial disposal of its investment in TPS Investment, which distributes pipes and valves. There was an initial £200,000 and £121,000 will be received from a share buyback about the company. That leaves a stake in TPS valued at £510,000.
Aquis Stock Exchange-quoted non-fungible tokens (NFTs) investor NFT Investments (NFT) has swapped its £500,000 investment in Kodoku Studios for a 3% stake in Pioneer Media (PNER) valued at £2m and £125,000 in cash. Mike Edwards is a director of NFT and Pioneer. NFT has invested $1m in NFT Studios Ltd in return for a 20% stake.
Watchstone Group (WTG) has filed a claim against KPMG totalling £13.73m plus interest. This relates to the audit of the 2013 accounts of the company, then known as Quindell. These accounts were restated and the FRC fined and reprimanded KPMG.
Quetzal Capital (QTZ) has invested £1.5m in a convertible loan to TAP Global Ltd and it has an option to acquire 100%. TAP Global is a regulated (by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission) Crypto-Fiat exchange services provider, which plans to provide a bridge between traditional and crypto assets. TAP Global is already generating revenues.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has completed the 2021 drilling programme at the Mozambique Monte Muambe project. Chief executive Christian Taylor-Wilkinson bought 66,560 shares at 11.3p each and he owns 6.3% of the company.
South Africa-based social impact company Inqo Investments Ltd (INQO) raised cash from selling land and this has strengthened the balance sheet. Inqo continues to lose money.
Belvedere Leisure (BL03) has taken control of the 160 acre Barnsoul caravan park, which was near to full capacity during the peak season. Development of the park is continuing ahead of a reopening next spring.
Evrima (EVA) has elected to maintain its project level interest of between 8.86% and 9.26% in the Molopo Farms complex. Kavango Resources (KAV) is exercising its option to take a stake of more than 50%.
Dispersion Holdings (DEFI) has launched a new platform called AQRU, which is a platform that enables institutional investors simple access to crypto yields available in DeFi. Recently purchased Accru Finance developed AQRU, which will not be open to UK-based investors until it is approved by the FCA.
Fuel additives supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) has signed a distribution agreement with LocoSoco Group.
MiLOC Group Ltd (ML.P) has raised £23,000 at 28.5p a share.
Slater Investments has increased its stake in Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) from 3.05% to 5.15%.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) managing director Ryan Dolder bought 32,477 shares at 12p each and 58.827 shares at 9.5p each, taking his stake to 10.5%.
Sativa Wellness (SWEL) has appointed Arden as corporate adviser. It hopes that the broker can help to improve the share price.
Battery technology developer Gelion (GELN) raised £16m at 145p a share when it joined AIM. The share price has soared to 265p. Australia-based Gelion is a zinc-bromide battery storage technology developer. It is also developing battery additives for use in lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur batteries. Gelion Endure zinc-bromide batteries are suited for harsh environments and the non-flow zinc-bromide technology means that they can be smaller than rival lithium-ion and lead-acid technologies and are recyclable. The cash will be used to accelerate development spending.
Skillcast Group (SKL) provides content and software to companies for their training and compliance requirements. Skillcast has joined AIM to raise further cash to invest in cloud technology and training content. It raised £3.5m in a placing at 37p a share and the share price ended the week at 43p. Revenues are generated from professional services and SaaS subscriptions and the main growth comes from the latter. There were annual recurring revenues of £5.06m at the end of June 2021. Clients include Schroders and GKN. The shares are tightly held.
A trading statement from franchised lettings and estate agency Belvoir Group (BLV) led to a 3% upgrade in forecast 2021 earnings to 20.3p a share.
IPTV technology developer Mirada (MIRA) grew interim revenues by 10% to $6m thanks to increasing installations for izzi Telecom. Mirada has buit up a 5% global share of the Android TV market. The increasing use of resellers in different regions of the world should help Mirada to grow more quickly than it could relying on direct sales. There was a recent partnership agreement with North America-focused Shift 2 Stream.
Vector Capital (VCAP) says 2021 revenues and pre-tax profit will be better than expected.
Interim revenues of Coral Products (CRU) were 58% ahead at £7.1m and pre-tax profit improved from £494,000 to £698,000. The interim dividend is 0.5p a share. Plastic lotion pumps supplier Global One-Pak was hit by the ill-health of its boss and problems importing from China, but trading is improving.
Human capital services provider Mind Gym (MIND) increased its interim revenues by two-thirds to £24.1m and it returned to profit. Revenues are back to the levels in the first half of 2019, although the profit is much lower. Digital revenues account for 81% of the latest revenues.
Online fashion retailer Sosandar (SOS) nearly trebled its interim revenues, helped by maintaining high stock levels following the fundraising earlier this year. Strong trading, both from the company’s website and through third parties, continues to be strong. October was a record month and November was even better. The full year revenues forecast has been raised by 11% to £27.1m. Sosandar could move into profit next year.
Cenkos has upgraded its free cash flow forecast for Duke Royalty (DUKE) following the latest interims. It is expected to be 2.3p a share, which will cover the forecast dividend of 2.2p a share. There is a record deal pipeline
Lekoil Nigeria is offering to acquire the 60% of Lekoil Ltd (LEK) that it does not own for double the suspension price of 0.95p or for a share exchange.
Guernsey-registered technology shell Hambro Perks Acquisition Company Ltd (HPA1) raised £140m through a placing at 1000p per unit (one public share and 0.5 of one public warrant). The price went to premium and fell back to 1000p. An attractive market, innovative product or service, scalability and strong management will be required in any target. The target business would be valued at £800m or more. The Hambro Perks Ltd advisory business has expertise in investing in early-stage technology businesses and could have potential targets in its funds.
Town Centre Properties (TOWN) maintained its underlying NAV at 284p a share. Net debt was reduced to £145.6m and LTV is 51.3% at the end of June 2021. The full loss was significantly reduced, although there was cash generated from operations. The final dividend is 1.75p a share, taking the total for the year to 3.5p a share, down from 5p a share.
Telecoms services provider Toople (TOOP) is raising £380,000 at 0.045p a share. The previous placing was at 0.11p a share during October 2020.
Rebel shareholders in beverages supplier East Imperial (EISB) have withdrawn their general meeting requisition following the appointment of Alistair McGeorge as chairman and Colin Henry as a non-exec. Rabindra Lal Soni has resigned as chairman.
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Lush co-founder Andrew Gerrie plans to float a new shell called Silverwood Brands on the Aquis Stock Exchange. The strategy is to acquire and develop consumer brands and pay with shares and cash. Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) founder Angus Thirlwell is an adviser. Silverwood Brands was formed in August. There are currently 100 shares, which were issued at par value of 1p. A pre-IPO subscription of £1m recently closed.
Boanerges (BNRG) has agreed to acquire the business and assets of digital ecommerce company WeShop, where AIM-quoted Brandshield Systems (BRSD), Vela Technologies (VELA), Primorus Investments (PRIM) and IamFire (FIRE) are shareholders. The payment will be 33.33 million shares at 75p each, compared with a market price of 77p, following a May flotation at 20p a share. Boanerges intends to leave Aquis and join the JP Jenkins matched bargain facility. Boanerges is offering to acquire any shares bought since the Aquis flotation at 75p each. Boanerges believes it has the cash it requires to develop the WeShop business, and it may seek a listing in the future.
Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) says customer deposits have increased by 19% to £2.8bn so far this year, while loans have risen by one-quarter to £1.97bn. Assets under management are 14% higher at £1.3bn.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has sold its investment in Office for Public Management for £469,000, having invested £250,000.
Dispersion Holdings (DEFI) has acquired Accru Finance for £8.75m in the form of 250 million shares. The vendors will own 29% of Dispersion and the founders Philip Blows and Digby Try will join the Dispersion board. The former will become chief executive. Accru is developing cryptocurrency trading platform, which is yet to get FCA approval.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has agreed to acquire a 51% interest in the Chambe rare earths project in Malawi and this new deal is likely to delay the move to the standard list. An initial payment of one million shares will be held in escrow until the exploration licence is transferred to a new company in which Altona can increase its interest to 70%.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) reported revenues of £5.23m in the year to March 2021. There was a loss of £3.42m. Net debt is £3.4m.
There was a £891,000 cash outflow at Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) in the six months to July 2021. There is still £1.77m in the bank.
Bens Creek Group (BEN) has acquired coking coal mining assets in West Virginia, and it believes it can restart production before the end of 2021. The estimated coal resources are 17.2 million in-place tons with proven and probable reserves of 2.34 million tons. Bens Creek raised £5.8m, after expenses, at 10p a share when it joined AIM. Bens Creek announced an offtake agreement for washed Hi-Vol-B metallurgical coal with Integrity Coal Sales, which has agreed to take 22,000 US short ton of coal each month for a 12-month period. This deal starts in January and covers 50% of expected production volumes. The current market price is $277/short ton and the price paid will depend on the market price at the time. This deal sparked an uptick in the share price, which reached 13.25p by the end of the week.
Devon-based Tungsten West (TUN) is developing the Hemerdon tungsten and tine mine near Plymouth and it joined AIM during the week. The share price ended the week at 63p, up from the 60p at which £39m was raised before expenses. Hemerdon was previously owned by Wolf Minerals, which went into administration, and acquired by Tungsten West two years ago. There had previously been more than £170m invested in the mine. There is an estimated mineral resource of 325Mt at 0.12% tungsten. A bankable feasibility study was completed in March.
Disinfection products supplier Tristel (TSTL) reported lower revenues and profit but that was down to stockpiling in the comparative period. Revenues were 2% lower at £31m, while pre-tax profit fell by one-quarter to £5.4m, which is similar to the 2018-19 level. Profit growth should recommence this year, but it will take time to beat the 2019- 20 figure. Tristel is shedding non-core products, which will reduce costs. Progress continues with US product approvals.
ASX-listed Future Metals (FME) did not raise any cash when it gained a secondary quotation on AIM. The share price ended the first day of trading at 12.25p and then fell to 10.5p. The company was previously quoted on AIM as Red Emperor Resources and has returned following the acquisition of 100% of the Panton PGM project in Western Australia. There is definitely a resource. A bankable feasibility study was completed by previous owners in September 2003, and it was reviewed in 2011. There is a JORC mineral resource of 14.3Mt at 5.2g/t PGM and 2.4m ounces of gold. There is also nickel, cobalt and copper mineralisation.
Solid State (SOLI) has an order book at record levels. The order book has increased by 48% to £61.5m with orders stretching further ahead than in the past. Interim pre-tax profit is estimated to have risen from £2.6m to £3.3m. Operating margins benefited from a change in product mix.
Internet domain name registry and services provider CentralNic (CNIC) is continuing to perform ahead of expectations. Organic growth was 29% in first nine months of this year. CentralNic expects full year EBITDA of at least $32m, up from $22.1m in 2020.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) is trading in line with expectations of achieving a full year underlying operating profit of at least £39m. Revenues are 36% higher than the 2020 figure. Gross margins are slightly lower due to cost pressures.