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Quoted Micro 17 October 2022

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Invinity Energy Systems (IES) is having a good week. Early in the week it announced a sale of a a 0.8MWh Invinity VS3 flow battery system to Equans Belux and then it won a California Energy Commission project as part of a consortium developing a large solar-plus-storage microgrid. Invinity Energy Systems will provide a 10MWh vanadium flow battery system. Delivery is expected in 2023. There is also a new relationship with US Vanadium, which could lead to a joint venture.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) is acquiring Peregrine X, which has developed diagnostic technology and the initial market will be oil well-head analysis. There are also medical uses. The initial consideration will be £1m of zero-coupon convertible loan notes with a further four tranches of £1m depending on progress. The total number of loan notes would be converted int a 46.2% stake in the company. The seller will also receive 500 million warrants exercisable at 1p a share. They will also receive 70% of post-tax earnings generated by Peregrine up until 2,000 tests have been contracted and 200 delivered. There are currently no revenues. This deal marks a move away from the engineering sector.

British Honey Company (BHC) has launched a strategic review of the business and sources of finance. A sale of the company is an alternative. Management expects to publish its 2021 results and 2022 interims before the end of October. More cash is required for working capital by the end of November.

Consumer businesses operator Silverwood Brands (SLWD) has announced a loss of £300,000 for the period to August 2022. The UK consumer market is tough and Silverwood is trying to increase its sales overseas.

Semper Fortis Esprit (SEMP) has ended all its contracts with esports players, and it is seeking other ways to exploit the market.

Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has sold its holding of A shares in Hire and Supplies Ltd for £970,000 and reinvested £1.21m in new ordinary shares, giving it a 20.8% stake.

Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Poland-based Elkard in relation to a plastic waste processing plant producing energy. They will start looking for a suitable site and the two companies will share the costs.

Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) has completed the sale of Arbuthnot Latham’s West End office. The offer was previously indicated as £60m. Chairman and chief executive Sir Henry Angest bought 25,000 shares at 820p each.

Igraine (KING) has bought a 10.2% stake in Oscillate (MUSH) and its executive director Stephen Winfield has joined the Oscillate board.

MiLOC Group Ltd (ML.P) has raised nearly £40,000 at 20p a share. BWA Holdings (BWAP) has been unable to raise up to £500,000 via share issue and it may have to sell assets or issue more loan notes. A holder of £516,000 of RentGuarrantor Holdings (RGG) loan notes has converted them into 312,495 shares, which is just short of 3% of the enlarged share capital.

EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (EO.P) had net assets of 242.3p a share at the end of September 2022.

Valereum (VLRM) has appointed First Sentinel Corporate Finance as corporate adviser.

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Energy and water efficiency equipment provider Eneraqua Technologies (ETP) grew its interim revenues from a combination of organic growth and a contribution from recent acquisition Welltherm, which provides drilling services for heat pump installation. Revenues were 92% higher at £24.2m, while underlying pre-tax profit was £3m. Full year expectations are covered by contracted orders as are nearly three-quarters of next year’s forecast revenues. A full year pre-tax profit of £10.6m is forecast. There are plans to move into the consumer market, but that will not make a meaningful contribution until next year – although there will be £500,000 of marketing costs.

Drug developer Evgen (EVG) is partnering with Swiss biotech Stalicia for the potential use of SFX-01 for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other CNS disorders. This deal could generate up to $160.5m in milestone payments and double-digit royalties, although that is a long way away. The upfront payment is $500,000 with a further $500,000 once a volunteer study is completed in the first half of 2023. If the FDA approves an investigational new drug admission that will spark a $5m payment – possibly next year. Evgen is also undertaking an additional early-stage study for the treatment of glioblastoma using SFX-01.

Interior design and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group (SDG) improved its interim profit, but trading was weaker in August. In the six months to July 2022, revenues edged up by 0.7% to £57.9m, although that does reflect the ending of business in Russia. Underlying pre-tax profit improved from £5.6m to £6.3m, helped by additional high margin licence fee income. The interim dividend is maintained at 0.75p a share.

Faron Pharmaceuticals (FARN) completed a placing raising €8.4m at €1.85 each. The cash will be used for the acceleration of the bexmarilimab, which is an immunotherapy treatment for difficult-to-treat cancers, clinical development programme and manufacturing.

Data analysis software provider WANdisco (WAND) has generated bookings of $61.2m so far this year with the majority coming in the third quarter. This is already higher than expectations for the full year and there is more to come. There was $26.3m in the bank at the end of September 2022, helped by upfront cash payments on contracts. Losses continue, though.

Property lending platform operator Lendinvest (LINV) reported platform assets under management one-third higher at £2.4bn, but finnCap has downgraded its full year forecast. Interest rate volatility is hampering margins. Chief executive Rod Lockhart bought 27,111 shares at 67.5p each and the chief investment officer bought 60,000 shares at 63.75p each.

Coral Products (CRU) has acquired Ecodeck Grids, which supplies building and landscape products for driveways and shed bases. There is an initial payment of £3.35m in cash and shares, with up to £1.25m more potentially payable. The products use 100% recycled plastic.

Beeks Financial Cloud (BKS) reported an improvement in full year underlying pre-tax profit from £1.6m to £2.1m. It is forecast to increase to £3.2m this year.

Sierra Oncology Inc is returning the rights to SRA737, which was jointly developed by Sareum Holdings (SAR) and the Institute of Cancer Research, to the CRT Pioneer Fund.

Investment publisher Bonhill (BONH) has commenced a strategic review that could lead to the sale of the company or separate businesses. Trading remains difficult and shareholder Rockwood Strategic (RKW) is providing a £800,000 loan facility.

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OTAQ (OTAQ) is raising £2m via a placing at 4p a share, while a four-for-five open offer could raise up to £1.2m more. It is also moving from the standard list to the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. There is also a broker option that could raise up to £400,000 if there is enough demand. In order to raise the cash, the nominal value of the shares is being reduced from 15p to 1p. Every four new shares taken up will come with a warrant exercisable at 12p. The fundraising is dependent on shareholders agreeing the move to Aquis, which is planned for 9 November. In aquaculture, OTAQ has developed sonar technology that scans shrimps, live plankton analysis systems and water quality monitoring software. The geotracking operations have developed a rail personnel and asset safety and sports trackers.

Raj Unnikandeth is stepping down as a director of Zamaz (ZAMZ) six weeks after it floated. Zamaz believes that its technology platform can help to efficiently build brands via e-commerce. Earlier in the week, Zamaz acquired 70% of Italy-based food and wine retailer Eccellenze through its existing food platform subsidiary Bella Dispensa. This follows the purchase of Italian meat products supplier Ecocarni.

HeiQ (HEIQ) has filed a complaint in the US against ICP Industrial Inc for breaching exclusive agreement terms. The agreement relates to the use of HeiQ Viroblock in printing processes. ICP has failed to pay royalties or minimum fee payments, as well as not providing timely reports.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 29 August 2022

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Thixotropic gels manufacturer Unigel Group (UNX) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. The gels are used in the fibre optic industry. There was £800,000 raised at 64p a share. The share price ended the day at 65p.

Aquis Stock Exchange has issued a disciplinary notice to Love Hemp Group (LIFE) after omitting information in a fundraising announcement in February. It was not stated that not all the cash had been received and one investor did not pay the £1.2m it was supposed to for the shares. There was no update until May, thereby creating a false impression of the cash position. The £100,000 fine has been cut to £70,000 for early settlement. Trading in the shares remains suspended following the resignation of Peterhouse as corporate adviser. The board has been strengthened. A new corporate adviser is required for trading to recommence.

Hydrogen Utopia International (LON: HUI) is planning to enter a 50/50 joint venture with AIM-quoted Powerhouse Energy (LON: PHE) to develop a plant using non-recyclable waste plastic to produce hydrogen in Poland. Hydrogen Utopia International will be allowed to recover its costs of €250,000 with a €250,000 premium. This agreement is similar to the one between the companies for the proposed Tipperary plant, which will be built on a site leased by Trifol Resources. DXSP

British Honey Corporation (BHC) hopes to report its 2021 results before the end of September. This year’s trading has been tougher and the 2022 figures will be worse than expected with revenues of £6m.

Wishbone Gold (WSBN) has secured an option to acquire the Anketell gold copper project, which is north of the company’s Red Setter project in Western Australia. The option payment is £25,000. The consideration would be £50,000 in cash and 2.17 million shares at 14.75p each.

BWA Group (BWAP) has been granted a three-year licence for Nkoteng 2 at the Nkoteng heavy mineral sands project in Cameroon. This covers an additional 60km of strike length.

Evrima (EVA) has increased its holding in Eastport Ventures to 6.85%. Eastport also owns shares in another investee company, Premium Nickel, which has confirmed that saleable nickel and copper concentrates can be produced at the Selkirk mine in Botswana.

Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has received an initial payment of £92,629 for the disposal of the stake in The Homebuilding Centre. This is higher than the £50,000 minimum payment because of strong trading.

Watchstone Group (WTG) had cash of £10.2m and £1.8m in escrow on 19 August.

Quetzal Capital (QTZ) says investee company Tap Global Ltd has launched a Crypto-as-a-Service product. This will enable regulated banks and financial service companies to offer cryptocurrency trading services to clients.

Diesel emission reduction additives supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) increased revenues from £18,000 to £34,000 in the year to March 2022. There was £1.07m in cash in the balance sheet, although this fell to £604,000 by the end of June 2022.

Goodbody Health Inc has become Goodbody Health Ltd (GDBY) following the redomicile to Guernsey. Trading commenced in the new entity on Wednesday.

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Rail and events software and services provider Tracsis (LON: TRCS) beat forecasts in the year to July 2022. finnCap has upgraded its earnings forecast from 33.2p a share to 34.5p a share. There was a sharp recovery in the events and traffic data business, while the other businesses continue to grow. Implementations of Tracsis software continue despite the rail strikes. The full year results will be published on 9 November.

Alumasc (ALU) is selling the poorly performing solar shading manufacturer and installer Levolux to Talrus Ltd, which is owned by Rcapital, for £1. Levolux has around £1.4m in cash and that is part of the disposal. There is deferred consideration of £1m which will be paid out of the proceeds of a disposal of the Levolux business. The impairment charge for Levolux will be £14.9m, while the £2m operating loss will be reported as a discontinued activity.

Corporate finance adviser Marechale Capital (MAC) increased pre-tax profit from £246,000 to £2.56m in the year to April 2022. That was mainly down to an increase in the value of investments and warrants. Fundraisings by Future Biogas, which postponed an AIM flotation, Chestnut Group and the Burgh Island Hotel were all at a premium to Marechale’s existing holdings. There was a cash outflow from operating activities of £131,000. NAV increased from £686,000 to £3.63m, or 3.8p a share.

First Property (FPO) has sold a property in Tureni, Romania for £3.05m, which is a book profit of £981,000. That leaves one fully owned property in Romania.

Rockwood Strategic (RKW) is planning to move to the Main Market in order to improve the tax efficiency by converting into an investment trust. The prospectus should be published by 6 September and the AIM cancellation could happen before the end of September.

Aquaculture products supplier Benchmark (BMK) increased third quarter revenues by 28% to £36.3m with a particularly strong performance by the genetics division. Sales of salmon eggs were 39% higher and shrimp sales were 164% ahead from a lower base. Investment in additional capacity in Iceland and the US is beginning to pay off. In the nine months to September 2022, underlying operating profit fell from £7.3m to £5.6m.

Australia-focused explorer Artemis Resources Ltd (ARV) says no significant nickel or copper mineralisation was shown from drilling samples at the Osborne nickel prospect. The approach to exploration will be reassessed. Two drill holes at its Greater Carlow project have not shown any sign of mineralisation, but that was not a surprise. A mineral resource estimate for Greater Carlow is expected in September and new targets have been identified. Two drill holes have been completed at the Apollo target at Paterson Central and it has re-entered a previous hole to drill deeper. This is near to the Greatland Gold (GGP) Havieron project.

Greatland Gold is raising £29.7m at 8.2p a share following Newcrest Mining’s decision not to take up the option to buy a further 5% stake in the Havieron gold project in Western Australia. Greatland Gold retains a 30% stake in Havieron. The price for the 5% stake had been set at $60m and much of that cash was earmarked to pay off loans from Newcrest Mining. The money raised will help to fund Greatland Gold’s share of further drilling and development expenses at Havieron, plus providing cash for other exploration activities in the Paterson region.

Alba Mineral Resources (LON: ALBA) has agreed to acquire the 10% minority interest in the company that owns the Clogau gold mine and plans to dewater the Llechfraith mine shaft. It is also buying back a 3% net smelter return royalty leaving a 1% net smelter royalty and £72,000 of loans held by the vendor. The total cost is £400,000 in the form of 200 million Alba shares at 0.2p each, which was a 25% premium to the closing price. There are also 81.9 million warrants exercisable at 0.4p each.

Haydale Graphene Industries (HAYD) is raising £5m at 2p a share and there is going to be an open offer at the same price that could raise up to £510,000.

Education provider Malvern International (MLVN) is benefiting from a recovery in student numbers following the easing of Covid restrictions. Interim revenues were 60% higher at £2.3m. Pre-booked and delivered revenues mean that full year revenues should be at least £5.3m.

Great Western Mining Corporation (GWMO) assay results for drilling at four prospects in Nevada. Results from the 2022 drill programme will start arriving in September. The drilling was completed under budget.

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Motor dealer Lookers (LOOK) generated a 4% increase in interim revenues to £2.23bn with lower used vehicle volumes offset by higher selling prices. Underlying pre-tax profit dipped from £50m to £47.2m, although that was higher than expected. Also, there was £12.7m of government support in the previous period. Full year pre-tax profit is expected to fall from £90.7m to £67m.

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCTP) is delaying the phase I trial of OCT130401 and concentrating on its first programme, OCT461201, where a phase I trial will start in January. This means that cash will last until the fourth quarter of 2023. There should be initial results from the phase I trial before then. Karen Lowe is stepping down as finance director.

BATM Advanced Communications (BVC) reported a decline in profit in the first half of 2022 after a sharp fall in diagnostics revenues because of Covid-boosted comparisons. Networking division revenues increased. Ongoing group revenues fell from £64.2m to £57.5m.

Packaging manufacturer and distributor Macfarlane Group (MACF) increased interim revenues by 14% to £139.2m, while pre-tax profit edged up from £8.59m to £8.86m. The growth in profit came from the manufacturing division. The interim dividend is 3% higher at 0.9p a share. Net debt is £9.7m.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 1 August 2022

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has developed electric vehicle drivetrain technology that has won initial contracts. It raised £10m at 4.25p a share to invest in production facilities and finance working capital. The share price ended the first day at 5.875p (5.5p/6.25p). Snetterton-based Equipmake was founded in 1997 by former Lotus Formula 1 head of development Ian Foley and refocused on electric vehicle technology in 2007. Equipmake has a vertically integrated model. It designs and manufactures components for its electric drivetrain and integrates them into a system. Management is confident that being a systems integrator gives it a competitive advantage.

Bath-based Macaulay Capital (MCAP) was formed to acquire Macaulay Management Ltd. The strategy is to originate potential investments and generate fees from these businesses by advising them and helping to raise money, as well as investing alongside other investors. The focus is smaller companies in well-established markets. An initial investment has been made in a food manufacturer, which has also provided income for the company. Macaulay Capital raised £1.9m at 20p a share. Macaulay Capital has cash of £1.796m after the flotation. The shares ended the first day of trading at 21p (20p/22p). Managing director David Horner is also managing director of Chelverton Asset Management and a director and owner of 29.99% of AIM-quoted investment company CEPS (CEPS).

TECC Capital (TEC) is subscribing for £300,000 of convertible loan notes in EDX Medical Ltd, with a reverse takeover expected to eventually happen. This is subject to due diligence. EDX Medical was founded by Sir Chris Evans to develop digital diagnostics products and services. It owns a laboratory in Cambridge and offers testing and genomic sequencing research.

In the year to March 2022, Oberon Investments (OBE) increased its revenues by 75% to £6.7m. That includes an initial contribution from financial planning business Smythe House. The big increase in revenues came from corporate finance. The pre-tax loss was £581,000, after a £212,500 gain on investments. Funds under management increased by 80% to more than £1bn.

Shepherd Neame (SHEP) has acquired three pubs in Essex. They are all freehold.

Capital For Colleagues (LON: CFCP) has moved from the Access segment to the Apex segment. Capital For Colleagues has increased its stake in TPS Investment Holdings to 27.6% through an additional cash investment of £500,000 through the purchase of existing shares from two executive directors.

Apollon Formularies (APOL) says that its Jamaican affiliate is acquiring up to 96% of Citiva Jamaica for cash and shares. Citivas has a cultivation, manufacturing and processing facility for medical grade cannabis. This will help to obtain final approval to distribute cannabis products from the Jamaican authorities. A director, Roderick McIllree, has loaned $150,000 to Apollon.

Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) has been appointed adviser to Metalinq Labs Inc and it has a token purchase agreement to acquire $200,000 of future Metalinq tokens, which should be issued in 2023. Metalinq is a next generation Layer 3 protocol solution enabling interoperability between metaverses. Existing Indorse token owners are eligible to receive Metalinq tokens. Coinsilium holds 5.35 million Indorse tokens.

Visum Technologies (VIS) has signed a framework services agreement with Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging and this enables the launch of Visum’s video technology system in the US. The financial year end has been changed to June.

Greencare Capital (GRE) is still seeking a suitable cannabis-related acquisition. There is still £679,000 in the bank.

AQRU (AQRU) lost £2.32m in the six months to April 2022 and still had net cash of £6.1m.

Rogue Baron (SHNJ) generated revenues of $87,492 in the three months to June 2022. Options for financing continued growth are being considered.

Shares in Lekoil Ltd (LEK) returned from suspension after the publication of interim results. Thanks to finance income Lekoil reported a pre-tax profit of $836,000. Olapade Durotoye is leaving the board to take up a role at Savannah Energy.

Richard Battersby is stepping down from the BWA Group (LON: BWAP) due to ill-health. G and O Energy Investments has bought a 13.45% stake from St Georges Eco-Mining Corp.

Former boss Michael Williams has reduced his stake in British Honey Company (BHC) from 3.96% to 1.3%. He left the board in October. The 2021 results have yet to be published and trading in the shares is suspended.

Waste plastic to hydrogen business Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) started trading on the US OTCQB Venture Market on 26 July. Executive director Howard White bought 55,500 shares at 9p each, taking his stake to 3.89%.

Chris Akers has increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 12.45% to 13.11%. Paul McKillen has a 4.15% stake in Marula Mining (MARU).

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Leisure and entertainment company Brighton Pier Group (PIER) beat expectations for the year to June 2022. Adjusted EBITDA was £10.8m, which is higher than the previously upgraded forecast of £10.4m. Net debt fell from £13.3m to £6.1m. Pre-tax profit is expected to more than quadruple to £6.4m, although it was boosted by government support measures such as a temporary cut in VAT and business rate relief. The ending of the support and cost inflation means that the equivalent 2022-23 pre-tax profit is expected to fall to £4.4m on flat revenues. However, Brighton Pier intends to change its year end to December. There will be 12-month figures followed by 78-week results to December 2022.

Lithium-ion battery cell technology developer AMTE Power (AMTE) has chosen the site for a new 0.5GWh battery production facility. The facility will be in Dundee and could open in the third quarter of 2025. At full capacity, the facility could generate annual revenues of more than £200m. Scottish Enterprise and other funding bodies could contribute up to £190m of the cost of the facility. The rest will come from debt and equity.

Secure payments technology provider PCI Pal (PCIP) beat expectations in the year to June 2022. Revenues were £11.9m, compared with the previous expectation of £11.5m. finnCap has reduced its loss forecast to £2.9m. Annualised recurring revenues are 43% higher at £11m. Monthly cash breakeven is possible this year. There is no news concerning the patent dispute with Sycurio (previously Semafone).

Mobile data computing services and technology provider Touchstar (TST) increased first half revenues by 7% to £3.1m, with two-fifths of these revenues recurring. The order book is 75% ahead at £1.1m. Full year earnings could be 5.5p a share and net cash is expected to be £2.4m – at least one-third of the current market capitalisation.

Printed circuit technology developer and supplier Trackwise Designs (TWD) says that there are further delays to its large electric vehicle contract. There will be compensation for delays causing shortfalls in the minimum supply levels in the agreement. The Stonehouse improved harness technology (IHT) facility will be fully up and running by the end of the year and there are additional contracts that could be won, although most would not reach significant volumes until 2024. Management is confident that it can secure hire purchase and other facilities to cover the additional finance required.

Recruitment company Empresaria Group (EMR) is reporting interims on 11 August. The interim trading statement indicates that the expected weakness in health care is being offset by other operations. Net fee income is 15% higher at £32.6m. Net debt fell from £14m to £11.8m over six months.

Stanley Gibbons (SGI) intends to cancel its AIM quotation. The largest shareholder Phoenix SG believes it is better to cancel the quotation considering the limited free float and additional costs. The 58% shareholder also says that it would reconsider its financial support if shareholders do not agree to the cancelation. Stanley Gibbons remains loss making. Graham Shircore is stepping down as chief executive in September and he will be replaced by Tom Pickford.

In-content advertising company Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) expects flat revenues in 2022 because of weak market conditions in China. The Chinese operations will be closed next year and that will save annualised costs of £1m. That is on top of the £2.5m of annualised savings expected for the rest of the business. Interim revenues have halved, although US revenues increased. There is £17.7m in the bank and cash should be higher than previously expected at the end of 2022.

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Finance and insight and control software provider Aptitude Software (APTD) grew annualised recurring revenues by 33% in the first half through a combination of organic and acquisitive growth. Revenues were 31% higher at £36.1m. Higher research and development spending is holding back short-term margins, but they should recover in the next couple of years. Operating profit declined from £5.1m to £4m. Net cash was £10.7m at the end of June 2022 and it should increase in the second half. The interim dividend is unchanged at 1.8p a share.

Gresham Technologies (GHT) generated 19% organic growth in revenues to £23m in the first half of 2022. Strong US dollar revenues offset the weaker pound. Net cash is £6.5m. New contract opportunities mean that management is confident that it can meet full year pre-tax profit expectations of £5.8m.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 4 July 2022

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Shepherd Neame (SHEP) issued a full year trading statement, and it is set to return to profit in 2021-22. The Kent-based brewer and pubs operator says revenues are recovering. Net debt was reduced from £93.2m to £75.3m by the end of June 2022. The estimated 2021-22 pre-tax profit is £7.2m and it is expected to improve to £9.6m in 2022-23.

Chief marketing officer Mark Harvey is leaving Chapel Down Group (CDGP). He has been with the wine maker for six years.

Energy storage technology developer Invinity Energy Systems (IES) generated revenues of £3.2m in 2021 and reported a substantial loss. VSA has cut its forecast 2022 revenues from £26.5m to £14.1m. There are already contracts that have been secured that are valued at £13.8m. The loss is expected to reduce from £21.3m to £17.9m. There should still be net cash of £10m by the end of 2022.

Visum Technologies (VIS) raised £601,000 at 14p a share ahead of its admission to Aquis on Thursday. Visum is the operator of an on-ride video camera system sold or licenced to theme parks, souvenir producers and ride operators. The share price opened at 12p before recovering to 14p

The technology investment company Asimilar (ASLR) reported interim figures, which show a £10.6m loss due to a sharp decline in the Dev Clever Holdings share price, which is currently suspended. Net assets were 25.3p a share at the end of March 2022.

Blockchain and digital assets investor KR1 (KR1) says net assets were 423% higher at 122.68p a share at the end of 2021, but that figure is likely to be lower now given the weak cryptocurrency market this year. There was £3.49m in cash on the balance sheet.

TruSpine Technologies (TSP) is waiting for the FDA’s response to the request for breakthrough technology designation before filing a 510k FDA submission for tis Cervi-LOK screwless spinal stabilisation system.

Trading in British Honey (BHC) shares was suspended at the end of the week because it has not published 2021 figures.

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A further downgrade for Shield Therapeutics (STX) after its 2021 figures. Most of the 2021 revenues of £1.5m were generated in Europe and not the important US market for the Accrufer iron deficiency treatment. The latest figures show some progress in US Accrufer revenues with first quarter Accrufer prescriptions double the number in the fourth quarter of 2022, taking the total prescriptions for the quarter to more than 3,900. finnCap has reduced its 2022 forecast for US revenues from £8.1m to £6.3m thereby reducing total group revenues from £9.9m to £8.1m.

Shareholders in plant-based polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) have voted against the reappointment of two non-executive directors, including Charlean Gmunder, who was appointed on 19 April this year, and the Itaconix 2022 Equity Participation Plan for non-employees, where 79.16% of votes were against. First half revenues are substantially ahead of the previous record level.

Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) has acquired Quintage Consulting Group for £900,000 in cash. This is an employee reward and recognition consultancy providing things such as pay benchmarking surveys.

Footwear supplier Unbound Group (LSE: UBG) says trading has been in line with expectations following a good start to the year to January 2022. The multi-brand platform, that will exploit the extensive database that the company has built up, will launch on 28 July. There are 14 partner brands signed up, including Hush Puppies, and Sketchers.

IG Design Group (IGR) has started to improve operational efficiency in order to move back into profit. Higher freight and supply chain costs hit the business last year. Full year revenues increased from $873.2m to $965.1m, but an underlying pre-tax profit of $32.8m was turned into a loss of $1.3m. A modest rise in revenues is forecast for this year. The order book is already 71% of this year’s budgeted revenues.

Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) has reported that first half sales are 30% ahead at more than £24m and gross margin has improved.

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Standard list shell Alteration Earth (ALTE) is seeking an acquisition in the clean technology or energy sectors. The plan is to do this within 24 months of admission. The shell raised a total o £1.26m by issuing nine million shares at 4p each and nine million shares at 10p each. The share price ended the first day of trading at 30p, but the bid offer spread was 10p/50p. The deal would need to make the enlarged group worth a minimum of £30m.

Hamak Gold Ltd (HAMA) says two rock chip samples from the Nimba licence in Liberia show grades of 45.5g/t and 37.3g/t. These are located where gold in soil anomalies were reported. There are assays to come from channel sampling of surface exposures.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 30 May 2022

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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.

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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.

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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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Quoted Micro 28 March 2022

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Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) returned to profit in 2021 and it is paying a final dividend of 22p a share, having already paid 37p a share for the financial year. Net assets are 1315p a share. Slater Investments has a 7.05% stake.

S-Ventures (SVEN) is acquiring Market Rocket Ltd, which is a digital agency that helps brand owners to sell their products, for an initial £2.25m. There could be further shares issued if performance targets are met. In the year to March 2021, revenues were £500,000 and this year they will be much higher. This is a profitable business.

British Honey Company (BHC) has raised £540,000 after expenses at 80p each. This cash will finance product development, costs related to reducing expenses and fund growth. Mark Jones has been permanently appointed as chief executive. The company is changing its name to Union Distillers.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) is acquiring Aftech, a sheet metal fabrication company, for £1.55m in shares issued at 1.257p a share, plus 24.7 million warrants exercisable at 3p a share. Services provided include laser cutting, bending and forming and the acquired business fits well with existing subsidiaries. In the year to November 2021, Aftech generated revenues of £1.18m and EBITDA of £266,000 and it has debt of £155,000.

AIM-quoted Asimilar (ASLR) plans to join the access segment of Aquis on 4 April. The technology investment company focuses on areas including big data, machine learning and Internet of Things. The corporate adviser is Oberon Capital. Chris Akers has a 6.88% stake and Nigel Wray a 9.43% shareholding. Net assets were £41.5m at the end of September 2021.

VVV Resources (VVV) has signed a conditional agreement to acquire a company that owns the Mitterberg copper project in Austria and a 49% stake in the Shangri La polymetallic project in Western Australia, which takes VVV’s share to 100%.

EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) increased its NAV from 437.6p a share to 455.7p a share in the 12 months to January 2022. However, the Luceco share price has fallen back since then. The Luceco stake was reduced to 22.1% last year. Cash was £27.6m at the end of January.

Capital for Companies (CFCP) had cash balances of £4.19m at the end of February 2022. Net assets were 68.4p a share, following the payment of 1.5p a share dividend on 3 March.

Jason Brewer has joined the board of All Star Minerals (ASMO) and been appointed as chief executive. The acquisition focus has switched to near-term production and revenue generating mining assets.

AQRU (AQRU) has entered a partnership with institutional lending platform owner Maple Finance, which will offer AQRU customers enhanced yields in decentralised finance. Yields could be up to 15%. The offering will be integrated into the AQRU mobile and web-based platform.

Clean Invest Africa (CIA) has obtained a new strategic investor and there could be more to come. Ramin Salsali has invested £302,276 at 0.5p a share to take a 4.67% stake. He believes that the CoalTech technology can help to solve the problem of 33 billion tonnes of toxic coal fines. The technology can also pelletise other materials. Several testing phase projects are at an advanced stage.

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Cyber security software supplier Kape Technologies (KAPE) reported 2021 figures in line with its trading statement with pre-tax profit of $75.2m. This was without any significant contribution from the ExpressVPN acquisition, which was made at the end of the year. Pre-tax profit could more than double to in excess of $150m this year.

Geospatial software provider IQGeo (IQG) beat expectations for 2021 with a much lower loss of £2.7m. Annualised recurring revenues were £8.2m. This year the company should move towards breakeven.

Restaurant operator Tasty (TAST) bounced back into profit last year. In the 52 weeks to 26 December 2021, revenues improved from £24.2m to £34.9m. There was £11m in the bank at the end of 2021 and there are £1.25m of borrowings to offset against this. Even if deferred payments are taken into account, then underlying net cash is still £6.8m. Net assets are £1.9m.

Peel Hunt has upgraded its 2022 forecast for promotional goods platform operator The Pebble Group (PEBB) following the recent 2021 figures. Even so, pre-tax profit is forecast to dip from £10.2m to £9.9m.

Leather processor Pittards (PTD) returned to profit in 2021, but cost increases mean that WH Ireland has reduced its 2022 pre-tax profit forecast. Pre-tax profit is expected to be flat at £500,000. Net assets are 101.9p a share.

AI-enabled wound imaging technology developer Spectral MD (SMD) has made excellent progress since floating last year. Studies of the DeepView system have been positive. The technology enables earlier intervention to help wounds heal quicker than they would have done. A validation study for patients with diabetic foot ulcers is planned and could lead to an application for FDA clearance by the end of the year.

Judges Scientific (JDG) increased pre-tax profit from £13.7m to £18.1m in 2021. Revenues recovered in all geographical regions. The order intake in the first eleven weeks of this year is slightly ahead of the 2021 figure. Net cash is £1.4m and cash generated from operations will mean that the cash pile will build up ahead of any acquisitions.

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LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LSE: LUCE) reported an increase in 2021 underlying pre-tax profit from £28.7m to £37.4m on revenues increasing from £176.2m to £228.2m. The total dividend was raised from 6.2p a share to 8.1p a share and it is more than twice covered by earnings. Luceco has moved into the electric vehicle charging market with the purchase of residential EV charge point supplier Sync EV for £10m – it already had a 20% stake, so the latest outflow is £8m. Annual revenues are £4m.

LeakBot reversed into Spinnaker Acquisitions to form Ondo Insurtech (ONDO). The total cost is £9.8m made up of cash of £1.6m, loan notes of £6.4m and 15 million shares issued at 12p each, including 1.36 million shares issued to Ondo Insurtech chief executive Craig Foster. The LeakBot device uses internet of things technology to identify leaks and stop them before they become more substantial. The core client base is home insurers, which can save money on claims. The share price started at 10.5p and fell to 9p by the end of the week.

RC365 Holding (RCGH) was set up to acquire Hong Kong-focused Regal Crown UK, which has developed payment gateway technology and provides other IT services. The holding company raised £2.02m at 6.2p a share, although £800,000 went on float expenses. The shares ended the week at 7p.

Beacon Rise Holdings (BRS) is the latest standard list shell, and it is highly illiquid with most of the shares owned by nine shareholders. On Sharepad.co.uk there are no trades reported, and the bid/offer spread is 100p/400p. That suggest a mid-price of 250p or a notional 150% gain – although the bid price is equal to the subscription price. Pro forma net assets equal the cash of £744,000.

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Quoted Micro 10 January 2022

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Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has agreed an exclusive, non-transferrable licence for the distributed modular gasification technology developed by Powerhouse Energy, and this covers Poland, Greece and Hungary. There is also an initial agreement in Bulgaria. The technology turns waste plastic into syngas. Hydrogen Utopia has raised £3m at 7.5p a share, which values the company at £28.8m. The share price has risen to 13.75p. There has already been work done on developing a facility in Poland. The initial cost could be €10m and the facility in Poland could be on stream in 2023. Hydrogen Utopia is targeting places where EU funding or private sector cash is available to finance investment. Even so, the company will need to raise more cash, but not for 18 months.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) increased interim revenues from £2.19m to £2.72m and the loss was reduced from £1.56m to £951,000. Third quarter activity is improving and the acquisition of Aftech should be completed during January, although the effective date is 1 December, and this will help the second half, as well as enhancing earnings. Vulcan has raised £224,000 at 1.6p a share.

British Honey Company (BHC) says that 2021 sales will be at least £8.4m and there is a strong order book for the first quarter of 2022. Production and dispatch will be consolidated at the Market Harborough distillery and the Buckinghamshire office and distillery will be closed.

Ace Liberty and Stone (ALSP) has exchanged contracts on the acquisition of a property in Stafford that is let to Iceland Foods. The purchase price is £1.26m and the annual rent is £95,000. Ace Liberty has raised £11.85m from disposals. There were £200,000 of convertible loans converted into shares and there is £375,000 of convertible loans outstanding.

Apollon Formularies (APOL) has renewed three medical cannabis licences approved by the Jamaican government.

EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) is stopping buying back its shares. It has bought 628,844 shares in the past month.

Trading in the bonds of Belvedere Leisure has been suspended because the annual report has not been published. The audit should be completed by the end of the month. Trading in Lombard Capital (LCAP) shares has also been suspended. Although the results for the year to June 2021 have been published Aquis has queried the audit report relating to the recoverability of loans. Lombard Capital has net liabilities of £1.57m.

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Facilities by ADF (ADF) is the first AIM new admission of 2022. The company provides vehicles and services to the film and TV industry, predominantly in the UK but also in Europe. The £13m net raised at 50p a share that Facilities by ADF has raised will be invested in much needed additional capacity. The company is already nearly fully booked for this year. The company has a fleet of more than 500 vehicles and trailers. This includes artiste trailers, make-up units, generator units and transport vehicles. This could increase to 700 by the end of 2023. Unsurprisingly, revenues fell from £15.9m to £8m in 2020 because lockdowns affected TV and film production. There has been a sharp recovery in the first half of 2021 with revenues reaching £11.5m, which is nearly as much as in 2018.

Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (CGNR) has signed the joint venture agreement with Turkey-based Demir Export. This covers licences held along the 65km district scale gold trend in the Longford-Down Massif in Ireland. The plan is to develop an initial gold project and start mining.  Phase 1 will involve Demir Export investing €5.5m to earn 25%, then another €4.5m to earn a further 15%. The final phase will involve the investment of additional funds by Demir Export so that the project will reach construction ready status. That will take the stake to 57.5%. Regulatory consent is still required.

Restaurants operator Tasty (TAST) says that second half trading was extremely encouraging, but December, normally the best month of the year, was disappointing because of Covid uncertainty. There are 50 restaurants trading with the other four due to reopen later this year. There are two or three restaurants that might be sold.

Nicholas Slater has increased his stake in upmarket kitchens supplier John Lewis of Hungerford (JLH) from 4.78% to 6.07%. John Llewellyn Lewis has reduced his stake from 22.15% to 19.57%, while non-exec Alan Charlton has bought 2.5 million shares at 1.2p a share, taking his stake to 8.73%.

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Slovenia-based Graft Polymer (GPL) is a developer of polymer modification and drug delivery systems. More than 50 products have been launched. In 2020, GraftBio was started to develop IP for biopharma applications. Revenues remain small but there are opportunities for them to grow significantly. The business should have strong operational gearing. A placing raised £5m at 21.5p a share. Graft Polymer intends to invest in capital equipment and further product development. A new production line will cost £2m and some of the other cash will go on lab upgrades and other investment. Management also wants to expand the distribution network and secure deals with more partners.

AdvancedAdvT (ADVT) has acquired 12 million shares in advertising agency M&C Saatchi (SAA) at 200p a share and the standard list shell approached the advertising agency with a bid proposition based on a share swap. AdvancedAdvT had £129.2m in the bank at the end of June 2021, so this investment is less than one-fifth of that cash. Vin Murria is a director of both companies, and she has a 13.2% stake in M&C Saatchi. The independent directors of M&C Saatchi say that they do not believe in the logic of a merger and also do not think the valuation put on the business is high enough.

Online retailer Made.com (MADE) says that the UK and Europe each achieved 38% growth over 2021. Average order values were 8% higher and active customers increased by 26%. The supply chain is a worry, but management says that lead times are three to four weeks. This follows the deferral of around £40m of sales to the first quarter of £40m. Made.com is still expected to lose money in 2021 before moving into profit in 2022.

Motor dealer Lookers (LOOK) has sparked another upgrade with its trading statement. Peel Hunt has increased its 2021 pre-tax profit forecast from £82.6m to £86.7m. Strong margins continued in the fourth quarter. However, those margins may not continue.

Macfarlane (MACF) has sold its labels business for £6.4m. This business generated a profit of £300,000 in 2020.

Andrew Hore

Andrew Hore – Quoted Micro 3 January 2022

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Valereum Blockchain (VLRM) is planning to acquire trust management and funds administration company Juno Group. The Gibraltar-based company will cost £850,000 in cash and shares.

Chana Greenberg is no longer chief executive of Pharma C Investments (PCIL) and Tony Shilito will be acting chief executive.

Walls and Futures REIT (WAFR) reported a 6% decline in NAV to 96p a share at the end of September 2021. The unsuccessful bid by Virgata Services cost £169,000 and that was most of the decline in net assets.

Spinal stabilisation technology developer Truspine Technologies (TSP) says that the FDA has requested further testing for the Cervi-LOK. The interim loss increased from £448,000 to £483,000. Net cash was £277,000 at the end of September 2021.

British Honey (BHC) decided not to go ahead with the extended collaboration agreement with List Distillery in Florida. The focus is the UK market.

Forbes Ventures (FOR) lost $297,000 in 2020 and $158,000 in the first half of 2021, even though there were initial revenues of $29,000. Management is working on the first transaction for the securitisation platform.

SulNOx Group (SNOX) reported a small increase in interim revenues from £18,000 to £24,000. The interim loss increased from £378,000 to £724,000. There was £1.89m at the end of September 2021.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has entered into a binding settlement agreement with the bank creditors of the former owner of the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil. The joint venture in which Cadence has a 20% stake is undertaking pre-feasibility studies.

BWA Group (BWAP) has commenced legal action against St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp relating to the proposed acquisition of Kings of the North Corp. There have been 80.8 million shares issued in settlement of the outstanding convertible loan note liabilities of £404,000.

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Shares in Atome Energy (ATOM) started trading on 30 December following the £6m fundraising at 80p a share. The share price ended the year at 83p. Leeds-based Atome Energy has been spun out of AIM-quoted President Energy (PPC) with its shareholders being distributed one share in Atome Energy for every 169 President Energy shares, while the oil and gas company retains part of its stake. There were some tiny share deals in early trading with smaller investors selling the stakes they received. The strategy is to develop projects that use renewable energy to produce ammonia, which can then in some cases be converted into hydrogen. Ammonia is mainly used in fertiliser, but it can also be used as a fuel. The first projects are in Iceland and Paraguay.

CCTV technology installer UniVision Energy Ltd (UVEL) improved interim revenues from £4.06m to £4.98m, with a bigger increase in HK dollars, even though maintenance income declined. However, pre-tax profit fell from £394,000 to £142,000. That was due to a £634,000 impairment loss.

Vela Technologies (VELA) had net assets of £8.06m at the end of September 2021, including £2.52m in cash. There are plans for a 50-for-one share consolidation. The investing strategy is being revised, but it remains broadly similar.

Catalyst Media (CMX) reported a £1.6m loss in the year to June 2021. The main asset is a 20.54% stake in Sports Information Services, and this is equity accounted. NAV is 52.3p a share. No dividend is declared.

Trading in Savannah Energy (SAVE) shares recommenced following the publication of the document for the acquisition of assets in Chad and Cameroon from Exxon and Petronas. Savannha Energy raised £48.7m at 19.35p a share to help finance the acquisitions.

Inspirit Energy Holdings (INSP) still has no revenues. The waste heat recovery system is still being developed with partners. There was £561,000 in the bank at the end of June 2021.

United Oil and Gas (UOG) announced that it made a commercial discovery with the Al Jahraa-13 development well in the Abu Sennan licence, onshore Egypt. Following testing the well will be brought onstream. United has a 22% working interest in the licence.

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Creightons (CRL) did not have a repeat of the £11.5m of one-off hygiene sales in the six months to September 2021, but the decline in revenues was limited to £2.37m leaving interim revenues of £30m. There was an initial contribution of £790,000 from acquisitions. Underlying pre-tax profit fell from £2.9m to £2.49m. Net debt is £7.5m at the end of September 2021. The interim dividend is maintained at 0.15p a share.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 18 October 2021

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Good Energy (GOOD) has followed the lapsed Ecotricity bid with a nine-month trading statement saying that the renewable energy supplier is on course to meet full year expectations. Good Energy is more than 90% hedged for the next 12 months, so there is limited exposure to the current price volatility. Price rises have been implemented. The 0.75p a share interim dividend is payable on 29 November and the ex-dividend date is 21 October. Finance director Rupert Sanderson has sold 14,800 shares at 335p each, while chief executive Nigel Pocklington bought 7,500 shares at 351.666p each.

Walls and Future REIT (WAFR) is engaging with new investors so that there are buyers for the 10% of the share capital where investors are not long-term holders. This is holding back the share price and causing the high discount to NAV, according to management. The company has completed the design of its autism friendly housing.

CBD products supplier Voyager Life (VOY) generated revenues of £65,000 from incorporation to the end of September 2021. Monthly overheads are less than £50,000. There is £1.8m in the bank. New stores are opening in Edinburgh and Dundee.

Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) has acquired CBD products manufacturer N8 Essentials for 1.17 million shares issued at 67.3 cents a share. N8 has a 14,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Kansas. This will enable more group production to be brought in house.

Sativa Wellness (SWEL) has launched an online telemedicine service. This enables patients to follow up tests with a virtual medical consultation.

KR1 (KR1) is participating in the Kintsugi crowdloan and Kusama (KSM) parachain auction. KR1 contributed 5,000 KSM to the crowdloan.

Altona Natural Resources (ANR) has started drilling at the Monte Muambe project in Mozambique. This will improve the understanding of the geological model and test four newly identified targets.

The requisition for a general meeting at British Honey (BHC) has been withdrawn. Richard Day has been reappointed chairman and Mark Gamble as an executive director. Alex Maurice has stepped down from the board but continues to be employed by the company.

Hydro Hotel Eastbourne (HYDP) non-exec director CP Freeman has bought 800 shares at 884p each. David Evans has a 7.61% stake in Oberon Investments (OBE).

The SFO has ended its investigation into people associated with Watchstone Group (WTG) when it was known as Quindell.

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Light Science Technologies (LST) is a contract electronics manufacturer and a developer of controlled environment agriculture technology, which joined AIM on 15 October. The agricultural technology being developed helps farmers to maximise crop productivity and monitor the growing environment. The company’s LED lighting range is called nurturGrow Luminaire and the nurturGROW sensor is being developed. There was £5m raised at 10p a share and the price ended the first day at 11.5p. The cash raised in the flotation will be used to expand facilities and increase marketing.

Floorcoverings manufacturer Victoria (VCP) has achieved record interim earnings. The UK has been a strong market, but Australia has been tougher. The full year outcome is likely to be ahead of expectations. Peel Hunt has upgraded its full year pre-tax profit forecast from £58.3m to £65m.

Branded furnishings and wallcoverings supplier Sanderson Design Group (SDG) improved interim pre-tax profit by 22% to £6m on a 48% increase in revenues. North American and UK sales were strong, and the manufacturing business bounced back. Management plans to generate more income from the archive of past patterns and designs. Net cash is £15.4m. Sanderson is on course to achieve an increase in full year pre-tax profit from £7.1m to £10.9m.

Eqtec (EQT) plans to acquire a 5MW project in Drama, Greece, which will generate energy from forestry waste. Financial close should be achieved for the project in the third quarter of 2022. There is also an additional £2.1m of investment in the North Fork project in California, which increases the stake from 10% to 49%. The 2MW biomass to energy project has been delayed due to fires and Covid. A $4.5m convertible loan facility has been provided to the development.

CyanConnode (CYAN) says interim revenues were £4.1m and it is well on the way to £9.4m of revenues for the full year. The narrowband radio frequency networks company continues to lose money, but cash levels should improve.

Motor dealer Vertu Motors (VTU) recorded record first half results despite supply problems for new vehicles. Used car prices have been rising because of the shortage of new vehicles. In the six months to August 2021, revenues increased from £1.2bn to £1.92bn. Underlying pre-tax profit soared from £4.7m to £51.8m, which is more than treble the first half of 2019-20. Net cash is £57.3m. The interim dividend has been re-established at 0.65p a share. The net tangible asset value is 61.5p a share.

High street sales recovered at fishing tackle retailer Angling Direct (ANG) despite being closed in the first ten weeks of the first half and online sales continued to grow. In the six months to July 2021, revenues improved from £32.1m to £38.4m with high street sales increasing by two-fifths. Online sales were 2% ahead. Pre-tax profit jumped from £1.36m to £3.72m, which includes government lockdown support. Full year pre-tax profit is expected to increase from £2.6m to £3.5m.

Driving safety technology developer Seeing Machines (SEE) has signed a framework agreement with Shell Global Solutions for its Guardian driver distraction and fatigue technology. Deployments should start later this year. Shell has 20,000 vehicles, compared with the total number of 31,771 vehicles using Guardian technology. Seeing Machines has also set up an EU sales team with a headquarters in Amsterdam.

Gresham House Strategic (GHS) has decided to change its investment manager from Gresham House Asset Management to Harwood Capital, where its previous investment manager Richard Staveley moved earlier this year, and Gresham House (GHE) has requisitioned a general meeting in order to have the company’s cash distributed to shareholders and the portfolio of investments liquidated over a 24-month period. Gresham House has a 23.3% stake in Gresham House Strategic and claims the backing of 40% of the share capital. The opposition to the move owns 30% of the company. Harwood intends to invest in the company, and it will generate lower fees, which will save the company £270,000.

Iodine company Iofina (IOF) produced 142.7 MT of crystalline iodine in the third quarter of 2021 and that underpins full year forecasts. Iodine prices continue to rise and recently hit $40/kg.

MAIN MARKET

LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) has acquired DW Windsor, an exterior lighting business, for £16.9m in cash. In the year to September 2021, operating profit was £1.9m.

Highway Capital (HWC) has finally found a suitable reverse takeover target, although there is no firm agreement. There will be a fundraising alongside the purchase of esports adviser and investor Guinevere Capital Esports & Entertainment. No purchase price has been announced

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCTP) has acquired medical assets from Canopy Growth Corporation, which provides access to cannabinoid derivatives and will help the company to develop additional drug projects. The lead compound OCT461201, which is a potential neuropathic pain treatment, is progressing towards clinical trials in the third quarter of 2022.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 11 October 2021

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Ecotricity has failed in its takeover bid for Good Energy (GOOD). Ecotricity had a 25.1% stake and acceptances of the bid totalled 11.5% of God Energy. Acceptances did increase significantly in the last few days of the bid, but they are still well below the level required for the bid to succeed. The offer has lapsed.

National Milk Record (NMRP) reported flat full year revenues of £21.9m, while like-for-like growth was 3.5%. This was despite the cyber attack last year. Pre-tax profit improved from £929,000 to £1.65m with help from lower overheads and a higher contribution from a joint venture. Net debt was reduced to £1m by the end of June 2021. The dividend was increased from 1.25p a share to 1.5p a share. Genomics revenues should build up this year.

Quantum Exponential Group plans to join Aquis. The plan is to identify opportunities in the quantum technology sector. More than 175 start-ups have been identified. Notion Capital will be involved with any investments. This is another investment company being floated by David William – the most recent was standard listed Bay Capital (BAY).

NFT Investments (LSE: NFT) has made two new investments. The first is a C$100,000 investment in Big Whale Labs, a decentralised social network platform. The other investment is $1.4m in Sturdy Exchange, which is a subsidiary of Sturdy Agency. Sturdy Exchange is a marketplace to display, collect and trade NFTs created by artists and performers. So far, four investments have been made.

Dispersion Holdings (DEFI) is holding a general meeting on 26 October in order to gain shareholder permission to issue more shares.

Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) is acquiring Tokyo-based Vertex for $12m. The initial payment is $2.5m with $6.5m to follow in April 2023 and the last payment of $3m in April 2024. Vertex sells wellness products via home shopping channels in Japan.

BWA Group (BWAP) has won its case against JV Capital and has been awarded £74,169.

Wheelsure Holdings (WHLP) is collaborating with Sedwell Ltd to develop a secure digital fastener for use in the global rail market. Sedwell has bolt load monitoring technology.

TechFinancials (TECH) has sold its CEDEX subsidiary. There is no initial payment. There could be cash received if the company is sold or raises $20m of new money.

Gunsynd (GUN) says that investee company Pacific Nickel has a JORC resource estimate for the Jejevo tenement in the Solomon Islands, where it has a 80% stake. Jejevo has a mineral resource of 14.42 million tonnes at 1l.29% nickel.

Trading in Harrogate Group (HGTE) shares has been suspended because its 2020-21 accounts have not been published.

Robert Hanson has bought a 0.36% stake in Oberon Investments (OBE) through a share purchase at 6.85p each. Burns Singh Tennent-Bhohi has bought one million Oscillate (MUSH) shares at 2p each.

Michael Williams and Robert Porter-Smith have stepped down from the British Honey (BHC) board.

EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (ESO) had net assets of 488.21p a share at the end of September 2021.

AIM

Tortilla Mexican Grill (MEX) operates and franchises fast-casual Mexican restaurants offering California-inspired food. It raised £5m at 181p a share. The cash raised in the flotation, plus a new senior finance facility of up to £10m, will provide working capital and fund the UK roll out and development of franchise opportunities. Tortilla Mexican Grill has 52 restaurants in the UK, two of which are franchised with SSP – they are at Euston station and Gatwick airport. There are also ten franchised sites in the Middle East – the franchisee is Eathos. Six sites have opened this year. A new site costs between £350,000 and £425,000 to kit out.

Continuing operations of plastic products supplier Coral Products (CRU) increased revenues from £8.7m to £10.7m in the year to April 2021. Underlying profit jumped from £230,000 to £756,000. This could rise to £1m this year with the existing businesses. Once the Haydock site has been sold there should be cash of more than £7m.

Compliance and energy saving services provider Sureserve (SUR) says its order book has grown by more than 30%. Net cash was more than £16m. The results will be announced on 25 January.

Elliott Bernerd of international property developer Chelsfield is taking a significant stake in AIM-quoted chartered surveyor and property adviser Fletcher King (FLK). He is investing £547,000 in new shares and buying existing shares so that his stake is 29.99%. He is buying the shares at 52.5p a share, which is a premium to the market price.

AMTE Power (AMTE) is on course to launch its first commercial battery cell product before the end of 2021. This is a product for the automotive market. There should also be news in the coming months about the site for the company’s UK Gigafactory.

CEPS (CEPS) has restructured its investment interests and the latest interims are the first with the ongoing businesses. Revenues increased by 65% to £9m and lower group overheads meant that operating profit before exceptionals improved from £357,000 to £855,000. Building services company Hickton increased its profit, as did Aford Awards. That offset a lower contribution from stretch fabric supplier Friedman’s.

Palm oil plantation operator Dekel Agri-Vision (DKL) processed 12% more fresh fruit bunches in September 2021 than the year before, while the crude palm oil price was 76% higher than the same month last year. The new cashew plant should be up and running in October. Dekel is on course to be profitable this year.

MAIN MARKET

NMCN (NMCN) has appointed Grant Thornton as administrator. Galliford Try (GFRD) has acquired the company’s water sector businesses, which have annual revenues of £100m, for £1m in cash.

Reserve power generator Mast Energy Developments (MAST) has completed the acquisition of Rochdale Power. This is the third site in the portfolio of sites under development that will have a total capacity of 18.4 MW.

Andrew Hore

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