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Ormonde Mining (ORM) has switched from AIM to the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. Ormonde Mining owns 36.2% of gold and copper explorer. TRU Precious Metals Corp and 20% of battery metals explorer Peak Nickel.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) increased revenues from £34,000 to £203,000 in 2022-23, while the loss was slightly lower at £1.91m. The net cash outflow was £1.2m. Note 3 of the accounts points out the financial position, but management believes that sales will come through to generate cash to fund the business after a reduction in costs. If not, a share issue will be the alternative way of obtaining the cash required. Stephen Bamford and Constantine Logothetis have increased their stakes to 8% and 22.5% respectively.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) has appointed Investec as nominated adviser and joint broker alongside Canaccord Genuity. It replaces Liberum. The company, which is also quoted on AIM, will report interims on 21 September.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has issued £600,000 of convertibles at 100p each. Two existing shareholders have invested a total of £300,000 and Charles Morgan has converted £300,000 of debt. Unsecured debt will fall to £709,000 and Charles Morgan has agreed not to task for repayment until the end of January 2025. The interest rate is 15% and the conversion price is the lower of a 20% discount to the share price of the next capital raising of at least £1m of 0.4p/share, with a minimum of 0.2p/share. The loans will automatically be converted on 30 November 2025 or earlier.
Pharma C investments (PCIL) will hold the requisitioned general meeting on 27 September. The proposals are to remove Gavin Hilary Sathianathan and appoint Paul Ryan and Noel Lyons to the board.
Investment company Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has seven investments in its portfolio. The NAV dipped from £1.44m to £1.33m at the end of June 2023. There is £368,000.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has received the second tranche of the disposal proceeds of investee company The Homebuilding Centre, which provides homebuilding advice. Successful trading means that the second tranche is £108,000 rather than the expected £50,000.
Cannabis-based products supplier Voyager Life (VOY) improved revenues from £178,000 to £284,000. There was cash of £990,000.
Controlled environmental agriculture technology developer Light Science Technologies (LST) is acquiring Tomtech for £500,000 with an initial cash payment of £75,000. Tomtech, which supplies and installs monitoring and control systems for greenhouses, has £284,000 in cash and there could be additional cash payments if it is above £185,000 on completion. This deal is immediately earnings enhancing – Tomtech reported a pre-tax profit of £79,000 on revenues of £680,000. There is a complementary product range and cross selling opportunities to Tomtech’s 160 customers.
AMTE Power (AMTE) is raising £2.1m at 1.7p/share at 1.7p/share, plus an additional retail offer to raise £250,000. The share price slumped 78.4% to 2.05p. The battery technology developer is raising the cash to keep going until the proposed cash injection of £2.5m is completed. Due diligence by the potential investor could continue until the end of October and it believes that it can introduce potential offtake customers to AMTE.
Molecular Energies (MEN) plans to sell its Argentinian oil and gas business for up to $40m to its chairman Peter Levine. Argentina is economically and politically volatile and exchange controls mean that the business is hampered. There is a lack of investor interest and there are capital investment requirements that need to be funded. There will be an initial payment of $2m plus repayment of $13m of debt. The rest of the purchase price is based on up to 20% of net free cash flow over the next five years. The Paraguay oil and gas assets and other operations are not included in the sale.
Software supplier GetBusy (GETB) made a slightly lower underlying loss in the first half as it continues to invest in sales and product development. Annual recurring revenues grew 14% to £20.1m. and there is £1.7m in the bank. finnCap maintains its expectation of a small 2023 loss.
Satellite communications equipment supplier Global Invacom (GINV) is seeking shareholder approval to leave AIM and maintain the listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore stock market. There is a lack of liquidity on AIM, and this makes it difficult to raise cash. There is also the cost and management time taken up with being on AIM and another market. A subsidiary signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications. The July 2014 placing price was 19.75p. The shares have been trading below that price for more than eight years.
Video editing technology developer Blackbird (BIRD) reported a 36% dip in interim revenues to £985,000 after the loss of a contract with A+E and additional development fees in the previous period. The cash outflow was £1.92m, but there is still £8.18m in the bank. Even so, investors want to see progress with the new product for creators and other new business to replace what has been lost.
Capital equipment supplier 600 Group (SIXH) has reconvened its AGM for 29 September. However, the audit for the accounts for the year to March 2023 will not be completed by the end of September. Trading in the shares will be suspended on 2 October. Trading conditions continue to be difficult and there will be a further interim loss. That will lead to impairment adjustments in the 2022-23 accounts. Debt facilities expire at the end of November 2023. Peter Gyllenhammar increased his stake from 9.88% to 10.2%.
Capital equipment manufacturer Mpac (MPAC) increased interim revenues by 4% to £52.8m and pre-tax recovered from £1.1m to £1.9m. Order intake soared in the period. Services generated one-third of revenues in the first half, but the mix will change as recent order wins are satisfied in the second quarter. The order book has risen 15% to £77.5m since the end of 2022 and includes higher margin healthcare machinery. This helps to underpin forecasts of a better second half. The battery cell assembly plant business remains a significant longer-term opportunity. Net cash is £2.2m. Shore forecasts a near doubling of underlying pre-tax profit to £6.9m in 2023.
Builders’ merchant Lords Group Trading (LORD) is outperforming its rivals. But trading is getting tougher because of higher interest rates and lower construction activity. Interim revenues improved 4% to £222.6m, helped by acquisitions, but pre-tax profit fell from £8.4m to £7.7m. The interim dividend is maintained at 0.67p/share. Cenkos has reduced its 2023 pre-tax profit forecast from £17.8m to £13.2m.
Infrastructure India (IIP) announced the conditional sale of the 99.99% stake in transportation company Distribution Logistics Infrastructure to Pristine Malwa Logistics Park, which is part of logistics group Pristine. The consideration will be $10m in cash and 33% of Pristine Malwa the purchaser. There are conditions that are required to be satisfied before the deal can go ahead and it will be subject to adjustment. The transaction could close before the end of the year. Infrastructure India is expected to exit the investment within three years. At the end of September 2022, net liabilities were £85.7m. It is difficult to assess how much of the Infrastructure India borrowings will go with the disposal.
STM Group (LON: STM) has reached agreement with PSF Capital GP II over a 67p a share cash bid for the pensions and financial services provider. The bidder is securing a new credit facility to fund the bid. Originally, it was stated the offer could be as high as 70p/share, but the share price shows that investors were not counting on it being that high. This is conditional on STM boss Alan Kentish acquiring the UK SIPP business and those related to the Master Trust.
Property bridging loans provider Vector Capital (VCAP) reported a decline in interim revenues and profit. The loan book has fallen from £53.2m to £48.8m over six months as management is cautious about new lending. The bad provision has been raised by £167,000 to £367,000, but it is still relatively low. Pre-tax profit fell 18% to £1.3m, partly due to the higher provision.
Round Hill Music Royalty Fund (RHMP) is being acquired by Alchemy Copyrights for $1.15/share, which values the company at $468.8m. That was a premium of 67% to the previous market price. Shareholders will still receive the quarterly dividend of 1.125 cents/share and a special dividend of 0.5 cents/share.
Third quarter revenues of National Milk Records (NMR) were 15% higher at £6.5m. The core milk testing revenues were 14% ahead, helped by price rises. Genomic testing revenues more than doubled. Milk prices have fallen, but they are still relatively high. Canaccord Genuity still expects a dip in 2023 pre-tax profit from £2.4m to £1.9m.
Watchstone Group (WTG) has been unsuccessful in its £63m claim against PricewaterhouseCoopers concerning a breach of confidentiality. It is considering an appeal.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) admitted that it failed to inform shareholders that a loan announced in February included a fixed and floating charge over the company’s IP.
KR1 (KR1) has invested $500,000 into Web3 venture studio Code and State through a Simple Agreement for Future Equity.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company Evergreen Lithium, where it owns 15.8 million shares (8.74%), has identified significant and widespread lithium at the Kenny project. A further £1.86m worth of shares could be issued to Cadence Minerals.
Goodbody Health (GDBY) shareholders have agreed to the cancellation of the Aquis quotation on 16 May. The shares will then be traded on the JP Jenkins platform.
TAP Global Group (TAP) has appointed Kriya Patel as chief executive of its main subsidiary. He is an experienced executive of e-money and financial technology businesses. He will receive five million LTIP options, plus a further 10 million LTIP options which will vest when certain milestones are achieved.
Ananda Developments (ANA) says a study suggests that cannabidiol plus terpenes has a more positive effect on acne than cannabidiol on its own.
Mark Horrocks has taken a 5.8% stake in Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP), while Chris Akers increased its stake from 19.5% to 19.6%.
Trading in Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) shares has been suspended until account are filed and the cease trade order is revoked.
Power Metal Resources (POW) has spun-off its Nevada mining interests into Golden Metal Resources (GMET). Power Metal Resources has retained a 62.1% stake. There was £1.98m raised at 8.5p when the company joined AIM. Trading started at 8.75p and ended the first day at 8.125p. There were 1.12 million shares traded on the first day and a total of 488,000 shares in the following two days. The share price ended the week at 8.125p. There are four assets: three wholly owned plus an earn-in option over a fourth.
Purplebricks (PURP) says that the number of new instructions did not increase in the fourth quarter and that means revenues and EBITDA will be worse than expected in the year to April 2024. The company’s payment processor is withholding a portion of remittances and cash was £9.1m at the end of April 2023, compared with previous expectations of £15m. The formal sale process continues, and management says that it wants to conclude this as soon as possible so the future of the business is clarified. Strike Ltd has decided not to make an offer.
Online builders’ merchants CMO Group (CMO) increased like-for-like 2022 revenues by 2%, but the market remains tough. In 2022, revenues increased from £76.3m to £83.1m, helped by acquisitions. Gross margins held up at 19.9% as sales of higher margin products offset the decline at Total Tiles, where there were problems with pricing. Overheads were increased following flotation on AIM and that is why operating margin dived from 3.5% to 1.5%. There was a boost of around £200,000 to operating profit due to a reduction in deferred consideration for a past acquisition. Pre-exceptionals profit fell from £1.5m to £800,000. Overheads are being reduced. Employee numbers are 15% lower than the peak last year and delivery costs are being controlled.
A&E Television Network is cancelling its contract with video editing technology developer Blackbird (BIRD) at the end of June. Last year, this contract contributed less than 10% of 2022 revenues of £2.85m. Blackbird is growing its revenues, including from licensing, but this contract loss will hold back the overall rate of growth. Blackbird has £9m in cash, down from £10m at the end of 2022.
Fulcrum Metals (FMET) is ranking targets for its Big Bear property on the Schreiber-Hemlo project in Ontario. Additional mining claims have been acquired at Winston Lake, Ontario. Results from the magnetic surveying at Tocheri Lake, Ontario, should be available early in the third quarter.
Credit hire company Anexo (ANX) reported flat 2022 pre-tax profit of £23.9m even though housing disrepair work helping to improve revenues. There were additional costs for vehicle emissions litigation against VW, which has some way to go before it is settled. A decline in pre-tax profit to £18.1m is forecast for 2023 as new credit hire business is reduced. That should help to improve cash collection and reduce debt.
Marwyn Investment Management has decided not to invest in footwear retailer Unbound Group (UBG) because of concerns about current trading. Marwyn had planned to inject £10m into the business at a placing price of 10.5p. That was the same level as the withdrawn offer from WoolOvers Group. Unbound has admitted that trading has worsened in the first quarter of the current year. Cash flow has to be carefully managed and banking covenants may have to be waived. Additional funds will be required.
Mineral sands project developer Capital Metals (CMET) has signed a potential 100% offtake and investment agreement with LB Group, which is the largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide pigments and sponge. LB Group will fully fund the Eastern Minerals project in Sri Lanka up to the estimated cost of $81m in the preliminary economic assessment. After that the joint venture will fund additional costs on a 50/50 basis. The plan is to build up production to 1.65 million tonnes per annum. Most of the due diligence for the deal has already been done.
Coal miner Bens Creek (BEN) says shareholder MBU Capital has sold a 29.9% stake at 18p a share to Singapore-based Avani Resources, which trades raw materials for steel and power production.
Brazil-focused gold producer Serabi Gold (SRB) has signed a strategic exploration alliance with Vale, which will assess large scale copper projects on the Palito Complex. There are four phases during which Vale can earn up to 90% of the project. Serabi would have a put option to sell the other 19% for $10m and a 1.5% net smelter royalty. There will be an initial $5m investment in exploration.
Packaging manufacturer and distributor Macfarlane Group (MACF) published an AGM statement Manufacturing revenues are 14% ahead in the first quarter and distribution revenues 4% higher. There are bank facilities to finance further expansion.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) says first quarter revenues were 5% lower. There is still some destocking in the current period. Lower freight costs will help margins. Finance director Will Hoy and related parties have been acquiring shares at up to 110p each.
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Gibraltar-based RentGuarantor (RGG) provides a rent guarantee service to tenants in the private rental sector. It has joined the Access segment having raised £125,000 at 200p a share. Chief executive Paul Foy has agreed to lend the company £200,000. The business is currently loss-making and has to grow much bigger to get to the point where it is breaking even. The share price ended the week at 210p, although there were no reported trades.
Incathera (INC) continues discussions with two global cosmetics companies about the commercialisation of the Sol skin cancer treatment and started talks with two more. There was £627,000 in the bank at the end of £627,000 and this should last well into next year.
Capital For Colleagues (CFCP) has raised £1.95m at 64p a share and all the directors are participating in the placing. This will provide additional cash for investment. The company had £1.91m in the bank at the end of August 2021. NAV was 69.71p a share at the end of August 2021. A final dividend of 1.5p a share is payable on 3 March.
Lombard Capital (LCAP) lost £228,000 in the quarter to September 2021. The company requires cash, and the Gaskell House waste and recycling property is up for sales. Those proceeds will not be enough to pay off the bonds when payment is due at the end of January 2022. The plan is to try to extend the redemption date.
TECC Capital (TEC) had £1.1m in the bank at the end of September 2021, which is the same as the NAV. Acquisitions are being evaluated.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) more than halved its interim loss to £553,000. Net liabilities have increased to £3.22m. More cash is required to get the most from the CoalTech technology.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says investee company Greengage is withdrawing the application for a Gibraltar banking licence. The plan is to pursue an e-money licence and then apply for a UK bank licence.
KR1 (KR1) has paid the performance fee of £4.15m to Reflexivity Research, which is owned by the executives of KR1. There will be £830,000 paid in cash and the rest in shares. KR1 contributed 350,000 Poldadot in the Astar, formerly Plasm, crowdloan.
Sativa Wellness Inc (SWEL) generated record revenues in one week and that takes revenues for the eleven months to November 2021 to £13.8m. The growth is coming from the testing clinics.
Kevin Soltani has stepped down as chieve executive of Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) and Keith Harris will be interim executive chairman.
Chris Akers has raised his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) to 17.2%. Burns Singh Tennent-Bhohi increased his stake in Gledhow Investments (GDH) to 8.26%. Scwiar Capital has raised its shareholding in Helium Ventures (HEV) to 10.9%.
EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) had net assets of 511.93p a share at the end of November 2021. Share buybacks are planned and 150,000 shares were acquired at 350p each.
Pioneer Media Inc (PNER) has raised a further C$400,000 at C$1 a unit (one share and one warrant). This takes the total raised to C$1.5m. Vulcan Industries (VULC) has raised £383,000 via placings at 1.6p a share and 1.5p a share.
NFT Investments (NFT) is applying to list on the NEO Exchange in Canada.
Cloud video editing platform developer Blackbird (BIRD) is raising £8m at 28p a share with chief executive Ian McDonough investing £380,000. This will finance further technology development and add to the technical staff. There will also be cash for market testing advancements and new products. The potential market is enormous, and Blackbird has only just started to exploit new areas.
Windward Ltd (WNWD) has developed AI-based software that enables real-time information about seafaring vessels to be transmitted to their owners. Israel-based Windward raised £26.3m at 155p a share and it ended the week at 204p. The market capitalisation of £166.5m is high considering the progress made. In the six months to June 2021, revenues improved from $7.11m to $8.09m, while the loss jumped from $1.53m to $4.04m. Annual contract value is $19.7m with 99% of revenues from subscriptions.
Ondine Biomedical Inc (OBI) has returned to AIM and raised £22.3m at 53.41p a share. The share price ended the week at 58.5p. Canada-based Ondine develops photodisinfection-based therapies for drug resistant infections. The light-based technology can reduce inflammation and eliminate pathogens. It originally floated on AIM on 9 August 2004, then focused on dental treatments, and left in 2011. In the six months to June 2021, revenues increased from C$213,000 to C$1.98m, while the loss fell from C$7.48m to C$4.58m.
Redx Pharma (REDX) has received another $10m milestone payment from Jazz Pharmaceuticals as the research collaboration reaches the two year mark.
Antimicrobial technology developer Byotrol (LSE: BYOT) fell back into loss following the Covid-19 boosted revenues in the corresponding interim period. Revenues more than halved from £6.7m to £3.2m. There was £1.9m of cash at the end of September 2021.
4GLOBAL (4GBL) provides sports consultancy services to governments and other organisations, as well as subscription data products. It raised £4m at 91p when it joined AIM.
Nexus Infrastructure (NEXS) returned to profit last year as revenues improved from £125.7m to £137m. Civil engineering services provider Tamdown continued to lose money but the eSmart Networks EV charging installation division moved into profit. Management is considering floating eSmart Networks on AIM or bringing in a strategic investor. The money that Nexus would raise can then be used to acquire a business to broaden the range of services offered by the TriConnex utilities connection division.
Sivota (SIV) has found a potential reverse takeover candidate in the form of Israel-based Apester, which has an interactive digital platform. The plan is to pay $12m for a 53.9% stake in Apester. Sivota wants to raise £11m.
Urban Logistics REIT (SHED) has moved from AIM to the Main Market following a £250m fundraising.
MENA Land (MENA) has lost its listing, trading having been suspended since 2 November 2020.
Argo Blockchain (ARB) has resolved its litigation with Celsius by terminating the lease agreement and paying $6.32m to Celsius, which is handing over title to equipment and paying bitcoin to Argo. November revenues were £8.29m with Argo mining 185 bitcoin.