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An update on the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil from Cadence Minerals (LON: KDNC) says permitting times for the mine and related logistics should be reduced to 12-16 months. An environmental control plan is required to obtain the permits. This will enable a funding decision for the project. Investee company Hastings Technology Metals has expanded its offtake agreement with thyssenkrupp Materials Trading, which will take two-thirds of production from the Yangibana rare earths project.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has converted an existing order from Taiwan to its next generation Mistral flow battery. This is a higher margin product targeted at large wind and solar applications. Management is securing additional production capacity with Taiwan partner Everdura.
EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) had net assets of 308p/share at the end of July 2023. Investee company Rayware’s sales have been hit by weak consumer demand. Pharmacy2U continues to grow. Two investments have been sold. Ther was cash of £16.3m at the end of July 2023.
Financial services company Eight Capital Partners (ECP) says its 2021 figures have been restated because of a change in the accounting treatment of the bonds. Non-cash transactions have been removed from the cash flow statement. The book value of the bonds has been changed to fair value and a modified loss recognised on loan liabilities. Net liabilities were £11.4m. The 2022 results show net assets of £25.3m after a debt conversion to equity. A partial reversal of previous fair value adjustments also helped.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) is providing a convertible loan of $50,000 and has a 12-month option to subscribe for $500,000 for shares in Silta at a pre-money valuation of $7.5m. This means that it could end up with 6.7% of Silta. Last year, Coinsilium entered into an early contribution agreement to buy $75,000 of SILTA tokens. Silta is developing an advanced AI platform for sustainable infrastructure financing.
Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne (HYDP) is paying an interim dividend of 12p/share.
Rod Weinberg has reduced his stake in SulNOx Group (SNOX) from 6.35% to 2.49%. Macaulay Capital (MCAP) managing director David Horner has bought 200,000 shares at 22.5p each. Nigel Pope has taken a 3% stake in NFT Investments (NFT). Gathoni Muchai Investments has trimmed its stake in Marula Mining (MARU) from 12.2% to 11.26%. A warrants subscription at 4p each raised £30,500.
Black Sea Property (BSP) has raised €4.44m from a loan note issue, which is being used to pay for the recent acquisition of a majority stake in Grand Hotel Varna, which owns three hotels and a beach marina resort, plus a mutual fund portfolio. There is still €15.5m to pay.
Parcel delivery and logistics company DX (DX.) has received a bid approach from private equity firm HIG European Capital Partners. Gatemore Capital Management, which owns 16.8%, says it is willing to support the proposal of 48.5p/share. Management had rejected lower bids, but it would be minded to recommend this one. Due diligence will be required.
Online gaming firm Gaming Realms (GMR) reported interim revenues 35% higher at £11.5m and a 74% increase in pre-tax profit to £2.4m. The licensing business drove the growth. North American revenues increased by 47% and there are more states likely to ease restrictions on online gaming. Growth is coming from moving into new markets and adding new games. There are upfront costs to the expansion, holding back short-term profit. Net cash is expected to be £8m at the year end
Iodine producer Iofina (IOF) increased interim revenues by 27% to $24.3m, while pre-tax profit improved from $2.6m to $4.7m. First half iodine production was 242Mt. Iofina commenced production at its IO#9 plant in Oklahoma at the end of the half year. This is the sixth plant in operation and will help boost second half production to 325-350Mt.
Contract research and infectious disease study services provider hVIVO (HVO) is moving into larger London premises in Canary Wharf. The latest interims have led to an upgrade of guidance for the full year and hVIVO intends to pay a nominal dividend for 2023. Interim revenues were £27.3m, up from £18m, and the full year outcome is expected to be £55.1m with most of the rest of the revenues already contracted.
Construction and property software supplier Eleco (ELCO) increased like-for-like interim revenues by 5% to £13.5m. More importantly, recurring revenues were 18% ahead at £9.7m. This indicates the success of the move to SaaS-based revenues which has held back progress in the short-term. Net cash could reach £10.8m by the end of 2023.
Mkango Resources (MKA) subsidiary HyProMag, which is a short loop rare earth magnet recycler, is participating in a grant funded project called RE-RE Wind, which is designed to provide a circular supply chain for rare earth magnets for wind turbines. The first generation of wind turbines are coming up to the end of their life and a decommissioning programme is required.
Payments services provider Cornerstone FS (CSFS) made a small maiden interim profit. The move into profit was earlier than expected. Interim revenues were 90% ahead at £3.6m and most of this is direct business rather than through third parties. The overheads were held down enabling more of the additional revenues to flow through to profit. Cash is being generated from operations.
Online gaming company B90 Holdings (B90) has raised £2m at 5.44491p/share. The cash will go towards funding acquisitions and further investment in existing assets. The company is also converting £4.73m of loan notes and interest into 86.8 million shares. Enwys, which acquires customers for online gaming companies, has been bought. There are more than 20 other acquisition targets.
Keystone Law (KEYS) is paying a special dividend of 12.5p/share on top of the interim of 5.8p/share. Underlying pre-tax profit was one-quarter ahead at £5.7m, while net cash was £11.3m at the end of July 2023. Interest from new principal lawyers is increasing and 25 offers were accepted in the first half. There is plenty of back office capacity for additional lawyers.
Communications technology developer Feedback (FDBK) is taking time to secure new deals, but they should be on the horizon. The community diagnostic centres contract with the Queen Victoria Hospital has been delayed, but hopefully it should be secured by the end of the year. Feedback is still loss making, even though full year revenues were 74% ahead at £1.02m. The cash outflow, including capitalised development costs, was £3m and the £7.3m in the bank should last more than two years.
North Sea oil and gas producer IOG (IOG) has been told by the authorities that the Nailsworth P2342 and P130 licences are not going to be extended and this could have a negative commercial impact on the potential for the Elland licence. Bondholder discussions continue and the waiver lasts until 29 September. There was £14.5m in cash at the end of August, including £7.3m of restricted cash. There was stable production from Blythe H2, but the realised gas price was lower.
The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has offset lower revenues from property sales by increasing lettings revenues. Overall interim revenues were 1% ahead at £13.2m. The higher tax rate meant that earnings slipped 2% to 13.8p/share despite an increased profit. The interim dividend was increased by 10% to 4.6p/share.
US-focused betting company Sportech (SPO) plans to leave AIM. It says the burden of time and money is too great. A circular will be sent out to gain shareholder approval at a general meeting.
Bushveld Minerals (BMN) has signed a binding term sheet for a potential $69.5m-$77.5m investment by Southern Point Resources. This includes the acquisition of 50% of Vanchem and 64% of the Mokopane project, plus a $12.5m investment in Bushveld Minerals. There will also be a working capital facility provided. Southern Point Resources will take over marketing and sales of vanadium and other products. The stake disposals will lead to a book loss of $59.6m.
Animal feed ingredients supplier Ocean Harvest Technologies (OHT) raised interim revenues by 43% to €1.8m and gross margins jumped to 36%. Investment in marketing and other aspects of the business meant that the loss was flat at €1.3m. These additional costs should help to generate further sales growth of its seaweed-based feed. Field trials could add up to €13m to annual revenues. However, delays in these trials mean that full year revenues have been downgraded from €4.3m to €3.4m. There should be net cash of €2.9m at the end of 2023.
The FCA has approved the takeover of Lookers (LOOK) by Alpha Auto Group. The bid is 130p/share.
On The Beach (OTB) says its full year results will show record revenues and the holiday company says pre-tax profit will be at the top end of expectations. In the year to September 2022, revenues were £144.1m, which was slightly higher than the pre-Covid level of £140.4m, and underlying pre-tax profit was £14.1m. Consensus forecasts for 2022-23 were revenues of £179.5m and pre-tax profit of £22.6m. The guidance suggests that profit should be slightly higher than that. Even so, underlying pre-tax profit in 2017-18 was higher at £27.6m.
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Pharma C Investments (PCIL) has received a general meeting requisition from one of its shareholders. The directors are reviewing the request.
Technology marketing start-up Inteliqo (IQO) generated income of more than $400,000 and pre-tax profit of $250,000 from the distribution rights of the Langaroo app, which has still to be launched on Google Play and the Apple app store.
Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has realised one of the five investments it took on from Chelverton Asset Management. Qualification Check B shares were bought by a trade buyer, and this will generate fees that will be shared by Macaulay Capital and Chelverton Asset Management. The net amount receivable by Macaulay Capital is £212,000.
Guanajuato Silver Company (GSVR) generated record production of 941,338 silver equivalent ounces in the second quarter and all-in sustaining cost was $22.47/ounce. Realised prices improved on the previous quarter. There was a small dip in net loss of $8.5m. Drill results from the Topia mine in Durango, Mexico have been promising.
Capital for Colleagues (LON: CFCP) investee company Bright Ascension provides software for the space sector, and it has been selected to lead onboard and ground software development for the three-year OS2-VOLT mission. This OS2-VOLT mission is being led by another investee company, Craft Prospect.
Marula Mining (MARU) has moved to the Apex section of the market. The construction of the initial modular processing plant for the Kinusi copper mine has been completed and is ready for transportation and commissioning.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) raised £50,000 at 0.75p/share.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) chief executive Eddy Travia bought 1.5 million shares at 1.25p each.
Andrew Offit has taken a 4.77% stake in AQRU (AQRU).
Education software and services provider Tribal (TRB) reported a 2% increase in interim revenues even though the NTU project has been cancelled. Annualised recurring revenues are 3% ahead at £51.9m. The NTU project is still the subject of dispute, but there will be no more non-legal costs. The second half is expected to be better and pre-tax profit is forecast to recover from £3.7m to £9.1m.
Loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) has revealed that a previously announced three-year contract is with department stores operator Hudson Bay Company, which was formed in the seventeenth century and who’s backers included Prince Rupert. Hudson Bay Company will relaunch its digital loyalty programme using Eagle Eye technology.
Fulcrum Utility Services (FCRM) intends to seek shareholder approval to leave AIM. This announcement followed the release of full year figures showing an increased loss. The utility infrastructure business reported a £25.7m loss on a 18% decrease in revenues to £50.6m. Even excluding write-downs and restructuring charges there was a loss.
Compliance and maintenance services provider Kinovo (KINO) revealed a non-binding bid approach from Rx3 Holdings, which the bid target said was at 56p/share. Management says that the offer is at the lower end of board expectations. Rx3 has confirmed that the offer price will be at least 40p/share, because 29.9% shareholder Tipacs2 Ltd recently bought shares at that price from Western Selection (WESP).
Wellhead equipment supplier Plexus Holdings (POS) says a £5m rental contract for POS-GROP HG wellhead equipment and sealing technology announced in March has been increased in value to £8m. These revenues will be recognised in the year to June 2024, which should enable Plexus to move into profit. The 2021-22 revenues were £2.31m and they are expected to decline in 2022-23.
Bivictrix Therapeutics (BVX) has been granted a US patent for lead asset BVX001 and it expects to gain a Japanese patent in a few weeks. BVX001 is an antibody drug conjugate than targets leukaemia.
Cake Box (CBOX) reported like-for-like sales growth of 6.8% in the first 17 weeks of the financial year. That represents an acceleration of growth in recent weeks as marketing is stepped up. There are 212 outlets with scope for more. After paying the final dividend there is £6m in the bank.
Redx Pharma (REDX) says zelasudil (RXC007), an oral, selective Rho Associated Coiled-Coil Containing Protein Kinase 2 (ROCK2) inhibitor, has received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for the potential treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The treatment is being used in a phase 2a clinical study for IPF and data is expected in the first quarter of next year. IPF is a disease of the lungs which progressively causes scarring and a reduction in lung function.
Neometals (NMT) says battery recycling joint venture Primobius has received an order for 10 tonne/day of lithium-ion battery recycling spoke with Mercedes. The facility will recover lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese and other materials and feed them back into production of 50,000 batteries for new Mercedes vehicles. This is important because it will help the joint venture to gain credibility and win more business.
Cybersecurity firm Shearwater Group (SWG) has delayed publication of its full year results due to audit delays. They are set to be published on 5 September. On a brighter note, delayed contracts have been received in the first quarter of the new financial year. Market conditions are becoming more favourable.
Coro Energy (CORO) has sold its 18.76% stake in ion Ventures for £1.25m in cash, of which £250,000 is deferred until March 2024. The book value was $259,000.
Graft Polymer (UK) (GPL) signed a manufacturing services agreement for production of haemostatic wound care products. The partner is in the Israel pharma market and the Graft Bio facility will provide manufacturing services for the partner’s patented haemostatic powder. This changes from a self-emulsifying powder to a gel when coming into contact with blood, thereby helping to clot the blood effectively.
Ferro-Alloy Resources (FAR) warns that problems with the delivery of concentrate material to its secondary processing facility will hit third quarter results. This follows record second quarter vanadium, molybdenum and nickel production.
Zamaz (ZAMZ) is changing its name to Dispensa, although the strategy remains the same. It will acquire growing, speciality food brands.
Ashington Innovation (ASHI) has signed heads of terms for the acquisition of Calon Cardio-Technology. Calon is developing a left ventricular asset device, an implantable heart pump for patients with severe heart failure.
Mode Group Holdings (MODE) is changing its name to R8 Capital.
Valereum (VLRM) has sold Bitcoin mining assets to Aquis new entrant Vinanz (BTC) in return for 27.3 million shares at 3p each. This gives Valereum a 23.5% stake in Vinanz, which plans to become a Bitcoin mining company with facilities operated by third parties in the US and Canada. The company will also consider mining other cryptocurrencies. The Vinanz share price ended the week at 3.5p. There was one trade of 30,000 shares at 3.26p a share.
E-commerce technology provider Samarkand (SMK) says 2022-23 revenues will be around £17m and the loss has been reduced. VSA forecasts a small positive EBITDA in 2023-24.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) says 2022-23 revenues more than quintupled to £203,000. There was £525,000 in cash at the end of March 2023.
Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has agreed a partnership with H55 to develop electric aircraft technology. Switzerland-based H55 will use the company’s electric motors in its two-seater electric trainer for pilot training.
In the first three months of 2023, Guanajuato Silver (GSVR) reported record quarterly silver production of 938,000 ounces equivalent. VSA forecasts full year production of 4.7 million ounces of silver equivalent.
Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY) has decided to leave Aquis and the share price slumped 44.6% to 0.9p. It also reported a fall in full year revenues from £17.1m to £10m and an increased loss of £4.9m.
Tap Global Group (TAP) has increased revenues and users since reversing into an Aquis shell earlier this year. First quarter revenues were £1.2m, compared with £250,000 in the corresponding period last year. The regulated cryptocurrency app company increased users by 30% to 144,305.
Coinsilium Group (COIN) has raised £258,000 at 1.5p a share, with warrants attached that have an exercise price of 3p.
Chris Akers has raised his stake in Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) from 4.57% to 19.5%. The share price jumped by one-fifth to 0.15p. The April 2021 floatation price was 1p. Chapel Down Group (CDGP) finance director Rob Smith bought 407,462 shares at an average price of 34.7p, taking his stake to two million shares. Hadron Capital, which was founded by Fenikso (FNK) non-exec director Marco D’Attanasio, has acquired 1.2 million shares at 0.6p each in Fenikso.
Sureserve (SUR) is recommending a bid from Cap10 4NetZero Bidco, which is a vehicle for private equity company Cap10 Partners. The 125p a share bid values Sureserve at £214m and that is the highest share price since the company floated as Lakehouse in 2015. Cap10 believes that taking the compliance and energy services provider company private will make it easier to focus on long-term goals.
Proton therapy cancer treatment developer Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) announced a strategic review. A Nasdaq listing is being considered, which could involve selling the business to an existing Nasdaq company. There are no current discussions and cash is running out. Management hopes to obtain additional working capital by issuing more loan notes. That could extend the company’s cash until the end of May.
Pizza restaurants franchiser DP Poland (DPP) increased first quarter like-for-like sales in Poland by 19% and in Croatia by 16%. There are signs that food inflation is easing. However, additional investment in TV marketing will mean that the company will continue to lose money in 2023.
Business process outsourcing firm iEnergizer (IBPO) plans to cancel is AIM quotation and a general meeting will be held on 16 May to gain shareholder approval. As EICR (Cyprus) owns 82.7% that is a formality. The lack of free float has hampered liquidity and the costs of the quotation outweigh any benefits. Management expects to leave AIM on 26 May. There are plans for a matched bargain facility.
Unikmind has increased its bid for cyber security software provider Kape Technologies (KAPE) from 285p to 290p ($3.60) a share and some of the vendors of past acquisitions have agreed to accept.
Property bridging loans provider Vector Capital (VCAP) reported a slightly better than expected pre-tax profit for 2022. Management, though, is being cautious about lending this year. There was a £200,000 provision for doubtful debts, but the pre-tax profit was still £100,000 better than forecast at £2.8m. The total dividend is 2.53p a share. The average loan book was 27% higher than the previous year. This year the loan book could fall because of higher standards for new lending.
Woodbois (WBI) says that the lender to its Denmark-based Woodgroup timber trading subsidiary has given notice on a $6m lending facility. The facility provided by Sydbank is fully drawn, but there is also $3.1m in cash deposits with Sydbank, which wants a refinance plan by the end of May. Premier Miton subsequently sold its 9.96% stake.
Environmental and life sciences technology company DeepVerge (DVRG) says that revenues have been incorrectly recognised. That means that the 2022 figure will be 45%-50% lower than the £17.2m previously flagged. Some of the expected revenues have been delayed while others will not be recognised. The order book is more than £10m and this will be recognised in 2023 and 2024. There is £1m in the bank and more funding will be required.
Xeros Technology (XSG) is winning new business, but cash is declining. The 2022 figures were in line with expectations and cash was £6.5m. finnCap believes that the cash should last until the second quarter of 2024. That is despite the 2023 loss forecast being increased to £4.8m. The progress of the launch of a domestic washing machine using Xeros filtration technology by a partner has been slower than hoped. Breakeven could still be achieved late in 2024.
Dekel Agri-Vision (DKL) says that the quantity and quality of raw cashew nuts acquired for its new facility are in line with expectations and the pricing is better than anticipated. Average production rates have increased to 10 tonnes/day.
Tertiary Minerals (TYM) has commenced its latest exploration programme for the Lubuila copper project in Zambia following the ending of seasonal rains.
Interim revenues at J Smart (Contractors) (SMJ) slumped from £5.16m to £2.12m, while pre-tax profit dived from £6.33m to £260,000, although the corresponding period included a £6.06m disposal gain. The interim dividend is 0.96p. Net assets are £123.7m, but this would have been lower if there had been a property revaluation at the end of the period.
Fourth quarter revenues for kitchenware retailer ProCook Group (PROC) were 10% lower than the same time last year, with high street sales flat – a new store was opened in Kingston-upon-Thames. There was a 65% increase on the previous quarter. Full year revenues were 10% lower at £62.3m and ProCook will breakeven.
MBH Corporation (LON: MBH) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on 13 March. The shares have previously been traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange. Trading started on Aquis at 7p (5p/9p) and it stayed at that price all week. There were no trades. MBH has subsidiaries in a wide variety of sectors. They include, education, construction, transport, health, engineering, property, leisure and food.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) is investing £1m in A ordinary shares in automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up Morris Commercial, as part of an £8m investment round. The investment is in three tranches with an initial outlay of £500,000. The full investment will be made by the end of 2023. The initial product is the Morris JE electric van, which is based on the design of the Morris J-Type van.
Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) welcomes the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plan for quantum technology. There will be investment of £2.5bn over ten years. This should help to increase investor interest in quantum.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) believes that changes to UK duties are positive, because of the support for English sparkling wine producers. Chapel Down, along with Shepherd Neame (SHEP) have signed a partnership deal with The Boat Race, which happens on 26 March.
Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has taken over the management of the unquoted portfolio of Chelverton Asset Management.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) is still waiting for £350,000 from the February 2023 fundraising. Management hopes that this cash will be received in the next few days.
Coinsilium Group (COIN) is acquiring the advisory business and certain intellectual property assets of Tokenomi for £116,500 in cash and shares. There are four retained Web3 blockchain project clients with a further ten prospective clients. Revenues could be £551,000 over the next 12 months.
IamFire (FIRE) has subscribed a further £200,000 for convertible loan notes in WeShop, taking the total invested to £2.7m. The total amount invested in WeShop is £6.7m and there is the right to subscribe for a further £1.05m of loan notes. The conversion price is 200p. John Lewis and Sports Direct have recently become affiliated to WeShop.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has ended trading on Aquis. Trading starts on the standard list on 20 March. Forbes Ventures left Aquis on Friday, although it intends to acquire a litigation financing business and return to the quoted arena.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) is still experiencing opposition to the transfer of shares in skincare products supplier Lush. Silverwood Brands holds the rights to the shares even if ownership is not registered.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has raised additional subscription funds at 0.3p a share, taking the total to £427,000.
Res Privata NV has sold its 3.83% stake in NFT Investments (NFT). Mark Horrocks has increased his shareholding in Lift Global Ventures (LIFT) from 7.1% to 11%.
EDX Medical (EDX) non-executive chairman Jason Holt bought 400,000 shares at 3025p each. Incanthera (INC) chief executive Dr Simon Ward has subscribed £115,000 for shares at 6.95p each.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has secured a $5m silver and gold pre-payment facility, which replaces the current facility.
Snacks manufacturer S-Ventures (SVEN) says the audit for its figures for the year to September 2022 will last until the end of April, so trading in the shares will be suspended on 3 April.
Essentially Group (ESSN) joined Aquis on 17 March. The brief announcement claims that the prospectus is on the company’s website, but it is impossible to find.
Hurricane Energy (HUR) has agreed a bid from Prax Exploration & Production, which values the oil and gas producer at up to £249m. There will initially be a 3.32p a share transaction dividend and cash consideration of 0.83p a share, totalling 4.15p a share. There is then a supplementary dividend of 1.87p a share. Shareholders will also receive a deferred consideration unit worth up to 6.48p a share. The deferred consideration is based on 17.5% of future net revenues earned by Hurricane between 1 March 2023 and 31 December 2026. The deferred consideration will be paid twice a year in arrears.
MTI Wireless Edge (MWE) grew revenues of each of its three divisions and two of them made a higher profit contribution. An initial contribution from communication and monitoring systems developer PSK WIND Technologies, offset the loss of Russian distribution business. In 2022, group revenues improved from $43.2m to $46.3m, while underlying pre-tax profit rose from $4.04m to $4.32m. The total dividend is 3 cents a share. Net cash was $8.14m at the end of the year. The profitability of the Antennas division is recovering.
Cloud-based secure payments technology provider PCI-PAL (PCIP) grew interim revenues by one-third to £7.3m. North American growth was particularly strong. Total annualised contract value is £14.7m. The full year loss is likely to be around £2.2m. Legal costs due to the patent dispute meant that net cash fell to £1.9m, but it has risen since December. There should be no problem with the accounts at Silicon Valley Bank.
Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) reported the expected interims and says that full year results will be better than expected. The pre-tax profit forecast has been edged up from £3.5m to £3.8m and the 2023-24 figure has been edged up to £5m. Net cash could reach £5.3m at the end of June 2023. There should not be any problems arising from the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, although there are still cash deposits in the bank.
Verditek (VDTK) has signed an exclusive supply agreement to supply solar panels to building and roofing products supplier Lindab Profil AB. They will be sold in the Nordic and eastern European markets. The exclusivity depends on the sale of panels of 850kw in 2023.
Cordel (CRDL) has won an important contract with Amtrak in the US. The six-and-a-half year contract is valued at $6.7m. There will be $1m recognised in 2022-23 and $2m in 2023-24, with rest coming in the remaining time of the contract. Cordel’s technology will be used to capture and manage data on clearances of surrounding rail infrastructure.
Redx Pharma (REDX) merger partner Jounce Therapeutics has received an unsolicited offer from Concentra Biosciences. Cancer treatments developer Redx Pharma recently announced the merger with Jounce Therapeutics and the AIM company’s shareholders would own 63% of the enlarged group.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received a possible offer from Strike Ltd, although it is not yet part of the formal sale process and has not entered into a non-disclosure agreement.
Reabold Resources (RBD) has been approached by Kamran Sattar on behalf of an affiliate of Portillion Capital which could lead to a bid at a 10% premium to the previous day’s closing price of 0.2035p. The board believes this offer undervalues the oil and gas investment company. It recently sold the Victory gas discovery to Shell and intends to return £4m to shareholders.
Circle Property (CRC) announced a return of capital through a B share issue with a second distribution to follow. The company has nearly completed the sale of its property portfolio. The first distribution of 158p a share (£46.2m) will be on 21 March. A second distribution of 58p a share should be made in April. There will be a much smaller distribution when the final disposal is completed. An incentive payment of £620,000 is being paid to each executive.
Digital mental health company Kooth (KOO) has won a significant contract in California covering 13-25 year olds. Services will be provided to the Behavioural Health Virtual Services Platform, and they will launch in January 2024. Specific terms are still to be finalised, but there should be a material impact on annualised recurring revenues from 2024.
Condor Gold (CNR) is entering the end of the first phase of the process to sell the La India gold project in Nicaragua. There are three formal expressions of interest, including two non-binding offers, with more likely to be received. The project requires $105.5m of investment and has an estimated NPV (5%) of $86.9m.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) is expanding in Europe through the acquisition of steel fabrication company Voortman Steel Construction Holding for €24m. The Netherlands-based company will provide greater access to the northern European market.
Data integrity and banking integration software provider Gresham Technologies (GHT) is accelerating the growth of its Clareti software. Group revenues grew from £37m to £48.7m in 2022. That was helped by currency movements and a full year contribution from post-trade processing software supplier Electra, but there was still strong organic growth. The fastest growth was in the US. Pre-tax profit improved from £4m to £6.9m. Singers forecasts a 2023 pre-tax profit of £7.4m. with flat earnings due the corporation tax rate rise, increasing to £9.6m next year.
Harwood Capital has increased its stake in RM (RM.) from 8.88% to 10.4%, including 9.18% held by Rockwood Strategic (RKW). Theodore W King’s stake has risen from 7.36% to 8.25%.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) is raising £275,000 via a convertible issued to clients of Optiva Securities. This is convertible at the upcoming £1.25m placing at the time of the move to the standard list and will fund an increase in the shareholding in the owner of the Monte Muambe rare earths project. Align Research has extended its £150,000 loan and with interest £189,750 will be payable on 30 April.
Marula Mining (MARU) is seeking to move to AIM. Cairn has been appointed as nominated adviser and a joint broker with Monecor will be appointed. A competent persons report on the portfolio of assets in Africa will be commissioned. At 6.1p, down 5.43% on the week, the battery metals company is valued at £1.6m. That is low for an AIM company.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company European Metals Holdings (EMH) says the Cinovec project has been classified as a strategic project for the Usti region in the Czech Republic. This means it can receive grants from the Just Transition Fund. The Cinovec project could receive a up to €49m.
The latest investment by Quantum Exponential (QBIT) is in Oxford Quantum Circuits. The £299,997 investment, for a 0.34% stake, is part of a £869,000 funding round. Oxford Quantum Circuits designs super conducting circuits and plans to expand in Asia.
A company owned by NFT Investments (NFT) executive chairman Jonathan Bixby bought 10 million shares at 0.855p each, taking his stake to 6.43%. NFT investments has secured a temporary restraining order in Delaware that freezes the online warrant holding assets secured in the cybersecurity incident.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says that it invested $575,000 in crypto currencies and also entered into advisory work with the issuers. The company says that the crypto currency markets are recovering in 2023. Despite that, Web3 projects have more realistic valuations making them attractive to investors.
KR1 (KR1) has made four new investments in HydraDX and related Basilisk tokens, Superchain, Argent and Metaprime. HydraDX and Argent were existing investments. The total investment is just over $1m.
There have been delays in the provision of the £200,000 bridge loan to TruSpine Technologies (LON: TSP) and it should be received shortly followed by the first tranche of the subscription.
Lift Global Ventures (LFT) has invested £750,000 in convertible loan notes issued by Trans-Africa Energy Ltd, which develops energy infrastructure projects in Sub-Sharan Africa. It has a joint development agreement with Ghana National Gas Company. This covers four projects for processing and transporting natural gas, where Trans-Africa will have a majority stake. The financial close for the first project could be later this year.
Emissions reducing fuel ingredients supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) grew third quarter revenues by 9% quarter-on-quarter to £45,720. Pro forma cash is £790,000 and cash outflow is being reduced. The fourth quarter has started well, and sales staff are being recruited.
Evrima (EVA) has recovered more than the cost of its $234,000 investment in Premium Nickel Resources through a series of sales raising $299,000. The residual stake is valued at $1.63m. Guy Miller has resigned from the board.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) generated revenues of £968,000 from continuing operations in the nine months to December 2022. The loss was £697,000. Acquisition opportunities have been identified.
Craft spirits producer British Honey (BHC) says revenues fell from £8m to £6m and management is cautious about trading. The review of strategy continues.
Love Hemp (LIFE) refutes comments made by former managing director Philip Small. It has asked for proof of the validity of invoices for money he is claiming. Al his comments are being investigated by the company’s advisors.
Goodbody Health (GBDY) has signed four phlebotomy contracts. This service will be offered through its network of 90 clinics.
Igraine (KING) has invested £100,000 for a 20% stake in Fixit Medical, which has designed the Cingo drainage catheter fixation device. This protects catheters from twisting and kinking.
Gledhow Investments (GDH) had net assets of £1.7m at the end of September 2022, including £112,000 in cash. Net assets fell because of a reduction in the value of the investment portfolio.
In the fourth quarter, RentGuarantor (RGG) increased the number guarantees made by 11%. Over 2022, the demand for services increased by 71% and further growth is expected this year.
ChallengerX (CXS) had £236,000 in cash at the end of September 2022. Developing the company’s platform will require more investment. ChallengerX is also assessing reverse takeovers.
Luciano Maranzana has been appointed chief executive of Eight Capital Partners (ECP). He has been a non-exec for seven months.
Chris Akers continues to build up his stake in Asimilar Group (ASLR) and it has reached 9.13%.
Cooks Coffee Company (COOK) has raised an additional £42,000 at 18p a share. Director Michael Ambrose bought 200,000 of these shares, taking his stake to 1.6%.
Three directors bought shares in S-Ventures (SVEN). Scott Livingston acquired 104,539 shares at 11.1p each, taking his stake to 36.7%. Robert Hewitt bought 44,247 shares at 11.3p each and Alexander Phillips acquired 89,954 shares at 11.1p each. Exercised warrants at 25p each raised £350,000. Head of risk and compliance Simon Mathisen acquired 120,168 shares at 3.5p each in Oberon Investments (OBE), while non-exec Gemma Godfrey bought 200,000 shares at 3.5p each.
ASX-listed Celsius Resources (CLA) raised £2.4m at 0.8p a share when it joined AIM on 30 January. That valued the minerals explorer at £14.8m. The share price opened at 0.88p and ended the week at 1.025p. The main interest is the Makilala-Caigutan-Biyog (MCB) copper gold project in the Philippines. This is 320km north of Manila. The authorities are apparently fast-tracking the project permitting approvals and mine development. The cash will help to finance further development, but management needs to secure additional debt and/or an offtake agreement to generate the funding required to get the project to bankable feasibility. Celsius Resources owns 100% of the project
All three divisions of NWF (NWF) did better than expected in the first half and the second half has started well. In the six months to November 2022, revenues were 35% higher at £541.8m, while underlying pre-tax profit improved by 44% to £6.2m. The interim dividend is unchanged at 1p a share, although there will be an increase in the final dividend. Net cash was £1.2m at the end of November 2022.
Agricultural products supplier and retailer Wynnstay Group beat expectations that had already been upgraded a number of times in the past year. In the year to October 2022, revenues were 42% ahead at £713m, while pre-tax profit almost doubled to £22.6m. The dividend has been raised for the nineteenth year in a row. The total dividend is 17p a share. High milk prices have boosted feed demand from farmers – with like-for-like growth of 6% – enabling Wynnstay to increase its market share.
Digital transformation services provider TPXimpact Holdings (TPX) downgraded 2022-23 guidance with revenues expected to be £80m rather than £90m. EBITDA falls more sharply and could be around £2m. Third quarter like-for-like revenues were 15% lower and there was a sharp reduction in margins. Net debt was £17.5m at the end of December 2022 and management warns it is likely to breach debt covenants. Director share buying sparked a small recovery in the share price. Finance director Steve Winters acquired 220,000 shares at 21.34p each and former chief executive Neal Ghandhi bought 196,986 shares at 22.45p each.
Morses Club (MCL) gained 75.17% backing to approve the cancellation of the quotation on AIM. This resolution required 75% of the vote so it only just succeeded. Shareholders owning 61.7% of the share capital voted. The last day of dealings will be 10 February. After that, there will be a matched bargain facility on Asset Match.
Immotion (IMMO) is selling its location-based entertainment business for $25.1m, having raised £100,000 from disposing of Uvisan. Shareholders are likely to receive 3p a share out of the sale proceeds with £6.5m retained for the remaining business after buying back shares from management leaving with the location-based entertainment business. Immotion will concentrate on the home-based entertainment business Let’s Explore Media. This will be expanded via acquisitions. The share price was below the proposed dividend level, and it rose to 3.35p. Immotion joined AIM in July 2018 at a placing price of 10p a share.
Parcel delivery and logistics company DX (DX.) has appointed the boss of the Freight division, Paul Ibbetson, as chief executive. He has been with the company since 2017. Interim revenues grew by 15%
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) did well last year with recurring revenues growing but progress was held back by Let’s Connect electronic products provider. Cenkos trimmed its 2022 pre-tax profit forecast from £4.5m to £4m. Net cash is more than £18m.
Sustainable polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) is raising £10.3m at 5.1p a share, while an open offer could raise up to £400,000 more. The cash will fund product development, capital investment and working capital.
CentralNic (CNIC) has sparked the regular upgrade with its fourth quarter figures. Full year revenues were better than expected at $728m. Pre-tax profit was upgraded from $69.2m to $72.4m. CentralNic is partnering with automated hosting resellers platform WHMCS.
Thungela Resources (TGA) is acquiring an effective interest of 63.75% in the Ensham coal mine in Australia for A$267m. This is via 85%-owned Sungela Holdings. Ensham produced 3.2 million tonnes of coal in 2022. The mine life is 16 years. The deal should close in the middle of 2023.
Associated British Engineering (ASBE) made a £5,000 profit thanks to an exchange gain in the year to September 2022. Net assets are £657,000, including £497,000 in cash and £182,000 in investments.
Kelso Group (KLSO) has acquired five million shares in THG (THG) at an average price of 54.5p.
Cooks Coffee Company Ltd (COOK), which was already quoted on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, joined Access segment of Aquis on 2 November at 20p a share. The share price rose to 21.5p (20p/23p) by the end of the week. There were no trades during the week. The company owns the Esquires Coffee and Triple Two Coffee brands. It has 111 outlets around the world, including 70 in the UK, making it the largest franchise café chain in the UK. Elena Garside has been appointed as a non-executive director.
Brewer Daniel Thwaites (THW) more than doubled interim pre-tax profit from £7.5m to £15.7m, although most of the improvement came from a gain on interest rate swaps of £7.6m, up from £500,000, due to higher interest rates. Turnover was 21% ahead at £57.9m, although trading was disrupted in the corresponding period. Net debt was £61.1m at the end of September 2022. The performance of pubs is mixed, and beer volumes are not back to past levels. Higher hotels revenues were more than offset by increased costs.
Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) investee company Universal Quantum says its German subsidiary has been commissioned by the German Aerospace Centre to build a fully scalable trapped-ion quantum computer. This follows projects supported by the UK government. Non-exec director Nigel McNair Scott has acquired 500,000 shares at 2p each, 1.5 million shares at 1.966p each and 500,000 shares at 1.95p each.
Valereum (VLRM) has gained regulatory approval for the acquisition of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and the deal should be completed in the first quarter of 2023. Smaller companies in the Middle East, India and Africa. The plan is to attract An NFT strategy will be launched next year. Simon Brickles is chairman of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, and he will join the Valereum board. There has been the conversion of £130,000 of the funding facility into shares. There is an outstanding balance of $2.35m.
Eight Capital Partners (ECP) wants to raise up to £10m from a placing at 0.02p a share. The shares will come with warrants exercisable at 0.05p. The cash will be used for fintech acquisitions. Supplying financial services to smaller companies is an area that management believes is underserved. Wealth management technology is another potential area. Acquiring a digital bank could provide a base to grow into these areas. A broker option will enable existing shareholders to buy shares, and this is open until 21 November. Bondholders will be given the chance to convert into shares.
Quetzal Capital (QTZ) has a conditional agreement to acquire the shares it does not own in TAP Global for 450 million shares. The deal requires a fundraising to finance the enlarged group. This has led to the suspension of trading in Quetzal Capital shares.
Wind and water-based green hydrogen production systems developer Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) has commenced prototype testing of the wind element of the system. The wind turbines are designed to be more efficient, and the tests will show whether they achieve expected power output.
VVV Resources Ltd (VVV) has raised £241,000 at 20p a share and every four shares come with a warrant exercisable at 50p a share. The share price slumped 55% to 22.5p because of the placing’s large discount to the market price. VVV Resources has a conditional agreement to acquire 100% of the Mitterberg copper project in Austria and 49% of the Shangri La polymetallic project in Western Australia.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says the Amapa ore reserve estimate supports a 15-year mine life and Cadence has increased its stake in Amapa to 30% by converting loans and capitalising management and admin contributions. Investee company Evergreen Lithium is moving towards an ASX listing.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) sold 660 cases of whisky generating $87,000. Sales have slowed in the US ahead of a move to a larger distributor. Rogue Baron is selling its De Rhum Spot bar.
Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) generated revenues of £55,000 in the six months to July 2022. There was a £694,000 cash outflow during the period, leaving cash of £635,000. Overheads have been reduced.
Dynasty Gaming & Media, which is an investee company of AIM-quoted Blue Star Capital (BLU) will deliver new games developed by Pioneer Media Inc (PNER), to Asian telecoms company Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, which has 100 million subscribers in Indonesia.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has been approached with an equity financing package. More cash is required for working capital.
There has been more buying of property investor Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) shares by chief executive Ismail Ghandour. He acquired 20,000 shares at an average price of 0.595p each. Brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP) director Richard Oldfield is continuing to buy shares. He acquired at total of 9,500 shares at 680p each. Coinsilium (COIN) chief executive Eddy Travia bought 250,000 shares at 1.9p each.
MiLOC (ML.P) is changing its name to Crushmetric Group.
Accsys Technologies (AXS) will report a significant impairment charge relating to the restructuring of the Tricoya consortium. Accsys Technologies intends to take 100% ownership of the Hull Tricoya plant, and construcgtion is going to be put on hold for six months. That will reduce the cash outflow. The restructure means that the consortium partners will receive 11.9 million Accsys Technologies shares. The debt facility will be restructured with the principal reduced from €15m to €6m. The plant may cost €35m to complete. A decision on construction will depend on the assessment of the longer-term outlook for costs. The fourth reactor at the Netherland Accoya plant will increase cash generation.
Shield Therapeutics (STX) says the Korean Food and Drug Administration has agreed to a single pharmacokinetic study for a new drug application for iron deficiency product Accrufer. This should start before the end of the year. Korea Pharma will conduct the survey and regulatory approval could be gained before the end of 2023.
Science Group (SAG) is buying the shares it does not own in TP Group (TPG) for 2.25p a share in cash. That values TP Group at £17.5m. Science Group already owns 28% of the company.
Oil and gas producer Hurricane Energy (HUR) has received an indicative bid of 7.7p a share but does not recommend this offer. Instead, a formal sale process has started because 28.9% shareholder Crystal Amber Fund Ltd (CRS) is keen to sell its stake. Hurricane Energy is generating cash and has more than $370m of tax losses. If there is no bid a 3.1p a share distribution is planned.
Rising costs have meant that paper manufacturer James Cropper (CRPR) with energy costs having a significant effect on paper making. The technical fibres business is not growing as fast as anticipated. Price rises are offsetting some of the cost increases. The full year pre-tax profit estimate has been cut from £5.4m to £2m, after breaking even in the first half to 24 September 2022.
Empire Metals (EEE) says the mapping of the Pitfield copper project show extensive copper, silver and other base metals anomalies over a 40km strike length. Exploration field work will start by the first quarter of 2023.
Bowen Fintech (BWN) is a standard list shell that is seeking fintech acquisitions, such as digital payments and trading platforms, anywhere in the world. The initial focus is Europe, Asia and the US. A business that is already generating revenues with potential for growth would be ideal for Bowen Fintech. A placing raised £2m at 4p a share. There were no trades on the first day and then two on the following day. There were two more deals on Friday. The share price ended the week at 6.25p (5p/7.5p). That is nearly double the pro forma NAV of 3.2p a share.
Vox Capital has reversed into standard list shell Vertu Capital Ltd to form Vox Valor Capital Ltd (VOX) and trading recommenced on 31 October. Vertu Capital issued 2.2 million shares at 1.2p each to acquire London-based digital marketing and technology business Vox Capital, which equates to 93.9% of the enlarged share capital. However, the share price opened well below the issue price and has fallen to 0.6p (0.5p/0.7p).
National World (NWOR) is considering a bid for Daily Mirror owner Reach (LON: RCH), although it has not made an approach.
TECC Capital (TEC) has agreed terms for the acquisition of diagnostics business EDX Medical Ltd for £12m in shares, while a placing will raise £1.2m at 6p a share. The shares remain suspended. Trading in the enlargement group should commence on 14 November under the name EDX Medical Group. EDX Medical develops digital diagnostic products and services for cancer, heart disease, neurology and infectious diseases.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) joined the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on 25 October. The Mexico-focused silver miner was already quoted on the TSX Venture Exchange. The share price started at 27.5p and it has stayed at that level. There were 884 shares traded on the first day and there were four trades during the week. Guanajuato Silver is targeting annualised production of 3.4 million ounces of silver-equivalent ounces by the end of 2022 and up to six million ounces by the end of 2023.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says that the terms of the agreement for the IOV Labs Asia joint venture are being renegotiated. This could mean a different business model, but the outcome is uncertain. So far this year, Coinsilium has invested $575,000 of crypto currency in Web3 ventures. Chief executive Eddy Travia bought 250,000 Coinsilium shares at 1.95p each and chairman Malcolm Palle bought 250,000 at 1.9p each.
Gunsynd (GUN) has invested £50,000 in Omega Oil & Gas, which listed on ASX on 25 October. This is part of a $15.07m fundraising at €0.20 a share. Omega has two exploration permits in Queensland. A two well drilling programme is planned.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) increased interim revenues from £24,000 to £75,000, but the loss moved up from £724,000 to £965,000. There was £311,000 in the bank at the end of September 2022. There were delays to sales and at least £31,500 should be included in the third quarter.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) is still on track to publish a maiden mineral resource estimate for the Monte Muambe rare earths project in the first quarter of 2023.
In the year to April 2021, IamFire (FIRE) reported a cash outflow from operating activities of £349,000. Management expects investee companies WeShop and 10%-owned Bio2Pure to make progress this year.
AQRU (AQRU) has launched a cryptocurrency-collateralised lending service called BlockLender.
Marula Mining (MARU) has raised £450,000 at 2p a share and plans to issue £265,000 secured convertible loan notes. There are talks with two Africa-focused mining investment funds that could invest up to £1m. A $5m lithium prepayment facility was secured for the Blesberg project in South Africa. Marula Mining will use $1.7m to take 100% ownership of Blesberg. Shareholders are being asked to approve the change in the investing strategy to allow the acquisition of majority interests in projects.
Sidney Sussex College reduced its stake in brewer Adnams (ADB) from 4.22% to 3.17%. Director Michael Heald increased his stake from 19.32% to 20.37% by buying 3,00 B shares at £89 each.
Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) chief executive Ismail Ghandour bought 15,000 shares at 55p each and finance director Ivan Minter acquired 20,000 shares at the same price. Last week, Ace Liberty & Stone launched a heavily discounted open offer to raise £4.56m at 25p a share. The open offer closes on 14 November
David Evans has increased his stake in Oberon Investments (OBE) from 8.74% to 9.36%. Mark Horrocks has raised his stake in Lift Global Ventures (LFT) to 7.1%. Chris Akers has increased his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 23.4% to 24.1%. Phoenix Asset Management has a 16.5% stake in Silverwood Brands (SLWD).
Billing and charging software provider Cerillion (CER) says higher utilisation rates and beneficial exchange rate movements mean that pre-tax profit for the year to September 2022 will be much higher than the forecast £10.1m. Net cash is anticipated to be £20m. The pipeline of opportunities remains strong.
Vianet (VNET) says both divisions are increasing revenues. The smart machines division has increased vending connections by 24% to 52,490. Even though the pub sector is having a tough time, the smart zones division is growing revenues as the clients try to improve efficiency. Overall interim revenues are 13% ahead at £7.18m. However, there are cost pressures and Cenkos has reduced its 2022-23 forecast operating profit by £450,000 to £3.05m, with a bigger reduction of £950,000 to £4.04m next year.
Merit Group (MRIT) is selling its media, events and training operations to a business owned by Merit shareholder Lord Ashcroft for £4.5m. The cash will be used to pay off debt of £3.2m. Merit will focus on the Dods Political Intelligence and data businesses.
Building products supplier Alumasc (ALU) says volumes and margins improved in the first quarter. Transport and materials costs are stabilising, and exports are growing. Forecast full year pre-tax profit is £11.3m, down from £12.7m.
Franchise Brands (FRAN) says that Filta and Metro Rod are trading strongly, and full year group pre-tax profit will be better than expected. The consumer franchise businesses are finding it difficult to recruit franchisees. The 2022 pre-tax profit forecast has been raised by 5% to £12.4m.
Allergy Therapeutics (AGY) is able to restart production at its Worthing facility in the middle of November. The facility was shut down during peak production for does for the pollen season because of quality control problems.
ECR Minerals (ECR) has an option to purchase Placer Gold, which owns three mining tenements in Queensland. They are known as the Hurricane project, and it is prospective for gold and antimony. The option cost £144,000, while the total cost could be £3.8m, including a net smelter royalty capped at £3m.
Active investor Chris Akers has taken a 3.32% stake in Fiinu Group (BANK), which was formed in July when the Fiinu banking business reversed into the AIM shell Immediate Acquisition. Fiinu has developed the Plugin Overdraft, which provides customers with an overdraft facility without the requirement to switch banks.
Managed IT services provider CloudCoCo (CLCO) trebled revenues to £24m in the year to September 2022, while EBITDA improved from £745,000 to around £1m. There were four acquisitions in late 2021 so they contributed to the growth. Investment is sales is starting to pay off and there should be further growth in revenues and profit this year.
Secure payments technology provider PCI-Pal (PCIP) increased first quarter revenues by 29%, compared with a 20% forecast for the full year. An Open Banking payment service has been launched.
MADE.com (MADE) says that the parties it invited to work towards making an offer for the company as part of the formal sale process will not be able to meet the necessary timetable. The company is running out of cash. There are no current funding proposals or possible offers. The main subsidiary is no longer taking orders. It appears there is little hope for shareholders unless something happens soon.
Eastinco Mining and Exploration (ATN) has acquired Aterian, and this sparked a move from the Aquis Stock Exchange to the standard list. The deal takes the business into Morocco, and it has existing projects in Rwanda. There was £854,000 raised in a placing at 1p a share. The share price ended the week at 0.95p. There are 15 different potential Moroccan prospects. They include the Agdz project, where there is a ten-year mining licence over a prospect with copper and gold deposits already identified.
Unicorn Mineral Resources (UMR) has exploration licences in two project areas in the Republic of Ireland. It is still early days in terms of exploration, but the licences in the Kilmallock area are reaching the point when drilling for zinc can commence, and the £930,000 raised at 10p a share in the flotation will finance that. The share price ended the week at 17.5p (15p/20p).
AIM-quoted Jangada Mines (JAN) has increased its holding in Blencowe Resources (BRES) from 2% to 9.5% by investing £610,000. The investment was part of a £750,000 placing at 4p a share where RAB Capital and JUB Capital also bought shares. Every two shares come with a warrant exercisable at 8p each. The cash will be invested in the Orom-Cross graphite project in Uganda, which has a net present value of $482m.
BSF Enterprise (BSFA) has received a £100,000 grant for further development of its serum-free media, City-mix. The grant is provided by EIT Food, which aims to commercialise cultivated meat. City-mix can be used to cultivate meat and leather. The company plans to unveil the first 100% lab-grown fillet in the next few months.
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Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) says full results should be ahead of market expectations of a £13m pre-tax profit. The third quarter trading statement says Arbuthnot Latham deposits exceed £3bn, although costs of deposits are rising. Base rate rises have a positive effect on results as changes to deposit rates lag the rises in interest rates. Credit criteria are being tightened, particularly for property. Assets under management are £1.35bn. Non-exec Sir Nigel Boardman acquired 9.749 shares at 810p each.
Helium Ventures (HEV) has conditionally agreed to acquire Vestigo Technologies, which has developed tracking product Trackimo. Shares will be issued at 10p each and the existing share capital prior to the deal would be valued at £1.68m. Helium Ventures plans to move to the standard list after the reverse takeover. In 2021, Vestigo had revenues of $28.1m and has partnerships with Vodafone and Paramount. Trading in the shares has been suspended.
Quantum Exponential (QBIT) had net assets of £5.6m at the end of April 2022, following an increase in the value of its option in cyber security business Arqit Inc. Since then, two new quantum technology investments have been made. There is still cash for further investments and there are plans to set up a fund that will raise further funds to invest in quantum technology.
Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) has acquired a suite of international patents through a joint venture. The patents are relevant for the company’s wind-based hydrogen production system, plus other systems. The patents were issued to the vendor when it employed the boss of HFI’s development subsidiary. The payment will be £33,000 in cash, 5.2 million shares and 2.5 warrants exercisable at 12p each, with the second tranche of the payment dependent on the achievement of development milestones.
National Milk Records (NMRP) generated a 6% increase in 2021-22 revenues to £23.2m, while pre-tax profit improved from £1.65m to £2.22m. The dividend was raised by one-third to 2p a share. The milk recording and testing services increased revenues. The biggest increase was in genomics which rose from £292,000 to £488,000 and there is a potential launch in the US during 2023.
EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (ESO) has invested £2m in Denzel’s Ltd, a premium dog snacks brand, which raised £3m in total. Denzil’s has listings in major supermarkets and has launched its own website. It is part of the Tesco Incubator Programme.
There has been a mineral resource upgrade at the Amapa iron project in Brazil, where Cadence Minerals (KDR) owns 27%. The updated resource at Amapa is 276Mt grading 38.33% Fe, up from 177Mt. The measured resource is 55Mt grading 39.26% Fe.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) had net assets of £13.8m at the end of May 2022, equivalent to 74.5p a share.
S-Ventures (SVEN) has gained new contracts for its natural food businesses with ASDA, Holland Barrett, Co-op, WH Smith and easyJet. Two retailers in Finland have started stocking company products.
Marula Mining (MARU) has taken a 49% interest in the Kinusi copper mining project in Tanzania. The licences last seven years. In return for the interest, Marula has reimbursed $50,000 of costs incurred by Takela Mining and issued it with 4.5 million shares at 2p each.
Quetzal Capital (QTZ) had £1.07m in the bank out of net assets of £2.86m at the end of June 2022.
Goodbody Health (GDBY) secured a distribution agreement with blood collection services provider Tasso Inc, which supplies virtually painless medical devices to draw a blood sample with no needles. Goodbody’s clinics will be able to extract more blood than from a finger prick.
Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne (HYDP) reinstated the interim dividend at the rate of 14p a share.
Director buying at Kent-based brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP) pushed the share price 0.4% higher at 672.5p. Richard Oldfield bought 6,000 shares at 675p a share and George Barnes acquired 3,200 shares at 672p each. The final dividend is 15p a share and the shares go ex-dividend on 13 October. Coinsilium (COIN) chairman Malcolm Palle acquired 500,000 shares at 1.9p each, while chief executive Eddy Travia bought 500,000 shares at 1.95p each. The share price rose 8.11% to 2p.
Global Smollan has increased its stake in Samarkand Group (SMK) from 14.8% to 17.6%.
Pioneer Media Holdings Inc (PNER) has raised $1m through a sale of units at 10 cents each. They include one share and one-half of a warrant exercisable at 25 cents. This cash will be spent on technology development and expanding the web3 gaming business.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has sold a 1.3MWh VS3 flow battery system for use in a datacentre in Arizona. Amati reduced its stake from 5.87% to 4.92%.
Trading in the shares of Vulcan Industries (VUL), Hot Rock Investments (HRIP) and VVV Resources Ltd (VVV) has been suspended due to failure to publish results.
Peter Gyllenhammar has taken a 11.2% stake in Pressure Technologies (PRES) following the share price slump after last week’s trading statement. Pressure Technologies had a disappointing second half. There will be a full year loss and the engineering company will also breach covenants on its bank facility. More cash is required. Net debt was £5.4m at the interim stage and it could be £3.9m at year-end. The finance could come from a share issue or a convertible issue or another form of funding. Management is talking to Lloyds about the bank facility. Forecast net assets are £15.4m, including the company’s main factory, which is nearly double the market capitalisation.
Former broker analyst Bill Currie has taken a 4.15% stake in online retailer In The Style (ITS). He is a non-executive director of retail loyalty technology developer Eagle Eye (EYE) and he owns 12.9% of the company. Lombard Odier has cut its stake from 20.1% to 19.8% and Ameriprise Financial has reduced its stake from 5% to 4.39%.
Gateley (GTLY) has acquired patent attorney Symbiosis IP for up to £2.5m. The business made a pre-tax profit of £300,000 in the year to March 2022. This business fits with Adamson Jones.
In video game advertising technology developer Bidstack (BIDS) raised £10.5m at 2.85p a share. Irdeto subscribed for £5m worth of shares. There are plans to develop a platform for sports bodies to control content that appears in their licenced IP. The rest will go on working capital and commercial development.
Public Policy Holding Company Inc (PPHC) is acquiring California-based KP Public Affairs in an earnings enhancing deal. Public Policy Holding Company provides public affairs, crisis management and lobbying services in the US. The acquisition enhances earnings by 2% in 2022 and 9% in 2023.
NWF (NWF) continues to perform strongly with the feed division recovering, helped by higher milk prices, and food distribution trading better than expected. Fuel distribution volumes are lower than in the previous year as people delay refilling their tanks, although margins have improved.
Seeing Machines (SEE) has an exclusive collaboration deal with Magna International for rear view mirror occupant monitoring applications in vehicles. Magan is paying $17.5m in cash ($10m immediately and $7.5m over two years) and investing $47.5m via a convertible note, which is convertible at 11p a share. This should be enough cash to get the driver monitoring technology business to profitability.
Oxford Biodynamics (OBD) is raising £9.1m via a placing at 20p a share and up to a further £2.95m could be raised through a one-for-6.81644 open offer. The share price rose 56.3% to 17.975p, which is still well below the placing price. This cash will help to fund the commercial development of the EpiSwitch CiRT test for cancer, which has been issued with a US reimbursement code earlier in the week.
Parcel and freight delivery company DX (DX.) has published interim figures and it intends to recommence dividend payments. A total dividend of 1.5p a share is expected for 2022-23 and that provides a base for further growth. Cash could still grow steadily. Trading in the shares remains suspended.
PCF Group (PCF) has suspended new lending by PCF Bank while it is trying to raise additional finance. Castle Trust Capital decided not to bid for PCF. Sales of assets and other options to raise money are being considered. There will be further cost cutting.
Battery cells developer AMTE Power (AMTE) has signed a framework deal with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre to produce up to 60,000 Ultra High Power cells annually. The cells are fast charging and have high power delivery. Production commences in three months and the cells will be used for in-vehicle trials by potential customers – the initial focus is high performance electric vehicles – ahead of the opening of AMTE’s own factory in Dundee in a few years.
Horizonte Mining (HZM) announced a fundraising on Tuesday evening and the size of the placing was increased from £61.7m to £70.5m at 90.5p a share. This larger fundraising has also reduced the contribution from major shareholder La Mancha from £23.8m to £22m. The cash will help to complete the construction of the Araguaia nickel project in Brazil. Total capital cost has increased from $477m to $537m. First production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.
Gold miner Chaarat Group Holdings (CGH) has extended the convertible loan notes from 31 October 2022 to 31 July 2023. Interest will be capitalised until the end of October and then the principal of $28.7m plus accrued interest will incur an annual interest rate of 12%. There is also a fee of 1%. If converted there will be 77 million shares issued.
Shell company Milton Capital (MII) floated on the standard list on 4 October. There was £1m raised at 1p a share. The share price ended the week at 1.1p. The initial focus is acquisition targets in the technology sector. Total flotation costs were capped at £50,000 and Peterhouse paid additional costs of £5,955. The first year’s operating costs will also be £50,000.
Data integrity software supplier Gresham Technologies (GHT) has won a £1m plus contract for Clareti Control from a major European financial and banking group. There is also A$19m of work for ANZ in the year to September 2023, which is 15% higher than last year on a constant currency basis. Full year revenues and profit will be ahead of expectations.
Golden Nice International has subscribed £650,000 worth of shares in Anglo African Agriculture (AAAP) at 5p a share. That is a 28.2% stake. There are also 13 million warrants exercisable at 5p each. Golden Nice International has also acquired 65% of convertible loan notes in issue at a 15% discount to face value. They convert into 13.7 million shares at 5p each. The other loan notes will be converted into 7.37 million shares with associated warrants. Andrew Monk and Matt Bonner have resigned and replaced by Andy Sui and Simon Grant-Rennick. The company is changing its name to Everest Global.
Shell company Insight Business Support (IBSU) had net assets of £530,000 at the end of June 2022, including cash of £440,000.
Kent brewer Shepherd Neame (LON: SHEP) returned to profit in the year to June 2022. The total dividend is 18.5p a share. Net assets increased from 1140p a share to 1194p a share, while net debt is back to pre-pandemic levels at £75.3m. Pubs and hotel revenues are still lower than in 2018-19. Beer volumes have more than recovered, although own beer volumes are 8% lower than three years ago. In the 13 weeks to 24 September 2022, like-for-like retail sales are 9% ahead, while own beer volumes were 1.2% higher – including a 14% improvement in own beer volumes.
Property investor Ace Liberty and Stone (ALSP) increased pre-tax profit by 49% to £2.07m in the year to April 2022. Net assets are 6% higher at £34m. Net debt has reduced from £54.8m to £44.6m. A dividend of 3.4p a share has been announced that will cost £2m.
VSA has downgraded its forecasts for battery storage technology developer Invinity Energy Systems (IES) following interim figures. First half revenues were £1.4m and the order book is worth £13m – mainly relating to the second half. However, 2022 revenues were downgraded from £14.1m to £11m. Next year’s revenues have been upgraded from £20.6m to £23.7m. Cash is likely to run out later next year.
All Things Considered (ATC) investee company Driift has acquired interactive live streaming events platform Dreamstage, which has been used by Driift for its own events. Deezer will invest a further £4m into the combined business. Music management business All Things Considered increased interim revenues by 19% to £6m and the loss was reduced. Net cash is £1.5m. A full year loss is expected compared with previous expectations of a £600,000 profit.
Wine maker Chapel Down Group (CDGP) increased interim revenues by 4% to £6.88m. Sparkling wine revenues were 35% higher. Pre-tax profit improved by 6% to £489,000. The company started harvesting in August and a strong yield is anticipated.
KR1 (KR1) is not immune to the decline in values of digital assets. The value of intangible assets fell by £155.5m in the period, which more than offset realised gains of £2.5m and income of £16.6m. Net assets have declined by nearly three-quarters and NAV is 30.6p a share.
St Mark Homes (SMAP) reported an increased interim loss and NAV fell from 120p a share to 116p a share. As current projects complete management will consider paying a dividend.
Coinsilium (LON: COIN) reported a net fair value gain on financial assets of £163,000 in the first half of 2022. However, the value of cryptocurrency assets has declined. Net assets have fallen from £5.84m to £4.57m.
ProBiotix Health (PBX) generated sales of £306,000, down £537,000 in the first half of 2022. Orders worth £1.12m have been received since the beginning of the year, so the second half revenues should be stronger, as well as higher than last year.
In the six months to June 2022, the value of the equity stakes held by Cadence Minerals (KDNC) fell from £12m to £5.75m. The main decline was in the value of the stake in AIM-quoted European Metals Holdings. There was £1.99m in the bank at the end of the period.
NFT Investments (NFT) has been hit by a reduction in the value of cryptocurrency, particularly Bitcoin. That means that NAV has fallen to £30.1m, including £20.4m in cash. There was a revaluation reduction of £265,000, but that was offset by exchange gains of £362,000, leaving the value of investments at £6.47m. At 0.91p, down 4.21% on the week, the share price is less than one-third of the NAV of 3p a share.
Thixotropic gels manufacturer Unigel Group (UNX) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange in August. There was £800,000 raised at 64p a share. The gels are used in the fibre optic industry. A maiden trading statement says that interim pre-tax profit was 94% ahead at £940,000. New products and higher selling prices boosted revenues and current trading is described as robust.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) was the worst performer on the Aquis Stock Exchange last week. Loan notes have been converted into shares helping the company turn net liabilities into net assets of £1.72m at the end of June 2022. The company’s CoalTech technology is proven in palletising coal fines or coal waste and management believes that other materials could be palletised.
Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) had £3.2m left in the bank at the end of June 2022. There were no revenues in the first half. There was progress with waste plastic to energy project developments.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) had £2.38m in the bank at the end of June 2022. Drilling has commenced in Western Australia and Queensland in recent months.
Screwless spinal stabilisation systems developer TruSpine Technologies (TSP) had £3,471 in cash at the end of March 2022. There was a £390,000 cash outflow from operating activities and £1m of development spending capitalised. TruSpine subsequently entered into a funding agreement with Proffitt Brothers and $100,000 has been received.
Helium Ventures (HEV) is considering widening its investment strategy because of the lack of suitable helium investments. If a suitable acquisition is identified, then shareholders would be asked for their approval.
Investment in the medical imaging business is holding back short-term profit at engineer Avingtrans (AVG). In the year to May 2022, revenues were 2% ahead at 3100.4m and pre-tax profit rose from £7.6m to £8.3m. Demand from the nuclear sector is growing, but profit growth this year will be modest because of additional medical imaging costs. Net cash was £16.7m at the end of May 2022.
Online building and maintenance products retailer CMO Holdings (CMO) has been hit by softening demand for its products. There was still like-for-like revenue growth in first half of 2022, although Total Tiles sales fell because of tough comparatives. Even if the market gets tougher, there is still potential for growth because of the low share of online sales in the building materials sector.
Crownpeak Holdings is making an agreed 30p a share cash bid for omnichannel retail merchandising software provider Attraqt Group (ATQT). The plan is to combine Attraqt’s merchandising technology the Digital Experience Platform owned by Crownpeak. The share price has not been as high as the bid price since May, and it reached its all-time low of 17.5p prior to the bid.
Sustainable biopesticides developer Eden Research (EDEN) has obtained US EPA approval for its three active ingredients and two formulated products. Mevalone (a biofungicide) and Cedroz (a nematicide) sales should start next year via existing distribution partners. State approvals are required before launching in an individual state. Eden Research reduced its interim loss, but cash is still flowing out of the business. There was a cash outflow of £1.9m in the first half, including capitalised development costs and £1.85m was in the bank at the end of June 2020. R&D tax credits will help to replenish cash, but more will be required in the near future if Eden Research is going to take full advantage of the EPA approval.
Xeros Technology (XSG) has signed a joint development agreement with a global domestic washing machine component manufacturer for its XFilter microfibre filtration technology. A full licence dela could be agreed in six months. A placing raised £6m at 5p a share and a six-for-seven open offer could raise up to £1m more. In March 2021, a placing and open offer at 240p a share raised £9m. There was £2.6m of cash at the end of August 2022 and the cash outflow is £500.000 a month.
Digital transformation services TPXimpact (TPX) had a management overhaul last week because trading has been below expectations and there were complications with the integration of the businesses acquired. Chief executive Neal Gandhi and finance director Oliver Rigby. Bjorn Conway is the new chief executive. The order book is increasing in value, but revenue expectations have been cut from £97.4m to £90m. Operating costs are rising. and profit expectations have nearly halved.
musicMagpie (MMAG) has been hit be weak consumer spending with lower sales of technology. Rental income from pre-owned mobiles is growing, though, and that is good for longer-term revenues. The original pre-owned books and music operations are trading as expected. The second half should still be better than the first half, although a full year pre-tax loss is forecast on flat revenues. A small profit is forecast for 2023. Net debt is expected to be £8m at the end of the year.
Structural steel supplier Billington (BILN) increased interim revenues by 22% to £46.2m with nearly doubled pre-tax profit of £1.47m. finnCap has increased its 2022 earnings forecast by one-third to 26.4p a share.
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) has increased revenues by 6%, but profit has declined due to higher insurance claims costs and investment in sales. The benefits of the investment will show through next year and insurance revenues will also recover.
Shell company Milton Capital (MII) intends to float on the Main Market in the coming week. There will be £1m raised at 1p a share and the investors will get two warrants for each share and they are exercisable at 1.5p a share. Total flotation costs are capped at £50,000 and the first year’s operating costs will also be £50,000. The directors will not take salaries. Instead, they will receive a success fee on the completion of a reverse takeover. The initial focus is the technology sector.
Vehicle and property bridging loans both grew in the first half at S&U (SUS) and total net receivables were £370m at the end of July. Credit quality remains high. Pre-tax profit was 5% ahead at £20.9m. The first interim dividend was raised from 33p a share to 35p a share.
Rockwood Strategic (RKW) has transferred from AIM to the Main Market. Rockwood Strategic management believes that there are plenty of undervalued smaller companies that it can invest in and help to grow.
Hawkwing (HNG) is keeping up with the traditions of its previous incarnation TLA Worldwide and published its interim figures after the market closed at the end of the week. The standard list shell had cash of £2.03m at the end of June 2022. There are also more than £16m of convertible loan notes. It has loaned Internet Fusion Group £13.7m and plans a reverse takeover.
Samarkand (SMK) has been hit by a large cash outflow, which means that the China-focused e-commerce technology and brands retailer requires a cash injection of up to £3m via an open offer at 55p a share. Covid lockdowns in China have delayed progress and hampered the ability to supply products. In the year to March 2022, revenues fell from £20.6m to £16.6m, although if one-off revenues in the previous period are excluded then there was a 12% improvement. There was an initial contribution from the Zita West supplements brand acquired last year. Nomad software platform revenues were 18% ahead at £7.5m.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX), which is also quoted on AIM, has relaunched the EU dark pool trading operation it acquired from UBS as the Aquis Matching Pool.
BWA Group (BWAP) has been granted a new licence for Dehane 2 at the Dehane heavy mineral sands project in Cameroon. Results from granulometric test work at the Nkoteng heavy mineral sands show rutile is the most abundant mineral.
More news about the investee companies of Evrima (EVA) this week. Eastport Ventures Inc, where it owns 6.85%, has entered a letter of intent with TSX-V listed Auston Capital concerning a possible merger.
Marula Mining (LON: MARU) says that initial test work at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum project in South Africa shows an average lithium grade of 6.1%. Tantalum was also identified.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rominserv, a subsidiary of Rompetrol. The Romanian company is considering using SulNOx products in its refinery processes.
MiLOC Group Ltd (ML.P) has received a civil judgement against subsidiary Star C, which has to return £166,000 to one of its distributors.
Ananda Developments (ANA) subsidiary DJT Plants is working on self-crossing cannabis strains to create stable strains. So far, it appears that self-pollination of cannabis plants can be achieved. Field trials for growing cannabis have been successful.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says its advisory clients Blvck Paris and Metalinq Labs are joining together to launch a collection of wearables. The Metalinq technology can be used to convert 2D designs into multi-metaverse 3D designs.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) raised £2.375m at 10.35p a share and the share price fell below that level. This cash will finance expansion of exploration activities in Australia. Significant copper and gold grades have been found at the Halo project in Queensland. There are also zones of high gold silver and coper at Grassy Oaky. A high-resolution gravity survey is commencing at the Red Setter gold copper project.
EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (ESO) reported a decline in NAV to 231.9p a share by the end of August 2022.
Online musical instruments supplier Gear4Music (G4M) warned that trading has been tough in recent months. The first quarter to June 2022 was encouraging but spending in July and August was weaker than expected even if the hot weather is taken into account. September is showing signs of improvement. Guidance has been lowered with pre-tax profit expected to slump from £5m to £1.1m with a possible recovery to £3.3m next year.
Online competitions organiser Best of the Best (BOTB) is linking up with Globe Invest Ltd, the family office of Teddy Sagi the founder of gaming technology firm Playtech (PTEC), to grow international income. Globe Invest will also buy a 29.9% stake from the directors and related parties at 400p a share. They intend to enter a licensing and distribution agreement and a marketing collaboration agreement. Globe Invest will licence the Best of the Best business model outside of the UK.
Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) says trading is ahead of market expectations with sales of at least £61m and underlying pre-tax profit of more than £9m. The previous pre-tax profit forecast was £8.23m. There could be additional gains from foreign exchange.
Franchised lettings and estate agency business Belvoir Group (BLV) did well in the first half considering the ending of property buyer incentives. In the six months to June 2022, revenues were 12% higher at £15.4m. There was a 1% improvement in the underlying business with the rest of the growth coming from acquisitions. Underlying pre-tax profit fell from £4.9m to £4.2m as the cost base returned to normal. Net debt is £2.5m and the interim dividend is maintained at 4p a share.
Premium bricks maker Michelmersh Brick (MBH) increased interim revenues by 14% to £34m, while pre-tax profit was 9% ahead at £6.1m. Production efficiencies helped to offset some of the cost increases. A price rise has been pushed through in July. Overall brick stocks remain at low levels. Management has secured 90% of energy costs for this year and 50% for 2023. Net cash was £9.9m at the end of June 2022. The interim dividend is 13% higher at 1.3p a share.
Sylvania Platinum (SLP) announced a doubled final dividend of 8p a share alongside its results for the year to June 2022. There has already been a special dividend of 2.25p a share and a $7.1m share buyback. Production declined and selling prices for platinum group metals were lower in the year to June 2022. Even so, net profit was $56.2m and Sylvania Platinum has been able to finance the cash distributions and plough money back into development. The benefits of that investment will show through in 2023-24. There is still $121m of cash in the balance sheet, although the dividend will reduce that.
Avacta Group (AVCT) says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for the lead preICISIONdrug soft tissue sarcoma treatment candidate, AVA6000. This provides tax credits and other incentives, plus seven years of market exclusivity in the US, if the drug is improved. There is an ongoing phase I clinical trial.
Shares in AIM shell Advance Energy (ADV) were suspended on Friday after the announcement of non-binding heads of agreement have been signed for the acquisition of a European oil and gas company.
VSA published an initiation note on Prospex Energy (PXEN) and the broker believes there is upside from the development of the onshore Selva gas project in Italy, where Prospex owns 37%. First production should be in the middle of next year. Cash is being generated from the El Romeral gas to power project in Spain.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) interim revenues dipped by 2% to £106.4m, but they are still higher than in 2019. There was a sharp drop in pre-tax profit from £16.6m to £4.6m. The interim dividend has been reduced from 2.6p a share to 1.6p a share. DIY demand has fallen back and there was also destocking. The EV business should make a greater contribution in the second half.
Critical Metals (CTRM) has published the prospectus for the proposed acquisition of a 57% shareholding in Madini Occidental, which owns 70% of the Molulu copper cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The acquisition is expected to complete on 12 September.
Darktrace (DARK) has ended bid talks. Last year, revenues grew 46% to $415.5m and the AI company moved into profit.