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Flex Labs Inc (FLEX) joined the Access segment on 15 December. The Canada-registered company is developing AI middleware for natural language processing text generators. There is no product yet. The introduction price was 3p, which valued Flex Labs at £3.42m. The share price ended the week at 6p.
Investment Evolution Credit (IEC) joined the Access segment on 14 December and raised £508,000 at 20p/share, valuing the online consumer loans company at £2.99m. The company currently focuses on the US but plans to move into the UK. In the US, Mr Amazing Loans offers loans of between $2,000 and $10,000 with interest rates of between 19.9% and 29.9%. Approvals are required to start offering loans in the UK. The core business is loss-making. The share price ended the week at 6p.
Shares in Semper Fortis Esport (SEMP) rose as shareholders agreed to the acquisition of Good Life + and the subsequent reverse takeover that occurs on 18 December.
Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) left Aquis on 15 December. The company has been put into voluntary liquidation.
China-focused eCommerce company Samarkand (SMK) reported a 1% dip in interim revenues of £8.1m, while the loss was reduced. There was growth in sales outside of China. Revenues from own brands rose 18%. VSA has downgraded its expectations for the full year because the recovery has not gained the anticipated momentum. Cost savings are helping to reduce the loss. The full year loss is still expected to fall from £4.7m to £3.8m. Samarkand could move near to breakeven next year.
Business assurance provider Adsure Services (ADS) generated revenues of £4.25m in the six months to September, which was prior to joining Aquis. There was an interim loss, but last year the second half was highly profitable. There are plans to diversify the customer base.
Retail carbon trading company Ora Technology (ORA) did not generate revenues in the period to July 2023. There was £1m in the bank at the end of July 2023.
In November, Guanajuato Silver (GSVR) increased month-on-month silver production by 23% to 295,284 ounces equivalent. The production improvement is set to continue into next year.
Marula Mining (MARU) is involved with local partners in applications for graphite mining licences at the Nyorinyori graphite project and the NyoriGreen graphite project in Tanzania. New processing equipment has been installed at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine.
Wishbone Gold (LON: WSBN) says visual inspection of core from recent drilling at the Cottesloe project in Western Australia show zones containing base metals while x-ray fluorescence scanning shows elevated base metals readings. Assay results will make things clearer.
Newbury Racecourse (NYR) has appointed Shaun Hinds to replace Julian Thick as chief executive.
IamFire is raising £1m at 1.5p/share and it has changed its name to WeCap (WCAP).
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had net assets of 300.48p/share at the end of November 2023.
Marallo Holding Inc has acquired 1.75 million shares in NFT Investments (NFT) for a total cost of £47,375. Michael Heald has increased his stake in brewer Adnams (ADB) from 21.4% to 23.5%. Oscillate (MUSH) non-exec John Treacy has bought an initial 880,000 shares at 0.54p each.
Recruitment firm Impellam (IPEL) has finally agreed a takeover offer after months of being in a bid situation. HeadFirst is offering 557.2p/share in cash and 392.8p/shares in loan notes for each Impellam share. Shareholders will also receive the 55.9p/share dividend announced, plus a further cash dividend of 22.4p/share and a in specie dividend of 56.1p/share. This all adds up to 1,084.4p/share and values Impellam at £483.2m. The non-convertible loan notes offer annual interest of 17% and last an initial 3 years. The convertibles have annual interest of 12% and the total loan amount can be converted into 20% of the bid vehicle.
Venue management software supplier Skedda Inc has proposed an 82p/share offer to SmartSpace Software (SMRT) valuing it at £25m. The share price has not been that high since 2021 and it jumped 103% to 70p, still well short of the bid level. JO Hambro, which owns 8.3% of the software developer, is supportive of the offer. Skedda believes that it can provide the financial backing that SmartSpace Software requires. The SmartSpace Software board is considering the offer. The company is currently loss-making.
Dispute resolution services provider Driver Group (DRV) moved back into profit in the year to September 2023, mainly due to higher gross margins. The £1.1m pre-tax profit was still lower than the £2m reported for 2020-21. The cost base has been reduced and additional projects have been won. Net cash is £5.8m. The final dividend is 0.75p/share and management says that there is around £1m of surplus capital that can be used for share buy backs. The core businesses will be rebranded Diales and there are plans to move into other sectors, such as aerospace and IT.
Defence and forgings company MS International (MSI) more than doubled interim pre-tax profit from £3.46m to £7.72m. Revenues improved from £42m to £57m. The defence business returned to profit and generated all the revenue growth. That offset lower contributions from other divisions. Net cash is £50m. There are £57.5m of contract liabilities on long-term contracts and NAV is £43.4m. Deliveries for US navy contracts begin in the second half.
Shore Capital has reduced its 2024 and 2025 forecasts for pawnbroker H&T (HAT). The pledge book is growing faster than expected and an additional £10m of funding was recently secured. That additional profit is offset by increased wage costs following the raising of the National Minimum Wage. There will also be higher interest costs. The dividend is likely to grow by a lower percentage than previously anticipated. The 2024 revenues have been edged up to £261m, while pre-tax profit is reduced from £36.7m to £39.7m. A higher tax rate means that there will be a 10% drop in earnings estimates to 62.8p/share.
There is a continued decline in the share price of energy and water efficiency company Eneraqua Technologies (ETP) after the announcement that two local authorities are delaying spending. There is also a £900,000 exceptional charge relating to defective equipment. A loss of £6m is forecast for 2023-24.
Phase 3 trials of the grass allergy treatment developed by Allergy Therapeutics (AGY) show highly statistically significant reductions in symptoms compared with a placebo. There will be a meeting with the regulators in the first quarter of 2024.
Image Scan (IGE) returned to profit in the year to September 2023 as revenues were 50% ahead at £3m. A further improvement is expected this year. The order book is worth £650,000 with a pipeline of potential work that underpins further growth.
Former ITM Power (ITM) boss Dr Graham Cooley has acquired a 6.6% stake in Distil (DIS). This follows the drinks company’s £765,000 fundraising at 0.35p/share.
RM (RM.) expects 2022-23 revenues from continuing operations to decline from £214.2m to £196m, which includes £19m (£33.6m) from Consortium, which is being closed. The educational technology provider expects to have a significant write-own relating to that business. Management is renegotiating lending facilities.
Kitchenware retailer ProCook Group (PROC) reported an underlying interim pre-tax loss was reduced from £2.8m to £2.2m. Revenues fell, but gross margins have improved, helped by lower freight charges. High street sales are growing, although online revenues have declined due to problems that have been sorted out. In the most recent eight weeks sales were 1.5% ahead
S and U (SUS) says net receivables have grown from £417m to £446m since the half-year end with the growth coming from the car finance and property bridging divisions. Management is cautious about prospects.
Valereum (VLRM) shares resumed trading on 27 November. The Gibraltar Stock Exchange acquisition is not going ahead. The convertible loan note funding facility has been terminated. Warrants will be cancelled, and the company will seek to ensure that the shareholder register is accurate. Accounting records will be audited. Karl Moss has been appointed finance director.
Guanajuato Silver (GSVR) is withdrawing from the Aquis Stock Exchange at the end of 2023. It does not believe it can justify the cost of this quotation, which was gained on 25 October 2022, and the TSX Venture Exchange listing. The share price fell 13.5% to 16p. A deal has been signed to terminate the obligation to make contingency payments of $2m to Great Panther in return for offsetting a working capital adjustment owed to the company.
MBH Corporation (M8H) has decided to drop its Aquis quotation on 4 January when it will have been on the market for less than 10 months and concentrate on its Frankfurt quotation. The majority of days there has been no trading on Aquis.
Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) plans to acquire GL Membership, which trades as Good Life+ and offers prize draws. There are more than 21,000 subscribing members, plus 500,000 email subscribers. A ten-for-one share consolidation will be undertaken and then 500 million shares issued for the acquisition at a price of 2p each. Additional assets are being bought from Chadd Media. A subscription will raise £1.4m at 2p/share. Investors include the family office of Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford.
Marula Mining (MARU) has commenced phase one exploration at the Nyorinyori and NyoriGreen graphite projects in Tanzania. The focus is the high-grade and jumbo flake graphite mineralisation, which is thought into extend in the NyoriGreen licence. The initial findings should be reported in January. Ore commissioning at the new ore sorter at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum project in South Africa should be completed at the end of January. The expanded processing plant should be commissioned in the first quarter of 2024.
Coffee shop owner Cooks Coffee Company (COOK) reported flat continuing revenues of NZ$2.04m and it has gone from a pre-tax profit of NZ$125,000 to NZ$319,000. There was a NZ$5.27m loss on discontinued operations. In October, there were record sales per store. A regional developer has been appointed to increase the number of stores in southwest England. By March, Cooks Coffee expects to have up to 80 Esquires outlets in the UK and Ireland by March. Oberon Capital has been appointed corporate adviser.
Helium Ventures (HEV) plans to change its investment strategy to focus on technology businesses. The name will be changed to Eastwood Capital.
VSA Capital (VSA) says that the owners of a 19.8% stake in Lush Cosmetics and Lush Cosmetic Warriors who agreed to sell the stake to Aquis-quoted Silverwood Brands are asking the broker to help unwind the transaction. Lush blocked the transfer of the shares. The original owners of the stake are threatening legal action if VSA Capital does not comply with the request and return the commission it earned on the transaction. VSA Capital says the claim has no merit.
Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) investee company Oxford Quantum Circuits is raising $100m and launching OQC Toshiko, the first enterprise ready quantum computing platform. A Japanese venture capital fund. Quantum Exponential currently holds a 0.34% stake, and it will not participate in the fundraising.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) has signed heads of agreement with Indorse for a strategic share acquisition transaction for an additional 14.76% stake, taking the total stake in Indorse to 24.9%. Coinsilium will issue 65 million new shares for the additional stake.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) has finally published its accounts for the year to March 2023. The loss was £1.02m, although there was also an extraordinary profit of £1.59m on discontinued activities. The loss-making businesses have been sold. The company is moving into renewables.
Pharma C Investments (PCIL) is asking shareholders to agree to a new investing policy covering technology, fintech and AI.
IamFire (FIRE) is changing its name to WeCap and the discounted capital bonds held by Hawk Investment are being extended to 24 November 2024.
Voyager Life (VOY) says some of its CBD-based pet care products are being stocked by Pets at Home.
Aquis Exchange (AQX) says that the Aquis Stock Exchange has become the first recognised investment exchange to run on a cloud-based engine, which determines trades.
DXS International (DXSP) has secured grant funding of £409,000 jointly with Health Innovation East for research and development for AI prescribing system ExpertCare.
KR1 (KR1) had an NAV of 56.14p/share at the end of the November 2023. The digital assets generated income of £395,437.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) says its working capital position remains weak.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) has raised £210,000 from a placing at 0.35p/share.
Oscillate (MUSH) says all directors will receive their salaries in shares from the beginning of 2024. They will be issued at the mid-price on the day before the payment. Executive director Steven Xerri bought 6.29 million shares at 0.42p each, taking his stake to 7.8%.
Safety and regulatory compliance services provider Marlowe (MRL) achieved organic growth of 6% in the first half, but this did not show through in underlying earnings, which fell 15% to 18.9p/share. A strategic review is underway and non-core businesses could be sold. Full year earnings have been downgraded by 7% to 44.3p/share.
Wynnstay Group (WYN) says second half trading conditions are tough. Farm gate prices are weaker and wet weather has also hampered progress. That hit arable and feed business, while the merchanting division also suffered lower volumes. Shore has reduced its full year pre-tax profit forecast from £10.7m to £9.4m.
Siemens has sold its entire 11.2% stake in Sondrel (SND) for £589,000. The placing price was 6p. The semiconductors designer raised £17.5m at 55p/share when it joined AIM in October 2022. Project delays have hit revenues and knocked the share price. Siemens has been a long-term partner and was granted the status of preferred supplier of electronic design automation software for a 36-month period at the time of the flotation.
Film and video services provider Zoo Digital (ZOO) had already warned that interims would be poor with the EBITDA loss of $7.1m, but the ending of the actors’ strike in the US means that the outlook is more positive. Film and TV programme production can get going again providing a flow of work. EBITDA breakeven should be achieved in the fourth quarter and new clients have been won. A pre-tax profit of $1.4m is forecast for 2024-25 as work returns to normal levels and new business comes on stream.
Forward Partners (FWD) has agreed an all-share bid from fellow technology investment company Molten Ventures (GROW), valuing it at £42.1m. Molten Ventures is offering one share for every nine Forward Partners shares, which is equivalent to 31p/share when the bid was announced. At the end of September 2023, Molten Ventures had a NAV of 735p/share, while at the end of June 2023 Forward Partners had a NAV of 67p/share.
Mind Gym (MIND) says clients are delaying hires and related spending. The interim revenues fell from £26.8m to £20.9m and the human resources training and education company fell into loss. Annualised costs have been cut by £8m, with £3m showing through in the second half. A full year pre-tax loss of £2.5m is forecast and Mind Gym may have a small net debt position at the year end in March 2024. The company should return to profit next year as revenues recover and the cost savings kick-in.
Interims from Supreme (SUP) reported record interim revenues of £105.1m and the growth came from all divisions. Branded distribution and vaping were the strongest divisions. Interim underlying pre-tax profit doubled to £12.6m. Investment in stocks meant that net cash became net debt of £4.8m. Full year pre-tax profit of £28.4m is forecast by Zeus.
The second and third diamond drill holes at the Pitfield project owned by Empire Metals (EEE) provided more positive news with the highest grades of titanium so far. The results suggest that the resource is much greater than previously thought. The focus becomes identifying high grades at shallower depth. The additional drilling will lead to mineral resource studies.
Healthcare services provider Totally (TLY) is restructuring its business after a tough first half. Revenues were one-fifth lower at £55.8m due to lower urgent care business levels. Annualised cost savings of £3m have been made and there could be more to come. Share buying by directors has not stopped the share price decline. New chair Simon Stilwell bought one million shares at 6.1p each, while non-exec Michael Rogers acquired 40,000 shares at 5.333p each.
Tintra (TNT) intends to cancel its AIM quotation. A general meeting will be held on 4 January to gain shareholder approval. Management bemoans that the share price is too low and believes that direct costs can be reduced by £505,000 – which is ridiculously high for a company of this size – by leaving AIM. It is strange that the management has let them get out of control. That is before any indirect costs. A Middle East investor may become a partner and one of the conditions of the deal is the AIM cancellation. There is talk of a potential Middle East listing. JP Jenkins will provide a matched bargain facility, although the minimum bid price is apparently going to be set at 150p/share for the first nine months.
Antibody discovery and supply company Fusion Antibodies (FAB) is collaborating with the US-based National Cancer Institute in the use of its OptiMAL technology for the discovery of antibodies for specific cancer targets. Fusion Antibodies will not have to commit significant resources to the collaboration.
RUA Life Sciences (RUA) took advantage of last week’s share price surge to raise £4m at 11p/share. There is also a retail offer that closes on 7 December. That could raise up to £750,000.
Vela Technologies (VELA) has exercised the put option to sell the interest in AZD1656, which relates to a Covid application, to Conduit Pharmaceuticals for £3.75m in shares. In September, Conduit Pharmaceuticals completed its IPO on Nasdaq.
Ondo InsureTech (ONDO) has raised £1.08m at 20.5p/share. This will finance working capital for recent contract wins by the claims prevention technology company.
Kelso Group Holdings (KLSO) has taken a 3% stake in AIM-quoted Angling Direct (ANG) at an average price of 35.1p/share. THG (THG) boss Matthew Moulding has bought a 3.2% stake in Kelso, which owns 0.6% of THG.
Cardiff Property (CDFF) improved its net assets to £28.44/share. That includes cash and deposits of £10.8m, which is more than one-third of the total.
Creightons (CRL) says that managing director Bernard Johnson’s employment has been terminated and he has left the board.
Guanajuato Silver (GSVR) produced 787,086 ounces of silver equivalent and the loss fell by one-fifth to $7m when compared with the second quarter. The all-in sustaining cost increased to $26.22/ounce due to changes in mining and temporary closures.
SuperSeed Capital (WWW) generated 78% IRR combined from two exits. There were £220,000 of realised gains in the nine months to September 2023. There is £430,000 of cash on the balance sheet. NAV is 112p/share.
Vinanz Ltd (BTC) has teamed up with Luxor Technology Corp to improve its bitcoin mining operating efficiency. Luxor’s firmware improves mining margins when profitability is low and can increase a machine’s hashrate when profitability is higher.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) has secured an option to acquire 100% of the Crescent East lithium and gold project in the Mosquito Creek area of Western Australia. Shares were issued at 1.25p each to pay the £25,000 option fee.
Fuel additives developer SulNOx Group (SNOX) has successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of drop-in fuel conditioner SulNOxEco in the shipping sector. Monaco-based dry-bulk ship management company Marfin Management trialled the additive onboard a 60,000 MT DWT bulk carrier over a three-month period. This showed improvements in fuel consumption.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says investee company Hastings Technology Metals has agreed a $50m equity funding facility for the Yangibana rare earths project. Hastings Technology Metals can draw down up to $50m from Alpha Investment Partners to provide working capital for the development of the mine. Project financing talks are progressing and there have been offers from potential partners and debt providers. Cadence Minerals has a 1.4% stake in the investee company.
Steve Xerri, who owns 4.81%, has been appointed as an executive director of Oscillate (MUSH) and he intends to focus on special situations either through individual investments or via a reverse takeover.
One Health Group (OHG) has gained two new contracts with NHS Trusts. One is to supply orthopaedic services and the other is for orthopaedic and gynaecology services. They will help to reduce waiting lists.
Apollon Formularies (APOL) says Sproutly Canada has completed due diligence on the acquisition of the company’s global cannabis-related assets in return for 49% of the enlarged share capital of Sproutly Canada. The effective valuation is likely to be around £4.2m. Regulatory approvals are required.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) has a digital asset portfolio worth $2.07m at the end of October 2023.
EDX Medical (EDX) has entered into a collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific. They will jointly develop and commercialise cancer diagnostics.
Looking Glass Labs (NFTX) has raised $1m at $0.10/unit – one share and one warrant exercisable at $0.10/share. A further ten million units have been swapped for $1m of debt. Further sources of finance are being sought.
Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) has appointed VSA Capital as corporate adviser, while Pharma C (PCIL) has appointed First Sentinel as its corporate adviser.
Res Privata NV has increased its stake in NFT Investments (NFT) from 3.33% to 4.09%.
Telecoms enterprise software provider Cerillion (LON:CER) grew strongly last year, while the rate of growth might slow this year it is still likely to make good progress given the recent €12.4m contract win. In the year to September 2023, revenues were one-fifth higher at £39.2m, while underlying pre-tax profit was two-fifths ahead at £16.8m, helped by a reduction in impairment charges from £1.77m to £256,000. The growth has come from software with a dip in services revenues. Net cash reached £24.7m at the end of September 2023. The dividend has been raised from 9.1p/share to 11.3p/share.
Light Science Technologies (LST) is acquiring the Injecta Fire Barrier trade and assets from Fire Barrier International. The Injectaclad product expands when heated and prevents the spread of fire and smoke. There is no initial payment with consideration in the form of a deferred profit share agreement. The deal should be earnings enhancing and generate cash. There are maintenance and installation synergies with the contract electronics subsidiary. The cash generated will help to finance the growth of the group.
Video games developer Team17 Group (TM17) says 2023 trading is slightly better than expected, although some titles are not performing as well as anticipated and that has hit margins. There has also been overspending and delays on some development projects. That means that underlying EBITDA will be around one-sixth lower than forecast at around £40m. Some titles are being reassessed and that is likely to lead to impairment charges of up to £11.5m.
Parity (PTY) announced the sale of its remaining business yesterday afternoon. It will become a cash shell. Parity will receive up to £3m depending on working capital adjustments for recruitment business Parity Professionals. The deal costs will be £240,000. There will be £639,000 including costs spent to settle the pension liability and finance the search for an alternative business. The company will change its name to Partway.
Velocys (VLS) is the worst performer on the day after the sustainable fuels company said that there is a potential bid at 0.25p/share from a consortium including Lightrock and Carbon Direct Capital Management. This would ensure long-term funding of the business. The low share price makes it difficult to finance the sustainable fuels operations. The share price dived 63.7% to 0.25p, which values Velocys at £4.5m. A large multiple of that value needs to be raised to fund development and production. Interim funding will be required.
musicMagpie (MMAG) is in bid talks with BT Group (BT.A) and asset manager Aurelius. The talks are at an early stage.
Cyber software and services provider Shearwater Group (SWG) appears set to return to profit this year. The core software businesses have been integrated, as have two of the three consultancy businesses. In the six months to September 2023, revenues dipped from £10.8m to £10.5m. That was due to much lower software revenues. Even so, gross profit improved and, stripping out amortisation and exceptionals, the underlying loss reduced £493,000 to £93,000. That is before restructuring costs. The cost savings will show through in the second half.
Telecoms testing instrumentation supplier Calnex Solutions (CLX) has been hit by a reduction in spending by telecoms companies. In the six months to September 2023, revenues slumped from £12.7m to £7.8m and the company moved from a pre-tax profit of £3.1m to a loss of £600,000. Trading did not pick up in September as is normally the case. Non-telecoms revenues make up one-quarter of total revenues. The cost base is being kept steady in expectation of a recovery, even though that may not be until the next financial year. There is £13.5m in the bank.
There were no revenues from systems in the first half at SRT Marine Systems (SRT), but that will change in the second half when transceivers revenues will be well below the systems contribution as work on contracts reaches points where revenues can be invoiced and recognised. Interim revenues fell from £18.8m to £5.5m, although transceivers revenues were higher. Last year’s loss could be turned into a £7.2m profit this year.
Battery technology developer Ilika (IKA) has achieved its D4 development point for the Goliath battery. This is the start of turning the development into a battery product. Ilika will be able to create P1 samples for testing by customers. At the end of the week, Ilika confirmed that its interims will be in line with expectations with revenues of £1.3m and there is £13.2m in cash left.
Neometals (NMT) has completed the A$9m from a placing at 10p/share and wants to raise a further £6.8m from a one-for-eight entitlement offer. The cash will fund the development of the nickel, cobalt, lithium recycling business Primobius, including the delivery of a facility to Mercedes Benz, and potentially to purchase a stake in Canadian licensee Stelco.
Empire Metals (EEE) has released initial results for the first diamond drillhole at the Pitfield project in Western Australia. This shows significant grades of titanium oxide. There will be results from two more diamond drilling holes in the coming weeks. A further 6,000 metres of drilling is planned with more likely early next year. Copper is still potentially in the area as well.
Interim figures from diagnostics company Cambridge Nutritional Sciences (CNSL) showed the benefits of concentrating on its core personalised health and nutrition business. Revenues rose 44% to £4.9m and the loss was reduced. Production problems have been sorted out. There was strong growth in North America as management puts more resources into the region. A small full year loss is expected.
Lifestyle concierge services provider Ten Lifestyle (TENG) has moved into profit for the first time. It swung from a loss of £2.7m to a pre-tax profit of £3.2m thanks to economies of scale. There was also a tax credit recognised due to past tax losses. Investment in its digital platform and the international spread of business is helping Ten Lifestyle. New contract wins will help to increase this year’s pre-tax profit to £3.9m, according to Singer.
Gold explorer Oriole Resources (ORR) has announced heads of terms with contractor BCM International for the development of the Bibemi and Mbe gold projects in Ghana. BCM can earn up to 50% of the Bibemi project by making a cash payment of $500,000 and commit to spend $4m on the project. BCM will pay $1m in cash and spend a further $4m to earn a 50% stake in Mbe project.
Mercia Asset Management (MERC) has exited one of its older investments, raising £30.2m – a 2.7 times return on invested capital. Virtual reality games developer nDreams has been acquired by Aonic for £90.3m. This was Merica Asset Management’s largest investment and £3.8m of the proceeds are being reinvested in Aonic. The consideration was 17.5% ahead of the March 2023 valuation.
Duke Royalty (DUKE) generated a 17% increase in recurring cash revenues to £12.2m with a 35% increase in all cash revenues to £14.1m. During the period, Duke Royalty made one of its biggest initial investments in glass architectural products supplier Glasshouse Products. The $11.5m investment is backing a member of the original founding family buying back the business.
Maritime AI provider Windward (WNWD) has signed a five-year contract with a European national coastguard that is valued at €3.2m. The cash is expected to be paid upfront, while annual contract value will be increased by $700,000/year.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) reported lower interim revenues, but a higher profit. In the six months to September 2023, revenues were 8% lower at £215.3m, but underlying pre-tax profit improved 17% to £14.2m. This includes an unchanged contribution of £600,000 from the India joint venture, while the modular products business made a maiden profit. The interim dividend was raised 8% to 1.4p/share. The UK and Europe order book is worth £482m, even though the £50m contract for Hertfordshire-based film studio Sunset Studios has been delayed.
Standard list shell Tertre Rouge Assets (TRE) is attempting to raise up to £50m to buy rare cars and acquire cash generative businesses involved in supercar events. Around £30m is set to be invested in a range of cars that have already been identified. They are worth between £1m and £10m. The plan is to generate gains on these investments -15% annual returns are targeted – while hiring them out to photoshoots and other income generating activities to cover overheads. The Run To Group Ltd, which organises supercar adventures to the Monaco Grand Prix, will also be acquired and management will remain with the business. The group’s board of directors includes racing drivers and business men and they can expand this business and others. There will be cash left over to buy other companies.
Packaging manufacturer and distributor Macfarlane Group (MACF) says lower volumes and prices meant that revenues fell 2% in the nine months to September 2023. New customers are being attracted and this will help future volumes. Margins are increasing.
Seraphim Space Investment Trust (SSIT) improved its NAV to 96.5p/share at the end of September 2023. That was helped by positive currency movements and a small uplift in valuations, predominantly due to a fundraising by an investee company.
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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.
PanGenomic Health (NARA) joined the Access segment on 12 April. The shares were already listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange. No new money was raised. The share price has stayed at 4.5p during the week and no trades have been reported. The Canadian share price is C$0.07 and it has fallen from C$0.25 since trading commenced last July. PanGenomic Health has three digital health platforms. NaraApp is a mobile app provides information tailored to an individual and their treatment regimen. Mindleap.com provides holistic mental wellness information and access to professional services. Mujn Diagnostics is a digital therapeutics platform. This is used by professional to access individual information from the Nara App to monitor a patient’s treatment.
After the market closed on Friday Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) announced a £12m share issue at 925p a share. Chairman and chief executive Henry Angest will invest £6.75m of that money. The cash will be used to grow the loan book.
Goodbody Health (GDBY) is asking shareholders permission for cancelling the Aquis quotation. It has already delisted from the Canadian Stock Exchange. Management wants to reduce costs and complains that the market valuation is below NAV. The quotation on OTC QB will also not be retained.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) announced positive drilling results at the San Ignacio mine Some of the drilling has encountered high grades. There could be a new area of thick mineralisation. This will help to extend the mine life.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has been awarded an £11m grant from the UK government under phase 2 of the Longer Duration Storage Demonstration competition. This will deploy a 30MWh vanadium flow battery.
Cannabis supplier Ananda Developments (ANA) says preparations are underway for a medicinal cannabis flower processing facility. The MRX1 cannabidiol medical cannabis oil will be launched commercially in June and it may be used in two randomised controlled trials.
NFT Investment (NFT) has announced a general meeting on 26 May to gain shareholder approval for a proposed tender offer by April 2024. The tender will be for up to 857.1 million shares and the price will be the greater of 3.5p a share or NAV for each share.
Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Omega Oil and Gas (ASX: OMA) says initial results from the Canyon-2 well in Queensland have exceeded expectations. Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company Evergreen Lithium joined the ASX on 11 September. Cadence Minerals has a 8.74% stake in Evergreen Lithium and the share price nearly doubled to A$0.57 during the week.
Watchstone Group (WTG) had £11.5m in cash at the end of March 2023. NAV was 29p a share at the end of 2022.
S-Ventures (SVEN) has filed for insolvency of Lizza in Germany. Lizza was losing money when it was acquired last September. The losses are continuing, and sales have dropped. Alternative European distribution partners will need to be found. There will be a Euro1m write-off.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had an NAV of 309.57p a share at the end of March 2023.
Mark Horrocks has increased his stake in Lift Global Ventures (LFT) from 11% to 12.3%.
Spectral MD (SMD) is merging with Nasdaq-listed SPAC Rosecliff Acquisition Corp 1. The share price improved to 44p. The deal values Spectral MD at $170m, or 101p a share. In June 2021, the AIM flotation price was 59p. The AIM quotation will be cancelled. There is likely to be a $15m placing. This will provide additional cash to finance the commercialisation of the DeepView woundcare analysis technology. The transaction should complete in the third quarter.
Consumer electronic and electrical appliances retailer Marks Electrical (MRK) has beaten expectations in the fourth quarter and the full year forecast has been upgraded along with those for the following two years. Revenues in the fourth quarter to March 2023 were one-fifth higher at £24.8m and this means that full year revenues are 21% ahead at £97.8m. This has led to a 2022-23 pre-tax profit upgrade from £5.8m to £6.2m, which is still below the £6.4m reported for the previous year. Net cash is £10m.
Footwear retailer Unbound Group (UBG) has received a proposal from Marwyn Investment Management, which wants to inject £10m into the business at a placing price of 10.5p. That is the same level as the potential offer from WoolOvers Group (the offer also includes a contingent value right relating to the proceeds of an insurance claim). The shareholders would get an opportunity to invest at the same price and Unbound says it prefers the new proposal.
Womenswear retailer Sosandar (SOS) reported improving revenues and margins, although pre-tax was lower than expected in March. Full year pre-tax profit is still expected to be £1.6m and it could be more than £3m in 2023-24. More partnerships with other retailers are likely to be secured.
Currency and payment services provider Argentex (AGFX) says nine months revenues were 63% ahead at £41m, although the underlying operating profit fell from £11m to £9m. # Net cash is £26.2m. The final dividend will be 2.25p a share. The year end is being changed from March to December.
Legal services provider Ince (INCE) is appointing Quantuma as administrator after a major creditor will no longer support the business.
It does not appear that there will be anything left for shareholders when the sales of the remaining subsidiaries of MJ Hudson (MJH) are completed.
Property investor Town Centre Securities (TOWN) has sold part of the Whitehall Riverside development in Leeds and reinvested some of the cash to acquire the 50% it does not own in build to rent company Belgravia Living. The disposal raised £13m, compared with a book value of £10m. There was £3.5m spent to acquire the rest of Belgravia Living. Along with the initial investment, the book value of Belgravia Living is £10m and the net annual rental income is £920,000.
First Tin (LON: 1SN) still had £13.8m in the bank at the end of 2022 and this is enough to pursue the development activities at the two main tin projects until the end of 2023. Progress is being made with the definitive feasibility study at Taronga in Australia. A resource statement is expected in the next couple of months. There should be a resource update for Tellerhauser in Germany by July. This project is eligible to move straight to construction and the operational permitting process. This will reduce the development timeframe by up to 18 months.
A CVA has been approved for Mode Global Holdings (MODE) subsidiary Mode Global. The winding down of trading operations is progressing.
MBH Corporation (LON: MBH) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on 13 March. The shares have previously been traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange. Trading started on Aquis at 7p (5p/9p) and it stayed at that price all week. There were no trades. MBH has subsidiaries in a wide variety of sectors. They include, education, construction, transport, health, engineering, property, leisure and food.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) is investing £1m in A ordinary shares in automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up Morris Commercial, as part of an £8m investment round. The investment is in three tranches with an initial outlay of £500,000. The full investment will be made by the end of 2023. The initial product is the Morris JE electric van, which is based on the design of the Morris J-Type van.
Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) welcomes the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plan for quantum technology. There will be investment of £2.5bn over ten years. This should help to increase investor interest in quantum.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) believes that changes to UK duties are positive, because of the support for English sparkling wine producers. Chapel Down, along with Shepherd Neame (SHEP) have signed a partnership deal with The Boat Race, which happens on 26 March.
Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has taken over the management of the unquoted portfolio of Chelverton Asset Management.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) is still waiting for £350,000 from the February 2023 fundraising. Management hopes that this cash will be received in the next few days.
Coinsilium Group (COIN) is acquiring the advisory business and certain intellectual property assets of Tokenomi for £116,500 in cash and shares. There are four retained Web3 blockchain project clients with a further ten prospective clients. Revenues could be £551,000 over the next 12 months.
IamFire (FIRE) has subscribed a further £200,000 for convertible loan notes in WeShop, taking the total invested to £2.7m. The total amount invested in WeShop is £6.7m and there is the right to subscribe for a further £1.05m of loan notes. The conversion price is 200p. John Lewis and Sports Direct have recently become affiliated to WeShop.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has ended trading on Aquis. Trading starts on the standard list on 20 March. Forbes Ventures left Aquis on Friday, although it intends to acquire a litigation financing business and return to the quoted arena.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) is still experiencing opposition to the transfer of shares in skincare products supplier Lush. Silverwood Brands holds the rights to the shares even if ownership is not registered.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has raised additional subscription funds at 0.3p a share, taking the total to £427,000.
Res Privata NV has sold its 3.83% stake in NFT Investments (NFT). Mark Horrocks has increased his shareholding in Lift Global Ventures (LIFT) from 7.1% to 11%.
EDX Medical (EDX) non-executive chairman Jason Holt bought 400,000 shares at 3025p each. Incanthera (INC) chief executive Dr Simon Ward has subscribed £115,000 for shares at 6.95p each.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has secured a $5m silver and gold pre-payment facility, which replaces the current facility.
Snacks manufacturer S-Ventures (SVEN) says the audit for its figures for the year to September 2022 will last until the end of April, so trading in the shares will be suspended on 3 April.
Essentially Group (ESSN) joined Aquis on 17 March. The brief announcement claims that the prospectus is on the company’s website, but it is impossible to find.
Hurricane Energy (HUR) has agreed a bid from Prax Exploration & Production, which values the oil and gas producer at up to £249m. There will initially be a 3.32p a share transaction dividend and cash consideration of 0.83p a share, totalling 4.15p a share. There is then a supplementary dividend of 1.87p a share. Shareholders will also receive a deferred consideration unit worth up to 6.48p a share. The deferred consideration is based on 17.5% of future net revenues earned by Hurricane between 1 March 2023 and 31 December 2026. The deferred consideration will be paid twice a year in arrears.
MTI Wireless Edge (MWE) grew revenues of each of its three divisions and two of them made a higher profit contribution. An initial contribution from communication and monitoring systems developer PSK WIND Technologies, offset the loss of Russian distribution business. In 2022, group revenues improved from $43.2m to $46.3m, while underlying pre-tax profit rose from $4.04m to $4.32m. The total dividend is 3 cents a share. Net cash was $8.14m at the end of the year. The profitability of the Antennas division is recovering.
Cloud-based secure payments technology provider PCI-PAL (PCIP) grew interim revenues by one-third to £7.3m. North American growth was particularly strong. Total annualised contract value is £14.7m. The full year loss is likely to be around £2.2m. Legal costs due to the patent dispute meant that net cash fell to £1.9m, but it has risen since December. There should be no problem with the accounts at Silicon Valley Bank.
Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) reported the expected interims and says that full year results will be better than expected. The pre-tax profit forecast has been edged up from £3.5m to £3.8m and the 2023-24 figure has been edged up to £5m. Net cash could reach £5.3m at the end of June 2023. There should not be any problems arising from the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, although there are still cash deposits in the bank.
Verditek (VDTK) has signed an exclusive supply agreement to supply solar panels to building and roofing products supplier Lindab Profil AB. They will be sold in the Nordic and eastern European markets. The exclusivity depends on the sale of panels of 850kw in 2023.
Cordel (CRDL) has won an important contract with Amtrak in the US. The six-and-a-half year contract is valued at $6.7m. There will be $1m recognised in 2022-23 and $2m in 2023-24, with rest coming in the remaining time of the contract. Cordel’s technology will be used to capture and manage data on clearances of surrounding rail infrastructure.
Redx Pharma (REDX) merger partner Jounce Therapeutics has received an unsolicited offer from Concentra Biosciences. Cancer treatments developer Redx Pharma recently announced the merger with Jounce Therapeutics and the AIM company’s shareholders would own 63% of the enlarged group.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received a possible offer from Strike Ltd, although it is not yet part of the formal sale process and has not entered into a non-disclosure agreement.
Reabold Resources (RBD) has been approached by Kamran Sattar on behalf of an affiliate of Portillion Capital which could lead to a bid at a 10% premium to the previous day’s closing price of 0.2035p. The board believes this offer undervalues the oil and gas investment company. It recently sold the Victory gas discovery to Shell and intends to return £4m to shareholders.
Circle Property (CRC) announced a return of capital through a B share issue with a second distribution to follow. The company has nearly completed the sale of its property portfolio. The first distribution of 158p a share (£46.2m) will be on 21 March. A second distribution of 58p a share should be made in April. There will be a much smaller distribution when the final disposal is completed. An incentive payment of £620,000 is being paid to each executive.
Digital mental health company Kooth (KOO) has won a significant contract in California covering 13-25 year olds. Services will be provided to the Behavioural Health Virtual Services Platform, and they will launch in January 2024. Specific terms are still to be finalised, but there should be a material impact on annualised recurring revenues from 2024.
Condor Gold (CNR) is entering the end of the first phase of the process to sell the La India gold project in Nicaragua. There are three formal expressions of interest, including two non-binding offers, with more likely to be received. The project requires $105.5m of investment and has an estimated NPV (5%) of $86.9m.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) is expanding in Europe through the acquisition of steel fabrication company Voortman Steel Construction Holding for €24m. The Netherlands-based company will provide greater access to the northern European market.
Data integrity and banking integration software provider Gresham Technologies (GHT) is accelerating the growth of its Clareti software. Group revenues grew from £37m to £48.7m in 2022. That was helped by currency movements and a full year contribution from post-trade processing software supplier Electra, but there was still strong organic growth. The fastest growth was in the US. Pre-tax profit improved from £4m to £6.9m. Singers forecasts a 2023 pre-tax profit of £7.4m. with flat earnings due the corporation tax rate rise, increasing to £9.6m next year.
Harwood Capital has increased its stake in RM (RM.) from 8.88% to 10.4%, including 9.18% held by Rockwood Strategic (RKW). Theodore W King’s stake has risen from 7.36% to 8.25%.
Ananda Developments (ANA) is acquiring MRX Global, which has invented a method to formulate cannabis medicines, for £2.02m in shares at 0.3p each. The first formulation is MRX1, which will be used in two phase II randomised controlled trials to investigate the effectiveness of cannabidiol in chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and in patients with endometriosis. These trials have £1.55m of grant funding. Directors of Ananda are shareholders in MRX, so the deal requires shareholder approval. These directors will a 3% royalty on net sales of any commercial products sold by MRX. Ananda has raised £326,000 through a subscription at 0.3p a share and there is a broker option that could lead to the issue of 33.3 million shares at the same price. Charles Morgan has converted convertible loan notes into 747.3 million shares at 0.3p each. Charles Morgan and Melissa Sturgess will own 53.8% of the company.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has raised £2m at 5p a share, which is more than the £1.25m it was initially seeking. This is part of the move to the standard list on 20 March. A maiden JORC compliant mineral resource estimate and a scoping study for the Monte Muambe rare earths project in Mozambique. Altona is increasing its stake in the project from 20% to 51%.
Vulcan Industries (LON: VULC) is acquiring Forepower Lincoln (250) Ltd, which has a 240MW lithium-ion battery storage project, for £2.6m in shares at 1p each. This means that Britt Foreman of Forepower Lincoln (250) Ltd has a 29.9% stake in Vulcan. The two companies have been working together for the past year and Vulcan can help to raise the finance for the project. There are plans to raise more cash to settle liabilities of £250,000 and continue to develop the project.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has sold a 220KWh VS3 flow battery to Dawsongroup, following a sale earlier in the year. STS Group and project partner Ideona have been appointed to deploy Invinity Energy batteries in Hungary, primarily for co-located solar and grid support projects.
Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) published 2021-22 figures and interim figures to September 2022 and trading in the shares was restored. Net assets are £526,000. On 3 March, cash was £70,000. Optiva has been appointed as corporate adviser.
CBD products supplier Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) continues to restructure its operations, but it is still trying to find a way of moving the business forward. Following the exit from many businesses, the remaining businesses are in Europe. Yooma Wellness may have to sell other businesses if additional funds are not secured.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had an NAV of 334p a share at the end of January, which was a 27% decline. The decline in the Luceco (LUCE) share price was a major factor even though this stake has been reduced in recent years. Rayware was another poor performer. Quoted shell company Epic Acquisition Corp is reviewing acquisitions. An investment in dog snacks company Denzel’s was completed in October. Investments in Atlantic Credit Opportunities Fund and Prelude Structured Alternatives Master Fund.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) says a US institutional investor has acquired 24 million shares from Great Panther Mining and its other shares were bought by other investors.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) says Shinju premium Japanese whisky won a gold medal at the 2023 LA Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge.
Pioneer Media (PNER) has left the Aquis Stock Exchange.
Marula Mining (MARU) has appointed Peterhouse as broker, replacing OvalX.
Music artists and events company All Things Considered (ATC) won the agent of the year award at the International Live Music Conference Gala Dinner.
Begbies Traynor has been appointed administrator to Love Hemp.
A positive trading statement by NWF (NWF) has led to a forecast upgrade for 2022-23. Peel Hunt increased its pre-tax profit forecast by 42% to £17.5m, compared with £20.9m last year thanks to a bumper year for fuel distribution. The expected downturn in fuels profitability has not been as sharp as previously thought and the food distribution and feeds divisions are also doing better than expected. Net cash of £5.5m is anticipated at the end of May 2023 and there are borrowing facilities of £65m. This leaves plenty of scope for further add-on acquisitions of fuel businesses.
Franchise Brands (FRAN) reported better than expected 2022 pre-tax profit up from £6.5m and £12.8m and it plans to sell its B2C franchise businesses. The Filta business made a 10-month contribution last year. Net cash was £8m at the end of 2022 and the B2C businesses, which could be sold separately or in one disposal, will generate more cash. The next acquisition will be in the B2B area, and it is likely to be significant.
Gelion (GELN) is acquiring Johnson Matthey’s lithium sulfur and silicon anode patent portfolio for £4.25m. This will help Gelion to increase gravimetric energy density for its batteries and enable faster commercialisation of lithium sulfur technology. Gelion plans to sell the silicon anode patents and could receive around £1.25m for them.
Data analysis technology provider WANdisco (WAND) was considering a US listing, but it has discovered accounting problems leading to a suspension of share trading.
Steel structures supplier Billington (BILN) sparked a forecast upgrade with its trading statement. Not only were 2022 profit and cash better than expected, 2023 momentum is ahead of estimates. The 2022 pre-tax profit has been upgraded from £5.3m to £5.8m, while the 2023 figure is increased by £1m to £8m. The 2022 dividend is expected to be 15p a share.
In The Style (ITS) has completed a strategic review and is proposing the sale of its operating business for £1.2m and the cancellation of the AIM quotation. The online retailer is losing money and running out of cash. The purchaser is Baaj Capital, which has other fashion-related investments, including Officers Club. Chief executive and founder Adam Frisby will continue to run the business and take a stake. The company will change its name to Itsum.
Aferian (AFRN) says customer destocking of streaming devices has hit sales and they will be significantly lower than expected for this part of the business. Streaming video services provider 24i continues to grow. There should still be a positive EBITDA this year. The annualised cost base is being reduced by $5m. Annual results to November 2022 will be delayed while discussions with banks continue over future covenant compliance. At the end of 2021, Aferian secured a $50m loan facility from three banks, including Silicon Valley Bank, which lasts until 23 December 2024. BLOE
Gold explorer Panthera Resources (PAT) has entered into a conditional arbitration funding agreement with a subsidiary of Litigation Capital Management (LIT) for the damages claim against the Republic of India for breaches of its obligations under the Australia-India bilateral investment treaty. Up to $10.5m will be provided to cover the costs of the claim.
Amur Minerals (AMC) has completed the sale of the AO Kun-Manie project in Russia to Bering Metals. The $35m consideration should be received soon. A 1.8p a share dividend is planned, and Amur Minerals will become a cash shell.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received approaches for the acquisition of the company, or its businesses and the ongoing strategic review has been widened to include a formal sale process.
Networking and biomedical company BATM (BVC) reported a dip in full year revenues from $132.8m to $116.1m, partly due to a slump in Covid-related diagnostics income. Operating profit slumped from $11.3m to $3.7m. This was slightly better than expected. The networking and cyber division made a lower loss in 2022. There should be a recovery in revenues and profit this year. Moti Nagar has become chief executive.
Lookers (LOOK) has acquired vehicle hire and brokerage business Fourways Vehicle Solutions, which had revenues of £3.8m last year. This business could provide Lookers own rental requirements at lower cost.
Bluebird Merchant Ventures (BMV) has raised £1.22m at 2p a share to finance proof-of-concept funding at the Kochang gold and silver mine in South Korea. That is the same price as the previous placing. Production could eventually reach 5,000 ounces per annum. SI Capital has been appointed broker.
National Milk Records (NMRP) increased interim revenues by 5% to £12m, while pre-tax profit improved from £750,000 to £790,000. A tax credit meant that earnings increased by a higher percentage. Net debt is £900,000. The main growth was in the core milk testing services, although genomics revenues rose from £173,000 to £336,000. Price increases will help margins in the second half. Full year pre-tax profit is expected to decline from £2.4m to £1.9m. Managing director Andy Warne is taking leave due to illness and the finance director is assuming operational control.
There are problems with the acquisition of a 19.8% stake in skincare products supplier Lush by Silverwood Brands (SLWD) because Lush is refusing to register the change of ownership of the shares. Silverwood Brands is paying £216.8m for the stake and no reason was given for the refusal to record the transfer of the shares.
Samarkand (SMK) has benefitted from the easing of Covid restrictions in China. Although there was a short-term rise in infections, consumer confidence is improving since Chinese New Year. The Chinese government is keen to boost consumption. Partner brands using the company’s Nomad software platform are planning for growth this year and more premium beauty brands have been added to the platform. Samarkand could be profitable in the next financial year.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) raised £21.5m at 32p a share with up for £4m more to come from a two-for-19 open offer. Taiwan-based Everbrite Technology is investing £2.5m in the placing. The cash will be used for working capital, which is expected to last until the middle of 2024. At that time the next generation Mistral grid scale vanadium battery will be ready for launch. The company will not need to draw down the $10m convertible loan facility.
In the year to October 2022, Hydro Hotel Eastbourne (HYDP) turnover improved from £2.79m to £4.4m, but pre-tax profit dipped from £457,000 to £445,000 because of the lack of government assistance. Trading remains tough. Cash improved to £1.59m.
Shore has upgraded its forecasts for Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) with 2022 earnings increased by 11%. This reflects the benefits of higher interest rates with deposit rates lagging base rates. The 2022 pre-tax profit forecast is £29.5m and the 2023 forecast has been increased £28.5m to £40m. Estimated tangible NAV is 1194p a share.
Shareholders in Walls & Futures REIT (WAFR) have voted in favour of the resolutions enabling strategic investor Vengrove to raise cash for the company through a share issue. The number of shares in issue will be ten times as many as currently in issue. This will help Walls and Futures REIT scale up. Investments will be made in affordable rental housing, education property, service stations and car parks and community buildings. Pax Homes will be sold to Joseph McTaggart, so the group will no longer be a developer. The company’s name will be changed to Social Infrastructure REIT.
In the six months to November 2022, installation and engineering group Field Systems Designs Holdings (FSD) increased revenues from £2.6m to £6.7m and returned to profit in the period. Cash declined from £3.71m to £3.15m. Water companies are accelerating their spending under the current five-year programme and this provides a positive outlook for the business.
Marula Mining (MARU) has increased its stake in the Kinusi copper project in Tanzania from 49% to 75% for up to $550.000. The initial payment is $150,000 in cash and shares. There is high-grade copper mineralisation at the project.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) announced drilling results from the San Ignacio mine. There are some high-grade silver intersections plus gold. A new area of thick mineralisation may have been found. This should lead to a significant increase in resources.
Peterhouse has resigned as corporate adviser to Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) and terms are being agreed with a replacement.
Harry Hyman increased his stake in Oberon Investments (OBE) from 3.75% to 4.23%.
Pharma C Investments (PCIL) has appointed broker Jeremy Woodgate to its board.
Cancer treatments developer Redx Pharma (REDX) is merging with Jounce Therapeutics and the AIM company’s shareholders will own 63% of the enlarged group. They will receive 0.2105 of a Jounce share for each Redx share. Jounce will be renamed Redx Inc and retain its Nasdaq listing.
Cleantech Lithium (CTL) plans a listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Canaccord Genuity (Australia) and Fox Davies are joint lead managers to the listing, which is expected to happen in the third quarter of 2023. The Chile-focused lithium projects developer has 31% of its shareholders linked to Australia while other potential shareholders are not able to invest in other markets. The AIM quotation will be retained.
Medical disinfection products supplier Tristel (TSTL) is back to past growth rates, helped by price increases. The UK was the fastest growing market. In the six months to December 2022, revenues were 15% ahead at £17.5m and the growth rate was greater if discontinued products are excluded. Pre-tax profit improved from £2.13m to £3.08m. The tax charge is higher, so earnings growth was slower. The interim dividend is maintained at 2.62p a share. Net cash is £8.42m. Progress is being made with the FDA approval for medical device decontamination product DUO ULT. Tristel is spending £3m on FDA approval. To reflect that it has renegotiated the US distribution agreement with Parker Labs.
Engineering business Avingtrans (AVG) increased revenues from £44.5m to £50m in the six months to November 2022 and profit improved. The engineering operations have been hit by supply problems, but there is growth in nuclear and North Sea demand. There is 90% cover for the full year revenues forecast. The medical division is progressing towards the launch of a new imaging product by the end of 2023.
ZOO Digital (ZOO) has signed up a second major Hollywood studio to its cloud-based ZOOstudio ERP service offering subtitling, dubbing and other video services. ZOOstudio will be embedded in the client’s own internal technology platform. Tougher markets in the US mean that film studios and streaming platforms are seeking to grow in international markets, thereby increasing demand for the services offered by ZOO Digital.
Digital services provider Made Tech Group (MTEC) increased interim revenues by 76% to £20.6m, but pre-tax profit fell from £1m to £300,000. Singer still expects full year pre-tax profit to improve from £2.3m to £3.4m. Fewer contractors are being used and margins should rise in the second half. More than £60m of additional bookings have been gained so far in 2022-23.
Circle Property (CRC) has conditionally disposed of Concorde Park in Maidenhead for £12.3m. Somerset House in Birmingham is being sold for £15.2m and Victory House in Northampton is being sold for £2.75m That leaves one property to sell. There is already £32.6m in the bank prior to these disposals. B share issues are planned March and April to return cash to shareholders. The AIM quotation is likely to be cancelled in May.
ECR Minerals (ECR) has published drilling data from the Blue Moon prospect at Bailieston, Victoria with one of the holes at 84.9 metres depth reporting a composite grade of 6.35 metres at 4.56g/t. The rig is moving to the Brewery Lane property at Creswick.
Conroy Gold & Natural Resources (CGNR) made a high-grade gold discovery in a new area of the Longford-Down Massif. Visible gold is present. The grades are between 12.8g/t and 123g/t at the Mines Royal option area in Northern Ireland. Exploration is being carried out with joint venture partner Demir Export.
Snowfall has hit production at the Pakrut gold mine operated by China Nonferrous Gold (CNG). The Tajikistan mine has been hit by avalanches and landslides that have damaged power supply. Operations will be suspended for at least one month.
Roquefort Therapeutics (ROQ) has signed an exclusive licence and royalty agreement with Randox Laboratories for its Midkine antibody portfolio. The ten-year licence excludes Japan and enables Randox to use the Midkine portfolio for medical diagnostics. The two firms will collaborate on potential cancer uses. Roquefort could generate more than £5m over the length of the agreement.
Trifast (TRI) chief executive Mark Belton has resigned after a disappointing trading statement. The fasteners supplier has been hit by Asian destocking. The forecast earnings for 2022-23 have been reduced by 38% to 5.1p a share.
Providence Equity is interested in making a 105p a share offer for Hyve Group (HYVE), which is a small fraction of the flotation share price.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) says 2022 trading was in line with expectations. The 2022 results will be published on 30 March.
Electric vehicle drivetrain technology developer Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has raised £6.235m at 5p a share. That was slightly more than initially indicated. A lease is being secured on additional premises. The contracted order book is worth £8.6m. Interim revenues were £1.05m and the full results will be announced on 15 February.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) says existing contracts underpin growth in in 2023. There are £22m of vanadium flow battery systems due for delivery in 2023 and a further £7.4m order book for 2024. There was £5.1m of cash in the bank at the end of 2022. Pilot projects with Siemens Gamesa should begin in the summer and a next generation product should be available in the first half of 2024.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has completed the sale of its joint venture interest in Yangibana rare earths project for A$9m of shares in ASX-listed Hastings, which is equivalent to 1.9%. Evergreen Lithium is expected to list on the ASX on 10 March – Cadence Minerals owns 15.8 million shares, which are expected to be valued at A$3.96m.
A full year update from Chapel Down Group (CDGP) shows string growth in sparkling wine sales. Group revenues were 10% ahead at £15.6m with momentum increasing in the second half. Margins should have improved.
Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) reported a small dip in interim pre-tax profit to £731,000, partly due to additional charges relating to a property in Sunderland. There is available cash of £9.5m for further property investments and contracts have been exchanged on a Dorchester property.
Helium Ventures (HEV) had £157,000 in cash at the end of October 2022. The proposed acquisition of Vestigo Technologies, which supplies tracking software, continues to be progressed.
Goodbody Health (GDBY) is partnering with Datar Cancer Genetics to offer the Trucheck circulating tumour cell screening service.
Tap Global (TAP) has signed up its first client for its crypto app. Global cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex will use the service to offer clients a prepaid Mastercard and convert cryptocurrency to Euros.
SuperSeed Capital (WWW) says the SuperSeed II LP has invested in eight SaaS companies and a further investment should be made in the first quarter of 2023.
RentGuarantor Holdings (LON: RGG) is licencing its software to Clever Student Lets to use on its student letting platform.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has published fourth quarter production figures. Silver output was 401,000 ounces in the period, while gold output was 4,000 ounces. Full year production was one million ounces of silver and 11,000 ounces of gold.
AQRU (AQRU) has launched its lending pool via subsidiary Accru Finance. This allows investors to generate yield from tax credit receivables originating from the IRS in the US. Annual returns of up to 10% are indicated.
Good Energy (GOOD) was one of three energy suppliers criticised for not providing enough help to their prepayment customers to claim the £400 of support vouchers from the government.
Marula Mining (MARU) says that initial deliveries of 1,000 tonnes of high-grade lithium ore from the Blesberg mine will commence shortly and take four weeks. Processing of existing stockpiles is ongoing, while site infrastructure is upgraded.
Chris Akers continues to build up his stake in Asimilar Group (ASLR) and it has reached 8.01%.
Spectacles supplier Inspecs (SPEC) is expected to report slightly better than expected full year figures. The figures are still much worse than expected prior to the previous warning, where destocking and poorly performing businesses led to a significant downgrade. Sales were flat at $246m, although there was growth before currency movements. Pre-tax profit is set to more than halve from $17.9m to $7.7m.
Battery technology developer Ilika (IKA) has been awarded a UK government grant of £2.8m for taking a leading role on a 24-month Faraday Battery Challenge in collaboration with BMW and Williams. This will further the development of Ilika’s Goliath battery, which is designed to be cost-effective and recyclable. There were no surprises in the interims earlier in the week. In the six months to October 2022, revenues improved from £179,000 to £204,000, which all came from UK grants. Net cash outflow from operating activities increased from £2.19m to £3.84m. Net cash is £17.8m. The Stereax M300 miniature battery should be launched by the summer.
Results from aerospace composites kits supplier Velocity Composites (LON: VEL) were as expected following the trading statement at the end of 2022. In the year to October 2022, revenues were 22% higher at £12m, while the loss was flat at £1.5m. A further loss is forecast for this year, while the US deal with GKN Aerospace builds up later in the year. A full year contribution from the US GKN business should push the company into profit.
Fire Angel Technology (FA.) reduced its loss last year, even after higher procurement costs, and it expects significantly enhanced margins this year. The home safety products supplier increased 2022 revenues by nearly one-third to £57.5m. A further reduction in loss is expected this year with helpful currency movements providing potential for further upside.
Healthcare data analysis provider Diaceutics (DXRX) beat expectations with revenues 44% higher at £20m, helped by currency movements, and margins are being maintained despite inflationary pressures. Diaceutics has secured two agreements with top ten global pharma companies. The order book is worth £15.6m. Investment in data and technology is being increased.
Following the departure of the recently appointed chief executive Inland Homes (INL) has sold its greenfield strategic land portfolio. There was a £3.5m profit on the sale that raised £9.5m in cash. There will also be fees generated for assisting the purchaser. Despite the disposal, net debt has risen to £100m and trading conditions have deteriorated. The 2021-22 loss is expected to be £91m and NAV has fallen to 40p a share.
Fiinu (BANK), which offers the Plugin overdraft to individuals with accounts with other banks, has completed the core banking platform configuration and its testing. General testing of the service is continuing. There is £35m-£40m required to fund the bank and a staged fundraising will commence before Easter.
Piling contractor Van Elle (VANL) had already flagged the interims, but the pre-tax profit was still slightly higher than expected at £3.3m. The interim dividend is 0.4p a share. Full year pre-tax profit forecasts have been maintained at £5.2m, although next year’s figures has been trimmed to £6m.
Gaming Realms (GMR) has signed a brand licensing deal with Tetris Inc, the holder of the rights to the eponymous falling blocks game. Tetris Slngo mobile will be launched globally before the end of 2023.
Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCTP) is due to commence a phase 1 clinical trial for its lead programme OCT461201 for the treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy with the interim results due in the second quarter. Management says it has enough cash to get it into the first quarter of 2024. GHS Capital has reduced its stake to below 3%.
Motor dealer Pendragon (PDG) says fourth quarter trading is slightly ahead of expectations and this has offset inflationary pressures. Underlying full year pre-tax profit should be more than £57m, down from £83m for the previous year. Net debt is around £23m. There continue to be constraints in the supply of new vehicles.
One Heritage Group (OHG) expects a further impairment charge of between £750,000 and £1.25m. Martin Crews is being replaced as development director by Paul Westhead on an interim basis. The major shareholder loan facility has been raised from £9.5m to £11m.
Mode Global Holdings (MODE) is winding down its operations because it was unable to raise the cash it required to grow the business.