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Quoted Micro 10 June 2024

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Skincare treatments developer Incanthera (INC) says the first production order for its Skin + CELL products from Marionnaud has been doubled to 100,000 units. The launch will be in September. The previous figure was already higher than the initial order and the revenues from the order will be £4m. Future production orders could be even larger. This will help group revenues for the year to March 2025 to be more than £10m. This has enabled Incanthera to raise £4.1m from a share issue at 15p/share to cover additional working capital. Lupus treatment developer ImmuPharma (IMM) raised £1.5m from the sale of its 9.98% stake in Incanthera, which was valued at £600,000 at the end of 2023, although it retains warrants.

TruSpine Technologies (TSP) is talking to several potential commercial partners for its medical device technology, where the regulatory process is ongoing. The new board has improved relations with the inventor of the spinal stabilisation device IP. The investor relations website has been relaunched and a new medical advisory board will be put in place.

CBD products supplier Voyager Life (VOY) says another potential merger has fallen through. This follows the ending of the Northern Leaf deal. This has left Voyager Life short of cash. The business operations are being reviewed and there are talks about funding. The company has been winning new business and there are signs of an improvement in the retail stores.

RentGuarantor (RGG) increased full year revenues by 79% to £741,000. The rent guarantee services provider says arrears were 2.32% in 2023. The loss increased from £911,000 to £1.23m, after a £358,000 charge for the revaluation of the convertible loan note.

First Sentinel has resigned as corporate adviser of ChallengerX (CXS) and the shares have been suspended. ChallengerX is progressing with a potential acquisition, and it is required to appoint a new corporate adviser.

Helium Ventures (HEV) says that a shareholder in Trackimo is challenging the issue of a 19.4% stake to the Aquis company.

Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has leased an additional manufacturing facility in Motherwell. This should become operational in the third quarter and capacity should be more than 500MWh of energy storage per year. The Bathgate facility will also be upgraded.

KR1 (KR1) has invested $1m into the Avail Web3 infrastructure project in return for 12.5 million AVAIL tokens.

Video capture technology company Visum Technologies (VIS) has entered exclusive non-binding heads of terms for a licence agreement with Makeabl, which has developed cloud/app technology. This would be licensed in North American and European markets and help Visum Technologies to access new markets.

BWA Group (BWAP) has completed reconnaissance drilling at the Dehane 2 rutile sands project in Cameroon. The results were encouraging. Oberon Capital has been appointed as broker.

Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) has completed the renewal of its subordinated loan, which is classified as Tier 2 capital. The loan was increased by £1m to £26m and lasts until June 2034.

Psych Capital has changed its name to Shortwave Life Sciences (PSY).

AIM

Destocking hit the interim figures of Gooch & Housego (GHH) and pre-tax profit slipped from £4.7m to £2.6m on a 1% decline in revenues to £63.6m. This excludes the loss making EM4 defence business sold earlier this year. The dividend was edged up by 0.1p/share to 4.9p/share. Net debt increased to £22.2m. The destocking was primarily in industrial and medical sectors. Industrial remains the largest generator of revenues despite a 13% decline. There was not a recovery in the semiconductor sector as expected. The subsea cable market was strong. There was a reduction in the aerospace and defence division loss on higher revenues, but it still needs to improve manufacturing efficiency.

GRC International (GRC) is recommending an 8p/share cash bid from Bloom Seed Bidco, which values the cybersecurity company at £8.6m. The bidder is a vehicle for technology investor Bloom, which can provide increased financial backing for the business. GRC joined AIM in 2018 at a time when there was investor interest in the cybersecurity sector. The flotation valuation was £40.2m at 70p/share. GRC has been loss making and never moved into profit.

Pawnbroker Ramsdens (RFX) reported interims showing the expected progress. Precious metals revenues were strong, although margins dipped. Pre-owned jewellery sales offset weaker watch sales. The contribution from each main division was higher. Interim revenues were 12% ahead at £43.8m, while pre-tax profit improved from £3.68m to £3.99m. The dividend was raised by 9% to 3.6p/share.

Strip Tinning (STG) has won a battery technologies contract from a German automotive motion technology manufacturer, that could have a lifetime value of £43m. This is for a cell contact system for battery pack modules for a US customer. This has already generated £1.7m in pre-production work. Production supply will start in the fourth quarter of 2025 with further pre-production revenues of £1m ahead of that time. There will be additional investment in engineering resources. Demand for glazing products has weakened and copper prices are rising. There will be a trading statement on 16 July.

Power Metal Resources (POW) has secured a £2m loan note investment from ACAM, which is also negotiating a uranium-focused joint venture, which would include all of Power Metal’s uranium licences. This would mean that the flotation of Uranium Energy Exploration will not happen – that has already cost £500,000 – and neither will previously proposed disposals. There would be a £10m investment in Power Metal Resources Canada so that ACAM would have a 70% stake. The loan notes bear interest of 10%/year and there will be 13.3 million warrants issued that are exercisable at 15p each.

Empire Metals (EEE) considers further positive exploration results as a major development for the Pitfield prospect. There is rutile at surface, and it should be easy to mine. Titanium dioxide mineralisation gets more prevalent at lower depths. This should improve project economics.

Pantheon Resources (PANR) has entered a gas sales precedent agreement with the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, which is developing the Alaska LNG project. This is designed to supply Alaska and export up to 20 million tonnes of LNG each year. Pantheon Resources would supply up to 500 mmcf/day of gas at a maximum base price of $1/mmbtu. There are plans to increase the scale of the Ahpun development.

Jadestone Energy (JSE) says the Akatara gas processing facility, onshore Indonesia, is approaching final commissioning. The first gas should be processed in around a fortnight. Gas and LPG sales will start soon after that. The workover campaign on five Akatara wells has completed, and they will provide gas for the facility.

Seed Innovations (SEED) has completed its share buyback programme. This used up £510,000 on top of the £2m dividend. That followed the disposal of its Leaf Gaming stake for £2.4m. There has been a 11.6% share price decline so far this year, but that is not adjusted for the 1p/share special dividend.

Maritime systems developer SRT Marine Systems (SRT) admits that two coastguard contracts are unlikely to reach their project revenue milestones in the 15 months to June 2024. The largest contract is dependent on the completion of an inter-government loan. There should £45m of income recognised when this is finalised. Once the other contract is verified it should enable £9m to be recognised. Transceivers revenues have grown, and total revenues are expected to be £14m in the 15-month period. The six-month figure was £5.5m with no contribution from systems.

Hercules Site Services (HERC) reported a one-third increase in interim revenues to £48.8m as it continues to win additional contracts to supply construction staff. It moved back into profit in the period. The new training academy is up and running.

The Mission Group (TMG) has responded to the revised bid proposal of 13.9 Brave Bison (BBSN) shares for each share in the advertising and marketing services company. The board still believes that the bid does not reflect the underlying value of the business, but it is evaluating the bid.

Hostels operator Safestay (SSTY) has acquired a property in Brighton from the University of East Sussex for £2.275m. This will be converted into a 220 bed premium hostel. It is 600 metres from the sea front and will cost £1m to convert. Shore Capital has been appointed nominated adviser and broker. Safestay reported full year revenues 18% higher at £22.5m. EBITDA rose 15% to £6.8m. NAV was 50p/share.

Restaurants operator Tasty (TAST) gained court approval of its restructuring plan on Tuesday afternoon. Tasty has got out of the leases of 23 sites. This leaves 38 restaurants, which are predominantly the Wildwood brand. This should improve EBITDA by up to £2.1m between 2023 and 2025.

Clontarf Energy (CLON) has failed to move through to the next stage of the bids for the seven priority salt pans in southern Bolivia because of its offtake partner’s poor credit rating. Management hopes that it can argue the case that the credit rating is not relevant.

Mosman Oil & Gas (MSMN) is paying $500,000 for a 10% interest in a US helium project in Las Animas County, Colorado. This is an area with known helium deposits. There are five helium prospects and a well will be drilled for each of them. The sale of oil and gas asset will help finance the move into helium.

WIIT has decided not to make an offer for Redcentric (RCN).

MAIN MARKET

Credit provider S and U (SUS) says that its first quarter profit has fallen by one-third because of higher provisions due to lack of regulatory clarity.

Like-for-like sales at Hostmore (MORE) have fallen by 10%, but profitability has improved. Net debt is set to peak in the third quarter. The acquisition of TFI Fridays is progressing and the formal agreement should be signed shortly.

Motor dealer Caffyns (CFYN) has cut its dividend by one-third to 5p/share because it slumped into loss last year. There were property value write-downs.

Chill Brands (CHLL) shares have been suspended because of allegations relating to the use of insider information and concerns about commercial arrangements. This means that the board cannot provide accurate information about its financial position.

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCTP) has left the standard list.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 3 June 2024

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Time to ACT (TTA) has joined the Aquis Stock Exchange and plans to develop a group of engineering-based energy transition businesses. Middlesborough-based Time to ACT has two subsidiaries. Diffusion Alloys is a long-established diffusion coating business. The technology provides an intermetallic layer that protects metal components at high temperatures. GreenSpur is a much newer business that is developing direct drive generator technology for use in wind power that does not require rare earths for magnets. It uses axial flux technology that utilises ferrite magnets, which are less expensive. It is also copper-free and uses aluminium instead. The share price ended the week at 50p.

Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) has decided to pay a special dividend of 20p/share on top of its interim dividend of 20p/share, up from 19p/share in 2023. The two dividends will be paid at the same time on 20 June.

Digital assets investor KR1 (KR1) had net assets of 95.43p/share at the end of April 2024. Celestia accounts for 34.2% of the portfolio and Polkadot for 14.3%. There was £1.16m of income generated from digital assets during the month.

Marula Mining (MARU) has signed an offtake agreement with Fujax UK for manganese ore production from the Larisoro mine in Kenya. The agreement covers an initial 2,000 tonnes of manganese ore with further minimum monthly deliveries of 5,000 tonnes, but nominal monthly sales of 20,000 tonnes/month for 12 months. Deliveries have started. Assay results from Larisoro show an average grade of 35.73% manganese.

Unigel Ltd (UNX) increased full year pre-tax profit from £442,000 to £815,000 on revenues improved from £18.8m to £28.5m. Although this is not like-for-like. There was a like-for-like decline in profit. The manufacturer of telecom fibre optic cables materials says its market declined last year. There are signs of recovery.

Valereum (VLRM) chairman James Formolli has subscribed £2m for shares at 3.6p each. Instead of warrants he will receive 15 million GATE tokens. Valereum has signed a strategic partnership with Securities Trading Technology Mauritius to improve Valereum’s core technology. The focus is Bridge Digital FMI, the company’s blockchain digital financial markets infrastructure.

Apollon Formularies (APOL) shares slumped 70% to 0.0075p after shareholders voted in favour of leaving Aquis.

Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) reported an interim pre-tax profit of £985,000, up from £933,000. NAV was 87.32p/share at the end of February 2024. A 2p/share dividend has been subsequently paid.

BrightGrow SSAS has a 7.08% stake in investment company Gledhow Investments (GDH), which reported a decline in net assets from £1.6m to £1.3m, including cash of £217,000, at the end of March 2024.

Cooks Coffee (COOK) increased full year group revenues by 19% to NZ$4.7m. Growth was in the South and eastern England. Four new stores have opened in UK and one in Ireland in April and May. In the past eight weeks, UK store sales were 27.3% higher.

Vinanz Ltd (BTC) is launching a new Bitcoin mining centre in Iowa, where 85% of electricity supply will come from renewables. An order for 20 Bitmain Antminer S19J Pro+ 120TH bitcoin miners. More will be ordered once these are up and running efficiently. Vinanz generated income of £200,000 in the six months to February 2024, while revaluation of assets and disposal gains enabled Vinanz to make a pre-tax profit of £175,000.

Super Seed Capital (WWW) improved NAV by 5p/share to 116p/share in the first quarter of 2024. The company expects to make up to three new investments in the second quarter.

Chairman Geoffrey Miller has increased his shareholding in TruSpine Technologies (TSP) from 7.24% to 9.03% after he acquired 2.5 million shares at 1.5p each from LCS. AIM-quoted Vela Technologies (VELA) has cut its stake from 9.9% to 4.3%. Constantine Logothetis has increased his stake in SulNOx Group (SNOX) to 24.1%.

S-Ventures (SVEN) has delayed the announcement of its figures for the 15 months to December 2023 because the audit will not be completed by the end of June.

AIM

Cancer treatments developer Extruded Pharmaceuticals reversed into Amur Minerals Corporation to form CRISM Therapeutics Corporation (CRTX) on 31 May. According to the admission document, the estimated value of the company after the acquisition would be £7.5m at 23p/share following a one-for-160 share consolidation. That valued the all-share acquisition of Extruded Pharmaceuticals at £5.5m. The opening price was 24p, but it ended the day at 11.5p.

Digitisation services provider TPXimpact (TPX) says 2023-24 revenues were slightly above expectations at £84m. EBITDA margin was in the middle of the 5%-6% range. Net debt has fallen to just over £7m. There was £139m of work won last year. There could be some short-term disruption from the General Election.

Cleaning services provider React (REAT) had a strong first half and it is well on the way to making the full year forecast. It continues to win new contracts and renew existing contracts at similar margins. Interim revenues grew from £9.3m to £10.3m, while pre-tax profit improved £800,000 to £1.1m. The integration and digitalisation of LaddersFree is progressing and that will improve efficiency. Net cash was £700,000 at the end of March 2024.

Video streaming technology provider Aferian (AFRN) reported a 21% decline in annual recurring revenues to $14.7m at the end of November 2023. Total 2022-23 revenues fell from $91.1m to $47.8m, although software sales improved, and Aferian moved from profit to loss. Underlying cash flow fell from $8.9m to $3.2m. Net debt was $6.1m at the end of 2023. Cost savings are being made. Chief executive Donald McGarva will leave in October.

Online building materials retailer CMO Group (CMO) reported a 14% drop in revenues to £71.5m with plumbing sales holding up better than other sectors. There was a swing from a pre-tax profit of £175,000 to a loss of £2.33m. Net debt was £600,000. The tiles market continues to decline, but there are signs of recovery in the overall market. Like-for-like sales orders were 18.2% lower, and the second quarter decline has slowed to 7.9%.

Oil and gas company Prospex Energy (PXEN) says current gross production of the PM-1 facility at the Selva Field – 37% interest – is 2.8mmcf/day. This is generating free cash flow of more than £6,000/day. The operator is Po Valley Energy. The Italian government has become more positive about oil and gas exploration. The permitting process for additional wells is progressing.

Revolution Bars (RBG) has moved its general meeting date to 14 June. This is to gain shareholder agreement to raise up to £12.5m via a placing and seven-for-eight open offer at 1p/share. The board does not believe that the approach from Nightcap (NGHT) can be delivered in a timely manner, so it is going ahead with its restructuring proposals.

Roebuck Food Group (RFG) has sold its dairy division for €1.3m net. This business is loss making. The remaining business is involved in milling and importation of food and ingredients.

Oil and gas producer Longboat Energy (LBE) says net production at the Statfjord satellites has been disappointing this year. Two out of five redevelopment wells are still not producing. Average production was 401boe/day in the first four months of 2024 rising to 544boe/day so far in May. Further capital expenditure is required. Longboat Energy is reducing costs and additional funds will be required. A share issue is an option.

Trading in Trafalgar Property (TRAF) shares was suspended after the company confirmed it is negotiating a reverse takeover of Ecap Esport. At the end of September 2023, Ecap Esport had net assets of £2.67m, including intangible assets of £3.94m, and its ultimate parent company was Esboz Ltd which sold the intangible assets to the company.

Insig AI (INSG) has taken a 5.45% stake in AI and blockchain company ImpactScope OU. Insig AI will sell its Greenwashing Identifiet technology to asset managers. The payment was 900,000 shares at 13.75p each and Insig Ai has an option to subscribe for more shares. New Insig AI executive chairman Richard Bernstein has subscribed £100,000 at 20p/share.

Premier African Minerals (PREM) has paused mining at the Zulu lithium and tantalum project in Zimbabwe. This will enable the installation of an additional conditioning cell and it should be completed by 10 July.

Low sodium salt developer MicroSalt (SALT) has made strong progress over the past year, including the flotation on AIM. The 2023 results announced today represent a period prior to flotation. MicroSalt was still in a period of building up its customer base and reported a loss of £3.5m.

MAIN MARKET

First Tin (1SN) has acquired exploration licence 9200 to broaden the area covered at Taronga in Australia. There has been tin production in the area in the past. Soil sampling results have extended the Pound Flat target area slightly.

Publisher National Word (NWOR) increased revenues by 18% in the first 21 weeks of the year. That includes contributions from Insider Media and Midland News Association that were acquired last year. There is net cash of £10m.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 20 May 2024

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Digital assets investor KR1 (KR1) reported a decline in 2023 revenues from £20.2m to £8.65m, but larger gains on digital assets mean that the reported profit was not down as much at £14.7m, from £19.5m. The introduction of the bitcoin ETF has helped the valuation of digital assets in the diversified portfolio. NAV was 132.05p/share at the end of March 2024, which is higher than the figure at the end of 2023. The company has been buying back shares at a discount to the NAV.

Aquaculture technology developer OTAQ (OTAQ) plans to raise up to £2m from a convertible loan note issue. The conversion price will be 3p/share. A reduced loss is expected for 2023, even after exceptional costs. The 2023 results should be announced by the end of June. First quarter revenues are 19% ahead. The live plankton analysis system has been launched.

Brewer Adnams (ADB) increased annual sales by 11% with growth in on-trade and off-trade business. Management is still exploring ways of funding growth.

All Things Considered (ATC) has acquired 55% of music management company Raw Power, whose artists include The Damned, for £1.41m in cash. This takes the artists managed by the combined group to 80. The existing shareholders will retain the rest of the shares. Some of these were involved with Sanctuary Group, which was quoted two decades ago. In the year to February 2023, Raw Power made a pre-tax profit of £326,000 on revenues of £2.27m. Phantom Music Management holds loan notes in the acquired business and is subscribing £200,000 for shares in All Things Considered, which had net cash of £10m at the endo of 2023. Last year. All Things Considered increased revenues by 156% to £24.1m, but there was a swing from profit to loss, although there was a one-off profit in the previous year.  There was also a larger loss from the minority interest in livestreaming company Driift.

Clarify Pharma (PSYC) reported a reduced loss in the year to November 2023. NAV fell from £1.41m to £597,000, including cash of £167,000. Investments were valued at £706,000.

EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had net assets of 347.96p/share at the end of April 2024.

Res Privata has increased its stake in WeCap (WCAP) from 7.28% to 9.69%. Silverwood Brands (SLWD) director Andrew Gerrie invested £20,000 in shares at just over 26p each. Newbury Racecourse (NYR) director Dominic Burke has bought 1,125 shares at 5.449p each. Tap Global Group chief executive Arsen Torosian acquired 33.75 million shares at 0.681481p each.

Secured Property Developments has changed its name to Mollyroe (MOY).

AIM

Nexus Infrastructure (NEXS) reported a decline in revenues in the six months to March 2024, but the order book is improving. Revenues generated by the infrastructure services provider fell from £51m to £25.8m and the company slipped into loss. The interim dividend is maintained at 1p/share. There was a cash outflow, but cash is still £9.3m, which is not much less than the market capitalisation. The order book is worth £72m, but the recovery in revenues may not happen until next year.

B90 Holdings (B90) has refocused on business to business gaming operations. This will enable a reduction in costs and could move the company into profit in 2024. Net cash was Euro800,000 at the end of 2023 and the cash outflow should end in the second half. There is an experienced management team. In the medium-term the company should become a consolidator in the sector.

Cerillion (CER) continues to win significant orders and there was a major win following the end of the first half. Revenues grew 10% to £22.5m in the first half. The software company is on course to improve pre-tax profit from £16.8m to £17.3m in the year to September 2024. Net cash could rise to £30.4m.

Semiconductors designer Sondrel (SND) is raising £5.63m at 10p/share and plans to cancel the AIM quotation. ROX Equity Partners is subscribing for the shares and its loans will be converted into a further 28.7 million shares, taking its stake to 49.3%. This requires government and shareholder approval. Miles Woodhouse will be ROX Equity Partners’ representative on the board. A new chief executive is being sought. Sondrel recognises it needs to manage projects better.

Orchard Funding Group (ORCH) believes that it is not worth being quoted on AIM and the insurance premium finance provider intends to cease paying dividends. The cash can then be used to make a tender offer to shareholders when appropriate.

Active Energy Group (AEG) says that its audit may not be completed by June, which would lead to a suspension of trading in the shares. Cash is running out and management may have to consider liquidating the company. This depends on whether the CoalSwitch assets are sold. There is currently $500,000 in the bank. There is also a 4.1% stake in green technology investor Alpha Prospects, but whether this is really worth the £680,000 book value is questionable.

A trading update from professional services provider FRP Advisory (FRP) shows revenues 23% ahead at £128m and much higher than forecast EBITDA of £37m. Work on corporate administrations is rising, but all five of the divisions grew. Net cash was around £30m at the end of March 2024. Cavendish has raised its 2023-24 pre-tax forecast to £33m with a further improvement to £34.2m in 2024-25.

Phoenix Copper (PXC) says that it has conditionally raised $80m from a bond issue to fund the construction of the Empire copper-gold mine in Idaho. The cash will be drawn down in tranches. The arrangement fee is paid for by the issue of 33.9 million shares. NIU invest is acquiring the bond and it will have the right to subscribe for a 25% stake in Phoenix Copper over a five-year period.

Lower gold production meant that Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ) revenues fell from $84.7m to $45.9m, which meant that it swung from pre-tax profit of $7.5m to a loss of $32m. There were $18m of non-cash impairment charges of capitalised exploration costs and the value of the Libero Copper and Gold investment. All-in sustaining cost of gold production jumped from $1,064/ounce to $1,510/ounce. Total production was 31,821 ounces.

Retail software provider itim Group (ITIM) has secured a five-year contract renewal with Majestic Wine. This is a multi-million pounds contract. This follows the publication earlier in the week of 2023 figures showing revenues 15% higher at £16.1m. Annual recurring revenues were £13.2m. Revenues are expected to increase to £17m this year, but itim will still lose money before a potential move into profit in 2025.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has made a recommended bid of 480p/share for IQGeo (IQG), which values the geospatial software company at £333m. KKR believe it can accelerate the growth of IQGeo.

Revolution Bars (RBG) says that it has not received any takeover bid or offer for assets as a whole as part of the formal sale process. There are offers for certain assets, but none would result in any return to shareholders. A restructuring and fundraising plan is still possible, and the board is still open to other plans, possibly by Nightcap (NGHT).

E-commerce firm Huddled (HUD) reported a 2023 pre-tax profit of £13m, but that was due to gains on the disposals of Immotion and Uvisan. The underlying pre-tax loss was £2.29m. Cash of £12.7m was returned to shareholders out of the disposal proceeds, but there was still £4.27m in the bank at the end of 2023. The new core business Discount Dragon was acquired in October, so the figures do not provide a good indication of ongoing operations. Discount Dragon generated revenues of £2.1m in the first quarter of 2024.

Horizonte Minerals (HZM) has appointed FRP Advisory as administrator. The nominated adviser has resigned.

MAIN MARKET

Flavourings supplier Treatt (TET) reported a dip in interim revenues to £72.1m because of destocking, but underlying pre-tax profit improved from £7.3m to £7.6m. There is good momentum in the second half.

Standard list shell Sivota (SIV) has ended acquisition talks with an online technology platform in the travel sector.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 6 May 2024

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Good Life Plus (GDLF) has traded strongly since joining Aquis and raising cash for marketing. The luxury prize draw company increased the number of subscribers from 21,000 at the end of 2023 to 30,000. Churn has been reduced.

Invinity Energy Systems (IES) raised £56m at 23p/share with £25m committed by the UK Infrastructure Bank and £3m from Korean Investment Partners. There is also an open offer to raise up to £6.6m. The share price slipped 6.12% to 23p. IES will use £30m to increase capacity ahead of the launch of the latest version of the Mistral flow battery.

KR1 (KR1) gained shareholder approval for the market acquisition of up to 14.99% of its shares. NAV was 132.05p/share at the end of March 2024, down from 134.6p/share one month earlier. There was £1.96m in income from digital assets during the month.

Apollon Formularies (APOL) has sent a general meeting notice for 28 May to gain approval of the cancelation of the Aquis quotation. The company is selling its IP to a Canadian company.

Rogue Baron (SHNJ) has acquired Eight Vodka for £70,000 in shares at 0.5p each. Eight Vodka is distilled eight times in Ecuador.

Trading in Silverwood Brands (SLWD) was restored following the completion of a capital reduction. Phoenix Asset Management increased its stake from 0.94% to 29.9%. In the first quarter a rebranding of Balmonds has disrupted sales. The costs of acquiring Cosme Science hit profitability of Sonotas.

One Health Group (OHGR) says it did better than expected last year with annual revenues improving from £20.5m to £23m. Net cash was £4.7m at the end of March 2024. There was a 13% increase in NHS patient referrals for treatments. New five-year contracts have been secured with the two largest customers.

RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) says first quarter revenues were 62% ahead and the number of tenant contracts was 38% higher.

Investment company MaxRets Ventures (MAX) reported net assets of £19,000 at the end of October 2023, down from £497,000. There was no new investment during the year. A transformative acquisition is being sought.

Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) more than halved the interim cash outflow from operating activities to £234,000. Ther was £263,000 in the bank at the end of January 2024, but £612,000 has been raised since then. Testing of the prototype wind turbine and the electrolyser has gone well.

Substrate AI (SAI) generated revenues of $8.6m in 2023. There was $4.42m in the bank.

Hacienda Management has taken a 7.48% stake in Supernova Digital Assets (SOL). Pete Mills increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 3.02% to 4.03%. DXS International (DXSP) chairman Robert Sutcliffe bought 100,000 shares at 1.46p/share.

AIM

Trinity Exploration & Production (TRIN) has agreed a bid from fellow AIM-quoted Trinidad oil and gas company Touchstone Exploration (TXP), which is offering 1.5 shares for every Trinity share. The Trinity shareholders will own one-fifth of the enlarged company. The combined group will be in a stronger position to make investments in new production. The Touchstone Exploration share price is 4.85% lower at 39.25p, valuing each Trinity share at 58.875p – the share price is 50% higher at 54p.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting (AFM) has confirmed that BridgePoint Advisers has made a bid approach and Cinven is considering making a bid. Revolution Bars Group (RBG) has received interest from Nightcap (NGHT), which is assessing the situation and options include a bid or acquisition of some sites or subsidiaries.

Electric Guitar (ELEG) moved from the standard list to AIM following the reverse takeover of 3radical on 3 May. It is the first in a planned series of acquisitions in the digital marketing sector, where regulatory and market changes, such as the blocking of third-party cookies, provide significant growth opportunities. 3radical was acquired for 61.2 million shares valued at £1.28m. A fundraising generated £1.32m at 2.1p/share and that valued the company at £4.7m. 3radical was set up by the founders of campaign management software provider Alterian at the end of 2011 The shares had been suspended at 2.1p and they fell to 1.8p when trading recommenced on AIM.

Multi-channel retailer TheWorks.co.uk (WRKS) moved from a premium listing to AIM. The board felt the company was too small for the cost and regulatory burden of the Main Market. One of the attractions of AIM is that the company will no longer be classified as a Public Interest Entity and it will be able to choose an auditor from a wider range of firms. Singer forecasts a slump in pre-tax profit from £10.1m to £1m in the year to April 2024.

Cornish Metals (CUSN) has published a preliminary economic assessment of the South Crofty tin project in Cornwall. There is an after-tax NPV8 of $201m at a tin price of $31,000 /tonne. Pre-production capital requirement is $177m, which is higher than previous estimates, and there should be 14-year mine life. Life of mine all in sustaining cost is estimated at $13,661/tonne. Planned first production is in 2027.

Horizonte Minerals (HZM) has enough cash until 17 May and senior lenders have agreed to extend waivers on loans, including deferring interest payments, until 15 May. These lenders have security over the company’s assets. Horizonte Minerals has guaranteed the debt of the subsidiary that owns the Araguaia project. Discussions with creditors and investors continue in an attempt to achieve some recovery value for creditors. That may include the disposal of the Araguaia project. None of the proposals are likely to recover value for shareholders.

Arrow Exploration (AXL) grew average production from 1.3mboe/day in 2022 to 2.2mboe/day in 2023 and revenues increased from $28.1m to $50.6m, which was slightly lower than forecast. There was cash of $13m at the end of 2023 and this fell to $12m at the end of March 2024. Production has reached 2.9mboe/day in March, while drilling activity will lead to further increases in the medium-term. Canaccord Genuity has cut its 2024 revenues forecast from $103.9m to $98.6m and net cash is expected to be $17m at the end of 2024.

Trading at property services provider Kinovo (KINO) is ahead of expectations with organic growth of 23% in the year to March 2024. Underlying pre-tax profit should be more than £6m, excluding costs related to the DCB contracts, which were guaranteed by Kinovo when it was sold, still to be completed.

Mark Halpin has stepped down as chief executive of managed IT services provider CloudCoCo (CLCO) and MXC Guernsey, which holds a 10.6% stake, has extended its loan notes to 31 August 2026 in return for a £550,000 fee. The amount outstanding on the loan notes is £5.85m. MXC can also appoint an executive director and Ian Smith becomes interim chief executive. The shares returned from suspension following the release of figures for the year to September 2023 showing revenues 7% ahead at £26m. The loss was flat at £2.6m. There was a cash inflow from operating activities. Net debt was £6.3m at the end of September 2023.

Brake discs developer Surface Transforms (SCE) raised £6.5m fundraising at 1p/share. There will be a one-for 1.76036319 open offer at the same price. That could raise £2m. The cash will finance the scale up of manufacturing. Factory capacity will be increased to £75m. This year’s revenues are forecast to be £17.5m.

Gift wrap and stationery supplier IG Design (IGR) did better than expected in the year to March 2024 with margins recovering and pre-tax profit improving from $9.2m to $25.9m, compared with a forecast of $20.5m, even though revenues fell. Net cash nearly doubled to $95m. It appears the recovery is gathering pace. Management believes that margins could return to previous levels this year and an operating margin of more than 6% in 2026-27, suggesting a pre-tax profit of around $50m.

IT distributor Northamber (NAR) is acquiring Tempura Technology and Tempura Communications, which distribute unified communications products, for £6.02m in cash and 181,818 shares. There is £2.64m of the cash consideration contingent on EBITDA in the years ending June 2025, 2026 and 2027. This is a profitable business that has been growing organically.

Heavy mineral sands project developer Kazera Global (KZG) says recent changes at the National Nuclear Regulator in South Africa mean that it will have to provide additional information on how it will meet financial obligations. This should be funded by cash flow. A response is expected shortly and that will allow heavy mineral sands production to start in Alexander Bay, South Africa.

Oil and gas producer Jadestone Energy (JSE) reported a $91.3m loss for 2023 due to asset impairments, lower oil prices and higher interest costs. Capital investment has increased net debt to $110.5m by the end of March 2024. Average production in the first quarter of 2024 was 17,200 boe/day, which was hit by the Australian cyclone season. Production guidance for 2024 is 20,000-22,000 boe/day.

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Castings (CGS) did better than expected in the year to March 2024 and Canaccord Genuity upgraded its pre-tax profit forecast from £27.1m to £28.2m. Margins improved in the second half. Net cash is £32m.

Cybersecurity firm Narf Industries (NARF) is accelerating work on capabilities uniquely effective in battling a new generation threat. Developed was funded through a $2.3m contract from DARPA.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 15 April 2024

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Voyager Life (VOY) has terminated its merger with Northern Leaf following a decline in its share price making it difficult to fund the transaction. The cannabis products supplier says that there are other potential partners. Additional finance is required to automate production.

Supernova Digital (SOL) says NAV was 0.36p/share on 3 April 2024. A tender offer is planned when there are additional liquid funds. Director Nicholas Lyth bought two million shares at 0.19p each.

Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has sold shares in Computer Application Services for £257,000 and it retains a 28.9% stake.

Marula Mining (MARU) issued 2.8 million shares to pay for its stakes in the Nyoriinyori and NyoriGreen graphite projects The total consideration is £350,000. This follows assay results that confirm high-grade and broad graphite mineralisation on each of the projects. Marula Mining is also about to start supplying columbite-tantalite and feldspar from the Blesberg mine in South Africa to Fujax UK.

Substrate AI (SAI) is forecasting 2024 revenues of $20.6m and pre-tax profit of $1m. This is due to organic growth.

Business assurance provider Adsure Services (ADS) has announced a maiden dividend of 0.49p/share and the shares go ex-dividend on 18 April. Trading has been strong in the second half.

KR1 (KR1) has announced a general meeting on 29 April to seek authority to acquire up to 14.9% of its share capital.

Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) has raised £60,000 at 5p/share. This is on top of the £552,000 raised earlier in the year.  Inqo Investments (INQO) raised £1.3m at 70p/share. Dermatological technology developer Incanthera (INC) raised £174,000 from the exercise of warrants at 10p. Crushmetric (CUSH) placed shares raising £54,000 at 12.5p each.

Valereum (VLRM) has appointed Stanford Capital Partners as broker. Spirits company Rogue Baron (SHNJ) has appointed New York-based MD Global Partners as joint broker.

Rikki Devlin has increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 3.04% to 4.21%. Michael Prior sold 645 shares in brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP) at 695p each.

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Self-storage operator Lok’nStore (LOK) has agreed a 1,100p/share cash bid from Belgium-based Shurgard Self Storage. That values the company at £370m. The share price has risen above the level of the bid.

Churchill China (CHH) still managed to increase its profit in 2023 even though the third quarter trading was weak, and revenues fell. Europe was the bright spot, with growth in ceramics sales to hospitality customers in the main markets. The UK was flat, and the rest of the world sales were lower. The dividend has been raised from 31.5p/share to 36p/share. Capital investment will improve efficiency and margins. Investec forecasts flat 2024 pre-tax profit of £10.8m and that assumes an upturn in the UK.

There were no additional negatives in the Bango (BGO) 2023 figures following its disappointing trading statement earlier in the year. In fact, the previously announced foreign exchange loss was not taken through the income statement. Revenues grew from $28.5m to $46.1m with a full contribution from DOCOMO. The reported loss jumped from $4.8m to $10.2m. The NewDeep joint venture is being wound down so that stop the losses from it, while the technology can be used in the core business. Net debt is $3.9m. Capex continues at a high level and there is an unused overdraft facility of £3m that can be used. First quarter revenues are up by one-fifth and cost savings will help Bango achieve the anticipated move into profit this year. Annualised recurring revenues are $11m.

CleanTech Lithium (CTL) chief executive Aldo Boitano has resigned, although he will be a consultant, and Steve Kesler has taken over on an interim basis. This follows the revelation he entered into a loan agreement with his shareholding in the company as security in August 2023, but this was not revealed at the time. He transferred his 9.4 million shares to a custodian account nominated by the lender. It is unclear if any of the shares have been sold.

Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) says trading continues to outperform expectations. First quarter sales are 28% higher at £23.5m. This has been achieved by adding stores and broadening the range and there has been no price rise since early 2022. Margins have also improved. Shore believes that its current pre-tax profit forecast of £19.1m for 2024 is likely to be 10% too low. The broker will not upgrade its forecast until the 2023 results are published on 24 April.

Coal miner Bens Creek (BEN) is laying off workers at its mine in West Verginia, which will be operated on a care and maintenance basis. There are 44 employees being laid off and that is described as “a substantial number” of the employees at the mine. Management is in discussions with largest shareholder and offtake partner Avani Resources to provide further finance. Earlier in the week, the company said it had secured a one-off sale of 20,000 tons of coal to Avani Resources for $1.2m, of which $1m has been received in advance of delivery. This is lower quality coal, and the deal is separate to the offtake agreement. This did not prove enough to alleviate the poor financial position of the US-based metallurgical coal miner.

European Green Transition (EGT) is seeking to build up a portfolio of mining and processing projects that can help to progress the move to cleaner energy in Europe. There is potential for grant income from the EU for European critical minerals assets, as well as looking at non-dilutive ways of raising money for individual projects. A placing and offer raised £6.46m at 10p/share. Trading commenced on 8 April. The share price ended the week at 12p. Pro forma net assets are £7.29m, which includes cash of £5.95m. The Olserum rare earth element project in Sweden is the core asset.

Fulcrum Metals (FMET) has acquired the Sylvanite gold tailings project in Ontario. This is a former producing mine, and it is near to the previous tailings investment the Teck-Hughes gold tailings project. There are plans to create a tailings hub. The historic tailings resource estimate at Sylvanite is 67,051 ounces.

First quarter revenues at carbon brake technology developer Surface Transforms (SCE) were £3m, which was lower than target. However, production yields improved in March when revenues were £1.5m. Revised delivery schedules have been agreed. Cavendish has raised its 2024 forecast loss to £3m because of higher scrappage costs and there are likely to be higher working capital requirements. There should still be net cash at the end of 2024.

Drug developer e-therapeutics (ETX) is raising £28.9m at 15p/share from M and G and Richard Griffiths. It is also the latest company to decide to leave AIM. In the future, a Nasdaq listing may be possible.

Active Energy Group (AEG) has been reviewing its operations and how to secure funding. It believes it cannot raise the cash it requires to construct a CoalSwitch biomass fuel plant and commence production. A buyer is being sought for the CoalSwitch assets. If that happens, then the company would become a shell.

Oracle Power (ORCP) has secured an option to acquire 100% of the Blue Rock Valley copper and silver project in Western Australia. The option cost £30,000 in shares. If the option is exercised there will be 913.2 million shares issued – valued at £200,000.

Weak third quarter demand at castings company Chamberlin (CMH) hit profitability. Some new programmes were delayed, and other demand was lower than forecast. The renewable offshore energy sector remained strong. There has been some recovery in the fourth quarter and costs are being reduced. Prices increases have been made.

Harvest Minerals (HMI) has made a rare earth elements discovery at its Arapua fertiliser project in Brazil. Rock samples analysis shows rare earth elements and further work will be done to firm up the opportunity by assessing previous drilling. There has been a better start to the year for sales of fertiliser.

Contract research and infectious disease study services provider hVIVO (HVO) reported 2023 results broadly in line with the trading statement. The order book covers 90% of the forecast revenues of £62m, with a strong first half expected.

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Kitchenware retailer ProCook Group (PROC) reported fourth quarter trading showing 4.8% year-on-year growth in revenues to £13.2m with the decline in ecommerce revenues slowing. Like-for-like growth was 1.5% ahead. Full year revenues were flat at £62.6m, although retail revenues were 9% higher. Net debt is £700,000.

Critical Metals (CRTM) has issued £1.6m of convertible loan notes. This will help to finance the road to the Molulu copper cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and fund initial drilling to establish a JORC resource. Management is also near to securing an $11m loan guaranteed by the US government. This will fund construction of the mine and leave additional cash for investment in other projects. Production at Molulu could start before the end of this year. The plan is to produce 10,000 tonnes of copper each month.

Standard list shell Aura Renewable Acquisitions (ARA) had £661,000 in the bank at the end of 2023. It raised £1m in April 2022. The company is still seeking an acquisition in the renewable energy sector.

Narf Industries (NARF) has won a $500,000 cybersecurity contract with the US Department of Energy. This is part of a project to strengthen the resilience of energy infrastructure.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 1 April 2024

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Incanthera (INC) has published an update on its distribution deal with Marionnaud. The first order for Skin + CELL products will generate revenues of £2m with 50,000 bottles of skin cream to be supplied for sale in Austria and Switzerland. A second order will be even bigger. The management projects revenues of £10m for the year to March 2025 and this would make it profitable. The range is being increased to five products and they are all part of the initial launch.  Revenues could grow to £33m the following year. There is potential for licence deals in other countries.

Watchstone Group (WTG) says a subsidiary’s VAT appeal was dismissed even though it satisfied four out of five elements. A decision will be made on whether to appeal the judgement.

TruSpine Technologies (TSP) intends to issue a conversion notice to loan note holders. The conversion price is a 130% premium to the share price prior to the convertible loan note approval by the directors. A £200,000 debenture has been used to subscribe for convertible loan notes. Geoffrey Miller has increased his stake from 6.88% to 7.24%.

Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) has announced a further adjournment of its a general meeting to gain shareholder approval for leaving Aquis. Investors have approached the quantum technology investment company and offered to make a substantial investment. Stuart Woods has stepped down from the board.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company European Metals Holdings (EMH) says that the Cinovec project in the Czech Republic is in the process of completing a definitive feasibility study, but it will not be completed in the first quarter. There is potential to improve the lithium processing. Cadence Minerals has increased its stake in the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil to 34%. A study should reduce costs and improve productivity of the proposed mine.

S-Ventures (SVEN) increased interim revenues from £8.4m to £9.6m but reported a higher loss from continuing operations. The bakery business was profitable, but this did not offset losses and impairment costs for other businesses. There is no further news on the proposed sale of operations to AIM-quoted Riverfort Global Opportunities.

KR1 (KR1) had net assets of 134.6p/share at the end of February 2024. There was income generated of £1.63m.

Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) increased its pre-tax profit from £20m to £47.1m and the total dividend was raised from 42p/share to 46p/share. Bad debts were lower than forecast. NAV is 1547p/share. The profit is likely to fall this year.

Global Connectivity (GCON) is amending the terms of warrants issued when it floated and extending them by two years to 20 April 2026. The exercise price is being reduced to 1.5p. Management is exploring potential investments.

Marula Mining (MARU) has commenced exploration at the Larisoro manganese mine in Kenya.

Valereum (LON: VLRM) has raised £300,000 at 6p/share from its chairman and is planning a larger fundraising in the third quarter of 2024.

Jenny Hanlon has been appointed as chief executive of brewer Adnams (ADB). She is currently finance director.

Tap Global Group (TAP) generated trading payment volumes of £181.6m in 2023. That generated revenues of £2.02m, but the loss was still £1.07m.

EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had net assets of 324p/share at the end of January 2024. There was £15.3m in cash offset by £4m in loan notes repayable on 23 July.

Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Aberdeen Minerals is raising £3m at 8.5p/share from Central Asia Metals with a further £2m that could be raised from the exercise of warrants at 11p/share. This deal requires regulatory approval.

Lift Global Ventures (LFT) investee company Trans-Africa Energy has received funding of £12m from an African investor. The first energy infrastructure investment is in Ghana. Lift Global Ventures’ core investor relations business generated cash in the first half, although there was a cash outflow for the group as a whole.

Aiden Keegan has been appointed chief executive of Cooks Coffee Company (COOK).

Philip Blows reduced his stake in Supernova Digital Assets (SOL) from 10.6% to 7.98%. There was £68,000 in the bank and £1.95m in investments at the end of October 2023. NAV was £2.93m.

Daniel Thwaites (THW) director RAJ Bailey bought 15,000 shares at 71p each.

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Marine technology developer Windward (WNWD) has cut its loss and is heading towards profitability. The 2023 revenues were $28.3m, up from $21.6m. Windward started 2023 with an annual contract value of $25.5m and that has risen to $34.5m, while the 2024 forecast revenues have been edged up from $34.5m to $35.1m. Requirements for tracking cargo and ensuring that sanctions are complied with are helping to increase demand, particularly from commercial clients. Commercial revenues increased to 30% of the total for 2023, but government revenues are also growing.

Grocery distributor Kitwave Group (KITW) has made its latest acquisition, and this will be earnings enhancing. Total Foodservice Solutions is a food wholesaler with two depots based in the north of England. The customer base includes pubs, restaurants, universities and care homes. The gross cost is £21m and that is reduced to £17m when cash in the business is taken into account.

Strong growth at the Billi filtration systems helped Strix (KETL) have a better second half, but the limited recovery in kettle controls and lower consumer goods sales meant that pre-tax profit was slightly lower at £21.9m. There is no dividend. There should be an improvement in profit this year, but it will still be well down on the 2021 figure. Net debt was £83.7m and could fall below £79m by the end of 2024.

Good Energy (GOOD) had a strong performance in 2023 due to high energy prices, but 2024 will not get that benefit and energy supply profit will fall sharply. In 2023, pre-tax profit doubled to £5.7m, but the 2024 forecast has been downgraded from £8.4m to £6.7m. The energy services business, including solar and heat pump installation, is being built up and it will become a more significant profit contributor over the next couple of years making the group performance less volatile.

Floorcoverings manufacturer Airea (AEIA) increased sales of its Burmatex-branded product by 14% to £21.1m. Pre-tax profit was flat at £1.4m, although it included a small valuation gain in the latest year. Higher finance costs relate to the pension scheme and operating profit increased. The net asset value is £14.9m, including net cash of £3.4m. Strong cash generation can cover the £5m investment in new capacity and a 10% increase in the dividend to 0.55p/share. The new capacity should be ready in early 2025 and will enable Airea to take advantage of own brand opportunities for clients.

Revolution Bars Group (RBG) is assessing its options that include restructuring the business or selling all or part of the operations. There are currently no bidders. Luke Johnson is involved in talks concerning a fundraising.

Semiconductor designer CML Microsystems (CML) is being hampered by lower than expected shipments as clients reduce stocks and this is continuing into the new financial year. In the year to March 2024, revenues will be slightly lower than expectations at £23m and underlying EBITDA will be £6.4m, compared with a forecast £6.8m, due to more sales of lower margin products. Full year pre-tax profit will be just under £3m. The balance sheet remains strong with net cash of nearly £18m. The full benefits of the Microwave Technology acquisition, which has performed well, will show through over the next couple of years.

Horizonte Minerals (HZM) published the latest financing estimate for the Araguaia nickel project. The cost to complete is $454m, but the full funding required is $567m-$592m, including pre-production and transaction costs. Existing liabilities are $418, and they require restructuring. More cash will be required by mid-April. Interest payments are being deferred. Existing shareholders are not in a strong position.

A more positive trading statement from film and video translation services provider ZOO Digital (ZOO) as management believes that demand should recover following the disruption of recent strikes in Hollywood. Revenues of $40m are now expected for the year to March 2024.  A new film and TV distribution client has been won and there is greater visibility of work. The company still might not move back into profit in 2024-25, though. There is potential disruption from a craft workers strike in Hollywood.

Boilers developer Inspirit Energy (INSP) is near to completing the four electronic updates for its waste heat recovery system. The team is relocating back to the UK. The cash outflow was stemmed in the six months to December 2023.

Infrastructure India (IIP) shares returned from suspension when the interims to September 2023 were published. The board is proposing a winding-up of the company as it disposes of its assets and the share quotation will be cancelled if the proposals are passed at the AGM. Net liabilities are £217.4m.

Drug discovery company C4X Discovery (C4XD) also plans to cancel its AIM quotation and re-register as a private limited company if it gains shareholder approval at a general meeting on 15 April. Shareholders owning 57% of the shares are in favour. Management believes that it will be easier to raise funds as a private company and it will save money. C4X Discovery has raised £63m on AIM. In August 2022, £5.7m was raised at 25p/share. There is still £20.8m in the bank. In the six months to January 2024, revenues were £24.6m, due to milestone payments, compared with £1.7m in the first half of the previous year. The company is generally loss-making without substantial milestone payments.

Oil and gas producer Molecular Energies (MEN) is cancelling its AIM quotation because it does not believe it is worth the cost. The company should save £500,000/year. Chairman Peter Levine, who owns 29.2%, suggests that he may offer to buy shares of some other investors in the future, but there are no immediate plans to offer an exit prior to the cancellation. Green House Capital will no longer be spun off on AIM.

Infection protection technology developer Byotrol (BYOT) has been quoted for nearly 19 years and it has decided to leave AIM. Revenues from continuing products could improve from £3.7m to £3.9m this year. No further IP revenues are expected this year. Some IP was sold to Tristel (TSTL) and along with an early termination of another licence generated cash of £800,000, but minimum guaranteed royalties will be written down by £550,000 in the balance sheet. Even before that, there will be a higher loss in 2023-24. The business needs to be restructured and reduce costs and believes there will be more flexibility as a private company.

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Quantum dots developer Nanoco (NANO) generated interim revenues of £4m, including the recognition of £3m of Samsung licence income, up from £1.6m. Net cash was £54.5m at the end of January 2024. Second half non-Samsung revenues should be higher.

First Tin (1SN) had a cash outflow from operations of more than £2m in 2023. There was also £6.4m spent on exploration activities. There is £4.66m left in the bank.

Cizzle Biotechnology (CIZ) has raised £620,000 via a placing at 2p/share. This will fund the first proposed commercial test for its lung cancer test. The £500,000 loan facility with E3 Fund will be terminated.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 25 March 2024

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S-Ventures (SVEN) has agreed to sell its food and snacks business in return for shares in AIM-quoted RiverFort Global Opportunities worth £3.5m. That would leave S-Ventures as an investment company with shares in the acquirer. Sales for the 12 months to September 2023 were £17.4m, rising to the £21.6m in the 15 months to the end of 2023. Net debt was £7.1m at the end of September 2023. An additional £3m of loans have been agreed, including £1m from RiverFort Global Opportunities.

Marula Mining (MARU) has signed a long-term offtake agreement with Fujax UK for the Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in South Africa. This an agreement for 100% of production until the end of 2026, with a minimum of 50,000 tonnes at a grade of 6% lithium. There is an option for a further three years. A mining right has been received from the authorities for the plans to expand the stockpile reprocessing operations.

Brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP) improved like-for-like retail sales by 6.2%, although beer volumes fell 10.5% with own beer volumes down 16.7%. Overall, interim revenues grew 4% to £89m and underlying pre-tax profit was 10% ahead at £3.8m. The brewing division returned to profit. The interim dividend was 5% ahead at 4.2p/share. Beer volumes continue to decline, while the retail sales growth rate has slowed.

Gunsynd (GUN) shares rose 17.9% to 0.165p on the back of an institutional investor investing $1m ($750,000 in cash and $250,000 in support services) in the US spirits subsidiary of Rogue Baron (SHNJ), where it currently has a 17.45% stake. Rogue Baron has also raised £20,000 at 0.5p/share.

Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) increased revenues from £19.9m to £23.7m, while pre-tax profit rose from £4.5m to £5.2m. The Aquis Stock Exchange revenues improved from £1.6m to £1.8m. The main growth came from technologies and data. Panmure Gordon forecasts 2024 pre-tax profit of £6.2m.

Macaulay Capital (MCAP) reported a fall in net assets from £1.44m to £1.36m at the end of 2023. There was an exit from the investment in Qualification Check which reduced the reported loss. There are seven portfolio companies. There is a pipeline of potential transactions.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says that the capital spending optimisation programme has been completed at the Amapa iron ore project. Savings of $63.2m have been identified and production could be 5% higher at 5.5 Mtpa of iron ore concentrate.

Supernova Digital Assets (SOL) has completed the acquisition of Hyperslot PTE for £225,000 in shares at 0.15p each. Andrew Offit increased his shareholding from 14.1% to 15.2%.

Arsen Torosian has replaced David Carr as chief executive of Tap Global Group (TAP). He is the largest shareholder and was previously chief strategy director. Steven Borg will become finance director.

KR1 (KR1) has invested $600,000 in Moondance Labs, which is building Tanssi, which helps appchain deployment.

Substrate Artificial Intelligence (SAI) has signed up FINRA-registered California-based bank GT Securities to identify potential partners for its Subgen AI subsidiary, which has launched Serenity Star, an ecosystem for scaling generative AI. The company has raised Euro500,000 from a convertible bond issue.

Secured Property Developments (SPD) is changing its name to Mollyroe and it is adopting s new investment strategy focused on the technology sector. There will also be a 20-for-one share consolidation.

Steve Hutchinson has taken his Oscillate (MUSH) stake above 3%. TruSpine Technologies (TSP) chairman Geoffrey Miller has increased his shareholding to 7.24%, while Oberon Investments raised its stake to 12.6%.

Good Life Plus (GDLF) has appointed Tennyson Securities as corporate broker.

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Capital equipment manufacturer Mpac (MPAC) had a stronger second half and revenues improved from £98m to £114m, while pre-tax profit recovered from £3.5m to £7.1m. There was growth in parts and services revenues. The order book was worth £72.5m at the end of the year. The customer base is being broadened. There should be further recovery this year.

Educational software and services provider Tribal Group (TRB) is still hampered by its dispute with NTU, which is currently in mediation. The failed bid for the company also held back sales to potential clients. Even so, annualised recurring revenues grew 13% to £15.1m. Full year revenues moved from £83.6m to £85.8m, while pre-tax profit recovered from £3.7m to £10.7m.

Roadside Real Estate (ROAD) shares soared 129% to 8p after it sold part of its stake in Cambridge Sleep Sciences to CGV Ventures 1 for £6m. The total stake cost £2.7m and Roadside Real Estate still owns 65%, having sold a 10% stake, so it still has to be consolidated. Management is considering selling the rest or demerging the company so that it can concentrate on its core property interests.

Digital media company XLMedia (XLM) is selling European and Canadian gaming assets to Gambling.com for an initial $37.5m with potential deferred consideration of $5m. Some of this cash may be paid out to shareholders. These assets generated 2023 revenues $21.4m and underlying EBITDA of $6.6m out of estimated group 2023 revenues of $50m and EBITDA of $12m. Pro forma net cash is likely to be around $35m, after taking account of deferred consideration of $4m payable for past acquisitions. Cavendish estimates that XL Media is worth £48m, including the cash.

Biodegradable and antimicrobial plastic additives developer Symphony Environmental Technologies (SYM) has raised £1.4m at 3.5p/share and will raise up to £500,000 more through a PrimaryBid retail offer. The issue price was well above the market price. Chief executive Michael Laurier is subscribing £105,000. Net debt was £740,000 at the end of February. The additional cash will fund the scale-up of the business and provide working capital during trials by potential customers.

Blue Star Capital (BLU) reported a slump in NAV from £11.4m to £5.33m at the end of 2023. That includes cash of £63,000. Writing down the valuations of Dynasty Media & Gaming and Sthaler were a large part of the decline in NAV. Another investee company, SatoshiPay, is undertaking a formal sales process. This stake is valued at £4.65m.

Live Company Group (LVCG) returned from suspension following the announcement of a planned refinancing and sale of majority interest in StartArt. Creditors are being settled in shares and a £1.77m convertible loan provided by the chairman, as well as converting some of his loan notes. A placing raised £352,000 at 1p/share. There could be more cash to come from strategic investors.

Digital payments business Boku (BOKU) increased 2023 revenues by 30% to $82.7m and they are expected to increase to $95m this year. The wallets business grew 153%, albeit from a lower base. The local payments network is being built up and will be a major factor in growth, especially as margins are better. The direct carrier billings business continues to grow and remains the main generator revenues for the time being. The company has more than $70m in cash.

Employee benefits and insurance provider Personal Group Holdings (PGH) reported slightly better 2023 figures than expected with revenues of £49.7m and pre-tax profit recovering to £5.9m. The dividend was raised from 10.6p/share to 11.7p/share. That is well covered by cash generation. Cash was £20.1m at the end of 2023. The insurance business did particularly well.

Three rail clients delaying orders has hit prospects for LPA Group (LPA) and it is unlikely to do any better than breakeven this year – a pre-tax profit of £800,000 was previously forecast on a 6% reduction in forecast revenues.

Light Science Technologies (LST) has received a grant worth £188,000 for a project involving the company’s SensorGROW technology.

Saturn Resources has increased its bid for Shanta Gold (SHG) to 14.85p/share, up from 13.5p/share, valuing the miner at £156.1m. Eligible shareholders will receive a dividend of 0.15p/share on 26 April.

Stem cell-based treatments developer ReNeuron (RENE) has failed to come to an agreement with creditors and the financial uncertain means that it has appointed administrators from Cork Gully. Negotiations continue with creditors and potential providers of finance.

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Higher losses from the ReZorce recyclable packaging business masked progress at foams manufacturer Zotefoams (ZTF), where pre-tax profit moved up from £12.5m to £13.1m on flat revenues. That included an operating loss of £4.36m, up from £1.89m, from the MuCell Extrusion division that includes ReZorce. The total dividend is 7.18p/share.

Property investor Town Centre Securities (LSE: TOWN) managed to edge up its net tangible asset value to 286p/share at the end of 2023, due to the 150p/share tender offer last year. There was a 4% decline in property values. Loan to value has risen to 50.3%. The interim dividend is maintained at 2.5p/share.

TheWorks.co.uk (WRKS) is moving from the Main Market to AIM. The plan is to gain shareholder approval to move on 3 May. This should help to reduce costs.

Esken Ltd (ESKN) has appointed administrators from AlixPartners because its restructuring plan was no longer commercially viable. The restructuring of London Southend Airport will continue.

First Tin (1SN) says regional exploration confirmed upside potential at Pound Flat and Battery Hill prospects in the Taronga tin project.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 4 March 2024

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Marula Mining (MARU) is investing in the established Larisoro manganese mining operation in Kenya by securing a 60% commercial interest with an option to increase it to 70%. There are three shallow open pits and there has been mining for 12 years. The purchase price is £300,000 satisfied by the issue of 2.4 million shares. Marula Mining will provide investment of $1.5m for equipment to enable increased production. Once there is a final agreement another £200,000 will be paid with £300,000 payable after the completion of an exploration programme. The final payment will be £750,000 when 50,000 tonnes of manganese ore is sold. A further £1.25m will be paid if the stake is raised to 70%.

Flow battery storage technology developer Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has secured a new deal with Taiwan-based Everdura, where it will supply the cell stacks and Everdura will handle manufacturing and sales. Performance testing of the first Mistral prototype has been successful and the agreement sets a target of 255MWh of Mistral sales over three years. Additional strategic partners could be announced within six weeks.

Aquis Exchange (AQX), the owner of the Aquis Stock Exchange, has launched conditional order functionality on the Aquis UK and Aquis EU platforms. This enables members to post the same liquidity on multiple venues without the risk of over-trading. This extends the Aquis dark pool, which was launched in 2022. The 2023 results will be published on 21 March. Pre-tax profit is expected to be 16% higher at £5.2m.

Ananda Developments (ANA) says that its subsidiary MRX Medical has signed a drug supply agreement with the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian for the provision of MRX1 cannabidiol oil. This will be used in an endometriosis clinical trial, ENDOCAN-1. MRX will have a licence over all IP generated from the trial for development purposes. It could also licence the IP for commercial purposes.

Digital diagnostic products developer EDX Medical Group (EDX) has raised £1.56m at 12p/share, taking the total raised in February to £5.7m. This will be spent on product development. A WRAP retail offer could raise up to £500,000. This closes on 5 March.

Field Systems Design Holdings (FSD) improved interim revenues from £6.7m to £8.8m, while pre-tax profit rose from £57,000 to £84,000. There has been additional work from the water sector and investment is accelerating. There are secured orders of more than £14m, but there is still pressure on margins. There is £2.18m in the bank.

Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) is seeking shareholder approval to leave the Aquis Stock Exchange. Apparently potential investors in a fund are not happy that the company is publicly traded. There will also be cost savings from leaving the market. Management is considering potential trading platforms for the shares.

KR1 (KR1) had a NAV of 122.97p/share at the end of January. There was £1.8m of income generated from digital assets during the month.

Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Low 6 has traded profitably in the past seven months and 2023-24 revenues are expected to be £4.5m, up from £855,000 the previous year. Debt is being paid off.

Substrate Artificial (SAI) has increased revenues but the loss has more than doubled due to AI development spending.

Silverwood Brands (SLWD) is acquiring Japanese beauty products manufacturer Cosme Science Corporation. It owns skincare brand Dr Baeltz. No purchase price is mentioned.

Mortgage Chat (MCAI) has entered into a software development agreement with Accru Finance. This is for the design of a web-based application for mortgage queries. The payment for development is £15,000 and 200,000 warrants with an exercise price of 5p. California Two Pizza Ventures Inc has cut its stake from 8.05% to 7.54%.

ProBiotix Health (PBX) has entered a partnership with SymbioPharm. The Germany-based microbiome research company and has an established distribution network. It will use ProBiotix Health’s CholBiome CH formulation in branded consumer products.

BWA Group (BWAP) says reconnaissance drilling at the Dehane 2 heavy mineral sands project in Cameroon has been encouraging. Heavy mineral sands have been observed and analysis is awaited. A further £50,000 has been raised.

Edison has initiated research on prize draw operator Good Life Plus (GDLF). Former Tote boss David Craven is chairman.

Investment company Asimilar Group (ASLR) is holding a general meeting on 27 March to gain shareholder approval to leave the Aquis Stock Exchange. Cost savings will help to prevent the need to sell investments.

Chris Akers has reduced his stake in Tap Global Group (TAP) from 3.7% to below 3%. Andrew Offit increased his shareholding in Supernova Digital (SOL) from 11.9% to 14.1%. Nigel Pope has raised his stake in Phoenix Digital Assets (PNIX) from 3.2% to 4.04%. Steven Bennett increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 4.75% to 7.12%.

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Grocery distributor Kitwave Group (KITW) continues to grow organically, as well as via acquisition. In the year to October 2023, revenues grew from £503.1m to £602.2m, while underlying pre-tax profit moved up from £18.9m to £27.5m. The acquisition of Wilds of Oldham, where integration will be completed in April, came too late to make a contribution last year. Food service is becoming increasingly important with 30% of revenues last year, up from 25% the year before. It also contributed 43% of EBITDA before central overheads. The total dividend was increased by 21% to 11.2p/share.

eEnergy Group (EAAS) has secured a funding facility from National Westminster of up to £40m. This can be used to fund public sector energy transition projects and lasts 12 years. This will lower the cost of capital. Group continuing revenues were £46m in the 18 months to December 2023. EBITDA was between £5.1m to £5.3m.

Avacta (AVCT) initially wanted to raise £20m via a placing at 50p/share and raise a further £6.8m via a retail offer. The total fundraise has been increased from up to £26.8m to up to £32.5m. Even so, the share price slumped 36.6% to 54.5p. There is already £16.6m in the bank and the rate of cash outflow appears to be declining. The cash will fund further progress with dose expansion and the phase 2 efficacy studies for its main clinical programme AVA6000 and additional working capital up until late 2025 / early 2026. Anything raised in excess of £20m will be spent on AVA3996 and further potential Affimer drug development platforms. There are plans to sell the diagnostics division and for a possible Nasdaq listing.

Horizonte Minerals (HZM) says lenders have extended the deferral of interest payments to 29 March. Management is working with lenders and shareholders on full funding for its Araguaia project. The talks could be finalised by June, but additional funding will be required before that. The $24.8m in the bank should last until the middle of April, depending on any cost savings achieved. The Brazilian subsidiary may need to resort to protective measures to protect its cash position. Horizonte Minerals is a guarantor of the subsidiary’s debt, and it may also need to apply for protective measures if the refinancing is not agreed.

Retail software supplier itim Group (ITIM) has released a trading statement following its contract announcement earlier in the week. Revenues of £16.1m were in line with expectations and annualised recurring revenues were steady at £13.2m. Services revenues were higher. The 2023 loss forecast has been trimmed from £1.3m to £1.1m. itim has won a five-year, multi-million pound contract with fashion retailer QUIZ Clothing. This deal provides an opportunity to attract other fashion retailers. The Retail Suite product will be rebranded as UNIFY.

Semiconductors designer EnSilica (ENSI) reported interim revenues 11.5% ahead at £9.6m, but there was a higher pre-tax loss of £309,000. There has been a strong start to the second half and the latest contract with a US electronics manufacturer is worth $20m, which is fully funding engineering fees. Last December’s placing raised £1.56m at 40p/share. The latest placing raised £1.1m at 50p/share and it has received the R&D tax credit for 2023.

Renalytix (RENX) has broadened the US government coverage for kidneyintelX.dkd testing. This is a FDA de Novo marketing authorised test and the status has enabled it to be added to the 10-year Governmentwide acquisition contract for early stage kidney disease bioprognostic testing services. The fee is $950 per reportable result.

Sustainable polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) is continuing its positive momentum in the cleaning sector and developing more products that will fuel growth. Overall revenues were 41% higher at $7.9m, with strong growth in Europe. Cleaning sector revenues were $7.2m. There is $10m in the bank and that should last long enough to reach cash breakeven.

Video editing technology developer Blackbird (BIRD) is raising £1.05m at 6p/share. The cash will help fund the full launch of content creation tool elevate.io. There was £5.9m in cash prior to the fundraising and the company says that there was interest from investors wanting to buy shares.

Verditek (VDTK) has entered into a conditional sale agreement for its solar business for £528,340, which will be satisfied by the surrender of loan notes plus interest. Shareholder approval is required. Bob Holt and John Charlton are joining the board and the existing directors resigning. Both of them were involved in turning around Sureserve. There is £300,000 being raised at 0.075p/share and Bob Holt will loan the company up to £300,000, which is convertible at 0.075p/share. There are plans to raise a further £1.5m and change the name to Net Zero.

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Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has secured a reverse takeover candidate. British Virgin Islands based Helmond Holding Group, which is changing its name to Essential Energy Holding Group, is a bio-energy company. This expertise could be usefully combined with Hydrogen Utopia International’s waste plastic to hydrogen technology. The deal could be worth £500m.

Aircraft leasing company Avation (AVAP) increased underlying leasing revenues in the six months to December 2023, but operating profit halved from $35.4m to $17.5m, although the difference is mainly down to one-off gains and losses.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 5 February 2024

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Interim figures from DXS International (DXSP) show a 2.5% improvement in revenues to £1.69m, while higher amortisation charges led to an increased loss of £258,000. The healthcare IT company hade £386,000 in cash at the end of October 2023. Hybridan has trimmed its full year revenues forecast to £3.8m and expects a 2023-24 loss.

Silverwood Brands (SLWD) reported revenues of £5.85m for the first half of 2023. The loss was reduced from £299,000 to £189,000. The Lush transaction is still being unwound. Net debt was £8.6m. Chief executive Andrew Gerrie is subscribing £1m for shares at 54p each. The unsecured loan of £4.4m will be converted at the same price and the accrued interest will also be converted at the lower of 54p and the average closing price for five days prior to conversion. The share price is suspended at 30p.

Helium Ventures (HEV) had cash of £116,000 and net assets of £229,000 at the end of October 2023. There were costs relating to the cancelled acquisition of Trackimo. There is still an investment in Trackimo, which is expected to float on AIM.

Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) had a cash outflow from operations of £963,000 in the year to July 2023. Cash was reduced to £262,000. The company is making progress with the testing of wind turbine technology and its electrolyser technology. The wind turbine technology has better performance, so far, than existing rivals. A mining sector feasibility study for hydrogen and clean water production has commenced.

Capital for Companies (CFCP) increased revenues from £492,000 to £887,000 in the year to August 2023. NAV was 81.99p/share. It was 81.67p/share at the end of November 2023. There was cash of £1.99m and loan receivables of £2.43m at the end of August 2023. A final dividend of 2p/share is payable on 8 March.

KR1 (KR1) had NAV of 109.91p/share at the end of 2023. Income from digital assets was £1.58m in December.

Shaun Hinds will become chief executive of Newbury Racecourse (NYR) on 3 June. Julian Thick has stepped down as chief executive. Mark Leigh will be interim chief executive.

Cadence Minerals (KNDR) investee company Hastings Technology Metals has signed an agreement with the investment agency of Estonia to collaborate on a joint scoping study for the potential development of downstream rare earth processing opportunities. The main focus is the Yangibana project.

Voyager Life (VOY) has acquired CBD brand Amphora Health for £50,000 in shares at 12p each. This payment could double if Amphora product sales exceed £100,000 over 24 months. In the year to July 2022, revenues were £69,000. No increase in group overheads will be required and manufacturing will be brought in house.

Quantum Exponential (QBIT) had net assets of £3.11m at the end of October 2023, including £831,000 in cash. There are seven portfolio investments. A European headquarters has been established in Copenhagen.

Psych Capital (PSY) had £133,000 in cash after a £254,000 cash outflow from operations in the six months to October 2023.

Valereum (VLRM) has completed the acquisition of GSX Group.

Digby Try has cut his stake in Supernova Digital Assets (SOL) from 5.1% to 0.36%.

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Tekcapital (TEK) investee company MicroSalt (LON: SALT) raised £3.14m at 43p/share when it joined AIM on 1 February and immediately went to a significant premium with the share price ending the week at 55p, valuing the company at £31.4m. That values the Tekcapital’s 77.2% stake at £24.2m, which is more than its market capitalisation.

Trading has recommenced in Location Sciences (LSAI) shares after the publication of readmission document for the proposed acquisition of Sorted Holdings for nominal consideration and the assumption of £4.7m of debt. Sorted Group has developed delivery software for ecommerce businesses. There will be a one-for-625 share consolidation and £2m will be raised at 87.5p/share. The company’s name will be changed to Sorted Group Holdings. The pre-consolidation share price recovered 35.7% to 0.19p – the placing price is the pre-consolidation equivalent of 0.14p.

Eyewear manufacturer Inspecs (SPEC) says the improvement in profit in 2023 was not as great as expected because of weak December trading. EBITDA is likely to rise from £15.5m to £18m, whereas £20m was the consensus forecast. Revenues were flat. Net debt was £24.3m. The results will be published on 17 April. A Norwegian distributor has been acquired and the new Vietnam factory opens in the first half of 2024.

Symphony Environmental Technologies (SYM) has failed to get the EU court to declare EU legislation invalid. This legislation relates to the d2w biodegradable technology, which is not included in the single-use plastic directive and the company says that this has hampered the take-up of the technology.

Respiration equipment supplier Inspiration Healthcare (IHC) had a poor fourth quarter and full year revenues will be £6m lower than expected at £37m, down from £41m the previous year. That will result in a full year loss. Net debt is higher than anticipated at £6.4m. There were contract delays for neonatal products. This business should happen in 2024-25 and a rebound to a pre-tax profit of £2.9m is forecast, although that is lower than the previous estimate of £4.7m.

Midlands-based property investor Real Estate Investors (RLE) has reduced net debt to £46.3m after property sales. Even so, NAV has fallen to 58.4p/share. There remains demand from buyers for smaller properties that are of no interest to institutions. Loan-to-value is currently a comfortable 31%. Executive pay is being cut by one-third.

Potash project developer Emmerson (EML) says the scoping study of the Khemisset potash project in Morocco has enhanced economic returns and reduced the environmental impact. This is based on a ground-breaking processing method, which reduces water consumption by 50%. It also increases the recovery rate. Post-tax NPV8 is increased by 120% to $2.2bn. Annual EBITDA could be $440m and all0in sustaining cost is $163/tonne. Project capex is $525m.

Education administration software and services provider Tribal Group (TRB) says 2023 revenues will be marginally ahead of expectations. Overall annual recurring revenues are 9% ahead at £54.5m. The dispute with Nanyang Technology University continues. Net debt was £7.2m at the end of 2023. Cost savings should help profit to improve. The 74p/share offer from Ellucian lapsed.

Transport management software provider Microlise (SAAS) did better than expected in 2023 and this has sparked upgrades for 2024. Full year revenues were 13% higher at £71.6m with annualised recurring revenues 11% ahead at £47.2m – churn rates are low. Pre-tax profit is estimated to have improved from £4.9m to £5.5m. In 2024, it could reach £6.7m. Microlise completed the acquisition of Enterprise Software Systems earlier this month.

Online gaming company B90 Holdings (B90) spent more on marketing than expected in 2023. Zeus has raised its estimated loss from €2.7m to €2.9m, but it has maintained its forecast 2024 pre-tax profit at €400,000.

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LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) did better than expected in the fourth quarter. Underlying 2023 pre-tax profit should be between £23.5m and £24m, up from £22m in 2022. The repair and maintenance market is still relatively weak, but Luceco is in a good position to benefit from an upturn.

Shell company Associated British Engineering (ASBE) had net assets of £469,000 at the end of September 2023, including £433,000 of cash.

Pendragon (PDG) has completed the sale of its motor dealerships, and it is concentrating on its software business.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 1 January 2024

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Oberon Investments (OBE) increased interim revenues by 28% to £3.4m, even though capital market revenues fell by one-third. The loss was reduced from £1.67m to £1.59m. Management believes the company could move into profit during 2024. There are plans to add funds management teams. Oberon Investments has a 69.1% stake in Logic and is planning to float Logic on AIM at a valuation of £11m in the first half of 2024.

Broker VSA Capital (VSA) improved interim revenues from £846,000 to £1.05m and the loss jumped from £841,000 to £1.82m with the loss on investments jumping from £355,000 to £1.33m. VSA Capital is unhappy how Silverwood Brands handled the deal to buy a stake in Lush and this has led to a reduction in the value of the stake VSA Capital owns in the company. Deals have been delayed.

Western Selection (WESP) has sold its liquid investments, and it has £14.55m in the bank. It has illiquid investments in Industrial and Commercial Holdings and City Group are in the books for £46,000. The investment company is returning 80.5p/share in cash to shareholders and withdrawing from the Aquis Stock Exchange. The other investments will eventually be sold. Shareholders will be given the option to retain shares until the other investments are sold.

TruSpine Technologies (TSP) reported an interim cash outflow from operating activities of £80,000, down from £508,000 in the corresponding period. There was net debt of £277,000 at the end of September 2023. Discussions continue with Spartan Medical concerning a new redistribution contract.

Marula Mining (MARU) has completed phase 1 exploration activities at Nyorinyori and NyoriGreen projects. An initial report will be received in January. This, combined with assay results, will help to plan phase 2 of the exploration in the first quarter of 2024.

KR1 (KR1) had net assets of 76.56p/share at the end of November 2023. The income from digital assets during the month was £939,000. The share price is 92p.

Tap Global Group (TAP) generated trading revenues of £1.68m, based on trading payment volumes of £181.6m, taking total revenues to £2.02m in the year to June 2023. Revenues for the most recent five-month period were £1m. The company is still losing money. There was £2.3m in the bank at the end of June 2023. Tap Global plans to launch its cryptocurrency app in the US in the first quarter of 2024.

Substrate Artificial Intelligence (SAI.B) increased its 2023 revenues forecast from Euro8.19m to Euro10.5m, while the operating loss has been raised from Euro4m to Euro6.3m. Operating expenditure is much higher than original estimated, partly due to higher development spending.

Gunsynd (GUN) has invested in £200,000 in 1911 Gold Corporation, which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. At C$0.06/share. Each share comes with a warrant exercisable at C$0.10/share. Gunsynd has a 4.3% stake. 1911 Gold Corporation has interest in 63,000 hectares of land adjacent to the Archean Rice Lake greenstone belt in Manitoba.

Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) had £18,415 in the bank at the end of September 2023. Net assets fell from £526,000 to £433,000.

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Shares in fabless semiconductor developer Sondrel (SND) were hit by a trading warning that flagged delays in development and payments and a subsequent shortage of cash. Sondrel expected a £1.7m payment from an automotive component manufacturer, but this will not be received until next year. Additional resources will be required to complete the project. Directors and staff have agreed to defer salaries because Sondrel cannot afford to pay them. More capital will be required by the end of March or earlier if the delayed payments are not made as early as expected.

Autonomous drilling rig developer Tribe Technology (TRYB) has not completed the latest drill rig due to technical issues and it will be delayed until the first quarter of 2024. It should be shipped to the customer by the summer. This means that revenues may be delayed until the next financial year. A field trial of the sample potting and handling system has been postponed. The 5 September placing price was 10p and the share price has declined to 8.25p. There is £3.34m in cash left.

Harland & Wolff (HARL) is advancing negotiation concerning a proposed £200m guaranteed loan facility with UK Export Finance. In January, an independent party will assess an appropriate interest charge. The bank syndicate is being firmed up. There is enough cash until the facility is secured.

AIM broker WH Ireland (WHI) is seeing signs of improvement with underlying monthly profitability achieved in November 2023 thanks to cost cutting and there was cash of £6.8m. Annualised cost savings of £3.8m have been made. The underlying interim loss doubled to £1.8m with revenues dropping from £14.3m to £10.7m.

Horizonte Minerals (HZM) has secured a $20m interim funding package provided by major shareholders Orion, Glencore and La Mancha. Interest payments are being deferred by existing senior lenders. Management is reviewing the long-term project funding requirements for the Arafuaia nickel project. Full funding is targeted for the middle of 2024.

Oil and gas company Reabold Resources (RBD) is holding the requisitioned general meeting on 10 January to appoint four directors and remove two others. Requisitioner Kamran Sattar and related parties have a 40% stake in Daybreak Oil & Gas, where Reabold Resources has a 42% holding. Fully listed Zenith Energy (ZEN) boss Andrea Cattaneo is proposed as chief executive, and another proposed director is Zenith Energy chairman. Nominated adviser Strand Hanson is undertaking due diligence on the proposed directors. If they are appointed before this is complete, Strand Hanson says that it would have to resign. That would spark a share suspension and then one month to find a replacement or the quotation would be cancelled.

Shares in coal miner Bens Creek (BEN) has fallen to 11p, just above the original placing price of 10p. The net sales price has declined over the past year, but higher production meant that interim revenues increased from $17.4m to $23.5m although the loss rose from $11.7m to $13.7m. Net debt, including deferred consideration, is more than $38m.

Team (TEAM) is acquiring Homebuyer Financial Services for £2.4m, dependent on approval by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. The company has assets under advice of £135m. The deal will boost Team’s scale in the Channel Islands. The proposed acquisition of Thornton has been cancelled.

Executive vice chairman Dominic Redfern has been suspended by Eco Buildings Group (ECOB). He was one of the vendors and co-founders of the Eco Buildings business that was reversed into the AIM shell Fox Marble seven months ago, so he is important to the business.

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Pendragon (PDG) says the takeover of its motor dealer and related finance businesses have been approved by the FCA. The disposal should be completed at the end of January, when Pendragon will be left with its software business. A 24.5p/share dividend will be paid in the first half of 2024.

One Heritage Group (LON: OHG) says that the contract for the sale of Churchgate, Leicester has been rescinded while a claim against the development is sorted out. The Oscar House development in Manchester has been refinanced.

Andrew Hore

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