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Ormonde Mining (ORM) has switched from AIM to the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. Ormonde Mining owns 36.2% of gold and copper explorer. TRU Precious Metals Corp and 20% of battery metals explorer Peak Nickel.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) increased revenues from £34,000 to £203,000 in 2022-23, while the loss was slightly lower at £1.91m. The net cash outflow was £1.2m. Note 3 of the accounts points out the financial position, but management believes that sales will come through to generate cash to fund the business after a reduction in costs. If not, a share issue will be the alternative way of obtaining the cash required. Stephen Bamford and Constantine Logothetis have increased their stakes to 8% and 22.5% respectively.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) has appointed Investec as nominated adviser and joint broker alongside Canaccord Genuity. It replaces Liberum. The company, which is also quoted on AIM, will report interims on 21 September.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has issued £600,000 of convertibles at 100p each. Two existing shareholders have invested a total of £300,000 and Charles Morgan has converted £300,000 of debt. Unsecured debt will fall to £709,000 and Charles Morgan has agreed not to task for repayment until the end of January 2025. The interest rate is 15% and the conversion price is the lower of a 20% discount to the share price of the next capital raising of at least £1m of 0.4p/share, with a minimum of 0.2p/share. The loans will automatically be converted on 30 November 2025 or earlier.
Pharma C investments (PCIL) will hold the requisitioned general meeting on 27 September. The proposals are to remove Gavin Hilary Sathianathan and appoint Paul Ryan and Noel Lyons to the board.
Investment company Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has seven investments in its portfolio. The NAV dipped from £1.44m to £1.33m at the end of June 2023. There is £368,000.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has received the second tranche of the disposal proceeds of investee company The Homebuilding Centre, which provides homebuilding advice. Successful trading means that the second tranche is £108,000 rather than the expected £50,000.
Cannabis-based products supplier Voyager Life (VOY) improved revenues from £178,000 to £284,000. There was cash of £990,000.
Controlled environmental agriculture technology developer Light Science Technologies (LST) is acquiring Tomtech for £500,000 with an initial cash payment of £75,000. Tomtech, which supplies and installs monitoring and control systems for greenhouses, has £284,000 in cash and there could be additional cash payments if it is above £185,000 on completion. This deal is immediately earnings enhancing – Tomtech reported a pre-tax profit of £79,000 on revenues of £680,000. There is a complementary product range and cross selling opportunities to Tomtech’s 160 customers.
AMTE Power (AMTE) is raising £2.1m at 1.7p/share at 1.7p/share, plus an additional retail offer to raise £250,000. The share price slumped 78.4% to 2.05p. The battery technology developer is raising the cash to keep going until the proposed cash injection of £2.5m is completed. Due diligence by the potential investor could continue until the end of October and it believes that it can introduce potential offtake customers to AMTE.
Molecular Energies (MEN) plans to sell its Argentinian oil and gas business for up to $40m to its chairman Peter Levine. Argentina is economically and politically volatile and exchange controls mean that the business is hampered. There is a lack of investor interest and there are capital investment requirements that need to be funded. There will be an initial payment of $2m plus repayment of $13m of debt. The rest of the purchase price is based on up to 20% of net free cash flow over the next five years. The Paraguay oil and gas assets and other operations are not included in the sale.
Software supplier GetBusy (GETB) made a slightly lower underlying loss in the first half as it continues to invest in sales and product development. Annual recurring revenues grew 14% to £20.1m. and there is £1.7m in the bank. finnCap maintains its expectation of a small 2023 loss.
Satellite communications equipment supplier Global Invacom (GINV) is seeking shareholder approval to leave AIM and maintain the listing on the Mainboard of the Singapore stock market. There is a lack of liquidity on AIM, and this makes it difficult to raise cash. There is also the cost and management time taken up with being on AIM and another market. A subsidiary signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications. The July 2014 placing price was 19.75p. The shares have been trading below that price for more than eight years.
Video editing technology developer Blackbird (BIRD) reported a 36% dip in interim revenues to £985,000 after the loss of a contract with A+E and additional development fees in the previous period. The cash outflow was £1.92m, but there is still £8.18m in the bank. Even so, investors want to see progress with the new product for creators and other new business to replace what has been lost.
Capital equipment supplier 600 Group (SIXH) has reconvened its AGM for 29 September. However, the audit for the accounts for the year to March 2023 will not be completed by the end of September. Trading in the shares will be suspended on 2 October. Trading conditions continue to be difficult and there will be a further interim loss. That will lead to impairment adjustments in the 2022-23 accounts. Debt facilities expire at the end of November 2023. Peter Gyllenhammar increased his stake from 9.88% to 10.2%.
Capital equipment manufacturer Mpac (MPAC) increased interim revenues by 4% to £52.8m and pre-tax recovered from £1.1m to £1.9m. Order intake soared in the period. Services generated one-third of revenues in the first half, but the mix will change as recent order wins are satisfied in the second quarter. The order book has risen 15% to £77.5m since the end of 2022 and includes higher margin healthcare machinery. This helps to underpin forecasts of a better second half. The battery cell assembly plant business remains a significant longer-term opportunity. Net cash is £2.2m. Shore forecasts a near doubling of underlying pre-tax profit to £6.9m in 2023.
Builders’ merchant Lords Group Trading (LORD) is outperforming its rivals. But trading is getting tougher because of higher interest rates and lower construction activity. Interim revenues improved 4% to £222.6m, helped by acquisitions, but pre-tax profit fell from £8.4m to £7.7m. The interim dividend is maintained at 0.67p/share. Cenkos has reduced its 2023 pre-tax profit forecast from £17.8m to £13.2m.
Infrastructure India (IIP) announced the conditional sale of the 99.99% stake in transportation company Distribution Logistics Infrastructure to Pristine Malwa Logistics Park, which is part of logistics group Pristine. The consideration will be $10m in cash and 33% of Pristine Malwa the purchaser. There are conditions that are required to be satisfied before the deal can go ahead and it will be subject to adjustment. The transaction could close before the end of the year. Infrastructure India is expected to exit the investment within three years. At the end of September 2022, net liabilities were £85.7m. It is difficult to assess how much of the Infrastructure India borrowings will go with the disposal.
STM Group (LON: STM) has reached agreement with PSF Capital GP II over a 67p a share cash bid for the pensions and financial services provider. The bidder is securing a new credit facility to fund the bid. Originally, it was stated the offer could be as high as 70p/share, but the share price shows that investors were not counting on it being that high. This is conditional on STM boss Alan Kentish acquiring the UK SIPP business and those related to the Master Trust.
Property bridging loans provider Vector Capital (VCAP) reported a decline in interim revenues and profit. The loan book has fallen from £53.2m to £48.8m over six months as management is cautious about new lending. The bad provision has been raised by £167,000 to £367,000, but it is still relatively low. Pre-tax profit fell 18% to £1.3m, partly due to the higher provision.
Round Hill Music Royalty Fund (RHMP) is being acquired by Alchemy Copyrights for $1.15/share, which values the company at $468.8m. That was a premium of 67% to the previous market price. Shareholders will still receive the quarterly dividend of 1.125 cents/share and a special dividend of 0.5 cents/share.
Four shareholders owning a 19.4% stake have requisitioned a general meeting at TruSpine Technologies (TSP) on 31 May. They want four directors to be removed: Norman Lott, Nikunj Patel, Annabel Schild and Laurence Strauss. The only director they are not seeking to remove is Timothy Evans. They also want three nominees to be voted onto the board, which includes two of the requisitioners Peter Houghton and Todd Michael Cramer, as well as Anthony Swoboda. The board recommends voting against the resolutions. There are also disputes with the inventor of the company’s main technologies and the requisitioners talk about negotiating a new licence.
Music artist management and services provider All Things Considered Group (ATC) reported better than expected 2022 figures and managed to make a £10,000 pre-tax profit. A £300,000 loss had been expected. Stripping the deconsolidated Driift out of the figures, continuing revenues more than doubled from £4.5m to £9.45m. The share of the Driift loss will continue to hold back profit, but Canaccord Genuity forecasts a 2023 pre-tax profit of £200,00. That is on reduced revenues of £7.7m because of the deconsolidation of Driift and the one-off commission for facilitating the Napster reversal deal in 2022.
One Health Group (OHGR), which provides funded medical procedures, says results will be ahead of expectations. There was a 16% increase in patient referrals from the NHS and additional capacity is being brought on stream for weekend operations. New surgical hubs are being planned. Net cash was £3.3m at the end of March 2023.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) has diversified into the demulsification market through developing a product with Cleaner Fuel Solutions in South Africa. The new product reduces the time taken to separate water and oil from toxic waste oil.
Ananda Developments (ANA) says that the highlight of last month was the quality of the cannabis plants grown from second-generation seed genetics. They are better than the plants developed from clones. MRX1 unlicensed medicinal cannabis oil is set to be listed in three medicinal cannabis clinics.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says investee company Hastings Technology Metals has hired GR Engineering Services as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Yangibana rare earth project. The overall cost is $210m, which is lower than previously estimated. First concentrate delivery should be in the first quarter of 2025.
KR1 (KR1) had net assets of 61.29p a share at the end of March 2023. The income from digital assets was £583,000 during March.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) generated first quarter revenues of £197,000 and the loss was £383,000. The original businesses have been sold and a battery project acquired during March.
Fenikso Ltd (FNK) has received the latest payment of $614,000, which leaves the remaining loan at $49.9m. The next payment is at the beginning of June.
Semper Fortis Esports (SEMP) has changed its corporate adviser and broker to Novum Securities.
Japan Petroleum Exploration is acquiring a 49.9% stake in the Norway-based subsidiary of Longboat Energy (LBE) in return for a cash injection of $16m, plus a finance facility of $100m. There is a further contingent cash payment of $4m linked to an acquisition. If there is a discovery at Velocette then up to $30m more cash could be injected by the new partner.
Retailer Mothercare (MTC) beat the finnCap EBITDA forecast with an outcome of £6.5m-£7m in the year to March 2023. Excluding Russia, sales improved during the year. There is still destocking going on. The pension deficit has fallen to £39m and there is a full review in the autumn.
Cambridge Cognition (COG) made a small loss in 2022, but the recently acquired Winterlight Labs, which develops machine-learning based voice assessment using free-speech inputs, will significantly increase the loss this year. However, the deal enhances the company’s voice-based technology and provides cross-selling opportunities. Organic revenues are expected to grow by 10% in 2023.
Building and plumbing products distributor Lords Group Trading (LORD) reported better than forecast figures even though they were upgraded in January. The merchanting division grew like-for-like sales by 17%, more than offsetting a like-for-like dip in plumbing and heating revenues due to boiler component shortages. On top of this acquisitions helped revenues grow by 24% to £450m, while pre-tax profit improved from £12.3m to £17.4m. Profit growth is likely to be more modest this year.
Life sciences company Aptamer Group (APTA) says that potential deals are slow in converting into commercial projects and it will require more cash. In the ten months to April 2023, revenues were £1.4m and Liberum has slashed its full year forecast from £5m to £1.8m, down from £4m last year. The monthly cash outflow is £500,000 and costs are being cut. That could cut the cost base to £4.5m. Net debt is expected to be £1m at the end of June 2023 and £2.5m is estimated to be required to be raised to get the company to June 2024.
Supercapacitors designer CAP-XX (CPX) has raised £2.5m at 1.3p a share. Anthony Kongats is stepping down as chief executive, although he has subscribed for new shares. A retail offer that could have raised up to £500,000 generated £180,000. The cash will fund product development and marketing.
Graphite technology developer Versarien (VRS) is raising £532,000 at 1.25p. The cash will pay for commercialisation of products and fund working capital. More cash will be required and the fall in the share price will not help. A new strategic plan will be published in a few weeks and the mature cutting tools business may be sold.
Solgenics (SGN), formerly known as Ncondezi Energy, intends to leave AIM. Management does not feel that the quotation is effective for such a small company with a lack of liquidity, and it wants to focus on the Tete solar project. A working capital loan has been agreed in principle with directors. This represents a recovery on the initial share price decline after non-exec director Scott Fletcher acquired 31.4 million shares, taking his stake to 27.3%.
Argos Resources (ARG) also plans to leave AIM. JHI Associates will acquire the PL001 production licences in the North Falkland Basin in return for 8.47 million shares and £303,500 in cash. This would turn Argos Resources into a cash shell and requires shareholder approval. After settling with creditors, there should be eight million JHI shares to distribute to Argos Resources shareholders. Westmount Energy (WTE) owns 7.2% of JHI and it also owns one million shares in Argos Resources.
The NHS is funding the accelerated implementation of Lipid inCode, which has been developed by GENinCode (GENI). This follows a pilot programme. The funding is part of a strategy to identify one-quarter of patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia. Lipid in Code is faster than existing tests and provides additional data.
Engineer Goodwin (GWIN) is making a tender offer for up to 180,000 shares at £48 each, which is a 25% premium to the previous market price. Qualified shareholders have a guaranteed entitlement to tender 2.34% of their shareholding if they wish to accept the tender.
Lookers (LOOK) is acquiring Chelmsford-based motor dealer Waterhouse Cars. This adds a Volvo dealership in Chelmsford and £2m will be invested in this site. Lookers also plans to invest £2.3m in its existing Colchester Volvo dealership.
National World (NWOR) has bought business information provider Insider Media. It has also acquired the Rotherham Advertiser.