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BWA Group (BWAP) is still seeking a reverse takeover target. Trading in the shares has recommenced after a potential reverse takeover, where talks started 12 months ago, fell through. A settlement has been agreed with the potential target which will lead to a cash inflow of £76,311 for BWA. This will be recognised in the year to April 2016. The NAV was £526,000 at the end of October 2015. At 0.45p (0.3p/0.6p), BWA is valued at £505,000.
Goldcrest Resources (GCRP) has terminated its option agreement over the Zamsa exploration licence in Ghana. The focus is gold projects in southern Ghana. At 0.06p (0.05p/0.07p), Goldcrest is valued at £1.3m. Gavin Burnell has resigned as chairman, while Callum Baxter has moved to non-executive director.
Property investment company Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) is already starting to use the cash raised in the recent fundraising and it has raised a further £850,000 from the sale of Princegate House in Doncaster. Princegate House was purchased in 2013 for £694,000 and Ace is retaining the car park. Ace has bought two industrial estates in Plymouth and two residential properties in London – one of which has been bought from a director. The industrial estates cost £3.5m and generate annual rents of £205,000. The two residential properties cost a total of £4.2m – partly payable in shares at 3p each. At 4p (3.5p/4.5p), Ace is valued at £38.8m. The heavily discounted open offer price was 1p a share.
Western Selection (WSE) has increased its stake in AIM-quoted Bilby following its recent placing that raised £5m at 118p a share to help finance two acquisitions for its gas and building services business working for social housing and local authorities. Western Selection invested a further £545,000 and owns 5.9% of Bilby. At 47.5p (45p/50p), the investment company is valued at £8.5m. There was one deal last week at 45p a share.
Sports Direct International has taken a 6% interest in Goals Soccer Centres (GOAL). Sports Direct already owns nearly 1% of the five-a-side football pitches operator but it has added a contract for difference over more than 5% of the share capital.
OptiBiotix (OPTI) continues to sign deals for its technology based on the human microbiome. The latest is with health and nutrition company Royal DSM. This is a joint development agreement to develop new products using the OptiBiotic platform. A study shows that the company’s cholesterol-reducing product has reduced cholesterol levels by an average of 7.2% in the study group. Commercial discussions with potential partners are ongoing. There was £2m in the bank at the end of November 2015 and since then £2.5m has been raised. This gives OptiBiotix, whose monthly cash outflow is relatively modest but rising, an excellent financial base from which to pursue other deals while it awaits revenues from the first commercial product.
Acquisitions helped hostels operator Safestay (SSTY) to more than double its revenues to £4m in 2015 but there was organic growth in that figure. The Elephant & Castle hostel continues to improve its performance. This year there will be 12 month contributions from the Edinburgh and Holland Park sites. NAV is 48p a share.
Stephen Roberts has resigned from the board of China-focused investment company Grand Group Investment (GIPO). Roberts stated: “It has been a great pleasure working with my fellow Board members Jay Newman and Mark Hemmann, and I wish them and Grand success in the future.” The other members of the Grand Group board were Mr Yang Xiao, Mr Zhou Jiang, Mr Li Chuang and Ms Gu Yingying, although Ms Gu Yingying subsequently resigned.
Bluebird Merchant Ventures Ltd (BMV) finally joined the standard list on 13 April. The flotation was originally foreshadowed at the end of 2015 and it raised £1.49m (after expenses) at 5.75p a share. The Philippines-focused firm has interests in a potential gold mine and copper concentrate trading. The share price ended the week at 4.63p. The prospectus is available at www.bluebird.com.ph.
Tex Holdings (TXH) reported flat revenues of £36m for 2015 but pre-tax profit improved from £1.18m to £1.49m. This was mainly due to a strong performance from the engineering division. NAV was £9.44m at the end of the year. Net debt was £2.9m. A special dividend of 15p a share was paid last November. Excluding that, the total dividend was increased from 6p a share to 7p a share. This year has started strongly overall, although the plastics business is sluggish.
Brewer Adnams (ADB) improved its 2015 profit on flat turnover of £65.7m. Costs were reduced and pre-tax profit improved from £3.89m to £4.07m, after a steady contribution of £625,000 from property disposals. A £7m investment will help to improve the brewery. The Suffolk-based company has reduced its pension liability from £11.5m to £3.2m and that has helped NAV jump from £21.2m to £30.1m. The B share dividend has been increased from 136p a share to 144p a share. There were a number of trades last week at prices ranging from 9,800p to 10,200p a share. In total, 189 shares were traded.
Employee-owned business finance provider Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has raised £1.15m from a share subscription at59p each. This will provide cash for further investments. The directors’ bought 338,983 shares. Offshoots of Alliance Trust have taken stakes that total 10.5% of the company. The most recent share transaction was done at 63p a share. At 60.5p a share, Capital for Colleagues is valued at £5.8m.
Imperial Minerals (IMPP) is still looking for a suitable acquisition in the resources sector. There are plans to widen the investment policy. The main investment is nearly 69 million shares in AIM-quoted North River Resources and there is also an option to invest in a South American gold project and a loan of $150,000 was made to Symerton Holdings which currently owns the rights. A lack of progress means that this investment has been written down. Cash and financial assets have fallen from £327,000 to £58,000 over six months but Imperial has raised £50,000 at 0.5p a share since then.
Transport optimisation services and software provider Tracsis (TRCS) made good progress in the first half of its financial year but it will do much better in the second half. Higher contributions from acquisitions Ontrac and SEP, which is second half weighted, underpin the full year expectations. In the six months to January 2016, revenues increased 19% to £14.3m, organic growth was 7%, with adjusted pre-tax profit flat at £3.2m, excluding the Australian business sold in the period. Sales of remote condition monitoring equipment remain flat because of a lack of demand from framework agreements. There is potential in the US but this will not contribute significantly in the short-term. The interim dividend was raised by one-quarter to 0.5p a share but that will not put much of a dent in the cash pile of £8m. That cash figure was reduced due to acquisition spending. Full year profit is expected to rise from £5.6m to £6.8m.
Medical technology and treatments developer Hutchison China Meditech Ltd (HCM) as raised $101m from an offering of ADSs ahead of its listing on Nasdaq. An ADS is the equivalent of one-half of one ordinary share and they were issued at $13.50 each. Trading commenced on 17 March. The Hutchison Healthcare Holdings stake has been diluted to 60.8%.
Bilby (BILB) has made two add-on acquisitions for its gas and building services business for social housing and local authorities. DCB, which will cost up to £4m, provides refurbishment, maintenance and disabled adaptation services in south east England. Spokemead Maintenance provides electrical and repair services and will cost up to £8.7m. A placing raised £5m at 118p a share.
Despite the problems of its foreign exchange activities, Earthport (EPO) managed to make progress with its core payments business, where transaction volumes were more than 70% higher. Higher admin expenses meant that the underlying interim operating loss rose from £2.26m to £6.68m as revenues rose from £9m to £10.6m. Non-core operations have been curtailed and the core growth is faster. However, since then a loss of up to £5m has been identified at forex firm Baydonhill. Earthport intends to focus on lower risk business in this area. There was £24.2m in the bank at the end of 2015.
Keywords Studios (KWS) has acquired the support division of French games producer Ankama SAS. This is effectively a four year outsourcing deal with Keywords taking over the Philippines operations, which will be expanded by adding additional clients. The 2015 figures will be published on 5 April.
Human biome related treatments developer OptioBiotix (OPTI) has signed a second contract for its SweetBiotix healthy sugars with the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. The first programme started last September is designed to create low calorie sugars using bacterial strains and the second will incorporate natural sweeteners to create functional food products. Obesity is a major problem and the proposed sugar tax will help to boost demand for healthier sweeteners. Figures for the year to November 2015 will be published on 14 April.
Avation (AVAP) has announced the delivery of the fourth FLYBE ATR72 aircraft. The passenger aircraft leasing company has leased the plane for six years with an option to extend. Last month, a new Airbus A321-200 was delivered to Thomas Cook on a 12 year lease. Earlier in March, Avation bought 1.1 million units of Avation Capital 7.5% guaranteed notes 2020 at 91p each, while executive director Roderick Mahoney acquired 200,000 units at 91p each.
Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) has launched an open offer at a large discount to the market price. Ace wants to raise up to £3.5m via a one-for-two open offer at 1p a share. The open offer is not underwritten and the minimum subscription level for it to go ahead is £2m before expenses. Shareholders can apply for more than their entitlement. The mid price is currently 3p (2p/4p), having fallen from 3.75p prior to the open offer announcement. There had been a number of trades during January at around 3.75p a share. Prior to the open offer, Ace raised just over £1m at 3p a share. Management says that the cash will enable Ace to buy properties in a higher price bracket and continue to build the portfolio. The latest acceptance date is 22 February.
DXS International (DXSP) reported a 31 % increase in revenues for the first half but the IT supplier to healthcare professionals reported a similar loss. In the six months to October 2015, revenues grew from £1.16m to £1.52m, while the underlying loss was £11,000. That reflects a rise in admin expenses in order to comply with NHS conditions of service. Management says that DXS is generating cash. Annualised revenues are running at £3.4m and DXS is supplying 37 client commissioning groups and is set to win more. There was£308,000 in the bank at the end of October 2015. At 13p (12.5p/13.5p) a share, DXS is valued at £4.3m.
Blockchain technology company investor Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says that its investee company SatoshiPay, which has developed technology that enables online payments of a few pence per transaction, has undergone a beta launch of the platform for web publishers. Coinsillium owns 14.5% of SatoshiPay, having invested a total of €200,000. At 7.5p (6p/9p) a share, Coinsillium is valued at £5.4m.
Carduus Housing (CHPD) has raised a further £1m from an issue of 6.5% unsecured bonds due in 2020 and this takes the total in issue to £3.5m. Carduus is focused on the affordable residential housing sector and it will initially invest in Scotland in areas where rental demand is greater than supply. The purchase of a portfolio of 15 properties was announced last December.
Immupharma (IMM) has raised £8.3m at 26p a share. However, £3.76m of this cash is subject to a sharing agreement with Lanstead Capital. This appears to effectively be the same as what used to be called an equity swap, so just how much cash the company receives, whether it is more or less than the £3.76m figure, will be dependent on the performance of the share price. The benchmark share price of the agreement is 34.6667p, which is significantly higher than the placing price and the market price. The cash will be paid in 18 instalments but if the share price at the time of the transaction is not as high as 34.6667p then Immupharma will receive less than one-eighteenth of the £3.76m figure. If the share price is higher then the company will receive more. The cash will finance the phase III trial for Lupozur, the potential lupus treatment.
Imperial Innovations (IVO) is raising an additional £100m for investment in new and existing investee companies and it manged to raise the cash at a premium to the market price. The 425p a share placing price was a 8% premium to the market price and a 39% premium to the last reported NAV. The placing was backed by existing shareholders Woodford, Invesco, Lansdowne and Imperial College. Imperial Innovations is estimated to have had cash of around£90m before the placing.
OptiBiotix (OPTI) has raised an additional £1m at 78p a share from Seneca Partners, which has increased its stake to 7.13%. This follows the £1.5m raised at 75p a share at the end of 2015. The cash will help OptiBiotix to invest in the various products and opportunities that it is developing through its microbiome expertise and technology.
TechFinancials Inc (TECH) has entered into a B2C joint venture with Hong Kong-registered developer of online businesses, IBID Holdings. The 51/49 joint venture will operate a B2C binary options brand. TechFinancials will provide the trading platform and other intangible assets for its 51% stake and IBID will inject $300,000 in cash and provide working capital until the joint venture is making a net profit of at least $100,000 a month for three months in a row. It will take three months to integrate the platform into IBID’s systems. This follows a previous joint venture with Optionfortune late last year. The expected improvement in pre-tax profit from £303,000 to £663,000 in 2016 has not been adjusted for the latest joint venture.
Technology-focused investment company MXC Capital Ltd (MXCP) is proposing to launch a tender offer for one in every 142 shares at 3.6p each– slightly higher than the market price at the time of the announcement. Shareholders can tender more than their entitlement but they may be scaled back. Up to £800,000 will be paid back to shareholders. The closing date for the tender is 19 February and it has to be agreed by shareholders at a general meeting. The strategy is to distribute up to one-fifth of realised gains from its portfolio. At the end of August 2015, MXC had £28.4m in cash and in the subsequent months it has invested £22.5m in AIM-quoted companies Castleton Technology, Castle Street Investments, Pinnacle Technology and ECV, as well as unquoted big data analytics company Sagacity Solutions Ltd.
Quarto Group (QRT) has acquired The Harvard Common Press, which publishes cooking and childcare books. This deal will add hundreds of titles, built up over four decades, to Quarto’s back catalogue.
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Blockchain technology companies investor Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) has made two investments since it joined ISDX. Coinsilium has invested $50,000 (paid in Bitcoin) for the equivalent of a 1% stake in RSK Labs Ltd, and co-investment partners have invested the same amount. RKS developed Rootstock, a platform that is a sidechain of the Bitcoin blockchain. This technology enables transactions that can be set up to complete autonomously when pre-set conditions are met. Rootstock should be launched in the middle of 2016. RSK raised a total of $350,000 and the company’s valuation is $5m. Coinsilium has also increased its stake in Fuzo Ltd, which has developed a SIM card technology focused on adults that do not have a bank account. A $29,000 investment has taken Coinsilium’s stake in Fuzo to 13.6% – the total investment is $300,000. The valuation after the latest investment is $3m, which values the stake at $408,000. The Coinsilium share price has fallen back from the 10p flotation price. At 8p (6.5p/9.5p) a share, Coinsilium is valued at £5.7m. There were 15 trades during last week, which makes Coinsilium one of the more regularly traded ISDX companies.
Cyber security products developer Crossword Cybersecurity (CCS) has joined up with MHA MacIntyre Hudson to co-market Crossword’s Rizikon cyber risk analysis tool to the accountant’s small and medium-sized clients. Rizikon was developed at City University and it is Crossword’s first product. At 175p (150p/200p) a share, Crossword is valued at £4.2m.
Business incubator Milamber Ventures (MLVP) has acquired a 10% stake in White Cobalt, which develops technology platforms to help businesses to be more efficient and cope with growth. Milamber issued 166,667 of its own shares at 18p each in payment for the stake. This makes Steve Stovold, who founded White Cobalt in 2011, the fifth largest shareholder in Milamber with 4.7%. Powwownow founders Paul Lees and Andrew Pearce have each bought 50,000 shares in Milamber at 18p each. This cash will be used in a joint venture between their new business Thortful and Milamber. At 13p (12p/14p) a share, Milamber is valued at £455,000.
David Grierson has joined the board of investment company Lombard Capital (LCAP). He has been working in the timber and contracting sectors for four decades. Mark Jackson and Graham Jones have both left the board. At 6p (5p/7p) a share, Lombard is valued at £136,000.
Human microbiome-based products developer OptiBiotix Health (OPTI) has signed an agreement with KSF Acquisition UK, which will finance the assessment of the benefits of OptiBiotix’s SlimBiome weight management products when it used alongside SlimFast products. SlimBiome affects appetite, metabolism and energy harvest which fits with the SlimFast meal replacement products. Kainos Capital acquired SlimFast from Unilever in July 2014 and KSF is its UK offshoot with rights to the SlimFast brand in UK, Ireland and Germany.
Curtis Banks (CBP) will become the second largest SIPP provider following the acquisition of Suffolk Life from Legal & General for £45m. The enlarged group will have 65,000 SIPPs with assets of £18bn under administration. Suffolk Life made a profit of £1.3m in 2014 and there should be synergy benefits from the combination. A placing at 320p a share has raised £27m. The deal enhances 2016 earnings from 14.9p to 15.8p.
Management Resources Solutions (MRS) plans to acquire civil construction equipment and services provider Bachmann Plant Hire Pty for up to A$13.4m and the acquisition will more than double group revenues. There is an initial payment of A$8.2m in cash and the taking on of finance debt, while the rest is dependent on performance in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Bachmann provides earthworks equipment and operators in Queensland, Australia. There is a fleet of more than 200 vehicles and revenues were A$21.7m and pre-tax profit A$2m in the year to June 2015. MRS already supplies technical and strategic services to the oil and gas, construction and resources sectors. Project management activity has offset a decline in consulting work. This deal is a reverse takeover and the shareholder meeting is on 28 January.
Financial software and consulting services provider First Derivatives (FDP) has acquired Kx consultancy QuntumKDB for up to £2.2m, with £500,000 of this depending on the achievement of targets in the first 12 months. This deal will be earnings enhancing in the first full year. Quantum made a profit of £300,000 in the year to September 2015. First Derivatives has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Utilismart, which is expected to use Kx software for smart grid applications.
Interactive gaming operator Netplay TV (NPT) has extended its agreement with ITV for three years until 2019. Jackpot 247 has been on ITV since 2010 and Netplay will combine this TV exposure with its developing mobile platforms. Talks about the purchase of Sportech’s pools business have ended and NetPlay is not involved in the bidding process.
The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) is recommending that the IONA non-invasive test developed by Premaitha Health (NIPT) should be offered by the NHS to high risk pregnant women as part of the foetal anomaly screening programme. This will reduce the need for invasive testing.
Cambria Automobiles (CAMB) is paying £10.8m for a Land Rover franchise in Welwyn Garden City – Cambria has Jaguar and Aston Martin franchises nearby. In 2015, the franchise generated a pre-tax profit of £2.5m on revenues of £54m and it will be immediately earnings enhancing. A Jaguar franchise in Exeter is being sold for £1.3m and the Aston Martin franchise on the site will be closed. These businesses generated £500,000 profit in 2015. This leaves Cambria with 44 franchises and 17 brands. Cambria says that its first half trading is well ahead of the same period last year.
Ramblers Metals & Minerals (RMM) has completed the all share acquisition of Thundermin Resources. This means that Rambler owns 100% of the Little Deer and Whales Back copper projects. These have previously been mined and still include copper mineralisation. The infrastructure at the Ming mine could be used if the mines are brought back into production.
Standard list shell RockRose Energy (RRE), which is headed by former Igas boss Andrew Austin, floated on 13 January and the shares ended the first week at 51.5p. RockRose raised £4.4m at 50p a share, having previously raised £600,000, but the costs of the flotation were £833,000. The company is capitalised at £5m at the placing price – so the net cash covers 83% of the valuation. The focus is UK onshore and offshore oil and gas assets which are in production and have significant reserves. The cash will help to finance the costs of due diligence and acquiring suitable assets.
Cash shell Falcon Acquisitions Ltd (FAL) will join the standard list on 18 January. A placing raised £1.6m at 10p, which capitalises the company at £2.04m, and there is a secondary fundraising may raise up to £2m at a share price to be set between 10p and 30p. There was already £265,000 in the bank before the flotation so there is cash of £1.65m after costs of £220,000. The focus is acquiring businesses involved in online, mobile and video broadcasting. Any target is likely to be worth up to £30m. The board includes directors from previous standard list shell Challenger Acquisitions.
Africa-focused oil and gas company Aminex (AEX) has secured a gas sales agreement with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation for the Kilwani North gas field, where Aminex has a 55.575% interest. Solo Oil has until the end of January to take up an option to buy an additional 6.5% stake in the field from Aminex, which would take its stake to 12.675%. A pre-determined level of production will be purchased each year and an invoice will be issued each month. The initial gas price is $3.07/mcf and there will be an annual indexation of the gas price.