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Quoted Micro 6 February 2023
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) is raising £275,000 via a convertible issued to clients of Optiva Securities. This is convertible at the upcoming £1.25m placing at the time of the move to the standard list and will fund an increase in the shareholding in the owner of the Monte Muambe rare earths project. Align Research has extended its £150,000 loan and with interest £189,750 will be payable on 30 April.
Marula Mining (MARU) is seeking to move to AIM. Cairn has been appointed as nominated adviser and a joint broker with Monecor will be appointed. A competent persons report on the portfolio of assets in Africa will be commissioned. At 6.1p, down 5.43% on the week, the battery metals company is valued at £1.6m. That is low for an AIM company.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company European Metals Holdings (EMH) says the Cinovec project has been classified as a strategic project for the Usti region in the Czech Republic. This means it can receive grants from the Just Transition Fund. The Cinovec project could receive a up to €49m.
The latest investment by Quantum Exponential (QBIT) is in Oxford Quantum Circuits. The £299,997 investment, for a 0.34% stake, is part of a £869,000 funding round. Oxford Quantum Circuits designs super conducting circuits and plans to expand in Asia.
A company owned by NFT Investments (NFT) executive chairman Jonathan Bixby bought 10 million shares at 0.855p each, taking his stake to 6.43%. NFT investments has secured a temporary restraining order in Delaware that freezes the online warrant holding assets secured in the cybersecurity incident.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says that it invested $575,000 in crypto currencies and also entered into advisory work with the issuers. The company says that the crypto currency markets are recovering in 2023. Despite that, Web3 projects have more realistic valuations making them attractive to investors.
KR1 (KR1) has made four new investments in HydraDX and related Basilisk tokens, Superchain, Argent and Metaprime. HydraDX and Argent were existing investments. The total investment is just over $1m.
There have been delays in the provision of the £200,000 bridge loan to TruSpine Technologies (LON: TSP) and it should be received shortly followed by the first tranche of the subscription.
Lift Global Ventures (LFT) has invested £750,000 in convertible loan notes issued by Trans-Africa Energy Ltd, which develops energy infrastructure projects in Sub-Sharan Africa. It has a joint development agreement with Ghana National Gas Company. This covers four projects for processing and transporting natural gas, where Trans-Africa will have a majority stake. The financial close for the first project could be later this year.
Emissions reducing fuel ingredients supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) grew third quarter revenues by 9% quarter-on-quarter to £45,720. Pro forma cash is £790,000 and cash outflow is being reduced. The fourth quarter has started well, and sales staff are being recruited.
Evrima (EVA) has recovered more than the cost of its $234,000 investment in Premium Nickel Resources through a series of sales raising $299,000. The residual stake is valued at $1.63m. Guy Miller has resigned from the board.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) generated revenues of £968,000 from continuing operations in the nine months to December 2022. The loss was £697,000. Acquisition opportunities have been identified.
Craft spirits producer British Honey (BHC) says revenues fell from £8m to £6m and management is cautious about trading. The review of strategy continues.
Love Hemp (LIFE) refutes comments made by former managing director Philip Small. It has asked for proof of the validity of invoices for money he is claiming. Al his comments are being investigated by the company’s advisors.
Goodbody Health (GBDY) has signed four phlebotomy contracts. This service will be offered through its network of 90 clinics.
Igraine (KING) has invested £100,000 for a 20% stake in Fixit Medical, which has designed the Cingo drainage catheter fixation device. This protects catheters from twisting and kinking.
Gledhow Investments (GDH) had net assets of £1.7m at the end of September 2022, including £112,000 in cash. Net assets fell because of a reduction in the value of the investment portfolio.
In the fourth quarter, RentGuarantor (RGG) increased the number guarantees made by 11%. Over 2022, the demand for services increased by 71% and further growth is expected this year.
ChallengerX (CXS) had £236,000 in cash at the end of September 2022. Developing the company’s platform will require more investment. ChallengerX is also assessing reverse takeovers.
Luciano Maranzana has been appointed chief executive of Eight Capital Partners (ECP). He has been a non-exec for seven months.
Chris Akers continues to build up his stake in Asimilar Group (ASLR) and it has reached 9.13%.
Cooks Coffee Company (COOK) has raised an additional £42,000 at 18p a share. Director Michael Ambrose bought 200,000 of these shares, taking his stake to 1.6%.
Three directors bought shares in S-Ventures (SVEN). Scott Livingston acquired 104,539 shares at 11.1p each, taking his stake to 36.7%. Robert Hewitt bought 44,247 shares at 11.3p each and Alexander Phillips acquired 89,954 shares at 11.1p each. Exercised warrants at 25p each raised £350,000. Head of risk and compliance Simon Mathisen acquired 120,168 shares at 3.5p each in Oberon Investments (OBE), while non-exec Gemma Godfrey bought 200,000 shares at 3.5p each.
ASX-listed Celsius Resources (CLA) raised £2.4m at 0.8p a share when it joined AIM on 30 January. That valued the minerals explorer at £14.8m. The share price opened at 0.88p and ended the week at 1.025p. The main interest is the Makilala-Caigutan-Biyog (MCB) copper gold project in the Philippines. This is 320km north of Manila. The authorities are apparently fast-tracking the project permitting approvals and mine development. The cash will help to finance further development, but management needs to secure additional debt and/or an offtake agreement to generate the funding required to get the project to bankable feasibility. Celsius Resources owns 100% of the project
All three divisions of NWF (NWF) did better than expected in the first half and the second half has started well. In the six months to November 2022, revenues were 35% higher at £541.8m, while underlying pre-tax profit improved by 44% to £6.2m. The interim dividend is unchanged at 1p a share, although there will be an increase in the final dividend. Net cash was £1.2m at the end of November 2022.
Agricultural products supplier and retailer Wynnstay Group beat expectations that had already been upgraded a number of times in the past year. In the year to October 2022, revenues were 42% ahead at £713m, while pre-tax profit almost doubled to £22.6m. The dividend has been raised for the nineteenth year in a row. The total dividend is 17p a share. High milk prices have boosted feed demand from farmers – with like-for-like growth of 6% – enabling Wynnstay to increase its market share.
Digital transformation services provider TPXimpact Holdings (TPX) downgraded 2022-23 guidance with revenues expected to be £80m rather than £90m. EBITDA falls more sharply and could be around £2m. Third quarter like-for-like revenues were 15% lower and there was a sharp reduction in margins. Net debt was £17.5m at the end of December 2022 and management warns it is likely to breach debt covenants. Director share buying sparked a small recovery in the share price. Finance director Steve Winters acquired 220,000 shares at 21.34p each and former chief executive Neal Ghandhi bought 196,986 shares at 22.45p each.
Morses Club (MCL) gained 75.17% backing to approve the cancellation of the quotation on AIM. This resolution required 75% of the vote so it only just succeeded. Shareholders owning 61.7% of the share capital voted. The last day of dealings will be 10 February. After that, there will be a matched bargain facility on Asset Match.
Immotion (IMMO) is selling its location-based entertainment business for $25.1m, having raised £100,000 from disposing of Uvisan. Shareholders are likely to receive 3p a share out of the sale proceeds with £6.5m retained for the remaining business after buying back shares from management leaving with the location-based entertainment business. Immotion will concentrate on the home-based entertainment business Let’s Explore Media. This will be expanded via acquisitions. The share price was below the proposed dividend level, and it rose to 3.35p. Immotion joined AIM in July 2018 at a placing price of 10p a share.
Parcel delivery and logistics company DX (DX.) has appointed the boss of the Freight division, Paul Ibbetson, as chief executive. He has been with the company since 2017. Interim revenues grew by 15%
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) did well last year with recurring revenues growing but progress was held back by Let’s Connect electronic products provider. Cenkos trimmed its 2022 pre-tax profit forecast from £4.5m to £4m. Net cash is more than £18m.
Sustainable polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) is raising £10.3m at 5.1p a share, while an open offer could raise up to £400,000 more. The cash will fund product development, capital investment and working capital.
CentralNic (CNIC) has sparked the regular upgrade with its fourth quarter figures. Full year revenues were better than expected at $728m. Pre-tax profit was upgraded from $69.2m to $72.4m. CentralNic is partnering with automated hosting resellers platform WHMCS.
Thungela Resources (TGA) is acquiring an effective interest of 63.75% in the Ensham coal mine in Australia for A$267m. This is via 85%-owned Sungela Holdings. Ensham produced 3.2 million tonnes of coal in 2022. The mine life is 16 years. The deal should close in the middle of 2023.
Associated British Engineering (ASBE) made a £5,000 profit thanks to an exchange gain in the year to September 2022. Net assets are £657,000, including £497,000 in cash and £182,000 in investments.
Kelso Group (KLSO) has acquired five million shares in THG (THG) at an average price of 54.5p.
Quoted Micro 3 October 2022
Kent brewer Shepherd Neame (LON: SHEP) returned to profit in the year to June 2022. The total dividend is 18.5p a share. Net assets increased from 1140p a share to 1194p a share, while net debt is back to pre-pandemic levels at £75.3m. Pubs and hotel revenues are still lower than in 2018-19. Beer volumes have more than recovered, although own beer volumes are 8% lower than three years ago. In the 13 weeks to 24 September 2022, like-for-like retail sales are 9% ahead, while own beer volumes were 1.2% higher – including a 14% improvement in own beer volumes.
Property investor Ace Liberty and Stone (ALSP) increased pre-tax profit by 49% to £2.07m in the year to April 2022. Net assets are 6% higher at £34m. Net debt has reduced from £54.8m to £44.6m. A dividend of 3.4p a share has been announced that will cost £2m.
VSA has downgraded its forecasts for battery storage technology developer Invinity Energy Systems (IES) following interim figures. First half revenues were £1.4m and the order book is worth £13m – mainly relating to the second half. However, 2022 revenues were downgraded from £14.1m to £11m. Next year’s revenues have been upgraded from £20.6m to £23.7m. Cash is likely to run out later next year.
All Things Considered (ATC) investee company Driift has acquired interactive live streaming events platform Dreamstage, which has been used by Driift for its own events. Deezer will invest a further £4m into the combined business. Music management business All Things Considered increased interim revenues by 19% to £6m and the loss was reduced. Net cash is £1.5m. A full year loss is expected compared with previous expectations of a £600,000 profit.
Wine maker Chapel Down Group (CDGP) increased interim revenues by 4% to £6.88m. Sparkling wine revenues were 35% higher. Pre-tax profit improved by 6% to £489,000. The company started harvesting in August and a strong yield is anticipated.
KR1 (KR1) is not immune to the decline in values of digital assets. The value of intangible assets fell by £155.5m in the period, which more than offset realised gains of £2.5m and income of £16.6m. Net assets have declined by nearly three-quarters and NAV is 30.6p a share.
St Mark Homes (SMAP) reported an increased interim loss and NAV fell from 120p a share to 116p a share. As current projects complete management will consider paying a dividend.
Coinsilium (LON: COIN) reported a net fair value gain on financial assets of £163,000 in the first half of 2022. However, the value of cryptocurrency assets has declined. Net assets have fallen from £5.84m to £4.57m.
ProBiotix Health (PBX) generated sales of £306,000, down £537,000 in the first half of 2022. Orders worth £1.12m have been received since the beginning of the year, so the second half revenues should be stronger, as well as higher than last year.
In the six months to June 2022, the value of the equity stakes held by Cadence Minerals (KDNC) fell from £12m to £5.75m. The main decline was in the value of the stake in AIM-quoted European Metals Holdings. There was £1.99m in the bank at the end of the period.
NFT Investments (NFT) has been hit by a reduction in the value of cryptocurrency, particularly Bitcoin. That means that NAV has fallen to £30.1m, including £20.4m in cash. There was a revaluation reduction of £265,000, but that was offset by exchange gains of £362,000, leaving the value of investments at £6.47m. At 0.91p, down 4.21% on the week, the share price is less than one-third of the NAV of 3p a share.
Thixotropic gels manufacturer Unigel Group (UNX) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange in August. There was £800,000 raised at 64p a share. The gels are used in the fibre optic industry. A maiden trading statement says that interim pre-tax profit was 94% ahead at £940,000. New products and higher selling prices boosted revenues and current trading is described as robust.
Clean Invest Africa (CIA) was the worst performer on the Aquis Stock Exchange last week. Loan notes have been converted into shares helping the company turn net liabilities into net assets of £1.72m at the end of June 2022. The company’s CoalTech technology is proven in palletising coal fines or coal waste and management believes that other materials could be palletised.
Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) had £3.2m left in the bank at the end of June 2022. There were no revenues in the first half. There was progress with waste plastic to energy project developments.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) had £2.38m in the bank at the end of June 2022. Drilling has commenced in Western Australia and Queensland in recent months.
Screwless spinal stabilisation systems developer TruSpine Technologies (TSP) had £3,471 in cash at the end of March 2022. There was a £390,000 cash outflow from operating activities and £1m of development spending capitalised. TruSpine subsequently entered into a funding agreement with Proffitt Brothers and $100,000 has been received.
Helium Ventures (HEV) is considering widening its investment strategy because of the lack of suitable helium investments. If a suitable acquisition is identified, then shareholders would be asked for their approval.
Investment in the medical imaging business is holding back short-term profit at engineer Avingtrans (AVG). In the year to May 2022, revenues were 2% ahead at 3100.4m and pre-tax profit rose from £7.6m to £8.3m. Demand from the nuclear sector is growing, but profit growth this year will be modest because of additional medical imaging costs. Net cash was £16.7m at the end of May 2022.
Online building and maintenance products retailer CMO Holdings (CMO) has been hit by softening demand for its products. There was still like-for-like revenue growth in first half of 2022, although Total Tiles sales fell because of tough comparatives. Even if the market gets tougher, there is still potential for growth because of the low share of online sales in the building materials sector.
Crownpeak Holdings is making an agreed 30p a share cash bid for omnichannel retail merchandising software provider Attraqt Group (ATQT). The plan is to combine Attraqt’s merchandising technology the Digital Experience Platform owned by Crownpeak. The share price has not been as high as the bid price since May, and it reached its all-time low of 17.5p prior to the bid.
Sustainable biopesticides developer Eden Research (EDEN) has obtained US EPA approval for its three active ingredients and two formulated products. Mevalone (a biofungicide) and Cedroz (a nematicide) sales should start next year via existing distribution partners. State approvals are required before launching in an individual state. Eden Research reduced its interim loss, but cash is still flowing out of the business. There was a cash outflow of £1.9m in the first half, including capitalised development costs and £1.85m was in the bank at the end of June 2020. R&D tax credits will help to replenish cash, but more will be required in the near future if Eden Research is going to take full advantage of the EPA approval.
Xeros Technology (XSG) has signed a joint development agreement with a global domestic washing machine component manufacturer for its XFilter microfibre filtration technology. A full licence dela could be agreed in six months. A placing raised £6m at 5p a share and a six-for-seven open offer could raise up to £1m more. In March 2021, a placing and open offer at 240p a share raised £9m. There was £2.6m of cash at the end of August 2022 and the cash outflow is £500.000 a month.
Digital transformation services TPXimpact (TPX) had a management overhaul last week because trading has been below expectations and there were complications with the integration of the businesses acquired. Chief executive Neal Gandhi and finance director Oliver Rigby. Bjorn Conway is the new chief executive. The order book is increasing in value, but revenue expectations have been cut from £97.4m to £90m. Operating costs are rising. and profit expectations have nearly halved.
musicMagpie (MMAG) has been hit be weak consumer spending with lower sales of technology. Rental income from pre-owned mobiles is growing, though, and that is good for longer-term revenues. The original pre-owned books and music operations are trading as expected. The second half should still be better than the first half, although a full year pre-tax loss is forecast on flat revenues. A small profit is forecast for 2023. Net debt is expected to be £8m at the end of the year.
Structural steel supplier Billington (BILN) increased interim revenues by 22% to £46.2m with nearly doubled pre-tax profit of £1.47m. finnCap has increased its 2022 earnings forecast by one-third to 26.4p a share.
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) has increased revenues by 6%, but profit has declined due to higher insurance claims costs and investment in sales. The benefits of the investment will show through next year and insurance revenues will also recover.
Shell company Milton Capital (MII) intends to float on the Main Market in the coming week. There will be £1m raised at 1p a share and the investors will get two warrants for each share and they are exercisable at 1.5p a share. Total flotation costs are capped at £50,000 and the first year’s operating costs will also be £50,000. The directors will not take salaries. Instead, they will receive a success fee on the completion of a reverse takeover. The initial focus is the technology sector.
Vehicle and property bridging loans both grew in the first half at S&U (SUS) and total net receivables were £370m at the end of July. Credit quality remains high. Pre-tax profit was 5% ahead at £20.9m. The first interim dividend was raised from 33p a share to 35p a share.
Rockwood Strategic (RKW) has transferred from AIM to the Main Market. Rockwood Strategic management believes that there are plenty of undervalued smaller companies that it can invest in and help to grow.
Hawkwing (HNG) is keeping up with the traditions of its previous incarnation TLA Worldwide and published its interim figures after the market closed at the end of the week. The standard list shell had cash of £2.03m at the end of June 2022. There are also more than £16m of convertible loan notes. It has loaned Internet Fusion Group £13.7m and plans a reverse takeover.
Quoted Micro 4 July 2022
AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE
Shepherd Neame (SHEP) issued a full year trading statement, and it is set to return to profit in 2021-22. The Kent-based brewer and pubs operator says revenues are recovering. Net debt was reduced from £93.2m to £75.3m by the end of June 2022. The estimated 2021-22 pre-tax profit is £7.2m and it is expected to improve to £9.6m in 2022-23.
Chief marketing officer Mark Harvey is leaving Chapel Down Group (CDGP). He has been with the wine maker for six years.
Energy storage technology developer Invinity Energy Systems (IES) generated revenues of £3.2m in 2021 and reported a substantial loss. VSA has cut its forecast 2022 revenues from £26.5m to £14.1m. There are already contracts that have been secured that are valued at £13.8m. The loss is expected to reduce from £21.3m to £17.9m. There should still be net cash of £10m by the end of 2022.
Visum Technologies (VIS) raised £601,000 at 14p a share ahead of its admission to Aquis on Thursday. Visum is the operator of an on-ride video camera system sold or licenced to theme parks, souvenir producers and ride operators. The share price opened at 12p before recovering to 14p
The technology investment company Asimilar (ASLR) reported interim figures, which show a £10.6m loss due to a sharp decline in the Dev Clever Holdings share price, which is currently suspended. Net assets were 25.3p a share at the end of March 2022.
Blockchain and digital assets investor KR1 (KR1) says net assets were 423% higher at 122.68p a share at the end of 2021, but that figure is likely to be lower now given the weak cryptocurrency market this year. There was £3.49m in cash on the balance sheet.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) is waiting for the FDA’s response to the request for breakthrough technology designation before filing a 510k FDA submission for tis Cervi-LOK screwless spinal stabilisation system.
Trading in British Honey (BHC) shares was suspended at the end of the week because it has not published 2021 figures.
A further downgrade for Shield Therapeutics (STX) after its 2021 figures. Most of the 2021 revenues of £1.5m were generated in Europe and not the important US market for the Accrufer iron deficiency treatment. The latest figures show some progress in US Accrufer revenues with first quarter Accrufer prescriptions double the number in the fourth quarter of 2022, taking the total prescriptions for the quarter to more than 3,900. finnCap has reduced its 2022 forecast for US revenues from £8.1m to £6.3m thereby reducing total group revenues from £9.9m to £8.1m.
Shareholders in plant-based polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) have voted against the reappointment of two non-executive directors, including Charlean Gmunder, who was appointed on 19 April this year, and the Itaconix 2022 Equity Participation Plan for non-employees, where 79.16% of votes were against. First half revenues are substantially ahead of the previous record level.
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) has acquired Quintage Consulting Group for £900,000 in cash. This is an employee reward and recognition consultancy providing things such as pay benchmarking surveys.
Footwear supplier Unbound Group (LSE: UBG) says trading has been in line with expectations following a good start to the year to January 2022. The multi-brand platform, that will exploit the extensive database that the company has built up, will launch on 28 July. There are 14 partner brands signed up, including Hush Puppies, and Sketchers.
IG Design Group (IGR) has started to improve operational efficiency in order to move back into profit. Higher freight and supply chain costs hit the business last year. Full year revenues increased from $873.2m to $965.1m, but an underlying pre-tax profit of $32.8m was turned into a loss of $1.3m. A modest rise in revenues is forecast for this year. The order book is already 71% of this year’s budgeted revenues.
Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) has reported that first half sales are 30% ahead at more than £24m and gross margin has improved.
Standard list shell Alteration Earth (ALTE) is seeking an acquisition in the clean technology or energy sectors. The plan is to do this within 24 months of admission. The shell raised a total o £1.26m by issuing nine million shares at 4p each and nine million shares at 10p each. The share price ended the first day of trading at 30p, but the bid offer spread was 10p/50p. The deal would need to make the enlarged group worth a minimum of £30m.
Hamak Gold Ltd (HAMA) says two rock chip samples from the Nimba licence in Liberia show grades of 45.5g/t and 37.3g/t. These are located where gold in soil anomalies were reported. There are assays to come from channel sampling of surface exposures.
Quoted Micro 4 April 2022
AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE
In 2021, Good Energy (GOOD) revenues were 12% higher at £146m, while underlying pre-tax profit recovered from £500,000 to £2.6m. Since the year end the sale of the generating assets has boosted the balance sheet making it debt free. A final dividend of 1.8p a share takes the total for the year to 2.55p a share. Investment in billing platforms will help improve efficiency. The Zap-Map EV charging services business remains a focus of growth, along with an accelerating smart meter roll out. Even though trading conditions are tough, Good Energy could improve its profit this year.
Brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP) is returned to profit at the interim stage, and it is paying an interim dividend of 3.5p a share. In the six months to December 2021, revenues increased by 55% to £78.7m, which is similar to the six months to December 2019. A loss of £7.2m was turned into a profit of £5.4m. Net debt is £82.4m after paying delayed VAT liabilities. Net assets are 1176p a share, excluding property revaluations. In the 13 weeks to 26 March 2022, like-for-like managed pub sales are 10% ahead, but it is a weak comparative. Costs are increasing and Peel Hunt has trimmed its full year pre-tax profit forecast from £8.6m to £7.2m.
ProBiotix Health (PBX) started trading on the Access segment having raised £2.5m at 21p a share. The share price ended the week at 21.5p, valuing the company at £26.2m. The company has been spun-off by OptiBiotix Health (OPTI), which retains a 44% stake after issuing ProBiotix shares to its own shareholders. They will not be able to deal in the shares for nine months. The core product developed by ProBiotix is LP-LDL ®. Studies have shown that the product can reduce cholesterol levels.
AIM-quoted European equities exchange operator Aquis Exchange (AQX) joined the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on the same day as it reported full year figures. In 2021, revenues were 42% ahead at £16.2m, while pre-tax profit jumped from £470,000 to £3.22m. Net cash is £14.1m, after spending £1.1m on buying back shares. The company’s market share of pan-European trading improved from 4.7% to 5.2% and the purchase of the non-displayed matching pool of UBS could add a further 0.6% of market share. Liberum forecasts further growth in pre-tax profit to £4.2m this year.
Oberon Investments (OBE) is raising £3.4m at 6p a share in a significantly oversubscribed placing. The broker and investment manager wants to spend the cash on expanding its corporate finance and wealth management operations.
Pharma C Investments (PCIL) invested £100,000 in AIM-quoted Celadon Pharmaceuticals (CEL), formerly Summerway Capital, at 165p a share. Trading started on 28 March and the share price subsequently fell to 130p. Vertigrow, which was established in 2018, reversed into Celadon and it grows indoor hydroponic, high THC cannabis, which will be used for medicines to treat chronic pain. A Home Office licence to legally grow medicinal cannabis was received in July 2021 and it has been renewed until January 2023.
KR1 (KR1) has invested $1.5m in Subspace Labs Inc and it will receive a yet-to-be determined number of tokens. Subspace Network is an eco-friendly blockchain that enables scalable chain storage and computing.
Gunsynd (GUN) owns 1.25 million shares in Media Tech SPAC, which is acquiring Scandinavia-based Drylab A/S, which has developed a subscription-based film and TV production platform. The technology allows reviewing and sharing of filmed takes in real-time, uploads those filmed takes to a cloud-based platform and saves time and costs. The service is designed to work without internet access.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) has sold M and G Olympic Products, which manufactures architectural metalwork, for £1. This is part of refocusing on fabrication businesses.
Cadence minerals (KDNC) has agreed to sell its 31.5% stake in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies in return for £3.72m.
The attempt to remove the chairman and the other resolution put forward at a requisitioned general meeting of Love Hemp (LIFE) were heavily defeated.
Pioneer Holdings Inc (PNER) has acquired Crowdform, which creates apps and websites for brands and start-ups.
Trading in Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) shares was restored after it reported 2020-21 results and interims to September 2021. There was cash of £93,000 and net assets were £788,000 at the end of September 2021.
Tectonic Gold (TTAU) had £396,000 in the bank at the end of 2021 and management says that it is well funded even though there have been delays to exploration.
Lombard Capital (LCAP) had net liabilities of £2.29m at the end of 2021. The directors are trying to refinance the company.
Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) has incorporated a subsidiary to develop wind and water-based hydrogen production systems.
Evrima (EVA) has replaced corporate adviser Keith Bayley Rogers with Novum Securities.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) says that its chair Jane Thomason Abigail subscribed £150,000 for new shares at 20p each.
Digital payments business Boku (BOKU) improved its underlying pre-tax profit from $8.8m to $11.8m in 2021. Longer-term, eWallet activity will help to accelerate growth. Monthly average cash balances are running at $50.8m. Boku will be hit by the loss of Russian revenues that were likely to be around $1.5m.
NWF (NWF) says that its fuels business is making a profit of 2p a litre, compared with 1p a litre under normal circumstances. This will boost cash flow, but it is not likely to be repeatable. Full year profit will be much better than expected.
Artisanal Spirits (ART) achieved strong growth in the UK, China and the US last year. Member lifetime value increased from £932 to £1,445, helped by retention rates improving to 77%. The investment in casks of whisky is paying off with the value of the stocks increasing by 26%. Current year revenues are growing by 30%.
EKF Diagnostics (EKF) increased 2021 revenues by 25% to £81.8m. Even stripping out one-off Covid business, the growth was 14%. Pre-tax profit improved from £15.4m to £21.4m. Net cash was £19.6m at the end of 2021, although that was prior to an additional investment in Verici Dx (VRCI). Some of the cash pile is being invested in expanding the fermentation capacity in Indiana. There are plans to buy back up to nine million shares.
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (LSE: PGH) beat expectations with 2021 even though pre-tax profit declined from £8.8m to £4.7m as the effects of the original lockdown showed through in the figures. There will also be a delay in the recovery coming through in better profit. The total dividend was reduced from 18.4p a share to 10.6p a share. Net cash is £20.3m.
Brand Architekts (BAR) is making a recommended bid for fully listed InnovaDerma (IDP), which has regularly disappointed investors. The offer is 7p in cash and 0.3818 of a Brand Architekts share for each InnovaDerma share, which values the skincare company at £13.6m. Brand Architekts has a strong balance sheet and will be able to improve the marketing for the combined group’s products.
Windward (WNWD), which supplies AI-based software for real-time marine and shipping information, doubled its customer base last year. There is an increased need for information to stop breaches of sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the ongoing requirement to track sea cargos. Windward is loss-making, but revenues should build up significantly as marine compliance requirements become more stringent. Net cash is $39m and this will provide the funds for Windward to achieve its growth forecasts.
SIPPs admin services provider Curtis Banks (CBP) improved pre-tax profit from £13.4m to £14m in 2021. The growth was held back by delays in technology projects. The dividend is maintained at 9p a share. This was achieved despite a decline in interest income. The higher interest rates will not make a significant difference until 2023. Investment in systems will improve efficiency.
Construction and building software supplier Eleco (ELCO) grew revenues from £25.2m to £27.3m, while pre-tax profit improved from £4.9m to £5.3m. Eleco is transitioning to a SaaS-based model and that will hold back short-term revenues growth. Eleco increased its full year dividend from 0.4p a share to 0.6p a share.
Great Western Mining (GWMO) has completed the road to its Mineral Jackpot properties in Nevada and that will help it to exploit spoil heaps. There are also plans to drill five shallow exploration holes in the area.
Repair and maintenance services provider Mears (MER) reported a 2021 pre-tax profit of £25.6m on revenues of £878m as local authority repair and maintenance activity returned to normal levels. Mears made a loss in 2020. The order book is worth £2.4bn.
Beacon Rise Holdings (BRS) joined the standard list with nine shareholders owning most of the shares. Prior to flotation £1.07m was raised at 100p a share. The current bid/offer spread is 100p/400p. Beacon Rise Holdings is seeking acquisitions involved in primary and secondary related education technology. This could be software or hardware that facilitates active learning. Pro forma net assets equals the cash of £744,000.
Rockpool Acquisitions (ROC) has terminated its proposed acquisition of Greenview Gas. Another party will acquire the business. Rockpool has received £1.2m from Greenview, which is a small premium on the loan provided plus interest.
Telecoms services provider Toople (TOOP) says first quarter revenues are 9% ahead of the previous fourth quarter, while gross profit is 17% higher.
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Michael Williams has stepped down as chairman and chief executive of British Honey Company (BHC) and non-exec Philip Seers has also resigned. Robert Porter-Smith has rejoined the board and Alex Maurice becomes chief operating officer. This follows the general meeting requisition, and it is unclear what will happen with that.
Ecotricity has accelerated its 400p a share bid for rival renewable energy supplier Good Energy (GOOD) and it will close on 8 October.
St Mark Homes (SMAP) had net assets of 120p a share at the June 2021. Interim turnover was flat at £108,000 and the loss was reduced from £84,000 to £49,000. The residential development in Sutton will be marketed later this year.
Japanese whisky supplier Rogue Baron (SHNJ) generated revenues of $505,000 in the first half of 2021. There was a loss of $150,000 before flotation costs. Net cash is $139,000. A marketing push is planned for next year.
Rural Broadband Solutions (RBBS) has 2,650 monthly paying connections and expects 2,800 by the end of the year. Interim revenues were £395,000 and the loss was £401,000. Costs have increased due to the strengthening of management to boost the sales and marketing operations. Net cash was £341,000.
Western Selection (WESP) made a reduced loss in the year to June 2021 and no dividend is being paid. Net assets are £10m.
Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) is acquiring US-based sparkling water brand Big Swig for $2.5m, minus anticipated liabilities, in shares. This will increase the number of retailers the group deals with in the southern US.
KR1 (KR1) has participated in the Basilisk crowdloan and Kusama (KSM) parachain auction. It contributed 11,111.1 KSM to the crowdloan.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has raised £650,000 at 10p a share and Oberon Capital has been appointed as broker. An FDA 510k application for spinal stabilisation system Cervi-LOK should be lodged before the end of the year.
Rutherford Health (RUTH) has opened a community diagnostics hub in partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. There are up to five community hubs planned.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) had net assets of 69.71p a share at the end of August 2021.
IamFire (FIRE) has raised £396,000 at 3p a share. It issued broker Peterhouse with 200,000 warrants at a strike price of 10p a share. John Taylor, a director of AIM and Aquis companies, and Sandy Barblett, who is a director of Rogue Baron, have joined the board. Burns Singh Tennent-Bhohi is leaving the board.
Oscillate (MUSH) director Burns Singh Tennent-Bhohi has bought one million shares at 2.072p each. He owns eight million shares. The sister of the chief executive of S-Ventures (SVEN) has sold 600,000 shares at 27p each.
Judges Scientific (JDG) is improving its order book and some of the benefits will show through in the second half. In the six months to June 2021, revenues increased from £37.4m to £43m – the 2019 figure was £40.2m. Underlying pre-tax profit improved from £6.4m to £8.5m, which is slightly higher than 2019 interim figure. To put this in perspective, there have been three acquisitions since the first half of 2019, but it does show a strong recovery.
SourceBio International (SBI) says that updated Covid-19-related travel requirements, that mean that inbound fully vaccinated people will not need PCR tests on days two and eight, will hamper progress in the fourth quarter. Testing volumes had been growing and they will fall back. So far this month, the figure is 14,000 per day.
IT recruitment and services provider Parity Group (PTY) has been increasing investment in its business but that has led to an interim loss. In the six months to June 2021, Parity revenues declined from £29.9m to £26m, which was also below the second half 2020 revenues. Revenues are continuing to decline. A small interim profit has become a small loss and the loss is set to increase in the second half. Parity has swung from net cash to net det of £1.1m, excluding lease liabilities, at the end of June 2021 and a further cash outflow is expected in the second half.
Pennant International (PEN) growing its software revenues and plans to increase its exposure to the rail sector in order to lessen dependence on aerospace and defence. The first half was tough. Revenues did improve from £6.26m to £7.43m, but Pennant remains loss making. There are more than £1m of annualised savings. The three-year order book is worth £26m and there is also a significant pipeline of potential projects for the technical training business.
Cyber security firm ECSC (ECSC) increased interim revenues by 15% to £3m and there was a small reduction in loss to £207,000. Utilisation levels of consultants are increasing, and the recurring managed detection and response revenues grew by 17%. A full year loss is expected.
Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) has done well with the roll out in Tesco stores and next year there will be a further boost from a Boots roll out. Interim revenues rose from £13.5m to £18.4m even though there was a decision to reduce close out activity. Profit quadrupled to £1.6m and it was higher than the 2019 figure. The interim dividend is 2.5p a share. Sales in the eight months to August were £27m.
Steel structures supplier Billington (BILN) improved interim revenues by 15% to £37.7m and pre-tax profit was one-quarter higher at £763,000. Net cash was £12.1m at the end of June 2021. Structural steel operations were near to full capacity in the period, while the safety products business increased revenues by one-fifth.
Kettle controls and water appliances manufacturer Strix (KETL) produced record interim figures, even though new product launches were too late to make a difference. The new factory has opened in China with plenty of capacity to handle growth.
Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (PGH) is growing its SaaS-based business. The deal with Sage is also starting to generate more significant revenues following a free pilot stage. Group revenues fell because of the lack of face-face insurance sales, but there should be a recovery next year.
Maternity wear supplier Seraphine Group (BUMP) says that first quarter trading was strong, but it has been tougher in the second quarter because of supply issues. That means that first half profit will be lower. Full year profit should be at least in line with the 2020-21 figure.
Path Investments (PATH) has provided a loan facility of up to £600,000 to DG Innovate, which Path has conditionally agreed to acquire. DG Innovate is developing electric motor and energy storage technologies.
Serum Life Sciences is investing £50m in Oxford Biomedica (OXB) in return for a 3.9% stake. The cash will be invested in developing the company’s manufacturing facility.
NMCN (NMCN) plans to move from the premium to the standard list. This is part of Svella’s requirement to extend its commitment to subscribe for shares in NMCN. A circular is required to convene a general meeting that should be held by 1 November. Lloyds Bank has extended the company’s overdraft facility to 5 November.
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Ecotricity has launched a 340p a share cash bid for Good Energy (GOOD). Ecotricity believes the combined group would be better placed to compete in the energy supply business. The Good Energy board rejects the bid.
Arbuthnot Banking (ARBB) reported a bounce back in interim pre-tax profit from £200,000 to £3m. the main profit improvement was at Arbuthnot Latham. NAV was 1292p a share at the end of June 2021. Assets under management reached £1.22bn. A second interim dividend of 16p a share was announced, and it will be paid on 24 September.
NQ Minerals (NQMI) says its Hellyer gold mine generated revenues of A$19.8m in the second quarter, while net income was A$5.7m. The major capital investment in the mine cost A$16.4m and was finished during the quarter. NQ Minerals is still seeking to move to a full listing on the London Stock Market.
Sativa Wellness Inc (SWEL) generated record revenues in the first half of 2021, and it is generating cash from operations. CBD products supplier Goodbody Botanicals is profitable. There have been 47 clinics opened to offer Covid-19 testing.
Apollon Formularies (APOL) says that medicinal cannabis formulations developed by its subsidiary have been able to kill prostrate cancer cells.
Watchstone Group (WTG) management recommends that shareholders reject the mandatory 34p a share bid.
Ervin Kovac has resigned as director of Freyherr International (FRYR) and the shares remain suspended as the company’s financial position remains uncertain. Trading was suspended more than nine months ago.
Harry Hyman has taken a 3.08% stake in Oberon Investments (OBE).
Newbury Racecourse (NYR) is moving from the Access segment to the Apex segment.
Digital payments business Boku (BOKU) increased interim revenues by 37% to $34m – organic growth was 21%. Investment is increasing in order to take advantage of growth prospects, but cash is also increasing.
Trading is improving at employee benefits services and insurance products provider Personal Group (PGH) and interim revenues were 12% ahead at £34m even though weak insurance sales last year mean that premium income fell. SaaS-based revenues increasing by 50% – helped by the partnership with Sage. Sales of consumer electronics products through PG Let’s Connect has improved by one-fifth.
Insolvency levels remain relatively low, but Begbies Traynor (BEG) still grew strongly last year. In the year to April 2021, underlying pre-tax profit improved from £9.2m to £11.5m – a combination of organic and acquisitive growth. There is more to come this year from recent acquisitions.
Lawyer Gateley (GTLY) managed to increase its pre-tax profit from £18.1m to £19.3m despite the tough trading conditions in the year to April 2021. The property and corporate finance divisions did particularly well last year. This kept utilisation levels high. A final dividend of 5p a share was announced. Gateley is paying £815,000 for Tozer Gallagher, which is a quantity surveyor and construction consultant.
Online womenswear retailer Sosandar (SOS) increased its full year revenues by 35% to £12.2m. It remains loss-making and that is likely to continue this year even though revenues continue to grow rapidly. First quarter revenues jumped by 256% to £5.7m, although the comparatives were weak. Active customers increased by 23% compared with the previous quarter. Singer forecasts double full year revenues to £24.4m.
Parcel and freight delivery company DX (DX.) is still growing its freight business faster than expected and analysts have upgraded their forecasts for 2020-21 and the current year. The additional business is also more profitable than in the past. DX Express revenues are flat due to lower office mail delivery revenues.
Judges Scientific (JDG) had a much better order book at the end of June 2021. It was 49% higher than June last year. Organic sales growth was 5% compared with full year forecasts of 1.5%.
Open Orphan (ORPH) spin out Poolbeg Pharma (POLB) has started trading on AIM. The shares are trading at 10.875p, which is equivalent to 3.63p a share to Open Orphan shareholders. The Open Orphan shareholders cannot sell yet.
Vela Technologies (VELA) has invested £750,000 in Northcoders Group, which joins AIM on 27 July. Manchester -based Northcoders provides software coding training.
International payments business Cornerstone FS (CSFS) is pursuing potential acquisitions, but it has not secured any since it floated earlier this year. The mix of business remains consistent, although more of it is direct which improves margins, and trading has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels.
New shell Acceler8 Ventures (AC8) has soared from its placing price of 100p to 215p on limited volumes. After expenses, the cash in the company is equivalent to 60p a share. The sector of the potential target has been kept vague.
Sivota (SIV) is a shell that wants to acquire Israel-based technology businesses. The company has just under 78p a share of cash. The share price has risen from the placing price of 100p to 112.5p.
NMCN (NMCN) is making progress with the refinancing and related documentation. The 2020 accounts are expected to show a pre-tax loss of much more than the £24m previously indicated.
Aquaculture technology developer OTAQ (OTAQ) increased full year revenues by 18% to £4.05m, while the underlying loss was reduced from £1.05m to £726,000. Restrictions have held back the progress of the business.
Town Centre Securities (TOWN) has collected 88% of the billed rent of £4.9m for the quarter to June 2021 with a further 8% that was agreed to be deferred.
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Etaireia Investments (ETIP) has raised £10,000 at 0.25p a share following its announcement that it has bought a freehold property in Sunderland partly owned by Etaireia director Baron Bloom. The 11,000 square foot Ivy Leaf Club is generating income of £31,200 a year. Etaireia paid 210 million shares at 0.1p a share for the property. Baron Bloom and Oliver Fattal were issued 105 million shares each. There are plans to change the use of the property from a social club to residential/student accommodation. At 0.04p (0.3p/0.4p) a share, Etaireia is valued at £600,000.
Brewer Daniel Thwaites (THW) has bought back 1.26% of its share capital for £862,500 (115p a share). Two directors have acquired a total of 115,000 shares at 115p each. Directors own 42.1% of the company.
LED lighting supplier Gowin New Energy Group Ltd (GWIN) says that convertible loan note holders owning the £250,000 worth of convertibles in issue have converted them into shares at 0.02p a share. The 125 million new shares are equivalent to 21.9% of the enlarged share capital. Tsai Cheng-Feng and Chao Chih-Feng each own 8.76% of the company and Dai Ming-Hsuan holds 4.38%. They did not previously own any shares.
Oil and gas explorer Nordic Energy (NORP) will not be able to publish its results in the allotted timescale so trading in the shares has been suspended. At the suspension price of 0.9p, Nordic is valued at £900,000.
Equatorial Mining & Exploration (EM.P), which still has plans to move to the lightly regulated standard list, has raised £360,000 from the issue of 8% unsecured, irredeemable convertible loan notes, with one warrant exercisable at 0.01p a share, attached to each of the 0.1p loan notes. There are 1.5 billion warrants in issue. The cash will go towards covering the costs of exploration in Nigeria and the expenses of the move to the standard list.
Facilities management services provider Mortice Ltd (MORT) has won a major new contract with the University of Hertfordshire. Mortice’s recently acquired subsidiary already worked for this client but the new ten year deal is worth more than £55m. The previous contract was worth £1.8m a year. The new deal includes planned maintenance, grounds maintenance, pest control, cleaning and hygiene services. The deal followed a seven month tender process. The contract should be earnings enhancing, although Mortice will have to invest £1m over the length of the contract.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has tabled a rival bid for KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC). The offer is 210p a share and values KBC at £180.3m. Yokogawa is involved in industrial automation and it believes that the consulting and software skills offered by KBC will fit with this business. Aspen Technology Inc says that it will not increase its 185p a share offer.
Health insurance products provider Personal Group (PGH) is losing Royal Mail as a client for its core business but it could gain additional business for its home technology salary sacrifice business Let’s Connect. Personal will not be selling any more medical insurance products to Royal Mail staff from March but existing clients will still be paying for insurance through payroll deduction until the end of March 2017. Payments will then move to direct debit, although clients could choose to stop paying. Let’s Connect is negotiating with Royal Mail. An initial contract is expected to last four years. Last year’s trading was in line with expectations helped by the full year contribution from 2014 acquisition Let’s Connect.
Richard Ames is stepping down as chief executive of hobbies and toys company Hornby (HRN) following its profit warning in the previous week. In the UK, a strong Christmas was followed by subsequent weak sales. International sales are starting to improve following a period disrupted by the reorganisation of management in Europe. Even so, this year’s loss will be worse than forecast and there will be a £1m write-off. The underlying loss will be up to £6m. There is a danger that banking covenants could be breached. Roger Canham will become executive chairman.
Scientific instruments supplier Judges Scientific (JDG) is acquiring Hampshire-based CoolLED, which supplies illumination systems for fluorescence microscopy, for £3.5m plus up to £1m more dependent on performance. Operating profit has to be £1m in the year to June 2016 for the full earn out to be paid. In the 12 months to September 2015, the underlying operating profit was £750,000. Judges already owns one of CoolLED’s main customers.
Coal and transport services provider Hargreaves Services (HSP) reported halved revenues from continuing operations in the six months to November 2015. Underlying pre-tax profit slumped from £20.3m to £3.2m and this led to the interim dividend being slashed from 10p a share to 1.7p a share. Net debt was £30.8m at the end of November 2015. Hargreaves is reducing its dependence on coal, although all divisions reported lower profit. Coal production lost money and stocks have increased. There is potential to generate cash from the property portfolio.
Transport optimisation software and services provider Tracsis (TRCS) says that its revenues for the six months to January 2016 were more than £14m, up from £12m but profit will be lower due to acquisition costs and the disposal of the Australian traffic data operations. The seasonality of the acquisitions means that they will make a larger second half contribution. There was £8m in the bank at the end of January 2016.
Standard-listed cash shell daVictus (DVT) is seeking to acquire a restaurant or bar franchise business that is operating in south east Asia. Trading started on 29 January and the share price has settled down at 11.25p. Jersey-based daVictus raised £1m at 10p a share but £335,000 of that went on expenses. Prior to the flotation, chief executive Richard Pincock owned 1.25 million shares which was then the whole of the share capital. Non-executive director Malcolm Groat is an ex-director of London Mining, which is a former AIM-quoted company that was placed in administration.
Construction services provider North Midland Construction (NMD) says that it will still make a profit this year despite one-off losses. It has sorted out most of its problem contracts and this will lead to an additional loss of £3.1m in 2015. That means the profit will be lower than originally envisaged. There is one more problem contract to sort out. North Midland Construction has an order book for 2016 that is worth £195m, which is similar to 2014 revenues.
Creightons (CRL) has acquired equipment, stock and manufacturing IP of Broad Oak Toiletries from its administrator for £600,000. Broad Oak was also involved in toiletries contract manufacture and the deal could add up to £3.2m to revenues in a full year – the business had previously generated annual revenues of more than £19m. The product range will be expanded.
World Trade Systems (WTS), which has been a fully listed shell for well over a decade, has sourced a potential deal with Suzhou Weibao Investment Co Ltd, which is a supplier of biotech and healthcare products. Suzhou Weibao will transfer its business activities to a subsidiary of WTS and its founder Dr Shao Chen will join the WTS board. The business activities will commence on 1 March. Suzhou Weibao will loan WTS £1m, which will pay off other loans, including those from current WTS majority shareholder Kudrow Finance. Avalon Enterprises and JH Global are injecting £50,000 into WTS at 2p a share.
Passenger aircraft leasing company Avation (AVAP) increased its revenues by 14% to $31.5m in the six months to December 2015. However, pre-tax profit fell from $6.98m to $5.57m, even though this includes a $305,000 gain on an aircraft disposal, due to higher interest costs. The financial benefits of the new aircraft added to the fleet have yet to show through.
Folk2Folk, which is a lender focused on rural businesses, is planning to raise £1.5m through the issue of EIS eligible shares via Asset Match. Existing shareholders are raising £2m from selling existing shares. The offer price is £263 a share. This is a combined offer so investors will receive 57% existing shares and 43% new shares, which are eligible for EIS relief. The existing share capital is valued at £16m. Folk2Folk (www.Folk2Folk.com) has committed to make its shares tradable on Asset Match but this could take 12 months. Folk2Folk is a peer to peer finance business but it is an arranger and does not take the loans onto its balance sheet. Jane Dumeresque, is chief executive of Folk2Folk. She is a former finance director of fuel cells company AFC Energy and financial services firm Syndicate Asset Management, both quoted on AIM at the time. Minimum investment is £20,000.