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Samarkand (SMK) has been hit by a large cash outflow, which means that the China-focused e-commerce technology and brands retailer requires a cash injection of up to £3m via an open offer at 55p a share. Covid lockdowns in China have delayed progress and hampered the ability to supply products. In the year to March 2022, revenues fell from £20.6m to £16.6m, although if one-off revenues in the previous period are excluded then there was a 12% improvement. There was an initial contribution from the Zita West supplements brand acquired last year. Nomad software platform revenues were 18% ahead at £7.5m.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX), which is also quoted on AIM, has relaunched the EU dark pool trading operation it acquired from UBS as the Aquis Matching Pool.
BWA Group (BWAP) has been granted a new licence for Dehane 2 at the Dehane heavy mineral sands project in Cameroon. Results from granulometric test work at the Nkoteng heavy mineral sands show rutile is the most abundant mineral.
More news about the investee companies of Evrima (EVA) this week. Eastport Ventures Inc, where it owns 6.85%, has entered a letter of intent with TSX-V listed Auston Capital concerning a possible merger.
Marula Mining (LON: MARU) says that initial test work at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum project in South Africa shows an average lithium grade of 6.1%. Tantalum was also identified.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rominserv, a subsidiary of Rompetrol. The Romanian company is considering using SulNOx products in its refinery processes.
MiLOC Group Ltd (ML.P) has received a civil judgement against subsidiary Star C, which has to return £166,000 to one of its distributors.
Ananda Developments (ANA) subsidiary DJT Plants is working on self-crossing cannabis strains to create stable strains. So far, it appears that self-pollination of cannabis plants can be achieved. Field trials for growing cannabis have been successful.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) says its advisory clients Blvck Paris and Metalinq Labs are joining together to launch a collection of wearables. The Metalinq technology can be used to convert 2D designs into multi-metaverse 3D designs.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) raised £2.375m at 10.35p a share and the share price fell below that level. This cash will finance expansion of exploration activities in Australia. Significant copper and gold grades have been found at the Halo project in Queensland. There are also zones of high gold silver and coper at Grassy Oaky. A high-resolution gravity survey is commencing at the Red Setter gold copper project.
EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (ESO) reported a decline in NAV to 231.9p a share by the end of August 2022.
Online musical instruments supplier Gear4Music (G4M) warned that trading has been tough in recent months. The first quarter to June 2022 was encouraging but spending in July and August was weaker than expected even if the hot weather is taken into account. September is showing signs of improvement. Guidance has been lowered with pre-tax profit expected to slump from £5m to £1.1m with a possible recovery to £3.3m next year.
Online competitions organiser Best of the Best (BOTB) is linking up with Globe Invest Ltd, the family office of Teddy Sagi the founder of gaming technology firm Playtech (PTEC), to grow international income. Globe Invest will also buy a 29.9% stake from the directors and related parties at 400p a share. They intend to enter a licensing and distribution agreement and a marketing collaboration agreement. Globe Invest will licence the Best of the Best business model outside of the UK.
Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) says trading is ahead of market expectations with sales of at least £61m and underlying pre-tax profit of more than £9m. The previous pre-tax profit forecast was £8.23m. There could be additional gains from foreign exchange.
Franchised lettings and estate agency business Belvoir Group (BLV) did well in the first half considering the ending of property buyer incentives. In the six months to June 2022, revenues were 12% higher at £15.4m. There was a 1% improvement in the underlying business with the rest of the growth coming from acquisitions. Underlying pre-tax profit fell from £4.9m to £4.2m as the cost base returned to normal. Net debt is £2.5m and the interim dividend is maintained at 4p a share.
Premium bricks maker Michelmersh Brick (MBH) increased interim revenues by 14% to £34m, while pre-tax profit was 9% ahead at £6.1m. Production efficiencies helped to offset some of the cost increases. A price rise has been pushed through in July. Overall brick stocks remain at low levels. Management has secured 90% of energy costs for this year and 50% for 2023. Net cash was £9.9m at the end of June 2022. The interim dividend is 13% higher at 1.3p a share.
Sylvania Platinum (SLP) announced a doubled final dividend of 8p a share alongside its results for the year to June 2022. There has already been a special dividend of 2.25p a share and a $7.1m share buyback. Production declined and selling prices for platinum group metals were lower in the year to June 2022. Even so, net profit was $56.2m and Sylvania Platinum has been able to finance the cash distributions and plough money back into development. The benefits of that investment will show through in 2023-24. There is still $121m of cash in the balance sheet, although the dividend will reduce that.
Avacta Group (AVCT) says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for the lead preICISIONdrug soft tissue sarcoma treatment candidate, AVA6000. This provides tax credits and other incentives, plus seven years of market exclusivity in the US, if the drug is improved. There is an ongoing phase I clinical trial.
Shares in AIM shell Advance Energy (ADV) were suspended on Friday after the announcement of non-binding heads of agreement have been signed for the acquisition of a European oil and gas company.
VSA published an initiation note on Prospex Energy (PXEN) and the broker believes there is upside from the development of the onshore Selva gas project in Italy, where Prospex owns 37%. First production should be in the middle of next year. Cash is being generated from the El Romeral gas to power project in Spain.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) interim revenues dipped by 2% to £106.4m, but they are still higher than in 2019. There was a sharp drop in pre-tax profit from £16.6m to £4.6m. The interim dividend has been reduced from 2.6p a share to 1.6p a share. DIY demand has fallen back and there was also destocking. The EV business should make a greater contribution in the second half.
Critical Metals (CTRM) has published the prospectus for the proposed acquisition of a 57% shareholding in Madini Occidental, which owns 70% of the Molulu copper cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The acquisition is expected to complete on 12 September.
Darktrace (DARK) has ended bid talks. Last year, revenues grew 46% to $415.5m and the AI company moved into profit.
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Good Energy (GOOD) has finalised the sale price of its electricity generation assets. There was deferred consideration of up to £8.1m. The deferred payment has been set at £4.8m, taking the total payment to £21.2m. The rest of the cash was not paid due to a third-party yield assessment and other due diligence.
Samarkand Group (SMK) has signed a three-year agreement with Revolution Beauty Group (REVB) and it will incorporate the cosmetics company’s existing Tmall Global Flagship store via the Nomad technology, which will make it easier to sell in China. Samarkand will be exclusive ecommerce partner for China. Revolution Beauty has bought the assets of US cosmetics brand BH Cosmetics for $3.9m. Badass with Heart (BH) Cosmetics are vegan and cruelty-free.
Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) says that it has been advised to apply for a loan under a new programme launched by the Poland authorities. The share price has slumped to 7.5p since the flotation at the beginning of the year.
KR1 (KR1) is participating in the HydraDX crowdloan and Polkadot parachain auction. KR1 contributed 350,000 DOT to secure a parachain slot in the ongoing round and these will be held for 96 days before being returned and KR1 will also receive HydraDX tokens. KR1 is already due to receive 45 million HydraDX tokens due to previous backing of a seed funding round. HydraDX is a protocol to enable frictionless liquidity for crypto assets. All assets can be put into one shared liquidity pool.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says that its joint venture rare earths project Yangibana in Western Australia has a NPV8 of $1.01bn, which is an 84% increase on the previous estimate. The $20m project to build the core infrastructure has begun. There was a 48.9% take-up of the recent open offer, which raised £745,000.
Forbes Ventures (FOR) is considering re-domiciling from the Cayman Islands to the UK. This could reduce costs. The medium-term focus includes the potential launch of a blockchain-focused venture fund.
Valereum (VLRM) has exercised its option to take its stake in the Gibraltar Stock Exchange from 80% to 90%.
SuperSeed Capital (WWW) managing director Mads Jensen has bought 24.200 shares at 98p each, taking his stake to 82.1%.
Hargreaves Services (HSP) has secured a deal for the development and sale of two large distribution units, which will be 191,000 square feet and 375,000 square feet respectively, at the 50%-owned Unity site. Detailed planning permissions are required for the sites and that should be obtained by the end of the year. The deal will be fully completed within 12 months of construction. The total revenues should be more than £50m for the joint venture and Hargreaves should have all or most of its 50% distributed to it, depending on the requirements of the joint venture. On top of this, another 4.6 acres at Blindwells is being sold to Ogilvie Homes. There will be 77 homes built and the deal should generate minimum revenues of £3.5m. The contracts are conditional, and they will not have an immediate effect on the figures.
Synairgen (SNG) announced disappointing phase III data for the SPRINTER trial for SNG001 use in hospitalised Covid-19 patients. The headline data for the trial did not meet primary or secondary endpoints. There is still an ACTIV-2 phase III trail being carried out in mild to moderate Covid-19 patients and other studies where SNG001 could be included.
Sylvania Platinum (SLP) plans to spend some of its cash pile on further increases in production. First half production of platinum group metals was 32,376 ounces, down from 36,335 ounces, and full year production should be between 66,000 and 68,000 ounces. Interim revenues fell from $84.9m to $69.1m, while pre-tax profit slumped from $57.4m to $34.9m. The decline in the Rand exchange rate exacerbated cost increases. A dividend of 2.25p a share will be paid. Short-term investment focus is on additional capacity and extending the life of the chrome recovery operations. In the next three years Sylvania will decide whether to construct new plants on the eastern and/or western limbs of the Bushveld complex.
Transense Technologies (TRT) moved into profit in the six months to December 2021 thanks to growing royalty income from iTrack tyre pressure monitors. Interim revenues improved from £895,000 to £1.2m with a loss of £53,000 turned into a pre-tax profit of £82,000. That is before any tax credits. There are more than £23m of tax losses available to offset against corporation tax. There is £1.07m in the bank and that is set to rise to £1.34m in June 2022.
Seeing Machines (SEE) says interim revenues are 19% ahead at A$21.7m. Revenues of A$56.1m, up from A$46.6m, are forecast for the year to June 2022. There are nine vehicle models that have commenced production that are installing the company’s driver monitoring system. Seeing Machines has also deployed a pilot fatigue detection system for Air Ambulance Victoria. This deal could be worth A$1m over a ten-year period.
Avingtrans (AVG) reported a small decline in interim revenues to £45.1m following the ending of lower margin work in the medical imaging business. Improved margins meant that there was little change in the pre-tax profit, which was £3.6m. The interim dividend is 1.6p a share.
Analysts have raised their full year pre-tax profit forecast for Netcall (NET) following the interim figures. Annualised contract value was £19.8m at the end of 2021. The 2021-22 earnings forecast was increased by 6% to 1.7p a share.
Outsourcing services provider iEnergizer Ltd (IBPO) says it will have another record financial year in 2021-22. The forecast yield is 4.9%.
Tristel (TSTL) is exiting non-core activities to focus on its medical device decontamination and surface cleaning products. In the six months to December 2021, revenues from continuing activities fell 7% to £13.6m. That was due to a large one-off order in the corresponding period. There is underlying growth. There is a £2.4m impairment charge for the discontinued activities. Underlying earnings fell 28% to 4.3p a share. The plans for FDA filings for the company’s products are on course.
Ventilation and door components supplier Titon (TON) warns that supply problems and higher costs are hampering sales and margins. Titon is trying to increase prices to cover higher costs. Overall revenues are slightly higher than in the first four months of the previous financial year, but the overseas operations are loss-making. There is still £4.2m in cash on the balance sheet. A new chief executive is being recruited.
Orchard Funding (ORCH) has raised £2.59m after expenses from its bond offer.
Packaging manufacturer and distributor Macfarlane Group (MACF) increased revenues from continuing operations by 26% to £264.5m in 2021. Pre-tax profit is 50% ahead at £18.7m. The labels division was sold at the end of 2021, and it made a loss. Net cash is £2.5m and the pension scheme surplus is £8.3m. The total dividend is one-quarter higher at 3.2p a share. There is continuing inflationary pressure and supply problems.
Maternity wear brand Seraphine Group (BUMP) says that sales grew in the seventeen weeks to the end of January 2022, although February has been tougher. That means revenues will be below expectations, while lower margins mean that there will be little in the way of profit for the full year. The problems include an underestimation of sales tax and duties in newer markets. This is not the first profit warning. Last July, Seraphine floated at 295p, and the share price has fallen to 58.5p.
Seraphim Space Investment Trust (SSIT) has performed strongly since it floated and there is more to come. The original fundraising was at 100p a share and the NAV at the end of 2021 was 104.7p a share. That is before the announcement of the reversal of Italy-based space logistics company D-Orbit into Nasdaq-listed Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp, which should be completed by the autumn. There was still £70m in the bank at the end of 2021, although more investments have been agreed since then.
Fasteners supplier Trifast (TRI) says that there is consistent year-on-year growth in monthly revenues. Higher cost are being passed on and there are signs that supply chain costs are stabilising.
Alkemy Capital Investments (ALK) plans to enter into a lease at a Teesside chemical engineering park and the land will be used to build a lithium hydroxide processing facility through a new subsidiary called Tees Valley Lithium. The facility is anticipated to produce 24,000 tonnes a year of lithium hydroxide monohydrate for energy storage markets. This is a reverse takeover and trading in the shares has been suspended.
Kanabo Group (KNB) has acquired The GP Service, a telemedicine provider, for £13.5m in shares at 12.65p each. The business provides NHS video and online consultations and can electronically deliver prescriptions. Consultation services are also offered to corporate clients. GP Service will provide a way of marketing Kanabo’s CBD products. Kanabo raised £2.25m at 8p a share.
Cannabis-based drug developer Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCTP) still had £12m in the bank at the end of November 2021. Cost savings worth £130,000 a year have been made so the cash can last longer. Two compounds are expected to enter phase 1 clinical trials in the next 12 months. Two The year end is being changed from May to April.
Salt Lake Potash (the Company or SLP) is pleased to announce that the Company has now received approval from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) for a pond system to dewater the Williamson Pit at Lake Way.
DMIRS has given approval to construct ponds totalling up to 133Ha, as well as ancillary infrastructure and a trench to provide conditioning brine to manage the chemistry of the brine extracted from the Williamson Pit.
The Williamson Pit at Lake Way has a JORC Measured Resource of 1.26Gl of brine at an average SOP grade of 25kg/m3, easily the highest grade SOP brine resource in Australia. Pursuant to the Company’s MOU with Blackham Resources Limited, the owner of the Williamson Pit, SLP will dewater the Pit ahead of Blackham re-entering the Pit for mining.
The Williamson Ponds will be the first operational scale SOP evaporation ponds built on a salt lake in Australia – an important part of the staged de-risking and development at Lake Way and across the Goldfields Salt Lakes Project.
Construction of the Williamson ponds will proceed upon:
- completion of final engineering designs and contractor engagements;
- completion of formal documents with Blackham to supersede the MOU (already substantially advanced); and
- satisfaction of aboriginal heritage requirements.
Salt Lake CEO, Matt Syme said “This approval from DMIRS is an important milestone in our plans for staged development at Lake Way and across the Goldfields Salt Lakes Project more broadly. Our objective is to build the most sustainable and rewarding fertiliser project in the world and low cost, environmentally friendly on-lake ponds are an important part of our business model. Construction and filling of the Williamson Ponds will provide very strong validation of that model“.
For further information please visit www.saltlakepotash.com.au or contact:
Matt Syme/Clint McGhie
Salt Lake Potash Limited
Tel: +61 8 9322 6322
Salt Lake Potash Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7478 3900
Colin Aaronson/Richard Tonthat/Ben Roberts
Grant Thornton UK LLP (Nominated Adviser)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100
Derrick Lee/Beth McKiernan
Cenkos Securities plc (Joint Broker)
Tel: +44 (0) 131 220 6939
Jerry Keen/Toby Gibbs
Shore Capital (Joint broker)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7468 7967
Competent Person Statement
The information in this Announcement that relates to Mineral Resources is extracted from the report entitled ‘Scoping Study for Low Capex, High Margin Demonstration Plant at Lake Way’ dated 31 July 2018. This announcement is available to view on www.saltlakepotash.com.au. The information in the original ASX Announcement that related to Mineral Resources was based on, and fairly represents, information compiled by Mr Ben Jeuken, who is a member Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. Mr Jeuken is employed by Groundwater Science Pty Ltd, an independent consulting company. Mr Jeuken has sufficient experience, which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity, which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Salt Lake Potash Limited confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the original market announcement and, in the case of estimates of Mineral Resources, that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the estimates in the relevant market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed. Salt Lake Potash Limited confirms that the form and context in which the Competent Person’s findings are presented have not been materially modified from the original market announcement.
Sylvania Platinum SLP The year to the 30th June saw basic earnings per share rise by 139 % whilst profit after tax surged from $3.73m to $8.87m. Group EBITDA was up by 65% and group revenue rose by 28%. The equation was further helped by a fall of 12% in general and administrative costs. Sylvania Dump Operations set a record for the fourth consecutive year.
Spectra Systems Corporation SPSY trading has been strong during the first half and market expectation for full year profit before tax and cash flow will significantly exceed market expectations.
Avanti Communications Group AVN has agreed a launch slot with Arianespace for its Hylas 4 satellite beginning on the 1st March 2018. This will enable it to reach geostationary orbit 90 days earlier than previously expected.
DX (Group) plc DX Trading in shares of DX Group has resumed this morning following the failure to reach agreement with John Menzies Distribution. The DX Board is now pursuing business transformation on a stand-alone basis,