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Interim figures from DXS International (DXSP) show a 2.5% improvement in revenues to £1.69m, while higher amortisation charges led to an increased loss of £258,000. The healthcare IT company hade £386,000 in cash at the end of October 2023. Hybridan has trimmed its full year revenues forecast to £3.8m and expects a 2023-24 loss.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) reported revenues of £5.85m for the first half of 2023. The loss was reduced from £299,000 to £189,000. The Lush transaction is still being unwound. Net debt was £8.6m. Chief executive Andrew Gerrie is subscribing £1m for shares at 54p each. The unsecured loan of £4.4m will be converted at the same price and the accrued interest will also be converted at the lower of 54p and the average closing price for five days prior to conversion. The share price is suspended at 30p.
Helium Ventures (HEV) had cash of £116,000 and net assets of £229,000 at the end of October 2023. There were costs relating to the cancelled acquisition of Trackimo. There is still an investment in Trackimo, which is expected to float on AIM.
Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) had a cash outflow from operations of £963,000 in the year to July 2023. Cash was reduced to £262,000. The company is making progress with the testing of wind turbine technology and its electrolyser technology. The wind turbine technology has better performance, so far, than existing rivals. A mining sector feasibility study for hydrogen and clean water production has commenced.
Capital for Companies (CFCP) increased revenues from £492,000 to £887,000 in the year to August 2023. NAV was 81.99p/share. It was 81.67p/share at the end of November 2023. There was cash of £1.99m and loan receivables of £2.43m at the end of August 2023. A final dividend of 2p/share is payable on 8 March.
KR1 (KR1) had NAV of 109.91p/share at the end of 2023. Income from digital assets was £1.58m in December.
Shaun Hinds will become chief executive of Newbury Racecourse (NYR) on 3 June. Julian Thick has stepped down as chief executive. Mark Leigh will be interim chief executive.
Cadence Minerals (KNDR) investee company Hastings Technology Metals has signed an agreement with the investment agency of Estonia to collaborate on a joint scoping study for the potential development of downstream rare earth processing opportunities. The main focus is the Yangibana project.
Voyager Life (VOY) has acquired CBD brand Amphora Health for £50,000 in shares at 12p each. This payment could double if Amphora product sales exceed £100,000 over 24 months. In the year to July 2022, revenues were £69,000. No increase in group overheads will be required and manufacturing will be brought in house.
Quantum Exponential (QBIT) had net assets of £3.11m at the end of October 2023, including £831,000 in cash. There are seven portfolio investments. A European headquarters has been established in Copenhagen.
Psych Capital (PSY) had £133,000 in cash after a £254,000 cash outflow from operations in the six months to October 2023.
Valereum (VLRM) has completed the acquisition of GSX Group.
Digby Try has cut his stake in Supernova Digital Assets (SOL) from 5.1% to 0.36%.
Tekcapital (TEK) investee company MicroSalt (LON: SALT) raised £3.14m at 43p/share when it joined AIM on 1 February and immediately went to a significant premium with the share price ending the week at 55p, valuing the company at £31.4m. That values the Tekcapital’s 77.2% stake at £24.2m, which is more than its market capitalisation.
Trading has recommenced in Location Sciences (LSAI) shares after the publication of readmission document for the proposed acquisition of Sorted Holdings for nominal consideration and the assumption of £4.7m of debt. Sorted Group has developed delivery software for ecommerce businesses. There will be a one-for-625 share consolidation and £2m will be raised at 87.5p/share. The company’s name will be changed to Sorted Group Holdings. The pre-consolidation share price recovered 35.7% to 0.19p – the placing price is the pre-consolidation equivalent of 0.14p.
Eyewear manufacturer Inspecs (SPEC) says the improvement in profit in 2023 was not as great as expected because of weak December trading. EBITDA is likely to rise from £15.5m to £18m, whereas £20m was the consensus forecast. Revenues were flat. Net debt was £24.3m. The results will be published on 17 April. A Norwegian distributor has been acquired and the new Vietnam factory opens in the first half of 2024.
Symphony Environmental Technologies (SYM) has failed to get the EU court to declare EU legislation invalid. This legislation relates to the d2w biodegradable technology, which is not included in the single-use plastic directive and the company says that this has hampered the take-up of the technology.
Respiration equipment supplier Inspiration Healthcare (IHC) had a poor fourth quarter and full year revenues will be £6m lower than expected at £37m, down from £41m the previous year. That will result in a full year loss. Net debt is higher than anticipated at £6.4m. There were contract delays for neonatal products. This business should happen in 2024-25 and a rebound to a pre-tax profit of £2.9m is forecast, although that is lower than the previous estimate of £4.7m.
Midlands-based property investor Real Estate Investors (RLE) has reduced net debt to £46.3m after property sales. Even so, NAV has fallen to 58.4p/share. There remains demand from buyers for smaller properties that are of no interest to institutions. Loan-to-value is currently a comfortable 31%. Executive pay is being cut by one-third.
Potash project developer Emmerson (EML) says the scoping study of the Khemisset potash project in Morocco has enhanced economic returns and reduced the environmental impact. This is based on a ground-breaking processing method, which reduces water consumption by 50%. It also increases the recovery rate. Post-tax NPV8 is increased by 120% to $2.2bn. Annual EBITDA could be $440m and all0in sustaining cost is $163/tonne. Project capex is $525m.
Education administration software and services provider Tribal Group (TRB) says 2023 revenues will be marginally ahead of expectations. Overall annual recurring revenues are 9% ahead at £54.5m. The dispute with Nanyang Technology University continues. Net debt was £7.2m at the end of 2023. Cost savings should help profit to improve. The 74p/share offer from Ellucian lapsed.
Transport management software provider Microlise (SAAS) did better than expected in 2023 and this has sparked upgrades for 2024. Full year revenues were 13% higher at £71.6m with annualised recurring revenues 11% ahead at £47.2m – churn rates are low. Pre-tax profit is estimated to have improved from £4.9m to £5.5m. In 2024, it could reach £6.7m. Microlise completed the acquisition of Enterprise Software Systems earlier this month.
Online gaming company B90 Holdings (B90) spent more on marketing than expected in 2023. Zeus has raised its estimated loss from €2.7m to €2.9m, but it has maintained its forecast 2024 pre-tax profit at €400,000.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) did better than expected in the fourth quarter. Underlying 2023 pre-tax profit should be between £23.5m and £24m, up from £22m in 2022. The repair and maintenance market is still relatively weak, but Luceco is in a good position to benefit from an upturn.
Shell company Associated British Engineering (ASBE) had net assets of £469,000 at the end of September 2023, including £433,000 of cash.
Pendragon (PDG) has completed the sale of its motor dealerships, and it is concentrating on its software business.
Electric motors and drivetrains developer Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has won an extension of its contract from sightseeing tours operator Big Bus Tours, and it has doubled in size to cover 20 buses. The contract is worth £3.5m. The buses will be delivered by the end of the third quarter of 2024. Full year revenues are expected to be £13.4m, although Equipmake will still be loss making. The share price slipped 8.57% to 8p, but it has risen by one-fifth over the past year.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD), whose shares are suspended at 30p. has come to a conditional settlement with the vendors of the 19.8% Lush stake, which was never transferred to the company by Lush. The deal was cancelled. The vendors are paying £300,000 to Silverwood Brands to cover deal costs.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) had 14 investments in the quarter to November 2023 and the NAV was £15.1m or 81.67p/share, down from 81.99p/share at the end of August.
Tyndall Investment Management increased its stake in skin treatments developer Incanthera (INC) from 6.85% to 11.8%.
Tony Wilson has increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 3% to 3.66%, while Rikki Devlin has taken a 3.04% shareholding.
Bitcoin mining company Vinanz Ltd (BTC) says that the SEC in the US has approved Bitcoin ETFs, which will provide investors with a way to access cryptocurrency. This should be positive for Vinanz. David Lenigas has bought 80,000 shares at an average share price of 9.2p.
NFT Investments (NFT) is changing its name to Phoenix Digital Assets. The share price rose 18.5% to 3.2p. NAV is 4.67p/share.
EDX Medical Group (EDX) sent shareholders a letter that stated it is pursuing nine different projects for point of care and laboratory testing services. The reverse takeover of TECC Capital means that there has been selling by legacy shareholders holding back the share price, but it has started to rally rising 17.2% % to 8.5p.
AQRU (AQRU) is changing its name to Supernova Digital Assets and it is focusing on becoming a value provider for the Solara ecosystem. Net assets are 0.297p/share, including crypto assets of 0.166p/share.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) non-exec director Bryan Coyne has acquired 125,000 shares at an average price of 8.14p each.
Valereum (VLRM) says that the general meeting to approve the acquisition of GSX Group will be held on 30 January and there will be a shareholder update meeting the next day. Nick Cowan has joined the board as chief executive, as has former AIM and Plus Markets boss Simon Brickles. Gary Cottle has also joined as a non-exec.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had net assets of 301.9p/share at the end of 2023.
PanGenomic Health (NARA) has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Crescita Capital for a $5m drawdown facility. This will last three years and can be used for working capital and acquisitions. The facility involves the issue of shares at a discount to the market price at the time of issue. There will be a $300,000 commitment fee payable in cash or shares.
Tony Wilson has increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 3% to 3.66%, while Rikki Devlin has taken a 3.04% shareholding.
The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has made an agreed bid for rival franchised lettings company Belvoir (BLV). The agreed offer of 0.806377 TPFG shares for each Belvoir share values Belvoir at 277.4p/share based on a TPFG share price of 344p, but it has subsequently fallen to 307.5p valuing Belvoir at 248p/share. TPFG shareholders will own 51.75% of the enlarged group.
Capital equipment supplier Mpac (MPAC) had a strong second half in 2023 and there was a record order intake during the year. Margins improved in the second half and full year pre-tax profit was £6.9m, up from £3.5m in 2022. The higher second half margins should continue in 2024, enabling a further improvement in profit.
NWF (NWF) has signed a 15-year lease on a third food distribution warehouse in Newcastle-under-Lyme. This will add 52,000 pallets to capacity. The site should be open in the autumn after capital expenditure of £8.5m. This site could add £1.2m to pre-tax profit in 2025-26.
Another positive trading statement from payments services provider Cornerstone FS (CSFS) has led to an upgrade of December’s previous upgrade. A maiden pre-tax profit of £800,000 on doubled revenues of £9.6m is forecast for 2023. Revenues per customer increased by around two-thirds to more than £10,000. The company moved from net debt to net cash.
AdvancedAdvT (ADVT) switched from the standard list to AIM on 10 January. Last year, five businesses were acquired from Capita and one of these is being sold. The remaining companies operate in business solutions and human capital management.
Online builders’ merchant CMO Group (CMO) had a tough fourth quarter. Online traffic rates declined, but conversion rates improved. Overall orders were flat. Home improvement and DIY spending is declining. The overall repair, maintenance and improvement sector is still relatively strong, but it weakened in the second half of 2023. Market share has grown, and costs have been cut. Liberum has increased its 2023 pre-tax loss forecast from £800,000 to £1.2m and forecasts a 2024 loss.
Consultancy Elixirr International (ELIX) confirmed 2023 results are in line with expectations and it will pay two dividends each year. Pre-tax profit is expected to improve from £19.3m to £23.9m. The shares will go ex-dividend for the 5.3p/share interim on 19 January.
Plant monitoring technology developer Light Science Technologies (LST) published a positive 2023 trading statement. Cost savings have helped to halve the pre-tax loss of £1.3m on revenues rising from £8.2m to £9.3m. Contract electronic manufacturing remains the largest sales contributor, although controlled environment agriculture products are growing in importance.
Touch sensors manufacturer Zytronic (ZYT) reports a 30% decline in full year revenues to £8.6m and it fell back into loss. Gross margins were hit by higher raw material costs and product mix. Sales continue to decline this year. There are signs that there could be improvement in the second half. Net cash is £4.7m.
Palm oil producer Dekel Agri-Vision (DKL) says 2023 revenues were at record levels, but there are problems with ramping up the cashew operation. Investment is required to replace parts of the machinery used in cashew production. Production should improve in the second quarter. The 2024 pre-tax profit forecast has been cut from €1.5m to €600,000.
Mercantile Ports and Logistics (MPL) says some trading activity was deferred last December. Cavendish reduced its 2023 revenues forecast from £6.9m to £5.4m. Coal import to the Karanja port were lower because of destocking. The loss will be higher. Management hopes to replace the current debt facilities with a new facility with lower interest charges. Buying by directors did not help the share price. Non-exec John Fitzgerald acquired 624,419 shares at 1.5725p each and Dmitri Tsvetkov bought 617,360 shares at 1.62p each.
Oriole Resources (ORR) has confirmed receipt of the payment of $450,000 related to the earn-in agreement with BCM International for the Bibemi gold exploration project in Cameroon. BCM will spend $4m on exploration to earn 50% of the project. Drilling should resume in the first quarter.
Semiconductors designer EnSilica (ENSI) has released a range of Post-Quantum Cryptography accelerators. These are cryptographic algorithms that can withstand cyber-attacks from quantum computers.
Tertre Rouge Assets (TRA) has entered into a purchase agreement for a 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV for £2.8m, which means that there are purchase agreements for six cars valued at £32m. Formal marketing of a fundraising has commenced, and the issue price should be 105p. Approval of the prospectus by the FCA is still awaited.
Kelso Group Holdings (KLSO) plans to raise up to £1.88m at 3p/share. The cash will be used for further investments in UK listed companies. Previous fundraisings were at 2p/share and 2.5p/share.
Standard list shell Sivota (SIV) has identified a potential acquisition that operates a technology platform in the travel sector, subject to due diligence and other conditions. The plan is to acquire up to 51% of the company for $15m. Sivota will raise £2.5m to provide the target with a convertible loan for working capital.
Quantum dots developer Nanoco (NANO) has signed a joint development agreement with STMicroelectronics. This two-year programme will optimise a second generation sensing material. This will boost non-licence fee income in 2024 and sales of test materials in 2024 and 2025.
Aquis Stock Exchange owner Aquis Exchange (AQX) reported interims showing growth in all four divisions of the group and the Aquis Stock Exchange remains profitable. Group revenues improved from £7.85m to £9.34m, while pre-tax profit rose from £699,000 to £1.15m. Net cash is £13.9m.
Brewer Adnams (ADB) says trading improved in the second quarter and cost savings started to kick in. This partly offset the decline in revenues in the first quarter, but the interim revenues were still slightly lower at £30m. Operating costs and interest charges increased, and the loss trebled to £3.13m. Adnams is taking on new customers, but the average order size has reduced. Trading conditions are uncertain, but the new customer sand listings will help to boost the second half.
Africa-focused battery metals company Marula Mining (MARU) is considering moving to the standard list as an alternative to AIM. Management believes that this would not add any additional time to the process, and it believes that the proposed investment by Q Global Commodities will make Marula Mining large enough to be eligible for the standard list. It is also planning listings on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Warrants exercised at 4p/share raised £50,000. A shipment of 27.5 tonne high-grade material processed from stockpiles at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in South Africa has been delayed. The offtake agreement with Southern Jade Resources has been terminated and an alternative agreement is being finalised. Additional drilling at Blesberg is progressing and initial assay results should be published in late October.
Apollon Formularies (APOL) has executed a binding letter of intent with Sproutly Canada Inc, who will acquire the assets of the cannabis-based drug discovery company. After completion of due diligence, the assets will be acquired in return for shares equivalent to 49% of Sproutly. The effective valuation is C$7m (£4.2m). Sproutly has to go through audits and other regulatory requirements to become active and trading on the Canadian Stock Exchange.
Fuel additives SulNOx Group (SNOX) says it requires new equity investment from existing and new investors in order to achieve faster and sustainable revenue growth. There would additional industry hires for the board and sales personnel. There will also be increases in stock levels and new products will be developed. The board is seeking shareholder authority to issue new shares. Mohanned Nawaz Haq does not agree with the new strategy and the board recommends voting against his appointment at the AGM on 26 September.
Newbury Racecourse (NYR) improved interim turnover by 3% to £8.03m, but the company fell into loss because gross margins slumped. The nursery increased its contribution, but there were lower attendances at races. An event in July had the highest attendance for four years. Next year will get the full benefits of the media rights deal.
Broker and wealth management company Oberon Investments (OBE) has raised £2.5m via a placing at 3.6p/share and a retail offer could raise a further £500,000. The share price dipped 2.78% to 3.5p. The cash will fund expansion, including the recruitment of revenue generating teams. The Winterflood Retail Access Platform offer has a minimum subscription of £50. Investors can apply for shares via their broker or intermediary and the closing date is 4.30pm on 25 September.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) has been given an extension of the time to deliver its defence to the legal action by Lush and VSA resigning as corporate adviser and being replaced by Peterhouse. Lush is refusing to recognise the transfer of a 20% stake to Silverwood Brands. VSA Capital (VSA) owns 0.88% of Silverwood Brands and says that the share price slump will hit its interim results to September 2023. It will make the loss larger than expected.
Property investor Ace Liberty and Stone (ALSP) increased net assets by 1% to £34.4m at the end of April 2023. Disposals meant that full year revenues fell 2.5% to £5.56m. There is £6.23m in cash available for investment. No final dividend is declared, partly due to the lack of distributable reserves.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) investee company Evergreen Lithium has completed the final analysis of its EXOSPHERE BY FLEET Ambient Noise Tomography geophysics survey at Bynoe. Nine pegmatite targets have been identified. Approvals are required for drilling.
Watchstone Group (WTG) had net assets of £7.6m at the end of June 2023, including cash of £8.3m. By 19 September, cash had fallen to £7.6m. The claim against PwC was dismissed by the High Court and Watchstone had to settle legal costs. Canadian legal action continues.
Helium Ventures (HEV) has raised £250,000 at 4p/share. There are plans to move to AIM rather than the standard list, while maintaining the Aquis quotation. It hopes to do this by the end of this year. The potential acquisition of tracking technology company Trackimo is progressing, and Mark Notton has been appointed as its chief executive.
MBH Corporation (M8H) has acquired caravan and motorhome retailers Lincoln Leisure Vehicles and Golden Castle Caravans for an initial £400,000 in cash and £2.58m in loan notes. There will also be share issues totalling £2.24m over the next two years. The companies made an operating profit of £660,000 last year. These businesses will be integrated with the existing caravan and motorhomes operations.
Pharma C investments (PCIL) says that the general meeting scheduled for 27 September will not go ahead because the requisition has been withdrawn. The proposals were to remove Gavin Hilary Sathianathan and appoint Paul Ryan and Noel Lyons to the board.
Medical device developer TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has appointed Victoria Sena and Samuel Ogunsalu to the board. The company is not appealing the disciplinary notice from the Aquis Stock Exchange and the new appointments will improve corporate governance.
SuperSeed Capital (WWW) says that the SuperSeed II LP has sold Garvis, a SaaS company offering language model technology and AI-native demand forecasting. The original investment was in September last year. There was a triple digit IRR on the investment.
Lift Global Ventures (LFT) subsidiary Miriad has been appointed as corporate communications agency to Imperial Diagnostix Laboratories, which plans to float next year. Imperial Diagnostix Laboratories provides point of care testing products and has been granted access to the NHS supply chain.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) says drilling has started at the Red Setter project in Western Australia. Initial targets are at a shallow depth and the company is seeking broad spreads of mineralisation. Drilling at the Cottesloe prospect reinforces previous findings. Additional drilling will be 50% funded by the Western Australian government’s EIS scheme up to a total of A$220,000.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) says that Canadian company Elemental Energy has commenced operation of the company’s 8.4MWh Invinity VS3 vanadium flow battery. This is the largest operation so far.
Majestic Corporation (MCJ) reported flat revenues of $13m, while pre-tax profit dipped from $980,000 to $862,000. There was $680,000 generated from operating activities. The metals recycler has $1m in the bank. Rising interest rates have had a negative impact on commodity prices.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) directors and the managing partner of EPIC Investment Partners bought a total of 16,837 shares at 160p each.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) has switched its corporate adviser to VSA.
International retailer Mothercare (LON: MTC) reported a decline in full year revenues from £82.5m to £73.1m. A fall in admin expenses and interest costs, partly offset this decline, but underlying pre-tax profit still slumped from £8m to £3.4m before restructuring costs. The lack of contribution from Russia was a factor in the lower revenues – this is part of the Alshaya franchise area. Middle East demand remains subdued since Covid. Net debt rose from £9.9m to £12.4m. The loan facility is being renegotiated. The current interest rate is 19.2%. Since the year end, a reduction in pension contributions has been agreed. In the ten years to March 2033 the total contributions will be £34.9m, down from £73.7m in the previous ten years. The revaluation of the pension fund shows a deficit of £35m.
Finsbury Food (FIF) is recommending a 110p/share bid by a company backed by DBAY Advisors valuing the cake maker at £143.4m. There is a non-voting share alternative to the cash bid for eligible investors. The bid is less than ten times prospective earnings. The share price has not been at this level since early 2019.
Renewable electricity supplier Good Energy (GOOD) had a strong first half due to higher tariffs and lower supply costs, but the second half will be tougher. Interim revenues were 46% ahead at £156.1m and the company swung from a loss to a pre-tax profit of £13.1m. The energy services business is losing money as it is being built up. The interim dividend has been raised by one-third to 1p/share. Tariff reductions are happening ahead of falls in supply costs for the company and that will lead to a second half loss, but Good Energy will still be profitable for the full year.
Orcadian Energy (ORCA) announced that it has entered non-binding heads of agreement with a North Sea operator to farm out the Pilot project for a full carry until first oil. Orcadian Energy would retain a 18.75% working interest. The agreement includes the drilling of five subsea wells. Orcadian Energy will receive $100,000 when the agreement is completed, plus $100,000 if it is awarded an additional licence. Field development plan approval would trigger a payment of $3m.
Trading has deteriorated since August at replacement windows supplier Safestyle (SFE) and it is expected to lose £10m in 2023. Order levels are falling short of budget. Net debt could reach £6m at the end of 2023 – the credit facility is £7.5m. Management wants to strengthen the balance sheet.
Harvest Minerals (HMI) reported interims showing a near-doubled loss as demand for fertiliser fell and pricing was lower in the period. The second half sales are normally much greater than in the first half, but they continue to be disappointing. Low crop prices mean that farmers are not investing to boost production. Cash has declined and the company has moved into net debt of £1.4m, partly due to a jump in inventories.
Eqtec (EQT) announced that the Billingham waste-to-energy project is not going ahead. Potential customers have closed facilities and the project is behind schedule. So far, £4m has been invested. There is a possibility of getting some of this cash back. Eqtec is also taking legal action against its partner in the Deeside project, seeking repayment of £4m of loans. The focus is other European markets. Forecast 2023 revenues have been slashed by more than three-quarters.
Scancell (SCLP) reports that early data from the phase II SCOPE study of SCIB1 in combination with checkpoint inhibitors as a treatment for advanced melanoma are positive. Tumour reduction at 13 weeks is 31-94%. This is for a relatively small number of patients, but it does indicate that there is strong potential for the treatment. The second stage of the study has a strong probability of success. This data will be available in the first half of 2024. Potential partners are likely to be interested.
Firering Strategic Minerals (FRG) raised £756,000 at 6.5p/share. This cash will be used to define identified pegmatite targets through a drilling campaign at the Atex lithium-tantalum project in Cote d’Ivoire. Firering Strategic Minerals holds 90% of the company that owns the Atex project. Firering Strategic Minerals also owns 75% of Bri Coltan, which owns the coltan rights for the Atex area. Coltan is composed of tantalum, niobium, iron and manganese. Nine target areas have been identified, including the six newer ones. The latest drilling is planned for the fourth quarter of 2023.
Alien Metals (UFO) says the latest drilling results from the 90% owned Hancock Iron Ore project in Western Australia indicate the potential for the project. There is high-grade mineralisation. The resource estimate will be upgraded.
Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) reported organic growth of 29% last year. International revenues grew strongly as new retailers were added to the service and when they sign up retailers tend to stay with the company. This year, pre-tax profit could improve from £4.3m to £6.2m. The cash pile reached £9.3m at the end of June 2023.
Cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) is bucking the trend of the consumer sector, where many other companies selling to the public are performing poorly. That is down to the fact that Warpaint London is in the value end of the cosmetics market. It is also adding retailers and benefiting from the international spread of the business. UK interim revenues were 28% ahead, while group revenues were 46% higher.
Structural steel supplier Billington (BILN) significantly improved margins in the first half and it still has a strong order book despite the contraction of the construction sector. This reflects the broad spread of projects being supplied. Revenues were 30% higher at £60.1m and pre-tax profit jumped from £1.3m to £4.59m.
There is not going to be a bid for Kinovo (KINO), which was not going to recommend the 56p/share offer and there was no increase tabled.
Motor dealer Pendragon (PDG) plans to sell its entire core business to North American automotive retailer Lithia Motors for £250m. This would turn Pendragon into a software business and there could be a £240m payout to shareholders, equivalent to 16.5p/share. Lithia Motors would also subscribe £30m for 279.4 million shares and will roll out Pendragon’s Pinewood dealer management software to its existing 50 UK sites. However, there has been a bid approach for the whole company from Sweden-based Hedin Mobile and US transportation company PAG International. The initial 28p/share offer was turned down, but a higher bid of 32p/share is being considered.
First Tin (1SN) still has cash of £7.9m and that is enough to fund the DFS for the Taronga tin project in Australia. The cost of the project could be reduced by using solar power and more efficient processing. The mineral resource estimate has been increased by more than 240% to 133 million tonnes. The Tellerhauser project in Germany hopes to gain a mine permit in the third quarter of 2024.
Shipbroker Braemar (BMS) has reaffirmed that it will make an underlying pre-tax profit of at least £20m for the delayed results for the year to February 2023. The investigation into transactions between 2006 and 2013 is nearing completion. There may be adjustments to previous accounts.
MBH Corporation (LON: MBH) joined the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on 13 March. The shares have previously been traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange. Trading started on Aquis at 7p (5p/9p) and it stayed at that price all week. There were no trades. MBH has subsidiaries in a wide variety of sectors. They include, education, construction, transport, health, engineering, property, leisure and food.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) is investing £1m in A ordinary shares in automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up Morris Commercial, as part of an £8m investment round. The investment is in three tranches with an initial outlay of £500,000. The full investment will be made by the end of 2023. The initial product is the Morris JE electric van, which is based on the design of the Morris J-Type van.
Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) welcomes the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plan for quantum technology. There will be investment of £2.5bn over ten years. This should help to increase investor interest in quantum.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) believes that changes to UK duties are positive, because of the support for English sparkling wine producers. Chapel Down, along with Shepherd Neame (SHEP) have signed a partnership deal with The Boat Race, which happens on 26 March.
Macaulay Capital (MCAP) has taken over the management of the unquoted portfolio of Chelverton Asset Management.
Kasei Holdings (KASH) is still waiting for £350,000 from the February 2023 fundraising. Management hopes that this cash will be received in the next few days.
Coinsilium Group (COIN) is acquiring the advisory business and certain intellectual property assets of Tokenomi for £116,500 in cash and shares. There are four retained Web3 blockchain project clients with a further ten prospective clients. Revenues could be £551,000 over the next 12 months.
IamFire (FIRE) has subscribed a further £200,000 for convertible loan notes in WeShop, taking the total invested to £2.7m. The total amount invested in WeShop is £6.7m and there is the right to subscribe for a further £1.05m of loan notes. The conversion price is 200p. John Lewis and Sports Direct have recently become affiliated to WeShop.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has ended trading on Aquis. Trading starts on the standard list on 20 March. Forbes Ventures left Aquis on Friday, although it intends to acquire a litigation financing business and return to the quoted arena.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) is still experiencing opposition to the transfer of shares in skincare products supplier Lush. Silverwood Brands holds the rights to the shares even if ownership is not registered.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has raised additional subscription funds at 0.3p a share, taking the total to £427,000.
Res Privata NV has sold its 3.83% stake in NFT Investments (NFT). Mark Horrocks has increased his shareholding in Lift Global Ventures (LIFT) from 7.1% to 11%.
EDX Medical (EDX) non-executive chairman Jason Holt bought 400,000 shares at 3025p each. Incanthera (INC) chief executive Dr Simon Ward has subscribed £115,000 for shares at 6.95p each.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has secured a $5m silver and gold pre-payment facility, which replaces the current facility.
Snacks manufacturer S-Ventures (SVEN) says the audit for its figures for the year to September 2022 will last until the end of April, so trading in the shares will be suspended on 3 April.
Essentially Group (ESSN) joined Aquis on 17 March. The brief announcement claims that the prospectus is on the company’s website, but it is impossible to find.
Hurricane Energy (HUR) has agreed a bid from Prax Exploration & Production, which values the oil and gas producer at up to £249m. There will initially be a 3.32p a share transaction dividend and cash consideration of 0.83p a share, totalling 4.15p a share. There is then a supplementary dividend of 1.87p a share. Shareholders will also receive a deferred consideration unit worth up to 6.48p a share. The deferred consideration is based on 17.5% of future net revenues earned by Hurricane between 1 March 2023 and 31 December 2026. The deferred consideration will be paid twice a year in arrears.
MTI Wireless Edge (MWE) grew revenues of each of its three divisions and two of them made a higher profit contribution. An initial contribution from communication and monitoring systems developer PSK WIND Technologies, offset the loss of Russian distribution business. In 2022, group revenues improved from $43.2m to $46.3m, while underlying pre-tax profit rose from $4.04m to $4.32m. The total dividend is 3 cents a share. Net cash was $8.14m at the end of the year. The profitability of the Antennas division is recovering.
Cloud-based secure payments technology provider PCI-PAL (PCIP) grew interim revenues by one-third to £7.3m. North American growth was particularly strong. Total annualised contract value is £14.7m. The full year loss is likely to be around £2.2m. Legal costs due to the patent dispute meant that net cash fell to £1.9m, but it has risen since December. There should be no problem with the accounts at Silicon Valley Bank.
Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) reported the expected interims and says that full year results will be better than expected. The pre-tax profit forecast has been edged up from £3.5m to £3.8m and the 2023-24 figure has been edged up to £5m. Net cash could reach £5.3m at the end of June 2023. There should not be any problems arising from the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, although there are still cash deposits in the bank.
Verditek (VDTK) has signed an exclusive supply agreement to supply solar panels to building and roofing products supplier Lindab Profil AB. They will be sold in the Nordic and eastern European markets. The exclusivity depends on the sale of panels of 850kw in 2023.
Cordel (CRDL) has won an important contract with Amtrak in the US. The six-and-a-half year contract is valued at $6.7m. There will be $1m recognised in 2022-23 and $2m in 2023-24, with rest coming in the remaining time of the contract. Cordel’s technology will be used to capture and manage data on clearances of surrounding rail infrastructure.
Redx Pharma (REDX) merger partner Jounce Therapeutics has received an unsolicited offer from Concentra Biosciences. Cancer treatments developer Redx Pharma recently announced the merger with Jounce Therapeutics and the AIM company’s shareholders would own 63% of the enlarged group.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received a possible offer from Strike Ltd, although it is not yet part of the formal sale process and has not entered into a non-disclosure agreement.
Reabold Resources (RBD) has been approached by Kamran Sattar on behalf of an affiliate of Portillion Capital which could lead to a bid at a 10% premium to the previous day’s closing price of 0.2035p. The board believes this offer undervalues the oil and gas investment company. It recently sold the Victory gas discovery to Shell and intends to return £4m to shareholders.
Circle Property (CRC) announced a return of capital through a B share issue with a second distribution to follow. The company has nearly completed the sale of its property portfolio. The first distribution of 158p a share (£46.2m) will be on 21 March. A second distribution of 58p a share should be made in April. There will be a much smaller distribution when the final disposal is completed. An incentive payment of £620,000 is being paid to each executive.
Digital mental health company Kooth (KOO) has won a significant contract in California covering 13-25 year olds. Services will be provided to the Behavioural Health Virtual Services Platform, and they will launch in January 2024. Specific terms are still to be finalised, but there should be a material impact on annualised recurring revenues from 2024.
Condor Gold (CNR) is entering the end of the first phase of the process to sell the La India gold project in Nicaragua. There are three formal expressions of interest, including two non-binding offers, with more likely to be received. The project requires $105.5m of investment and has an estimated NPV (5%) of $86.9m.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) is expanding in Europe through the acquisition of steel fabrication company Voortman Steel Construction Holding for €24m. The Netherlands-based company will provide greater access to the northern European market.
Data integrity and banking integration software provider Gresham Technologies (GHT) is accelerating the growth of its Clareti software. Group revenues grew from £37m to £48.7m in 2022. That was helped by currency movements and a full year contribution from post-trade processing software supplier Electra, but there was still strong organic growth. The fastest growth was in the US. Pre-tax profit improved from £4m to £6.9m. Singers forecasts a 2023 pre-tax profit of £7.4m. with flat earnings due the corporation tax rate rise, increasing to £9.6m next year.
Harwood Capital has increased its stake in RM (RM.) from 8.88% to 10.4%, including 9.18% held by Rockwood Strategic (RKW). Theodore W King’s stake has risen from 7.36% to 8.25%.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) is repaying the remaining $2.1m of its $2.5m convertible loan facility provided by RiverFort Global Opportunities out of the proceeds of the recent placing. There is a 10% redemption premium, making the total cost £1.92m. That stops dilution by the issue of six million shares. Related warrants can be exercised at 32p a share. There are 1.35 million warrants in issue with a further 499,980 warrants to be issued.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) says the Hastings Technology Metals share price has fallen thereby reducing the value of the stake received when Cadence Minerals swapped its 30% stake in mineral concessions in the Yangibana rare earths project. Even so, Hastings is making progress in developing the mine and ore reserves increased by one-quarter to 20.93Mt at 0.9% total rare earth oxide grade. That increases the mine life to 17 years and production could start in 2024. Shipping of iron ore concentrate from the Amapa iron ore project should recommence in the next six months.
KR1 (KR1) had a net asset value of 60.6p a share at the end of January 2023.
SuperSeed Capital Ltd (WWW) had earnings of 6p a share for the fourth quarter and NAV was 102p a share at the end of 2022.
BWA Group (BWAP) is still seeking a cash injection. Some mineral licences may become the subject of joint ventures or be sold. An issue of 5.76 million shares at 0.5p a share to directors partly settles their fees.
Good Energy (GOOD) has started a rooftop solar installation operation.
Fuel additives supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) says RemNOx Ltd has not taken up the option to acquire a total of 24.08 million shares at 30p each from directors between 6 February and 28 February.
Quantum technology investment company Quantum Exponential Group (QBIT) appointed Stuart Woods as chief operating and strategy officer.
Fenikso Ltd (FNK), formerly Lekoil, received $665,000 as partial repayment of the loan of $51.9m. Creditors are currently more than $2m. The next payment will be out of the February oil production proceeds.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has still not received the promised bridge loan facility or a share subscription. A £200,000 loan has been received from a third party. This will provide working capital.
Trading in Wheelsure Holdings (WHLP) shares is suspended because the accounts for the year to August 2022 have not been issued. Talks continue concerning a cash injection.
RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) has moved to the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange.
Phoenix Asset Management has slashed its stake in Silverwood Brands (SLWD) from 16.5% to 1%. Miton UK MicroCap Trust increased its stake in IamFire (FIRE) from 8.69% to 9.27%. William Black has taken a 6.11% stake in Western Selection (WESP).
Accrol (ACRL) has signed a licensing agreement with Unilever, which will enable the tissue products manufacturer to sell a kitchen towel product under the Lifebuoy brand. This is a brand with strong recognition among consumers. This will be a higher priced product than the products currently produced by Accrol. A new paper mill is being built.
AB Traction increased its stake in construction dispute services provider Driver (DRV) from 20.6% to 27.5%. Ruffer has sold its stake.
WH Ireland has upgraded its 2023 forecasts for LifeSafe Holdings (LIFS) after the fire safety products supplier published a full year trading statement. The 2022 revenues were £3.9m, having been £1.3m at the interim stage. US sales are accelerating. The 2023 forecast revenues have been raised from £5.5m to £6.5m with a slight reduction in the loss to £400,000.
Non-executive directors of Inland Homes (INL) have all resigned because of related party issues that they were not informed about at the relevant times. That would leave the residential property developer with one director, so Simon Bennet is staying on for a fortnight so another director can be appointed – if not the shares will be suspended. Founder Stephen Wicks is likely to return to the board. There will be further announcements about the related party issues.
Gold explorer Panthera Resources (PAT) has entered into a conditional arbitration funding agreement with a subsidiary of Litigation Capital Management (LIT) for the damages claim against the Republic of India for breaches of its obligations under the Australia-India bilateral investment treaty. Up to $10.5m will be provided to cover the costs of the claim.
Purplebricks (PURP) has received approaches for the acquisition of the company, or its businesses and the ongoing strategic review has been widened to include a formal sale process.
Hostels operator Safestay (SSTY) generated higher than expected revenues in 2022 as occupancy levels continue to rebuild and reaching 63%. Revenues were £19m, compared with a forecast of £17.9m. A small pre-tax loss is forecast with a move back to profit expected this year.
Proton therapy technology developer Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has secured a convertible loan note facility of £4.95m. In return, the lenders will receive a portion of the revenues generated by the proton therapy machine installed in the Harley Street Centre, capped at £2.5m each year over a ten-year period.
Healthcare services provider Totally (TLY) warns that although full year revenues will be in line with expectations increasing costs means that profit will be below forecasts. Canaccord Genuity has cut its 2022-23 pre-tax profit forecast from £5.8m to £3.8m, down from £4m the previous year. Net cash is expected to be £5.5m at the end of March 2023.
Metal Tiger (MTR) is proposing the cancellation of its AIM quotation so that it has more flexibility with its new investment strategy. A general meeting will be held on 20 March for shareholders to vote on the cancellation and the new investing policy. The company will remain listed on ASX.
URA Holdings (URAH) has completed the acquisition of the Gravelotte emerald mine in South Africa. This used to be the largest emerald mine in the world. The mineral resource estimate is 29 million carats and there are 12 other potential targets. The consideration was £100,000 in shares at 2.5p each.
Mass Energy Developments (MED) announced successful capacity market bids from the 9MW Pyebridge synchronous gas-powered flexible generation facility of £60/Kw and £64/Kw per annum.
IQ-AI Ltd (IQAI) says that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation status for gallium maltolate for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer. Enrolment has started on a phase I clinical trail to evaluate safety and dosage.
National Milk Records (NMRP) increased interim revenues by 5% to £12m, while pre-tax profit improved from £750,000 to £790,000. A tax credit meant that earnings increased by a higher percentage. Net debt is £900,000. The main growth was in the core milk testing services, although genomics revenues rose from £173,000 to £336,000. Price increases will help margins in the second half. Full year pre-tax profit is expected to decline from £2.4m to £1.9m. Managing director Andy Warne is taking leave due to illness and the finance director is assuming operational control.
There are problems with the acquisition of a 19.8% stake in skincare products supplier Lush by Silverwood Brands (SLWD) because Lush is refusing to register the change of ownership of the shares. Silverwood Brands is paying £216.8m for the stake and no reason was given for the refusal to record the transfer of the shares.
Samarkand (SMK) has benefitted from the easing of Covid restrictions in China. Although there was a short-term rise in infections, consumer confidence is improving since Chinese New Year. The Chinese government is keen to boost consumption. Partner brands using the company’s Nomad software platform are planning for growth this year and more premium beauty brands have been added to the platform. Samarkand could be profitable in the next financial year.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) raised £21.5m at 32p a share with up for £4m more to come from a two-for-19 open offer. Taiwan-based Everbrite Technology is investing £2.5m in the placing. The cash will be used for working capital, which is expected to last until the middle of 2024. At that time the next generation Mistral grid scale vanadium battery will be ready for launch. The company will not need to draw down the $10m convertible loan facility.
In the year to October 2022, Hydro Hotel Eastbourne (HYDP) turnover improved from £2.79m to £4.4m, but pre-tax profit dipped from £457,000 to £445,000 because of the lack of government assistance. Trading remains tough. Cash improved to £1.59m.
Shore has upgraded its forecasts for Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) with 2022 earnings increased by 11%. This reflects the benefits of higher interest rates with deposit rates lagging base rates. The 2022 pre-tax profit forecast is £29.5m and the 2023 forecast has been increased £28.5m to £40m. Estimated tangible NAV is 1194p a share.
Shareholders in Walls & Futures REIT (WAFR) have voted in favour of the resolutions enabling strategic investor Vengrove to raise cash for the company through a share issue. The number of shares in issue will be ten times as many as currently in issue. This will help Walls and Futures REIT scale up. Investments will be made in affordable rental housing, education property, service stations and car parks and community buildings. Pax Homes will be sold to Joseph McTaggart, so the group will no longer be a developer. The company’s name will be changed to Social Infrastructure REIT.
In the six months to November 2022, installation and engineering group Field Systems Designs Holdings (FSD) increased revenues from £2.6m to £6.7m and returned to profit in the period. Cash declined from £3.71m to £3.15m. Water companies are accelerating their spending under the current five-year programme and this provides a positive outlook for the business.
Marula Mining (MARU) has increased its stake in the Kinusi copper project in Tanzania from 49% to 75% for up to $550.000. The initial payment is $150,000 in cash and shares. There is high-grade copper mineralisation at the project.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) announced drilling results from the San Ignacio mine. There are some high-grade silver intersections plus gold. A new area of thick mineralisation may have been found. This should lead to a significant increase in resources.
Peterhouse has resigned as corporate adviser to Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) and terms are being agreed with a replacement.
Harry Hyman increased his stake in Oberon Investments (OBE) from 3.75% to 4.23%.
Pharma C Investments (PCIL) has appointed broker Jeremy Woodgate to its board.
Cancer treatments developer Redx Pharma (REDX) is merging with Jounce Therapeutics and the AIM company’s shareholders will own 63% of the enlarged group. They will receive 0.2105 of a Jounce share for each Redx share. Jounce will be renamed Redx Inc and retain its Nasdaq listing.
Cleantech Lithium (CTL) plans a listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Canaccord Genuity (Australia) and Fox Davies are joint lead managers to the listing, which is expected to happen in the third quarter of 2023. The Chile-focused lithium projects developer has 31% of its shareholders linked to Australia while other potential shareholders are not able to invest in other markets. The AIM quotation will be retained.
Medical disinfection products supplier Tristel (TSTL) is back to past growth rates, helped by price increases. The UK was the fastest growing market. In the six months to December 2022, revenues were 15% ahead at £17.5m and the growth rate was greater if discontinued products are excluded. Pre-tax profit improved from £2.13m to £3.08m. The tax charge is higher, so earnings growth was slower. The interim dividend is maintained at 2.62p a share. Net cash is £8.42m. Progress is being made with the FDA approval for medical device decontamination product DUO ULT. Tristel is spending £3m on FDA approval. To reflect that it has renegotiated the US distribution agreement with Parker Labs.
Engineering business Avingtrans (AVG) increased revenues from £44.5m to £50m in the six months to November 2022 and profit improved. The engineering operations have been hit by supply problems, but there is growth in nuclear and North Sea demand. There is 90% cover for the full year revenues forecast. The medical division is progressing towards the launch of a new imaging product by the end of 2023.
ZOO Digital (ZOO) has signed up a second major Hollywood studio to its cloud-based ZOOstudio ERP service offering subtitling, dubbing and other video services. ZOOstudio will be embedded in the client’s own internal technology platform. Tougher markets in the US mean that film studios and streaming platforms are seeking to grow in international markets, thereby increasing demand for the services offered by ZOO Digital.
Digital services provider Made Tech Group (MTEC) increased interim revenues by 76% to £20.6m, but pre-tax profit fell from £1m to £300,000. Singer still expects full year pre-tax profit to improve from £2.3m to £3.4m. Fewer contractors are being used and margins should rise in the second half. More than £60m of additional bookings have been gained so far in 2022-23.
Circle Property (CRC) has conditionally disposed of Concorde Park in Maidenhead for £12.3m. Somerset House in Birmingham is being sold for £15.2m and Victory House in Northampton is being sold for £2.75m That leaves one property to sell. There is already £32.6m in the bank prior to these disposals. B share issues are planned March and April to return cash to shareholders. The AIM quotation is likely to be cancelled in May.
ECR Minerals (ECR) has published drilling data from the Blue Moon prospect at Bailieston, Victoria with one of the holes at 84.9 metres depth reporting a composite grade of 6.35 metres at 4.56g/t. The rig is moving to the Brewery Lane property at Creswick.
Conroy Gold & Natural Resources (CGNR) made a high-grade gold discovery in a new area of the Longford-Down Massif. Visible gold is present. The grades are between 12.8g/t and 123g/t at the Mines Royal option area in Northern Ireland. Exploration is being carried out with joint venture partner Demir Export.
Snowfall has hit production at the Pakrut gold mine operated by China Nonferrous Gold (CNG). The Tajikistan mine has been hit by avalanches and landslides that have damaged power supply. Operations will be suspended for at least one month.
Roquefort Therapeutics (ROQ) has signed an exclusive licence and royalty agreement with Randox Laboratories for its Midkine antibody portfolio. The ten-year licence excludes Japan and enables Randox to use the Midkine portfolio for medical diagnostics. The two firms will collaborate on potential cancer uses. Roquefort could generate more than £5m over the length of the agreement.
Trifast (TRI) chief executive Mark Belton has resigned after a disappointing trading statement. The fasteners supplier has been hit by Asian destocking. The forecast earnings for 2022-23 have been reduced by 38% to 5.1p a share.
Providence Equity is interested in making a 105p a share offer for Hyve Group (HYVE), which is a small fraction of the flotation share price.
Chapel Down Group (CDGP) had a bumper grape crop in terms of quality and yield. Chapel Down has 750 acres of vines and the harvest was more than 2,000 tonnes, up from 1,400 tonnes last year, with a particularly good crop for sparkling wines. The English sparkling wine market grew by 29% in 2021More than two million bottles of many types of wine can be made from the harvest. A further 38 acres of vines were planted this year with 118 acres planned. More land is being sought. Management wants to double the size of the business by 2026.
Property investor Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) launched an open offer to raise £4.56m at 25p a share, which is a big discount to the market price. The share price fell 25.8% to 47.5p. The open offer closes on 14 November and enables existing shareholders to finance the strategy to buy additional properties. Management believes that economic uncertainty will provide opportunities to acquire high yielding properties.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has changed the acquisition terms for the 50% not owned in DJT Plants. The purchase price has been cut from £7.3m to £3.2m, which is payable in shares at 0.925p a share giving the seller Anglia Salads 29.9% of the enlarged share capital. That is double the current share price. The chairman’s £2.3m loan to Ananda will be swapped for convertible loan notes and warrants. DJT is analysing its 2022 field trial crops to determine the amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the cannabis flowers. This will help the company to decide which cultivars to use. There are international growers interested in purchasing seeds from DJT.
Love Hemp (LIFE) says it will sell all LH Botanicals products and LH Botanicals Ltd, which is owned by Love Hemp chief executive Tony Calamita, does not sell these products and has never traded. An application has been filed to strike the company off the company register.
Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has secured a convertible loan facility with Conrad Griffiths, owner of 9.45% of the company. The €650,000 facility is interest free until the beginning of 2023 when the annual interest charge is 5%. The repayment date is 31 December 2025. The conversion price is 20p – based on the exchange rate of €1.14/£.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has secured the sales contract for a 10MWh VS3 flow battery system for a solar microgrid in southern California.
Goodbody Health Ltd (GDBY) has signed an agreement with Allied Pharmacies that will add 17 clinics to its network offering diagnostic testing and adds services such as ear wax micro suction.
SulNOx Group (SNOX) has signed up South Africa-based bus company Lowveld Bus Service, which will use SulNOxEco fuel conditioner in its fleet of more than 170 buses.
VVV Resources (LON: VVV) has appointed Jim Williams as an executive director. He was previously a chief executive of AIM-quoted Arian Silver Corporation, which is now known as Alien Metals (UFO). David Rigoll and Simon Clarke have left the board.
Chris Akers has upped his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 22% to 23.4%. Investee company Tap Global has added GBPT stablecoin to its cryptocurrency trading platform.
Harry Hyman has increased his stake in Oberon Investments Group (OBE) from 3.08% to 4.15%. Phoenix Asset Management Partners has taken a 16.5% stake in Silverwood Brands (SLWD).
Semiconductors designer EnSilica (ENSI) generated more than 50% of its revenues from its design and supply division for the first time last year. Revenues increased from £8.61m to £15.3m with design and supply’s contribution jumping from £2.82m to £8.02m. This is down to contracts starting to move from the design to supply stage. A loss was turned into a pre-exceptional profit of £165,000. That is before R&D tax credits of £683,000. EnSilica capitalised £2.2m of development spending last year.
Latest new AIM admission Sondrel (SND) raised £20m at 55p a share and the price rose to 58p in early dealings. The semiconductor designer will spend the money on employing more engineers and accelerate sales. There are more than £300m of revenue opportunities for designing semiconductors. If selected, Sondrel can expect to supply the semiconductor for five years plus. The medium-term target revenues are in excess of £100m.
Revolution Bars (RBG) is acquiring Peach Pubs for £16.5m. Peach Pubs has 21 food-led pubs in the south of England and the Midlands. There should be £1.5m of cost savings from combining the businesses at a minimal cost, but they will not be fully achieved until 2024-25. finnCap has adjusted its 2022-23 forecast for Revolution Bars due to higher energy costs, so the earnings estimate has been reduced by 69% to 0.5p.
Affimer technology developer Avacta (AVCT) is acquiring in vitro diagnostics distributor Launch Diagnostics for £24m, plus up to £13m in performance related earn outs. This acquisition is part of the strategy to build up a European distribution business. Kent-based Launch Diagnostics is a profitable business that supplies diagnostic reagents and instrumentation for pathology applications. A placing at 95p a share will raise £7m and a three-for-365 open offer could raise up to £2m more. A £55m convertible bond issued at 95% of par could raise £52.5m and it is convertible at a 25% premium to the 95p a share placing price.
Gear4Music (G4M) edged up interim revenues by 2% with the growth coming from Europe and the rest of the world. The musical instruments retailer is upgrading its websites and trading is improving, although gross margins are lower.
Tatton Asset Management (TAM) generated inflows of £907m in the six months to September 2022. Assets under management have reached £11.3bn, with a further £1bn of assets under influence. There was an 11% improvement in earnings to 9.8p a share and the interim dividend 10% ahead at 4.4p a share. Inflows are expected to slow and full year expectations have been trimmed, but earnings should improve from 18.6p a share to 19.8p a share.
Logistics Development Group (LDG) has raised its stake in cakes maker Finsbury Food (FIF) from 4.4% to 6.77%. A further £4.17 has been invested at an average of 81p a share. The previous investment was at 69.5p a share, which was just above the low for 2022. Richard Griffiths increased his stake in Logistics Development Group from 7.04% to 8.71%. Logistics Development Group should have received more than £31m for its stake in CareTech.
Learning and development products and services provider Mind Gym (MIND) generated interim revenues 11% ahead at £26.8m with the majority coming from the US. Net cash is £4.5m. The interims will be published on 2 December. A full year pre-tax profit of £2.87m is forecast.
Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO) has raised £6m at 25p a share from Odey Asset Management. The subscription was at a 12% premium to the market price.
Mattress supplier eve Sleep (EVE) has appointed an administrator.
Anthony Laiker has left the Vela Technologies (VELA) board and sold his 6% stake. He was reappointed to the board in July having been a director between 2013 and 2020.
Kitchenware retailer ProCook Group (PROC) says revenues continued to decline in the second quarter, but the rate slowed and there has been growth in early October. Freight costs are falling offsetting the change in exchange rates. Fackelmann Gmbh owns a 9% stake.
LED lighting and wiring accessories supplier Luceco (LUCE) says destocking has happened faster than expected, so the 2022 profit outcome will be lower than anticipated. Underlying operating profit is expected to be £20m-£22m in 2022. Net debt was £46.5m at the end of September 2022.
Carclo (CAR) says interim sales were ahead of the same period last year and slightly better than expectations. However, operating profit is slightly lower than previously. The life sciences division has grown even though two product launches were delayed. There was also increased demand from the aerospace sector.
Motor dealer Lookers (LOOK) outperformed the UK car market in the third quarter and pre-tax guidance has been increased to no less than £75m. Last year’s pre-tax profit was £90.7m, but that benefited from government assistance and a strong used vehicle market. However, a lack of available new cars to sell is holding back the performance of all motor dealers.
An administrator has been appointed to Toople (TOOP) after it failed to secure financing for a proposed acquisition.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) is having a good week. Early in the week it announced a sale of a a 0.8MWh Invinity VS3 flow battery system to Equans Belux and then it won a California Energy Commission project as part of a consortium developing a large solar-plus-storage microgrid. Invinity Energy Systems will provide a 10MWh vanadium flow battery system. Delivery is expected in 2023. There is also a new relationship with US Vanadium, which could lead to a joint venture.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) is acquiring Peregrine X, which has developed diagnostic technology and the initial market will be oil well-head analysis. There are also medical uses. The initial consideration will be £1m of zero-coupon convertible loan notes with a further four tranches of £1m depending on progress. The total number of loan notes would be converted int a 46.2% stake in the company. The seller will also receive 500 million warrants exercisable at 1p a share. They will also receive 70% of post-tax earnings generated by Peregrine up until 2,000 tests have been contracted and 200 delivered. There are currently no revenues. This deal marks a move away from the engineering sector.
British Honey Company (BHC) has launched a strategic review of the business and sources of finance. A sale of the company is an alternative. Management expects to publish its 2021 results and 2022 interims before the end of October. More cash is required for working capital by the end of November.
Consumer businesses operator Silverwood Brands (SLWD) has announced a loss of £300,000 for the period to August 2022. The UK consumer market is tough and Silverwood is trying to increase its sales overseas.
Semper Fortis Esprit (SEMP) has ended all its contracts with esports players, and it is seeking other ways to exploit the market.
Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) has sold its holding of A shares in Hire and Supplies Ltd for £970,000 and reinvested £1.21m in new ordinary shares, giving it a 20.8% stake.
Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Poland-based Elkard in relation to a plastic waste processing plant producing energy. They will start looking for a suitable site and the two companies will share the costs.
Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) has completed the sale of Arbuthnot Latham’s West End office. The offer was previously indicated as £60m. Chairman and chief executive Sir Henry Angest bought 25,000 shares at 820p each.
Igraine (KING) has bought a 10.2% stake in Oscillate (MUSH) and its executive director Stephen Winfield has joined the Oscillate board.
MiLOC Group Ltd (ML.P) has raised nearly £40,000 at 20p a share. BWA Holdings (BWAP) has been unable to raise up to £500,000 via share issue and it may have to sell assets or issue more loan notes. A holder of £516,000 of RentGuarrantor Holdings (RGG) loan notes has converted them into 312,495 shares, which is just short of 3% of the enlarged share capital.
EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (EO.P) had net assets of 242.3p a share at the end of September 2022.
Valereum (VLRM) has appointed First Sentinel Corporate Finance as corporate adviser.
Energy and water efficiency equipment provider Eneraqua Technologies (ETP) grew its interim revenues from a combination of organic growth and a contribution from recent acquisition Welltherm, which provides drilling services for heat pump installation. Revenues were 92% higher at £24.2m, while underlying pre-tax profit was £3m. Full year expectations are covered by contracted orders as are nearly three-quarters of next year’s forecast revenues. A full year pre-tax profit of £10.6m is forecast. There are plans to move into the consumer market, but that will not make a meaningful contribution until next year – although there will be £500,000 of marketing costs.
Drug developer Evgen (EVG) is partnering with Swiss biotech Stalicia for the potential use of SFX-01 for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other CNS disorders. This deal could generate up to $160.5m in milestone payments and double-digit royalties, although that is a long way away. The upfront payment is $500,000 with a further $500,000 once a volunteer study is completed in the first half of 2023. If the FDA approves an investigational new drug admission that will spark a $5m payment – possibly next year. Evgen is also undertaking an additional early-stage study for the treatment of glioblastoma using SFX-01.
Interior design and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group (SDG) improved its interim profit, but trading was weaker in August. In the six months to July 2022, revenues edged up by 0.7% to £57.9m, although that does reflect the ending of business in Russia. Underlying pre-tax profit improved from £5.6m to £6.3m, helped by additional high margin licence fee income. The interim dividend is maintained at 0.75p a share.
Faron Pharmaceuticals (FARN) completed a placing raising €8.4m at €1.85 each. The cash will be used for the acceleration of the bexmarilimab, which is an immunotherapy treatment for difficult-to-treat cancers, clinical development programme and manufacturing.
Data analysis software provider WANdisco (WAND) has generated bookings of $61.2m so far this year with the majority coming in the third quarter. This is already higher than expectations for the full year and there is more to come. There was $26.3m in the bank at the end of September 2022, helped by upfront cash payments on contracts. Losses continue, though.
Property lending platform operator Lendinvest (LINV) reported platform assets under management one-third higher at £2.4bn, but finnCap has downgraded its full year forecast. Interest rate volatility is hampering margins. Chief executive Rod Lockhart bought 27,111 shares at 67.5p each and the chief investment officer bought 60,000 shares at 63.75p each.
Coral Products (CRU) has acquired Ecodeck Grids, which supplies building and landscape products for driveways and shed bases. There is an initial payment of £3.35m in cash and shares, with up to £1.25m more potentially payable. The products use 100% recycled plastic.
Beeks Financial Cloud (BKS) reported an improvement in full year underlying pre-tax profit from £1.6m to £2.1m. It is forecast to increase to £3.2m this year.
Sierra Oncology Inc is returning the rights to SRA737, which was jointly developed by Sareum Holdings (SAR) and the Institute of Cancer Research, to the CRT Pioneer Fund.
Investment publisher Bonhill (BONH) has commenced a strategic review that could lead to the sale of the company or separate businesses. Trading remains difficult and shareholder Rockwood Strategic (RKW) is providing a £800,000 loan facility.
OTAQ (OTAQ) is raising £2m via a placing at 4p a share, while a four-for-five open offer could raise up to £1.2m more. It is also moving from the standard list to the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. There is also a broker option that could raise up to £400,000 if there is enough demand. In order to raise the cash, the nominal value of the shares is being reduced from 15p to 1p. Every four new shares taken up will come with a warrant exercisable at 12p. The fundraising is dependent on shareholders agreeing the move to Aquis, which is planned for 9 November. In aquaculture, OTAQ has developed sonar technology that scans shrimps, live plankton analysis systems and water quality monitoring software. The geotracking operations have developed a rail personnel and asset safety and sports trackers.
Raj Unnikandeth is stepping down as a director of Zamaz (ZAMZ) six weeks after it floated. Zamaz believes that its technology platform can help to efficiently build brands via e-commerce. Earlier in the week, Zamaz acquired 70% of Italy-based food and wine retailer Eccellenze through its existing food platform subsidiary Bella Dispensa. This follows the purchase of Italian meat products supplier Ecocarni.
HeiQ (HEIQ) has filed a complaint in the US against ICP Industrial Inc for breaching exclusive agreement terms. The agreement relates to the use of HeiQ Viroblock in printing processes. ICP has failed to pay royalties or minimum fee payments, as well as not providing timely reports.
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Resolutions 8-12 were not passed at the Good Energy (GOOD) AGM, which were mainly enabling the company to issue new shares or buy back existing shares. Resolution 12 would have amended the articles of association to permit hybrid meetings.
Cadence Minerals (KDNC) has agreed to sell its 30% working interest in the Yangibana project tenements for £5.1m in shares of the ASX-listed operator Hastings Technology Metals. Cadence reported an outflow of cash from operating activities of £751,000 in 2021, down from £1.36m the previous year.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency investor Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) increased 2021 revenues by 130% to £530,000. Net fair value loss on financial assets was £407,000, compared with a gain of £566,000, but realised gains increased from £199,000 to £1.52m. Overall pre-tax profit fell from £310,000 to £14,000. There is £1.51m in the bank at the end of 2021, while NAV is £5.84m. Coinsilium has entered a simple agreement for future tokens (SAFT) with potential Latin America- focused blockchain gaming hub GGs.io for $100,000 of its future tokens and is a strategic adviser.
Pluto Digital has repaid the loan, plus interest, of £5.18m owed to NFT Investments (NFT).
All Star Minerals (ASMO) is raising £200,000 at 0.02p a share and every two shares come with a warrant to subscribe for a share at 0.04p. The cash will be used to finance investment in the company’s exploration projects. A further share issue at 0.02p pays £102,000 owed to GMI, where the All Star Minerals chief executive is a substantial shareholder. Management says that it is planning a much bigger cash raise.
Gunsynd (GUN) has agreed binding heads of terms with Metals One to farm into the Black Schist nickel zinc copper cobalt projects in Finland. In return for £1m, Gunsynd will earn 25% of the company owning the projects.
In 2021, Startup Giants (SUG) moved from a loss of £188,000 to a profit of £44,000. Current trading is in line with expectations.
Gowin New Energy (GWIN) had cash of RMB2.33m at the end of 2021, but it also had net liabilities. There are plans to trade agarwood products.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) says that drilling at the Halo project in north Queensland has discovered copper mineralisation in the majority of holes drilled. The 21 hole is apparently the most promising.
Western Selection (WESP) has taken advantage of the Northbridge Industrial Services share price rise to sell 35,500 shares at 200.87p a share. It retains a 3.86% stake in the loadbanks manufacturer and renter, which changed its name to Crestchic (LOAD) later in the week.
Bondholders have approved the plan by Eight Capital Partners (ECP) to modify the terms and conditions of its 7% bonds.
Vulcan Industries (VULC) has raised £74,000 at 1p a share and issued additional shares for the acquisition of Aftech Ltd.
The wife of DXS International (DXSP) chief executive David Immelman has acquired 845,000 shares at 10p each, taking their interests to 11.85%.
Mark Horrocks has increased his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from below 3% to 5.3%. Chris Akers has raised his shareholding in Oscillate (MUSH) from 11.4% to 12.45%. Dowgate Wealth has a 4.9% stake in Silverwood Brands (SLWD).
Springfield Properties (SPR) has acquired the housebuilding business of Mactaggart and Mickel Group for a total cost of £46.3m. The initial payment is £10.5m and the rest will be paid over the next five years as homes are built on the sites acquired and sold. This way the deal should be self-financing. Six existing sites are being acquired as part of the deal and eleven will transfer as more payments are made. These sites have a gross development value of £230m.
Springfield is also acquiring a timber frame factory as part of the deal. It already owns a timber frame factory and 90% of the homes it builds have timber frames. Springfield’s capacity will double to 2,000 timber frames a year, which is more than enough for existing building plans, so outside suppliers will not be required any more.
In the six months to March 2022, Team (TEAM) revenues improved from £610,000 to £999,000, although there was an increased loss. The wealth management and financial services company acquired financial adviser Omega Financial Services in the first half and bought investment consulting business Concentric after the period end. There are other acquisition opportunities. There are opportunities to win new clients, but weak markets are holding back growth. Executive chairman Mark Clubb bought 5,004 shares at 63.9p each.
Property investor and fund manager First Property (FPO) returned to profit last year. In the year to March 2022, revenues reduced from £12.1m to £8.65m. That was mainly down to the loss of rental income from the Gdynia property. Asset management fees edged up from £3.35m to £3.46m and performance related fees jumped from £40,000 to £578,000.
There was a reduction of £7.81m in the amount owed to ING Bank, relating to the Gdynia property, and this was taken as a gain. Last year, there was a £7m write down on the property. That is why a loss of £5.09m was turned into a £7.98m profit. First Property is set to sell its properties in Romania and its supermarket properties in Poland. That will reduce net debt, which was £17.2m at the end of March 2022.
Insolvency litigation funder Manolete Partners (MANO) expects that the rising level of insolvencies will provide additional potential cases. In the year to March 2022, revenues declined from £27.8m to £20.4m. The realised revenues fell more sharply from £24.4m to £15.2m, with the main reason behind this being the large case with realised revenues of £9.3m in the previous year. Unrealised revenues increased from £3.41m to £5.2m. Pre-tax profit fell from £6.99m to £4.51m. Cash generated from operations before tax and investment in cases increased from £2.79m to £4.42m, due to a small reduction working capital. Investment in cases moved up from £5.89m to £6.47m. Peel Hunt has reduced its pre-tax profit forecast for this year from £7m to £5m.
Restaurants operator Tasty (TAST) has repaid its £1.1m bank loan, leaving it with net cash of £8.6m. Annualised interest rate savings will be £57,000 and there was no early repayment penalty. There are plans to open five or six more restaurants this year.
Premier African Minerals (PREM) has signed a deal that can get the Zulu lithium project pilot plant up and running. The pilot plant has target annual production of 50,000-ton SC6 and there are binding heads of terms with Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology to take all of this production starting from the first quarter of 2023.
Shares in 4D Pharma (DDDD) declined 28.5% to 16.66p before trading was suspended ahead of administrators being appointed. 4d Pharma says Oxford Finance has demanded immediate repayment of the $13.86m it is owed. The company cannot afford this.
Paper and specialist fibres maker James Cropper (CRPR) reported a full year, underlying pre-tax profit of £4m. The paper making business is cyclical and it made an increased loss. The TFP Hydrogen division, which makes products for fuel cells, accounts for around 30% of revenues and its operating profit before group overheads increased from £6.48m to £8.68m. James Cropper has reinstated the dividend this year with a 7.5p a share final dividend taking the total to 10p a share.
Cancer diagnostics developer ANGLE (AGL) has signed another contract with its first large pharma services customer. The Parsortix system will be used to monitor patients with unresectable solid tumours in a new phase Ib dose escalation study using the pharma company’s drug in combination with immuno-oncology agents.
Provexis (PXS) has signed two agreements with DSM relating to Fruitflow, an ingredient that helps normal blood flow and circulation. DSM customers for Fruitflow will become direct customers of Provexis at the beginning of 2023. DSM will still receive a royalty on the gross profit of Fruitflow sales to customers it transfers to Provexis for four years. The deal means that, assuming like-for-like sales and margins, Provexis would make a higher net profit in 2023 and it would increase in subsequent years. There should also be new direct customers. Provexis is also partnering with DSM on a gut microbiome patent.
Investment management company Forward Partners (FWD) says that weak stockmarkets have hit the valuations of technology companies and thereby the valuations of its investments. This means that there is likely to be a mid-to-high teens percentage decline from the interim NAV of £108m.
Argentina-focused oil and gas company Phoenix Global Resources (PGR) says that it is in discussions with 84% shareholder Mercuria Energy Group concerning a cancellation of its AIM quotation and a cash offer to purchase shares from independent shareholders at 7.5p each.
Asia-focused investment company Jade Road Investments (JADE) is selling part of its stake in China-based wind turbine blade manufacturer Meize Energy Industries. It has a 7.2% stake and will receive $1.2m in cash in three tranches, leaving it with a 6.3% stake valued at $10m. The company has already received $400,000 with the rest due for payment in July and August.
Solid State (SOLI) has been awarded a contract by Transport for London for a new one person operation CCTV system for the Piccadilly line upgrade.
Oil services provider Lamprell (LAM) has received a non-binding indicative cash offer from 25.1% shareholder Blofeld Investment Management. Lamprell requires funding of $75m over the next two months and that is making the board seriously consider the offer even though it is at a large discount to the previous closing price. Financing opportunities are being explored. An attempt to raise $150m via a share issue did not meet with approval by all the institutional shareholders.
Roquefort Therapeutics (ROQ) has announced its second acquisition in seven months. Cancer medicines company Oncogeni Ltd is being acquired for the issue of 50 million shares and there is a placing to raise £1.01m at 14p a share. Two pre-clinical families of innovative cell and RNA oncology medicines come with Oncogeni, as well as a laboratory facility in Stratford-upon-Avon
CYBA (CYBA) is changing its name to NARF Industries. Steve Bassi will become chief executive.
Fackelmann Gmbh has increased its stake in cookware retailer Procook (PROC) from 3.83% to 4.63%.
Slovenia-based Graft Polymer (GPL) has reached cash flow positive in its core business. New equipment has been ordered in order to double capacity.
Pacific Road Resources Fund II is making a 0.01p a share cash bid for former AIM company Firestone Diamonds (FDI), which values the company at £79,000. Pacific Road also owns all the Firestone bonds and hopes to restart production at the Liqhobong open cast diamond mine. Firestone originally joined AIM in August 1998 at 114p a share. Since 2020, the shares have been traded by JP Jenkins and the latest price is 0.2p. The bidder owns 30.4% with a further 4.25% owned by affiliated funds. Resource Capital, which owns 34.7%, intends to accept.
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A fall in market capitalisation to below £10m means that Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) will move from the Apex segment to the Access segment on 20 June.
Visum Technologies, which operates an on-ride photo camera system used by theme parks and other leisure operators, plans to join Aquis on 30 June.
Revenues recovered from £32.2m to £96m at brewer Daniel Thwaites (THW) and it also returned to profit. A loss of £12.4m was turned into a pre-tax profit of £12.7m. The pension deficit has become a pension asset worth £10.1m. A final dividend of 2.2p a share is recommended. Staffing pubs remains a problem. Prices have been increased and are set to be raised again because of rising costs. There has been a disjointed recovery this year. but sales are growing year-on-year.
Valereum (VLRM) intends to launch a global open marketplace platform for Non-Fungible tokens (NFTs). It has also appointed Z/Yen Group Ltd as strategic adviser to review the business plans for the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and help prepare a prospectus for a listing for Valereum on a major stock exchange.
All Star Minerals (ASMO) is proceeding with investments in advanced battery metals projects. Due diligence has been completed on the Blesberg lithium and tantalum project in South Africa and the Nkombwa Hill tantalum, rare earths and phosphate project in Zambia. An initial 30% stake in Blesberg can be acquired by the issue of £337,500 of shares and £237,500 in cash. An initial 25% stake in Nkombwa Hill can be purchase for a staged cash investment of $150,000. A general meeting will be held to approve a name change to Marula Mining and a proposed 100-for-one share consolidation.
Silverwood Brands (SLWD) has been readmitted to Aquis following the acquisition of Balmonds Skincare.
Gunsynd (GUN) says ASX-listed investee company Pacific Nickel Mines Ltd has secured an offtake agreement for all the production of Kolosori, as well as a $22m pre-export finance facility, with Glencore.
Triad Endeavour Sports and Entertainment has signed up with the platform run by ChallengerX (CXS). Triad is an event promoter and talent manager involved in the Ultimate Fight League.
Lekoil Ltd (LEK) has successfully challenged the jurisdiction of the New Jersey court in litigation undertaken by its former chief executive. The Otakikpo field oil production was 4,230 bopd during May.
MiLOC Group (ML.P) is restructuring its business and focusing on the distribution of designer products with partner, CRUSHMETRIC Ltd.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) says initial tests confirm copper is present in the drilling at the Halo copper gold project in northern Queensland. Drilling is underway at the Red Setter project in Western Australia.
The Care Quality Commission has granted registration to the diagnostic and screening services offered by Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY).
ProBiotix Health (PBX) has appointed Steen Andersen as chief executive. He has more than three decades of experience in the probiotics sector.
S-Ventures (SVEN) has capped future consideration for plant-based products supplier Pulsin at £400,000 and effectively lowered the total cost from £6.7m to £5.5m.
Chris Akers took a 4.96% stake in Recent Aquis admission Psych Capital (PSY). He has also increased his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 20.1% to 21%.
Ananda Developments (ANA) has raised £38,000 from the exercise of warrants at 0.45p each.
IDOX (IDOX) increased revenues by 7% to £33.2m in the six months to April 2022 and recurring revenues account for three-fifths of the total. Public sector software sales were 10% ahead, while engineering information management revenues declined although they should recover in the second half. Net debt was reduced by 54% to £3.8m, which leaves plenty of funds to make acquisitions.
Tatton Asset Management (TAM) is growing assets under management at more than £100m a month and they reached £11.3bn at the end of March 2022. In the year to March 2022, group revenues improved from £23.4m to £29.4m, while pre-tax profit grew from £11.2m to £14.5m. The dividend is 13% higher at 12.5p a share. Higher mortgage activity meant that there was growth in the Paradigm division and, although new mortgage activity is lower, management believes that revenues can be maintained this year. Weaker financial markets could affect this year’s group performance, but the inflow of funds should offset that.
Xeros Technology Group (XSG) was the best AIM performer last week with a 46.2% gain to 47.5p. Germany-based washing machine pumps and drives manufacturer Hanning has signed a ten-year global licence to manufacture and sell the XFilter washing machine filter technology developed by Xeros. XFilter enables microfibres and microplastics released during washing to be captured and safely disposed of. Hanning is estimated to supply components for 8.5 million washing machines each year – around one-third of those made in Europe. The royalty is undisclosed, but it could be around £1 per filter.
Subsea cable protection services provider Tekmar Group (TGP) lost more than three-quarters of its value last week after it announced that it was seeking a strategic partner or bidder. Interim revenues fell from £13.9m to £13m and Tekmar remains loss making. The order book has improved from £9.7m to £20.1m over the six months to March 2022.
Shares in US-based video game publisher Devolver Digital Inc (LON: DEVO) more than halved after it lowered its revenues and profit guidance for this year. Revenues are expected to between $130m and $140m. Zeus has cut its earnings forecast from 7.2 cents a share to 6 cents a share.
The M&C Saatchi (SAA) board has withdrawn its recommendation of the bid by the marketing services company Next Fifteen Communications (NFC), the value of which has fallen due to the slump in the share price of the bidder.
Revolution Bars Group (RBG) trading is strong and a trading statement sparked a forecast upgrade by finnCap for the vodka bars operator. Refurbished bars have done particularly well, and two new bars should open by the end of June. Forecast pre-tax profit for 2021-22 has been raised from £500,000 to £2.7m.
Oil and gas explorer Rockhopper Exploration (RKH) announced a £5.75m placing and subscription at 7p a unit (one share and of a warrant exercisable at 9p a share). The Sea Lion project in the Falkland Islands is the main focus of Rockhopper.
Wynnstay Properties (WSP) is planning to obtain shareholder approval for buying back shares. NAV increased by 19% to 1090p a share in 2021-22. The total dividend was raised from 21p a share to 22.5p a share.
Actual Experience (ACT) says that due to a change in requirements a channel partner has terminated a contract that generated £200,000 out of group revenues of £1.74m in 2020-21.
Competitions organiser Best of the Best (BOTB) reported better than forecast figures and a 66.7p a share return of capital via a tender offer. Net cash was £10.8m at the end of April 2022 and there is a 6p a share final dividend on top of the tender offer. The total cash cost of these payments is £6.84m.
In the year to April 2022, the pre-tax profit fell from £14.1m, for what was an unusually strong year due to Covid restrictions, to £5.1m.
Hong Kong-based CCTV technology company UniVision Engineering Ltd (UVEL) has received notice of the termination of a contract with MTR Corporation for the replacement of CCTV systems on Hong Kong railway lines.
Castings (CGS) generated a 29.5% increase in full year revenues to £148.6m. Profit and margins are still improving and there is more to go for as business levels get back to the pre-Covid position. Zeus forecasts a further improvement in underlying pre-tax profit from £12.1m to £15.5m in 2022-23.
Structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) continues to win new business and higher steel prices are being passed onto clients. In the year to March 2022, revenues increased from £363.3m to £403.6m, while pre-tax profit improved £24.3m to £27.1m. The final dividend is increased from 1.8p a share to 1.9p a share, taking the total to the year to 3.1p a share. Severfield has a record order book worth £486m.
Palace Capital (PCA) has increased its NAV to 390p a share and the loan-to-value declined from 42% to 28% following property sales at a premium to book value. The total dividend is 13.3p a share.
Graft Polymer (UK) (GPL) says that MGC Pharmaceuticals (MXC) is using its IP for the nano delivery system in the pre-clinical research study for the use of cannabinoids to treat Glioblastoma multiforme cells (a form of brain cancer).
Contango Holdings (CGO) has agreed to acquire 10,000 tonnes of washed coking coal from Lubu each month. The current market price is $120/tonne. Up to $10m of earnings could be generated from this deal each year.
Funeral directors Dignity (DTY) says FCA has confirmed it is intending to authorise Dignity Funerals LTD as a regulated entity under the new regulations for pre-paid funeral plans.