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First quarter trading at National Milk Records (NMRP) strengthened in all areas. Revenues increased by 4% to £5.98m. There was an 82% rise in genomic testing revenues to £151,000. Milk prices are expected to remain strong. The GenoCells services, which provide farmers with genomically driven individual animal cell count analysis, will be launched in the UK and US.
OTAQ (OTAQ) has switched from the standard list to the Access segment of Aquis. The share price has held steady at 5p. OTAQ raised £3.6m at 4p a share.
Shareholders have approved the reverse takeover of TECC Capital (TEC) by EDX Medical. The shares will recommence trading on 14 November.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd (GSVR) has discovered a new transverse vein at the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato, Mexico. This has been named the San Luis vein. The company has been reinterpreting previous data. This vein is likely to have a higher gold component than the primary structures. Vein widths are close to one metre or above.
Property investor Ace Liberty & Stone (ALSP) has exchanged contracts to acquire Loders Service Station in Dorset for £2.08m. There is a SPAR convenience store and BP filling station. The annual rental income is £168,000 and it increases to £185,000 in 2023.
Igraine (KING) says Conduit Pharmaceuticals is reversing into Nasdaq-listed Murphy Cannon Acquisition Corp. This will provide nearly $150m of funding for Conduit. Via a 2% stake in Excalibur Medicines, Igraine has an economic interest in AZD1656, which is a potential diabetes treatment, one of the assets of Conduit. Excalibur Medicines has exclusive rights to the patents on AZD1656. Fellow Aquis-quoted company Oscillate (MUSH) has a 25.7% stake in Igraine.
Goodbody Health Ltd (GDBY) says the full year outcome will be worse than expected. Third quarter figures showed a 6% decline in revenues to £9.29m due to reductions in Covid testing revenues, while margins declined. The loss nearly doubled to £1.67m. The cost base is being reduced.
Technology investor SuperSeed Capital Ltd (WWW) has made six investments since joining Aquis. The latest is Techsembly, a SaaS e-commerce platform offering payments technology to hotel operators. NAV is 95p a share.
Electric vehicle drivetrains developer Equipmake (EQIP) says 2021-22 revenues were better than expected at £3.7m. More of the revenues are coming from commercial projects. The loss has fallen to £4.3m.
Altona Rare Earths (ANR) is drawing down £150,000 in two tranches from Align Research Investments. The interest rate is 15% and there are also warrants equal to 150% of the loan value exercisable at 12p a share.
Gunsynd (GUN) investee company Rincon Resources says a preliminary report highlights similarities between its Pokali prospect and a nearby niobium rare earth discovery.
EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) announced net assets of 239.2p a share at the end of October 2022, down from 242.3p a share the month before.
AQRU (AQRU) has linked up with accountancy firm Sampson Fielding to offer technology-led accountancy services for institutions holding digital assets and their auditors. The brand will be Daxiom.
PayPoint (PAY) is bidding for Appreciate (LAPP) in a deal that values the prepaid vouchers and Christmas savings group at £83m – based on a PayPoint share price of 580p. The offer is 33p in cash and 0.019 of a PayPoint share for each Appreciate share. A 0.8p a share dividend will also be paid to Appreciate shareholders. The PayPoint share price has fallen to 547p, so the bid is not worth quite as much now.
Motor dealer Vertu Motors (VTU) is in talks to acquire Helston Garages Group Ltd. This would be funded by debt. The controlling party of the company is the executors of the estates of former directors David Stanley Carr and Betty Vera Carr. Helston Garages is based in south west England and has 37 dealerships, plus two used car sites. Helston Garages had net cash was £10.8m at the end of 2021 and NAV was £136.2m.
Insolvency litigation financer Manolete Partners (MANO) is generating more cash, but a write down in the values of ongoing cases meant that reported revenues were lower. That is partly due to large case being lost and the general economic conditions. More importantly, realised revenues are increasing. The interim figures reflect cases that were taken on during a period of Covid restrictions and government assistance, when insolvencies were relatively low. Insolvency numbers are increasing so opportunities will increase.
Online home moving services provider Smoove (SMV) revealed a higher loss and cash outflow in the six months to September 2022. The benefits from investments in new products, such as Smoove Start, aimed at estate agents, and Smooth Complete, which is for conveyancing lawyers, won’t show through until next year. Costs are being reduced. Smoove has announced a tender offer of up to £5m, but that will still leave plenty of cash in the bank to fund the business as it moves towards breakeven.
Biome Technologies (BIOM) increased third quarter revenues by 77% to £1.9m. Both bioplastics and radio frequency divisions grew their contributions. Even so, Biome is being more cautious about pre-commercial customer projects and full year revenue expectations have been trimmed from £6.8m to £6.29m, which is still higher than the £5.73m generated in 2021. A full year loss of £1.1m is forecast.
PCF Group (PCF) has been unable to raise money or secure a strategic transaction, so PCF Bank is withdrawing from the UK banking market. The PCF board wants shareholder approval for the cancellation of the AIM quotation.
Mobile data computing services provider Touchstar (TST) has won a £1.5m contract with a petrochemical distribution client. There will be additional recurring revenues in future years. This underpins 2022 and 2023 pre-tax profit expectations of £400,000 and £700,000 respectively.
Poolbeg Pharma (POLB) has identified multiple novel drug targets for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus. This has been achieved within eight months with its partner OneThree Biotech. This includes known drugs with phase 1 safety and efficacy data. The best candidates should be identified by the end of the year.
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BXP) increased 2021-22 net sales from £251.4m to £309.7m with growth coming from domestic sales and exports. However, profit after tax fell from £26.6m to £24m. No revenues are anticipated from Covid vaccines in the near-term.
Construction claims and disputes consultancy Driver Group (DRV) made an underlying loss in the year to September 2022, but management believes that the Middle East and Asian operations should return to profitability this year. Europe and the Americas remain profitable.
Made.com (MADE) has gone into administration and PwC is handling the administration. Next (NEXT) has acquired the brand and IP.
National World (NWOR) has invested $1.25m in social-first media company The News Movement. National World hopes that this will help to attract a younger audience to its publications.
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Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has developed electric vehicle drivetrain technology that has won initial contracts. It raised £10m at 4.25p a share to invest in production facilities and finance working capital. The share price ended the first day at 5.875p (5.5p/6.25p). Snetterton-based Equipmake was founded in 1997 by former Lotus Formula 1 head of development Ian Foley and refocused on electric vehicle technology in 2007. Equipmake has a vertically integrated model. It designs and manufactures components for its electric drivetrain and integrates them into a system. Management is confident that being a systems integrator gives it a competitive advantage.
Bath-based Macaulay Capital (MCAP) was formed to acquire Macaulay Management Ltd. The strategy is to originate potential investments and generate fees from these businesses by advising them and helping to raise money, as well as investing alongside other investors. The focus is smaller companies in well-established markets. An initial investment has been made in a food manufacturer, which has also provided income for the company. Macaulay Capital raised £1.9m at 20p a share. Macaulay Capital has cash of £1.796m after the flotation. The shares ended the first day of trading at 21p (20p/22p). Managing director David Horner is also managing director of Chelverton Asset Management and a director and owner of 29.99% of AIM-quoted investment company CEPS (CEPS).
TECC Capital (TEC) is subscribing for £300,000 of convertible loan notes in EDX Medical Ltd, with a reverse takeover expected to eventually happen. This is subject to due diligence. EDX Medical was founded by Sir Chris Evans to develop digital diagnostics products and services. It owns a laboratory in Cambridge and offers testing and genomic sequencing research.
In the year to March 2022, Oberon Investments (OBE) increased its revenues by 75% to £6.7m. That includes an initial contribution from financial planning business Smythe House. The big increase in revenues came from corporate finance. The pre-tax loss was £581,000, after a £212,500 gain on investments. Funds under management increased by 80% to more than £1bn.
Shepherd Neame (SHEP) has acquired three pubs in Essex. They are all freehold.
Capital For Colleagues (LON: CFCP) has moved from the Access segment to the Apex segment. Capital For Colleagues has increased its stake in TPS Investment Holdings to 27.6% through an additional cash investment of £500,000 through the purchase of existing shares from two executive directors.
Apollon Formularies (APOL) says that its Jamaican affiliate is acquiring up to 96% of Citiva Jamaica for cash and shares. Citivas has a cultivation, manufacturing and processing facility for medical grade cannabis. This will help to obtain final approval to distribute cannabis products from the Jamaican authorities. A director, Roderick McIllree, has loaned $150,000 to Apollon.
Coinsilium Group Ltd (COIN) has been appointed adviser to Metalinq Labs Inc and it has a token purchase agreement to acquire $200,000 of future Metalinq tokens, which should be issued in 2023. Metalinq is a next generation Layer 3 protocol solution enabling interoperability between metaverses. Existing Indorse token owners are eligible to receive Metalinq tokens. Coinsilium holds 5.35 million Indorse tokens.
Visum Technologies (VIS) has signed a framework services agreement with Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging and this enables the launch of Visum’s video technology system in the US. The financial year end has been changed to June.
Greencare Capital (GRE) is still seeking a suitable cannabis-related acquisition. There is still £679,000 in the bank.
AQRU (AQRU) lost £2.32m in the six months to April 2022 and still had net cash of £6.1m.
Rogue Baron (SHNJ) generated revenues of $87,492 in the three months to June 2022. Options for financing continued growth are being considered.
Shares in Lekoil Ltd (LEK) returned from suspension after the publication of interim results. Thanks to finance income Lekoil reported a pre-tax profit of $836,000. Olapade Durotoye is leaving the board to take up a role at Savannah Energy.
Richard Battersby is stepping down from the BWA Group (LON: BWAP) due to ill-health. G and O Energy Investments has bought a 13.45% stake from St Georges Eco-Mining Corp.
Former boss Michael Williams has reduced his stake in British Honey Company (BHC) from 3.96% to 1.3%. He left the board in October. The 2021 results have yet to be published and trading in the shares is suspended.
Waste plastic to hydrogen business Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) started trading on the US OTCQB Venture Market on 26 July. Executive director Howard White bought 55,500 shares at 9p each, taking his stake to 3.89%.
Chris Akers has increased his stake in Oscillate (MUSH) from 12.45% to 13.11%. Paul McKillen has a 4.15% stake in Marula Mining (MARU).
Leisure and entertainment company Brighton Pier Group (PIER) beat expectations for the year to June 2022. Adjusted EBITDA was £10.8m, which is higher than the previously upgraded forecast of £10.4m. Net debt fell from £13.3m to £6.1m. Pre-tax profit is expected to more than quadruple to £6.4m, although it was boosted by government support measures such as a temporary cut in VAT and business rate relief. The ending of the support and cost inflation means that the equivalent 2022-23 pre-tax profit is expected to fall to £4.4m on flat revenues. However, Brighton Pier intends to change its year end to December. There will be 12-month figures followed by 78-week results to December 2022.
Lithium-ion battery cell technology developer AMTE Power (AMTE) has chosen the site for a new 0.5GWh battery production facility. The facility will be in Dundee and could open in the third quarter of 2025. At full capacity, the facility could generate annual revenues of more than £200m. Scottish Enterprise and other funding bodies could contribute up to £190m of the cost of the facility. The rest will come from debt and equity.
Secure payments technology provider PCI Pal (PCIP) beat expectations in the year to June 2022. Revenues were £11.9m, compared with the previous expectation of £11.5m. finnCap has reduced its loss forecast to £2.9m. Annualised recurring revenues are 43% higher at £11m. Monthly cash breakeven is possible this year. There is no news concerning the patent dispute with Sycurio (previously Semafone).
Mobile data computing services and technology provider Touchstar (TST) increased first half revenues by 7% to £3.1m, with two-fifths of these revenues recurring. The order book is 75% ahead at £1.1m. Full year earnings could be 5.5p a share and net cash is expected to be £2.4m – at least one-third of the current market capitalisation.
Printed circuit technology developer and supplier Trackwise Designs (TWD) says that there are further delays to its large electric vehicle contract. There will be compensation for delays causing shortfalls in the minimum supply levels in the agreement. The Stonehouse improved harness technology (IHT) facility will be fully up and running by the end of the year and there are additional contracts that could be won, although most would not reach significant volumes until 2024. Management is confident that it can secure hire purchase and other facilities to cover the additional finance required.
Recruitment company Empresaria Group (EMR) is reporting interims on 11 August. The interim trading statement indicates that the expected weakness in health care is being offset by other operations. Net fee income is 15% higher at £32.6m. Net debt fell from £14m to £11.8m over six months.
Stanley Gibbons (SGI) intends to cancel its AIM quotation. The largest shareholder Phoenix SG believes it is better to cancel the quotation considering the limited free float and additional costs. The 58% shareholder also says that it would reconsider its financial support if shareholders do not agree to the cancelation. Stanley Gibbons remains loss making. Graham Shircore is stepping down as chief executive in September and he will be replaced by Tom Pickford.
In-content advertising company Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) expects flat revenues in 2022 because of weak market conditions in China. The Chinese operations will be closed next year and that will save annualised costs of £1m. That is on top of the £2.5m of annualised savings expected for the rest of the business. Interim revenues have halved, although US revenues increased. There is £17.7m in the bank and cash should be higher than previously expected at the end of 2022.
Finance and insight and control software provider Aptitude Software (APTD) grew annualised recurring revenues by 33% in the first half through a combination of organic and acquisitive growth. Revenues were 31% higher at £36.1m. Higher research and development spending is holding back short-term margins, but they should recover in the next couple of years. Operating profit declined from £5.1m to £4m. Net cash was £10.7m at the end of June 2022 and it should increase in the second half. The interim dividend is unchanged at 1.8p a share.
Gresham Technologies (GHT) generated 19% organic growth in revenues to £23m in the first half of 2022. Strong US dollar revenues offset the weaker pound. Net cash is £6.5m. New contract opportunities mean that management is confident that it can meet full year pre-tax profit expectations of £5.8m.
TUI AG TUI has seen its first quarter performance so impacted by accountancy adjustments that the figures have become virtually meaningless due to the first-time application of IFRS 15 and of IFRS 9 in the previous year. The best that that can be said is that performance has been in line save for markets and airlines which were weak and faced signs of headwinds.The summer heatwave was partly responsible for that together with overcapacity in Spain due to the shift in demand to the Eastern Mediterranean. The growth strategy however is said to be intact. Markets & Airlines must be something of a problem because the headwinds which are buffeting it get repeated mentions, one after another in the story of what appears to have been a not very satisfactory first quarter.
Plus 500 Ltd PLUS produced a record financial performance in the year to the 31st December, after an exceptional first quarter benefitting in particular from Crypto currency trading. It is expected that 2019 profit will be materially lower than current market expectations. The company describes 2018 as a momentous year, well ahead of original expectations with revenue up by 65%, EBITDA by 95%, earnings per share by 90% and dividends by 18%.
Touchstar plc TST benefitted from strong trading in the Transportation sector for the year to 31st December and. losses for the year will be considerably better than market expectations. Although turnover will be somewhat lower than expected this will be more than compensated for by higher margins and dynamic cash generation, has enabled the group to end the financial year with a healthy net cash position. the Board expects to see significant improvement in the Group’s performance in 2019.
Loop Up Group plc LOOP has traded strongly in 2018, with revenue in line with consensus expectations and profitability comfortably ahead. It was a year of transformational growth with new offices seen in Chicago, Dallas, LA, Atlanta and Madrid. Continuing strong demand is seen for the LoopUp product in 2019
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Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) invested a further £2.44m in employee-owned businesses in the year to August 2016. Revenues improved from £523,000 to £560,000, although realised and unrealised gains fell from £459,000 to £228,000. Pre-tax profit fell from £426,000 to £158,000. Net asset value was £5.25m at the end of August 2016. The NAV dipped to £5.21m at the end of November 2016, which is equivalent to 54.1p a share.
Strand Hanson has resigned as corporate adviser to United Cacao (UCL) as well as its nominated adviser for AIM. Trading in the 7% secured convertible bonds 2019 has been suspended as has the trading in the shares on AIM. The Peru-based cacao plantation operator says that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with existing investors in order to try to secure the long-term financial viability of the business. United Cacao has raised $150,000 from the issue of additional 7% secured convertible bonds 2019 at 60 cents for each $1 nominal value – the mid-price was $1 but there had been no trades – and a further issue of convertibles is likely as part of the longer-term strategy. Redundancies at the plantation will reduce monthly costs by $85,000 but the company has trade payables of more than $1.25m. Dennis Melka, Anthony Kozuch and Graeme Brown have all resigned from the board.
Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) had £14,000 in the bank at the end of September 2016. The NAV improved from £664,000 to £901,000 thanks to unrealised gains on the portfolio of resources investments.
IMC Exploration (IMCP) has raised £150,000 at 1p a share. Global Resource Investment Trust has subscribed £50,000 and IMC director Liam McGrattan has invested the same amount.
fastJet (FJET) is raising even more money. This time it has raised £23.4m at 16.3p a share Last August £19.2m was raised at 50p a share. Loss-making fastJet has secured a deal with Johannesburg-based commercial aviation firm Solenta, which will provide three aircraft that fastJet will operate under its own name for five years and pay an hourly rate. The $19.2m cost of the lease will be paid through an issue of 95.6 million shares equivalent to 28% of fastJet. Cost savings have reduced the company‘s existing fleet and the number of routes has been reduced but the one-off costs have been higher than expected. The head office is being relocated to South Africa. By the first quarter of 2017, there will have been a one-quarter reduction in fixed costs and a one-third reduction in variable costs.
Churchill China (CHH) says that fourth quarter trading was better than expected, helped by export sales, and it has more cash than forecast. The overall 2016 performance is ahead of market forecasts and much higher than in 2015. The full year figures will be published on 28 March.
Low carbon energy business Cogenpower (CGP) has increased the heat output from its Borgaro power plant by 12.5% to 20.1GWh and the average selling price was higher. Cold weather helped to boost demand in the final quarter. Cogenpower is also improving efficiency and gas costs have been reduced. The exit from the retail division is almost complete. The Italian government still owes €1.3m to Cogenpower, including €900,000 of Green Certificates where the government is trying to change the basis of calculation. However, the Italian parliament is due to vote on a proposal that would stop any changes.
Crawshaw (CRAW) says that the decline in like-for-like revenues has abated but it is still going on. The reduction in the past five weeks was 3.8%, compared to 8.1% in the previous four week. Gross margins have fallen. Total sales were 13% higher in the past five weeks. Peel Hunt still expects a £1m loss for the year, plus a lower loss in 2017-18.
Mobile software provider Immobile (IMO) says trading is in line with expectations and the company’s largest customer has renewed its contract until 2018. A global contact centre business will be selling product licences for IMIconnect and IMIchat.
FinnAust Mining (FAM) has completed the acquisition of Avannaa Exploration from Cairn Energy following approval from the Greenland authorities. FinnAust is paying £500,000 in shares at 6.6p each. The two main assets are the Disko nickel sulphide project, where more than $50m has been previously invested, and the Kangerluarsuk high grade zinc, Pb and silver project.
Touchstar (TST) has been hit by delayed orders and a bad debt and this has led house broker WH Ireland to more than halve its 2016 pre-tax profit forecast to £215,000 on a £1m reduction in revenues to £7.7m. This comes at a time when the business is moving to a SaaS model. The bad debt relates to the access control business. At the moment the 2017 profit forecast of £600,000 is not being changed.
The cruise business owned by All Leisure has stopped trading as the financial difficulties of the formerly AIM-quoted leisure business continue.
CIC Gold Group Ltd (CICG) says that is still in discussions with the UKLA about the standard list readmission prospectus for the acquisition of 80% of Gobi Minerals. The acquisition was announced in 2015 and it is nearly one year since the enquiry from the UKLA. CIC issued 280 million shares for the acquisition and 70 million of these will be sold at 1.45p a share in order to maintain a free float of at least 25%.