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Quoted Micro 21 November 2022

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

EDX Medical (EDX) completed its reversal into shell TECC Capital in a deal valued at £12m and £1.2m was raised at 6p a share. The share price returned from suspension and increased by 64.1% to 5.25p, but it is still below the placing price. EDX Medical develops digital diagnostic products and service for cancer, heart disease, neurology and infectious diseases.

Non-fungible token platform developer Looking Glass Labs Ltd (NFTX) has been introduced to the Access segment of Aquis on 14 November. Web 3.0 Holdings Ltd was acquired prior to the flotation. This is a Web3 technology company that owns a retail technology platform. The company’s brand House of Kibaa has designed a next generation metaverse for 3D assets. This enables functional art and collectibles to exist across different NFT blockchains. Sales of digital assets have totalled C$6.2m and there is a 5% royalty stream on secondary sales. There were early deals at 17p a share and the share price has fallen to 13.5p.

Oscillate (MUSH) is planning to acquire Hi55 Ventures Ltd, a fintech platform designed to help companies with payroll flexibility. Trading in the shares was suspended at 0.75p each. The share-based deal values Hi55 at £28m at a notional share price of 1.29p. Existing Oscillate shareholders will be given a warrant exercisable at 1.29p for each share they own. Hi55 allows employees to access their salary as they earn it. This finance can be delivered in partnership with MasterCard.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has not been able to conclude the proposed agreement to acquire Peregrine X Ltd. Discussion continue so a different structure to the deal might be possible. Vulcan Industries continues to sell its other interests. Components manufacturer Tim Rainham has been sold for £1. The business had net liabilities. Earlier this month, raised £157,000 in a placing at 8.2p a share.

Quetzal Capital (QTZ) says that proposed acquisition target Tap Global has no direct exposure to the defunct cryptocurrency company FTX.

Watchstone Group (WTG) has agreed settlement terms with former auditor KPMG. The final payment is £4.95m. Net assets were £11.4m at the end of June 2022, which was mainly cash. The share price increased by 11.5% to 29p, which values Watchstone at £12m.

Tectonic Gold (TTAU) has recommenced drilling at the Specimen Hill project in Queensland. This is drilling below a previous mine and one result was 8.17g/t gold over one metre in distal veins. A shortage of drilling rigs delayed the restart. The drilling should be completed in a fortnight.

Wishbone Gold (WSBN) has exercised its option to acquire the Anketell gold-copper project in Western Australia. This cost £320,000 in shares at 14.75p a share and £50,000 in cash.

Web3 gaming and infrastructure company Pioneer Media Holdings Inc (PNER) has closed the first tranche of the previously announced placing, and this raised C$580,000 at C$0.10 a unit – one share and 0.5 of a warrant exercisable at C$0.25. This is a huge discount to the market price. The share price slumped 14.3% to 30p. This cash will finance technology development and working capital. Olivia Edwards has been appointed to the board.

Diesel additives supplier SulNOx Group (SNOX) has secured an order in South Africa and a repeat order in Costa Rica. Agriculture has proved to be a large customer base.

Aquaculture and geotracking technology developer OTAQ (OTAQ) increased interim revenues by 11% to £2.03m and the reported loss fell from £881,000 to £538,000. The cash raised when OTAQ moved to Aquis will finance further technology investment. Management says that there will be a period of adjustment. Nigel Wray increased his stake from 15.8% to 19.35%.

IamFire (FIRE) is raising £3.5m at 2.5p a share.

BWA Group (BWA) has £7,367 of cash and net liabilities of £168,000. It is seeking to raise more cash.

Marula Mining (MARU) has increased its fundraising to £519,500 at 2p a share. Richard Lloyd withdrew himself from re-election as a director.

AIM

Totally (TLY) reported further progress in its latest interims with trading generally back to pre-lockdown levels. Demand for insourcing of operations has grown significantly and used up more working capital. Revenues grew but underlying pre-tax profit was flat at £2m. However, earnings fell because of a higher tax charge. Contracts worth £37m were extended. Underlying full year pre-tax profit is expected to improve from £3.7m to £5.7m, helped by insourcing demand as the NHS tries to reduce waiting lists.

Delays in commencing manufacturing and building up sales of Stereax small battery cells have knocked the Ilika (IKA) share price, which slumped 34.7% to 32p. The commercial prototypes will not be available until the end of 2023. It is also taking longer than anticipated for the larger Goliath batteries to reach the position where they have equivalence with lithium-ion cells. Forecast group revenues have been cut for this year and next year, while the 2024-25 forecast has been slashed from £18.1m to £2.7m by Berenberg. That indicates the length of the delays. That would put Ilika into a net debt position.

Wynnstay Group (WYN) is acquiring Cornwall-based feed supplier Tamar Milling for an initial £1.4m. This is immediately earnings enhancing. In 2020-21, Tamar Milling revenues were £6.4m and pre-tax profit of £420,000. Wynnstay says that its 2021-22 results will be better than expected. Grain, seed and fertiliser revenues have been strong and joint venture businesses will make a higher than expected profit contribution. There is also a boost in the figures from the accounting treatment of the hedging of wheat contracts.

Chain and transmission equipment manufacturer Renold (RNO) continues to trade well in tough times. Interim revenues were 22% ahead at £116.3m, while underlying pre-tax profit was two-fifths higher at £7.3m. The acquisition of Industrias YUK in Spain meant that net debt increased to £34m, but management is still confident that it can finance further acquisitions when they are identified. Higher interest rates have helped to reduce the net pension deficit by one-quarter to £56.6m. The order book is worth £99m, which is a record.

Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) is acquiring France-based Untie Nots, which provides promotion and gamification SaaS products to retailers. The deal will cost up to €38.8m. The initial payment is €9.1m in cash and €5.9m in shares at 555p each. A placing will raise £7m at 555p a share and the rest of the cash will come from existing net cash of £3.6m. The deferred payments of up to €23.8m will depend on achieving revenue targets in 2022, 2023 and 2024, which equate to annual growth of 60%, as well as achievement of a minimum EBITDA margin.

Harland & Wolff (HARL) is involved in Team Resolute, a consortium that is preferred bidder for a £1.6bn contract to build Royal Navy support vessels. This will require significant investment in the Belfast shipyard. The Appledore shipyard in Devon will also be involved.

Poolbeg Pharma (POLB) and consortium partners have been awarded a €2.3m grant by an Irish government fund to develop an oral vaccine candidate from pre-clinical to phase I readiness. The aim is to induce mucosal immunity. The week before Poolbeg identified multiple novel drug targets for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) through it s collaboration with OneThree Biotech.

N4 Pharma (N4P) is raising £1m at 2p a share. A broker offer could raise up to £1m more. The share price slumped by 30.5% to 2.05p. The cash will be used for the development work relating to loading SiRNA onto delivery vehicle Nuvec, plus for funding the investigation of possible acquisitions.

MAIN MARKET

Standard listed BSF Enterprise (BSFA) says that its subsidiary 3d Bio-Tissues has produced three small prototype fillets of cultivated meat, which is a step towards a full-scale cultivated meat fillet. This comes at a time when the US FDA has given approval to a cultivated meat product for the first time. The cultivated meat fillets were 30mm in height and 15mm in diameter and weighed 5 grammes. They were some of the first 100% cultivated meat fillets produced in the world. The comparisons with conventional meat were described as “comprehensively positive”. The first full-scale cultivated meat fillet should be showcased early next year.

Braemar (BMS) increased interim revenues by 46% to £69.4m, helped by the strength of the dollar. Underlying pre-tax profit more than doubled to £10.5m and Braemar moved into a net cash position of £1.8m. The interim dividend was doubled to 4p a share.

Trading continues to improve at Castings (CGS) and interim revenues were 23% higher at £85.6m, while pre-tax profit recovered 38% to £7.5m. Price increases offset cost rises. There is strong demand for HGVs and short-term component order books remain strong. The interim dividend is 3.84p. Net cash is £25.6m and that should rise significantly in the second half.

J Smart Contractors (SMJ) is paying a final dividend of 2.27p a share. In the year to July 2022, revenues fell from £10.4m to £7.43m as construction activity declined. Thanks to a £6.06m profit on the sale of investment properties a pre-tax profit of £8.19m was reported. That is down from £14.9m the previous year, although that included a revaluation surplus of £12.1m. NAV is £124.7m, including net cash of £20.7m.

Standard list Rockpool Acquisitions (ROC) announced heads of terms for the purchase of Amcouri Group, which is a holding company for nine engineering and manufacturing businesses. The potential cost is £22.3m in ordinary shares based on the forecast profit forma EBITDA of £5.4m.

Net Zero Infrastructure (NZI) has terminated acquisition talks with Taylor Construction because it could not raise the cash required for the deal. NAV is £650,000.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 17 October 2022

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

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.

AIM

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.

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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.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 19 September 2022

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

ProBiotix Health (PBX) has secured a new commercial partner in Asia Pacific. Nutraceutical business Nutraconnect will develop and implement strategies for ProBiotix Health ingredients in Asia Pacific.

IamFire (FIRE) says investee company WeShop Holdings had 23,000 user downloads by the end of August. Transactions increased from 2,633 in July to 5,981 in August. Average spend per transaction has increased to £81. A US launch is planned.

Gunsynd (GUN) is making a further conditional investment of £100,000 in ASX-listed Rincon Resources. The investment is dependent on Rincon Resources shareholder approval.

Fintech investment company Eight Capital Partners (ECP) has generated £1m in fees from Zamaz (ZAMZ), which joined the standard list a fortnight ago. Zamaz believes that its technology platform can help to efficiently build direct to consumer brands via e-commerce. Other Eight Capital Partners revenue have been modest.

Evrima (EVA) says investee company Premium Nickel Resources has created a new metals division.

Spirits brand Rogue Baron (SHNJ) says that a third party has been contacting investor saying it is raising cash for the company, which is not true. Rogue Baron is considering ways of raising further funds.

SulNOx Group (SNOX) has won a new order from Ghana for SulNOxEco fuel conditioner. There is enough to treat six million litres of diesel, which is a larger order than the previous one. New agreements are being discussed in other African countries.

Site works have commenced at the Blesberg lithium and tantalum project in South Africa. Marula Mining (MARU) says mining permits have been applied for.

A company associated with Asimilar Group (ASLR) non-exec director Mark Horrocks has acquired 750,000 shares at 4.1p each, which takes his share interest to 5.27%.

Engineering company Vulcan Industries (VULC) has raised £132,000 at 0.92p a share. Superseed Capital Ltd (WWW) has issued £1m of convertible loan notes to SuperSeed Venture LLP, which is its investment manager. The conversion price is 130p a share.

Barry Hersh is a 9.98% shareholder in Rural Broadband Solutions (RBBS). PEU SA has a 7.56% stake in Eastinco Mining and Exploration (EM.P).

AIM

Churchill China (CHH) had an extremely strong first half in 2022 because of demand for hospitality products. Sales of plates and other products to restaurants and hotels were behind the 73% growth in revenues to £41.4m. Sales of retail products declined as production focused on hospitality products. Churchill China is gaining market share in the UK and internationally. The interim dividend is 57% ahead at 10.5p a share. A full year pre-tax profit of £8.8m is forecast.

New admission Aurrigo International (AURR) has risen a further 9.52% to 57.5p. The transport technology products supplier raised £8m at 48p a share when it joined AIM. The cash will be invested in the aviation technology division and to develop new products.

Broker and administrator Jarvis Securities (JIM) has appointed Ocreus to review systems and controls at its main subsidiary after it ran into trouble with the FCA. This will take between three and six months. Jarvis has voluntarily agreed not to take on new clients from certain existing Model B corporate clients until the systems have been reviewed. The restrictions should not hamper forecast revenues and profit, although the costs of the review could hamper shareholder dividends from Jarvis Securities. This news was announced late on Friday and the share price nearly halved.

Retail brand Joules (JOUL) has ended its talks with retailer NEXT (NEXT) about a cash injection, leaving it with the need to find another source of funding. That is likely to require a share issue.

Baby products retailer Mothercare (MTC) reported revenues falling from £85.8m to £82.8m, but it returned to profit. The figures were at the top end of expectations and the company was cash generative. finnCap forecasts a fall in pre-tax profit from £8m to £1.9m this year. The pension deficit is declining.

TV and film production services provider Facilities by ADF (ADF) had tough comparisons for its interim figures and reported pre-tax profit was lower. Revenues improved from £11.5m to £12.6m, but the lack of large productions and higher overheads since flotation mean that profit was lower. There will be more, and higher value, productions in the second half, so some of the profit shortfall should be offset. Flotation funds are being used to increase the size of the vehicle fleet.

Artisanal Spirits Company (ART) increased membership by 24% in the first half of 2022. This growth was international, and the current membership is around 36,000. Full year revenues are expected to increase from £18.2m to £21.6m. The value of the casks of whisky in stock has increased from £430m to £455m in the latest six month period.

Cyber security services provider Corero Network Security (CNS) improved sales in the first half and growth could accelerate in the second half. Full year revenues are forecast to increase by one-third to $27.9m. Demand for cyber security continues to increase. Corero should breakeven this year.

Strong growth in first half revenues at plant-based polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) means that it is set to double full year revenues to $5.2m. Revenues trebled from cleaning applications. There was $900,000 of net cash at the end of June 2022.

The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) increased interim revenues by 18% to £13.1m and pre-tax profit was 9% higher at £3.8m. The interim dividend was increased by 11% to 4.2p a share. Trading remains strong even though house buying incentives were ended last year.

Building and architecture software supplier Eleco (ELCO) did not surprise the market with the 3% decline in interim revenues to £13.4m, although recurring revenues were 9% higher at £8.2m. This reflects the change to a SaaS model. Pre-tax profit was 23% down at £2.1m due to higher costs.

Ncondezi Energy Ltd (NCCL) has replaced a working capital facility with a convertible loan and more cash is being made available. The shareholder loan repayment cannot be demanded before 30 November 2023.

Shell company Advance Energy (ADV) raised £425,000 at 0.085p a share. There are warrants attached to each new share that are exercisable at 0.13p a share. The cash will enable management to investigate a suitable reverse takeover candidate and fund due diligence. Management is in talks with the majority owner of a European oil and gas company and trading in the shares is suspended. Any deal will be funded with shares and via an earn-out based on production. The suspension will continue until a prospectus is published or the deal does not happen.

Tertiary Minerals (TYM) has signed a technical co-operation agreement with First Quantum Minerals for two copper projects in Zambia – Mukai and Mushima North. Mukai is next door to First Quantum’s Trident project. First Quantum also has interests in the same region as Mushima North. First Quantum will supply historical exploration date for the areas. First Quantum does not have first right of refusal over the projects.

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Fintech Asia Ltd (FINA) is seeking fintech acquisitions. This includes mobile banking, digital payments and blockchain. It raised £1.46m at 50p a share, before expenses of £613,000. The cash should finance the operating of the company and investigating potential acquisitions for more than one year. Further share issues will be required when any targets are identified, and deals secured. There were no trades reported on the first two days. The current share price is 55.5p (53p/57p).

Ikigai Ventures Ltd (IKIV) is looking to acquire businesses with a positive social impact strategy, particularly those based in Asia. It has a similar shareholder base to Fintech Asia. Ikigai Ventures raised £2.09m at 50p a share, before expenses of £714,000. That cash should last more than one year. There were no trades reported on the first two days. The current share price is 55.5p (53p/57p).

Innovative materials developer HeiQ (HEIQ) increased interim revenues by 17% to $30.3m and it is making progress with newer products, such as AeoniQ and GrapheneX. Hygiene products generated 43% of total revenues. Service and licence revenues more than trebled. There was $9.5m in the bank at the end of June 2022. Cenkos expects revenues to grow from $57.9m to $69.4m in the full year and grow by a further 10% next year. The 2022 pre-tax profit is expected to be $4.8m.

Andrew Hore

 

Quoted Micro 5 September 2022

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Cancer treatments developer Incanthera (INC) says that commercial discussions continue for skin cancer treatment Sol and there is potential for a Sol-based product range. There is still £295,000 of cash in the balance sheet at the end of March 2022. The Actino-Pro brand has been trademarked. There was a cash outflow from operations of £660,000 in the previous 12 months. Two directors have provided a loan facility of £190,000, of which £50,000 has been drawn. The directors have waived their remuneration and a payment to UOB has been deferred. Management believes that Incanthera will have enough finance until the fourth quarter of 2023. Potential partners could take advantage of the lack of cash when doing a deal.

S-Ventures (SVEN) has acquired Lizza, a wellness and free-from food brand, from Peter Cremer Holding. The Hamburg-based agricultural business is subscribing £2m for shares in S-Ventures at 70p each. The share price has never traded at that level. Lizza produces pasta and breads and provides S-Ventures with a base in the German market. Revenues were €4.5m in 2021. The initial cost of the deal is €1, but there is an earn-out based on a share of profit over ten years up to a maximum total of €2.366m.

Healthcare IT developer DXS International (DXSP) is reviewing its growth plans for the next 24 months. The new strategy will be designed accelerate growth and is likely to require additional funds. They will probably be raised through a share issue and that appears to have worried investors.

KR1 (KR1) has invested $300,000 in RedStone Finance, as part of a $7m fundraising. KR1 participated in the previous financing round. RedStone is developing RedStone Oracles, a provider of data feeds for crypto assets, and smart contract platform provider Warp Contracts.

Rent guarantee service provider RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) published interim results showing a jump in revenues from £91,000 to £170,000. Higher admin expenses meant that the loss increased from £258,000 to £353,000. Revenues continued to improve in July and August.

Tectonic Gold (TTAU) says 40%-owned Whale Head Minerals has received a mining permit for its near-production minerals sands operation, which has an estimated NPV of £150m. Tectonic Gold has agreed to transfer a 30% stake to Whale Head Minerals’ BEE partners, which have mining expertise, and it will retain a non-diluting interest of 10%.

Invinity Energy Systems (IES) says contract manufacturer Baojia has shipped 1.1MWh of Invinity batteries from its factory in China designed for the project with Elemental Energy in Canada. Final assembly and testing will be done by Invinity Energy Systems at its factory before delivery.

TECC Capital (TEC) has invested a further £200,000 in convertible loan notes in EDX Medical. This takes the total investment in convertibles to £500,000, which is guaranteed by EDX Medical founder Professor Sir Chris Evans. Discussions continue about the acquisition of EDX Medical.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has sold tacks and nails manufacturer IVI Metallics for £1. The business had net liabilities of £458,000 and it has struggled to rebuild its order book. Vulcan Industries still provides a cross guarantee for the CBIL liability of £739,000.

SuperSeed Capital Ltd (WWW) says that SuperSeed Fund II has led a $3.6m investment in brand advocacy platform Duel. The software-as-a-service platform helps retail brands grow via positive feedback from customers. ASOS, Unilever and Mint Velvet are among the clients.

Evrima (EVA) has an 8.93% stake in Kalahari Key, which has provided an update on the Molopo Farms Complex project. A diamond drilling contract has been signed with a Botswana-based company.

Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) increased interim revenues from $2.78m to $6.49m and the loss has been reduced from $5.57m to $3.83m. CBD product sales were strong in Europe and Japan. The company has been reducing its expenses.

Clarify Pharma (PSYC) had cash of £2.1m at the end of May 2022. It is seeking investments in the medical use of psychedelics.

Oscillate (MUSH) had £1.91m in the bank at the end of May 2022, although £600,000 has been invested in Aquis-quoted Psych Capital (PSY) and fully listed Dev Clever (LON: DEV).

AIM

Futura Medical (FUM) says that the clinical study for the MED3000 topical gel erectile dysfunction treatment has met its primary and secondary endpoints. The study showed an improvement in erectile function and a highly statistic improvement in the onset of action at 10 minutes. There were limited side effects with 4.3% of patient suffering headaches and a further 4.3% nausea, which is much better than rival treatment tadalafil. The next move is submitting MED3000 for FDA review as a De Novo medical device for the over-the-counter treatment of erectile dysfunction. This could lead to marketing authorisation by the first quarter of 2023. MED3000 has received the UKCA mark.

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc is making a recommended bid of 27.5p a share in cash for hormonal disease treatments developer Diurnal (DNL), which values the company at £48.3m. The April 2021 placing and open offer was at 70p a share and the share price has slumped since then. Revenues have not built up as fast as hoped and another cash raising is on the horizon if Diurnal stays independent.

Pharma software provider Instem (INS) has gained its largest ever contract. The deal is worth at least $12m over five years. The client is a contract research organisation and is for the company’s cloud-based Aspire clinical trial acceleration software, which will be launched with the customer in one year. There is $3m for implementation and the rest is paid in instalments of $2.25m a year over four years. The annual recurring revenues are $1m more than for the Instem system that is being replaced.

Egg-free cakes retailer Cake Box (CBOX) says trading is becoming more difficult and only part of the cost increases it is suffering are being passed on to franchisees. Sales are also under pressure with a like-for-like decline of 2.8% so far in this financial year. This means that full year profit will be much lower than the £7.2m expected. There is £6.7m in cash, although the £2m dividend will be paid in September. Chief executive Sukh Chamdal acquired 225,000 shares at 121.85p each.

Telephony services provider LoopUp Group (LOOP) has taken on a book of conference service contracts from a US competitor for no initial payment. There is a revenue share agreement for three years to October 2025. These contracts could generate cash of £5m a year, although it may reduce due to customer churn. This is much-needed cash flow for the business, which is still heavily loss-making. The new bank facility is £17m and that more than covers the expected net debt at the end of 2023.

Oil and gas producer PetroNeft Resources (PTR) has an oil storage and transportation contract with Nord Imperial for production from licence 61 in Tomsk Oblast, Russia at a cost that is far above standard market rates. PetroNeft has tried to change the contract and started paying reduced amounts, but Nord Imperial has suspended acceptance of oil. PetroNeft is shutting down its wells, which will hit income. Licence 67 is not affected and is producing 270 barrels of oil per day.

Independent directors of market research firm System1 Group (SYS1) are conducting a strategic review and the proposed tender offer has been postponed. This review will assess whether the company can grow faster if partners or an external investor are brought in.

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Zamaz (ZAMZ) joined the standard list last Friday and raised £3.69m. Cornerstone investor Atlas paid 10.45p a share, which is a 5% discount to the nominal subscription price. Most of the cash will go on expenses and repaying existing bonds. Zamaz believes that its technology platform can help to efficiently build direct to consumer brands via e-commerce. Amazon is currently the main marketplace used by the company. There is already a portfolio of brands in the group, but most are at an early stage of their development. There are plans to acquire more brands. Revenues are relatively modest and Zamaz is losing money. The share price fell to 9.48p (8p/10.95p) on the first day. There were 90,000 shares traded in one deal at 10.95p. The shares are tightly held and there is potential dilution from the convertibles worth up to £15m that could be issued to Atlas Capital Markets and the associated warrants.

First Tin (1SN) has announced positive intercepts at the latest two drill holes at the Gottesberg tin project in Germany. These and other results validate the belief that a higher grade core exists within the deposit.

Iconic Labs (ICON) has settled disputes and has finalised proposals for a company voluntary arrangement. If this goes ahead then the administration will end and trading in the shares may recommence once up to date results have been published. The shares have been suspended for around 15 months.

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Quoted Micro 15 August 2022

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Good Energy (GOOD) has invested a further £3.7m in EV charging app developer Zap-Map as part of a £9m fundraising. This values Zap-Map at £26.3m. Good Energy has also converted a £1m loan note into shares and it owns 49.9% of Zap-Map. Global fuel card and payment provider Fleetcor invested £5.3m and it can help Zap-Map expand internationally.

Media shell Lift Global Ventures (LFT) is buying financial PR and IR consultancy Miriad Ltd from the shell’s director Zak Mir. In the year to June 2022, Miriad Ltd generated revenues of £341,000 and an operating profit of £265,000. A general meeting will be held on 5 September. Lift Global Ventures will pay £200,000 in cash and 4.17 million shares at 4p each. The current share price is 1.125p. Zak Mir has transferred a holding of 8.33 million shares in Lift Global Ventures from Miriad Ltd to himself for nil consideration.

In the three months to June 2022, National Milk Records (NMRP) increased revenues from £5.72m to £6.09m. All parts of the business grew their revenues with genomics testing more than doubling revenues to £111,000. This is the final quarter of the financial year. Milk prices are increasing.

Altona Rare Earths (ANR) has estimated an exploration target of up to 56.6 million tonnes at up to 1.65% total rare earth oxide at the Monte Muambe rare earths deposit. The JORC mineral resource estimate should be published in the first quarter of 2023.

In the year to February 2022, Inqo Investments Ltd (INQO) reported a loss of R14.2 million after a R2.4 million impairment charge. There is a new reforestation project over 5,000 hectares of degraded land on the Kazuko private game reserve. Since the year-end, R2 million of director loans have been made available and a total of R1.44 million will be generated by the sale of the stake in Bee Sweet Honey Investment.

Asia Wealth Group Holdings Ltd (AWLP) reported a reduced 2021-22 profit of $11,266, down from $193,507, due to unrealised currency losses from Japanese Yen holdings and the write down of an investment. Net assets were $1.59m at the end of February 2022.

Invinity Energy (IES) shares commenced trading on the US OTCQX market and new US climate legislation should boost energy storage demand. The energy storage technology developer says the bill contains $369bn of clean energy investment, including tax incentives and grants.

Oscillate (MUSH) has £1.2m in cash as well as investments in three companies.

Close Asset Management has taken a 6.5% stake in Macaulay Capital (MCAP), which joined the Access segment on 29 July when £1.9m was raised at 20p a share. This week the share price rose to 25p. The strategy of the company 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.

Chapel Down Group (CDGP) has replaced finnCap with Singer as its corporate adviser and broker.

Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has appointed Duncan Snelling as an engineering consultant and granted him options over up to 600,000 shares at 9.275p each. Each month, 50,000 options will vest, and they are exercisable between the first and fifth anniversaries of the appointment.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has appointed Darren Taylor as a non-executive director. He was one of the shareholders in Aftech, which was acquired in March, and he has a 12.6% stake in Vulcan Industries.

Gathoni Muchai Investments, where Marula Mining (MARU) chief executive Jason Brewer is a substantial shareholder, acquired 1.5 million shares and 1.1875 million warrants exercisable at 4p each for a total of £16,000. Chairman Richard Lloyd bought one million shares at 1.07p each.

David Bull has stepped down as chief executive of Eight Capital Partners (ECP).

Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY) has shareholder approval to change its jurisdiction from Canada to Guernsey and delist from the CSE.

Rogue Baron (SHNJ) is changing its year end to 30 September. Discussions continue with the auditor about the year end stocktake at the Bin 1301 bar and the stocktake of tequila inventory.

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Staffing provider Empresaria (EMR) benefited from a strong performance from its outsourcing division, which more than offset declines in profit in the regional divisions in the first half of 2022. Group net fee income was 15% higher at £32.6m. operating profit was 94% ahead at £3.5m. The Americas division had tough comparatives because of Covid-related healthcare business. Net debt is £10.8m.

Manchester-based Northcoders (CODE) has won a £4m contract from the UK government to provide scholarships for software training for individuals. This will be used to fund software development and data engineering skills training by Northcoders and it stretches into 2023. More than 85% of forecast 2022 revenues of £6.5m, up from £3m, are covered by contracted work, while 30% of the 2023 forecast of £10.5m is covered.

Self-storage sites operator Lok’nStore (LOK) published its full year trading statement showing self-storage revenues 17.3% higher. Stripping out new stores and the four stores sold in the period, the increase was 24.9%. There were increased occupancy levels and prices were raised by 13% over the year. Three new sites were opened during the year and Basildon, Bedford, Peterborough and Staines are all set to open in 2023.

Shares in Africa-focused oil and gas company Afentra (AET) returned from suspension following the publication of the admission document covering the proposed acquisition of interests in the producing Block 3/05 and the exploration Block 23 in Angola from Sonangol. The initial cost is $80.5m, with up to $50m of contingent consideration for the Block 23 interest. The acquisition cost is equivalent to $3.60/barrel – based on proved and probable reserves. In the first half of 2022, the net production from Block 3/05 was 4,700 barrels per day and it could generate $36m of cash a year at an oil price of $75/barrel. Trading in the shares had been suspended since 8 October.

MJ Hudson (MJH) raised £9.22m in a placing and PrimaryBid offer at 30p a share. The cash raised will be invested in the ESG division, help to pay deferred consideration and provide additional regulatory capital for the growing operations, particularly in Ireland.

Electrical retailer Marks Electrical (MRK) increased revenues in the first four months of the financial year by 14% to £27.7m. Marks Electrical is growing market share for major domestic appliances and consumer electronics. Televisions, vacuum cleaners, washers and air conditioning were strong categories. Rivals have been discounting prices and marketing costs are increasing, but management believes it can achieve profitable growth.

Geospatial software provider IQGeo (IQG) is acquiring automated planning and design software provider Comsof, which is profitable and cash generative. IQGeo currently includes similar software in its services, but it is supplied by a third-party. Swapping this for Comsof software will enhance margins.

Crestchic (LOAD) forecasts have been upgraded for the third time this year. The largest ever loadbank hire contract has recently been secured, which is helping trading momentum to continue to accelerate. The new factory has been completed. Demand from datacentres is strong and there is a recovery in demand from the oil and gas sector. Utilisation at record levels. The 2022 pre-tax profit forecast has been raised from £5.2m to £7.2m

Digital media company Digitalbox (DBOX) increased interim revenues by 40% to £1.9m and there was an increase in net cash to £2.4m. This is before the completion of the acquisition of the assets of TVGuide.co.uk, which will make a contribution in the second half. However, management is concerned about advertising levels in the second half.

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Used car finance and property bridging loans provider S&U (SUS) says group receivables increased from £340m to £370m and first half profit is greater than last year. Motor finance provider Advantage Finance receivables are £280m and Aspen property bridging loans have reached £90m with an average size of around £875,000 for loans this year.

Radiators company Stelrad Group (SRAD) grew interim revenues by 17% to £150m, even though volumes declined. Underlying pre-tax profit was 83% ahead at £13.9m. Net debt is £47.5m. Recently acquired DL Radiators will be earnings enhancing this year.

Hamak Gold Ltd (HAMA) executive director Karl Smithson bought 119,094 shares at 8.4p each, while non-exec Martin Lampshire purchased 122,000 at 8.18p each.

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Quoted Micro 25 July 2022

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In the six months to March 2022, S-Ventures (SVEN) reported an increase in revenues from £1.5m to £4.1m, although it remains loss making. The full benefits of acquisitions and the consolidation of warehousing has yet to show through. Even so, VSA has cut its 2021-22 revenues forecast from £11m to £9.4m S-Ventures will continue to lose money.

Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) improved interim underlying pre-tax profit from £6.5m to £10.7m. NAV is 1300p a share.  The interim dividend is 17p a share. Customer loans increased by 5% to £2.1bn. Assets under management dipped to £1.3bn after the decline in stockmarkets. A West End long leasehold property has been sold at a value of £60m and a yield of 3.75%.

Shepherd Neame (SHEP) has acquired Bournemouth seaside bar and restaurant Urban Reef. This takes the total number of pubs owned by the Faversham-based brewer to 300.

Psych Capital (PSY) says that investee company Awakn Life Sciences has received C$2.5m of UK government funding for the phase III trial for a ketamine-assisted therapy for alcohol use disorder. Awakn will finance the other C$1.25m cost of the trial.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) is selling Orca Doors for £1. That gets rid of net liabilities of £751,000 and continued cash outflows. The fire door supplier has been hit by lockdowns and requires additional investment.

Ananda Developments (ANA) subsidiary DJT Plants has successfully self-crossed the first generation of cannabis plants. This will continue for six generations. The performance of various cannabis cultivars is being assessed.

AQRU (AQRU) subsidiary Accru Finance is partnering with Quickbit, a Sweden-based fintech, which will offer the Accru yield generating products to its customers.

Black Sea Property (BSP) has completed the purchase of Star Mil EOOD for a total consideration of Euro5.15m. The company owns a Black Sea hotel complex. A loan of Euro4.2m helped to finance the purchase.

Rogue Baron (SHNJ) has made its first sales of Shinju Japanese whisky to Austria and Switzerland.

Lombard Odier has reduced its stake in Chapel Down Group (CDGP) from 9.97% to 4.99%. Mark Horrocks has increased his stake in Quetzal Capital (QTZ) from 5.3% to 6%. A company related to Marula Mining (MARU) chief executive Jason Brewer has acquired 100,000 shares at 2.75p each.

Oscillate (MUSH) has acquired 2.5 million warrants in fully listed Dev Clever (DEV) for £250,000. The warrants are exercisable at 1p each up until 21 January 2024. Dev Clever is currently undertaking a reverse takeover.

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Business restructuring business Begbies Traynor (BEG) increased underlying pre-tax profit from £11.5m to £17.8m in the year to April 2022. This was a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. The dividend has been increased from 3p a share to 3.5p a share. Net cash improved from £3m to £4.7m. Insolvencies are increasing, although the higher margin administrations are still relatively low. This could change over the next year or so, making the outlook positive.

Credit provider Morses Club (MCL) says an increasing level of customer redress claims means that it is considering a scheme of arrangement. This could provide certainty about the potential total level of claims over a set period. Management is talking with the FCA. The scheme would have to be approved by the majority of claimants. There will be an additional provision of £45m in the 2021-22 accounts and underlying pre-tax profit could be below £3.5m. Tighter controls mean that sales are declining, and Morses Club won’t make a profit in 2022-23. Fewer competitors could help Morses Club recover in the following year.

Disinfection products supplier Tristel (TSTL) announced a special dividend of 3p a share on top of a final dividend of 3.93p a share. Full year revenues are 4% ahead at £28.4m and adjusted pre-tax profit is 12% higher at £4.5m. The second half was stronger as more patient procedures have been undertaken. FDA approval for the Duo ULT could be achieved next year.

Footwear supplier Unbound Group (UBG) announced a fundraising generating £3.3m at a heavily discounted 15p a share. An open offer, which closes on 8 August, could raise up to £1m more. The footwear supplier is launching an online platform to sell third party branded products to a database of 4.6 million individuals. The cash will help to finance the expansion.

Stanley Gibbons (SGI) intends to cancel its AIM quotation. Graham Shircore is stepping down as chief executive in September and he will be replaced by Tom Pickford. 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.

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 business as a whole. 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. Cash outflows are still significant, though.

Window fittings supplier Titon (TON) says that supply problems with raw materials and components exacerbated by cost inflation have led to a reduction in margins. There have also been problems with IT, so this year’s figures will be lower than expectations. South Korea sales are disappointing but there should be a small profit contribution.

Restructuring services provider FRP Advisory (FRP) increased revenues from £79m to £95.2m in the year to April 2022, with 11% organic growth. Pre-tax profit improved from £21.2m to £23.1m. There are signs that administrations are starting to increase and that will boost demand for services.

Cambridge Cognition (COG) directors are buying shares following yesterday’s trading update. Chief executive Matthew Stork and finance chief Stephen Symonds each bought 22.950 shares at 113p each. The latter did not previously own shares. The digital brain health products developer increased interim revenues by 31% to £5.9m. The order book is worth £18.6m. There was a small profit and £8.6m in the bank at the end of June 2022.

The merger between Tern (TERN) and Pires Investments (PIRI) is not going ahead because not enough of the latter’s shareholders voted for it. Tern wants to generate cash from exiting one or more of its investments as soon as it is feasible. There will not be any new investments until there is a realisation of an investment, although there are likely to be commitments to existing investments that may mean a fundraising will be required.

An independent decision means that Newcrest Mining can pay $60m to Greatland Gold (GGP) to take up an option to acquire a further 5% stake in the Havieron project. Given the progress that has been made on the project over the past year this is an attractive price, and it is likely to take up the option. The cash will pay off the $50m loan facility from Newcrest and leave money for further investment. Greatland Gold will still own 25% of Havieron.

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Palace Capital (PCA) is changing its strategy. It was originally going to reinvest the cash from the sale of its industrial property assets into new regional office investments. Shareholder feedback means that the potential £46.5m raised from the disposal of the industrial portfolio and other non-core assets, after repayment of related debt, will be distributed in dividends or paid back via a tender offer. Three non-exec directors have resigned.

Kin + Carta (KCT) says revenues grew 48% in the year to July 2022. Peel Hunt has upped its 2021-22 pre-tax profit forecast from £16.6m to £16.9m. Net debt is estimated at £2.5m. Kelly Manthey will be taking over as chief executive.

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Quoted Micro 27 June 2022

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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Quoted Micro 25 April 2022

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Gunsynd (GUN) had net assets of £5.99m at the end of January 2022. That includes £1.08m in cash. Investee company Low6 is still seeking a listing in Toronto via 1319735 BC Ltd. Mining investee company Charger Metals plans to start its maiden drilling programme at the Coates project in Western Australia. First Tin joined the Main Market after the period end.

Tectonic Gold (TTAU) has appointed Ian Bruce as exploration manager, and he will restart the drilling at Specimen Hill. A permit has been secured in the same area for Taree Fields, which was historically a high-grade copper mine. Deep Blue Minerals, where Tectonic owns 10%, raised $236,000 from diamond sales.

Lombard Capital (LCAP) has agreed in principle the sale of LCP Financial to SBS Group for £4.2m in shares and the repayment of a £370,000 intercompany loan. Lombard Capital will acquire Waste and Recycling Services before the sale is completed. Management will be seeking shareholder approval to leave Aquis.

ChallengerX (CXS) has signed a five-year agreement with The American Arena League for the use of the SaaS-based platform CXSports. This will help to promote the league and generate revenues.

Blockchain and open finance investor Coinsilium (COIN) has agreed to purchase $200,000 of YELLOW tokens for the Yellow Network, which is a cross chain overlay, financial information exchange and distributed infrastructure network.

Adam Pollock, who was previously head of corporate and institutional at WH Ireland, has become a director of Oberon Capital, the broking business of Oberon Investments Group (OBE).

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has raised £48,000 at 1.37p each.

All Star Minerals (ASMO) is changing its name to Marula Mining.

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TV programmes producer Zinc Media (ZIN) lost on £2.61m on revenues of £17.5m in 2021. There is already £13m of booked revenues for 2022 and there is potential further business worth £35m that could be delivered this year. A greater proportion of the work being won is for series, rather than one-off programmes. Zinc Communicate, which produces non-broadcast content and podcasts, is becoming increasingly important. The timing of the orders is uncertain and not all the work will materialise, although £8m is at an advanced stage. This suggests that 2022 revenues should be much higher, and Zinc Media should become profitable and cash generative. Last year, the cash outflow from operations was £245,000. Net cash was £2.18m at the end of 2021.

Churchill China (CHH) is beating its rivals thanks to its capital expenditure and investment in marketing, and it has a better order book than normal for this time of year. In 2021, pre-tax profit bounced back from £800,000 to £6m as revenues recovered from £36.4m to £60.8m. The total dividend is £24p a share, while there is £19m in the bank. Churchill China has taken on more than 200 additional staff in the past year and they still require training. Last autumn, selling prices were raised by 12% and a 5% increase is planned for May. That will help to offset the cost rises. Pre-tax profit is expected to be between £8m and £8.8m this year.

Tungsten West (TUN) is reviewing development options for the Hemerden mine because of rising costs. This will lead to a two-month delay. This could lead to a focus on sodium tungstate production because it is higher value than ammonium paratungstate.

Solid State (SOLI) continues to best expectations. Revenues for the year to March 2022 will be around 6% ahead of previous expectations at £85m, while there is a 11% upgrade in pre-tax profit to £7.4m.

Seeing Machines (LSE: SEE) has secured a collaboration with Magna to develop and demonstration model driver monitoring system (DMS) combining, camera, electronics and interior mirror technology. This should help Seeing Machines win more market share.

Plant-based polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) says volumes continue to increase, particularly in the dishwashing detergent ingredients market.

Coral Products (CRU) is trading ahead of expectations in the year to April 2022 and there is a second interim dividend of 0.4p a share. There could also be a final dividend to add to this year’s total of 0.9p a share.

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Nuclear-related business has helped structural steel supplier Severfield (SFR) to enjoy record orders. Logistics, infrastructure and data centres are other areas of high demand. Longer-term, battery manufacturing plants could be another booming area. The current order book is worth £479m. The 2021-22 figures will be in line with expectations with pre-tax profit forecast to improve from £24.3m to £28.1m. This year’s revenues should be better than previously expected, but profit expectations have been maintained because of higher steel costs. The higher steel prices mean that higher working capital is required.

Full year profit of kitchenware retailer ProCook Group (PROC) will be slightly lower than expected at £9.5m. ProCook has grown revenues in a market that is slightly down

J Smart Contractors (SMJ) reported a decline in interim revenues from £5.75m to £5.16m, while pre-tax profit jumped from £890,000 to £6.35m, although that was due to a gain on the sale of investment properties of £6.06m. It is unlikely that full year profit will be higher this year. Net assets are £117.2m, including £76.2m of investment properties and net cash of £27.6m. The interim dividend is 0.96p a share and the ex-dividend date is 5 May.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 18 April 2022

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Brewer Adnams (ADB) increased its revenues from £50.7m to £57.4m in 2021 and the loss was reduced from £4.3m to £1.39m. There is no final dividend. Net bank debt was £11m. The pension liability more than halved from £11.2m to £5m. Beer volumes were maintained.

S-Ventures (SVEN) says headwinds in the economy have held back sales of its healthy snacks. Even so, like-for-like sales are currently 10% ahead of last year. Cost savings of £300,000 a year have been found at the Pulsin plant-based products business.

Watchstone Group (WTG) subsidiary WTGIL Ltd has lost its VAT appeal. It is considering whether to take the appeal to the Upper tax Tribunal.

Cannabis-related products supplier Voyager Life (VOY) has opened three stores and relaunched its website in the year to March 2022. The Ascend Skincare brand was launched. There was £14.3m in the bank at the end of March 2022. Monthly overheads were just under £50,000. In the 16 months to March 2022, revenue reached £178,000. Revenues are steadily growing. Voyager is still waiting for ingestible products to receive authorisation from the authorities.

KR1 (KR1) has invested $700,000 in Zeitgeist in return for one million ZTG tokens. Zeitgeist is an application specific blockchain for prediction markets and futarchy.

Eastinco Mining and Exploration (EM.P) says that Aterian Resources has been awarded a ten year mining licence for the Agdz copper and silver project in Morocco. Eastinco has agreed to acquire Aterian from AIM-quoted Altus Strategies (ALS). Once the Aterian acquisition is completed Eastinco plans to move to the Main Market.

Goodbody Health (GDBY) says subsidiary PhytoVista Laboratories has been granted a licence to handle Schedule 1 controlled drugs.

Chris Akers has increased his stake in TECC Capital (TEC) from 10.6% to 11.1%. Robert Johnson reduced his stake to below 3%. Chief executive Kiran Morzaria has bought 54,422 shares in Cadence Minerals (KDNC) at 18.37p a share.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has extended two loans with £1.225m payable on 16 April 2023 and £629,000 on 4 July 2023.

EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) had net assets of 368.49p a share at the end of March 2022.

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Recycling Technologies has pulled its AIM flotation after its chief executive stepped down due to personal reasons. It had apparently raised the money it was seeking but the late change meant that the company has decided to have a smaller private fundraising before having another attempt at floating on AIM.

Loadbanks maker and hirer Northbridge Industrial Services (NBI) is able to concentrate on its core business following the disposal of Tasman. In 2021, revenues from continuing operations were one-fifth higher with a greater proportion of hire business. Pre-tax profit trebled to £3.3m, before the restructuring and convertible loan note redemption costs of £7.6m, which were predominantly asset write-downs. There was a 1p a share dividend. The company is changing its name to Crestchic.

Online electricals retailer Marks Electrical (MRK) reported full year revenues that were 44% ahead at £80.5m and EBITDA margins are 9%. The fourth quarter revenues to March 2022 were 19% ahead at £20.7m. The comparatives are particularly strong because they were during a period of lockdowns when online sales made up a higher proportion of appliance sales. Pre-tax profit is still expected to decline from £6.8m to £6.1m in 2021-22 due to additional overhead costs.

Cambridge Cognition (COG) is building up its clinical trial business. Full year revenues increased by 50% to £10.1m and the digital health company moved into profit. There was £6.8m in the bank at the end of 2021. At least £7.5m of the year-end order book of £17m should be recognised in 2022. More contracts have been secured since the end of 2021.

Asset management services provider MJ Hudson (MJH) grew interim revenues by 48% to £23.4m with particularly strong growth in ESG-related services. Underlying pre-tax profit quadrupled to £1.6m. Net debt excluding leases was £13m at the end of December 2021. New business activity remains strong and there is no direct effect from the weak stockmarkets on revenues. Guernsey-based Saffery Champness Fund Services was acquired during the period.

Telematics firm Microlise (SAAS) reported revenues of £88.2m in the 18 months to December 2021. Annual revenues grew by 17%. Existing customers generated £35.6m in 2021 and there is hardly any customer churn. Annual recurring revenues are £38.9m.

AEX Gold (AEXG) has announced exploration results from the iron oxide, copper, gold project at Sava in southern Greenland. These showed that there is mineralisation. There are three high priority targets.

The lock-up period for shares in Poolbeg Pharma (POLB) distributed by Open Orphan (ORPH) ends on 20 April and new investors are hoping to buy up to £1.6m of shares at 5.9p each. The share price subsequently recovered to 6.7p, having been sliding in recent months ahead of the end of the lock-up period when there were concerns there could be a significant number of shares coming onto the market.

Ince (INCE) is going ahead with the acquisition of broker Arden Partners (ARDN) even though it is losing its nominated adviser status. The merger should be completed on 29 April.

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Financials Acquisition Corp (FINS) is a shell looking for a financial services acquisition, particularly in the insurance area. The focus is technology that is used to make the insurance sector more efficient. There was £150m raised at £10 a share. The share price ended the week at 997.5p.

It took a year to secure the transaction, but DG Innovate (DGI) has completed its reversal into Path Investments. The purchase of the electric drive and sodium-ion battery technology developer cost an initial £32.4m in shares at a deemed price of 0.6p a share, which was well above the market price. There was also £2.55m raised at 0.5p a share. The shares opened at 0.45p and ended the week at 0.305p.

Materials developer HeiQ (HEIQ) estimates that revenues were $57.9m thanks to a good fourth quarter. This is despite deferring revenues and $1m in operating profit from technology milestones for the agreement with the Lycra Company for its AeoniQ material into 2022. Operating profit is expected to be $3.4m, compared with the $4m forecast. Revenues are expected to grow by one-fifth this year.

Natural ingredients supplier Treatt (TET) grew interim revenues by 9% to £66.3m. The operating profit will be second half weighted.

Andrew Hore

Quoted Micro 4 April 2022

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In 2021, Good Energy (GOOD) revenues were 12% higher at £146m, while underlying pre-tax profit recovered from £500,000 to £2.6m. Since the year end the sale of the generating assets has boosted the balance sheet making it debt free. A final dividend of 1.8p a share takes the total for the year to 2.55p a share. Investment in billing platforms will help improve efficiency. The Zap-Map EV charging services business remains a focus of growth, along with an accelerating smart meter roll out. Even though trading conditions are tough, Good Energy could improve its profit this year.

Brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP) is returned to profit at the interim stage, and it is paying an interim dividend of 3.5p a share. In the six months to December 2021, revenues increased by 55% to £78.7m, which is similar to the six months to December 2019. A loss of £7.2m was turned into a profit of £5.4m. Net debt is £82.4m after paying delayed VAT liabilities. Net assets are 1176p a share, excluding property revaluations. In the 13 weeks to 26 March 2022, like-for-like managed pub sales are 10% ahead, but it is a weak comparative. Costs are increasing and Peel Hunt has trimmed its full year pre-tax profit forecast from £8.6m to £7.2m.

ProBiotix Health (PBX) started trading on the Access segment having raised £2.5m at 21p a share. The share price ended the week at 21.5p, valuing the company at £26.2m. The company has been spun-off by OptiBiotix Health (OPTI), which retains a 44% stake after issuing ProBiotix shares to its own shareholders. They will not be able to deal in the shares for nine months. The core product developed by ProBiotix is LP-LDL ®. Studies have shown that the product can reduce cholesterol levels.

AIM-quoted European equities exchange operator Aquis Exchange (AQX) joined the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange on the same day as it reported full year figures. In 2021, revenues were 42% ahead at £16.2m, while pre-tax profit jumped from £470,000 to £3.22m. Net cash is £14.1m, after spending £1.1m on buying back shares. The company’s market share of pan-European trading improved from 4.7% to 5.2% and the purchase of the non-displayed matching pool of UBS could add a further 0.6% of market share. Liberum forecasts further growth in pre-tax profit to £4.2m this year.

Oberon Investments (OBE) is raising £3.4m at 6p a share in a significantly oversubscribed placing. The broker and investment manager wants to spend the cash on expanding its corporate finance and wealth management operations.

Pharma C Investments (PCIL) invested £100,000 in AIM-quoted Celadon Pharmaceuticals (CEL), formerly Summerway Capital, at 165p a share. Trading started on 28 March and the share price subsequently fell to 130p. Vertigrow, which was established in 2018, reversed into Celadon and it grows indoor hydroponic, high THC cannabis, which will be used for medicines to treat chronic pain. A Home Office licence to legally grow medicinal cannabis was received in July 2021 and it has been renewed until January 2023.

KR1 (KR1) has invested $1.5m in Subspace Labs Inc and it will receive a yet-to-be determined number of tokens. Subspace Network is an eco-friendly blockchain that enables scalable chain storage and computing.

Gunsynd (GUN) owns 1.25 million shares in Media Tech SPAC, which is acquiring Scandinavia-based Drylab A/S, which has developed a subscription-based film and TV production platform. The technology allows reviewing and sharing of filmed takes in real-time, uploads those filmed takes to a cloud-based platform and saves time and costs. The service is designed to work without internet access.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has sold M and G Olympic Products, which manufactures architectural metalwork, for £1. This is part of refocusing on fabrication businesses.

Cadence minerals (KDNC) has agreed to sell its 31.5% stake in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies in return for £3.72m.

The attempt to remove the chairman and the other resolution put forward at a requisitioned general meeting of Love Hemp (LIFE) were heavily defeated.

Pioneer Holdings Inc (PNER) has acquired Crowdform, which creates apps and websites for brands and start-ups.

Trading in Hot Rocks Investments (HRIP) shares was restored after it reported 2020-21 results and interims to September 2021. There was cash of £93,000 and net assets were £788,000 at the end of September 2021.

Tectonic Gold (TTAU) had £396,000 in the bank at the end of 2021 and management says that it is well funded even though there have been delays to exploration.

Lombard Capital (LCAP) had net liabilities of £2.29m at the end of 2021. The directors are trying to refinance the company.

Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) has incorporated a subsidiary to develop wind and water-based hydrogen production systems.

Evrima (EVA) has replaced corporate adviser Keith Bayley Rogers with Novum Securities.

Kasei Holdings (KASH) says that its chair Jane Thomason Abigail subscribed £150,000 for new shares at 20p each.

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Digital payments business Boku (BOKU) improved its underlying pre-tax profit from $8.8m to $11.8m in 2021. Longer-term, eWallet activity will help to accelerate growth. Monthly average cash balances are running at $50.8m. Boku will be hit by the loss of Russian revenues that were likely to be around $1.5m.

NWF (NWF) says that its fuels business is making a profit of 2p a litre, compared with 1p a litre under normal circumstances. This will boost cash flow, but it is not likely to be repeatable. Full year profit will be much better than expected.

Artisanal Spirits (ART) achieved strong growth in the UK, China and the US last year. Member lifetime value increased from £932 to £1,445, helped by retention rates improving to 77%. The investment in casks of whisky is paying off with the value of the stocks increasing by 26%. Current year revenues are growing by 30%.

EKF Diagnostics (EKF) increased 2021 revenues by 25% to £81.8m. Even stripping out one-off Covid business, the growth was 14%. Pre-tax profit improved from £15.4m to £21.4m. Net cash was £19.6m at the end of 2021, although that was prior to an additional investment in Verici Dx (VRCI). Some of the cash pile is being invested in expanding the fermentation capacity in Indiana. There are plans to buy back up to nine million shares.

Employee benefits services and insurance provider Personal Group (LSE: PGH) beat expectations with 2021 even though pre-tax profit declined from £8.8m to £4.7m as the effects of the original lockdown showed through in the figures. There will also be a delay in the recovery coming through in better profit. The total dividend was reduced from 18.4p a share to 10.6p a share. Net cash is £20.3m.

Brand Architekts (BAR) is making a recommended bid for fully listed InnovaDerma (IDP), which has regularly disappointed investors. The offer is 7p in cash and 0.3818 of a Brand Architekts share for each InnovaDerma share, which values the skincare company at £13.6m. Brand Architekts has a strong balance sheet and will be able to improve the marketing for the combined group’s products.

Windward (WNWD), which supplies AI-based software for real-time marine and shipping information, doubled its customer base last year. There is an increased need for information to stop breaches of sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the ongoing requirement to track sea cargos. Windward is loss-making, but revenues should build up significantly as marine compliance requirements become more stringent. Net cash is $39m and this will provide the funds for Windward to achieve its growth forecasts.

SIPPs admin services provider Curtis Banks (CBP) improved pre-tax profit from £13.4m to £14m in 2021. The growth was held back by delays in technology projects. The dividend is maintained at 9p a share. This was achieved despite a decline in interest income. The higher interest rates will not make a significant difference until 2023. Investment in systems will improve efficiency.

Construction and building software supplier Eleco (ELCO) grew revenues from £25.2m to £27.3m, while pre-tax profit improved from £4.9m to £5.3m. Eleco is transitioning to a SaaS-based model and that will hold back short-term revenues growth. Eleco increased its full year dividend from 0.4p a share to 0.6p a share.

Great Western Mining (GWMO) has completed the road to its Mineral Jackpot properties in Nevada and that will help it to exploit spoil heaps. There are also plans to drill five shallow exploration holes in the area.

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Repair and maintenance services provider Mears (MER) reported a 2021 pre-tax profit of £25.6m on revenues of £878m as local authority repair and maintenance activity returned to normal levels. Mears made a loss in 2020. The order book is worth £2.4bn.

Beacon Rise Holdings (BRS) joined the standard list with nine shareholders owning most of the shares. Prior to flotation £1.07m was raised at 100p a share. The current bid/offer spread is 100p/400p. Beacon Rise Holdings is seeking acquisitions involved in primary and secondary related education technology. This could be software or hardware that facilitates active learning. Pro forma net assets equals the cash of £744,000.

Rockpool Acquisitions (ROC) has terminated its proposed acquisition of Greenview Gas. Another party will acquire the business. Rockpool has received £1.2m from Greenview, which is a small premium on the loan provided plus interest.

Telecoms services provider Toople (TOOP) says first quarter revenues are 9% ahead of the previous fourth quarter, while gross profit is 17% higher.

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