AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE
Aquis Exchange (AQX) has launched Aquis Equinox, which is a regulated market-grade 24/7 matching engine. Rival exchange models need to be shut down to perform resets and maintenance. Aquis Equinox will be offered via the cloud or on-premise. Chairman Glenn Collinson bought 7,500 shares at 400p each and 5,000 shares at 412p each. Chief executive Alasdair Haynes acquired 10,000 shares at 390p each.
Marula Mining (MARU) has observed high grade graphite mineralisation at Nyorinyori project in Tanzania. Results from sampling are expected in the second quarter of 2023. There have also been two major graphite prospects observed at the Bagamoyo project. Further mining licences could be added to the project. Site works at the 75%-owned Kinusi copper project are just starting and there are plans to install a copper processing plant. Brahma Finance has converted £265,000 of loan notes at 2p a share.
Invinity Energy Systems (IES) says it has delivered more than 11.4 MWh of batteries so far in 2023. There are more batteries due to be delivered to projects in Australia and California.
Gunsynd (GUN) reported a realised and unrealised loss of £305,000 in the six months to January 2023. Net assets were £3.28m, including cash of £304,000.
RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) increased revenues by 92% in the three months to March 2023.
NFT Investments (NFT) says that its crypto assets are worth 2.77p a share at 2 April. The majority is in Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Walls and Futures REIT (WAFR) has sold Pax Homes to chief executive Joe McTaggart for £1. Pax Homes has acquired IP by issuing Walls and Futures REIT 100,000 5% preference shares redeemable on 1 April 2029. This IP was valued at £118,000.
Decentralised finance business incubator AQRU (AQRU) lost £5.94m last year and net assets fell from £12.2m to £6.56m by the end of October 2022. That includes cash of £4.84m. That was before the £2.3m invested in Streaks Gaming. The annualised cost base has been reduced by two-thirds.
TruSpine Technologies (TSP) has terminated a consultancy agreement with a company that provided the services of Frank Boehm, who was the inventor of some of the company’s spinal stabilisation systems technology. He is challenging the company’s ownership of the IP.
Several SunNOx Group (SNOX) shareholders have entered into option agreements with RemNOx over 24 million shares at 30p each. The option lasts until 29 September. That could take the RemNOx stake to 29.8%.
KR1 (KR1) says NAV was 68.22p a share at the end of February 2023, up from 30.6p a share at the end of June 2022.
Wishbone Gold (WSBN) says that it appears that the Red Setter project is a potential analogue of the 26 million plus ounce Telfer deposit 15kn north east of the project.
Oberon Investments (OBE) is raising £450,000 at 3.5p a share.
Six Capital for Colleagues (CFCP) directors and people closely associated with them have bought a total of 709,064 shares.
Trading in the shares of S-Ventures (SVEN) has been suspended because its accounts have not been published.
Reading-based Ocean Harvest Technology Group (OHT) joined AIM last week. The company produces ingredients for animal feed using seaweed. Although the business started in Ireland, the main trading business is in Vietnam. The brand name of the products is OceanFeed and there are different products for different animals. Management believes it has spent €20m on developing and commercialising these ingredient products. A placing raised £6m, or £4.5m after expenses, at 16p. That valued the company at £20.1m. In 2022, revenues grew from €2m to €3m and the loss increased from €1.46m to €2.9m.
Fadel Partners Inc (FADL) joined AIM last week and raised £7.55m at 144p a share. It provides rights and royalty management and brand compliance services. There is £4.6m set aside for boosting sales and marketing and services supporting them. There will also be funding for research and development.
Franchise Brands (FRAN) is making its largest ever acquisition and raised £92m from a share placing at 180p. This will help to finance the £200m purchase price for Pirtek Europe, plus working capital adjustment of £12.2m. Pirtek Europe provides on-site hydraulic hose replacement and other services through 213 service centres and 838 mobile service vans. There are 70 franchisees in eight countries and the company has the right to enter eight other European countries. Franchise Brands will have operations in ten countries. Forecast 2023 group revenues are £155m or £168m on a pro forma basis. Forecast 2023 group EBITDA is £29m.
Restaurants operator Fulham Shore (FUL) is recommending a 14.15p a share cash bid by Tokyo-based TORIDOLL Holdings. TThe bidder has revenues of around £1bn and already has European interests. It works with specialist private equity firm Capdesia in Europe. The takeover will enable greater expansion of the Franco Manca and The Real Greek brands.
Logistics firm Xpediator (XPD) has recommended the 42p a share bid that was initially proposed last year. The shareholders will also receive a special dividend of 2p a share.
Floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group (LIKE) continues to gain share in a tough market. First quarter revenues were 19.7% higher. Last April’s acquisition Delta Carpets was not included in the comparative period, but it is not a big business. Higher prices helped but there was significant underlying growth.
Linear generator technology developer Libertine Holdings (LIB) shares declined after management revealed delays in development work that mean that 2022-23 revenues could be up to £400,000 lower than the expected £1.32m.
Saietta Group (SED) won the largest ever order for its eDrive systems. The £5m order is for 3,000 bespoke systems based on the AFT140 motor from Nasdaq-listed urban delivery vehicles manufacturer AYRO. Saietta is exclusive supplier for the Vanish vehicle launched in February. First deliveries will be in the autumn and the full number delivered by the end of 2024.
Tungsten West (TUN) is restructuring the operations of its Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in Devon. Costs will be cut, and surplus assets sold. Concentrate already on the site will be sold. Project funding is being discussed. A convertible note issue raised £7m and an open offer could raise up to £2m.
Block Energy (BLOE) has improved its financial position, and the salary sacrifice scheme started in April 2020 has come to an end. Cash generation in building from the WR-B01Za, which is producing 274 barrels of oil/day. There is optimism about further wells.
World Chess (CHSS) has been seeking to join the stockmarket since the end of 2019, when the business was starting to build up. It has arrived on the standard list having raised £3.04m at 6.25p a share. The share price ended the first day of trading at 6.5p (5p/8p). There were no trades reported. World Chess has the commercial rights to chess governing body FIDE’s online chess gaming platform, the Grand Prix series, the Candidates Tournament and the FIDE World Chess Championship. The Russia-based business was sold last year.
Aura Renewable Acquisitions (ARA) got had £809,000 in cash following a £236,000 loss in 2022 – mainly down to the expenses of the flotation. That means there is around 8p a share in cash, which is a premium to the market price. The flotation price was 10p. Cash shell Aura Renewable Acquisitions is still considering its first acquisition. The directors are not taking any fees and the ongoing expenses are minimal.
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