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Quoted Micro 18 July 2022

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 10/07/2022 |

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne (HYDP) increased interim revenues by 882% to £1.82m and this enabled a move from a loss of £383,000 to a pre-tax profit of £22,277. There are cash and deposits of £1.8m.

Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has announced a proposed joint venture with AIM-quoted Powerhouse Energy (PHE) in Tipperary, Ireland. This will be a 50/50 joint venture and it will build a plant on a site leased by Trifol Resources. Negotiations concerning the site should be completed over the coming months. Electron Technologies BV has completed the first design phase for the company’s thermal processing system.

AQRU (AQRU) has launched ByBrix in partnership with Blimp Technologies Inc. This new business is involved in the crypto-mortgage market. Blimp has expertise in embedding blockchain technology in the real estate market.

Goodbody Health Inc (GDBY) intends to consolidate ten existing shares into one new share.

Reflexivity Research Ltd has increased its stake in KR1 (KR1) from 7.6% to 20.3%. This relates to a performance fee of £30.1m.

IPGL Ltd, which is associated with Chapel Down Group (CDGP) non-exec Samantha Wren, has acquired 250,000 shares in the wine maker at 19.2795p each. Cadence Minerals (KDNC) chief executive Kiran Morzaria bought 100,558 shares at 9.9p each. This takes his stake to 1.43 million shares. Invinity Energy Systems (IES) executive director Jonathan Marren has acquired 44,101 shares in the battery storage technology developer at 45.35p a share.

Oscillate (LON: MUSH) non-exec Narisha Ragoonanthun has stepped down from the board.

Lift Global Ventures (LFT) has appointed Optiva Securities as corporate adviser. The accounting reference date is changed from May to June.

EPE Special Opportunities Ltd (EO.P) had net assets of 283.05p a share at the end of June 2022.

AIM

Capital equipment manufacturer Mpac Group (MPAC) warned that full year profit will be significantly below expectations. Interim revenues are better than last year, and the order book is higher. However, difficulties sourcing components and delays to the timing of orders have hampered progress. The longer lead times for components and inflationary pressures will continue for the rest of the year. There was cash of £14.5m at the end of 2021, which has enabled investment in inventories. The interims will be published on 8 September.

CMO Group (CMO) slumped to 35p after a profit warning, making it the worst AIM performer of the week. Last year’s placing price was at 132p. The online retailer of building products says revenues in the 27 weeks to June 2022 are 10% ahead, or 2% higher like-for-like. Full year guidance is that 2022 revenues will increase from £76.3m to at least £86m, but previously £95.5m was expected. The EBITDA estimate has been reduced from £5.55m to around last year’s level of £3.7m. Supply problems have increased costs and trading is getting tougher.

TransGlobe Energy Corporation (TGL) is merging with fully listed VAALCO Energy (EGY) to create an Africa-focused exploration and production company. VAALCO is offering 0.6727 of one share for each TransGlobe share. TransGlobe shareholders will own 45.5% of the enlarged group. The transaction is valued at $307m.

A positive first half trading statement from international payments services provider Cornerstone FS (CSFS) initially triggered a bounce back in the share price, but it fell back when the chief executive resigned.

Embedded computer boards supplier Concurrent Technologies (CNC) has received a new order from a global medical technology company. The initial order is worth $2.2m in the first year of product shipments and there should be orders for several years. This further diversifies the customer base away from defence, which was 70% of the revenues of £20.5m in 2021.

Angle (AGL) has raised £20m at 80p a share. The cash will be used to take full advantage of the recent FDA approval for the use of its Parsortix diagnostic technology in harvesting breast cancer cells for analysis. Discussions are ongoing with medtech and pharma companies. The pharma services operation will be expanded, and laboratory developed tests launched. The liquid biopsy market could be worth up to $100bn in the US.

A £3.75m fundraising at 0.5p a share by EQTEC (LON: EQT) was not well received by the market and the share price fell below the offer price. EQTEC raised more than the minimum of £3m that it was seeking. The cash will fund wase to energy projects, including a 9.9Mwe advanced gasification technology facility and 2MW anaerobic plant at Deeside. EQTEC has to invest £2.3m to gain a 32% stake in the company owning the project.

Ironveld (IRON) has raised £4m at 0.3p a share to finance the acquisition and refurbishment of Ferrochrome Furnaces Ltd and may raise up to £1m more. Directors’ loans and fees of £351,000 has been capitalised. Management has raised the cash because it is not certain that Grosvenor Resources will be able to complete the promised cash injection. Shareholder approval is required at a general meeting on 1 August.

Portmeirion (PMP) says interim revenues were 5% ahead at £45m, but it remains cautious about the full year. Shipping costs are reducing, although other costs have risen.

Gaming machine monitors and consoles supplier Quixant (QXT) has increased order intake by more than expected. Interim revenues are 46% ahead at $53.3m. The main growth is in the gaming sector, although the screens business grew by 21%.

Regional legal firm consolidator Knights Group Holdings (KGH) reported full year figures in line with expectations. Revenues were 22% higher at £125.6m, although earnings per share fell nearly 6% to 17.23p because more shares are in issue.

Plant-based polymers developer Itaconix (ITX) increased interim revenues by 124% to $3m. Revenues trebled from cleaning products using the company’s plant-based ingredients, but beauty and hygiene revenues declined due to lower order volumes. There was $900,000 of net cash at the end of June 2022.

MAIN MARKET

Property investor Town Centre Securities (TOWN) is selling its stake in YourParkingSpace app for up to £20.7m. The initial payment is £9.6m with a further £7.5m payable over the next two years. There could be up to £3.6m more payable depending on performance in the 14 months after acquisition. The book value of the stake was £1.47m. A loan of £1.95m will be repaid. A tender offer to acquire four million shares at 185p each has been launched. The tender is well below NAV. Tender forms have to be received by 8 August.

BATM (BVC) has secured a deal with CityFibre, which will pilot the Edgility platform with selected partners. This could lead to a national roll-out. CityFibre wants to increase its fibre coverage to 285 cities in the UK.

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