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Quoted Micro 17 June 2024

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 16/06/2024 |

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Samarkand (SMK) has sold its probiotic brand of Probio7 for £1.3m with an initial cash payment of £1.1m. This will provide working capital for the company’s other healthcare brands. Unsecured loans made by the directors to finance the acquisition of Optimised Energetics will be repaid.

Skin treatments developer Incanthera (INC) has moved up to the Apex segment following its recent rise in valuation. The appointment of John Howes as an additional independent non-executive director has also enabled the switch.

OTAQ (OTAQ) has won a contract with Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency for two Live Plankton Analysis System (LPAS) units to be installed and generate rental income until the end of 2024. One will be deployed with a seafood producer that has encountered Harmful Algae Bloom events. The system can identify the algae.

Oberon Investment (OBE) improved revenues by more than 50% in the year to March 2024 with strong financial planning income. The capital markets division had a tougher time, but activity levels are improving. Additional teams were added to the business, and they will generate additional revenues in 2024-25. Like-for-like growth could be more than 30% this year. There could be potential to spin-off fintech software business Logic.

Metals recycling company Majestic Corporation (MCJ) increased 2023 revenues by one-quarter to $29.4m. Pre-tax profit is 149% higher at $1m. There was cash of $653,000 at the end of 2023. The company is expanding into solar and battery materials.

Global Connectivity (GCON) 15%-owned associate Rural Broadband Solutions increased its stake in Voneus from 38% to 41% following the latest capital injection of £18m. The book value of the original 25% stake had been valued at 1.8p/share, so it is much higher now.

Kasei Digital Assets (KASH) has invested $100,000 into Rule 110 Inc for its seed and strategic funding round for the launch of the RealityNet protocol. This protocol enables users to rent out unused computing resources on their devices to the rest of the network.

Phoenix Digital Assets (PNIX) says 662.5 million shares were tendered by the close of the offer, but 625 million shares were accepted at a cost of £33.7m (5.39p each).

Tunch Kashif has reduced his stake in ChallengerX (CXS) from 17.9% to 6.9%. Flash Corp Technologies sold nearly all its 6.82% shareholding. Kenneth Jolly has taken a 4.73% stake. Geoffrey Miller has reduced his stake in TruSpine Technologies (TSP) from 9.03% to 8.24%. AIM-quoted Vela Technologies (VELA) has reduced its stake from 4.3% to 3.92%. Kevin Hastings has a 3.08% stake in Marula Mining (MARU). James and Alexandra Pace have a 3.01% stake in brewer Shepherd Neame (SHEP).

AIM

Linear generator technology developer Libertine Holdings (LIB) has terminated the formal sales process because it does not believe that there will be an offer by mid-June. There is still the prospect of a £2m cash injection at 2.1p/share from two Middle East investors. One of the investments would last the company until September and the full amount of money should last until June next year. There are still conditions that need to be satisfied and if it does not happen in the next couple of weeks then the quotation may be cancelled, and the business wound down.

R&Q Insurance Holdings (RQIH) is still trying to complete the sale of its Accredited business. Costs are mounting up as talks continue with regulator and other parties and it is hampering the overall business. This has hit the financial stability of the business. There could be an alternative to the original Accredited deal, but that involves the liquidation of the holding company. Slater Investments has reduced its stake from 11.7% to 10.3%.

NWF (NWF) says that 2023-24 trading is in line with expectations. Fuels volumes improved even though there was a mild winter. Margins did fall back. Food distribution was the strongest performer even though opening costs for the new facility held back the profit contribution. Feed volumes fell. Net cash was £10m at the end of May 2024.

Insurance businesses investor BP Marsh (BPM) has launched a new share buyback programme of up to £1m following annual results. In the year to January 2024, pre-tax profit improved from £27.6m to £43.6m. This was predominantly due to disposals of stakes in Kentro Capital and Paladin Holdings. There was £40.4m in cash, plus £49.5m of assets that were sold after the year-end, at the end of January 2024. NAV increased by 102.8p/share to 629p/share.

Landore Resources (LND) has raised £3.68m at 2.4p/share with strategic investor Luso Global Mining, a subsidiary of Mota-Engil, subscribing £1m. Alexander Shaw, who is the boss of the new investor will become chief executive of Landore Resources. The cash will fund drilling at the BAM gold project at Junior Lake in northwestern Ontario.

Helium One Global (HE1) has raised £8m at 0.5p/share. This will finance the deepening of Itumbula West-1well and the extended well test, as well as the development of the helium project in Tanzania. The extended well test should start in the third quarter.

Deltic Energy (DELT) has been unable to find a partner for the Pensacola project in the North Sea. This means that Deltic Energy cannot finance its share of the development costs and it is withdrawing from the licence and transferring its 30% share to Shell and ONE-Dyas. Canaccord Genuity has reduced its NPV10 target price to 100p.

The latest drilling results for the Basin lithium project means that Bradda Head Lithium (BHL) is nearer to receiving a significant royalty payment from the LRC. The latest mineral resource estimate is being calculated and it should be much higher than the current figure of 1.08MT of LCE. The figure could be tripled in the next few weeks.

Kibo Energy (KIBO) is not going ahead with last week’s planned restructuring and new strategy after consultation with shareholders. Not all the board changes will be made, and Kibo Energy is likely to focus more on oil and gas.

MAIN MARKET

The current board of Tirupati Graphite (TGR) managed to see off the requisitioners at the general meeting. It won all the resolutions by gaining around 48 million votes compared with around 38 million for its opponents. Michael Lynch-Bell has been appointed as chairman. This does not change the company’s financial predicament, which will have to be addressed before the company focuses on its “long-term ambition of providing 8% of the world’s global flake graphite demand by 2030”.

Castings (CGS) will not be able to maintain the strong performance of last year. In the year to March 2024, underlying pre-tax profit improved from £16.7m to £21.3m. Demand for heavy trucks has passed its peak and that will hit volumes. There can be a cyclicality to the demand and Castings will continue to be a strong cash generator. There will be a 7p/share special dividend and the shares go ex-dividend on 20 June. The normal final dividend of 14.19p/share will be paid one month later.

Palace Capital (PCA) is launching a tender offer for shares at 250p each. It will spend up to £21.7m.

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SMALL CAP AWARDS 2024

Company of the year

IQGeo (IQG)

Aquis company of the year

Equipmake

IPO of the year

Onward Opportunities (ONWD)

ESG of the year

Eden Research (EDEN)

Transaction of the year

Journeo (JNEO) – MultiQ acquisition

Technology company of the year

Kooth (KOO)

Dividend hero/ Investor relations success

Cohort (CHRT)

Diversity, inclusivity and engagement

TPXimpact (TPX)

Executive director of the year

Chris Smith – McBride

Analyst of the year

Charles Hall – Peel Hunt

Broker of the year

Cavendish Capital Markets

Lifetime achievement

David Stirling

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