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Quoted Micro 24 June 2024

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 24/06/2024 |

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Brewer Daniel Thwaites (THW) increased full year revenues by 6% to £115.5m. The main growth was in the pubs and inns division. Operating profit before property disposals improved 4% to £11.3m. The interim dividend was raised from 0.75p/share to 0.85p/share. Net debt increased from £66.7m to £70.8m at the end of March 2024. The pension surplus rose to £34.9m.

Adnams (ADB) is outperforming the market in terms of beer sales and volumes. Funding plans are still being assessed.

Marula Mining (MARU) is seeking admission to the Growth Enterprise Market Segment of the Nairobi Securities Exchange in July. This will provide access to institutional investors in Kenya. Initial spodumene sales of 500 tonnes have been made from the Blesberg site. The export sales process will complete in the next four weeks. Minimum sales target of 10,000 tonnes should be achieved for 2024. Other buy-products could be sold later in the year.

Cooks Coffee (COOK) says the Esquires store sales increased by 24% in the first ten weeks of the financial year. The rate of growth is faster in the UK than in Ireland, although like-for like growth was faster in Ireland.

At the end of 2023, Evrima (EVA) had net assets of £1.02m, down from £1.77m at the end of 2022. Evrima is ready to capitalise on natural resources opportunities.

Tap Global Group (TAP) has launched its US service via its joint venture with Zero Hash. This operates a B2B2C crypto and stablecoin infrastructure platform and the US users will get access to a core suite of services to trade bitcoin and other digital assets.

EDX Medical (EDX) is launching comprehensive hereditary germline cancer testing products and services. These will predict if family members are more at risk of contracting cancer. The first test identifies mutations in 70 genes associated with cancers.

Invinity Energy Systems (IES) has secured the sale of a 4.4MWh vanadium flow battery to PowerFlex in the US and it will help to underpin the 2024 forecast revenues of £37.3m.  The deal is for California where there is significant demand for storage batteries.

The Mustang Energy acquisition of Cykel AI (LON: CYK) should complete on 26 June.

Health food company Essentially Group (ESSN) has received approval for the listing of $25m of 12% fixed rate notes 2027 on the Vienna MTF. This cash will fund capital investment.

EPE Special Opportunities (EO.P) had net assets of 354.89p/share.

Skin treatments developer Incanthera (INC) has completed the recent fundraising at 15p/share. Unicorn Asset Management has taken a 11.4% stake.

TruSpine Technologies (TSP) chairman Geoffrey Miller has increased his stake from 8.24% to 9.22%. Another shareholder transferred 1.5 million shares at 1.5p each.

All Things Considered (ATC) has appointed Allenby as corporate adviser and broker.

AIM

Medical technology company AOTI Inc (LON: AOTI) has developed products that help to heal wounds by focusing oxygen on chronic wounds. These can include diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers. It joined AIM last Tuesday and raised £19.5m at 132p/share, but £6m of that went on expenses. There were also shares sold by existing investors. The share price ended at 136p. Revenues are growing at an annual rate of 38% and reached $43.9m in 2023.

Market research company YouGov (YOU) says sales bookings have been lower than expected since the interims were reported. Full year revenues will be approximately £324m-£327m and underlying operating profit will be £41m-£44m. There is reduced demand for fast-turnaround research. There will also be a change in revenue recognition for consumer panel services that delays some revenue into next year.

Longboat Energy (LBE) is selling its assets in Norway for $2.5m and the assumption of $8,5m of debt by the acquirer. This should save $1.25m in costs in 2025. The cash will be invested in the main asset, which is the 52.5% owned Kertang gas prospect, offshore Sarawak. A farm out process will be conducted in the second half of 2024. An updated competent person report is due at the end of the month. Chair elect James Menzies has bought one million shares at 9.75p each.

Full year results from Pennant International (PEN) achieved the expected recovery in 2023 pre-tax profit to £1.3m. Higher software income has helped margins to improve. The Gen 3.0 software launch this year has already led to a major contract gain. There is strong activity in the defence sector, but the timing of business is uncertain so a dip in pre-tax profit to £1.2m is forecast for this year.

There is a rival to the Checkit (CKT) indicative offer for Crimson Tide (TIDE), which has been rejected despite an increase in the bid from seven shares to nine shares for each Crimson Tide share. Former AIM company Ideagen has offered 312p/share for Crimson Tide, which is being considered.

Training services provider Mind Gym (MIND) reported an 18% decline in revenues and a slump into loss in the year to March 2024 and revenues are expected to continue to decline this year. Clients are putting off spending on developing the skills of employees. There was a loss of £12.1m after exceptional costs of £8.9m. There was a £6.6m write down on digital assets, restructuring costs of £1.8m and a £500,000 impairment of a US office lease. At the end of March 2024, cash was £1.4m. Liberum expects the underlying loss will be reduced from £3.3m to £1.7m in 2024-25. The new chief executive is updating strategy through further productisation of services.

Kibo Energy (KIBO) has simplified its restructuring plan. It is raising £340,000 at 0.01p each and creditors will convert £274,000 at the same share price. This replaces the £500,000 placing at 0.015p/share. Cobus van der Merwe will become an executive director and Clive Roberts a non-exec. Louis Coetzee is leaving the board.

Concurrent Technologies (CNC) has won its largest single contract worth $4.5m. The company will supply multiple standard plug-in cards to a major US defence and aerospace contractor. The lifetime value of the contract could be $40m. The income should begin this year, but the full benefit will come through in the future.

Crossword Cybersecurity (CCS) has signed a partnership to jointly market its Rizikon supply chain cyber platform. The deal is with a UK subsidiary of a global aerospace and security company. The focus is sub-sectors within the UK critical national infrastructure market. There is potential to generate several million pounds over the next few years.

Active Energy Group (AEG) dived because it intends to leave AIM and go into liquidation. There is no suitable offer for the CoalSwitch assets, but some discussions continue. Even so, shareholders are unlikely to get anything from the liquidation. Trading in the shares will be suspended on 1 July because the 2023 accounts will not be ready. Assuming the general meeting agrees to the proposals the AIM quotation will end on 23 July.

R&Q Insurance Holdings (RQIH) says that it intends to accept the alternative proposal from the buyer of Accredited. This means that the company will go into liquidation.

Geological information publisher Getech (GTC) reported a rise in loss from £3.1m to £3.6m in 2024. Getech has refocused on its core business because it does not have the financial strength to develop hydrogen products. The first four months trading in 2024 has improved by 17%, but the cash outflow needs to be stemmed. There was £400,000 in cash at the end of 2023, supplemented by a property sale in January raising £650,000. There is another property valued at £850,000. Cavendish believes Getech could break even this year.

Seed Innovations (SEED) has £3.9m in cash following the special dividend payment. The main investments are in Juvenescence, Avextra and Clean Food Group, all of which are biotech or cannabis related businesses. There are seven investments with valuations with two written down to nil.

MAIN MARKET

Chamberlin’s financial failure has provided an acquisition opportunity for Castings (CGS) which has paid £400,000 for the assets and inventory of Russell Ductile Castings. That is well below the previous book value. The foundry is based in Scunthorpe, where there is a 25-year lease, and it makes castings from 10kg to 7,000kg in iron and 10kg to 1,000kg in steel. Management believes they can maintain the customers, which diversify the business into new sectors making it less dependent on heavy trucks.

Advanced Energy Industries Inc has decided not to bid for power controllers supplier XP Power (XPP).

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