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Quoted Micro 26 September 2022

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 25/09/2022 |

AQUIS STOCK EXCHANGE

Interim results from renewable energy supplier Good Energy (GOOD) show a jump in revenues, but a fall in gross profit because of tough margin comparisons. There was a pre-tax loss, but a tax credit meant that there was a profit after tax. The supply business is hedged for the second half of the year and government measures will minimise the impact of higher prices on consumers. The interim dividend was maintained at 0.75p a share. There was £22.2m in the bank at the end of August 2022 following the sale of generation assets. Investee company Zap-Map is partnering with Nissan, which will provide a three-year Zap-Map premium subscription with each electric vehicle.

Brewer Adnams (ADB) reported a reduced loss in the six months to June 2022 as trading recovered. There was a 47% increase in revenues to £30.1m. Some rural and coastal pubs are still less busy in the evenings. Demand for the Jubilee was not as high as anticipated. There is less demand for cask beer. Retail sites are becoming a hub for online deliveries. Trading will be tough in the second half.

Newbury Racecourse (NYR) increased interim revenues from £5.37m to £7.81m as the race days and attendances recovered. A loss of £336,000 was turned into a pre-tax profit of £217,000 in the latest six-month period. The lodge returned to profit, while the profits of the nursery and property were maintained. The dividend paid in the period accounts for the decline in net assets from £48.6m to £45.7m. Management is cautious about race day revenues in the second half.

CBD products supplier Love Hemp Group (LIFE) has paid its £70,000 fine, but it has not finalised the appointment of a new corporate adviser. Robert Smyth has been appointed as finance director.

Eight Capital Partners (ECP) generated revenues of £58,000 in the first half of 2022. The interim loss means that the company has net liabilities. In the third quarter, the company earned £1m of fees from Zamaz (ZAMZ), which joined the standard list earlier in this month.

Secured Property Developments (SPD) did not have any revenues in 2021 and it is seeking properties to acquire. Net assets fell from £427,000 to £386,000, including £430,000 in cash.

Interim figures from Igraine (KING) show £766,000 in the bank at the end of June 2022. Management is in talks with potential investments but has not found a suitable company.

Metals recycler Majestic Corporation (MCJ) reported its maiden interim results as an Aquis company. Revenues fell 17% to $12.9m, but gross margins increased, and pre-tax profit improved from $766,000 to $980,000. There was $2.7m in the bank at the end of June 2022.

Gunsynd (GUN) has made a further investment in ASX-listed Charger Metals NL. Gunsynd has invested A$175,000 at 50 cents a share, as part of a larger fundraising of A$5.5m. Gunsynd will own 5.12% of Charger Metals.

Gold explorer Tectonic Gold (TTAU) says that drilling at Specimen Hill in Queensland has intersected mineralisation earlier than expected. The drilling programme should recommence in October.

Quetzal Capital (QTZ) says that investee company Tap Global Ltd has exceeded 100,000 registered users on its crypto-fiat exchange service platform. Quetzal Capital has invested £1.5m in Tap Global convertibles and has an option to acquire the company.

LED lighting and tea trading company Gowin New Energy (GWIN) did not generate any revenues in the first half of 2022, and it still has net liabilities. The chief executive is funding working capital requirements

Samarkand Group (SMK) has raised £1.98m via an open offer at 55p a share. The cash will finance further growth.

AIM

Judges Scientific (JDG) reported an 8% increase in first half revenues and pre-tax profit improved from £8.5m to £9.6m. The international spread of activities has helped the company to grow. UK sales declined, but they had held up much better in the corresponding period. The interim dividend was raised from 19p a share to 22p a share. The order book stretches out for 21 weeks. WH Ireland has upgraded its full year pre-tax profit forecast from £22.4m to £26m.

Small business finance provider Time Finance (TIME) has frustrated investors with a lack of profit growth in recent years and 2021-22 was not different. However, the new management team has been focusing on its core products and the benefits of this should start to show through this year. Ther are available bank facilities to increase the loan book. Cenkos forecasts an increase in pre-tax profit from £3m to £3.5m. The shares are trading at a discount to net assets of around 50%.

European trading exchange operator Aquis Exchange (AQX) expects to have a strong second half. Aquis Exchange, which is also quoted on AIM, reported interim revenues 21% ahead at £8.3m, although profit was lower due to investment in the technology business. The Aquis Stock Exchange is profitable. The technology division has won contracts that will boost the second half – as well as 2023 - and full year pre-tax profit is expected to rise from £3.2m to £4.2m. The second half will also benefit from the relaunch of the former UBS dark pool trading operation. This should help to rebuild the company’s market share of equity trading.

Brain health assessment technology Cambridge Cognition (COG) increased interim revenues by 31% to £5.9m and the contracted order book is worth £18.6m. The main growth in revenues came from software, but the additional gross profit was used up by increased investment so there was a smaller pre-tax profit of £16,000. There is £8.6m in the bank so there is enough cash to finance planned investment in the technology.

Delays in demand from the automotive market meant that Strip Tinning (STG) revenues declined in the first half. This meant that the company fell into loss. The longer-term outlook for connectors for batteries for electric vehicles is significant. Price rises have been implemented to cover cost increases. There are potential electric vehicle contracts with an annual value of £47.9m, although not all will be won. This should more than make up for the contract recently terminated.

Credit hire and legal services firm Anexo (ANX) continues to trade strongly with interim revenues 42% ahead at £68.6m with no contribution yet from the VW emissions case. There is a small but increasing contribution from housing disrepair claims. Pre-tax profit improved by 53% to £13.6m. This year, pre-tax profit is expected to improve from £24.1m to £26.6m – a small downgrade.

First half figures from cosmetics supplier Warpaint London (W7L) were well flagged and it had already said that revenues in the eight months to August improved from £27.1m to £37.5m. Demand for the main brands is increasing and as well as new retail clients, existing retailers are rolling out the products in more stores. Full year revenues should be more than one-fifth higher at £61m and pre-tax profit could be more than £9m.

Digital coupons and loyalty technology provider Eagle Eye (EYE) reported an improved full year pre-tax profit of £2.5m. Recurring revenues and new contracts provide a positive start to the new financial year. Eagle Eye is growing internationally with enormous prospects in North America, as well as other markets. Cash generation was higher than the capitalised development costs and cash should increase this year.

Parcel and freight delivery company DX (DX.) has completed its corporate governance investigation and says it will improve its processes. It has also published the 2020-21 accounts, but the shares remain suspended.

MAIN MARKET

Retailer Made.com (MADE) has launched a strategic review 15 months after floating on the Main Market. Consumer spending is declining and there have been supply problems. Freight costs increased from £8.2m in 2020 to £45.3m in 2021 and they remain at high levels. The company has been reducing marketing spend, stocks and capital investment. Even so, more cash is required but a share issue is not viable.

First Tin (1SN) has commenced drilling at the Taronga tin project in Australia. Two of the three holes drilled so far have intersected tin ore mineral.

Sivota (SIV) has published the prospectus for the acquisition of digital experience software developer Apester Ltd. The acquisition of the Israel-based company will be completed and Sivota shares readmitted on 26 September.

Trading in the shares of shell company More Acquisitions (TMOR) has been suspended ahead of the acquisition of Megasteel, which is a distributor of steel for concrete. The payment will be between 2.2 billion and 2.8 billion shares at 2.25p each, which is more than double the market price. Megasteel has been trading for more than three decades. Last year’s pre-tax profit was £3m.

Icon Labs (ICON) creditors have agreed a CVA, and shareholders passed the relevant resolutions at a general meeting.

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