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Quoted Micro 29 April 2024

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 28/04/2024 |


Marula Mining (MARU) says its partner NyoriGreen Mining was granted eight new graphite mining licences in the Nyorinyori and NyoriGreen projects in Tanzania. The licences last for seven years. One licence application is outstanding. Trading in the shares has commenced on the A2X stock exchange in South Africa.

Watchstone Group (WTG) had cash of £6.5m at the end of March 2024, which is an £800,000 reduction over three months. Net assets were 14p/share at the end of 2023, so this will be slightly lower now. Management is seeking to conclude its remaining litigation and return cash to shareholders.  It can appeal the case it lost against PwC.

Ormonde Mining (ORM) investee company TRU Precious Metals, which is a gold and copper explorer in Newfoundland, will carry out an exploration programme at the Golden Rose project.  TRU still has C$2.3m in cash and this will fund the programme. The timing of drilling is being decided.

Kasei Digital Assets (KASH) has increased its NAV to £3.68m at the end of March 2024 having closed its position in GBTC after the announcement of spot bitcoin ETFs and reinvested some of the cash in spot bitcoin.

Ora Technology (ORA) reported a £699,000 cash outflow from operations in the six months to January 2024. The company is developing a digital carbon trading platform. There was £314,000 of cash left at the end of January 2024.

EDX Medical Group (EDX) is eligible for the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange and trading will start on the segment on 29 April.

Hydrogen Future Industries (HFI) withdrew resolution four from its AGM. This was designed to gain shareholder approval for the 2024 incentive plan. Some shareholders were against the plan. Timothy Blake, who owns one-quarter of the company, has become chief executive but he will not be on the board. Fungai Ndoro has left the board.

Vinanz Ltd (BTC) has installed the first ten S21 Bitmain Antminer 200 Terahash/second miners. These are some of the fastest miners in the world.  More of these machines will be acquired.

Equipmake Holdings (EQIP) has appointed Tony Ratcliffe as finance director, replacing Steven McGillivray.

Investment Evolution (IEC) has raised £160,000 at 20p/share. This will fund US consumer loans while the company makes progress with issuing its bonds.

Supernova Digital Assets (SOL) non-exec bought six million shares at 0.19p each. Saral Global VCC – Aftermarket Investments cut its stake from 11.5% to 10.4%.

Winforton Investments increased its stake in Good Life (GDLF) from 17.9% to 18.6%. Odd Asset Management raised its stake in skin treatments developer Incathera (INC) from 11.8% to 16.4%. Harry Hyman has raised his stake in Oberon Investments (OBE) from 4.98% to  5.29%. Peter Mills has taken a stake in Oscillate (MUSH) that is just above the 3% reporting level. Barry Hersh has reduced his shareholding in Global Connectivity (GCON) from 7.98% to 6.97%.


In the year to January 2024, geospatial data company 1Spatial (SPA) improved underlying pre-tax profit from £1.8m to £2.1m. The SaaS-based products are at an early stage of commercialisation, and it will take time for growth in business to show through in recognised revenues. The 1Streetworks product has already been taken up by UK Power Networks. The company generates cash from operations, but this did not cover capitalised development spending, which meant that 1Spatial’s net cash was reduced to £1.1m. Capital spending should have peaked. This year there should be enough cash generated to cover the development spending.

US-based uranium and critical minerals producer Energy Fuels is offering 0.026 of a share and an unfranked dividend of A$0.065 for each Base Resources (BSE) share. That is currently equivalent to A$0.302/share. This is a recommended bid and values Base Resources at A$375m. Two major shareholders owning 51.3% in total intend to support the bid. This will help to fund the development of Base Resources’ Toliara rare earth project in Madagascar.

Filtronic (FTC) has secured a £15.8m order for E-band amplifiers from SpaceX, which is part of a five-year strategic partnership. SpaceX is receiving warrants over up to 10% of the telecommunications technology developer. The first tranche is exercisable when £30m of orders have been made for E-band amplifiers and the second when there is a similar level of orders for other products. This sparked an upgrade by Cavendish, which raised its 2023-24 pre-tax profit forecast by one-third to £3.3m and the 2024-25 figure by 180% to £6.4m.

Donald McGarva is stepping down as chief executive of Aferian (AFRN) and leave the video streaming technology developer in October. This follows a trading statement revealing that 2023-24 revenues and EBITDA would be at the lower end of the previously suggested ranges of $47m-$48m and $1.6m-$2.6m respectively. There are delays in purchases of Amino video streaming devices. Costs have already been reduced and a further $3m will be cut. Management hopes to extend the borrowing facility of $16.5m that matures in November.

Vehicles provider for film and TV productions Facilities by ADF (ADF) was hit by the writers’ strike in 2023 and pre-tax profit fell from £4.8m to £900,000. Capital spending was delayed, although net debt increased to £12.9m. There has been a slow start to 2024 as schedules are rearranged. Pre-tax profit could still bounce back to £5m this year.

Audio products supplier Focusrite (TUNE) had already warned that the interims would be weak. In the six months to February 2024, revenues fell from £86.2m to £76.9m and pre-tax profit slipped from £10.9m to £3.4m. Working capital movements led to a large cash outflow so net debt increased to £27.3m, but that should partly unwind in the second half. The decline was in content creation equipment, whereas there was growth in revenues in audio reproduction equipment used for live events.

Sanderson Design Group (SDG) was boosted by growth in high margin brand licencing revenues and that helped to offset the decline in brand sales. Morris & Co was the only brand that did not contract during the year to January 2024. In 2023-24, revenues dipped from £112m to £108.6m and pre-tax profit edged down from £12.6m to £12.2m. North America was the bright spot. Costs have been reduced in the manufacturing operations. Net cash is £16.3m. Pre-tax profit is likely to be flat this year as most markets remain difficult.

Destiny Pharma (DEST) is exploring strategic options for post-surgical infection prevention treatment XF-73, including licensing and securing finance for the phase 3 trial. Potential partners have been put off by the cost of the phase 3 trial and management is reducing the planned cost. There was cash of £6.4m at the end of 2023 and that should last until early 2025.

i3 Energy (I3E) has published annual production guidance of 18,000-19,000 barrels of oil equivalent/day. Capital expenditure is expected to be $50.9m in 2024 and this means that production should be much higher at the end of year. Earnings are set to fall from £11.8m to £4m because of a decline in the gas price – although a recovery is expected. The annual dividend will be lower at 1.026p/share. WH Ireland increased its fair value estimate from 16.2p/share to 21.2p/share.

Chrysalis Investments has issued draft particulars of a claim against Revolution Beauty (REVB) that amounts to £39m plus additional consequential loss of £6.2m. This claim has not yet been filed with the court and relates to buying shares in the company when it joined AIM in July 2021. Chrysalis Investments was unsatisfied with the response it had got from the cosmetics supplier.

Musical instruments retailer Gear4Music (G4M) is benefiting from a focus on margins and reducing net debt. UK sales continue to grow, but they have declined in the rest of the world. Gear4Music returned to profit in the year to March 2024 and pre-tax profit is estimated at £1.4m and it could double next year. Net debt nearly halved to £7.3m. Chief executive Andrew Wass will become executive chairman and Gareth Bevan will take over his previous role.

Trellus Health (TRLS), which develops programmes for managing chronic conditions, still had net cash of $12.2m at the end of 2023 and this should last into the middle of 2025. Revenues were modest at £19,000, but a large-scale pilot was signed with United Healthcare earlier this year and patients are being enrolled. This and other contracts will initially generate modest revenues, but they are important in proving the effectiveness of the company’s technology.

MBU Capital is requisitioning a general meeting at metallurgical coal miner Bens Creek (BEN). It holds 22.1% of the company and wants the general meeting to discuss operational and strategic challenges. The Chapter 11 process continues to be progressed by the US subsidiaries of Bens Creek.


First Tin (1SN) has updated the mineral resource estimate for the Tellerhauser tin project in Germany. Indicated and inferred tin mineral resource has risen by 35% to 138,600 tonnes. Total indicated tin is 37% higher at 45,000 tonnes. Test work at the Taronga in project in Australia indicates improving recovery levels.

Life sciences and aerospace components supplier Carclo (LON: CAR) had a particularly strong fourth quarter, which reflects the focus on improving margins and the financial status of the business. The benefits of the restructuring are starting to show through. Net debt fell from £34.3m to £30.4m at the end of March 2024. The current focus is the US restructuring, and this will benefit profitability this year.

Seraphim Space Investment Trust (SSIT) has sold its early-stage investments to new venture fund Seraphim Space Ventures II, which has the same manager, in return for an investment in the new vehicle. The portfolio cost £3.5m and is valued at £3.8m. That is 1.7% of the NAV at the end of 2023.

Chill Brands (CHLL) has suspended chief executive Callum Sommerton because of allegations about the misuse of inside information. Fieldfisher will carry out an investigation.

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