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Quoted Micro 5 September 2022

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 04/09/2022 |

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Cancer treatments developer Incanthera (INC) says that commercial discussions continue for skin cancer treatment Sol and there is potential for a Sol-based product range. There is still £295,000 of cash in the balance sheet at the end of March 2022. The Actino-Pro brand has been trademarked. There was a cash outflow from operations of £660,000 in the previous 12 months. Two directors have provided a loan facility of £190,000, of which £50,000 has been drawn. The directors have waived their remuneration and a payment to UOB has been deferred. Management believes that Incanthera will have enough finance until the fourth quarter of 2023. Potential partners could take advantage of the lack of cash when doing a deal.

S-Ventures (SVEN) has acquired Lizza, a wellness and free-from food brand, from Peter Cremer Holding. The Hamburg-based agricultural business is subscribing £2m for shares in S-Ventures at 70p each. The share price has never traded at that level. Lizza produces pasta and breads and provides S-Ventures with a base in the German market. Revenues were €4.5m in 2021. The initial cost of the deal is €1, but there is an earn-out based on a share of profit over ten years up to a maximum total of €2.366m.

Healthcare IT developer DXS International (DXSP) is reviewing its growth plans for the next 24 months. The new strategy will be designed accelerate growth and is likely to require additional funds. They will probably be raised through a share issue and that appears to have worried investors.

KR1 (KR1) has invested $300,000 in RedStone Finance, as part of a $7m fundraising. KR1 participated in the previous financing round. RedStone is developing RedStone Oracles, a provider of data feeds for crypto assets, and smart contract platform provider Warp Contracts.

Rent guarantee service provider RentGuarantor Holdings (RGG) published interim results showing a jump in revenues from £91,000 to £170,000. Higher admin expenses meant that the loss increased from £258,000 to £353,000. Revenues continued to improve in July and August.

Tectonic Gold (TTAU) says 40%-owned Whale Head Minerals has received a mining permit for its near-production minerals sands operation, which has an estimated NPV of £150m. Tectonic Gold has agreed to transfer a 30% stake to Whale Head Minerals’ BEE partners, which have mining expertise, and it will retain a non-diluting interest of 10%.

Invinity Energy Systems (IES) says contract manufacturer Baojia has shipped 1.1MWh of Invinity batteries from its factory in China designed for the project with Elemental Energy in Canada. Final assembly and testing will be done by Invinity Energy Systems at its factory before delivery.

TECC Capital (TEC) has invested a further £200,000 in convertible loan notes in EDX Medical. This takes the total investment in convertibles to £500,000, which is guaranteed by EDX Medical founder Professor Sir Chris Evans. Discussions continue about the acquisition of EDX Medical.

Vulcan Industries (VULC) has sold tacks and nails manufacturer IVI Metallics for £1. The business had net liabilities of £458,000 and it has struggled to rebuild its order book. Vulcan Industries still provides a cross guarantee for the CBIL liability of £739,000.

SuperSeed Capital Ltd (WWW) says that SuperSeed Fund II has led a $3.6m investment in brand advocacy platform Duel. The software-as-a-service platform helps retail brands grow via positive feedback from customers. ASOS, Unilever and Mint Velvet are among the clients.

Evrima (EVA) has an 8.93% stake in Kalahari Key, which has provided an update on the Molopo Farms Complex project. A diamond drilling contract has been signed with a Botswana-based company.

Yooma Wellness Inc (YOOM) increased interim revenues from $2.78m to $6.49m and the loss has been reduced from $5.57m to $3.83m. CBD product sales were strong in Europe and Japan. The company has been reducing its expenses.

Clarify Pharma (PSYC) had cash of £2.1m at the end of May 2022. It is seeking investments in the medical use of psychedelics.

Oscillate (MUSH) had £1.91m in the bank at the end of May 2022, although £600,000 has been invested in Aquis-quoted Psych Capital (PSY) and fully listed Dev Clever (LON: DEV).

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Futura Medical (FUM) says that the clinical study for the MED3000 topical gel erectile dysfunction treatment has met its primary and secondary endpoints. The study showed an improvement in erectile function and a highly statistic improvement in the onset of action at 10 minutes. There were limited side effects with 4.3% of patient suffering headaches and a further 4.3% nausea, which is much better than rival treatment tadalafil. The next move is submitting MED3000 for FDA review as a De Novo medical device for the over-the-counter treatment of erectile dysfunction. This could lead to marketing authorisation by the first quarter of 2023. MED3000 has received the UKCA mark.

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc is making a recommended bid of 27.5p a share in cash for hormonal disease treatments developer Diurnal (DNL), which values the company at £48.3m. The April 2021 placing and open offer was at 70p a share and the share price has slumped since then. Revenues have not built up as fast as hoped and another cash raising is on the horizon if Diurnal stays independent.

Pharma software provider Instem (INS) has gained its largest ever contract. The deal is worth at least $12m over five years. The client is a contract research organisation and is for the company’s cloud-based Aspire clinical trial acceleration software, which will be launched with the customer in one year. There is $3m for implementation and the rest is paid in instalments of $2.25m a year over four years. The annual recurring revenues are $1m more than for the Instem system that is being replaced.

Egg-free cakes retailer Cake Box (CBOX) says trading is becoming more difficult and only part of the cost increases it is suffering are being passed on to franchisees. Sales are also under pressure with a like-for-like decline of 2.8% so far in this financial year. This means that full year profit will be much lower than the £7.2m expected. There is £6.7m in cash, although the £2m dividend will be paid in September. Chief executive Sukh Chamdal acquired 225,000 shares at 121.85p each.

Telephony services provider LoopUp Group (LOOP) has taken on a book of conference service contracts from a US competitor for no initial payment. There is a revenue share agreement for three years to October 2025. These contracts could generate cash of £5m a year, although it may reduce due to customer churn. This is much-needed cash flow for the business, which is still heavily loss-making. The new bank facility is £17m and that more than covers the expected net debt at the end of 2023.

Oil and gas producer PetroNeft Resources (PTR) has an oil storage and transportation contract with Nord Imperial for production from licence 61 in Tomsk Oblast, Russia at a cost that is far above standard market rates. PetroNeft has tried to change the contract and started paying reduced amounts, but Nord Imperial has suspended acceptance of oil. PetroNeft is shutting down its wells, which will hit income. Licence 67 is not affected and is producing 270 barrels of oil per day.

Independent directors of market research firm System1 Group (SYS1) are conducting a strategic review and the proposed tender offer has been postponed. This review will assess whether the company can grow faster if partners or an external investor are brought in.

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Zamaz (ZAMZ) joined the standard list last Friday and raised £3.69m. Cornerstone investor Atlas paid 10.45p a share, which is a 10% discount to the nominal subscription price. Most of the cash will go on expenses and repaying existing bonds. Zamaz believes that its technology platform can help to efficiently build direct to consumer brands via e-commerce. Amazon is currently the main marketplace used by the company. There is already a portfolio of brands in the group, but most are at an early stage of their development. There are plans to acquire more brands. Revenues are relatively modest and Zamaz is losing money. The share price fell to 9.48p (8p/10.95p) on the first day. There were 90,000 shares traded in one deal at 10.95p. The shares are tightly held and there is potential dilution from the convertibles worth up to £15m that could be issued to Atlas Capital Markets and the associated warrants.

First Tin (1SN) has announced positive intercepts at the latest two drill holes at the Gottesberg tin project in Germany. These and other results validate the belief that a higher grade core exists within the deposit.

Iconic Labs (ICON) has settled disputes and has finalised proposals for a company voluntary arrangement. If this goes ahead then the administration will end and trading in the shares may recommence once up to date results have been published. The shares have been suspended for around 15 months.

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