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Quoted Micro 8 July 2024

  • BY: Andrew Hore |
  • POSTED: 07/07/2024 |

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Sheffield-based AI software company IntelliAM AI (INT) joined Aquis on 3 July. It raised £5.08m at 94p/share. The acquisition of 53 Degrees North was completed after admission. This adds a range of asset care consulting and management strategies for manufacturers to the group. Customers include food manufacturers, consumer and industrial businesses.

Voyager Life (VOY) says M3 Helium’ is drilling a vertical well at the Hugoton North Play project in Kansas. Voyager Life has an option to take a stake in M3 Helium.

Coinsilium (COIN) has been signed a collaboration agreement with Web3b developer Lifeflow Inc, which will have access to $1m of dedicated seed funding. Investee company Greengage is collaborating with global crypto currency exchange Coinbase. Coinsilium is purchasing $75,000 of future tokens in the early backers round of the Otomato Web3 automation protocol. There is an option for $150,150 future tokens.

Inqo Investments (INQO) has invested in Pabidi Lodge Budongo Ltd in Uganda. This lodge and ten luxury tents are expected to be open by the end of 2024.

Tap Global Group (TAP) has secured a commercial agreement with Tap N Go for the launch of the XTP cashback programme. XTP is a token for trading via Tap Global exchange services.

Eight Capital Partners (ECP) was hit by a £14.6m unrealised loss on its investments in 2023. That is predominantly down to a reduction in the value of a bond issue by 1AF2, which is due for repayment on 22 July. NAV has declined from £25.3m to £12.8m. Net debt is £862,000. Even so, the share price improved.

Valereum (VLRM) has completed the £2m raising from chairman James Formolli, while a warrant exercise has generated £9,458. Shares were issued at 0.36p each and on top of that he received 15 million GATE tokens. The cash will finance the growth of the business and development of the GATE token.

Shares in Watchstone Group (WTG) went ex-dividend on 4 July. It is returning 8p/share in cash.

Chris Potts reduced his stake in Shortwave Life Sciences (LON: PSY) from 15.2% to 11.65%. Jonathan Bellis has a 3.4% stake in Hot Rock Investments (HRIP).

Trading in Marula Mining (MARU) shares was suspended because the 2023 accounts have not been published.

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Workflow efficiency software supplier ActiveOps (AOM) increased annualised recurring revenues by 14% to £25.1m by the end of March 2024 as existing clients continued to spend more on top of the new contract gains. There was cash of £17.6m at the year end. There was a jump in pre-tax profit to £1.9m, but further investment in the business means it could fall to £1.4m this year. The growth in recurring revenues is the most important thing, though.

Semiconductors designer CML Microsystems (CML) had a tough year to March 2024 and this year will also be difficult, but design wins mean that the longer-term outlook is more positive. Revenues grew from £20.6m to £22.9m, although that was due to a near-six month contribution from last year’s acquisition MwT. Underlying pre-tax profit dipped from £3.6m to £3.1m. Destocking by customers and a change in product mix hit profit. A further dip in profit is expected this year, but new contracts and a broader product range, including new digital radio technology DRM, will improve revenues in two to three years. The balance sheet remains strong with net cash of £18.2m.

Professional services network operator DSW Capital (DSW) reported full year revenues fell by one-fifth to £2.4m and pre-tax profit declined from £1.4m to £500,000. The total dividend was cut from 3.8p/share to 2p/share. That is not covered by earnings, but management eventually intends to return to paying up to 70% of distributable earnings in dividends. Net cash is £2.3m.

Bluejay Mining (JAY) says there are indications of potential helium and hydrogen accumulations at the Outokumpu licences in Finland. There is up to 5.6% helium and 46% hydrogen, plus other gases. Seismic data has been acquired to identify high potential areas. Helium and hydrogen is the new focus of the company. Non-exec Roderick McIllree bought six million shares at 0.35p each.

Helium One Global (HE1) is making progress at the Rukwa project. An extended well test will start later this month. The required equipment is being delivered. A feasibility study is underway.

Pipehawk (PIP) shares slumped 75.3% to 2.1p because of financial difficulties at QM Systems, which had moved to larger premises. Two large orders have not been obtained. QM Systems is likely to be put into administration. QM Systems accounted for 65% of group revenues last year and lost £970,000. The rest of the group should be able to continue as a going concern, although continuing activities made a loss in the year to June 2023.

Martin Andersson has stepped down as executive chairman Chaarat Gold Holdings (CGH) as the company is in restructuring discussions with Labro Investors, which he is associated with. He remains a non-exec. David Mackenzie is acting chief executive. The company has enough cash for the next few weeks but cannot fund the $1.2m repayment due on the Labro convertible loan in September. The restructuring discussions relate to this.

Linear generator technology developer Libertine Holdings (LIB) has entered into a conditional subscription agreement with equity investors based in India and Dubai. This could raise £2m at 1.5p/share. This would involve the issue of shares equivalent to 49% of the enlarged share capital. This would provide funds for working capital until June 2025, but Libertine is not likely to breakeven in that time frame.

Mercia Asset Management (MERC) assets under management have reached £1.8bn, helped by a new mandate from the British Business Bank. EBITDA was £5.6m in 2023-24 and the strategy is to double that figure in three years. NAV improved to 43p/share, including £47m in cash, despite the 2p/share write down of the investment in engineering firm Impression Technologies.

Retailer Shoe Zone (SHOE) has been hit by higher freight costs and weaker spring trading, which has led to a reduction in pre-tax profit estimates for the year to October 2024 from £13.8m to £10m. Last year’s pre-tax profit was £16.5m and revenues are likely to be 1% lower. A total dividend of 6.5p/share is forecast.

Fulcrum Metals (FMET) has exercised its option to acquire the Chariot-Neely Lake, South Pendleton and Snowbird uranium projects in Canada. Fulcrum Metals intends to sell these and the Fontaine Lake project to Vancouver-based Terra Balcanica for C$300,000 in cash and C$3.1m of shares when it has completed agreed exploration spending over the next four years. Fulcrum Metals will also retain a 1% net smelter return royalty.

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BATM Advanced Communications (BVC) has signed a strategic partnership with a global technology group to market its cyber encryption technology to the civil commercial markets around the world. The partner will pay at least $2.1m over two years to develop a combined hardware and software product off.

Filtration technology supplier Porvair (PRV) had a tough first half with destocking holding back progress. In the six months to May 2024, revenues grew from £90.6m to £94.6m, but higher interest charges meant that underlying pre-tax profit fell from £11.8m to £11.5m. This includes an initial contribution from mist elimination filters producer European Filter Corporation (EFC) of £1m to operating profit and it accounted for the growth in revenues of the aerospace and industrial division. The interim dividend was raised by 5% to 2.1p/share and the full year forecast is 6.3p/share. Net cash was £4.1m after the payment for EFC.

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