Biome Technologies reported a strong start to the year for its key Bioplastics business with the division showing yoy revenue growth of 83% in Q1. As anticipated, revenues generated by the Stanelco RF division were impacted by weaker demand for fibre optic furnaces resulting in revenues down 87% yoy. Group sales in the quarter were £1.3m (Q1 2019: £2.1m). Covid-19 considerations aside, we believe the Bioplastics division to be in a strong growth phase, with many market opportunities expected to develop in 2020, particularly in the food and beverage sector. In RF we do not see any recovery in demand for furnaces in 2020 and management is focusing on alternative markets which could support growth in H2.
Companies: Biome Technologies
Caribbean Investment Holdings. Incorporated in Belize . CIHL primarily operates financial services businesses through its subsidiaries The Belize Bank Limited and Belize Bank International Limited, both located in Belize and international corporate services through Belize Corporate Services Limited. CIHL shares are also traded on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Lord Ashcroft holds 75%. No capital raise. Due 28 April. £36m . 2019 net profit US$ 10.7m
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Biome Technologies (Biome) reported strong growth in its key Bioplastics division with the rate of growth accelerating through the year generated by strong underlying demand for established products and sales of newly launched products. Stanelco RF, as previously highlighted, saw revenues fall year on year (yoy) as demand fell back to more normalised levels following an exceptional level of activity in 2018. Covid-19 considerations aside, the Bioplastics division is in a strong growth phase, with many market opportunities expected to develop in 2020, particularly in the food and beverage sector. In RF we would expect further contraction in demand. Current conditions are evolving fast and in the present circumstances we are temporarily withdrawing FY2021 forecasts.
Biome’s year end trading update revealed that revenues generated from the Bioplastics division reached a record £3.4m (2018: £1.9m). Stanelco RF Technologies (RF) on the other hand evidenced a decline in revenues of 43% as the division (as forecast by management) reverted to a more normalised level of activity following an exceptional FY2018. The outlook for FY2020 remains encouraging for Bioplastics but RF is experiencing weaker demand in the fibre optic furnace market which is expected to result in lower sales in FY2020 leading to an overall reduction in our EBITDA forecasts for the Group. However net cash at the year-end was higher than anticipated at £2.1m and our cash forecast for the end of FY2020 is unchanged at £0.6m.
Biome, the Bioplastics and RF Technology business, has published its interim results to June 2019 and has announced a conditional placing to raise £1.3m at 300p to fund an acceleration of growth within the Bioplastics division. Several high-quality projects have completed their development phase and are due to launch in FY2019 and FY2020. Consequently, we anticipate that Bioplastics will generate considerably higher revenues from FY2019 onwards as these projects, which are based on a combination of existing and new products, enter commercialisation. A continuation of this growth should allow the Group to achieve sustainable profitability. In this note we are initiating forecasts which anticipate the achievement of a modest underlying EBITDA of £0.1m in FY2020. Although the Group reported a positive pre-tax profit in FY2018 this was the result of exceptional revenue generation in the RF division which is not expected to be repeated in the near future.
MRYT PHARMA PLC— a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering innovative new treatments to help improve the lives of patients with rare or orphan diseases have raised $60m before expenses and will relist on the AIM Market on the 25/09/2019
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Alumasc Group plc, the prem ium building products, system s and solutions group, has announced its intention to m ove from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019
Argentex a UK-based forex service provider founded in 2011 by its current management team which operates as a Riskless Principal for nonspeculative and forward foreign exchange as structured financial derivatives is looking to join AIM. Offer TBC, expected 25 June
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Techniplas –global producer and support services company providing highly engineered and technically complex components, making the supply chain to original equipment manufacturers more efficient. FYDec17 rev $515m. Loungers plc—the operator of 146 café/bar/restaurants across England and Wales under the Lounge and Cosy Club brands, announces its intention to seek admission on AIM, offer to raise £61.6m at 200p with market cap of £185m, expected 29 April 2019. SDX Energy plc—a North Africa focused oil and gas company, announces its intention to complete a Canadian plan of arrangement under section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act and will have shares de-listed from the TSX-V and admitted to trading on AIM. Expected 28 May 2019, anticipated market cap of £76m Renold plc—a leading international supplier of industrial chains and related power transmission products, announced that it will cancel the listing of the Company from the premium segment and apply for admission on AIM. Expected 06 June 2019. Distribution Finance Capital Holdings plc — specialist lender which builds relationships with manufacturers and then provides working capital solutions up and down their supply chains to drive their growth is looking to join AIM. No raise, secondary offering of £19.8m at 90p, expected market cap of £95.98m. Expected 09 May 2019.
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Biome continues to make encouraging progress on all fronts with the Group reporting maiden profits on both a statutory and underlying basis along with strong cash generation and a net cash balance of £2.6m (2017: £2.3m). Consequently, the Company enters 2019 with a financially flexible balance sheet that is available to fund the increasing opportunities available within both divisions.
Techniplas –global producer and support services company providing highly engineered and technically complex components, making the supply chain to original equipment manufacturers more efficient. FYDec17 rev $515m.
Circassia Pharma (CIR.L) - specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease transferring from the Main Market. No funds being raised. Due 4 Feb.
Greenfields Petroleum (TSX-V:GNF) production focused company with operated assets in Azerbaijan seeking AIM dual listing including $60m private placement. Mkt cap $12.6m CAD. Expected late January 2019.
Chaarat Gold Holdings—RTO, the Company intends to acquire Kapan Mining and Processing CJSC, which owns the Shahumyan mediumsized polymetallic mine in Kapan in the Republic of Armenia. No raise, market cap of £110.1m, due early Feb
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Crossword Cybersecurity PLC* (NEX:CCS)—the technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector is exploring its options in relation to a potential move to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange which, if it were to proceed, would likely take place over the next few months.
Path Investments (PATH) -RTO of a 50 per cent. participating interest in the producing Alfeld-Elze II gas field located 22 kilometres south of Hannover in Germany. Offer TBA. Due late Aug.
Kropz PLC-Intention to float by the emerging plant nutrient producer with an advanced stage phosphate mining project in South Africa and exploration assets in West Africa
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Biome continues to make encouraging progress on all fronts with the Group reporting its maiden half year profit before tax. Currently, most of this momentum is being generated by the strong demand for fibre optic furnaces within the RF division which reported revenue up 99% year-on-year (yoy). However, the longer-term potential and exciting growth opportunities lie within the Bioplastics division. Although Bioplastics revenue in first half was 25% lower yoy we do not believe this is representative of the longer-term prospects. The Group was cash generative and retains a strong financial position with net cash of £2.3m.
CentralNic-Schedule 1 from the business operating in proprietary retail platforms selling domain names and associated web presence services including hosting and email on a subscription basis, has acquired KeyDrive S.A which constitutes a RTO. Raising £24m at 52p, combined market cap of £88.7m
Trackwise—established business that manufactures specialist products using printed circuit technology. Offer TBA. Due Late July Ovoca Gold (to be renamed Ovoca Bio PLC) - RTO of IVIX, a Russian company developing a drug candidate for the treatment of female sexual dysfunctions. No monies to be raised, market cap of £8.5m, due 30 July
Nucleus Financial—independent wrap platform provider . FYDec17 revs £40.36m and PBT of £5.1m. Offer TBA. Due late July. Kropz PLC-Intention to float by the emerging plant nutrient producer with an advanced stage phosphate mining project in
South Africa and exploration assets in West Africa
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Successful businesses ‘never let a crisis go to waste’. Indeed since an otherwise strong Q1’20 was interrupted by COVID-19, Mpac has further streamlined operations, accelerated R&D and launched new remote equipment diagnostic/acceptance testing, virtual reality & other ‘Industry 4.0’ services.
RBG Holdings pre-close trading update to June 30th confirms a strong H1 performance for RBL, the Group’s law firm, with revenues up 36% like-for-like to c.£11.4m YoY. Convex, the CF boutique, understandably has faced COVID headwinds, with most of its H1 pipeline deferred indefinitely, whilst Litigation Finance continues to grow its pipeline and financing commitments on a longer term view. Due to continued uncertainty from COVID we withdraw our forecasts this morning, with a view to reinstating once more clarity on H1 outturn and momentum into H2 is available.
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Resilient Trading Update
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The year-end trading update was encouraging, with expected results showing good YoY growth, modestly below but close to our earlier expectations. Trading has been resilient, particularly in safety critical areas such as its nuclear exposure, with some weakness being seen in oil & gas, where there is limited exposure. Two new contract wins in the nuclear sector have also been announced today. FY 2021 forecasts remain under review. With strong finances, the company is well positioned to maximise M&A opportunities, through its PIE strategy.
Revenue for FY 2020 is ahead of expectation and we adjust our forecast accordingly. Sales are growing at an impressive rate; >50% pa despite COVID-19 and the virus had no effect on the company’s ability to deliver projects with 23 new customers live in Q4. We note COVID concerns are causing some delay on contract decisions, and sales would have been even stronger but for that. These delays do lead to caution on FY 2021, and we ease back our forecasts on more prudent management guidance. However, with the recent £5m equity placing, PCIP has plenty of cash to continue to invest in rolling out its exciting secure payments proposition. This cloud-based solution can be deployed remotely and assists call centres in moving agents to WFH and still collect payments securely. The outlook remains very bright with continued rapid growth expected.
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The group has issued a trading update for the year ended 31 May 2020 highlighting an adjusted EBITDA of at least £11.5m which is close to the group’s original expectation, despite widespread disruption to operations in the second half. The statement notes ample liquidity headroom in excess of £10m with net debt (excluding IFRS 16 lease liabilities) reducing in H2 to £7.5m as planned. The Group’s order book and prospect pipeline remains strong overall and the update is accompanied by the announcement of two meaningful contract wins in the nuclear sector. A further significant positive development is the grant of outline planning permission for the conversion of the group’s 7 acre Hayward Tyler site in Luton into residential housing for up to 1000 dwellings. Whilst financial guidance for FY2021E remains withdrawn at this point due to on-going uncertainties around the impact of COVID-19, we see the group continuing to demonstrate good resilience, operating at close to normal levels, supported by exposure to multiple markets and a strong customer base that includes governments and their agents.
Caledonia's Q2 2020 production from its 64% owned Blanket mine in Zimbabwe was 13.5koz gold. This was an increase over the same period last year of 6.2%, leaving Caledonia with a first half production of 27.7koz – well ahead of this time last year (24.7koz) and on track to meet its 2020 full year guidance of 53-56koz (WHI etc. 55.5koz).
Spectra Systems Corporation is a provider of machine-readable high-speed banknote authentication, brand protection technologies and gaming security software. The company has announced that it has executed a new contract with a major world central bank to ‘enhance existing authentication sensors to detect a unique type of counterfeit notes'.
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Marlowe delivered a strong performance during FY20A, with +7% organic revenue growth, and improved Adj EBITDA margins. Integration of acquisitions is progressing well, and with receipt of c£40m gross proceeds, Marlowe is well placed to accelerate the consolidation of its markets. We leave our forecasts unchanged and reaffirm our Buy rating.
Jubilee today takes us through its H1 2020 numbers, which, importantly, cover the critical COVID-19 initial lockdown period in South Africa. The numbers continue to show growth and progress, with headline H1 2020 operational earnings up 54% to GBP 12.8 million – the sixth consecutive, six-monthly period of double-digit growth. The cash position increased to £10.8m despite settling the final payment of £1.4m for the acquisition of additional PGM and chrome rights as well as settling historical debt of £2.5m, all while commissioning the Zambian Sable Refinery.
Following the appointment two months ago of new CEO Rob Richards, VDTK's newsflow has been encouraging in recent weeks, and we view this morning's announcement as a further affirmation of the company's renewable energy solution. Today's RNS highlighting a contract to supply ultra lightweight, flexible solar panels to Black Tulip Minerals SA, of Peru, is, at over €200,000, the latest in a string of recent positive announcements, while also taking the company into a completely new sector which it had announced as a target area.
Image Scan is a specialist in the field of X-ray imaging for the security and industrial inspection markets. The company has announced, as part of its organic growth strategy, a new partnership agreement with a major security technology company that will lead to the launch of a new range of security X-ray screening systems for the international market. Competitively priced, and leveraging Image Scan's IP and direct and indirect international channel partners, the new system will be a high performance, competitive conveyor X-ray machine, suitable for security checkpoints in government and commercial buildings around the world. Importantly, these systems will also allow the company to increase its recurring service and support revenue.
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ECSC Group plc* (ECSC.L, 71.5p/£7.2m) | Trackwise Designs plc (TWD.L, 90.5p/£20.0m) | Transense Technologies plc (TRT.L, 59.5p/£9.7m)
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Scotland’s only quoted housebuilder recorded its highest ever weekly number of reservations following the reopening of its sales offices after the prolonged construction lockdown north of the border. As a result, Q1 2021 sales are expected to be “significantly higher” Y/Y, after the inevitable disruption caused by Covid. In this morning’s FY 2020 trading update, the Group also highlighted the widely reported trend across the housing market to larger homes with gardens, Springfield’s ‘sweet spot’ in our view.
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Updating forecasts following 2019 results
Companies: Trackwise Designs
Strong H1 results, prospects good, investing in the future WEY's H1 results this morning reflect both the positive effect of proactive actions taken by the company last year and strong demand from the market at large. Sales up 43% YoY and PBTA of
£0.3m (2019: £0.1m) reflect increases across both sides of WEY's business and are accompanied by margin uplift (62% gross margin as against 56% last year). The company is a well-established leading supplier of online education, having built a 15-year track record of excellence in its sphere. Covering the half year ending on February 29th, the period of the results precedes the lockdown; however this morning's statement lays out the heightened demand for WEY's product which is an inevitable result of the new focus on remote working and online learning. WEY is plainly extremely well-placed to grow in the current environment, and it has made significant investments in educational quality and in marketing – in both cases including senior and wellrespected hires. The Covid-19 crisis has generated a new appreciation of online education from parents, pupils and educational authorities, who increasingly see this as a real, practical and highly effective substitute for traditional education, adding to the already strong demand across
WEY's brands. Our 30p-plus fair value assessment rests on the inherent opportunities and is also supported by the strong balance sheet (£6.6m of net cash, +£1.6m in the period).
Companies: Wey Education
Tipping point: Proven, revenue generating, now scaling