MJ Hudson Group PLC, the financial services support provider to Alternatives fund managers and asset owners, is planning an AIM IPO. Deal details TBC.
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The spotlight on food technology has perhaps grown more as a result of changing consumer trends, and environmental necessity than from investor appetite for something new. According to Robbins Research, livestock account for 18% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is higher than the portion of GHG emissions created by transportation. Livestock also produce 35% of the world’s methane, which has more than 20 times the Global Warming Potential of carbon dioxide, and generate 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide, which has 23 times the GWP of carbon dioxide. The irrigation of feed crops also accounts for nearly 8% of the world’s human water use. Hence the need for plant-based alternatives to traditional protein sources, which are produced far more sustainably than traditional meats.
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Freyherr International Group PLC the Medicinal Cannabis holding company established in 2016, is planning to list on the NEX exchange on the 13 August
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Interswitch, a Nigeria-based payments firm, has hired advisers to resurrect plans for a stock-market listing in London and Lagos later this year, which may value the financial technology company at $1.3bn to $1.5bn.
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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 TBC, expected late April. 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.
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RA International is a leading provider of services to remote locations in Africa and the Middle East looking to join AIM raising £18.8m and 56p, market cap of £97.2m. Expected 29 June
Cake Box Holdings—franchise retailer of cakes with a growing store base across the UK looking to join AIM, Sell down of £16.5m, Mkt Cap £43.2m. Mar18 FY rev £12.8m, underlying earnings £3.7m. Due 27 June.
Mind Gym. Behavioural science business that uses scalable proprietary products to deliver human capital and business improvement solutions to large corporations. Offer secondary offering of £50.8m at 146p, market cap of £145.1m. Due 28 June
Yellow Cake will use its expertise to generate value through the ownership of physical U3O8 (Uranium) together with a range of activities and opportunities connected with owning physical U3O8. Acquiring supply contract for up to $170m. Due Early July.
Knights Group— UK regional legal and professional services businesses. FYApr18 rev £34.9m and adjusted operating profit was £6.8m excluding Turner Parkinson (acquiring on IPO). Offer TBA, expected 29 June.
TransGlobe Energy Corporation—an independent international upstream oil and gas company with headquarters in Calgary, Canada is looking to join AIM. No Capital to be raised, market cap of £131m. Expected 29 June
Strongbow Exploration (TSX:SBW) intends to dual list on AIM. Holds rights to the South Crofty underground tin mine, a former producing tin mine located in the towns of Pool and Camborne, Cornwall . The project is estimated to require the Company to raise £25 million over the next 18 months to progress to a production decision. Offer TBS. Due June.
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Fusion Antibodies—Belfast based contract research organisation providing services to biopharmaceutical and diagnostics companies that are involved in the development of antibodies for both therapeutic drug and diagnostic applications. Offer TBA.
Due Mid Dec.
Sirius Petroleum—RTO. Becoming an operating company in the Ororo Field in Nigeria. Raising £7.2m/ Mkt Cap £35.6m. Due
Bushveld Minerals—RTO of Bushveld Vametco and therefore 78.8% of Strategic Minerals Corporation, the intermediate holding company that owns a 75 per cent. interest in the Vametco Vanadium Mine.
Range Resources— oil and gas company listed on the ASX plans to admit to AIM on 13 Dec with market cap of £17.4m. Also acquiring Range Resources Drilling Services Limited, an oil services business based in Trinidad & Tobago with extensive drilling capabilities.
Eqtec—Company with access to a proprietary advanced gasification technology used in industrial size power plants to convert waste into synthetic gas to generate electricity. Raising £1.6m. Mkt Cap £8.7m. Due 21 Dec.
Volex VLX.L—The global provider of cable assemblies is proposing to move from the main market to AIM on 19 January. £71m market cap. FYMar18E rev £241.5m and £7.19m PBT
Belluscura— Provider of premium medical devices at value prices to address part of the global unmet need for affordable, premium quality medical devices. Raising £7.5m to £10m. Offer TBA. Due early Dec
Miriad Advertising—Global video advertising company incorporated in 2015 and is engaged in the development of native invideo advertising . 2016 rev £0.7m and £7.3m operating loss. Offer TBA. Expected 6 Dec.
OnTheMarket—Intention to float on AIM to raise c.£50m which will be used to fund the growth of the OnTheMarket.com portal, already the third biggest UK residential property portal provider. Expected valuation £200m to £250m.
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I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 26 May admission. | Opera Investments – Reverse Takeover of Kibo Mining’s subsidiary Kibo Gold. Raising £1.5m. Expected mkt Cap £6.5m. 23 May. | Eve Sleep— Schedule 1 from the e-commerce focused, direct to consumer European sleep brand. Offer details TBC. Expected Mid May | Velocity Composites—Schedule 1. Manufactures advanced carbon fibre and ancillary material kits (predominantly carbon fibre) for use in the production of aircraft. Mid May admission expected. Offer details TBC.Verditek— Schedule 1 update. On Admission, the Company's subsidiaries will be involved in advanced solar photovoltaic, filtration and absorption technologies specialising in providing environmental services. Issue price 10p. Admission in May. | Alfa Financial Software –Intention to float. Mission-critical software platform purpose-built for asset finance enterprises. Vendor sale of 25% plus. FYDec16 rev £73.3m (CAGR of 24% from 2012). Adjusted EBIT £32.8m. | Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe | ADES International— Provider of offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa, seeking raise up to $170m plus vendor sale under a Standard Listing of the Main Market. Admission due May 2017. Global Ports Holding—Intention to float on Standard List of the Main Market. International cruise ports operator. Seeking $200m+ raise including $75m primary offer. Expected price range 735p to 875p. Mkt cap up to £539m.| Tufton Oceanic Assets– Offer extended to 9 May on specialist funds segment of Main Market to enable investors to complete further
due diligence. | PRS REIT—Private rental sector REIT raising up to £250m. Admission due 31 May
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Moderna announced the first interim analysis from the Phase III study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was found to be c.95% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease. This follows a similar announcement from Pfizer/BioNTech last week, and the caveats we mentioned at that time remain the same. AstraZeneca-Oxford University are also due to announce initial results this month. While these results are highly encouraging, we reiterate that they do not diminish the urgent need for COVID-19 treatments and testing, which will still be required for years to come, and we outline why. We consider Synairgen, Avacta, genedrive, Omega Diagnostics and Open Orphan to offer good buying opportunities.
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Open Orphan PLC, a specialist pharmaceutical services company, and the world leader in the testing of vaccines and antivirals using human challenge studies, continues to make excellent progress towards maximising the capacity utilisation of its unique clinical facilities and services capabilities.
Companies: Open Orphan Plc
Strong trading has continued through October and we raise FY21 revs forecasts by 6% to £56m. With much of the upside from lower margin SMS, we leave profits forecasts unchanged. H2FY20 revenue growth was impacted by the pandemic and dropped to 9% after 2.5 years of 15% growth. Our new FY21 forecast imply a return to c. 18% growth as dotdigital makes a strong recovery and benefits from the shift to omnichannel online marketing driven by booming e-commerce. FY20 growth was strongly assisted by International revenues up 19% and Functionality up 16% and yet there is still plenty of room for growth here with the former just 31%/revs and the latter just 30%. We see a significant and extended growth runway leading to consistent progress for the company over the foreseeable future.
Companies: dotDigital Group plc
Oxford University and AstraZeneca announced the first interim analysis from the Phase III study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was found to be 70% effective in preventing COVID-19. This follows similar announcements from Moderna, and Pfizer/BioNTech in the previous two weeks, and the caveats we mentioned at the time remain the same. While all of these results have been highly encouraging, we reiterate that they do not diminish the urgent need for COVID-19 treatments and testing, which will be required for years to come. We consider Synairgen, Avacta, genedrive, Omega Diagnostics and Open Orphan to offer good buying opportunities.
DOTD has reported prelims to the period ending June 2020, only a month after the strong October trading update, which had already resulted in a 6% revenue upgrade. On the back of FY20 outperformance we once again push revenue up FY21 expectations (+5%, to a total of +11% upgrade) with unchanged EBITDA as the group continues to invest in product development in anticipation of further revenue growth. Success in investment is evident in each of the three pillars for growth, with advances in territorial reach and product functionality manifesting in greater sales, both direct and pre-integrated into CRM and e-commerce platforms. With a heavyweight balance sheet including £25m cash, revenue upgrades with EBITDA maintained demonstrate an expansion in investment (opex and capex) to drive greater revenue growth into FY22 and beyond, particularly internationally and in functionality: DOTD is both succeeding now and investing in its future. Target 170p reiterated as the group creates a growth platform for future upgrades.
President Trump likes to project himself as a highly successful businessman, but surprisingly little is known about his true financial position. Various articles, including a 2016 in-depth analysis by The Wall Street Journal, have speculated about his income and asset base. All sorts of claims and counter-claims have been made about his wealth – by Trump himself, pitching his fortune at some $9bn, and by journalist Timothy O'Brien, suggesting that it is as “low” as $150m-$250m. It is doubtful whether we shall ever know the truth, but we can use Trump’s UK corporate filings to gain an insight into his businesses in Scotland.
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Thruvision has reported results for the six months to end-September 2020, showing a steady financial performance, with cost control enabling EBITDA break-even to be achieved in the half year, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. H1 FY21 revenues were steady year-on-year at £4.7m, with gross margin being held at 48%. Net cash has increased from £5.0m at 30 September 2020 to £7.8m at 20 November, following payment from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which made a substantial £2.9m follow-on order in the half year. Near-term uncertainty means management are not in a position to provide full-year guidance for FY21, but they report a strengthening sales pipeline and their growing confidence in medium-term prospects is evidenced by investment in sales and pre-sales resource in both the US and Europe to support increased demand.
Companies: Thruvision Group PLC
Pfizer and BioNTech announced the first interim analysis from the Phase III study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was found to be >90% effective in preventing COVID-19. While the results are very promising, we believe there was a large over-reaction in the market in response to the news. It should not have been unexpected – we hoped for positive results from vaccine manufacturers this month, and we hope there is more to come, as AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna are also due to announce initial results this month, and overall there are 11 vaccines in Phase III testing. However, these early results do not diminish the urgent need for COVID-19 treatments and testing, which will still be required for years to come, and we outline why. We consider the price falls to stocks such as Synairgen (-39%), Avacta (-36%), genedrive (-38%), Omega Diagnostics (-25%) and Open Orphan (-9%) to offer good buying opportunities.
RBG Holdings has updated on significant transactions completed in the Group’s Convex and LionFish divisions since its last market update in mid-September. With the Group’s legal division – RBL – continuing to trade well, management now have considerably improved visibility on financial performance, and so reinstate guidance with an expected FY20E revenue range of £24m-£26m (FY19A: £23.7m). For FY21E we anticipate revenue in the range of £26m-£29m We take this opportunity to reinstate our forecasts for both FY20E and FY21E; revenues of £24.6m / £26.9m, adj EBITDA £6.8m / £8.9m, adj EPS 5.0p / 6.8p respectively. Our forecasts are cautiously positioned towards the bottom end of guidance, with scope for upgrades when discretionary litigation asset sales or Convex transactions complete. On our FY21E forecast of 6.8p adj EPS, a mid-teens multiple of 15x PER implies the shares could be worth 100p.
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WEY has delivered an impressive set of results this morning, significantly ahead YoY, meaningfully outpacing our expectations on the revenue, profit and EPS lines. With strong revenue growth of 38% feeding through to 103% EBITDA growth and adj. EPS up 100%, the inherent efficiency of the model, supported by rising student numbers, is manifest. Educating ‘3,000' students, WEY is larger than any UK secondary school. Moreover, while providing a collegiate, online education, WEY is a clear beneficiary both of long-running and fundamental drivers, and of the current Covid-focused environment. With the benefits of past investment effectively displayed in today's results, the company continues to do more to grow its platform, present and future, and has highlighted an ongoing commitment to investing in the business to provide further support for future profit acceleration. Our Fair Value assessment is 34p per share.
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Following on from the well-received interim results (29th September), Next Fifteen has provided a further Q3 trading update. The key headlines are that positive recent trading trends continue and, allied to strong cost control measures taken throughout the year, have resulted in profit expectations being raised for the current year. We have upgraded our estimates accordingly; marking the second material upgrade we have made since September. Initial concerns that the pandemic would materially disrupt client demand and spending patterns have proven largely overstated. The speed at which revenue has been recovered has been matched by impressive cost actions; not least around the fixed property overhead within the group, which has resulted in higher drop through rates than the group has experienced in the past. The key question looking forward is whether the legacy of the pandemic will be a lower fixed cost base for the group. Revenue mix effects are likely to continue to cloud the answer but our sense is that Next Fifteen has been successful in laying the foundations for structurally higher margins looking forward. Despite a strong recent run (+37% since late August), Next Fifteen still trades a material PE discount to its immediate peer group. Given the positive trading and margin momentum evidenced today, this looks harder to justify.
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Despite the challenges of the past few months, XLMedia remains profitable on a run-rate basis. The interim results have delivered a much more robust performance than expected, in our view. With work progressing on recovering its position in its Casino vertical expected to yield results from Q4 onwards, there is a visible recovery profile ahead. With the >50% of the market cap in cash we are Buyers.
Companies: XLMedia Plc
Anexo has announced that private equity firm DBAY Advisors (DBAY) is to acquire a 29% stake in the Company at 150p per share (in two tranches) from Directors Alan Sellers and Samantha Moss and co-founder Valentina Slater. The purchase, at a 13% premium to last night’s closing share price, is a significant support for Anexo’s growth strategy, in our view. There is no change to the sellers’ roles within Anexo but, upon completion of the purchase, DBAY will have the right to appoint up to three Non-Executive Directors (NEDs). The update on trading focuses on the opportunity presented by competitors’ woes in the current operating environment for Anexo to expand its introducer network more quickly than previously envisaged. While this means cash absorption rather than generation in H2 20E, we note the resulting rapid increase in vehicles on the road. Aside from reflecting the cash position, we make no changes to estimates at present.
Companies: Anexo Group Plc
Yesterday, LVCG announced that Jagex Ltd. has ordered 1,000 bespoke consumer sets. Jagex Ltd., a games developer located in Cambridge, UK is best known for its community-driven live games on PC and mobile. Its flagship living game, RuneScape, has amassed more than 280m player accounts and generated over US$1bn in revenue over its lifetime.
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Support services can mean many things to many organisations but essentially the sector can be seen as a lubricant that helps the wheels of the economy continue to turn. A common thread is outsourcing activities that are most economically and effectively performed by a specialist rather than keeping in house. Companies in the sector tend to provide business critical services to their customers, thereby providing an element of stickiness. The sector benefits when the economy grows, but also offers an element of defensiveness as client companies and public sector bodies strive to keep their own fixed cost bases down. However given the broad range of businesses within the industry it is difficult to apply a broad brush description, and stock selection according to one’s investment criteria is vital.
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