We note yesterday's update re the sizeable (1.5MW) contract awarded in August by SAF International, to the effect that Covid-19 issues in the area have caused the order to be delayed. Deployment of VDTK's product was scheduled to provide temporary and semi-permanent power in the Sindh province of Pakistan across SAF's operations and in conjunction with the Sindh Regional Government, whose resources are not surprisingly diverted to managing the effects in their area of the global pandemic.
Companies: Verditek Plc
Yesterday's well-subscribed placing at 8p provides VDTK with £3.5m of extra funding to enable the company to grow by financing working capital during the ramp up of production at its Lainate plant on the back of orders – to date, orders amounting to €2.6m in value to have come through the door since the appointment of new CEO Rob Richards in May 2020. Key orders included contract wins in diverse areas, ranging from the Australian mining sector to oil & gas, agriculture and marine applications; with a focus in the first instance on off-grid applications where the rationale is extremely visible, given the contrast between VDTK's lightweight product and the heavier and relatively fragile conventional product, with VDTK's product offering its clients a meaningful cost-advantage.
Verditek’s core lightweight solar PV business is positioned in an attractive secular growth market with strong regulatory and technological drivers. Recent management changes have resulted in the company focusing on sales execution and moving the business into the initial phase of commercialisation. With first orders for its solar PV modules already in place, the company should report its first revenues later this year. Recent contract wins in the oil gas and mining sectors will act as reference contracts for future wins in the off grid solar market. In addition to energy and mining, significant opportunities exist for Verditek’s lightweight and durable solar PV product in the marine, telecoms, residential housing, commercial real estate and transport sectors. From its plant in Italy, the company has sufficient manufacturing capacity to produce up to 60 MW per year of solar modules (based on triple shift production). The Paragraf joint development program (to produce a graphene integrated solar PV cell provides a source of substantial optionality within the solar business.
VDTK is the originator and owner of a clean tech energy solution based on ultra-lightweight, strong but flexible solar panels. The company has been led by new management since the start of May. During this new phase, a string of new successes has been announced to the market, largely at the smaller end, but including the meaningful contract announced on August 6th. This in turn, a $US2.2m / 1.5MW award from a specialist engineering, construction and project management company, SAF Group, is noteworthy as a follow on order from the client which previously ordered on a much smaller scale. By a significant margin the largest order so far secured, we view this as a genuine milestone for VDTK; and we note that one of the units involved is to be shared with a quasi-governmental organisation, again a first for the company. Recent years have seen the company in the development phase, but since the change in the management with the appointment of new CEO Rob Richards on May 7th, VDKT has started to make the most of the opportunities inherent in an attractive product; and we see growing potential for future success
Wheaton precious Metals (TSE:WPM) - Proposed secondary listing on bringing one of the world’s largest precious metal streaming companies to the London Stock Exchange. Due Q 2020
AB Ignitis grupe—leading utility and renewable energy company in the Baltic region. Admission of its Shares to the Main Trading List of Nasdaq Vilnius and admission of its GDRs to the Official List of the FCA. Offer Price Range corresponds to a market capitalisation of approximately EUR1,691.7 - EUR2,105.2 million. Due 7 Oct.
Calnex, an established provider of test and measurement solutions for the global telecommunications sector, will raise a total of £22.5 million (before expenses), comprising £6.0 million for the Company and £16.5 million for existing shareholders . Due 5 October 2020, under the ticker CLX. Based on the Placing Price, the market capitalisation of the Company will be £42.0 million on Admission.
Various Eateries to float on AIM. Admission is expected to take place end of September/early October 2020. The Company intends to raise up to £25 million by way of a placing . Established platform business operating two core brands, Coppa Club & Tavolino, both positioned to benefit from the post-Covid environment. The Directors believe site availability, acquisition opportunities, reduced competition, availability of talent and changes in consumer behaviour provide opportunities to accelerate the Group's growth .
Mode Global Holdings to join LSE (standard). Mode is a UK-based Fintech Group, building a modern financial services business to support an increasingly digitised economy and financial system, combining the best of banking, payments, investment, loyalty and digital assets. Targeting £7.5m raise.
Guild Esports a UK-based owner and developer of esports teams, has announced its intention to seek a listing of its ordinary shares to the Standard Listing segment of the London Stock Exchange this autumn. its founding shareholders include David Beckham, former football player and captain of England, and now co-owner of new MLS team Inter Miami CF.
HOME REIT intends to float to the Main Market raising up to £250m. The Company will seek to contribute to the alleviation of homelessness in the UK, whilst targeting inflation-protected income and capital returns, by investing in a diversified portfolio of assets across the UK which will be dedicated to providing accommodation to the homeless. Due Mid October
Sativa Wellness Group—(Canadian Securities Exchange: STIL) renamed from Stillcanna Inc following the conditional acquisition of Sativa Group (AQSE:SATI) to list on the AQUIS Exchange. A fully integrated European seed to consumer CBD group with the pricing, products, and stability to meet the CBD market demand in the medium term. With world-class extraction and formulation experts, an agricultural team that has over 20 years’ experience farming hemp, along with laboratory testing capabilities, the group has established itself globally as a trusted source of high-grade, premium wholesale CBD brands and products.
Umuthi Healthcare Solutions Plc, the technology led healthcare business focused on the distribution of pharmaceuticals and the provision of medical facilities in remote areas, seeking admission to the Standard Listing segment of the Official List
Kibo Energy PLC, the multi-asset Africa focused energy company, is seeking admission for its 100% owned UK subsidiary Sloane Developments Ltd , which will be renamed Mast Energy Developments PLC (MED), to the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange plc . Targeted for Q4 2020. The MED business strategy is to acquire and develop a portfolio of flexible small-scale power generation assets, exploiting a growth niche market in the UK for Reserve Power generation to balance out the national grid at critical times.
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The appointment of new CEO Rob Richards in early May sparked a new phase for VDTK, with a series of encouraging contract announcements affirming the effectiveness of its renewable energy solution. Most recently, on August 6th, successful trials of the company's strong and lightweight solar energy product were rewarded by the largest win yet, a US$2.2m / 1.5MW contract to deliver six ultra-lightweight containerised units from its manufacturing plant in Lainate, north Italy. This morning's H1 2020A results should be seen in this context – showing a £0.8m operating loss, similar to the year before, and a period ahead of the company moving into a new chapter, as outlined above, and hence largely of historical interest. With initial orders from geographies ranging from APAC to South America, and from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia, the utility of the company's product in the most diverse situations is already amply affirmed.
Yesterday's announcement from VDTK highlights a string of contracts which have been awarded in recent months since the appointment of new CEO Rob Richards, who took office in May 2020. These orders underline (1) the commercial drive that the new CEO has instilled in the business, including bringing on board a new sales team, (2) this is an in-demand product, (3) the company's manufacturing facility has proved its ability to implement and despatch the orders that have been won effectively and ahead of delivery dates. All of this is very positive, in our opinion, and it is notable that the most recent order, the meaningful, $US2.2m / 1.5MW, contract by SAF Group followed on from a rigorous evaluation process which included the placing with SAS earlier in the period of a smaller order, again reflecting the quality and potential of the product to provide a renewable solution in sectors and geographies where the weight and relative fragility of conventional panels previously made this impossible.
This morning's announcement that VDTK has been awarded a sizeable, $US2.2m / 1.5MW, contract by SAF Group following the positive evaluation of its product is very encouraging. The six unit order from specialist engineering, construction and project management company SAF Group follows successful trials of VDKT's lightweight and robust solar energy product at one of SAF's sites (announced on June 22nd), and thus provides significant affirmation of the potential of its product to provide green energy effectively in a wide variety of settings. As a result of the win, VDTK will deliver six containerised ultra-light units from its manufacturing plant at Lainate in Northern Italy, for delivery in the coming months, with deployment of VDTK's product to provide temporary and semi-permanent power in the Sindh province of Pakistan across SAF's operations.
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.
Companies: IGE JLP VDTK
Jubilee Metals (JLP) – Corporate – H2 Update - Continued transformational improvements
Market Cap £90m Share Price 4.5p
Today Jubilee, the chrome and Platinum Group Metals (PGM) producer in South Africa with its Kabwe base metal refinery currently under construction in Zambia, provides an update on its H2 numbers for the six month period ending December 31st 2019. Revenues increased 74% (£25.0m from £14.4m in H1 2019) with operational earnings also increasing to £8.3m in H2 (from £5.6m). In H2 the company also brought the Kabwe copper (cobalt) plant into production from third party material with a view to also producing zinc in Q2 2020.
Verditek (VDTK) – Corporate – Continued trials, new sales appointment
Market Cap £4.9m Share Price 2.25p
We note this morning's RNS from VDTK, which outlines a wide range of trials, development agreements and potential outlets for their strong but light solar product. The RNS amply illustrates the potential broad reach of VDTK's product, taking in industrial, retail, telecoms and transportation products among others. With the company anticipating crystallising these opportunities in FY2020E, with commercialisation to follow, potential drivers remain safety, practicality and cost.
Companies: Jubilee Metals Group PLC (JLP:LON)Verditek Plc (VDTK:LON)
Jubilee Metals (JLP) – Corporate – H2 Update - Continued transformational improvements | Verditek (VDTK) – Corporate – Continued trials, new sales appointment
Kaspi.kz, the largest Paym ents, Marketplace and Fintech Ecosystem in Kazakhstan w ith a leading m arket share in each of its key products and services. GDR offering expected Oct 2019. In the first half of 2019, the Company generated total revenue of KZT226,862m (U.S. $598m), up 34% and net income of KZT77,001m (U.S. $203m), up 54%. Registration document approved for Helios Towers. The Group provides essential network services, flexible infrastructure solutions and reliable power supply to mobile network operators in five African growth economies. Revenue increased 7 per cent. year-on-year to US$191m (H1 2018: US$178m), with Adjusted EBITDA up 15 per cent. year-on-year at US$99m (H1 2018: US$86m) for the six months ended 30 June 2019.
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An H1 trading update to December confirms a strong start to FY21, with sales growth accelerating to 22% y/y – a material rebound from a Covid impacted 2H20 (+9% y/y) and +15% achieved prior to this. KPI‘s are strong across the piece, for instance every Geo grew >20%, Connector revenue grew +20% (Shopify: +115%) and ‘enhanced functionality‘ revs grew +20% also. It‘s genuinely hard to find fault with this performance. To us, this evidences how DOTD is executing on its strategy (around products, partners and Geo‘s) while also benefitting from strong thematic tailwinds benefitting its sector and end-markets. We leave recently upgraded FY21 forecasts unchanged, though note the strong H1 sales performance now requires an undemanding +14% y/y growth to hit N+1 estimates, so see upgrade/ outperformance potential. As well as DOTD‘s clear organic growth opportunities, we also highlight how cash continues to accumulate (now £27.6m) and could be deployed in a number of vectors.
Companies: dotDigital Group plc
Today's news & views, plus announcements from BRBY, BHB, DPLM, IWG,GFTU, CMCX, JDW, GFRD, BGO
Companies: Bango plc (BGO:LON)Galliford Try Holdings PLC (GFRD:LON)
Ahead of the FY Trading Update at the end of January, we revisit RBG’s investment case, and respond to investor concerns over Convex’s M&A pipeline and the short term cash requirements of Litigation Financing. Outperformance of the UK legal industry vs UK GDP over 2020 validates RBL’s continued performance. M&A market data shows an encouraging recovery in deal completions which looks set to continue into 2021, and we anticipate Convex to be well placed to convert its pipeline of >20 deals (c.£18m) into revenues, underpinning forecasts. LionFish is now well seeded, and the Group’s early cash realisations of cases ensure cashflows for the business are broadly neutral. Whilst case outcomes are binary, the de-risked option value here is a compelling addition to the investment case. We see intrinsic value as c.100p; highlighting the breakout potential in these shares.
Companies: RBG Holdings Plc
Time has produced robust interim results, slightly ahead of its earlier trading update, reflecting the gradual recovery of trading from a COVID-19 impacted March to June 2020, which saw a low in the lending book. With own-book origination holding up and arrears/forbearance falling, we view H2/21E positively but note the current UK lockdown presents uncertainty. Still trading at 20% below tangible book value, despite improved macro conditions, we see upside ahead and maintain a “BUY”.
Companies: Time Finance plc
Results for H1 to end Nov ‘20 show Time’s recovery is well underway from an industry-wide, Covid-induced slump in good quality lending demand and spike in bad debt provisions. This coincides with a Group rebrand, which consolidates 5 years of buy-&-build success and offers a range of new competitive advantages. The share price of 25p is 30% off pre-pandemic levels with valuation multiples suggesting Time looks significantly undervalued in relation to peers.
Although 2020 will probably go down in history as one of the most challenging years experienced during our lifetime, it will also likely be chronicled as one of the best years for the recognition and appreciation of science. As we entered 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its infancy. However, it rapidly evolved through the exponential rise in infections and mortality globally. Much has been achieved during the past 12 months in the fight against COVID-19, but, as we enter 2021, there are considerable concerns about the emergence of a mutant version of the virus and the second wave that we are now facing.
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Foresight Group , the award-winning infrastructure and private equity investment manager to IPO on the Main Market (premium). The Offer will primarily comprise a sale of shares by existing shareholders (c.80% of the Offer) with a smaller offering of new shares (c.20% of the Offer) to be issued by the Company. Details TBA. Cornish Metals (TSX-V: CUSN) intends to list on AIM. The Company is proposing to raise £5 million by way of private placement of new Common Shares (the "Fundraising") to advance the United Downs copper-tin project. The Company expects that Admission will become effective in February 2021. The Company's Common Shares will continue to be listed and trade on the TSX-V in Canada. VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc, a closed-ended investment Company focused on making sustainable energy infrastructure investments, today announces intends to launch an initial public offering of shares on the Official List (Premium) of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Due by Early Feb.
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Today's news & views, plus announcements from JET, PSN, SONG, HWDN, MSLH, PAGE, WMH, ASC, BGO, CUSN, CAY
Companies: Bango plc (BGO:LON)Persimmon Plc (PSN:LON)
AEX Gold Inc (AEXG LN) –Operational update
Cornish Metals* (CUSN LN) – AIM Admission – Writing the next chapter in Cornwall's long mining history
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Europa Metals Limited (EUZ LN) – Drilling starts at Europa's Toral zinc, lead, silver project in Spain
Caledonia Mining* (CMCL LN) – Record mine production at Blanket
GoldStone Resources (GRL LN) – Settlement of Claim by Former Director
IronRidge Resources* (IRR LN) – Further results from Zaranou gold exploration project, Cote d'Ivoire
Oriole Resources (ORR LN) – Exploration projects update
Tertiary Minerals* (TYM LN) – New copper exploration project in Nevada
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Appreciate has reported a very strong quarter – not just given the circumstances, but on its own merits. Indeed December saw the highest monthly billings in Appreciate's history.
Q3 delivered on the early promise we noted in November, with Corporate & HSV billings up 13.1% YoY to £96.3m, driven heavily by 42% YoY growth in December.
Companies: Appreciate Group plc
Today's update from WEY reveals the strong trading momentum within the business which is said to be trading “significantly ahead of budget and market expectations”. We have put in place a new FY22E forecast showing revenues and PBT rising 27% and 82% YoY respectively, highlighting both the very strong underlying growth as student numbers expand rapidly in response to successful marketing campaigns plus significant structural drivers, and the operational gearing effect, given that few extra costs are required operationally as major increases take place in student numbers. At the same time, our FY2021E revenue forecast is raised by 23% and, allowing for extra investment, forecast PBT is raised by 10%. Based on today's announcement and our new forecasts, we feel that WEY has already achieved its target of reaching the size of a Multi-Academy Trust, while also generating healthy gross margins, good levels of cash and a highly sustainable business growth model with much further to run.
Companies: Wey Education PLC
Anglo Asian Mining* (AAZ LN) – STRONG BUY – Update on Restored Contract Areas
Chaarat Gold* (CGH LN) – Kapan production beats guidance and delivers $19m EBITDA
Sunstone Metals (STM AU) – Drilling results from the Espiritu gold-silver prospect in Ecuador
Tertiary Minerals* (TYM LN) – Sale of data on Finnish project
Versarien* (VRS LN) – Interim results
W Resources (WRES LN) – La Parilla Q4 production
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Experian delivered a strong show in Q3 FY20/21 (7% organic revenue growth), ahead of management’s guidance of 3-5% yoy. The US mortgage activity and consumer services in North and Latin America continued to drive the top line. However, the top-line momentum is expected to ease in Q4, given the tough comparable base. Management has guided the benchmark EBIT to be similar to the previous year’s.
Companies: Experian PLC
Knights Group published their interim results for the six months to 31st October 2020 this morning. Numbers were already known by the market from the November trading update. Strong revenue and profitability numbers were driven by acquisitions, more than mitigating organic underperformance due to COVID
Companies: Knights Group Holdings Plc
Beldray’s strong performance and better than expected online and supermarket sales were the salient features of UPGS’s latest unscheduled trading statement. With continuing momentum in the order book and increasing resilience due to balanced distribution across its trading channels, we upgrade our full year FY2021 forecasts and argue that, at the current price of 98p, the shares would have to rise a full 50% to reach our 150p fair value.
Companies: Up Global Sourcing Holdings PLC