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PetroTal (TAL.TO) - The exploration and production company focused on oil assets in Peru is seeking a secondary AIM quoting before the end of 2018. Path Investments— First acquisition of a 50 per cent. participating interest in the producing Alfeld-Elze II gas field located 22 kilometres south of Hannover in Germany. Seeking £10m raise. Due early Oct Green Man Gaming—pure play e-commerce and technology company in the digital video games industry. revenue CAGR growth of 26.7% in the last three years to £47.5m. Due Mid October 2018. EBITDA Profitable. Offer TBA 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.
Companies: SAR DISH BZT BST STX CAS ECK ABAL STAF TSI
Green Man Gaming—pure play e-commerce and technology company in the digital video games industry. revenue CAGR growth of 26.7% in the last three years to £47.5m. Due 28 Sep. EBITDA Profitable. Offer TBA 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. Seeking £10m. Offer TBA. Due Mid September 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
Companies: SKIN DISH CLON CTG ABAL 9537 HNG
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 Immotion Group - aims to become the market leader in "out of home" Immersive Entertainment Experiences. Offer TBA. Due 12 July
Companies: DERR EML PHTM PRTC MYSL COS CAPD JWNG ABAL ACC
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 TBA. 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.
Companies: NFC LOGP AUG KAT ROSE EDL SNG UVEN TSG ABAL
GoTech Group– AIM shell moving to NEX. the Company’s Investment Strategy will be to initially effectively become a UK, Canadian and Australian-focused medicinal cannabis and related products’ index tracker and investor. Due 25 Jun. Sovereign Mines of Afirca PLC to be renamed The Barkby Group PLC after the acquisition of Turf to Table Ltd will join the NEX Exchange on 26 June 2018 after raising £547k at 9p with market cap of £3.42m
Companies: CNG EBQ IHC LVCG VEL KEFI MOS ABAL BOOM
Stratmin Global Resources RTO of Signature Gold a specialist Australian gold exploration company focused on the exploration and development of large-scale Intrusion Related Gold System. Offer TBA. Due 6 June. Will leave AIM under rule 41.
Companies: YGEN EQLS CMB FLTA GMAA ALSP ECSC NCYT ANR ABAL
Block Energy— UK based oil exploration and production company whose main country of operation is the Republic of Georgia. Raising £4m. Mkt cap £9.3m. Due early June. Codemasters Group— video game developer and publisher, specialising in high quality racing games. Offer TBA. Seeking £15m in primary. Due 1 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. Maestrano Group, a software company with operations in Australia (main country of operation), the UK, US and the UAE, is looking to join AIM. Cloud based automated management data system. Raising £6m at 15p. Mkt Cap £12m. Due 30 May. Yew Grove REIT—newly formed Company will pursue its investment objective by investing in a diversified portfolio of Irish commercial property. Offer TBA. Due Late May
Companies: ENGI BLV AVO SMRT GMR PPIX MED IMM ALS ABAL
Vannin Capital—Press reports that litigation funder Vannin Capital is working on plans to float on the London Stock Exchange later in 2018 with an expected valuation of well over £500m | Avast, global cybersecurity provider with 435m users worldwide. In 2017, the Group's Adjusted Billings was $811 million, Adjusted Revenue was $780 million, Adjusted Cash EBITDA was $451 million. Seeking to raise $200m. Due in May | Fundamentum Supported Housing REIT. Raising £150m. Focussed on UK Social Housing assets. Due 2 May | Vivo Energy—retailer and marketer of Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, Due in May. 100% secondary sell-down of existing Shares by Selling Shareholders, No new Money. Pricing TBA | Gore Street Energy Storage Fund—Seeking to raise £100m for the purposes of investment in a diversified portfolio of utility scale energy storage projects. Due 03 May | Odyssean Investment Trust—Raising £100m at £1. Due 1 May. The Company will primarily invest in smaller company equities quoted on markets operated by the London Stock Exchange | Finablr - press reports in ‘Arabian Business’ that Money transfer firms UAE Exchange, Travelex and others under UAE billionaire Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty’s newly formed holding company Finablr are preparing for a London IPO
Companies: MORT GSH CORA ATQT ICON GRP MXO MIRI ABAL
Block Energy—a NEX Listed UK based oil exploration and production company whose main country of operation is the Republic of Georgia, looks to join AIM end of February 2018. Offer TBC 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. Offer raising £30m at 165p with mkt cap of £100m . Due 9 Feb.
Companies: PVG SPSY IDE JAY VLTY COM STR RHL ERGO ABAL
Imaginatik* (IMTK): Interims (CORP) | CareTech (CTH): Deploying resources effectively (BUY) | Elecosoft* (ELCO): Howdy partner (CORP)
Companies: CTH ELCO ABAL
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This quarter we use finnCap’s Slide Rule to provide both top-down and bottom-up analysis of the UK’s Technology and Telecoms sectors. Our findings are very reassuring: the Tech sector scores the best (across all sectors) when considering Growth and Quality – Taptica*, Frontier Developments* and dotDigital* in particular stand out on these metrics. Given these attractive characteristics and growth prospects, the Tech sector is unsurprisingly one of the most expensive – currently trading at 17.2x FY1 EV/EBIT and 23.8x FY1 P/E, versus 15.0x and 18.5x respectively for the wider market. Despite valuations appearing high, we believe there are value opportunities. For example, Proactis* features in finnCap’s QVGM+ portfolio (ranked 17/462) – the company offers attractive organic and inorganic growth, with earnings forecast to grow by 26% CAGR over the next two years, but despite this, only trades on 15x FY1 earnings and offers 8% FCF yield in FY2.
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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. | Wilmcote Holdings plc—Sch1 from the Company established with the objective of creating value for its investors through the acquisition and subsequent development of target businesses in the downstream and specialty chemicals sector. Offer raising £15m at 120p with market cap of £25m. Expected 17 August 2017 | Andes Energia PLC—Sch1 on admission the Company will change its name to Phoenix Global Resources plc will be an Argentinian independent oil & gas exploration and production company, offer TBC but market cap to be £844m and admission date 10 August 2017 | Verditek PLC—Sch1 update from holding company in the clean technology sector with subsidiaries operating within what it considers are emergent and fast growing sectors (industrial treatment of solids, air purification, water de-odourisation, zero emission, low cost energy), offer raising £2.75m at 9p with market cap of £16.9m. Admission 10 August 2017 | Strix Group PLC—Sch1 from the Company involved with the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls and other components and devices involving water heating and temperature control, steam management and water filtration. Offer raising £190m at 100p with market cap of £190m admission date 8 August 2017. | Xpediator Plc—Sch 1 from the holding Company for an integrated freight management business operating in the supply chain logistics and fulfilment sector across the UK and Europe with a strong presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Offer details TBC, expected Admission early August 2017. | Altus Strategies—African focused natural resource Company. Offer raising £1.1m at 10p with market cap of £10.7m. Expected 10 August 2017 | Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment Company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Offer raising £200m at 100p. The Company has decided to extend the closing date for the Placing, Offer for Subscription and Intermediaries Offer to 1 August 2017. The Company may bring forward this closing date at any time. Admission 15 September 2017
Companies: DKE PTSG C21 TRT IRR RLD NET DFX OXB ABAL
Taptica* (TAP): Going straight to video (CORP) | Lok’nStore* (LOK): Rapid growth in new store pipeline (CORP) | Avacta* (AVCT): FY 17 trading update – lower cash burn (CORP) | Imaginatik* (IMTK): Prelims (CORP) | Transense Technologies* (TRT): A further contract win for the iTrack II (CORP)
Companies: TRMR LOK AVCT TRT ABAL
Byotrol* (BYOT): EPA approval – now to exploit the IP (CORP) | Trifast^ (TRI): Currency drives results ahead of expectations. (BUY) | Water Intelligence* (WATR): Growth continues to accelerate (CORP) | Wentworth Resources (WRL): Operational update (BUY) | Imaginatik* (IMTK): Proposed placing (CORP) | iomart* (IOM): Textbook delivery (CORP) | Telecom Plus (TEP): Sturdy prelims, future growth (BUY)
Companies: BYOT TRI WATR WRL IOM TEP ABAL
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|13Nov19 07:00||RNS||Appointment of Joint Broker|
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|06Aug19 07:30||RNS||Suspension - Abal Group Plc|
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CentralNic has announced the acquisition of Team Internet for a total consideration of $48m. The acquisition will be financed in part by a further €40m bond issue under identical terms to the €50m issue announced on 23 May 2019. Team Internet operates a ‘domain monetisation’ platform, allowing domain name owners to monetise dormant domains to generate recurring income to offset renewal fees and earn a profit. This provides a complimentary service to existing CNIC services: clients currently pay CentralNic subscription fees to register and renew domain names. Team Internet had revenues of $66.7m in the 12 months to June 2019, with EBITDA of $10.6m. We expect this transaction to have an immaterial impact to 2019E due to timing and be 43.8% accretive to 2020E earnings. Post completion, we estimate net debt:EBITDA will be 2.1x in 2020E falling to 1.6x in 2021E.
Companies: Centralnic Group
IQE’s reduced guidance for FY19 revenues of £136–142m (vs £140–160m previously) reflects primarily the greater than anticipated disruption to its major US wireless customers as a result of the US/China trade war. There is good evidence to support a recovery in the medium term: the qualification of products and tools in the Asian supply chain for both 3D sensing and wireless RF is encouraging, while exposure to 5G remains attractive. However, the timing of a recovery is difficult to gauge and with Q120 expected to be seasonally quiet we downgrade our FY19 and FY20 revenue estimates by 5.3% and 15% respectively, with FY19 EPS reduced from a 0.5p profit to a 0.8p loss and FY20 EPS reduced from 2.3p to 0.3p.
Bango has announced the launch of Direct Carrier Billing (“DCB”) payment services for Google’s YouTube TV Service, with the initial launch via a “leading” but unnamed US Mobile Network Operator (“MNO”). With the ongoing growth in US Over The Top (“OTT) video services continuing to cannibalise the Cable TV operators, we believe DCB for YouTube TV is a strong offering in a large market. The release is light on detail as to the potential value to Bango, and we make no revisions to forecasts. Nevertheless, the launch represents a further win in an area of strategic focus for the group. It also confirms the integration of a major new merchant service into the Bango Platform.
As noted in the October trading update, SRT’s big Systems project milestones will be booked in H2, leaving just the growing Transceivers revenue in H1. This business jumped 15% YoY and drove an overall 10% YoY growth in group revenue. Management is comfortable in delivering major milestones on the Philippines MDA deployment, which will see SRT achieve record H2 results and we therefore reiterate our FY forecasts and TP of 75p.
Companies: SRT Marine Systems
We continue to take a selective stance on stocks within the small cap Technology space. The sector’s equity performance was lacklustre over 2019, rising 4% and keeping pace with the All-Share index (relative to multi-year periods of outperformance) as investors took a cautious stance on geopolitical and macro risk. We believe cautious sentiment is likely to dominate trade during the first half of 2020 and maintain our preference for consumeroriented players, consistent with our Arden Thematic Technology framework. Our top picks for 2020 are CDM, EVRH*, SUMO and VNET.
Companies: CALL CDM FDEV KWS SUMO TM17
Interims reveal a particularly strong trading period for the group, with underlying organic sales growth accelerating to +20% c/c (previously mid-single digit), underpinned by both strong trading in the US (+c.50% u/l) and the UK (+11%). Additionally, Eckoh benefitted from a large perpetual Coral licence deal, bringing reported sales growth to +37%. In our view, these results speak to the strong proposition, opportunity and momentum Eckoh across its markets. We leave FY u/l forecasts unchanged but acknowledge they look more than achievable. Currently trading on a 5% FCF yield, rising to 6% in FY21E, we think Eckoh offers a unique investment opportunity.
Instem has bolstered its Informatics offering with the bolt-on acquisition of US-based Leadscope for up to $4.6m. The deal looks highly complementary, adding a leading player in the field of computational toxicology, an area with significant structural growth potential and strong regulatory drivers. We upgrade our FY20 and FY21 EPS forecasts by 6.5% and see scope for material revenue synergies over time. Instem remains one of our best ideas for 2019 and we see the addition of Leadscope as adding to an already strong organic growth outlook.
Following continued delays of a Brexit agreement, few sectors within the UK market have remained attractive to investors despite low valuations. One sector which has continued to outperform despite the political drama has been the UK video gaming sector (henceforth UK gaming), which we are fans of. We believe a combination of sector-leading growth, strong cash conversion and timely cyclical positioning support our positive view on the UK video gaming sector.
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Instem has announced the acquisition, for up to $4.6m, of a US-based provider of software for safety assessments. Leadscope’s software provides computer models that predict toxicity of chemical compounds – the systems are so advanced that the FDA allows them to replace animal testing in certain limited situations. A strong fit with Instem’s existing safety assessment business and its KnowledgeScan offering, this deal appears a well-considered and useful extension to the group’s position.
CentralNic (CNIC) is executing on its strategy to build a global domain name and web services provider, acting as a consolidator in a fragmented market. Its key focus is expanding in emerging markets, where internet penetration is lower than in developed economies and the growth rates are higher. The company has spent £41.7m on acquisitions in FY16–18, and a further US$28.9m so far in FY19 (note the company’s reporting currency changed from pounds sterling to US dollars in FY19). Management is confident of ongoing organic revenue growth and highlights a strong pipeline of potential future M&A deals.
Companies: Centralnic Group
EBITDA of £10.5m (£10.4mE) was delivered from revenue of £49.2m (£46.7mE) with net cash of £24.1m, (as revealed in August), comfortably ahead of our £21.5m year-end forecast. Newsflow in the period included three acquisitions, the securing of a five year framework agreement for deployment of TRACS Enterprise with a major Train Operating Group, and the successful transition of the CEO role to Chris Barnes. The Group continues to deliver the proven mix of self-funded acquisitions and organic growth, demonstrating comfortable delivery of forecasts reiterated at interims, and a very strong balance sheet giving capacity to deliver much more of the same. With the new CEO able to deliver operational efficiencies to a Group already well versed in delivering successful acquisitions, we look forward to the next part of Tracsis journey. Target 775p reiterated.
In 2018/19, the organic recurring revenue increased by +10.8% thanks to higher software subscriptions (+29%) which outpaced the reduction in maintenance revenue (-12%) resulting from the migration of customers to software subscription. The transformation to a SaaS model also led to lower organic SSRS (-18%). Lastly, the organic operating margin was down to 23.7% of revenue (-5.1pt). These characteristics should continue in 2019/20.
Companies: The Sage Group
The European Council announced on Friday 8 November that it has adopted a regulation on the general safety of motor vehicles and the protection of vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users. This follows an agreement with the European Parliament in March 2019 and is part of the "Europe on the Move" package, launched by the European Commission in May 2018. These new regulations are to help transition towards a mobility system which is safe, clean and automated. Of relevance to Seeing Machines is the Regulation for the adoption of safety features that include advanced driver distraction warning systems and driver drowsiness and attention warning systems. These regulations will apply from May-2022 to all cars, vans, trucks and buses (including SUVs) and amend several existing safety regulations for EU-type approval.
Companies: Seeing Machines
CloudCall reported its H1’19 results this morning featuring robust revenue growth of 30%, driven by users and recurring revenues. The group has also announced a £12m offer (43% of mkt cap) at 100p, with net proceeds aimed at bolstering the balance sheet and leveraging growth opportunities. Pointedly management target £50m of sales by 2025. While it is difficult to find such magnitude and consistency of growth in the market at present given macro pressures, the magnitude of the placing and rate of investment required to sustain growth lead us to take pause. We place our recommendation under review pending a more substantial analysis of the group’s operating model.
Companies: Cloudcall Group
IQE has acquired the third-party shareholdings in its CSDC joint venture in Singapore for a nominal fee. This gives it control of the operation, which is currently loss making, enabling it to restructure the business and focus it on emerging sales opportunities in Asia for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)-based products. Short term, the deal has a negative impact on earnings. We reduce our FY19 and FY20 EPS estimates by 8% and 5%, respectively.