Small Cap Feast
Abal Group (formerly on AIM) to relist as Supply@Me, a growing innovative "inventory monetisation" platform, having originated more than EUR300m of prospective "inventory monetisation deals" in its first six months of operating (to June 2018). In the first half of 2019, an additional prospective EUR300m was originated. As at the date of the publication of the Prospectus and Circular to Abal shareholders, dated 4 March 2020 , EUR972m of prospective contracts have been originated. Raising £2.2m. Due 23 March.
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17 Mar 20
Small Cap Feast
Inspecs, a UK designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames to global retail chains announces its intention to IPO onto AIM raising £94m with a market cap of £138m. Admission expected 27th February. FY Dec 2018 numbers show revenue of $57m and underlying EBITDA of $11m
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20 Feb 20
Taking Stock: tumbleweed on Threadneedle Street
Good morning. With Friday’s (31 January) Brexit, the UK said farewell to the uncertainties that dogged the market in 2019. 2019 was the weakest IPO market in a decade, with the LSE’s 36 listings making it the quietest year since 2009. Now, investors tell us that there is a paucity of new ideas - with take-outs like Sophos and StatPro, there is money to recycle and they are concerned about a declining pool of listed securities. The most important determinant of a successful IPO is finding buyers for new shares, so this is positive news. At the same time, this is a golden age for technology and the entrepreneur and the UK is the best place in the world to set up and build a tech company, in our view. London is the leading city for unicorns, producing 46 unicorns since 1990; Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Bristol have a combined total of 20. However, Capital Markets has a strong competitor – we note that in 2019, venture funding into the UK was £10bn, +40% Y/Y, and it accounted for 33% of all European Tech investment. We believe that the climate for IPOs will improve from here on in as more investors follow Sir Martin Sorrell’s view (btw his S4C (SFOR.LN, Not covered) was a reverse, not an IPO) who opines, "When you have a legacy company, and all the holding companies have legacy bits, that business is more challenged than if you start with a clean sheet of paper. Starting clean enables you to choose where you are going to go and areas of activity, without being a prisoner of history. While legacy businesses have the advantage of people with great talent, contracts and networks, historic structures impose conditions on operations that make it more difficult.” The wake-up call. 2019 was the quietest of IPO years. But we think that the market will start up again in 2020. Now, the onus is on UK Capital Markets to look not only domestically, but also globally, to attract the brightest to the UK. The UK has a superb IPO track record. Looking to the IPOs since 2010, buying all that are still on the market gives a 155% return (priced 3 February 2020, 08:45 GMT). However, there are some points to note. (i) The IPO market is characterised by binary outcomes - this is a stockpicker's paradise. (ii) There is a residual effect of the Neil Woodford fund collapse, meaning that it may be harder (read: more expensive) for smaller/illiquid firms to ‘get away’ and to attract an audience in the aftermarket. (iii) The best performing IPO of the last decade was Blue Prism (PRSM.LN, not covered) – it has recorded a 2,136% return since its March 2016 IPO. (iv) While the era of Global Britain may have dawned, foreign domiciled companies have had the poorest post-listing track records. (v) We are not through the uncertainty as the UK’s final trading relationship with the EU, our biggest trading partner, is not decided and 60% of London firms anticipate a ‘Brexit Brain Drain’, where tech talent leaves the UK post-Brexit.
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03 Feb 20
Osirium Technologies - Bookings ahead of expectations
Osirium made good progress in signing new business in H2, reporting FY19 bookings 13% ahead of our forecast and 53% higher year-on-year. FY19 revenue is slightly below our forecast due to the timing of multi-year bookings. With the proceeds of the recent fund raise, we expect the company to increase investment in headcount to accelerate growth. We have revised our forecasts to reflect the bookings intake, revenue recognition and higher staff costs.
14 Jan 20
Small Cap Feast
Calisen Group. Potential Intention to Float. Owner and manager of essential energy infrastructure assets . Consolidated FY Dec 18 revenue £162.1m and operating profit £25.4m. Raising up to £300m in primary plus partial vendor sale. The Global Sustainable Farmland Income Trust will invest in a diversified portfolio of operational farmland assets located in major agricultural markets including the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and certain countries within Latin and South America. Raising up to $300m. Due 28 February. Investment firm Nippon Active Value fund is seeking to raise up to £200m at an issue price of 100p per share via an IPO. The company aims to invest in a portfolio of quoted Japanese stocks with market capitalisations of up to $1bn. First day of dealings expected early February.
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14 Jan 20
More Netflix originals; Avast hacked; Apple manufacturing in India
Netflix is raising another US$2 billion in debt to fund additional content creation and other expenses, the company announced on Monday. The company routinely raises debt to help fuel its growing library of original TV shows and movies. The streaming giant offered US$2 billion in new debt in April after issuing another round of notes several months earlier. Netflix said it plans to use the proceeds to fund "Content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.". We’re unsurprised and anticipate the competition will also up their game to capture market share – all the better for the localisation market.
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22 Oct 19
Osirium Technologies - A trio of new orders
Osirium has announced three new contracts that cover a diverse range of verticals and use cases. These wins highlight the attraction of the ease of use of the platform and the value of the PxM Express offering as a route to market. The contracts support our order estimates for H219 and we leave our estimates unchanged.
10 Oct 19
Shore Capital Technology Bytes
CASTLETON TECHNOLOGY^ (CTP, NR, CNP) – Miss to full year expectations due to both product and professional services revenue being lower than anticipated. | OSIRIUM TECHNOLOGIES^ (OSI, NR, CNP) - New customer and upsell contract wins across multiple sectors. | IQE^ (IQE, NR, CNP) - Acquisition of 100% of CSDC Private Limited (“CSDC”) for a nominal sum (approximately US$2 and 50 cents). Loss making unit secures the strategic direction of IQE in Singapore - consolidated group accounts for FY19 will be adversely affected by c.£0.5m.
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10 Oct 19
Small Cap Feast
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. Pricing rumoured at 115p to 145p implying valuation of up to $1.8bn. Expected Oct 2019.
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10 Oct 19
Osirium Technologies - Product innovation supports order growth
Osirium won a number of new customers and saw a 100% renewal rate in H119. It has signed up its first customer for the recently launched privileged process automation solution and is due to launch its first endpoint privilege management solution in Q4. With a broader product range, it has the opportunity to win new customers in the wider privileged access security market and cross-sell to its existing customer base.
30 Sep 19
Small Cap Feast
AMRYT 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. VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY), an independent energy com pany focused on developm ent and production assets in West Africa, today announces its formal intention to seek a Standard Listing on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange ("LSE"), to complement its existing Listing on the New York Stock Exchange. 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, announces today the expected publication of a registration document that has been submitted for approval to the FCA and its potential intention, subject to market conditions, to undertake an initial public offering. 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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23 Sep 19
Small Cap Feast
AMRYT 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. VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY), an independent energy com pany focused on developm ent and production assets in West Africa, today announces its formal intention to seek a Standard Listing on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange ("LSE"), to complement its existing Listing on the New York Stock Exchange. 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, announces today the expected publication of a registration document that has been submitted for approval to the FCA and its potential intention, subject to market conditions, to undertake an initial public offering .
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18 Sep 19
Cloudflare prices above range; Virtual wall maker new unicorn; High speed 5G gaming
Cloudflare, a California-based digital content delivery and Internet security company, raised its IPO price range this morning from a prior $10 to $12 interval to $12 to $14 per share. At its new prices, Cloudflare would be valued between $3.5 billion and $4.1 billion. Cloudflare's maximum IPO fund raise is now $563.5 million. Investors’ appetite for cloud offerings appears to remain robust. Ex- Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey’s new business, Anduril Industries, is building a virtual wall on the southern border of the US. His new venture is being valued at more than $1 billion in a new fundraising round, according to sources. Anduril describes itself as a company that "Invents and builds technology to secure America and its interests.". Virtual border controls feel like a natural evolution of physical barriers for a digital era. The Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s video gaming mega-conference, opened on Thursday with enthusiasts testing how ultra-high-speed 5G mobile data networks will impact the gaming experience ahead of the technology's commercial rollout in Japan in 2020. Game makers, related network developers, and esports promoters cite expect to benefit from nextgeneration wireless networks that are expected to allow players of increasingly popular online games to utilize faster downloads and smoother connections. 5G’s influence is only beginning to rise as coverage is rolled out.
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12 Sep 19
Brevan Howard plans crypto fund, Google discovers 2-YR iPhone security flaws
Alan Howard’s push into crypto is a badly kept secret that appears to be crystallising into reality. In our view, the crypto space has undergone a very interesting transition from rampant retail speculation to, well, rampant retail speculation underpinned by a broad base of institutional interest. Google search volumes have fallen, transaction sizes appear to be escalating and the latest wave of equipment upgrades suggest consumer interest and potential to participate is now very low. Meanwhile, increased macro risk, currency controls and privacy concerns may be fuelling increased interest. We await further signs of whether we are at a turning point or whether this is (another) flash in the pan. Apple’s woes appear to be mounting as the group undergoes a difficult transition from a lifetime of focus on aesthetically pleasing hardware with a highly refined user experience, to a services focus. On one hand, the group’s key product the iPhone (which accounted for most revenues until very recently) is rapidly entering commoditised territory. Consumers have the option of a powerful and near fully-featured £160 generic Android handset or a cutting-edge iPhone for £1,000; for many, the choice is a simple one. The supply chain woes of having massive exposure to China in the context of the US-China trade war is also likely to weigh heavily on short term strategy. On the other hand, the group’s services are consumer focused and face strong competition from the likes of Amazon, Spotify, Microsoft and Netflix. If the thesis was to build the services on a firm foundation of the Apple hardware base, the cracks in security are worrying.
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02 Sep 19
VMware spends $5bn on cloud security, Salesforce provides strong outlook, Amazon acquires Indian supermarket chain
VMware said on Thursday it bought two providers of cloud security and cloud developer services in separate deals valued at about $5 billion, as it expands offerings for corporate clients. VMware bought Pivotal Software Inc in a $2.7 billion deal. Separately, VMware said it would buy software maker Carbon Black Inc for about $2 billion in cash.
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27 Aug 19
Osirium Technologies - First Opus contract win
Osirium Technologies has signed up its first customer for the recently launched Opus privileged process automation solution and two new customers for its PxM platform. Osirium has broadened its product range with Opus and the recent launch of its privileged endpoint management (PEM) solution, opening up access to a wider addressable market and providing support for our bookings forecasts.
20 Aug 19
Tencent drops after weak guidance, SoftBank makes energy investment, Security software leaks 1m fingerprints
Tencent shares slumped as much as 3.88% on Thursday after the Chinese technology giant missed analyst expectations, despite beating forecast on earnings. Revenue rose 21% year-on-year to 88.82 billion yuan. Profit attributable to shareholders beat analyst forecasts, rising 35% year-on-year to 24.14 billion yuan. The company's gaming division returned to growth, posting revenue of 27.3 billion yuan, up 8% year-on-year, with mobile games performing particularly well.
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15 Aug 19
BA resumes services after IT meltdown, AT&T employees took bribes to install malware, Nike announces AI acquisition
British Airways said its flights were returning to normal after passengers had to endure cancellations, delays and long queues at London airports as the airline suffered its third major computer failure in a little more than two years. More than 60 flights to and from Heathrow and Gatwick were cancelled and more than 100 were delayed, according to the departure boards at the two airports.
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08 Aug 19
Capital One confirms data breach, Qualcomm & Tencent partner for gaming phone, Microsoft acquires software start-up
Capital One announced on Monday that a data breach identified earlier this month exposed personal information of its customers, including social security details and bank account numbers. The Virginia-headquartered bank said in a news release that about 140,000 Social Security numbers of its credit card customers and around 80,000 linked bank account numbers were compromised. In total, Capital One said, "This event affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada." Qualcomm and Tencent said on Monday they will cooperate on projects that could include making the Chinese company's videogames play better on devices with Qualcomm chips, and create a 5G version of a Tencent-backed gaming phone. Microsoft yesterday announced the acquisition of BlueTalon, a start-up whose software can prevent people from accessing certain high-value data that companies keep. Over time, the acquisition could help Microsoft's campaign to get companies feeling more comfortable with the idea of keeping sensitive data in its Azure public cloud, which competes with Amazon and other companies.
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30 Jul 19
Facebook to use Libra to become utility, Slack not worried about Microsoft, Symantec ends talks with Broadcom
The Senate Banking Committee on Monday released the testimony of David Marcus, the head of Facebook's cryptocurrency projects ahead of his testimony Tuesday. In his prepared remarks, Marcus perfectly outlines the business model behind the social network’s upcoming Libra digital currency and its Calibra digital wallet. Microsoft might be the primary competitor for Slack, but the widespread adoption of Microsoft's software is not a major problem for Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of the messaging app. Last week, Microsoft said Teams had more daily active users than Slack. Cybersecurity company Symantec Corp has walked away from negotiations to sell itself to chipmaker Broadcom over price disagreements, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Symantec's decision raises new questions over the future of the US antivirus software provider, which is looking for a new CEO and has been struggling to grow its business serving companies.
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16 Jul 19
Osirium Technologies - A game of two halves
Osirium saw strong order intake in H119, +70% y-o-y and +81% h-o-h. As H1 benefited from the renewal of a large three-year contract, management has guided bookings more cautiously for H219, expecting growth of at least 36% for FY19. We have revised our forecasts down accordingly, but highlight that the recently launched Opus solution could provide upside to our bookings, revenue and EBITDA estimates.
08 Jul 19
Small Cap Feast
ReAssure Group plc - The Group is a leading closed book life insurance consolidator in the United Kingdom with 4.3m policies, £68.7 billion of assets under administration on a Post-L&G Illustrative Basis. It is considering a premium listing segment of the main market. Voyager AIR The Com pany w ill focus on the acquisition, leasing and m anagement of prim arily widebody aircraft, w ith asset management services to be provided by Amedeo Limited he IPO will comprise a Placing and Offer for Subscription of Shares to raise up to approximately US$200m· Uniphar, a diversified healthcare services business w ith a workforce of over 2,000, is looking to join AIM. Raise TBC, expected mid-July 2019
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08 Jul 19
Australian banks to digitize bank guarantees, US Gov reviewing license requests for Huawei, Broadcom to acquire Symantec
Australia's top three banks said on Thursday they have agreed to partner with IBM and shopping mall owner Scentre Group to test blockchain technology to digitize bank guarantees. The companies are exploring how to move away from paper-based bank guarantees to cut processing time and the risk of fraud, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Westpac Banking Corp and Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a statement. The US government said on Wednesday it was reviewing licence requests from US companies seeking to export products to China's Huawei "Under the highest national security scrutiny" since the company is still blacklisted. In an email to Reuters, the Commerce Department said that as it reviewed applications, it was applying the "Presumption of denial" standard associated with Entity Listed companies, meaning applications are unlikely to be approved. Symantec shares surged more than 20% in extended trading on Tuesday after Bloomberg reported that Broadcom is in advanced talks to acquire the security software vendor. The deal is reported to be worth more than $16bn, implying an EV/Sales multiple of 3.40x (Bloomberg). Agreement on a deal was close but could be delayed until after the July 4 holiday, according to people briefed on the move.
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04 Jul 19
Allenby Capital TMT Update 28.05.19 (MWE.L, BOOM.L, BIRD.L, OSI.L, CNS.L)
MTI Wireless Edge Ltd* (MWE.L, 23.5p/£20.4m) Q1 results: Positive start to FY19 (22.05.19) | Audioboom plc* (BOOM.L, 2.25p/£28.7m) British Podcast Awards (21.05.19) | Blackbird plc* (BIRD.L, 5.6p/£16.6m) Board appointment (23.05.19) | Osirium Technologies plc (OSI.L, 75p/£10.2m) Meeting with management: Opus expands market (21.05.19) | Corero Network Security plc (CNS.L, 7.5p/£30.1m) Meeting with management: Juniper relationship key (21.05.19)
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21 May 19
Osirium Technologies - Moving beyond PAM
Osirium reported FY18 revenues and operating loss slightly ahead of our forecasts. Although bookings intake was lower than expected in H218, the increase in proofs of concept underway and the number of customers using PxM Express support accelerating bookings growth in FY19. By broadening the product offering with the recently launched secure IT process automation solution, Opus, and the soon to be launched endpoint privilege management (EPM) solution, Osirium is growing its addressable market and creating upsell opportunities for its ‘land and expand’ strategy.
17 May 19
Small Cap Feast
Essensys plc—a provider of mission-critical SaaS platforms and on-demand cloud services to the high growth flexible workspace industry, plans to join AIM. Offer TBC, expected 29 May 2019. Induction Healthcare Group plc—a healthcare technology company focused on streamlining the delivery of care by Healthcare Professionals looking to join AIM. Expected raise of £14.58m at 115p, market cap of £34.07m. Expected 22 May 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. Alumasc Group plc, the premium building products, systems and solutions group, has announced its intention to move from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019
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17 May 19
Osirium Technologies - Opus: taking the work out of IT security
Osirium is building on the success of its privileged task automation technology with the launch of a new product, Opus, to provide privileged IT process automation. Opus enables the automation of more complicated processes that require privileged access to multiple systems, and provides for human interaction where choices and exceptions arise. Opus will be sold as a separate module and management expects it to have a growing and material impact on its financial performance.
07 May 19
Small Cap Feast
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. Alumasc Group plc, the premium building products, systems and solutions group, has announced its intention to move from the Premium Segment of the main market to AIM. Expected market cap of £33.4m. Expected 25 June 2019 NEX Exchange Arbuthnot Banking Group plc, primarily involved in banking and financial services including commercial banking, private banking, wealth planning and investment management, is looking to joining the NEX Exchange Growth Market. Expected 17 May 2019
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01 May 19
Osirium Technologies - Increasing adoption of PxM
A flurry of contract announcements highlight that Osirium is seeing increasing adoption of its software across a wide variety of use cases and verticals. As market awareness of the need for privileged access management grows, Osirium’s subscription licensing model provides a flexible way for customers to secure their privileged accounts against internal and external threats.
27 Feb 19
Small Cap Feast
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.
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14 Feb 19
Osirium Technologies - FY18 growth confirmed
Osirium traded in line with management expectations in H218 and expects to report close to 50% growth in revenues for FY18. The company has signed up customers in new verticals during the year, highlighting the diversity of customer use cases. The growing number of proofs of concept and rate of conversion to sales provides support to our bookings and revenue forecasts.
14 Jan 19
Osirium Technologies - Securing growth through PAM innovation
Osirium reported H118 results in line with management expectations. Revenue growth of 78% and bookings growth of 37% provide good support to our FY18 forecasts. Heightened M&A activity in the privileged access management (PAM) market highlights the growing importance of PAM technology in IT security and the greenfield opportunity for Osirium. The company continues to invest in R&D to maintain its innovative edge, with the next generation of its task automation software due for release early next year and a technology partnership with RazorSecure bringing endpoint privilege management to the portfolio.
15 Oct 18
TMT Update 01.10.18 (MBT.L, MPAY.L, CPX.L, MIRA.L, OSI.L)
Mobile Tornado Group plc* (MBT.L, 4.40p/£15.4m) Interims: Gathering sales momentum (27.09.18) | Mi-Pay Group plc* (MPAY.L, 10.0p/£4.6m) Interims - New revenue stream added (25.09.18) | CAP-XX plc* (CPX.L, 10.85p/£32.6m) Spire Health Tags stocked at Apple stores (25.09.18) | Mirada plc* (MIRA.L, 0.725p/£2.1m) Prelims: Accelerated roll out by izzi and imminent ATNi deployment (28.09.18) | Osirium Technologies plc* (OSI.L, 145p/£19.6m) Interims: Good financial and operational progress (25.09.18)
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01 Oct 18
Small Cap Breakfast
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. 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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19 Sep 18
On track for continued strong bookings growth
Osirium’s FY17 results confirmed that it is growing bookings for its subscription-based software in line with expectations and has kept tight control over costs. Funds raised in March should enable the company to accelerate investment in product development and sales and marketing to take advantage of the greenfield opportunity for PAM software within the mid-market.
27 Jun 18
Small Cap Brunch
VR Education Holdings—a virtual reality software and technology company. Raising £6m, mkt cap c €22m. Due 12 March SimplyBiz, a Financial Services Firm, reported to be considering an IPO targeting a market capitalisation of between £140m and £155m in a listing that would raise £30m of new money. Bacanora Lithium—Readmission. No new money. Mkt cap £140m. Due 21 March. the new holding company for Bacanora Minerals Ltd Core Industrial REIT—established to invest in Irish-based industrial properties, predominantly located in the Greater Dublin Area. Vendor placing and new funds to a total of €225m, Target gross proceeds €207m. Expected Mid March Polarean - Medical drug-device combination company operating in the high resolution medical imaging market. Offer TBC. Due Early March 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
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06 Mar 18
Small Cap Breakfast
TruFin—holding company of an operating group comprising three growth-focused FinTech and banking businesses operating in three niche lending markets: supply chain finance, invoice finance and dynamic discounting. Offer TBC, expected late Feb Polarean - The medical drug-device combination companies operating in the high resolution medical imaging market. Offer TBC. Due 22 Feb 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.
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07 Feb 18
FY17 bookings on track
Osirium has confirmed that FY17 bookings intake was in line with market expectations. The company has seen a steady flow of new customer wins as well as renewals from existing customers. The recent launch of its first freemium product, PxM Express, should support further customer acquisition through the course of FY18.
09 Jan 18
TMT UPDATE - 06.11.17 (BOOM.L, SND.L, OSI.L)
AudioBoom plc (BOOM.L, 3.725p/£34.1m) Broadcast event: Positive 2018 podcast outlook (02.11.17) | Sanderson plc (SND.L, 69.5p/£38.3m) FY pre-close: Solid and continues to be cautious (30.10.17) | Osirium Technologies plc (OSI.L, 160p/£16.6m) Contract win with PE firm (01.11.17)
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06 Nov 17
Diverse customer base highlights the opportunity
Osirium is making good progress in renewing contracts and signing new customers. We are initiating forecasts based on the assumption that the company will grow bookings at a rate of 63% in FY17, 50% in FY18 and 40% in FY19. We forecast that this will result in an EBITDA loss of £1.9m in FY17 reducing to £1.6m by FY19. We estimate that the current share price is factoring in longer-term bookings growth of 29% (average FY20-26) which, based on the company’s ‘land and expand’ strategy and focus on selling to the mid-market via distributors, appears achievable in our view.
27 Oct 17
Small Cap Breaskfast
Novacyt S.A.—Sch1 from the international diagnostics group, generating revenues from the sale of clinical products used in oncology, microbiology, haematology and serology testing. Offer to raise £8.8m at 59.38p with a value of £22.4m. Expected 01 Nov. Footasylum Ltd—UK-based fashion retailer focusing on the branded footwear and apparel markets announced its intention to seek admission to AIM. Expected value between £130m and £150m. Due Nov 2017. Totally (TLY) - Sch 1 for £11m RTO of Vocare, a provider of integrated urgent care services to the NHS throughout the UK. £76.8 million rev in the year ended 31 March 2017. Totally to address Care Quality Commission concerns. Due 24 Oct. Central Asia Metals (CAML) -RTO of Lynx Resources. Anticipated market capitalisation at Admission: £404.8m. Raising £113m at 230p. Acquiring the SASA zinc-lead mine in Macedonia from Solway Industries. Due 15 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. Orogen plc, to be renamed Sosandar plc on Admission. Sosander is an online womenswear brand specifically targeted at a generation of women who have graduated from younger online and high street brands, and are looking for affordable clothing with a premium, trend-led aesthetic. Offer to raise £5.3m with market cap of £16.1m, expected 2 November 2017 OG Graphite, brownfield development-stage graphite company focused on the reactivation of its wholly-owned Kearney natural flake graphite mine and mill located 280 km north of Toronto, Canada. Offer TBA, expected late October . ContourGlobal LP— contracted wholesale power generation businesses, with 69 thermal and renewable power generation assets in Europe, Latin America and Africa. In the year ended 31 December 2016 it generated $905.2 million of combined revenue and $440.4 million of Adjusted EBITDA. Raising c.$400m. Expected November. TI Fluid Systems—Maybe second time lucky? Pulled last October. global manufacturer of automotive fluid storage, carrying and delivery systems seeking to raise €425m to reduce financial leverage (to approximately 2.0x net debt to Adjusted EBITDA by the end of FY 2017). Possible partial sale by Bain. Revenue for FY 2016 was €3.3 billion and Adjusted EBIT was €362.1 million M7 Multi-Let REIT—Intends to raise up to £300m at 100p. Aims to acquire and hold a portfolio of UK regional light industrial and regional office assets diversified by geography, asset type and tenants that is expected to generate stable income returns and, where appropriate, offer the potential to leverage and enhance returns through active asset management initiatives. Due 13 Nov. Bakkavor Group - Provider of fresh prepared food intends to float in November. FY 16 Revenue: £1,763.6 million FY 16 Adjusted EBITDA: £146.4 million (13.7% CAGR FY 14-FY 16). Part vendor sale and primary raise of c. £100m. Price TBA. Russia’s En+, owned by Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, has assets in metals and energy, including hydropower. reported to be seeking dual London and Moscow listing raising $1.5bn TMF Group , which provides tax, admin and legal support services, reported to be seeking London IPO to raise c. £200m. People’s Investment Trust—Objective of sustainable wealth creation. Also to list on the Social Stock Exchange. Targeting £125m raise on 17 Oct. No performance fees or executive bonuses in order to focus on long term rather than short term performance.
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20 Oct 17
TMT Update 16.10.17 (CCT.L, CPX.L, OSI.L, SPA.L) RM
The Character Group plc (CCT.L, 404p/£85.4m) Trading update: Toys R Us casts a long shadow (11.10.17) | CAP-XX plc (CPX.L, 12.3p/£36.7m) Finals: Buoyant outlook (09.10.17) | Osirium Technologies plc (OSI.L, 159p/£16.5m) Contract renewals: Reassuring proof points (09.10.17) | 1Spatial plc (SPA.L, 3.55p/£25.3m) Interims: Signs of improvement (10.10.17)
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16 Oct 17
Positive bookings momentum
Osirium reported strong growth in bookings in H117, signing up eight new blue-chip customers and renewing and expanding contracts with six existing customers. The company’s strategy to access the mid-market via the channel is well underway and should start to materially contribute to bookings from early next year. The cost base reflects recent investment in sales and marketing and R&D; with the core teams now in place the company is in a position to drive growth in both the enterprise and mid-market.
03 Oct 17
TMT Update 02.10.17 (MIRA.L, OSI.L, NET.L, TEK.L, ECSC.L) RM
Mirada plc (MIRA.L, 1.02p/£1.4m) Finals: Sales pipeline growth (29.09.17) | Osirium Technologies plc (OSI.L, 140p/£14.6m) Interims: Building sales and marketing channels (25.09.17) | Netcall plc (NET.L, 49.75p/£71.0m) Finals: MatsSoft adds low-code development (26.09.17) | Tekcapital plc (TEK.L, 21.5p/£9.2m) Proposed fundraising by subsidiary (28.09.17) | ECSC Group plc (ECSC.L, 130p/£11.8m) Interims: Difficult FY17; expansion plan reversed (27.09.17)
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02 Oct 17
Keeping your secrets
Osirium Technologies’ software protects critical IT infrastructure from the unauthorised use of privileged IT accounts, bringing an innovative approach to the privileged access management (PAM) software market. Having established its credentials in the enterprise market, it is now seeking to expand into the mid-market where the simplicity of its technology makes it attractive. Bookings growth, new channel partners and new customers signed up will be the key metrics to track in the short to medium term.
30 Aug 17
Building a UK cyber security brand
Osirium’s privileged access management software helps protect critical IT infrastructure from unauthorised use of privileged IT accounts, whether from hacking or internal threats. Since last year’s IPO, Osirium has strengthened its sales & marketing and R&D teams, added a global channel-based route to the mid-market and further developed its product suite. It is now focused on growing its user base, while upselling to its existing customer base.
25 Jul 17
Small Cap Breakfast
Quiz—Sch 1 from the omni-channel and international own brand in the women's value fast fashion sector. Offer TBA. Expected late July. Last year Quiz posted sales of £87.4m while pre-tax profits grew by 17pc to £5.7m | Arena Events Group -provider of temporary physical structures, seating, ice rinks, furniture and interiors. Raising £60m. Mkt cap £63m. Expected on the Chef’s birthday. 25th July. | Altus Strategies—African focused natural resource Company. Offer TBC. Expected Mid July. | Harvey Nash Group— Provider of professional recruitment and offshore solutions moving to AIM from Main. No capital to be raised. Mkt Cap c. £57.8m. | Greencoat Renewables - Schedule 1. Targeting a portfolio of operating renewable electricity generation assets, initially investing in wind generation assets in Ireland. Offer TBC. Due Mid July. | I3 Energy –Schedule 1 Update. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, Mid July admission. | Verditek— Sch 1 update. The Company's subsidiaries will be involved in advanced solar photovoltaic, filtration and absorption technologies specialising in providing environmental services. Issue price 10p. Admission late June | Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Prospectus yet to be published. | Impact Trust—Exposure to a diversified portfolio of funds providing SMEs across developing economies with the growth capital they need to have a positive impact on the lives of the world's poorer populations. Raising up to $150m at $1.00 | Residential Secure Income - social housing REIT raising up to £300m Admission due c.12 July. | Curzon Energy—Report on Proactive Investors of intended LSE float this year with acquisition of coal bed methane assets in Oregon. Looking to raise £3m plus. | NLB Group—financial and banking institution based in Slovenia, with a network of 356 branches. Seeking Ljubliana Stock Exchange listing with GDRs on the LSE. Expected mid June. | Kuwait Energy— has not been able to complete its initial public offering as announced in its Intention To Float of 3 May 2017. However, in light of positive feedback from potential investors, the Company remains committed to obtaining a London listing and continues to explore its options. | Supermarket Income REIT– Up to £200m raise to acquire a diversified portfolio of supermarket real estate assets in the UK, providing long-term RPI-linked income. Due 21 July.
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14 Jul 17
Small Cap Breakfast
Touchstone Exploration— Oil exploration and production company active in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Interests of approximately 90,000 gross acres. Production c. 1,300 boepd. Raising £1.45m. Expected mkt cap £7.5m. Due 26 June. I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 7 June admission. 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 late June Tiso Blackstar Group—Schedule 1 update. Media, entertainment and marketing solutions group/ £160m mkt cap. Admission only. Expected late June. Vordere—RTO targeting German Property. Raising £9m at 17p. Readmission c. 15 June. Resiential Secure Income - social housing REIT raising up to £300m Admission due c.12 July. ScotGems—Admission due 26 June. Seeking £50-£100m. To investing in a diversified portfolio of Small Cap Companies listed on global stock markets DP Eurasia—Intention to float from the exclusive master franchisee of the Domino's Pizza brand in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia . £20m primary raise plus a partial vendor sale. Film Finances—Sky News reports that ‘movie financing company with credits including the Hollywood hits La La Land and Nocturnal Animals is plotting a blockbuster premiere on the London stock market that will value it at several hundred million pounds.’ Expected ‘during the summer’. AIB—Intention to float from AIB, Ireland's leading retail and commercial bank . The Minister for Finance intends to sell approximately 25% of the Ordinary Shares of AIB. Prospectus and announcement of the price range due in mid-June 2017. Curzon Energy—Report on Proactive Investors of intended LSE float this year with acquisition of coal bed methane assets in Oregon. Looking to raise £3m plus. NLB Group—financial and banking institution based in Slovenia, with a network of 356 branches. Seeking Ljubliana Stock Exchange listing with GDRs on the LSE. Expected mid June. Flying Brands (FBDU.L)—Prospectus approved by FCA. RTO of Stone Checker Software, supplier of technology solutions in the field of kidney stone analysis and prevention. Has raised £550k at 3p. Subject to GM on 15 Jun. Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe
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12 Jun 17
Small Cap Breakfast
Touchstone Exploration— Oil exploration and production company active in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Interests of approximately 90,000 gross acres. Production c. 1,300 boepd. Raising £1.45m. Expected mkt cap £7.5m. Due 26 June. | I3 Energy –Schedule 1. Independent oil and gas company with assets and operations in the UK. Offer TBC, 7 June admission. | 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 Early June | Tiso Blackstar Group—Schedule 1 update. Media, entertainment and marketing solutions group/ £160m mkt cap. Admission only. Expected late June. | DP Eurasia—Intention to float from the exclusive master franchisee of the Domino's Pizza brand in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia . £20m primary raise plus a partial vendor sale. | Film Finances—Sky News reports that ‘movie financing company with credits including the Hollywood hits La La Land and Nocturnal Animals is plotting a blockbuster premiere on the London stock market that will value it at several hundred million pounds.’ Expected ‘during the summer’. | AIB—Intention to float from AIB, Ireland's leading retail and commercial bank . The Minister for Finance intends to sell approximately 25% of the Ordinary Shares of AIB. Prospectus and announcement of the price range due in mid-June 2017. | Curzon Energy—Report on Proactive Investors of intended LSE float this year with acquisition of coal bed methane assets in Oregon. Looking to raise £3m plus. | NLB Group—financial and banking institution based in Slovenia, with a network of 356 branches. Seeking Ljubliana Stock Exchange listing with GDRs on the LSE. Expected mid June. | Flying Brands (FBDU.L)—Prospectus approved by FCA. RTO of Stone Checker Software, supplier of technology solutions in the field of kidney stone analysis and prevention. Has raised £550k at 3p. Subject to GM on 15 Jun. | AEW UK Long Lease REIT—Intention to Float. Up to £150m raise. Admission early June. UK specialist and alternative property | Kuwait Energy— $150m raise plus vendor offer. Admission due June. 2p reserves 810.0 mmboe
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05 Jun 17
TMT Update 30.05.17 (GFIN.L, SPA.L, NWT.L, OSI.L, CER.L)
Gfinity plc (GFIN.L, 20.4p/£38.4m) Elite Series line up completion - important milestone | 1Spatial (SPA.L, 3.37p/£24m) Prelims - Work in progress | Newmark Security plc (NWT.L, 1.4p/£6.6m) Access Control partnerships to drive Sateon Advance | Osirium plc (OSI.L, 93p/£9.7m) Update - shift in sales and marketing focus | Cerillion plc (CER.L, 137p/£40.6m) Interim results - CCS and Skyline offer accelerated growth
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30 May 17
Small Cap Breakfast
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. Shearwater Group—Schedule 1. Acquiring SecureEnvoy for £20m in cash and shares—a provider of multifactor authentication enterprise software solutions. RTO under the AIM rules. 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. 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. Tufton Oceanic Assets– Offer extended to 9 May on specialist funds segment of Main Market to enable investors to complete further due diligence.
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03 May 17
Small Cap Breakfast
First Derivatives (FDP.L) | Field Systems Designs (NEX:FSD) | Base Resources (BSE.L) | Morses Club (MCL.L) | HML Holdings (HML.L) | Molins (MLIN.L) | Total Produce (TOT.L) | Diurnal Group (DNL.L) | S u n r i s e R e s o u r c e s (SRES.L) | Osirium Technologies (OSI.L)
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02 Mar 17
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES (CNC LN) | ELLERSTON GLOBAL INVESTMENTS (EGI AU) | ITM POWER (ITM LN) | LXB RETAIL PROPERTIES PLC (LXB LN) | OSIRIUM TECHNOLOGIES PLC (OSI LN) | P2P GLOBAL INVESTMENTS PLC (P2P LN) | PETRO MATAD LTD (MATD LN) | REX BIONICS PLC (RXB LN) | SAN LEON ENERGY PLC (SLE LN) | SOUND ENERGY PLC (SOU LN)
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30 Aug 16
CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES (CNC LN) | ITM POWER (ITM LN) | LXB RETAIL PROPERTIES PLC (LXB LN) | OSIRIUM TECHNOLOGIES PLC (OSI LN) | P2P GLOBAL INVESTMENTS PLC (P2P LN) | PETRO MATAD LTD (MATD LN) | REX BIONICS PLC (RXB LN) | SAN LEON ENERGY PLC (SLE LN) | SOUND ENERGY PLC (SOU LN)
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26 Aug 16
The Cybersecurity Rebellion: “No, I’m Spartacus!”
Steve “Woz” Wozniak, infamous co-founder of Apple, was the latest culprit to send shivers across the tech world by claiming Cybersecurity is the greatest threat the world has faced since the atom bomb. Mr Wozniak was alluding to the heightened sense of fear that recent high profile breaches have caused Cybersecurity to be put at the forefront of political, corporate and now it would appear, investor agendas. As the topic gains increasing awareness, it gives rise to a number of companies claiming to be a “thought leader” in the Cybersecurity space, holding the best IP and the best routes to market. With many companies singing from the same loss making hymn sheet it is making it ever difficult to spot the true “Spartacus” from the crowd.
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