Maistro issued full year results for FY’18 highlighting revenue growth of 154% to £1.5m. Revenue growth was primarily driven by traction with its core customer (Revenues: £0.9m; 2017: £0.0m) fitting with management’s new, targeted ‘land and expand’ strategy. Cash-burn remained stable at £2.1m. During FY’18 the group completed a successful share issue raising £2.1m net of fees; the cash balance stood at £1.1m at year-end, with £0.9m of the raise collected in early 2019. We are encouraged by continued strong growth; however execution remains key, with performance against management’s strategic goals required to unlock value potential.
Clinigen Group (CLIN LN) FY results in line, further acquisitions & placing | CVS Group (CVSG LN) Reassuring tenor to FY18 finals | Halfords Group (HFD LN) New strategic vision launched to build on existing strengths | Itaconix (ITX LN) Focused on commercial progress following recent fundraise | Maistro (MAIS LN) Momentum continuing to build into H2’18 and beyond | Urban&Civic (UANC LN) Contracting parcels, positive developments towards planning | Vp (VP/ LN) Positive H1 update highlights further good progress | Zinc Media Group (ZIN LN) Strategy boosts visibility and quality
Companies: CLIN CVSG HFD ITX MAIS UANC VP/
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 late 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: EML BBSN GHH CNS BOTB OCI CDGP CNIC MAIS AQX
Maistro reported an encouraging FY’17 set of results that show the group is on a much improved trajectory, led by the new Board (appointed in July 2017) and supported by a much stronger balance sheet. Revenues for the group materially increased (164%) in the second half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2017 driven by improved engagement with Enterprise customers particularly in the UK and Eurozone. Adjusted LBITDA reduced 25% to $2.7m with a cash balance at year end of $3.3m following two share placings. The outlook is positive and the group believes it can build on the progress made in H2’17 into 2018 and beyond as Enterprises seek innovation to improve their corporate buying processes.
accesso Technology (ACSO LN) First healthcare partnership | Clinigen Group (CLIN LN) Downgrades irritating, mask more important progress | IDOX (IDOX LN) First steps to rebuilding confidence | IndigoVision Group (IND LN) Period of stabilisation targeted | Maistro (MAIS LN) Much improved H2’17 performance | Nichols (NICL LN) Finals highlight another year of excellent top-line execution | Redde (REDD LN) Growth from new relationship, 3-8% EPS upgrades
Companies: ACSO CLIN IDOX IND MAIS NICL
Blur issued a positive trading update indicating revenue and gross profit making quarter on quarter progress. The group also talked about an increasing rate of repeat business and the addition of significant new customers though usage of the platform builds up over time. With cash balances at 22 Nov 2017 of £2.7m, the group has sufficient working capital to fund its strategy over the next coming years. We continue to believe there is a strong opportunity to provide enterprises with a technology platform that brings efficiency and transparency in the procurement of business services.
Belluscura— Provider of premium medical devices at value prices to address part of the global unmet need for affordable, premium quality medical devices. Raising £7.5m to £10m. Offer TBA. Due early Dec
Ten Lifestyle Hldgs - Technology-enabled lifestyle and travel platform providing trusted concierge services to the world's wealthy. Net revenue increased from £20m in the year ended 31 August 2015 to £33m in the year ended 31 August 2017, a compound annual growth rate of 29%. Offer TBA, expected 27 Nov 2017.
Miriad Advertising—Global video advertising company incorporated in 2015 and is engaged in the development of native invideo advertising . 2016 rev £0.7m and £7.3m operating loss. Offer TBA
Keystone Law Group— full service law firm with over 250 self-employed lawyers . Due 27 Nov. Raising £10m at 160p. Mkt Cap £50m. Revenue of £25.6 million and EBITDA of £2.1 million. In FYJan17.
Beeks Financial Cloud -niche cloud computing and connectivity provider for automated (algorithmic) trading in Forex and Futures financial products . Raising £7m. Mkt Cap c.£24.5m. Due 27 Nov. FYJun17 rev £4m. Profitable at operating level.
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.
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 mid November.
Companies: RGL IDEA MAIS MED TILS YGEN MOGP NTOG CALL ANR
blur reported FY 2016 results showing revenue of $0.83m, adjusted LBITDA of $3.6m and year end cash of $2.5m. The group’s transition to an enterprise-only strategy ceased direct marketing activities at the SME market whilst long sales cycles in the enterprise space meant revenues developed slowly. Significant reductions in cost helped to keep the loss in line with expectations and reduce cash burn. On July 7 2017, the group announced a successful placing raising £1.75m (before expenses) and with it, a refresh of the Board. The new Board is currently conducting a review of the business and during this period, we are suspending our forecasts and will re-publish them in due course. We continue to believe there is a highly attractive opportunity for a platform providing automation for the enterprise procurement process, particularly in services. There group continued to make positive progress in 2017 and we await the update from the new Board as to its strategy to best convert the opportunity.
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.
AnimalCare—RTO of Ecuphar NV, a European animal health company. £30m raise. Ecuphar FY16 rev £68.4m, underlying EBITDA £8.9m. Due 13 July.
Angling Direct -Schedule 1 from the specialist fishing tackle retailer in the UK . Raising £9m of which £7.4m new money. Mkt cap c. £27.4m. Due 13 July
NEXUS Infrastructure—£35m vendor sale. Mkt cap £70.5m. Provider of essential infrastructure services to the UK housebuilding and commercial sectors. Expected 11 July. FYSep16 rev £135.7m.
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.
QUIZ— Omni-channel fast fashion womenswear Company intention to float. Due July 2017. Offer TBA
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
Rockpool Acquisitions—Northern Ireland based Company seeking strong NI acquisition with an international outlook. Raising £1.5m at 10p. Due 5 July
Hipgnosis Songs Fund investment company offering pure-play exposure to Songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Prospectus yet to be published.
Impact Investment 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.
Companies: FUTR UKOG THR DX/ MAIS PHD LWLG
ABZA (ABZA) Supported by capacity shortage and CDMO M&A | blur Group (BLUR LN) Update on financing, business plan and current trading | Marston’s (MARS LN) Updated forecasts & view
Companies: MARS MAIS ABZA
With blur’s cash at 31 May 2017 standing at $1.14m, the group conducted market soundings with new and existing potential cornerstone investors to see if it can secure additional funding. On conclusion of some of these initial discussions, the proposed investment terms included a number of onerous conditions which the board considered to be not in the best interest of shareholders. As such, it is currently evaluating alternative sources of near-term funding, which may or may not be forthcoming within four to six weeks. blur is continuing to execute on its enterprise customer strategy, remains engaged with a number of customers, continues to control costs with Q1 performance in line with expectations; however, it is clear that protecting/shoring up the equity value can only be achieved by securing additional funding.
Arix Bioscience — Intention to float on the main market from the global healthcare and life science Company supporting medical innovation. Raised £52m in Feb 16 with investors including Woodford Investment Management
Ramsdens Holdings –Schedule One from the financial services provider and retailer, operating in the core business segments of foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking loans, precious metals buying and selling and retailing of second hand and new jewellery. Expected admission to AIM 15 Feb raising circa £15.6m. Expected mkt cap £26.5m.
Companies: KWS CKT DPP RRL DSG AEE MAIS FLOW TLY KOD
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Companies: ASA GFM MAIS NMG PTSG PHD AKR
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As a nation, we love knocking ourselves. However in truth, we’re actually a pretty pioneering bunch. For instance, the experts at Oxford University & AstraZeneca have developed one of the world’s 3 most important vaccines in double quick time. Plus, many other British firms are creating similar breakthrough Covid inventions, such as Kromek.
Companies: Kromek Group Plc
H1A delivered a very resilient performance given the backdrop of halted deliveries and reduced manufacturing capacity. Orders and shipments are resuming and a ramp up in activity levels is expected in H2. A cash outflow in H1A has been supported by new committed facilities and gross cash levels look set to support the business successfully through the second half and beyond.
WEY Educaon (WEY) – Corporate – Trading significantly ahead; strong momentum prompts new ’21/’22E forecast
Touchstar (TST) – Corporate – Update points to a robust trading performance and strong cash generaon in the year
Companies: Wey Education PLC (WEY:LON)Touchstar plc (TST:LON)
Instem has delivered a positive trading update for the year to 31 December 2020 – revenue growth was “in excess of 11%”, suggesting a performance in line with our estimates, and net cash appears to have ended the year extremely strongly, with a figure of £26.7m vs our expectation of £22.4m.
Companies: Instem plc
iEnergizer announced the proposed payment of a special dividend worth 49.4p ($0.668) per share. The group has stated the stock will go ex-div on 14th January 2021, with a pay date of 5th February 2021. At a total value of £94m ($127m), this dividend represents a significant payout for shareholders, c.13% of Group's market cap of £730m. We acknowledge this to be a clear signal of confidence in the growth trajectory and current operations.
Companies: iEnergizer Limited
Instem has delivered another year of double digit revenue growth, in line with expectations. Progress has been made across all three business streams, buoyed by strong demand from new and existing customers. A key highlight is cash generation, with Y/E net cash £3.2m better than expectations at £26.7m (pre-IFRS16). The outlook remains positive, with further organic growth opportunities in areas such as SEND exploitation and Informatics. The company remains in active discussions with a number of acquisition targets following the £15.0m fundraise in July. The valuation remains extremely undemanding and we continue to see significant upside potential for a business with multiple organic and acquisitive growth opportunities.
FY20E order intake growth of 61% means Corero's revenue for last year of $16.8m will exceed our prior forecast. The trading update confirms c73% annual growth in revenues and further expansion of the annualised recurring revenue base. This performance highlights the increasing prioritisation of protecting networks against cyber and DDoS attacks. Buy.
Companies: Corero Network Security plc
Strong Q4 performance from Audioboom plc, the leading global podcast company, as it continues to outpace the global podcasting market. Audioboom bounced back from the Q2 CV-19 lull in Q3 and growth accelerated in the final quarter. Q4 revenue of c. $8.5m was a record, up 25% on the same period last year and the previous record, and FY20 revenue of c. $26.8m (+20%) was comfortably ahead of forecast (ACLe: $25.5m). There were also record KPI performances (brand count, eCPM and available ad inventory). Coupled with continued cost control, adj. EBITDA loss fell to c. $0.2m in Q4 and c. $1.8m for FY20 (FY19: $2.9m, ACLe: $1.9m). The company has good access to capital ($6.6m at year end) and management expects to achieve a maiden positive adj. EBITDA for FY21. We introduce FY21 forecasts and set a fair value of 420p/share, equivalent to an FY20 EV/Revenue of 3.3x and 2.5x FY21. Although a premium to the current price, this still represents a significant discount to recent industry transaction multiples.
Companies: Audioboom Group PLC
Synairgen (SNG.L): Completion of recruitment for at home trial | Sensyne Health (SENS.L): Research agreement with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Companies: Synairgen plc (SNG:LON)Sensyne Health Plc (SENS:LON)
Touchstar is a supplier of mobile data computing solutions and managed services to a variety of industrial sectors. The group has this morning released a year-end update, pointing to the fact that the Board expects to report a profitable outcome for the year (H1 2020A PBT £130k, PAT £150k). Importantly, the positive cash generation seen in H1 2020A has continued into H2, with Touchstar ending the year with a net cash position of £1.6m (gross cash £1.9m), a further increase of £300k from that reported at 30th June.
Companies: Touchstar plc
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. Further media reports that Dr Martens, the British Boot brand is planning an IPO on the LSE. It is currently owned by PE group, Permira who is expected to sell down its stake at the IPO. March 2020 YE the group had revenues of £672m and EBITDA of £184m. Deal size TBC. 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. Moonpig, the digital greeting card company, is planning an IPO with a potential valuation of £1bln, according to multiple media reports. Further details expected to be announced over the next two weeks.
Companies: ZPHR PANR PRSM SENS CYAN G4M ITX CRCL FEN ZIN
Tern plc* (TERN.L, 7.1p/£23.5m) Portfolio update: Strong business momentum (12.01.21) | Audioboom plc* (BOOM.L, 276p/£43.3m) Expanded content network (15.01.21)
Companies: Tern Plc (TERN:LON)Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM:LON)
GB Group (GBG) has sold its marketing services business to HH Global Group for an undisclosed amount. This was not an area of focus for GBG and has been in managed decline for several years. Just before Christmas, GBG boosted its Fraud business with the acquisition of fraud investigation automation software from HooYu for £4m in equity. We have revised our forecasts to reflect the disposal and acquisition, leading to small upgrades to our EPS forecasts. Both deals emphasise the company’s strategy to focus on Identity, Location and Fraud.
Companies: GB Group PLC
ZOO’s H1 FY21 included a tumultuous few months as COVID-19 effectively shut off work on new media content production which impacted subtitling projects, but studios rapidly adopted Cloud-based dubbing and the group’s digital packaging business enjoyed a dramatic rebound in fortunes. We note the positive commentary in today’s RNS and upgrade our FY21E and FY22E estimates to reflect the recent performance and, in particular, the exceptionally strong H2 trading that the group is enjoying.
Companies: ZOO Digital Group plc
Crimson Tide has reported a strong set of H1 results evidencing very strong sales momentum backed by long-term contracts and cash flow. H1 sales grew by 40% and EPS by 154%. Net cash has improved to £0.8m at June 2020 from nil at December 2019. The strategic focus on transportation and supermarkets is working well, partnerships are improving routes to market, and there is growing traction from investments in innovation. We have left our forecasts unchanged for now, but recognise positive pressure and have upgraded our target price from 3.1p to 4.3p. We reiterate our view that Crimson Tide’s valuation will be dictated by its ability to convert the significant opportunity rather than short-term metrics. H1 results show the group is nicely on track to do exactly that.
Companies: Crimson Tide Plc