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H&T Group (‘H&T’), the UK’s leading pawnbroking business, has issued a positive trading update covering the year to 31 December 2021. The pledge book has increased by much more than expected during H2 as demand for pawnbroking loans increased sharply through November and December. Retail sales are also back above pre-pandemic levels in H2 and ahead of plan, with performance elsewhere in-line. Profitability is said to be within market expectations and would likely have been ahead had it not been
Companies: H&T Group plc
JOHN MENZIES+ (MNZS, BUY at 315p) – Note Publication: Evolutionary trends…
MARKS & SPENCER+ (MKS, HOUSE STOCK at 253p) Q3 TS – FY22 guidance firmed up, c5% underlying upgrade
NORTHBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL SERVICES+ (NBI, House Stock at 174p) - Further progress in Tasman disposal
BUNZL^ (BNZL, BUY at 2723p) – Note published: Solid strategic outlook
TESCO^ (TSCO, BUY at 292p) Q3 & Christmas TS – a beat to expectations and so further FY22 upgrades (c5%)
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Companies: Plus500 Ltd.
In December, Trident, the diversified royalty and streaming company, announced that it had agreed to purchase a package of gold offtake contracts from Orion Mine Finance (“Orion”) covering seven producing mines (combined attributable output of c. 600koz p.a. expected over the next five years) in six different countries. The transaction closed today following satisfaction of conditions precedent.
Total consideration was US$69.75m of which US$9.75m was scrip. The transaction is the company's la
Companies: Trident Royalties Plc
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Companies: Real Estate Credit Investments Limited
Genflow Biosciences, a UK-based biotechnology company focused on longevity and the development of therapies to counteract the effects of aging and diseases associated with advanced age intends to float on the Main Market (Standard). The Company will become the first longevity biotechnology firm to list in Europe. Genflow has raised £3.7m in an oversubscribed placing, conditional upon admission becoming effective. The flotation will value Genflow at approximately £23.4m.
SuperSeed Capital Limited
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Redeployment of capital
Companies: Palace Capital plc
East Star Resources (EST.L) the Kazakhstan-focused gold and copper explorer, has raised gross proceeds of £3.1m by way of an oversubscribed placing and subscription of 62,000,000 new shares at a price of 5p, and has today been readmitted to the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority by way of a Standard Listing following its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Discovery Ventures Kazakhstan Limited, which holds an initial package of four licences in two producing but un
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Companies: Equals Group Plc
Frenkel Topping today announce the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Cardinal Management Limited for a maximum consideration of £10.0m, £5.0m of which is deferred over four years in relation to high growth performance targets. To 31 March 2021, Cardinal reported £0.3m PBT. We subsequently upgrade FY22 EBITDA by £0.5m to £6.2m (+9.1%) and FY23 EBITDA by £0.7m to £7.5m (+10.6%), implying a pre-deferred consideration EBITDA multiple of 10.0x. Our previous 21.0x P/E multiple is appli
Companies: Frenkel Topping Group plc
Portfolio company Celerum reaches a significant milestone with launch of first commercial software product.
Companies: Frontier IP Group Plc
The venture capital company investing in high-growth technology companies has updated on developments in the Company’s portfolio, since the publication of the Company’s previous portfolio update on 19 October 2021. The most substantial revaluation relates to TMT’s portfolio company Bolt, a leading international ride-hailing and food delivery company (www.bolt.eu), which announced today that it had successfully raised €628m (approx. US$711m) in a new equity finance round led by Fidelity, Sequoia
Companies: TMT Investments
The Government’s Digital Transformation (DX) programme has created powerful market tailwinds for a new breed of IT services partner. Made Tech is one of a select few cutting edge Public Sector DX experts finding strong endorsement amongst prestigious UK Public Sector bodies with this reaching an inflection point in FY21 when sales grew 144% to £13.3m. This trend has continued into FY22 and hence we model similar rapid growth looking ahead and in turn significant operating leverage. Senior civil
Companies: Made Tech Group PLC