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Emmerson— Prospectus published. Joining standard list. Seeking acquisitions. Expected admission 15 Feb
Guinness Oil & Gas Exploration—Publication of prospectus. Seeking to raise £50m and invest in 15 exploration companies at launch, with plans to grow the portfolio to 30 positions during its lifetime. Issue closing 23 Feb.
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.
The blockchain technology investment and development company, announced that Factom Inc. a blockchain company in which Coinsilium has a 1.5768% equity interest, has received a US$750,000 investment from Medici Ventures, the blockchain-focused investment arm of Overstock.com, Inc, for 2.50% of Factom's common stock. This investment values Factom at US$30m and Coinsilium's shareholding in Factom at US$473,040, 236.52% higher than at the time of Coinsilium's investment in 2015. Factom's unique back-end infrastructure allows corporations, governments, and organizations to securely integrate, manage, and secure data -- any type, any source, and at a massive scale.
HY Nov 16 results from manufacturers of carbon fibre reinforced ceramic materials. Turnover decreased to £327k (H1-2015: £782k). Total comprehensive loss increased to £976k (H1-2015: £124k). Production underway at the new Knowsley factory. Post period end, first tier 2 supplier nomination to a UK automotive OEM. Cash was £2,698k at the half-year end. Losses in 2016-17 are expected to be higher than the prior year but within the range of current market expectations. Strong growth prospects from potential OEM prospects in aerospace and automotive.
Alpha Real Trust (LON:ARTL) 102.5p £71.06m
As announced on 29 January 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration declared an award in favour of the Company with respect to its Galaxia investment, a JV with the Logix Group ("Logix") located in an 11.2 acre Special Economic Zone, in NOIDA, the National Capital Region, India. The total award amounted to £9.2m based on exchange rates at the time. Additionally, a further 15% p.a interest on all sums was awarded to the Company from 20 January 2015 until the actual date of payment by Logix of the award. The sum has now accrued to £13.4m. Following a challenge of the award by Logix, the Company announces that on 9 February 2017 the Delhi High Court upheld the award and dismissed the Logix petition with costs. Logix has 30 days to appeal the dismissal.
Lok’nStore Group (LON:LOK) 460p £132m
HYJan17 trading update from he fast growing self-storage Company. “Building on the positive momentum of FY2016, trading in the first half of FY2017 has remained solid. In our core self-storage business the first half revenue was up 3.9% year-on-year. At 31 January 2017, self-storage unit occupancy was up 4.6% and price per let square foot was unchanged compared to the same date 12 months ago.” In November 2016, in response to demand for the Company's shares and to improve liquidity the Company sold 1,975,000 shares from treasury raising £7.9m to further strengthen the balance sheet. In January 2017 the Company signed a 2 year extension to its existing £40 million bank facility. 33.3x FYJul17 PE and 2.3% yield.
Sula Iron & Gold (LON:SULA) 0.33p £6.96m
The multi-commodity exploration Company focused on Sierra Leone, announced that the two diamond drill rigs shipped from South Africa in December 2016, have now docked and were unloaded at Freetown Port on Friday 10 February 2017. As previously announced, whilst the original plans contemplated the use of a single rig, Equity Drilling Ltd has mobilised two rigs for use at Ferensola, at no additional cost to Sula. Accordingly, this should ensure that the planned drill programme, originally envisaged to be 2,400m, will be completed expeditiously. Expecting to drill a larger area than originally planned.
LGO Energy (LON:LGO) 0.13p £10.67m
LGO today confirmed that final approval was granted by the Forestry Department on Friday, to cut trees in order to clear the well sites for the impending 2 shallow infill wells at the Goudron Field in eastern Trinidad. Site clearance work will now start at H18E N4 and final preparations will be made to mobilise Rig#18 to the Field. Drilling operations will commence as soon as the site has been cleared and levelled, and the rig is in the Field. Well H18E N4, which is expected to be designated GY-682, is targeting a net 200-foot thick Mayaro Sandstone pay interval between 300 and 1,000ft. The well is anticipated to be completed for production immediately after drilling operations are concluded. Rig#18 will then be moved to the second planned location.
Firestone has announced the results of the first sale of diamonds recovered from its Liqhobong Diamond Mine ("Liqhobong"). Liqhobong is owned 75% by Firestone and 25% by the Government of Lesotho. The sale was held in Antwerp from 6 to 10 February 2017.
· All 75,936 carats offered for sale were sold
· Average price of US$107 per carat
· Total sale proceeds of US$8.14 million
The Company expects to host two sales per quarter. The second sale is expected to be in late Q1 2017 and the Company will update the market on the result of future sales on a quarterly basis going forward.
Evgen (LON:EVG) 18.5p £13.53m
The clinical stage drug development company focused on cancer and neurological conditions, has signed a services agreement with APTrans to support the ongoing development of lead product, SFX-01. APTrans is a consortium of drug development companies based in the Biohub at Alderley Park, Cheshire. "We are delighted to have found a flexible way to access specialist technical expertise and operational support to complement our existing internal capabilities to support the ongoing development of our lead product, SFX-01. We selected this excellent group of providers as our partners as they have a proven track record of working well together and they are all co-located at the Biohub where we too have a presence."
EG Solutions (LON:EGS) 41p £9.3m
FY Jan17 trading update from the back-office workforce optimisation company. Trading in H2 has been strong, generating record revenues for the six months of not less than £5.69m (H1: £2.50m) and yielding adjusted EBITDA of over £2.0m (H1: loss of £0.89m). Cash of at least £2.40m. The Board anticipates that the Company's financial results for the full year will be in line with market expectations on revenues of not less than £8.19m and an adjusted EBITDA of over £1.20m. Signed several major new contracts with global and signed a new Master Services Agreement with a leading Business Process Outsourcer .
Georgian Mining Corp (LON:GEO) 8.75p £7.04m
GEO reported significant and near surface intercepts from the first three drill holes of a three phased resource development drilling programme at the 50% owned Kvemo Bolnisi Project ('KB') in Georgia. The assay results were not included in the recently published resource of 947k tonnes at an average grade of 0.93% copper ('Cu') and 0.15 g/t gold ('Au'). Therefore, when integrated, these results are expected to result in a material increase in the existing Mineral Resource. KED011 - 113.7m @ 1.70% Cu from 18.4m to 132.1m. KED008 - 28.6m @ 1.60% Cu and 0.80g/t Au from 47.4m to 76.0m. Targets remain open with results due from 17 more holes.