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Alpha Financial Markets Consulting— Global provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry. Due Oct. Revenue of £6.7 million for the year ended 31 March 2011 to £43.6 million for the year ended 31 March 2017. Offer TBA.  Due 11 Oct.

Cora Gold— West African focused gold exploration business, significantly enlarged by the amalgamation of the gold exploration assets in Mali and Senegal of Hummingbird Resources  and Cora Gold's former parent, Kola Gold. Due 9 Oct. Offer raising £3.45m at 1.65p, mkt cap £9.07m

City of London Group (COLG) - Sch 1—RTO of  Milton Homes Limited,  an equity release provider which has a UK residential property portfolio of 586 properties with a market value of approximately £77 million as at 30 June 2017.  Offer TBA. Due 5 Oct

Springfield Properties—Scottish housebuilder. “Our turnover exceeded £100 million for the first time this year and now we employ around 500 people. This IPO is the next step in our growth.” Expected Mid October. Offer TBA.

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.

Main Market Standard Listing

SolGold—Publication of prospectus regarding transfer from AIM. Due 6 Oct

Glenveagh Properties— Dual Dublin and London IPO. Irish homebuilder with a principal focus on the Greater Dublin Area. The Group will combine an attractive land bank with a Gross Development Value of c.€1.1 billion. Seeking to raise gross proceeds of up to €550 million. Due 10 Oct

Main Market Premium Listing

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.

ContourGlobal LP—Report on Bloomberg that the thermal energy power generator is considering a London listing.

Breakfast buffet

Velocity Composites (LON:VEL) 84.5p £ 31.42m

“Velocity Composites plc, the leading supplier of advanced composite material kits, providing engineering value-solutions for the global aerospace industry, is delighted to announce that it has secured a long term (Life of Contract) agreement (the "Agreement") with an existing UK customer in the UK composites' sector (the "Customer"). The Customer, which is US owned, supplies OEMs and Tier 1 aircraft manufacturers. The Agreement secures existing business in the region of £4.1m per annum which includes an additional £0.9m per annum of new business. The aircraft platforms concerned are the A350, A320 and A330 which are strategically important to Velocity.”

FYDec17E rev £20.4m and £0.5m PBT.

Empyrean Energy (LON:EME) 18.38p £73.32m

“The oil and gas development company with interests in China, Indonesia and the United States, is pleased to announce that it has been informed by Sacgasco Limited (ASX: SGC) ("Sacgasco"), the operator of the Dempsey 1-15 well in the Sacramento Basin, onshore California, that Paul Graham Drilling Rig 9 and associated equipment continues to be moved off the Dempsey 1-15 well location to make way for a more appropriately sized and cost effective completions rig to carry out extensive testing. Paul Graham Rig 3 has been selected for the planned completion and testing program.”

The casing perforations for the first reservoir flow test are anticipated to take place towards the end of October 2017.

The adjacent JV owned meter station is being readied for gas flows from the Dempsey well.

Landore Resources (LON:LND) 1.9p £14.93m

Landore has received the final assay results from the summer 2017 drilling campaign at the BAM East Gold Project at Junior Lake.

·    The latest drilling results continue to report wide zones of gold mineralisation within the Inferred area of the BAM East Gold Deposit including drill hole 0417-621 reporting 49 metres (m) at 1.08 grams per tonne gold (g/t.)  

·    Step out drilling along strike from the BAM East Gold Deposit has extended the mineralisation with similar lithology and grades a further 300m to the east to 3500E giving a potential resource continuity of 1.5 kilometres. The BAM East Gold mineralisation remains open along strike to the east, west and down dip.

·    Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. (RPA) of Toronto have commenced the NI 43-101 Technical Report and resource update for the BAM East Gold Deposit incorporating the results from the summer 2017 drilling program with the targeted completion within Q4 2017.    

Green Dragon Gas (LON:GDG) 60p £95.98m

“One of the largest independent companies involved in the production and sale of coal bed methane (CBM) gas in China, is pleased to announce its wholly owned subsidiary Greka Energy (International) B.V (Greka BV) has entered into three Supplementary Agreements with China United Coalbed Methane Corporation (CUCBM), a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), regarding three Production Sharing Contracts (PSC's) in China in the Shanxi, Anhui and Jiangxi regions.”


·     PSC exploration period extended to Q2 2019

·     Minimum work commitment for each PSC identified and confirmed.

FYDec17E rev £32.18m and £1.7m loss.

LightwaveRF (LON:LWRF) 23.75p £9.21m

“The smart home solutions provider, announces a trading update for the financial year ended 30 September 2017.

The Company anticipates that revenue will have more than doubled from the prior year (2016: £1.44m).  Gross margin is also expected to have materially increased (2016: 32.5%). Capital expenditure on both the Company's Generation 2 Apple HomeKit certified product range and further product developments has increased over the year.  Additionally, investments in revenue generating activity as well as administrative expenses have increased.  Even after these increases, the Company expects losses before tax for the year ended 30 September 2017 to be broadly in line with those of the prior year (2016: loss of £0.84m).

The Company's recently announced electrical wholesale distribution agreement with Deta Electrical is now being implemented, and its Generation 2 product range has been released. Distribution through Apple online and in retail stores is expected to follow shortly.” We could see no forecasts.

21st Century Tech (LON:C21) p £m

“The specialist provider of tailored solutions to the transport community, solving complex operational requirements both on and off vehicle, is pleased to announce it has been awarded an important on-vehicle safety systems engineering contract with a major UK bus fleet operator worth just over £1m.

The contract was awarded following a competitive tendering process involving many industry specialists through which 21st Century had to demonstrate its abilities to deliver not only on cost and quality, but also deep technical knowledge to complete what is an intricate rollout programme.

The electronic safety system monitors a number of items within the vehicle and generates audible voice messages to alert the driver to potential hazard conditions, further enhancing safety for drivers, passengers and members of the public.”  Due to complete in 2018.

We could see no forecasts.

Touchstone Innovations (LON:IVO) 111.5p £31.19m

Touchstone has invested a further  £1.4m as part of a £16.5m funding round by Featurespace, the machine learning fraud prevention company. The round as led by Highland Europe.  The round was also supported by Worldpay Group plc, a leading global payment processing company, and Invoke Capital, a technology investment company. The new funding will enable Featurespace to drive revenues of its product platform and to continue to expand internationally.

Following this new investment, Touchstone will hold a 27.9% interest in the Company. The current valuation, including this investment is £15.6 million. The Company has developed a machine learning software platform, ARIC™, that identifies abnormal behaviour in high-volume, real-time customer interactions. Through analysing every individual customer interaction and understanding normal behaviour, Featurespace helps to protect customers from fraud attack, and reduces the costs of lost transactions. The business last year signed a deal with TSYS, one of the largest payments processors in the US. 

Evgen Pharma (LON:EVG) 22p £16.3m

The  “clinical stage drug development company focused on the treatment of cancer and neurological conditions, is pleased to announce the grant of the first European patent for SFX-01, the Company's lead product.

SFX-01 is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring compound sulforaphane, which has been stabilised in an alpha-cyclodextrin lattice. Evgen Pharma is currently conducting two Phase II trials of SFX-01, one in advanced breast cancer and one in a type of stroke called subarachnoid haemorrhage.

The patent granted today, which covers the manufacturing and scale-up of SFX-01, marks the first patent to be granted for SFX-01 in Europe, where a composition of matter patent is also pending. Today's patent grant marks the Company's eighth patent to be granted this year, reflecting the growth in the Company's patent estate.”

Vianet (LON:VNET) 1.9p £14.93m

“The international provider of actionable data and business insight through devices connected to its Internet of Things ("IOT") platform, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Vendman Systems Ltd ("Vendman"), a leading Enterprise Resource Planning ("ERP") and mobile software provider for unattended retailing, for a total consideration (including an earn out), of up to £4.25 million, payable in cash.”

“Vendman is UK market leader and provides management services for over 200,000 machines in the UK and European unattended retail markets and has a track record of growth.   Unaudited accounts for the 12 months ended 31 March 2017 recorded revenues of £1.8 million, over 90% of which were recurring, and an operating profit of £0.27 million with net assets of £0.28 million.”

FYMar18E rev £14.5m, PBT £2.3m and div 5.7p.

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