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Westminster Group – emphasises “pleased” & placing “oversubscribed”. Hmmm…

By Steve Moore | Wednesday 19 April 2017


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Westminster Group (WSG) “is pleased to announce a placing” (to raise a gross £1 million at 10p per share) and “the conversion of the balance of the convertible loan notes issued to Darwin Capital Ltd eliminating the facility”. The shares have though responded more than 15% lower.

The announcement notes the placing “oversubscribed”, whilst the Darwin conversion is of £500,000 of notes into 5 million new shares. However, these compare with the shares having reached 13.5p last week and closed the week at 12.25p. I’d thus argue “pleased” and “oversubscribed”, respectively, misplaced and not any meaningful achievement.

The announcement argues the placing funds “to support the development of the company, with a particular focus on investment in its Managed Services division”. However, I previously noted another loss and cash crunch.

The company is now also “pleased to report that the significant 15 year airport security opportunity in the Middle East with revenue potential of £35m per annum has made significant progress recently”. However, it is also added that “there is never any certainty of the outcome or timing of such prospects” - and I note my previous update included that the shares enjoyed a meteoric rise to more than 32p post a half year results announcement which included the likes of “unprecedented growth prospects” and “confidence in our transformational growth prospects”.

Now back towards 10p, at least until there is clearly financial progress and a sustainable financial base here, I’ll continue to avoid.


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