Keyword results: shares sell

DPP
DPP

DP Poland – trading update, was the placing for “further expansion and market penetration”?...

Pizza restaurants and stores in Poland and exclusive rights to Domino’s Pizza in the country company DP Poland (DPP) has announced a trading update including “like for like System Sales up 16% in Q4 2021 compared to Q4 2020… Cash at bank of £1.8m as at 31 December 2021 (2020: £1.2m)”. However, and already down from above 10p as recently as June, the shares have currently responded further lower, towards 6p. So what’s the story here?…

ACC
ACC

Access Intelligence – lack of profit but still warning. Acquisition “transformative” currently not in a good way!

Marketing and communications data technology company Access Intelligence (ACC) has made a trading update headlined “Year to 30 November 2021: a transformative year”. That sounds positive… but the current share price response is to 116.5p, more than 23.5% lower! So what’s the story?…

Card Factory – ‘ahead of expectations for FY22’… but what were they, that year is about to end for it and what about next year?...

A trading statement announcement from greeting cards and complementary products retailer Card Factory (CARD) is headlined “Trading ahead of Board expectations for FY22”. So why have the shares currently responded to around 54p, 15% down?…

CyanConnode – “solid progress” or continuing cash burn? (And what about the borrowings?!)

CyanConnode (CYAN), which describes itself as “a world leader in Narrowband Radio Frequency Smart Mesh Networks”, states that it “is pleased to provide a trading update for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2021”. What then is it which sees the shares currently 3.5% lower below 21p?…

Deltex Medical – argues “a key opportunity”… but how’s the balance sheet now?

Haemodynamic monitoring technologies group Deltex Medical (DEMG) has made a “Pre-close statement”, noting that despite pandemic disruptions for the whole of the year this time, “revenues for the year ended 31 December 2021 were £2.3 million (2020: £2.4 million)” and belief that the backlog in elective surgery “represents a key opportunity for Deltex Medical as the group’s TrueVue Doppler technology can be used to help minimise patient length of stay (and associated costs) following elective surgery and hence increase capacity for hospitals”. With also a ‘next generation’ TrueVue monitor due for release later this year, why a current share price fall to 1.25p?…

MCB
MCB

McBride – banking covenants waiver, but what’s next?...

Cleaning and hygiene products private label and contract manufacturer McBride (MCB) states it is “pleased to announce that our banking group has waived the December 2021 covenant tests”. So why have the shares not responded significantly, at a current 57.6p?…

ITX
ITX

Itaconix – new major application order from a leading European supplier, or not?...

Itaconix (ITX) states it “is pleased to announce the first customer order in a new potentially major application for its Itaconix DSP 2K polymer”. So what of a currently approaching 6% share price rise, to 6.25p?…

CNS
CNS

Corero Network Security – emphasises “significantly ahead of market expectations”, but what does it actually mean?...

“pre-close update” from self-styled “a leading provider of real-time, high-performance, automatic Distributed Denial of Service cyber defense solutions” Corero Network Security (CNS) includes EBITDA to be significantly ahead of market expectations for the year”… and the shares have currently responded more than 16% higher to above 13p. Is that justifiable?…

ITX
ITX

Itaconix – positive production from a leading innovator… or delivery delays from another Neil Woodford pick dog?...

Describing itself as “a leading innovator in plant-based specialty polymers used as essential ingredients in everyday consumer products”, Itaconix (ITX) has announced that “successful” interim measures have enabled it to have “met and expects to continue to meet all customer orders” after water damage for which it has filed an insurance claim for property damage and operational costs incurred. What though of a current more than 33% higher share price response?…

DeepMatter Group – “Business Update and Financing”. We did warn...

Previously writing on ‘digital chemistry data’ group DeepMatter (DMTR), in September with the shares at 1.35p I concluded that ‘I suggest it doesn’t have adequate resources and funding arrangements ‘choice’ for long and still currently bargepole/sell’. The shares last closed at 1.05p… and now a “Business Update and Financing”-titled announcement and the shares currently below 0.70p!

MCB
MCB

McBride – expects further increased loss, how confident can it really be ahead?...

Previously writing on cleaning and hygiene products private label and contract manufacturer McBride (MCB), in October with the shares falling further below 70p I questioned how confident can it really be for the indicated second half? Now a further trading update…

NFX
NFX

Nuformix – “delighted by the confidence shown by Lanstead”. Er...

“Subscription to raise £1.65 million”-titled announcement from pharmaceutical company Nuformix (NFX), with its Chairman Dr Alastair Riddell emphasising “delighted by the confidence shown by Lanstead in the future prospects of the company’s products… products address large market opportunities. Importantly, this enables us to hire experienced business development expertise to build on our licensing opportunities for these products to pharmaceutical companies”. So why are the shares currently, at 1.20p, more than 14% lower?…

ACT
ACT

Actual Experience – “year end trading update”. It mean likely revenue-decimating contract loss?...

Previously writing on experience of digital services analytics company Actual Experience (ACT), in January with the shares at 118.5p I questioned placing “to capitalise on the current market opportunity”… or to avert liquidity crunch ahoy?. Today it commences a year-end trading update with that its “first full year operating our professional services ‘land and expand’ model has seen good progress, faster customer engagement and quicker software deployment”… so why a current 29% share price fall to 40p?!…

IXI
IXI

IXICO – full-year results, ‘resilience built in’?

Biopharmaceutical data analytics company IXICO (IXI) has announced results for its year ended 30th September 2021 and the shares are currently more than 16% higher to 58.5p. However that compares to circa 84.5p when I previously wrote in October, so what’s the story now?…

MBT
MBT

Mobile Tornado – Canada customer contract update, how likely really is extension or amendment?

Self-styled “leading provider of instant communication mobile solutions to the enterprise market” Mobile Tornado Group (MBT) has announced it has received notice from its customer in Canada that the customer will not be renewing its contract but it “remains in discussions with the customer about the possibility of extending or amending the contract”. So what of a current response, to below a 2p share price, £7.5 million market cap, 20% lower?…

Directa Plus – ‘news’ helps share price rise, but is it justified?...

Having commenced November at a 136p share price, two subsequent announcements have helped shares in Directa Plus (DCTA) up to a current 160p. So what’s this latest news from this ‘graphene nanoplatelets-based products’ company?…

4imprint – argues “further encouraging progress”. Really?...

Promotional products group 4imprint (FOUR) has made a trading update emphasising “further encouraging progress… in the second half of the year to the end of October, weekly order totals have averaged 2% above 2019 levels”. So why are the shares currently slightly lower at around 3000p?…

DPP
DPP

DP Poland – placing for “further expansion and market penetration”. Really?...

Operator in Poland of pizza stores and restaurants and of the Domino’s Pizza franchise, DP Poland (DPP) has announced a £3 million placing it emphasises at a premium at 8p per share and with “it requires additional capital investment to implement its growth plan for further expansion and market penetration”. So what of a current 7.75p share price?…

MCB
MCB

McBride – further inflation ahead of expectations… with those expectations only announced last month!

Previously writing on cleaning and hygiene products private label and contract manufacturer McBride (MCB), in August with the shares falling below 80p I wrote price increases “challenges” & more. Hopefully our warnings were heeded, concluding there now seems set to be a first half loss and, with the previously noted clear challenges being added to, I question how much confidence there can really be in the suggested second half recovery. Hopefully prior warnings here were heeded and at this juncture still avoid / sell. The shares last closed at 69.4p and are now further lower on the back of an AGM Trading Update”…

Tristel – full-year results, how ‘confident for strong growth’?...

Previously writing on ‘infection prevention products’ company Tristel (TSTL), in July with the shares at 620p I reviewed why they were down in response to ‘confident for strong growth’ update. Today full-year results, and the shares are further down.

QTX
QTX

Quartix Technologies – “pleased to report… in line”, but is that sufficient for the valuation?

Vehicle tracking technologies company Quartix (QTX“is pleased to confirm” that Richard Lilwall has commenced as CEO, with retiring founder CEO Andy Walters remaining on the board as a non-executive and that “the annualised recurring revenue of the fleet subscription base was £23.5m on 1 October, representing a gain, in constant currency terms, of £1.5m since the start of the year”. What though of the shares, down from around 490p when I previously wrote on the company to currently 450p?…

Thruvision – argues “pleased” with first half trading update, but what about the balance sheet?...

Previously writing on self-styled “leading provider of ‘safe distance’ people-screening technology to the international security market” Thruvision (THRU), in April with the shares at 22.4p I concluded whilst there should still be business suitability to the operating environment, with financial performance still to prove, I continue to avoid. Today the group “is pleased to provide an update on trading for the six months ended 30 September 2021” but the shares are again lower towards 20p, so what’s going on?…

NET
NET

Netcall – results emphasising “growth opportunities”, but are they to be sufficient?...

Year ended 30th June 2021 results from automation and customer engagement software company Netcall (NET) emphasise “growing cloud business is delivering enhanced profitability and revenue visibility which, combined with our product innovation, produces new growth opportunities”. The shares though closed last month at 88p, yesterday at 85.5p and are currently heading towards 80p. What’s the value situation?…

GHH
GHH

Gooch & Housego – “slightly ahead of expectations”…but what does that mean?...

Photonic components and systems manufacturer Gooch & Housego (GHH) has announced “profits are expected to be slightly ahead of management’s previous expectations”. The trading update has helped the shares slightly higher to 1285p…but is still meaningfully down from over 1500p reached in July justified?…

OSI
OSI

Osirium Technologies – interims, “good progress against our stated strategy”. Really?...

Osirium Technologies (OSI) has announced results for the first half of 2021, emphasising “good progress against our stated strategy… we are encouraged by the continued trading momentum as we enter the second half”. The shares have responded currently to 21.5p, 14% lower and a £6.3 million market cap, so what’s going on?…

ITX
ITX

Itaconix – interims, “a leading innovator” or still another Neil Woodford pick dog?...

Itaconix (ITX“is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021”. The shares have responded currently approaching 7% lower to 8.3p. So “a leading innovator in plant-based specialty polymers” or still another Woodford pick dog?…

XSG
XSG

Xeros Technology – interims, “significant milestones with a number of market launches taking place”? Er...

Previously writing on Xeros Technology Group (XSG), in July with the shares higher to 232.5p I concluded at that juncture still a jam tomorrow avoid / sell. The shares last closed at 200p and the group has today announced results for the first half of 2021, emphasising “significant milestones with a number of market launches taking place”. So why are the shares currently at 185.5p?…

Mirriad Advertising – interims note “advertising spending is now coming back”. Good news then… No!?

Previously writing on Mirriad Advertising (MIRI), in July despite the shares slumping to 34p I concluded the valuation looked to remain plain daft; strong bargepole / sell. The company has today announced results for the first half of 2021 headlined “New deals, significant inventory and record US commercial activity drive adoption”. Having last closed at 32.5p, the shares are now below 30p – so what’s the story?…

DeepMatter Group – interims, argues “adequate resources” but for how long?...

Previously writing on “international digital chemistry data company” DeepMatter (DMTR), in June as the shares fell below 2p I concluded the revenue and jam tomorrow outlook looked insufficient for the valuation. Today half-year results so, with the shares currently further lower to 1.35p, what now?…

INX
INX

i-nexus Global – convertible loan notes to aid “working capital”. Er...

I-nexus Global (INX) has announced a proposal to raise up to £0.65 million (before expenses) via convertible loan notes, with this “to allow the emerging sales and pipeline momentum to be reflected within operating results and cashflow and will be applied entirely towards meeting the Company’s ongoing working capital requirements”. Is that so?…

Ten Lifestyle Group – trading update, is it ‘well positioned’ for anticipated travel & leisure pick up?

Ten Lifestyle Group (TENG“is pleased to announce a trading update ahead of its preliminary results for the year ended 31 August 2021”, with the announcement including that recent activity across many of its core service categories and supplier revenue has recovered to levels above the same period in 2019. The shares are though slightly down to 105p, and comparing to end-2019 134p, so is there value?…

MCB
MCB

McBride – price increases “challenges” & more. Hopefully our warnings were heeded...

Previously writing on cleaning and hygiene products private label and contract manufacturer McBride (MCB), last month with the shares around 90p I concluded it “continues to discuss margin recovery actions with our customers”. With these major retailers and brand owners, good luck with that! I look forward to more detail with 7th September-scheduled results for the company’s year ended 30th June 2021, but the noted clear challenges see me presently continue to avoid. Today a further “trading update”…

McColl's – confirms “a potential capital raise”, well positioned?

Having commenced 2021 at just over 26p, shares in UK neighbourhood retailer with over 1,200 stores McColl’s (MCLS) previously closed at 35p. However, they’re currently back below 30p following a “Response to media reporting”-titled announcement.

CPX
CPX

CAP-XX – ‘pleased to announce successful shares sale’. That’s c(r)ap-xx!

Self-styled “a world leader in the design and manufacture of supercapacitors and energy management systems” CAP-XX (CPX) has announced a “significantly oversubscribed” bookbuild and “is pleased to announce the successful sale of 10,498,700 Sale Shares”. How pleasing is it?…

ESC
ESC
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Escape Hunt – John currently getting away with this ‘growth’ Story… but for how long?

Tom Winnifrith has this morning described why Non-Executive Director of Escape Hunt (ESCJohn Story is not fit to be a plc director and you have to ask what will Story sell to pay his next margin call? He has 10,447,599 Escape Hunt shares and this ‘escape-the-room experiences’ company has today made a trading update, with its shares currently up 10% to 38.5p in response. But for how long?…

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Mirriad Advertising – trading update. Valuation bonkers?, You bet!...

Self-styled “leading in-content advertising company” Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) has made a half-year trading update including “we are effectively delivering our twin-track strategy by developing a robust global supply and demand pipeline to drive global adoption, while simultaneously moving the platform towards full integration with the media buying and ad delivery ecosystem… Total revenue increased by 27%… Closing cash at the end of June 2021 of £29.8m (June 2020: £14.4m)”. So why are the shares currently 34p, more than 19% lower in response?…

SO4
SO4
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Salt Lake Potash – 7 weeks after “funds from placement and final debt drawdown”… further project funding now urgently required!

Last month Salt Lake Potash (SO4) was “pleased to announce that following receipt of funds from Tranche 1 of its recent A$28m placement… SO4 has drawn down the final US$33m tranche of its US$138m Senior Debt Facility” and on 1st July “that process plant Practical Completion… has been achieved at its Lake Way asset in Wiluna, Western Australia. Plant commissioning continues with first SOP product expected in the weeks ahead”. Today a further update and the shares currently more than halved to below 8p in response!

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ITX
ITX

Itaconix – “pleased to report that growth in demand…has continued”. Er...

Previously writing on Woodford dog (oops, sorry) “a leading innovator in sustainable plant-based polymers used as essential ingredients in everyday consumer products”(!) Itaconix (ITX), I noted a “pleased to provide… update on its commercial progress and current trading” last month. Today a further “trading statement” – and the shares currently towards 8p, 25% lower in response!…

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – CEO share purchase, but reassuring?

An early this week trading update from marketing technology group Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) saw the shares closing at 540p. They have since retreated though and today a PDMR Shareholding” announcement. Confidence restored?…

Tristel – why are the shares down in response to ‘confident for strong growth’ update?...

‘Infection prevention products’ company Tristel (TSTL) has announced positive performance against expectations and confidence “for strong growth in the years ahead”. Why then are the shares, at 620p, currently more than 6% lower?…

EYE
EYE

Eagle Eye Solutions – argues “good financial performance… Strong cash performance”. Er...

Self-styled “a leading SaaS technology company that creates digital connections enabling personalised, real-time marketing through coupons, loyalty, apps, subscriptions and gift services”, Eagle Eye Solutions (EYE) has made a trading update emphasising “a good financial performance… Strong cash performance, ahead of market expectations… With a growing customer base and record sales pipeline the board looks to the future with increased confidence”. What does it all mean financially though?…

FGP
FGP
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More challenges at FirstGroup - an abuse cover up?

You my recall that I sold my holding in the bus and rail company FirstGroup (FGP) about three months ago after it had announced that it was selling its US business at a decent – but not too exciting – price. It was certainly time to book a small profit and move on. A month or so later I was observing that a UK National Rail Contracts agreement may have also helped keep its day-to-day bus and rail business going, but its ability to make reasonable continuing profits over the next few years was pretty limited. Clearly that all continues as whilst it may be the so-called ‘Freedom Day’, life is a little bit different.

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Starcom – AGM update, really looking forward to providing further financial detail?...

Remote tracking technology company Starcom (STAR) has made an AGM statement including “we have started to see increased activity from some customers and an uptick in our pipeline… our recurring SaaS revenues have continued at a good level”. Why then are the shares, currently at 0.825p, 17.5% down in response?…

KMK
KMK

Kromek – “well-placed to capitalise on the substantial opportunities”. Really?...

Kromek Group (KMK) has announced “new contracts and repeat orders across all of its target segments as commercial momentum continues to increase across the business”. Why then are the shares, heading towards 15p, currently more than 6% lower in response?…

essensys – fundraise ‘to accelerate growth strategy and product development’. Good news?

Self-styled “leading global provider of mission critical software-as-a-service platforms and on-demand cloud services to the flexible workspace industry” essensys (ESYS“is pleased to announce… an aggregate of 10,984,552 primary placing shares have been successfully placed by Singer Capital Markets Securities Limited and Berenberg at an offer price of 285 pence per placing share to raise gross proceeds for the company of approximately £31.3 million”. Good news?…

IKA
IKA

Ilika – fundraising it is “pleased to announce” understandably…but not for why it says so!

Self-styled “pioneer in solid-state battery technology” Ilika (IKA) is “pleased to announce” an up to £24.7 million equity fundraise… and the shares have currently responded to 165p, more than 17% lower. Hmmm…

QTX
QTX

Quartix Technologies – trading “good”, but the valuation?...

Previously writing on vehicle tracking technologies company Quartix (QTX), in March with the shares at 476p I questioned is the progress ‘pleasing’?. What about now, with a half-year trading update?…

XSG
XSG

Xeros Technology – how ‘delightful’ is the ‘partnership’ news?...

Xeros Technology Group (XSG) is “delighted to be partnering with two domestic washing machine manufacturers” and the shares have responded slightly higher to 232.5p. So what’s the partnerships detail and valuation?…

CDL
CDL

Cloudbreak Discovery (nee Imperial X) – latest Ramparoonie Flops as Gravity Asserts

Imperial X listed on the sub-Standard List back on June 3rd at 3p per share. The shares quickly rushed up to 5.5p but the share price chart shows a ski-slope ever since, despite a series of ramptastic announcements and a name-change to Cloudbreak Discovery (CDL). This morning we have another ramparoonie……

CDL
CDL
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Sub-Standard Listed Cloudbreak Discovery (formerly Imperial X): More Ramptastic News, so why the 12% Share Price Decline?

New-boy to the London Stock Exchange’s (sub-)Standard List, Cloudbreak Discovery (CDL), which listed as Imperial X – such was the hurry to get the IPO away, has announced yet more ramptastic news. This time it is investee Imperial Helium which the company is banging the drum about, as commercial field operations have commenced. So why are the shares off by 12% at 2.85p – now below the IPO price?

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B90
B90

B90 Holdings – “a much more stable financial platform to grow from”? Er...

Sportsbook, casino and gaming online marketing company B90 Holdings (B90) has announced 2020 calendar year results including “the company now has a much more stable financial platform to grow from”. So why are the shares, at 11p, currently more than 8% lower?…

ITX
ITX

Itaconix – just how soon did this Woodford dog need balance sheet improvement?

With its shares having closed on Monday at above 16p, on Tuesday morning self-styled “a leading innovator in sustainable plant-based polymers used as essential ingredients in everyday consumer products”, AIM-listed Itaconix (ITX) was “pleased to provide an update on its commercial progress and current trading”. Today it is “pleased to announce a placement” (natch!)…

ITX
ITX

Itaconix – a Woodford dog with balance sheet improvement needed indeed...

Self-styled “a leading innovator in sustainable plant-based polymers used as essential ingredients in everyday consumer products” Itaconix (ITX“is pleased to provide an update on its commercial progress and current trading”. Why then have the shares currently responded approaching 18% lower?!…

DeepMatter Group – 2020 results argue “extremely positive” opportunity. Er...

DeepMatter Group (DMTR), “the AIM-quoted company focusing on digitising chemistry, is pleased to announce its audited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020”. The shares have currently responded to below 2p, er more than 7% lower, in response!…

TheWorks – expects trading “progress” to continue… or “too soon to judge”?

Value retailer of arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery including trading from 527 stores across the UK and Ireland, TheWorks.co.uk (WRKS) has announced a trading update emphasising “a resilient” year ended 2nd May 2021 performance and recent “encouraging” sales. How resilient and encouraging?…

Woof! Woof! Mirriad Advertising – 2020 results, “more work to be done” an understatement!

Mirriad Advertising (MIRI) Chairman John Pearson is, “despite the disrupting influence of the COVID-19 pandemic… delighted with the progress that has been made”. Why then on the back of the results statement are the shares currently, at 50.5p, more than 11% lower? Because the valuation for this cash guzzling dog is bonkers. That is why!

KMK
KMK

Kromek – argues cash “slightly ahead of market expectations”… but what does that mean?!

Detection technology group Kromek (KMK) has announced “significant sequential revenue growth in H2 over H1 2020/21 and expects to report revenue and EBITDA for the year ended 30 April 2021 in line with market expectations. The group continues to maintain tight cost control, improve collections and manage cash flow, and this conscientious management has resulted in the group’s cash position at 30 April 2021 being slightly ahead of market expectations”. Sounds good… but, with how creditable this performance is naturally dependent on the expectations, what are they?…

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Tristel – post-profit warning CEO shares purchase reassuring… or not?

“trading update” announcement from infection prevention and contamination control products company Tristel (TSTL) yesterday morning saw the shares down approaching 16% at 563p as I then wrote. What then of CEO Paul Swinney having since purchased shares at 572.75p each?

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Tristel – surface disinfectant product & international growth, BUT...

A trading update from infection prevention and contamination control products company Tristel (TSTL) includes “surface disinfectant product sales have continued to gain market share and UK sales for this product range to end of third quarter were £2.3m, 47% higher than in the same period last year” and “sales of our 13 overseas subsidiaries and to our international distributor network have increased by 7% over the comparable period last year”. So why are the shares, at 563p, currently approaching 16% down?…

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INX
INX

i-nexus Global – latest news reinforces fundraising and management incentive concerns...

“Statement re Share Price Movement” from i-nexus Global (INX) – and the shares currently more than 20% lower, towards 12p. Uh oh…

AO
AO
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AO World – a lockdown winner… but now to be a share price loser?

Previously writing on online electricals retailer AO World (AO.), in November with the shares around 390p I concluded a lockdown winner, but the valuation much too high on what can be reasonably expected currently from here. Today a trading update… and the shares currently at 323p…

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CNS
CNS

Corero Network Security – full-year results, how “encouraging” are the levels of business activity?...

Previously writing on cyber network security company Corero (CNS) I noted having warned on the balance sheet position, now “New borrowings facility”…, concluding the £68 million market capitalisation looked to demand clear evidence that the business can deliver materially profitable bottom-line performance from here. Today full-year 2020 results…

MOS
MOS
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Mobile Streams – SHOCKER following recent “Major Contract win” announcement & equity raise...

From Mobile Streams (MOS) today a “partnership with, and funding to, Quanta”-titled announcement. But an earlier this month “Major Contract win for Streams data platform” announcement emphasised a “deal… worth up to £480,000 over 4 years, with a minimum £10,000 per month for at least a year”… with Quanta, and Mobile Streams swiftly followed it with a £2.2 million equity raise. Now funding to Quanta?!…

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TMO
TMO

Time Out Group – interims, & it is (as warned here) material dilution ahoy again...

I noted on Time Out Group (TMO) last week a former Woodford pick with an intra-day ‘London Waterloo & funding update’. Uh oh…. Today results for its half-year ended 31st December 2020 and a proposed equity raise. Uh oh again?…

Directa Plus – patent grant, a step towards addressing a large global market?

Self-styled “a leading producer and supplier of graphene nanoplatelets based products for use in consumer and industrial markets”, Directa Plus (DCTA) has announced it “has been granted an EU-wide patent covering the use of its G+® graphene in golf ball applications”. It emphasises this “the first step towards addressing a very large global market” and the shares have responded currently 4% higher to 106p, a £65 million market capitalisation. Is this justified?…

TMO
TMO
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Time Out Group – a former Woodford pick with an intra-day ‘London Waterloo & funding update’. Uh oh...

Previously writing on former Woodford pick Time Out Group (TMO), in June with the shares around 40p I concluded that I retained prior markets visit “appealing proposition” and financial scepticism… and now a “Time Out Market London (Waterloo) & funding update”-titled announcement from the group made intra-day (10:05am). Uh oh…

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Directa Plus – trading update argues “a strong pipeline of opportunities”. It looks to need them...

Self-styled “a leading producer and supplier of graphene nanoplatelets based products for use in consumer and industrial markets” Directa Plus (DCTA) has made a trading update including noting 2020 revenue “further improvement” from previously reported expectations, Q1 2021 revenue expected to be up 20% from the same period last year and that “there is a strong pipeline of opportunities”. Why are the shares though still well down from 145p reached earlier this year?…

OSI
OSI

Osirium Technologies – “NHS Trust Customer Wins” share price rise justified?

Self-styled “a leading vendor of cybersecurity software” Osirium Technologies (OSI“is pleased to report nine new NHS trust customers since the beginning of February”. Is a current 6.5% share price rise to 24.5p on the back of the announcement justified?…

DeepMatter Group – “co-distribution agreement”, about that “established European network”...

DeepMatter Group (DMTR) has announced a “co-distribution agreement” it emphasises provides it “with the capability to cast a wider net in North America”. Is a current more than 13% share price rise to 2.5p on the back of it merited?…

KCT
KCT

Kin and Carta – interims argue “strong” balance sheet & expectations confidence, BUT...

Previously writing on digital-focused consulting, software engineering and marketing company Kin and Carta (KCT), in September I was cautious on a just over £111 million market capitalisation. That is now more than £250 million, and follows half-year results to 31st January 2021…

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Photo-Me International – full-year results, pandemic ‘dramatic impact on growth drivers’?...

Previously writing on Photo-Me International (PHTM), in December with the shares at 57p I concluded the future uncertainty from the noted financial position and a current £215.5 million market capitalisation sees me retain prior scepticism. Currently, sell / avoid. The shares last closed at 55.1p and are currently further lower today on the back of results for the period to end October…

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Directa Plus – argues ‘proving to customers’… but what about demand & the balance sheet?...

“Successful Absorption Evaluation Test”-titled announcement from Directa Plus (DCTA) re. its pristine graphene nanoplatelets powder through human skin, with it stated “our suite of successful in vitro tests proves to customers in the textile industry that they can safely adopt our products to create exciting new garments enhanced by our graphene products”. Exciting news?…

XSG
XSG
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Xeros Technology – fundraising (again!), how ‘pleasing’ really is it from this Woodford dog?...

Xeros Technology Group (XSG“is pleased to announce… the company has conditionally raised gross proceeds of approximately £8.0 million, through the successful placing of 3,333,333 placing shares” and that it “intends to provide… up to 416,586 open offer shares”. Just how ‘pleasing’ really is this though?…

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KMK
KMK

Kromek – emphasises new orders, but what do director subscription amounts say?...

“New Medical Screening and Nuclear Security orders” announcement from Kromek (KMK) and the shares currently at circa 17p. So what’s the outlook from here?…

QTX
QTX

Quartix – is the progress ‘pleasing’? And what of the value now?...

Previously writing on vehicle telematics company Quartix (QTX), in October with the shares at 340p, I noted it “pleased with the progress we have made so far in 2020” but questioned value. Today it “is pleased to announce its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2020”. So what’s the outlook now?…

GBG
GBG

GB Group – trading “stronger than anticipated”, but sustainable?

Identity data intelligence group GB (GBG) has made a trading update commencing that “trading has been stronger than anticipated”. With the shares currently up 4% in response, they potentially interesting?…

GHH
GHH

Gooch & Housego – “improved levels of demand”, but valuation & remuneration 'issues'?...

Gooch & Housego (GHH), a “photonic systems, components and instrumentation for applications in the Aerospace & Defence, Industrial, Life Sciences and Scientific Research sectors” company, has made a trading update noting “improved levels of demand” and “good progress streamlining our manufacturing sites”. So potentially interesting?…

NMCN plc – I having previously warned in December, now an intra-day “Trading Update”...

Previously writing on a further update from UK engineering and construction company NMCN plc (NMCNI concluded with the shares falling back below 250p still bargepole ahoy after previously noting a far from planned CEO ‘step down’ and a trading warning following CFO resignation and what sounded like a rush for liquidity. Now an intra-day (1:23pm) “Trading Update and Notice of Results” announcement. Why don’t I think it is going to be good?!…

Directa Plus – emphasises new supply and R&D agreements… but the balance sheet?...

Directa Plus (DCTA“is pleased to announce that the company has signed a supply agreement and a Strategic R&D Agreement with NexTech Batteries Inc., a leading company in the field of Lithium Sulphur batteries based in Nevada, US” – and the shares are currently more than 10% higher in response at 144p. So what’s the detail?…

CyanConnode – research announcement on argued “world leader”. Er...

Self-styled “a world leader in Narrowband Radio Frequency Smart Mesh Networks” CyanConnode (CYAN) has made an RNS Reach announcement that Arden has published a research note on the company. At a guess, a favourable such note then!…

DeepVerge – emphasises production progress, but what about the bottom-line & balance sheet?...

“Prod’n orders worth $5m for Modern Water Equipment”-titled announcement from self-styled “environmental and life science AI company” DeepVerge (DVRG), and the shares are currently up around 5%, at above 31p, in response. So what’s the detail?…

CloudCoCo – shares soaring on trading update justified? Er...

UK provider of IT and communications services to businesses and public sector organisations, CloudCoCo (CLCO) has made a trading update – and the shares are currently approaching 24% higher in response, to 1.425p. So what’s the detail?…

Deepverge – argues move to ‘open up additional opportunities’… so why a further share price fall?

Previously writing on Deepverge (DVRG), last month I warned as the shares moved ahead to 36p. Today the company makes an announcement CEO Gerard Brandon emphasises “opens up additional opportunities to jointly development new products and services by working with… experts adding smart AI cloud-based data analytic technologies and best-in-class engineering”. What’s the detail?…

Live Company – “immediate effect” director ‘step downs’ follow December-argued moves to be “very excited” about!

Previously writing on live events group Live Company (LVCG), in December with the shares at 5.25p I questioned its emphasised moves to be “very excited” about. The shares are currently further lower today, towards 3.5p, on a “Directorate Changes” announcement…

KMK
KMK

Kromek – “pleased to announce” equity raise for ‘growth opportunities’. Really?...

Kromek (KMK“is pleased to announce a conditional firm placing, directors’ subscription and open offer to raise up to £13.0 million before expenses”. Should shareholders be pleased though?…

ITX
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Itaconix – Woodford dog “pleased to report… slightly ahead of current market expectations”, but what are those expectations?!

Shares in long-term Woodford dog, self-styled “a leading innovator in sustainable specialty polymers” Itaconix (ITX) have risen significantly so far this year and the company states it now “is pleased to update the market on a positive year of trading in which the company made substantial commercial and financial progress”. The shares have currently responded towards 5p, a comfortably above £20 million market cap, though 17% lower…

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ALT
ALT

Altitude Group – states “trades profitably through COVID-19”. Er, does it?...

Previously writing on self-styled “operator of a leading marketplace for the global promotional products industry” Altitude Group (ALT), last month I noted on delayed results for its half-year ended 30th September 2020 that its emphasis of continued COVID-19 related disruption suggested what it was delaying weren’t pretty. The company today reckons it “is pleased” to announce the results…

Directa Plus – after recently argued “outstanding potential growth”, CFO resigns...

“Directorate Change”-titled announcement from self-styled “a leading producer and supplier of graphene nanoplatelets based products for use in consumer and industrial markets” Directa Plus (DCTA) – and the shares currently at 88.5p, more than 4% lower in response. I guess the change ain’t an exciting new appointment then…

IDP
IDP

InnovaDerma – “Loan Agreement”, currently just kicking liquidity crunch down the road?

A start of this week trading statement from UK developer of beauty, personal care and life sciences products InnovaDerma (IDP) noted some “encouraging growth” and that it “will be exploring options to strengthen the balance sheet to ensure it is in a strong position to benefit from the substantial growth opportunities anticipated once restrictions begin to ease”. Today a “Loan Agreement”…

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CyanConnode – trading update, the net cash position maintained… or is it?...

Self-styled “a world leader in Narrowband Radio Frequency Smart Mesh Networks” CyanConnode (CYAN) states it is “pleased” to provide a trading update for the nine month period ended 31st December 2020 – and the shares are currently 5% higher in response to 7.75p. So what’s the detail?…

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DeepVerge – maiden Q4 profit?, £10m in 2021?. Er, nope on both counts...

An announcement from DeepVerge (DVRG) headed DVRG confirms maiden Q4 profit;guides £10m in 2021”. With the shares currently moving ahead on the back of this to 36p, the market cap is approaching £60 million. So value? Er, nope…

IDP
IDP

InnovaDerma – argues key international markets “encouraging growth”, so why are the shares slumping?...

Previously writing on UK developer of beauty, personal care and life sciences products InnovaDerma (IDP), I concluded whilst the shares are still materially lower than the around 60p of my previous update, currently remaining cautious on the financials here, I continue to avoid. The shares headed towards 85p in the summer and last closed at 65p, but are currently heading towards 50p on the back of a trading statement. So what’s happening now?…

MAB
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Mitchells & Butlers – “prudent to explore an equity capital raise”… or a ‘keep-the-lights-on’ necessity?

“First Quarter Trading Update” from restaurants and pubs company Mitchells & Butlers (MAB) includes that it currently has cash balances on hand of £125 million and that Chief Executive Phil Urban has “every confidence that we can emerge in a strong competitive position once the current restrictions on us are lifted”. So why a current 7% lower share price response, to around 220p?…

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Clipper Logistics – trading update; Logistics revenue +50%, Profit?...

“Trading Update” from ‘logistics, e-fulfilment and returns management services’ company Clipper Logistics (CLG) includes “November and December, revenues in its logistics business were 50.0% higher than in the corresponding period of the prior year, with strong growth in both e-commerce related activities and non e-fulfilment services”. What does a share price currently up to 600p discount?…

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WANdisco – trading update... though what does the bottom-line look like & what are the “board's expectations”?

“Trading and business update” from ‘LiveData’ technology company WANdisco (WAND) emphasises that it “expects to report preliminary revenue for FY20 of at least $10.5m” and that an “expanding new business pipeline supports board expectations for FY21”… but what are those expectations and with revenue, of course, vanity, what does the bottom-line look like?…

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Microsaic Systems – statement following recent share price increase. Any sale progress?, Er...

On 22nd December Microsaic Systems (MSYS) announced that it had appointed KRE Corporate Recovery “to explore other remaining options to maximise value for creditors and potentially other stakeholders”. It was “other remaining options” as a formal sale process had failed – and the shares fell back. However, they have recently significantly recovered and now a further statement from the company has been required…

CyanConnode – shares up 15% on “Director dealing” announcement, a very significant share purchase then?

“Director dealing”-titled announcement from wireless communication technology company CyanConnode (CYAN) today – and the shares currently at 9p, more than 15% higher. A very significant share purchase from a director then?…

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IDE Group – emphasises “Significant Multi-Year Contract Win”, but does it justify a +287% share price response?...

“Contract Win” announcement from IT services group IDE (IDE), which includes it emphasising “under the terms of the contract the partner has committed to procure services from IDE to a value of £22.5 million over the next three years… in addition to the existing circa £5 million per annum of revenue contracted with the partner”. Does the news justify the current share response to 3p – up 287%!?…

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CyanConnode – “Director Dealing & Issue of Equity”, shares furthering recent gains justified?...

“Director Dealing & Issue of Equity” announcement from CyanConnode (CYAN), and the shares currently furthering recent gains – to 6.6p. So what’s the detail?…

Ironveld – a 'no one watching o’clock' day results announcement. Uh oh...

Ironveld (IRON) has today announced results for its year ended 30th June 2020, concluding “we look forward to providing further updates in the near future”. Hmmm – releasing results on largely ‘no one watching o’clock’ days such as those this week doesn’t tend to mean good news…

MDZ
MDZ

MediaZest – “Timing of Financial Results” announcement… why a 40%+ share price rise?!

Self-styled “creative audio-visual company” MediaZest (MDZ) has made a “Timing of Financial Results” announcement and the shares are currently, at 0.06p, more than 40% higher! What’s the story?…

CyanConnode – again “Director Share Purchases” which aren’t... and why not announced yesterday with the others?

Another “Director Share Purchases” announcement from CyanConnode (CYAN) – this time re. Executive Chairman John Cronin adding 1,467,391 shares to his shareholding. However…

CMH
CMH

Chamberlin – main businesses weren’t performing solidly... & certainly aren’t to be now!...

Less than a month ago a “Trading Update” from castings and engineering company Chamberlin (CMH) included that ongoing orders from its machine shop’s largest contract are likely to be a fraction of the original contract, though paid-for researcher Hardman still considered “the shares offer the opportunity to invest in a highly cyclical stock”! Today a further “Trading Update”, so alarm bells ringing… and intra-day (11:55am). Uh Oh…

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CyanConnode – “Director Share Purchases”... Or not?...

“Director Share Purchases” emphasises CyanConnode (CYAN). Some real shows of confidence from the boardroom then?…

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Tasty plc – bigger blundering Boris impact, how’s the balance sheet risk?

Shares in ‘Wildwood’ and ‘dim t’ restaurants company Tasty plc (TAST) recovered to start this month at 3.4p… but now an intra-day (9:41am) “Trading Update”. Usually bad news…

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CyanConnode – argues “very encouraged by the success”… but what about the balance sheet?

Self-styled “a world leader in narrowband radio frequency mesh networks” CyanConnode (CYAN) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2020 and that “the board is very encouraged by the success of all CyanConnode’s deployments, and is especially pleased to see the progress being made against contracts in India and Thailand during the period” – and the shares have currently responded higher, to 5.05p. However, with the shares above 6p, I previously questioned that the company argues loan “for working capital to fund growth”, what about for keeping the lights on? What do the results now show?…

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Tungsten Corp – interims argue “well placed to capitalise on the opportunities being presented”. Really?...

Tungsten Corp (TUNG) has announced results for its half year ended 31st October 2020. Do they support it being, self-styled, “a leading global electronic invoicing and purchase order transactions network”?…

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ALT
ALT

Altitude Group – needs more time to accurately present its half-year position… more than 2 months after the half-year end!

Self-styled “the operator of a leading marketplace for personalised products” Altitude Group (ALT) has made an “Interim results update”. Its half-year ended 30th September, so you’d expect it to be able to provide some decent detail by now. What does the update provide?…

Photo-Me International – trading update, ‘remains profitable’… or not?

Vending equipment and services company Photo-Me International (PHTM) has issued a trading update which includes that it “was cash flow positive in the period” and “as at 31 October 2020, the group had a net cash balance of £22 million”. However, the shares are currently 3% lower at 57p, so what is the cash flow and balance sheet detail?…

DIA
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Dialight – neither Mr Market or I agree with its "confidence for the future"

A trading statement today from LED lighting for industrial applications company Dialight (DIA) concludes that structural drivers position it well and give it confidence for the future. However, the shares have eased by 2% to 253.5p. That suggests that Mr Market does not wholly share that stated “confidence for the future”.

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CloudCoCo – “confident of further strategic progress”. And financial progress?!

UK provider of IT and communications services to businesses and public sector organisations, CloudCoCo (CLCO) has updated including “trading EBITDA, a key marker for demonstrating the success of the group’s recovery to date, expected to be well ahead in H2” and “cash positive in FY20” – and the shares have currently responded more than 14% higher to 1.20p, but what’s the actual detail?…

ACT
ACT

Actual Experience plc – “delighted to announce… new channel partner”, but how’s the balance sheet looking?...

Actual Experience (ACT) is “delighted to announce” a three-year framework agreement with “an American based multinational computer technology company” for its new Human Experience Management offerings… and the shares have currently responded towards 120p, more than 5% further higher…

CyanConnode – argues loan “for working capital to fund growth”, what about for keeping the lights on?...

Self-styled “a world leader in Narrowband Radio Frequency Smart Mesh Networks” CyanConnode (CYAN) has updated including that it “is pleased to announce that it has agreed a £400,000 unsecured loan from certain directors for working capital to fund growth… revenue exceeded the same period last year by approximately 50%” – and the shares have currently responded to above 6p, 10% higher…

Tungsten Corp – it having argued in September “still expects to meet external forecasts for FY21”, Guess what...

Previously writing on electronic invoicing and purchase order transactions network company Tungsten Corp (TUNG), in September with the shares falling back below 40p I concluded the valuation with the company having to attempt “transformation” in a very challenged economic environment meant still avoid / sell. The shares are currently falling below 30p on the back of a “Trading Update”…

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Ironveld – having argued asset “potential value many times in excess of the company's market capitalisation”… massively discounted placing & worse!...

Late March-announced results from Ironveld (IRON) included “your board remains confident that the company’s asset, containing 27 million tons of HPI, together with significant Vanadium and Titanium content, continues to demonstrate robust economics and has a potential value many times in excess of the company’s market capitalisation and balance sheet carrying value” – the market capitalisation then £2.6 million and stated net assets £21.7 million. Today a fundraising, from a £4.3 million market capitalisation with the shares having last closed at 0.65p. Surely a price competitive against that then? – and, given the stated potential value, even that unnecessarily dilutive?…

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XSG

Xeros Technology – Woodford dog argues “an important step” order. Is it?...

A couple of announcements today from one of the many AIM dogs of Neil Woodford, Xeros Technology Group (XSG) – and the shares currently continuing something of a recent recovery…

AO
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AO World – a lockdown winner… but can the outlook from here justify the valuation?

Another day of FTSE gains and online electrical retailer AO World (AO.) has announced results for its half-year ended 30th September 2020, emphasising “the results we’re announcing today give huge confidence that our business is well set for the future to cement the changes”. The shares have currently responded, er, around 7% lower to about 390p…

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CMH
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Chamberlin – paid-for researcher updates: “main businesses performing solidly”. You what?!...

Yesterday on castings and engineering company Chamberlin (CMH), here I noted a massive contract loss and financial red flags fluttering. Today an announcement of research “Chamberlin (CMH): Trading update ‒ main businesses performing solidly”. You what? Hardman is ‘avin’ a giraffe is it not? 

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Windar Photonics – following delayed 2019 results publication, delayed interims at last published (& guess what)...

Having been apparently unable to publish its 2019 calendar year results until 6:32pm on Friday, today from LiDAR wind sensor company Windar Photonics (WPHO) delayed results for the first half of 2020, though with CEO Jørgen Korsgaard Jensen “very pleased that the company has… managed to reduce the EBITDA loss and substantially improve on operating cash flow performance”. The shares have though responded to 18p, more than 7.5% lower…

TCN
TCN

Tricorn – “demand levels from a number of customers is increasing”, BUT...

Previously writing on pipe and tubing assemblies group Tricorn (TCN), in June with the shares down to 7.5p I concluded its update then, with the noted trading conditions see me retain prior caution on the shares… I currently certainly continue to avoid. Today a “Post-Period End Update”…

NAK
NAK

Nakama – trading update, as predicted the Fat Lady is gargling

Previously writing on “recruitment consultancy working across the UK and Asia providing recruitment and related services for the web, interactive, digital media, IT and business change sectors” Nakama Group (NAK), in September with the shares lower from 0.625p I concluded the outlook didn’t look pretty and still on the list of bargepole. Now a “Trading and corporate update”…

Ricardo – how confident in a materially more weighted second half than usual?

Self-styled “engineering, technical, environmental and strategic consultancy business, which also manufactures and assembles niche, high-quality and high-performance products” Ricardo plc (RCDO) has updated commencing; “In the quarter to 30 September 2020, overall order intake was strong at £105.2m, up 19% on the pre-COVID quarter to 30 September 2019. This is also up on the £70m of orders received in the quarter ended 30 June 2020”. The shares have currently responded to 337p, more than 8.5% lower…

DTY
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Dignity still has multiple challenges...

Back in August I observed the Competition and Markets Authority giving funeral operator Dignity (DTYa bit of a free bus pass. Back then I was wholly unconvinced this had changed the investment story sufficiently to warrant the share price romp that occurred, observing that ‘it feels to me as if another shorting opportunity is building’. Well if you had got your timing about right that would have worked out pretty well, with the share peaking at just over six quid after the update before falling about two quid in the subsequent few weeks. Good darts if you are smart. I kind of feel that an akin opportunity is building again…

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Tasty plc – still “hopeful… will be able to navigate our way through”?

Previously writing on Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty plc (TAST), I’ve noted the financial situation from a market cap of below £4 million saw my stance avoid / sell. Now a “Statement re: Restaurant Closures” – and the shares currently further lower to 1.25p…

KMK
KMK

Kromek – “wins new sector-leading global OEM customer” ‘delight’… but what’s the detail?...

“wins new sector-leading global OEM customer” announcement from Kromek (KMK), with it “delighted to have secured another leading OEM customer with substantial global operations. This is further validation of the strength of our solutions”. What’s the impact re. a £40.5 million market capitalisation here…

TGP
TGP

Tekmar – update… why nothing re. bottom-line performance I wonder?!

Previously writing on self-styled “a leading provider of technology and services for the global offshore energy markets” Tekmar Group (TGP), in May with the shares at 120p I questioned it “well placed to navigate this period of uncertainty” and concluded I currently continue to avoid. Having commenced today at 71.5p, “an update on the new CEO’s Review, a trading update ahead of the group’s half year results for the six months ended 30 September 2020, and a change to its financial year end”…

Shoe Zone – trading update, more blundering Boris & co impact...

Previously writing on value footwear retailer Shoe Zone (SHOE), in July with the shares having fallen below 80p I noted previous clear uncertainties and that latest certainly didn’t enhance confidence. Today a “Full Year Trading Update” – and the shares further down, currently to below 40p…

QUIZ plc – results, company still confident in its brand strength?

Fashion retailer QUIZ plc (QUIZ) has announced results and “looking ahead, we remain confident in the strength of our brand”. At a little changed 7.2p share price, the market cap is though currently below £9 million…

ECK
ECK

Eckoh – trading update… what was already in the price?

Previously writing on secure payment and customer contact technology company Eckoh (ECK), last month with the shares at 68.5p I was cautious – concluding that the valuation looked to demand further rapid business growth amidst “the current macro-economic and COVID-19 uncertainty”. Now a “Half Year Trading Update”…

QTX
QTX

Quartix – “pleased with the progress we have made so far in 2020”… but value?...

Vehicle tracking systems company Quartix (QTX) has updated including “we are pleased with the progress we have made so far in 2020, despite the impact of COVID-19 on our clients and markets. Our subscription base grew in each of our markets and now stands at more than 167,000 vehicles with recurring revenues of just under £22m” – and the shares have currently responded up to 340p…

ESC
ESC

Escape Hunt – Middle East acquisition, really due to growth ‘excitement’?

An “Acquisition of Middle East Master Franchise and re-opening of Dubai site” announcement from ‘escape-the-room experiences’ company Escape Hunt (ESC) – and the shares currently 9.25p, 11.5% higher…

INX
INX

i-nexus Global – argues moves for “working capital” & to ‘align’ management interests. Er!...

Previously writing on self-styled “a leading provider of cloud-based Strategy Execution software solutions designed for the Global 5000”, i-nexus Global (INX), last month I noted it stating it “now operating at monthly P&L break-even”, but questioned sustainable? and noted the overall balance sheet. Now “Proposed issue of £1.325 million of Fixed Rate Unsecured Convertible Redeemable Loan Notes”…

SAL
SAL

SpaceandPeople – interims, confident of trading through & emerging in a position to take advantage of the recovery?

Manager of promotional and retail merchandising space SpaceandPeople (SAL) has announced results for the first half of 2020 including “we are confident that we will be able to trade through… and emerge in a position to take advantage of the recovery”. The shares have currently responded to 4.1p, more than 11% lower!…

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Supply@ME Capital – “very pleased to appoint Crowe as our auditor”. I bet!...

Supply@ME Capital (SYME) is “very pleased to appoint Crowe as our auditor. Their size, international presence and sector awareness should complement very well the platform’s scalability plans and, accordingly, the current company cross-border expansion”. Er, a few things…

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Eurasia Mining – “no new developments… beyond… interim results” (of an attempted no-one watching o’clock)...

From sub 20p at the start of this month, shares in Eurasia Mining (EUA) last closed at 37p – and today a “Statement re Share Price Movement”…

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Catenae – when three weeks is seven……still a SELL

AIM-listed Catenae Innovation (CTEA) is rapidly losing its Covid appeal. Having ended the pre-Covid period at around 0.26p per share, the company jumped on the Covid bandwagon and saw its shares roof it to peak at over 9p. But since the end of August Catenae’s lustre had dulled and now the shares are at 2.3p. It seems that what goes up must come down and as such there seems to be a long way to go. One reason could be related to its bandwagon Onsite-ID App, which we were led to believe would see some results as part of Newcastle Premier Health’s Access Planning Control. So what has happened? On 25 August we were told:

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MMX
MMX

Minds + Machines Group – “Statement re: Contract”... & share price fall...

“Statement re: Contract” from internet top-level domains owner and operator Minds + Machines Group (MMX) – and the shares currently at 5.25p, 11% lower…

Motorpoint – “demand levels have exceeded management's expectations”... so why are the shares lower?...

Self-styled “the UK’s leading independent omni-channel vehicle retailer”, Motorpoint Group (MOTR) has updated commencing, “Since the group’s sites reopened from the UK-wide lockdown in early June, demand levels have exceeded management’s expectations with strong year on year sales growth”. On the announcement, the shares are though currently 6.5% lower…

RTN
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Restaurant Group – interims argue “very encouraging” trading performance post-lockdown, BUT...

The Restaurant Group (TRG) has announced results for its half-year ended 28th June 2020, including emphasising “decisive response to COVID-19 pandemic… implemented significant restructuring actions resulting in a higher quality, diversified estate” and “trading performance post-lockdown (for the 11 weeks from July 4th to 20th September 2020) with c.90% of the retained estate now open has been very encouraging… Wagamama: Like-for-like sales growth of 11%… Leisure: LFL sales growth of 4%… Pubs: LFL sales growth of 14%” – and the shares have currently responded to above 57p, 5% higher…

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Cineworld – “Temporary suspension of US & UK cinema operations”. How “temporary”?

Tom noted in yesterday’s bearcast the latest from Cineworld Group (CINE) and the shares set for a Monday crash – and they are more than 40% lower, below 25p, with a “Temporary suspension of US & UK cinema operations” announcement…

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ESC

Escape Hunt – “pleased to announce its interim results”. Hmmm...

Self-styled “a global leader in the growing escape rooms sector”, Escape Hunt (ESC“is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020”. The shares are currently at 8.5p, down from above 50p as recently as July last year…

NMCN plc – “Board Changes and Trading Update”, attempted no-one watching o’clock?

A 4:30pm yesterday “Board Changes and Trading Update” announcement from UK engineering and construction company NMCN plc (NMCN). Attempted no-one watching o’clock? If so, it hasn’t worked – with the shares currently at around 250p (capitalising the company at circa £26 million), 24% lower today…

FCH
FCH
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Don't worry Funding Circle shareholders, your company is 'close to AEBITDA break-even in H2'!

A real ramshackle range of regulatory news updates today but I focus here on Funding Circle (FCH). I first wrote about this one in the summer of last year, after I noticed an office of its during a business trip of mine in San Francisco. Suffice to say it was ‘big and bold on the second floor of a nice small scale development in the middle (and most expensive part) of the city’. In that article, I highlighted the huge IPO shocker from a 440p listing price to just 135p then. The strategic car crash continued…

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DSG

Dillistone Group – interims… & what about the previously “increasingly confident… will be transformational”?...

Dillistone Group (DSG) has announced results for the first half of 2020 emphasising “returned to profit (before acquisition related items)” and “we believe we are well positioned to deliver growth as we emerge from the current crisis”. What’s the detail from this recruitment software company?…

MDZ
MDZ

MediaZest – results, ‘several long term roll out projects have now restarted’… so why the share price fall?...

Previously writing on “audio-visual systems integrator” to organisations, MediaZest (MDZ), as the shares rose to 0.07p I again noted the financials and suggested to beware of the recent share price movement. Now results for the 12 months ended 31st March 2020 – and the shares currently down to 0.04p…

Ten Lifestyle – “slightly ahead of market expectations”… so why further share price decline?...

Ten Lifestyle Group (TENG) has updated including that it “expects to report Net Revenue that is slightly ahead of market expectations of £43.3m… Adjusted EBITDA profit is expected to be slightly ahead of market expectations of £4.5m”. However, already down from a start of 2020 134p, the shares are currently slightly further lower at 82p…

ECK
ECK

Eckoh – dividend reinstated… but what’s already in the price?

Secure payment and customer contact technology company Eckoh (ECK) has updated including having previously “did not intend to propose a year-end dividend… Given the continued resilience of the business combined with its high levels of repeat and recurring revenues… is pleased to announce that the board has approved the payment of a special dividend of 0.61p per ordinary share” – and the shares are currently a further few percent higher…

KRM
KRM

KRM22 – interims & new debt facility, to support continued growth?

Previously writing on company with a particular focus on risk management technology for capital markets KRM22 (KRM), I concluded that with ‘the noted cash/debt position, still cash burning despite significant cost measures in place currently and contract signing delays even last year, still currently avoid / sell’. Now half-year results and “New Debt Facility”…

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ClearStar – “pleased to announce” recommended offer… but how ‘pleasing’ for shareholders?...

I wrote on ClearStar (CLSU) just over a year ago with the shares at 65p, concluding I wouldn’t want to own. Now “pleased to announce… a recommended offer to be made by Hanover”…

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Surface Transforms – argues “truly game changing” contract award. Is it?, & how’s the current financial position?

“Contract Award from OEM 8 and Trading Update” from Surface Transforms (SCE) – and the shares currently 47p, more than 90% higher!…

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Tungsten Corp – following results arguing “still expects to meet external forecasts”, “Directorate Change”...

Previously writing on electronic invoicing and purchase order transactions network company Tungsten Corp (TUNG), in July with the shares at 42p I questioned “positions the business well for future growth”?. Now a “Directorate Change” announcement has followed recent results for the company’s year ended 30th April 2020…

DeepMatter Group – argues “pleased to announce” results… so why the share price fall?

Self-styled AIM-quoted company focusing on digitising chemistry” DeepMatter Group (DMTR“is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020”… and the shares have currently responded to 1.85p, 14% lower…

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Filta Group – new agreement for which ‘no financial impact conclusions have been drawn’...so shares soar, more Corona madness...

“Filta Group Holdings PLC (FLTA), a provider of fryer management and other services to the catering and hospitality sector, is pleased to announce that it has secured an exclusive licencing agreement with NTH Solutions, a support services group wholly owned by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, to utilise its hypochlorous acid based broad-spectrum disinfectant, along with NHS accredited training, as part of the Filta Sanitation Service”… and the shares have currently responded to 107.5p, approaching 19% higher. Hmmm…

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7digital Group – discounted placing, argues “secure the future of 7digital”. Does it?...

Self-styled “global leader in B2B end-to-end digital music solutions”, 7digital Group (7DIG) has announced a “oversubscribed placing and subscription… raised £6.0 million (gross)… to support immediate and medium term commercial growth opportunities, in particular within home fitness, artist monetisation, and social media”…

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GHH

Gooch & Housego – trading update, “remains in a good financial position”?

Photonic systems, components and instrumentation for applications in the aerospace & defence, industrial and sciences sectors company Gooch & Housego (GHH) has updated including that its “manufacturing locations in the UK, USA and China are now fully open, thanks to measures that were quickly and efficiently put in place by our site teams, minimising the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic for our customers whilst keeping our employees safe… Trading levels in June and July reflected the recovery in the company’s manufacturing capacity and some of our larger customers’ manufacturing sites reopening… our order book remains robust”. The shares though are still not much above levels from when I previously wrote on the company in April…

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Integumen – recommended all-share offer for Modern Water on the covid bandwagon...

“The Boards of Integumen (SKIN) and Modern Water (MWG) are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended offer… for each Modern Water share 1 existing Integumen share… Based on the existing Integumen share closing price of 4.05 pence per existing Integumen share on the last practicable date, the offer values the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Modern Water at approximately £21.25 million”…

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Catenae Innovation – more ramptastic nonsense: SELL

Yesterday we saw AIM-listed Catenae Innovation (CTEA) try to dress up paying for a marketing deal in shares as a good thing when surely the truth of it was that it was out of cash, and worse still the grateful recipient of the shares has to wait for the AGM for approval of increase in headroom. In other words, Catenae is out of cash and out of share-issuance headroom. This morning we were offered a Business Update…

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FUL

Fulham Shore – “achieving one of its highest weekly turnover figures”, but...

Franco Manca pizza and The Real Greek eastern Mediterranean restaurants group Fulham Shore (FUL) has updated including “trade in the first full fortnight in August was markedly up on the same period in the previous year, with the group achieving one of its highest weekly turnover figures… despite some of its restaurants still remaining closed” and “pleased to announce the completion of the equity fundraise to raise £2.25 million and… new £25.75 million bank facilities have become unconditional in all respects” – and the shares have responded further higher to above 10p…

IME
IME

Immedia Group – there weren’t much “cash reserves, and plans in place to manage these resources” then!...

Provider of audio visual content and services Immedia Group (IME“announces that it has conditionally raised gross proceeds of £1.1 million… at £0.10 per share”. This following a June update including “we have seen more UK retail businesses re-open, and this will allow Immedia to rebuild contracted revenues from its retail customers as its services are taken up again” and a prior update in April I previously updated on…

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EUZ
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Europa Metals – as Gary Newman recently warned… discounted placing screwing...

Shares in Europa Metals (EUZ) are currently at 13.5p, down more than 18% on the day – and you were warned on this website that this was coming by Gary Newman…

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Bidstack – interims argue “healthy cash position” & “making material progress”. Er...

Bidstack Group (BIDS) has updated including emphasising “following our oversubscribed placing in June 2020, Bidstack has a healthy cash position and is making material progress in its approach to building a strong foundation on which to grow and create value for shareholders”. Hmmm – “healthy cash position” and “making material progress” hey?…

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SJH

St James House – shares bounce on intra-day “Trading Statement”… but where are the numbers?

Another intra-day update from St James House (SJH) sees the shares leaping higher, but this just as farcical as previously?…

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Sensyne Health – “settles employment tribunal claim”, Red flags bingo?...

“settles employment tribunal claim” announcement from “clinical AI technology company”, Sensyne Health (SENS) including “as previously announced, Lorimer Headley, left the Board and the business on 2 March 2020. He made allegations against the CEO, Lord Drayson. The Board arranged for these allegations to be investigated by an independent law firm and they found that the allegations were not supported by the evidence”. So a favourable settlement for Lord Drayson and Sensyne then, surely?…

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Beeks Financial Cloud – “expects to announce trading results within the range of market expectations”… the heavily reduced ones?

“Beeks Financial Cloud Group Plc (AIM: BKS), a cloud computing and connectivity provider for financial markets, is pleased to provide an update on trading for the year ended 30 June 2020… Covid-19 has had a relatively small impact on Beeks’ overall trading… expects to announce trading results within the range of market expectations”… and the shares have currently responded towards 90p, approaching 8% lower!…

HDD
HDD

Hardide – “Director Dealing”… but have they bought or sold?! Corrected announcement needed!...

“Hardide plc (AIM: HDD), the developer and provider of advanced surface coating technology, announces that it has been notified that on 3 August 2020, Philip Kirkham (CEO) and Robert Goddard (Chairman) bought 20,000 and 37,000 ordinary shares respectively… each at a price of 27 pence per ordinary share.” The shares have currently responded to more than 30p to buy…

SFE
SFE

Safestyle UK – emphasises “strong rebound in order intake post-lockdown”… but sustainable?

Previously writing on self-styled “leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market” Safestyle UK (SFE), in May I concluded including that an already challenging outlook looks to have become significantly more so, both in terms of demand and efficiency of supply. Now a “Half Year Trading Update”...

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QXT

Quixant – trading update, positive signs of recovery showing?...

Previously writing on self-styled “a leading provider of innovative, highly engineered technology products principally for the global gaming and broadcast industries” Quixant (QXT), I questioned “positive signs of recovery”, concluding including having previously noted hopefully my prior warning was heeded – and, with that, I question whether the “softness in demand” is really worse than should have been reasonably anticipated? As such, I also remain wary of the company’s confidence for the future. Now a trading update...

KRM
KRM

KRM22 – outlook “continues to be positive”… or not?

Risk management technology for capital markets-focused KRM22 (KRM) has updated including “progress has been made with two new customer wins and cost and debt reduction” and that it “continues to have a strong pipeline of opportunities and is progressing well through the procurement process with two further tier one banks which the company expects will close in the second half of the year”. The shares have currently responded to 28p… approaching 14% lower!...

PTD
PTD

Pittards – argues “managed the impact on cash” & “signs of recovery”… so why further share price decline?...

“Pittards plc (AIM: PTD), the AIM listed manufacturer of specialty leather, announces a new loan and trading update” – and the shares have currently responded to 39p, more than 6% lower...

SCE
SCE

Surface Transforms – argues “remains on track”… but what about, for example, January 2012?...

Surface Transforms (SCE) has updated including “despite the impact of COVID-19… revenue for the six-month period grew 55%… Cash at 30 June was £2,018k (December 2019: £770k) to which can be added the R&D tax credit, in excess of £300k, expected in September” – and the shares have currently responded to 27p, approaching 4% higher...

Tungsten – trading update, “positions the business well for future growth”?...

Self-styled “a leading provider of digital financial management products and software solutions” Tungsten (TUNG) has updated including emphasising, on an adjusted basis, “revenue grew 3% to £36.3 million… Positive full year cash generation of £0.4 million” – and the shares have currently responded to 42p, more than 6% higher...

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ESC

Escape Hunt – when the ‘senior leadership team’ having barely missed out at all isn’t taking the piss enough...

“Management incentive scheme” announcement from Escape Hunt (ESC), with Chairman Richard Rose “pleased that we have put an appropriate incentive in place for our senior team which is aligned with the interests of our shareholders. In order to receive 100 per cent of the award, the team will have had to generate a compound shareholder return of 35 per cent per annum over four years. With this in mind, we are excited about the prospects for Escape Hunt and have a strong management team in place to deliver our strategy”. Hmmm!...

Filta Group – AGM trading update… after peak Corona madness?...

Filta Group (FLTA) has updated including “May turnover some 14% up on April and June a further 38% up on May” and “launch in May of our sanitisation and protect service, FiltaShield… with the number and value of customer quotations continuing to increase, we are optimistic that, as our markets in the US and UK continue to reopen over the coming weeks and months, we will see an increasing contribution from that service”. The shares have currently responded to 93.5p, more than 8% lower...

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Fever-Tree Drinks – a “Trading Statement” lacking financial specifics… & a recovered £2.7 billion valuation?

Fever-Tree (FEVR) has updated emphasising “consistently strong performance through our Off-Trade channels” and “pleased to announce the acquisition of Global Drinks Partnership, the group's sales agent in Germany… providing us with an ideal platform to take advantage of the opportunity within the German market and accelerate our growth”. The shares have currently responded to around 2300p, circa 5% lower...

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Remote Monitored Systems – after Friday ‘Chairman leaves, fundamentals shining through?’...

Writing on Remote Monitored Systems (RMS) on Friday as its Chairman left “effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities”I suggested forget previous cash raised to support growth of the group's core areas of business, it needed to keep the lights on and more is to be required. With that from a market cap of £1.5 million, natch bargepole / sell. That was with the shares down from a prior closing 0.28p to 0.23p...

RMS
RMS

Remote Monitored Systems – Chairman leaves, fundamentals shining through?...

Remote Monitored Systems (RMS) has updated including that it has “appointed John Richardson, a Director of GyroMetric Systems Limited, the group's 58% owned subsidiary, as Chief Operating Officer”, though also that “Nigel Burton, Non‐Executive Chairman of the company, has retired from the board, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities”...

ESC
ESC

Escape Hunt – “delighted to announce” England venues reopening… though how many will fancy a shut-in ‘experience’?

‘Escape room experiences’ company Escape Hunt (ESC) “is delighted to announce that all eight of its venues in England will reopen on Saturday 11 July 2020” and “welcomes yesterday's announcement by the Government of further support to the sector” – and the shares have currently responded up to 7.5p...

Windar Photonics – “pleased to announce” appointment of a new broker. I wonder why...

An “Appointment of Nominated Adviser and Broker” announcement from Windar Photonics (WPHO) – I note following an ‘extension of loan’ announcement towards the end of last month...

ALT
ALT

Altitude Group – activity now increasing & “believe… has sufficient financial resources and liquidity” BUT...

Altitude Group (ALT), “the operator of the leading marketplace for personalised products”, has updated including “membership numbers are steady… with average distributor revenue increasing to c. $1m pa and aggregate member revenue of circa $2.2 Bn. Our VIP supplier partners remain unchanged at 175 from our last update” and “believe the company has sufficient financial resources and liquidity to see the business through to more normalized market conditions”. The shares are currently at 23.5p, 17.5% lower!...

Tasty plc – ‘due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions’...

A week ago shares in Wildwood and dim t restaurants company Tasty plc (TAST) recovered a further more than 26%, to 2.85p, on an announcement that it had “re-opened seven restaurants (representing approximately 13 per cent. of the estate) for takeaway services only. Over the next few weeks, the company intends to cautiously open further units for takeaway and/or full table service, in compliance with Government regulations, and by mid-July expects to have some 25 units open for trading”. Now a “Statement re: Redundancies”...

ESC
ESC

Escape Hunt – open offer result, ‘well placed to resume recent positive momentum’. Really?...

“Result of the Open Offer” announcement which Escape Hunt (ESC), self-styled “a leading operator of escape rooms in the fast-growing experiential leisure sector, is pleased to announce”. The shares have though currently responded lower, further below 9p...

SJH
SJH

St James House – shares fly on “Trading Statement & Funding Update”. Justifiable? Er...

“Trading Statement & Funding Update” from St James House (SJH) including “injection of cash, when combined with the capitalisation of liabilities, the stability of the lottery business and the steady growth of the payments business means the outlook for the business is positive despite the challenges all businesses have and continue to face” – and the shares have currently responded to 67.5p, 350% higher!...

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Catenae: Interims and Finals day – what a dog’s breakfast!

AIM-listed dog Catenae Innovation (CTEA) released its FY results to September 2019 and Interims to March 2020 this morning. What a dog’s breakfast! We have been saying for some time that Catenae was technically insolvent and this morning the hard numbers show that we were bang on the (lack of) money...

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Windar Photonics – again “pleased to announce”... but still for how long is its cash sufficient?

“Windar Photonics plc (AIM:WPHO), the technology group that has developed a cost efficient and innovative LiDAR wind sensor for use on electricity generating wind turbines, is pleased to announce that it has renegotiated the terms of its Growth Fund borrowing from the Danish public institution, Vaekstfonden”. This following I previously concluding on Windar including Of course, “to strengthen the company's balance sheet” means ‘to currently keep the lights on’ – so I guess it is pleased in that respect! However, with the “challenging… trading conditions… conversion of the sales pipeline into confirmed orders being particularly slow”, will the new cash really be sufficient for long?...

DPP
DPP

DP Poland – AGM trading update, “in a relatively good position”?

Exclusive rights holder to develop, operate and sub-franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Poland, DP Poland (DPP) has updated including “we have been able to keep open all our stores and our 2 commissaries operating without interruption… a reduction in our food and labour costs and in some of our rent costs… According to EU forecasts, Polish GDP will shrink by 4.3 per cent. in 2020 and this will be the smallest expected drop among all EU countries, Bloomberg noted”. The shares are though currently at 7.25p, approaching 5% lower...

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VLS

Velocys… and there’s the necessary fundraising – at a massive discount (natch & as warned here)...

Previously writing on Velocys (VLS), last week I noted a “Trading Statement” speeding ticket with the shares falling towards 13p though still concluding since the share price compares to below 3p little more than a month ago – was the company forced to make the statement? Still however ‘opportunity’ for a necessary fundraising? – at a discount (natch) with a currently still more than £84 million market cap. Bargepole / sell. Now this ‘sustainable fuels’ technology company “is pleased to announce that… it has raised gross proceeds of £20 million… accelerates our ability to provide commercial scale turn-key solutions”...

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ITX

Itaconix – I having previously warned, including of funding concerns...

Previously writing on Itaconix (ITX), last month I noted with the shares at 1.55p Woodford dog updates including “increasing demand”, BUT... noting the context of “revenues for the first four months of 2020… an increase of 42% over the same period in 2019”, to… $0.6 million! and funding still only possibly until the end of August and concluding avoid / sell. Now…

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ESC

Escape Hunt – again “pleased to announce”… but about that senior management “pay reduction”...

‘Escape rooms’ leisure company Escape Hunt (ESC) “is pleased to announce that it has launched remote versions of its most popular 5* rated escape room experiences Doctor Who: Worlds Collide and The Fourth Samurai via remote platforms” – and the shares have currently responded to 9.75p, more than 18% higher...

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