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MediaZest – at 3:31pm “pleased to announce” a placing… because it keeps the lights on?

By Steve Moore | Wednesday 14 February 2018

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Creative media agency and audio-visual systems company MediaZest (MDZ) “is pleased to announce that it has conditionally raised £70,000 (before expenses) through a placing… at a price of 0.15p per ordinary share”. Hmmm, a ‘keep the lights on’ placing then?

The company states it to “fully take advantage of two specific, recently won opportunities, and others that are still at the pitch or negotiation stage” and for “strategic growth opportunities” that it believes should be explored. It adds it “continues to grow its contracted recurring revenue base and the board anticipates announcing a significant increase in this year on year with the 31 March 2018 results”, but also that “further to the announcement of Mediazest’s interim results on 15 December 2017, the group continues to make progress and is in advanced negotiations on several material contracts. The timing of the closure of these contracts will have an effect on the year end results as referred to in that announcement”.

Hmmm. But it’s two months closer to the year-end from then, and now less than 7 weeks away – and results for the first half of the year showed a loss of £0.15 million (2016: £0.07 million) on lower revenue of £1.3 million (prior full-year: loss of £0.14 million on revenue of £3 million).

The balance sheet showed cash of £0.10 million and net current liabilities of £0.95 million – though the company now also argues it “is aware of the dilutive nature of any fundraising at the current share price and as such has limited the amount raised”. With the shares having declined from comfortably above 0.20p at the start of 2018 to close at 0.165p on Monday, it still only able to be got away at 0.15p though?

Overall, the half-year financial situation and track record see me very wary here – and the shares remain on the bargepole list.

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