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Small Cap Feast – 10 February 2020

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What’s Cooking in the IPO Kitchen?


Intention to float by Gemfields Group. No Capital Raise. Currently listed on JSE. (GML:JNB) at circa £122m.  The Group’s key producing assets, the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia  (believed to be the world’s single largest producing emerald mine) and the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique (one of the most significant recently discovered ruby deposits in the world), are both expected to have long mine-lives with potential for expansion. Also owns the  Faberge brand. Due Valentines Day 2020.

Main Market (Standard List)

The Proof Of Trust has announced its intention to list on the Standard Market.  The Blockchain based business, owns patents to a protocol which facilitates dispute resolution based upon smart contract disputes.  Transaction details TBC.

Main Market (Premium)

Ninety One –proposed demerger and public listing of  Investec’s  global asset management business on LSE and JSE. 30 Sep 2019 AUM £121bn. Sale of existing shares. Expected free float of >60%. Due 16 march.

Cabot Square—Closed ended investment fund focussed on alternative assets and asset manager. Looking to raise £200m.  Will target investment opportunities that are expected to generate an attractive risk adjusted return and that can also make a positive ESG impact by focusing on some of the biggest challenges facing societies and economies.  Due 14 Feb.

The Global Sustainable Farmland Income Trust will invest in a diversified portfolio of operational farmland assets located in major agricultural markets including the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and certain countries within Latin and South America. Raising up to $300m.   Due 28 February.

Investment firm Nippon Active Value fund is seeking to raise up to £200m at an issue price of 100p per share via an IPO.   The company aims to invest in a portfolio of quoted Japanese stocks with market capitalisations of up to $1bn.   First day of dealings expected early February.

NEX Exchange

Zapp Scooters, a developer and manufacturer of electric two-wheeled vehicles announced its intention to IPO on the NEX Exchange Growth Market.  The Company intends to raise up to £3.5m. Admission is expected to occur on NEX in February 2020.


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Crossword Cybersecurity* (CCS.L) 380p £17.8m

FY Dec 19 trading update.   Expects to report results for the Financial Year ended 31 December 2019,  in line with market expectations, in April 2020.

Revenue during the year is expected to increase by 22% to £1.3m. Within that, revenues from product and consulting revenue are anticipated to expand by 51%, reflecting the Company’s shift from software development services to its core of product and consulting revenue.  Cash balances as at 31 December 2019 were £1.5m.

As well as continuing to grow the internal pipeline for Rizikon during 2019, Crossword began collaborations with Leonardo MW Ltd, a global high-tech Aerospace Defence and Security company, and NCC Group plc, the  global cyber security expert. Also Launched Nixer Cyber ML. The Consulting division launched its vCISO (virtual Chief Information Security Officer) solution and signed its largest contract to date, spanning three years.


Tower Resources (TRP.L) 0.575p £6.35m

Operational update on its work on the Thali licence in Cameroon, conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiary Tower Resources Cameroon SA.

The Geoquip Marine survey vessel MV Investigator completed its survey at the NJOM-3 well site on the Thali block offshore Cameroon on Friday 7 February 2020, drilling three boreholes to a depth of 80m with alternating sampling and PCPT (piezocone penetration tests). Although the analysis of the data will take some weeks, the Company’s initial view is that the data from the three boreholes are consistent and in line with pre-survey expectations.


Tekcapital (TEK.L) 4.9p £3.9m

The UK intellectual property investment group focused on creating marketplace value from investing in university technology, announces that its portfolio company Belluscura plc has recently filed a patent application on an oxygen enrichment device and system for treating acute respiratory distress (ARDS), including ARDS caused by Coronavirus.

Belluscura plc, in conjunction with its exclusive research partner Separation Design Group, announced the filing of a patent application covering novel integrated portable extracorporeal oxygenation and carbon dioxide removal systems for treating patients suffering from ARDS.


Audioboom (BOOM.L) 247.5p £34.3m

The Board of Audioboom notes the recent media speculation and announces that the Company has retained Raine Advisors Limited as its financial adviser in relation to examining strategic options for the Company, in order to deliver maximum value for its shareholders. Raine will provide advice and assistance to the Company in relation to a range of corporate options including, inter alia, strategic partnerships, financial investment, business combinations and potentially the sale of the Company.  The Company confirms it is not in receipt of any approach at this time.  There can be no certainty that this will result in an offer for the issued and to be issued share capital of the Company or any form of transaction or other development for Audioboom, or the terms and timing of such matters.


Clearstar (CLSU.L) 50p £18.2m

The provider of Human Capital Integrity℠ technology-based services specialising in background and medical screening, announces that it has been appointed by a leading facilities management company to provide background screening of service providers entering its healthcare locations. This is ClearStar’s first contract in the facilities management sector and the Company expects it to generate a minimum revenue of $0.4m during the roll-out phase this year. 

Robert Vale, CEO of ClearStar, said: “This is another fantastic customer win for ClearStar, reflecting the continuing upscaling of our client base with the increasing recognition of our brand. It marks a milestone as our first contract in the facilities management industry, which is an area with great growth potential.”


Actual Experience (ACT.L) 48p £22.7m

Robin Young, Chief Operating Officer, and Paul Spence, Non-Executive Director, have notified the Board of their intention to resign from the Board of the Company, both with effect from 28 February 2020. Robin will be continuing his advisory roles with fund management organisations prior to taking on a new COO position nearer to his home in the UK Midlands later this year.

Paul, who is domiciled in the USA, joined the Board in February 2016 and is looking to reduce his travel commitments. “We are pleased by the progress being made at our Channel Partners, and their evolution towards Professional Service offerings based on our analytics. Our focus now is on ensuring we have the right structure to support them in the delivery of these services, which have been developed with the goal of shortening sales and deployment cycles, delivering value to customers significantly faster and providing a scalable means of addressing both the enterprise and mid-tier markets.”


Thor Mining* (THR.L) 0.29p £3.12m

Thor has completed the disposal of its interest in ASX listed Hawkstone Mining Limited.

The sale process was conducted over a period between November 2019, and early February 2020, and realised, after expenses, just over A$103,000.

The Company further advises that it has been informed that it is likely to receive offers for its royalty entitlement, in respect of the Spring Hill gold project, during the first quarter of calendar 2020.


Versarien (VRS.L) 52.5p £80.8m

The advanced materials engineering group, notes the recent reduction in the Company’s share price and confirms that it is not aware of any material basis for the decline.

The Company reaffirms that, in line with the interim statement released on 12 December 2019, it remains focused on its graphene  commercialisation strategy and the projects with its commercial partners, prioritising those that it deems most likely to produce near-term revenue streams.

The Company can also confirm that as at 31 January 2020, its cash at bank was £1.53 million and the available cash from its banking facilities was £0.72 million; a total of £2.25 million available to the Company.


Serabi Gold (SRB.L) 83p £49m

The Brazilian focused gold exploration and mining company announced that the much-awaited Public Hearing for its Coringa Project, successfully took place on 6 February 2020.  In addition, the Company is also pleased to report that commissioning of the newly installed ore sorter at the Palito Complex is now well underway


MTI Wireless Edge (MWE.L) 40p £35.2m

The technology group focused on comprehensive communication and radio frequency solutions across multiple sectors, announced that the St Petersburg office of MTI Summit has secured a significant order for delivery in 2020 from a Russian customer. The contract is worth approximately US$1.5 million and is for the supply of radio frequency components.  

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