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26th April 2022

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According to Proactive Investors, Bridgepoint is said to preparing to list Burger King UK on the London Stock Exchange as early as this spring. A valuation of £600m is expected.

Lift Global Ventures plc to join AQSE Growth Market. The Company’s investment strategy is to operate as an enterprise company seeking acquisition or investment opportunities within the financial media and technology industries. Within these broad industries, areas of focus may include: Financial news websites and other forms of “new media”, Investment research providers, Financial PR, IR, design and marketing agencies, Production studios and visual content providers and Technology platforms which facilitate capital raising and/or lending. Mkt Cap and Capital to be raised TBC, expected 29 April.

Shellraise plc, to join AQSE Growth Market. The Company will focus on identifying investment opportunities in companies operating in the viticulture sector which require funding to increase output. Mkt Cap and Capital to be raised TBC, expected later in April.

Breakfast Buffet

Advanced Oncotherapy 23.5p £109.5m (AVO.L)

The developer of LIGHT, the next-generation proton therapy system for cancer treatment, today provides an operational update on its LIGHT system. Since the last operational update published by the Company on 1 March 2022, Advanced Oncotherapy has made significant progress, including: LIGHT system beam optimised to a sub-millimetre size, with a beam current of about 50 μA; and 20 of the 21 accelerating modules have been radio-frequency (RF) conditioned.

Chariot 21.5p £162.4m (CHAR.L)

The Africa focused transitional energy company, announced, following the recent successful gas drilling campaign on the Anchois gas project offshore Morocco, the appointment of Societe Generale, London Branch to the role of financial advisor to develop debt funding options for the Anchois gas development. Julian Maurice-Williams, CFO of Chariot, commented: “We are very pleased to be bringing Societe Generale on board to assist with the debt project financing of our flagship gas project offshore Morocco. We had a very successful gas drilling campaign earlier in the year and are keen to progress the development of the project to cashflows as quickly as possible.”

Clean Invest Africa 0.19p £3.5m (AQSE:CIA)

The Company advised shareholders of the completion of the trial and testing phase of its thermal coal commercial project in Colombia. Trial production pellets made from coal fine samples received from a coal mine in Colombia, have now been sent by the Company and received by the client in Colombia. This step follows the Colombian mine having shipped coal fine waste to the Company production plant at Bulpan in South Africa, where the full batch was pelletised by the Company and the pellets then shipped back to the mine in Columbia, a process that has taken a number of months in terms of labour and resources. The arrival in Colombia of the completed sample produced to the client specification is to be followed up now by further commercial negotiations. These negotiations are based on a financial model for a 5,000 tonnes per month on site thermal coal plant, which model has previously been submitted to our Colombian partner for review. An off-take agreement for the 5,000 tonnes per month output is under discussion as part of the negotiations and these commercial discussions are expected to be finalised in about 8 weeks. It is worth noting that coal is much in demand. Recent research by Rystad Energy states “coal prices are soaring, hitting US$462/t on 10 March 2022, up from US$186/t on 23 February 2022 and likely to pass US$500/t this year.”

Egdon Resources 3.25p £17.1m (EDR.L)

Egdon Resources plc advises that Shell U.K. Limited has informed Egdon and the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) of its intention to withdraw from licences P1929 and P2304 containing the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries. Egdon will now consider its options, including its ongoing commitment to the licences and will discuss this with the NSTA Egdon will update shareholders once our preferred option and the NSTA position is known.

Hydrogen Utopia 7p £26.9m (AQSE:HUI)

The Company pioneering non-recyclable waste plastics to hydrogen technology, has reached an agreement with Trifol Resources Limited in the Republic of Ireland which it anticipates will lead to its first operational full scale waste plastic to hydrogen facility in Europe. The Agreement encompasses a suitable site in an EU Just Transition Fund region, potential access to an investment grade plastic feedstock supplier and the potential to agree offtake for the facility’s anticipated hydrogen and syngas outputs with a substantial customer whose covenant would be regarded as of a very high quality. As part of the Agreement, HUI will invest EUR500k in TRL, a company in Co. Tipperary, Ireland in the Irish Midlands, with patented waste plastic to wax technologies that process plastic feedstock using an innovative pyrolysis process under low pressure to transform post-consumer plastic into high grade new slack wax and a fuel. The wax can be used in various applications such as rust proofing, moisture proofing, polishes and emulsions and is used around the world. HUI’s hydrogen production process uses pyrolysis of plastics and the parties believe that the investment offers potential synergies and opportunities for both companies.

Keras Resources 0.11p £7.1m (KRS.L)

Placing and Corporate Update from the development company building a strategic portfolio of value accretive and cash generative resource assets. £1.2m placed with cornerstone investor and Board at a premium to current share price. Broker Option available to raise a further £0.75m to allow new and existing shareholders to participate. Graham Stacey appointed as CEO with Russell Lamming moving to Non-Exec Chairman to ensure key management is based in US. Funds will be utilised to enhance current operations and maximise future potential of the Diamond Creek asset.

Loungers 255p £262m (LGRS.L)

Loungers, the operator of 164 Lounge cafe-bars and 31 Cosy Club restaurant-bars, today announces a trading update for the 52 weeks ending 17 April 2022 . “Our significant outperformance of the market has been maintained over the financial year. Whilst trading during December was subdued as a result of the Omicron variant, it recovered strongly post-Christmas, allowing us to deliver record total revenue for the financial year of £237.3m.The Group has continued to deliver a very strong like for like sales (LFL) performance of +22.1% (net) over the 48 weeks to 17 April 2022. LFL sales in the second half rebounded convincingly post-Christmas, evidencing once again the relevance, resilience and popularity of our brands.”

M P Evans 988p £538.5m (MPE.L)

The board of M.P.Evans Group PLC, the producer of sustainable Indonesian palm oil, announces the appointment of Luke Shaw as the Group’s new chief financial officer, with effect from the start of July 2022. Luke has significant experience in financial and commercial management, having recently held a senior finance position with Spectris plc. M.P.Evans executive chairman, Peter Hadsley-Chaplin, commented: “We are delighted that Luke will be joining as our new chief financial officer. We are confident that he will be a great addition to our senior management team, and we look forward to welcoming him in July.”

Sareum Holdings* 230p £156.5m (SAR.L)

The specialist drug development company, announces that its CEO, Dr Tim Mitchell, will give a Company Showcase presentation at the BioTrinity 2022 conference, being held in London on 26 and 27 April. In his presentation, Dr Mitchell will provide updates on the progress of Sareum’s two proprietary TYK2/JAK1 kinase inhibitor programmes: SDC-1801, targeting autoimmune diseases and the severe inflammatory responses and respiratory symptoms arising from Covid-19 and other viral infections; and SDC-1802, targeting cancers. A video copy of the presentation can be viewed by registered delegates throughout the BioTrinity event and will also be available on Sareum’s website after the event:

Sigmaroc 75p £479m (SRC.L)

AGM Statement from the specialist quarried materials group. Group trading in line with management expectations; First quarter in 2022 was strong, with revenue 19% ahead of the same period in 2021 on an adjusted like-for-like basis, supported by good end customer demand in all key Group markets; Headwinds in relation to energy and Ukraine conflict actively managed; UPM strike resolved with catch up volumes expected in Finland; Tailwinds taken advantage of in respect of trading and commercial position; New limestone deposit opened in Poland with planned reserve extensions expected to add a total of 35m tonnes to the Group’s reserves and resources; Full ESG report published outlining strategy and net-zero timeline.

26 April 2022
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