Totally Plc (LON:TLY) saw strong demand ahead of its first-half results, expected on Monday, gaining 11.2% at 20.40p after the provider out-of-hospital services to the UK healthcare sector announced the appointment of Canaccord Genuity as its joint corporate broker alongside existing nominated adviser and joint corporate broker, Allenby Capital.
AIM-listed Vast raised the funds through the placing of around 189mln new shares at a price of 0.53p each, on par with its last closing price.
The FTSE 100 component now expects underlying earnings (EBITDAR) to average €7.2bn per annum over the next five years.
11.40am: Miners rise on US-China deal hopes
The group was bolstered by the prospect that US negotiators will draft a trade agreement with China, as directed by US President Donald Trump, before this month's G20 meeting. China is a major buyer of industrial and precious metals.
The reawakening of risk appetite meant that a number of defensive stocks struggled on the FTSE 100 index. British Gas parent Centrica PLC (LON:CAN) fell 1.4% to 144.28p, and water utility Severn Trent PLC (LON:SVT) fell 1.6% to 1,875p. In the consumer-staples group, tobacco makers Imperial Brands Group PLC (LON:IMB) and British American Tobacco PLC (LON:BATS) gave up 2.8% and 1.4%, respectively.
Meanwhile, shares of Moneysupermaket.com Group PLC’s (LON:MONY) gained 3.3% to 309.40 after the price comparison website landed a rating upgrade.
The FTSE 250 company’s new strategy aimed at a more subscription-style model is a game changer, said Liberum, which lifted its rating on Moneysupermarket.com to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’.
10.25am: Parity Group plunges after profit warning
The AIM-listed group said even if that large contract were eventually approved, its scope would be “reduced” and despite progress in revenues, adjusted pre-tax profits would be around breakeven for the second half of the year.
Goldplat, in an update for the first quarter, said it made “good progress” in terms of plans to secure funding for an expansion of its Kilimapesa mine in Kenya.
The FTSE 100 company said the quarter got a £22mln boost from World Cup tournament action. Paddy Power Betfair raised its full-year guidance slightly despite a dip in profitability.
9.00am: Pantheon Resources climbs after project update
AIM-quoted Pantheon said a pipeline connecting the VOS#1 well and the Enterprise gathering and processing system in Tyler County, East Texas, is now hooked up and that flowing operations have begun. Pantheon plans to bring the well online slowly following a prolonged shut-in period and to report flow rates in due course.
The company, listed on AIM, said underlying pre-tax profits, including the new division, rose 28% to £1.08mln while revenues declined 5% to £13.2mln. System1 said it would return to growth “in time” despite challenging market conditions.
The AIM-listed designer and manufacturer of LED illumination systems and laser diode modules forecast a net loss of around US$2mln after a slowdown in the second half. The outlook stems in part from revenue declines from two key customers, with the group calling trading conditions “positive but challenging.”
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ADES International Holding Ltd. (LON:ADES), the leading oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and North Africa, announced that it has completed the acquisition of 12 onshore rigs from Weatherford International PLC in Kuwait. The group said the transaction forms part of the previously signed definitive agreement with a subsidiary of Weatherford to acquire 31 onshore drilling rigs for a total consideration of US$ 287.5mln across Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Southern Iraq.
Next 15 Communications Group PLC (LON:NFC) said it has successfully completed the fund-raising announced on 1 November, with a total of 4,210,526 new ordinary shares in the company placed by Numis Securities at a price of 475p each via an accelerated bookbuild, raising proceeds of £20mln before expenses. The placing shares issued represent approximately 5.3% of the company’s issued ordinary share capital.
Echo Energy PLC (LON:ECHO), the Latin American focused upstream oil and gas company, has announced the appointment of Dr Gavin Graham as an independent non-executive director of the company with immediate effect. The group pointed out that Graham has nearly 40 years' experience in the oil & gas industry, with 29 of those years at Royal Dutch Shell PLC (LON:RDSA).
Anglo Pacific Group PLC (LON:APF) (TSX:APY) has announced the appointment of Vanessa Dennett as an independent non-executive director of the company, effective from 1 November 2018. The group said Dennett is a highly experienced mining executive, most recently as Senior Legal Counsel at Anglo American PLC (LON:AAL), specialising in M&A transactions and joint ventures.