Renalytix AI gets payment code for its lead product

A look at the day's major movers, including Upland Resources, Mosman, Malvern International, Lekoil, AA, Prospex, Frontier Smart and Future

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"A CPT Code is instrumental in obtaining insurance coverage and reimbursement," the company said

3.30pm: Renalytix AI get payment remittance code for its lead product

Renalytix AI PLC (LON:RENX), a developer of artificial intelligence-enabled clinical diagnostics for kidney disease, advanced 7.8% to 323.4p on the back of regulatory progress.

The American Medical Association has granted a CPT proprietary laboratory analyses code for Renalytix's lead product, KidneyIntelX.

The new code - a key component for reimbursement from private medical insurance and Medicare - is scheduled to become effective on 1 October 2019.

2.30am: Upland top ranking (almost) after formal signing of permit documents for the Saouaf licence

Oil and gas company Upland Resources Limited (LON:UPL) climbed 7.6% to 1.91p after the formal signing of the permit documents for the Saouaf licence.

The signing of the permit documents allows Upland to actively market participation in the Saouaf licence to companies looking to farm into the project, which is onshore in northern Tunisia.

Up until now, the company had to sit and wait for companies to get in touch if they wished to farm into the project; happily, many companies have already done so.

1.30pm: Mosman Oil & Gas sells off loss-making Strawn oilfield

Mosman Oil & Gas Ltd (LON:MSMN) shares rose 9% to 0.29p after the company offloaded the Strawn oilfield in the USA.

The AIM-listed producer, which owns stakes in a number of larger projects in the US and Australia, sold the 50% stake in the Strawn production facilities and lease for US$75,000 (AU$108,500) to Eagle Natural Resources LLC.

Strawn was acquired in spring 2017 for US$75,000 (roughly AU$108,500) and in the six months to 31 December contributed a net loss of just over AU$7,000.

12.30pm: Market expresses relief as delayed results from Malvern contain no skeletons in the closet

Results from Malvern International PLC (LON:MLVN), released after 5pm last Friday, have given a 12.5% boost to the shares at 3.15p.

The learning and skills development partner had worried the market by announcing first thing on Friday that it had hoped to release the results for 2018 the day before but any concerns that the delay had been caused by something fishy in the results were laid to rest.

The company reported adjusted underlying earnings (EBITDA) of £180.000 – admittedly after a positive adjustment of £506,653 for one-off costs relating to Malaysia and Singapore – one revenue that rose 85% to £7.6mln from £4.1mln the year before.

11.45am: Lekoil gushes as Otakikpo JV signs MOU with Schlumberger and major oiler

Shares in Lekoil Limited (LON:LEK) gushed 38% higher to 5.16p after it announced significant progress in Nigeria.

Its joint venture (JV) with investment vehicle Green Energy International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of the Otakikpo project in Nigeria.

The West Africa-focused oiler said the MOU had been signed with Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB), the world’s largest oilfield services company, and another firm identified as the subsidiary of a “major international oil company” which has operated in Nigeria for more than 50 years.

11.00am: AA caught in the Woodford fall-out

AA PLC (LON:AA.) shares reversed 4.4% to 46.08p in mid-morning trading after it was revealed that Woodford Investment Management has chopped its stake.

Woodford’s stake in the roadside assistance firm has been reined back to 6.93% from 11.9%.

The move comes after fund manager Neil Woodford, at the start of last month, suspended redemptions from the £3.7bn Woodford Equity Income fund due to a rise in requests, prompting the fund to divest a number of stakes in companies.

10.15am: Romania mania dissipates for Prospex after Bainet-2 well proves to be a duster

Prospex Oil and Gas PLC (LON:PXOG) plunged 24% to 0.14p after the mania went out of Romania and its Bainet-2 well.

The well, which is in the EIV-1 Suceava Concession in north-east Romania, is to be plugged and abandoned.

Prospex's wholly-owned subsidiary, PXOG Massey Limited, holds a 50% non-operated interest in the 984 square kilometres concession.

9.30am: Frontier Smart blind-sided by increased offer from Science Group

Frontier Smart Technologies Group Ltd (LON:FST) boldly rose 12% higher to 36.4p in early trade on Monday after Science Group PLC (LON:SAG) launched a 35p a share cash offer for the company.

Science Group, a consultancy providing science-based product development, advisory and regulatory services, said it was also standing in the market looking to buy 10mln Frontier shares at the offer price.

The directors of Frontier, a digital radio and Internet of Things technology specialist, have previously been in discussions with Science Group about a possible takeover at 30p a share but the two sides were unable to reach agreement; Science Group has now gone straight to the Frontier shareholders with its proposal.

Specialist media outfit Future PLC (LSE: FUTR) saw its shares harden 8.2% to 1,048p after it said full year results would be ahead of expectations.

The strong performance has been underpinned by good audience growth within the Media division and the continued strong underlying performance of the recent acquisitions, it explained.

Meanwhile, the chief financial officer, Penny Ladkin-Brand is to step down from the board and take on a new role as chief strategy officer. Future is looking for a new bean-counter and expects to have someone in place by the end of the year.

Proactive news headlines:

Mosman Oil & Gas Ltd (LON:MSMN) has parted ways with the first oil field it operated in the USA as it is no longer deemed a material asset.

OptiBiotix Health PLC (LON:OPTI) has signed a license agreement which will see its cholesterol-reducing LPLDL strain used in a new vascular health product across Europe.

Highlands Natural Resources PLC (LON:HNR) is to start selling its cannabidiol (CBD) products in the UK in July - the same time as it begins US sales. The oil and gas company, which expanded into cannabis in March, said the first product lines to be sold in the UK will be CBD tinctures available in natural, peppermint, melon and blood orange flavours at strengths of 500mg or 1,000mg.

Sativa Group PLC (LON:SATI) opened its first cannabidiol (CBD) wellness retail outlet in Bath at the weekend and initial trading was ahead of expectations. The Goodbody Wellness store was launched on Friday evening by Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform.

Scancell Holdings PLC (LON:SCLP) has provided a half-year update on progress for its various clinical studies. The company will begin recruiting patients with advanced melanoma for UK Phase 2 clinical trials of its SCIB1 novel cancer immunotherapy in the coming weeks, following regulatory approval in April.

Avation PLC (LON:AVAP) is expecting its leasing business to report record revenues in the financial year just ended as its portfolio and client list continued to grow. Big Pic in June.

Another customer of StatPro Group PLC (LON:SOG) has upgraded from the company’s legacy StatPro Seven software to the cloud-based StatPro Revolution.

Kromek Group PLC (LON:KMK) has been awarded new contracts for its D3S nuclear detection platform in the UK, US and Europe.

Eckoh PLC (LON:ECK) has unveiled a significant contract win in the US to provide the Coral contact centre agent desktop product to a US-based Fortune 100 telecoms firm.

Coinsilium Group Limited (LON:COIN) is confident it is entering a “highly productive period” amid growing awareness of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology and a recovery in the digital asset markets.

 Block Energy PLC (LON:BLOE) has negotiated a substantial oil storage leasing agreement that will enable it to re-start production from its West Rustavi field in Georgia. Paul Haywood, Block’s executive, said the agreement gives it access to 90,000 barrels of storage capacity just 30km away at state oil group GOGC's main facility near Sartichala.

Hurricane Energy PLC (LON:HUR) is to move onto the next well in its drill programme after deciding to plug and abandon the Warwick Deep well, located off the west coast of the Shetland Islands.

Alba Mineral Resources plc (LON:ALBA) has highlighted the strength of its portfolio of exploration projects in the wake of the recent disappointment at Brockham oil project.

Premier African Minerals Ltd (LON:PREM) closed out 2018 with just US$16,000 in cash. During the period the company raised net proceeds of US$1.715mln, but found its ability to proceed with key projects in Zimbabwe stymied by ongoing political confusion there. Overall losses rang in at nearly US$7.8mln.

IronRidge Resources Ltd (LON:IRR) has completed detailed face mapping and sampling within 145 primary hard-rock artisanal mining pits at the Zaranou gold license in Côte d'Ivoire. The company also updated on other exploration activities across its portfolio of projects in Côte d'Ivoire.

Bacanora Lithium PLC (LON:BCN) has signed the investment and offtake agreement with Gangfeng Lithium that was first announced in May. Ganfeng is the world's largest lithium metals producer in terms of production capacity and the world's third largest lithium compounds producer.

Alliance Pharma PLC (LON:APH), the international healthcare group, announces that John Dawson, its founder and former CEO, has decided to step down as a non-executive director from the company’s board, with effect from 30 June 2019, after 23 years of service.

Personal Group Holdings PLC (LON:PGH), a technology-enabled employee services provider in the UK, has announced the appointment of Maria Darby-Walker as a non-executive director with effect from 28 June 2019. The group noted that Darby-Walker has a wealth of marketing, brand and communications experience working with the boards of major blue-chip companies such as Rio Tinto, Rolls-Royce, Cadbury and Barclays.

Belvoir Lettings PLC (LON:BLV), the UK's largest property franchise, announced the appointment of finnCap as nominated adviser and broker to the company with immediate effect.

Kavango Resources PLC (LON:KAV), the exploration group targeting the discovery of world class mineral deposits in Botswana, announced that it has appointed Turner Pope Investments to act as joint broker to the company with immediate effect.

Thor Mining PLC (LON:THR) (ASX:THR) announced that it is to issue 4,687,500 new ordinary shares in the company at a deemed share price of 0.80p per share in lieu of marketing and communications services valued at £37,500.

Amphion Innovations PLC (LON:AMP) said trading in its shares on AIM has been temporarily suspended from 7:30am on 1 July 2019, pending publication of the company's annual report and accounts.

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