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Sabien given cool reception to proposed change of direction

A look at the day's major movers, starting with Elegant Hotels and InterContinental Hotels

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Sabien is looking at the health and medical rehabilitation destination sectors

Investors cooled on Sabien Technology Group PLC (LON:SNT), the energy reduction technology outfit, sending the shares 18% lower to 0.23p after it announced a business review.

The initial focus of the board's review is that while the company expects to continue to build on its existing foundations of green technology, and may look to acquire complementary technologies, the board is also examining broadening the company's reach in the green sector.

In particular, it is looking at the health and medical rehabilitation destination sectors as these might complement and support the development of disruptive green energy-focused technologies.


1.00pm: KEFI slides as loan provider converts loan notes into shares

A pile of loan notes has been converted into shares of KEFI Minerals PLC (LON:KEFI), the gold mine developer, sending the shares 5.1% lower to 0.79p.

One of the company’s working capital providers has converted £150,000 of loan notes at a price 0.664p per share.

As a result, 23.73mln new shares have been issued to the loan facility provider.

11.45am: GAN given boost from internet gaming in Pennsylvania

GAN PLC (LON:GAN), the company formerly known as GameAccount Network, shot up 6.6% to 113p after it flagged up increased internet gambling growth in Pennsylvania.

The developer and supplier of business-to-business Internet gambling software said the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board revealed the internet gaming win was US$6.0mln – presumably for the casinos, not the punters – in September up from US$4.0mln in August.

Internet sports wagering gross revenues (after payouts) for September rose to US$13.4mln from US$6.3mln in August.

10.30am: Augean looks next door to expand its landfill operations in Peterborough

Waste management firm Augeon PLC (LON:AUG) climbed 3.5p to 153.5p after it acquired an option to purchase around 90 acres of land near Peterborough.

The land is adjacent to its existing East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF) landfill site.

With appropriate planning and permitting consent, the extension that has been optioned would prolong the life of the ENRMF site until the mid-2040s, Augean said.

9.30am: A tale of two hotels groups - well, three if you include Marriott

The board of Elegant Hotels Group PLC (LON:EHG) has recommended a 110p per share offer from Marriott International, sending the shares soaring 51% to 105.5p.

The cash offer values Elegant, which owns and operates seven hotels and a beach-front restaurant on the island of Barbados, at around £101mln.

Hotels giant Marriott said the Acquisition would enable it to expand its recently announced all-inclusive platform and offer additional leisure destinations to its Marriott Bonvoy members.

Elegant Hotels Group PLC succumbs to bid from Marriott International; InterContinental Hotels Group PLC counts the cost of Hong Kong protests

The announcement stole the thunder of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG), which had a trading update out today.

Not that there was a lot of thunder to steal; shares in IHG were down 2.3% at 4,627.5p after the hotelier reported its weakest quarterly results this year, as the Hong Kong protests and tougher trading conditions in the US and China took their toll.

Group revenue available per room in the third quarter was down 0.8%, with a 36% plunge in Hong Kong.

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APQ Global PLC (LON:APQ) ended the third quarter with “fairly defensive positioning” but is on track to meet its target annual dividend yield of 6%.

Amphion Innovations PLC (LON:AMP) has received confirmation that the sale of its stake in medical imaging group Polarean settled its loan facility with no outstanding obligations to the lender. The sale raised US$2.6mln. Shares in Amphion remain suspended with the group still describing itself as ‘highly cash constrained’.

Live Company Group PLC (LON:LVCG) is still in advanced discussions with the sellers of Bright Bricks Holdings about the deferred consideration for the acquisition.

Curzon Energy PLC (LON:CZN) told investors it has agreed to refinance £200,000 of secured loan notes.

Thor Mining PLC (LON:THR) has confirmed plans for an equity fundraise and will announce the details in due course.

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