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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)

Calisen Group. Potential Intention to Float. Owner and manager of essential energy infrastructure assets through its subsidiaries Calvin Capital and Lowri Beck . Consolidated FY Dec 18 revenue £162.1m and operating profit £25.4m. Raising up to £300m in primary plus partial vendor sale.  Expected Admission February 2020

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.

Main Market (Specialist Funds)

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.

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Ananda Developments (NEX:ANA) 0.235p £0.98m

Corporate update. Capital Raising by Ananda investee company, iCAN Israel-Cannabis.  iCAN has secured additional financing from Tress Capital Limited and Plaza Capital Limited through a convertible Loan  note at a pre-money valuation for iCAN of USD20m. Ananda invested USD200,000 in convertible loan notes issued by iCAN in August  2018. On 8 January 2020, USD100,000 of Ananda's convertible loan notes were automatically converted into 120 ordinary shares in iCAN, at a valuation for iCAN of USD10m. Separately  DJT Plants has received council planning permission for the development of the greenhouse and associated reservoir and fencing works for its proposed cannabis plant breeding and propagation programme.  The precise location was chosen in  order to best meet any security requirements that may be set by the Home Office.

Ncondezi Energy (LON:NCCL) 5.16p £16.9m

Update on its power tariff finalisation and submission process for the integrated Ncondezi 300MW coal fired power project and coal mine in Tete, Mozambique.

Tariff financial model on track for submission to Strategic Partners at the end of January 2020.

Targeting competitive tariff rate in line with recently agreed tariff rates with Electricidade de Moçambique ("EDM").

Supporting EPC information received and under review by Ncondezi technical team.

Supporting O&M information currently under optimisation process with Strategic Partners.

Tariff submission remains on track for Q1 2020.

Target tariff negotiation finalisation expected during H1 2020 .

Record (LON:REC) 40p £79.6m

The specialist currency manager, today announced a trading update for the three months ended 31st December 2019.


·    Assets under management equivalents ("AUME") expressed in US dollars grew by 8% over the period to $64.7 billion as at 31st December 2019.

·    Net inflows of $2.5 billion in the period, of which $1.0 billion relates to a tactical bespoke mandate as previously announced.

·    Client numbers increased by 3 over the period to 73.

·    Management fee rates remained broadly unchanged, and performance fees of £1.8m were earned in the third quarter.


Novacyt (LON:NCYT) 15p £8.7m

 The international specialist in clinical diagnostics, announces its molecular testing division, Primerdesign Ltd), has signed an exclusive commercial agreement with Atothis SARL, part of VGS Invest Holding Sarl Group, for the distribution of certain molecular diagnostic products in France for the growing aquaculture and aquamarine markets. France is the second largest aquaculture producer in the EU, with shellfish production alone contributing a total of 155,000 tonnes a year valued at approximately EUR550m to the French economy.

The agreement has an initial term of three years and commits VSG to purchase a minimum of EUR690,000 of Primerdesign products.

Devro (LON:DVO) 173p £289m

One of the world's leading manufacturers of collagen products for the food industry, issued a trading update for the year ended 31 December 2019.


Full year edible collagen volumes were flat, with the Group delivering overall volume growth of 1% in the second half ("H2"). Slightly lower than anticipated H2 volumes, less favourable country mix combined with a smaller than expected FX benefit due to the strengthening of sterling means Devro now expecst to report underlying operating profit for the year in the range of £39 - £40m.

Cost saving initiatives continued to deliver well and expects  £7m savings in FY 2019. Leverage at the year-end improved following positive working capital movements and we expect to report covenant net debt / covenant EBITDA of less than 2x as at 31 December 2019.

2020—Expects strong emerging market volume growth, good volume growth in North American Snacking market, challenging conditions in Europe.

Itaconix (LON:ITX) 1.325p £3.6m

 The innovator in sustainable specialty polymers, announces that the Company and Nouryon have mutually agreed to terminate their agreement for Nouryon to exclusively distribute Itaconix polymers with chelating properties worldwide for detergent applications.

The Company's agreement to supply Itaconix's proprietary bio-based polymer to Nouryon for personal care applications continues unchanged. The Company's direct sales of polymers and pipeline of active customer projects with detergent brands and producers also continue unchanged.

Detergent polymers sold directly to detergent producers by Itaconix generated £0.7m of the £1.1m in 2019 unaudited revenues announced by the Company last week, representing 68% of total revenues and 37% revenue growth from 2018. 

“A healthy sign of an effective collaboration is knowing when a particular  arrangement is unlikely to meet joint expectations.  Our direct efforts to advance our customer projects for detergent polymers have produced strong revenue growth and a deep pipeline of new opportunities that we are confident will generate continued success

Character Group (LON:CCT) 326p £69.7m

AGM Statement

“The 2019 Christmas trading period was extremely challenging with the total toy market in the UK contracting for the second successive year, and those conditions will impact our results for the first half of the financial year.  Sales of our core products were down against the comparable period last year.  Nevertheless they performed well with good sell through at retail in the UK.   

We enter the 2020 calendar year with a very strong product portfolio and, although the first half results will be below last year, we anticipate that the Group will deliver one of our strongest second half performances to date.  Our confidence for the second half has been boosted by the reactions from our customers to recent product previews and presentations.  With further viewing opportunities and product launches planned for the London Toy Fair, which takes place next week at Olympia, we expect the momentum to continue.

Despite the anticipated strong finish to the current financial year, the weakened Christmas performance has led the Board to believe that the Group's profit before tax for the year ending 31 August 2020 will be circa £10m, which is lower than current consensus expectations.”

dotDigital (LON:DOTD) 97p £289m

 The 'SaaS' provider of an omnichannel marketing automation and customer engagement platform, announces  has appointed Michael  O'Leary to the Board as Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately.

The appointment of Mike brings to the Board a wealth of leadership and PLC experience. His career spans over 30 years serving on AIM listed, FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies, with a focus on the technology sector. Mike is a Non-Executive Director of Epwin Group PLC, and due to retire from his role as Non-Executive Chairman of EMIS Group plc in May 2020, following a nine-year tenure. Mike will also chair the Nomination and Risk Committees.


UniVision  (LON:UVEL) 1.75p £6.7m

The Hong Kong based group whose principal activities are the supply, design, installation and maintenance of CCTV and surveillance systems, and the sale of security related products, announced that, further to the sub-contractor announcement on 19 November 2019, it has now also entered into a cooperation framework agreement with China Railway Engineering (Hong Kong)  & China Railway Wuhan Electrification Engineering Group Limited  Joint Venture,  providing a framework for cooperation on other future projects.

Barkby Group (LON:BARK) 41.5p £56.12m

 The diversified business group, announced the site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire referred to in the Company's AIM Admission Document dated 19 December 2020 has progressed from being in legal negotiations to having exchanged contracts.

It is proposed that the Company will develop a 43,410 sq. ft. mixed-use development trade and retail scheme, with a national builders merchant anchoring the site. Under the proposed development the Huntingdon site has an estimated gross development value of £10.7m.

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