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Ideagen rises as it publicises its role in the WHO's World Health Assembly

A look at some of the major movers in London on Friday

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Ideagen plc (LON:IDEA) climbed 7.5% to 186.5p after it announced a partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The AIM-listed information management company said the WHO used Ideagen’s PleaseReview software at the 73rd annual World Health Assembly earlier this week.

"PleaseReview is working with the World Health Organization in support of WHO's COVID-19 outbreak response by providing services to WHO on a pro bono basis to allow WHO to conduct its first-ever digital World Health Assembly," said a spokesman for the WHO.

1.00pm: Air Partner's profits dive

Air Partner PLC (LON:AIR, the global aviation services group, fell to earth following its full-year results, tumbling 5.6% to 67p.

Reported profit before tax in the year to the end of January slumped to £0.9mln from £3.4mln the year before.

The company opted not to recommend the payment of a final dividend.

11.45am: Future has an "exceptionally strong" first half

Future PLC (LON:FUTR) was up 9.0% at 1,190p after a sparling set of half-year results.

The media company had an “exceptionally strong” first half as the coronavirus pandemic accelerated audience growth towards the end of the period.

For the six months ended 31 March, the magazine publisher reported an adjusted operating profit of £39.9mln, 77% higher than the prior year, while revenues climbed 33% to £144.3mln.

11.00am: Prospex Oil and Gas slides into the red

Prospex Oil and Gas PLC (LON:PXOG) dived 11% to 0.12p after it revealed it slipped into the red in 2019.

Loss before tax in 2019 was £1.3mln, compared to a profit in 2018 of £779,904.

The gas producer said the situation on the ground across its licences “will undoubtedly be fluid” while the coronavirus has a grip in the world’s economy and as a result, the impact on the timescales of the work programmes it has planned is not clear.

10.15am: Wheels fall off at Go-Ahead

Go-Ahead Group PLC (LON:GOG) had the wheels come off its share price at 1,104p – down 10% - after its trading statement.

The bus and trains group said it will make a small operating profit in the second half of this trading year while its liquidity has improved.

Operating profits for the year to June will be between £63-75mln the FTSE 250-listed group said in a statement on Friday, compared with £60mln in the first half.

9.30am: Synetics' shares closely watched after two contract wins

Synetics PLC (LON:SNX) announced two contract wins with existing customers on Friday, sending its shares 12% higher to 120p in early trading.

The security and surveillance systems specialist said it had been awarded a new five-year multi-million-dollar support contract by a major casino operator in Asia, further extending an existing long-term relationship.

It has also been awarded a new three-year framework agreement by Stagecoach PLC (LON:SGC), the UK's largest bus and coach operator. The contract is an extension of Synectics' 18-year relationship with Stagecoach and covers the delivery of safety-critical on-vehicle surveillance systems and maintenance support for their fleet of over 8,000 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Genedrive PLC’s (LON:GDR) shares were up 17% at 192.5p after its 96 SARS-CoV-2 Kit to test for coronavirus (COVID-19) infections passed a regulatory hurdle.

The kit is now CE-IVD marked and is available for commercial sale across the European Union.

The company said it will now begin distribution to potential customers for initial clinical evaluations and aims to record first commercial sales in June.

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Genedrive PLC (LON:GDR) said its 96 SARS-CoV-2 Kit for detecting coronavirus (COVID-19) infections is now CE-IVD marked and available for commercial sale across the European Union (EU). Now that CE-IVD marking has been achieved, the company can commence commercial sales in the UK and across the EU immediately. The company said it will begin distribution to potential customers for initial clinical evaluations and aims to record first commercial sales in June. The Genedrive 96 SARS-CoV-2 Kit is a new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test designed to detect active infection in coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

OPG Power Ventures PLC (LON:OPG) shares rose on Friday as the firm revealed that tariffs increased in its financial year ended March 31, 2020, following hikes in October 2018, and power generation ticked-up, though it remained cautious on the coronavirus (COVID-10) lockdown impact in India in the current year. In a trading and coronavirus (COVID-19) update, the developer and operator of power generation plants in India said its total generation (including deemed) was 2.72 billion units, up from the previous year’s 2.71 billion units figure, with its plant load factor (PLF) flat at 75%. The group said the average tariff in the period was Rs5.67, up 4.8% on the previous year’s Rs5.41 figure, which reflected a full years impact of tariff increases in October 2018 for captive users.

Tiziana Life Sciences PLC (LON:TILS) (NASDAQ:TLSA) said it is planning to spin out its StemPrintER and SPARE genomics-based personalised medicine businesses as a separate stock market quoted company. This will allow the newly independent group to secure independent funding to accelerate the accelerated development of the StemPrintER genomic test, the group said. It will also ensure the demerged entity can focus solely on the personalised medicines market. Tiziana said its shareholders would benefit from holding shares in both Tiziana, which has a rapidly developing drug portfolio while realising the “standalone value” of StemPrintER operation as it progresses through its development milestones.

One Media IP Group PLC (LON:OMIP) continues to trade in line with expectations, the group revealed ahead of its annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday. The intellectual property (IP) rights firm focused on the entertainment industry said the positive momentum referred to in its trading statement of May 6 has continued. Claire Blunt, the non-executive chairperson of One Media, is set to remind shareholders at the (virtual) meeting that “One Media is one of the few businesses which has been able to declare a dividend in challenging macro-economic times”.

DP Poland PLC (LON:DPP) has confirmed a 13% rise in ‘system sales’ and more broadly a 16% increase in revenue during 2019, reflecting a business with some advantage when it comes to the reopening of the Polish economy after the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Some 82% of all delivery sales in 2019 were ordered online, the pizza franchise group added. “Our customers order their pizzas increasingly on our digital platforms and pay for their orders on that platform too. In Poland we believe we are best in class on this front," Iwona Olbryś, DP Poland chief executive said in a statement.

Metal Tiger PLC (LON:MTR) has announced a new investment, subscribing for £570,000 worth of shares in Trident Resources PLC (LON:TRR) which is currently raising £16mln, with shares priced at 20p each, as it prepares to float on London’s AIM market. Metal Tiger has conditionally subscribed for some 2.85mln shares. Upon completion and listing, Metal Tiger will own some 2.75% of Trident’s issued share capital. Trident is a growth-focused, diversified mining royalty and streaming company, aiming to provide investors with exposure to a mix of base and precious metals, bulk materials (excluding thermal coal) and battery metals.

KR1 PLC (LON:KR1) has said it will receive US$243,712 for its stake in digital asset custodian Vo1t after a takeover of the firm by Genesis Trading was approved by the majority of shareholders. The blockchain and crypto investment firm said the consideration will be paid in cash immediately following the closing of the deal, which is expected to take place on Friday. Vo1t was seed-funded by KR1 and served as the company’s main digital asset custody solution from its early stages.

Tekcapital PLC (LON:TEK) noted that its investee company, Guident Ltd, has won the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Tech Runway Annual Tech Launch competition as one of the “most promising start-ups in South Florida”. The IP investment firm said the competition, which included more than 200 contestants, provides start-ups with an opportunity to join a year-long program that offers winners “instruction, mentoring, networking, marketing, and capital-raising assistance, co-working space, events, intern support, and other vital programs”. Guident, which develops technology to enhance the utility, safety and enjoyment of autonomous vehicles and delivery drones, is seeking as its immediate objective to build and operate the first remote monitoring and control centre (RMCC) in Florida for ground-based delivery drones and autonomous vehicles.

Open Orphan PLC (LON:ORPH) has unveiled plans to raise up to £12mln by issuing shares at a premium to Thursday’s closing price. The cash injection will allow the group to ramp up its coronavirus (COVID-19) antiviral testing to 3,000 a day; expand its laboratory services to meet demand from vaccine developers, and strengthen the balance sheet. It also wants to “take advantage of the significant and growing opportunities the board believes are available”. The City fundraiser is being done in two separate tranches: a placing of stock with investors conducted via an accelerated bookbuild process; and an offer for subscription to be conducted by PrimaryBid. The new shares are being issued at 11p each, a premium of just under 4% to Thursday’s 10.6p closing price.

Tissue Regenix PLC (LON:TRX) has raised £14.6mln via a placing of shares at 0.25p each to fund the group's manufacturing capacity expansion programme in the US, which is commencing immediately, and for general working capital purposes. In total, 5.85bn new shares were issued via the placing and share subscription while a further 800mln shares were taken up by retail and other private investors through the PrimaryBid.com platform at the same price, raising an additional £2mln.

accesso Technology Group PLC (LON:ACSO) has raised just shy of £33mln through a share placing and subscription which it said will leave it “well placed” to navigate the crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The electronic ticketing and queuing specialist raised £32.3mln through the placing of around 11.3mln new shares and £0.6mln through a subscription of 212,414 shares both at a price of 290p per share, a 13.4% discount to accesso’s closing price on Thursday. The firm has also unveiled plans for an open offer at the same price to raise an additional £6.2mln.

ClearStar, Inc. (LON:CLSU), a provider of Human Capital Integrity technology-based services specialising in background and medical screening, has announced that it's annual general meeting (AGM) will be held at 11.00am EDT (4.00pm BST) on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at the Company's office located at 6250 Shiloh Road, Suite 300, Alpharetta, GA 30005, United States. If you cannot attend the AGM in person and would like to participate online or by phone, the following access details can be used: Online: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1497836192; UK dial-in: +44 (0)203 875 4507; US dial-in: +1 (470) 869 2200; Meeting ID: 149 783 6192

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