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Best of the Best plc shoots up with special dividend

A look at Monday's major movers on the London Stock Exchange

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC - Croma Security Solutions lifted by expanded contract with existing client

Best of the Best plc (LON:BOTB) climbed 45% to 1,175p before close after declaring a special dividend of 20p per share to be paid in July.

The company, which runs competitions online to win cars and other prizes, saw revenue increasing by 20% to £18mln for profit before tax up 50% to £4mln in the year to April 30.

The firm is also proposing a 3p ordinary dividend, up from last year’s 2p.

2.20pm: Bunzl advances on upbeat update

Bunzl PLC (LON:BNZL) advanced 8% to 2,033p in the early afternoon after revealing its performance in the six months to June 30 has topped expectations.

Revenue growth for the period was said to be “particularly strong” thanks to high sales volumes of coronavirus-related products.

The FTSE 100 distribution firm noted that strong performances in its higher-margin cleaning & hygiene and healthcare sectors offset substantial declines in profits in the grocery and foodservice sectors.

12.20pm: Touchstone Exploration higher on results at Trinidad well

Touchstone Exploration Inc (LON:TXP) shot up 15% to 52.82p at noon after announcing it has completed the final phase of testing on the Cascadura well in Trinidad.

A 24-hour test, limited by the capacity of surface test equipment, saw the upper section flow at an average of 5,472 barrels oil equivalent per day (boepd) while the lower flowed at 5,157 boepd.

 The AIM-listed explorer said reasonable to design for an initial production rate between 7,750 to 9,700 boepd, comprising 40-50mln cubic feet of gas and 1,100-1,400 of condensate.

11.20am: MobilityOne on the surge after swinging to profit

MobilityOne Limited (LON:MBO) topped the risers in late morning, surging 57% to 4.94p after announcing it will swing to profits in the year to December 31.

The e-commerce services provider will record a profit after tax of £1mln, against a £1mln loss in 2018, which includes a one-off gain of £360,000 after the sale of its stake in a loss-making Bangladeshi firm.

The Malaysian group said it was not negatively affected by the pandemic.

10.20am: Evgen Pharma slips on hopes to attract fresh funding

Evgen Pharma PLC (LON:EVG) slipped 15% to 9.2p in mid-morning trade after announcing it is moving to a new business model to test its candidate in risk-sharing arrangements.

The AIM-listed firm hopes to attract cash from grants and charities to “wholly or substantially” fund future clinical activity.

In November, the drug developer admitted its SFX-01 candidate was no better than a placebo in clinical stroke trials.

Meanwhile, ATTRAQT Group PLC’s (LON:ATQT) 10% fall to 26p may have hurt the feelings of it new chief executive officer.

The provider of software to retailers announced that Mark Adams had started as its boss on Monday, a week before his scheduled start date.

He is replacing Luke McKeever, who announced his departure in April due to family reasons.

9.10am: Croma Security Solutions lifted by expanded contract with existing client

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC (LON:CSSG) was an early riser on Monday, jumping 9% higher to 78p on the back of an expanded contract with an existing client, the owner and developer of central London property.

The group said the one-year deal, which can be extended for another two years, is worth £5mln per annum and replaces an existing contract worth £3.6mln.

The firm will provide a new hybrid service for 27 commercial and residential buildings, combining manned guarding services and front of house services using security trained receptionists.

Elsewhere, Creo Medical Group PLC (LON:CREO) advanced 7% to 214.41 after receiving a CE marking for its Creo GI suite of advanced energy devices across four technology platforms.

It means the AIM-listed firm can now launch its products commercially in the UK and EU, scheduled for the second half of the year.

The five devices are designed to simplify gastro-intestinal medical procedures.

Proactive news headlines:

Touchstone Exploration Inc (LON:TXP, CVE:TXP) has completed the final phase of testing on the Cascadura well in Trinidad, with two intervals both flowing above 5,000 barrels oil equivalent per day (boepd). A 24-hour test, limited by the capacity of surface test equipment, saw the upper section flow at an average of 5,472 boepd while the lower flowed at 5,157 boepd. Findings of flow and build-up testing suggested that the upper would have ‘absolute open flow (AOF) of 390mln cubic feet per day, while the same test suggested an AOF of 92mln cubic feet per day from the lower.

Open Orphan PLC (LON:ORPH) said that a company in which it has a significant stake has been given a platform in a world-leading medical journal for its early-stage vaccine results. Imutex Limited is developing AGS-v, a mosquito saliva treatment for diseases such as zika, malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus. Results of a phase I trial, carried in the prestigious Lancet publication, showed it to be safe while inducing a strong immune response in the healthy volunteers that took part in the assessment.

Bango PLC (LON:BGO) said it has launched a carrier billing option for mobile operator SoftBank Corp than can be used to make purchases from Amazon Inc’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Japanese website. The mobile commerce firm said Amazon customers with a SoftBank mobile phone account will now be able to pay for goods, membership fees and subscription services and charge the cost to their mobile phone bill. The deal means Bango now powers carrier billing for Amazon’s Japanese website across the country’s three largest mobile operators, SoftBank, NTT Docomo and KDDI.

Integumen PLC (LON:SKIN) said it has seen “significant growth of new business opportunities” and a lack of difficulties arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as the biotech firm reported a revenue surge in its final results. For the year ended December 31, 2020, the company reported revenues of £1.02mln, up 342% on the prior year, while the company’s underlying (EBITDA) losses narrowed by 7% to £1.06mln. In a separate announcement, Integumen said that to give itself “additional flexibility” to manage its growth, it has entered a £400,000 loan facility with bioplastic specialist Cellulac Limited. The unsecured loan is for a term of 24 months, with Integumen having the ability to draw down the loan in four equal amounts of £100,000 per month from June 30, 2020, until September 30, 2020.

Inspiration Healthcare Group PLC (LON:IHC) said it has now delivered two NHS ventilator consignments against orders it received in March. The med-tech specialist added that it has been working hard with its suppliers and expects to ship further equipment over the “forthcoming weeks”. On March 16 and 20, the company revealed it had received significant orders from the NHS for medical equipment and ventilators as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ratcheted up demand.

Incanthera PLC (AQSE:INC) has reflected on a pivotal year as it released its first financial results following the group's stock market float. The junior oncology firm’s shares joined the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market in February, raising £1.2mln from institutional investors, existing shareholders, and management via a placing and share subscription. "We are delighted to present Incanthera's first set of results,” said Simon Ward, Incanthera chief executive in the results statement. “This has been a pivotal year for our company, following our successful flotation in February, and we are now fortunate to be in a strong position operationally and with added financial security, as we commence our first full year as a PLC."

EQTEC PLC (LON:EQT) has reported sharply reduced full-year 2019 losses while the waste-to-energy specialist also noted increasing demand for its services into 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the AIM-listed group reported a loss of €3.6mln, a narrowing from an €8.2mln loss in the prior year, while revenues were €1.6mln compared to €2.2mln in 2018. Post-period, EQTEC said contracted revenues in the first quarter of 2020 were at €2.35mln, already ahead of the total for the entire previous year.

Collagen Solutions PLC (LON:COS) said its order book “continues to be strong” across the year and that it has been granted an extension for the filing of its accounts for the year ended March 31, 2020. In a trading update, the biomaterials and regenerative medicine developer said it was performing in line with expectations and that it is “encouraged about the year ahead” despite operational challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The firm said it has not seen a decrease in demand for its products and services, saying that as of June 8 it had orders or contracted development milestones for the 2021 financial year as well as revenue already recognised for the first two months of the current year of around £3.3mln, around 82% of revenues reported in its 2020 financial year.

Arecor Limited has presented positive results for the Phase I clinical trial of its ultra-rapid acting insulin product candidate, AT247, to the American Diabetes Association 80th Scientific Sessions (ADA) virtual meeting.  “AT247 has clearly demonstrated faster insulin absorption with an accelerated Pharmacokinetic (PK) and Pharmacodynamic (PD) profile compared to NovoRapid and Fiasp,” Professor Thomas Pieber, the principal investigator for the study said, Arecor noted in a statement. Arecor pointed out that AT247 has been formulated to accelerate insulin absorption, post-injection, to enable more effective management of blood glucose levels. 

Ariana Resources PLC (LON:AAU) has renewed its operating licence on the Ivrindi gold project, which is 100% held by the company and based outside of the Red Rabbit joint venture in Western Turkey. The operational licence has been extended for 10 years, expiring on June 3, 2030, with the possibility for an extension. In addition, a 45 hectare mining permit for gold has been secured on the same terms.

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (LON:FARN) NASDAQFIRSTNORTH:FARON), the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has announced plans to initiate a new state of the art process for the manufacturing of interferon (IFN) beta-1a. To support this, Faron said, it has received a €2,100,000 low-interest rate loan from Business Finland, the governmental innovation financing agency of Finland. The loan is for a period of 7 years with repayment only commencing after 3 year and the interest is three percentage points below the Finish base rate of interest, subject to a minimum rate of 1 percent.

Emmerson PLC said it is shifting its focus to moving the Khemisset potash project towards what the company calls "shovel ready" status, following completion of the recent feasibility study. This new stage of work will include building operational capability, undertaking front end engineering and design, detailed design and sourcing financing. The group said the permitting process is well underway and includes stakeholder engagement, socio-economic impact assessments and the environmental and social Impact assessment.

Bezant Resources PLC (LON: BZT) has received an update from Mining and Minerals Industries Holding (MMIH) regarding its preparations in respect of the proposed listing of MMJV, the subsidiary that holds its 80% of the Mankayan copper-gold project in the Philippines, of which Bezant owns the other 20%. MMIH is planning to list MMJV on the Singapore Stock Exchange via a reverse takeover but has asked the Singapore Exchange for an extension to the process to allow for the negative effects of coronavirus. The application was initially refused, but an appeal has subsequently been lodged. MMIH is simultaneously pursuing alternative opportunities.

Salt Lake Potash Ltd (ASX:SO4) has awarded EPC and EPCM contracts to GR Engineering Services Ltd (GRES) (ASX:GNG) for construction of the process plant and non-process infrastructure (NPI) at its Lake Way Project in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. These contracts, combined, represent more than 40% of the total project capital requirement.

G3 Exploration Limited (LON:G3E) has noted that on June 12, 2020, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands granted a four-month adjournment of the winding-up hearing and extended the provisional liquidation for the purposes of further advancing the company's restructuring options within this period. Upon the Court issuing its written Order expected before month-end, the company and joint provisional liquidators will provide a more detailed update.

Rosslyn Data Technologies PLC (LON:RDT), the provider of a leading cloud-based enterprise data analytics platform, announced that it has granted a total of 9,171,425 options to subscribe for new ordinary shares in the company under the Rosslyn 2014 Share Option Program to various employees of the company. A total of 7,266,664 of the options are split into three equal tranches and each tranche shall vest evenly over a three-year period, subject to performance criteria having been met during the financial year ending 30 April 2021, provided that the option holder remains an employee or director of the group. A further 1,904,761 options will vest immediately. Each employee's options will lapse immediately on that employee's resignation. The options are exercisable at 5.25p and will expire on June 11, 2030.

Oriole Resources PLC (LON:ORR), the AIM-quoted exploration company focused on West Africa, announced that Shard Capital has been appointed as the company's corporate broker with immediate effect. Oriole said it looks forward to working with Shard's Capital Markets Team as the company continues to deliver on its growth strategy. 

EQTEC PLC (LON: EQT), the technology solution company for waste gasification to energy projects, has announced the appointment of Arden Partners as the company's joint broker. It noted that Arden will initiate coverage today with an equity research report which will be available to qualifying investors through the following link: https://research.arden-partners.com/portal/portal.html

In a separate statement, EQTEC announced Friday that certain warrants to subscribe for 53,000,000 new ordinary shares at a price of 0.25p each have been exercised. The aggregate gross proceeds of these exercises receivable by the company amount to £132,500. These warrants, together with the warrants whose exercise was announced by the company on June 11, 2020, were issued to subscribers of the equity placing announced by the company on December 2, 2019, with an exercise price at a 100% premium to the then subscription price of 0.125p.

Angling Direct PLC (LON ANG), the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK, has confirmed that, further to its fundraising announcements of June 11, 2020, a general meeting will be held in connection with the second placing, to be held at The Homestead, Thurgarton Rd, Aldborough, Norfolk NR11 7NY at 10.30am, on June 30, 2020. A copy of the circular for the meeting will be available to download from the company's website at https://www.anglingdirect.co.uk/corporate/.

CentralNic Group PLC (LON:CNIC), the internet platform that derives revenue from the subscription sales of internet domain names and internet services, said it will be hosting a Capital Markets presentation via a webcast on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 2.00pm BST. To register for the event, investors should email: [email protected]. The group said the purpose of the presentation will be to provide further insights into the segmentation and key growth drivers in the domain name subscription market, an update regarding the ongoing integration of Team Internet, which CentralNic acquired in December 2019, and an overview of the company's future product development and key strategic objectives.

Amur Minerals Corporation (LON:AMUR) has announced the questions received and answers given ahead of the group’s extraordinary general meeting (as per the announcement dated 2 June 2020). Details of the Q&A and resolutions for consideration at the meeting can be viewed on the company's website, www.amurminerals.com. It said the general meeting will be kept as concise and efficient as possible and physical attendance will be limited to the minimum number of persons to ensure the meeting is quorate and to conduct the business needed.

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