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Iconic Labs PLC (LON:ICON) has unveiled a commercial partnership agreement with Glimpse Protocol, a provider of advanced technologies to Ad-tech. The media company said this collaboration allows it to be well-positioned to become industry leaders in the cookieless advertising space and future-proof this part of its business.

Genedrive PLC (LON:GDR) said its coronavirus testing kit been approved by the South African health products regulator.

Integumen PLC (LON:SKIN) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the WaterRising Institute to supply equipment to detect pathogens including COVID-19 in the Great Lakes region in Michigan.

Powerhouse Energy Group PLC (LON:PHE) told shareholders at its AGM that it expects partner Peel Group to announce soon the next two sites earmarked for DMG plants.

Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd (LON:CGH) said the impact of military action between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region has been “minimal” on the company's operations.

Aminex PLC (LON:AEX) has agreed another extension to the long-stop date for its farm-out transaction in Tanzania. The new deadline is set to October 15, moved from September 30.

Sensyne Health PLC (LON:SENS) chief executive Lord Drayson said the wider adoption of clinical artificial intelligence (AI) and remote patient monitoring during the pandemic “underlined the growth potential that our model can deliver”. He was speaking following the publication of preliminary results that showed that Sensyne was gaining significant commercial traction for its model.

Sensyne also said it has teamed up with Oxford University to provide the data analysis for a phase II clinical study of a blockbuster arthritis drug that is being re-purposed to tackle the potentially fatal symptoms of COVID-19.

Zoetic International PLC (LON:ZEO) appears to have emerged from a transitional year in a strong position with its branded cannabidiol (CBD) line registering significant early growth. The sale of legacy oil and gas assets has allowed the team to focus on the core business and the consumer reaction to the company’s CHILL tobacco-free CBD 'smokes' and CBD chew pouches products has “exceeded expectations”, investors were told.

Open Orphan PLC (LON:ORPH) said it is targeting growth with strong operational cash flow in the second half of 2020 and is on target to be operationally profitable in the fourth quarter of the year.

Tiziana Life Sciences PLC (LON:TILS) (NASDAQ:TLSA) said it is “well positioned” to advance its pipeline of drug candidates following what it said was a “busy six months”.

InnovaDerma PLC (LON:IDP) highlighted a “positive start to its new financial year” and a strong pipeline of brands in readiness for peak season in the northern hemisphere.

ImmuPharma PLC (LON:IMM) has posted a reduced loss in the first half of its current year despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it continued to focus on progressing its Lupuzor lupus treatment.

4D pharma plc (LON:DDDD) said 2020 has been a defining period for the rapidly developing field of live biotherapeutics in a statement alongside results for the half-year to end June.

Polarean Imaging PLC (LON:PLLX) said it expects to make the submission for approval of its Xenon Polariser lung imaging system to the US Food and Drug Administration early next month. In a statement for the half-year to June, chief executive Richard Hullihen said the company had "achieved one of its most important milestones to date, the positive readout from our Phase III clinical trials".

S&U PLC’s (LON:SUS) chairman Anthony Coombs has highlighted a “very encouraging” rebound in the company’s trading following the UK's pandemic lockdown and there were “significant opportunities” to attract new customers and increase market share going forward.

MBH Corporation Plc (FRA:MBH), the specialist SME investment holding company, has raised its acquisition target after a strong first half of 2020. The Frankfurt-listed group completed three deals in the six months to end June but has since taken that to seven and wants the figure to rise to ten or more by the end of the year.

Minds + Machines Group Limited (LON:MMX) is expecting a stronger second half as the recovery from the pandemic-related impacts continue. The website domain company, in its interim results statement, noted that its business is traditionally second-half weighted and it is expecting both revenues and earnings (operating EBITDA) to be ahead of the first half.

City Pub Group Plc's (LON:CPC) executive chairman has warned that the chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan isn’t suitable for the pub sector and will result in significant job losses. “The current package of support simply does not go far enough stave off immediate and permanent damage to an industry that pays significant tax and employs 10% of the UK's workforce,” Clive Watson said in a statement with the group’s interim results.

AdEPT Technology Group PLC’s (LON:ADT) chairman Ian Fishwick has hailed the company’s “resilience” during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the company’s order intake has performed better than anticipated with cash collection improving since the end of April.

Bushveld Minerals Ltd (LON:BMN) generated revenue of US$43.1mln from its South African vanadium operations during the first half of 2020, down from the US$78mln generated in the corresponding period a year ago, as lower vanadium prices and lost production due to the coronavirus crisis took their toll.

NQ Minerals PLC (AQSE:NQMI)(OTCQB:NQMLF)(OTCQB:NQMIY) generated sales of £15.6mln during the six months to June 2020. Pre-tax losses amounted to £18mln, after £14mln in financing costs were added to selling and distribution expenses and administrative costs.

W Resources PLC (LON:WRES) said although the coronavirus pandemic has had an affect, production is building at its La Parilla mine as it starts to reap the benefits of operational improvements. Production in the first six months of 2020 reached 106.5 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 64.5 tonnes of tin concentrate, resulting in half-year revenues of £1.01mln compared to £0.29mln in the same period last year.

Trident Royalties (LON:TRR) generated revenue of just under US$949,000 during the six months to June 2020, as its newly established royalty portfolio started paying out. The company lost just over £1mln before tax. Since listing on Aim in March, Trident has announced five transactions comprising a total of eight royalties.

Amur Minerals Corporation (LON:AMC) continues to push the Kun Manie mine project closer to ‘bankable’ status with the key Russian TEO report now said to be “very nearly complete”. Technical studies produced for the TEO – the Russian equivalent of a feasibility study – will feed directly into the next step, the mine’s bankable feasibility study (BFS).

Bezant Resources PLC (LON:BZN) said it has repositioned its portfolio during 2020 for a predicted surge in copper demand over the next decade. Colin Bird, executive chairman, noted the AIM-listed business had acquired a 30% interest in the Kalengwa copper-silver project in Zambia and a 70% interest in the Hope Copper-Gold project in Namibia.

Thor Mining PLC (LON:THR)(ASX:THR) lost £920,000 in the year to June 2020. As at 30 June the company had £233,000 in the bank, although a subsequent placing in September raised just over £1mln.

Metal Tiger PLC (LON:MTR) delivered a loss before taxation of £3.4mln in the six months to June 2020. During the period the company’s net assets dipped to £23mln from £26mln in the corresponding period a year ago.

Panther Metals PLC (LON:PALM) returned a loss for the six months ended 30 June 2020 of £388,126. During the period the companies net assets rose from £414,000 as at the end of December to nearly £1.1mln.

Block Energy PLC (LON:BLOE) said it expects gas sales to commence in the fourth quarter from West Rustavi despite the coronavirus pandemic proving “very hard to predict”. The firm said gas purchaser Bago is completing the final stages of the permitting process to enable it to construct its gas sales pipeline, which they expect to have completed later this year.

Bahamas Petroleum Company PLC (LON:BPC) told investors it expects to spud the Perseverance-1 exploration well before Christmas, as it gave its latest operations update on preparations.

Echo Energy PLC (LON:ECHO) told investors that it continues to make selective and highly targeted investments to build its production and development base. At the same time, the Argentina focussed group put in place cost saving measures but retained operational capability.

Solo Oil PLC (LON:SOLO) told investors that it expects the second half of the year will be transformative as it continues to pursue a strategic evolution. It is presently focussed on business development activities, seeking to underpin the company with high quality, cash generative assets in the European energy market. 

ADM Energy PLC (LON:ADM) boasted excellent progress despite difficult macro conditions as it released results for the six months ended June 30. “Operations at the Aje field continued largely uninterrupted by COVID-19 and costs were significantly reduced at the asset level, bringing break-even costs down to US$28 per barrel, which ensures the asset remains profitable even at lower oil prices,” said Osamede Okhomina, ADM chief executive.

Tower Resources PLC (LON:TRP) chief executive Jeremy Asher highlighted that the company remains excited about the Thali project in Cameroon, as well as projects in Namibia and South Africa. “These are challenging times, but we do believe that we will surmount these challenges,” Asher said in the company’s interim results statement.

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) told investors that it has maintained a high level of activity across each of its business units in the first half of the year. The renewable energy pioneer said in its interim results statement that it continues to see encouraging progress on all its key projects notwithstanding the operational challenges presented by COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

Itaconix PLC (LON:ITX, OTCQB: ITXXF), the sustainable polymers group, said it had the “commercial momentum and operations in place for continued strong revenue growth", after sales rose 46% last year and net losses decreased by 86%.

Immotion Group PLC (LON:IMMO) has reported a narrower loss in its first half while the provider of ‘out-of-home’ virtual reality (VR) experiences also highlighted encouraging levels of trading at its sites that have re-opened following lockdowns in several countries during the coronavirus pandemic.

San Leon Energy PLC (LON:SLE) has extended the deadline to close its investment in Decklar Petroleum and the Oza field, in Nigeria, in order to finalise certain conditions to the agreement.

[email protected] Capital PLC (LON:SYME) has appointed Stefano Cavalleri as its head of business operations, where he will also manage the roll-out of [email protected]’s inventory monetisation platform to the UK market. The company highlighted Cavalleri's experience at financial services provider Demica, where he helped develop its risk management framework, screening prospective deals and monitoring existing clients while overseeing the company’s corporate credit.

Zanaga Iron Ore Company (LON:ZIOC) said the permitted sale period for the first tranche of the company's shares issued pursuant to the share subscription by Shard Capital has been extended by three months. As previously announced, of the 7mln shares issued to Shard Capital under the first tranche of the agreement, roughly 5mln have been successfully placed by Shard Capital as at September 28, 2020.

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