Hybridan Small Cap Feast

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Atalaya Mining 305p  £426.5m (ATYM.L)

The mining and development company producing copper concentrates and silver by-product announced the results of the first 22 exploration drill holes on the Campanario Trend, one of several mineralised zones comprising Proyecto Masa Valverde (PMV) in southern Spain. The initial drilling results confirm PMV’s continued exploration potential and the possibility to quickly define a shallow mineral resource. Drilling to date has focused around the historical Campanario workings, which only represents approximately 10% of the entire strike length of the mineralised structure. Intersected mineralisation includes massive and semi-massive sulphides as well as stockwork-type material, consistent with the Masa Valverde and Majadales deposits. These results demonstrate the significant exploration potential of Atalaya’s strategic land package in the world-class Iberian Pyrite Belt.

CML Microsystems 365p £58.1m (CML.L)

The mixed-signal, RF and microwave semiconductors company announces its results for the year ended 31 March 2022: revenue up by 27% to £16.96m, gross profit up by 35% to £12.80m due to improved product mix. Profit before tax was £1.74m (2021: £0.01m) after accounting for share-based payments and net finance income. Net cash totaled £25.04m (2021: £31.9m) after a £9.0m dividend to shareholders. The company is proposing to pay a dividend of 5p per ordinary share.

Cordel Group  4.5p  £7.7m (CRDL.L)

The artificial intelligence company in transport corridor analytics, announced that it has been awarded a 12-month contract to deliver its LiDAR-based solutions to One Rail Australia. Cordel has delivered to One Rail Australia a solution for ballast profile analysis to automate processing for over 2,000km of freight railway. The solution consists of a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) captured Digital twin of the entire Tarcoola to Darwin rail network, which runs through the centre of Australia. Cordel’s automated analysis measures ballast deficiency, depth and volumes, with materials estimation to replenish deficient areas.

Equals Group 87p  £157.2m (EQLS.L)

The fintech payments group focused on the SME marketplace provided a trading update for the six months ended 30 June 2022 (H1-2022). Its revenue increased by 84% to £31.3m, a record high level. Gross profits for the period have been estimated at £15.0m, up 47% on H1-2021. Gross profit margins were, in the aggregate, 48.2%, compared to 50.6% in H2-2021. Cash balance rose to £15.1m (30 June 2021: £10.1m). International payment accounted for 51% of its revenue in H1-2022.  

Kitwave Group 151.3p £105.9m (KITW.L)

The wholesaler and distributer specializing in impulse products such as confectionery announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 April 2022 (H1 2022). Revenue up 51.8% to £223.3m as trading back to pre-pandemic levels. Profit after tax was  £4.4m (H1 2021: loss after tax £3.4m). Trading post period has been significantly ahead of expectations, leading the company to revise its financial expectations upwards for the year ended 31 October 2022. The Board has declared an interim dividend of 2.50p per share for the financial year ending 31 October 2022. Its growth to date has been achieved both organically and through acquisitions of smaller, predominantly family-owned, complementary businesses in the fragmented UK grocery and foodservice wholesale market.

Mast Energy Developments 2.9p  £5.5m (MAST.L)

The UK-based multi-asset owner and operator in the reserve power market announced an update with regards to its current flagship producing asset, the 9 MW Pyebridge Synchronous Gas-powered Standby Generation Facility (Pyebridge) that was acquired in August 2021.  Pyebridge generated a revenue of c. £130k for the 3-month period March to May 2022, with an output of  371 MWh and at an average selling price of c. £354 per MWh. This average selling price is around 5x higher than the average at the time of the company’s IPO in April 2021. Although the associated generation gas cost also increased during this time, there is a positive net variance that will add to Pyebridge’s profitability.

Mortgage Advice Bureau 869p  £495.5m (MAB1.L)

The UK-based specialist appointed representative networks for mortgage intermediaries announced that the intended acquisition of approximately 75% of Project Finland Topco Limited (Fluent) has received change in control approval from the FCA. This acquisition was announced in March 2022 for a total cash payment of c.£73m, funded from renewed and increased debt facilities, existing cash resources, and a successful share placing of £40m (before expenses). The deal is expected to occur on or around Monday 11 July 2022.

Supreme 87.5p £102.0m (SUP.L)

The manufacturer, supplier and brand owner of fast-moving consumer products announced its results for the year ended 31 March 2022 (FY22). Revenue was £130m, up 7% supported by growth in vaping products and nutrition and welling products. The net debt was £4.0m exiting FY22 (FY21: £7.6m), alongside a new £25m facility with HSBC in March 2022 for acquisitions. For FY23, the company expects revenue and EBITDA to be lower than Y22 levels and below previous market expectations, driven by a recent marked decline in the Lighting category following a slow-down in sales compounded by customer overstocking in FY22.

Transense Technologies  67.5p  £10.8m (TRT.L)

The developer of specialist sensor systems provided a trading update for the financial year ended 30 June 2022. Revenue for the year has increased by almost 50% to around £2.6m, in line with market expectations. Net earnings may exceed market expectations as a consequence of an increased tax credit arising from extending the recognition of deferred tax assets arising from prior years’ losses. Net cash balances at 30 June 2022 amounted to £1.05m (FY21: 1.04m). The top line growth was underpinned by 75% loyalty income increase to US$2m in the iTrack, a tyre management solutions for the off-the-road (OTR) market.

Quiz 10.5p  £13.0m (QUIZ.L)

The omni-channel fashion brand announces its results for the year ended 31 March 2022 (FY22). Sales were £78m, up 97% year-over-year due to the removal of social restrictions. Operating profit was £0.9m (FY21: 9.4m loss). Operating cash inflows of £5.3m (2021: outflow of £2.5m). The company does not plan to pay dividends for the year as it hopes to strengthen its balance sheet. Its net cash was £4.4m ended in FY22 (FY21: 1.5m in net cash). The company has achieved sales of £27.3m during the first quarter of its FY23 (three months to 30 June 2022), consistent with the period prior to the pandemic on a like-for-like basis.

What’s cooking in the IPO kitchen?

Immediate acquisitions (IME.L) is to re-join AIM via a Reverse Takeover of Fiinu Holdings Limited. Once complete the Company is proposing to change its name to Fiinu Group plc. Fiinu intends to be a provider of a consumer banking product, the Plugin Overdraft ®, which is designed to provide customers with an overdraft facility without having to change their current account or request an overdraft from their existing bank. Fiinu’s technology arm manages and develops the platform, using open banking, and once the platform is fully operational will also look to develop secondary revenue streams by licensing Fiinu’s intellectual property rights. Capital to be raised £8.01m. Target Mkt Cap c.£53m. Due 8 July.

LifeSafe Holdings, a fire safety technology business with innovative fire safety products, intends to join AIM. LifeSafe has developed what the Directors believe to be market disrupting, eco-friendly fire safety protection products to both protect (via fire extinguishers) and detect (via carbon monoxide, smoke and heat alarms) fires. At the centre of the Group’s product range is the FER1000 extinguishing fluid, which has been developed by LifeSafe to extinguish five different types of fire: electrical, paper, textiles, cooking oil, and petrol and diesel. The Group’s best-selling product using this patent pending extinguishing fluid is the StaySafe 5-in-1 fire extinguisher. It was launched on Amazon Prime in the UK in August 2021 and subsequently became Amazon Prime’s top selling fire extinguisher in the UK in the same month. In n the year ended 31 December 2021, the Group generated revenues of £670k and a loss post taxation of £1.5m. £3m to be raised. Anticipated Mkt Cap £16.58m. Due 6 July 2022.

MicrosSalt, a portfolio company of Tekcapital Plc (AIM: TEK), is eyeing a listing on the London market in 2023. MicroSalt is the U.S. operating subsidiary of Salarius, Ltd. With MicroSalt®, companies can make full flavour snacks with the same saltiness as traditional snacks yet with half of the sodium. MicroSalt has recently executed its first bulk B2B MicroSalt order in the US. This progress follows on the heels of the expansion of MicroSalt’s SaltMe brand of low-sodium potato chips into over 3,000 retail stores nationwide in the U.S., up from 2,400 stores last quarter.

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