Hybridan Small Cap Feast

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Hybridan Small Cap Feast

Joiners: Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI.L) (AQSE: HUI) has dual listed on the Standard Segment of the Main Market. The Company’s Ordinary Shares, which were already trading on the Access Segment of the Aquis Growth Market, has also moved to trading on the AQSE Main Market today.  (09/01/23)

While we were away: Streaks Gaming plc (STK.L) has joined the Standard Segment of the Main Market. STK develops casual games and a conversational gaming platform with a focus on partnering with licensed sportsbook operators to drive additional engagement and monetarisation for their existing users. (05/01/23)

Kistos Holdings (KIST.L) has joined AIM. Kistos is a holding company with the objective of creating value through the acquisition and management of companies or businesses in the energy sector. (22/12/22)

Leavers: No leavers today.

While we were away: DeepMatter Group (DMTR.L) has left AIM. (05/01/23)

Homeserve plc (HSV.L) has left the Main Market. (05/01/23)

SourceBio International (SBI.L) has left AIM. (30/12/22)

Parsley Box Group (MEAL.L) has left AIM. (22/12/22)

Banquet Buffet

Anpario  405p  £97.3m (ANP.L)

The independent manufacturer of natural sustainable animal feed additives for health, nutrition and biosecurity, provides a trading update. The company expects sales to be at least £33m and adjusted EBITDA to be no less than £5m for the year ended 31 December 2022. Adjusted EBITDA excludes legal and professional costs in relation to acquisition opportunities that did not proceed. The Group experienced a weaker than expected final quarter, and in particular December’s performance was adversely affected by several factors such as the spread of Covid  in China.

B.P. Marsh & Partners 309p  £115.8m (BPM.L)

The specialist investor in early-stage financial services businesses, announces updates on its investees. (1) Kentro Capital, the 100% owner of Nexus Underwriting and Xenia: Kentro is guiding Gross Written Premium of c. £440m in 2022, up by 20% from £376m in 2021. (2) XPT Group, a U.S. based specialty lines insurance distributor, is on track to produce Gross Written Premium of over US$500m in the year ended in December 2022, up by 25% from 2021. (3) ATC Insurance Solutions: The acquisition of MB Prestige in 2021 has resulted in ATC becoming one of the largest independently owned underwriting agencies in Australia. (4) Lilley Plummer: The marine market has seen flat pricing over the last 6 months. However, increases in reinsurance costs are expected and many predict this will lead to pricing increases in 2023.

Equals Group 89p £160.8m (EQLS.L)

The fintech payments group focused on the SME marketplace, announces the completion of the acquisition of Roqqett. The initial £1.0m cash payment has been fully satisfied from Equals’ existing cash resources and this will be followed by three deferred payments, one of up to £0.25m in cash (when Roqqett receives R&D tax credits) and two of £0.5m, one in cash and the other satisfied by the issue of ordinary shares in Equals. The second and third deferred payments become due when certain capabilities are added to the platform and are expected to be paid in under one year. The acquisition of Roqqett is expected to be earnings accretive in the medium term.

Frontier Developments 601p £235.9m (FDEV.L)

The developer and publisher of videogames based in Cambridge, UK,  provides a trading update. Frontier expects to report revenue of approximately £57m for H1 FY23 to 30 November 2022, up 16% year-on-year. The growth was achieved from revenue contributions from two new game releases, F1® Manager 2022 and Stranded: Alien Dawn, alongside the ongoing material revenue contributions from Frontier’s portfolio of existing games, which accounted for around two-thirds of total revenue in the period. Frontier had £42.6m in cash as at 30 November 2022 (31 May 2022: £38.7m) after payment of the upfront consideration for the acquisition of Complex Games in November 2022.

Gresham House 760p £290.9m (GHE.L)

The specialist alternative asset manager has launched “Irish Strategic Forestry Fund” to provide up to EUR200m to create new forests in Ireland. It has already attracted EUR35m from Irish investors, including a EUR25m cornerstone investment from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), Ireland’s sovereign development fund. ISIF’s capital will complement other Irish and international capital sourced by Gresham House. The new fund will also acquire existing forest assets and when fully deployed will represent a portfolio of approximately 12,000 hectares of new and existing forests. 

Kefi Gold and Copper 0.69p £27.0m (KEFI.L)

The exploration and development company with projects in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, announce an upgrade to the Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) at the Hawiah Copper-Gold Project, part of its Saudi Arabian joint-venture Gold and Minerals Company Limited (GMCO). Hawiah Mineral Resource Estimate has increased by 4.1m tonnes (Mt) to 29.0 Mt at 0.89% copper, 0.94% zinc, 0.67 g/t gold and 10.1 g/t silver, representing a tonnage increase of 16%. GMCO appointed The MSA Group (Pty) Ltd as the Independent Consultants and Competent Person to prepare an updated MRE for Hawiah.

Kromek Group 10.25p £44.3m (KMK.L)

The developer of radiation and bio-detection technology solutions for the advanced imaging and CBRN detection segments, announces that it has secured a repeat order, worth $0.8m, from a US government customer for its D3S ID wearable nuclear radiation detector. Delivery and revenue recognition is expected to occur in the current financial year. The D3S ID gamma neutron detector is a wearable Radiation Isotope Identifier designed for first responders, armed forces, border security and other CBRN experts. 

Physiomics* 5.1p  £5.0m (PYC.L)

The oncology consultancy using mathematical models to support the development of cancer treatment regimens, announces the successful completion of its PARTNER study. The data is used to support development of a personalised dosing tool for docetaxel in prostate cancer. Analysis confirms the ability of Physiomics’ tool to predict levels and timing of episodes of low white blood cell count (neutropaenia) associated with use of docetaxel. PARTNER trial data also suggests the potential to use Physiomics’ tool to predict the effect of GCSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor), a drug commonly used to increase white blood cell count during chemotherapy. As GCSF is an expensive biological product, the commercial value of precision medicine could be higher.

Roquefort Therapeutics* 6.75p £8.7m (ROQ.L)

The biotech company focused on developing first in class oncology medicines, provides a business update. Roquefort has initiated out-licensing discussions with multiple large biopharmaceutical companies for (1) its core cancer therapeutic programs: Midkine antibodies, Midkine RNA therapeutics, STAT-6 siRNA therapeutics and MK cell therapy; and (2) non-core applications such as diagnostics, biomarker detection and therapy areas outside of cancer. Dr Emma Morris has been appointed as Head of Pre-clinical Research. Dr Morris was previously Operational Scientific Director at the UK Health Security Rosalind Franklin Laboratory. She is currently heading the MK cell therapy. Meanwhile, Roquefort has signed partnership agreements for its other three development programs with various cancer research centres in Australia. 

Trident Royalties 48.5p £141.2m (TRR.L)

The diversified mining royalty company, notes the recent announcement regarding the Thacker Pass lithium project in Nevada, by the project operator, Lithium Americas Corp. Trident holds a 60% interest in a gross revenue royalty over the entire Project. Following a hearing held by the US District Court, District of Nevada, on 5 January 2023, the Federal Court reaffirmed no additional hearings or briefings are required and it expects to issue a decision in the next couple of months. CEO Adam Davidson commented that Thacker Pass is a critical project for the USA to establish a robust battery metal supply chain. It is also a cornerstone asset within Trident’s portfolio.

What’s cooking in the IPO kitchen?

Tap Global Group intends to join the Aquis Growth Market. Tap Global, previously known Quetzal Capital, is an innovative and fully integrated provider of crypto settlement and fiat banking, based on its proprietary artificial intelligence middleware. Customers can access  several major crypto exchanges through Tap Global’s app, to purchase up to 15 crypto assets and store them directly in the customer’s wallet. Expected 10 January 2023.

Celsius Resources intends to join AIM. Currently ASX listed, Celsius is a natural resources exploration and development company principally seeking to explore and develop potential world-class copper-gold assets in the Philippines and a cobalt asset in Namibia. Amount planning to raise and anticipated market cap TBC. Expected late January 2023. 

Conviction Life Sciences, a newly established closed-ended investment company managed by Plain English Finance Limited, is seeking to list on Premium Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, to invest in a conviction portfolio of life sciences and medical technology businesses, primarily in the UK, Europe and Australasia. The Company will invest in both Publicly Traded and Private companies – c. 70% and c. 20% of the total portfolio value respectively. The Company will target an annualised Total NAV Return of 20% over the long-term. Targeting to raise c.£100m. Delayed to 3rd February 2023.

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