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Hybridan Small Cap Feast: 20/05/2024

11:05, 20th May 2024

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** Arranged by type of listing and date of announcement

*** Alphabetically arranged

**** Potential means Intention to Float (ITF) has been announced



Dish of the day









What’s baking in the oven? **


 Potential****  Initial Public Offerings:

7th May: Time To ACT plc, an engineering business focused on technology for the energy transition sector, has announced its intention to seek Admission to trading on the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. The Company reports it is revenue generating, profitable in FY23, with £1.9m cash in the bank as at 31st March 2024.  The Company's application to the AQSE Growth Market is not conditional on it raising funds.  The Company is seeking to raise up to £1m to support organic growth and acquisition. Expected AQSE Admission date is 29 May 2024.


15th May: Raspberry Pi announces that it is considering an IPO onto the Premium listing segment of the Main Market. Raspberry Pi is a designer and developer of high-performance, low-cost single board computers and compute modules for industrial IoT customers and embedded uses, as well as for enthusiasts and educators, in markets worldwide. The Group's revenue was $140.6m, $187.9m and $265.8m and gross profit was $41.9m, $42.3m and $66.0m in the years ended 31 December 2021, 2022, and 2023, respectively.


16th May: Media reports that Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc (AOTI) is drawing up plans to raise roughly £39.5m from an initial public offering on the AIM market. If successful, the flotation is likely to value AOTI at around £160m, the sources added. AOTI indicates that its wound care technology reduces the need for amputations in patients by more than two-thirds.


Reverse Takeovers:

13th MayAmur Minerals Corporation Follow | AMC announced that the Company has executed a sale and purchase agreement to conditionally acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Extruded Pharmaceuticals, a UK-based drug delivery technology Company focused on the local delivery of chemotherapy drugs, for an aggregate consideration of £5.5m. The reverse takeover is awaiting the approval of Shareholders at a General Meeting on 29 May. Expected first day of trading on AIM is 31 May 2024.


Change of Market:


Dual Listing:


 Banquet Buffet***


Conroy Gold & Natural Resources 9.75p £4.7m (CGNR.L) Follow | CGNR

The gold exploration and development Company focused on Ireland and Finland announces the appointments of Marian Moroney as a Non-Executive Director and Cathal Jones as Finance Director of the Company, both with immediate effect. Marian has over 30 years’ experience in exploration, mining, strategic planning, governance, identifying new business opportunities, joint venture management and oversight, and mergers and acquisitions. Cathal Jones qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in 1999 and worked in accountancy practice for over 15 years.  He moved to Deloitte in 2002 where he was a senior manager and Director in the Corporate Finance department, acting in lead advisory roles primarily in the natural resources and renewable energy sectors assisting clients with project finance, capital raising, M&A and overall strategic direction.


Cora Gold 2.1p £9.5m (CORA.L) Follow | CORA

The West African focused gold Company announces its final audited results for the year ended 31 December 2023. Cash and cash equivalents increased to $16.9m (2022: $552k). In March 2023 Cora closed a fundraising for aggregate investments of circa $20m comprising inter alia of $3.93m of equity and $15.0m of convertible loan notes. In September 2023 the maturity date of the CLN was extended to 12 March 2024 and certain holders of CLNs totalling $0.625m elected for early repayment along with a 5% premium thereon. Operationally, Cora remains focused on transitioning its Sanankoro Gold Project into a producing mine.


CT Automotive Group 67.5p £49.7m (CTA.L) Follow | CTA

The designer, developer and supplier of interior components to the global automotive industry announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2023. Revenue increased to $143.om (2022: $124.3m), profit before tax was $5.9m (2022: loss $18.8m) and cash and cash equivalents increased to $9.4m (2022: $4.8m). Trading in 2024 has been positive and in line with market expectations, with good customer demand and good visibility over both booked production and tooling revenues extending into the year end and beyond.


Haydale Graphene Industries 0.41p £7.4m (HAYD.L) Follow | HAYD

The global advanced materials Company announced a trading update for the year ending 30 June 2024. The Company anticipates announcing revenues for the Year of £4.7m, behind current market expectations of £5.8m, but still showing growth on the prior year performance of £4.3m. Notwithstanding the reduction in turnover, adjusted EBITDA is expected to only be marginally behind market expectations, at a £3.15m loss. As reported in the half year interims, the building blocks to take the US silicon carbide business up the value chain and into tooling manufacture and sales has largely been completed, however orders at volume are taking longer than anticipated to crystallise.


Knights Group Holdings 145.75p £125.1m (KGH.L) Follow | KGH

The legal and professional services business provides a trading update for the year ended 30 April 2024. The Group anticipates an increase of 6% in full year revenue of c.£150.0m (FY23: £142.1m), with underlying profit before tax expected to be at least £25.0m, a 16% increase (FY23: £21.6m), within the range of market expectations. The net debt as at 30 April 2024 is expected to be c.£35.2m, (FY23: £29.2m) after over £11m cash paid in relation to acquisitions, including £2.5m in relation to the Convex Corporate Finance Limited joint venture.  In the first half of the financial year, the Group strengthened its presence in the North of England, with acquisitions in Newcastle and Carlisle, both of which are integrating and performing well. 


Likewise Group 17p £41.7m (LIKE.L) Follow | LIKE

The fast growing UK floor coverings distributor announces its audited Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2023. Revenue increased 12.9% £139.5m (2022: £123.6m), EBITDA increased to £7.9m (2022: £6.6m) and cash and cash equivalents decreased to £5.7m (2022: £5.9m). With a continued focus on investment in sales resource and point of sale combined with the additional capacity in the logistics infrastructure, the Board is confident of achieving its ambitions in the coming years.


Metals One 1.13p £2.4m (MET1.L) Follow | MET1

The Company which is advancing strategic metals projects in Finland and Norway announces it has raised gross proceeds of £895k through a placing and subscription at a price of 1p per share to support the development of the Finland - Black Schist Ni-Zn-Cu-Co Project. The proceeds from the Placing will allow for the termination of the farm-in agreement with Gunsynd PLC and provide Metals One with the option to regain 100% ownership of its cornerstone Black Schist Project by funding its own work programme and retaining greater ownership, as well as providing additional working capital.


Microlise Group 149.5p £173.3m (SAAS.L) Follow | SAAS

A provider of SaaS based transport technology solutions to fleet operators announces the signing of contracts with GSF Car Parts and Foodstuffs South Island with a combined contract value of over £2m. Microlise will provide GSF's fleet of vans with its ePOD (Proof of Delivery) and Journey Management software solutions. Microlise's solutions will enable GSF to remove paper-based processes from its operations and grow its enterprise accounts. Microlise has signed a five-year contract with New Zealand based FSSI, which is the largest grocery retailer in the South Island of New Zealand with over two hundred stores across multiple brands as well as providing online grocery services. The contract significantly increases Microlise's share of the grocery freight market in New Zealand.


SDI Group 72.5p £75.8m (SDI.L)

The Group focused on the design and manufacture of scientific and technology products for use in digital imaging and sensing and control applications provides a trading update for the year ended 30 April 2024. The Group expect revenues to be in line with current market expectations at approximately £65.9m (FY23: £67.6m). In addition to the acquired business Peak Sensors (November 2023) there was a full year's contribution from both LTE Scientific (acquired July 2022) and Fraser Anti-Static Techniques (acquired October 2022). Adjusted operating profit is expected to be in the region of £9.6m (FY23: £12.8m) with adjusted profit before tax approximately £8.0m (FY23: £11.8m), both in line with current market expectations.


Union Jack Oil 22.5p £24.0m (UJO.L) Follow | UJO

A focused onshore hydrocarbon production, development, exploration and investment Company announces its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2023. Revenue decreased to £5.07m (2022: £8.51m), net profit decreased to £859k (2022: £3.61k) and cash and cash equivalents decreased to £5.2m (2022: 7.2m). The Board is confident that the significant increase in drilling, appraisal and development activity now planned in the pursuit of growth from its balanced UK and USA portfolios has the potential for significant value creation for shareholders.



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