Integumen PLC (LON:SKIN) has said it is to double production of a reagent shipped to partner Modern Water used to help detect contamination to meet growing demand prompted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The first shipment has been made to fill back-orders, while the new production run has a list price of £500,000 per batch, Integumen added. In the same announcement, Integumen also said its RAWTest AI real-time alert system is to be retrofitted to new Modern Water’s Microtox units.

Tekcapital PLC (LON:TEK) has reported record revenues and net assets in its full-year results as its portfolio valuation rose by almost 50%. For the year ended November 30, 2019, the intellectual property investment group saw its net assets increase by 40% to US$22.25mln, while net asset value (NAV) per share rose to 35 US cents from 30 US cents. The firm’s portfolio valuation, meanwhile, increased by 48% to US$20.3mln. The company also reported a pre-tax profit of US$5.52mln, up from US$4.55mln in the prior year, while revenue rose to US$7.72mln from US$6.83mln in 2018.

Aminex PLC (LON:AEX) shares jumped higher on Wednesday as it told investors that it has agreed an advance of a US$2mln loan from incoming partner ARA Petroleum to pay a tax in Tanzania so that the farm-out transaction can complete. The move will then allow Aminex and ARA to advance work programmes on the Ruvuma project and see the Ntorya discovery move towards development. In a statement, the company noted that the Tanzanian authorities require a capital gains tax (CGT) charge of US$2.2mln to be paid before the Minister of Energy will approve the farm-out transaction.

Ncondezi Energy Limited (LON:NCCL) has finalised a binding agreement with GridX Africa Development for a pipeline of solar and battery storage projects in the commercial and industrial sector. The company has signed the agreement which gives the company the option, but not obligation, to fund a pipeline of projects in Mozambique. It can fund up to 100% of the projects, up to a total of £5mln. Seven potential projects have been identified with a potential solar capacity of 2.8 megawatts and 4.5 megawatts of storage. The initial project investments represent the potential for an annuity revenue stream of over US$750,000 per year.

Inspiration Health Group PLC (LON:IHC) chief executive Neil Campbell has said he is “delighted” with the med-tech company’s performance so far this year after it recorded a 27% increase in revenues in the first three months of 2020. That number does not include contracts to supply the NHS with ventilators announced on March 16 and 20, which are worth an additional £5mln in turnover. They will be accounted for in the second quarter, but even without these “exceptional orders” the company’s new business pipeline “remains strong”. CEO Campbell noted that Inspiration was positioned well for continued growth.

Jersey Oil and Gas PLC (LON:JOG) chief executive Andrew Benitz has highlighted a transformational year for the group’s asset growth as he commented in the company’s financial results statement for 2019. The period saw the firm increase resource inventory to over 120mln barrels as it picked up the Buchan assets and consolidated the Verbier discovery in the North Sea. The Greater Buchan project now comprises Buchan, Verbier, J2 and Glenn discoveries and development planning is currently taking place with an initiative of technical and commercial evaluation studies also underway, in which the company is working with neighbouring field operators to consider collaborative development in the area.

ClearStar Inc (LON:CLSU) has reported positive financial metrics for 2019 and, whilst highlighting a rapid response to the coronavirus pandemic, has noted a reduction in volumes since the outbreak. The company, a technology firm specialising in pre-employment background checks, said it has so far not lost any customers due to the pandemic. Revenue increased by 14% to US$23mln in the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, up from US$20.1mln in 2018. Gross profit rose 9% to U$12.4mln, while adjusted earnings (EBITDA) doubled to US$400,000. The company posted a US$1.4mln loss before tax, in line with a US$1.4mln loss in the preceding year. It ended December with US$1.8mln of cash.

Condor Gold PLC (LON:CNR)(TSX:COG) has been granted an environmental permit to develop its high-grade America open pit at the La India project in Nicaragua. The America open pit is calculated to host 114,000 tonnes at a grade of 8.1 grammes per tonne in the indicated mineral resource category and 677Kt at a grade of 3.1 g/t gold inferred. When added to the already permitted high grade La India and the Mestiza permit added last week, Condor has 1.12mln oz gold open pit mineral resources, including mineral reserves permitted for extraction. 

LoopUp Group PLC (LON:LOOP) has said it is trading “materially ahead of expectations” as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown measures drive a migration to remote working and demand for its virtual meeting products. In a trading update, the AIM-listed firm said revenue in the year-to-date from January to April was at least 40% higher year-on-year as existing customers increased their use of its products and new clients switched to the service from other providers. LoopUp also said it had seen increased usage of its multimedia capabilities, including a “disproportionality high increase” in video usage and more events using its ‘Event by LoopUp’ platform.

Clear Leisure PLC (LON:CLP) has said a hearing in a Venice court in respect of its Sipiem claim, originally scheduled for May 6, 2020, has been postponed due to disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. The AIM-listed company said a new date will be confirmed by the court as soon as practical. The proceedings in respect of the Sosushi Company may also be affected, however, the firm said a preliminary ruling on a possible arbitration rather than a trial in court should not be affected since all information in respect of the claim is available to the court. Clear Leisure added that its investment companies, ForCrowd and PBV Monitor, have been “slightly affected” by the pandemic situation, both in terms of delays to revenue generation and some development activities. However, this is having a limited impact on their cashflow, which have material headroom to absorb several months of slowdown.

Clear Leisure also said that through ForCrowd, in which it owns a 20% stake, it has supported the development on an online platform infrastructure to support the delivery of psychotherapeutic help to Lombardy coronavirus frontline medical and paramedical staff, and also to the general public in the region who have been directly and indirectly affected by the pandemic. The company said the platform was a charitable initiative and that it intends to provide free usage of the platform to organisations looking to offer similar services to the UK.

Eckoh PLC (LON:ECK) has highlighted “significant demand” for its CallGuard Remote product as the coronavirus pandemic causes a surge in remote working. The secure payments specialist said it has sold and deployed CallGuard, which allows agents to take payments securely in remote locations over the phone, to both new and existing clients over the last six weeks in sectors including retail, utilities, insurance and financial services. Eckoh also said it has seen “growing levels of interest” in its ChatGuard product, which assists in securing payments made over a live webchat.

Braveheart Investments Group PLC (LON:BRH), the fund management and strategic investment group which recently undertook two oversubscribed placings to raise investment funds has issued an update after recent share price movements and social media speculation on some of its investee companies. The group noted that the social media speculation concerned Braveheart companies which currently have projects in association with the Aptamer Group Limited. It pointed out that Paraytec Limited, in which it has a 100% holding, is in discussions with AptamerGroup and the University of Sheffield to define a project to develop a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. The group added, that Kirkstall Limited and Sentinel Medical Limited are also both involved in projects with Aptamer Group.

Immotion Group PLC (LON:IMMO) has unveiled plans to raise £1.3mln via a share placing to shore up its balance sheet amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic The ‘out of home’ virtual reality entertainment firm said it will raise the funds through a placing at 2.5p per share, a 28.6% discount to its closing price on Tuesday. The placing is being conducted through an accelerated book-build process that will commence immediately In an update on its operations, Immotion said it is confident in its core strategy despite the pandemic and that its installed base and contracted pipeline provided “a path to profitability once trading conditions return to pre-[coronavirus] levels”.

Galantas Gold Corporation (LON:GAL) (CVE:GAL), the gold producer and explorer, said it has filed a technical report regarding underground exploration on its 100% owned gold mine near Omagh, Northern Ireland. As outlined on April 24, 2020, the group said this technical report details a recent probe drilling campaign carried out underground at the Omagh mine. It added that the results of the campaign, combined with detailed mapping of the exposed mineralisation underground suggest zones of higher width of mineralisation within the vein, linking adjacent levels. Galantas said the results support a model that such zonal mineralisation may continue at depth, with enhanced exploration potential for targeting gold resources on-site and within the company’s license area. The technical report details the geological information earlier summarised in a January 16, 2020 release and is available on the company’s website.

Touchstone Exploration Inc. (LON:TXP) (TSX:TXP), an oil and gas exploration and production company active in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, announced that Canaccord Genuity Limited has been appointed as its joint broker with immediate effect, working alongside the company’s existing nominated adviser and broker, Shore Capital.

Proactive Research has issued a research note on Itaconix (LON:ITX), (OTCQB:ITXXF) following the firm’s recent trading update, which showed that revenues grew by 42% in the first four months of 2020. In it, analyst Ed Stacey noted that the home detergents and cleaners market is highly active from the stay-at-home restrictions under the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and Itaconix continues to gain market share. He concludes: “Given Itaconix’ strong revenue growth, and exposure to the consumer staples segment, we argue that the company has a strong investment case to secure further financing.”

Proactive Research has also issued a research note on Shield Therapeutics (LON:STX) following a recent business and trading update which underlined that US partnering discussions are progressing. In it, analysts Emma Ulker says news on US partnering, a successful outcome on its patent claims and initiation of a paediatric development programme that might be included in a US deal are the main catalysts for the group, in her view.