The first “proof of concept” batch consisted of 52 carats of diamonds and the company anticipates that the number of carats delivered will increase substantially with subsequent batches.
Kazera’s focus in South Africa is now on increasing diamond production, processing a further 850 tons of gravel, of which 147 tons have been through final processing, yielding 42 carats of diamonds. Results so far indicate that mining continues to be aimed at the correct areas with good diamond content.
2.00pm: Universe implodes
The payment and loyalty card provider said revenue from the roll-out of a material project for an existing customer is now expected to be recognised in the first half of 2020 but as is often the way of things in business, costs will be recognised in 2020.
The company said it still expects to report modestly positive underlying earnings (EBITDA) for 2020 on an adjusted basis.
1.00pm: Mediazest says results should be published next month
The creative audio-visual company said its top-line results for the 18 months to September 30 should be out by the end of January 2021.
The results for the period, which are subject to completion of the audit, are expected to show group revenue in excess of £3mln.
12.05pm: New strain of coronavirus able to be diagnosed by Novacyt
The diagnostics firm said it carried out a detailed analysis of the mutations in this new variant and in all published COVID-19 strains to confirm whether its assays can find it.
A computer simulation analysis showed that the firm’s kits were able to detect all published COVID-19 strains with the same level of accuracy.
11.10am: Eco Animal shares to be suspended in New Year as results are delayed
The company had intended to publish its results for the year to the end of March before the end of this year but continuing difficulties associated with remotely auditing the company’s international operations and the need to audit the previously announced prior year adjustments during a period of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have added substantial logistical challenges to the task.
The delay to the publication means that Eco Animal has fallen foul of reporting standards and as a result trading in its shares will be suspended with effect from January 4 until such time as the accounts are published – probably by the end of January 2021 according to the auditors.
10.10am: Rymer – of course! – appointed as boss of greetings card firm
To be fair, the fall probably had more to do with new Tier 4 lockdown restrictions which will severely hamper the greetings card flogger’s opportunity to sell “Sorry to hear Christmas is cancelled” cards.
The new guv’nor is former Clinton Cards boss Darcy Willson-Rymer as its new chief executive officer.
9.15am: BrandShield Systems higher after contract win with Bristol Myers Squibb
BrandShield Systems PLC (LON:BRSD) rose 6.0% to 25.75p in early deals on Monday after winning a contract with US drugs giant Bristol Myers Squibb.
The cybersecurity company will provide online brand protection and anti-counterfeiting solutions to Bristol Myers and the pharmaceuticals company’s Celgene subsidiary.
“Threat mitigation and brand protection online is increasingly becoming a must-have capability,” said Yoav Keren, the chief executive officer of BrandShield in a statement.
The group told investors on Monday it is commencing legal action against the Commission, Parliament, and Council of the European Union about the bloc’s decision to adopt Article 5 of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).
The AIM-listed plastics specialist said it has been advised by three barristers, all experts in EU law, that Article 5 of the SUPD is “confusing and illegal” and that it is claiming “substantial damages”.
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Primary Health Properties PLC (LON:PHP) has acquired a medical centre in Liverpool and has also agreed to fund a new centre in Ireland. The investor in primary healthcare facilities said it has acquired a standing let investment in West Derby, Liverpool for £4.6mln and contracted with a developer to fund the development and acquisition of a purpose-built primary care centre in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland. The West Derby Medical Centre is a modern purpose-built medical centre constructed in 2016 that is leased to a substantial general practitioner (GP) practice, with a patient list of more than 13,000, and a pharmacy. The development funding for the construction of the Enniscorthy Primary Care Centre is €12.6mln.
Bahamas Petroleum PLC (LON:BPC) said it has commenced drilling of the Perseverance 1 well, with spudding having taken place on December 20, 2020. The AIM-listed firm said the well is expected to take 45-60 days to complete and is targeting P50 prospective oil resources of 0.77bn barrels with an upside of 1.44bn barrels. In a statement, BPC chief executive Simon Potter said the spudding of the well was a “momentous milestone” and that the company is now “within a couple of months of understanding the scale of potential resource uplift that might be accessed within the licences: a potential uplift that is the traditional domain of the ‘oil majors’”.
Rosslyn Data Technologies PLC (LON:RDT) shares moved higher on Monday after the big data technology group announced the release of its new CustomsCloud software solution. The AIM-listed firm said the cloud-based self-service solution is designed to enable importers to overcome the additional customs procedures resulting from the UK’s departure from the European Union. CustomsCloud enables Rosslyn clients to register with HMRC and to file all import declarations, either individually or in bulk, calculate the VAT and duty owed on any imports and to report this information direct to UK tax authorities for future payments.
Guild Esports PLC (LON:GILD) said it has signed Henrik Mclean, a top-ranked professional esports player, to its Fortnite team. The company said Mclean will join Nikolaj Andreas Frøslev, who was recruited to the team on November 19, 2020. The two players have a combined social media following of around 335,000 across several channels including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch. Mclean has signed a one-year contract with Guild with an option to renew for an additional year. He will compete alongside Frøslev under the Guild banner in Fortnite tournaments either jointly or separately depending on fixtures and match opportunities.
BlueRock Diamonds PLC (LON:BRD) has recovered two gem-quality exceptional stones from its Kareevlei mine in the Kimberley region of South Africa. The diamonds measure 14.8 carats and 8.7 carats respectively. “I am very pleased to announce the recovery of two high-value gem-quality diamonds from the Kareevlei diamond mine,” said BlueRock executive chairman Mike Houston in a statement. He also highlighted the sale of a 12.8 carat diamond, the recovery of which was announced on December 4, 2020, for US$76,000, or US$6,000 per carat.
Shanta Gold Ltd (LON:SHG), the East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer, said it has settled all outstanding gold forward sale commitments, leaving the company unhedged. As of early 2020, the company had sold forward 40,000 ounces to January 2021 at an average price of US$1,244 per ounce. The forward sales were a condition of its senior lending facility.
Angling Direct PLC (LON:ANG) said positive sales momentum has continued since updating the market at the start of December, although it has had to close 12 of its stores to shoppers other than click-and-collect customers following the UK government’s weekend announcement on Tier 4 restrictions. The company’s other 26 stores and its web-store remain fully operational for both the UK and European sales, with the group’s distribution centre geared up to fulfil increased demand through this channel.
Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC (LON:SYM) has said it is commencing legal action against the Commission, Parliament, and Council of the European Union (EU) in relation to the bloc’s decision to adopt Article 5 of the Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD). The AIM-listed plastics specialist said it has been advised by three barristers, all experts in EU law, that Article 5 of the SUPD is “confusing and illegal” and that it is claiming “substantial damages”. Symphony said the directive required EU member states to ban oxo-degradable plastic products that do not properly biodegrade and are not recyclable with ordinary plastics, however, it has not made the distinction between oxo-degradable and oxo-biodegradable plastic.
Mkango Resources Ltd. (LON:MKA) (CVE:MKA) has announced the appointment of Bacchus Capital Advisers Limited as strategic and financial adviser, encompassing mergers and acquisitions, takeover defence, strategic and other financial advice. A London-based independent investment and merchant banking boutique, Bacchus Capital has been involved in building some of the world’s most successful mining companies from the earliest stages and have played a key role in many of the metals and mining industry’s most significant transactions in recent decades.
Red Rock Resources PLC (LON:RRR) has entered into two deed agreements concerning Australian company VEC Resources Ltd, which is in administration. The purpose of the deeds, taken together, is the commencement of arbitration proceedings in Paris, the continuation of an existing injunction in the British Virgin Islands, and the creation of an ability for Red Rock to engage counter-parties in discussions regarding a mediated outcome, with the support of creditors. VEC acquired a 60% stake in the Adidi-Kanga Gold Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017. But since December 31, 2018, the VEC stock has, except for two brief periods, been suspended from trading on the ASX as a result of issues connected with the acquisition.
Amur Minerals Corporation (LON:AMC) has said Paul McKay, the chief financial officer of the Russia-focused firm, is to leave the company on December 31, 2020. Accordingly, Amur said it has appointed Heytesbury Corporate LLP, an independent financial consulting and corporate management firm which acts in a similar capacity for a number of AIM-quoted companies within the mining sector, to provide company secretarial and accounting services. McKay has been working with Heytesbury during a handover period.
Block Energy PLC (LON:BLOE), the development and production company focused on Georgia, announced that David (Dato) Sandroshvili has been appointed as its independent non-executive director with immediate effect. The group noted that Sandroshvili has spent most of his career in oil and gas corporate finance advisory, but for the last six years has held senior positions in oil companies. He is currently the CFO at New Age (African Global Energy) Limited. Before this appointment, he was Director of Strategy, Commercial and Portfolio at Ophir Energy Plc. Sandroshvili started his corporate finance career at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (part of Citigroup) in London, before moving to UBS Investment Bank, where he managed the Russia/CIS oil and gas advisory business. Subsequently, he was Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Advisory at Evercore Partners. Philip Dimmock, Block Energy’s chairman commented: “We look forward to benefitting from his wealth of experience in finance, strategy development and M&A transactions. Furthermore, his understanding of the establishment and culture of Georgia will bring extra competitive advantage to the Board.”
IQGeo Group Plc (LON:IQG) said that following the admission of new shares and initial consideration shares, its acquisition of US-based geospatial software firm OSPInsight International Inc and a £5.3mln fundraising announced earlier this month are now complete. The software firm said directors of the group had subscribed for a total of 698,719 shares in the fundraising, while a substantial shareholder in the company, Kestrel Partners LLP, has subscribed for around 1.67mln taking its stake in the firm to just over 25%.
Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the AIM-listed metals exploration and development company said Friday it has received notices to exercise warrants over 4,797,200 new ordinary shares of 0.1p each at an exercise price of 1.0p per ordinary share in the company. Subscription monies of £47,972 have been received by Power Metal in respect of these exercises.
Pure Gold Mining Inc. (CVE:PGM) (LON:PUR) said it has granted 1,955,000 Incentive Stock Options to directors and certain employees, 975,000 Deferred Share Units (DSUs) to directors and 1,134,930 Restricted Share Units (RSUs) to certain employees under its Incentive Stock Option, DSU and RSU Plans. The Incentive Stock Options have an exercise price of $2.84 and have a range of vesting periods over three years and expire after five years. The RSU’s are payable in common shares of the company on exercise, have a range of vesting periods over three years and must be redeemed by December 31, 2023, or they expire. The DSU’s vest immediately upon grant and are payable in common shares of the company, upon the holder ceasing to be a director of the company.