Small Cap Wrap – Crossword Cybersecurity, Seeing Machines, Rockfire Resources and more…


06 Jan 2021


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Upon Admission to AIM, Nightcap will acquire The London Cocktail Club Limited (the “London Cocktail Club”), which is an award winning independent operator of ten individually themed cocktail bars in nine London locations and one location in Bristol. Offer TBC Due mid Jan.

HSS Hire Group, HSS.L transfer from Main to Aim. Mkt Cap c. GBP70m. Recently raised GBP52.6m. Leading supplier of tool and equipment for hire in the United Kingdom and Ireland and has provided equipment hire services in the United Kingdom for more than 60 years, primarily focusing on the B2B market. Due 14 Jan.

VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc, a closed-ended investment Company focused on making sustainable energy infrastructure investments, today announces intends to launch an initial public offering of shares on the Official List (Premium) of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Due by Early Feb.

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Crossword Cybersecurity* 275p GBP14.1m (LON:CCS)

The technology commercialisation company focused on cyber security and risk management, has announced its first webinar panel discussion for 2021 , following the success of its 2020 series. Taking place on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 3pm, “Cyber Security: skills shortage, automation deficit or poor hiring practices – what’s the reality?” will bring together academics, customers and industry professionals to discuss one of the biggest challenges in the industry.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Robert Nowill, Executive Chair of the Board at The Cyber Security Challenge, with a panel including Amanda Finch, CEO at The Chartered Institute of Information Security; Darren Argyle, CISRO at Standard Chartered Bank; and Stuart Jubb, Managing Director for Crossword Cybersecurity’s consulting division.

Seeing Machines 7.45p GBP278.42m (LON:SEE)

The advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transport safety, has advanced its previously announced Memorandum of Understanding to an executed License Agreement to license the Company’s Occula(R) Neural Processing Unit to OmniVision Technologies, Inc..

This Agreement represents the first execution of the silicon license for Seeing Machines’ Occula(R), which offers a unique NPU design that enables the development of low-cost, high-performance edge-AI to power future human-machine interfaces.

Rockfire Resources 1.075p GBP8.95m (LON:ROCK)

The gold and base metal exploration company, announced that the Company’s recent helicopter geophysical survey has doubled the footprint of potential copper mineralisation at its 100%-owned Copperhead porphyry project in North Queensland, Australia .

The copper target is now defined by a minimum area of 5 km east-west x 3 km north-south. Faults and fractures are clearly defined and correlate well with known copper mineralisation already discovered in streams, soils, and drilling completed by Carpentaria Exploration in 1972.

The drilling in 1972 tested an area less than 0.6% of the expanded target area. The Copperhead target remains open in all directions. The price of copper has increased substantially from US$4,617 per tonne in March 2020 to US$7,964 per tonne in December 2020; an increase of 72.5% in the last 9 months.

Planned work at Copperhead over the next six months includes detailed prospect-scale mapping and soil/rock sampling within the expanded target area, with subsequent drilling.

Personal Group Holdings 206p GBP64.31m (LON:PGH)

Personal Group PLC, a leading provider of employee services in the UK, announced that Sarah Mace, previously Interim Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.

Sarah was appointed to the board as Interim Chief Financial Officer on 1 October 2020, following a successful tenure at Personal Group since January 2014 when she joined as Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary.

Shearwater 157.5p GBP37.5m (LON:SWG)

The organisational resilience group, announces that its group company, Brookcourt Solutions Limited (Brookcourt), has secured a five-year supply agreement with a global fashion retailer, headquartered in New York.

The first contract to be delivered under the supply agreement encompasses the delivery of a secure ID-authenticated printing solution as well as a 12-month maintenance and service contract, for use within ten European countries across 17 sites. The value of the first contract is GBP860 ,000, of which the majority is expected to be recognised in the current full year. This contract win underpins the Group’s current full year forecasts, with the supply agreement having the potential to deliver further revenue opportunities in future years.

Silence Therapeutics 537p GBP447m (LON:SLN)

The specialist in the discovery, development and delivery of novel short interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with significant unmet medical need, today announced the appointment of Craig Tooman as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Leadership Team, effective immediately.

Mr. Tooman has a successful career in the biopharmaceutical industry spanning more than 30 years, including 15 years of experience as a public company CFO. Most recently, he was CFO and COO at Vyome Therapeutics, and prior to this was CFO and then CEO of Aratana Therapeutics where he successfully negotiated a merger with Elanco. Before Aratana, Mr. Tooman was the CFO of Enzon Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Sigma Tau, and prior to that led the $1.1 billion M&A initiative and integration of ILEX Oncology and Genzyme Corporation.

Open Orphan 27.75p GBP185.4m (LON:ORPH)

The specialist pharmaceutical services CRO and a world leader in vaccine and antiviral testing using human challenge clinical trials, announces a further contract renewal with a major top-3 global pharmaceutical client extending its consultancy services to end of December 2021. This follows on from the announcement made on 22 December 2020 regarding the same client and demonstrates the repeat business that Venn Life Sciences continues to win from its long-term clients.

Equals Group 32.75p GBP58.5m (LON:EQLS)

The technology-led international payments group focused on the SME marketplace, announced a trading update for year ended 31 December 2020.

The Group’s recent trading update on 1 December 2020 noted continuation of positive trading into H2-2020. Since then, the strong performance has continued with revenue for FY-2020 now expected to be around GBP1.0 million ahead of market expectations at GBP29.0 million, reflecting a strong performance in the Group’s B2B products in December 2020. Adjusted EBITDA is now expected to be around GBP1.0 million for FY-2020, which again is comfortably ahead of market expectations*.

* The Group believes that current market expectations for adjusted EBITDA average GBP0.55 million with net cash averaging GBP6.75 million for FY-2020.

Tekcapital 16.5p GBP15.3m (LON:TEK)

Portfolio Company Update. Lucyd, the smart eyewear and wearable software developer, has surpassed its US$400,000 crowdfund goal for its subsidiary Innovative Eyewear Inc., and due to on-going investor interest is continuing with the raise up to approximately US$600,000. Additionally, the Company is excited to announce the launch of Lucyd(R) Lyte(TM) . Lucyd Lyte (Lyte) is tech-enhanced, prescription eyewear for active lifestyles, that look and feel like designer fashion frames. Lyte represents an industry leading form-factor for tech glasses, coupled with the miniaturization of components and extended battery life. Lyte e-glasses enable wearers to seamlessly play music, take phone calls and chat with their phone’s assistant while maintaining situational awareness with open-ear technology. High-gloss acetate front plates enable stylish, clear front variants that further reduce the weight of the frames which is important for all-day wear.

Advanced Oncotherapy 41.5p GBP138.4m (LON:AVO)

The developer of next-generation proton therapy systems for cancer treatment announced a partnership agreement with DiaMedCare AG, the globally active asset financing partner in the life sciences and other innovative technology sectors. Under the terms of the agreement, Advanced Oncotherapy will be able to offer its customers easier access to the Company’s LIGHT system through a flexible financing solution that reduces the need for large initial upfront payments from customers. The partnership agreement will cover projects in Europe and the United States, in line with the Company’s aim to democratise proton beam therapy.

This partnership is a key step forward in the Company’s commercialisation strategy as it offers Advanced Oncotherapy’s customers the opportunity to access LIGHT systems at a much more affordable price. DiaMedCare’s leasing solutions work very well with Advanced Oncotherapy’s business model, given LIGHT’s modularity and easy installation. This partnership will allow for the democratisation of proton therapy by deploying LIGHT systems in smaller clinics and urban environments compared with other systems on the market that require large installation sites and significant shielding.

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