NEX Exchange and AIM-quoted Arbuthnot Banking Group (ARBB) say that there has been an increase in the level of confidence in its markets since the General Election. That was too late to have much effect on the 2019 results, but full year pre-tax profit will be at the upper end of expectations. Last year, customer loan balances rose by 31% and deposits by 22%.

Sativa Group (SATI) says that it welcomes the guidance from the Food Standards Agency on the safe use of CBD products and the timetable for novel food authorisation. Management points out that Sativa’s products do not include THC. Sativa expects to report 2019 gross profit slightly higher than expectations on marginally lower revenue than forecast. Goodbody Wellness has piloted three retail stores, but they did not perform as well as expected. PhytoVista Laboratories has completed more than 3,000 tests on cannabis-based products. That includes Sativa’s own products and a new sports range is near launch. Medicinal cannabis-based development is focused on veterinary treatments.

EPE Special Opportunities (ESO) has increased its NAV by 55% to 317.2p a share following a strong performance by Whittard of Chelsea and a recovery in the share price of fully listed Luceco. Pharmacy2U continues to grow strongly. Last year, 2.3% of the shares in issue were bought back by the company. New investments are being sought for available funds.

Ethical housing investor Walls and Futures REIT (WAFR) increased its NAV by 15% to 106p a share in the year to January 2020. Chief executive Joseph McTaggart bought 1,991 shares at 61.75p each.

Hellyer gold mine operator NQ Minerals (NQMI) has raised a further £210,000 at 7p a share.

Investment company Primorus Investments (PRIM) has benefitted from the sharp share price rise in Greatland Gold (GGP) and the stake is worth two-fifths of the company’s market value. The current profit is £1.25m. Investee company TruSpine is on course to float in London this year. The spine stabilisation devices developer has gained a new cornerstone investor. Primorus is debt-free.

Trading in the shares of Altona Energy (ANR) has been suspended because it has not published its annual report for the year to June 2019. Cash needs to be raised to keep the company going and management says that shareholders will be invited to participate in fundraising. The company says it expects to publish the report in the next two weeks and blames the delay on a change of auditor and new accounting treatment for its exploration licences. Final terms for the acquisition of the previously announced new petroleum exploration licence application are being negotiated.

SG Recruitment Ltd (SGRL) majority shareholder and chief executive David Sumner has also taken on the role as chairman after the resignation of Alan Kitchin and Katie Hiess from the board.

Editorial Disclaimer

SME news and commentary

NEX Exchange Limited (”NEX Exchange”) accepts no responsibility for the content of this article or for any reliance placed by you or any person on the information contained therein.

By providing access to this material NEX Exchange does not intend to solicit business or offer any securities to any person in any country, whether directly or indirectly.

Articles available on nexexchange.com may be produced by independent third parties and are for distribution only under such circumstances as may be permitted by such third parties and applicable law. They are published solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as a recommendation to sell, buy or hold any product, investment, security or any other financial instrument. Any opinion, view or idea contained in any article is the author’s own and does not reflect or represent the opinions, views or ideas of NEX Exchange, nor any of its affiliates, directors, officers, employees or agents. Publication of the article does not signify endorsement by NEX Exchange of any of the information contained therein. NEX Exchange is not involved in the preparation of any such articles and does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, suitability or correctness of any of the information presented by individual authors in the articles. In no circumstances will NEX Exchange, or any of its affiliates, directors, officers, employees or agents, be liable for any indirect or direct loss, or consequential loss or damages including without limitation, loss of business or profits arising from the use of, any inability to use, or any inaccuracy in the Information or views contained in the articlesAny opinions expressed in the articles are subject to change without notice and are not to be relied upon as investment advice, which should be sought from your independent advisers. NEX Exchange is under no obligation to update or keep current the information contained in the articles.

Please refer to the NEX Terms of Use for further information