Avingtrans raises profit expectations for the year just ended

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11.00am: Avingtrans raises guidance


Engineering company Avingtrans PLC (LON:AVG) moved up a gear after a trading update, advancing 10% to 250p.


The company said that when the numbers are all totted up, turnover, operating profit and profit before tax for the year to the end of May will be ahead of market expectations.


The group expected to report turnover some 8% ahead of market expectations at around GBP104mln while headline profit before tax is expected to clock in at GBP5.2mln or thereabouts, some 21% ahead of the consensus market forecast.


The group is also doing better than expected in terms of debt reduction, with the net debt position at the end of May standing at around GBP1.9mln.


10.05am: Creightons scrubs up well


The recent share price surge of Creightons PLC (LON:CRL) continued with a 7.1% rise to 37.5p following the beauty products firm’s full-year results.


Profit before tax in the year to the end of March jumped to GBP2.87mln from GBP1.61mln the year before on revenue that increased by 26.4% to GBP44.0mln from GBP34.8mln the previous year.


The final dividend was hiked to 0.4p from 0.23p.


9.30am: Unpalatable update from pallets provider RM2; RPS downed by tough trading down-under


Pallet maker RM2 International SA (LON:RM2) fell out of bed with a crash in early trade on Tuesday, plunging 75% to 7p, after a bleak update on its finances.


The company is still in discussions with potential leaders for a vitally needed cash injection and warned shareholders it would not be able to publish its 2018 results until it had received funding.


RM2 said it is unlikely this would happen by the end of June deadline, as a result of which trading in the shares on AIM would be suspended.


The company’s cash balance at the end of May 2019 was US$3.3mln and it is currently burning through around US$2.3mln a month.


Shareholders in RPS Group PLC (LON:RPS) were blind-sided by a profit warning that sent the consultancy group’s shares plummeting 42% to 97.4p.


The company said recent trading conditions in RPS’s Australia Asia Pacific segment are expected to have an adverse impact on the group’s 2019 results.


As a result, the group’s results will be materially below management and market expectations.


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Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (LON:FARN) is mulling its next steps after receiving interim results from the INFORAAA trial of its interferon-beta drug Traumakine.


Sareum Holdings PLC (LON:SAR) has raised GBP681,000 which it will use to advance its TYK2/JAK1 inhibitor programme towards human trials. The drug developer sold 170.37mln new shares at 0.4p as part of the fundraising, which was carried out on the online investment platform, PrimaryBid.


ImmuPharma PLC (LON:IMM) has raised around GBP2.66mln from a subscription agreement with institutional investor, Lanstead Capital, together with a related sharing agreement. The AIM-listed specialist drug discovery and development company said Lanstead is subscribing for 26,565,200 new ordinary shares at an issue price of 10p each.


IQ-AI Limited (LON:IQAI) announced that, following strong demand from existing and new shareholders, it has raised GBP250,000 through the placing of 7,142,857 new ordinary share at a price of 3.5p each. The group said the funds will be used to accelerate the development of our current Imaging Biometrics Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects, including Stone Checker, in response to rapidly growing interest in these technologies by medical practitioners.


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Impax Environmental Markets PLC (LON:IEM) said it had sold 200,000 ordinary shares from treasury at a price of 306p each, representing a premium to the prevailing net asset value.


Kore Potash PLC (LON:KP2) said it will provide remote access to the company’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 9.30am on 28 June 2019, via a dial-in facility and a webcast.

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