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Fri, 29th Apr 2016
Gert Reider, executive chairman of Falcon Acquisitions Limited (LON:CGH) says the hunt for the...
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Fri, 29th Apr 2016
Gert Reider, executive chairman of Falcon Acquisitions Limited (LON:CGH) says the hunt for the acquisition that will transform it from a shell company to a trading entity is ongoing. It’s on the lookout for its first deal in the over-the-top or OTT space. “We want to invest into existing companies with proven technology and scalability,” says Reider who is searching for the candidate that adds the most value to shareholders. After raising £1.6mln in the January listing and a further £2mln through a placing there’s money in the bank. “Give me a couple of months," says Reider "and I’ll come back with good news for our shareholders.”
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Fri, 29th Apr 2016
Dekel Golan, chief executive of Charaat Gold Holdings Ltd (LON:CGH), says the company aims to become a producer via a starter project which could result in an overall re-rating of the project. The exploration and development company has assets in the Kyrgyz Republic which Golan believes can be put into production: “We’ve completed the feasibility study. We have the mining licence. We’ve acquired the land of the property. We are ready to get to the next step.” It is also Golan’s belief Charaat will eventually be taken over by a mid-sized gold producer, but an acquisition is not contingent on the company becoming a gold producer first.
Charaat Gold focused on pathway to production
Fri, 29th Apr 2016
Paul Atherley, chief executive of Berkeley Energia Ltd (LON:BKY) reflects on a milestone quarter, ended March 31, in which it transitioned the Salamanca project, in Spain, into the development phase. It comes after a decade of exploration and feasibility work expected to outline Salamanca as one of the world’s lowest cost uranium mines. Speaking to Proactive Investors, he says the company has seen “very strong interest in the assets from financiers and strategic partners,” adding that the process for finding a partner is “clearly underway”.
Berkeley Energia chief seeing a lot of interest in Salamanca project
Fri, 29th Apr 2016
It’s been a busy week for Africa-focused agriculture and timber company Obtala Resources PLC (LON:OBT) as non-executive director Miles Pelham has been elevated to the position of non-executive chairman. The firm also released a broad strategic plan to grow the Africa-based agriculture, forestry and retail group, and agreed to terms for a full settlement of US$900,000 from Basic Materials Limited. New chairman Pelham tells Proactive the company has had to “adapt and move with the times” meaning it is now “strongly focused on forestry and agriculture, which we feel is a very promising sector to be in”. Francesco Scolaro has stepped down as executive chairman, and Pelham says his key aim is to expand revenue, by “scaling up a forestry business that is currently producing 5% of its potential to 50% potential to 80%”.
New Obtala chair focused on scaling up forestry business
Fri, 29th Apr 2016
Gold miner Petropavlovsk (LON:POG) has had a busy week, entering into an agreement with Russia's Alliance Mining Group and Lexor Group to acquire Amur Zoloto, an established gold company that has production and development assets in the Khabarovsk region in the far east area of Russia. Meanwhile, it has also completed a joint venture with GMD Gold to finance the completion of the construction and commissioning of Petropavlovsk's pressure oxidation (POX) hub project at the Pokrovskiy mine in the Amur region of the Russian Federation. Peter Hambro, chairman, tells Proactive Investors it is a “remarkable deal” because it unlocks the potential 4.5mln ounces of gold in the Amur region of the Russian Federation. On the Amur Zoloto deal, he says that shareholders have been calling for the company to “bulk up” and the latest deal gives Petropavlovsk “very good quality reserves, very high grade in a highly prospective place”.
Petropavlovsk’s Hambro on “remarkable” GMD Gold JV
Thu, 28th Apr 2016
Philip O’Quigley, chief executive of Falcon Oil and Gas Ltd (LON:FOG), says the next 12 months are worry-free for the energy company. When asked about potential bottlenecks the CEO said: “We’re not using our own cash to do anything. We don’t have any debt. We don’t have any production so we’re not worried about the current price of oil. The drilling programme in Australia is all signed up and ready to go and most of the approvals and processes are already underway.” O’Quigley describes the recent technical assessment on its Australian shale discovery as “ticking all those wonderful boxes as to say yes this has the great potential of an unconventional play. All the preliminary indicators from a technical asset are really, really good.”
A worry-free 12 months for Falcon Oil and Gas
Thu, 28th Apr 2016
Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR), the world’s leading supplier of radiotherapy systems for cancer clinics, reported a solid period of growth for its oncology systems business in its latest quarterly results. The company designs and manufactures oncology systems, X-ray products and equipment and software products for treating cancer with radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and brachytherapy. Neil Madle, director of international investor relations, tells Proactive the company operates globally as the market leader in most of the markets around the world, with “about 55% market share in radiation therapy”. He adds that it is a profitable, “well-run” company that’s mission is to help save lives around the world.
Varian’s mission is to help save lives around the world, says director
Thu, 28th Apr 2016
Ashley Highfield, chief executive at Johnston Press PLC (LON:JPR), one of the largest local and regional multimedia organisations in the UK, talks to Proactive Investors about the reasons behind the acquisition of the 'i' newspaper from the owner of the Independent group, the Lebedev family. Highfield believes the i offers “a significant growth opportunity” and has plans to develop the publication further by expanding into new markets. Despite the tough market conditions and the industry's shift to the digital model, Highfield is confident the group's emphasis on quality will help it weather the storm - and grow further in the future.
'i' acquisition is
Thu, 28th Apr 2016
Robert Walsh, managing partner at QVentures, a high-end angel investor platform for 300 early-stage companies, talks to Proactive Investors about the typical 'angel' on the platform and the due diligence process to select companies. The companies on the platform are mostly from the UK but QVentures has plans to expand further abroad. QVentures aims to become the go-to network for any company wishing to raise £5mln globally.
Angel investor platform QVentures on expansion plans
Thu, 28th Apr 2016
Richard MacDonald, President and chief executive of Axios Mobile Assets Corporation (CVE:AXA) comments on the news that the company has become the first pallet pooler with Safe Quality Food certification in the sanitation and hygiene services category. The company produces lightweight composite pallets, made of a proprietary US Food and Drug Administration compliant compound. They are currently being used by six large egg producers to transport goods to distribution centres for large retailers, and MacDonald says the pallets are “another added arrow in the quiver of biosecurity for our clients”. The pallets are sanitized on site at its facility in Ohio and although this means the upfront costs are more than traditional wood, MacDonald tells Proactive that the initial upfront costs are covered by the money saved on repairs, meaning its margins “aren't really affected”.
Axios Mobile Assets pallets “an arrow in the quiver of biosecurity” says CEO
Wed, 27th Apr 2016
Green Dragon Gas Ltd’s (LON:GDG) chairman, Randeep Grewal, believes the Coal Bed Methane producer has turned a corner after reporting the first profit in the company’s history. Speaking to Proactive, Grewal says that Green Dragon is “clearly turning from the investment cycle onto the profit cycle, so [the company] has turned a corner in terms of…profitability”. He also expects this profit will be sustained over the coming years, stating that “this is the beginning of…long cycles of profitability and we look forward to that”.
Green Dragon Gas chairman: Maiden profit is just the beginning
Wed, 27th Apr 2016
Rose Petroleum PLC (LON:ROSE) has moved to substantially de-risk the business following a strategic review of its portfolio of assets in Utah including the termination of its earn-in agreement governing ownership of its Mancos acreage, and agreeing to hand back the Cisco Dome field, wells, pipelines, gas tap, gas plant and all the equipment to Rockies Standard Oil Company. Chris Eadie, chief financial officer, tells Proactive Investors “we felt, with oil price in the range that it is now and against the backdrop of a very large portfolio with high land costs etc that it was sensible to right-size that acreage portfolio and focus on the most prospective acreage in order to make sure we can see ourselves through the current market conditions and be well positioned for the recovery when it comes. “We have to have a portfolio that we can not only fund in the current market but also which offers shareholders and all stakeholders a chance to see real value in the future,” he says. He also notes the company has “reduced costs, reduced liabilities and managed to hold on to the key part of our portfolio” adding that there is still “a number of other exciting options in the group which will hopefully realise value in the near future”.
Rose Petroleum looking at a number of exciting opportunities, says CFO