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Fri, 26th Aug 2016
Voted as one of The Huffington Post’s Top Ten travel apps – Pearlshare is gaining popularity...
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Fri, 26th Aug 2016
Voted as one of The Huffington Post’s Top Ten travel apps – Pearlshare is gaining popularity among both subscribers and angel investors alike. The mobile and web-based platform for building and sharing personalised travel guides has secured funding of £1mln, and as Chairman Michael Liebreich explains the business evolved from his own predicament which was a lack of information when researching the best places to visit. Pearlshare offers a platform for amateur and professional travel writers, bloggers, enthusiasts, tourists and the curious who share the unusual, the quirky, and the pockets of paradise that even the fastidious Lonely Planet Guide editors missed on their expeditions. Liebreich’s mission is to eradicate the fake reviews which had plagued other travel recommendation sites. But essentially it is about becoming a key player in the information sharing economy and be the best place to go if you are seeking the best hipster grooming salons and places where the more elusive Pokemons hang out.
Pearlshare travel guide app targets millions of users after raising £1mln
Fri, 26th Aug 2016
Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd (LON:GKP), was loved and loathed in equal measure by shareholders who favoured the stock due to its exposure to northern Iraq - touted as one of the last great onshore ‘easy oil’ deposits. At the same time it was scorned by investors due to its accumulating debt now totalling US$100mln, the aggravation in the boardroom, the lack of corporate governance and eye watering executive pay. Yet DNO’s US$300mln cash and shares bid for the UK group may not be a dead cert according to Sam Wahab, Cantor Fitzgerald Europe's director of oil and gas equity research. The success of the company and the investment opportunity relies on the fortunes of the political landscape in Kurdistan. Wahab agrees that from a geological level there is ‘easy oil.’ The cost of drilling and producing, says Wahab is “very low and the ease of doing business on the ground is good.” What isn’t easy is procuring regular payments from the Kurdish regional government which is releasing monthly tranches of US$12mln on an intermittent basis, and until that is sorted “it’s not looking particularly commercial at this stage.” Politics aside the oil continues to flow. 40,000 barrels of oil are produced a day and Wahab calculates this could increase to 55,000 a day in short order. The Exploration and Production sector isn’t just the headline news domain of Gulf Keystone. It is also shared by debt laden Xcite Energy (LON:XEL). Wahab says the next six weeks is critical for the company. No cash flows are arising as the company looks to refinance with the market waiting for news on a potential debt for equity swap. One of the success stories of AIM-listed E&P companies is Sound Energy which is one of Cantor’s top picks. And in response to who the likely winners in the next cycle will be, and who might thrive in this 'lower for longer' oil market, Wahab advocates the companies with strong balance sheets, cash flow visibility and a funded drilling programme which include SDX Energy Inc (CVE:SDX, LON:SDX), Amerisur Resources (LON:AMER).
Gulf Keystone sale not guaranteed – Cantor’s Wahab
Fri, 26th Aug 2016
When pushed to answer the question of whether the Cobre project in New Mexico or the tin and tungsten prospect is the more favoured by the MD of Strategic Minerals PLC (LON: SML), John Peters is torn. Describing the magnetite tailings operation at Cobre, Peters reveals that business with a major new larger client has “the potential to almost double our sales volumes. On a marginal revenue basis we’re going to be significantly up.” Cobre as the first son is always ‘beloved‘ says Peters. “We don’t need to go out to raise to meet our overheads. We’ve got an ongoing cash flow and what looks now a good chance to possibly push into our maiden profit in this year.” In terms of the Redmoor tin and tungsten project in Cornwall, the boss says “We’re looking to start that drilling programme in 2017, so we’ll expand the resource and reconfirm some of the higher grades.” And here’s the cliff hanger and one which might see Peters’ favoured son demoted “the real upside could be had with Redmoor.”
This year may mark maiden profit  for Strategic Minerals PLC
Fri, 26th Aug 2016
The negative reaction the UK’s decision to leave the EU was “wrong” according to analyst and market commentator Zak Mir. Mir, founder of@ZaksTradersCafe, expects Brexit to actually have a positive effect on the UK and its economy over the longer term. “There was a wrong reaction [to Brexit] in the sense that I think leaving the EU will be, over the longer term, a positive for the UK,” Mir tells Proactive. “There’s less red tape, there’s less bureaucracy and less tax – if Prime Minister May can control not raising taxes.” Mir adds that, like most of Proactive’s audience, he’s always on the lookout for the “next big thing” amongst the small caps, and he’s got his eyes on a couple of sectors in particular. “I think oil and gas is still very interesting, I think there’s a lot of good plays in there, and of course the mining stocks which have been revived since the turn of the year.”
Negative reaction to Brexit “wrong”, says analyst Zak Mir
Fri, 26th Aug 2016
Fortune Mojapelo, chief executive of Bushveld Minerals Limited (LON:BMN) says this week’s £580,000 share placing will fund ongoing working capital for its value-unlocking tin interests, and the Imaloto coal project in Madagascar. Critically it will assist the Vatmetco vanadium mine and processing plant acquisition which Mojapelo describes as “a major coup, and the manner in which it has been amended is very positive and assists with making it even more fundable.” The aim is to complete the transaction “in the near future,” and allay any concerns investors may have had about another share placing. Mojapelo emphasises the Vatmetco purchase is “a very critical transaction for us …which we believe will make a big difference for our shareholders.” The near term strategy for Bushveld Minerals is to be recognised as not “just another exploration company,” but “a very significant producing integrated vanadium platform with the significant position in the global market.”
Game changing Bushveld transaction closer to completion after share sale
Thu, 25th Aug 2016
OptiBiotix Health PLC (LON:OPTI) chief executive Stephen O’Hara tells Proactive that he has been impressed with the progress made by the company, and doesn’t expect it stop there. “[In the last two years] the share price has gone from 8p to 80-odd pence…so a lot of progress in a short period of time using very little funds, but I think there’s a lot more to come,” O’Hara says. He also sets out his goals for the future and expects to be busy in the coming months. “Our focus [is to] increase our IP, develop our science into products and to deliver more commercial deals,” O’Hara says. O’Hara adds that OptiBiotix plans to separate the four divisions of the business into their own legal entities with separate listings, something he hopes will help realise the true value of the company.
‘A lot more to come’ from OptiBiotix, says chief
Thu, 25th Aug 2016
Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale Graphene Industries PLC (LON:HAYD) expects Thailand–based ink and composites group Innophene to "perform very well, very quickly." Gibbs says the acquisition has added another piece to Haydale's portfolio in a country that the CEO describes as a "fast and moving vibrant area in Asia." Haydale, according to Gibbs, is morphing itself into the sales and marketing side of the organisation and the Innophene purchase, while located in South East Asia, will help Haydale's business elsewhere.
Thai acquisition to be earnings enhancing 'pretty quickly' - Haydale CEO
Thu, 25th Aug 2016
Instem PLC (LON:INS) chief executive Phil Reason tells Proactive Investors that the company wants to “dominate” niche markets after it announced a solid first six months of trading in 2016. “We think we can do as we do in many other areas of our business and be a market leader in a particular niche,” Reason says. “We have some particular areas where we think we can dominate some of those niches.” Reason adds that the biotech industry, the company’s main market, has been “buoyant” for the last couple of years and he expects it to remain that way for the foreseeable future. “The contact research organisations that make up a lot of our client base today, their facilities are generally full as they conduct probably the largest numbers of studies they’ve ever enjoyed.”
Instem wants to “dominate” niche markets, says CEO
Thu, 25th Aug 2016
Anglo Pacific Group PLC (LON:APF, TSX:APY) chief executive Julian Treger says the company continues to progress well after reporting a “solid” performance in the first six months of 2016. “We have said that we were turning the corner and I think the first half of the year shows continued progress,” Treger tells Proactive. “Overall, it was a very solid first half of the year.” The EU referendum result also had a positive impact on the company’s results, with Treger telling Proactive: “Because of Brexit the net asset value went up and net debt didn’t rise as much as we had expected.” Treger also says that the company knows which commodities it wants to gain exposure to, adding that the continued share price rise is helping to create more opportunities for Anglo.
Anglo Pacific boss hails “solid” first half
Wed, 24th Aug 2016
Peter Dasler, president of CanAlaska Uranium Ltd (CVE:CVV) told Proactive that a De Beers’s exploration team is preparing to start drilling Kimberlite targets at the West Athabasca diamond project in September. ''At the same time, we have Cameco drilling on our Uranium projects'', he said. Peter Dasler said there's certainly a lot happening and the stock has moved on the expectation of good drill results and other events over the winter. He added: ''The diamond story is absolutely fascinating. 75 very large targets in Western Athabasca. The airborne surveys have been done over the last month, De Beers are very happy with what they've seen and are sending in a drill rig within the next couple of weeks''.
'A good three months for CanAlaska', says chief Peter Dasler
Wed, 24th Aug 2016
Vast Resources PLC’s (LON:VAST) chief executive Roy Pitchford says he is very pleased with the performance of the company Pickstone-Peerless gold mine in Zimbabwe. “[We’re] very pleased indeed…the mine is performing very well,” Pitchford tells Proactive. “Originally we were expecting up to 900oz a month in production, and the last three or four months we’ve done 1,600oz.” The price of gold has gained more than 20% in 2016 so far, and Pitchford expects that trend to continue for some time yet. “I see it [the price of gold] going up. The main reason being the uncertainty in the world economy and with its ‘safe-haven’ status, I think the gold price is going to be fairly robust going forward.” Pitchford also discusses the recent announcement that the company was looking to appoint a ‘big city name’ to its board as a non-director.
Vast Resources CEO “very pleased” with Pickstone-Peerless gold mine
Wed, 24th Aug 2016
Following the release of SDX Energy Inc's (LON:SDX, CVE:SDX) interim results, chief executive Paul Welch told Proactive the group is in a stronger financial position and activities on the ground in Egypt promise to see higher volumes in the future. Production averaged 1,170 barrels per day for the oil operations and the equivalent of 136 barrels from gas and liquids. Following the group's listing on AIM in May, Welch said the US$11mln raised has gone to two areas: the exploration asset in South Disouq and a workover program in Meseda. ''Our main objectives in the next 3-6 months is to complete the interpretation of South Disouq and to grow our production levels'', he said.
SDX chief upbeat about future after steady first half results