PLC’s () solid interims were overshadowed by a warning on full-year profits.
The drug delivery specialist said delays in the expected approval date of US drugs giant Mylan’s Wixela will hit full-year profits.
Mylan had been building inventory ahead of the potential launch and the US firm’s demand for Consort’s devices is now anticipated to reduce in the near-term due to the delay in the programme.
The net result is that the board of Consort expects profit before tax for the current financial year to be affected by roughly £3mln.
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Broker RBC Capital Markets responded by cutting its price target to 1,320p from 1,430p, although it stuck with its ‘outperform’ rating. Shares in Consort currently trade at 765p, down 216p on the day.
“Whilst the delay in approval of this programme and near-term anticipated negative impact on our business is disappointing, our view of the peak sales opportunity for the product remains unchanged,” said Jonathan Glenn, the chief executive officer of Consort Medical.
At the risk of sounding like the reporter who asked Mrs Abraham Lincoln what the play was like, half-year results from Consort were respectable, with reported profit before tax rising 28% to £9.6mln from £7.5mln the year before on flat revenues.
Net debt of £95.3mln, versus £95.3mln a year earlier, was in line with expectations and roughly 1.6 times annual underlying earnings (EBITDA).
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10.15am: Tekmar sunk by timing delays
The first set of results for () since it floated in June proved a bit of a disappointment.
The provider of protection systems for sub-sea cable, umbilical and flexible pipes floated at 130p but they’ve long since stopped floating and have been sinking in the last couple of months, falling another 30p to 97.5p today.
Today’s fall followed the revelation in the half-year results of a short-term delay in the award of preferred bidder contracts and a shift in revenue recognition from the first half of the current fiscal year to the second due to delays in customer procurement decisions.
The company said that the delay plus a change in product mix means that full-year profits – or losses if you prefer – will now likely be closer to those achieved in fiscal 2018, although the company expects to return to profitability in fiscal 2020.
“Contracting activity has increased during the period and the group has a record order book of £12.9mln,” noted Alastair MacDonald, the non-executive chairman of Tekmar.
“There has, however, been a delay in the award of higher margin TekLink offshore wind contracts, on which we have preferred bidder status. Our customers have changed lead times from order placement to delivery by up to six months, deferring the signing of contracts by a similar period,” he explained.
“It is important to note that this impact on FY19 profit is purely a timing issue, which will be partially mitigated by profits generated by newly acquired Subsea Innovation,” MacDonald added.
9.15am: bounces back
PLC (), the crypto mining services provider, was one of the top risers early doors after an upbeat trading statement.
The company said sales of its crypto mining subscription packages beat its targets by “a significant margin ahead of schedule” as growth continued to exceed supply and its own expectations.
The annualised revenue run-rate now expected to be US$6.2mln (£4.8mln), up from US$0.26mln when it listed on the London main market in August.
Argo added that its net cash balance amounted to around £15mln as of 30 November.
The Bitcoin bubble may have burst this year but in an echo of the Californian gold rush, where anecdotal evidence has it that the surest way to make money was to sell mining equipment to the prospectors, there is clearly still money to be made in the crypto-currency world.
Argo shares were up 18.4% at 5.625p.
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() made two announcements this morning and while the full-year results were decent for an early-stage company, it is fair to say that it was probably the news about a contract modification that sent the shares 12.8% higher to 26.5p.
The data analytics company, which delivers insights in neuroscience, said the scope of a current contract with a top 10 biopharmaceutical company has been expanded, increasing the value of the contract by US$2.4mln over the remaining six-year term of the agreement to US$5.1mln.
Other Proactive news headlines:
(LON: DISH), the company which operates a yield management platform for restaurants, has announced the appointment of SVS Securities as its joint broker with immediate effect.
discoverIE Group PLC () has hiked its interim dividend after reporting a rise in profits of almost 25% for the first half.
Demand for ’s () regenerative medicines and biomaterials surged in the first half of its current financial year.
Chinese engines giant Weichai Power has confirmed it will take a further 10% stake in Power Holdings PLC () as part of a strategic collaboration agreed in May. The two have also agreed to create fuel cell manufacturing joint venture in China, a licence agreement to transfer key technology to the venture and a new £9mln joint development agreement.
Digital marketing and advertising firm Taptica () was reeling after chief executive Hagai Tal offered to resign last night. Tal was found liable yesterday for certain statements made in relation to the sale of Plimus in 2011, where he was chief executive and a shareholder.
Project management and consultancy group () has repeated its full-year guidance after coming through a “tough” first half relatively unscathed.
Life sciences business () has secured a distributor in Greece and Cyprus for its SlimBiome Medical weight loss device. The AIM-listed company said its partner has an established distribution network in Cyprus, Greece and the Middle East and a track record in taking new products to market direct to pharmacies. The unnamed distribution company is associated with a number of private clinics providing therapies to individuals across the world.
Every hole in the latest drill campaign at ’s () Havieron licence in Western Australia has yielded “significant visible mineralisation”.
PLC () has purchased Jubilee Close, a 44,844 square foot retail in Weymouth.
said it has submitted four new licence applications to augment its existing gold exploration interests in the Victoria region of Australia and is undertaking further work to identify other strategic exploration opportunities. It said three of the applications have been submitted in the Bailieston/Moormbool gold project area to augment existing licences.
The latest well update from () has told investors that ‘top hole’ drilling operations are complete for the Lesedi-3, Lesedi-4 and the ‘optional’ Lesedi- 5 wells. It added that the coal bed methane project is on time and in line with budget.
(LON:DGOC) told investors it has reached an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection regarding the company’s well decommissioning obligations.
() has started a EM survey to search for nickel targets to drill at its Hanns Camp project at Laverton, Western Australia. The ground-based survey follows air core drilling earlier in 2018, which confirmed three valid target areas, Hanns Camp South, Royal North and Royal Central.
Europa Oil & Gas Holdings PLC () chairman Simon Oddie has told investors that the company is pursuing a new venture opportunity in Morocco, to add to the high-potential exploration offshore Ireland and its bogged down English projects.
Solo Oil (), the natural resources investment company focused on acquiring and developing a diverse global non-operated portfolio of strategic oil and gas assets, has announced the appointment of Tom Reynolds as an independent non-executive director. Reynolds is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector, including a range of technical and commercial roles with BP, Total and British Nuclear Fuels.
(), the UK focused onshore hydrocarbon production, development and exploration company has announced the appointment of Frazer Lang as a non-executive director with immediate effect. The group said Frazer is also an executive director of Union Jack’s commercial partner, Humber Oil & Gas Limited, with whom Union Jack established a relationship in March 2018, whereby both parties seek to co-invest in UK onshore hydrocarbon opportunities.