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Aquis Stock Exchange Weekly Highlights 21/7/23



July 21, 2023

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SulNOx Group PLC announced that marine services company Teekay Corporation have agreed to pilot SulNOxEco Fuel Conditioner, developed by SulNOx Group PLC, supported by Forecast Technology Limited.
Jimmy Redman, inventor of the SulNOxEco Fuel Conditioner and co-founder of SulNOx Group PLC stated, "Teekay are a forward-thinking, established and globally recognised shipping company and we are pleased they have agreed to work with SulNOx as part of their sustainability drive. SulNOxEco Fuel Conditioner provides a much-needed immediate solution to the shipping sector to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and pollution from widely-used hydrocarbon liquid fuels, and our key benefits are supported by numerous verifications and tests by independent bodies and academia, case studies and testimonials.” Read more…
Quantum Exponential Group plc announced its audited final results for the year ended 30 April 2023.
  • Excellent progress made during the year and our status as a leading UK expert and pure-play quantum technology investor is growing.
  • Portfolio currently at 7 investments; added Universal Quantum, QLM Technology and Oxford Quantum Circuits during the period and Delta g post period end.
  • Continually working to raise profile among industry bodies and academic organisations, including partnerships such as with the Institute of Physics sponsoring the Quantum Business Innovation and Growth Group Award.
  • Increasing government support for the sector evidenced by the UK Government's publication in March 2023 of its 10-year £2.5 billion National Quantum Strategy.
  • Continuing to provide investors, who would otherwise not be able to do so, with exposure to early-stage investment in quantum-driven businesses.
Commenting on the results, CEO of Quantum Exponential Group, Steve Metcalfe said:
"The year under review has been one of significant progress for Quantum Exponential as we continue our journey to provide investors, who would otherwise not be able to do so, with exposure to early-stage investment in quantum-driven businesses. We find ourselves at an opportune moment to take advantage of the sector's growth, particularly with the support Quantum Technology is experiencing from the UK Government and beyond, which is testament to the company being in the right place at the right time to build an exciting portfolio of investee companies that we expect will increase shareholder value over time.” Read more…
All Things Considered Group plc announced that, further to its announcement dated 28 June 2023 it has completed the acquisition of a 60 per cent. holding in Sandbag Limited ("Sandbag"). Adam Driscoll, Chief Executive of ATC, said: "We are delighted with the support shown from shareholders and we are now able to confirm our acquisition of a majority holding in Sandbag. We see great potential to accelerate our growth opportunity with the addition of Sandbag's merchandise expertise. This is a highly complementary addition to our comprehensive range of artist services and it enables us to continue to build a direct to consumer offering. We welcome our new colleagues to the ATC family and look forward to the future as a combined Group." Read more…
Oberon Investments Group plc announced that it has exchanged contracts with Nexus Central Management Services Limited to acquire Nexus Investment Management Limited, the manager of the Nexus Investments Evergreen EIS Scale-Up Fund ['Nexus EIS Fund']. The purchase is subject to FCA approval. The acquisition will be funded through the issue of 7.5m new ordinary shares in Oberon. The acquisition will contribute a profit before tax after management expenses and admin expenses and Oberon is focused on providing a seamless transfer of investment management services to investors in the Nexus EIS Fund. Read more…
Chapel Down Group PLC provided an update on the 2023 H1 performance for the period ended 30th June 2023.
Financial highlights:
  • Continued sales growth momentum with H1 net sales revenue ("NSR") growth of 21% to £8.37m (2022 H1: £6.94m).
  • Total wine volumes increased 6% to 732k with traditional method sparkling volumes up +32% to 428k.
  • Volume growth has been amplified by Average Sales Price growth of 16%, driven partly by a stronger mix of traditional method sparkling and partly by realised unit price increases.
  • NSR growth across all trade channels including Off-Trade sales up 25%, On-Trade net sales grew by 20%, and launch into Duty Free airports including London Heathrow and Gatwick, contributing to the 90% growth in Export business.
  • Direct to Consumer sales growth of 4%
  • Net cash on 30th June was £1.1m (31 December 2022: £3.3m) after the completion of 118 acres of planting at Boarley.
Operational highlights:
  • Growing conditions in 2023 have so far been positive and the vines are developing ahead of seasonal averages. No damage from frost was incurred, and the weather during the key period of flowering was favourable.
  • The newest vineyard plantings have been completed at Boarley on the Kent Downs which has added 118 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  • The new Chapel Down brand identity was launched in May.
  • Growth in Chapel Down brand awareness from 29% to 37% of all sparkling wine drinkers in the UK and brand penetration increased from 11% to 14% of households (Source: BrandVue).
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