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St Modwen Properties weak after Swansea student accommodation flogged to UPP

St Modwen Properties (LON:SMP) was lower late morning after news the property developer has sold its interest in purpose-built student accommodation building at Swansea University Bay Campus, shedding 2% to 448p.

The 411-bedroom accommodation was sold to University Partnerships Programme for £38mln.

In February 2018, the FTSE 250 property developer also sold its 45-year leasehold interest in a student accommodation totalling 2,005 rooms at Swansea University Bay Campus to UPP for £87.3mln.

Over in the world of retail, Ted Baker plc (LON:TED) went out of fashion, down 9% at 363p following news it has hired an independent law firm after the retailers new finance chief flagged a multi-million-pound error in its accounts.

The value of inventory held on the clothing companys balance sheet has been overstated by £20-25mln, the FTSE 250 group said out of the blue on Monday, roughly 10% of the total amount.

As well as hiring "magic circle" lawyers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, outside accountants are being retained to launch a comprehensive review of the fashion retailers numbers after new chief financial officer Rachel Osborne discovered the black hole.

In online shopping, Ocado Group PLC (LON:OCDO) failed to deliver, with shares dropping 7% to 1,235p after the company reported lower fourth-period revenues than expected, and announced a £500mln convertible bond issue to fund recent expansion plans.

To help pay for the roll-out of robot-operated warehouses for its overseas clients and for general corporate purposes, the online grocery group is issuing bonds due in 2025 with a coupon of between 0.75% to 1.25% and a conversion premium of 40% to 45%.

10.45am: Simigon's the one

Simigon Limiteds shares soared 16.13% to 9p after it won a contract to develop maintenance training for the Israeli Air Force.

The company said it raked in US$1.8mln from a contract from a “large international defence electronics company” to design, develop and implement a virtual maintenance training solution for the Israeli Air Force technician training academy.

Simigon said this contract “further solidifies Simigon technologies as the IAF's primary training technology platform for aircrew academy members”, along with others of its ground based training systems already used by the IAF.

Elsewhere, high grade intercepts in the ongoing drilling campaign at Greatland Gold PLCs (LON:GGP) Havieron project caused shares to rocket 14% to 1.8p.

The explorer said that the latest results showed 107 metres grading 2.2 grams per tonne gold, including 21 metres at 10 grams per tonne gold.

"These outstanding results significantly extend the known limits of high-grade mineralisation, particularly to the north,” said Gervaise Heddle, chief executive of Greatland.

Another natural resources group, Kazera Global PLC (LON:KZG), saw shares rise 11% to 0.53p after completing a maiden JORC resource estimate for the White City pegmatite as part of the ongoing exploration programme at the Namibia Tantalite Investment Mine (NTI).

The White City resource rings in at 297,000 tonnes of tantalite in the inferred category, at an average grade of 105 parts per million (ppm).

It takes the total resource across White City, Purple Haze and Homestead up to 622,200 tonnes of lithium and tantalite.

9am: Pelatro issues sales warning

Pelatro PLC (LON:PTRO) took a 7.5% dive to 37p in early trade after the telecoms marketing company said it expects to miss revenue expectations because of the timing of its contracts.

“The overall pipeline remains strong and while sales cycles have extended somewhat and conversion slowed, opportunities have not been lost, rather they have been shifted into the coming financial year,” Pelatro said.

The group pointed out that its sales should now come in at not less than US$6.5mln, with US$6.3mln booked to date.

Elsewhere, a placing cut into Creo Medical Groups (LON:CREO) shares, dropping 7.6% to 182.5p.

In a statement on Monday, the surgical devices company announced a conditional fundraise of £43mln at an issue price of 180p per share, a discount to Fridays closing price.

The company also said it was planning an open offer to raise up to £6.6mln, allowing it to “fully capitalise on the growing opportunity that endoscopic surgery offers and will help to accelerate the commercial roll-out of our wider suite of patented electrosurgical devices powered by the CROMA advanced energy platform”.

In the world of financial software, TechFinancials Inc (LON:TECH) shares dropped 60% to 1.3p, after saying it planned to delist its shares from AIM to cut costs.

The trading platform explained it would axe its 51% owned business-to-consumer subsidiary DragonFinancials after taking a hit from an “increasingly challenging regulatory and business environment” which began last year.

The company said it would keep its NEX-listing, calling it “a more appropriate market given TechFinancials' currently reduced size following the closure of DragonFinancials”.

Proactive news headlines:

Greatland Gold PLC (LON:GGP) said the ongoing drilling campaign being conducted by Australian gold major Newcrest on its Havieron project continues to return long and high grade intercepts. The latest highlight show 107 metres grading 2.2 grams per tonne gold, including 21 metres at 10 grams per tonne gold. Newcrest has now completed stage one of its farm-in agreement with Greatland, and has done so in double-quick time.

Kazera Global PLC (LON:KZG) has completed a maiden JORC resource estimate for the White City pegmatite as part of the ongoing exploration programme at the Namibia Tantalite Investment Mine. The White City resource rings in at 297,000 tonnes of tantalite in the inferred category, at an average grade of 105 parts per million (ppm). It takes the total resource across White City, Purple Haze and Homestead up to 622,200 tonnes of lithium and tantalite.

Echo Energy PLC (LON:ECHO) has revealed plans to start drilling activities on its Santa Cruz Sur assets, following on immediately after the present programme at the Tapi Aike project. The AIM-quoted explorer is moving quickly with Santa Cruz Sur, having acquired the asset only last month.

Kvango Resources PLC (LON:KAV) has reported further indications that its Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) project in Botswana has similar geology to other massive sulphide orebodies elsewhere. Drilling at KSZ has identified what seem to be multiple magma conduits, which would have supplied molten lava to the surface 180mln years ago. The final hole in its attest programme intersected a 16m gabbroic sill at 120 metres from surface, with signs of intensive alteration by heat.

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LON:BMY) shares bounced on Monday as it signed a joint venture (JV) agreement that will expand its business into the Chinese market. The media house, best known for publishing the Harry Potter franchise, will own 50% of the new JV with state-backed publisher China Youth Publishing Group (CYPG), while the Chinese firm will own 30% directly and 20% through its subsidiary, Roaring Lion Media (RLM).

IXICO PLC (LON:IXI) said it is delivering three poster presentations at a California conference on Alzheimers disease. The AI data analytics group, which specialises in aiding neuroscience clinical drug development, will showcase its work in classifying sufferers of the disease. It will also outline advances in measuring brain volume change and the work it has done using diffusion MRI analysis to assess the degenerative condition.

Corero Network Security PLC (LON:CNS) has secured contracts with two new customers for its SmartWall DDoS Protection as a Service (DDPaaS) solution, as well as an expansion contract with an existing client, worth a total of US$1.1mln over a period of three years. In a statement, the AIM-listed company said one of the new customers – a US-based hosting and cloud services provider – was introduced to it following “a recent partnership with a leadingRead More – Source

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