Ashmore dips after posting lower assets under management figures

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Ashmore PLC (LON:ASHM) dipped 2% to 409.1p in the afternoon after assets under management fell by US$3.1bn to US$89.9bn in the quarter to March.


The investment manager said inflows into its equity funds helped reduce the impact of a tough period for debt and fixed income products in the period, its third quarter.


Globally, fixed income markets fell while equity markets was higher, reflecting successful vaccination programmes in many countries and a repricing of inflation expectations, so the absolute performance was negative in the fixed income investment themes and positive in equities.


1.20pm: Caspian Sunrise jumps after Kazakhstan oil price nearly doubles in a year


Caspian Sunrise PLC (LON:CASP) edged 8% higher to 2.575p in the early afternoon after announcing that the price oil sold to the domestic market from its flagship BNG Contract Area has been increased to US$12.4 per barrel.


While this still lags far behind the international price, it is double the price received for the past year, so the Kazakhstan-focused oiler expects a significant boost to its finances.


“This news is very welcome and we hope it marks the beginning of the closing of the gap between international and domestic prices to levels seen before COVID-19,” said non-executive chairman Clive Carver.


12.20pm: Galantas Gold motors higher after underground development yields results


Galantas Gold Corp (LON:GAL) motored 7% higher to 18.8p at midday after posting favourable results from the restart of underground development at its mining operation in Northern Ireland.


The company resumed underground blasting in March and, as expected, the development of the Kearney vein has produced a feed of higher gold grade ore for processing.


Interim production, during the blasting hiatus, was fed by lower grade material which in January and February measured 1.8 grams per tonne (g/t) gold and 1.1 g/t respectively.


11.20am: Iconic Labs soars after EHGOF withdraws claims


Iconic Labs PLC (LON:ICON) soared 57% to 0.012p in the late morning after the European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund (EHGOF) has withdrawn its claims against the company.


EHGOF fulfilled the conditions agreed in a settlement between the two.


The fund has also indicated its willingness to enter into discussions regarding a finance facility of up to GBP50mln to support the company’s growth plans, said the statement.


10am: Kainos Group drops despite upbeat update


Kainos Group plc (LON:KNOS) shed 5% to 1,615p in mid-morning despite announcing that full-year results will come in at the upper end of current market consensus forecasts.


The IT provider said demand from existing and new customers has continued to be robust, despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.


It also recruited 309 new employees and contractors so its head count was 2,024 staff by the end of March.


Elsewhere, Grafton Group PLC (LON:GFTU) dipped 2% to 1,081p after revealing it appointed advisor Rothschild & Co to undertake a review of some of its traditional merchanting businesses in the UK.


The building materials distributor and DIY retailer said it may result in the sale of some or all of these subsidiaries.


The review will focus on Buildbase, Civils & Lintels, PDM Buildbase, The Timber Group, Bathroom Distribution Group and NDI businesses.


8.45am: Infrastrata moves higher after GBP26mln contract with Saipem


Infrastrata PLC (LON:INFA) was an early riser on Friday, climbing 16% to 49.5p on the back of a new GBP26mln contract by Italian oilfield services provider Saipem.


The AIM-listed infrastructure company will build and load-out of eight wind turbine generator jacket foundations for the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm project, located in Scotland and owned by EDF Renewables and ESB Energy.


“I believe that this contract paves the way for the execution and delivery of future fabrication contracts, a significant number of which are currently in advanced negotiations,” said chief executive John Wood.


Talking about agreements, ANGLE PLC (LON:AGL) rose 9% to 90.5p after securing its first large-scale pharma services contract for cancer cell collection system Parsortix.


The customer, which was unnamed but said to be a pharma company with several cancer drugs under development and annual revenues of more than US$1bn, will use Parsortix in three separate global clinical trials.


The contract is worth up to US$1.2mln over 18 months and covers work on a large Phase III prostate cancer study and two smaller Phase I studies.


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AFC Energy PLC (LON:AFC) is to deepen its relationship with ABB Schweiz AG, the provider of electric vehicle charge points, electrification and digitalisation technologies. As part of a GBP33.5mln fundraising by AFC, ABB will invest GBP3.25mln in AFC and the two will work together on integrating AFC’s alkaline fuel cell technology into ABB’s data centres offering.


NFT Investments PLC (LON:NFT) has made a strong start to life as a listed company as its shares began trading on the Aquis Exchange’s AQSE Growth Market on Friday morning.


Zoetic International PLC (LON:ZOE) said it is “particularly enthusiastic” about the launch of Chill-brand CBD smokes in the UK amid a “busy and exciting time” for the company.


Powerhouse Energy Group PLC (LON:PHE) said James Greenstreet will retire as a director on July 7 and that it intends to appoint another non-executive director in due course. “We are very grateful to James who has completed a decade of great service to Powerhouse during which the company has made enormous progress. We wish him every success in the future with his other activities”, executive chairman Tim Yeo said in a statement.


Love Hemp Group PLC (LON:LIFE) (OTCQB:WRHLF) said non-executive independent director Charles Lamb will be stepping down from the company to focus on other business interests. “Charles has made a significant contribution to the Company over a period of successful growth and refocussing. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank him for all his efforts and support and wish him the best with future endeavours. As we move towards a listing on the [LSE] Main Market, we will be looking to strengthen our board with those who are able to provide experience and guidance to support our future growth”, Love Hemp chairman Andrew Male said in a statement.


ANGLE PLC (LON:AGL) has secured its first large-scale pharma services contract for cancer cell collection system Parsortix.


Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) said its CEO Paul Johnson purchased on market 500,000 ordinary shares at a price of 2.39p each through his Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP), GBP11,957 invested in total.


Great Western Mining Corporation PLC (LON:GWMO) said drilling has now commenced at the Olympic Gold Project in Mineral County Nevada.

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