7 Small-cap stocks on the Rise – AO1, BPP, FIG, TZN, VRC,ASL and DRO

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ASSETOWL LIMITED (ASX: AO1) – The company saw a revenue change from HK $89.213 million in year ending 2016 to HK $94.555 in the year ending 2017. For the same period, profit for the year declined from HK $6.745 million to HK $1.349 million which is a substantial loss, resulting into a decline in earnings per share (EPS) from $0.67 to $0.19. As at December 31, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.28 million with zero debt facility which reflects healthy balance sheet. The stock was last trading flat at a market price of $0.040 and is trading near its 52-week low as at September 4, 2018. It has undergone a performance change of -81.44% over the past 12 months. The market cap of the company is $2.59 million and can be classified under micro-cap category.

BABYLON PUMP & POWER LIMITED (ASX: BPP) – To support power generation rental contract, $1.5 million asset finance facility is secured. The revenue for the period ending 12 months as at June 30, 2018 is $1.63 million. However, the company faced a loss of $1.122 million because of which there was no dividend declared for the current year or the previous year. The net tangible assets per ordinary security increased from (0.0001) cents as at June 30, 2017 to 0.0091 cents as at June 30, 2018. As at the end of period at June 30, 2018, the company has cash and cash equivalents of $506,118 with zero debt facility. The stock was last trading at a market price of $0.018 and is trading near its 52-week low as at September 4, 2018 and has undergone a performance change of -34.78% over the past 12 months. The market cap of the company is $5.58 million and can be classified under micro-cap category. 

FREEDOM INSURANCE GROUP LTD (ASX: FIG) – Freedom is actively engaged in several work streams, with respect to the St Andrew’s acquisition, which is expected to complete in FY19 and is expected to accelerate its growth strategy. For the full year 2018, the company reported net revenue increase of 20% to $64.1 million which is impacted by short term retention experience. However, the total sales went down by 5% to $61.1 million. The number of customer base also increased by 24% to 357,000. While the EBITDA which is a key measure for business performance decreased from $21.0 million in 2017 to $18.7 million in 2018. The stock was last trading at a market price of $0.225 and is trading near its 52-week low as at September 4, 2018 and has undergone a performance change of -76.25% over the past 12 months.

TERRAMIN AUSTRALIA LIMITED (ASX: TZN) – The company’s enterprise value is of $220 million which is an important factor in determining performance. Terramin owns 65% of the WMZ joint-venture. The company reported an interim loss of $(2,526) due to which the board has recommended no dividend for current period and was also not paid in the previous year. The interim cash and cash equivalents are of $817,000. The company has a debt of around $14.3 million. The stock was last trading at a market price of $0.100 which is near its 52-week low as at September 4, 2018 and has undergone a performance change of -45.63% over the past 12 months. The market cap of the company is $162.66 million and can be classified under micro-cap category.

VOLT RESOURCES LIMITED (ASX: VRC) – The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Volt Graphite Tanzania Ltd has received environmental approval for Bunyu Graphite project. Post-quarter end Volt completes Stage 1 Feasibility Study. Over 7-year Stage 1 project period, the EBITDA is of US$93.6M. The net cash and cash equivalents at the end of quarter June 30, 2018 is of $2.191 million. At A$0.023 per share, Volt issued 86,956,523 new fully paid ordinary shares to sophisticated and professional investors under the Placement to raise $2 million. The stock was last trading flat at a market price of $0.021 as at September 4, 2018 and has undergone a performance change of -2.50% over the past 12 months. The market cap of the company is $27.65 million.

AUSDRILL LIMITED (ASX: ASL) – The company’s revenue from continuing and ordinary activities is up by 16.4% to $890,317,000. The company has declared interim dividend of 3.5 cents with a record date of October 4, 2018, and the Payment date of dividends would be October 18, 2018. Ausdrill shares spiked 9.177% to $1.725 on 4 September 2018 thanks to ongoing Barminco acquisition transaction that will create Ausdrill to become the Australia’s second largest mining services company. As at August 15, 2018, Ausdrill announced the proposal to acquire unlisted underground hard rock contractor Barminco for total consideration of $271.5 million. The deal is supported by fund raising of $175 million through institutional entitlement offer.

DRONESHIELD LIMITED (ASX: DRO) – Recently, the group and Intelligent Security Integration Aust. Pty Ltd (ISI) have signed a collaborative deal to develop a next-generation surveillance vehicle with drone-killing capabilities. The revenue from continuing activities are up by 5% for the period ending June 30, 2018 to $236,758, while at the same time reported a net loss of ($3,565,389) resulting to no dividends being proposed or have been paid so far. As at the end of period at June 30, 2018, the company has cash and cash equivalents of $2,054,330 with zero debt facility. The stock spiked up to a market price of $0.170 up by 13.333% as at September 4, 2018 and has undergone a performance change of -25.00% over the past 12 months. The market capitalization of the company is at $25.49 million.

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