Argonaut | The Natural Choice in Resources

Argonaut is a full service advisory, stockbroking & research and investment house with offices in Perth and Hong Kong. Argonaut is technically driven & focused on natural resource companies & businesses that service the metals, mining, energy and agri-business sectors. Argonaut has an established track record of creating significant wealth for clients.

Morning Notes

U.S. stocks retreated broadly intraday, with retail and technology companies suffering some of the biggest losses. All 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average were down in recent trading, as were the 11 major sectors of the S&P 500. The Dow industrials declined 179 points, or 0.8%, to 21846, while the S&P 500 shed 1%. The Nasdaq Composite was down 1.3%. Wall Street's "fear gauge," the CBOE Volatility Index, jumped 23%. Major U.S. stock indexes were on track for their biggest declines since last Thursday, when a spate of weak earnings and tensions with North Korea roiled markets around the world.

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Latest Research

One thing common to our microcap universe is that investors need to look beyond near term financial performance to appreciate the potential. However we expect investors to selectively do so, particularly given the capital flowing into the microcap space. Our picks in our universe are currently CLX and GRB. For logistics business CLX, we believe FY17 will prove to be the trough year and that mid-cycle earnings support a higher share price. And brewer GRB is successfully executing to date its strategy to sell more proprietary product. We are upbeat on the potential for OEC’s drone business, but worry about timing and the drag from REMSAFE in the near term. TPS and VLT are still in the process of proving their business models. The former turned the corner in the latest quarter, but both are still close enough to our valuations to warrant hold calls.
Note: we exclude from this preview earlier stage companies under coverage for which we do not have financial forecasts (AMN, BOT, HZR, OBJ, OCC and SO4).

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Latest News

Argonaut acting as Lead Manager has successfully raised A$38 million for Metro Mining Limited (ASX: MMI) (“Metro”) via a two tranche placement to Australian and international institutional investors at an issue price of A$0.135 per share. The placement was heavily oversubscribed with significant demand generated from existing and new institutional investors.

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