ASX Small Cap Lunch Wrap: BNPL company targeting millennials tops the table for price gains
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Millions of Australian news readers who get their information from Facebook may have to look elsewhere in future. (Stockhead, perhaps.)
The tech giant has decided “with a heavy heart” to restrict publishers and Facebook users in Australia from sharing and viewing Australian and international news content.
Facebook’s move is in response to the Morrison government’s proposed Media Bargaining law, and the US company gave advance notice of its opposition last August.
“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” said Facebook Australia and NZ managing director, William Easton, in a press statement.
The proposed Media Bargaining law had left Facebook with a “stark choice” said Facebook; “attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter,” said Easton.
Google is also embroiled in a tense stand-off with the Morrison government over the same new law, but Facebook said its position is different to Google’s.
Google’s search engine is “inextricably intertwined” with news and publishers do not provide it with content voluntarily, whereas publishers do willingly choose to post on Facebook as it enables them to grow their readership, subscriptions and advertising revenue, Easton said.
Facebook said it generated 5.1 billion free referrals to Australian publishers last year worth an estimated $407m.
This story will no doubt generate extensive news coverage both inside and outside Australia in the weeks and months ahead. There are some obvious oversights already:
Here’s what happens if you try to share the link to a news story about an emergency bushfire pic.twitter.com/tb4sdTAuwM
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) February 17, 2021
At lunch time in Sydney, the ASX 200 index had eked out a small gain of 15 points, rising to 6,900 points and was only 100 points away from the critical 7,000 level.
Bitcoin ticked up nearly 6 per cent in early trade to $US52,380, ($67,545) and a new record high in Australian currency terms. Bitcoin’s market value is now $US975bn.
The price of gold in US dollars is back to mid-2020 levels at $US1,778 per ounce ($2,291/oz) and in Australian dollars the gold price has given up all of its gains from last year.
US 10-year bond yields at 1.28 per cent are slightly off yesterday’s high, as the market waits for US Congress approval of its $US1.9 trillion spending package.
Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday February 18:
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|Code||Name||Price||% Change||Volume||Market Cap|
|CI1||Credit Intelligence||0.096||109||290665594||$ 58,192,359.16|
|CLZ||Classic Min Ltd||0.0015||50||13174525||$ 17,034,968.31|
|DTR||Dateline Resources||0.003||50||2530000||$ 16,420,156.15|
|RNE||Renu Energy Ltd||0.115||44||12202188||$ 8,496,827.28|
|ADX||ADX Energy Ltd||0.011||38||231513334||$ 19,721,181.34|
|AQS||Aquis Ent Ltd||0.05||35||517106||$ 1,321,609.51|
|T3D||333D Limited||0.004||33||17671859||$ 4,131,465.82|
|CCA||Change Financial Ltd||0.145||32||5871262||$ 44,303,008.20|
|HLX||Helix Resources||0.013||30||60099665||$ 7,941,199.28|
|PAL||Palla Pharma Ltd||0.72||28||271570||$ 70,530,867.12|
|EGL||Environmental Group||0.062||27||744001||$ 13,571,781.32|
|CTE||Cryosite Limited||0.265||26||21158||$ 9,840,508.23|
|GLV||Global Oil & Gas||0.03||25||38841877||$ 18,086,995.34|
|MLS||Metals Australia||0.0025||25||1333666||$ 8,381,807.15|
|YPB||YPB Group Ltd||0.0025||25||5120173||$ 9,442,102.58|
|MAY||Melbana Energy Ltd||0.026||18||30118462||$ 50,970,731.06|
|TIA||Tian An Aust Limited||0.33||18||31723||$ 24,250,472.40|
|EXR||Elixir Energy Ltd||0.2||18||9999000||$ 137,699,671.90|
|BCT||Bluechiip Limited||0.047||18||2947910||$ 23,721,905.88|
|FPL||Fremont Petroleum||0.0035||171||1353938||$ 14,035,537.56|
|GTG||Genetic Technologies||0.014||17||41186158||$ 108,170,720.92|
|MXC||Mgc Pharmaceuticals||0.08||16||50591331||$ 153,787,773.11|
The company told the ASX Wednesday it was unaware of any market-moving information that should be announced to explain the rapid share price rise.
Investors may be keen on the company’s move into the BNPL sector with its technology platform that will “provide a better solution for the coming wave of millennial debts caused by BNPL”, the company said in an early February statement.
Credit Intelligence is taking a new approach to debt management, opting to freeze debtors’ borrowings and interest payments and managing the debt as a balance sheet loan.
The company’s Australian subsidiary ChapterTwo is engaged in building a customer portal and app — the first in the debt restructuring industry.
The app and portal will allow Australian customers to see all of their debts in one place and make payments towards these over a five to seven-year period without entering insolvency.
Another fast riser Thursday was Renu Energy (ASX:RNE), despite the renewable energy company not issuing any fresh updates in February.
The company is actively seeking new investment opportunities after moving away from its geothermal energy project in WA’s Cooper basin and selling its solar power assets.
“Opportunities are being explored actively by ReNu Energy. If discussions in relation to any of these are successful and lead to a definitive transaction, it could be transformational for ReNu Energy,” said the company in answer to an ASX price query in January.
Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday February 18:
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|CODE||NAME||PRICE||% CHANGE||VOLUME||MARKET CAP|
|PRL||Province Resources||0.095||-34||151916817||$ 110,988,772.60|
|ECT||Env Clean Tech Ltd.||0.001||-33||580000||$ 14,401,549.18|
|ANL||Amani Gold Ltd||0.0015||-25||28499999||$ 18,773,993.49|
|OEX||Oilex Ltd||0.003||-25||14601887||$ 16,667,104.10|
|BGL||Bellevue Gold Ltd||0.75||22||9764579||$ 821,405,561.45|
|NWH||NRW Holdings Limited||2.33||-17||7675683||$ 1,202,959,153.20|
|CCE||Carnegie Cln Energy||0.0025||-17||78530988||$ 36,175,049.76|
|BPH||BPH Energy Ltd||0.185||-15||33988380||$ 144,423,279.47|
|DYL||Deep Yellow Limited||0.72||-15||2131068||$ 214,839,570.14|
|BSM||Bass Metals Ltd||0.006||-14||3901125||$ 28,151,730.15|
|FGO||Fargo Enterprises||0.012||-14||9251638||$ 16,600,593.84|
|MRD||Mount Ridley Mines||0.003||-14||18750||$ 13,582,185.13|
|NPM||Newpeak Metals||0.003||-14||8819252||$ 16,773,648.28|
|ODM||Odin Metals Limited||0.024||-14||5883536||$ 7,272,141.38|
|BUY||Bounty Oil & Gas NL||0.037||-13||18992370||$ 47,145,242.23|
|DAF||Discovery Africa Ltd||0.032||-14||234561||$ 7,519,683.83|
|AON||Apollo Minerals Ltd||0.052||-14||50483||$ 20,176,341.00|
|SHH||Shree Minerals Ltd||0.013||-13||3492064||$ 12,138,553.38|
|XST||Xstate Resources||0.013||-13||85294527||$ 40,268,812.74|
|OAR||OAR Resources Ltd||0.02||-13||19595173||$ 37,238,433.94|
|SPA||Spacetalk Ltd||0.12||-13||714969||$ 22,739,948.69|
|RNX||Renegade Exploration||0.007||-13||972221||$ 6,901,013.10|
After its strong rally Wednesday, rising 458 per cent in one day, flat-pack furniture company turned resources explorer Province Resources (ASX:PRL) suffered a heavy price fall in Thursday trade.
PRL soared yesterday after announcing it had acquired a green hydrogen project in WA — reportedly the first such project to be listed on the ASX.
The company’s management has a number of feasibility studies to complete over the next one to two years for its Gascoyne project near the coastal town of Carnarvon in WA.
The explorer is targeting a number of resources in the Gascoyne region including salt, sulphate of potash, minerals sands and a renewable energy, hydrogen project.
Province Resources has had previous incarnations as a furniture assembly business named AssembleBay and as a vanadium explorer called ScandiVanadium.
Another ASX company to lose ground in its share price Thursday is Bellevue Gold (ASX:BGL) despite announcing significant discoveries and extensions to its gold project in WA.
Bellevue Gold announced a stage one feasibility study for its eponymous project outlining a clear pathway for it to become a top 25 Australian gold mine.
The Bellevue gold mine project has a production profile of 160,000 ounces per year of gold over its first five years of operation, at an all-in sustaining cost of $1,079 per ounce.
Stage one of the mine is expected to deliver a pre-tax cashflow of $1.1bn. The company unveiled a new discovery, Lucknow, for its Bellevue project after step-out drilling results.
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