We’re nearing the end of January, which means quarterly reporting season is in full swing.

(In other words, ASX companies are racing to submit their December 4C filings within the one-month deadline to avoid a breach of their disclosure obligations.)

As always around this time, a key focus for small-cap investors is cash; most commonly, how much of it are companies burning through, and how much of a cash-cushion do they have on hand to pay the bills?

For a thought exercise, let’s compare the plight of a struggling junior minerals explorer with Apple, the global tech behemoth.

The company just released quarterly results of its own overnight. iPhone sales were strong, and Apple’s cash on hand ticked higher — to a tidy $US207.06 billion.

Based on current IMF estimates, that means Apple could more or less buy Australia’s dearly-beloved Pacific Island neighbour of New Zealand (GDP of $US204bn).

And adjusted for current exchange rates (the Aussie is buying around 68 US cents), Apple’s cash pile equates to almost $300bn.

So theoretically the Silicon Valley giant could also make an outright purchase of Commonwealth Bank and BHP (yes, both of them) which have a combined market cap of around $260bn. Eye-watering stuff.

To the ASX, and markets drifted lower into midday trade as the ASX200 slipped by 0.24 per cent to 7,014 points. The Small Ords index was down 0.78 per cent to 2,986 points.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday January 30:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
BPH BPH Energy Ltd 0.002 +100.00% $6.7M
CZL Consolidated Zinc Ltd 0.01 +33.33% $16.7M
DLC Delecta Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $3.5M
SVM Sovereign Metals Ltd 0.13 +22.73% $48.5M
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $10.6M
CUX Crossland Strategic Metals Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $6.1M
AUT Auteco Minerals Ltd 0.02 +18.75% $19.0M
NAG Nagambie Resources Ltd 0.05 +18.42% $20.2M
ALY Alchemy Resources Ltd 0.013 +18.18% $7.2M
TTM Titan Minerals Ltd 0.14 +16.67% $81.7M
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $26.0M
PNX PNX METALS Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $17.0M
KSN Kingston Resources Ltd 0.19 +15.63% $32.7M
IMM Immutep Ltd 0.34 +15.52% $131.2M
JCS JCurve Solutions Ltd 0.03 +14.81% $10.2M
AVE Avecho Biotechnology Ltd 0.004 +14.29% $6.3M
LIN Lindian Resources Ltd 0.04 +14.29% $22.6M
TSL Titanium Sands Ltd 0.03 +13.64% $19.5M
CRL Comet Resources Ltd 0.03 +13.64% $7.4M
CHZ Chesser Resources Ltd 0.11 +13.40% $31.4M
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Consolidated Zinc Ltd (ASX:CZL)

The metals explorer found itself on the winners list after an update on its Plosomas operation in Mexico.

Consolidated Zinc said early assay results revealed a “high-grade gold system” in concession areas adjacent to its fully-owned zinc-lead-silver project.

JCurve Solutions (ASX:JCS)

IT provider JCurve also held its gains into the break, after a trading update which showed the company booked new revenue streams out of Asia and maintained sales growth in the Australian market.

The company’s core product offering is as the exclusive provider of JCurve ERP, a version of the Netsuite enterprise resource planning software specialised for small businesses.

ALSO READ: Bigger is better for B2B software platform JCurve as shares get a boost


Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday January 30:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
PSM Peninsula Mines Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $2.3M
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $5.4M
CAD Caeneus Minerals Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $2.6M
LCY Legacy Iron Ore Ltd 0.0015 -25.00% $9.4M
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd 0.0015 -25.00% $1.7M
ARE Argonaut Resources NL 0.003 -25.00% $4.7M
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $5.4M
NEA nearmap Ltd 1.84 -24.18% $837.0M
CAV Carnavale Resources Ltd 0.002 -20.00% $3.0M
MDI Middle Island Resources Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $4.7M
DEV DevEx Resources Ltd 0.05 -18.46% $9.5M
MRR MinRex Resources Ltd 0.009 -18.18% $863K
BCT Bluechiip Ltd 0.12 -17.86% $68.2M
SMD Syndicated Metals Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $4.1M
PUR Pursuit Minerals Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $1.7M
AEE Aura Energy Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $7.6M
BBX BBX Minerals Ltd 0.13 -16.67% $51.7M
GGX Gas2Grid Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $3.1M
IMS Impelus Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $4.2M
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Nearmap (ASX:NEA)

Shares in the aerial imaging company took a hit after a disappointing market update, where it cut its annual contract value guidance from $116-$120m to $102-$110m.

The company attributed the falls to some deals that fell through, but said the impact would be offset by more new contract wins.