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Next Fifteen Communications PLC (LON:NFC) said it is currently trading ahead of management expectations after a strong start to the new financial year.

Open Orphan PLC (LON:ORPH) said it is at an “advanced stage of planning” to spin out certain non-core assets and is also making preparation for capital reduction that would pave the way for the demerger.

Clipper Logistics PLC (LON:CLG) is set to win the gig to provide e-fulfilment services to JD Sports Fashion Group PLC (LON:JD.).

IronRidge Resources Ltd (LON:IRR) found its highest grade lithium so far from an ongoing drilling programme at new targets adjacent to the Ewoyaa lithium project in Ghana, West Africa. Multiple high-grade lithium intersections were found alongside the highest grade of 4% lithium oxide over 1 metre.

Mode Global Holdings PLC (LON:MODE) has reported “strong growth” in its Bitcoin trading volumes during the first quarter amid a sharp increase in new customers. The financial technology group said that Bitcoin trading volumes in the period had increased by 316% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, while the number of new customers jumped 200% over the same period as the price of Bitcoin reached record highs.

Jersey Oil & Gas (LON:JOG) has appointed industry veteran Les Thomas as an independent director.

Vast Resources PLC (LON:VAST) has appointed Edward Hollings as processing manager at its Baita Plai polymetallic mine in Romania. Hollings has worked in base and precious metal projects for 15 years, specialising in metallurgy and processing. In his role as processing manager at the Baita Plai flotation plant, he will become a key part of the new full-time expert management team on site at Baita Plai as the new upgraded mine plan is implemented and successfully delivered over the course of 2021.

Corero Network Security PLC (LON:CNS) saw order intake hit record levels in the second half of 2020. Revenues rose 74% to US$16.9mln in 2020 from US$9.7mln in 2019, with revenues in the second half of the year up 93% at US$10.7mln from US$5.5mln in the same period of 2019.

Tharisa PLC (LON:THS) produced 35,000 ounces of platinum group elements during the second quarter to 31 March 2021, an increase of 11.5% year-on-year. Chrome concentrate production was up 15.5% to 358,400 tonnes year-on-year, and specialty chrome production was up 11.8% to 85,600 tonnes.

VietNam Holding Limited (LON:VNH) saw its net asset value (NAV) rise 1.1% in March, extending the gain in the first-quarter of 2021 to 10.4%. Since the start of the financial year in July 2020, the NAV per share has risen 53.1%.

SourceBio International Plc (LON:SBI) shares advanced after it reported strong revenue and profit growth in 2020 driven by its (Coronavirus) COVID-19 antigen testing services and its Infectious Disease Testing business unit, set up last May.

Coro Energy PLC (LON:CORO) updated investors following its recent acquisition of Global Energy Partnership Limited and its portfolio of operated renewables projects. According to the statement, work is underway to progress its new flagship wind and solar projects in the Philippines which will each have some 100 megawatts of capacity.

Trident Royalties PLC (LON:TRR) has, in its financial results statement, highlighted significant progress in its portfolio diversification efforts over the 2020 and the early months of 2021.

Circle Property PLC (LON:CRC) said it is looking forward to welcoming tenants back as Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in the UK are eased.

Sigmaroc PLC (LON:SRC) said underlying revenue and profits surged in 2020.

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