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Matt Birney is the author and a Director of Bulls N Bears which is a joint venture between Business News and Birney Corporate Communications. Bulls N Bears is an ASX release distribution platform that "turbo charges" the reach of public company announcements by utilizing the significant resources and public following of Business News. Bulls N Bears delivers information driven by public company announcements to the tens of thousands of Business News subscribers, distributes it on Twitter to targeted financial markets participants and sends it to its 1000 strong database of financial journalists at every significant media outlet across Australia. Bulls N Bears also records and distributes radio interviews with public company CEO's for the purposes of thoroughly exploring the ramifications of a company announcement before uploading the link to each interview to its unique web portal that sits inside the Business News website. 

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CVCheck revenue up 42% for December 16 half year

You know the auto pilot is starting to kick in when you reduce your marketing spend by over $3m and your revenue jumps by $2m anyway. Such was the case in the December half year for ASX listed online screening and verification company CVCheck. Revenues for the half year jumped from $2.9m to $4.9m and costs appear to be well and truly under control. 

Pilbara Minerals' pilot plant outperforms by 23%

Investors rarely get interested in metallurgical flowsheets, but they should make an exception by taking a closer look at some exciting news out of Pilbara Minerals recently. The developer of the Pilgangoora Lithium project told the market that pilot plant trials had exceeded expectations by up to 23% which should look good when translated to the bottom line. 

Stargroup books robust half-year result

Financial technology and ATM machine company Stargroup has posted strong growth in its half-year result, delivering the company's best-ever revenue of more than $4 million for the half year. The company says the impressive result was driven by record revenues from its ATM network and they are expecting even better results next quarter after some cost savings kick in. 

Connected IO to ride “internet of things” freight train

How is it that some of the world's largest corporations have become customers and partners of a relatively unknown ASX listed junior that was only back-door listed by Perth connections last year ? These include Coca-Cola, US telco goliath Verizon, leading enterprise level US telco AT&T, Vodafone, The Red Cross, Cisco, US Police and a host of other impressive names. 

Sky and Space Global nano-satellites ready for landmark launch

ASX-listed Sky and Space Global says its first three miniature telecommunications satellites known as “nano-satellites” are now ready for launch after the completion of final testing in Europe. The nano-satellites are scheduled for launch on board the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in the second quarter of this year.

Legend beefs up its Fraser Range exposure

Legend Mining have added more tenements to their already sizeable land holdings in the revered Fraser Range district. The acquisition of two tenements from Musgrave Minerals via a share-only deal underlines the Perth-based explorer’s high confidence in a nickel-copper discovery along strike from the breakthrough Nova-Bollinger discovery by Sirius Resources in 2012.

Lithium Australia executes exquisite move to win IP battle

Lithium Australia re-wrote the corporate play book in the last couple of weeks to achieve unfettered ownership and control of their unique Lithium processing IP known as Sileach. They have been locked in mortal legal combat with Lepidico over their IP rights and just a couple of weeks after Lithium Australia launched a takeover bid for Lepidico the legal action has been settled. 

MGC Pharma to profit from medical marijuana law changes

ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals’ cannabis-derived medicinal products will be fast-tracked to Australia following federal government changes to national medical marijuana laws. The changes mean patients that are prescribed medicinal cannabis will be able to import their medication from local providers such as MGC Pharmacueticals. 

Peppermint puts foot on the gas in Philippines

ASX listed Perth financial technology company Peppermint Innovation may have discovered a lucrative new route to market for their interesting mobile bill payment technology. The company recently appointed Metro Gas Sales inc, a domestic gas bottle delivery company in the Philippines with over 60,000 household customers as a Peppermint agent.

Sipa provides more downhole intrigue in Uganda

Sipa Resources’ hopes of uncovering a major nickel-copper discovery at Akelikongo in Uganda have been boosted by new geophysical surveys. The downhole EM surveys have found strong off-hole conductors, whilst a high-resolution ground magnetic survey suggests Akelikongo could be just one of many highly prospective targets in the area.

Neometals to buy back up to $5m worth of their own stock

The board of Australia’s newest Lithium producer, Neometals, have signaled their confidence in the company’s finances by introducing a share buyback valued at up to $5 million over the next 12 months. The move follows the recent start of production at Mt Marion, which will generate plenty of cash and add to an already strong balance sheet.

Analytica bolsters IP protection with Japanese patent for incontinence device

ASX listed medical device company Analytica has achieved an important strategic milestone with its “PeriCoach” urinary incontinence device receiving patent protection in Japan. The patent is part of the Brisbane-based company’s strategy to secure IP protection in major markets with ageing populations.

Analytica incontinence device comes up trumps in clinical trial

Medical device company Analytica have produced a set of clinical trial results that according to the company, tick every major box in the fight against urinary stress incontinence in women. They recently put a mark 2 version of their urinary incontinence device known as the “PeriCoach” to the test in independent clinical trials with some rather interesting results. 

MGC Pharma on track to complete medical cannabis extraction facility in Slovenia

ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals are on schedule to complete a major commercial and operational milestone, with their medical grade cannabis extraction facility nearing completion in Slovenia. The new facility will allow the Perth-based company to ramp up its production of cannabis derivative cannabidiol to 3,000kg per year.

Neometals unveils lucrative Cobalt recycling technology

Bringing one of the world’s largest Lithium mines into production would be enough for many companies, however Neometals are keen to show they still have much more in their armory. They recently unveiled potentially lucrative new technology for recycling cobalt from used Lithium ion batteries that could produce a net present value of at least US$84m over 10 years.

Broker tips 60% lift for Neometals after Lithium production success

Neometals have dealt themselves into an even better position at the newly commissioned Mt Marion Lithium mine by securing improved off-take and mining services agreements with their major partners. The new agreements effectively boost production by 20% and give Neometals upside exposure to the tightening global Lithium market.

US military signs agreement with Sky and Space Global

ASX-listed Sky and Space Global has signed a deal with the US Defence Department that will ensure the Perth company’s nano-satellites are kept safe as they orbit the earth in space. The agreement comes as the company counts down to the launch of its first 3 trial voice, text and data nano-satellites in the second quarter of this year.

CV Check bolsters board with appointment of Cameron-Dow

Online CV screening and verification company CV Check has bolstered its board with the appointment of experienced public company director George Cameron-Dow as Non-Executive Director. He is also a non-executive director of ASX listed EVE Investments and previously sat on the boards of Bioxyne Ltd, Windward Resources and Xceed Capital.

Marijuana trials for epileptic children

In a bold move, ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals has announced it will undertake a new clinical trial to detremine how medicinal cannabis could potentially treat young epilepsy sufferers. The Perth-based company believes the study could present a significant commercial opportunity in the medical marijuana space and it may add a third revenue stream for the company. 

Auroch plays hardball with Xtract Resources over debt

Auroch Minerals have played hardball with AIM listed Xtract Resources over an unpaid debt owing to Auroch for the sale of the Manica Gold Project in Mozambique in March last year. Under the terms of the original AUD$12m sale, Xtract were able to defer USD$2.5m until three months after the sale but only managed to pay down about USD$850,000 of the final USD$2.5m 

Punters line up for Blackham’s $35m raise

Blackham Resources have all the funding they need to charge ahead with a doubling of production from 100,000 ounces to 200,000 ounces of gold per annum following a heavily oversubscribed placement that raised $35 million. The money will be used for a massive drill program, the progressing of a feasibility study to double production and to order long lead time items.

MGC Pharma finalises strategic deal with Czech medical cannabis player

ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals has completed the acquisition of Czech-based medical cannabis company Panax Pharma. The deal will boost MGC’s research capabilities by giving the company access to leading growing and research facilities in the Czech Republic.  MGC said it had settled on a binding heads of agreement to acquire up to 100 per cent equity in Panax. 

PharmAust subsidiary Epichem posts record revenue in January

ASX listed PharmAust’s wholly owned subsidiary Epichem has posted a record monthly revenue result for January. Pharmaust is developing a promising anti-cancer drug known as “Monepantel” at the Perth based Epichem facility that also undertakes contract work for some of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies 

Mt Marion joins the ranks of Australian Lithium producers

Australia has a new Lithium producer and WA’s Lithium boom is well and truly underway. Neometal’s giant Mt Marion mine near Coolgardie, this week joined the ranks of Lithium producers as the first shipment of concentrates sailed for delivery to Chinese partner Ganfeng Lithium. Ganfeng will take 100% of the project concentrates for the next three years.

Lithium Australia look to create world’s largest Lithium landholding with takeover bid

Lithium Australia say they would have one of the world’s largest Lithium development and exploration portfolio’s under one roof if shareholders of fellow ASX listed Lithium player Lepidico accept their audacious takeover bid launched today. It would also bring together two Lithium processing technologies under one roof and end the costly IP legal battle between the parties. 

Peppermint to lever Philippines operation to create Australian remittance business

Mobile banking and payments company Peppermint Innovation will lever off their burgeoning Philippines mobile payments business to create a new international money remittance business in Australia this year. It will make good use of Peppermint's entrenched position within the Philippines banking market to provide money transfers between the two countries. 

Northern Minerals close to decision on heavy rare earths plant in W.A

Australia could soon have its first heavy rare earths mine after Northern Minerals said they were rapidly approaching a final investment decision at the Browns Range project in northern WA. The Perth-based company took some big strides with the project in the past quarter, including the appointment of Sinosteel MECC as EPC contractor.

Dodgy job seekers on notice as CV Check revenues hike by 50%

If the extraordinary revenue growth of Perth based, ASX listed CV Check is any guide, employers are clearly becoming more and more suspicious of dodgy CV’s being submitted by job seekers. Employers appear to be embracing the concept of stress testing a job candidate's CV after CV Check posted a 50% jump in quarterly revenues for the December quarter.

Blackham strikes deal to mine neighboring gold deposit at Wiluna

Blackham Resources looks set to add another revenue stream at Wiluna by striking a deal with ASX-listed GWR Group to mine their neighboring West Wiluna gold deposits on a profit share arrangement. The West Wiluna gold project, just 40kms from Blackham’s newly recommissioned Wiluna gold plant, contains an estimated gold resource of more than 250,000 ounces.

Independent review identifies 11 high priority gold targets for Troy

Troy Resources have developed some exciting new exploration targets near their Karouni gold mine in Guyana, South America, including a new prospect measuring 1200m by 150m. The new targets stem from a major review of historical geophysical data that may have generated some breakthrough ideas for targeting gold in the Karouni mine area.

Pharmaust banks $400k rebate from Feds after successful anti cancer trials

ASX listed PharmAust has received a $400,000 rebate from the Federal Government in recognition of their cutting edge research and development program being undertaken at two of the Perth-based company’s wholly owned subsidiaries.  Pharmaust’s new anti-cancer drug, Monepantel, has been powering though human and K9 trials with considerable success. 

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King River set to power the world with amazing vanadium resource

High purity vanadium is being tipped for greatness as a revolutionary force in battery storage of renewable energy. Perth’s King River Copper may well have the largest and highest purity in-ground resource in the world in W.A. Last week the company proved it could produce the holy grail of purity levels at 99.5%, placing it amongst elite company around the world.

88 Energy rubbing shoulders with oil majors in Alaska

A Perth based ASX listed junior has quietly been sweeping up big swathes of lucrative acreage in Alaska’s hottest oil province known as the North Slope with the truth diviner in the form of a drill rig about to be put to the test in coming months. 88 Energy will soon drill a well targeting up to 400 million barrels at its Western Blocks project in the region.

Pilbara begins work on 5Mtpa expansion

With Stage 1 of the giant Pilgangoora Lithium mine racing ahead, Pilbara Minerals has stepped up work on expansion plans that could make the project the world’s largest Lithium mine. The ASX-listed Lithium developer yesterday announced it had awarded further key contracts, including power generation and was reworking its expansion plans to boost Stage 2 capacity from 4Mtpa to 5Mtpa.

Terrain creates excitement with serious gold hits near Leonora

Terrain Minerals may have just transformed their Great Western gold project near Leonora into something much more serious after the company reported a number of near surface, excellent gold hits during their latest drilling campaign. Best results include 3m @ 26.6 g/t gold from just 8m down hole, 2m @ 24.4 g/t, 5m @ 6.98 g/t and 2m @ 12.1 g/t gold. 

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Weebit makes breakthrough with game changing memory tech

Technology company Weebit-Nano continues to make big strides in the development of its game changing “Re-Ram” memory storage technology with the announcement of successful electrical testing.  Weebit believes Re-RAM has the capacity to revolutionise memory storage due it being faster, cheaper and requiring less energy than current flash storage methods.

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Pilbara Minerals to move into Lithium downstream processing with Chinese

In the Lithium business it can be very profitable to own a mine, however, turning that Lithium into battery grade chemicals, commonly known as downstream processing, can be even more lucrative. Market darling Pilbara Minerals have given a hint of their medium term strategy after signing an MOU to move into the Lithium downstream processing business with the Chinese. 

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then a tech story comes along that looks like it just might survive the tech bubble and create a real business that makes real money. One such story at least at face value is ASX listed Weebit Nano that was back door listed by Perth connections into Radar Iron earlier this year and is now headquartered in Nedlands.