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PANMURE GORDON & CO. PLC (PMR.LN), an investment banking and equity research group, Wednesday said it will report a loss for the second half of the year after recent severe market turmoil caused the deferral of a number of sizeable investment banking transactions from the fourth quarter of 2011 into 2012 in both the U.K. and the U.S.
At 1535 GMT shares -2.5 pence, or 19%, at 11 pence.
SILVERDELL PLC (SID.LN), an environmental support services firm, is looking to make acquisitions away from its core asbestos removal business, possibly in the field of water hygiene testing, the firm's chief executive said.
CEO Sean Nutley said the U.K. asbestos market, in which Silverdell is the biggest player, was relatively mature, adding that growth opportunities, both organic and through acquisitions, existed elsewhere.
Shares +0.5 pence, or 4.5%, at 11.625 pence.
NOSTRA TERRA OIL & GAS CO. PLC (NTOG.LN), a U.S.-focused oil and gas producer, said it plans to buy its own leases in the oil and gas region of Oklahoma and use modern drilling and production techniques to accelerate growth in revenue, production and reserves.
The company already has assets in Oklahoma as well as Kansas, Texas and Colorado, but in partnerships with other companies.
Shares -0.02 pence, or 3.3%, at 0.445 pence.
INTERNATIONAL MINING & INFRASTRUCTURE CORP. PLC (IMIC.LN), a mining-focused investment firm, said it has signed a partnership deal with African Iron Ore Group Ltd. to jointly buy, finance and develop iron ore mining and related infrastructure projects in Africa.
It expects the deal to be formalized within three months.
Shares +0.02 pence, or 14%, at 0.21 pence.
ALTERIAN PLC (ALN.LN), a marketing software provider, is eyeing a return to revenue growth in 2013 as its recent strategy overhaul begins to bear fruit, the company's chief executive said.
The company, which is currently the subject of takeover interest from translation software provider SDL PLC (SDL.LN), is cutting costs by merging offices and reducing staff following a series of profit warnings earlier in the year.
Shares +1.5 pence, or 1.5%, at 104.5 pence.
MOUCHEL GROUP PLC (MCHL.LN), an outsourcing company, posted a much wider fiscal year pretax loss, blaming takeover speculation for hurting its ability to win new business, and said it wouldn't breach banking covenants after amending its credit facilities.
The firm said the outlook for the current year is considerably worse than fiscal 2011, as public sector spending cuts continue to put pressure on its revenue and margins.
Shares -5.5 pence, or 31%, at 12 pence.
CRESTON PLC (CRE.LN), a marketing and public relations group, hasn't seen any let up in client spending or suffered any project cancellations despite a worsening economic backdrop, the company's chief executive said.
Don Elgie told Dow Jones Newswires the global reach of Creston's customers have helped it weather an uncertain environment that has hit trading at some of its peers.
Shares -1.75 pence, or 2.3%, at 73 pence.
CHARIOT OIL & GAS Ltd. (CHAR.LN), a Namibia-focused oil explorer, said its plans to drill its Tapir South prospect, offshore Namibia, before the end of the year have been delayed until the second quarter of 2012, after the drilling rig it anticipated using was contracted by another operator.
The company noted that the market for deepwater rigs has tightened significantly, making it more challenging to secure an appropriate rig to carry out a one-well drilling program in Namibia without paying a significant premium.
Shares -16.75 pence, or 13%, at 109.75 pence.
PLEXUS HOLDINGS PLC (POS.LN), which supplies wellheads to the oil industry, said it has continued to perform strongly in its fiscal first half, having made some significant new customer and contract wins, and it expects further growth in the rest of the year.
Chairman Robert Adair said, "We now have a larger number of international oil and gas operator customers, in a greater range of territories, than ever before."
Shares +3.0 pence, or 3.6%, at 86 pence.
GEM DIAMONDS LTD. (GEMD.LN), an Africa-focused miner, said that Project Kholo, its plan to double production from its Letseng mine in Lesotho, has been approved by the board.
Project Kholo will start in January, and will ramp up to full production by July 2014. The total project capital expenditure is estimated at $280 million and will double annual diamond output to 200,000 carats.
Shares -7.1 pence, or 3.5%, at 194 pence.
GEMFIELDS PLC (GEM.LN), a colored gemstone miner, said that strong prices and increasing demand resulted in a record $11.0 million in revenue after auctioning 9.8 million carats of lower quality emeralds in India.
The company said that only five months into the current fiscal year to June 30, and after only its second auction, it has already exceeded last year's total revenue by $2.4 million, currently at $42.6 million.
Shares +1.87 pence, or 8.1%, at 25 pence.
DAISY GROUP PLC (DAY.LN), a business telecommunications firm, posted a narrowed first-half pretax loss and said it is confident of meeting market expectations for the full year despite a tough economic backdrop.
Daisy, which has made a number of acquisitions over the past two years, said all buys have now been integrated into the group.
Shares flat at 103.0 pence.
GOLD OIL PLC (GOO.LN), a Latin America-focused oil and gas firm, said that as part of its plan to expand rapidly into Colombia and capture its growth potential, it has appointed Julian Garcia as its in-country manager.
The company noted that Garcia has considerable experience in Colombia, having previously been the president of Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (GTE.T) in Bogota as well as having been the Technical Director of the National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia.
Shares -0.1 pence, or 3.6%, at 2.7 pence.
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-By Peter Evans, Iain Packham and Tommy Stubbington, Dow Jones Newswires; +44 (0) 20 7842 9296; email@example.com