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KMK Kromek Group Plc

-0.05 (-0.73%)
24 May 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Kromek Group Plc LSE:KMK London Ordinary Share GB00BD7V5D43 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -0.05 -0.73% 6.80 6.60 7.00 6.85 6.75 6.85 185,439 11:04:33
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Miscellaneous Metal Ores,nec 17.31M -6.1M -0.0102 -6.67 40.82M
Kromek Group Plc is listed in the Miscellaneous Metal Ores sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker KMK. The last closing price for Kromek was 6.85p. Over the last year, Kromek shares have traded in a share price range of 3.15p to 8.25p.

Kromek currently has 600,247,000 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Kromek is £40.82 million. Kromek has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of -6.67.

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Today's update on Kromek's events page

Kromek is exhibiting at DSEI 2021

"A world first: Kromek to exhibit a new Covid-19 detector; handheld devices at DSEI, London ExCel Centre, 14-17 September 2021

Kromek, the biological and radiation detection specialists based in Sedgefield, County Durham, will exhibit their new, standalone Covid-19 detector at DSEI, at London’s ExCel Centre from 14-17 September 2021. The company will be part of the MakeUK stand (Hall 2, Stand 429).

The standalone, fully autonomous Covid-19 Detection System uses a targeted assay to sample the air every 30 minutes to confirm whether the disease – in all its potential variants – is present. Eighteen months into the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, this high-speed, highly accurate device offers a revolutionary capability to understand and control the spread of the disease.

The Covid-19 detection system can be used indoors or outdoors, in static or mobile capacities and can be run continuously or as required. The device will report either the presence or absence of Covid-19. The speed and accuracy of reporting and localised monitoring enables a detailed understanding of the spread of the virus, and allows mitigating actions to be taken such as targeted testing or decontamination."

"Dr Arnab Basu, Kromek’s Chief Executive Officer, said “I am delighted that our unique Covid-19 detector is making its debut at DSEI. It is a device that we designed to help the world get back to as normal a situation as possible despite the ongoing global pandemic.”

Kromek will also be featuring its latest hand-held radioisotope detection device, the D5 RIID, the smallest, lightest and most accurate wearable detector currently available.

The D5 RIID has been designed to detect the latest radiological hazards and to defeat the CBRN threat. It has an extensive built-in radioisotope library, to accurately identify even the smallest samples and the lowest dose rates. The D5 RIID can fit into the palm of one hand and is intuitive to operate, even while wearing full PPE. Weighing just 660g, it has a >24-hour endurance and has a networked capability to allow results to be transmitted to wherever they are needed in real time.
Craig Duff, Kromek’s CBRN Business Manager, said “We are looking forward to demonstrating our range of handheld radiation detectors to the military CBRN community at DSEI this week.”

What really doesn’t matter is the “likes / dislike” on each written blog. Rampers v trolls.
I wonder how much if any these boards effect the share price? I’ve always assumed the effect to be minimal with a pretty tiny readership... there must be about 10 people who make a comment at least once a month. Wonder how many read what’s written outside of those 10people
Boomboy, guidance was commercialisation by the end of the year. (Of the covid detector) or by the end of the financial year for the wide spectrum biological pathogen detector. I was hoping there would be positive news at the AGM and upon that the share price would reach 25p. However there wasn’t any new news.
Can anybody please explain in simple terms the underlying scientific methods which Kromek are using for pathogen/covid detection?

Thank you.


Sad state of affairs is this kmk. I was hoping AQC was going to be correct with his .25p target for Friday gone. Then some more considering Wednesday’s detectors showcase. Don’t look like it’s going to hit .25p ever.
Correction: Boris to talk tomorrow now, on living/managing with Covid going forward.
I'm thinking that there's a massive difference between sequencing bacterial strains (eg. anthrax - who cares)) and Covid type viruses. Although whole RNA strands can now be sequenced using nanopore methods, such viruses seem to have a poorly understood error checking replication process, possibly involving the NSP14 protein amoungst others. Specificity is thus paramount. The Polio virus and its vaccine only now differ in one nucleotide, I believe, by way of an example.

A specificity at this level would be awesome.


...because they've realised they've wasted more public money on pie in the sky gadgetry. Taken hook line and sinker like a lot in the early panic days i suspect.
Why are politicians shying away from mentioning the investment they’ve made in a U.K. company that is so relevant to the biggest news story of the last 1.5yrs? I just don’t get it. Absolutely zero mention of the detector by any politician apart from the mayor of Teesside. Usually politicians are desperate to show various ways they are attempting to tackle problems, take credit for ground breaking British innovations. Yet here it’s complete and utter silence.
What strikes me as a bit weird is no public mention of the detector by a government minister despite the government giving Kromek £1.25m, then another £350k to develop the covid detector. Even when Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) visited Kromeks office a month ago he didn’t even make a passing comment about the detector to the press in any of his interviews. Very odd given Kromek have been given government backing and Kromeks biological pathogen detector is so relevant to the news.
To be fair it wasn’t anything new from the annual report, see below...

Biological-Threat Detection
The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed the world to the severity of biological threats and their potential impact on public health and the global economy, demonstrating the need to rapidly evolve bio-security systems and associated technologies. Kromek had already commenced development work on a biological-threat detection solution prior to the outbreak of the pandemic and significantly progressed its activities in this market during the year. This development has continued post period.
Since H2 2019, Kromek has been working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”), an agency of the US Department of Defense, to develop a biological threat detection system that senses, analyses and identifies airborne pathogens under a programme that was established to combat bioterrorism. This activity was accelerated during the year and Kromek was awarded a contract extension worth up to $5.2m.
Over the past two years, milestones achieved under this DARPA programme have included the development of a vehicle-mounted biological-threat identifier that can be deployed as a mobile wide-area bio-surveillance system. Post period, the Group received a $6m contract from DAPRA for the next phase of the programme that will seek to deliver a completely automated wide spectrum airborne pathogen detection system that is fully mobile and runs autonomously. This system is being designed to be networkable and provide wide-area monitoring capability in near real time.
With the onset of the pandemic, Kromek also focused on the development of its technology for applications specifically related to COVID-19 detection. This included working under a programme funded by Innovate UK to customise the Group’s biological threat-detection solution to support end-use cases for COVID-19 detection and mitigation, and to then undergo piloting with those user groups. The Group engaged with potential customers for the system to develop deployment models and identify how it can best fit their needs ahead of customisation. In the second half of the year, the Group commenced piloting the system for the detection of airborne COVID-19 at an airport. Post period, the piloting has been expanded to include schools, a second airport, being Teesside International Airport, and other locations. The Group has also engaged in validation of the technology in third party laboratories and the results are very positive on both the detection levels, sensitivity and false alarm rates, making the technology performance comparable to existing RT PCR test protocols.

This little science article will help to answer your question Ark.
There are no Standards UK ,USA or world wide yet to bench mark Kromek's Patho detection system to as it's a novel design and the combination of technoliges has never be used before.

Guess it was a paper from 2014 ish

Very weird!
Correct me if wrong but if we going by official RNS's we have no idea how well this thing actually works. But they are sending out emails saying the trials went "very well". All a bit weird isn't it?
It seems to me that the detectors are going to have to be a kind of “made to measure” unit depending on where it would be located due to “appropriate use-case models appropriate for the particular location”.
No accreditation as yet.
No orders yet received for these detectors.

“Late reported Buys of 837,809 at 17.75p & 200k at 17.685p shows confidence!”

I never understand comments like thus. Every purchase is also a sale. Every sale a purchase.

Late reported Buys of 837,809 at 17.75p & 200k at 17.685p shows confidence!
Fair enough AC, I just asked Paul if it okay to copy and he requested I summarise hence my format. Good questions and answers though. I agree and it should be more of a media story. One to tuck away and await the formal test results and news on commercialisation imo.
Given all seems on seems on track in terms of progress and timescale I’d say yesterday’s sell off was a little over done. I’m just a bit bewildered why Kromek aren’t engaging with the media more.
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