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Versarien Plc

0.85 (39.53%)
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Versarien Plc LSE:VRS London Ordinary Share GB00B8YZTJ80 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.85 39.53% 3.00 8,583,639 16:29:58
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
2.80 3.05 3.20 2.50 2.50
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Chemicals & Chem Preps, Nec 11.64 -8.07 -4.20 - 5.82
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
16:35:26 UT 20,000 3.00 GBX

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Posted at 01/6/2023 22:30 by supernumerary
It's not a pattern that's unique to VRS, it happens all over AIM - if you're a failing company, look here to see your future...

It seems pretty obvious that the new plan of selling off bits and using them to finance a slimmed-down company isn't working - VRS is a seller in a buyer's market, with predictable (and predicted) consequences.

As far as I can see, the only way out now is to find a CEO who can take what they've got - a lot of experience, staff with useful know-how, access to production capability, interesting prospects - and turn these random bits into a viable (and potentially exciting) business.

VRS has gone from a ship without a pilot to one without a rudder (who's actually running the company at the moment?) so they desperately need someone who can not only sort out the business, but also bring in institutional investors to finance it.

He/she will need a package that reflects the risk, though: maybe Ricketts can help - does he want 6% of nothing, or 3% of a potential winner?

Faites vos jeux, rien ne va plus...

Posted at 26/5/2023 11:58 by holidayfunds8
The Banagher RNS seems to show that adding 5kg of Cementene will save 100 kg of Portland cement, plus give significant CO2 savings. I could not see any mention of rebar, so not sure if there are further savings in that area.

We still don't know what the COGS calc is for Cementene for VRS. But it looks as though they might be able to sell the stuff for £100-200 per kg, not at all sure, but maybe something of that order.

Overall, the cement / climate / CO2 savings story has always been a strong one from the go get - the issue for VRS is that they have run out of cash BEFORE any meaningful revenues could be secured on cement (and other things).

I just can't see 'another large placing' now being successfully pushed through - it would need to be for something like £10 million, as I think meaningful revenues from paying customers are still some way off.

Rather, I think there will now be an assessment going on, to try to figure out what the Cementene (and other product areas) 'IP / know-how' could be worth over the coming years and, if shareholders are lucky, somebody with bigger pockets might step in to buy the VRS operation.

If shareholders are unlucky, the Admin RNS will arrive sometime soon and the Administrators will offload the VRS operation to an interested party. The Admin route is often the preferred option, cos then buyers can pick up the IP / Know-How very cheaply, without needing to compensate existing shareholders at all.

Just depends how much interest there is in getting hold of VRS IP / Know-How and, critically, how many COMPETING parties are in play.

I might be wrong - but given the terrible VRS management performance, I just can't see how the existing VRS set up could be allowed to continue for much longer. I am expecting to see a totally new management team in place, though they are likely to want to keep hold of people like Nano Steve.

Posted at 24/5/2023 23:25 by noirua
I've had a punt in VRS at under 1.3p gambling the new management will pull something good out of the fire. I last sold at 55p on the way up from 13p, far too early. This time I do feel the shares have reasonable odds to get things not back on track but at least rolling through the woods and not stuck in the mire.

At least British Bulls are saying stay long from 1.21p - no making horrible comments about them lol, not allowed even by the gigantic-sized bear of VRS named TW the unhuggable.

Posted at 06/5/2023 22:33 by antoniogramschi
The fact that VRS don't state revenue from Umbro doesn't mean that they give graphene away for free to Umbro or any other customer for that matter, but rather, that they don't break it down in their accounts. I understand that they are bound by confidentiality agreements and of course such details are trade secrets etc, but VRS shareholders should have been told how many kg of graphene were produced and sold per quarter. Unlike VRS, the lack of revenue speaks volumes.
Posted at 04/5/2023 11:40 by smokeyjohnson
The difference between a trusted construction engineering company creating a concrete product for their own well known industry and having a pool of customers and contacts hot and ready to go versus an unknown, untrusted company trying to compete. An uphill battle no doubt. Even VRS getting their product lab tested with positive results probably won't sway customers over to them when NERD's product outlet will be through suppliers already known to customers. VRS's route could perhaps only be through someone like CEMEX.

Even if let's say Cementene is 25% better in some areas than Concretene, would you as a customer prefer the safety of a large industry player's product (Concretene) or go for the 25% better product from an unknown (Cementene)? I'd imagine customers in the construction industry go for supply chain reliability instead of ultimate product performance, as long as the product is better than what they were using previously.

Same goes with the 3DPC stuff. The company purchased expensive robots but looks like it was just another tangent for Neill to try his hand at. Probably just wanted some furniture for his own garden.

Having said that, we don't know how much NERD have sold.

Whilst Neill probably wanted to remain non-exclusive across industries in the early days as he thought the future was so bright, the company is probably now paying the price. Industry specific players (that could perhaps have been partners) are now creating their own products with the help of the GEIC. VRS have missed the boat somewhat.

Posted at 03/5/2023 11:36 by kemche
Moljen schooled by schmally!

schmally - 30 Nov 2020 - 09:57:25 - 113486 of 147251 VRS The world lead in real Graphene (Nanene) - VRS

Moljen, I see nothing to change my view that you are extremely poor at basic maths and fairly ignorant of VRS cash flow.

Posted at 29/4/2023 15:16 by iceagefarmer
worth thinking about getting in now..this was motley fools view a couple of years ago,remember this share was badly hit by covid but could bounce back bigtime..

The Versarien share price has been volatile over the past 12 months. But can it return to pre-pandemic levels in 2021? Zaven Boyrazian investigates.

Zaven Boyrazian, MSc❯
Published 24 March, 2021 3:18 pm GMT
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2020 was a challenging year for the Versarien (LSE:VRS) share price. In the early stages of the pandemic, it collapsed by 70%, reaching its lowest point back in March last year. Since then, the share price has partially recovered. But it still trades well below its pre-pandemic levels.

Is this an opportunity to buy the stock at a discounted price? And should I be adding the business to my portfolio? Let’s take a look.


An engineering research house
Versarien is an engineering materials business. It owns and operates eight subsidiaries specialising in developing and commercialising new materials. Its combined expertise lies primarily in graphene, plastics, and metals. Its proprietary technologies and developed products have proven to be essential across many sectors, including electronics, aerospace, energy, and industrial engineering.

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Covid-19 has caused multiple disruptions across all these sectors as well as Versarien’s own research projects. Consequently, the firm reported its biggest loss since its IPO in 2013, which likely triggered the drop in the share price.

In January this year, Versarien’s share price looked like it was on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the rise was short-lived. And once again, it began to fall following the publication of another report. Losses have continued to expand while revenues decline.

However, there were some promising trends. Graphene product sales significantly increased thanks to the successful launch of its specialised facemasks. And it also began working on a new engineering project with Rolls-Royce. Could this be a sign that the worse has passed?

Risks to consider
Covid-19 has undoubtedly wreaked havoc on the business. However, from what I can tell, the collapsing share price appears to be due to over-valuation rather than any underlying problems with the company. The increasing losses are bad, but the cause is temporary. And with plenty of cash on the balance sheet, I don’t think it’s in any immediate financial danger.

Meanwhile, in 2019, the Versarien share price was trading as high as 132.5p. That’s roughly a market capitalisation of £205m despite being unprofitable and only generating £9m in revenue that year. Today’s the company is valued closer to £70m, which still seems expensive but not as ludicrous. At least that’s what I think.

It’s also worth noting that it is currently unclear when Versarien will become profitable. And so the firm is and will remain dependent on outsiders to raise additional capital. So far, this has been achieved through a mixture of debt and equity issues. However, these may not be available in the future, and the latter appears to be creating a dilution effect. After all, the shares outstanding have increased by 60% over the past five years.

The Versarien share price looks risky

Versarien share price: time to buy?
Operating within the engineering industry is tough. The constant technological innovation and vast competition can often lead to companies becoming obsolete or superseded by rivals. However, Versarien’s ability to attract and retain industry veterans partners like Rolls-Royce, as well as expand its offerings into the Chinese markets, is encouraging.

Personally, I think it’s still too soon to invest. Therefore I’m not going to buy any Versarien shares for my portfolio today. But I will be keeping a close eye on how it performs in the future.

Posted at 26/4/2023 13:56 by fuji99
"Who is the new CEO" ? Who would ever venture into a place where nobody knows what's happening apart from little bluffs via Tweeter ? Regarding the share price one has just to ask one question: Why the share price would ever rise when every institution and every normal PI knows everything is based on cloud cuckoo land ?
Posted at 21/4/2023 13:36 by story teller
What makes this all the more nauseating is the fact in the hey day of superG whom Fest and his wingman Slopp both worshipped most highly and the rapid share price rise in VRS both these individuals claim they made good money and never lost on their initial Vrs investments. So!

Two faced or what!
Watch your backs!
Throw him under the bus! (Not the famous Bristol bus)

Double agents and all that or what!

Posted at 12/4/2023 22:28 by sloppyjoe2
"But since Ricketts got the heave-ho, even 2p is GROSSLY overpriced." Well you do have to wonder what underpins the current share price. Personally I see no or very little value in VRS at all...
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