Good morning, it's just Paul here with the SCVR for Monday.

Today's report is now finished.

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Agenda -

Paul's section:

Nightcap (LON:NGHT) - trading update buried in a new site announcement. Trading well. Read-across for other hospitality companies maybe?

Mccoll's Retail (LON:MCLS) - capital raising being considered. The perils of a weak balance sheet, with too much debt (combined with a marginal business).

Argo Blockchain (LON:ARB) - impressive interim results from this blockchain miner. Short sellers launch an attack on the company.

Smartspace Software (LON:SMRT) - trading update from this small software company. A little bit too early stage for me.

H & T (LON:HAT) - solid H1 numbers despite the pandemic. Amazingly strong balance sheet. Positive outlook. Looks good!

Nightcap (LON:NGHT)

21.5p (Friday’s close) - mkt cap £40m

New site

This is a chain of bars run by Sarah Willingham (CEO) of Dragon’s Den TV fame.

A new site in Bristol is to be opened before the end of 2021.

Five other sites are in “legal negotiations” - ambiguous, does that mean they’ve signed heads of terms, or not?

Trading update - is slipped into this RNS, it really should have been included in the title, as it’s so easy to miss otherwise.

The Company's bars have continued to trade well ahead of management's expectations since the relaxation of the UK…

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