ASX Small and Mid-Cap Conference - 5 September 2019
The annual ASX Small and Mid-Cap Conference, provided investors with a unique opportunity to hear from leaders across a broad range of ASX-listed small and mid-cap companies. This year’s conference featured an insightful market update and a lively panel discussion; hearing from leading brokers, fund managers and other capital markets professionals on navigating the small-cap universe.
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The full video of the conference is now available on our YouTube channel for those who couldn’t join us on the day or wish to revisit some of the presentations. Alternatively individual company presentations along with copies of the presentation slides are available below.
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Apiam Animal Health Limited (ASX: AHX) is a leading rural and regional veterinary group that operates a vertically integrated model across the animal health chain. It is comprised of 42 veterinary clinics, which are located in large production animal areas of Australia and employs over 150 veterinary professionals. The Company services the whole spectrum of production & companion animals. Apiam’s business model generates strong revenues, cash flows and dividends. The Company is executing its 3-year plan to generate cost efficiencies and drive business growth, as well as expand into new areas such as genetic exports and international markets which offer attractive and complementary revenue streams.
Speaker: Dr Chris Richards, Managing Director
Auswide Bank Limited (ASX: ABA) has operated for over 50 years and has assets under management of over $3 billion. Auswide Bank is an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI) offering an extensive range of finance and banking products, operating with an Australian Credit Licence and an Australian Financial Services Licence. Auswide originated as a mutual building society in regional Queensland which has grown into an Australia-wide lending presence supported by branches, business bankers, accredited mortgage brokers and online channels. We play an active part in the communities we serve and have built our reputation around a true community banking philosophy.
Speaker: Martin Barrett, Managing Director
Bailador Technology Investments Limited (ASX: BTI) is a growth capital fund focused on the information technology sector, actively managed by an experienced team with demonstrated sector expertise. Bailador provides exposure to a portfolio of information technology companies with global addressable markets at attractive valuations before they are public. The Company invests in private technology companies at the expansion stage. Investors gain exposure to this difficult to access asset class through Bailador's listing on the ASX.
Speaker: Paul Wilson, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Cassini Resources Limited (ASX: CZI) is a base and precious metals developer and explorer based in Perth. Cassini’s flagship West Musgrave Project (WMP) is a new mining camp located in Western Australia, with three existing nickel and copper sulphide deposits and other significant regional exploration targets identified.
The WMP is the largest undeveloped nickel - copper project in Australia.
In August 2016, Cassini entered into a $36M Farm-in/JV Agreement with OZ Minerals Ltd, providing a clear pathway to a decision to mine and potential cash flow for Cassini.
Cassini is also progressing its Mt Squires Gold Project, and Yarawindah Nickel - Copper - Cobalt Project (CZI 80%), both located in WA
Speaker: Richard Bevan, Managing Director
The Fiducian Group (ASX: FID) is a specialist financial services organisation providing financial planning, funds management, superannuation, investment platform administration and information technology services.
Speaker: Indy Singh, Executive Chairman
Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS) operates in two sectors: Defence Systems and Space Systems.
EOS Defence Systems specialises in technology for weapon systems optimisation and integration, as well as ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) for land warfare. Its key products are next-generation vehicle turrets and remote weapons systems.
EOS Space Systems specialises in applying EOS-developed optical sensors to detect, track, classify and characterise objects in space. This information has both military and commercial applications, including managing space assets to avoid collisions with space debris, missile defence and space control.
Speaker: Ben Greene, Group Chief Executive Officer
EMvision Medical Devices Limited (ASX:EMV) aims to be a leader in transformational point-of-care imaging, solving clinical problems for which there are no current solutions. The Company’s lead product in development is a portable brain scanner for the rapid diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders. EMvision’s CEO, Dr Ron Weinberger, is the former CEO of Nanosonics (ASX:NAN).The technology underpinning EMvision has been developed by world leaders in biomedical imaging at the University of Queensland, led by Professor Amin Abbosh, who has over 400 peer reviewed papers, and Professor Stuart Crozier, who created technology central to most MRI machines manufactured since 1997.
Speaker: Scott Kirkland, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Heron Resources Limited (ASX: HRR) is engaged in the production, exploration and development of base and precious metals in Australia. Heron’s primary focus is on its 100% owned, high-grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia is one of the few new zinc projects that is fully funded to production.
With production having commenced in the second quarter of CY2019, the Company is on track to participate in the pricing environment supported by a strong zinc physical market. In addition, the Company has a number of significant high quality, base and precious metal tenements regional to the Woodlawn Project.
Speaker: Wayne Taylor, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Hazer Group Limited (ASX:HZR) is a technology development company undertaking the commercialisation of the Hazer Process, a low-emission hydrogen and graphite production process. The Hazer Process enables the effective conversion of natural gas and similar methane feedstocks, into hydrogen and high quality graphite, using iron ore as a process catalyst.
Speaker: Dr Andrew Cornejo, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer
Jaxsta Limited (ASX: JXT) is a music technology company developing an online platform to hold global official music data. Through direct industry partnerships, the company aims to credit the 'who, what, when and where' of music. Jaxsta was founded in 2015 and listed on the ASX in 2018. The company’s core platform, Jaxsta.com, is now live. Jaxsta Pro, the Company’s B2B subscription-based service, will launch in the coming months. Jaxsta’s head office is in Sydney, with representatives in New York, London and Los Angeles.
Speaker: Jacqui Louez Schoorl, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
LBT Innovations (ASX: LBT) is an Australian medical technology company. Using artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver automation in healthcare, the company has developed a patent protected machine learning and intelligent imaging platform technology to deliver the only FDA cleared instrument utilizing AI technology in clinical microbiology.
The Automated Plate Assessment Systems (APASÂ®), automates the imaging, image analysis, interpretation and reporting of growth on microbiology plates after incubation. The APAS Independence instrument improves the clinical efficiency of microbiology laboratories and enables faster diagnosis and reporting of infectious diseases.
Speaker: Brent Barnes, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Leigh Creek Energy Limited (ASX: LCK) is an emerging energy company focussed on developing its 1.15 peta joule 2P reserve Leigh Creek Energy Project, located in South Australia. This energy project has successfully completed demonstration of capability and capacity through a demonstration plant and is now on the cusp of commercialisation of either the production of high value ammonium nitrate products (fertiliser and industrial explosives) or the production of significant gas volumes from the remnant coal resources at Leigh Creek, utilising In Situ Gasification technologies.
Speaker: Tony Lawry, Head of Investor Relations
Marley Spoon AG (MMM) is a subscription-based weekly meal kit service that services customers in three primary regions: Australia, United States and Europe. Meal kits offer a convenient option for customers to cook healthy meals with fresh ingredients following chef-designed recipes.
Speaker: Rolf Weber, Managing Director
Matrix Composites & Engineering Limited (ASX: MCE) specialises in the design, engineering and manufacture of composite and advanced material technology solutions for the oil & gas, defence, civil & infrastructure, resources and transportation industries. With over 40 years experience, Matrix has gained a reputation as an industry leader and is a major exporter of Australian goods and services with customers located worldwide. Matrix’s head office in Western Australia is home to Australia’s largest, most technologically advanced composite manufacturing facility. The facility is ISO 9001 certified and boasts a large R&&D office run by scientists and material engineers from a broad spectrum of disciplines.
Speaker: Aaron Begley, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX: MFD) listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in November 2016. In that time Mayfield has grown to own and operate 21 Victorian childcare centres representing 1,777 registered childcare places, with a clear vision of enhancing and delivering high quality childcare.
Established specifically within the Victorian market, Mayfield’s tight geographical distribution delivers a centralised and cost-effective management structure, simplifying day to day operations and integration of centres. Mayfield will drive growth organically with a focused effort on the delivery of quality education and care in line with the National Quality Standards. Further, Mayfield will look to expand its business through targeted acquisition of established Childcare centres with potential for growth, against agreed criteria including supply/demand metrics, centre size, location, utilisation and profitability.
Speaker: Dean Clarke, Chief Executive Officer
McPherson’s Limited (ASX: MCP) established in 1860, is a leading supplier of health, beauty, household and personal care products in Australasia, with operations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. McPherson’s markets and distributes beauty care, hair care, skin care and fragrances, kitchen essentials, and personal care items such as facial wipes, cotton pads and foot comfort products. McPherson’s manages some significant brands for agency partners and via joint venture arrangements such as Kotia and SugarBaby; however, the majority of revenue is derived from the company’s diversified portfolio of owned market-leading brands, including Dr. LeWinn’s, A'kin, Manicare, Lady Jayne, Swisspers and Multix.
Speaker: Laurie McAllister, Managing Director
MedAdvisor Limited (ASX: MDR) is a world class medication management platform focused on addressing the gap and burden of medication adherence. Founded with a desire to simplify medication management, the highly automated and intuitive Australian software system connects patients to tools and education materials through over 55% of community pharmacies.
Available free on mobile and internet devices, the platform incorporates a variety of valuable and convenient features including reminders, pre-ordering of medications and medicines information, which together improves adherence to chronic medications by over 20%. Since 2013, MedAdvisor has connected with over one million users and a network of 1000s of GPs.
Speaker: Robert Read, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Osprey Medical Inc (ASX: OSP) is an innovative medical device company with a suite of proprietary dye (contrast) reduction and monitoring technologies that are designed to help physicians reduce the amount of dye delivered to patients and monitor the dose of dye delivered in real time throughout angiographic imaging procedures. Our vision is to make heart imaging procedures safer for patients with poor kidney function. The amount of dye used increases the patient's risk for dye-related kidney damage known as Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury (CI-AKI). The DyeVert™ System reduces dye delivered to patients while maintaining image quality in a self-adjusting easy-to-use design that monitors dye usage.
Speaker: Mike McCormick, Chief Executive Officer
Powerwrap Limited (ASX: PWL) is a financial services technology company providing better ways for financial advisers to manage their client’s investments. Its innovative platform delivers the comprehensive product range and tailored customer service increasingly sought by high net worth investors.
Founded in 2008 and with $8 billion in funds under administration (July 2019), Powerwrap’s platform is used by financial advisers, wealth managers, brokers and accountants. The Powerwrap platform stands apart for its ability to offer tailored solutions to advisers and its broad range of asset classes. Powerwrap listed in May 2019.
Speaker: Will Davidson, Chief Executive Officer
Revasum INC (ASX: RVS) specialises in the design and manufacturing of equipment used for the global semiconductor industry. Revasum’s equipment helps drive advanced manufacturing technology for critical growth markets, including automotive, IoT, and 5G.
Our product portfolio includes state of the art equipment for the grinding, polishing, and chemical mechanical planarization processes used to manufacture devices for those key end markets. All of Revasum’s equipment is designed and developed in close collaboration with our customers. Learn how we create the equipment that generates the technology of today and tomorrow.
Speaker: Jerry Cutini, Chief Executive Officer
Shekel Brainweigh Limited (ASX: SBW) is a global leader in developing weighing technology for the retail, healthcare and manufacturing markets. The Company operates two businesses, Shekel Scales and a newly established Retail Innovations Division. Shekel Scales provides weighing solutions to blue-chip customers such as Toshiba, Fujitsu, Diebold Nixdorf and GE Healthcare and has regular and growing revenue (FY18 US$18.7 million) with profitable core operations. Shekel’s new division leverages on the 40 years’ expertise of Shekel Scales and is focused on disrupting and digitally transforming the traditional retail industry through the deployment of new smart weighing and shelf management solutions.
Speaker: Danny Nadri, Country Manager Australia
Straker Translations Limited (ASX: STG) is one of the world’s leading translation companies and New Zealand’s premier Language Service Provider, and is ranked in the top 60 out of more than 27,000 LSPs around the world. Their 50,000 customers worldwide are serviced 24/7 by production centres in New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Ireland and the USA.
Their Ai powered translation technology platform enables translations to be delivered with speed and simplicity. Through dedicated in-house teams and portfolio of more than 13,000 translators, they use technological innovation to provide instant and award-winning translation services across every conceivable subject and medium, and in more than 80 languages.
Speaker: Grant Straker, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Vitalharvest Freehold Trust (ASX: VTH) is an agricultural real estate investment trust and is managed by goFARM Asset Management. VTH provides exposure to agricultural property assets that target growing global demand for nutritious healthy foods and owns Australia’s largest aggregation of citrus and berry farms with substantial water entitlements.
The properties are diversified across crop type, climatic region, water source and product end markets. The tenant is ASX-listed Costa Group, Australia’s largest horticulture company and fresh produce supplier. Rental income includes both a fixed component and a profit share.
VTH is an experienced manager (acquired and developed over 50,000 ha of grain, cotton, almonds, citrus and wine grapes assets).
Speaker: Liza Whitmore, Executive Chairperson, goFARM Asset Management
Volpara Health Technologies Limited (ASX: VHT) is a leading MedTech company dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer by improving the quality of mammographic screening. Its AI imaging algorithms enable breast imaging centres to provide personalised, high-quality breast cancer screening based on automated, objective measurements of breast density, positioning, radiation dose, and compression. Volpara has numerous patents, trademarks, and regulatory clearances, including FDA clearance and CE marking, and a volume of peer-reviewed publications unrivalled in the breast density industry. The Company recently gained a stronger US presence through the acquisition of medical software company MRS Systems.
Speaker: Dr Ralph Highnam, Chief Executive Officer
Wisr Limited (ASX: WZR) is a pioneer in Australia's consumer lending market, focused on building a purpose-led business in consumer finance. As Australia’s first neo lender and one of Australia’s fastest-growing fintech companies, it has built a unique ecosystem of smarter, fairer personal finance products and services including WisrCredit and Wisr App. It fuses the best of emerging fintech with the operational reliability of a traditional lender, to provide exceptional customer experiences and a business model that is scalable and built to deliver long term profitability.
Speaker: Anthony Nantes, Chief Executive Officer
Xref Limited (ASX: XF1) is a fast-growing human resources technology company which serves more than 1,200 clients worldwide. Its cloud-based, automated platform provides a robust and reliable candidate referencing solution that saves clients time and money during the recruitment process and enables them to make smarter, more informed hiring decisions.
Xref collects up to 60 percent more data, five times faster than traditional reference checking methods. Its addressable market includes more than 180 million employees in North America, 120 million employees in Europe and 15 million employees in Australia and New Zealand. Xref has been used by candidates and referees in more than 195 countries.
Speaker: Lee-Martin Seymour, Chief Executive Officer
|8:30am - 9.10am||Registration opens and breakfast|
|9:30am||Leigh Creek Energy Limited (ASX:LCK)|
|9:45am||Hazer Group Limited (ASX:HZR)|
|10:00am||Cassini Resources Limited (ASX:CZI)|
|Session 2||Finance and Fintech|
|10:15am||WISR Limited (ASX:WZR)|
|10:30am||Powerwrap Limited (ASX:PWL)|
|10:45am||Fiducian Group Limited (ASX:FID)|
|11:00am||Auswide Bank Limited (ASX:ABA)|
|11:15 - 11:35am||Morning tea|
|Session 3||Micro Cap Speed Round|
|11:35am||LBT Innovations Limited (ASX:LBT)|
|11:42am||Shekel Brainweigh Limited (ASX:SBW)|
|11:49am||Matrix Composites & Engineering Limited (ASX:MCE)|
|11:56am||EMVision Medical Devices Limited (ASX:EMV)|
|Session 4||Medical and Biotech|
|12:05pm||Medavisor Limited (ASX:MDR)|
|12:20pm||Osprey Medical INC (ASX:OSP)|
|12:35pm||Volpara Health Technologies Limited (ASX:VHT)|
|12:50 - 1:50pm||Lunch|
|1:50pm||Panel: Small cap investing|
|Session 5||Food & Beverage & Lifestyle|
|2:10pm||Vitalharvest Freehold trust (ASX:VTH)|
|2:25pm||Marley Spoon (ASX: MMM)|
|2:40pm||Apiam Animal Health Limited (ASX:AHX)|
|2:55pm||Mayfield Childcare Limited (ASX:MFD)|
|3:10pm||McPherson's Limited (ASX:MCP)|
|3:25 - 3:45pm||Afternoon tea|
|3:45pm||Straker translations Limited (ASX:STG)|
|4:00pm||XREF Limited (ASX:XF1)|
|4:15pm||Jaxsta Limited (ASX:JXT)|
|4:30pm||Bailador Technology Investments Limited (ASX:BTI)|
|4:45pm||Revasum INC (ASX:RVS)|
|5:00pm||Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited (ASX:EOS)|
|5:15pm||Closing remarks & networking drinks|
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