New Director Norris107 “Apart from any defining RNS the next real personnel significance will be, imo, is when we see the company start recruiting again as we did just prior to the Saudi episode.” Norris, I firmly agree and we are ‘recruiting’ This is not a menial secretary that we are ‘recruiting’ though (no disrespect to any secretarial types out there, my company secretary is one of the highest paid officers in the company) This is new NED. One that we certainly did not need four months ago, whilst we were on an austerity drive. It’s happening Norris, now at last, this chap is garnering support in all the right places. His resume tells me that he knows where oil is sold in its various guises(which is important when your product is new so customers get why) who to sell it to, he specialises in Far East, and Far Eastern corporate funding. He knows what makes a market and how to exploit it to best advantage. That just leaves when? I reckon our man is here for early in the piece when the experience is needed to get us over the line.
New Director Hi Fillpot - the ‘day in the life article’ was a long time ago but there’s no doubting his record and experience - my initial reaction was to question his age but as others have noted over on the Tapatalk site, he’s not likely to want to put his good name / reputation to a dead or dying duck - so lets hope he’s not broke and wants to go out on a ‘high’ with his name linked to an ecological milestone. With so many opinions out there and as yet nothing publicly concrete who knows what his defining role will be - again it’s been along time since his BP days and as NED to QFI I doubt that he’s here to get the party started and assume that he’s disclosed that he can bring something significant to the party when it gets going. Whether that’s to address something specific I guess only time will tell. Apart from any defining RNS the next real personnel significance will be, imo, is when we see the company start recruiting again as we did just prior to the Saudi episode. But your right Mr Sanderson seems to be a ‘good egg’ and was recruited at Easter - lets hope he’s worth his fee! All the best one and all Norris107
New Director Hi Norris107 I was looking up our new NED This is a good piece of coverage and a useful example of how very well connected our mr Sanderson is The Independent – 17 Nov 07 A Day In The Life: Bryan Sanderson, chairman of Northern Rock The City veteran racing against time to salvage the wreckage of Northern Rock
New Director Yes a great CV but this is the best bit:- Fillpot: His depth of knowledge within the energy, chemicals and financial sectors will be invaluable for the business and having someone of Bryan’s stature join Quadrise at this important time is a clear endorsement of the progress that we are making. Albeit a little vague it’s always good to hear some positivity, are the jig-saw pieces finally falling into place? hopefully this is a precursor! Still hanging-in on there - Norris107
New Director Doors indeed ToT MD of BP during the height of BPBitor’s Orimulsion ‘popularity’ Financier in chief at Standard Chartered Well in with Government What is not to like about this appointment If he buys in the market that in itself will get us going again?!
New Director I just discovered that recent RNS alerts had been going into my spam folder. Hopefully the problem is solved now…
New Director Didn’t come out until 11.40 ToT.
New Director I missed that this morning but you can’t argue with a CV like that and it’s a big vote of confidence in the company which might unlock a lot of doors. Tot
New Director RNS new Director for QFI RNS Number : 8158W Quadrise Fuels International PLC 23 April 2019 Quadrise Fuels International plc (“Quadrise”, “QFI” or the “Company”) Directorate Change Quadrise is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bryan Kaye Sanderson CBE as an independent non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect. Mr. Sanderson has extensive experience in the energy, chemicals and financial sectors, having spent more than 35 years with BP in senior executive positions, latterly as Managing Director from 1991 to 2000 and as Chief Executive of BP Chemicals from 1990 to 2000. Since retiring from BP in 2000, Mr. Sanderson has held the position of Chairman at Standard Chartered Bank, the Learning and Skills Council, BUPA, Northern Rock and Sunderland Area Regeneration. Mr. Sanderson was also previously a non-executive director of Corus/British Steel, Six Continents and Argus Media. He is currently Interim Chairman of the UK Government’s Low Pay Commission and holds a number of other board positions. Mr. Sanderson holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, where he is currently an Emeritus Governor, as well as Honorary Doctorates from the University of York and the University of Sunderland. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Commenting on the appointment Mike Kirk, Executive Chairman of QFI, said: “We are delighted that Bryan has joined the board of QFI, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections from over 35 years as a senior executive and having served on the Boards of some of the UK’s most prominent businesses. His depth of knowledge within the energy, chemicals and financial sectors will be invaluable for the business and having someone of Bryan’s stature join Quadrise at this important time is a clear endorsement of the progress that we are making. I and the rest of the board are looking forward to working with Bryan in the continued development of the business towards commercialisation and delivery of value to shareholders.” In addition to his appointment to the Quadrise board of directors, Mr. Bryan Kaye Sanderson CBE, aged 78, holds or has held the following directorships or partnerships in the past five years. Current Previous (last five years) One World Entertainment Limited Business Impact UK Limited Diabetes Care Technology Limited Argus Media Limited Samling Institute for Young Artists ZIPP International Payments Limited Home Renaissance Foundation Cella Energy Limited (1) Florence Nightingale Foundation Durham Cricket C.I.C. Another BP connection Coincidence? Direction? Good luck all holders
Substantial new MOU with Bitumina -- Eastern Europe, Vietnam, and technology collab A really interesting tie-up with world leader in Bitumen and pavement asphalts. Russia is interesting as it is expected to be a loser in IMO 2020 as its left with some very heavy bottom of the barrel crudes. Not enough road projects in the world to use up this glut of residue that Bitumina make their living from. So, they start to look at utilising their worldwide asphaltenes trading, storage and processing infrastructure to partner with a fuel manufacturer that uses its specialty commodity raw material asphaltenes, to make its fuel, MSAR This is huge
Substantial new MOU with Bitumina -- Eastern Europe, Vietnam, and Technology Memorandum of Understanding with Bitumina Quadrise is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Bitumina Industries Limited (“Bitumina UK”), represented by Bitumina General Trading LLC of Dubai (“Bitumina”). The Bitumina Group, led by Dr Bernd Schmidt, was founded nearly 100 years ago and is now a world leader in producing, trading and supplying a wide range of bitumen products for use in road construction. The Bitumina Group also has a business in Denmark that manufactures and sells colloidal mills and plants for bituminous products and road emulsion production, similar to the unit used for MSAR® manufacture. Bitumina UK is under incorporation for the purposes of implementing Bitumina’s intended vertical integration strategy in the global bitumen sector from refinery production through to road and other applications, including the development of the MSAR® business with Quadrise under the MOU. The non-binding MOU defines the structure through which Quadrise and Bitumina will work together on an exclusive basis to seek to progress selected MSAR® project opportunities (“MSAR® Projects”) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (including Russia), Poland, Romania, and Vietnam to commercial agreements for the production and supply of MSAR® fuel. During an initial scoping phase, QFI will perform laboratory pilot tests to establish emulsification parameters and formulations for selected MSAR® Projects. The parties will make use of existing Bitumina terminal assets and, in parallel, Quadrise will fully test the applicability of Bitumina’s technology and IP (as well as that of affiliated companies and partners) at the Quadrise Research Facility for applicability to future MSAR® fuel projects. Under the MOU, the parties will also prepare detailed techno-economic studies for MSAR® Projects involving selected counterparties to establish the economics of MSAR® production and supply to potential MSAR® users. Subsequent commercial agreements will be structured so that Quadrise and Bitumina will share profits of any project delivered on the basis of the IP, resources and financial inputs of each party utilising shared assets and infrastructure. The term of the MOU is 24 months, after which time it will expire unless mutually extended by the parties or superseded by another agreement. Commenting on this development: Mike Kirk, Executive Chairman of QFI, said: "We are delighted to sign this MOU with Bitumina to progress commercial opportunities, initially in Eastern Europe. With an initial focus on the Bitumina terminal assets, we look forward to seeking to realise the commercial benefits from the complementary nature of our businesses. Utilising Bitumina’s existing assets and in-depth market knowledge, we hope to be able to progress to commercial terms with third parties at the earliest opportunity and to deliver value to shareholders of both QFI and Bitumina through the use of MSAR® technology to supply large scale projects in the power and marine sectors." Dr Bernd Schmidt, Chairman & Managing Director of Bitumina, said: "Bitumina see extensive potential in deploying Quadrise’s MSAR® technology to add value to our terminal assets and technology, and we look forward to working with Quadrise to advance projects where MSAR® has clear economic and environmental advantages over existing fuel sources and we believe that in combination with our assets and market knowledge, a solid commercialisation for production and distribution of competitive MSAR® products on a global scale can be achieved. We shall make all our resources and knowledge available to Quadrise to allow them to commercialise their excellent MSAR® product to clients, initially in Eastern Europe utilising our, and our partners, production capacities and export infrastructure to global markets, and we are certain that MSAR® will be a highly viable fuel option for power and marine applications among others, especially post IMO 2020."
Half Year RNS To me the highlights are: Pipeline generally progressing well, and as indicated previously. Despite any arrangement regarding deferral of fees, the funding is expected to last until October, as previously indicated. Sufficient potential sales are in the pipeline that Akzo/Nouryon and QFI are working to ensure volume of chemicals is available. KSA re-engagement is seemingly occurring (slowly). Team are in discussions with marine operators about scrubbers + MSAR. Great to see this area picking up again. Nothing exciting, but that’s always been the case with HY reports. Mike Kirk tends to disclose interesting stuff via RNS!
Half Year RNS I’m glad it was kept short, they need to focus on getting revenue / deals, not reports re-stating the same as what’s already been covered. Nearly end of Q1. They got about 3 more Q’s before bust? Let’s hope they get something over the line… enough talk, times ticking.
Half Year RNS This morning’s RNS RNS Number : 7968T Quadrise Fuels International PLC 25 March 2019 25 March 2019 Quadrise Fuels International plc (“Quadrise”, “QFI”, the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries the “Group”) Interim Results for the 6 month period ended 31 December 2018 Quadrise Fuels International plc (AIM: QFI) announces its unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 31 December 2018 and an update on significant developments during the first quarter of 2019. Operational Summary CMPDA with Freepoint Ø Quadrise entered into a Co-Marketing and Project Development Agreement with Freepoint Commodities LLC in November 2018, under which Quadrise and Freepoint have commenced jointly exploring and pursuing a number of MSAR® project opportunities, and seek to progress these to long-term commercialisation. Initial focus is on the Americas, Middle East and Asia, with the intention of jointly investing in projects on a build-own-operate basis. MoU and Test Programme with Oil Major Ø Quadrise signed an MoU and MSAR® Pilot Test Programme with a European oil major in November 2018, under which the two companies are working together to identify potential MSAR® clients for one of the oil major’s European refineries, and pursue and obtain a feasibility study agreement from a potential MSAR® fuel client for the consumption of MSAR® produced at this refinery during 2019. Ø Quadrise will test specific refinery residues for the oil major at the Quadrise Research Facility during early Q2 2019 on a paid basis to demonstrate and optimise the blending of refinery residues to MSAR® fuel. Services and representation agreements for Kuwait and Morocco Ø In Q1 2019, Quadrise entered into agreements with well-placed agents to pursue opportunities on behalf of Quadrise for the use of MSAR® in certain key markets. The agreements are with Aleph Commodities Ltd, a UK company with significant experience in the Middle East, to pursue opportunities in Kuwait, and with Younes Maamar, a former CEO of the Moroccan state electricity company, to pursue opportunities in Morocco (and potentially other countries in Africa). Ø Under the terms of both agreements, Quadrise has agreed a success-based incentive structure, with material rewards only due upon the delivery of relevant disclosable project milestones and contracts that lead to the establishment of MSAR® projects and commercial sales. Marine Business Development Ø Quadrise is in discussions with a number of marine market participants regarding work to progress MSAR® trials alongside the adoption of exhaust gas cleaning systems (“EGCS” or “scrubbers”). Quadrise and many market analysts continue to believe EGCS and high sulphur fuel will be a profitable IMO 2020 compliance option for many container, tanker and bulker vessels. Ø Compliance with IMO 2020 in the marine fuel market is impacting the forward price differential between gas oil and fuel oil for 2020, which now stands at $310-$330/tonne, providing a sound economic backdrop for both MSAR® and EGCS. Other Developments Ø In January 2019, Quadrise raised gross proceeds of £1.51 million through an Open Offer to existing shareholders. These funds, together with the Company’s existing cash balances will enable the Company to operate and advance its business development opportunities until early October 2019. Ø The contracts with AkzoNobel for the exclusive purchase and supply of goods and services and for the exclusive joint development of emulsion fuel were extended for a further year to November 2019, with a new three year exclusivity agreement planned with Nouryon later in 2019. Ø The MoU with PowerSeraya was extended for a further year to October 2020, and work continues with JGC to access major customers in Japan. Financial Summary Ø £1.0 million in cash reserves at 31 December 2018 (31 December 2017: £3.4 million) which together with the gross proceeds of £1.51m raised from the Open Offer post period end allows the Company to operate until early October 2019. Ø Loss after tax of £1.7 million (2017: £2.0 million) of which £0.9 million (2017: £1.1 million) relates to operational production and development costs, and £0.7 million (2017: £0.8 million) to administrative expenses. Ø Total assets of £5.1 million at 31 December 2018 (2017: £7.8 million). Mike Kirk, Executive Chairman of QFI, said: "We continue to believe that our MSAR® technology has significant potential, and recent announcements demonstrate that an increasing number of participants in the energy, power and marine markets are aligned to this view and are incentivised to deliver value for Quadrise and our shareholders. The positive shifts in the liquid fuels markets, together with the initiatives announced in the final quarter of 2018 (with Freepoint Commodities and a European major) and in the first quarter of 2019 (with Aleph Commodities and Younes Maamar), are building significant momentum for Quadrise and we intend to accelerate this to ensure that we can meet the requirement to obtain further funding before Q4 2019, and progress to MSAR® commercialisation. Our broader portfolio of opportunities significantly reduces execution risk, as does our proven project management experience, though we remain fully aware of the hurdles that we need to clear to build successful projects delivering large volumes of MSAR® to both the power and marine markets. We look forward to being able to provide updates as appropriate as we progress through 2019." For further information, please refer to the Company’s website at www.quadrisefuels.com, or contact email@example.com or phone: Quadrise Fuels International Plc Mike Kirk, Executive Chairman +44 (0)20 7031 7321 Jason Miles, Chief Operating Officer Nominated Adviser Cenkos Securities plc Dr Azhic Basirov +44 (0)20 7397 8900 Ben Jeynes Katy Birkin Joint Brokers Peel Hunt LLP Richard Crichton +44 (0)20 7418 8900 Ross Allister Stockdale Securities Andy Crossley Daniel Harris +44 (0)20 7601 6108 Public & Investor Relations FTI Consulting Ben Brewerton +44 (0)20 3727 1000 Ntobeko Chidavaenzi Notes to Editors QFI is the supplier of MSAR® emulsion technology and fuels, a low-cost alternative to heavy fuel oil (one of the world’s largest fuel markets, comprising over 450 million tons per annum) in the global power generation, shipping, steam and refining industries. This announcement is inside information for the purposes of article 7 of Regulation 596/2014. Chairman’s Statement Introduction As I outlined in the 2018 Annual Report, the Group’s focus over the past year has been on rebuilding shareholder confidence and demonstrating that their long-term support continues to be justified. During this period, we have evolved and diversified our approach to business development, achieving and announcing a number of important initiatives. In November 2018, we announced the signature of the Co-Marketing and Project Development Agreement (“CMPDA”) with Freepoint Commodities LLC (“Freepoint”), and also the memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) and MSAR® test programme with a European oil major. We continue to work with Japan Gas Corporation (“JGC”) to access major customers in Japan, and are also using agents in certain key markets. In Kuwait, a territory under the CMPDA, Quadrise is now working with Aleph Commodities Ltd (“Aleph”) and in Morocco the Company is being assisted by Younes Maamar, a former CEO of the Moroccan state-owned utility ONEE. In December 2018, we launched the open offer which closed successfully on 21 January 2019, raising £1.51 million of gross proceeds. I would like to thank all of the shareholders who supported Quadrise in this critical fundraising. With careful management of resources, this provides Quadrise with the ability to continue its business development activities through to early October 2019. To enable the business to progress to sustainable commercial operations, we are very clear on the requirement for near-term business development milestones and for additional funding. We are actively engaged in delivering on both fronts during 2019. The positive shifts in the liquid fuel markets continued throughout 2018. The combination of a positive macro environment and improved MSAR® economics, driven by the widening spread between Heavy Fuel Oil (“HFO”) and Gas Oil as well as significant changes in the way marine operators plan to comply with the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”) 2020 regulation, provide a very positive backdrop for Quadrise to work with refiners and fuel consumers in the power, marine and industrial markets to progress MSAR® projects. Our Research, Development and Innovation (“RDI”) activities remain central to our technology-led offering and work has continued to further develop the testing facilities at the Quadrise Research Facility (“QRF”), in order to handle those more challenging residues that require much higher working temperatures and pressures for MSAR® manufacture. We were pleased to have hosted a number of visits by shareholders to QRF recently and these have proven helpful in demonstrating to shareholders the depth and breadth of both QFI’s offering and the team at QRF, who are responsible for both RDI activities and operational support for active MSAR® projects. We retain a close working relationship with our technology partner, Nouryon, and on 26 November 2018 we announced the extension, for one year of the Joint Development Agreement and a Co-Operation and Exclusive Purchase and Supply Agreement for the chemicals used to create MSAR®. The agreements were renewed with previous AkzoNobel entities that transferred with the formation of Nouryon on 1 October 2018, following the acquisition of AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business by The Carlyle Group. During 2019, these agreements will be replaced with a new Exclusive Purchase and Supply Agreement with a new Nouryon entity. We are continuing to work closely with Nouryon to ensure that plans for MSAR® additives demand can match global supply by Nouryon facilities. Power Generation MSAR® Fuel The announcements on 26 February 2019 and 6 March 2019 of representation agreements with Aleph and Younes Maamar respectively highlight the progress we are making in two important markets. Firstly, in Kuwait, our agreement with Aleph has positioned Quadrise to build on the work we had already successfully undertaken in 2018 to demonstrate our technology to key participants in the local refining market and we look forward to being able to build on this substantially during 2019. Secondly, our agreement with Younes Maamar to access the power market in Morocco provides further opportunities. Under the terms of both agreements, Quadrise has agreed a success based incentive structure, with material rewards only due upon the delivery of relevant disclosable project milestones and contracts that lead to the establishment of MSAR® projects and commercial sales. Alongside these, we are continuing to pursue power market opportunities in a number of regions under our MoU with a European oil major and through our existing relationships with Freepoint, JGC and YTL Power Seraya. In addition, we continue to seek to address the market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are progressing a number of initiatives to reengage in the country and evaluate other regional opportunities for fuel oil substitution with MSAR®. Marine MSAR® Bunker Fuel The market background for Quadrise has been increasingly positive in the marine market, with an increasing uptake of exhaust gas cleaning systems (“EGCS” or “scrubbers”) combined with the use of high sulphur fuel representing the most economic IMO 2020 compliance option across the container, tanker and dry bulk markets, as planning for implementation on 1 January 2020 gathers pace during the second half of 2019. Quadrise is benefiting from this market dynamic and is in discussion with a number of market participants regarding work to progress trials ahead of making decisions on the adoption of MSAR® alongside EGCS. Work is also progressing at the IMO to build a policy framework to support compliance of global regulations by banning the carriage of non-compliant fuels unless EGCS are installed on vessels. In parallel, there are growing concerns regarding the availability and compatibility of blended 0.5% Sulphur HFO based on a recent spate of marine fuel oil quality issues from incompatible blendstocks and resulting engine failures. As a consequence of this, many owners are expected to use more expensive Gas Oil if they do not have EGCS installed. These developments are impacting the forward price differential between Gas Oil and HFO for 2020, which now stands at US$310-US$330/tonne, providing a sound economic backdrop for both MSAR® and EGCS. Quadrise and many market analysts continue to believe that high sulphur fuel and EGCS will be the lowest cost option compared with low sulphur alternatives. Cost control We continue to operate with a streamlined senior management team, with our Head of Projects Mark Whittle working alongside the Chief Operating Officer Jason Miles and myself to progress business development activities in the refining, power and marine markets. QRF is managed by our Head of Operations Bernard Johnston, who is based at our new lower cost premises that we moved into during Q2 2018. During the period under review, our programme of work and formal agreement with the University of Surrey came to an end, with the outcomes of this work now being progressed in-house at QRF under the supervision of our Head of RDI and Quality, Patrick Brunelle, with further resultant cost savings. As part of the measures taken to conserve cash resources, with effect from 1 September 2017, I agreed to defer 50% of my salary and the Non-executive Directors deferred approximately 30% of their fees (reducing these temporarily to £24k per annum). The deferral was for an initial 12-month period and then extended further to 31 March 2019. Following the successful open offer, the deferred portion of my salary and the Non-executive Directors’ fees will be repaid before the end of the financial year. The Directors and I have agreed that the previously announced 25% uplift portion (as compensation for this contribution to cost control) will now only apply to the period up to 31 December 2018, and will not be payable unless and until the Group is demonstrably funded to the point of commercial revenues. Financial Position The Group held cash and cash equivalents of approximately £1.0 million as at 31 December 2018 and raised approximately £1.5 million in gross proceeds from the successful open offer in January 2018. The Group continues to operate on a debt free basis whilst maintaining a stringent control of costs. The Group recorded a loss of £1.7m for the six months to 31 December 2018 (2017: £2.0m). This included production and development costs of £0.9m (2017: £1.1m) and administration expenses of £0.7m (2017: £0.8m). Basic and diluted loss per share was 0.19p (2017: 0.23p). The Group’s total assets amounted to £5.1 million as at 31 December 2018 (£7.8 million as at 31 December 2017). Apart from the cash and cash equivalents, this included fixed tangible assets (mainly plant and equipment) of £0.8 million and MSAR® trade name of £2.9 million. A provision of £189k for the costs of decommissioning the MSAR® manufacturing facility at the Cepsa refinery in Spain has been recognised. Decommissioning is expected to be completed during Q2 2019. The Group has accumulated tax losses of approximately £48.7 million (2017: £47.0 million) available to be carried forward against future profits. Outlook - Current trading and prospects. We are now building significant momentum across a broad range of opportunities in the power and marine markets, and our efforts remain focused on moving these forward at pace through the remainder of 2019. Our evolved business development approach is reducing risk through having a broader portfolio of opportunities. Alongside this, our proven project management expertise enhances our ability to engage with leading companies and reduces the delivery risk to project activities. We continue to believe that our MSAR® technology has significant potential, and recent announcements demonstrate that an increasing number of participants in the energy, power and marine markets are aligned to this view and are incentivised to deliver value for Quadrise and our shareholders. We look forward to being able to provide updates as appropriate as we progress through 2019. Mike Kirk Executive Chairman 22 March 2019
Latest Community Newsletter: "Quadrise Fuels announces agreements in Kuwait and Morocco, following successful £1.5 million fundraising" Not worth looking at unless there’s an RNS that the company may make some revenue.