Sectors & Geographic Dispersion
AIM-listed companies are organized into 90 sub sectors, which feed into 40 sectors, which feed into 10 super sectors. The 47 U.S. companies currently listed on AIM are quite diverse and operate in seven of the 10 super sectors.
The first pie chart below illustrates the relative number of U.S. companies listed on AIM in each super sector. Since the classifications can be deceptive, as many of these businesses are ‘technology-enabled’, the paragraphs below the pie charts provide some detailed descriptions and insights into the individual companies. The second pie chart below shows the main place of operation within the U.S. for these companies, although, it should be noted that most have some, and in some cases substantial, overseas operations and/or assets.
Sector Dispersion - U.S. Companies Listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
Geographic Dispersion - U.S. Companies Listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
Six of the 10 Oil & Gas / Cleantech companies are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming with assets focused on the Permian Basin in West Texas, Tyler and Polk Counties in East Texas, all of Oklahoma, including the Anadarko Basin in Central Oklahoma and North Texas, the Bakken/Three Forks Sanish formations in North Dakota, the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado and the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming. The two companies operating primarily in Louisiana also have interests in Mexico and Indonesia and Argentina and Paraguay, respectively.
Two companies are oil and gas field technology services’ companies; one designs and manufactures products focused on the measurement while drilling market and the other has technology that can clean water by permanently and immediately removing free, emulsified and dissolved hydrocarbons.
One company specializes in the exploration and production of iodine and iodine specialty chemical derivatives with operations in Montana, Kentucky and Oklahoma. This company has achieved complete vertical integration; producing iodine in the field, manufacturing the chemical end-products derived from iodine for the consumer and recycling iodine using iodinated side-streams from waste chemical processes.
The sole Cleantech company enables energy recovery from municipal waste or from renewable and alternative fuels such as biomass, lignite (brown coal), tires and plastics to create synthetic gas for power generation or reformulation into liquid fuels for transportation.
Two of the nine Healthcare companies have developed medical devices; one provides rapid diagnostic screening and testing capabilities and the other has a range of non-invasive, neurodiagnostic hardware and software products used to monitor and interpret brain activity.
Two companies operate in the biotech space; one recently entered Phase III with novel antibiotics thought to be effective against infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria and the other is focused on enhancing productivity in aquaculture (i.e. fish farming).
Two are technology-based biopharma companies; one is advancing drug discovery programs in anticoagulation, diabetic macular edema and oncology (solid tumor) and the other is a developer and supplier of cell engineering technology to biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms engaged in cell therapy, drug discovery and development, biomanufacturing, gene editing and immuno-oncology.
One is a medical technology company that uses its hypochlorous acid platform to cleanse a variety of chronic and acute animal and human wounds, including diabetic ulcers and burns, and is developing further applications for use against allergic conjunctivitis, or ocular allergy, which is an immune-mediated disease characterized by itching, redness, burning, and tearing of the eye, and atopic dermatitis, which is a chronic inflammatory skin disease.
One, with operations in Scotland and New Zealand, is a developer and manufacturer of medical grade collagen products and provides related services to create collagen components for use in regenerative medicine, medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics.
One is a healthcare services organization that provides revenue cycle management, practice management and group purchasing service to hospital-based physicians and physician groups.
Six of the seven Technology companies are focused on enterprise software and the other one is focused on consumer software.
The six enterprise software companies are all very different; one provides software and services to background screening companies and employers that help facilitate better recruitment and hiring decisions, one provides software solutions for ticketing, queuing and admission to leisure/theme parks, entertainment venues and cultural attractions, one has developed a mobile workforce management software platform used by field service organizations to improve productivity and efficiency, one provides consultancy, enterprise software and analytics to foster, drive, maintain and monitor corporate innovation, turning it into a sustainable competence, one provides point-of-sale software directly to retailers and through channel partners focused on inventory management and promotions that connects the online experience with the brick-and-mortar in-store experience for customers and one is a global SaaS provider of remote meetings (i.e. conference calls).
The consumer software company has developed an Internet video search engine that leverages speech recognition and text and image analysis to deeply understand the meaning and context of video content to generate improved search relevancy for consumers.
The Industrials sector is comprised of seven very different companies. One invents, develops, manufactures and markets advanced, technology-based products used to mark, track and authenticate high value goods.
One, with operations in Ireland and the UK, is a designer and manufacturer of LED illumination systems and laser diode modules for industry leading OEMs, for machine vision, industrial inspection, security, and ultra violet applications, and for medical equipment companies.
One provides residential and commercial water leak detection and remediation services.
One manufactures laser-guided, horizontal concrete placing equipment and related machinery.
One is a B2B provider of financial clearinghouse services for merchants, online stores and telecommunications companies, specifically for local exchange carriers in the areas of phone clearing, billing and settlement solutions and toll clearing services, wholesale transactions in Wi-Fi ecosystems and voice logging services for third party verification and call recording.
One, with operations in the UK, is an aerospace services company that provides hardware, software and services for unmanned aerial systems (i.e. drones) to civilian, law enforcement and military customers.
One provides, through its franchise network, services that include the micro-filtration of cooking oil and the vacuum-based cleaning of deep fryers for national and independent commercial kitchen operators and owners in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, universities, supermarkets, large manufacturing plants, casinos, concert venues and sports stadiums.
Four of the six Financials companies are Investing Companies; one makes equity investments in West Coast biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies, one provides equity and debt venture and growth capital to renewable energy and sustainable technology companies, one makes control equity investments in cross-border companies, primarily those that operate in the US-India corridor and one acquires business claims that are in litigation or arbitration, effectively shifting the risks and rewards from corporations to themselves.
One is a financial services company, staffed with lawyers, that provides litigation financing to companies, effectively creating a portfolio of investments where they receive a portion of the proceeds from any positively resolved matters.
One incubates and provides debt and/or equity financing to high-growth medical, life science, and technology businesses in the U.S. and the UK.
Three of the six Basic Materials companies are mining concerns, one is developing several early stage copper, gold and silver exploration targets, one is prospecting for silver and one processes and sells magnetite iron ore they recover from tailings storage facilities located at an inactive copper mine.
The remaining three fit broadly into the Specialty Chemicals sub sector; one is a clean water antimicrobial technology company that manufacturers products and out-licenses proprietary technology for the water treatment and antimicrobial coatings markets, one provides biological products to global agriculture markets to improve the health, vigor and yield of major field crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and rice and specialty crops such as fruits and vegetables and one is a life sciences company that has developed and licenses/markets nature-derived insect and parasite control products that target nerve centers active only in invertebrates, making them safe for humans and animals in the fight against head lice and insects and pests in livestock settings.
One of the two Consumer Services businesses owns and operates new generic Internet top-level domains and also provides domain name and domain registry services.
The other consumer services company is an athlete representation agency that also provides sports marketing and event management services.