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Why these 3 ASX shares are in trading halts

The market may be pushing higher again on Thursday, but not all shares are in a position to benefit from the bullish sentiment.

Three shares that are currently missing out because they are in trading halts are listed below. Here’s why they are halted:

Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR)

This gold miner’s shares were placed in a trading halt this morning pending an announcement to the market in relation to a capital raising. No other details were provided by the company, but this one appears to have caught shareholders by surprise. Especially given that Beadell raised $51 million at 29 cents per share just over a year ago, recently announced approval for a senior secured credit facility of up to US$60 million with Sprott Private Resource Lending, and has a share price hovering just above a 52-week low. Shareholders will no doubt be hoping that this one adds value this time.

Volpara Health Technologies Ltd (ASX: VHT)

This morning this fast-growing breast imaging analytics and analysis product provider requested a trading halt whilst it prepared an announcement regarding a capital raising. The capital raising will consist of an institutional placement and a share purchase plan. Its shares are expected to remain offline until Monday April 30. There is speculation floating around investment circles that Volpara aims to raise $18 million at 60 cents per share. Considering Volpara ended the first half with a cash balance of just NZ$1.3 million, this capital raising shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Wattle Health Australia Ltd (ASX: WHA)

This fledgling infant formula and baby food company’s shares have been suspended from quotation at the request of management for almost three weeks now. Incredibly, this looks likely to remain the case for at least another two weeks. Last week Wattle Health requested until May 7 to finalise the joint venture arrangements with Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia and Niche Dairy, and a potential capital raise. That joint venture arrangement will form the Corio Bay Dairy Group, which will have the capacity to be able to process up to 200,000 litres of fresh organic milk per day. I suspect the company is aiming to diversify its operations after the sales of its infant formula products in the first half of FY 2018 were tepid at best.

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