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Challenger Acquisitions chairman updates on Starneth deal and NY Wheel

Proactive Investors - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 03:12

The executive chairman of Challenger Acquisitions (LON:CHAL), Mark Gustafson, provides an update on the investment vehicle’s reverse takeover of Starneth, a specialist in giant observation wheels.

Having received an injection of capital earlier this month the group has now signed a letter of intent to acquire Starneth, and Gusfaston reckons Challenger’s shares will be readmitted to the London stock market by the end of this summer.

In an exclusive interview, he also provides an update on the latest construction work on the New York Wheel, located on Staten Island, in which Challenger has 2.5% interest.

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Shard Market Eye - Six to watch for rest of 2015

Proactive Investors - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 03:37
Challenger Acquisitions Limited (LON: CHAL.L) has had an exciting start to life on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The shares began trading on 19th February on the LSE’s main market following a share subscription at 10p. The strategy is to acquire target companies or businesses in the entertainment and leisure sectors with particular focus on the “Attractions” sector..
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Challenger Acquisitions boss on maiden investment in New York Wheel

Proactive Investors - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:13
Challenger Acquisitions’ (LON:CHAL) Mark Gustafson tells Proactive Investors he plans to build up projects over the long term after making his first investment in the attractions space. Having received an injection of capital earlier this month, the investment vehicle has paid US$3mln for a 2.46% stake in the upcoming New York Wheel. Executive chairman Gustafson explains the decision to invest was based on the commercial success of the London Eye and reckons there is a significant pipeline of projec
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Challenger Acquisitions boss on maiden investment in New York Wheel

Proactive Investors - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:13

Challenger Acquisitions’ (LON:CHAL) Mark Gustafson tells Proactive Investors he plans to build up projects over the long term after making his first investment in the attractions space.

Having received an injection of capital earlier this month, the investment vehicle has paid US$3mln for a 2.46% stake in the upcoming New York Wheel.

Executive chairman Gustafson explains the decision to invest was based on the commercial success of the London Eye and reckons there is a significant pipeline of projects ahead. For now though, the business will focus on funding the reverse takeover of specialist engineer Starneth.

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Challenger Acquisitions inks deals for New York Wheel project

Proactive Investors - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:24
The deals provide an excellent platform on which to build a scalable business, said chairman Mark Gustafson
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Challenger Acquisitions inks deals for New York Wheel project

Proactive Investors - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:24
The deals provide an excellent platform on which to build a scalable business, said chairman Mark Gustafson
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Challenger Acquisitions keen to pursue strategy after banking first £2.2mln of £3mln funding

Proactive Investors - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 22:58

Challenger Acquisitions (LON:CHAL) executive chairman Mark Gustafson is keen to proceed with the group’s strategy, after the group secured around £3mln through a convertible note funding.

The company today said it had now received £2.2mln of the £3mln that has been formally committed to by investors to date. It is expected that the outstanding £850,000 will be received within the next 25 days.

Capital raised through the funding round is earmarked to be used as part of the group’s acquisition and investment strategy which is focussed on the entertainment and leisure sectors, particularly ‘attractions’ business.

"We are very pleased that new investors and existing shareholders have provided additional capital for our company,” Gustafson said in a statement.

“Whilst there may be additional demand for our funding instrument, we are keen to move forward with our acquisition strategy."

The Challenger loan notes carry interest at 12% per year and they are convertible into shares at either a 50p fixed price or at a 7.5% discount to the prevailing market price. And they can redeemed by the company for a 10% premium, anytime the market price for the share is lower than 50p.


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Challenger Acquisitions gets the wheels rolling with £3mln fundraise

Proactive Investors - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:39

Newly-listed investment vehicle Challenger Acquisitions (LON:CHAL) plans to raise £3mln by issuing convertible notes.

The company, focused on build stakes in giant Ferris wheel projects, told investors today it will put the funds towards acquisitions of target companies. 

It’s likely that any purchases will be in the range of £2mln-£20mln and be made in the next six to twelve months, the company said.

Challenger plans to build on its recent co-operation deal with Starneth, the company whose CEO and key members help to design and engineer the hugely successful London Eye.

Starneth has a pipeline of 30+ projects in select locations around the globe which Challenger can now access.

The idea is to fund select projects through a mixture of debt and equity using Challenger’s status as a listed vehicle. 

Challenger would then take a majority stake in each attraction along the way, picking up a steady revenue stream.

"Based on our successful IPO and the cooperation agreement recently signed with Starneth, certain shareholders and new investors have expressed interest in providing additional capital to Challenger,” said Mark Gustafson, executive chairman.

“We are raising the capital to position Challenger with a stronger balance sheet in order to fund an acquisition or investment at the lower end of the value range as stated in our strategy."


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Gustafson eyes up the wheel deal for Challenger Acquisitions

Proactive Investors - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:59

“When I looked at the attractions space, demand was strong with multiple cities around the world looking to build giant observation wheels," said Mark Gustafson, founder of Challenger Acquisitions, which made its debut on London's stock market in February. 

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Gustafson eyes up the wheel deal for Challenger Acquisitions

Proactive Investors - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:59

“When I looked at the attractions space, demand was strong with multiple cities around the world looking to build giant observation wheels," said Mark Gustafson, founder of Challenger Acquisitions, which made its debut on London's stock market in February. 

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Challenger Acquisitions' Gustafson forsakes oil & gas for Big Wheels

Proactive Investors - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 01:31

Challenger Acquisitions (LON:CHAL) chairman, Mark Gustafson, has spent much of his working life raising finance for oil and gas projects. Now as he  tells Proactiveinvestors, he is shifting his attention to the 'attractions' sector.

His recently launched investment vehicle has just signed a co-operation deal with Starneth, the company behind the hugely successful London Eye ferris wheel. The company is also developing new giant observation wheels in Dubai and New York.

The agreement  gives Challenger extra reach into a sector which Gustafson describes a “hugely popular”. His ultimate game plan is to become a majority stake in big wheels throughout the world. 

“It’s also way more recession-proof than investing resources,” he claims.

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Gustafson sets wheels in motion with Challenger Acquisitions

Proactive Investors - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:29

Newly-listed Challenger Acquisitions, led by Mark Gustafson, hopes to turn a profit by investing in big wheels.

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