No capacity crunch with evergreen EIS offer says CHF

by | Mar 3, 2017

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With the current demand for tax efficient investments outstripping supply, children’s television producers CHF Media Group is suggesting that intermediaries and investors should be considering its own open-ended fund.

The CHF Media Fund capitalises on the Government’s UK Creative Sector Tax Credits and allows investors the opportunity to share in the potential of commercial returns enjoyed by other shows such as Peppa Pig, Thomas and Friends and Bob the Builder.

The idea behind the fund is to offer private investors proprietary access to potential growth opportunities by sharing in the creation, ownership and monetisation of intellectual property via its ‘evergreen’ service.

The target is a three times net return of £2.10 for every £1 invested over a four-five year exit profile. Since its launch in 2014, the fund has invested over £10m across 12 companies, all of which qualify for current tax reliefs afforded under EIS and SEIS.

CEO of CHF Enterprises Adrian Wilkins said: “The UK’s incentive programme for creative industries is similar to those that previously  drove interest into solar and other environmental investments. The relief is in effect a 20% rebate on certain qualifying expenditure incurred by each investee company in producing a show. This 20% boost may serve to accentuate investee company profits and reduce any potential losses.”

Nick Buchan IFA, Director at Finance Shop, adds: “The Fund appeals to our clients as many of them are parents who have bought countless branded toys and other merchandise for their kids over the years and fully appreciate the potential for uncapped returns derived from media IP, such as licensing and merchandising and broadcast sales.

“We’re also now seeing returns from the popularity of CHF’s inaugural show “Pip Ahoy!” which is aired on CH5’s Milkshake, Cartoonito and RTE as well as on TV Stations in the Far East, Middle East and Europe, which further adds creditability to CHF’s model. Many of our clients also grew up watching the original shows made by Cosgrove Hall and take comfort in backing a quality team with an exemplary heritage such as theirs.”

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