Penny Stock Company GDSI Wants To Buy Remington

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Global Digital Solutions (GDSI), a company whose shares are not listed on any major exchange, which has a market cap of just $65 million, a share price of just $0.80, no known products, no company logo and just two employees have made an offer to purchase the Remington Outdoor Company.

So who is GDSI? I have no idea. I had never heard of them before. This is how they describe themselves on Facebook:

Global Digital Solutions is refocusing its business strategy on positioning itself as a leader in providing small arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, culturally attuned social consulting

Culturally attuned social consulting? Clear as mud. Their Facebook page claims they are a small arms manufacturer as well as a grenade and munitions maker. They claim they are in the process of acquiring RPG-7 maker Airtronic Inc. who went bankrupt. Airtronic’s assets are worth  $1.25 million. They claim Airtronic “manufacturers critically important arms for the U.S. military and allied militaries” … excuse my language, but bullshit they do. No matter how many picatinny rails you add to an RPG-7, it will never be a critical part of the US military.

Back to GDSI. They claim to be developing RFID, Wifi and web based gun tracking technology. Their homepage has the following image …

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Next to the above image is the following text …

They won the West and have been an important part of American life for over 150 years.  GDSI is committed to ensuring these enduring brands continue and continue to be the best America can build.

Only three of the companies pictured have been around long enough to “win the west”. Beretta, SIG Sauer and H&K are not even American companies. I wonder what they think about this company using their logos.

On their homepage GDSI also claim …

An earthquake of failed capital has shaken America’s mainstream gun manufacturers leaving few resources to bring their product lines into the 21st century.

The gun industry has never been as large, and sales as high, as it is today.

As I mentioned before, the market cap of GDSI is $65 million. Yesterday the market cap was $59 million. Penny stocks fluctuate wildly. In the past year their market cap has ranged from as little as $7.3 million to $112 million. Somehow this two person company plans on finding a $1 billion loan to purchase a company with over 2,000 employees. This is less a legitimate purchase offer than it is a publicity stunt to get their name in the media (and a successful scheme at that).

I hope any lenders approached by GDSI for a $1 billion loan understand Remington’s sales WILL collapse if the sale goes through. The last thing we, the consumers, want is a company like GDSI embedding RFID and Wifi circuitry in Remington/Bushmaster/Marlin/DPMS/etc. firearms. It took Ruger two decades to get past the damage done to the brand by the founder when he cut a deal to get Mini-14 rifles excluded from the AWB (this is not a political statement, this is just a fact).

So in conclusion, I could announce tomorrow that TFB is going to make a $2 billion offer for Remington (Kickstarter anyone?) but that does not make it a legit offer. I don’t think this is a legitimate purchase offer. Hopefully I won’t have to eat my words.

Read Global Digital Solutions, Inc full press release below …

PALM BEACH, Fla., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (OTC-QB: GDSI), a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas, today filed a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) providing information regarding three proposed transactions, including an unsolicited letter of intent to acquire Remington Outdoor Company, Inc., also known as Freedom Group, Inc. (“Freedom”). GDSI has made an unsolicited offer to purchase freedom for $1.082 billion in cash. Freedom has estimated that its net sales for 2013 will be in the range of $1.250 billion to $1.275 billion and that its adjusted EBITDA will be in the range of $235 million to $240 million. The Form 8-K may be accessed at www.sec.gov or on GDSI’s website at www.gdsi.co.

Richard J. Sullivan, GDSI’s Chairman and CEO, offered several reasons for optimism regarding the proposed acquisitions discussed in the Form 8-K filing and the company’s overall strategy for profitable growth going forward:

“The GDSI team is extremely excited and confident about all three of these proposed acquisitions. There are powerful synergies between Freedom and the two other companies that will fuel our future growth along with the transformation of the cyber arms industry. Cyber-based technologies, coupled with enhanced digital product development and distribution, will be key factors in achieving results that could match – and probably even exceed – what we were able to produce at Digital Angel Corp and Applied Digital Solutions (“Applied”). At Applied, we saw our market capitalization reach $2.5 billion, roughly five times revenue and nearly 25 times EBITDA.

“Results like these truly represent the baseline of our expectations going forward. As discussed previously, we plan to follow a similar acquisition strategy to the one we successfully pursued at Applied. Under my leadership at Applied, the GDSI team successfully executed a private-to-public company roll-up totaling some 42 acquisitions and growing annual revenue from $1 million to $350 million over five years.

“This model, which takes advantage of market trends, technological advances and industry consolidations to fuel profitable growth, presents a value proposition that is perfectly suited to the military armament industry, an industry that is heavily fragmented and evolving rapidly toward a RFID/WiFi-enabled technology platform. In this dynamic environment, we see enormous opportunity to consolidate this market with a program of targeted acquisitions, including the proposed Freedom transaction. Technological convergence is the future in the cyber/smart arms arena and we’re eager to leverage our proven history of success by helping Freedom and others navigate the transition from analog to digital.

“Our team plans to drive unprecedented consolidation and convergence in the cyber arms arena at least in part through the acquisition strategy outlined in our Form 8-K filing and elsewhere. We’ll also do this by leveraging technologies like GDSI Gatekeeper, which we announced on January 23, 2014. Gatekeeper represents a revolutionary suite of technology-enhanced services that offer personalized, digital small arms safety and security solutions in commercial and military-related markets.

“The bottom line is: Our excitement and confidence derive from the fact that we’ve done this before and we see enormous potential that we’ll be able to do it again.”

As described in the Form 8-K, GDSI has also entered into non-binding letters of intent relating to the proposed acquisitions of two privately held, U.S.-based companies. One involves a technology and development services firm with annual revenue of approximately $25 million. The other is a military and law enforcement supply and distribution company with annual revenue of approximately $30 million.

All three proposed acquisitions are subject to completion of due diligence, completion of satisfactory acquisition agreements and other customary conditions, including financing.

The Form 8-K also provides an update regarding GDSI’s transactions with Airtronic USA, Inc.

More About Richard J. Sullivan and Applied Digital Solutions, Inc.

Dick Sullivan is an entrepreneurial pioneer. In 1970, he was a founding member of the management team of Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc., which listed at $7.50 per share and was sold to Schlumberger N.V. in 1980 at $65 per share. In 2001, Sullivan received the prestigious World Economic Forum’s “Award for Advanced Chip Technology” presented in Davos, Switzerland. During Sullivan’s decade-long tenure as Chairman and CEO, Applied was recognized as one of the country’s fastest-growing technology companies, regularly topping the NASDAQ in trading volume. The company’s stock price rose sharply from $2.50 to $18.00 per share, reaching a peak market capitalization of approximately $2.5 billion. The company spawned two more successful public companies – Digital Angel Corporation and Verichip.

Continuous R&D at Applied, fueled by a series of high-tech acquisitions and steady corporate profits, yielded very impressive results, including:

The first-ever FDA-approved, human-implantable RFID tags that continue to be used by several foreign militaries;
The first proof-of-concept implanted GPS-wireless tracking device which was successfully implanted in a sheep in 2002; and
The first-of-their-kind GPS-wireless tracking devices still sold to and used by probation and corrections offices around the country.
In addition, Applied was the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies that are still being used in the curriculum. The first followed the company’s efforts to build a marketing plan for its Digital Angel GPS/wireless personal security device. The second study followed the successful merger of Digital Angel Corporation and Outerlink Corporation.

About Remington Outdoor Company, Inc. (Freedom Group, Inc.)

Freedom describes itself as the world’s leading innovator, designer, manufacturer and marketer of firearms, ammunition and related products for the hunting, shooting sports, law enforcement and military markets. It indicates that, as one of the largest manufacturers in the world of firearms and ammunition, it has some of the most globally recognized brands including Remington®, Bushmaster® Firearms, DPMS/Panther Arms™, Marlin®, H&R®, The Parker Gun™, Mountain Khakis®, Advanced Armament Corp.®, Dakota Arms®, Para™ USA and Barnes® Bullets. Additional information about Freedom is available by visiting www.freedom-group.com.

About Global Digital Solutions, Inc.

Global Digital Solutions is positioning itself as a leader in providing cyber arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas. For more information please visit http://www.gdsi.co.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give the Company’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond the Company’s control, and could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those described. In some cases forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and similar expressions. These statements include statements regarding moving forward with executing the Company’s global growth strategy. The statements are based upon current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict. The Company is providing this information as of the date of this press release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. We have based these forward looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the financial condition of our business. Forward looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to the Risk Factors and other information set forth in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed on October 7, 2013, and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Richard J. Sullivan
561-515-6163
[email protected]


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Gregm

    Something does not seem right with this company. I smell nefarious intentions.

  • Gunhead

    EVERYTHING about this screams bullshit. No sane company looking to get into the small-arms business would ever announce they had anything to do with human-implantable RFID tags.

  • Giolli Joker

    I don’t know why and probably I’m completely wrong… but while reading the word Scientology popped in my head quite a few times…

    • jamezb

      likely because wordy b.s.,begets wordy b.s., begets wordy b.s., ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

  • flyingburgers

    Pump and dump of their penny stock. TFB really shouldn’t have drawn any attention to this, it’s just helping them pull off their scam.

    • M.M.D.C.

      He’s calling BS, which is a good thing as others will certainly give it more credibility.
      With Cerberus’ destruction in recent memory there is bound to be some panic.

      Heck, I think it’s BS and I’m still worried.

      • flyingburgers

        You can exploit it even if you know it’s a scam. Wait till the stock price goes up then sell short because it’s guaranteed to be going to go back down.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I think I made it pretty clear it was all BS. Anyone who reads my article and then goes out to buy these shares over the counter, is a complete fool.

      • 101nomad

        Now you tell me.

      • John Dalton

        If my broker is reading this, SELL! SELL! SELL!!!

        • Anon851

          Sounds Like Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy in “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis — GREAT MOVIE …!!

  • Alex

    Smells like a trap.

    The Sith Lor… I mean Bloomberg must be behind this!!!

  • Jaedo Drax

    Why is their website using a Columbia Domain?

    • Giolli Joker

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.co
      (and it’s still ColOmbia :-P )

    • John

      Pretty much every question that could be raised about this “company,” their “announcement,” and their website can be answered with “because it’s a pump and dump scheme.”

  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    I think Airtronic is/was the current manufacturer of the M203 family for the US military aren’t they? They got a 5 year deal a few years ago to manufacture up to 50,000 launchers, so I think the comment that it “manufacturers critically important arms for the U.S. military and allied militaries” is fair.

    • peter

      You are correct. Airtronic makes m203’s and other items for the military. Much more than the RPG 7. All of our new M203’s are airtronics in fact.

  • John

    It’s a pump and dump scheme. They’re issuing this big press release to drive their stocks up through hype, and then they’re going to make a lot of money off of a short-term capital flow. Happens all the time with a large number of penny stocks. Smart investors see it from a mile away and don’t waste their time, but fools get suckered in constantly.

    It’s also illegal.

    • Mark

      Exactly what he said. Happens all the time in many industries. After the price increase watch for the dump, SEC investigation, and then news that xy investor or owner is in z country skirting extradition.

  • SD3

    Smurt guns:
    “The debate is over”.
    “97% of experts agree”.
    “There’s no time to waste”.
    “It’s common sense”.
    “History will judge us”
    “For the children”.

    • gunslinger

      er…

    • Christine Guinn

      “If it saves 1 life…”

  • Daniel Prickettt

    I’d buy 1 gun with tracking. Itll add a little more credence to that tragic boating accident I keep referring to.

    • Rob in Katy

      Seems to happen a lot. I can’t tell you how many weapons that I have lost like that!

  • Matt

    ITS A TRAP!

  • Sledgecrowbar

    What’s the deal with the ‘liability-exempting’ crap at the bottom of the press release about “Forward-Looking Statements”? Couldn’t be any more bullshit. A penny stock company makes an innane announcement that anyone with a second-grade education can see is nonsense and their stock goes up $6M overnight (are Wall Street speculators really this dumb? Sure would explain a lot.). These two scammers will probably sell it off and start another sham company.

  • kev

    did anyone else think “Wolf of Wall Street” when they read this? all I can imagine is a few guys in a ware house taking Quaaludes and going fuck lets buy Remington

  • Dick is a Dick

    I honestly don’t think that there is anything wrong with this.
    And I am totally not being sarcastic. Totally not.

  • 101nomad

    An attempt to buy up and shut down? Hopefully no one falls for this.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I am right now announcing I am intending to buy Remington Outdoor Company.

    News attention please!!

    • gunslinger

      no, you can’t because I’m announcing!

  • Pnutz

    hey I got $20 for the kickstarter!!

  • SAR

    Yea I smell BS on this too – for those that don’t know penny stocks are high risk and not worth the pain and effort.

  • Guest

    Something you forgot about Airtronic: they make the bulk of M203s.

  • IXLR8

    I want to hear more about the TFB’s kickstarter project. You only need 1,000 people to kick in a million apiece. It is probably more doable than you think…

  • Steven Ling

    See below. They’re “smart gun” developers. Wouldn’t be surprised if Soros is backing them. Could see them closing Bushmaster and DPMS.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/personalized-gun-control-global-digital-130000597.html

  • Komrad

    their website lists Scott P Brown as a member of their advisory board
    Scott Brown is a former republican senator from Mass.
    he was the first GOP senator to endorse a new federal AWB in the wake of Sandy Hook

    they also list Jennifer Carrol, former GOP Lt. Gov of Florida
    no obvious anti-gun dirt, but she was involved in more than one scandal

  • John Dalton

    I’m sorry, you lost me at “The first-ever FDA-approved, human-implantable RFID tags”. Can we all say a collective “FU!”.

  • Reco

    This made my day, bedn chunking litke a moron for fifteen muinuts

  • Aaron E

    I agree this is total BS, but does have a very sinister undertone to it.
    I would say that if “winning the West” is talking of just the United States experience that Remington (founded in 1816), Colt (in 1836), and S&W (in 1852) could all make claims to helping that happen however.

  • PatrickHenry1789

    Geez, this is just dandy if it does turn out to be true. Remington STILL has my 700 for the THIRD time for the SAME problem. They’ve had it for a month now, first two times it was only a week or 2. I’d better call them today and check on the damn thing, good grief!

  • https://gunpurveyors.com/ Gun Purveyors

    Richard Sullivan, their CEO, ran Applied Digital, which made timers for tanning beds. One director, Arthur Noterman, was an underwriter for the insurance industry and the other, Natalie Sullivan, was a fashion designer. In short, not seeing any expertise related to the firearms industry.

  • CF

    If this really does go forward and really happens, then I’ll firmly believe it’s some sort of Bloomberg/Soros type scheme to either crash those companies, and/or make every weapon traceable with such “success” that the gov will make it law to have all your weapons tagged.

  • Dog Soldier

    So Remington, Colt and S&W weren’t around to win the west??? Now I’m calling BS

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