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Polar Capital Technology Trust PLC Change in fee arrangements with the Manager

15/04/2019 7:00am

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Polar Capital Technology Trust PLC

15 April 2019

Polar Capital Technology Trust plc (the "Company")

Legal Entity Identifier: 549300TN1O5392UC4K19

15 April 2019

Change in fee arrangements with the Manager

-- As indicated in the last annual and interim reports, the Board has been keeping under review its fee arrangements with Polar Capital LLP (the "Manager") as the size of assets has grown, performance has been strong in both absolute and relative terms, and in light of the impact of MiFID II with regard to contributions to research costs.

-- The Board has agreed with the Manager a package of amendments to the current arrangements. These include: the removal of any contribution to research costs; reductions in marketing costs paid by the Company; further reduction of the base management fee above certain sizes of net asset value; a reduction in the percentage of outperformance paid to the Manager; a reduction in the cap on any such performance fees payable; and an amendment to the performance fee arrangements so as to allow the earning and carrying forward (but not the cash payment) of a fee in respect of outperformance in a year when Net Asset Value ("NAV") has fallen or has not exceeded a previous high water mark in order better to align investment risk and reward.

-- The Board has offered consultation with larger shareholders of the Company and has engaged in helpful discussions with certain of these about the principles involved.

Current fee arrangements

-- The current base management fee is 1% of the NAV up to GBP800m and above GBP800m the base fee reduces to 0.85%. On 1 January 2018 in connection with discussions and the Company's agreement to making a 50% contribution to research costs under MiFID II regulations, a temporary third tier management fee of 0.80% on assets over GBP1.7bn was introduced.

   --      In addition, the Manager is currently entitled to a performance fee based on: 

o 15% of outperformance above the relevant Dow Jones World Technology Index (the "Benchmark");

o performance high water marks, so that the performance fee will only be payable if, and to the extent that, Adjusted NAV exceeds the higher of:

-- the NAV on the last day of the previous accounting period; and

-- the Adjusted NAV on the last day of a performance period in respect of which a performance fee was last paid;

-- both indexed in line with the Company's Benchmark as described above; and

o a cap on the performance fee which can be paid by the Company in any one year (or upon termination without cause of the Investment Management Agreement (the "IMA")) of 2% of NAV.

Amended fee arrangements

-- The Board believes that a performance fee is appropriate for an actively managed and capacity constrained approach, which is characteristic of the Manager's business model. However, as it stands, no performance fee can be paid out, or credit taken for outperformance, in a year when the NAV has fallen, or the Adjusted NAV does not exceed a previous high water mark. The Board is keen to realign the performance fee to provide an incentive to outperform in falling markets, as well as to outperform in rising ones, and to make sure the Manager does not lose that incentive in more difficult times. The Board therefore believes that the outperformance fee should be capable of being recognised in falling markets as well as in rising markets, thereby potentially rewarding the Manager for reducing risk. However, no performance fee will be paid out unless the previous high water mark conditions are met.

   --     In addition, the Board and the Manager have agreed that: 

o The Manager pays all research costs from 1 January 2019. In the calendar year 2018, such costs in aggregate were approximately GBP447,000.

o The performance fee participation rate is reduced from 15% of outperformance to 10%.

o The cap on the amount which can be paid out in any one year (or upon termination of the IMA without cause) is reduced from 2% to 1%.

o The tiering arrangements for the base management fee will be altered with effect from 1 May 2019. It has been agreed to lower the threshold for, and give permanent effect to, the third tier to GBP1.6bn, and to introduce a fourth tier charged at 0.70% on NAV above GBP2bn, as summarised in the table below.

o The Manager has also agreed to contribute GBP100,000 per annum to the Company's external marketing costs.

-- The notice period of 12 months and other key terms of the IMA remain unchanged. Various amendments have been made to the detailed terms of the IMA to reflect changes in regulation and practice since it was last updated. The changes to the management fee, performance fee and marketing costs will become effective from 1 May 2019. The Board will continue to keep all of its costs, including management fees, under review.

-- Under the Listing Rules of the FCA, the Manager is a Related Party of the Company. The Proposals constitute a smaller related party transaction and are subject to the modified requirements for such transactions set out in Listing Rule 11.1.10. The Company has obtained written confirmation from a Sponsor in accordance with the requirements of LR 11.1.10(2)(b) that the terms of the Proposals are fair and reasonable as far as shareholders are concerned.

-- Note: the current and amended tiering arrangements for the base management fee are summarised below:

 
           Current                 Amended 
 Tier 1:   1.00% on NAV up to      1.00% on NAV up to 
            GBP800m                 GBP800m 
          ----------------------  ----------------------- 
 Tier 2:   0.85% on NAV between    0.85% on NAV between 
            GBP800m and GBP1.7bn    GBP800m and GBP1.6bn 
          ----------------------  ----------------------- 
 Tier 3:   0.80% on NAV above      0.80% on NAV between 
            GBP1.7bn                GBP1.6bn and GBP2.0bn 
          ----------------------  ----------------------- 
 Tier 4:                           0.70% on NAV above 
                                    GBP2.0bn 
          ----------------------  ----------------------- 
 

For further information please contact:

 
  Sarah Bates                 Mark Bloomfield / Neil       Ed Gascoigne-Pees 
                               Winward 
  Polar Capital Technology    Stifel - Corporate Broker    Camarco 
   Trust plc - Chair 
                            ---------------------------  -------------------- 
  Tel: 020 7227 2700          Tel: 020 7710 7600           Tel: 020 3757 4984 
                            ---------------------------  -------------------- 
 

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