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US Solar Fund PLC Dividend and Interim Results to 30 June 2021

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US Solar Fund PLC

20 September 2021

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20 September 2021

US SOLAR FUND PLC (USF, the "Company")

Dividend Declaration and Interim Results to 30 June 2021

US Solar Fund PLC (LSE: USF) is pleased to announce its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2021 and declare an interim dividend of 1.25 cents per ordinary share for the three month period to 30 June 2021 ("Second 2021 Interim Dividend").

Highlights to 30 June 2021

-- One transaction closed during the period bringing the total portfolio to 493MW(DC) of operating capacity across 42 projects in four states, with a variety of investment grade offtakers S&P rated A to BBB. Portfolio revenues are 100% contracted at fixed or escalating prices for a weighted average of 14.9 years.

-- The operating portfolio performed well in the first half, with generation within 0.9% of budget. Above-budget performance in Oregon and Utah was offset by underperformance due to contractual curtailment in California and utility outages and maintenance in North Carolina.

-- Period end unaudited Net Asset Value (NAV) of $313.3 million or $0.943 per ordinary share, a 2.8% decrease from the 31 December 2020 NAV per ordinary share of $0.970.

-- The NAV per share decrease was primarily due to a lower US merchant electricity price forecasts, reflecting COVID uncertainty at the time these forecasts were released during 2020 and early 2021. Since the period end, US merchant price forecasts have trended upwards again due to a reduction in COVID-related sentiment and an increasingly bullish outlook for carbon pricing to 2050. USF's cashflows during the contracted period (weighted average PPA term remaining of 14.9 years) are not impacted by changes in merchant electricity price forecasts.

-- The impact of merchant electricity price forecasts was partially offset by favourable reductions in discount rates resulting from the portfolio's continued transition from construction phase to full run-rate operations and the reduction in leverage achieved through the refinancing of the Heelstone portfolio.

-- The Company initiated a 12-month Placing Programme with an Initial Issue targeting $105 million. The Initial Issue closed on 7 May significantly oversubscribed, raising gross proceeds of $132 million from existing and new investors. Approximately $92m of these proceeds have been used to pay down or refinance existing debt facilities associated with the Heelstone portfolio with the remainder available for acquisitions (including Tranche Two of Mount Signal 2 (MS2).

-- Total dividend of 2.5 cents per ordinary share declared during the period. The Company remains on track to deliver its 2021 annual dividend target of 5.5 cents per ordinary share which is expected to be covered from operating cashflows.

-- At 30 June 2021, the Investment Manager's pipeline included 2.2GW(DC) of high-quality assets (including Tranche Two of MS2), with an aggregate value of approximately $2.2 billion and a weighted-average PPA term of 15.2 years.

Key Metrics

 
                                       30 June 2021   31 December  30 June 2020 
                                                             2020 
------------------------------------- 
Net Asset Value (NAV)                       $313.3m       $194.2m       $192.9m 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
NAV per share                                $0.943        $0.970        $0.964 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Ordinary shares issued                       332.2m        200.2m        200.1m 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Share price based on closing 
 price of indicated date                     $1.015        $1.075        $0.940 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Premium (Discount) to NAV                      7.6%         10.8%        (2.5%) 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Market capitalisation based on 
 closing price of indicated date              $337m         $215m         $188m 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Dividends paid                         $2.00m (half  $4.00m (full  $2.00m (half 
                                              year)         year)         year) 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Share price total return performance          4.93%        10.13%       (4.67%) 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Ongoing charges                               1.36%         1.48%         1.50% 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Gearing                                       39.3%         55.0%         62.5% 
                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Second 2021 Interim Dividend

The Company is pleased to declare a Second 2021 Interim Dividend of 1.25 cents per Ordinary Share, as timetabled below:

 
 Ex-Dividend    7 October 2021 
  Date: 
 Record Date:   8 October 2021 
 Pay Date:      29 October 2021 
 

Any such dividend payment to Shareholders may take the form of either dividend income or "qualifying

interest income" which may be designated as an interest distribution for UK tax purposes and therefore

subject to the interest streaming regime applicable to investment trusts. Of this dividend declared of 1.25

cents per Ordinary Share, 0.95 cents is declared as dividend income with 0.30 cents treated as qualifying

interest income.

This quarterly dividend is in line with the Company's target full year dividend of 5.5 cents per share. The

Company expects to declare modestly lower quarterly dividends for the first and second quarters and slightly higher quarterly dividends for the third and fourth quarters due to the cash flow profile of the assets.

Highlights after Period-End

-- In August, the Investment Manager announced that John Martin would be stepping down as CEO to take up a position as CEO of Windlab Pty Ltd. Liam Thomas, previously CIO, was appointed as NESM's new CEO.

-- In September, the Company also increased the size of the undrawn $25 million RCF to a $40 million facility, which remains undrawn, and extended the tenor for two years.

Gill Nott, Chair of US Solar Fund, commented:

"The last six months represent the first full period that our solar power assets were fully operational, a significant milestone in our development. To that end, we're pleased to declare our second quarterly dividend, as part of our committed target of 5.5 cents per ordinary share per year.

Despite the headwinds of the pandemic, which are looking more favorable as we enter our second half, we continue to make strong progress towards future growth. We made our sixth acquisition and completed an oversubscribed capital raise during the period, and would like to thank our existing and new investors for their ongoing support."

Liam Thomas, CEO of New Energy Solar Manager, added:

"The US solar market continues to offer attractive opportunities. President Biden has clearly made the climate change and decarbonisation one of his administration's core priorities, with a series of executive orders, pressure on federal agencies to speed up their clean energy transition, and most recently his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which allocates over $60 billion to power infrastructure.

The White House has backed this up with plans to further extend and expand of the successful investment and production tax credits. We expect these will benefit the solar rollout, supporting the administration's goal for solar to increase tenfold to 30% of US power production by the end of this decade.

Our focus remains on delivering maximum value from the current portfolio of projects and continuing to grow the fund with new investments in solar and energy storage."

The Company's Interim Report and Financial Statements for the period ending 30 June 2021 are available on the Company's website at: https://www.ussolarfund.co.uk/investor-centre/key-documents-and-disclosure and can be found at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism .

The Company's NAV and Quarterly Update for 30 June 2021 was also released on the Company's website today, and is available at https://www.ussolarfund.co.uk/investor-centre/key-documents-and-disclosure .

For further information, please contact:

 
US Solar Fund 
 Whitney V oûte              +1 718 230 4329 
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 James King 
 Tunga Chigovanyika 
 Will Talkington                  +44 20 7397 8900 
Jefferies International Limited 
 Stuart Klein 
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 Neil Winward                     +44 20 7029 8000 
KL Communications                 +44 20 3995 6673 
Charles Gorman 
 Will Sanderson 
 Millie Steyn 
 

About US Solar Fund plc

US Solar Fund plc, established in 2019, listed on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange in April 2019 and has a current market capitalisation of approximately $340m. The Company's investment objective is to provide investors with attractive and sustainable dividends with an element of capital growth by owning and operating solar power assets in North America and other OECD countries in the America.

The solar power assets that the Company acquires or constructs are expected to have an asset life of at least 30 years and generate stable and uncorrelated cashflows by selling electricity to creditworthy offtakers under long-term power purchase agreements (or PPAs). The Company's portfolio currently consists of 42 operational solar projects with a total capacity of 493MW(DC) , all located in the United States.

Further information on the Company can be found on its website at http://www.ussolarfund.co.uk .

About the Investment Manager

USF is managed by New Energy Solar Manager Pty Limited, which also manages Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed New Energy Solar ( www.newenergysolar.com.au ). Combined, US Solar Fund and New Energy Solar have committed approximately US$1.3 billion to 57 projects totalling 1.2GW(DC) .

NESM is owned by E&P Funds, the funds management division of E&P Financial Group, an ASX listed company (ASX: EP1) with over A$20 billion of funds under advice.

INTERIM REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the period from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021

   1.            Highlights 

Table 1: Highlights for the period

 
                                                                              31 December 
                                            30 June 2021                             2020                 30 June 2020 
 FINANCIAL 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Net Asset Value (NAV)                          $313.3m                      $194.2m                          $192.9m 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 NAV per share                                    $0.943                           $0.970                       $0.964 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Ordinary shares 
  outstanding                                    332.2m                       2 0 0 . 2 m                      200.1m 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Share price based on 
  closing price 
  of indicated date                               $1.015                           $1.075                   $0 . 9 4 0 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Premium (discount) to NAV                          7.6%                            10.8%                       (2.5%) 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Market capitalisation 
  based on 
  closing price of 
  indicated date                                   $337m                            $215m                        $188m 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Dividends paid                      $2.00m (half                 $4.00m (full                    $2.00m (half 
                                      year)                        year)                           year) 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Dividend cover                        4.61x (half                     Not reported                     Not reported 
                                        year) 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Shareholder total return                          4.93%                      10.13%                           (4.67%) 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Ongoing charges                                   1.36%                            1.48%                        1.50% 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Gearing                                           39.3%                            55.0%                        62.5% 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 O P ER A T I O NAL 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Projects in construction                              -                                -                            7 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Projects fully operational                           42                               41                           34 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Total capacity (ownership                    493MW DC                    443MW DC                         443MW DC 
 stake) 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Total electricity               449.1GWh (half                 374GWh (full                  121.5GWh (half 
 generation                       year)                          year)                         year) 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Generation % of budget                            -0.9%                             2.5%                      - 4 .4% 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Weighted average PPA term                    14.9 years                   15.1 years                       15.3 years 
 remaining 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 Average offtaker credit                            BBB+                               A-                           A- 
 rating 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 ENVIRONMENTAL 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 CO 2 emissions displaced 
  annually                                     633,000t                     618,000t                         618,000t 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 US homes powered                                 79,000                           74,000                      74,000 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 US cars removed from the 
  road                                          137,000                      134,000                          134,000 
                             ---------------------------  -------------------------------  --------------------------- 
 

2. Chair's Statement

I am pleased to present the 2021 Interim Report for US Solar Fund plc for the period ended 30 June 2021. The period was marked by a number of significant achievements for the Company. In addition, the new Biden Administration has given a strong indication of further support for the renewables sector and solar development. The Board believes that the US solar market continues to show very considerable scope for expansion and that USF remains well positioned to invest into this growth. The Board and the Investment Manager have continued to operate successfully and efficiently across three continents, with virtual meetings held regularly on both a formal and informal basis, including holding the AGM online.

This last six-months marked the first period that the Company's entire portfolio of solar power assets was fully operational. As a result, the Company paid its first quarterly dividend in line with the Company's target full year dividend of 5.5 cents per Ordinary Share. Year to date, generation is 0.9% below budget, predominantly due to unscheduled maintenance, intermittent grid outages and the Mount Signal 2 (MS2) project in California experiencing almost a full year's curtailment allowances for both the prior and current year periods during the first six months of 2021. Dividend cash cover remains strong at 4.61x for the six months ended 30 June 2021.

In March, USF completed its sixth acquisition, 25% of MS2, bringing the portfolio to 42 fully operating projects in four states totaling 493 MWDC. In May, the Company completed a capital raising exercise with $132 million in gross proceeds, significantly exceeding its $105 million target. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank existing shareholders for their support and welcome many first-time holders to the register.

Throughout the period, USF shares have traded between $1.00 to $1.09 on the London Stock Exchange. At 30 June 2021, the Company's shares were trading at $1.015 per Ordinary Share. This represents a 7.6% premium to the NAV of $313.3 million or $0.943 per Ordinary Share. Including dividends paid and reinvested during the period, shareholder total return from inception to 30 June is 4.93%.

CAPITAL RAISING AND REFINANCING

We were delighted by the market response to the capital raising in May of $132 million with strong support from existing and new investors.

The main purpose of the capital raising was to refinance the existing debt facilities associated with 177 MWDC portfolio of 22 projects acquired in 2020 (Heelstone Portfolio). Shortly after completing the raise, the existing debt facility was repaid with the proceeds of a new debt facility from a new lender and approximately $92 million of equity from the capital raise (Heelstone Refinancing). The refinance reduces the effective interest rate for the Heelstone Portfolio from approximately 6.25% to less than 3% per annum and brings fund gearing to approximately 40%, in-line with the long-term target of 50%. The Company is evaluating its strong pipeline of assets for suitable investments, including storage opportunities at existing sites, and the option over a further 25% of MS2, to deploy the additional proceeds raised.

PERFORMANCE

USF's unaudited NAV at 30 June 2021 was $313.3 million or $0.943 per Ordinary Share, a 2.8% decrease from the 31 December 2020 NAV of $0.970 per Ordinary Share and a 2.2% decrease to June 2020 NAV of $0.964 per share. The downward movement was primarily due to a decrease in merchant electricity price forecasts during the period, partially offset by reductions in discount rates.

USF's cash flows during the PPA term are fully contracted and not impacted by changes in merchant electricity price forecasts. However, these forecasts are used to estimate revenue received in the post-PPA period, so they still have an impact on NAV. Pleasingly, since 30 June 2021, we have seen an improvement in merchant pricing forecasts reflecting a reduction in COVID-19 uncertainty and increasingly bullish carbon price assumptions relating to net zero targets. We expect this outlook to be reflected in the next valuation.

The impact of merchant electricity price forecasts was partially offset by favourable reductions to discount rates as the portfolio has transitioned from construction phase to full run-rate operations and by a reduction in leverage resulting from the refinancing of the Heelstone Portfolio.

Reductions in discount rates typically occur as a project progresses from construction start to one full year of operations due to lower risks associated with the project. As of June 30, 2021, the portfolio has reached run-rate operations with the exception of our largest asset, Milford. We expect to recognise an incremental reduction in discount rate as the asset reaches a full year of operations during H2 2021.

PORTFOLIO

In March, the Company acquired a 25% interest in the 200 MWDC MS2 project in California, with an option to acquire a further 25% interest prior to March 2022. This sixth acquisition brings the Company's operating portfolio to 42 solar power projects totaling 493 MWDC. All projects have investment grade PPAs for 100% of electricity generated, and the weighted average remaining PPA of portfolio is 14.9 years. The long-term contracted cash flows of USF's portfolio partially mitigate the impact of power price fluctuations on NAV as the merchant power price forecasts only impact revenue after the PPA terms.

DIVID

The Company declared a dividend of 1.25 cents per Ordinary Share in September 2021 for the quarter ending 30 June 2021, totaling 2.5 cents per Ordinary Share for the six-month period. The Company confirms its target 5.5 cent annual dividend, fully covered by operating cash flows.

It is worth noting that USF's highest power generation, and therefore operating cash flows, are produced in the summer months. Allowing for the time taken for electricity sales to be converted to distributable cash flow at the Company level, the profile of dividend payments throughout the year reflects this seasonality of the Company's underlying cash flows.

OUTLOOK

The US utility-scale solar market continues to experience strong growth. During the first quarter of 2021, the US utility scale solar market installed 3.6GWDC of capacity, representing the largest first quarter of installations to date. This momentum is expected to continue throughout the year with 17.9GWDC of solar expected to be installed over the course of 2021, a 25% increase on the total capacity installed in 2020 (14.3GWDC). Installations have been driven by the increase in decarbonisation targets from a variety of offtakers, a renewed focus on clean energy deployment at the federal level, and the continued expansion of state-level renewable energy targets. This is reflected by a strong opportunity pipeline offering numerous high-quality construction-ready and operational solar opportunities, as well as the potential to install energy storage at existing sites

In late March, the Biden Administration announced the American Jobs Plan, which is focused on creating jobs and upgrading US infrastructure. Approximately $60 billion has been allocated to energy infrastructure with a focus on increasing renewable power connection to the grid. A second and related package includes an extension and expanded direct-pay (cash payment for up to 85% of the tax credit) investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit for clean energy generation and storage. These have not yet passed through Congress, however, should any of the proposed policies be endorsed, there would be a significant positive impact on the US utility scale solar market.

In April, the parent of the Investment Manager became a signatory to the United Nations sponsored Principles for Responsible Investing

(UN PRI). We are also reviewing European sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) disclosure frameworks to see how they might best be applied to USF. USF complied with pre-contractual disclosure requirements as part of our recent equity raising to meet the European ESG disclosure obligations for EU domiciled investors and prospective investors. Given the volume of capital from the EU flowing into sustainable funds and the advance of reporting frameworks there, we believe USF would be well-served to be aligned with EU reporting frameworks and are working to implement this.

While many countries globally have moved between reopening and shutting down and vaccination levels in the US and UK increase, the pandemic continues to impact many sectors. However, as we have previously commented, the solar industry in the US has largely been considered critical infrastructure, so COVID-19 continues to have no material impact on USF's on-the-ground operations. Service staff continue to travel to

sites to conduct work as needed and the Company continues to operate efficiently and smoothly, despite international travel restrictions. The pandemic has impacted supply chains for many industries, including solar. Supply chain impacts for USF are limited as the current portfolio is fully operational, and spare parts inventories are maintained for sites based on our independent engineers' recommendations at the time of acquisition.

Finally, during the reporting period, the Investment Manager announced that CEO John Martin is stepping down and that Liam Thomas, who is currently CIO, is replacing him. We thank John for his contribution to USF's establishment and initial growth, and we are pleased that Liam is taking over the role given his knowledge of the US market, the portfolio, and his relationships with many shareholders.

GILL NOTT

CHAIR

20 September 2021

3. Investment Manager's Report

SUMMARY OF THE PERIOD

During the reporting period, the Investment Manager closed its sixth acquisition, a 25% stake in the 200 MWDC Mount Signal 2 project in California, bringing the portfolio to 42 assets across four US states totaling 493MWDC. The portfolio performed close to expectations with generation 0.9% below budget. This was largely driven by curtailment at MS2, where two years of contractual curtailment took place in the first six months of 2021. Budgeted production assumes curtailment is spread evenly over each PPA contract year (periods commence 1 June), so there is expected to be minimal impact for the remainder of 2021.

All cash flows from USF's assets are contracted in the US with investment-grade offtakers for a weighted average of 14.9 years. This was the first six-month period when all assets were fully operating, and USF commenced paying the full target dividend. USF's Q1 2021 dividend was

1.25 cents and Q2 2021, which is announced with this report, is 1.25 cents, totaling 2.5 cents for the period. The payments are in line with the Company's annual target dividend of 5.5 cents per Ordinary Share.

On 13 April, USF announced it was initiating a 12-month Placing Programme with an Initial Issue targeting $105 million. The Initial Issue closed on 7 May significantly oversubscribed, raising gross proceeds of $132 million from existing and new investors. Shortly after the completion of the capital raise, USF used $92 million of equity to successfully refinance, the existing debt facilities associated with a 177 MWDC portfolio of 22 projects acquired in 2020 (the Heelstone Portfolio). This refinancing benefits USF by lowering overall gearing to approximately 40% (below the long-term target of 50%), reducing sensitivity to changes in key assumptions including long-term power prices, and enhancing dividend coverage.

COVID-19 had no material impact on USF during the reporting period.

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

In March 2021, USF announced the financial close of a 25% interest (Tranche One) in MS2, a 200MWDC operating solar plant located in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, USF has an option to acquire a further 25% interest (Tranche Two) for $22 million subject to a

performance-based adjustment mechanism which can adjust the price upwards or downwards by up to $1 million. USF may exercise the Tranche Two option for up to 12 months from Tranche One completion (by March 2022), with Tranche Two completion subject to the same customary third-party consents as Tranche One.

This acquisition increases USF's total portfolio to 493MWDC of fully operational assets diversified across four states. USF's portfolio is fully operational with all production sold to a variety of investment-grade offtakers (S&P rated: BBB to A). The Investment Manager continues to work diligently to assess prospective investment opportunities to add to the portfolio.

US SOLAR FUND STRUCTURE

The following diagram is provided to assist with understanding the financial statements set out in this Interim Report.

USF invests in its US-based subsidiary, USF Holding Corp., via a combination of debt and equity. USF is entitled to a Management Services Agreement (MSA) fee for the provision of management services to USF Holding Corp. USF Holding Corp. reimburses USF for investment costs, and costs associated with providing capital and advice to acquire underlying US Solar Assets. In addition, the Company earns interest on an intercompany loan to USF Holding Corp. Cash may also flow from USF Holding Corp. to USF as a dividend or return of capital, which is distributed to USF Holding Corp. on a periodic basis from the Company's underlying Solar Assets.

There are no restrictions on the movement of cash between USF and its subsidiary. As of 30 June 2021, the Company and USF Holding Corp. have available cash of $16.1 million and $10.4 million respectively, for a total balance of $26.5 million which may be used to meet the obligations of USF. At 30 June 2021 an undrawn $25 million revolving credit facility (RCF) was in place at USF Avon LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of USF Holding Corp.), providing further liquidity support. After the end of the reporting period USF increased the size and tenor of the RCF to $40 million and two years.

OPERATING ASSET UPDATE

Table 2: H1 2021 Operating Portfolio Performance by State

 
 State             Number of   MW capacity   % of total   % of budget   Actual MWh   MWh weighted 
                    plants                    MW           MWh           / Budget     performance 
                                                                         MWh          vs budget 
 North Carolina    28          168           34%          28%           (7.6%)       (2.1%) 
                  ----------  ------------  -----------  ------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Oregon            10          140           28%          27%           4.5%         1.2% 
                  ----------  ------------  -----------  ------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Utah              1           128           26%          31%           3.6%         1.1% 
                  ----------  ------------  -----------  ------------  -----------  ------------- 
 California        3           57            12%          14%           (7.8%)       (1.1%) 
                  ----------  ------------  -----------  ------------  -----------  ------------- 
 Total             42          493           100%         100%          (0.9%)       (0.9%) 
                  ----------  ------------  -----------  ------------  -----------  ------------- 
 

Construction for all USF projects was completed by the end of 2020, and the period ending 30 June 2021 was the first six-month period during which the portfolio was fully operating. Also during the period, USF completed the acquisition of 25% of MS2, adding 50MWDC of capacity

to the portfolio from the start of the second quarter. The portfolio performed well during the reporting period, with actual production of

449GWh (including reimbursed curtailment) which was 0.9% below the budgeted or forecast production of 453GWh. USF measures "Actual" performance against "Budgeted" performance. "Actual" production is the number of GWh generated and sold to the offtaker. "Budget" (also called "Forecasted") is the P50 production forecast for the plant before any adjustment for experienced weather conditions. Budget production

is based on a production model and assumptions verified by an independent engineer at the time of acquisition, taking into account the location of the site, design of the plant and equipment used, degradation of equipment over time, planned maintenance outages, and unplanned maintenance and grid outages.

NORTH CAROLINA

In North Carolina, performance was 7.6% below budget, primarily due to unscheduled maintenance and intermittent grid outages. A utility outage at the 6.7 MWDC Tiburon project was experienced in Q2 2021 which has since come back online. The 6.2MWDC Nitro site also remained offline for several months over the period, as a result of an equipment failure, with site remediation completed in Q2 2021. There was also minor unscheduled maintenance at several other sites due to offline site inverters and combiner boxes over the reporting period, which have since been rectified.

OREGON

The Oregon portfolio, comprising 28% of portfolio capacity, performed 4.5% above budget for the reporting period due to higher than budgeted plane of array irradiance experienced, but did experience some utility outages, cable repairs and substation conductor issues. All outages

that were experienced over the quarter have been investigated and restored. The cable repairs commenced in March and are expected to be completed in Q3 2021. This work is covered by insurance and the project receives business interruption proceeds until repairs are complete.

UTAH

In Utah, the Company's largest single asset, Milford, which comprises 26% of USF's portfolio capacity by MWDC, continues to show strong performance at 3.6% above budget. Milford has been performing well over the period due to the asset's stronger than budgeted availability factor. As Milford commenced commercial operations in Q4 2020, 30 June 2021 marks Milford's first full half-year of operations.

CALIFORNIA

Performance in California was 7.8% below budget for the period, largely driven by curtailment10 at MS2. Under MS2's PPA, the offtaker has the right to curtail MS2 for economic reasons throughout the contract year up to a cap, after which any further curtailment is compensated.

The Investment Manager's budget and NAV assumes that the full annual curtailment cap is spread evenly across all 12 months, however, the offtaker exercised almost its entire contractual curtailment allowance for both the prior and current contractual years during the first six months of 2021, which had an outsized impact on performance over the period. Therefore, no further material economic impact is expected during

this contract year (ending 31 May 2022), and commensurate outperformance against budget during the next half-year is expected (subject to normal operations).

The two smaller assets in California performed above budget over the reporting period.

FUNDS COMMITTED

Since inception, USF has invested $283 million into the operating portfolio. USF has $38 million of investable cash remaining, which is intended to be used to acquire Tranche Two of MS2 or other accretive investment opportunities should they arise.

CAPITAL RAISE

In May 2021, USF announced it had raised gross proceeds of $132 million in the Initial Issue of its 12-month Placing Programme announced in April 2021.

REFINANCING AND DEBT PAYDOWN

Shortly after the completion of the capital raising and consistent with the use of proceeds contemplated in the Company's Prospectus dated

13 April 2021, USF announced the refinancing of the existing debt facilities associated with the Heelstone Portfolio. The refinancing transaction used approximately $92 million of the $132 million gross proceeds of the Initial Issue along with the proceeds of a new debt facility provided

by Fifth Third Bank National Association to repay all of the existing project level debt. The new debt facility has a tenor of seven years but is fully amortised over approximately 17 years, to match the duration of the underlying PPA. Once completed, $7.6 million of restricted cash was released from the legacy debt providers and returned to USF.

The refinancing of these legacy loans reduces the effective interest rate for the Heelstone Portfolio from approximately 6.25% to less than 3% per annum. The base interest rate is fully hedged with fixed interest rate swaps for the full duration of the loan.

This refinancing will benefit USF by lowering overall gearing to approximately 40% (below the long-term target of 50%), reducing sensitivity to changes in key assumptions including long-term power prices, and enhancing dividend coverage.

An additional $7 million of proceeds was used to pay down debt on the Euryalus portfolio. The impact of these transactions is recognised in the movement in fair value of the Company's investment in its US subsidiaries and underlying Solar Assets. Note 13 to the Financial Statements shows the underlying movements on a look through basis for each of USF's Solar Assets.

PIPELINE UPDATE

The pipeline has remained robust since the Company's IPO ranging from US$1.9 billion to US$4.8 billion at any given quarter. As at 30 June 2021, the Investment Manager's pipeline included 2.2GWDC of high-quality assets (including Tranche Two of MS2), with an aggregate value of approximately $2.2 billion in cash equity value and a weighted-average PPA term of 15.2 years.

Throughout the course of the reporting period, the Investment Manager has screened over 7GWDC of projects, with a total cash equity value of over $7 billion. The Investment Manager continues to take a conservative approach to pricing. It also continues to strictly adhere to a process that is consistent with the strategy and return targets of the Company given the pipeline offers numerous high-quality construction-ready and operational investment opportunities, including the potential to install energy storage at existing sites.

EVENTS AFTER THE PERIOD

In August, the Investment Manager announced that John Martin would be stepping down as CEO to take up a position as CEO of Windlab Pty Ltd, a global renewable energy development company. Liam Thomas, previously CIO, was appointed as NESM's new CEO. Liam joined NESM in March 2016 and has overseen the acquisition and construction of utility-scale solar asset portfolios for USF and New Energy Solar, the Australian-listed fund also managed by NESM. Liam has 17 years of experience in the renewable energy, infrastructure, and agribusiness sectors including roles with Origin Energy, Aurizon, and Orica.

Subsequent to period end, USF reached agreement on all commercial terms to increase the size of the undrawn $25 million RCF to a $40 million facility, and extend the tenor for two years. Documentation is expected to be settled and executed in September 2021.

On 20 September 2021, the Company announced a dividend of 1.25 cents per Ordinary Share for the period ending 30 June 2021, bringing total dividends declared for the six-month period to 2.5 cents per Ordinary Share.

CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19 has had limited impact on the Company to date. Since the outbreak, USF has made changes to its work environment to ensure the health and safety of its employees, contractors, and stakeholders. The New York office is staffed on a limited basis with most of the US team working remotely using existing systems. The Sydney office has used staggered access arrangements to enable staff to work from the office while adhering to social distancing guidelines, except when lockdowns are in place.

The Investment Manager works with contractors and other stakeholders to ensure that operational targets are met while also meeting relevant COVID-19 requirements. Essential for economic activity, the generation and provision of electricity in most of the US has not been significantly disrupted by the pandemic. USF's projects have continued to operate and service personnel have been permitted to travel to sites to conduct work as needed. The Investment Manager continues to assess the current and potential impact of the COVID-19 measures implemented by the US federal and state governments on the Company's investment strategy and operations.

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

As at 30 June 2021 the Company owned 42 utility-scale solar projects, totaling 493MWDC. All assets in USF's portfolio have achieved commercial operations and are generating revenue for the Company. USF continues to assess new opportunities to add to the Company investment portfolio.

 
     Asset       Capacity      Location      Acquisition  Acquisition  Energy Offtaker  Offtaker    Remaining    COD 
                  (MW(DC)                                     Date            6F          Credit    PPA Length 
                     )                                                                    Rating     (Years) 
    Milford       127.8           Utah            One       Aug 19       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       24.4      Nov 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Southern 
 Mount Signal                                               Mar 21       California 
       2           49.9        California         Six          8           Edison       S&P: BBB      18.9      Jan 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Portland 
                                                                           General 
    Suntex         15.3          Oregon           Five      Jun 20        Electric      S&P: BBB+     10.1      Jul 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Portland 
                                                                           General 
  West Hines       15.3          Oregon           Five      Jun 20        Electric      S&P: BBB+     10.1      Jun 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Portland 
                                                                           General 
    Alkali         15.1          Oregon           Five      Jun 20        Electric      S&P: BBB+     10.2      Jun 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Portland 
                                                                           General 
  Rock Garden      14.9          Oregon           Five      Jun 20        Electric      S&P: BBB+     10.2      Jun 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
   Chiloquin       14.0          Oregon           Four      Mar 20       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       10.5      Jan 18 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
     Dairy         14.0          Oregon           Four      Mar 20       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       10.3      Mar 18 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
  Tumbleweed       14.0          Oregon           Four      Mar 20       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       10.5      Dec 17 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
   Lakeview        13.7          Oregon           Four      Mar 20       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       10.3      Dec 17 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
    Turkey 
      Hill         13.2          Oregon           Four      Mar 20       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       10.3      Dec 17 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
    Merrill        10.5          Oregon           Four      Mar 20       PacifiCorp      S&P: A       10.3      Jan 18 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Lane II        7.5          Carolina          Two       Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+     12.2      Jul 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
Pilot Mountain     7.5          Carolina          Two       Dec 19        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     12.2      Sep 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Virginia 
                                  North                                   Electric 
  Davis Lane       7.0          Carolina          Four      Mar 20         & Power      S&P: BBB+     11.5      Dec 17 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Virginia 
                                  North                                   Electric 
     Gauss         7.0          Carolina          Four      Mar 20         & Power      S&P: BBB+     12.1      Oct 18 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                North Carolina 
    Jersey         7.0          Carolina          Four      Mar 20         Electric      S&P: A-       6.5      Dec 17 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Sonne Two       7.0          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     10.1      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Red Oak        6.9          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Progress      S&P: BBB+     10.5      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                          Virginia 
                                  North                                   Electric 
    Schell         6.9          Carolina          Four      Mar 20         & Power      S&P: BBB+     10.5      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Siler 421       6.9          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Progress      S&P: BBB+     10.1      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Cotten         6.8          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Progress      S&P: BBB+     10.4      Nov 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Tiburon        6.7          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     10.1      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
    Monroe                        North                                  Duke Energy 
     Moore         6.6          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     10.1      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Four Oaks       6.5          Carolina         Three      Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+      9.3      Oct 15 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Princeton       6.5          Carolina         Three      Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+      9.3      Oct 15 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
     Tate          6.5          Carolina          Two       Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+     12.2      Aug 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Freemont        6.4          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     10.1      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Mariposa        6.4          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     10.2      Sep 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North 
  S. Robeson       6.3          Carolina         Three      Jan 20     Progress Energy  S&P: BBB+      6.1      Jul 12 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
     Sarah         6.3          Carolina         Three      Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+      9.0      Jun 15 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
     Nitro         6.2          Carolina         Three      Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+      8.4      Jul 15 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
   Sedberry        6.2          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Progress      S&P: BBB+     10.1      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Willard        6.0          Carolina          Two       Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+     12.2      Oct 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Benson         5.7          Carolina          Two       Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+     12.2      Aug 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
  Eagle Solar      5.6          Carolina          Two       Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+     12.2      Aug 20 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                                                        San Diego Gas 
    Granger        3.9         California         Four      Mar 20        & Electric    S&P: BBB+     15.2      Sep 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
    Valley                                                              San Diego Gas 
     Center        3.0         California         Four      Mar 20        & Electric    S&P: BBB+     15.4      Dec 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
    County                        North                                  Duke Energy 
      Home         2.6          Carolina          Four      Mar 20        Carolinas     S&P: BBB+     10.1      Sep 16 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
   Progress                       North 
       1           2.5          Carolina         Three      Jan 20     Progress Energy  S&P: BBB+     10.8      Apr 12 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
   Progress                       North 
       2           2.5          Carolina         Three      Jan 20     Progress Energy  S&P: BBB+      6.5      Apr 13 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
                                  North                                  Duke Energy 
    Faison         2.3          Carolina         Three      Dec 19        Progress      S&P: BBB+      8.8      Jun 15 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
  Grand Total     492.9                                                                               14.9 
                 --------  ----------------  -----------  -----------  ---------------  ---------  -----------  ------ 
 

ACQUISITIONS

As of 30 June 2021, the Company had closed six acquisitions. Acquisitions One and Two completed in 2019, Acquisitions Three, Four and Five were completed in 2020 and Acquisition Six in 2021.

In March 2021, the Company announced it had completed the acquisition of the 25% interest in MS2 with an option to acquire a further 25%. As of 30 June, the total operational portfolio capacity of the portfolio reached 493MWDC as seen in Figure 4.

Table 4 shows USF's completed and committed acquisitions and valuation change between 31 December 2020 to 30 June 2021. Approximately US$92 million was invested over the period for the Heelstone Portfolio (Acquisition Four) Debt refinancing, resulting in an Acquisition Four valuation of $116.6 million as at the end of the period. Similarly, approximately US$7 million was used to repay debt on the Euryalus (Acquisition Five) portfolio, resulting in a valuation of $35.2 million as at 30 June 2021. As of the end of the period, the Fair Value of the portfolio acquisitions was $276 million.

Table 4: Portfolio Acquisition Valuation

 
    (US$m)            Acquisition      Acquisition      Acquisition      Acquisition      Acquisition      Acquisition          US      UK Cash         Total 
                              One              Two            Three             Four             Five              Six        Cash       and WC 
                                                                                                                            and WC 
 31 December 
  2020                 30,043,545       42,575,753       36,070,109       38,278,633       29,890,984                -  18,465,252  (1,164,928)   194,159,348 
                  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Additions 
  (at cost)                16,542      (5,023,308)          245,318       85,341,800        7,229,184       23,071,034   3,615,541   16,024,908   130,521,020 
                  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Change in fair 
  value (incl. 
  distributions)          574,898      (1,104,037)      (1,785,837)      (7,025,200)      (1,962,733)         (74,079)           -            -  (11,376,988) 
                  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ----------  -----------  ------------ 
 30 June 2021          30,634,986       36,448,409       34,529,589      116,595,232       35,157,435       22,996,955  22,080,793   14,859,980   313,303,380 
                  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ---------------  ----------  -----------  ------------ 
 

INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE

At 30 June 2021, the Company's shares were trading at $1.015 per Ordinary Share. This represents a 7.6% premium to the NAV of $313.3 million or $0.943 per Ordinary Share. The NAV is defined as the total assets less any liabilities.

The Company generated a loss after tax of $4,985,055 (0.017 dollars per Ordinary Share) during the period. Intercompany loan interest income of $991,750, foreign exchange gains of $180,245 on funds that were retained in GBP, and MSA fee income of $2,568,123 from management services provided to the Fund's wholly owned US subsidiaries, were offset by a net loss from investments of $6,880,876 and administrative and other expenses of $1,844,297. The net fair value loss on investments arose from negative value impacts from updated merchant curves across the Fund's operating portfolio which offset positive value impacts due to the lower discount rates.

The financial statements of the Company are presented on pages 44 to 47. The Fund's sensitivity to discount rates and power prices is detailed below.

Table 5: Performance Summary

 
                                              30 June           31 December        30 June 
                                                 2021                  2020           2020 
 Number of projects                                42                    41             41 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Capacity of projects                         493MWDC               443MWDC        443MWDC 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 NAV                                          $313.3m               $194.2m        $192.9m 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 NAV per share                                 $0.943                $0.970         $0.964 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Ordinary shares issued                          332m                  200m           200m 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Closing share price (USF)                     $1.015                $1.075         $0.940 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Market capitalisation (based 
  on closing price)                             $337m                 $215m          $188m 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Dividends paid                                $2.00m                $4.00m         $2.00m 
                                          (half year)           (full year)    (half year) 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Share price total return performance           4.93%                10.13%        (4.67%) 
                                        -------------  --------------------  ------------- 
 

Figure 6 details the 3.4 cents per Ordinary Share movement in the "FV gain on solar investments" category shown in Figure 5. Discount rates were generally revised downwards to reflect current market rates, operational track-record, and capital structure, resulting in an uplift in valuations. The rollforward uplift is a result of bringing forward the valuation date to 30 June 2021, thereby removing cash flows from prior periods and bringing forward future cash flows. The adjustment to USF model reflects the updated valuation method to align with third-party valuation methods. To ensure alignment with these methods, the Investment Manager rounds valuations to the closest $0.5m, which resulted in a decrease this period. Net working capital adjusts for changes in project level cash, assets, and liabilities. The change in merchant curve reflects the update of forecast power prices to use the most recent two power price forecasts from two market consultants. Further details on the change in merchant curve can be found in the Valuation section below.

ONGOING CHARGES

The ongoing charges ratio of the Company is 1.36% of the average NAV for the period ended 30 June 2021. The ratio has been calculated using the AIC recommended methodology. The estimated total cost as laid out in the prospectus was 1.35% based on proceeds of $250 million.

VALUATION

NET ASSET VALUE

The NAV for the period ending 30 June 2021 is $313.3 million.

The valuation of the Solar Assets produced by the Investment Manager is based on valuations by an independent appraiser on a semi-annual basis as at 30 June and 31 December. These valuations form part of the NAV calculation of the Company, which is subject to review/audit. Additionally, an unaudited NAV and NAV per Ordinary Share is calculated in US dollars on a quarterly basis as at 31 March and 30 September by the administrator, JTC (UK) Limited, (Administrator) in conjunction with the Investment Manager.

VALUATION METHODOLOGY

The Company has engaged an independent third-party appraiser to value operational Solar Assets acquired by the Company and its Project Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), every six months as at 30 June and 31 December.

At each quarter end, the Investment Manager provides the relevant third-party or internal valuations of the Solar Assets, together with the valuations of the other assets of the Company and its Project SPVs, to the Company Secretary and Administrator of the Company.

The Administrator, in conjunction with the Investment Manager, calculates the NAV and the NAV per Ordinary Share as at the end of each quarter of the Company's financial year, and submits the same to the Board for its approval.

The valuation has been calculated in accordance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) as applied to PV electricity generation systems in the US.

Fair value for operational Solar Assets is derived from a discounted cash flow (DCF) methodology. For Solar Assets that are still under construction at the time of valuation, the purchase price of the Solar Power Asset including construction and acquisition costs is normally used as an appropriate estimate of fair value, provided no significant changes to key underlying economic considerations (such as major construction impediments or natural disasters) have arisen.

Primary valuation methodology:

-- The equity fair values of USF's construction assets are based on the equity purchase price plus transaction costs (no assets were valued on this basis for 30 June 2021 as all assets were operational at period end).

-- The equity fair values of USF's operational assets are based on DCF modelling of pre-tax cash flows to equity as at 30 June 2021. This methodology more accurately reflects the valuation impact of the discrete debt instruments that USF has in place when compared to an unlevered valuation.

-- A post-tax valuation is conducted at the US Holding Corp. level to cross-check the implied post-tax discount rate.

In a DCF analysis, the fair value of the Solar Power Asset is the present value of the asset's expected future cash flows, based on a range of operating assumptions for revenues and costs and an appropriate discount rate range.

The Investment Manager has reviewed a range of sources in determining the fair market valuation of the Solar Assets, including but not limited to:

   --             discount rates publicly disclosed by the Company's global peers; 
   --             discount rates applicable to comparable infrastructure asset classes; and 

-- capital asset price model outputs and implied risk premium over relevant risk-free rates.

A broad range of assumptions are used in valuation models. Where possible, assumptions are based on observable long-term historical market and technical data given the long-term life of the assets. The Investment Manager also engages technical experts such as long-term electricity price forecasters to provide long-term inputs for use in its valuations.

Long-term electricity price forecasts are obtained every six months from two leading independent power price forecasting firms for each jurisdiction in which Solar Assets are located. The most recent two electricity price forecasts from each firm are averaged and provided to the independent valuer to project the prices at which existing PPAs will be re-contracted. The averaging of curves and providers is used to prevent the valuation of the portfolio being unduly influenced by one forecaster's set of assumptions; to mitigate potential forecaster errors in a particular period; and to reduce the timing risk inherent in valuing the portfolio shortly before curve updates are released. The independent valuer assesses these forecast prices for reasonableness against their own internal forecasts and others in the marketplace.

The Investment Manager has used its judgement in arriving at appropriate discount rates which are consistent with the discount rates derived by the independent valuer. The Investment Manager's view of discount rates is based on its knowledge of the market, considering

intelligence gained from its bidding activities, discussions with financial advisers in the appropriate market, and publicly available information on relevant transactions.

30 JUNE 2021 VALUATION

NESM has engaged independent valuer KPMG to calculate the fair value of its operating renewable energy assets. KPMG is one of the largest valuation firms in the US with significant experience in estimating the fair value of solar and other renewable energy assets. In line with USF policy, 41 of USF's operating assets were externally valued at 30 June 2021 with MS2 held at cost given the transaction closed during the half-year period.

Figure 7: Merchant Electricity Power Price Forecast (Excluding Acquisition Six)

Figure 8: Movement In Portfolio Weighted Average Merchant Pricing (Excluding Acquisition Six)

The Company's contracted cash flows during the PPA period are not impacted by any changes in merchant electricity price forecasts, however, these forecasts are used to estimate revenue received in the post-PPA period. The merchant electricity price forecasts used in the 30 June 2021 valuation declined approximately 10.1% across the portfolio compared with 31 December 2020, reflecting COVID uncertainty at the time these forecasts were released in 2020 and early 2021. This resulted in a reduction of $0.05 per share or 5.1% of NAV, consistent with the NAV sensitivity analysis published in our annual report.

The Company uses the average of the most recent two forecasts (available at the valuation date) from two independent providers (a total of four price forecasts). The most recent merchant electricity price forecast released by one of these providers (after the end of period) is, on average, 14.5% higher than the forecast it will replace in the 31 December 2021 valuations; due to a reduction in COVID-related sentiment and an increasingly bullish outlook for carbon pricing to 2050. The other independent provider will release an updated forecast prior to the 31 December 2021 valuation date.

The impact of merchant electricity price forecasts was partially offset by a gain of $0.028 per share from favourable reductions to discount rates reflecting the portfolio's continued transition from construction phase to full run-rate operations, as well as the reduction in leverage achieved through the refinancing of the Heelstone portfolio. The weighted average pre-tax cost of equity used for levered assets was

7.3% (December 2020: 8.3%), and the weighted average pre-tax weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for unlevered assets was 6.5% (December 2020: 6.7%). The largest driver of the reduction in pre-tax cost of equity was the Heelstone Debt Refinancing.

Reductions in discount rates typically occur as a project progresses from construction start to one full year of operations. As of June 30, 2021, the portfolio has reached run-rate operations except for our largest asset, Milford. The Company expects an incremental reduction in discount rate as the asset reaches a full year of operations during H2 2021.

TAX EQUITY

At a federal level in the US, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) introduced in 2005 to give project owners tax credits for installing designated renewable energy generation equipment, has been highly successful in driving renewable energy adoption in the US. In addition, certain solar PV assets are eligible for accelerated depreciation, enhancing US tax effectiveness. At 30 June 2021, tax equity financing was in place for all projects in the Company's portfolio except for Acquisition Three. US tax equity structures customarily include a mechanism for the tax equity investor to exit the structure after a time or return-based target is met. As expected at the time of acquisition, US Bancorp fully exited the Acquisition Three tax equity structure during the period.

Table 6 below details the tax equity arrangements for the Company's portfolio.

Table 6: Tax Equity Summary

 
 Solar Asset        T a x Equity Partner                                Funding Status 
 Acquisition         Wells Fargo                                         Fully funded and active 
  One 
              --------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Acquisition         US Bancorp                                          Fully funded and active 
  T wo 
              --------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Acquisition         None (previously US Bancorp)                        Exited 
  Three 
              --------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Acquisition         Hartford Insurance Company; Valley National         Fully funded and active 
  Four                Bank; and US Bancorp 
              --------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Acquisition         US Bancorp                                          Fully funded and active 
  Five 
              --------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Acquisition         Wells Fargo                                         Fully funded and active 
  Six 
              --------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 

GEARING

On a look-through basis USF had outstanding debt of $202.5 million as at 30 June 2021, based on the face value of drawn debt. This equates to 39.3% of Gross Asset Value (GAV) (calculated as NAV plus outstanding debt).

Refer to Note 8 of the financial statements for further information on USF's debt facilities.

SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

The Investment Manager and the Company use sensitivity analysis to assess the impact of changes in key assumptions on the fair value of the Company's investments. The sensitivities shown in Figure 9 assume the relevant input is changed over the entire useful life of each of the

underlying renewable energy assets, while all other variables remain constant. All sensitivities have been calculated independently of each other. The full sensitivity analysis, including comments on key assumptions and sensitivities, is included in Note 13 to the financial statements.

Figure 9: Sensitivity Analysis (Change in Cents Per Share)

SHARE CAPITAL

On 16 April 2019, the Company was admitted to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

As at 31 December 2020, 200,192,361 Ordinary Shares were in issue and no other classes of shares were in issue at that date. At 31 December 2019 there were 200,092,323 Ordinary Shares on issue.

Between 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, the Company issued 100,038 Ordinary Shares to the Investment Manager at a price of $0.964 per Ordinary Share, representing the amount due in shares to the Investment Manager for the period from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, in accordance with the terms of the investment management agreement between the Company and New Energy Solar Manager Pty Limited.

No management shares were issued during the period. 132,000,000 shares issued under the capital raise were added to the 200,192,361 on issue as at 31 December 2020 for a total of 332,192,361 shares on issue as at 30 June 2021.

INFORMATION ON THE INVESTMENT MANAGER

USF is managed by New Energy Solar Manager Pty Limited, which also manages New Energy Solar (www.newenergysolar.com.au). Combined, US Solar Fund and New Energy Solar have committed approximately US$1.3 billion to 57 projects totalling 1.2GWDC.

The Investment Manager has been given responsibility, subject to the overall supervision of the Board, for active discretionary investment management of the Portfolio in accordance with the Company's investment objective and policy. The Investment Manager offers in-house deal origination, execution, and asset management capabilities with experience in equity, tax equity, debt structuring and arranging, and active asset management. The Investment Manager's team currently consists of more than 20 investment and asset management professionals located in Sydney and New York. The Investment Manager is a corporate authorised representative of E&P Funds Management Pty Limited.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

The senior members of the Investment Manager who are responsible for the management of US Solar Fund are set out below. Further information on the Investment Manager team is provided at www.ussolarfund.co.uk.

LIAM THOMAS BAgribus (Curtin), MSc (Curtin), MBA (Melbourne)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NESM

Liam joined the Investment Manager as Director - Investments in March 2016 to lead transaction origination and execution activities, and succeeded John Martin as CEO in August 2021. Liam has over 16 years' experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business development, projects, and commercial management in the energy, infrastructure, mining, and agribusiness sectors. Prior to joining the Investment Manager, Liam was a senior member of the International Development team at Origin Energy, which focused on the investment and development strategy for utility-scale solar, hydro, and geothermal projects in Latin America and South-East Asia. Liam's previous roles have included General Manager of Commercial Development at Aurizon, Commercial Manager for the Northwest Infrastructure iron ore port joint venture, and Project Manager at Orica, focusing on large-scale mining-related infrastructure and manufacturing projects.

ADAM HAUGHTON BS (Materials Engineering) (UMD), MBA (UT Austin)

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, NESM

Adam joined the Investment Manager as a Director in July 2018, focusing on due diligence and transaction execution for new fund investments, and succeeded Liam Thomas as CIO in August 2021. Before joining the Investment Manager, Adam was a Vice President at Greentech Capital Advisors, an investment bank focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions for companies within the sustainable infrastructure industry. Prior to Greentech, Adam worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Global Industrials Investment Banking Group where he advised on a range of public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. Earlier in his career, Adam was a Development Engineer at SunEdison where he was responsible for the development and design of utility- scale and commercial and industrial solar installations in the US.

WARWICK KENEALLY BEcon (ANU), BCom (ANU), CA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, NESM

Prior to joining NESM, Warwick was the interim CFO of NESM's parent, E&P Financial Group Limited. Warwick has worked in chartered accounting firms specialising in turnaround and restructuring. Warwick started his career with KPMG working in its Canberra, Sydney, and London offices and has undertaken a range of complex restructuring and insolvency engagements across Europe, UK, and Australia, for a range of Australian, UK, European and US banks.

Warwick has worked with companies and lenders to develop and implement strategic business options, provide advice in relation to continuous disclosure requirements, develop cash forecasting training for national firms, and lectured on cash management.

SCOTT FRANCIS BS (Mechanical Engineering) (UR), MBA (UR)

HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, NESM

Scott joined the Investment Manager in July of 2021, focusing on Asset Management and Operations across the portfolio of projects. Scott brings over 15 years of energy industry experience and has managed over 1,000 MWs of solar and 2,500 MWs of wind projects. Most recently, Scott was Director of Asset Management at Apex Clean Energy,

a leading developer and operator of US utility-scale solar and wind power, where Scott led the Asset Management team. Scott and his team provide comprehensive asset management in all aspects of projects including performance, reporting, optimisation, revenue assurance (PPA and Merchant), insurance, and contractual performance obligations. Prior roles have included various positions managing operations and business development for Dominion Energy's (Fortune 500 Utility) renewable assets.

4. Environmental, Social and Governance

During the reporting period, the Company and Investment Manager focused on acquiring and operating assets, and in doing so, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors were taken into account.

The Company invests in and sells energy generated by Solar Assets to energy offtakers, directly contributing to renewable energy infrastructure and renewable power generation. As of 30 June 2021, USF's portfolio comprised 42 operational solar plants which are responsible for displacing more than an estimated 633,000 tonnes21 of CO2 emissions, equivalent to powering over 79,000 US homes, or removing over 137,000 US cars from the road every year.

Core to the Company's investment and environmental objectives is the intention to build a long-term, sustainable business. Accordingly, the Directors and the Investment Manager are committed to managing USF in line with the core principles of good ESG practices.

Investing in utility-scale solar to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors is, by its very nature, a compelling investment for investors focused on sustainability and ESG. It contributes positively and materially to the world's growing awareness of and momentum to address the impact of human activity on the environment and climate. Importantly, through developing utility-scale solar projects and contracting the PPAs with various offtakers, the Company directly contributes to the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

In April 2021, the parent of the Investment Manager became a signatory to the United Nations sponsored Principles for Responsible Investing (UN PRI). This Company is also reviewing EU sustainability and ESG disclosure frameworks to see how they might best be applied to USF.

USF complied with pre-contractual disclosure requirements as part of our recent equity raising to meet the EU ESG disclosure obligations for EU-domiciled investors and prospective investors, and is considering aligning with EU reporting frameworks in 2022.

ESG DUE DILIGENCE AND ACQUISITION

-- Environmental site assessments are completed for all assets during due-diligence and obtain certification that all projects comply with applicable local, state or federal law.

-- Physical climate-related risks are considered during the diligence process and routinely throughout operations.

-- O&M contractors and facility managers must obtain and maintain all permits required under applicable laws, including environmental regulations for each facility, and operate them accordingly.

-- EPC contracts require third parties to conduct themselves and their processes to the highest standard of environmental control and compliance with all applicable laws. Strict controls are implemented to avoid any spill contamination, hazardous substances, trade sanctions in supply chains, and waste containment, among others.

-- Prior to construction or investment, each solar asset site has, as part of the EPC contract, an agreed Health and Safety Plan that explicitly outlines health, safety and security measures to be employed and includes various state and federal laws to which all contractors, subcontractors, and site visitors must adhere, as well as injury reporting and investigation and corrective action processes.

ESG PRINCIPLES AT WORK IN USF

Adherence to ESG principles requires USF to consider the broader impact of its activities and to incorporate practices to further the aim of these principles.

Environmental considerations incorporate the impact on both the local environment, as well as global issues like climate change. USF's primary activity is investing in Solar Assets which support renewable energy development and provide a clean energy source to communities . Further, USF's strategy of owning and operating solar power portfolios directly contributes to the displacement of CO2 emissions and assists states in their transition to becoming low carbon economies, helping to achieve their respective renewable energy targets.

USF's positive environmental impact can be seen in USF's first acquisition, the Milford Solar project in Utah. This project generates over 277,500 megawatt hours of electricity annually. This volume of electricity is equivalent to displacing approximately 235,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, powering 31,000 US homes, or removing 51,000 US cars from the road, every year.

The Company will often acquire plants that are not yet operational, and as such require many contractors and employees to construct each project. For example there were over 80 contractors on site for the construction of the 128MWDC Milford solar plant. The Company, through the engagement of its contractors, seeks to create quality jobs in the communities in which it operates. Once operational, the plants provide a smaller number of long-term employment opportunities for members of the communities in which the plants are located.

The Company is committed to making tangible contributions to the prosperity and economic development of the regions in which it operates. For example, the Company seeks to form open and strong relationships with the landowners on which its assets are located, as well as those near its assets. The Company also partners with educational and research institutions to share insights and data to further advance the solar industry.

These partnerships also help USF to continue to improve its practices around land preservation, a key consideration for the Company during an asset's construction phase and operational life.

Governance considerations require a company to examine its structure, leadership, shareholder rights and internal controls. USF's Board of Directors is independent of the Investment Manager and seeks to implement a system of rules and practices that preserves the integrity and efficiency of its operations. The Board has worked with the Investment Manager and Company Secretary to maintain a framework of governance to meet the interests of stakeholders including shareholders, customers, financiers, government, suppliers and the community. The Company also considers acquisition and asset management principles and practices as they relate to dealing with anti-corruption and labour standards.

USF recognises that these governance considerations are critical to building a successful, long-term business.

SITE-SPECIFIC ESG INITIATIVES DURING OWNERSHIP

As assets are onboarded and in-construction assets become operational, site-specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are implemented based on a list of potential measures for each asset. The US is vast and contains many different ecological environments. The initiatives used for each site depend on the local environment as well as the size of the asset. As USF's solar assets range from 2MWDC to 128MWDC different measures are appropriate for different size assets. The list below includes actual measures that have been implemented at various USF sites (as noted in parentheses) and options that are being considered at other sites:

ENVIRONMENTAL

   --             Minimisation of water usage and monitoring consumption (all sites). 

-- Planting of local/indigenous grasses, plants or wildflowers (Milford, Benson, Eagle Solar, Lane II, Pilot Mountain, Tate, Willard).

-- Implementation of sustainable drainage and flood control measures (Benson, Eagle Solar, Lane II, Pilot Mountain, Tate, Willard, Four Oaks).

SOCIAL

-- Attendance at local community and government meetings to maintain community engagement and dialogue.

-- Ongoing relationship development with O&M providers, construction contractors, and landowners to encourage local community engagement and contribution (all sites).

   --             Effective complaint reporting and handling (all sites). 

-- Engagement with local education institutions to help develop understanding of renewable energy (Alkali, Rock Garden, Suntex, West Hines I).

-- Contributions to select local and regional charitable organisations (Granger, Alkali, Rock Garden, Suntex, Pilot Mountain).

-- On site, all injuries and incidents must be reported immediately, and reporting is followed by a well-documented investigation process, detailed report, and corrective action (all sites).

GOVERNANCE

-- Periodic and regular review of safety statistics and site visits with site service providers to ensure compliance with local and regional laws and the Investment Manager's ESG practices (all sites).

-- Annual review of contract compliance (including health and safety plans) with site service providers (all sites).

-- Regular review of site permits and obligations to ensure safe and effective operations within the regulatory guidelines (all sites).

SUSTAINABILITY

USF was established to both capitalise on and contribute to the world's increasing awareness of the impact of climate change and the need to better manage the world's resources for present and future generations. The Company is focused on sustainability, primarily as an investor in the solar industry, but also in the way the Company is managed.

ALIGNMENT WITH UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (UNSDG)

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to enable individuals, organisations, corporations, and governments to implement, record and measure their approach to addressing global challenges including poverty, inequality, and climate change.

The Company is aligned with the UNSDG and has selected two core goals to which the Company can most measurably contribute.

 
             Affordable and Clean Energy           Decent Work and Economic Growth 
 Relevant    7.2 By 2030, increase substantially     8.8 Protect labour rights and 
  Target      the share of renewable energy           promote safe and secure working 
              in the global energy mix.               environments for all workers, including 
                                                      migrant workers, in particular 
                                                      women migrants, and those in precarious 
                                                      employment. 
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 Reporting   Measurement of carbon impact            Reporting on health and safety 
              of Solar Assets; development            strategic initiatives, planning 
              of strategic plans for assets           and incidents at assets under ownership. 
              at end of life (e.g. solar 
              panel recycling). 
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UNSDG 7. 2

The 42 solar power projects in USF's portfolio have a combined capacity of 493MWDC. This power is generated without producing emissions and importantly, also replaces fossil-fuel generated power, thereby displacing CO2 emissions. As USF's 42 assets are all operating, they will be responsible for displacing more than an estimated 633,000 tonnes22 of CO2, every year, equivalent to powering 79,000 US homes or removing 137,000 US cars from the road each year.

As a sustainably run business, USF is conscious of its obligations to carefully consider and plan for the future disposal of solar panels. Given USF's solar plants are relatively new, with only 8% of capacity (including all acquisitions) being operational for greater than five years and the majority being operational between two and five years, the business has not yet needed to manage the disposal of large quantities of solar panels, due to the assumed solar asset life of 35+ years per project. In any case, USF works with its contractors to ensure that materials and panels are disposed of or where appropriate recycled properly according to any associated regulations.

During construction and operation, the solar panels employed in USF's plants have proven to be robust and rates of damage and waste have been very low. With respect to the bulk of the panels installed at USF's solar power plants, USF intends to establish a solar panel recycling system that can facilitate the recovery of valuable secondary raw materials and promote high levels of reuse. To this end, USF is investigating the recycling programs available in the industry and the approaches of its development and construction partners.

UNSDG 8.8

When an acquired project is yet to be constructed, an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Agreement must be agreed upon and signed before construction. This agreement contains a comprehensive and systematic Health and Safety Plan that explicitly outlines certain requirements according to each site location and layout of the project. This plan incorporates health, safety and security measures required by various state and federal laws to which all contractors, subcontractors and site visitors must adhere.

A site Health and Safety Committee is established for each project location, comprised of field representatives and management from the EPC contractor once construction commences. These representatives must obtain appropriate construction safety certification (known as "OSHA36") and are responsible for daily safety briefings. The representatives also facilitate weekly "toolbox" meetings, designed to address

potential safety concerns on-site, and ensure the implementation of preventive safety measures. USF did not have any assets under construction during the period.

Once a site is operational, and upon appointment of O&M contractors, a Safety and Health Management Plan is implemented. These plans provide personnel working at the site with a framework for addressing safety and health in the workplace with the goal of preventing any fatalities, injuries, illnesses and equipment damage. The approach is based on the principle that nearly all worksite fatalities, injuries and illnesses are preventable. USF currently has 42 operating projects.

The Company and the Investment Manager are also focused on injury reporting and investigation as they allow for review of existing preventive measures, thereby reducing the likelihood of an event occurring. All injuries and incidents must be reported immediately on the project site, followed by an investigation process, detailed report and corrective action.

Over the course of the period to 30 June 2021, there were no recordable injuries or lost-time accident on site.

The Company and Investment Manager continue to monitor and maintain health and safety management policies and take a preventive and proactive approach when dealing with health and safety hazards, rigorously implementing safety practices and improving them where applicable.

5. Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The Board is responsible for financial reporting and controls, including the approval of the Annual Report and Accounts, the dividend policy, any significant changes in accounting policies or practices, and treasury policies including a use of derivative financial instruments.

The Company faces a broad range of risks that the Board and Investment Manager aim to mitigate through internal controls and other actions. These risks are regularly assessed on a periodic basis to ensure that the business operates smoothly and that any adverse effect on the Company's performance and share value is mitigated. To the extent possible, the Board also maintains a risk matrix that is reviewed annually under the risk management framework in place to minimise the impact of these risks should they occur. The risks that the Board and Investment Manager believe to be the most relevant to the business can be organised into key categories as set out below:

   --             legal & regulatory risks; 
   --             financial & market risks; and 
   --             operational risks, 

Principal risks for the period and their mitigants are summarised in the tables below:

LEGAL & REGULATORY RISKS

 
 Risk               Impact on Company                      Mitigant 
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 Changes in         Regulation changes may adversely       The Company and Investment Manager 
  laws               affect the                             monitor changes in 
  or regulations     business and performance               legislation for relevant jurisdictions 
  governing          of the Company.                        to enable rapid and effective 
  the                The Company is sensitive               response. This ensures that any upcoming 
  Company's          to tax changes for                     changes in legislation are 
  operations         example, including but not             proactively accounted for when evaluating 
  or                 limited to income tax,                 potential investment 
  the Investment     Investment Tax Credits and             opportunities. The Company and Investment 
  Manager's          tax restrictions on                    Manager also consult 
  operations         renewables. An adverse change          with tax and regulatory experts as 
                     in tax legislation                     required. 
                     may impact the Company's 
                     overall returns. 
 Political          Political risks often translate        As the Company's assets are in the 
  risks              to elevated political uncertainties    US, the Investment Manager does not 
                     and have detrimental effects           consider separation from the EU to 
                     on investment and currency             cause significant risks to the US 
                     markets. The separation of             renewables market. Noting the success 
                     the United Kingdom (UK) from           of the Company's equity raise in April 
                     the European Union (EU) may            2021, the impact on the Company's 
                     impact the Company's ability           ability to attract capital was minimal. 
                     to raise additional funds.             The Company and Investment Manager 
                     The outcome from US Congress           monitor changes in legislation for 
                     decisions and changes in               relevant jurisdictions to enable rapid 
                     US administration, and the             and effective response. The Company 
                     impacts on renewable energy            and Investment Manager also consult 
                     credits, tax concessions               with tax and legislation experts as 
                     and support for the renewable          required. 
                     generation sector are uncertain.       The policy objectives of the Biden 
                                                            administration regarding net zero 
                                                            carbon emission energy generation 
                                                            has lowered the political risk associated 
                                                            with investment in US renewable energy. 
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FINANCIAL & MARKET RISKS

 
 Risk              Impact on Company                   Mitigant 
 Long-term         PPA terms are generally shorter     The Company secures revenue by acquiring 
  power price       than the expected useful            assets that have long- term PPAs in 
  fluctuations      life of Solar Assets so price       place (with a minimum PPA term of 
                    forecasts are used to estimate      10 years for each project or portfolio 
                    the value of cash flows between     acquisition and a target weighted 
                    PPA expiry and the end of           average PPA term of almost 15 years 
                    the asset's useful life.            for the Company's entire portfolio). 
                    Lower wholesale electricity         The Company continues to regularly 
                    price forecasts will reduce         monitor changes in expert energy price 
                    the revenue that the Solar          forecasts and ensures that they are 
                    Assets are expected to generate     appropriately factored into asset 
                    after PPA expiry, thereby           valuations. The Company averages forecast 
                    impacting asset valuations.         price curves from two reputable providers 
                                                        over their most recent two periods 
                                                        (i.e., four curves in total) to mitigate 
                                                        the impact on asset values from any 
                                                        one forecaster changing views. Additionally, 
                                                        the Company is evaluating energy storage 
                                                        as a means to reduce exposure to power 
                                                        price and 
                                                        re-contracting risk. 
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 Valuation         The due diligence process           The Company appoints an independent 
  of                that the Investment                 reputable firm to undertake 
  ass ets           Manager undertakes in evaluating    valuations of its Solar Assets on 
                    acquisitions                        at least an annual basis. Further, 
                    of Solar Assets may not reveal      the 
                    all facts that may                  Company appoints reputable third parties 
                    be relevant in connection           with industry specific skills 
                    with such investments.              to assist in the due diligence process 
                    This could lead to valuation        including reviewing detailed 
                    errors that affect                  financial model inputs. 
                    the returns achieved by the 
                    underlying assets or 
                    results in inaccurate reporting 
                    to investors and 
                    other stakeholders. 
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 Access to         The Company may not be able         Debt and tax equity financing is in 
  capital from      to source funding from suitable     place for all projects in the Company's 
  tax equity        tax equity partners and debt        portfolio. The Company has appointed 
  pa rtners         providers which may limit           a reputable and experienced Investment 
  a nd debt         the amount of capital the           Manager with strong existing banking 
  providers         Company is able to invest.          and tax equity relationships. These 
                    Additionally,                       existing relationships, in addition 
                    the Company may be exposed          to new relationships, developed with 
                    to risks from its contractual       experienced tax equity partners allow 
                    relationships in relation           for various avenues to appoint a partner 
                    to tax equity financing with        best suited for the project. The Company 
                    any tax equity partner.             also continues to monitor compliance 
                                                        with tax equity financing provisions. 
                                                        The Company successfully refinanced 
                                                        its Acquisition Four (Heelstone Portfolio) 
                                                        debt facility, using existing 
                                                        banking relationships of the Investment 
                                                        Manager, with proceeds from the April 
                                                        2021 share placement. 
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 Unable to         The Company may not be able         The IPO proceeds are fully invested 
  source            to source suitable                  and the recent capital raising 
  suitable Solar    assets in future, which would       proceeds are largely invested. The 
  Assets            result in the                       remaining capital will be put 
                    Company holding levels of           toward growth options (either Tranche 
                    cash which are higher               T wo of MS2 or other 
                    than optimal. This cash would       opportunities). The Company has also 
                    likely generate                     appointed an Investment 
                    much lower levels of returns        Manager with a dedicated team of experienced 
                    than the assets in the              investment and 
                    Company, consequentially            renewable energy professionals focused 
                    adversely affecting the             on sourcing, evaluating 
                    level of returns to shareholders    and transacting on new investments 
                    and the market                      for the Company, to deploy all 
                    value of the Company.               available capital. 
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 Interest rate     The Company has debt facilities     The base interest rate for all amortising 
  risk              with both fixed and floating        debt is fully hedged for the term 
                    interest rates. The Company         of the relevant loan, and for one 
                    is also exposed to interest         or more subsequent refinancings. 
                    rate risk though holding            The FTB Facility has a floating interest 
                    variable rate bank deposits.        rate which is not hedged but is currently 
                    As such, changes in interest        undrawn. The interest rate risk on 
                    rates may have a positive           this instrument and on bank deposits 
                    or negative impact directly         is not significant given the re lati 
                    on the Company's net income         ve l y low balances and current low 
                    and, consequently, the profits      level of interest rates. The Company 
                    of the Company. Changes in          does not bear interest rate risk on 
                    interest rates may also affect      its loan to USF Holding Corp. as the 
                    the discount rates used in          loan rate is fixed for the duration 
                    the valuation of the assets.        of the loan facility. Changes in interest 
                                                        rate that affect the discount rates 
                                                        used in the valuation of the assets 
                                                        will also tend to impact long-term 
                                                        electricity price forecasts which 
                                                        provides a partial hedge. 
                                                        In the event of the Company investing 
                                                        in new projects, the Company's standard 
                                                        practice is to hedge the floating 
                                                        rate risk on the actual and anticipated 
                                                        debt amortisation profile at the time 
                                                        of investment. 
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OPERATIONAL RISKS

 
 Risk                Impact on Company                     Mitigant 
 Operational          The Company is potentially            The Investment Management Agreement 
  fraud                exposed to financial losses           ( IMA ) provides USF with certain 
                       from fraudulent activities            protections through passing certain 
                       related to receipts from              responsibilities to the Investment 
                       counterparties or wholesale           Manager. The Investment Manager maintains 
                       markets,                              and adheres to policies and processes 
                       or payments made to construction      to mitigate the risk of fraud. The 
                       entities, maintenance providers       E&P Financial Group Limited, of which 
                       and capital investors.                the Investment Manager is a member, 
                                                             holds insurance which covers fraudulent 
                                                             incidents. 
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 Default of           The Company may experience            The Company has a fully operational 
  developer            a financial loss                      portfolio, with no Solar Assets 
  or                   (realised or unrealised)              currently under construction. Where 
  Engineering,         from a developer or EPC               the Company undertakes 
  Procurement,         counterparty failing to perform       construction activity in the future, 
  Construction         their contractual                     it appoints experienced and 
  (EPC) contractor     obligations including warranty        reputable contractors with strong 
                       obligations which                     track records and through existing 
                       continue after construction           relationships with the Investment 
                       is completed.                         Manager. The Company will 
                                                             periodically review the credit ratings 
                                                             and other available financial 
                                                             indicators of counterparties before 
                                                             contracting and adjust risk 
                                                             premiums accordingly. 
                                                             Contractual protections in EPC contracts 
                                                             (milestone-based 
                                                             payments, performance security, liens 
                                                             over assets purchased and 
                                                             installed by the EPC contractor), 
                                                             means the potential impact of EPC 
                                                             contractor default during construction 
                                                             is largely limited to the time 
                                                             and cost of replacing the contractor 
                                                             rather than any persistent loss. 
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 Unfavourable         The Company may be exposed            The Company and Investment Manager 
  weather              to a lower than                       conduct sensitivity analysis 
  conditions           expected volume of revenue            using a range of power generation 
  including            generation produced                   forecasts when evaluating 
  climate              by the Solar Assets. Additionally,    acquisitions however isolated or localised 
  change or            the Solar Assets                      conditions such as storms, 
  events               may face damages due to extreme       heavy snowfall, or smoke and dust 
                       weather                               events may cause production 
                       conditions arising from climate       shortfalls outside the range of power 
                       change.                               generation forecasts. Investing 
                                                             in geographically diverse projects 
                                                             mitigates the impact of localised, 
                                                             unfavourable weather conditions. 
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 Under-               The underperformance of Solar         The Company uses third-party independent 
  performance          Assets may lead                       engineers to review 
  of solar             to reductions in energy generated     the assets and provide independent 
  power                and thereby                           reports on performance before 
  plants relative      a reduction in revenue that           acquisition, to ensure that reasonable 
  to acquisition       the asset would be                    generation assumptions 
  assumptions          expected to produce.                  are utilised. The Company and Investment 
                                                             Manager also conduct 
                                                             sensitivity analyses on power generation 
                                                             when evaluating the 
                                                             acquisition target. The Company and 
                                                             the Investment Manager also 
                                                             seek to engage with reputable O&M 
                                                             and EPC contractors and include 
                                                             market-standard contractual protections 
                                                             in the relevant contracts. 
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 Pandemics            Global health concerns often          The Investment Manager has established 
  including            translate to elevated                 systems and procedures 
  COVID-19             uncertainties in financial            that allow remote monitoring of the 
                       markets and have                      solar power assets and remote 
                       detrimental effects on the            work by staff. These systems have 
                       global economy. The                   operated throughout COVID-19, 
                       COVID-19 outbreak may impact          included extended periods of lock-down 
                       the Company's                         restrictions. 
                       supply chain and service              The Investment Manager manages costs 
                       providers (such as                    by using fixed-time and 
                       higher O&M costs, longer              fixed-cost contracts for construction, 
                       response times, and                   working closely with EPC 
                       higher insurance costs) and           contractors during the construction 
                       also ability to raise                 of assets, and with O&M 
                       additional funds.                     contractors and other key suppliers 
                                                             once assets become operational. 
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 Counterparty         There is the potential for            There have been no material changes 
  credit risk          losses to be incurred due             to the creditworthiness of any of 
                       to defaults by PPA counterparties,    the USF counterparties as a result 
                       EPC contractors, derivative           of COVID-19, and the Company and the 
                       counterparties, and deposit           Investment Manager diversifies credit 
                       taking institutions.                  risk across multiple investment-grade 
                                                             counterparties. No financial transactions 
                                                             are permitted with counterparties 
                                                             with a credit rating of less than 
                                                             BBB- from Standard & Poor's or Baa3 
                                                             from Moody's unless specifically approved 
                                                             by the Board. The Investment Manager 
                                                             will continue 
                                                             to monitor credit market conditions, 
                                                             including as they apply to PPA counterparties. 
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LONGER TERM VIABILITY

The Board is responsible for financial reporting and controls, including the approval of the Annual Report and Accounts, the dividend policy, any significant changes in accounting policies or practices, and treasury policies including the use of derivative financial instruments. The Board of the Company is also required to assess the long-term prospects of the Company according to the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Code. The Board has assessed the prospects of the group over a five-year period. The Board considers a five-year timeframe to be reasonable on the basis that the Company is in the initial stage of operating assets. The key risks facing the Company including, but not limited to, the risks mentioned on pages 26 to 28 have been individually assessed by the Board. The likelihood and impact of each risk on the Company prior to and after specific risk mitigation controls have taken place have been evaluated.

The Company owns a portfolio of Solar Assets in the US that are fully constructed, operational and generating renewable electricity. As a result, it benefits from predictable and reliable long-term cash flows and is subject to a set of risks that can be identified and assessed. Each Solar Asset is supported by a detailed financial model at acquisition and incorporated into the Company's valuation model for quarterly valuations, which are independently reviewed every half-year. The Board believes the diversification within the Company's portfolio of Solar Assets helps to withstand and mitigate the emerging and principal risks the Company is most likely to face. The Company's revenues from investments provide substantial cover to the operating expenses of the SPVs, USF Holding Corp., and the Company and any other costs likely to be faced by any of them over

the viability assessment period. The Investment Manager also prepares a rolling detailed monthly two-year cash flow forecast to address and specifically consider the sustainability of the dividends.

After assessing these risks, and reviewing the Company's liquidity position, together with the Company's commitments, available but undrawn credit facilities, and forecasts of future performance under various scenarios, the Board has a reasonable expectation that the Company is well positioned to continue to operate and meet its liabilities over the short term and the five-year outlook period. While the Board has no reason to believe that the Company will not be viable beyond the specified outlook period, it is aware that it is difficult to foresee the viability of any business over a longer period given the inherent uncertainty involved.

It is important to note that the risks associated with investments within the infrastructure sector could result in a material adverse effect on the Company's performance and value of Ordinary Shares. When required, experts will be employed to gather information, including tax advisers, legal advisers, and environmental advisers.

SECTION 172

Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 recognises that directors are responsible for acting fairly as between members and in a way that they consider, in good faith, is the most likely to promote the success of the Company for the benefit of its Shareholders as a whole. In doing so, they are also required to consider the broader implications of their decisions and operations on other key stakeholders and their impact on the wider community and the environment. Key decisions are those that are either material to the Company or are significant to any of the Company's key stakeholders. The Company's engagement with key stakeholders and the key decisions that were made or approved by the Directors during the year are described below:

SHAREHOLDERS

The Company also relies on Shareholders for continued access to capital to support further growth of the Company.

The Investment Manager liaises with Shareholders through specified reporting of Company performance at set dates in the calendar, as well as ad hoc reporting of major announcements.

In addition, Shareholders have the opportunity to meet the Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Board also endevours to respond to any written queries made by Shareholders during the course of the period, or to meet with major Shareholders if so requested.

In addition to the formal business of the AGM, representatives of the Investment Manager and the Board are available to answer specific questions a Shareholder may have.

LERS

The Company also relies on Lenders for continued access to capital to support further growth of the Company, and to refinance existing debt facilities at maturity, or prior to maturity where it is accretive for Shareholders.

The Investment Manager liaises with Lenders through specified reporting of project level performance at set dates in the calendar, as well as ad hoc reporting of major announcements.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

Our service providers are fundamental to the quality of our product and to ensuring that as a business we meet the high standards of conduct that we set ourselves.

The Board meets at least annually to review the performance of the key service providers.

The Board has regular contact with the two main service providers: the Investment Manager and Administrator through quarterly board meetings with the Chair and Audit Chair meeting more regularly.

REGULATORS/GOVERNMENT

The Board regularly considers how it meets regulatory and statutory obligations and follows voluntary and best-practice guidance, including how any governance decisions it makes impact its stakeholders both in the short and long term.

PPA OFFTAKERS

The Offtakers for the Company's projects provide the main source of operating cash inflows to the Company. No Offtaker is a related party of the Board or Investment Manager. The Company is focused on ensuring assets operate in line with weather-adjusted expectations to deliver power to their PPA Offtakers.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

The local communities, within which the Company's projects are based, provide local support as well as human resources to work on the project sites. The Company works actively with landholders and city councils, to resolve matters including egress and access, erosion, and land management issues.

6. Board of Directors

The Directors are responsible for the determination of the Company's investment objective and policy and its investment strategy and have overall responsibility for the Company's activities, including the review of investment activity and performance and the supervision and control of the Investment Manager. The Directors have delegated responsibility for managing the assets comprising the portfolio to the Investment Manager. Further information on the Board is provided at www.ussolarfund.co.uk.

GILLIAN NOTT

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Mrs Nott spent the majority of her career working in the energy sector, including positions with BP. In 1994 she became CEO of ProShare, a not-for-profit organisation promoting financial education, savings and investment, and employee share

ownership. She was a non-executive Director of the Financial Services Authority from 1998 until 2004. Subsequently she has held numerous board roles, including being a non-executive director of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, a leading insurer, and deputy chair of the Association of Investment Companies. Mrs Nott has served as both a non-executive director and chair of a number of venture capital trusts and investment trusts. She is currently chair of JPMorgan Russian Securities plc,

Premier Miton Global Renewables Trust plc, PMGR Securities 2025 plc and Gresham House Renewable Energy Venture Capital Trust 1 plc.

JAMIE RICHARDS

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Richards is a Chartered Accountant and has 25 years' experience in fund management, banking and corporate recovery with a focus on the infrastructure and solar sector. Mr Richards previously was a partner, executive committee member and head of infrastructure at Foresight Group having joined in 2000. Between 2007 and 2018 he had overall responsibility from inception for the group's infrastructure and solar business in the UK, Australia, Italy and the

US. He oversaw, as a member of the investment committee, more than 100 solar projects representing the group's approximately GBP1.5 billion solar portfolio and led the IPO of Foresight Solar Fund Limited. Prior to 2007, he led a number

of venture capital and private equity transactions in the technology and cleantech sectors representing Foresight Group's funds and was a non-executive director of several companies. Previously, Mr Richards worked at PwC, Citibank and Macquarie, both in London and Sydney. Mr Richards is also a non-executive director of Smart Meter Systems plc and currently acts as alternative chair of the investment committee of Community Owned Renewable Energy LLP, an investment programme targeting UK solar farms for community ownership.

RACHAEL NUTTER

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ms Nutter has spent over 20 years in the energy sector and the last 15 years in the renewable and clean energy sector. Ms Nutter is Director for Nature Based Solutions (NBS) at ClimateCare, a leading player in the carbon markets. Until August 2020 Ms Nutter worked at Shell, most recently as general manager of NBS business development. Prior to this, she led a global solar business development team in Shell that originated and delivered investments in solar projects and development platforms, having previously led the development of the solar entry strategy for Shell. Ms Nutter also had a role within Shell Ventures. Prior to rejoining Shell in 2012, she worked at CT Investment Partners, Carbon Trust and

PA Consulting Group, having started her career as a petroleum engineer with Shell. Ms Nutter is a board member of the Energy Technologies Institute, a UK public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialisation of low carbon technologies.

THOMAS PLAGEMANN

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Plagemann has almost 30 years of experience originating and executing financing and investments in energy and infrastructure assets. Most recently, Mr Plagemann was the chief commercial officer at Vivint Solar where he was responsible for developing Vivint Solar's tax equity, capital markets, market expansion, and fundraising efforts and leading the financing strategy beyond its existing third-party financing structures. During his career, Mr Plagemann has been involved with projects valued in excess of $29 billion and has completed transactions across the balance sheet from debt to equity. Prior to joining Vivint Solar, he was Head of Energy, U.S. Corporate & Investment Banking for Santander Global Banking & Markets.

Prior to joining Santander, he was at First Solar as the Global Head of Project Finance and Transaction Execution. Prior to First Solar, Mr. Plagemann was responsible for AIG FP's principal investment strategy in the renewable energy sector. Before joining AIG, he was a managing director with GE Capital's energy investment business, and he started his career as a banker in Deutsche Bank's project finance group. Mr Plagemann received a BA from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in international affairs with a specialisation in finance from Columbia University.

   7.            Directors' Report 

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITY AND STATUS

US Solar Fund Plc was incorporated as a Public Company, limited by shares, in England and Wales on 10 January 2019 with registered number 11761009. The registered office of the Company is The Scalpel, 18th Floor, 52 Lime Street, London EC3M 7AF. Its share capital is denominated in US dollars (US$ or $) and currently consists of Ordinary Shares. The Company's principal activity is to invest in a diversified portfolio of Solar Power Assets located in North America and other countries forming part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Americas.

DIRECTORS

All Directors are non-executive Directors.

The Company maintains GBP20 million of Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance cover for the benefit of the Directors, which was in place throughout the period and which continues in effect at the date of this report.

Details of the fees paid to Directors in the period are set out below:

 
 DIRECTOR                                             ANNUAL FEE                       RECEIVED IN PERIODED 30 JUNE 
                                                                                                     2021 
                                                           (GBP)                                    (GBP) 
 Gillian Nott*                                        60,000                           30,000 
                                                   -------------  --------------------------------------- 
 Jamie Richards**                                     50,000                                       25,000 
                                                   -------------  --------------------------------------- 
 Rachael Nutter                                       4 0, 000                                     20,000 
                                                   -------------  --------------------------------------- 
 Thomas Plagemann                                     4 0, 000                                     20,000 
                                                   -------------  --------------------------------------- 
 
  *This includes GBP20,000 per annum in respect 
  of serving as Chair of the Board. 
  **This includes GBP10,000 per annum in respect 
  of serving as Chair of the Audit committee. 
                                                   -------------  --------------------------------------- 
 

*This includes GBP20,000 per annum in respect of serving as Chair of the Board.

**This includes GBP10,000 per annum in respect of serving as Chair of the Audit committee.

In accordance with FCA Listing Rules 9.8.6(R)(1), Directors' interest in the shares of the Company (in respect of which transactions are notifiable to the Company under FCA Disclosure and Transparency Rule 3.1.2(R)) as at 30 June 2021 are shown below:

 
 DIRECTOR                   NUMBER OF   PERCENTAGE OF ISSUED 
                      ORDINARY SHARES          SHARE CAPITAL 
 Gillian Nott                  66,000                  0.02% 
                    -----------------  --------------------- 
 Jamie Richards                65,495                  0.02% 
                    -----------------  --------------------- 
 Rachael Nutter                39,934                  0.01% 
                    -----------------  --------------------- 
 Thomas Plagemann                   -                  0.00% 
                    -----------------  --------------------- 
 

SIGNIFICANT SHAREHOLDINGS

 
                                                                  NUMBER OF ORDINARY                       PERCENTAGE 
   SHAREHOLDER                                                    SHARES                                   OF ISSUED 
                                                                                                           SHARE 
                                                                                                           CAPITAL 
 Liontrust Investment 
  Management 
  LLP                                                              35,838,636                                   10.79% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Sarasin & Partners LLP                                            33,082,699                                   9. 96% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Baillie Gifford & Co                                              30,760,000                                    9.26% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Newton Investment Management 
  Limited                                                           26,519,653                                  7. 98% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 CCLA Investment Management                                         2 5 , 2 6 7 , 3 5 6                         7. 61% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Ltd                                     20,670,338                                 6. 2 2 % 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Fidelity Investments                                              18,214,980                                    5.48% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Gravis Advisory Ltd                                               15,505,965                                    4.67% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Aberdeen Asset Managers Ltd 
  (UK)                                                             1 4 , 9 4 0, 000                              4.50% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Privium Fund Management BV                                        12,130,000                                    3.65% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Hargreaves Lansdown Asset 
  Management                                                       1 1 , 5 7 6 , 5 6 8                           3.65% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 Brooks Macdonald Asset 
  Management                                                        11,413,706                                   3.48% 
                                -------------------------------------------------------  ----------------------------- 
 

GOING CONCERN

The Board has reviewed a set of financial projections of the cash flow and distribution profile of the Company prepared by the Investment Manager. The Board has assessed the prospects of the group over a five-year period given the long-term nature of the underlying assets to support the viability statement and completed a detailed assessment to support the going concern conclusion for the 12 months following the signing of the Interim Report. After assessing these risks, and reviewing the Company's liquidity position, together with forecasts of the Company's future performance under various scenarios, the Board has a reasonable expectation that the Company will continue to meet its

obligations as they fall due for at least the next 12 months. As such the Board concluded that it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of preparation in preparing these financial statements. For further details on going concern please see Note 2.

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS

The Company made no political contributions during the period.

POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

On 20 September 2021, the Company announced a dividend of 1.25 cents per Ordinary Share for the period ending 30 June 2021. The Company's events after the period ended are discussed in the Investment Manager's Report on page 11.

Signed by order of the Board,

GILL NOTT

CHAIR

20 September 2021

   8.            Directors' Responsibility Statement 

The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly report and financial statements in accordance with applicable regulations. The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

-- the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Company;

-- the interim management report which includes the Chairman's Statement, Report of the Investment Adviser and Statement of Principal Risks and Uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year to 30 June 2021 includes a fair review of the information required by:

a. DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the Unaudited Condensed Interim Financial Statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

b. DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place during the first six months of the financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Company during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

Signed by order of the Board,

GILL NOTT

CHAIR

Date: 20 September 2021

   9.            Independent Review Report to US Solar Fund plc. 

We have been engaged by the company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2021 which comprises the Condensed Statement of Profit and Loss and Other Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Statement of Financial Position, the Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity, the Condensed Statement of Cash Flows and related notes 1 to 17. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the company will be prepared in accordance with United Kingdom adopted International Financial Reporting Standards. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with United Kingdom adopted International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting".

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2021 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with United Kingdom adopted International Accounting Standard 34 and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Use of our report

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

Deloitte LLP

Statutory Auditor

London, UK

20 September 2021

   10.          Condensed Statement of Profit and Loss and Other Comprehensive Income 

FOR THE PERIODED 30 JUNE 2021

 
                                                  Six Months Ended 30 June                             Six Months Ended 30 June 
                                                   2021                                                 2020 
                                                   Revenue            C ap           Total              Revenue            C ap           Total 
                               Notes                US$               ital            US$                US$               ital            US$ 
                                                                      US$                                                  US$ 
                         --------------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Net(loss)/gain on investments 
  at fair value through profit 
  and loss                          8                    -     (6,880,876)     (6,880,876)                    -      1,719,385       1,719,385 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 MSA fee income                   8        2,568,123                     -    2,568,123                       -               -               - 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Intercompany loan interest 
  income                          8           991,750                    -      991,750                       -               -               - 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Interest income                  4                      -               -                 -      224,699                     -      224,699 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Total income                               3,559,873        (6,880,876)     (3,321,003)          224,699          1,719,385       1,944,084 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Expenditure 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Administrative and other 
  expenses                        5       (1,844,297)                    -   (1,844,297)       (1,491,154)                    -    (1,491,154) 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Operating (loss)/profit for 
  the period                                1,715,576        (6,880,876)     (5,165,300)       (1,266,455)         1,719,385         452,930 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Gain on foreign exchange                                -      180,245         180,245                       -           (671)           (671) 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 (Loss)/profit before taxation              1,715,576        (6,700,631)     (4,985,055)       (1,266,455)         1,718,714         452,259 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Taxation                         6                      -               -                 -                  -               -               - 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 (Loss)/Profit and total 
  comprehensive income for 
  the period                                  1,715,576        (6,700,631)     (4,985,055)       (1,266,455)         1,718,714         452,259 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Earnings per share (basic                       0 . 5 9 
  and diluted) - cents/share      7               9               (2.340)          (1 . 741)        (0.633)             0.859            0.226 
                                 ------  -----------------  --------------  ----------------  -----------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 

All items dealt with in arriving at the result for the period relate to continuing operations.

The Total column of this statement represents Company's profit and loss account, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 which comprise standards and interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), and International Accounting Standards and Interpretations approved by the International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee ("IFRIC") that remain in effect. The return on ordinary activities after taxation is the total comprehensive income and therefore no additional statement of other comprehensive income is presented. The supplementary revenue and capital columns are presented for information purposes in accordance with the Statement of Recommended Practice issued by the Association of Investment Companies.

   11.          Condensed Statement of Financial Position 
 
                                                             30 June 2021               31 December 
                                      Notes                   US$                              2020 
                                                                                                US$ 
 Non-current assets 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Investment held at fair value            8      298,443,400                         195,324,276 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
                                                  298,443,400                        195,324,276 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Current assets 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Tra de and other receivables             9             207,846                             45,587 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Cash and cash equivalents               10         16,111,513                            523,170 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
                                                    16,319,359                            568,757 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 T o t a l assets                                 314,762,759                       195,893,033 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Current liabilities 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Tra de and other payables               11          1,459,380                            732,723 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Dividends payable                       12                             -               1,000,962 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
                                                     1,459,380                          1,733,685 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Net current assets/(liabilities)                   14,859,979                         (1,164,928) 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Total net assets                                 313,303,379                        194,159,348 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Shareholders equity 
  Share capital                                        3,321,924                          2,001,924 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Share premium                                    128,147,240                             184,786 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Capital reduction reserve                        183,523,153                        188,176,521 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Capital reserve                                     (3,429,229)                        3,271,402 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Retained earnings                                   1,740,291                            524,715 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Total shareholders equity                        313,303,379                        194,159,348 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 Net asset value per share               14                0.943                              0.970 
                                    -------  ----------------------------  ------------------------ 
 
   12.          Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity 

FOR THE PERIODED 30 JUNE 2021

 
                   Notes    Share       Share Premium   Capital       Capital       Retained    Total Equity 
                             Capital     US$             Reduction     Reserve       Earnings    US$ 
                             US$                         Reserve       US$           US$ 
                                                         US$ 
 Balance 
  at 1 January 
  2021                      2,001,924   184,786         188,176,521   3,271,402     524,715     194,159,348 
                           ----------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ----------  ------------- 
 Issue of 
  share capital             1,320,000   130,680,000     -             -             -           132,000,000 
                           ----------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ----------  ------------- 
 Equity issue 
  costs                     -           (2,717,547)     -             -             -           (2,717,547) 
                           ----------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ----------  ------------- 
 Dividends                  -           -               (2,717,547)   -             (500,000)   (5,153,368) 
                           ----------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ----------  ------------- 
 Loss & total 
  comprehensive 
  income for 
  the period                -           -               -             (6,700,631)   1,715,576   (4,985,055) 
                           ----------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ----------  ------------- 
 Balance 
  at 30 June 
  2021                      3,321,924   128,147,240     183,523,153   (3,429,229)   1,740,291   313,303,379 
                           ----------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ----------  ------------- 
 

FOR THE YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2020

 
                         Notes    Share       Share      Capital       Capital     Retained      Total Equity 
                                   Capital     Premium    Reduction     Reserve     Earnings      US$ 
                                   US$         US$        Reserve       US$         US$ 
                                                          US$ 
 Balance 
  at 1 January 
  2020                            2,000,923   89,350     192,179,367   319,371     524,715       194,415,720 
                                 ----------  ---------  ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------- 
 Dividends                        -           -          (2,000,923)   -           -             (2,000,923) 
                                 ----------  ---------  ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------- 
 Profit & 
  total comprehensive 
  income for 
  the year                        -           -          -             1,718,714   (1,266,455)   452,259 
                                 ----------  ---------  ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------- 
 Balance 
  at 30 June 
  2020                            2,000,923   89,350     190,178,444   2,038,085   (1,439,746)   192,867,056 
                                 ----------  ---------  ------------  ----------  ------------  ------------- 
 

FOR THE YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2020

 
                         Notes    Share       Share Premium   Capital       Capital     Retained    Total Equity 
                                   Capital     US$             Reduction     Reserve     Earnings    US$ 
                                   US$                         Reserve       US$         US$ 
                                                               US$ 
 Balance 
  at 1 January 
  2020                            2,000,923   89,350          192,179,367   319,371     524,715     194,415,720 
                                 ----------  --------------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Issue of 
  share capital                   1,001       95,436          -             -           -           96,437 
                                 ----------  --------------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Dividends                        -           -               (4,002,846)   -                       (4,002,846) 
                                 ----------  --------------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Tax charge                       -           -               -             (349,448)   349,448     - 
                                 ----------  --------------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Profit & 
  total comprehensive 
  income for 
  the year                        -           -               -             3,301,479   348,558     3,650,037 
                                 ----------  --------------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Balance 
  at 31 December 
  2020                            2,001,924   184,786         188,176,521   3,271,402   524,715     194,159,348 
                                 ----------  --------------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 
   13.          Condensed Statement of Cash Flows 
 
                                      Notes     1 January 2021     1 January 2020 
                                               to 30 June 2021    to 30 June 2020 
                                                           US$                US$ 
 Cash flows from operating 
  activities 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 (Loss)/profit for the year/period                 (4,985,055)            452,259 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Adjustments for: 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Net loss/(gain) on investments 
  at fair value through profit 
  and loss                            8              3,321,003        (1,719,385) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 (Gains)/losses on foreign 
  exchange                                           (180,245)                671 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Operating cash flows before 
  movements in working capital                     (1,844,297)        (1,266,455) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Increase i n trade and other 
  receivables                                        (162,259)         (36 , 241) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Increase in trade and other 
  payables                                             726,657            106,430 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 (Increase)/decrease in interest 
  receivable                                                 -             34,302 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash gene r ated/(utilised) 
  in operating activities                          (1,279,900)        (1,161,964) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Cash flows used in investing 
  activities 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 MSA fee income received                             2,568,123 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Intercompany loan interest 
  received                                             991,750 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Purchases of investments             8          (110,000,000)       (47,051,332) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash outflow from investing 
  activities                                     (106,440,127)       (47,051,332) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Cash flows used in financing 
  activities 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Dividends paid                                    (6,154,328)        (2,000,923) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Proceeds from issue of Ordinary                   132,000,000                  - 
  Shares at a premium 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Share issue costs                                 (2,717,547)                  - 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash inflow/(outflow) 
  from financing activities                        123,128,125        (2,000,923) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Net increase/(decrease) 
  in cash and cash equivalents 
  for the period                                    15,408,098       (50,214,219) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Effect of foreign exchange 
  rate movements                                       180,245              (671) 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at the beginning of the 
  period                                               523,170         76,458,662 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at the end of the period                          16,111,513         26,243,772 
                                     ------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 
   14.          Notes to the Financial Statements 

FOR THE PERIOD FROM 1 JANUARY 2021 TO 30 JUNE 2021

   1.            GENERAL INFORMATION 

US Solar Fund Plc (the Company) was incorporated as a Public Company, limited by shares, in England and Wales on 10 January 2019 with registered number 11761009. The registered office of the Company is The Scalpel, 18th Floor, 52 Lime Street, London EC3M 7AF. Its share capital is denominated in US Dollars and currently consists of Ordinary Shares. The Company's principal activity is to invest in a diversified portfolio of Solar Power Assets located in North America and other countries forming part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Americas.

   2.            BASIS OF PREPARATION 

The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements have been prepared using accounting policies consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 which comprise standards and interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), and International Accounting Standards and Interpretations approved by the International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee ("IFRIC") that remain in effect as well as International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and the Statement of Recommended Practice "Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts", issued by the Association of Investment Companies, (the AIC SORP) in October, 2019. The financial statements have been prepared on a historical cost basis except for the investment portfolio at fair value through the profit or loss. The accounting policies, critical judgements, key sources of estimation uncertainty and methods of computation are the same as those applied in the Company's annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Company's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2020.

The information provided in respect of the year ended 31 December 2020 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the statutory accounts for that year has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

In terms of the AIC SORP, the Company presents an Income Statement which shows amounts split between those which are revenue and capital in nature. The determination of the revenue or capital nature of a transaction is determined by giving consideration to the underlying elements of the transaction. Capital transactions are considered to be those arising as a result of the appreciation or depreciation in the value of assets, whether due to the retranslation of assets held in foreign currency or fair value movements on investments held at fair value through profit and loss. Revenue transactions are all transactions, other than those which have been identified as capital in nature.

FUNCTIONAL AND PRESENTATION CURRENCY

The currency of the primary economic environment in which the Company operates (the functional currency) is US Dollar which is also the presentation currency.

GOING CONCERN

In assessing the going concern basis of accounting the Directors have had regard to the guidance issued by the Financial Reporting Council. In addition, note 16 to the annual financial statements includes the policies and processes for managing its capital, its financial risk management, details of its financial instruments and its exposure to credit risk and liquidity risk. As noted in the Investment Manager's report on page 11, COVID-19 has had limited impact on the Company to date. The Investment Manager has been closely monitoring well-developed contingency plans in order to mitigate potential impacts. With respect to the longer-term impact of COVID-19, there is a high degree of uncertainty as to the current and future economic impact of the pandemic, and accordingly, the Company's Investment Manager is taking a cautious approach.

The Company generated a loss after tax of $5.0 million which included a fair value loss of $6.9 million and operating cash inflows of $1.7 million for the period. As at 30 June 2021, the company is in a net current asset position of $14.9 million and has available cash of $16.1 million. As of the same date, the Company's subsidiary, USF Holding Corp., has available cash of $10.4 million, which is available to meet the obligations of the Company. The Directors and the Investment Manager have so far been able to ensure the operational and trading integrity of the Company, and based on the aforementioned the Company appears to have sufficient cash resources to continue its operations for a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of the accounts. As such the Directors believe that the Company will continue into the foreseeable future and have adopted the going concern basis of preparation in preparing these financial statements. In addition, the Company (through a wholly owned US subsidiary) had access to a $25 million revolving credit facility with Fifth Third Bank National Association

("FTB Facility"). The FTB Facility provides liquidity for capital expenditures, working capital and general corporate purposes. At 30 June 2021 the facility was undrawn.

SEGMENTAL INFORMATION

The Board is of the opinion that the Company is engaged in a single segment business, being the investment in Solar Power Assets located in North America and other countries forming part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the Americas.

   3.            NEW AND REVISED STANDARDS AND INTERPRETATIONS 

APPLICATION OF NEW AND REVISED STANDARDS

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020. The adoption of new standards, interpretations and amendments in the current year has not had a material impact. The Company has not early adopted any other standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective at 30 June 2021.

NEW AND REVISED STANDARDS IN ISSUE BUT NOT YET EFFECTIVE

-- IAS 1 (amended) - Amendments regarding classifications of liabilities, and disclosure of accounting policies - effective from 1 January 2023

-- IAS 8 (amended) - Amendments regarding the definition of accounting estimates - effective from 1 January 2023.

-- IAS 12 (amended) Amendments regarding deferred tax on leases and decommissioning obligations - effective from 1 January 2023.

Adoption of the new or amended standards and relevant interpretations in future periods is not expected to have a material impact on the financial statements of the Company.

   4.            INTEREST INCOME 
 
                        1 January 2021          1 January 2020 
                       to 30 June 2021         to 30 June 2020 
                                   US$                     US$ 
 Bank interest(1)                    -                 224,699 
                    ------------------  ---------------------- 
                                     -                 224,699 
 -------------------------------------  ---------------------- 
 
   5.            ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER EXPENSES 
 
                                    1 January 2021     1 January 2020 
                                   to 30 June 2021    to 30 June 2020 
                                               US$                US$ 
 Administrative fees                        71,659             68,562 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Director & officer insurance               29,138             16,339 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Directors fees                            132,395            125,760 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Fees payable to the Company's 
  auditor for the audit 
  of the Company's financial 
  statements                              6 7, 210             46,218 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Fees payable to the Company's 
  auditor for non-audit 
  services(1)                               45,643             22,680 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Investment Management 
  expenses                                  22,495             21,288 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Investment Management 
  fees                                   1,264,117            964,370 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Legal and professional 
  fees                                      38,357             78,885 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Regulatory fees                            15,311             7, 641 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 Sundry expenses                         15 7, 972          139 , 411 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
                                         1,844,297          1,491,154 
                                 -----------------  ----------------- 
 

(1) The non-audit services provided related to the review of the initial financial statements as well as an agreed-upon procedures engagement. The Company has no employees and therefore no employee related costs have been incurred.

   6.            TA XATION 

The Company is approved as an Investment Trust Company and is subject to tax at the UK corporation tax rate of 19%. An Investment Trust Company can claim a corporation tax deduction for dividends designated as interest distributions that are derived from net interest income. Therefore, no UK corporation tax charge has been recognised by the Company for the period ended 30 June 2021.

 
                             1 January 2021     1 January 2020 
                            to 30 June 2021    to 30 June 2020 
                                        US$                US$ 
 Tax charge in profit or 
  loss: 
                          -----------------  ----------------- 
 - UK corporation tax                     -                  - 
                          -----------------  ----------------- 
 
   7.            EARNINGS PER SHARE 

Earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the profit or loss for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the period. As there are no dilutive instruments outstanding, basic and diluted earnings per share are identical.

 
                                                 1 January 2021     1 January 2020 
                                                to 30 June 2021    to 30 June 2020 
                                                            US$                US$ 
 Net (loss)/profit attributable to ordinary 
  shareholders                                      (4,985,055)            452,259 
                                              -----------------  ----------------- 
 Weighted average number of Ordinary 
  Shares for the period                             286,263,594        200,092,323 
                                              -----------------  ----------------- 
 Earnings per share - Basic and diluted 
  (cents per share)                                       1.741              0.226 
                                              -----------------  ----------------- 
 
   8. INVESTMENT IN SUBS               IDIARY 
 
                                                                                      PLACE OF          PERCENTAGE 
                                                                                      BUSINESS           OWNERSHIP 
 USF Holding Corp. Delaware, US                                                       Delaware                100% 
                                                                            ------------------  ------------------ 
 
                                                                    LOANS:                 NET 
                           OPENING              EQUITY           PRINCIPAL          FAIR VALUE 
                        EQUITY AND        ACQUISITIONS     ADVANCED DURING     MOVEMENT DURING    CLOSING BALANCE: 
                             LOANS   DURING THE PERIOD          THE PERIOD          THE PERIOD    EQUITY AND LOANS 
                      ------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
                               US$                 US$                 US$                 US$                 US$ 
                      ------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
 USF Holding Corp. 
  Delaware, US         195,324,276         110,000,000                   -         (6,880,876)         298,443,400 
                      ------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
 
 

The net fair value movement comprises the following:

 
                                                                Total ($US) 
 Fair value gain on investments                                 (4,019,534) 
                                                               ------------ 
 Other income/expenditure                                           698,531 
                                                               ------------ 
 Total fair value movement                                      (3,321,003) 
                                                               ------------ 
 MSA fee - transferred to revenue reserve                       (2,568,123) 
                                                               ------------ 
 Intercompany loan interest -transferred to revenue reserve       (991,750) 
                                                               ------------ 
 Net fair value movement                                        (6,880,876) 
                                                               ------------ 
 

On 28 June 2019, the Company entered into a Management Services Agreement ("MSA") with its subsidiary USF Holding Corp. The Board of the Company, with further assistance by delegation of its duties to the Investment Manager, provides strategic management services to USF Holding Corp relating to its current portfolio of US Solar Assets and potential acquisitions. The fair value loss for the period to 30 June 2021 includes an MSA fee of $1,792,322 (period to 30 June 2020: $1,435,679 included within the net fair value movement).

The investment in subsidiaries comprises on a 'look-through' basis the following:

 
                                                                                 Us Solar Fund           Us Solar Fund 
                                                                                  30 June 2021        31 December 2020 
                                                                                         (US$)                   (US$) 
 Purchase price of underlying solar asset interests held (i)                       491,429,988             434,066,094 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 Cash or cash equivalents                                                           15,531,738              14,250,138 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 Fair value of 3rd party loan funding provided (ii)                              (202,472,429)           (250,455,652) 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 Fair value of interest rate swaps on 3rd party loan funding provided 
  (ii)                                                                            (10,286,611)             (3,202,369) 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 Deferred tax asset                                                                  2,337,772                 660,356 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 Other net liabilities                                                               1,902,942                   5,709 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 Investment balance                                                                298,443,400             195,324,276 
                                                                       -----------------------  ---------------------- 
 

(i) The balance recorded at 30 June 2021 relates to the Company's purchase price of the Acquisition One, Acquisition Two, Acquisition Three, Acquisition Four, Acquisition Five and Acquisition Six portfolio solar asset plants.

(ii) Fair value of 3rd party loan funding provided and the fair value of interest rate swaps at 30 June 2021 was $212,759,040 (December 2020:$253,658,021), comprised of the following:

 
                                                                              Facility       Drawn               Drawn 
                                                                               Size           Face Value          Fair 
   Issuing Bank             Loan Type        H el d By                         US$(M)         US$(M)             Value 
                                                                                                                US$(M) 
 Fifth Third Bank,        Revolving 
  National Association     Credit            USF Avon, LLC                    25.00                    -             - 
                           Facility 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
                                           USF Bristol Class B Member, 
                                            LLC 
 Zions Bancorporation,                      (Acquisition One - Milford) 
  N.A.                    Term Loan         (i)                             24.06             24.06            23.91 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 
                                             USF Bristol Class B 
                                             Member, LLC 
 KeyBank National                            (Acquisition One - 
  Association               Term Loan        Milford) (i)                     24.06             24.06            24.03 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 
                                             Heelstone Energy Holdings, 
                                             LLC 
                                             (Acquisition Four - 
 Fifth Third Bank,                           Heelstone) 
  National Association      Term Loan        (ii)                             69.44             69.44            70.82 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 
                                             SC Oregon 2, LLC 
 Fifth Third Bank,                           (Acquisition Five 
  National Association      Term Loan        - Dorset) (iii)                  34.34             34.34            33.54 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
                                           NES Hercules Class B Member, 
                                            LLC 
                                            (Acquisition Six - MS2) 
 Multiple Lenders         Term Loan         (iv)                            50.58             50.58            60.46 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Multiple Lenders         Revolving 
                           Loan Facility    NES Hercules Class B                2.13                   -             - 
                                            Member, LLC 
                                            (Acquisition Six - MS2) 
                                            (iv) 
                         ----------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Total                                                                    229.61            202.48            212.76 
                                                                         -------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 

(i) USF Bristol Class B Member, LLC as Acquisition One borrower, is party to a financing agreement with Zions Bancorporation, N.A. and KeyBank National Association, each as lenders. The facility is a term loan with a mini-perm structure, which will be fully amortised over a 25-year period. The initial tenure of the loan is a seven-year period, after which the loan will be refinanced. The term loan facility is hedged with fixed interest rate swaps for the full duration of the amortisation period. As at 30 June 2021, the drawn fair value of the loan includes mark-to-market revaluation of associated interest rate swaps of $0.18 million.

(ii) In May 2021, the Live Oak Bank debt held by the projects in Acquisition Four (Heelstone) was repaid and a new term loan was entered into between Heelstone Energy Holdings LLC and Fifth Third Bank, National Association. The new debt facility has a tenor of seven years but is fully amortised over approximately 16 years to match the duration of the underlying power purchase agreements. The term loan is hedged with fixed interest rate swaps for the full duration of the loan, with a mark-to-market valuation as at 30 June 2021 of $(1.38) million, included in the drawn fair value of the loan.

(iii) SC Oregon 2, LLC, entered into a term loan agreement with Fifth Third Bank, National Association in September 2020. The term loan has a mini-perm structure and will be fully amortised over an 11-year period, with the initial tenure maturing in June 2026. In June 2021, SC Oregon 2, LLC prepaid $7.14 million of the outstanding principal balance. The term loan facility is hedged with fixed interest rate swaps for the full duration of the loan, with a mark-to-market revaluation as at 30 June 2021 of $0.80 million, included in the drawn fair value of the loan.

(iv) USF owns a 25% interest in the NES Hercules Class B Member, LLC therefore only 25% of the facility sizes, drawn face values and drawn fair values have been recorded.

NES Hercules Class B Member LLC, the Acquisition Six borrower, holds a $202.3 million term loan facility with Santander Bank N.A., CoBank ACB, CIT Bank N.A., Société Générale, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - New York Branch, KeyBank National Association and Seine Funding, LLC as lenders. As at 30 June 2021, the term loan was fully drawn. The loan matures on 31 January 2028 and is secured by the assets of NES Hercules Class B Member LLC with collateral pledges of various material project documents. As at 30 June 2021, the drawn fair value of the loan includes mark-to-market revaluation of associated interest rate swaps of $(39.54) million.

NES Hercules Class B Member LLC also has an $8.5 million revolving loan facility. The purpose of this facility is to provide short-term liquidity for the payment of Debt Service and O&M Expense as required by the project. As at 30 June 2021, the revolving loan was undrawn. The revolving loan matures on 31 January 2028.

In addition to the above, the following Letters of Credit have been issued:

-- KeyBank National Association has provided a Letter of Credit to USF Bristol Class B Member, LLC to the value of $19.8 million, expiring in November 2026 concurrent with the mini-perm structure and will be refinanced thereafter.

-- Zions Bancorporation, N.A. has provided a Letter of Credit to USF Bristol Class B Member, LLC to the value of $2.3 million, expiring in November 2026 concurrent with the mini-perm structure and will be refinanced thereafter.

-- Fifth Third Bank, N.A. has provided a Letter of Credit to Heelstone Energy Holdings, LLC to the value of $6.8 million, expiring in May 2028 concurrent with the mini-perm structure and will be refinanced thereafter.

-- Fifth Third Bank, N.A. has provided a Letter of Credit to SC Oregon 2, LLC to the value of $4.5 million, expiring in June 2026 concurrent with the mini-perm structure and will be refinanced thereafter.

-- CoBank, ACB has provided a Letter of Credit to NES Hercules Class B Member LLC on behalf of Imperial Valley Solar 2, LLC. There are currently two Letters of Credit issued under this facility - a $17.0 million LC expiring in March 2022 and a $7.9 million LC expiring in March 2025.

9. TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

 
 
                    30 June 2021      31 December 
                             US$             2020 
                                              US$ 
 Prepayments             134,681           25,020 
                  --------------  --------------- 
 VAT receivable           73,165           20,567 
                  --------------  --------------- 
                         207,846           45,587 
                  --------------  --------------- 
 
   10.   CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 
 
                30 June 2021  31 December 
                         US$         2020 
                                      US$ 
 Cash at bank     16,111,513      523,170 
                ------------  ----------- 
                  16,111,513      523,170 
                ------------  ----------- 
 
   11.   TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES 
 
                                     30 June 2021  31 December 
                                              US$         2020 
                                                           US$ 
 Creditors and operating accruals         529,133      194,705 
                                     ------------  ----------- 
 Investment management fee accrual        930,244      538,018 
                                     ------------  ----------- 
                                        1,459,377      732,723 
                                     ------------  ----------- 
 

12. DIVIDS PAYABLE

During the period, the Company declared dividends totalling $5,153,368 (30 June 2020: $2,000,923) of which $5,153,368 (30 June 2020:

$1,000,461) has been paid as at 30 June 2021. The Company declared a dividend of 0.5 cents per share, totalling $1,000,962 for the period ending 31 December 2020 which was paid by the Company on 12 April 2021. The Company declared a dividend of 1.25 cents per share, totalling

$4,152,405 for the period ending 31 March 2021. The dividend was paid by the Company on 30 June 2021 and received by shareholders on 2 July 2021.

   13.          FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENT 

The following table analyses within the fair value hierarchy the Company's assets measured at fair value at 30 June 2021. The fair value hierarchy to be applied under IFRS13 is as follows:

-- Level 1: Quoted (unadjusted) market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

-- Level 2: Valuation techniques for which the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement is directly or indirectly observable.

-- Level 3: Valuation techniques for which the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement is unobservable.

 
                              Level 1    Level 2       Level 3 
                                  US$        US$           US$ 
 Investment in subsidiary           -          -   298,443,400 
                            ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 

The following table analyses within the fair value hierarchy the Company's assets measured at fair value at 31 December 2020:

 
                              Level 1    Level 2       Level 3 
                                  US$        US$           US$ 
 Investment in subsidiary           -          -   195,324,276 
                            ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 

The investment at fair value through profit or loss is a Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy and the reconciliation in the movement of this Level 3 investment is presented below. No transfers between levels took place during the period.

 
                                                                        30 June 2021           31 December 
                                                                                 US$                  2020 
                                                                                                       US$ 
                                                                                                 119 , 472 
 Opening balance                                                         195,324,276                 , 416 
                                         -------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
 Add: purchases during the year                                          110,000,000            72,551,332 
                                         -------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
 Less: MSA fee paid                                                      (2,568,123)           (3,000,000) 
                                         -------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
 Less: Intercompany loan interest                                          (991,750)                     - 
                                         -------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
 Total fair value movement through the 
  profit or loss                                                         (3,321,003)             6,300,528 
                                         -------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
 Closing balance                                                         298,443,400           195,324,276 
                                         -------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
 

The Company's policy is to recognise transfers into and transfers out of fair value hierarchy levels as of the date of the event or change in circumstances that caused the transfer.

In accordance with the guidelines of the Company's valuation policy, operating assets held for the whole of the half year ending 30 June 2021 have been valued by an external valuation expert.

Underlying investments in solar projects, which remained in construction as at 30 June 2021 or were operating projects purchased within 6 months of 30 June 2021, have been valued at purchase price including acquisition costs as no significant changes to key underlying economic considerations have arisen. The Investment Manager and Directors believe that this represents a reasonable approximation of the fair value of these investments as at 30 June 2021. There has been no change in the valuation methodology during the period. A summary of the movement during the period is included in the table below:

 
 US$              Acquisition   Acquisition   Acquisition     Acquisition   Acquisition   Acquisition       US cash         Total 
                          One           Two         Three            Four          Five           Six   and working 
                                                                                                            capital 
                                                                                                           balances 
 31 December 
  2020             30,043,545    42,575,753    36,070,109      38,278,633    29,890,984             -    18,465,252   195,324,276 
                 ------------  ------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Additions 
  from 
  USF proceeds 
  (at cost)                 -             -             -   83,518,880(1)     7,223,687    12,700,000     6,557,433   110,000,000 
                 ------------  ------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Additions 
  from/(to) 
  US holding 
  co's 
  (at cost)            16,542   (5,023,308)       245,317       1,822,919         5,498    10,371,034   (2,941,890)     4,496,112 
                 ------------  ------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Change 
  in fair 
  value             1,616,344         1,817     (927,351)     (5,111,866)       475,602      (74,079)             -   (4,019,534) 
                 ------------  ------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Project 
  distributions 
  to US 
  holding 
  co's            (1,041,445)   (1,105,853)     (858,486)     (1,913,334)   (2,438,336)             -             -   (7,357,455) 
                 ------------  ------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 30 June 
  2021             30,634,986    36,448,409    34,529,589     116,595,232    35,157,435    22,996,955    22,080,793   298,443,400 
                 ------------  ------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

(1) USF received a return of capital on Acquisition Two during the period, following the receipt of tax equity funding.

SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

Set out below are the initial indications of the key assumptions the Directors believe would have a material impact upon the fair value of the investments should they change. In the absence of an operating business model for each underlying renewable energy asset, the sensitivities have been conducted on the acquisition models of these assets. The following sensitivities assume the relevant input is changed over the entire useful life of each of the underlying renewable energy assets, while all other variables remain constant. All sensitivities have been calculated independently of each other.

The Directors consider the changes in inputs to be within a reasonable expected range based on their understanding of market transactions. This is not intended to imply that the likelihood of change or that possible changes in value would be restricted to this range.

 
                              Change   Capital Reduction   Total Shareholders 
                            In Input             Reserve               Equity 
                                                  (US$M)          (US$ Cents) 
 Discount rate                 +0.5%              -13.44                -4.05 
                               -0.5%              +14.81                +4.46 
                         -----------  ------------------  ------------------- 
 Electricity production          P90              -33.16                -9.98 
  (ch a n g e from               P10              +32.49                +9.78 
  P50) 
                         -----------  ------------------  ------------------- 
 Merchant Period                -10%           - 1 7. 38                -5.23 
  Electricity Prices            +10%            +1 7. 38                +5.23 
                         -----------  ------------------  ------------------- 
 Operating expenses             +10%              -14.26                -4.29 
                                -10%              +14.21                +4.28 
                         -----------  ------------------  ------------------- 
 Operating life            - 3 years              -13.22                -3.98 
                           + 3 years              +11.40                +3.43 
                         -----------  ------------------  ------------------- 
 Tax rate                        +5%               -5.70                -1.72 
                                 -5%               +5.69              +1 . 71 
                         -----------  ------------------  ------------------- 
 

DISCOUNT RATE

The sensitivity demonstrates the impact of a change in the discount rate applied to the pre-tax, equity cash flows from all of the Company's renewable energy asset investments as at 30 June 2021. A range of + / - 0.5% has been considered to determine the resultant impact on the Company's NAV per share and the fair value of its solar asset investments.

As at 30 June 2021, the weighted average pre-tax cost of equity used for levered assets was 7.3% (December 2020: 8.3%), and the weighted average pre-tax weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for unlevered assets was 6.5% (December 2020: 6.7%). The largest driver of the reduction in pre-tax cost of equity was the Heelstone Debt Refinancing.

ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION

The Company's solar asset investments are valued based upon a forecast P50 solar energy generation profile (being a 50% probability that this generation estimate will be met or exceeded). A technical adviser has derived this generation estimate by taking into account a range of irradiation datasets, satellite and ground-based measurements, and site-specific loss factors including module performance degradation, module mismatch and inverter losses. These items are then considered in deriving the anticipated production of the individual solar asset (MWh per annum) based upon a 50% probability of exceedance.

The sensitivity estimates the impact on the fair value of Solar Asset investments and NAV per share of a change of production estimates to P90 (90% likely probability of exceedance) and a P10 generation estimate (10% probability of exceedance).

As P10 generation estimates were not independently obtained for each solar asset on or about the time of the asset acquisition, the Directors have determined a proxy P10 estimate for those assets by assessing the relationship between the independently determined P50 and P90 generation estimates for each of the assets in the Operating Portfolio (e.g. a one-year P90 generation estimate might be 92.5% of a 1-year P50 generation estimate, implying that it is 7.5% lower than the P50 generation estimate).

In determining the proxy P10 generation estimate, the Directors have assumed that the relationship between a P50 generation estimate and a P10 generation estimate is the same as that between a P50 generation estimate and a P90 generation estimate in absolute terms. Therefore, a one-year P10 generation estimate by this methodology would be 107.5% (i.e. 100% + 7.5%) of the asset's P50 generation estimate.

MERCHANT PERIOD ELECTRICITY PRICES

Each of the assets underlying the Company's Solar Asset investments have long-term PPAs in place with creditworthy energy purchasers and thus the PPA prices are not impacted by energy price changes during this period. For the post-PPA period of each solar asset, the Directors use long-term electricity price forecasts that have been prepared by a market consultant in their determination of the fair value of the Company's operating solar asset investments.

The sensitivities show the impact of an increase/decrease in power prices for each year of the power price curve for each plant over the plant's remaining economic life after the conclusion of the existing PPAs. A flat 10% increase/decrease in market electricity prices from forecasted levels over the remaining asset life of all plants have been used in the sensitivity analysis. Although a 10% increase/decrease is not typical, this figure has been used as merchant period prices are determined upon the discretion of expert market consultants.

OPERATING EXPENSES

The operating costs of the assets underlying the Company's solar asset investments include annual operations and maintenance (O&M), asset management (AM), insurance expenses, land lease expenses, major maintenance, and general administration expenses. Most operating expenses for the Solar Power Assets are contracted and as such there typically little variation in annual operating costs. However, there may be cases where all operating costs are recontracted at a 10% premium or discount.

The sensitivity above assumes a 10% increase/decrease in annual operating costs for all underlying assets and the resultant impact on the Company's fair value of investments and NAV per share.

OPERATING LIFE

The useful operating life of a solar asset is generally accepted by independent valuers to be the lesser of the lease term for the asset site and the independent engineer's assessment of the asset's useful life. The Company's maximum useful life assumption is 35 years for newly constructed assets.

The sensitivity above assumes a three-year increase/decrease in useful operating life of the Company's solar assets, and the resultant impact on the Company's fair value of investments and NAV per share.

TAX RATE

The United States imposes a tax on profits of US resident corporations at a rate of 21%. The sensitivity above assumes the US corporate tax rate increases/decreases by 5% (to 26% / 16%) and shows the resultant impact on the Company's fair value of investments and NAV per Ordinary Share.

   14.          NET ASSET VALUE PER ORDINARY SHARE 

Basic NAV per share is calculated by dividing the Company's net assets as shown in the statement of financial position that are attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the Company by the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding at the end of the period. As there are no dilutive instruments outstanding, basic, and diluted NAV per Ordinary Share are identical.

 
                             30 June 2021   31 December 2020 
                                      US$                US$ 
 Net assets per Statement 
  of Financial Position       313,303,379        194,159,348 
                            -------------  ----------------- 
 Ordinary Shares in issue 
  as at 30 June               332,192,361        200,192,361 
                            -------------  ----------------- 
 NAV per Ordinary Share 
  - Basic and diluted               0.943              0.970 
                            -------------  ----------------- 
 
   15.          TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PARTIES 

The Company and the Directors are not aware of any person who, directly or indirectly, jointly or severally, exercises or could exercise control over the Company. The Company does not have an ultimate controlling party.

Details of related parties are set out below:

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Directors are paid fees of GBP40,000 per annum. In addition to this, Gillian Nott receives GBP20,000 per annum in respect of serving as Chair of the Board and Jamie Richards receives GBP10,000 per annum in respect of serving as Chair of the Audit committee.

Total Directors' fees of $132,395 were incurred in respect of the period (30 June 2020: $125,760) with none being outstanding and payable at the period end.

SUBSIDIARY

The Company previously issued loans totalling $43 million to its subsidiary USF Holding Corp. The principal portions of the loans are repayable in seven years from issuance. The loans bear interest at rates of 5% and 4.1% respectively, payable semi-annually in arrears.

INVESTMENT MANAGER

The Investment Manager is entitled to management fees under the terms of the Investment Management Agreement. The Company shall pay to the Investment Manager an annual fee (exclusive of value added tax, which shall be added where applicable) payable quarterly in arrears calculated at the rate of:

 
 Assets Under Management      Fee Based on NAV 
 < $500 m illio n               1.0% per annum 
                             ----------------- 
 $500 million to $1 billion     0.9% per annum 
                             ----------------- 
 > $1 billion                   0.8% per annum 
                             ----------------- 
 

Based on the NAV on the last Business Day of the relevant quarter.

The Management Fee due in respect of each quarter shall be invoiced by the Manager to the Company as at the final Business Day of the relevant quarter, and shall be due and payable in the following manner:

a) no later than 10 Business Days after the Payment Date, 90% of the Management Fee shall be paid to the Manager in cash to such bank account as the Manager may nominate for this purpose; and

b) 10 percent of the Management Fee shall be paid to the Manager or an Associate (as directed by the Manager) in the form of Ordinary Shares in accordance with the provisions stated in the Investment Management Agreement.

For the avoidance of doubt, where there are C Shares in issue, the advisory fee will be charged on the Net Asset Value attributable to the Ordinary Shares and C Shares respectively.

A management fee of $1,264,117 was incurred during the period (30 June 2020: $964,370), of which $930,244 remained payable at 30 June 2021 (30 June 2020: $525,301).

In addition to the management fee, the Manager shall also be entitled to payment of the following:

a) a fee for any successful arrangement of debt payable at a rate of 0.5% of the debt face value; and

b) a fee for any oversight of asset construction services payable at market rates, negotiated on an arms' length basis and subject to the approval of the Board.

No debt arrangement fees and no asset construction services fees were paid during the period.

   16.          CAPITAL COMMITMENTS 

The Company had no contingencies and no other significant capital commitments at the reporting date.

   17.          POST-BALANCE SHEET EVENTS 

Subsequent to period end, USF reached agreement on all major commercial terms to increase the size of the undrawn $25 million RCF to a $40 million facility, and extend the tenor for two years. Documentation is expected to be settled and executed in September 2021.

On 20 September 2021, the Company announced a dividend of 1.25 cents per Ordinary Share for the period ending 30 June 2021, bringing total dividends declared for the six-month period to 2.5 cents per Ordinary Share.

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