Sherborne Investors (Guernsey)C Ltd Final Results

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Sherborne Investors (Guernsey)C Ltd

30 April 2019

SHERBORNE INVESTORS (GUERNSEY) C LIMITED

Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 December 2018

 
 
 Company Summary 
 The Company            Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited 
                         (the "Company") is a Guernsey domiciled 
                         limited company and its shares are admitted 
                         to trading on the London Stock Exchange 
                         Specialist Fund Segment ("SFS"). The Company 
                         was incorporated on 25 May 2017. The Company 
                         commenced dealings on the SFS on 12 July 
                         2017. 
 Investment Objective   To realise capital growth from investment 
                         in a target company identified by the 
                         Investment Manager, with the aim of generating 
                         a significant capital return for Shareholders. 
 Investment Policy      To invest, through its investment in SIGC, 
                         LP (Incorporated) (the "Investment Partnership"), 
                         in a company which is publicly quoted, 
                         which it considers to be undervalued as 
                         a result of operational deficiencies and 
                         which it believes can be rectified by 
                         the Investment Manager's active involvement, 
                         thereby increasing the value of the investment. 
                         The Company will only invest in one target 
                         company at a time. 
 Investment Manager     The General Partner and the Investment 
                         Partnership have appointed Sherborne Investors 
                         Management (Guernsey) LLC (the "Investment 
                         Manager") to provide investment management 
                         services to the Investment Partnership. 
 
 

Chairman's Statement

Following the Board's approval of Barclays PLC ("Barclays") as the New Selected Target Company, on 19 March 2018, Barclays released to the market a notification of interest stating that three funds (the "Funds"), of which SIGC, LP (Incorporated) is one, had purchased 5.16% of the voting rights of Barclays. On 31 January 2019, an updated notification of interest was released stating that the Funds increased their holdings to 5.51% of the voting rights of Barclays.

During 2018 shares of major global banks experienced a decline in value. Barclays' shares achieved a positive return for most of the first half of 2018, but declined significantly after the announcement of its first quarter results on 26 April 2018.

At 31 December 2018, the net asset value attributable to shareholders of the Company was GBP468.7 million (2017: GBP695.9 million) or 66.96 pence per share (2017: 99.41 pence per share) (see Note 11). The Company's net asset value was based on the closing price of 150.52 pence as at 31 December 2018 for the shares of Barclays. As at 25 April 2019, the Barclays share price has increased to 160.40 pence and Sherborne Investors Management (Guernsey) LLC (the "Investment Manager") has advised that the net asset value attributable to shareholders of the Company is approximately GBP502.3 million, or 71.76 pence per share.

Beginning with April and continuing for the duration of the Barclays investment, we will be reporting month end net asset value as soon as reasonably possible following month end.

Subsequent to the year-end, on 4 February 2019 the Funds submitted a resolution to Barclays to elect Edward Bramson, a partner in Sherborne Investors Management LP, to the board of Barclays at its annual general meeting on 2 May 2019.

The Investment Manager has advised the Board that it believes that addressing the issues it has discussed with Barclays' board could increase the company's financial strength and its long-term competitive position, leading to an increase in shareholder value in line with the Investment Manager's customary return objectives. The Investment Manager's present intention is to continue its dialogue with Barclays for as long as it appears to be appropriate to do so.

Pursuant to its existing authority, the Investment Manager may purchase additional securities or sell, short or otherwise dispose of all or a part of such shares held in Barclays at any time. During the period the Company continued to pursue its investment strategy through its shareholding in Barclays.

Details of Related Party Transactions are contained in Note 12 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

We are grateful for your continued support and will keep you informed of the status of our investment as it develops.

Board of Directors

Talmai Morgan (Chairman)

Appointed to the Board 25 May 2017

Mr Morgan has served as a non-executive director on the board of 14 publicly listed investment companies (including 3 FTSE 250 companies) since 2005. He is currently Chairman of NB Private Equity Partners Limited, Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) B Limited and Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited. From 1999 to 2004, Mr Morgan was Director of Fiduciary Services and Enforcement at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission where he was responsible for the design and implementation of Guernsey's law relating to the regulation of fiduciaries, administration businesses and company directors. He was also particularly involved in the activities of the Financial Action Task Force and the Offshore Group of Banking Supervisors. Prior to 1999, Mr Morgan held positions at Barings and the Bank of Bermuda. He qualified as a barrister in 1976 and holds an MA in Economics and Law from the University of Cambridge.

Trevor Ash (Director)

Appointed to the Board 25 May 2017

Mr Ash has been a non-executive director of a number of investment entities since 1999, including funds managed by Rothschild, Insight, Cazenove, Merrill Lynch and Thames River Capital. He is also a non-executive director of Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) B Limited. He was formerly Chairman of JPEL Private Equity Limited. Prior to 1999, Mr Ash spent 27 years with the Rothschild Group in various capacities, most recently as Managing Director of Rothschild Asset Management (CI) Limited and as a non-executive director of Rothschild Asset Management Limited in London. Mr Ash is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Christopher Legge (Audit Committee Chairman)

Appointed to the Board 25 May 2017

Mr Legge is a Chartered Accountant having started his career at Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF), before moving to Ernst & Young in 1983, where he became a partner in 1986 and managing partner Guernsey in 1998. Since leaving Ernst & Young in 2003 he has taken on a number of non-executive directorships. He is currently non-executive director of Third Point Offshore Investors Limited, Ashmore Global Opportunities Limited, NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited, TwentyFour Select Monthly Income Fund Limited, John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited and Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) B Limited. Mr Legge is an FCA and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Ian Brindle (Director)

Appointed to the Board 25 May 2017

Mr Brindle was the Senior Partner of Price Waterhouse from 1991 to 1998 and Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2001. Mr Brindle was a member of the Accounting Standards Board between 1992 and 2001 and Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel between 2001 and 2008. Mr Brindle has served as a non-executive director on a number of Boards including Electra Private Equity PLC, F&C Asset Management PLC, Spirent Communications PLC, Elementis PLC and 4 Imprint Group PLC.

Directors' Strategic Report

The Directors present their annual report on the affairs of Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited and its subsidiaries (together, the "Group"), together with the audited consolidated financial statements, for the year ended 31 December 2018.

Principal activities and investing policy

The Company is a Guernsey domiciled company incorporated on 25 May 2017 with limited liability. The Company's shares were admitted to trading on the SFS on 12 July 2017.

The Company, via SIGC Midco Limited, is a limited partner in SIGC, LP (Incorporated), a limited partnership registered in Guernsey on 24 May 2017. The Company aims to provide investors with capital growth through its investment in the Investment Partnership to which it has committed GBP700,000,000.

The Company's investment policy, which it will effect indirectly through its investment in the Investment Partnership, is to invest in a company which is publicly quoted, and which the Investment Manager considers to be undervalued as a result of operational deficiencies and which it believes can be rectified by the Investment Manager's active involvement, thereby increasing the value of the investment (a "Turnaround"). Accordingly, the investment will not be passive. The Company's investment may be made on-market or off-market.

The Company may invest, through the Investment Partnership, in a company operating in any economic sector but will only be invested in one company at a time. Thus, it will not seek to reduce risk through diversification. The choice of target company will be subject to a vote in the affirmative of a majority in interest of the limited partners of the Investment Partnership, in effect giving the Board a veto on such decision since the Company owns, and is currently expected to continue to own, more than 50% of the interests in the Investment Partnership.

The investment in a target company is intended to be in shares, but could also be in warrants, convertibles, derivatives and any other equity, debt or other securities.

Depending on the size of the investment, all or part of the Company's assets will be invested in the Selected Target Company ("STC") through the Investment Partnership, less the minimum capital requirements. The investment objective and investment policy of the Investment Partnership are the same as those of the Company.

The holding period for investments is neither fixed nor predictable, but the Company expects that a typical holding period would be greater than one year. The average holding period of the four completed UK Turnarounds in companies with which the Investment Manager's key personnel have been involved is 28 months; however, this should not be taken as being indicative of the holding period to be adopted in effecting the Company's investment policy.

The Investment Partnership may engage in hedging transactions to protect the market value of its investment in any company in which it is invested and may also engage in stock lending.

The Company and the Investment Partnership do not currently intend to undertake borrowings, but are permitted to do so. Any borrowings undertaken by the Company and the Investment Partnership will not, in aggregate, be greater than 30% of the Company's Gross Assets as measured at the time that such borrowings are incurred.

In the event that the Board considers it appropriate to amend materially the investment objective or policy of the Company, Shareholder approval to any such amendment will be sought.

Risk Management

The Directors are responsible for supervising the overall management of the Company, whilst the day-to-day management of the Company's assets has been delegated to the Investment Manager. Portfolio exposure has been limited by the guidelines which are detailed within the Principal Activities and Investment Policy section of the annual report. In its role as a third-party fund administration services provider, Ipes (Guernsey) Limited (prior to its change of name to Apex Fund and Corporate Services (Guernsey) Limited) produced an annual AAF 01/06 Assurance Report on the internal control procedures in place for the year ended 30 September 2018 and this is subject to review by the Audit Committee and the Board.

The principal risks facing the Company relate to the Company's investment activities and these risks include the following:

   --     performance risk; 
   --     market risk; 
   --     relationship risk; and 
   --     operational risk 

An explanation of these principal risks and how they are managed is set out below.

The Board can confirm that the principal risks of the Company, including those which would threaten its business model, future performance, solvency or liquidity have been robustly assessed for the year ended 31 December 2018.

-- Performance risk - The Board is responsible for approving the Investment Manager's recommended investment in a STC and monitoring the performance of the Investment Manager. An inappropriate strategy or poor execution of strategy may lead to underperformance. To manage that risk the Investment Manager will typically have several potential target companies under review at any one time in various stages of analysis. The Investment Manager's recommendation of a STC includes an assessment of the capital appreciation potential of the proposed investment, assuming certain operating improvements and capital realignment are successfully implemented. The Company intends that its holding in the STC will be less than 30% of the outstanding shares, so that it is not required to make a bid for the entire company. Accordingly, the Company will not control the STC. The Investment Manager's involvement in the turnaround of the STC requires the support of other independent shareholders. The Board receives and reviews regular reports of the Investment Partnership's ownership interest in the STC and other information that impacts its turnaround strategy.

-- Market risk - Market risk arises from uncertainty about the future operating performance and market response to the Company's investment in the STC. The Company's investment approach is to invest in only one company at a time. Such investment concentration may subject the Company to greater market fluctuation and loss than might result from a diversified investment portfolio. The market's valuation of the STC is also subject to fluctuations in overall market prices as well as fluctuations in the industry sectors in which the STC operates. The Investment Manager does not typically hedge against overall market or sector fluctuations. The Company also may use a limited amount of short-term leverage to acquire a portion of its ownership interest in the STC which will amplify the results of the STC. In addition to interest and dividend income received from the STC, the source of debt repayment could come from the proceeds realised from the sale of a portion of the STC. The Group's market risk is managed by the Investment Manager in accordance with policies and procedures in place as disclosed in the Group's prospectus.

-- Relationship risk - Neither the Company nor the Investment Partnership has a physical presence (employees and/or premises). The Company and Investment Partnership are heavily dependent on the Investment Manager for the selection of an appropriate STC and for the day-to-day management and operation of the STC's business and the execution of its Turnaround.

-- Operational risk - Operational risk is reviewed by the Board at each Board meeting. The Board also monitors the Group's investment performance and activities since the last Board meeting to ensure that the Investment Manager adheres to the agreed investment policy and approved investment guidelines. Further, at each Board meeting, the Board receives reports from the Company Secretary and Administrator in respect of compliance matters and duties performed by it on behalf of the Company.

The uncertainty around Brexit spanned the whole of 2018, and intensified in the second half of the year. The timing of the withdrawal remains uncertain and its full impact may only be realised in years to come, as the economy adjusts to the new regime. A focus of the Board in 2018 was the continued oversight of the Company's ability to respond to the political and economic uncertainty following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Other risks faced by the Company are described in detail within the Company's Offering Document and can be obtained at www.sherborneinvestorsguernseyc.com.

The Board have considered the Company's solvency and liquidity risk and disclosure of this is made in Note 13 of the Consolidated Financial Statements and in the Viability Statement below.

Viability Statement

In accordance with provision C.2.2 of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2016, the Directors have assessed the viability of the Company over the period ending 31 December 2021. The Directors have determined that the three year period to 31 December 2021 is the maximum period over which to provide its viability statement in order to keep in line with its investment strategy. The holding period for the investment in the STC is neither fixed nor predictable, but the Company expects that a typical holding period of 3-4 years would be sufficient to execute the Investment Manager's turnaround strategy.

The Directors have identified the following factors as potential contributors to ongoing viability:

   --     The principal risks documented in the Directors' Strategic Report as set out above; 
   --     The liquidity of the Company's portfolio; and 
   --     The ongoing relevance of the Company's investment objective in the current environment. 

The Company, through its investment in the Investment Partnership, holds cash balances and liquid securities, directly and indirectly of the STC. The cash balances held are sufficient to meet expected costs.

Based on the foregoing, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company will be able to continue in operation and meet its obligations as and when they fall due over the three year period to 31 December 2021.

Subsequent events

Details of events that have occurred after the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position are provided in Note 15 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Dividend policy

The Company's dividend policy, subject to the discretion of the Directors who reserve the right to retain amounts for minimum capital requirements, is to pay dividends to Shareholders following receipt of any distributions from the Investment Partnership, subject always to compliance with the solvency test prescribed by the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended (the "Companies Law").

This will be dependent on the frequency with which the STC pays dividends to its shareholders (of which the Investment Partnership may be one) as well as the extent such dividends are first required to be used to repay outstanding indebtedness and meet the minimum working capital requirements.

Dividend

No dividends were declared or paid during the year (2017: Nil).

Business review

A review of the Company's business during the year and an indication of likely future developments are contained in the Chairman's Statement.

Capital

Details of the Company's capital are provided in Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. All shares carry equal voting rights.

Substantial interests

As at 31 March 2019, the Company is aware of the following material shareholdings:

 
                                   Number of Ordinary   % of issued 
 Shareholder                        Shares               share capital 
--------------------------------  -------------------  --------------- 
 Invesco Limited                   155,000,000          22.1% 
 Columbia Threadneedle             129,298,511          18.5% 
 Aviva plc                          99,824,647          14.3% 
 Fidelity International Limited     70,000,000          10.0% 
 Janus Henderson Group plc          51,000,000           7.3% 
 Jupiter Fund Management plc        25,000,000           3.6% 
 Sherborne Investors GP, LLC        25,000,000           3.6% 
 Schroders plc                      23,660,000           3.4% 
 

The Directors currently hold no shares in the Company.

Independent Auditor

A resolution to re-appoint the Auditors to the Company will be proposed at the Annual General Meeting of the Company on 4 June 2019. Deloitte LLP have indicated their willingness to continue as Auditors.

Directors' Remuneration Report

Remuneration Policy & Components

The Board endeavours to ensure the Remuneration Policy reflects and supports the Company's strategic aims and objectives throughout the period under review. It has been agreed that, due to the small size and structure of the Company, a separate Remuneration Committee would be inefficient; therefore, the Board is responsible for discussions regarding remuneration. No external remuneration consultants were appointed during the period under review.

As per the Company's Articles of Incorporation ("Articles"), all Directors are entitled to such remuneration as is stated in the Company's Prospectus or as the Company may by ordinary resolution determine; the aggregate overall limit is currently set at GBP250,000. Subject to this limit, it is the Company's policy to determine the level of Directors' fees, having regard for the level of fees payable to non-executive Directors in the industry generally, the role that individual Directors fulfil in respect of responsibilities related to the Board and Audit Committee and the time dedicated by each Director to the Company's affairs. Base fees are set out below.

 
 Base Fees and Fees Received                 2018 Actual   Base fee 
                                                     GBP        GBP 
------------------------------------------  ------------  --------- 
 Chairman (Mr Talmai Morgan)                      50,000     50,000 
 Audit Committee Chairman (Mr Christopher 
  Legge)                                          40,000     40,000 
 Non-executive Director (Mr Trevor Ash)           35,000     35,000 
 Non-executive Director (Mr Ian Brindle)          35,000     35,000 
------------------------------------------  ------------  --------- 
 Total                                           160,000    160,000 
------------------------------------------  ------------  --------- 
 

As outlined in the Articles, the Directors may also be paid for all reasonable travelling, hotel and other out-of-pocket expenses properly incurred in the attendance of Board or Committee meetings, General meetings, or meetings with shareholders of the Company or otherwise in the discharge of their duties; and all reasonable expenses properly incurred by them seeking independent professional advice on any matter that concerns them in the furtherance of their duties as Directors of the Company, such expenses having been immaterial during 2018.

No Director has any entitlement to pensions, paid bonuses or performance fees, granted share options or has been invited to participate in long-term incentive plans. No loans have been extended to a Director by the Company and neither have any loans to a Director been guaranteed by the Company.

None of the Directors have a service contract with the Company. Each of the Directors has entered into a letter of appointment with the Company, were subject to election at the first Annual General Meeting ("AGM"), or as determined in line with the Company's Articles, and re-election at subsequent AGMs in accordance with the Company's Articles and all due regulations and provisions. The Directors do not have any interests in contractual arrangements with the Company or its investment during the year under review, or subsequently. Each appointment can be terminated in accordance with the Company's Articles and without compensation. No notice period is stated in the Articles and is terminable at will of both parties.

Directors' and Officers' liability insurance cover is maintained by the Company but is not considered a benefit in kind nor does it constitute part of the Directors' Remuneration. The Company's Articles indemnify each Director, Secretary, agent and officer of the Company, former or present, out of assets of the Company in relation to charges, losses, liabilities, damages and expenses incurred during the course of their duties, in so far as the law allows and provided that such indemnity is not available in circumstances of fraud, wilful misconduct or negligence.

Corporate Governance Report

As an unregulated Guernsey incorporated company quoted on the SFS, the Company is not required to comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code or the GFSC Finance Sector Code of Corporate Governance. The Directors, however, place great importance on ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are maintained. Accordingly, the Directors will take appropriate measures to ensure that the Company operates with due consideration to any codes of corporate governance that the Board deems appropriate and may choose to operate in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code and/or the GFSC Finance Sector Code of Corporate Governance, in each case having regard to the Company's size and nature of business. The Board perceives that good corporate governance practice is necessary for delivering sustainable value, enhancing business integrity and maintaining shareholder confidence in the Company. To further these aims, the Board has decided to voluntarily comply with the UK Corporate Governance Code dated April 2016 (the "Code"), which sets out guidance in the form of principles and provisions for companies to follow good corporate governance practice. Further information on the Code can be obtained from www.frc.org.uk.

Except as disclosed within the report, the Board is of the view that throughout the year ended 31 December 2018, the Company complied with the recommendations of the Code and the provisions of the Code. Key issues affecting the Company's corporate governance responsibilities, how they are addressed by the Board and application of the Code are presented below.

Section A: Leadership

The Chairman is responsible for the leadership of the Board and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.

Board Responsibilities

The Board ensures that the Company's contracts of engagement with the Investment Manager, Administrator and other service providers are operating satisfactorily so as to ensure the safe and accurate management and administration of the Company's affairs and business and that they are competitive and reasonable for Shareholders. Terms of Reference that contain a formal schedule of matters reserved for the Board of Directors and its duly authorised Committee for decision has been approved and can be reviewed at the Company's registered office.

Management of the Investment Partnership is the responsibility of Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) GP, LLC (the "General Partner"), which has delegated investment decisions and day-to-day management of the Investment Partnership to the Investment Manager under the terms of an Investment Management Agreement. Through its majority interest in the Investment Partnership, the Company and therefore the Board, has the ability to approve proposed investments and to remove the General Partner. The performance of the Investment Manager is subject to regular review by the Board.

Other matters for the Board include review of the Company's overall strategy and business plans; approval of the Company's half-yearly and annual financial statements; review and approval of any alteration to the Group's accounting policies or practices and valuation of investments; approval of any alteration to the Company's capital structure; approval of dividend policy; appointments to the Board and constitution of Board Committees; and performance review of key service providers.

The Company holds appropriate Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance cover in respect of any legal action taken against the Board.

Board Composition

The Board consists of four non-executive members. For further information relating to the Board, please refer to the Board of Directors section. Due to the size and structure of the Company, the appointment of a senior independent director is not deemed appropriate.

Board Committees

The Board has established an Audit Committee composed of Christopher Legge, Trevor Ash and Ian Brindle, all of whom are independent. The Chairman of the Board, having previously been a member of the Audit Committee, is no longer a member of the Audit Committee in anticipation of the updated requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code dated July 2018, which will apply to accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. The Committee, its membership and its terms of reference are kept under regular review by the Board.

The Audit Committee meets at least twice a year and is responsible for ensuring that the financial performance of the Company is properly reported on and monitored, including reviews of the half-yearly and annual financial statements, results announcements, internal control systems and procedures and accounting policies.

The Audit Committee considers the scope and effectiveness of the Company's external audit. The Company's Auditor, Deloitte LLP, may also provide additional non-audit services to the Company, which in the Audit Committee's opinion, will not compromise the independence of Deloitte LLP's audit team. Further information is provided in the Report of the Audit Committee.

Board and Committee Meeting Attendance

The Board met four times during the year. Individual attendance at Board and Audit Committee meetings is set out below.

 
                       Board   Audit Committee 
--------------------  ------  ---------------- 
 Talmai Morgan           4            3 
 Trevor Ash              3            2 
 Christopher Legge       4            3 
 Ian Brindle             4            3 
 Total Meetings for 
  Year                   4            3 
--------------------  ------  ---------------- 
 

Division of Responsibilities

There are no executive Directors appointed to the Board. The non-executive Directors responsibilities are clearly defined within the Schedule of Matters reserved to the Board. All day to day functions are outsourced to external service providers.

The Chairman

Appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board on 25 May 2017, Mr Morgan is responsible for leading the Board in all areas, including determination of strategy, organising the Board's business and ensuring the effectiveness of the Board and individual Directors. He also endeavours to produce an open culture of debate within the Board.

Role of the non-executive Directors

The Board is composed entirely of non-executive Directors, who meet as required without the presence of the Investment Manager and service providers to scrutinise the achievement of agreed goals and objectives, and monitor performance. Through the Audit Committee, they are able to ascertain the integrity of financial information and confirm that all financial controls and risk management systems are robust. In addition, a non-executive Director may provide a written statement outlining any concerns to the Chairman upon resignation. See the statements on Board and Committee responsibilities for further information.

Section B: Effectiveness

The Board believes that its balance of skills, experience and knowledge, provides for a sound base from which the interest of investors will be served to a high standard.

Board Composition & Independence

For the purposes of assessing compliance with the Code, the Board considers the Directors are independent of the Investment Manager and free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with the exercise of their independent judgment.

Composition of the Board is explained in Section A of the Corporate Governance Report.

Talmai Morgan, Trevor Ash and Christopher Legge are directors of Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) B Limited, a company with similar investment objectives and the same Investment Manager as the Company. As Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) B Limited has a different STC, it is the Board's view that this does not affect their independence.

Board Appointments Process

Appointment Process

There is currently no Nominations Committee for the Company as it is deemed that the size, composition and structure of the Company would mean the process would be inefficient and counter-productive.

The Board has chosen not to adopt a definitive policy with quantitative targets for board diversity. The Board believes that the current mix of skills, experience, knowledge and age of the Directors is appropriate to the requirements of the Company. In accordance with the Code, any Director who has served on the Board for longer than nine years will be subject to rigorous review to ensure the need for progressive refreshing of the Board is complied with.

Commitment

Chairman's Commitment

Prior to the Chairman's appointment, discussions were undertaken to ensure the Chairman was sufficiently aware of the time needed for his role, and agreed to upon signature of his appointment letter. Other significant commitments of the Chairman were disclosed prior to appointment to the Board, and any changes declared as and when they arise. These commitments, and their subsequent impact, can be identified in his biography in the Board of Directors section.

Non-executive Directors' Commitments

The terms and conditions of appointment for non-executive Directors are outlined in their letters of appointment, and are available for inspection by any person at the Company's registered office during normal business hours and at the AGM for fifteen minutes prior to and during the meeting. As with the Chairman, significant appointments are declared prior to appointment, any changes reported as and when appropriate.

Development

The Board believes that the Company's Directors should develop their skills and knowledge through participation at relevant courses. The Chairman is responsible for reviewing and discussing the training and development of each Director according to identified needs. Upon appointment, all Directors participate in discussions with the Chairman and other Directors to understand the responsibilities of the Directors, in addition to the Company's business and procedures.

The Company also provides regular opportunities for the Directors to obtain a thorough understanding of the Company's business by regularly meeting members of the senior management team from the Investment Manager and other service providers, both in person and by phone.

Information and Support

Information Provided to the Board

Reports and papers, containing relevant, concise and clear information, are provided to the Board and Committees in a timely manner to enable review and consideration prior to both scheduled and ad-hoc specific meetings. This ensures that Directors are capable of contributing to, and validating, the development of Company strategy and management. The regular reports also provide information that enables scrutiny of the Company's Investment Manager and other service providers' performance. When required, the Board has sought further clarification of matters with the Investment Manager and other service providers, both in terms of further reports and via in-depth discussions, in order to make a more informed decision for the Company.

Company Secretary

Under the direction of the Chairman, the Company Secretary facilitates the flow of information between the Board, Committees, Investment Manager and other service providers' through the development of comprehensive meeting packs, agendas and other media.

Full access to the advice and services of the Company Secretary is available to the Board; in turn, the Company Secretary is responsible for advising on all governance matters through the Chairman. The Articles and schedule of matters reserved for the Board indicate the appointment and resignation of the Company Secretary is an item reserved for the full Board. A review of the performance of the Company Secretary is undertaken by the Board on a regular basis.

Evaluation

Board and Director Evaluation

Using a pre-determined template based on the Code's provisions as a basis for review, the Board undertakes an evaluation of its performance and that of the Audit Committee. This was last completed in January 2019. Additionally, an evaluation focusing on individual commitment, performance and contribution of each Director is conducted. The Chairman will meet with each Director to fully understand their views of the Company's strengths and to identify potential weaknesses. If appropriate, new members would be proposed to resolve the perceived issues, or a resignation sought. Due to the size and structure of the Board the evaluation of the Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee is dealt with within the Board and Audit evaluations.

Given the Company's size and the structure of the Board, no external facilitator or independent third party is used in the performance evaluation. New Directors would receive an induction from the Investment Manager. All Directors receive other relevant training as necessary.

Re-election and Board Tenure

The Board has considered the need for a policy regarding tenure of office; however, the Board believes that any decisions regarding tenure should consider the Company's investment objective and the average length of seeking to achieve that, the need for continuity and maintenance of knowledge and experience and to balance this against the need to periodically refresh Board composition and have a balance of skills, experience, age and length of service.

Each Director is required to be elected by shareholders at the first AGM following his initial appointment to the Board. The Board recommends the on-going re-election of each Director and supporting biographies, including length of service, are disclosed in the Board of Directors sections.

Section C: Accountability

The Directors' Responsibility Statement confirms that the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Group as a whole, whilst the Chairman's Statement includes a fair view of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Group.

Financial and Business Reporting

Financial and Business Information

An explanation of the Directors' roles and responsibilities in preparing the Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 is provided in the Directors' Strategic Report and Statement of Directors' Responsibilities.

Further information enabling shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy can be sourced in the Chairman's Statement and the Directors' Strategic Report.

In respect of the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 which has introduced a new corporate criminal offence ("CCO") of "failing to take reasonable steps to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion", the Board confirms it is committed to zero tolerance towards the criminal facilitation of tax evasion.

Going concern

The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared on the going concern basis. The net current asset position at year end is GBP28,436,322. The net current asset position as at 31 March 2019 is GBP30,157,534. Therefore, after making enquiries and based on the sufficient cash reserves as at 31 December 2018, the Directors are of the opinion that the Group has adequate resources to continue its operational activities for the foreseeable future. The Board is therefore of the opinion that the going concern basis should be adopted in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements. Further detail can be found in the Viability Statement.

Investment Manager

After careful consideration of the Investment Manager's performance, primarily in terms of advice, managing the portfolio and communicating effectively with shareholders, the Board agreed that it would be in the best interests of the Company that the Investment Manager continues on the current agreed contractual terms.

The Investment Management Agreement will continue in force until terminated: (i) upon the dissolution of the Investment Partnership; (ii) by the Investment Manager, voluntarily, upon 180 days' prior written notice to the Managing Partner and the Investment Partnership; or (iii) automatically upon removal of the General Partner.

Risk Management and Risk Control

The Board is required to annually review the effectiveness of the Company's key internal controls such as financial, operational and compliance controls and risk management. The Board has documented the controls to be reviewed and will review their effectiveness on an ongoing basis. The controls are designed to ensure that the risk of failure to achieve business objectives is managed rather than eliminated, and are intended to provide reasonable, rather than absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss. Through regular meetings and meetings of the Audit Committee, the Board seeks to maintain full and effective control over all strategic, financial, regulatory and operational issues.

The Board maintains an organisational and committee structure with clearly defined lines of responsibility and delegation of authorities. The Company's system of internal control includes inter alia the overall control exercise, procedures for the identification and evaluation of business risk, the control procedures themselves and the review of these internal controls by the Audit Committee on behalf of the Board. Each of these elements that make up the Company's system of internal control is explained in further detail as follows:

(i) Control environment

The Company is ultimately dependent upon the quality and integrity of the staff and management of both its Investment Manager, and Administration and Company Secretarial service provider. In each case, qualified and able individuals have been selected at all levels. The staffs of both the Investment Manager and Administrator are aware of the internal controls relevant to their activities and are also collectively accountable for the operation of those controls. Appropriate segregation and delegation of duties is in place. The Audit Committee undertakes a review of the Company's financial controls on a regular basis.

In its role as a third-party fund administration services provider, Ipes (Guernsey) Limited (prior to its change of name to Apex Fund and Corporate Services (Guernsey) Limited) produced an annual AAF 01/06 Assurance Report on the internal control procedures in place for the year ended 30 September 2018 and this is subject to review by the Audit Committee and the Board.

(ii) Identification and evaluation of business risks

Another key business risk is the performance of the Company's investment. This is managed by the Investment Manager, who undertakes regular analysis and reporting of business risks in relation to the STC, who then propose appropriate courses of action to the Board for their review.

(iii) Key procedures

In addition to the above, the Board's key procedures involve a comprehensive system for reporting financial results to the Board regularly. A review of controls is conducted by the Audit Committee annually, and a twice-yearly review of investment valuations by the Board, including reports on the underlying investment performance.

Due to the size and nature of the Company and the outsourcing of key services to the Administrator and Investment Manager, the Company does not have an internal audit function. It is the view of the Board that the controls in relation to the operating, accounting, compliance and IT risks performed robustly throughout the year. In addition, all have been in full compliance with the various policies and external regulations, including:

   --     Investment policy, as outlined in the IPO documentation 
   --     Personal Account Dealing 
   --     Whistleblowing Policy 
   --     Anti-Bribery Policy 
   --     Applicable Financial Conduct Authority Regulations 
   --     Treatment and handling of confidential information 
   --     Conflicts of interest 
   --     Compliance policies 
   --     Market Abuse Regulation 

The Company has delegated the provision of all services to external service providers whose work is overseen by the Board. Each year a short questionnaire is circulated to all external service providers requesting thorough details in regard to controls, personnel and information technology, amongst others. This is in order to provide additional detail when reviewing the performance pursuant to their terms of engagement.

There were no protected disclosures made pursuant to the whistleblowing policy of service providers in relation to the Company, during the year ended 31 December 2018.

In summary, the Board considers that the Company's existing internal controls, coupled with the analysis of risks inherent in the business models of the Company and its subsidiaries, continue to provide appropriate tools for the Company to monitor, evaluate and mitigate its risks.

Audit Committee and Auditors

Audit Committee Responsibilities

The Audit Committee is intended to assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities for the integrity of the Company's financial statements, as well as aid the assessment of the Company's internal control effectiveness and objectivity of external auditors. Further information on the Committee's responsibilities is given in the Report of the Audit Committee.

The Board has reviewed the need for an internal audit function and has decided that the systems and procedures employed by the Administrator and Investment Manager, including their own internal controls and procedures, provide sufficient assurance that a sound system of risk management and internal control, which safeguards shareholders' investment and the Group and Company's assets, is maintained. An internal audit function specific to the Group is therefore considered unnecessary, as explained above.

Section D: Remuneration

Level and Components of Remuneration

Directors are paid in accordance with agreed principles covering various functions. Further information can be sourced in the Directors' Remuneration Report.

Procedures

The Company has a formal remuneration policy, outlined in the Directors' Remuneration Report.

Section E: Relations with Shareholders

Dialogue with Shareholders

The Directors place a great deal of importance on communication with shareholders. The Investment Manager and Broker aim to meet with large shareholders at least annually. The Board also receives reports from the Brokers on shareholder issues. The Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements are widely distributed to other parties who have an interest in the Company's performance, and are available on the Company's website.

All Directors are available for discussions with the shareholders, in particular the Chairman and the Audit Committee Chairman, as and when required.

Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive ("AIFMD")

The AIFMD, which was introduced as from 22 July 2014, aims to harmonise the regulation of Alternative Investment Fund Managers ("AIFMs") and imposes obligations on managers who manage or distribute Alternative Investment Funds ("AIFs") in the EU or who market shares in such funds to EU investors. After seeking professional regulatory and legal advice, the Company was established in Guernsey as a Non-EU AIF, appointing Sherborne Investors Management (Guernsey) LLC to act as the Non-EU AIFM.

The marketing of shares in AIFs that are established outside the EU (such as the Company) to investors in any EU member state is prohibited unless certain conditions are met. Certain of these conditions are outside the Company's control as they are dependent on the regulators of the relevant third country (in this case Guernsey) and the relevant EU member state entering into regulatory co-operation agreements with one another.

Currently, the National Private Placement Regime ("NPPR") provides a mechanism to market Non-EU AIFs that are not allowed to be marketed under the AIFMD domestic marketing regimes. The Board is utilising NPPR in order to market the Company, specifically in the UK. The Board is working with the Company's advisers to ensure the necessary conditions are met, and all required notices and disclosures are made under NPPR.

Any regulatory changes arising from implementation of AIFMD (or otherwise) that limit the Company's ability to market future issues of its shares may materially adversely affect the Company's ability to carry out its investment policy successfully and to achieve its investment objective, which in turn may adversely affect the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations, NAV and/or the market price of the Ordinary Shares. The Board, in conjunction with the Company's advisers, will continue to monitor the development of AIFMD and its impact on the Company.

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") and The OECD Common Reporting Standards ("CRS")

FATCA became effective on 1 January 2013 and is being implemented internationally. The legislation is aimed at determining the ownership of US assets in foreign accounts and improving US Tax compliance with respect to those assets.

More than 90 jurisdictions, including 33 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") and the G20 members, have committed to implement the Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of tax information ("CRS").

Building on the model created by FATCA, the CRS creates a global standard for the annual automatic exchange of financial account information between the relevant tax authorities.

The Board in conjunction with the Company's service providers and advisers have ensured the Company's compliance with FATCA and CRS's requirements to the extent relevant to the Company.

Constructive Use of the AGM

The Notice of AGM is sent out at least 20 working days in advance of the meeting. All shareholders will have the opportunity to put questions to the Board or Manager, either formally at the Company's AGM on 4 June 2019, informally following the meeting, or in writing at any time during the year via the Company Secretary. The Company Secretary is available to answer general shareholder queries at any time throughout the year.

Report of the Audit Committee

The Board is supported by the Audit Committee, which is comprised of three of the Directors, not including the Chairman of the Board. The Chairman of the Board was previously a member of the Audit Committee but stood down in anticipation of the 2018 updates to the Code. The Board has considered the composition of the Committee and is satisfied that there are sufficient recent relevant skills and experience, in particular with the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Christopher Legge, having a background as a chartered accountant. The Board is also satisfied that the Committee as a whole has competence relevant to the sector in which the Company operates.

Role and Responsibilities

The primary role and responsibilities of the Audit Committee are outlined in the Committee's Terms of Reference, available at the registered office, including:

-- Monitoring the integrity of the financial statements of the Company and any formal announcement relating to the Company's financial performance, consideration of the viability statement and reviewing significant financial reporting judgements contained within said statements and announcements;

-- Reviewing the Company's internal financial controls, and the Company's internal control and risk management systems;

   --     Monitoring the need for an internal audit function annually; 

-- Monitoring and reviewing the scope, independence, objectivity and effectiveness of the external auditors, taking into consideration relevant regulatory and professional requirements;

-- Making recommendations to the Board in relation to the appointment, re-appointment and removal of the external auditors and approving their remuneration and terms of engagement, which in turn can be placed to the shareholders for their approval at the AGM;

-- Development and implementation of the Company's policy on the provision of non-audit services by the external auditors, as appropriate;

-- Reviewing the arrangements in place to enable Directors and staff of service providers to, in confidence, raise concerns about possible improprieties in matters of financial reporting or other matters insofar as they may affect the Company;

-- Providing advice to the Board on whether the annual financial statements, taken as a whole, are fair, balanced and understandable and provide the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy; and

-- Reporting to the Board on how the Committee discharged all relevant responsibilities, undertaken by the Chairman at each Board meeting.

Financial Reporting

The primary role of the Audit Committee in relation to the financial reporting is to review with the Administrator, Investment Manager and the Auditor the appropriateness of the Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, concentrating on, amongst other matters:

   --     The quality and acceptability of accounting policies and practices; 

-- The clarity of the disclosures and compliance with financial reporting standards and relevant financial and governance reporting requirements;

-- Material areas in which significant judgements have been applied or there has been discussion with the Auditor;

-- Whether the Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for the shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy; and

   --     Any correspondence from regulators in relation to the Company's financial reporting. 

To aid its review, the Audit Committee considers reports from the Administrator and Investment Manager and also reports from the Auditor on the outcomes of their half-year review and annual audit. The Audit Committee supports the Auditor in displaying the necessary professional scepticism their role requires.

The Committee met three times during the year under review; individual attendance of Directors is outlined above. The main matters discussed at those meetings were:

   --     Review of auditor independence; 
   --     Review and approval of the annual audit plan of the external auditors; 
   --     Discussion and approval of the fee for the external audit; 

-- Detailed review of the Half Year Report and Accounts and Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements and recommendation for approval by the Board;

-- Discussion of reports from the external auditors following their interim review and annual audit;

   --     Assessment of the effectiveness of the external audit process as described below; 
   --     Review of the Company's key risks and internal controls; and 

-- Consideration of the 2016 UK Corporate Governance Code, Guidance on Audit Committees and other regulatory guidelines, and the subsequent impact upon the Company.

The Committee has also reviewed and considered the whistleblowing policies in place for the Investment Manager and Administrator, and is satisfied the relevant staff can raise concerns in confidence about possible improprieties in matters of financial reporting or other matters insofar as they may affect the Company.

Annual General Meeting

The Audit Committee Chairman, or other members of the Audit Committee appointed for the purpose, shall attend each AGM of the Company, prepared to respond to any shareholder questions on the Audit Committee's activities.

Internal Audit

The Audit Committee considers at least once a year whether or not there is a need for an internal audit function. Currently, the Audit committee does not consider there to be a need for an internal audit function, given that there are no employees in the Group and all outsourced functions are with parties / administrators who have their own internal controls and procedures. This is evidenced by the internal control reports provided by the providers, which give sufficient assurance that a sound system of internal control is maintained.

Significant Risks in Relation to the Financial Statements

Throughout the year, the Audit Committee identified a number of significant issues and areas of key audit risks in respect of the Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements. The Committee reviewed the external audit plan at an early stage and concluded that the appropriate areas of audit risk relevant to the Company had been identified and that suitable audit procedures had been put in place to obtain reasonable assurance that the financial statements as a whole would be free of material misstatements. The below table sets out the key areas of risk identified and how the Committee addressed the issues.

 
 Significant Issue                       Actions to Address Issue 
 Valuation and ownership of investment   The Audit Committee and Board 
  - focus upon one target company         review detailed portfolio valuations 
  means that any errors in valuation,     on a regular basis throughout 
  depending on their size, can            the year under review, and receive 
  be highly material. A key risk          confirmation from the Investment 
  is incorrect pricing used based         Manager that the pricing basis 
  on requirement of IFRS taking           is appropriate and in line with 
  into account the market for             relevant accounting standards. 
  those shares. 
                                        -------------------------------------- 
 

Auditor Tenure and Objectivity

The Company's Auditor, Deloitte LLP, has been appointed to act pursuant to an Engagement Letter signed on August 2018. The Committee reviews the Auditor's performance on a regular basis with a detailed formal review conducted on an annual basis to ensure the Company receives an optimal service. The re-appointment of the Company's Auditor will be subject to annual shareholder approval at the AGM. The Auditor is required to rotate the audit partner regularly every five years. There are no contractual obligations restricting the choice of external auditor and the company will consider putting the audit services contract out to tender at least every ten years. In line with the FRC's suggestions on audit tendering, this will be considered further when the audit partner rotates, and therefore will be discussed before 2022.

Deloitte LLP will regularly update the Committee on the rotation of audit partners, staff, level of fees in proportion to overall fee income of the Company, details of any relationships between the Auditor, the Company and any target company, and also provides overall confirmation from the Auditor of their independence and objectivity.

In addition to the audit related remuneration, GBP16,300 non-audit fees were paid to the Auditor in relation to the interim review and GBP28,019 in tax compliance fees.

The Audit Committee undertook a formal review of the external Auditor for the year ended 31 December 2018, with no issues arising. As a result of their review, the Committee is satisfied that Deloitte LLP is independent of the Company, the Investment Manager and other service providers and recommends the continuing appointment of the Auditor to the Board. There are currently no plans for retendering the audit.

Conclusions in Respect of the Financial Statements

The production and the audit of the Company's Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements is a comprehensive process requiring input from a number of different contributors. In order to reach a conclusion on whether the Company's financial statements are fair, balanced and understandable, the Board has requested that the Committee advise on whether it considers that the Annual Report and Financial Statements fulfils these requirements. In outlining their advice, the Committee has considered the following:

-- The comprehensive documentation that is in place outlining the controls in place for the production of the Annual Report, including the verification processes in place to confirm the factual content;

-- The detailed reviews undertaken at various stages of the production process by the Investment Manager, Administrator and the Committee that are intended to ensure consistency and overall balance; and

-- The controls enforced by the Investment Manager, Administrator and other third party service providers to ensure complete and accurate financial records and security of the Company's assets.

As a result of the work performed during the year, the Audit Committee has concluded it has acted in accordance with its terms of reference and ensured the independence and objectivity of the external Auditor. The Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy, and has reported on these findings to the Board. The Board's conclusions in this respect are set out in the Statement of Directors' Responsibilities.

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Consolidated Financial Statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, of the state of affairs of the Company and of the profit and loss of the Company for that year.

The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union. In preparing these financial statements, International Accounting Standard 1 ("IAS1") requires that directors:

   --     properly select and apply accounting policies; 

-- present information, including accounting policies, in a manner that provides relevant, reliable, comparable and understandable information;

-- provide additional disclosures when compliance with the specific requirements in IFRSs are insufficient to enable users to understand the impact of particular transactions, other events and conditions on the Group's financial position and financial performance; and

   --     make an assessment of the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. 

The Directors confirm that they have complied with the above requirements in preparing the Consolidated Financial Statements. The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Group's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities. The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company's website. Legislation in Guernsey governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Responsibility statement

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

-- the financial statements, prepared in accordance with IFRS, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole;

-- the Chairman's Statement, Directors' Strategic Report and Corporate Governance Statement include a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face; and

-- the annual report and financial statements, taken as a whole, are fair, balanced and understandable and provide the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy.

In accordance with section 249 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, each of the Directors confirms that, to the best of their knowledge:

   --     There is no relevant audit information of which the Company's Auditors are unaware; 

-- All Directors have taken the necessary steps that they ought to have taken to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Auditor is aware of said information.

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited

Report on the audit of the financial statements

 
 Opinion 
============================================================================= 
          In our opinion the financial statements of Sherborne Investors 
           (Guernsey) C Limited (the 'parent company') and its subsidiaries 
           (the 'group'): 
            *    give a true and fair view of the state of the group's 
                 affairs as at 31 December 2018 and of the group's 
                 loss for the year then ended; 
 
 
            *    have been properly prepared in accordance with 
                 International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) 
                 as adopted by the European Union; and 
 
 
            *    have been prepared in accordance with the 
                 requirements of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. 
 
 
           We have audited the financial statements which comprise: 
            *    the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income; 
 
 
            *    the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position 
 
 
            *    the Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity 
 
 
            *    the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows 
 
 
            *    the related notes 1 to 15 
 
 
           The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their 
           preparation is applicable law and IFRSs as adopted by the European 
           Union. 
 
 
 Basis for opinion 
=============================================================================== 
 We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards 
  on Auditing (UK) (ISAs (UK)) and applicable law. Our responsibilities 
  under those standards are further described in the auditor's responsibilities 
  for the audit of the financial statements section of our report. 
  We are independent of the group in accordance with the ethical 
  requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements 
  in the UK, including the Financial Reporting Council's (the 'FRC's') 
  Ethical Standard as applied to listed entities, and we have fulfilled 
  our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. 
  We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient 
  and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. 
 
 
 Summary of our audit approach 
=========================================================================================== 
            Key audit matters   The key audit matter that we identified in the current 
                                 year was: 
                                  *    Valuation and ownership of Investments at fair value 
                                       through profit or loss. 
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 Materiality                    The materiality that we used for the group financial 
                                 statements in the current year was GBP4,688,000 which 
                                 was determined on the basis of 1% of net asset value 
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 Scoping                        Audit work to respond to the risks of material misstatement 
                                 was performed directly by the group audit engagement 
                                 team. 
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 Significant                    Our materiality benchmark was revised to 1% of net 
  changes in our                 asset value for the year ended 31 December 2018 from 
  approach                       2% of net asset value used for the year-ended 31 
                                 December 2017, due to further industry benchmarking. 
                                 We also deem the prior year key audit matter in relation 
                                 to the basis of calculation of the incentive fee 
                                 to no longer be a key audit matter as no incentive 
                                 fee is due. 
                               ============================================================ 
 
 
 Conclusions relating to going concern 
=========================================================================================================================== 
          Going concern                                                             We confirm that we have 
           We have reviewed the directors' statement                                 nothing material to report, 
           in note 1 to the financial statements about                               add or draw attention 
           whether they considered it appropriate to                                 to in respect of these 
           adopt the going concern basis of accounting                               matters. 
           in preparing them and their identification                                We confirm that we have 
           of any material uncertainties to the group's                              nothing material to report, 
           ability to continue to do so over a period                                add or draw attention 
           of at least twelve months from the date                                   to in respect of these 
           of approval of the financial statements.                                  matters. 
           Principal risks and viability statement 
           Based solely on reading the directors' statements 
           and considering whether they were consistent 
           with the knowledge we obtained in the course 
           of the audit, including the knowledge obtained 
           in the evaluation of the directors' assessment 
           of the group's ability to continue as a 
           going concern, we are required to state 
           whether we have anything material to add 
           or draw attention to in relation to: 
           -- the disclosures that describe the principal 
           risks and explain how they are being managed 
           or mitigated; 
           -- the directors' confirmation that they 
           have carried out a robust assessment of 
           the principal risks facing the group, including 
           those that would threaten its business model, 
           future performance, solvency or liquidity; 
           or 
           -- the directors' explanation as to how 
           they have assessed the prospects of the 
           group, over what period they have done so 
           and why they consider that period to be 
           appropriate, and their statement as to whether 
           they have a reasonable expectation that 
           the group will be able to continue in operation 
           and meet its liabilities as they fall due 
           over the period of their assessment, including 
           any related disclosures drawing attention 
           to any necessary qualifications or assumptions. 
 Key audit matters 
====================================================================================================================== 
 Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional 
  judgement, were of most significance in our audit of the financial 
  statements of the current period and include the most significant 
  assessed risks of material misstatement (whether or not due to 
  fraud) that we identified. These matters included those which 
  had the greatest effect on: the overall audit strategy, the allocation 
  of resources in the audit; and directing the efforts of the engagement 
  team. 
  These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the 
  financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, 
  and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. 
  The prior year key audit matter "basis and calculation of the 
  incentive fee" is not deemed to be a key audit matter for the 
  year ended 31 December 2018 due to the performance of the group 
  being such that no incentive fee is due to the Special Limited 
  Partner of SIGC, LP (Incorporated). 
 Valuation and ownership of investments at fair value through profit 
  or loss 
 Key audit matter                     The investment balance at 31 December 2018 had a 
  description                          fair value of GBP440.4m (2017: GBP307.9m), representing 
                                       93% (2017: 44%) of the group's net asset value. This 
                                       is comprised of three investments in the form of 
                                       listed equity investment in the selected target company 
                                       ("STC"), Barclays Plc ("Barclays"), and investment 
                                       in two Funds through which further investment in 
                                       Barclays is attained. Details of the investments 
                                       are disclosed in note 5, and the accounting policies 
                                       relating to them are disclosed in note 1 (d). This 
                                       is further discussed in the Report of the Audit Committee. 
                                       Investments are the most quantitatively significant 
                                       balance on the Consolidated Statement of Financial 
                                       Position and is an area of focus as they drive the 
                                       performance and net asset value of the group. Owing 
                                       to the fact that Key Performance Indicators and performance 
                                       based remuneration are based on the net asset value 
                                       of the group we have determined there to be the potential 
                                       for fraud through possible manipulation of the balance. 
                                       The risk of material misstatement exists that the 
                                       group's investment is not accurately valued based 
                                       on relevant information that is representative of 
                                       its value and that it may not be representative of 
                                       its value in accordance with IFRS 13 - Fair Value 
                                       Measurement ('IFRS 13'). 
                                       There is also a risk of material misstatement that 
                                       the incorrect number of shares owned by the group 
                                       is recognised at year-end, resulting in a material 
                                       misstatement of the calculation of the fair value 
                                       of investments. This includes investment trades being 
                                       recorded in the incorrect period, resulting in an 
                                       incorrect number of shares being recognised in the 
                                       financial statements. 
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 How the scope                             In order to test the investments balance as at 31 
  of our audit                              December 2018 we performed the following procedures: 
  responded to                               *    Assessed the design and implementation of controls 
  the key audit                                   relating to the valuation of investments to determine 
  matter                                          whether appropriate oversight had been exercised 
                                                  within the valuation process. This included reviewing 
                                                  the controls adopted by the group's administrator and 
                                                  a review of the AAF 01/06 report to the group's 
                                                  administrator; 
 
 
                                             *    Assessed the valuation policy and methodology adopted 
                                                  by management in order to assess compliance to IFRS 
                                                  13 - Fair Value Measurement ("IFRS 13"); 
 
 
                                             *    Reconciled the investment holdings as at 31 December 
                                                  2018 to an independently received confirmation from 
                                                  the group's custodian and the signed and exectued 
                                                  operating agreements of the Fund investments; 
 
 
                                             *    We considered the liquidity of the investment in 
                                                  Barclays in order to assess whether there is a 
                                                  sufficiently active market to allow for use of an 
                                                  unadjusted level 1 price; 
 
 
                                             *    Obtained independent pricing information as at 31 
                                                  December 2018, and audited financial statements of 
                                                  the Funds in order to recalculate the fair value of 
                                                  the group's investment; 
 
 
                                             *    Held discussions with the auditors of the Fund 
                                                  investments to understand the work undertaken in 
                                                  respect of the underlying investments and 
                                                  specifically that the valuation of the investments 
                                                  held are consistent with IFRS 13; and 
 
 
                                             *    Tested the initial cost and cut-off of investment 
                                                  transactions by agreeing all investment transactions 
                                                  to independent confirmations. 
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 Key observations                     Based on the work performed we conclude that the 
                                       valuation of the investments held at fair value through 
                                       profit or loss is appropriate. 
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 Our application of materiality 
=============================================================================================================== 
 We define materiality as the magnitude of misstatement in the financial 
  statements that makes it probable that the economic decisions of 
  a reasonably knowledgeable person would be changed or influenced. 
  We use materiality both in planning the scope of our audit work 
  and in evaluating the results of our work. 
 Based on our professional judgement, we determined materiality 
  for the financial statements as a whole as follows: Group materiality       GBP4,688,000 (2017: GBP13,919,000) 
  ---------------------- 
   Basis for determining   1% of the group net asset value (2017: 2% of the 
    materiality             group net asset value) 
  ----------------------  ========================================================= 
   Rationale for           In determining the materiality, we considered what 
    the benchmark           the most important balances on which the users 
    applied                 of the financial statements would judge the performance 
                            of the group. As the investment objective of the 
                            group is to invest in a selected group identified 
                            by the investment manager and realise a return 
                            on the growth in fair value of the investment, 
                            we consider the net asset value of the group to 
                            be a key performance indicator for shareholders. 
                            We have revised the percentage applied to this 
                            benchmark from the prior year (from 2% to 1%) having 
                            taken into account industry benchmarking. 
                          ========================================================= 
 
  To view the graph please see attached the PDF version of the Annual 
  Report. 
  We agreed with the Audit Committee that we would report to the 
  Committee all audit differences in excess of GBP232,000 (2017: 
  GBP695,950), as well as differences below that threshold that, 
  in our view, warranted reporting on qualitative grounds. We also 
  report to the Audit Committee on disclosure matters that we identified 
  when assessing the overall presentation of the financial statements. 
 
 
 
 An overview of the scope of our audit 
=================================================================================== 
 Our group audit was scoped by obtaining an understanding of the 
  group and its environment, including group-wide controls, and assessing 
  the risks of material misstatement at the group level. 
  Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited is a limited partner in 
  SIGC, LP ("the Investment Partnership"), together "the Group", 
  holding a 99.98% capital interest. The Investment Partnership holds 
  the underlying investment in the STC. Deloitte LLP have audited 
  both the Group and the Investment Partnership, to a component materiality 
  level of GBP4,633,000 and therefore the audit team have audited 
  the whole Group directly. 
  At the parent entity level we also tested the consolidation process 
  and carried out analytical procedures to confirm our conclusion 
  that there were no significant risks of material misstatement of 
  the aggregated financial information of the remaining components 
  not subject to audit or audit of specified account balances. 
  The administrator maintains the books and records of the entity. 
  Our audit therefore included obtaining an understanding of this 
  service organisation (including obtaining and reviewing their controls 
  assurance report) and its relationship with the entity. 
 
 Other information 
=================================================================================== 
 The directors are responsible for the other          We have nothing to report 
  information. The other information comprises         in respect of these matters. 
  the information included in the annual report, 
  other than the financial statements and 
  our auditor's report thereon. 
  Our opinion on the financial statements 
  does not cover the other information and 
  we do not express any form of assurance 
  conclusion thereon. 
  In connection with our audit of the financial 
  statements, our responsibility is to read 
  the other information and, in doing so, 
  consider whether the other information is 
  materially inconsistent with the financial 
  statements or our knowledge obtained in 
  the audit or otherwise appears to be materially 
  misstated. 
  If we identify such material inconsistencies 
  or apparent material misstatements, we are 
  required to determine whether there is a 
  material misstatement in the financial statements 
  or a material misstatement of the other 
  information. If, based on the work we have 
  performed, we conclude that there is a material 
  misstatement of this other information, 
  we are required to report that fact. 
 
 
 Responsibilities of directors 
======================================================================================================= 
 As explained more fully in the statement of director's responsibilities, 
  the directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial 
  statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair 
  view, and for such internal control as the directors determine 
  is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements 
  that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud 
  or error. 
  In preparing the financial statements, the directors are responsible 
  for assessing the group's ability to continue as a going concern, 
  disclosing as applicable, matters related to going concern and 
  using the going concern basis of accounting unless the directors 
  either intend to liquidate the group or to cease operations, or 
  have no realistic alternative but to do so. 
 Auditor's responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements 
======================================================================================================= 
 Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether 
  the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, 
  whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor's report 
  that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level 
  of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in 
  accordance with ISAs (UK) will always detect a material misstatement 
  when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and 
  are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they 
  could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions 
  of users taken on the basis of these financial statements. 
  A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of 
  the financial statements is located on the FRC's website at: www.frc.org.uk/auditorsresponsibilities. 
  This description forms part of our auditor's report. 
 

Report on other legal and regulatory requirements

 
 Matters on which we are required to report by exception 
================================================================================================= 
      Adequacy of explanations received and accounting              We have nothing to report 
       records                                                       in respect of these matters. 
       Under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 
       we are required to report to you if, in 
       our opinion: 
        *    we have not received all the information and 
             explanations we require for our audit; or 
 
 
        *    proper accounting records have not been kept by the 
             parent company; or 
 
 
        *    the financial statements are not in agreement with 
             the accounting records. 
 
 
 Use of our report 
============================================================================ 
 This report is made solely to the company's members, as a body, 
  in accordance with Section 262 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 
  2008. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state 
  to the company's members those matters we are required to state 
  to them in an auditor's 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 and the company's members as a 
  body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions 
  we have formed. 
 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 
 For the year ended 31 December 2018 
                                                            1 January 2018 to                   25 May 2017 to 
                                                             31 December 2018                 31 December 2017 
                                 Notes              GBP                   GBP                GBP           GBP 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 Income                          1(e) 
 Unrealised gain/(loss) 
  on investments held at 
  fair value through profit      1(d), 
  or loss                          5                            (208,982,908)                          675,470 
 Realised gain/(loss) on 
  investments                      5                             (13,818,011)                        8,449,909 
 Dividend income                   6                                3,908,306                          844,134 
 Bank interest income                                                 309,399                          299,378 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
                                                                (218,583,214)                       10,268,891 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 Expenses                        1(f) 
 Management fees                  12          5,077,000                                   96,831 
 Trading and custodian fees                   2,060,765                                1,002,433 
 Professional fees                              927,028                                   67,179 
 Administrative fees                            210,878                                  158,548 
 Directors' fees                   2            160,000                                   96,264 
 Other fees                                     188,363                                  124,466 
                                                                  (8,624,034)                      (1,545,721) 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 Comprehensive income/(loss)                                    (227,207,248)                        8,723,170 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 Comprehensive income/(loss) 
  attributable to: 
 Shareholders                                                   (227,151,537)                        6,941,982 
 Non-controlling interest 
  (NCI)                          1(b)                                (55,711)                        1,781,188 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 Weighted average number 
  of shares outstanding            4                              700,000,000                      700,000,000 
 
 Basic and diluted earnings 
  per share attributable 
  to shareholders (excluding 
  NCI)                                                               (32.45)p                            0.99p 
------------------------------  ------  ---------------  --------------------  -----------------  ------------ 
 
 All revenue and expenses are derived from continuing 
  operations. 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2018

 
                                                           2018                         2017 
                              Notes          GBP             GBP            GBP           GBP 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Non-Current Assets 
 Financial assets at 
  fair value through 
  profit or loss                5                    440,387,201                  307,930,107 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
                                                     440,387,201                  307,930,107 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Current Assets 
 Cash and cash equivalents      8     28,521,320                    412,598,019 
 Prepaid expenses               7         21,768                         43,210 
                                      28,543,088                    412,641,229 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Current Liabilities 
 Pending trades                 5              -                   (24,426,639) 
 Trade and other payables       9      (106,766)                      (171,926) 
                                       (106,766)                   (24,598,565) 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Net Current Assets                                   28,436,322                  388,042,664 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Net Assets                                          468,823,523                  695,972,771 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Capital and Reserves 
 Called up share capital 
  and share premium            10                    688,939,403                  688,939,403 
 Retained reserves                                 (220,209,555)                    6,941,982 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Equity attributable 
  to the Company                                     468,729,848                  695,881,385 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Non-controlling interest 
  (NCI)                       1(b)                        93,675                       91,386 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Total Equity                                        468,823,523                  695,972,771 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 NAV Per Share (excluding 
  NCI)                         11                         66.96p                       99.41p 
---------------------------  ------  -----------  --------------  -------------  ------------ 
 

The Consolidated Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors for issue on 29 April 2019.

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 December 2018

 
                                     Share Capital                           Non- 
                                         and Share        Retained    Controlling           Total 
                                           Premium        Reserves      Interests          Equity 
                             Notes             GBP             GBP            GBP             GBP 
--------------------------  ------  --------------  --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 Balance at 1 January 
  2018                                 688,939,403       6,941,982         91,386     695,972,771 
--------------------------  ------  --------------  --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 Contributions                                   -               -         58,000          58,000 
 Total comprehensive loss                        -   (227,162,902)       (44,346)   (227,207,248) 
                             1(l), 
 Incentive allocation          12                -          11,365       (11,365)               - 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2018                                 688,939,403   (220,209,555)         93,675     468,823,523 
--------------------------  ------  --------------  --------------  -------------  -------------- 
 
 
 
                                       Share Capital                         Non- 
                                           and Share      Retained    Controlling         Total 
                                             Premium      Reserves      Interests        Equity 
                               Notes             GBP           GBP            GBP           GBP 
----------------------------  ------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Balance at 25 May 2017                            -             -              -             - 
----------------------------  ------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Proceeds of share issue        10       688,939,403             -              -   688,939,403 
 Contributions                                     -             -        120,000       120,000 
 Total comprehensive income                        -     8,721,390          1,780     8,723,170 
                               1(l), 
 Incentive allocation            12                -   (1,779,408)      1,779,408             - 
 Distribution                   14                 -             -    (1,809,802)   (1,809,802) 
----------------------------  ------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2017                                   688,939,403     6,941,982         91,386   695,972,771 
----------------------------  ------  --------------  ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                            1 January 2018       25 May 2017 
                                                            to 31 December    to 31 December 
 For the year ended 31 December 2018               Notes              2018              2017 
                                                    GBP                GBP               GBP 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Net cash flows used in operating activities                   (6,487,294)         (572,871) 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Investing activities 
 Purchase of investments                                     (953,804,267)     (366,177,113) 
 Proceeds from disposal of investments                         575,847,463        91,799,024 
 Bank interest income                                              309,399           299,378 
 Net cash flows used in investing activities                 (377,647,405)     (274,078,711) 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Financing activities 
 Issue of share premium                             10                   -       700,000,000 
 Cost of share issue                                10                   -      (11,060,597) 
 Contributions from Non-controlling 
  interest                                                          58,000           120,000 
 Distribution to Non-controlling interest                                -       (1,809,802) 
 Net cash flows from financing activities                           58,000       687,249,601 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Net movement in cash and cash equivalents                   (384,076,699)       412,598,019 
 Opening cash and cash equivalents                             412,598,019                 - 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Closing cash and cash equivalents                              28,521,320       412,598,019 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Net cash flows used in operating activities 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Total consolidated comprehensive income/(loss)     47       (227,207,248)         8,723,170 
 Realised (gain)/loss on investments                            13,818,011       (8,449,909) 
 Unrealised (gain)/loss on investments 
  held at fair value through profit 
  or loss                                                      208,982,908         (675,470) 
 Scrip dividend                                      6         (1,727,848)                 - 
 Movement in prepaid expenses                        7              21,442          (43,210) 
 Movement in trade and other payables                9            (65,160)           171,926 
 Bank interest income                                            (309,399)         (299,378) 
 Net cash flows used in operating activities                   (6,487,294)         (572,871) 
------------------------------------------------  ------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 December 2018

1. Summary of significant accounting policies

Reporting entity

Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited (the "Company") is a closed-ended investment company with limited liability formed under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. The Company was incorporated and registered in Guernsey on 25 May 2017. The Company commenced dealings on the London Stock Exchange's Specialist Fund Segment ("SFS") on 12 July 2017. The Company's registered office is 1 Royal Plaza, Royal Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2HL. The "Group" is defined as the Company and its subsidiaries, SIGC, LP (Incorporated) and SIGC Midco Limited.

Basis of preparation

The Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union, which comprise standards and interpretations approved by the International Accounting Standards Board (the "IASB") and International Accounting Standards and Standing Interpretations Committee interpretations approved by the International Accounting Standards Committee (the "IASC") that remain in effect, together with applicable legal and regulatory requirements of Guernsey law. The Directors of the Company have taken the exemption in Section 244 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended) and have therefore elected to only prepare Consolidated Financial Statements for the year.

These Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis, as modified by the measurement at fair value of investments.

Going concern

Under the UK Corporate Governance Code and applicable regulations, the Directors are required to satisfy themselves that it is reasonable to assume that the Company is a going concern.

The Board is of the opinion that the going concern basis should be adopted in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements. Further detail can be found in the Viability Statement.

The Directors have undertaken a rigorous review of the Group's ability to continue as a going concern including reviewing the ongoing cash flows and the level of cash balances as of the reporting date as well as taking forecasts of future cash flows into consideration and are of the opinion that the Group has adequate resources to continue its operational activities for the foreseeable future.

After making enquiries of the Investment Manager and the Administrator, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt a going concern basis in preparing these audited consolidated financial statements. Please see the Corporate Governance section.

Critical accounting judgments and key sources of estimation uncertainty

The preparation of the Group's Consolidated Financial Statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and contingencies at the date of the Group's Consolidated Financial Statements and revenue and expenses during the reported year. Actual results could differ from those estimated.

i) Source of estimation uncertainty: Investments at fair value through profit or loss

The Group's investments are measured at fair value for financial reporting purposes. Fair value of financial assets quoted on the London Stock Exchange are based on the quoted closing price at 31 December 2018. The fair value of other financial assets are based on the net asset value of the investment. The main contribution to their net asset value is the quoted closing price on the London Stock Exchange at 31 December 2018.

ii) Critical accounting judgement: Incentive allocation

As more fully described in Note 12, the Special Limited Partner is entitled to receive an incentive allocation once aggregate distributions to Partners of the Investment Partnership exceed a certain level. The basis of the incentive calculation differs depending on how the investment in the Selected Target Company ("STC") is ultimately characterised (i.e. as a Turnaround or Stake Building Investment).

iii) Critical accounting judgement: Consolidation of entities

The Group holds majority interest in other financial assets, as described in Note 5, however does not have the ability to exercise control over these assets. They are therefore not consolidated and are held at fair value through profit or loss.

Adoption of new and revised standards

(i) New standards adopted as at 1 January 2018:

IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' ("IFRS 9") replaces IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement'. It makes major changes to the previous guidance on the classification and measurement of financial assets and introduces an 'expected credit loss' model for the impairment of financial assets. Under IFRS 9, the classification of assets is driven by the business model in which the financial asset is managed and the contractual nature of the cash flows arising from the investment. The Company invests in financial assets with a view to profiting from their total return in the form of interest and changes in fair value, and so these investments are classified as fair value through profit or loss, consistent with the prior period. The treatment of other assets and liabilities also remains unchanged.

IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers' ("IFRS 15") replaces IAS 18 'Revenue' and several revenue-related Interpretations. There are no changes to the recognition of income by the Company as a result of the new Standard as the Company's revenue generating activities are not within the scope of IFRS 15.

(ii) Amendments early adopted by the Company:

There were no standards, amendments and interpretations early adopted by the Company.

(iii) Standards, amendments and interpretations in issue but not yet effective:

 
 New standards                                              Effective date 
-------------------------------------------------------  ----------------- 
 IFRS     Leases                                                 1 January 
  16                                                                  2019 
 IAS 19   Amendments: Plan Amendment, Curtailment                1 January 
           or Settlement                                              2019 
 IAS 28   Amendments: Long-term Interest in Associates           1 January 
           and Joint Ventures                                         2019 
 IFRS     Amendments: Prepayment Features with Negative          1 January 
  9        Compensation                                               2019 
 IFRS     Insurance contracts                                    1 January 
  17                                                                  2021 
 
 

Unless stated otherwise, the Directors do not consider the adoption of new and revised Accounting Standards and Interpretations to have a material impact as the new standards or amendments are not relevant to the operations of the Company.

a. Basis of consolidation

The Consolidated Financial Statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and two entities controlled by the Company (its subsidiaries). Control is achieved where the Company has the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an investee entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. Investments where a majority interest is held but control is not achieved are held at fair value through profit or loss.

Non-controlling interests in the net assets of the consolidated subsidiaries are identified separately from the Group's equity therein. Non-controlling interests consist of the amount of those interests at the date of the original business combination and the non-controlling entities' share of changes in equity since the date of the combination. Losses applicable to the non-controlling entities in excess of their interest in the subsidiaries equity are allocated against their interests to the extent that this would create a negative balance.

Where necessary, adjustments are made to the financial statements of the subsidiary to bring the accounting policies used into line with those used by the Group.

All intra-group transactions, balances and expenses are eliminated on consolidation.

The Company, via SIGC Midco Limited, a 100% owned subsidiary, owns 99.98% of the capital interest in SIGC, LP (Incorporated). Whilst the general partner of SIGC, LP (Incorporated), Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) GP, LLC, a company registered in Delaware, USA, is responsible for directing the day to day operations of SIGC, LP (Incorporated), the Company, through its majority interest in SIGC, LP (Incorporated), has the ability to approve the proposed investment of SIGC, LP (Incorporated) and to remove the general partner. Hence, the Company has consolidated SIGC, LP (Incorporated) and SIGC Midco Limited in its financial statements.

b. Non-controlling interest

The interest of non-controlling parties in the subsidiary is measured at the minority's proportion of the net fair value of the assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities recognised.

c. Functional currency

Items included in the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates (the "functional currency"). The Consolidated Financial Statements are presented in Pound Sterling ("GBP"), which is the Group's functional and presentational currency. Transactions in currencies other than GBP are translated at the rate of exchange ruling at the date of the transaction. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies at the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position are retranslated into GBP at the rate of exchange ruling at that date. Exchange differences are reported in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

Investments, including equity and loan investments in associates, are designated as fair value through profit or loss in accordance with IFRS 9, as the Company is an investment company whose business is investing in financial assets with a view to profiting from their total return in the form of interest and changes in fair value. Under International Accounting Standard 28 'Investments in Associates' ("IAS 28"), the fund can hold its investments at fair value through profit or loss rather than as an associate as SIGC, LP (Incorporated) is a closed-ended fund.

Investments in voting shares, convertible bonds and derivative contracts are initially recognised at cost. The investments in voting shares, convertible bonds and derivative contracts are subsequently re-measured at fair value, as determined by the Directors. Unrealised gains or losses arising from the revaluation of investments in voting shares, convertible bonds and derivative contracts are taken directly to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

The Group's investments are measured at fair value for financial reporting purposes. Fair value of financial assets quoted on the London Stock Exchange are based on the quoted closing price at 31 December 2018. The fair value of other financial assets are based on the net asset value of the investment. The other investments invest in financial assets quoted on the London Stock Exchange as well as through derivative instruments and so the main contribution to their net asset value is the quoted closing price at 31 December 2018.

In determining fair value in accordance with IFRS 13 'Fair Value Measurement' ("IFRS 13"), investments measured and reported at fair value are classified and disclosed in one of the following categories within the fair value hierarchy:

Level I - An unadjusted quoted price for identical assets and liabilities in an active market provides the most reliable evidence of fair value and is used to measure fair value whenever available. As required by IFRS 13, the Group will not adjust the quoted price for these investments, even in situations where it holds a large position and a sale could reasonably impact the quoted price.

Level II - Inputs are other than unadjusted quoted prices in active markets, which are either directly or indirectly observable as of the reporting date, and fair value is determined through the use of models or other valuation methodologies.

Level III - Inputs are unobservable for the investment and include situations where there is little, if any, market activity for the investment. The inputs into the determination of fair value require significant management judgement or estimation.

The Group's investments are summarised by Level in Note 5. On disposal of shares or conversion of bonds, cost of investments are allocated on a first in, first out basis.

e. Revenue recognition

Dividend income is recognised when the Group's right to receive payment has been established. Tax suffered on dividend income for which no relief is available is treated as an expense.

Interest receivable from short-term deposits and investment income are recognised on an accruals basis. Where receipt of investment income is not likely until the maturity or realisation of an investment then the investment income is accounted for as an increase in the fair value of the investment.

f. Expenses

All expenses are accounted for on an accruals basis. Expenses are charged through the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

g. Prepaid expenses and trade receivables

Trade and other receivables are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently where necessary remeasured at amortised cost using the effective interest method. A provision for impairment of trade receivables is established when there is objective evidence the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due according to the original terms of the receivables. The Group only holds trade receivables with no financing component and which have maturities of less than 12 months at amortised cost and has therefore applied the simplified approach to expected credit loss.

h. Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash in hand, call and current balances with banks and similar institutions, which are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and which are subject to insignificant risk of changes in value. This definition is also used for the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

i. Trade and other payables

Trade and other payables are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently, where necessary, re-measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.

j. Financial instruments

Financial assets and liabilities are recognised in the Group's Consolidated Statement of Financial Position when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.

k. Segmental reporting

As the Group invests in one investee company, there is no segregation between industry, currency or geographical location. No further disclosures have been made in conjunction with IFRS 8 'Operating Segments' as it is deemed not to be applicable.

l. Incentive allocation

The incentive allocation is accounted for on an accrual basis and the calculation is disclosed in Note 12. The incentive allocation is payable to the non-controlling interest and therefore recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity rather than recognised as an expense in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

2. Comprehensive income/(loss)

The consolidated comprehensive income/(loss) has been arrived at after charging:

 
                                             1 January 2018       25 May 2017 
                                             to 31 December    to 31 December 
                                                       2018              2017 
                                                        GBP               GBP 
-----------------------------------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Directors' fees                                    160,000            96,264 
 Auditor's remuneration - Audit                      24,291            29,610 
 Auditor's remuneration - Interim review             16,300                 - 
 

In addition to the audit and half-yearly review related remuneration above, a further GBP28,019 was paid to the Auditor for Tax compliance services (2017: GBPNil).

3. Tax on ordinary activities

The Company has been granted exemption from income tax in Guernsey under the Income Tax (Exempt Bodies) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 1989, and is liable to pay an annual fee (currently GBP1,200) under the provisions of the Ordinance. As such it will not be liable to income tax in Guernsey other than on Guernsey source income (excluding deposit interest on funds deposited with a Guernsey bank). No withholding tax is applicable to distributions to Shareholders by the Company.

The Investment Partnership will not itself be subject to taxation in Guernsey. No withholding tax is applicable to distributions to partners of the Investment Partnership.

Income which is wholly derived from the business operations conducted on behalf of the Investment Partnership with, and investments made in, persons or companies who are not resident in Guernsey will not be regarded as Guernsey source income. Such income will not therefore be liable to Guernsey tax in the hands of non-Guernsey resident limited partners.

Dividend income is shown gross of any withholding tax.

4. Earnings per share

The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the return on ordinary activities less total comprehensive income attributable to the non-controlling interest and on there being 700,000,000 (2017: 700,000,000) weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

 
                                                     Weighted Average 
 Date                    Shares   Days in issue                Shares 
 1 January 2018     700,000,000             365           700,000,000 
 31 December 
  2018              700,000,000                           700,000,000 
 

5. Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 
                                                   2018           2017 
                                                    GBP            GBP 
---------------------------------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Opening fair value                         307,930,107              - 
 Purchases of investments                   965,538,700    390,603,752 
 Scrip dividend                               1,727,848              - 
 Disposal of investments                  (612,008,535)   (91,799,024) 
 Unrealised gain/(loss) on investments 
  held at fair value through profit or 
  loss                                    (208,982,908)        675,470 
 Realised gain/(loss) on investments       (13,818,011)      8,449,909 
---------------------------------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Closing fair value                         440,387,201    307,930,107 
---------------------------------------  --------------  ------------- 
 

At 31 December 2018, there were no investment purchases which had not been settled (2017: GBP24,426,639). These are included in the investment cost and pending trades.

The Board of Directors approved Barclays PLC ("Barclays"), a London Stock Exchange listed bank holding company, as the new STC and as at 31 December 2018, the Group held 87,218,309 Barclays shares. The investment in Barclays is classified as meeting the definition of Level I in the fair value hierarchy. As at 31 December 2017, the investments held related to Contract for Differences in Barclays and were considered Level II investments.

The Group also holds non-controlling interests in Whistle Investors LLC and Whistle Investors II LLC (together the "Whistle entities"). The Whistle entities were organised to invest in the STC. Whistle Investors II LLC invests directly into Barclays. Whistle Investors LLC's investment into Barclays includes derivatives valued using unobservable inputs derived from the underlying investment. The Level II and Level III investments disclosed in the financial statements are solely comprised of the Groups interest in Whistle Investors II LLC and Whistle Investors LLC, respectively. The value of those investments equates to the Group's maximum exposure to loss from the Whistle entities.

The following tables summarise by level within the fair value hierarchy the Group's financial assets and liabilities at fair value as follows:

 
                                       Level I     Level II     Level III         Total 
 31 December 2018                          GBP          GBP           GBP           GBP 
--------------------------------  ------------  -----------  ------------  ------------ 
 Financial assets at fair value 
  through profit and loss          131,280,999   86,288,245   222,817,957   440,387,201 
 
 
                                    Level I      Level II   Level III         Total 
 31 December 2017                       GBP           GBP         GBP           GBP 
--------------------------------  ---------  ------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Financial assets at fair value 
  through profit and loss                 -   307,930,107           -   307,930,107 
 

A reconciliation of fair value measurements in Level III is set out in the following table:

 
                                     2018   2017 
                                      GBP    GBP 
-----------------------    --------------  ----- 
 Opening fair value                     -      - 
 Purchases at cost            392,150,789      - 
 Proceeds from disposal      (29,146,450)      - 
 Movement in fair value     (140,186,382)      - 
-----------------------    --------------  ----- 
 Closing fair value           222,817,957      - 
-----------------------    --------------  ----- 
 

The key unobservable inputs in the valuation of the Level 3 investment are the option and bond value. A reasonable change of +/- 10% and 0.5% of the value of the options and bonds, respectively, would result in the fair value of the investment increasing/decreasing by approximately GBP5.6 million.

6. Dividend income

On 22 February 2018, Barclays declared a dividend of 2.0 pence per share, paid on 5 April 2018 to shareholders of record on 2 March 2018. As a member of the Barclays PLC Scrip Dividend Programme, the Group received 825,891 shares in lieu of cash, which equates to GBP1,727,848.

On 2 August 2018, Barclays declared a dividend of 2.5 pence per share, paid on 17 September 2018 to shareholders of record on 10 August 2018. The Group received a cash dividend of GBP2,180,458.

7. Prepaid expenses

 
                             2018     2017 
                              GBP      GBP 
------------------------  -------  ------- 
 Other prepaid expenses    21,768   43,210 
------------------------  -------  ------- 
 Total                     21,768   43,210 
------------------------  -------  ------- 
 

8. Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprises cash held by the Group and short term deposits held with various banking institutions. The carrying amount of these assets approximates their fair value.

9. Trade and other payables

 
                                   2018      2017 
                                    GBP       GBP 
-----------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Professional fees payable       44,177    78,635 
 Administration fees payable     36,509    67,172 
 Audit fees payable              26,080    26,119 
 Total                          106,766   171,926 
-----------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

10. Share capital and share premium

 
                                            2018           2017 
                                    Consolidated   Consolidated 
---------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Authorised share capital                    No.            No. 
 Ordinary Shares of no par value       Unlimited      Unlimited 
---------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Issued and fully paid                       No.            No. 
 Ordinary Shares of no par value     700,000,000    700,000,000 
---------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 
                                             2018           2017 
                                     Consolidated   Consolidated 
----------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Share premium account                        GBP            GBP 
 Share premium account upon issue     700,000,000    700,000,000 
 Less: Cumulative costs of issue     (11,060,597)   (11,060,597) 
 Balance                              688,939,403    688,939,403 
----------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

11. Net asset value per share attributable to the Company

 
                                      Consolidated 
                                         Pence per 
                      No. of Shares          Share 
-------------------  --------------  ------------- 
 31 December 2018 
 Ordinary Shares 
 Basic and diluted      700,000,000          66.96 
 31 December 2017 
 Ordinary Shares 
 Basic and diluted      700,000,000          99.41 
 

12. Related party transactions

The Investment Partnership and its General Partner, Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) GP, LLC, have engaged Sherborne Investors Management (Guernsey) LLC to serve as Investment Manager which is responsible for identifying the STC, subject to approval by the Board of Directors of the Company, as well as day to day management activities of the Investment Partnership. The Investment Manager is entitled to receive from the Investment Partnership a monthly management fee equal to one-twelfth of 1% of the net asset value of the Investment Partnership, less cash and cash equivalents and certain other adjustments. During the year, management fees of GBP5,077,000 (31 December 2017: GBP96,831) were paid by the Investment Partnership. No balance was outstanding at the year end (31 December 2017: GBPNil).

The sole member of Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) GP, LLC is Sherborne Investors LP, which also served as the Special Limited Partner of the Investment Partnership through 26 December 2018. Effective on 27 December 2018 the Special Limited Partner interest was transferred from Sherborne Investors LP to Sherborne Investors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sherborne Investors LP (Sherborne Investors (Guernsey) GP, LLC and Sherborne Investors Limited are the Non-controlling interests). The Special Limited Partner is entitled to receive an incentive allocation once aggregate distributions to Partners of the Investment Partnership, of which one is the Company, exceed a certain level of capital contributions to the Investment Partnership, excluding amounts contributed attributable to management fees.

For Turnaround investments, the incentive allocation is computed at 10% of the distributions to all Partners in excess of 110%, increasing to 20% of the distributions to all Partners in excess of 150% and increasing to 25% of the distributions to all Partners in excess of 200% of capital contributions, excluding amounts contributed attributable to management fees. An investment is considered a Turnaround investment when a member of the Managing Partner is appointed chairman of, or accepts an executive role at, the STC.

If, after acquiring a shareholding, the share price of the STC rises to a level at which further investment and the effort of a Turnaround is, in the Investment Manager's opinion, no longer justified or otherwise no longer presents a viable Turnaround opportunity, the Investment Partnership intends to sell (and distribute the proceeds to the Company) or distribute in kind the holding to the limited partners (in each case after deductions for any costs and expenses and for the Investment Partnership's Minimum Capital Requirements and subject to applicable law and regulation), rather than seeking to join the Board of Directors or otherwise engage with the STC (a "Stake Building Investment").

For Stake Building Investments, the incentive allocation is computed at 20% of net returns on the investment of the Investment Partnership, such amount to be payable after each partner in the Investment Partnership has had distributed to it an amount equal to its aggregate capital contribution to the Investment Partnership in respect to the Stake Building Investment (excluding any capital contributions attributable to management fees). The Special Limited Partner may waive or defer all or any part of any incentive allocation otherwise due.

At 31 December 2018, the incentive allocation has been computed based on a Stake Building Investment basis and amounts to GBPNil (31 December 2017: GBP11,365) in relation to the investment in Barclays. In 2017, GBP1,768,043 was paid upon realisation of the investment in the first selected target company.

Each of the Directors (other than the Chairman) receives a fee payable by the Company currently at a rate of GBP35,000 per annum. The Chairman of the Audit Committee receives GBP5,000 per annum in addition to such fee. The Chairman receives a fee payable by the Company currently at the rate of GBP50,000 per annum.

Individually and collectively, the Directors of the Company hold no shares of the Company as at 31 December 2018.

Sherborne Investors GP, LLC has granted to the Company a non-exclusive licence to use the name "Sherborne Investors" in the UK and the Channel Islands in the corporate name of the Company and in connection with the conduct of the Company's business affairs. The Company may not sub-licence or assign its rights under the Trademark Licence Agreement. Sherborne Investors GP, LLC receives a fee of GBP70,000 per annum for the use of the licenced name.

13. Financial risk factors

The Group's investment objective is to realise capital growth from investment in the STC, identified by the Investment Manager, with the aim of generating significant capital return for Shareholders. Consistent with that objective, the Group's financial instruments mainly comprise an investment in a STC. In addition, the Group holds cash and cash equivalents as well as having trade and other receivables and trade and other payables that arise directly from its operations.

Liquidity risk

The Group's cash and cash equivalents are placed in demand deposits with a range of financial institutions. The listed investment in the STC could be partially redeemed relatively quickly (within 3 months) should the Group need to meet obligations or ongoing expenses as and when they fall due.

The following table details the liquidity analysis for financial liabilities at the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position:

 
                             Less than 1                   1 - 2 years 
 As at 31 December 2018            month   1 - 12 months                     Total 
                                     GBP             GBP           GBP         GBP 
 Trade and other payables       (36,967)        (69,799)             -   (106,766) 
                                (36,967)        (69,799)             -   (106,766) 
--------------------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ---------- 
 
 
                             Less than 1                   1 - 2 years 
 As at 31 December 2017            month   1 - 12 months                     Total 
                                     GBP             GBP           GBP         GBP 
 Trade and other payables      (125,807)        (46,119)             -   (171,926) 
                               (125,807)        (46,119)             -   (171,926) 
--------------------------  ------------  --------------  ------------  ---------- 
 

Credit risk

The Company is exposed to credit risk in respect of its cash and cash equivalents and derivative contracts, arising from possible default of the relevant counterparty, with a maximum exposure equal to the carrying value of those assets. The credit risk on liquid funds is mitigated through the Group depositing cash and cash equivalents across several banks. The credit risk associated with derivative contracts is monitored by reviewing the credit rating for the counterparty. The Group is exposed to credit risk in respect of its trade receivables and other receivable balances with a maximum exposure equal to the carrying value of those assets. UBS Financial Services Inc. currently has a stand alone credit rating of A- with Standard & Poor's (31 December 2017: A- with Standard & Poor's).

Market price risk

Market price risk arises as a result of the Group's exposure to the future values of the share price of the STC. It represents the potential loss that the Group may suffer through investing in the STC.

As at 31 December 2018, a 10% increase in the price of Barclays would positively affect the Group's net assets, income and consolidated comprehensive income for the year by approximately GBP39 million (31 December 2017: approximately GBP31 million). A 10% decrease in the price of Barclays would negatively affect the Group's net assets, income and consolidated comprehensive income for the year by approximately GBP37 million (31 December 2017: approximately GBP31 million).

Interest rate risk

The Group is subject to risks associated with changes in interest rates in respect of interest earned on its cash and cash equivalents. The Group seeks to mitigate this risk by monitoring the placement of cash balances on an on-going basis in order to maximise the interest rates obtained.

 
 As at 31 December 
  2018                                                  Interest bearing 
                             ---------------------------------------------  -------- 
                                                     1 month      3 months 
                                    Less than             to            to     1 - 2   Non- interest 
                                      1 month       3 months        1 year     years         bearing         Total 
                                          GBP            GBP           GBP       GBP             GBP           GBP 
---------------------------  ----------------  -------------  ------------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 Assets 
 Cash and cash equivalents         28,521,320              -             -         -               -    28,521,320 
 Investments held 
  at fair value through 
  profit or loss                            -              -             -         -     440,387,201   440,387,201 
 Prepaid expenses                           -              -             -         -          21,768        21,768 
---------------------------  ----------------  -------------  ------------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 Total Assets                      28,521,320              -             -         -     440,408,969   468,930,289 
---------------------------  ----------------  -------------  ------------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 Liabilities 
 Other payables                             -              -             -         -       (106,766)     (106,766) 
 Total Liabilities                          -              -             -         -       (106,766)     (106,766) 
---------------------------  ----------------  -------------  ------------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 
 
 As at 31 December 
  2017                                                  Interest bearing 
                             ---------------------------------------------  -------- 
                                                      1 month     3 months 
                                    Less than              to           to     1 - 2   Non- interest 
                                      1 month        3 months       1 year     years         bearing         Total 
                                          GBP             GBP          GBP       GBP             GBP           GBP 
---------------------------  ----------------  --------------  -----------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 Assets 
 Cash and cash equivalents        391,651,981               -            -         -      20,946,038   412,598,019 
 Investments held 
  at fair value through 
  profit or loss                            -               -            -         -     307,930,107   307,930,107 
 Prepaid expenses                           -               -            -         -          43,210        43,210 
---------------------------  ----------------  --------------  -----------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 Total Assets                     391,651,981               -            -         -     328,919,355   720,571,336 
---------------------------  ----------------  --------------  -----------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 Liabilities 
 Other payables                             -               -            -         -       (171,926)     (171,926) 
 Total Liabilities                          -               -            -         -       (171,926)     (171,926) 
---------------------------  ----------------  --------------  -----------  --------  --------------  ------------ 
 

As at 31 December 2018, the total interest sensitivity gap for interest bearing items was a surplus of GBP28,521,320 (31 December 2017: GBP391,651,981).

As at 31 December 2018, interest rates reported by the Bank of England were 0.75% (31 December 2017: 0.50%) which would equate to net income of GBP213,910 (31 December 2017: GBP1,958,260) per annum if interest bearing assets and liabilities remained constant. If interest rates were to fluctuate by 25 basis points, this would have a positive or negative effect of GBP71,303 (31 December 2017: GBP979,130) on the Group's annual income.

Capital risk management

The capital structure of the Company consists of proceeds raised from the issue of Ordinary Shares. As at 31 December 2018, the Group is not subject to any external capital requirement.

The Directors believe that at the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position there were no other material risks associated with the management of the Company's capital.

14. Distributions

No distributions were paid by the Group to Non-controlling interests during the year (2017: GBP1,809,802).

15. Subsequent events

Since 31 December 2018, the share price of Barclays has increased from 150.52 pence to 160.40 pence as at 25 April 2019. If this share price was used to value the investment at 31 December 2018, it would have resulted in an increase in the closing fair value from GBP440.4 million to GBP466.1 million. The Investment Manager advises the Company that the current estimated net asset value is approximately GBP502.3 million, or 71.76 pence per share.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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