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Gresham House PLC

09 December 2021

9 December 2021

Gresham House plc

("Gresham House," "the Group" or "the Company")

Trading update

AUM growth and profit significantly ahead of expectations

Gresham House (AIM: GHE) the specialist alternative asset manager, is pleased to provide the following trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2021.

The Group has delivered exceptionally strong growth with accelerating momentum continuing into the fourth quarter of 2021. Following the completion of an international forestry transaction, the Board expects to significantly outperform market expectations, delivering Assets Under Management ("AUM") in excess of GBP6.0bn, at least a 50% increase since the end of last year, driving further expected substantial increases in profit and margins. Adjusted operating profit is expected to be at least GBP18.5m and margins in excess of 32%, not including performance fees.

-- The Forestry division has continued to benefit from demand for the asset class, particularly from institutional investors. New business AUM is expected to increase by over GBP600m in 2021 and includes further international expansion with completion of an Australian forestry mandate:

o As announced on 26 July 2021, Gresham House was appointed as asset manager for the 24,800-hectare Australian forestry investment, Green Triangle Forest Products, by AXA IM Alts.

o The launch of the Gresham House Forest Growth & Sustainability LP has been well received with a second close expected within six months of launch.

-- The platforms within Sustainable Infrastructure are increasingly recognised as offering both attractive financial returns alongside identified social and environmental returns in areas such as vertical farming and digital infrastructure. A second close of the British Sustainable Infrastructure Fund II LP (BSIF II) is expected imminently to increase total commitments in 2021 to GBP150m and, together with our plans for climate transition strategies, is intended to support an identified pipeline for deployment of over GBP1.6bn.

-- The Strategic Equity team is benefiting from continued strong investment performance which is supporting growth in the open-ended equity funds and VCT areas, which have scaled through over GBP200m of net inflows year to date.

Tony Dalwood, Chief Executive of Gresham House, commented:

"It is extremely pleasing to see the strength of Gresham House's asset classes and ESG-focused investments continuing to deliver excellent investment performance and contributing to clear progress towards our GH25 ambitions. Generating strong performance for our clients, whilst offering asset classes which are increasingly in demand, has brought very strong growth across the entire Group. This has resulted in the substantial increases to our forecasts that we are announcing today including a 50% increase in assets under management for the year.

"Our client base is growing and diversifying as investors seek solutions for long term sustainable investing that provide both best practice governance and strong performance. We also continue to build out the Group's international footprint with the addition of an Australian forestry mandate. The structural growth drivers for the alternative asset management sector remain strong, and our investment this year in talent across the business puts us in an excellent position to drive further momentum and growth into the new year and beyond. The Board looks forward to updating the market further at our Full Year results which will be released in March 2022."

- Ends -

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) NO 596/2014.

For more information contact: 
Gresham House plc 
 Tony Dalwood, Chief Executive Officer 
 Kevin Acton, Chief Financial Officer              +44 (0)20 3837 6270 
Houston - media and analysts 
 Alexander Clelland                                +44 (0)20 4529 0549 
 Kay Larsen                                        gh@houston.co.uk 
Canaccord Genuity Limited - Nominated Adviser 
 and Joint Broker 
 Bobbie Hilliam 
 Georgina McCooke                                  +44 (0)20 7523 8000 
Jefferies International Limited - Joint Broker 
 and Financial Adviser 
 Paul Nicholls 
 Max Jones                                         +44 (0)20 7029 8000 

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