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Gresham House Energy Storage Fund

22 April 2022

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22 April 2022

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc (the "Company")

Notice of General Meeting and Publication of Circular

Further to the announcement on 6 April 2022, Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc, the UK's largest utility-scale battery energy storage fund, is today posting a Circular convening a general meeting (the "General Meeting") to be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 13 May 2022 at The Scalpel, 18th Floor, 52 Lime Street, London EC3M 7AF.

The Resolutions to be considered at the General Meeting include seeking Shareholder authority to make certain amendments to the Company's investment policy. The principal proposed amendments are as follows:

   --           to invest up to 10% of GAV in Ready-to-Build Projects which is expected to: 
   -     simplify and accelerate acquisition processes; 
   -     reduce the total acquisition cost by 5 - 10%; 

- remove or materially decrease related party transactions with the Gresham House Group which will potentially be helpful in facilitating a migration to the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange in due course;

-- to invest up to 30% of GAV in ESS Projects in Overseas Jurisdictions which is expected to increase EBITDA and NAV growth over time by:

   -     leveraging track record, reputation, scale and expertise; 

- diversifying into major OECD markets with similarities to the UK in terms of wholesale market structure, renewables growth and penetration where the market is often at an early stage resulting in stronger target returns compared with the UK; and

   --           to allow the acquisition of land in connection with ESS Projects. 

In addition, in order to assist in financing pipeline opportunities alongside the Company's existing debt facility and accordion facility, the Board is also seeking Shareholder authority to disapply pre-emption rights over 400,000,000 new Ordinary Shares or new C Shares, in aggregate (the "New Shares"). Any future issue of such New Shares will be subject to the publication of a Prospectus in due course.

Further details of the relevant Resolutions are set out in the Circular which can be found on the Company's website at newenergy.greshamhouse.com/esfplc/ and will also be available on the national storage mechanism at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism . Capitalised terms used in this announcement shall, unless the context requires otherwise, have the meanings given to them in the Circular.

The information contained in this announcement may constitute inside information. The person responsible for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is JTC (UK) Limited.

Further information

 
Gresham House New Energy 
 Ben Guest 
 Rupert Robinson                  +44 (0)20 3837 6270 
Jefferies International Limited 
 Stuart Klein 
 Gaudi Le Roux                    +44 (0)20 7029 8000 
KL Communications                 gh@kl-communications.com 
 Charles Gorman                    +44 (0)20 3995 6673 
 Will Sanderson 
 Millie Steyn 
 

About the Company and the Manager:

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc seeks to provide investors with an attractive and sustainable dividend over the long term by investing in a diversified portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (known as BESS) located in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, the Company seeks to provide investors with the prospect of capital growth through the re-investment of net cash generated in excess of the target dividend in accordance with the Company's investment policy.

The Company targets a dividend of 7.0p per Ordinary Share in each financial year and a NAV total return in the range of 8 - 15 per cent. per annum. [1]

Gresham House Asset Management Limited is the FCA authorised operating business of Gresham House plc, a London Stock Exchange quoted specialist alternative asset manager. Gresham House is committed to operating responsibly and sustainably, taking the long view in delivering sustainable investment solutions.

www.greshamhouse.com

Definition of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS):

Utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) are the enabling infrastructure that will support the continued growth of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, essential to the UK's stated target to reduce carbon emissions. They store excess energy generated by renewable energy sources and then release that stored energy back into the grid during peak hours when there is increased demand.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Each of the Company, the Manager, Jefferies International Limited and their affiliates and their respective officers, employees and agents expressly disclaim any and all liability which may be based on this announcement and any errors therein or omissions therefrom.

No representation or warranty is given to the achievement or reasonableness of future projections, management targets, estimates, prospects or returns, if any. Any views contained herein are based on financial, economic, market and other conditions prevailing as at the date of this announcement. The information contained in this announcement will not be updated.

[1] These are targets only and not a profit forecasts. There can be no assurance that these targets will be met or that the Company will make any distributions at all. These target returns should not be taken as an indication of the Company's expected or actual current or future results. The Company's actual return will depend upon a number of factors, including but not limited to the number of New Shares issued pursuant to any share issuance programme under which the Company issues New Shares, the Company's net income and the Company's ongoing charges figure. Potential investors should decide for themselves whether or not the return is reasonable and achievable in deciding whether to invest in or increase their investment in the Company. See further "Risk Factors" in Part II of the Circular.

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