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Gresham House Strategic PLC

05 November 2021

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION

Gresham House Strategic plc

5 November 2021

Statement regarding:

Update on Notice of Requisition of a General Meeting

Board changes and proposal to enter into run-off

Update on Notice of Requisition of a General Meeting

On 11 October 2021, Gresham House Strategic plc ("GHS" or the "Company") announced the conclusion of its strategic review (the "Strategic Review"), the termination of Gresham House Asset Management Limited ("GHAM") as Investment Manager and the appointment of Harwood Capital LLP ("Harwood") as replacement Investment Manager, which is expected to become unconditional on 5 November 2021.

Following this announcement, as announced on 15 October 2021, the directors of GHS received from Rock Nominees Limited (on behalf Gresham House plc ("GHE"), the ultimate parent company of GHAM) a notice of requisition of a general meeting of GHS dated 14 October 2021 (the "Requisition") including resolutions proposing the return of capital to shareholders and changes to the board of GHS (the "Board").

GHE has informed the Board that it has obtained irrevocable undertakings from shareholders to vote in favour of resolutions which recommend the immediate return of cash on the Company's balance sheet and the complete realisation of the Company's assets and return of capital within 24 months. The Board recognises that when taken together with GHE's own beneficial shareholding, these irrevocable undertakings account for 46.8 per cent of the issued share capital of the Company and therefore those resolutions are likely to be approved and the conclusion of the strategic review cannot be fully implemented.

In this context, following discussions with GHE, the Board has agreed with GHE to delay the posting of the circular convening the requisitioned meeting until no later than 26 November 2021, so that it can include further resolutions relating to a change of the Company's Investing Policy and a mechanism to return capital in a cost-effective and tax-efficient manner, which treats all shareholders equally.

Following the appointment of Harwood becoming unconditional, Harwood will be the Investment Manager and in the anticipated event of a change of Investing Policy, is expected to manage the run-off. The Company has received a conditional proposal from Harwood to waive its entitlement to management and performance fees during a run-off process of up to 24 months, provided that there is no early termination of its investment management agreement.

   Board changes   and proposal to enter into run-off 

GHE has agreed to withdraw resolutions 3 to 6 of the Requisition upon the Board changes set out in paragraphs (a) and (b) below becoming effective. Given the anticipated change in focus from actively investing to run-off, the following changes to the Board have been agreed between GHS and GHE:

(a) Simon Pyper, originally nominated by GHE under resolution 4 of the Requisition, will be appointed as a director of GHS as soon as practicable, subject to the approval of the Company's Nominated Adviser in accordance with the AIM Rules;

(b) Helen Sinclair has resigned from the Board today and Charles Berry has been appointed Interim Chair but will resign from the Board once Simon Pyper is appointed and becomes Interim Chair or, in the event he is not approved by the Company's Nominated Adviser, another new director, to be appointed following consultation with major shareholders, such that the Board has a minimum of three directors at all times; and

(c) The Board will consider whether it should comprise three or four directors on an ongoing basis and if appropriate will conduct a process to recruit an external independent non-executive Director, who may be appointed as Chair.

This statement has been agreed jointly in consultation with Gresham House plc.

Ken Lever, senior independent director of GHS, said:

"I would like to thank Helen Sinclair on behalf of the Board for her service to the Company and leadership over the last six months and look forward to welcoming Simon Pyper to the Board. The Independent Directors are disappointed that as a result of the irrevocable undertakings obtained by Gresham House in support of the resolutions to place the Company into run-off, shareholders will not have the opportunity of a continuing investment in GHS. However, the Board believes that the agreement reached with GHE is in the best interests of shareholders as a whole in these circumstances."

"The Board will focus on minimising costs and maximising value for all shareholders and welcomes the conditional proposal received from Harwood to waive management and performance fees during the anticipated run-off process, which represents a positive outcome in the circumstances."

Anthony Townsend, Chairman of Gresham House plc, said:

"With shareholders representing c.47% of the total issued share capital supporting an immediate return of cash and realisation of the Company's portfolio, it is clear that the conclusion of the strategic review was not supported by all shareholders. We seek good governance in all our activities, and treating all shareholders equally is part of that. Both GHS and GHE are committed to resolving these issues as soon as possible so a satisfactory outcome can be achieved."

For further information, please contact:

 
 Montfort Communications (communications adviser    +44(0)7798 626282 
  to GHS)                                            GHS@montfort.london 
  Gay Collins 
 Gresham House Strategic plc 
  Company Secretary: Shaun Zulafqar                 +44(0)7449 969866 
 Smith Square Partners LLP (financial adviser 
  to GHS) 
  John Craven / Douglas Gilmour                     +44 (0)20 3696 7260 
 finnCap (Nominated Adviser and joint broker 
  to GHS) 
  William Marle / Ed Frisby / Mark Whitfield 
  / Pauline Tribe                                   +44(0)20 7220 0500 
 Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (joint broker 
  to GHS) 
  Sapna Shah / Alex Collins                         +44(0)20 7886 2500 
 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"). For the purposes of MAR, the person responsible for releasing this announcement is Shaun Zulafqar, Company Secretary.

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