As the Company and the Investment Manager (which, inter alia, acts as the Company’s alternative investment fund manager or AIFM) are each domiciled in the United Kingdom, the FCA Handbook rules require that, among other things, the AIFM makes available the following information to shareholders under the AIFM Directive (as implemented in the UK) and to notify them of any material change to information previously provided.
Restrictions on the Use of Leverage and Maximum Leverage (AIFMD 23(5))
As specified in the Objective and Investment Policy in the Annual Report, the Company has a policy to maintain total gearing below 40% of its total assets and the Investment Manager oversees the use of leverage to ensure that the use of borrowing and derivatives is consistent with this requirement. Under AIFMD, the Company is required to calculate leverage under the two methodologies specified by the Directive, the ‘Gross Method’ and the ‘Commitment Method’. The Investment Manager has currently set a limit of 150% on the use of leverage based on the Gross Method and a limit of 200% on the use of leverage based on the Commitment Method which the Investment Manager considers consistent with the gearing limit set out in the Objective and Investment Policy.