The Company will set a target dividend each financial year equal to 3.5 percent. of Net Asset Value as at the last day of the Company’s preceding financial year. The target dividend will be announced at the start of each financial year. This is a target only and not a profit forecast and there can be no assurance that it will be met.
Dividends will be financed through a combination of available net income in each financial year and other reserves. It is currently expected that most of the total annual dividend will be financed from other reserves. In order to increase the distributable reserves available to facilitate the payment of dividends, the Company cancelled the amount of GBP 146,412,136 standing to the credit of its share premium account immediately following completion of the First Issue in order to create a special distributable reserve. The Company may, at the discretion of the Board, pay all or part of any future dividends out of this special distributable reserve, taking into account the Company’s investment objective.
The Company intends to pay dividends on a semi-annual basis, by way of two equal dividends, with dividends declared in July and February/March and paid in August and March/April in each year.
In accordance with regulation 19 of the Investment Trust (Approved Company) (Tax) Regulations 2011, the Company will not (except to the extent permitted by those regulations) retain more than 15 percent. of its income (as calculated for UK tax purposes) in respect of an accounting period.