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SQN Secured Income Fund PLC
19 June 2020
 

SQN Secured Income Fund Plc

LEI: 213800TR2S2TT6PKVH57

19 June 2020

SQN SECURED INCOME FUND PLC

(the "Company")

Results of General Meeting

The Directors announce that at the general meeting of the Company held earlier today (the "General Meeting"), in accordance with the Directors' recommendation set out in the shareholder circular dated 26 May 2020 (the "Circular"), the resolution in connection with the continuation of the Company as set out in the Circular (the "Continuation Resolution") was not passed by shareholders.

As explained in the circular to shareholders dated 26 May 2020, the Directors acknowledge that the Company has not, since launch, scaled in the manner the Board, the manager and shareholders had hoped and the Directors have been considering the future of the Company in the light of this. In addition, under the Company's Articles of Association, as the Company did not have a Net Asset Value of at least £250 million as at 31 December 2019, the Directors were required to convene a general meeting to propose an ordinary resolution to shareholders to approve the continuation of the Company as an investment trust.

As indicated above, shareholders did not vote in favour of continuation of the Company. Accordingly, the directors are required under the Articles of Association to convene a further general meeting of the Company to be held within 90 days of the date of the General Meeting to consider a special resolution to approve the voluntary winding up or other reconstruction of the Company. Therefore, the Board will now undertake a strategic review into the future of the Company, in particular examining the likely returns to shareholders and the timing of any managed wind down of the investment portfolio compared to other options to return capital to shareholders or the creation of a more liquid investment in a larger vehicle listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Board will consult with shareholders as part of the strategic review process and intends to inform shareholders of the outcome of the strategic review at the end of August 2020 with a view to holding the required general meeting in September 2020.

Details of the number of proxy votes cast for, against and withheld in respect of the Continuation Resolution (which was held on a poll) are set out below and will also be published on the Company's website, www.kkvim.com/sqn-secured-income-fund/.

Ordinary Resolution

For

Discretion

Against

Withheld*

That, in accordance with Article 190.3 of the articles of association of the Company, the continuation of the Company be approved.

6,599.940

0

31,751,044

135,000

*A vote withheld is not a vote in law and has not been counted in the votes for and against the Continuation Resolution.

 

Alternate Director Appointment

The Board announces the appointment of Mr Douglas Armstrong as an alternate independent, non-executive Director for Mr David Stevenson with effect from the start of the General Meeting until the conclusion of the General Meeting. Mr Armstrong is a solicitor at Dickson Minto W.S., the Company's lawyers. Mr Armstrong acted as Chairperson of the meeting.

There is no other information required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules in relation to this appointment.

Enquiries:

KKV Investment Management Ltd

Catherine Halford Riera

Nicola Bird

tel: +44 20 7429 2200

finnCap Ltd.

Corporate Finance:

William Marle / Giles Rolls

Sales:

Mark Whitfeld

tel: +44 20 7220 0500

Kepler Partners LLP

Hugh van Cutsem

tel: +44 20 3384 8790

Buchanan Communications

Charles Ryland/Henry Wilson

tel: +44 20 7466 5000

 

Notes:

Neither the Company's website nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks on those websites (or any other website) is (or is deemed to be) incorporated into, or forms (or is deemed to form) part of this announcement.


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