SQN Secured Income (SSIF) will hold its continuation vote on 19 June, following a delay to the Q1 2020 timetable, as a result of covid-19:
“As notified on 23 January, the company’s NAV at the end of December 2019 was £50m which was below the £250m targeted when management of the company’s portfolio was assumed by SQN Asset Management. Therefore, as required by the company’s articles of association, shareholders will be given the opportunity to decide on the company’s future by way of a continuation vote.
Whilst the board had planned to convene the continuation vote in Q1 2020, these plans were interrupted by the spread of covid-19 which has since developed into a global pandemic with widespread lock downs. Consequently, the board has resolved to convene a general meeting to hold the continuation vote on 19th June 2020. The notice convening that general meeting will be issued in mid/late May.
This decision has been taken after much debate as there are practical considerations to consider. The board wants to ensure all shareholders have the opportunity to attend the general meeting if possible, and to be fully consulted in advance of the general meeting. Holding the general meeting in June will, hopefully, allow for this.
Further, the board thinks it prudent to wait until the outcome of the SQN Asset Finance Income Fund (AFIF) investment manager review has concluded before consulting with shareholders and holding the General Meeting. The outcome of the review will almost certainly affect SSIF’s current investment manager, SQN, albeit it should be noted that the AFIF management team is not the team that manages SSIF. The outcome of this review is expected by the end of this month.
In addition, the board wishes to obtain a clearer view on the impact of covid-19 on SSIF’s portfolio before making any recommendation to shareholders. This applies to both the legacy portfolio and the more recent loans which SQN has originated and which, to date, are all performing in line with expectations with no missed payments.
The board has been considering a wide range of options in relation to the company’s future. The economic stability of the assets and the preservation of capital and income is at the forefront of the Board’s deliberations when reviewing these options, particularly given the current economic climate. Consequently, as previously announced, SSIF will not be advancing any new loans to new borrowers between now and the general meeting.”
SSIF aims to provide shareholders with attractive risk-adjusted returns predominantly through investment in a range ofloan assets and secured lending opportunities, diversified by way of borrower, sector, duration and geography. It seeks investments collateralised by a broad range of assets including receivables, income streams, subsidies, grants, real property, tax credits and rebates, loan portfolios and other pools of financial assets. Investments are originated directly and through third-party relationships, including alternative finance platforms addressing underserved segments of the market. The fund has been specifically constructed to provide downside protection by way of structured collateral packages for each individually underwritten investment.
SSIF:SQN Secured Income continuation vote to be held in June