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Polar Capital Holdings PLC

27 June 2022

POLAR CAPITAL HOLDINGS plc

Group Audited Results for the year ended 31 March 2022

"Strong growth in core operating profit allows a 15% increase in total dividend" Gavin Rochussen, CEO

Highlights

   --     Assets under Management (AuM) at 31 March 2022 up 6% to GBP22.1bn (2021: GBP20.9bn) 
   --     Average AuM for the year up 37% to GBP22.8bn (2021: GBP16.7bn) 
   --     Core operating profit up 35% to GBP69.4m (2021: GBP51.5m) 

-- Pre-tax profit down 18% to GBP62.1m (2021: GBP75.9m) due to lower contribution from performance fee profits compared to last year's near record high.

-- Basic earnings per share of 50.8p (2021: 67.2p) and adjusted diluted total earnings per share down 10% to 56.0p (2021: 62.2p)

-- Second interim dividend of 32.0p per share (2021: 31.0p) bringing the total dividend for the year to 46.0p per share (2021: 40.0p), a 15 % increase. The dividend payment date is 29 July 2022, with an ex-dividend date of 7 July 2022 and a record date of 8 July 2022.

-- On 30 September 2021, the Group launched the Polar Capital Smart Energy Fund which seeks to take advantage of companies at the forefront of the global transition towards a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable energy future.

-- On 30 September 2021, the Group launched the P olar Capital Smart Mobility Fund which seeks to invest in a portfolio of companies worldwide that support, through their technology solutions and services, the decarbonisation and transformation of the global transportation sector.

The non-GAAP alternative performance measures shown here are described and reconciled to IFRS measures in the Alternative Performance Measures (APM) section.

Gavin Rochussen, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"As we progressed through the second year of the pandemic our staff continued to operate effectively, partly remotely as guidance was altered, to service our clients and other stakeholders."

"Investment performance has been more challenging than the prior year when our portfolios benefited from

many of the so called 'Covid-19 winners'. Over the two 'pandemic years' our fund performance has held up well."

"As at 31 March 2022, 84% of our UCITS fund's AuM were in the top two quartiles against the Lipper peer group

over three years. Over five years, as at 31 March 2022, 93% of AuM was in the first two quartiles against the Lipper peer group with 100% of AuM in the top two quartiles since inception of the respective funds."

"Despite the current more volatile market backdrop, net inflows over the full year were resilient, although in line with industry sentiment turning negative, the last quarter was the first quarter of net outflows since early 2020. There has been notable success in the funding of institutional segregated mandates of GBP745m, bringing total segregated AuM to GBP1.1bn, 5% of total AuM."

"At times of uncertainty and volatility, communicating with our clients is especially important and something we always strive to achieve. It was pleasing therefore to see that Polar Capital ranked 6(th) out of 72 fund groups for 'keeping clients informed' and 7(th) for 'client orientated thinking' in Broadridge's research programme of UK fund buyers. I would like to thank our clients for their ongoing support."

" Strategic progress has continued under the 'growth with diversification' mantra. Three of our six largest investment teams by AuM were acquired or launched in the last 5 years."

"The arrival, in the last quarter of 2021, of the experienced team focused on sustainable investing and the launch of the Polar Capital Smart Energy and Polar Capital Smart Mobility, both Article 9 funds as defined by SFDR, provides significant capacity in active sustainable equities. The strategy level AuM managed by the team at year end was GBP116m, signalling good support from investors, with a positive pipeline in place ."

"The Group's strong balance sheet and range of differentiated fund strategies, supported by our performance led approach and our strong culture, positions us well to weather the current backdrop of inflationary pressures, macro uncertainty, rising interest rates and market volatility."

 
 For further information please contact: 
 Polar Capital 
  Gavin Rochussen (Chief Executive 
  Officer) 
  Samir Ayub (Finance Director)       +44 (0)20 7227 2700 
 Numis Securities Limited - Nomad 
  and Joint Broker 
  Giles Rolls 
  Charles Farquhar 
  Stephen Westgate                    +44 (0)20 7260 1000 
 Peel Hunt LLP- Joint Broker 
  Andrew Buchanan 
  Rishi Shah                          +44 (0)20 3597 8680 
 Camarco 
  Ed Gascoigne-Pees 
  Jennifer Renwick 
  Phoebe Pugh                         +44 (0)20 3757 4995 
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Assets under Management (AuM)

AuM split by type

 
                      31 March 2022                       31 March 2021 
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                        GBPbn    %                          GBPbn     % 
 Open ended funds       16.6    75%   Open ended funds      16.6    79% 
 Investment Trusts       4.4    20%   Investment Trusts      3.9    19% 
 Segregated mandates     1.1    5%    Segregated mandates    0.4     2% 
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 Total                  22.1          Total                 20.9 
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AuM split by strategy

Ordered according to launch date

 
                               31 March                                31 March 
                                   2022                                    2021 
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                           GBPbn    %                              GBPbn      % 
 Technology                 9.2    42%    Technology               10.2    49% 
 European Long/Short        0.1    0.3%   European Long/Short       0.2     1% 
 Healthcare                 3.7    17%    Healthcare                2.9    14% 
 Global Insurance           1.9     9%    Insurance                 1.7     8% 
 Financials                 0.6     3%    Financials                0.3     1% 
 Emerging Markets                         Emerging Markets 
  Income                     -      -      Income                   0.1    0.5% 
 Convertibles               0.8     4%    Convertibles              0.8     4% 
 North America              0.8     4%    North America             0.8     4% 
 Japan Value                0.2    0.5%   Japan Value               0.1    0.5% 
 European Income            0.1    0.3%   European Income           0.2     1% 
 UK Value                   1.6     7%    UK Value                  1.4     7% 
 Emerging Markets                         Emerging Markets 
  and Asia                  1.1     5%     and Asia                 0.4     2% 
 Phaeacian *                0.5     2%    Phaeacian                 0.5     2% 
 European Opportunities     1.2     5%    European Opportunities    1.1     5% 
 European Absolute                        European Absolute 
  Return                    0.1    0.3%    Return                   0.1    0.5% 
 Global Equity              0.1    0.3%   Global Equity             0.1    0.5% 
 Sustainable Thematic                     Sustainable Thematic 
  Equities                  0.1    0.3%    Equities                  -      - 
------------------------  ------  -----  -----------------------  ------  ----- 
 Total assets              22.1    100%   Total assets             20.9    100% 
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* The Phaeacian Accent International Value Fund and the Phaeacian Global Value Fund were closed down in May 2022.

Chair's Statement

Introduction

This is my second report to the shareholders of Polar Capital and, as we all know, it has been an extraordinary

two years. In the conclusion of my report last year, I said that it felt inevitable that the impact of Covid-19 would be uneven across the various regions and sectors of the economy. As so it has proved, as the world seeks to reopen following the pandemic and struggles with the problems of interruptions to supply chains across the globe.

In addition, the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine, and the actions taken by central banks to combat the pressures from rising inflation, have combined to create increased uncertainty in equity markets.

Against this background, it has been a more challenging year for the Group, and the asset management sector more

generally, as risk assets were sold-off and market volatility increased in response to rising interest rates. The overall impact has created a less conducive environment for the majority of our investment teams, who typically look to

invest in more growth focused sectors and companies.

Despite these headwinds, the business, with its investment and performance led culture, has been nimble and the fund managers have adhered to their processes and continued to focus on producing good risk adjusted returns.

Hence, I and the Board are confident that the outlook for the business remains very positive. We have a proven strategy, supported by a strong balance sheet, and led by an exceptionally talented executive team working with some of the best investment management people. And the reality is that the world has recovered from economic and geopolitical challenges before and can be expected to eventually do so again.

Strategy

I am pleased to be able to report on the further progress that has been made in pursuit of the 'Growth with

Diversi cation' strategy. During the year, net inflows into more recently launched strategies exceeded inflows into the more established strategies, thus reducing concentration in the core Technology funds, whilst helping to

widen our investment offering.

The integration of the acquisition of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP is now complete and the core Melchior

European Opportunity Fund, a Luxembourg SICAV, has grown since the acquisition.

The arrival of a high calibre experienced sustainable equities team during the year has had a good start at Polar Capital with GBP120m of net inflows since the launch of the sustainable thematic equities strategy in the last calendar quarter of 2021.

Culture

Our culture is fundamental to the success of our business. At heart of our business are our people with a focus on fund performance. Whilst our investment teams are independent and act with investment autonomy, we believe there is an alignment of interest between fund managers delivering long term superior returns and the interests of clients.

Following the successful vaccine rollout in the UK and the lifting of all Covid-19 related restrictions earlier this year, staff have returned to the office, albeit with flexible working arrangements in place, and we are already seeing some of the positive impact as all our staff return to a collaborative face-to-face environment.

A number of events have been held across the business to engender and promote the benefits of in-person collaboration and help to integrate our new joiners, who found themselves beginning their careers at Polar Capital under remote working conditions. With almost a quarter of our current staff joining during the last two years, this return to the office has proved invaluable in helping to integrate everyone into a business that prides itself on a strong culture.

Results

Despite the challenges described above, the business performed well with average AuM increasing by 37% and

AuM at 31 March 2022 rising 6% to GBP22.1bn from GBP20.9bn a year earlier. Performance fee profit declined from

GBP19.5m, a level that is significantly higher than average for Polar Capital, to GBP4.1m. This meant that core operating pro t increased by 35% compared to a 24% increase in the prior year and the lower contribution from performance fees resulted in profit before tax for the year of GBP62.1m (2021: GBP75.9m), diluted EPS of 48.7p (2021: 64.0p) and adjusted diluted EPS of 56.0p (2021: 62.2p).

Dividend

In line with our policy, the second interim dividend per share will be 32.0p (2021: 31.0p) to be paid in July 2022. Together with the rst interim dividend per share of 14.0p paid in January 2022, the total dividend per share for the year amounts to 46.0p (2021:40.0p).

Board Changes

Following a successful search for a new non-executive director, I am pleased to report that we were able to make two new appointments during the year. Laura Ahto and Anand Aithal bring different and varied perspectives to the Board and have already made a positive contribution. I am also very pleased to welcome Samir Ayub as Finance Director to the Board. Samir has been with Polar Capital for 12 years and his appointment is very much deserved.

These changes are an important part of the continuing preparation for the transition from the early founders of the Group to the next generation of leaders. As part of the transition, John Mansell, who has been an Executive Director since the establishment of Polar Capital in 2001, will step off the Board at the AGM in September 2022. As much as we will miss his experience and knowledge on the Board, I am very pleased that John has agreed to remain in an executive role, so we will continue to have the benefit of his advice for some time to come. In addition, Jamie Cayzer-Colvin, who has also been a Director since the formation of Polar Capital and was a key driver of the establishment and founding of the business in 2001, will retire from the Board at the end of the year.

We are very lucky to have had such long and beneficial service from both John and Jamie over the period since

the Group started. They have been exceptional Directors over an extended number of years and will be sorely

missed on the Board. On behalf of the Board, our shareholders, employees and our fund managers, I would like to thank them for everything they have done for the Group over the last 21 years. Polar Capital simply would not be here if it were not for their contribution.

Annual General Meeting

We are planning to hold the Company's forthcoming Annual General Meeting ('AGM') as a physical meeting at 2.30pm on Wednesday 7 September 2022, at the Company's registered of ce.

Shareholders are encouraged to submit any questions to our company secretary before the meeting (by using Investorrelations@polarcapital.co.uk, and using the subject title 'PCH AGM') who will arrange for a response to be provided to the questions. There will not be a presentation at the meeting, but a video of the CEO and Finance Director presenting the results will be available on the Company's website. The notice of meeting is also available on

the Company's website.

Thank you

Last year, I began my Chair's statement with a thank you to Gavin and his executive team, our fund managers, and our staff, for their efforts in what was the first year of the pandemic. Today, I would like to repeat those thanks. This has been another extraordinarily challenging year. Despite this, everyone at Polar Capital has performed exceptionally well once again. On behalf of the Board and myself, thank you.

David Lamb

Chair

24 June 2022

The non-GAAP alternative performance measures mentioned here are described and reconciled in the APM section.

Chief Executive's Report

The financial year to 31 March 2022 was a year characterised by gradual relaxation of Covid-19 induced restrictions and, following a highly successful vaccine programme in the UK, enabled us all to return to the workplace in early 2022. It has been a year when we transitioned to a 'living with Covid-19' mindset.

As we progressed through the second year of the pandemic, our staff continued to operate effectively, partly remotely as guidance was altered, to service our clients and other stakeholders. It is a testament to the commitment of our colleagues, people at Polar Capital and our outsourced service providers, that we continued to make progress toward our strategic objectives. Perhaps not a year of two halves, but one of three quarters and one quarter. Markets continued to rise for the large part of 2021 on the back of accommodative economic policy until the

spectre of rapidly rising inflation, supply chain bottlenecks resulting from the shut down in China and concern about slowing global growth became a concern and investors moved abruptly to a risk-off mindset in early 2022. The unfolding of the tragic events in Ukraine in February 2022 with no near-term solution or ceasefire expected, led to equity risk by investors further reduced. Central Banks continued to raise interest rates, and signal further future rises, to dampen a rapid spike in inflation, but with the consequence of stalling economic recovery, dampening growth, and the dangers of a stagflation environment.

It was against this backdrop that Polar Capital delivered solid financial performance with a 35% increase in

core operating profit on the back of average assets under management increasing by 37% from GBP16.7bn to

GBP22.8bn. Assets under management peaked at GBP25bn in early January 2022 and then declined as markets sold off in the March 2022 quarter. A transition to a rising interest environment severely impacted the valuations of growth companies and technology stocks sold off, together with small and mid-cap companies, as investors rotated into more value driven and larger cap liquid stocks. Assets under management were GBP22.1bn at the financial year end, a 6% increase over the year.

Investment performance has been more challenging than the prior year when our portfolios benefited from

many of the so called 'Covid-19 winners'. Over the two 'pandemic years' our fund performance has held up well.

As at 31 March 2022, 84% of our UCITS fund's AuM were in the top two quartiles against the Lipper peer group

over three years. Over five years, as at 31 March 2022, 93% of AuM was in the first two quartiles against the Lipper peer group with 100% of AuM in the top two quartiles since inception of the respective funds. 50% of our UCITS funds were in the top quartile over three years with 70% of our UCITS funds in the top two quartiles in this period. Over a five-year period 53% of the UCITS funds are in the first quartile and 80% in the top two quartiles.

Growth in assets under management and net inflows in the 2021 financial year were a record for Polar Capital and

was always going to be a challenge to improve upon. In the event, AuM in the financial year increased by 6% from GBP20.9bn to GBP22.1bn, with a combination of net inflows of GBP391m and market performance of GBP867m.

Despite the current more volatile market backdrop, net inflows over the full year were resilient, although in line with industry sentiment turning negative, the last quarter was the first quarter of net outflows since early 2020. There has been notable success in the funding of institutional segregated mandates of GBP745m, bringing total segregated AuM to GBP1.1bn, 5% of total AuM. The diversification strategy continued to progress with net inflows in the last quarter of GBP228m into our sustainable Emerging Markets Stars and Sustainable Thematic Equities strategies, the latter which was launched in September 2021. Over the year, there has been progress in increasing the exposure Polar Capital has in strategies other than its core Technology funds.

While there were net outflows of GBP1.3bn from the Technology funds compared to GBP1.8bn of net inflows in the prior

year, these outflows have been more than offset by net inflows of GBP873m into the sustainable Polar Capital Emerging

Market Stars strategy, GBP561m into the Healthcare strategies, GBP143m into the alternative Convertible Bond funds, GBP85m into the European Opportunities fund and, pleasingly, GBP120m into the recently launched Sustainable Thematic Equities strategy.

Financial performance for the year in terms of core operating profit was robust with a 35% increase over the prior year and 37% increase in average AuM. Performance fee profit reduced over the year following a stronger than average performance fee profit in the prior year. As a result, profit before tax decreased by 18%, diluted EPS and adjusted diluted total EPS decreased by 24% and 10% respectively. The increase in core operating profit has enabled an increase in the total dividend from 40.0p per share to 46.0p representing a 15% pay-out which is at the higher end of the pay-out range reflecting the lower component of performance fee profit.

Strategic progress has continued under the 'growth with diversification' mantra. Following a multi-year project

to configure our middle office processes, we are able to efficiently service increasing numbers of segregated mandates. We now have ten mandates with GBP1.1bn of AuM representing 5% of total AuM.

The integration of the acquisition of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP, which completed on 1 March 2021, has

progressed well with full integration being achieved and growth in AuM for the Melchior European Opportunities

Fund.

The Phaeacian partnership which was announced in October 2020 is currently under review due to a change

in circumstances for key team members. The Board of the two mutual funds managed by Phaeacian decided to close the funds with effect from 26 May 2022. As a result, a post balance sheet adjustment has been recorded to derecognise the related intangible asset, the corresponding deferred liability and reorganisation costs in relation to the closure of the funds resulting in a one off exceptional cost of GBP1.6m. The closure of the funds remains immaterial to the ongoing core profitability of the Group.

We have continued to develop our U.S. footprint with experienced business development capability covering the

major regions within the U.S.

The arrival, in September 2021, of the experienced team focused on sustainable investing and the launch of the Polar Capital Smart Energy and Polar Capital Smart Mobility, both Article 9 funds as defined by SFDR, provides significant capacity in active sustainable equities.

Sustainability is a key focus and over the past year, we have placed more emphasis on sustainability than

ever before. New EU regulation has driven rapid change in approaches to sustainable investment across the industry and we continue to raise our ambitions for responsible and sustainable investment.

Building on the establishment of the Polar Capital Sustainability Committee in 2021, we have established a Responsible Investment Working Group which provides a forum across our 15 teams for sharing approaches and best practice enabling collaboration on shareholder engagement, voting, and developing climate change strategy and net zero framework. We have invested in the central sustainability team resource and have significantly enhanced our data capabilities.

ESG and climate change metrics have been incorporated into Polar Capital's central monitoring and oversight of portfolio risks, alongside factors including liquidity, macro, and behavioural analysis. We support the new UK Stewardship Code and became a signatory to the Code during this year.

Polar Capital is delighted to be partnering with Westminster City School to launch the Polar Capital Aspire Scheme (PCAS) which supports Westminster City School students throughout their time at university. We firmly believe in the power of education and are excited to be able to provide these opportunities for the younger members of our local community.

The outlook is constructive within the context of inflationary pressures, macro uncertainty, rising interest rates and market volatility. Against this backdrop, we believe that the Group's strong balance sheet and range of differentiated fund strategies positions us well for the future, supported by our performance led approach and our strong culture.

Gavin Rochussen

Chief Executive Officer

24 June 2022

The non-GAAP alternative performance measures mentioned here are described and reconciled in the APM section.

Business Review

Assets under Management and Fund Flows

On 31 March 2022, our assets under management (AuM) stood at GBP22.1bn (2021: GBP20.9bn), an increase of 6% over the financial year. We recorded net inflows of GBP391m in the reporting period (or 31% of the total asset growth), the balance attributable to global market and investment performance. The average AuM for the year was GBP22.8bn, compared to GBP16.7bn the previous year.

The financial year began as the prior year had ended, with investors undeterred by a wide array of headwinds - the global pandemic, new Covid-19 variants, rising inflation and worldwide supply chain issues to name but a few - industry fund flows remained strong and Polar Capital recorded three consecutive quarters of positive net inflows (totalling GBP0.8bn from 1 April to 31 December 2021). However, as the headwinds continued to accumulate - quantitative tapering, increasingly aggressive central bank rate hikes, conflict between Russia and Ukraine - investors were finally pushed into a risk-off stance and we experienced our first negative quarter for fund flows (GBP(0.4)bn from 1 January to 31 March 2022) since the first quarter of 2020.

Despite a more challenging end to the financial year, 13 of our UCITS/SICAV sub-funds recorded net inflows over the

reporting period, led by Polar Capital Emerging Market Stars Fund and Polar Capital Asian Stars Fund (GBP743m), Polar Capital Biotechnology Fund (GBP263m), Polar Capital Global Convertible Fund (GBP91m), Melchior European Opportunities Fund (GBP86m) and Polar Capital Global Absolute Return Fund (GBP52m).

Outflows over the period were dominated by our Technology Funds (GBP1.3bn), as investors initially rotated from growth to value and then de-risked in the wake of prevailing uncertainty and rising market volatility (2021: net inflows of GBP1.8bn).

The rotation in markets saw renewed interest in the Polar Capital Global Financials Trust, driving GBP276m in new share issuance (GBP154m from the Trust's Treasury account and a further GBP122m in a successful C Share capital raise).

Segregated accounts have been a source of significant net new inflows over the reporting period. A total of seven new accounts were onboarded, across four investment teams, with combined AuM of GBP769m.

Communicating with our clients

After the enforced period of remote working and client servicing, we were delighted to be back in the office with

colleagues and meeting clients in-person once again. Our distribution and fund management teams have been back on the road, and we have held a number of safe, Covid-19 secure events, including the return of our successful London based annual investor conference.

We aim to provide our clients with exceptional service and support and we believe that face-to-face engagement remains a key element of that provision. Pleasingly, and testament to this commitment, we ranked in 6th place out of 72 of all fund managers in the UK for 'keeping clients informed' in a research programme of professional fund buyers conducted by Broadridge*.

However, in a trend that was accelerated by the pandemic, the way in which clients are engaging with us has changed and for many of them that engagement, at least initially, is increasingly digital.

In response, we continue to focus on and invest in our digital marketing capabilities, aiming to further enhance and expand the way in which we engage and communicate with our clients. Our goal is to configure and optimize our client services and marketing so that it is increasingly tailored to specific client segments and geographies.

This is fast becoming a point of differentiation and a way for smaller asset management firms to compete with larger groups beyond simply price and investment performance.

By successfully combining our sales and digital marketing capabilities we can extend the reach of our distribution to accelerate growth.

* Source: Broadridge, Fund Brand 50, March 2022

Growth with diversification

Our distribution strategy remains growth with diversification, by product, client segment and geography.

Expanding our reach into the institutional channel remains a key priority, providing significant potential

for growth. We have made good progress over the past year, winning seven new segregated mandates as noted above. Of these, one was from a UK institution and the rest were from investors based overseas.

We see significant opportunities outside our home market of the UK. We continue to broaden and deepen our

presence and support in Continental Europe and the Nordic region, focusing on seven core markets for growth, namely Switzerland, Germany and Austria, France, Benelux, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia.

Our approach to wider global expansion is both targeted and measured. Our primary focus remains on the U.S. and on south-east Asia. We are extending our reach to the Australian market, where we recently won our first institutional mandate.

Overall, almost GBP10bn of our AuM is from clients based overseas, a 117% increase over the past three years (GBP4.5bn as at 29 March 2019).

Fund performance review to 31 March 2022

Polar Capital's prior financial year, to 31 March 2021, captured almost exactly the equity market rally from its Covid-19 low, leading to exceptional returns across our range of strategies. The year to 31 March 2022 has followed a different path, as higher interest rate and inflation expectations have led to more volatile equity and bond markets, and a change in market leadership.

The period began with the late stages of a value rally, precipitated by Covid-19 vaccine discovery, and by expectations that the new Biden administration would enact measures to stimulate the U.S. economy. As the summer of 2021 progressed, these influences faded.

Large U.S. technology companies continued to perform well, although early stage and higher growth tech companies suffered as higher market interest rates impacted their valuation. Now, value styles are once again in the ascendant, although in large part due to rising share prices in the energy and material sectors.

Polar Capital's range of investment strategies spans both value and growth; there is no central 'house view', and diversity of opinion on investment approach is an important part of Polar Capital's ethos. The corollary is that there

has been performance dispersion across Polar Capital's range of funds over the past year, due to style and size effects in portfolios, and due to the market declines in the first quarter of 2022.

Four of the five strategies run by Polar Capital's healthcare team outperformed in the year to end March 2021. Large

pharmaceutical companies proved resilient in the market falls of early 2022, which was a headwind for the all cap

Polar Capital Healthcare Opportunities Fund, but the Polar Capital Healthcare Blue Chip Fund, the Polar Capital Global Healthcare Trust, the Polar Capital Healthcare Discovery Fund (which is measured against a small/mid cap benchmark), and the Polar Capital Biotechnology Fund all delivered returns in excess of their benchmark. Polar Capital Healthcare Blue Chip Fund and Polar Capital Biotechnology Fund sit in the first quartile of their respective peer groups for the year.

The Polar Capital Global Insurance Fund delivered a strong absolute return (+21.0%), outperformed its benchmark

over the year, and also ranks first quartile versus peers. It invests predominantly in non-life insurance companies, which have been able to generate good net asset value growth due to strong underwriting results, and due to their investment portfolios benefiting from rising interest rates. The Polar Capital Financials Trust, and its open-ended sister fund the Polar Capital Financial Opportunities Fund, which invest mainly in banks, performed less well versus their benchmarks as the strong performance of bank stocks began to unwind due to bond yield curves flattening between two and ten years.

Polar Capital's two European equity strategies outperformed their benchmarks in the year. The European ex-

UK Income strategy has been rewarded in the first quarter of 2022 as its stable, income-generating investments have started to outperform more highly-valued sectors of the market. This strategy outperformed its benchmark by 6% in the first quarter of 2022 and by 3% over the year as a whole. The Melchior European Opportunities Fund, managed by Polar Capital following the acquisition of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP, outperformed by 0.8%.

Polar Capital's Technology strategies performed less well, after a period of very strong returns versus benchmark

in the challenging conditions of 2020. With technology sector performance dominated by the very large household

names at one end of the spectrum, and by technology's value plays, namely semiconductors, at the other end, Polar Capital's Global Technology Fund and Polar Capital Technology Trust, which typically focus on higher growth, mid-sized companies, lagged their benchmarks. The stay-at-home beneficiaries, from which the funds had benefited in 2020, reversed course during 2021. The Polar Capital Automation and Artificial Intelligence Fund, a specific theme strategy, also lagged its World Equity benchmark due to its significant exposure to technology investments.

Polar Capital's Emerging Market Stars strategies, with sustainability at their core and which are now approaching

their fourth anniversary at Polar Capital, have good long-term performance versus their benchmarks, but fared

less well in the year under review. The Emerging Market Stars strategy underperformed by 3% and the Polar Capital China Stars Fund by 4%, although Polar Capital Asian Stars Fund was 1% ahead of its performance benchmark, the difference is attributable to the fact that the Emerging Market fund was underweight across parts of Latin America and the resource sector which performed well.

Polar Capital launched two new strategies at the end of September 2021, Smart Energy and Smart Mobility, which invest in companies at the forefront of the transition to a more efficient and sustainable energy future, and support

the decarbonisation and transformation of the global transport sector. Both have Article 9 classification under SFDR.

In addition to its thematic and regional strategies, Polar Capital also runs country strategies for the UK, U.S. and

Japan. The UK stock market has been one of the strongest performers in early 2022 due to the dominance of oil and resource companies in the index. Polar Capital's UK Opportunities strategy focuses on small and midsized companies with attractive valuation attributes, but this led to underperformance of 8% versus the broad index. The North America strategy faced similar headwinds, in this case due to large tech companies' sustained outperformance, and underperformed by 7%. Both UK Opportunities and North America had performed well in 2021.

The Polar Capital Japan Value strategy delivered performance in line with its benchmark for the year to March 2022.

Value styles have begun to perform in Japan, but very much dominated by larger companies; Polar Capital's fund

is focussed on small and mid cap areas of the market, where attractively valued investments are even more plentiful, but have yet to be fully recognised.

Polar Capital's absolute return strategies all delivered positive performance in the period under review. The Forager (european small and mid cap) strategy, which has a value-based approach, returned 13% and is up 8% annualised over the three years to end March 2022. The MST European Absolute Return Fund, a European market neutral

strategy acquired with Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP, returned 4% over one year and is flat over three years. The Polar Capital Global Absolute Return Fund, a convertible bond strategy run by Polar's Convertibles team, returned 2% in the year and is up 9% annualised over three years. The Convertibles team's long biased Global Convertibles strategy performed in line with a modestly lower performance benchmark but offers attractive risk-reward characteristics in a world of higher volatility and weaker equity markets.

As at 31 March 2022, 84% of our UCITS fund's AuM were in the top two quartiles against the Lipper peer group

over three years. Over five years, as at 31 March 2022, 93% of AuM was in the first two quartiles against the Lipper peer group with 100% of AuM in the top two quartiles since inception of the respective funds. 50% of our UCITS funds were in the top quartile over three years with 70% of our UCITS funds in the top two quartiles in this period. Over a five-year period 53% of the UCITS funds are in the first quartile and 80% in the top two quartiles.

Financial Review

AuM

 
                                        Open ended 
                                             funds     Investment     Segregated 
   AuM movement in twelve months to                        Trusts       mandates     Total 
   31 March 2022 (GBPbn) 
------------------------------------  ------------  -------------  -------------  -------- 
 AuM at 1 April 2021                          16.6            3.9            0.4      20.9 
 Net (redemptions)/subscriptions             (0.5)            0.2            0.7       0.4 
 Market movement and performance               0.5            0.3              -       0.8 
-------------------------------------  -----------  -------------  -------------  -------- 
 Total AuM at 31 March 2022                   16.6            4.4            1.1      22.1 
-------------------------------------  -----------  -------------  -------------  -------- 
 
 

A combination of net inflows, market movements and performance enabled our AuM to increase 6% over the

financial year from GBP20.9bn to GBP22.1bn.

There was notable success in the net funding of further segregated mandates this year, which now represent around 5% of total AuM at 31 March 2022.

Average AuM increased by 37% over the financial year from GBP16.7bn to GBP22.8bn.

Revenue

 
                                       31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
   Management fees                             GBP'm           GBP'm 
------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Management and research fees                  209.9           157.3 
 Commissions and fees payable                 (22.6)          (15.4) 
 Gain on forward currency contracts                -             0.6 
------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Net management fees                           187.3           142.5 
------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

The increase in the average AuM of 37% translated into the Group's net management fee revenue increasing by 31% from GBP142.5m in 2021 to GBP187.3m this year.

 
 
   Net management fee yield          31 March 2022     31 March 2021 
--------------------------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Average AuM (GBPbn)                          22.8              16.7 
 Net management fees (GBPm)                  187.3             142.5 
--------------------------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 Net management fee yield (bps)                 82                85 
--------------------------------  ----------------  ---------------- 
 

Net management fee yield over the year measured 82bps (2021: 85bps). The decrease was slightly ahead of our stated expectation of an annual decrease of at least 1-2bps as the product mix of the Group shifted due to a rebalancing between the Technology strategy and the rest of the business, as well as from the arrival of a number of institutional segregated mandates.

 
                       31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
   Performance fees            GBP'm           GBP'm 
--------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Performance fees               14.1            43.6 
--------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

Following on from the significant out performance posted by our underlying funds in the previous financial year, market conditions and performance returns were more challenging this year. This resulted in performance fees earned for the financial year to 31 March 2022 falling to GBP14.1m (2021: GBP43.6m).

 
 Operating Costs                            31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
                                                    GBP'm           GBP'm 
-----------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Salaries, bonuses and other staff costs             36.7            29.1 
 Core distributions(1)                               54.0            38.5 
 Share-based payments(2)                              5.7             2.9 
 Performance fee interests(3)                        10.0            24.4 
-----------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Total staff compensation                           106.4            94.9 
 Other operating costs                               23.1            20.8 
 Exceptional items                                   11.4             2.8 
 Total operating costs                              140.9           118.5 
-----------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

1. Including share awards under deferment plan of GBP1.7m (2021: GBP1.8m).

2. Share-based payments on preference shares of GBP1.1m (2021: (GBP0.3m)), LTIPs of GBP3.8m (2021: GBP2.4m) and equity incentive plan of GBP0.7m (2021: GBP0.8m). Refer to Note 5 below.

3. Including LTIP award of GBPnil (2021: GBP0.9m).

The non-GAAP alternative performance measures mentioned here are described and reconciled in the APM section.

Total operating costs rose to GBP140.9m (2021: GBP118.5m) partly due to higher staff compensation costs. The salaries, bonuses and other staff costs line this year includes, a full year's worth of compensation costs for the teams onboarded as part of the Dalton acquisition, whereas the comparative numbers include one month's cost due to the completion date falling on 28 February 2021. Also included this year are compensation costs for the new Sustainable Thematic Equities team that joined in September 2021.

Core distributions, which are variable compensation amounts payable to investment teams from management fee revenue, increased partly as a consequence of the higher average AuM and the resulting higher management fee revenues and core profits and partly as a function of the cost of the new teams from Dalton, Phaeacian and the Sustainable Thematic Equity team being included.

Share-based payments have increased mainly due to an increased charge on preference shares as the

underlying value of certain sets of shares increased. Two teams called for conversion during the financial year (see Note 5 below for details).

Performance fee interests, which are variable compensation amounts payable to investment teams from performance fee revenue, decreased due to the lower amount of such fees generated this year.

Other operating, non-staff compensation related, costs increased marginally to GBP23.1m (2021: GBP20.8m) as a result of higher operating costs associated with the arrival of the Dalton, Phaeacian and Sustainable Thematic Equity as well as an increase in travel cost following easing of Covid-19 restrictions over the course of the financial year.

Exceptional items for both 2022 and 2021 comprised of significant items of income or expenditure related to acquisitions, and were therefore expected to be non-recurring, as well as the amortisation of acquired intangible assets. The items are presented separately to allow a supplemental understanding of the Group's results.

Exceptional items include non-recurring termination and reorganisation costs related to the Dalton acquisition of GBP3.1m. The total amount of such costs actually incurred post completion in February 2021 were GBP5.5m compared to the GBP6.2m that was anticipated at the time the acquisition was announced.

The Board of the Phaeacian mutual funds determined that it was in the best interest of investors for the funds to be closed down effective May 2022. Therefore, as a post balance sheet date adjusting event, the related intangible asset of GBP6.0m has been impaired and the deferred consideration liability of GBP4.8m has been derecognised and GBP0.4m of further reorganisation costs in relation to the closure of the mutual funds have been recorded with a net impact to profit before tax of GBP1.6m. These have been classified as exceptional items as they are non-recurring. A breakdown of exceptional items is as follows:

 
 Exceptional items                                     31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
                                                               GBP'm           GBP'm 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Recorded in operating costs 
 Termination and reorganisation costs(4)                         3.5             2.4 
 Amortisation of intangibles(5)                                  1.9             0.4 
 Impairment of intangibles(5)                                    6.0               - 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
                                                                11.4             2.8 
 Recorded in other income 
 Additional charge on deferred consideration                     1.0               - 
  - Dalton(6) 
 Derecognition of deferred consideration liability             (4.8)               - 
  - Phaeacian(6) 
                                                               (3.8)               - 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Net exceptional items recorded in the consolidated 
  statement of profit or loss                                    7.6             2.8 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

4. Termination and reorganisation costs include GBP1.6m of termination costs and GBP1.5m of reorganisation costs relating to the Dalton acquisition and GBP0.4m of reorganisation costs relating to Phaeacian.

5. See Note 7 for details.

6. See Note 10 for details.

Profit before tax

 
                                              31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
   Profits                                            GBP'm           GBP'm 
-------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Core operating profit                                 69.4            51.5 
 Performance fee profit                                 4.1            19.5 
 Other (loss)/income(^)                               (2.7)             7.4 
 Share-based payments on preference shares            (1.1)             0.3 
 Net exceptional items                                (7.6)           (2.8) 
-------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Profit before tax                                     62.1            75.9 
-------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 

The non-GAAP alternative performance measures mentioned here are described and reconciled on the APM page.

^ A reconciliation to reported results is given in the APM section below.

The headline profit before tax for the year has decreased by 18% to GBP62.1m (2021: GBP75.9m).

The analysis of the three key components of profits shows that:

-- Core operating profits

Increased by 35% to GBP69.4m (2021: GBP51.5m) reflecting the increase in net management fees which in turn is due to the 37% increase in average AuM. Over time, we expect to grow core profits as a proportion of the Group's total earnings, and thereby reduce the volatility of total earnings due to performance fees.

-- Performance fee profits

Performance fee profits decreased sharply because of more muted investment performance during the current year, where markets were more challenging for the Covid-19 winners from 2020.

-- Other (loss)/income

In line with the reduction in performance fee profits, the decrease in other income is a product of the more muted performance of the portfolio of seed investments, net of hedging, held on the Group's balance sheet.

Earnings per share

Basic EPS decreased by 24% to 50.8p during the year (2021: 67.2p) and diluted EPS decreased by 24% to 48.7p (2021: 64.0p). The effect of the adjustments made in arriving at the adjusted diluted total EPS and adjusted diluted core EPS figures of the Group is as follows:

 
(Pence)                                          31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Diluted earnings per share                               48.7           64.0 
 Impact of share-based payments - preference 
  shares                                                   1.1          (0.3) 
 Impact of deferment, where staff compensation 
  costs are deferred into future periods                 (0.8)          (3.7) 
 Impact of exceptional items                               7.0            2.2 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Adjusted diluted total EPS                               56.0           62.2 
 Performance fee profit and other income                   2.2           21.6 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Adjusted diluted core EPS                                53.8           40.6 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 

Preference shares

A separate class of preference share has historically been issued by Polar Capital Partners Limited for purchase by each new team of fund managers on their arrival at the Group.

These shares provide each manager with an economic interest in the funds that they run and ultimately enable the manager to convert their interest in the revenues generated from their funds into equity in Polar Capital Holdings plc.

The equity is awarded in return for the forfeiture of their current core economic interest and vests over three years with the full quantum of the dilution being reflected in the diluted share count (and so diluted EPS) from the point of conversion.

The event has been designed to be, at both the actual and the diluted levels, earnings enhancing to shareholders.

In the year to 31 March 2022 there were two conversions of preference shares into Polar Capital Holdings plc equity (2021: nil).

As at 31 March 2022 five sets of preference shares have the ability to call for a conversion.

The call must be made on or before 30 November 2022 if any conversion is to take place with effect from 31 March 2022.

No further preference shares are expected to be issued after this year and any new teams arriving will instead be on a revenue sharing model with deferment into equity in Polar Capital Holdings plc as the new long-term incentivisation plan for investment teams. This revised model is not expected to change core distributions when measured in percentage terms against net management fee revenue and is expected to be simpler to administer compared to the preference shares arrangement.

See Note 5 for details.

Balance sheet and cash

At the year end the cash balances of the Group were GBP121.1m (2021: GBP136.7m). The decrease was due to reduced cash generation from lower performance fee profits combined with the timing of the second interim dividend for 2021, which reflected the above average performance fee profits last year, being paid in July 2021. At the balance sheet date the Group held GBP48.3m of investments in its funds (2021: GBP39.1m).

Capital management

The Group believes in retaining a strong balance sheet. The capital that is retained in the business is used to seed new investment products, used as a buffer for times of uncertainty, pay dividends and fund the EBT to buy Company shares to reduce the dilutive effects of LTIP and option awards. As the Group grows in size, the allocation of overall capital amongst these four categories may change.

As at 31 March 2022 GBP48.3m (2021: GBP39.1m) of the Group's balance sheet was invested to seed fledgling funds and during the year the Group advanced loans to the EBT of GBP11.8m (2021: GBP10m) to buy shares in the Company.

The Group's dividend policy is to pay an annual dividend within a range of 55% and 85% of adjusted total earnings, dependent on the scale of performance fees in the relevant year and the anticipated trading conditions for the following year.

As at 31 March 2022 the Group had surplus capital of GBP69.7m (2021: GBP60.4m) above its regulatory capital requirement of GBP26m (2021: GBP25m) and July 2022 dividend commitment of GBP31m (2021: GBP29.8m).

We do not expect the implementation of IFPR and the introduction of the new Internal Capital Adequacy and Risk Assessment regime (ICARA) to have a material affect on the Group's regulatory capital requirements.

Going concern

The Financial Reporting Council has determined that all companies should carry out a rigorous assessment of all the factors affecting the business in deciding to adopt a going concern basis for the preparation of the accounts.

The Directors have reviewed and examined the financial and other processes embedded in the business, in particular the annual budget process and the financial stress testing inherent in the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP).

On the basis of such review and the significant liquid assets underpinning the balance sheet relative to the Group's predictable operating cost profile the Directors consider that the adoption of a going concern basis, covering a period of at least 12 months from the date of this report, is appropriate.

Samir Ayub

Finance Director

24 June 2022

Alternative Performance Measures (APMs)

The Group uses the non-GAAP APMs listed below to provide users of the annual report and accounts with supplemental financial information that helps explain its results for the current accounting period.

 
 APM                  Definition                 Reconciliation       Reason for use 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Core operating       Profit before              APM reconciliation   To present a measure of the 
  profit               performance fee                                 Group's profitability excluding 
                       profits, other                                  performance fee profits and 
                       income and tax.                                 other components which may 
                                                                       be volatile, non-recurring 
                                                                       or non-cash in nature. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Performance fee      Gross performance          APM reconciliation   To present a clear view of 
  profit               fee income less                                 the net amount of performance 
                       performance fee                                 fee earned by the Group after 
                       interests due                                   accounting for staff remuneration 
                       to staff.                                       payable that is directly attributable 
                                                                       to performance fee revenues 
                                                                       generated. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Core distributions   Variable compensation      APM reconciliation   To present additional information 
                       payable to investment                           thereby assisting users of 
                       teams from management                           the accounts in understanding 
                       fee revenue.                                    key components of variable 
                                                                       costs paid out of management 
                                                                       fee revenue. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Performance          Variable compensation      APM reconciliation   To present additional information 
  fee interests        payable to investment                           thereby assisting users of 
                       teams from performance                          the accounts in understanding 
                       fee revenue.                                    key components of variable 
                                                                       costs paid out of performance 
                                                                       fee revenue. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Adjusted diluted     Profit after               Finance              The Group believes that (a) 
  total EPS            tax but excluding          review               as the preference share awards 
                       (a) cost of share-based                         have been designed to be earnings 
                       payments on preference                          enhancing to shareholders adjusting 
                       shares, (b) the                                 for this non-cash item provides 
                       net cost of deferred                            a useful supplemental understanding 
                       staff remuneration                              of the financial performance 
                       and (c) exceptional                             of the Group, (b) comparing 
                       items which may                                 staff remuneration and profits 
                       either be non-recurring                         generated in the same time 
                       or non-cash in                                  period (rather than deferring 
                       nature, and in                                  remuneration over a longer 
                       the case of adjusted                            vesting period) allows users 
                       diluted earnings                                of the accounts to gain a useful 
                       per share, divided                              supplemental understanding 
                       by the weighted                                 of the Group's results and 
                       average number                                  their comparability period 
                       of ordinary shares.                             on period and (c) removing 
                                                                       acquisition related transition 
                                                                       and termination costs as well 
                                                                       as the non-cash amortisation, 
                                                                       and any impairment, of intangible 
                                                                       assets and goodwill provides 
                                                                       a useful supplemental understanding 
                                                                       of the Group's results. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Adjusted diluted     Core operating             Finance              To present additional information 
  core EPS             profit after               review               that allows users of the accounts 
                       tax excluding                                   to measure the Group's earnings 
                       the net cost                                    excluding those from performance 
                       of deferred core                                fees and other components which 
                       distributions                                   may be volatile, non-recurring 
                       divided by the                                  or non-cash in nature. 
                       weighted average 
                       number of ordinary 
                       shares. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Core operating       Core operating             Finance              To present additional information 
  margin               profit divided             review               that allows users of the accounts 
                       by                                              to measure the core profitability 
                       net management                                  of the Group before performance 
                       fees revenue.                                   fee profits, and other components, 
                                                                       which can be volatile and non-recurring. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Net management       Gross management           Finance              To present a clear view of 
  fee                  fees less commissions      review               the net amount of management 
                       and fees payable.                               fees earned by the Group after 
                                                                       accounting for commissions 
                                                                       and fees payable. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 Net management       Net management             Finance              To present additional information 
  fee yield            fees divided               review               that allows users of the accounts 
                       by average AuM.                                 to measure the fee margin for 
                                                                       the Group in relation to its 
                                                                       assets under management. 
-------------------  -------------------------  -------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
 

Summary of non-GAAP financial performance and reconciliation of APMs to reported results

The summary below reconciles key APMs the Group measures to its reported results for the current year and also reclassifies the line-by-line impact on consolidation of seed investments to provide a clearer understanding of the Group's core business operation of fund management.

Any seed investments in newly launched or nascent funds, where the Group is determined to have control, are consolidated. As a consequence, the statement of profit or loss of the fund is consolidated into that of the Group on a line-by-line basis. Any seed investments that are not consolidated are fair valued through a single line item (other income) on the Group consolidated statement of profit or loss.

 
                                      Reclassification 
                              2022    on consolidation                              2022 
                          Reported             of seed     Reclassification     Non-GAAP 
                           Results         investments             of costs      results 
                             GBP'm               GBP'm                GBP'm        GBP'm           APMs 
---------------------  -----------  ------------------  -------------------  -----------  ------------------- 
 Management and 
  research fees              209.9                   -                    -        209.9 
 Commissions 
  and fees payable          (22.6)                   -                    -       (22.6) 
                                                                                             Net management 
                             187.3                   -                    -        187.3          fees 
 
 Operating costs           (140.9)                 0.5                 76.5       (63.9) 
                                 -                   -               (54.0)       (54.0)   Core distributions 
---------------------  -----------  ------------------  -------------------  -----------  ------------------- 
                                                                                             Core operating 
                              46.4                 0.5                 22.5         69.4         profit 
 
 Performance 
  fees                        14.1                   -                    -         14.1 
                                                                                            Performance fee 
                                 -                   -               (10.0)       (10.0)        interests 
---------------------  -----------  ------------------  -------------------  -----------  ------------------- 
 
                                                                                             Performance fee 
                              14.1                   -               (10.0)          4.1          profit 
---------------------  -----------  ------------------  -------------------  -----------  ------------------- 
 
 Other income/(loss)           1.6               (0.5)                (3.8)        (2.7) 
 
 Share-based 
  payments 
  on preference 
  shares                         -                   -                (1.1)        (1.1) 
 
 Net exceptional 
  items                          -                   -                (7.6)        (7.6) 
 
 Profit for the 
  year before 
  tax                         62.1                   -                    -         62.1 
---------------------  -----------  ------------------  -------------------  -----------  ------------------- 
 

Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss

For the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                                31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                                                      GBP'000        GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------   -------------  ------------- 
Revenue                                               224,107        201,508 
Other income                                            1,561          8,306 
----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Gross income                                          225,668        209,814 
Commissions and fees payable                         (22,642)       (15,389) 
----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Net income                                            203,026        194,425 
Operating costs                                     (140,936)      (118,510) 
----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Profit for the year before tax                         62,090         75,915 
Taxation                                             (13,166)       (13,197) 
----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Profit for the year attributable to ordinary 
 shareholders                                          48,924         62,718 
----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Earnings per share 
Basic                                                   50.8p          67.2p 
Diluted                                                 48.7p          64.0p 
Adjusted basic (Non-GAAP measure)                       58.4p          65.2p 
Adjusted diluted (Non-GAAP measure)                     56.0p          62.2p 
----------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                                        31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
                                                              GBP'000         GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------------   --------------  -------------- 
 Profit for the year attributable to ordinary 
  shareholders                                                 48,924          62,718 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Other comprehensive income/(loss) - items 
  that will be reclassified to profit or 
  loss statement in subsequent periods 
 Net movement on fair valuation of cash 
  flow hedges                                                       -           1,173 
 Deferred tax effect                                                -           (223) 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
                                                                    -             950 
 Exchange differences on translation of 
  foreign operations                                            1,140         (1,264) 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Other comprehensive income/(loss) for 
  the year                                                      1,140           (314) 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Total comprehensive income for the year, 
  net of tax, attributable to ordinary shareholders            50,064          62,404 
-----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

All of the items in the above statements are derived from continuing operations.

Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 31 March 2022

 
                                                        31 March  31 March 
                                                            2022      2021 
                                                         GBP'000   GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------   --------  -------- 
Non-current assets 
Goodwill and intangible assets                            17,100    24,998 
Property and equipment                                     4,113     5,104 
Deferred tax assets                                        3,475     5,783 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                          24,688    35,885 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Current assets 
Assets at fair value through profit or 
 loss                                                     77,783    57,151 
Trade and other receivables                               25,430    23,924 
Other financial assets                                     2,695        84 
Cash and cash equivalents                                121,128   136,718 
Current tax assets                                         1,563     1,966 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                         228,599   219,843 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Total assets                                             253,287   255,728 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Non-current liabilities 
Provisions and other liabilities                           2,871     4,123 
Liabilities at fair value through profit 
 or loss                                                     637     4,258 
Deferred tax liabilities                                   3,435     4,116 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                           6,943    12,497 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Current liabilities 
Liabilities at fair value through profit 
 or loss                                                  10,023    16,124 
Trade and other payables                                  80,054    71,598 
Other financial liabilities                                   20     4,069 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                          90,097    91,791 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Total liabilities                                         97,040   104,288 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Net assets                                               156,247   151,440 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Capital and reserves 
Issued share capital                                       2,506     2,468 
Share premium                                             19,364    19,364 
Investment in own shares                                (24,915)  (26,579) 
Capital and other reserves                                12,417    11,030 
Retained earnings                                        146,875   145,157 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
Total equity - attributable to ordinary shareholders     156,247   151,440 
------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                             Issued     Share      Investment    Capital      Other   Retained  Total equity 
                                              share   premium   in own shares   reserves   reserves   earnings 
                                            capital                   GBP'000                                        GBP'000 
                                            GBP'000   GBP'000                    GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
As at 1 April 2020                            2,417    19,101        (24,139)        695      7,646    110,358       116,078 
Profit for the year                               -         -               -          -          -     62,718        62,718 
Other comprehensive 
 loss                                             -         -               -          -      (314)          -         (314) 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
Total comprehensive 
 income                                           -         -               -          -      (314)     62,718        62,404 
Dividends paid to 
 shareholders                                     -         -               -          -          -   (31,907)      (31,907) 
Issue of shares                                  51       263               -          -          -      (487)         (173) 
Own shares acquired                               -         -         (6,473)          -          -          -       (6,473) 
Release of own shares                             -         -           4,033          -          -    (1,150)         2,883 
Share-based payment                               -         -               -          -          -      5,625         5,625 
Current tax in respect 
 of employee share 
 options                                          -         -               -          -        377          -           377 
Deferred tax in respect 
 of employee share 
 options                                          -         -               -          -      2,626          -         2,626 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
As at 1 April 2021                            2,468    19,364        (26,579)        695     10,335    145,157       151,440 
Profit for the year                               -         -               -          -          -     48,924        48,924 
Other comprehensive 
 income                                           -         -               -          -      1,140          -         1,140 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
Total comprehensive 
 income                                           -         -               -          -      1,140     48,924        50,064 
Dividends paid to 
 shareholders                                     -         -               -          -          -   (43,400)      (43,400) 
Dividends paid to 
 third-party interests                            -         -               -          -          -        (3)           (3) 
Issue of shares                                  38         -               -          -          -        143           181 
Own shares acquired                               -         -        (12,773)          -          -          -      (12,773) 
Release of own shares                             -         -          14,437          -          -   (11,297)         3,140 
Share-based payment                               -         -               -          -          -      7,351         7,351 
Current tax in respect 
 of employee share 
 options                                          -         -               -          -      2,682          -         2,682 
Deferred tax in respect 
 of employee share 
 options                                          -         -               -          -    (2,435)          -       (2,435) 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
As at 31 March 2022                           2,506    19,364        (24,915)        695     11,722    146,875       156,247 
-----------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 31 March 2022

 
                                                   31 March           31 March 
                                                       2022               2021 
                                                    GBP'000            GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Cash flows generated from operating activities 
Cash generated from operations                       85,323             90,854 
Tax paid                                           (10,861)           (13,606) 
Interest received                                       307                 53 
Interest on lease                                      (95)              (107) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Net cash inflow generated from operating 
 activities                                          74,674             77,194 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Cash flows generated from investing activities 
Investment income                                       227                193 
Sale of assets at fair value through profit 
 or loss                                             41,240             33,292 
Purchase of assets at fair value through 
 profit or loss                                    (70,335)           (45,188) 
Purchase of property and equipment                    (552)              (156) 
Cash introduced through business combination              -              1,060 
Payments in respect of business combination         (8,120)            (8,472) 
Payments in respect of asset acquisition            (1,257)              (325) 
Net cash proceeds from disposal of consolidated 
 seed investment                                          -              (264) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Net cash outflow from investing activities         (38,797)           (19,860) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Cash flows generated from financing activities 
Dividends paid to shareholders                     (43,400)           (31,907) 
Lease payments                                      (1,306)            (1,296) 
Issue of shares                                           1                257 
Purchase of own shares                             (12,383)            (6,118) 
Third-party subscriptions into consolidated 
 funds                                                9,857             12,037 
Third-party redemptions from consolidated 
 funds                                              (4,552)            (1,289) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Net cash outflow from financing activities         (51,783)           (28,316) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash 
 equivalents                                       (15,906)             29,018 
Cash and cash equivalents at start of the 
 year                                               136,718            107,753 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 
 and cash equivalents                                   316               (53) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the 
 year                                               121,128            136,718 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  ----------------- 
 

Selected notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2022

1. General information, Basis of Preparation and Accounting policies

Corporate information

Polar Capital Holdings plc (the 'Company') is a public limited company registered in England and Wales whose shares are traded on the Alternative Investment Market ('AIM') of the London Stock Exchange.

Group information

Details of operating subsidiaries, seed capital investments and indirectly held entities consolidated into the Group are disclosed in Note 8 below.

Basis of preparation

The consolidated Group financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with UK-adopted international accounting standards and in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, modified by the measurement at fair value of certain financial assets and liabilities and derivative financial instruments. The consolidated financial statements are presented in Sterling and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand (GBP'000), except when otherwise stated.

Going concern

The Directors have made an assessment of going concern taking into account both the Group's results as well as the impact on the Group's outlook. As part of this assessment the Directors have used information available to the date of issue of these financial statements and considered the following key areas:

-- Analysis of the Group's budget for the year ending 31 March 2023, longer term financial projections and its regulatory capital position and forecasts. The stress testing scenarios applied as part of the Group's ICAAP have also been revisited to ensure they remain appropriate.

-- Cash flow forecasts and an analysis of the Group's liquid assets, which include cash and cash equivalents and seed investments.

-- The operational resilience of the Group and its ability to meet client servicing demands across all areas of the Group's business, including outsourced functions, whilst ensuring the wellbeing and health of its staff.

The Group continues to maintain a robust financial resources position, access to cashflow from ongoing investment management contracts and the Directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks. The Directors also have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue operating for a period of at least 12 months from the date of signing the financial statements. Therefore, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the consolidated financial statements.

Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements of the Group comprise the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries as at 31 March 2022. Subsidiaries are those entities over which the Group has control. The Group controls an investee if, and only if, the Group has:

   --     Power over the investee; 
   --     Exposure, or rights, to variable returns from its involvement with the investee; and 
   --     The ability to use its power over the investee to affect returns. 

The Group considers all relevant facts and circumstances in assessing whether it has power over an investee, including the purpose and design of an investee, relevant activities, substantive and protective rights, voting rights and potential voting rights.

The financial statements of subsidiaries are either prepared for the same reporting period as the parent company or where necessary, adjustments are made to the financial statements of subsidiaries to bring their reporting period and results in line with those of the Group. All intra-group transactions, balances, income and expenses are eliminated on consolidation.

When the Group loses control over a subsidiary, it derecognises the related assets, liabilities, third-party interest and other components of equity, while any resultant gain or loss is recognised in profit or loss. Any investment retained is recognised at fair value.

Seed capital investments in funds that the Group manages are accounted for as subsidiaries, associates or financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL) depending on the holdings of the Group, on the level of influence and control that the Group is judged to have and whether the Group assesses it is acting as an agent or principal for its holdings in the seed capital investments. There is no fixed minimum percentage at which the Group consolidates, and each exposure is reviewed individually.

Where the Group concludes it is acting as a principal the entity is consolidated. This assessment is based on the Group's total exposure. This incorporates direct holdings, income earned from management and performance fees and the assessed strength of third-party kick-out rights.

The Group concludes that it acts as an agent when the power it has over an entity is deemed to be exercised for the benefit of third-party investors.

The Group re-assesses whether or not it controls an investee if facts and circumstances indicate that there are changes to one or more of the three elements of control. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which the Group obtains control and continue to be consolidated until the date when such control ceases.

Where external investors hold redeemable shares in funds controlled by the Group, the portion of profit or loss and net assets held by these third-party interests is included within other income in the consolidated statement of profit or loss and as financial liabilities at FVTPL in the consolidated balance sheet respectively.

Net cashflows on initial consolidation or deconsolidation are presented as investing activities within the consolidated cashflow statement. Cashflows from third-party interests into consolidated funds are presented as financing activities.

Investment in associates

An associate is an entity over which the Group has significant influence. Significant influence is the power to participate in the financial and operating policy decisions of the investee but is not control or joint control over those policies. Generally, it is presumed that the Group has significant influence where it has voting rights of 20% or more, but not control of an investee.

Seed capital investments over which the Group has significant influence, but not control, are carried on the balance sheet as assets at FVTPL as permitted by IAS 28: Investment in Associates, with changes in fair value recognised in the consolidated statement of profit or loss. The fair value of investments in associates is determined by reference to the quoted price at the close of business on the balance sheet date. The Group has no other investments in associates and, therefore, no associates are currently accounted for using the equity method.

Business Combination

Business combinations are accounted for using the acquisition method. The cost of an acquisition is measured at the acquisition date fair value, as are the identifiable net assets acquired and liabilities incurred including any asset or liability resulting from a contingent or deferred consideration arrangement and equity instruments issued by the Group. The acquisition date is the date on which the Group effectively obtains control of the acquiree.

Acquisition-related costs are expensed as incurred and included within administrative costs in the consolidated statement of profit or loss.

The Group applies the optional concentration test to assess whether an acquired set of activities is not a business. If the concentration test is not met, the Group then determines that it has acquired a business when the acquired set of activities and assets include an input and a substantive process that together significantly contribute to the ability to create outputs.

Goodwill and intangible assets

Goodwill arising on the acquisition of a business is the excess of the consideration paid over the net identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Goodwill is measured at cost less any accumulated impairment losses. Impairment testing is based on the expected future benefits of the relevant cash-generating unit (CGU) as a whole.

Intangible assets such as investment management contracts acquired separately are measured on initial recognition at cost which is their fair value as at acquisition date. Following initial recognition, intangible assets are carried at cost less any accumulated amortisation and accumulated impairment losses, with the related expenditure or charge recognised in the consolidated statement of profit or loss. Intangible assets are amortised on a straight-line basis over their useful economic lives. Intangible assets are derecognised upon disposal or when no future economic benefits are expected from their use or disposal. Any gain or loss on derecognition is included in the consolidated statement of profit or loss.

Financial assets

The Group's financial assets include seed capital investments, investment securities, trade and other receivables, cash and equivalents and derivative financial instruments. The classification adopted by the Group depends on the purpose for which the financial assets were acquired and is determined at initial recognition.

Financial assets are initially recognised at fair value, being the consideration given, plus, any directly attributable transaction costs, except in the case of financial assets recorded at fair value through profit or loss where transaction costs are immediately recognised in the consolidated statement of profit or loss.

Purchases and sales of financial assets are recognised at trade date, being the date when the Group commits to purchase or sell the asset.

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL)

Financial assets at FVTPL include the Group's investments in the funds that it manages, but does not control, including those which are held by the Group against bonus awards deferred into fund units. Such assets are subsequently carried at fair value, with any gains or losses arising from changes in fair value being recognised in the consolidated statement of profit or loss.

Investment securities

Investment securities represent securities both long and short positions, other than derivatives, held by consolidated funds. These securities are classified as FVTPL and are measured at fair value with gains and losses recognised through the consolidated statement of profit or loss.

Financial liabilities

The Group's financial liabilities include trade and other payables, derivative financial instruments, deferred consideration payable and third-party interests in funds that have been consolidated as subsidiaries.

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

Financial liabilities at FVTPL are carried at fair value, with gains and losses recognised in the consolidated statement of profit or loss within other income in the period in which they arise. Financial liabilities at FVTPL include third-party interests in consolidated funds which are classified as at FVTPL.

Contingent liabilities

Contingent liabilities are potential obligations that may arise due to uncertain future events that are not wholly within the control of the Group. Such liabilities are disclosed when the chance of such events occurring is no longer remote.

Revenue from contracts with customers

Revenue from contracts with customers represents fees receivable, excluding value added tax, for discretionary investment management services and research fees during the year.

Management fees are based on a percentage of assets under management either per calendar month or quarter as set out in the relevant investment management agreements (IMA). Management fees relate specifically to the Group's provision of investment management services for each relevant time period and therefore such services are satisfied over time because either the customer simultaneously receives and consumes the benefits provided by the fund manager as the service is provided or, the fund manager's performance enhances the assets that the fund controls. Management fees are recognised as the service is provided and it is probable that the fee will be collected.

Research fee income relates to research provided in respect of funds managed in accordance with the relevant IMA and is recognised as the service is provided and it is probable that the fee will be collected.

Performance fees are variable consideration based on a percentage of investment performance achieved relative to predefined benchmarks as set out in the relevant IMA. Performance fees by their nature are highly susceptible to volatility until they are crystallised and are no longer subject to claw back. This is usually at the end of the performance period of a fund when the performance fee calculation can be confirmed with certainty. Therefore, performance fees are recognised at the point when they are crystallised.

Commissions and fees payable

Commissions and fees payable to third parties are in respect of rebates on investment management fees, distribution and research fees payable to third parties are recognised over the period for which the service is provided.

Standards and amendments not yet effective

There are no new or amended standards and interpretations that are issued, but not yet effective, up to the date of issuance of the Group's consolidated financial statements that would be expected to have a material impact on the Group when they become effective.

Changes in accounting policies and disclosures

No standards or amendments have been issued during the year that have had or are expected to have an impact on the Group's consolidated financial statements.

2. Revenue

 
                                          31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                                                GBP'000        GBP'000 
----------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Investment management and research fees         209,988        157,326 
Investment performance fees                      14,119         43,584 
Gain on forward currency contracts                    -            598 
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                                                224,107        201,508 
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The Group used forward currency contracts to hedge management fees derived from non-Sterling based funds in previous years. Effective 1 April 2021, the Group has discontinued its revenue hedging programme.

Geographical analysis of revenue (based on the residency of source) is as follows:

 
                                     31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                                           GBP'000        GBP'000 
-----------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
United Kingdom                              35,138         28,431 
Ireland                                    166,752        166,588 
Cayman Islands                               4,232          1,910 
United States of America                     5,698          2,002 
Rest of Europe                              11,675          1,979 
Rest of the world                              612              - 
Gain on forward currency contracts               -            598 
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                                           224,107        201,508 
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3. Operating costs

   a)    Operating costs include the following expenses: 
 
                                                       31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                                                             GBP'000        GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Staff costs including partnership profit allocations         107,989         94,925 
Depreciation                                                   1,404          1,399 
Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets               7,860            419 
Auditors' remuneration                                           383            418 
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Included within operating costs is a net amount of GBP3.5m in relation to termination and reorganisation costs treated as exceptional items.

   b)    Auditors' remuneration: 
 
                                                    31 March   31 March 2021 
                                                        2022         GBP'000 
                                                     GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------  ---------  -------------- 
 Audit of Group and Company financial statements         125             135 
 Local statutory audits of subsidiaries                  151             128 
 Audit-related assurance services                          6              10 
 Other assurance services - internal controls 
  report                                                 101              77 
 Other advisory services - regulatory review               -              28 
 Tax advisory services                                     -              40 
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                                                         383             418 
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4. Dividends paid and proposed

Dividends on ordinary shares declared and paid during the year:

 
                                                    31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                                                          GBP'000        GBP'000 
--------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
First interim dividend for 2022: 14.0p per share 
 (2021: 9.0p per share)                                    13,564          8,413 
Second interim dividend for 2021: 31.0p per share 
 (2020: 25.0p per share)                                   29,836         23,494 
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Total dividend paid and charged to equity                  43,400         31,907 
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The Board has declared a second interim dividend of 32.0p (2021: 31.0p) to be paid in July 2022.

Together with the first interim dividend of 14.0p paid in January 2022 the total dividend for the year amounts to 46.0p (2021: 40.0p).

5. Share-based payments

A summary of the charge to the consolidated statement of profit or loss for each share-based payment arrangement is as follows:

 
                                  31 March   31 March 
                                      2022       2021 
                                   GBP'000    GBP'000 
-------------------------------  ---------  --------- 
 Preference shares                   1,095      (333) 
 LTIP and initial share awards       3,808      3,312 
 Equity incentive plan                 740        794 
 Deferred remuneration plan          1,708      1,852 
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                                     7,351      5,625 
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Certain employees of the Group and partners of Polar Capital LLP hold Manager Preference Shares or Manager Team Member Preference Shares (together 'Preference Shares') in Polar Capital Partners Limited, a group company.

The preference shares are designed to incentivise and retain the Group's fund management teams. These shares provide each manager with an economic interest in the funds that they run and ultimately enable the manager, at their option and at a future date, to convert their interest in the revenues generated from their funds to a value that may (at the discretion of the parent undertaking, Polar Capital Holdings plc) be satisfied by the issue of ordinary shares in Polar Capital Holdings plc. Such conversion takes place according to a pre-defined conversion formula that considers the relative contribution of the manager to the Group as a whole. The equity is awarded in return for the forfeiture of a manager's current core economic interest and is issued over three years from the date of conversion.

The issue of the Preference Shares constitutes a share-based payment under IFRS 2 and the cost is the estimated fair value, at the date of issue of the preference shares, of the effective entitlement to the ordinary shares. At each reporting date the estimated number of ordinary shares to be ultimately issued upon conversion will vary and the holder, initially, and the Group, ultimately, determines the start of the three year period ('Crystallisation') over which the ordinary shares are awarded following conversion. The start of this period will always be at least three years after the end of the financial accounting period in which the preference shares are issued.

In the year to 31 March 2022, the Biotechnology team called for a full conversion and the Convertible team called for a partial conversion of preference shares into Polar Capital Holdings plc equity (2021: none).

At 31 March 2022 five sets of preference shares (2021: four sets) have the right to call for conversion.

The following table illustrates the number of, and movements in, the estimated number of ordinary shares to be issued.

Estimated number of ordinary shares to be issued against preference shares with a right to call for conversion:

 
                                   31 March 2022       31 March 2021 
                                Number of shares    Number of shares 
----------------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
 At 1 April                            4,426,528           4,676,882 
 Conversion/crystallisation          (1,350,514)                   - 
 Movement in the year                  (335,410)           (250,354) 
----------------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
 At 31 March                           2,740,604           4,426,528 
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Number of ordinary shares to be issued against converted preference shares:

 
                                     31 March 2022       31 March 2021 
                                  Number of shares    Number of shares 
------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
 Outstanding at 1 April                  1,766,541           3,733,904 
 Conversion/crystallisation              1,350,514                   - 
 Adjustment on re-calculation            (295,954)           (344,982) 
 Issued in the year                    (1,468,973)         (1,622,381) 
------------------------------  ------------------  ------------------ 
 Outstanding at 31 March                 1,352,128           1,766,541 
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6. Earnings per Share

A reconciliation of the figures used in calculating the basic, diluted and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) figures is as follows:

 
                                                     31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                                                           GBP'000        GBP'000 
Earnings 
Profit after tax for purpose of basic and diluted 
 EPS                                                        48,924         62,718 
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Adjustments (post tax): 
Add exceptional items - acquisition related 
 costs                                                       2,896          1,908 
Add exceptional items - amortisation of intangible 
 assets                                                      1,865            419 
Add exceptional items - impairment of intangible 
 assets                                                      5,995              - 
Less exceptional items - net gain on derecognition 
 of deferred consideration liabilities                     (3,749)              - 
Add/ (less) back cost of share-based payments 
 on preference shares                                        1,095          (333) 
Less net amount of deferred staff remuneration               (793)        (3,728) 
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Profit after tax for purpose of adjusted basic 
 and adjusted diluted EPS                                   56,233         60,984 
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The adjusted EPS figure includes an adjustment for deferred remuneration costs. The Group believes that aligning staff remuneration and profits generated in the same period will allow users of the financial statements to gain a supplemental understanding of the Group's results and their comparability year on year.

Exceptional items were excluded from the adjusted EPS calculations as they included costs such as non-recurring acquisition related transition and termination costs as well as net gains arising on the derecognition of deferred consideration liabilities and the amortisation and impairment of certain acquired intangible assets.

 
                                                        31 March 2022      31 March 2021 
                                                     Number of shares   Number of shares 
                                                                 '000               '000 
--------------------------------------------------  -----------------  ----------------- 
Weighted average number of shares 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares, 
 excluding own shares, for the purpose of basic 
 and adjusted basic EPS                                        96,300             93,396 
Effect of dilutive potential shares - LTIPs, 
 share options and preference shares crystallised 
 but not yet issued                                             4,190              4,552 
--------------------------------------------------  -----------------  ----------------- 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares, 
 for purpose of diluted and adjusted diluted 
 EPS                                                          100,490             97,948 
--------------------------------------------------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 
 
                     31 March 2022  31 March 2021 
                             Pence          Pence 
-------------------  -------------  ------------- 
Earnings per share 
Basic                         50.8           67.2 
Diluted                       48.7           64.0 
Adjusted basic                58.4           65.2 
Adjusted diluted              56.0           62.2 
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7. Goodwill and intangible assets

 
                                                          Investment 
                                                          management 
                                              Goodwill     contracts       Total 
                                               GBP'000       GBP'000     GBP'000 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  ------------  ---------- 
 Cost 
 As at 1 April 2021                              6,770        18,647      25,417 
 Re-measurement of goodwill(1)                    (38)             -        (38) 
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 As at 31 March 2022                             6,732        18,647      25,379 
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 Accumulated amortisation and impairment 
 As at 1 April 2021                                  -           419         419 
 Amortisation for the year                           -         1,865       1,865 
 Impairment for the year                             -         5,995       5,995 
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 As at 31 March 2022                                 -         8,279       8,279 
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 Net book value as at 31 March 2022              6,732        10,368      17,100 
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   Cost 
 As at 1 April 2020                                  -             -           - 
 Acquisition during the year                     6,770        18,647      25,417 
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 As at 31 March 2021                             6,770        18,647      25,417 
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 Accumulated amortisation and impairment 
 As at 1 April 2020                                  -             -           - 
 Amortisation for the year                           -           419         419 
 Impairment for the year                             -             -           - 
-----------------------------------------  -----------  ------------  ---------- 
 As at 31 March 2021                                 -           419         419 
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 Net book value as at 31 March 2021              6,770        18,228      24,998 
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1. The re-measurement of goodwill relates to the purchase price adjustment recognised in the current year.

The amortisation and impairment of intangible assets have been treated as exceptional items.

(a) Goodwill

Goodwill relates to the acquisition of Dalton Capital (Holdings) Limited, the parent company of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP, a UK based boutique asset manager. The goodwill is attributable to a single CGU.

(b) Intangible assets

The table below shows the carrying amount assigned to each component of the intangible asset and the remaining amortisation period.

 
                                                        31 March 2022              31 March 2021 
------------------------------------------  -------------------------  ------------------------- 
                                             Carrying       Remaining   Carrying       Remaining 
                                                value    amortisation      value    amortisation 
                                              GBP'000          period    GBP'000          period 
------------------------------------------  ---------  --------------  ---------  -------------- 
 Investment management contracts 
  acquired from Dalton Capital (Holdings) 
  Limited                                      10,368       8.9 years     11,531       9.9 years 
 Investment management contracts                    -               -      6,697       9.5 years 
  acquired from First Pacific Advisors 
  LP 
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                                               10,368                     18,228 
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The Group has fully impaired the carrying value of the intangible asset at the reporting date relating to the investment management contracts of the International Value and World Value equity funds acquired from First Pacific Advisors LP in 2021. This was due to the closure of the funds managed by the team in May 2022. As a result, an impairment loss of GBP6.0m was recognised within operating costs in the consolidated statement of profit or loss, an unrealised gain was recorded on the derecognition of the corresponding liability of GBP4.8m and GBP0.4m of further reorganisation costs in relation to the closure of the mutual funds have been recorded with a net impact to profit before tax of GBP1.6m .

8. Subsidiary undertakings

The consolidated financial statements of the Group include the operating subsidiaries listed below. At 31 March 2022 and 2021 all operating subsidiaries, other than Polar Capital Partners Limited and Polar Capital US Holdings Limited, were indirectly held. All operating subsidiaries are wholly owned, except for: Polar Capital LLP in which Polar Capital Partners Limited has contributed 23% (2021: 25%) of the capital. The Company is deemed to be the controlling party of Polar Capital LLP.

 
           Name                   Country              Registered                Principal 
                              of incorporation            office                 activities 
 Polar Capital Partners             UK           16 Palace Street,         Services company 
  Limited                                         London, UK 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital US                   UK           16 Palace Street,         Investment holding 
  Holdings Limited                                London, UK                company 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital LLP                  UK           16 Palace Street,         Investment management 
                                                  London, UK 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital Secretarial          UK           16 Palace Street,         Corporate secretary 
  Services Limited                                London, UK 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital Partners           Jersey         12 Castle Street,         Investment management 
  (Jersey) Limited                                St Helier, Jersey 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital (America)            USA          2711 Centreville Road,    Investment advisory 
  Corporation                                     Wilmington, USA 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital (Europe)           France         18 Rue de Londres,        Investment management 
  SAS                                             75009 Paris, France 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital (Shanghai)          China         Bund Finance Centre       Services company 
  Consulting Co Limited                           S2, No.600 Zhongshan 
                                                  East 2 Road, Shanghai, 
                                                  200010 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital Holdings             USA          1209 Orange Street,       Investment holding 
  LLC                                             Wilmington, USA           company 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Dalton Capital (Holdings)          UK           16 Palace Street,         Investment holding 
  Limited                                         London, UK                company 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Dalton Strategic                   UK           16 Palace Street,         Investment management 
  Partnership LLP                                 London, UK 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Funds Marketing          Switzerland      Klausstrasse 4, 8008      Investment management 
  (Switzerland) AG                                Zurich, Switzerland 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 Polar Capital (Singapore)       Singapore       77 Robinson Road,         Services company 
  Private Limited                                 #13-00, Robinson 77, 
                                                  Singapore (068896) 
                            ------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------- 
 

The consolidated financial statements of the Group also include the following seed capital investments and indirectly held entities which were judged to require consolidation into the Group as at 31 March 2022:

 
        Name               Country          Registered office          Principal       Percentage 
                              of                                       activities      of ordinary 
                        incorporation                                                  shares held 
 Polar Capital                           4 Georges Court, 
  China Stars                             54-62 Townsend Street, 
  Fund                 Ireland            Dublin, Ireland           UCITS sub-fund    67% 
                      ----------------  -------------------------  ----------------  ------------- 
                                         PO Box 309 Ugland 
 Polar Capital                            House 
  China Mercury                           Grand Cayman KY1-1104     Alternative 
  Fund                 Cayman Islands     Cayman Islands             Fund             65% 
                      ----------------  -------------------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Polar Capital 
  Emerging Market                        50 S.LaSallee Street, 
  Stars Fund           USA                Chicago, USA              Mutual Fund       98% 
                      ----------------  -------------------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Polar Capital                           4 Georges Court, 
  Smart Mobility                          54-62 Townsend Street, 
  Fund                 Ireland            Dublin, Ireland           UCITS sub-fund    50% 
                      ----------------  -------------------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Phaeacian Partners                      1209 Orange Street,        Investment 
  Holdings LP          USA                Wilmington, USA            management       55% 
                      ----------------  -------------------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 Phaeacian Partners                      1209 Orange Street,        Investment 
  LLC                  USA                Wilmington, USA            management       55% 
                      ----------------  -------------------------  ----------------  ------------- 
 

9. Financial Instruments

The fair value of financial instruments that are traded in active markets at each reporting date is determined by reference to quoted market prices or dealer price quotation (bid price for long positions and ask price for short positions), without any deduction for transaction costs. For financial instruments not traded in an active market, such as forward exchange contracts, the fair value is determined using appropriate valuation techniques that take into account the terms and conditions of the contracts and utilise observable market data, such as spot and forward rates, as inputs.

The Group uses the following hierarchy for determining and disclosing the fair value of financial instruments by valuation technique:

Level 1: quoted (unadjusted) prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2: other techniques for which all inputs which have a significant effect on the recorded fair value are observable, either directly or indirectly.

Level 3: techniques which use inputs which have a significant effect on the recorded fair value that are not based on observable market data.

At the end of both the current year as well as the comparative period, all financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss held by the Group were Level 1 except for:

-- forward foreign exchange contracts classified as Level 2. These were fair valued using valuation techniques that incorporate foreign exchange spot and forward rates.

-- deferred consideration payable and other financial liability are classified as Level 3. These were fair valued using discounted cash flow models that incorporate unobservable inputs.

The fair value hierarchy of financial assets and liabilities which are carried at fair value at the year-end is as follows:

 
                                            2022                                        2021 
                         ------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------ 
                             Level      Level      Level      Total      Level      Level    Level 3      Total 
                                 1          2          3    GBP'000          1          2    GBP'000    GBP'000 
                           GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000               GBP'000    GBP'000 
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 Financial assets 
 Assets at FVTPL            77,783          -          -     77,783     57,151          -          -     57,151 
 Other financial 
  assets                     2,695          -          -      2,695          -         84          -         84 
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                            80,478          -          -     80,478     57,151         84          -     57,235 
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 Financial liabilities 
 Liabilities at 
  FVTPL                      9,805          -        855     10,660      6,328          -     14,054     20,382 
 Other financial 
  liabilities                    -         20          -         20      4,069          -          -      4,069 
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                             9,805         20        855     10,680     10,397          -     14,054     24,451 
-----------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 

Movement in liabilities at FVTPL categorised as Level 3 during the year were:

 
                                                   31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
                                                         GBP'000         GBP'000 
------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 At 1 April                                               14,054               - 
 Additions                                                     -          15,014 
 Repayment                                               (9,416)           (517) 
 Net gain recognised in the statement of profit 
  or loss                                                (3,783)           (443) 
------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 At 31 March                                                 855          14,054 
------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

The fair value of financial instruments not held at fair value approximates to their carrying value as at reporting date. During the reporting year there were no transfers between levels in fair value measurements.

10. Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

 
                                                31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
                                                      GBP'000         GBP'000 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Current: 
 Securities - short positions                             407             571 
 Third-party interests in consolidated funds            9,398           5,727 
 Deferred consideration                                   125           8,910 
 Other financial liability                                 93             886 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
                                                       10,023          16,124 
 Non-current 
 Other financial liability                                637               - 
 Deferred consideration                                     -           4,258 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Liabilities at fair value through profit 
  or loss                                              10,660          20,382 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

Deferred consideration payable with respect to the acquisition of Dalton Capital (Holdings) Limited is nil at 31 March 2022 (2021: GBP7.1m). The deferred consideration was settled on 28 February 2022 for an amount of GBP8.1m resulting in an additional charge of GBP1.0m recognised in the statement of profit or loss.

The deferred consideration amount relating to the asset acquisition from First Pacific Advisors LP in 2021 was GBP0.1m at 31 March 2022 (2021: GBP6.1m). The movement represents a payment of GBP1.2m to First Pacific Advisors LP and an unrealised gain of GBP4.8m on derecognition of the remaining liability was recognised in the statement of profit or loss.

11. Notes to the Cash Flow Statement

A reconciliation of profit before taxation to cash generated from operations is as follows:

 
                                                       31 March 2022   31 March 2021 
                                                             GBP'000         GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Profit on ordinary activities before taxation                62,090          75,915 
 Interest receivable and similar income                         (60)            (53) 
 Investment income                                             (247)           (239) 
 Interest on lease                                                95             107 
 Depreciation of non-current property and 
  equipment                                                    1,404           1,399 
 Revaluation of liability at FVTPL                                 -           (443) 
 Amortisation and impairment of intangible 
  assets                                                       7,860             419 
 Decrease/(increase) in assets at FVTPL                        7,710        (14,270) 
 (Decrease)/increase in other financial liabilities         (10,402)           5,109 
 Increase in receivables                                     (1,506)         (9,109) 
 Increase in trade and other payables                          8,421          26,491 
 Share-based payment                                           7,351           5,625 
 Increase in liabilities at FVTPL(1)                         (3,931)         (6,134) 
 Release of fund units held against deferred 
  remuneration                                                 6,538           5,633 
 Other non-cash item                                               -             404 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Cash generated from operations                               85,323          90,854 
----------------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

1. The movement includes those arising from acquiring and/or losing control of consolidated seed funds.

12. Contingent liabilities

In the normal course of the Group's business, it may be subject to legal and regulatory proceedings arising out of current and past operations, which in some cases may result in contingent liabilities.

No such proceedings or related claims have been issued as at 31 March 2022.

As disclosed in these financial statements, the Phaeacian Accent International Value and Phaeacian Global Value funds were closed by the Board of the funds in May 2022. Post year end, the Group has initiated legal action against counterparties involved in the Phaeacian transaction. This action remains at a relatively early stage and while it is not possible to predict the outcome, the Group believes that it has a valid basis, and it intends to pursue such action robustly.

It is possible that one or more of these parties might issue counterclaims against the Group but no such claims have been issued at the date of approving these financial statements. As a result, it is not possible to estimate the potential outcome of any such claims or to assess the quantum of any liability with any certainty at this stage.

13. Related party transactions

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties of the Company, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not included in this Note.

14. Events after the reporting date

In April 2022, the Board of the Phaeacian mutual funds determined that it was in the best interests of the investors for the Phaeacian Accent International Value Fund and the Phaeacian Global Value Fund to be closed down.

Therefore, as an adjusting event after the reporting date, the related intangible asset (see Note 7) and the corresponding deferred liability (See Note 10) have been derecognised.

15. Status of results announcement

The Board of Directors approved this results announcement on 24 June 2022. Whilst the financial information included in this announcement has been prepared in accordance with UK-adopted international accounting standards, this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with all the disclosure requirements of UK-adopted international accounting standards and does not constitute statutory accounts of the Group for the years ended 31 March 2022 or 31 March 2021.

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