Herald Investment Trust NAV Performance (excluding income)
The Herald Investment Trust’s (HIT) objective is to achieve capital appreciation through investments in smaller quoted companies in the areas of telecommunications, multimedia and technology (‘TMT’). Investments may be made across the world. The business activities of investee companies will include information technology, broadcasting, printing and publishing and the supply of components, equipment and services to these companies.
Live Herald Investment Trust price available from the London Stock Exchange.
The value of the investments may fall as well as rise.The shares of HIT will generally trade at a discount or premium to the market value per share of its investments. Most of the investments have limited liquidity and may not be realised in part or in full at the market value at any one time. The Directors consider it inappropriate to attempt to control the discount for a portfolio of this nature.Directors
Andrew Joy (Chairman)
Andrew Joy was appointed to the board on 1 October 2022 and succeeded Tom Black as Chairman of the Board following the Company’s AGM in April 2023. He is a senior advisor of Stonehage Fleming, a leading international multi-family office, chairman of the investment committee of FPE Capital and is a trustee of several charities. For one of these charities, he chairs the investment committee of a £300 million endowment. Andrew was a director of The Biotech Growth Trust plc from 2012 until July 2022 and was chairman from 2016.
Andrew is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of the financial sector and of the high-growth part of the smaller company sector. He was one of the founding partners of Cinven, a leading private equity firm investing in Europe and U.S. and has been chairman or director of numerous growth companies over the past 30 years. He is former chairman of the British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and a director of the European Venture Capital Association. He is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of the financial sector and of the high-growth part of the smaller company sector.
Stephanie Eastment was appointed to the board on 1 December 2018 and is chair of the audit committee. After leaving KPMG in 1990 she held various accounting and compliance roles at Wardley and UBS before joining Invesco Asset Management in 1996. There she held a variety of increasingly senior roles, specialising in investment trusts. She left Invesco in July 2018 to pursue a non-executive career. Stephanie is currently a non-executive director and audit chair of Murray Income Trust plc, Impax Environmental Markets plc and Alternative Income REIT plc and a
non-executive director of RBS Collective Investment Funds Limited. She has extensive accounting, corporate governance and investment trust sector experience. As a chartered accountant and company secretary she has honed her technical expertise, knowledge and contacts within the industry and provides constructive oversight and challenge not only as a director, but as the audit committee chair.
Henrietta Marsh was appointed to the board on 1 September 2019. She has a background in fund management, having worked in UK small cap and private equity investment over several decades, more recently pursuing a plural career. From 2005 until 2011, she was AIM fund manager at Living Bridge Equity Partners. Prior to that, Henrietta spent 14 years at 3i in several roles, including as fund manager of 3i Smaller Quoted Companies Trust plc (1997–2002). Her earlier career was with Morgan Stanley and Shell. She is currently a non-executive director of Gamma Communications plc (AIM-listed), and a member of London Stock Exchange’s AIM Advisory Group. She has direct experience and understanding of the investment process required in the Company. She takes the lead on the board in reviewing HIML’s stewardship approach.
Karl Sternberg was appointed to the board on 21 April 2015. He was a founding partner of Oxford Investment Partners Limited from 2006 until 2013, when it was acquired by Towers Watson. Much of his earlier career was spent at Morgan Grenfell (which became Deutsche Asset Management), where he became chief investment officer, Europe & Asia Pacific. Karl is chairman of Monks Investment Trust Plc and a non-executive director of Clipstone Industrial REIT plc,JP Morgan Elect plc and Jupiter Fund Management plc. He has significant investment trust experience and has good
insight in the investment industry and the macroeconomic risks and influences.
James Will was appointed to the board on 21 April 2015 and became senior independent director on 20 April 2021. He was previously chairman and a senior corporate finance partner of law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. He also headed the law firm’s financial sector practice. As a lawyer, he was for over 20 years involved in advising smaller quoted technology companies on a range of corporate transactions, including IPOs, secondary fundraisings and mergers and acquisitions. James is chairman of both The Scottish Investment Trust PLC and Asia Dragon Trust plc. He has significant investment trust experience and in an environment of increasingly complex legal and regulatory framework, his legal counsel has a valued contribution. He has taken the lead in recruitment of the chairman’s successor and ensuring the Company’s legal agreements are in line with best practice.
Herald Investment Trust Responsible Investing
The Herald Investment Trust’s (HIT) objective is to achieve capital appreciation through investments in smaller quoted companies in the areas of telecommunications, multimedia and technology (‘TMT’). Investments may be made across the world. This founding purpose – to invest in smaller companies – arose from Herald’s belief that they offer greater potential for growth than larger companies because they often provide greater entrepreneurialism when addressing new markets created by technological developments. This conviction led Herald to focus on investing in smaller quoted companies in the areas of telecommunications, multimedia and technology (‘TMT’). These companies create added value employment and have the potential to become the next generation of large companies, thereby generating attractive returns for shareholders.
As an externally managed investment company, Herald Investment Trust’s activities are all outsourced and therefore it does not have any employees. The Company also has a very limited direct impact on the environment as it has no greenhouse gas emissions and has given shareholders the option to receive soft copy financial reports and other information rather than printed hard copy. Notwithstanding that the Company has no direct social or community impact, the board encourages the manager to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when selecting and retaining investments. The Company has given discretionary voting powers to the investment manager, HIML. The manager votes against resolutions it considers may damage shareholders’ rights or economic interests.
The Company believes that it is in the shareholders’ interests to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when selecting and retaining investments and has asked the manager to take these issues into account as long as the investment objectives are not compromised. The manager does not exclude companies from its investment universe purely on the grounds of ESG issues but adopts a positive engagement approach whereby matters are discussed with management with the aim of improving the relevant policies and management systems and enabling the manager to consider how ESG factors could impact long term investment returns.
The manager’s statement of compliance with the UK Stewardship Code can be found under the Responsible Investing page of Herald Investment Management Limited’s web site. The manager’s policy has been reviewed and endorsed by the board of Herald Investment Trust plc.
Andrew Joy (Chairman)
20 Cursitor Street
Apex Listed Companies Services (UK) Limited
(formerly Sanne Fund Services (UK) Limited)
125 London Wall
144 Morrison Street
Herald Investment Trust plc
10-11 Charterhouse Square
Tel: 020 7553 6300
DEPOSITARY AND CUSTODIAN
The Bank of New York Mellon (International) Limited
160 Queen Victoria Street
02879728 (England and Wales)
The Company is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006
Peel Hunt LLP
100 Liverpool St
Singer Capital Markets Securities Limited
One Bartholomew Lane
ALTERNATIVE INVESMENT FUND MANAGER AND PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Herald Investment Management Limited
10-11 Charterhouse Square
Tel: 020 7553 6300
Fax: 020 7490 8026
29 Wellington Street
Tel: 0371 664 0300