30 January 2020
GAM Holding AG: Decision of SIX Exchange Regulation AG Sanctions Commission
SIX Exchange Regulation AG (“SIX”), the Swiss listing authority, has informed GAM that its Sanctions Commission has upheld the sanctions proposal submitted against GAM Holding AG. This related to the accounting treatment of future performance fee payments as a financial liability following GAM’s acquisition of Cantab Capital Partners LLP in 2016.
GAM takes its financial reporting responsibility very seriously and held a different point of view in good faith on this technical accounting matter, due in part to external and independent expert advice. However, GAM has decided to accept the decision made by SIX’s Sanctions Commission and will pay the related financial penalty of CHF 400,000 and costs of approximately CHF 100,000.
As a result of this decision, GAM is required to recognise the financial liability at fair value and to restate any impacted historical comparative amounts in its next consolidated financial statements on 20 February 2020. GAM currently estimates the fair value of the financial liability to be recognised is approximately CHF 35 million as at 31 December 2019, which will only crystallise once matching performance fees are received. GAM continues to expect that its full year 2019 underlying profit before tax will be approximately CHF 10 million.
This accounting matter relates to GAM Holding AG’s consolidated financial statements and does not relate to any of GAM’s investment funds, nor to any of its clients.
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GAM is a leading independent, pure-play asset manager. The company provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. The core investment business is complemented by private labelling services, which include management company and other support services to third-party asset managers. GAM employs around 850 people in 14 countries with investment centres in London, Cambridge, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Milan and Lugano. The investment managers are supported by an extensive global distribution network. The Group has AuM of CHF 135.7 billion (USD 136.1 billion) as at 30 September 2019.
Headquartered in Zurich, GAM is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange with the symbol ‘GAM’.
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