Focused, Independent, Investment Management

 

1.     Introduction

Background

The European Union Capital Requirements Directive (‘Basel II’) was introduced on 1 January 2007.  Implementation of the Directive in the UK has been achieved through a series of rules introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’).  The Basel II rules are set out in three ‘Pillars’:

Pillar 1 – sets out the minimum regulatory capital requirements.

Pillar 2 – describes the supervisory review process and the assessment of additional capital resources required to cover specific risks faced by a company that have not been covered by the minimum regulatory requirements set out in Pillar 1.

Pillar 3 – aims to encourage market discipline by providing market participants with key information on a company’s risk exposures and risk management processes.

This document has been produced to meet the requirements arising from Pillar 3 and has been prepared in accordance with BIPRU 11.  This disclosure has not been subject to audit.

Frequency

These disclosures are made annually.

Location

The most recent disclosure can be found on the Company’s website. 

Review and Challenge

This document has been approved by the Revera Asset Management Ltd Board of Directors.  It has not been subject to external audit.

 

2.     Company Background

Revera Asset Management Ltd (‘Revera’ or ‘the Company’) is a small investment boutique managing a variety of investment products including an OEIC and a Unit Trust.  Being classified as a small wholesale firm, Revera does not deal directly with retail clients.  All current clients have been classified as professional clients.

Revera does not hold client money.

Revera is categorised as a limited licence firm by the FCA for capital purposes.  It is not a member of a group and so reports on a stand-alone basis.

The disclosures in this document complement the work already undertaken by Revera under the FCA’s Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (‘ICAAP’).

 

3.     Risk Management

Revera’s Board of Directors (‘the Board’) is responsible for identifying and evaluating risks in the Company.  A risk management framework has been introduced in order that risks may be recorded, rated, monitored, and mitigated.

Revera has a low appetite for risks arising from financial control, investment administration, fraud, money laundering, credit control, health and safety, legal and compliance.  Revera has a medium appetite for the risks that are inherent in developing its business and those risks that arise from a business whose revenue is directly related to Stock Market performance.

 

4.     Material Risks

In Revera, the most significant risks are considered to be those associated with business risk and operational risk.

Business Risk

Business risk is the risk that a company will not be able to carry out its current business plan.  As part of the ICAAP process, stress testing has been carried out on Revera’s forecast.  This testing has centred on the potential outcomes arising from scenarios such as a significant fall in the market, new business is lower than expected and where funds under management fall.

Operational Risk 

Operational risk, inherent in all businesses, is the potential for financial and reputational loss arising from failures in internal controls, operational processes or the systems that support them.  It includes errors, omissions, disasters and deliberate acts such as fraud.

Under Pillar 1, Revera is not required to hold capital for operational risk.

Under Pillar 2, operational risk has been considered as part of Revera’s ICAAP process. The financial impact of significant risks has been assessed and then adjusted to reflect the likelihood of such a risk materialising.  Where mitigating factors have been exhausted, Revera has allocated capital to deal with such risks.

 

5.     Further Risks

Market Risk

Market risk is the risk of loss arising from adverse movements in the level or volatility of market prices of commodities in which a company holds a position.  Revera does not hold, nor has any plans to hold any such investments for its own account.  Furthermore, Revera does not currently hold any assets that are directly exposed to foreign currency risk.  This risk is currently assessed to be nil.

Credit Risk

Since Revera does not have a Trading Book, credit risk arises primarily from non-payment of management fees and cash balances held on deposit.

This risk has been assessed with regard to impact and probability and concluded that it is not a material risk for Revera.

Counterparty Risk

There is no Trading Book, therefore this risk is assessed to be nil.

Liquidity Risk

Liquidity risk is not considered to be material as Revera has a strong cash position on its Balance Sheet and no bank borrowings as at 31 December 2016.  Liquidity risk is monitored using Revera’s liquidity framework.

Securitisation Risk 

Revera is not involved in any securitisation arrangements.  Therefore, this risk is considered to be nil.

Insurance Risk

Insurance risk is the inherent uncertainty as to the occurrence, amount and timing of insurance liabilities.  This is not considered to be a material risk. 

Pension Obligation Risk

Pension obligation risk is the risk to a company caused by contractual or other liabilities to or with respect to a pension scheme.

Due to legislation changes, Revera will be obliged to make pension contributions into a pension scheme for each employee from 1 April 2017.  The contributions will be made to defined contribution schemes, and as such is captured in the Company’s Pillar 1 obligations relating to its fixed overhead requirement.

Interest Rate Risk

This is not considered to be material to Revera.

Residual Risk 

Revera does not lend money and most debtors are trade debtors.  Revera has very limited exposure to credit risk.

 

6.     Capital Resources and Capital Adequacy

Capital Resources

Capital resources comprise Tier 1 Capital from which deductions for illiquid assets are made.

A summary of Revera’s Total Capital resources can be found below –

 

£’000s
Tier 1 Capital425
Tier 2 Capital
 
Tier 3 Capital
Total Capital before deductions425

 

Tier 1 Capital comprises; called-up share capital, share premium account, and profit and loss reserves.

Share capital is made up entirely of ordinary share capital of £1 per share.  Individual shares rank equally and carry the same voting rights.

 

Pillar 1 Requirement

Pillar 1 Capital for Revera is the greatest of:

  • The base capital requirement of €50,000; or
  • The sum of its market and credit risk requirements; or
  • Its fixed overhead requirement

Revera has adopted the standardised approach to the calculation of the credit risk requirement, being 8% of the total of its risk weighted exposure amounts for exposures falling into BIPRU 3.1.6R.  The simplified method of calculating risk weights, as described in BIPRU 3.5, has been used.

Exposure arises from fixed assets, investment management fees due from UK clients, and cash held on instant access deposit at UK banks.  As at 31 December 2016 no exposures were past due (i.e. debts that are 30 days or more past their due date) or considered impaired (i.e. debt that is 90 days or more past its due date).  The credit risk capital requirement as at 31 December 2016 has been calculated as being £11,409 (2015: £13,548).

As noted above, Revera is not exposed directly to market risk and there is no significant exposure to foreign exchange risk.

The fixed overhead requirement for Revera has been calculated as £177,000 which is greater than the credit risk requirement noted above.  Therefore, the Pillar 1 Capital for Revera is equal to its fixed overhead requirement of £177,000.

ICAAP (Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process)

The ICAAP process pulls together the Risk Management and Budgetary processes.  The ICAAP model is stress tested using various scenarios over a 1 to 3-year time horizon.  The capital required to enact an orderly wind up of Revera is also assessed as part of this process.

The ICAAP process is undertaken annually and is reviewed and challenged by the Board.

The ICAAP for December 2016 resulted in an assessment of the ICAAP capital to be £261,000 (2015: £264,000).  As this is greater than the capital required for Pillar 1, the ICAAP capital/ Pillar 2 capital is considered to be the minimum capital that must be held. 

Remuneration Code

Revera falls into Proportionality Tier 3 for the purposes of the Remuneration Code (‘the Code’).

Revera’s Remuneration Policy is governed and directly implemented by its Board.  Remuneration is structured to achieve the aims of the Remuneration Policy, that is;

  • To attract and retain the best available staff for the business;
  • To align staff interests with those of the long-term objectives of Revera’s shareholders; and,
  • To promote effective risk management throughout Revera

Remuneration is based on a fixed element which is appropriate for the size and variability of Revera’s income, and a variable element that is dependent on the profitability of Revera as a whole.  Specifically, Revera will not pay variable remuneration, if doing so would put the Company in a loss making position.

In the year to 31 December 2016, Revera had 5 Code staff whose total remuneration was £403,000.  £5,000 of this remuneration was variable.

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The value of an investment in any of Revera’s products or services may go down as well as up. The investor may not get back the capital originally invested.

The underlying portfolios in Revera’s products or services are likely to be more concentrated than other investment funds and there for may be more risky that more diversified portfolios.

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