Pillar 3 Disclosures
Clarion Investment Management Ltd
The 2006 Capital Requirements Directive (‘the Directive’) of the European Union established a revised regulatory capital framework across Europe based on the provisions of the Basel 2 Capital Accord governing the amount and nature of capital credit institutions and investment firms must maintain.
In the United Kingdom, the Directive was implemented by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in its regulations through the General Prudential Sourcebook (‘GENPRU’) and the Prudential Sourcebook for Banks, Building Societies and Investment Firms (‘BIPRU’). Clarion Investment Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, register number 584493 and is subject to these regulations.
The framework consists of three ‘Pillars’:
The rules in BIPRU 11 set out the provision for Pillar 3 disclosure. This document is designed to meet our Pillar 3 obligations and is updated annually shortly after its accounting reference date of 30th April. This is an interim version due to an internal review.
We are permitted to omit required disclosures if we believe that the information is immaterial such that omission would be unlikely to change or influence the decision of a reader relying on that information.
In addition, we may omit required disclosures where we believe that the information is regarded as proprietary or confidential. In our view, proprietary information is that which, if it were shared, would undermine our competitive position. Information is considered to be confidential where there are obligations binding us to confidentiality with our customers, suppliers and counterparties.
No omissions have been made on the grounds that it is immaterial, proprietary, or confidential.
Clarion Investment Management Ltd (Clarion) is an independent limited company
Clarion provides investment management services to a range of collective investment schemes and discretionary investment management services.
Clarion seeks to achieve a sustainable profitability that is consistent with its operations and business model. The company accepts that a level of risk must be taken to achieve this goal but recognises that this must be within acceptable parameters and compatible with the skills of its people and its financial strength.
Clarion is governed by a board of Directors which determines the business strategy and associated risks of the company. Each Director has a set of clear responsibilities, and the company is organised to allow for the effective control of its activities. The board is tasked with designing and implementing risk controls that recognise the risks being taken so that they can be effectively evaluated, managed, and mitigated where possible. Whilst the board of Directors retains this oversight, there are a number of management boards, chaired by a Director, that have responsibility for specific areas of risk. Day-to-day responsibility for managing risk is delegated to the Risk Function within Clarion.
The board meets regularly to consider market conditions, profitability, cash flow, level of reserves and business planning. Risks are managed through policies and procedures, principles and rules (including FCA principles and rules) which are updated as required. In addition, the Compliance Director provides a written report to the board annually. No significant failings or weaknesses were identified during the period in question.
The board has identified that strategic, business, key people, liquidity, reputational (including compliance and legal), operational, market, interest rate and credit risks are the main areas of risk to consider and manage.
The board formally reviews risks and controls annually and this includes the level of capital deemed adequate to cover the risks identified.
Clarion’s bank deposits are held in sterling with UK regulated banks. These banks are reviewed annually to ensure they maintain a sufficiently high credit rating.
The provision for non-payment of fees is governed by our agreement with clients. The only exposure to credit risk would be unpaid income, and the platforms used being unable to settle outstanding fees. Due diligence is conducted and reviewed on these platforms and any possible risks are minimal. Clarion does not operate a debtor book with clients and therefore there is no credit risk in this area.
This risk relates to the company being unable to meet its obligations as they fall due.
Clarion finances its activities from its own resources whilst maintaining adequate buffers to cover negative cashflows during periods of stress. It also operates a conservative balance sheet.
Interest rate risk
Clarion is not geared and is not exposed to borrowings. Therefore, the risk from interest rates increasing is immaterial.
Key people risk
The recruitment, loyalty and retention of key individuals is vital to the continued success of Clarion.
The company offers competitive remuneration packages that are appropriate to the individual and recognises and rewards their contributions.
Other benchmarks are also measured, such as staff turnover and morale, and consideration is given to succession planning to ensure that there is cover for key roles.
The majority of our risk management efforts are focused in this area. This considers the entire operation of the business including administrative errors, procedures, functionality of our premises, reliance on third party providers such as IT systems and competency of our employees.
All operational risks which can be identified are logged and categorised on an annual basis. The strategy for dealing with these risks is reviewed and where actions are identified, they are approved by the board of Clarion.
Clarion continuously evaluates its internal controls to ensure that they are operating as designed and are effective in preventing losses or errors. This is achieved by internal checks and monitoring and by the use of third parties to undertake independent reviews.
The company avoids high risks and mitigates other risks by effective controls and monitoring.
The risks from a loss of profitability during periods of stress are, in the opinion of the board, covered by adequate reserves to ensure that the company can continue to trade. This is supported by the stress tests that are carried out annually.
The strategic risk to the company is that it will be unable to execute its chosen strategy, or has the wrong strategy, due to external changes in the business environment or ineffective implementation.
This is monitored on an on-going basis and subject to regular review by the board.
Market and investment performance risk
This risk is the risk that investment markets fail to achieve the required performance.
Clarion is not exposed to any significant market risk in respect of its own funds as its reserves are held in cash with UK regulated banks.
Clarion manages investments on behalf of clients and there is a risk that if performance does not meet expectations, clients may redeem their investments to the detriment of fees and revenues earned by the company. This risk is managed by a robust investment function which conducts detailed research and analyses into investments, including the use of benchmarking before reaching any recommendations. The risk is further mitigated as Clarion manages a number of funds, exposed to more than one market and with different objectives and risk profiles.
The selection and review of investments is overseen by a committee that reports to the board and which meets at least monthly.
Reputational, compliance and legal risk
Compliance to an ethical and sustainable set of principles and rules is at the core of Clarion. These go beyond the current regulatory requirements and involve all our staff to ensure that the reputation of Clarion is enhanced, and its name encourages trust.
Responsibility for the company’s governance and risk management starts at board level with the Executive Team, supported by the Compliance Director.
The internal capital to be held against Capital Resource Requirements (CRR) pillar 1 calculation is £197,000 which represents the fixed overhead requirement (FOR). This is the figure that the board has decided should be held as a capital resource and is believed to be sufficient to cover all risks identified. A figure of £80,000 has been calculated as risk-based capital. This is lower than the FOR.
The company held capital and reserves of £877,000 as of 30th April 2021 and this is summarised as follows:
|Permanent share capital||75,000|
|Profit and loss reserves||802,000|
|Deductions from intangibles||nil|
|Total core tier 1 capital||877,000|
|Capital resource requirement||197,000|