REG-Fidelity China: Annual Financial Report

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FIDELITY CHINA SPECIAL SITUATIONS PLC                     

        ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT, PROXY FORM AND ADDITIONAL DISCLOSURES         

          TO THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD TO 31 MARCH 2011           

Further to the voluntary disclosure of the Company's annual results for the
period ended 31 March 2011 by way of a preliminary announcement dated 21 June
2011, in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules ("the Rules")
4.1.3 and 6.3.5(2) this announcement contains the text of the preliminary
announcement dated 21 June 2011 together with the additional text in compliance
with the Rules.

The Company's annual report and financial statements for the period ended 31
March 2011 together with the accompanying proxy form have been submitted to the
UK Listing Authority, and will shortly be available for inspection on the
National Storage Mechanism (NSM):

www.hemscott.com/nsm.do

(Documents will usually be available for inspection within two business days of
this notice being given)

The annual report and financial statements will shortly be available on the
Company's website at 
https://www.fidelity.co.uk/static/pdf/common/investment-trusts/china-special-situations/fcss-annual-report-2011.pdf

Christopher Pirnie, FIL Investments International, Company Secretary - 01737
837929

27 June 2011

FIDELITY CHINA SPECIAL SITUATIONS PLC
Preliminary Announcement of Results

For the period ended 31 March 2011

Chairman's Statement

RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD FROM 19 APRIL 2010 TO 31 MARCH 2011

NAV PER SHARE:                                                           +5.24%
                                                                               
SHARE PRICE:                                                            +10.00%
                                                                               
BENCHMARK:                                                               +3.30%

I have pleasure in presenting the first Annual Report for Fidelity China
Special Situations PLC and would like to take the opportunity to welcome all
our shareholders.

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Over the period under review, China overtook Japan to become the world's second
largest economy, driven by its rapid transition from a predominantly export-led
economy to one that is increasingly influenced by domestic consumption. A key
focus of China's twelfth five-year plan is to boost the consumption power of
the less affluent by reducing the income gap between its citizens. This
supports the consumer-consumption focus of the Portfolio Manager's investment
thesis.

These structural changes have been managed through a period of volatility for
all equity markets, which has been amplified by sovereign debt concerns in the
Eurozone and rising commodity prices, in particular food and energy. These
issues have certainly heightened investor caution. Nevertheless, growth in the
Chinese economy has been above 8% per annum, despite continued tightening of
bank reserve requirements. This, along with interest rate rises imposed by the
Chinese Government, has impacted the domestic property market.

The main concern now is inflation, with the Chinese consumer price index
running at 5.4% for the year to March 2011. This is likely to lead the Chinese
government to implement a further round of tightening measures. Coupled with
significant wage increases, these in the long term may end China's days as the
cheap manufacturing base of the world.

Against this backdrop, your Board believes that the growth in size and
affluence of China's middle class - leading to a higher level of aggregate
disposable income - will be an ongoing driver of domestic consumption. We
expect that for this reason, the consumer-consumption story will continue to be
a central focus for the Company's investment portfolio.

Since the launch of the Company in April 2010, performance figures for the
period to 31 March 2011 are encouraging. They provide a solid platform on which
the Company can continue to achieve its investment objective of generating long
term capital growth for its shareholders.

In the period from 19 April 2010 to 31 March 2011, the Company's net asset
value (NAV) per ordinary share increased from 99.01p to 104.20p, an increase of
5.24%. This compares with a rise in our benchmark, the MSCI China Index, of
3.30%. In the same period, the market price of the ordinary shares increased
from 100.00p to 110.00p, an increase of 10%, and the ordinary shares traded at
an average premium of 5.30%.

As of 17 June 2011, being the latest practicable date prior to publication, the
NAV of the Company was 93.86p per share and the share price was 94.50p per
share, meaning that your shares were trading at a 0.68% premium to NAV.

DIVIDEND

As the Company's objective is to achieve long term capital growth, the Board
does not expect that dividends will constitute a material element of any return
to shareholders. However, in order to continue to qualify as an investment
trust, the Company is required by Chapter 4 of Part 24 of the Corporation Tax
Act 2010 not to retain more than 15% of the income it derives from shares and
securities.

This being the case, allowing for the number of shares eligible for a dividend,
the Board recommends a final dividend of 0.25p per share to be approved by
shareholders at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.

The dividend will be payable on 5 August 2011 to shareholders on the register
on 22 July 2011 (ex dividend date 20 July 2011).

SHARE ISSUES

On 18 June 2010, the Company was admitted to the FTSE 250 Index in recognition
of the size of the Company's market capitalisation.

Since the Company's launch, the shares have generally traded at a premium to
their net asset value, reflecting demand for shares that is not satisfied by
sellers. This being the case, the Company issued a total of 38,750,000 ordinary
shares in separate issues during the period under review. A further 6,250,000
shares were issued after the period end.

In addition the Company issued 166,250,000 "C" shares of 100 pence each, which
were subsequently converted into 157,654,480 new ordinary shares on 1 March
2011. This issue was supported by existing shareholders who subscribed for 56%
of the issue.

At the General Meeting to approve the "C" share issue the Board received
consent to issue further shares. The Board may continue to issue shares at a
premium, in order to satisfy market demand, subject to shareholder approval at
the Annual General Meeting.

Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII)

On 26 November 2011, the Investment Manager of the Company was granted QFII
Status and a QFII quota through which the Company may invest in China "A"
Shares through the Investment Manager.

This facility allows the Portfolio Manager to invest directly into the
potential growth opportunities of the "A" Share market. The Company has now
fully funded its share of the quota (as required by State Administration of
Foreign Exchange of the PRC ("SAFE")).

THE BOARD

Board members who were appointed in February 2010 are subject to election at
the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Company.

On 1 March 2011, Mr Douglas Naismith resigned as a Director and Mr Gary
Shaughnessy was appointed to the Board. I would like to welcome Gary to the
Board and thank Doug for his valuable contribution to the Company. Mr
Shaughnessy will also be subject to election at the Annual General Meeting.

Since my appointment as Chairman of the Board, the last year has been both
challenging and fulfilling. The Board has held over twenty Board meetings and
overseen two successful share issues, which have created the largest investment
company listed on the London Stock Exchange providing direct exposure to China.

In October 2010, the Board visited China and Hong Kong to witness first hand
the investment opportunities there. During this visit it was clear that the key
asset of the Company and that of its shareholders is the breadth and strength
of Fidelity's investment team in Hong Kong, led by Anthony Bolton.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

As detailed in the Corporate Governance Statement on pages 25 to 30, the Board
follows the approach recommended by the Association of Investment Companies in
its Code of Corporate Governance.

The volume and impact of regulatory change remain challenging for boards of all
UK plc's. In particular, the uncertainties around the future of financial
regulation in the UK, the potential impact of the Retail Distribution Review
and the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive
(AIFMD) will add to the complexity of the governance framework of investment
companies going forward.

The Board regularly reviews regulatory change to ensure that the Company's
governance arrangements meet best practice requirements.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 29 JULY 2011

The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at the Barbican Centre,
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, on Friday 29 July 2011 at 11.00am.

Our Portfolio Manager, Anthony Bolton will be attending the Annual General
Meeting and making a presentation highlighting the achievements and challenges
of the initial period and the prospects for the year to come.

John Owen

Chairman

17 June 2011

Manager's Report

When I wrote the first interim report in October last year I did so in a mood
of optimism - my transition to Hong Kong was going well and I had settled back
into a familiar fund manager's routine. I was enjoying meeting lots of Chinese
companies, interacting with our team of analysts and other fund managers who
follow China and reading lots of broker and other third party research. Most
importantly, the NAV was up about 15% from launch. I did preface my remarks by
saying it was still early days, however, and it is now clear that the fund's
first period has been one of two halves. About the time I wrote my report the
market and NAV peaked and the second half proved much tougher, with the market
falling until it made a low in mid March round the time of the C share issue.
There was some recovery in April but recently the NAV has returned to near
100p. The second half of the period and performance since the period end has
been disappointing for investors and me personally.

I still believe world equities are in a bull market and what we have recently
experienced in Chinese stocks is a normal pause in that cycle. I do not yet see
either the investor behaviour or market valuations that one would normally
associate with a bull market peak. In fact, given the extraordinary world
events in the first quarter of this year, markets have been remarkably
resilient, illustrating how bull markets typically climb a "wall of worry". As
I have maintained for some time, I still feel we are in a two-speed world where
growth in the developed economies will be below normal for several years - the
solution to the financial crisis has left them with debt problems that will
hold back growth for the foreseeable future. The US, Europe and Japan have
major challenges ahead and, although emerging markets will not be immune to the
effects of this, I believe the relatively higher growth they offer will be
increasingly attractive to investors. For the first part of 2011 investor flows
have returned to developed markets and emerging market funds have seen
redemptions. I believe this is a temporary pause and flows will return to
emerging markets.

One of the fascinating things about China is the fact that investors' attitudes
to it are very polarised; it is like one of those optical illusions where some
viewers perceive a smiling face and some a sad one - the same picture can
provoke two very different interpretations. Some see China as the main driver
of Asian growth, on its way to becoming the biggest economy in the world, while
others are concerned about excessive credit growth and inflation, property and
bad debt problems. Probably the truth lies somewhere between these two
extremes. I want to spend some time in this report on the negative case as,
although many of the concerns are valid, I believe some of the conclusions
being drawn are wrong. Like any investment proposition, China is not without
risks but I continue to believe that the case for investing is compelling.

INFLATION

My first observation is that in today's two-speed world most emerging markets
are probably going to have to live with higher levels of structural inflation
than in the recent past. Indeed, the actual level of inflation in China is
probably higher than the 5.4% official figure suggests, maybe more like high
single digits. China's new five year plan is targeting annual real wage
increases of at least 7% and this does not sit easily with an official
inflation target of 4%, which I believe will probably be increased in the
future. That said, the Chinese authorities have many powers to influence
inflation - powers like price controls which are generally not available in
other countries. We have already seen this with official or unofficial price
controls on a number of products. Recent evidence seems to suggest that food
inflation which makes up 70% of China's official CPI is at or past its peak,
although core inflation is creeping up. I would not want to say that inflation
is not a problem but I do not think it will stop the bull market unless it gets
completely out of control. The authorities must tread a delicate path between
slowing the economy to alleviate inflationary pressures and suppressing growth
too much but I believe they will strike the right balance. I am expecting
growth to fall back to 7-8% compared with last year's 10%, but that is still a
very attractive level relative to the developed world.

PROPERTY

Residential property prices in most Chinese cities have been in a generally
rising trend for a number of years and affordability looks pretty stretched.
Because of the negative public opinion associated with this, the Chinese
authorities last year imposed a number of measures to cool demand, including
unprecedented controls in some cities on buying multiple properties and
purchases by individuals not resident in that city. These measures have removed
a lot of the short term speculative money from the market. The Government has
also embarked on a very ambitious social housing programme (10 million units
this year and a total of 36 million over the next five years). A number of the
negative reports I have received on China suggest that there are several empty
cities in China; this may indeed be the case but the Chinese often build
infrastructure well in advance of when it is needed and I expect most of the
empty cities to fill up in time. These reports also suggest there are as many
as 65 million empty apartments. I am unable to confirm a source for this figure
and the research I have seen suggests a figure significantly smaller than this.
Although empty, these properties are all owned by individuals who chose to keep
them as empty shells (there is not a huge backlog of unsold apartments owned by
developers). The key question is whether owners try to sell out if, as looks
likely later this year, we experience a period of falling property prices. My
view is that most will hold on, seeing property as a longer term investment
rather than a short term speculation. Also, the mortgage debt against these
properties is generally not high so they are unlikely to be forced sellers. The
long term demand picture for residential housing is still very favourable.

BAD LOANS

China has experienced over two years of rapid credit growth. Government
measures such as raising interest rates and increasing reserve requirements
appear to have led to a slow down in the rate of growth, although lending
outside the banking system still appears to be growing fast. Once credit has
been expanded strongly it is always difficult to wean banks, companies and
individuals off it. That said, credit at the individual level is still very low
in China by international standards. One area that observers are particularly
concerned about is loans by banks to vehicles set up by local Governments to
help finance infrastructure and other local projects. Listed banks have lent
RMB 6.25 trillion to these vehicles. The bank regulator (CBRC) has required all
banks to look at such loans very closely and it appears as if up to 20% are at
some sort of risk of not being repaid. The other thing that worries investors
is that local Governments' main source of income is usually selling land they
own to developers. If there are problems in the property market, it may become
more difficult for them to sell land, which would restrict their financing
flexibility. I agree that this is a risk, particularly from 2012 when many of
these loans become due. However, I believe the central Government will step in
to help the local Governments through any temporary difficulties.

Investors are rightly concerned about inflation, the property market and credit
growth, but for the reasons I have outlined here I believe the conclusions they
have drawn are too pessimistic. On a more positive note, the authorities have
launched an ambitious and challenging new five year plan which envisages a
major transition of the economy away from low value manufactured exports
towards domestic consumption and the growth of services. They have put specific
targets on how much of GDP will in the future come from these two areas.
Interestingly, this very much endorses the strategy that I have pursued in
managing the fund, with my main focus being on these two areas. I do not think
anyone should underestimate the challenges from this major change of course for
the economy, with many workers having to retrain for completely new careers in
new places. However, the pragmatism and flexibility of Chinese workers and
their managers impresses me. The five year plan also underwrites a further
phase of urbanisation in China. Some people worry about the demographics of
China, with an aging population due to the one child policy. I think in maybe
ten years time this could be a problem but today the continued shift of workers
from rural areas to cities is the more important trend.

Finally, the five year plan underwrites the so called "S curve" effect where
domestic growth speeds up once a certain level of GDP per head is exceeded. The
growth in the China consumer story remains for me the dominant investment theme
which will continue to exert a positive influence on markets long after the
short term concerns have been resolved.

KOREA

One other risk in the region that has particularly concerned me is the
political situation between North and South Korea. We have seen several hostile
acts from the North on the South and my concern is that, if this continues,
next time the reaction of the South may be to retaliate. Such an event I
believe would, at least in the short term, be very worrying for investors in
the region. I think Chinese equities would be affected by this. Because of my
concern I have purchased out of the money put options on the Korean index to
protect about 25% of the fund's gross assets. Like any form of insurance it is
something that I hope will not be needed. The cost of these options has been
the largest negative contributor to the fund's performance during the period. I
have recently renewed these options for a further six month period.

GEARING

The Company has two types of gearing. The first is a bank debt facility of
US$100m (post the C share issue increased to US$150m). The debt is in US$
rather than HK$ as I believe there is a possibility of the Hong Kong US dollar
peg being removed at some stage and the HK$ moving up against the US$. The
second form of gearing is through derivatives principally via contracts for
difference against some of the largest holdings.

PORTFOLIO

The fund continues to be mainly focused on the Chinese consumption and service
sectors with about a third of the fund in consumer sectors, like retailers,
luxury cars, food and drink, consumer products, internet and hotels and
restaurants, and about half the fund in service businesses, such as financial
services, mobile telephony, healthcare, IT services and education. The rest of
the fund is in materials companies (gold and paper), domestically-orientated
manufacturing companies and some investment companies. The portfolio remains
very underweight in most exporters, and infrastructure and commodity names,
including oil shares. This low oil exposure has hurt the fund this period but
for the moment I am maintaining the position. On commodities in general, I
think the valuations are high, they are very popular and over-owned and
therefore risky. I do not think they reflect the slowing growth in China and
low growth in the rest of the world. It is interesting that Glencore, one of
the most successful commodity trading houses, has chosen now to list when,
maybe, a number of commodity prices are near a peak. Oil is different from
other commodities, having a political angle that the others largely do not. We
will have to watch the situation in the Middle East carefully and especially
Saudi Arabia. I also view gold differently from the other commodities as it has
characteristics more like a currency. In a world where so many currencies have
problems, some exposure to gold makes sense to me.

Within financials, the main exposure is to Hong Kong-based banks (about 12% of
the gross assets) and property companies (about 5%) rather than mainland banks
and property companies. The fund's only exposure to the mainland residential
property market is through two estate agent companies (about 1% of the fund).
Because of the Government's tightening measures and the uncertainties about the
banks' bad loans and the poor short term outlook for the property market on the
mainland, I have preferred the Hong Kong companies. Hong Kong banks are
benefiting from good loan growth, the prospect of higher margins and the
effects of the internationalisation of the RMB. This should be a new source of
revenue as the Hong Kong-based banks are in pole position to benefit from this
trend.

The majority of the fund is invested in private companies rather than state
owned enterprises. Private companies are generally more dynamic although they
can also be more risky. Also, 44% of the fund is in small companies with a
market capitalisation below £1 billion, 28% in medium-sized companies (£1-5
billion) and another 28% in large companies over £5 billion. I continue to feel
the medium-sized and smaller companies offer some of the best potential and
they are also the least well researched.

Fidelity has received its QFII licence and clearance to invest so, since the
period end, I have been using this quota to invest in Chinese "A" Shares. Most
of our quota has been used to replace the broker provided QFII that we have
used to date. The majority of the fund's "A" share exposure is in financial
shares, where the "A" shares often sell at a significant discount to the Hong
Kong-listed shares of dual-listed companies (companies listed in both the
mainland and Hong Kong). In most other areas, I continue to find the "A" shares
expensive relative to the shares of similar companies listed in Hong Kong or
the US. At the period end, 66% of the gross assets was in Hong Kong-listed
shares, 8.5% was in mainland-listed "A" or "B" shares, about 15% in US-listed
shares and 7.5% in Chinese exposed companies in other markets. As well as
underlying exposure to RMB through investments held, the Company also had
additional RMB exposure through RMB foreign exchange contracts.

In summary, I remain as convinced as ever by the long-term case for investing
in China. In the short term, there are challenges as the Chinese authorities
try to effect a soft landing for their economy, but I believe they will
succeed. I expect investment flows to resume their trend out of the developed
world into emerging markets like China; this may lead, at some stage, to
valuations going well above fair value. I hope that with the help of our
excellent team here in Hong Kong, we can continue to uncover the companies that
are best placed to benefit from the ongoing transformation of China's economy.

Anthony Bolton

17 June 2011

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES AND RISK MANAGEMENT

The Board confirms that there is an ongoing process for identifying, evaluating
and managing the principal risks faced by the Company. The Board, with the
assistance of the Manager, has developed a risk matrix which, as part of the
internal controls process, identifies the key risks that the Company faces. The
matrix has identified strategic, marketing and business development, investment
management, company secretarial, fund administration and operations and support
function risks. The Board reviews and agrees policies for managing these risks.
The process is regularly reviewed by the Board in accordance with the FRC's
"Internal Control: Revised Guidance for Directors on the Combined Code". Risks
are identified, reviewed and graded. This process, together with the policies
and procedures for the mitigation of risks, is updated and reviewed regularly
in the form of comprehensive internal controls reports considered by the Audit
Committee. The Board also determines the nature and extent of any risks it is
willing to take in order to achieve its strategic objectives.

The Board considers the following as the major specific risks for the Company:

Top Risks                  Risk Mitigation                                     
                                                                               
Political and legislative  The Board reviews material economic, market and     
change in China. Emerging  legislative changes at each Board meeting. An       
market risk in China.      Investment Review report is also produced at each   
                           meeting to assess the Company's portfolio           
                           performance.                                        
                                                                               
Loss of reputation in the  Reputational risks are often the consequence of risk
market place.              events in another category, such as investment      
                           performance, corporate governance rules or          
                           regulatory issues. The Board performs reviews of    
                           such risks on a periodic basis.                     
                                                                               
Poor management of assets  The Company has a clearly defined strategy and      
or long term               investment remit. Performance is reviewed at each   
under-performance.         Board meeting, including performance attribution and
                           income forecasts. There is a clearly defined        
                           management                                          
                           agreement, and borrowing/derivative limits are also 
                           set by the Board.                                   
                                                                               
                           The Company is managed by a highly experienced      
                           Portfolio Manager. The Asia Pacific Investment      
                           Management team supports the Portfolio Manager, and 
                           the Asia Pacific Chief Investment Officer and the   
                           Board review performance regularly.                 
                                                                               
Key man risk               The Portfolio Manager has committed to manage the   
                           portfolio until at least 2013. Succession plans will
                           be developed at an appropriate time and in the      
                           interim there is an experienced Asia Pacific        
                           Investment team in place supporting him.            
                                                                               
Impact of Alternative      The Association of Investment Companies ("AIC")     
Investment Fund Managers   provides regular briefing updates and these are     
("AIFM") Directive.        reviewed by the Board. Fidelity is also directly    
                           involved in industry lobbying. The AIFM Directive   
                           legislation is still being developed but is likely  
                           to have a lesser impact on investment trusts than as
                           originally drafted.                                 

Further risks identified within this matrix are:

External risks

Market risk

The Company's assets consist mainly of listed securities in China and Hong Kong
and the principal risks are therefore market related such as market recessions,
interest rate movements, deflation/inflation, terrorism and protectionism.
Risks to which the Company is exposed and which form part of the market risks
category are included in Note 18 to the financial statements on pages 47 to 52
together with summaries of the policies for managing these risks. These
comprise: market price risk; foreign currency risk; interest rate risk;
liquidity risk; counterparty risk and credit risk.

The Company's fixed term, fixed rate loan facility was renewed and increased to
$150m in April 2011. In addition to traditional bank debt, the Company utilises
contracts for difference as a secondary gearing mechanism.

The Company relies on a number of main service providers, including principally
the Managers, Registrar and Custodians. The Investment Managers are members of
a privately owned group of companies on which a regular report is provided to
the Board. The Managers, Registrar and Custodian are subject to regular audits
by the internal audit team and the other service providers' own internal
controls reports are received by the Board and any concerns investigated.

Risks related to PRC

Investing in an emerging market such as the PRC subjects the Company to a
higher level of market risk than investment in a more developed market. This is
due to, among other things, the existence of greater market volatility, lower
trading volumes, the risk of political and economic instability, legal and
regulatory risks, risks relating to accounting practices, disclosure and
settlement, a greater risk of market shut down, and more governmental
limitations on foreign investment than are typically found in developed
markets.

Share price risk

The Board is not able to control the prices at which the Company's ordinary
shares trade; they may not reflect the value of the underlying investments.
However, it can have an influence in the market by maintaining the profile of
the Company through an active marketing campaign and, under certain
circumstances, through repurchasing or issuing shares.

Internal risks

Investment management

The Board relies on the Manager's skills and judgement to make investment
decisions based on research and analysis of individual stocks and sectors. The
Board reviews the performance of the portfolio against the Company's benchmark
and competitors and the outlook for the market with the Investment Managers at
each Board meeting. The emphasis is on long term investment performance and the
Board accepts that by targeting long term results the Company risks volatility
in the shorter term.

Currency risk

The Company's total return and balance sheet are affected by foreign exchange
movements because the Company has assets and income which are denominated in US
dollars and HK dollars whilst the Company's reporting currency is sterling.
While it is the Company's policy not to hedge currency, the fact that
borrowings are in US dollars and the contracts for difference are in HK dollars
means that part of the investment portfolio funded by borrowing is naturally
hedged against changes in the exchange rates. Further details can be found in
Note 18 to the financial statements on pages 47 to 52.

Governance, operational, financial, compliance, administration etc

While it is believed that the likelihood of poor governance, compliance and
operational administration by other third party service providers is low, the
financial consequences could be serious, including the associated reputational
damage to the Company. Your Board is responsible for the Company's system of
internal controls and for reviewing its effectiveness. Details of this process
are provided in the Corporate Governance Statement within this Annual Report.

Financial and financial instrument risks

The financial instrument risks faced by the Company are shown in Note 18 to the
financial statements on pages 47 to 52. Other risks monitored on a regular
basis include derivative positions, which are subject to daily monitoring,
together with the Company's cash position.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

FIL Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited is the Manager and FIL
Investments International the unlisted Investment Manager and Secretary of the
Company. Details of the investment management fee payable, are given in Note 4
on page 40 and the secretarial and administration fees payable are detailed in
Note 5 on page 40. Fees paid to the Directors are disclosed on page 31 in the
Directors' Remuneration Report.

On 1 March 2011, Douglas Naismith resigned from the Board and Gary Shaughnessy
was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company. Mr Shaughnessy is
also Managing Director of Fidelity International's UK Defined Contribution and
Retail business.

Mr Shaughnessy is an Executive Director of FIL Investments International a
member of the FIL Limited Group of Companies.

No Director has a contract of service with the Company and no contracts existed
during or at the end of the financial period in which any Director was
materially interested and which were significant in relation to the Company's
business except as disclosed in relation to Mr Shaughnessy's interests in the
Management Agreement. There have been no other related party transactions
requiring disclosure under International Accounting Standard 24.

The interests of the Directors and FIL Limited in the ordinary shares of the
Company as at 31 March 2011 are shown on page 22.

As at the date of this report, 47.6% of the issued ordinary share capital was
held by investors in the Fidelity Individual Savings Account and the Fidelity
Investment Trust Share Plan. As at the date of this report notification had
been received of the following interests in 3% or more of the voting rights and
/or issued ordinary share capital of the Company:

Substantial shareholders                                                      %
                                                                               
FIL Limited1                                                              47.72

1Direct holding on own account (6.45%) and indirect holdings for Fidelity's ISA
and Share Plan clients (41.27%). Holdings as at

31 March 2011

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

The Directors are responsible for preparing the annual report and the financial
statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Company law
requires the Directors to prepare financial statements for each financial
period. Under the law they have elected to prepare the financial statements in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the
EU (IFRS).

The financial statements are required by law to give a true and fair view of
the state of affairs of the Company and of the profit or loss for the period.
In preparing these financial statements the Directors are required to:

• select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

• make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

• state whether applicable IFRS have been followed, subject to any material
departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements; and

• prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is
inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business.

The Directors are responsible for ensuring that adequate accounting records are
kept which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position
of the Company and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements
comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding
the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the
prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

Under applicable law and regulations the Directors are also responsible for
preparing a Directors' Report, including a Business Review, a Directors'
Remuneration Report and a Corporate Governance Statement that comply with that
law and those regulations. The Directors are responsible for the maintenance
and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the
Company's pages of the Manager's website www.fidelity.co.uk/its. Visitors to
the website need to be aware that legislation in the United Kingdom governing
the preparation and dissemination of the financial statements may differ from
legislation in their jurisdictions.

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge the financial statements, prepared
in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and
fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of
the Company; and the Directors' Report includes a fair review of the
development and performance of the business and the position of the Company
together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties it faces.

Enquiries:

Chris Davies, FIL Investments International - 01737 837 723

Christopher Pirnie, FIL Investments International, Company Secretary - 01737
837929

For Press Enquiries, please contact Anne Read on 020 7961 4409 or 07850 549839

Income Statement for the period from 19 April 2010 to 31 March 2011

                                            revenue     capital       total
                                                                           
Revenue                                       £'000       £'000       £'000
                                                                           
Investment income                             9,447           -       9,447
                                                                           
Other income                                     23           -          23
                                                                           
Net derivative income                            30           -          30
                                                                           
Total income*                                 9,500           -       9,500
                                                                           
Gains on investments designated at fair           -      32,177      32,177
value through profit or loss                                               
                                                                           
Losses on derivative instruments held             -    (12,211)    (12,211)
at fair value through profit or loss                                       
                                                                           
Foreign exchange losses on other net           (39)       (513)       (552)
assets                                                                     
                                                                           
Foreign exchange gains on bank loans              -       3,004       3,004
                                                                           
Total income and gains                        9,461      22,457      31,918
                                                                           
Expenses                                                                   
                                                                           
Investment management fee                   (3,746)     (3,746)     (7,492)
                                                                           
Other expenses                              (2,435)           -     (2,435)
                                                                           
Profit before finance costs and               3,280      18,711      21,991
taxation                                                                   
                                                                           
Finance costs                                                              
                                                                           
Interest on bank loans                        (523)       (523)     (1,046)
                                                                           
Profit before taxation                        2,757      18,188      20,945
                                                                           
Taxation**                                    (426)           -       (426)
                                                                           
Net profit after taxation for the             2,331      18,188      20,519
period                                                                     
                                                                           
Earnings per ordinary share                   0.47p       3.67p       4.14p

The Company does not have any income or expense that is not included in the net
profit for the period. Accordingly the net profit after taxation for the period
is also the total comprehensive income for the period and no separate Statement
of Comprehensive Income has been presented.

The total column of this statement represents the Income Statement of the
Company and is prepared in accordance with IFRS. The revenue and capital
columns are supplementary and presented for information purposes as recommended
by the Statement of Recommended Practice issued by the Association of
Investment Companies.

All of the profit and total comprehensive income is attributable to the equity
shareholders of the Company. There are no minority interests.

All items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. No
operations were acquired or discontinued in the period.

The Company was incorporated on 22 January 2010 and operations commenced when
its shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange on 19 April 2010.

*                                                                      31.03.11
                                                                               
                                                                          £'000
                                                                               
Income from investments designated at fair value through profit or             
loss                                                                           
                                                                               
Overseas dividends                                                        8,783
                                                                               
Overseas scrip dividends                                                    664
                                                                               
                                                                          9,447
                                                                               
Other income                                                                   
                                                                               
Deposit interest                                                             12
                                                                               
Income from Fidelity Institutional Liquidity Fund plc                        11
                                                                               
                                                                             23
                                                                               
Net derivative income                                                          
                                                                               
Income received on long CFDs                                                 68
                                                                               
Less: expenses paid on long CFDs                                           (38)
                                                                               
                                                                             30
                                                                               
Total income                                                              9,500

** relates to overseas taxation only

Statement of Changes in Equity for the period from 19 April 2010 to 31 March
2011

                                      share                                    
                                                                               
                           share    premium    other  capital  revenue    total
                                                                               
                         capital    account  reserve  reserve  reserve   equity
                                                                               
                           £'000      £'000    £'000    £'000    £'000    £'000
                                                                               
Proceeds from offer for    4,600    455,400        -        -        -  460,000
subscription and                                                               
placing                                                                        
                                                                               
Fees and expenses of           -    (3,168)        -        -        -  (3,168)
the offer for                                                                  
subscription and                                                               
placing                                                                        
                                                                               
Cancellation of share          -  (452,232)  452,232        -        -        -
premium account1                                                               
                                                                               
Issue of ordinary            387     42,262        -        -        -   42,649
shares                                                                         
                                                                               
Additional share               -      (200)        -        -        -    (200)
listing costs2                                                                 
                                                                               
Proceeds from "C" share    1,577    164,673        -        -        -  166,250
offer and placing                                                              
                                                                               
Fees and expenses of           -    (2,087)        -        -        -  (2,087)
the "C" share offer and                                                        
placing                                                                        
                                                                               
Net profit after               -          -        -   18,188    2,331   20,519
taxation for the period                                                        
                                                                               
Equity shareholders'       6,564    204,648  452,232   18,188    2,331  683,963
funds at 31 March 2011                                                         

1 Court approval was given on 21 April 2010 for the Company's share premium
account to be cancelled. As a result £452,232,000 was transferred to the other
reserve account. This is a distributable reserve.

2 Costs associated with block listing application fees charged by the London
Stock Exchange.

The Company was incorporated on 22 January 2010 and operations commenced when
its shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange on 19 April 2010.

Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2011

Company No. 7133583

                                                                     £'000
                                                                          
Non current assets                                                        
                                                                          
Investments designated at fair value through profit or loss        720,287
                                                                          
Current assets                                                            
                                                                          
Derivative assets held at fair value through profit or loss          2,729
                                                                          
Amounts held at futures clearing houses and brokers                  3,280
                                                                          
Other receivables                                                    7,388
                                                                          
Cash and cash equivalents                                           25,184
                                                                          
                                                                    38,581
                                                                          
Current liabilities                                                       
                                                                          
Derivative liabilities held at fair value through profit or        (1,582)
loss                                                                      
                                                                          
Bank loan                                                         (62,013)
                                                                          
Other payables                                                    (11,310)
                                                                          
                                                                  (74,905)
                                                                          
Net current liabilities                                           (36,324)
                                                                          
Net assets                                                         683,963
                                                                          
Equity attributable to equity shareholders                                
                                                                          
Share capital                                                        6,564
                                                                          
Share premium account                                              204,648
                                                                          
Other reserve                                                      452,232
                                                                          
Capital reserve                                                     18,188
                                                                          
Revenue reserve                                                      2,331
                                                                          
Total equity shareholders' funds                                   683,963
                                                                          
Net asset value per ordinary share                                 104.20p

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 17 June
2011 and were signed on its behalf by:

John Owen

Chairman

17 June 2011

The Company was incorporated on 22 January 2010 and operations commenced when
its shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange on 19 April 2010.

Cash Flow Statement for the period from 19 April 2010 to 31 March 2011

                                                                          £'000
                                                                               
Operating activities                                                           
                                                                               
Cash inflow from investment income                                        7,736
                                                                               
Cash outflow from net derivative income                                    (26)
                                                                               
Cash inflow from other income                                                21
                                                                               
Cash outflow from Directors' fees                                         (105)
                                                                               
Cash outflow from other payments                                        (6,645)
                                                                               
Cash outflow from purchase of investments                           (1,066,951)
                                                                               
Cash outflow from purchase of derivatives                              (16,857)
                                                                               
Cash inflow from sale of investments                                    380,884
                                                                               
Cash inflow from sale of derivatives                                      3,499
                                                                               
Cash outflow from amounts held at futures clearing houses and           (3,280)
brokers                                                                        
                                                                               
Net cash outflow from operating activities before servicing of        (701,724)
finance                                                                        
                                                                               
Servicing of finance                                                           
                                                                               
Cash outflow on interest on bank loans                                  (1,040)
                                                                               
Net cash outflow from operating activities and servicing of finance   (702,764)
                                                                               
Financing activities                                                           
                                                                               
Cash inflow from the offer for subscription and placing                 460,000
                                                                               
Cash inflow from the issue of ordinary shares                            42,649
                                                                               
Cash inflow from the "C" share offer and placing                        166,250
                                                                               
Cash outflow from the costs of the offer for subscription and           (3,168)
placing                                                                        
                                                                               
Cash outflow from the costs of the issue of ordinary shares               (200)
                                                                               
Cash outflow from the costs of the "C" share offer and placing          (2,087)
                                                                               
Cash inflow from bank loan                                               62,013
                                                                               
Net cash inflow from financing activities                               725,457
                                                                               
Increase in cash and cash equivalents                                    22,693
                                                                               
Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents                                    
                                                                               
Net cash inflow from cash and cash equivalents                           22,693
                                                                               
Effect of foreign exchange gains                                          2,491
                                                                               
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period                       25,184

The Company was incorporated on 22 January 2010 and operations commenced when
its shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange on 19 April 2010.

The above statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial
Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). This preliminary statement, which has been agreed
with the Auditor, was approved by the Board on 17 June 2011. It is not the
Company's statutory financial statements. The statutory financial statements
for the period ended 31 March 2011 have been approved and audited but have not
yet been filed with the registrar of companies. The statutory financial
statements for the period ended  31 March 2011 has received an unqualified
audit report, does not include a reference to any matters to which the Auditor
drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and does not
contain statements under section 498(2) and (3) of the Companies Act 2006. 


The annual report and financial statements will be posted to shareholders as
soon as is practicable and in any event no later than 27 June 2011.



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