Round Hill Music Royalty Fund’s investment objective is to provide investors with an attractive level of regular and growing income and capital returns from investment primarily in high quality music intellectual property. To achieve this objective, it seeks to invest in a songwriter’s copyright interest in a musical composition or song, together with the rights in the recording of these (known as the master recording rights), along with all other rights and assets considered relevant by the manager.
Round Hill Music Royalty Fund (RHMRF) has recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of its launch. It has been very active throughout the year, raising additional funds of $132.6m and acquiring five catalogues. Since launch the company’s NAV returned c 11.1% on a total return (TR) basis (to end-October 2021), within the targeted annualised NAV TR of 9–11%. An increase in economic NAV to $1.07/share (from $0.98 per share at launch; not an IFRS measure) and two dividends contributed to the NAV TR. RHMRF benefits from the industry expertise of its fund manager Round Hill, a fully integrated business, in owning and exploiting music copyright assets. We believe RHMRF’s assets will continue to expand, providing reliable and growing revenues given the momentum in streaming and the potential of new distribution channels.