BLACKROCK SMALLER COMPANIES TRUST PLC

LEI: 549300MS535KC2WH4082

TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings

1. Issuer Details

ISIN

GB0006436108

Issuer Name

BLACKROCK SMALLER COMPANIES TRUST PLC

UK or Non-UK Issuer

UK

2. Reason for Notification

An acquisition or disposal of voting rights

3. Details of person subject to the notification obligation

Name

Rathbones Investment Management Ltd

City of registered office (if applicable)

London

Country of registered office (if applicable)

United Kingdom

Name

City of registered office

Country of registered office

Investec Wealth & Investment (Channel Islands) Limited

St Peter Port

Guernsey

Investec Wealth & Investment Limited

London

UK

Rathbones Investment Management International Ltd

St.Helier

Jersey

4. Details of the shareholder

Name

City of registered office

Country of registered office

Torch Nominees Limited

St Peter Port

Guernsey

Hero Nominees Limited

St Peter Port

Guernsey

Ferlim Nominees Limited

London

UK

BNP Paribas

London

UK

Rathbone Nominees Ltd

London

UK

5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or reached

30-Nov-2023

6. Date on which Issuer notified

01-Dec-2023

7. Total positions of person(s) subject to the notification obligation

.

% of voting rights attached to shares (total of 8.A)

% of voting rights through financial instruments (total of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2)

Total of both in % (8.A + 8.B)

Total number of voting rights held in issuer

Resulting situation on the date on which threshold was crossed or reached

13.895900

0.000000

13.895900

6705089

Position of previous notification (if applicable)

12.616100

0.000000

12.616100

 

8. Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reached

8A. Voting rights attached to shares

Class/Type of shares ISIN code(if possible)

Number of direct voting rights (DTR5.1)

Number of indirect voting rights (DTR5.2.1)

% of direct voting rights (DTR5.1)

% of indirect voting rights (DTR5.2.1)

GB0006436108

 

6705089

 

13.895900

Sub Total 8.A

6705089

13.895900%

8B1. Financial Instruments according to (DTR5.3.1R.(1) (a))

Type of financial instrument

Expiration date

Exercise/conversion period

Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is exercised/converted

% of voting rights

 

 

 

 

 

Sub Total 8.B1

 

 

 

8B2. Financial Instruments with similar economic effect according to (DTR5.3.1R.(1) (b))

Type of financial instrument

Expiration date

Exercise/conversion period

Physical or cash settlement

Number of voting rights

% of voting rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sub Total 8.B2

 

 

 

9. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation

2. Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entities (please add additional rows as necessary)

Ultimate controlling person

Name of controlled undertaking

% of voting rights if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold

% of voting rights through financial instruments if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold

Total of both if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold

Rathbones Group Plc

Rathbones Investment Management Limited

8.798200

 

8.798200%

Rathbones Group Plc

Rathbones Investment Management International Limited

0.018700

 

0.018700%

Rathbones Group Plc

Investec Wealth & Investment Limited

5.043700

 

5.043700%

Rathbones Group Plc

Investec Wealth & Investment (Channel Islands)

0.035300

 

0.035300%

10. In case of proxy voting

Name of the proxy holder

 

The number and % of voting rights held

 

The date until which the voting rights will be held

 

11. Additional Information

None

12. Date of Completion

01-Dec-2023

13. Place Of Completion

Port of Liverpool Building, Pier Head, Liverpool. L3 1NW

 

Contact name:

Graham Venables
for and on behalf of BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited
Company Secretary

Contact Telephone Number:

0203 649 3432

Date:

1 December 2023