ASI UK Smaller Companies R

Invests in FTSE 250 and small caps with a bias to quality growth companies.

  • 87.17p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 933.70p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 4.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.35%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.36%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.70%
    Yield

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Prices as at 02 December 2020, fund data last updated 27 May 2014

The Fund aims to provide long term capital growth by investing in small and mid-cap companies listed on the UK stock market. The manager, Harry Nimmo takes a pure stockpicking approach, combining use of Standard Life’s quantitative stock screen “Matrix” with in-depth fundamental analysis. His portfolios typically have a bias towards quality growth companies. Small companies offer less liquidity compared to larger and medium sized companies and therefore carry more risk.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched January, 1997
Size £1,823m
Yield 1.70%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Apr

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.35%
Ongoing charges figure 1.36%

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Investment process

The manager looks for “tomorrow’s large companies today”, and believes such companies typically expand organically and operate within growth sectors. The Fund will focus on the Numis Smaller Companies index, which makes up the bottom 10% of the UK stock market by value - this includes smaller FTSE 250 stocks as well as traditional small caps. AiM listed companies are also included. The investment process is based around Standard Life's in-house quantitative stock screen, “Matrix”, which scores companies on such factors as earnings and price momentum, director dealing, valuation and liquidity. On completion of the screen the manager is typically left with c.800 companies which are then matched against fundamental business analysis including regular company meetings. This is used to verify the scores of the “Matrix” and to ensure the business model is strong and repeatable – factors such as recurring revenue, barriers to entry, pricing power and market share are important. The ultimate portfolio will include the top 50 best ideas.

This fund was previously rated 5 stars by Bestinvest, but was downgraded in 2011 after it was soft closed to limit assets under management. Fund manager Harry Nimmo has a successful track record in smaller companies investing dating back to 1997. He benefits from the considerable resources of the Standard Life group, including the stock “Matrix” which is a key part of his process. The fund’s quality growth style bias often provides a degree of resilience in falling markets, but can lead to underperformance during recovery or value led rallies.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.10%
  • 16/17 0.67%
  • 17/18 0.46%
  • 18/19 1.01%
  • 19/20 1.94%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 1.14%
  • 5 years 0.80%
  • Career 0.44%
  • 3 years 99.30%
  • 5 years 99.50%
  • Career 100.00%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Harry Nimmo

Nimmo spent the early years of his career as a Land Surveyor working both in the UK and in Saudi Arabia. He obtained an MBA from Edinburgh University in 1984 and joined Standard Life as an investment analyst with responsibility for UK equity funds in 1985. He became senior investment analyst with sector responsibility for larger UK quoted company funds in 1990 and an investment manager in 1993, responsible for the UK equity smaller company funds. He is now head of smaller companies in Standard Life's UK Equity team.

Track record

Harry Nimmo has 23.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.44%. During the worst period of relative performance (from February 2009 - August 2009) there was a decline of 19% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 42%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -42.00% (May 2007 - November 2008)
Relative -19.00% (February 2009 - August 2009)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 30 June 2020

4.7% Games Workshop Group
4.2% Gamma Communications Plc
3.6% Future Plc
3.5% Hilton Food Group Plc
3.2% Cranswick
3.2% Diploma
3% Boohoo Group Plc
2.9% Rws Hldgs
2.8% Gb Group
2.7% Safestore Holdings Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Consumer Services 24.00%
Industrials 20.00%
Financials 15.00%
Consumer Goods 15.00%
Technology 11.00%
Telecommunications 6.00%
Money Market 6.00%
Health Care 2.00%

Portfolio

50 stocks. Turnover c.25%.

Constraints

Individual holdings limit of 5%. Max AiM exposure 25%. Maximum position in a company across all funds is 15%.

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