ES River and Mercantile UK Equity Smaller Companies B

Targets capital growth from small cap and smaller mid-cap UK equities.

  • 792.84p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 3464.73p
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 5.25% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 0.85%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 0.50%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 17 September 2021

The objective of the strategy is to outperform the Numis Smaller Companies (ex Inv Trusts) Index by 3% per annum (net of fees) by investing in a portfolio of investments which shall primarily consist of UK equities that reside in the bottom 10% of the UK stock market in terms of market capitalisation. In seeking to achieve the objective, the manager operates within broad risk constraints in order to limit the volatility of performance relative to the Index.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched November, 2006
Size £563m
Yield 0.50%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 May, 30 Nov


Standard initial charge 5.25%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.85%


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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.05%
  • 19/20 1.51%
  • 20/21 0.36%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.64%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.59%
  • 3 years 93.30%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 99.90%

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

Daniel Hanbury

Hanbury graduated from Loughborough University in 1996 with a 1st class degree in Mechanical Engineering, before joining Schroder Investment Management. He spent a year on the UK Fund Management desk before joining the research department for two years as an analyst in the Pan European Capital Goods Team. In April 2000 he joined the Investec Investment Team where he managed the UK Smaller Companies Fund and was a member of the Global Capital Goods Team. He left Investec in June 2006, joining River and Mercantile that October.

Track record

Daniel Hanbury has 10.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.59%. During the worst period of relative performance (from September 2000 - February 2001) there was a decline of 14% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 31%. 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 -31.00% (September 2000 - March 2003)
Relative -14.00% (September 2000 - February 2001)

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 31 July 2020

3.9314% Smart Metering Systems Plc
3.2946% Strix Group Plc
3.2035% Gamma Communications Plc
3.1012% Diversified Gas & Oil Plc
2.8959% Codemasters Group Holdings Plc
2.8738% Team17 Group Plc
2.8158% Pan African Resources Plc
2.7072% Learning Technologies Group Plc
2.5374% Supermarket Income Reit Plc Ord Gbp0.01
2.4613% Sabre Insurance Group Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 15.00%
Information Technology 14.00%
Communications 13.00%
Health Care 12.00%
Materials 11.00%
Financials 10.00%
Consumer Discretionary 8.00%
Money Market 6.00%
Real Estate 4.00%
Energy 3.00%


- c.70 companies


- Sector agnostic - Bottom up focus

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