Invesco European Smaller Companies (UK)

Europe ex UK small cap equity fund managed since 2004 by Adrian Bignell.

  • 164.90p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    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?

  • 5.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.70%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.70%
    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.

  • 0.30%

    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 24 March 2020, fund data last updated 15 December 2011

This fund aims to achieve capital growth through a portfolio of investments in smaller European companies, excluding the United Kingdom. To achieve this the fund's manager applies a fundamental approach to selecting equities, considering global economic and industrial trends (top down research), as well as examining a company in its own right (bottom up investing).

Fund summary

Sector European Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched December, 1984
Size £121m
Yield 0.30%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.70%
Ongoing charges figure 1.70%


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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.40%
  • 16/17 -0.42%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 -1.58%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career -0.24%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 24.50%

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

Adrian Bignell

Bignell obtained an MA in French from St.Andrews University and also has a Securities Institute Diploma. He joined Cazenove in October 1994 as a trainee analyst in the European broking department, before moving on to the European fund management team with responsibility for Scandanavia, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Ireland. He eventually become a director of Cazenove Group and vice head of the European equities team as well as manager of the Cazenove European Smaller Companies fund. He joined Invesco Perpetual in December 2003 and is based in their Henley office.

Track record

Adrian Bignell has 14.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.24%. During the worst period of relative performance (from June 2008 - February 2020) there was a decline of 40% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 66%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -66.00% (May 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -40.00% (June 2008 - February 2020)

About the MRI

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 January 2020

3.8% Voltalia
3.42% Eurazeo Se
3.29% Nos Sgps
3.27% Accsys Technologies Plc
3.05% Flow Traders Nv
3.01% Software Ag
2.99% Qiagen N.v.
2.84% Iren Spa
2.83% Saab Ab
2.82% Soitec
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Business Services 25.00%
Technology 13.00%
Financials 13.00%
Consumer Goods 11.00%
Industrials 10.00%
Basic Materials 8.00%
Money Market 7.00%
Resources 7.00%
Retail 6.00%

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