Janus Henderson UK Alpha A

A multi-cap equity fund aiming to achieve capital growth from a portfolio of UK stocks.

  • 136.80p
    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?

  • 5.25% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.69%
    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.

  • 0.40%

    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 27 November 2020, fund data last updated 30 May 2014

This fund aims to achieve capital growth by investing principally in the securities of UK companies. To achieve this, the managers invests in a portfolio selected from across the entire market capitalisation range, often taking positions that are substantially different from the benchmark. They focus on companies that are out of favour with the market, often with “special situations” characteristics such as takeover candidates or businesses with new management.

Fund summary

Sector UK All Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched November, 2001
Size £298m
Yield 0.40%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 5.25%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.69%


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Investment process

The investment universe includes UK companies of all sizes and the portfolio can also include some overseas stocks. Ideas are derived from a variety of sources including wider Pan European equity team including six fund managers, company meetings and the manager’s network of broker and analyst contacts. The manager is a contrarian investor, i.e. he likes companies that are out of favour with the market. He is attracted to stocks by a variety of characteristics, including recovery potential, deep discounts to intrinsic value, unrecognised assets (e.g. undervalued divisions), restructuring situations (e.g. cost-cutting), management changes, underappreciated by the market (poorly researched), takeover candidates. The research process combines an assessment of a company’s external environment (e.g. stage of the economic cycle, strength of its competitors) with analysis of the individual business strategy. For a stock to enter the portfolio the manager must see a minimum 25% upside over 2 years. Individual position sizes are a function of the fund manager’s level of conviction, the perceived level of risk, and liquidity.

This fund gained a following when it was managed by Tim Steer under the New Star brand. In 2009 it was acquired by Henderson and placed under the stewardship of Stephen Peak, for many years the manager of the TR European Growth investment trust. Peak has added value over his career, but not latterly and he was replaced by Neil Hermon and James Ross in February 2013. The UK All Companies peer group is very competitive, and we advise that investors consider one of our rated funds in the sector.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.18%
  • 16/17 0.87%
  • 17/18 -0.49%
  • 18/19 -0.25%
  • 19/20 0.29%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.15%
  • 5 years 0.05%
  • Career 0.19%
  • 3 years 41.30%
  • 5 years 65.50%
  • Career 89.10%

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

Neil Hermon / James Ross

•Hermon is head of Pan European Smaller Companies at Henderson. Prior to joining Henderson he was head of UK Smaller Companies at General Accident (later to become CGU plc.). He continues this role when he joined Henderson in 2002. Hermon graduated from Cambridge University with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (CA) and an Associate Member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP). •Ross joined Henderson as a Graduate Trainee in 2007, began working on the Pan European Equities team in 2009 and moved to become a Fund Manager on the UK Equities team in 2013. Ross is CFA Charterholder, having passed the three CFA exams in three consecutive years, finishing in 2010. James Ross graduated from Durham University with a BA (Hons) in Economics.

Track record

Neil Hermon / James Ross has 7.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.19%. During the worst period of relative performance (from October 2017 - March 2020) there was a decline of 11% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 32%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 89%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -32.00% (December 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -11.00% (October 2017 - March 2020)

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

4.1435% Intermediate Capital Group
3.5676% Rio Tinto
3.3442% Bellway
3.3427% Royal Dutch Shell Plc
3.3228% Relx Nv
3.3073% Integrafin Holdings Plc
3.0017% Sanne Group Plc
2.8803% Prudential Plc
2.7127% Clinigen Group Plc
2.6159% John Laing Group Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 27.00%
Financials 25.00%
Consumer Services 15.00%
Consumer Goods 9.00%
Basic Materials 7.00%
Technology 5.00%
Oil & Gas 5.00%
Health Care 4.00%
Telecommunications 2.00%
Money Market 2.00%


60-80 stocks.


There are no benchmark constraints. Max 10% cash.

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