Liontrust UK Smaller Companies R

  • 1575.04p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 5.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.63%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.10%
    Yield

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Prices as at 06 August 2020, fund data last updated 28 November 2011

The fund’s objective is to provide long term capital growth by investing in UK smaller companies, companies progressing to the FTSE 250 are sold. Experienced managers Anthony Cross and Julian Fosh look particularly for companies with intellectual property that will enable them to deliver sustained above average profitability; as a result the fund often has a bias to technology shares. Share ownership by directors is also required of portfolio companies. Smaller companies’ shares can be more volatile and less liquid than larger company shares, so smaller companies funds can carry more risk.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched
Size £1,050m
Yield 0.10%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Jun

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.63%

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Investment process

The fund invests in companies from the FTSE Small Cap and FTSE Fledgling indices and the AiM market – companies progressing to the FTSE 250 are typically sold. The managers target companies with what they call “Economic Advantage” – characteristics their competitors will struggle to replicate. These typically fall into three categories: (1)Intellectual property; (2)Strong distribution channels; (3)Significant recurring business. The managers believe that company profits revert to the mean over time, and that only companies with Economic Advantage can defy this and sustain above average profits over the long term. Though the managers look for businesses capable of growing over the long term, they recognise that economic cycles can interrupt their growth. Such companies can be overlooked by the market, so they also look for companies with underappreciated potential earnings growth. They believe that they will surprise the market with strong growth, delivering an uplift in the share price. The managers also require directors’ share ownership of at least 3%, believing this helps to align their interests with outside shareholders.

Anthony Cross now has a successful track record dating back to 1998 on this fund, and since 2008 has benefited from the input of co-manager Julian Fosh. Previously known as Liontrust Intellectual Capital, the fund’s name was changed in 2010 but intellectual property remains a favoured characteristic in investments and the fund typically has a large weighting to technology shares. Historically the fund has proved resilient in falling markets, though the distinct investment style has also led to periods of underperformance relative to the peer group.

Manager research

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

Track record

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About the MRI

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Sector breakdown

Industrials 25.00%
Technology 20.00%
Financials 18.00%
Money Market 9.00%
Consumer Services 9.00%
Consumer Goods 8.00%
Health Care 8.00%
Telecommunications 2.00%
Basic Materials 1.00%

Portfolio

50 - 80 stocks (up from 40-50 as the assets grew).

Key Investor Information

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