M&G Pan European Select Smaller Companies A

Invests in European, mainly smaller companies, aiming for long term capital growth.

  • 357.87p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 399.22p
    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?

  • 4.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.68%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 2.20%
    Yield

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Prices as at 23 January 2020, fund data last updated 01 January 2002

The fund is at least 70% invested in the shares of smaller European companies, with the aim of generating capital growth over the long term (five years or more). The fund generally invests in fewer than 50 stocks, focusing primarily on companies that make up the bottom third of all publically listed firms in Europe, in terms of their stockmarket value. Stocks are selected based on their individual merits, with a focus on quality businesses where an element of change is helping to drive their value. Crucially, the fund manager will purchase shares in a company when short term issues have provided a clear valuation opportunity, with a view to holding those shares over the long term.

Fund summary

Sector European Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched September, 1996
Size £193m
Yield 2.20%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Oct

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.68%

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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.51%
  • 18/19 -0.87%
  • 19/20 -0.39%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.25%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career -0.33%
  • 3 years 25.10%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 13.60%

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

Michael Oliveros

Oliveros was appointed manager of the M&G European Smaller Companies Fund in January 2016, having co-managed the fund since July 2015. He is also deputy manager of the M&G European Select Fund and the M&G Pan European Select Fund. He joined M&G in June 2011 as an analyst on the Leaders team, becoming deputy manager of the Global Leaders Fund in January 2013, a position he held until April 2016. He previously worked at Credit Suisse for six years, three of these as the market strategist and head of custom solutions in the HOLT group. Prior to Credit Suisse, he worked as an investment banking associate at Valuemetrics Advisors and as a management consultant at SCA Consulting. Oliveros graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 with a BS in finance, minoring in technology and management. He is a CFA charterholder.

Track record

Michael Oliveros has 3.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.33%. During the worst period of relative performance (from October 2017 - September 2019) there was a decline of 16% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 23%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -23.00% (October 2017 - December 2018)
Relative -16.00% (October 2017 - September 2019)

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 November 2019

6.9% Wh Smith Plc
4.9% Cts Eventim Ag & Co Kgaa
4.2% Dcc
3.2% Alk Abello
3.1% Vat Group Ag
3% Loomis Ab
2.9% Medicover Ab
2.9% Compania De Distribucion Integral Logista
2.8% Id Logistics
2.8% Emis Group Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 34.00%
Consumer Services 18.00%
Financials 13.00%
Consumer Goods 10.00%
Health Care 9.00%
Technology 8.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Utilities 3.00%
Telecommunications 2.00%
Oil & Gas 1.00%

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