MI Sterling Select Companies

A focused, value style UK equity fund with a significant bias to small cap stocks.

  • 2153.44p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 8454.49p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.00%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.12%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.20%

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Prices as at 18 September 2020, fund data last updated 15 December 2011

This fund aims to provide maximum appreciation with above average yield for a growth fund through concentration in UK smaller and medium sized companies. It has a significant bias to small caps. The manager invests in a concentrated portfolio and believes in running his winners. Portfolio turnover is low. This essentially mirrors the Rights & Issues Investment Trust, run by the same manager.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched August, 1963
Size £26m
Yield 1.20%
Charging basis
Dividends paid Jun, Dec


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.12%


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Investment process

The fund is built entirely around bottom up stock analysis with an emphasis on fundamental value. The manager does not rely on third parties to generate investment ideas or provide research and analysis. Instead he relies on his extensive market experience and he alone will undertake all analysis and company visits. He does not invest in what are perceived as 'bad' companies even if they are cheaply priced. Instead he will target those which he understands, are profitable and whose businesses have significant barriers to entry. The manager will rely on balance sheet and turnover versus margin analysis to identify value. He pursues a buy and hold strategy and will not take positions in a company that cannot satisfy an investment case over a three to four year view. This is particularly important in the small cap arena where transaction costs can be high.

It's rare to find a manager who has managed the same fund for as long as Simon Knott has. In fact he has managed the Discretionary Fund in his own distinctive style since 1990. In what can only be described as a purist approach, the manager's style provides investors access to a focused, highly researched, deep value (cheap stocks relative to net assets or growth potential) portfolio of mostly small cap stocks. Knott’s investment philosophy and his detailed knowledge of the companies in which he invests is impressive. The Manager's distinctive bottom up approach, seeking out fundamental value, has proved successful over all economic cycles.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

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  • 18/19 0.28%
  • 19/20 -0.50%

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  • Career 0.10%
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  • Career 66.30%

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

Melwin Mehta

Track record

Melwin Mehta has 2.9 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.1%. During the worst period of relative performance (from May 2019 - August 2020) there was a decline of 9% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 35%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 66%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -35.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -9.00% (May 2019 - August 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

6.0092% Intermediate Capital Group
5.1195% Liontrust Asset Management Plc
5.0917% Costain Group Plc
5.0814% Bilby Plc
5.076% Hill & Smith Hldgs
4.4643% Omega Diagnostics Group Plc
4.4212% Velocys Plc
4.0482% Clinigen Group Plc
3.8662% Open Orphan Plc
3.6802% Ted Baker Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 21.00%
Building & Construction 18.00%
Health Care 11.00%
Software 8.00%
Retailers - General 6.00%
Oil & Gas 5.00%
Pharmaceuticals 4.00%
Diversified Industrials 4.00%
Chemicals 3.00%
Support Services 3.00%


Focused portfolio of c.40 stocks. Historically c.90% of the portfolio has been invested in small caps of which 15% are AIM stocks. The portfolio is characterised by low turnover, low valuations and lower market correlation than average.


There are no formal portfolio constraints. The top 10 stocks will typically account for up to 50% of portfolio and the top 20 for 75%.

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