Ninety One American Franchise I

Management was brought in-house in August 2012. This is a focused large cap value fund.

  • 456.64p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 4.50% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.83%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%

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Prices as at 20 January 2022, fund commentary last updated 22 May 2008

For 10 years the management of this fund was outsourced to US-based Thornburg, but management was brought in-house in August 2012 following consistent poor performance. The portfolio focuses on large and medium sized companies and the fund can be regarded as a core holding, offering a blend of growth (companies with strong relative earnings) and value (companies trading at a discount to their intrinsic worth) stocks. The aim is achieve long term capital growth and the fund's benchmark is the S&P 500 index.

Fund summary

Sector North America
Structure OEIC
Launched June, 2007
Size £558m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 4.50%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.83%


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Investment process

Now it is managed by Investec it is highly likely to have a different investment process.Under Thornburg the process was: The objective is to invest in companies displaying sound business fundamentals that are priced attractively relative to their intrinsic value (the discounted sum of their future cash flows). These companies will fall into one of three categories: Basic Value (restructuring opportunities and contrarian cyclical companies); Consistent Earners (higher quality companies with consistent revenue streams and high returns on equity); and Emerging Franchises (younger companies with more visible growth characteristics). Neutral exposure is roughly 40% Basic Value, 40% Consistent Earners and the remainder in Emerging Franchises (maximum 25%). Individual fund positions in the latter type of company will be a maximum of 2%, whilst the former may account for larger weightings. Positions are usually held with a 12-18 month view.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 17/18 0.49%
  • 18/19 0.11%
  • 19/20 0.48%
  • 20/21 0.30%
  • 21/22 0.02%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.27%
  • 5 years 0.28%
  • Career 0.25%
  • 3 years 86.40%
  • 5 years 93.90%
  • Career 92.80%

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

Alessandro Dicorrado

Track record

Alessandro Dicorrado has 5.7 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.25%. During the worst period of relative performance (from May 2020 - January 2021) there was a decline of 7% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 11%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 93%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -11.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -7.00% (May 2020 - January 2021)

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 2021

8.8% Microsoft Corp
6.9% Alphabet Inc
4.8% Autodesk Inc
4.4% Adobe Inc
4.4% Intuit Inc
4.1% Automatic Data Processing Inc
3.8% Meta Platforms Inc
3.6% S&P Global Inc
3.6% Verisign
3.5% Visa Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Information Technology 40.00%
Health Care 15.00%
Communications 15.00%
Financials 15.00%
Consumer Discretionary 9.00%
Consumer Staples 4.00%
Money Market 1.00%


The number of holdings will vary between 40 and 50. The portfolio will remain diversified by sector and economic sensitivity. Minimum company market capitalisation is approximately $1bn.

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