Ninety One UK Smaller Companies A

Invests in UK equities below £500m in size using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis.

  • 4996.98p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 5571.10p
    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?

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    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 1.59%
    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.

  • 0.60%
    Yield

    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 23 November 2020, fund data last updated 15 December 2011

The Fund aims to achieve long term capital growth primarily through investment in equities issued by UK smaller companies. This is a genuine smaller companies fund, focusing on UK equities with a market capitalisation of up to £500m, however some mid cap stocks may be included. The stock universe is filtered using 4Factor, Investec's in-house quantitative system.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched July, 1982
Size £224m
Yield 0.60%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Nov

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.50%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.59%

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Investment process

The team use a quantitative screening process, 4Factor, to identify potential investment opportunities from a universe of stocks taken from the Numis Smaller Companies plus AiM index, excluding investment trusts. The screen scores stocks across four equally weighted criteria: 1) Strategy - competent management teams creating value for shareholders; 2) Valuation - companies trading at a discount to fair value; 3) Dynamic - companies seeing upwards earnings revisions; 4) Technicals - factors focusing on share price momentum. The highest scoring stocks are then subject to fundamental analysis by Investec's sector analysts. Finally the portfolio is constructed by the named manager - position sizes vary according to conviction level, the stock's volatility and the stock's effect on portfolio risk.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.23%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 1.94%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.79%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 99.00%

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

Matt Evans

Evans is co-manager of the Threadneedle UK Smaller Companies Fund, the Threadneedle UK Mid 250 Fund and a range of small cap institutional portfolios¹. He is also responsible for stock analysis and idea generation with research responsibility for construction and house builders. Before joining Threadneedle Evans was a Fund Manager at Legal & General Investment Management specialising in UK Small Caps. He gained a degree in Geography and Sports Science from Loughborough University.

Track record

Matt Evans has 3.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.79%. During the worst period of relative performance (from January 2016 - January 2017) there was a decline of 9% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 20%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -20.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -9.00% (January 2016 - January 2017)

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

3.5% Fevertree Drinks Plc
3.3% Smart Metering Systems Plc
3.2% Kainos Group Plc
2.7% Diversified Gas & Oil Plc
2.6% Boku Inc
2.6% Ascential Plc
2.5% Clinigen Group Plc
2.5% Puretech Health Plc
2.5% Team17 Group Plc
2.4% Aj Bell Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Consumer Goods 20.00%
Industrials 17.00%
Financials 14.00%
Technology 14.00%
Consumer Services 12.00%
Health Care 11.00%
Oil & Gas 5.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Money Market 2.00%
Telecommunications 2.00%

Portfolio

The fund will typically hold between 60-90 stocks.

Constraints

Stock bets are limited to +/- 5% vs benchmark with max 10% in any one stock. Sector weights are limited to +/- 10% vs benchmark. Max 30% in FTSE 250 stocks. Max 40% in AiM stocks. Max market cap £500m.

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