Ninety One UK Smaller Companies I

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

  • 8557.40p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 322.80p
    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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    Annual management charge

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    Ongoing charges

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    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 27 January 2022, fund commentary 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 May, 2012
Size £318m
Yield 0.50%
Charging basis
Dividends paid 30 Nov


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.84%


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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

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  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 0.00%
  • 20/21 1.94%
  • 21/22 -0.66%

Bestinvest MRI

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  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.46%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 93.80%

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 4.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.46%. 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 94%.

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 30 November 2021

3.3% Boku Inc
3.3% Inspecs Group Plc
3.3% Gb Group
3.2% Smart Metering Systems Plc
3.1% Ascential Plc
2.9% Sumo Group Plc
2.8% Hotel Chocolat Group Plc
2.6% Auction Technology Group Plc
2.3% Jtc Plc
2.2% Fevertree Drinks Plc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 28.00%
Consumer Discretionary 19.00%
Technology 19.00%
Financials 8.00%
Consumer Staples 8.00%
Health Care 6.00%
Energy 5.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Money Market 2.00%
Utilities 1.00%


The fund will typically hold between 60-90 stocks.


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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