Schroder European Smaller Companies Z

European (excluding UK) small and mid-cap equity fund.

  • 183.60p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 199.50p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.95%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.20%

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Prices as at 11 June 2021, fund data last updated 15 April 2014

The objective is capital growth by investing in Continental European smaller and medium sized companies. The manager follows a fundamental approach to selecting equities and has no pre-determined style bias. The emphasis is on companies whose share price is either cheap relative to growth prospects or asset value. The manager looks at a company’s ability to create value for shareholders and on companies operating in industries where demand is greater than supply, giving them pricing power.

Fund summary

Sector European Smaller Companies
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched November, 2011
Size £166m
Yield 0.20%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Jan


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 0.95%


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Investment process

The fund’s investment objective is to achieve capital appreciation through investment in smaller European companies. The portfolio is constructed from the bottom up with little regard to sector or country exposure. The managers believe broker research on mid and small cap companies is limited, and so company visits are a key part of the investment process. Quantitative screens are applied to focus research. The managers use their fundamental research to divide the investable universe into 3 types of companies: "A" companies operating in industries where demand exceeds supply; "B" companies - cyclical stocks or franchises in transition, where the balance of supply and demand varies over time; "C" companies operating in industries where supply exceeds demand. The portfolio is focused around “A” companies, but may also seek trading opportunities in B companies. C companies are avoided.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 0.32%
  • 17/18 0.28%
  • 18/19 -0.34%
  • 19/20 -0.58%
  • 20/21 0.26%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.22%
  • 5 years -0.01%
  • Career 0.08%
  • 3 years 33.30%
  • 5 years 61.80%
  • Career 86.00%

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

Luke Biermann

Biermann is a portfolio manager on the Schroder European Smaller Companies Fund & UK Dynamic Smaller Companies Fund. He also has analyst research responsibilities across the Pan-European small cap universe. Biermann joined Schroders as a graduate in October 2006 and is a CFA Charterholder. He has completed a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, University of Bath.

Track record

Luke Biermann has 9.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.08%. During the worst period of relative performance (from June 2018 - February 2020) there was a decline of 19% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 32%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 86%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -32.00% (August 2018 - March 2020)
Relative -19.00% (June 2018 - February 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

4.16% Hellofresh Se
3.76% Royal Unibrew A/S
3.58% Trigano
3.36% Dermapharm Hldg Se
3.18% Dovalue Spa
2.99% Kaufman & Broad
2.88% Embracer Group Ab
2.83% S&T Ag
2.72% Gerresheimer Group
2.62% Borregaard Asa
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 19.00%
Consumer Goods 17.00%
Consumer Services 15.00%
Technology 13.00%
Health Care 13.00%
Financials 9.00%
Others 6.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Energy 2.00%
Oil & Gas 1.00%


The fund holds 70-100 stocks.


Country weights +/- 20% vs. benchmark; Sector weights +/- 20% vs. benchmark; individual holdings +/- 5% vs. benchmark. Cash - max 10%. Tracking error – max 10%.

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