Schroder High Yield Opportunities A

Value added via sector and stock selection.

  • 42.26p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 138.40p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.25%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.39%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 6.70%
    Yield

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Prices as at 18 September 2020, fund data last updated 14 August 2002

This fund employs a hybrid portfolio with typically 40% in sub-investment grade bonds to provide a high level of monthly income. Returns have been mainly delivered through sector and stock selection.

Fund summary

Sector £ High Yield
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched February, 2000
Size £426m
Yield 6.70%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid Monthly

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.25%
Ongoing charges figure 1.39%

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Investment process

The fund holds a diversified portfolio of mainly UK corporate bonds and aims to provide a high level of income which is distributed monthly. Although the fund predominately invests in lower rated investment grade bonds, to improve the yield, a significant proportion of the portfolio may be invested in sub-investment grade stocks (rating below BBB) along with emerging markets, although overseas currency exposure is normally fully hedged. The split between high quality and high-yield stocks is not rigid and this allocation will be actively managed. The fund benefits from the 40 member strong global fixed interest desk at Schroders who carefully monitor the financial prospects of the issuers of the bonds held in the portfolio in order to establish their credit worthiness.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.19%
  • 16/17 0.51%
  • 17/18 0.22%
  • 18/19 -0.64%
  • 19/20 0.08%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.12%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.01%
  • 3 years 46.80%
  • 5 years 56.80%
  • Career 62.90%

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

Michael Scott/Konstantin Leidman

Scott joined Schroders in 2006 as a European Industrials credit analyst before becoming an investment manager in 2010. Scott began his investment career in 2005 at Cazenove. Scott has a BA (Hons) in Geography from Oxford University and is a CFA Charterholder. Leidman joined Schroders in 2012 from UBS. He joined UBS in 2004 initially as a credit risk analyst before becoming a Portfolio Manager in 2006. Prior to this Leidman worked as a analyst at M&G. Leidman is a CFA Charterholder and has a MBA from London Business School.

Track record

Michael Scott/Konstantin Leidman has 8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.01%. During the worst period of relative performance (from January 2018 - March 2020) there was a decline of 23% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 22%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 63%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -22.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -23.00% (January 2018 - March 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

2.27% Almaviva Spa 7.25% Bds 15/10/22 Eur100000
2.14% Saga Plc 3.375% Nts 12/05/24 Gbp100000
1.85% Algeco Scotsman Global Finance Plc 6.5% Bds 15/02/23 Eur100000reg S
1.84% Banca Ifis Spa 4.5000 17/10/2027 Regs
1.71% Energy Transfer Partners Lp 6.25% Undated Frn Usd1000
1.63% Metro Bank Plc 5.5% Rst Call Sub Nts 26/06/28 Gbp100000
1.62% Heimstaden Bostad Ab 3.2480 Perp - Regs
1.61% Tele Columbus Ag 3.8750 01/05/2025 Series
1.49% Ithaca Energy North Sea Plc 9.375% Bds 15/07/24 Usd200000
1.46% Sainsburys Bank Plc 6% Sub Nts 23/11/27 Gbp100000
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 60.00%
Financials 35.00%
Utilities 4.00%
Mortgage & Secured Bonds 4.00%
Money Market 2.00%

Portfolio

There are typically 80-100 holdings in the portfolio.

Constraints

The minimum exposure to non investment grade issues is 20% although at times this could be as much as 50% and the maximum exposure to emerging market debt would be 5%.

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