Schroder UK Dynamic Smaller Companies Z

A small-cap fund focused on the bottom 10% of the UK market, utilising a pure bottom-up process.

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    Price (Inc)

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  • 728.30p
    Price (Acc)

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    Annual management charge

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  • 0.92%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.30%

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Prices as at 20 January 2022, fund commentary last updated 30 May 2014

The fund targets long term capital growth through investment primarily in the equities of small UK companies. The portfolio is spread widely across the investment universe, defined as the bottom 10% of the UK market by capitalisation, including AiM.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched July, 1999
Size £273m
Yield 0.30%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Feb, Aug


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 0.92%


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Investment process

The fund is constructed using an entirely bottom-up process; sector positioning is not a focus. The portfolio is spread widely across the investment universe, defined as the bottom 10% of the small-cap market by capitalisation, including AiM. The manager aims to have 75% of the portfolio in core holdings matching his "P3M criteria": Product – a differentiated product, R&D backed and preferably with intellectual property. Market – a market leader, either for the UK in a large niche or globally in a small niche. Margin – profitable, cash generative companies that are growing margins. Management - Marriage looks for management that appreciates shareholders and own their own stock. He likes to meet each portfolio company twice a year, ideally on their own premises. The remaining 25% of the portfolio is invested in value situations, often "poor" companies that the market has mis-priced. Regardless of the company he also requires an "investment angle" - a catalyst such as a restructuring that will cause an uplift in the share price. Ideas are sourced from market knowledge gained at company meetings, the "library" of companies Marriage has met in previous years, fundamental research and from regional brokers. The roles of fund manager and analyst are combined, without the need for large teams of sector specific analysts.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 17/18 0.55%
  • 18/19 -0.07%
  • 19/20 -0.91%
  • 20/21 0.30%
  • 21/22 0.15%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.16%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.09%
  • 3 years 39.70%
  • 5 years 64.10%
  • Career 87.90%

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 9.9 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.09%. 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 88%.

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 30 November 2021

4% Marshall Motor Hldgs Plc
3.03% Renew Hldgs
2.59% Alpha Finl Mkts Consulting Plc
2.55% Treatt
2.54% Midwich Group Plc
2.21% Vp Bank Ag
2.19% Ncc Group
2.12% Sanderson Design Group Plc
1.88% Spire Healthcare Group Plc
1.87% Vitec Group Plc (The)
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 32.00%
Consumer Discretionary 23.00%
Technology 19.00%
Health Care 5.00%
Financials 5.00%
Real Estate 4.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Money Market 3.00%
Consumer Staples 2.00%
Telecommunications 2.00%


Target of 80 core holdings. Max 5% in one stock. Max Schroder ownership in any company is kept at 30%. No exposure to oil, gas, mining or non UK listed stocks.


Position size between 1%-5%.

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