Schroder UK Smaller Companies A

A small cap fund investing across the FTSE Small Cap universe (excl. ITs).

  • 3291.00p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 4462.00p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.66%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.10%
    Yield

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Prices as at 25 November 2020, fund data last updated 17 July 2014

The fund’s objective is to achieve capital growth by investing in smaller companies listed in the UK. It aims to outperform the FTSE Small Cap (ex Investment Trusts) index by 3% gross per annum in the long run. Detailed fundamental research is undertaken where the key factors sought are: quality management, growth potential, cash generation and balance sheet strength. Generally the fund managers invest in growing companies with a unique product or service for which demand is strong and which have pricing power.

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched May, 1987
Size £409m
Yield 0.10%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Jul

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.66%

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Investment process

The fund's objective is capital growth through investment in UK smaller companies, focusing on the FTSE Small Cap (ex IT) universe, the FTSE Fledgling Index and AIM, although up to 20% of the fund may be invested outside these universes. The investment process is based on a common sense investment philosophy, quantitative screening of the stock universe, fundamental analysis of company accounts and a subjective evaluation of management and prospects. The primary influence on the portfolio is bottom up stock selection, with individual stock weightings reflecting a combination of investment conviction and assessment of the stock’s likely volatility. Ongoing fundamental research generates an “investment triangle”, allocating investment opportunities into three categories. Generally the fund managers invest in growing companies with a unique product or service for which demand is strong and which have pricing power, while avoiding companies operating in industries where supply exceeds demand and the pricing can deteriorate. The managers do not have a pre-determined style bias, although the fund tends to outperform in falling markets.

Previously on our buy list, this fund was downgraded in 2009. Schroders has a well-resourced team of analysts and fund managers covering UK small and mid-cap stocks and, whilst we believe that the fundamental research process is detailed, we were concerned about the size of assets that the desk was responsible for. The managers have a good long term track record and the portfolio is tilted towards more defensive stocks, providing protection in falling markets.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.57%
  • 17/18 0.22%
  • 18/19 -0.11%
  • 19/20 0.28%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.13%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.36%
  • 3 years 77.90%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 99.70%

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

Andy Brough

Born in 1960, Brough holds an Economics degree from Manchester University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. He joined Schroders in 1987 as a UK equity fund manager, initially as an analyst covering the Brewery, Publishing and Printing sectors. He has managed the Schroder Institutional UK Smaller Cos. fund since 1989, the retail version since 1995, and has been co-head of Schroders' pan European Small and Mid Cap team since 2002. The bulk of his portfolios are made up of stocks held for the long-term, although tactical trading is undertaken in stocks of companies which include those that might be experiencing management change, withdrawal of industry overcapacity or a cyclical upturn.

Track record

Andy Brough has 7.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.36%. During the worst period of relative performance (from July 1997 - June 2016) there was a decline of 6% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 35%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -35.00% (December 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -6.00% (July 1997 - June 2016)

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

4.2% Globaldata Plc
3.89% Cohort Plc
3.5% Avon Rubber
3.36% Liontrust Asset Management Plc
3.19% Games Workshop Group
3.14% Rm Plc
2.86% Mj Gleeson Plc
2.82% Sdl
2.7% Aptitude Software Group Plc
2.49% Ncc Group
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 24.00%
Consumer Services 16.00%
Technology 16.00%
Consumer Goods 13.00%
Financials 11.00%
Others 5.00%
Health Care 5.00%
Oil & Gas 3.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Money Market 2.00%

Portfolio

Typically 80 – 120 stocks. Turnover is typically 25%.

Constraints

Sector weightings must be within +/- 10% of the index. Individual stock positions are limited to +/-3% versus the index. Tracking error to be within 4% – 8%. Max 10% in securities of a single issuer.

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