Schroder US Smaller Companies A

A small cap North American equity fund with a growth at a reasonable price (GARP) style.

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    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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    Annual management charge

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Prices as at 25 November 2020, fund data last updated 13 December 2011

The fund targets capital growth from equities listed in the US and Canada. It is run in a similar way to the Schroder US Mid Cap fund but focuses on companies that are smaller in size, typically between US$200m and US$2bn. Manager Jenny Jones takes a bottom-up approach (analysing companies in their own right), blending underpriced growth companies with slower growing, more reliable “steady eddies” and a small number of recovery situations.

Fund summary

Sector North American Smaller Cos
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched February, 1990
Size £641m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Jun

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 investment universe comprises around 1800 stocks with a market cap between US$200m and US$2bn at the time of purchase, essentially those in the Russell 2000 benchmark but excluding the less liquid names. The portfolio is built primarily on a bottom-up basis by Jones and her team of analysts and includes three types of companies: - Mispriced growth (50-60% of portfolio) – companies where sustainable change is occurring that will lead to higher earnings, revenues, cashflows or margins over 2-3 years. - Steady eddies (20-30%) – companies growing consistently, though generally at lower rates than the mispriced growth stocks. - Turnarounds (0-20%) – companies whose growth engine has broken, but where the manager sees a catalyst for a return to growth. The overall portfolio typically displays a bias to both growth and value factors - a growth at a reasonable price style.

Jenny Jones has over 30 years' experience investing in US companies. Her fund benefits from investing in a variety of stock types, which should enable it to perform throughout a market cycle. Historically it has proven resilient in falling markets, partly due to the “steady eddie” stocks held in the portfolio, though it can underperform strongly rising markets.

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Average monthly relative returns

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  • 19/20 -0.48%

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

Robert Kaynor

Robert Kaynor joined Schroders as a senior equity analyst in 2013 and became Research Director in 2014. Kaynor was the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Member at Ballast Capital Group from 2010 to 2013. He was a Managing Director/Portfolio Manager at Ramius Capital Group from 2003 to 2010. Qualifications: CFA Charterholder; BSc in Economics with Financial Applications from Southern Methodist University.

Track record

The track record of Robert Kaynor in managing mutual funds in this sector is still too short for us to draw any meaningful conclusions and so our assessment is based largely on qualitative aspects.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -26.00% (July 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -9.00% (April 2020 - October 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

2.39% Asgn Inc
1.99% Catalent Inc
1.85% Servicemaster Global Hldgs Inc
1.7% Entegris Inc
1.57% Darling Ingredients Inc
1.52% Ashland Gbl Hldgs Inc
1.51% Semtech Corp
1.45% Valvoline Inc
1.31% Valmont Industries Inc
1.3% Wns Holdings Ltd
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 17.00%
Information Technology 17.00%
Industrials 15.00%
Health Care 12.00%
Consumer Discretionary 11.00%
Materials 8.00%
Money Market 5.00%
Real Estate 4.00%
Consumer Staples 4.00%
Utilities 3.00%

Portfolio

100 to 150 stocks, weighted according to conviction. Turnover is typically less than 100% p.a. The cash weighting is normally 5-10%.

Constraints

Maximum position size 5%. Sector limits +/- 10% versus the benchmark (Russell 2000).

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