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UK Micro Cap Fund

Fund launch date 09/03/2016
Fund size £135,780,835.08
Number of holdings 57
Managed by current team for 7 years
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The Fund

The Fund, managed by Anthony Cross, Julian Fosh, Victoria Stevens, Matt Tonge and Alex Wedge, launched in March 2016 and aims to deliver capital growth over the long term (5 years or more) through using the Economic Advantage investment process. The process seeks to identify companies with a durable competitive advantage that allows them to defy industry competition and sustain a higher than average level of profitability for longer than expected. Companies in the Fund must have a minimum 3% equity ownership by senior management, which the fund managers believe motivates key employees, helps to secure a company’s competitive edge and leads to better corporate performance. The Fund invests at least 90% of the portfolio in companies incorporated, domiciled or which conduct significant business in the United Kingdom (UK).

You are able to redeem your investment from the Fund at any time and there is no exit fee for doing so.

Past performance does not predict future returns. You may get back less than you originally invested. Reference to specific securities is not intended as a recommendation to purchase or sell any investment.
Key Information
Manager Inception Date of Fund
Class Launch Date
Comparator Benchmark 1
FTSE Small Cap ex Inv Co
Comparator Benchmark 2
FTSE AIM All-Share
Comparator Benchmark 3
IA UK Smaller Companies
Single Price
Offer Price
Price Date

Awards and Ratings

FOMYA UK Smaller Companies - Highly Commended Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2022 UK Smaller Companies
Small Cap Awards 2022 UK Smaller Companies Fund Manager of the Year
FEfundinfo Crown Rating FE fundinfo Crown Rating: 5
Adviser Centre - Recommended Adviser centre
FE Approved Fund FE Investments Approved
Morningstar Fund Rating: 5 Morningstar Rating: 5
Fund Calibre Elite Rated Fund Calibre Elite Rated Fund

Meet the team

The award-winning Economic Advantage team have an average industry experience of 21 years. Anthony Cross joined Liontrust from Schroders in 1997 and launched the UK Smaller Companies Fund a year later. Anthony, who has managed the UK Smaller Companies and Special Situations funds since launch, was joined by Julian Fosh in 2008. Julian had previously managed funds at Scottish Amicable Investment Managers, Britannic Investment Managers, Scottish Friendly Assurance Society and Saracen Fund Managers. Victoria Stevens and Matt Tonge joined the team in 2015, with the UK Micro Cap fund launching a year later. Victoria was previously Deputy Head of Corporate Broking at FinnCap, while Matt had spent nine years on the Liontrust dealing desk, latterly winning an industry award for his work in mid and small cap stocks. Alex Wedge joined the team in March 2020 from N+1 Singer, where he had spent over seven years, latterly as a senior member of the equity sales team. 

Meet the tea

The heart of the UK Micro Cap Fund is providing capital to some of the UK’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, participating in their success to drive returns for the Fund’s investors.

Our Investment Process

The process seeks to identify companies that possess intangible assets which produce barriers to competition and provide a durable competitive advantage that allows the companies to defy industry competition and sustain a higher-than-average level of profitability for longer than expected. 
In the fund managers’ experience, the hardest characteristics for competitors to replicate are three classes of intangible asset: intellectual property, strong distribution channels and significant recurring business.
Other less powerful but nonetheless important intangible strengths include franchises and licenses; good customer databases and relationships; effective procedures and formats; strong brands and company culture. 
These intangible assets produce barriers to competition, protect margins and are capable, in the opinion of the fund managers, of reaping a financial advantage in the form of cash flow returns in excess of the cost of capital. A company that consistently generates excess cash flow returns will benefit from compounding as it reinvests this excess return into the business.

The Fund has hallmarks of a ‘quality’ style of investing – companies generating high, consistent returns with strong solvency or balance sheets. Quality companies will often outperform in difficult economic conditions. There is a tilt away from companies characterised as ‘value’ – typically companies whose shares appear cheap when assessed on measures of tangible asset value. Value companies often perform well when interest rates rise.

Past performance does not predict future returns. You may get back less than you originally invested. Reference to specific securities is not intended as a recommendation to purchase or sell any investment.


Performance since manager inception date (%)

Discrete performance (%)

As at previous quarter 12 months ending: Sep 23 Sep 22 Sep 21 Sep 20 Sep 19
Liontrust UK Micro Cap 2.4 -26.6 63.2 10.6 -2.5
FTSE Small Cap ex Inv Co 12.7 -24.4 72.4 -12.7 -7.8
FTSE AIM All-Share -8.3 -34.3 30.8 11.0 -19.4
Quartile Ranking 2 1 1 1 1

Cumulative performance (%)

As at previous day end 1 month 3 months 6 months YTD 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years Since Inception
Liontrust UK Micro Cap 5.7 0.9 -0.7 -4.6 -1.7 12.9 45.4 - 116.8
FTSE Small Cap ex Inv Co 4.6 0.5 1.9 2.8 3.4 16.4 28.8 - 52.8
FTSE AIM All-Share 5.1 -2.7 -7.6 -12.2 -14.2 -29.8 -17.7 - 13.8
Quartile Ranking 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 - -

Source: FE fundinfo as at 01/12/2023. Performance figures are shown in GBX. Total return performance figures are calculated net of costs and charges, on a bid price to bid price basis (mid to mid for OEICs) with net income (dividends) reinvested. Where applicable the quartile rank is for the primary share class within the sector. If your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

Current positioning

Top 10 Holdings (%)


Sector Breakdown (%)

Technology 31.21
Industrials 20.38
Health Care 12.17
Consumer Discretionary 8.30
Financials 8.16
Money Market 7.22
Consumer Staples 4.49
Real Estate 3.93
Telecommunications 2.28
Basic Materials 1.82

Geographic Breakdown (%)

Money Market

Source: Liontrust as at 31/10/2023.

Capitalisation (%)

Additional Information
Minimum initial investment
Minimum additional investment
Ex-dividend date
1 May (Final)
Distribution date
30 June (Final)
Sedol code
ISIN code
Initial charge
Ongoing Charges Figure
Included within the OCF is the Annual Management Charge

For more information on the OCF, see our costs and charges page.

Fund Manager Insights

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icon 20 February 2023
Insights 12
Anthony Cross Anthony Cross
In defence of the UK market Some high profile private equity takeovers and recent underperformance has cast the UK stock market in a negative light. However, Anthony Cross believes the UK market continues to be home to a number of exciting companies and a resurgence of new entrants are providing fresh investment opportunities.
icon 21 October 2021

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Key Risks 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income generated from it can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you originally invested. The issue of units/shares in Liontrust Funds may be subject to an initial charge, which will have an impact on the realisable value of the investment, particularly in the short term. Investments should always be considered as long term.


The portfolio is primarily invested in smaller companies and companies traded on the Alternative Investment Market. These stocks may be less liquid and the price swings greater than those in, for example, larger companies.



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This should not be construed as advice for investment in any product or security mentioned, an offer to buy or sell units/shares of Funds mentioned, or a solicitation to purchase securities in any company or investment product. Examples of stocks are provided for general information only to demonstrate our investment philosophy. The investment being promoted is for units in a fund, not directly in the underlying assets. It contains information and analysis that is believed to be accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change without notice. Whilst care has been taken in compiling the content of this document, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made by Liontrust as to its accuracy or completeness, including for external sources (which may have been used) which have not been verified. It should not be copied, forwarded, reproduced, divulged or otherwise distributed in any form whether by way of fax, email, oral or otherwise, in whole or in part without the express and prior written consent of Liontrust.

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