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UK Smaller Companies Fund

Fund launch date 08/01/1998
Fund size £1,357,190,615.66
Number of holdings 70
Managed by current team for 24 years
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The Fund

The multi-award-winning Fund has been managed by Anthony Cross since 1998, and he was joined by his co-managers Julian Fosh in 2008, Victoria Stevens and Matt Tonge in 2015, and Alex Wedge in 2020. The Fund 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. All smaller 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).

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.
Key Information
Manager Inception Date of Fund
08/01/1998
Class Launch Date
28/01/2013
Comparator Benchmark 1
FTSE Small Cap ex Inv Co
Comparator Benchmark 2
IA UK Smaller Companies
Price
Single Price
1942.900p
Offer Price
1998.900p
Price Date
23/05/2022

Awards and Ratings

Citywire fund manager rating Citywire Manager Rating: A
FEfundinfo Crown Rating FE fundinfo Crown Rating: 4
Morningstar Analyst Rating Morningstar Analyst Rating: Bronze
Morningstar Fund Rating: 5 Morningstar Rating: 5
Square Mile Rated AA Square Mile Rating: AA
Rayner Spencer Mills RSMR Rated Fund
Adviser Centre - Established Adviser Centre: E (Established)
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. 

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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.
Every smaller company held in the Economic Advantage funds has at least 3% of its equity held by senior management and main board directors. Companies are also assessed for employee ownership below the senior management and board and changes in equity ownership are monitored.
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.

Performance

Performance since manager inception date (%)

Discrete performance (%)

As at previous quarter 12 months ending: Mar 22 Mar 21 Mar 20 Mar 19 Mar 18
Liontrust UK Smaller Companies 2.6 56.7 -5.8 1.9 17.1
FTSE Small Cap ex Inv Co 5.5 74.9 -24.4 -3.1 2.2
IA UK Smaller Companies -1.7 65.7 -17.9 -2.6 14.9
Quartile Ranking 1 3 1 1 2

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 Smaller Companies -6.4 -8.6 -18.2 -18.3 -9.9 31.2 58.1 320.9 2264.6
FTSE Small Cap ex Inv Co -4.0 -6.0 -9.1 -10.1 -5.5 29.4 27.5 210.5 523.2
IA UK Smaller Companies -6.2 -7.2 -16.9 -18.2 -14.7 18.4 29.6 190.8 1077.8
Quartile Ranking 3 2 3 3 1 1 1 1 -

Source: FE fundinfo as at 20/05/2022. 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 (%)

YOUGOV 2.85
NEXT FIFTEEN COMMUNICATIONS GROUP 2.76
ALPHA FX GROUP PLC 2.43
ROBERT WALTERS 2.36
MORTGAGE ADVICE BUREAU (HLDGS) PLC 2.34
RWS HOLDINGS PLC 2.27
THORPE(F.W.) 2.24
GRESHAM HOUSE PLC ORD 25P 2.18
HILTON FOOD GROUP PLC 2.09
BROOKS MACDONALD GROUP 2.02

Sector Breakdown (%)

Financials 22.07
Industrials 21.92
Technology 18.59
Consumer Discretionary 15.88
Health Care 8.70
Money Market 7.63
Consumer Staples 2.79
Real Estate 1.63
Basic Materials 0.73

Geographic Breakdown (%)

UK
92.36
Money Market
7.63

Source: Liontrust as at 29/04/2022.

Capitalisation (%)

Source: FE fundinfo
Additional Information
Minimum initial investment
£5,000,000
Minimum additional investment
£100,000
Ex-dividend date
1 May (Final)
Distribution date
30 June (Final)
Sedol code
B57TMD1
ISIN code
GB00B57TMD12
Charges
Initial charge
-
Ongoing Charges Figure
1.33%
Included within the OCF is the Annual Management Charge
1.25%
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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.

 

Disclaimer

This is a marketing communication. Before making an investment, you should read the relevant Prospectus and the Key Investor Information Document (KIID), which provide full product details including investment charges and risks. These documents can be obtained, free of charge, from www.liontrust.co.uk or direct from Liontrust. Always research your own investments. If you are not a professional investor please consult a regulated financial adviser regarding the suitability of such an investment for you and your personal circumstances.

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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