Investec UK Equity Income I Inc 2
UK Equity Income
New for 2019. Backs capital-light businesses
The Investec UK Equity Income fund distinguishes itself from many of its competitors by favouring capital-light businesses. Blake Hutchins, its manager since launch in early 2015, focuses on cash-generative, attractively valued, quality businesses with low capital intensity and the ability to compound returns and cash flows over the long term, while returning a proportion of this growing cash flow back to investors in the form of rising dividends.
This means he avoids some of the UK’s biggest dividend payers such as HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell and BP. These tend to be capital-intensive businesses and none of them have grown their dividends in dollar terms over the past three years.
He typically favours two types of investment opportunities. First, quality compounders: capital-light businesses that have the ability to compound and grow their cash flows and, therefore, their dividends. An example of such a business – and a new holding for 2018 bought when it made its initial public offering – is IntegraFin, owner of the Transact investment platform.
Hutchins likes ‘positive change’ companies which are usually driven by an exceptional management team. An example of such a firm is Tesco, which he believes will be a ‘cash machine’ once chief executive Dave Lewis turns the supermarket group around.
The fund yields 3.7%. It focuses on sustainable dividend growth as opposed to absolute dividend yield. Hutchins takes a total return approach that combines income and capital growth and his portfolio has 30 to 50 holdings.
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Blake is a portfolio manager at Investec Asset Management. He is responsible for managing UK Equity Funds within Investec’s Quality capability. He is manager of the UK Equity Income Fund and backup portfolio manager on the UK Alpha Fund. Blake is based in the firm’s London office. Prior to joining the firm, Blake worked for Threadneedle where he was responsible for retail and institutional assets. He has been managing funds for over 4 years having started his career with Aviva Investors in 2007. Blake graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MA Honours degree in Economics and Politics. In addition, Blake holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a CFA Charterholder.
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