Lindsell Train Global Funds plc - Lindsell Train Global Equity Fund B GBP Inc
Rated Fund 2015-20. Believes boring is good in the long term
Lindsell Train Global Equity has grown by £3 billion in the past year, to £8.5 billion. It is managed by the eponymous asset management firm’s founders Michael Lindsell and Nick Train. They have started succession planning, adding James Bullock as co-manager in 2015.
The fund was launched in 2011 and is typical of the Lindsell Train stable, with the managers aiming to achieve its objective of long-term income and capital growth by constructing a concentrated portfolio of ‘exceptional’ companies. It only has between 20 and 30 holdings. The managers’ focus is on ‘boring’ companies that they believe have truly sustainable business models and/or established resonant brands. They favour consumer companies and particularly drinks firms. Lindsell Train was one of the first groups to target absolute returns, though not explicitly. They follow four investment principles in constructing and managing portfolios, namely that investors generally undervalue durable, cash-generative business franchises; concentration can reduce risk; transaction costs are a tax on returns; and dividends matter more than you might think.
For these managers, there is no temptation to change their portfolios to move with the times and they stick doggedly to their strategy. A clear investment philosophy and disciplined, consistent approach, combined with a fee reduction in 2019 as assets have grown (to a maximum of 1.15%), underpins Morningstar’s analyst rating of silver.
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|Unilever PLC||8.18 %|
|Heineken Holding NV||7.87 %|
|Diageo PLC||7.50 %|
|London Stock Exchange Group PLC||7.01 %|
|Nintendo Co Ltd||6.02 %|
|Mondelez International Inc Class A||4.76 %|
|PayPal Holdings Inc||4.74 %|
|RELX PLC||4.73 %|
|PepsiCo Inc||4.67 %|
|Intuit Inc||4.65 %|
|United Kingdom||34.74 %|
|United States||31.69 %|
|Consumer Defensive||44.59 %|
|Communication Services||21.41 %|
|Financial Services||19.18 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||7.36 %|
James is Portfolio Manager for global equity accounts having joined Lindsell Train in October 2010. He has a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in Biomechanics from the University of Cambridge. He passed the Investment Management Certificate in 2012 and was promoted to Portfolio Manager in April 2015.
Michael Lindsell co-founded Lindsell Train Limited in 2000. He is the portfolio manager for Japanese equity portfolios and jointly manages Global portfolios.Before founding Lindsell Train he spent seven years at GT Management, first as CIO.Following the acquisition of GT by Invesco in 1998 he was appointed head of the combined global product team.His previous experience included working at Mercury Asset Management where he was director and head of Japanese fund management,at Scimitar Asset Management where he ran Pacific and Japanese mandates and at Lazard Brothers as an investment manager.
Nick Train co-founded Lindsell Train Limited in 2000. He is the portfolio manager for UK equity portfolios and jointly manages Global portfolios. Before founding Lindsell Train he was head of Global Equities at M&G Investment Management, having joined there in 1998 as a director. Previously he spent 17 years (1981 – 1998) at GT Management which he left soon after its acquisition by Invesco. At his resignation he was a director of GT Management (London), Investment Director of GT Unit Managers and Chief Investment Officer for Pan-Europe. Nick has a BA honours degree in Modern History from Queen’s College, Oxford.
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