MI Chelverton UK Equity Growth Fund B Accumulation shares
Rated Fund 2018-19. Backs cash-generative smaller companies
Like other Chelverton Asset Management funds, MI Chelverton UK Equity Growth invests in companies that are listed in the UK but fall outside the FTSE 100 index. It has been managed since inception by James Baker, who joined Chelverton in 2014 to run the fund. He has more than 30 years of equity market experience, specialising throughout his career in UK small and medium company stock selection. He was joined in 2016 by assistant fund manager Edward Booth.
They aim to deliver long-term capital growth to investors by investing in small and medium-sized companies that are highly cash-generative and can therefore fund their own growth. They look for companies with strong market positions that are expected to grow faster than the UK economy. Typically, they will have some form of sustainable competitive advantage, such as a unique product or a dominant position in a particular market.
The managers’ starting point is to quantitatively screen their universe of 1,200 stocks. To warrant further consideration, a company must be able to convert 75% of operating profit into free cash flow from gross margins higher than 20%. They also test companies’ balance sheets to see that debt is not too burdensome and that the amount of working capital is not excessively high. This generates around 150 ideas for further assessment involving a more in-depth analysis of sales, customer base and margins, and around half of these make it into the portfolio.
The managers have significantly reduced their exposure to technology over the past year, from more than half to less than a quarter of the portfolio.
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Edward Booth, graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics with Economic History, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, where he focused on the Insurance sector. Prior to joining Chelverton, he worked as a Business Analyst for Barclays, focusing on a number of areas including Investment Bank Revenue and Group Capital performance.
James Baker, a history graduate from Cambridge University, has over 30 years of equity market experience on both buy and sell sides, specialising for all of his career in UK Small and Mid caps stock selection. He has worked for several organisations over the years, but most notably spent 11 years from 1999 to 2011 as part of the ABN Amro, Small Mid cap sales team, which was consistently top ranked by Extel. Prior to joining Chelverton he worked as the Assistant fund manager on the Rathbone UK Recovery Fund.
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