Miton UK Microcap plc
UK Smaller Companies
Rated Fund 2017-19. Looks at smallest companies through the lens of productivity
Miton UK MicroCap has struggled since the sell-o in developed world stock markets last October, significantly underperforming the FTSE Aim All-Share index in the second half of 2018.
However, with this trust investors are not only tapping into the experience of Gervais Williams and Martin Turner, two veterans in smaller companies investing, they are also gaining dedicated exposure to the smallest listed companies in the UK stockmarket.
Launched in 2015, the trust invests right at the bottom end of the size spectrum – companies with a market capitalisation of less than £150 million at the time of investment. This brings with it a high degree of risk, making this one for investors with a long-term perspective hoping to achieve the high growth potential that investing in microcaps can bring.
The trust has more than 80% of its assets invested in companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market, thereby offering a degree of diversification from mainstream funds. The portfolio is well diversified with almost 120 holdings.
When seeking potential investments, the managers generally look for companies improving their productivity or well-positioned to take extra market share on the basis of their premium service levels.
Improvements in productivity result in greater cash flow that businesses can use to fund yet more productivity improvements, as well as ultimately a stream of growing dividends that should lead to an increase in market value over time.
Shares in the trust have traded at a discount to net asset value – typically mid-single digit – since mid-2016, though they were on a premium of up to 10% in the preceding 18 months. This could indicate an attractive entry point for new investors.
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Gervais joined the Company in 1993 and heads Gartmore's award-winning smaller companies team. He has over fifteen years experience in smaller company investment. Believing that strong management is one of the keys to smaller company share price performance, Gervais and the team attend around 700 company meetings each year. These meetings are the cornerstone to their rigorous stock selection process.Prior to 1993, Gervais spent three years at Thornton Investment Management where he was responsible for a new investment strategy for the smaller companies unit. Gervais previously spent five years at Throgmorton Asset Management as a director responsible for segregated smaller company portfolios. Gervais graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1980 with an Honours degree in Engineering.
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