Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust Plc

European Equities

New for 2020. Backs quality companies with growth prospects, with great success  

Montanaro European Smaller Companies lifted the title of Best European Trust in Money Observer’s 2019 investment trust awards, thanks to its impressive performance profile. It is a newcomer to our Rated Funds for 2020.

The Montanaro fund has consistently hugely outperformed its benchmark, the MSCI Europe SmallCap (ex UK) index, and it is the best- performing European investment trust over one, three and five years by far. Despite being too small to interest most wealth managers – it has assets of just £200 million – it should be on the radar of private investors.

Montanaro was established in 1991 to research and invest in quoted small and medium-sized companies in Europe and the UK, and the firm now has funds under management of £2.2 billion. George Cooke, lead manager, works alongside Charles Montanaro, the group’s founder. Their approach is to seek quality growth. A qualitative analysis stage involves a thorough assessment of the quality of a business, its growth prospects and financial health. Quality is assessed using 14 criteria within five broad ‘buckets’: growth, profitability, leverage, cash and volatility.

At the end of 2019 the portfolio consisted of 55 holdings, with the top 10 accounting for less than a third of assets. Shares can be bought at a discount, typically a single-digit discount over the past year.

Narrative and ratings content all as of January 2020.

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Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust Plc
Montanaro Asset Management Limited
Closed Ended Investment Company
European Smaller Companies
1.17 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
3 Year Alpha
0.7 %
MSCI Europe Ex UK Small Cap PR USD
Fund Size
£ 205.82 million
Discount Premium
To achieve capital growth by investing principally in Continental European quoted smaller companies.
Holding %
Fortnox AB 5.60 %
Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA 4.50 %
Nemetschek SE 3.47 %
VZ Holding AG 3.08 %
Avanza Bank Holding AB 2.71 %
SimCorp A/S 2.64 %
CTS Eventim AG & Co. KGaA 2.59 %
Tecan Group Ltd 2.58 %
Esker SA 2.57 %
Belimo Holding AG 2.57 %
Region %
Eurozone 50.77 %
Europe - ex Euro 49.23 %
Sector %
Technology 29.22 %
Industrials 18.72 %
Healthcare 15.69 %
Financial Services 14.31 %
Consumer Cyclical 9.09 %
Montanaro Asset Management Limited
EC2R 8AR, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Closed Ended Investment Company


George Cooke
Joined 01/01/2012

George Cooke graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 with an undergraduate degree in Management Studies. He then spent another year of study there at the end of which he was awarded a Masters (with Distinction) in Corporate Strategy & Governance.Immediately following this, he joined the graduate scheme at Aon Benfield (formerly Aon Re). Having completed this scheme, George settled as an analyst within the ReSolutions department, where he specialised in assisting with the capital and runoff issues of insurance and reinsurance companies. During his time at the company, George received a Diploma in Insurance and passed all three levels of the CFA. After three and a half years with Aon Benfield, George joined Montanaro in July 2010.

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