Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc

Asia Equities

Rated Fund 2013-2018. Focuses on small companies and capital preservation

This trust won Money Observer's Best Asia Pacific Trust award in 2014. Although some of its management team has since changed, we believe it will continue to deliver good long-term results. The advantage of investing in smaller companies in Asia is that they offer exposure to domestic consumption, which is growing strongly given the region's superior demographic profile and developing middle class.

The lead manager is Vinay Agarwal, a Singapore-based director of First State Stewart Asia. He is supported by Wee-Li Hee, an Edinburgh-based portfolio manager. They focus on capital preservation in both absolute and real terms. They favour small businesses with defensible franchises that should be long-term winners no matter what the economic and monetary backdrop. In this regard, the fund offers something different from those that have been riding the tech wave, and if there is a market sell-off it should provide some relative capital protection. In selecting investments, they look for businesses with strong cash flow generation and good balance sheets that have the potential to double in size over the next five years. The portfolio has become more concentrated under Agarwal and had around 60 holdings at the end of 2017. Currently, the managers are placing a significant emphasis on Indian companies, where they have more than a quarter of assets, and are finding both growth and some of the best management teams in Asia there. They have also found pockets of value in the Philippines and Taiwan.

Shares in the trust generally trade at a discount to net asset value and at the end of 2017 could be bought on an 11 per cent discount.

Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2018.

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Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc
First State Investments (UK) Ltd
Closed Ended Investment Company
Asia Pacific - Excluding Japan
1.01 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
3 Year Alpha
1.1 %
MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan GR USD
Fund Size
£ 287.39 million
Discount Premium
To achieve long-term capital growth through investment primarily in smaller Asian quoted companies with market capitalisations under USD1,500m, or the equivalent at the time of investment. The Company may also invest in Companies with market capitalisations of between USD1,500m and USD3,000m although not more than 20% of its NAV. For investment purposes, the regions include: India, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Pakistan and Vietnam but excludes Japan and Australasia. Other Countries in Asia may also be considered with Board approval.
Holding %
Vitasoy International Holdings Ltd 3.93 %
SKF India Ltd 3.69 %
Haw Par Corp Ltd 3.43 %
Sinbon Electronics Co Ltd 3.16 %
Towngas China Co Ltd 3.14 %
Raffles Medical Group Ltd 3.12 %
Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL 3.04 %
Jyothy Laboratories Ltd 2.84 %
Mahindra CIE Automotive Ltd 2.79 %
Minth Group Ltd 2.74 %
Region %
Asia - Emerging 74.27 %
Asia - Developed 25.73 %
Sector %
Consumer Cyclical 27.13 %
Technology 17.50 %
Consumer Defensive 11.44 %
Industrials 11.33 %
Healthcare 10.47 %
Financial Services 7.96 %
Basic materials 5.17 %
First State Investments (UK) Ltd
EC2M 7EB, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Closed Ended Investment Company


Vinay Agarwal
Joined 07/20/2016
Scott McNab
Joined 07/01/2015
Wee-Li Hee
Joined 07/01/2014

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