F & C Investments

F&C Global Smaller Companies

  • Reaching or high growth globally

  • How to Invest

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    The value of your investments can go down as well as up, and you may not get back what you originally invested.

  • Key facts

    The Trust seeks to exploit the investment potential of smaller companies listed on the world’s stock markets. Many smaller companies are not widely researched, opening up the potential for our detailed fundamental analysis to identify valuation anomalies. The inherent ability of smaller enterprises to grow faster than more mature, larger companies, is also positive for the long-term outlook.


    • The largest specialist global smaller companies investment trust
    • An attractive investible universe of stocks to choose from
    • Strong track record in both absolute and relative to Benchmark terms
    • Low ongoing Charges in comparison to other funds

    Suitability for retail distribution

    The Company notes the changes to the Financial Conduct Authority’s rules relating to the restrictions on the retail distribution of unregulated collective investment schemes and close substitutes, which came into effect on 1 January 2014. The Company is an investment trust and therefore its Ordinary Shares are not subject to these restrictions. The Company conducts its affairs so that its Ordinary Shares can be recommended by Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority’s rules relating to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so.

  • Fund manager commentary

    Equity performance around the globe was mixed in June as investors assessed the outlook following another rise in US rates, more hawkish commentary from the European Central Bank, the conclusive win for President Macron’s party in the French elections, and the hung parliament result from the UK general election. Sterling, after initially falling post the election, recovered later on in the month, but economic data now is suggesting that the domestic economy is now struggling to grow. US small caps did better than elsewhere in the month, having lagged in recent months, while there was some profit taking in Europe. The net asset value, share price and benchmark were all relatively un-moved over the month as a whole.


    Stock selection was positive in the UK, with the share price of IFA consolidator AFH Financial Group rising strongly as the company produced strong interim results and announced further acquisitions prompting a broker upgrade. Biffa shares rose on the back of decent maiden results post its initial public offering (IPO), and the shares found favour in the market as a relatively defensive stock amid general uncertainty about the outlook for the UK economy. Technical plastics supplier Carclo was also strong on the back of good results. On the less positive side, shares in specialist lending business Aldermore fell back as sentiment towards the whole lending area weakened, and Revolution Bars continued to drift after the profit warning from the month before. UK consumer orientated stocks were under pressure as the rise in inflation is placing a squeeze on spending power.

    Our European and US portfolios underperformed the local small cap markets. In Europe, shares in Lectra, a systems and machinery supplier for textile processing, fell back after strong recent performance, while Gerresheimer was weak on concerns that its sales may have continued to be weak through the first half of the year. Among the better performers in Europe were sports equipment supplier Amer Sports and bottle manufacturer Vidrala. In the US, our performance was undermined by Carrizo Oil and Gas and energy from waste business Covanta, where the weak energy price environment hurt sentiment. Skiing orientated Vail Resorts also produced results slightly behind expectations, and being underweight in healthcare was negative given that this part of the market was very strong. More positively, The Ensign Group, an operator of outpatient facilities continued to make progress with its acquisition strategy and State Bank Financial shares were strong as the yield curve steepened.

    On the funds side, the Eastspring Japan Smaller Companies Fund performed strongly in June, beating the MSCI Japan Small Cap Index, while the Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust also did well compared to the broader Asian small cap market.

    The Company will be holding its AGM on 27th July, and details of the location are set out in the annual report which was released in June.

    As at 30th June

  • Fund facts
    Investment manager F&C Investment Business Limited
    Benchmark 30% Numis UK Smaller Companies (excluding investment companies) Index / 70% MSCI all country World ex UK Small Cap Index
    AIC sector Global Growth
    Launch date 1889
    Total assets £788.9 million (as at 30.06.2017)
    Currency Sterling
    ISIN GB0000175058
    SEDOL 0017505
    Key dates
    Annual general meeting July
    Year end 30 April
    Dividends paid August and January
    Results announced  June (final)
    December (half yearly)
  • Share price



  • Peter Ewins

    Peter Ewins

    Fund Manager

Past performance is not a guide to future results. The value of investments can go down as well as up.

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