MW Smaller Companies Fund
 
Fund launch date
 26/03/2001
Fund size
at 04/12/2020
£156m
Personal class
Unit class launch date
01/01/2013
Unit class size
£156m
Current price
per personal unit
at 12 noon on
 04/12/2020
 
£66.633xd
Change in price (+/-)
 +£0.070
Historic dividend yield 1
 
1.1%
1 Historic dividend yield reflects distributions declared over the past 12 months as a percentage of the unit price. You should remember that the price of units and the income from them may go down as well as up. Past performance should not be used as a guide to future performance.
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Objectives and policy

The investment objective of the Smaller Companies Fund is to grow the real value of investors’ capital and income. Investments will be in global smaller companies, which do not form part of the leading market indices. An equal emphasis will be placed on the generation of income and on capital growth. 

The fund may invest in any geographical area and any economic sector. In accordance with the firm’s ethical principles, the fund has no investments in tobacco companies or companies directly involved in the development of arms. 

Composition

The fund holds a portfolio of direct investments in a diversified range of international smaller companies. Individual investments and geographic allocations are continually evaluated and adjustments are made according to the relative merits of each holding and the opportunities in the smaller company sector offered by different international markets.

Structure

The fund is structured as an authorised unit trust. Its structure provides investors with certain institutional safeguards and simplicity of administration. Furthermore, as no tax is suffered on capital gains realised within the fund, there are no tax constraints on active management of fund holdings and individuals benefit from the deferral of tax on capital gains (if any) until the point at which capital is withdrawn.

Asset allocation
  • 1%
    Cash
  • 99%
    Equities

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Geographic allocation
  • 34%
    UK
  • 28%
    Europe
  • 22%
    USA
  • 6%
    Japan
  • 10%
    Australasia

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Prospects for world economic growth have been overwhelmed by the massive and unprecedented disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Business activity, which had started to pick up as lockdown measures were relaxed in many countries, has been hit by a second wave of viral infections. Nevertheless much has changed since the original devastation caused by Covid in the first half of the year. Medical management of the illness is more effective, and extensive measures to support employment have preserved discretionary consumer expenditure, albeit at a considerable future cost to public sector finances. Economies have made considerable strides in adapting to the new environment. Global supply chains have been preserved and industrial production has recovered. Indeed, September’s business sentiment survey in the US reached its highest level for over a year. China’s relative success in suppressing the impact of the virus has resulted in a sustained recovery with growth of 2% forecast for the full year. The announcement of potential vaccines will reinforce confidence and provide hope of a more positive 2021.

Loose monetary policies remain firmly in place across the world, and authorities look set to err on the side of caution before raising interest rates. Indeed the Bank of England may be forced to switch to negative interest rates as it has increasingly less scope for further quantitative easing at a time when it already owns over 40% of outstanding gilts.

Governments have directly intervened in an unprecedented way into a wide range of commercial activities. Financial and regulatory support for ‘national champions’ is likely to undermine competition. Against this background, it is alarming that the nature of the UK’s future relationship with Europe remains unresolved. In the US, Joe Biden’s presidential election victory was initially well-received by equity investors. While it is too early to judge how successful his economic policies will be, he is expected to implement a return to more normal international trading relationships.

Looking ahead, much depends on whether renewed outbreaks of the pandemic can be successfully contained. In particular, the efficacy and availability of any vaccine are clearly critical. However, the world now looks far better positioned to cope with the disease. We expect the global economy to regain momentum in the new year, but many equity valuations already discount some recovery. Smaller companies are often sold indiscriminately in times of investor panic, which can lead to overly pessimistic valuations of their growth prospects. This may provide opportunities to invest in companies that have previously seemed unduly expensive. McInroy & Wood has many decades of experience in investing in smaller companies through different business cycles, and continues to believe that the sector offers particularly attractive prospects for the long-term investor.

Total return on investment
net of charges and assuming re-investment of dividends

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Total return (£)
Value of initial £1,000 investment
Retail Price Index (RPI)
Total returns
Total return (%)
to 31st October 2020
 
1 year
 
3 years
 
5 years
 
10 years
Since launch
 26/03/2001
Cumulative return
6.6
23.6
79.6
184.8
747.1
Cumulative Retail Price Index (RPI)
1.1
7.0
13.4
30.6
71.1
Annualised return
6.6
7.3
12.4
11.0
11.5
Annualised Retail Price Index (RPI)
1.1
2.3
2.5
2.7
2.8
Discrete annual returns
Total return (%)
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
12 months to 31st October
  • 6.6
  • 9.3
  • 6.0
  • 20.4
  • 20.7
  • 9.1
  • 4.6
  • 30.3
  • 3.5
  • 3.0
Historic prices and dividends
Personal class
Legacy class (closed 21/12/2016)
General
Launch date
26/03/2001 
Manager
McInroy & Wood Portfolios Ltd 
Investment adviser
McInroy & Wood Ltd 
Custodian & Trustee
Bank of New York Mellon (International) Limited 
Fund size (at 04/12/2020)
£156m
Independent auditor
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 
Fund status
Authorised unit trust 
Reference currency
GBP 
IA sector
Global 
Valuation and dealing
12 noon on each UK business day 
Valuation basis
Forward, single-price basis 
Unit type
Income (reinvestment facility available) 
Min. initial and subsequent investment
£1,000 
Regular savings facility
£100 monthly minimum investment 
Reporting periods
28th February and 31st August 
Current tax year ISA/JISA limits
£20,000 / £9,000 
Dividend information
Ex-dividend dates
1st March and 1st September 
Payment dates
On or before 30th April and 31st October 
Most recent dividends:
Personal class
 
 
Dividend
rate
Ex-dividend
date
Payment
date
Interim
16.000p
01.09.20
30.10.20
Final
57.036p
02.03.20
30.04.20
Unit class
Personal class 1
Launch date
 01/01/2013
Unit price
(at 04/12/2020)
 
£66.633xd
Historic dividend yield 2
 
1.1%
SEDOL
 B8NC4D9
ISIN
 GB00B8NC4D98
1 A Legacy Class Unit (SEDOL 3027415 & ISIN GB0030274152) existed until the legacy class was closed on 21st December 2016. The Legacy Class Unit was the only class of unit until 1st January 2013 when it was replaced as the principal unit class by the Personal Class Unit. The Personal Class Unit is the only class of unit now available.

2 Historic dividend yield reflects distributions declared over the past 12 months as a percentage of the unit price. You should remember that the price of units and the income from them may go down as well as up. Past performance should not be used as a guide to future performance.
Fees and charges
Personal class
Initial charge
 Nil
Ongoing charges figure
 1.16%
(including 1.00% annual management charge)
Exit charge
 Nil
Performance fee
 Nil

If you are considering investing in the fund or wish to manage existing investments all the information and forms you need can be downloaded using the links below. All investments require the completion of the appropriate form which should then be sent to the postal address below.

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Telephone

+44 (0)1620 825 867

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McInroy & Wood Portfolios Limited
Investor Administration
64 St James's Street
Nottingham
NG1 6FJ

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