MW Smaller Companies Fund
 
Fund launch date
 26/03/2001
Fund size
at 18/09/2020
£147m
Personal class
Unit class launch date
01/01/2013
Unit class size
£147m
Current price
per personal unit
at 12 noon on
 18/09/2020
 
£61.492xd
Change in price (+/-)
 -£0.195
Historic dividend yield 1
 
1.2%
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holdings and individuals benefit from the deferral of tax on capital gains (if any) until the point at which capital is withdrawn.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
  • 36%
    UK
  • 28%
    Europe
  • 22%
    USA
  • 5%
    Japan
  • 9%
    Australasia

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Prospects for world economic growth have been overwhelmed by the massive and unprecedented disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  However, business activity has now started to pick up as lockdown measures have been relaxed in many countries.  The extent of this recovery has varied widely depending on the severity of outbreaks of the virus and the capacity of governments to preserve employment and wages.  China was initially hit hard by the pandemic, yet its economy is now expected to grow by 3% over the full year.  Latest expectations still envisage a strong rebound in the US economy, but this assessment may prove over-optimistic if rising cases of the disease force a widespread return of social restrictions.

Public sector borrowing is rising dramatically almost everywhere as a result of irresistible political pressure to ‘do what it takes’ to maintain living standards.  At this stage, there is no evidence of any inflationary pressures arising from the resulting looseness of monetary and fiscal policies, but any sustained economic revival may well be accompanied by sharp rises in consumer prices.

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 at a time when international trading relationships are already under threat. Against this background, it is alarming that the nature of the UK’s future relationship with Europe remains unresolved. The US presidential election in November also looks set to be particularly divisive.

Stock markets have rallied in recent months, reflecting assumptions that there will be a robust economic rebound in the second half of the year. Depressed interest rates are also supporting asset valuations. Much will depend on the availability of any effective treatment for the virus, but positive trends that already favour some of the fastest growing companies in sectors such as communications, healthcare and technology seem to be accelerating.

It is too early to make a definitive judgement on the shape of the recovery. Unsurprisingly, the reopening of economies has seen rising numbers of coronavirus cases. Given the uncertainty over short-term prospects, it seems likely that the market will remain volatile over coming months.  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 August 2020
 
1 year
 
3 years
 
5 years
 
10 years
Since launch
 26/03/2001
Cumulative return
7.3
28.1
83.7
219.9
744.8
Cumulative Retail Price Index (RPI)
1.6
7.8
13.8
31.6
71.0
Annualised return
7.3
8.6
12.9
12.3
11.6
Annualised Retail Price Index (RPI)
1.6
2.5
2.6
2.8
2.8
Discrete annual returns
Total return (%)
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
12 months to 31st August
  • 7.3
  • -2.2
  • 22.1
  • 16.6
  • 23.0
  • 6.2
  • 10.0
  • 28.7
  • -0.8
  • 16.6
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 18/09/2020)
£147m
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
20.000p
02.09.19
31.10.19
Final
57.036p
02.03.20
30.04.20
Unit class
Personal class 1
Launch date
 01/01/2013
Unit price
(at 18/09/2020)
 
£61.492xd
Historic dividend yield 2
 
1.2%
SEDOL
 B8NC4D9
ISIN
 GB00B8NC4D98
1 A Legacy Class Unit (SEDOL 0554325 & ISIN GB0005543250) 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
 1.14%
(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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Please do not hesitate to contact our Unit Trust Team should you have any questions.

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Telephone

+44 (0)1620 825 867

Postal address for mailing of all forms

McInroy & Wood Portfolios Limited
PO Box 12177
Chelmsford
CM99 2EA

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