|Bid Price||GBX 1,431.69||Offer Price||GBX 1,474.32|
|Mid Price||-||Day Change||GBX +4.57 (0.32%)|
|Price Date||25 May 2018||Crown Rating|
|Shares Class||Inc.||Yield||0.09 %|
|Total Expense Ratio||0.00||Fund Size||861,934,739.44|
|Launch Date||07/08/1995||Standard Initial Charge (%)||0.00|
|Annual Management Charge (%)||1.25||Sector||UK Smaller Companies|
|Min Investment (£)||5,000,000.00||Total Expense Ratio (%)||0.00|
|ISIN||GB00B8HWPP49||Min TopUp (£)||100,000.00|
The investment objective of Liontrust UK Smaller Companies Fund is to provide long-term capital growth by investing primarily in smaller UK companies displaying a high degree of Intellectual Capital and employee motivation through equity ownership in their business model.
Anthony Cross joined Schroder Investment Management as a graduate trainee. He spent his first three years as an equity analyst before joining the Smaller Companies team in 1994. During this time, Anthony identified a number of characteristics common to successful companies and on joining Liontrust in 1997 he was able to develop his thoughts further and create a documented investment process. This process, called Liontrust Economic Advantage, was applied to the Liontrust UK Smaller Companies Fund from the start of 1998. Its success and relevance to the broader market led to the launch of the Liontrust Special Situations Fund in 2005, the management of the Liontrust UK Growth Fund in 2009, and the launch of the Liontrust UK Micro Cap Fund in 2016. Awards for the funds that Anthony co-manages with Julian Fosh include Liontrust being named Best UK Equity Group by Money Observer magazine, the Liontrust Special Situations Fund being named: Best UK Growth fund at the Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2012; Best UK Growth Fund at What Investment magazine; Best Fund in the UK All Companies Sector at the Moneywise Fund Awards 2012; and won the UK Equity Gold Award 2012 from Portfolio Adviser. The fund is also member of the 2012 100 club. Anthony graduated in 1990 from Exeter University with a degree in politics.
Julian Fosh joined Liontrust in 2008 from Saracen Fund Managers Ltd to co-manage the Liontrust UK Growth, Special Situations and UK Smaller Companies Funds with Anthony Cross. Julian has worked with Anthony to develop the Liontrust Economic Advantage process. Awards for the funds that Julian co-manages with Anthony Cross include Liontrust being named the Best Smaller Companies Group at the Professional Adviser Awards in 2009 and the Liontrust Special Situations Fund being named as the Best UK Growth fund at the Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2012. From 2004 to 2008, Julian was the co-manager of Saracen Growth Fund, a top quartile performing UK equities portfolio. Before this, Julian headed up the investment department at Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited where he managed a range of funds including UK equity OEICs, life and pension funds. In his eight years at Scottish Friendly, six of Julian’s nine funds were in the top quartile of their respective sectors. In a career going back to 1984, Julian has also worked at Britannia Investment Managers and Scottish Amicable. Julian graduated in 1994 from Merton College Oxford with an MA in Jurisprudence.
Matthew Tonge joined the Liontrust trading desk in 2003 from Barclays Capital Asset Management, becoming a partner in 2011. Responsible for execution across all the firm’s assets, in 2014 he was voted Mid-Tier trader of the year by The Trade magazine for his work in mid and small cap stocks, the inaugural year of the award. Having worked closely with Anthony and Julian for many years, in September 2015 he took the opportunity to join the Economic Advantage team to help research and analyse companies across the small cap universe. Matt graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2000, with First Class Batchelor degrees in Manufacturing Engineering (BENG) & Commerce (BCOM), winning the Gilbert Walker Prize in Engineering and Economics as top student in his year. Matt also holds the IMC.
Victoria Stevens, CFA, joined Liontrust in June 2015 as a partner and fund manager. She previously worked at the growth company specialist broking and advisory firm finnCap Ltd, latterly as deputy head of corporate broking. Responsible for advising listed corporate clients on strategic issues and their communication with investors, as well as analysing investment opportunities and broking them to buy side clients, Victoria developed a strong relationship with Anthony and Julian. She joined the Economic Advantage team to further develop its expertise in the small cap investment arena. Victoria also previously worked as a senior reporter and diary editor at the financial newspaper City AM, having studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.