About UK Smaller Companies
The Martin Currie UK Equity Team offer a diverse suite of products across the capitalization spectrum driven by the power of investing in undervalued companies with superior quality metrics, management and sustainable cash flow profiles.
We are long term, active UK equity stock pickers. As traditional UK equity investors we adopt a commonsense approach in what we do – long only, profitable, UK listed, direct equity investment. Our rigorous fundamental research process enables us to identify the very best opportunities within the universe whilst keeping the spotlight on balance sheet quality, business model sustainability and valuation. We apply a naturally sceptical approach to our asset valuation process, maintaining awareness of the bear case scenario and the impact to investor returns. With no intentional style bias our portfolios offer high quality exposure across the capitalization spectrum managed in a collaborative environment from the heart of Leeds, UK.
ESG analysis is conducted and embedded into our research process. Our focus on materiality, engagement, and ultimately valuation enables us to integrate our proprietary ESG scoring system into the stock-selection process through appropriately adjusting company cash flow forecasts.
Our UK Smaller Companies portfolios are aligned to the same overarching common-sense philosophy applied by the team. We believe that high quality UK companies generating sustainable cash flows and trading on reasonable multiples offer significant potential to outperform the broader market over the long term.
Small cap equities are under researched relative to the broader market, uncovering market anomalies and great mispricing opportunity within emerging and disruptive industries where management often have "skin in the game." Our focussed approach provides investors with style agnostic exposure to an asset class that not only has generated historical returns superior to that of their large cap counterparts, but also offers a unique opportunity to benefit from buoyant M&A activity.
The Martin Currie UK Equity team have been managing UK Equity portfolios since 1995, making them the longest tenured team across all IA sectors. Based in Leeds away from the “noise” of London the team operate in a collaborative manner where desk-based discussion and challenge is encouraged.
The results are rigorously scrutinised investment theses presented in high conviction portfolios of reasonably valued, quality UK companies.
|Portfolio characteristics||UK Smaller Companies|
|Long-Term objective||To grow in value by more than the Numis Smaller Companies ex-Investment Trusts Index over a three to five-year period net of fees and costs|
|Benchmark||Numis Smaller Companies ex-Investment Trusts Index|
|Allocation||UK listed shares|
|Market capitalisation||£100m - £1bn|
|Style||Diversified with a focus on quality fundamentals|
|Number of stocks||30-50|
*The investment philosophy and process were repositioned in September 2012
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Proven philosophy to exploit under-appreciated profit growth
Targeting high quality businesses with sustainable growth at attractive valuations
A diversified portfolio in which stock-specific insights drive returns
Portfolio informed by proprietary investment research and sophisticated risk analytics
Long term investing
Compounding investor returns over multi-year holding periods
ESG analysis fully integrated
All Martin Currie portfolios focus on Stewardship
Investors committed to UK Equities
Investing in UK Equities need not be complicated. Read how our experienced UK Equity team instil pragmatism in the roots of their long-term philosophy here.
Small cap equities are under researched relative to the broader market, uncovering market anomalies and great mispricing opportunity within emerging and disruptive industries where management often have "skin in the game."
Martin Currie announces Head of UK Business Development
Martin Currie is pleased to announce it has bolstered its distribution team with the appointment of Mark Elliott as Head of UK Business Development.
- Date published
- 3 Apr 2023
Martin Currie announces new leadership roles within its Leeds-based UK Equity team
Martin Currie is delighted to announce that Ben Russon and Richard Bullas will co-head Martin Currie’s UK Equity team effective 1 October 2022.
- Date published
- 5 Sep 2022
- UK Equity
UK Equities: Where next?
Despite a turbulent start to 2022 there are green shoots appearing in UK Smaller Companies, according to Martin Currie UK Equity’s Dan Green. Read his views on the opportunities arising in the sector here.
- Date published
- 22 Feb 2022
- UK Equity
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