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Montanaro UK Smaller Companies : MTU

Montanaro UK Smaller Companies aims to achieve capital appreciation through investing in small quoted companies listed on the London Stock Exchange or traded on AIM and to outperform its benchmark, the Numis Smaller Companies Index (excluding investment companies). The focus is on capital growth.

Montanaro Asset Management Limited (MAML), the trust’s alternative investment fund manager (AIFM), has one of the largest teams in Europe focused on researching and investing in quoted small and mid-cap companies. At the end of February 2020, the team was 30-strong all together, including an investment team of 12. The team is multi-lingual and multi-national (10 countries in all). All but two of the fund managers also have research responsibilities. At the end of December 2019, MAML had assets under management (AUM) of over £2.5bn. Charles owns 100% of the business, but staff have options over about half of that.

We have written a number of notes that seek to explain in some detail how the trust works

  • Reputation restored – published 5 March 2020, looks at the improvement in the trust’s performance after Charles Montanaro took on responsibility for the portfolio once again and the various shareholder-friendly initiatives undertaken to increase the appeal of the trust.
  • Long COVID effect requires a focus on corporate health – published 16 April 2021, looks at the impact of the post COVID economic recovery
  • Selloff provides opportunities – published 4 July 2022, considers the potential for the trust following the sharp selloff in the growing and high quality companies favoured by the manager
  • Riders on the storm published on 23 June 2023. looked at how the trust was faring in the context of the switch in sentiment towards growth and quality stocks

You can access the manager’s website here

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