Fundsmith Sustainable Equity Fund
140.25p T Class Acc, 04 Dec 23

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An ISA (Individual Savings Account) is a savings account available to UK residents on which the return is tax-free, and which need not be declared on the investor's tax return. All income (dividends and interest) and all capital gains within the account are free of tax. For the current tax year 6th April 2023 to 5th April 2024, the overall investment limit is £20,000.00. You may only open one stocks and shares ISA per tax year.


Price Data 4th December 2023

Share Class OCF* Minimum Price p
T Class Acc 1.06% £1,000 140.25
T Class Inc 1.06% £1,000 139.73
I Class Acc 0.96% £5M 176.04
I Class Inc 0.96% £5M 172.90

Historical Prices

Standing Data

Since Inception
Portfolio Manager Terry Smith
Fund Type UK OEIC
Inception Dates I Class: 1.11.17,  T Class: 2.3.20
AMC (I, T Class) 0.9% / 1.0%
Registrar SS&C
Depository State Street Trustees Ltd.
Auditor Deloitte LLP
Dealing Daily at Noon

Key Facts

As at 31 Oct 2023
Fund Size £639.4m
Gross / Net Yield< 1.17% / 0.21%
2022 PTR^ -10.7%
7 Day Fund Liquidity> 100%
No. Holdings 25
Average Co. Founded 1932
Median Market Cap £84.5bn
Active Share as at 31.12.22" 90%
2022 Transaction Costs 0.01%

Fund Performance Analysis

To 31 Oct 2023, I Class Acc %
Annualised Rate of Return +9.0
Best Month +8.5 (Apr '20)
Worst Month -9.2 (Jan '22)
Average Month +0.8
% Positive Months 68

Geographic Split

As at 31 Oct 2023, by Country of Listing %
US 75.5
Denmark 10.7
France 6.1
UK 4.3
Spain 2.4
Cash 1.1

Sector Split

As at 31 Oct 2023, GICS® Categories %
Health Care 34.3
Consumer Staples 27.1
Consumer Discretionary 12.6
Information Technology 7.4
Financials 7.3
Industrials 6.5
Communication Services 3.6
Cash 1.1

Security Identification Codes


Investment Objective

The Company will invest in equities on a global basis. The Company’s approach is to be a long term investor in its chosen stocks.  It will not adopt short-term trading strategies. The Company has stringent investment criteria which the ACD and Investment Manager adhere to in selecting securities for the Company’s investment portfolio.  These criteria aim to ensure that the Company invests in high quality businesses which in the opinion of the ACD and Investment Manager are those: 

  • high quality businesses that can sustain a high return on operating capital employed;
  • businesses whose advantages are difficult to replicate;
  • businesses which do not require significant leverage to generate returns;
  • businesses with a high degree of certainty of growth from reinvestment of their cash flows at high rates of return;
  • businesses that are resilient to change, particularly technological innovation;
  • businesses whose valuation is considered to be attractive.

The Company will not invest in businesses which have substantial interests in any of the following sectors:

  • Aerospace and Defence
  • Brewers, Distillers and Vintners
  • Casinos and Gaming
  • Gas and Electric Utilities
  • Metals & Mining
  • Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels
  • Pornography
  • Tobacco

In addition, the ACD and the Investment Manager apply further criteria to screen investments in accordance with the ACD's sustainable investment policy. The ACD evaluates sustainability in the widest sense, taking account not only the companies handling of environmental, social and governance policies and practices but also their policies and practices on research and development, new product innovation, dividend policy and the adequacy of capital investment.

Principal Risks

  • The value of companies invested in, and therefore the value of the fund, will rise and fall, and there is no guarantee that you will get your investment back. An investment in the fund should only be made by those persons who are able to sustain a loss on their investment. The Shares should be viewed as long term investments (at least 5 years).
  • The fund's portfolio is a global portfolio and many of the investments are not denominated in GBP. There is no currency hedging made by the fund. The GBP price of the shares may therefore rise or fall purely on account of exchange rate movements.
  • The fund's portfolio complies with the UCITS requirements on spread of investment. Having said that, application of the investment criteria described above significantly limits the number of potential investments: the fund generally invests in 20 to 30 stocks and so it is more concentrated than many other funds. This means that the performance or underperformance of a single stock has a greater effect on the price of the fund.
  • If you are unsure about the suitability of the fund for you, please seek professional advice.
  • Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Performance, % Total Return

2023 to
2022  2021  2020 2019 2018 Inception to
Annualised to
Fundsmith SEF1 -3.6 -1.5 -9.7 +23.2 +18.0 +23.4 +4.5 +67.9 +9.0
Equities2 -2.3 +6.9 -7.8 +22.9 +12.3 +22.7 -3.0 +64.7 +8.7
UK Bonds3 -0.1 -1.7 -15.0 -4.5 +4.6 +3.8 +1.2 -11.3 -2.0
Cash4 +0.4 +3.7 +1.4 +0.1 +0.3 +0.8 +0.7 +7.2 +1.2

The Fund is not managed with reference to any benchmark, the above comparators are provided for information purposes only. 1Fundsmith Sustainable Equity Fund I Acc, total return, net of fees priced at midday UK time, source: Bloomberg.  2MSCI World Index (£ Net) priced at close of business US time, source: The MSCI World Index is a developed world index of global equities across all sectors and, as such, is a fair comparison given the Company's investment objective and policy.  3Bloomberg/Barclays Bond Indices UK Govt 5-10 yr, source: Bloomberg.   4£ Interest Rate, source: Bloomberg.

Portfolio Comment for October 2023

We began a currently small holding in Fortinet. The top 5 contributors in the month were Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, Procter & Gamble, L'Oréal and Visa. The top 5 detractors were Waters, Automatic Data Processing, McCormick, Mettler-Toledo and IDEXX.

Top 10 holdings

  • Novo Nordisk
  • L'Oréal
  • Microsoft
  • Stryker
  • Church & Dwight
  • Visa
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • Unilever
  • Home Depot

Our values

  • No Fees for Performance
  • No Up Front Fees
  • No Nonsense
  • No Debt or Derivatives
  • No Shorting
  • No Market Timing
  • No Index Hugging
  • No Trading
  • No Hedging

Fundsmith knows

Just a small number of high quality, resilient, global growth companies that are good value and which we intend to hold for a long time, and in which we invest our own money.

Our UK ratings

Fe Fund info 1 crown high res

Monthly performance table, % Total Return, I Class, Accumulation Shares

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2017                     -1.1 +1.8 +0.7
2018 +1.3 -2.5 -3.6 +3.8 +6.1 +1.8 +3.4 +2.9 +0.0 -5.8 +4.3 -6.4 +4.5
2019 +2.2 +4.8 +5.7 +2.2 +1.4 +4.6 +4.4 +0.2 -3.4 -2.6 +1.8 +0.4 +23.4
2020 +2.6 -6.6 -3.8 +8.5 +6.6 +0.5 +0.6 +3.1 +0.7 -1.8 +5.7 +1.5 +18.0
2021 -2.9 +1.6 +2.3 +4.3 -1.0 +5.2 +3.7 +1.8 -2.5 +1.0 +3.9 +4.0 +23.2
2022 -9.2 -2.7 +3.5 +0.0 -4.1 -2.1 +6.5 -1.6 -3.8 +2.1 +0.3 +1.7 -9.7
2023 -1.3 +1.1 +2.0 +3.0 -4.1 +1.7 +1.4 +0.6 -2.1 -3.6     -1.5

Dividends per Share (p)

  Name Direct Direct Institutional Institutional
  Share class T Class T Class I Class I Class
  Type Accumulation Income Accumulation Income
Interim 1st Jan 2023 to 30th June 2023 0.0700 0.0701 0.1439 0.1413
Final 1st July 2022 to 31st Dec 2022 0.0756 0.0740 0.2048 0.2008
Interim 1st Jan 2022 to 30th Jun 2022 0.0695 0.0633 0.1367 0.1327
Final 1st July 2021 to 31st Dec 2021 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
Interim 1st Jan 2021 to 30th Jun 2021 0.1072 0.0942  0.1789 0.1697
Final 1st July 2020 to 31st Dec 2020 0.0274 0.0180 0.0948  0.0945
Interim 1st Jan 2020 to 30th June 2020 0.1273 0.1127 0.5318  0.6440
Final 1st July 2019 to 31st Dec 2019     0.0638  0.0625
Interim 1st Jan 2019 to 30th Jun 2019     0.4804  0.4755
Final 1st July 2018 to 31st Dec 2018     0.1350  0.1405
Interim 1st Nov 2017 to 30th Jun 2018     0.4074  0.4575

Accumulation share prices include all dividends received.
Income shares go ex-dividend on 30th June and 31st December and the dividends are paid out on or about 28th February and 31st August.

Disclaimer: A Key Investor Information Document and an English language prospectus for the Fundsmith Sustainable Equity Fund are available via the Fundsmith website or on request and investors should consult these documents before purchasing shares in the fund. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them may fall as well as rise and be affected by changes in exchange rates, and you may not get back the amount of your original investment. Fundsmith LLP does not offer investment advice or make any recommendations regarding the suitability of its product.

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