Fundsmith Sustainable Equity Fund
127.83p T Class Acc, 24 May 22

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Price Data 24th May 2022

Share Class OCF* Minimum Price p
T Class Acc 1.07% £1,000 127.83
T Class Inc 1.07% £1,000 127.55
I Class Acc 0.97% £5M 160.21
I Class Inc 0.97% £5M 157.80

Historical Prices

Standing Data

Since Inception
Portfolio Manager Terry Smith
Inception (I, T Class) 1.11.17 / 1.3.20
AMC (I, T Class) 0.9% / 1.0%
Registrar SS&C
Depository State Street Trustees Ltd.
Auditor Deloitte LLP
Dealing Daily at Noon
Dividend Dates On or about 28/2 & 31/8
Structure OEIC

Key Facts

As at 29 Apr 2022
Fund Size £677.6m
Gross / Net Yield< 1.07% / 0.10%
2021 PTR^ -5.4%
7 Day Fund Liquidity> 100%
No. Holdings 25
Average Co. Founded 1937
Median Market Cap £81.0bn
2021 Transaction Costs 0.03%

Geographic Split

As at 29 Apr 2022, by Country of Listing %
US 76.5
Denmark 9.1
France 4.8
UK 3.8
Spain 2.4
Finland 1.4
Cash 2.0

Sector Split

As at 29 Apr 2022, GICS® Categories %
Healthcare 32.2
Consumer Staples 31.6
Technology 25.2
Consumer Discretionary 4.3
Communication Services 3.4
Industrials 1.4
Cash 2.0

* The OCF (Ongoing Charges Figure) is the total expenses paid by the fund (excluding bank overdraft interest), annualised, against its average net asset value. The OCF will fluctuate as the average net assets and costs change. The OCF is updated following the publication of accounts for the periods ending 30th June and 31st December. 

^ The PTR (Portfolio Turnover Ratio) has been calculated in accordance with the methodology laid down by the FCA. This compares the total share purchases and sales less total creations and liquidations with the average net asset value of the fund.

> 7 Day Fund Liquidity is calculated based upon 30% of trailing 20 day average volume.

< Gross Yield reflects the historic dividend income received by the fund in the preceding 12 months before the deduction of all expenses including management fees. Net yield is Gross Yield less the deduction of all expenses including management fees i.e. Gross Yield less the OCF.

N.B. When a position is being built for the fund the company name is not disclosed in factsheet data.

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.

Investors should be aware that the application of these investment criteria significantly limits the number of potential investments for the Company's portfolio. It is envisaged that the investment portfolio will be concentrated, generally comprising between 20 and 30 stocks. The Company will not invest in businesses which have substantial interests in any of the following sectors:

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

Performance, % Total Return

2022 to 29.04.22  2021  2020 2019 2018 Inception
Fundsmith SEF1 +0.0 -8.5 +23.2 +18.0 +23.4 +4.5


Equities2 -3.8 -6.2 +22.9 +12.3 +22.7 -3.0 +56.7 +10.5
UK Bonds3 -1.7 -5.6 -4.5 +4.6 +3.8 +1.2 +0.1 +0.0
Cash4 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.3 +0.8 +0.7 +2.1 +0.5

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 April 2022

We sold our holding in Starbucks and completed the purchase of positions in Adobe and Mettler-Toledo. The top 5 contributors in the month were McCormick, Procter & Gamble, Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson and Church & Dwight. The top 5 detractors were Alphabet, IDEXX, Starbucks, Paypal and Adobe.

Top 10 holdings

  • Novo Nordisk
  • McCormick
  • Church & Dwight
  • L'Oréal
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Microsoft
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • Visa
  • 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.

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

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2014                   +5.5 +4.9 +0.2
2015 +2.7 +1.0 +1.4 -1.3 +1.9 -6.0 +6.3 -3.4 +0.3 +3.5 +2.3 +2.6
2016 +1.6 +2.9 +2.9 -1.0 +1.9 +11.4 +3.3 +1.3 +1.9 +1.1 -4.4 +4.4
2017 -0.2 +6.7 +2.4 +2.4 +6.2 -1.8 +1.0 +3.2 -2.7 +5.9 -1.1 +1.8
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
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
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
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
2022 -9.2 -2.7 +3.5 +0.0                

Simulated return prior to 31.10.17

Dividend Payments

Payable on 28th February and 31st August

  Name Direct Direct Institutional Institutional
  Share class T Class T Class I Class I Class
  Type Accumulation Income Accumulation Income
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

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.

The past performance shown prior to November 2017 is based on simulated returns of a more concentrated segregated account run for a single client adjusted to show total return, ex cash with dividends reinvested pari passu. Simulated past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance, in particular the segregated account was more concentrated than will be permissible for the Fundsmith Sustainable Equity Fund. The value of investment and the income from them can fall as well as rise. You may not get back the amount originally invested. This document has been issued and approved by Fundsmith LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

MSCI World Index is the exclusive property of MSCI Inc. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or final products. This report is not approved, reviewed or produced by MSCI. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) was developed by and is the exclusive property of MSCI and Standard & Poor’s and “GICS®” is a service mark of MSCI and Standard & Poor’s.

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