Investment Objective of the Master Fund
The fund intends to realise its objective by investing substantially all of its assets into Fundsmith Equity Fund, a UK fund regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and qualifying as a master UCITS under the UCITS Directive (the "Master Fund"). As the fund will be almost fully invested in the Master Fund, the underlying performances will be similar except for charges incurred by the fund and for the fact that share prices for the Master Fund are quoted in Sterling whereas share prices for the fund are quoted in differing currencies with differing launch dates. The data in this fact sheet is taken from the Master Fund where appropriate to give a better understanding of the underlying investments of the SICAV.
The investment objective of the Master Fund is to achieve long term growth in value. The Master Fund will invest in equities on a global basis. The Master fund's approach is to be a long-term investor in its chosen stocks. It will not adopt short-term trading strategies. The Master Fund has stringent investment criteria which the Management Company, as investment manager of the Master Fund, adheres to in selecting securities for the Master Fund's investment portfolio. These criteria aim to ensure that the Master Fund invests in:
- 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 by the Master Fund to be attractive.
Investors should be aware that the application of these investment criteria significantly limits the number of potential investments for the Master Fund's portfolio. It is envisaged that the investment portfolio of the Master Fund will be concentrated, generally comprising between 20 and 30 stocks.
The Master Fund will not invest in derivatives and will not hedge any currency exposure arising from within the operations of an investee business nor from the holding of an investment denominated in a currency other than sterling.
Performance, % Total Return
Portfolio Comment of the Master Fund for January 2018
During the month we received a takeover bid/merger proposal from Keurig Green Mountain for Dr Pepper Snapple and began buying a new holding, the name of which will be revealed if and when we are able to assemble our target position. The top 5 contributors in the month were Dr Pepper Snapple, Becton Dickinson, Idexx, Paypal and Waters. The top 5 detractors were Sage, Pepsico, Diageo, Philip Morris and Johnson and Johnson.
Top 10 Holdings
- Novo Nordisk
- Dr Pepper Snapple
- CR Bard
- Intercontinental Hotels
- Philip Morris
- 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
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.
" Active Share measures how much the portfolio holdings differ from the benchmark index (MSCI World) i.e. a portfolio that is identical to the benchmark would have 0% active share.
* 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 for the year ended 31st Dec 2016.
# 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 master 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. In both cases we use T Class Shares as reference. Please not that rates would very for I Class and R Class shares. Additional Feeder Fund expenses will further reduce the yield received.
NB Where a position is being built for the fund the company name is not disclosed in factsheet data.