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FUNDSMITH SUSTAINABLE EQUITY I

FUNDSMITH SUSTAINABLE EQUITY I - Overview

Overview of FUNDSMITH SUSTAINABLE EQUITY I

The fund’s objective is to achieve long-term growth by investing in a concentrated portfolio of global equities. Manager Terry Smith’s approach is to be a long-term investor in his chosen stocks and he will not adopt short-term trading strategies. He invests in "quality" companies, defined as those able to sustain high rates of return on capital and that pass Fundsmith’s sustainable screening process - exclusions including defence, mining, oil and tobacco companies. The portfolio has a high degree of commonality with the Fundsmith Equity fund.

  • Standard Initial Charge 0.00%
  • Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%

Fund summary

Sector Global
Structure OEIC
Launched November, 2017
Size £456m
Yield 0.5%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Feb & Aug

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.90%
Ongoing charges figure 1.05%

Risks

Before investing make sure you have understood the risks relevant to the fund by reviewing our Risk Warnings section. Further information on the risks are contained in the fund's Key Investor Information Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.

Bestinvest view

Fund manager Terry Smith has enjoyed a long and successful career in finance. This fund seeks to tap into the demand for sustainable investing and we would describe the approach as mid green. Historically Smith’s approach has beaten the market over time on the Fundsmith Equity fund, whilst also providing low volatility returns and a degree of protection in falling markets. Performance on this fund since launch has broadly been in line with Fundsmith Equity, and we would expect this to continue given the small number of stock differences.

Portfolio

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 98
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 2
Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 4
Europe 21
North America 75
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Emerging Markets 0
Allocation Proportion(%)
Large Caps 86
Mid Caps 14
Small Caps 0

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Investment process

Ideas are sourced through quantitative screening, monitoring corporate actions for new companies, and by reading annual reports. Portfolio companies must meet strict investment criteria: 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. These criteria typically lead the fund to have a bias to consumer staples, IT, Industrials and healthcare with little or no exposure to financials. The fund will not invest in the following sectors: Aerospace and Defence, Metals and Mining, Brewers, Distillers and Vintners, Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels, Casinos and Gaming, Pornography, Gas and Electric Utilities, Tobacco. They are screened out. Other than this the portfolio is unconstrained and will typically include 20-30 companies.

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Bid price(inc) 155.21p
Accum units 157.43p
Fund commentary 28/01/21
Fund data updated on 14/05/21

Asset allocation

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 98
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 2

Equity Geographic

Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 4
Europe 21
North America 75
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Emerging Markets 0

Equity Capitalisation

Allocation Propor
tion(%)
Large Caps 86
Mid Caps 14
Small Caps 0

Top 10 holdings

As at: 31/07/2020
%Mccormick & Co Inc
%Intuit Inc
%Kone Corp Ord
%Paypal Hldgs Inc
%Microsoft Corp
%L`Oreal
%Johnson & Johnson
%Stryker Corp
%Waters Corp
%Idexx Laboratories Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Health Care 29%
Technology 29%
Consumer Staples 24%
Consumer Discretionary 7%
Industrials 7%
Money Market 5%

Portfolio details

20-30 stocks. Developed market focus.

Constraints

The fund will not invest in the following sectors: Aerospace and Defence, Metals and Mining, Brewers, Distillers and Vintners, Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels, Casinos and Gaming, Pornography, Gas and Electric Utilities, Tobacco
The portfolio usually has very little commonality with the benchmark and so performance can be expected to differ markedly on occasions.

Average monthly relative returns Bestinvest MRI
16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20 20/21   3 years 5 years Career 3 years 5 years Career
0.13% 0.31% 0.63% 0.45% -0.26%   0.27% 0.25% 0.37% 86.20% 93.20% 99.80%
Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Terry Smith

Manager. Smith graduated in History from University College Cardiff in 1974. He worked for Barclays Bank from 1974-83. He obtained an MBA at The Management College, Henley in 1979. He became a stockbroker with W Greenwell & Co in 1984 and was the top-rated bank analyst in London from 1984-89. In 1990 he became head of UK Company Research at UBS Phillips & Drew, a position from which he was dismissed in 1992 following the publication of his book Accounting for Growth. He joined Collins Stewart shortly after, becoming a director in 1996. In 2000 he became chief executive and led the management buy-out of Collins Stewart, which was floated on the London Stock Exchange five months later. Collins Stewart acquired Tullett Liberty in 2003 and Prebon Group in 2004, creating the world's second largest inter-dealer broker. Collins Stewart and Tullett Prebon were demerged in 2006. In 2010 he founded Fundsmith where he is CEO and CIO.

Track record

Terry Smith has 10.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.37%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 2010 - February 2011) there was a decline of 7% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 11%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance
Absolute -11% (July 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -7% (December 2010 - February 2011)

Other funds managed

Sector record since December 2010 (10 yrs)




About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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