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.
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.