Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust

The Trust aims to achieve capital growth by investing in small companies listed on the London Stock Exchange or its Alternative Investment Market (AIM). It seeks relative outperformance of its benchmark, the Numis Smaller Companies Index.

Why UK Smaller Companies?

We believe that every investment portfolio should have some exposure to SmallCap, primarily owing to:

  • The ‘SmallCap Effect’ – the proven long-term outperformance of smaller companies versus their LargeCap peers*
  • A wealth of choice, with hundreds of quoted SmallCap companies operating in the UK
  • A lack of research, making for an inefficient market ripe with opportunity for those who invest in thorough analysis
  • Portfolio diversification – helping to lower portfolio risk  

*Source: see research from Dimson & Marsh

How we invest

Our investment process has remained unchanged for many years:

  • We invest exclusively in “Quality Growth” companies
  • ​We generate new ideas ourselves (no brokers)
  • We do thorough research ourselves, which includes detailed analysis and company site visits
  • We integrate ESG fully into company analysis 
  • We take a conservative approach to valuation

How to invest

Find out more about how to invest in MUSCIT.

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Fund managers

Fund Manager

Charles Montanaro

Charles Montanaro

Chairman / Fund Manager

Professional

Charles graduated with an honours degree in Anthropology from Durham University in 1976. He spent four years in industry before joining Merrill Lynch in 1980 as a private client broker in London. He joined Dean Witter Reynolds in 1984 and Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1987 as a Senior Vice President where, in both cases, he was their top institutional broker in the UK, joining the high-yield bond department in 1989. In 1990, Charles joined MMG Patricof (now Apax Partners) as a Director of investment banking working with UK private and public smaller companies.

In August 1991, he founded Montanaro to specialise in analysing and investing in quoted European smaller companies on behalf of leading institutions. He has since launched and managed several funds and established a strong track record. In addition, he has served on the Boards of two public smaller companies. He was appointed a Director of the Montanaro European Smaller Companies plc on 12 January 2012.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Anthropology, Durham University (1976)

Personal

Charles, with his inexhaustible supply of energy, is rooting for Arsenal when he isn't motivating his own team.

A pity his enthusiastic approach doesn't work with fish.  Despite numerous attempts, he has yet to catch a trout, let alone a salmon.  Although he did catch a piranha during his first trip up the Amazon and is now known as "the white Huaorani" following his second adventure in search of undiscovered tribes in the jungles of Ecuador.

Having survived his first London marathon in a vain attempt to get fit, he spent time in the jungles of Papua with the stone-age Korowai and Kombai who had not seen a white man before.  Although practising cannibals, he was clearly too tough for their taste and survived the adventure – narrowly avoiding a native attempting to shoot his bow and arrow first and ask questions later…

In search of truly undiscovered people, he was temporarily kidnapped in Mamberamo by an unknown tribe where he found that not all natives are friendly.  Undeterred, he went hunting with the Yanomami in Venezuela and the Embera of Panama at the end of 2007 where he got eaten alive by mosquitos and nasty little nigwas and leeches.  In 2008, with his wife to be Jane, he tried his hand at climbing steep hills firstly in Kashmir and then in Bhutan where he met the new King before climbing 18,000 feet to see what altitude sickness felt like. An unexpected 40 kilometre hike in the snow (abandoned by a guide who was lost) nearly ended badly.

He survived running the Bulls of Pamplona as a pre-cursor to further exploits among indigenous tribes.  These included walking safaris with the San people in Botswana and fishing with Australian aborigines.  A return trip in 2009 to the jungles of Irian Jaya (the Korowai) saw him going native and returning with a stick through his nose - much to the disapproval of his wife (since removed – the stick that is).  In 2011, Charles explored the jungles of Sumatra with the Mentawai.

In 2013, Charles founded and largely funded Tribal Survival, a charity aimed at improving the lives of indigenous people living in remote jungles by providing access to Western doctors and medicine.  In 2014, a five-year programme was initiated with the assistance of the World Health Organisation to eradicate Lymphatic Filariasis (elephantiasis) among the Korowai.

For a change, Charles chose to spend time with indigenous people living in colder climates.  In 2017, he spent a fortnight hunting on dog sleds with a remote community of Inuit in Kulusuk (Greenland).  2018 saw him living with the Nenet, reindeer herdsmen in Yamal (North West Siberia).  In both cases, temperatures below minus 30 - 40 degrees were not uncommon and hairs in his nostrils froze.

November 2019 saw a return to the Korowai of West Papua where humidity was almost 100 degrees.  Not sure which is worse.  Once again, he returned with a stick through his nose but also an earring - his wife even less impressed.  Where to next?

Backup Fund Manager

George Cooke

George Cooke

Analyst / Fund Manager

Professional

George graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 with an undergraduate degree in Management Studies. He spent a further year of study there at the end of which he was awarded a Masters (with Distinction) in Corporate Strategy & Governance.

Immediately following this, he joined the graduate scheme at Aon Benfield (formerly Aon Re). Having completed this scheme, George settled as an Analyst within the ReSolutions department where he specialised in assisting with the capital and runoff issues of insurance and reinsurance companies. During his time at the company, George received a Diploma in Insurance. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

After three and a half years with Aon Benfield, George joined Montanaro in July 2010. He is the Fund Manager of the European Income Fund, the European Smaller Companies Fund and the European Smaller Companies Trust. Additionally, he has Analyst responsibilities for the Healthcare and Insurance sectors.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Management Studies, University of Nottingham (2005)
  • MA (with Distinction) in Corporate Strategy & Governance, University of Nottingham (2006)
  • Exams passed for Diploma in Insurance
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Personal

When away from the office, George enjoys running and cycling. He completed the London marathon in 2014 and plans to try l’etape du tour…one day. A yearly trip or two to the Alps or Canada allows him to refresh his snowboarding ‘skills’, with his enthusiasm almost making up for any apres-ski induced balance issues.

The Board

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Arthur Copple

Chairman and Nomination Committee Chairman

Arthur Copple was appointed a Director on 1 March 2017. He has specialised in the investment company sector for over 30 years.

He was a partner at Kitcat & Aitken, an executive director of Smith New Court PLC and a managing director of Merrill Lynch.

He is also chairman of Temple Bar Investment Trust plc and Vice-Chair of the University of Brighton Academies Trust.

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James Robinson

Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman

James Robinson was appointed a Director on 30 September 2013. He was chief investment officer (investment trusts) and director of hedge funds at Henderson Global Investors prior to his retirement in 2005.

A chartered accountant, he has 34 years’ investment experience and is a director of JP Morgan Elect plc. He is also chairman of Polar Capital Global Healthcare Growth and Income Trust plc and a former chairman of the investment committee of the British Heart Foundation. 

Catriona Hoare

Director

Catriona Hoare was appointed a Director on 19 November 2019. She has specialised in the investment sector for 13 years, beginning her career at Newton Investment Management where she managed a number of portfolios and private family unit trusts.

She became an investment partner at Veritas in 2013 where she is responsible for managing client portfolios and researching companies for potential investment. Catriona is a CFA® Charterholder, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and was named one of PAM’s Top 40 Under 40 during 2017.

Principal advisers

Alternative Investment Fund Manager and Investment Manager

Montanaro Asset Management Ltd.
53 Threadneedle Street
London EC2R 8AR
Tel: 020 7448 8600

Company Secretary & Registered Office

Link Company Matters Limited and Link Alternative Fund Managers
6th Floor, 65 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7NQ
Tel: +44 7725 114 181

Registrar

Link Asset Services
Shareholder Services Department
The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road
Beckenham, Kent BR3 4TU
Tel: 0871 664 0300

Administrator

Link Alternative Fund Administrators Limited
Beaufort House, 51 New North Road
Exeter EX4 4EP
Tel: 01392 477500

Depositary

BNY Mellon Trust & Depositary (UK) Limited
BNY Mellon Centre
160 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4LA

Custodian

Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV
London Branch
One Canada Square
London E14 5AL

Banker

ING Bank N.V.
London Branch
60 London Wall
London EC2M 5TQ

Broker

Cenkos Securities
6-8 Tokenhouse Yard
London EC2R 7AS

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