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The Mercantile Investment Trust plc


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The Mercantile Investment Trust plc focuses on identifying tomorrow’s market leaders, by targeting UK companies outside the FTSE 100 that have significant room for growth and are not recognised by other investors.




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Why invest in the UK?

Guy Anderson, Fund Manager of The Mercantile Investment Trust plc discusses the opportunities and challenges of investing in the UK small and mid-cap market.

Some of the themes discussed include:

  • Perception vs reality of investing in the UK
  • Evolution of the UK market post Brexit
  • UK Market trends
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Manager Commentary

Fund Managers

Month in review

  • The trust underperformed its benchmark in September. Positive contributors to relative returns included stock selection and an underweight position in pharmaceuticals & biotechnology and an overweight position in industrial metals & mining. Detractors included stock selection in construction & materials and in general retailers.
  • Being overweight in EVRAZ, the Russian steel producer, was positive for relative returns over the period. Very strong first-half results, with net income 25% ahead of market expectations, were driven primarily by higher steel and vanadium prices.
  • On the other hand, our overweight to IG Group, the retail contracts for difference (CFD) and spread betting business, detracted from returns over the month. The shares fell following a soft revenue update after a period of low market volatility and regulatory change and the decision of CEO Peter Hetherington to step down.
  • Looking ahead

  • The largest change in position size was an increase of our overweight in Jardine Lloyd Thompson, the insurance broking firm. Our overweight position increased following a a takeover approach at a 34% premium from Marsh & McLennan, which increased the share price and subsequently the size of our overweight position by 21 basis points.
  • Conversely, the greatest reduction in position size was in Thomas Cook, where we exited our holding following a profit warning. We had already reduced our position size in July in anticipation that the prolonged good summer weather could have a material adverse effect on short-term profitability, but following the news that the competitive environment was also deteriorating into 2019 we chose to exit the position entirely.
  • The lack of clarity over how businesses could be affected by Brexit presents some downside risk, although there is the potential for a positive surprise if a satisfactory deal can be reached. With UK equities flat in the year-to-date, we believe much of the potential negative news has been priced in and there appears to be a disconnection between what the fundamentals suggest and share price levels.
  • In our opinion, the UK equity market remains attractively valued compared to other developed markets.
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