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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

  • Positive contributors to relative returns included stock selection in banks and an underweight position in oil & gas producers.
  • Detractors included an overweight position in industrial metals & mining and stock selection and an underweight position in pharmaceuticals & biotechnology.
  • Our underweight position in CYBG, the holding company, contributed positively to returns this month. CYBG’s acquisition of UK-based Virgin Money Brands, a consumer finance company, took place amidst cyclical headwinds and Brexit concerns, and therefore was felt by the market to be poorly timed. Our underweight position in Intu Properties was also positive. A consortium including Brookfield Property withdrew its bid for the UK-based shopping centre group, citing uncertainty around macroeconomic conditions and potential near-term volatility across markets.
  • On the other hand, owning the British tonic water group Fever-Tree detracted from returns in November. Following its strong performance since 2016, with the stock almost doubling, investors have become more cautious owing to its expensive valuation. This is largely due to market weakness, but also the lack of trading updates since July, which has left investors concerned that Fever-Tree is falling behind on its estimates.
  • Another overweight position in EVRAZ, the multinational steelmaking and mining company, also contributed negatively to returns. Miners and steelmakers remain under heavy pressure because of market uncertainty due to the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
  • Looking ahead

  • Investors globally are watching for signs of the Federal Reserve’s future plans for the U.S. interest rate:signs of hawkish policy are likely to drive markets down, whilst dovish policy will be well received. Investors are also monitoring the U.S.-China trade situation, which could cause further instability in markets.
  • Brexit uncertainty is building as we draw nearer the proposed March 2019 leave date. A no deal Brexit would not be well received by markets but a compromise agreement may be the catalyst needed to release the undoubted medium-term value in the UK equity market, which now yields over 4%. This is attractive compared to both gilts and inflation.
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