Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Trust PLC

Hunting smaller companies for a stronger income


Morningstar rating:
5 out of 5

Daily prices as of 02 Aug 2021

Share Price 356.00p

Estimated NAV cum income 431.63p

Estimated NAV ex income 431.29p

Dividend Yield 2.4%

Premium / (Discount) to NAV cum income -17.5%

Premium / (Discount) to NAV ex income -17.5%

Latest news

An update from our co-managers, Abby Glennie and Amanda Yeaman - 12 July 2021

Although it is still early days, our screening tool, “The Matrix”, is starting to suggest price and earnings momentum factors. Growth and quality are starting to turn up while value measures are turning down. 

Recent results from our holdings have been invariably ahead of expectations, such as Future (media) which is our largest holding at 5%, and other top ten stocks Gamma (telecoms), DiscoverIE (electronics), Hilton Foods (beef, fish). We have also seen recent trading statements from Impax (ESG asset management) and Robert Walters (recruitment) that were significantly ahead of expectations.

We have now seen three proper “Dash for Trash” value rallies during the life of the Trust: April to September 2003, March to August 2009, November 2020 to March 2021. These occur after the turning point in expectations for the economy and markets. They last around six months, and are always a good time for smaller companies. Our investment process means that we always underperform these rising markets by 15% or more, whilst conversely providing resilience when markets are falling. We remain optimistic that our focus on companies who are growing earnings and beating expectations places us in a good position to achieve long-term outperformance. The first half of the economic/market cycle is also usually good for smaller companies. 

Key people

Abby Glenie

Abby Glennie

Investment Director

Abby Glennie is an Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She is responsible for UK Opportunities, Smaller Companies Pension Fund, and Bothwell Smaller Companies fund. Abby joined Standard Life in 2013 from Kames Capital where she was an Investment Analyst

Abby graduated with a joint 1st MA, in Economics and Finance from University of Aberdeen and is a CFA charterholder.

Amanda Yeaman

Amanda Yeaman

Investment Manager

Amanda is an Investment Manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Amanda is responsible for providing research support predominantly for our UK Smaller Companies strategy but also to the wider Smaller Companies team. Amanda Joined the company in June 2019 from Investec Securities where she was a small and mid-cap equity sales specialist.

  • Abby Glenie

    Abby Glennie

    Investment Director

    Abby Glennie is an Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She is responsible for UK Opportunities, Smaller Companies Pension Fund, and Bothwell Smaller Companies fund. Abby joined Standard Life in 2013 from Kames Capital where she was an Investment Analyst

    Abby graduated with a joint 1st MA, in Economics and Finance from University of Aberdeen and is a CFA charterholder.

  • Amanda Yeaman

    Amanda Yeaman

    Investment Manager

    Amanda is an Investment Manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Amanda is responsible for providing research support predominantly for our UK Smaller Companies strategy but also to the wider Smaller Companies team. Amanda Joined the company in June 2019 from Investec Securities where she was a small and mid-cap equity sales specialist.

Robert Lister

Robert Lister

Chairman

Robert Lister, appointed in March 2012, is a non-executive director of Investec Wealth and Investment Limited. He has over 20 years' experience of investment management and formerly global head of equities at Dresdner Kleinwort and head of European equities at Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

David Fletcher

David Fletcher

Independent Non-Executive Director

David Fletcher, appointed on 1 August 2016, is Group Finance Director of Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners, a leading independently owned family office, having joined in 2002. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in investment banking with JPMorgan Chase, Robert Fleming & Co. and Baring Brothers & Co Limited, latterly focused on financial services in the UK (asset management and life insurance). He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a chartered accountant. He is also an independent non-executive director of JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust plc.

Degmar K Kershaw

Dagmar Kent Kershaw

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dagmar Kent Kershaw, appointed on 2 May 2017, has over 20 years’ investment experience specialising in credit and structured finance markets. She was Head of Credit Fund Management for Europe and Asia-Pacific at Intermediate Capital Group from 2008 until 2016. Prior to that she was the founder and Head of Structured Products at Prudential M&G and was also Head of Debt Private placements. Her previous experience in credit markets included roles at Scotiabank and NatWest Bank.

Christopher Metcalfe

Christopher Metcalfe

Independent Non-Executive Director

Christopher, has over 30 years’ experience in investment management, having been an investment manager at Newton Investment Management from 2006-2017, and prior to that at Schroder Investment Management and Henderson Administration Group.

He is currently a non-executive director of Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust plc and JP Morgan US Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc.

  • Robert Lister

    Robert Lister

    Chairman

    Robert Lister, appointed in March 2012, is a non-executive director of Investec Wealth and Investment Limited. He has over 20 years' experience of investment management and formerly global head of equities at Dresdner Kleinwort and head of European equities at Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

  • David Fletcher

    David Fletcher

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    David Fletcher, appointed on 1 August 2016, is Group Finance Director of Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners, a leading independently owned family office, having joined in 2002. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in investment banking with JPMorgan Chase, Robert Fleming & Co. and Baring Brothers & Co Limited, latterly focused on financial services in the UK (asset management and life insurance). He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a chartered accountant. He is also an independent non-executive director of JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust plc.

  • Degmar K Kershaw

    Dagmar Kent Kershaw

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Dagmar Kent Kershaw, appointed on 2 May 2017, has over 20 years’ investment experience specialising in credit and structured finance markets. She was Head of Credit Fund Management for Europe and Asia-Pacific at Intermediate Capital Group from 2008 until 2016. Prior to that she was the founder and Head of Structured Products at Prudential M&G and was also Head of Debt Private placements. Her previous experience in credit markets included roles at Scotiabank and NatWest Bank.

  • Christopher Metcalfe

    Christopher Metcalfe

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Christopher, has over 30 years’ experience in investment management, having been an investment manager at Newton Investment Management from 2006-2017, and prior to that at Schroder Investment Management and Henderson Administration Group.

    He is currently a non-executive director of Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust plc and JP Morgan US Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc.

 

Financial calendar

Year End 31 December
Accounts Published May
Annual General Meeting April
Dividend Paid January, April, July, October

Trust details

Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Trust PLC

Registered Office:
1 George Street,
Edinburgh
EH2 2LL

Registered in Scotland as an Investment Company Number SC137448

Launch Date: August 1992

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