Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Trust PLC

Hunting smaller companies for a stronger income


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An update from our investment manager, Abby Glennie - 24 July 2020

We believe there will be many twists and turns ahead for markets. There is huge uncertainty about how we come out of lockdown, the path of economic growth, unemployment, consumer confidence and the potential structural changes to the way we live. For many businesses, the road to full operational recovery is unclear. This includes issues around efficiency, productivity, and cost base. How the government unwinds its emergency programmes such as the furlough scheme will also be critical to the outlook.

We think we could be facing an elongated period of weak economic growth, and a slow recovery back to pre-Covid-19 levels. Finding income in this environment is challenging, with many dividend cuts and cancellations, amongst companies where earnings are negatively impacted by Covid19, or where they have taken part in government support schemes. We now have a little more visibility. We got firm dates for the end of the furlough scheme and details around the phased opening of the economy. Forecasts slowly returned to the market and companies began to give guidance. It became clearer which companies were more resilient, and we were able to assess more accurately those names who could continue to pay and those who could not continue to pay dividends.

Through our investment process, we focus on quality, growth and momentum. This means selecting companies with robust balance sheets, good liquidity and strong management teams. Those that are nimble, have many avenues to growth and are not fully reliant on macroeconomic drivers are also favoured. These factors will be critical if businesses are to succeed and also for the market to have confidence in individual firms. That said, we may see periods of investor optimism, where value stocks recover. However, we believe these will be short-lived in a world of low growth and high volatility.

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 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

    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.

Barry Rose

Barry Rose

Independent Non-Executive Director

Barry Rose, appointed in March 2011, has a wide range of experience of investing in international markets. He is formerly a director of Scottish Provident Institution and Chief Executive of Scottish Provident UK. He is a non-executive director of Dimensional Imaging Limited and a director of Medical Research Scotland, a charity.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Barry Rose

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Barry Rose, appointed in March 2011, has a wide range of experience of investing in international markets. He is formerly a director of Scottish Provident Institution and Chief Executive of Scottish Provident UK. He is a non-executive director of Dimensional Imaging Limited and a director of Medical Research Scotland, a charity.

 

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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