This fund was launched in January 2020 and is managed by Alister Hibbert. Alister has an excellent long-term track record managing European equity. This fund is looking at having a concentrated portfolio of around 25 uniquely franchised companies. These will be long term holdings.
In terms of what they are looking for, they search for outstanding businesses. They have no view on investment style or the benchmark. If they like the sector, and can find businesses which have strong market position, structural tailwinds, high returns, and exceptional management, then this is what they want to hold.
Two other factors which are important are compounding of earnings, and ESG, which plays a part because it is a natural part of any good business. To some extent sourcing these businesses is easy; it is the policing that is more important. This means looking for anything that can unseat a busines, talking to the business on a quarterly basis, meeting competitors, attending investor days as well information from colleagues across the company….read more