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Artemis UK Special Situations Fund

All data as at 28 February 2017 except where specified
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  • About the fund
  • Performance (class R)
  • Performance (class I)
  • Composition
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The fund’s aims

The fund aims to provide long-term capital growth by exploiting special situations. The fund invests principally in UK equities and in companies which are headquartered or have a significant part of their activities in the UK which are quoted on a regulated market outside the UK.

Current prices and yield
(class R)

As at noon, 22 March 2017
Bid price (acc units)565.41p
Offer price (acc units)600.34p
Historic yield (acc units)1.54%

Investment information
(class R)

Minimum lump sum investment£1,000
Ongoing charge (acc units)1.56%

The initial charge is currently waived. The ongoing charge includes the annual management charge of 1.5% and is shown as at the date of the Key Investor Information Document (KIID), where a full explanation of the fund's charges can be found.

Fund managers’ update

February is always a busy month for updates and results. This one felt particularly busy. We had a positive update from Speedy Hire (provider of rental equipment), which is benefiting from the inherent operational gearing of its business. The new management has increased this gearing by streamlining the company’s operations significantly. The company has regained some market share and improved its pricing, so we saw some top-line growth for the first time. We hope this will be sustained: forecasts for the construction industry look positive as some large infrastructure projects are beginning.

Our longstanding holding in RSA produced strong results as it benefited from efficiencies introduced over two years ago.

Our longstanding holding in RSA produced strong results as it benefited from efficiencies introduced over two years ago. The story here is one of improving returns in this mature insurance business. Costs have been reduced (and are being cut further) and debt is being paid down. The company is delivering on its initial targets for returns and is confident enough to increase these targets. As recently as two years ago there were still question marks over the balance sheet of this company, the discussion today is how it should use excess capital. It’s a nicer conversation to have.

We started a new position in troubled housebuilder Bovis. The company has suffered from poor execution over the past year as it sought to substantially increase the volume of new homes constructed. This has led to the CEO leaving and a reduction in the volume of units the company is set to produce this year. Following this the shares have fallen to their net asset value (NAV). Profits in 2017 will be lower than 2016. However we are buying a company at NAV, with cash on the balance sheet and where the returns are half of the industry average. If the returns can be improved, profitability should increase markedly.

We also significantly increased our modest position in Cobham, the (also troubled) aerospace company. The company warned again on profits during the month, as the new management instigated a series of write downs and announced significant exceptional costs. This is a company with strong products and technology but where poor execution and overpriced acquisitions have caused major problems. The balance sheet is weak, but the recently announced rights issue will help rectify this. While there is a significant amount of reorganisation still to be done, we expect the returns in this business to be improved substantially over time.

Finally, we saw some decent progress at Morgan Advanced Materials. Here again an improvement in the balance sheet and profitability is being executed by the new team. This is a diverse group of businesses and part of the turnaround is a refocusing on its core strength. There is some investment required but following recent disposals the company is on the right path.

04 November 2016

Derek Stuart: We buy stocks, not the market …

Although economic risks are rising, the UK market has been too. Although overall valuations are looking stretched, this conceals considerable opportunities, according to Artemis’ Derek Stuart.

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 28 February 2017

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 28 February 2017

Data from 9 March 2000. Source Lipper Limited, accumulation units, bid to bid in sterling to 28 February 2017. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested.

Asset allocation

Asset allocation

Source: Artemis as at 28 February 2017. Please note figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Percentage growth (class R)

20162015201420132012
12 months to 31 December7.3%5.2%-0.7%28.3%18.4%
20172016201520142013
12 months to 28 February12.0%-2.4%-1.7%23.3%15.7%
Please remember that past performance is not a guide to the future. Source: Lipper Limited, accumulation units, bid to bid in sterling. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested.

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About the fund

The Artemis UK Special Situations Fund aims to achieve superior long-term growth by looking for unrecognised growth potential in companies, often those that are unloved or out-of-favour.

  • Unrecognised opportunities: ‘special situations’ are companies that are in recovery, need re-financing or are suffering from investor indifference. The manager views ‘problem investments’ as potential opportunities and looks for hidden value. They often have the potential to deliver significant capital growth.
  • Favours smaller and medium-sized companies: because these sizes of companies are often under-researched by the broader investment community, detailed research in this area of the market can identify growth opportunities and valuation anomalies.
  • Meeting management: personal knowledge of management teams aids the managers’ understanding of what might be achieved by the companies in which they invest. A direct match of the interests of company management and the company’s shareholders is an important consideration.
  • Flexible approach: the managers are free to invest across the range of company sizes, allowing them to select only those stocks which they feel offer strong capital growth potential. The fund typically holds 60-70 stocks.
  • Experienced team: managers Derek Stuart and Andy Gray have many years’ investment experience between them. Derek is a co-founder of Artemis and has managed the fund since its launch in March 2000.

Reasons to consider

The fund may be suitable for investors looking for:

  • the potential for capital growth
  • exposure to the growth potential of companies in turn-around situations
  • exposure to smaller and medium-sized UK companies
  • experienced fund managers with a good long-term track record

Introducing the fund

Derek Stuart introduces the Artemis UK Special Situations Fund and outlines how he makes investment decisions.

Risk considerations

Before making an investment, investors should consider the level of risk they’re comfortable taking with their money.

  • This fund invests in UK companies that are going through difficult times but which the managers believe can be successfully and profitably resolved. They carefully scrutinise the companies before investing, looking for those that will deliver good returns over the longer term.
  • Many of the fund’s investments will be in smaller or medium-sized companies, which can be more vulnerable to financial or operational failure than larger, more established businesses.
  • Investors should also be aware that the usual risks of investing in stocks and shares apply. Companies and stockmarkets can go through periods of turbulence and the value of your investment can fall.
  • This fund’s ‘SRRI’ risk rating, a measure of how volatile the fund’s performance has been over time, is currently 5, in a range of 1 (lower risk) to 7 (higher risk).

More detailed information on fund risks is included in the ‘risk warnings’ section below.

Risk warnings

To ensure you understand whether this fund is suitable for you, please read the Key Investor Information Document, which is available, along with the fund’s Prospectus, from artemis.co.uk.

The value of any investment, and any income from it, can rise and fall with movements in stockmarkets, currencies and interest rates. These can move irrationally and can be affected unpredictably by diverse factors, including political and economic events. This could mean that you won’t get back the amount you originally invested.

The fund’s past performance should not be considered a guide to future returns.

The fund may invest in the shares of small and medium-sized companies. Shares in smaller companies carry more risk than larger, more established companies because they are often more volatile and, under some circumstances, harder to sell. In addition, information for reliably determining the value of smaller companies – and the risks that owning them entails – can be harder to come by.

The historic yield reflects distribution payments declared by the fund over the previous year as a percentage of its mid-market unit price. It does not include any preliminary charge. Investors may be subject to tax on the distribution payments that they receive.
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Any forward-looking statements are based on Artemis’ current expectations and projections and are subject to change without notice.

Issued by Artemis Fund Managers Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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