- Yield History0.43%
- 3 Year sharpe0.15
- 3 Year alpha-2.27
- Distribution Typeaccumulation
- BenchmarkIA Europe (ex UK) Sector
- Legal StructureOpen Ended Investment Company
- Fund Size (month end)Open Ended Investment Company
- IA SectorEurope Excluding UK
- Manager GroupOldfield Partners
- DomicileUnited Kingdom
Launched in 2009, this fund changed its name from Henderson European Special Situations when its managers Richard Pease and James Milne moved to Crux, which they co-founded in 2014. A well-defined approach and experienced team are two of the main competitive advantages this strategy has.
The duo aim to back around 60 of the best stock ideas and consider four key criteria in their stock selection. They look for companies with identifiable business strategies that have high barriers to entry and strong pricing power, enabling them to generate robust earnings with growth potential. They also seek sound businesses that are not highly capital-intensive and where the return on capital employed exceeds the cost of capital.
Pease and Milne assess quality management, picking businesses whose managements have proven track records and meaningful equity ownership of the companies they manage. Finally, companies need to be on attractive valuations. If valuations are high, it is considerably harder for shares to exceed expectations, they say.
The managers have the courage of their convictions and are not afraid to avoid index heavyweights if the investment case is lacking.