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European Smaller Companies Fund celebrates three year anniversary

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Standard Life Investments’ European Smaller Companies Sicav Fund is celebrating the third anniversary of its launch.

Aimed at European institutional and retail investors, the fund was launched on 27 September 2007 and has outperformed its sector by more than 24 per cent since launch.

The fund is also top decile over two years and well above median over the last 12 months.

Structured as a sub-fund forming part of Standard Life Investments’ Luxembourg-domiciled Sicav range, the EUR57.8m fund invests in a diversified European smaller
companies portfolio of 40 to 60 highest conviction stock ideas.

It is a high alpha, unconstrained, actively managed fund which takes a purely bottom-up approach to stock selection.

The fund is managed by Ken Nicholson, who has over 11 years’ experience of investing in smaller companies stocks with Standard Life Investments and 23 years’ experience in the investment industry.

Phil Barker, head of pan European sales, Standard Life Investments, says: “Our reputation as a leading investment manager is based on the exceptional quality of our people. Ken works within a smaller companies team which is both experienced and well resourced, with over 62 years of combined smallcap experience. Together the team manages a number of mandates with a total value of EUR1.5bn.”

Nicholson adds: “The strong outperformance of the fund since launch has demonstrated the resilience of our core small cap process and its ability to perform in all market conditions. While I remain very excited about the prospects for the companies already in the portfolio I am always open to finding the next great small company. That is what is so exciting about investing in this asset class.”

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