Standard Life UK Smaller Companies


£531.8m market cap

532p last close

Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust (SLS) aims to achieve long-term capital growth through investment in a diversified portfolio mainly consisting of UK-quoted smaller companies. SLS started life as Edinburgh Smaller Companies in 1993, with Standard Life Investments (now Aberdeen Standard Investments) assuming management from 2003. The trust merged with Dunedin Smaller Companies Investment Trust in October 2018.

Investment summary

Standard Life UK Smaller Companies (SLS) is managed by Harry Nimmo at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI). He has a long-term record of meaningful outperformance versus the trust’s benchmark. The manager has a clearly defined investment process, focusing on quality, growth and momentum, and uses a proprietary screening tool known as the Matrix to sift the investible universe of c 500 companies. Nimmo retains his disciplined approach regardless of the macro background; he says this has served him well across several market cycles. SLS’s board has a progressive dividend policy and aims for a maximum 8% discount in normal market conditions.

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Share price graph
Price performance
Actual (0.8) 9.5 9.9
Relative* 0.3 12.2 31.0
52-week high/low 638.0p/314.0p
*% relative to local index
Key management
Harry Nimmo Fund manager

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