Jupiter UK Special Situations

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Jupiter UK Special Situations

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Ranked 75/238 in Equity - UK (All Companies) over 5 years

TOTAL RETURN over 1 month to 21/04/2014


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Sectors: What is this fund investing in? Updated 31-01-2014

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  • Fund information

    • Launch Date 03 Jun 1996
    • Share Class size £1335.9m
    • Base Currency GBP
    • ISIN GB0004777347
  • Purchase Info

    • Minimum initial investment £50000
    • Minimum additional investment N/A
  • Charges

    • Annual management charge1.5%
    • Initial charge5.3%

Jupiter UK Special Situations

Ben Whitmore, manager of the Jupiter UK Special Situations fund, is currently biased towards areas he believes offer value, such as financials, defence companies, media stocks and IT companies.

‘We have tended to favour international value businesses with a bias to North America that are able to use their cash to maintain or raise dividends and reduce debt,’ he said.

His fund stock selection has long shunned emerging market exposure in favour of cyclically adjusted value in developed markets.

Steering clear of China exposure

Whitmore has recently had limited exposure to the mining sector, as well as industrials, luxury goods and Asia-based banks, because he is wary of the high valuations of businesses dependent on the Chinese market.

‘While the Asian economies have typically been in a better position than the Western economies in recent years, this has been more than reflected in the valuations accorded to their shares, in my view,’ he said.

Chinese GDP growth was up 7.8% in the third quarter of this year from 7.5% in the previous quarter.

However, Whitmore believes much now depends on when the US Federal Reserve will start to change its stimulus policy and the outlook for inflation, as to the future of Asian markets.

Daily Mail and General Trust drives fund returns

The Daily Mail and General Trust has been one of the key drivers of fund performance, up nearly 70% over one year. The publisher, which owns the Mail Online, the most visited newspaper website in the world, reported a 72% year-on-year increase in earnings per share.

Other companies that drove performance included bookmaker William Hill, media house Reed Elsevier, IT company Hewlett-Packard and the London Stock Exchange Group.

In the international arena, Whitmore has upped Dutch-headquartered Wolters Kluwer to 3% of the fund. The information services and publishing company has operations across Europe and the US, as well as Asia and Latin America.

Increased cash on high valuations

Whitmore is an advocate of Graham & Dodd and Shiller long-term price-to-earnings ratio analysis.

He notes that in the last five years, growth stocks have performed significantly better than value stocks due to the scarcity of growth in the world and that their valuations now look relatively high. As such, he has been increasing his cash holding, which now stands at nearly 10% of the fund.

Over five years to the end of October, Jupiter UK Special Situations has returned 122.2 % compared with the FTSE All Share return of 96.7%.

Citywire Selection verdict: Ben Whitmore chooses stocks for his Jupiter Special Situations fund based on their individual merit. He often goes against the crowd, steering clear of companies with exposure to emerging markets as he is wary of the sustainability of growth in China. Instead, he delves into niche sectors in developed markets, looking for attractively valued firms with strong balance sheets, irrespective of their size. Although it can be a lonely place to invest, this philosophy offers an excellent risk-reward profile, making Whitmore a contrarian stock picker worth investing in over the long term.

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