Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (ASX:SEC)

Overview

Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (the Company, ASX: SEC) is a listed investment company (LIC) that provides investors with access to an actively managed, Australian and New Zealand small and micro companies portfolio, designed for investors seeking capital growth and portfolio diversification.

Spheria Asset Management Pty Ltd (the Manager, Spheria), is the appointed investment manager and is a specialist team with a proven track record of navigating opportunities at the small end of the market.

Company Facts

Name value
Investment Manager Spheria Asset Mangement Pty Limited
ASX Code SEC
Share Price $2.49
Inception Date 30 November 2017
Listing Date 5 December 2017
Benchmark S&P / ASX Small Ordinaries Accumulation Index
Dividends Paid Half-Yearly
Management Fee 1.00% (plus GST) per annum1
Performance Fee 20% (plus GST) of the Portfolio's outperformance2
Market Capitalisation $149.8m

1 Calculated daily and paid at the end of each month in arrears
2 Against the Benchmark over each 6-month period subject to a high-water mark mechanism
3 As at 31 July 2021

The Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (ASX: SEC) received a ‘Recommended’ rating from Zenith Investment Partners (February 2021)1

The Spheria Global Microcap Fund received a ‘Recommended’ rating from Zenith Investment Partners (November 2020).

Share Price

ASX:SEC

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Pre-Tax NTA

24 September 2021

$2.648

ASX Announcements

The Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (ASX: SEC) received a ‘Recommended’ rating from Zenith Investment Partners (February 2021)1

The Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (ASX: SEC) received a ‘Recommended’ rating from Zenith Investment Partners (February 2021)1

Investment Managers

Marcus Burns

Portfolio Manager

Marcus is a co-founder of Spheria and has been a Portfolio Manager since Spheria's inception in April 2016. He has managed Australian, European and global equity portfolios out of Australia and London through volatile market cycles for over 20 years. Marcus has an established track record generating strong investment portfolio returns for investors. He worked alongside his Co-Portfolio Manager Matthew Booker at Schroders since the beginning of 2013 and co-managed the Australian small and micro-cap portfolios with Matthew. These funds generated double digit returns above benchmark during this timeframe.

Matthew Booker

Portfolio Manager

Matthew is a co-founder of Spheria Asset Management and a portfolio manager with research responsibilities. He has managed small company portfolios through volatile market cycles for over 16 years and has established a significant track record for generating returns that have exceeded portfolio benchmarks. Prior to co-founding Spheria, Mr Booker worked at Concord Capital and then Schroders, managing the smaller companies fund as well as the micro-cap product at Schroders. Mr Booker is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Fellow of FINSIA. He has over 25 years of financial markets experience.

Adam Lund

Head of Trading / Analyst

Adam Lund is a co-founder of Spheria and is the Head of Trading with investment research and portfolio construction responsibilities. Adam has over 12 years experience in funds management and spent 5 years as an equities and derivatives trader at Schroders Investment Management Australia. At Schroders, Adam worked closely with Spheria co-founders, Matthew Booker and Marcus Burns.

Performance

Dividend History

Dividend Payment Date Cents Per Share
22 September 2021 5 cents per share
24 March 2021 3.5 cents per share
21 September 2020 2.5 cents per share
20 March 2020 3 cents per share
20 September 2019 4 cents per share
20 March 2019 2 cents per share
21 September 2018 4 cents per share

Source: Spheria Emerging Companies

Latest Updates

Full-Year 2021 Results presentation

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Full-Year 2021 Results

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Half-Year FY2021 Results

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Board & Governance

Board of Directors

Jonathan Trollip

Chairman

Marcus has been a Portfolio Manager at Spheria since its inception in April 2016. He has managed Australian, European and global equity portfolios out of Australia and London through volatile market cycles for over 20 years. Marcus has an established track record generating strong investment portfolio returns for investors. He worked alongside his Co-Portfolio Manager Matthew Booker at Schroders since the beginning of 2013 and co-managed the Australian small and micro-cap portfolios with Matthew. These funds generated double digit returns above benchmark during this time frame.

Lorraine Berends

Independent Director

Matthew has been a Portfolio Manager at Spheria since its inception in April 2016. He has managed small company portfolios through volatile market cycles for over 15 years and has established a track record for generating returns that have exceeded portfolio benchmarks. More recently, Matthew worked at Concord Capital and then Schroders, managing the smaller companies fund as well as the micro-cap product at Schroders. At Schroders, the funds co-managed with Marcus Burns generated significant double digit returns above benchmark during their three years together.

Adrian Whittingham

Non-independent Director

Adam Lund is the Head of Trading at Spheria Asset Management and is a co-founder of the firm. His career began at Thomas Hopper & Partners Chartered Accountants where he worked across the taxation & accounting, audit and assurance and SMSF divisions. Prior to Spheria, Adam spent 5 years as an equities and derivatives trader at Schroders Investment Management Australia. At Schroders, Adam worked closely with Spheria co-founders, Matthew Booker and Marcus Burns, trading for the smaller companies and micro-cap funds.

Board of Directors

Jonathan Trollip

Chairman

Jonathan Trollip is a non-executive director with over 34 years of commercial, corporate, governance, legal and transaction experience. Prior to becoming a professional non-executive director, he worked as a principal of Meridian International Capital Limited for over 20 years, and before that, he was a Partner with law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. In the philanthropy area, he is chairman of Science for Wildlife Limited and a director of The Watarrka Foundation and the Pinnacle Charitable Foundation. Jonathan has a B.Arts, post graduate degrees in Economics and Law and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lorraine Berends

Independent Director

Lorraine Berends has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years and possesses extensive experience in both investment management and superannuation. Before moving to a non-executive career in 2014, she worked for 15 years with US-based investment manager Marvin & Palmer Associates. Lorraine contributed extensively to industry associations throughout her executive career, serving on the boards of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA australia, now the CIMA Society of Australia) for 13 years (7 as Chair) and the Association of Superannuation Funds Australia (ASFA) for 12 years (3 as Chair). Lorraine has been awarded Life Membership of both IMCA australia and ASFA. Lorraine holds a BSc from Monash University, is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and a Fellow of ASFA.

Adrian Whittingham

Director

Adrian Whittingham is an executive director of Pinnacle and is responsible for manager acquisition and research as well as having a primary focus of building relationships with asset consultants, institutional investors and financial advisors on behalf of Pinnacle’s specialist investment managers in Australia and offshore. Prior to joining Pinnacle in 2008, Adrian was Director, Head of Retail Sales with Schroder Investment Management in Sydney, from 2002 to April 2008. At Schroders, Adrian was responsible for leading the business’s direction and engagement with researchers, consultants, dealer groups and private clients. Prior to Schroders, Adrian spent 8 years at Zurich in product, research and business development roles. Adrian has a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University as well as qualifications from FINSIA and Deakin University.

How to Invest

Spheria Emerging Companies Limited is an investment company listed on the ASX under ticker: SEC.

This means you can buy and sell shares in SEC through your online trading account or via your broker or licensed adviser in the same way that you trade shares in other ASX-listed companies.

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Share Registrar: Automic
Address: Level 5, 126 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 5193, Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 1300 288 664
Email: hello@automic.com.au

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Disclaimer

Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (the Company, ASX: SEC) is a listed investment company (LIC) that provides investors with access to an actively managed, Australian and New Zealand small and micro companies portfolio, designed for investors seeking capital growth and portfolio diversification.It is a confined capacity investment strategy that identifies smaller companies where the present value of cash flows can be reasonably determined and they are assessed to be trading at a discount to their intrinsic value.The smaller companies universe is more volatile and higher risk. An experienced investment manager in the small company end of the market is paramount to success, for this reason there are only a small number of listed investment companies offering access to a diversified small companies investment portfolio.Spheria Asset Management Pty Ltd (the Manager, Spheria), is the appointed investment manager and is a specialist team with a track record of navigating the higher risk opportunities at the small end of the market.

1The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (the Company, ASX: SEC) rating issued February 2021) referred to in this document is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at http://www.zenithpartners.com.au/RegulatoryGuidelines.